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The Ubyssey Oct 4, 1996

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Breast Cancer Awareness
kicks off this week
And misses at this year's
International Film Festival
Challenge Cup recapped
& V-ball preview
on morphine since 1918
Surviving on a prayer
When it comes to AIDS
treatment Greg Brace,
who is HIV positive,
finds Canada's two
coasts are different
by David Cochrane
the exposure to large groups of people, especially if they have
colds and flus, is detrimental to the well being of our
The problem is not exclusive to Newfoundland.
In the other Atlantic provinces, AIDS treatment facilities
are better, but still far behind those in larger urban centres
like Toronto or Vancouver.
"We probably have a little less of everything, whether it is
home care or treatment" says Robert Allan, executive director ofthe Nova Scotia AIDS Coalition.
"The basic thing is that there is less money in the health
system. The system is overbuilt with a lot of regional hospitals that the government is trying to maintain."
The Muse
feel as though Newfoundland is in a stupor. Brace has been
HIV positive for the last 12 years and has spent the bulk of
the past two living in Newfoundland. He moved from
Vancouver when his partner Rick began to get seriously ill
with complications resulting from AIDS. Rick wanted to be
close to his family.
Since his move from British Columbia, Brace has had to
deal with the frustration of seeking treatment in a province
which lacks the resources to effectively care for people with
AIDS and the loss of his partner Rick, who died of kidney failure brought about by AIDS in March of this year. He says doctors show a complete lack of compassion when dealing with
people with AIDS—that became painiully obvious when Rick
was brought to the hospital.
"We asked that Rick not be sedated until his family could
see him," he says. "But they went ahead and did it anyway.
We never even got to say goodbye." The move to
Newfoundland, he explains, shortened his partner's life by at
least a year because ofthe low quality of AIDS services available.
"I've never seen anything like this," he adds, "I've been in
hospitals in Vancouver, I've been in hospitals in Toronto and
this is ridiculous."
♦♦♦   ♦♦♦   ♦♦♦
held up a ringing alarm clock and said it was time for Atlantic
Canada to wake up to the problems of people with HIV and
Currently Newfoundland has one infectious disease clinic
with only one ID specialist and a full-tirne nursing coordinator. There are 157 HIV positive patients in the province—a
number that represents only those individuals who voluntarily seek care.
It is a problem acknowledged by Newfoundland's ID specialist Dr. Ian Bowmer.
In a 1995 proposal for an HIV program Bowmer wrote:
"We presently participate in two general medicine afternoon
clinics a week, which is not adequate. One of the main concerns and complaints of our patient population is the waiting
time to see their specialist..and the crowded conditions of
the whole Outpatient Department
"Not only is their concern related to confidentiality, but
ly new drug that has been available in British Columbia for
well over a year. Unfortunately, it is not available in
Newfoundland because it is tied up in the slow-moving
bureaucracy ofthe province's medical ethics board.
Some point out, however, that even if the drug was available it wouldn't be covered by Medicare in Newfoundland or
Nova Scotia The cost of one year of treatment with D4T averages between $4,000 and $6,000-money most AIDS
patients simply don't have.
As a result it has been almost two years since Brace has
received anti-viral treatment and he hasn't even bothered to
go back to the ID clinic for over a year.
"I feel like, 'What's the point?' It won't do me any good
anyway," he says. "I feel extremely frustrated. What they
don't seem to realise is that they are dealing with people
who are dying."
As in Newfoundland, most of those hospitals were built
before the federal government started to cut transfer payments and before the collapse ofthe Atlantic fishery. A result
of the financial strain is that expansion in the area of
HIV/AIDS treatment is nearly impossible.
Aside from the lack of facilities, the availability of new
drugs is a major problem on the east coast The current trend
in HIV/AIDS is "combination therapy," a treatment that gives
the patient a mixture of two drugs, one of which is usually
But in 1994, two separate studies done in Europe proved
AZT to be useless in fighting the onset of AIDS, and in certain
cases could even help kill a patient faster because of its toxic
Brace wanted to try a treatment involving D4T, a relative-
British Columbia offer the best hope for receiving adequate care.
In the early 1990s a group of doctors proposed to the
BC Minister of Health that they establish the Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS Research at St Paul's Hospital.
The centre provides a centralised province-wide drug
treatment program that provides patients with drugs free
of charge, provided they meet certain treatment requirements. Adrnittedly, it is expensive to set up a centre like
this, but advocates say the cost can be justified.
"We believe that in the long run these drugs will prove
to be cost-effective because it will keep people out of hospitals and more productive," says Dr. Martin Schecter of
the centre.
BC has had 3000 people in its AIDS treatment program since January of 1993. Currently there are 1700
still receiving treatment with 20 to 30 doctors providing
the bulk of the care, but an additional 400 treat at least
one person on a regular basis.
The province has led the way in providing treatment
for its patients, showing a willingness to act on results
from short-term surrogate tests, rather than wait for the
more definitive and long-term clinical tests.
"Do you wait until the definitive evidence comes from
clinical studies," Schecter says, "or do you take that leap of
"We took that leap of faith. AIDS therapy is a moving target and we want to aim in front of the target and not behind
Brace says this philosophy offers people with HIV/AIDS
their best hope. On September 1, he left Newfoundland and
moved back to Vancouver, ending a two-year odyssey of pain
and frustration.
He has lost 51 percent of his breathing capacity and will
have to survive on a $600 welfare cheque for three months
until he is eligible for assistance from the BC government
But Brace says that the compassion and treatment he will
receive will far outweigh the difficulties he will have to overcome.
"I have to go," he said. "It is the best chance I have to get
the treatment I need." 2  THE UBYSSEY, OCTOBER 4, 1996
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Council denies Wiwa funding
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
When the brother of executed
Nigerian environmental activist
Ken Saro-Wiwa speaks to students
at UBC this month, organisers of
the free event won't be thanking
the AMS.
Members of the Student
Environment Centre, Global
Development Centre and Colour
Connected said they're angry AMS
council won't give $1500 to support the visit.
"It seems when it comes to
issues of human rights, ecology
and social awareness, the AMS is
not willing to get financially
involved," said Global Development Centre coordinator Isabelle
Cote and Student Environment
Centre office coordinator Trina
Hamilton asked council to endorse
Owens Wiwa's visit and to donate
$1500 toward his speaker's fee.
After an emotional 50-minute
debate council voted to give the
endorsement, but not the money.
The main argument against the
motion was financial.
Director of Finance Ryan Davies
told council this year's budget was
already too tight and there was
nowhere to find the requested
Law representative Jason
Hickman said giving money for the
Owens Wiwa visit could bring a
flood of groups to council asking
for money.
Vice-President Lica Chui argued
strongly against the motion,
repeating three times that her
office is flooded with funding
requests from charities and nonprofit organisations and supporting the Wiwa visit would only bring
more requests.
Chui also said council should
work to help organisations closer
to home, instead of supporting
international groups.
"What about people in the East
Side?" she asked.
But some councillors argued
the AMS's funding priorities were
Graduate Studies representative Gail Edwards supported the
motion. "I'm not normally one to
say this, but to hell with the budget,
this is something that deserves our
support," she said.
Several councillors said that
while the AMS might not be able to
give money for the visit, their student faculty associations might.
Cote and Hamilton said they are
waiting to hear whether groups
like the Agriculture students association, the Graduate students
association, Regent College's students association and the Human
Kinetics students association will
help fund Wiwa's visit.
Unless individual faculty student associations and private
donors can give the $1500 the
resource groups had hoped to get
from council, they will take the
money from their own budgets.
Owens Wiwa's speaking fee,
which will include addresses at
UBC, SFU and Langara College, is
$6000. It will be donated to the
Ogoni Solidarity Network, an
organisation which aims to raise
awareness about human rights and
environmental abuses in Nigeria.
Ken Saro-Wiwa was a Nobel
Peace Prize nominee who fought
against the widespread environmental degradation of Nigeria's
oil-rich Ogoni region. He and eight
other Ogoni environmental
activists were hanged by Nigeria's
military government last
Owens Wiwa is scheduled to
speak at UBC October 28 in the
SUB Auditorium.
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York takes en
Tory arts
By Sarah Schmidt
TORONTO {CUP} - Student leaders at York University transformed
the campus into a circus to poke fun
at the education policy of the Tory
government and build momentum
for an -upcoming general strike.
Organisers said the carnival,
held September 25, was meant to
introduce students to the effects of
the cuts to postseeondaiy education
in a satirical and humourous way.
'Our intention is to draw attention to the cuts in the form of
humour. It's a different spin on student activism,' said Stacey Mayhall,
president of the Graduate Student
In addition to speeches from
leaders of the student movement
and labour organisers, the day
included the auctioning off the university to the private sector, a graveyard for courses, a dunking tank
where students could soak Mike
Harm, a student workfare program
and a display of the university president's closet fiBed with students'
"We're taming York into a cir
hacks. It really Is a bigger circus
man Queen's Park,* said organizer
Joel Harden.
Wayne Poirier, president of
York's student council, said an
important part of the carnival was
to draw students' attention to how
both their debt loads and corporate
profits are rising.
Pointing to a giant banner which
calculated the combined debt of students at the carnival, six million dollars, PoMer said this debt is accora-
prm^i by hti^ profits for the loaas-
*A lot of students who signed the
banner owe more than $20,000. At
the same time, banks in Canada
have been making record profits/
he said.
the philosophy mat is coming
out of Queen's Park is that everything is expendable—classes, hospitals beds, uiuversities/ said David
McNally of the York University
Faculty Association.
"We're told to be realistic
because the numbers don't lie. But
while most of us are being downsized, 52 senior officers of corpora*
fions made in excess of two million
dollars and 6,600 profitable corporations paid not a penny in taxes last
year. Something is fundamentally
wrong with these numbers/ he said.
Brad Lavigne, national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students.Brad Lavigne, national
chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students, spoke at the
carnival to bring a message of
national solidarity to York students.
This is a message of solidarity
from the other 355,000 members
of the federation who stand next to
you during this cutting and privatisation frenzy/ he said.
Carnival co-coordinator Lori
Galway said that this unique, down-
style political action is a lead up to
two days of protest action taking
place next month, including a city-
wide general strike on October 25.
"On October 25, when we shut
down the universify, we're going to
lose the clown costumes. We're
angry and we're taking action.' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1996
UBC marks breast cancer awareness month
by Nina Greco
One in nine women will be diagnosed with
breast cancer in their lifetime. But almost
100 percent of Canadians will feel the impact
of breast cancer in one way or another.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness
month and this year UBC students will be
marking it in several ways.
Breast cancer, according to UBC anatomy professor Dr. Joanne Emerman, is "our
own cells going awry." The cancer develops
Upcoming Events
Friday, October 3
Last tiny of the Women's Health Fair in the SUB
Main Concourse. Thr Women Students Office,
Student. Health Services, Avalon Women's centre.
Women of Colour and other health and safety
organisations hope to raise awareness among
October 11-13
Waleli ii movie in tlie SUB Auditorium. UBC's Film
Soc will donate all proceeds From this weekend to
the BC Breast Cancer Foundation "Stealing
l.eauly" and Trench Twist" are showing
Thursday, October 17
Vancouver Ureas! Cancer Awareness Uay, The
Hyatt Regency will host a "Kiss For the Cure,"
breakfast and luncheon featuring oncologist,
teacher, broadcaster and cancer survivor Dr.
Robert Buckinan. Some tickets are still available
for breakfast.
when normaTcells" within ffieTbreast grow
uncontrollably and stop responding to the
body's normal growth control mechanisms.
"The majority of breast cancers occurring in about 75 percent of the population
arise for no known reason," Emerman said.
Of the cancers where a cause is known,
there are any number of suspected agents.
Lifestyle factors including diet and exercise are important, though reliable data
about their link to breast cancer may not be
available for another decade.
Genetics are also clearly a
factor in some breast cancers.
Emerman said there has been
a direct link made between
breast cancer and specific
Despite increased attention
and research, the incidence of
breast cancer is increasing at a
rate of one percent per year.
The good news, according to
Emerman, is that new "early
diagnostic techniques have
contributed to increased survival."
If not removed completely
by surgery, breast cancer is
treated by chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or radiation. "Our new treatment regiments have improved the quality and quantity of life of breast
cancer patients," said
"Although we don't have a
Monday, October 21
.Miranda Holmes, campaigner for the Georgia
Strait Alliance, will talk on "Why breast, cancer is
an environmental disease" and "Why women are
so poorly served bv the cancer establishment," at
12:30 in SUB 212a.
Sunday, October 27
Vancouver 1'un Run. The run will starl at 10am at
the Plaza of Nations. Participants can choose
between 1km or f.km. Eulry fees are $25. free for
those under IS, and includes a I shirl. There will
be Draw Prizes and participation awards. Call
Frank Denis at S75 323-1.
All through October students can pick up pink rib
bons fur breast cancer an'urt'wsa at AMS events.
They arc uwilablt* hy donation.
time, we will have a cure," she said.
The search for that cure is currently
underway at UBC.
UBC    biochemist    Dr.    Michel
Roberge    recently    received    a
$ 150,000 grant to continue his
lab's    research    into    a
promising anti-cancer
drug. The compound
destroys   cyclins,
proteins which
cell growth
and      division.     Cancerous      cells
"often make more
cyclins   than   normal
cells,"    Roberge    told    The
Ubyssey. "The idea is that by targeting
cylins and destroying what cells need to grow
we hope to control [cancerous] growth."
The  AMS  is  marking breast cancer
awareness month with a number of events,
including their first-ever Women's Health
"I ftrink some of the issues they're
bringing up  on women's health are
important because they don't get publicised very often," said Nicola Hill, the
AMS's  external commissioner and fair
organiser. The fair concludes Friday on the
SUB concourse.
Filmsoc is also donating proceeds from
this weekend's screenings to the BC Breasl
Cancer organisation.
Some facts about breast cancer
• This year 2800 women will be diagnosed with breast
cancer in BC—200 more than last year.
• 18,600 women across Canada will be diagnosed with
breast cancer in 1996. Approximately one-third of
those women will die.
• BC has the highest breast cancer rate in Canada.
■ A woman's chance of developing breast cancer over
her lifetime is 1 in 9.
• Between the ages of 50 and 75, a woman's chance
of developing breast cancer increases from 1 in 63, to
1 in 15.
• Unlike many other cancers, breast cancer varies from
woman to woman in the way it behaves, spreading
rapidly in some and not at all in others.
source: BC Cancer Agency
The Ubyssey presents the Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres, Wednesday.
October 9. 1996 at 7:00pm at General Motors Place. Two pairs of tickets (not
nosebleeds) are available in SUB 241K to the first two members in good standing of The Ubyssey Publications Society (not Ubyssey staff) who can answer the
following questions:
1) Name the former T-Bird who is now playing for the Canucks' AHL farm
team Syracuse Crunch,
2) Name the UBC biochemist who recently received a $150,000 grant to continue his study of a promising anti-cancer drug.
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Internet: www.ola.bc.ca 4 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1996
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SELF HELP: Sam Agro and Jane Luk learn How to be More Chinese.
Asian Cdn. culture goes for Broke
by Peggy Lee
Go Psa Broke '"§§ Fbtivm
a ttdebratkm of asian Canadian literary
aisi perlwabf; arts
Set 4-S at the Fireiail Arts Centre (689-
Go For Broke '96 festival is taking
place this weekend at the Firehall Arts
It is billed as the "west coast's
largest literary and performing arts
festival by the Pacific Rim Asian
Canadian artistic community," with
12 events and seminars including
music, theatre and poetry. The festival is a showcase for local talent presented by the Asian Canadian Writer's
Workshop (ACWW) and the Asian
Canadian Performing Arts Resource.
Finally Asian Canadians are
placed in the spotlight. For this
dynamic community, with such a
long history in Canada, little has been
done in the mainsteam arts to give
them exposure. How much do we
know, as Canadians, about our
diverse Asian Canadian heritage? Do
we even know we have a history? One
of the focuses of this festival is to
"showcase homegrown talent," says
ACWW president Jim Wong-Chu.
Rather than viewing these Asian
artists as importers of Asian culture,
there is a need to recognise the
unique hybrid culture developing in
our own community.
Wong-Chu hopes the festival will
show Asian Canadians in a different
light from the traditional stereotypes.
No more slit-eye detectives, kung-fu
masters, sexless males, oversexed
prostitutes or Geisha girls in this
Program highlights include an
old-style Chinatown cabaret called
Chinatown, My Chinatown which
involves a talented Asian Frank
Sinatra, if you will (all sung in
English). How to Be More Chinese
presents a satirical look at 'Chinese-
ness'. Several other productions feature some fellow UBC students.
Theatre student Daniel Chen will perform in the drama The Amazing
Siamese Twins which takes part of its
story from the original duo in the
Barnum and Bailey Circus. Also,
Kevin Chong from the Creative
Writing Department will be presenting his poetry.
A sea of emotions
by Robin Yeatman
When the Stabs Miei mre Su
Fr CM 4 l:aspm mbmw
He Oct 112:00 Caprice
When the Stars Meet the Sea, directed by Raymond
Rajaonarivelo,   tells   the   tale   of  a   boy   from
Madagascar whose unfortunate fate was to be borrj
under an eclipse.
According to local superstition, this causes the
child to possess evil and dangerous powers feared by
all the people in the surrounding villages. Although
the villagers tried to kill baby Kapila (Jean
Rabenjarnina) by leaving him to die in a cattle pen,
he is saved by Raivo (Rondro Rasoanaivo), a childless
woman who takes him as her own son.
Kapila's life is surrounded by death. His own
name means infirmity, and his house is filled with
the shrouds his mother weaves for a living. His only
friend is a young village thief who gets beaten to
death. It is after mis tragic event that Kapila discovers his powers, which he uses to avenge tlie death of
his young friend. He leaves his village and begins a
search for bis father (Louis Vahandanitra), who turns
out to be a white man known as the half-crazed
"poet". It isn't a happy family reunion, as his father
still wants him dead, along with the rest of the village.
What is most striking about this film is the
tremendous isolation that Kapila lives with, all as a
result ofthe unlikely circumstance of his birthday. By
juxtaposing the great injustices Kapila suffers with
the extraordinarily captivating Madagascar setting,
Rajaonarivelo creates a mystical melange of emotions.
Not another Shi/idler's List
  by Robin Yeatman
HaWflsuN (S«^ei^Germati^/M®rwaf/lleiiaaA)
Su Oct 6 3:30pm Ridge
Hi Oct 16 9:30pm iidge
Named after Norway's Nobel Prize winning author,
Hamsun is a compelling, intensive look at the
writer's later years, beginning in   1935. Knut
Hamsun (Max von Sydow) gained his controversial-
reputation around the time he started to show support for Hitler and the Nazi movement. He also discouraged resistance to German occupation, while his
wife Marie (Ghita Norby) went on tour giving readings of her husband's poetry as well as pro-German
My first reaction was: "Uh-oh, not another
Schindler's List." That masterpiece had me in tears
for weeks. But Hamsun is very different. Instead of
condemning and judging Knut and Marie, I found
myself seeing them as very real, morally convicted
In supporting the Nazi movement, Hamsun was
not supporting Hitler's anti-semitism; in fact, he was
against it. His first love was Norway, and Hitler's
promises for a strong, independent Norway bought
Hamsun's support. The elderly, almost deaf writer
had no idea the extent to which Hitler's atrocities had
risen. One of the most heart-wenching parts of the
movie is watching Hamsun's horrified, grieved reaction to seeing the torture of Jews on a film he saw in
a mental hospital after the war.
The film, also focuses on the relationship between
Knut and Marie, tumultuous and devastating, but
eventually fulfilling, bonded by their dedication to
their ideals and their love for their country.
The film's tone is serious and sad but very dignified. Norby and von Sydow give especially heart-
winning performances. Directed by Jan Troell,
Hamsun is one film not to be missed.
Zen and the art of irony
 by Dawn Sedman & Jenny Am
Busibha Bless jVhebica
Fr Oct 4 7:00pm Caprice
Sa Oct 19 4:30pitJ HUgn
What would you do if your cabbage field was threatened by U.S. tanks?
a) Give in peacefully.
b) Turn and run.
c) Attack the tank with a bamboo cane.
Buddha Bless America is an ironically funny film.
Set in Taiwan during the 1960s, it centres on the life
of Brains, an ex-teacher sacked for his unconventional politics, and his family. US-Taiwanese military
manoeuvers force the family and their community to
evacuate to the local school. Welcomed at first by
promise of compensation, US destruction of their
the villagers against the US soldiers.
The film has many original
comic moments — Brains'
brother, whose hand was
injured in a factory accident,
keeps his fingers in a glass jar
which at one point get confused
with the preserved ginger of
Brains' wife ("Of course your
fingers are alright — but no one
will eat my ginger now"). These
moments, however, are sharply
contrasted by moments of
harsh reality, such as the tanks
bulldozing over a grave.
One of the best themes in the
film is the complete lack of
understanding between the Americans and the
Taiwanese (which isn't helped by the deliberately
misleading interpreters). When Brains tries to find a
US doctor to help his brother, they are not taken seriously and are thought to be using the fingers in the
jar as a begging tool.
Admittedly, clever films do not always make for
entertainment. At times the film did drag and it was
a Utile stilted. If you are used to American big-budget
movies, this may not be your cup of tea, but on the
other hand that is one of the points of the film — the
domineering influence of American ideals and culture. Yet despite everything that happens to the family, they never lose their belief in the American
dream. They came, they saw, they conquered — but
as the final words put it, "Did the Americans really
HAMSUN and his wife Marie: well meaning Nazis.
Caught in the act
by Richelle Rae
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Caught is the retelling of an old story, you know the
one, good old Oedipus. The story isn't a complete rip
off, though; there are just enough changes to make
this one somewhat original.
The modern version has Joe and Betty, the owners
of a successful neighbourhood fish shop, who take in
a homeless drifter named Nick. Nick takes on the
role of the son that Joe and Betty always wanted,
moving into their real son's bedroom and position in
their hearts. Joe grudgingly accepts Nick into the
family and hires him on as a helper in the shop. Nick
is a quick and competent student, and his presence
seems to restore the family's happiness.
All is well and fine and the winds of fate seem to
be working in their favour. Joe begins to jog with
Nick in the mornings and an offer is made on the
family business that would allow them to live out
their dreams off the Florida Keys. But as with any
good drama, you know that tilings will sour; the gods
are never that kind. And sour it does: the unsatisfied
Betty succumbs to her pent up sexual desires and initiates an affair with the angelic Nick. In the middle of
the affair, Danny the prodigal son returns, and he
immediately senses his position has been usurped
- by the outsider Nick. Danny is the scourge sent to
restore truth and honour into the family.
All these twists and turns traditionally make for
good drama, but this script is rather like a Ritz cracker in that it looks and tastes great but an hour later
you're still famished. The script is undeniably weak,.
In fact I'm surprised it wasn't chosen as a movie of
the week because it definitely has the same flat
appeal and cheesy dramatic solutions. The only thing
that saves this film from being a complete disaster
are the wonderful performances by Edward James
Olmos, Maria Conchita Alonso and newcomer Arie
Verveen under the excellent direction of Robert M.
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Ernest silliness that slips through the cracks
This play ain't pretty
but it works
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at the WMerfront Theatre until Oct 5
Just outMile lies your deepest fear it s not Ihe booue
man it's Th? Crarkwalker Judilh Thompson's play,
durted bytfBC grad Tom Scholte rLi\\sd\\a\ the illusions of low class Canadian existence
Now, dont get me wrong, this play is |jmparked
with uncontrollable humour, timelj acting and
poignant images. It is paced like a runawav train and
luts like dust in the note It just l-sn't prettv
Two couples in Kingston OnUno scrape out an
rxisUnce through street crime and nurunmum wj{j.o
jobs One couple has a baby against their sonal worker s m omniendalions, this ultimately brings them
anil their lives together to an end
I wj-. overwhelmedl<v the rawnes« nf Thompson'"
characters and tbe fine performances by a cast comprised mostly of UBC alyimvni. I was sucked into tkeir
world so much that the meaning behind it all did not
dawn on me until I was already going home.
The meaning can be found in the cracks. The biting
banter and groin wit is awkward and funny, but
thought is the real problem. When these people think,
what they see is the hole they live in.
That's why I didn't think. MI had the will to do was
watch and let the actors push my buttons. However, I
did tibink once or twice. At intermission I thought
about the peanuts, I bought During tbe show I noticed
a few breaks in the illusion After the show I wondered
how to net home But thal's it
Tbe hhuer weight of this drama, as in life, sucks ou'
anv obvious message anil leaves it to our wrrnchin,;
gut Lost in tlie tumuli is the vvfiv out ol our dileinmah
This plav ofler". outstanding performances and
livid emotional content I have, seen, even talked to,
some of llie chararlers in this play Thev are pathetic.,
dilsy, and mean And thev arc rill of us.
A great play for
single people
by James Rowley
The Anger in Ernest A Ernestine
at the Dorothy Somerset Studio until Oct 12
Why do student dire, tors M) seldom. honse lo prodm..*
comedies on campusi* it its berause of some need to
prove thev aro capable of Great Art, with a serious
message and gut wrendtung drama, Rathd Dilor &
The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine sjiows this to be false
logic. Here is a play with as much silliness as any I've
ever seen, but with a bitter truth that pierces the
hearts of its audience.
Laugh at something and you open yourself to it.
When Ernest (Jonathan Sutton) and Ernestine
(Catriona Leger) pop up behind the "title page" and
start hamming up "two people in Jove," you might feel
tempted to kjll these sickening love-birds in the first
minute. Well, don't worry: they'll damn near kill each
.other during the course of the play. '
ERNEST AND ERNESTINE: Hey Vern, Jonathan Sutton and
In their cardboard basement suite with white chalk
details and dancing furnace (a beautiful set design by
Robert Gardiner), the characters begin their blissful
newly-wed lives with cartoon happiness. Soon the
imperfections bubble up and a painfully recogniseable
modern relationship begins its rocky journey.
As the play progresses with broad and inventive
physical comedy, the actors, both in their final year of
the BFA Acting program, walk the line between working too hard at their craft and offering us characters
who are working too hard at achieving the perfect rela-
Catriona Leger star at the Dorothy Somerset studion.
tionship. Opening night was, at times, uncomfortable.
It's a technically complex show but the sound and
light cues were impressively tight — alot oi hard work
there. The focus doesn't leave the actors, both of
whom deserve then- applause. Sutton's darker side is
at once frightening and comes through the veneer of
cloying affection for his wife.
A personal note of caution: if you're in love, this
play may put you off the whole idea of relationships.
As my girlfriend said, 'It's not a first-date play.' We
think we've survived it
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October 4,1996 •volume 78 issue 9
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Joe Clark
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VIFF goes the independent way
The Vancouver International Film Festival
opens today, and it couldn't have come at a
better time.
The VIFF may be the third-largest festival
in North America, but its focus—God bless
it—on obscure, hard-to-find gems makes it
unique for a festival of its size. And more so
this year than ever before. Festival director
Alan Franey estimates that 25 percent ofthe
films in previous festivals stood a chance of
coming back to Vancouver, be it for a few
nights at the Cinematheque, a week at the
Ridge, or a few months downtown. But of
the approximately 300 films in this year's
line-up, Franey estimates that only lOper-
cent will return.
This is significant because lately even
festivals have done little more than grease
the entertainment machine. The Toronto
Festival, for example, featured the bubble
gum pap of Tom Hanks' TAar Thing You Do\
But the alternative cinema has also carved
out a smallish empire of its own.
Time was when the need for relief from the
mainstream fare wasn't so dire. The Star
Wars trilogy, for example, was a special effects
extravaganza, but made some effort to keep
the punters interested with a story. This summer's effects flics Independence Day and
Twister left all traces of narrative back in the
early drafts somewhere. Not that checking
your brain at the door while you are entertained in the dark for two hours is always a
bad thing, but when it's the only thing on cinematic offer, it is time to begin worrying.
And consider the latest Entertainment
Weekly, which notes that only one of the last
five films to win an Oscar for Best Original
Screenplay — Thelma and Louise — came
out of the Hollywood machine. The others,
including Pulp Fiction and The Piano, were
independent works that made a name for
themselves at festivals before attracting
mainstream attention.
Whether you call non-mainstream works
"alternative",  "independent",  "parallel"  or
any other sort of cinema, we run the risk of
setting up a counter-elitism that isn't much
better than the commercial hierarchy it is
supposed to oppose. The Sundance Festival
is closely watched these days, and prize-winners there such as The Spitfire Grill and
Welcome to the Dollhouse go on to dominate theatres and art houses as far away as,
well, Vancouver.
But about our own films—those made
elsewhere in this great nation and those
made right here at home? What about the
films that aren't sure-fire winners? What
about the films that get excluded from both
mainstream and these camps? What about
films from all over the world for whom this
is their only chance to get some North
American exposure? What about the films
that don't have any obvious selling points?
These are the needs that the VIFF is trying to meet, and we can only wish the festival — and the many patrons who attend its
roster — success.
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Coffee talk:
Starbucks & unions
With all the talk about the Canadian Autoworkers
Union unionising a handful of local Starbucks
locations, I thought it might be interesting for your
readers to know some of the comments I've heard
recently from some ofthe local Starbucks staff. As a
regular coffee user, I find myself visiting a variety
Of Starbucks locations and have engaged the staff,
when their time permitted, in discussion regarding
the union issue. Some of the comments I received
are as follows...
"That union thing is only allowed at downtown
"It can only happen if we sell coffee directly to
"We can't be part of a union because we don't
earn enough."
"We won't be unionizing because the manager at
this location is against it."
As the comments point out, there seems to be a
great deal of misunderstanding among Starbucks
staff regarding the pros and cons of union
membership. I sincerely hope the staff will take the
time to educate themselves and avoid making any
hasty choices or choices made with incorrect
Desmond Rodenbour
had a
It's our turn
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in the Race and Representation special issue.
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Chaplain finds UBC progressive
Tuesday, October 1, 1946
Freshman-Redshirt skirmishes are
a harmless way to initiate Frosh.
This is the opinion of Rev.
John F.H. Stewart, first student's
chaplain to take over duties at
University of BC.
Reverend Stewart, far from
being the grown-up CGIT-adher-
ent his tide may imply, is tall and
bushy-browed, and is called
"John" by the students who frequent the crowded SCM (Student
Christian Movement) offices on
the 3rd floor of the Auditorium,
his temporary quarters.
Every sentence is punctuated
with a "God bless me!" the chaplain's favorite exclamation, or a
wide grin.
When asked about his status
on the campus, Reverend Stewart
explained that he was here "under
the auspices of the Student
Christian Movement in consultation with the Varsity Christian
Fellowship and University branch
ofthe Legion."
Which translated means he
will act as chaplain to the students on the campus, particularly returned vets, in whose
lives the above organizations
felt he could play an important
He   will   undertake   approximately   the   same   functions   as
those of a padre in the army.
He explained that he would be
leading club discussions on "vital
issues of the day, and difficulties
in a search for a method of living."
Except for his round "dog-collar" coupled with the overseas
badge, Reverend Stewart might
well be mistaken for a junior
member ofthe faculty.
The badge is the result of three
years' service attached to various
units including time in Italy and
Oldenburg with the RCE Army
of Occupation where he looked
after the morale and spiritual welfare of 600 men.
He is a graduate of theology of
Wycliffe College.
He also completed a premed-
ical course at the University of
Toronto, and did post-graduate
work in philosophy.
Like many students and members of the faculty, the chaplain is
staying at Acadia Camp.
At the moment he is caught
in the toils of the housing shortage (God bless me) and, after a
week on the campus, doesn't
know where his permanent office
UBC is his idea of a progressive university, however.
"They're not so tied by tradition as eastern colleges," he
explained-voicing the opinion of
many eastern visitors.
"And there isn't any inter-faculty friction or snobbery," he
When reminded ofthe current
lily-pond dunkings, Rev. Stewart
grinned and dubbed it "comparatively harmless."
He recalls diat in his undergraduate days at University of
Toronto, freshmen were forced
into "bed races" pushing a comrade astride a cot down traffic-
infested St. George's Street at midnight, running the risk of either
being run down or run in.
Back in
Sex views
draw fire
on chaplain
Thursday, October 1, 1964
OTTAWA (UNS)-A chaplain at
Ottawa's Carleton University is
under fire for an article on premarital sex he wrote for the student newspaper.
Rev. Gerald Paul, a United
Church minister, recently discussed the attitude of some students towards sex in The Carleton,
the university paper.
Rev. Paul said that many students have decided to adopt an
approach to sex which will give it a
relation to their lives.
Many students have shunned
the safety of religious principles
and have found ideals based on
intellectual honesty, he said.
OUR FUTURE in colour TV looks
rosy, proclaimed this 1964 ad for
General Telephone & Electronics.
Paul said these students take the
attitude: "If two people want to go
to bed together, what's wrong
with it?"
Church officials will discuss
Rev. Paul's article at a meeting.
But Carleton's dean of students, Prof. R.A. Wendt, said a
careful reading shows that Paul is
not endorsing promiscuity.
He said the uproar is simply a
case of a man with good intentions
trying to state his views in a frank
and open way and being misunderstood.
^,      OUf.M
"BEEZIE" was drawn by cartoonist Stan Burke. This strip ran on Thursday, October 3, 1946.
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Support for each project is normally limited to
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claw back to tie Clan 2-2
by Wolf Depner
BRANDY HEATHERINGTON powers past an SFU defender, richard lam photo
The injury-ridden women's soccer team limped
into last Tuesday's Challenge Cup and battled the
highly touted SFU Clanswomen to a well-deserved
and entertaining 2-2 tie in front of 500 fans at
Swangard Stadium.
Veteran striker Tammy Crawford scored both
goals for UBC while Megan Blaker and Andrea
Sumner tallied for SFU.
"We played a fairly good game," said UBC's Zoe
Adrian who set up both goals. "We were fairly tenacious at times and showed a lot more spirit than we
did over the weekend."
"We played well, but we should have won,"
maintained veteran Crawford who played in her
third game since coming off an ankle injury that
forced her to miss the first three games of the
Canada West season.
"You always like to beat SFU...but they are a good
club, no doubt about it," said UBC head coach Dick
Mosher. He was nonetheless impressed by his
team's gritty performance.
"There was no quitting and that should bode
well for the stretch run."
Coming off a 0-3 away loss to the Calgary Dinos
over the weekend, the She-Birds looked tentative
and disorganised early on. SFU, meanwhile, controlled the midfield and had the game's first major
scoring chance eight minutes in.
Powered by the tireless Brandy Heatherington
and Jessica Mann, UBC slowly got into the game
and took the lead in the 20th minute on Tammy
Crawford's first goal of the night.
She knocked down Zoe Adrian's deep cross,
dribbled around the defender and blasted it into
the net from 12 yards out.
The goal rattled the Clanswomen allowing UBC
to dominate play for the next 15 minutes. But the
She-Birds failed to translate their advantage into
more goals.
And with three minutes left in the half, SFU tied
the game when UBC goalie Lisa Archer failed to collect a high cross. The ball bounced off her chest and
SFU's Megan Blaker knocked home the loose ball
from eight yards out.
Zoe Adrian had a chance to give UBC the lead on
halftime, but her shot from 18 yards out went just
wide to the left.
The game went into a lull following halftime as
neither team pushed forward. The game needed a
goal and it came in the 65 th minute when SFU's
Andrea Sumner found the top left corner with a
beautiful 30-yard cracker.
Throwing caution to the wind, the Birds pressed
hard for an equaliser and were rewarded in the 80th
minute when Zoe Adrian's cross found Tammy
Crawford who tapped the ball in from five yards out.
But the She-Birds were not satisfied with the tie
and went looking for more, though in the end they
had to settle for the 2-2 result.
The 3-1-1 She-Birds will resume their regular
Canada West schedule this weekend when they
travel to Edmonton and Saskatchewan.
V-ball women-in the hunt for a national title
by Scott Hayward
How do you scale the last two steps of the
That's the task facing the 96/97 edition
of the women's volleyball team, who finished third in the national championship
tournament last year.
And while all six starters are back from
last year's squad, so too are the starters
from last year's number one and two
teams, Alberta and Laval.
"We're all going to improve, it's just a
matter of who can improve the most within
that one year," predicted tournament all-
star Tanya Pickerell.
And UBC has added to its arsenal over the
summer. Sopbmore Barb Bellini and newcomer Sarah Maxwell will be vying for start
ing positions; the She-Birds also picked up
former national team player Jenny Rauh who
already feels at home on the closely knit
"When I was with the national team I
was never a starter,* she recalled. 'I fit in
with this team more than I did with the
national team because I'm getting a chance
to play."
Starting setter Jeannette Guichon says
the new additions to the team will give it
more depth.
"Our starting line-up will be better, but
the first two or three players off the bench
can definitely come in and make a difference."
That depth will give the Birds a multidimensional look. 'Against different teams
or at different times of the match we may
bring in a very big line-up, and other times,
there's the potential to have a little more
ball control on the court."
Competing for court-time should help
players to improve. But it also means that
not every quality player will start. "Most
coaches would like to have these kind of
decisions," Reimer said. "In a lot of ways
it's a more difficult year in that we've got a
lot of players who can play, and so that
means we've got to build the right chemistry."
And build it they must because in addition to Alberta and Laval, Reimer predicts
that Manitoba, York and Regina will be
tough this year.
UBC will meet the prairie teams in
league competition all year, and will get a
shot at Laval and York at a tournament in
Winnipeg in November.
"I tliink improvement takes playing a
team that's either at least as good or better,
or you don't improve," noted Guichon.
"Having a strong Canada West league
just means that every match is tough, both
physically and mentally, so that better prepares you for the final."
And while Reimer won't write a swan
song for the 96/97 Birds, he admits that next
year's team will have some holes to fill.
Both Pickerell and Guichon are in their
final years of eligibility, and Rauh is only
back for one year. Reimer, who took over a
1-15 team and led them to fifth and third
place finishes in the country in his first two
years at UBC, will also be leaving at the end
of the season for a three-year stint as coach
of the national team.
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