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The Ubyssey Oct 28, 1988

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Halloween Contest
see page 12
Rec-Fac jeopardized
By Katherine Monk
Even if the long awaited referendum on the proposed recreation
facility passes, rec-fac may remain
a pipe dream.
Alma Mater Society president
Tim Bird said the University
administration has withdrawn its
oral approval of the supporting
funds which would see construction on the new facility begin.
"It  may  not	
mean a thing,"
and the $10,000
rec-fac campaign
will add up to
nothing, Bird said
in an interview
Bird said the
proposed recreation facility was a
priority on the
university's fundraising campaign until
Wednesday afternoon, when he
phoned vice-
president student
services K.D. Srivastava and was
told the
president's office
had reevaluated
the priorities, and
rec-fac was no
longer on the fundraising list.
"K.D. (Srivastava) verbally
said all the time
that the remainder ofthe funding
would be available," said Bird.
"There was a
very strong indication, quite recently, that certain components
of the recreation
centre would be
on the (fundraising) campaign
list—such as the
activities and
sports hall, the
field, club offices,
and daycare,"
said Bird.
In an interview yesterday, Srivastava said
the facility was never on the campaign list. He said the university
was still interested in funding a
recreation facility but had reservations about some of the proposed additions to the rec-fac
"The university already has a
concert hall plan, and had set
aside half a million dollars for
daycare—look at the overlap,"
said Srivastava. "What the student referendum accelerates is the
construction of additional recreation facilities—the complete package has never been finalized."
Srivastava said the university will consider the proposal in
its individual parts. "I hope the
referendum passes, and then we
look at each component of the
plan, and see what we feel is consistent with the university's
plans," Srivastava said.
But Bird said the AMS will
not compromise its mandate in the
case of ayes-vote win. Rec-fac will
be built in its entirety or not at all:
"If the university offers a package
that does not correspond with
what the students indicate on the
survey, we have no choice but to
pull our offer and not collect any
fees," he said.
The AMS is no different from
any other major donor, said Srivastava, and no matter how much
the students believe they contribute, the Board of Governors makes
the final decisions.
"They give us the money, but
they don't control the facility—
where does this come from? Just
because they give us the initial
funding, that they have control?
That seems naive to me," said Srivastava.
Bird disagrees. Because stu
dents wield so much political
power, he thinks the AMS is justified in demanding some say over
how their money is spent. "In one
way, we are like any other big
contributors, we can say whether
or not we'd like to contribute to
what they have to offer.
"But on top of that, by coming
out in thousands to vote in the
referendum,   we  are  a  student
THE UBYSSEY, Tuesday, November 5, 1946   Page 5
JOKERS SUPPORT NEW GYM—Pyjama clad Jokers,
during their initiation day on the UBC campus, help support
the War Memorial Gym Drive.    The Jokers don't always
come to classes in their pyjamas, but their distinctive blue
and yellow skull caps distinguish them at every Varsity
Rec-Facts recorded
In a quest to fulfill the mandate of a capital expenditures student referendum done five years
ago, the Alma Mater Society is
venturing out into a political
jungle to build an athletic facility
which students view alternatively
with skepticism, confusion, and
There are different opinions
within the sports departments,
but everyone involved in sports on
campus, a figure which grows
every year, agrees there is a problem with overcrowding.
"We accommodate everyone,
but there are no spaces left for the
everyday user who just wants to
play pick-up badminton with a
friend at lunch," says Justin
Marples, sports and athletics fa
cilities manager.
But it is not just the everyday
athletics user who does not have
adequate space, according to AMS
president Tim Bird, but it is all the
students who do not have enough
space for clubs and activities.
Director of athletics Bob
Hindmarch agrees, and says UBC
has the worst athletic facilities in
the country.
Intramurals director Nestor
Korchinsky declined comment on
the new proposal, but said if the
new facility is built, he can fill it.
There is no doubt we need the
space, said director of Recreation
UBC, Sonja van Niekerk, but it is
the way in which the proposed
facility would be managed which
creates the problems.
"Sport services has grown out
of proportion versus the facilities.
Also, what is out of proportion is
(the department of) Athletics and
its demands on the budget and
facilities. If that can be eliminated
by putting up a recreation facility,
controlled by a non-partisan
group, then we would be getting
somewhere," she said.
"But what the students want,
and what the students get is different—they aren't listened to." In
the end, van Niekerk says, the
Board of Governors does what it
"The students can't foot the
whole bill, so because of that,
somebody else will get control,"
she says. The   university
should be putting up the building,
she added.
continued on page S
movement. We are also the campus community, the users, the
donors, and a huge political
lever—all in one."
But Bird did agree it is unlikely the AMS would maintain
total control over the facility. "I
talked with K.D. (Srivastava) a
number of times and each time we
ended up with the rough idea that
there's two choices—either the
AMS pays all the
construction and
mai ntenance
costs and retains
full control, or we
set up a shared
funding formula
for construction,
where the university pays operation and maintenance, with some
degree of shared
Bird said the
administration is
holding out to see
how the students
will vote. "I think
they are waiting
to see what sort of
student support
there is in order
to decide where
they are going to
put the facility in
their priorities."
"If the students
vote no, it's an
indication to the
university that
either we don't
want the facility,
or, that we can't
entrust our contribution to the
If the students
vote yes, it means
we need the facility," said Bird.
But even though
the funding is
still not certain,
that doesn't
mean a recreation facility will
not be built, said
Srivastava. "In
the building plan,
there has always
been the provision for what we call
a field house—that hasn't been removed," he said.
"The big question which is
still being discussed is the possibility to move the field house, or at
least part of it, into the development campaign. But it's important
to know the field house was never
on the development campaign,"
said Srivastava.
"We can't categorically say we
are i:i favor of rec-fac, because we
don't know what new facilities
must be built and what other facilities can be made available if we
managed our existing facilities
better and in a more coordinated
manner," Srivastava said.
But in a late night development, Bird said that after spe._k-
ing to Srivastava, he had stronger
reason than ever to believe the
facility was on the priority list.
"They keep going back and forth
on this, and I never really know
where they stand."
VOLUME 71, Number 15
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GSS   Bz?r   Garden.   Hot   food
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ALSO: Mary McAlister, DJ. Fireside Lounge, Graduate Student
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Also   with   Gerry   Scott  and
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October 28,1988 NEWS
Mayoral hopefuls
bash it out
By Rick Hiebert
Civic mayoral candidates tore
apart provincial government policy during a UBC campus debate
Jean Swanson, Committee of
Progressive Electors and Civic
New Democrat unity candidate,
and incumbent Gordon Campbell,
of the Non-Partisan Association,
held the Socreds primarily responsible for Vancouver's transit woes
in the debate sponsored by political science students' association.
Swanson said that B.C. Transit was unable to provide concession fares for students and the
poor because Vancouver has to pay
part of the cost for the Skytrain
"We have to get the provincial
government to give more funding
to pay off the Skytrain. That is why
bus fares are so high," she said.
Swanson said she would endeavor
to "reduce bus fares for everybody."
"What we need is not to sit
down nicely with the Socreds, but
to push the provincial  govern
ment," she said.
Campbell also blamed transit
costs on the Socreds. "The
Skytrain should be treated as an
urban highway and the Socreds
should pay 100 per cent of the
Regarding concession fares
for students, Campbell said, "We
have told the government that the
taxpayer shouldn't be expected to
pay for something the government
should take care of. The ministry
of social services of housing, or the
ministry of advanced education
should take care of something like
"Ifyou don't raise (bus) fares,
then you have to raise taxes," he
Swanson attacked the NPA's
policy on illegal suites, and said
the city government has ignored
"people like students, tenants who
will have rent problems and landlords, like seniors, who need the
"The NPA forgot to ask
"Where will people go?' and 'What
will happen to rents?' (if the illegal
Jean Swanson
suites in the city are closed),"
Swanson said.
Swanson said new city housing developments should be one-
third low income housing, one-
third family housing and one-
third open to all buyers.
"Housing in Vancouver is too
expensive for ordinary people,"
Swanson said. "Ifyou start closing
suites, there'll be nowhere else to
go. There's not too many students
that can afford that type of (condo)
But Campbell said council
would not throw "20 odd thousand
people out."
Gordon Campbell
"We were the first city council
to legalize secondary suites. We
want suites that are clean, healthy
and livable in Vancouver...I don't
think there'll be a sudden push
out," said Campbell.
"We can have growth...but not
the kind of intrusive growth that
makes neighborhoods unlivable,"
he added.
Campbell said he supports
policies that will allow people to
control their neighborhoods, to
create the sort of neighborhoods
that they can live in their entire
"If we don't have a city we can
live in, we don't have a city as far
as I am concerned," he said.
Both candidates support the
ward system for city council members in Vancouver.
"Ithinkit'sbetterfor people to
know who they are voting for on a
local basis," said Campbell, who
sees value in aldermen with "local
Swanson agreed, as wards are
"necessary for accountabilty", but
added that such a system could
"give a leg up to people who have a
lot of money. Vancouver should
have an electoral finance disclosure act for all candidates."
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October 28,1988
Saturday, October 29th, 1988
U.B.C. vs. Calgary
Thunderbird Stadium
1:00 p.m.
Tickets At The Door
.Bring the whole family!
Free To U.B.C. Students
The final regular season game!
The Thunderbirds must win in order to
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Don't miss the action!!
AMS Student Recreation Centre Referendum
October 31 To November 4,1988
I support the construction and operation of the Student Recreation Centre to be constructed on Maclnnes Field next to SUB by having $30.00 added to the annual AMS fee.
NOTE: Based on the views of the members, the Centre may include a sport and concert hall (for day-time drop-
in sports use and evening 4,000 capacity dances and concerts), two gymnasiums (one for Intramurals, and one for
Recreation UBC and drop-in student use), an allpurposelit playing field, a childcare centre, AMS clufeA.jA.. space,
a weight and exercise room, squash and racquetball courts, sports equipment rental centre, stud Arwiwgep..*-; irtial
arts and dance studios. Target date for construction is estimated to be 1989.
AMS Student Recreation C     lre c .vey
October 31 — _•        nbe      i988
Check the following components o
AMS Student Council.
,c- Sti    .'nt i     . .ation Centre to provide guidance for your
Very Somewhat Less Not
Important       mportant     Important     Important     Important
I. .,-■■'■'■ 'i: - purpose      0iit lit playing field. LJ
2/':':'™'A"spov:,!..:Jor.'.ert hall (for day-time drop-in
.and evening 4,000 capacity concerts). LJ
3. Drop off temporary childcare facilities. LJ
4. A weight and exercise room. LJ
5. AMS club office space. LJ
6. Squash & racquetball courts. LJ
7. A permanent childcare centre. LJ
8. Two gymnasiums (one for Intramurals, one  .
for Recreation UBC and drop in). l_J
9. Fitness circuit. LJ
10. A martial arts and dance studio. 1_J
II. Overnight shelter. LJ
12. Your suggestions	
□ □ □ □
This ballot is a sample ballot for the Campus Wide Referendum occuring
from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Please excercise your right to vote.
Polling Stations Are Located At:
Environment hits
politics, says Swede
Valid 1988-89 Student Card Required
These polling stations will be open from 9:30am to 4:00pm every day
from Monday October 31st till Friday November 4th.
Angus building
Computer Science
Sedgewick Library
War Memorial Gym
Woodward Library
Aquatic Centre
Hebb Theatre
VGH (Thursday only)
In addition the following evening
polling stations will be open
4:30pm to 7:30pm from Wednesday November 2nd till Thursday
November 3rd:
Place Vanier
Totem Park
Gage Towers
Ifyou have any problems go to SUB Rm. 24S.      AMS Elections Comissioner
By Catherine Lu
"The prospect of environmental disasters has left the scientists' laboratories and become
items on the political agenda,"
according to OlaUllsten, Sweden's
ambassador to Canada.
"The environmental aspects
have had no place, or at best been
secondary to, economic considerations. We have to reverse that
order of priorities," said the former
Swedish Prime Minister Thursday in a noon lecture sponsored by
the Political Science department.
Governments have an unpro-
nounced but practiced philosophy
that "what is technologically possible and economically feasible
is...also desirable from a development point of view," Ullsten said.
But industrialized countries
like Canada and Sweden have
realized that "clean air and fresh
water, green trees and clear sky,
cost money," he said. At times
sounding more like a scientist
than a politician, Ullsten described a number of major environmental problems such as ozone
depletion, acid rain, deforestation,
and global warming due to the
greenhouse effect.
"The connection between
various human encroachments
into nature, and documented disturbances of the atmosphere and
in the climate, in the vegetation
and ofthe earth layers, ofthe lakes
and of the oceans, are now too
thoroughly endorsed by science to
be ignored," he said.
Now we have recognized the
impact our actions have on the
environment we must begin to act
responsibly, said Ullsten.
"Ifs scary that man now is
able to tamper with the world's
climate at all, and not in a deliberate and planned way...but as an
uncontrolled consequence of a lot
of ignorance and technological
arrogance," Ullsten said.
"If we don't want to hand over
to future generations problems
that we can solve today, but in
front of which they will be power
less, we have no time to lose," he
Ullsten is optimistic that the
political climate is ripe for action.
Although environmentalists were
until recently discounted as idealists, politicians today "would
rather like to join their ranks," he
But action will take "courageous political leadership," and
politicians need support and pressure, said Ullsten. "By nature it
seems politicians are the last ones
to react to problems, not because
they are ignorant, though some
are, but because that's the way
democracies work."
Ullsten pointed to British
Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher as an indication of politicians' changes in attitude. "You
have a gentleman in Washington
who thinks that trees die because
they are nasty to themselves," he
"We used to have a lady in
London who had almost the same
kind of feeling. But she has
changed. I think the gentleman of
Washington has changed too, or if
he hasn't, he is going to be
changed," he said, referring to the
upcoming U.S. elections.
Ambassador Ullsten spoke at UBC
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continued from page 1
"There's a gap," she explains,
"if the university is accepting federal and provincial funding, it
must fulfill the government's
mandate for increased fitness—as
the government sees fitness as a
long-term investment in saving on
health care costs. But the student
is fulfilling his obligation as a
participant, but what is the university doing—it keeps throwing
spanners in the works."
The university must
fulfill its mandate...
but what is the
university doing—it
keeps throwing
spanners in the
"The student ends up paying
over and over again for athletics—
they pay an activity fee, an Athletic fee, a user fee, and if the
referendum passes, they will be
paying thirty more dollars—for
what? The university must acknowledge its responsibility, and
the students are the university's
responsibility,"says van Niekerk.
But Tim Bird said the AMS
will not collect any levy if the university does not approve its plans
as they are voted upon in the referendum.
Nestor Korchinsky says he is
cautiously optimistic, but realizes
the limited nature ofthe students'
power in the ultimate destiny of
rec-fac. "The university is looking
for ways to champion a cause.
Students show support financially, the university responds,
and then the university readjusts
its own priorities."
"The hidden costs are ultimately left up to the university,"
he added.
The only way to make sure the
university does not gain control of
the facility, and rent it out to the
highest bidder, Korchinsky says,
is to have a coordinated committee
to look after the facilities.
K.D Srivastava, UBC vice
president of student services, set
up a task force to deal with athletic
facility management, and may
have a proposal before the Board
Of Governors in December.
Srivastava says it is the university which ends up paying in
the long run for facilities—it is
only the initial step which the
students make, and the university
follows through.
"There is a proud tradition at
UBC of students taking the initiative," he says, "but there is this
confusion—the university contributes substantially. In terms of
running and completion, the
university's contribution has not
been insubstantial."
Over the past seventy years,
students have contributed to:
•the women's gymnasium (1928),
•playing fields (1931), $8,000
•old stadium (1937), $39,304
•Brock Hall (1940), $78,900
•Armouries (1941), $48,000
•War   Memorial   Gym   (1951),
•Brock     extension     (1957),
•Place Vanier Residences (1959),
•Thunderbird   winter   sports
(1963), $185,000
•Additions to the Koerner graduate centre (1968), $747,000
•Student Union Building (1969),
•Thunderbird winter sports expansion (1969), $730,500
•Student Union Building-Pit development (1973), $350,000
•Aquatic Centre (1978), $925,000
•SUB expansion (1985),
* these are the original figures for
how much the student donation to
the project at hand was, at the time
in which the facility was conceived.
Each of these facilities, with
the exception of SUB, is now operated by the university, with varying degrees of student input towards facility management.
The rec-fac proposal could
cost up to $30 million dollars, and
depending on what is included, the
students would contribute 20 to 30
But Bird says that although
the university may pay for a large
portion ofthe capital expenditure
in the end, the students would
have no say whatsoever in the
design plans ofthe facility without
instigating and financially supporting its development. "If we
waited for the administration, we
would have no space—we would be
so cramped."
Carrying out the rec-fac referendum gives the Alma Mater Society the political leverage to deal
with the administration with a
weightier hand-providing it is a
yes vote that wins.
In order for the referendum to
succeed, Bird says, at least 2500
students must vote in favour ofthe
proposal-but that does not mean
that students will be approving
the facility in a finalized form-it
only means that students are in
favour of having a facility.
"We want to stress that it's
only an artist's conception of how
the building will look, it's not unchangeable," says AMS vice president Carolyn Egan.
But no matter what happens
in the referendum, Bird says, "it
has been a learning experience."
And in spite of the administration's wobbling commitment
to the proposal, Srivastava urged
the student body to excercise its
democratic right, and vote.
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Film investigates
social culture
I by Robert Groberman
I    he film Running on Empty investi-
_JL gates what happened to social revolu-
I tionaries when the sixties ended. Director
Lumet and writer Naomi Foner present a
story which is free of American self-con-
I scious patriotism. It is refreshing to see an
I American film which investigates its own
social culture without celebrating it.
I Running on Empty
Director Sidney Lumet combines an
I ideal cast with an intelligent, thoughtful
I script. He creates a film which is at once
j touching and fascinating as it explores
I family relationships and the dissolution of
I the ties that bind.
Jane and John Pope, played by
I Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch, are the
I parents of two children, Danny, 17, arid
Harry, 10. In 1971, the senior Popes blew up
I a napalm factory, inadvertently maiming" a
j janitor. They have been on the run from the
1 FBI ever since, living under assumed names
I and with disguised appearances. Their
I children are forced to live this life on the
I lam as well.
When we meet the Popes, their elder son
is beginning to feel the oppressiveness of his
life, a life in which his loyalties to his fugitive
parents prevent him from maintaining any
long term relationships with anyone else. As
Danny falls in love with a classmate he Is
faced with a most difficult decision: continue
to live within the confines of his parents'
lives, or follow his own life and risk never
seeing them again.
;    What makes this movie remarkable and
raises it above the level of a sentimental
family break up picture is the performance of
River Phoenix as Danny. Phoenix captures
the maturity forced on one faced with
difficult choices; at the same time he is as
awkward as any seventeen-year-old as he
falls in love. While director Lumet has him
turn on the taps more often than is necessary, Phoenix's control and ability to project
understanding make these scenes work.
These filmmakers present us with an
even-handed portrayal of Americans in
crisis, as the sixties sensibilities of the
parents become awkward and irrelevant to  »
their children ofthe eighties. Fine performances and a fine script, both elicited by a
talented director, combine to make a film
that will make you cry, but will also make
you think seriously about what you just saw.
Soviet film enlightens
audience on life
Pizza to go
by Olivia Zahger '
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rumple...toss...rim shot...Basket! Two
S^y points.
And that's what I'd do to the title alone.
Who in the marketing department at Cineplex Odeon is the cheezy, seer-sucker clad
dweeb that somehow pushed 'Mystic Pizza'
through? Is it just me, or does occult-Italian-
cuisine fail to thunder with meaning to anyone else?
Mystic Pizza
Granville Seven
Ifyou find the title as hard to swallow as
I did, the meat and substance of this movie
are sure to sit in your gullet like a double
portion of shepherd's pie from residence cafeteria. There's more sawdust than beef.
Three young women (Daisy, Jojo, and
Catherine) are living in rural Mystic, Con- .
riecticut, spending one autumn of their lives
By Lisa Doyle
hen a film is billed as the most .
tabooed film in Soviet history, what
I do you expect? Pornography? Violence? In
I Commissar, the objectionable content is
I political.
I Commissar
I Vancouver East
The film was screened only once and
I shelved for twenty years, officially accused
j of chauvinism. Most likely, the film was
I banned for its accusations against the
I Soviet regime for anti-Semitism, and for its
avant garde aestheticism. Yet the censors
seemed to have missed the point the
director, Alexsandr Askoldov, was trying to
make.    While the film does address the
(possible folly ofthe Civil War (occurring di-
I rectly after the Russian Revolution), and the
I often ignored plight of the Russian Jews,
I the film is really about the change of
perceptions through experience and about
I human choices.
Klavdia is a Commissar for the Red
I Army, tough, well-respected, and devoted to
I building a society run by the working class.
J But she does the one thing that individual-
I izes her from her comrades; she gets
j pregnant. Her desire to suppress her fe-
maleness in exchange
for anonymity and
political conscience is
instantly thwarted.
Her difference
from the men she commands is undeniable,
and it is Klavdia who
is the most upset
about being singled
out. Too late to
terminate the pregnancy, Klavdia is
relieved of her duties
until the baby is born;-
whereupon she will return to the fight. A
Jewish family is literally forced to take
Klavdia in In the name ofthe revolution",,
and interestingly enough, Klavdia takes the
only bedroom rather than co-habiting with
the family. '
When the mother finds out that Klavdia
is expecting, she immediately takes over,
advising her on motherhood and giving
Klavdia a dose of kindness she has never
experienced. In fact, the entire family comes
to love Klavdia, and she softens in ah atmosphere of familial joviality. Although the
family is extremely poor, they have each    .
other and their religious faith, something
Klavdia has never experienced in her military lifestyle. When Klavdia does give birth,
suddenly her actions are confused, and the
Nonna Mordukova as the commissar
question of returning to the front becomes
much more complicated.
The film is timeless. It stresses the difficulty in making decisions based on right or
wrong—of contemplating that huge grey area
of morality. As well, the film stresses the
importance of experience. Until Klavdia had
experienced motherhood, poverty, and family
life, it was abhorrent to her.
Commissar is a film to see simply because
it depicts a part of Soviet life not often seen
in Soviet cinema. While it portrays war and
peasant life seen before in Russian films, it
raises questions concerning the perceptions
Westerners have of the Soviet people. In
Commissar, the issue is not the actions ofthe
Kremlin, but the effect of political events on
a people exactly like our own.
Vietnam war movie Confronts reality of war
By Rick Hiebert
r 1
■ I   ilms about America's involvement in
■ I.    the Vietnam war can usually be
j placed in two categories.
FILM, . '
I Bat 21
Capitol 6
The first is the Rambo-John Wayne
j "blow away the enemy? patriotic potboiler
| genre. The second js the overwrought, Platoon-type film where Americans are portrayed as Waffen SS and the Viet Cong are
I like Girl Scouts skipping through the woods
] on a nature hike.
Bat 21 falls somewhere between these
j two extremes. Although it is a mediocre
film, it does have redeeming moments, particularly in its characterizations.
Based on a true story, Bat 21 stars
Gene Hackman as Colonel Iceal Hamilton,
an Air Force intelligence expert who seems
more concerned with improving his golf
swing than with the destruction caused by
the bombing raids he helps plan.
Confronted with intelligence reports
indicating an upcoming North Vietnamese
offensive, Hamilton suggests, then volunteers for, a reconaissance mission to run
through the bombing raid proposed to hinder
the offensive. The plane is shot down, and
Hamilton is the Only survivor.
The rest ofthe film chronicles the efforts
of Army pilot Bart "Bird-dog" Clark (well
played by Danny Glover),to help rescue
Hamilton before he is captured by the Viet
Cong or is killed in the American bombing
raid. " .
The film's pace is erratic. Although co-
writers William C* Anderson (who wrote the
book on which the film is based) and George
Gordon manage to keep the viewer concerned
with Hamilton's plight, the fact that the      V
opening credits state that the real Col.
Hamilton has been an advisor to the project
(and therefore must have survived his ordeal) place some scenes which would otherwise have been suspenseful in the category
of "monotonous and irrelevant." .
The virtue of Bat 21 lies in its portrayal
of Hamilton's personal confrontation with
the reality of war.
The war, which until that point Hamilton
had waged as a strategic paper exercise,
becomes a reality in which people scream in
pain, bleed, and die. And for the first time,
Hamilton finds himself pulling the trigger
and participating in the killing.
- The film is beautifully photographed,
particularly as the camera swoops and roars
over trees during the segments showing
Clark flying his "VW Microbus with wings".
The combat scenes, especially the final
bombing raid, are spectacular.
. Though the film is somewhat entertaining and laudable for its confrontation ofthe
ugliness of war, it will be easily forgotten.
slinging pizza at the
local parlor while
searching for the
perfect romance. What
a splendidly original
Ihe worst feature
of this film is its predictability, which
makes it unstomach-
able. Several times dur
ing the movie I leaned
Annabeth Gish (left) and Julia Roberts in Mystic Pizza
over to my date and whispered "Bet you a
Twizzler: he is with another woman; she
wins at pool; he comes into the restaurant,
etc." I ate a lot of Twizzlers that night.
The movie opens with Jojo (Lili Taylor)
fainting during her wedding, green at the
thought of growing old and dumpy, forever
trapped in marriage. Her desire to maintain
her independence and satisfy her lusts
clash—her beau Bill (Vincent Phillip
D'Onofrio of Full Metal Jacket fame) is a
Catholic. Saving the picture somewhat,
these two provide good performances—■
funny, off-beat, freshr '
Katherine (.Annabeth Gish), introverted
and brainy, soon to be off to university, falls
for a hunkular married man with a wife in
Europe. She comes back; 18-year-old tears
are shed. Yawn. Next.
Daisy (Julia Roberts), poor, Portuguese
and pretty but lacking all brains or talents,
save seduction, gets involved with a wealthy
preppy stud in a red porsche. Boy meets girl.
Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. Yawn.
What? There is no *riexf? That's it for my j
$5.50? Yes. Sorry, that's it.
This is a film to see when you're exhausted, when a cute little movie is all you
can handle. I left Mystic Pizza mildly
amused but unimpressed, having won and
eaten half of my date's Twizzlers.
Kingsley saves film
By Sailen Black
". \m* ascalli's Island encourages high expec-
__L    tations for three reasons. First, the
movie is set on a beautiful Greek island in
the Mediterranean in 1908, when the island
was ruled by the Sultan of Turkey's local potentate or Pasha/Secondly, the island's
scenery and small port town are carefully
photographed in warm, sunset colors, and
the camera sways with the twists and turns
ofthe town's narrow streets. Thirdly, and
most importantly, the movie stars Ben
Kingsley, suggesting that the movie will
have some redeeming value.
Pascalli's Island
Varsity Theatre
Ben Kingsley plays title character Basil
Pascalli, a dutiful informer to the Sultan. A
loyal Turk, Pascalli keeps an eye on the
island's rebelling Greeks and foreigners for
the Sultan. He takes great pride in his occupation as informant, and protests that he is
"Not some kind of informer—the best kind!"
He notes the arrival of an Englishman
named Anthony Bowles, who introduces
himself as an archaeologist in search ofthe
island's Grecian remains. Pascalli and the
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Pasha are suspicious, so Pascalli offers his
services as interpreter to Bowles and the two |
form an uneasy friendship.
The plot thickens as Bowles hints at the
presence of golden treasure, but the movie
fails to develop strong suspense, and the
audience is left to watch Pascalli plan nervously without being swept up in his fears.
Consequently, when the end comes, we are
left with a sense of regret and loss without
the redemption of sharing in much ofthe
character's grief or joy.
Charles Daiice gives a smooth and self-
assured portrait of a righteous Englishman
with his calm expressions and ice-blue eyes,
and Helen Mirren is competent in a lesser
role as Bowies' lover. And the film is pretty.
But itis not enough. y
«    Although technically solid, Pascalli's
Island isa moyie with a hollow heart that
cannot capture its audience's deeper" sympathies. Bowles is brave, but in afoolhardy
way. Mirren's character is likable, but hot
admirable. And Pascalli—our hero—cannot
be trusted in the end. -'.._'
Perhaps the story that Pascalli's Island
paints with such craft succeeds as testament
to the cost of blind ambition and ' h i-' -1 i k
hole that is human death without i ■«.  i ■   ;
But ultimately, Pascalli's Island i
ocre attempt at higher things.
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Trudell excites
By Keith Leung
' T""\ tale. Maybe I'm just getting cynical
N>_j/ but music today seems stale. I mean
that in a specific way though because some
of the stuff out today sounds great; I mean
stale in the sense that it seems no one is
making music that matters, music that is
real self-expression, that has conviction
and passion.
John Trudell
opening for Midnight Oil
Pacific Coliseum
Oct. 28
I guess that's why I got so excited
when I first heard John Trudell on CBC's
Brave New Waves one very late night some
time ago. And, although it took me six
months before I managed to get hold of his'
tapes, that excitement was justified.
John Trudell is an American Indian
poet and performer. He has thus far put
out two 'Tribal Voice' tapes, which are
Trudell reciting his
poetry over top traditional Indian
drumming and
chanting, and two
tapes of what has
been dubbed "Talking Rock", a collaboration between
Trudell and Jesse
Ed Davis, considered
one of America's top
studio blues/rock
guitarists, arranging the music. (Davis
passed away earlier this year.)
Along the way, Trudell garnered much
critical praise for his work and gained
many high-profile fans, including Bob
Dylan, Jackson Browne and George Harrison. Dylan even went so far as to declare
Trudell's "AKA Grafitti Man" tape the best
album of 1985 in Rolling Stone magazine.
A Santee Sioux Indian from Nebraska
and a Vietnam veteran, Trudell became a
leader in the Indian rights movement in
the late sixties and remained so through
the seventies. He was chair of'Indians of
All Tribes' during the Indian occupation of
Alcatraz Island in 1969, and during the
turbulent years of 19 73 through 1980—
when Arrierican Indian Movement was
getting headlines for protests and demonstrations at Mount Rushmore, the Bureau
of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C, and at Wounded Knee —held the
post of national chair of'American Indian
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Trudell (left) and Davis...sings with passion
This all changed abruptly in 1979
when, after leading a march and speaking
against FBI policies in Washington, a fire
of unknown origin killed his wife, their
three children and his mother-in-law in
their Nevada home.
The psychological trauma from this
personal catastrophe effectively ended his
activism but also led to his use of poetry as
therapy. Now poetry and music constitute
his primary means of political expression..
Trudell's politics are radical, but his
radicalness finds its meaning and root in
native spiritual and cultural traditions. It
is this, and the intense personal feeling
through which they are channeled, that
gives depth and dimension to his political
thought. The strength of his poetry springs
from a deeply felt sincerity and conviction
which is not often found in popular culture.
A common theme in Trudell's poetry is
the fundamental antagonism between Native spirituality and values, and those of
the Western world. Nature's healing and
regenerative power, and its role as the
source of life's creative energies, is pitted
against the physical
and spiritual destruc-
tiveness of industrialism and technology.
The timelessness and
richness of Native
tradition is contrasted
to the artificial,
transient nature of
American consumer
society.   :
" The Indian's .
conception of a har- ;
monious interdependent, world squares off
against the divisive, militaristic nature of
our political institutions. A nurturing community is in perpetual tension with our
own isolating self-interested individualistic
Trudell's poetry seems particularly
relevant in Canada, as it seems to resonate
much of the militancy that has accompanied the revival of cultural consciousness
among our own First Nations. At his best,
particularly on the first "Tribal Voice" tape,
Trudell effectively synthesizes the spiritual, the cultural, the personal and the political into one. It is music that forces one
to listen.
John Trudell, and his accompanying
group, The Grafitti Band, will be opening
for Midnight Oil tomorrow night at the
Pacific Coliseum Concert Bowl. For further
information about his tapes write: The
Peace Company, 7095 Hollywood Blvd.,
#104-432, Hollywood, CA. 90028.
Dinosaurs need more
By Melissa Melnitzer
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II    • hough plays about "real life" seem to
_P_    be in style, some of them don't seem
to be all that realistic. \
Dinosaurs ■
The Waterfront Theatre
October 21 - November 12
Dinosaurs, which opened at The Waterfront Theatre on October 21st, is one of
these plays. Although Bryan Wade has
succeeded in writing an entertaining and
thought-provoking play about coping with
life in the eighties, most of the actors in
this production fail to enrich it with their
Dinosaurs covers a few days in the
lives of Denise and Kevin. It explores their
marriage and the problems they encounter
. as a result of their different careers and
points of view.
Kevin (David McLeod) has grown up in
a small town in Ontario and is content with
his life as it is. But when he loses his job at
the factory, his whole world seems to
change. Although at first he appears to be a
"dumb jock", the crisis evokes the vulnerable and gentle side of his character."    -«
■ McLeod captures the essence of Kevin and
brings him to life so that the audience can
share his experience.
Denise (Denyse Wilson), who has been
offered several interviews for teaching jobs
in other towns, is afraid to tell Kevin of
these offers because she knows that he is
reluctant to give up his neighborhood.
Wilson's performance is weak. When
her character should be creating tears in
the eyes of the audience, she evokes frowns.
Her punch lines have no punch. She is not
convincing and, as such, she detracts from
the potential impact of the play.
Playing off these two characters are
their neighbours, Nicole (Hilary Strang),
who supports herself and heir son by
working as an exotic dancer, and Len (Tec
Cole) who is Denise's cousin."
Everyone should be able to relate to at
least one of the characters, but it is difficult
to do so because the characters - with the
exception of McLeod's portrayal of Kevin -
lack an air of reality. They are unable to
draw us us into their world.
Some fault may lie in Ray Michal's direction. Perhaps he is afraid of subtlety.
Sometimes silence is a most effective communicator, but Michal never uses it. The
dialogue feels manipulated instead of
natural and the physical movements are
very forced. Because of these rigidities, the
audience cannot interpret the play for
The play does have its moments. There
is laughter - at times. There is intensity -
at times. One can feel the reverberations
long after leaving the theatre, but this is
more a result of writing, than delivery.
Dinosaurs deserves better. It needs actors to act as well as its writer has written.
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John's demise
to swim around. It became hard to
He struggled to put his fingers
on the oijji board's pointer. He
leaned forward and slurred., .ok...let's play...
In the dim flickering light he
had trouble seeing the letters on
the board. They seemed to dance
around and tease his vision. Then
his hearing started to play tricks
on him. He could see the girl's
mouth moving but all he could
hear was the echoing squeal ofthe
damn pig!
He fell heavily back into the
sofa and pressed his eyes closed.
What the hell's...happening...to
me!?...The squealing just got
louder and louder in John's ears.
The noise was laughing at him ...
John snapped his eyes open,
but the room was pitch black... the
candles had been blown out... and
that squealing just got louder and
louder... it filled his ears and echoed around in his head...Stop
With numb arms that felt as
heavy as sand bags, John flailed
around. He felt one of the girl's
stuffed pigs in his hand and threw
it into the dark. Crash!...it broke
something.. He reached for another and another and kept throwing them at the hideous squealing/
laughing that filled the room.
Where was the girl?! He
drunkenly lunged forward. Purely
by chance he felt the one live pig in
the room in his hands. He grabbed
at it and held it dangling by one
foot. The noise was unbearable as
he smashed around the room looking for the patio doors.
He crashed into them and
blindly dragged them open. He fell
out onto the balcony and reached
for the railing. Without pausing he
flung the squealing creature
across into the dark. After a moment he heard it contact the hard
concrete thirteen floors down.
For a long time he stood there
in the silence. His back and head
rested against the patio window.
He waited for the spinning in his
head to stop.
The night air was damn cold.
John stumbled back into the
apartment. And his heart lurched.
The candles were lit again.
They gave the room a dull yellow
flicker in which he saw the stuffed
animals strewn about the room.
But each lay in a pool of blood! A
spun around and saw more. Blood
ran on the walls where the things
had impacted. Their glassy eyes
all turned towards him.
Jesus Christ!...Some-body!!!
... Help Me!!!... Somebody... HELP
As John stood there screaming into the horror, he heard the
door behind him creak open. He
was paralyzed with fear and unable to turn. Then footsteps entered on the hardwood floor...or
were they more like the hard
clomps made by Dorothy's ruby
slippers...or by heavy cloven feet?!
Jesus Christ!...don't scream-
breath slow...don't panic, keep
calm...Oh My God!'.'...there's
gonna be an explanation...just
don't scream...turn around...don't
panic.just turn around...breath
slow...relax, relax..
In the dark room IT saw
John's shaking back silhouetted
against the candlelight. His
breath was quick and shallow
through his mouth as if he could
avoid the Perish that thickened
the air. IT stepped closer and
closer, each step echoing on the
hard floor...Click!...Click!
Then John lost it and whipped
around. He saw what IT was and
IT squealed and squealed in a
flood of laughter as IT saw ITSELF reflected as terror in John's
bulging eyes.
The muscles in John's neck
stretched tight like piano wires,
his face contorted and splotched
red with blood. In his last sane
moment, John knew that IT was
the disfigured shape ofthe girl...a
girl who had been smashed on
concrete from thirteen floors up.
He saw ITS crushed half-
skull open ITS mouth and squeal
as ITS arms with the elbows that
bent the wrong way flashed out to
grab him and pulled him closer
and closer to where the pulpy
mouth gummed at him.
He felt ITS arms tighten behind him. ITS bloody face pressed
into his as ITS tongue forced ITS
way into his mouth. His body was
held tight as he struggled and
struggled while his mind shrieked
and shrieked and shrieked!!!
Then all was still.
In the morning, John's cold
body lay arched over the
Engineer's Cairn. The official report was that he had choked on his
tongue in a drunken fit. Nobody
thought otherwise because they
never saw the prints...the ones
around the Cairn that the
policemen's boots had all but
obliterated...the ones that
strangely looked like they were
made by pig's feet.
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1988 Autumn Lectures
Robert Darnton
An outstanding social historian at Princeton, Professor Darnton is the leading North American
scholar in French Enlightenment studies. Winner of the MacArthur Prize, he has just returned from
a year as Eastman Professor of History at Oxford, having held recent visiting professorships and
research appointments in Frnace, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The Literary Revolution of 1789
Saturday, October 29 In Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 8:15 PM
(Vancouver Institute)
The Science of Piracy: Publishing in 18th Century France
Monday, October 31 In Buchanan Penthouse, at 3:30 PM
The Literary Marketplace: Bookselling in 18th Century France
Wednesday, Novermber 2 In Buchanan Penthouse, at 3:30 PM
Forgotten & Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France
Thursday, November 3      In Buchanan A-102, at 12:30 PM
All Lectures Are Free • Occasionally unadvertised seminars are presented
October 28,1988 NEWS
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Quebec students strike
MONTREAL (CUP) — Quebec college students put down pens and
picked up placards October 26 as a three-day province-wide
student strike began.
More than 100,000 students at 32 colleges walked out of classes.
The strikers are demanding reforms to Quebec's 20-year-old loans and
bursaries system.
The protest was organized by the province's student lobby group,
l'Association national des etudiants et etudiantes du Quebec (ANEEQ).
It wants the provincial government to make part-time students and
those living away from home eligible for financial aid.
About 123,000 Quebec students receive cheques from the
government's $250 million program
Classes were cancelled at 26
CEGEP's and students set up
picket lines in front of 10 colleges
the first day. Only about 30 students picketed CEGEP Maison-
neuve in Montreal's East End, while students at Champlain Regional
College in Lennoxville closed the student-run cafeteria.
No universities have joined the strike. Universite de Sherbrooke,
Concordia and McGill students voted against the
strike at poorly-attended general assemblies.
ANEEQ leaders have asked to meet with Quebec education minister Claude Ryan before deciding on extending the strike indefinitely.
No meeting time has been confirmed yet, and Ryan's office did not
return calls.
However, Ryan did meet October 26 with student leaders from six
non-striking universities to discuss student aid.
Dead rats stink up residence
MONTREAL (CUP)—The stench of rotting rat corpses greeted returning Concordia University students as they moved back into their
Langley Hall director Julia Dender telephoned exterminators in
August after learning rats had slipped into the building's sewage
system, which physical plant workers were repairing. The rats were
killed, but the exterminators didn't bother collecting all the bodies.
"A few days after they died, the rats got all maggoty and stank up
the place," said a Langley resident who wished to remain anonymous.
"The exterminors had to crawl under the floor with flashlights and pull
out the carcasses with broom handles. When they were out of reach,
they just let them turn to dust."
Many tenants, faced with the smell and flies crawling out of holes,
left to stay with friends. Residents discovered the rodents after finding
boxes of poison under kitchen sinks. Bromone, which kill rats by
solidifying their blood, was also tucked into holes in the walls and under
the floors.
Alison, who refused to give her last name, was forced to spend a day
at her friend's house after a rat died under her room.
"Had they not fixed the situation, I wouldhave moved out. It'sreally
disgusting," she said.
She added that one student found a rat in a toilet. The student
chased the rat into a room where residents clubbed the rat to death with
a hockey stick.
New college proposed
TORONTO (CUP)—Ontario will receive funding for a francophone
college in the Ottawa area if negotiations with the federal government
are successful.
But an official in the Ontario ministry of colleges and universities
said building a school isn't enough. Under two-year-old legislation, the
provincial government must provide French-language instruction in at
least 16 more areas of the province, said Lionel Poirier, executive coordinator for francophone affairs.
Poirier said the current college system does not meet the requirements ofthe 1986 Ontario French
Language Services Act.
"It stipulates that by Nov.
1989, government departments,
all ministries, all agencies of these
ministries and the boards that receive public funds will have to provide
French language services in the 22 designated areas of the province."
Only six of Ontario's 22 community colleges offer French or bilingual programs. Ottawa already has a college offering bilingual services.
Councillor removed by cops
TORONTO (CUP)—Metro police were called to the October 12 University of Toronto student council meeting to remove Scarborough College
representative Darryl McDowell.
McDowell repeatedly interrupted speakers, calling one a "fucking
homosexual," telling someone else to "shut the fuck up," and saying
"shut up and sit down!" to another council member.
McDowell refused to leave with police, but he later did so on his
McDowell has already been in the news for his column in the
Scarborough campus newspaper The Underground. In one of his columns, McDowell attacked the Women's Centre at U of T, and feminists
and homosexuals in general.
Pro-choice stand challenged
SASKATOON (CUP)—The University of Saskatchewan student council wants the Canadian Federation of Students to delete its pro-choice
policy statement at the lobby group's upcoming conference.
Councillors decided in mid-September that they could not fairly
represent all students on a contentious issue like abortion, and want
CFS's 60-odd members to scrap the policy. University and college
delegates meet November 1 to 6 in Ottawa for the year's second
The statement can be found in a section ofthe CFS policy manual
titled "The Rights of a Woman Student." It upholds "the right of a female
student, in the case of pregnancy, to have access to a full range of options
and to be able to freely exercise whatever decision she makes."
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October 28,1988
THE UBYSSEY/9 -Tv?- ™,sf^^ "-"r;
AMS zealots
The AMS spent $800 ofthe students' money to publish
the "new paper on campus" called The UBC Informant. It
was intended not to promote, but to inform students on the
proposed recreational facility, according to AMS president
Tim Bird. But even Bird is calling The Informant "A waste
of students' money" and is outraged with the contents ofthe
latest issue, produced behind his back.
The tabloid didn't settle for providing information.
Instead, the producers—Todd Ablett, Andrew Duke Hicks,
Mike Lee, Keith McCall, and Stella Wong—took a harsh
editorial stand against the one AMS council rep who opposes the Rec Fac proposal—Graduate Student Society
president Robert Beynon.
The page and a half used in The Informant to expose
some perceived "apparent contradiction" on the part of
Beynon represents an irresponsible piece of malicious
Beynon was quoted in The Ubyssey on Tuesday effectively representing the concerns of his fellow GSS council
members, which is the only group to officially oppose rec fac
and did so almost unanimously.
Beynon's quotes were taken by The Informant, placed
out of context and used to discredit one ofthe only people on
campus who has yet to be brainwashed by the "Recreation
Robert Beynon did not say the recreation centre is a
"mega-project presented to students by overly ambitious
student politicians" as "reported" in The Informant's editorial that tries to pass itself off as a news story.
Several words are missing from the beginning of that
quote. Beynon said "Other councilors said Rec-Fac is an
expensive mega-project..." He was explaining the position
of members of his constituency. A subtle difference.
Even if the producers of the The Informant had not
misrepresented Beynon, the man is guilty of no crime other
than merely changing his mind.
When Beynon supported "getting new recreational
facilities" in his Board of Governors campaign last year, the
figures $30 a year for ten years, and $20 million didn't
apply. Twenty million dollars could change a lot of people's
The three news stories written by Beynon for The
Competition newspaper last year and reprinted in The
Informant were apparently intended to reveal some further
"scandal". News stories are not statements of personal
belief—something The Informant editors evidently have
yet to discover.
The Informant's article says Beynon's change of heart
"has had many students inquiring about Beynon's motives
for leading the "No" campaign." What exactly is their
definition of many? Five, perhaps? Five over zealous, irresponsible students with a venue to spitefully discredit
anyone who crosses their precious project, perhaps?
The "No" side of the rec fac issue has been conspicuously absent in UBC political circles since the conception of
this project. Maybe people were a lot more astute than
Beynon and realized that the word "No" on campus these
days can subject one to merciless defamation at the hands
of some regrettably influential politicians.
October 28,1988
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As the stomach of Chris Wiesinger churned, Alexandra
Johnston searched in vain for the man in the blue sweater
who was none other than her long lost sister Jennifer Lyall
who had had a sex change after falling in love with her sex
therapist Deanne Fisher. Meanwhile Katherine Monk kept
the the home fires burning despite warnings from Olivia
Zanger of doom and gloom (and soot). Steve Chan was
forced to acknowledge his illegitimate son, Ted Aussem,
because Heather Jenkins threatened to kill Rick Hiebert if
he didn't. Catherine Lu returned from the convent to
confront Robert Groberman with the truth. Corrine Bjorge
danced on her head while Chung Wong and T.H. Heathrow
looked on in awe. All was for naught. Keith Leung clam-
mered about the office reciting poetry. Lisa Doyle was busy
liberating pasta. Some flew in the direction of Sailen Black
who got a taste of it and promptly threw up on Melissa
Melitzer. And then there was the mysterious person who
helped out at the table. No one knew her name. She
disappeared into the wake of the Butthole Surfers.
Deanne Fisher: news
Robert Groberman: entertainment
Katherine Monk: city desk
Mandel Ngan: photography
Chris Wleslnger production
I would like to comment
on the Oct. 21 article on
mayoralty candidate Jean
Inherent in Jean Swanson is the character and
attitude that is the downfall
of many politicians. Some
people are prejudiced
against racial groups, or
against women, or against
men, or against religious
groups. Jean Swanson is
prejudiced against a group
of Vancouverites, citizens
who are "swinging singles,"
"right wing people" and not
"ordinary people." She is
concerned for "tireless efforts on behalf of citizens"
but her efforts are directed
to select groups.
Swanson is called a
Woman of Integrity, and she
wants to be mayor. If one
defines integrity as honesty
Swanson is described exactly; few are more clear on
their cause than she. If integrity is virtue though,
Swanson fails. She wants to
be a mayor that will "pull
together all the interests—
students, environmentalists, businesses, pensioners
and low income." What
about people who are not
environmentalists, not pensioners or people with incomes that do not qualify as
low? Here lies her prejudice
and her hypocrisy. Instead
of serving 'ordinary people'
she serves specific groups.
This woman idolizes
Harry Rankin, who cried
out after his loss to Gordon
Campbell in 1986 that Vancouverites had sold out to a
bunch of developers; that
working with previous
councils was like having
water dripping on his forehead. Swanson says Harry
gets "mad when he sees
right wing people trouncing
on ordinary people—when
you see him he's nasty and
that's why." What we all saw
in 1986 and what Swanson
tells now shows me that this
man did not get "nasty" in
1986 because his election
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loss meant he couldn't work
to better the city; this man
was upset because he didn't
get his way.
Swanson's prejudice is her
paranoia: "Campbell goes to
great lengths to 'cultivate a
non-partisan image—he
gives DERA grants supports Ian Waddell,' but the
purpose is 'to disguise the
fact that he's handing the
city over to developers'." She
really believes that Gordon
Campbell is acting in a secret caper to turn the city
into a huge condo complex.
A comparison with Harry
Rankin begs to be made.
Robert Froese
Forest Management 2
I would hke to respond
to the letters (Oct.25) re: the
Gay Games. Mr. Farahb-
akhshian, in years past,
would have found his mere
name was a significant bar
to his participation in any
facet of this university.
Luckily for me (a member of
a sexual minority) and luckily for any member of any
ethnic minority, that particular brand of discrimination is at least somewhat
behind us. You, Mr.
Farahbakshian, refer to
homosexuals in the masculine, although the Gay
Games involve athletes of
both genders. You refer
homosexuals' need to "gain
exceptance by direct interaction with a predominantly
heterosexual society;" I
suggest that I and most Gay
people have had our fill of
being "excepted" by the
straight world. Why don't
we try for some "acceptance"
now? Please, Mr. Farahb-
akhshian, let us have no
more of your sexist tirades.
Christian Champion?
Is that your real name? It
doesn't seem likely. If it is
your real name, how singularly inappropriate. You
suggest that it is possible—
from a Christian perspective, no less—to find homosexuality itself reprehensible.   As a Christian, gay
man who didn't choose my
sexuality (any more than
you chose yours) I cannot
find words strong enough to
condemn adequately an attitude which considers
flawed any God-created individual who is homosexual.
That is blasphemy, for it
suggests that God made a
It is also faithless, for it
is an attitude which says
that we have the right to
judge our fellow human
beings here on Earth. As
Christians, we preach heresy when we preach Earthly
judgement. "Generous tolerance?" I fail to perceive
the generosity in your approach to this matter. You
need my generosity (and my
forgiveness, and God's) every bit as much as I need
Finally, if you find gay
men and women filled with
"missionary zeal," you
might take a while to consider the missionary zeal
with which the Christian
church has persecuted gay
people (and Jews, and
many, many others) for two
thousand years. Jesus came
to save all of us, gay and
straight. Thanks be to God.
Alex Go wans
Music 3
Earth First
I would like to clarify
some points that were made
in the article on Earth First.
My comments on civil disobedience were taken totally out of context, and my
position was misconstrued.
I do not advocate tree-spiking, nor does the Environmental Interest Group.
Civil disobedience is a very
unfortunate scenario. It
happens in B.C. primarily
because our government
refuses to allow any other
avenue for public dissent
over environmental issues.
Unfortunately, the article did not make the critical distinction between
Earth First, a radical form
of direct action, and the kind
of civil disobedience which
has taken place in B.C. so
far—primarily road blocks.
The article made it sound as
if my recognition of the necessity of civil disobedience
at times in B.C. was equivalent to agreeing with Earth
First—two completely separate issues. This was a gross
inaccuracy, and I regret
having been misrepresented to this extent.
Joan Bratty
appalled by
We were appalled to
read in the Oct. 21 Ubyssey
that Noel McFerran, the
Library and Archival Studies Student Association
(LASSA) representative to
the AMS, voted against the
AMS objection to the Board
of Governors' refusal to allow use of UBC facilities to
the 1990 Gay Games. We
were further appalled to see
that the reasoning for his
vote stemmed from his own
Christianity and not from
any consideration of the
views ofthe students that he
One of the strong principles of librarianship is
that of intellectual freedom.
Intellectual freedom stands
for tolerance of a wide spectrum of ideas, perspectives
and practices, and certainly
extends to tolerance of other
than mainstream sexual
orientations. To oppose use
of university facilities by a
particular group is certainly
contrary to the acceptance
fostered by the library profession.
We would like to again
clearly state that
McFerran's vote is the reflection of a personal opinion and in no way reflects
the views of LASSA members.
Miriam Moses, MarkGoertz,
Donna Kennerley Joa Domu,
Todd Mundle, Shirley Onn,
Seine So, Deborah Wilson,
School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies
editors'note: An additional
15 signatures accompanied
this letter.
October 28,1988 LETTERS
Tell us
something we
don't know...
As a new student at
UBC, I would like to comment on the supposed water
fight and singing contest the
UBC engineers held between the Clock tower and
Sedgewick Library on
Thursday, Oct. 20th. First of
all, is it just me or are there
others that saw the silly
event and felt that the participants behaved like stupid idiots with the IQ of a lettuce? How did these people
actually get into UBC?
At times, the event
turned out to be nothing but
a display of public drunkenness and a gang rumble.
Wrestling in the mud, tearing off others clothes and
pouring filthy water on each
other are not actions of intelligent, civilized UBC students, but actions of primitive hooligans. I feel sorry
for these people, but if they
want to act stupid, it is their
constitutional right to do as
they feel. However, I and
perhaps others object if
their actions involve or inconvenience innocent bystanders.
I saw at least four occasions where buckets of water and water balloons were
thrown at non-participants.
These innocent students did
not know what was going on,
but all of a sudden they got
soaked. Are these students
supposed to take the bus
home and get a change of
clothes before their next
class? Furthermore, one
fully clothed student was
thrown in the water fountain while another was
dragged and stripped to his
underwear in front of Sedgewick Library by a cowardly
gang of four engineers. I
very much doubt these two
students willingly participated in the event and know
very few people who would
like to be treated and embarrassed in this manner.
These two guys should perhaps consider laying assault
charges against those involved.
In addition, how about
those people who were
trying to study at the library? The event took place
right in front of the library,
and many students in the
library who were trying to
study for mid-terms could
not study for about one and
a half hours, as a result of
the noise. What right do the
engineers have to disrupt
the library? If I was an engineer, I would be ashamed
and embarrassed at what
happened. I would be
ashamed and embarrassed
for acting like a drunken
hooligan, but most of all for
involving and inconveniencing innocent students.
Antoinette Boquiren
Commerce 1
Bitter battles
Gordon Campbell
clearly can't take the heat
on his secondary (Illegal")
suites issue. (Mayor Replies
to Allegations, Oct. 14)
Here, calmly, is some
needed background on secondary suites.
Instead of getting down
to work to prepare a package
of affordable housing options for middle and low-
income earners, the Mayor
and his Socred/NPA teammates proposed suite-reviews in two "test case areas": in the Joyce St. and
Riley Park neighborhoods.
The effect of those "reviews"
have been to set neighbor
against neighbor, owner
against tenant, and have as
well resulted in the decline
of property values in that
part of the Joyce area that
narrowly chose not to allow
secondary suites.
Meanwhile across the
City, no fewer than 26,000
occupants of secondary
suites wait breathlessly for
the next Totally Partisan
Association move.
The Socred/NPA Council proposed to put the
suites-issue in the form of a
referendum question in the
Nov. 19 election. 'Let's push
it offour plate; let the neighbors decide!'
The wording of the referendum question approved
by Council is so obscure that
voters do not yet know what
they will be voting for or
against. The question is,
'Are you in favor of a suites-
review in your neighborhood?'
Mayoralty candidate
Jean Swanson tried out this
question on three persons,
all of whom favor the existence of multiple suites as
one form of affordable housing.
Person #1 said "No" to
the question, for fear that a
No majority would put an
end to her own secondary
suite. Person #2 said "Yes"
since he thought this would
mean Yes to secondary
suites. Person #3 said "I'm
not answering this question
until I have more information on the consequences of
voting either way!"
What are the consequences? We don't know.
The Mayor says that evictions from suites will not
start immediately if an area
votes "No' to suites. Rather,
he says, that an area will
have a "further neighborhood review." But he talks
always of residents closing
down suites and ten-year
phase out periods. Will a
majority vote of one in a
"subsequent neighborhood
review" mean that all secondary suites in that neighbor
hood are closed down? If so,
where will residents of
suites go (and this includes
thousands of students)?
What will couples do who
use secondary suites as
mortgage helpers?
The whole thing is absurd, unconscionable really,
and Gordon Campbell
knows it. He should surely
take a course in Practical
Reason before he comments
on the ethics of others.
Sandra Bruneau
Faculty Member, Education
Rec Fac
student funds
My regards to the
Graduate Student Society
for contesting the proposed
Rec-Fac (Tuesday, October
25). I agree with their stand
completely and believe they
have raised a number of issues well worth considering.
The idea that students are
going to have to pay an extra
$30.00 on top of already disgustingly high student expenditures (which incidentally, I thought Mr. Bird was
trying to lower) is awful
enough. But that it's going
to be spent on a recreation
facility is crazy.
Tim Bird and the RecFac committee have their
priorities in the wrong
places. What do they think
will ultimately benefit UBC
and the individual student
more, $4 million student
contribution towards recreational facilities or, for
instance, $4 million worth of
library and resource facilities (something which UBC
desperately needs)?
I sympathize with Mr.
Bird when he refers to the
importance of a social education. However, UBC already has a well organized
extracurricular program,
filled with a variety of sports
and recreational activities.
No doubt there are people
who want more; for them the
opportunities exist to take
part in the numerous activities outside campus. Quite
the opposite is the case involving libraries and
resource centres, for nothing in the immediate vicinity can match the facilities
offered by UBC. Aside from
this, more money for these
areas would enhance UBC's
reputation a hell of a lot
more than another recreational facility. Let's face it,
ultimately UBC is a university, and not a recreational
Remko Breuker
Classical Studies 4
Celeb '90
deserves fair
This letter is in response to the letters of
Christian Champion and
Sep Farahbakhshian.
Christian: in reading
your letter, it strikes me
that you have failed miserably in educating yourself in
regards to the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I refer specifically to
s. 2(a) which reads "Everyone has the...freedom of
peaceful assembly." Your
view that it is permissible to
deny this freedom to a (gay)
minority is retrograde and
contrary to the word and
spirit ofthe Charter. If their
assembly and publicity offends you, remember your
Christian virtue of tolerance. The measure of justice
in a society is the manner in
which it treats its unpopular minorities; the freedom
of assembly and expression
must not be confined to the
majority and to the religious
zealots of this country.
Sep: the basis of your
argument is that gay people
"can only gain
(acceptance)...by directly
interacting with the heterosexual society," and by that
their "Olympics" (Celebration 1990) is "heterophobic."
Celebration 1990 is open to
anyone who wishes to participate and on this basis
cannot be viewed as phobic.
It is unreasonable to expect
minorities in society to conform to the majority and
although interaction is a
positive step, there must
first be open minds (a quality absent in your letter).
As for Dr. Strangway, if
Celebration 1990 is willing
to pay for the use of UBC
facilities, in the absence of
scheduling conflicts, perhaps you will consider doing
your job. Tuition fees in the
faculty of law et al. are the
highest in Canada. I don't
want to pay the price of your
personal biases.
T.D. Ciz
Law 1
Slime oozes
Okay, we admit
it..UBC has its own radio
station. Oh, are you saying
that you didn't know? Wonder Why. Yup, here in the
wonderful SUB building
there are even speakers
tucked into neat little holes
in the roof. But wait, what is
playing through those
speakers...ahhh, it's the
Fox! Hang on just a sec. The
Fox...Vancouver's home of
schlock and drool playing
through these hallowed
halls. What injustice! Oh
dread. Why is CiTR being
shunned so; who is it that
makes up such decisions as
to the SUB's musical content? Why can't we just have
CiTR over these speakers?
Or have the engineers taken
over? Richard Vilus
CiTR Entertainment
Diner & Cohcebt Studies
(prerequisite: The Philosophy of Fun)
Learn to have fun without guilt! Todays students
need to balance scholastic endeavors with Social pufsiits. Enrol in this course by purchasing
AMS Conceit tickets at Fogg n'Suds* .Alter ademanding
practicum of dinners and parties-graduation is marked
by a diplo^jcereraffry and phofi|£ of sasfents having
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October 28,1988
The Dense of John
The day was clear after the
previous night's rain. It was
beautiful outside. The sun danced
through the leaves and warmed
John's face. He felt good and
breathed in the fresh air.
His class had let out early and
he could look forward to relaxing.
He walked south along the
crowded Main Mall. He thought
he'd catch a seminar at the
TRIUMF Nuclear Accelerator
As he walked, he neared the
clearing for the Engineers' Cairn.
Usually it sent shivers up his
spine. It reminded him of some
ancient sacrificial mound. Today,
however, his thoughts were concentrated on the girl seated on
those stones.
What a woman! What a body!
Man, she's beautiful...what's a guy
have to do to go out with a chick like
that...look at her! Christ, is she
ever beautiful,...is she looking at
mei What the hell's she
holding...don't stare at her,
man...is thatapigin her hands?! I
think she's looking at me...I'm in
The creature in the girl's
hands squealed. She looked into
its eyes and playfully rubbed its
chin. Then she looked back slowly
at John. Her eyes narrowed. Suddenly the animal jumped down
from her lap.
It was a pig. A tiny one, all
pink and sharp-toed. Its short
stubby legs struggled to get the pig
running through the crowd. John
willed it to come towards him. Any
excuse to break the ice with that
What do you do with a pig?
John kneeled and scratched its
back. In a way the pig was
cute...ugly, but cute. It rolled
around on the ground enjoying the
attention it was getting.
He sensed the girl slowly
stand and start towards him. Her
footsteps neared. Then her shoes
came into view. Ruby red shoes.
John looked up slowly ...hopefully.
He saw the red shoes, like
Dorothy's ruby slippers... followed
by black stockings...that disappeared up her black miniskirt...that tucked under her black
sweater...and then he saw her.
She was stunning up close.
She wore that perfume, Perish,
and John's heart pounded in his
chest. His attempt at a smile must
have looked feeble. But she smiled
back. If only he could say something instead of staring at
Say something, you
dolt. ..Er...Hi!... damn squeaky
voice! Is she interested in me? Why
does she keep staring at me? My
name's John, is this your pig?
Yeah, right...real smooth...of
course it's her pig...and now she's
gigglin at me...never heard a
giggle that sounds so much like a
squealin pig...like owner, like
pet...but man, is she ever
gorgeous...those     big     black
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eyes...she probably thinks I'm a
dweeb though...man. I gotta try to
say something...Et...
But just then the pig took off.
John stood up. He was a couple of
inches taller than her. But her
attention was now on the pig...she
didn't look worried though. She
just hurried after it.
So much for that, thought
John. He felt abandoned. But
unexpectedly the girl threw a look
over her shoulder at John. Then
she smiled and John was instantly
following the girl...and the pig.
The pig was a good twenty
meters away. It would stop to sniff
here and there. Then it would gallop ahead again. John's quick pace
brought him abreast with the girl.
He smiled at her again, then
jogged ahead. Shouldn't be too
hard catching the pig. It would
make him look good in front ofthe
girl too.
But the pig was uncooperative. John would hardly touch it
before it slipped between his
hands. He would reach to the left
and it would dodge to the right.
Again and againit would slipaway
at the last moment.
People started to stop to
watch. John felt his ears burning
red from embarrassment. Damn
pig! Hold still! He heard people
laughing behind him. He made a
show of making a fist at the pig
before he stopped, then he regretted it.
The girl had come up behind
him and had seen him make the
fist. She looked at John as if to reappraise him. In defense, John
smiled weakly and shrugged.
Sorry, I didn't mean it...frisky
little bugger, isn't he...Bugger?!
Man, can't you say anything right?
I guess she knew that I wouldn't be
able to catch him...why won't she
say anything? She's probably not
interested in me any more...it's only
a stupid pig, for crying out loud!...
John dropped back. He followed the girl at some distance.
She hadn't looked over her shoulder again. Maybe she just needs to
cool off.
The pig kept going until it
came to the door of one of these tall
apartments. There it waited for
her. She strolled up the walk and
picked up her pet. John waited at
the curb, not expecting her to look
over at him.
She went through the front
door but instead of letting it close,
she held it open...for him. She
slowly turned and smiled at John.
Maybe it was getting dark, but
that smile looked more sinister
than seductive. John shook off
that feeling and hurried into the
warm foyer.
The girl kept quiet as they
climbed the stairs. Up thirteen
fights they went. John felt a little
winded...why couldn't they take
the elevator? But he wasn't about
to blow his chances by complaining.
She came to apartment 1313.
Odd, thought John, I guess she's
not superstitious. He prepared to
compliment her apartment decor.
Girls like to hear that, he thought.
But as the door swung open he
lost his voice. The entire apart
ment was black. Black
curtains...black carpet...black
sofa. John stood there as the girl lit
two huge candles on the coffee
He jumped again. There were
stuffed animals all around the
room, with shining eyes!...What
kind of girl is she?!...I mean, nothing but black furniture and stuffed
pigs...and a Oijji board?! Jesus
She turned towards John
again and smiled. He relaxed a
little and sat down on the sofa. He
turned to talk to her but she had
disappeared into the bedroom.
Her pet pig squealed around on
the floor and looked up at him.
She returned. Man, oh man!
She came out wearing those ruby-
red shoes, black stockings...and a
red and black corset! John's heart
pounded in his chest again.
She had a wine bottle and
poured John a drink. Strange looking wine...but what the heck, I'm in
the mood now! John grimaced as
he swallowed his glassful. It had
tasted like moonshine. Pretty
powerful stuff!
John wanted to touch her but
she sat down in front of the oijji
board opposite him. The drink hit
him then. He had eaten nothing
since breakfast. His mind seemed
turn back to page 8
October 28,1988


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