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The Ubyssey Mar 15, 1996

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Array The man inside the Waterhoy
It's been thirteen years since
Scottish-Irish folk rockers The
Waterboys released their first
album. Since then, lead singer
Mike Scott has fiddled with a
variety of musical styles around
the globe.
Peter T. Chattaway caught
up with Scott before his show in
Vancouver to discuss his views on
music, spirituality and what it's
like to go solo.
Whoever booked Mike Scott's March
13 solo gig certainly knew how to pick a
stage when they chose the St. James
Community Centre.
The former St. James United Church
may make for an unlikely rock concert
venue, but in Scott's case, the choice was
singularly appropriate—the candle on the
altar was a particularly nice, subtle touch-
since Scott's writing, which has always had
a spiritual bent, took a positively devotional
turn on his solo debut Bring 'Em All In.
Even the penultimate Waterboys album
Dream Harder (the subsequent Secret Life of
the Waterboys was a package of B-sides and
Mike Scott comes out of hiding and sheds his Waterboys chorus line to perform songs that
are honest, introspective, and tirelessly upbeat. kym wyattphoto
previously unreleased material from the
early 1980s) reflected an intense period
of personal growth. Scott admits that the
New York-recorded album, which he
produced with an untried set of musicians
who knew not his former band, was a
personal project masking itself behind "the
Waterboys identity."
"I made the album [Dream Harder]
under that premise," Scott told The Ubyssey,
"but once I made the album I didn't feel
they were the right musicians to tour with.
I tried to find more musicians, I did a
whole lot of auditions in New York, and
at the end of that it's like a lightbulb went
off above my head and said, 'This is not
happening. This is not
meant to happen. Take
another course.'"
That course happened to include a
year-and-a-half stay in
Scotland's Findhorn
community, as Scott
relates in his song
'Long Way to the
Light.' "It's a hard place to sum up," Scott
says. "It's a spiritual community. It's an
ecological community as well. Do you
know the concept of the 'still small voice
within'? Eileen Caddy directed alot ofthe
early building ofthe community based on
that voice, and it's very close to Christian
mysticism, for what it's worth.
"I guess I would say it's based on what's
called the perennial philosophy, which is
the philosophy held to be behind the
majority of world religions, that life has a
purpose and there is a divinity and a
power of love in all creation."
These may sound like serious themes,
but Scott handles them with a cheeky
sense of humour, following the prayerful
'What Do You Want Me to Do, Lord?'
with the raunchy T Know She's in the
Building' and the triumphant, energetic
'Return of Pan' with the rustic, jaunty
insouciance of 'Corn Circles.'
"It's kind of mischievous, yeah," Scott
says of the latter duo, "and Pan is
mischievous. I thought that was a really
rood pairing. It rubbed a lot of
people the wrong way, but I
thought that was very funny!
I don't take myself too
One might get the
opposite impression
from Bring 'Em All In, the
first album to be released
under Scott's own name
(he  even  plays  all the
instruments himself), and
the theme of self-love that
occupies  such   tracks   as
'Wonderful Disguise' and 'I'm
Learning to Love Him.'
Scott, however, insists that
these songs are not narcissistic.
"If I can't love and accept myself
t—^Loving oneself is a
very difficult thing for us
humans. It's something
that I think we all have
to learn to do.
unconditionally, then how can I love and
accept other people?" he asks. "Loving
oneself is a very difficult thing for us
humans. It's something that I think we all
have to learn to do."
Scott says the next album, which he
starts recording six weeks from now in
London, "will probably swing another
way" from the confessional approach he
took this time out.
"This [Bring 'Em All In] was a particular album for a particular period of
time. I really love this album, and I love
that the songs are so autobiographical
and some are diarylike and they are very
specific—place names, events and so on—
but I don't think I
could keep doing
that. I think that's this
album, and the next
album will be quite
How    different?
Scott teasingly
suggests that he might
call it a "punk-folk
solo record"-it will certainly be more
rock'n'roll oriented-and the slightly
sinister preview he offered in concert of
'My Darker Side' stands in stark contrast
to the upbeat New Age vibes that typify
Bring 'Em All In.
Through all the changes in music, lyric
and theme, does Scott see some sort of
consistent, unifying thread that binds his
works together?
"I don't know, it's for you guys to figure
that out!" he laughs. "I know that the way
that I write changes all the time. It has its
own evolution, and that's the way it should
"I suppose the song is always the most
important thing, and the musical styles are
the suit of clothes that the song wears," a
point Scott proved last Wednesday when
he closed his encore set with a soft acoustic
version of 'This Is the Sea.' A normally
aggressive bit of wailing guitar licks and
fiercely pounded drums, Scott now sang
this anthem gently into his mic.
I couldn't help but smile when he got
to the lines:
I slipped into the cathedral
It was quiet and cool
With the humid air moistening our collars
and a speaker system that could be heard
a block away, the former church that
hosted Scott's show was anything but quiet
and cool that evening.
The hack technical effects also worked
against the joy and simplicity of Scott's
music: 'Building the City of Light' will
presumably take more than alternating
blue and green filters, and a tacky black-
and-white slide of a lunar landscape
undercut the wondrously metaphorical
lyric to 'The Whole of the Moon.'
But buried in the heart of all that was a
still Scottish voice that matched the still
small muse Scott has followed all his life.
An interview with AMS Director of Finance Ryan Davies
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Battling with your political conscience
by Janet Winters
You 've said you 're committed to
ensuring we live within our financial
means. What do you mean by this?
I meant in terms of budgets. I
want to make sure no one in the
AMS is not following their budget.
If they have some special
circumstance where they need
more money, then we should be
looking at that in the budget
committee and amending the
budget to reflect it, not just
allowing them to overspend.
How can we live within our
financial means without sacrificing the
quality and quantity of AMS
If the budget is done early on
and well thought out, then we can
make the best uses of our resources
because we get a clear picture from
the very start where we're going.
What are the major differences
between you and the previous AMS
Director of Finance [Tara Ivanochko]?
In terms of the actual finance
portfolio, I actually think Tara did
a good job and I'm impressed with
some of the things she started and
intend to continue on with them.
There was an operational audit
of our business office procedures
and Tara started implementing
those changes. I plan to follow up
on the recommendations she's left
for me, because they're well-
thought out ideas.
Tara voted against the Coke Deal.
How would you have voted?
I've actually gone back and
forth in my own mind on that
issue. It still bothers me, the bigger
issue of campus corporatization.
On the Coke deal specifically, I
think I actually would have voted
If I had been just a general
council member and not a
member of the executive I would
have voted yes just on the basis that
the plan was in place. It was clear
the university was going to go
forward on this, and if we had not
signed, we would have just lost out
because the money we were being
offered was there. I think council
as a whole felt the student body
supported the deal; I don't know
whether they were right in that
assumption or not.
I think at this time the AMS
should make a clear policy on
campus corporatization, and I
think we should lean towards
saying, "Let's not do this again."
But what kind of precedent does
the Coke deal set for future contracts
with the AMS?
[With] the amount of concern
that was raised, I think they
would probably be wary of
doing a corporate deal... I
hope the university recognizes
the PR difficulties they'd have
if they cut more of these
deals... The AMS should
develop a very clear policy
that we don't allow further
corporatization on campus
You 've publicly addressed
the increased competition
AMS businesses are facing.
How can you provide better
services and prices to students
without lowering wages or
decreasing revenues?
I don't know if we'd
be able to outright
lower     prices     or
not...but   certainly
services     can    be
increased just  by
general staff training
and taking a look at
why    any    given
business may not
be running at peak
efficiency     and
making adjustments.
Why should students patronize AMS
food services when they can go
elsewhere-the Village, for example?
By supporting AMS food
services, they are bringing money
back in to student jobs... If our
business declines, then we have to
I think at this time
the AMS should make
a clear policy
on campus
Let's not do it again
-Ryan Davies
cut jobs. Also, our businesses
provide all the other services
students want and they don't always
directly see how supporting a
business operation impacts on the
ability of something like Joblink to
remain open, but it does. That's a
large part of where Joblink gets their
operation money-by supporting it
they are helping the AMS to
provide students with services.
What do you think about Mr. Tube
Steak having to leave?
I    seemed   to   enjoy   the
occasional hot dog from them. I
think it was unfortunate they had
to leave.
What important changes and
improvements are you going to make
in the upcoming year?
I very much want to see the
operations of the business office
improved in terms of speed and
efficiency. That does affect a lot of
students. There's something like
14,000 students involved in
clubs...they're always concerned
about the length of time it takes to
get a cheque or the difficulties in
getting at their funds when they
need them.
How is your working relationship
with the new AMS executive?
Very good... I think there was
concern from insiders that we
wouldn't get along and I think we
surprised some of them by showing
that yes, we actually do get along
and not only that, [but] we're really
looking forward to working
together... We are different people
from different backgrounds, but I
think we've made an agreement to
work together and to resolve any
differences together and to come
out with the best solutions we can.
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'tween classes
March 1 5 - March 22
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"All in Place" presents prints and
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Victor Wong. Monday - Friday
Saturday, March 1 6
Women's Centre
Offers Wenlido, women's self
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Please pre-register. Contact
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Monday, March 1 8
English Students'
A Woman's Comedy, a play by Beth
Herst directed by Claire Fogal and
produced by the ESS. Also 19th,
21 st-23rd). Vancouver Little Theatre,
3102 Main Street. 8:00pm.
Vancouver Public Library
Presents Jan Conn as part of the
"City Poets" series. Peter Kaye room
at VPL, 7:30pm.
Tuesday, March 1 9
Student Safety audit
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Angus210, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
Vancouver Lesbian Connection
public meeting. Britannia Centre,
Room L3, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
Thursday, March 21
Forestry Awareness
Students for Forestry Awareness
presents Carmen Purdy. "The
effects of forest management on the
biodiversity and ecology in the
interior dry belt."
Lunch social. SUB 125N, 12:30pm.
Discussion group. Grad centre
penthouse library, 5:30-8:00pm.
General meeting. SUB 211,12:30pm.
The Ubyssey
Friday, March 15,1996 feature
Students dying to be empowered: David Suzuki
by Andy Barham
The university has
become a terrible
place," he says. I am
talking to David Suzuki on
the telephone and our
conversation has turned to
the state of the university in
the twilight of the 20th
"It's so totally preoccupied
by the bottom line, which
seems to be cranking kids out
to get a job," Suzuki
"I don't understand why
university students aren't up
in arms and breaching the
ramparts because our
governments for decades
have done dick-all for
students in preparing a
society that is rich in
opportunities and employment."
Suzuki blames a moribund
political system.
"Politicians, of necessity,
have  to  look  out for  the
outside twice and come back
in," Suzuki says, recalling the
incident. "These are supposed
to be the most cynical kids—
you know, all they care about
"Kids are just
starved for some
sense that there
are other values
and other things
that can be done."
—David Suzuki
is getting grades and getting a
job. But there was something
else there."
The audience did seem
extraordinarily receptive to
Suzuki's message. After two
But Suzuki cautions
against cynicism and
depression, especially among
the young.
He cites wunderkind Craig
Kielburger, the thirteen-year
old child labour activist from
"He went to India when
Chretien was there," he says,
"and embarrassed the hell out
of Chretien by showing that a
lot of the cheap products
we're getting from Southeast
Asia come from child labour-
basically, they're like slaves.
This is a thirteen year old
Suzuki marvelled over
Kielburger's recent success in
raising $153,000 in just ten
minutes from the Canadian
Autoworkers to help stop
child labour.
"He's an incredible kid.
And when you look at the
KIDS GET empowered (from Suzuki's Looking at the Environment)
SUZUKI speaks
people who vote for them.
Children and youth don't
vote. Future generations
don't vote. So why should they
enter into a political agenda
that is concerned about an
election coming up in two
Suzuki's talk a day earlier
at the SUB Auditorium
was packed to the gunwales
with students determined to
see one of Canada's most
environmentalists and host of
CBC's 'The Nature of
The lecture was disturbed
twice by false fire alarms.
This sort of thing has happened
to Suzuki here before, and the
interruptions prompted him to
leave the stage in disgust. But
the audience stamped and
cheered until he finally agreed
to come back on.
"I was astonished that
audience was willing to go
years at UBC, I've seen more
overt social concern from my
profs than I have from my
fellow students. So why this
sudden shift?
"I think it's that they're
hungry," Suzuki speculates.
"They're just starved for some
sense that there are overvalues
and other things that can be
Like other social and
environmental activists,
Suzuki once looked forward to
the 90s as a "turn-around"
decade, a societal reversal of
the feeding frenzy and wasteful
gluttony of the 1980s.
But then came war in the
Gulf of Oman.
You had to have seen the
fires over the Gulf, caused
with oil deliberately pumped
onto the sands of Kuwait, to
understand the immensity of
this environmental destruction.
Since then, the 'turnaround decade' has just kind
of gone downhill.
response he gets from
teenagers, you think, ~Oh my
god! Kids are dying to be
empowered and to do
something about their
A question of priorities
by Douglas Quan
Renowned environmentalist
and UBC professor David
Suzuki says it's time to
seriously re-examine the
environmental impact of
science and technology.
"The nature of the
technology is that it drives
you in one direction," Suzuki
told a capacity audience at
the SUB auditorium last
Friday. "It changes you
Constantly forced to deal
with this change, the human
"superspecies" has increasingly
he argued-neglecting other
species in the process.
Science's tendency to
isolate nature into parts has
"shattered" the notion of
interconnectedness, he
added, causing us to forget
that a "forest is more than
[just] trees," for example.
Growing urbanization has
further caused us to lose
sight of "the real world."
"Children are being
taught that nature is dirty
and dangerous," said Suzuki
And while events like the
1992 Rio Earth Summit may
have marginally raised
awareness, Suzuki says the
world has yet to respond to
the "urgent call to action."
"The lack of response from
federal politicians is
absolutely scandalous," he
The urgency grows with
the global populationwhich
is expected to climb by one
billion over the next eleven
The depletion of the
world's resources cannot be
blamed on overpopulation
alone, he argued, stressing
the necessity for the
developed world to
"fundamentally reduce [its}
Only once we realize
where our priorities lie can
we begin to meaningfully
act, Suzuki believes, and
the most effective way to
bring about change
remains to "think globally"
and "act locally."
Mark Brooks, president
ofthe Student Environment
Centre, which sponsored
the event, agrees. He says
that while the heavy
turnout last Friday was an
"encouraging sign" of
increased awareness and
concern, change doesn't
happen without action.
"It's great to go to a
meeting and get educated,
but we have to come away
with something and carry
it through into meaningful
action," said Brooks.
"Everyone has a
responsibility to do
Cecil and Ida Green
Visiting Professor
Stewart Clegg
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Rhythm of the Saints:  Cultural Resistance, Popular Music
and Collectivist Organization in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
8:15 PM Saturday, March 16 in Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Hall 2
Power in Organizations
12:30 PM        Monday, March 18 in Angus 226
Concepts of Power and Dissolution of Boundaries
12:30 PM        Tuesday, March 19 in Angus 308
Friday, March 15,1996
The Ubyssey culture
Lucy falls short of Antonia's Line
Antonia's Line
at the Varsity theatre
by Maura Maclnnis
Vancouver audiences
now have a second chance
to savour the fine performances of this excellent
(and Oscar-nominated)
Dutch film, previously
screened in Vancouver at
last year's film festival.
Antonia's Line begins on
the last day of a matriarch's
life, with the foreshadowing of many people gathering around her deathbed. It
is an intriguing launch into
a well crafted story from
writer-director Marleen Gorris.
The narrative chronicles one
woman's lifetime of achievement, starting with her inheritance of a family farm in the Dutch
countryside. In the aftermath of
the second World War, a widowed Antonia (Willeke van
Ammelrooy) returns home with
her daughter Danielle (Els
Dottermans) to bury her mother.
They arrive to find the old
woman in the final, raving throes
of death. After the funeral, the
two women settle in at the farm
and begin to assert a place for
themselves within the staid and
traditional village.
Danielle is a talented artist
with a gifted imagination.
Through Danielle's eyes, the
icons and statues of the village
occasionally spring to life. These
Two people that the press kit forgot to identify toast the success
of feminist Dutch Oscar nominee Antonia's Line.
otherworldly visions are sparsely
and effectively used throughout
the film, and serve to harmonize
the strangeness of the characters
with their mundane village setting. Antonia's influence enlivens
a countryside battered into submission by years of war and religious stricture.
Having been away so long,
Antonia is considered by the villagers to be something of an eccentric. The village is such a collection of oddballs, however, that
Antonia stands out by virtue of
her normalcy. In van Ammel-
rooy's luminous portrayal, Antonia is a compassionate woman
who never wavers from her determination to live her life according to her own will, making
her farm a haven for the village
As her extended family multiplies through the generations,
Antonia pushes the chauvinistic
society around her towards a
greater degree of tolerance. The
men of the village, to paraphrase
Antonia's assessment, "can't see
farther than the back end of a
cow," but the few decent souls
among this tyrannical lot are
taken in by Antonia's family as
lovers and friends. Antonia's line
is a legacy of love and acceptance that builds an oasis of freedom within the ritualistic confines of rural village life.
As with any generational saga,
the plot meanders and there are
rapid transitions from light moments of love and triumph to
darker themes such as sexual assault and suicide. The narrative
manages to reveal several life
times of joy and suffering without losing its focus, driven largely
by honest portrayals of strong
women living meaningful lives in
less than enlightened times.
If Lucy Fell
at the Granville 7 theatre
by Robin Colwell
Eric Shaeffer's If Lucy Fell is the
story of two Generation Xers who
vow to kill themselves if they
haven't found enduring love by
the age of 30. Schaeffer and Sarah Jessica Parker play best
friends; although they have lived
together for years, they don't realize that they actually love each
other. That is, until they practically have one foot off the Brooklyn Bridge. This whimsical idea,
which is supposed to be the
premise and the backbone of the
movie, could probably have been
left out altogether-it adds so
little. Between the setup and the
resolution of the suicide pact,
however, there is a simple and
funny love story which could
easily stand on its own.
The scenes of dating madness
are funny and fresh. For instance,
Parker's character dates an eccentric artist who burns his work
at the slightest hint of criticism.
The movie is also balanced by
scenes of delicate and touching
romance. In fact, If Lucy Fell is at
its best when it's unabashedly
silly and unapologetically romantic.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The dialogue is
often self-conscious, stilted and
lumbering, and the actors themselves don't seem to be quite
comfortable with what they are
saying. The conversations and
arguments between the leads are
so forced and unnatural that they
tangle up and bring down what
is otherwise a quick and funny
plot. It is weak screenwriting,
however, and not poor acting,
that scuttles these attempts at
drama. The actors actually seem
to be trying very hard to make
their roles work. Elle Mac-
pherson, who plays a Ms. Wrong
for the male lead, gives a sincere
and convincing performance as
the untouchable beauty whose
looks prevent her from having
normal human relations. Perhaps
this is not much of a stretch for
Reality Bites' Ben Stiller is
frighteningly good in the role of
a deranged, inarticulate artist millionaire who paints with his feet.
Parker does what she can with a
poor script, and Schaeffer, who
wrote it, tries hard to carry his
movie with an energetic performance as the butt of many jokes.
Overall, the movie doesn't quite
make it, but its bizarre humour
and sometimes very funny comic
situations might make it worth the
price of admission.
AMS Update -,
Tuition Fee Policy Announcement !!!
Glen Clark
Monday, March 18th, 1996
12:30 pm
Langara College
Premier Glen Clark will be making a major
announcement regarding tuition fees.   Find out
how you will be affected by attending the
speech.   Buses will be leaving the South Side of
SUB by 12:00 pm.
For more information, please contact:
Allison Dunnet, Coordinator of External Affairs at
AMS Tutoring Services is offering free drop-in tutoring in 1st year
• Math •   Physics
• Chemistry •   English (composition)
Where" - SIB Plaza North (across from Travel Cuts.
Lower SUB Concourse)
When? - Mondays 6-9 pm anti Wednesdays 3-6 pm
- March 18th to April 1". 1996
AMS Tutoring is an education project of the Alma Mater Society and is
partially funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Lund of
The Position:
Reporting to the President, the Policy Analyst is an informational
resource for primarily the student Executive, but also Student Council.
student societies, representatives, and students. The Policy Analyst
keeps track of relevant issues and news items, takes on research projects, researches and writes policy, assists the student Executive and
cultivates external communications, and answers questions from both
inside and outside the University.   Working hours and job task-- are
demanding yet flexible.
Candidates considered for the position of Policy Analyst will have at
least two years of post-secondary education. They will have excellent
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Friday, March 15, 1996 culture
Bach, Brahms and Bottom
display a great flair for drama
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
closed Mar 2 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
by Rachana Raizada
There were only three pieces on the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet's program, but they managed to
span over a half-decade of dizzyingly different
ballet styles.
The evening began with Concerto Barocco, a
work by George Balanchine that first premiered
in 1941. It is danced to Bach's 'Double Violin Concerto in D Minor' by ten women and one man.
The piece's utter simplicity and beauty is underscored by the pristine white exercise dresses
which the women wear. As is often the case with
Balanchine ballets, the man's only purpose on
stage is to help his partner through a difficult step
or two.
This dance really shows off the best side of
the RWB. Balanchine himself has said "the only
preparation possible for this ballet is a knowledge of its music." Its effect depends wholly on
the classical technical skills of the dancers since
it is nothing more than an array of steps woven
into pretty patterns which must be danced with
complete precision and strength.
Fast forward next to a 1995 piece created by
Mark Godden especially for the RWB. Miroirs is a
modern work in five sections,
named for the piano music by
Ravel to which it is danced.
Some sections are very dramatic. In the third section the
music and lighting echo crash-
Ancient Romans
brushed their
teeth with urine.
ing ocean waves, and the dancers, dressed in
flowing black, seem to run with the notes of the
piano. The best section is probably the fourth,
which features one of RWB's most talented dancers, Jorden Morris, as a desperate scribe in search
of his muse.
Rewind now to a midsummer night in a forest
populated by fairies. Sir Frederick Ashton's 1964
ballet The Dream is a beautiful (if somewhat simplified) retelling of the classic Shakespeare tale,
but I think the dancers made the transition from
Miroirs to Mendelssohn with greater ease than
the audience. As usual, the corps put in a strong
showing which compensated somewhat for the
unconvincing performances by Zhang Wei-Qiang
and Suzanne Rubio in the roles of Oberon and
The RWB has seen more than its fair share of
turmoil lately and is still in search of a permanent artistic director, which could explain the
somewhat unusual programming. In spite of this
and the loss of a few principal dancers the
company's versatility is very much in evidence. If
Concerto Barocco put the company's technique
under a spotlight, and Miroirs showed that even
ballet dancers can hang loose if they want to.
The Dream displayed that, above all, the
company's dancers have a great flair for drama.
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life? If not, and you'd rather wallow in dullness and depression, look no further than
this, the Cowboy Junkies' sixth album. Its
black and white album cover is appropriate for this colourless compilation. The
album starts off on a promising note, but
after a while the songs tend to sound alike.
'Something More Besides You' is a striking opener with Its
intense guitar riffs and melancholy lyrics. The funkier groove of
Uust Want To See' also suits the sublime vocals of lead singer
Margo Timmins. It sounds as if she's crying or trying not to break
down while describing the painful void from a broken relationship in 'Now I Know.'
The recent devastation of such a break-up Is written all over
the songs. If this is the case, guitarist/songwriter Michael Timmins
should have allowed himself more time to heal and repair his
creativity, which currently seems to be lost in utter despair. Time
does seem to go by very slowly while listening to this tediously
boring CD. - Janet Winters
Jr. Cone Wild — Simple Little Wish [Stoney Plain]
Less country, more pop. That was my first thought when I heard
the latest release from Mike McDonald's troupe of Albertan musicians. Simple Little Wish has the band sounding very much like
a countryish Blue Rodeo, but without their dense harmonies.
Not being from Edmonton, I first heard of Jr. Gone Wild in
their brilliant Less Art, More Pop released in the late '80s. If s
amazing to hear how much they've changed, moving toward a
twangy country sound. I'll be forthright; I prefer the older, peppier
Jr. Gone Wild, and this new one is too far removed from that.
Unchanged are McDonald's funny and evocative lyrics, radically
altered is the sound, with the muddy presence of too many musicians.
A few tracks transcend this, namely The Guy Who Came in
from the Cold,' 'Swine Flew' and the standout track I'm So Glad.'
Far from being an old Cream cover, if s a tuneful song with great
point-counterpoint vocals by McDonald and Bernlce Pelletter, with
some sinuous harmonica flowing over the whole thing. If you like
post-Bob Wiseman Blue Rodeo or that abomination called "new
country;' this will fulfill your every Simple Little Wish.
- Paul Kowalski
1000 AAona Lisas — New Disease [BMG]
Los Angeles underground band 1000 Mona Lisas mixes an
undeniably late 1960s Influence with the best of today's grunge
bands. New Disease is a unique collection of music meant to be
played loud. Like Nirvana, this versatile three-piece band's phenomenal songwriting Is really at the core of their highly hypnotic
The strong writing is exemplified by the solid title track. The
group's knack for creative minor chord progressions are shown
off in 'Dog,' 'Maybe if s all Forgotten' and 'Vile of Blue' while
'Glrlfriendly' and 'How Would You Know* revive the popular harmonies of three decades ago. The band's heavier influences are
obvious in 'Clarke Nova' and What's this Line?* The group could
easily be mistaken for the Offspring in 'Tom no9.'
Lead vocalist Armando Prado demonstrates an important
ability to scream in the fast-paced, body-surfing 'I'd Rather Die
than have to Touch You,' and brings Jim Morrison's poetic voice
back to life in 'Change & Decipher.' A delightful bonus track is
included: a cover of the Wings' 'Jet' New Disease makes for either
great party music or a musical trip for two people who just want
to mellow out together and enjoy the experience. Bring out the
doobies! - Janet Winters
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students are arguing that the office should
b& shut down. Sarah O'Donnell
investigates why.
Hnder BC Human Rights legislation, UBC
is required to do everything in its power to
prevent discrimination against students,
faculty and staff alike.
But students like Robyn Cox, a UBC graduate
student and a member ofthe Alliance of Feminists
Across Campuses, say the university is failing to
live up to that obligation—and that the equity
office's attempt to foster a fairer and more equitable
environment isn't working.
At its best, critics charge, the office is ineffective;
at worst, it is a quasi-judicial process that ends up
punishing the people it's supposed to serve.
"The office can and is...being used as a form of
retribution against women," says Cox. "Somehow
the process is flawed so that the office either can't
or won't stop those complaints they know to be of
a harassing nature.
"More often than not, it's working for the
perpetrator of harassment."
Political Science graduate student Kim Williams
first sought the equity office's help over a
discrimination complaint n:ude by a white male
student against a woman of colour.
She says she was skeptical going into the office,
and Jeft convinced that her instincts were right.
"There seems to be a lack of policy," she says. "In
fact, there is no policy.
"If people cm campus...can't go to the equity-
office, where can they go?"
UBC's Associate Vice President Equity, Sharon
Kahn, is one of the first to admit that the office
isn't perfect, but she says all problems can be
solved with time. "There's a lot of confusion about
the [university's discrimination and harassment]
policy, but it's only a year old, and the office is
only two years old."
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change anything and may
end up...becoming another
negative experience."
Kahn says the equity office
has to work from the inside
to be effective.
"What we're trying to do,
and what I think the policy
is trying lo do, is change the
organizational structure,"
Kahn says. "Administrators
are heavily responsible and
we do try to involve them
because I think that's the
only way to make lasting
Conflict of interest?
Many students attribute the equity office's
perceived lack of political will to its affiliation with
the administration. They question the impartiality
of the office, given that it is the university who
signs their paychecks, not the students.
Kevin Dwyer, president of the Graduate
Student Society, says there is a reason why only
students, and not university officials, are
concerned with the equity
office. "The university is
happy with what the equity
office is doing because it has
removed alot of potential
controversies and conflicts.
"It's part of the institution,
and as such it's limited in what
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it can deal with. It's there...to protect the status
UBC's equity officer Margaretha Hoek
recognizes that equity officers are a part of the
university bureaucracy, but says that doesn't
prevent I hern from speaking their mind or looking
out for the best interests of students.
"I have challenged the president's office and I
am willing to do what I think is right," Hoek says.
"If I find a lot of things are happening that violate
my integrity, then I can't be here. It doesn't matter
who pays me."
Cox, however, argues women who have already
experienced harassment or discrimination within
the university bureaucracy are understandably
wary of seeking resolution within that same
system—and with good reason, she says.
"The perception, for a lot of women on campus,
is that to go to the equity office means being
involved in a bureaucratic process that will not
confidentiality and silence
The equity office received 205 discrimination
and harassment complaints according to its 19!)5
annual report. Only three of these complaints were
ever formally investigated; the rest were informally
Kahn says few complainants opt for the formal
procedures because they are time consuming and
difficult. "At the end of a formal procedure, often
no one is satisfied," she says.
Dwyer says the statistics only demonstrate how
the office tries to brush students' concerns under
the rug. "This is basically a way of making the
issue go away."
Hoek disagrees. She says that although her office
does try to resolve complaints as quickly and
"unofficially" as possible, ii. is because her
experience has shown that the informal method
is the best way to affect permanent change.
"For me it's the ones that go formal that are
failures," she said.
Fariba, a former UBC undergraduate, would
probably agree that her experience with the office
was a "failure"-but for decidedly different
As both a respondent and a complainant in a
case involving a professor, hers was one of the
three cases to "go formal." After several months
of staying quiet and receiving what she calls
unsatisfactory results, Fariba began distributing
literature on campus informing others of her claim
that she had been sexually harassed by her
When the university lawyer contacted her
lawyer and said the university would cease the
investigation if she continued, she says she began
to believe they were trying to silence her.
"I said 'to hell with your investigation. Nothing
is happening here. You're just using the
investigation to keep me
Fariba is now taking legal
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action to resolve her case. She calls her experience
with the office "a waste of time."
"Ti":osc peor*ic are ^ust looking out for their own
interests," she says. "Every single person within
[the administration] works together to protect one
system and the system is so corrupt."
Hoek admits that the confidentiality clause
accompanying each complaint could be more
flexible, but says it is important to have it in place
to protect both the complainant and the
respondent—even if in some cases the complainant
feels the respondent does not deserve to remain
"I understand the problem, I just don't know
the solution," she says.
Powerless to snake a difference
Harassment, according to the university's
definition, is both "abusive and illegal." Whether
the office has the teeth to do something about it,
however, is another matter.
In Fariba's case, the respondent refused to show
up for meetings. "If you read the sexual harassment
policy, there's nothing that would make the
respondent go for the meeting," Farbia says.
"They said he was not legally obligated to be
Hoek admits that it is not always easy to get
people to participate in the process. "We have had
some difficulty in getting the respondent to be part
ofthe process because the policy does not make
this mandatory."
She says die office has always managed to get
at the respondent somehow, though—although it
sometimes means rerouting them to another
disciplinary process.
The other problem, addressed in the 199.5
equity report, is the office's inability to deal with
problems of a systemic nature. The office handles
only individual complaints. Allegations of systemic
discrimination, like those in Political Science
earlier this year, go unchecked.
"They do not seem to be looking at issues of
power imbalance," Cox says.
Hoek does not entirely disagree. "I think we've
done a good job dealing with one on one
complaints, but there really isn't a process to deal
with systemic problems. It's not the same process."
'Get yourself a lawyer'!
The question, ultimately, comes down to what
students can do with an administration that
demonstrates "a complete lack of political will on
campus to really address issues of discrimination,"
as Williams describes it.
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Cox says that if she directly
experienced something she
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wanted to pursue a complaint,
she'd "get [herself] a lawyer."
When asked if she wo.dd
ever go through the equity
office procedures Cox said she
wouldn't go with any
expectation that they were
actually going to work.
"I would go into them
because I would know that was
what I had to do in order to
pursue a legal course of action."
Hoek, in contrast, feels that
lawyers should be brought in
only as a last resort. "Once you
bring in lawyers, it gets
adversarial," Hoek said. "All
you're going to get is
judgement, but you're not
going to get any change."
Dwyer says he would
eventually like to see the
university establish an
independent ombudsperson
office to deal with these issues
instead of the equity office.
Until then, Dwyer says he
would also tell students to
notify the GSS and then go off
campus to get help.
"Get yourself a lawyer
because the university cannot
be depended upon to protect
your rights as an individual,"
he said.
CB have challenged the president's
office and I am willing to do what I think
is right. If I find a lot of things are
happening that violate my integrity, then
E can't be here. It doesn't matter who
pays me.
-IVIargaretSia Hoek
"We can't solve all the problems in the world," But good intentions are little consolation for
Kahn said. "What we try to do is improve a students like Fariba. "It's the end ofthe case and
mechanism and a service and I am committed to [the professor] is siill teaching in his class," she
improving that service and mechanism to the said. "He's probably still laughing at me because I
benefit of all; not just students, but faculty and staff couldn't do anything."
as well.
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Friday, March 15,1996
Friday, March 15, 1996
The Ubyssey culture
Enough feathers to stuff your pillow
The Birdcage
at the Capitol 6 and Dunbar
by Peter T. Chattaway
Whatever happened to Robin
Williams? He goes wild when
called on to make outrageous
cameo appearances in films like
Nine Months and To Wong Foo,
Thanks for Everything, Julie
Newmar, but give him top billing
its opening and closing reels when
Lane gets to flaunt his talents. Between these points. Lane (and the
audience) are put through an implicitly homophobic wringer that
left this critic squirming in his seat.
This is made all the more confusing because writer Elaine May
and director Mike Nichols seem to
think that this film will be an empowering experience. Moments of
a comic tease, all flirting and no
consummation) and the son's intro
duction to the film begins on an
oddly risque note - we are led to
believe, at first, that he is Armand's
lover - only to fizzle the instant Val
announces his engagement to the
daughter of an arch-Republican
senator (Gene Hackman).
The fact that an indelibly serious actor like Hackman was cast
in this farce demonstrates the earnest, misguided nature of Nichols'
efforts. The senator might be a
redneck on paper, but Hackman is
too sympathetic to be the satisfying butt of anyone's jokes. As his
wife, Dianne Wiest reverts to the
embarrassingly prissy mannerisms
that defined her career before Bullets over Broadway. Her performance is as shockingly regressive
as anything else in The Birdcage,
and just as unfunny.
A life in arts and crafts takes guts
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane purport to be a middle-aged
couple in the surprisingly regressive The Birdcage.
token dignity are tossed to the gay
— especially in an environment
suited to his frenzied ways, be it
the jungle wilds of Jumanji or the
more elegant flamboyance of The
Birdcage - and he suddenly gets
the urge to play it straight, even
when he's playing the manager of
a drag club situated in lovely, lascivious South Beach, Florida.
Fortunately, this means that
Nathan Lane (who voiced Timon
the meerkat in The Lion King and
had a memorable cameo as a butt-
pinching priest in Jeffrey) gets to
steal the show, and The Birdcage
is quite enjoyable whenever Lane
takes centre stage, be he in drag
or not. The problem is, this limits
The Birdcage's decent moments to
characters like sc many leftover
bones, but we never sense any
intimacy between Armand (Williams) and Albert (Lane), let alone
between them and Val, the son
they've raised since his birth 20
years ago. Why Armand and Albert
would change their lifestyle overnight for this arrogant whelp - and
why Albert puts up with Armand's
self-loathing acquiescence — is
never explained.
Nichols displays an awful sense
of pacing and consistency, and he
repeatedly pulls his punchlines. A
meeting between Armand and Val's
biological mother drags on far too
long without going anywhere (it's
Peggy Vanbianchi & Emily
Standley: River Styx
at the Canadian Craft Museum
until Mar 24
by E. Yeung
Have you got guts? Well, the Canadian Craft Museum does. Waste material to industry, gut (the
casing of animal intestines) was, and still is, very
important to many cultures around the world. Recall, for example, how difficult it was to discover
that violin strings were made of cat gut, that such
beauty can be produced out of something so repulsive. The same applies to Vanbianchi and
Standley's AVer Styx, an exhibit of ten beautiful
sculptures made out of gut, sewn and glued together and then stretched over frames of branches.
Most of the pieces are boat-like, as the name of
the exhibit would suggest. Wind Prayer is my
favourite: a canoe painted with intricate, delicate
designs in blue and red, it is set in contrast to the
rest of the pieces, which feature mainly natural
colours of almond, tan, brown, green, black and
white. Kayak, another painted piece, has a snake
slithering along its length.
The title piece, tinged with green with seams
left torn and unfinished, is reminiscent of an abandoned cocoon or the leathery leaf of a succulent
tree left unwatered and forgotten.
Galilea is particularly ethereal, with its smooth,
flowing lines and a very light, translucent body.
Borealis, the one vessel with sails, is surprisingly
distinct and coherent; it seems to sail majestically
out of the gallery's wall.
Deluge is a strangely named sculpture, as it
looks like an old, decomposing carcass left to dry
in some desert; hairs spring from the skin and its
ribs are decorated with weathered, green copper.
Ceftxsis like another dead corpse, but this time, of
a beached whale, its white-plastered, bone-like
branches forming its skeleton.
Sea Lion, in contrast to the two symbols of
death, is reminiscent of a birth place, some strange
creature's broken cocoon. The branches springing out of Caspara also suggest life energy, even
more so than Sea Lion, as this life is still growing.
Upon further reflection, Caspara also looks somewhat like an animal bending back its neck, straining to see behind itself.
Untitled brings us back again to death and destruction; the scorched raffia matting making the
craft seem old and worn, like a forest after a fire.
But even then, you must remember that in this
death lies the beginning of rebirth.
Vanbianchi explains that "these pieces are part
of a personal longing I have for earlier times and
a way of life more directly connected to land and
sea." Directly linked to this are earlier works, also
collaborations of Vanbianchi and Standley, displayed in the mezzanine. Perhaps the most striking piece is the imaginary map depicting some
ancient, long-forgotten land, like one you would
find associated with the worlds created by Tolkien.
At only $2 admission for students. River Styx is
definitely worth seeing. Though they are certainly
not sea-worthy, the vessels featured in this exhibit can serve to carry you on a journey into the
spiritual and metaphysical worlds beyond.
Notice of Meeting
Annual General Meeting
March 29th, 12:30pm   Norm Theatre, SUB
Proposed Amendments to the By-Laws ofthe Society
1)1. definitions:
d) "Board Chair" - remove definition and
change all subsequent references to "President"
n) "School Day" shall mean a period from 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a day during the School
Year on which classes are regularly held;
Remove definition. References to it other
sections were removed in the changes to the
bylaws of March 1995.
U6.Amend to read:
"Voting Members of the Society shall be those
persons who have elected to become voting
members by registering in a credit course or
were so registered on the last day of March
of the current academic year, subject to the
provisions of Section 27 of the University Act
R S.B.C. 1979, c. 419."
17. Amend to read:
"Non-voting members of the Society shall be
those individuals who are not voting Members
as provided by Paragraph 6 of these Bylaws,
and include the Society's business manager,
production manager, ad sales person, members
of the faculty or employees of the university,
or those persons who are employees of the
% 8.Amend to read:
"The amount of the Annual membership dues
payable In advance by all voting Members of
the Society, shall be determined by the voting
Members in General Meeting or by Referendum
from time to time."
K 18. b) Amend to read:
"The Directors shall call an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Society upon receipt
of a Petition signed by at least five (5) percent
of the voting Members of the Society, or by
Petition signed by at least ten (10) Staff
members ofthe Society, all of whom are also
voting Members of the Society in good
t)ZI Amend to read:
"The first Annual General Meeting shall be
held not more than six (6) months after the
date of incorporation, and after that an Annual
General Meeting shall be held at least once in
every calendar year and not more than 15
months after the holding of the last preceding
Annual General Meeting."
f 26.Amend to read:
"A quorum at a General Meeting or Annual
General Meeting shall be five (5) percent of
the voting Members in good standing of the
Society, but never less than five (5) voting
Members in good standing."
*H 42. Remove the phrase "editorial employees"
and replace it with the word "editors".
ftf.Amend to read:
"(i)The Members ofthe Society may by Special
Resolution remove any ofthe directors before
the expiration of her or his term of office as
provided by Section 31 of the Society Act
R.S.B.C.,  1979, c. 390. as amended.
(2) A director who has been elected by the
Staff members may be removed at a general
meeting by a resolution receiving a majority
vote of Staff members, provided that at least
20 staff members, who are also voting Members
in good standing have cast ballots in the
% 68-Amend to read:
"The quorum necessary to transact business
at a meeting of the directors shall be at least
two-thirds (2/3) of the directors then in olee,
provided, however that at least one (I) Staff
Member and one (I) Member ofthe Society
is present. However, if one or more directors
. have waived notice of a meeting pursuant to
Paragraph 75, the quorum shall be fifty (50)
percent of the directors then in office, to
include one (I) Staff member and one (i)
Member of the Society,"
Tf 81. a) Amend to read:
"have chosen a Chief Returning Officer no
later the September 30 of that School Year, or
by a date set by the Board of directors."
H 89.Amend to read:
"A referendum of the Society shall, subject to
these Bylaws, be acted upon by the Sodety
a) a majority of votes cast support the
b) The number of votes cast supporting the
Referendum is equal to at least five (S) percent
of the voting Members in good standing of the
Society; and
c) Acting upon the Referendum would not
cause the Society, or the Board of directors
to be in breach of the Society's Act, or any
other   legislation  or  common   law."
U 105. Remove this section,
K 107. Replace "President" with "Board of
K 108. Amend to read:
"Membership on the Staff is open to any voting
Member of the Society in good standing,
provided that"
Add new section: .
d) The Member has attended 3 out of 5
consecutive regularly scheduled staff meetings
per term."
fl 120. Amend to read:
"Staff meetings shall be held at least once each
week during the SchoolYear."
1 l45.Amendto read:
"A Screening and Elections Committee shall
be elected by Staff members prior to the annual
elections. All Committee members shall be
Staff members subject to any additional
qualifications that the Board of directors deems
% 175. Amend to read:
"Upon being admitted to Membership, each
Member is entitled to, at a maximum charge
of $ 1,00,a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws
ofthe Society, which the Society shall furnish
to the Member upon request,"
"The Constitution and Bylaws ofthe Society
many be amended by a Special Resolution of
the Society passed at a General Meeting of
the Society where there is a quorum present
of voting Members in good standing, as set out
in these Bylaws.
K 178. Amend to read:
"The Board of directors shall publish the
proposed amendments to the Constitution
not less than fourteen (14) days and not more
than thirty (30) days before the General
Meetirig at which the Special Resolution is to
be voted upon."
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The Ubyssey
Friday, March 15,1996 sports
"Team Destiny" heads to Halifax for CIAU championships
ERIC BUTLER opens the scoring in UBC's Canada west win over Alberta.
by Wolf Depner
How confident are the first-
ranked Basketbirds going into
this weekend's CIAU championships?
"I think this team is 'Team
Destiny," proclaimed guardJohn
Dumont after the Bird's final
home practice Monday night.
But "Team Destiny" will have
to win its first championship in
24 years without 6'6" starting
forward Eric Butler who is out
with a foot injury.
Diagnosed as a stress fracture,
the injury occurred about a
month ago, although Butler did
play through the end of the
regular season and the playoffs
despite worsening pain.
It was during the Canada West
final against Alberta that the pain
finally caught up to him and forced
him to consult a specialist. "I never
suspected that it could possibly be
fractured," said a depressed-
looking Buder. "The worst part is
that I feel I could still play, but the
doctors say otherwise."
"It'll be okay when we will win
it, but I will always wonder what
if..." he said, hobbling to
Monday's practice on crutches
sporting a knee-high cast.
Just how much the loss of
Buder will affect the Birds' title
aspirations has yet to be
determined. The 6'7" Curtis
Mepham, will fill in well given his
versatility, tenacious defence and
solid rebounding.
If, however, Mepham gets into
foul trouble, either Joel Nickel or
Vital Peeters will come off the
bench, neither of whom have
seen much playing time.
Butler will also be missed since
he is UBC's leading rebounder;
the rest of the team has not
dominated its opponents along
the boards.
In the past, the Birds have
shown they can adjust to the loss
of a starter. When Ken Morris was
out with an hand injury before
Christmas, the Birds managed
quite well. Then again, that wasn't
the final eight tournament.
UBC coach Bruce Enns sees
Butler's injury as just another
roadblock and expects the team
to respond. "We've got veteran
guys like Ken Morris and Mark
Tinholt who will take the guys by
the neck if necessary and tell them
to either settie down or pick it up."
The Bird's first-round opponent
will be the eighth seeded
Concordia Stingers. They have
consistently dominated Quebec
and will be making-their eighth
consecutive trip to the finals.
They knocked off second
seeded Victoria in the opening
round last year, while top seed
Brandon was upset by the
University of Cape Breton.
"Hopefully, that will change
this year," joked Enns.
When asked if the Birds worry
that history might repeat itself,
Butler (who will cheer his teammates on in Halifax) said, "I think
[being ranked Number one] is
definitely a positive. [Concordia is]
going to be nervous playing the
number one team in Canada."
So they should be.
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On March 26th & 27th, 1996, the
Ubyssey Strategic Deployment Force
will be erecting polling stations at six
locations across campus. At each of these
six locations a Ubyssey Elections Trooper
will operate the most powerful weapon ever
created: A ballot box.
You, as a member of the Ubyssey
Publications Society, have the
responsibility to cast your vote in the 1996
Ubyssey Board of Directors Election to
determine which five students will serve your
interests on the Board. One President. Four
Students-at-large. These individuals will be
responsible to you as they ensure the
continued publication of the Ubyssey. So on
March 26th & 27th take a moment out of
your day and cast your ballot. Stop and say
"Hi" to your friendly neighbourhood
Ubyssey Elections Trooper and find out
everything you need to know about your
vote, your society and your candidates.
If you think you're tough (or at least
poor) we still need a few more
Election Troopers. Call our Chief
Returning Officer at 473-0929 if you
can work from 12 to 5 on either
Tuesday, March 26th or
Wednesday, March 27th. The job
pays nine bucks an hour and we
won't make you wear combat boots
or a helmet {unless you want to).
Friday, March 15,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
Spring sprang sprung
We realize that spring doesn't
officially start until next
week, but we here at
The Ubyssey like to
make sure we're at least two steps
ahead of the game. Inspired by the
unseasonable warm weather and the
people we can see suntanning from
our dark, little hovel in 241K, we have
decided to turn our thoughts towards
fuzzy ducks and daffodils.
Who can explain the season's peculiarly
schizoid nature? Perhaps it's a hormonal link to
bee pollen, or a seasonal release of pheromones,
a pre-evolutionary instinct sparked by sudden
exposure to sunlight that drives us to conquer
and mate. Or does Mr. Sun just make us all feel
crazy? Perhaps humanity is just God's solar
pocket calculator.
It's appropriate that spring officially
begins with the vernal equinox; equal
parts day and night There's a
wonderful symetry in all this-
life, death; love, hate. It's all
Spring may still officially
be two weeks away, but Lower
Mainlanders obey the sun, not the
calendar. Give us a few days of uninterrupted sunshine and we're stripping
off clothes and pulling the top down
on our convertibles. Vancouver starts col
lectively investigating the dangers associated
with Birkenstocks and expansive mudpuddles.
The Wreck Beach crowd started working on
those non-existent tan-lines weeks ago.
And whatever the reason for the unique
bittersweetness ofthe season, there's no arguing
that it evokes a certain mixture of
trepidation and nervous glee-a sensation
not unlike the feeling engendered by
another seasonal fixture: graduation.
The leaf-dappled sunlight that warms
the freshly graduated never fails to
leave you feeling simultaneously hopeful and happy to be finished but wondering how you're going to eat
March 15,1996
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Douglas Quan lived m a shack under the freeway. His only friend in the world was Andy
Barham, the Goldfish in the Mason jar. Matt Thompson slept in a dry culvert 200 yards away. Sarah
O'Donnell was blissfully unaware of the society beneath her as her car bolted down Route 241K at
81 m.p.h. She laughed, remembering her hostile takeover of Ken Wu, Inc. Oh, Janet Winters said
she wouldn't make it?
The sign loomed: "Exit 11 - Scott Hayward Way EAST • \J'l mile"
The society beneeth the freeway awakened. Wou Depner dragged himself up from beneath the
previous night's well soiled Times. Cluching for his trusty Siobhan Roantree's Finest Gin bottle he
came upon the stltl warm body of Joe Clark. Another day beneath the freeway began.
Her car seemed to move effortlessly towards the ramp. "Exit 10 - Paul Kowalsld Turnpike."
Had she really fired Jenn Kuo? It was all some orgasmic dream. "STOP - PAY TOLL^" the sign
As the traffic growled on the viaduct above Peter T. Chattaway kicked the dosing Ben Koh.
"Federico Barahona crossed me, now he's dead. Gimme my bourbon back.**
"Me an' Rachana Raizada drank it Guess you'll hafta steel another. I hear old E. Young's liquor
store ain't to well protected." Another kick silenced the drowsy thief-
As the miles clicked by, she thought aoot Robin CowelL Struck down while so young. A shiver
ran down her back. "Exit 4A - Maura Maclimis Blvd - 1/4 mile,"
Tl»e two worlds crossed. Mike Kitchen crawled out of the drain pipe and up to the turnpike.
The sun glinted ofthe car's winshield and another of the people who live beneath the freeway died.
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letters -
Veep advice
I am writing regarding Lica
Chui's response to the article,
"Chewing the Fat with the New
Vice-President". Ms. Chui's
claims that questions directed to
her by Th Ubyssey were related
only to the portfolio of External
Affairs Coordinator are simply
false. The Vice-President is
responsible for lobbying the
University on issues pertaining to
tuition policy. Currently, the
tuition policy does not properly
address the issue of accessibility
to education. I believe it is Lica
Chui's job, both as a student and
as a student leader, to fight for
an accessible education.
Furthermore, if Lica is not aware
that information provided by her
to her school's student
newspaper about education
directly reflects her ability to
lead, then she should resign. It is
disappointing to see that an
elected student leader is so
willing to support the Strangway
ideology; I only hope her shortsighted views will not be used as
ammunition against students by
government and University
Namiko Kunimoto
former AMS Vice-President
Future Schlock?
On Friday, March 1, self-
styled "futurist" Mr. Frank
Ogden visited the UBC bookstore in order to hype his new
book and CD entitled "Navigating in Cyberspace." Mr. Ogden,
who prefers the title "Dr.
Tomorrow," has been an enthusiastic promoter of such diverse
things as heat conducting paint
(the new way to heat your
home, just add a transformer
and some connectors), mechanical goldfish, and the biosphere
cult. Mr. Ogden also propagandizes for Reform Party associated projects such as destruction
of unions and the privatization
of education. According to the
introducing speaker he has also
been an experimenter in LSD
although he showed none ofthe
loony flair of Tim Leary.
Mr. Ogden's talk revolved
around computer and communications gimmickry such as
cellular phones with mini satellite dishes, optical scanners and,
his prize achievement, a DNA
pen that produces a unique
signature. He also waxed enthusiastically about finger print
acknowledging car locks and
replicating Arnold Schwarzenegger. He claimed that
millions could be saved in
making movies by replicating
actors such as Mr. S. and
thereby avoiding payment of
their bloated salaries. Ditto for
libraries by putting all reading
material on CD-ROM and
eliminating useless edifices and
personnel: The general aura
exhibited towards knowledge
was similar to an encyclopedia
salesman who peddles facts but
no information on how to use
them or determine their value.
The "question" period was
primarily filled with profundities such as "Wow, Dr. Tomorrow, I knew you 15 years ago
and I am amazed by your transformation: What are your
secrets to success?" and "How
is genetic engineering going to
affect cyberspace?" The latter
question prompted Dr. T. into a
long and convoluted exposition
that included his new eyes
which were better than those of
any airplane pilot. There was
some mumbo-jumbo about debt
reduction but very little about
pornography, which seems like
an area of "cyberspace" that
allowed for a good deal
of money making - a primary
concern for Mr. Ogden.
Mr. Ogden's agenda for the
future appears to consist of three
things, in descending order:
Elimination of full-time employment - especially government
and union personnel. Nothing
was said about what these
people will be doing in the
Sales of electronic and
mechanical gimmickry.
Make bags of money.
J.P. Lucas
Chemical Engineering
We just
couldn't make
this stuff up.
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The Ubyssey
Friday, March 15, 1996 opinion
Leader of the pack
by Sheldon Steed
Reflecting on Noam Chomsky's
recent stint here in Vancouver, I
find that I am somewhat disappointed: though not so much with
Chomsky himself, as with us, his
I find many of the Boston Professor's views both refreshing and
at times amusing in our seemingly
universal "right-batting" society.
His off-the-cuff remarks about
general policies are quite funny.
But the problem I had was with
quesitons people put to him: they
were so varied, as if he knows all
the answers to our problems.
Though obviously not everyone
there kissed up to him, I could not
escape thinking that this was the
general attitude.
Both Sunday night at the Hotel
Vancouver, and Tuesday in the
S.U.B. - in these two engagements
it was like a question period to
some sort of universal expert.
"What do you think about public schools?" "What should the alternative press do?" "How should
we protest?"   In effect, we asked
Queer adoption: a right not a privilege
by Janet Winters
Last year the NDP government introduced the
new adoption act which recognizes the changing realities of today's families.
Rednecks accross the province gathered to oppose the
fundamental rights of gays
and lesbians to legally form
their own families. These
homophobes have obviously failed to recognize the
long overdue reforms
needed to make the adoption process more justified
and inclusive.
Anti-gay and lesbian efforts have tried to undermine and suppress the
movement towards equality
and the versatility of the
family by labelling equal
rights "special'' rights and
trying to turn sexual "reality" into an issue of "morality."
If heterosexual couples
can adopt healthy infants,
why shouldn't gay couples
be able to? The anti-gay
forces are quick to respond
with fear-mongering rhetoric pretending to be concerned with the welfare of
children. They argue we
have to put our children
Teaching children intolerance and homophobic
views is not putting children
first by any means. Tom
McFeely argued in the May
29, 1995 Western Report,"Wiat
the lesbian couple really do
by creating a needless "struggle" is use their child as a tool
in their own social and political campaign."
Wrong! It is the gay-bashing hate groups who are really using these children in
their own hostile position
against gays and lesbians. Fart
of this agenda is to cite research which suggests children from two-sex parent
homes are better off than
those from one-sex parent
homes. Many of these studies,
however, are highly manipulative and fail to take into account confounding variables-
such as family income and
education which would profoundly affect the results.
These groups preoccupied
with sexual orientation are
not as quick to attack opposite-sex parents as they are
same-sex parents. Let's help
them out
Dysfunction and favouritism may arise in a once infertile couple who miraculously
conceives out of the blue.
Many of us have witnessed the
pain of adopted children
pushed aside and treated like
chopped liver by their adoptive parents after the arrival
of a precious biological offspring. This problem is not as
likely in same-sex headed
families as two people of the
same sex can not be biologi
cal parents of the same
There are a host of other
reasons we could argue
against opposite-sex headed families. Children of heterosexual unions may be at
risk for exposure to male-
female conflicts and could
possibly inherit intolerant
homophobic views unlikely
to exist among same-sex
The fact is people are
more than their respective
sexual orientation. The gender of one's bed-mate does
not determine whether or
not the person will make a
good parent. Loving and
teaching acceptance results
in caring, well-adjusted children, not preaching hatred.
Allowing gay and lesbian
couples to legally adopt is
not only perfectly reasonable, it is an essential legal
safeguard to protect the
children involved. Without
legally recognizing both
same-sex partners as the
parents of a child, the couple's possible split could
prevent the legally unrecognized parent from obtaining any custodial rights
over the child-leading to
potentially devistating consequences for the child involved.
Janet Winters is a Ubyssey
staff member and a fourth year
political science student
how should we think? We, the
audience, sucked up to this guy
like he was some sort of socially
omniscient super-hero: the
Leader of the Pack.
The mortal-Noam does not
have all the answers. He has been
in a bit of heat regarding the issue
of freedom of speech and how it
relates to hate literature. By
supporting people's right to
express themselves, he has
been accused of supporting
their various interests.
This of course is not true, and
Chomsky did give, I think, a decent response to the accusations.
He makes a distinction between
supporting a person's right to express her interests, and supporting
these interests themselves.
He takes this view because he
does not want to give the government power to decide how one
should think, or whether one
should be able to express his views.
But he supports public schooling, in which a great deal more
power to control is given to the government than the power it attains
with control over certain elements
of free speech. And does not the
very idea of a general education
system inherendy contradict absolute notions of freedom of speech?
To be fair, I am not giving
Chomsky an opportunity to respond to this. But even if my consideration is somehow misled, it
at least shows that his ideas are not
going to be without problems. He
does not necessarily have all the
To not realize this is to fly in the
face of what the mortal-Noam
himself speaks out about. On Sunday night at the Hotel Vancouver,
footage was shown of different interviews with the Mortal, in which
he criticized news programming:
the reason he has not been active
on shows like "Nightline" is because the time segments only allow for someone to regurgitate
popular notions that will be accepted by the audience. Anything
which might deviate from, these
ideas would require an explanation of facts.
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• Essays are to be typewritten on numbered pages
with double spacing.They are to be in triplicate
and of approximately 3.000 words.
• The prize will be awarded on August 31st
of this calendar year.
Committee of Judges:
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The answer to the test question.
If I recall, it means the difference between saying "Saddam
Hussein is a murderer" and
"George Bush is a murderer." To
say the latter is going to require
some explanation - particularly in
the US.
But both periods of questioning
(with an amusing exception on
Sunday) reflected a desire
for the standard format -
people wanted the Mortal
to give pat answers that
would fit with their preconceived notions of what a good
litde activist should think.
(To his credit, the Mortal answered questions with explanations, but he did not really manage to escape the image of some
Super-man giving the answers.)
On top of this, the posters outside reflected this attitude as
the students of UBC." Big deal!
He has great ideas, but we
should not want to see this guy
because he is promoted as some
demi-god for aspiring leftist
This, I think, is in line with
what the Mortal is trying to say.
We should not allow ourselves
to be spoon-fed ideologies from
the press, from our preferred political association, or even from
the Leader of the Pack himself.
We need to think critically for
ourselves and come together, on
this basis, as various communities to support issue that are important to us: especially since we
are fortunate enough to be members of the university community.
Sheldon Steed is a fourth year philosophy student.
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Summary of forum 5 on
The UBC Library
Held February 27th, 1996
Moderator: Maria M. Klawe, Vice President, Student and Academic Services
Panel: Ruth Patrick, University Librarian, Julie Stevens, Undergraduate Library Services Coordinator, Pauline Willems, Main Library Information Desk, John Gilbert, Chair. Senate Library
Committee, James Boritz, Senate Library Committee, Mark Vessey, Arts Library Advisory Committee, Doris Huang, Netinfo Tutoring Coordinator, David Winter, Sedgewick Reference Librarian,
and James Sherrill, Education Library Advisory Committee  	
Q I'm a graduate student in Math. Is the
Mathematics Library going to be moved to
the new Koerner Library? It would be really helpful to have Math, Chemistry and
Physics together in one place. I'm also concerned about storage. It takes three days to
retrieve material that is stored.
A We do not have any plans to move the Math
Library to Koerner. i agree that it would be
helpful to have the Math Library part of the
Science Library. The Koerner Library is the
first phase of four that were planned. Over
the next six months we will be working on a
Library Master Space Plan to help us address
several of these issues, and we will want to
hear from our users. We will be contacting
various groups and arranging focus groups. I
would welcome your comments. It would be
easiest if you emailed them to me at
Q I think the Library does a great job but
about a month ago I got a notice saying
that I had damaged a book. I went to
Woodward and a monitor told me the
spine was damaged. I wrote a letter of
appeal and got a letter back saying that
coffee had been spilled on the book. I really didn't do this and I think it's unfair that
I should have to pay for something I didn't
do. Is there anything I can do? I guess I
would have preferred it if someone had
called me in and let me see the book that
was supposed to be damaged.
A I'm not really sure how to answer you. I
would suggest that you appeal it to the
Branch Head. You can also can submit another appeal which will be considered at a higher level. We do make every effort to make
sure that we send out overdue notices and
fines to the right user but sometimes we make
a mistake.
Q I understand that you are taking out the
social and eating space in Sedgewick and
that it won't be replaced in Koerner. Why
did you make that decision?
A 1 was p?rt of the group that made the decision to give up rhe space. The Main Library
can not be upgraded. We needed space in
Koerner for computer labs and quiet study
space. It was a trade off We understand that
students like to study together and talk and
eat while they work, but providing social
space is not really the Library's prime reason
for being. We will have some group study
rooms but students will not be able to eat
there. The Library is working with Food
Services to see if it is possible to find that
kind of space somewhere else on campus but
space near the Library is really limited.
Comment: We agree that the University
is not just a place to read books and study
silently. CABSD has discussed this issue.
Food Services did provide space for after
hours study in Pacific Spitit (SUB) but it was
not heavily used. It is possible that the AMS
might be able to help out with social/study
space. I know that they have made space
available in SUB around exam times. At the
present time computers and books are taking
priority over social space. It is important that
you give us feedback. Let us know if you
think we are wrong.
Q I am in Geography and when I was working on my last research paper I wanted a
general  overview  of the  subject  but  the
only books I could find were quite old.
The older books really didn't deal with the
topic. The only place I could find current
information was in the journals and they
were really too specific. Where could I go
to get current information?
A It is difficult to generalize. This subject may
be more recent than many of the monographs. Did you get any assistance from the
instructor? Were there any books placed on
reserve? In many instances what you are
describing is a normal scholarly predicament.
Was there any suggestion that we are nor
acquiring or cataloguing material fast
enough? If you have not already tried it you
might want to use Netinfo.
It may be that you are missing something but
it may also be that the material simply isn't
there. I think you probably need to ask for
help from a Librarian to look for review articles or perhaps a specialized encyclopedia and
not always rely solely on UBCLIB. Although
it is not always easy for a Librarian to find the
exact material you are looking for, he or she
can always find something that will meet
your need, I recommend that you talk to the
Reference Librarian in Woodward.
If you are aware of books that we don't have let us
know. We can try ro order them for you.
Feedback from students and faculty is important in terms of developing our collection.
Q I am a grad student in Human Kinetics. I
went to the Library to pay a one dollar fine
and was asked to wait until I had accumulated more fines. I have now received 2 letters.  I think that's silly and wasteful.
A I'm sorry that happened to you. I don't know
why we couldn't take your dollar (but I'd be
pleased to take it now)! We normally only
notify people when their fines have reached
$5 and also send out a statement twice a year
telling people how much they owe.
Q     How much money is owed to the Library?
A The total in outstanding fines is now about
$300,000. With the new system that we are
purchasing it will be easier to pay fines.
Q I'm a Library School student and I like the
UBC initiative on bibliographic instruction. I hope it will be continually
improved. I did a term paper clinic to help
people with research. I don't think most
1st and 2nd year students really know how
to use the Library.
It's frustrating that there aren't enough
Reference Librarians. I am concerned that
when things move to Koerner the reference
desks will be merged and the Reference
Librarians will be spread too thin. I'm also
concerned that as we cancel print subscriptions and databases and move to on-line
searching that the cost will be passed on to
the student.
A We are planning to provide a more structured
approach to instruction for Librarv users.
This was one ofthe recommendations in the
recent Library Review. We're doing many
things now but it's sometimes difficult for the
students to see them as being connected. We
need to work with faculty on subject instruction and identify the instruction on resources
that they need for their students.
We are not planning to reduce the number of
Reference Librarian positions as we move
into Koerner. One of the problems in the
Main Library is that when a Reference
Librarian sends a student to another area they
often get lost. We think that having the reference services in one place will be better for
We hope to avoid the possibility of having to
charge students for the electronic services you
have described. We are trying to increase productivity and provide better service through
the use of technology. We are making an
argument to protect Library staff. Everyone
wants to preserve the collection but
Librarians and other staff are important too
and will continue to be needed if our users
are to find their way through the physical and
technological changes.
Q Regarding social study space, Sedgewick is
great but there are only three places to
study - the snack bar is too noisy, upstairs
is too crowded and the typewriter room is
not soundproof. Will there be areas to
group study in Koerner?
A I here will be five group study rooms. I'm not
sure whether they're absolutely soundproof.
I hey're glass walled. One is quite large. The
others will hold 10-12 students. They will be
wired for laptops. We may need to make
some arrangements for booking them. When
we had group study areas in Sedgewick foyer,
some people jusr took them over for their
own permanent use.
Comment: I would like to appeal to students
and staff who use the Library. I am a staff
member at Main and have come across many
damaged books. Sometimes we find covers
left on the shelf and the rest ofthe book gone.
We also find books with pages torn or cut
out. It is sad to see damaged books and missing journals. If pages are torn out of a book,
others can't use it. Sometimes we can't even
reorder it.  I hope you will all keep this in
mind. I think everyone will support you.
Q I often go to SFU because they have 20 terminals available for people doing research.
Are there going to be terminals in the
Koerner Library where we can do research?
If you do have terminals please put math-
scie on the network otherwise we'll have to
go back and forth to the department.
A The Math Department did buv a workstation
to provide Internet access to MathSci for rhe
Math Library. We will definitely have more
workstations in Koerner. There will be 45-50
terminals and we are getting a new web-based
system. There will be more databases that you
can search with a common interface. We will
also have 20 workstations in a lab for student
use only and another 35 wotkstations in a lab
for teaching and student use. Different interfaces are a problem with all the standalone
Q The weekend Library hours (e.g. 12 to 5
at Woodward) are not enough. Can't we get
longer access?
A Our houts are now 10-6 on Saturday and 12-
6 on Sunday. We do try to keep track of usage
and shift the hours ro meet peoples needs.
Q When I go to Sedgewick to look for undergraduate Science/Engineering materials
(reference texts, etc.) I can't find much, and
what I do find seems to be old. Are there
any plans to improve that or am I looking
in the wrong place?
A We try to balance our collections expenditure between Arts and Science. A large
amount of Science material is in circulation
at any point in time. All of the current material may be out. If vou can't find what you
need in Sedgewick, ask if there is more in the
Main Library. All Science/Engineering material is moving from Sedgewick to Main in
preparation for Koerner. We need to make
sure that we are buying enough copies ofthe
current materials. If you can't find what you
need you should talk to the Science
Q I'm a grad student in psychology. When I
go to the Main Library to look up journal
articles the journals are often out or missing. Are you going to anchor the journals
in Main?
A Eventually all of the journals will be
anchored. Security is a concern and we are
"tattletaping" most of out material. Security
will be better in Koerner. We are continuing-
to explore options to protect the collection.
The following written comments
were received following the forum:
• AMS (SUB?) should provide a study space where students can eat. This does not mean Food Services need
to be involved as most students would/could bring their
own food. Food and library books do not mix.
• It would be convenient for many students if food was
allowed in the basement of Woodward Library. As far as
I know there are no books on this floor, so the food will
not affect them.
• I have used Main & Ed libraries and Special
Collections/archives. I am generally pleased with the services provided. My only "beef" is that I often find the
physical environment distressing - heat and light in particular. I wonder if there is any way to monitor student
comfort so that, e.g. the temperarure can be adjusted.
• We need improved group study spaces and rooms that
are soundproof.
• The computer menu search is very complex. Usually
when I do my research, I can't find the books that I
want. The information under each book is incomplete
and out-dated. I suggest the Library use the search categories as in the Vancouver Public Library. They are more
user friendly.
• The price for photo-copying in the Library is a bit high
($0.05 in SUB).
• The CD-ROM for Social Science is located in the
Main Library, but most of the books are located at
Woodward and Sedgewick. Would it be possible to have
the CD-ROM in Woodwatd/Scdgewick as well?
• I am a part-time graduate student. The Education
Library staff have been verv thoughtful. The Saturday
workshop on Research was excellent. Like many teachers. I continue to work in a school during the day and
the Library's evening and weekend hours are important
to me.
• The staff at the Education Library are always helpful
even when they are obviously rushed off their feer. Once
you get their time they give you all their assistance.
• More Electronic Research workshops please.
• I like the Education Library and think chat the staff do
a very good job. The library is well organized. My only
complaint is the noise.
Your UBC Forum 6
Friday, March 15th 12:30pm SUB Theatre
The next YOUR UBC forum will be held on Friday, March 15th and will
focus on Academic Advising. The final YOUR UBC forum for the term
will be held Tuesday March 26th at 12:30. The forum will once again
focus on Safety on Campus and provide for a continuation of the discussions initiated last term in forum 2. Watch for further details.
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