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Array THE
UBSSSEY
VOLUME 75, Number 40
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, March 5,1993
Profs protest periodical loss
by Lucho van Isschot
Three hundred and nine
professors from 23 departments
have signed a petition in protest of proposed cancellations
of thousands of periodical subscriptions by UBC administrators.
According to Tony Jeffreys,
assistant librarian in charge of
collections, the proposed cancellations are necessary to balance the university's total annual budget for serial literature.
"The reason that we are
contemplating cancellations is
that subscription costs have
gone up quite a bit in the past
few years," Jeffreys explained.
"In this past year, some subscriptions have gone up 50 per
cent or more."
The petition drive was initiated by Leonidas Hill from
the History department, and
Anthony Podlecki from the
Classics department.
According to Hill, the cancellations are "going to cause
grave difficulties" for teachers
and students in every faculty.
Hill admits that the rising costs
of subscriptions is a problem
that must be addressed, but he
said that students shouldn't
(No longer) for
your information
This is a small sampling of the journals that are being considered
for cancellation, drawn up from a list of literally hundreds of titles. Most
of these titles relate to the study of history. Every department in every
faculty has received a similar list.
Labour History (Canberra)
Latin American Weekly Report (London)
The Middle East (London)
Monument* Germanise Histories (Stuttgart)
Oxford Historical Monographs (London)
La Palabra y el Hombre (Mexico)
Parliamentary History (Gloucester)
Religious Traditions (Syndney)
Revlsta geograflca dellnstltuto Panamericano
De Geograflca e Hlstorla (Mexico)
Revue d'ttudes Palestlnlennes (Beirut)
Russian Studies In History (NY)
Scottish Studies (Edinburgh)
Social History
Journal of Arabic Literature
Studies In Lath American Popular Culture
Judaka
Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Record
have to be the ones who suffer.
The price of journal subscriptions can range from $20
to $15,000 a year.
Nadine Baldwin, who
works in the library's acquisitions division, said, "The prices
are constantly going up, especially in the sciences, in engineering and law."
"As costs increase we either have to reduce the number
of subscriptions or we have to
look at the possibility of moving a part ofthe library budget
from one are to another,"
Jeffreys said.
Although library spokes-
people have said that only
"marginally used" periodicals
will     be    cancelled,      Hill
is skeptical.
"The librarians can't know
enough to make informed decisions [about which journals to
cut]," he said.
In the humanities and social sciences, in particular, Hill
said, a lot of relatively inexpensive, yet important, subscriptions may   be discontin-
tively inexpensive journals."
Students maybe forced to
wait weeks to receive important journals through inter-
library loan, Hill said.
But Hill added that he
hasn't given up hope, and
that he will continue to press
the administration to reconsider the proposed cancella-
ued. *- tions. "Something may be hap-*-
According to Hill, many of   pening to  soften the blow, so
the history journals which are
being considered for cancellation cost less than $100 per
year.
When one considers that
UBC pays more than $10,000
for certain science journals, he
said, it doesn't make sense to
"cut lots and lots of little, rela-
I'm a little bit hopeful that
we can do something," he said.
Baldwin said, "There are a
number of things that can
help to mitigate what is happening." However, she admitted that library administrators
don't know exactly what these
"things" are as of yet.
Barry Oerbracht Inform* onlookers about the prefabricated Urdge.
PHOTO SIOBHAN ROANTREE
Geers enter bridge-building competition
Members of UBC's Civil Engineering Club show off the bridge they are entering in
the Concordia Bridge Building Competition. L-R are David Chan, Kevin Campbell,
Barry Gerbracht, Pete Jarvenpaa, Brent Dozd and Phi Parker.
PHOTO SIOBHAN ROANTREE
by Siobhan Roantree
Six UBC engineers have
built a bridge out of popsicle
sticks, tooth picks and dental
floss that can withstand 2700
pounds of pressure.
The six inventive'geers, all
members of UBC's Civil Engineering Club, left Wednesday
for Montreal to take part in the
ninth annual Concordia Bridge
Building Competition.
The bridge building team is
made up of third year engineering students Brent Dozzi,
Kevin Campbell, Phil Parker,
Pete Jarvenpaa, David Chan,
and Barry Gerbracht.
This is only the second year
UBC has sent an entry to the
competition and the team is
hoping to improve on last year's
eighth place finish (out of 46
entries).
The competition is expected
to attract about 50 entries from
universities across Canada and
the US.
The UBC team's bridge was
bonded together with white
glue and took an estimated 400
hours to assemble.
The bridge's two main
cables are made from 1000-
1500 yards of dental floss which,
during tests, withstood 2700
lbs of pressure.
Parker said this was close
to what they expected, and that
the cable is, in fact, strong
enough to support an average-
sized car.
All teams must assemble
their prefabricated structure in
less than three hours on Friday
when they will be loaded on a
hydraulic jack to test at what
pressure it will fail.
Sponsors for UBC's team
include the Canadian Society
For Civil Engineers, Delta Aggregates, Claus Engineering,
and the Alumni Association.
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publications are intended to provide informational material on the AMS and UBC.
For each publication, the successful
applicant will:
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• determine their length and format;
• prepare and monitor a budget;
• obtain quotes from printers; and
• organize their timely distribution.
We are looking for applicants who
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Cycling at UBC:
a quasi-authoritative addendum
by Dan Sansnom
So you've decided to start riding your bike to
school.
It could be that the recent hike in bus fare
has you fuming, or maybe your mode of motorized transportation has completed its ultimate
voyage. Perhaps you just have a penchant for
strolling the campus in gaudy, uncomfortable
clothes.
Whatever reason has caused you to abandon
four wheels for two, cycling can have both physical and environmental benefits, if approached
properly. Included here are a few tips you may
not have encountered in conventional cycling
guides.
Bicycles are
invisible to motorists
Although they are supposed to "share the
road" with cyclists, drivers are usually blind to
bicycles and will choose the most inopportune
moment to open their door or make a right turn
in front of you. When crossing an intersection,
even making the recommended "eye contact"
with oncomingmotoristsdoesnot always ensure
they will judge your speed or direction
properly. It's best to operate under the assumption that drivers don't acknowledge your
existence.
Remember, when a car and bike tangle, it
doesn't matter who's in the right, the cyclist
always loses.
Cyclists suffer an
inherently bad image
A reputation of recklessness always precedes cyclists, and though there are a few riders
who run red lights and terrorize pedestrians,
the rest of us have to suffer the consequences.
Witness a recent evaluation published in the
UBC Handbook. "Bikers: Blind people on bicycles; see nothing but will swerve to hit you if
they do see you."
Problems incurred between walkers and
bikers would be greatly decreased if everyone
were aware of this pedestrian rule of thumb:
when encountering a cyclist, continue moving
in the direction you have chosen, and the person
on the bike will usually succeed in avoiding
you. Cyclists have superior speed and can
change their trajectory much faster than people
on foot. Ironically, it's when both parties try to
second-guess intentions that trouble usually
occurs.
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Center Todd Johnson, a veteran of collegiate hockey in Boston,    siobhan roantree photo
will try to spark his team to wins over theJV Braves this weekend.
There's no such thing as staying completely dry
Although all rain falls from the sky, surface water kicked up by tires and the
rider's own sweat contribute most to getting wet. Admittedly, there are as many
strategies to staying dry as there are cyclists, but I recommend a good pair of
fenders, a water-resistant, breathable jacket with full zipper, and cycling shorts
only on the bottom (you can slip into something more comfortable at school). On
particularly inclement days, fix yourself a pot of tea and curl up on the couch.
Finally, avoid the temptation to chase racers
Despite providing a flashy, attractive bait, and perhaps a quick, drafted
ride, pedalling after road bikers is a losing gamble. They have much faster
machines, no books to carry, and don't have to worry about offending the person
who sits next to them in first class.
In addition, they'll probably demand you take a couple of pulls at the front
ofthe pack. For me, the best part of riding a bike is arriving at school invigorated,
not exhausted.
Have fun cycling!
March 5,1993
THE UBYSSEY/3 The bookseller pretends he is a Customs
official as he walks through the store.
Just discharged on counts of possessing and
selling obscene materials, the Toronto bookshop
owner is sifting through 30 000 titles,
wondering what to pull next from the order
list.
"I've become my own censor," he
said.
Glad Day Bookshop owner John
Scythes has already dropped Bad
Attitude, the US lesbian magazine
that was seized from the shop last
year and declared obscene by the
Ontario Court two weeks ago. After
spending $15 000 in court trying to
secure the right to sell the
magazine and losing, Scythes said
the shop can't afford to carry the
kind of erotic material that will
lure Ontario's anti-porn police
into the shop again.
Scythes isn' t the only dealer in
gay and lesbian books forced to
impersonate an obscenity cop these
days. Over the past year, more small
bookstores have been forced to
screen their goods for fear of
having their shipments detained and
being slapped
with a criminal
record or obscenity charges.
Artists are
also finding the
climate a bit too
cold for sexual
expressions. Last
year an American
magazine review
of an art show by
Vancouver artists
was prevented
from going to its
importer, Little
Sister' s Book and
Art Emporium in
Vancouver.
Denueve magazine was declared
"degrading to
women"  for its
prints from Drawing the Line by the
Kiss and Tell Collective, a group of
artists whose work deals with
lesbian sexuality and representation. In the mind of the law, it
didn' t matter that the same pictures
had toured   years   before in
Canadian galleries.
"If you are an artist whose work
deals with representations of sexuality it's very difficult. There's
state censorship and there's self-
censorship and lesbian producers
are inhibited because of state
censorship," said Susan Stewart of
Kiss and Tell.
According to critics, the obscenity chill was unleashed after
last year's Butler ruling, the
latest interpretation of the Criminal Code section 163(8) : "Offences
Tending To Corrupt Morals."
The Butler did  it
The Butler ruling entrenched
"degradation and dehumanization"
as a new rationale to judge obscenity on the basis of arguments made
by liberal feminist group Women's
Legal Education
Action Fund.
LEAF argued that
there is a
causal link between pornography and women's
social inequality and should
be considered
analogous to
hate propaganda . The Su-
preme Court
agreed that
since the
equality of
women is a goal
to which Canada
aspires, limitations on the
freedom of expression are justified.
Ironically, after the Butler
ruling came down, among the first
material declared obscene was produced by women.
The number of Customs seizures
and detentions of goods going to the
- hile the larger
chains like
Duthie's have imported the books
(like the magazine On
Our Backs) which get
detained when Little
Sister' s orders them,
as righteous a bookstore as UBC's has
recently been hit by
Customs.
_m.
known gay and lesbian
bookstores has exploded
over the past year, said
Janine Fuller of Little
Sister's, who says she
receives detention notices almost daily. But
in recent months, Customs
officials have been using
the Butler ruling to
dredge shipments for gay
and lesbian material going anywhere.
Women's bookstores
having been phoning Fuller
to find out what is going
on with their orders from
someone who knows about
Customs harassment.
"They ask, why are our
magazines being censored?
It's been happening at
the gay and lesbian bookstores for a long time,"
Fuller said. "It' s only a
matter of time before
this kind of censorship  „ ##
extends into the feminist  'W ".v**"-*1-*'
community and left wing  y^*-.-*
bookstores."
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That's already happening, said Bruce Walsh
of the Canadian Committee  •*'
Against Customs Censorship. "Things have really heated up
in the past twelve months."
Three women's bookstores have
had their imports seized since
August. Issue number two of Hothead
Paisan, a lesbian anarchist comic
book, was declared degrading to men
and stopped en route to Everywoman' s
Bookstore in Victoria and the Toronto
Women's Bookstore.
Three left-leaning bookstores
across the country had their material seized or detained since last
fall. Last year, Spartacus Books in
Vancouver resorted to what Glad Day
had to do after the Bad Attitude
ruling and stopped ordering the gay
men's magazines the border cops
detained.
"We're a small marginal operation and can't afford to order
material that gets held at the
border. There's no recourse but to
capitulate. It becomes a matter of
self-censorship," said Spartacus'
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With the authority of the Bi xer
decision behind them, Customs censors are expanding their domain.
The old Customs pattern of searching shipments to gay and
lesbian bookstores is changing,
says Walsh. "Customs is clearly
targeting women's bookstores the
same way gay and lesbian bookstores have been targeted in the
past."
While the larger chains like
Duthie's have imported the books
(like the magazine On Our Backs)
which get detained when Little
Sister's orders them, as righteous
a bookstore as UBC's has recently
been hit by Customs.
Discontents: New Queer Writers
edited by Denis Cooper was detained
without notice from Customs for
several weeks last fall. Buyer
for UBC Bookstore Jennifer Pike
said this was the first Customs
University
Athletic
Council
Positions
The AMS is now accepting applications for students at large
to sit on the University Athletic Council (UAC). The UAC is
the overall governing body for athletic activities on campus
(Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals, Recreation UBC and
Community Sports) and advises the UBC Board of Governors on policy and direction.
The UAC meets approximately once every two months.
Appointees will also sit on a subcommittee which meets
frequently.
The term of appointment is for one year from April 1,1993
to March 31,1994.
Applications are available is SUB Room 238 and must be
handed in by 4:30 pm on Friday March 12,1993. For more
information, please contact Bill Dobie (SUB Room 256, Tel.
822-3972).
International Youth Exchange Programme 1993-94
Does living in the Third World
for 6 months or 1 year interest you?
How about helping out in rural community development
project in Africa, South America, Asia or Europe?
Every year I.C.Y.E. sends out hundreds of young people
between the ages of 17 to 30 years abroad to experience the
different cultures, languages and range of developments in the
third world.
Participants are still being accepted.*
If you are:   • a Canadian citizen
• between the ages of 17 to 30 years
• interested in going abroad on our programme
Please apply to the address below for information and application form:
The National Director
International Youth Exchange
P.O. Box 3017, Station "C"
Etobicoke, Ontario M9V 2G2
Tel (416) 665-6367
Fax (416) 665-4202
* Applicants will be accepted on a first come -first serve basis and there
is some financial involvement.
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March 5,1993 EARS A   UNIFORM
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tive and scientific purposes, like safer-sex material.
But Anal Pleasure and
Health was detained from
going to Little Sister's,
and Macho Sluts, a safe s\m
guide for women, was detained three times evetn after it had been cleared by
the Supreme Court.
While D9-1-1 and Butler both say that representations of material will be
judged according to the whole
context, Little Sister's has
received mutilated books with
their 'obscene' pages ripped
out.
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is   A DRAG
The Butler decision didn't affect the policy Canada Customs
formally uses to decide what can get
into the country, according to
Robert Ricketts, Prohibited Importations officer for BC and the
Yukon. They still operate under
Memorandum D9-1-1, a Revenue Canada
document which puts obscenity,
treason, sedition and hate monger-
ing under the same Tariff Code. But
bookdealers like Fuller find that
the law and its implementation have
nothing to do with each other.
Memorandum D9-1-1 prohibits depictions of anal penetration "involving implements of all kinds,"
but exempts depictions for educa-
CLIENTS
"Canada Customs can
seize anything it wants once
it's seized. It can depend
on what the guys had for
breakfast, " said Sara Thring
from the Canadian Committee
.Against Customs Censorship.
Customs officers are
trained in a 16 week course
in Rigaud, Quebec. According to Don Labelle of the
Prohibited Importations unit in
Ottawa, training consists of being
made aware of the law, internal
regulations, precedent and a list
of prohibited books which is not
available to the public.
Of the sixteen weeks, a half-
hour is slotted for training in
obscenity laws.
Ricketts conceded that while
Customs doesn't officially target
specific importers, "If a company
develops a history of importing
prohibited material with Customs,
there's a greater likelihood they' 11
face examinations. If they are not
good corporate clients, we'll go
back at them until they change their
behaviour. That's the whole purpose—to change corporate behaviour."
The increased supervision of bad
corporate clients like Little
Sister's has resulted in arbitrary
and incomprehensible detentions.
Recent ones are works like This Deep
Dark Pain is Love, a Latin American
gay anthology and Delights of the
Heart, a 15th Century Japanese
novel reissued in English five
years ago.
While the prospect of huge court
costs is effectively rehabilitating the "corporate behaviour" of
small independent bookstores, Canada
Customs is also discouraging American small-press distributors.
After the Butler ruling, Inland
Books in New Haven, Connecticut,
decided to stop its sales to Canada
after their shipments were regularly being held at the border. When
Canadian bookstores protested, Inland agreed to deal with Canada on
the condition that importers accepted liability for their orders
whether they crossed the borders or
not.
When  the  saints
come mai*ching  in
After waiting three years to
get their case heard, Little Sister' s
will go to court next fall to
challenge Customs' discriminatory
seizure policy and practices. The
store will argue that Customs has no
right to detain, mutilate and destroy books before the store can
appeal. They will also argue that
the Court's "community standards"
test to determine obscenity is
discriminatory because it doesn't
include gays and lesbians.
Philip Bryden of the BC Civil
Liberties Association, a co-plaintiff in the case said that the goal
is ultimately to overturn Butler
and remove the power of Customs to
determine obscenity before the Supreme Court has.
"Butler encourages some law
enforcement officers to say, **Be-
fore this stuff was up in the
air and after Butler we have
our marching orders from the Supreme Court and we're just going
to go out and enforce it,'" he
said.
"In the short term we want to
show there are real harms associated with censorship and that [although there are] people who for the
best of reasons have thought that
censorship was a valid way of
achieving desirable objectives, it
is our view that it's mistaken
judgement and there is likely to be
more harm from censorship than
good. We'd like to demonstrate how
harms fall on a particularly vulnerable community."
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March 5.1993
THE UBYSSEY/5 The freedom to read.
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the r**-**ti-fctions, wees*, Mt provide a context to txptata or attack.
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(however you define It) and reject Uea.
On ihe other hand, there is (he argument which suggest* that the oon^kte freedom
to publish allows those wtth control of tbe publishing ladii(^~ita«Mciefsarilythemri«t
progressive folks around—to propagate hatred agjdnstU*^ who thl*-Jt they wfflbenem
from a lifting of censorship. Restrictions do not protect dsenpewered groups; however,
they night restrict the ability ofhate groups becoming haU movements on massive scales
througb the free propagation of hateftrf ideas-caused by the toductdon of otherwise
neutral people into hateful belief systems through tbe invocation of fear, usualty of the
Other.
Further, people do not generally interpret or read In context Ihe preference Is to
accept what you do like, what you are familiar with and reject the opposite.
Ihereareschootaorthough^AkharguethatpeopicwouMiHrefo
than recognize truth or reject lies.
All cf this sharply discusses materials that have been published and, therefore, can
be restricted.
Right now, as we write this, not as you read this, we are involved to a process of
deriding wt»tshould and shouldn't be published. Outarkie-aftfals office there are nuuty
people who would dearly like us to not have the right to make these derisions. Far every
publisher, there is someone who would like to ensurethey dont neverhavethe chance to
do it again (most of us, for example, b-dieve those who were involved wtth the Everyman's
Shakespeare series should never again be allowed near a printing press).
What you read above a very compressed, cleaned up and not necessarily accurate
version ofthe discussion of our writing an editorial about "Freedom to Read" week. It Is
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we began.
But It Isn't cut and dry. The fact that Canada Customs is using a court decision
meant to use censorship to protect one group is being used to smack other groups down
dearly shows how fast and loose the Interpretation can be.
The question Is, when you get down to it, who derides. Should wt trust border
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Letters
theUbyssey
The Ubyaaey la a founding* member of Canadian University Press;
So much for finders keepers, losers weepers.
- March 2, 1993-
T*ne Ubyssey Is publahed Ibaadays and Fridays by the Alma Mater Society ot The University of Brttl—h Columbia. Editorial optntoim are thoae of the etaff and not nece-wattry Those of
the university admlnktratjon. or of the sponsor. Ibe editorial office la room 2*1 K of the Student Union Bulldlnf, Editorial Department, phone 822 2301; advertleins, 822 3977; FAX
822 9270.
It was a dark and stormy night, well not really but it sounded good. Anyway, Dan Sansnom was hungry and
thought that a nice ceaser salad would be good to munch upon and proceeded to eat a big bo wl pudding instead. Frances
Foran .TUMPED FOR JOY because she was going to Red Deer to expand her mind, or maybe just give it a rest. Sam
Green was going too. and was ready to cruise through those mountains. Lucho van Isschot was worried, but isn't he
always. Sara Martin m the other hand was thought to herself, self, if I leave then I cant watch the hockey game and
see those Aussies skate, skate, skate. Siobhan Roantree didn't mind. She had already seen enough and had fallen
asleep in the backseat ofthe 15 passenger. Now Julian Harris and Peter Clibbon didn't want to have anything to do
with the trip and so they didn't. Steve Chan was complacent just tap dancing.
"We have reached coffee heaven!" shouted Yuki Kurahashi. Cookies, coffee, and chocolate covered bean were
to be our saviors as the lot of us worked into the night. Steve Chow pondered hockey and English while sipping a Mocha
Java. Paula Wellings and Denise Woodley just wondered when their next bath was going to be.
Francos Foran • Sam arson •
Editors
Yukls Kurahashi • Luetic van Iscchct
Paula WoMngs
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Peace to
boardheads
Ted Young-Lag's article,
"Boarder Patrol," from your
Feb.16th edition portrays
the U.B.C. Ski Club executive as being opposed to
having snowboarders in the
club. Although some questionable points (quoted in the
article) were brought up at
our meeting, I can assure
you that they were raised
with the intention of putting
the snowboarding issue into
context for the purpose of
discussion. Ted has neglected to mention that his
proposal of developing a
snowboard subsidary ofthe
UBC Ski Club was passed at
that meeting. Furthermore,
we have developed a second
proposal to change the name
of the club to the UBC Ski
and Snowboarding Club with
the elected executive member representing boarder's
interests.
We recognize the growing percentage of
snowboarders within our
membership as well as their
specific interests. To satisfy
this growing demand ofthe
club, we have come up with
the above solutions and are
open to suggestions from the
public. If you are a member
and care about the issue of
snowboarding as it pertains
to the club, come to our AGM
at 12:30 on March 12th in
SUB room 212 and vote on
the above proposals (free
pizza!) Hopefully, the future
ofthe club, regardless of its
name, will see a time where
both skiers and snowboarders can put aside their
differences, appreciate the
shared feeling of sliding on
snow, and exchange their
thoughts over a brew.
Roger Weetman
president
UBC Ski Club
PS See you on the slopes
(Snowboarding or Skiing).
Capitalism:
the real crime
I could not believe the
inane responses to the editorial and subsequent interview statements made by
Ms.Foran in regards to
"cheating" the transit service
for a few dollars. The "law"
is held up by these people as
some great benevolent force
which keeps everyone safe
from anarchy. Nothing could
be further from the truth.
The law serves two primary purposes: first, to protect those with property from
those who do not have any(or
very little). Thisisevidenced
by the fact that over 80 per
cent of people who are incarcerated are there for
crimes against property or
an inability to pay fines(ie;
they are put there because
they are poor).
Secondly, it serves to
mediate conflicts between
different capitals. This is the
primary purpose of contract
and property law, to bring
some measure of stability to
an archaic economic system
so that the Reichman broth -
ers can maintain their
lifestyle and pay off the
banks at the same time. Of
course, they aren't criminals,
they're businessmen.
The real question ignored by those who responded to the editorial is
why we live in a society in
which people are forced to
rip off the transit system in
nickels and dimes.
Some ofthe respondents
equated cheating the transit system for a couple of
dollars a month with the
sposal assault or viloent
crime, implying that the
lawprotects people from
violence. The analogy is
fundamentally flawed,
transit is an essential service
in a large city without acces
to which people are unable
to go to work, school, or go to
buy food. Spousal assault,
on the other hand, is a social
problem, but even spousal
assault is not solved by putting people in cages, but
rather by ending the sexist
social relations that cause
it.
Focusing on so-called
crime ignores the real injustice and violence in a
terrible economic system.
Three times as many people
are kileed in work-related
accidents than are murdered
every year. Hundreds of
thousands of people die of
starvation while food is destroyed in order to keep
prices up. Ripping off the
transit system for a few
pennies is not amajor source
of suffering for people: capitalism is.
Dan Moore
International Socialists
Law 1
Another rape
analogy by
another man
Miranda Joyce,
You're missingthe point
entirely. It's doesnt matter
how much $ Bill Vander
Zalm played with or by how
much you're scamming BC
Transit. Do you think
Vander Zalm was morally
pure untill he discovered
wads of $ within his reach?
Moral responsibility begins
with little things.
By your logic, it would
be all right for me to stalk
women and even grab a few
butts, so long as I didn't rape
them. Oh heck, why draw
the line there?—ifs not like
I'd be committing mass
genocide or anything! (On
second thought, mass genocide can't be committed in
secret, and I might get
caught...).
There is a fine line between "burdens" and "luxuries." When you toss out the
"luxury/burden" of morality
in your dealings with the
others, you become a "luxury/
burden" to them. Pray that
they can afford you.
Peter T. Chattaway
Arts 3
No place for
socio-political
commentary?
I was angry and dismayed after reading Martin
Chester's review of the recent Vancouver Opera
Association's production of
Mozart's The Magic Flute in
the Feb. 26 issue of the
Ubyssey. I am a student of
Opera at UBC and intitially
shrugged off Mr. Chester's
misinformed and highly ignorant opinions regarding
this production. My blood
began to boil, however when
I considered that such
assinine views might affect
the judgement of those for
whom "Opera" remains
unapproachable. I have a
duty to protect these readers.
This production of The
Magic Flute was intended to
be staged as a "period piece".
The musical style, set design
and staging attempt to ap
proximate late 18th century
theatrical practices. The director did not strive to "emphasize" or "de-emphasise"
any of this opera's inherent
elements, its purpose was
not to appease those among
a contemporary audience
who might be insecure wiht
their own feelings of racial
and sexual equality, but to
reflect those aspects in light
of a very specific historical
perspective.
The portions of The
Magic Flute involving elements of racism and male
superiority or the formerly
supposed intellectual and
spiritual inferiority of
women, have been argued
by musicologists for years.
To focus in on these obvious
fallacies is to miss the point
of this production entirely.
Opera, as a form of art,
necessarily reflects the society for whom it waa created,
as well as contemporary society.
This production should
have been viewed mainly as
a study in operatic/theatrical performance practice-in
this light, it was reasonably
successful.
I regret that I was unable
to accompany Mr .Chester to
this Opera. It would have
been my pleasure to enlighten his view of "high art"
and to have given him a
short-hand lesson on operatic voice type and quality.
While I agree with Mr.
Chester that the VOA should
employ more of the abundant Canadian talent, I absolutely will not stand for
his ignorant view of the
singers in this production.
If you do not mind,
Mr .Chester, stay away from
"arts writing". You have
quickly become the butt of
many UBC School of Music
jokes, and the quiet outrage
of those of us for whom Opera is not merely"a free ticket
to the QE," but something to
be studied, enjoyed and appreciated.
Marcel van Neer
Music 4
Publication Board wants a
piece of your mind.
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Got any advice for the paper?
Disciplinary tactics, legal
counsel, innovative
punitive techniques,
reelings, impassioned rage,
or the name of a good
therapist or rehab clinic?
Please share!*
Come to the Publication Board Meetings.
Every second Friday at 3:30pm,
Next meeting: March 12
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6/THE UBYSSEY
March 5,1993 £'    ir%
Death Lives (Just!)
by Julian Harris during an anti-Nazi
Despite taking League rally.
Broadway and London's But nei ther w as
West End by brute force there a cynical accep-
in the 1980's> "Acciden- tance amongst the
tai Death of an Anar- public of these injus-
chist" is passing by tices. We didn't con-
unmourned-and that is sider them "necessary
criminaL expedients" then—re-
Mention of Dario grettable, but unavoid-
Fo's savage political able, in times of na-
comedy/satire pro- tional crisis,
voked not a glimmer of But that sort of
recognition, even thing doesn't go on
amongst those of my here,does it? FrankBdl,
friends whose dogs Daniel Posse, Feng Hua
wear a spotty red Zhang, Wai Snuen
handkerchief and a Wong and Ryan
string leash. This is la- Campbell would dis-
mentableinanagewhen agree,
four of California's fin- So how can it be
est can beat seven that one ofthe funniest
colours of shit out of and most socially-rel-
Rodney King and still evant plays produced
walk free. in Vancouver in years is
playing to empty seats?
THEATRE You can't blame
Accidental Death of Fo—he offers a murder,
anAnarchist a police cover up,
Secret Space Theatre slapstick, sarcasm,
to March 13 picaresque caricatures
and a warm gbw of
No matter how the ri^iteous indignation It
play is produced (and Fo can't be the reviews
wrote a number of al- (which have been gen-
ternative endings), it has erally favourable) be-
to be swallowed as cause no-one reads
more than entertain- them anyway. The
mentMakenomtstake, seats areempty and the
this is a piece of un- coffee is fresh,
abashed propoganda, I have to put it
brilliantly conceived down to simple eco-
and written, the kind nomics.Fourteenbucks
thatworksbestbecause at the door is too much
you don't instantly rec- for most poor anarcho-
ognize it as such. Anar- liberal theatre-goers to
chy is used in the form fork out for two hours
of dropstick, and is of- of agit-prop humour-
fered as an alternative no matter how much
ratherthanapejorative. we get to laugh at the
Anger drove Fo to stupid fascist pigs lying
write comedy—and it is and squirming on the
only when these ele- witty barb ofthe Fool
ments combine that (Walter Ekins, who got
Accidental Death can off to lousy start, but
come alive. more than made
Ten years ago I saw ammends for it in the
KinLondon,whenthou- role of the persecutor's
sands of ordinary persecutor),
people were marching Complaints?Novus
to protest the brutality Theatre & Magic Owl
and corruption of the Theatre ptayed it too
police force and their straight, risking neither
sponsors in the govern- ad-lib nor truly vicious
ment. satire. Although they
It's not funny to spend rolled right along in the
T6 years in prison for a goodbits (and there are
terrorist act that you too many) they
didn't commit, and no- dragged themselves
one laughed when the incoherently through
police covered up their the first embarrassingly
murder of Blair Peach thin 20 minutes.
Hypno hype
by Sara Martin
How do you get a Gage Resident to jump on a
chair and scream "I'm a Wg son-of-a-bitch" while
beating his chest like an ape in front of hundreds of
people? Get him drunk at the Pit?
No.
Subject him to the mind manipulating powers
of Mesmer, the great mentalistl
Gage ballroom vibrated with the presence of
Bob Mesmer the hypnotherapist on Tuesday night.
While most Tuesday night-lifers were out finding an
escape in the latest flicks, over 200 Gage residents
sought the brain nullifying effects of a tuxedo-clad
Victor ianite
Mesmer opened his show with several astounding psychic tricks. Behind a black velvet blindfold and coins taped to Ns eyeballs, he read the
identification cards of two "volunteers." Truly
amazing! There were no mirrors, no strings, and no
signals from the stagehands' wives who were sitting in the corner!
By this time, I was baffled and curious to see if
Mesmer's magic could work on me. So when he
asked for volunteers on whom to cast his hypnotic
speB, I joined the 50 other eager participants in a
scramble to get on stage.
The lights dimmed, our eyes closed, and
Mesmer's monotone spiel rendered us listless.
"AH you hear is the sound of my vo ice, my word
is the tiuth, the truth," Mesmer uttered.
I allowed him to talk me into a relaxed meditative state; however, as soon as he told us we were
captains of a space ship and filled the room with the
Star Trek theme, I woke up. Sorry Mesmer, I was not
about to go where no one had gone before!
I couldn't do it. I could not become h
Maybe it wai
perftaps I just couldn
do it. I could not become hypnotiz
s the laughter of the audience,
:ouldn't f Lilly trust some man I'd ne
tized.
or
never
met who looked like a cheesy circus ring master.
So t sat back and watched those who had
reached, according to Mesmer, a "high level of
suggestability" becomeNs sideshow.
Mesmer guided his marionettes
to dance, play invisible instruments,
and mime their greatest desires, it was
great entertainment, suspiciously
reminiscent of a drama improv class.
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A new look at sustainable development:
saving the world by saving the watersheds
by Peter Clibbon
Sometimes slogans like
Think Globally, Act Locally" and
"Smash the State" can get a little
tiresome. Often misused and misunderstood, these brash utterances of contemporary political
rebels have lost much of their
flavour, and now walk arm-in-arm
with ancient bumpersticker adages like "Age of Aquarius" and
Tm with Stupid."
Well, something had to be
done. Over the last 18 months or
so, a tiny British Columbian publishing house has produced a truly
fascinating series of books on ecology and society. The six-volume
collection, entitled The Bioregional Series, puts many tired slogans ofthe progressive movement
to work.
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Topics range from decentralist
visions of governance, "green"
business, and community healing,
to community watershed stewardship and abolishing the money
system. The format—compilations
of short essays—lends itself well
drought, overpopulation, hunger,
etc.—can begin to be solved when
people gain responsibility for their
home-places.
The Ubyssey spoke with series co-editor Christopher Plant
from his home on Gabriola Island.
Plant said readers might think
many bioregionalist concepts may
seem quite simple, but in practice
things work quite differently.
"Despite a fair bit of power
being at the local level, decisions
are still made in distant boardrooms," said Plant. "The
government's logging license system for example, is insane from a
localist perspective. There is absolutely no respect at all for the
natural dynamics ofthe watershed
and wil dlife. It's such a flawed process, ifs laughable."
Positive re-enforcement
Rather than being simply another 'gloom and doom' treatise
in allowing a motley collection of
authors to explore a wide range of
subjects. Contributors (typically 20
or so per volume) come from a wide
variety of backgrounds: back-to-
the-landers, feminists, First Nation members, deep ecologists, urban anarchists, etc.
The term *bioregionalism' is
relatively young, as -isms go, and
can be crudely described by the
phrase "saving the world by saving the watersheds." Drawing together many anarchist and socialist threads into an ecological packaging, bioregionalism has managed
to widen its base of support since
its conceptualization in the 60s.
Under its umbrella, social activists of many creeds have gathered.
But what strings The
Bioregional Series together is a
desire to express how communities can achieve positive change
locally, simply by being involved
in the decision-making process.
Further, the inter-connectedness
ofthe world's greatest problems—
damning the status quo for excluding local voices from decisionmaking, The Biogregional Series
goes a step further. At least half
the essays in each volume describe
concrete examples of communities
that have translated words into
action.
For example, volume four,
Living with the Land : Communities Restoring the Earth, documents eighteen examples of corn-
scribes how an innovative project
seeks to unravel the damage
wreaked by the Green Revolution
of the 1960s. By preserving the
diversity of food and medicinal
plants, Kirana aims to restore the
Javanese people's historic link to
the land.
"[As a result of fertilizers and
pesticides,] we lost so much of our
diversity of grains and other living
organisms. But what we are realizing more and more is that we
have also lost a large part of our
self-identity and culture," writes
Kirana.
Another essay describes how
inner city dwellers of Vancouver's
own Strathcona district converted
an abandoned three-acre patch of
urban wreckage into an agricultural paradise. The popular gardening spot is now a rich provider
of fruit and vegetables, and a
chance for many community
members to commune with nature.
In Living with the Land, Plant
writes ofthe co-optation ofthe term
"sustainable development" by the
ruling institutions. Where once
brutal logging practices prevailed,
we now have "sustainable devel-
opment"forestry.Plantarguesthat
people should concentrate on "developing sustainability" instead.
"The dire need ofthe times is
to challenge the status quo at a
profound level, something that
southern nations are pushing for,
and northern nations are resisting," he writes.
Community Control
Volume three in the
Bioregional Series, Putting Power
in its Place, describes best the
power inbalance in modern society. Again, the volume begins with
munities around the globe that
have decided how to develop in a
sustainable fashion.
In one ofthe volume's essays,
Chandra Kirana of the Javanese
Ecological Studies Project, de-
a dozen or so theoretical essays
and ends with an equal number of
concrete examples.
Putting Power emphasises direct democracy and the coming
together of diverse community el-
Between Disciplines
OPEN TO ALL
NO CHARGE
UBC
URSULA FRANKLIN
Friday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m.  Asian Centre
Dr. Franklin will open the UBC Joint-Faculties Symposium
"Between Disciplines" with her keynote address:
"Going Fishing Together: The Practice of Inter-
disciplinarity."
Ursula Franklin has made significant contributions in Canada as an experimental
physicist, educator and humanitariaa She is University Professor Emeritus. University
of Toronto, a Senior Fellow at Massey College, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
and a Companion of the Order of Canada. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from
UBC in 1990, and she was the Cecil Green lecturer in 1983. Dr. Franklin has published
widely on early Chinese bronze production, prehistoric copper technology and Peruvian
metalworking, and her most recent book is The Real World of Technology (1990).
Her keynote address, called "Going Fishing Together," will address issues central to the
territorial aspects of disciplines and the marginalization of interdisciplinary research,
and she will examine today's need for and ways of fostering increased interdisciplinary
collaboration.
ements against centralized interests. Plant said the volume takes a
sharp look at how communities
can almost always manage their
own affairs better than distant
authorities.
"States work in the interests
ists pose the worthwhile question:
"Can one do green business in a
grey world?"
Volume one ofthe Bioregional
Series, Turtle Talk, acts as an introduction to the series, including
interviews with some of the key
thinkers of the bioregional movement.
The Catalyst
The Bioregional thesis employs a lot of big words and concepts. For me, however, it is a
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of who runs the state. To most
people' the workings of the state
are too fuzzy to grasp. In municipalities, however, there is a more
holistic approach to governing. You
may have undue influences, but
people can spot them faster."
One interesting contribution
by Ontario graduate student Don
Alexander revamps Marxist class
analysis to global proportions.
Alexander's post-industrial class
war pits the "Planetariat" (Indigenous cultures, Agrarian folk and
"counter-cultures") against the
"Technocracy" (the collaboration
of government, business and science). A little simplistic, yes, but
his analysis places the battle for
sustainable development in perspective. On which side are the
social democrats and greens, for
example?
Another interesting contribution comes from Oren Lyons,
speaker for the Onondaga Nation,
who describes the decentralist,
democratic constitution of the
Haudenoeaunee or Iroquois people.
Lyons reminds Americans of the
large influence "The Great Law of
Peace" had on the writers of the
US constitution. Another piece
describes an alternative decentralized money system that would
promote and enhance small-scale,
cooperative economies.
In one ofthe series' few critical works, well-known east coast
social ecologist Murray Bookchin
writes of the potentially dark
flipside of radical decentralism.
"It is a troubling fact that neither decentralization nor self-sufficiency in itself is necessarily
democratic ... small is not necessarily beautiful," he writes. "Without such wholistic cultural and
political changes, notions of
decentralism ... may lead to cultural parochialism and chauvinism."
Other volumes in the series
also cover a lot of ground. In "Green
Business: Hope or Hoax?" essay-
pleasant departure from radical
academic texts peppered with
unbreachable
intellectual jargon. The multitude
of unpretentiously written case
studies provide the series' intellectual wanderings with an easy-to-
read, grassroots context.
The timeliness of many of the
case studies gives the series a
newspaper feeling, which isn't a
far-off guess, as the Bioregional
series is actually the reincarnation of the now-defunct Catalyst
Magazine.
The series appears at an opportune moment, as many
grassroots movements are seeking
a focus for convergence.
While many have sought solace with organized political parties
(witness the 'greening' of many
political parties and the burgeoning of planetary environmental
movements), some have chosen to
organize along local and geographical lines.
The appearance of unlikely
coalitions consisting of environmentalists, unions and Natives—
working together on shared local
concerns—is a relatively new phenomenon.
But to the authors of the
Bioregional series, this approach
adds up to being the future's best
avenue for real change.
Upcoming volumes in the series will explore notions of borders
and natural boundaries, and
"Planning" from an ecological point
of view.
Volumes ofthe Bioregional Series
can be found at the downtown public library. They can also be found
at the Peoples'Co-op Bookstore and
Octopus East books on Commercial Drive. Alternatively you can
order the books in advance at a
cheaper price ($9 bucks a pop) by
calling toll free 1-800-567-6772, or
by writing New Society Publishers
at P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island,
BC VOR 1X0.
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Jay Yuu WAN-/
Tuesday March 9th • 12:30 pm
SUB Theatre
Sylvia Palmer
Coordinator of Career Services
JobLink
In coordination with
UBC Student Counselling and Resources Centre
8/THE UBYSSEY
March 5,1993

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