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Array theUbysiy
Liberal landslide leaves losers lollygagging
Campbell crushed, Chretien crowned, McLaughlin minimized, Manning miraculous, Bouchard buoyant, Hurtig hushed
by Rick Hiebert, Mike Kitchen
and Tessa Moon
Ted McWhinney cruised to
an easy 57 percent victory in
Vancouver Quadra as a Liberal
steamroller crushed the Tories in
last nighf s federal election.
McWhinney succeeds John
Turner as the MP for UBCs federal riding. Until his election,
McWhinney was a political science professor at Simon Fraser
University in Burnaby. He is an
obvious frontrunner for the constitutional affairs ministry.
The riding has been solidly
Liberal since 1984 and
McWhinney had lots of help last
night from voters on campus.
According to the results,
McWhinney easily carried all the
polls on campus.
UBCs new MP will be one of
177 Liberals forming a Liberal
majority government. The Bloc
Quebecois came next with 54 and
may form the official opposition.
The Reform party swept western
Canada with 52 seats.
The NDP held on with nine
seats and the Progressive Conser-
/atdve caucus will consist of two
MPs, the lowest in party history.
McWhinney was unavailable
for comment last night, but Tracy
Golub,presidentofthe UBC Young
Liberals, was understandably
"We were really well organized. We brought McWhinney out
and got students to see and meet
him," Golub said.
"He's an academic. He lives in
the riding and understands what
students are going through being
an SFU professor," she said. "I really think that hell be looking out
for us."
Meanwhile, at the Kim
Campbell "victory celebrations"
downtown, Tories were drowning
their sorrows. It was quiet and sombre.
The Tories gave up a brave
cheer of "Kim Kim Kim" before
their leader mounted the platform
to speak.
"Canadian democracy has spo-
ken loudly and clearly. I have received their judgement with disappointment, but without reservation," Campbell said.
"I share with my colleagues
the disappointment with tonight's
results," she said. "I believe profoundly in the principles and future of our party- We begin the
process of renewal and rebuilding.
"Success was not ours tonight,
but it can be ours tomorrow. There
are many Canadians who look to
us to articulate their vision of our
"The Conservative party is an
important force. Our day in the sun
will come again, that I promise
you! Consider yourselves hugged,"
she concluded.
The head of the UBC Young
Tories, Mark Mcwhinney, was one
unhappy camper.
"I'm really disappointed. Kim
really represented change. The
Tories had a whole new slate of
candidates. She came out and said
we're not going to have unemployment down until the year 2000.
That's true. Deficit reduction
should take priority.
"Jean Chretien did not let the
public know the whole truth. At
least Campbell is honest," he said.
Christian ministry zealots shaft The OK Phoenix
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by Taivo Evard
Okanagan University
College's (OUC) student newspaper, The Phoenix, has been forced
to operate with all but $1 of their
1993 student funding thanks to
the zealousness of the University
Christian Ministry.
At the OUC Student Association Annual General Meeting
(AGM) last May, both The Phoenix
and OUC radio station's budgets
were reduced to $1 apiece. Traditionally a poorly attended meeting,
the UCM stackedthe AGM and put
forth and passed a motion to all but
eliminate the budgets.
The UCM, a long-time opponent of The Phoenix, was inflamed
after seeing the pink triangle issue—which concerns various expressions of sexuality.
However, council members on
the student association are
"friendly for the most part to the
idea ofthe paper," said managing
editor Mitch Cooper, "and what
they've done is cement media on
campus institutionally" by creat-
Martlet soars into financial autonomy
by Taivo Evard
After running unsuccessfully
for autonomy over the past twelve
years, University of Victoria's The
Martlet finally achieved financial
autonomy in their mi d-October student referendum.
The Martlet's co-editor Dave
Clements commented on past referenda, "usually voter turnout is
really low...but people turned out
in droves to turn us down."
Commenting on The Martlet's
most recent autonomy effort,
Clements said that "it was weird."
The Martlet's planned referendum autonomy drive was abandoned earlier this term after an
offer from the Students Union (SU)
to include the autonomy question,
as well as funding increases for
certain society groups, in an amalgamated SU student-levy increase
proposal of $8.50 per semester.
The SU has been experiencing
financial difficulties, and Clements
believes that the SU tacitly silenced
key student society groups, like the
student paper, to curtail opposition to the fee increase by includ-
ingi'undingincreasesfor these student groups in the proposal.
"In a sense, we were bought
off by the student society,"
Clements said.
While Clementsadmittedthat
their autonomy success can likely
be attributed to the combined referendum proposal, he lamented
that "we weren't as critical as possible [in addressing the issue ofthe
fee increase]. We gave air time to
opposition...but fortunately there
was no official 'no' side rep."
He pointed out that most students are aware that the SU is in
dire financial shape, and that opposing the referendum would have
only hurt the society.
The Martlet has had editorial
autonomy for five years, and receives a student levy of $2.75 per
semester from a full-time equivalent of 12-13,000 students.
Mathew Martin: he's our man, if he can't.
by Sara Martin
Mayoral candidate and ex-
Ubyssey staffer Matthew Martin
turned offhis Monday morning cartoons to be interviewed by The
Martin, the only openly gay
candidate ofthe 23 candidates running for mayor, first decided to run
for mayor because he thought it
would be fun; "because it was there
and because I can," he said.
"Then I thought I could make
some issues, gay and lesbian issues, and that city hall is the wrong
color. It should be pink," Martin
Martin believes schools should
be more active in i ssues such as gay
andlesbian awareness and safe sex
"Lots of work has to done in
schools, such as condoms in bath
rooms and safe sex education," Martin said.
He would also require school
councillors to have "sensitivity
training on LGB [lesbian gay bisexual] issues."
Martin stresses the need for
more HIV education in the heterosexual community, stating that "it's
now heterosexual women who are
most at risk."
As part of his go-green plan,
Martin said he would convert the
downtown core to pedestrians only,
increase public transit, discourage
single car occupancy, increase levies on taxes for road use and improve and increase bike paths both
for recreation and commuter purposes.
Martin also offered solutions
for the "big problem" of social housing which includes rent caps, ten
ants taking part in housing maintenance, and encouraging developers to build affordable housing
through zoning.
Martin sees policing as a "major important issue" and claims
Vancouver needs more "proactive
rather than reactive policing."
"Reactive police reacts to a
crime while proactive police are
visible and active within the com-
muriity,"Martinsaid. He explained
that having police visible on the
streets, especially in the west end,
will act as a deterrent whereas
right now police are active only
after a crime by answering 911
"Reactive is like a band-aid
while proactive is prevention. It's
like taking vitamins before you get
a cold instead of after," said Martin.
Martin, who worked at the
Ubyssey 91-93, is now a waiter at
the "glamorous" Rock Cafe and intends to keephisjob on weekendsif
he is elected mayor.
ing a student mediafunding group,
which includes representatives
from council. The media funding
group was set up to evaluate applications from student publications
and distribute monies.
Added to the fall AGM was a
motion to finance the media funding group through a student levy of
$2.50 per semester. Cooper cited
difficulties in maintaining quorum
at the AGM, that being one percent
of student population, or 50 people,
because some students had to go to
classes or had previous plans.
"Our student population islaid
back...almost to the point of being
pathetically apathetic," Cooper
The motion was passed, but
unfortunately funding was not
Phoenix remains financially
strapped with no funding until next
"This makes us very much
hinged to interests of our advertisers," said Cooper, as advertising
revenue is the paper's only income.
The monetary woes have meant
the paper "flexes and bends like a
reed in the wind."
The increased stress associated with the $ 1 budget "makes for
a tough situation,"as even incidentals such as office supplies pose a
problem. The Phoenix used to be
published bi-weekly, but has had
to cut back to once a month, if
Cooper said that The Phoenix
contemplated shelving the paper
and starting fresh in September,
because "we're never sure there'll
be an issue."
Closing the paper would entail re-establishing The Phoenix
next fall, a difficult task at the best
of times.
As for the future ofthe paper,
Cooper said "we still plan a sexuality issue, actually more of a gender
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Reform sweeps the west: you may be on their hit list
Manning's raiders pull their feet out of their mouths and find road to election nirvana
The following is a reprint of
York University's Excalibur exposee
of deposed Reform party candidate
John Beck. Reform took only one
seat in Ontario while the Liberals
secured the remaining 98. However, Reform swept the west with 24
out of 32 seats in BC and all but two
seats in Alberta. Here's a hint at
what the future holds:
by Pat Micelli
TORONTO (CUP) — A Reform
Party candidate was forced to jump
ship and abandon his election campaign this week after students exposed his racially offensive opinions.
Toronto-area candidate John
Beck resigned an hour after angry
York University students confronted Reform. Leader Preston
Manningatacampus speech, quoting racist remarks that had been
attributed to Beck in various newspapers.
They think Tm nuts, but Tve
had no breakdown. They asked me
to resign, so I resigned," Beck told
reporters the next day.
During the confrontation at
York's Osgoode Hall law school,
Manning brushed offYork student
Alex Ng's initial demand that Reform executive expel Beck from the
party for telling the Financial Post
he felt like a member of a minority
because he spoke English.
But third-year law student
Cindy Lauer presented more damning evidence from an interview with
York's student paper Excalibur,
which had hit the stands that morn
"You said Reform policy on
immigration is non-racist. How
would you respond to the following
quotes?" Lauer asked Manning
before reading out Beck's comments.
In the interview, Beck responded to Excalibur reporters'
questions about his views on native self-governmentby saying: "We
came here and took their land from
them. I feel that's what [immigrants] are doing to us... they will
overpower us.
"Look at the Natives, they're
very messed up. That's what's hap-
peningtous. We're all beinghooked
on booze and drugs and we're goi ng
to end up just like the Indians." He
also said some immigrants are
bringing "death and destruction to
the people."
Manning said the statements
were inconsistent with Reform
Party policy, but withheld his judgment of Beck, saying the press was
not always trustworthy.
However, news spread quickly
that Excalibur had the interview
taped, andan hour later Beck pulled
out ofthe race amidst nation-wide
Lauer said she was surprised
it happened so fast and got so much
publicity. "I thought, OK, maybe
it'll make the insi de pages in a local
newspaper—I didn'texpect it to be
the first item on prime-time news."
Excalibur's news editor
Sheldon Ford, one ofthe students
who interviewed Beck, was also
taken off guard.
Mayoral smorgasbord
by Bob Main
After 25 October the next big
decision for the people of
Vancouver, including many UBC
students, is the 20 November civic
Libby Davies, Phillip Owen,
Bob Seeman and 20 others have
declared themselves candi dates for
a mayoral election that could have
alargerimpactonthedaily lives of
Vancouver resi dents than the federal election.
Bob Seeman wants to get civic
politics away from the party affiliations which he believes stagnate
decision making. He wants city
hall to be a place for quick catalyst
decisions based on organization
and logic rather than on polarized
party lines.
Libby Davies sees a Cope (Coalition of progressive electors) majority as enough of a change from
the Non-Partisan Association
dominated council "to ensure that
Vancouver stays livable and
doesn't become smog city."
Establishing bike, bus and
carpool lanes is a priority for both
Davies and Seeman.
Phillip Owenlooksatchanges
from present policy with skepticism. He wants to know where the
money will come from for the lanes
and said to "ask Libby about bus
lanes in Marpole," which he opposes.
"Why should we put in a lane
that helps Richmond commuters
when the merchants on Granville
street need the lanes for parking?", Owen said.
"Bullshit! That's absolute
bullshit!", Davies responded. "The
lane is for Vancouver commuters
on the second busiest bus line in
the city: the Gran ville/Victoria. The
lane was thrown out because a few
merchants on one side ofthe street
would lose 30 parking spaces for a
couple hours a day. Some of them
have parking in the back and the
large Safeway lot is right there."
Davies also said that she feels
Owen's insensitivity to other parts
to the lower mai nland—in this case
Richmond—is cause for concern
and typical of politicians who are
only worried about their political
lives. "I think he doesn't give two
hoots about these regional issues. I
am very commi tted to them." She is
a member of the GVRD and the
Transit Commision—a combination she believes could be rewarding for the entire lower mainland.
Davies fears that the denial of
the lane on Granville could start a
trend which would make it much
harder to put lanes in elsewhere,
such as Broadway, a 50,000 people
per day route which includes a
heavy load to UBC. The merchants
on Broadway and 10th avenues
will have the same complaints as
the Granville merchants, but there
are more of them. She is worried
that if council backed down to 30
merchantsit will immediately back
down to a higher number.
Seeman is fan of rapid transit
first to Coquitlam and then to Richmond, believing that the future
numbers will warrant the lines. He
favours the Cambie route over Arbutus for the Richmond line and
proposesre zoning the adjacent land
to fund it.
Owen wants to know whether
Seeman has spoken with the line's
potential neighbors to see whether
they want the line there and
whether they want their land
re zoned.
Davies would like to see as
much done with buses as possible
before committi ng to having a transit line putin anywhere. She added
that "unfortunately some people
will not take a bus. Rapid transit is
the Cadillac of commuting and may
be necessary to get certain people
out of their single occupancy vehicles," Davies said.
Seeman wants to see a lot of
"I was surprised he would say
such blatantly racist statements,
knowing that he was being taped. I
assumed he was going to get into
trouble or try to deny it, but I di dn't
expect it to blow up this big," he
Reform Party members are
eager to distance themselves from
Beck's views. When asked if the
protesters were justified in their
actions, University of Toronto's
Reform party president Daniel
Proussalidis said they were. "I'm
glad they did it. I don't want him."
"His opinions simply don't jive
with the party or its policy," he
Proussalidis said Beck slipped
through because he didn't let on
about his views until recently. "He
had never made any mention beforehand that he had such wacko
ideas. We don't want to be used
that way."
Beck is not the only questionable candidate the party has had to
In April, the party nullified
former Tory MP John Gamble's
nomination as a Toronto-area Reform candidate because ofunspeci-
fied right-wing views and his dealings with controversial teacher
Paul Fromm" who wasbeinginves-
tigated by education officials for
links to neo-Nazi groups, according to a Canadian Press article at
the time.
Members ofthe Toronto-based
racist group Heritage Front endorsed Gamble at the nomination
meeting, although Gamble said in
the article that he had never met
their leader, Wolfgang Droege, before he showed up at the meeting.
And a recent Globe and Mail
article features Reform candidates
presently running "who have
dabbled with western separatism,
others who believe it would be best
if women stayed home to look after
their children, and others who think
immigrants are a drain on society."
Critics say it reflects badly on
the party that it attracts such candidates.
"[The party] is not going to
come out and say they're racist. Yet
they're tapping into racist undercurrents that exist in certain segments of our society," said Ng.
Yorkstudentcouncil president
Jeff Zoeller, who helped organize
the protest, said that Beck's resignation and the publicity surrounding it is "the most amazing win
we've had in a long time. It's great
that such a small group of students
could affect a national election."
Writers berate Customs censors
by Christopher Taylor
MONTREAL (CUP) — In a rare
move against a western industrialized nation, the International PEN
writer's union has condemned the
seizure of books by Canada Customs as a serious violation of the
right to free speech.
Passed at PEN'S 60th International Congress in September in
Galicia, Spain, the resolution not
only criticizes Canada Customs'
actions, but also "calls on the government of Canada to dismantle
the system which permits such seizures to take place."
"I wish it meant we were goi ng
to see some real changes," said
Nancy Flemming ofthe Book and
Periodical Council of Canada. "As
it is, it means we are embarrassed
in front ofthe world."
The resolution on behalf of
PEN's 12,000 members comes after seven years in which the government has stepped up border
seizures of works considered obscene.
In that time, Canada Customs
has detained a prodigious 5000
books a nd periodicals, largely destined for gay and lesbian bookstores.
Following on their distinguished tradition ofbanning James
Joyce and D.H. Lawrence, Canada
Customshas recently held up books
by such figures as pro-censorship
feminist Andrea Dworkin and femi -
nist academic bell hooks.
The consequences of the detentions—whose destinations have
included such dens of sin as the
University of Waterloo bookstore
rezoning. He believes that the "illegal suite problem" could be solved
by simply making illegal suites legal and either bringing them up to
code or relaxing the code. Owen
wants Seeman to know that council has been legalizing suites for a
couple of years and would continue
to do so if he wins.
and Le Dernier Mot, a highbrow
bookshop in Montreal—are manifold.
"Any small publishing companies or distributors—gay and lesbian, feminist, new age—are hard-
pressed," said Jackie Manthome,
executive director of PEN Canada.
She cited the case of Inland
Books in New Haven, Connecticut,
whose detained shipments in May,
at 470 kilograms, represented one
ofthe largest detentions in the history of Canada Customs.
"It could cause Inland and others to evaluate whether they want
to deal with Canadian booksellers," said Manthome. "It could also
lead to self-censorship, in terms of
what booksellers are willing to
Any hope of a policy shift under Kim Campbell died with her
reorganization ofthe cabinet, which
will move Canada Customs from
the Ministry of Revenue to the
Ministry of Public Security.
"The shift is interesting, just
as it's interesting that they moved
Immigration to Public Security,"
said Manthome. "It shows a certain mindset on the part of the
PEN's resolution comes on the
heels of that of the International
Bookseller's Federation, whose
General Assembly adopted a similar declaration in Belgium on 15
But while PEN will continue
to publicize its resolution, particularly after the 25 October election,
their attention will now turn to the
Little Sisters case. The Vancouver
bookstore is challenging the
government's constitutional right
to detain books and periodicals,
prior to their having been found to
violate a Canadian law.
On 27 September, the government was granted its third delay,
on the grounds that three years
was insufficient time to prepare its
case. Slated to testify for Little Sisters on behalf of PEN were such
Canadian luminaries as Pierre
Berton, Timothy Findley and Governor General's Award winner Nino
Given another delay of up to a
year, it is unlikely that the conservatives will undergo a sudden ideological change—or that opposition
parties will force the issue onto the
national agenda.
"Having been waging this
battle for five years, I have no faith
that even a resolution from International PEN will have an effect,"
said Flemming. "The only thing
that will make a difference is a
court judgment, and now that's
been delayed once again."
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for Lifts* Sister's Gay and Les*
bian Bookstore at the Zunl Cafe
last Sunday. Little Si^a^sis taking Canada Custom* ta «>urt
over titeir arbitrary seizure of
hook shipments at the border.
Many of the seized books
are readily available in mainstream bookstores. Li ttle Sister's
contends that Canada Customs'
seizures amount to intimidation
and harassment.
Findley read from his play,
about 50.
Little Sister's co-owner Jim
Deva said they now haveatenta-
tive court date of 10 Qctoberl9d4
before the BC Supreme Court.
The Crown delayed the case a
week before it was to be heard
this month, saying in effect that
they did not understand the parameters ofthe case. This is the
third time the case has been adjourned,
The Crownbroughtina new
lawyer in the past month to take
over handling of the case, who is
apparently working closely with
the former lawyer, Deva stressed
that the Crown has already had
over two and a half years to prepare.
Little Sister's has been getting financial support from two
other bookstores serving
Canada's queer commurdties»
Glad Day in Toronto and
1'Androgene in Montreal. Deva
projects that a further $100,000
to $200,000 will be required to
cover the court and preparation
time, cost of transporting wit-*
nesses and other expenses,
"We will probably have to
raise funds beyond our small,
beleagured community," said
Deva. However, he stressed that
the BC Civil liberties Association is on board for the court
fight. He also added that a new
government might have a different attitude the day after the
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THE UBYSSEY Perspective
Being a woman is dangerous to one's health
by Sandy Wilson
Women often feel uncomfortable in their doctor's office.
They maybe reluctant to discuss
a problem for fear of sounding
like a "complainer." They may
feel they won't be believed or
heard, or perhaps they just can
not understand medical jargon.
These feelings are not
part of their imagination. Medical language, therapy and communication may be gender biased. This bias is covert and insidious, and it may result in consequences not fully understood
by the female patient.
For example, a female
patient may feel depressed after
the birth of her child. It is true
that hormones play a part in
this condition, but so might facts
like her husband workinglonger
hours at the office, or the patient
missing the companionship of
her colleagues at her old job.
She may be diagnosed
with "postpartum depression."
Socioeconomic details in her life
are not really a part of this diag-
"husband goes vacant" is more
descriptive as a label. Regardless, sheislabelled as pathological, and this adds to her previous problems. Perhaps sheis now
placed on medication.
Now that this "problematic" and "medicated" woman is
labelled, society can dismiss the
complex problem of women's inequality. Medication is expressive. Dulling one's ability to
learn and to use coping strategies effectively, it keeps this
woman from being assertive,
angry, and "heard" in a patriarchal world.
Better that women complain of feeling "drowsy, dopey
or depressed," as history has
described us, than to make demands for equal child rearing
practices. It is not just diagnosis
that contribute to poor health
and bad feeling, for women in
health care—gender bias is re-
flectedin medical language and
communication as well.
In 1971, Ruth
Cooperstock, a sociologist in
Canada, interviewed doctors
and had them describe the "typi
cal complaining patient." Of
these physicians, 72 percent referred to the female patient.
A more in-depth analysis of this data revealed gender
problems with communication.
Men, it was found, tend to describe their symptoms, while
women describe their symptoms and "explain how they
make her feel." The notion of
"complaining" was linked to
"expression of feelings." This
fact reflects a subjective interpretation of the word "complaining." Perhaps a feminist
reading would conclude that
men withdraw while women
open up when discussing
health concerns.
The point is, if doctors
think men are "describing"
when they are, in fact suicidal,
andthatwomen are "complaining" when they are just "describing", incorrect treatment
will follow. Gender bias in diagnoses, language and communication make being female
hazardous to your health.
Besides gender bias infiltrations in medicine, women
may be subjected to paternalism in the office visit. Medical
paternalism may be an unconscious process for physicians.
Women, particularly womenin
or leaving abusive relationships, will not find paternalism helpful. The task these
women are trying to achieve is
a "reclaiming of autonomy."
Feminists suggest a cooperative relaitionship between physician and patient. Words like
"it will be okay, dear", or "111
make your decisions" do not
satisfy the developmental needs
of these women.
In fact the physician
who is in a controlling position
will  signify  the woman's
abuser, whether or not this is
realistic. Past feelings of fear
and helplessness will recur in
the victims. Physicians may
write "on welfare", "sexually
promiscuous" or "wearing no
make-up" on the chart. These
practices reflect sexist, class
values. They reinforce patriarchal agendas from out therein
promote a woman's health.
The media, your mother,
father and women friends may
be equally guilty in the social
construction of medicine by using language that does not reflect a health self-concept for
the female.
For example, women
themselves often use the phrase
"on the rag" to describe menstruation. A mother who explains that "down there" is
"whatever" is not giving words
to name her daughter's experience. A girl with no name for
her clitoris can only relate to
this part of her body through
mystery and fear. Perhaps she
will disassociate and not relate
to it at all. A young girl who
hears that some pharmacy com-
panyhasapillwhich will "cure"
her of menstrual cramps, is set
up to feel badly about her body.
With the advance of
AIDS, now more than ever,
young teenage girls need words
to describe their body parts accurately. They need words to
manage the imbalances between men and women when
they negotiate sex. Words are as
important as contraception!
Words express, create, and empower women. For example,
women who believe the uterus
is an integral part of their psychological and physical makeup feel less pain giving birth
than women who believe the
uterus is an involuntary muscle.
Alcoholics Anonymous
has known the value of words.
Alcoholics Anonymous clients
begin their meetings stating, "I
am an alcoholic". The rhetoric
transforms them. It says, "-because I take up this present
space with these words, I claim
what I am, I end tiie denial of
the past. I commit to something
Women * must believe,
themselves. If words and labels
do not match their experience
in a health care setting, they
must be retracted, resisted and
reformed by themselves. Take
back those things, words and
labels that do not belong. The
you, not the x-ray machine, the
doctor or the lab test.
You know, you're never too old to go trick or treating for the Food Bank. And,
you don't even have to dress up. (Of course, if you want toi it's OK with us.)
The Alma Mater Society is pleased to sponsor the
Second Annual
rnc fOOO &AHK
And, we'd also be pleased to accept the help of students, faculty and staff in
canvassing the homes of Point Grey and Kitsilano for non-perishable food items.
On Halloween (Sunday, October 31), we'll meet at 4:30 p.m. in SUB 260. From
there, you'll be transported along with your team to an assigned area in Point
Grey or Kitsilano. (Those with trucks or cars with which to transport volunteers
and food will be reimbursed for their gas expenses.) Afterwards, we'll meet for
some well deserved refreshments. Need further information? Contact Carole
Forsythe, Coordinator of External Affairs, at 822-2050.
To help, sign up outside SUB 250 or drop by on Halloween.
Help the Food Bank meet the needs of those
who are hungry.
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Harvard Business School seeks top graduates
from all academic disciplines with a career
interest in General Management. A Harvard
representative will speak with students about
work and leadership experience and the
M.B.A. program.
Student Union Building
Room 209
Monday November 1,1993
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Harvard is committed to the principle of equal education opportunity
UBC/UVIC Law Schools
If you are contemplating attendance at law school in
Vancouver, Victoria or elsewhere in the Fall of 1994,
come to a joint information presentation by admissions representatives from both faculties of law.
1994 Admissions packages and LSAT applications
will be available. Admissions requirements will be
discussed (LSAT; gpa; Undergraduate program;
faculty of Law (Curtis Building)
Moot Court Room
Thursday 28 October
2:00 pm
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jst graduate Society
Is holding a by-election for
the position of TREASURER fr
2 AMS Representatives.
This position is open to all Undergraduates
registered in the Faculty of Arts including B. A,
B.F.A, B. Mas., and B.S.W.
Nomination forms are available at the
A.U.S. office (Buch. A107). Nomination forms
are due on Friday, October 29th at 12:30 p.m.
An all-candidates meeting will be held at
the AUS office October 29th at 5:30 p.m.:
attendance is mandatory. Elections for treasurer will be held on November 3rd and 4th.
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by Brent Galster
Those of us drawn to Tibetan
(Lamaistic) Buddhism, Haitian
Voodoo or the spiritual beliefs of
Aboriginal cultures of the Americas
spent an enlightening evening listening
to Tim Ward (What the Buddha Never
Said, The Great Dragon's Fleas) and
Wade Davis (The Serpent and the
Finding Spirit of Place dydy
Authors Ward and Davis are both
cultural-and to some degree, religious-
-explorers. Their travels and spiritual
quests made for an evening of
contemplation, containing bo A a
denial of anthropocentrism, and a plea
for bio-diversity and an understanding
of geospiritualism and animism in
cultures rich with plant knowledge and
intimate with their environment.
Ward made a valiant attempt to
describe the spiritual traditions of
Tibetan Buddhists, and their perception
of spirituality. He discussed the
implications of dealing with something
as minute as a flea being an equal
planetary denizen. He also discussed
the many Indiginous Peoples of the
Americas who make no distinction
between the animate and the inanimate, because, "to heal yourself, you
have to move through sacred geogra-
Ward dealt with a question about
the Dalai Lama sayingthat he was the
last in the line of Lamas. If for instance
the Dalai Lama merely did not confer
with his priestly retinue on his
deathbed, that alone would break a
tradition of centuries and make it next
to impossible to locate his next
Davis quoted a Voodoo enthusiast
as saying "Trie whites sit in church and
talk about God, the [Indigenous
Peoples of The Americas] chew plants
and talk to God, but we dance in the
temple and become Gods." He also
pointed out that when mythologist
extraordinaire Joseph Campbell was
asked if there was any country in the
New World where people actually
practised their religion, he responded,
Davis described Voodoo
practitioners as being in dread of death
not as a finality but* as a stage in which
their 'ti bon ange (good little angel)
could be taken over by someone else's
spirit in the year-and-a-day that their
spirit would wander after death.
Davis characterised the US as a
surrealistic society. For an example, he
gave the "grieving rooms" in schools
in Washington, D.C., which are places
where students can be taken to be
consoled about having friends shot or
killed by handguns. "Of course, you
could try to do something about the
handguns", he said shaking his head,
"but that's a Canadian view.
After this enchanting evening's
experience, I found myself musing,
"too bad it wasn't a wine & cheese, so
I could entitle my piece 'Of Buddha &
Gouda,' or a demonstration of Haitian
Voodoo by turning an audience
member into a zombie so I could
entitle its You'll Do For Voodoo.'"
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AROUND the World
between COVERS
by Tanya Storr
Seven writers from many parts of the planet gathered on Thursday night to share their
insights on the global village.
During the evening, their words took us to rainforests in Brazil, barracks in Czechoslovakia, and to the 1698 th meeting of a literary society in India, among other wild and
wonderful places.
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Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, was especially powerful. Her poems ranged from
a biting satire about her experience of crossing the US-Canadian border to a beautiful
prayer called "Eagle Poem."
Vikram Seth, author of the novel A Suitable Boy read from his 1349-page saga
detailing the life of a family in India in the early 50's.
Seth's numerous writing style made him a great hit with the audience, and he
promised us that his book wouldn't break our pocketbook, but it may break our wrists.
Canadian authors Carol Shields and Thomas King both explored the subject of sex
and marriage in their novels.
Shield's The Stone Diaries examines the life of a woman stuck in an unsatisfying
marriage, while King's protagonist in Green Grass, Running Water has two lovers
because she is afraid of commitment. Both authors managed to be both humourous and
disturbingly realistic.
Josef Skvorecky immigrated to Canada after the Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia in
1968. His reading took us behind the scenes in a Czechoslovakian army barrack, where the
soldiers had only one two-month-old copy of The Armoured Fist for reading material.
Although Skvorecky's strong Czech accent was at times difficult to understand, he
successfully conveyed his premise that there is no room for creativity and individuality in a
totalitarian regime.
Tei Yamashita, A Japanese-American writer who is married to a Brazilian, read to a
background accompaniment of Brazilian music.
She told us that the largest community of Japanese people outside of Japan reside in
Brazil, and that she spent 10 years following their stories. She denounced clearcutting of
the rainforest, and labelled one Brazilian state, "the world's largest market for chainsaws."
Canadian writer Greme Gibson read from his latest novel
Gentleman Death, His reading revealed his strong talent for creating
character and setting a scene.
Lines such as "Her face convulsed like a skin of water coming
to aboil" were very visually expressive. I almost felt I was sitting in
die kitchen with his characters as he described their movements and
"The Global Village" was an ambitious event to pull off,
considering the great variety of writers present, and the organizers
did it in style. Although we only got a quick glimpse of each writer's
talent, we walked away curious to leam more.
by Simon Matifasevic
"I'll have a Manhattan," he said.
"Coffee," I said.
Josef Skvorecky looked at me with eyes that
have seen Nazis. They are the kind of eyes that
make you want to look away. But you can't
Honest Czech eyes that reflect a soul tempered by
the rigors of life in a country first occupied by tiie
Nazis and then crushed by Commmunists.
We sat in the lounge at the Granville Island
Hotel, his Manhattanglowing orange in the soft
afternoon light. His soft hands wrapped the glass
and he sipped slowly, softly, without sound. He
smiled. I smiled.
I asked about how he started writing. He
explained that when he was young he was sick
and couldn't participate in sports for about a year.
He read. Then, at the age of nine, he started
The whole time we spoke he looked me in
the eyes. He asked if there was anything he could
get me. He suggested a Manhattan. I explained
that there was a jazz thing I had to do later that
night and that I would probably drink there.
He was embarassed when I told him how
brilliant I thought he was. He told me that the
biggest problem he had whim he was starting out
was dialogue. Good dialogue is difficult to write.
Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms was an
inspiration-dialogue didn't have to be preachy or
relate pertinent information. It was most realistic
when it was about nothing in particular. The way
people really speak
He carefully lifted tiie glass and replaced it
on the napkin.
He spoke softly. His voice barely reaching
my hungry ears. He seemed suprised I wasn't
asking him tiie usual reporter questions. He
wondered if I would have enough for the article. I
reassured him.
The waiter came back. Another coffee
please. Make that two. I told him that I
would like to be a professional writer. He
looked at me with those writer eyes. He
knew what it was like. I saw the memories
there. In his eyes.
He enjoyed writing the detective
stories. It was easy and it was hard. He had
to use both parts of his mind. Creative, for
atmosphere and tone. Logic, for plot and
details. It was fun though. Read Raymond
Chandler. Excellent writer. Not great logic
but beautiful style and great reading.
He drank his coffee in small sips. Little
bits of caffeine. Holding the cup like it
would break, he told me about a Chaplin
film where Chaplin playing an aristocrat
ends up doing television because there is
nothing else he can do. Chaplin screws up
the commercials but they end up being an
One of the Writer's Festival people
came to tell him his ride was ready when he
was. He nodded acknowledgement. The
messenger left He apologized. I told him
there was no reason to. He explained that he
wanted to rest before his reading later that
I stood up too quickly. He rose slowly
moving the mass of his wisdom and his
years. We walked slowly. Slight limp.
Out in the sunshine we walked toward
the Writer's Festival headquarters. He said it
was nice to meet me. I said it was nice to
meet him. We shook hands and parted. I
walked out alone. In the cold sunlight I felt
Impressions of
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i-!zk..&/ :!.SS5llf f* 8     THE UBYSSEY Culture
Take me home and feed me Buffalo Tom
by Eric Johnson
On Wednesday afternoon I went
up to the Ubyssey office. I had been
there for all of two minutes when
suddenly I'm agreeing to skip my
evening class, and instead, cover the
Buffalo Tom show at the Town Pump
that night
And I ask you—with my best
rhetorical grin—why?
Don't get me wrong, I like
Buffalo Tom—it's just not the kind of
show I go out of my way for,
especially when it compromises my .
dream of becoming an educated
service clerk, waiter, or whatever it is
that B A grads do out there in the big
world beyond university.
Buffalo Tom
w/ Betty Serveerte
The Town Pump
20 October
Anyway, I swallowed this litde
moral dilemma, and dutifully set off
for the Pump to interview singer/
guitarist Paul Janowitz about the tour
and the new album Big Red Letter
"Without a doubt we're happy
with this record. In contrast to the
other albums, there's less that we
wanted to change afterwards. I think
it's because we've gotten better at
recording, but also because we've had
a lot more time just to get things right.
"With all die studio time we had
there wasn't really much excuse to let
things go, and dren say afterwards,
"Shit, we should have fixed this, or
done that,' which is something we've
done in the past I like to think that
we're progressing. It would be weird
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if I thought differently.
"As far as the tour, it's been
going really well. We've been touring
with these two bands (Holland's Betty
Serveerte and The Verlaines, who—
without visas—couldn't get up to the
show) and I love both bands musically, so the vibes are great
"Most shows have been selling
out It's early in the recdrd so we
didn't really expect much, but the
reaction has been really solid."
And solid, as far as the show
went, is as good a word as any to
describe the band's performance. Or,
how about tight Or honest
Though they were a little rough
starting, the band soon caught the
rhythm and played a solidly frenetic
The sold-out crowd was certainly
appreciative, warming up to a steady
bop as the concert progressed, I
wonder if a good or bad performance
would have mattered to the already-
converted, uncritical crowd They had
paid their bucks, and they were going
to enjoy the show. (With, of course,
the obligatory mini-mosh developing,
complete with swimmers.)
Another reason to explain such a
happy crowd may well have been
because of Betty Serveerte. This Dutch
quartet, in the absence of the
Verlaines, played a great extra-long
Opening set They certainly rivalled
Buffalo Tom's tightness, and also
threw in some great drawn out
wailin* guitar to give the evening a
little bit of—how you say—an edge.
Voguing to FrUVOUS
by Ruta Fluxgold
Moxy Fruvous are one talented
bunch of guys—they can harmonize
like nobody else that I know. This
band has been corn-pared to the
Barenaked Ladies, but other than the
fact that both are from Canada, the
two have virtually nothing in
common. Fruvous relies on then-
voices to entertain, and entertain they
Moxy Fruvous
Vogue Theatre
20 October
Moxy Fruvous is a band with
very strong politically correct
viewpoints. Almost every song has a
message, ranging from "Lazy Boy"
(an anti-TV song) to "War in the
Gulf." Even though these song have
the potential to turn you off of
Fruvous, they don't because the
harmony of their voices entrances you
and the lyrics are written in such a
way that make you chuckle at the
same time it makes you think.
To see Moxy Fruvous live is to
really experience the full talent of this
band. Fruvous got their start busking
in various cities around Canada and
their experience in live performance
really makes a difference in their
shows. The band punctated their lyrics
with props and kept us entertained
during the songs with litde skits and
They also sang the crowd
pleaser, "Green Eggs and Ham" to
which the dnimmer/vocalist Jean and
accordion player/vocalist Dave acted
out the lyrics in full costume.
They parodied themselves when they
sang a grunge version of their first hit,
"King of Spain" for an encore to show
that they really are stupid for not
capitalizing on the trend, as one
comment made by a band "character"
pointed out.
The best part of the concert came
at the end of the show. To those of you
that have never been to the Vogue, you
really must go, it has the best acoustics
of any concert hall in this city. This
was -probably the reason why Moxy
Fruvous sounded so good when for
their last song they sang a cappella and
off-mike "GulfWar Song."
There are few things that I can
criticize about this show. First are the
seats in the Vogue. They have not yet
been replaced and really stand out in
the newly refurbished venue. The
other thing that really got on my
nerves was the amount of do-do-do in
the lyrics of the songs. They sound
nice and all but when you hear a few
too many, they become as annoying as.
a mosquito's buzzing.
When Moxy Fruvous comes back
into town (and they will) I advise
anyone who likes the band's tape to go
and see them live—it's ten times better
in person. Even if you remotely like
this band, you'll have a great time
because they put so much effort into
pleasing the audience that the music
almost takes a back seat
Spearman jazzes
with high heavy kick
by Simon Matijasevic
Fucking intense. I thought this
was going to be some boring "muzak"
jazz. I was totally wrong. These guys
were fanatstic.
My friend Dave and I got there a
little early. We sat We talked. We got
a litde bored. Dave suggested beer. I
couldn't agree more. So we waited and
sipped bur beer.
Glen Spearman Double Trio
Glass Slipper
21 October
The show started half an hour
late. Five minutes into it, I decided that
I could have sat there drinking beer for
a year and it still would have been
worth it
Did I like it? Fuck, yes.
This music was unreal. It was
better than real. The Glen Spearman
Double Trio are incredibly talented
musicians playing music that makes
the rest of us look like a bunch of
idiots. I couldn't get over it. I'm
hooked. It was like drugs. The first
one's free. But now I'm a junkie. I'll
pay through through the nose.
The sextet is the result of joining
two trios: Glenn Spearman's regular
trio, which includes drummer Donald
Robinson and bassist Ben Lindgren
and the group Room consisiting of
saxophonist Larry Ochs, keyboardist
Chris Brown, and percussionist Willy
I had never been to a live jazz
show before. I'd heard tapes. But this
was different For me it was like a
baptism by fire. They got up on stage
and just went like nuts. Being a jazz
virgin and all it was a little difficult for
me to figure out just what the hell was
going on at first But when I did. Oh
Percussionist Willy Winant
deserves special mention. This guy is
wild. He has more energy than a
dozen super-charged Energizer
bunnies. He was bahing and smashing
all night long. I was getting tired just
lifting my pint of beer. Boom. Boom.
Boom. It was excellent He was totally
out of control.
The whole group was incomparable. The way that the different
sounds and textures within the group
itself blended together to make a
completely unique sound was
beautiful. It was really unreal.
I can't tell you how cool this was.
If you ever have an opportunity to
hear these guys live, do it. You won't
regret it. I promise. TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 1993
THE UBYSSEY Perspective
Campus paper waste measured in reams, not sheets
bv Gwylim Blackburn
UBC uses a lot of paper. Aside from our notes and
essays, books and handouts,
the campus itself blows with
paper—literally. This does not
seem entirely necessary.
The two main forms of
paper we see on campus are
advertisements and newspapers.
The ads, posted on
walls, doors, desks, benches,
bicycle, cars, and trees, range
from ballets to beer gardens
and they are s wampingin their
numbers. The regular student
papers sit in doorways, hallways, and cafeterias.
Stopping to really notice this, one might ask, "Why
so much?".
This answer is simple
for Tom Brasseur a staff member at the Peak, SFU student
paper, which publishes 10 000
number; most papers are like
that—they have to set a minimum rate for the ads people."
"Our best pick-up,"
said Brasseur, "would be 9500
with 500 to spare." Of those
that are picked up, a few end
upin the elusive recyclingbags,
most in the more common garbage pails, and the rest are
"dispersed" here and there.
Graham Cook, news
coordinator at The Ubyssey,
said, "It just becomes much
cheaper to print more once you
go above a specific level."
Forads, the purposeis
simple. They wish to be seen
and therefore clutter the specialized bulletin boards in the
Carole Forsythe the
AMS coordinator of external
affairs pins up ads in the typical drown-all-othera style, on
an oppressively messy and
bright SUB board.This event
is in one week, but I know that
I will have to post them again
on Wednesday," Forsythe said.
"Before, I used to care
[about paper use]. Now I just
do it," she said.
Aside from a monthly
clearing of SUB bulletin
boards, expired ads are rarely
removed; old ads simply build
up or fall off.
A five-week study at
SFU concluded that students
pick up more news papers if
the paper pile is bigger and
brighter. The story appears
the same for ads; the ones that
scream in hoards of psychedelic colours are the most noticed.
Is there an optimistic
side to high paper use on campus? Well, recycling comforts
us, even if it is not the whole
solution, and it seems that at
least most of the student papers collect and recycle
unclaimed "oldies".
A more obvious and
frequently bypassed question
is, again, "Why so much paper
Ryan McCuaig, student council representative on
the publication board for the
three AMS funded papers, The
Ubyssey, Pow, and Perspectives, questioned if we really
do need several student papers each with its own special
"The Ubyssey and Pow
Where have all the lefties gone?
by Kevin Carl
Someone told me to write
this editorial to the music ofwhere
have all the flowers gone", replacing flowers with left-handed desks.
But, unfortunately that is impossible. Why is that do you ask? Because there was never any left-
handed desks to begin with.
As left-handed individuals
why is it in the advanced age of
technology that we live we are
forced to use right-handed technology. How many of you have sat
in right-handed desks to write a
three hour exam? And, when finished you leave knowing that if
you had not been cramped over to
the right for the last three hours
your performance on the exam
would have been much better.
Never mind sitting for fifteen
cramped hours of contact time in
right-handed desks a week.
When I was accepted at the
University of British Columbia, I
was proud, excited, and overwhelmed with the fact that I would
be attending one of most recognized institutions in Canada. You
must know how saddened I was
when I arrived to find out that an
establishment that is held in such
high esteem across our fine nation
forgot about the left-handed students enrolled in its programs.
If the programs offered at
the university are supposed to be
equal opportunity courses once you
are accepted into the program, for
to be accepted you must have the
grade point average ofacceptance,
then why must left-handed students put up with the extra pressure of using aright-handed desk?
We have been accepted, so where
does thejustice lie? I truly believed
that we left the dark ages a long
time ago.
Teachers no longer remove
the pencil from the left hand of
students and place it in the right.
Although, this did happen to me
when I was in grade one and two
in 1963 and 64. Now the elementary level of education strives for
the students individuality, stat-
people. Well if this is the case we
must have right people running the
administration of this university
because they definitely have no cre-
president, I would have to say that
a racial injustice is being over-
ative skills, and obviously do not
want left-handed people to be successful because there are no LEFT-
HANDED DESKS. If there are any,
I have seen very few, most of them
are broken or defaced in some way.
Legs  broken,   arms  missing,
scarred or marked up beyond use.
Last semester I came to the
campus two hours early to a final
exam, knowingthat I would spend
at least half an hour trying to
locate a desk. Everyone knows that
the classes are locked duringexam
time. Do you know it took me one
and a half hours to find a LEFT-
Administration and President Strangeway please answer
me this, why should I or any other
left-handed student have to spend
that much time worrying about
something that should be there? A
very simple equation would show
the administration and the president that at least twenty percent
of the universities population is
left-handed. Seeing as how these
facilities are not being provided
by the administration and the
looked on this campus and must
come to an end.
This is why I am calling all
to the occasion, we have been smitten by the right-handed world for
the last time. WE WANT LEFT-
BUILDING. These are not demands, yet but they are a request
from people who write with their
left hand, is it so difficult to understand that the world does not
revolve around the right-handed
members of society. We are here,
and we are here to stay.
[for instance] used to be one
but, people have different interests, squabbles occur, and a
split results," McCuaig said.
However many people
read four or five different papers. Though numerous papers available on campus let
each of us create our own ultimate reading combination, we
contrast other campus' such
as SFU, where The Peak has
served a wide range of readers
for 65 years.
Similarly, perhaps
fewer posted ads, in the correct
places would counter the run-
i n the ad verti si ng anarchy that
we currently use, as well as
make a smaller job of then collecting the old ones.
As always, turning to
scrutinize ourselves is more
difficult. Readers, writers,
and just people, must demand
less. After all, the paper that
you hold was made for you, as
were the ads, coupon books,
newsletters, discount binder
paper, Student Handbook,
glossy subscriptions, and all
the 'Welcome to UBC, student
#9936609509372" letters that
we have all received.
Every Friday
11:00 a.m.
- 2:00 p.m.
SUB North Plaza,
Room 61A
Drop in for
coffee or tea.
Meet other non-traditional students.
Share your experiences on campus.
Suggest solutions to those seeking
advice. Hang out Relax.
A non-traditional student is one who is:
older than the traditional student, i.e. over
24-years-old; employed while studying on a
part-time basis; a parent, single or otherwise;
returning to school after an absence; and/or
changing or enhancing a career through
post-secondary education?
For more information, please contact Carole
Forsythe, Coordinator of External Affairs, in
SUB 250 at 822-2050.
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When Canadians wake up thi s morning they will be
suffering from more than the effects of a late night
hinging session. The hangover will continue for the next
five years and it will be worse than having consumed
twenty beers. All those Canadians who thought they
were merely registering their anger by voting Reform
and Bloc Quebecois will wake up to find Frankenstein's
monster living in one corner of their backyard and a
gargoyle chained in the opposite Bloc.
Change can be good. Perhaps it is best that the Bloc
Quebecois and Reform parties have obtained such status, for now they can only begin to reveal their true
natures. Sure, every Western Canadian grumbles about
Quebec, but are they really prepared to have them leave
Canada? Do Quebecers really believe that the Bloc is the
best thing for their province or have they just opened
Pandora's box?
What does the West expect from the Reform party?
People in this region claim to hate politicians but what
else can you call those Reform candidates who are now
elected as official members of parliament? Are they still
the farmers of Alberta? Now that they have become the
"grassroots, moral conscience of parliament" they will
no longer be able to merely throw out slogans—they may
actually have to provide their voters with something of
substance. A tour of the parliamentary library may
have some merit to the new honourable members.
How will time change the new parties? Their policies
may bend like Liberals on a fence being blown in a hard
wind. Brian Mulroney did an about face on his position
concerni ng free trade: "Don't talk to me about free trade.
... All that would happen with that kind of concept
wouldbe the boys cranking up their plants in the United
States in the bad times and shutting their entire branch
plants in Canada. It's bad enough as it is." Brian
Mulroney 1983.
Will the Reform party's math improve? It seems
only yesterday Bill McArthur, Reform party candidate
for Vancouver Quadra, was able to multiply six times
three and get nineteen. Will they suddenly realize the
three years that they need to reduce the deficit is
actually in dog years? Or that reducing the number of
immigrants will suddenly increase the percentage of
Canadians that are unemployed?
Perhaps British Columbians and Albertans were
expecting magic from the Reform party. Why were they
not as convinced by the Natural Law Party? They, in
fact, had more to offer: they claimed to be able to reduce
the deficit without increasing our stress level. What
more could any Canadian wish for?
Canadians have never been very demanding. They
willingly accept most politicians as their representatives as long as they are thought of once in a while. As
Humphrey Bogart once said to a girl from Saskatoon in
Across the Pacific (1942) on being a happy Canuck:
"There's a Canadian for you. You let them take oif their
clothes and they're happy." But that is only a foreigner's
According to Pierre Berton "ACanadianis somebody
who knows how to make love in a canoe." Let's hope the
Bloc and Reform don't rock the boat before the end.
the Ubyssey
26 October 1993
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As tbe sun rose over the wastes, Doug Penis dusted himself off—the horror of the night before
still etched on his retinas. The daemon Mike Kitchen had exacted his revenge on tbe decadent
kingdoms of Steve Chow. The sight of Tessa Moon lying, bloodied and gored after her
encounter w.th the disembodied head of Kim Campbell, shocked Doug back into reality. There
tbe bead lay in tbe decayed ribcage of the once great and wise Taivo Evard—tbe words
"consider yourself hugged" still frozen in its mouth.But deipite the A*m* g* perpetrated by the
177 Liberal MP.'s unlcased on tbe kingdom, hope still glimmered just beyond the horizon:
High Priestess Sara Martin defeated die evil Rick Hiebert and his Legion of Ultimate
Beigencss. "We demand deliverance!" she bellowed and tapped her gnaiicy sceptic upon the
bones of Siobhan Roantree. And up from the darkest bowelsofDawnLessoway'sbrutal brand
of honesty tbe White Djim of Desire, Ted Young-lng, and his floating waif, Christine Price,
condensed into reality. "Bring me Nivaaaaaa....Nivanivanivaniva Chow!" the White Djinn
bellowed. "Bring me Niva and S3 Reform MP.'s and I will give you Lncien Bouchard's
roasted spleen." ButMarkP.said,"! shall bring you a better priae. the Editor Doug ."The Djinn
screamed with orgasmic delight. And Mark and his man-at-arms, Simon Matijasevic. But
Doug, with the blessing of the wise MaChia-Nien, stole of into the dawning sun... .The fallen,
however, were already at the ninth level of the Pit Clawing for their feeble souls, Eric Johnson
and Ruta Pluxgold looked at each other and said, "What is that on your nose?" It sure as hell
wasn't Desiree Adib, who just happened to be in the middle of a flogging by some rather
distempered demons. Bob Main, for some reason, was enjoying an ice cream cone in all the
heat. Hey, said Bob to Greg McNally, who looked like a raisin, hot enough for ya? Bubba
Hubba blew same bubbles, cleaned up the mess from the 1 atest barbed- w ire catheter treatmei_L
Tanya Starr, nervous after having lost a personal item in the sloth, screamed "Don't throw away
anything!!" Paula Foran called Prances from Hell, "Come home for Christmas, Frances!"
"Yes, cone tome for Christmas, Prances" mocked Brent Oalster, who along with Pat McGuire
had just become tbe meanest mothers m tbe Underworld. "Bring your rubber ducky."
Coordinating Editor Douglas Fonts
Now* Coordinator Graham Cook
Now* Editors: Sara Martin, Taivo Evard
Culture Coordinator Stevo "Whore's Waldo?-ln my Pants!" Chow
Culture Editor Tod Young-lng
Photography Coordinator Siobhan Roantreo
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Letters to the staff
Say Oh! O.T!!
If someone were to ask
you what "O.T." is what would
you say? (No, the answer is
not over-time). October 25-
29 is National Occupational
Therapy Week which represents a time to expose our
ignorance and ask, "What is
O.T., anyway?".
Occupational Therapy, a
division in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, is a
health care profession concerned with increasing the
independence and quality of
life of people with physical
and/or mental disabilities.
Through the use of carefully
selected activities, adaptive
aids, environmental adaptations, education and task
analysis, an occupational
therapist focuses on improving functioning in the areas
of self-care, work andleisure.
The profession is diverse,
serving clients of all ages in
various settings including
hospitals, community programs, schools, private
practice and rehabilitation
So, what does an occupational therapist actually
do? An O.T. can work with a
boy who has lost an arm and
teach him to use prosthesis
so he can play hockey with
his friends, get dressed independently, and do his
school work.
An O.T. can work with a
woman with multiple sclerosis and teach her energy
conservation techniques to
manage her fatigue, andhelp
her family to cope with the
psychological stress.
An O.T. can also work
with a widowed, elderly man
who is depressed, unable to
look after himself and losing
contact with others, to help
him identify ways to maintain social relations with
other people and develop the
skills to become more independent.
This is just a small
sample of what O.T. is all
about. If you are interested
in more information, come to
the occupational therapy
booth in I.R.C. during O.T.
week. You may even win a
So...when our roving
video reporters approach you
in I.R.C. and ask you "What
is O.T., anyway?" what will
you say?
Karen Gilbert OT 3
Tania Percy OT 2
Give a hoot,
Don't pollute
I would like to commend
you on Sarah O'Donnell's
timely article on UBC's incinerator dilemma, and
clarify one of the issues
raised. The article left the
false impression that UBC
voluntarily put the replacement project on hold. In
January 1993 the Ministry of
Advanced Education, and the
Ministry of Environment
withdrew funding for the
project and ordered UBC to
stop the project, pending a
report from the Waste Reduction Commission. We are
still awaiting that report. In
August the Ministry of Environment issued its polluter's
list citing UBC. The irony is,
the same bureaucracy that
will not let us clean up our
act, is now chastising us for
not doing so. This is a very
frustrating situation for
many members of the University and surrounding
community who have spent
up to 5 years in developing a
comprehensive hazardous
waste reduction and management plan. Our first priority at UBC is to minimize
waste, and waste that can
not be eliminated at source
must be managed in the most
environmentally responsible
manner possible. Lets all
keep in mind the impact our
activities have on the environment, and reduce our lab
waste as much as possible.
Randy Alexander
Hazardous Waste
Supplemental sin
Supplemental examinations have long provided students with the chance to improve on final examinations
which, for whatever reason,
were less satisfactory when
first written. Given the various restrictions under which
supplementals could be written, this opportunity for bettering a poor final grade was
created to help a student who
was otherwise doing satisfactorily. Last year, the Faculty of Science eliminated thi s
privilege for its students, and
this year, the Faculty of Arts
wishes to  do the  same.
Whether you have, in the
past, used this supplemental
privilege of simply wish to
express your opinion on this
matter, I want to hear from
you. Please write to me, care
of the Department of classics, Buchanan C 265.
Talman W. Rodocker
Student Representative
to the Faculty of Arts
Wouldn't touch
you with a 10-
foot pole and a
can of Raid, dear
Where is love? What is
Where is Waldo? In my pants.
First a gentle murmur
that blows from the heart.
Then a great wind that will
tear you apart. That's real
Love is ... 2. (n) a tinkling sound as of bells. The
putrid aftertaste of a puke.
I love you like I love
Waldo. Waldo in my pants.
Daniel Steel
Looking for love
The Ubyssey welcomes letters
on any issue. Letters must be
typed and are not to exceed 300
words in length. Content which
is judged to be libelous,
homophobic, sexist, racist or
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but it is standard Ubyssey policy
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Opening Une-.'Tfe mouu in the SUB theatre had just ended and it had put me in an
awfully strange mood."
Closing Iln«:"77i»* candle wax in my belly-button wai still warm, but what was that in
my pants?'
1 of the following 11 elements mtut be incorporated to weave your story:
/. The mysterious 4 roam* on the little travelled to 3rd floor of SUB.
2. The total uselessness ofthe David Lam Resource Library.
S.Carole Forsythe, Orvin Lau and Rober's Rules of Order.
4. The late-night proctor of SUB or a proctologist.
5. A cook ring and a large potted plant.\
6. Thor and the game of "broken telephone."
7. Steamtunnels, Dave Strangeway and handcuffs.
8. Frances Foran.
9. Underwear half*>ff at Kmart.
10 The merger of AMS with UBC administration.
11. The lyric, "We ate the Children ofthe Sea" by Jennifer.
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Fear and loathing: on the campaign trail '93
by Sean Fleming
I generally restrict my discussions of political matters to
Friday nights with friends over a
beer, but some ofthe statements
made by our potential Prime Ministers in the recent leadership
debate have annoyed me sufficiently to speak out. A number of
the things they sai d were remarkably stupid, ignorant, or deliberately misleading, but I was most
disgusted by their comments regarding gun control and capital
punishment during a question
period dedicated to the issue of
Mr. Chretien, Mr. Bouchard,
and Ms. MacLaughlin all made
very simplistic, brief, and polifi-
cally correct comments advocating the removal of firearms from
private owner-ship. Mr. Chretien's
statement, while the most mild,
is my personal favorite. I cannot
recall the exact wording of it, but
it was a Chretienesque remark
which wentsomethingverymuch
like this: "Yeah, hunting, that is
OK, but for me, I don't think
people should be allowed to carry
handguns." This was said in the
context of a discussion proposing
tighter gun controls, the implication then clearly being that Mr.
Chretien is under the impression
that Canadians are presently
permitted to roam the streets fully
aimed, and he believes this practice should be stopped.
I have some news for Mr.
Chretien: for all practical purposes, it has been illegal to carry
a handgun in this country since
1977. There are some exceptions,
consisting of individuals who are
deemed to require a handgun for
self defense on the job. However,
the vast majority of handgun
owners are restricted by law to
transporting their firearms only
to and from a firing range. At no
time is any non-police officer permitted to carry a concealed
weapon. How can we trust this
man to conceive of and implement fair and effective firearms
legislationifhe doesn't know what
the law actually is?
Ms. MacLaughlin and Mr.
Bouchard did not make any such
specific and indisputably wrong
comments, but their hand-waving dismissal ofthe rights of firearms owners and their suggestion, without any discussion whatsoever of the details, that the
presence of guns in the public
domain is a fundamental cause of
crime in our society do not repre-
sentthe well-considered opinions
we have arighttoexpect from our
potential leaders. These were reactionary, knee-jerk responses to
a complicated issue with far-
reaching implications.
Several basic questions need
to be answered. Which is more
important, a potential reduction
in the rate of violent crime, or the
personal rights and freedoms of
many thousands of Canadians
who choose to own firearms of
some description? Are these concerns compatible? Are you willing to give up the means to defend
yourself and your family ad
equately, trusting the police and
courts to be able to not only punish
crime but to effectively prevent it?
How much control are you prepared to give to the state in order
for it to fulfill that role? Would you
prefer to believe that this is your
life and it is both your responsibility and your right to defend it?
Would that only lead to anarchy?
And on a more technical level, just
what are the facts about legally
acquired guns and crime? We are
discussing Canadian societal
norms and behaviour. Arguments
and statistics that apply to Los
Angeles or Washington, BC or the
backwoods of Arkansas just don't
work here. We are very different
from the Americans in some ways—
and especially so when guns are
the topic of discussion.
Firearms legislation doesn't
grab the headlines in Canada like
the deficit and unemployment do,
but it is an issue which raises some
fundamental questions about what
we want our society to be, how
optimistic you are about essential
human nature, and what role government should play in our lives.
Regardless of your views on the
matter, it requires a more complete andintelligentresponse from
our leadership candidates than
what we got in the debate.
At the other end ofthe political spectrum, we have Mr. Manning. He suggested in the debate
that a referendum be held concerning the return of capital punishment. This is even worse than
the remarks of the others. Never
has there ever been any kind of
definitive evidence that capital
punishment is an effective deterrent. It is nothing more than institutionalized revenge and murder.
A nation that has a death penalty
in anything other than wartime
conditions consists of a society of
barbarians. The remarks of the
others satisfied typical standards
of mindless political correctness;
Mr. Manning's corresponded to a
special redneck political correctness.
Ms. Campbell seemed to be
almost incapable of uttering a sentence which did not include the
word "deficit". It is somewhat difficult to combine "guns" or "capital
punishment" with "deficit" in a logically constructed sentence, so she
didn't have much of anything to
say about these issues.
But I think Mr. Manning
doesn't really believe in capital
punishment. Nor do I think that
the others firmly believe in gun
control. Their positions on these
issues are based on what will get
them votes. And it is this—the
proposition on national television
that civil liberties, and in Mr.
Manning's case, the right to life
itself, be voided, not out of ideology
but simply to acquire political
power—it is this that sickens me.
But the worst part is that they will
only say these things if people buy
it. The average Canadian knows so
little, and cares so little, that maybe
we even deserve leaders like this.
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Sex, lies & alienation: American trademarks
by Taivo Evard
Sisters, fathers, mothers and
brothers frolic in each other's madness
through different approaches to love,
death, and the ominous spectre of
male violence in this tight Sam
Shepard performance.
A Lie of the Mind
playwright: Sam Shepard
dir. Ron Chartier
Vancouver Little Theatre
until 30 October
This disjointed midwestem slice
of life, a Shepard staple, involves two
families linked by a wifebeating son in
one and his victim in the other, his
wife, who he has irreversibly impaired.
Shepard's plays are offered as
social criticism rather than glorifying
commentary, with A Lie ofthe Mind
demonstrating the impunity with which
spousal assault is dealt, as family
members would rather ignore subjects
too painful to discuss.
Insanity is presented as being
inherited through upbringing, evident
in the anal quirks of the parents
eminaling from their children. History
also plays a key role in determining the |
present, as the circular nature of
repeating breakdowns travels down the
family tree.
While most of the women are
presented as feeble-minded, the men
are equally distasteful—the old dying
misogynist and his young prodigy, his
son. Indeed, there is a strong sense of
uncontrollable aggression amongst the
male characters, each using violence as
their only means of communication.
A Lie ofthe Mind follows along
the same vein as Sam Peckinpah's film
Straw Dogs, often referred to as "the
first fascist work of art." Each probes
deep into the male psyche, examining
violence as an ever-present force in the
male decision-making process.
A minimalistic set, a slow
twanging guitar in scene interludes,
and clouds of dust roaring off the
chesterfield helped give the play a
southwestern American flair.
In judging a Shepard performance, Ihe players must stand up to a
much more harsher reviewer's pen as
his plays are unanimously golden. To
single out a single player in this
production, however, would certainly
be unfair. Efforts to pick apart the set       drew heartfelt applause, a standing
are also fruidess, as the curtain call ovation from some.
In my
1  5 Nol
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The following notice of motion was given at the SAC meeting dated Oct. 26,
1993. That SAC deconstitute the following clubs:
Accounting Club
Geography Students Association
Pool Club
African Students Association
Geological Engineering Club
Pottery Club
Geophysics Society
Pre-Dental Students
AISES (American Indian Science
German Club
Pre-Law Club
& Engineering Association)
Great Wall Culture Club
Pre-Medical Society
Amateur Radio Society
Green Club
Progressive Conservative Club
Ambassadors for Jesus
HASK-Croatian Student's Society
Reform Party Student's Society of
Amnesty UBC
Health International of UBC
the AMS
Health Sciences Association
Sailing Club
Undergraduate Society
Hewlett Packard Users Group
Science Fiction Society
Aquaculture Club
History Students Association
Scit (Senior Citizens') Club
Association of Bahai Studies
Seri Malaysia
Hong Kong Exchange Club
Association of Engineering
Industrial Relations Management
Shito-Ryu Itosu-kai Karate Club
Badminton Club
Bhangara Club
Sikh Students' Association
Inter Fraternity Council
Singapore Raffles Club
International Relations Students'
Single Parents Association
Bio-Resource Engineering Club
Ski Club
Bowling Association
Ismaili Students Association
Skydiving Club
Butokukan Karate Club
Japan Exchange Club
Social Credit
Bzzr Gardening Club
Jazz, Folk and Blues Club
Sororitites of UBC
Campus Pro-Life
Jewish Students' Association /
Sports Car Club
Sri Lanka Society
Chemical Engineering Club
Hillel House
Chess Club
Kendo Club
Stamp Club
Students for Choice
Chinese Christian Fellowship
Korean Intercollegiate Student
Latter-Day Saints Students
Chinese Collegiate Society
Chinese Students Association
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of the A.M.S.
Chinese Varsity Club
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Dance Horizons
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United Church Campus Ministry
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Urban Land Economics Club of
the AMS
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Varsity Outdoor
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Please note this motion will be discussed at the November 8,
1993 SAC meeting. If you have
any concerns please contact the SAC secretary, Grant Rhodes in SUB 252 (822-5466).
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Northwestern College of Chiropractic
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General requirements at time of entry include:
• Approx. 2-3 years of college in a a life or health science degree program.
• A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5. A more competitive C.P.A. is favored.
• A personal interest in a career as a primary care physician.
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