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UBYSSEY OD'Ed     3
Editorial
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by Amass
We buy, we sell, and we are closely monitored
while we do it.
But in a world run by bureaucrats, there are
a surprisingly wide array of ways to rock the system.
Employee sabotage is rarelyreportedas businesses dont want this information to become a more
common occurrence. But mistreated and underpaid
employees have found non-verbal ways to air their
greivances.
Anything that affects the efficiency of a company—a work slowdown, threat of resignation over
a pay raise demand on a day when your boss really
really needs you, or anything which raises costs—
will lower profits and hurt the organization.
Many cases have been documented of disgruntled employees taking action against oblivious
owners. Employees have purposefullymisplaced files,
thrown files away, put the boss' mail in the trash,
and randomly hung "out of order" signs on bathrooms and photocopiers.
Many UBC students work in coffee shops,
and sometimes nuts and bolts are accidentally
"dropped" into the grinder.
A server at a major Vancouver coffee shop
chain has taken steps to vent anger over being paid
■mini-mum wage. Franchisors contractually ensure
that all coffee is sold in cups advertising the company logo. The franchisors sells these cups to the
franchisees. This way, they also know exactly how
many cups franchisees use. They compare this number to the reported sales ofthe franchisee, as a way
ofensuringhonest reporting ofirKome.as franchisors
extract a percentage of franchisee profits.
Now, when they look at reported sales and
the number of cups the franchisee bought, and there's
a discrepancy, the franchisor will take action, legal
or otherwise.
Each shift, this employee dumped a couple
of sleeves of the company logo cups in the garbage.
After a week or two the effects were irreversible. The
owner faced major troubles and permanent mistrust
from the franchisor.
Restaurant employeeshave stolen food from
restaurants to give to food banks. Some plan to
expand this endeavour to money from the cash register.
Concerned citizens placed an ad in the publication  Maximum Rock & Roll    urging people to call
Jimmy Swaggarf s new toll-free number. Each time
a connection is made Swaggart pays about 19 cents.
Readers would call the line and scream "I'm
pregnant...with satan's baby!!" One person set up
their computer to call Swaggarf s line over and over
again. Swaggart ended up losing over $150,000 before he had his line shut down.
One Toronto cyberpunk, irate with Canadian government, has done the same to members of
parliament. Their toll-free 1-800 numbers, which
each MP has, cost about 50 cents per can.
The hacker also bundles and mails old newspapers to -their MP. Anything sent to an MP in
Ottawa is free of charge. Vancouver is much further,
and rocks add weight and postal charges to the bill.
The Ubyssey, of course, would not advocate
such actions. They are not only anti-establishment
and anti-authoritarian, and done        en masse  would
lead to the downfall of Canadian society.
What we at The Ubyssey suggest is this: static
has been known to cause malfunctions in circuit
boards, so at your place of work, unscrew the sleeve
fromyour computer. Bring inaballoonandrubitall
day on your head—the static created could screw up
acomputer'smemory. The first hundred times it may
not work, but the 101st...
Canadians trapped
by WiMam Hamlin
For Marilyn Lamont, the October elections
havent changed much, in spite of hopes extended to
her by Jean Chretien.
It will be four years this month that her
daughter QiristiiwandChristine'afianceDavidSpen-
cer, from Vancouver and Moncton respectively, have
beenimprisonedinBrazil.Chargedin connection with
the kidnapping of a wealthy Brazilian businessman,
they recently began their 28-year sentences.
Butthe Canamans maintain theirinnocence.
Lamont is furious with the Canadian government's
refusal to request a Brazilian presidential expulsion
for them. In early 1992, she said, "a couple of
sentences from external affairs [to the Brazilian
minister of justice] would have been all that was
needed".
She said the couple's trial was rife with
irregularities. A chief of police, said Lamont-. "zeroed
in on David and Christine," then used his efforts as
a platform for a successful campaign for a governor-
ship. Lamont said their sentences are "illegal and
unconstitutional, even by Brazilian standards," for
the peripheral activities for which they were convicted.
"Canada is obliged to act on its nationals'
behalfiftheirhuman rights are abused or ifthey have
been subjected to an unfair trial," she said. "I think
the Caradian governments a*fraidtosetaprecedent
in helping its citi zens in trouble abroad."
Although Jean Chretdencritdcizedthe Conservatives' handling ofthe matter, last Friday the new
Liberal foreign minister Andre Ouellet repeated the
refusal to request expulsion.
"Wecertainlyhopeandcare about what happens to every single Canadian abroad," said foreign
(formerly external) affairs spokesperson Lily
Campbell. "There is every indication that a request
for expulsion would be refused at this time."
As the political climate in Brazil changes,
however, "there could be a possibility of it," Lamont
said.
The foreign affairs departmentinsistedthat
it is bound to respect "due process", and that Canadians are responsible for abiding by the laws ofthe
countries in which they travel.
The department favours a Transfer of Offenders Treaty (TOT), now being discussed with
Brazil, under which prisoners would be returned to
their home country to serve the remainder of their
sentences with the possibility of parole. However,
prisoners must have rescinded attempts to appeal.
"The TOT is the best hope of [Lamont and
Spencer's] return to Canada", Campbell said. Full
ratification ofthe treaty, however, is entangled in
bureaucratic hassles. Brazilian president Itamar
Franco needs to sign it, but Campbell said he is
"nowhere to be found".
Lamont doesnt expect much to come ofthe
treaty negotiations. "Canada has pushed the treaty so
hard that theyVe alienated the Brazilians...the treaty
may already be dead in the water in Brazil," she sai d.
"I really don't think our department of external affairs has a lot of expertise... I dont think
they understand the Brazilian character."
She is upset by Ouellefs decision to forego an
expulsion request, but held out hopes ofthe Liberals
comingthroughforher.
"We're hoping this is just a preliminary
settlement," she said.
Amnesty International cites prison conditions in Brazil as ranking among the worst in the
world. Lamont and Spencer narrowly avoided being
tortured "as a matter of course" only because ofthe
intervention of a Catholic cardinal. Christine Lamont
has since developed tuberculosis.
They did well at first," said her mother.
But when she saw her daughter and Spencer last
August, "I could see a real deterioration in their
health and psychological outlook."
She was hesitant to elaborate, for fear of
repercussions. "We're very careful not to criticize
the prisons in Brazil."
Bone of contention: a call for national help
by Sharon Undone
and Chung Wong
TORONTO—Bureaucracy kills.
Ontarians Richard Chang, 18, of
Windsor and June Lee, 38, of Toronto
are finding out the hard way as they lay
dying in their hospital beds.
At a press conference last week
Richard's mother Lai Lin tearfully
plead: "I just dont want my son to die,
please help him."
June's nephew Martin Seto quit
his marketing job to help both Richard
and his aunt. He has launched the
Search For life Campaign which will
arrivetaVanccuvershortiy after Christ-
mas. His aunt June was a senior buyer
for Tip Top clothiers.
"Now her life is standing still, she
is not enjoying life, she is just existing,"
Seto said. "But she has a lot of inner
strength."
Both patients are suffering from
leukemia and and their peers desperately search for bone marrow matches
from Chinese donors. It would seem an
easy task considering 10,000 Chinese
had their blood types registered for the
Save the Elizabeth Lue Campaign in
1990 and another 7,000 in 1991 donated
for 18-month-bld Gordon Wu.
But until last week the two dying
patients had access to only 1000 of those
17,000 names. The remainder were
locked in a paper shuffle.
During the two previous life saving campaigns tiie Red Cross did not
have the registration forms for mass
donations. As a result the donors registered onto private lists which have not
been fully transferred onto the Canadian bone marrow registry and remain
in limbo.
They are, however, registered in
US bone marrow banks which helped
test the volumes of Chinese donors—a
caseload which overburdened Canadian
medical facilities capable of processing
only 60 a week.
The U.S. banks are now locked in a
bone marrow co-art battle for exclusive
rights to the valuable list of Chinese
donors, the largest of its kind in the
world.
It was only last week that Dr.
Joseph Wong, who organized the Elizabeth Lue campaign, struck a deal to
have 5000 names released from the list
They are available now to Chinese Canadians, but only at a Hong Kong regis-
try-
Of 56,000 names ofl 7-59 year olds
registered for bone marrow matching
in Canada, less than 2000 are Chinese.
"Blood types ofthe Chinese population are not well known," Seto said.
"In the Caucasian world, the chances
are one in three with thecurrentamount
of people in the bone marrow registry.
But for the Chinese it could be 1 in 100
or 1 in 40,000 or 1 in a million. We just
dont know. There's no history. This is
true of all ethnic groups."
The Red Cross has not made any
effort to solicit more Chinese donors
because they would then be obligated to
all ethnic groups which would be too
costly.
Six-year-old Elizabeth Lue died
after a four-month campaign which
raised $800,000 while Gordon Wu
stopped his search and is barely surviving with the aid of Chinese herbal medicine.
On Sunday 200 Chinese had their
blood types checked in Toronto for a
cost of $11,000. Potential donors in Vancouver may call Judy Au of the Red
Cross at 431-4200 (Ext 234). Concerned
citizens can also donate money to the
Bank of Montreal's Search for life
Campaign which is hoping to raise
$250,000.
Two years ago in British Columbia, only one telescope was available to
process three tests a day to find a bone
marrow match for Colin Beechinor, a
daycare child at UBC. He miraculously
found a match but died of complications. To this day, there is a backlog of
several thousand potential donors. RYSSFY  Rurrtnucra'
SDecial Issue
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Beauty in buy of beholder
by Sandra Iseman
Coupons, vouchers, flyers, ads.
All telling me if I buy a product Fll
save fifty cents. If I dont buy it Til
save three dollars and fifty cents.
Somewhere along the conveyor belt
that must have just been forgotten.
After all, companies which are
so considerate as to inform me of
their great bargains, so pertinent
to my existence, only have my best
interests at heart. Doesnt shoppers'drug mart want us to have the
best of holidays? Now we can with
tampons for only $7.99!
My concern however isn't with
tampons, (though 111 spend over
four thousand dollars on them in
this lifetime). My grief doesnt lie
with the volumes of paper so carefully designed to capture our diminishing attention. After all,
people can choose what they will
and wont buy. We're all consenting adults here. Aren't we?
As children we are given toys
to play with to occupy our minds
and our time. As we mature, our
minds broaden, (or so we think),
and we seem to depend on, need
and demand more toys, and more
complex ones. Considering our generation grew up with lego and
tinkertoys, I hate to think of whafs
in store for the kids of today. On
many a wish list there will be requests for dolls who actually urinate, (do they defecate too?), and
toy cars with voice-activation.
Imagination seems to have
gone outof style. Everythingisnow
battery-operated, more complex,
more expensive, less fun. These are
novelty items, and the western culture is a novelty-oriented society—
Trends, Fads, Fashions, en Vogue.
The commercial market occupies our physical and our mental
space. Everybody's in style now—
especially ifyou say you're not. If
you dare to disagree, go turn on the
TV for some prime-time programming. Just what's being programmed?
I realize that being up on
trends is one's way of displaying
success. Ifyou haveacellularphone
you must be important and you
must be very happy. If you're thin
and beautiful you must be loved
and you must be very happy. If
your nose is a tittle tag it is no
problem to have it remodelled. Your
life will change entirely after one
operation and you will be very
happy.
Not like old wrinkly grandma
on ihe rocking chair. She's smiling? She's just fooling herself.
With the fast-paced life and
in-your-face ads no one has time to
examine what one buys, they just
do. Not only are we buying
cigarrette extinguishers cleverly
disguised as a pen, but a one-way
ticket to idleness and apathy.
Our society is the greatest spectator sport. Nobody does, we just
consume. Once a year we think of
consuming for someone else.
I still like the tradition we had
in my house of making gifts. Even
in an era of non-smokers, homemade ashtrays say a lot more than
a cucumber-peeling-hypnotizer-
CD-playing-comes in two great
colours-whatchame callit.
Decaf nonfat foaming at the mouth
by Julie O'Connor
About a month ago I quit my
McJob, one bestowed to me by the
great coffee gods ofSeattl e, no other
than the Starbucks coffee corporation. Welcome to the 1990s service
economy where the commodity,
coffee, is marketed to the max,
traded publicly on the stock market and appears on every
neighbourhood streetcorner in your
city.
The line-ups are incredible in
those small spaces and everybody
who's somebody owns a Starbuck's
commuter mug to save the environment. Starbuck's success is enviable to anyone who values the
"money talks and bullshit walks"
philosophy (and we all value that
when faced with the prospect of
debt or starvation).
It is a vertically integrated
system that starts with a huge organization of people in Seattle and
smaller headquarters in the targeted cities. In Vancouver it is located in a classy, red brick building
in the heart of fashionable
Yaletown. Every big decision is
made by the people in Seattle, including the tunes you hear as you
wait for your latte.
The same formula (Green, politically correct mermaid, called
siren) is applied to every Starbucks
built from here to Denver. As already mentioned, people flock to
the stores in the lower mainland
and presumably everywhere else
considering they keep building
them.
Their success is infectious as I
witnessed on my vacation to the
Big Apple this summer. Imitations
abound and people wouldask when
they found out my occupation:
"when are they going to build one
here?"
So who can predict how much
further the siren and her drink will
be carried? Certainly not I of the
mediocre grades in a few UBC economics courses.
If Starbucks attempts to penetrate the european markets where
they may experience some serious
competition. Even in Vancouver
they are resented by east-side residents who already had an established coffee culture.
In my opinion, the company
that used to pay my wages is a sign
ofthe times (post yuppiedom, reign
of the disenfranchised generation
Xer's ). It utilizes an abundance of
cheap labour and fulfills a desperate culture's needfor ritual in daily
life. And since there are very few
rituals in this modern society (or
should I have said post) that one
can rely on, a decaf non-fat, extra
foam latte every morning at nine
o'clock sharp will do the trick., .until
whatever they think of next.
j     IJiT.
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• President
• Vice-President
• Director of Finance
• Director of Administration
• Coordinator of External Affairs
Nomination forms are available from Terri Folsom,
Administrative Assistant in SUB 238.
Nominations close
JANUARY 7th, 4:30 PM
Candidates must attend an all candidates meeting
to be held in SUB 206 on January 7th at 5:30 PM.
ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD:
January 17,18,19, 20 & 21,1994. JESDAY01   DECEMBER   1993
THE UBYSSEY Bureaucracy and Consumerism Special Issue
"Dirty old man" sees penii in ice cubes
by Taivo Evard
The average north american
views over 1000 ads per day and by
the age of 60 has spent nine years
watching TV.
Most media products, including advertisements, have been sub-
liminally altered, containing words
or images which are only perceived
at the subconscious level.
The use of subliminal techniques has its roots back at least as
far as 14th century art, although
the motive for manipulation there
was aesthetic, not monetary.
One ofthe most popular methods of subhminal advertising in
print media is "embedding,"
wherein certain word with strong
emotional attachments, such as
SEX, DEATH, KILL and FUCK,
are inserted into backgrounds, on
faces, in folds of clothing, hair,
water, and virtually anywhere
imaginable. They are etched in at
barely perceivable levels, appearing as shadows or water droplets.
Genitalia are inserted both
symbolicallyand inactuality.How-
ever, contrary toarecent Vancouver
Sun report on the use of subliminal penii to attract female customers on "zoodles" cans, male genitals
are used to attract a male consumer, through a taboo effect,"
and female genitalia are inserted
to attract female consumers.
Most advertisements are no
longer real pictures, but rather
expensive paintings or retouched
photos loaded down with
subliminals. Ad agencies spend
tens of thousands of dollars mak-
ingapaintingofatumbler of scotch
on the rocks, while a photo shoot
could easily be done for under
ate that we are free-willed independent thinkers in total control of
our own lives. They insist that
subhminals do not exist, and even
if they did, would not prove effective on "free" people.
While concerned citizens have
lobbiedforlawsrangingfrom strict
whyindividuals continue to drink."
Heavy alcohol users, who make up
less than 5 percent ofthe population, consume 75-80 per cent of all
liquor sold.
Key, who began his subliminal investigations as a professor at
the University of Western Ontario
Smoking children are the key to tobacco manufacturers9 survival
$1000.
Now, if the ice cubes melt under the hot camera lights, false
cubes could easily be substituted.
In order to jusify the added expense ofthe paintings, advertisers
demand some guarantee of success
from the ad agencies.
And to justify the high space
cost of advertising in a national
magazine, where the reader will
likely flip by the ad with a mere
glance, there must be something
more.
Subhminal advertising critic
Wilson Brian Key said "Most print
advertising is designed for a perceptual time of less than one second. If the ad is to justify its investment, any information capable of
motivating a purchase must enter
the reader's brain in this instant,
even if the actual purchase situation may not arise until days, weeks,
or even months later."
Ad agencies constantly reiter-
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perceivable levels.
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regulations to outright prohibition
of the use of subliminal messages
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"legal.'Even the UNhas attempted
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subhminals.
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Hobbesian compulsions for some,
are prominent features in alcohol
ads. Their commercials are laden
with subhminals, often hidden in
ice cubes and backgrounds.
Key said, the alcohol beverage industry knows a good deal
more than do its consumers, and
even the medical profession, about
in the early seventies, faced harsh
criticism and ostracism from his
peers, many branding him a "dirty
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the yearly statistics on cancer,
emphysema, and coronary disease.
The saddest truth is that millions of dollars and many years
invested in market research have
discovered the most useful group
to target, a group needed to ensure
future sales, is children.
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advertising, like Camel cigarette's
"smooth character", is directed towards children and adolescents,
who account for one billion dollars
of illegal tobacco sales annually.
Smoking children are the key to
tobacco manufacturers' survival.
The subliminal question, how-
ever.ismuch larger than the simple
advertisement of products or political candidates.
"If personal value judgements—culture—can be modified
via substimuli, then it is entirely
possible to change a cultural value
system in virtually any direction if
one spends enough time and money
on subliminally reinforced media,"
Key said.
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Conference brings Arab women together
byNohaSedky
It was 8am Friday, the Friday
following Remembrance Day when
an Egyptian elementary school
teacher and myself, a mere UBC
arts student, set off on a weekend
expedition to the nation's capital.
Ottawa was the locale of the
first National Conference of Canadian Arab women. Though the
agendainvolved presentations and
workshops with the purpose of
achieving plans for change, it was
easy to be pessimistically curious
or at least mildly apprehensive.
Ihe focus ofthe gathering was
the ambitious theme of "Breaking
the Barriers—Challenges & Pros
pects." Ihe creator and organizer
ofthe gathering, the Canadian Arab
Federation, is a federation of Canadian Arab groups from across
Canada. They were assisted by the
local host organization, the Palestinian Arab Women's Association
of Ottawa.
We discovered that being part
of a very small group from the west
meantthat each time we mentioned
our Vancouver residency we were
greeted with more oohing and
ahhing sighs of bewilderment and
approval.
The surprised reactions are
due to the distribution of the
260,000 Arab Canadians. Ihe ma
jority of them are in Ottawa,
Toronto and Montreal, though
there are some concentrated groups
in Edmonton and Halifax. As a
result these areas can develop a
community sentiment similar to
that of their countries of origin.
In fact, one newcomer to
Canada enquired as to whether we
came to Ottawa by car, since her
sense of Canada up til then did not
include Vancouver's location.
The middle eastern trait of
lateness was exemplified at the
opening banquet.Butonceitbegan
the highlight of the evening was
the keynote speaker and president
ofthe National Action Committee
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Thobani. Her speech intended to
serve asamoodsetterforthe weekend attended by women of colour.
Then again, maybe the highlight was the closing poem written
by the Algerian woman who gave a
beautiful classical Arabic reading
ofher work.
The true nitty-gritty of this
convention began the following
morning (only one hour behind
schedule) where the main speaker
Dr. Leila Ahmed presented her
thesis on Women and Gender in
Islam. Ahmed is a professor of
women's studies and director of
near eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts.
With an air of experience signified in the elemental streaks of
white flowing through her wavy
black hair, Dr. Ahmed presented
her topicthrough the distinguished
eyeglasses common to every brilliant professor.
She examined the history of
western hostility towards Islam
and proved that the Arab women's
issue was embedded in the "political". I can only highlight her elaborate speech.
In 1899, a man by the name of
Qassim Amin called for the unveiling of Arab women. The controversy to ensue was critical—ironically, the veil had never been a
great concern for women before
colonialism. But the veil is a concern now "because it is a potent
symbol of oppression of women by
Islam in european discourse,"
Ahmed said.
She also discussed how Egyptian women were encouraged by
British colonial officials like lord
Kromer to abandon their culture
and follow western examples to
fightoppression—ignoringthefact
that western women had yet to
achieve the right to vote or own
property.
In fact both Kromer and his
follower Amin promoted policies
that held back women in education. Amin, although sometimes
regarded as the father of Arab feminism, should be more precisely
looked upon as the son of Kromer
and colonialism," according to
Ahmed.
The discrediting of this blind
acceptance of western ways and
the ethnocentric persuading ofthe
Oriental man to accept tiie "true
spirit of western man—the paragon ofhumanity and rationality" is
not to suggest that Arab women
were not oppressed.
The critics ofthe imperial position of their value systems were
also men. The patriarchical sector
of society captured the veil as the
symbol of affirmation of native culture and thus women became a tool
and taint of imperialism.
"Refusing to change anything
regarding Arab women does not
prove authenticity of country. As
everything else in society has
changed, the veiling of women cannot necessarily remain," Ahmed
said.
Women are therefore forced to
face a battle on two fronts: against
the patriarchy of male dominance
in their own society and against
the western racism against Arabs
and Islam.
Later, a panel of prominent
women dealt with gender relations,
identity and adaptation, women in
abusive relationships and
parenting. This was followed by
workshops on each subject. I attended the "identity and adaptation" workshop, the subject matter
to which I could easily relate.
In our group the women were
Christian and Muslim, young and
old, of different social backgrounds
and a variety of origins. Despite
these differences, the anxieties of
integration into an unknown culture were similar.
One example was the pressure instilled on young high school
girls longing to be more tike their
friends at school. This is countered
by the rigid enforcements by the
parent who is overly cautious of
their children wasting their heritage or more importantly, adopting Canadian value systems.
The generation gaps that result often leave parent-child rela-
tionshipsoverlyedgyandreactions
misunderstood and self-identities
muddled.
We also discussed the criticism of our own value systems in
the new Canadian setting where
the privileges to the son differ from
those to the daughter. These double
standards also applied to the husband and wife, wherein the man
often had a better opportunity at
integration because of better access to language classes and work
relationships.
These workshops created an
instant bond amongst us where I
found my memories of the very
lengthy adjustment period rushing back to me. Our group was able
to recommend action plans involving awareness education for Arabs
as well as Canadians.
Ihe most valuable achievement ofthe gathering was the networking. On Sunday groups were
broken down regionally and contacts were developed to link the
nation by building a web in order to
pool all tiie fragmented efforts. My
initial skepticism was shattered by
the holistic efforts and achievements of the first Canadian Arab
women's conference.
The discovery of so many
women with rich experiences and
backgrounds: social and political
activists, professionals, workers
andacademics. The amalgamation
of their insights in one setting such
as this one instilled in me pride,
hope and excitement.
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Benetton uses AIDS to
sell more merchandise
by Paula Foran
Some companies sell products-
Benetton sells ethics.
Critics say the company's tactics are "amoral" in their exploitation of images of human suffering.
The company's latest campaign on billboards and magazines
feature three different pictures of
body parts tattooed with the words
"HIV positive."
Commentators charge that the
notion of people with HIV tattoos i s
reminiscent of neo-Nazi and right
wing political plans to label people
with HIV. Benetton representatives say they came up with their
latest campaign to protest such
fascist views being aired in the
media.
Many progressive groups are
finding it difficult to criticize
Benetton when the company gives
so much money to AIDS and other
organizations.
"gives money away because ifs a
taxshelter.onlyto stimulate-profit."
Maser describes Benetton's advertising as "a really lamentable and
insidious example of amoral advertising."
The owner of the Benetton
outlet in Richmond Centre, Liz
Radcliffe, said these sorts of attitudes are "typically shallow, cynical and naive." She added that
there are so many ways of using
money, and Benetton chooses HIV
to be one of their main causes. It is
not a tax shelter."
Benetton says their ad campaign includes realistic and often
disturbing images to raise awareness about subjects that society
would rather not face.
"Our pictures symbolize the
social complexities experienced by
people with HIV, who, in the eyes
of society are at once victims, or
threats, rarely just human beings,"
"Benetton has taken a license to
exploit and violate the rights of
people without their permission,,
The company defends the images, saying "Benetton's advertising focuses on the plight of human
beings who are 'dehumanized' by
society as a result ofthe fact that
they have HIV or AIDS."
The Vancouver Sun ran a full
page version ofthe ad on 15 September which led to floods ofletters
and calls. One letter-writer said
that she "was immediately struck
by the thought that this resembled
the meat grade stamps that are
placed on animal carcasses you
sometime see in butcher shops."
A representative from
Benetton's head office in Toronto,
Mina Tommasi, said 80 percent of
the calls she receives regarding the
ads are positive.
"One man living with HIV
called me to complain about the
ads, but once I explained to him all
ofthe positive things that the company does for AIDS hospices and
research, he ended up really supporting the campaign."
In  1993 Benetton raised
$500,000 for AIDS research and
care through a fashion show and
$4,000 for St. Paul's Hospital Foundation for AIDS research through
a Vancouver fashion event.
These examples of philanthropy do not convince Michael
Maser, a media and literacy advocate and teacher at "Virtual High"
school.
Maser believes that Benetton
the New York office wrote in a
press release.
But Maser argued that
"Benetton has taken a license to
exploit and violate the rights of'
people without their permission."
The manager of tiie education
department at AIDS Vancouver,
Rick Marchand said "it would be
interesting to see if[Benetton] have
anyone living with HIV among their
[advertising] staff."
HIV groups around tiie world
have had mixed reactions to the
campaign. While some are suing
and boycotting the company, other
groups believe that attention to
AIDS is much needed in Canada.
Marchand says that "people
have very mixed feelings about it
because it seems tike a commercial
venture is using AIDS to sell merchandise."
But he adds "in Canada, we
have not had a lot of visible HIV
campaigns, so things like this really stand out. I appreciate the fact
that the company is drawing
people's attention to HIV."
Michael Eaton, who has been
living with HIV for 11 years, said
Benetton could find a better way of
publicizing AIDS issues.
"It doesnt have to be so controversial in order to get this message
across. There are more positive and
health-promoting ways to discuss
this disease," Eaton said.
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of speech."
Internet proponents and civil
libertarians would like to allow users access to all files without restriction.
UBC set up a task force on the
Appropriate Use of Information
Technology, which looked into the
pornographic contents of Internet in
September 1992. Their report recommended the reinstatement of all
newsgroups and a "hands-off" attitude to information on the 'net.
"I dont think that ifs a particular problem," says task force
member Shirley Marcus. "Ifyou dont
like it you dont have to look at it."
"If you went to turn on your
computer it wouldn't be sitting
there," she adds, noting that users
must actively search out such information.
And people are tapping in.
Boardwatch magazine ran a
reader's poll of the best computer
boards. Three of the top ten were
"Explicit Adult" systems—including
Pleasure Dome, based in Tidewater,
Virginia.
Pleasure Dome offerselectronic
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according to a recent article in lime.
Internet is designedfor the free
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right to protect people from offensive
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Nmconsumptive Xmas gifts
by Tanya Storr
"lis the season to consume—
or so the retail industry and the
mainstreammediawouldhaveyou
believe. BUY! BUY! BUY! GET!
GIVE! GET! Such materialistic
messages are everywhere during
thepie-Xmascommeraalblitz,and
they can be very hard to resist.
Clayoquot River Valley, as well as
the opportunity to sponsor a metre
of cedar boardwalk on the
Clayoquot Witness Trail or a
"share" in the Boise Valley Fool's
Gold Trail,
These gifts cost between $25
and$50,andallcomewithacertifi-
cate in the recipient's name. In
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At least you'l haw your student loan in January.
SIOBHAN ROANTREE PHOTO
But before you buy into the
consumer-oriented Xmas hype,
think again. Consumerism has dev-
astating effects on the environment.
We are using up the earth's renewable resources way faster than we
can rep] -iish them; thus, in the
spirit of giving, we are really taking—from the earth.
Thisyear, you can help diminish the problem instead of adding
to it by considering the following
non-consumptive gift ideas foryour
family and friends.
Eco-goodies
Western Canada Wilderness
Committee (WCWC) and the Sierra Qub both offer non-consumptive gifts that help preserve temperate rainforests. Usually these
gifts involve making a donation in
order to save a tree or a patch of
land from logging. The recipient of
your gift then receives a certificate
stating that you have preserved a
tree of section of forest in their
name.
WCWC currently offers sponsorship gifts for trees in the Upper
Carmanah   Valley   and   the
addition, the name of each recipient ofthe Clayoquot Witness Trail
gift will be carved in one of the
planks that make up the trail.
Through the Sierra Club, you
can purchase one acreoftemperate
rainforest in someone's name in
either BC or Chile. Sharon Chow of
the Sierra Club explained that the
Chilean option is most popular,
because your $25 literally buys an
acre of rainforest there, thus saving it from logging and preserving
the indigenous people'sUving environment.
In BC, $25 donations go towards the campaign to preserve
our threatened temperate
rainforests. Both gifts come with a
certificate in the recipient's name.
Chow also suggests buying a
membership in the Sierra Qub as
a gift idea. Student yearly memberships cost $20, and include six
issues ofthe Club magazine. The
Sierra Qub also offers calendars
and Clayoquot Sound t-shirts.
Jane McAslan explained that
Greenpeace offers virtuallyno merchandise "in order to discourage
consumerism, even green consum-
erism,"but she suggested buying a
yearly membership in the organization as a gift idea. Greenpeace
memberships cost $25 and include
regular newsletters.
Buying justice
Bridgehead is an "alternative
trading organization" run by
Oxfam-Canada. The company es-
tabUshes-SEdrtra(-ing contracts with
cooperatives andcharitiesin Southern countries. The contracts are for
considerably higher than the regular market value, giving workers
in the South a fair wage.
Bridgehead sells by mail-order and stocks food products like
coffee, cashew nuts and chocolate
and crafts ranging from clothes to
windchimes to candles and games.
Ihe UBC Global DevelopmentCen-
tre stocks Bridgehead coffee.
Unicef offers over 100 Xmas
gift ideas, the purchase of which
aids their projects in various countries. Many of these gifts are crafts
from around the world, and the
money raised from their sales will
go towards such projects as providing clean water and safe sanitation
services in Indonesia. Unicef gifts
are a good option for those looking
for material gifts that help a good
cause.
GiftlOU-s
Peggy Stortz of the Worldwide
HomeEnvironmentalists'Network
has lots of original gift ideas designed to take the strain off our
natural resources. Stortz believes
we should stop feeling we have to
spend large sums of money on one
another at Xmas, and should instead give creative gifts that cost
less and help the environment.
Stortz recommends promissory notes, guaranteeing that you
will do ten hours of free babysitting
or five hours of free weeding in the
garden, as a non-consumptive gift
idea. She suggests plants as a gift
option, particularly live herbs that
people can use for cooking.
She also recommends gardening tools or seeds, doth coffee filters, used clothes or books, and
homemade foods as environmentally-friendly giftideas. Non-material gifts she recommends include
certificates for massages or bicycle
tune-ups, transit passes, and enrollment in night-school courses or
seminars.
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I ** the Mekons
The Mekons
It would be easy to write the
rejoinder "I H8 Mekons" and leave it
at that, but this CD isn't all torpid
synth squiggles and lackadaisical riffs.
The sang "Special" is a bit
crunchier than the rest, and "I ••
Apple" gets the blood moving
somewhat. Unfortunately the good ol'
days of "Mekons *= counUy punkrip-
roarin' clever fun" seem to be rapidly
waning.
The packaging's nice, though.
Graham "bring back FGTH" Cook
Shaq Deisel
Shaquille O'Neal
For shame Shaquille O'Neal!
Don'ryou know it's Christmas?
Some lost waif (McCauley
Culkin?), might get his hands on your
new rap CD and (gasp!) actually
contribute to inflating your
sizeable wallet I don't
need to mention the effect
it might have on your ego.
The songs on Shaq
Deisel make your healthy
concept obvious. Any man
who, without a trace of
irony, can write songs
called "I Know I Got
Skillz" and 'I'm Outstanding" is not in any need of
any Daily Affirmations a
la Stuart Smalley.
Some ofthe sexist
lyrics (Did you think up
till those nasty things all
by your little old self?)
would certainly qualify
you for some sort of a misogynist reeducation program. Maybe it's cool for
Bo Jackson to switch careers at will,
but you, Mr. Shaquille O'Neal, ought
to stick to basketball.
P.S. Promo me tickets to the
game Saturday?
Susan Juby
Out the Shizzy
7 Seconds
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Seconds. At first the drumming and
guitar riffs brought back nostalgic
reminisces of early skater tunes, I
figured hey, maybe this will be a
good CD.
Alas, I spoke too soon as the
reverberations of a whiny voice
began to drip through the speakers
and very very sad wanky guitar
solos pplkaed across my listening terrain. I was truly grossed out.
What we have hoe is GrapesKjf-Wralh-me-ets-Suicidal-Tendancies wanna
bees. And although certain fusions of certain musical genres has proven to be
successful in the past, I must sadly say that thrash and folk are not a musically
functional combination.!
The great irony is that the lead singer's name is Kevin. Amazing! Maybe
after the Grapes split up; Kevin packed up and headed for Sacremento and tried his
Iwnd at hardcore music. Alas he did not succeed.
I suggest that if indeed Kevin did head to South that he stay there and find
alternate employment at McDonald's. Overall this CD sucks I wouldn't waste my
money on it, I'd rather chew on the slices of rubber tire served up by our very own
AMSandPie-R-squared.
Liz van Assum
freeze Don't Move
Varga
Ahhhhhhhh... metal.
Rob HaJford has returned. But this is not Judas Priest—
this is Fight!
As guitarist Brian Tilse explains, "[Fight] isn't Priest
Part II. Ifs a totally new band with a completely different
vibe happening."
Well, different it
is not
War of Words
is stereotype
metal: suitably
demented lyrics,
pounding, mind-
numbing bass.
Songs range from
the token slow,
depressing ballad
"For All Eternity"
to "Kill It" (the
title says it all).
The rest of the
twelve tracks fall
somewhere
between these
extremes.
War cf Words is a CD for anyone who finds today's
crop of metal to be too short on death and depravity. War of
Words is for anyone who enjoys rhythmically bashing his or
her skull against brick walls.
This doesn't mean it's unlistenalbe, though—ifyou
have thrown away any hopes of hearing something new or
different, and in the mood spend an hour annoying your
neighbours with high-decibel rock.
Mike Kitchen
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What do you expect of a band that thanks Hustler for
Hack EP
Hardship Post
Pounding, whining, relentless monotony, every twenty-one minutes and fifty-two seconds of it
Hardship Post does a recital of contemporary editions of Mother Goose, rehashed with all the dogged
persistence of overgrown nursery rhymes. Hack is a loopy ode to musical idiocy.
One gets the distinct impression that the vocalist is afraid to jar his voicebox. Ifs time someone told
their songwriter ifs legal to use more than ten words and half an octave per song. Their instrumentalists had
better decide soon between blowing off the roof and listening for the pin drop—as it is, they've got an acute
case of Sound in Suspended Animation.
Three minutes into the recording, your insulted sense of musical appreciation takes over and painstakingly tunes them out, right alongside that annoying roto-rooter screaming away outside your bedroom
window.
Superbly boring, utterly predictable—"repetitive" doesn't begin to describe them. They've got six
songs, all dead as a doorknob and a litde less interesting, glaring
evidence that recycling is best when confined to old beer cans and
newspapers. x
You can count their innovations on one hand and have four
fingers and a thumb left over. Hardship Post came anonymous
into this recording, and that's how they'll leave it—if they're
lucky.
Tessa Moon
Flood Plain
Mecca Normal
Lost souls in the pits of hell scream in torment They
all cry, "Turn that shit off! Please, turn it off! Oh, horrors!
No more Mecca Normal!!!!"
Only awesome hate and contempt for the masses
would possess Mecca Normal to release the plague known
as Flood Plain upon the unwitting world.
The aural puke-fest is unbelievably bad. The tormented wails of a tonally-challenged Janis Joplin
poseur combined with the riffs of what must be a bored pre-pubescent child learning to play electric guitar
could only be used at some twisted sex/blood ritual involving small animals.
Lyric sheets were included, defying all logic—vomit hitting the floor has no vowel sounds.
Unnecessarily and unforgivably lame, really intolerable. Mecca Normal has to be a running joke
between record executives.
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Let in Light
Sam Black Church
When the music of Sam Black Church belches
from the stereo, everyone reacts. From "turn it down
its giving ine a headache" to "ifs supposed to be loud
enough to make your ears bleed", all who pass need to
adjust the volume up or down to their concept of the
correct level.  .
A Mend of mine Wants to know if they're playing
their guitars using disc sanders. It does sound like
some sort of power tool, but to me if s more chainsaw-
esque than anything you might find on a construction
sight The album liner credits no machinery, so it must
be the organic sounds of Strat and Marshall at then-
most ferocious.
Another friend wants to know what they are
doing to the cat After much discussion, it was decided
that while animal mutilation is not allowed to be
shown on television, it is allowed to go on a CD if it is
thinly disguised as vocals. Oyster and Neville,
cowering under the couch, have nothing to add to the
conversation.
Ifs Hardcore—the alternative to the alternative.
Music for the Young and Atonal. Other Bands do it
better.
When one overly excitable Mend spontaneously
begins to mosh with himself and knocks over a lamp, I
figure its time to quit
Christ, can anybody get a record deal these days.
Pat McGuire
Varga sucks hog.
The first song is the absolute worst, and things
deteriorate steadily from there. It is all played on about
four chords and one drum pattern. None of it is listenable.
With Freeze Don't Move, Varga tries to jump the
hard rock/rap crossover bandwagon. The lead singer's
stupid fake Ice-T accent makes you cringe with embarrassment Most of the rest of the time they sound like they're
trying pathetically to be Metallica.
Then there are die lyrics:
"The rich get rich, the poor get shit/ Ask yourself...
where do-I fit?/ Cause those who have a lot/ Don't care if
you have not/ But don't despair cause when your winfall
[sic] comes/ You'll be just like them."
Huh? In other places if s so obvious that they 're
trying to piss people off with lyrics about killing school-
girls and so on that I don't want to do them any credit by
talking about it
Varga is die type of crap band that gives heavy metal
a bad name. The sooner their reign of masturbatory terror
is over, die better.
William Hamlin
The Nightmare Before Christmas
OMP Soundtrack
Music and Score by Danny Elfman
Looking at the liner notes of The Nightmare soundtrack makes it easy to
see that this is Danny Elfman's pet project Working on his fifth Tim Burton
release, Elfman composed all of
Steve Chow
&
the music on this twenty track disc
and penned all of the lyrics.
The songs are a. little
cheezy—alright a lot cheezy, but
hey, this it a Disney movie.
Listening to this disc was like
having to listen to an Andrew
Lloyd Webber musical gone
wonky, and it wasn't a comfortable
experience.
The songs are too narrative,
essential to the movie I suppose,
but they make the movie, and the
soundtrack awkward. Notable
exceptions are die opening and
closing pieces narrated by Patrick
Stewart, and the track "This is
Halloween" performed by all of the
characters of Halloweentown, and not just the cheese-weasel Danny Elfman.
Sue minutes of good stuff on a sixty minute disc just doesn't cut the cheese
enough for me to throw down $15 at the CD shop to take this lump of coal
home.
Gregg McNally
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Eric's Trip
Never Mind the Mollusks was
the first time I ever heard the east
coast garage-smelling band "Eric's
Trip." It was an east coast sampler
put out after "Sloan" broke the
mainland. Thus, encouraging the
barrage of A&R reps to hit die
coast Their latest album "Love
Tara" was released by Seattle's
SUB POP, who first released
Nirvana and Mudhoney.
Listening to it for the first time
I did not find the vocal ability of the
band to be awe-inspiring, butl
hadn't expected it to be. There were
a few cool-sounding songs like
"Allergic to love" recorded with
ambient outside noise. Also,
"Stove" with its odd-sounding drum
track and other musical inventions.
The songs I really like on this
album were "Follow" with its
strong vocal harmonies and the
Sonic Youth-esque "Blinded," a
constant scorch of guitars, cat-like
howling vocals and a seismic
proportion of percussion.
So, did I like it? Love Tara is a
truly dynamic album covering the
acoustic-electro garage spectrum. I
would far rather listen to this album
than go to a Bon Jovi concert
Pretzel "Sloan lover" Levesque
Get in Where You Fit in
Too Short
It's all fun and games until'Too Short," aka Shorty
the Pimp, is let anywhere remotely near recording
equipment
The torture began as I started to listen to the new
album Get in where you fit in. My body began its
nauseating descent into 74 minutes and 17 excrutiating
seconds of "Shorty World."
The cringe-inducing rhymes and pure musical anguish
was enough to induce vomiting. It reminded me of the time
I bludgeoned myself with an iron skillet while listening to
Bon Jovi—in fact I enjoyed that more.
Shorty is obviously comfortable with his inner—and
outer—self as the subject ofhis life seems to reappear in
every song. For example, "I'm a Player," which discusses
how many women he sleeps with. Then there is the likely
Disney-inspired family hit "Blowjob Betty," a song that
leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth. The list of ego
songs go on with the mega hits "Playboy Short," and the
track most likely to be covered by the Mini Pops, "All my
bitches are gone!" (That's bitch pronounced "bee-at-ch.")
When all is said and done, and this album bums in the
eternal fires of music hell, we will thank Shorty the pimp
for successfully making die worst rap music in the universe
bar none. For if there was no Shorty there would be no
need to create the music of Public Enemy, Disposable
Heroes of Hiphoprisy, De La Soul or the Poor Righteous
Teachers.
Because they have not lost track of what the rap
medium was created for. They have not lost track of the
'message.
Pretzel "ain'tpimp'n" Levesque
The Buried Life
Medicine
The CD cover is very pretty. I like cherries and so
die cover makes me very hungry. On the cover is the
word "Medicine." I guess that's the name of die band.
When I turn the cover over, the back says "Buried Life." I
guess that's the CD tide.
The music on
this CD attempts to be
etheral in a thrashy kind
of way. Ifs a kind of cool
exploration into strange
and wonderful musical
harmonies. It kind of
reminds me of the Boo
Radleys. Her voice is
really nice sounding. The
guitars are nice and
heavy with a nice heavy
produced sound. I
wonder what these
people sound like in
concert
Fish here
thought it was like
lullaby music and it put
him to sleep. "I like it" says Fish, "in fact I'll buy it"
Well there you have it folks. Fish likes it
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well next to my Boo Radleys, Curve, Lush, My Bloody
Valentine and Cocteau Twins CDs. It's not great and ifs
not awful. Ifs a nice in between.
Medicine makes unobtrusive music that attempts to
be alternative and experimental, but being the great
musical queen that I am, I didn't find it very different to
the other musk I listen to.
Liz van Assum
Wining Dining Drilling
lan Stephens
It is impossible for this album to be worse. There is
no musical substance to it at all. And Ian Stephens'
voice made something difficult to listen to even more
difficult
Or perhaps the musk was good but I just couldn't
hear it because of the montonous droning vocals. Ifs
surprising how a voice can sound so good during an oral
and sound so horrible when it tries to cany a time.
Those three tracks of orals gave me the only
opportunity to really understand the lyrics and they
were, suprisingly enough, worth listening too—strong
images of ecstasy, despair, destruction.
Ifs appropriate that Stephens is publishing a book
of prose. He should stick to writing.
Michelle Wong
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by Rick Hiebert
When I was taking my first
Canadian history course in college
(when Tupper was PM), the power of
American culture was brought home to
me in a unique way by one of my
classmates.
During an oral presentation, he
said something to the effect of "We
can't remember who our Prime
Ministers were, but we all remember
when Gilligan ate the radioactive
spinach."
And we do, too. Many of the
US's favourite programs are our
favourites as well, for better or worse.
Who hasn't seen Star Trek ot
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Gilligan's Island! Yes, Gilligan's
, Island is not exactly Masterpiece
Theatre, but Here on Gilligan's Isle is
as amusing to read as die show was to
watch.
Gilligan's Island—Ihe mid-
sixties comedy—needs no introduction, but Johnson has written an
interesting exploration of the show
and its enduring appeal.
Johnson persuasively makes the
case that Gilligan's Island was never
pretentious or harmful, a clean and
fun television show. The genius of die
show is that it allowed a group of
American cultural archetypes (such as
the proverbial small town girL a
cliched millionaire, etc.) to interact for
humourous purposes. The show was
not quite Voltaire, but perhaps of
more lasting value than a lot of other
programs from the same era.
Hereton Gilligan''sIsland also
exposes a lot of the behind the scenes
details about the show and its stars,
and there is a lot that's amusing in
this. At the time, some of them
wondered why they were "doing this
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amazed by their fame. Johnson has an
amusing anecdote about visiting
Westminister Abbey only to find that
the other tourists were more interested
in him.
The book has an episode guide,
sections on bloopers, profile of the
show's stars, lots of never before seen
photos and occasional surprises. The
US Coast Guard, for example,
complained that there were people
writing to them complaining mat there
were seven Americans stuck on a
South Pacific island. Why wasn't
something being done to rescue them?
Ifs hardly "dumb," however, to
note that Johnson has crafted a fun
read. I should note in passing that the
author now lives on an island off the
Washington coast Will he never leam?
Moving to the other end of the
universe. Star Trek Memories also
shares a lot of behind die scenes
information about a cultural institution.
William Shatner is uniquely positioned
to give us the authoritative account of
the first Star Trek series.
A science fiction writer in his
own right (with the TekWar series of
novels), Shatner has written die best
book on Star Trek yet
Star Trek Memories includes a
detailed account of how the series was
conceived, lots of informal photos,
artwork, and never before written facts.
Readers will get a feel of how
revolutionary the show was seen to be
by Ihe cast and creators of the
program.
Star Trek was a unique show for
its time. People of colour were given
important roles in the program (the
character of Uhura especially) and Star
Trek's creators used die program to
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and sexism. The program is perhaps as
thought provoking today as it was in
the 1960s when it first aired.
Shatner delves into the interior
workings of the show, discussing in
detail die interaction of the various
creative personalities involved. He
notes correcdy that Star Trek creator
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help that enabled him to turn a good
idea: for a program into a very good
product, bringing forward some very
creative people for overdue praise.
Star Trek Memories is full of
reminisces from several cast members
from the original series. Some
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as Leonard Nimoy's struggle to protect
the integrity of his Spock character—
and pretty amusing, such as the
accounts of practical jokes and
mistakes on the set
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in several aspects ofhis account that it
would be easy to gloss over. He talks
openly about conflicts between the cast
and crew and seems commendably
sorry for his roles in these conflicts.
Although most of the book is about the
positive aspects of die show, Shatner's
account is honest and hardly sugar-
coated.
Star Trek Memories is a meaty
account essential for any Trekkie or
anyone who wants to properly
understand the show.
Telling stories of boys
by Tanya Storr
Viewers beware: The Beys of St.Vincent is a chilling film. Taking a frank and in-depth look at child sexual abuse in a
church-run orphanage during the 1970s, this Canadian film is both disturbing and thought-provoking.
Set in Newfoundland, The Boys of St.Vincent details die lives of the boys and priests in a Catholk orphanage.
Director John N. Smith was inspired by die highly publicized inddent of sexudabiise between Reverend James Hickey
. and several young boys in die tiny Newfoundland community of Brigus South. Filmmakers Smith and Sam Grana were
shooting another film in Brigus South at'the time the incident took place and saw first hand how it devastated the
community.
The Boys of St. Vincent
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Portraying such a highly-controversial subject has its risks, but the film manages to get its message across without
being overly graphic. "Die scenes in the orphanage between Brother Lavin (Henry Czeroy) and Kevin Reevey (Johnny
Marina), the boy Lavin abuses, are made suggestively disturbing through editing and camera angles, but the actual abuse
is hinted at rather than displayed. The film's subdety serves two purposes: it allows the film to be clean enough for TV,
and it makes the abuse scenes all die more chilling, for much is left up to die viewer's imagination.
When filming The Boys of St.Vincent, the filmmakers were careful to make sure thai bonds of trust and friendship
had developed between the boy actors and the actors playing the priests before shooting the abuse scenes, particularly
between Czemy and Spence. A psychotherapist was also hired to advise the filmmakers, actors, and the boys' families
during production. These precautions were taken in order to ensure that the young actors could distinguish between acting
and real life.
The film is split into two parts—part one depicts the scenes in die orphanage, while part two picks up the story 15
years later, when the boys have grown up and are forced to relive their abusive experiences before the courts. All the boys
on die witness stand have been severely affected by their abusive past although some have made a stab at living normal
lives. One former abuse victim is so traumatized by the courtroom experience that he overdoses on drugs halfway through
die trial. The grown Kevin Reevey (Sebastian Spence) leads a seemingly normal life, but is haunted by memories of Lavin
abusing him.
Lavin himself now has a wife and children in part two, and is trying to lead a'normal'life, though he is still tempted
to abuse young boys, as revealed by die camera's frightening vision of his thoughts when he is driving a neighbour's kid
home firom die store. When Lavin is summoned to court, his litde world falls apart Though Lavin's wife—who knows
nothing of his past—tries to help her husband, he can enly open 19 to his ccWeUcv.M die scenes with his counsellor,
Lavin reveals himself to be a completely isolated and pathetic man who has no self-esteem. The night before the trial
Lavin refuses his wife's aid, choosing instead to mutter his "Hail Mary's" over and over in their hotel room. Thus, she
finds out about her husband's crime in the court room along with everybody else.
The Bays of St. Vincent exposes a very sensitive issue in an honest way, managing to do so without sensationalizing
die problem. The film is particularly chilling as it allows the viewer to get close to the characters involved, and see how
the abuse affects their lives. Excellently crafted and very well-acted (Brother Lavin's angry face will haunt you), it is
definitely worth watching if you can handle die brutality of its subject matter.
This film is so emotionally painful that it has been censored and may again be censored in provinces where similar
sexual abuse cases concerning priests are currendy before the courts. Slated to play on CBC television nation-wide on 5
and 6 December, it may not run in Ontario and Quebec because of its controversial subject matter.
The powers that be are afraiddie film willinfluence the outcome of the trials. Hopefully, diis film will not be
censored because die issue of sexual abuse needs to be brought out into die open-md discussed, not once again suppressed The Kids Hdp Phone munber win appear on the s
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THE UBYSSEY World AIDS Day   13
No Alternative
by Ted Young-lng
The most recent AIDS
awareness and fundraising CD from
the Red Hot Organization (the
people who brought you Red Hot
and Blue and Red Hot and Dance)
is No Alternative.
This album contains 19 tracks
from some of the most promising so-
called alternative (the liner notes are
quick to point out that there is no
such dung as alternative music)
bands signed to major labels today.
No Alternative
CD REVIEW
various artists
Red Hot Arista Rec
No Alternative comprises new
trades, live versions and re-
recordings by an incredibly diverse
group of bands. Some of my
favorites are Matthew Sweet's odd
"Superdeformed," the Beastie
Boys's funky live version of 'It's
The New Style," Urge Overkill's
apocryphal 'Take A Walk" and
Smashing Pumpkin's foreboding
rerecording of "Glynis."
The last track is an uncredited (but
not at all bad) track by Nirvana—I can
only assume its meant as a reference to
Nirvana's unlisted last song on
Nevermind.
Pattie Smiths' "Memorial Song" is
a poignant reminder that this album is
dedicated to die many who have lost
their fight against AIDS and the many
more for whom the battle continues.
The liner notes contain two short
essays: on the nature oi modern rock
(or whatever you choose to call it), and
another a responsible (and non-
preachy) essay on AIDS prevention,
AIDS awareness and the effects of
AIDS on our culture and community.
Undoubtably, the organizers of
this CD are counting that you will buy
it for die songs and artists represented
upon it And this definitely offers
enough reason for me to recommend
this.
However, all of the net proceeds
from the album sales go to AIDS
organizations around the world. This is
probably the best reason to buy this
album.
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By Liz Van Assum
Today is World Aids Day. A special day set aside to
remember AIDS and to remember a world without art, one
with a great void imposed by the erasure of thousands of
artistic and productive lives because of AIDS. It is rather
ironic and embittering experience for those who live with
HIV and AIDS everyday to only have their cumulative
WORLD,'!
Some people however bow their heads everyday grieving
about the meaningless loss of yet another life.
But why not celebrate die people who are living with
HIV and AIDS. Why not celebrate their courage by
joining an HIV and AIDS action group. Why not celebrate
suffering and struggle recognized by the institutional powers their lives by bringing them food, love and support in their
for twenty four hours every year.
Some people are privileged to think about HTV and
AIDS only once a year and to wear a red ribbon to show it
too. The solidarity implied by the red ribbon shows group
strength and reveals a unified and mobilized sense of
identity.
However, the donning of only a red ribbon has become
the limit of involvement in the battle against HIV and AIDS
for many people—it has become an empty political vehicle
homes and on the streets.
Have you ever touched a person with HIV or AIDS.
What have you felt? Did fear strike you in your belly?
Were you terrified? Were you happy? Ask yourself why
the mainstream culture has taught you to be so afraid?
What do those who are in power stand to gain by die
negative politicization of people with HTV and AIDS?
Deconstruct your phobias and embrace the courage and
strength of these people who are fighting to live against
without an engine of direct action to maintain the momentum the most negatively stigmatized disease in our very own
beyond twenty four hours. Maybe if you're on MTV and a
record company sees your ribbon they might give you a
better record deal or maybe you'll be invited to more parties.
Maybe you think there is nothing you can do and yet
your conscience knaws at you—you wear a red ribbon and
externally all looks well and correct your friends are proud
of you and it matches your winter coat rather nicely. For
many people the red ribbon has become a fashion statement
The initial power of the red ribbon campaign seems to have
been lost somewhere between Spring wear and Autumn
assortments.
We are supposed to be morbid today, to bow our heads
western, ethnocentric, homophobic, sexist rasdst classist
culture.
Take the time to consider what die impact of HIV
and AIDS has had on your life and take the time to
consider the creative energy of the lives that have been
robbed by AIDS. Here is one last question you should ask
yourself—do you know what AIDS is? Can you tell the
difference between HIV and AIDS or do you use die
terms interchangeably? Here is an answer, HTV is the
virus which may or may not be alive in your system at the
time you get AIDS, the immune system breakdown,
which may or may not happen up to ten years down the
line from your first encounter with HIV. hi fact a whole
quietly to pay respects to those who have passed and when
the consciences of those who remember HIV and AIDS once new set of questions are arising as to the exact nature of
a year are appeased they move on to the next special day.       die relation between HIV and AIDS, if in fact there even
is one. AIDS also affects women differendy than men, yet
women are being measured against male standards of
what constitutes AIDS symptom. Women, particularity
women of colour, are less than invisible in the HIV/AIDS
devastation and regularity end up as endnotes in articles,
just like it does here. Imagine always being last on die list
Imagine the full scope of the impact of HTV and AIDS.
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TORONTO (CUP)-University-
age women are three times as
likely to have been assaulted
physically or sexually during the
last year than other age groups, a
Statistics Canada study hasfound.
The study, the most comprehensive of its kind to date, interviewed 12,300 women by telephone . Fifty-one per cent reported
having been sexually or physically assaulted some time in their
lives, with ten percent of all women
reporting such assaults in the last
12 months.
But 27 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 said
they had experienced physical or
sexual violence in tiie last year.
The study also indicates that
21 percent of women with a degree or some post-secondary education were assaulted in the last
12 months, compared to only 17
per cent of women who had completed secondary or high school
education.
Glenda Simms, president of
the Canadian Advisory Council
on the Status of Women, said the
survey results show that "Violence
against women cuts across class
and education lines."
-"Education does not protect
women. What this means is that
our universities themselves are
not protective environments for
young women," said Simms.
Another study released earlier this year, which focused on
dating behavior among women and
men in universities, found that 28
percent ofthe 1,835 women polled
had been sexually abused or assaulted and 22 percent had been
physically abused by men they were
dating. The report also found that
ofthe 1,307 men polled, 13 percent
said they had been physically abusive and 12 percent admitted having been sexually abusive.
The recent Statistics Canada
study confirms that most women
who experience incidents of physical or sexual assault some time
after tiie age of 16 have been assaulted by men known to them.
Only six percent ofthe women who
reported having been assaulted
said the abuse came from a
stranger.
Although University of
Toronto sexual harassment officer
Paddy Stamp cautioned that it is
difficult to explain why young
women are being assaulted at rates
high above the national average,
she added that the findings are not
surprising.
This confirms statistics that
have already been produced. We
have known for some years that
one in three women would experience sexual violence some time in
their lives," said Stamp.
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'The penis is sometimes
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friend," says Naomi Wolf, author of Fire with Fire,   the latest feminist bible instructing
women howto wear the friendly,
"sexy" face of feminism.
She refers to her brand
of feminism as "userfriendly"—
like a computer. Wolfs goal is
to speak for and to women who
have been alienated by the feminist movement because traditionally, feminism has been
associated with not so "user-
friendly" things—what she
calls "ifyke-baiting, which led
to the common perception that
feminism and lesbianism are
synonymous... antifemily and
antimale."
In fact, she speaks for
those middle-class, hetero-
She calls upon women to acknowledge their "dark side",
and reminds her readers that
"it takes one generation for victims to become tyrants."
These "dragons" within
women condition middle-class
women to think of money as
"vulgar" and to be uncomfortable with power. The answer is
money. Women will unlearn
their victimization through
money. Women will gain equality through business, politics
and votes—the male, patriarchal way.
"Power feminism," her
phrase for women with money,
power and sex-appeal, on the
bri ghter side, says thafwomen
shouldn't have to beg for justice because we have been victimized."
Naomi Wolf, author of Fire with Fire
sexual women who love, and
feel a little sorry for men. In
fact, most ofher arguments are
traditionally male ones, andher
style, based on excellent rhetoric and statistical backup, is
also reminiscent of that politician, Aristotle. Was he a feminist?
According to Wolf, to
bringfeminism into the twenty-
first century, we need tobringit
into the media. The media that
has created such representative images of women throughout its history, right?
She tells us to break out
of our "victim feminism" and to
grasp "power feminism," embrace your "bad girl" and put
on a happy face and a Chanel
suit.
"Victim feminism," Wolf
proposes, is the result of women
taking on the victimization
imposed upon them by society.
She calls this the internalization of the "dragons of likeness* which makes women seem
"pure, fragile, and harmed."
Seizing power is achieved
through political equality, Wolf
argues. "The tools for political
equality are available to us and
can be used to make a change
within this era," Wolf says. She
believes women are starting to
use their majority population
and votes to gain power.
She begins her book with
a      description      of     the
"genderquake," when the walls
of patriarchy in the US began
to tumble down after the
Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill
hearings. After the hearings,
Wolf writes, women began to
use their political power to
make important changes for
women's equality.
Events in the US shape
the ideal power feminist world
in Wolfs book. As an example
for the "genderquake," she
points to the passing ofthe Family Leave Act, the anti-stalking
bill and the doubling of breast
cancer research's budget in the
US.
She explains that since
women are getting so much
power on a huge political scale,
the backlash is a natural process resulting from men being
forced to share their power. She
calls "war against men" an
outcome of "victim feminism,"
the dark side of feminism, led
by "the left."
Wolf speaks of the left"
quite a bit. This is the "ugly*
face of feminism, as opposed to
its "sexy face." Maybe these are
the women whoare not as privileged as Wolf, and dont have
the money and power to use
their 52 per cent majority status.
Maybe these are the
women who are not as traditionally beautiful as Wolf is,
women who could never be as
educated, eloquent and dynamic as she is, because they
just don't have that "sexy"
brand of feminism—money.
The subtext of Naomi
Wolfs "power feminism" is get
over it, buy some stocks, and go
for a facial. Women would love
to get over it, but is it really the
right time? It will be time when
the world, and all power structures, embrace and acceptfemi-
nism asawhole.Thatmayhave
happened in Wolfs world, but
it hasnt yet happened in the
real world where women are
still continuously subjugated.
Wolf    speaks    about
"twenty years of revolution" as
if the feminist revolution is a
thing of the past. The revolution changes throughout time,
but it will not end until it succeeds. Women refuse to accept
the backlash as a "natural process."
"The backlash, though, is
proof that people are still struggling to accept feminism, and
that the revolution is far from
over.
Her favorite phrase is for
women to "leam the tools of
power—leam the master's tools
to dismantle the master's
house." To Wolf, this means
using money to gain power and
change the face of bureaucracy—from an all-male to a
male and female one. In her
book she looks at recent examples of "power feminism" in
the media, especially in advertising. She     writes
that "after the genderquake,
phallic objects began to emerge
from women's groins." She continues in her book to describe
specific ads that show women
"sprouting" phallic objects.
This is "women's capturing of
"male" authority and power."
Women don't want
"male" authority and power,
and most definitely dont want
a penis. Wolfs world view is
that oppression of women will
end when women enter hierarchical power structures, because they will make laws more
equal for women. This concept
is very patronizing to women
living in poverty.
Perhaps the oppression
of those women in the powerful
positions may change, but what
about those men and women
unable to enter that power
structure? Wolf urges women
to "get as much power as you
possibly can" while preaching
equality at the same time.
Maybe the "left* are still
angry, and are not willing to
accept the pretty face of feminism yet because the world is
still not a safe place for women.
She refers to her brand of feminism as
''user friendly"
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by Rick Hiebert
Quebec's own brand of nationalism allows for some to be seen as
second class, according to Quebec
writer Esther Delisle.
Delisle said although Quebec
nationalism is not as racist as it
was in the 30s and 40s, the elite's
definition of "Quebecois* can be
exclusionary.
The definitions of Quebecois
are always blurred,* she said. "Some
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that the votes of anglophones or
non-Quebec born people shouldn't
be counted the same in a sovereignty referendum."
Jacques Parizeau's first wife,
a Polish-born Jew, would not have
been seen as Quebecois by some
nationalists, she added. "Nationalism has sometimes had nothing to
do with language in Quebec. It has
a lot to do with perceptions and
definitions of who is Quebecois and
who is not."
Delisle spoke at UBC last
Thursday. She is the author of The
Traitor and The Jew, a book that
raised a lot of controversy last year
due to its argument that bedrock
supporters of Quebec nationalism,
such as Montreal's Le.De*i*o*> and
revered theologian and writer
Lionel Groulx, were anti-semitic.
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set out to attack Quebec cultural
institutions, she does think she has
done some good. This hadn't really been studied before."
"Ifs very difficult to look at
this naked hatred for what it was.
The editor of Le Devoir, for example, said that the newspaper
wasn't anti-semitic, St was malevolent towards the Jews."
Le Devoir often fostered anti-
semitic stereotypes in front-page
articles. Their music critic for example, called jazz music "A negro-
judaic concoction." Le Devoir also
referred to its cross-town rival La
Presse as "Hie Hooker-in-chief of
Israel."
"one had to
have a french
heart, french
soul, and
respect for the
dead"
Articles complained about
Jews taking up too much space on
the beach and in streetcars. The
paper said "the Jew is king in Hollywood and Moscow."
"It was a real rag, trash really,* Delisle said. Thank goodness it only had a circulation of
15,000."
Groulx and other Quebec intellectuals ofthe time had two enemies, Jews and the mythical "traitor" to the french-Canadian race.
The most trivial gesture could become treasonous. Groulx once at
tacked french-Canadians who liked
to watch hockey, liked to play golf
or joined the Rotary Club."
Democracy, Groulx wrote, was
"a hideous sore which we wear on
out foreheads and contaminates
our entire body," and french Canada
was "eaten to tiie bone with all the
diseases of democracy".
Modernity, capitalism and democracy were loath to Groulx because they promised "freedom,
money and fun". Society had been
*_uified" and "the Jew was as bad
as the nationalist was good."
"Many intellectuals today try
to say that Groulx was old fashioned and reactionary."Delisle said.
This is very malevolent, very violent fascism."
The particularly frightening
thing about elite obsessions, she
said, was that they were not based
on any shred of truth. "One needed
a french spirit or soul and what this
is was always very elusive. Ifs not
enough to be bom of french parents. No, that would have been too
easy. One had to have french blood,
a french soul and respect for the
dead."
She noted that a lot of elite
talk about the need to have proper
blood and soul evoked much ofthe
ideology of Nazi Germany in this
period.
Some nationalists had seriously discussed re-education camps
for "traitors.* They also favoured
taking away civil rights from Jews,
and giving them special passports
until their eventual deportation.
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THE UBYSSEY  Freestvles
A Press back in time
SUNDAYS THRU THURSDAYS
by Chung Wong
Newspapers often forge
anidentityofacommunity,real
or not.
It was interesting to vi ew
the identities of several eras on
Saturday night during The
Ubyssey's 75th Anniversary ai
the Press Club across from Pacific Press building, home of
the Vancouver Sun    and Province . Yet it was also painful to
realize that the identities
forged in the past had excluded
almost every fabric of my self.
Simply put, in the entire
history of the student paper,
there had been only one Chinese news editor, who came in
the 1980s.
When scrolling through
the mastheads ofthe decades it
was clear there would be no
need to look before 1948 for an
oldhack of Asian extract. Prior
to the new-found right to vote
after world war II, "orientals"
were banned from joining any
society in Canada, which included the Alma Mater Society,
the paper's publisher.
Ubyssey greats like
Pierre Berton, Joe Schlesinger,
Allan Fotheringham, Peter
Worthington, and John Turner
bylawwould not know them on
staff. The Chinese were left out
of Canada's social fabric.
In later decades, more
Ubyssey staff would enter the
media brass—Peter Ladner,
Virgina      Gait,      Charles
Campbell, Vaughan Palmer
and of course Katherine Monk,
who was the Ubyssey city editor
during my rookie year as a reporter. They came from power
cliques which were idolized by
Ubyssey staff. They became
icons.
Later they would move
on tohelpshape establishments
like the  CBC, The Globe and
Mail, The Vancouver Sun, The
Province, Canadian Business,
Macleans,      the     Georgia
Straight,TheTorontoStar     ,and
a score of others.
In effect for generations
thesemaestroes ofthe press had
shaped society's social blueprint, one that locally faced
few alterations.
At our table sat the campus" first generation of Chinese
news editors, the first group to
forge a campus identity which
included the Chinese, who for
the past five yean have formed
at least a quarter of the campus but were seldom interviewed. In those years, a chronic
case of missing journalism had
developed and it was mirrored
in the city.
The news editors at this
table, all former Ubyssey staff
from departments other than
news, were at first reluctant to
enter the club, feeling'disenfranchised from the past But
they came convinced their presence should be known, that they
finally exist. That night a
record number of Asians may
have entered those hallowed
doors.
At this table were not
Ubyssey news editors, however.
Rather they were news editors
of a special Ubyssey edition
called Pow, a paper which effortlessly interviews a broad
mix of people, attempting to
forge a new picture ofthe campus, one that coincides with an
emerging demographics. Still,
its existence has always been in
question. Why did Pow launch?
I saw loads of
interviews, character sketches and
psychological portraits. While everyone else had a voice
in the paper, the
Chinese had not
even a whisper.
One only needs to look at
The Ubyssey. The 75-year-old
student voice has made a gigantic leap forward toward
more representation, but the
campus has leapt even further.
And The Ubyssey tends to forecast the fate of future editorial
staffs for local papers, which
today remain a product ofthe
past.
There are nearly a quarter million Chinese people in
Greater Vancouver yet on any
given day you would be pressed
to find one being interviewed
in print, in spite of potential
circulation benefits. The point
was made by French reporter
Phillip Le Carre who is based
in Hong Kong and recently
passed through Vancouver after covering the Asia Pacific
Economic Conference (APEC).
Le Corre had just interviewed Vancouver Sun   editor-
in-chief Ian Haysom after
speaking to several leaders and
entrepreneurs in the Chinese
community, many of whom labelled hispaper racist. Haysom,
known for his open-minded
managing style, immediately
pointed out he had several
Asians aboard his staff. But
they seldom appeared in Section A- And as he admits in a
recent column, the Chinese are
seldom interviewed. No social
wizardry has enveloped the
Sun.
Le  Corre  asked if I
thought The Sun was racist—a
fast ball indeed. I took him up,
however, on his question, skimming through three binders of
local newspaper clippings between 1985 and 1992 on the
Chinese. This is the identity
that emerged: the Chinese are
notorious gang members and
they buy houses which destroy
neighbourhoods. But even in
these pervasive stories on the
Chinese, the Chinese themselves were rarely interviewed.
In the other grouping, I
saw national heroes in sport
and culture, political legends,
financial wizards, and a few
criminals whose race was unknown. I saw loads of interviews, character sketches and
psychological portraits. While
everyone else had a voice in the
paper, the Chinese had not even
a whisper.
When I gaze upon the
binds on the Chinese, I simply
feel ill.
What would it take to
frame a truer identity of our
community?The Ubyssey asked
that question with great pain
in 1992. Reform could happen
from within the paper, went
the argument, but it had been
trotted out for five years and
little had changed. The machinery ofaninstitution tended
to reject alien transplants.
After a massive lobby effort, a smaller but completely
new machine was eventually
allowed to be created from
scratch, one that could be far
more flexible than a newspaper entrenched in tradition, it
was to be The Ubyssey's twin
engine. Its creation, however,
coincided with draconian budget cuts and politics by its pub-
lisher  which  has  all  but
drained tiie fuel of both papers.
It is said that papers
should take a leadership role
in the community. However,
until this day, they have mainly
editorially mirrored the social
ills that prevail.
The cogs responsible for
future change will more than
likely face a difficult experience, becoming more a specimen of scrutiny than a colleague—much like the first generation of women to walk into
the newsroom. But these
changes must occur to ensure
the next generation can look
back without feeling ill.
Baby you can tow my car
by Taivo Evard
UBC parking "services" is a
misnomer. They do not provide valet
services and they do not ensure there
is supervision and safety in parking
areas. They ticket and tow students'
vehicles.
Out-of-province plates may lead
officers to believe they can ticket with
impunity, but that forces those
students into a bureaucratic
nightmare.
My car has received $110 worth
of parking tickets, $90 of which are
due to oveizealous ticketers. Since I
always have a valid parking pass face
up on the dashboard, I ignored the
tickets.
On Sunday, parked legally and
with pass in window yet again, I was
shocked to see a ticket on the window.
Later that rainy night I noticed a tow-
warning sticker had been affixed to my
window. The ticket turned out to be a
warning—but why had my plates been
put through die computer if I had
parked legally?
I was forced to go down to the
parking office to deal with this
headache. Having to visit die office
was an annoyance, but even more
frustrating was that the parking office
won't take any action. A written
appeal must submitted, WTTH
payment Guilty until proven innocent
"What you should do, then, is pay
the tickets and see if you'll be
reimbursed," the parking office
counter-help said.
I don't have $110 for food or
rent much less for parking "services"
to hang on to until they decide whether
to acknowledge their error or not My
car only cost $200.
"Then I recommend that you
don't park your car anywhere on
campus," she said. She confirmed that
my car may now be towed from
anyplace on campus, even if it is
parked legally with a permit in the
window.
"What happens often is that the
officer can't see the number on the
pass or it's expiry date [two of the
three pieces of pertinent information
on the front of the three-by-five inch
pass]," she said.
I'm glad our parking system is so
efficient
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^V THE UBYSSEY Letters
WEDNESDAY 01   DECEMBER   1993
Professor
Schmufessor
To The Cascade:
The Women's Centre
Collective of UBC must voice
our support of the two
U.C.F.V. women who wrote a
letter to the editor (dated
October 29) to protest the
October 20,1993 edition ofthe
University College of the
Fraser Valley Cascade Student Newspaper. In particular we take great offense to
the article that you published
under the heading "Predator
on the Prowl". This "article'
sports a semi-nude cartoon of
this "predatory' woman. It
asserts that "her reason to be
is to drive all males into
temptation." Furthermore,
'she is said to push them to
"excessive drinking" and drug
abuse. She is described as
"extremely crafty" and
"vengeful".
We must question why
you, as the editor, could have
possibly deemed this sexist
'article' appropriate. It is obvious to anyone with any
concern about violence
against women that printing
this was not only offensive to
all women readers but dangerous to all women everywhere. This 'article* serves
merely to propagate the myth
that women are to blame for
male behaviour an somehow
deserve to be physically or
sexually assaulted when men
succumb to their "temptation". This publication goes a
long way towards forming
opinions such as those expressed by the UNB professor who recently published a
letter attempting to absolve
men of their responsibility in
date rape.
But their is an important
difference to note: the UNB
newspaper only printed the
professor'sletter in order that
the students would know his
dangerous and sexist views.
But the Cascade printed its
'article' without crediting an
author and without explanation, seemingly with full
support ofthe editorial staff.
We demand to know the
source ofthe article. We demand that someone take responsibility for writing it.
In light of this incident,
we would also like know your
newspaper's policy on sexist,
racist, homophobic or ableist
content in publication.
The UBC Women's Centre
Collective
Lecture
Schmecture
Time is a precious commodity for students around
this time of the term. The
stress and anxiety around final exams and term papers
due has meplottingevery hour
of my day on a 3" X (T card
which I attempt to follow. Efficient time management...
task oriented... focused attention on study schedules...
staying on track...
And now, to the point: I
am outraged that today I
rushed from downtown from a
dentist's office at 3:05 P.M. to
get on campus on time for my
3*30 P.M. Psych 300 class with
Dr. Alden, only to find that
there was no lecture because
of course evaluation forms.
I am not so much mad at
having to fill out the evaluation form, but at the tacky
manner in which we were deceived into staying to fill the
thing out. It was done in such
poor taste.
1. The person who handed out
the forms lied through his
teeth to the bitter end. The
first part of today's lecture is
used for course evaluation.*
After the forms were completed, he says, "I have a surprise for you! There is no lecture today." As if the "surprise" of no lecture was a treat.
Are we grade 7's or what?
2. We should have been informed that today would be
course evaluation day and
there would be no lecture. And
is we dont show up, that is our
right. We have a right to infbr-
mation, a right to choose
whether to spend the time and
energy to get on campus to fill
out a form instead of receiving
a lecture.
I walked away with a bad
taste in my mouth. What a
waste of my time, gas, and
parking cost Is deception and
nondisclosure of information
a part ofthe education process
at University of British Columbia? Does the Department
ofPsychology understand this
is high stress time for students? Does the Faculty Head
comprehend the damaging effects of psychological frustrations from being tricked into
staying to fill out a form while
expecting a half lecture?
name withheld by
request
Mends
Schmends!
Please allow me space in
your esteemed university
newspaper or in any facility
published by your publications
department, to publish my
request for penfriends from
Canada.
My nameis Matovy Julius
aged twenty years. I'm a student at school, we have studied widely about Canada especially the province of British
Columbia, and I would like to
find friends of any age and sex
from there.
I have many hobbies and
fascinating tales to tell about
Africa! All letters to be replied.
Thanks.
Sir, please accept the expression of my gracefid thanks
in anticipation of your kind
assistance in this regard.
Matovy-Julias
P.O. Box 9974
Kampala, Uganda, East
Africa
IRSA Schmersa
As the third member of
the IRSA-HMUN selection
committee to whose procedure
Danielle Bretton so strenuously objected (Nov. 23), I was
initially content to have my
views en the subjected represented by the responses of my
colleagues, Mike Sheehan and
Dr. Paul Marantz, to Ms.
Bretton's letter. However I am
concerned with the impact that
Ms. Bretton's "words of warning" may have on potential
HMUN candidates in future
years. I would like, therefore,
to address one further issue
on the subject: that is, why do
we choose to undergo any selection process at all for this
conference? Harvard does not
require it; indeed, many
schools have no selection process whatsoever. Nothing in
the conference regulations,
therefore, prevents the IRSA
executive from simply choosing the HMUN team on the
basis of friendship or dub loyalty. Yet the selection process
has been enshrined in IRSA's
constitution (perhaps the "unwritten rules" Ms. Bretton was
referring to?) for the following
reasons:
1. to ensure that students from
all disciplines have the opportunity to apply
2. to establish a set procedure
that can be followed in subsequent years
3. to secure a prestigious position for the UBC team at
Harvard by sending the best
Impossible delegates - this
guarantees that the next UBC
team will be assigned an influential country.
Thus it is both in our interests as members of the
HMUN team and in IRSA's
interest as a club that we be
objective and fair in our judgement Although I expected to
hear expressions of disappointment from those not selected, I did not expect the
kind of vicious slander contained in Ms. Brettons's letter, and Fm afraid that, in
light of her career ambitions,
her vindictive behaviour has
done little to rectify our skepticism about the degree of integrity in the legal profession.
Megan Reiter
Vice-President, IRSA
Dobie Shmobie
While I have made it a
practice to never write a letter
toThe Ubyssey correctingyour
gross inaccuracies when it
comes to reporting campus
news (mainly because 300
words would not be enough
space), I feel very strongly
about two issues covered in
your November 26, 1993 issue. These issues are campus
safety and AMS membership
in the CFS.
Tessa Moon's typically
incomplete reporting on the
issue of campus safety failed
to add that I have encouraged
and requested "specific, constructive suggestions and
strategies for addressing the
issue of chilly climate* from
the AMS Women's Centre.
This is an issue of paramount
importance in ensuring and
protecting academic freedom
and safety at this University.
The AMS will take action on
these issues and we encourage input so we can actually
do something for once, instead
of talking or writing about
what needs to be done.
As for CFS membership,
the reasons I'm opposed are
too lengthy to list here, but I
look forward to articulating
them to students the coming
months. One thing I think
needs to always be remembered in this issue is that, if
students of UBC choose to pay
$336,000 annually to an Ottawa based organization to
represent UBC students on top
of their $1,110,000 they already contribute to the AMS I
would be the first to represent
UBC students there with our
one vote. I would hope, however, that UBC students would
instead focus their energy and
their already sufficient student fee contribution to their
student society towards seeing what UBC students can do
to improve the state of education in our country rather than
relying on an outside group to
decide what needs to be done
on our behalf.
Bffl Dobie
AMS president
Panel? Cocker
Spaniel?
I am writing this letter in
response to Danielle Bretton's
attack on the selection process
for the Harvard and UBC
Model United Nations (Nov
24). Hererroneous statements
need clarification.
Firstly, IRSA coordinate*?
a team to go to the conference.
Anyone who is interested in
participatingin a MUN can go
to the event; you don not have
to be an IR student. All you
need is interest, knowledge,
skill, organization, and the
ability to fundraise. The only
reason IRSA set up a selection
process was because so many
students wanted to be a part of
something that is reputable,
organized, and financially self-
sufficient.
Past delegates do not automatically return to the conference. Returning delegates
are needed to set-up simulations and to take on the momentous task of organizing the
trip. The conference organizers establish the team maximum, and the number of returning delegates is one quarter of that figure.
Ms. Bretton needn't be
worried about her tax dollars
or school fees. The trip is
funded by grants that are set
up by individuals, by the
team's own fundraising ingenuity, and by the delegates
themselves.
The biggest problem I
have with Ms. Bretton's criticism is her accusation that the
panel picks friends. Now, if
that were the case, why
wouldn't the panel select a
person who is not only a good
friend, but sole signing officer
oftheir finances (i.e. they cant
access their money without
me)? Like Ms. Bretton, "I must
have spoken badly that day*.
Of the 45 students who
make the presentation, only
one student appeared on the
wrong day.
If it were true that Ms.
Bretton was not bitter, her let-
ter would contain constructive
criticism; as it stands, however, her letter is a scathing
one that is based on conjecture.
Lilian a Daminato,
Treasurer
International Relations
Student* Association
Impugn
Schimpugn
I am writing to respond to
the letter of Ms. Danielle
Bretton (The Ubyssey, Nov. 24,
1993) which asserts that the
procedures by which students
were selected for the model
U.N. conference were unfair.
In particular, she alleges
hat member of tbe International Relations Students Association (I.R.S A.) "traditionally pick their friends to attend the conference.* It is easy
for an individual who was not
successful in the competition
to cry "favoritism," but this
was not the case.
As Chair of the International Relations Program, I
have participated along with
tow students from I.RJ3 A. in
the selection of delegates for
the past two years. I can ass-are Ms. Bretton that every
effort was made to make the
selection process as fair and
objective as possible. If it were
otherwise, I would never have
consented to participate in this
process.
Our procedure was a follows. After each applicant
completed his or her oral presentation, each of us gave a
numerical mark to the student These were compared
and discussed. In the cast
majority of the cases, our
rankings were very similar. I
did not see a single instance of
favoritism.
The two students on the
selection committee were
scrupulous in attempting to
judge all candidates solely on
merit and it is unfair to them
to impugn their integrity.
PaulMarantx
Department of Political
Science
PIRG Schmirg
In regards to your Nov.26
article getting out much
needed information about the
PIRG and CFS petition campaigns, I want to stress the
large differences between
these two organizations and
the way in which they will
affect this university.
A Public Interest Research Group would be an entirely UBC-student run organization that would teach students research and activism
skills on a broad range ofpro-
gressi ve* issues from the envi-
ronment to social justice.
PIRG's are active at many
other Canadian and American universities includingSFU
and U. Vic.
The PIRG will be run by a
student elected Board of Directors who will decide, along
with any other interested students, the types of activities
the group will get involved in.
The PIRG will then have an
amount of resources, people,
and time to tackle these issues
that simply isnt available
under the current situation
that similarly interested
groups of students have with
the AMS (ie. the Global "Development* Centre and the
Student Environment Centre,
among others).
In essence, a UBC PIRG
will increase student involvement with important, tangible
issues and give those involved
invaluable experience in dealing with people and solving
real world problems that simply is not learned elsewhere at
this institution.
I really want to stress
that, although the PIRG and
CFS campaigns have been run
concurrently to date to save
time and money, the questions
and implications of these two
separate issues are very different.
Both will,if passed by referendum in January, vastly
and directly affect the way
some things are run at this
university. I really urge all
students to inform themselves
about the separate issues these
groups are bringing up and to
sign the PIRG petition and/or
the CFS petition in order to
create a forum for debate on
these important and exciting
issues.
Jason Mogus
Freedom to speak—and disagree
by Trevor Presley
Freedom of speech. These are three very powerful and
misunderstood words.
Freedom of speech, opinion, thought, belief and expression are considered by many to be the most important of the
fundamental human rights. Both the American and Canadian constitutions list freedom of speech as a person's legal
right.
Freedom of speech is meant to protect an individual
from persecution, regardless of their beliefs or opinions.
Although this sounds good in theory, it runs into some
trouble in practice.
University student newspapers are notorious for pushing the boundary of what constitutes free speech. Many
people forget that the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms guarantees the freedom ofthe press. Freedom ofthe
press guarantees that reporters and columnists will not be
persecuted because oftheir opinions.
This right protects such people as the UNB professor
who published that controversial article on date rape. Even
though most people would agree that the views ofthe UNB
professor were outrageous and downright sexist, he still had
a right to have his views published. Many people forget that
his views were published in the opinion section of a UNB
student newspaper.
There have been similar incidents on campus of various
groups or individuals demanding heads after a controversial article appeared. Although we may not agree with many
articles published in students newspapers, the writers of
these articles should be free from persecution.
The Ubyssey, the Campus Times, the 432, the Underground, the Informer, POW and several other student
newspapers will at one time or another publish articles or
pictures that you do not agree with. If you disagree with
something printed by a student newspaper, write a letter or
counter-article. It is easy to support freedom of speech when
you agree with a particular article, but it is quite another
thing to support freedom of speech when you are faced with
an article that attacks your core values.
University newspapers are the last bastion of truly free
speech left in this great country. If our student newspapers
are subject to the same pressures as the other major papers,
censorship will have won its greatest victory. So before you
reach for your petition, think ofthe quote by pastor Martin
Niemoller:
"In Germany they first came for the communists and I
didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they
came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a
Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't
speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came
for the catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a
protestant Then they came for me—and by that time no one
was left to speak up." .E UBYSSEY  New
"A turban is not a shoe"—Sandhu
by Bianca Zee
and Chung Wong
The fumes have not subsided.
What began as a memorial
for the dead has ignited into a
racially tense war of words
which has included death
threats. And it erupted in the
municipality ofSurrey, recently
declared a "racism free* zone.
On 11 November, Sikh
world war II veterans invited
from India were barred entry
into the Newton Legion for refusing to remove their turbans,
worn in obedience to their religion. Legion president Frank
Underwood then enforced a
1946 by-law that prohibits entry to those wearing headgear.
Underwood had previously
abstained from a motion the
legion had passed in September to invite the Sikhs. His critics have called him selective in
his enforcement as female veterans were spotted in the hall
wearing berets.
Since the incident a bomb
threat has been given to the
Surrey-North Delta Now    and a
death threat has been sent to a
Surrey Leader   reporter, as the
papers continue to cover the
fallout and receive racially
charged letters to the editor.
The Leader editor and assistant editor were out of town
yesterday while their paper received upset callers and an
onslaught of letters.
Leader   reporter Robert
Prince said yesterday the paper has been attacked from all
sides, being called both a "racist rag" and a "Hindu loving
rag."
"Generally we get calls that
do not like many stories on mi
nority groups," he said.
But the paper will continue
to report on the issue "as long
as it?s newsworthy," he said.
"We have reported what happened. We have not tried to inflame it."
But SFU communications
student Renae Sandhu disagrees.
Sandhu cast her term papers and exam studies aside on
Sunday to write an angry seven
pagelettertothe Surrey Leader
in response to another letter
published that day by A. Aiello.
Aiello wrote: "They (the
Sikhs) came to this country for
freedom and better living. Well
we have rules and regulations,
too, so if this country can feed
and provide for you then in
return respect our rules or go
home."
The author later added:
"When you are home be and act
as you want, when in public be
a Canadian. Thafs what you
came here for. This is a good
country, so dontruinitby dirtying the water constantly."
While Leader   staff have
interpreted the last line as
"muddying the water" or "dont
stir up trouble," Sandhu calls
the last statement a double-
edged racist metaphor implying that Sikhs are not clean.
"I was shaking afterwards,
I was so mad," Sandhu said. "I
was goingto study butlcouldnt
do anything. So I decided to
write a response."
Sandhu said she resents
Aiello labelling her as a foreigner despite being a Canadian "at home and in public."
"Canada is my country," she
says. "I am home."
Sandhu was also upset by
UBC's $262 m deal
by Dinos Kyrou
Rabbit pate, kiwi clams
and prosciutto ham found their
way onto the plate of David W.
Strangway last week. The
bunny was sacrificed for a dinner to celebrate Santa's early
gift of $262 million.
Santa had a little help
from the UBC "World of Opportunity" campaign, which began
in 1989. The final take was almost double the campaign's
original target of $132 million.
Many students might assume this early Christmas
present will be used to reduce
student fees, improve classrooms, upgrade bike paths,
lighten the place up and basically make things safer and
cheaper for students.
But those expecting such
changes will be disappointed.
Director of tiie develop-
mentoffice Ron Dumashel said,
"no money is being spent on
lighting. The money that was
raised was previously identi-
fiedfor specific projects on campus; either capital funds for
buildings or endowed funds
that generate income each year,
not for the core operational
budget"
AMS Council rep Jason
Mogus said, "all this money is
being spentonflashynewbuild-
ings for people to put their
names on but no one will want
to pay for their upkeep in the
future.
"We can't even afford to
upkeep Buchanan at present
and we are leaving a burden
for the future with all these
new buildings to look after."
Most of the new buildings are named after their benefactors, for example the
Koerner library. Naming a
light after someone does not
seem to have quite the same
appeal.
Dumashel admitted
funds have not yet been allocated to improve the lighting.
He added, "the campus plan
for the next fifteen to twenty
years puts lighting quite high
on the priority list ofthe campus planing department and,
[lighting is] recognised by the
president and vice president as
being a very serious issue."
Despite the enormous
surplus, areas such as campus
lighting remain part ofthe core
operational     budget—and
would remain so even if the
campaign had raised ten or
fifteen times its original goal.
To put the money raised
in perspective, $262 million
would pay the fees for all the
current students at UBC
through the whole four years of
their degree. Dumashel defended this by stating 53 scholarships were created with some
of the fund although this is
little consolation to the other
34,947 students on campus.
Speeches       at       the
celebratory dinner did not acknowledge the existence of any
problems on campus.
"It was all rah rah UBC
with a pretence that no problems exists on campus; all the
speeches were completely one
sided. It was also decadent,"
Mogus said.
another    Leader   letter  by
Krystine Rowes who compared
a turban to a shoe.
"The turban is not a shoe,"
Sandhu said. "In Sikh history,
people have died for things like
this, they have been martyred
just because people in India
wanted them to assimilate into
other religions.
"A lot of people just dont
understand what wearing a
turban really means and they
demean the whole issue. They
cant compare it to wearing
shoes, as something you just
put on and take off."
Leader reporter Prince saidhis
reaper is trying to run a "cross-
section of letters."
"We let people have their
opinions," Prince said. "We
dont censor letters because we
dont like what they say.
"But we dont run letters
that are libelous...or if it's in
bad taste."
About 70 letters on the turban issue are awaiting publication, he said.
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by Sarah O'Donnell
Colin Godwin, a professor in
the department of geological sciences at UBC, was recently handed
a two month suspension without
pay following allegations of sexual
harassment.
Complaints against Godwin
were filed with the UBC sexual
harassment policy office by three
women students after an industrial graduate student field trip to
Chile in May 1993.
The only information released
on Godwin's suspension was a
statement written by the professor, his lawyer, the university and
the three complainants.
In the statement Godwin did
admit his "inappropriate comments
and relationship... created an embarrassing and unprofessional environment for the students, in particular the other women graduate
students on the trip."
When asked about the
university's conflict of interest
guideleines, UBC media relations
representative Steve Crombie said
if any non-academic relationship
"is not declared and there is an
ongoing relationship, then the university has to take action to make
sure the instructor isn't involved in
the academic career of that student"
These guidelines exist because
any nonacademic relationship
could result in special treatment
and bias towards a particular student.
Although Crombie said that
while the allegations of sexual harassment were never actually determined, Godwin "has agreed to
serve a two month suspension without pay commencing January 1st,
1994. During that suspension
Godwin will not attend the
university's premises."
Another condition of Godwin's
suspension is that he take a course
related to sexual harassment issues. However, the exact nature of
the course fell under the realm of
taboo topics. Discussing it could
violate the agreement.
Crombie's only comment on
the course was that it "is being
arranged in conjunction with the
sexual harassment office."
In addition, Godwin will be
unable to lead any field trips without the presence of a senior colleague for two years, unless otherwise decided by the head of the
department
The sexual harassment office
refused to comment on the case.
Sexual harassment policy advisor
Margaretta Hoek said, "anything
that transpires through the sexual
harassment office is confidential."
Other members ofthe administration would not say anything
on record for fear of being sued.
Florence Ledwitz-Rigby, advisor to the president on women's
issues, also could not comment on
Godwin's suspension because of
"the very strong confidentiality
rules in the sexual harassment office."
Even Crombie had difficulty
discussing the case at first. "It was
happening around the time the
threatening letters were hot in the
media. Ifs hard to jump from issue
to issue and keep them straight,"
Crombie said.
BoG reps question
RCMP booze report
by Tessa Moon
and Mike Kitchen
Administrative conspiracy or
increased awareness—which is the
real reason behind the apparent
increase in the number of alcohol-
related assaults on campus?
According to the campus
RCMP, alcohol-related assaults are
one ofthe main crimes on campus.
Board of governors studentrep
Orvin Lau said the Pit pub represents a large portion ofthe AMS's
income andtheadministration may
use the police report to gain leverage with the AMS.
"The more money AMS has,
the more it can affect things," Lau
said. "[The administration] doesn't
like that we're probably tiie only
studentgovernmentin Canada who
can afford to sue the university."
Last year, the Pit pub made
$26,900 for the AMS. "It's not a
high margin in our net income,"
AMS director of finance Dean
Leung said.
Michael Hughes, another stu
dent rep on the board of governors,
said the increased emphasis on alcohol-related incidents on campus
stems firom newly available information.
"We didnt have the figures
before," he said."The RCMP didn't
release it or maybe no-one asked
for them."
Hughes also believes that "alcohol-related assaults* do not constitute a separate category.
"An assault is an assault," he
said. "Just because people drink
doesnt mean they'll get assaulted.
There's a danger of placing the
blame on the victims."
Lau, on the other hand, said
"alcohol is certainly a factor in some
assaults" and suggested any existing problems may be worsened by
the lack of a general alcohol policy.
"There's nothing really for the
campus as a whole," he said. "Faculty members may have a little
party or something with alcohol
and break the law out of sheer
ignorance."
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So far, there have been no decisive movements to respond to the
problem. The board of governors
has established the occupational
health, safety, and environment
committee, but has not proposed a
specific course of action.
The AMS has not addressed
the issue either. "I cant speak for
AMS; Fm not an exec," Hughes
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AMS vice-president Janice
Boyle declined comment on the is
sue.
Computing services removes Homolka newsgroup
by Graham Cook
The freewheeling Internet
newsgroups are a little less free as
of Tuesday night.
That was when UBC Comput-
ingand Communications pulled the
plug on the internet newsgroup
"altfan.karla-homolka."
Internet newsgroups function
like an electronic wall on which
people "post" submissions on different subjects.
The censored Homolka group
dealt with a manslaughter trial
currently underway in Ontario.
Karla Teale (formerly Homolka)
was convicted of manslaughter in
the deaths of teenagers Kristen
French and Leslie Mahaffy, and
was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
A ban was imposed by the
Ontario court on most details ofthe
trial, allegedly to ensure a fair trial
for Teale's husband Paul. He is
charged with first degree murder
and seven other offenses.
Bans apply to published material, with electronic communication like the Internet occupying a
grey area of the law.
Jack Leigh, the director of
university computing services, said
the decision to cut the Homolka
newsgroup came on the advice of
legal advice from other universities.
"The advice from Dalhousie
[university in Halifax] was that
the newsgroup should be removed,
and we thought it would be better
to be safe than sorry because ofthe
fact ofthe possible illegality of it,"
he said.
A graduate student who called
The Ubyssey on Tuesday was upset
at the ban.
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newsgroups has nothing to do with
what should and shouldn't be on
them," she said.
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could not cross the borders and be
sold in Canada in published form.
"I consider myself a feminist,
and if you're going to start banning
newsgroups you shouldn't start
with [the Homolka group].
"But in the end ifs stupid, because you cant stop" the Homolka
information from getting out on
the Internet, she said.
The information from the now-
unavailable Homolka group has
already been "cross-posted" on
other newsgroups like
"soc.culture.canada," which deal
with a wider range of issues.
As well, a service called "ftp"
(file transfer protocol) can give access to most ofthe information on
the trial that has been published in
the United States, where the publication ban is not in effect.
"For example, the Washington
Post has an FTP service. All you
have to do is call it up and you can
get their articles on the trial," she
said.
"If you know enough about
computers and the *net then you
can access the information."
Leigh says the Homolka group
might conceivably just be the start
"If there's any chance of any
newsgroup being illegal we would
likely remove it. We would only do
that on the advice ofthe appropriate use group. The idea is not to
censor it as such but we cannot do
anything illegal," he said.
The issue of freedom of
Internet information has been debated on campus before. In early
1992 a number of newsgroups focused on sex and erotica were censored by UBC computing services.
Critics of the move forced the
formation of a committee on the
appropriate use ofinformation technology. The report was released
last year and called for free access
to all Internet newsgroups. After
the report was issued the sex-related newsgroups we're restored.
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