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The Ubyssey Jan 31, 1997

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Californian Ska-punk septet
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UBC theatre grad
Rachel Cronin gets a job
alphabetising since 1918
Election marred by
voting irregularities
 by Sarah O'Donnell
The results of this year's AMS election," are being called into,question,
following allegation;, of voting irregularities
The Ubyssey has uncovered at
least one fourth-year Science student
who voted several times. The student,
who spoke on tlie condition of
anonymity, admitted he voted at least
six times to see how far he could push
the system. The Ub/ssejHasindepen^
dently verified that he did vote more
than once
"It's very easy," he said. "You see,
the poll clerks were using water soluble pens to mark the back of your
card. If you just left it out in the rain
accidentally or if you brush it with
your finger once or twice just taking it
out of your wallet, you start to notice
it's coming off Just touch it and it's
The student said he was particularly surprised when one poll clerk didn't
even touch his student card, let alone
check off the box to prove he had
Jen Smith, a fourth-year Arts student, also said she J<new several people who allegedly cast multiple ballots
"Off the top of my head I can think
of about seven people I know who are
in Arts who voted more than once or
twice, I know one person [in Arts) who
voted six times," she said.
Tara Ivanochko, a scrutineer for
Action Now, said her slate was concerned about several instances of voting irregularities
The slate submitted a letter of complaint to Elections Administrator Zoe
Stronge citing v"peopile who had voted
without showing their student ,card,
people who had voted with old student
cards two or three years out of date,
people walking away from the poll
"booth with ballots in their-hand; people not being required to sign the purple sheet when [given| the ballot; and
the fact that even people who had
voted properly had had their student
.cards marked in such a way thai the
mark could easily be removed and it
was possible to vote again."
Ivanochko also said the scrutineers
found discrepancies during the ballot
count after comparing.the number of
signatures per poll to the number of
ballots counted
"There were discrepancies within
those numbers varying plus or minus
30, which to me is significant when
people are, winning by 100 votes.
There were 'both 30 more ballots than
signatures, and 30 more signatures
than ballots in different polls."
Stronge, however, maintained that
given the circumstances, the AMS ran
as fair and. reliable an election as
could be «xpected.
;■ "When there is a rush of students,
people coming in from all angles, it is
easy to get confused and I do admit
that even the best poll clerk could
make a mistake/ she said. "But these
mistakes will be very few, and these
mistakes could be stopped in future
years by having a bigger budget that
we could hire more poll clerks on.
"But with the number of poll clerks
we had, and; the number of voters we
had, I must admit it was indeed very
difficult to run a perfect election," she
President-elect Ryan Davies said
he was happy with the results and felt
the elections were run fairly. He also,
however, conceded that there is
always the possibility someone could
find a way to beat the system.
"From past experience in AMS elections it's so>-t of been known that it's
happened before," he said. "I think
though, a vast majority of people only
voted once"
But there are students who disagree Action Now is requesting the
university's official student list be
checked against the poll booth signature sheets
If people insist on the check,
Stronge said Wednesday, she would
allow them to do so on the condition
that she hired the people to ensure
their neutrality. "We know it will take
almost 300 working hours to get it
done, so it's a very daunting task and
if they push for it, I wuT do it," she
said. ..       :  -.'
When asKed if the election might
be ruled invalid following an investigation, Stronge said it would /depend
on the extent ofthe damage.-
"The election results will not be
called invalid unless one or more than
one of the elections could-have been
affected by [any irregularities discov:
eredj," she said.
Stronge, however, did- say she
would take a hard line against anyone
she discovered who had cast multiple
"Anybody who voted twice, did so
with the intent to defraud the election
and I will take action against them for
defrauding an AMS election." ♦
PRESIDENTELECT Ryan Davies and running mate Ryan Marshall are all smiles at the Gallery
Tuesday night, sarah cdonnell photo
by Ian Gunn
The Students for Students slate took the AMS
presidency and three of the other four executive
positions in student elections last week. Just 115
votes pushed Ryan Davies past Action Now presidential candidate Allison Dunnet.
The outcome was announced late Tuesday
evening after a long day of waiting for results
many candidates had expected by mid-afternoon.
Vivian Hoffman was the lone member of the
Action Now slate to be elected to office. She will
serve as Director of Finance. No independent
candidates were elected to executive positions.
Independents David Borins and Jeff Meyers
were elected to the two student-positions on
UBC's most powerful decision-making body, the
Board of Governors (BoG).
The results for most positions were very
close. Only 10 votes separated Meyers from
Action Now candidate Kera McArthur. The
Director of Finance was decided by 111 votes,
and the top three finishers for Vice-President all
came within about 200 votes.
The races for the other executive seats'were
more decisive. Shirin Foroutan won by more
than 300 votes in the two-person race for
Coordinator of External Affairs, and Jennie Chen
was re-elected as Director of Administration with
50 percent ofthe vote in a four-way race.
President-elect Davies said he was predictably delighted with the outcome. "We knew it
was going to be a close race, and we had to be
ready for anything. But I'm looking forward to
[taking office] now—I'm getting excited about it."
Action Now presidential hopeful Allison
Dunnet, however, is having a tough time finding
good in the election.
"I'm not happy with the way the election was
held and the fact that there were numerous elecA
tion irregularities," she told The Ubyssey.
She deflected criticism that complaints from
her slate were simply sore losing.
"I'm quite aware that that's how people can
see it, but as far as I'm concerned if the results
are checked anybody could stand to benefit. It's
not about who won and who lost—it's about holding a fair election."
Davies said that apart from meeting administrators and other members of the campus com
munity, he doesn't have any urgent items on the
agenda for his first weeks in office.
He also said the new executive isn't going to
try to make their mark by suddenly pulling the
plug on initiatives started by Dunnet and other
current executives.
"I never said they were bad ideas, and it's not
the case that because I've won I'm going to stop all
her projects. Clearly there's room for both sides."
Davies will have a constant reminder of that
other side in Director of Finance-elect Vivian
Hoffman. But Hoffman will have her work cut
out for her; the first-year Arts student has little
political experience and will have to work hard
to find a place on an executive whose other four
members are AMS veterans. '
Hoffman said Wednesday she was anxious
about finding her place.
"We knew it was going
to be a dm® m@BB
and we had to be
ready for anything."
Ryan davies
"I'm looking forward to a challenging and
interesting year," she said carefully, acknowledging that there would be some extra pressure on
her because she was the only executive not part
of the one slate.
"I'm hoping we'll all be able to cooperate. I
don't see the role of Director of Finance as having
a lot of autonomy, so I think I will be forced to go
along with their ideas at times, but I'm certainly
going to make sure that my views are heard."
Turnout was down this year, with fewer than
5500 students voting; that is about 30 percent
lower than last year, but roughly double typical
turnout for AMS elections in the early 90s'.
Neither of the two student referendum questions received enough votes for results to be valid.
None of the election results will be official
until ratified by council, which is expected to
happen next Wednesday. The new executive will
take over in mid-February. ♦ 2   THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 31, 1997
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Running behind the scenes
by Donovan Kuehn
Monday, January 13
Day One - Action Now!
7:10 am. I wake up at this ungodly hour. I am
usually not what you call a morning person; for
me morning begins at 11:00 AM. But today is
different. Today is the first day of campaigning
for UBC's Alma Mater Society elections.
By 8:00 am, I meet with the candidates and
organisers from the Action Now! slate. There is
some nervous chatting from the novice crew,
as most of the nominees don't know what to
expect. Only Allison Dunnet, who is running
for president, has run in an election at UBC
before. Most of the others have worked on
their speeches for days, but lack confidence
early on.
While Monday is the first day of the campaign, we have been preparing for days. It is a
time-consuming process, one that involves
stamping thousands of posters and handbills
with our Action Now logo. In addition, there
are two mistakes on Carolyn Granholm's
poster, so we have to colour over the mistake
with felt pen on four hundred posters. Not the
most efficient use of our time.
At 8:30 am we head out to talk to classes
and distribute handbills. I go with Shiraz
Dindar to a class in Buchanan and hear my
first speech of the campaign. Shiraz is articulate but a little wooden since he hasn't memorised his speech. The class is receptive, which
is encouraging. In my mind, it is a good start.
We wander back to the SUB where Duncan
Cavens, Vivian Hoffmann and Carolyn are
practicing their speeches. Duncan works from
memory while Vivian and Carolyn read from
written speeches. As their confidence grows,
their speaking improves, although they all
seem to be a bit worried. I do my best to listen
and reassure, but confidence is still lacking at
this early hour.
The campaign itself is a daunting exercise.
Our campaign team consists of seven candidates (five for the AMS executive and two for
Board of Governors), three organisers (all of
whom have served previously on the AMS
executive    and/or    UBC
posters, while the others return later to rip
down the latecomers' notices. Different people exchange words over shredded paper,
but there is no way to effectively police the
poster boards. Vigilance is the only means of
The most painful postering incident is the
"poison pen": the ink trails that leave various
biting comments about the candidates'
lifestyle, sexual orientation or simply profane
remarks. This could be the most hurtful aspect
of the campaign, seeing what someone,
shrouded in anonymity, says about you.
Speaking continues to go well, with only a
few glitches. One prof gives Duncan one minute
to speak to a class, and as his time expires he
continues speaking as he slowly walks up the
steps and out of the classroom. The students
seem to enjoy it, but the prof doesn't.
Day Three - The Hump
We have our first crisis today. I had no idea our
candidates could be so fragile! One of our candidates has a student complain about our tactics being the same as politicians', but with no
constructive alternatives. Vivian takes it to
heart and she is now reluctant to talk to other
students.              _
Another   of
our    nomi-
tion point because we have focused on speaking to large first and second year classes. We
shift our energies towards the smaller third
and fourth year classes, with immediate dividends. Carolyn, who was dispirited the day
before, comes back really excited because she
got a good response from a smaller class.
Not all is well though, as another of our
nominees returns from a classroom in tears.
She was berated by a candidate from the
opposing slate, after a classroom speech. We
have to take her aside and rebuild her confidence before she goes out to campaign
Volunteers drop by all day to pick up
posters and give out hand-bills to students. By
the end of the day, people begin to run out of
energy, and we resolve to leave campus for
dinner and prepare for the candidates' debate,
planned for 12:30 the next day. I relax as I
leave the building and go out into the rain. I
have been in SUB for nine and a half hours. I
wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
Day Five - The Debate
I get to campus a little late, but make it in time
to go with Allison as she speaks to a class. She,
For aspiring student politicians, no seven days
are as important as campaigning week.
One Action Now! volunteer kept
an insider's diary of
a campaign.
Board of Governors) and a
dozen volunteers. Our
campaign strategy for the week includes an
intense student information blitz, with candidates and volunteers distributing handbills
and speaking to classes every hour.
The key is dialogue, not a monologue. It is a
gruelling schedule as Action Now! tries to hit
every class without redundancy. Heather
Hermant takes two to three hours every night
to prepare the daily schedule for all of the candidates. (One day, one of the candidates complained about the schedule, and I honestly
thought Heather was going to strangle her.)
By 11:00 am, we find that we're not the only
ones campaigning. The Students for Students
slate is speaking to classes and attacking
Action Now. The campaign seems to have
turned nasty early. We have a decision to
make: do we engage in personal attacks as
well, or stick to the issues? We decide to stick to
issues and our campaigning continues until
4:30 pm that day.
Day Two - Poster War!
Tuesday morning, speaking starts again in
earnest. Everyone is more at ease speaking to
classes, but we are hampered by Allison being
sick. The week before the election campaign
started, a number of us slept outside in a cardboard shantytown to raise concerns about student housing. Allison got a bad cold as a
memento of our outdoor exercise.
Our campaign is not just about speaking to
classes, but also about trying to maintain our
profile on campus. We had our posters up on
Saturday; most of the other candidates put
theirs up on Monday and Tuesday. This meant
that most of the prime spots were taken, and
the result was a poster war.
Candidates begin to poster over other's
ACTION NOW! slate at the All Candidates Meeting, richard lam photo
nees hits an anti-social phase and is finding
excuses for not hand billing and talking to
classes. As for the rest of the candidates, the
midweek hump has hit. People are drained
and everyone is engaged in the futile effort of
trying to determine who will vote, how they
will vote and what it means. Even I'm not
immune to these feelings; hitting eight classrooms a day takes its toll. Allison is under the
most pressure because she is trying to snap
everyone out of their collective funks while battling the flu.
The only one unaffected is Antonio Zuniga,
who races around, talking to students all day.
Antonio, a Board of Governors candidate, seems
to have boundless energy, and when asked how
his day's going, he says "I'm kicking ass!"
There are other encouraging signs. At two of
the speeches that I see, our candidates receive
spontaneous applause; a friend I run into, and
haven't even discussed the election with, says
she is planning on voting for Allison; people
are actually reading our handbills, and even
asking questions about them. I began to think
that our campaign is sinking in.
Day Four - Papa Bear
It's my turn to be Papa Bear. The volunteer
organisers, who have been through these campaigns before, all have labs to attend or classes
to TA, so they are unable to come out until the
afternoon. That leaves me to coordinate the
campaign. Our "election central" is no more
than a table in SUB, but it serves as a meeting
point for candidates and volunteers. I do my
best to be positive, cheerful and stroke the egos
of the candidates in an attempt to keep some
momentum heading into Friday.
We are concerned about reaching a satura-
and the other campaigners, have their
speeches down pat.
She even tosses in a
joke about the prof
dimming the lights
on her for the Art
History class. We
return to campaign
central, and people
drop by, psyching up
for the all candidates
debate ai 12:30 pm. I
get to hear a lot of speeches before they are
made, and a lot of volunteers drop by to lend
support to our candidates.
The whole day's campaign is almost
derailed by the edition of The Ubyssey that
came out this morning. The issue has the candidate profiles, and everyone pours over them
to see how they, and their opponents, did. This
navel gazing and self-criticism becomes so captivating that we waste time and energy
analysing what was said and how it will affect
the election.
Finally, 12:30 pm rolls around and the
debates begin. The executive candidates speak
first, followed by the Board of Governors and
the Senate candidates. Allison starts with a
fiery speech and the other candidates follow
with good, heartfelt talks. Shiraz and Jenny
Chen exchange verbal barbs in a spirited display, while Duncan, who gives a thoughtful and
competent speech doesn't match the flamboyance of Shirin Foroutan. The quality of speeches doesn't seem to matter as each slate has
cheering sections that root for their side and
give the unconditional support that only
trained seals could mimic.
The question and answer session goes well;
only one candidate (not from our slate) fumbles a question. By the end of the debate, most
of our candidates are energised and use that
energy to carry them through the rest of the
day. We have one exception—Duncan—who
feels discouraged about how things went; he
disappears for the rest of the day.
That night, we go out to celebrate with a
social at Duncan's. People are relieved campaigning is over, though try as we might, we
can't stop talking about the election. Aside
from the predictions and second-guessing, all
that's left is to wait for the results...♦ FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1997
Timber lost
Grant Hadwin, an unemployed forestry
worker, chopped down an old golden
Spruce that had spiritual significance
to the Haida people. Hadwin was
protesting the dwindling fortunes
ofthe BC lumber industry, but his actions
have raised more questions than answers.
by Theresa Chaboyer
In the late hours of January 20th, Grant Hadwin allegedly
swam across the Yakoun River, prepared to down a three
hundred year old, fifty metre high, two metre thick golden
Hadwin accepted responsibility for the action later in a
letter to the press.
"I didn't enjoy butchering this magnificient old plant,"
he wrote, "but you apparently need a message and a wake-
up call that even a university-trained professional should be
able to understand."
The spruce grew near Port Clements on the Queen
Charlotte Islands and derived its golden color from a fluke
mutation that greatly reduced the amount of chlorophyll.
It was symbolic to the Haida people since, according to
legend, the spruce is the incarnate of a young boy who
looked back when he was told not to while he and his grandfather vacated their dying village after a snow storm; they
were the only survivors. The boy's feet became stuck in the
forest floor where his grandfather had to leave him.
Ernie Polison of the Haida Tribal Society on the islands
says that a ceremony held in commeration of the golden
spruce, "was no different than any funeral I've been too."
The part of this legend that Lauren Brown, a Haida UBC
nursing student, finds most devastating is the fact that the
grandfather says to the boy: "Even the last generation will
look at you and remember your story."
After she heard of the tree's death, Brown spoke to her
mother on the island and realised its the significance to the
Haida nation. "We're not the last generation to see this tree,
are we? And now it's gone, are we the last generation? Are
we really the last generation to see that tree standing, or are
we the last generation period," she wondered.
Brown sees the loss of the spruce as symbolic of the dying Haida nation and its traditions.
HADWIN'S professionally crafted letter
directs his anger towards professors who, he
feels, have raised the profile of environmental
issues and, consequently, a reduction in forestry
"I do, however, mean this action, to be an
expression, of my rage and hatred, towards university-trained professionals and their extremist
supporters," he wrote.
Was this the action of a desperate man whose
livelihood has been denied him? More disturbingly, why did the press focus so much on
the golden spruce and not on the person behind
it? Who is the man behind the deed?
Grant Hadwin is a forty-eight year old white
man who was, at the time, residing on the
Gitanmaax Indian reserve in Hazelton on the
Queen Charlottes, according to a report in Tlie
Vancouver Sun.
Corporal Doug Pack of the Hazelton RCMP
describes the state of Hadwin at the time of the
arrest. "It was a pretty run of the mill, uneventful
type of dealing between ourselves and Mr
Hadwin," he says. "He gave us no problems and
complied immediately...he was calm, cooperative and lucid."
Hadwin was released on a five hundred dollar
bail with a recognisant order to apper in Masset
court next month. At the time of his arrest, Hadwin was
There's nothing to indicate that Hadwin is a madman or
a lunatic. As to his motive one is only left to speculate—
Hadwin is not talking to the press.
Gardens and it plans offer them to the Haida nation.
Bruce MacDonald, the Gardens' director, traces their
origin to the mother golden spruce; in 1978, Dr. Roy
Taylor collected some of the shoots from the original golden spruce and three propagated. These three daughter
BRUCE MACDONALD, director of UBC Botanial Garden, looks over
branches of two golden spruces, richard lam photo
golden spruces were given to the UBC Botanical Gardens
in 1983.
The trees have the same golden color and are around
two metres high. More golden spruces are likely to be propagated from the original as shoots have been taken by the
Cowichan Research Station.
Despite media reports that the tree was unique, UBC
forestry professor John Worrall says there are, in fact, four
or five of these trees in the same region; the one cut down
last week simply happened to be the most accessible and
well known.
Oddly enough, Worrall had met Hadwin sixteen years
ago when Hadwin was married with two children and was
a forester. ♦
Science week suffers during AMS elections
SUSIES Gyasi Bourne and Matt Kowalczyk,
roll out the barrel of fun. richard lam photo
by Sarah O'Donnell
Imagine hosting a party and nobody came;
to members of the Science Undergraduate
Society, it's an all too familiar scenario
they'd like to avoid next year.
January 19 to 25 was Science week, but
according to SUS executives, a booking conflict with the AMS election and Arts Week
created so many problems that few of the
5600 Science students knew about most of
the special events taking place.
SUS Vice-President External Phil
Ledwith said that with the exception of the
sold-out 54-40 concert, Science week suffered. Attendance at some events dropped
to one half or even one quarter of last year's
The main reason for the loss of interest
was competition with candidates running
in the AMS elections for limited bulletin
board advertising space- "We've had events
that have been actually almost unattended
because of [postering conflicts]," Ledwith
Unfortunately, he said, limited space created an all out postering war between SUS
and election candidates. "I've had complaints from election candidates, who claim
that posters have gone over theirs. I've also
had complaints from people who have been
putting up posters for Science Week that
election candidates have been ripping
down Science Week posters.
"It's quite disturbing because it's very
difficult to promote these things as it is," he
But Action Now campaign manager
Michael Hughes said there was no excuse
for ripping down campaign posters. "It's
interfering with the democratic process of
the elections," he said. "How would they like
it if someone did that to their elections:
ripped down all their posters and put something else up instead? They wouldn't be too
happy about it."
Ledwith said the poster wars were not only
frustrating, but a drain on resources. "We've
had to spend a huge amount of money on
posters just to overcome the attrition of election candidates ripping down posters as we go.
We have people postering every day," he said.
Constitutionally, SUS is required to host
its banner week in the last week of January,
after AMS elections. The problem, said AMS
Director of Administration Jennie Chen,
was that there was little that could be done
to remedy the booking error.
"Arts week was already set, Engineering
week was already set and they'd already
started organising...If I had moved Science
Week in any way it would have affected all
the other bookings that were already made
for tlie entire term," she said.
Both Chen and Ledwith are looking
toward next year. "The best thing we can do
now ito prevent this from happening again
is have elections blocked off so no-one can
book that," Chen said.*>
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In Bewitched, Bothered and Bulimic, Hie flamboyant stage presence of performer and choreographer Andrew Olewine complements an
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Olewine's creative collaboration with director
Daniel Collins has created a. comic monologue
that follows Lhe collapse of a Parisian dancer's
romantic dreams. What at firsl appears lo be a
quirky one-man drag show quickly transforms
into a disturbing satire of the 19th century
Parisian artistic community as romanticised in
Laughing at the dark side in drag
such mythic figures as Arthur Rimbaud.
The bizarre humor of the piece becomes
apparent in its moments, when a timid figure of
death tiptoes out, dragging behind her a squeaky
red wagon. While tlie sight of death in drag is
undeniably humorous, the notion that life's
tragedies are predestined sets a more sober
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character into a clownish glutton, consumed by
an. excess of pudding, absinthe and unfulfilled
lust. Yet as this fallen cabaret queen begins to
gag and retch, her tragic failures demand the
audience's sympathy.
Olewine told The Ubyssey this serious turn is
a product of his own commitment to raising
awareness in his audience. He feels his work is
not jusl a look at past art. but also an insight into
modern creative angst.
"I think today there is a lot of cynicism in the
world," he said. "A lot of people feel like, 'Why
homer?' But I tliink we have to bother, we have
to care.*
The title of the play, inspired by the work of
female performers such as Ella Fitzgerald and
Billy Holiday, ties together tlie comedy's darker
themes about the abuses that can taint the most
idyllic performers.
"It's not just about the terrible physical affects
of anorexia and bulimia on a dancer's body,"
says Olewine. "It also serves as a metaphor for
the starved spirit."
Yet despite tlie serious content in Olewine's
performance, it remains a campy melodrama
that pokes fun successfully at the "tortured
artist" stereotype. Olewine stresses tlie importance of laughter even when one is faced with
the death of a dream.
This, he says, is one of the more crucial roles
of comedy. "I feel that if you have no sense of
humor, you have no real sense of life." ♦
by Peter T. Chattaway
First there were the Kingfishers. Someone saw
a picture on one of their demo tapes and
remarked that it looked like a "real big fish."
Aaron Barrett, the lead singer, liked those
three words enough to make them the new
name for the band. And then he changed the
spelling of the first word. And thus was born
Reel Big Fish.
At least, that's today's story. The members
of this Huntington, California-based ska septet
are notorious for changing the story with every
interview, but Dan Regan ("trombone stage
band's ongoing influences. (Although it's not
on the album, their live cover of a-ha's 'Take
on Me'—with horns taking the synthesizer's
place—works amazingly well.)
Making sense of that in the recording studio proved a bit of a trial. Their independent
The Ubyssey
g with
right"), talking to The Ubyssey on his own, says
his is the true, definitive story.
"I'm feeling honest today," he laughs. "This
is weird, when you single us out. I'm here
alone, without the rest of the band, but with
the rest of the band around, you wouldn't be
able to get a single straight answer. We found
that happening a lot, so now the managers
split us up."
Reel Big Fish started out as a three-piece
cover band, specialising in Jimi Hendrix and
Led Zeppelin tunes, but quickly moved into
ska by adding a pair of trombones and a pair
of trumpets to their set. Regan now cites
Mexican banda music, punk, glam rock,
power-pop and 1980s music as some of the
release Everything Sucks sold thousands of
copies—the California band even got a number
one single in Hawaii, of all places—and MCA
Records signed them on to record their first
CD, Turn the Radio Off.
Some fans were upset that the new album
sounded more polished than their indie
release, but Regan has no regrets. "On the first
record, especially on the horns, we didn't
know what we were doing. It was pretty bad,
but we had a chance to go back and make
some ofthe songs sound the way we wanted to.
"We tried to keep this as raw as possible.
It's very difficult, because the way they record
music now, it's all with
computers and processors, even when you want
a raw band sound. For the
secret track on the album,
Aaron said, 1 just want it
to sound like a crappy
boombox recording,' and
it took them two hours to
do the computers so it
would sound like that. And he said, Just bring
in a boombox!' And they said, 'No, no, it just
wouldn't work that way."'
While a few band members have seen fit to
express their rawness through nude crowd-
surfing, Regan's a more modest sort. He only
doffs the duds in the safety ofthe studio.
"The horn players find
it's a little easier to focus
like that," he says. (Make
up your own wisecrack.)
"We'd be working on horn
tracks for hours, and we
just started dropping our
pants and stuff. After a
certain point, the fatigue
sets in, and for some reason if you take off all your clothes, it drives the
fatigue away for a few more hours."
Lyrically, Reel Big Fish sails through a slew
of controversial subjects with a breezy, wise
ass, don't-give-a-damn cheekiness. In 'She Has
a Girlfriend Now,' Barrett bemoans the way
his lover dumped him for
another woman, prompting him to shout,  "T'll
shave my legs! I'll wear a
bra! I'll even cut my penis
ofr for you!" In 'Say Ten,'
Barrett mocks  hardcore
vegans: "I'd eat people if
it was legal!"
Regan says the band
has never had any flak for their irreverent
approach, though. "I'm vegetarian—I'm the
only one in the band who is, by the way—and
it's funny. Everything's just in good fun. Yeah,
I'm the one who has to raise his hand when we
introduce the song."
The label did veto the back cover photo on
their CD; a black void fills the space now. The
front cover shows a girl pulling a gun o:
on the back, the girl was supposed to be tied up,
wilh the DJ wickedly placing another mainstream, mediocre CD in the player. The girl was
supposed to represent the band and its frustrated fans, but the label thought the picture
would stir up the wrong sort of controversy.
Regan also cites the satirical mosh manners song 'In the Pit,' which was taken off the
album at the label's insistence, though he
insists that here, too, the band had good intentions. "Big, sweaty rough guys start moshing
and hit all the little girls and people like that,
and it's like, 'What are you doing? People are
trying to dance!' And that's what the song was
saying, in a sarcastic manner, and some people didn't get it."
He insists the band has no interest in political causes or serious themes, but from tlie
sound of it, they might have a thing or two to
say about censorship. When I suggest this,
though, Regan seems noncommittal.
"We were thinking about it for a while, but—
I dunno. It's all kind of a big joke. This is a pretty big joke as it is. It's just funny to hear big-
name radio DJs say, 'Go buy the Reel Big Fish
album Turn the Radio Off.' They don't realize
what they're saying. Bui as long as the kids
don't start falling for it..."
And speaking of kids, Regan reveals that he
and tlie other three horn players are a mere 19
years old. As for the rest of Lhe band, Barrett is
22, drummer Andrew Gonzales is 23, and
Matt Wong turned 24 the day after their gig al
tlie Pit. Playing in Canadian bars is no problem, but wilh more than half the band under
21 (the American age of majority) Regan says
il's difficult to know when to play the clubs
back home.
"We've been known lo do it every once in a
while, when they lower the age to 18-and-over,
especially when we're hard up for money.
They'll put permanenl markers on people's
hands so they don't get served. It's such a hassle, I don't know why they do it. But we try lo
stay away from 21-and-over clubs, cuz our
average fan is lfj! Hopefully we'll get to tlie
point where we won't have to play a bar any
more, where we can play a larger place and get
everybody in."
For now, they're committed to the bar
scene until at least February 14, when their
tour with Goldfinger comes to an end. After
that, it's off to make their first video. And for
which song? 'Sellout,' of course.
Regan laughs at the irony. "It's all part of
the joke." ♦
by Richelle Rae
Sitting on Paradise
at the Arts Club until Feb 15
UBC theatre grad Rachel Crontri is
grinning because she hab a job
(Actually, she has three, hut tlie
oilier iwo are pari iirae )
Cronin is currently starring in
the Aru. Club production of Sitting
ou Paradise Contrary to popular
opinion Cronin is living proof thai
a Bachelor of Fine Arts can be good
for more then wallpaper.
"I've done the
second job thing,"
she says. "I wouldn't
call it shitty because
I've been very lucky.
I work at a stationary store now
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time off for auditions, and I «iImi
work part time doing data entry
for the Institute for Chartered
Accountants. The thing is, there
really isn't a lot of work in theatre
and film, and there are so many
young actresses so you're basically really fortunate if
you get a couple of good gigs a year. It's tough to keep
busy. I've been very lucky in the last year to be able to
do that."
Since graduating from UBC, Cronin has been able to
get some work in local theatre productions; she just finished working on Crackwalker at Waterfront Theatre
and Paradise Express at the Firehall. Rachel has also
taken advantage of Vancouver's growing film industry.
"I just did a show that was running at the Toronto Film
Festival called Cal Swallows Canary and Speaks! I play a
corpse that comes to life. It's my first professional film.
I've done a lot of student low budget stuff. It's been getting busier, this last year's been great. I've also done
some work on Eye Level, a series that was shot here,
which was a six-part series on male prostitution."
UBC's theatre department has been going through
some growing pains lately and is trying to revamp the
program. Rachel says that even though UBC's acting
program is focused on acting for the stage and not for
film, she still feels the program has prepared her for the
reality of the professional world.
"I know there's a lot of debate surrounding that issue
right now, that they don't really prepare you for the professional world, but I really don't think that there is any
way to prepare you for the professional world. Because
until you are out there is no way to simulate that experience. They could teach you more about making contacts,
about finding an agent, that kind of thing. But I had a really great experience, I would definitely encourage anyone
thinking of going into acting to go into the program. For
me it was definitely a positive learning experience."
Rachel describes her current play, Sitting on
Paradise, as "a play about people and their relationship
with things, possessions, like money and how they
define themselves basically by the stuff they own or the
cause they are involved in. It's also about people who are
with a partner, but end up taking a different kind of journey, like a spiritual quest, and all of a sudden they
realise they're in a very different place from their partner. That kind of happens to the older couple and the
younger couple."
The play is written by Alberta native Eugene Slickland,
a playwright in residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, and
a 1995 finalist for tlie Govenor General's award for Some
Assembly Required. Stickland is in town for the run ofthe
production and has been involved in the play since
rehearsals first began.
"He came in to watch a couple of rehearsals, which
was pretty intimidating, actually. Rehearsing is such a difficult process, you have to be free to make mistakes,
which is a really hard thing to do. You don't want to do
something really stupid. He came in during a relatively
early stage ofthe rehearsal period, I thought that it would
be really difficult, but he was really great. He didn't get
too personally involved, and he was really encouraging,
and he really seemed to enjoy it."
Rachel plays Kelly, a young passionate though somewhat impulsive activist wholearns through the course of
tlie play that life isn't always black and white. Rachel can
easily relate to Kelly's sense of idealism because she has
chosen acting as her career, though she is quick to point
out that she is not as militant about her belief systems or
pet causes as Kelly is.
"I think there's a real danger of people losing themselves in a cause. I think that she's guilty of that to a certain extent. She definitely has valid points, she's got the
right idea, but I mink you can go too far and lose your
individuality." ♦
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to life an Afrocentric view
ofthe world
by Peggy Lee
7 am different from others—my skin is
darker, my lips are fuller, my hair is curlier and my nose is broader. Yes I am definitely different but that should not make
me any less of a person." Jahzel
Acceptance and inclusion of difference do not seem like such difficult concepts. Yet we only need to flick on the TV
or watch a Hollywood movie to see that,
in fact. Blackness is rarely portrayed in a
positive light. If it's not the gangster in
the 'hood, it's tlie crack-whore on the
street. Where are today's Black role models?
We need to reconsider our Eurocentric
versions of history. We need to acknowledge how Utile we know of Black history,
especially here in Canada. We also need to
question our centre, our norms. If we really seek to be inclusive, we will need to recognize those that have been systematically
marginalised, even if that means acknowledging our ignorance and shifting our own
February is African Heritage Month
and, for this month, we will see events on
campus and around town that have an
Afrocentric focus, rather than a
Eurocentric one. Here are some highlights:
Feb 3-8 at the AMS Gallery
This is tlie fourth annual art exhibit of its
kind. It also features film, literature,
music and poetry. Visual artists include
David George, Lenworth Algernon
Mequita, Kirk Moses, Chidi A. Okoye, and
Emmanuel Tanka. Come meet the artists
at the opening reception on Monday,
February 3, between 7 pm and 10 pm.
The closing reception takes place on
Saturday, February 8 from noon to 5pm.
On this final day there will be an open
acoustic jam session and poetry readings.
Do come check this out!
like me, you might, be wondering,'
What is 'Afro Aesthetics'?
This is a term coined by participating
artist David George. The prefix 'Afro' is,
perhaps, a more correct way of identify
ing people of African descent. 'African
describes both the black and white communities living on or from the continent,
while 'Black' refers merely to a shade of
skin, which varies greatly even within
the community. Thus 'Afro' is the term
that binds the connections between
colour and culture, acting as a centre for
the recognition and appreciation of beauty-  '
Feb 3-8 in the SUB Concourse
'Afrophobics' will be an information display focusing on the experience of Lower
Mainland Blacks in the O90s, particularly
issues of racial harassment and violence.
Not surprisingly, these incidents have
received little or no attention from the
mainstream press. Once again, we must
reconsider how little we know about racial
violence in onr city.
Equiubrrim: Between father and child
at the Helen Pitt Gallery until Feb 8
How often is the role of lhe father explored
hi contemporary art?
On entering the cosy Helen Pilt Gallery
you immediately notice something quite
different from your run-of-the-mill art
event. There are children present. Not just
one but several tiny diaper-clad folks running around, playing in their sandbox,
playing in the installations and just, generally doing their kiddy things. Oblivious to
the world.
"It is sad," says artist-father David
George, "that children have somehow
become excluded from the world of art."
Somehow along tlie way, the institution of
art has chosen to forget its original source
of creativity.
Here, in the 'Equilibrium' exhibit, there
is an attempt to balance the two creative
roles of father and artist. The gallery is
packed. Adults, children and art are scattered everywhere like a large playroom.
On the walls hang Winslow De LaneyOs
beautiful oil paintings of voluptous black
bodies locked in tender embrace. On
another wall hangs Kirk MosesO photo-
acrylic and computer prints. Down
through the middle, sitting on the floor,
hanging from the ceiling you bump into
George's installation pieces. There are
childrenOs toys, childrenOs shoes,
mahjong tiles and lipstick tubes. In this
space you witness the mixing of identities
and realise, perhaps, thai being a father
and being an artist are not mutually exclusive. ♦
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JANUARY 31,1997 • volume 78 issue 30
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Sarah O'Donnell voted once. So
did Scott Hayward. Wolf Depner was
too drunk to even check off the ballot, so Joe Clark took Mm home.
Todd Silver entered three times and
Richard Lam topped him by five.
Peter Chattaway didn't bother to
vote, so Federico Barahona took an
extra ballot on his behalf. Ian Gunn
was too busy blowing his nose to
vote, and Donavan Kuehn did the
right thing. Peggy Cholmondeley
voted at least six times, while Peggy
Lee simply spoiled her ballot.
Richelle Rae voted as many times as
she possibly could without getting
caught while Theresa Chaboyer
cheering her on in the background.
Wesley Cheng photocopied the ballots with the help of Emily Mak. But
in the end, despite all their efforts,
Marina won the raffle for the hotly
contested tractor-trailer.
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The pri£e of democracy
The AMS, like any democratic body, must not
only elect its representatives fairly, but its
elections must be seen to be fair and equitable. That requirement extends not only to
Council and the winners, but also the losers
and, most importantly, the general membership—the student body.
Otherwise AMS Council has little credibility.
Last week's election was closer than any in
recent memory—one Board of Governors seat
was decided by just ten votes—so it's hardly
surprising that the results are being scrutinised as closely as they are.
If the vote had been more decisive perhaps some of the questionable behaviour
might have been overlooked. Irregularities
have been tolerated in the past, but this year
they could easily have tipped the balance.
There is unequivocal evidence that at least
one student voted more than once—his name
appears more than once on the daily voting
sheets. He claims that he voted more than six
times, and isn't worried that he can be singled out from the voting sheets because he
knows others students who voted as often.
There are further indications that other
students did the same.
How easy would it be for a student to
cheat? If you voted, see if you can wipe the
marks off boxes 2 and 3 on the back of your
student card—some of those marks were
made with water soluble, soft tipped markers.
If you can, the phrase "vote early, vote
often' suddenly becomes a reality.
How many people voted more than once?
More than ten? Did all the people smiling on
Tuesday night really represent the choice of a
majority of voters? This years election raises
as many questions as it answers.
The fact is this year's election needs to be
carefully examined, to discover the nature
and extent of voting irregularities. Thus far,
however, the AMS seems reluctant to investigate the wealth of rumours and accusations
circulating in the wake of the election. Only
by fully understanding the problems with
this years election will we be able to resolve
these issues in the future.
Elections Administrator Zoe Stronge said
these elections were as fair as they could be
given the budget she had to work with—a budget which was cut this year. But that begs the
question—were they fair enough?
There was no shortage of ways to beat the
election system—even President-elect Ryan
Davies admitted that. But given how hard
many candidates worked, and how seriously
some people take the AMS, who would be surprised if someone went too far?
The AMS needs to overhaul their election
system, making it more secure. Voters
should be required to vote at specific booths
in their faculties, and their names should be
checked off the voters list when they do.
To reduce the drop in voter turnout which
would result, and to increase accessibility,
more polls would be required and they would
have to stay open longer. Better training for
poll clerks is also desperately needed.
Some would argue that the AMS can't
afford to pay for such an elaborate election.
But in fact, they can't afford not to. No one
ever said democracy comes cheap.
As for what to do with this year's results,
that's up to AMS Council—your elected representatives.
The usual suspect
I am writing to convey my
annoyance at the use of a student
paper to disseminate sublimally
racist and stereotypical imagery.
In the Ubyssey front page story of
Vol. 78 issue 28 dated Tuesday,
January 28, 1997, the duo of
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttal-
Smith promoted the racist image
of the 'USUAL SUSPECT by writing 'In a memo to SUB staff
released Monday afternoon, Swan
described the man as 5'7', about
1301bs, with a DARK COMPLEXION, short brown hair and an
unshaven face'. Why use the blanket description of DARK COMPLEXION? What information is
been portrayed and why? In an
amazingly revealing contradictory
statement that the above represent, I personally wondered how a
dark complexion individual ('The
usual suspect image') could have
a short BROWN HAIR? Brown hair
is unusual (not impossible!) for a
Black person. So, if the imagery
being employed by these duo has
intentionally excluded whites,
then, which category of DARK
COMPLEXION peoples (which
may include Asians, east Indians,
indigenous Indians, Latin and
Spanish American/Europeans
and more importantly Africans
and African descents) are these
writers targeting and recommending subhminally to the general public with such blanket
attributes? The 'usual suspect*? I
think the UBYSSEY newspaper
should represent the collective
voice of all students at UBC and
should not be allowed to be used
for disseminating stereotypical
racist imagery.
Thank you.
Dr. A. A. Ojo
Vote earlier!
Vote more often!
I am writing out of concern
over the AMS electoral process.
Poor voter turnout is almost justified in the face of such disorganization. Perhaps the low numbers
are partly due to the lack of promotion of the 'All Candidates
Debate'; many students have
never seen their potential student
leaders and do not trust a well-
designed poster to illustrate
integrity. Consequently, students
choose to abstain from voting.
Furthermore, the irresponsible
way the elections are managed
makes voting a joke. The poll
clerks and the Elections
Administrator were not able to do
their part in ensuring a fair election. It is unclear to me how accurate election results can be determined when there is no measure
to ensure that students only voted
once. In a properly organized student election, a number is crossed
off the back of each student's AMS
card (in indelible ink) to ensure
the one person-one vote 'democracy'. However, when I voted, no
attempt was made to mark my
card. When asked about this lack
of due process the poll clerk simply answered, 'I don't know anything about it.' Numerous others
that I have spoke with described
similar lack of voter monitoring.
This means that any student could
have easily voted more than once
throughout election week.
Considering that the difference in
votes between the top two
Presidential contenders was less
than one hundred votes, I would
hardly call the results sound. Any
person with a little motivation
could have swayed the election
results because there was no way
to determine from a poll booth if
they had already voted. Voters
should complain to the elections
administrator so that this issue
can be addressed.
Namiko Kunimoto
Park this!
In my 3 years of post-secondary education attended at
UBC, I have seen the birth of 3
new years with little distinguishing one from the other. For example, might someone tell me how
UBC charging $ 13.85 for a day of
parking is justified? Can someone
please tell me how vast expanses
of parking along N.W. Marine Dr.
and in residential areas are
assigned to be 'No Parking' or ' 1
hour only' zones? This is a prime
example of profiteering, gouging,
scamming and protectivism on
the part of UBC. By restricting or
severely limiting parking (free
that is) on the UEL, the UBC fails
to recognize just how much more
exclusive they are making those
extravagant homes surrounding
this campus. Such blatant misuses of authority should be checked,
the perpetrators fired, and someone installed who will respect the
needs of students by increasing
cont on p.7 op/fed
Graduate awards are "classist"
I do not think students realize what a prejudiced
environment they live in. In particular, the
University's Graduate Faculty and the Graduate
Awards Office is deeply classist. Each year they award
University Graduate Fellowships' (ajpag *with other
scholarships) to the least needy ^aents i.e. the rich.
I, myself, have been nomjflaterj twice by my faculty on the basis of my high acadejBiic performance,
which is how I have come to know the rules of t&e
game and more specifically how Jthese, rules shift Jp
suit the Faculty's classist nature. This year I was told
that I am ineligible because I am no longer Considered a full-time student accordf|g to the Registrar.
Strangely, my entire 5 1/2 year undergraduate educational career (lengthened due,tb my 20 hour paid
work week) has been as a fujjjPbjne studt&it according to the Registrar. As set by fte Registrar, any student taking 18 credits or more is considered by the
University as full-time, yet the new hidden qualifications for graduate scholarships, unbeknownst to;4e
student, requires the student be J^-time full-time (i.e.
27 or more credits). *N/
In fact, I was told that the Graduate Awards Office
regards any student taking fewe/ than 2 7 credits as
'suspicious'. What are they suspicious of? Do they^jjus?;
pect that working students might hdve too much
free time in which to fritter away their scholarship
money? Obviously, working students could teach them
a thing or two! Might there not be intelligent and more
deserving students who also live in the real working world as compared to those confined to the groves
of Acadesme? Why should only students from upper
class homes who have no financial worries be awarded schofcLrships as opposed to those who have to pay
their own ,wa?j&' O^icated full-time students taking 1§ credits (SO so sbfiply in order to make time to
work to pay for their education. Incidentally, this work
experience will gtlre them an edge in tomorrow's highly competitive} nprket. Middle-income and working
class students are being discriminated against.
Does the &ar|^te Awards Office not realize the
feat of being a v*J8i-r0unded student, highly educated in both schfiorand-work experience? Do they not
realize that 60% pf'Ujfc students have student loans
to help pay fqr their education (and these figures
reflect only those Students who are granted student
loans)? Do they not reahze that they are being classist by rewarding those few who are able to take 2 7 of
more credits peii year without working to pay for it?
Do they not realizeJJiat they are just keeping the rich
rich? Of course tifey reahze it, they just do not want
others to realize i|. Funny how it took a full-time student rathei than a full-time full-time student to fig-
iare this one out. Maybe UBC is not teaching us eveiy-
E. Starr
Letters cont. from p.6
space availability, reducing parking rates, and respecting the needs
of motorists.
As far as any intended objectives deemed to be met by such
crass authoritarian parking regulations are concerned; I suggest that
someone with a logical, capable,
and functional brain be delegated
the authority of reforming UBC
campus parking policy. These are
my honest opinions and I believe
them. I can just imagine the untold
kickbacks, perks, and privileges
that such parking administrators
Even more frustrating are the
conspirators of such political misdemeanors like the UBC Board of
Governors, the AMS, and/or any
other interest group who fails to
prepare, modify, and foricibly
change such bullshit policies. I can
assure people that simple reforms
are possible so as to maintain the
environment. Protectionism by
elimination of reasonable parking
areas besides curbs and in lots
TaiiP'o *
Written and Directed
by Valerie Methot
({(11 tail iii i<j;
makes line ups to exit parkades
frustrating, stressfull, and extremely wasteful due to the necessity of
idling your car. I think that I have
voiced my opinion and made my
point. A quick drive around campus makes my opinion an obvious
fact. Thus, I will not have such crap
(that the UBC parking enforcement
calls policy/law) rammed down my
throat. As result, I park on 16th and
cycle to Buchanan.
Yours Sincerely,
Andrew Szalo
Photo gallery
reviewer exposed
I am writing in regards to Sarah
Barr's review of the PhotoSoc
Annual Gallery Exhibit. As a member of PhotoSoc who has pieces in
the show, I am slightly more
informed than the reviewer on the
purpose of this show (though she
should have informed herself since
she was writing a review): to give
club members an opportunity to
display their work, both those who
are semi-professionals, and amateurs who have been doing photography for only one month (myself).
The reviewer acknowledges that
the photos displayed were "chosen
by the members themselves," and
then proceeds to bash them haphazardly. I do not think that every
review should be nice and encouraging and placating to artists, but it
should be fair and respectful of the
artists. Perhaps this review should
not even have been written; though
she says "Decide for yourself," the
reviewer's article basically tells
people not to go to the show and
insults the PhotoSoc members. The
"banality and meaninglessness" of
a photograph of oranges is a purely
subjective matter: has the reviewer
ever considered good contrast,
good composition, or the concept
of STILL LIFE ART?!?!! Anyway, I
shouldn't be too mean since I think
the reviewer just simply missed the
Amanda Growe
Arts 2
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Hungarian Students Arrive
Met in Abbotsford by UBC dignitaries
Friday, January 25, 1957
The entire Forestry Engineering Division of
the Hungarian Sopron University arrived in
British Columbia Thursday noon.
Close to 300 students, faculty, wives and
children were temporarily housed at the
RCAF camp in Abbotsford awaiting completion of their winter quarters at Powell River.
The students, clothed in heavy green
coats and woolen sweaters, were greeted at
the   Abbotsford   dormitories   bv   UBC
President NAM MacKenzie, Deans Geoffrey
Andrew and GS Allan, World  University
Service representatives and three  Ubyssey
After the official greeting ceremony, the
immigrants were detained in one large building to pass through customs and immigration. While awaiting turns for the inspection,
they told UBC students and reporters details
of their recent experiences.
All conversation was clarified to the UBC
representatives  through  three  interpreters
who became noticeably excited each time
the student uprising which preceded their
move to Canada was mentioned.
WUS committee is currendy trying to
find jobs for the students until the fall session
opens. They will study at Powell River until
May and will then be placed in summer jobs.
Reasons given by the President of the
Students' Council of the Sopron University
for choosing Canada as a home were: "We
know it has a democratic political system,
and is a country for the future. Mostly, it is
the most promising country for foresters." ♦
Cocktail" mixers tell of battle
by Dave Wilder
INTRODUCING THREE HUNGARIAN Refugees to the Vile Rag is Ubyssey
Managing Editor Pat Russell. —Photo by Wilder
Friday, January 25, 1957
Flaming gin bottles against Russian
heavy tanks. That is the story ofthe
Hungarian students' battle against
their Russian enemies, according to
the students of Sopron University I
spoke to yesterday.
This technique was used almost
exclusively in the dying days ofthe
rebellion. The famous Molotov
cocktails were used by otherwise
unarmed students against heavy
Russian Stalin III tanks. They
threw them in the carburetor
intakes and flooded the tanks with
flaming gasoline.
Although the students had
arms, and lots of them, they had no
ammunition. The arms were
turned over to them by members of
the Hungarian Army, Secret Police,
and by the munition workers in the
The students knew how to use
these weapons. All ofthe men and
women had received long periods
of intensive military training. They
had spent three hours a week every
week during the school year and
one month during the holidays
learning how to use the Russian
They fought gallantly. They
used insect sprayers loaded with
gasoline and shotguns with solid
slugs to hold open the corridor to
the West despite frantic efforts to
seal off the country. They were dive
bombed, strafed, rocketed and
skip-bombed by Russian Migs and
The corridor stayed open and
thousands of refugees were able to
escape. Food and medical supplies
were brought in to ease the suffering ofthe rebels. Wen the corridor
was shrinking under the weight of
Red armor and the battle was
almost over, the whole school
retreated to the west.
When they left for the west they
left because they had nothing left
to tight with. During their brief
struggle, the girls of the Medical
School used heaving artillery and
machine guns, the Boys of the
Forestry School used everything
from pistols up.
Their defense was as brief as it
was incredibly valiant. By holding
the corridor open they allowed
thousands of refugees to escape.
These refugees as well as the whole
west, owes much to these students
of Sopron. ♦
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