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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 34
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1999
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nightclub managers
deal with
the violence.
Blood on the dance floor
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by Sarah Galashan
Vancouver's club scene is not what it used to be. For
Dale McRitchie it's recently become a nightmare. As
manager of Madison's nightclub he's had to deal with
two murders in less than two months,
something he didn't expect when he started
at the club 18 years ago.
"I've never been struck by Ughtning in
my life, but in the last 30 days I've been
struck twice," he says.
The most recent incident was the sad
end to a bar brawl that spilled out onto the
sidewalk The several young men involved
got more than just the top 40 tunes played
on Woozy nights—the name given to
Saturday nights at Madison's. And 19 year-
old Doan Minh Vu—shot at close range in
the forehead—got more than he ever bargained for.
McRitchie was working that night
"It happened so fast These events just
happen so fast," he says.
McRitchie called the cops as soon as the
kids were kicked
out, but only minutes later a shot was
fired from a sport
utility vehicle
stopped outside the
club. Cuong Mann
Nguyen,    21,    and
Gurmit Singh Dhak,
20, were arrested and
McRitchie called
the cops as soon
as the kids were
kicked out, but
only     minutes
later a shot was
fired   from   a
sport utility vehicle that
stopped outside the club.
charged with second degree murder.
"I'm quite sure that the gentlemen who were involved
in the shooting, that their lives are over. What they
thought they were doing prior to the event and now after
the event are totally different things," McRitchie says.
Some managers are now worried that kids will be
turned-off from clubbing. But seasoned managers like
McRitchie say these events don't hurt business that much.
"[The violence] does have a short term effect, but not
that much," he said. "Actually, business usually goes up."
Many club managers are blaming the violence on the
music. It's life imitating art, they say.
Ryan James, the new manager of the Phoenix, one of
many other night clubs that share the Richards strip,
says certain nights require tighter security. He believes
that some of the music, namely hip hop, is creating a
violent atmosphere.
He's not the only one that sees the relationship.
The Palladium, just up the street, has cancelled
its hip hop night after gang leader Bindy Johal
was shot on the dance floor while the DJ spun
records.
But you can't just stop the music, says
TAKE AIM: Ryan James (top) and Dale McRitchie
have set their sights on maintaining their respective
businesses despite bad press arising from recent
murders, richard lam photos
file incidents in the clubs in the last few months definitely,
but overall I don't think that it's on the rise in clubs," says
Drennan.
Like the December murder of Bindy Johal at the
Palladium nightclub, and the January stabbing
outside Madison's, this recent shooting received
its fair share of media attention.
According to Drennan, the attention makes
the situation seem worse than it is.
Both bar managers agree nightclubs have
always seen random violence, but they admit
the behavior has become dangerously aggressive.
Madison's is beefing up security with more
surveillance cameras both inside and out.
Bouncers will be keeping a close eye on things—
the nightclub has always used metal detectors.
"In terms of violence in nightclubs, nothing is
different now than it was, say, 20 years ago. It's just
that now there's more people going to clubs and
there's more guns involved," says James.
Still they can't toss out anyone without just cause.
The night before Johal was shot and killed he was told
to leave Madison's and, in light of what happened at the
Palladium, McRitchie stands by that call.
He says Madison's will survive the bad press it's gotten
recently. Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen recently withdrew
had Madison's
McRitchie.
"Sure, everybody is blaming it on
hip hop, but it's beyond
that. It's a certain small
bad apple in the bunch
who just happens to
show up on that particular night because the
image of that music is
violent. But Rock n' Roll
was the same way 20
years ago," points out
McRitchie, adding that
the most recent shooting happened on a
night when top 40
dance music was
played.
And despite three
recent high profile incidents, police spokesperson Anne Drennan
says violence in Vancouver's dance clubs is
not on the rise.
"There has been several high pro-
comments that he would try to have Madison's license revoked.
Meanwhile, Madison's is still open for business, says McRitchie.
"I'm hoping, obviously, that this won't happen to anybody else,
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These seven words are the credo of Mike Kolbus, a history student at
the University of Winnipeg. While most students occasionally put off writ-
ing an assignment, Kolbus, 21, makes it his sworn duty to hand in the
majority of his assignments late. You might go so far as to say he is a professional procrastinator.
Since beginning his bachelor's degree four years ago, Kolbus has managed to make deadlines only four times. "I'll always be a procrastinator,"
says Kolbus. "I was born late and I'll die late—that's just the way it is."
Asked why he views deadlines as suggestions, not hard-and fast rules,
Kolbus simply laughs. "Because I can. In high school the extensions had to
be fought for really hard—they were really rigid and stupid there.
"I think one of the most valuable things I've learned in university is how
to negotiate stuff, like how to hand in a paper a week late without being
penalised."
Although few students are as comfortable dragging their feet as Kolbus,
^^ his difficulty with time management isn't unique.
4lk ^ JJ* Depending on the definition of procrastination
^ A ^k *»*. and the university in question, studies have sug-
^fc V ^** gested that between 40 and 80 per cent of students
^* dilly-dally regularly.
"It's certainly the most common problem
among university students," says Lilly Walker,
chief psychologist at the University of Manitoba's
counselling service.
^*.     "For some people procrastination is a lifestyle
"-* and it just causes them a bit of stress. But for some
individuals it destroys their academic performance and with it, their career possibilities."
^k.   S^      Procrastination can also leave deep emotional
I        ■ *\ scars as students gradually lose faith in their abili-
^»^ ^...i^,. ties because of low grades and missed opportuni-
^^ties.
"The guilt is so self-destructive that it can have
really serious side effects if it isn't dealt with,"
Walker adds. "Lack of self-esteem and faith in oneself are the psychological consequences of long-
^ term procrastination."
W^ Simply denned, procrastination is letting low-
^^^^^ priority tasks get in the way of high-priority oblig-
^^^■^^ ations. For some, this means watching television
instead of cleaning the house, or going to a bar
O instead of studying for an exam.
For Kolbus, putting off studying involves any
number of distractions.
"I'll do just about anything when I'm procrastinating," he says with a laugh. "When I've got a lot
of essays due, my room is probably the cleanest it
will ever be. My friends find I'm the most willing to
go out and drop everything around exam time.
Basically, I'll do anything rather than do an
unpleasant thing like write an essay."
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extreme conclusions. They overestimate others' abilities and underestimate their own, thus producing feelings of worthlessness and cynicism
about their ability to manage their own life.
Whichever category procrastinators fall into, they all thrive on the pressure that comes with playing for time until the last possible moment.
. Kolbus says if an essay is jtoein a month he'll sit in front of his computer for hours and Only writeiiiepage, but if it's due in two days he can write
the entire thing in just a fewhours.
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procrastinator."
The best way to counter this, she says, is for the procrastinator to find
other ways to get a rush. "Until those pressures come, they can't get their
motivation up," she explains. "So what we tell them to due is to chop
their deadlines into chunks. Rather than having a paper with a big deadline, make mini-deadlines with the parts: have a deadline for when your
research has to be done, when your draft has to be written and when
, your final copy is due."
Aside from addiction to pressure, Walker says the university environment—which she terms a "procrastination system"—also prompts students to put things off until the last minute. The lack of a rigid structure
in university allows students to drag their feet instead of learning valuable time-management skills.
"If I've got a plane to catch at 8:30,1 know that it leaves at 8:30 so I'm
there on time to catch it—there's no flexibility in those sorts of things.
But if you give me flexibility on something then I'm going to take advantage of it," says Kolbus.
For many students, university marks the first time they're free of formal structures—and the first time they can take charge of their own
future. For some, this freedom spurs them to take control of their time
and gain a sense of empowerment from doing so. But for others, it
means learning to procrastinate.
While procrastinators can get away with humming and hawing for
some time, Walker says the habit eventually catches up with them and
makes them reconsider their ways.
"The only reason we change anything is when we meet a crisis," she
explains, "It could be a small crisis or a big one, but it is always something. As long as pro-
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"So what we tell them to
due is to chop their deadlines into chunks. Rather
than having a paper with a
big deadline^ make mini-
deadlines with the parts:
have a deadline for when
your research has to he
done, when your draft has
to he written and when
your final copy is due."
crastination is costing
less than the benefits,
then procrastinators
will keep putting off
their responsibilities."
Jeanna Struntinsky,
coordinator of the
University of
Manitoba's peer advisors centre, agrees.
She says many students make the mistake of dismissing
minor crises instead of
dealing with them
before major problems arise.
"Around exams and
mid-terms a lot more
people come to the
peer advisors offices
—Lilly Walker[wi* pectination
/~>i >  r ^       i    i    '•  .     ..j     problems], she says.
Chief psychologist at the    -A lot me time ^
University of Manitoba s we need to do is take
Counselling Service people  back  to  the
basics and tell them
that they really need to schedule their time better instead of cramming
it in at the last minute—common sense stuff that people need gentle
reminders about."
Walker says that when procrastinators realise their stalling tactics are
no longer paying off, they must deal with their habit the right way.
Rather than feeling guilty about missed opportunities, students should
realise they can deal with their procrastination relatively easily.
"You have to face yourself," Walker says. "Admit you are a procrastinator and realise what areas are causing your problems. Then, consult
with either a counsellor or a book to understand the particular roots of
your procrastination and what you can do to correct it."
Most procrastinators simply have never learned proper time-management skills, she adds. But once they develop these basic abilities,
they quickly recover.
"Time management is simply a system of taking your time, figuring
out where you waste it, and taking control of that time so you have it
when you need it," Walker says.
"Make a list of three things you are avoiding doing and then do them
for at least 10 minutes first thing in the morning. If you get in the habit
of getting them out of the way first thing in the morning, you'll find the
remainder of your day will be much more enjoyable."
Kolbus insists he'll always be a procrastinator. But since his crisis last
year he's learned to manage his time a bit better. While he still regularly
seeks extensions, he now stays on top of his assignments and does at
least some of the work before hand.
"It's just one of those things that you have to get slowly into," he says.
"I think it's normal to procrastinate in university but what you learn at
some point is that it is not necessary to pull an all-nighter. You don't
need to abuse your body like that—it screws up your sleeping patterns
and that's far from healthy."*
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THE BEST INTERIM
HEAD COACH YOU CAN
FIND: Erminia Russo
has amassed a 34-10
regular-season record
in two years at UBC,
and the women's volleyball team is number one in the country. But with regular
head coach Doug
Reimer returning from
the national team
after next year, Russo
is faced with finding
another place to be.
RICHARD LAM PHOTOS
Erminia Russo is one of the top volleyball coaches
in Canada. But not for too much longer
by Bruce Arthur
She's the best player on the floor, and she knows it. She is possibly in the best physical condition of her life. She is intense,
she is self-assured, and she is in control.
She'd better be. She's the coach.
Erminia Russo has it good. She coaches UBC's number-one
women's volleyball team in a city that she loves. Plus she can
still play top-level World Tour beach volleyball in the summertime. Only 34 years old, and at the top of her professions.
Pretty good.
Unfortunately, it's nearly over.
Russo was a lame-duck coach the second she arrived at
UBC in 1997, and that was fine. When she took the coaching
reigns at UBC from Doug Reimer, who was departing to
coach the Canadian national team, it was never forever. In her
first year, UBC went 16-6 and won the Canada West finals over
the three-time defending champion University of Alberta
Pandas only to fall to the Pandas in the national semifinals.
For that effort, Russo won the national Coach of the Year
award.
"The fact that she got Coach of the Year so fast is amazing,"
says fifth-year middle blocker Janna Lunam. "She doesn't
accept us playing poorly even if we win."
This year, UBC is riding higher still. The Thunderbirds are
13-3 and are ranked number one in Canada, and have only to
sweep the 2-10 University of Regina Cougars to host the
Canada West finals in their bid for their first national title
since 1978. But for Erminia Russo, next year will be her last as
head coach of the UBC women's volleyball team, and maybe
of any team.
"If I get out of coaching [university volleyball], I would get
out of coaching completely, which is kind of sad," she says.
"But that's the way it goes. I knew coming into this position
that this was the way it was."
How it was, or is, is that Russo may be the world's best
caretaker. She was handed the keys to a top-notch program
from a top-notch coach, and the program hasn't missed a
beat.
"I think everyone just really respects her a lot," says fourth-
year power hitter Barb Bellini. "Every player totally, really
takes everything she says to heart because she's developed
such a good relationship with everyone. She's totally earned
that respect."
That respect also comes from coaching in the Canada
West, currentiy the toughest league in Canada.
"It's a pressure cooker," says assistant coach Paul Funk. "If
she can coach Canada West, she can coach anywhere in
Canada"
"I think everyone just really respects her a lot
Every player totally, really takes everything she
says to heart because she's developed such a
good relationship with everyone. She's totally
earned that respect"
—Bait Bellini
fourth-year power hitter
But Erminia Russo doesn't want to coach just anywhere.
After a vagabond lifestyle that has sent her around the world
more times than she knows, one that has seen her live in four
cities since university, Russo has found a home. She likes it
here. But she can't be a university volleyball head coach here.
She was offered SFU's head coaching job at the same time as
she was offered three years at UBC. Which school she would
choose wasn't even a question.
"It was worth it to be here for three years," she says. "I'd like
to stay in Vancouver, which obviously limits my coaching
opportunities. If I want to coach, I'm going to do it as a professional. The reality is that Doug is coming back, [but] for me
to uproot, it'd have to be a fairly significant type of position."
And she could go anywhere. But she's traveled enough and
she's moved enough, so a stable home base is a pretty appealing prospect. This summer, she and University of Toronto
head coach Christine Drakich will play beach volleyball in
Mexico, Toronto, Thailand, France, Portugal, Japan and
China It makes it pretty hard hard to put down roots.
"That would explain why I don't want to move again," she
laughs. "Up to a certain point, which is this point, you don't
want to do it again."
Russo has been this good at what she does because she knows
hard work. Her parents came to Canada from Italy 47 years
ago, settled in Kelowna, and raised seven children by doing
whatever needed to be done. They worked, they sweated,
they worked. Whatever needed to be done.
"My father worked 28 years in a sawmill," she says matter-
of-facuy. "Hated it, worked 28 years in a sawmill. But this is
not a sad story-—it's just a great thing, I think, that they were
able to instill in us."
Russo is the sixth of those seven kids, the last of the five
girls. But of all those athletic, bright kids, she is the one who
has gone shooting out into the world. After a strong high
school career at KLO Secondary, she came to UBC in 1982,
and she played volleyball. In only her second year she was
named a second-team All-Canadian, and the next year she
made the first team.
It was then that the national team came calling, and she
moved to Regina to train full-time. And boy, she did train. Six
days a week, 12 months a year, from 1985 to 1991. She was
never a spectacular player, but she was good enough to
change over from outside to setter—a transition that is nearly unheard of at that level of play. Again, whatever needed to
be done.
Between trips to tournaments and championships all over
the world, Russo worked her body and her mind, pushed
harder and harder, but Canada failed to qualify for either the
1988 or 1992 Olympics. So in 1991, at the age of 27, Russo
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all the way to Strasbourg, France,
to play semi-pro volleyball. But
while there, she applied for a few
coaching positions, and the
University of Western Ontario
came calling. And Russo, coaching
for the first time in her life, made it
work.
"We did OK first year, and second year we won bronze in
Ontario, which was the first time
that had happened in like 15
years," she says.
But the siren song of the
Olympics again came calling—the
national team asked her back to
train in Winnipeg for the 1996
Atlanta Olympics, and she couldn't
say no. Two good years of coaching
couldn't compare to seven years of
Team Canada So Russo started to
train. She had been working out—
she calls the three months that she
abandoned exercise "the worst
experience of my life"—but it was
still a long way back.
"It was tough," she grimaces. "I
had actually worked pretty hard to
get back into shape, [but] volleyball
is one of those sports, no matter
"Sometimes it's tough to
be in the gym when you've
done it I was in the gym for
20 years as a playei; and I'm
still in the gym every night
and every weekend. That's
just hard  on  your  life."
—Erminia Russo
how hard you train outside, the jarring, the agility stuff, the stop-
start—it's really hard on your
body."
Not only was it a hard road to
get into playing shape, but Russo
was again a power hitter. A shoulder that had been rested for two
years was thrust back into action,
and the tendons screamed. She
thought that eventually it would
need surgery, but she played, and
Canada finished ninth in the
world. She still wears the Olympic
ring—when she doesn't have to hit
balls, of course.
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tennis circuit. I'll admit, it's been tough,
really tough. When I won my first Grand
Slam title, it would've been easy to become
conceited and get caught up in the money,
fame and glamour of winning. But having
a relationship with Jesus has made all the
difference. I realize that God, through Jesus
Christ, gives me the strength to do what
I do. When I keep my focus on him,
I always have the joy he alone can give—
both on and off the court.
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Her beach volleyball career may
peak with the 2000 Sydney
Olympics—she and her playing
partner Drakich are currently on
the bubble for qualification. But
afterwards, her playing career is
likely done.
If she does walk away, she will
be justified. Erminia Russo has
spent a lifetime on the volleyball
court.
"Sometimes it's tough to be in
the gym when you've done it. I was
in the gym for 20 years as a player,
and I'm still in the gym every night
and every weekend. That's just
hard on your life."
She has been in transition forever, from UBC to Regina, from
Regina all over the world and back
again, then to France, to Western,
to Winnipeg, and to UBC. It is time
to settle down. She doesn't know
what will come, but she will be
ready to do what is necessary to
make it work.
"I know that this is happening,
so I'll have a year to sort of
explore," she says. "[Establishing
roots] has been tough, but I definitely in the last little while have
made a better effort. You have to
work at it." She pauses. "Nothing
comes easy. You have to work hard
at everything."
No problem. ♦ Sampling by 'cfJea/tt
PLAYING BY HEART SOUNDTRACK
[Capitol Records]
This is the kind ol thing that makes you go "huh?" Ihe harsh speed
electronica of] luke next to the easy-listening vibe of Bonnie Railt.
Bran Van 3000's "Di inking in 1.A" partnered up with another of diet
Baker's takes on his signatun." tunc. "Hvcrything Happens to Me."
James Bond composer John Barry side by side with a mournful V)
Harvey. What were they thinking?
I suppose the 'diversity' of the Playing In- Heart soundtrack is an
attempt at representing the film's numerous generations, but it
comes off as the work of a schizophrenic soundtrack coordinator.
It's not that the songs are bad; in fact, most of them are middling
to quite good. It's just thai they don't work together.
Moby cooks up another one of hi$ soundtrack tunes (I
think he's on his fifteenth soundtrack now), while Ben
Lee brings a neat little song that's better than most of
his recent sophomore album. And though I'd
rather  drink laundry detergent than  suffer
through Ed Kowalczyk (of
Live) and Neneh Cherry's
"Walk    Into   This    Room,"
there's a couple new tracks by
Fluke and Cracker to ease the
pain. John Barry's work is impressive, as usual, and meshes nicelyi
with the laid back ambience of Chet
Baker and the Charlie Haden Quartet
West's "Everything Happens to Me."
Still, this is all beside the point The
songs on the album are fine, it's just that I
can't think of anyone who'd actually buy
the album. You'll have a hard time coming
up with a reason to spend money on this,
because the Playing by Heart soundtrack
is really just an extremely confused mix-
tape.
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imagining myself in a dark smoky
space bar on some barren planet.
There I was, in a black zoot suit, listening to "Rainbows of Colour," "On
 the Double," and "Time & Space."
Grooverider's latest is best described as a slightly tranced,
jazz meets drum 'n' bass mix, but with tracks like"Where's
Jack the Ripper?" the album takes a hard turn into the realm of
canned trance. And then, .Bang!" "Fly with Me" all but derails the
groove—get a nail and scratch this track out. Thankfully, "C
Funk" heads back to the original funk of the record,
flavoured with a hint of trance.
But, unfortunately, annoying vocals and an
abrasive rhythm make up the remainder
of   Mysteries of Funk. I couldn't get
through some of the tracks without feeling as if my ears had been flushed clean
with a highly corrosive acid.
Definitely an interesting sound, but this
isn't an album I'd want to listen to over and
over again. If you aren't a fan of jazzy drum
'n' bass, don't even bother.
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StOppard'S play: flat. The play is based largely on the plot of Hamlet
so if one is not familiar with that story,
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is quiti
confusing. And while Stoppard's play deserves
lively interpretation, this version is quite sub
dued. Not to say that there isn't a fine effort pu
forth by the cast—everyone is very dedicated t
their parts—it's just that neither the plot nor th
characters are engaging enough.
It might have been the interpretation of th
script or the acting, but, whatever the case, thi
play did not work. I was left fidgeting in my chaii
and checking my watch for the second halfj
which should have been the engaging climax ti
the story.
There are some humorous moments when
the wit in Stoppard's dialogue shines through-
in particular, any scenes involving the Actini
Troupe or the Player (played by Andrev
MacBeth) come off well. Unfortunately, thi
same can't be said for the main actors. Davi
Young, who plays Guildenstern, even forgot hii
lines at one point in the first act, though hi
redeemed himself in the second half with a com
mitted performance. And, although Kevin Spens
does a solid job as a weak, weepy Rosencrantz, i
would have been far more interesting to se
more energy put into the role.
Sadly, many other weak spots mar the production, which per
haps needed more inspiration and polish.its far too difficult to underst
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)ng is really just a springboard for an examination of these characters. And it is
laracters that make Agnes of God as gripping as it is.
what Claudius is saying, and by the-"- V/B^   s\wm\j
end of the play I was left to wonder
what nationality he was, seeing as
Hamlet is set in Denmark with a
Danish royal family. And the mimed
actions, which aim to tell the story and
give some  relief from the wordy dialogue, simply aren't interesting or even appropriate.
Unfortunately, what this production of Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern sorely needs is
greater coherency, tighter delivery, and a livelier interpretation
of this very good play.*
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Avenue cinemas.
As a "recovering Catholic" mvsejf, I wasn't quiti
sure howl wasljoing to respond to two hours
WClICHilly nUllS.. Mind you, I think playwright John Pielmeier would have probably felt tjGBHiiEBBBKB
What he has crafted here is a metaphor for the modern, urban, psychiati"
Catholic world debate. Pielmeier makes full use of the three characters, ar
First, we have Dr Livingstone, whose monologues are the center of the p
appointed psychiatrist, and is determined to find the logical truth to what
doesn't remember either giving birth or the murder.
Dr. Livingstone is up against Mother Miriam Ruth, a fast-talking but extn
on sheltering Agnes from the outside world. Both of these character!
Livingstone as a Catholic and Mother Miriam as an unhappy housewifi
them.
So what about our eponymous heroine? Agnes is completely naive —hi
world, and Mother Miriam wouldn't mind maintaining the separation. Yet
of wonderment. It is through her apparent simplicity that the complexity of
by Naomi Kim
fhitehouse's life only leads down-
rle's the local town sheriff, whose
lclude plowing snow and guarding
swalk. His daughter is uncomfort-
Dund him. He's gone through a
divorce. But as the story unfolds,
n tells of a struggling man caught
ycle of abuse. Wade, played
)ly by Nick Nolte, is a middle-aged
anted by the childhood memories
ither's abuse. He yearns to live a
life in the desolate and uneventful
Lawton, New England,
wned for insights into the dark
psyche, director Paul Schrader,
riter of Taxi Driver and Ragingl
tnbines his talents with those of]
Banks, author of the novel
n, to create a disturbing and
ful story.
hout the film, including murder, child custody, and visits with parents, and all are underlet of Wade's childhood abuse underscores them all. Willem Dafoe, as Wade's brother Rolfe,
rrating the events from a safe perch away from the tumultous situations,
ore him, his true self becomes exposed layer by layer to reveal the raw and unwanted truth,
and this regression leaves Wade talking and acting like the person whom he never wanted
alcoholic and violent father embodies fear from his booming voice, unsettling laugh, and
ivers a riveting performance as Glen "Pop" Whitehouse, a man given to hitting the mother
dominated household himself, Pop passes on the pattern of violence to his son Wade,
xplodes with raw emotions and manages to humanise his character. Putting his rocky list
>ves that he is capable of a solid performance in which his emotions overshadow his brood-
:h consume his life, including the constant throbbing of a sore tooth, build Wade up as an
lence. A man trying to dominate an uncontrollable environment and his own fate,
ence between right and wrong, and he wants to do the right thing. But in reality, there are
ondemns nor approves ofWade's actions, and in the end, we are left with silence onscreen.
he issue of abuse and male violence, with sensitivity and artistry. He shows that abuse is
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world versus the spiritual, unquestioning,
doesn't settle for stereotypes.
. She is a chain-smoking, nun-hating, court-
ppened to Agnes, the nun who swears she
3ly protective Mother Superior who is bent
3ve experienced very different lives: Dr.
i it's Agnes that provides a foil for both of
he play's other characters show through.
Obviously with only three actors, the play's success is contingent upon the
quality of the performances, and in nearly every respect, the acting is stellarj
Gina Chiarelli plays Mother Miriam eyebrow raised and with a dry-wittec
one-liner ready to fire. But Chiarelli also keeps the maternal and spiritual side
of her character ever-present.
I can't be quite so flattering of Anita Wittenberg's Dr. Livingstone. Her per-]
formance seems forced and occasionally slips into melodrama, somethinc
the other actors do an excellent job of sidestepping. Nonetheless, she does)
an adequate job portraying a very complicated character.
However, no one can touch Katharine Venour's Agnes. With the voice ol
an angel and a radiance to match, her Agnes is completely captivating!
Dealing with some potientally over-the-top material, Venour keeps her per-l
formance grounded in intensity and introspection. And let me tell you, Agnes;
is one habit I wouldn't mind getting into, ho hum, er... sorry. Sorry.
Agnes of God, is a compelling psychological drama, interspersed with
humour and supremely entertaining, there is more here than meets the eye
and as the play unravels it becomes more and more gripping. I recommenc
this play highly, recovering Catholic or otherwise. Perhaps there isn't a happy
ending, but what remains with the audience is much more powerful.** UARY17.1W9
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All in all, like any heavy dose of honesty, it doesn't really leave you inspired or
despairing. I might carry it around
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title a little more than casually.*!* THE UBYSSEY
of
Indonesian journalist and writer Sena
Gumira Ajidarma sees the root of
Indonesia's problems not in politics or
economics, but in its society
by Ronald Nurwisah
Indonesia has never been free. But if that country is to have a
shot at democracy—after decades of oppression—it will need
to overcome some significant shortcomings.
Eight months after General Suharto's fall, the political
landscape has been transformed. President BI Habibie has
promised democratic reforms, but little has happened.
Instead, the number of parties has exploded from three to
approximately 140. With another election only months away,
things don't look like they're going to get any better.
Indonesia's economy is also in ruins- Its currency, the rupi-
ah, has been devalued by up to 80 per cent, resulting in mass
poverty and unemployment.
Indonesian writer and journalist Send Gumira Ajidarma
has a unique perspective on the current crisis. In the magazine Jakarta, Jakarta he published a personal account of the
Dili massacre in East Timor which he witnessed. Ajidarma
was pulled from the story soon after. His removal prompted
him to write Eyewitness, a collection of short stories inspired
by his experiences in East Timor.
Ajidarma sees himself as someone who thumbs his nose at
authority. He recently sued the Indonesian government after
his son was beaten by the police during last May's riots.
Ajidarma wanted a formal apology, but he lost.
He's also someone who fights for the truth. For him, the
current problems in Indonesia are rooted in its social deficiencies—not in the nation's economic or political problems.
The clearest example of this, he explains, is the Indonesian
media. While Ajidarma agrees that given the country's political instability the media has had a difficult job, he believes
that rather than helping, it has only added to the confusion.
"The media should give the people a clear map of the situation, a clear view to the reader, but that's not happening," he
says.
By focusing so intently on the political landscape, he
argues, the media has ignored the country's societal and cultural problems, and freedom has given birth to anarchy.
"The main problem particularly in the media is who's
going to be the next president, or which party is more legitimate than the other, or who's going to be the leader for the
future, but not the cultural side," Ajidarma says.
He blames the problem, partly, on Indonesia's lack of self-
confidence—a result of 350 years of Dutch colonialism, followed by another 50 years of oppressive dictatorships under
Sukarno and Suharto.
"We were never trained to be clear and honest and to be
reflective," he explains. "In the
school, for instance, students were
only taught to repeat everything
their teachers said. So when the
time comes to be themselves, they
don't know how to express their
feelings, or how to have an expression, an opinion."
He adds: "The Indonesian people, you can say, never have been
self-confident. And maybe that's
why when times of freedom come
they are very anarchistic, because
they are very afraid."
It's a fear and lack of self-confidence that has manifested itself
in violence. Last May's riots were
some of the bloodiest the country
has ever seen. And continuing
ethnic tensions have led to religious massacres and murders
among Christians and Muslims.
"It seems that nobody is angry
with the violence, it seems that
there is not a problem," says
Ajidarma.
It's a trend he finds disturbing;
it's as if violence were a legitimate
political tool.
"It is as though violence can AJIDARMA: The Indonesian writer is trying to redefine democracy, dale lum photo
only be overcome by violence," he
says, adding that everyone, from the government to the people, use it to get what they want.
Indonesia's lack of self-confidence has also meant the
nation is still culturally and socially backward.
"We cannot say we have modem culture, maybe you see
roads and tall buildings, and blue jeans, but culturally we are
still traditional; to criticise is still not considered polite. To ask
what the teacher, or what the old men, said is still considered
not polite until recently. So politeness, culture, was always
used as a tool to repress."
Yet Ajidarma feels that there is still a way out for Indonesia.
"They say before that if we build airplanes, or study technology, it seems that we're already modem, but you know it's
not like that Modem is to be self-confident, to be rational....If
we are going to be rational it means we can accept criti-
cism...we can look at our face in the mirror."
Ajidarma admits that the road to Indonesia's cultural
modernisation won't be easy. "Indonesia will only survive
on the cultural side... if everyone can save their humanity,"
he says.
The solution is in education and culture, he feels. "We have
to build the system of education to make everybody not only
smart but also to be cultural, to be self-confident."
"We still rely on culture as an entertainment. That doesn't
challenge us to think, that doesn't challenge us to learn, doesn't challenge us to struggle," he says.
Ajidarma hopes that when this finally happens, democracy will follow. A democracy which he describes as "democracy without anarchy," where people defend the freedom of
other people.
"In that kind of democracy maybe we can survive." ♦
No prose or poetry in Growing Up Stupid
GROWING UP STUPID UNDER THE UNION JACK
by Austin Clarke
[Vintage Canada]
by Keith Turkowski
In the relatively isolated Barbados, young Clarke is sheltered from most of the outside world. Over the seas, World
War jD is being waged between the Axis and the Allies.
America, Canada and European culture and ideas are
imported and adopted by the islanders, but feelings of isolation remain.
Strict methods of education, frequent measures of corporal punishment meted.-out by oppressive school teachers, and assorted run-ins with religion form the
Austin Clarke's memoir, Growing Up Stupid Under the
Union Jack, relates his experiences a».acrdld in the British-
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into a young boy's
mind. A quality that
has been, apparently,
lost to the author.
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ends up coming off as
little more than a long
complaint. The few bits
of wit and the forced
humor are spread too
thin. Unless you enjoy
reading about the foolish childhood of a
resentful author, stay
away from this one.
There is no poetry or
prose here. ♦
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BRAVE NEW WORLD: Eve (Alicia Silverstone) warms up to Adam
(Brendan Fraser) in Blast from the Past.
BLAST FROM THE PAiT
Opens coday
Playing «theatres everywhere
by Vince Yim
And  you  thought your parents  were
weird!
Giving   new   me
ining   to   the   term   "nuclear   family,"
Iplays an eccentric scientist who builds a
fallout shelter durin
the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960s.
After mistaking a plane crash
for a nuclear bomb, he locks himself and his pregnant wife
(played by Sissy Spacek) in the
shelter for 35 years.
, Now, on the verge of the new: ipillennium,
their son Adam (Brendan praserj.is.all grown
up. He must venture .out jntp.tnis brave new
fly£i..c. to obtain supplies for. his   —	
s. ramuy and to
marry a min? n#"-jriiUtaM girl from Pasadena.
And yes, the him. explains why he looks so
young for a man or 35 years.
Alicia Silverstone plays the role of (are you ready for this?) Eve,
the cynical, street-smart young woman who befriends Adam and
helps him in his quest —although it's not an easy task.
As a cute, romantic comedy, Blast From the Past is perfect, relentlessly playing up die differences between the values of the early '60s
and rhe values of today. One can't help but laugh when Adam finds
out that Eve's roommate Troy (played by Kids in the Hall alumnus
David Foley) is gay and responds with a hearty, "Well, good for him!"
Although not in an altogether new role (he played similar parts
in Encitto Man and George of the Jungle), Brendan Fraser is solid as
Adam, the naive hero. Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek are
quicc appropriate as Adam's quirky parents, while David Foley eats
up the screen wich his performance. Even Alicia Silverstone is effective, although admittedly, not a lot of people pay money to see her
act
Adding to BL
slick and intrica\
The movie's set.
detailed bomb s,
ly deteriorating
Unfortunately,
to fall flat on its
Hies that Adan.
(and convenient
Adam really tva.
years. However,
should be enoug,
its shortcomings.
st From the Past's charm is the
te production design of the film
,   which  range from  the  richly
elterlfamily household to a slow-
nalt shop, are a definite plus,
the film's script has a tendency
face. After notifying the author-
may he insane, Eve suddenly
y) has a revelation that perhaps
locked in a fallout shelter for 35
the comedic.nature of the plot
to cause mos\t viewers to overlook
For   a   fun   movie   that   doesn't THE UBYSSEY . FRIDAY.
UBC failed to comply with
own policies, student alleges
Sherry Tanaka refuses to give
up in her battle to hold
university administrators
accountable for the way they
dealt with her complaint of
scholarly misconduct.
by Douglas Quan
Dennis Pavlich, UBC's vice president legal affairs, is defending the way university administrators handled a complaint
of scholarly misconduct even though it appears they failed
to follow the university's own procedures for dealing with
such matters.
In the fall of 1996, UBC graduate student Sherry Tanaka
filed a complaint with Sociology department head Brian
Elliott against professor Millie Creighton. Tanaka alleged
that Creighton had not followed ethical guidelines for doing
research involving human subjects during the course of her
field work in lapan and Russia in the early 1990s.
According to UBC's policy on scholarly integrity (Policy
#85), passed by the board of governors in fanuary 1995,
there were three ways that this complaint could have been
handled: the head could have looked into the matter and
dealt directly with it, reporting the disposition of the case to
the dean; the head could have looked into the matter and
made a recommendation for its disposition to the dean; or
the head could have made a recommendation to the dean
that it be referred to the vice president academic and
provost for investigation.
The vice president had three options: refer the matter
back, dismiss the allegation or appoint a three-member
investigative committee.
As it turned out, Arts dean Shirley Neuman took over the
entire investigation herself. Elliott even wrote to Tanaka to
say that the "matter was immediately taken out of the hands
of the department and responsibility for any investigation
was assumed by the Dean of Arts and the Equity Office."
(Neuman subsequently wrote to Tanaka in November
1997—one year after the original complaint had been
filed—concluding that there was no basis for her allegations.)
But UBC ombudsperson Sarah Dench, who was asked by
Tanaka to look into the matter, wrote Tanaka last week and
reported that "the University's position is that the Dean was
authorised to deal with [her] complaint as a result of [the]
non-prescriptive policy language."
Dench wrote further: "Pavlich is of the view that university policy is not law, and that what transpired was appropriate in that the spirit of the [1995] policy was upheld."
Tanaka told the Ubyssey this week that she found it
ridiculous that the university could set up policies—the handbook refers to them as "Detailed
Procedures"—and then not stick to them.
"Detailed procedures should be enforced in an
objective manner," she said. "Once decided by the
board of governors, it should mean something."
In February 1997, the university revised the
policy to state that all allegations of misconduct
are to be forwarded to the vice president
research.
Tanaka also noted that under the revised policy, the university acknowledged that the investigation report was a "public document," and not a
private document as the earlier policy had stated.
Yet, last year, when the federal Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—the
body that funded Professor Creighton's research—
requested that UBC hand over a copy of its investigation report, the university refused. (Tanaka
had sought SSHRC's help after Dean Neuman dismissed the allegations.)
In a May 1998 letter to SSHRC, UBC vice president research Bernard Bressler wrote that the
province's Freedom of Information and Protection
of Privacy Act prevented the university from handing over the material.
It wasn't until the fall that the university agreed
to submit the documents.
Tanaka says the university failed to comply
with another one of its policy revisions. "Where
misconduct is found to have occurred," the policy
states, "the investigative report and decision
regarding discipline/remedies will be forwarded
within thirty days...to any granting council that
has funded the research." Nothing was ever sent to
SSHRC.
While Neuman's letter to Tanaka seemed to
WAITING FOR ANSWERS: Sherry Tanaka continues to pressure the
university to admit it mishandled her complaint, richard lam photo
indicate that Creighton had not been found of any wrongdoing, a March 1998 letter to Tanaka from Herbert
Rosengarten, the executive director of the UBC president's
office, reveals that Neuman hadn't exhonerated Creighton
completely.
Rosengarten wrote: "Contrary to the statement in your
letter that [Neuman] had 'essentially found nothing to be
wrong with Dr Creighton,' Dr Neuman took the matter up
with Dr Creighton, in an interview attended by Dr Errol
Durbach, Associate Dean of Arts, and at which she made
her concerns very clear to Dr Creighton with respect to the
importance of obtaining a letter of permission to conduct
certain kinds of research.
"By December 1996 further action had been taken consistent with Dr Creighton's ability to produce a copy of the
letter in question. This is as much as I am able to say without offending against the laws of privacy, but it does appear
that the Dean took firm action on that part of your complaint she found to have merit."
Tanaka says that the letter contradicts a letter to the editor signed by Elliott and 23 other members of the Sociology
department and published in the Ubyssey last term declaring the allegations of misconduct groundless.
Tanaka says she hopes that SSHRC's ongoing investigation of the matter will shed some new light on the way her
complaint was processed. Last November, SSHRC wrote to
Tanaka saying that it was satisfied with the way the university had investigated the complaint.
But letters from Tanaka's lawyer, Ayman Nader, and federal NDP MP Svend Robinson prompted SSHRC to reopen
its investigation. In a letter to Tanaka last month, SSHRC
said that it was requesting additional information from the
university.
Pavlich was out of town and unavailable for comment*
Faculty association opens its doors
by Jamie Woods
UBC part-time instructors can now be represented in a bargaining unit for the first time
ever after a vote taken by the Faculty
Association passed overwhelmingly this week
Until now, these instructors, who make
up about 550 of the 700 or so of UBC sessional instructors, had gone unrepresented
in salary and benefits negotiations with the
administration.
But in a vote, 86 per cent of the Faculty
Association endorsed part-time instructors'
membership. The part-time instructors,
meanwhile, voted 91 per cent to join.
The number of existing Faculty
Association members and prospective
members who had voted in the elections
was not available by press time.
The vote followed on the heels of the
administration's controversial move last
month to allow part-time instructors into
the Faculty Association only days before
some of those instructors were due to kick
off a union drive of their own.
The drive, which is still underway, would
see the formation
of a sessionals-only
bargaining unit in
the Canadian
Union   of   Public
Employees (CUPE).
Sessionals
Organising
Sessionals (SOS),
the group responsible for organising
the drive, hauled
the administration
before the Labour Relations Board as a
response to the move. SOS said the administration had violated section 26 of the BC
Labour Relations Code, which prohibits an
employer from interfering with the forma-
"It levels the playing field...
Now we're just getting back
to going around and signing people up."
—Clint Bumham
SOS representative
tion, selection, or administration of a trade
union.
Last Wednesday, the two parties setded
the dispute before the LRB had to setde it for
them. Originally,
SOS offered to end
the dispute in
return for the
administration's
approval of a vote
that would have
seen sessionals
choosing between
membership in the
Faculty Association
and membership in
CUPE. The adrnin-
istration rejected that offer.
The new agreement will allow SOS more
communication options in their union
drive. The group can now use campus mail
for the distribution of information as well as
contact sessionals during office hours to
make an appointment to discuss their
union drive.
SOS representative Clint Bumham says
his group is happy with the agreement. "It
levels the playing field," he said. "Now we're
just getting back to going around and signing people up."
Meanwhile, part-time instructors will
not become members of the Faculty
Association until the UBC Board of
Governors ratifies their membership. The
board meets again at the end of February.
However, if 45 per cent of UBC sessionals
sign union cards in the SOS drive, a vote will
be held to determine whether sessionals
want to form their own union under CUPE.
If 55 per cent sign union cards, that union
would automatically be formed, separate
from the Faculty Association.
SOS has until April 27 to collect signatures in their drive.* FFBRUARY 12. 1999
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12,1999
VOLUME 80 ISSUE 34
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
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NEWS
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
CULTURE
John Zaozirny
SPORTS
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NATIONAL/FEATURES
Dale Lum
PHOTO
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"All right no one move, this is a hijacking," yelled Sarah
Galashan. Doug Quan, her partner in crime held a gun
to a blubbering Federico Barahona. John Zaozirny started to laugh thinking it was all a big joke, until Jamie
Woods the leader of the gang glared at him. Ronald
Nurwisah, that big baby started to cry. They knew what
they wanted, "Take us to Mexico," ordered Sarah. Vince
Yim the pilot nodded in agreement. But not before copilot Todd Silver, mumbled something about life insurance. Bruce Arthur, Duncan McHugh, and Nick Bradley,
sitting in first class didnt know what was happening,
only that they were no longer served complimentary
beverages by Richard Lam and Dale Lum. Naomi Kim and
Keith Turkowski, prayed for their lives. While Michelle
Mossop could only curse her bad luck while sipping her
cocktail. The flight continued without incident Jeremy
Beaume and Derek Deland, rich oil tycoons tried to bribe
the terrorists and were forced to spend the rest of the
flight in the overhead cabins. When the flight landed at
the airport, Camille Lade and Anne Augustine got up
before the plane had come to a complete stop, invoking
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Love, Love, Love, Love Love, Love
You can feel it in the air, can't you? Floating on
the breeze like pollen, like bumblebees, like beer
bottles flung from Gage—love is in the air. With
Valentine's Day again set to descend upon
unsuspecting and veteran couples alike, we
here at the Ubyssey find ourselves caught up in
the spirit.
And who can't feel it? The nouveau
Thunderbird Shop (or Thunderbird Shop
Version 2.0) is overflowing with stuffed animals
guaranteed to win the heart of any university
Parking Patrol Officer. And as the post-AMS election blues subside, the lovin' vibe is back
So with the heady atmosphere, the Ubyssey
has prepared a list of our favorite things. Feel the
love.
We Love:
Ample Parking
Nothing beats wheeling into the endless
expanse of bright, shiny lots and easily cruising
into the spot of your choice. The 30-minute stroll
to classes only serves to accentuate UBC's natural beauty. Also the coyotes.
The New Thunderbird Shop
Need a wooden duck? A baby t-shirt? Classy
shot glasses? Teddy bears? Well, the new T-Bird
Shop (or as we like to call it, I Can't Believe It's Not
Gastown ™) will serve your needs just dandy.
University Boulevard
Like sailing on silk, the road out is always a
dream ride. The best rollercoaster in town
involves sitting in the back of the 99 B-Line and
throwing your hands in the air. Wheeee!
The First Pit Night of the Year
There's nothing like a drunken first-year student throwing up into the sink Nothing!
Martha
Because how can you not?
Vanier and Totem cafeterias
The ever-entertaining battle to lay students
low hits new and exciting heights year after
year—from meat in the vegetarian dishes to
plastic in the meat dishes, the rivalry continues
unabated. BonAppetit!
Think About All This, and you're sure to find
parts of UBC that make your heart flutter. Be
sure to write in and let us know—because there's
always room for more love at UBC.<«
—1111 J)  W0 m m '*m m w	
The Chretien
Top Ten
Ten reasons the Prime Minister,
now 65 years old, can give to the
media for not retiring in midterm.
10. I don't trust that Paul
Martin guy.
9. The federal trade mission is
going to Maui in December.
8.1 have promises to keep: dis-
mantie free trade and rescind the
GST.
7. What about the Y2K bug and
armageddon?
6. Ted Hughes will exonerate
me on the APECker head pepper
thing.
5. Me and my APEC buddies
are gonna "party like it's 1999."
4. Sheila Copps dancing the
boogie with lohn Nuhziata at the
Liberal leadership convention.
3. Eddie G. says, "That's horse
do-do. Don't eat it!"
2. Larry Flynt's got nothing on
me, I think.
1. Who's gonna make me?
Queen Elizabeth?
Elmer Wiens
UBC alumnus
Morishita not
a hero figure
In response to "Ode to Morishita"
(Ubyssey Feb 2) I was amazed that
a "long term employee of the
AMS" felt compelled to speak out
on behalf of Scott Morishita; to
sing his praises and label him
"truly a hero."
The fact that anyone could
misinterpret Scott's megalomania
as any act of heroism is beyond
me. During all my years as an AMS
employee I have never seen an
AMS executive work so hard on
his own personal agenda with
such an absolute disregard for the
society as a whole and for the individuals he was elected to represent.
Scott's "one man war on injus
tice and corruption" was nothing
but a rapacious strategy to elevate
his status in the eyes of the few
unfortunates who were misled by
his self-serving intentions.
I am also saddened and disappointed by Anonymous' take on
all previous AMS executive. To say
that each year the AMS' elected
government end their term(s) in
office with their ideals abandoned
and their integrity dissipated is to
do a great disservice to the many
students who have left the AMS to
become outstanding participants
in our community, in our schools,
our hospitals and our businesses;
many cited in our local newspapers for their initiatives, their
community service and their
entrepreneurial spirit. I was proud
to- work for those students and
continue to be proud of the citizens they have become. Thank
God Scott is the exception rather
than the norm.
You were right about one thing
Anonymous: Scott Morishita did
have a colossal impact on the lives
of AMS employees. Just not the
impact you seem to think. The
AMS is comprised of over 300
employees — 80% of them students. Ask them what they think of
Scott's conduct during his term in
office and I believe the majority of
them will give you a different
response. In fact, if you were to
take a survey..oh, wait a
minute...Scott tried that — without the consent of all of the executive. A survey in which Scott
demanded the mandatory participation of the AMS full time staff.
Ironically, that survey back-fired.
So much so, I believe, that Scott
refused to be present during the
presentation of he results.
And now I hear that Scott did
not win his re-election. This has
renewed my faith in the democratic process. Scott should have
been more careful on those he
stepped on while in office. You forgot your own admonishment
Scott—you were there to work for
them...
Nancy Toogood,
ex-long-term AMS employee
CORRECTION
In "AMS elections derailed" (February 9,1999, the Ubyssey) it was reported that the AMS ombudsperson had recommended overturning all
the election results. In fact, he recommended overturning all the executive and board of governnors results. It was also reported that there was
a motion before council to overturn all the executive results. In fact, the motion was only to overturn the presidential results.^
feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca THE UBYSSF
Surviving Valentine's day
feedback@ubyssey. ca
by Klaudia Zapala
The time of the year is here.
Romantically over-valued and conventionally dreaded, Valentine's
Day must have been invented by
some adventurous marketing
experts and unceasing economists determined to experiment and exploit the general,
unthinking and fad loving
public.
There is very little reason for any
holiday to occur in the middle of
cold February when most of us are
still trying to lose those Christmas
calories and repair our bank
accounts ripped apart by not-to-
be-missed Boxing Day sales.
Easter and Spring are already
looming ahead, and most of us
would gladly exercise some
patience by waiting for those
caramel eggs, fluffy bunnies,
enticing aroma of pineapple ham
and bring yellow of Forsythia's
blossoms. Yet, with time travel still
only in the realm of fantasy, there
is no way of by-passing this most
horrifying of holidays.
In fact, I don't know a single
person, nor for that matter a couple, who enjoys and looks forward
to  celebrating Valentine's Day.
PERSPECTIVE
Valentine's Day is the day of mortification of all the single people in
the world. While others seem to
be celebrating their couplehood,
the relationship challenged part of
our population tries to convince
their friends and coworkers that
they too are having a romantic
outing while in reality they draw
up the curtains and unplug the
phone to veggie out with an illegal
copy of Dirty Dancing or Sleepless
in Seattle pirated from TV from the
last year's February nightmare.
They will watch it plopped on
their sofa with a mega size of ice
cream and caramel popcorn firmly believing that they are the only
ones in town who are spending
this horrible night alone.
Those of us not quite so alone
in this world fare no better. Think
about those who just met
or just started dating. They
are tortured by uncertainty
of every kind. Is it too early
to propose a date on such a
symbolic day? Would it be
declaring too much, too soon? Is
ignoring the day too cruel? Would
she think he has someone else?
Would he think she is uninterest
ed?
Now, those already established
in their couplehood can be subdivided into two major categories. To
the first one belong all the attached
individuals who seem to see the
holiday for what it is — spending
inducer artificially created guilt-
"valentine's'
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