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Array Spying on squirrels since 1918
Geers burst high-priced hockey bubble
by Matt Thompson
UBCs "bubble hockey
boys" took their
fight to the highest
level of student
government and left
with a bitter sweet
victory.
Engineering students Marc Raiser
and   Ravi   Jassal,   the   founding
members and driving force behind
UBC's "Lower the Price of Bubble
Hockey   Fellowship,"   took   their
campaign to lower the price of their
favourite   campus   pastime   to   the
November 15 AMS council meeting.
Raiser and Jassal say the miniature
version of Canada's national sport in the
SUB arcade is an essential part of their
university experience, but that the 75
cents required to support their habit is
just too much to pay.
"It's a student institution, and they're
just blatantly over-charging us," Jassal
said.
"We're being ripped off," Raiser echoed.
Jassal says the 75 cent price makes it
impossible for players to split the cost of a
game, and says the price is one of the
highest-priced bubble hockey venues in the
Lower Mainland.
What's inside:
From high fashion to road kill:
mink escape .....p.2
David Milgaard pleads his
case at UBC p.3
Spare    change    for    the
homeless..... ..,;.,...p.3
An  interview with Jane
Jacobs ...........p4
A   great   fucking   book
review ...p5'
Athletic fee re-allocation: the
pros and cons... ............p.7
Democracy and reality: a
perspective ........p.8
t iifp 2TC&1
They even say the AMS has tried to buy
their silence. Raiser says AMS President
Janice Boyle responded to his lobbying
efforts by offering him $20 to "play all the
bubble hockey he wanted."
"I was shocked," said Raiser. "I felt like
a dirty whore."
Raiser refused to accept the money. "I
wouldn't turn my back on the hundreds
of other bubble hockey players. Never."
The Fellowship took their case to
AMS Council last Wednesday night.
Sporting "50 cents or Bust" campaign
t-shirts,  Raiser  and Jassal made  a
■        compelling presentation complete
with overheads.
Director of Finance Tara Ivanochko
said  she  was  sympathetic  to  the
students concerns, but said the
games'high cost of maintenance was
responsible for the higher price. The
cost for replacing one of the little
plastic hockey players can cost as
much as $20, she said.
AMS Director of Finance Am
Johal, who says he has been under
fervent lobbying efforts from the
Fellowship for months, proposed
that the motion be amended to
lower the price to 50 cents for
the month of January 1996 only.
The motion passed by a wide
margin.
Raiser and Jassal say that
1 bubble hockey—like Canada's
national      sport     itself-is
symbolic of a bigger issue.
"It's really a forum for the
bigger picture.  We're  not
being represented by  the
government,  and they're
cheating the students they
represent."
Council makes colour connection
by Sarah O'Donnell
Racism at UBC has a tough new
opponent.
Colour Connected Against Racism, a
coalition of students dedicated to
promoting the political and cultural
interests of people of colour, became an
official student resource group at last
Wednesday's AMS Council meeting.
Colour Connected collective
member Shazia Islam was jubilant over
Council's decision to grant the club
resource group status.
"Now that we're a resource group,
we'll have the financial capabilities of
getting resource materials that speak
about our histories and our cultures
from our points of view," she said.
Islam says the resource group status,
which guarantees Colour Connected
AMS funding and office space in the
Student Union Building, will ensure
representation for people of colour on
campus and make it easier for the
group to coordinate with other anti-
racism organizations.
Colour Connected will not officially
become a resource group until the
next fiscal year. The next step for the
group, Islam says, "is to get organized,
to start talking to people, letting
people know we're here and we're
here to stay."
Many AMS councillors were
surprised the motion passed council
without opposition.
Director of Administration Am
Johal said the more than sixty
Colour Connected supporters at the
meeting were a "visible presence"
that helped sway the vote.
"Not only was their presence
visible," Vice-President Namiko
Kunimoto said, "but the people who
spoke were totally articulate and
reasonable with their arguments. It
was just clear cut, there was no other
way to go on this issue."
Director    of    Finance    Tara
Ivanochko says the decision wil1
give students better access t
information. "It does make a lr'
sense to round out the resc
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Fur farmers of BC angered by second mink release
by Alan Kriss
The animal rights movement
is being blamed for the second
assault on Lower Mainland mink
farms in the past month.
In the early hours of
November 14, 4000 mink were
"released from their cages on Fred
Rippin's farm in Aldergrove.
Within a short time, farmers
from some of the 25 other mink
farms in the area, fire fighters
and passers-by were helping
round-up the escaped animals.
By morning, the road in front
of the farm was covered in dead
mink. Others drowned or were
overcome by the stress of the
situation.
Searchers lost hope of finding
many more mink in the area still
alive by early afternoon.
"This is devestating," Rippin
said. "We'll be lucky to get 75
percent [of the animals] back."
Rippin estimates the loss will
cost his farm about $50,000. Each
mink has a market value of around
$50 and harvest season begins in
the next couple of weeks.
The unrecovered mink are
not expected to survive for long
outside of their cages. "These are
domesticated animals that
cannot fend for themselves out
here," Emil, a 60 year old
farmer, said.
Most of the people gathered
on the farm to help Rippin
FARMER FRED RIPPEN prepares to feed
were reluctant to give their
names or have their pictures
taken. The son of one mink
farmer in the area said "we
have to be more careful," in
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a few less mink
response to the apparently
deliberate targetting of mink
farms.
Rippin hired a security
company to check on his farm
after the first mink farm was
raided near Chilliwack on
October 24, and says he now
plans to hire a full-time security
service.
Staff Sgt. Dawiskiba of the
Langley detachment of the
RCMP said that no groups have
claimed responsiblity for the
action and that investigators
have no leads.
While there is no direct
evidence that this was the work
of animal rights activists, the
farmers are convinced this is the
case. They also say the release
has done more harm than good
for the animals.
According to farmers, the
trauma .of being let out of the
cages into an unfamilliar
environment proved too much
for many of the animals to deal
with. Not only did many become
road-kill, some ran into nearby
ponds and drowned while others
died running from those trying
to recapture them.
Another farmer who prefered
to remain nameless wanted the
public to know that this type of
action will not stop the fur
business. Even without mink
farmers, he says, there will still
be a market for mink. "If we
aren't here then there will be an
increase in trapping," he said.
"This is just destroying
peoples' livelihoods...It's stupid."
Ingrid Pollak of the
Vancouver Humane Society also
condemned the perpetrators.
But added, however, that "there
is institutional cruelty involved
in mink farming."
She believes that mink kept in
cages, regardless of whether they
are the product of four or five
generations in captivity, are still
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wild animals. The farms, Pollak
insists, are "totally alien to
animal's needs."
Considering there are
alternatives to fur available, "no
compassionate woman buys a
fur coat anymore," Pollack
argued.
But Pollak's biggest beef was
with the media, who focus
attention on an incident like this
one but ignore sustained efforts
to protest mink farming.
Tweens
Friday, November 17
Open Mike
AMS presents Referendum
'96 "In Search of Quorum"
SUB conversation pit, 12:30
- 2:00pm.
November 18 & 19
Self Defence for Women
Basic class, $35 for
students. Please pre-
register. SUB212A,
11:00am -5:00pm.
Thursday, November 23
Class series
"Capitalism, socialsm and
communism" presented by
Sparticus Youth Club.
Brittanis Community Centre,
7:30pm.
Tuesday, November 28
Inaugural Meeting
UBC humanist club.
International house,
5:00pm.
The Ubyssey
Friday, November 17,1995 News
Justice delayed is justice denied says Milgaard
by Matt Thompson
David Milgaard is still seeking
justice from the system that
wrongly sentenced him to more
than twenty years in prison, and
last Tuesday he asked UBC
students to lend their support.
Milgaard was in the SUB
concourse Tuesday to collect
signatures for his petition
demanding the Saskatchewan
government conduct a full
inquiry into the events
surrounding his wrongful
conviction for murder almost
twenty five years ago.
Standing amid posters reading
'Justice Delayed isjustice Denied,"
Milgaard says a public inquiry into
his case is long overdue.
"We are petitioning the
Saskatchewan government to
take an honest look at my
situation," Milgaard said.
Milgaard is also seeking a
public    apology    from    the
Canadian Justice Department
and a disclosure of all evidence
pertaining to his case-evidence
he believes the Saskatchewan has
yet to make fully public.
"There are still things taking
place behind closed doors," he
said.
In 1969 Milgaard was charged
with the Saskatoon murder of
nursing assistant Gail Millar.
Despite a lack of physical
evidence and repeated appeals,
Milgaard was convicted and
sentenced to life in prison.
Milgaard and his family
maintained his innocence and
after sustained lobbying efforts
won a Supreme Court review of
his case in 1991. Saskatchewan
Justice Minister Robert Mitchell
subsequendy "stayed" Milgaard's
sentence and he was released.
To this day, Milgaard has
never been formally acquitted,
and      has      received      no
compensation for the 23 years he
spent in prison.
"It's a hell of a case. It's so
ridiculous it just makes you want
to puke," Milgaard said.
Milgaard says he has travelled
extensively throughout Canada since
his release and has temporarily
settled here in Vancouver.
He became involved in social
justice issues while in prison, and
says he plans to work for the
release of others who have been
the victims of the Canadian
justice system's rush to justice.
"There are people who are
wrongfully convicted right now
who are sitting in penitentiaries,"
he said.
After years spent in prison and
on the road, the SUB's noise and
the crowd had taken their toll on
Milgaard by the end of the day.
"It's been a hectic day," Milgaard
said, "but I really appreciate all
the signatures I got here."
Spare Change for ordinary people
by Douglas Quan
It's "Hangover Day"-the day
after "Welfare Wednesday."
A few blocks from the
downtown core near Hastings and
Homer, Michael McCarthy sits in
his one-room office contemplating
the future of Spare Change, the street
newspaper he started from scratch
three years ago.
Stacks of the latest issue sit in
a corner, waiting to be picked up
by vendors for 50 cents a copy
and who later resell them on the
streets throughout Vancouver.
"Real People. Real Stories. Real
Life," the newspaper's flag reads.
In this fiftieth issue those "real
stories" include giving kids living
in poverty access to computer
training, Gino Odjick's "journey of
healing," a safe house for street kids
and a law firm actively involved
in the community.
The paper makes an effort to
emphasize people making a
difference, McCarthy says. "If it's
positive and solution-oriented,
we'll print it."
The very paper that strives to
present its readers with stories of
the small successes in life,
however, is facing a questionable
future itself, according to some
vendors on the street who report
that "sales are down."
"I wasn't making any money,"
says Elaine, a middle-aged
woman who stands near the
corner of Robson and Burrard,
cup in hand. She recently
returned to panhandling after
selling Spare Change for a year.
In an effort to broaden Spare
Change's appeal, McCarthy is
appealing to students to become
involved with the paper.
He feels that the student
segment of the population is
"being denied opportunity," and
says the paper has the potential
to be both a money-maker and
"voice" for students.
"To me nothing is sadder than
someone who graduates from school
and flips burgers," McCarthy said.
Friday, November 17,1995
McCarthy first got the
inspiration to create Spare Change
three years ago while in radio
broadcasting after reading an
article about homeless New
Yorkers selling street
newspapers.
A homeless person once
himself, McCarthy initially
envisioned the paper to be "the
voice of the poor." The first few
editions
dealt with
what
McCarthy
calls "raw
stuff"-
panhand-
ling,
homeless-
ness and
heroin
addiction.
But soon
after,
"people
just got
bored
with it,
and so
did I,"
McCarthy
said.
That's
when he
discovered
The Big
Issue,    a
street newspaper based out of
London. In just three years, its
circulation soared to 350,000 per
week in 31 cities in England,
Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
McCarthy attributes its success to
the range of social issues the
paper deals with aside from
poverty, and adds that the paper
achieved its success without any
grants from the government.
While Spare Change is not
meant to be political, McCarthy
feels  that  reliance  on  the
government "has bankrupt the
community.
"All it means is that everybody
ends up unemployed on the
street on welfare with their drug
and alcohol problems."
He also says the business
community has a "social
responsibility" it often neglects.
Rather than building "a wall"
around itself, he says, they should
"get plugged into [their]
community, and show us how to
run a business...to mentor us."
But Spare Change has a long
DAVID MILGAARD fights to clear his name at UBC.
NICOLE TRIGG PHOTO
MARIE OISHI GRAPHIC
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way to go before it'll match the
success of its British counterpart.
Spare Change sells only about
10,000 copies per month even by
generous estimates.
Part ofthe problem has been the
lack of advertising. McCarthy
points out the success of Spare
Change in Alberta where, due to
welfare cutbacks, "Social Services
just sends everyone to sell the
paper." In Vancouver, however,
he was not allowed to post ads for
Spare Change in Social Services
offices because "unless it's a union
job, pays workers compensation
and UIC, they won't even let us
advertise," he said.
McCarthy adds that there is
a public misconception that
only panhandlers sell these
papers. While many of the
vendors may be off the streets,
he says single mothers, students
and "or-
d i n a r y
people"
also sell
Spare
Change.
But Jean
Swanson,
who works
with the
coalition to
End Leg-
i s 1 a t e d
Poverty,
feels that
McCarthy
encourages
the unrealistic
notion that
"you can
get out of
poverty by
selling
[Spare
Change]."
Rena, 29,
and her husband Mark, in his late
thirties have been selling Spare
Change since February as a way
"to make ends meet" after going
bankrupt. They say a lot of
vendors would be stealing if they
didn't have the paper to sell. At
the same time, they report that
some vendors use the money
they make to pay for their drug
and alcohol addictions.
Rena and Mark attend
Vancouver Ckjrnrnunity College
in the evenings and sell Spare
Change during the day. They say
they make an average of twenty
to 30 dollars a day; most of their
customers are business people.
Rena says sometimes a
stranger will come up to her and
tell her to'"get a real job.'" Her
response? "You could be here in
my place tomorrow." On this
day, Mark is not selling papers,
he is set up at a kiosk just another
block down, on Seymour and
Georgia, selling jewelry as
another source of money. Mark
used to make $40,000 a year as
a law student researcher.
"I wish there could be more
feedback from the community,"
Mark said. "I wish the paper
would just grow."
And McCarthy is hoping that
will be the outcome of his appeal
to students to contribute to the
paper.
But that's little comfort for 67
year-old Olga, who sits in front of
Hudson's Bay, bundled up in a
heavy jacket, hood tightly wrapped
around her head. "If [Spare
Change] closes, I don't know what
I'm going to do," she said.
vs. an alternative
the newspaper, by, for
and about women is
putting out a call for
submissions, news,
views, poetry and stories
about violence against
women, special
categories include
poverty and violence,
and colonization and
violence.
drop submissions off at
the Women's Centre or
call Centime at
822-2169.
deadline for submissions
is november 27.
The Ubyssey Musicolumn
ML
Hole — Ask For It [Virgin]
When browsing through new re-
leases, if s hard not to notice Ask For
It, a compilation of six older Hole recordings.
The EP*s grotesquely disturbing
cover, which depicts two slashed
wrists, was conceived by lead vocalist
Courtney Love - what a surprise!
The album, as well as the cover, lives up to Love's fucked up
rock star image. At least she is an undeniably talented performer and songwriter.
The opener, 'Over the Edge1 has its own unique grungy appeal. Hole's live version of Lou Reed's 'Pale Blue Eyes' is well-
suited to Love's melancholic passion. The next four selections
are from a John Peel session recorded for the BBC in 1991.
('Doll Parts' and 'Violet' would later be later be released in more
sophisticated versions on the group's 1994 breakthrough, Live
Through This.) The somber melody of 'Drown Soda',the album's
most tiresome selection, accompanies its equally depressing
suicidal lyrics.
Ask For/tends with a great party tune, 'Forming/Hot Chocolate Boy*. This is the perfect opportunity for starting a mosh
pit, but if you're afraid of moshing dont worry - typical of the
short Hole selections, this song barely lasts a minute and a
half. - Janet Winters
Raekwon — Only Built 4 Cuban Lynx [Loud]
I've been trying really hard to understand why rap fans like
this group, but I still cant figure it out Although this album has
been having reasonably good sales, I cant listen to it Every
time I try, I just end up scanning from song to song in frustration. This so-called music, is made up mainly of words and some
bass. This could be one of the few times that I wished a band
would sample more if they cant write their own stuff. Only Built
4 might be the most boring CD I have ever heard. Next time, I'll
stick to hip-hop. • Ron Eichler
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John Travolta   Harry Belafonte
In a
world
of right
and wrong,
justice is
seldom black
or white.
From the producer of PULP FICTION
7:00pm Tuesday November 21
in the SUB Theatre
Come by The Ubyssey at SUB 241K
for your free double passes
We still have passes to the Plaza's Nov 23
premiere of THE DOOM GENERATION, too.
Half a century in the making
Jane Jacobs discusses the Old Alaska frontier and
modern urban developments
by Wolf Depner
We've all had our bouts of procrastination when it comes
to finishing assignments and projects, but I'd reckon it never
took you more than half a century to finish one.
Well, that is how long it took literary great Jane
Jacobs to edit A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska
(Random House). The story is based on a
manuscript given to Jacobs over 50
years ago by her great-aunt
Hannah Breece, in which Breece
recounts her experiences as a
schoolteacher in the Alaskan
frontier from 1904 to 1918.
Jacobs had a crack at editing it when she was a
mere 21 years old, but
she failed due to her
inexperience at the
time.
Many years later,
Jacobs returned to
Breece's  manuscript and her editing efforts, Jacobs
even traveled to
Alaska to retrace
Breeces' travels and
fill in the blanks.
Schoolteacher   is a
polished piece of non-
fiction that works on
several levels. On the
surface. Schoolteacher
provides the reader with a
vivid, colourful account of the
harsh, unforgiving   Alaskan
frontier life at the turn of the century without using the "life is short
and brutish" cliche. However, beneath
the surface. Schoolteacher touches upon a
number of social, ethnic and political questions
without providing any prepackaged, dogmatic answers.
Rather, the reader is allowed to make up their own mind
on these issues. Meanwhile, the prose is clear and fluid,
but littered with assumptions and assertions that would
bother the "politically correct" reader. We have to realize
that this story reflects the life of a woman who had what
we might call feminist qualities, but who was also a product of her Victorian upbringing. It is rather unfortunate it
took so long for this book to be published and Jacobs herself admits that 50 years is more leeway than one has a
right to expect.
But it's not as if Jane Jacobs was idle for half a century. She merely spent her time writing such classics
as The Life and Death of Great American Cities, The
Economy of Cities, Cities and the Wealth of Nations and
the best-selling Systems of Survival. As the titles suggest, Jacobs' writing in the past focused on
the city and critiqued what she once
called the "pseudoscience of urban
planning and its companion, the
art of city design." In her writing, Jacobs demands urban
planning that does not
overly concern itself
with rigid and abstract
zoning-bylaws, but
with what specifically   works   for
people in a certain
area.
"People get into
trouble being abstract," she told
The Ubyssey last
Tuesday, following her lecture in
the IRC.
That common-
sense   approach
has led academics
and non-academics
alike to call the 79
year old Jacobs an "urban visionary." However, Jacobs does not like
that label at all. "I'm not a
visionary. A visionary is
somebody who looks into the
future and I never do that. I'm
interested in the now and how it
works. I think you only run into trouble
when you say how things are going to be
in the future."
Jacobs' reaction to the current state of the North American urban scene is mixed. In her opinion, urban planning
has become less rigid, less abstract and more oriented towards what works for a neighbourhood.
She cites Yaietown, with its mix of stores and high-
density residences, as an example of such progressive urban planning. At the same time, she points out that little
has changed in her former home of New York City.
Michael Douglas in '96!
The American
President
opens today at the Oakridge
and Granville 7 theatres
by Noelle Gallagher
"Being president of this country is entirely about character,"
states Michael Douglas in The
American President. Rob Reiner's
latest film aims to show the audience that, for all his rhetoric
and leadership skills, the president is but a man, and as much
a captive of his emotions as the
rest of us.
The American President also
explores the North American tendency to view our leaders as
emotionless, self-controlled father figures. When widowed
president Andrew Shepherd
(Michael Douglas) falls in love
with environmental lobbyist
Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette
Bening), he finds himself incapable of leading a normal life or
pursuing a normal relationship.
And the president's wily Republican adversary (Richard
Dreyfuss) takes advantage of
Shepherd's new romance to attack the president's character.
The president's popularity
with the public begins to drop
as more and more citizens see
their president as the playboy
of the western world instead of
its leader. At the film's political
and emotional climax. Shepherd
must chose between keeping a
poUtical promise to Sydney and
getting reelected.
The American Presidenttums
out some excellent scenes under Rob Reiner's careful direction. The screenplay by Aaron
Sorkin (the scribe on Reiner's
last success, A Few Good Men)
is enjoyable, though sometimes
a little heavy on the rhetoric.
And Michael Douglas manages
to escape his stereotype as a
victim of sexually aggressive
women (Fatal Attraction, Basic
Instinct) long enough to turn out
a fine performance as the
charming Mr. President.
Annette Bening's performance is also noteworthy,
though not as strong as Douglas'. Although she does make
the character of Sydney appealing at times, there are ample inconsistencies in her portrayal of
a strong woman in a romantic
role. She seems to waver between strident feminist and
stunned sex object, making her
character less believable in the
process.
The supporting cast is enjoyable to watch, with Martin
Sheen as Shepherd's shrewd
chief of staff and Michael J. Fox
as the idealistic chief domestic
adviser. The film does tackle a
few contemporary political is-
Sweet's getting sour
Matthew Sweet
Nov 11 at the Commodore
by Bryce Edwards
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What has happened to
Matthew Sweet? Once the
young prince, the fresh-faced
hope of jangle pop everywhere, the coolest cat on the block, the retro-
50s poster boy laced with strands of post-70s
"Coleco" memories has got, well, old. And tired.
And worn. And he looks like he needs a long
rest before his touring schedule turns him into
Elvis mark-1977,
0 loss! 0 perdition catch my soul, for I damn
myself in my truth! Sweet fans out there, I feel
your pain. I cringed along with you when Master
Sweet spouted such banalities as, "You guys are
a great audience," when the day-glo lunch box
slickster wandered on stage to start the show
then just stood around waiting for technical assistance, smiling wanly at his cohorts and look
ing for all the world as if there was some place
he would rather be, but had forgotten.
Matthew, get thee to Nebraska, go back to your
place of ethereal melodies and soaring grunge-
soaked riffs, go find your Super Baby, just go, go,
go and come back a better man. You don't need
to be back in the arms of a girlfriend any more,
we're sorry we demand it of you, it's such a damn
fun song and it seemed harmless ... we didn't
know it hurt, we'll let go, we promise.
We saw you Matthew, hidden behind your
shiny ruby Airwalks, as the whole mass of us
bounced in sync on the Commodore's blessed
trampoline floor. We caught a glimpse when you
leaned into the mike and intoned solemnly, "I'm
gonna lose a tooth, and y'all are gonna fall through
the floor and die." We caught the breeze and
swirled through the room with 'Evangeline,' we
laughed with the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh
finishes of 'Sick of Myself,' but it wasn't enough
and we wanted you back, Matthew. What happened?
Mastering the Possibilities
n
The Vancouver International
Writers Festival
presents
Jack Hodgins
Reading from his new novel
The Macken Charm
Sunday, November 26, 1995
2:00 pm
Arts Club Revue Theatre
Tickets $15 (GST included)
Service charges may be applicable.
for tickets catt TicketMaster 190-3311
Tickets are also available at Amber Books, Blackberry Books, Bollum's Books,
Duthie Books, Granville Book Co., Northshore Books and UBC Bookstore.
Special thanks to McClelland & Stewart and UBC Bookstore.
Possible Worlds
at the Dorothy Somerset until Nov 18
by Craig Klepak
John Mighton's Possible Worlds symbolizes the twentieth century search for meaning. UBC's production does it justice. "~~"
Director Chris McLeod orchestrates this surprisingly
refreshing black comedy-drama about modern psychological displacement and the desire to control it.
The play centres around the bizarre removal of twelve
brains from twelve homicide victims. The brains, still
living, are eventually traced to a scientific laboratory
where they have been hooked up to machines to monitor their thoughts.
Mighton must have been thinking of actor. Rob Stover when he created George Barber, the lead character. Barber only comes to understand the working of
his own psyche when he becomes conscious that his
brain has been stolen and quarantined. The charismatic Stover brings enormous energy to his role as a
young and intelligent risk broker who travels through
the numerous worlds of his imagination as if they were
just so many thoughts.
Mighton's plot gets serious when it
is revealed that Barber's consciousness
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his wife. Stover also does a remarkable
job of combining the mental instability
and prodigic gifts required of his character.
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But Possible Worlds is not a one-man
show. Barber's various love interests are
all played by Larissa Ballstadt. Her sharp
hazel eyes reapper in each of Barber's
"worlds," and come to represent a frustrating, unattainable love. Kelly Barker
adds an intellectual presence to the
stage with her dual roles as scientist and psychologist.
Her confidence is matched only by her character's sex
appeal as a woman in a position of power.
David Pauls, with his commanding voice, also gives
a strong performance as the hard-ass detective Berkley,
who comes to realize the futility of attempting to explain life's mysteries.
The technical crew does a wonderful job in creating
the mysterious atmosphere essential to the drama. Jeremy Baxter deserves enormous credit for his innovative and appropriate sound recordings. Camille Tseng's
set is reminiscent of American artist Tom Wesselman's
collages, capturing the modern world's impersonality.
And finally, special mention goes to Owen
Schellenberger, whose lighting design creates many
different possible worlds.
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environment, allowing the cast to
flex their debating muscles and
the film to take an (accidental)
stand against the recent surge of
Republicanism in Congress. The
with comic delivery, particularly
Douglas.
The American President can be
a little too patriotic at times, especially for non-American audiences.
The film is as much about romance
as it is about politicians, however,
and with Sorkin's dialogue and
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dialogue moves fast and fiirious you may even find yourself rein the White House, and most of specting, if not admiring, a con-
the actors do an excellent job    temporary politician.
The F word from A to Z
Jesse Sheidlower,
ed.: The F Word
[Random House]
by Peter T. Chattaway
How does one review a
232-page dictionary of uses
for the word 'fuck?'
A number of snarky, off-
the-cuff (that's 'fuck' backwards, see) epithets come to
mind ("Puckin'-A!"), but this
scholarly volume deserves a
better response.
The F Word is an eye-
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Geoffrey Hughes' history of
Swearing.
Unfortunately, the book
focuses only on American
idioms. Sheidlower says he
left out 'fuckwit' because it
comes from Down Under and
has never been used Stateside, though I know I've
heard the word here in
Canada. Trig' and 'fug' are
accounted for, but not 'shag'
or 'bonk.' Some more interesting, archaic uses for the
word-such as 'windfucker,'
an older English term for
■t£&
windmill—are never mentioned at all.
And since when has 'fucked
off been the equivalent of
'pissed off'—as in "you really
fucked me off"-in North
American parlance?
Still, there's research to burn
here, with the obligatory
quotes from Henry Miller,
James Joyce, T.E. Lawrence,
Ernest Hemingway, Stephen
King, the Gray's Anatomy ot all
such reference works and
Partridge's Dictionary of Slang
and Unconventional English.
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like 'fucker' is
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1675, 'finger fucks' appears in
a 1793 Robert Burns poem and
the F-word itself can be traced
to Scottish poems of the early
1500s.
After a quick skim, you may
find yourself dying to drop
nifty expressions like "fucked
by the fickle finger of fate"
and "hotter than a fresh-
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every conversation. Just don't
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Friday, November 17,1995
Friday, November 17,1995
The Ubyssey opinion
Murky water—harmless sediment or toxic devil dandruff?
We drink, unaware of the evil that gurgles
within.
Sure. They've been telling us it's harmless; placating the masses with talk of "harmless sediment.''
Yeah right-the only thing cloudier than
Vancouver's water supply right now is people's
ability to see through the conspiratorial schemes
of bottled water companies, the Canadian postal
service, forestry moguls, optometrists and media
spin doctors.
We have reason to believe the murkiness is the
result of mass quantities of left-over Blue Chip
Cookies coffee grinds deposited in Lower Mainland watersheds by the AMS. Don't believe us?
Just ask AMS President Janice Boyle and former
BC Premier Bill Vander Zalm about their recent
"hiking trip" through the Capilano valley.
They tell you it's not toxic. They hope you
won't notice the white specks in your fingernails, the increase in dandruff, the faint feelings
of queasiness while walking up and down stairs.
Soon, the veins are bursting out your skin like
a roadmap and you're losing hair in unusual
places.
Already you can feel the sediment working
through your blood, clogging arteries, depositing
its abrasive microscopic particles, tearing at neurotransmitters, accumulating like silt in the channels of the mind.
And what about these mink attacks? Random
coincidence? Guess again. The minks weren't released—they escaped, twisting their half-starved bodies through the steel bars of their cages, pea-brains
addled by murky devil water.
They say the rain is causing the problem with
the water. Scientific analysis conducted in The
Ubyssey's dark room reveals that fain is, in fact,
composed almost entirely of water!
It is now that the propagandists story begins to
unravel.
Where does rain come from-from clouds. And
what are clouds-a fluffy, naturally occurring meteorological phenomenon in the sky. There is no
dirt in the sky-so how can "The Man" expect us
to believe that all the scum in the water is "dirt"
or "sediment"-the only scum in air is that lingering radiation from Hanford.
Don't be fooled-the water purifiers won't save
you. (Everybody knows they're distributed by the
same company that manufactures dull knives and
carpet bombs.)
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tear from his tne as he surveyed the squished hamsters on Noelle Gallagher's
wall, while Scott Hayward chuckled gleefully to himself. "At last the squirrels
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Ben Koh and Lucy Shin bed a peanut butter smeared Ron r'ichler to Marie
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was so busy gathering acorns for winter, she barely saw the lemming family
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letters '
SUS and the
anti-calendar
With reference to your story
"Student societies clash over anti-
calendar," there is additional
information relevant to the issue.
SUS is entirely behind the idea
that professors' teaching reviews
be made public. Our concerns
rest exclusively with the AMS's
proposed format
First, if the idea is for a campus-
wide review, available to all
students, it is not sufficient to
print only 10,000 copies.
Second, distributing the review
in March ensures that the new
first year students, currendy in
high school, will not have access
to it. The first year students are
the people who need the review's
information the most Also, how
many students are thinking about
next year's classes in March?
Most people are more concerned
with their finals and getting a
summer job.
Third, considering the difficulty in reaching the entire
campus population, even on the
most important issues, how can
the AMS ensure that all students
are aware of the campus wide
review's existence?
Finally, the stats the AMS
proposes to print will be nearly
a year out of date. They will not
reflect classes where students
downrate a professor, nor will
they reflect classes where the
professor makes an effort to
improve his/her teaching.
For the last three years, the
Science Undergrad Society has
been publishing all the official
Science professors' stats in our
annual summer publication.
Before we had access to the
official stats, we rated professors
ourselves. In both cases, these up
to date stats were mailed to all
Science students in late July in
addition to messages from
Science departments, clubs, the
Dean and the Science Undergrad
Society.
We feel that our method is the
best way to ensure accessibility
and maximum benefit to Science
students. We are concerned that
the AMS's proposal does not
address those concerns, and that
unnecessary duplication will
only waste students' money.
Blair McDonald,
Dir of Publications, SUS
Free tuition
not a bribe
Recently, The Ubyssey has
published several articles
condemning the AMS for using
'bribing' techniques to increase
voter turnout. The fact is, yes, the
AMS may be using incentives to
encourage students to vote next
January, but the negative
publicity these methods are
receiving is unwarranted.
The articles portray the AMS
"hackers" as a small group of
inward-looking students who
care nothing about the student
population but only have their
self-interests in mind. The
elections serve only their
purposes, and any referenda that
they may support will in some
way increase their own salaries.
This could not be further from
the truth. Having read the
referenda proposals, I discovered
that, no, the AMS executives are
not attempting to increase their
personal daily pizza allowance,
but are trying to establish child
care reforms on campus and to
re-allocate student fees to more
appropriately benefit student
resource groups. This would
mean that the average student
would tangibly benefit from the
referenda.
I wholeheartedly agree with
the AMS decision to encourage
students to vote by offering a
free tuition incentive. This will
increase awareness of the
issues, and no student is forced
to even vote at all by entering
the draw. The authors of the
negative articles claim that this
may result in even more student
ignorance-that students will
mark off anything just to enter
the free draw. I give UBC
students a lot more credit than
that. I assume that they will take
five minutes out of their day to
learn about issues that affect
them.
In summary, the AMS attempt
to draw voters is not a bribe.
They are only trying to capture
students' attention so that they
will at least look at the choices
that are put before them. Once
you can grab that attention, I
believe that a great majority of
those students will look at the
facts, make an informed decision,
and vote on the real issues that
are put before them.
Josh Bender
4th Year Commerce
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The Ubyssey
Friday, November 17,1995 by Wolf Depner
Students will be asked to support the
re-allocation of the $7 Athletic Fee next
January, and a vote of support will benefit
everyone involved.
A 'yes' vote would mean Intramurals
would be able to maintain and expand its
new facilities to accommodate the rapid
increase in users. The new Student Recreation Centre has relieved some ofthe stress
on the existing facilities, but more facilities will be needed in the future.
The World University Service Qjmmis-
sion (WUSC) and student resource groups
will also benefit from the reallocation
through additional funding, meaning better services to you, the student. Refugees,
those living in developing countries and victims of sexual assault will also benefit, and
students will have better access to resource
libraries like those in the Women's Centre
and the Student Environment Centre.
Critics ofthe proposed fee reallocation
point out that $3.50 out of the $7 goes direcdy to the AMS coordinator of external
affairs office rather than to student services.
This, too, however, will ultimately benefit
students. The increased budget will give
the AMS greater lobbying power with the
university, governments and the community at large. At a time when massive cuts
are being made to post-secondary education and tuition is rising at an alarming rate,
students' voices must be heard.
More importandy, UBC athletics will also
benefit from a 'yes' vote. If students support the reallocation, UBC athletics can start
charging students admission for sporting
events. Although admission is now free, a
nominal fee for the entertainment value is
not unreasonable, and the proposed fees
should fit within any student's budget.
Some argue that this commercialization
of student athletics will hurt cash-strapped
students and further dampen the already
low school spirit. Will the football Birds
soon be playing in
a completely empty
Thunderbird Stadium? Not likely.
If UBC athletics
charges admission to
events it will be in
their best interest to
promote those
events to students
and attendance may
actually increase.
T-Bird events are
currendy advertised
on TV and in the
newspapers to attract paying clientele
from the Vancouver
community as an alternative to expensive professional
sports. And if athletics does well marketing its sporting
events on and off-
campus, it could
eventually create
considerable revenues which would
not only offset the
loss of the athletic fee but actually increase
their overall revenue.
Let's face it, these are tough economic
times, and if varsity athletics are to prosper into the 21st century, they need to promote themselves to students. If they cannot, a vital part in campus life will slowly
whither away.
INTO THE RING
Should the AMS re-allocate the $7
Athletic fee as follows:
• $1.50 to Intramurals
• $0.50 to WUSC Refugee Fund
to double the support for two
refugee students per year at UBC
• $3.50 to the AMS External
Affairs budget for increased
lobbying on behalf of students
• $1.50 to resource groups to
ensure adequate funding
by Scott Hayward
The Alma Mater Society is trying to
raise revenues at the expense of athletic
programs on campus.
By reallocating
the $7 athletic fee,
$5.50 per student
per year will be
taken out of athletic
programs, while a
mere $1.50 goes
back into Intramural programs.
Over half of the
remainder ($3.50)
will be used to increase the budget of
the AMS coordinator of external affairs
to lobby governments and the university on student issues. This comes on
the heels of the
AMS's decision to
join the Canadian
Alliance of Student
Associations
(CASA), an organization that is supposed to lobby governments for
them—at a cost of
$17,000 per year.
If CASA was such a good idea, why
does the AMS need additional money,
over and above what they have budgeted
in the past, to lobby the government themselves?
The next largest chunk of the athletic
fee, $1.50, is earmarked for resource
groups which include the Womens' Cen
tre and the Student Environment Centre—groups that make an important contribution to students, but ones which are
already funded in the AMS budget. If
the athletic fee is used to fund these
groups, what will happen to the money
already set aside for them in the budget?
AMS council members have argued
that only about 600 student athletes on
campus benefit from the athletic fee.
They seem to have forgotten that athletes are not the only ones to benefit
from varsity sports. Attendance at football games this fall was often close to
1,000 and hockey attracts upwards of
500 people per game.
Coming together to cheer on a varsity
team can provide a sense of community
that helps unify a splintered campus.
Many municipal governments in
Canada have realized this, and are willing
to spend money to entice professional
teams to locate in their cities because of
the civic pride they generate.
If the referendum question passes, athletics will have the right to charge students to go to all regular season varsity
games—students currently get in for free.
Assuming the fee is a nominal $2 per
game, a student who attends ten of fourteen T-Bird hockey games would be
shelling out $20 per year. And don't be
surprised if the cost goes up in three
years to $5 per game. $50 a year is no
longer pocket change.
What students are being asked to support in January is increased funding for a
wealthy student society at the cost of athletic programs on campus. They will also
be supporting the implementation of additional user fees.
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The Ubyssey The November 10 issue of The
Ubyssey contained a report of historian Gwynne Dyer's lecture given to
the university on the previous Tuesday. He is optimistic about the immediate prospects for democracy in
our world.
It is instructive to examine Mr.
Dyer's argument that meaningful
democratic forms are on the rise. Assuming the standard western-liberal
interpretation ofthe Cold War as an
economic/ideological conflict between two roughly equal great powers, one communist totalitarian and
aggressive, the other democratic
capitalist and defensive, with occasional "eruptions" into open warfare
in Third World battlefields, he
adopts the current view of American state managers and mass media
that the demise of the "totalitarian
and aggressive" power means that
our dream of global liberty can finally be realized-the Cold War ends
with the triumph of democracy.
But examination of the historical
record calls this interpretation into
question. Although from the end of
WWII American state managers invoked the "domino" and "containment" doctrines in demanding that
taxpayers finance and supply soldiers
for Keynesian expeditions in order
to combat "international communism" and Kremlin plans for world
conquest in, to name a few examples,
Greece, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, South
America and the Middle East, actual
Soviet involvement was almost always of little significance. In fact,
many of these countries—most notably those in the western hemisphere-
turned to Russia as a last resort, unable to receive aid otherwise because
of American embargoes.
And what has been the result
when the US has intervened "successfully" in the name of democracy?
Time and again, brutal, repressive
regimes with little concern for the
freedom or advancement of their
peoples but accommodation of US
corporate desires for investment, resource extraction, cheap labour, and
markets for surplus production. Consider Nicaragua, Guatemala, the Philippines, the "family dictatorships" of
the Middle East, Diem's Vietnam; or
Noriega's Panama and Hussein's
Iraq— before these men were judged
to have outlived their usefulness, and
were demonized in the media and
invaded.
With a little healthy skepticism and
common sense, the illusions projected
by American propaganda that entrap layman and Dyer alike quickly
dissolve. The standard western-liberal model of interpretation of the
Cold War, though false, served paramount functions in 1) conveniently
explaining away the emergence of
opinion
nationalism in Third World "service
states" as a sort of illness imported
from a single evil source, and 2) convincing most of those who needed
more persuasion than jingoist flag-
waving—a relatively small but influential group-xthat the very security of
America and the whole free world
hung in the balance of every "mission
of peace." But the real impetus was
and continues to be the interests ofthe
transnational corporations, the members of which make up "the government of the world," if you like, staffing the major executive political positions, monopolizing ownership and
content of the media, ensuring that a
properly orthodox future elite is being trained at universities like this one,
and dwarfing all trade between nations
with their daily transactions.
Mr. Dyer's optimism about the
immediate future of democracy is
merely a reflection ofthe new largely
correct belief of the American elite:
that with the military threat of the
USSR out of the way, along with its
annoying habit of financing those
who reject subjugation to American
state-corporate demands, the US is
freer to pursue those demands, installing and maintaining repressive
PERSPECTIVE:
Democracy
and Reality
by Tavish McDonell
client regimes and discarding what
little moderation was necessary before in using the Third World as a
source for raw materials, cheap
labour and market for surplus production; independent popular movements concerned with the terrible
poverty ofthe indigenous people, i.e.
socialist democratic forms, unions,
etc., do not serve the interests of the
foreign masters, and are crushed. All
of this must be presented to the public by the transnational corporations'
information services—the media—and
by properly orthodox intellectuals
such as Mr. Dyer, as the triumph of
democracy. The controls on thought
are not overt, there is no censorship,
but these values and assumptions
must be internalized by those who
wish to express "intelligible" opinions
in the mainstream. Those who fail to
conform and refuse to hail the glorious new prospects for democracy
because they know who is really
"pulling the strings" are ridiculed as
apologists for the USSR, hysterical
anarchists or most commonly simply
marginalized.
Having passed through the proper
ideological "filters" and unquestioned
models of interpretation, absurdities
such as Dyer's statement that the end
of the Cold War has virtually eliminated the threat of nuclear war pass
almost without comment; as he speaks
France and China explode bombs,
and much of the old Soviet arsenal,
no longer under strong centralized
control, may very possibly end up in
the hands of terrorists, if it has not already. Not to mention the new American freedom to use its truly immense
stockpile of nuclear weapons without
fear of a catastrophic retaliation.
Finally, Dyer says: "If the Chinese
finish what they started on
Tienammen Square in 1989, before
the end of this decade we'll enter the
21st century on a planet where over
90 percent of humanity lives in more
or less democratic societies." Very
curious, even aside from the blunder
about somehow entering the 21st century before the end ofthe decade. An
honest child could tell you that if the
Chinese "finish what they started" at
Tienammen Square than all those
concerned with liberty and democracy will "enter the 21st century" either massacred or imprisoned.
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The Ubyssey
Friday, November 17,1995

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