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TUESDAY 01   MARCH 1994
VOLUME 76, ISSUE 36
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Washington reactionaries push anti-queer bill
By Tanya Storr
In the 1992 US general election,
voters    in    Colorado    passed
Amendment Two, a measure that
made discrimination on the basis of
sexuality legal. A Colorado district
court has since struck down
Amendment Two, but now right-
wing      fundamentalists      in
Washington state are proposing
similar discriminatory initiatives.
Washington Initiatives 608
and 610 seek to deny civil rights
protections to gay, lesbian, or
bisexual people. Currently, the
groups behind the anti-queer
initiative drive are circulating a
petition. If they can get 182,000
signatures of support for their
campaign, the initiatives will go to
statewide ballot in November.
Robert Harkins, a member of
the Washington Citizens for
Fairness "Hands Off Campaign,
said the anti-queer initiatives could
"put the state into the business of
discrimination."
In concrete terms, if the anti-
queer initiatives become law,
queers  could lose their jobs,
housing, custody of their children,
and adoption rights. If queers were
fired or evicted on the basis of their
sexuality, they would have no
recourse in court. In addition, queer
curriculum would be banned in
schools and higher education.
Furthermore, Initiative 610
includes a clause stating that,
queer teens should be removed
from their families so as not to
influence their siblings.
sexuality. Harkins feels the
scenario will be very different if
the initiatives are passed.
"These initiatives would
ensure that no individual could be
protected on the basis of sexuality.
HANDS
court, as was Colorado's
Amendment 2, but he is very
concerned about the hatred behind
the initiative drive.
"There has been a concerted
effort of right-wing
fundamentalists across the US to
push these types of initiatives.
The groups behind the initiative
drive have not been successful in
their attempts to influence
members of congress directly, so
they have followed the petition
route, the only avenue left open to
them."
Harkins and other concerned
Washington residents, including
church groups, queer
organizations and many other
organizations, have formed a
broad coalition to oppose the
initiatives.
"We're fighting it at every
level because we don't want
discrimination and we want to
send a strong message to these
people," he said.
SAC parties on down
Although there are currently
very few laws in place to protect
queers in Washington, Harkins
said employers and landlords are
hesitant to discriminate against
people on the basis of their
If passed, they would create a
public carte blanche for employers
or landlords to discriminate
against queers."
Harkins feels confident the
initiatives would be overturned in
Open planning process proposed
By Graham Coleman
"I'm not a stupid citizen. I
want more information. I want to
contribute and then I want
accountability," Wendy Turner, a
Dunbar community resident, said
at last Wednesday's "Major Roads
Study Open House."
At issue is the long term
future of the road and
transportation network to UBC
and the impact on the surrounding
communities.
Over 32,000 vehicles
commute to UBC each weekday:
70 per cent are single occupancy
cars while only five per cent are
car pools. Less than one-third
university commuters use
methods other than private cars -
such as transit, bicycle and
walking.
A $46,000 study has been
launched by UBC and the ministry
of Transportation and Highways
to address these concerns. Also
involved are the GVRD, Crown
lands, the University Endowment
Lands, andN.D. Lea Consultants.
"All I saw were men in
business suits, and I wondered
where were the young people, the
women with babies, students; the
people who use the whole UBC
area," fourth year UBC student
Kristina Zalite said.
Many attendees expressed
dissatisfaction with the lack of
public input. They said they
wanted to sit on the committee
and actively participate; instead
they were offered an information
mail-out.
"I think the feeling of the
people here is that we should be
at the table, not consulted after
the fact," Dunbar resident Turner
said.
Absent from the committee
are representatives of the
Musqueam Nation (who have a
land-claim for much of the area
affected by the five main
transportation routes onto the
campus).
Nor does the committee
include members of the Acadia
Residents Association (who as
campus residents are not
permitted to vote in Vancouver
civic elections, yet have no say in
choosing the campus
administration).
Similarly, none ofthe elected
representatives from the
communities surrounding the
university—Kits, Dunbar,
Southlands, West Point Grey,
University Gates, etc.—and
which are profoundly affected by
the daily commute to UBC, were
invited to sit on the committee.
According to Andrew Brown,
head of Campus Planning and
Development and chair of the
committee, the open house was
called to respond to the concerns
of these citizens and community
groups.
"Right now we're right at
square one trying to figure out what
the people want," he said. "I'm sure
people think there is more we can
do, and we'd like to hear about
that."
Brown fielded questions,
concerns, and proposed tactics for
two hours, yet no systematic
attempt was made to record the
ideas. Members ofthe audience who
pointed this out were told to submit
their concerns on questionnaires
provided.
What then was the point to the
"open and public forum" proposed
by Brown if only written concerns
would be considered, members of
the audience asked.
In response, Brown said he now
feels that more public input is
obviously necessary, though the
next planned public meeting is not
for another three months.
Committee member David
Grigg of UBC engineering, who was
not present at the open house, said
the meeting had not gone as
planned.
"The purpose of the meeting
was to bring in information as part
of the study. It wasn't intended to
present a fait accompli," he said.
"It sounds like we got derailed by
the misconception that we were
asking for a rubber stamp."
By Sara Martin
Ten student administrative
commission (SAC) members and
their dates racked up a $2200 bill
at Joe Fortes for their end of the
year dinner, exceeding their
budget by $1200.
Tim Lo, AMS director of
administration and SAC member,
said the SAC dinner budget is
$1000 because, instead of having
refreshments at their meetings
throughout the year, SAC "banks
up all the money that would go to
meetings into a SAC dinner."
"This year the problem was
everyone brought dates... so the
problem is I have to collect money
from everybody's dates and then
that will put us pretty close to
budget," Lo said.
Lo said he will not give SAC
members their $450 honoraria
cheques until they pay for their
dinner guests.
Likewise, budget committee's
$550 bill for its year-end dinner at
Mulvaney's was overbudget
because most members brought
guests.
Budget committee member
Sunshine Hanan said the
overspending is unfair.
"As a member of budget
committee in budgeting for these
dinners, I felt I was budgeting for
the members of the committees to
go, not their dates," she said.
"It's as though [the AMS] have
two sets of rules; one for themselves,
and one for other people," Hanan
added.
AMS vice president Janice
Boyle, who attended the dinner,
said the AMS will not pay the whole
bill.
"The budget committee dinner
isgoingtoendupbeingabout$250...
because some of us are putting in
some of our own money," Boyle said.
Dunbar resident Wendy Turner questions limited resident participation
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THE UBYSSEY 3
Women and development question history
by Graham Coleman
Only by questioning
language, images, history, and
cultural norms can we aid real
development both in Canada and
abroad, according to a panel on
Women and Development.
Alice Mfhafi, a member ofthe
African National Congress (ANC),
accused the international media
of sophisticated propaganda for
depicting the violence in South
Africa as only Black on Black.
These images do not reflect
the South African reality, she said,
they only reinforce the cultural
biases in North America and
Europe that the white South
African regime is legitimate and
that Blacks are descending into
tribal blood-shed.
"We know who our enemy is.
My enemy in South Africa is in
Pretoria. My enemy is the regime,"
she said.
Never is the conflict in Bosnia
depicted as "tribal violence" a
member of the audience pointed
out.
Ntombi Mayaba of the Zulu
Former Reformer a I
performer
iii
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by Graham Cook
Leah Costello, the new AMS
coordinator of external affairs,
plans big changes for the year
ahead, including a national
student loans forum and increased
lobbying efforts.
But her plans shift much
responsibility to students-at-large
and her lobbying goals are
markedly conservative.
"I cannot reasonably take on
all these things," Costello said of
lobbying for external issues such
as transit and student loans.
"Council members have to be
very busy with their own
constituencies and their own AMS
stuff, so the people in the external
affairs committee who may be
interested may not have the time
to do anything," she said.
"What I would like to do is
search out students-at-large who
do have specific interests in things
like childcare or someone wbo
would particularly like to work on
housing or transit or issues like
the international students issue
that's coming up, and I'd like to
make them commissioners," she
said.
"The [external affairs
committee] as a whole would then
meet... When we go away from the
committee there would actually
be somebody [the students-at-
large] to do the work, to do the
followup," she said, instead ofthe
external affairs coordinator who
has normally assumed these
duties.
Costello agreed there had
been little government lobbying
by the AMS last year, and few
solutions put forward to
government to solve student
problems. But her regime will be
different, she said.
The external relations
committee,   which   met   only
she quit the Reform party on 26
January, when she was elected as
external affairs coordinator.
"I find it hard to complain
when I look at Alberta who's
getting a 20-25 per cent cut to
education, but I think we have to
sporadically last year, will now
have its own separate space
thanks to new renovations.
Costello promised twice-monthly
meetings of the committee and a
wider mandate for its student-at-
large members.
"Maybe
we'll find people
who are
interested in
safety
but there's
absolutely
nobody who
wants to put in
the time on
childcare, that's
fine, or we'll
concentrate on
student loans for
example," she
said.
Costello was
not worried
about being able
to find students
with     enough
time and interest ,
to work for the says        Ubyssey s articles aren t  particularity
„„mr-tt„„   thought-provoking or well-researched or well-written."
C O XXI XXX 1 v L c c y
especially in areas she said were    start acting on it now to make
"most important" to students:
safety, student loans, and
childcare. She would not say
whether the student-at-large
positions would be compensated.
When it came to lobbying
goals, Costello saw an eventual
zero-tuition goal as
"unreasonable." She did not object
to tuition increases like those of
last year, in the area of eight to
nine per cent, as long as that
money is spent properly.
The former Reform party
activist was relieved that the
recent federal budget only froze,
rather than cut, transfer payments
to the provinces in areas like
health and education. Costello said
sure that when the next budget
comes down it doesn't get cut," she
said.
Costello's proposed national
forum on student loans would "get
in touch with other universities
and our MPs and sort out an
answer to that problem."
"Right now it looks like there's
no way around it but there is and
we just haven't found it yet. And
when we do we'll put it in a nice
little package and send it off to
Victoria," she said.
Costello will also try to get an
assistant, such as those currently
working for the AMS director of
finance and president.
nation in South Africa said, "The
one thing we don't have being
Black is a voice. We have no control
over the international media.
"Every time you see an African
on TV, she's hungry, she's
barefoot," she added. "South Africa
is as developed as the US and it
competes with countries such as
Japan."
Attitudes about what
development means have to
change, Mayaba said.
"I am a Zulu. I come from a
great nation. When white people
came to my country in 1652 we
were already a developed, civilized
people. We only needed progress,"
she said.
"I challenge the students who
are at the university to come up
with a definition of development
that is focussed on people. All
peoples are developed, all they
need is progress," Mayaba said.
This type of image and
information manipulation is not
limited to international news.
Diana Day, coordinator ofthe
Forum for First Nations and
International Development, said
much of the history of Native
peoples in the Americas has been
hidden for political reasons.
"Most people have been raised
to believe the Bering Straights
theory, that First Nations People
came across from Siberia 10,000
years ago," she said. "Yet, at
Manatoulin Island [in Lake
Superior], they have discovered
implements dating back 70,000
years... and 500,000 year old
pottery fragments in California."
Day added that Natives built
extensive irrigation systems in the
southwest, that the Mayans
possessed advanced mathematics
and astronomy, and that much of
the US Constitution was based on
"The Great Laws of Peace" of the
Iroquoian Six Nations
Confederacy.
Yet, these facts are not widely
known or reported. Only by
questioning why this history has
been repressed can North
Americans accept the legitimacy
of genuine First Nations
development, Day said.
Prof reinstated after
slapping student
by Tom Brodbeck
WINNIPEG (CUP)—A professor
fired by the University of Manitoba
for hitting a student returned to
work last month after an
arbitrator ruled he deserved a
second chance.
Architecture professor
Jacques Collin was dismissed by
the university's board of governors
in September 1992 for striking a
student on the side of the face
during a critique session a year
earlier.
Collin, who teaches primarily
at the graduate level, filed a
grievance and the dismissal was
reversed through arbitration.
At the time of his dismissal,
Collin was serving a one-year
suspension without pay from the
university for using sexist, racist
and profane language in class. In
a separate arbitration hearing,
that suspension was reduced to
six months.
Many architecture students
said they are pleased to have Collin
back.
"He's an excellent and very
intelligent man," said one of
Collin's students, who asked to
remain anonymous. "I just think
Jacques stepped over a boundary
that he shouldn't have."
Kent Woloschuk, president of
the university's Association of
Architecture Students and a
student of Collin's, said his
association supports the
reinstatement.
"Personally, I love it, I think
it's great," Woloschuk said.
Like many architecture
students, Woloschuk downplayed
Collin's assault.
Collin's reinstatement is
conditional for one year. In that
time he must refrain from using
inappropriate language and not
touch students physically in any
way.
Collin, who resumed his
teaching duties 3 January 1994,
said he does not want to discuss
the assault.
"It's in the past and I don't
want it to interfere with the
future," he said.
Modifying his teaching style
has been difficult, Collin said, but
adopting "a language that is more
correct and less detrimental" is
not an insurmountable task.
In his ruling, arbitrator David
Bowman said Collin showed a
strong willingness to alter his
behavior and that he deserved the
opportunity to demonstrate his
intent.
Bowman also said Collin's
progress during psychiatric
therapy and his lengthy career as
a respected professor weighed in
his favour.
Collin was experiencing a
painful marital break-up at the
time ofthe incident and Bowman
identified that as a mitigating
circumstance.
Faculty association president
Robert Chernomas said if the
administration had given Collin
the opportunity to change his
behavior in the first place, a costly
arbitration procedure would have
been avoided.
Instead, the faculty
association spent over $100,000
to represent Collin.
"If [Collin] does this kind of
stuff again, he won't be defended
by us," Chernomas said. "He's been
warned, he knows."
University vice president
James Gardner said he does not
understand the logic behind the
arbitrator's decision but added
that the university must go along
with the ruling.
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Joint AYA and JSA statement concerning Hebron Massacre
We, the Arab Youth Association (AYA) and Jewish Students'
Association (JSA) at UBC, wish to express our shock and horror at
the massacre that took place in Hebron on Friday 25 February,
1994. We grieve beside the survivors and families ofthe victims and
condemn such actions as the efforts of a small number of people to
jeopardize the peace process. We denounce violent extremism in
any form and regard its fatal consequences as aberrations to the
current and burgeoning spirit of coexistence. We feel that the act of
one or a few should not thwart in any way the continued efforts of
many to reach a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace.
AYA Representative
Hanan Elmasu
JSA Representative
Mark Blumberg 4 THE UBYSSEY
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The info superhighway is here..,
Flits Week^
by Christopher Taylor
MONTREAL (CUP)—Have you
ever filed a tax return? Then
you're in Revenue Canada's
Taxpayer Master File. Applied for
a passport? You're in the computer
memory of External Affairs.
Participated in a demonstration?
You may be among the 54,000
countersubversion files of the
Canadian Security Intelligence
Service (CSIS).
Big Brother has arrived. And
he's a microchip.
From Statistics
Canada to the ministry of
Human Resources, the
estimated 2700 data
banks of personal
information run by 160
federal agencies contain
approximately 12
dossiers      on      every
Canadian man, woman
and     child,     raising
concerns  that in  the
computer     age,     the
individual's   right  to
privacy has become a
thing ofthe past.
"These files contain
your address, telephone
number, Social Insurance
Number, where you work,
how long you've been
working there, how much
you make, whether you're
married or single, what
charities you contribute
to," said Sally Jackson,
director of Public Affairs at the
Privacy Commission in Ottawa.
"If you start to look at the details
contained in all the separate files,
the government knows quite a bit
about you."
Given      that      personal
information   has   become   a
multibillion-dollar        global
business, critics warn the right to
privacy will be relegated to horse
and buggy status on the coming
superhighway.
"The next technology that we
haven't got a hold on is the
information superhighway, the
convergence of all these systems,"
Jackson said. "The whole purpose
of it is the transmission of
information, and of course it will
transport personal information.
The problem is that it's going to
be a shared network. Government
has privacy legislation and
business doesn't. It's basically a
free-for-all."
Though the information
superhighway is billed as a
consumer's dream, its
implications in terms of
individual privacy are distinctly
Orwellian.
"The main concerns are
information manipulation,
information  being  used  for
purposes about which you know
nothing, or people assembling
profiles on you," Jackson said.
"And because it's an electronic
system, it's all done without your
knowledge or consent."
One concern is the
phenomenon of data matching, in
which personal information in
various data banks is combined
to make "super-files." This
provides a remarkably accurate
portrait of an individual's
activities, lifestyle, and interests,
from the people you call to the
type of cereal you buy at the
supermarket.
"In the private sector there's
no regulation with regards to data
matching," special advisor to the
Privacy Commissioner Brian
Foran said. "Retailers can hook
in with credit agencies or
insurance companies, and can put
together quite a profile, using
whatever transactions you
normally perform on adailybasis."
Inaccurate information
In many cases, personal
information contained in data
banks is either inaccurate,
incomplete or misleading.
Particularly censured for their
inaccuracies -are credit
reporting agencies, the
two largest in Canada
each possessing
approximately 23 million
files on Canadian citizens.
"The reports I have
suggest credit bureau
records are notoriously
erroneous, containing
lincorrect information,"
Foran said. "This can lead
to an inability to get a
loan, a mortgage, a job.
The possibilities in having
an erroneous record,
which is transferred to a
number of other data
bases, poses a risk for
people."
Although the credit
agencies guarantee the
right of an individual to
review his or her personal
file, Foran identified two
weaknesses in the system.
"The theory is that
you can check the accuracy ofthe
information on your file," he said.
"But not a lot of people check their
records, and if they do they would
need an interpreter to decode their
credit file. The other problem that
occurs is that credit bureau
information is information they've
collected from other sources. They
don't take any ownership
responsibility for the records that
they keep."
Such "records" may range
from comments' on elementary
school report cards to the reports
of hired private investigators.
According to Foran, we often give
up this information voluntarily.
"Look at a VISA application,"
he said. "You may not realize it,
but you've signed a pretty broad
waiver of any privacy rights.
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...and it's running right through your backyard
You've said to them, you can use
this information for whatever
purpose you want, and I can't
control it. You have no idea what
the uses and disclosures of such
information are."
Another diligent record-
keeper is the RCMP, whose
Canadian Police Information
Centre (CPIC) contains files on 10
per cent of the Canadian adult
population. CPIC and its
American counterpart, the NCIC
system, have been criticized for
recording arrests as well as
convictions, for occasionally
omitting case developments (such
as acquittals or dropped charges),
and for not monitoring the further
dissemination of the data they
provide.
In the case of Michael
DuCross,        a
Native 	
Canadian,
incorrect
information on
his computer file
led to his
wrongful arrest
and detention in
a US Marine
prison. He was
released five
months later
after the error
was discovered.
Police files
also raise
questions about
trans-border
data flow.
Because of
agreements with
Interpol and the
FBI       (whose
computer contains dossiers on
eight million Americans, and is
accessible to 64,000 police agencies
nationally), detailed information
on Canadian citizens is often
transmitted internationally, thus
falling outside of Canada's privacy
regulations.
Sizable dossiers On
individuals can also he
accumulated by methods  of
surveillance. The National
Security Agency in the US, for
instance, has the computing
ability to interpret and analyze 70
per cent of all the telephone, telex,
data and radio transmissions
generated on the planet. The
technological capabilities of the
totalitarian governments of
George Orwell's 1984 are,
essentially, already in effect.
Abusing Information
"The ability of the computer
to collect, organize, and distribute
information tends to enhance the
power of the bureaucratic
structures who harness the
computer to achieve their goals."
wrote David Burnham in The Rise
of the Computer State. Critics
claim that
detailed
government
knowledge on
individuals
inherently
leads to
pressure to
conform. As was
said during the
US Senate's
examination of
privacy rights:
"The chilling
effect of
pervasive
surveillance
will inevitably
destroy     any
society's
capacity    for
dissent,   nonconformity and
heterodoxy.
Subtract these elements from a
libertarian democracy and you
have totalitarianism."
A frightening picture was
painted by ITAC chair George
Fierheller, at a conference in
Toronto to discuss the
ramifications of the information
superhighway.
"The concerns are not as much
about what is happening as about
what may happen," he said. "When
you run into huge computers, it
opens up more and more
possibilities for abuse."
Such abuse includes
information being: stolen, as in
the 1986 theft of Revenue Canada
microfiches, containing personal
data on 17 million taxpayers;
mishandled, as when the Canada
Employment Centre in Sarnia,
Ont., mistakenly faxed detailed
data on four individuals to the
local newspaper; or studied, as in
Sweden, where for 20 years
sociologists examined 15,000
people without their consent, by
probing government files,
Given these dangers,
Fierheller said the handling of
personal information should be
guided by certain principles.
"People should be able to
determine what information is
there," he said. "Secondly, they
should be able to check what is
there, and thirdly, there should be
an ombudsman [sic] to go to if you
think your information is being
abused."
Although many privacy
principles are already codified in
the Privacy Act of 1984, its effects
are limited because of three
factors: the power of the Privacy
Commissioner is purely advisory,
the private sector is not covered
(except in Quebec, the first
province to enact such legislation),
and the individual's access to
information is limited by the
powers of federal agencies.
"While the Privacy Act gives
Canadians an impressive array of
access rights," privacy
commissioner Bruce Phillips wrote
in his 1992 report, "it also gives
government institutions a vast
arsenal of exempting provisions
to defeat them."
The Canadian situation at
least is superior to that ofthe US,
where the government possesses
four billion files on citizens, and
where 84 per cent of federal data
banks have no legal mandate to
collect the information in their
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MARCH 2, 3, 4th 1994
SPONSORED BY NATIVE INDIAN STUDENT UNION
WEDNESDAY
1:00- 1:30
Opening Ceremonies
Prayer - Elder from Musqueam
1:30-6:00
Presentations shared by First Nations Students and Faculty
Food, Crafts, Artists, First Nations UBC Organizations
THURSDAY
h00 - 6:00 Presentations in the form of songs, stories, readings from works in progress,
sharing of thoughts and feelings by a dynamic group of First Nations Students and
Facility
Food, Crafts, Artists, First Nations UBC Organizations
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Gitksan Dancers, Rick Patterson, Grandview School Dancers, Traditional Mothers and
Parenting, Closing Ceremonies
WHERE IS IT?
To be held in the First Nations House of Learning Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC which
is behind the Geography Building and across from Vanier Place.
Sponsored by Native Indian Student Union For more information please call 822-9834 or
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possession. But, Phillips states
that concerns about the efficacy of
Canadian privacy protections
remain.
"A society which casually
accepts the existence of dossiers
of unknown accuracy in unknown
hands on millions of individuals,
and with no right of access or
correction, is a society which is
recklessly indifferent to
preserving that most basic privacy
right: the right to some control
over what others know about you.
Yet this is the situation as it now
stands."
The fear remains that with
present computing abilities, the
desire ofbusiness and government
for personal information will go
unchecked.
As the head of a New York
City investigative firm said,
"Privacy is an absolute myth.
When you're born, the first thing
they do is take a footprint and fill
out a birth certificate. You go to a
doctor, they keep medical records.
You go to work, you buy a car or a
house, there are more records.
Your life is continuously open."
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Zolty CrackerAid Acid Test
were featured at the Pit's Supersonic
series this last Thursday. Once
again, students needed only credible
identification to gain entrance ad
experience three hours of live
raucious sound. By far the best deal
by Susan Juby
When I think about the music scene in Vancouver I think about blues, folk, funk,
rock and jazz. Rap and hip hop never cross my mind. The Rascalz are a group about to
remedy that. Red Eye, Misfit, Dedos and Kemo are harbingers of a new hip hop era in
Vancouver.
The Rascalz
Vogue Theatre
25 February
At the ripe-old ages of 19 and 20 the Rascalz have been together for four years.
Already nominated for a Juno, they are considered pioneers in the western hip-hop
community.
The Rascalz have between them Canadian, Chilean, Grenadian and Argentinean
backgrounds, all of which contribute to their vital brand of rap/hip hop/dancehall. Their
new album Really Livin' reflects the group's belief that today's youth need to learn who
they are. "You never have to lie or hide 'cause thats where the problems (for young
people) come from," says Misfit.
The Rascalz started "rappin* as recreation, but it became fruitful, bringin' in some
revenue," according to Misfit. If they continue to be greeted with the level of enthusiasm
that they received at their record release party Friday night at the Vogue, their careers
should become more lucrative yet.
My expections of a tiny anomalous little rap gig were exploded. The crowd was
huge and young, a veritable sea of baggy pants that was totally "down" with what was
happening. Several groups, both local and imported, got the crowd primed for <italon)The
Rascalz{italoff).
According to a friend whose deadhead roots were showing, the music was "strictly
lower shakra." Surely the bass that is so prevelant in rap does work on one's nether
regions. Little wonder though, since rap tends to be the voice of disaffected youth and a
format for social protest. Rap and The Rascalz can only enrich and improve the
Vancouver music scene.
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Up to the plate first was the
Zolty Cracker trio, an exceptionally
balanced entourage that has been
busy circulating in the Vancouver
vicinity for approximately 15
seasons (3.5 years). With an existing
lp, and another on the way in spring,
even the inexperienced novice
listener could acknowledge the
abundance of innovative music
present.
Gig-Gig-Giggle
Acid Test w/ Zolty Cracker
The Pit Pub
Last Thursday
I tagged the band post set and
had a very low-key Q&A. The
Cracker band is a happy threesome
consisting of the following
members: Gilles is the lead singer
and he plays a swell guitar too. The
funny looking dirt spot resting below
his chin as he claims is "a goatee
gone astray." Does the hair club for
men do facial councelling? Just
joking.
Annie is the cool woman on
bass and apparently she keeps the
stage-driven hormonal count in
equilibrium. Ron hasn't followed the
traditional percussionary practices
we're all used to. In fact, he plays a
nifty drum called the d'sembie.
Never heard of it. Multi-faceted
sounds which fuel bongo tempos
with style. So together in makeshift
disorganized harmony, we
experience the spawn of motor-folk,
the kind to remember.
From Toronto came Acid Test
to close the nite on the right foot.
Kinda like wakin' up on the right
side of th' bed, but different.
Powerful, loud and full. Many
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13 on Athey is a freak.
XCAnd ne ,ets tne world know '*•
He's an intimidating homo. His
shaved head is heavily tattooed and
pierced—as-is his whole body. He
looks hardcore; fierce, even.
It's hard to define what Ron is
known for. He's a performance artist
whose medium is the body. His
performances always involve blood
and ritual.
His most recent accomplishment was directing the new Pornos
For Pyros video, Sadness He also
is part of the First Family of Fuck.
Club Fuck was a queer SM clubnight
that went on in a dingy LA restaurant
for several months—until it was shut
down by the police. Ron was one of
the dancer/performers there.
I'm a little anxious as I
approach his house. My only contact
with Ron comes from seeing him at
clubs and in his performaces. He
usually has a whip by his side; he's
usually clad in leather or uniforms.
Someone recently told me about
Ron's penchant for giving enemas   _
and fisting. All this makes me
nervous to meeting him face to face.
But he's surprisingly pussy catlike. When he invites me in, I get the
impression that he's a little nervous
as well.
' He sits across from me in his
ecclecticly decorated house in the
Silverlake neighbourhood of Los
Angeles. He's definately personable
i  and accessible. Very open. What I
thought would be a 20-minute q&a
interview turns into a 3 1/2 hour
discussion.
Ron was raised by his parents to
be a minister. At 14, he'd spent all
his life around adults, emmerced in a
surrealistic world of god and the
scriptures.
"It's a real unrealistic way of
growing up. Everybody believing I
was this Holy Child.
"It made me what I am.
Fanaticism, extremism—that's me. I
was raised with it. I don't resent the
texture."
'    Ron's life has more texture than
most. He went through the seventies
and eighties a frustrated and
alienated queer punk bent on self-
destruction. He became a teenage
junkie, and spent several years
hooked on heroin.
He's been clean for eight years
now. He still feels frustrated and
alienated, but he's a little less self-
destructive now.
At the most recent LA Gay
Pride Parade, Ron Athey stood as
the main dancer of the Club Fuck
float. He is immediately visible atop
the float: tattoes, piercings and clad
in a leather jockstrap and corset.
As the float passed a crowd of
orange tanning bed musclequeens,
they began to boo.
Ron Athey is an outsider—even
within the gay community. Still a
punkboy at heart, Athey's identity
comes partially from undermining
the System which tries to hold him
under.
"I've always instinctively hated
anything that goes on in the
mainstream," says Ron.
Athey is dissappointed that he
was booed at the parade. "You put
all these expectations in the gay
parade; like you're celebrationg your
diverse community." But somehow,
he was also not surprised.
I sense that a part of Ron really
gets off on being disenfanchised,
though. I tell him about
Situationism, a quasi-political
anarchist art movement that strove to
turn our "spectacle" culture upside-
down. The Situationists lived life as
active participants, not spectators,
and saw "shooting a gun into a
faceless crowd" as the ultimate act
of "negating the negation." Then I
ask him about his own political
views.
"I think I'm a si'.uationist. I'm
completely schizophrenic on
everything; I can relate to absolute
violence and disorder and I want to
remain as illegal as possible, i
then there's a side of me that
believes that things can get be
we iust love everything.
"I'm a fatalist with a lust for
life. I don't have hope for any big
movement. I just believe in getting
up every day, and having a good
time, and getting something done."
A fatalist with a lust for life.
A year after he got sober, he
was diagnosed.HIV-positive.
"I've been pretty straight out
about being positive, too. It's just  «
another thing that I've never cared if
it's put me more on the outside of
things. It can be a rotten deal, and
it's no big deal at the same time. It's
been seven years now, and I'm still
healthy.
Being HIV was a kick in the ass
for Ron. "After being diagnosed
positive, I felt like, what if you die in
a few years? Are you happy with
your life the way it is? I can't just go
to work, go to dinner with a friend,
go to a 12-step meeting and then go
to bed, I'ts just not rich enough.
"I don't want to be waiting for
the day I die; I want to raise a lot of
hell before then."
My mind wanders and I'm
thinking about a good friend who
just started AZT treatment.
"I'm constantly erasing names
from my phone book of peple who
have died. I've desensitized a lot.
I'm not going to turn into a grieving
machine and let it eat me up.
Ron Athey is known for staging
shows that mix S/M ritual, personal
revelation and performance.
His most teeent performance
piece, 4 Scenes From A Harsh Life,
deals with issues of transcendence,
addiction, fetishism and the
increasing automitization of the
human being.
The third scene—the most
powerful scene in 4 Scenes is about
Ron's addiction and suicide
attempts. He jabs 20 syringes in his
arm, ties off the other arm and
drums, bass, keyboards, guitars, legs,
and this dj spinning vinyl. Unable to
obtain histories or insights.
No loss, and anyhow I had to
get home before curfew or be in hot
water with mom. In final resting
conclusion, another fine evening .. .
next time we might experience a
livlier crowd. Until then ...
King of the hill
by Ted Young-Ing
Jt is midnight before the band
comes on.
The audience a mix of
generations, classes, aptitudes. We
race to the front.
"Hi, we're King Apparatus"—
for the benefit of those that thought
they were at the Dead Milkmen gig,
guess.
"We're from Toronto."
IT'SAGMS! -
King Apparatus
Commodore Ballroom
26 February 1994
Almost before the set starts, the
audience starts jumping up and down.
Lots of energy out here.
Outside, it's raining. Inside, no
one cares. We're here to have fun. *
Chris Murray, lead singer.
Shaved head, black t-shirt, cut-off
army pants and 16-hole cherry Docs:
the poster child for indy bands.
Peppy. Very peppy. Big smile
throughout the show. He's jumping
around the stage, maybe a little too
happy to be playing a gig to a half-
crowded club of trying hard to be
bohemians.
The whole band seems too
happy to be here.The audience,, too.
Even the roadie spent the entire show
dancing in the wings.
Fun? Yeah. King Apparatus's
songs aren't deep. But groovy. Very.
And fun. They play ska. Infectious
groove ska. Party all night ska. Real
ska, like mom used to make. The
kind of ska that keeps you dancing all
night long on the bouncy floors of the
Commodore. The kind of ska that
makes you smile every time you
think of the concert afterwards.
-    Sam Tallo. He's the lead
guitarist. Brilliant. Makes me think of
Johnny Man. He even breaks his
guitar strings. Like a real guitarist.
He keeps the audience hopping
all night long. Keeps the bouncy
floors bouncing all night long. The
audience loves it. It's party music.
No moshing or violent pogoing. Just
lots of dancing. And shilling.
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by Lisa Kwan
Summer of 1697. The
restoration ofthe monarchy 50-years
ago has produced an open rejection
of virtue and morality, cleverly
satirized by sir John Vanbrugh in
The Relapse. Themes of infidelity
and sexual innuendo are tied with
the social games played by the idle
roa
rich and the unfortunate poor.
Two plots emerge as the play
unfolds. A couple reunites after
eight years to questions of virtue.
Amanda is still unsure of her
husband Loveless's faithfulness to
her, a justified uncertainty as his idle
eyes quickly stray towards the
. beautiful Berinthia, the rather
unvirtuous live-in cousin of
Amanda. Immoral as anyone with 20
other lovers could be, Berinthia not
only plays^he innocent coquette, but
even aids former lover Mr. Worthy
in seducing Amanda.
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slashes his wrist. Then he gauges his
face. Blood streams down his face.
Then he begins to climb a rope
ladder, into a stream of light.
"I had this dream when I was ,
radically trying to commit suicide
about 12 years ago that all my
tattooes were finished and I was
levitating and there was a man with
all black tattooes next to me and we
were rotating around each other and
we levitated up into the light."
It's a scene that involves
healing—an important new direction
in his art.
"It's difficult for me to watch
this [a video copy of the
performance]. It still feels like I'm
there. I'm too personally involved."
Ron shows me the new tattooes
on his chest. He got them while he
was in London doing his performance
piece.
I ask him about his facial
tattooes.
"It feels really natural on me to
have my face tattooed. It's a line that
I've crossed that certainly I wouldn't
egg anyone else on to do."
"It's not enough to be gay and
it's not enought to be queer. It's a
way of setting yourself apart form
people. It's something that does
have ancient meaning. It has a lot of
different sides to it."
Because of his long-standing
interest in body modification, Ron
has become a spokesperson for the
Modern Primitive movement.
"It's important that I'm queer.
But somehow because I've been in
for a long time, I've embodied a
movement, I guess. It's not just me
people are interested in, it's the roots
of the Modern Primitive movement
which just happense to be really
queer.
Ron is a little uncomfortable
being a spokesperson for anything.
He understands that he looks like a
freak; that his views are freakish.
"Housewifes in Idaho look at
me and think, 'freak'. I don't want to
give them fuel for fire.
But he is an anarchist who
doesn't really care about what
people think about him. Part of
urban tribalism is about finding a
tribe; Ron has a close family that he
cares for.
"I like creating little families of
people that think the same way to
protect and love, instead of just
being some big hippy and loving
everyone at random.
"I just don't think I'm going to
change the world with my smiling,
sunny face. I'm a fatalist. I have no
hope for it. I've looked at history
and I haven't liked it. It's all pretty
ridiculous. So let's move to an island
together." -_.	
The Relapse,
or Virtue in Danger
At the Playhouse
Theatre review from hell
The Relapse, or Virtue in Danger
Vancouver Playhouse
until March 12
The second tale focuses on the
despairs of penniless Young
Fashion, enraged at his older
brother, the
self-
obsessed
Lord
Foppington,
for keeping
the family
fortune. In
revenge, he
plots to
marry the
sleezy
Conpler to
Hoyden,
who is
arranged to
marry his
brother,
and is also
worth 1,500
pounds a
year.
Iii general,
this Playhouse production tends more towards superficial appearances than having
actual substance. It provides more
glitz and glamour from the whirling
sets and flashy costumes than competent acting, relying heavily on bare
script and cleavage for the entertainment.
However, Norman Browning
plays an absolutely incredible Lord
Foppington. la &11 technieolour,
Browning gives an amazing
performance of the utterly foolish
narcissistic fop, in proper
ostentation. Wes Tritter gives a fine
performance as the spritely suger-
high Sir Tumbelly, as does Alec
Willows, who plays Sir John
Vernbrugh and the Compler, the
matchmaker with some amusing
sexual tendencies.
Flamboyance, fondling,
hypocrisy and greed exuberate in
this play. The Relapse is a hilarious
mockery of established aristocrats
and parvenus. Unfortunately, decent
acting is particularly elusive in this
production. This troupe is
comparable to little more than a
Drama 12 class with a large budget
and a Norman Browning.
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Suzuki continues criticism of consumptive society
by Taivo Evard
Canada's most respected
environmentalist, ecologist,
biologist, geneticist, and all
around friend to the planet David
Suzuki delivered a scathing
criticism of overconsumptive
societies on Monday to kick off
"development" week at UBC.
"So long as our notion of
development in other countries
means that they must be plugged
into our country, this means that
they will also be agents of
destruction,'' Suzuki said.
He pointed to "the depressing
homogeneity
of    human       	
beings that       *"M"^"MM
reflects the
monoculture
of a society
with      one
m   —
IT'S OBSCENE THAT
WE'RE TELLING
OTHER COUNTRIES.
"YOU'RE HAVING
TOO MANY BABIES."
progess.
Development,
"as used by       —i....—........Mi
governments,
bureaucrats,
and businesspeople," has become
synonymous with progress.
"Progress and development
are the same, and we see progress
as economic growth," Suzuki said.
"The equation of progress with
economic growth ensures the
dismantling of the life support
systems ofthe planet."
The wealthy nations use 75
per cent ofthe planet's resources,
control 82 per cent ofthe planet's
wealth, and produce 85 per cent of
the planet's toxic pollutants, "yet
we continue to say that we must
have more."
"It's obscene that we're telling
other countries... 'you're having
too many babies,'" Suzuki said.
In terms of per capita
consumption, Canadians consume
the equivalent of 16-20 Chinese,
80-100 Somalis.
While people in India wear
different
_^^___^_^        clothes and
*"^M^—        look different
from    most
Canadians,
Suzuki said,
"underlying
those
superficial
differences
[between
—■...—...r.^—        nations'
peoples] is a
race to make
money from the global market."
Societies have traditionally
"constructed economies designed
to serve people and their
communities." The government
now tells people, "the economy
must be served by you."
He said NAFTA and GATT
"are attempts to make us serve
the economy... the global economy
is what it's all about, communities
and local people don't matter."
"The economy has become
something like a monster that
makes us tremble whenever the
indicators go wrong," Suzuki said.
He mentioned the "frugality
movement" in the US which is
making attempts at combatting
the consumption mentality.
The Seattle-based New
Roadmap Foundation showed the
inverse relationship between
consumption per capita, up 45 per
cent over the last 30 years, and
quality of life, rated as down 51
per cent over the same time period.
Yet, traditional and contemporary
economic theory dictate that well-
being rises hand-in-hand with
consumption.
As the top 1.1 billion of the
planet, "we [in the developed
countries] clearly are the major
problem we face. Our rate of
consumption is so obscene that we
are the predator."
Suzuki says...
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THE UBYSSEY 9'
Six Billion mouths to feed and not a solution in sight
Think about any
environmental problem you've
heard about lately:
Newfoundland's depleted
fisheries; smog in Mexico city;
holes in the ozone layer;
deforestation; the Chernobyl
disaster. Whether they're
worldwide, like global warming,
or local, like coyotes preying on
house pets, all are connected to
one thing: overpopulation, the
biggest, most important problem
we face today.
In a few years, the world will
have 6 billion people. How can we
meet the growing population's
needs? Catch more fish? Log more
of Indonesia's or British
Columbia's forests? Cut down
more of the Amazon rainforest
for farmland? We might increase
the yield of existing farms with
more pesticides and chemical
fertilizers, or irrigate them with
even more fresh water. We can
let our cities grow, building homes
farther up into the mountains,
adding even more cars to our
clogged roads.
Some see a solution in cleaner
technology, like electric or
hydrogen powered cars, but they
still need energy. As our
population grows, where will we
get more energy? By building dams
like Quebec's Great Whale Project,
or more nuclear power plants, like
Chernobyl and Three Mile Island?
Growth means more
environmental damage, so we
must stop the growth of
population.
In fact, stopping population
growth is not enough. Our farms'
soil is eroding away, while
California and Mexico are running
out of water. We already have
nuclear and toxic waste that we
can't deal with. Today's ozone hole
was created by chemicals released
years ago. Our population now
uses far more resources than the
earth can replace. We must reduce
. it or the damage to the planet will
get even worse.
One way to reduce it is for
people to die, but deciding who
dies is the basis of murder and
warfare, so that isn't a solution.
The other is for couples to have
only one child. China already has
a moderately successful one-child
policy.    To    cut    the    global
PERSPECTIVE
by Bijan Sepehn
population, something similar
would have to be done globally,
and for a few generations.
Some say only third world
countries need to cut their
population, since they have high
birth rates, but people in developed
countries use resources and
pollute at many times the rate of
those in the underdeveloped ones.
We have smog, clogged roads,
water shortages, and overflowing
landfills.
Also,   why   would   some
countries lower their populations,
while others don't? Population
means economic and political
power, and few countries would
be willing to diminish their
standing in the world. If a global
one-child policy is to work, it must
include all the world's countries,
so their relative populations stay
the same.
Reducing the world's
population would mean we could
meet our needs with what we have
already. We could shut down our
most damaging factories and
nuclear power plants as we stop
needing them. Cities would stop
spreading into the wilderness.
Once recycling is more efficient,
we might find the resources we
need in our landfills. Forests could
be replaced, reservoirs wouldn't
be drained dry, and many near-
extinct species could make a
comeback. The earth could heal
itself once the population level
allows it to replace what we've
taken.
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Niva Chow
Christine Price
Gregg McNally
Steve Scab
Michelle Wong
Omar Kassis
Trevor Presley
Tanya Storr
Graham Coleman
Sarah OTJonnell
Patrick MacGuire
Tanya Battersby
Kirsten Murphy
Judy Chun
Will Hamlin
Ron Eichler
Bob Beck
Paula Foran
Anne McEwen
Anne Gebauer
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Lowering the world's
population won't be easy. It will
require a great deal of education,
cooperation, and trust. Global
attitudes towards the
environment, having children,
and human rights will have to
change. Governments must
commit themselves to starting
and enforcing one-child policies,
and educating new generations
about them. Most importantly,
individuals must choose to have
only one child.
Stopping overpopulation
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we might not be alive to see the
results of it. It's an issue above
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Economic and political injustices
aggravate environmental
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don't respond to it, the next
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TUESDAY 1 MARCH 1994
EDITORIAL
Across the country 28 February-4 March is freedom
to read week. Many Canadians have prided themselves on
Canada's apparent tradition of free debate and the "democracy" that engenders. Yet the Canadian government
and its agencies have been all too willing to shut down
offending thought when it threatens the dominant values
in society.
Take for example the outcry in many school libraries
over Margaret Laurence's book The Diviners, which contains sex scenes. "Youngsters should not be exposed to
such smut!" went the cries, mostly from people who had
not read the book.
Or perhaps you remember The Ubyssey's sex issue,
which provoked similar outcry. "Children will be hurt!"
"Violent words promote hatred!" "This is smut, trash,
scum!" And yet the erotic stories in that issue were creations ofthe imagination. Unlike photographed porn, for
example, where several real people are involved in the
creation ofthe final product, willing or not, written work
is a more intimate intercourse between writer and reader.
Written text is by definition a series of abstract
squiggles that the reader is required to decode. As such it
inspires criticism and inquiry, the questioning of "what is
she saying?" and "where are they going with this argument?"
and "why does it make me so upset to read this?"
Written words have the power to shape the way we
look at the world like no other medium. Writing is demanding - even the simplest Archie comic demands more
than a Snoop Doggy Dogg video or the McLaughlin Group
on PBS. Writing does not spoon feed. Reading is therefore
a subversive activity. It calls us to question, to think, to
change ourselves and the world around us. The freedom to
read what we like is therefore essential to any open society.
Debate will always rage over the limits to that freedom,
and the "responsibility" that should be exercised around it.
Written work which promotes outright hate of others or
"causes harm" is often cited as something to ban or censor.
And yet, when we trust the government to write and
enforce laws to protect people from words, those who are
targetted first and most often are those with the least
power to defend themselves. The Butler decision which
changed Canada's pornography laws to "harm-based"
standards is a case in point.
The new standards are not being used to chase after
those who make "snuff' films or pornographic photos
exploiting children. Instead, it was used to stop a visual
artist from displaying drawings about children and
sexuality, and to detain, turn back, and often destroy
books at the Canadian border. And many of those books
are detained for scenes that describe real human experience: enjoyable, consensual sex; the scourge of racism and
sexism; the horror of rape.
Ignoring these experiences does not promote knowledge or truth.
Fight for your freedom to read.
Here are just a few of the thousands of books which
have been banned from Canadian libraries at different
times, or held or destroyed by Canada customs:
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks
The Diviners by Margaret Lawrence
Ben is Dead magazine
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
The Advocate magazine
The Howl by Allen Ginsberg
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Mapplethorpe - photos by Robert Mapplethorpe
Changing Men magazine
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
the Ubyssey
01 March 1994
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma Mater
Society of the University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are
those of the staff and not necessarily those of the university
administration, or of the publisher. The editorial office is Room
241K ofthe Student Union Building. Editorial Department, phone
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Douglas Ferris carried the tray of buttons around the room
making sure everyone got a handful of the little brown wonders.
Christine Price, Liz van Assum and Tanya Battersby immediately
gobbled them down, eager to begin their experience. Taivo Evard
and Siobhan Roantree declined the offer, preferring the artificial
stimuli. Graham Cook and Ted Young-Ing passed around the
water jug, while Steve Chow and Graham Coleman were busy
puking their guts all over the chair and Tessa Moon- the unfortunate
chairsitter. Niva Chow and SaraMartin wandered around muttering
something about Mescalito and Sarah O'Donnell and Bijan talked
about their streakers. Will Hamlin, Lisa Kwan and Susan Juby
groaned about their gut rot meanwhile Jason Hayden and Steve
Scali could only manage, "Cargo fast, vroom." Oscar the Grouch
jumped out of his can giving everyone quite the fright.
Editors
Coordinating Editor: Douglas Ferris
News Coordinator: Graham Cook
News Editors: Sara Martin, Taivo Evard
Culture Coordinator: Steve Chow
Culture Editor Ted Young-Ing
Photography Coordinator: Siobhan Roantree
Production Manager: Lb van Assum
Letters to the staff
Get real Mr.
hayes
In the last edition ofthe
Ubyssey, Jason Hayes' letter
to the staff (re: weep for Another Oppressed Man) exhibited all that is surely abhorrent and anti-intellectual
in current gender-equality
debate. His insipid denigration of feminism only revealed
his ignorance of the real issues and his unwillingness
to engage in anything other
than puerile rant.
Specifically, the claim of
"matriarchal dictatorship"
would be laughable if Mr.
Hayes' disinginuous remarks
signified nothing more; however, these statements belie
an argument which attempts
to colour its opposition with
the same sophomoric tones
which fill his letter.
One can only advise Mr.
hayes to familiarize himself
with the complexity of the
discussion and, so, demonstrated that he is more than
a fraudulent nay-ayer, rather
than exhibit the inept
taunting and jeering which
he has offered the reader.
Talman W. Rodocker
Classics 4
An honest moment in the press
The Vancouver Sun today captured a social moment
on its front page. Pictured at
the top ofthe page, a long line
of people waited in the cold to
pick up welfare cheques.
Featured at the bottom ofthe
page, a handful of rich men
also waited for welfare
cheques- this time in vain!
The poor went quietly, with
little enough to live on; the
rich stayed billigerently, with
no KAON to grow richer on.
It was an honest moment for
mainstream newspaper.
Nancy Horsman
Nipissing University has "manure
pile of problems"
This letter is regarding
the article "NU rejects AMS
conference," January 28,
1994. As a Nipissing University student, I do have a
sense of pride for my school,
but my sense of pride does
not include a sense of suppression and concealment.
P\ ^
There are individuals at NU
who want this article retracted or somehow revised.
The article in question deals
with the denied request of a
representative of Nipissing
University Student Union
being sent to the "Women
and Politics" conference. The
refusal to send a delegate was
based on the assumption that
the conference was biased.
Some individuals at NU seem
to question whether something is biased, but do not
regard themselves as being
prejudiced.
Also, the demand has
arisen that the article be retracted. Why should an article with many valid points
be retracted? Is there a serious problem that these individuals wish to hide and
suppress? I actually heard
someone influential state
that if this article gets around
there might be a women's
revolt. Is this something bad?
As a man at NU, I wish there
would be a revolt.
At NU, the full-time
population is approximately
1500 students, 70 per cent of
which are female. In my English class we were discussing some women's issues. I,
being a male (of which there
are not many in my class of
40), could plainly see thatthe
majority of women in my class
have felt or feel threatened in
some way, be it at the institution or in the community.
If I as a man can openly see
how these women feel, why
have I heard from other
women themselves that there
is not a problem? These
women are in fact the individuals who wish the article
to be retracted.
There will be nagative
letters to the editor from
Nipissing statinghow invalid
the article of 28 January is.
But I believe that the article
is not in fact what the true
issue is about. The true issue
is based on conflicting male
identity roles, acceptance,
and acknowledgement of
women's issues. However, I
also feel that the controversy
surrounding this article has
been an issue of suppression
and concealment.
At university, I wish to
be challenged, to acquire a
broader view of the world,
and at times to be a little
insulted. But I do not wish to
feel threatened by individuals who feel that if it is a
controversial   subject   it
should be suppressed.
Before NU can become
as flower of society and academics it must grow from a
manure pile of problems (social and otherwise). And to
continue the comparison to
Nature, this controversy has
been an early spring frost
and has killed our young
flower.
Ty McNea
NU student, North Bay,
Ont.
Concern about
Janice Boyle's
"apparent lack of
political leader
ship'
An open letter to Janice
Boyle, newly elected AMS
vice president
I am writing to express
my concern regarding one of
your major "safety" platform
issues-free parking after
five-which you advocated
and supported during the
recent AMS elections in
January (as reported in a
Jan. 14 edition Ubyssey).
While I applaud your commitment to make UBC campus a safe place for women, I
am strongly opposed to your
proposal, which implicitly
encourages more students
living off-campus to drive to
school.
As an elected student
"leader," I am concerned
about your apparent lack of
political leadership. You
should not be encouraging
more cars (especially single-
occupancy vehicles) onto
campus. UBC already has
enough cars polluting the
atmosphere. Rather, I would
sincerely hope that as vice-
president-one who holds a
considerable amount of power
and can influence other student reps on council-you
would be actively discouraging students from driving,
and reducing the huge
amount of environmental
pollution that clouds-and
kills—our beautiful campus
everyday.
I would also hope that
you would show enough "vision" and support more environmentally-friendly modes
of transportation to UBC-for
example, walking, biking,
taking the bus, or even
carpooling, if a vehicle is absolutely necessary.
Political promises are
easy to make, and are an
expedient way to appeal to
the masses and get votes.
But, politicians, student
leaders, and concerned citizens must look beyond the
immediate present to the
long-term effects of smog and
air pollution, caused primarily through automobile
emissions. I, for one, envi-
sion-and am doing my part
working towards
achieveing-a campus and
community where the air is
fresh, the water clean, the
resources abundant and
(human, animal) lifestyles'
sustainable. Yes, it takes
political guts, but we must
start somewhere. Our globe
depends on it.
Carmen F. Chan
Arts 4
Hebron massacre
is state sponsored terrorism
In the aftermath of a
massacre a blatant act of terrorism is explained away as a
case of temporary insanity. A
well respected Jewish physician, Dr.Goldstein, liked by
all the members of his
communtiy snaps for but a
sercond and murders 40 unarmed worshippers in cold
blood as they kneel to pray in
the tomb ofthe Patriarchs in
Hebron.
What angst, one wonders, must he have suffered
through to cause him to
commit such a horrible crime;
what pain and misery he
must have seen and felt as a
physician to prompt him to
forsake his true calling in life
from that of healer to one of
murderer; what dangers he
was willing to expose his
family and community to for
this courageous act of violence; what passion and
committment to the Jewish
ideals of attaining the
"Promised land" for "God's
chosen people" he must have
had to be able to lay down his
life as "an act of love for the
Jewish people."
That is how facts are
convoluted and an atrocity is
trivialized by Israeli apologists who have attempted to
psychologically analyze one
Jewish settler's massacre of TUESDAY 1 MARCH 1994
LONG LETTERS
THE UBYSSEY 11
unarmed civilians, instead of
calling it what it plainly is:
TERRORISM, and focusing
debate on the very
dangeroous issue of armed
settlers in the occupies territories. But that is unlikely
since the prescence of UN
observers in the occupied
territories would be a great
embarrassment to the Israelis for it would reveal to the
whole world, especially the
American people, how Israel
repeatedly violates the Palestinians human rights. How
long, one wonders, would Israel last without the United
States $3 billion yearly gratuity?
Looking at the evidence
one can see that this
Dr.Goldstein was clearly not
suffering a "mental crisis"
when he massacred 40 civilians. Far from it. According
to David Ramati, a fellow
American settler in the same
town of Kiryat Arba where
Goldstein lived, several hours
before the massacre
Dr.Goldstein "seemed quite
at peace with the world. He
sat with his children in his
lap. It was apicture of family
domesticity."
What is one to think
upon reading this description
? Are we to feel sorry for this
man who appears to have
been spending one last moment with his family before
capitulating reluctantly to hi
self-imposed role of mass
murderer? Or are we to see
from this horrific, premeditated act by a ridiculously
"sane" man at "peace with
the worl," and from the
acxcompanying accolades of
his supporters, "martyr" and
"Samson in his time," a far
more sinister thread of
thought that can inflict a
paranoid population en
masse: state sponsored terrorism. That is precisely what
you have when you arm a
group of people intent on
living on occupied land forcibly without regard for any
treaty of peace.
Clayton Jones
Alumni 1992
UBC
daycare
licks boot
I care about UBC
daycare, and I encourage the
UBC community and the
Board of Governors to care,
too. The UBC daycares are
the hidden gems anmong
UBC's many centres of excellence. While their parents
work in libraries and laboratories, our children play
and learn in a safe, nurturing, well-structured
multicultural environment.
I am happy to know that as
I study, my children are well
cared for by people whom I
respect greatly for their
knowledge, peatience, kindness, and committment.My
children are in a place where
people are thinking about
earthquake kits, first aid,
and, most of all, respect for
my child. My children's
teachers have taught me
many lessons about respect,
modeling appropriate behavior, and having fun.
The typical shortages of
money and time are intensified when the student is a
parent of young children.
Full-time care at UBC for
two children, ages 1 and 4,
costs about $ 1400 per month.
The doors open at 8 am and
close at 5 or 5:30 pm, which
makes things tight if a
seminar begins at 8:30 or
ends after 5. The government
does not often help. UBC
Childcare Administrator
DarceUe Cottons asted in the
Jan.28 article that most
parents are in the subsidy
no-mans-land, barely above
the cut-off point for subsidy.
Board of Governors rep
Michael Hughes noted that
many families have already
been driven out of licensed
care. The unfortunate alternative for many might
then be to leave one's child
in the home of a nagging,
chain-smoking, Oprah-
watching granny down the
street- a worst case scenario,
but not unimagineable.
Most people know that
professional daycare workers
are underpaid. Fewer know
that a high degree of training
in child development, first
aid, etc. as well as a dose of
natural talent are needed to
be licensed.
A Gender Issue
Last week Margaret
Catley-Carlson, President of
the Population B ureau, spoke
to a large group here at UBC.
She stated that there is an
ideal time for women to bear
children, preferably not until
after 18 years, and ideally
between 20 and 24. She also
repeatedly emphasized the
importance of educational
opportunity for women. I
wanted to ask her "So what
about graduate school? When
am I supposed to have my
children? I am grateful that
I can pass through the doors
of a home blessed with inquisitive and beautiful children. But as you can imagine, I must budget every
moment of my time and I feel
guilty if I linger over coffee. I
know that my case is not
unique, and in fact the
daycare policy area has profound effects upon the welfare
of women writ large.
It is my hope that the
University community will
encourage the University
Administration to become
more supportive of the
daycares. What goes on in
that row of funny lttle buildings can sreve as a shining
reflection of our social values,
and access to affordable
quality care on campus
means everything to the
parents who drop our children off there every morning.
Karen Guttieri
graduate studies
A fable of
dreams and
magic
The IRSA is pleased to report
that the delegation it sponsored to attend the Harvard
National Model United Nations Conference this month
was tremendously successful,
the delegation received five
Best Delegate awards, placing UBC among the top
schools attending this very
large and prestigious event.
Congratulations to award
winners ShoaAbedi.Coralee
Oakes, Annwen Rowe-Evans,
Megan Reiter and Leon
Salvail for their hard work
and skillful manoeverings in
caucus and Committee. Their
efforts, and the work of the
team as a whole, was integral to the success of conference . The delegation reflected
extremely well the high
standards ofthe University
and was a credit to its name.
The HNMU is a four day
annual conference held in
Boston which now draws in
the area of 2500 undergraduate students from universities in Canada, the US,
as well as a growing number
of schools from overseas.
Through role-playing and
diplomacy, students represent the national interests of
their assigned nation. Delegates bargain and build
consensus among nations in
an attempt to produce resolutions on a range of international issues. This year
these issues included resolving human rights abuses in
China, establishing guidelines for the prevention of
economic means of political
coercion, and recommending
measures to promote the
needs of women in development, to name but a few. Now
in its fortieth year, the conference is the largest of its
kind, simulating twenty UN
committees from the General
Assembly, the Economic and
Social Council, and the Specialized Agencies. Strict attention is paid to the UN rules
of procedure and decorum,
and delegates arrive well-
prepared for their respective
Committees. The Conference
is an excellent approximation
of the genuine United Nations, and offers students the
oppurtunity to experience the
workings ofthe World Body
first-hand.
The UBC has performed
consistently well at the Conference over the last number
of years, thanks to a vigorous
and competitive selection
process which takes place in
November. The selection
committee chose 18 delegates
from over 40 applicants, and
consequently produced a
highly competent team, as
the delegation's awards suggest. Anyone interested in
participating in next year's
conference is invited to attend
the next information session,
to be held some time in October of 1994. Students from
any and all faculties are eligible and welcome.
IRSA wishes to warmly
thank HMUN sponsors,
without whose help the trip
would have been impossible.
In particular, IRSA extends
special thanks to the Alumni
Association of UBC, the Arts
Undergraduate Society, the
SAC, and the United Nations
Association in Canada for
their financial support.
Thanks also to Professor Paul
Marantz, Chair ofthe International Relations Program
and the team's Faculty Advisor for his enduring and
excellent help, and to Professor Professor Kyung Ae
Park, for her time and guidance on South Korean policy
isuues. Lastly, thank you to
the team members, you know
who you are, for a successful,
exciting and memorable trip.
'."'' ;  Mik&£heehan
Head Delegate, HMUN
the Ubyssey
welcomes letters
on any issue.
Letters must be
saft
in
content which is
judged to be
libelous,
homophobic,
sexist, racist or
factually incorrect will not be
published.
Please be concise. Letters may
beegttedfbr
brevity, but it
is standard
Ubyssey policy
not to edit letters
for spelling or
grammatical
mistakes. Please
bring your letters, with identification, to SUB
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Tips that help prevent
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sexual desires and limits. State your feelings
clearly and early. Men and women often
have different definitions of love and sex.
Know what is acceptable to your SELF.
Believe in your right to set your own limits.
For more information or help, call:
Women Students' Office 822-2415 AMS Safety Hazard Line
Student Health Outreach 822-4858 Sexual Harassment Office
R.C.M.P. 224-1322 Student Counselling
WAVAW/Rape Crisis     • •
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for Scholars
Last year, the CMHC
Scholarship Program attracted
172 applicants and awarded
27 new scholarships. Those
are pretty good odds: about
one in six.
Since its inception in
1947, the program has given
out almost $27.3 million to
2,495 Canadian students. The
current annual maximum is
$14,154 perstudent.
Like most scholarship
programs, the one administered by Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation (CMHC)
looks for top students. More
specifically, CMHC scholarships are given only to full-time
Canadian students working on
a university Master's degree related to housing.
The pos
sibilities for
graduate
studies in
housing are much broader
than one might initially think.
Awards go to students in such
varied disciplines as engineering, environment, business and
public administration, social
and behavioural science, architecture, economics, law, planning, and history.
Leslie Coates, who in
1993 completed her Master's
degree in Landscape Architec-
CMHC I 2 SCHL
ture at the University of Guelph,
was one of 25 winners in the
1992 competition. She says,
"Winning a CMHC scholarship
allowed me to expand the scope
of what I could do. It gives you
a tremendous sense of confidence." The extra time to make
contacts in the housing industry afforded by the CMHC scholarship has paid off for Leslie.
Her thesis received positive
comments in a Globe and Mail
column and spawned a lengthier
recent article in a widely read
journal published by the Canadian Urban Institute.
Ms. Coates was "very impressed" with the aims of the
CMHC Scholarship Program.
"It's Canada's primary source of
financial support for the training of professionals
in housing
and community planning. It's definitely
needed."
If you or someone you
know would like to apply for a
CMHC scholarship, forms can
be picked up now at either the
Graduate Studies or Student
Awards office. But hurry. Students must submit completed
applications to the university
they wish to attend by March 25,
1994.
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GRAD
CLASS
COUNCIL
Attention
ALL GRADS
The Annual General Meeting
and Bzzr Garden nf the Grad Glass is
Wednesday, March 2
12:30 - 7:00, S00 Partyroom
The following submissions for Grad Class Gifts will be voted on.
AMS Stage
Amount: $3000 Group: AMS Programs
If voted, $3000 would be given to AMS Programs towards the
replacement of the old, unsafe stage. This stage would be used for
such functions as Ocktoberfest, AMS Welcome Back Barbeque, and
Undercut.
Bike Racks near IRC and Woodward
Amount:$1000 Group: Nursing
This proposal would place two bike racks around the hospital and
Woodward library, for the benefit of all students using the Bio-
Medical Library and surrounding buildings.
Bursary for UBC students studying abroad
Amount:$3000 Group: Arts Undergraduate Society
The Grad Class Gift of $3000 would be added to a sustainable fund.
The interest from the fund will be awarded annually to help
finance a UBC student studying abroad.
Colour Bubble Jet Printer
Amount: $800 Group: Nursing
A colour bubblejet printer would be placed in the learning
Resource Center (3rd floor Hospital). This printer would benefit
the 1500 Nursing (graduate and undergraduate and Rehab Students
who use this resource.
Computer, Monitor and HP Printer
Amount:$3000 Group: BML Sc
This computer package will greatly enhance the ability of over 50
students who would share it for the completion of assignments
and graphical/statisical analysis of experimental data.
Landscaping in CEME, Quadrangle
Amount: $3000 Group: Engineering Undergraduate Society
As the south campus develops, the need for a comfortable place to
eat and relax in increasing. This money will be used for benches,
shrubs, and landscaping. It will stand as a lasting momento ofthe
1994 graduating class.
Laser Printer for Applied Science (CEME) Computer Lab
Amount:$1400 Group: Mechanical Engineering
A total of five departments representing over 1500 students share
this lab with no laser printing capabilities. The maintenance and
upkeep will be funded by the student department clubs.
Please Note:
• You will be voting on Grad Class gifts.
• A quorum of 400 graduating students is needed.
• Without quorum, no Grad Class gifts will be funded by the 1994 class. (The Grad Fees YOU paid in
September will be turned over to next year's Grad Class).
• Bring your valid AMS/Library card
• Every grad gets one vote. Every vote gets one free beverage.
UBC Ceremonies Office and the Members ofthe 1994 Graduating Class request the pleasure of your company at a
Tree-Planting Ceremony of a Dawn Redwood Tree on Monday, March 7, 1994, at 2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard
between Buchanan Buildings C,D and E.
Reception following the ceremony hosted by the Grad Class Council in Room 207, Student Union Building.
AGM & BZZR GARDEN

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