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New BC Ministry Will Hurt Universities, Critics Warn
by Rick Hiebert
In an attempt to streamline
the provincial cabinet, Premier
Mike Harcourt may have buried
the concerns of post-secondary
Last Wednesday, both the
Advanced Education and Labour
ministries were absorbed into the
new Labour, Skills and Training
Michael Johal, BC chair ofthe
Canadian Federation of Students,
said, Tm defintiely concerned. The
labour and advanced education
beats are pretty big in and of themselves—a sufficient workload for
one minister each."
"Will students have effective
access to the minister to have him
address student concerns," Johal
asked. "Advanced Education isn't
in the title ofthe ministry. I hope
that the NDP isn't seeking to send
us a message of some kind."
One single minister, North
Coast MLA Dan Miller, will
handle the new, larger, portfolio.
Many observers feel that college
and university students could be
easily ignored, due, in particular,
to the amount of work that a
labour minister does.
Pat McGeer, now a neurological researcher at UBC, was
the Socred minister reponsible for
advanced education from 1975 to
1986. He also believes the NDP
may have made a mistake in creating the portfolio.
"Post-secondary education
will have a lower profile in the
new cabinet," McGeer said. "It
appears odd.
Labour, as a portfolio, really
has not much to do with post-secondary education, science or technology. Also, labour ministers always have labour issues to deal
with, or a workplace conflict to
"It's a question of having the
time to understand what needs to
be done. Being an advanced education minister requires certain
kinds of knowledge about post-secondary issues. I hope Mr. Miller
can develop that understanding.
Time will tell."
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Palestinians wary
by Omar Kassis
Despite widespread jubilation over the PLO-Israeli agreement signed this week, people
close to the Palestinian cause
have aerious doubts about how
much progress has been made
towards restoring justice to the
Middle East.
^When we see impressive
ceremonies, especially at the
White House, that purport to be
for ordinary people's benefit, we
should remember just how well
orchestrated they are behind the
scenes," said Mordechai
Briemberg of the Middle East
Peace Action Coalition (MEPAC).
"Probably no more than tlve
people including Yasir Arafat
were responsible for this agreement—behind the backs of the
Palestinian people," Biemberg
Briemberg, along with Palestinian activist and radio host
Hanna Kawas and UBC education professor Adel Safty, were
panelists last Wednesday night
at a discussion at Britannia
Community Library.
Safty said "The PLO is saying to Palestinians that we must
give up any moral or legal claim
to Palestine."
Calling the agreement a surrender, he claimed the UN reneged on its own principles by
recognizing the acquisition of
territory byforce (in Israel's 1948-
9 wartime annexations of Arab
Briemberg's skepticism
stemmed both from the historic
oppression of Palestinians in
their homeland and from what
he sees as major inadequacies in
the current agreement.
Referring to sections of the
agreement that guarantee
Israel's retention of full control
over Jerusalem, and full cooperation in the administering of
Palestinian elections, he said the
number of concessions made for
this agreement to work was far
Other observers are also
Kathy Conroy, president ofthe
College-Institute Educator's Association said, "It depends what
the NDP means by Labour, Skills
and Training. How narrowly will
they define it? I do think they are
going to put an emphasis on getting people into employment and
that could mean anything from
graduate studies to vocational
programs." She hopes the creation
ofthe new ministry doesnt mean a
wholesale movement away from
supporting advanced education.
"Fd hate to see the government go down the path of: either
we can fund programs that will get
people to work now or invest in the
long term education of students.
Both should be funded," Conroy
"Advanced education is not
getting the attention it needs,"
Conroy said. "It should be a high
priority. As long as Dan Miller gets
the information he needs to be a
forceful advocate in cabinet, we
should come out all right."
greater on the Palestinian side.
"Israel decided to act in an
enlightened self-interested
fashion," said Safty. The: occupation has been costly for Israel.
They could not rule over an entire nation forever."
Briemberg agreed that Palestine had very few alternatives.
"One proposal that Arafat rejected was a call for political reform and a public debate among
Palestinians," he said.
He repeated distinguished
academic Edward Said's statement in the New Statesman that
the deal was the fruit of "Israeli
shrewdness and Palestinian exhaustion."
Safty also said that UN
Resolution 242, which calls for
Israel's withdrawal from its occupied territories.is ambiguously
worded. "The English and French
texts differ on wather whole or
partial withdrawal is required,"
he said.
Yet Safty agreed that Israel
made at least one major izonces-
sion in recognizing the Palestinians' right to self-determination.
Kawas shared this guarded
optimism, saying the desii effectively spells death for the expansionist Zionist ideology. But he
added that power relations in
Palestine will remain essentially
the same.
Only two members of the audience spoke of the deal as a
positive development for ordinary people.
Almost everyone agreed that
the deal arose outof the intifada,
or armed uprising, that the Palestinians have carried on for the
last five years.
Although the armed struggle
has turned to negotiated peace,
the struggle for equal rights goes
"Now we can begin rebuilding what is left ofthe Palestinian
nation," said Safty. "No force on
earth is going to move the Palestinian people from their land."
Ams BBQ. What's wrong with this picture
Hope in FUture for Israel and PLO
by WIIHam Hamlin
Recent events involving Palestine and Israel have been met
with unexpected, though conditional, optimism by Jewish and
Palestinian members of the UBC
The recent talking, letter-
signing, and hand-shaking in
Washington between Yasir Arafat,
Chairman ofthe Palestine Liberation Organization, and Yitzhak
Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel,
are merely the tip of an iceberg.
They are the result of several
months' of discussions between
Israel and the PLO held in secret
in Oslo, Norway. They are also the
beginning of a lengthy period of
further negotiations between the
two nations.
The PLO, formed in 1964, had
until this week refused to recognize Israel's legitimacy as a state.
Israel, for its part, had vowed never
to negotiate with the PLO.
But a letter signed this September 9 by Arafat guaranteed "the
right ofthe state of Israel to exist
in peace and security," and one
signed by Rabin recognized the
PLO as "the representative ofthe
Palestinian people." The letters
paved the way for the agreement
on September 13 in Washington,
during which Rabin and Arafat
successfully negotiated a handshake and approved the terms of
limited Palestinian self-rule.
Palestinians are to take control of policing, tourism, education, and other things in the occupied Gaza Strip and in Jericho,
the most important city in the
occupied West Bank.
This arrangement is an explicitly temporary one. Over the
next five years the areas controlled, as well as the nature and
extent of Palestinian control and
Israeli presence in them will be
reviewed and adjusted.
What the final arrangement
will look like has not yet been
specified, and how it will work is
a matter of some speculation.
Evidently, a lot of compromising
is going to have to be done. Arafat
is reported in the Globe and Mail
as saying that the peace accord
with Israel will lead to a Palestinian state with a Palestinian
Jerusalem. Rabin, asked what he
thought, said, "Exactly the opposite." Well, that's a start, anyway.
Hanna Kassis, a professor of
religious studies at UBC, is Palestinian by birth and a frequent
speaker on Middle East current
and historical affairs. He was
quick to express his pleasure with
the accord.
"It will hopefully signal the
end of armed conflict between
Arabs and Israelis, and the beginning of negotiations leading to
an arrangement acceptable in the
long term to both sides," Kassis
For similar reasons, A.
Soudack, a professor of electrical
engineering also at UBC, was just
as enthusiastic. Soudack, who has
very close ties with Israel (he is
Jewish but not Israeli himself),
called the accord "a foot in the
door" for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Which door? The door, according to Soudack, "which leads
to what the majority of Israelis
and Palestinians really want, a
chance to live and raise families
in peace, freedom, and a measure
of prosperity."
Both Soudack and Kassis
expound what one could call the
"emptiest vessel rattles the loudest" theory. They say the venomous polemicizing of Jewish "settlers" in the Occupied Territories
and Islamic fundamentalists
among the Palestinians is coming
from a minority of the Middle
Eastern population. That minority has a high profile in Canada
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Clearing protestors: the chainsaw approach
by Graham Cook
The intimidation campaign
Protestors who have been
camping on the proposed site of a
new National Research Council
building on the South Campus were
cleared from the ground last
Wednesday by a group of campus
security officers and administration
However, protestors sitting on
platforms high in the canopy of the
forest remained.
The administration has now
completely fenced in the site and
Kosted "No Trespassing" signs,
[otices were handed out to the
protestors Wednesday morning
with maps on the back, explaining
where the private property begins
and ends.
"This is my campus, and I have
a right to be on my own campus in
public protest, and I don't see the
sense in putting fences around here
and calling it private property," said
Nancy Horsman. The 66 year-old
student has been active on campus
for more than 25 years.
"I consider them bastards. Not
the workers, because they're only
getting a day's pay, but the
university administration. I
consider them liars and bastards,"
Horsman said.
"This is land that was given in
trust by the people of BC td the
university, to expand on for
academic reasons. I don't think they
ever envisioned a huge real estate
corporation development that
would gut the forest and put in an
elitist grad studies engineering
complex," Horsman said.
Late Wednesday morning,
Ubyssey budget
slashed—yet again
by Graham Cook
Saying that a budget for The
Ubyssey proposed by the AMS
Publications Board was "not
frugal," the AMS Budget Committee took matters into its own
hands—further slashing the
newspaper's budget by thousands
of dollars.
The Publications Board was
established as an "arm's length"
body which would determine the
budgets of AMS-funded
publications. The budget the Board
proposed to Budget Committee
included a subsidy of less than
S28,000—itself an $8,000 cut from
the 92/93 budget.
Even that budget was not low
enough, apparently. Some of the
items cut by the committee included
staff honoraria, fees for membership
in Canadian University Press, and a
reduction in circulation of 3,000
"There's no way we'll be able
to accommodate all the students
who want to work on the paper [as
a result of the cuts]," said Douglas
Ferris, coordinating editor of The
"The elimination of staff
honoraria means editors will have
to find jobs to make money, which
means there will be no one with the
time to spend orienting people on
the daily operations of the paper—
let alone producing a quality paper,"
Ferris said.
The eight Ubyssey editors were
slated to receive an average of
$225.00 a month as honoraria. Last
year the honoraria was $400.00 a
month for five editors. Some of the
editors put in 40- to 50-hour weeks
on the paper.
"I couldn't have made it
without the honoraria," said former
editor Lucho van Isschot.
"The honoraria paid rent and
there was a bit left over for food. It
was essential," he said.
Some editors have cut their
course load to one or two classes in
order to devote more time to the
paper—leaving them without time
to do paid work or the course load
required for a student loan.
According to AMS director of
finance Dean Leung, the cut in
honoraria was "a technical
"Honoraria is only allocated if
it is specified in the AMS Code and
Bylaws," Leung said in a letter to
Publications Board chair Scott
In an interview Leung
explained that "the Budget
Committee didn't want to make
value judgements on how much the
editors' work was worth."
"A whole review should
probably be made, at a Society level,
of the whole question of honor aria,"
Leung said.
"I suppose that if the editors
were expecting and relying on this,
it could lead to financial difficulties.
But honoraria is not a right, it's a
service award," he said.
Despite AMS assurances that
the new Publications Board
structure would not interfere in
editorial decisions, the Budget
Committee's elimination of CUP
fees has a direct impact on the
content of the paper.
CUP's BC field worker
Samantha Green said, "CUP
provides student papers across
Canada with a cheap and convenient avenue to national news of
interest to students. It also allows
The Ubyssey to share articles of
interest with other papers." *
Ubyssey culture co-ordinator
Steve Chow said "It eliminates a
national support network for
student papers that is so important."
Cutting CUP membership also
means cutting a contract, and the
AMS may face a legal chalilege.
Leung is not worried.
"We checked and there is no
contract on file, so we've been
assured that the signing officer
didn't engage the AMS in a contract, so it's not binding," Leung
The cut in circulation, which
would save about $150 for this 12-
page issue, was justified by what
Leung called "wasted" copies of
the paper.
"We've seen several piles of
Ubysseys lying around. Several
members of the Budget Committee
had seen large numbers of Ubysseys
the day of the meeting [Monday],"
Leung said.
"Grant Rose, the secretary of
SAC also said that the paper was
not in its box [in the SUB lobby] in
an orderly fashion," he said.
Leungadmitted that neither the
AMS nor the Budget Committee had
studied the actual rate of pickup of
The Ubyssey.
"We relied on visual
inspections" by committee members, Leung said.
He said the cut in circulation
"will not affect the agreement with
current local advertisers" who have
been buying ads on the assumption
of a circulation of 15,000, not the
proposed 12,000.
National adshavebeen sold on
the basis of a 12,000 circulation,
Leung said.
UBC media relations manager Steve
Crombie said "We started [clearing
the protesters and their belongings
from the grounds] about 9:30 am.
"We asked the protestors to
remove their belongings by 11:00,
which they've done," Crombie said.
"We want to get going with the
project. We want to get site
preparation ready for construction.
Obviously with people on the site
that's very difficult. There's a safety
issue, there's the question of accessibility, of being able to get in to the
site," he said.
"If we continued the project
with people on the site their safety
could be at risk and we can't do
that," Crombie said.
"Once the land is leased to the
NRC [likely over the next couple of
days] it becomes their property, and
we have an obligation to clear the
site and prepare it for them to
come in and take over the land and
develop it."
The tree-sitters' platforms are
roped to other trees, with essential
safety ropes spanning large
distances in the canopy, according
to the protestors. Many of the
ropes are hidden from view.
David Grigg, who is in charge
of logging the site, said the web of
ropes was not a concern. "We're not
worried about protestors being on
the site when we're cutting," Grigg
"Most of the people on the
ground will be gone, and whether
or not there are people in the trees
will not affect our decision to cut,"
he said.
The web of ropes between tree
platforms is "not a worry," Grigg
Crombie agreed. "We won't
be cutting anywhere near the
people in the trees," he said.
By 11:30 the protestors had
removed their belongings, and
campus security began to ask
treesitters, via megaphones, if they
planned to leave the site. Two of
the sitters responded "no," while a
third refused to respond.
The exchanges were videotaped by an employee of UBC
Media Services for later use in
obtaining a court injunction against
the protestors. A woman who
identified herself only as a "legal
advisor" accompanied the
administration representatives.
At this point only Horsman
remained of the protestors on the
ground. She sat at the foot of one of
the trees which held a treesitter.
'Tm going to stay on campus
as a senior student and citizen, to
witness what is going on here,"
Horsman said to campus security.
'Tm 66 years old and I have a right
to be on my own campus."
In an emotional moment, two
women protestors who were
exiting the site changed their minds
and joined Horsman at the foot of
the tree, stating that they would
defy the administration's
trespassing order.
The sound of a chainsaw rang
out soon after, as one of the loggers
began to cut brush and windfall on
the ground near where a bulldozed
road had been cut through to the
proposed building site.
One tree, which was leaning
from wind and the bulldozed road
which ran next to it, was felled.
"I was underneath the tree as it
was falling down," said Binke, one
ofthe protestors. "I had to run to get
out from under it."
Three protestors who remained
on the ground moved to block the
At one point Horsman stood
next to a tree while on the other side
of that tree, about a meter away, the
logger cut deadfall on the ground.
A minute later, the logger
stopped work, and Grigg announced that logging would be
called off for the day.
"We now have no choice but to
seek a court injunction so we can
proceed with the project," Crombie
"The treesitters are potentially
at risk. It's a pretty rough way of
getting a civil injunction, sending a
chainsaw out after us," Binke said.
Horsman was pleased that the
protest stopped logging for the day,
but "it's only a matter of time before
they get an injunction. All I know is
that the cutting of these trees is the
start of the scrapping of the whole
forest," Horsman said.
"They'll have to arrest me this
time, because I'm so damn angry,"
Horsman said.
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My impression of UBC is mostly positive. There
have been all kinds of activities, plenty to do and a
unique variety of people to observe.
Yet my view is somewhat tainted as I have one
major complaint—why wasnt I allowed into the
Welcome Back Barbecue, hosted by the Alma Mater
I had rushed unsuspectingly to the barbecue
after class only to be IlPed and turned away at the
gate. All I wanted to do was to eat a hamburger,
soak up some rays and watch some bands. So whaf s
the problem?
What pi ssed me off the most about being turned
away was that I pay the same student fees as the 19
year-old next to me. I'm not even much of a drinker
All of this anger and unjust treatment caused
me to march up to the Ubyssey office and demand
an outlet for my frustration. I then spoke to Bill
Dobie, the president of AMS who was very apologetic and understanding. Apparently, the RCMP
has enforced the regulation of no minors when there
is an open bar.
Yet, if the security was tighter and if there was
a more effective system Fm sure the RCMP would
reconsider. Why can't they give us young'uns a brand
on the forehead or wristbands so we are not sold
alcohol as is the case in many nightclubs in Florida.
Maybe then first year students would be allowed in
and would not feel excluded. In my eyes entrance into
UBC should allow us the right to all activities.
Is fake ID the answer? Why are we always driven
to resort to such means these days? The ironic thing
is that if I got fake ID it would be to see the bands and
not to drink. Such is the case with a girl I know who's
mother helped make her fake ID so she'd be allowed
into clubs merely to listen to some music. Why can't
the cops have some faith in us. We're not all drooling
alcoholic monger adolescents.
Now that I've got that out of my system I have to
mention that there will be a video dance for ALL the
student body on Saturday the 18th.
cont. from page 1
because it gets our attention on the 11 o'clock news.
Rabin and Arafat are now looked on by large
numbers of their compatriots as traitors, for supposedly having sold out to their respective enemy.
To Soudack, a true resolution to the problem
would be a "normalization" of peaceful relations
between the two countries. A normalized peace,
said Soudack, would contrast with a functional
peace, such as exists between Israel and Egypt—
there would be more trade, more travel, and less
"The conflict will be resolved either when Israel and Palestine exist as two states, or as one
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and the flag, such as is supposed to be the case in
Switzerland and Canada,'' Kassis said.
Both Soudack and Kassis agree that to get there
from here, trust is going to have to be built between
the two nations and their populations are going to
have to learn to regard each other with mutual
Since, as Kassis pointed out, there are very many
genuinely affectionate friendships between individual
Arabs and Jews, and since societies are composed of
individuals and their leaders are chosen, however
inadequately, from among them, this is not an incomprehensible goal.
However, a society does not act as an individual,
or anywhere near as quickly. It will take time for any
significant transformation to take place Soudack
foresees a bloody Palestinian power vacuum at some
point, during which Hamas (the Palestinian version
of Islamic fundamentalist sectarianism) may fight
with the relatively moderate PLO and even wrest
control from them.
But Kassis believes that a multi-party system
will eventually emerge among the Palestinians. He
disagrees with the view that the PLO is losing widespread "legitimacy" and points out that although
Marxist, religious, and other factions within and
outside the PLO will vie for political clout, they are
small or disorganized, or both. He also suggests that
none of them have produced anything of benefit, as
has the mainstream ofthe PLO.
Kassis adds that when the conflict with Israel
has been resolved, the PLO's current function will
have become redundant: at this point, the party
system should take over, and the PLO, if it is to
participate, should do so as a political party.
But is all this feasible—massive bilateral attitude adjustments, trust replacing former enmity, a
normalization of peace, and so on?
To both Soudack and Kassis, this question is
irrelevant. They both state that at the moment, most
of what both Israel and Palestine can rely on for
certain is hope and a will, and these must be given a
chance to work. It is impossible to talk about feasibility in this situation because it is unprecedented.
Humanity which, in desperation, rises to such
stupefying heights of ingenuity and determination
when required to do so by the exigencies of war, must
now do the same to respond to the desperate need for
a genuine and workable peace. The old hatred costs
too much, in dollars and in human life.
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Hear ye, hear ye: listen to your hearing
by Dinos Kyrou
The Mobile Hearing Clinic,
from the Vancouver Department
of Health, was on campus
Wednesday and Thursday offering free hearing tests as part of a
three way project with UBC and
the Disability Resource Centre.
Why? Well, think about all
the discos, concerts andnights at
the Pit Pub you have been to.
You probably wouldn't want to
hear about the damage to your
"You are born with 23,000
ear hair cells. If you're at a disco
and you have to shout to someone
standing four feet away in order
for them to hear you, then damage is being done to your hearing
as the ear hair cells are knocked
flat," saidMarianneMcCormick,
coordinator ofthe UBC Hearing
Access Project.
"If your hearing's muffled or
your ears are buzzing after leaving a concert or disco, then it may
only be temporary damage—but
this builds up. Once the inner
ear is damaged then that's it,"
Hot air at the Liberal
leadership race
McCormick said.
But can damage to hearing
be rectified? "No—prevention is
the only cure," McCormick said.
So how much noise is too
much? Research has shown that
85 decibels (db) is the danger
level; the average disco is llOdb.
A live rock concert is around
130db and that is phenomenally
dangerous to your hearing—although Marianne McCormick
stressed that the danger level
has nothing to do with the type of
music you listen to.
A big problem with concerts
is that the people
who do the sound
checks are bound to
have bad hearing,
so the levels go ludicrously high.
Normal conversation is 60 - 65db,
(unless you are a
typical UBC Prof
and then you speak
at 2 db).
And my test
score? Not too bad
considering the
amount of garbage
I've had pumped
into my ears over
the years.
However, hearing damage accumulated in your
teens and twenties
can hit home in your
thirties and forties,
similar to the way
cancer can be
caused by cigarette
smoke inhaled twenty years earlier.
If you are worried about your
hearing you can contact
Marianne McCormick at 822-
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Sixty-three percent does not a
consensus make.
Although the victorious Gordon
Campbell promised to unite the
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Former Vancouver mayor,
Campbell, became the Liberal's
newest leader by winning 63 per
centofthe vote. Butboth Campbell
and the party's much touted
"democratic'tele-vote system came
Wilson and former Liberal
house leader Judy Tyabji charged
that Campbell will push the party
to the right and abandon the traditional centre liberal roots of the
UBC young Liberals leader
Tracy Golab disagreed, arguing
that Campbell's policies will balance social programs with free enterprise.
"Gordon Campbell [maintains
he] will not form a coalition with
the Socreds," Golab said.
The Tele-vote system, which replaced the traditional leadership
convention, seemed to alienate
voters rather than unite them.
Nearly 2,000 people who paid $20
to vote were unable to use the
system. The Personal Identification Number process was badly
abused as numerous members had
other people to vote for them.
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Young Hitler offers a-^DrtrayalV-PHitler as
a young artist possessed by a vision of leading
people. Only an artist could touch the people,
and ha would ba tha ona.
Michael Schaldemose, as Hitler, was convincing with his intense stare past the heads of
the audience. Most amazing was his ability to
change within seconds from the distracted,
energetic ferocity of youth to the more assured
strength of adulthood.
Young Hitler
Fringe Festival 1993
playwrite Carl Knutson
Way Off Broadway Group
until Sunday,
Simple and friendly GUSH,
played by Ian Butcher, was
easily infected by Hitler's
enthusiasm and future plans
but soon realized the insanity
behind it. It is hard to say
whether the acting was that
good or whether I identified
more with the human character.
Unfortunately, Young Hitler
does little more than propagate
the man that has become, for the
most part, nothing but an uni-dimen-
sional character representing all the worst
in humanity.
The only stimulating part of the play was
the relationship of Hitler and Gustl, a
friend and musician whom he originally
met at the opera. Gustl offers a direct
contrast to Hitler's character—where
Hitler was driven, unable to take any
type of criticism, he was content to re-
upholster furniture though he had
magnificent artistic talent.
This contrast between the two forced
an extreme intensity into Hitler's few
characteristics. But I suppose I was
hoping for another side of Hitler,
maybe some kind of connection to see
how someone can do what he did. But
this was not offered—as it never
seems to be in such cases.
It's as if Hitler was born
possessed. His character was so
flat that the audience would laugh
at various parts, because he
became a charicature without
Not having read The Young
Hitler I Knew by August
Kubizek, which this play
adapted, it's hard for me to
say whether the original
sucks or the adaptation. This
is no reflection on the cast,
however, which was rather
If the play was hoping to
suggest an explanation for
Hitler's rise and behavior,
it failed, leaving us only
with a somewhat interesting but questionable
biography. I would have
liked to see some kind
of sympathy evoked in
the audience.
At the end of the play, Hitler says, "Every
word of my prophecy has come true." This left me
wondering if he still thought of himself as an
artist, or whether the original interest in art was
a veil to gain power.
Young Hitler left me with some other questions. If the play is trying to arrive at ah explanation, is it a pointless pursuit? Can an explanation
ever be found or understood? And why did no one
ever call him Adolf?
by Ron Eichler
So I'm walking through the SUB and I see a
sign for free Fringe tickets. The guy giving out the
tickets asked me which show I wanted to see. I
found one whose reviews ranged from "howls of
laughter" to "that cute guy was almost completely
Good enough, say I.
Rock, Paper, Scissors:
Unplugged (...and Draining)
Fringe Festival 1993
Rock, Paper, Scissors Comedy Troupe
until Saturday, Sept. 18
Rock, Paper, Scissors call themselves "a
collection of actors, singers, and improvisers with
nothing better to do." Actually, I kind_of believe
them. I mean, I really can't see
much of anything else. __
And so far they have been getting a*l»By
it, after four previously successful shows (including A Twisted Christmas Carol, which they will be
doing again this holiday season).
Unplugged (...and Draining) is a collection
of short skits that hit on what the troupe thinks is
important in society today. Subjects ranged from
bureaucracy at the UIC counter, to McDonald's
Happy Meal movie tie-ins (Crying Game Happy
Meal...the milkshake looks chocolatc.tastes
vanilla), to BC politics, to being the third wheel on
a date.
The themes are common enough that anybody
could get into them. The impersona- tions of
Suzanne Vega ("whose topics run
from child abuse to REALLY
warm weather"), Keith
Richards, and others were
right on target, and the range
of topics and levels of humour
meant that everybody found at
least some of the skits funny.
Unplugged (and Draining) shows Rock, Paper, and Scissors to be well on the road to
becoming a truly funny and
original troupe.
The talent clearly showed,
but this is still a group in need of
seasoning. A few more performances like
this and they may yet get there.
But how funny was it really? It was funnier
than your high school grad show, but not as funny as
most Kids in the Hall stuff. And that cute guy was
really        almost        completely        naked.
by Anna Friz
Mail addict meets male through the mail (by
reading someone else's mail). Voyeurism? Desire!
Secrets that only a postal worker would know.
I had the pleasure of attending
Malebox, a wonderful one-woman show,
one of those little gems that is, to me,
what the Fringe Festival is all about.
Malebox j
playwrights Liesl Lafferty and Laurel Thomson
Angel Eye Theatre
until September 1!9, 1993
Malebox is short, sweet and captivating, thanks to the talents of locals Laurel
Thomson and Liesel Lafferty.
Thomson plays Sidney, a reclusive scribbler
prone to frantically calling Canada Post when her
mail fails to arrive on schedule. She becomes
entangled in a correspondence drama, as postcards from the previous tenant Samantha's Parisian lover continue to arrive. Will Sydney delve
aiiito Samantha's mail?!? She doesn't need to steam
envelope to snoop in on a postcard...
„WiB^me piece progressed, I almost forgot that
mere was only one person on stage and not a
whole host of characters. Thomson's expressive
body language and the tight, witty script make
this piece a treat to watch. The plot moves along
to its bittersweet conclusion, and left me ready
to run home and catch up on my long-neglected
Malebox plays in the intimate (though war
ren-like) Vancouver Little Theatre, and continues
through to Sunday.
by Peggy Lee
Welcome to the theatre of the absurd, al
aboard! Prepare for an hour and a half of hila ri-
ous yet profound obscenity. One World Theati e
Company presents Waiting For Godot< as a conjiical
self-examination of our modern world.
Waiting for Godot
Fringe Festival 1993
playwright Samuel Beckett
One World Theatre Company
until Thursday, Sept.16
Whether you are a diehard Godot fan or i
first-timer (myself included), the journe)
into Beckett's world is truly enter -
taining. We are presented wi h
the funny antics of Gogo (Shaivn
Belyea) and Didi (Jeff Page) as
they faithfully wait for Godot.
You wonder, perhaps, is this a sai iri-
cal look at our own society's despers te
wait for salvation? Do we ever really g et
saved? Who really knows?
Next we encounter Lucky (Jena Ca ie)
who enters leashed to his master Poz: :o
(Linda Clemonkarp). We are forced t >
simultaneously laugh and cringe as we
witness Lucky's pathetically obedient
character take violent abuse from t he
hands of Pozzo.
We may laugh at Pozzo's vulgarity
by Marc Grainge _
 in the great burial grtuad of Ameficaii
morals lurks a stench of decay so foul that it
would have turned its puritan forefathers
Eric Bogosian's play, Sex, Drugs, Rock &
Roll captures that stench on a razor and presents
il in with hint of limi.
he commands Lucky to "Get up HteT&l' s1artin
forward! Turn left! Stop hog!" by crac^him .ndered what happens to
whip. But perhaps we see elements pfourse£g g-H™ h  d   ,       tato ^ ^ademy?
these two characters: are we the subrr
Luckys of the world or are we the cru
These high energy actors are a d;
watch as they transform the minimal!
propped only with a vinyl stool Mid a
stand, into a world of intense uncerta    _
upon Beckett's existential stage, this g^^
is    one    you    do    not     "    ^
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Fringe Festival 1993
playwright Eric Bogosian
Graffito Theatre Company
last show Sunday, September 19
Bogosian's most famous work so far has
been the screenplay for the movieTai/c Radio,
directed by Oliver Stone. Sea; Drugs, Rock & Roll
offers a series of monologues which are acted
superbly by Tom McBeath. The audience is taken
on a journey through the lives of nine equally
unique characters; McBeath portrays every form
of social degradation.
A hypocritical aging rockstar happily
reminisces about his younger years of
debauchery and drug-abuse while supporting the
war on drugs: "That's the thing about drugs,
you're having such a good time you don't know
what a bad time you're having.
The play also introduces us to a middle-
aged swinger who credits his remarkable sex-life
to his beautiful penis. McBeath later portrays a
man clad only in his underpants. Illustrating his
hatred for the world he proceeds to wrap himself
in bandages. ,'"
Coupled with the beautiful guitar work of
local singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Ackland,
McBeatlrs ability to believably transform
himself into Boi
show a succes
icpme mall cop!.
iey fasten walky-talkies to their belts in
guns, security pins pose for police
d dimly-lit corridors become their back
■to&terone triumphs in Michael Gall's My
umucuudXefyrain, where mall cops flex their
wartt bcH-datfly&«is and protect our commercial centres.
My Inadequate Brain
playwright Michael D. Gall
Big House Productions
until Sunday, 19 Sept.
White, tight, and sealed in the suburban
bubble of a shopping mall, the characters in
Gall's play experience the dark and
isolated world that belongs to late-
night shift workers.
Bubba, played by Richard Lett,
working for $8.25 an hour to pay off
his Porsche 914, is seduced by the
merchandise he watches over every
evening and spends his nights planning
how to break into the mall's jewelry store.
Bubba is mall cop turned bad.
Bored of the quiet solitude of the mall, he
complains to his colleague Earl that "the
geek at 7-11 gets more action than we
Unlike Bubba, Earl Wilkoc,
played by Gaalen Engen, has taken
the job in order to avoid action not
to wait for it He is agoraphobiac and
fearful of walking during rush hour.
The night provides an escape—Earl can
hide in the silent wee hours, sit peacefully dreaming of naked mannequins
and drinking his dead mother's leftover      tea.
Angie (Jennifer Haley, a Studio 58 grad),
exchange several cheesy lines, Angie tires of
Bubba's meathead mentality, falls for Earl s
simple sensitivity, and exits with the latter.
The plot is basic, the characters are strange
enough to keep the audience interested yet typi
cal enough to dislike.
This Big House production is comical,
satirical and its cynicism will haunt you the next
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Struck out at Striking Distance
by Steve Chow
Another movie review, another lousy night
moping through downtown Vancouver.
Dave, my trusted chauffeur, and I had once
again ventured out into the mean street of
Granville to see Striking Distance, the latest entry
into the flaccid blockhead action film genre.
Striking Distance
with Bruce Willis and
Sarah Jessica Parker
Now Playing
Bruce Willis, the original sensitive action
movie-stud, stars in this mainstream Hollywood
production that portrays police officers as violent,
macho-shitheads, and perfectly proportioned
Bloated, newly poor,
humbled, and generally
feeling stupid, we
walked the fresh urine-
scented streets...
women as prey for serial killers—
wow, about as original as moldy
With my trusty Ubyssey media
pass, not only did we get to
screen a less-than-pleasing film
that capitalized on violence
against women, we ended up with
a rather distasteful eating experience. Oh, joy of joys.
The server at Malone's, who
seemed to be having a bad night,
muttered something like
"everything's half-off with the
pass" as she seated us.
Hell, we weren't even hungry.
But two starving students
confronted with half-price meals
succumbed greedily to excess. Dave and I
consumed massive quantities thinking, way cool
When the bill came, it became apparent that
we would be paying full price. The server had
meant half off all drinks. Whispers of malevolence were shared.
Bloated, newly poor, inconvenienced,
humbled, and generally feeling stupid, we walked
the fresh urine-scented streets to the parkade
where Dave's car rested.
On level two, a door slammed. We saw a
chunky man in a black T-shirt and black cap walk
away from the car to the stairs.
The passenger door was jimmied open and
Dave's tool box was missing.
After several minutes of disbelief and bad
Italian opera ("Fungulo, fungulo, fungulo," sang
Dave), we saw another chunky man in a black T-shirt
and black cap get into a car and drive off.
Not being rocket scientists, we somehow concluded that die chances of seeing two identically
dressed men in the same parkade was not too great.
("Fungulo, fungulo, fungulo," sang Dave.)
At the police station, I whined to the processing
officer that a motorcycle cop almost ran over Dave a
few days earlier.
"Cry me a river to internal affairs."
I asked him what are the chances that the stolen
property will be recovered.
"Not a hope in hell."
At least he was honest.
Striking Distance could have been a so-so movie,
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except the whole audience figured out who was killing
all the women after about ten minutes into the movie.
The male cop with really bad hair killed all the
women! He didn't die when he suicide-jumped off the
bridge! Go figure! Amazing, enigmatic! I'll see it
again and again!
How's that for Hollywood twists and turns?
Cover sports
for The Ubyssey Sports Bureau.
See Steve and Siobhan.
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Directed by Rosemary Dunsmore
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Queer truths in a Queer City
by alien pond
I love these queer wimmin!
All of them. I love their jokes and
their stories and their queerness
and their costumes (and lack of
costumes—nice skin, Christine).
Yep, I love Jackie's black and
pink spandex with the black and
pink boa and the great glitter
Awesome. Queer equals odd,
weird—and she is adamantly
normal. Figure it out. What are
straight people anyway?
w/J-ickio Cosland and
Nora Randall
Jackie Cosland and Nora
Randall are Random Acts, a couple
of dykes who tell good stories. For
Queer City, they wove coming-out
stories, ("I kind of oozed out,"
says Jackie's character, Bodie) and
stories of resistance into a
fantastical narration of dyke
herstory, which they tell to a
grand-niece just prior to the
"celebration of her sexuality."
Past struggles linked to future
And there is the present
struggle to cross the VOID of
silence and acceptance.
Bodie—a name taken from the
British warrior queens and a great-
aunt who walked to the Yukon to
pan for gold (the story of the name
being one of Random Acts great
sideways rambles)—talks about
the ways of trying to be gay in a
straight world.
My favorite: turn the energy
back on them. When a co-worker
announces her impending
marriage, exclaim: "Well, that's
perfectly fine with me! I don't
mind what you do. What you do
in the privacy of your own
bedroom is your business, and it's
OK with me."
So we got to laugh at the
standard "Oh, I accept you"
straight responses we queers hear
so very often. "Acceptance is not
OK, it still silences us; it's a
'defense against understanding.'"
Random Acts was speaking
very much to straight people
about ways that straight people
can be queer positive, although
the emphasis on respectful
curiosity left me a little bit
There is genuine caring and
then there is voyeuristic curiosity.
The distinction, though mentioned, wasn't clear enough.
Nora's character talks about
how we figure out our sexuality.
See, when you're born, your fairy
godmother drops a 5000 piece
jigsaw puzzle of your sexuality
into you.
Only she's got a wicked sense
humour because she doesn't
include the picture.
And then your mom vacuums up some of the pieces and
your sister takes some of hers and
dumps them in yours, and yoiir
brother swipes some pieces, and
then these institutions like
religion and government get in
the way, trying to tell you what
your picture's supposed to look
like—and by this point you're
mashing bits of the pieces to force
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them together.
Sexuality as a fucked up
jigsaw puzzle with a fairy godmother laughing her head off
somewhere. I love it!
These stories put a herstory, a
groundwork, for Christine Taylor,
'cause queers wouldn't be having a
Queer city without dykes like
Jackie Crossland and Nora
Randall. They just keep spinning
out queer truths so we an see
ourselves, and laugh, and keep
living in this crazy world.
Christine Taylor's work is
equally as honest, and totally
different. I love this womyn too—
she's as queer as you could get,
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Education to be buried
under training in NDP's
new ministry shuffle
The new ministry of Labour, Skills, and Training
created by the NDP government to replace the Ministry
of Advanced Education is symptomatic of broader
changes in society.
Post-secondary education has now been lumped in
with labour and job skills as one super-ministry. While
the link between university and jobs is clear—a degree
does increase your chances for a job, especially if you're
a man—getting a job should not be the main reason to
get a degree.
Advanced education should be a form of training, but
not only for a specific vocation. It should be training us
how to think critically and how to be active citizens in
society, as well as the stuff that applies directly to that
job in marketing, forestry, or elementary-school teaching.
The new ministry ignores the broader implications
of education in society, but this probably shouldn't
surprise us. We live in a time ruled by so-called "forces
of global competition" (note "forces" as if they were
somehow separated from human design, like gravity or
Corporate lobby groups like the Business Council on
National Issues propose that the best way to deal with
these "forces" is to set up standardized tests for everyone
who wants a job—any job.
Its corollary at post-secondary institutions is the
shift in research from basic investigation into the fundamentals of human life and the universe around us, to
specific contracts oriented towards short-term profit.
The net effect is clear—to line the pockets ofthe folks
who own the pharmeceutical companies, the forest companies, the military contractors.
And students learn "skills" and get "training" that
leaves them utterly unprepared for true citizenship.
One can only hope that Dan Miller, the new minister,
does not do to post-secondary education what he did to
Clayoquot Sound.
September 17, 1993
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Emily MacNair was the first on the scene. Nira Chow and
Mark Grainge were in but got erased and put back in again.
Liz VanAssum hates anchovies but Sara Martin loves 'em.
Lucho vanlsschot, the prodigal son, returns to the Ubyssey
and is embraced warmly by Inna Shlimovich and Paula
Foran. Alain Giroux and Noelle Fraser loafed around
trying to avoid writing the masthead but Sam Green and
Doug Ferris prodded them on. Steve Chow ordered the
pizza altough Siobhan Roantree wanted Indian food. Rick
Hiebert took off early while Graham Cook stayed after
hours. The computers arrived much to Ted Young-Ing's
happiness but Bob Beck kept cursing them. Anna Friz and
Peggy Lee brought the music. Yurie Kurahashi didn't care
if the pizza had anchovies as long as Ellen Pond didn't
ignore that fact. Ron Fichler and Wendy Chui distanced
themselves from the pizza question. Somebody thought
that Omar Washington was Omar Kassis but in fact it was
Janet Winters. Dinos Kyrou's last name was no where to be
found, Theresa Chaboyer had filed it away. William Hamlin
was to be the last one involved in this sordid affair but
Martin Chester insisted on having the last word.
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Letters to the staff
JFK story didn't fire
at any watermelons
Couldn't resist the opportunity to extend the JFK assassination conspiracy (Sept. 10
Ubyssey) with a few (well one)
interesting fact. Contrary to
intuition, a bullet fired into a
given object (watermelon, basketball, JFK's skull, etc.) will
cause that object to move in the
direction the bullet was fired
from. ie. If you put a melon on
a post and fire a bullet into it, it
will cause the melon to fall off
the post towards you. This has
to do with the physics of a very
small bullet penetrating a
larger object, then blowing a
big hole on the other side as it
leaves. If anyone is particularly
curious, photos of this phenomenon are available in Penn &
Teller's 'How to Play with your
Food,' otherwise you could go
out and shoot an object yourself
to test the principle.
Michael Glenister
Victim of theft hopes
for acts of kindness
This may come across as
something trivial but it's nevertheless a sad reflection on
the type of society that we live
in. The theft of someone else's
personal property is definitely
not so tragic as many of the
bigger issues with which we
must contend; however, it does
say something about the moral
character, or lack thereof, of
the person who would have no
qualms about stealing from
My bicycle kit was recently
stolen. So what? youmight say.
Although in the larger scheme
of things it was a small thing,
the entire episode is maddening
because the person violated my
code of honour. This person had
no right to perpetrate such an
act in the first place. I've also
had my car broken into in the
past at UBC and I've heard
from friends who've experienced similar incidents.
It's not simply the loss of
these material things for which
I lament but the lack ofhonesty/
decency which seems to be
slowly eroding the moral fabric
of our society. I was brought up
to believe that the destruction
of someone else's property and
stealingfrom others was wrong.
I can only hope that there will
be acts of kindness, honesty,
and decency today to that our
faith in human goodness can be
L. Lin
UBC needs
to provide
safe bike routes
Does anyone know anything
about the bike path on University Boulevard? I've been
riding my bike to UBC for four
years now and it's only been
getting worse in that time.
There are a lot of cyclists that
use it, especially at peak times
around 9:00 am, and it's just
too narrow to accomodate all
that traffic. In this day and age
the least UBC could do is improve the routes for safe, environmentally friendly transportation. It's been proven that
deterrents don't work— if you
raise the price of parking or the
taxes on gas people just find
more room for die extra expense
in their wallets. Just look at
UBC's parking lots. They are
more expensive than most lots
downtown and they still fill up
all the time. Or look at Europe,
where gas costs three times as
much. The only reason more
people use public transit there
is because cities and towns are
so much denser. What we need
to defray the environmental
and health cost of excessive auto
use is better alternatives. UBC
is the perfect place to start. The
bike path needs to be widened
and better lit, and it needs
bigger signs telling pedestrians
to use the other sidewalk. This
week I nearly hit a guy who
was stumblinghome on the bike
path in the dark. Also, the part
ofthe path near UBC needs to
be redesigned so that you don't
wind up taking a detour
through the residential area.
Will somebody please get on
this NOW!
Omar Kassis
Arts IV
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300 words in length. Content
which is judged to be libelous,
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THE UBYSSEY   Clayoquot 11
The truth about Clayoquot:
an experiment in new social order
by Emily MacNair
I spent five weeks of my summer in the Clayoquot Sound Peace
Camp on Vancouver Island. While
there I educated myself in every
way I could about the issue. I spent
my last few weeks training people
in civil disobedience. In the times I
needed to return to Vancouver I set
up information kiosks around the
city speaking with the public about
Clayoquot Sound.
I also had the painful experience of reading and hearing convoluted, inadequate andinacc urate
media coverage. The odd journalist
saw beyond stereotypes and ignorance to write an insightful editorial on the issue. I was disappointed
with the article placed in the September 8th issue of The Ubyssey
("How I spent my summer vacation: my trip to Clayoquot" by Ted
Young-lng). Certainly it contained
the very brief encounter of one individual with life in the camp.
However, it fell woefully short of
providing any deeper understanding ofthe purpose ofthe camp, civil
disobedience and the philosophy
behind the lifestyle beingled there.
The basic function ofthe camp
is to provide shelter and food for
those who wish to participate in
the blockades. What the camp has
become is much more than that. It
has become a kind of experiment in
a new social order. All people are
welcome there as long as they
contribute in some way to keeping
the camp going.
Everything in camp is done by
vol unteers, from preparing the food
to digging latrines to providing
information at the much visited
front gate. There are two meetings
a day to make collective decisions
about the camp and blockade
strategy. I sat through meetings
where 250 people reached consensus; this is no small accomplishment.
Having stood on (or to the side)
ofthe road some twenty times over
the summer I felt the strain of
repetition in the form of protest.
But repetition is the very key to
this type of civil disobedience. It is
unrelenting, unyielding pressure
through continuous protest.
It shows that it is not just a few
radicals who care, but instead that
it is a constant steady stream of
people from every walk oflife who
are speaking out and willingly being arrested. To me the most powerful part of this action is the
openness and acceptance of personal consequences. This is no
armchair environmentalism.
In Clayoquot, the purpose of
protest is not to stop clearcut logging on a single day or for a week,
but forever. Monkey-wrenching
and ecoterrorism, although providing immediate halts to logging,
have no long-term effects other than
to polarise workers and environmentalists who are essentially on
the same side. Loggers lose most of
their jobs as a result of mechanization and ruthless, unsustainable
logging; they have a great deal more
in common with environmentalists
than the public is led to believe.
The movement in Clayoquot is
gaining public support daily with a
form of protest which is so open
and so large it is difficult for corporations and government to
downplay and hide from it. However, the attempts to blame all the
"trouble" on the lunatic fringe
I stood on that road beside
doctors, teachers, politicians, students, children, grandparents, log
gers (yes, loggers), war vets—individuals of every possible background and lifestyle. Some came
into camp with all their belongings
on their backs and some drove up
in their new Porsches. For all, there
was the recognition that financial
status was irrelevant.
I met extraordinarily intelligent, thoughtful people with legitimate concerns about the future.
None of them were there for the
strange self-serving reasons suggested in "How I spent my summer
vacation...". People took time away
from jobs, family and school to be
in Clayoquot. Some arrived to stay
a day and have now pledged to stay
until the government decision is
There is no glory oir trendiness
in waking at four every morning,
or sleeping on a gravel road or in
living in a clearcut. During my
summer I met people and witnessed events which turned my
life around. For me, there is no
question as to how I feel about the
issue or the people who are dedicating their lives to a necessary
and long term change. There is
only the ongoing struggle with
misunderstanding, ignorance and
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