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The Ubyssey Oct 3, 1980

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Array Kidnap rocks Arts 20 race
The annual Arts 20 relay race
Thursday was marred by a bizarre
kidnapping that has thrown the race
results into question and left organizers and participants enraged.
Intramurals director Nestor Korchinsky said Thursday Vancouver
city police will be brought into the
investigation of the incident in
which six men attacked a single runner, leaving him bound in a blanket
and gasping for air.
"They tied me up, wrapped bandages around my chest and my
ankles in a red blanket and left me
on the side of the street, unable to
escape or breathe," said Jason
Gray, medicine 1. "I screamed for
help and a guy came running out of
a house and untied me.
"I had just run up the top of the
hill (on Wolfe, east of 16th), so obviously I was breathing heavily. I
was running on the sidewalk when
these six guys wearing Pittsburgh
Pirates shirts split apart to let me
through and then grabbed me,"
Gray said. Up until that point
Gray's medicine faculty relay team
were far ahead of other competitors.
Korchinsky said Thursday that
an investigation is under way and
city police are to be consulted about
the incident today. He said that the
kidnapping may have been planned
as a prank but could have turned into a tragedy.
"In this case I hate to think what
might have happened if a nearby
resident hadn't freed him (Gray),"
Korchinsky said. "I don't think this
is something we can let by, when a
person is extremely exhausted and
you smother him in a blanket it becomes quite a dangerous practice."
Medicine team member Gavin
Smart said he was concerned about
Gray because the runner had been
setting a pace close to the four-minute mile when he was attacked.
"There's no way he could get out,"
Smart said.
But Gray said that after the initial
fear of being suffocated passed he
was confident he was safe.
The kidnapping has organizers
angry and concerned about the future of the race, which drew nearly
1,000 entrants this year.
"I hope this isn't an indication of
things to come," said Korchinsky.
"The incident detracts from the
participation of so many people."
The intramurals director said he
fears the kidnapping is the result of
intense competition surrounding
the race.
Arts 20 student organizer Blair
Wilson said the kidnapping may
have been the result of some over-
zealous engineering students acting
on their own to promote the
chances of their faculty's team,
which won the race.
"To my knowledge from reports
I got, I suspect that it was an act of
some unidentified engineering students that was not sanctioned by the
engineering undergraduate
society," he said. "But the fact that
this happened shouldn't reflect on
any of the runners who finished in
the top positions. There is no reason to believe that any of the teams
in the race had any prior knowledge
of the event."
Kenny knocks
Davis' report
The current UBC policy opposing
differential fees for foreign students
is a good policy, said UBC administration president Doug Kenny
Kenny was commenting on the
controversial report recently released by Socred MLA Jack Davis
which advocates the implementation of differential fees against the
"many thousands" of foreign
students at B.C. universities.
"(The report) is founded on
wrong premises," said Kenny. "It's
founded on wrong facts."
According to Davis, foreign
students are getting a "free ride" at
Canadian universities, and prevent
"our own people" from attending
post-secondary institutes. He said
foreign students make up 20 per
cent of the typical engineering class,
but admitted his statistics were not
But Kenny rejected Davis'
figures. There were 17 visa students
last year in the engineering faculty,
or approximately one per cent, Kenny said. Only 1.04 per cent of the
entire UBC undergraduate class are
foreign students, he said.
More visa students are needed at
UBC, according to Kenny. "The
university and Canada could really
gain from having a few more
foreign students," he said. "There
are a large number of gains to
Canada and other countries, to this
university in particular, by having
foreign students come here. It promotes a better understanding of
"(Having foreign students) starts
to remove the tremendous backlog
of indebtedness Canada owes to
other countries because in the past
so many Canadians have turned to
other countries for graduate education."
Graduate programs did not
develop   in   Canada   until   after
World War II, said Kenny. "Before
the war if you wanted to be a lawyer
you had to leave the province, if
you wanted to be a dentist you had
to leave the province."
Foreign students improve the
cosmopolitan quality of campuses,
said Kenny.
Kenny questioned the insular
motives of the report. "We are part
of an international community of
universities," he said. "All of us
(scholars) do view ourselves as
members of that community."
The report does not represent the
views of most people, said Kenny.
"I would be amazed if those views
are widely shared by the people of
B.C. I say that as a British Columbian. I'm not saying (Davis) is not
entitled to his opinion. I disagree
with the report but I don't take offense at it."
Davis has failed to distinguish
between landed immigrants and
visa students in his report, Kenny
said. Kenny did not agree with
charges that the report is racist, saying the word was too ambiguous,
but said he was angry at some of the
assumptions made by Davis.
"In the report (Davis) seems to
imply that (UBC) excludes, to a
degree, Canadians from entering
our engineering faculty. That's
nonsense," said Kenny. Foreign
students must meet high standards
before they are accepted at UBC, he
Davis originally prepared his
report to be debated during the
presentation of the universities'
budget in the legislature. But the
paper was not heard and was subsequently distributed to university
heads and boards of governors to
be discussed.
Davis said he developed the
report out of concern for accessibility for Canadian students at
B.C.'s universities.
Alma Mater Society president
Bruce Armstrong called the kidnapping deplorable and said the AMS
may take disciplinary action against
any students found to be involved
in the affair.
But the bitterest reaction came
from medicine team members themselves.
"We've been running an average
of 60 miles a week for the last couple of months and really getting
hyped up over it," said team member Dave Taylor. "And to have our
hopes and work crushed in such a
way. . . "
"I can't see how we could have
lost that race," said Smart. "There
aren't eight more fit people on this
The medicine team will get a
chance to prove that however. The
team issued a challenge at the Arts
20 awards ceremony that it would
donate $50 to the Terry Fox cancer
fund for every team that beat it in a
rematch to be held Oct. 16. The
r,ace will be run at a UBC track but
will be of equal distance to the Arts
20 cross-city jaunt.
Korchinsky said he was unsure
what action would be taken if the
identities of the attackers is discovered but added that criminal
charges could possibly be laid in
conned ion with the incident.
(the ubyssey
Vol. LXIII, No. 12
Vancouver, B.C. Friday, October 3,1960
— eric eggert.on photo
ONE IN THOUSAND, literally, first runner passes finish line in Arts 20 relay race in front of bookstore. Engineering team won race marred by kidnap of medicine team member (see story above). For complete race results and
story see sports section in Tuesday Ubyssey.  Course for race ran from Vancouver General Hospital to UBC.
Societies rap AMS complex
Student council came under fire
Thursday from at least two undergraduate societies for failing to seek
student input on a $1 million plan
to construct a south-side student
complex on campus.
Council was particularly condemned for not consulting the agricultural sciences undergraduate society or the forestry undergraduate
society on the project.
AUS president Barb Johnstone
said considering the location of the
planned pub-lounge complex, the
two societies should have had more
input before council approved the
"It'll be right next to our building. We resent the fact that we come
back in September to find things all
decided," she said.
Social work representative Marty
Lund accused Alma Mater Society
president Bruce Armstrong Wednesday night of trying to railroad
projects, worth $2 million, through
students council.
Armstrong denied Lund's "foolish and ludicrous" charges, saying
that the plans for a south-side pub-
lounge complex, SUB plaza mall
and renovations to the SUB courtyard "have been before council for
The  plans  for  the  pub-lounge
complex were given final approval
by council July 9. Plans for the
courtyard and SUB plaza were commissioned over the summer.
Johnstone said agriculture and
forestry representatives were not on
campus during the summer because
of job commitments. She said she
believes the engineering society did
not express any opposition to the
council plans during the summer.
She said AUS and FUS knew very
little about the proposal. "By the
See page 3: COMPLEX
Cutbacks hit in April
UBC's $2.1 million cutback in the campus salaries budget will not affect university operations until April of next year, a UBC administration
vice-president said Thursday.
Academic development vice-president Michael Shaw said the university will be able to survive this year without imijor cuts due to the funding shortfall but will have to put some academic plans on the shelf.
"We can manage the way we're going, but we would like to be able to
do a lot of things this year that are academically important which we
cannot," said Shaw.
The provincial government, which made the cutback necessary as a
direct result of a low operating grant to UBC, is affecting the quality of
education through its actions, Shaw said.
"No one wants to make cutbacks which will affect education, but
they affect the whole institution," he said. "We know how much money
we have to find and we're looking at where we can find it with the least
pain to the people involved."
UBC deans are now examining the budgets of their faculties and departments to see where cutbacks are possible but, Shaw says, "all
academic services will be affected." He said no decisions have yet been
reached on where cuts will occur.
Shaw said the budget cuts have to be made from salaries because 83
per cent of the university's budget is accounted for by wages and non-
salary items are extremely difficult to cut, Shaw said.
v: Page 2
Friday, October 3,1980
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chair and sit
right there and
remember the
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Come on home to
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the world moved more
slowly. Sit on a
pressback chair in the
warm glow of a Tiffany
lamp. Reminisce with
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Pizza Night
Every Monday from 4
p.m. to closing you can
enjoy a 4 slice, 1 item
pizza for just $1.89. Be
a Father to your friends
or a friend to your
family treat them at
Mother's on Monday.
We call it Father's Night
at Mother's.
prints and photographs,
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And, enjoy generous
portions of Mother's
cooking served in a
friendly, old fashioned
Mother's Pizza Parlour
& Spaghetti House. It's
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someplace to go that
always stays the same.
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Every Wednesday from
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Mothers is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday thru Thursday; 11
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and Statutory Holidays.
Mothers is only a few minutes from UBC just over the bridge in
Richmond ... A lot closer than downtown and a lot less hassle.
So come on home to Mother's after classes, after sporting
events or when you simply need a break from the books.
You'll have a fun time, some great food and you won't break
your budget.
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8440 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond
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Page 3
RCMP hires student as infiltrator
hired a Dalhousie University student during the last academic year
to infiltrate and spy on a political
group, Dalhousie's student
newspaper has learned.
According to the Dalhousie
Gazette, the student collected information for the RCMP security service about In Struggle, a Marxist-
Leninist organization, in return for
payments of up to $125 a month
between October, 1979 and
February, 1980.
A statement released by In Struggle and confirmed by other sources,
reveals the individual's description
of his involvement with the RCMP.
He had trouble with the RCMP
three years ago about personal drug
problems. The RCMP contacted
him again last year offering him a
job to go to Dalhousie.
According to the statement, the
infiltrator, whose name is being
withheld, "was instructed to gather
information on In Struggle, the
people who were its
supporters . . . and where (the
members), lived and worked.
He was encouraged to make
friends in the group, with the hope
of being defended if he was
suspected of being an informer.
The student terminated his
RCMP affiliation because his conscience bothered him.
The RCMP refused to comment
Science undergraduate society executives are breathing a little easier
today after a quorum was reached
Thursday in the SUS fee levy
SUS treasurer Victor Finberg said
Thursday that if a majority of
voters marked ballots in favor of
the fee levy the undergraduate
society will permanently receive $2
per student annually.
Finberg said that by Thursday
more than 400 science students had
voted in the five-day referendum.
Quorum for the referendum was
360 students, 10 per cent of the
science students at UBC.
Half of the funds received from
the levy next year will go to pay off
a $3,500 Alma Mater Society loan
made to cover operating costs for
the society this year, Finberg said,
while the other half will pay the
society's 1981-82 expenses.
The SUS funds borrowed from
the AMS this year will go to finance
intramurals participation, speakers
and conferences and a teacher
evaluation report that will be made
available to science students before
the beginning of the next academic
year, Finberg said.
Complex plan
From page 1
time I talked to Armstrong, he said
it was too late for any more student
input," she said.
Armstrong agreed to speak at an
agriculture-forestry student forum
on Oct. 8.
"If there is a great outcry against
the location, council is prepared to
halt the plans and tell the land use
committee to find another
location," Armstrong said.
The proposal goes before the
UBC board of governors on the
same day.
Plans for the shopping and club
mall under the SUB plaza between
SUB and the aquatic centre and
renovations to the SUB courtyard
to create office and storage space
have not been given final approval
by council.
The AMS has already allocated
$11,500 for the projects. Armstrong
maintains that council has had plenty of time to study the proposals.
"What more do you want?" he
on the allegations. A spokesman for
the Halifax division of the RCMP
security service said, "we don't
comment one way or the other
about anything we do."
The infiltration of In Struggle is
not an isolated case, but it is an example of established RCMP practice. This has been revealed across
Canada by two commissions of inquiry into questionable RCMP
practices, headed by Justice David
Macdonald and commissioner Jean
The RCMP have been known to
make extensive use of political informers, who they recruit by
manipulating human weaknesses.
Confidential health records are
secretly obtained to learn of an individual's problems, homosexuality
or perhaps treatment of mental illness. Potential informers can thus
be humiliated or pressured into cooperation.
Other methods of recruitment include long interrogations, reminding the person of his/her criminal
record and money offers. This is
apparently the method involving
the Dalhousie student.
The use of informers in political
groups is not illegal, says Dalhousie
law professor Richard Evans.
But Evans feels it is a disquieting
notion that the police find it a
priority to know what this particular organization (In Struggle) is
doing, as opposed to any other
Political science professor
Braybrooke said the RCMP is "unwarranted to interfere with (In
Braybrooke says there is no actual move among political left wing
groups such as In Struggle to participate in violence and this kind of
police work intimidates groups,
makes them secretive and
withdrawn and perhaps violent in
the long run.
LITTLE DAB does it for hardy soul searching for point on head, only to
have brain dissolve after heady brew ate through thick curly mop of hair.
Experiment in old-fashioned shampooing technique resulted when masses
of jaded and disgusted drinkers tried desperately to find use for putrid swill
— eric eggertspn photo
which flowed northward over border during incredible drought of summer
past. Lockout of workers is over, only known example of Canadian identity
is restored and I'll have two, please (and one for yourself, waiter).
Council Briefs
The UBC housing department
was criticized for its outdated and
inefficient method of providing a
student housing registry at Wednesday night's students council meeting.
Council approved a motion to
send the president's advisory committee on student services a letter
recommending that UBC model its
housing registry after the University
of Alberta's.
"Our present off-campus housing system, compared to other universities, is totally outdated," said
Al Soltis, Alma Mater Society coordinator of external affairs.
He said the U of A's system was"
much more efficient because computers there provide thrice-weekly
printouts listing every type of available housing in Edmonton.
Soltis blamed the administration
for UBC's inadequate housing service.
"Not enough money is put into
housing," he said. He added,
"(Housing director Mike) Davis is
interested in doing it (adopting the
U of A's system) but he's just waiting for the official O.K. from council."
AMS administration director
Craig Brooks said, "even Okanagan College has a better system than
we do. I'm amazed."
Students council also passed two
other motions designed to battle the
housing crisis.
Council approved UBC involvement in a tri-university committee
to present the provincial government with student housing concerns.
Council also agreed to alert Liberal senator Ray Perrault, Vancouver-Quadra MP Bill Clarke, the
Central Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, and the Universities
Council of B.C. of the magnitude
of the housing crisis.
"It's really a crisis out here, and
the government is ignoring it, quite
frankly," said AMS president
Bruce Armstrong. "But it's a problem that won't just go away."
*     »     *
Despite the objections of AMS finance director Len Clarke, a mo
tion to restrict executive council
members membership in AMS committees was passed by council.
The motion limits the director of
finance to sitting on the budget
committee and one other ad hoc
committee, the coordinator of external affairs to the external affairs
committee and one other ad hoc
committee, the director of administration to only one ad hoc committee, the vice-president to the budget
committee and one other ad hoc
committee, and the president to only one ad hoc committee.
President Armstrong said the executives of council are too busy to
get themselves involved in other
areas of the AMS.
But Clarke criticized the motion
for being too restrictive, and warned the motion may set a dangerous
"(The motion) is based upon the
personalities of executive people
this year," he said. "I think it's a
bad precedent."
Student senator Chris Niwinski
supported the motion because "the
executive  should  not  be  blindly
joining committees. It's better to let
a committee flounder, or even die
for a while, than to get one person
running everything."
He added, "you've got to let
committees make mistakes. We're
students and that's how we learn."
A motion to change the name of
the women's committee to the
"person's committee" was withdrawn by its mover.
Science representative Nigel
Brownlow introduced the motion
following last council meeting, at
which John Pellizon, student board
of governors member said he was
intimidated by the women's committee's name.
Brownlow withdrew the motion
after Anthony Dickinson, the other
student board member, said, "it
seems like a waste of time to even
consider this ridiculous motion."
But AMS vice-president Marlea
Haugen expressed dismay that the
motion was withdrawn without further discussion. "Does somebody
else want to move it?" she asked.
"That wasn't any fun at all." Page 4
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In 1920, the first race was held. It was meant as a protest, a
reminder to the people of B.C. that the students of UBC could be
stifled no longer in the inadequate facilities of the Fairview campus.
Two years later, along the same route, the entire UBC population marched, out of the city and into the wilderness that surrounded it, marched because they believed. They had a vision of a better
world, one where the knowledge of humankind would be gratefully
learned and assiduously applied to improve their society.
They demanded, not pleaded or asked, but rightfully demanded
that the people of B.C. open up their tightly-drawn purses and
make the commitment to education that before had been only air
and empty promises.
Ever since, the Arts 20 race has ended at the Trekkers' cairn and
has been a symbol of students working together to achieve something good, an improvement and betterment of the society they
were being educated to serve. But, as everyone now knows, the
revolution is over.
Perhaps two generations ago, in the 1920s, ideals were easier to
come by. They were certainly easier to find among the students
who participated in the first Arts 20 race and the Great Trek that
followed than among today's students at UBC.
Maybe the ideal of commitment to education and effort toward a
higher cause is outdated. The ugly and odious incident that occurred in Thursday's Arts 20 relay race would certainly argue that it is.
From being a symbol of altruism and idealism, the race has become just one more competition. Fastest, swiftest, biggest, most
expensive; today's students, it seems, can think of nothing else.
Last year there was the controversy over who won, who had used ringers and whether a team called the West End Bourgeois Pigs
should even be allowed to take part.
This year we have an undoubted case of assault, possibly of
malicious injury, but most important, sheer poor sportsmanship.
Instead of pride in what good UBC students have done for this province, we are left with a feeling of profound shame seeing what
harm students do to each other.
Each of us should be embarrassed for those who are responsible
for this display of silly partisanship, for they have damaged our self-
respect and tainted our best and proudest tradition.
It was for the good of all, not for the glory of a few, that the first
race was run and the Great Trek was made.
Yesterday 1,000 students took part.
Most of them participated as well in the true spirit of the Arts 20
race. They should be given the title of winners of the race, and the
few responsible for this act that has mocked that spirit should be
barred from the race forever.
Let no team be announced as winner. Ever again. Winning is not
what the Arts 20 race is about.
October 3, 1980
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B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
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Editor: Verne McDonald
Mark tried to remember the FLQ criais, but he wa8 way too LeirervYoung. Neither Nancy Trott nor Gail
Shaw could help him out. But Verne McDonald reminiaced about how he waa kidnapped by a tarrori8t
cell led by Tom Hawthorn and Heather Conn, who had recruited Glen Sanford, Lori Thicke and Julie
Wheelwright to help them force sovereignty for Greg Fjetland. Evan Mclntyre had immediately appealed to Bill Tieleman in Ottawa for troopa and Steve McClure, Eric Eggertson and Jamea Hutson had
tranaferred from the plainclothea squad back into uniform to handle the insurrectionist moba led by
Stuart Davis..The Campbelliats, Charles, Nancy and Doug, had been swiftly put down through the
clever tactic of either shooting them or throwing them in jail and democracy was saved. Verne, of
course, was murdered by the terrorists. Jamea didn't remember any of this either, but he, too, is
Violence is the issue — not racism
Allen Soroka does a great disservice to anti-racism by trying to
score ideological points. He seems
to imply through his omissions an
approval of violent and racist acts
perpetrated by communists.
Just recently the Soviet-backed
Vietnamese government said that it
might throw another 600,000 people to the pirates and high seas
where over half will perish.
Through the creation of boat people the communist Vietnamese have
murdered millions. The fault seen
in these boat people by their communist government is that they are
The communist government in
China has a history of genocide in
Tibet and the oppression of its minorities. Russia under Stalin murdered almost as many people as Hitler. Many of those murdered were
killed because they were from ethnic groups not liked by the central
The Russian government has its
press put out anti-semitic propaganda. Although one hates to condone any violence or racism the distinction that needs to he raised is
that; communist violence seems to
arise from the direct orders of the
communist government whereas in
democracies the violence and rae-
I would like to take a moment to
applaud the people at Traffic and
Security. As one very quick to complain whenever I find a little blue
note on my windshield, (and having
noticed letters appearing regularly
in this paper from other like-minded individuals) I feel it fair that I
should also be quick to commend
them for their efforts in alleviating
the morning traffic jams on SW
Marine Drive.
On behalf of the thousands of
motorists who use this road every
morning, thank you.
Pete Mitchell
applied science 2
ism arise as an indirect consequence
of the political process.
Mr. Soroka and or the Marxist-
Leninists like to say that Russia,
China, etc. are not true communist
states and that communism is not to
blame for the atrocities they commit. This argument is as deceptive
and as dishonest as saying that America is not a capitalistic state since
it has not strictly followed Adam
Smith. Every ideology looks good
on paper.
Mr. Soroka would like people to
think the issue is fascist violence
and racism when the issue should be
all racism and violence. An innocent person is still an innocent person whether they get killed by the
Red Brigade in Italy or by a fascist
gang in Munich. For any group
concerned about racism and
violence they would be wisely advised not to let their cause be tainted
by letting Al Soroka's bloodied
hands carry your banner.
Mike Holland
law 1
RCMP are wrong
Contrary to the opinion of some
traffic enforcement officers, there
are No Parking signs on freeways,
in the form of signs telling motorists
Emergency Stopping Only.
I am a student of Highway Design and have spent some time
thinking about the problem of those
people whose cars were towed after
parking along Chancellor Boulevard. I finally concluded that, in my
opinion, the police were taking the
incorrect action, for the following
1) Insufficient notice that Chancellor Boulevard is a no parking
zone. I was one of the few who did
happen to notice the small notice in
one of the summer editions of UBC
Reports that cars would be towed;
however, some 25,000 other students never saw it.
2) It is not implied that Chancellor Boulevard is a no parking
zone. It has two lanes in each direction so that cars parked in one lane
cannot block traffic on the road except during rush hours. As well,
Chancellor fronts a residential section and is often used by University
Endowment Lands residents for
overflow parking.
I haven't seen any of those cars
ticketed or towed, but then UEL
residents don't have access to UBC
Reports and so can't be warned
about not parking there.
I would hope that somebody (either the department of highways,
UEL caretakers, or the RCMP) feel
it's their obligation to straighten
out the parking question along,
these access roads and sign them accordingly. Also, until proper signs
are posted, I'm sure that all those
who did get towed would win in
court against the towings.
R. H. Grabowski
unclassified 5
Pit praised
We feel the negative attidue displayed by students in letters to The
Ubyssey towards the facilities provided by the administration and the
AMS is deplorable.
The unconstructive criticism
about the AMS' activities (re: the
Pit) is unfounded. We find the Pit
to be a comfortable relaxed place to
meet friends and have a few beers.
Many other people feel this way
we're sure, but they have not expressed their opinion publicly.
The Pit's decor is not elegant, but
it is not shabby. A bar is a bar. (The
new sound system is great!)
Negative attitudes seem to be the
vogue; they disturb us. Enjoy.
Jeff Reid
Mark Simpson
science 3
No more bad news, please
The Ubyssey claims to be available to all its readers
and reflect all of their views. Anyone who has been
reading it, however, can soon see just how illusory
your objectivity is.
There are articles criticizing student government
but none, except those that quote the governors
themselves, that praise it. There are articles on atheism but none on churches. You have plenty about
how government is neglecting or ripping off students,
but no mention of the many programs they do have
to help us.
Recently we learned a lot about Stan Persky, a
has-been activist who seems to have a lot of time on
his hands these days. Where's the comprehensive articles and interviews featuring J.V. Clyne?
After all, it is he, not Persky, who is chancellor of
this university right now.
The list goes on and on. So do I.
You claim you print what is important to students,
but when pressed you admit you need a clearer idea
of what students want.
If you want to know what the students want, I can
tell you.
They want some fun and amusement to take their
minds off the dreariness of class. Why don't you run
some real funnies rather than your didactic political
They don't want to know about the necessary evil
of capitalist corporations, but rather about what they
do from a job and education point of view and how
to get hired by them.
Let's face it, we're here to get a job. We don't need
to hear bad news about the places we're going to be
working in.
Students want to know how to get along with the
society they're in, not attack it. That's why you get
so many demands for coverage of dances and other
social events. There is no longer a pressure to conform, but a desire.
Mostly I can tell you what students don't want.
They don't want to hear what's happening on
other campuses in Canada. Things are no different
from here. So long as we have to put up with bad
news about the student government at UBC, what
need do we have for the exact same news from Winnipeg or Halifax?
Nor do students want to hear about things happening in other countries. Let the newspapers in Chile,
South Africa, Russia and China tell the people there
what's happening there. We want our own newspapers to tell us about us.
Your constant strident coverage of how the Alma
Mater Society, the university administration and the
government are trimming tiny incremental bits of
money out of the student wallet is laughably out of
proportion to reality. Times are tough, you know.
Compared to the average student, who is usually
from a higher income bracket family than 10 years
ago, the university is a poor entity indeed. And in
these times of economic hardship, a luxury like post-
secondary education must be cut back to ensure
enough funds for our elementary and secondary education systems. You don't want them to go short
just to make life easier for us, do you?
You scream 'ripoff at the AMS, but how much
really are they supposed to be ripping us off? The Pit
renovations seem to bother you, yet they only cost
about $4 per student. I can afford that, and many
more amounts like it if they will improve things
around here a little.
Why does The Ubyssey seem to print the exact opposite of what students want to hear? You make it
hard on yourself and us poor bastards that read you.
You hate society and I have to tell you, my friend,
it's the only one we have and there's no place left to
If there was, I wish you would go there. And take
me, too.
Are you getting the message?
Half Gainor
lunar studies 7 Friday, October 3,1980
Page 5
Rambling writer refutes wretched reporting
First of all, I would like to thank
The Ubyssey for ensuring that I
must spend my life writing letters
refuting the sensationalist and inaccurate reporting that The Ubyssey
fills its pages with.
The article 'AMS president
railroading' (Oct. 2) regarding the
proposed renovations to SUB and a
new 'mini-SUB' at the south end of
campus, is a prime example of this.
Maybe Marty Lund (one of the
'dissenters' that you quoted; there
is only a total of three to my
knowledge out of 35 council reps)
should   attend   some   council
Real statistics
In regard to your article on Jack
Davis and his imaginative research
work (Sept. 30):
• 65 per cent of Mr. Davis'
brain was lost at birth due to a
strange disease that crept across the
Canadian borders from the U.S.
• 15 per cent was lost by exposure to a WACky politician.
• The rest was lost in his involved attempts at research.
Actually not all the rest. Mr. Davis retains .00012 per cent of his
brain for use in public appearances
— enough for us to see that this
man is not a man, but a fool.
Now — those are statistics.
M. Sobrino
arts 1
No racism
Right on, Jack!
Jack Davis' proposal to make
foreign students pay for their Canadian education is wise policy that is
long overdue. Why should I, as a
future hefty taxpayer, subsidize education for foreigners who will provide no real benefit for Canada
when they return home? I do not
object to foreign students desiring
to better themselves via a Canadian
university education; indeed, this is
commendable. The real issue is simple economics: no free riders!
One merely has to look at the
plight of a Canadian student studying in the U.S.A. or abroad: tuition
in these places is around the
$8,000-59,000 Jack Davis proposes
to charge foreign students studying
in Canada. Certainly this is a fair,
reciprocal transaction and has nothing to do with racism whatsoever.
Derek Wiens
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meetings, where he would learn that
it is SUB, and not the Aquatic Centre, that is paid off this year.
As for the phrase that it is Bruce
Armstrong that is doing all the
planning, maybe Mr. Lund would
like to be on the student council
committee that is planning the
buildings (not mentioned in your
article, probably because it sounds
too 'democratic'). This committee-
has been meeting regularly and has
been sending regular reports to
council for discussion and approval.
If Mr. Lund is interested in joining this committee (as is for any student), I would be glad to nominate
them for it at the next student council meeting. As for the 'fact'
(quoted by Mr. Lund) that $15,000
has been spent already, a quick
check of student council minutes
and reports reveals that only about
$7,000 has been spent on all three
projects combined.
Now for a few more facts that
The Ubyssey, I gather, deems to be
irrelevant. Never have I seen any
mention that before student council
can proceed with any of these projects, a referendum of the society
(ie. students) must be held. The
$7,000 expense is for basic concep-
The Ubyssey welcomes letters
from all readers.
Letters should be signed and
Pen names will be used when the
writer's real name is also included
for our information in the letter or
when valid reasons for anonymity
are given.
The Ubyssey reserves the right to
edit letters for reasons of brevity,
legality, grammar or taste.
tual drawing, basic plans, etc., that
must be done before referendum to
give students something 'concrete'
to vote on.
Also not mentioned in the article
is that a full discussion of the full
student council will be held on the
proposals at the next council
meeting on Oct. 8 at about 7:00
p.m. ALL interested students are
As for the phrase in your
editorial of the same day 'up to $2
million on bars and other unnecessary recreational facilities', I
can only assume one thing. It is obvious that The Ubyssey is deeming
the following as 'unnecessary
facilities': about 14 more club offices, full colour darkrooms for
PhotoSoc, a 300 seat conversation
area at the south end of campus
(serving such controversial items as
milk and submarine sandwiches), a
further 125 seat conversation area
in SUB, a mezzanine style lounge
overlooking the main concourse
and an expanded area for
From recent disagreements between The Ubyssey and student
groups on campus over student
news (I found the full page story on
Latin America in Thursday's paper
most interesting), I have no problem seeing that The Ubyssey
deems these facilities as 'unnecessary', so unnecessary in fact
that they have yet to mention
anything other than 'bars'.
Maybe The Ubyssey should look
at quoting other student council
reps instead of just one or two people who are con, especially when
such motions pass 18-2. Or how
about interviewing clubs on the expanded facilities? Or PhotoSoc on
their proposed new darkroom?
Thank you.
Craig Brooks
director of administration
Tolerance, not denouncements
Obviously a word of support
must be given to Kurt Preiusperger
— one would think the wrath of
God had descended in the form of
letters to the editor should one read
the piles of scorn directed his way.
First, a Christian is only displaying a sadly characteristic arrogance
and stupidity should he deny that
Preiusperger's article is not only a
clear but very effective presentation
of a thoughtful atheist's conclusion
concerning the nature of the human
condition. Any careful
philosophical study of the arguments presented will clearly show
that Preiusperger is correct in his
However, if one wishes to suspend their ability for critical analysis and delve into the mysterious
areas of faith, ESP, voodoos, or astrology there is really very little that
one can say. If one chooses to believe in ghosts, holy ghosts, or pies
in the sky he must be allowed the
freedom to do so.
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Preiusperger — much as one may
wish to convert the Vatican into a
state-owned museum and send the
pope and his cohorts into exile on
the moon, we as a society must be
tolerant of religious sentiment.
Granted, religious fervor can be
extremely dangerous (I need only
point to Jonestown), but providing
it does not limit the freedom of others we must tolerate its existence.
Humans since the beginning of
time have believed in spirits and all
sorts of other ridiculous "metaphysical realities" — we must not
revert to their pernicious activity of
madly denouncing opponents. Let
religion co-exist with modern society, I've little doubt as to who will
ultimately succeed.
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Women  in  Focus:   presentation  and  film  on
women in the media, noon, SUB 130.
Film: La Meilteur Facon de Marcher, noon, SUB
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
General meeting and organization for hike, noon.
International House lounge.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Free  introductory  lessons,   noon,   SUB  party
T.G.I.F   Gym  activities,   2:40   p.m.,   meet  at
Lutheran Campus Centre.
Wine and cheese party. Bring your own cheese.
4 p.m.,   Such.   1256.
T.G.I.F. Happy Hour, 4:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
Annual general meeting, free wine and cheese
following 5:30 p.m., Grad Centre ballroom.
Wine and cheese for members only, 7 p.m., 6349
Yukon St.
Evening meeting, 7 p.m., SUB 213.
Benefit   with   Reconstruction   (Reggae)   and
Kokuho Rose (folk rock). Also Speeker John
Trudell (AIM) and anti-nuke art exhibition.
Big rummage aale, bargaina galore for the poverty 8tricken atudent,  11  a.m.-4 p.m., Victoria
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Film: Coat of Cotton, about a workers' role in the
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SAC deciaion regarding this new club will be
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Men's Inner Tube Water polo begins, 7:30-9:30
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Meeting, noon, SUB 130.
Speaker,   Dr.   Blanchard   on  family   practice,
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Eucharist, noon, Lutheran Campus Centre.
Free film aeries The Long Search, noon, SUB
Singing prayer and fellowship meeting, noon,
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Film: Thunderbirds in China, noon, Buch 322.
Two Habitat films: The Digestors (Fiji) and
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Mike Harcourt (mayoral candidate) speaks noon,
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Women's badminton league begins, 4:30 p.m.,
gyms A and B.
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Williams reaffirms faith in humanity
He's no wizened old codger with
a Southern drawl, tragically muttering at the world to self-destruct.
Nor is he a pathetic, bitter man,
sentencing people to solitary confinement inside their own skins by
mumbling about alienation and
In fact, Tennessee Williams, the
69-year-old playwright who laughs
and rolls his eyes when introduced
as "such a great man in the 20th
century," is alarmed and animated
when discussing the crumbling
world around him.
"Human life will endure, even in
a thermonuclear war," he told the
local press in the Queen Elizabeth
Playhouse upper lounge this week.
"People will build society up again
on a more viable, safer and more
humanistic basis."
"People run into tragedy constantly in their lives. Most of our entertainment is meant to whitewash
human existence. We're sort of
brainwashed into an insensibility to
human suffering until we encounter
it personally," says the visiting UBC
distinguished artist-in-residence.
A self-proclaimed humanitarian,
the Columbus, Mississippi-born
playwright never hesitates to scorn
life's superficialities, social inequities and human weaknesses. His
recently rewritten play Red Devil
Battery Sign, which opens Oct. 18
and is now in rehearsal at the Playhouse, shows in the playwright's
words: "the malign aspect of the
military-industrial establishment
that governs the United States of
Williams says the play, which
ends with a bomb explosion, reveals a system that disregards today's changing times and conditions — one that is favorable only
to the very rich. A deeply rooted
power structure and its potential
use of nuclear warfare is an ongoing concern for the bearded playwright.
He is currently working on a surreal play entitled The Fruit Bafs
Droppings, which he claims deals
with the cycle of life. Framed
photographic negatives of a missile
launching, a mushroom cloud and a
jet fighter are part of the distorted
set, with floor to ceiling doors and '
unevenly placed windows.
Despite the latter play's comic title and the writer's witty nature, the
threat of nuclear warfare is no
laughing matter for Williams. In the
spring of 1978 in Key West, he
writes of his attitudes towards the
first nuclear blasts at Hiroshima and
"I have heard it said that multitudes of 'American lives' were saved by these barbaric actions.
"And yet I have also heard . . .
that the Japanese were attempting
to negotiate an all but unconditional surrender before our military
command (including the genial Mr.
Truman) chose to play games with
our new toy, the kind of toy that
belongs in, and never should have
emerged from the Devil's workshop."
Today, with the upcoming U.S.
presidential elections, Williams is
quick to condemn Republican candidate Ronald Reagan who advocates increased military spending
and U.S. hegemony.
"Reagan will be defeated, thank
God," he says without hesitance.
"Mr. (Jimmy) Carter is a human being. He's kept us out of war so far."
Williams is not noted for any
overt political stance, but is instead
heralded for his esthetic achievements; he believes that "art is only
anarchy in juxtaposition with
organized society." Hence, he has
become a grand analyzer of social
WILLIAMS . . . confers with director Roger Hodgman during rehearsal.
and personal relationships. His is
the study of truth of character.
And indeed, his own character
revealed no blatant falsehoods, flagrant condescension or pompous-
ness in this week's discussion with
the press. He has not been overly
accessible to students or available
for any personal interviews with reporters, but for one hour he was
more than willing to share the enjoyment of his work with about 40
He made several jabs at the press
in general, then told humorous personal anecdotes of typical career indulgence. He had a sharp tongue
for anyone who had misinterpreted
or miscast his works, but praised
actors and directors who had vividly
transformed his material to his liking.
He gushed about Vancouver's
beauty, and commended the city as
a good example of regional theatre.
He glowed in his fond memories of
novelist/lyricist Carson McCullers.
Of his works, Williams has declared that the human organism
was created for struggle and his
characters reflect this concet; trapped by circumstance, they delude
themselves in violent disorder
through love, decline, and sometimes, death. His well-known plays
The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar
Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof reflect the conflict of human
desire and sexual ambivalence within the context of Southern decadence.
People have called William's
plays depressing, disillusioning and
degenerate, but such is the "naked
study of life" which makes the theatre public so squeamish, says Williams. His plays demand the
viewer's self-awareness. As he himself stated in the late '50s:
"I think, without planning to do
so, I have followed the developing
tension and anger and violence of
the world and time that I live in
through my own steadily increasing
tension as a writer and a person."
Receptivity and gritty soul-
searching is understandable from a
man with William's personal history
— he's a reformed alcoholic who
has suffered a heart condition since
age 24, had a nervous breakdown
and brain convulsions in the early
'70s and subsequently spent three
months confined in a sanatorium
which he called a "snake pit."
As for his homosexuality, Williams told reporter he remembers
neighborhood children in the last
decade hurling the taunt "faggot,"
along with rotten eggs and even a
dead cat onto his property.
But the playwright claims he
does not let his own homosexuality
intrude in his works, although gay
characters do appear in his prose
fiction and plays.
"I think ifs a great mistake for a
serious writer to use his own sexual
orientation to influence his own
creative work too strongly," says
Williams. "It limits the work, its appeal, its interest. It offends a great
deal of people and ifs quite unnecessary."
But a deep examination of sexual
roles, human relationships and the
resurrection of sensual values is a
far cry from what Williams considers the sham and shallowness of
contemporary theatre in the U.S.
Good theatre is "practically gone"
in New York, he says.
"I'm ok, not senile . . . Broadway is senile," he declares, laughing. "They use chorus girls cavorting, kicking about. They're not serious on anything. On Broadway,
the consumers will consume anything. We're a great consumer
Ifs likely that much of Williams'
negative attitude is due to his past
victimization by wrathful Broadway
reviewers. He adamantly swears
that Broadway critics write the
most vindictive notices he's seen
and admits their negative reviews
have a terrible effect on him physically.
He evidently feels only contempt
for those who criticized his play
Clothes for a Summer Hotel last
year about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald after he spent about six mon
ths on research and documentation.
To make matters worse, the
play's characters were cast without
any input from Williams and the actor who played Scott was a
"leadened character with no Irish
wit or levity about him at all." As
Williams admits now, the casting
was a disaster.
But the playwright is currently
not deterred by bad press, although
he declares with conviction that reporters give him a lot of attention
"any time anything disagreeable
happens." Williams, instead, feels a
determined incentive that he must
write: "You can't teach someone to
write. People write because they
have to."
In fact, in the June 1960 issue of
the New York Times Magazine,
Williams went as far as to say: "No
significant area of human experience, and behavior reaction to
it, should be held inaccessible, provided it is presented with honest intention and taste, to the screen,
play and TV writers of our desperate time."
To campaign against such literary
freedom is "perilously close to a degree of cultural fascism," continues
Williams, which spawned the Nazi
book burning and the " 'correction'
of ali the arts in the Russia of
In 1950, during the early days of
McCarthy's Red scare and upsurge
of Cold War mentality, Williams
pessimistically describes his fate as
a writer: "At the present time it
(American society) seems to be entering its extreme phase, the all but
complete suppression of any dissident voices.
"What choice has the artist now,
but withdrawal into the caverns of
his own isolated being?"
Today, Williams says communism is an "oppressive and
bureaucratic" force.
But now the playwrighf s spontaneous creativity is continuing unfettered. His inspiration for plays
still comes from sudden images and
unconnected  events.   As  he  ex
plained to a UBC creative writing
class this week:
"Very often you know the end of
a work before you know the beginning. The evolution is very hard to
pinpoint. It just surfaces. A few
lines will come to your mind at a
For example, he says he got the
idea for A Streetcar Named Desire
from the image of a lonely woman
in her late youth (who became the
play's character Blanche) sitting in
a chair by a window with moonlight
streaming in. She had been stood
up by a man who had invited her
out for dinner hours before.
Williams is now spending most of
his time in Vancouver at rehearsals
for the upcoming Red Devil production of "a woman hiding from her
past and a man living on his memories." He praises the set, designed
by Cameron Porteous, but adds
that the play belongs on screen and
will never be fully realized until it is
The play's first version was produced in Boston in the early '70s,
then rewritten with brief but successful productions in London and
Vienna. The Vancouver version, directed by Roger Hodgman, is presumably the final definitive version.
Up to this point, the short man
who dons a brown corduroy cap
and autographs publicity shots of
himself after the press conference is
still without his whole story told.
Williams has written about 30
plays, many of which have film adaptations, including Suddenly Last
Summer, Summer and Smoke, and
Night of the Iguana. He has written
two books of verse, four volumes
of stories, two novels, a screenplay
and his memoirs, a best-seller in
For the next three weeks,
Williams will be sharing his ideas on
playwriting, poetry, film writing and
fiction with UBC senior students in
theatre and creative writing. His only public appearance will be a Vancouver Institute talk at 8:15 on Oct.
11 in Woodward IRC.
Page Friday 2
Friday, October 3, 1980 \growth\
Cosmic zero search leads to naught
It was raining when we decided
to search for the cozmic zero.
Naught, as in celestial. We thought
that nobody could find that much
nothing. Only the Dalai Lama had
ever talked about it. Perhaps
mushrooms would show us the
And so Glutinous Conehead,
Slippery Jack and I set out on our
quest for the universal nothing. We
went to the airport fields but found
more people than mushrooms.
Coprocybes. There was a hirsute
seeker from Ontario with three
kinds of mushrooms in his bag and
two more in his mouth like a horse
with so much hay. "Which are the
right ones?" we asked.
"Blue," he said. "Blue all
around. The inside knows the outside from the mushroom...and blue
all around."
"Homo non-lineus," Jack
remarked as I wondered if zero
coud be blue.
reveal the secret of his enlightenment. We watched in awe as he
staggered regally across the
It was as we were leaving that
drama maniacally seized the seat of
my pants. There was a fungus
amungus. The red shaft stood
erect, a solid fleshy stem, the head
delicately draped with a luminous
goose turd green slime. I whipped
out my Golden Guide to
Hallucinogenic Plants. I revealed
nothing. Research would reveal this
plant to us as Caninus mutinus, the
dog's prick fungus, an infamous
relative of Phallus impudicus, the
common stinkhorn. Edibility
Our search for nothing led us
everywhere to no avail. We learned
that mean-tempered bulls live and
breed west of Spain. We learned
that farmers often carry shotguns.
The devil was invoked against us by
the  mycophobes  and  we  feared
It was then that the gaunt prophet approached us. His eyes
reflected his inner turmoil, his deep
philosophical search and his lack of
sleep. He spoke like Christ risen. "I
do not trespass except in the spirit
of healing and prophetic vision. I
speak from the knowledge of the
white angel of death, the Amanita
phailoides. Have you seen this
sacred plant, this profound pearly
white purveyor of perfect truth?
The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the
head of the corner: the most important stone of the foundation!"
I mustered my composure before
I spoke. "Where can we find magic
mushrooms, we are seekers of the
"I know nothing, I know
nothing," he said, but refused to
eternal damnation. We were warned that we would be boiled with our
false god for soup stock by deranged mycologists. Yet we continued
our mycophilic search.
We were told the secret of the
dreaded Amanita nothing. "You eat
only the cap," and upon further inquiry were told, "Well, you don't
eat the stems anyway." Eat the
warts and not the cap. Eat the skin
and not the warts. Peel the skin and
boil the stems. Dry everything in
the microwave. Smoke them to be
safe. Surely a religion founded on
the philosophy of the klein bottle.
Our vocabulary mushroomed.
We learned variously to look for
liberty caps, space caps, little tittle
caps, blue meanies, heavy duties,
and buddha temple caps. We learned to look for mushrooms only
where the stud horse pisses. But
we could not find the sacred key to
the universal nothing.
Conehead said we might find
nothing at night. "The ranks will be
unprepared. We can catch them
before dawn."
It was a valiant effort but the rain
put our candle out and took the life
away from our once crisp, upright
Crown Z paper bag. B.C. forest
products, ha. The introduction of a
petrochemical baggie and miner's
hardhats with carbide lamps did not
improve our success ratio. We
hadn't seen nothing yet.
The season wore into October.
One Sunday we set out again on
our quest. But after hours of searching for naught we became
discouraged. Thus it was a surprise
when Jack gleefully knelt in a cow
pie and pawed furiously at the
grass. But then he rose dejected.
"It was nothing," he said. "Excuse
me, it wasn't anything."
It was then that we noticed the
first shoe. It wasn't what we were
looking for but it inspired a certain
curiosity. It led us to another shoe.
And then a sock. And then a shirt
and another sock. We followed the
trail until we discovered our naked
erstwhile prophet spread-eagled
face up on the grass.
"How long have you been here?"
I asked.
But before I heard his answer I
saw them. Troops of hypnotic orbs.
Semi-hygrophenous orbs.
Glutinous orbs thrusting upwards
through the warm moist soil.
Lubricous orbs revelling in their
own viscosity.
"Are they the right ones?" asked
"Fuck it, eat 'em," said Conehead. He plucked one and placed
the mammilate cap in his mouth
lubricating the mushroom with his
saliva. The discovery of maggots
contorting the soft flesh of the
mushrooms that he still held provoked the former route. He expectorated his cud with his breakfast.
We overcame our misgivings and
discovered that with the mucous
membrane thoroughly lubricated
the mushrooms were easily abandoned to the rhythms of the throat.
'    ^ff**^A.*	
"....Che winds were sparkling and Diamond-clear, yet
(ull of colour as an Opal, as they glittered through the valley; Hnd I knew Ihe
Golden Hge was all about me, and It was we who had been blind to it, but
that It had never passed away from the world."
And so in this manner we coupled
with every mushroom we could
find. Such rapturous ecstacy was
the result that we did not notice the
onslaught of evening. It was a
tedious journey in darkness over
barbed-wire fences to our vehicle.
The policeman's voice was
devoid of sympathy when he pulled
us over. He asked why we hadn't
stopped when we sideswiped his
patrol car.
"Did we sideswipe your car?"
said Conehead. "Oh, what a
Down the corridor of the police
station I heard Maximus yell, "Oh
God, OH GODI...The cozmic
ZEROI JESUS!" There was a rattling of metal and then silence. I
knew he was alright. He had found
what he was looking for. In the
darkness of my cell I too could see
nothing clearly.
Editor's Note: This is what can
happen if you ignore the fear and
trepidation in your heart and venture blindly forth into the world of
hallucinogenic fungi. The author is
now suffering from a terminal case
of Timothy Leary and conducts
dandelion picking expeditions in the
fields of Pitt Meadows on his out
time from Riverview Hospital.
Folklore vs. Fact in the Mushroom Jungle
Myths and misinformation have
always surrounded the identification of mushrooms, particularly
hallucinogenic mushrooms. Folklore tells us that a poisonous
mushroom will blacken a silver
spoon and that you can peel the
skin from an edible one. Folklore
can kill you.
With the intense interest in
hallucinogenic fungi it is still surprising that until a few years ago
there was a vacuum of information.
The only reliable descriptions existed in scholarly journals and what
little was available to the public
consisted of amateur interpretations of incomprehensible monographs.
Part of the problem lay in the
science itself. Many species had not
been described or their range had
not been fully documented.
To confound the problem mushrooms often appeared from
nowhere. Psilocybe stunzii was first
collected at the University of
Washington in 1975. It is now one
of the most common mushrooms
on lawns and mulch beds in the
Pacific Northwest. This prompted
some authors to suggest that it had
been introduced from outer space
or by a religious sect.
In 1976 a new species resembling
Psilocybe semi-lanceata — the
liberty cap — was discovered in
Vancouver. Psilocybe subfimitaria
is distinguished from its cousin by a
slightly smaller spore. And Psilocybe pelliculosa is distinguished
from these other two as much by
habitat as by appearance. Even
mycologists have trouble telling
them apart in the field.
Gaston Guzman, when writing a
monograph of the Psilocybe
species, would hold off publication
of his work in the wake of each new
discovery. After three years of that
he finally abandoned The Genus
Psilocybe to the press in 1979. It
documents 140 species, approximately a dozen of which grow in
B.C. Unfortunately, it's in Spanish.
However, a number of good field
guides have grown out of
Guzman's research.
The best of these is Psilocybe
Mushrooms and Their Allies by Paul
Stamets. It contains basic information for the beginner as well as easy
to use keys, good color plates and
small section on cultivation.
Another more broadly based
book is Teonanacatl: Hallucinogenic Mushrooms of North
America. Although it lacks the key
and extensive color plates of
Stamets' book it includes sections
by R. Gordon Wasson, the
discoverer of the Mexican mushroom cult, Albert Hofmann, the
discoverer of LSD, and Richard
Evans   Schultes,    the   world's
foremost expert on hallucinogenic
plants. It also includes species
descriptions and an extensive section on cultivation.
While these two are the best,
there are a number of other adequate guides to collection and
cultivation listed below. But I warn
you, don't stray from the list. The
number of charlatans writing books
about blackened silver spoons is
If you have any doubtful specimens you can take them for identification to the Vancouver
Mycological Society's mushroom
fair at Van Dusen Botanical
Gardens on October 19th.
Hallucinogenic and Poisonous
Mushroom Field Guide, Gary
P. Menser, And/Or Press.
Poisonous and Hallucinogenic
Mushrooms, Richard and Karen
Haard, Cloudburst Press.
Hallucinogenic Plants of North
America, Jonathan Ott, Wing-
bow Press.
How to Identify and Grow Psilo-
cybin Mushrooms, Jule Stevens and Rich Gee, Sun Magic
Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom
Grower's Guide, 0. T. Oss and
0. N. Oeric, And/Or Press.
Magic Mushroom Cultivation,
Steven Pollack, Herbal Medicine
Research Foundation.
Friday, October 3,1980
Page Friday 3 \october 19701
Despair in Quebec's October
Friday, Oct. 16, 5 a.m.
I awake with a start. Men's voices can be overheard
through my bedroom door. "Are there others? Did you
search the house?" I slip into my pants, open the door:
three policemen are on the landing.
The first notion that comes to mind: firemen have
come to put out a fire in the house. Then, unarmed,
they tell me not to move. "Do you have a warrant?"
"We don't need warrants anymore," he replies, "we
can search any premises we want without warrants,
we can arrest anyone we want without warrants.
Listen to the radio and you'll see." All this was said
with a kind of triumphant smile.
Images arise in my mind: this Polish friend who had
thrown himself out of the window when police had
broken into his home, in and around '65; and the
memory of a publication distributed to primary school
students in the '40's, which was called "A quand notre
tour" (When will it be our turn). It was a publication
aimed at instilling the fear of communism in our young
minds. I was eight or nine at the time.
A kind of film strip projected through terror, where
the secret police would break into homes, to arrest
people in the middle of the night. At our place the
search lasts about two hours. They seize two
typewriters, a cheque book, a bank book, and a mass
of documents labelled "Quebec sait faire I'in-
dependence" (Independence, Quebec knows how),
which belonged to an issue of La Claque, a small Montreal leftist paper.
Gradually the mood slackens. The most hostile
policeman becomes almost pleasant. There are four of
them in all, one in plainclothes. Then after the search,
we depart.
We all take off in an old, dark-blue, unmarked
Chevy, for a destination unknown to me. The
policemen wonder which way to take to Parthenais,
also known as "the Montreal Prison." We take St>
Catherine Street.
While passing "Le Parisian" movie house, the
policeman who had previously been hostile, asks me if
I have seen the latest film of Denis Heroux: L'amour
humain. "I saw his first two films, thafs enough," I
said. "I don't like Canadian films," he said, "my wife
saw Deux Femmes En Or. She told me it wasn't any
good. I was glad to have missed it." "I thought there
were some funny parts," I replied. We enter through
the basement garage.
The police cars line up. A Montreal police officer, on
foot, passes alongside the car I am in and makes a nasty remark. It will be the only one during my eight days
of detention.
First a photography session, like those administered
to criminals. Next, we pass the check-point, where we
are relieved of our personal belongings. At that point I
become number 1738. Next, a barrage of questions on
my civil status: date of birth, weight, color of eyes
etc., and an endless series of fingerprints. It is like a
dance. The officer in charge of prints takes one finger
after another, swinging you to the right to ink the
finger, and swinging you to the left to print the finger
on the index card. Only the music is missing. Afterwards, we leave the world of the living . . . and enter
the cell-block.
The language changes. "No. 1738", "cell X or Y", I
don't remember. The hall is narrow and without windows. A door opens automatically. I enter, and the
door closes behind me. Then, the door in front of me
opens, and I am led right to the end of the corridor
towards the cell. On the left, the cells have solid doors,
with a kind of porthole. From their cells, the inmates
can see Parthenais street. On the right, the cells are
without windows, with no view on the outside; the
doors are made of bars, which face the wall of the
neighboring cell. The cell where I am taken is a common or group cell, red cement floors, yellowish walls
and ceiling. One whole wall consists of bars facing onto the guards' passageway, and the cell windows
overlook Fullum Street. There are 10 of us. In a little
while there will be 35. It is 7:30. Some of us are standing, leaning against the walls, others are pacing back
and forth, others are lying on the cement. I do the
same. One or two amongst us still have a watch. Now
and again, the doors open with a clatter, and a new
prisoner joins us. No one had had breakfast. Towards
10 o'clock our restlessness increases at the same rate
as our hunger. Viau biscuit trucks pass in the streets
like "provocateurs."
Finally, at one o'clock, three guards arrive with a
large basket filled with brown paper bags. Each bag
contains two ham sandwiches and two cookies. Afterwards, we are offered a choice of coffee or tea. We
pounce on the sandwiches with fury. Ifs a feastl After
dinner — so to speak — ifs a siesta. But we are
already too numerous, there is not enough room along
the four walls for all to stretch out. We take turns on
the dusty cement. A cellmate who gives his place up
to another tells him: "I softened the mattress for you,
ifs more comfortable." Another: "I warmed the bed
for you." Ifs the beginning of solidarity. From time to
time, prisoners are called forth for questioning. When
they return, we surround them like radio broadcasts
during the war. Will we learn, at long last, why we
have been arrested? Those with cigarettes pass them
During the first day, my strongest feeling is that of
being uprooted, of floating in absolute uncertainty.
Why am I here? If only they'd question me, at least I
might know what to expect. Is it for something I might
have said, written or published? If I knew I might be
able to stand on solid ground. For the time being, it is
the void.
After the siesta, time out for sports. Someone
makes a ball out of the sandwich bags, and two teams
are formed. "Those who receive penalties must step
out of the call." Others joke about our status as
prisoners of war. We ask the guard, "Is the war over?"
Others tell themselves: "At least here, we can't get
picked up."
A mattress — coarse pressed fibre — is leaning
against the wall. On the iron bunk fixed to the wall,
there are two narrow sheets and a woolen blanket with
a couple of holes. The cell is approximately nine by five
feet. On the right side, there is the bunk and a wardrobe. On the left side, secured to the wall, a small
table and bench. At the back, the toilet, and between
the toilet and the bed, a basin. Hot water, cold water,
and the taps are pushbutton. As the time passes, new
prisoners are taken to their cells. In the course of one
evening there will be 24. Our cell block is full.
Saturday, Oct. 17
The night is sliced into fragments by the rounds of
the guards. During each round, they make an infernal
racket. In the middle of the night, the lights are turned
on. Someone shouts: "Turn on the lights, turn on the
lights. Breakfast, breakfast. Get up, get up." My cell
door opens. In the corridor, a guard is pushing an
aluminum cart with its doors ajar, and a tray on each
one of its shelves. Another guard is standing in front
of my door with a tray. "Come and get it," he says.
My first meal as a prisoner of war. Porridge the consistency of custard. Three pieces of toast, a pat of butter on the first. An aluminum bowl with a reeking mixture of hot chocolate-coffee-tea. Undrinkable. It sails
down the drain. And so goes the custard-porridge.
The toast is O.K. In order to digest the toast, a healthy
jaunt: four steps forward, four steps back; it is our
whole universe. A half-hour later, the guards take
back the trays, saying: "Keep your silverware." After
that, ifs silence.
In the evening, after supper, surprise: "Section AD,
cells one to 12, recreation. Those who want to take a
shower, go ahead." The door opens and we are allowed the common room in what the guards refer to as
the "sector". Ifs freedoml
Our recreation over, cells 12 to 24 have a turn. A
kind of restlessness begins to swell. The inmates want
to smoke. But ifs Saturday night, the canteen is closed. At 10 o'clock, the lights are turned out. Only a
bluish hue is left glowing, like in the night clubs.
Sunday, Oct. 18
The routine starts again around 5 a.m. By mid-
morning, a group of inmates is clamoring for cigarettes. The guards come to take three of our colleagues
for an unknown destination. This Sunday, we are supposed to have three half-hours of recreation. Towards
noon, an inmate draws our attention to the flag at
Radio-Quebec, flying half mast.
Speculations are rife. Someone important has died.
Who is it? We will be in the dark for two days. In the
evening, ifs the canteen. A guard passes all the inmates a kind of voucher listing all the things we can
buy. Craven A to Brylcream, as well as a deck of
cards, trademark Target.
Only tonight am I able to regain some kind of
Page Friday 4
footing. The cell is my home. I'm setting in already.
I'm beginning to feel rooted . . . Even in prison, I
create a kind of universe, which will be my life for an
unknown period of time.
Monday, Oct. 19
The "beans a la Parthenais" are forgotten. I start
getting hungry. Macaroni with meat, not bad at all.
We learn from one of our cellmates, who has returned
from the infirmary, where he saw a newspaper, that
Pierre La port e was found Saturday night in the trunk
of a car, shot twice in the head. So the news gets to
us, anyhow. Then, in the evening, through neglect or
whatever, CFGL-FM gives us a complete news
bulletin. Ifs as if a window were opened onto Montreal. From our cells, in the evenings, we see a police
roadblock on Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Nothing new. Ifs the day our comrades taken away
Sunday, return amongst us. They are pale. They were
in the hole. No openings, the light on 24 hours a day.
"When they brought me back here," one of the survivors told us, "ifs as if they had set me free."
The guards gave us some magazines, and I managed to put my hands on an excellent little novel. Blue
City, by John MacDonald (like the father of Confederation) — a novel of the forties. I stretch it out. I
read the same chapters over again. Ifs the story of a
war veteran who returns to his home town to find it
completely taken over by corrupt politicians. The only
appealing characters were an old European who owned a pawnshop and pinned up a picture of Frederick
Engels in the store window and one of Karl Marx in the
back shop; and an antique dealer, a socialist, who expressed little faith in North American Democracy. —
I'm reading these pages in cell 13 AD 1, of hotel Parthenais. He succeeds in cleaning the town out of all
the speculators, corrupt politicians and their hacks,
after several days of intense violence. Blue City,
American Libarary, not for sale anywhere.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
The days trail one another and we are all the same
except for meals. Today, ifs cod. One of the guards,
who is probably from Gaspe, warns us in jest not to
say anything disparaging about the cod "from up our
In the night, aside from the clatter of doors, to
which we are growing accustomed, there is something
new. I notice my neighbor, from cell 13 AD 2, going by
with his belongings under his arm. Destination
unknown. Then, at dawn, another is going. Nobody
knows where.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Those who left in the night numbered three. They
were released, a guard confirms it to us. Another tells
us, "Don't get excited, you're here for 90 days." In the
course of the day, the three liberated prisoners are
replaced by three others. We go after the news. They
were picked up Tuesday. They give us a resume of life
since last Friday. Outside of prison, life goes on. We
are excluded for an "X" period of time.
Some of my comrades seem to believe I will be the
next to leave. Maybe sometime Thursday night. I don't
believe it, but I sleep with one eye open. At each
round of the guard, I think ifs for me. But ifs not the
case. I wake with the yellowish dawn, this time more
despairing than ever.
Friday, Oct. 23
Ifs my mother's birthday. I am in prison for reasons
I don't understand — and for reasons I still don't
understand today. At five in the morning, the radio
presents us with an editorial by Paul Coucke in support
of the War Measures Act. Ifs sadism. The second
canteen passes. For the first time I get my hands on
some paper and a Bic pen. I make myself a 90-day
calendar. I have until the 15th of January . . .
The prison routine slackens. For the first time, we
are permitted group recreation for the whole afternoon. At supper, for the second time in a week, we
are allowed a salt shaker. A meal with salt, what a
feast! After supper, more group recreation. Then
around nine o'clock, surprisel "13 AD 1, Godin, take
all your things and report." My feet hardly touch the
ground. In two and a quarter seconds, my towel, and
my pillow case. I return to the cell block for the last
time ... A flurry of handshakes. My 23 comrades are
at the door. "Don't forget to feed my dog." "Phone
Isabelle," etc. Then, from the 13th floor we are taken
down to the 4th, where, two by two, we go to pick up
our personal papers.
Two hours later I am on Parthenais Street. I go up
St. Catherine Street, from Parthenais to Guy. Ifs the
most beautiful street in the world. Half-way, I fulfill the
promise made to my comrades to drink a beer to their
health at the St. Regis Tavern. Now I must see to their
Gerald Godin was a reporter for Quebec-Presse and
secretary-treasurer of Les Editions Parti Pris
cooperative publishing house at the time of his arrest.
He now sits as a Parti Quebecois member of
Quebec's National Assembly, having defeated Robert
Bourassa in the November 1976, provincial election.
Friday, October 3,1980 \october 19701
October crisis threatened media
for Canadian University Press
CBC reporter Rene Mailhot and his
technical team were driving near a Montreal
police station on a Thursday night 10 years
ago when they spotted three unmarked cars
following them.
They were hardly surprised to be stopped
by their pursuers, who identified themselves
as members of the anti-terrorist squad.
Ordered to come to the police station, the
four CBC men followed quietly.
Placed in a small room, they were induced
to answer questions and hand over their personal belongings. But that room was close
enough for them to overhear a truly stunning
announcement — officers in the next room
were being told that the War Measures Act
was to be implemented in a few hours.
Mailhot naturally rose to investigate, but a
policeman abruptly stopped him, shaking his
fist in Mailhof s face. "Goddamn bastards,"
the officer growled. "One of these days
you're going to get it. We're fed up to here!"
Mailhot eventually did "get it"; the first
reporter to arrive at the scene of the
discovery of the house where Pierre Laporte
had been held, he was roughed up by a
police sergeant. Mailhot also was struck at a
police stakeout later on in the crisis.
Volume Ona Number Eighi January W1 Price: 11.00
Mailhof s experience was not unique and
is no means the most extreme case of media
harassment under the War Measures Act. At
best it represents what was the norm for
journalists in Quebec in the two months
separating diplomat James Cross' kidnapping to his release.
Under the act, which made it illegal to support the Front de Liberation du Quebec or to
disseminate its philosophies, police forces
were given the opportunity to harass and detain journalists they felt were being critical.
So numerous were examples of unmotivated arrests of journalists, searches at
their homes, censorship and physical attacks
that the Federation professionelle des jour-
nalistes du Quebec was able to compile a
sizeable dossier "reporting only the most
significant (as) examples of this kind are
But one astounding incident recorded by
the association took place the evening
Laporte was kidnapped and five days before
the act was invoked. Claude-Jean Devirieux
had questioned Pierre Pascau, a reporter
who had received several FLQ communiques
and an old associate of Laporte's on the CBC
French network.
The program Devirieux moderated had just
ended when he took a call from Quebec
justice minister Jerome Choquette. Devirieux
thought the minister was both very angry
and very emotional. He wondered if Choquette was speaking to him in his official
After reproaching the reporter for taking
part in the special program, Choquette warned, "If this continues, it is you who will be
blown up."
Devirieux then told the minister he was only doing his job as moderator and had
respected the rules of objectivity. Replied
Choquette: "I know that you are objective
but now one can no longer sit on the fence.
Objectivity now means to denounce."
After examining the media's performance
under the act, it becomes clear that Laporte
was not the first casualty of the crisis. That
dubious honor goes to the media's ability to
report on events without interference.
While reporters in Quebec certainly faced
the greatest repression, in that some were arrested and others suffered frequent searches
of their homes and work places, the
authorities elsewhere in Canada had few
qualms about threatening newspapers and
their editors.
Police were using the provisions of the act
so they could selectively harass the student
press, said Susan Reisler, then a Canadian
University Press vice-president.
She said some newspapers were closed
because they published all or sections of the
FLQ manifesto, while other student papers
did so without police threats.
"We feel ifs harassment of certain papers
and editors," Reisler told Canadian Press.
"We think the authorities are just using the
act to hassle editors they don't like and to
threaten them.
"Ifs a dilemma. We don't really know
what to do. Why some papers and not
The McGill Daily, after printing an editorial
denouncing the government actions, was
warned by police officials not to print similar
editorials. Two editions were eventually stopped from being distributed on campus.
Le Quartier-Latin, student newspaper at
the University of Montreal, was ordered by
police not to distribute an edition carrying the
FLQ manifesto. Earlier, a lot of copy for the
Oct. 24 issue was seized by police in a search
a few days before the invokation of the
WMA. Senior staff member Jacques Geof-
froy was arrested twice.
Police in Guelph confiscated the typeset
flats of The Ontarion, a newspaper published
by students at the University of Guelph. The
newspaper had been attempting to print the
manifesto. The police held all copies after
they were shown a copy of the edition by the
paper's printers.
In Lethbridge, the editor of The Meliorist
student newspaper decided to hold back
distribution following warnings from local
police that distribution would mean arrest.
Only intervention by Saskatchewan's
attorney-general prevented Regina's police
chief from arresting the editor of the University of Saskatchewan Carrillon.
Bob Higginbotham, editor of the University of Victoria Martlet, had several visits from
the RCMP and Saanich police one October
press day. The police apparently had
discovered he was considering publishing a
letter from a member of UVic's teaching staff
expressing support for the goals and
methods of the FLQ. The police told Higginbotham that printing the letter would be a
flagrant violation of the War Measures Act.
BOURASSA . . . repressive.
The letter, written by UVic philosophy professor Ronald Kirby, caused a major political
debate in the provincial capital. W.A.C. Bennett's government passed an order-in-
council after the news of the letter become
public instructing schools to fire professors
supporting the FLQ.
But so haphazard were restrictions on the
press that the University of B.C. Ubyssey
printed the same letter the Martlet decided to
kill after the police visits. The Ubyssey also
successfully printed several FLQ manifestos
through the Canadian University Press news
service without police interference.
Yet the greatest difficulty student
newspapers faced during the crisis came
from printers who feared police charges. It
was a bizarre twist to the repression that
surely must have proven very satisfactory to
the authorities that wanted to deny papers
the opportunity to publicize events in
Certainly the strangest tampering was by
printers at the Dartmouth Free Press in Nova
Scotia. Both the Dalhousie University
Gazette and the St. Mary's University Journal returned from the printers with large
blank spaces. In the Gazette's case, the entire front page was left blank — after the
printer arbitrarily decided not to print three
stories which originally appeared in the Montreal Star, not exactly known as a radical or
anti-government paper.
The Memorial University Muse in Newfoundland was printed only after a call to the
federal justice department to get clearance of
copy dealing with Quebec. The Muse,
though, fared better than the University of
P.E.I. Cadre. Because of censorship from
their printers, the Cadre staff asked the
Muse's printers to run an extra 2,000 copies
of a supplement on the crisis.
Censorship often resulted in student
newspaper staff creating statements much
more powerful than those the authorities
feared. The University of Toronto Varsity
was barely miffed when their printers refused
to print an FLQ manifesto. They ran a
photograph of FLQ lawyer Robert Lemieux
with two pieces of tape in an "X" across his
Underground and leftist journals also
received visits from the police. Logos, an
English-language underground newspaper
based in Montreal, had to stop publishing
when police arrested most of the staff after
raiding their co-operative house, which also
served as an office. They confiscated files,
photographs and stories, not to mention
typewriters, making it virtually impossible to
Staff members of Our Generation, a Marxist journal still publishing in Montreal, suffered 10 police raids from October to
Christmas at their shared home. Just before
supper on Nov. 18, eight policemen raided
the journal's nearby office. Four officers carried machineguns, another a pistol. They
seized several documents and later called the
landlord, hinting he should not be renting to
such people.
Two days later, they conducted another
search. They arrested the managing editor, a
woman by the name of Casselman, telling
her she was to be detained for 90 days. She
was questioned for a couple of hours at the
police station about the group and its
politics, the FLQ and her personal sex life.
She was released later that day but, according to her statement to the federation des
journalistes, the police said they "would be
sending a couple of men to her house, to
take care of any sexual frustration she might
be having because of her political involvements."
The editors of Scanlan's Monthly had just
completed a move to a Quebec printer after
having difficulties with the American
printer's union when their printer's plant was
visited by RCMP, Quebec Provincial Police
and Montreal police. At that time, an RCMP
spokesman said he had found no violations
of the War Measures Act in the latest issue.
Two days later the printshop's owners
broke their contract with Scanlan's. A week
after that police seized 100,000 copies on the
grounds that its contents might be seditious.
The Quebec justice department then told the
magazine's distributor that it should not be
delivered. Police eventually cleared it of
possible sedition, levying a $20 fine for not
having registered in Quebec.
But the authorities had not completed their
delaying tactics. Customs authorities seized
the just-released copies and held them for
another week. The copies were finally released for good but by that time no distributor in
Montreal would handle them. The article in
question concerned urban guerilla warfare in
the U.S., with no mention of Quebec.
Quebec's commercial media fared much
better with the authorities than did the stu
dent and alternative press, largely due to
their own self-censorship at the start of the
But even that was not enough for Quebec
justice minister Choquette, who said on Nov.
9 he would ask the federal government to impose temporary censorship on news media.
"I would consider that it is in the public interest that the news media should accomplish their duty of informing the public,"
he said. "But they should also respect the
duty of the government to see that order is
"I prefer a situation of non-censorship as
long as (the news media) cooperate with us. I
am adopting a wait-and-see attitude and I
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believe the news media will provide the
necessary cooperation."
Choquette's message was clear: the press
could publish whatever it wanted as long as it
did not interfere with the government's plans
to handle the crisis.
And while the commercial media was more
than willing to go along with the self-
imposed censorship at the beginning of the
crisis, the unlikely cooperative relationship
with the police and justice department quickly soured. Radio reported Pasceau, whose
television interview brought the angered call
from Choquette, eventually became fed up
with general warnings to the station by the
minister to "be careful."
"Ifs not direct censorship," said Pasceau.
"Ifs much worse than that, it's indirect.
From now on we decide whether to use FLQ
material on the basis of its news value."
Pasceau reversed his policy after he received an authentic FLQ communique and handed it over to the Montreal police chief, who
promised to return a copy. He did not do so.
Said Pasceau, "I felt it was an important
communique, it was a lot like the original
manifesto. The next time I'm going to copy it
first and to hell with them. They can have it
after we've got a copy."
That early relationship in the crisis fundamentally changed the nature of the media;
it became a willing accomplice of the state
and its forces, whether through fear of
harassment or by general agreement, instead
of acting traditionally as a recorder and
sometime-interpreter of events.
Perhaps the most criticized media outlet
was Radio-Canada, the CBC French-
language arm. Even the union representing
the news staffers said the station was
tragically lacking in principles and norms in
its coverage of the crisis.
Replied Radio-Canada management: "The
CBC does not abdicate its managemenf s exclusive responsibility to evaluate the orientation and effect of the information it provides
to the public."
The management then went on, in the
midst of a hiring freeze and just after the firing of almost 100 employees, to hire an additional five supervisors, bringing the total to
10, to direct surveillance of Radio-Canada's
AChodd reporters. That is an absurd ratio
which exists at Radio-Canada to this day.
Friday, October 3,1980
Page Friday 5 Midler falls into vat of vulgarity
"Fuck them if they can't take a
joke," is Bette Midler's motto. The
Divine Miss "M" certainly can take
a joke. And make them. And she
does both with style in the movie
version of her Broadway hit. Divine
Divine Madness
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Playing at The Stanley
Unlike her previous movie. The
Rose, in which she portrays a self-
destructive rock singer a la Janis
Joplin, Bette Midler plays Bette
Midler in Divine Madness.
From the moment she arrives on
stage — arranged on a silver platter
supported by several young men —
Bette Midler regales her audience
with an energetic non-stop orgy of
song, dance, mime and her
notoriously vulgar humour.
Fans expecting a Bette Midler
concert will likely be disappointed.
While Midler does give her audience a generous sprinkling of her
hits — from "Boogie Woogie Bugle
Boy" to "The Rose" — the sound
quality is inconsistent and in spots
even the lip sync is off. In fact,
Midler uses a wireless microphone
that gives her more freedom at the
expense of good sound reproduction.
The film, produced and directed
by Michael ("Bad News Bears")
Ritchie and Alan Ladd Jr.'s company, was shot non-stop during
three consecutive live performances at the Pasadena Civic
Auditorium outside L.A. Ten
cameras strategically placed around
the auditorium, filming continuously were required to film a live performance without breaks and with a
full audience in attendance.
Miss Mildew opens by telling her
audience that because the show is
being filmed she has decided to
"leave my sordid past behind and
emerge from this project bathed in
a new and enobling light." She is
determined not to fall into a "vat of
vulgarity." Her good intentions notwithstanding, Jhe undisputed
queen of "trash with flash" is soon
mired in obscenity, much to the
delight of the audience.
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third world." In France when a
bathroom attendant asks her for a
tip, she replies, "What for? I did it
all myself."
Throughout the film Bette Midler
is transformed into a wide array of
characters, ranging from Shelley
Winters to a sado-masochistic
maid, to an old derelict, the Magic
Lady. In a forgettable skit as a tacky
nightclub singer Dolores Delago,
"the toast of Chicago," she drives
on stage in a motorized wheelchair
(complete with palm trees) decked
out as a mermaid. Her back-up
singers, the Harlettes, chime in
unison, "The question before us/is
where's her clitoris."
What you think of this movie will
ultimately depend on how much
you like Bette Midler. For her
legions of fans in Vancouver, it's a
"must see." The others probably
lost interest in this review a long
time ago.
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As she flounces on stage in a
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goes on to say, "The first time my
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'Honey, you're sitting on a gold
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The raunchy one-liners are as
much a part of her performance as
are the gut-wrenching ballads and
dynamic interpretations of songs
like the 60's "Leader of the Pack."
She juggles camp ("I knew a 10
once...We had a deep
relationship.") and the intense
emotion songs like "Stay With Me"
and "I Shall Be Released" evoke.
Most of Bette Midler's humor is
directed  at  herself.   With  a  self-
deprecating grin she complains,
"Once you reach 30 your body
wants a life of its own."
Her jokes are based on personal
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"We went around the world last
year...This time we took a plane."
The Queen, she says, is "the
whitest woman in the world...She
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been involved in road and transit schemes for almost all of the major cities of the world. His
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Fritfay/October3,1980 \photography\
Banff purchase; North America verite
Photography as art. Anyone
remotely interested in the subject
should enjoy The Banff Purchase,
an exhibition organized by the
Banff Centre School of Fine Arts,
and now showing at the Vancouver
Art Gallery until October 19.
Curators Lome Falk and Hubert
Hohn have chosen 120 images by
seven contemporary Canadian
photographers   to   illustrate   their
viewer experience seven very different visions which are fairly
representative of the major currents
in contemporary North American
The work of three photographers
proved of special interest. Nina
Raginsk/s informal portraits of
friends or acquaintances when she
had a one-woman show at the Art
Gallery this spring were impressive.
Her  subjects  are  so  warm   and
While the photos seem strong
enough to be shown unaltered,
Raginsky hand tints them to give a
nostalgic effect, effectively placing
her modern subjects back in the
simpler times of the 1920s and '30s.
While Raginsky's portraits are
personal, Lynne Cohen's
photographs function on the more
public level of social commentary.
Working along lines similar to the
American photographer Chauncey
that Cohen has chosen to
photograph interiors such as the
Isle of Fun Skating Rink and the
Italian Banquet Hall empty of
patrons. In many of Cohen's images, she successfully communicates the typically unpleasant
glare of modern artificial lighting.
Although many images are
recognizably taken in B.C., there
are details (a swimming pool, tree
trunks resembling palms, flowering
shrubs, parking lots and licence
plates) which seem more consistent
with images of California.
COHEN . . portrays sterile design of institution interiors where we eat, work and play.
belief that Canadian photography
deserves greater recognition.
While not completely uniform,
the overall quality of the show is
high, both in terms of technique
and visual impact. Also, this
judicious selection of artists lets the
responsive that one feels encouraged to smile back at these unassuming everyday folks. Working within
the snapshot aesthetic, Raginsky
creates images which seem like the
best of so many family photo
Hare, Cohen portrays the almost
pathetic sterile sense of design
found in the institution interiors
where many middle-class Canadians eat, work and play.
The spiritual emptiness of these
spaces is heightened by the fact
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Friday, October 3,1980 \vista\
The Emily Carr College of Art,
1399 Johnston St. on Granville
Island, will be officially opened by
the honorable Brian Smith, minister
of education on Friday, Oct. 3 at 2
p.m. The public is invited to tour
the college during open house
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5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bob Hadley's guitar concert will
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concert series on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m..
at 4607 West 10th Ave. for the admission price of $3. The series
features a variety of musical styles
by west coast musicians and
The Vancouver Youth Orchestra and the UBC Symphony
will give a joint concert under the
direction of Kazuyoshi Akiyama in
the Old Auditorium on Friday, Oct.
10 at 8 p.m. Works by Rachmaninoff, Jerome Summers and Dimitri
Shostakovich will be featured.
Tickets are $2 for students, $4 general admission and may be purchased or reserved through the
UBC Department of Music.
Pianist Emanuel Ax will join the
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Quartz Phase Locked Direct Drive
with shure cartridge. W&F
.025%, s/n 78db
; fyxipi/mi
'9' m'.\
-Bob Dylan
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This Been Going On       5.99
And The Slugs    5.99
2699 W. Broadwav, 733-5914
Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. till 9 p.m.
2671 W. Broadway, 733-2215


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