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The Ubyssey Sep 12, 1989

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 the Ubyssey
Fab Fringe Festival
see pages 14 -16
UBC Wesbrook condos
anger neighbours, students
By Joe Altwasser
The UBC Real Estate Corporation
development on the corner of Wesbrook
and 16th is running into stiff opposition
from student and neighbourhood interesi:
groups who say the administration has
made little effort to consult with outside
parties affected by the development.
"The surrounding community has
been really cut-off from the post-secondary institutions. We are really an integrated part ofthe Point Grey, and to them
this is a real slap in the face," said AMS
External Affairs Coordinator Vanessa
Geary said.
Hinda Avery of the West Point Grey
Neighbourhood Association agreed and
noted that her organisation was never
contacted at all in the months prior to the
The WPGN Association set up an
information booth this weekend and according to Avery there was considerable
support shown in opposition to the development.
"We had tremendous support and
hundreds of signatures. Almost 99 per
cent of the passer-bys signed the petition," said Avery.
Students are also disappointed with
the development said Geary.
"Student housing is in a crisis situation right now in Vancouver. Our primary complaint about this development
is that it is not addressing the immediate
needs of students which is low-cost afford ■
able housing," she said.
"There has been a lack of consulta
tion. There should be real public input so
what is done here is best for the community." said Geary.
Nor were the Musqueams consulted,
said Chris Robertson, Musqueam band
Though the band was not ready to
make a formal statement on the develop
ment, he was "disheartened" and "concerned" with the university's actions, and
wonders to what extent UBCREC will
develop other lands.
"They have other spots to develop. Is
this a new aggressive stance by the university?" asked Robertson.
President of UBCREC, Mark
Betteridge disagreed with the criticisms
levelled at UBCREC. "Most developers
don't distribute thousands of ad inserts to
inform the public of what they are doing,"
he said, in reference to UBCREC's flyer,
The Legacy For UBC.
Betteridge also noted the benefits the
corporation will bring to the university
and environs.
Not only does the leasing of this land
bring a significant amount of money to the
university coffers, Betteridge also said
the housing development will help alleviate the present housing crunch in Vancouver.
But Andrew Hicks, AMS Director of
Administration, disagreed. "We are facing a housing crisis, the vacancy rate in
areas surrounding UBC is low, the
amount of student housing on campus
falls far short of needs. This development
will do nothing immediate to solve these
Geary added that the job of a university is not to sell real estate but rather to
provide an academic environment for students and professors.
Yet Betteridge said, "Other universities have been developing land for hundreds of years in Europe. It is only recently that universities are funded by the
state. Historically, they were funded privately or by the Church."
And in Canada there are universities
such as York which have taken a much
more right-wing approach than UBC in
the selling off of land said Betteridge.
Math professor Afton H. Crawford at last Thursday's convocation.       DAVID L0H PH0T0
Look. Admire. They would sell the nicest UBC residential units, wouldn't they ...
VOLUME 72, Number 2
Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday 12,1989 Classified Advertising
Rates: AMS Card Holders - 3 lines, $3.00, additional lines 60 cents, commercial - 3 lines,
$5.00, additional lines 75 cents. (10% Discount on 25 issues or more) Classified ads payable
in advance. Deadline 4M0pm, two days before publication. Room 266, SUB, UBC, Van., B.C.
V6T2A7, 228-3977.
5 - Coming Events
founded in 1850, plans to become re-established at U.B.C. This fraternity is interested
in hearing from a group of undergrad students who wish to participate in the reorganization of this fraternity. Funds and
organizational support are available. Call
Murdo Mackenzie 684-3402.
Hardial Bains, leader of CPC(M-L)
inaugurates the Fall Program,
"Thinking About the 60's" on Wed.
Sep. 13, 7 pm Buchanan D352.
Everyone welcome.
11 - For Sale
APPLE II GS 512K, Applied Engineering
Expansion Board, RGB colour monitor,
Imagewriter II printer, 2 disc drives, joy
stick, $2795. 943-4646.
83 LADA 1500 c.c, 4 door, 4 speed, power
brakes, AM/FM cassette, reclining bucket
seats. $2,000 O.B.O. Call 228-9161.
1983 TOYOTA CELICA GT Coup.. Exc.
or leave message 224-1239
condition, must sell. 738-0199.
SOFA BED in good cond. & other items for
student*. Reasonable 263-5070 after 7:00.
_____ NEW, with monitor, printer, 20 MB
hard drive, MF Word or Word Perfect.
$2,500 O.B.O. Call Steve or lv. mess. 876-
FM stereo cassette, snows on rims. Lady
driven, dealer maintained, $2,500 O.B.O.
Call 228-3766 days.
1983 HONDA CM250 CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE, v. clean, exc. cond., only 6200 kms.
Ask $850, but make Doug an offer at 432-
6818 (eves.).
FORD PINTO PONY 1980, great cond.,
low mileage, reliable, AM/FM cassette, standard. Must sell $1,500.00 255-4905.
'87 WHITE PRELUDE 25,000 KM, like
new. PW Sunroof, 5 sp., black interior,
$15,500.00 O.B.O. 922-3452.
R.DAT 1750, interested? Evenings &/or
weekends call 324-2923.
SEALYSOFAHIDABED.doublesz.incl. 1
set of linen, like new $500.224-5496.
good running order $2000. 228-1344.
20 - Housing
view. Ocean & Mtns. Sept. - May rent
negotiable. Call T. Wolfe 684-1181 or 943-
Family with one 12 yr. old girl want to offer
free R&B (1 Bdr. with private bath) to a
mature, cheerful studentin exchange for babysitting, some cooking & light housework.
Call 261-0746.
25 - Instruction
PIANO LESSONS. Toronto Conservatory
Gr. I-X, A.R.C.T. or just for fun! 20 years
experience with L.R.S.M., B. Mus., M. Mus.,
R.M.T. Call Mrs. Okimi 228-9161.
30 ■ Jobs
Earn up to $11.00 an hour (with
tips) and the opportunity to advance into a full time management position with DOMINO'S
Little or no experience
Apply in person
5726 University Blvd.
High end designer men . consignment shop selling new & resale clothing is seeking an aggressive fem. or male P/T, 12+ hrs. per wk. Retail
clothing exper. & strong sales ability a must.
Computer knowledge an asset, but not necessary. $8 perhr.-f discounts. 3blocks outside "the
gates". Send resume to: The Manager, 4476
West 10th Ave., Vancouver V6R 2H9.
for Volunteer Positions at
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. Very lucrative new company seeks sales associates.
The Purest Gold Inc. 224-6600, Independent Area Director.
P/T NANNY REQUIRED. Approx. 2 days/
wk. Flexible days & hours, 2 children, 1 and
5 yrs. old. Call 261-1957.
URGENTLY NEEDED Japanese, German, Spanish speaking people for international corp. expansion. $400-$4,000/mo. P/T
F/T. Call now: Mr. Rhom 435-6494.
t, f/t positions. Call Mr. Richards, 430-2769.
TRUE CONFECTIONS DESSERT RESTAURANT requires p/t counter help/wait,
staff. Call 682-1292 for appt.
SALESPERSON with good knowledge of
hockey equipment req. immediately for P/T
employment. Resumes to Community
Sports 3355 W. Broadway.
BABYSITTER, 2 Boys aged 2 & 3. Two
mornings 9-1 my home. $6.00/hr. 736-2995
Dunbar & Second.
I NEED SOMEONE 2 or 3 pm to 6 pm
Monday to Thursday to cook dinner, tidy up,
and be there for our 8 & 10 yr. old boys when
I'm not. $6.00/hr. & dinner. Refer, req. 266-
40 - Messages
WOLFE, died in battle September 13 on the
Plains of Abraham, two hundred and thirty
years ago. Victorious. He is remembered by
a grateful nation.
70 - Services
I PERM (cut & wash) $22 I
I 5772 Fraser (at 41st) I
. 321-6994 .
CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Individual, confidential, short-term study at UBC Psychology Clinic for those fearful of enclosed
spaces. No fee. Tel. Richard Booth at 228-
Speakeasy II 'tween classes
UBC's Student run
Peer-counselling and Information
Are available at the
Speakeasy office
SUB 100B
Deadline for applications is:
Wednesday, September 20th, 1989
We'd Uke To Send You To Hawai Free,
But first WW Have To Get Your Name.
We're renovating just about everything over at Jerry's Cove — even our
name! And that's where we need your
help. We're looking for a new name that
really sums up the kind of place Jerry's
Cove will be. A true neighbourhood
pub where you'll enjoy a warm, com
fortable, friendly atmosphere.
Bring in the Entry Form below by
September 15 with your ideas for our
new name and if we select yours, you.
and a friend could be on your way to
Hawaii for a two week vacation on us!*
Enter as often as you like.
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I've got a great idea1 Rename Jerrys Cove 	
I think it will be the perfect name because    _.
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Neighbourhood Pub
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Note: "Noon" = 12:30 p.m.
UBC Library
Tours of Main and Sedgewick Libraries. 10:30 am &
12:30 pm. Tours last about
45 minutes. Meet in Main
Library entrance. All welcome.
Graduate Student Society
G.S.S.   Special   General
Meeting.   12:30 pm (noon),
Ballroom, Graduate Student
International Development
Executive meeting - all welcome to help plan this year's
activities. 12:30 pm. SUB
The Handel Society
This season's rehearsals
begin. The Handel Society is
a choir of amateurs who perform large-scale choral
works accompanied by professional musicians and soloists. New members welcome. If interested in an
audition, phone Jutta
Koloska at 291-2552 or Rita
Dion at 596-3119.
Lutheran Student Movement
Co-op Supper. 6:00 pm. Lutheran Campus Centre.
Guest speaker^ Ted Grant
Sept 26; 228-4405 Tix $10
Institute of Asian Research
Exhibit of Chinese Art by Mr.
Fang Yu Li. Hours 11:00 am to
4:30 pm daily.   Asian Centre
Auditorium, Room 509.
Gays and Lesbians UBC
First Meeting. 12:30 pm until
1:30 pm. SUB 215.
Thunderbird Junior Mens Volleyball
Team tryouts - Players born in
1970 or later. 4:30 to 6:30 pm,
Osborne Gymnasium.
UBC Marxist Leninist Study
Hardial Bains, leader of CPC
(ML)   begins   fall   program
"Thinking About the Sixties''.
7:00 pm. Buchanan D352.
The Stamp Club
General Meeting. Everyone is
welcome.  Noon, Angus Room
Lesbian   Discussion   Group/
Dykes Unlimited
Meeting, 12:30 pm, Women's
Centre, Room 130, SUB.
Gays and Lesbians UBC
Lesbian   Discussion   Group.
12:30   pm   until   1:30   pm.
Women's Centre SUB 130.
Graduate Student Society
Open   House   -   Wine   and
Cheese.   5:30 pm - 9:30 pm.
Garden Room, Graduate Student Centre.
need for 5 yr. olds (kindergarten level). 3
positions open FAMILY MONTESSORI
SCHOOL 3996 W. 17th Ave. 224-2633 or
261-5629. Hrs. 9 am - 3:30. Pis. respond by
Sept. 18 1989.
75 - Wanted
male volunteers for a personality questionnaire study. $15 and a personality assessment will be given for 2 1/2 hours testing.
Please call 228-7895.
80 - Tutoring
ENGLISH: IMPROVE comprehension,
composition, conversation ability. All levels
welcome. Reasonable rates. Ph. 734-5917.
85 - Typing
word processing/typing. Student rates.
Dorothy Martinson 228-8346.
TYPING UBC VILLAGE, 24 hr. service.
Tapes transcribed, essays, papers, resumes,
letters, editing/proofing. 224-2310.
TYPING TIGERS. Low.lowrates. Computerized. WordPerfect 5. 273-1420. UBC
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Broadway at Granville. 732-4426.
WORD PROCESSING $2.50/dbl. sp. page.
APA, MLA, CMS. Computersmiths, 3726
West Broadway (at Alma) 224-5242.
Ty pe it yourself... simplified instructions,
spell check, and laser printer make your
work look top quality. $7/hr. and 15c/
page. Friendly help always available.
SUB lower level, across from Tortellini's
Restaurant; 228-5496.
Need the professional touch? ... have it
done for you - you can even book ahead.
$27/hr., 6-8 double spaced pages of normal text per hour, laser printer. SUB
lower level, across from Tortellini's Restaurant; 228-5640.
UBC's School of Music
Faculty and Guest Art Series
featuring   Camille   Churchfield on the flute. For more information, phone 228-3113.
UBC Scottish Country Dance
Dance Practice.  7:30 - 9 pm.
SUB Ballroom.
Canadian Art Therapy Association/British Columbia Art
Therapy Association
The Canadian Art Therapy
Association and the British
Columbia Art Therapy Association are holding a joint
ART THERAPY CONFERENCE on September 15th to
17th at the Justice Institute,
Vancouver. Please enquire
251-3807 or 538-1293.
Red  Cross/Health  Sciences
Students Association
Blood   Donor   Clinic,   10-4.
IRC/Woodward Lobby.
Muslim Students'Association
Weekly prayers, 1:30 pm to
2:15 pm. The lower lounge of
the International House.
Gays and Lesbians UBC
Bzzr Garden.   3:30 pm until
8:00, SUB 215.
Graduate Student Society
Orientation   Beer   Garden.
4:30 - 7:30, Garden Room,
Graduate Student Centre.
Arts Undergraduate Society
Coke Garden (non-alcoholic
Bzzr Garden) - Music, fun,
meet Arts Club execs. 4:30 pm
-   7:30   pm,   International
September 12,1989 SPORTS/NEWS
SFU steamrolls
Birds, wins Shrum
SFU-41  •  UBC-27
By Mike Booth
In a game that quickly turned
into a battle of running-backs, the
Simon leaser University Clansmen used the services of star Sean
Millngton to provide all the offense they needed to defeat the
UBC Thunderbirds 41-27 in the
annual Shrum Bowl Classic.
With the win, SFU evened
their record in the Shrum Bowl to
6-6-1 as well as ending a four-
game UBC winning streak.
For the second game in a row,
the UBC defense was unable to
support a strong T-Bird offensive
performance, allowing Millington
to ramble for 248 yards along the
ground at Swangard Stadium on
UBC running back Jim Stewart answered Millington's performance by churning out 190
yards and two touchdowns of his
own as the T-Bird offense racked
up 390 yards in total offense.
The UBC offensive line put in
another outstanding game, blasting open huge holes for Stewart
and providing starting quarterback Doug Lynch with plenty of
time to find his receivers.
Lynch completed 16 of 28
passes for 182 yards including one
touchdown. His numbers would
have been better were it not for
several dropped balls, the most
discouraging of which was Todd
Wickman's botched catch on the
goal line late in the fourth quarter.
UBC tight end Tom Vlasic, a
pro prospect, had a big night pull
ing in seven of Lynch's tosses for
98 yards, including a 25 yard effort
for a touchdown in the fourth
The night, however belonged
to Millington, who provided the
Clansmen with instant offense.
Millington scored three touchdowns and set up a fourth by scampering 70 yards before being
brought down on the UBC two-
yard line by T-Bird Angelo Car-
Aside from one 67 yard touchdown toss that caught the T-Bird
secondary napping, Clan quarterback Guilio Caravatta kept his
passes short and preferred to let
the running game provide most of
the offence.
The pre-game hype had
stressed Millington's abilities but
despite the considerable pre-game
hype, the UBC defense was incapable of stopping him or adjusting
to SFU's offense.
As a result, the Clansmen
were able to defeat the T-Birds
using what was essentially a one-
man offensive attack. Millington
was rewarded for his efforts by
being named the game's most
valuable playerfor the secondyear
in a row.
Next action for the football
team comes this weekend when
they travel to Winnipeg to take on
the University of Manitoba Bisons. They are at home the following week to play the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies on September 23 at Thunderbird Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.
While the Thunderbirds
were taking a pounding on the
field, another battle was being
fought on the sidelines.
A group of SFU enthusiasts
produced a giant slingshot
which they used to lob waterbal-
loons into the UBC cheering
But the best throwing arm
on display all night was that of
an unidentified member of the
UBC crowd who successfully
fired back at the SFU slingshot
crew...Needless to say, the slingshot   disappeared   after  half-
The 5400 fans who attended the game, were also
treated to a return performance
by six self-styled "Thunderbirds" whose coordinated antics
along the sidelines and at half-
time amused, amazed and astounded a few in attendance.
Their dedication and devotion to the task at hand was particularly commendable since
they continued their maneuvers
despite being harassed all evening by assorted thugs from the
SFU peanut galleries.
UBC registration digests deregistered students
By Rick Hiebert
A UBC Graduate student has
been living penniless on the
streets of Vancouver. Like hundreds of other UBC students he
may have fallen victim to involuntary deregistration.
John Spark, a Queens graduate who transferred to UBC this
fall to become a Masters student in
the political science faculty, experienced financial disaster when he
moved to Vancouver and his student loan wasn't ready.
When Spark was accepted
into the master's program last
May, he immediately applied for a
student assistance loan, which the
UBC Financial Aid office reassured him would be waiting for
him upon his arrival in Vancouver.
Not so. Spark arrived at UBC
and found the loan wasn't available due to the difficulty his Vancouver bank had in processing the
loan. Broke, he didn't have enough
money to secure a place to live and
buy food, let alone pay the $100
deposit required to secure his
Spark hopes to get his loan
approved over the phone this
morning. Other UBC student
wannabes aren't as lucky.
Last year 800 UBC applicants
were "deregistered" by not paying
their registration fees. According
to UBC head registrar Dr. Richard
Spencer, three or four hundred of
these had to reregister to get in.
Last week around 700 students were deregistered despite
UBC administration's hopes that
far fewer potential students would
be forced to withdraw by not paying their fees. Alma Mater Society
Director of External Affairs Vanessa Geary estimated that half of
this number were poor students
caught short at the wrong time.
But Dan Worsley, senior Financial Aid Officer of the UBC
Financial Aid and Awards Office,
put the onus on students, "Any
student getting over $800 in their
loan would be able to apply for a fee
deferral, go in their own sweet
time to the bank (when the loan
arrived) and pay off their fees with
no problem. Many of these people
(deregistered students) didn't
apply for deferrals in time."
Worsley said 700 deregisterd
students out of twenty five thousand UBC students was "not that
great a number when you look at
the percentages."
"When students read the registration material there's fine
print," he said. About 1800 students applied for fee deferrals by
the August deadline wi th the form
included in the Telereg registration material.
"Ifyou chose to apply late, we
don't grant fee deferrals," said
Worsley. However, the aid office
made an exception for 300 students with loans processed after
the June 30th deadline through no
fault of their own.
"We responded quickly to an
unforseen  problem   as  best  we
could," he said.
He added that the awards
office had processed fee deferrals
as quickly as possible last week
and had made 30 emergency loans
of $500 to UBC students.
"I don't think that this is entirely a student aid issue. Most of
the people cancelled may not have
a loan and simply didn't pay their
fees in time," said Worsley.
"Even though there's only
around 350 registrants who were
cancelled due to lack of funds, it
shows that the system has to be
more co-ordinated in relation to
when fees are due and loans are
received," said AMS Director of
External Affairs Vanessa Geary.
"What about those people who
were deregistered due to a lack of
funds and want to come to UBC?"
"I think there are students
who are victims of circumstances
who shouldn't be victims of Telereg," she said.
Geary has spent much of last
week dealing with students'regis
tration problems and lobbying the
Financial Aid office, "I think that
we've certainly brought up the
urgency of the problem with the
university administration."
Later this year, Geary and
Board of Governors' representative Tim Bird hope to meet with
Byron Hender, director of student
aid at UBC, and registrar Richard
Spencer to "try and iron out some
Geary would also like the
AMS to set up an "emergency
fund" to help those students
caught in the registration fee
crunch next year.
"Perhaps UBC fees should be
due later in the first week or in the
second week so that students have
more time to pay and they aren't
forced to skip their first classes to
pay these fees," said Geary.
"Perhaps instead of 75 percent of fees, UBC should ask for 25
percent, which would be enough to
ensure that a student was serious
about attending UBC."
September 12,1989
Weekend Test Preparation
at UBC
Next Courses:   GMAT & GRE - Jan. 13,14,15
LSAT - Jan. 27, 28, 29
CALL: 222-8272    -
(Sexton Educational Centers
Professionals in Test Preparation
I'm thinking
about you!
Lutheran Chaplain
Phone 224-1614* or
look for me in the SUBWAY Cafeteria
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00am
Thursdays 1:30 - 2:30 pm
*Ask me about my study series
Sept. 25-29
Poll Clerks Needed to Staff
Polling Stations During
Referendum. Make Extra
Money For Yourself or Your
Club. $4.00/Hr, Flexible Hours.
Sign Up In SUB Rm 246.
AMS Elections Commissioner
Student Administrative Commission
The Student
is accepting applications for
positions on the
Security Team
Applications may be picked up in
room 238. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 15,1989
at 4:00 pm.
Rec Fac back on ballot
By Steve Conrad
The fate of a 9.5 million dollar
student recreation facility at UBC
will be decided in a second referendum to be held from September 25
to 29.
The first referendum on
RecFac—renamed the Student
Recreation Center (SRC) this
summer—was overturned last
spring by a 1,000 signature petition which stated that students
wished to reconsider a 30 dollar fee
which would be levied to support
the project.
A YES vote will lock students
into a five-year commitment to
provide $3.75 million for the $9.5
million SRC slated for Mclnnes
In last year's controversy, the
AMS drew sharp criticism for its
$25,000 YES campaign. The costly
bus ads and "biased slamming of
the NO campaign" were "clearly a
mistake," said current AMS president Mike Lee.
This year the AMS is limiting
its involvement to a "neutral information" campaign with a more
modest $7,000 budget.
Under a new set of guidelines,
all campus groups wishing to
lobby for or against SRC must
register with the Student Administrative Council Electoral Commission and identify themselves
by name or logo on all ads posted
on campus.
To date, the YES committee
representing Intramural Sports
has the only registered campaign.
But SAC Electoral Commissioner,
Angela Pontikas said she expects
several more groups to register by
the September 15 deadline.
The SRC will be financed
jointly—the provincial government will match $4.75 million to
be raised by the AMS and the
Alumni Association.
Director of Administration
Andrew  Hicks  said  he  doesn't
Artist's design of Student Recreation Centre
anticipate the Alumni Association
will have difficulty raising their $1
million contribution.
Notably absent from the new
pared down SRC are a playcare-
daycare facility, the proposed concert hall and the night-lit playing
Playcare has been deferred to
phase two of the project owing to
budgetary constraints. Construction of a larger playcare facility in
alink to join the SRC with the SUB
is scheduled for 1992 upon comple
tion of phase one.
"We didn't want just a token
playcare (facility)," explains
And the $1.75 million needed
to give Mclnnes Field lights and
artificial turf was also considered
to be an expense beyond the means
of phase one funding.
Because of a similar facility
proposed by the Creative and Performing Arts Centre, the RecFac
concert hall was ruled ineligible
for funding.
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Fares go farther
by Ted Ing
Post-secondary students living in the Lower Mainland are
now taking advantage of a new
bus-fare policy, implemented last
spring by the Vancouver Regional
Transit Commission (VRTC).
The policy, which is on a one-
year trial period, allows students
to travel through all zones with a
single-zone monthly bus pass.
"They're not fare cuts," said
John Mills, vice president of planning for BC Transit, "(BC Transit)
is willing to accept single-zone
passes for travel all over the Lower
The new policy will save students living in multi-zone areas as
much as 40 dollars a month.
First year Science student
Sarah Congdon welcomes the savings. "That's good. For me, it
makes my money go a lot further.
In eight months, that's a textbook
Although the new zone policy
doesn't benefit students who live
in the single zone area as much as
those living in other zones, Mills
said it "should be beneficial to all
He added there was little
chance for additional fare adjustments. "We feel that the policy
that the commission put forward
is enough. There aren't any further adjustments anticipated."
The new zone discount policy
is a result of pressure from the
Student Transit Advisory Committee, acoali tion of students from
Lower Mainland post-secondary
institutions, a BC Transit advisor
and other student groups.
Vanessa Geary, AMS External Affairs Coordinator and member ofthe STAC, said "the transit
committee did not just...volunteer
this for students—this was in fact
due to student societies working
together (and) lobbying in a unified way."
The one zone pass is the first
step in the STAC's plan to provide
an "affordable and comprehensive
public transportation system for
students." The next step involves
getting concession cards for post-
secondary students similar to high
school GoCards.
"The campaign this year will
focus on obtaining a concession
pass for all post-secondary stu
dents," said Geary.
The VRTC has already approved the idea of concession cards
for post-secondary students, providing the three million dollars
necessary to implement the card
program comes from an outside
source, said Geary. This places the
responsibility of the program on
the provincial government, she
"If (the provincial government) were truly committed to a
sustainable development and a
clean environment, they would do
everything to develop an efficient,
reliable and affordable public
transit system (for students),"
said Geary.
The new policy has been well
received by UBC students. 322 of
the $2 FastTrax stickers necessary for the single-zone savings
have sold since September 1st.
Savings vary according to what
zone students live in. Single zone
passes still cost $50 a month, but
the $67 double zone and $90 triple
zone passes are no longer necessary.
Many students, however are
still unaware of the program. "I
"Now we can afford to commute three hours a day!"        david loh photo
didn't even know about it, but it's
a good idea—if ifs cheaper than
using those bloody faresavers.
"I think it's excellent," said
second-year Arts student Melissa
Picher, "because a lot of people
take the bus because it's cheaper
than   driving,   and   it's   even
cheaper, now."
And others aren't satisfied by
the savings. "Well, I'm going to
continue using my (highschool)
GoCard until October," said one
first-year student.
Nearly half a million students can't be wrong.
You don't need to be a you-know-who
(who me?) to know that travelling by train
is light years ahead of other forms of mass
transportation. Nearly half a million students
in Canada took the train last year to visit
family and friends or take a well-deserved
break away from it all.
Of course the relative merits of train travel
are easy to see. Where else but on the train
can you get up and walk around, enjoy a
stunning view, a complimentary meal on
many routes, rest, catch up on your studies,
travel with a group of friends, meet new
people along the way and, in many cases, have
the superb convenience of downtown-to-
downtown service too?
And with students getting to travel at
33% off the regular fare simply by showing their
student cards*, I'll be more than relatively
surprised if even more don't take the train
this year.
•Student discount not applicable on Fridays and Sundays between
12 noon and 6:00 p.m. on intercity trips anywhere between Quebec
City and Windsor or anywhere between Halifax and Fredericton
(trains 11 and 12) or between Moncton and Campbellton (train
15 only) except when travelling to a destination outside these routes.
Student discount is not applicable at anytime on any route between
Oecember 15th, 1989 and January 3rd, 1990 or between June 1st
and September 30th, 1989 when sleeping car accommodation is
purchased except on the Atlantic, The Ocean and The Chaleur.
Take the train. There's nothing quite like it!
September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/5 Office For Women Students Presents:      §
How to Pass the
English Comp. Test
Thursday, September 21,1989
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TUESDAYS, 12:30-1:20 p.m.
September 12 - November 28,1989
Chartered Accountants
We are pleased to announce the following graduates of the University of British Columbia
have recently become associated with our firm:
Allan Chen
Darwin Cooper
Cicie Lau
Julia Leiterrnan
We will be on campus October 16, 17 and 18 for interviews.
The application deadline is September 27, 1989.
Applications are currently being accepted at the
Canada Employment Centre on campus
1 1
1 1
Collingwood Neighbourhood House needs school age child
care worker for Monday to Friday 7-9 a.m. and/or 2:306:30
p.m. Must be over 19 years, have first-aid and experience in
providing a stimulating enviroment for children 5-12 years
old. Also need drivers to provide pick-up service for children
in after school care. 8:30-8:45 a.m. and 3-3:15 p.m. Monday
to Friday. Honourarium provided. Perfer Class 4 licence but
not necessary.
Call Collingwood Neighbourhood house 435-0323 for
more information.
Mens JV Basketball Tryouts
Wednesday & Thursday, September,13th & 14th, 6:30 pm
8:30 pm
Osborne Gym, call Bruce at 228-6659
Hillel House famous Hot Lunches are back!
Watch 'Tween Classes for more info, phone 224-4748
September 12,1989 NEWS
Students face tuition
increase across Canada
Keith Leung with Canadian
University Press files
From Bona vista to Vancouver
Island, from the Arctic Circle to
the Great Lake waters, this land
was not made for less affluent
students, this land was not made
for you and me.
University tuition fees are up
an average of 6.4 per cent this
year, according to a study released
September 6th by Statistics Canada.
Close to home, UBC's Board of
Governors increased tuition by 10
per cent disregarding large protests and a day-long occupation of
the administration building.
While fees in Quebec remain
frozen, some fees were hiked by as
much as 22 per cent. With tuition
fees between $450 and $570, Quebec university students pay the
least tuition.
Students at Ryerson Polytech-
nical Institute in Toronto saw
their tuition fees jump by 22 per
cent from $1,243 last year to
$1,516 this year for a student in
At an average $1,621 per year,
students in the Atlantic
provinces still pay Canada's highest tuition fees.
Students at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was
hit with a 15 per cent hike from
$1,720 last year to $1,970.
With the exception of semi-private Trinity Western University
in Langley BC, Acadia's are the
most expensive university eight-
month-program tuition fees in
"The future of accessible education is grim," says Canadian Federation of Students chair Jane
Arnold. "And every day the situation gets worse."
Arnold says with federal transfer payments being cut back and
provinces  unwilling to pay for
education, the cost of post secondary education is being shifted to
the students.
"This blows accessibility right
out of the water," she says. "We
believe finances are the biggest
barrier to post secondary education, and hiking tuition fees makes
this barrier more difficult to over-
An exception to the
trend of skyrocketing
university fees is in
New York. Governor
Mario Cuomo vetoed
a proposed $200 a
year tuition hike for
the City University
of New York, but only
after students at 16
of the system's 18
campuses took over
buildings in protest.
Arnold says the average tuition
fee in the Atlantic of $1,621 consumes about half the maximum
financial aid permitted under the
Canada Student Loans program.
"That loan is supposed to be
what you live on for the year too,"
she says. "You can't pay rent and
food for a year with $1,600."
"Accessibility to post-secondary education is in big trouble
right now," she adds.
Even in Quebec, where fees
have been frozen at about $550
since 1968, the outcome of the
upcoming provincial election may
determine the possibility of a hike.
With the Liberals commanding a
healthy lead in the polls and seemingly on the verge of a strong second mandate, student leaders fear
the new government will move
quickly to raise fees.
Education minister Claude
Ryan is known to want to double or
triple tuition to bring Quebec's
fees in line with the Canadian
This threat of a quick tuition
hike is bringing rival student associations together.
ANEEQ, a Quebec student
union representing over 100,000
students, has had previous success in fighting increases in tuition.
In 1986, when Robert
Bourassa's Liberal government
said it would ignore a promise not
to raise tuition during its first
mandate, ANEEQ quickly mobilized, calling a general strike and
forcing Bourassa to back down.
Canadian students are not
alone in facing economic hardships. For the ninth year in a row,
tuition fees in American universities will have climbed faster than
the rate of inflation.
At US state-funded universities, average tuition and related
fees are up seven per cent to $ 1694.
Students at private schools will
pay an average of $8,737, nine per
cent higher than 1988-89.
In addition to tuition fees,
American students can expect to
pay six to seven per cent more for
residence fees.
An exception to the trend of
skyrocketing university fees is in
New York. Governor Mario Cuomo
vetoed a proposed $200 a year
tuition hike for the City University of New York, but only after
students at 16 of the system's 18
campuses took over administration buildings in protest.
The University of British Columbia
From 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Room Assigmnents
Report to the room
library/AMS card or:
according to your surname, and bring your
similar photo ID in order to be admitted.
 ANGUS 104
 MATH 100
 CSCI 200
Students an
to use a dictionary
Rooms open at 5:00 pm
If you are an undergraduate student, you were automatically registered for this examination when you were admitted to study at UBC.
Your faculty expects you to write the Test at the earliest possible sitting for which you are eligible.
You must have credit for English 100 or its equivalent. You must be currently enrolled or have been previously enrolled at UBC.
If you are a transfer student enrolling for the first time in 1989, you need not pay the Test fee. You do not need a fee sticker of any
kind. If you miss this sitting, however, you will have to pay the $10.00 fee for any subsequent Test. The ECT will next be given during
the December examination period.
If you aren't a 1989 transfer student, you must have a fee-paid sticker ($10). The Department of Finance, 3rd. Floor Administration
Building, sells ECT stickers. The cashier will expect you to produce a Library/AMS card or similar photo I.D.
An information meeting about the ECT wilt be held on Thursday, September 14, at 12:30pm in Hebb Theatre.
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s a student, you can
enjoy the Magic of the
Vancouver Symphony
As a student, you're entitled to up to
50% OFF regular adult prices, when
you subscribe to the Series of your choice.
For more information, tickets, or our
season brochure, call 876-3434.
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September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/7 The University of British Columbia
by Anton Chekov
Directed by Charles Siegel
September 13 - 23
Curtain 8:00 pm
'89 - '90 Series of Four Plays ($20)
Sept 13 - 23
Oct 18 - 28
The Mistakes Of A Night
Nov 15 - 25
Mar 7 -17
In celebration of UBC's 75th Anniversary a special discount for
season subscribers to one of the most hair raising modern operas
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller (in collaboration with the School of Music)
Sondheim & Wheeler
Jan 17 - Feb 3
Box Office  •  Frederic Wood Theatre  •   Room 207
Support Your Campus Theatre
AMS used bookstore in SUB
Better old than new books
Students looking for cheap
used textbooks should check out
the Alma Mater Society used bookstore said AMS vice-president
Sarah Mair.
Located in the Student Union
Building, room 119, the AMS used
book outlet offers prices which are
10 to 15 percent lower than books
at the UBC Bookstore said Mair.
"It's worth coming in because
you can get some good deals," she
Mildin MacKenzie, anthropology 4, a repeat customer of the
AMS bookstore said she saved 30
percent off the cost of regular texts
last year by buying her textbooks
at the student bookstore.
But AMS bookstore customer
Paul Shum, science 1, warned
students to comparison shop before they buy their used textbooks.
The cost of a textbook can vary
at the AMS bookstore because
owners determine the price of
their books individually he said.
The first-year chemistry used
textbook he wanted to buy was five
dollars cheaper at the UBC bookstore he said.
The AMS bookstore operates
on a consignment basis where
students bring in their used textbooks, and set their own price. The
AMS charges a 20 percent handling fee for the service.
Sarah Mair said the bookstore
runs on a non-profit basis. The
handling fees collected are used to
cover the operating costs of the
bookstore, which is staffed by six
student managers and 24 employees this year.
Mair hoped this year's increase in promotion for the AMS
bookstore will help it break even.
In past years the bookstore barely
covered its costs she said.
Mair added the AMS bookstore usually will carry several
editions of a textbook because
some students prefer to buy the
cheaper, old versions rather than
up-to date copies.
The AMS used bookstore will
continue receiving consignments
until September 15 and will remain open until September 22
from 8 am to 7 pm.
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September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/9 Student Recreation Centre
" Are you in favour of continuing the $30 annual fee that has been
added to your AMS fees for the construction and operation of the
Student Recreation Centre on Mclnnes Field next to SUB?"
Proposed FaC-ll-lci
Multi-use Gymnasium/Sports Hall
The Multi-use Gymnasium/Sports Hall will have three playing
areas. Each area can be used for volleyball, tennis or basketball.
Each playing area can also be used for four badminton courts, or
alternatively two areas for martial arts activities or a permutation
of these uses. Collectively, the three playing areas are in a single
high ceiling (8 metres/26 feet) hall with appropriate lighting and
ventilation. The floor will be sprung. The net assignable area wiH
include an allowance for people (including those in wheelchairs)
waiting to get on to a court.
Martial Arts Activity Room
The Martial Arts Room will be accommodated in a low-ceiling space,
which could be used for other activities r combined with the Dance
Activity space. The space will allow for a square contest area with
a safety strip around the playing area. The safety area will be
shared by judges and officials or people awaiting access. Martial
arts activities can also function in the Multi-use Gymnasium. The
floor will be sprung.
Dance Activity Room
The Dance Activity Room can be used for dance of all forms. The
room will have the same low ceiling heightas the Martial Arts Room.
Appropriate variable height wall bars will be placed around the
room. The room will have wall mirrors and a sprung floor.
Space for AMS Clubs
There will be space provided for 16 new offices and additional
storage areas. Each office will be similar in size to the offices in the
Student Union Building.
Intramural Sports Offices and Meeting Spaces
Space will be provided to allow the UBC Intramural Sports program
to expand to its fullest potential.
Storage associated with both day to day events in the facility and
AMS clubs. *
Concourses, Walkways and Decks
The architectural design includes concourses overlooking the activity
and gym areas, walkway, linking the Student Union Building,
Aquatic Centre and the War Memorial Gymnasium, and decks and
seating areas. The design should explore opportunities for lounges
and common areas.
Manamment and Qp^raHow of the 8.R.C.
Operational Responsibilities
The University will be responsible for all operation costs associated
with Centre, its staff and the general maintenance. Both the
University and the AMS may suggest new phases of construction.
These new components ofthe facility will be owned and operated by
the University, in accordance with the management arrangements,
including the payment of operating costs.
Management Advisory Committee
A Committee will be established to advise the Office ofthe President
on all matters of the S.R.C. maintenance, operation and bookings
policy. The Management AdvisoryCommittee will also be responsible
for overseeing the maintenance, operations and bookings ofMcInnes
Field. The Manager will be responsible for all daily operational
aspects of the Centre and will be a resource member of the
Management Advisory Committee. The Committee will have six
voting members with equal representation from the University and
the Alma Mater Society.
The Facilities Allocation Committee
The Management Advisory Committee will establish a Facilities
Allocation Committee. The Facilities Allocation Committee will
work within a genera] framework for the Student Recreation Centre
and the Mclnnes Field usage. The Facilities Allocation Committee
will have six voting student members and four non-voting members
from the AMS and UBC.
All registered UBC students
are encouraged to vote in this referendum
Polling stations will be located throughout the campus
Vote September 25th - 29th
September 12,198 NEWS
Cooks keep pace with the demand for hamburgers at the AMS barbeque
by Gabriella King
The Alma Mater Society held
its annual barbecue last Friday,
but unlike past years, the gathering did not include the Society's
Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AMS is required to hold a
general meeting every year where
bylaws can be ammended if quorum is met. In order to attract the
ten per cent of the student body
required to amend bylaws, the
AMS has previously held its annual general meeting at the barbecue. But even though quorum can
be met at the barbecue, students
consider it to be purely a social
event and pay little attention to
the meeting.
AMS external affairs coordinator Vanessa Geary disagrees
with the policy of holding the
annual meeting at the barbecue.
"Having this sort of thing to
make important changes in the
bylaws is wrong," she said.
But AMS president Mike Lee
is concerned that quorum would
not be met if the AGM was not
combined with the barbecue.
"It is not an appropriate way
to be passing bylaws, but in all
practical sense, I'm not shutting it
off for the future because of practicality. We can't get people out to
the meetings," said Lee.
"Every year the AMS has a
meeting [in February] and usually
about thirty or forty students
show up," he said.
Lee said that as long as they
can get people to actively participate in the meeting, he would not
object to having it at the barbecue
again in the future.
The AMS is planning to have a
general meeting in the SUB ballroom this year. If quorum is not
met, said Lee, they will not amend
any bylaws.
This is not a serious concern
for the immediate future, said
Sarah Mair, AMS vice-president.
"As of right now, I don't see
any changes in the bylaws that we
have to make that are vital," she
Mair suggested students
could vote on proposed bylaw
ammendments during elections.
"I think it would be possible, if
there was a change that we
wanted to make—tack it on a referendum or election. Give them a
chance to vote yes or no," she said.
Two students enjoy AMS barbeque
FALL 1989
The Women Student's Office offers a number of programs and workshops free of charge which have been designed to address
the particular needs and interests of women students at UBC.
The fall schedule is as follows:
Program Title
Brown Bag Drop-in
* Procrastination
*Time Management
ETC for Transfer
Essay Skills
* Women & Self-Esteem
* Assertiveness
* Stress Reduction
* Status of Women
Tuesdays (ongoing)
Sept. 12-Nov. 28
Monday (1 session)
Nov. 6
Thursdays (1 session)
Sept. 28
Thursday (1 session)
Sept. 21
Thursday (3 session)
Oct. 19,26 Nov. 2
Wednesday (3 session)
Oct. 11, 18,25
Tuesdays (3 session)
Oct. 10, 17,24
Thursday (3 session)
Nov. 2, 9,16
Tuesday (1 session)
Nov. 7
Brock 223
Brock 223
Brock 223
106A, B&C
106A, B&C
Room 5
* Pre-registeration required.
Please contact the office for Women Students, Brock Hall 203. Telephone: 228-2415.
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September 12,1989
(1 week delivery on stock flams)
* T-SHIRTS    7.35 EACH
(Based on 25 units per style/design)
PRICE INCLUDES:  1 colour print, garments, set
up. screen & artwork .... putt printing & Hash cure-
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in price .... additional colour printing by captation.
Call: (Ask for Kenneth) 688-6879
Monday ■ Saturday    10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturdays/Sundays/Evenings by appointment
Fire and Police Games summer display.
Arsonist set fires in two garbage cans outside of SUB causing
trouble for student security budget.
The TA Union and Faculty Development Project have collaborated to design a series
of seminars for TA's on Friday, September 15. We invite you to take part. There is
no formal registration procedure, so please mark the date in your calendar!
Friday, September 15
Graduate Student Centre
9:00 -10:00am
Part 1: TA/Faculty Teamwork
• Ken Stoddart, Department of Sociology
• Jessica McFarlane, TA, Department of Psychology
Part II: Equity in the Classroom
• Jon Shapiro and Magaretha Hoek,
Faculty representatives on
The Sexual Harassment Committee
10:00 - Noon
Facilitating Discussion In the Classroom
• Sharon Anderson, School of Nursing
• Janice Ramengo, TA, Department of English
1:00 - 2:30pm
Student Evaluation and Assessment
(a) Arts and Humanities
• Judy Brown, Department of English
• Linda Pashka, TA, Department of English
(b) Math and Sciences
• Sophia Nussbaum, Department of Chemistry
• Doug Wirsz, TA, Department of Chemistry
2:30 - 4:00pm
#1 Preparing and Delivering Lectures
• Jane Rick, Department of English
• Maureen Okun, TA, Department of English
#2 Conducting Effective Labs
• Bill Godolphin, Department of Pathology (VGH)
No-host Social in Graduate Student Centre Beer Garden
Faculty members who work with TAs are invited to a no-host social hour in
the Graduate Student Centre Beer Garden at 4:00 p.m.
If you require
more information please phone the TA office at 224-2118.
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September 12,1989 UNCLAIMED
Thurs. Sept. 14
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room 209E Computer Sciences Building
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Enjoy all 17 international award
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Advance Tickets Available At U.B.C. and The Ridge
Arbutus & 16th Ave.
St Anselm's Anglican Church
(University Boulevard accross from golf course)
The Students and the student families of the University fo British Columbia
Sunday Services:
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
11:00 am Holy Eucharist (2nd Sunday-Morning Prayer)
Sunday School-ages 5 to 12 (beginning Sept. 17)
Nursery care provided
Rector: Rev. Bud Raymond • For more information: 224-1410, or 224-2568
the Ubyssey
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Beat reporters
in demand
If you are a student desiring
to be involved with issues
dealing with a faculty or area
on campus, a beat reporter
position is available for you at
the Ubyssey.
For details call us or stop by
Join the Graphics Team.
Positions open
The Ubyssey is currently
looking for students to fill in
coordinator positions for photography and letters.
If you have a personality - a
little substance - or a sense of
humour be a part of our production team.
Come to our office Wednesday, September 13th at 2:30 pm.
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September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/13 Through the door
Alexandra Best
"After You..." is a play whose
main character is... a door.
Through a series of vignettes, the
play explores the role that doors
play in everyday life, drawing
into sharp focus our often
unwitting use of doors as both
barriers and aids to communication.
"After You..." at Vancouver
Little Theatre, Sunday, Sept.
10 at 12*00 noon
One couple's communication
problems are "solved" by tearing
away these physical barriers
only to discover that openness
and privacy are needs that often
come into conflict. Another "shy"
couple uses the door as a means
By Brian Hohm
The Fringe Guide lists this
production as a play,
but this is really a show in the
British music hall tradition. A
cast of three women performs
skits and songs on the general
theme of controlling one's body.
Typical ofthe topics dealt with
are faked orgasms, encounters
with male gynecologists, and the
ever-popular "just what the hell
is wrong with men anyway?"
Spit It Out
Anza Club, Friday, Sept. 8
Sept. 12 -15, 5:45
The show comes across as a
politically correct version of
Benny Hill. There is no trick
photography and there are no T
and A shots. What is stripped
bare is daily life and the routine
hassles that women go through.
The theatre company,
Sensible Footware, comes from
England. References to Tiger
Williams and the NDP have been
injected into the script to bridge
the cultural gap. Still, some jokes
do fall flat. The cast's sense of
comic timing is off in places.
Pauses and awkward word
emphasis draw attention
away from the humour. The
audience was quite forgiving.
The social commentary seemed
to atone for the deficiencies in
the often bawdy humour.
to coyly begin a romance—clearly
the ability to peek around doors,
to exchange sloe-eyed glances,
and the availability of a quick
escape route are key elements in
their courtship ritual.
Yet another couple uses the
doors in their lives as places to
clinch dates, to bargain and to
sum-up, to end one encounter
and to plan the next. Doors are
barriers when needed, and one
anxious bride is betrayed by a
door that simply cannot keep a
demanding world at bay.
Patricia Goldsmith as "Miss
Cosis" is the highlight of the
play; her performance is a
wonderful character study of a
woman who uses her doorstep as
a stepping-off place into other
people's lives. Her hilarious "pet-
owner" idiosyncrasies make her
appearances most entertaining.
Brydon Innes deserves applause for his quick and believable character changes. His
sketch of a neurotic who wakes
up, finds himself in mixed
company and immediately
launches into excuse-making is
very amusing. Nisia Mancini's
performances as a Stein Valley
petitioner and as a panicky bride
were also excellent.
Eva A. Fekete and company
have conceived a marvellously
entertaining play which will
leave you thinking about the
doors in your life in a whole new
light. The innovative use of the
prop-door and the high-paced
opening and closing scenes keep
the vignettes on track and give
the play unity and balance.
"After You..." is highly recommended.
"Would you buy used lingerie from this man?"
An ugly romp in Beauty
By Bryson Young
I hate pop culture. I hate having
to stand in line up at Safeway
surrounded by the sickly hues
and grainy photographs on the
front pages of tabloids.
"The World of Beauty"
The Warehouse
I hate talk shows and the
smell of death that seeps out of
the T.V. when Oprah or Morton
is on. I hate standing at bus
stops beside magazine racks
festooned with faces of women
that all look the same.
I can't even find the whole
thing funny, so I expected to hate
"The World of Beauty" as well.
But I didn't.
Of course, only the utterly
soulless could dislike good satire,
which is what "The World of
Beauty" is. Billed as a "multimedia extravaganza" with the
warning "Sex! Violence! Fashion!" (See why I was reluctant?)
the show is in fact clever and at
times hilarious.
Entering the theatre, you
become part of a studio audience
for the taping of a talk show
about the fashion industry. From
the shouting, sweating director
to the taped commercial breaks,
the atmosphere is reproduced
very authentically.
The audience, for instance,
is given a 30 second seminar on
"how to applaud" before the show
starts. From the "World of
Beauty Dancers" to the preening
fashion moguls who appear as
guests, this company manages to
maintain terrific energy while
never dropping completely into
the kind of ridiculous indulgence
that can scuttle satire of this
kind.      The show bubbles along
just like Entertainment Tonight-
the tongue never leaves the
cheek or deteriorates into a mere
Worthy of particular
mention are the two hosts, Brad
Gough and Denise Lane—their
improvising skills are a pleasure
to watch, and the characters they
have created are epiformes of the
style that never become mere
Their transition from on-
camera to off-camera personalities is one of the best gags in the
production. Wade Lynch as Mr.
Blackwell and Joey Shithead as
"Bad Boy ofthe Fashion World"
Sammy Venus are both very
Considering the large size
and scope of this show, this
achievement is impressive.
I did have a few reservations
(my puritan, pop culture hating
soul would allow me no less),
about the length of the show, and
a few of the bits were overdone.
All in all, while the show could
be tighter, the risks that succeed
outweigh the ones that flop by a
considerable margin. This show
is a good romp. Go see it ready
to participate. I did, and am now
seeing a whole new dimension to
the "Weekly Star'.
A perverted human
By John Hudson
In the late 1960's, groups of
aspiring British playwrights, directors and actors formed small
touring companies and set out to
change the social fabric of the
nation through Agit-Prop (Agitation-Propaganda) theatre. While
the success of their "revolution"
is clearly debatable, a number of
these playwrights (David Hare,
Trevor Griffiths, Howard Bren-
ton, David Edgar, Howard
Barker) had an unquestionable
effect on the consciousness of
British drama and its audiences
as writers in theatre, televison
and film during the Seventies
and Eighties. As a legacy of their
Agit-Prop days, these writers left
a considerable canon of short,
dark dramas and vicious, black
satires: the sort of material
perfect for touring companies
and fringe festivals. At the top
of this list stands Howard
Brenton's "Christie in Love",
performed at this year's Vancouver Fringe by London's English
Suitcase Theatre Company.
Twenty years after it was
first performed, the play has lost
none of its power to shock,
provoke and disturb. The piece
concerns the true-life horror of
the British mass-murderer John
Reginald Christie. While the
subject matter alone is enough to
provoke strong reaction from any
audience, the really disturbing
element of "Christie in Love" is
Brenton's refusal to offer any
easy solutions. The audience,
provoked into questioning, is left
to find its own answers. As
Brenton said in a Theatre
Quarterly interview, 1975:
"When it comes to agit-prop, I
like the agit; the prop I'm very
bad at."
"Christie in Love" By Howard
Brenton, English Suitcase
Theatre Co., Vancouver Little
Theatre, Sept. 12-14- 2:30
Of the three characters in
the play only Christie himself
appears as a fully developed
psychological character; the two
policemen are little more than
pantomime figures. In this way
Christie, the perverted human,
grimly appears in striking relief
to the figures of the sarcastic
Inspector and the green Constable—still more so to the
stuffed dummy who represents
Christie's victim. The Inspector,
like the audience, wishes
The silent stage
To attend a performance of
Samuel Beckett's work is to suspend the usual criteria ofthe
theatre critic. In fact, the
strongest recommendation I can
give this production of "Krapp's
Last Tape" at the Grunt gallery
is that it rendered me incapable
of making any significant
comment at all. The usual catchwords that spring to mind seem
vain and useless when confronted with the silence of
Beckett's stage.
Krapp's Last Tape,
Grunt Gallery
A plot summary would read
something like—"Krapp smells
the bannana he has taken from
the middle drawer of his desk,
holds it like a smile between his
lips and then eats it as if it were
corn-on-the-cob, longitudinally.
He slips on the bannana peel.
He then threads and re-threads
his tape machine, listening to
his own voice, recounting sexual
memories ( which he enjoys) and
memories of artistic insights
(which he scorns).
He listens to them again,
and in between these, he snaps
the machine off and an eerie
silence falls. He shuffles offstage for a drink. He sings in a
wheezy voice about the falling
dark—and returns to his
Such a summation does
nothing to evoke the effect that
the performance had on the
audience. I sat in my chair,
feeling claustrophobic and
sweaty from the close atmosphere of the Grunt, watching
Krapp squint fixedly at his
pocket watch, fumble with his
keys and the threads of his tape
machine, and I was suddenly
aware of myself, sitting cross
legged and scribbling in my notebook. I don't have any idea what
theatre is supposed to be, a de-
construction or a ritual legitimation or any of that. But when I
walked out of "Knapp's Last
Tape", I was left with a strange
It seemed that while I was
inside the theatre, someone had
demolished Main Street and
Vancouver, the whole familiar
world, and put up a cunning, but
flawed replica in its place.
A friend made the point that
this was an unusual Beckett
script in that it is personal and
eccentric- one doesn't get the
sense, as in "Waiting for Godot"
or "End Game" that he is
dragging symbols across the
Krapp is a man, perhaps a
failed poet, and while alluding to
the Everymen that Didi and
Gogo are, I was aware of a more
idiosyncratic individual on the
stage, with shades of the author
himself, perhaps. The images he
conjures up, particularily the
female ones, are rounder and
more romantic than in the other
plays, without being sentimental.
What can be said about the
style? R. Nelson Brown, director
and star, does a great job of what
must be an extremely difficult
task. The performance has to be
"clean", almost harshly so. I
imagine that the lonely actor has
to practice terrific self-restraint
and discipline, and here he
accomplishes just that.
My hat is off to him—now if
I can just find the head that it
was sitting on when the show
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Christie were not so horribly
human and exhorts him: "Why
can't a mass-murderer be just a
bit diabolical? Why can't a
pervert like you, already in the
annals of nastiness, have fangs
or something? Roll your eyes
around. Sprout horns." Brenton's Christie refuses, and
remains the bespectacled homeowner, war- veteran and former
special-policeman. The effect is
distinctly disturbing.
This excellent production
follows the playwright's instructions to the letter, evincing
Brenton's unique talent as one of
the most strongly theatrical
writers ofthe modern stage. The
space at the Vancouver Little
Theatre is the perfect venue for
the piece, exactly meeting
Brenton's specifications. The cast
members give full support to the
writer's vision, and in doing so
produce a performance of brutal
intensity. If the Fringe can
continue to bring such material
to our city, it does indeed deserve
our support.
See this play, and having
seen it, consider it carefully.
"Christie in Love" is not about
entertainment, but about darker
things, more deeply affecting: the
sort of ideas and images that
drama was always meant to b^
Christie: spot the mass murderer
The spirit of the words
By John Hudson
Oddly enough, this was the
second time I had seen Dylan
Thomas' play for voices, *TJnder
Milk Wood", performed at the
Cambrian Hall.
"Under Milk Wood" By Dylan
Thomas, Full House Theatre
Cambrian Hall Sept. 12-11:30;
Sept. 15-6:30
The first time was an
amateur performance some years
ago mounted by the Welsh
Society of Vancouver, a show not
at all marred by its good natured
unprofessionalism, and possessed of a certain Celtic bravado
that would have had its author
rolling in the aisles (not that that
ever took much).
The new production at this
year's Fringe, under the direction of Christopher Gaze, brings
professionalism to the piece and
with it, an enhanced presentation of Thomas' beautiful words.
But in comparison it lacks
something ofthe lively spirit captured so naturally by the Welsh
The description ofthe piece
is as "a play for voices", and it
has always confounded me that
anyone should have thought to
put it on the stage at all. A
recitation or better yet a radio
format seems far more appropriate to Thomas' original intent
(indeed the Full House Theatre
production begins with a radio
announcer and the spotlight
image of a huge old-fashioned
radio at the rear ofthe stage).
The cast of more than forty
characters makes a stage
production all the more ambitious, and full credit is due to the
eight actors who portrayed all
these roles with singular ability.
Any production ofthe play is, of
course, worth seeing if only to
hear those great tongue-rolling,
tongue-skipping sentences that
were the trademark of one of the
century's greatest poets.
The portrait of the Welsh
fishing village of Llareggub, of
its eccentric inhabitants, and the
private ghosts is a picture in
language; a sprawling, tumbling
quilt of words.     It is as such
that it can be best enjoyed.
Whether in a reading, a
radio broadcast or a stage
production, it is the poetry that
cannot fail. Even if my own
appreciation cannot be divorced
from that strange, almost surreal
amateur night of some years
back, Fringe audiences could do
far worse than hearing the words
of Dylan Thomas from this more
than competent Full House
By John Hudson
Almost totally linguistically
dead, the Celtic world survives
mainly in nostalgic and fuzzily
remembered traditions. Two of
these traditions, storytelling and
drinking, figure heavily in Brian
Friel's powerful and illuminating
play "Faith Healer".
"Faith Healer" by Brian Friel
Hands On Theatre
Cambrian  Hall   Sept.15,   16-
11:30pm, Sept.l7-9*00pm
Martin Evans (who also appears in the Fringe production of
another play with Celtic connections, Dylan Thomas' "Under
Milk Wood") plays the Fantastic
Frank Hardy, an itinerant Irish
faith healer, journeying through
Wales and Scotland with his
cockney manager Teddy and
with Grace, his Yorkshire (or is
she Irish?) mistress (or is she his
wife?).   Frank's story is about
questions; questions that have
tortured his mind for twenty
years. Is he a healer? Or a con-
man? Is the power his? Or does
it come from those he heals?
Grace and Teddy have their
own stories, and their own
Friel has constructed the
play without dialogue, having
only one actor appear on stage at
a time. The play becomes a
sequence of storytellings, made
all the more interesting by each
character telling a part of the
same story, overlapping and
illuminating the others with
their own memories and perspective.
The story told builds from,
and constantly returns to, the
events of one night in a roadside
hotel following the group's
homecoming to the Celtic insula
sacra of Ireland. Celtic place-
names are repeated through the
play like a mantra, gradually
excentuating two names, two
places, and their terrible significance for Frank, Grace and
All three roles are excellently executed by this first class
cast. Martin Evans, downing a
bottle of whiskey, is full of
passionate intensity. Louise
Domestic humanity
By John Hudson
When Peter Nichols' play "A
Day in the Death of Joe Egg" was
first performed in London in
1967, it was an instant success
and quickly established its
author as the most important
contemporary dramatist to have
emerged from the West of
England. Twenty-two years later
the play has lost none of its
comedy nor its touching domestic
tragedy. It remains a familiar
play for English students in
many countries, but its true
importance cannot be appreciated without seeing it performed
live, and the Sidestreet Players
production at this year's Fringe
Festival provides a more than
adequate opportunity.
"A Day in the Death of Joe
Egg" By Peter Nichols
Sidestreet Players,
Mt. Pleasant Community
Centre, Sept 13,14 6:15 and
Sept. 16,17 12:00
The play, despite its status
as a comedy, concerns the trials
of living with a child so hopelessly crippled as to be, in the
Father's brutal words, "a human
parsnip." Nichols was writing
from familiar ground, his own
first daughter being born
severely disabled and destined
for a life of silent suffering and
early death. Out of such tragic
material Nichols fashioned a
comedy, and a very funny one.
The play shows how, over a
period of years, explaining to
others how one lives with a
spastic, quadriplegic, epileptic
becomes a kind of a play in itself
or, in blacker terms, a kind of set
party piece.
The Sidestreet Players production manages, perhaps
simply through their choice of
material, to overcome some of
the problems typical of other
plays in a Fringe setting:
amateurism, heavy-handedness,
ham acting, and technical
problems. In the Saturday night
performance it was only in the
climactic scene of the play, which
requires very precise timing,
that the actors almost lost
control and experienced problems in their cues. Even then,
this generally talented cast
managed to bring the play to its
proper, distressing and deeply
affecting conclusion.
Barry Walker as the father,
Brian, aptly captures a necessary
mix of clowning and self-piteous
Whitney, as Grace, quickly
emptying successive glasses of
Cointreau, finally becomes the
most abjectly tragic ofthe pair,
left only with her questions.
Tipping back his dark ale as
Teddy, well-known character
actor Bernard Cuffling, is better
than I have ever seen him, both
very funny and quietly tragic in
his own way.
Brian Friel has emerged
from Ireland as a contemporary
voice to succeed the great Sean
O'Casey. His plays have captured the essence of the modern
Irish experience by carefully and
dutifully preserving the details
of history and heritage.
"Faith Healer" is both wider
than this experience, in its
portrait of a whole Celtic world
of dying villages and derelict
halls around the fringes of
England, and more personal, in
the private tragedies of three
people on the remarkable
journey of their own memories.
Ifyou see only two plays at
this year's Fringe let them be
Friel's "Faith Healer" and
Brenton's "Christie in Love".
These two are dramatically
different but equally excellent
examples of the heights that
such a festival can reach.
gloom, and also maintains an
acceptable English accent, as did
most of the other cast members.
Nichola Lake as his wife Sheila,
though not as strong in her solo
speeches, plays her dialogue very
well, particularly in establishing
her frustrated but loving relationship with Brian.
Tammy Isabel and Kary
Ghali both do justice to their respective roles as the visiting
friends Pam and Freddie, though
Mr. Ghali is occasionally somewhat wooden even in light of his
character's admission of being a
bit "squaresville". The very
young Amber Harker does a fine
job as the spastic Joe, a role
whose difficulty is too easily
underestimated. Finally, Rosey
Frier-Dryden sometimes comes a
little close to stereotyping the
English mother-in-law as Brian's
mother Grace; Nichols' script,
while indeed parodying such a
figure, does leave a little more
room for humanity.
It is such humanity that
Nichols' plays are all about. As
Irving Wardle wrote in reference
to "The National Health":
"We are not short of good
playwrights in Britain, but I
know of none with Peter
Nichols's power to put modern
Britain on the stage and send the
spectators away feeling more like
members of the human race."
Lost in the wasteland
By Alexandra Best
In this play, Alex McRae
(Stephen Lafrenie) flees the perceived threat of imminent
nuclear disaster only to encounter new adversaries in nature
and in his own tortured conscience.
"No Direction Home"
Cambrian Hall,
Sat. Sept. 9,1989 @ 9:00
The threat of nuclear war
brings yet another layer of
horror and hopelessness into the
life of the young man, who is
already teetering on the brink of
complete nervous collapse.
Unfortunately, the nervous
energy which is the keynote of
the show is as much an emana
tion from Lefrenie's very physical
performance—his abrupt and unpredictable movements, his
nerve-wracking use of a large
knife, the firing of gunshots—as
the persistent worry that a stick
might come flying off the stage to
strike the audience at any
The title, a clear allusion to
Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling
Stone", underscores the very
weakness of the play. Ironically,
Bob Dylan's song leaves the
listener with the sense that the
singer is so malicious and
lacking in compassion that he
compromises his very role as an
artist.    Similarly, Alex's
fountains of self-pity, his twisted
guilt, and his complete lack of
self-knowledge ultimately
disqualify him as a character
worthy of our sympathy or, in
the end, our interest.
The playwright's obviously
fine sense of irony misleads the
audience into hoping that Alex
will encounter more than just
another "shadow" in the woods,
but it is not to be.
The set and props are
likewise very clever, but again,
wasted on such an uninteresting
Unless you are looking for
an hour of unrelenting tension
and nerve-wracking audience
manipulation, don't bother with
"No Direction Home." Instead,
rent "Ordinary People," read
Neville Shute's On the Beach,
and meditate on the subjects of
guilt and fear.
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September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/15 (Continued from page 26. The page from Hell.)
Carla Maflechuk and Steve Conrad attached the
electrodes to the patient's head. Dan Andrews, eager to
repeat the famous '20's feat ofthe Daily Graphic stood by
with his camera, ignoring nurses Effie Pow and Yukie
Kurahashi who were working on a undercover expose of
the Social Credit party.
"There must be something about 5:40 in the morning
(4:40 actually, you're more tired than you thought)," said
Hudson to Bryson Young. Luis Piedmont and Ted Ing
(who wanted to be immortalized forever in the masthead)
walked up to the patient and asked him to hold two slices
of bread, which puzzled the latter greatly until Brian
Holm mentioned that the toaster in the staff lunchroom
was broken.
Alexandra Best and Grabriella King flung the switch
and zillions of volts flowed into the patient's body. The two
slices of bread carbonated like antidisestablishmentari-
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Something to
cry about
by Kelly McKenzie
What could possibly be more
absurd than this title? That's
right...the play itself.
Bathwater is conceivably a
true expression of absurdism and
one realizes this almost immediately.
Baby With the Bathwater
Fringe Festival
Venue* 7
Created out of the difficulty
of parenting, and how children
can turn out, "Baby With the
Bathwater" follows the bizarre
experiences of John and Helen
(David Thomson and Carol
Mann) as new parents.
The play begins with these
new parents cooing over their
new possession. At first glance,
this appears to be a seemingly
normal moment (this is the only
time during the play that this
thought will enter the viewer's
mind). Soon, however, a heated
argument breaks out over the so-
called atrocity ofthe baby being
called a "baked potato", and the
audience breaks out into laughter. "Baby with the Bathwater" is
a play with an absurdly amusing
It must be noted, however,
that although the skin of this
play is comedy, its flesh is truly
serious. Without being facetious,
"Baby..." is something to cry
about; it points out that unfit
parents will raise very confused,
pained children.
Don't get me wrong. Although the core of the play is
serious, it is presented so that
one is almost too busy laughing
to notice. For example, as Daisy
(Mike Gall) stands in a dress and
exclaims (concerning his gender)
that "his parents guessed
wrong," it's difficult not to laugh.
The other characters, aided
by Christopher Durang's excellent dialogue, keep any sombre
thoughts at a laughing distance.
Straight-faced, Nanny (Stephanie Kirkland) and the careless
mother (Beatrice Zeilinger) toss
off inanities with ease. Their
energy could easily place them in
a Fawlty Towers episode.
"Baby With the Bathwater"
presents an entertaining account
of parenting that leaves the
viewer in a cheerful yet bizarre
mood. The play also raises the
frightening spectre of unfit
parenthood, reinforced when the
father sucks vodka back from a
plastic yellow duckie: parenting
is not all it's quacked up to be.
Mrs. Romaniac's
By Brian Hohm
"Have you never been to Climax?" asks Mrs. Romaniac,
apparently referring to the town
in Saskatchewan where the
Romaniac clan recently reunited.
"You haven't? I pity you.
In my family," she continues, "if
you are a woman you become
a fortune teller. Ifyou are a man
you become a musician."
So when the men of the Romaniac family take the stage, they
indeed make music as good as
any you could hope to find at a
Ukrainian wedding reception on
the prairies.
The Romaniacs:
Live from the Ethnic Fringe
Hot Jazz Club
Saturday, Sept. 9
Sept. 12 & 13, 6:00 pm
Sept. 16 & 17, 2:15 pm
The band, Stephie on mandolin, Zandor on accoustic guitar,
Janusz on standup base, and
Joseph on violin, make their own
brand of country and eastern,
ethno-fusion music. Melodies are
often borrowed from rock and
roll but the band seems obsessed
with playing in eastern-sounding
minor keys.
Mandolin flourishes and gypsy
violin solos are dropped into
the songs as quick as you can
shout "Hoy!" a word which
loosely translated means, "my
hot ethnic blood beats for you."
Mrs. Romaniac forbids her
sons to play electric instruments.
Although Poor Zandor clearly
misses his electric guitar, he
plays some wicked Black Sea
surf music on his accoustic.
Janusz' standup base solo
features riffs from Iron Butterfly,
Deep Purple, Eric Clapton and
Jimi Hendrix.
Following this the band joins
him for a haunting version ofthe
Stones' "Painted Black". The
group pays tributes to their
ethnic roots with their big hit,
sung in Italian, "Toronto,
Ontario". "Toronto / all the
beauty of the old world / with all
the convenience ofthe new /
many fine Italian restaurants /
and several excellent musical
A special door prize of a
giant killer kubasa is awarded to
one lucky member ofthe audience. Come early, get a good
close seat for this exciting
September 12,1989 ENTERTAINMENT
Heard faces off against Hackman.
Package implodes
By Michael Gazetas
No matter how pretty the
wrapping on a box is,
what's inside counts for everything. For example, the gift-wrap
on the Andrew Davis film, The
Package, is indeed slick.
The first layer of wrapping
unfolds into a complex plot as
the audience is told of an
upcoming U.S.-Soviet peace
treaty which will abolish all their
respective nuclear weapons. This
treaty will be unveiled at
Christmas time and is billed as a
present to the world.
The Package
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The second layer lets us into
the plan of a group of
dissident American and Soviet
boys-dressed-as-Generals who
are pissed they are going to lose
their big expensive toys.   They
scheme to get even with the politicians by assassinating the
Soviet leader on American soil in
order to retain their control on
the military industrial complex.
The film raises a interesting
ideological question about what
the military is capable of doing if
they perceive to be out of a job.
The third wrap gives us
John Gallagher (Gene Hackman)
as the loyal patriotic, give-it-
your-best-or-die-trying hero who
gets entangled in the General's
diabolical plan to prevent the
signing ofthe treaty.
The last layer has Gallagher
and his wife Eileen (Joanna Cassidy), trying to stop the events
which seem to be destined to succeed. They battle the generals
while trying to fend off the
generic bad guys who are intent
on killing Gallagher because of
what he knows.
The excitement generated so
far builds expectations as to how
the climax will be resolved. The
genre ofthe thriller is characterized by this build up of tension.
No matter how cliche ridden
the plot can be, you have to open
up the box to see what happens.
Unfortunately for The Package
all the work that went into
getting to the climax is squandered in a clumsy and awkward
confrontation between Gallagher
and the killers.
At the beginning ofthe film
we see highly competent covert
operators in charge of the assassination attempt. By the end of
the film, however, they have
mutated into novice cut-throats.
In contrast Gallagher, barely
hanging on in the first three
quarters, has a streak of good
luck and awesome timing which
strains to the breaking point our
inclination to believe the illusion
on the screen. Finally, the action
becomes completely unbelievable.
The Package sets out to entertain you with the intrigue of
international politics, a hero who
lays his life on the line for his
country, and the world of cloak
and dagger operations. Unlike a
similar film, The Day Of The
Jackal, from which this film
steals its ending, Th Package lets
the cards fall too soon.
When Gene Hackman loses
his credibility, the film loses its
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By Rebecca Bishop
The exhibit entitled "Need
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Ron Huebner is an installation
piece comprised of numerous appropriated images. The combined works illustrate that
modern technology has invaded
contemporary high art, replacing the traditional means of art
Need Me Like I Need You
Ron Huebner
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Classical images ofthe past
have been reduced to monochromatic images of a uniform size.
Two contemporary images, a
cibachrome photograph of a
single nerve cell enlarged to the
size of an entire wall, and a
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Neither image is of a
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The traditional images are
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These images are less accessible, and the viewer may not
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But don't be intimidated by the
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Are you artistic (crazy will do)? The Ubyssey is pleased to
announce that it is seeking cultured and literate candidates
for the esteemed position of editor specializing in entertainment.
Candidates will be Ubyssey staffers (3 contributions to
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Those interested should submit papers soon. Deadline for
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Don't worry - the deadline is not this Friday!
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Candidates must be Ubyssey staffers (3 contributions to the
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Second thoughts about a "Destructive Generation"
By Rick Hiebert
It is always troubling to have
to completely rethink one's
most cherished beliefs.
Two former stars ofthe New
Left movement, writers Peter
Collier and David Horowitz, have
come to a moral crisis about the
aims and ideals ofthe movement
they were instrumental in
helping make prominent.
Destructive Generation
By Peter Collier
and David Horowitz
Summit Books
The authors, former editors
of the leftist magazine Ramparts,
have used their own experience
ofthe Sixties and later reap
praisal ofthe movement as
inspiration for a new and moving
book—Destructive Generation:
Second Thoughts About the
Collier and Horowitz argue
that although the New Left may
have had good intentions, these
good intentions often gave way to
violence, hypocrisy, and human
suffering. Lately, they have rethought the ideals of their movement and what it has produced,
becoming part of a movement
called Second Thoughts—New
Leftists ofthe Sixties rethinking
their beliefs. The book they have
produced is thoughtful and perceptive about the follies of the
Sixties radicals.
Destructive Generation examines a variety of topics while
attempting to dissect the move
ment it studies. It examines the
stories of individuals affected by
the movement as well as
looking at how the movement as
a whole approached domestic
and foreign issues.
The accounts of individuals
and the New Left—like the
stories of legal activist Fay
Stendal, the band of terrorists
the Weathermen, and the story
of Steve and Luther, friends
torn apart by the drug culture—
are the best part of the book.
By personalizing the issues,
they bring the feel ofthe movement home to readers who may
not have been around themselves.
The authors also have
moving chapters where they
explain their personal struggles
with their beliefs.
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The book isn't entirely
morose though—the account of
the radicalization of Berkeley
after the victorious New Left
politicians took over, for instance,
includes much that is hilarious
(like the account of "Dog Park",
where dogs run free and regreta-
bly fail to "exist harmoniously
once separated from the owners'
ethic of possessiveness" as
Berkeley's City Hall would wish.)
The passages examining the
thinking of the movement as a
whole are well documented but
are not as rhetorically strong as
the rest ofthe book. Perhaps the
New Left movement was (and is)
dangerous, but Collier and
Horowitz may not be giving
enough credit to the idealism of
the movement, rotten as it may
have been.
Although Destructive Generation helps the modern reader
understand more fully the
origins and beliefs of a crucial
movement for social change in
our time, some of its criticisms of
the New Left may not sit well
with progressive readers.
Nevertheless, it makes one think
about one's own beliefs, which is
always good.
The Ubyssey. Contintuing
onward with the great traditions of journalism...
"I did not look behind me, 'till I got to St. Omer's & thence fled
to America; here I offer'd to become a Spy for the English Government which was scornfully rejected; I then turned to Plunder &
Libel the Yankees, for which I was Fined 5000 dollars and kicked
out of the Country! I came back to England (after absconding for
Seven years) & set up the Crown & Mitre to establish my Loyalty!—accepted from the Doctor 400 pounds to print & disperse a
pamphlet against 'the Hellfire of Reform'...but applied the money
to purchase an estate at Botley, and left ye Doctor to pay the Paper
and Printing!
Being now Lord ofthe Manor, I began by sowing the seeds of
discontent through Hampshire: I oppressed the Poor, sent the
Aged to Hell, & dammed the eyes of my Parish Apprentices before
they were Open'd in the morning....and being now supported by a
Band of Reformers, I renewed my old favorite Toast of Damnation
to the House of Brunswick! & being exalted by the sale of 10,000
Political Registers every week, I find myself the greatest Man in
the World! except that Idol of all my Adorations, his Royal and
Imperial Majesty, NAPOLEONE!"
—William Cobbett, 19th century British journalist.
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September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/21 Feature
A volunteers journey through Northern Ghana
Part Two Of Two
When a young Canadian volunteer
visits northern Ghana, he discovers some of
the daily problems facing over half of the
world's population. Certain things will
leave an indelible impression.
By Hai V. Le
Staff writer for the Ubyssey
"Want to see something neat?" said
David, a trained medical officer at Bawku
hospital. His team regularly goes to villages, checking people for signs of river
blindness. That morning, I along with two
other friends had gone with his team to a
village. While his crew conducted skin tests
on the villagers from the back of a four-
wheel drive mobile truck, we were sitting on
a nearby bench, chatting.
"Sure," I replied. I was eager to see that
something. We had watched his staff snip
bits of skin from the shoulders and hips of
villagers, put them on the slide, pour a drop
of water on top, cover the slide with a plastic
slip, and then scrutinize them with a microscope for signs of river blindness.
We did not, however, know what the
signs were.
"That man there has oncho [river blindness]," David said, pointing to a middle-
aged man about five metres from us. "He
already said he felt itchy all over his body. I
will examine him later and give him a tablet."
"Look into the microscope."
I peered into the eyepiece. There they
were—the tiny, flat, transparent worms
squirming their way around—the ones
wreaking havoc with the eyesight of multitudes of river people.
There is no such thing as free press or
political opposition in Ghana.
The last independent, privately-owned
newspaper, the Free Press, folded April
25th, 1986.
To revive the bureaucracy, the government has begun laying offits workers
in the civil service and the state-owned
enterprises. "Redeployment" is the catch
word. Workers are laid off, receive some
compensation, and then told to get some
sort of training.
The re-deployees are mostly clerks,
messengers, and workers who occupy the
bottom rungs ofthe occupational ladder.
This year the government will lay off
12,000 workers and retire those over 60
years of age.
"In some departments, you saw
three typists employed for one typewriter, ten drivers for only one vehicle.
And you saw them sitting around all day
doing nothing," reported West Africa, a
weekly magazine.
But the success of the "redeployment" program is in doubt because, continued WA, "There is still widespread
nepotism with people in high places,
especially political functionaries, impos-
ingrelatives with no employable skills on
chief executives who keep them in order
to keep their own jobs."
Prior to that, two of its journalists were
detained by agents from the Bureau of
National Investigation (BNI) without being
formally charged.
"When Detention and Death Clouds
hang over the premises of a paper, then the
chemistry of publishing a paper is equally
bad," explained the paper's editor, Kabral
cal opposition has been virtually non-existent, after Victor Owusu, the defeated 1979
presidential politician, was arrested and
thrown into jail.
As recent as March of this year, the
Ministry of Information revoked registration of all newspapers and magazines published in Ghana. Publishers were to re-
Free press has been silenced by the government harassment tactics. Whether it be
arguing for a multi-party constitutional
role, pointing out abuses of human rights
(since many people have been detained
without trial), or questioning the government's privatization policy, the government
will react in suppressive ways.
The Catholic Standard, Ghana's oldest
private newspaper, was shut down for alleged "unpatriotic reporting." A priest was
mistaken for its editor and executed. Politi-
apply to the Ministry with a copy of their
last issue.
Editors of the two government-owned
newspapers do not write their own editorials: they are forced to print editorials
handed to them by the Castle Information
Bureau (CIB), a government propaganda
organ housed in the Osu castle, the seat of
Serious journalists find themselves
without jobs; a few find work with one ofthe
country's ten sports dailies.
"Glad to be back to civilization?" my
friend asked when I dropped by his place for
a visit after returning to Canada.
Embarrassed, I pretended not to hear
his question and asked how his summer
was, instead.
I was surprised that the question was
coming from someone who had been to
India, Sudan, and Hong Kong. It sums up a
general ignorance many people in the West
have of people in distant corners of the
Africa ceases to be a mystery to those
who, for the first time in their lives, immerse themselves in an African culture.
Ghana maybe a poor country, but it
certainly is not a jungle where people lop off
the heads of strangers for souvenirs or stew
their bodies for soup. Nor is it a place without comforts or modern amenities such as
refrigerators or microwave ovens.
The main objective of my trip was to
bridge the gulf of misunderstanding and
mistrust between the peoples of the first-
world and peoples of the third-world.
Not surprisingly, misperceptions are
mutual. On one occasion, when I told my
friends that in Canada I am allowed to take
pictures at the harbours, train stations,
embassies, and police stations, they asked
me if blacks can also have such a privilege.
On one occasion, my travel south from
the northern region of Ghana took me to
Buipe, a sleepy fishing village located on the
fork of Lake Volta. Barges arrived at this
port bringing fertilizers, farming machinery, and building materials from the south,
carrying cattle and people on the return
We arrived there at night after learning that Yapei, another port on the lake,
was closed due to a low water level. To get
there we travelled for three hours sitting on
top of rice bags in a lorry southbound.
In Buipe, we were to wait five days for
the ferry. We had a choice to lodge in one of
the two village hotels. The first night in our
hotel, my friend gave me a glass of water.
"Where did you get it from?" I asked.
"Rain water," she said.
"How do you know?"
"It's inside the house," she replied, re-
Members of an extended family in Ghana
September 12,1989 •"****-
ferring to three enormous jars in a corner of
the check-in area.
I drank it.
The next morning I went to get some
water to drink myself from the jars. The
water was cloudy and reddish. I went outside.
"Lake water?" I asked the hotel clerk
standing nearby.
"Yeah," he said. "We drink it here."
"No rain water?"
For the next two and a half days, I
quenched my thirst by chewing sugar canes
and drinking Coca Cola—until my teeth got
loose and my taste buds gave up on me. The
sun continued to bake the land, while hot
and dry winds aggravated my thirst.
The Catholic Standard,
Ghana's oldest private
newspaper, was shut down
for alleged "unpatriotic
reporting." A priest was
mistaken for its editor and
executed. Political
opposition has been
virtually non-existent,
after Victor Owusu, the
defeated 1979 presidential
politician, was arrested
and thrown into jail.
On the third day I had no choice but to
drink the lake water, also used for bathing
and washing.
Clean water is something we take for
granted. Half a world away, people suffer
and die due to the lack of it.
Abetifi, situated on the highest plateau
in Ghana about 15 miles off the main trans-
West African highway, is a small, quiet and
tranquil town with a population of about
400. In the surrounding valley, people grow
cassava, a tropical plant with a starchy
root, sweet potatoes, bananas, and plantains. Afew houses have thatched-roof pens
where goats and chickens are kept.
Mud huts are common in the outlying
villages, but in Abetifi, they have been replaced by stucco houses with tin roofs,
which have bathrooms, living and dining
areas, and a courtyard.
There are several water taps around
town, where people bring buckets to fetch
water. The water is used for cooking, bathing, and doing the laundry.
.About three o'clock onward, women
begin to cook dinner. The typical meal con
sists of fufu—
pounded cassava—
and stew. Stew is
made from palm
hearts, oil, and water. The resulting
combination is
mixed with any
meat—pork, goat
meat, chicken, dried
fish or any wild
creature such as
bird, rodent, or rabbit. Three stones
shield an open fire,
over which the food
is cooked.
Only a few
people in town can
afford a television
set. For 40 cedis (15
cents), one can join
the crowd of mostly
children and teenagers in the community centre, and
watch a video movie.
Outside, the lively
beat of popular native Ghanaian music pulses from a few
Market day occurs once every
three days. It is the
time when surrounding villagers
flock into town
bringing eggs, bananas, cassava, or
peppers, and if they
are successful, they
will return home at
the end of the day
with soap, pots and
pans,    salt,    and
Self-employed fisherman
Canada recently slashed $1.8 billion in foreign aid
Some Muslims
are in town. They
are mostly migrants from northern Ghana, Mali,
and Burkina Faso.
In Abetifi, there are
as many as ten
churches. The
people you meet on
the street may be
Animist, Pentecostal, Methodist,
Presbyterian, Reformed, Seventh
Day Adventist, or a
Jehovah's Witness.
From Monday to
Friday, a man
walks through town
banging a gong at
4:30 in the morning
to wake people up to
go to church.
In the evening,
the temperature
drops to about 18
degrees Celsius.
The winds from the
valley howl incessantly through the
night, rattling window panes, and
drowning out the
croaks of the frogs
and the calls of wild
Life there proceeds
at a slow pace,
which frustrates
and irritates some
newcomers. But
they learn to adjust.
School children pose for North America
In tropical Africa, it is common to see
women and children carrying buckets of
water on their heads.
This year, Canadian aid to Ghana totals about $26 million, most of which goes
towards maintaining and digging wells for
the villages in the under-developed northern regions.
Without wells, people often have to
travel long distances to fetch water from
streams or rivers.
Water-borne diseases such as river
blindness, bilharzia, and Guinea worm are
prevalent in some regions of Ghana, especially those near bodies of water.
In the north, pick-up trucks with maple
leafs and the inscription "Water Utilization
Project," or "Vitamin AProject-British Aid,"
or "Irrigation Project-German Agro Action,"
or "Bawku Hospital-Mobile Eye Clinic," are
common. They ply along the dusty, unpaved
roads to deliver supplies to the volunteers,
or simply reach out to those in need.
Ghana beckons visitors with tropical
sun and many palm-fringed beaches,
though only some are developed to accomodate tourists.
Elmina castle, once a slave-trading
post built by the Portuguese, is the number
one attraction for visitors from Europe and
North America.
The Akosombo dam which harnesses
power from Lake Volta, and which supplies
power to most ofthe country, is worth seeing. But some hotels there may charge visitors up to 4000 or 5000 cedis for an air-conditioned room—very expensive for Ghanaians, considering that some teachers only
earn 10 000 cedis a month.
You may visit the harbours at Tema
and Takoradi, but. picture taking by foreigners is forbidden.
The Blind Agricultural Rehabilitation
Centre of the Upper East Region is an
unusual but interesting place. It is home to
victims of river blindness. There they learn
to lead a new and productive life.
Once you have been touched by a sunset on Lake Volta, or helped by some
friendly Ghanaians, or felt that you have
contributed something worthwhile, the
mosquito bites, the cold baths, the stinking
outdoor toilets, the buzzing ofthe flies, and
the roads that mirror the moon's surface do
not seem so bad anymore. The ability to
adapt is part of each of us, and is one we
rarely have the opportunity to use.
*Guinea worm has been known since
the time of Moses. The worms live in the
human intestines. The female worm is
about 1 m long; the male is much smaller.
After being fertilized, the female migrates
to tissues under the skin, causing itching,
burning, and blisters. The blisters rupture on contact with water, discharging
the larvae into the water. The larvae is
then ingested by minute fleas, called
Cyclops. When people drink water infected with Cyclops, they start the whole
cycle over again.
* Bilharziasis, also known as schistosomiasis, often leads to debilitating
complications affecting the intestines,
liver, spleen, bladder, lungs, and even the
brain and the spinal cord. Infection may
occur while bathing, swimming, or by
drinking water infected with the tiny,
larvae-like schistos.
* River blindness is a parasitic disease that leads to blindness. The transmitting agents are black flies which breed
in fast-running water. The flies deposit
eggs when they bite the human skin.
September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/23 Student Recreation Centre
"Are you in favour of continuing the $30 annual fee that has been
added to your AMS fees for the construction and operation of the
Student Recreation Centre on Mclnnes Field next to SUB?"
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SRC: The Student Recreation Centre
Phase One of Construction
Gymnasium A
Dance/Martial Arts Spaces B
Club Offices C
Intramural Sports Offices D
Lounges and Seating Areas E
Modern Locker Rooms P
Pedestrian Plaza G
Rooftop Gardens H
The following areas could be used to
expand the Centre and to provide other
student services.
Future Expansions
Future Construction Options
• playcare/daycare
• upgrading and lighting
of Mclnnes Field
• underground expansion to SUB,
the Aquatic Centre,
and War Memorial Gym
• vertical expansion ofthe Centre
using the rooftop garden areas
• enlargement of locker rooms to
accomodate increased activity in
the Centre and on Mclnnes Field
AU registered UBC students
are encouraged to vote in this referendum.
Polling stations will be located throughout the campus.
Vote September 25th - 29th
September 12, 1989 ACROSS CONTINENT
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (CPS/CUP) — Two Vassar College women
have formed a club called "Future Housewives of America" to counter
the women's college's "radical feminist" faction, which they say opposes
"traditional values."
Under the mottos "Coming out ofthe closet... with a mop in your
hand," and "Together we stand, united by Lysol," Regina Peters and
Jennifer Harriton plan to offer the 2,300 students at the school Tupper-
ware parties, a dating service and cookbooks.
The two say the last straw was the campus women's centre, which
they found "disgustingly sloppy."
"The centre was a pig sly and that seemed wrong because at the
very least, the place where women gather should be pleasant," Harriton
The club, which has 15 members, also will tackle wife- beating,
violence against children and drug abuse, and will try to "bring the
family back," Peters says.
Harriton says. "We want to promote the art of homemaking so
people realize that it's okay not to want to run out and become a lawyer
or a doctor."
The two say, they have lined up a professor to speak next fall on
"the Impact of Tupperware on U.S. Society."
by Mike Orsini
MONTREAL (CUP) — Concordia's student council has lifted a three-
year ban on the sale of Coors beer, but some students say they did the
wrong thing.
The council voted recently to overturn a 1986 decision to boycott
the beer because the Coors family — sole owners ofthe beer — funded
and actively supported "organizations, politicians and legislation that
are in opposition to the best interests ofthe poor, the elderly, students,
women, visible minorities, lesbians and gay men, and other groups on
the lower rungs of the economic and social ladder."
A representative from Molson — the company which brews and
markets Coors beer in Canada — told the council that the U.S.-based
brewery has corrected many of its past wrongs.
"I don't think they've given proof that they've mended their ways,"
says council co-president Melodie Sullivan. "Affirmative action policy
looks great on paper, but I'd like to see the statistics."
In the 1970s, Coors used pre-employment lie-detector tests with an
apparent "anti-gay" bias, but it insists it has corrected past wrongs.
Molson regional sales manager Hugh Bray emphasized the policy
changes made in the "new era" with Jeff and Peter Coors at the helm.
"There's a new undercurrent of change," Bray says in an interview.
"They're (Jeff and Peter) young and progressive. They've righted the
But council vice-president liaison Shari Clarke says Bray did not
present proof that Coors had mended its ways.
"They say they've changed their policies, but when I ask them for
concrete evidence, they don't have any," she says. "Their policy may
have changed on paper, but not in practice."
Clarke says the Coors family still supports organizations such as
the Heritage Foundation — co-founded in 1973 by Joseph Coors — a
right-wing think tank which has demanded social service cutbacks and
the abolition ofthe minimum wage.
Coors also supports the Moral Majority, an American evangelist
group headed by Reverend Jerry Falwell. According to the California-
based Coors Boycott Coalition, "the Moral Majority calls for the death
penalty for lesbians and gays, and many of Coors' invasive labor policies
are aimed at weeding out homosexuals."
WASHINGTON (CUP/CPS) — Students who party hard on weekends
may be losing as much as 30 per cent of what they learn, a Trent
University professor says.
Psychology professor Carlylye Smith says people appear to lose
new-found complex knowledge if they experience even mild sleep deprivation just after learning.
"It appears skewing the sleep cycle by just two hours can have this
effect," he says.
Staying up late the night following a class and then sleeping in can
make students lose about 30 per cent, says the researcher, who presented his findings at a June meeting ofthe Association of Professional
Sleep Societies.
According to Smith, loss of sleep, up to the third night after learning
produces the same results.
Tim Bird, Board of Governors student representative listens in at UBC REC meeting.
W AW* J,    -_*
John C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry from U of T, speaks at
UBC opening ceremonies.
david LOh photo    Cavorting at a class retreat.
September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/25 RecFac is back!
Those of you who were here last year will remember
last fall's AMS referendum, held to determine whether or
not students should pay $30 a year over the next ten years
to build a new recreation facility. After the widely opposed
AMS decision to close down the Duke's Cookies' outlet, the
RecFac question probably raised more tempers on campus
last year than did any other issue. Debate on the issue was
of the no-holds-barred variety: the air was thick with
accusations of slander and libel. It was not a pretty sight.
The referendum passed with 60 per cent ofthe vote, but
the controversy didn't end there. Some students charged
that the AMS, instead of presenting the student body with
fair and unbiased information about RecFac, had run a 'yes-
campaign' which prevented a reasoned debate. The campaign was particularly unfair, they said, because students
opposed to RecFac didn't have time to organize and didn't
have the funds to counter AMS-sponsored ads promoting
the facility. These students circulated a petition, and when
over 1000 signatures had been collected the AMS had no
choice but to overturn the referendum.
So this year it's back.
In two short weeks you will once again be asked ifyou
want to help pay for a new recreation facility. But before
you make up your mind you should be aware ofthe complexity of the issues surrounding this seemingly simple question.
There is the question of administration. Would students be involved in running RecFac or would it be controlled by the University Administration, which has agreed
to assume a large part ofthe building costs? Does it matter?
Would the Administration build RecFac even if students
decided not to contribute? Would it build a similar, if
smaller, facility?
There is the question of student input in the planning
stages. Perhaps students want to build RecFac, but do they
want to build all of it? Maybe there is more support for
athletic facilities than for a lounge area; perhaps students
consider daycare to be more valuable than office space. Will
they be given the opportunity to express such preferences?
And, of course, there is the financial question. Can
students really afford an extra $30 a year in the face of
rapidly escalating tuition and living costs? Would they
prefer to contribute their hard-earned cash to shoring up
the sadly beleaguered UBC library system?
The answers to these and other questions are, of couse,
up to the individual student—but they cannot be reached in
the absence of accurate information. Over the next two
weeks we at The Ubyssey will do our best to clarify the
issues involved in the RecFac debate, so that students,
understanding their options, will be able to make informed
The RecFac campaign may be on again, but it need not
become the fiasco it was last year.
September 12,1989
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"So tell me when you first thought you were losing
your mind...." said Dr. John "The Usurper" Hudson, psychiatrist to the stars.
"Well doctor," his patient said, nervously cleaning his
glasses, "I first suspected that I didn't have enough meatballs in my spaghetti sauce when I started staying until
quarter past four in the morning helping with the vilest rag
instead of looking for gainful employment, cushy jobs like
the ones Peter Lancaster, Ernest Steltzer, Ted Aussem and
Hao Li have."
"I see. I have doubted your sanity for some time.
Nadene Rehnby and Kelly McKenzie have told me (over
lunch) about how you annoy Chung Wong to no end with
your continuing attempt to drive him crazy by redoing
layouts on him."
"Joe Altwasser and Franka Corua von Specht already
have hired a Mafia hit man (Michael Booth) because I write
Province style human interest stories instead of hard
news. Thank goodness, I don't do two parters (like Hai).
Omar Diaz would find it impossible to sell ads."
Doctors Martin Chester and Andrea Lupini, eager to
earn large bucks through consulting fees, had dropped
their lucrative practice (they were curing Paul Dayson and
Keith Leung who thought they were Hitler and Mussolini.
Bob Hitler and Ralph Mussolini, you understand, the
vaudvilleans) to suggest electric shock treatment. Dr.
Hudson, being like Greg Davis (or for that matter Victor
Chew Wong), readily assented to the crazy idea. Mark
Neilsen drove the party to distraction.
(This masthead is continued on page 16. Oy gevalt.)
Joe Altwasser • Franka Cordua -
Chung Wong
von Specht
Animals not
just resources
Re: Researcher's Technique
Professor Coren's arguments in defense of animal
research are disturbing. He
seems to be suggesting that
a choice must be made between our pets and our children. While I am sure that
few parents would put an
animal's welfare before
their child's, parental love is
not the issue here.
No doubt Mr. Hamilton
would feel grief and frustra-
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tion if his child were suffering from amblyopia. However, it is unlikely that he
would use his grief to justify
the blinding of other creatures.
Professor Coren seems
to assume— like many others— that animals are resources to be used and discarded whenever humans
deem necessary. The 5,070
people who have written to
Dr. Strangway, expressing
their opposition to Dr.
Cynader's experiments, are
questioning this assumption. They are challenging
the belief that human life is
the only life worthy of con
Perhaps it is Professor
Coren's priorities that need
ree valuation.
Danishka Xjmm
Arts 3
Hats off to
The players and
coaches of the UBC Thunderbirds football team wish
to sincerely thank the students, staff and alumni of
UBC for their outstanding
support during last Saturday's Shrum Bowl game
against the SFU Clansmen
at Swangard Stadium. We
regret that we were unable
to win a fifth consecutive
Shrum Bowl victory, however the obvious presence of
so many UBC supporters
amongst the 5,419 in attendance was extremely gratifying.
In particular, we appreciated the effort and creativity of the "Thunderbird Air
Force Terrestrial Demonstration Team" and look
forward to a future appear-
ence within the friendlier
confines of Thunderbird
Doug Lynch
The UBC Thunderbirds
Football Team.
Orwellian shadow cast over China
The relentless suppression of the students' pro-
democracy movement by
the Chinese government is a
chilling and grim reminder
that the Orwellian world of
1984 is very much upon us.
The atrocities in Tiananmen square cast an ominous shadow on every one of
us that our fundamental
human rights and freedoms
are fragile if we take them
for granted. Obviously, the
hardliners of the Chinese
government are like the evil
clones replicated by Shih
Huang Ti, the first Chinese
dictator. What the Chinese
authorities do now is blatantly similar to what the
emperor did 2000 years ago.
Shih Huang Ti burned
books and ordered the burial of intellectuals alive in
order to eradicate freedom
of thought. Likewise, the
current totalitarian Chinese government has arrested student leaders and
imprisoned them without
fair trails. They are forced
to confess crimes of counterrevolutionary activities.
University students must
take ideological courses so
that the government can
resurrect political orthodoxy. The sheer vulpine
fabrication by the Chinese
authorities after the massacre is a tragically recurrent parody ofthe Orwellian
world which is bombarded
by the slogan, "War is
peace." In short, the govern
ment's obsession for absolute power in order to man-
tain the status quo is a
metaphor of the Chinese
emperor's pursuit of immortality and a dynasty that
would last for 10000 generations.
Those who criticize Chinese students as being too
radical in jeopardizing Mr
Deng's economic reforms
a s K
themselves, "If
it were
not for the Chinese students
who demostrated on the
street for a more liberal society, who else would?"
Throughout history, students in Korea and China
have always been a leading
and driving force for social
change. Worst of all, they
were persecuted at the
whim of the tyrannical regimes.
In retrospect, Chinese
students should not embrace wholeheartedly the
democratic model adopted
by the United States and
Great Britain, for both countries have not lived up to the
ideals and aspirations of
their founders. Unfortunately, the realization of
genuine democracy is like
the search for the Holy
Grail. In the United States,
new political parties are
confronted with great difficulties at the national level
from the established, well-
entrenched two party system. Federal and state
campaign practice laws and
the machinery of public
funding of the presidential
campaign virtually give the
two major parties a near monopoly of the political market place. Even though the
use of initiatives and referenda has increased for a few
years, they are not a com-
m o n
in the
American political landscape. Independent and minor party candidates are usually barred
from television debates.
Representative democracy,
not participatory democracy, characterizes the U.S.
As well, the U.S. which
proudly proclaims itself as
the world's defender of
Democracy, does not hesitate to use its overwhelming
military power to overthrow
any democratically elected
government which in any
way threatens American
capitalist interests. Examples of such can be seen
in the Bay of Pigs, the overthrow of the Guatemalan
government in 1956, the
overthrow of the Chilean
government in 1973, and
more recently with the financing of the Contra rebels. Even if the N.D.P. were
to win power in Canada, it
would not be unrealistic to
expect the U.S. government
to undermine such a democratically elected government. Although this may
sound preposterous, it is a
distinct possiblity. In Great
Britain, the disparity between the North and the
South in terms of social and
economic development widens tragically every year.
Hence, the ideal of freedom
coupled with equality is
almost unattainable. By
contrast, the perfect turn
out of voters on election day
in North Korea and Albania
makes mockery of so-called
"Socialist democracy," since
all candidates are selected
by the communist party,
and voters face penalties for
refusing to cast ballots.
Regardless of Chinese
authorities' propaganda
campaign, their deeds will
always be remembered in
history as "Out, damned
spot!" China has suffered
spiritual, moral and material bankruptcy from feudalism. Can China now afford another bankruptcy
from a deadlock in political
reforms as the country desperately tries to modernize
itself and join the global village of the 21st century?
The valour, and martyrdom
of Chinese students on June
4, 1989 will always be a
shining torch in the heart
and soul of humanity.
Travis Troung
September 12,1989 CMf>
Plugging into student life
UBC is a happy place for
some and a frustrating place
for others. As one of UBC's
happiest students I risk giving you my philosophy of student life.
How well we succeed in
our studies sweetens or poisons everything else. Excelling in our studies is a byproduct of enjoying them. The
two secrets to doing well are
enthusiasm and concentration.
The 60/40 rule is good to
live by: giving about 60 percent of one's time to studies,
40 percent to other pursuits.
To feel part of UBC, a real
part of this fantastic place, it's
best to live on or near campus.
There are many evening
events, like concerts, plays,
lectures by visiting luminaries, discussions, and of course
lots of great parties, organized
by many diverse groups.
It's a good idea to join a
club, to sit in on such dramatic
events as a PhD defense or
Student's council, and to
make time for discussions
wherever we find them.
Consider student politics.
It's marvellous trainingfor future activism, with such
fringe benifits as ego boosts,
social contacts, delusions of
power and retreats to the
AMS Whistler cabin.
University can be either
hell or paradise: hell when we
are lonely among strangers,
paradise when we get romantically lucky. No date or bud
dies are necessary to plunge
into UBC's social scene.
Plunge into it solo. Someone
is bound to bring magic, lust
and beauty into your life.
The springs of casual sex
may no longer gush freely,
but UBC remains a romance-
seeker's dream. It's a mistake
made by thousands of students to be too busy for love.
Ten years of university have
convinced me that nothing
contributes more to life's
meaning than having loving
My sermon in a nutshell:
explore, participate and intermingle! If necessary, take
a year longer to graduate but
wake up to the incredible
richness of UBC.
It's a self-reinforced
cycle: the more good things
we discover on campus, the
stronger our bond to UBC will
become, and the stronger our
bond to UBC, the more good
things we'll discover.
Now is the best time to acquire knowledge and a zest
for many things. Now is our
big chance to cultivate joy,
curiosity and self-respect, to
make exciting friends, to let
amazing ideas enter our
minds, to examine our values,
beliefs and aspirations, a
chance to discard the worthless, to emerge as self-determined beings and to weave
the strands of our lives into a
richer pattern.
I wish you luck and courage.
Kurt Preinsperg is a philosophy grad student, a nature
lover, an advocate of caring human relationships, and
a student rep on the UBC Board of Governors. Come for
a chat to his office in SUB 262
Ghanaian reacts to "myopic" memoirs
Seek peace with caution
As one who shares the vision of many individuals within the peace
movement, but who does not neccesarily agree with their methods, I
have a few things to say with regard to recent exchanges between Greg
Lanning and other writers.
First of all it is a fact that no one can be sure of what the Soviet
Union's intentions are. For sure there are some promising signs, but we
must not overlook the fact that we are dealing with a powerful nation.
While we can hope for and work for the best possible solution, we must
guard ourselves against the worst the worst possible outcome. This does
not mean do nothing, it means look for advances and improvements that
do not compromise security interests. Neither does it mean that we
cannot look critically at national defence and criticize and seek to curb
its excesses. It does mean that we have to remain vigilant until we are
more sure of the direction the Communist world is taking. In such
matters, the western governments must err on the side of caution.
Secondly, within the peace movement and most other social change
movements there is an unfortunate tendancy to exaggerate. This arises
because the desire of members that certain things be true is so strong
that they declare them to be true, or do not critically examine affirma-
tory claims made by others. Many ofthe heroes ofthe left are continually stretching the truth, as if declaring something to be true makes it
true. Others plan for the perfect world and criticise governments who
do not follow suit. Still others are so enamoured by certain concepts (eg.
the vision of world socialism) that they do not put events in their proper
perspective (eg. the comparison of Kerrisdale demolishings to the
Chinese government's action in Beijing). While the vision is one that I
share, I must seriously put to question the intellectual integrity of such
agents of social change.
My last point has not been exemplified in any recent letters to the
Ubyssey, but it does fall in with the above two criticisms of the left.
Simply put, the left is too quick to give in to special interests groups. So
clear is the picture ofthe perfect world that claims of social injustice by
certain groups are legitimized without proper scrutiny. Without being
specific, I would like to point out that there are reasons for conservative
institutions and traditions. These should not be completely ignored or
dismantled to satisfy the needs of a few individuals, since the net effect
could be detrimental.
Ultimately, no matter how much we mitght wish otherwise, it is not
a perfect world. While we can all seek to improve it, we must always
guard against the worst possible case. That is the reality of government,
but it is not a depressing reality, since the potential for change is still
there. To effect that change, we require creative solutions which
balance conservative caution with social vision. The conservatives
contend that such solutions do not exist. It is my hope that the energy
and vision and enthusiasm of the peace movement can be directed
towards proving them wrong.
To criticise is easy; to suggest alternatives is more difficult.
Don Mathewson
B. Ed. Secondary
One often feels a need to defend one's country
against unfair criticism and views of visitors who
tend to look down on cultures that are different
from their own. This article is such a reply to a
feature by Hai Lelin the September 6 issue of The
Ubyssey. It is tha view ofthe present writer that
Mr. Le's article-was very one-sided and therefore
misleading and uninformative to the readers of
The Ubyssey.
Mr. Le was presumably sent to Ghana as
avolunteer by Crossroads International to teach
English in a rural part ofthe country. One ofthe
aims of Crossroads is to facilitate the exchange of
culture and knowledge between different peoples.
Mr. Le's article shows that he missed the purpose
of his trip, and hardly learnt anything about the people and the
country. For example in his September 6 feature in The Ubyssey, he
presents only the negative aspects
of a country of nearly 14 million people. He does not
mention the people with whom he stayed, the
forests and plains, the social reforms, that have
occured over the past few years, the numerous festivals over the summer, traditions, the main occupations ofthe inhabitants, health systems, beliefs,
etc., etc. These are in themselves seemingly trivial
topics, but they would, together with his criticism
ofthe country, give a wholeness to his discription.
Would it be fair if after I had lived in Canada for
three months, I talked only about the street people,
the drugs and gangs, the high cost of living, on my
return home? What about the beauty of Vancouver, the courtesy of its people, the blue sky on a
sunny day and the rain?
Mr. Le's article tells us more about his attitudes to a new culture than the culture itself and in
my opinion, he failed at the mission on which he
was sent. For example he asks why people said safe
journey to him rather than have a nice trip or write
soon. His very flippant conclusion is that the roads
were so bad that his journey across the country was
extremly hazardous. He further stated that the
drivers did not care about their passengers. Yes
the roads are often in bad condition because the
heavy tropical rains do a lot of damage to them, and
the country cannot keep up the maintenance cost.
But the drivers may care, only they may not be able
to express it in Mr. Le's language. And his friends
said "safe journey" to him because that is the
traditional farewell translated into English, not
because they feared for his life!
Mr Le correctly stated that English is the
official language of Ghana and so required for most
office jobs. He states that eight and nine year old
children he met did not speak English because
their parents were farmers and therefore had had
no opportunity to learn the language. And yet he
states that Ghana has one ofthe best educational
systems in tropical Africa, and also that education
is free and compulsory for the first nine years of
schooling. Surely he could see the contradiction of
his statement. In the rural areas of the country
children are taught in the local languages for the
first three years of schooling. English is then
taught as a second language. It appears that Hai Le
was out to see only the negative side of things and
prepared with pat explanations for what he saw.
This is apparent in the explanations he gives for
the poverty he was no doubt often faced with; the
depopulization of Africa by the slave trade, and the
corruption of leaders.
These may indeed be important factors but
what about the present economic order, the exploitive nature of some multi-national companies, the
incredibly high interest rates of lending agencies,
the short term plans ofthe International Monetary
Fund, and the political meddling of some developed
countries in the affairs ofthe undeveloped? A little
knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing. Furthermore, it is not acceptable that Mr. Le generalizes
his biased perceptions of Ghana to the rest of
Africa. Ghana is one of at least 50 African states,
with diverse cultures and languages. There are at
least twice as many cultures and languages as
there are countries, and even this approximation
would surely be an underestimation.
Mr. Le's encounters on one day in July in
Accra, the capital city, is amazing. He talks of no
less than three encounters with people who asked
him not to take photographs. The fact that he
continued to do so appears to show his utter contempt ofthe people whose country he was visiting.
Ghanaians are people, not objects
of art. They have the right to refuse
to be photographed by a tourist.
They have the right to refuse to
have their country represented
outside by a stranger who they obviously had no
reason to trust. And in this case my counrtymen's
intuition was obviously right. After the coup d'etat
that ushered in the present regime of Jerry Rawl-
ings, all visitors to the country were required to
have a special permit for taking photographs ofthe
city. This is why Mr. Le was asked several times if
he had a permit. He was very lucky not to have been
apprehended by the right authorities for he would
have had a very hard time explaining why he was
breaking the law. Using his Ghanaian friends as a
shield against the law to achieve his selfish ends
without correct permission is indefensible. Furthermore, to write about it with such arrogance is
unforgivable. It is the hope of this writer that
Crossroads International will take a very serious
view of this and will advise subsequent volunteers
to go by the rules of whatever country they find
themselves in. Mr. Le could have found himself
behind bars.
I am not sure what Mr. Le hoped to achieve
with his article. If he wanted to educate Canadian
students about Ghana, he certainly gave them a
very bleak view. I admit that many ofthe observations he made in his article were probably accurate. However, they are highly selective and depict
a very narrow aspect of the country. He may well
accuse me and my country men of an eagerness to
"project a good, albeit not always real image to the
outside world." Can he blame the Ghanaians for
their reluctance to have him take images of their
country to his when he would present such a biased
view? And what right has Mr. Le to criticize "unscrupulous and unethical British and West German directors" for "portraying Africans in general
as primitive and wicked in movies" when he does
no better than that in his article?
It is the contention of this writer that articles
about countries as far away as Ghana and as little
known to Canadians have a very far reaching effect
on the people who read them. The opinions they
take away may be crucial with regards to the
foreign polocies and trade decisions that Canada
makes. The readers ofthe Ubyssey will likely head
Foreign missions or corporations some day and the
preconceptions thay have of a state will influence
their dealings with the representatives of that
state. However far fetched this may seem, it is not
impossible. Besides in the very small global community we have today, such articles are dangerous
to the forging of understanding among nations and
peoples. Mr. Le needs to revise his article.
Angela Lamensdorf
Grad Student
September 12,1989
THE UBYSSEY/27 ■yww<>«>:-
Tax affects students
By Chris Lawson
Canadian University Press
OTTAWA (CUP)—Canadian students will be at least $340 poorer if
federal finance minister Michael
Wilson's unpopular Goods and
Services tax is put in place.
The reform package includes
a tax break for low-income earners, while imposing a nine per cent
sales tax on most goods and services.
The reform, to take effect in
1991, also provides an extra tax
credit for single, independent
people earning between $6,175
and $13,175. The credit would
mean an extra $140 for low-income earners.
But most students won't earn
enough to be eligible for it. "Alot of
students make less than $6,175,"
says Havi Echenberg, executive
director of the National Anti-
Poverty Organization.
Advertising research on post-
secondary students shows about
65 per cent live away from home.
About half earn less than $7,000
per year.
"There's no reason for it," Echenberg says. "It's the only credit
based on a minimum-earned in
come in the whole reform package," she says.
Department of finance officials say students don't need the
tax credit.
"What students are spending
money on, things like tuition, rent,
and food aren't going to be taxed,"
says Finance official Rick Byers.
"So there's not the need to have the
credit in that case students aren't
hit that hard by the goods and
services tax."
One department of finance official, who asked not to be named,
says students who earned less
than   $6,175  didn't  need  extra
"To give them the extra credit
would be another form of social
assistance," he says. "And it would
not be well targeted."
"I've been to school, and I've
seen lots of students who had incomes of that level that had no
need of assistance," he adds.
Canadian Federation of Students researcher Mike Old estimates the new tax will cost students an extra $200 per year. And
while Byers says the tax credit will
leave students and other low income earners better off, Echenberg isn't convinced.
The tax credit would grow
annually at three per cent less
than inflation each year after
"For   the   first   year,   most
people do wind up ahead," Echenberg says. But in the following
years, the tax credit won't keep up
with inflation.
"People who are in a weak bargaining position single parents,
people in the service industry and
non-unionized workers if there is
inflation, chances are that they're
not going to keep up," she says.
"Students are almost always
working in these kind of jobs," she
Byers says the government
could not afford to extend the
credit to single people earning less
than $6,175.
"The tax reform isn't meant
to be a social program," he
says. "It's just meant to make sure
that   the   tax   affects   everyone
25$ A WING
Monday - Saturday 2 - 6
Sunday 2 - Midnight
Louisianna Style Hot Wings
World Record
Runner Up
Break the record
every Sunday
if you dare!
Are you cops?
No M'am
We're Moosicians
and we're here
for some
Cheap wings
Yes M'am
September 4,1989


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