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The Ubyssey Oct 16, 1990

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Array the ubyssey
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C.,Tuesday., October 16, 1990
Vol 73, No 12
Obscene letters
at Vanier anger
Pro-choice demonstrators listen to speakers outside of
Kim Campbell's constituency office Saturday.
by Sharon Lindores
On the morning of October 11,
300 women residents in Place
Vanier woke up to find obscene
handwritten letters, signed
'Cariboo House," slipped under
their doors.
Between 15 and 20 women
spoke to Carl Cooper, the residence
life co-ordinator that morning.
Since then 200-250 of the letters
have been turned in.
Four of the letters were personally addressed. These four
women have received flowers as a
token apology. Between 30 and 35
men ofthe 90 residents of Cariboo
House, one of the buildings that
makes up Place Vanier residences,
are said to be responsible for the
Ofthe seven residences (three
female only, four co-ed) housing
women, five houses received the
letters, which men were allowed to
deliver under the guise that the
letters were actually invitations
for a party.
The short letters varied in
content and were sexually explicit
in nature.
Vanier resident Sharon Tang,
who received one of the letters,
sai d "I didn't take it as an attack on
the female (gender) or anything.
"They should make an apology,
a statement that they didn't mean
any hostility by it," Tang said.
"I dontthinkitshouldbe taken
to the RCMP or anything," she
said, but some disciplinary action
is necessary.
Other women reacted more
strongly. One female resident, who
asked to remain nameless, said "it
was their home, it was put under
their doors, it was an invasion of
"I can't see what they wanted
to achieve by doing this," another
woman said.
Many of the women interviewed were reluctant to be identified, or even quoted.
A male Place Vanier resident
said "the problem is there is a
possibility for girls to associate
what has happened with all guys—
university-wide or more specifically in Vanier. However, itis only
a small amount, say thirty of nine
hundred residents in Vanier that
expressed themselves in that
"While it is an unfortunate
occurrence, it is not a reflection on
all men. One must keep the larger
picture in mind," he said.
The letters have been turned
over to the RCMP, who will be
initiating an investigation, and
further university action has been
postponed pending the result of
the investigation.
However, the residence may
take action by the end ofthe week
and student agencies such as the
Sexual Harassment Committee are
already involved.
A meeting was held for the
women living in residences on
Sunday night to promote awareness and guidance. According to
one floor advisor, many of the
women who attended were shaken
up, some to the point of tears.
The men involved in the incident will go before a student disciplinary panel which will decide
whether or not points will be allocated to them.
The residence system allows
three points per year—the resident
is evicted upon receiving the fourth
Day of Action expresses concern for access;
abortion bill protesters spill into Vancouver streets
by Carla Maftechuk
Picketers halted Saturday
afternoon traffic in a protest directed against federal justice
minister Kim Campbell and Bill
C-43 which, if passed, will restrict
abortion in Canada.
About 100 people blocked all
lanes of Broadway in a spontaneous action following several
speeches at a rally in front of
Campbell's constituency office.
The protesters then moved into
two lanes and marched down the
Three hundred people took
partinthe Vancouver rally, which
was held as part ofa Canada-wide
National Day of Action aimed at
raising the issue of choice.
Bill C-43 states that a woman
must receive permission from her
doctor before she can obtain an
abortion. Doctors can only allow
such a procedure if they judge
that the  woman's  physical or
mental health would be threatened by a pregnancy.
The woman, her doctor, or
anyone who supplies "a drug or
other noxious thing" for the purpose of inducing an abortion could
receive a prison term of up to two
Campbell has previously
stated that Bill C-43 goes as far as
federal jurisdiction can to ensure
a national standard of access.
The B.C. Coalition of Abortion
Clinics' Joy Thompson addressed
this issue at the rally. "Our message today is that access across
the country has been cut. Twenty-
five percent of physicians say they
will stop performing abortions,
because they are being held
criminally liable.
"Criminal law is used to deter
an d puni sh. It i s not used to create
entitlement (to abortion services),"
she said.
Julie Connolly, a student from
Kitsilano High School, discussed
the problems that C 43 does not
"Since private cl'.nics are not
funded by the government, they
have to charge for their services.
So where is someone my age going
to come up with a few hundred
dollars? We don't have access to
an income, never mind transportation alone, to and from the
clinic/' Connolly said.
Thompson emphasized that
"women, under Bill C-43, will be
branded criminals for making a
choice. The most personal, the
most responsible choice that
women can make in their lives:
whether to be a mother."
Despite public perceptions to
the contrary, the bill is not law.
Though it was approved in the
House of Commons, it must still
be passed by the Senate before it
can come into effect.
A Toronto woman, believing
C-43 to be law, bled to death earlier this year from a self-induced
abortion. This was the first of such
deaths documented since 1974.
Of the 50 million abortions
performed around the world annually, half are done illegally. "It
has also seen stated that as many
as 200,000 women die every year
from these abortions," said Sunera
Thobani of the India Mahala Association.
"For each one that dies, 30 to
40 other women suffer serious
health problems," Thobani said.
"The majority of these women are
women of colour. For women of
colour, access to abortion is an
issue of survival. It is a matter of
life or death.
"In Canada, Bill C-43 if proclaimed will exact the heaviest
price from women of colour," she
B.C. physician Dr. Karen
Hossack addressed her comments
about the hypocrisy of the proposed bill to Campbell.
"If you are truly concerned
about access, you would be giving
support and incentives to (abortion) providers, not opening us up
to threats of prosecution," Hossack
"Since you think that the
Criminal Code gives you control,
you couldbe encouragingcrimimil
prosecution of anti-choice picketers who violate the law in front of
abortion clinics," she said.
"Recriminalization is for the
benefit of your political colleagues
and for your career."
Hossack said in the three
years Canada has not had an
abortion law, women have not
been irresponsible with regard to
their decisions concerning abortion.
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passed, there will be an emergency
response picket on the Saturday
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October 16 1990 mm
About forty members of ACT-UP Vancouver demonstrated outside the
Vancouver Trade Centre where the Social Credit convention was being
held last Thursday. The rally was meant to draw attention to the plight
of AIDS patients across the province
Evaluation review okayed
by Mark Nielsen
UBC Senate members approved the formation of a committee to review the university's
teaching evaluation process last
Senate rejected the original
motion that would have given the
group a mandate to "revise" the
process i n favour of one to "r e vi e w"
the evaluation process.
Despite the changes, student
representative Orvin Lau, who
introduced the motion in September, said the Senate has given him
essentially what he asked for.
"I just wanted a committee to
look into the process," he said.
In addition to passing the
motion basically intact, the Senate resolved that the committee, to
be named in November, will include three students, up from
the usual two for most committees. Lau said he expects to be a
The teaching evaluation
process, characterized by the
questionnaire sheets that each
student is required to fill out in
each class, has been in place at
UBC for 12 years.
Considering the length of
time thatithas existed, Lau said
in September it was time the
process was reviewed, and
pointed out that itis common for
the Senate to review its policies
after just a few years.
Lau saidhe "agrees with the
overall process," but felt certain
aspects of it are worth looking
into, most of which are related to
potential abuses ofthe process.
Issues include the treatment
ofthe questionaires after they have
been filled out. Lau said that the
university's "closed door" policy,
which allows departments to use
the questionaires as they see fit,
leads to an accountability problem.
Additionally, Lau would like
to see the forms made more uniform across the various departments to reduce confusion and ensure a consistent level of quality.
Lau said he has also heard of
such problems as professors handing out the forms with fi nal exams,
not allowing students enough time
to complete them, and summarizing them before taking them themselves to department heads.
UBC Native student
witnesses action at Oka
by Christina Chen
While Mohawk warriors shot
100 rounds into the sky, Canadian
soldiers returned fire with 1000
rounds aimed at waist level, said
Jenny Jack, a UBC law student
who spent eight weeks at Oka,
Quebec this summer.
"They would've killed everyone—including the women and the
children—if the Warriors hadn't
been there," said Jack, a Tlingit
native who returned to UBC on
September 26, after setting up
negotiations  between   the
Mohawks and Canadian officials.
Jack, president of UBC's
Law Student Association, went
to the Mohawk blockade at Oka in
late July to show support for local
natives who were protesting to demand land claims talks.
"Watching those little Indian
kids being handed wet dishcloths
as they lined up to go down into the
basement" is an unforgettable experience, said Jack, a mother of
three. "The dishcloths were for the
tear gas."
Jack remembers asking herself how non-natives could be so
indifferent about putting native
children through such a "traumatic" experience.
"The soldiers had no integrity whatsoever. They would come
into the natives' houses and remove or destroy their food and
fuel stocks.
"When interviewed by the
media, they woul d deny that they
ever touched it and the only times
they admitted (their intrusion)
AMS mute on
gallery painting
by Mark Nielsen
AMS director of administration Roma Gopaul-Singh said she
was one ofa number of people who
objected to a paintingremovedfrom
The Galleiy Lounge earlier this
"I was one of the first, but it
wasn't taken down only because of
me," she said. "Some others approached (the AMS food and beverage management) about it."
Gopaul-Singh said she felt the
painting was inappropriate for the
lounge, but she said others shared
her opinion.
"I just found it difficult to look
at while eating lunch," she said.
The painting, entitled "I do,"
depicts a nude woman sitting in a
box with her head resting on one
knee. It is part ofa series of nudes
painted by artist Heather Ward.
Ward objects to the view apparently held by most critics ofthe
work that the painting is a "crotch
Instead, Ward contends that,
there is very little detail of the
vagina, and that she concentrated
more on the figure's head and arms.
AMS food and beverage manager Kate Gibson, who was not
previously available for comment,
would only say that she did not
authorize pullingthepaintingfrom
the lounge walls.
"I don't want to pursue it any
further. As far as I'm concerned,
it's over with and I don't want to
spend anymore time worrying
about it," she said.
The painting was removed,
and two others by the same artist
were relocated to a wall facing away
from the lounge entrance on the
day Gibson left on vacation on
October 4.
When told of Gopaul-Singh's
comments, Ward said she still
contends that the painting was not
offensive. Furthermore, Ward said
she should have been consulted
before it was taken down.
Senate to debate
student power
UBC Senate members will
debate the merits of giving students a say in decisions on how
professors are appointed, promoted and tenured at its next
Political science professor
Phil Resnick asked the Senate
last week to launch an investigative committee on why students are currently barred from
such departmental processes.
"It's time to impart a little
more democracy into the process," Resnick said in an interview Monday.
The Senate will debate
Resnick's proposal at their next
monthly meeting in November.
Resnick said several departments already allowed
students to participate, but
many others follow the exist
ing 20-year-old guidelines.
Resnick added that students are already involved in
the process of selecting faculty deans and the university
"It (the process) is all very
piecework an d contradictory,"
he said. "I'm asking for consistent and credible principles
across campus."
The committee would
consult faculty and students
regarding existing Senate
Even if the Senate embraces his proposal, Resnick
said the students who would
be appointed to the committees in charge of such tasks
should be grad students or
senior undergrads.
were when they were caught red-
handed," she said.
Soldiers would enter
Mohawk houses, click their rifle's
safety guard off, and point their
rifles at Mohawk men, urging
them to fire first so they could
justly shoot native residents, she
Soldiers also showed no
mercy to women, Jack said. "I can
show you the bruises I still have."
Local residents maintained
a very negative attitude toward natives, she added. "They would verbally, and sometimes pihysically assault us." Some hurled rocks.
Jack, who had several encounters with the media, said the native
image had been severely distorted in
the newspapers. Labelling Warriors
as "criminals" and "bloodthirsty savages" only served to arouse negative
feelings toward natives. But in reality, the Warriors were only trying to
protect their people, Jack said
Non-native officials did not intend to negotiate, she added. "The
natives would work 24 or 48 hours
straight to meet their deadlines,
but they woul d take our proposal,
return it the next day, and say
"no, we don't accept your terms.'"
Jack, a long-time  B.C.  native
land-claims negotiator, did not con-
si der sucharesponse negotiable. They
did not even want to li sten to what the
natives had to say, much less make
any concessions, she said.
One reason negotiation attempts
failed was the difference in political
structures ofthe two groups. Politicians singled out Ellen Gabriel as the
Mohawk spokesperson, Jack said. The
Natives were not accustomed to si ng] e
representation, she said.
October 16 1990
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We have no vegetables today
by Andre LaPierre
Green vegetables are not as
attractive as greenbacks for UBC
Food Services and the university
has shut down the only vegetarian
restaurant on campus.
Located in the Graduate Student Centre, Grains and Greens
was a vegetarian restaurant offering good fare in a relatively quiet
setting. The restaurant was popular among students seeking an
alternative to the pseudo-
McDonalds food found throughout
UBC Food Services did not reopen the restaurant after the
summer break due to losses of
several hundred dollars a month
suffered during its operation last
The main reason for the
restaurant's demise would appear
to be its location in the Graduate
Student Centre on the outskirts of
campus. The location, coupled with
poor advertising, was largely responsible for not attracting a large
enough crowd to make a specialty
restaurant feasible.
However, Grains and Greens
did have a regular following composed primarily of graduate students. The regulars were both
surprised and upset when one
month into the restaurant's operation, Food Services fired a part-
time cook. A petition was then
brought forward expressing the
student's concerns about the apparent phasing out ofthe restaurant. This action probably saved
the financially unsound establishment for the duration of the
year, but it di d not have any lasting
Wary ofa second protest, Food
Services waited until the end of
the school year to announce the
closing of the restaurant. Furthermore, in an attempt to appease those who inquired about
the closing, Food Services promised a new location in SUB for
Grains and Greens for the 1990
school year. As yet, the restaurant
has not re-opened and a new location in SUB is not a possibility
in the near future.
In place of Grains and Greens
a salad bar has risen in the SUB
cafeteria which the director of UBC
Food Services, Christine Samson,
described as "probably more extensive" than what Grains and
Greens had to offer. However, as
Brenna Neil, a UBC student and a
vegetarian, points out, a diet consisting merely of side dishes is not
"It's kind of silly when everybody else is eating entrees for dinner and my only option is to order
a salad," Neil said. "I would definitely support a restaurant that
would serve good vegetarian entrees."
In an effort to meet the demand for vegetarian food, the
Graduate Student Society has
opened a food bar in the Graduate
Centre's lounge. The lounge has a
menu that is not as extensive as
Grains and Greens but still offers
a variety of meatless meals.
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Faculty equality is not a reality
by Jeff Harrington
HALIFAX (CUP) — Imagine a
university where a science student
could go to her first day of classes
and reasonably expect to have a
female professor or two. A university where men did not have a
monopoly on senior administrative positions. Where campus activities reflected the fact that most
undergraduate students in Canada
are women.
It's easier said than done, according to the author of a recent
report on the status of women at
Acadia University in Wolfville,
Nova Scotia.
Lack of money and a snail-like
response to change are but two of
the barriers to eliminating the
overt and "silent" sexism that
pervades Canadian universities,
says sociology professor Dianne
Looker's report, based on
university records and questionnaires of part- and full-time students, faculty and staff, reveals
sexist attitudes at all levels ofthe
"We were told of "Animal
House' behavior in men's residences where awards are given to
the mSn who "screw the ugliest
women,'" Looker wrote in the report, entitled "The Marginal Majority."
Looker also heard from faculty
who boasted they include photographs of naked women in their
slide shows to "keep students
Looker says violence against
women is usually recognized when
it takes the form of sexual assault.
But she is concerned "the more
subtle and pervasive forms of violence," such as making sexist jokes
and discrediting the work women
do, are ignored far too often.
"Most (male) administrators
are fairly well-intentioned, they're
not setting out to put women down.
They just don't realize some of their
actions have that effect," says
But changing Canada's
chronically male-oriented universities is an expensive prospect. At
Acadia, where 21 per cent of full-
time faculty last year were
women—the national average is
now only 17.6 per cent—a hiring
freeze means faculty equity is out
in the cold.
"It's physically impossible for
us to make inroads in that direction without some external funding," says Looker.
As universities scramble to
save money, they are maki ng more
short-term faculty appointments.
Looker says a "two-tiered" system
is developing in Canadian universities: professors in tenure track
positions are largely male, while
women dominate the faster-
growing lower ranks, where they
are "forced to live without job security or adequate wages."
Another problem for female
faculty is that new provincial pay
equity legislation looks only at job
classifications dominated by
women, such as librarians and secretaries. Women make up less than
a fifth of Canada's faculty and thus
gain nothing from the new laws.
At cash-strapped Dalhousie
University in Halifax, the newly-
appointed "employment equity officer" says the test of the
administration's will to change
may come only when Dalhousie
solves its financial woes.
"Affirmative action takes a lot
of money, and alotof time. It's not
easy for anyone to accept change,"
says Mayann Francis.
A University ofToronto study
last year suggested two-thirds of
Canadians are agains t quotas that
ensure a fixed number of women
are hired. Francis says her biggest
challenge may be teaching administrators and faculty that affirmative action is a posi tive thing
for the university.
"We're not lowering standards.
We're looking at current methods
of evaluation that are having an
adverse effect on women, minority
groups and the disabled," she says.
But different universities have
to take different approaches to affirmative action, says economics
professor Jim Sentance of the
University of Prince Eldward Island.
Institutions such as the
Ontario College of Art and Ryerson
Polytechnical can perhaps afford
radical methods—the two schools
are filling positions open due to
retirement with only women and
80 per cent women, respectively—
because they have access to a pool
of qualified applicants. But
Sentance says universities like
UPEI and Acadia do not have the
money to attract that many qualified women.
"One thing that will really get
academics'backs up is if they fear
the quality of appointments is being compromised," says Sentance,
a past president of UPEFs faculty
Sentance said to the political
repercussions of change and work
on every aspect of the university
"You can have the best hiring
procedure in the world, but you're
not going to be able to get women
academics if you fail in all the
other areas (such as student, faculty, staffand administration attitudes)," he says.
UPEI's senior administration,
like Acadia's and Dalhousie's, is
virtually a male preserve. Sentance
said the number of female faculty
has increased to 17 or 18 per cent
from 10 per cent a few years ago.
He's optimistic UPEI "might have
a policy drafted sometime this
academic year."
Back at Acadia, Dianne Looker
said she's a "realistic" optimist.
The student union, faculty association and board of governors are
all forming status of women committees in response to her report.
Perhaps the report's most contentious recommendation is the formation of an "equity committee"
with full veto power over any appointment that violates the proposed new equity policy.
"Veto power? That's exciting,"
said Dalhousie's Francis.
"Maybe that's whatll happen
in five years if I say nothing's
happening. I hope it's not necessary."
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On the colour
red and the
destruction of art
I'm trying to understand, to figure out, why someone would want
to destroy Art. I'm trying to think
of what was going on in their minds;
what drove them to their action.
Perhaps their judgement was
blurred by beer? Or perhaps they
had every malicious intention of
doing it?
Why do they find it necessary to
inflict such pain? Is it all in good
fun? Is that how they see it?
I'm afraid of Geers in groups.
Engineers. Sorry. I mustn't sound
derogatory. I might get tanked. I
hardly know what kind of justification they need to do harm unto
others when
they get into
their groups
and go batty
over the
colour red.
A small
group of Engineers, in an act of revenge,
painted over the mural on the Arts
office door with bright red paint. I
wonder if they felt even a flicker of
guilt. I wonder if they had fun
destroying the art work. I wonder
if they thought about it. What was
the reasoning behind it? Did they
view it as something similar to
their cairn and think, hey, everyone paints over our sculpture, so
like why can't we paint over their
I wish I hadn't been so proud of
our door so I wouldn't be so sad to
see the images gone. I can't take
full credit for it - nor would I want
to - but I liked the way it turned
out. It was fun to work on. Soit was
on a door, it was still a mural, a bit
of "Automatism" to give it a name.
I'm afraid now to paint something
else on it. I might end up liking it,
only to fear having it destroyed.
Any mural runs the risk of being
vandalized. Maybe the Engineers
don't even see it as a senseless act
of destruction. Red has a mystical,
powerful quality. Painting our door
red must be a symbol of triumph
for the Geers who took part in the
act. Just like destroying our car
epitomizes their strength and
worth. Their religious devotion to
redness is, like anything that gets
too carried away, scary.
Of course not all of them are religiously devoted to
redness. I do know it is only a
select group of Engineers
doing the harm. I am fully aware
of all the positive things the others
have done and continue to do. And
I know many of them did not condone this act.
We expected something to be done
after we painted happy faces and
other offensive symbols on the
Engineer's Chariot and left it
proudly displaying our talents
outside Buchanan. But not this. I
remember thinking, I wish there
was some way we
could protect our
door. It would be
such a shame
if...and then I
thought, nah,
they wouldn't
ruin a work of
art. I must have been naively
thinking there was some sort of
universal respect for works of art.
I never really believed destroying
art was something that was done.
Just like assaulting people is
something that's not done. Or in-
sultingpeople because of their race
or background. Yeah. Where was
It wouldn't be so bad though, if
we could all be friends and respect
each others differences. Ifit means
signing a contract enforcing good
will and nothing but, maybe we
should. That soundsridiculous. It's
unfortunate the rivalry has gone
this far.
I can't even begin to imagine what
it might be like to be an Engineer
right now. I can sense there is a lot
of frustration and anger among
some people, and possibly some
good reason for it. But destroying
Art...How could that possibly an
answer? Why would anyone want
to destroy Art? Especially when it
causes the artists so much pain. Is
that really what they wanted?
Name Withheld, for fear of being tanked (or being subjected
to some other act of unneces
sary violence.)
Unbiased photo relevant to accompanying article,     john manis photo
It speaks for itself.
October 16 1990 ARTS SPECIAL
When the human spirit cant be broken
By Andrew Epstein
»P ICHARD Bugajski's film,
JL %/ The Interrogation, is moving,
exciting, upsetting, uplifting,
visceral, beautiful, ugly, warm,
violent, political and personal-in
short, everything a movie should
Set in post-war, Soviet occupied
Poland, the film tells a story which,
sadly, is not a unique one. Tonia, a
young and attractive night-club
singer, goes out drinking with two
admiring fans. When she awakens
from a drunken stupor the following morning, she is in prison, where
five years of incessant torture and
suffering are to begin.
Bugajski pulls no punches in
this savage attack on the Communist led Polish government. Completed in 1982, just after the
imposition of martial law, the film
was promptly suppressed and
shelved for nearly ten years. The
director fled the oppression ofthe
pre-Solidarity Poland, an illegal
video copy ofhis film under his
arm, and settled in Canada.
Working in the Canadian
television industry, as a director on
shows such as E.N.G., Bugajski got
the money together to get English
subtitles added to the video. The
film made the rounds of film
festivals, including Toronto's
Festival of Festivals, garnering
critical acclaim.
When the Communists were
chased out of office last year, the
film was rescued from the state
censor's vault and finally had its
Polish premiere on December 13 of
last year—ten years to the day since
the police seizure ofthe film.
What made The Interrogation
particularly offensive to the
government ofthe day was the
obvious similarities between the
brutal, Stalinist rule ofthe early
1950s and the period of martial law
imposed in the 1980 as a last ditch
attempt to control the Solidarity
movement by legislating against it
and jailing its key members.
In fact, what makes this film
particularly chilling, is not that
Tonia continually asserts her
innocence, but the fact that
whether or not she is guilty seems
not to be an issue to her interrogators. Her tormentors want only one
thing, for her to sign several
"statements" condemning her
former friends. That she has no
knowledge of any wrongdoing by
herself or her colleagues is seen as
incidental by the party hierarchy.
One ofthe two interrogators, a
concentration camp survivor himself, is
marginally more gentle with Tonia, and
even lets slip that they believe her
protests of innocence. This admission is,
in itself, horrifying. If the men responsible
for her incarceration and torture actually
believe that she is innocent, then their
mentality is even more twisted than their
It is irrelevant to the government
whether or not Tonia, or any ofthe
other prisoners, actually did the acts
they are charged with (and Tonia
never even learns what she is supposed to have done) it is simply
necessary to get these innocents in
prison and use the carrot of freedom
as a stick with which to beat them
into submission.
The axis on which the interrogation
of Tonia turns is one of female sexuality
and independence from the prudishness
that marked all ofthe Soviet puppet-
states, a societal factor in evidence even
the immediately pre-revolution era.   In
her first meeting with her captors they
ask her to make a statement. When she
is at a loss for what to say they recommend she discuss anything, "Start with
old boyfriends."
The preoccupation with Tonia's
sexuality is central to the film and an
extremely telling aspect ofthe Polish
culture. Once the inquisitors have
established that she has committed
adultery, anything she has to say is
cast into doubt. Any woman who
would be unfaithful to her husband,
or have more than one sexual
partner, is naturally a traitor and
unfaithful to the ideals of socialism.
After the initial period of torture
and interrogation, Tonia remains
resolved to cling to any scraps of dignity
and pride that she still has--refusing to
cooperate with the authorities in any
way. It becomes apparent late in the film
that the Tonia's real crime was her
refusal to be broken like all the other
oppressed citizens both outside and
inside the prison.
The film is told entirely from
Tonia's point of view, and so
there are many unanswered
questions. This gives the viewer
a chance to emphasize with the
frustration and bewilderment
experienced by Tonia as she
languishes in prison. Krystyna
Janda gives the performance of a
lifetime as Tonia. Onscreen in
every single moment of this 122
minute film, it is to her credit
that the audience frequently
forgets that they are watching a
fictional film, marveling at her
indomitable spirit, and feeling
her pain.
By all accounts, The Interrogation is a difficult film to watch.
Ifyou are strong enough to make
it through Tonia's story, then
you will undoubtedly be moved
by the strength it takes for her to
make it through.
Krays views working class
values in a life of crime
By CoHn M&ycoch
HX is a wonderful thing.
Each slash, stab and punch
doled out by the deadly duo, the
Kray twins, is amplified to an
inhuman degree. The groans, cries
and screams of their victims roll
disconcertingly through the
audience's gtfts-
Although this movie is not for
the squeamish, in comparison to
Hollywood Gangster movies, there is
not really that much on-screen
However, that which is shown
locks quite disgustingly painful. r
Tne Krays charts theri.se of
i twin thtiga isl the east end of London
in the $0b and $0_, Bat The Krays is
not a purely biographical picture-
j tbe film also examines some very
I interesting social phenomena of post
war British society.
It is this subtext which pre-
I gents the most problematical aspect
I ofthe film for a North American
audiertce-~_ts intensely working
_!a_s context. Itis Impossible to
play down the importance ofthe
twins social ba-kgrn'und, and
without at least a passing knowledge of certain cultural customs,
some ac^nes cart appear wildly
One -particular sequence
provides, a neat dissection ofthe
power relations between the twins,
mother.. fchftir. gommitnity, ,m&..
the bases from which
these relations arise,
Ronnie and Reggies
mum serves tea to her
sons gang war council.
They are plotting the
removal ofa potential
threat whilst she is
reprimanding one twin
for eating too many
The film is also a
farther ilh-stration of
the strangely British
cultural preoccupation
with working class
nrythos. The twins admirably fill the
role <__ violent beer swilling sexist
louts whose shady dealings are well
beyond the realm- Df law and order, .
but they are also fiercely patriotic
and love their mum. They uphold
traditfonaVsentimeRtal values within
their own very small world #,e, the
family} whilst actively exploiting
their own class position*
The film plays with the
internal incongruities of the
protagonasts' fundamental values
in which family and, hy extension,
the community are seen as more
important than money.
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Media-made fairy tale lurks in the White Room
By Mary Ainslie
WHITE Room's protagonist,
Norman the Gentle, grew
up believing that fairy tales come
In White Room, he lives a
modern day fairy tale complete with
surreal visions, day dreams and
suspended disbelief. The innocent
Norman is fascinated when he
discovers that a private self is often
completely different from the public
or media personality of many people.
The fairy tale turns into a media
nightmare when the innocent
discovers his effect on the world.
Madelaine X is a Much Music
rock star whose music is as soul
searching as it is beautiful (a Sinead
O'Connor type). Madelaine's
obscene and senseless murder is
witnessed by Norman (Maurice
Godin) while he spies through the
bushes of her backyard.
Norman desperately wants to be a
writer but has no life experience
except by observing others, and he
justifies his voyeurism by this
innocent motive.
murder shocks
Norman into
his own
and he leaves
the stifling
confines ofhis
Rosedale home
in Toronto for
the downtown
Alone in the big
city, he meets
Zelda (Sheila
McCarthy), an
artistic disaster
happening" in a
Toronto park is
later swept up
by a disgusted '
sanitation department. Not
surprisingly, Zelda adopts Norman
and does her best to seduce, exploit
and corrupt the innocent so that he
may become, in fact, normal.
The plot is pure fantasy
Norman the Gentle gets to know Jane
written by Norman as he lives each
scene. And it continues in a
predictably fantasized epic manner.
At Madelaine's funeral Norman meets
Jane, a mysterious older woman
connected to the mysterious death of
Madelaine. The two troubled souls
return to Jane's home and discover
each other, and the secret to
Madelaine X, while purifying her
garden of weeds, thus making it
presentable to the normal world.
There are many interesting
shots and scenes in White Room,
Rozema's greatly anticipated
second feature. Her first film, I've
Heard the Mermaids Singing,
received world wide acclaim and
employed many similar fantastical
The fairy tale genre,
reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez's technique (Jane is
reading 100 Years of Solitude) is
either to your liking or not. The
commentary on the struggle
between private and public lives is
timely, and Margot Kidder's
Madelaine contrasts well to Kate
Nelligan's Jane.
White Room is a movie which
never lets you forget that you are
watching a movie and that the media
.creates modern day fairy tales and
nightmares. Thus in White Room,
anything can happen and everything
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Witches victims of wickedness
lt\ S'atlcne Rehnby
Witchcraft did not always
carry dark connotations
ISTORY is written by the winners,"
says the National Film Board's
Burning Times. Men are those
winners, and women have
been written out.
The women's holocaust,
as the film calls it, is a
terrifying true story, written out
of history. Although there aren't
exact figures on the number of
"witches" tortured to death
or burned at the
stake during the
inquisition, we do
know that about 85
percent were women.
Burning Times
is a documentary-
style film that investigates the origins of men's
fear of women's spirituality
and power.
It is both an informative and a
spiritually empowering film. Images
of women throughout history fill the
screen with a distinctly woman-
oriented style of filmmaking. A
beautiful and powerful soundtrack
accentuates the mood of the
The film, though a historical one,
provides analysis of our own
society. Just one ofthe many
inquiries into the present day fear
and hatred is the persecution of
"witches" that drove women from medicinal or
spiritual practice until very recently.
It is easy to see how this might have
occurred: midwives, for instance, eased
the pain of childbirth. As this interfered
with the church's belief that the pain of
childbirth is punishment from God, the
interfering women were called heretics,
and burned.
And so our modern day foremothers were
wheeled into an assembly line surgical
procedure, performed by male doctors, where
women were shaved, their bowels emptied,
their legs propped into metal stirrups, and
their spirits broken.
"Doctors are starting to re-examine the
healing power of the human spirit" a professional interviewed in the film tells us.
There were many other examples provided by the film, many questioned asked,
some left unanswered. Although Burning
Times does provide some insight into a history
that created a misogynist world, it also leaves
an uneasy feeling about the power of hatred
and the remnants of it that women today are
still fighting against.
Burning Times is about fear and pain,
hatred and death and violence. But it is also
about hope. As the narrator tells us women
today are "looking to a future in which the
voices of women will be heard, and the power
of women no longer feared."
Women's power has always been feared.
It has served as a threat strong enough to
justify a misogyny that persists today.'
The trouble with Enid
By Raul Peschiera
/%/   OTHING ever happens in Las
A   V    Moscas, New Mexico. It is only
a small town where people grow up,
marry, and have affairs with their
in-laws. At least that's how it is for
June (Elizabeth Perkins) and her
brother-in-law Harry (Judge
Reinhold), the town's policeman.
The only problem is that Harry's
overbearing wife, Enid (Maureen
Mueller), find them in bed together,
grabs Harry's gun to Mil him, and is
herself accidentally killed by a large
porcelain clown that the distraught
June smashes over her head. What
follows is a plethora of hilarious scenes
as June attempts to dispose of her
sister's corpse and, as Harry suggests"
"make it look like an accident."
Through Maurice Phillips' innovative and playfully rich direction, Enid is
Sleeping is not only able to entertain
through its macabre humour, but it is
able to throw light on the myth of death,
life, and survival in the vast and
beautiful landscape that is the New
Mexican desert.
Comparisons of this film to
Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry"
are well founded as Phillips makes
fresh use of Hitchcockian techniques;
he shows the audience everything
and lets the suspense accumulate
naturally. But what is most striking
about the direction is Phillips' keen
sense of timing as he deftly presents
rapid-fire scenes that titillate and
The opening scene, for instance, begins with a pot boiling
over, a child wailing in her pen, a
hurried mother running around in
pink hair curlers and blue fuzzy
slippers tripping over a yelping dog,
and a little girl yelling at her
bawling younger sister, "Shut-up
bitch!" The fast-paced timing of the
scenes slips occasionally, but the
comedic talents of Reinhold and
Perkins, coupled with Alfonso
Beato's colourful cinematog-raphy,
are able to pick up the slack.
For most ofthe film, June is
driving Enid's car with her sister's
corpse sitting beside her. All
along, she encounters a constant
image: the vast desert expanse of
the New Mexican landscape. The
rock formations and canyons, and
the encounters with remnants of
Native Indian existence, seem to
emphasize the image of death and
survivability. While
June talks and complains to her sister,
there are frequent remindei-s of loss,
wood carving ofa Native Indian goes
for one thousand dollars.
Though the ancient culture is
gone, it is through these reminders
that the spirit lives on. It is no
wonder that it is at these sites of
Native Indian culture that June
finds herself in difficult circumstances. June soon feels that it's
not Fate or God but Enid who is
once again making her life miser-
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her sister Enid
The importance of death, life
and survivability is not as
prominent as the humour and
fateful circumstances, but it
subtly serves as a worthy
backdrop for such a well-shot,
macabre, and funny film.
A combination of wonderful
direction, good cinematography,
and fine performances (Jeffery
Jones gives a great performance
as Floyd, Harry's partner) makes
this film work.
Much like Martin Scorsese's
"After Hours," this film offers a
rapid succession of incidents with
a "Why me?" scene when circumstances are at their worst. The
unpredictable twist ending is
handled admirably. Though the
pace of some scenes misfire, this
film is definitely worth seeing.
Ifyou missed the Festival
screening, don't worry, Enid is
Sleeping is destined to be
released to a theatre near you.
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Finding happiness in a marriage of convenience
Ces Noces de Papier
Donnent de la joie
By Raul Peschiera
CLAIRE (Genevieve Bujold)
is forty years old, a professor
of literature, and disillusioned.
Her classes are dull, her students are bored, and her affair
with a married man has become
This allows her sister Anne
(Dorothe Berryman), a lawyer, to
convince Claire to have a "paper
wedding." She agrees to marry a
Latin American political refugee,
Pablo Torres (Manuel Aranguiz),
who must marry a Canadian in
order to stay in Canada.
Unfortunately, an overeager
immigration officer compels
Claire and Pablo to abide by
wedding article 443, "they must
live as one," for at least a while
in order to prove that they are
They have only three days to
"know everything about each
other" and the result is a series
of tender and considerably funny
scenes in which Claire and Pablo
discover themselves as well as
each other.
Made in French, and
originally for television, Paper
Wedding had to be enlaged from
16mm to 35mm for theatre
showings. As a result the film
quality is grainy, giving the
scenes a sense ofa fragile and
strange realism.
Quebecois director Michel
Brault and cinematographer
Sylvain Brault have joined to
create a subtle, moving portrayal
of two lives in transition and by
doing so, they have partly traced
the nature of the Canadian
Claire lives alone. Her
apartment is cluttered with
many books and papers, but she
feels as though life has left her
stranded. All she wants is "to
belong to someone" because
there is nothing in her life to
which she feels attached.
Like Claire, Pablo is also
dislocated from his life. He was
a reporter and he escaped his
country to avoid torture, imprisonment, and death. According to
his newspaper at home he is
already dead.
In Canada he finds freedom
as well as a familiar sort of
imprisonment. Alone, chased
and followed by immigration, he
struggles to find refuge by any
means possible.
Pablo is caught between his
desire to survive, and his
feelings of being a burden to
those around him.
Aranguiz's portrayal of
Pablo is superb as he maintains
the dignity ofthe character
through what is left unsaid.
Salvation is north, and for
many years many refugees of all
types have escaped to Canada to
avoid persecution.
Pablo sees Canada as a
haven, but he must first reconcile his past with the present; his
identity as a Canadian depends
on it.
Claire has lost touch with
her identity. She has lost sight
of who and what she is; she
belongs to nothing, and to no
In Canada, there is no
unified nationalistic voice that
chants its existence to the world.
Rather, Canadians have many
separate identities, many
separate voices, that create a
whole. Defining one in relation
to the others helps to define the
In this film, French, English, Spanish, Italian, and
Polish are all spoken. Pablo and
Continued on pagelO
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October 16 1990
Perfectly normal restaurant   Perfectly normal opera
Perfectly Normal is
Abnormally perfect
By Andrew Epstein
JUEBECOIS director Yves
Simoneau's first English
language film, Perfectly
Normal is, rather fittingly,
abnormally perfect.
The wild and weird tale tells
the story of Renzo Parachii
(Michael Riley), line worker at
the local brewery and star goal-
tender on the company team.
When his mother passes
away, Renzo sinks into misanthropy. He takes to driving a cab
at night to earn a little extra
money— his dream - to one day
own a small house in the country.
With a dog? Yes, with a dog.
One fateful eve, he picks up a
passenger, Alonso Turner
(greasily played by Robbie
Coltrane). Mr. Turner, it turns
out, is something of an
entrepeneur, albeit one with a
lousy track record.
Turner charms the naive
Renzo aucLbgfore you can say "La
Traviata," he's convinced the young
goaltender to spend his inheritance
nest egg on an Italian restaurant
where the staff dress up like
characters from great operas.
Besides being charming and
uproariously funny, what makes
Perfectly Normal different is its
Canadianness. Where most films
made in Canada try to downplay
the Canadian aspect ofthe story,
this one revels in it.
So many people punctuate
their sentences with ehs," it even
becomes noticeable to other
Canadians! It is not every day
that you hear someone in the
movies called a "sack of podaduz."
Watch for Simoneau to join
the ranks of Cronenberg and
Arcand among the front ranks of
Canadian directors.
Lessens va continuer ici
Continued from page 9
cultures with two separate languages. As they ask each other
questions, they begin to form their
own identities, learn about each
other, and create something to
which they want to belong.
Bujold's and Aranguiz's
performances are excellent.
They play their characters with
such subtlety, such attention to
detail, that half the enjoyment of
the film is just watching them.
The subtitles are extremely
well handled and are not at all
distracting. The direction, the
cinematography, and the
performances all seem to come
together, coupled with a great
script, to form this gem of a film.
Perhaps the most important
and symbolic image in the film is
at the beginning: two maple
leaves fall together, slightly
touching each other, and land to
float quietly in a puddle of water.
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October 16 1990 SPORTS
UBC Rowers shine in
False Creek meet
by Susan Denike
This past weekend's rowing
regatta at False Creek shows
promise for the coming season with
strong performances from all the
UBC crews.
In recent years, UBC's varsity
crews have usually finished a distant second to the University of
Victoria, but the results from these
races show a turnaround from the
trend of consistent defeat.
This was the first time the
False Creek course from Science
World to the Burrard Street bridge
was competitively raced, as this
regatta has always been held at
Deep Cove. The respective coaches
said it was a success, since rowing
so close to downtown and racing
past Granville Islandgiverowinga
higher profile in Vancouver.
The'rowers themselves found
the course slightly windy and
mildly choppy in places, smooth
and sheltered in others, and overall a beautiful place to row. The
competition was organized as a
"head race" with the boats racing
one after the other with two minutes between starts. These races
are held during the fall season, and
are longer than the spring 2.5
kilometre courses.
Five rowing clubs competed in
the event: Western Washington,
the brand new Okanagan and Royal
Roads crews, and the highly competitive UBC and UVic rowers.
UBC's men's varsity eight finished three seconds behind UVic
with a time of 9.56. UBC's lightweight men have been training in
singles, but they pulled together in
a straight four to beat UVic by five
seconds. This is the first year UBC
has raced singles and the team
displayed a lot of potential.
UBC varsity men's coach Joe
Dowd has high expectations for
these crews andis scheduling seven
to eight water workouts along with
their dry-land weights and ergs
(rowing machine workouts).
Dowd has his eye on first place
in the San Diego Crew Classic
next April, but for now he will
work on beating UVic at the Gorge
Regatta in Victoria Harbour October 27th.
UBC's varsity women showed
a marked improvement from last
fall's performance, finishing three
seconds behind the first place Uvic
The women's crew has
weathered many changes this past
year, mostfor the best. Tori Young,
a national level coach and former
National Team rower, began
training the varsity women last
winter. Under her guidance and
trainingschedule, the program has
The crews have undergone a
major structural change well. This
year both lightweights and heavyweights are pooled with the top
eight rowers rowing the varsity
boat, to be more competative with
Saturday's combination of
four lightweights and four heavyweights worked well to make a
fast boat. Long-time cox Sharon
Spindler said that because the
rowers had not raced the course
before, were using a newboat, and
had never rowed together, they
thought they could have pulled
harder. Spindler is looking forward racing UVic again at the
All of UBC's novice crews are
six crews of eights were entered,
an unusual move since novices
generally do not begin racing until the Gorge. UBC novice men's
coach, Ross McLean, said UVic's
novices have a head start because
the UBC novice program gets rolling a month after UVic's.
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UBC women undefeated
by Warren Whyte
The UBC women's soccer
team continued their streak of
victories over the weekend and
have now defeated every team in
the league.
A Friday evening 5-0 rout of
the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies, and a 2-0 victory over
the defending Canadian champion
University of Alberta Pandas,
further strengthened UBC's firm
grip on first place.
Instrumental in both victories was midfielder Andrea Neil
who was named Canada West female athlete of the week for her
four goal weekend.
Neil scored two goals in the
first 12 minutes against
Saskatchewan to lead the way to
a convincing UBC win.
. Coach Brian Thomson was
happy with hi s team's performance.
"We played very well and dominated them," he said.
Forward Jenny Hafting added
two more first half goals roughly
15 seconds apart to leave the score
4-0 after only 15 minutes of play.
.It stayed that way until the
80th minute when midfielder
Nancy Ferguson stuck an 18-yard
bender to wrap up a game that
never saw UBC in any real danger.
Neil showed her stuff on Saturday in UBC's biggest victory this
year. She netted two goals only one
minute apart towards the end of
the first half to account for the only
scoring in the game.
The first came off a cross from
Ferguson and actually went in offa
defender. The second was also the
result ofa cross, this time coming
from Hafting.
Coach Thomson expressed
appreciation for his team's effort.
"I'm very pleased. It was very much
a chess match in the first half as we
felt each other out. There was a lot
of respect out there on the part of
both teams," he said.
Alberta attacked eagerly for
the rest ofthe match, but UBC held
them off.
"They came out very strong in
the second half as we expected, but
we played very well defensively,"
said Thomson.
The UBC women now get a
well-deserved break during which
they will be preparing for their
next game: a rematch in Alberta on
Oct. 27.
Corey Hare (8) stumbles over a downed Panda in 2-0 win over the
defending national champions from Alberta.
T-Birds lose international clash;
offence shaky in California
by Wayne King
In recent years the UBC football team has been led by its high
powered offence. It appears the
tide has turned and their veteran
defence has now risen to the fore.
This season's edition ofthe T-
Birds is led by a veteran defensive
squad that allowed just one TD in
their last two match-ups, themost
recent being a tough 17-14 exhibition loss to Menlo College in
sunny San Francisco.
The defence was its stingy
self and allowed Menlo only seven
first downs in the game and just
onein the second half. They didn't
give up a single first down along
the ground the entire game as all
of Menlo's first downs came
through the air.
The T-Bird offence moved the
ball well but was not able to put the
points on the board. Second year
quarterback Vince Danielsen led
the T-Birds to 19 first downs but
was unable to generate the points
needed for the win. UBC had the
ball inside the Menlo ten yard on
three separate occasions in the
second half but came away without
a single point.
On the injury front, UBC will
be without the services of receiver
Mark Nowotny for an undetermined length of time when he went
down with a sprained knee.
Danielsen suffered a finger injury
but it is unlikely it will affect his
playing status.
The T-Birds have three conference games remaining in their
bid to avenge last season's loss to
Saskatchewan in the Western
Bowl. UBC hosts the University of
Alberta Golden Bears this coming
Saturday before travelling to
Winnipegfor their final road game.
The T-Birds return home to host
the conference leading University
of Calgary Dinosaurs in their last
regular season match-up.
If the T-Birds are able to defeat
last place Alberta and the fourth
place University of Manitoba
Bisons, their play-off hopes will
come down to that final contest
against Calgary.
UBC's game against the
Alberta Golden Bears is Saturday-
October 20 at Thunderbird Stadium with the kick-off scheduled
for 7:30 pm. Admission is free for
all UBC students.
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Soccer 'Birds
keep winning
by Warren Whyte
The UBC men's soccer team
met their stiffest competition
of the year this past weekend
and emerged victorious once
Friday's 4-0 win over the
University of Saskatchewan
Huskies was overshadowed by
Saturday's more competitive 3-
0 victory over the previously
undefeated University of
Alberta Golden Bears.
"Alberta was obviously
much tougher. They are probably the best team in the
league—other than us, I hope,"
said UBC coach Dick Mosher.
UBC opened Saturday's
scoring four minutes into the
first half when midfielder Mike
Mosher capitalized on a well
executed throw-in.
UBC enjoyed this 1-0 advantage until well into the second half, but it was the only
advantage they enjoyed. Play
was close, the marking was
tight, and both teams attacked
UBC and Alberta play
similar styles emphasizing
control and passing, making
the game all the more entertaining to watch.
Despite the similarity in
play, Mosher was quick to point
out one important distinction.
"We play a lot more direct
than they do. We want one pass
out of our own end. Alberta
tends to concentrate more on
short passes," he said.
The game was put of reach
at the 30 minute mark of the
second half when striker Billy
Conner finished well on a cross
from the right side. Three minutes later, forward Rob Reed
added another goal to squash
Alberta's hopes of a comeback.
The spirited nature of the
match was reflected in the form
of the referee awarding three
yellow cards, two of which went
to UBC's Colin Pettingdale and
Gregor Young.
The high point of
Saturday's contest was the return of injured midfielder Steve
Burns. Burns was listed as
doubtful for this season due to
weak cartilage in his ankle.
Technically he is still injured;
however, the work needed to
fix his ankle completely will be
done at the end of the season.
"Whether the work is done
now or in six weeks, it doesn't
make much difference," Mosher
said. "He adds confidence to
the team. We're obviously
happy to have him back."
Also returning to the lineup
was goalkeeper Pat Onstad,
who played the full 90 minutes
against Alberta and split the
duties with Ray Lohr against
Forward Neil Wilkinson
bagged two of the four goals
scored against Saskatchewan,
while forward Colin Pettingale
and midfielder 'wee* Willie
Cromack added the others.
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UBC forward Bill Conner crosses
his fingers, makes a wish and
chases after the ball during UBC's
3*0 win over Alberta
ittedtokEtHr* Vanier cretins
symptomatic of
sexism on &
off campus
Once again, a student residence has shown itself to
be a bastion of immaturity when its male members
proved that engineers aren't the^pnly cretins on campus.
This time the inane behaviour has taken the form of
more than 250 letters sent by the "guys" of Cariboo
House in Place Vanier to the "girls" of the residence.
Although intended to be invitations to a party, many
were simply obscene, sexually explicit come-ons.
Residence is supposed to be a place where first and
second year students can meet others in the same situation and hopefully develop friendships that might last
beyond graduation.
It becomes quickly apparent, however, that the men
at Cariboo have a lot to learn about human relationships— especially between the sexes. It's obvious that
many have not grown up, despite leaving home.
Producing such mindlessness can only succeed in
creating at the least a sexually intimidating environment for women—the last thing anyone needs in addition to the pressures of academic demands.
Fortunately many will be facing some form of penalty for their stupidity.
But incidents such as these are not isolated to the
engineers, or students in residences, or to the AMS
president. We all must realize that the world we live in is
sexist and it is up to us, as, presumably, the future
leaders of this nation, or perhaps world, to do something
about it.
Incidents such as the ones we have witnessed at
universities around Canada in the past year prove that
we are a long way from being a tolerant, equal society.
Oh No! Mr. Bill
In the space of several days the Social Credit government announced two seemingly contradictory spending
First, finance minister Mel Couvelier announced
that, to shore up the BC economy during the impending
recession, the government will spend $20 billion on
Then, on the weekend, premier Vander Zalm declared that the government planned to reintroduce restraint measures on the provincial civil service. The
Socreds are planning to slash spending across the board
by five per cent in an effort to shore up the BC economy
during the impending recession.
However, there is no contradiction. The two announcements are tailor made for the Social Credit party.
They will create megaprojects that will directly benefit the one area of traditional Socred support: the
province's northern regions and the interior. At the same
time, the areas hardest hit by restraint will be those that
traditionally do not give a damn about the Social Credit
party: the province's urban areas and the civil service.
Smooth move, Bill.
October 16, 1990
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Bishop should be like the Red King," said Raul. "We should not wake
her, lest we be nearly her dreams." "My, my, how fucking POETIC,"
chortled Michael Booth. "Let's have some death and destruction," said
Paul Dayson, with Hao Li (the pmt guy, Raul) nodding in agreement
Carla Maftechuk and Christina Chen added in fiery chaos, with Ernie
Seltzer and Andre LaPierre looking for love in a shopping buggy.
Michael Coury smiled in his aged wisdom, though not easily fooling
Katherine Monk, who knew better. Sharon Lindores and Mary Ainsley
didn't get it, they thought the whole staff was weird and poi nted at Coli n
Maycock to prove their point. "Now, is that nice?" asked Andrew
Epstein, but MartinChesterjust told him tostuffit'StuiTwhat?*asked
Wayne King, but Susan Dinike wasn't talking. Warren Whyte was
drinking, he didn't care about anything but another round, and sent the
tab over to Don Mah, who thought the bill was a letter and recorded it
in perfect lettering on the infamous records of Yukie Kurahashi.
Stefania couldn't remember her last name. Sam Green said it was
"Yellow" and giggled. Brenda Wong wasn't impressed. Sophia Harris
sighed, knocking David Chivo clear across the room. "Would you write
the *&A%$)# masthead already!" bellowed Effie Pow. "Do it yer
goddamned self!" said Laurie Newell. But it was too late. Raul squeezed
in John Manis, and alas, the head mast (quoi?) was complete.
Rebecca Bishop •  Michael Booth • Martin Chester •  Paul Dayson
Keister: a wild
and crazy guy
So AMS Arts Rep Mark
Keister is disappointed with
the AMS council's decision
to charge students a $40 fee
to fund a reincarnation of
the Recreation Facility.
Specifically, "It's anti-democratic in the sense that it's
reversing a democratic decision made last year..."
Now let's all think back
a few years to the student
body referendum concerning
the sale on campus of products from Carling O'Keefe.
The fuss was over Carting's
connection with a company,
Elders I believe, that had
operations in South Africa.
The student referendum rejected the ban and the issue
was dropped.
Fast forward to the
summer of 1989 when the
AMS passed a motion put
forward by then AMS Arts
Rep Donovan Keuhn that a
similar ban be implemented
without direct student body
approval. The motion passed
with its supporters using the
same arguments about the
earlier referendum being
unrepresentative of real
student body opinion that
we now see being utilized by
AMS co-ordinator of external affairs Jason Brett.
I'm quite sure, though
111 admit I haven't asked
him, that Mark wasn't so
worried back then about this
affront to the democratic
process. There is however
an apparent double standard
in Mark's philosophy, hell
support an end-run around
the democratic process on
one occasion but hits the
alarm bell when he dislikes
somebody else doing the
same thing to advance their
own pet interests. Anyway,
it was just a thought.
Rob vander Ende
Arts 4
Tired of the
'geers antics
Prejudice is a funny
thing HA! HA! It mystifies
me. How can I be so dead set
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against it on one hand and
feel it welling up inside me
on the other? I feel really
angry at the Engineers'most
recent "caper": Tm referring
to the removal and vandalism ofthe furniture from the
2nd floor of SUB. I am further appalled that this "caper" occurred on the very
day that "representatives
from the EUS" asked for "an
additional loan in order to
buy Lady Godiva patches to
sew on their red jackets."
The fact that the furniture
was finally found at the Gay
and Lesbians' beer garden
adds further insult. Engineers I ask you, "where does
this stop?" Haven't you
gained any awareness from
last year's issue ofthe EUS
which attacked women and
Native People? What is the
difference between your
printed attack and leaving
the furniture at a site which
is run by another campus
minority? Moreover, isn't
vandalism illegal?
Fm sick to death of this
juvenile, hateful, disrespectful, and prejudicial
behaviour. It is ironic that
Nicole Kohnert wrote a
school/engineer spirit type
perspective only to see her
comrades once again stirring
up trouble. I wonder if she's
embarrassed or ashamed. I
certainly am. This type of
behaviour reflects on and
affects the whole university.
Fd like to see the engineers
have a university of their
own, far from here. Fm tired
of seeing red. Oh yeah and
John—don't sign the loan.
Kimberly Daum
Faro Sci 3
have no sense
of humor
It's interesting to see
what an American visitor to
Canada has to say about our
cultural differences. I'd like
to make a few responses to
Matt's observations.
Matt says Americans
don't want Quebec because
they don't need multiculturalism. Fm not sure what
part of the republic Matt
comes from but it should be
noted that the United States
is the fifth-largest Spanish
speaking country in the
world. Go down south to the
states along the Mexican
border and you'll find a rapidly expanding Hispanic society. Sorry Matt, you're already well on your way to
being a multicultural and
bilingual country without
any help from us Canadians.
In addition Matt erroneously states that the U.S.
defeated Canada in the
Revolutionary War. Canada
didn't exist at the time and
the rebelling colonies could
only defeat the British by
depending on the navies of
Britains European enemies.
The Americans did invade the colony of Quebec in
1775, capturing Montreal
and laying siege to Quebec
city in the winter of 1775.
Their attack was frustrated
and ultimately the rebel
troops withdrew in July. I
couldal so pointoutfor Matt's
enlightenment that Canadian and British forces repelled multiple American
invasions during the War of
1812, but that would be rubbing it in.
Rob vander Ende
Arts 4
Postcards say
animal research has to
Since last year Lifeforce,
the ecology organization, has
sent to you 9,127 postcards
signed by people who oppose
the inhumane, scientifically
fallacious sight-deprivation
experiments on rats, cats,
kittens and, in the near future, monkeys. The same
number of cards has also
been sent to over 100 Members of Parliament across
In addition, thousands
of people have personally
sought your response to this
important issue which affects not only the vivisectors' animal victims but humans as well. Potential improvements in health care
are jeopardized by throwing
away scarce funds on these
experiments which, after 18
years, have failed to provide
any data of benefit to people
with eye disorders.
Now UBC vivisector
Max Cynader and his colleagues have killed over 400
kittens and cats since April
1988. Before their death,
these innocent animals suffered a variety of abuses such
as isolation for over a year,
brain damage, eye removal,
eyelid stitched shut, or total
These experiments not
only involve inhumane
treatment but also constitute part ofthe medical fraud
of vivisection because "cats
simply are not appropriate
"models" for humans anatomically or physiologically;
the cat "model" cannot predict what changes may occur in humans when vision
is deprived."
The experiments will
cost at least $1.5 million from
1988 to 1992. Now that university is back in session
Lifeforce will continue our
campaign to support cruelty-
free research, legitimate eye
research—not experiments
with "animal models".
Peter Hamilton
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Congratulations to Brian
I would like to congralute Mr.
Mulroney on his appointments to
the senate. The senate, an
unelected body, is such a joke
anyway—why not really make it
look ridiculous? An unelected body
should not be allowed to block directives formulated by an elected
body. Lake it ot not, we voted for
the GST by voting for the PCs. We
MniiMMiLiiiiriiiM *1i
can rest assured that the Liberal
senators so opposed to the GST
wouldn't hesitate to legislate a
similar of even more "taxing" tax if
the Liberals were in power. Scarier
still, imagine what the NDP would
get up to.
Alison Hunt
Commerce 3
Last week's question: "What do you think of Mulroney's
appointments to the senate?"
Time for senate reform
Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney has the audacity to conclude that "what is at stake here is
democracy itself and the principle
of responsible government"
(Maclean's, Oct.8, p.18).
With these words the PC's
have added 24 new Senators since
Aug. 30/90. The most recent appointments of John Buchanan and
the 9 New Brunswick Senators are
the result of party patronage and
power seeking strategy, and they
will jolt the Canadian public out of
their political complacency. These
appointments are good news for
the voters and the opposition parties. The appointments define the
issues for the next federal election:
the GST and Senate reform.
At present, the Senate is very
similar to the British House of
Lords. It is obvious that the functions these upper houses were intended to perform are not acceptable today. In the UK some governments have attempted reform,
but they soon realized that the
disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Consider that the governing party always wants to concentrate power in the Cabinet.
Senate reform increases the democratic legitimacy ofthe Senate, but
it also increases the power of the
Senate at the expense of Cabinet
power; therefore, Senate reform is
in everybody's interest except the
governing party. However, if Senate reform becomes an election issue, then the advantages of being
elected with a Senate reform mandate overshadow the disadvantages that Senate reform inflicts
on the governing party. This hypothesis is only applicable when a
plurality of voters want Senate
I think the Canadian voter is
ready for Senate reform. If the
PC's are so desperately concerned
with democracy and responsible
government, then they ought to
test their mandate in an election
and let the voters decide.
Keith Kennedy
Arts 4
?? of the Week
Id the interests of fostering
stimulating debate on campus,
The Ubyssey is continuing a new
feature on these pages.
This week sees the third
question in the series designed
toelicit your responses. The staff
of The Ubyssey will select five
letters that reflect a cross-section of the views presented.
The standard Ubyssey letters policy will apply. Letters
must be type-written, and under
300 words. Submissions deemed
to be racist, sexist, or homophobic
by the staff will not be printed.
Please submit your contribution to pur office (SUB 241K)
by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October
19. The selected'answers will be
printed in Tuesday's edition of
The Ubyssey.
And this week's really nifty
question is:
Is university what
thought it
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Environmentalists ignore
Free Trade Agreement
by E. Griffith
The environmental movement
must recognize economic realities
if it is to make any real progress.
Individually people can devotedly follow the three R's—reducing waste and packaging, reus-
ingnon-disposable items and recycling what we can't avoid buying.
We can each make our economic vote count by examining the
policies of companies we buy
from and choosing who we
want our grocery money to
But serious environmentalists realize that cleaning up
our act on abig scale requires a
government with the ability and
the willingness to pass environmental laws.
Environmental groups, it
seems, are doing their best to
change government opinion.
But even if Canada had the
most enlightened government in
the world, the Canada-U.S. Free
Trade Agreement still gives for
eign business interests the legal
right to override Canadian law.
Any existing or proposed environmental protection standards
can be struck down by the U.S. as
"unfair barriers to trade." The
F.T.A. integrates the economies of
the U.S. and Canada, giving the
U.S. control over any Canadian
law that may in any way affect
the U.S. market.
Under the F-T.A., Canada
cannot restrict the amount of
natural resources we sell to the
U.S., for conservation purposes or
even in times of shortage. This
includes raw materials such as our
water, wood, fish, all minerals, oil
and gas.
Further, we cannot charge
U.S. customers more for these re-
-sources than we pay ourselves,
even though we pay for conservation, replanting, and all other environmental measures.
U.S. business giants can now
chop, mine and ship out all the raw
materials they want at dirt cheap
prices, even financed by our own
banks. Lake any resource economy
(read: banana republic), we are the
ones left to pay the costs when the
multinationals move in and plunder our resources.
Economic control by a
country whose business interests are given free reign effectively destroys any hope of
Canada's preserving our own
precious resources, much less
achieving our national dream of
leading the world as an example of
progress and enlightenment.
The F.T.A. is the greatest obstacle to face the environmental
movement in Canada. Serious environmentalists should join with
anti-free trade groups in working to
keep power in the hands of our own
Russian 100 seen
as a total fiasco
I would like to share with my
fellow students a very unpleasant
little story. As far as I know, this
Will be the first time Ubyssey readers learn of the Russ. 100 fiasco
last year.
The shameful department
known as the Department of
Slavonic Studies has thoroughly
disgusted and alienated Russian
students here at UBC. The story of
my own case is only the latest in a
longlineofethical and professional
I was one ofthe students in
Russian 100 last year. Our instructor quit UBC after the first
term. The next instructor also quit
UBC after the second term. Ihe
department then decided to shut
down temporarily for a few years.
When I received my transcript
in June, I discovered that they had
scaled down my mark by ten percent.. The office ofthe dean of arts
recently admitted to me that no
one had told the two instructors,
who both came from the US, that
students are not allowed to get
over 90% at UBC.
Needless to say I appealed the
scaling. And they sent me a new
transcript with my mark raised by
five percent. Now the dean of arts
wants to annul my successful appeal because it is a bad reflection
on the university. They want to
cover up their mistake, and they
want me to suffer for it.
I wish I could commend the
Russian programme in some other
way. The textbooks, however, are
twenty-five years old (the latest
edition is from 1972), there are no
language labs, lectures are scattered all over campus in shabby
nooks and crannies, wherever they
can find space for the students.
Students of Russian are being
ripped off here at UBC.
It is a fact that one student
can't stand alone in protest against
the injustice suffered by all the students of last year's Russian 100.
The mistakes committed by the
department are not our mistakes. I
hope that students from last year's
course will contact the dean of arts
and demand to receive the mark
they earned. The case is still under
R. Jensen
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THE UBYSSEY/15 Priest's comments to young elicit anger
by Matthew Lawrence
women's groups and AIDS activists are outraged by a priest who
denounced the feminist movement
and said AIDS is God's punishment
for homosexuals at a recent Roman
Catholic youth conference.
Rev. John Sembrat said the
feminist movement is "a ruthless,
cold, blood-thirsty, lesbian-driven
hatred of men and motherhood."
About AIDS, Sembrat said:
"Science won't save (homosexuals)
because when they find a cure,
God will find another disease."
About 400 young Catholics
attended the Oct. 5-6 conference.
According to a registration pamphlet, it was organized to give
young adults a chance to "get hard
facts and the truth—where all
could open their minds with experts and leaders in the Church."
Sembrat's view represents
"the height of misogyny," said Jerri
Bjornson, a member ofthe Charter
of Rights Coalition, an alliance of
Manitoba women's groups.
"As someone who claims to be
a feminist and a Christian, I think
those attitudes are not the ones
that shouldbeheldby the church—
they're contrary to what the church
believes," she said.
"I despair for young people
who hear that kind of diatribe from
someone they would have grown
up to admire or honour," she added.
Sembraf s statements are also
"frustrating" for people living with
AIDS, said Rick Cable, a spokesperson for Winnipeg's Body Positive Coalition.
"Fm getting tired of these self-
appointed gods maki ng statements
about things they know little
about," he said.
"What really bothers me is that
minds in a negative way," he said.
"We're living in a time when we're
trying to teach people to be more
compassionate and humanitarian
while this individual is doing totally the opposite."
who has been a priest and teacher
for 18 years, defended his statements.
"Millions of human lives are
lost by abortion around the globe
every year. If that's not ruthless
and blood-thirsty I dont know what
is," Sembrat said.
Sembrat said "lesbian-driven"
referred to rituals, performed by
women, which included healing
after an abortion, "coming-out"
rites for lesbians, a ritual for divorce, blessing for a lesbian couple
and a menopause liturgy.
"Now this is witchcraft—
you're just not going to fool anybody," he said.
"The whole talk was about the
priesthood and the attack on the
priesthood today and I said feminism is one of these attacks and I
said homosexuality was another.
"They're trying to formulate
another religion. They are trying
to destroy the Catholic church and
give us another faith. They want
to re-write the bible—you re-write
the bible and you've got another
religion," Sembrat said.
The conference's organizer,
Rev. Michael Kwiatkowski, said
he was pleased with the meeting.
Kwiatkowski said he didn't
agree with all of Sembrat's statements, but some valid concerns
were raised.
"He came here as an individual, to speak on problemsin the
"Saying (Sembrat's) statements express the church's position is like an MP saying something and someone thinking it's
the official stance of the government," Kwiatkowski said.
"There is no church pronouncement that individual feminists are bloodthirsty or man-
It included discussions on "sex
education," "pro-life activism,"
"exposing planned parenthood,"
"homosexuality and AIDS," and
included speakers from anti-
abortion groups, REAL Women,
and the Church.
Reform Party competing for campus membership
by Rick Hiebert
VANCOUVER (CUP) — The Reform Parly wants to recruit university students this year and some
Progressive Conservatives are
New Reform political clubs
were started up this fall at the
University ofWestern Ontario, and
Carleton and Simon Fraser universities, the party's first clubs
outside Alberta.
Young Tories, publicly confident, are privately planning strategy to combat the Reform boom.
And other main political parties say they're not worried about
the increased Reform campus
"September's been a very busy
month for us," said Bob van Wegen,
chair ofthe Reform Party's youth
involvement task force. *We could
see a lot more clubs spring up soon
where we're laying the groundwork
Van Wegen said 15 to 20 new
Reform campus clubs could be
formed this year across Canada. It
currently has eight.
"The new club situation is
changing very quickly," van Wegen
said. "Some ofthe places that are
starti ng clubs are really a surprise."
The party, a western-based
populist conservative party, opposed the Meech Lake Accord,
supports the Free Trade Agreement and has called for an elected
equal and effective Senate. It supports political decentralization and
"limited government" and has one
MP, Deborah Grey, from Alberta.
Getting more young people
into the party is a priority, accord-
ingto national party leader Preston
Manning, who's currently on a
cross-Canada tour that includes
stops at university campuses. He
was at the University of Calgary
Sept. 26 and will be at Carleton
Oct. 15.
The party is currently riding a
wave of support in the West. In an
Angus Reid poll last month, the
Reformers were first in support in
Alberta with 38 per cent, third in
B.C. with 20 per cent support and
secondin the prairie provinces with
30 per cent.
The Tories, meanwhile, have
the support of 14 per cent in
Alberta, 9 per cent in B.C. and 16
per cent in the Prairies.
Young Tory leaders in the
West are publicly confident their
party won't be hurt by the Reform
Party, but privately they appear
concerned their support will be
In a B.C. Tory youth newsletter last summer, Dave
Cunningham—a former young
Tory at UBC — wrote on the Reform party "threat" and strategies
to answerit. The Tories, he argued,
should sell themselves as the only
conservative alternative.
"(W)e must learn from history.
The last time a splinter conservative party formed", Cunningham
wrote, "the national Social Credit
party...(caused) the fall of
Diefenbaker's PC government and
the ushering in of twenty years of
Pearson-Trudeau styled liberal
ism. That fate must not be repeated."
Ken Clancy, post-secondary
director ofthe B.C. federal young
Tories, said young conservatives
"understand that our party is the
one to get involved with, not a
protest one like the Reform Party."
"The Tories are traditionally
the small-c conservative party in
student eyes and in the cities,
where the campuses are located,
there isn't as much support for the
Reform party as in rural areas."
Meanwhile, New Democrats
and Liberals say they won't be
affected by the new campus clubs.
Steve High, president of the
New Democratic Youth of Canada,
said the Reform party may be benefiting from "a sense of alienation
on the part of Canadian youth."
He added that the unrest has
helped his party's youth wing increase its membership significantly this fall, particularly in
Quebec, New Brunswick and
"(Reformers will) threaten
primarily the Tories and the Liberals," High said. "In electoral
politics, the Reform boom will help
the NDP, but when you're talking
campus politics, I don't see any
effect happening."
Bruce Young, B.C. president
of the Young Liberals said he's
unsure of what the Reform boom
could mean for his party's youth
"It's possible that there could
be some competition for political
neophytes, because people new in
politics may not know exactly what
they want," Young said, adding
that the Reform party wouldn't
drain away people likely to be Liberals in the west.
Memorial strike angers students
ST. JOHN'S (CUP) — Memorial
University students say a support
staff strike is jeopardizing their
education and theyVe worried they
might not get their tuition fees
refunded if the semester is cancelled.
About 1,000 students held a
rally Oct. 10 to demand that the
strike be settled soon.
The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) and the university have been locked in a dispute since Oct. 1. The union represents about 900 library and office
staff, and laboratory technicians.
Although classes continue to
be held, many services have been
curtailed. Library hours have been
cut and many science labs have
been disrupted.
Students "are not going to
stand idly by while (their) educa
tion is dictated to (them) by different bargaining units on campus,"
said student council executive
Gerry Ryan.
"Ifs about time students did
something," said David Newell, a
fourth year arts student. "We
should stand up for our rights."
"Our education is suffering
from all these strikes we've had,"
he said, referring to a summer-
long cafeteria workers strike students had to contend with. Another strike—by security and
maintenance staff-was averted in
Sherrie Groves, like most
students at the rally, was concerned she may lose her tuition
fees if the strike lasts much longer.
The university has a policy
against refunding fees if a semester is interrupted or cancelled, but
the university's president has said
they will be refunded if the strike
leads to the semester being cancelled.
Groves said there are signs
the strike may soon lead to even
more services being cut.
"The (university) senate had a
meeting last night and if the strike
is not settled in two weeks the
library could be shut down," she
Negotiations between the
union and the university continue.
The main areas of dispute are
wages, severance pay, vacation
benefits, temporary postings and
the re-hiring of laid off workers.
The union is demanding a 20 per
cent wage increase over two years,
while the university is offering 22.9
per cent compounded over three
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