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Vol. IV, No. 7
August 14-20, 1985
Campus daycare in crisis
U BC's daycare is thriving but time
is running out to find a new place to
put it.
The childcare at UBC is known
across North America and beyond
but the 1940 vintage army huts that
keep the rain off the children's heads
will have to be abandoned in two
and a half years by order of the fire
But if Don Holubitsky, a UBC
graduate student and daycare fundraising comittee of one, is correct,
UBC should have a $l million daycare centre by early next year to
replace the decaying huts.
Holubitsky, who also sits on the
Board of Governors and the AMS
Capital Projects Acquisition Committee, says the AMS has already
guaranteed $350,000 for new daycare buildings from the CPAC reserve fund and he expects the other
$650,000 from various sources to be
raised within the next few months.
Acadia Daycare co-supervisor
Judy McMurter likes the large, colourful complex of remodelled army
huts with a big yard where she. along
with three other co-workers, looks
after 25 three to six year old children.
"1 think this is the best (facility) in
the city," she says, adding the ample
inside and outside space make it
ideal for looking after active kids
and probably couldn't be replaced in
a new building. "I personally like
thi-ild facility better ... when you
want o stick a nail in the wall you
The bu'ding she is in. which only
passes fire inspection because of
special expensive fire retardant paint
on the walls, will be among the first
daycare units demolished when construction starts this fall on a new
student family housing development
on the site. The housing project will
replace 20 existing units with 164
new ones with up to 216 more child
ren, not all of whom will use daycare.
Another Acadia co-supervisor,
James Hutchinson, also likes the
daycare building he works in, one of
several in the same area to the southeast of campus. He appreciates the
custom work such as half walls and
other play areas which parents have
built over the years but still wants to
see it replaced.
"They're falling to pieces," he says.
"It would be nice to have new buildings."
UBC Daycare coordinator Mab
Oloman looks after 11 separate daycare units including four centres for
children 18 months to three years
old, five for ages three to five, a preschool for three to four year olds and
an after school centre for University
Hill school students. Of the approximately 275 students in centres she
manages, about 225 are in buildings
which will have to be abandoned by
She describes the cooperative management and separate individual identity of the facilties as a crucial factor. "I'm concerned that we maintain
that individuality," she says.
"That's the reason why some of
them are considered the best in the
city," she says. "Our staff are very
good and they like working here;
there is a low turnover."
She adds the location by the endowment lands is ideal for bud and
tadpole hunting expeditions which
enrich the day for children.
She has her own list of problems
with the existing facility, starting
with the plumbing which has no
pressure. "You can't clean your hands
and brush your teeth at the same
time," she says.
Last December the staff in some
of the daycares found rats eating the
corners off the mats, added Oloman.
She says she is "really grateful to the
AMS for taking up the challenge of
(raising funds for) daycare," adding
she hopes other parts of the campus
such as alumni and staff will help.
"Parents who are paying $300 -
500 a month for daycare cannot
raise enough to build a new building," she says.
Holubitsky says the current push
for new daycare buildings started
after 1983 when the fire marshal
gave the buildings a "five year only
extension" following $200,000 in
work to bring them closer to fire
Daycare first appeared at UBC in
1967 when parents set the precedent
of forminga non-profit society under
the provincial childcare act called
UBC Kindercare Society. This was
followed by Acadia, Units I and II,
Canada Goose, Tillicum, Summer
of '73, Lilliput, and Pentacare daycares and finally University Hill after
school care, founded in 1976.
"Since 1976 no new daycare facili-
CHILDREN.enjoying daycare juice and cookies
ties have started on campus even
though the need has continued to
grow. There has been a move to
build more daycare ever since then,"
he says, adding for the last several
years UBC daycare has been completely full with a long waiting list
equal to the number of spaces.
For the moment he is sticking to
fundraising to replace the existing
"What we are trying to do is
within a limited budget of $1 million
replace all the existing facilities in
the simplest construction that will be
fully functional," he says, adding
money for expansion can be raised
He says less than one per cent of
students have a child in daycare at
any one time but it is still a worthwhile student project.
"I think students can support it
because it's a socially enlightened
Sixty per cent of children in daycare have student parents while 20
per cent are faculty children and the
remaining 20 per cent are children of
"I have asked the faculty association and the unions to become involved in funding the daycare," he
He says he thinks the funding will
be in place this fall.
"One of the main support groups
has been the Alumni Association.
They are considering the proposal of
funding daycare with matching dollars to the ($350,000) student contribution," he says.
AMS designer Michael Kingsmill,
a U BC architecture student who has
been working with daycare designs,
is enthusiastic about the potential of
the daycare project.
"It's probably the most exciting
project I could imagine," he says.
"It's parameters are being a child."
See page 2: UBC Page 2
The Summer Ubyssey
August 14-20, 1985
UBC daycare units will each maintain separate identities
From page 1
He has done extensive research
into design requirements for childcare and praises the quality of care at
"It is a facility of high renown and
you have to do equal or better," he
says. "You can't just put up ATCO
He says the provincial law calls
for three square meters per child
inside and seven outside but he is
"using a design standard of almost
three times that."
The space for daycare is a long
rectangle about the size of half a city
block along Acadia Road and each
daycare unit will be 1800 - 2000
square feet in inside floor area,
roughly the size of a three bedroom
house. By law each 18 months to
three years unit must have no more
than 12 children and at least three
staff and each over three unit can
have 25 children and four professional staff.
The law won't allow more than
three units to be joined together and
Kingsmill says he wants to keep all
the units separate so they can maintain their individual identity.
He wants to maintain the invol
vement of parents in the management of their own daycare. If the
building is "like an institution it
promotes an attitude that whenever
there's anything wrong you just look
to the big caretaker," he says.
One plan he mentioned is to create
a street pattern through the site with
different buildings along the way.
"We could develop one house as a
town hall... another as a fire station
in an environment that is a safe
replica of the real thing."
Kingsmill doesn't see starting immediately and points out no final
design decisions have been reached.
Alumni Association executive dir- •
ector Dan Spinner said he is delighted with the daycare proposal and
his organization is quite interested in
the project but wouldn't decide exactly what to do until a committee
meeting in early September.
He said he had received a letter of
encouragement about supporting daycare from President pro-tem Robert
Smith but added it would be better.if
users and connected bodies such as
faculty and staff chipped- in.
"It's a lot easier for us to raise
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contributing," Spinner says.
Daycare committee chair Neil Risebrough, UBC associate" vice-president student services, says "within
two months we should have the final
(funding) committments that we
"If it wasn't for the students taking the initiative here then we would
be having a very difficult time."
He says he is certain alternate
facilities can be found for the Acadia
daycare when they lose their building in the fall.
He pointed out UBC has the largest daycare of any university in
Graham, a child at Acadia daycare, said he liked the saws, the
hammers and the wood axe at the
His mother said. "I'm really sad
this build ing is doomed."add ing she
had only been associated with Acadia for a few months and was very
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The Summer Ubyssey
Page 3
Unemployment rate up for month
The unemployment rate for B.C.
students who'plan to return to
school soared to 18.5 per cent last
month, leaving 22,000 students without summer work.
Statistics Canada reported 7.000
more students were unable to find
work in July than in June. As of July
there were 119,000 students in the
labour force, 97,000 of whom had
found work and 22,000 who remained -memployed.
, Terry Hunt. Pacific region chair
of the Canadian'Federation of Students criticized both the federal and
provincial governments for the rising number-of jobless students.
"It (the increase) points to the fact
that the Challenge '85 job program
has failed to employ the number of
students it promised to."The joint
federal-provincial program had
aimed to employ 95,000 students.
Hunt also slammed the provincial
government for limitingits contri-
Sports not topped
Students returning to UBC this
fall will be slapped with a $32 athletic
fee imposed by the board of governors, but the Alma Mater Society
and the university administration
still have not set up an athletic coun-'
cil to monitor the spending of th'is
"Presently, the council is not in
formal existance," said Duncan
Stewart, AMS external affairs coordinator.
He said both sides are still negotiating and are hopeful that the
council will be operating by September I.
Neil Riseborough, vice-president
student services, said negotiations
are presently going well but added
council will mostly form in October.
"The board of governors will
hopefully approve the budget by
September. However, the board
does not have a September meeting,
therefore it probably will not be
formed until October," he said.
Riseborough  said   meetings  be
tween the AMS and the-administra-
tion have been harmonious so far
but many of the administrators have
been absent during some of the
meetings because they are on vacation.
Riseborough said the structure of
the council still has not been
" I entatively, there may be equal
representation from the students,
alumni and administration," he said.
In June student council decided
not to sue the administration over
the board imposed fee. Instead,
council decided to form an athletics
council to control athletic program
budgets because of potentially high
legal fees, the loss of goodwill with
the university, and the slim chance
of obtaining any tangible benefit for
students because to the board's
Simon Seshadri, director of administration said, "We're going to
work to form the council as quickly
as possible."
Korean hockey here
hoi the University of Korea
national hockey team and their
coach. Kim Saeil, hockey is very
serious Business. And perhaps that's
why these South Koreans stand to
gain the most from an exchange visit
between the far eastern country and
players here at UBC.
The Koreans arrived in Vancouver July 19 and have been doing a
combination of workouts, intra-
squa*d games and a series of exhibition games with local Bantam and
Midget-class players. Organizers say
the purpose of the month-long visit
is to improve upon the hockey skills
of Korean players, from skating to
team play.
As part of the agreement, a team
of players from UBC will tour the
University of Korea in August 1986
So far. the visit has been dubbed
successful by both U BC hockey officials and the South Koreans, who
come from a country where ice
hockey is low on the sports totem-
"In Korea, it (hockey) has the
popularity of a Class B sport and is
not very well known, either," says
University of Korea coach Kim.
"The big sports in South Korea are
(in order): Soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball...and then maybe
There are also no professional
leagues in Korea, says Kim. The best
players usually end up playing for
one of the better college teams, like
Hyundai University or the University of Korea.
Overall, the Koreans say they have
enjoyedtheir brief stay here in Canada. "Vancouver is a very beautiful
city." said Kim Kisan. a 19 year-old
economics majorat the U. of Korea,
and a member of the Korean national team.
Kisan said the mountains surrounding the Vancouver area are
somewhat reminicent of his native
country. However, the soft-spoken
Korean defenceman said he doesn't
like Canadian food, preferring the
"cooking back home."
It appears that the Koreans do
most of their "cooking" in their daily
practice schedule, which includes
two-a-day workouts on-ice, followed by an exhibition game lined
up by the UBC hockey school.
The team wakes up at five a.m.
each morning to have breakfast.
They then dress and drive to the
UBC winter arena for a morning
skate at 1 1 a.m. That is followed by a
lunch, then it's back to the rink by
3:30 p.m. for another workout along
with various scrimmages. They retire
for the day at I I p.m.
but ion to summer works to only $10
'The best student assistance pn--
e.am is a summer job that allows
students enough money to be self-
sufficient," he said.
The student venture Capital
Loans program was also condem-
med by Hunt.
"It gives students a chance to go
bankrupt in the summer; then they
can get a student loan and go bankrupt in the winter."
An increase of 7,000 unemployed
returning students is large but not
unusual for July. Statistics Canada
include some high school students in
its definition of returning students.
"A lot of high school students
come on-stream (into the labour
force) in July and that increases the
unemployment level from June,"
said Joachim Knauff, an economist
with regional economic services, a
branch of Employment and Immigration Canada.
Knauff said that the size of the
labour force always increases in July
and that the level of unemployment
goes up with it. "But the overall
unemployment rate has probably
gone down from July of last year."
said Knauff.
Statistics Canada bears Knauff
out. In July of last year, 1 I 1,000
returning students were in the labour
market. Of these 21,000 were unemployed making an unemployment
rate of 18.9 per cent, 0.4 per cent
higher than this year. The actual
number of unemployed returning
students has remained constant.
Last year of a total of 173,000
returning students, 21,000 were without work in July. This summer there
are 183,000 returning students and
22,000 are unemployed.
Duncan Stewart, Alma Mater
Society external affairs co-ordi-
nator, said he expects the high
unemployment rate to have two
major results.
Students who fail to get summer
jobs will take on greater debt loads.
"Having to declare bankruptcy upon
graduation is not fun." said Stewart.
Stewart also forsees trouble for
unemployed students who for whatever reason either fail to receive a
student loan or qualify for a loan
that doesn't cover the full cost of
"Some students who were here
last year will not be here next year.
I'd guess enrollment will decline
especially for first-year students," he
The latest unemployment figures
ser;l a mixed signal according to
'We're not back to Happy Days
Are ilere Again, but the figures a re a
little bit of good news that the students of B.C. will be glad to receive."
Yawning man wonders if humans can photosynthesize. fie worries
that he may be energized enough to learn something this summer. He
has already soaked up nutrients via the roots extending through the
bench. Swimmers are upset at him for draining the outdoor pool.
MSP removal surprises visa students and workers
The provincial health ministry's
quiet decision to remove Medical
Services Plan coverage for visa students and workers has not escaped
notice from the B.C. public.
"The rules were broken unilaterally and there was no official warn
ing that MSP would be cut." said
Carlos Schrezor, a U BC visa student
who will be left without medical
coverage because his wife is pregnant and all the private companies
they have contacted so far have
refused to take them.
"Notice should have been giv!  ;at
Loans to be off ered on campus
All three campus financial institutional will handle student loans
this fall.
The Teacher's Credit Union and the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce have both Handled student loans at their UBC branches
previously and will continue doing so this year.
The Student Union Building branch of the Bank of Montreal will
handle student loans temporarily in September.
Branch manager Barry Hersh said they decided to return the service
for three weeks to UBC students to "maximize customer services."
The Bank of Montreal decided about two years ago to only accept
student loans at their downtown branch in an effort to "centralize"
their student loan operations, said Hersh.
Hersh said two people will be available to handle the student loans
in Septemberand urged students to have their university registrations
validated and to make sure they have their eligibility sched ule received
before going to the bank for loan approval.
Duncan Stewart, Alma Mater Society co-ordinator of external
affairs, said," with the Teacher's Credit Union coming in the Bank of
Montreal is frightened and is making a move to attract more business
and prevent accounts from being transferred to the TCU."
The TCU was asked by the AMS last year to establish a branch at
UBC because the Bank of Montreal was unresponsive to AMS
requests to keep their student loan handling services at UBC former
AMS president Margaret Copping has said.
least nine months before," he said.
Schrezor is also concerned for his
other children who were born in
Canada and are also ineligible foi
MSP coverage because the ministry
has said that they assume the status
of their parents regardless of their
own citizenship status.
The definition of a B.C. resident
has not been clearly defined by the
provincial government which
charges visa students taxes and does
not consider them residents when
they apply for MSP coverage said
Schrezor nas still not been officially notified of the health ministry's change in policy.
At a meeting between students
from UBC, SFU and UVic last
Wednesday question was raised as
to the extent of the health minister's
authority to change policies.
"Because of the system he is able
to do it (change policy) without any
apparent accountability," said Tom
Ewasiuk a member of the SFU students council.
Rosemin Keshwani, UVic AMS
president, said the provincial government's decision shows, "an obvious
sentiment in B.C. against visa students and foreign students because
they are considered a burden on the
tax payer."
She added foreign students ha->e
also been discriminated against in
B.C. because of the high differentia;
fees imposed  on visa students by
The group thought ol turning to
the provincial ombudperson but the
position in the province of B.C. is
now vacant. Current MSP premiums are about $204 per year for a
single person and $324 per year for
families. On private insurance the
cost increases to $324 per year for
single persons and more than double
to $792 for families.
Many have also renewed their
MSP by mail and were upset that
they were not notified of the possible
change in policy before renewing
their plans.
"1 have already paid and renewed
my MSP," said Schrezor. "They
have accepted my money but 1 have
not received any refund yet."
"Who protects you against the
government," he asked.
The SFU Association of University and College Employees Union,
local 6 has filed a petition to get a
court injunction on the ministry's
decision and a court date has been
set for August 29. The group hopes
to have many supporters present at
the hearing.
"It is hard to defend ourselves if
we don't have support from Canadians," said horacio de la cueva. president of the UBC Teaching Assistants Union. "We have to convince
i.ie government that trade partnership comes with people and not just
rhoney," he said. Page 4
The Summer Ubyssey
August 14-20, 1985
Ritchie distresses unions
There has been a high degree of
public silence from the university
administration regarding the work
being done on campus by the American firm Ritchie and Associates.
The two short articles in recent editions of the Ubyssey (July 17 and
July 31) do nothing to clarify the
situation, and in fact are misleading.
It would have been wise to discuss
the matter with the unions that represent the workers who are the subjects of this review, and not just the
Administration. You would do well
to check your own files - Ubyssey
reporter Stuart Colcleugh was working on the story as early as March of
this year.
We've been able to find out very
little about Ritchie and Associates.
What little we have discovered has
been less than reassuring. Steve
Vodi, business agent for the International Association of Machinists,
Lodge 2413, told us that the result of
Ritchie and Associates' review of
Ward Air was the privatization of
ramp services, and the lay off of half
of his bargaining unit (250 people).
- The University has given us many
verbal assurances that the purpose
of the review is not to reduce the
workforce, but to improve efficiency.
They also assure us that if the result
of the review, contrary to its intention, is reduction of the workforce,
any lay offs will be handled fairly,
and in full consultation with the
unions involved. But the absence of
any public statements makes us nervous. There has been nothing, for
instance, in the U BC Reports stating
the purpose of the review, the costs,
and the extent.
From what we have been able to
find out, this is nothing but a plain
old fashioned time-motion study,
complete with stop watches. We
don't understasnd how the University can justify this kind of expensive, outside review, when they have
a large body of competent managers
and administrators, and abundant
resources in the area of business
administration. By our estimate, they
have already spent about $700,000
on this study, and at a time when
they claim they do not have the ability to pay wage increases or increments. If the purpose is not to reduce
the workforce, then how will the savings achieved by this review be adequate to even pay its cost?
We are also distressed by the way
the review is being conducted, and in
particular the lack of consultation
with our members, the people who
do the work.
Your article of July 17 blames the
problems in Campus Mail on a
"sudden swell of ...mail", and the
"departure of three mailroom staff
on vacation". It is our understanding that all of the problems resulted
from a test run of one of Ritchie and
Associates' recommendations: a rerouting of campus mail went back to
their old system after the efficiency
tests proved to be a failure.
Also surprising is Don Holubits-
ky's comment, in the July 31 article,
that the Board of Governors "had
heard of the efficiency plan". I would
hope, with something of this magnitude, that the Board would be well
informed, and even involved in the
decision. Ask him again.
Ted Byrne
Union Coordinator
AUCE Local One
UBC professors should
quit griping, face reality
If the best UBC professors can do
is simply threaten to resign, OR
resign for that matter and go elsewhere to teach, then perhaps they
deserve the bitter treatment meted
out to their profession by the anti-
intellectual Social Credit government.
For the past three years, U.B.C.
professors have whined — no more,
just complained they were losing
ground in the academic dollar game.
It's time they took positive action to
correct the fiscal wrongs levelled at
them. The time for intellectual bitching is over. Professors should now
take the walk into reality — withdraw services. How can they stand
being bullied and sullied so long?
Charles Mayer
Never cry wolf, unless you are an American border guard trying to
stop subversives like Farley Mowat from crossing the 49th parallel
southward into the land of the free.
In the aftermath of Mowat's brush with the long arm of the CIA
blacklist, too many Canadians quietly sat back with a smug reassurance that although the the US may suffer from collective insanity,
Canadians are level headed, types who don't go in for any of this
B-movie cloak and dagger stuff.
After all, in Canada, you can always be sure whether or not you are
on 'the list'. All you have to do is go down to your nearest RCMP office
or, if you can find them, the CSIS, and merely ask if they have a file on
you. If you don't have one, they'll open one right away.
Maybe this could become a new fashion. No citizen should be without their CSIS file! Political activism aside, if every Canadian were to
make themselves a member of the good old dissident club, then not
only will the feds not know who to intern next war, but they'll collapse
under the paperwork in meantime.
Sounds fine to us.
We're gonna set those bastards
We don't like it. mnnnnnn. We don't like it one bit.
In fact we are darned upset. It really pisses us off. In fact if it doesn't
stop we'll just ... ooooh... we'll just ... well you know.
Any more of this and we .... we won't take one little bit more.
Oh boy, are we ever ticked off.
If we were any angrier we might burst. This must stop pretty damned
soon, or we'll get really mad.
We'll hold our breaths until we turn a collective blue. We will we
really will.
You'd better stop or else you'll be in big trouble.
(Snarl) We've just got to stop it!
August 14-20, 1985
The Summer Ubyssey is published Wednesdays throughout
the summer session by the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia, with additional funding from the
Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund, the UBC Alumni Association,
and the federal Challenge '85 program. Editorial opinions are
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"No, honestly, I really can't tell the difference between Stephen and Debbie," David Ferman
said. "You mean Stebbie Losenthal," Stella Wong commented, "I thought they were only one
person " With tears in her eyes Betsy Goldberg admitted that Victor Wong wasn't that tall blond
hunk she sighted in that cathedral in Milan, besides she had been convinced for a while that it was
really Pat Quan. "Garbage," Faith Jones exclaimed, "that was EXPO not a Milanese Cathedral.'
Either way Ian Weniger admitted that he and Eva Busza would probably prefer it if Expo was in
Milan, but James Young made a good argument for Saturn. Rick Klein argued that Saturn would
also be a good place for most of B.C.'s forestry companies, but it was not until Elena Miller pointed
out that the solar system was an unmollested natural wonderland that he admitted that Reagan
could learn a thing or two about ecology if he went to Saturn to see for himself (especially, if Robert
Beynon was around to flog some decent PR out of the visit.) Mo, Winnie and Stephanie had a better
idea: namely that the whole US administration should be processed through the Peak typesetting
equipment. Etan Vlessing pointed out that Nancy Reagan would look a hell of a lot better in 9pt
Helios bold than the risque black undies Russle Sly popped through the white house mailbox
around Xmas time. "How 'bout that typesetters' black hole," Camile Dionne queried, "we lost Jim
Martin in there last production night, maybe Gordon Clark should go have a look." Lise Magee was
skeptical. When Adam Quastel went to investigate that left margin crash we thought Robert
Chown had orchestrated from inside the hole, we didn't see him until Helene Wisotzki found him
in the ununlockable lockers in the Ubyssey office four days later Cal Rosenberg would have spent
more time worrying about the black hole problem if he wasn't busy searching Vancouver for the
Husky House diner Monte Stewart materialized in the after deleting himself off the Peak VDT
screens. "In the final analysis." Mike Dennis conjectured, "I suppose it was Laura I saw three
weeks ago somewhere on Stephen's desk." Stephen said he wasn't sure, but she might be in the
-to-be-filled file. "I'd have to check." August 14-20, 1985
The Summer Ubyssey
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Japanese exhibit is fascinating and exquisite
Ancient Japan dominated the Vancouver Museum two days this week.
A Japanese Evening, a fund-raising
event, offered a sencha, or tea utensil
exhibit, an East Asian theatre artifacts exhibit, a Noh theatre demonstration, and a Japanese banquet.
The sencha scoop exhibit showcased Zen influenced spiritual artistry.
Sencha scoops are curved foot
long carvings that look like wooden
shin guards. They originated in China
with scholars and philosophers who
used them as tea ceremony armrests.
In the seventeenth century the sencha tea ceremony and the arm rests
became a part of Japanese life. The
scoop's artistry improved when the
Japanese introduced ivory, copper,
mother of pearl and silver to the
standard bamboo building material.
The scoop's ornamentation included
calligraphy, landscapes, plants and
animals, characters of myth and
everyday subjects.
The sencha exhibit was fascinat
ing and exquisite. With sensuous
lines and extraordinary detail the
artists created beautiful images — a
frog perched on a lotus leaf in mother
of pearl, flying insects with fluttering
motion carved from plain bamboo.
The exhibit's lone shortcoming
was a lack of facts. The information
given was sparse but fascinating. It
explained the centrality of certain
aspects of nature.
For example, the lotus was venerated by Taoists and Buddhists, and
the crane, a Japanese favourite, was
seen as the patriarch of birds and a
symbol of longevity. Some works
were highlighted with poetry.
A single leaf -
Just a single leaf has fallen
And was swept away breathless
- Yankees is mild fun
The babies stopped crying soon
after the show began, and I emerged
three hours later with only two irritating bites, but unfortunately Theatre Under the Stars' production
wasn't quite musical comedy enough
to please a real fan like myself.
Damn Yankees
Theatre Under the Stars
at Malkin Bowl
Damn Yankees' plot is a modern
version of the Dr. Faustus tale, in
which a man sells his soul to the devil
in exchange for a much desired but
previously impossible fantasy. The
fantasy of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged
real estate salesman, is to see his
Milwaukee Brewers win the pennant
from those Damn Yankees.
Thanks to Mr. Applegate, the
Mephisto of this version. Old Joe is
transformed into Young Joe Hardy,
the shot in the arm the hapless Brewers so desperately needed. Ever
mindful of Joe's "escape clause",
which he may use at any time to
cancel the devilish deal and return to
his beloved wife, Mr. Applegate uses
the beautiful witch Lola to try and
keep young Joe in line.
As if matters weren't complicated
enough, Applegate is secretly planning to sabotage the Brewers and
have the Yankees emerge victorious.
But our hero, along with help from
his new ally Lola, saves the pennant
and his marriage and lives happily
ever after.
Such is the stuff of which musicals
are made.
Unfortunately, TUTS' version isn't
quite show-stopping enough.
I was expecting feisty dance num
bers and powerful singing that would
make me feel like highstepping it
down the aisle and grabbing a mike.
Instead 1 got mild humming and
even milder toe-tapping.
Of course there were a few exceptions to the otherwise pleasant but
uninspiring tone of the show. Ros-
anne Hopkins, as the devilish Lola,
was easily the best performer in the
cast. Her dancing was the sort of
stuff every good musical has, and
her singing, while not ideal, was certainly in the spirit of the original
Damn Yankees.
Especially enjoyable was the
Whose Got the Pain number, danced
with Glen Kerr. Another delightful
performer was Joan Ridley as Sister.
Her performance as the middle-aged
twitty friend of Old Joe's wife and
diehard Brewers fan got the only-
authentic laughs out of me in the
entire show. Unfortunately, the rest
of the cast ranged from fairly good
to competently average.
Damn Yankees is a fun musical
with a nice cast and the majority of
the audience certainly seemed to
enjoy itself. Even a critical and committed musical fan can enjoy herself
despite the overall lack of real musical comedy spirit.
NOH ACTOR...as heavenly maiden
By a gust of wild wind
The evening's centrepiece was the
Noh theatre standard performance,
Hagoromo. It tells of a heavenly
maiden who loses her robe and with
it her chance to return to heaven.
A fisherman has taken the robe
and just as he is about to take it
home the maiden finds him and begs
for her robe's return. After the woman is reduced to tears and agrees to
perform a heavenly dance, the fisherman agrees to return the robe.
Hagoromo was written in the fourteenth century and has almost no
recognizable similarities with modern western theatre. It was impossible to know exactly what was taking
The play begins with a shrill flute
and the entrance of the waki, or supporting actor, in this case the fisherman. For what seemed an eternity he
moved snail-paced across the stage.
Throughout the play the music and
action was performed at a tranqui-
lizing pace. The final dance of the
maiden took well over half an hour.
Slowly it dawned on the hypnotized audience that the play has nothing to do with broad portrayals of
emotion but is a delicate combination of mood and meditation. If the
viewer is not put to sleep he/she
experiences the same meditative sensation felt in tai-chi. The emotions
were conveyed mainly by the shite or
main actor (master Makio Umew-
aka) through the fantastic costume,
subtle movements of hands and feet,
and the plaintive sounds of a man
singing the role of a maiden. An
example of Noh's subtlety was crying demonstrated merely by lifting a
hand to the mask and shading it.
The Japanese Evening was an eye
opener, but as one would expect
from a museum, it was far more
interesting than entertaining.
Bubbleguy brightens week with soapy shapes
Last week (August 3rd-11th) was
officially declared Bubbleweek by
Vancouver's mayor Mike Harcourt.
This unusual proclamation was
prompted by the visit of Tom Noddy,
the world's only known performing
Bubbleologist, Bubbleman, or, as he
prefers the informal Bubbleguy.
Both the man and his bubbles
were delightful. Noddy, using common five-and-dime bubble blowing
solution, blew bubbles in bubbles,
smoke bubbles in bubbles, nuclear
bubbles, a breakdancing caterpillar
bubble, a Mount St. Helen's bubble
which had an erupting plume of
smoke, a spinning carousel bubble, a
tetrahydron bubble, a cube bubble,
a six-pointed star bubble, and even a
dodecahedron bubble.
Don't worry if you don't know
what a dodecahedron is; few of the
audience members knew until Noddy
explained. Even something as ephemeral as a bubble can teach a lesson.
Noddy is well aware of this and
explains to his audience some of the
simpler laws of physics. For instance,
bers and powerful singing that would      prefers the informal Bubbleguy. tetrahydron bubble, a cube bubble,      simplerlawsof physics. For
Pee Wee Herman rebels against wimpish materialistic yuppies
By STEPHEN WISENTHAL dHSQHaBHBHbBl^at   ***<5iyr3MM* "a..      ,s^r-
Any movie where the filming of a
Twisted Sister video is interrupted
by several electric golf carts driven
by security guards pursuing a man
on a tacky red bicycle has to be
Pee-Wee's big adventure, starring
Pee-Wee Herman, is just such a
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
directed by Tim Burton
at the Capitol 6
Herman, who took the nation by
storm with his brilliant appearances
on Late Night with David Letter-
man, has reached the silver screen in
a starring vehicle worthy of his temperament.
The marvellous juxtaposition of
the infantile nature of Pee-Wee and
his arch-rival Francis (played by
Mark Holton) with the brutal reality
of the cold harsh world is wonderfully handled in this touching profile
of the moment of crisis in a young
man's life.
The bicycle which Pee-Wee must
search forafter it is stolen is clearly a
metaphor for the lost innocence of
youth in North America today and
his trials and tribulations in his
search for the bicycle represent the
anguish modern society has gone
through in trying to recover its lost
The rampant materialism of the
PEE WEE...man in motion motion motion
young rich Francis in his frantic pur-    pish fickleness.
But, some good can be found in
the evil Francis nemesis — he wants
the bike because it is unique in the
world — a trait not present in fashion-
enslaved Yuppies.
Pee-Wee really comes off as a
Marlon Brando or James Dean fig-
suit of the bike as an object represents Yuppy materialism as epitomized by their slavish demand foi
BMW's. His eventual abandonment
of the bike in the face of fear of
capture can only be interpreted as
castigating Yuppies for their wim-
ure, abandoning convention to be
his own man.
The advertisement calls it "The
Story of a Rebel and His Bike," and
it is.
Pee-Wee Herman fans and people
who enjoy an hour or two of silly
inanity will love this wonderful flick.
he shows the passage of air from one
bubble into a larger bubble to display the laws of air pressure.
One of the more popular bubbles
was the love bubble. Love, says
Noddy, "is one of the most difficult
tricks." This draws an appreciative
laugh from the adult portion of the
audience. Noddy then blows two
separate bubbles and bounces them
gently together till they merge into
one bubble. "True love is oneness."
he explains.
Noddy is a relaxed performer. He
has spent years performing on the
street in North America and Europe.
If he doesn't get a bubble right the
first time, he is always ready with a
joke. He encourages the audience to
talk to him and to make lots of
appreciative noises. Of course the
kids love this; usually they are told
to keep quiet. The adults, I'm sure,
secretly loved it too.
Noddy spoke of how bubbles reminded him of childhood."When
you reach adulthood,"he said,"you
are expected to forget everything
you learned and start again from
scratch, and that's not a very good
idea. The bubbles are a way of not
One woman in the audience was
accompanied by her very tiny baby
who slept throughout the whole performance. Half way through she
leaned over to me and confided, "I
had a kid so that I could have an
excuse to come to things like this."
Noddy has been blowing bubbles
for fourteen years. He has appeared
extensively on television and radio,
including the Johnny Carson show,
and That's Incredible. In all that
time he has only met one other Bubbleguy, an eighty-six year old man
who keeps a collection of bubbles in
jars (some last as long as a year), and
works with eight different secret
bubble formulas. But this man is no
longer performing. Noddy tells us
with his easy smile that he can make
up all the rules himself; his rules are
as elastic as his bubbles. Page 6
The Summer Ubyssey
Jamaica and the Caribbean's #1
band, Byron Lee and the Drago-
neers, with special guest artist Fire
Temple, Sat. Aug. 17 at 8:00, at the
Commodore Ballroom (870 Granville 681 -7838) and China Crisis Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 8:00.
Lunar Adventures playing original
tunes at the Classical Joint Coffee
House (231 Carrall St. 689-0667)
Aug. 16 and 17,. Renee Rosnessjazz
quartet at 8:00.
La Quena (1111 Commercial Drive
251-6826). * g. 16. Brilliant Orange
with False «. ek, August 14 and 15
at the Savoy (6 Powell St. 687-0418)
Jim Byrnes sings the Blues Aug. 16
and 17. The Asexuals and the Bill of
Rights August 16 at John Barleys
(23 W. Cordova).
Vancouver Museum (1 100 Chestnutt St.) Judy Chicago's Birth Project, until Sept. 28th.
The Contemporary Art Gallery (555
Hamilton St. 687-8414). the photos
of Joyce Salloum, until Aug. 17.
Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Gilpin
St. Burnaby 291-9441) Art and the
Computer, over thirty international
works that were made with the aid of
computers, August 8-Sept. 8.
Pitt International Galleries (Pittcorp
Building 36 Powell St. 681-6740) in
the White Gallery an exhibition of
recent paintings and sculpture in a
variety of media, August 12-31.
Brigadoon,alternating with Damn
Yankees, Theatre Under the Stars,
Malkin Bowl (Stanley Park 280-
4411), until August 16th.
Much Ado About Nothing, Open
Theatre, Shakespeare is alive and
well and playing in Kits (732-7888
7th and Vine), until Aug. 31.
James Cowan Theatre (6450 Gilpin
St. Burnaby), The Actor's Guild
presents The Private Ear and the
Public Eye, until Aug. 17 (291 -6864).
City Stage (751 Thurlow 688-1436)
noon hour theatre. Village Wooing
by Shaw, Aug. 14, 21 and 28. The
Lovers by Pinter, Aug. 16, 23 and
Arts Club Theatres (687-5315), Granville Island, Barnum, until Aug. 17th,
Seymour St. Theatre, Sex Tips for
Modern Girls, until Aug. 31. Revue
Theatre (280-4444) Ain't Misbehav-
in', until Aug. 31.
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August 14-20, 1985
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Ridge Theatre (16th and Arbutus
738-6311), Uforia starring Cindy
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at 7:15 and 9:30.
Pacifique Cinematheque at Robson
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Special Delivery Dance June 28-
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The Summer Ubyssey
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i  Northwest fans know who is the Doctor
At first glance, it looks like an
old-fasHioned phone booth, painted
a fading blue and sporting the words
POLICE Public Call BOX above its
doors. It looks like a direct line to
the nearest RCMP,' you step in.
. You' find yourself in a brightly lit
room, much bigger than it first appears to be. The walls are indented
with large circles, save for one which
has a large TV screen in it. In the
middle of all this is a six-sided computerized thing with a transparent
tube in its center.
Standing by this is a man. Although he looks human, you sense
he is not of this world. Perhaps his
eccentric appearance, dressed in old-
fashioned clothes, tips you off, or
maybe his piercing eyes. He touches
a switch, and the tube starts moving
up and down...
Anyone outside would be staring
open-mouthed as the blue phone
booth fades out of sight with a
wheezing, groaning sound...
You have just entered the world of
Doctor Who.
Doctor Who is TV's longest-running science-fiction program and one
of the British Broadcasting Corporation's most popular shows. Created by Sydney Newman and Donald
Wilson in 1963, the show has been
going on for nearly 22 years.
Along the way it has garnered
over 100 million viewers in 54 countries and spawned dozens of fan
clubs, two movies, several fan magazines, one comic-book series, and
nousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. In termsof popularity, the
)octor's adventures in his space-
'time craft, the TARDIS (remember
the phone booth?) rivals that of the
classic sci-fi series. Star Trek.
One of the show's charms lie in its
unique main character. Thanks to
an ability to literally become a new
person in times of personal crisis, the
Doctor has evolved from crochety
old man (as played originally by the
late William Hartnell) to short, Cha-
plinesque hobo (Patrick Troughton)
to tall, swashbuckling dandy (Jon
Pertwee) to bohemian lunatic (Baker, the man with the scarf) to young,
idealistic cricketeer(Davison) to finicky cat-like dilletante with atrocious
taste in clothes (Colin Baker, no
relation to Tom).
cial). They could ask questions of
and get autographs from special
guest Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-
Stewart on the series.
And, most fun of all, they could
dress up as their favorite character
Just exactly how popular the show
is could be seen at the recent Doctor
Who Festival, held August 11 at
Western Washington University in
Bellingham, Washington. With only
a minimum of publicity (limited to
V commercials during KVOS-TV's
roadcasts of the show) the Festival
attracted 1700 die-hard fans from
the Pacific Northwest.
Here, most fans could view masks
of their favorite monsters and reproductions of BBC publicity stills. They
could buy Dr. Who paperbacks,
pins, albums, T-shirts, candy and
scarves (the last two being staples of
the Doctor as played by Tom Baker).
They could watch episodes of "An
Unearthly Child" (the very first Doctor Who episode) and "The Five
Doctors" (the 20th-anniversary spe-
discuss their favourite show.
and perform a little joke in front of
the rest of their peers. "Want a jelly
baby?" said a young man dolled up
as Tom Baker as he tossed candy
into his delighted audience. "Anyone
for cricket?" asked another, dressed
as Peter Davison's Doctor, as he
tossed a cricket ball up and down.
Obviously all this celebration means
a lot of people must like Doctor
Who. What makes it so appealing?
"It's different," said Pat Emery, a
Nanaimo student. "All science fiction that's made in America, they're
all made the same. Doctor Who is
Simon Schraw of Australia agreed.
"I grew up around a lot of British
people, and the British influence of
the show is what I like," she said.
Linda Magdall, a UBC psychology student, said she feels the show
is uninhibited by traditional roles in
science fiction. "With Doctor Who,
you do have to use your imagination, you don't let the show do it for
you," she says.
Doctor Who was first broadcast
in Canada during the middle 1960's,
when the CBC picked up the show as
one of its British imports. It stayed
on the national schedule for one
Since then Vancouver hasn't seen
much of the Doctor, at least not
until the late 1970's, when CKVU
began broadcasting episodes featuring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor. In
1983 KVOS began showing two-
hour episode versions of the show,
with Tom Baker and then Peter
Davison as the Doctor, in the Saturday midnight slot.
KVOS program director Bob
Lewis says he decided to buy the
show because it was an alternative to
the other programs in the late Saturday night time slot. "Saturday
nights are tough nights for programs," he says. "As competition
you have things like Saturday Night
Live, and we didn't want programs
that were like that. Doctor Who,
because of what the show's about,
seemed like a good alternative for
viewers who don't like Saturday
Night Live and want something different."
The audience demographics show
the Doctor's viewers as young, most
of them in their teens, says Lewis.
Males in the 20-to-34 age group are
,the next most avid watchers, with
females in the same age group not
far behind.
Not very many of these people
watch the program regularly, though.
Lewis says about 10,000 to 15,000
households tune in to Doctor Who
every week in the Lower Mainland,
audience ratings which he character-
BAKER.six faces of the same being.
izes as "a little less than satisfactory,
but okay." The show usually places
either fourth or fifth in the ratings,
behind Saturday Night Live and the
local late-night newscasts.
The show's mediocre ratings, however, do not mean unpopularity -
Lewis says KVOS has been getting a
lot of fan mail about it. "The ratings
appear to be solid, but they're not
really indicative of the mail and
phone calls we've been getting," he
Who, but "since we've got Who on
the air the fan clubs seems to have
come out of the woodwork."
Fan clubs? What fan clubs? For
starters, there's the Doctor Who Fan
Club of America, headquartered in
Denver, Colorado. Founded by Chad
Roark and Ron Katz in 1982, the
membership shot up to 1,200 in its
first year and now totals 40,000.
For $10 (U.S.) a Canadian gets a
plastic membership card, a pin that
acts like a mood ring, and a subscription to the fan club's newsletter,
the Whovian Times, a professional-
looking tabloid featuring articles by
fans and people who worked behind
the scenes at the series.
But "it's not a club, it's a commercial enterprise." says Ken Wong, a
Vancouver member of the Dr. Who
Information Network. "It's run by
crooks. 1 don't mind calling them
There may be some credence to
what Wong says; half of the pages in
the Whovian Times have order forms
for DWFCA merchandise such as
posters, buttons, and T-shirts, and
the recordings and candy sold at the
Festival could have been bought at
lower prices elsewhere. "It's not so
much a fanzine as a color catalogue," Wong points out.
His own club, the Dr. Who Information Network, is based in Hamilton, Ontario and boasts 700 members. While the American fan clubs
deal with merchandise, the Network
deals with subscriptions; subscriptions to many of the British fan
The Network also has chapters in
some Canadian cities, where local
fans can get together. There is one in
Victoria, called the Keepers of the
Key to Time and Wong says he plans
to organize a new chapter in Vancouver.
"There are several DWIN members scattered around Vancouver,"
he says. "I've talked with seven or
eight other people who are interested in forming a chapter, and I
know some members of the B.C.
Science Fiction Association who'd
like to join DWIN."
The main problem is most members of the Network don't know each
other, and don't know if others in
their neighborhood are members.
Wong says he was surprised to see a
letter from another Vancouver fan
in his fanzine, showing interest in
forming a local chapter.
COSTUME CONTESTANTS...do the time warp.
says. "It seems that everyone who
watches the show writes a letter. If
the number of viewers matched the
amount of mail and phone calls
we've gotten, it would be a hit."
When KVOS considered dropping
Doctor Who from its schedule, word
got out and the station received a
barrage of mail asking that the show
be kept on, says Lewis. "It was a
close decision," he says.
Independent stations like KVOS,
almost as a rule, are not lobbied by
viewers to carry certain shows. Usually public tlevision stations get that
kind of mail. Lewis says no one
asked the station to carry Doctor
Another alternative, of course, is
to start your own fan club. An
example of a local-oriented club is
the Dr. Who Club of Western Washington Univrsity. It started in 1984
as a sub-branch of WWU Science-
Fiction-Fantasy Club, but grew so
rapidly that it became a full-fledged
club in its own right in May of this
year, with 50 members.
Such an increase in club membership might be considered unusual
for a club that honors a TV show
which gets only marginal ratings
locally. But then, isn't that what cult
programs like Star Trek and Doctor
Who are all about? Page 8
The Summer Ubyssey
August 14-20, 1985
Atomic bomb survivor Kinuko Laskey demonstrates folding paper cranes as a symbol of peace, in
memory of bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, a junior high school student in Hiroshima.
photos by James Young
Sadako was born in the large
city of Hiroshima when the
country was at war with the United States. In 1945, she wasjusta
baby when the world's first atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima.
She wasn't hurt when the bomb
exploded, but ten years later, in
1955, Sadako discovered she had
radiation sickness. This is a disease that developed in many of
the people who were exposed to
that atomic bomb explosion.
When she found out that she was
sick and that her sickness was the
result of war, Sadako decided
that what she wished most for
the world was peace. Sadako
started folding paper cranes in
her hospital bed, but she lived
just a few months longer. Just
before her death, she held up one
of her paper cranes and she said,
"I will write peace on your wings
and you will fly all over the
world," Sadako finished 1300
cranes. Friends knew about her
wish for peace so they told their
friends...and they told their
friends ...and soon all across
Japan children were folding paper cranes in order to make 1000.
Two years after Sadako died,
they decided to bring all their
cranes to Hiroshima's Peace
Park. They placed their cranes
around the Statue to all the
children who died in the atomic
bombing of Hiroshima. Not just
644 cranes... not just 1000...but
millions and millions of pretty
coloured cranes, each one carefully folded by young hands
praying for peace. On all these
paper cranes were the words
engraved on the statue "THIS IS
so the pretty coloured origami
crane has become a symbol for
peace not only for the children of
Japan, but people all around the
Kinuko Laskey'
Also at Georgia and Granville, Sheila Young, of the Women's I
national League for Peace and Freedom, gathers signatures on a
tion calling for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty at the U.N.
In conjunction with the Library display, long-time peace activist June Black (member of the Disarmament
Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver) gives away paper cranes at Georgia and Granville.


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