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 the Ubyssey
11   My God,
Il it's full of
(ill    stars...
Man of tht year
see editorial pg. 14
Dr. David Strangway
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, Friday, January 5, 1990
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Sub Theatre.
Candidates for Senate & Bog
Election. Candidates will be
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SUB conversation pit.
Zen Society. Meditation and instruction. New members welcome. 12:30pm, Grad Centre
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Communion Service. 10:00am,
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bring something to swing, ie:
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Graduate Student Society. Monday Free Film Nights. 1) Decline
ofthe American Empire. 2) Who's
Afraid of Virginia Wolf. Starts
6:30pm, Fireside Lounge Graduate Student Centre.
Graduate Student Society. Ron
Duhamel, M.P., Liberal Critic for
Post-Secondary Education will be
speaking. 12:30pm - 1:30pm.
Ballroom, Graduate Student
UBCStudentsforChoice. General
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Student Counselling and Resources Centre. Workshop - Study
Skills Strategies Peak Performance. Noon (12:30 - 1:30pm).
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AMS 75th Anniversary Committee. Student displays — What
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Lutheran Student Movement, Coop Supper, 6:00pm, Lutheran
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United Church Campus Ministry/Lutheran Student Movement. Rev. Brian Rude speaks of
his experience of detention in El
Salvador. 6:00pm, Lutheran
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4:30pm, Grad Centre Penthouse.
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- Notice of Nomination -
The Graduate Student Society
wishes to announce a
- Call for Nominations -
for two (2) Graduate Student
members to sit on a
committee to advise the President of the
University of British Columbia
on the selection of a
Dean ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies
to succeed Dean Peter Suedfeld,
Whose term of office expires June 30, 1990.
Registered Graduate Students
who are interested in
serving on this committee,
and in this capacity,
are asked to contact
the Graduate Student Society Office,
and to make their written intention known to:
Brian Goehring,
Electoral Standing Committee Chairman,-
Graduate Student Society,
by 4:00pm, Monday, January 15th, 1990.
Brian Rude, held captive by the El Salvadore
National Police, will speak on El Salvadore on
Wednesday, January 10, 5:30pm
at the Lutheran Campus Centre.
Supper provided at cost.
" Only Capone kills like that."
- Gangster George "Bugs" Moran on the
St. Valentines Day Massacre.
'The only man who kills like that
is Bugs Moran."
- Al Capone on the St. Valentines
Day Massacre.
"Nobody shot me."
- Last words of Frank Gusenburg when asked
by police who shot him fourteen times with
a machine gun in the St. Valentines Day
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Auditor finds irregularities
in current AMS accounts
Missing guidelines leave
accounts prone to abuse
by Joe Altwasser
An internal audit of the Alma
Mater Society has revealed several financial irregularities, the
most serious of which involves
spending improprieties by director of finance Karl Kottmeier.
According to audit spokesperson and AMS president Mike Lee,
Kottmeier and his actions were
the "major focus" ofthe audit.
"The D of F used poor judgement and acted improperly in allocating funds from student govern
ment accounts for personal expenses, credit card payments, and
personal loans," said Lee.
The internal audit was ordered by the AMS last November
following a complaint by AMS
vice-president Sarah Mair.
The audit also uncovered a
hidden account used by AMS
executives for loans and the purchase of beer and pizzas.
Through loans and advances
to himself, Kottmeier acquired
approximately $5,600 from  the
AMS coffers.
Kottmeier is currently on a
leave of absence from his duties as
director of finance and could not be
reached for comment.
Lee said Kottmeier has already paid back $5,595 and intends to pay a smaller amount
back in the future after a figure
can be fully determined.
Kottmeier was also found in
conflict of interest by Peat Marwick. Kottmeier, both an officer of
the Delta society club and the director of finance, had signing authority for both clubs said Lee.
The audit analyzed only the
two years in which Kottmeier was
director of finance.
Peat Marwick did not impli
cate any other AMS executives in
its findings.
Another important finding of
the report is the lack of proper
accounting procedures within the
AMS, particularly among the executive and council said Lee.
Lee said the audit revealed
that a de-constituted club known
as the Victoria Invasion was "used
as a hidden student government
The club was formed two
years ago to help promote a UBC
basketball team trip to Victoria.
Ombudsperson Jessica Mathers said the Victoria Invasion account was used primarily for beer
and pizza but was also used for
loans to some executive members.
Full details will be released after
this Wednesday's student's council meeting.
The priviledge of executive
members ordering pizza and beer
into meetings has been suspended
completely at present.
"My position is that this practice should not continue. It was not
condoned," said Lee.
Lee could not reveal the full
extent of the pizza and beer abuse
but did say the dollar figure was
"suprisingly high."
Lee said: "It is a serious problem. We are talking about more
intense monitoring of budgets.
"Many things have to be tightened up with more guidelines in
place. Signing officers will have to
carry out their duties with greater
UBC students
mourn slain
Engineers face heavy heat
after Montreal massacre
AMS external affairs director Vannessa speaks on behalf of UBC women before receiving standing ovation
at memorial held at the Old Auditorium for the women killed In the Montreal massacre
by Rick Hiebert
"UBC is not a place that welcomes women as equal to men,"
says AMS external affairs director, Vanessa Geary.
Geary, who spoke to 800 students and faculty members at the
December 11 vigil in commemoration ofthe female engineers killed
in Montreal on December 6, estimated that 90 per cent of UBC
female students are afraid to walk
alone on the UBC campus at night.
And Nancy Sheehan, the
UBC Dean of Education, said her
daughter carries a knife to protect
herself at the University of
Geary, Sheehan, and UBC
Alumni Association president
Anne McAfee said although there
hasn't been a massacre at UBC,
women still face many obstacles at
"Freedom for women in our
universities is still a dream," said
Sheehan. "Like the rest of society,
we mouth the word equality, but
we are very reluctant to change."
"We must pledge that these
fourteen women will not have died
in vain," she said. "We must clean
our own house first—only then
will we have avenged the victims
of the Montreal massacre."
Geary pointed to misogyny in
society as a primary culprit in the
"It's hard to express the feelings one feels when something like
this happens," she said," but I
didn't feel surprised because this
isn't unusual."
"Women face this kind of violence every day. As I saw the report (on the massacre) on television, I thought ofthe man who had
attempted to deny Chantal Daigle
her right to an abortion (last summer), who said that it didn't matter that he had hit her because he
had never left any marks."
Geary added the UBC community did not treat women as
equals and cited examples such as
the ongoing Engineering Undergraduate Society's Lady Godiva
ride, sexism in the former EUS
newsletter The Red Menace, and
some of the songs at the EUS
Several engineers, including
some members ofthe EUS executive, attended the vigil.
According to AMS president
Mike Lee, the EUS was asked to
"participate" in the service, but
Members of the EUS executive declined comment.
Ann McAfee said many of the
women alumni she had spoken to
"felt a strong personal commitment" to support those tied to the
"Many ofthe women students
are the feminists, the vanguard of
their generation," she said, concluding that "When you (students)
see something that is wrong,
speak out and act to make it right."
Michael Davies, the acting
dean of Applied Science, urged
Canadian students to pull together and support each other.
"It is tempting to allow anger
to rule our emotions, but let us
instead use the strength that
these women showed to promote
the values that these students
believed in."
"I know that we care and that
we care very dearly about what
happened in Montreal a few days
ago," said UBC president David
Strangway who read a letter, in
french, which he wrote to the
president of the University of
"We must devote ourselves to
ensure that women are no longer
victims," he said.
January 5,1990
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Walter Zuber Armstrong - Flutes
January 12th, 5 pm
Theatre Sports
Performances by UBC's
Theatre Department
January 19th, 6 pm*
Nathanial Hurvitz - Guitar
January 26,7 pm
Presented by
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Friday  3 pm -1 am
Free Film Nights
Presented by the Graduate Student Society
• Hosted by Mina Shum •
Fireside Lounge Starts at 6:30 pm
January 8     Decline ofthe American Empire
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
January 15   Persona
Stranger Than Paradise
January 22   Diabolique
Shadow of a Doubt
January 29   Monty Python's Life of Brian
Dr. Srangelove or How I Learned to
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
For a detailed synopsis ofthe Films see the Jan/Feb '90
issue of the Graduate at your nearest department.
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Affordable housing disappears
Television anyone? - Demolition site becomes grave yard for tv set as low-rise apartment is added to the list
of buildings torn down to make way for a condominium development in Kitsilano.
Students face eviction
by Mark Nielsen
When UBC students Kerry
Quinlan and Heather
Northrup saw surveyors outside
their home last November they
knew something was wrong.
At first the surveyors
refused to reveal their purpose,
but eventually they found out
their Kitsilano house was slated
for demolition.
They are among a growing
number of UBC students facing
eviction notices in Point Grey as
land owners opt to replace rental
accommodation with more profitable condominiums and
With the help of their landlord, Quinlan and Northrup were
able to secure a six month lease
on their West Sixth Avenue residence, avoiding the inconvenience of uprooting during the
winter term.
Even so, Quinlan—a second
year law student—has been
forced to find a new place to live
at the start of each ofthe seven
years she's gone to university.
"I didn't want to move again.
Fm so tired of moving," she said.
As well as Quinlan and
Northrup, housemate Diana
Hines and downstairs resident
Jeanine Clark, also students,
will be forced to leave in May.
The eviction jeopardizes
Quinlan's chances of staying in
Vancouver over the summer. Instead, she will likely return to
her hometown of Toronto where
rent is cheaper.
And when she returns to
Vancouver next fall the prospect
of no affordable housing awaits
"For a two bedroom it's $950
per month ifyou want to stay in
this area," she said.
"We can't afford any higher
rents than what we're paying
now so we're really stuck."
Adding to the difficulties are
two pets—a dog and a cat—
which some landlords refuse to
allow in their buildings.
The Kitsilano Residents Association is one community group
that wants to put a stop to the
According to Mel Lehan,
spokesman for the association,
members ofthe group want to
preserve Kitsilano in its present
form and prevent more condominiums and townhouses from
being developed.
The group hopes to achieve
its objectives through the Local
Area Planning (LAP) sessions
which have been held on a
monthly basis since September.
Sponsored by city council,
the meetings are intended to give
residents input on the development of Kitsilano.
Lehan, however, said developers also attend these meetings.
The KRA feels well attended
meetings are to the benifit ofthe
Lehan said one group which
has been overlooked at the meetings is students.
"Students are one ofthe biggest groups of victims," he said.
"There are so many affordable homes being torn down
which students could live in."
Lehan said students should
have some free time during the
beginning of the new term in
which they could attend the
meetings. A resident must
attend three main meetings to
qualify for voting.
Lehan, however, said the
city will conduct an additional
seperate vote for others who
don't qualify.
The next LAP subcommittee
meeting will be held on January
10 at Bayview Community
School at 2251 Collingwood.
And a main meeting will be
held on January 17 at Kitsilano
United Church at 2490 West
2nd. Both meetings start at 7:30.
by Mark Nielsen
The dawning of a new decade
has brought little relief to
student tenants as the housing
crunch continues to squeeze
renters out on to the streets.
The desperate situation of
renters and residents alike
heated up considerably in
December when more than 150
residents filled Vancouver city
council chambers to protest a
lack of affordable housing in the
The preference for condominiums and town houses among
developers has led to a trend
away from renting according to
David Hulchanski, director ofthe
UBC Human Settlements
As both the price of land and
interest rates continue to rise,
and as long term mortgages
become non-existent, Hulchanski
said investment in rentals has
become unprofitable.
"Ifyou do a condo and you
sell them, you get your money
right up front, and with rentals,
you make your money back over
20 or 25 years," he said.
"The thing is, in rentals, you
simply don't make a little money
every year. In fact, you simply
don't make any money."
Adding to the problem for
students is the city's suite review
program which Hulchanski said
will cut into the stock of secondary suites—a primary source of
housing for students.
Even in neighborhoods
where residents decide to keep
them, the suites must still meet
ceiling height and parking
requirements. To cover the
additional costs of doing so,
many landlords must increase
According to the most recent
Canadian Mortgage and Housing
Corporation Report, Vancouver's
vacancy rate for rental structures of six units or more last
April stood at a mere 0.5 per
cent. From April 1983 to October
1985 the figure ranged from 2.2
to 2.8 per cent.
UBC president David
Strangway said the university is
committed to providing enough
on-campus housing for 25 per
cent of the full-time student
Currently, there are 4,974
units of on-campus housing,
leaving the university 649 beds
short of its goal.
Under present conditions, it
could be a long wait before that
objective is finally met.
To finance further construction of on-campus student housing, UBC is looking for financing
from Hampton Place, a luxury
apartment and condominium
complex expected to generate
about $3 million in revenue annually. The project, however,
won't be completed for another
three years.
Strangway has no plan to
accomodate students who are
waiting for on-campus housing.
He said approximately 1,000
units have been added with the
recent completion of the first
phase of Acadia Park, and there
are still some vacancies in Place
Vanier and Totem Park.
The majority of those 48 vacancies, however, are in
women's dormitories.
Goals aside, Vanessa Geary,
AMS director of external affairs
said there is still 75 per cent of
the student population without a
guaranteed source of housing.
As well, she said that while
there will be a lot of new housing
in five years, the situation will
get worse before it gets better.
"My worst case scenario is
that there will eventually be no
housing near campus and well
all be forced to live in the
suburbs and commute to school,"
she said.
For that reason Geary said
both the university and city
council should address the more
immediate problems concerning
affordable housing.
Echoing those opinions,
COPE councillor Libby Davies
said city council has "utterly
failed to deal with the housing
"Because we're in a crisis,
we need crisis action," she said.
She called for a moratorium on
demolitions, rent controls and an
end to the suite review program.
Above all, she said the city
needs to establish an affordable
housing strategy similar to those
for water supply and traffic
"I think council has to show
some leadership in this area,"
she said.
"I think the mayor has
become really vulnerable in this
issue, and a lot of people feel
betrayed by the city."
With the help of provincial
government backing, the newly
established Vancouver Land
Corp. Properties—a company established by council—intends ta
create 2,000 units of affordable
housing each year.
Also, Vancouver mayor Gordon Campbell hopes to have a
housing policy that will involve
all three levels of government as
opposed to just the civic level.
Campbell said the NPA
dominated council has already
adopted virtually all of the recommendations Hulchanski
proposed in a recent presentation
as a short term measure.
Council, however, has continued to refuse demolition
controls. Campbell said the
demolition controls simply
encourage landlords to let
buildings run down.
But Davies said there are a
lot of angry tenants who are
under immediate threat of losing
their homes because of demolition or rent increases.
January 5,1990
for A.M.S.
Executive Positions
Director of Finance
Director of Administration
Coordinator of External Affairs
Close of Nominations:    4:00 p.m., Friday, January 19th
Elections will be held on January 29, 30 & 31, 1990.
Nomination Forms can be obtained & returned to the Administrative
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Many promising and enduring local bands were
fundamental in shaping the music scene of the eighties.
Varied sounds filled the clubs and halls of British Columbia. Here is a list ol the most noteworthy.
The Good-
D.OA These guys were part of Ihe burgening punk
scene in Ihe late seventies and churned on wilh Iheir hard
and honest proletariat sound throughout the decade.
Stephen Fearing: A troubador ot the grey, drizzled
streets, his songs like Welfare Wedensday are mainstays of
Vancouver's social conscious folk.
Spirit of the West: They tripped up Ihe popularity
scale to become one of Canada's best bands of Ihe eighties.
Slow: The now defunct band's antics at Expo '86
was Ihe most memorable gig ot the decade, when Bill
Bennett saw everything.
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Grapes of Wralh: A band from Kelowna which look
its sophisticated guitar pop trom Ihe tiniest ol clubs lo Ihe
No Fun: The Ubyssey's house band wilh incredibly
groovy theme shows.(good)
Bob's Your Uncle: Perhaps ihe most off beat Vancouver band of Ihe 1980s. They rose, and fell, and rose
again all through the decade, but remained cool throughout.
The Bad-
Doug and the Slugs: A group whoshould have had
salt poured on them.
Skinny Puppy They went trom being a tolerable
industrial death band lo fueling the fantasies of adolescent
girls. Someone should have poured a kettle of boiling water
on lead Puppy, Ogre.
And Ihe Up and Coming
The Stoaters: A tough, raucous Celtic rock band for
the Nineties'. Walch tor 'em.
The Smugglers: The trashiest trash band lo emerge
from Vancouver's trash seen. They are young, like teens,
and should be around for a good long lime. Look for them
in a list ot the best bands of Ihe '90s.
Curious George: One of the best bands of the 80s as
well as a band to watch in Ihe 90s. Perhaps Ihe best shows
in town, but ifyou can hear Iheir lyrics, don't expect them lo
be literature.
Scramblers: Refugees from a variety of defunct
bands who produce a powerful hardcore/metal sound. Up
and coming, and one of the best.
Sons of Freedom: Heavey duty garage stuff. Artsy,
lud, slightly pretentious and really hot.
The Best-
No Means No: British Columbia's heaviest duly
hardcore/rock band that tackles real problems in their
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January 5,1990
THE UBYSSEY/7 A Celestial Guide to the '90s
The Fast Track to Nirvana
i>v Tonya "Zjxfordzny & Ijartin Chester
At a close range look at our
decade, the year ofthe horse, 1990,
is your year—all you love muffins
born in the year with a double vi-
bratipn to love, children of 1966.
The year ofthe horse begins at
sunset following the first new moon
in China after the Sun leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius on
January 27th this year.
Good celestial vibes for dropping out of university, forgetting
your student loan and travelling:
the horse symbolizes travel, and is
ruled by Sagittarius (see below).
It would be a good idea for all
students to stop payment on their
student loan. The International
Monetary Fund and the World
Bank will collapse due to the Aq
uarian Truth Foundation, Third
World debt, revolution and the loss
of a mighty expensive pink paper
clip in the White House which
mysteriously turned up in the back
pocket of a Contra 'freedom
fighter', causing a serious rift between the mercenaries and Washington which leads to the collapse
of the U.S. arms industry. Subsequently all governments and
banks will collapse by November
Nostradamus says something
about fire (nuclear war?) over New
York (A Cancer City) in 1994, so
avoid holidays during this time.
Margaret Thatcher will become a confused transvestite under the guidance of long time eth
nic cross dresser and ex-premier of
B.C., Willie Wooden Shoes. To
Vander SLAM's dismay, Maggie
will be a man. Despite lover's quarrels, this will become the hottest
romance of the "90s.
It will become public knowledge that the CIA has been
trafficking cocaine and that the war
against drugs was a farce. Also,
Nancy Reagan will be indicted as
the Kingpin of a massive heroin
trafficking ring. Capitalism will be
known as the greatest pusher of
drugs, and money will be banned as
the most dangerous drug known to
humankind. The world population
problem will be solved by the mass
death due to the severe withdrawal
symptoms suffered by Yuppies.
Famous Aries: Vincent van Gogh (moon in Sagittarius), Billie Hoiiday(loadof planets in Pisces, 4and Aquarius
2), Warren Beatty, Casanova, Joan Crawford, Gloria Steinem,
Bach (moon, mercury, venus and neptune in Pisces), Iceland,
Dale Fallon, Marlon Brando, Aretha Franklin, Scarlett O'Hara,
Anita Bryant, Hans Christian Andersen, Chaka Khan, Ericldle,
Effie Pow, Eric Clapton, Leonard Nimoy
The first and infant sign of the Zodiac,
Aries, rules all thorn-bearing trees, sheep
and, especially, rams.
With the planetary energy coming
from Mars, the god of war, and Aries
ruling the head, the oncoming decade
will be one of 'Arien Skinheads'.
Whether it be Neo-Nazi Skin
heads, Multi-death corporation skinheads (army, navy, airforce, marine), or
the Peace Punk Anarchist type of skinheads it will be a matter of personal
choice for you Aries, since your "me-
first" "I AM" sign demands action and
adventure that may reach extremes in
selfishness and egotistical attitudes
without strong guiding ideab.
For a fast track to Nirvana, Aries,
get into eco-defense, peace activism
and groove on a highly sexed relationship with a Pisces, Aquarius or Sagittarius.
*Aries should be thought of as
complete innocence.
Other famous Taurians: Oliver Cromwell, Karl Marx,
Adoll Hitler, the State of Israel, Dr. Slrangeway, Ho Chi Minh,
Leonardo da Vinci, Sigmund Freud, Robespierre, Machiavelli, Shirley Maclean (ot course) and Shakespeare.
Taurus is the sign of property,
money and possessions; thus the sign of
As 'yuppiedom' racks up bad karma
points, all Taurians will suffer from
chronic fatigue syndrome, yuppie disease, cellular phone ear, and too much
radiation from computer and TV
The majority of Taurians will be
wiped out in the next decade by one or
more of the following major disasters
*falling asleep at the wheel of a
BMW and recording the world's largest
body count for one motorcrash on the
third annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the
Wes t Edmonton Mall for a surprise birthday party withjesus, Ronald MacDonald
and Lee Iaccoca on December 25,1998.
*falling asleep at the wheel of a
BMW and getting gassed in the first
drive-thru' shopping mall—a new addi
tion to the West Edmonton Mall. This
resulted because of the karmic debt
amassed by a previous Taurus, Adolph
*falling asleep at the wheel of a
BMW and something really bad happening involving the tearing, slicing or dicing of the throat as this is the area of the
body Taurus rules, and decapitation...
To defeat the Doom days of the
decade, Taurus, your fast track to Nirvana is to ditch your bullish attitude,
become a bag/bohemian/street person
and donate all your wealth to the restoration of Mozambique.
The only hope for Taurus will be
that their true ruling planet Pan-Horus
will move from behind the sun and send
them correct energy.
Other famous Geminis: Marquis de Sade, Xaviera
Hollander, Martin Chesler, Pal Boone, Keith Leung, Nadene
Rehnby, Katherine Monk, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Judy
Garland, Lillian Hellman.
Gemini rules brightly coloured
birds and butterflies; thus Gemini's
should get their act together and do
something to fix the rainforest before all
three are extinct.
For good sex have an Aquarius.
The new (female, of course) messiah
wil I be born by Leona Helmsley and P. W.
Botha in 1991 under the sun of Gemini
as the ruling planet of Gemini is Mercury, messenger of the gods.
The last one, Marilyn Monroe, also
a Gemini prophet, was offed awfully
As Gemini's rule shoulders and
arms their fast track to Nirvana will
involve a midnight row in Coal Harbor
in a double shell.
Famous Cancers: Alexanderlhe Great, Marc Chagall,
Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Henry DavidThroeau, The
United Stales ol America, Anne Landers (moon in Taurus, see
above), Bill Cosby, Rembrandt, Robin Williams, Nikola Tesla,
Helen Keller, Idaho, Liberia, and Canada
Cancer. Well the name says it all
doesn't it? Cancers will not be beaten
in the '90s. Astrologically speaking,
Cancers have been beaten in every
decade thus far as Cancer is rhe femi-
nine-yin sign of home, family life and
Cancer is a water sign that rules
the moon, therefore the ocean. It is a
weaker sign because ofthe toxics being
dumped into the ocean, which is something along the line of thought called
eco-feminism. This decade will see the
rebirth of mother earth and Cancers will
emerge as forces to be contended with.
Get it together Cancer. Strongest as
a partner, most promising for ever be
Pisces, Scorpio and Virgo. Break bad
karmic fate placed on your plate and
Other lamous Leos: Andy Warhol, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Amelia Earhart, Carl Jung,
Benito Mussolini, Yves SI. Laurent, George Bernard Shaw,
Annie Oakley, May West, Mick Jagger, and Franka Cordua-
von Spectit's twin sister.
bodies are
the cause or
all that take
place in the
St Thomas Aquinas
Leo: This is the Yang fixed fire sign that
rules the sun, sex, creativity and children. Jesus Christ was a Leo. Christmas
was invented by Taurians for economic
gain and to compete with the pagan
solstice festival (Shepherds do not
watch their flocks by night in December; also no baby would survive the winter chill in a manger).
Leo's will join together to form a
mass brothel in the Vatican City in
August of 1998. The first customer may
well be Willie Wooden Shoes followed
closely by Maggie Thatcher with a bull
Leo is often generous, kind and big
hearted. Their erogenous zone is the
back, so its easy to suck them into bed
with a decent massage.
The fast track to Nirvana, Leos, is to
marry a Pisces and donate your body to
Famous Scorpios: Pablo Picasso, INO, Prince Charles
(Hear Di Sigh), Kurt Vonnegut and K.V. Jr., Billy Graham,
Soviel Union, Yukie Kurahashi, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young,
Franka's brother, Georgia 0' Keele, Claude Monet, and Charles Manson and Some Tolally Hot but Married UBC Ph.D
studenl doing some hardcore science dealing wilh muscles
who should stop by the Ubyssey Office.
Scorpio: The most amazingly powerful
person or low life scum of the entire
zodiac. A thing to remember is that a
Scorpio never forgets an injustice done
to any other living organism. Scorpio
rules reincarnation, hiding from your
mistakes through death just won't work.
Scorpio rules the genitals.
Scorpio forms a water trine with
Cancer and Pisces for one hell of a great
Tannic orgy. Scorpio will be known to
be "best lay ofthe '90s" and as a result at
least one will be invited to every party
this decade.
The Scorpio fast track to Nirvana is
to sexually satisfy as many of the other
signs as possible, especially Gemini's.
The ruling planet for Scorpio is Pluto
which rules fertility. Scorpio's are susceptible to venereal disease. When you
have that mind-blowing orgasm with
that special Scorpio make sure it is the
safe way. Wrap the weenie, then hide it.
The catch phrase for the Scorpian
essence is "sex, drugs and rock and roll",
total energy intensity.
*As Scorpio is one of the Psychic
Signs they will KNOW you want to get
Famous Sagittarians: Joe Aitswasser, Steve Conrad,
Beethoven, Charles de Gaulle, Mark Twain, Charles Schulz,
Harpo Marx, John Mayall, Sasquatch, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cal
Worthington and his dog Spot, Corinne Bjorge, Woody Allen,
Belle Midler, Toulouse-Lautrec, Jimi Hendrix, Jane Austen,
Margaret Mead.
Sagittarius: Sagittarius is the sign of
higher learning and travel (Dr. Strange-
way is not one).
Sagittarians are on a quest for truth
and are often thought of as the Old Wise
For best sex have a Pisces.
As Sagittarians need lots of outdoors
activities and intellectual exercises to
stay healthy, "the archer" will be the
hitman of the zodiac, offing useless
politicians that trash wilderness and
the education system. Dr. Strangeway
willget hit first, and thenGeorge Bush,
along with his CIA Coke buddies and
Margaret Thatcher.
Sagittarians on the quest for Nirvana must include joining an Eco-de-
fence group or direct action peace
Famous people: Isaac Asimov, Muhammed Ali,
Humphrey Bogart, Al Capone (who used lo hang in Moose
Jaw Sask.), Howard Hughes. J. Edgar Hoover, Joan of Arc,
Martin Luther King, Nostradamus, Mao tse tung, Elvis, Joseph Stalin, Darth Vader, Joan Baez, J.R.R. Tolkien, Matisse
(moon in Sagittarius), Helen Willoughby-Price, Cezanne,
Benjamin Franklin and Rick's crazy mom.
The mysterious, melancholy, earth sign
that looks younger as it grows older.
This sign is pretty hip but should beware of yuppie disease slipping in as Capricorn rules reputation, career, and standing in the community.
Ruled by Saturn, the planet of discipline, restriction and obstacles, the first
few years ofthe decade will be a bummer
as traditional Cappies cling to status quo
existence that leads nowhere except the
burger drive thrus.
For Capricorns to get on their positive karmic paths they should devote
their lives to the misfortunate earth sign
of Taurus to overcome Yuppie disease
and to teach that love is wisdom and
Famous Virgos: Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Lauren, Twiggy,
Agalha Christie, Greta Garbo, Gramma Moses, Queen Eliza-
belh I, Otto Lim, Margaret Trudeau, and Margret Sanger.
Virgo:     Virgo rules small domestic pets
and pansies.
It is a fairly fucked up sign as its true
ruling planet, Vulcan, which, due to its
slower orbital has been hidden behind
the sun. It will emerge on February 18,
1995. Virgo men seem particularly
fucked up because Jimmi Hendrix died
during the sun sign of Virgo.
One redeeming quality is that Virgo
(as well as Taurus and Capricorn) is an
earth sign and earth sign men have the
nicestpenises (besidesScorpio's). Virgo
women are the salt of the earth.
Virgo, the fast track to Nirvana
involves sex with one or more Scorpios
in the middle eastern love lotus camel
lock position during a fall equinox with
the full moon in Aquarius with little fury
white rodents running about their prone
bodies yelling "we love everybody."
Virgo is, surprisingly, the sign ofthe
Amazing Librans: Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Tibet,
Emily Post, and Michelangelo Caravaggio, Groucho Mare,
Verdi, China, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rick E. Bear.
With Venus as a ruling planet,
Libra is known as the sign of the
seducer and the seductress, marriage
and partnerships.
Librans take lovemaking to an
art form, a necessity for the men as
they have such such small dicks. Libras share the air element with
Gemini and Aquarius, thus all three
could get a groovy Manger et Trois
Sex aside, with the dawning of the
Age of Aquatius and Libtan's quest for
balance and harmony and an ordered
and serene environment will be fulfilled through their fair judgement,
and getting pictures of evil people in
power in compromising positions.
Famous People: Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, James
Dean, Galileo, "Gertrude Stein, Yoko Ono, Mother Goose,
Sherlock Holmes, Abraham Lincoln.The Loch Ness Monster,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Somerset Maughan, James
Joyce, Angela Davis, Lewis Carroll, Oprah Winfrey, Bernoulli,
Aquarius is the sign of genius and insanity. It is the sign of the rebel that
rules large birds, uranium, Ethiopia,
and fruit trees.
Aquarius is the sign of hopes,
dreams, friends and wishes. So they
spend most of their lives pissing their
multitudes of friends off by drifting into
space regularly and muttering about
Tofu burgers.
Aquarians tend to be idealistic humanitarians who are concerned with
the larger issues ofthe world but remain
personally detached in their own relationships.
Around the year 2000 A.D. the vernal equinox will begin to take place in
the constellation of Aquarius instead of
the constellation of Pisces, thus we are
truly into the "dawning of the Age of
Being an intellectual yang air sign,
Aquarians will establish more communes and spiritual quest centers as the
decade closes, putting most shopping
malls out of business.
Aquarians have the best fast track
to Nirvana. They get there by punching
every Member of the Canadian Parliament in the head for refusing to treat the
North American Natives with respect,
let alone apologizing for the theft of their
land and country.
For tantric loving you need a Pisces.
Famous Pisces: Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein,
Tonya Zadorozny, Michelangelo, Handel, Chopin, John
Steinbeck, Edgar Cayce, Chung Wong, Renoir, Patrcia
Hearst, Jack Kerouac, Ralph Nader.Ted Aussem, Carol Hui,
Copernicus, Soulh Alrica, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Svetlana Stalin, Dr. Suess, Ovid, Ramakhrtsna
Pisces: Pisces is the most powerful ofthe
signs of the zodiac even though fish do
not know this themselves, and most
people think that they are wishy-
The last ten years of the decade are
those of the Age of Pisces.
The significant occurrence in the
Age of Pisces has been Jesus Christ and
the rise of Christianity. Pretty obvious
with "come be fisher of men", the early
symbol of Christianity being the fish,
and all the things with Jesus's feet. Feet
are the part of the body ruled by Pisces.
The remaining years of the Age of
Pisces will be really happening with
water, fish and whales.
Pisces's ruling planet is Neptune, the
old god of the Sea, the planet of illusion,
glamor and mystery.
Pisces is the sign of dteams and mysticism and are able to trust their fish intuition.
By March 21, 1996, all people affected by Piscean Planetary Power will
have maximized it and become the most
amazing all around psychic explorers on
a path to mystical spiritual rebirth. The
Piscean psychic will communicate with
all beasties ofthe water, but the conversations with whales will yield the fact
that these mammals ofthe sea blow away
all the typical mental ptocesses we once
thought amazing for humankind.
Humankind will be left without a leg of
logic to stand on.
Psychic soul mates can be found in
Scorpio (you can communicate tele-
pathically), possibly Cancer ifyou want
to spend some time healing.
January 5,1990
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that sexual harassment happens to men as
well as women? That many people are
experiencing this problem? That there are
several options available in dealing with
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Evening Polls, Wednesday, January 10,1990
as follows:
4:00pm to 7:00pm
(Board of Governors Election Only)
Totem Park Common Block
Place Vanier Common Block
Walter H. Gage Common Block
S.U.B. Sedgewick Library
Daytime Polls, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
January 10,11, and 12,1990
9:30am to 4:00pm
C.E.M.E. Building
Computer Science
Hebb Theatre
Sedgewick Library
Henry Angus
War Memorial Gymnasium
(Subject to students being available to run these polling stations.)
Candidates from which Two are to be elected:
Tim Bird (Fifth Year Education)
Ari Giligson (Third Year Science)
David Hill (Fourth Year Engineering)
Wendy King (Third Year Arts)
(One to be elected)
Jason Brett (Second Year Engineering)
Benjamin Prins (Third Year Engineering)
(Voting will take place in the C.EM.E. Building only.)
(One to be elected)
Jeff Moss (Third Year Arts)
David Stratkauskas (Second Year Music)
(Voting will take place in the Buchanan Building only.)
(One to be elected)
Michelle Bain (Third Year)
Karen Cherry (Second Year)
(Voting will take place in the Henry Angus Building only.)
(One to be elected)
Angiola-P. de Stefanis (Second Year)
Tracey L. Jackson (First Year)
(Voting will take place in the Law Building only.)
(Two to be elected)
Sim Cridland (Second Year)
Sean Fitzpatrick (Second Year)
Lise Kirchner (Second Year)
Kelly MacDonald (Second Year)
Chuck Reasons (First Year)
Raj Samtani (Third Year)
L.M. (Bill) Sheddy (Second Year)
Laura Stanyear (Third Year)
Micheal Watt (Third Year)
(Voting will take place in the Law Building only.)
(It should be noted that any allegation or irregularities with these elections
must be submitted in writing to the Registrar within 48 hours ofthe close
of polling (exclusive of weekends or public holidays) arid must include the
signatures of at least three students eligible to vote.)
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Looking into the Mercedes legend
by Steve Conrad
As part of their ongoing commitment to customer service,
Mercedes Benz hosts an annual
premiere of their new model line.
At this year's gala celebration,
two ofthe invitations fell into the
wrong hands, and a couple of
Ubyssey staffers were able to attend.
Outside the Hyatt Regency,
there was already an
orderly exclusivity emerging
from the chaotic traffic. The
Mercedes density rose to near
saturation and drivers began to
move in a more courteous
manner. Even for the very
wealthy, it pays to patiently wait
one's turn ratner than smack up
a Benz fender.
Through the recess of the
Hyatt parkade our way was lined
with support staff. With the sort
of lights ordinarily reserved for
guiding planes around airfields,
signallers beaconed the safest
channel through the parkade,
lest an3'one were to go careening
into the wall or wandering off
into the trackless depths of the
building. Sales people flashed
toothy grins in every passing
To young students it may
seem a little absurd to pile up
servants as abundantly as pylons
on a paving project. However for
anyone with a 560SEC and a
mid-life crisis, this sheltered
Mercedes environment provided
a rare opportunity to tear around
a parkade as fast as their car
could carry them. Certainly if
Mercedes were running the
highways the speed limit would
be a lot higher.
Once parked, more friendly
faces marked the way to the elevator as clearly as a trail of
bread crumbs.
Inside the hotel, nobody
wanted to let on they didn't know
which way to go. All wandered
like sheep through upholstered
hallways. It was more important
to belong than to hurry.
A few escalator rides managed to uncover a sprawling coat
check filling a fair sized banquet
room. This had to be the place.
Our invitations were collected,
our coats stowed and we were
given a cute little Mercedes pin
as proof we were invited guests.
No rubber stamp on the hand
The passageway to the ballroom was lined with a column of
waitresses in menial black and
white holding trays of champagne while remaining as still as
statues. The purest form of
decadence, to use a person where
Staffer delves below the surface
a table would do. At the far end
of the hall chamber musicians
with elegantly immobile faces
tittered away at some baroque.
Clearly this was an exclusive and
private event, just like the
invitation said it would be.
The whole line was there
inside the ballroom; everything
from the entry level 190E
($47,000) right up to the star of
the evening, the brand new
500SL convertible ($119,000).
Quite a display. All the Mercedes-Benz logos on the wheels
were carefully aligned to face up.
The result of muck jacking.
Anyone could climb aboard to tug
the steering wheel and slam the
doors, even people like me who
couldn't possibly afford to buy
The 500SL is a car for the
1990's, for it will take the better
part of the decade to lay hold of
one. The waiting list is so long
that a prospective purchaser will
have to wait a year just for the
chance to borrow one for the
weekend. Actual delivery will not
take place for several years after
I had to wondei how the cars
made it into the ballroom.
According to the bartender, they
drove in from Melville street and
came up three stories in the
freight elevator.
All the bar stock was
imported. French and Australian
wines. German and Czech beer.
The bartender reassured me that
there was more beer on hand
than could possibly be consumed
in a single night.
I wanted to do some mingling, so I went to talk to a
matronly woman and her
smallish balding husband.
—Lovely cars, aren't they? I
opened rather banally.
—This one's no good. Not
expensive enough, said the man,
looking to his wife for approval.
Only $47,000. What do you drive?
—A Jeep.
This was the wrong answer.
The 190E might have been too
cheap for that couple, but they
still preferred to examine its door
handles rather than talk to some
loser who drove a Jeep. And that
was before I even had a chance to
tell them that it was a really old
truck worth somewhat less than
a passenger side airbag. No
problem; there were plenty of
other folks to gab with.
I was curious as to why
everyone wanted to play with the
trunks. Certainly they were
among the least interesting
features of these cars, but still
people around the room were
opening and slamming the lids
I approached one of the more
avid trunk slammers.
—Excuse me, but I was just
wondering why it is that everybody seems to want to play with
the trunks ofthe cars. I thought
maybe you could enlighten me.
—I'm not sure really. I guess
it just feels nice, the way the
trunk latches shut. I've never
thought about it before.
Still, without knowing why,
he continued opening and closing
the lid. I headed off in pursuit of
someone a little more interesting
to talk with.
—That's a lovely fur you
have there. What kind is it?
—Pox. Silver fox.
She seemed quite pleased I'd
had the good taste to notice.
—I bet it's really soft. Mind
if I touch it?
The fur felt pretty good .
Much softer than any dog or cat
I've ever patted. I would have
liked to chat some more with her
about furs. I bet she had several.
Unfortunately a tray of food
arrived as we spoke, so our
conversation was broken off by a
feeding frenzy. A person must be
very wealthy indeed to grab at
the hors d'oeuvres so quickly as
to risk dripping red sauce on a
pricey fur.
The food really wasn't all
that good—liver wrapped in
bacon so as to masquerade as
oysters, greasy little chicken
bones with a bit of battered skin
and some breaded fish with
drippy red sauce. Still, this fare
was quite a hit with the crowd.
Decorum was tossed aside as
previously poised people became
all hands and mouths.
So quickly were the snacks
snatched up that none ofthe
nourishment would have ever
made it more than a few feet
from the service entrance had
the servers not held their trays
aloft from grabbing hands until
the crowd was penetrated to a
sufficient depth.
Something was wrong here.
Where had all the sophistication
gone? Worse yet, the car batteries were disconnected and the
cigarette lighters were removed.
This hardly seemed reasonable.
Did the Mercedes management
think people would honk the
horns and bag the cigarette
lighters if given the chance?
As a lasting momento of this
event, there were awkwardly
large prints of various paintings
featuring Mercedes models past
and present including works by
Hans Li ska and Andy Warhol as
well as a full color photograph of
the 500SL. All were mounted in
bristol board and printed on the
finest stock of paper. Suitable for
framing although highly impractical to carry under one's arm in
a crowded room. Still many were
leaving nothing to chance and
held the prestigious keepsakes
as close as new teddy bears.
Maybe these people would
steal a cigarette lighter after all.
Who were these people and
why were they bothering to come
here? As a starving student with
a fondness for the taste of Becks
and Heineken, my own presence
was easily explained away, but
why would anyone with $80,000
to drop on a car be drawn to a
few free beer?
Although the modern
Mercedes Benz is a triumph of
automotive engineering it is still
just a car for all that. Clearly
these people would have liked to
have believed Mercedes ownership to be something more than
driving an expensive vehicle.
Everything about this event
was designed to create the
impression of wealth and
privilege. The abundance of
servants evidenced the distinction of the Benz owner. The cars
were gawked over with an
almost sexual yearning. Even the
least attractive of owners could
hope to catch a few rays of glory
reflecting off of the well polished
body work.
There were lots of women
dressed in the forcefully youthful
manner of recent divorcees.
Corpulent businessmen inflicting
dull stories on polite listeners
were much in evidence. This was
a rich vein of gold and a bower
bird nest all in one.
One woman told me she'd
been coming here every year as
long as she could remember. Her
friends always came out from
Victoria just to attend, she said,
although they were nowhere to
be seen. A British wallpaper
magnate explained how sad it
was that Jaguar couldn't put out
a product to rival a Mercedes. It
would appear that most of these
people didn't have a whole lot to
do with their time. Loneliness
was the downside to their
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Basketball bits
Men take bronze
by Joe Altwasser
The UBC men's basketball
flock, playing without two of their
big birds, managed to fly out of
Winnipeg's Wesman classic clinging to a bronze medal in the post-
Christmas tournament.
The T-birds played most ofthe
tournament without their two biggest guns, team captain Al Lalonde and starting guard J.D.
Jackson, who were both hobbled
by injuries.
The Thunderbirds lost their
first game 93-90 to the University
of Regina before pulling it together
and defeating Manitoba 90-77,
then Saskatchewan 97-82 in the
consolation final.
Coach Bruce Enns was not
thrilled with the T-birds performance in the tournament.
"We are going to have to play
much better to make the playoffs,"
he said.
The high-scoring T-Bird's
overall record this season is 16-3
and they were ranked fourth in the
nation in the last Canadian Inter-
University Athletic poll in December.
The   T-birds   record   in   the
tough Canada-West conference is
The next match for the Thunderbirds is this weekend when
they face the Alberta Golden
Bears, who were recent winners of
the Ryerson invitational tournament in Toronto.
The Bears have lost only twice
this year and according to Enns
they have an excellent team.
One ofthe keys to stopping a
bear mauling of UBC is to limit the
damage guard Sean Charsinoff
can inflict if left unchecked, said
Game time is 7:45p.m. Friday
and Saturday.
Women undefeated
The UBC women's basketball
team got off to a splendid start this
decade by defeating Concordia
University 77-46 this past
Leading the Thunderbirds
were first-year point guard Lisa
Nickle with 17 points and forward
Jenny Smallridge with 15.
UBC coach Misty Thomas
activated everyone on the bench
and worked on bettering some T-
bird  weaknesses,  like  zone  de
"Everyone did what we asked
and we got in some quality minutes," said Thomas.
The Thunderbirds also went
undefeated in December beating
the University of Saskatchewan
twice in league play and then
edging Ewha University of Korea
59-56 at the end ofthe month.
The wins over the holidays
boosted their overall record to 7-10
and their league record to 2-4 in
Canada West.
Thomas is optimistic that the
women ]■ ive turned a corner and
1990 wiH provide better results on
the court than 1989.
"We started well at the beginning of the year but we started a
slide after losing to Toronto by two
and we kept sliding throughout
Part of the T-Birds problems
stemmed from the tough competition they face in Canada West. The
universities of Calgary, Victoria
and Lethbridge, who currently
lead the division, are also ranked
one, two, and five nationally.
The T-birds take on the University of Alberta this Friday and
Saturday at War Memorial Gym
at 6:00 p.m.
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January 5,1990 Change of Challenges
National team member Misty Thomas will undertake the formidable task
of guiding the UBC Women's Basketball Program into the '90s.
At 11 months, most toddlers
still crawl. At 11 months, Misty
Thomas began her basketball career.
Like many of her pursuits in
life, Thomas, only 25 and UBC's
new women's basketball coach,
starts early.
Most athletes don't begin
their careers at 11 months, but 24
years ago Thomas had her first
lesson—courtesy of her mother,
She placed a plastic laundry
hamper on the couch in the living
room and gave a nerf ball to Thomas.
From a nerf ball and a laundry
hamper Thomas' interest in basketball was born and for the last
eight years the game has taken
her to courts throughout the world
as point guard on the Canadian
national team.
The Windsor, Ontario native
is now entering her ninth season
with the Canadian national team,
and her first as a full-time coach at
Thomas is both a young and
inexperienced coach, but she is
confident she can build a successful basketball program from the
ruins which sit at War Memorial
Gym. She is the fourth women's
basketball coach at UBC in as
many years.
Bob Hindmarch, Director of
Athletics is confident of her abilities. He says: "I have great expectations, but I am patient.
"She has a burning desire to
do well, the same desire when she
played. Things can't help but go
Hindmarch believes people
who are the most successful have
goals which are very clear to themselves. "She knows where she
wants to go," he says.
Her brother Scott, a professional basketball player in Australia, says: "If Misty wants something, she'll do anything she can to
get it. I've never known anyone as
"What really gets to Misty is
the word 'can't'. If she's told she
can't, she gets it inside her so deep
that she'll prove everyone wrong.
"When doctors told her she
would not be able to play the upcoming season in the fall of 1985 at
UNLV (the University of Nevada
Las Vegas) because of knee surgery, Misty said 'hah' and told
them they were wrong."
And they were. She played
her junior season that year and
earned academic all-American
Her introduction to basketball came as an infant, but her
dream of playing in the Olympics
came at age 10.
In 1974 Thomas was helping
her father wash dishes when a
television ad about the Montreal
Olympics caught her attention.
That day her father, Paul
Thomas—currently the coach at
the University of Windsor—told
Thomas he coached the 1952 Canadian men's Olympic team.
"He showed me all his stuff
and I decided I would do that too,"
says Thomas.
The following year Thomas
tried out for the Canadian national team. The spunky 11-year-
old went to the try-outs and failed.
But five years later, at 16, she
became one of the youngest players to represent Canada on the
national team.
In her early teens Thomas
drew up a list of 80 life-time goals.
On that original list was the
dream of playing in the Olympics—a dream met in 1984 when
the Canadian team finished
fourth at Los Angeles.
Today that list sits guarded in
a safety deposit box in Windsor,
but it is amended regularly as
goals are achieved and surpassed.
This past summer she went
sky-diving because she knew a
knee operation was imminent in
the fall. More significantly, she
took the jump because it was on
her list for too long.
Hang gliding is jotted down
for the spring and after that she
hopes to go bungee cord jumping.
The thought of jumping off a
bridge attached only to a long
bungee cord would seem ludicrous
to most, but for Thomas it's another experience to savor.
"I don't want to leave any
stone unturned," she says. "That's
why I have my list."
More elusive goals for Thomas include a Canada West championship and a national title. They
won't come easy.
League rivals Calgary and
Victoria are ranked one and two in
the country. The Thunderbirds
are not ranked in the top ten.
Last year they finished fourth
in their division and with this
year's 2-4 start in Canada West
play, a fourth place finish again
looks likely.
But Thomas, the only female
basketball player at UNLV to
have a jersey retired, says she
won't settle for mediocrity.
"My expectations are high,
higher even than their (the players') own. I expect us to win and
when we lose I'm totally shocked."
What could slow her down,
however, is a lack of coaching
experience. She is armed with an
outstanding playing career, but
her coaching resume is short,
having assisted one year at Ryerson and one year at Arizona State.
"It wasn't a natural progression (from player to coach) for me,"
she says. "Up until a few years ago
I thought I was too impatient to
Ryerson head coach Mike
Hickey turned Thomas on to
coaching when he invited her to
join his staff in 1987. The following
year she coached at Arizona State
where she is currently completing
a masters degree in corporate fitness programming.
"I know I'm making mistakes,
but I try to correct them," she says.
After games, she sifts through the
tapes, evaluating.
Evaluating. It's something
she does a lot of. At the end of each
day she reflects and asks herself if
she could have handled any situation better.
She is equally demanding of
her players—perhaps more so
than previous coaches, having
added weightlifting programs and
meeting sessions to the daily practices.
"She is tough and won't let the
players settle for anything but
perfection," says brother Scott.
Thomas is only two years
older than the most senior players
on her team, but brushes aside
questions about her age.
"I'm not caught up with age. I
started my career alot earlier than
most people do."
Nor do her players make an
issue of Thomas' age.
"I don't notice her age. She
knows the game that's all I care
about," says Val Philpot, the
team captain.
Says Tessa Valg, the team's
leading scorer: "It doesn't matter
who the advice is coming from,
only what the advice is. As long as
the advice is good, you listen—
and hers is good."
Both Valg and Philpot agree,
however, that the relationship
between coach and players
needed adjusting at the beginning.
"There was a lot of yelling at
the beginning," says
Adds Philpot:
"She was frustrated
with us and we were
feeling the negative
feedback. But it's gotten better and she has
a lot more constructive things to say."
Part of the adjustment for Thomas
has been the switch
from the American
system to the Canadian one.
After graduating
from a Canadian high
school, Thomas accepted a full scholarship from UNLV in
1982 and distinguished herself for the
next four years—not
only as an athlete, but
as an academic.
In addition to all-
district American
honors in her last two
years at UNLV, she
was also awarded
with the General Tel
Electric all-American
award in her final
three years—the first
person to achieve such
a distinction three
consecutive years.
"Everyone's concerned I won't like it
here (Canada)," says
She does not consider one system superior to the other.
Both have their
strengths and weaknesses according to
While coaching at
Arizona State last
year the team's support staff handled all
the administration
and marketing of the
team. At UBC most of
these responsibilities
are hers.
Thomas finds the
lack of emphasis on
athletics in Canada
"The only ones in
attendance at the men's games
are relatives of players, my team
and die-hard basketball fans."
At UNLV the basketball
game was the event of the week,
she recalls.
Yet she was frustrated by the
volume of NCAA rules and the
equally voluminous guide book
used to decipher the rules.
Fewer rules are needed in
Canada. A fact which should free
her to concentrate on developing
her coaching.
And in time, we shall see if
Thomas can work the same magic
on the sidelines that she can on
the court.
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
UBC's Misty Thomas taking charge of her charges.
January 5,1990
THE UBYSSEY/13 Dear Dave,
In this, the first issue of our new decade, the Ubyssey has selected UBC
president Dave Strangway as the Dork of the Past Decade in return for his
outstanding disregard for student interests.
Whether he is logging the endowment lands to make way for upscale condominiums or just jacking up tuition fees, Diamond Dave has shown himself
to be the sort of fellow who only comes along once a decade.
The 1980's brought with it the worst recession since the depression. To
combat the tough economic times, most provincial governments, particularly
in Western Canada, brought in harsh restraint programs that included large cuts
to "non-producing" industries such as social services, health and education.
To impose these new realities tough henchman were needed.
Dr. Strangway was hired at UBC to replace former president George
Pederson who quit in disgust in 1985 over the B.C. provincial government's
lack of committment to education.
In his five years at the helm, Strangway has provided a vision for post-
secondary education in B.C. But it is a controversial vision and style which often
compromises the integrity of the university.
The most fundamental and abhorent component of our new style university is its resemblance to a large corporation, complete with margins of profit
and streamlining. Nolonger is the university a retreat where truth ispursued—
now it is a place where profits are.
Now we must sell ourselves on the market to provide tangible return on
the large investments governments provide.
According to Strangway, two of the administration's objectives clearly
outline these new priorities: The university will continue to enhance the
research capabilities of the university by facilitating and encouraging faculty
members to obtain external research grants and contracts."
This purpose of this objective is to provide a tangible benefit to an outside
company for the services provided by the university. The potential for the loss
of academic freedom is seriously compromised when an outside agent is
paying a good deal of money for these services. They will expect results, their
Worse yet, another objective wants to, "continue toencourage the transfer
of technology from the university to the benefit of the provincial and national
The emphasis is on technology. Need we say more? Who wrote this
enlightened paragraph, Stalin or Goebbels?
The new university does not seem to be concerned about maintaining its
role of a moral guide in sreiety. Nowhere has this neglect been more evident
than Strangway's disregard for legitimate native land claims on the endowment
When the Pacific Spirit Park was created the university complained—not
in the defence ofthe Musqueam, but because the university was being squeezed
of the development game.
Not to be deterred by city officials, Strangway sold off 28 acres of
university land on the corner of Wesbrook and Sixteenth to the sharks—and
with that, the university entered the real-estate game.
In efforts to raise money, the university administration incited almost
every conceivable group by using tactics that would make most developing
companies green with envy.
In addition to his lust for bucks, Strangway displayed the red on his neck
last year.
The Gay community in the lower mainland recieved a shock when the
university initially refused to allow the 1990 Gay Games at UBC. The decision
was eventually reversed but only after displaying world-class intolerance.
In closing we would like to share with you some of our favourite quotes
from Diamond Dave in his five-year stint as president.
• On the Gay Games: "It's an issue of the community identifying (homosexuality) with the university."
"Why would one not participate in the normal men's athletics or the normal
women's athletics?"
• On the 10 percent tuition fee hike in the Spring of 1989: "agonizing ...butwe
must preserve the quality of education." 	
January 5,1990
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Joe Altwasser slowly sunk down into the depths ofthe bottomless
pool to the realm of Nadene Rehnby. Nadene lived in a castle with
Franka Cordua-von Specht, and Chung Wong the warrior stood
guard at the gate. And by the swamp near the castle, Yukie
Kurahashi gazed into her crystal ball, to answer the questions of
Paul Dayson and Rick Hiebert, who sought the lost Rebecca Bishop
in this mist covered land. Steve Chan and David Loh feasted by a fire
in the distance, while Rob Reid and Tonya Zadorozny rode across the
realm on white chargers, hunting miscreant spirit-souls with their
magical gourd containers. Greg Davis thought he was a fantasy
writer. Roger Kanno blew the great horn of Yuggoth to awaken the
death zombies, Ted Aussem and Ernie Stelzer, from the grave, but
Steve Conrad, with a magic glowing orb, banished them to the abyss
(where they belong). Hai V. Le and Mark Nielsen were ethereal
watchers looking on with mere amusement. Hao Li, The Dark One,
sat in his chamber plotting conquest, yet in the Kingdom ofthe Sun,
Keith Leung sucked on his pipe and blew smoke rings with A's in the
middle into the sky. Would Li heed this sign? Martin Chester, the
wandering bard, composed sonnets to his lost raven haired love
while Ian Wallace scanned the skies in his magician's garb, probing
the many moons with his telescope. WongKwok-Sum, the pied piper
of Pan, led new Ubyssey staffers Graham, Alberto, Dania and Chris
down the path of moral degradation.
Joe Altwasser •  Franka   Cordua-von Specht
Keith Leung • Nadene Rehnby • Chung Wong
THE   END   OF   v>^/
South African
According to the Ubyssey of November 10, UBC
Students for a Free South
Africa protested the purchase of Shell Canada products by UBC, on the grounds
that "UBC financially supports apartheid." I should
like to point out that this
protest, if successful, might
itself support apartheid,
whether or not the UBC
Students etc. know it.
Suppose that the boycotters were wildly successful in their campaign. What
would happen? The shareholders of Shell Canada and
of Royal Dutch Petroleum
Company woul d probably be
hurt; butneither company is
apartheid. Suppose that
Royal Dutch were so hurt
that it decided to pull out of
South Africa, as IBM and
other companies have.
What then?
Royal Dutch would
almost certainly not dismantle its refineries and
other productive assets and
ship them to the Netherlands or elsewhere. Nor
would the assets be destroyed.
These actions would be uneconomic. All the potential
purchasers would know
that Royal Dutch was desperate to sell, and so would
be able to pick up the assets
at bargain prices. The purchasers would most likely be
white South Africans, perhaps racist South Africans.
There is an enormous
labour surplus in South
Africa (due in part to the
effects of sanctions, I be-
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lieve) so wages would probably fall. The new owners
would make spectacular
profits from their investment. And, all taxes paid by
these owners and the company itself would remain in
South Africa. Both apartheid and the South African
government would be
strengthened, not weakened.
All this is not idle
speculation. It has happened to Mobil Oil Corporation, which was taken over
by General Mining Corporation, of South Africa. General Mining got Mobil for
about half its book value.
[Companies usually sell for
more than their book value.]
Mobil's South African work
force was one of the best
paid black groups in Africa.
I don't expect that this will
remain unchanged.
Now, why should the
UBC Students for a Free
South Africa support apartheid, especially since they
woul d like to be portrayed as
fighting apartheid? I don't
know, because more than
one explanation is possible.
Here are three possible
explanations. The first is
that the UBC Students etc.
made an honest mistake.
This seems to be the most
likely explanation. [We
should not forget that the
road to Hell is paved with
goodintentions.] The second
is that the UBC Students
etc. are controlled by South
African racists who want to
buy up productive assets at
bargain prices. The third is
that the real target of UBC
Students etc. is South Africa
itself (and some North
American and European
corporations), not apartheid. A Leninist maxim for
revolution is that worse is
better. If you can make the
people of a country miserable enough (and keep your
intentions hidden) then
with shrewd direction they
might just rise up against
their perceived oppressors,
making the country more
easily taken over by a disciplined group of revolutionists. I am sure that other
possible explanations could
be brought forth.
Finally, Z. Gamiet (in
the Ubyssey of November
24) said that "It is the pressure of economic sanctions
and the threat of sanctions
that has brought about such
changes that have occurred
in South Africa, coupled
with internal opposition
from those victimized by
apartheid. More pressure,
not less, both external and
internal, will significantly
assist in bringing about its
demise." I wonder if somebody might bring forth
proofs of these assertions. [I
myself am very suspicious of
"post hoc, ergo propter hoc"
(after this, therefore because of this) arguments].
After all, UBC is supposed
to be a university, not a political forum. More intellectual content would be refreshing. For a highly in-
tellegent, documented discussion of the South Africa
problem I recommend the
book South Africa's War
Against Capitalism, by
Walter Williams. (Praeger
Publishers, One Madison
Avenue, New York, 1989).
Dr. Williams is John M. Olin
Distinguished Professor of
Economics at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Virginia. He also happens to be
Robert R. Christian
Associate professor
And now a
word from our
Over the past year, in
opening up the Alma Mater
Society student government, we have revealed the
weaknesses of the society
and improved on its
strengths. While we have
corrected some of the problems, more work needs to be
Major revisions of the
AMS Code and Bylaws, the
rules and procedures by
which the society is run,
have been put through the
AMS Students Council. The
problems with how student
referenda are conducted,
such as the determination of
the quorum figure, will be
changed in bylaw amendments coming forth at the
end ofthe month.
Since the early 1980's
the AMS as a student society has grown in size to become one ofthe largest nonprofit societies in B.C.. To
keep pace with this growth,
some of the financial procedures and controls of the
student government accounts which are being i den-
tified by the special investigative audit, need to be revamped. These changes will
be implemented over the
next several weeks and entrenched in the Code and
Through it all, critical
questions have arisen over
how the AMS student government is run and the conduct and responsibilities of
the AMS executive. We are
asking these questions and
taking action with the answers.
Mike Lee
AMS President
January 5,1990 LETTERS
Geer blasts Geary
The speech made by Vanessa
Geary at the Memorial for the 14
women who died in the massacre
at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, was in my opinion, a mistake. The singling out ofthe Engineering Undergraduate Society
will only lead to the alienation of
the people she's trying to change.
The engineers who came to that
meeting all feel anguish and anger
at the tragedy in Montreal, we
came to offer our sympathies and
support. No one denies that there
are problems with sexism in society, or that the engineers have a
reputation of being sexist. The
comments about the Godiva ride
and the E.U.S. publications are
bound to cause resentment among
the people trying to change, and
more firmly entrench those who
are not.
I don't believe that it is necessary to single out one group of
people who are not all ofthe same
opinion when the problem is one of
attitude. The problem is the
people who really believe women
are inferior.and the people who
resent and/or fear equality for
women,whoever they may be.
Name Witheld
Engineering 3
Exclusion of men
miffs human
Yes, I admit it, I am a man. It
is the way I was born, and there is
not much that I can do, or would
care to do about it. But, am I not a
human: even before you classify
me as a man, PLEASE, call me a
The act of violence perpetrated by a crazed individual
against women in the Montreal
Massacre' is horrible - no that word
does not really come close to describing the way view this act, and
I am sorry, but I cannot think of a
word that would. But does the fact
that I am a man mean that I do not
have shock, anger, of grief? Does
my sexuality have any real bearing
on whether or not I can hope that
there will be a time when acts such
as these will NOT occur in this
country, or in any other?   I hope
that there are very few, if anyone,
who would say that being male
makes myself, or any other man,
incapable of such emotions, because that would be an extremely
sexist, an incorrect opinion. Why
then did the Women Students Office on Campus not invite men as
well to the vigil they held at 12:30
p.m. on Dec. llth in memory of
those who were killed and
wounded in that act of violence?
Sexism is wrong, because I
believe that men and women are
equals, although this may not be
socially accepted as yet. However,
I do not believe that sexism becomes any less socially accepted,
when someone, male or female,
uses it. My apologies to those
whom I have offended with this
viewpoint, for this was certainly
not my intentions. I suppose that
it is my own limitations in communicating my beliefs that has offended you.
The violence which was directed at the women ofthe University was wrong, not because it
stemmed from sexism, but because violence is wrong. All of us
can feel, and should feel some grief
in this. Perhaps itis time for us to
lay down our national, racial, and
sexual prejudices, and realize that
we are all just humans. PEACE
Cedric Conan Dermott
(a human)
Science 5
He wants money
While reading the Dec. 1 issue
of The Ubyssey, I noticed a strong
contrast between two articles
sharing the third page of that issue. While one article addressed
claims of possible financial irregularities, it was refreshing to notice
a clear exception to these contentions.
The article in question described a proposal put forward by
Arts rep RJ. Moorehouse to refund money taken for the botched
Recreation Facility program. I
think that other AMS members
could do well by following Morehouse's example, helping the financial situation of beleaguered
UBC students instead of continuing to hamper it.
Rudolph for
medical research
Dear Dr. Strangway:
At a time of year when most
people are thinking about peace,
we are besieged with news reports
of violence towards people, animals and our environment. This
violence is exemplified by the exploitation of sentient creatures in
UBC's vivisection laboratories.
Mahatma Ghandi explained that
"The greatness of a nation can be
judged by the way its animals are
During the past seven
months, concerned people have
sent you over 8,000 postcards in
opposition to the inhumane scientifically fraudulent experiments
on hundreds of rats, cats, kittens
and in the near future, monkeys.
We are enclosing 186 more postcards which now make it a total of
8,141 cards which Lifeforce has
More enlightened people have
extended their circle of compassion to include animals. I hope
that you, Dr. Strangway and the
UBC vivisectors who are blinding
animals will open your hearts and
your minds to amore humane, progressive health care and research
system. Won't you stop this violent
Peace on earth for all life.
Peter Hamilton
Boffo film crews
In her Ubyssey letter of Nov.
28,1989, Lara Cleven makes some
unnecessary, negative remarks.
She claims that the United States
is exploiting Canada and film
crews using UBC are an example
of typical American ethnocen-
trism. This same woman is probably sitting at home right now
watching some ethnocentric television,
Whether or not American culture is ethnocentric, filming in
Vancouver is not conclusive evidence of this. American file crews
are working with Canadian environment because it gives variety to
the ever changing film industry.
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Do not assume that Canadians are so naive that they allow
anyone to exploit their nation. We
are so close with America that
some of their profits are our profits. Yes, it is cheaper to film in
Canada. Are the Americans taking
our resources with no thought to
consequence? Are they polluting
the air and contributing to the
depletion of the ozone? Are they
killing baby seals? No. They are
just trying to save a buck in a very
expensive industry.
By asking for a little silence as
you pass through the filming, they
are asking you a little help. It is not
like they are setting up a scene for
Day of Our Lives in your bathroom. Why not be proud of British
Columbia, and the beauty that the
filaments obviously noticed? Be a
little tolerant of life's little incon
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Concerning "Name withheld,
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warn Ubyssey readers ofthe dangers of such groups as
LIFEFORCE, P.E.T.A. (people for
the ethical treatment of animals),
and A.L.F. (Animal Liberation
Members of these groups are
not "dangerous", we simply have a
great respect for animals and refuse to blindly allow individuals
like yourself hiding behind cloaks
of science to exploit animals in repetitive and painful experiments.
It is interesting that you encourage Ubyssey readers to support
"respected" animal groups such as
the S.P.C.A. - WHO DO YOU
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