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Array Vol. LV, No. 50
48      228-2301
Profs move to unionize
The UBC Faculty Association
executive will begin to form a
bargaining unit for UBC faculty
because professors fear the B.C.
government's allocation to the
universities will keep wages down.
At a meeting attended by about
400 profs Thursday afternoon in the
mathematics building a motion
that the association form a
bargaining unit was passed
The motion, moved by
economics prof Stuart Jamieson,
That the Faculty Association of
UBC apply forthwith to the labor
relations board of B.C. for certification as a professional
association to negotiate binding
collective agreements with the
administration of this university.
It was passed 185-72.
The association, initially
established as a social group for
profs, has since taken on the task of
presenting faculty positions on
salaries and tenure to the board of
Association executive members
said the government's recent
budget announcement sparked the
vote, although discussion on
collective bargaining had been
going on for some time.
"I think it (the vote) represents
the faculty's feelings that they're
in a bad position in terms of
negotiations about their conditions
of work and their salaries,"
association president Ian Ross,
chairman of the meeting, told The
"We had an opportunity Wednesday to talk with members of the
government. They're very critical
of the universities," said the
English professor. "I don't think
they understand us too well and I
think this is the kind of response
the faculty has to make."
The government's budget,
presented Monday to the
legislature by premier Dave
Barrett, only allocated $10 million
more to the three universities'
current operating allocation of $100
Association treasurer Mark
Thompson agreed with Ross.
"Much of this was generated by
the initial reaction to the announcement of the provincial
budget," said Thompson, an
associate commerce and business
administration prof.
Ross said the executive now will
investigate forming a bargaining
"The next step is that the
executive will meet. We will take
steps to get the proper advice to
carry this through," he said. "We
will invite the help of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers
who have been involved on other
campuses where certification has
gone through and we will probably
get good legal advice about the
steps to be taken and we will
"We will take the vote about
going for establishment as
bargaining unit and all the rest of
Under new legislation, a
prospective bargaining unit must
have 35 per cent of the workers in a
bargaining unit signed before
representation for certification can
be made to the labor relations
A CAUT spokesman said
Thursday night in a telephone
interview from Ottawa the faculty
has two methods of forming a
bargaining unit.
"They can seek certification
either by agreeing with the
university administration or
through an application to the labor
relations board," said Victor Sim,
CAUT executive-secretary.
CAUT is a federation of local and
provincial groups which lobbies in
the interests of profs on a national
"If the contract negotiations
continue for an extended period the
association could serve strike
notice although this hasn't been a
weapon used in the past and there
is a certain reluctance to talk about
it," Sim said.
All of UBC's approximately 1,600
professors can belong to the
Faculty Association.
However, it is understood
membership bylaws in the
association's constitution would
have to be changed because the
administration president, the
university's chief executive officer, currently belongs to the
Reaction from professors on the
decision was mixed Thursday.
Classics head Malcolm McGregor, who attended the meeting, was
"I am personally opposed to the
motion," he said. "I am one of
those old fashioned types. I believe
it is beneath the dignity of a
university professor to belong to a
McGregor, who said his
displeasure was not a criticism of
all unions, said he would resign
from the association if it became a
bargaining unit for profs.
Arts dean Doug Kenny said
administration officials should
neither agree or disagree with the
"It is certainly the right of the
faculty to pass such a motion if
they wish to do so," he said. "That
kind of event is happening all over
North America."
Law dean Albert McClean said
he was unaware of the motion.
Ross and Thompson said the
motion, while proper in intent, was
made at the wrong time.
"I think we might have stepped a
bit more deliberately towards this
situation but that's the mood of the
faculty and we'll carry it through,"
said Ross.
Thompson, who voted against
the motion, said he believes the
association should have had an
opportunity to examine alternatives to the current method of
approaching wage settlements.
"I feel, however, that collective
bargaining is the way," he said.
"The only thing I disagreed with
was the timing."
When told of McGregor's
reaction, Thompson said: "Good
old Malcolm. Isn't that just what
he'd say.
"I think Malcolm McGregor was
the only one who expressed that
opinion at the meeting."
Thompson accused the government of acting like Santa Claus.
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GORGEOUS LEGS of CYVR hack Thorn Quill move gracefully
through the SUB foyer before being caught outside by Ubyssey
photog Marise Savaria. Despite his many "gotcha" handouts.
Quill apparently got nothing at all. Except a few- giggles.
'Students never at meets'—Gautschi
Ed Gautschi complained
•* Thursday that the same students
that are threatening to remove him
as chairman of the Recreation
UBC steering committee, haven't
been to a committee meeting all
Gautschi was referring to a
Wednesday Alma Mater Society
council vote that he be replaced as
chairman of the committee which
sets Rec UBC policy and administers the $5 fee.
AMS vice-president and committee member Gordon Blankstein
sponsored the move but Gautschi
claims Blankstein hasn't been to. a
meeting all year.
The committee meets noon
Monday at which time the seven
AMS student appointees on the 11
person body will probably vote to
remove Gautschi and replace him
with a student chairman.
Gautschi agreed the committee
has the power to fire him as
chairman — although  he  would
continue as Rec UBC director —
but said students would lose a vote
on the committee by doing so since
the chairman can't vote.
Gautschi also said students
trying to abolish the Rec UBC
program or the $5 fee by working
through the steering committee
are wasting their time because
only the physical education faculty
or the board of governors has such
"Why go to us? The students
should go right to the top, to the
department of physical education,
who started the program, and to
the board of governors, who set the
fee," he said.
He said the purpose • of the
committee is to decide how the
program was to be run and what
features would be included in it.
Student obstructionism is a poor
way of going about making
changes, he said.
Nestor Korchinsky, faculty intramurals representative, agreed:
See page 3: REC
"But it was apparent that
university professors were in
danger of getting nothing," he
said, adding hints from members
of the board of governors indicated
salary negotiations for 1974-75,
currently underway, would be
Anatomy professor M.J.
Hollenberg, chairman of the
association's salary committee,
said working to the formation of a
bargaining unit for profs was
Association vice-president
Donald Blake, an assistant
political science prof, said his
personal feeling is that the motion
indicates faculty dissatisfaction
with the "method" of getting
Association past president
Richard Spencer, assistant civil
engineering prof, said that as an
executive officer he would be
happy to work towards implementation of the motion.
Academic planning director
Robert Clark, who tried to delay
discussion and voting on the
motion through an amendment,
said he opposes the motion on
"philosophic grounds."
"I regard faculty as a community of scholars and don't really
believe division of faculty into
groups will help our unity," he
said. "It's bound to make relations
"Secondly a basic difficulty is
that I don't see forming a union
brings effective pressure on the
government to set its allocations
He said he expects, as academic
planning director, he will not be
able to continue as a member of the
association when it becomes a
bargaining unit.
Chemical engineering prof
Norman Epstein said he was
skeptical of the motion.
"But I think it's the right
direction to move although it was a
motion intent on money only," he
Noel Hall, industrial relations
institute director and a national
labor arbitrator, said he was
surprised the motion was passed.
Jamieson, who moved a similar
: motion in 1950, said he made the
motion in response to the government's budget and Barrett's public
criticism of the universities.
"The premier seems to be implying there is waste and inefficiency in university administration," said Jamieson.
"That appears to be his main,
justification for his (Barrett's)
failing to increase the operating
grant to the universities in line
with rapid inflation and prices and
incomes generally.
"If there is such waste and
inefficiency, we would be interested in finding out and it would
be incumbent on the government,
perhaps through some impartial
body, to prove allegations," he said
in an interview.
"Hopefully through collective
bargaining the government may be
induced to provide evidence about
any waste that justifies unduly
restrictive increases in the
operating grant."
He said the essence of his motion
was to get a binding agreement
With the administration.
"Any non-certified organization
that does not have any legal status
tends to get the left-overs.
"What    the    administration
unilaterally     gives,     it     can
unilaterally take away," he said.
See page 3: MEETING Page 2
Friday, February 15, 1974
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The women's office sponsors a
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and Eric Hamber High School
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Tickets were first available two
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Page 3
'Our land, our money—unionists
Two unionists representing
groups fighting for control of B.C.'s
steelworking and mining workers
debated nationalism and money at
UBC Thursday and agreed the two
couldn't be separated.
Monty Alten of the United Steel
Workers of America and Peter
Cameron from the Canadian
Association of Industrial,
Mechanical and Allied Workers
spoke to about 100 people in Angus.
Alten, representing the large
U.S. based union said bluntly:
"Nationalism is evil.
"Local or country wide, it causes
more strife and"more killing and
more death in the world than any
other factor."
"Our objectivies should be to
look out, not in. I'm an internationalist," Alten said.
However Cameron, speaking for
his fledging 4,000 member
Canadian union questioned with an
audience member what Alten
really meant by the word "international."
"Do you mean the whole world or
just the U.S. and Canada? Is your
international union something like
American baseball's World
Altear'replied: "We're basically
talking about the U.S. and
Cameron said he felt Alten's
internationalism was really an
ideological cover for "used car
dealer tricks" promising
steelworker union members higher
wages and greater job security
which, on close examination, don't
really exist.
For example, he said, Alten's
claim the international union's
strength enabled it to successfully
fight the former Quebec Duplessis
regime in a bloody and costly
dispute in 1968 ignored some
current realities.
"Like the fact a letter has been
sent around to Canadian locals
from the states saying strike funds
will be tightly restricted from now
Alten argued: "We're not a
social group, we're a fighting
group which is fighting some of the
toughest organizations in the
Alten said he would explain some
of the things his union has won for
its 140,000 members through
"We have pension plans which
enable workers to retire as early as
48 years old. Midnight this Friday
25,000 employees at American Can
plants across Canada and in the
U.S. will be able to go on strike as
nearly simultaneously as
However, Cameron asked what
"strength" in the form of strong
American unions really is.
He said Alten's union system's
worst aspects include personalities
like jailed Teamster's boss Jimmy
Hoffa and United Mines Workers
president Tony Boyle "who
(allegedly) killed his opponent."
He said in the past American
union leaders "confined themselves to a minority of the skilled
trades" so that currently only 27
per cent of America's work force is
Cameron called Alten's Steel
workers union a representative of
"business unionism" which supports forms of internationalism
including Vietnam bombings and
Central Intelligence Agency infiltration into Germany.
He said Alten really supported
the "expansion and colonial nature
of the American financial
"The term 'international union'
is a misnomer," said Cameron. He
described the inter-connections
between the American Federation
of Labor and its-Canadian counterpart, the Trades and Labour
Council, from 1902 when the A.F.L.
mounted "a very intensive campaign in Canada" to have TLC
rules on international unions
The result of the TLC's constitutional change was that it —
and its successor, the Canadian
Labour Congress — have consistently supported organizations
like the Seaman's International
Union which Cameron said "is well
known for being an organization of
gangsters and scabs."
Cameron said in general once
Canadian workers have fought to
establish independent unions in
new areas the international unions
move in and using their CLC power
are able to uproot the original
union organization.
Alten replied he felt Cameron's
description of "business unionism"
"is quite a distorted view. We are
industrial unionists," he said,
referring to Cameron's charge
Alten represented only in truth
highly paid craft unions.
"To think the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) is a
business union is pretty big
business," said Alten. Boyle's
United Mine Workers donated
"millions of dollars" to counterparts throughout the world, he
"You've got to have resources
and 'muscle power'," Alten said,
or workers will end up with
"second best agreements."
Alten cited a Vancouver example
involving two truck manufacturing
firms, Hayes trucking and
Canadian Kenworth Ltd., which
are represented respectively by
Alten and Cameron's unions.
He showed a painphlet which
claimed the Canadian union "has
signed substandard agreements"
which left Kenworth employees
with hourly wages 45 cents below
their counterparts at Hayes
In addition, Alten's -pamphlet
said his union won the "first cost of
living escalator clause" in the
heavy truck building industry —
something which the Canadian
union wasn't able to do.
But Cameron also presented a steelworkers used  different  job
counter-pamphlet   which   showed classifications  than  they   should
the steelworkers  claims  were have and the cost of living increase
exaggerated   and   misleading, "really  applies  for  only  one
While   the   two   contracts   were month",   the   Canadian   union
signed  at  the  same  time,  the pamphlet said.
—marise savaria photo
STOLEN BOOKS pile up at the elbow of Barry Aubin, science 2, in SUB 211 Thursday. Books were taken
from Brock Hall carralls Wednesday night, allegedly by a group of drunken engineers. The engineering
undergraduate society has disclaimed previous knowledge of the raids, but later in a prepared statement said
it supported the students in their efforts. See story below.
Meeting militant, heated
From page 1
During the 2 1/2 hour meeting,
described by professors as militant
and heated, an executive motion to
establish a committee or seminar
to look into collective bargaining
was defeated.
This led to Jamieson giving
notice of his motion.
However, many professors,
mostly in arts, wanted the motion
to be discussed and voted on at the
meeting, said a source who wants
to remain unidentified.
Ross admitted to trying to delay
presenting the motion to the floor.
"No notice had been given and I
ruled notice should be given before
there could be discussion," he said.
'The mood of the meeting was that
they wanted to debat e this issue; so
all right, I said challenge the chair.
"Professor Jamieson did that
and the chair was overruled so we
then debated the motion and it was
carried by a large majority," said
Ross said the intent of the
executive's  motion   was   to  give
Burglars bag Brock books
Ubyssey Crime Reporter
Angry students came to a SUB room Thursday in
search of books stolen from Brock Hall carralls late
Wednesday night.
A student, who asked to remain anonymous, said he
was in Brock' Wednesday night when a group of
engineers allegedly carried the books out to a car.
When asked what they were doing one member said
they were taking all of the books out of the carrals as
a joke.
"He was pretty drunk, otherwise, I don't think he
would have admitted what they were doing," the
informant said.
"I found about 200 books in a locked storage room in
SUB basement when I went on my morning rounds,"
SUB proctor Ed Trewin said Thursday.
The books were in two neat piles: library books in
one and personal books in the other, he said.
Trewin phoned the library and they sent someone
over to pick them up. The rest of the books are in SUB
211 where students should retrieve them.
Trewin was surprised to find the books in a locked
storeroom but admitted that many people have keys
.and can gain entry.
Students who were attempting to pickup their
stolen books in SUB 211 had trouble finding their own
books. "I've got two term papers in one of my books,"
one distressed student said.
Others mumbled things about the bad "taste" of
the alleged engineers' prank because the loss of
students' books played havoc with mid-terms.
Retrieval of books was hampered by the fact that
many of them didn't have names on them. Conceivably students who couldn't find their own books,
picked up someone else's in order to study.
But in a later statement purporting to come from
the EUS executive, engineers endorsed the incident.
A spokesman said they suspected "patriotic"
engineering students were collecting books for the
Alma Mater Society book drive.
And they were also evicting students "hogging the
carralls" from Brock.
"The book drive got books and the rest of the
campus got Brock," a spokesman said Thursday.
A spokesman for the university RCMP said they
haven't received any complaints, however, if a
student can identify his stolen books and the individuals involved, they could be charged with theft.
faculty time to gather information
on collective bargaining.
"But the mood of the faculty is
one of impatience and that's what
they wanted to do so they did it
"Now it takes time — at least six
months we think — to carry
Clark said his defeated amendment to Jamieson's motion would
have given the executive 10 days to
inform the membership of the
A source at the meeting said
Clark was heckled and shouted
down when he made his amendment, although Clark denied in an
interview there was "personal
animosity" towards him at the
meeting, which treasurer
Thompson said was the heaviest
attended in a long time.
The source at the meeting said
assistant arts profs, who he said
have wages they receive for
teaching elsewhere deducted from
their university salary, were
especially vocal in backing the
Profs from professional faculties
do not have the same problem and
they use the university for its
secretarial and library services
and the status of being a professor,
the source said.
The dramatic rise of housing
costs in the Lower Mainland
prompted many profs at the
meeting to demand a union that
would match the rise, said the
Ross declined to say what percentage increase the association is
recommending the board grant
profs in 1974-75.
"But let's put it this way; we feel
we were very much behind the
inflationary pressures as the result
of last year's raise (between five
and seven per cent) and we're
really asking for catch-up this
Two unidentified sources said
the salary committee is after a 17-
per-cent increase.
It is expected that the
association could become the
bargaining unit for the 1975-76
salary review.
The Faculty Association at Notre
Dame University, a Roman
Catholic college in Nelson, acts as
bargaining unit for faculty there.
Professors at the University of
Manitoba last year also formed a
bargaining unit from their
association and teachers at
Capilano College are bargaining
collectively for a binding
agreement with the administration
of the North Vancouver community college.
Rec has problems
from page 1
"A guy working at this level can't
do a damn thing about it. It's-liking
hitting Eaton's because of the 5 per
cent sales tax."
Korchinsky said he thinks the
recreation program is very important to intramurals. "Without
Recreation UBC we would find it
difficult to operate. Co-Rec
wouldn't even exist at all because
Rec UBC supplies all the facilities
and equipment."
Blankstein was one of the
students instrumental in getting
Rec UBC set up in the first place,
according to Gautschi. And it was
Blankstein who insisted on getting
Rec UBC cards and letterheads
printed at a rate three times that
which the program is paying for
their printing this year he said.
Both Gautschi and Korchinsky
said that the majority of the
physical education faculty would
be in favor of the administration
paying for the program, an idea
the AMS had proposed several
times, and the new executive has
committed itself to the idea.
Gautschi called the idea "great",
but Korchinsky said, "we haven't
had the opportunity to reach
conclusions with the students on
the committee because they're
never at the meetings." Page 4
Friday, February 15, 1974
Rec revealed
power   over   the
to   use   campus
The great Rec UBC secret is out.
Students   have   very   little   actual
organization   which   charges   them   $5
recreation facilities.
For several months now we've all been very concerned
with the mysterious steering committee/Now it is revealed
by Rec UBC director Ed Gautschi and committee member
Gordon Blankstein that the committee has no power to
handle the two major beefs about Rec UBC — the $5 fee
and the existance of the program.
The power lies with the physical education faculty.
But according to Gautschi, intramurals director Nestor
Korchinsky and women's athletic director Marylin Pomfret,
students do have influence.
If they were to ask the $5 fee be abolished, the board
of governors would probably oblige. They would also
probably close down all campus recreation facilities in
return. Some influence.
So far students involved in Rec UBC have either
rubber-stamped physical education faculty decisions or
simply ignored their role in influencing policy completely.
Now the smokescreens are lifted the choice is clear.
Students must unite to persuade the administration to
pay for Rec UBC in a prelude to sweeping examination of
all UBC athletic policy and financing. Otherwise the $5 fee
will stay.
The longer it stays the more entrenched it will become.
—, 1
"(Singing) Free, free port for all the teachers / Free, free port for all the teachers / Free, free port
for all the teachers / For the union makes us strong."
(UBC faculty association moves to unionize)
I must point out some inaccuracies in your Thursday story
headed "UBC to split $10 million."
The article attempts to clarify a
confusing situation resulting from
an earlier misinterpretation by
The Ubyssey and some other
media of provisions in Premier
Barrett's recent budget speech for
the funding of B.C.'s universities. I
was happy to learn Wednesday of
your decision to publish a
clarification, but I'm afraid the
resulting article creates new
The difficulty stemmed initially
from the form in which the
university operating grants were
presented to the legislature this
year. Instead of simply showing a
global allocation to cover all three
provincial universities, as in past
years, the government's estimates
for 1974-75 showed separate ,-
allocations for each university as
follows: UBC, $62.7 million; Simon
Fraser University, $21.3 million;
and University of Victoria, $15.9
million, for a total of $100 million.
These sums were equal to the
grants made by the provincial
government for the current 1973-74
fiscal year.
This method of setting out
present allocations led some
reporters to conclude that the
universities' budgets had been
frozen at their 1973-74 levels.
"Gov't holds line on universities",
Vancouver Sun, Monday, Feb. 11;
"No more money for UBC", The
Ubyssey, Tuesday.
What some reporters missed was
an additional line that indicated
that an extra $10 million of
"unallocated" money was being
added to the university operating
grants for the coming year.
At the time of the premier's
budget speech, we were not certain
whether that "unallocated"
amount would be divided among
the three universities in accordance with normal practice and
would therefore constitute the
annual increment to the universities' budgets, or whether it was to
be held as a separate fund to finance the "Bold, imaginative and
thoughtful" new programs
premier Barrett indicated he
hoped to see the universities
However, it has since become
clear (as you noted in Thursday's
story) that the former situation
will apply. We expect that the $10
million will shortly be allocated to
the three universities on recom
mendation   to   the   minister   of
education by her advisory board.
Your story today says that
"UBC's allocation could jump by
at least $3.3 million." We hope and
expect to do a good deal better than
that. We see no reason to expect
that the $10 million will be divided
equally among the three universities.
In today's paper I am quoted as
saying that "the allocation
(presumably of this $10 million)
means the university will be able to
go ahead with new programs." I
did not say that. In fact, even our
most optimistic estimate of our
share of the $10 million will not
allow us to embark on any new
programs. It will barely be enough
to cover present salary commitments and inevitable increases
in faculty and staff salaries which
are now, or soon will be, under
In today's story you also quote
president Walter Gage as saying
"the decision to hold operating
grants at their current levels will
make things extremely difficult for
This is not what president Gage
said. He said that the present
operating grant plus our share of
the $10 million would make things
extremely difficult. That's quite a
different thing.
Finally, the president was not
"working under incorrect information" when he issued his
statement Monday. He was
working under limited information, but his interpretation of'
the government's intentions, to add
$10 million to the three universities' aggregate budget and to
provide further money for funding
new programs, has turned out to be
the correct one.
I hope this serves to clarify the
information services director
The new engineering undergraduate society president
promised more jokes and tricks
and so far he has been true to his
word. About midnight, Wednesday
several devious unmarked figures
slinked into Brock hall and carted
off the personal book collections of
the students who "live" there.
Fortunately these individuals
were unmarked except for one
slightly hammered red-jacketed
fellow who admitted that the entire
episode derived from the EUS bag
of tricks.
I'm sure you guys will have a big
laugh about it. Unfortunately
although it was intended (I hope)
that no books would stay missing —
library books being returned to the
library and personal possessions
ultimately being sent to SUB 211-
people are still missing books.
People are also missing papers
inside those books. With mid-terms
and term paper deadlines coming
up some people thanks to this
"funny prank" are up the creek.
If there was a point to be made,
surely the point could have been
made in a more appropriate way.
However, it becomes obvious
that such bullying tactics were
designed not to make a point
necessarily, but rather to gain
Unfortunately, while some
people have gained "carloads" of
attention and have had a good
laugh, other people have been
Graham Burns
arts senator
The Engineers kazoo band would
like to thank UBC students for their
donations to the crippled children
fund-telethon show. We managed
to collect $265 in a two-hour blitz.
We'd have obtained more money if
we were able to collect donations
from faculty club members but we
were impolitely dismissed by an
inconsiderate club attendant.
The money was presented on live
television, noon Sunday, at the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The
kazoo band received a standing
ovation from the audience as we
performed our masterpiece.
Unfortunately viewers and kazoo
band fans at home were prevented
from hearing us because of an
audio problem. We regret any
Members of the band felt it was
all worthwhile despite the scratches and bruises caused by
fighting off the groupies and
autograph-seekers at the door.
Engineers Kazoo Band, Inc.
electrical engineering building
it, I was not trying to give it
currency, but to ridicule it, as the
context of my talk should have
made clear.
Point two: I do not think it racist
to refer to someone as an Arab.
Given the enormous contribution
their culture has made over the
centuries to philosophy, architecture, poetry and
mathematics, I personally would
find it complimentary to be so
addressed. Perhaps Ms. Nemser
thinks Arabs are "worms" — I do
Point three: I resent the insinuation that I attach negative
characteristics to particular eye
colors. As a member of the most
persecuted eye-color class (green-
eyed people were habitually
burned as witches and warlocks in
the Middle Ages), I am hardly in a
position to encourage this nonsense.
Point four:   Has The Ubyssey
really nothing better to do with its
space than to publish such tripe?
Michael Wallace
political science
The Ubyssey prints letters from
all interested readers, even this
fourth year physiology class. All in
all I suppose that there is nothing
wrong with this policy, however
there is something unfair about it.
Iwould like to ask the professor,
Dr. Ralph Keeler, "Why wasn't
everyone allowed to know where
the exam would come from?" As
for the students that simply walked
in, wrote down the answers on a
computer card, and then sat inscrutably for an hour or so as not to
arouse suspicion: Well, for these
students I have contempt, a great
deal of contempt, especially when
they can openly boast of their 90-
100 per cents without even having
the results of the exam. I feel even
greater contempt for those instructors who evaluate these
students' performance.
Since this a pre-medical course,
and no doubt this performance will
be carefully analyzed, I only
foresee our future health science
professionals as a bunch of self-
centred cronies. In my opinion,
Keeler should examine the policies
of his department toward
examinations and then ask himself, as well as the students of the
course he conducts, "Is it fair?"
I am sorry that no signature is
given due to the following reasons.
1) Unpredictability of the
physiology department 2) I also
want to be a self-centred cronie.
I write this letter, not through
complete jealousy or contempt, for
all my fellow students. It does,
however, strike me that there are
still unfair practises occurring
here at UBC.
Last week physiology 301 had an
exam in cardiovascular and
respiratory physiology. The same
exam given at an earlier date to a
-v s."^
Although an effort is made to
publish all letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity,
legality, grammar or taste.
I see it's time for my annual
joust with a student who has totally
misinterpreted something I've
said. (The Ubyssey, Feb. 8 and 12.)
Point one: I did not invent the
term "blue-eyed Arab". It was
coined by someone in the United
States state department. In using
FEBRUARY 15,1974
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university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the writer and not of the AMS
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Co-editors: Vaughn Palmer, Michael Sasges
Late«breaking news had the entire newsroom in a total rush ("Oh boy
this is just like a real newspaper — chase chase"). Mike Sasges, Vaughn
Palmer, Gary Coull and Ryon Guedes, with much valued help from Art
Smolensky and a bunch of run-off-at-the*mouth sources managed to put
the big number together. In other business Rick Lymer, Ralph Maurer,
Rick "I didn't get no mention in the masthead yesterday so you got to
mention me twice today" Lymer, Alan Doree, Lesley Krueger, Peter
Cummings, Marise Savaria, Jake van der Kamp, Mark Buckshon, Peter
Leibik, Bpyd McConnell, and Brian "Frisbee" Loomes, managed to put out
a newspaper. Dylan: yes Love? maybe
There was a guy sitting behind me at
The Concert. He had a nose, he had some
clothes, his hair was happening. He was
telling a story to his friend: in 1960 one or
two Free Wheelin' had just come out. He
was at a party. Two guys were arguing.
"It's cool. No, it isn't. Yes it is. Let's talk
about this, outside." The two fighters
went out into the hall. The guy behind me
said he was leaving the party just then,
so he trailed along behind. But, the one in
front of him disappeared into a doorway
at the foot of the stairs. Now the guy
behind me was second in line to fight with
the one who thought Dylan was not cool.
He caught one on the chin and rolled back
down the steps.
When he finished telling her this he
stood up and looked spacy, then hollered:
"I want a brand new leopard-skin pillbox
hat!" He shouted this at the janitors and
the speaker hoisters and the electric cord
draggers arounders.
He sat back down and told her about
the time in '64 when he was called over to
his neighbor's lawn one noon. He was in
the process of dragging his blanket down
to the lake to get some shuteye before it
was time to pick up the keg for his daily
water skiing, beer drinking, bratwurst
eating. Neighbor: "Get that stuff off your
record player!" The guy behind: "Get
fucked." The neighbor: "I've got to listen
to that garbage half the night at your
parties; do you have to play it during my
lunch?" The guy behind: "If you don't
like it why don't you eat out?"
Then he told her that he wished the
whole stage would have been made to
resemble a brand new leopard-skin
pillbox hat, so Dylan could stomp on it
one time.
He had missed Dylan's last tour —
back in ought-nine? — he had been living
in the sticks then. He called a friend in
Minneapolis. She said she'd get the
tickets for him, but when he went to get
them she said that she . . . forgot. It
wasn't fore-got, as in got before or
already got; but it was the actual: do not
He had seen Dylan on the Les Crane
show. He believed it was in '64. Les Crane
told Dylan that he wore his special hippy
sport coat and his special hippy boots just
to interview the phenomenon. Dylan
chainsmoked and flicked his matches
and ashes onto the floor, but he was
unimpressed with Les Crane.
The guy behind me's friend told him
she had seen Dylan on the Johnny Cash
Show. Dylan looked round and healthy.
But, too bad, the tube turned out to be
distorted and even Don Knotts would
have looked healthy.
The guy behind disappeared. I last saw
him (or thought I did) muscling his way
over the boards of the hockey rink. He
put a move on the security guard and was
gone. He was going to get closer because
he heard — he believed it was Bill
Graham himself in the Canuck sweatshirt — announce that they were going to
record the gig. Everybody would be up.
He wanted to be close enough to holler
"Aw-right-on-far-out" into a conspicuous
space of the album.
He left because he wouldn't be able to
see the full bodyshot because the piano
was open. As soon as he left, somebody
stuffed some mikes into the piano, closed
the lid and covered it with mover's
blankets, so the only way sound could get
out of the piano would be through the
circuitry. After the lid went down the
speakers went up an elevator halfway to
the roof; and I found that I had stumbled
into the best seat in the house.
I couldn't believe I was "where it's"
going to be "at". I still thought The
Concert would be cancelled. Maybe the
Band would show up. Or failing that,
there would be a backup group possibly
named "We Just Met Outside On the
Street Corner and Seeing As to how Mr.
Dylan won't Be Here We Are Going To
Play Green Green and 500 Miles For
The last time I went to cover the
greatest event in the history of mankind,
I missed the mark by 4,500 miles. So I
figured if I pro-rated the miss likely to
occur this time, I might just make it to
the closet to get my coat. No way would I
make it through the tunnel without the
river falling on me. No way would I be
able to get past the dogs at the border.
But Flake O'Hallijon turned up with a
ticket and 20 bucks and told me: it was
cool, it was cool. He said he knew all
there was to know about Dylan's music:
first you find out what he is saying, then
you find a way for you to dig it.
I told him the best that would happen
would be: The Band would come out and
do a few numbers that stop in the middle
three times each, and when they start up
again you don't know if they are playing
the same song or a different one. At best,
Dylan will back onto the stage, face the
wall for two numbers, then split.
No he won't! I heard the planet waves.
Dylan has taken on love. He does a
wrestling match with love and comes out
on top. He takes love by the throat and
flips it around the stage and strangles it
to half to death. We can fake the river;
we can fake the border dogs.
My last objection, Fact: Dylan isn't
doing any press. There will be no interviews. Flake had it covered. There
will be all the copy we can handle. It will
be coming out of his songs. Besides, there
is bound to be a Bob Dylan impersonator
around and we can interview him. I tried
to hang cameras and tapes on Flake but
he shook them off.
The Concert took place. It was only 20
minutes late. But it had been explained to
us: this tardiness was only because they
wanted everything to be just right.
The Band came out to open the show
and Dylan was among them! It was
almost as if they wanted to please us. It
on Rue Morgue Avenue ... I started out
on burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff.
Everybody said they'd stand behind me
when the goin' got rough, but the joke
was on me, there was nobody even there
to bluff. I'm goin' back to New York City.
I do believe I've had enough." Don't get
caught being too cool, when all the
foundations are shaking. When you are
going down the road in some death gig,
don't expect your friends to cheer you on.
And watch out for hungry wimmin
"they'll really make a mess out a you."
No matter where you go. No matter
what you do. You'll get rocks thrown at
you. "They'll stone ya when you're trying
to be good, trying to go home, when
you're all alone, on the street, when you
try to keep your seat, when you're
walkin' on the floor, walkin' to the door,
in your car, playing your guitar, walkin'
on the path, takin' a bath, when you're at
the breakfast table, young and able,
when you're tryin' to make a buck when
you're brave, they'll even stone ya when
you're set down in your grave. They'll
stone ya, then say that it's the end, then
they'll come back again. They'll stone ya
just like they said they would. But I
wouldn't feel so all alone." These things
will happen to anyone who makes waves,
who tries to do what he wants, so don't
expect cheering to accompany all your
Next: if you aren't willing to accept the
stoning "go away from my window, leave
was almost as if they knew that $8 was a
lot of money to many people. The place
was packed to the rafters; the washed sat
next to the unwashed. The gaudy mingled
with the pretentious.
There was all manner of odiferous
beings from Brut to Barf and back again.
There were no screaming teeny boppers.
The crowd was quiet during the songs.
They wanted to hear the lyrics.
Dylan: "Time will tell who has fell and
who's been left behind when you go your
way and I go mine!"
The shouting on the end of "I go mine!"
is a new wrinkle. We are not supposed to
feel insulted. Dylan doesn't say that we,
the palpitating valley of tweed listeners
have fallen, or have been left behind; he
merely states that time will tell. He
merely says: most likely we'll all keep on
doing what we are doing anyway.
He told lady to muster across his big
brass bed forthwith. All right "his clothes
are dirty; but his hands are clean".
Certainly this is a new direction
preferable to walking like a duck and
smelling like a skunk and staying drunk
all the time in order to level his head and
ease his mind like the old days.
"Why wait any longer for the world to
begin, you can have your cake and eat it
too." Whatever your dreams are; do
them. Don't hassle yourself with plastic
nightmares. Why put grooving off until
some future eon?
"Why wait any longer for the one you
love, when he's standing in front of you."
Did he take us all by our shirtfronts just
then and say "Love whoever you look
at"? Before I had time to decide on this,
he went into the next number.
Dylan: "When you're lost in the rain in
Juarez (sounds like war as) when it's
Easter time too, and your gravity fails
and negativity don't pull you through,
don't put on any airs when you're down
at your own chosen speed." Dylan ain't
"the one who's never weak, always
strong, the one to protect you whether
you're right or wrong." He ain't going to
"pick you up each time you fall, open
each and every door, gather flowers
constantly, come each time you call." He
won't: "promise never to part, won't
close his eyes or his heart." If that's what
you want from Dylan you can just "go
lightly from his window, go lightly on the
ground, go melt back into the night." If
you ask these things of him, he will turn
to stone. He will not "die for you and
more". It obviously ain't him you're
lookin' for.
He went to the piano for the performance of the ballad of a thin man. It is
a ballad of thin people, who won't take
the stones, all the misters Jones. He
fingered the keys for a moment, then
threw his hands up; and the next time
they came down he was locked into the
thin man, like a Beethoven brute. He
honed in on everyone who knows
something is happening but can't, won't,
or don't, know what it is. "Where what
is?" The naked man. "Oh my God, am I
here all alone?"
Jones is well read. He's read all of F.
Scott Fitzgerald's books, it's well known.
Somebody handed him a bone.
Professors and lawyers all like Jones'
looks. They like the way he has commissioned lepers and crooks.
Exit Dylan. The Band stayed and they
were solid; they did the well known
songs. Stage fright. Dixie. Cripple Creek.
They were a bonus concert for anyone
who might have thought eight skins was
too high a price to pay for the maestro.
Excellent drums. Excellent foundation.
Dylan came back.
Watch tower. A devastating Hollis
Brown "Your baby's eyes look crazy
there a tuggin' at your sleeve. No water
in your well. Rats got your flour; bad
blood got your mare. He walks a ragged
mile. He sees a shotgun on the wall. Spent
his last long dollar on seven shotgun
shells." It's in his hand. "Seven shots
rang out like the ocean's pounding roar.
Seven breezes blowing all around his
cabin door." The drummer did "the
shotgun blasts. The drummer did the
knock knock knockin' on heaven's door. I
could almost see Slim Pickins on his
knees with a gut wound and hands full of
blood. "Bury my guns in the ground for
me. I can not shoot them anymore."
* * »
Dylan appeared with the acoustic and
harp. He brought the audience to their
feet whenever he wanted to. He's not
"Blowin' his lungs out for a dollar a day"
anymore; but he still can "blow it inside
out and upside down" like before.
He told us: the times they are a
changin'. But Dylan doesn't leave it at a
breast-beating lament. He has a plan of
action, a program. Prophets! Don't
speak too soon for the wheels still in spin
and it's no tellin' who that it's namin'.
Senators, congressmen! Don't stand in
the doorway, don't block up the hall.
There's a battle outside and it's ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle
your walls. Mothers and fathers! Don't
criticize what you can't understand.
Your old road is rapidly fading. Get out of
the new one if you can't lend your hand!
The line it is drawn the curse it is cast.
Slow one now fast. Present Past. First
last. He ended the acoustic set. The
guitar sounding like a stopping freight.
Exit Dylan.
* * *
The Band came out. Rag. Cooked on
wheels of fire. Shape I'm in. Take a load
off Annie.
Dylan showed again. Harp. He climbed
into his electric. Told us "May you stay
forever young." What can that mean?
Nobody can stay forever young. He must
mean stay young in the head. Then he did
Highway 61. It could not have been
better. Then he did Like A Rolling Stone,
and blew the place apart. Everybody was
up clapping and waving their arms and
going berserk. Some guy behind me was
hollering "Beautiful! Just fucking
beautiful!" The lights were up to about
half-mast and that tweed of people was
as crawling as a valley full of a one-unit
landlubber squid with a vacuum for an
eye. There was Dylan, alone in The Band,
turned away from The Band working his
guitar. "How does it feel to be on your
own with no direction home . . . you went
to the finest school alright, miss lonely,
but you know you only used to get, juiced
in it! ... you shouldn't let other people
get your kicks for you! Take that
diamond ring, you better pawn it babe.
You're invisible now you got no secrets
... to conceal! When you got nothin' you
got nuthin' to lose."
Everybody was hollering when The
Band followed Dylan off stage. An
irreverent voice behind me said, "Get
yer ass back out here!" He, they, came
back and closed the show with "Most
likely you'll go your way and I'll go
mine." What else? Dylan had shades on
"time will tell who has fell and who's
been left behind when you go your way
and I go mine!"
Dylan: "Thank you. Good night." We
could have clapped until our hands bled
and fell off. The man said "good night" at
five thirty in the afternoon.. If he says
that's it, then that's it. If he says it's
night, it's night.
It was two concerts.
Love-words, Dylan: "Love is all there
is, it makes the world go round. Ain't
nothin' you can do without it. Ain't
nothin' you can do about it, take it from
one who's tried." But, "I hate myself for
loving you for the weakness that it
shows." Or, "I love you more than time,
more than dreams upon the sea. More
than life itself." But "eye for eye, tooth
for tooth, your love cuts like a knife" and,
heavy "I'd sacrifice the world for you, to
watch my senses die." Because "I love
you more than blood." But fortunately,
"it is not my duty, to remake the world at
large, or to sound the battle charge."
Maybe he can't get love pinned to the
mat but the match is on in Planet Waves.
I sent Flake O'Hallijon to look for the
Bob Dylan impersonator but all he could
come up with was a cat who said: "I'm
not him." Growing up g<
You are not
a second look
Several weeks ago, page friday printed an
article about one aspect of the Vancouver gay
scene, the downtown clubs. It wasn't meant to
be a sociological or psychological study,
rather it was written as Simply one man's
impressions of a scene which he had never
previously studied.
For better or worse, these are very political
times in which we live, and strongly negative
comments were immediately presented by
the gay community in response to the article.
These complaints were partially justified; the
social comments that did slip out were at
least maudlin, if not downright silly. And
despite the author's attempt to limit the scope
of his article, any comment on any aspect of a
group that has been so socially controversial
tends to become, automatically for many
readers, a wider comment on the group as a
The purpose of this centre-spread, then, is
to present other views and comments on
various aspects of the gay scene. Other articles on this page have been submitted by
active members of Gay People of UBC. What
follows here is a brief account of a Gay
Symposium which was held at UBC on
January 24.
The symposium was held in the SUB clubs
room, and approximately 150 people gathered
to hear the five speakers. Jearld Moldenhaur,
an editor of the Toronto gay journal The Body
Politic, was the featured panelist, giving a
rundown of the aims of the four-year-old gay
movement in Canada. Included in this list
were specific demands to drop certain sections of the Criminal Code (those dealing with
"buggery" and "gross indecency", which are
used widely in the persecution of Canadian
gays), to exclude all references to sexual
orientation from the Immigration Act, and to
change regulations which state that
homosexuality is grounds for dismissal from
the Canadian Civil Service and Armed
Moldenhaur went on to discuss the high-
profile that gay groups maintained in the last
federal election. The Gay Election Coalition
was formed to make Canadians more aware
of the political positions of the movement.
Moldenhaur described the gay community in
Canada as "healthy, with a new consciousness of pride" but he wasn't "naively
optimistic" about its present chances for
successful political action. Only the wholesale
"coming-out of masses of gay people will
alter society's attitudes".
Other speakers included Jean Errington, a
recent government appointee to the Human
Rights Commission, who discussed the
possibility of including sexual orientation in a
new Human Rights Bill; Maurice Flood,
chairperson "of the Gay Alliance Towards
Equality (Gate) spoke of the necessity of
political action; and Philip Hewitt, a
Unitarian Church minister, catalogued his
church's    attitudes    and    positions    on
homosexuality. Pat Smith, an organizer of the
Lesbian Drop-In at the Woman's Bookstore,
told her reasons for putting her support
behind the women's movement instead of
actively working in any of the gay
In what was by far the best speech of the
evening (she seemed to be the only panelist to
realize that a sense of humor does not invalidate political opinion, but in fact makes
that opinion more approachable), Smith gave
several pointed examples of the oppression
that women experience from both straight
and gay men.
The speeches were followed by questions
from the floor, questions which often tended
to belie the "brothers and sisters" attitude
presented by some of the panelists.
"Solidarity" is a tenuous thing; gays may all
suffer similar social oppression, but whether
or not any group of the size outlined in
MacKenzie's article can agree on the political
action necessary to relieve that oppression is
a moot point.
Why anyone should resent the sexual
persuasions of anyone else to the extent that
laws have been created to oppress some
, groups and to uphold the rights of others, is
really beyond comprehension. But the laws
are there and the discrimination, consciously
and unconsciously, does go on. And if it takes
yet another liberation group (in a society
already over-run with causes) to bring apparently intelligent people to conclusions that
they should be able to reach by themselves,
well, so be it. You have only yourselves to
Gordon Montador
1   ...
Gay People of UBC is an AMS club. But it is
not like other AMS affiliated organizations.
Both its constituency and its purpose are
We are not a hobby club, nor do we
represent a special interest group. We seek to
speak for an oppressed minority — a minority
on campus, and in society at large.
It is hard to determine the exact size of the
gay minority group. A major reason for this is
the difficulty in defining that group, due to the
existence of what Kinsey called the "sexual
continuum". Nature does not create rigid
categories: although there are people who are
exclusively homosexual, and others who are
exclusively heterosexual, the majority of the
population finds itself somewhere in between.
"Looking at Kinsey's findings (the most
comprehensive and sophisticated to date) we
find that while only 4 per cent of the male
population is exclusively homosexual, 18 per
cent of all men have at least as much
homosexual experience as heterosexual
experience during some three year period
after the age of nineteen, and 37 per cent of all
men in adulthood, have at least one gay experience leading to orgasm. One woman in
four has a gay experience in her lifetime. 7%
of all women are predominantly homosexual
throughout their lives; the figure for men is 13
per cent. This averages out to about 10 per
cent, that percentage of the population which
we can safely call the gay minority.
Although the prevalence of homosexuality,
as revealed by these figures, should be
enough to deflate the bigotry to which gays
are subject, social prejudice has never been
known to yield to scientific fact — least of all
in the sphere of sexuality. Kinsey's conclusion
that homosexuality is a normal and natural
component of human sexuality has been one
of the most studiously ignored scientific
findings of modern times.
Because of the persistence of social oppression, gays have found it necessary to
organize groups, such as the one on this
campus, to affirm the dignity of homosexuals,
and to uphold the right of gays to full equality
with heterosexuals.
We oppose all forms of anti-gay prejudice
and discrimination, in society at large, and
especially within the university community.
We oppose antigay laws and are in favour of
amendments to human rights legislation that
would protect us and place us on the same
legal basis as other minority groups. We are
for the repeal of all laws governing "age of
consent." We oppose the incarceration of
young gays for "therapy." We are against
discrimination in employment, housing,
immigration, or any other field.
As a campus group we seek to eliminate
anti-gay content in courses, and text-books
which perpetuate homophobia and false
conceptions of homosexuality. We provide
speakers on request in order to educate the
campus population. Like other oppressed
groups before us, we hold that the university
is not divorced from society, and that it
should play a role in the fight against the
ignorance and prejudice instrumental in our
oppression. Thus we propose the institution of
an inter-disciplinary gay studies program.
Because of prevailing social intolerance,
gays are not always convinced of their human
worth, and suffer from guilt, fear, and
loneliness. Therefore, a major function of gay
liberation is the creation of an atmosphere
where gays can make friends with each other,
with their sexuality, and with themselves.
Gay People of UBC seeks to do this through
its weekly socials and rap groups. Every
second week we put on a dance, open to all
and free of charge. The numbers are modest,
but the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The
music is not so loud that one cannot carry on a
conversation comfortably. We can't get a
liquor licence, so we just provide coffee and
soft drinks.
On alternate Friday nights we have rap
groups where people get together and talk
about anything that's on their mind.
At our business meetings, Friday lunch
hour in SUB 105B, we discuss our activities
and make plans for the future. Our main
concern remains the approximately 2,000 gay
students still in the closet, and the prejudice
that keeps them there. Our goal is a society in
which gays will no Ioi
hatred and hostility they j
and where all people wil
and sexual insecurity the
persecute not only a min>
a potential part of them
Growing up as a homos
is not easy. Western cul
development of sexual
learn at an early age th
acceptable pattern of s
everyone and consequt
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fulfill the pattern
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large proportion of their
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attitude toward it. As a r<
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queer. The total efi
homosexuals the largest
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around the time you get
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are a boy. A major
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roles to play in order to
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kids for not conformin
roles. God help the little I
play with dolls than a fi
sexual orientations are i
confines of their sexu:
throughout their lives,
styles are influenced to
stifling individuality. Th
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sexual liberation.
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hit the fan if you are gaj
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want until well after p
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was a homosexual the ,'
word. Unfortunately the
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keep a lid on it.
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the oppression gays -«
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desires but it gradually
aspects of self-apprisal
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confidence to the point
afraid to reveal therms
gays. One writer once
that "the best thing that
would be if they all wok
one morning." By the I
reaches the realization
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that the trauma is of cor
The necessary ability to
honestly for a change :
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ently encounter,
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58 • Anon.
il in our society
stifles the free
ntity. Children
iere is only one
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ly to destroy a
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he MUST come
;urance is so low
able magnitude.
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lly deficient,
■jays as being
urage probably
could not even conceive of the level of bravery
required for a gay person to come out after
years in the closet. I react with furious anger
when I look back on my own years of confused
guilt and realize what this fucked-up society
robbed me of. No, no more being apologetic
for simply being myself.
When I finally decided to do something
about my sexual identity and meet some
other gays, the first decision I had to make
was just how to go about it. Should I go to a
gay bar, answer an ad from the Georgia
Straight, or go to a gay lib meeting. Well, I
wasn't exactly keenly interested in gay
liberation at the time (I was merely looking
for people to talk to and someone to sleep
with), but the prospect of a higher level of
understanding lured me to a meeting of Gay
People of UBC.
Stepping through the door to room 105B
wasn't easy. I had no idea of what to expect of
the people I was going to see. For all I knew
they might have a whole set of games they
played that would be just as stupid as the
games 'hets' play. I was unsure of being
accepted or understood. I just kept telling
myself that all these people were gay, just
like myself, so in that respect, we were even. I
also assured myself that if I did get any really
heavy trips laid on me, I had nothing to lose.
The first Friday I just sat and watched the
door unable to summon the necessary
courage to walk through, but one week later I
came barging in (or out) like a steam roller. I
sat through the meeting shaking like a leaf
listening to plans for the dance that was to be
held the following Friday night. I left the
meeting in a hurry to get to my class so I
hadn't spoken a word the whole time I was
there other than to introduce myself. Shyness
is at least one aspect of having very little self-
My impressions from the meeting and the
vibrations I got from the people there resulted
in a decision to go to the dance in the Blue
Room of Arts 1 the next week.
Going to a dance where people of the same
sex were dancing with each other, holing and
occasionally kissing each other, was a rare
experience indeed. That was the first day of
my life. The freedom that I started to feel
liberated my soul. I could do and say all the
things that had been imprisoned inside me for
years, with no fear of ridicule.
In the months since then I have learned to
know and appreciate myself for the first time.
Before coming out, my concept of coming to
terms with my gayness was to learn to accept
it as an affliction that I could do nothing
about. Had someone asked me if, having a
choice, I would change and become a
heterosecual, I would have answered 'of
course' with no hesitation. If asked that
question now, I could only reply, that I cannot
even conceive of changing what is a natural
and good part of myself. The gift of love can
be whatever we decide to make it. (Who could
ask for more).
Glen Hillson
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Page Friday. 3 We were loving it up I
The Way We Were
starring Barbara Streisand
and Robert Redford
at the Odeon on Granville
Take two of the top three biggest grossing
stars in Hollywood, give them the leads, throw in
a war, communist cells, Senator McCarthy's
witch hunters, the Hollywood Ten, pathos,
heartbreak, and his best friend's wife and the
formula says you have a smash hit, right?
Well. . . maybe left.
In fact maybe so far left of centre that the
things that seem to go right with the picture all
tend to get labeled "fascist" including the film's
expensive superstar lovers. Streisand comes on
bitchy and strong as Katie the political red-
diaper-baby firebrand whipping up a storm, and
melting whenever she eyes the campus'
gorgeous Ail-American hunk named Hubbel
(Redford). Hubbel is the "All-American-Smile"
himself, to whom everything came all "too
easy": the athletic letters, varsity squads, high
marks, campus queens, and his silver-spoon
writing talent. She falls for him in the big block
"L" award winning manner. He, with halo,
hardly knows she exists. She ferverently hands
out Stalin's pamphlet speeches while he and his
upper crust conservative American-pie
comraderie snicker at her efforts to convert the
They graduate, she to her left wing radio
program and he to writing his novel. The war
hits and they meet again in New York. She no
longer looks like "Red" Katie the waitress and
he (she sighs) looks perfectly edible in his
dashingly white and gold trim naval sublieutenant's uniform. She takes him home to
sober the poor sailor up . . . "what do you do
with the drunken sailor?" They end up in bed
together where she virtually rapes him and
considers it ecstasy, all her All-American
dreams come true. He, thrusting between
snores, considers it nothing but a rather rough
way to get some sleep. Gradually they meet
more often; his writing is a common interest to
both of them. The sleeping arrangements improve — he gets the key to her apartment and
moves in. She clashes with his collegiate crowd
of pseudo-liberal wealthy, her communist "pink
politics" freezing lots of ice at cocktail parties.
And yes, the war ends.
Nevertheless pursuing the "American
Dream" they get married ("You know no
woman could love you more than I do!" —
pregnant pause as he replies — "I know".) and
move to sunny California where he sells his novel
to Hollywood and they both bask in green ($$$)
sunshine as he writes the screenplay. Ah, alas no
pro-Hollywood "happily-ever-after" final credits
flickering across the screen. For the McCarthy
era hits "tinsel town" and everybody sells out to
the UnAmerican Activities Committee witch
hunters to "save their swimming pools". This is
the era of the "Hollywood Ten" martyrs who
stood up for their blacklisted civil rights and
were canned as "Reds". Streisand, a comrade
from way back, stands up for them too, much to
her husband's dismay — he wants to save their
swimming pool. The fact that she is suddenly
pregnant and pamphleteering again while he is
banging his best friend's wife only serves to
complicate the knotty romantic celluloidal
jungle that their lives have become. Love for
Katie is always having to say you're sorry. This
lush last-tango-in-Hollywood plot finally resolves
itself in heartstring memoir with a saddened but
wiser Streisand doing all of the string puUing.
The Way We Were is a big budget baby-box-
office elephant (pink) that is hoping to unload
two expensive superstars on a jaded movie-going
public that has seen all too much "kissy-kissy"
cum along with the overkill "bang-bang" in all
too many of today's movies. As such, it is a
refreshing change of pace from the quagmire of
its contemporaries. Streisand plays a
magnificent bitch, running the emotive thermal
wavelengths of passion, pain, and icy
procaciousness at a breath. She does lean a bit
too much on the sympathies of her audience and
her harrangues may even get on your nerves at
times. But so much the better, as it is more than
a tribute to her acting ability that she can
wrench an audience forward. Some of her
singing, filtered thru on the backtrack, leaves a
little to be desired and can best be termed
"wrenching". Redford plays it powerfully low
key — he just smiles all the while like a chroma-
keyed Colgate commercial. Cute though he may
well be the same could be said of his performance — fortified with lots of gum chewing
and pregnant pauses (as if he were having the
baby not her?).
The Way We Were may not be the best love
story since Love Story but it is certainly laced
with some fine acting and some even better
camera work. It is Hollywood's period piece
nostalgia, invoking its long lost never-never
land hey-days of the late forties and early fifties
(the pre-teevee-puberty era, before television
made its massive mass media attack on the film
industry's audience. And symbolically enough
Hubbel turns T.V. acreenwriter at the end — a
complete "sellout".). Period piece nostalgia
(American Graffiti & Last Picture Show etc.)
seems to be making a box office comeback in
fashionable movie going audiences nowadays.
Despite its all too trite and perhaps overtly self-
conscious documentary image, the film does
have several redeeming moments of romantic
tenderness between rifrafts. On the whole
Redford simply smiles to much and Streisand
simply suffers, suffers, suffers, oh how she
suffers (bleeding the audience for milky tears
and money)! But if shoveled sentiment can be
swallowed and you are willing to part with all too
much money [Something must be done about the
inflationary trend of stub stubble these $$$ days)
then The Way We Were, gala emotional tango
and all, is your bag at the Odeon on Granville.
Eric Ivan Berg
Exorcist: take two
The following review of The Exorcist was
written about three weeks ago, and unfortunately got lost in several fast shuffles. It is
now presented as the last instalment of page
friday's contribution to Operation: Overkill.
May the title of this shoddy little film never
again appear on these pages, no matter how
many Oscars William Friedfein hauls home.
As someone said the other day, The Exorcist is
no longer simply a movie, it is an event. One
wonders if even half the people now suffering the
physical (and moral?) indignity of hour and a half.
queues on Granville Street in the middle of winter
have any real desire to see the film; more likely
they have simply found it impossible to read a
newspaper, let alone carry on a conversation, if
they haven't seen the picture. As a result of the
film's popularity, the Catholic Church must be
having a field day — any day now I expect to see
that special "conversion centres" are being set up
to handle the overflow crowds of neurotic North
Americans who don't know the difference between
a troubled soul and an upset stomach. It is a
pathetic comment on the twentieth century mind,
that it can cheerfully blunder through countless
wars, practically global starvation, and the
legalized brutalities of daily existence, and
remain intact; then this shoddy little motion
picture comes along, and everyone suddenly
discovers that my goodness, there really is Evil in
this world! Bah. If these are real spiritual crises,
if people really do begin to live Christian lives
after seeing The Exorcist, then I suppose the film
deserves some kind of grudging admiration; but I
frankly don't believe that even the most sensitive
souls wUl remember their "revelations" one day
longer than it takes them to stop wetting their beds
in fright, at the thought of a little girl vomiting up
copious amounts of pea soup.
Because this film is now a social event, it is
_ completely valid to attack it in terms of its social
ramifications, aspects of the film which properly
speaking lie outside the achievement of the film
itself. In fact, it isn't actually necessary to step
outside those boundaries; there are more than
enough reasons to attack the film for its purely
cinematic problems.
For anyone who has missed out on the plot, it
runs something like this: a little girl (Linda Blair)
is possessed by the Devil"; her mother (Ellen,
Burstyn) gets two priests (Jason Miller and Max
von Sydow) to perform an exorcism, during which
the priests die, but the little girl is saved. Apparently the film follows Blatty's bestseller
almost exactly, except for the bvious necessity of
cutting a long novel down to a two-hour script.
That necessity is probably the reason for the most
obvious flaws in the movie: there are many
unexplained incidents and several only partially
developed characters that must be the result of
bad editing, whether of the book or the film it is
impossible to judge. This lack of explanations
certainly doesn't enhance any sense of mystery or
suspense — there really is no sense of mystery,
and there's precious little suspense. It may be
partly because most people know the plot, but in
fact it is understood almost from the start that it is
the Devil inside thle girl, and the make-up crew
did such a good job of turning her into a rather
scabby twelve-year old version that gentleman,
that no-one seems to care whether she is saved or
The young priest (Miller) is really the central
character of the story. We are told a great deal
about him: a Jesuit priest who is losing his faith,
he is also a psychiatrist, a boxer, and the son of
an impoverished old immigrant woman who
dies, insane, part way through the picture. While
all these aspects of his life are integrated into the
plot, they never coalesce into one figure, rather
they remain a series of fairly well done bit parts.
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Friday, February 15, 1974 True Nature of Bernadette
The True Nature of Bernadette
Directed by Gilles Carle
French with English sub-titles
The feature-length film is one medium in which we're
clearly not getting our 30 per cent Canadian content.
English Canada is especially subject to foreign cultural
imperialism with a very negligible film industry.
Quebec however, fares better, and most of the more
interesting Canadian feature films come from the other
side of the language barrier.
The True Nature of Bernadette is a Quebecois film.
The fact that it has taken two years after being released
to be shown in a commercial theatre in Vancouver underscores a significant part of the problem. People
aren't seeing the few Canadian films made because the
chain-controlled theatres won't show them.
Aside from local and nationalistic interests and
considerations which are considerable, The True Nature
of Bernadette isn't really a success. The script suffers
from over-abundance; there is even a shot of the kitchen
sink. The performances by the two principal figures,
Donald Pilon and Micheline Lanctot are merely competent, the rest of the characters that clutter up the
background are shallow caricatures. Even the lovely
Quebec landscape is not exploited to full cinematic effect, something odd in the photography makes distant
shots of people against the landscape look like dolls
cavorting inside a poor-quality viewmaster.
The film is concerned with an age-old theme — innocence to experience, idealism to disillusion. Bernadette leaves her lawyer husband and groovy apart
ment behind in Montreal and with her child and half a
ton of tastefully arranged bananas and oranges in the
back of her mustang, heads for a life of bucolic contentment and fresh air amidst the cows and the farmers
of the verdant countryside. The colorful rustics aren't
ready for her level of consciousness though and very
early she discovers that the happy locals have political
troubles, sexual complexes and moral codes. But the
naive, sincere, idealistic and we begin to suspect, quite
dumb Bernadette smiles her way serenely through all
sorts of adventures. As her reputation spreads through
the countryside she adopts three old men, two
greaseballs, one cripple, a disabled child, a pig and a
bunch of chickens. She gives freely of her love, serves
them all fruit soup and persuades the silent, immobile
child that he really can walk and talk.
The denouement or fall unfolds itself quickly. The pig
is run over by the van bringing her unwanted chrome
and plastic furniture from the city along with her
husband's unwanted wedding ring. The old men fight
over the goodies, the greasers rob her and everybody
else, the social workers come to take the kid away, the
kid's mother is murdered, the chickens die, she tells the
cripple "not tonight", the neighbor shoots an elderly
horse and is tricked into signing an egg contract by
department of agriculture goons. The locals decide she
is a second Saint Bernadette and bring her all their
diseased and handicapped. This is what Bernadette
ultimately can't handle and a somewhat confused
cinematic progression finds her shooting a rifle into the
crowd of believers. The film ends on a lyrically symbolic
note: the summery landscape is dulled with snow and a
trailer-bed of Bernadette's fruit becomes gently and
very beautifully obscured.
There is a certain ambiguity to the character of
Bernadette. She is so shallow that on one level she can be
taken as the central figure in a moral allegory. On a real
level however, she doesn't quite make it, she is too much
an embodiment of a latter-day mythology of the back to
the cult. She becomes a comic-book character, devoid of'
any depth or credibility.
There is in this film an uneasy tension that is never
resolved between the real and the surreal elements. The
dead chickens, the piles of vegetables, the entire fruit
leitmotif add a bizarre touch that destroys what little
credibility Bernadette does communicate. If perhaps the
surreality is intentional, then Carle doesn't pull it off
with the finesse of a Godard.
The most successful aspect of The True Nature of
Bernadette is also its weakest. The fragmented and
diffuse plot weakens the film but lends itself to some
brilliant episodes. Director Carle scores lots of points
with his often very funny stabs at the idiosyncracies and
habits of rural Quebec. What one retains of the film are
, the episodes, the incisive glimpse into a vast comedy
which Carle struggles with but doesn't succeed in
unifying. All the rest becomes a confused jumble of
images and events.
The True Nature of Bernadette is nonetheless a lively
and an enjoyable film and Gilles Carle shows a great
deal of promise. An attention to graphic design and
colour is interesting and for this reason alone is almost
worth seeing.
Ed Cepka
Another form of evil: bang Latin style!
State of Siege/
Etat de Siege
Director: Costa-Gavras
Script: Franco Solinas
Starring: Yves Montand
Music: Mikis Theodorakis
At the Highland
There is no doubt: State of
Siege is an excellent film. Yet
to think of it in terms of merely
cinematographic qualities is
like looking for stylistic
achievements in The Diary of
Anne Frank. State of Siege
is first of all a tragic and
responsible statement about life
in this world.
Whether the modern
revivalists of art for arts
sake in all the educational
institutions on this continent
like it or not, art does survive
according to the degree of social
responsibility in its message.
This   is    why    Eisenstein's
Potemkin is still with us and
this is why State of Siege will
prove to be far better than the
last 10 years of Hollywood junk
put together.
The message of State of
Siege is quite simple: The
definition of evil is as flexible as
a Whilghouse Watergate news-
release, but some Americans
are quicker in recognizing and
exorcising the devil when they
think they see him than others
try to pretend in certain films.
In fact, one guy, Anthony
Mitrione, was so good at it, that
he was sent a few years ago to
Brazil and to Uruguay under the
cover of the A.I.D. (Agency for
International Development) to
show the police forces of these
dictatorships how to treat
political prisoners who seem to
be possessed with "the red
devil". Mitrione was no Jesuit.
He wasn't in the Middle'Ages
either; he didn't try to fool
anybody with shouting holy
crap. In the exorcisms he
taught and practised, electrodes are applied to the most
sensitive parts of the human
body. Pain intended!
But Mitrione couldn't spread
torture for ever, one day he was
kidnapped and then killed by a
group of Tupamaros, the urban
guerUlas of Uruguay.
Here the film begins:
Mitrione becomes Satore and is
excellently protrayed by Yves
Montand. This great actor was
also in Costa-Gavras' previous
films Z and The Confession and did marvellous
To cut the suspense and to
aUow the audience to think, the
seven day drama is presented in
flash-backs after the dead body
Exorcist finally final
From pf 4
His loss of faith, and its eventual return in the
confrontation with Satan, should have been the
real focus of the film, instead of the hysterical
special effects.
The exorcist — the older priest whom one can
vaguely suspect is responsible for setting the
demon free in the first place (this in a rather silly
and consciously "arty" opening sequence) —
remains stolidly on the point of death throughout
the film, and when he finally dies during the
exorcism it hardly seems important. All the
performances are in fact adequate and at times
even good, but they are at best secondary to what
is apparently the real point of the film, which
must be to revolt as many people as possible with
totaUy technical devices.
The little girl becomes a truly horrifying
spectacle. Scabs, pus, blood, bilious green vomit,
cracked lips spouting incredibly foul language
(dubbed in by the very effective voice of Mercedes McCambridge), and a head that turns 360
degrees; it is remarkable make-up job in the
best tradition of low budget horror movies. And
if audiences believe that medical machinery is
as cruel as it is made to seem in the early stages
of the film, people will stay away from the
hospital in droves. The medical associations
probably have grounds for a lawsuit.
The Exorcist is said to be on its way to being
the biggest money-maker ever filmed. Forty
North American cities are apparently being
given saturation treatment before it hits smaller
centres. Now, the film has been made, has
received an incredible amount of publicity, and
has perhaps already recovered the money that
was spent in its fabrication. But enough is
enough. It's a stupid film, just stay away. You'll
save $3.50, and maybe you'll help to start a trend.
P.S. Over the last few years, I've seen a lot of
extremely violent films. Sometimes the violence
had a point, and sometimes it didn't, but much
more shocking was the never-changing audience
reaction: the bloodiest murder, the most brutal
acts imaginable, would be greeted with a chorus
of cheers, whistles and loud applause.
Newspapers are now reporting that hundreds
of people have been physically Ul during The
Exorcist, others have fainted, still more have
been unable to sleep, truly terrified of what
might happen. And while I think that all these
people are incredibly gullible, I am, quite
frankly, delighted, Movie audiences, from what
I've seen and heard of them, deserve everything
they get.
Gordon Montador
#5   ? s&
of Santore is found. According
to the director, State of Siege-
is not attempting to justify but
to explain a political
assassination. Costa-Gavras
has done extensive research on
the Latin-American situation;
he has even spent some time
with the Tupamaros in Montevideo and he claims that "no
details have been added or
invented" in his documentary-
style thriller of the Mitrione
But while the exiled Greek,
who declined an offer to direct
the Godfather , analyzes one
particular political intrigue,
also explains in simple terms
the fundamentals of the
relationship between the industrial and so called underdeveloped countries. If you
are one of those who don't know
yet that our affluence is based
on a living-standard for which
oppressed and exploited people
pay, then State of Siege
might have some valuable
lessons in store for you. There
are for example two old journalists: functioning like the
chorus in a Greek tragedy, they
ask so many nasty questions
and say so many true things,
that State of Siege was confiscated and censored in several
parts of the U.S.
But Costa-Gavras has not
created his Trilogy to accuse
countries. State of Siege is as
little Anti-American as Z was
Anti-Greek. Cost a-Gavras
channels his energies against
the people who spread scientific
methods of torture and blindly
obey a system that vegetates on
economic exploitation — which
in its extreme form is to
millions of people also a form of
tortre. To bring the connection
between an increase in the
G.N.P. and the starving child in
The Third World (even if it is a
cliche it is still true) to the level
of consciousness in a broad
audience, counteracting
political apathy, is the motive
behind Costa-Gavras presentations of political issues. His
films are never esoteric or
enigmatic; in Europe they all
appealed to a wide public.
Partly because one of the things
Costa-Gavras learned from
Brecht is the belief that a
dramatic work must first of all
be entertaining and artistically
stimulating. This purpose is
well achieved in the script of
Franco Solinas (The Battle of
Algiers).       Fast      moving
dialogues are balanced with
unbelievably explicit
cinematographic language.
First the presence of "the
people" is built up in short
mass-scenes; then towards the
end of the film the pictorial
symbolism has been so simplified that even an "ex-
corcineast" would recognize the
omnipresence of the exploited
masses in the close-up of the
pair of eyes that tolerantly
watch the arrival of Mitrione's
substitute at the airport.
Another cinematographic
highlight is the sequence in a
rolling bus, where the leader of
the Tupamaros (Jean-Luc
Biedeau in his greatest
achievement yet) questions
people — not types — from all
segments of society whether
they are in favour of Santore's
execution. The People stream
through the bus of the
revolution and rationally
determine its course.
It is too sad that this scene
like some others has been
considered repetitive or too long
and underwent shortening in the
North-American version. Since
all the details were carried out
with the greatest possible care
this is an offence to a , conscientious director like Costa-
Gavras. Similarly sad is the
fact that the dialogue of ihe
dubbed version has been un-
primed and sparkles half as
much as the French original.
State of Siege was filmed
two years ago in the Chile under
the late Presidente Allende.
This is a little ironic because in
the meantime it has become
very much a film about Chile.
Yes, Chile again. Of course
Chile is off-campus. But inspite
of being a symbol of a crucial
struggle in years to come, Chile
is also off-Vancouver and
probably still Off-your stomach.
This is why a film that opens in
Paris in seven theatres and is a
top-seller all over Europe
reaches Vancouver more than
one year after its release. But
when it gets here, it receives so
little attention from the self-
complacent provincial
audience, that the original has
already been dropped and the
dubbed version at the Hyland
will not survive very long. Did it
ever occur to you that it is in the
interest of somebody when
people get too lazy to
acknowledge the existence of
Paul Sterchi
Friday, February 15, 1974
Page Friday, 5 The modern marriage revisited
A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen,
directed by Bill Glassco
at the Playhouse
Not too long ago the Playhouse presented an
historical play in modern dress. It was
moderately successful. The new outfit rounded
off a few rough edges, but it didn't fit all thati
well. Ibsen's A Doll's House is 100 years old,
almost; old enough to be called historical. This
time however there are few attempts made to
make the play what it isn't or shouldn't be, and
Ibsen comes off the better for it.
Glassco follows the precepts of realism
closely, the dramatic style prevalent at the time
Ibsen wrote the play, and the style intended for
the Doll's House. Although the walls are see-
through, and they extend up without end (not too
realistic) the set generally conforms to the boxlike room intended for the Helmer household.
Cameron Porteous set is spartan and unpretentious. Barren, lifeless and uniformly
brown in colour, it depicts the lifestyle of the
Helmer's, flat, inflexible and devoid of inner
warmth and humour.
In the past year this play has been presented
as a film and television special, a testimony to its
appeal for today's audiences. Nora Helmer
(Blair Brown) is the pampered, spoilt and immature wife of Torvald (James Hurdle) a shortsighted insensitive moralist who in many ways is
as childish as Nora. Into their life strays Mrs.
Linde (Barbara Gordon), a lonely neglected
woman embittered by her hard struggle through
life. Dr. Rank (Powys Thomas) is the Helmer's
closest friend, a cynical soul at the end of a life of
gradual physical deterioration, and there's Nils
Krogstan (Derek Ralston), Nora's secret torment.
Ibsen's audiences were so shocked by the play
FeHini's Roma
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With Fellinified alleyways, Fellinified interiors, Fellinified crowd scenes, and those fab
Fellinified faces of the utter grotesque one would
think SUB Cine's latest fare Roma would be a
Fellini movie. Well fortunately enough it is a film
grafted from the heart and hand of the master
(auteur cult worshippers of the world unite!) a
stunningly photographed vivid semi-
documentary of. FeHini's own Rome.
I say FeHini's own Rome because it is with gist
just than — his own very personal memoir of the
great city which is his own home town. Not
content with present history Fellini dives his
camera into the city's historic past and looks at
the gorkified lower depths; the whores, the
criminals, the working poor, the degenerates, as
well as a scalding glare at the middle and upper
class etruscans. Not even his holiness the Pope
escapes Felini's caustic camera eye.    .
Fellini begins with intros of himself and his
camera crew and the man describes Rome, his
Rome, as he remembers it. We see the young
Fellini on his poppa's lap lapping up the silent
sword and sandal epic orgies and Charlie
Chaplin to boot. We then see the burlesque
theatre that Fellini attended. We age with Fellini
as he visits a noxious brothel where sex is a meat
parade and first love is getting to know her
name. We see an idyllic pasta afternoon at the
family's spaghetti party, an "open city"
wartime   Rome,   a   mad   rainy   traffic
that he had to revise it before major European
centres would produce it. Today we can
humourously listen to characters repeat the
sinful word (damn) and evasively allude to
congenital syphillus (but never come out and say
it) but we cannot afford to turn a deaf ear
toward the issues of marriage, responsibility
and honestly presented by Nora and Torvald.
A Doll's House is a serious play, but it is not
a tragedy. Glassco wisely strikes a balance
between the comic and the serious. Characters
do not pace the stage with leaden feet, nor sermonize in dull monotone to the audience. We are
to sympathize with Nora's dilemma, but Brown's
treatment allows us to observe this childish
dreamer with a wry smile as well. Hurdle is too |
soft and gentle looking for the stern Torvald, but
he does present a character who is both terribly
dislikable and terribly funny.
Nevertheless, there are several disconcerting
flaws in the production. Krogstad is riot an entirely admirable character, but he does not
deserve the treatment he receives from Ralston.
Ralston whines and simpers evil malefactions,
and creeps about like a conspirator. He is no
hero, but he is not a snake.
The dance scene in act two is a dance of life
and death for Nora. She is on the verge of nervous collapse, and her dance should convey her
intensity and desperation. However, nothing of
this sort was communicated to the audience.
Another thing of this sort was communicated to
the audience. Another thing involving Nora is
her role as mother. Children are an integral part
of her life; she always talks about them, and
people' are always referring to them. Glassco
decided to omit them from the stage, and they
are sorely missed.
Finally, the flash of illumination at the play's
end is unnecessary and most unrealistic. Ibsen
just wouldn't approve.
Steve Morris
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jammed Rome (fantastic photography), a dank
subway Rome ending in an eerie exploration of a
newly discovered Roman tomb with aeorrating
frescoes on the walls. The climax is a pompous
papal fashion show replete with neon electric
Pope in Louis XIV "sun king" motif. There are
fabulous faces throughout, gaudy, emasculated,
lesbian, lewd and always utterly fascinating
faces to look at. FeHini's physiognomatic eccentricities extend to his on-the-spot "verite"
interviews, with butchers, vendors, writers
(Gore Vidal, an American Rome, etc.), actresses, archeologists and many, many modern
Romans. It is an exciting portraiture.
It is an exciting picture to see visually
although FeHini's frequent dives into the sym-
bollically occult and the seamier side of Vatican
City may simply nauseate you. You who are
expecting too much of a narrative hook storyline
will also be disappointed. In fact, the all too
documentarian air with which Fellini butchers
the anomalies of time and place may be a big
turn off too. And for all of those of you who
hanker for speed action, sex and violence you
may find Fellini a big Italian spaghetti factory
bore. But if you want to see a very well made and
excellently photographed semi-documentary
about a man's love for a famous city — for his
city, then Roma this weekend at Sub Cine may
well be your choice. Sub Cine invites you to
escape the mid-term exam myopia and see a
good film for only four bits (tis worth the bus
fare) to see the ad for Roma showtimes.
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Page 11
Basketball Birds upset by
schedule change of CIAU
The playoffs might come a little
sooner than expected for the UBC
Thunderbirds because of a ruling
by the Canadian Intercollegiate
Athletic Union in far-off Ontario.
A curling bonspiel that the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation wants to televise from
Toronto March 6,7 and 8 has forced
builds up
Two days is a short hockey
But that's what this whole year
boils down to for the Thunderbirds,
as they take on the University of
Alberta Golden Bears Friday and
Saturday at the winter sports
One of the two games will decide
which team meets the first place
University of Calgary Dinosaurs in
the playoffs and which one will get
a chance to prepare early for next
The Golden Bears must win both
games to take second place and the
last playoff from the Birds, who
need only one win to clinch it.
Alberta has to clear a tougher
hurdle, but UBC coach Bob Hindmarch said the Birds have no
margin to commit errors or relax,
even though they haven't lost to
Alberta in four meetings this year.
"Both teams want these games
badly and so we're going to have to
play extremely hard," he said.
"Alberta's a tough team and they
lost by only one goal in each of our
last two games."
Hindmarch said the Birds will
also be playing without left-winger
Rich Longpre, a potent scorer for
the club this year, who has left the
team permanently because of
personal reasons.
Hindmarch said the Birds have a
long list of walking wounded but all
will see action.
"I could detail the injuries but
I'd rather not for obvious reasons,"
Hindmarch said.
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the CIAU to move the date of their
Canadian basketball. championships ahead one weekend to Feb.
28, March 1 and 2.
That was the weekend Canada
West playoffs were scheduled. So,
if the West wants to represent them
in what is, after all, the Canadian
championships, they will have to
decide a league victor a week
earlier than expected.
Right now, Alberta has clinched
first place with 15 wins in 16
games, but second place is still
undecided. The Birds occupy that
last playoff spot, two points ahead
of the University of Victoria, who
play Alberta this weekend while
UBC hosts the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Since a tie would still give the
Birds second place by virtue of
their three wins in four games
against the Vikings, any number of
UBC wins and Victoria losses
totalling three would give the Birds
The Canada West university
athletic association, however, has
determined that there will be a
playoff series, so no matter what, if
UBC beats Lethbridge twice and
Victoria loses to Alberta, the Birds
would play their two league games
against Alberta Wednesday and
Thursday, and they would also
count as playoff games.
If second place hasn't been
decided by then, UBC would still go
to Alberta that weekend and play
the Bears. That would mean two
more games in a ten-day stretch
for UBC if they make the playoffs.
So there is a lot of incentive
behind the Birds when they take to
the floor of the War Memorial gym
tonight and tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
The sooner they clinch second
place, the fewer number of games'
they play, and the better their
chances of upsetting Alberta and
going on to the national championships in Toronto two weeks from
Sports flashes
UBC swimmers are getting their
chance to go to the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic University
championships to be held at
Laurentian University in Sudbury.
Coach Jack Pomfret is taking his
men's and women's team to the
Canada West championships at
The three day competition starts
on Thursday and winds up
Saturday night.
In a double dual meet at Simon
Fraser University Saturday the
Birds lost to SFU but defeated
Highline College. George Smith
won the 200 individual medley and
Steve Npfherrv won the 200-metre
The UBC cricket club which
performed quite capably last
season will hold an organizational
meeting to pysche up for the
coming season, at 8 p.m. Monday.
The varsity cricket team will
compete in the first division this
year and will need as much player
representation as possible. All
veteran squad members as well as
interested rookies are asked to
report to the president's home, 1816
Western Parkway, Monday. If
unable to attend, Brinsley Stewart
urges prospective players to phone
either him or coach Michael Gerry
at 733-9073 or 224-7970 respectively.
The second of two Canada West
Tournaments takes place today
and Saturday in Edmonton as the
UBC men's volleyball team
competes against four other
Several weeks ago at UBC the
Thunderbirds took a one point lead
over Alberta in the first tournament. Calgary, Victoria, and
Lethbridge followed in that order.
The combined winner will advance to the CIAU championships
which will be held at Edmonton on
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Friday, February 15, 1974
Law students telegraph
UBC supports Quebecois
UBC law students Thursday sent
a message of support to striking
Quebec law students, forcibly
evicted last week from the Quebec
bar school.
The Law Students' Association
sent a telegram saying it supports
articling Quebec law students "in
your efforts to achieve an equitable
solution in your conflict with the
Quebec Bar Association."
Ten law students.were evicted
from the Quebec law school Feb. 7
after they entered the school and
tried to persuade the three
students attending to join 375
colleagues in boycotting classes.
Student    spokesman    Barry
March 1
Nominations for the March 1
alternate elections of arts students
to faculty meetings will open
Joanne Lindsay, spokesperson
for the arts undergraduate society
committee on alternate elections,
said Thursday the elections are
being held to obtain "real" student
representation in the arts faculty
and to organize departmental
unions which are still unorganized.
The AUS has urged all arts
students to boycott the registrar
conducted mail ballot for the 27
representatives approved by
senate late last year.
Lindsay said the proposed
department unions will ensure the
AUS will lead students in their
fight for representation on various
department and faculty committees.
The AUS is also proposing an
arts council which will provide a
forum for all department unions to
meet on issues concerning arts
The course unions, said Lindsay,
"can get representation on committees and also organize various
academic programs in their own
"That means the atmosphere of
the university will change a lot.
Students will get a chance to
deepen their studies outside of the
Another reason for students to
organize department unions is to
develop a sense of political
engagement at UBC Lindsay said.
"Currently operating unions,
like the one in philosophy, work
quite well," she said.
All arts students will be getting
letters inviting them to
organizational meetings of course
unions Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nominations for alternate representation will close the following
The AUS decided to boycott the
elections because they would
"isolate the students from each
other, and won't provide responsible or adequate representation,"
Lindsay said.
Fridhandler said the ten were met
by about 50 riot squad police, who
herded them into a hallway and
pushed them down the stairs.
"One girl was dragged by her
hair and another was kicked and
this after the students agreed to
leave," Fridhandler said.
"They paid money to attend
those lectures and had every right
to be there."
The protesting students have
graduated from law school but are
required to pass a series of bar
association exams and then undertake a 12-month articling period
before they can practice law.
The students are protesting
irrelevancy and "incompetence"
in the courses, unnecessarily high
failure rates and what they call a
needlessly long  articling  period.
Most of the students studying for
Qebec Bar exams in Montreal,
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most recent of the monthly exams.
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Bar Association, said he had
received no reports of "brutal
acts" during the police intervention.
Fridhandler said the students
would appeal to Quebec justice
minister Jerome Choquette to
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The U.B.C. Grad Class of 1974 is open for applications for
the disbursement of the grad class gift fund.
To be eligible for consideration the applications must be
in some way affiliated with the university community at large.
The Grad Class will not direct any funds to benefit political or
religious organizations or to the furthering of political ends.
Applications must be of one hundred (100) words or less
and contain a brief description of the object, scope and budget
of the proposal. Name, address and phone number must also
be included.
All project applications must be submitted to the Grad
Class Council - Box 118, SUB - not later than February 18,
1974. At this time applications will be reviewed by the Grad
Council for presentation to the Grad Class.
All applicants will be contacted following the closing date
of February 18, 1974, as to the success of their proposal.
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