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by Dale Lum
Clayoquot Sound. You know the place. It's ou
there, 2500 square kilometers of it, on the western edge of Vancouver Island, roughly betwee;
Tofino and Ucluelet. It's pretty quiet these days,!
compared to that summer six years ago. 859|
arrests, a major victory for the environment
movement, and a place in the public con
sciousness. More has been written and sai
about that particular patch of old-growth tern
perate rainforest than anyone probably eve:
expected, and in the meantime it's become
internationally-recognised      environment;
But of all the talk about Clayoquot, probabf
the most well-known work is the document;
Fury for the Sound: the Women at Clayoquotb
local filmmaker Shelley Wine. Completed
October 1997, the film has since screened
film festivals across Canada, the US, an
Europe, and earned a couple of awards aloni
the way.
The film examines Clayoquot from the pointl
of view of the children and women who participated in the Peace Camp and who were eventually arrested. It's full of powerful images:
whole mountains that look as if a giant kn
had scraped across the landscape, leavin
behind a brown stubble of shattered logs and
stumps. Equally impressive are scenes such a
the one of an eight-year-old protester arguin;
with a sheepish-looking RCMP officer.
Wine, a Montreal native, had no idea shel
was going to make a documentary when she|
moved here from Toronto in 1992. She didn't
even know how to work a video camera, in
fact. She says when she went to Clayoquot in
the summer, it wasn't what she expected. "[I]
went up there and really didn't intend to get
involved, and just went and saw what was
going on, and it sort of compelled me to get
arrested that day I was there."
Although she had been involved in environmental issues in Ontario, the protest at
Clayoquot challenged some of her precon
ceived notions. "Firstiy, I guess when I got on the blockade and saw the variety of people and
ages and backgrounds, it surprised me. And it bothered me that it surprised me because I feel
that I should know that."
Wine says that two-thirds of those at Clayoquot were women. The day she was arrested,
women arid children blocked the logging road. Male supporters stood at the sides of the road.
She says that the idea of collective action is something more familiar to women than men.
"There is something about the way that women work together that in some sense allows
oups to coalesce, I think. And that is why
omen are grassroots activists, statistically," says
After the arrests, the mass trials took place.
Ine stood trial along with 20 other women. She
ays the experience of being in a group of women
efore a male judge, after being arrested by male
IJRCMP officers, for blocking a road to male log-
;ers, was an experience that none of the women
vanted to be forgotten. "In retrospect, I can talk
ibout it in a very easy way but at the time, it was
ery disturbing and very disheartening to go
Ithrough that experience and to see the injustice
|day after day."
Another subtext to the film is how the ages of
those depicted affects the viewer's perception of
their message. She says when a forest company
[executive says that old-growth forests are
replaceable, and then a young child or an old
woman says otherwise, the viewer is more apt to
i believe the latter. "It has a different impact," she
?. says.
Wine also says she wanted to communicate
how the different personal backgrounds of the
protesters translated into their activism. "So you
^iave women in there of all ages who have, for
see "clayoquot" page 4
There is
about the
way that
women work
together that
in some
sense allows
groups to
coalesce, I
think. And
FINE WINE: local documentary filmmaker Shelley Wine first conceived
her film Fury for the Sound after her
arrest at the Clayoquot Sound blockade in 1993. DALE LUM PHOTO
that is why women are
grassroots activists,
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IN ANTICIPATION: Current AMS President, Vivian Hoffmann, and the soon
to be Coordinator of External Affairs, Nathan Allen, await impatiently for
the election results Tuesday night, sarah galashan photo
quorum=3,325—10 per cent of
UBC students
The crowd gathered in the Gallery was
getting impatient. The results of the
AMS election were already two hours
late. But when only four members of the
new council were finally named at one
o'clock Wednesday morning, it was clear
the elections were far from over. The
winner for the position of president
would not be announced.
Many candidates and their supporters raised a chorus of protest over what
was only the latest incident in an election marred by complaints and allegations of procedural irregularities.
It was a complaint centred around
comments made by Students for
Students presidential candidate Ryan
Marshall in the Ubyssey that forced the
AMS Elections Committee to postpone
announcing he had won.
"We're required to dispense with all
complaints before releasing results,"
said chief elections officer Chris
By Thursday afternoon, the committee determined Marshall had not violated the AMS Code of Procedures. But die
delayed announcement was merely one
of an ongoing series of complaints.
Earlier in the week, the, committee
received complaints that Action Now
presidential candidate Daniel Arbour
violated procedure by publishing an
opinion article in the Ubyssey during the
elections. He was fined $100.
The committee also heard a complaint that Independent presidential
candidate Scott Morishita posted campaign signs larger than the permitted
size. He, too, lost $100, and had all of his signs removed. Then,
when he talked to the Ubyssey about it—another violation—he
had a whole day's votes discounted.
Arbour claims that his case was due to a simple misunderstanding, but points to it as an example of the confusion surrounding election procedures. "It's a problem with the structure," he said.
When all the results were finally announced, the AMS executive positions were divided between the two slates. Students
for Students candidates Maryann Adamec and Tina Chiao were
elected vice president and director of administration, respectively. Nathan Allen and Karen Sonik, both of Action Now, were
voted in coordinator of external affairs and director of finance,
All five positions were hotly contested, with fewer than 250
votes separating the leading candidates in each race.
Adamec believes this was due to the number of positions
and issues on the ballot. "There was so much at the table.. .the
Student Legal Fund Society, the referendum, which to a lot of
people was just nothing more than a bunch of acronyms," she
Despite the split between the two slates, Adamec is confident that partisanship will not be an obstacle to the new council. "I think we're going to be able to work together this year," she
"I think there's a lot less partisan ties than there were last
year.. .the partisan crap is over."
Marshall agrees. "We're going to have to bond together as an
executive," he said.
"We need to somehow get the student movement merged
and get CASA (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations) and
the CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) talking again. I think
the experiences we've had here will make UBC the leader and
take charge in the movement"
Allen, an outspoken opponent of CASA, the student lobby
organisation of which the AMS is a member, added that his
responsibility will be to support existing AMS policy.
But while the student-elects have been announced, the controversy hasn't ended. Student Legal Fund Society representatives will not be announced until next week, and the Board of
Governors vote has been referred to the registrar for counting.
AMS ombudsperson Trevor Franklin is investigating 22 further complaints—all are specific to decisions made by the elections committee. He cannot specify the nature of the complaints, but intends to present his report at next Wednesday's
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"This allows me time to do a thorough investigation...this
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TOOL FOR CHANCE: Wine says she learned how to use a video camera
for the first time while making her film, dale lum photo
instance, raised children and started to see their kids become alienated,
not care about what's going on in the world because it's all going to go to
pieces anyway. Older women who are, essentially, close to death and have
seen the world change and are scared by some of the changes they see."
She adds, "And then we were all able to come together at Clayoquot
and actually stand together and
"Certainly my life
changed as a result of it.
And it did for a lot of
women and people. And
again that's what the
speak out loud."
Wine finds when talking to
people about the film, one of the
things people usually bring up is
the old women and young children. The reason for that, she
says, is those voices aren't usually
heard in the media "And we tend
to think that either maybe they
have nothing to say, or they don't
know how to say it, so it's always
unusual to see ordinary people of
different ages who are able to
speak out so eloquently and
make so much sense," says Wine.
The fact that Wine included
herself in the film as an arrestee
helped make the film's creation a
deeply emotional process. That,
film is about—it's not
about logging, it's not
about land use decisions. It's about political
action and how people
come to say what they
need to."
—Shelley Wine
and the powerful images of environmental catastrophe. "It's very difficult to talk about the environment—
it's like seeing starving children. You can't take it in, it's too much to take
in, it's too terrifying."
Wine remembers that feeling at one of her first screenings, when she
hadn't been used to talking about the film. "And so the lights went up, and
I was kind of like, waiting for questions. And somebody told me, 'You have
to understand the emotional impact' And sitting there, and people aren't
prepared to talk, then they have to talk because they have to get it out But
usually it's this place of horror and awe and inspiration and fear and all of
At the first screening in Vancouver last year, Wine invited some of the
women from the film to come up to the stage afterwards. For many of
them, it was their first time seeing the images again since their arrest five
years ago. The result was deeply emotional, and a remarkably open
expression of the strong bonds that had grown between the women.
"Certainly my life changed as a result of it. And it did for a lot of women
and people. And again that's what the film is about—it's not about logging, it's not about land use decisions. It's about political action and how
people come to say what they need to."
As for filmmaking, Wine is too busy screening Fury for the Sound to
think about future projects. In the immediate future, she's showing the
documentary at 15 venues across Canada with the help of the Sierra Club.
She might make more films in the future, but right now she's happy about
the impact that Fury for the Sound has had.
"Ifs getting where it needs to. It's an amazing thing. Again, it's like
activism—you plant a seed and you watch it grow. And that's what's happened. When I made it, it was like, at the end of it I thought, 'Okay, now
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by Julian Dowling
It helps that Michael Shanks is used to being overawed
by unearthly apparitions.
Returning to his theatre roots to play Hamlet, the
Stargate SG-1 star and UBC graduate seems at home in
a role that has been enacted before countless times by
countless other actors.
On the day before opening night though, Shanks is
showing signs of stress after doing the "Get thee to a
nunnery" scene three times for a television crew.
Taking a drag on a ciga-
"[Stargate] is so
moon, out there.
The heightened
stakes that you
learn in theatre
to play, like
Shakespeare, come
in very handy
when you have to
see a mothership
of the alien race
fly over you, you
start to get inside
that extreme sense
of awe and excite
-Michael Shanks
rette, he squints up at the
blue sky outside the theatre, grateful for a break
from production. Dressed
in a black leather jacket,
Shanks has the square
jaw, Brad Pitt-type rough
good looks that would
make any Ophelia swoon.
Shanks graduated
from the UBC BFA
Theatre program in
1994, then moving on to
the Stratford Festival
where he peformed in
various plays, including
Macbeth and the
Merchant of Venice. In
1997, he landed the role
of Dr. Daniel lackson
[played by James Spader
in the movie version] in
hit sci-fi series Stargate
" [Stargate] is so fucking eclectic, it's so over
the moon, out there.
The heightened stakes
that you learn in theatre
to play, like Shakespeare,
come in very handy
when you have to see a
mothership of the alien
race fly over you, you
start to get inside that
extreme sense of awe
and excitement."
He is happy to be
working in Vancouver
again—where Stargate is shot—but although he would
like to change the weather. Shanks recalls David
Duchovny's decision to leave Vancouver. "In LA it's
sunny all the time," he says with a twinge of envy in his
voice. Still, he's not planning to migrate south and follow the example of the X-files star. His girlfriend is from
LA, but Shanks is happy here.
Does Shanks have a personal interpretation of
Hamlet? Not really. He prefers to let Shakespeare's
words do the talking. "There's no spin on this. The text
is the text. The words are the words. There's no concept
to this production—that's what I love about it. It tells
the story, that's it."
While Shanks' own life has been free from major catastrophes, he sympathises with the character of
Hamlet. "[Hamlet] finally decides to face his problems
head on, then he dies. That's the tragedy. It's a
metaphor for life. We spend our lives trying to figure
out what it's all about and when we think we know, it's
the end and time to move on to something else."
Shanks lights another cigarette and grimaces when
asked about his own fan club web page on the Internet.
"It's incredible, it's wonderful, it's a privilege, but if you
let shit like that go to your head you'll be really fucked
Soaking up the sunshine at the back of the Stanley
Theatre, Shanks recalls his early days at university. "I
remember when I was at UBC for the first three
months. I was down and I couldn't figure out why, and
then I realise it was because it pissed rain every fucking
day. I'd be walking from Totem Park and everybody else
had an umbrella... mine got stolen in the library or
Shanks is grateful to the BFA program that gave him
his start in his acting career, but he thinks there are
better opportunities for young actors out east. "So
many people that come out of the UBC program just
sort of fade away. You never hear their names again
because they quit and become a manager of a restaurant. But if you train as an actor, you want to be an
Although he earns his living as a television actor, he
prefers the stage. As Dr Daniel Jackson on Stargate he
doesn't have the time to get into the script. "You get
two shots at it, and it can be frustrating when you want
to get underneath everything."^
THE MELANCHOLY DANE: Michael Shanks (Hamlet) comforts Patti Allen (Gertrude) in the Stanley Theatre's new
production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
playing at the Stanley until Feb 20
by Julian Dowling
Shakespeare is hot—again. First, there were
multiple Kenneth Branagh's re-interpretations,
then Baz Luhrman's music video take on
Romeo and Juliet, and now there's the rave
reviews for Shakespeare in Love. This time the
bard himself gets in on the act, hooking up with
the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow.
The 1990s have seen probably seen the
production of more different versions of
Hamlet than any decade in history. Branagh,
Mel Gibson, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Day Lewis,
and even Keanu Reeves have given their interpretations of the greatest tragic hero of
English literature.
The first test in Morris Panych's production
of Hamlet comes in the first scene when
Horatio and Marcellus encounter the ghost of
the dead king. Garbed in Red Army-type greatcoats, the guards light each other's faces with
flashlights, quaking in fear at the apparition
that appears in a haze of dry ice.
When the ghost's face is projected on a giant
screen, Shanks falls to his knees as if, in true
Stargate fashion, beholding a mothership from
the alien race. It works because Elsinore, in
Panych's vision, is a sort of undefined twilight
zone, placeless and timeless.
The actors are all dressed in greys and
browns, reserving the foreboding black for
Hamlet himself. The costumes are simple high-
collared coats, and the courtiers, with jackboots
and beards, look like Stalin's cronies at the
height of the Cold War.
Gerry Mackay [Claudius] and Patti Allan
[Gertrude] deliver strong performances,
although Mackay needs to be nastier and
more lecherous as the evil uncle—think Alan
Rickman. Bernard Cuffling, who plays
Polonius, is a theatre veteran, and it shows. He
gets appropriately conniving, though well-
meaning, as the nosy old fool who gets his
It's hard to match Helena Bonham-Carter's
lovely Ophelia from the 1990 Zefferelli film, but
Jennifer Clement comes close here. She and
Shanks are excellent in the crucial "Get thee to
a nunnery" scene. Her terror coupled with disbelief is palpable as Hamlet seizes her for a passionate kiss before uttering that devastating
line, "I did love you once."
Casting a black man, Dion Johnstone, as
the ever-loyal Horatio was a good move. The
final scene with Hamlet's pale body out
stretched in Horatio's dark arms is seared on
my memory. It's a symbolic union of black and
white, a theme Shakespeare toys with in
Othello. In the end it is the black man who
must bear the white man's burden as Hamlet
tells Horatio, "In this harsh world draw thy
breath in pain to tell my story."
The set is simple and effective, allowing the
dialogue to conjure the setting. The backdrops
are uncomplicated reds and blues, the only furniture being low benches that are moved
around between scenes without much ado. The
only music is from a solo violin that underscores Hamlet's constantly changing moods.
Shanks successfully conveys Hamlet's tortured inner soul through his bloodshot blue eyes.
He tears his hair in anguish at his own indecision.
Shanks' Hamlet is angry, self-absorbed and insecure, just as Hamlet should be.
Even apart from the recent wave of
Shakespeare hype, Panych's Hamlet stands on
its own. Shanks, as comfortable on stage as he is
in front of the camera, deserves full credit for
giving the audience what they came for: a dark,
brooding anti-hero.
Shanks is a TV star in his own right, but he's
proved his talent for theatre. He wouldn't say it,
but he might be the next David Duchovny. If he
can stand the rain, of course.*> 6 THF URYSSFY . FRIDAY JANUARY 79 1999
EYE TO THE FUTURE: Katie Wright looks forward to the day when women will get the roles they deserve. Christine tassos photo
All the Wright moves
Wang Dang Doodle's Katie Wright looks
at the past, present and future.
Playing at the Arts Club Theatre
Runs until Feb 20
by Ronald Nurwisah
Katie Wright is the quintessential home-grown actor, from her
first role—a bit part in a Remembrance day pageant at Burnaby
Central Secondary school—to her graduation from UBC's theatre program.
It helped too that she was raised in an atmosphere which nurtured her theatrical aspirations. When your parents are your
staunchest supporters, the actual acting isn't so hard.
But ironically, one of Wright's biggest obstacles could easily
have been her parents. Both are well-connected within the
Vancouver arts community—her father as a UBC film professor,
her mother as a successful writer. But while they ensured that
Wright's acting received a supportive environment, they also
worked not to help her.
"The main thing that they did was get out of my way," she
says. "There's plenty of examples of people getting places
because their family is connected. They went out of their way not
to let that happen to me, so that everything that I accomplished,
I felt that I accomplished on my own."
And Wright has accomplished a lot. She's starred in the Jessie
award-winning The Pintauro Cafe, helped found local
Shakespeare festival Bard on the Beach and is currently starring
in the new Arts Club musical Wang Dang Doodle. And although
Wright is doing well at the moment, success isn't something
she'll take for granted. "For me to say I was successful would be a
lie, because it could all dry up tomorrow," Wright says grimly.
Wright has lived the life of the struggling artist, working innumerable mindless day jobs while struggling to find real work.
Waitressing, temping, secretarial work, Katie Wright done it all.
Fortunately, that stability as an actor has been found.
"When I first graduated from university I looked really young,
so I was doing a lot of teen roles, and that kind of setded down for
a few years. People see you in a certain way and I think you
almost have to disappear for a while and reinvent yourself."
So she did, moving to Toronto for a year with her husband. It
was a year which Wright does not look back on fondly. "It was
really like starting over again from square one," she says of the
experience. "It was really difficult, you just sort of put your head
down and get through and I kept trying to think of other stuff that
I could do."
Wright then moved back to Vancouver, where she's had a fair
amount of success over the last couple of years. Her latest role
places her as Charlotte, a young, repressed socialite who finds
herself at a Harlem house party. It's a role that Wright feels will
connect Vancouver audiences into the exotic world of 1930s
Harlem. And it's one which she enjoys.
"I was lucky enough to be the person that [playwright] Leslie
Mildiner had in mind for the role all along," she says happily.
All the hard times and all the day jobs only made Wright a
more mature actor. She was recendy turned down for a role as
'too old,' and while the judgement would panic most actors, she
sees it in a positive light. "It was very satisfying having played so
many younger roles. I kind of thought, 'Oh wow, I'm a grown-up
Yet at the same time the 34 year-old Wright feels strongly
about the lack of solid roles for female actors over the age of 35 in
film and TV
"There's a huge section of the world's population that's basically being marginalised and overlooked by film and television.
And film and television are the media through which most of us
form our notion of what the world is, sadly enough. I keep
watching for signs that someone is gonna get smart about this
and start reflecting more accurately what's really going on in the
But what does the future hold for Katie Wright? Unfortunately,
while she admits to entertaining thoughts of having a family, she
isn't quite sure.
"I'd like to be earning more of my living as an actor," she says.
"It sounds like not too much to ask, but in fact I think it's a pretty tall order."
Peering back through it all, though, Wright focuses only on
the positive.
"Looking back, I feel pretty good, I've done some stuff that I'm
proud of and I've done some stuff that was really really hard and
I learnt a lot from. And I guess my biggest hope would be just to
keep growing and moving ahead."**
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Grace Chan had a career.
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Plays Jan 30, Feb 2,4, 6,8
at the Q.E. Theatre
by John Zaozirny
Grace Chan doesn't think it's all such a big
"I figured that, I want to do what I want
to do," she says
But it is quite a unique story.
Here is a woman who had a healthy
career in the Philippines as an optometrist,
moved to Canada with her family and
decided to turn from her chosen profession and pursue a life in opera. She
studied at UBC's School of Opera and
landed a plum role as the Nurse in the ^
new Vancouver Opera production of 1
Romeo and Juliette soon afterwards.
Sound interesting? Not to Grace.
"I was born and raised in the
Philippines and am of Chinese
parentage. It was a very ordinary, typical life. I was trained as an
optometrist. Music is something I've
always wanted to do." She says it all
very matter-of-factly, no big deal. %
What's all the fuss about? *"
After coming over to Canada from
the Philippines with her family, Grace
decided that music was what she
wanted to do with her life, not optometry.
"I had a career. It was comfortable,
but it was not a glove-fit profession
for me. There was something more. I
guess it's music," she says. "The scope of it
all is just right for me. It's arduous. I think
anything more will break me, anything less
will bore me."
So Grace enrolled in the university's
opera program.
"I went in not really knowing a lot. I
went in with a desire to train the voice," she
says of her first days at the school. "The
desire was strong, but I didn't have a clear
idea what was involved. I've depended
upon the UBC professors to shape me, and
so in many ways, what I am now is [a result
of] the guidance of significant people at
Amongst those significant people was
professor Gary Relyea, who also plays the
role of the Friar in Romeo and Juliette. So
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by Lisa Johnson
How to do the "New Millennium Strut" Step 1: Look in the
direction you are going to walk. Step 2: Place hands on hips,
thrust head and shoulders jauntily back. Step 3: Walk, walk,
walk, walk.
Sadly enough, on paper these instructions wfll do little to
turn your present footwork into any sort of "New Millennium
Strut." But when demonstrated by "Gartina J." (Garth
Johnston), a tall, gracefully muscular queen—when each
"walk" is punctuated by a snap of the fingers and a shift of the
hips—even the blandest walker can learn to add this drag
queen-style sass to their step.
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Jan 24
at Sonar
by Tom Peacock
ALL SMILES: Grace Chan has found happiness in her new career as an opera singer. Christine tassos photo
Uy, her parents are none too pleased
:areer change. But Grace sees her
cal employment as something that
able, though she's quick to dispel
ns that being artistic is easy,
is no fantasy in it, really. I think
f people who are not in arts, they
rts as high and mighty. It is sub-
noble, but it is work. It is a lot of
But there are so many other things that
Grace Chan wants to talk about.
"Is this all getting too serious?" she asks.
She goes into a long discussion about how
strange North American school is.
And she talks about how her friends in
the arts shake their heads at her early hours.
In the Philippines, she explains, getting up
at five in the morning to go to school wasn't
applauded. It was expected. Here all her
artistic friends are night owls, while she's
one of those dreaded 'morning people.'
Then there's her cat-napping, of which she's
quite proud. Or there's the fake eyeball she
carries around as an all-purpose practical
joke. There's just so much else to talk about.
Grace seems to have found her place
and she's the happiest person in the world
for it. "I don't have a great need to take vacations anymore," she says, "because what I
do is what I like."*
You see, it's easy to "fake the funk;" to stand behind the
turntables, twiddle some knobs as a house record plays
on, and covers your sorry DJ ass. But to actually "play the
turntables like a musical instrument, with the sounds
representing musical notes" as famed DJ Q-Bert tells it,
is hard work. To manipulate the sounds of a record and
put together a routine with the same sort of obsessive
drive for perfection and tightness that motivates all
musicians, isn't so easy to fake.
In the past couple of years, there has been a slew of
hyped up and highly disappointing DJ shows at Sonar,
like Goldie's last year, that were nothing but a waste of
hard earned cash. But last Sunday night the young and
internationally renowned hip-hop DJs A-Trak and
Craze, from Montreal and Miami respectively, lit up
Sonar with sonic pyro-Technics that would have craned
the necks of even the most stalwart skeptics of the art of
the turntable.
Finally a real show; not just another couple of guys
standing behind record players. No sir. More like a couple of freaky whiz kids, flashing virtuosic talent with
every flick of their wrists. At points during their duelling
routine, it seemed as if the camera that was filming their
hands was on fast-forward.
At first the two played together and cut up a set of
danceable and well known hits. It was fun to watch them
have fun with each other, and everyone was happy. Then
during a staged duel, their broken samples began to spill
over the awe-struck crowd with Malmsteenian speed,
clarity and precision. (Note to the unaware: Malmsteen
is synonymous with quickness, technical wizardry and
bad hair.)
At one point Craze was playing one record backwards while slapping his palm down on the other, in
time to the reversed snare beats. It sounded tweaked
and the guy beside me was losing it in true Satan
Worshipper style. "Woooh, Waahooooh, Yeaaahhhhhh,
fuckyeaaaah," he yelled. A secret message had obviously been conveyed to Satan's children, but the guy tried to
cover it up by saying: "Wow, that backwards shit is really
technical." Sure, freak. I went to find a safer viewing
area.By the night's half-way mark, I was fighting my way
to the front and hooting and hollering like a...uuh....well
like an owl or something. Never before had the urge
been so strong
to actually be
able to see
what the DJ
was doing.«>
Two of the lead performers from
drage opera,
House Opera
.era flips the conventions
Which is what House Opera, performed by Montreal's
House of Pride this weekend at the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre, is all about Conceived and written by performers
Martha Carter ("Marta Marta"), Stephen Hughes ("LaReign"),
:3nd Johnston, the House Opera goes a step beyond "traditional drag" by not just celebrating the queens but also
encouraging the restofus to join them.
But what does 'joining them' entail? Don't worry, this
show isn't an appeal to—ahem—pluck and tuck. Instead, it
encourages all to embrace and enjoy sexuality in whatever
form it takes.
At least, that's the message that seemed to pervade
through the show's thumping beat, video clips, hot dance
numbers, pinch of Shakespeare, and at least one incarnation of Barbie (played by Hughes) blowing up a condom.
Just the sort of outrageous pomp anyone entering the self-
proclaimed exotic-sequinned and glitter-dusted worid of
high drag expects—-but does the Opera live up torhese expectations? Yes and no. wanting to be smacked with glam, I
found the opening scene of seated make-up application and
song rather slow. With the exception of Gartina, the group
seemed to have difficulty finding their vocal groove against
the techno backbeat
But when set fiee to move, the electricity of their bodies
supercharged the queens' previously deflated presence.
Marta Marta flowed with sensuality, Gartina had lightning in
her sinewy limbs, and each set by LaReign was an eruption of
energy—most notably a chicken dance/orgasm in pink chiffon.
So my appetite for sass was sated, but the House of Pride
left another expectation—that the Opera would be just a
vehicle for campy drag—unfulfilled. At first it was disturbing,
for there was something different in the character of Marta
Marta, with her amazingly femme voice and true
curves. A woman dressed
in women's clothing?
Preposterous. If giiis wear
sexy clothes and like it,
they're surely repressed
by the patriarchy... right?
Not according to Carter. "Three years ago I would never
have thought I'd be performing," said the queen, who previously only directed the drag shows. "But I... knew I had
to be up there too. They can't have all the fun." Marta
Marta's wearing-lingerie-and-loving-it performance
proved her point
So be prepared for a ruffling of feathers, the glare of
waxed legs, and a powerful message: House of Pride's
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UBC sessionals have been working since last spring to
organize a union. Sessionals just like us at a dozen
universities across Canada have already unionized. We
approached the Canadian Union of Public Employees,
which represents sessionals at 11 of these universities.
Let's stand up for job security, fair wages and
treatment for all part-time and full-time sessionals!
First-year sessionals at UBC earn 20% less than
our unionized counterparts at SFU. In addition,
SFU sessionals receive benefits to teach just one
course a term.
has started...
It's time for us to have
a union for UBC sessionals.
Drop by the CUPE office in the Graduate Student
Centre (Room 305) to sign a card, ask questions,
or get involved. An organizer will be available from
noon to 1pm, Monday to Friday. You can also give
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We are Sessionals Organizing Sessionals.
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board under fire
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—The newly appointed board of the $2.5-billion Canada
Millennium Scholarship Foundation was only a few hours old before
being criticised by student leaders.
In a press conference Monday in Montreal, foundation Chairman
Jean Monty announced the makeup of the 15-member board.
Also announced was a separate 15-member panel group that will act
as a liaison between the public and the foundation directors.
But the low level of student representation—only four students, divided equally among the panel and board—immediately raised eyebrows
across the country.
"To have more university presidents than students on the board is
totally wrong," said Brett Dawe, vice president external of Memorial
University's student union in St John's.
"Where are the students who are going to get the scholarships? And
who better to distribute it than the ones who are going to get it?"
"It is going to take a year for these [students representatives] to be brought up-
to-shape on the available resources, and
this is ridiculous when there are dozens
of people working in grassroots student
groups nationwide."
—Elizabeth Carlyle
CFS National Chairperson
Nine university and college presidents—three on the board and six on
the panel—were appointed.
Also nominated were four chief executive officers, former New
Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna and an executive vice president from
BCE Inc.
Together, the board and panel are responsible for implementing Bill
C-36, a federal bill requiring the privately-run millennium fund to provide roughly 100,000 students with an annual average scholarship of
$3,000 beginning in the year 2000.
The strong presence of university administrators and corporate leaders however, led to some questions as to whether student concerns will
be properly addressed.
"The students who were chosen [to sit on the board and panel] were
chosen because they fit the criteria of a privately run, pro-business agenda," said Simone Saint-Pierre, communications coordinator of the
Canadian Federation of Students, which represents 400,000 students
across Canada.
But one student sitting on the panel wasted no time in rejecting this
"That statement is ridiculous," said Heather Wilkey, president of
Calgary's Mount Royal College Student Association. "The [CFS] doesn't
know me. I am a single mom and have $30,000 in student debt."
According to CFS National Chairperson Elizabeth Carlyle, what's at
issue is not the good intentions of the student representatives, but
whether they have the necessary resources to implement student concerns.
"I don't doubt that these students have important personal experience, but I'm not sure if they have the institutional background to support them," said Carlyle, noting her disappointment that none of the CFS
nominees were chosen to sit on the board and panel.
"It is going to take a year for these [students representatives] to be
brought up-to-shape on the available resources, and this is ridiculous
when there are dozens of people working in grassroots student groups
contact Bruce @ the the right
Tom Mix is a pretty
good hockey player.
But he'll end uv\
a pretty good
lawyer instead.
by Sara Newham
There are good hockey players, and there are good
lawyers, but the two are rarely the same person. Tom Mix
is that person.
Mix is in his second year in the demanding and competitive UBC law program. He's also a forward on the
UBC men's hockey team, which is currently involved in
a close race with the Lethbridge Pronghorns for a playoff position.
Mix played three years of hockey for the University of
Alberta, but his decision last year to come to UBC had
nothing to do with the sport. A commerce student at U
of A, Mix came to Vancouver to move in a new direction.
"[I came here] for the law school," explains Mix. "I
didn't want to take business anymore, [and] I didn't want
to spend another three years in Edmonton going to law
school there."
Although he calls Prince George home, Mix actually grew
up in Edmonton and returns there to visit his parents during
the summer. But it is during the summers in Prince George
that Tom Mix makes yet another switch. After spending the school year changing from law student to hockey player and back again, Mix moves into another profession during the summertime—that of a firefighter.
"It's a good summer job and it allows you a lot of
time to train and keep in shape," says Mix. "It's not a
boring, mundane job day-to-day. It's something different every day." Mix adds that firefighting gives him
a great opportunity to travel around and
see Canada. Though he also says that the
danger factor isn't as high as people think.
"Last summer was really busy, but the
Ministry of Forests really stresses safety, so
they don't really let you get into too many
situations that are really dangerous."
Tom Mix started playing hockey early,
and worked his way through the ranks of
minor hockey until, at the age of 18, he
found himself playing junior for the
Vernon Lakers. He played
for the Lakers for two seasons  before  deciding  to
study first  at  Red  Deer
College, and then at the
University of Alberta, his
dad's alma mater.
Mix then joined the U of
A men's hockey team and played there
for three seasons. During that time his
team won two Canada West titles, giving him experience that will be a definite asset to the Birds come playoff
"It was really exciting," describes
Mix. "In Alberta we felt it had been a
long time coming to win Canada West.
It's really not that far off from where we
are [now]. It just depends on when
you're playing your best hockey, especially in our league because all the
games are pretty close."
"He contacted us last year, [but] he
wasn't eligible," stated head coach Mike
Coflin. "We fought he could adj^tp our
Tom Mix can
loose a slapshot
like nobody's
business, but his
true calling won't
come on the
ice—more likely,
Mix will wind up
in a barely more
civilised environment Mix is in
his second year
of law at UBC, as
well as his fourth
year of university
hockey, richard
team. We thought that we had some good forwards and he would complement them."
Mix wasn't initially eligible to play for UBC because of a CIAU rule which stipulates that if
you transfer universities, you have to sit out a season. It wasn't until October that he was able
to lace up his skates again.
But the rust hasn't showed. So far this season, he's amassed two goals and 12 assists, good
enough for third spot on the team's scoring list. The 5'10", 170-pound Mix is more of a play-
maker than a goal scorer. He also works hard along the boards, digging the puck out from the
corners in an effort to either get it out of the T-Birds' zone or set one of his teammates up. Plus,
there's that competitive spirit.
"He's great, he sees the ice really well, he adds a lot to our power play. He's great at setting
people up and he's been a great addition," says friend and team captain Troy Dalton.
Mix also gets a strong endorsement from Coflin. "He's able to get the puck to people
maybe better than anyone else we have, so he's a real plus," the coach
says, adding that Mix has exceeded expectations.
However, Mix's contribution to the team isn't measured simply in
goals and assists. According to Coflin and teammates, Tom's a free spirit who adds some life to a relatively quiet dressing room.
"Mixer's a great, easy-going guy," states teammate Geoff Lynch. "He's
a good guy to have in the dressing room when the team's down."
"He's just a super all-round great person. He's quite a character. He's
a really funny guy and he makes you laugh in his own sort of way,"
Dalton adds.
Balancing a demanding program such as law and playing varsity
hockey on the weekends is a tough act. Mix is currently taking six courses on top of the hockey practices which run from Monday to Thursday
for approximately an hour and a half each day. The team then plays
games on both Friday and Saturday nights.
"It's basically a time management thing where you structure your
classes," explains Mix "Trying to get classes that are not on Fridays so
you can go away on road trips."
According to Mix, though, the law program is designed in a way that
makes it possible for him to play hockey as well as study.
"Law school is a little different from most programs in that we only have 100% exams at the
end of the semester, so we don't have a lot of midterms, [or] papers due during the semester."
Mix says the key is to put in a daily effort so that you're not swamped towards the end of
the semester. He adds that he tries to get a little work in during the day on Fridays and
Saturdays, and during the week he tries to get to school early in the morning to catch up on
some work.
"Class and hockey are pretty much the two things that I have going right now," Mix says.
"It's tough, but Tom is really, really dedicated to school. That's where he stands out," says
Dalton of his teammate's dedication. "School is on an even level with hockey, if not higher
with him."
When asked of his future in hockey, Mix is resigned. "I think I'm almost seeing the end of
it now. Everyone wants to [play professionally], it's just a matter of if they want you or not and
I think that answer's pretty clear."
It helps that Mix has another place where he will be wanted. He'll have a lot of competition in his intended field, but how many other lawyers will be able to throw a hipcheck in
t?PmM# only Tom Mix.,*.
"Class and
hockey are
pretty much
the two things
that I have
going right
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Send in the clowns? Too late
All of you have, no doubt, been clamouring
for election results. Well, now you have them,
but there are more questions than ever.
While the winners of the 1999 AMS
Elections chug a victory beer, 22 separate
complaints against the Elections Committee
are lurking.
What, you ask, could that mean for those
lucky electees? Maybe a lot, actually.
Ballot counters and election organisers
have been accused of everything from bias to
After sifting through this sea of alleged
irregularities, AMS ombudsperson Trevor
Franklin will make recommendations to the
AMS council. He will examine the facts and
determine whether any one of those 22 complaints have merit. And if they do, you ask,
then whither the results?
Does it matter that referenda ballots were
not handed out at all polling stations? Well,
CiTR will remain underfunded and destitute
because not enough people voted. They
might say it matters.
Does anyone care that the Elections
Committee held off announcing the presidential winner for an extra day? Does anyone
care that the Elections Committee may have
contravened their own bylaws by accepting a
last-minute complaint? Those nailbiting presidential candidates probably care.
Why were the vice-president votes miscounted, and why were the candidates never
told what they could and could not say to the
The process is being questioned, and we
don't have the answers. But if any of these
complaints hold water, then the results
should be questioned.
No election in recent memory has been
the target of so many complaints. Two years
ago, after a ballot recount, a student BoG rep
was removed two months into his term.
Could it happen again? You bet. Will it happen? Hard to say. Who has the power to fix it?
Deep within the Student Council bylaws
the concept of a "Student Court" lurks. One
that would have jurisdiction over the
Elections Committee. And that court could
"declare that an action is void and of no effect,
and that the organisation must take the
appropriate steps to remedy the situation."
Replace the word "action" with "election"
and we could all keep voting 'til we get it right.
If Franklin's smart he'll recognise this election was fraught with inconsistencies and
irregularities. If the AMS is smart they'll listen
to him. And if all else fails, a Student Court
could come in handy.
Even with the dismal turnout, and even
though most of your voices are silent, the
questions have to be answered. Students still
deserve that much.»>
Equity improper
Re: "Ad discriminates-BCCLA"
[Ubyssey, Jan 26] In September, I
wrote a letter to the Ubyssey in
opposition to UBC's policy on
equity in hiring. In her reply,
Sharon Kahn, UBC's associate vice
president of equity, countered that
while specific targets have been set
regarding the hiring of minority
groups, there had been no evidence that hiring was ever based
on anything other than merit.
Nearly six months later, UBC's
Physics department and the
Equity Office have provided us
with exactly this evidence.
The department has chosen to
advertise for a tenure-track position; however, only females need
apply. This is a clear example of
hiring based only on gender, and
violates UBC's policy that "the fundamental consideration for
recruitment and retention of
staff...is individual achievement
and merit." The fact that females
.are underrepresented likely has a
number of reasons; however, the
only "serious problem" I see is that
sexual discrimination is not only
advanced but is defended by those
who are supposed to protect equity.
I agree with the BC Civil
Liberties Association; there is no
reason to exclude others for the
sake of protecting minority
groups. As a member of what the
Equity Office calls a "visible
minority group" (although I never
use this term to describe myself), I
choose to advance my interests
using only my achievements and
merit. Anything else would be
"embarassing" and discriminatory.
Again, I call on the University to
stop wasting valuable resources
considering the gender or ethnic
group of prospective faculty. As
students, we want the best faculty
available, not the best faculty that
happen to belong to some group.
Science 3
_. „»., — by e-mail..
Facts unclear: CFS  Overachiever envy
Your article "10,000 signatures
short" [Jan 5], isn't clear on all the
facts. Ryan Marshall claims that
the Canadian Federation of
Students worked for over a year to
collect 12,000 signatures on a petition. In fact, CFS member student
associations actually spent about
six weeks gathering signatures on
the petition for a tuition fee freeze
that was presented to Premier
Clark last March. Last October, we
began a postcard campaign to the
federal government. In BC alone,
we have collected over 25,000
postcards to date. I'm confident
that if the CFS had a year to collect
signatures and money to pay people to do it we would have at the
very least 100,000 students in BC
sign the petition.
Maura Parte
BC Chairperson
Canadian Federation of Students
As a first-year student, I find
myself continually amazed at the
calibre of students attending UBC.
I read with interest your article on
Jen Dowdeswell [Jan 22] and I
think she is a great example of the
highly motivated and gifted students here, lime and again, I talk
to people who take 6, 7 or even 8
courses, hold down a part-time
job, and manage to squeeze in a
sport and a full social life. I have
trouble getting up in the morning
to sit through five classes, and
then head home only to sit around
and watch an episode of The
I am glad I decided to attend
UBC, now that I have met the people that go here. If I can't be a classic overachiever in everything that
I do, I can at least hang around
with people that are.
Chris Thompson
Science 1
--■-*■ bye-mail THE UBYSSEY• fRIPAY. JANUARY 2?. 1999 11
Decision on possession a complex issue
by Rajdeep Gill
Justice Duncan Shaw of the Supreme Court of BC ruled on
January 15, 1999 that the criminal prosecution of individuals having "simple possession" of child pornography is an
infringement of the right of personal privacy.
Personal belongings of individuals are expressive of
their owner's beliefs; making possesion of child
pornography criminal is considered an invasion of
the freedom of expression. The invasion of these
rights is more profound than any "limited beneficial
effects of the prohibition". There is no evidence that
making possession of child pornography criminal reduces
production of pornography. Also, Justice Shaw argues that
"sexually explicit pornography is used to relieve pent-up
sexual tension of otherwise potential aggressors"; not all
people make harmful use of pornography and the "making,
printing, importing, distribution or sale" remain criminal.
The decision is very important because it has lead to
debate and consideration of the rights of all individuals who
may be involved in production, consumption and selling of
child pornography. The key group who are liable to be
exploited as part of the pornography cycle are children. As
adults have a lot more power over them, the exploitation is
quite possible and should not be allowed. But as a society
we have a tendency to push disturbing issues further into
darkness; we love our children yet we refuse to have an open
discussion of issues around child abuse that involve the participation of everyone—including those who abuse them.
Every human being deserves a voice and parents, government officials, pedophiles and all others who are affected by and are part of the pornography cycle need to discuss
things together. By stigmatising pedophilia, we do not allow
people to seek help either because they have urges to abuse
children or have themselves been abused. We can empower our children only by informing them of their rights and
giving them the confidence that it is fine to speak out
against exploitation. At the same time, by not morally judging those who are part of the exploitation cycle but
hearing them and respecting them, we again will be
helping our children by better understanding the
issues. I am not competent to comment on the legal
value of Justice Shaw's decision; his arguments need
more explanation and fine-tuning to be convincing.
This is the case, perhaps, because consumers of child
pornography are not well understood—a barrier to both
trying to give them a voice and to deny them one.
Nonetheless, the questions the decision raises and the
unprecedented sensitivity it displays for much judged upon
and stigmatised individuals is significant. ♦
—Rajdeep Gill is a second year Arts Student
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