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MARIS 1955'
volume xxxvm
Price 5c
No. 61
Council  Recommends Students
Ratify  Second   Pool   Proposal
SCANNING for names of UBC vets they might have met
during the war, four of the touring Oxford-Cambridge
team look at UBC's Book of Remembrance. Left to right
John Currie, Robjn Plumbridge, Alan Barter, and Tom
McClUng. '        ' —Brian Thomas Photo
Englishmen Given Odds
In Today's Rugger Tilt
Th*^i-«Mn force of a combined Oxford an*l Cambridge
rugby side will be the favourites at noon today when they
clash with Albert LaiuWaite's Thunderbirds.
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The English team, composed
Post  Office
Bars   Red
'BERKLEY, United States Post
Office has stopped delivery of
Pravda and lzvestia, official
USSR publications, to most American subscribers, according to
the Dally Californian, student
newspaper of the University of
Receiving legal sanction from
the Justice department, Post Office officials have undertaken
to confiscate and destroy copies
of these publications as a part
of a program aimed at halting
the flow of Soviet propaganda
into the United  States.
The government is also considering measures to bar the
Daily Worker and other publications of the Communist party
from domestic mail under the
Communist Control act of 1954.
Commenting on the effects of
the Post Office ruling, a professor of political science at thc
University of California expressed doubt that it would seriously
affect "scholars, research centres or schools of higher learning."
'tween closses
Dance Club Holds
Annual Bash
UBC DANCE CLUB will hold
their annual instructor's party in
Kerry Dale Hall, March 18th at
9:00 p.m. Girls bring a box for
two,  boys BYOL.
ep ep ep
ciety general meeting has been
changed from Friday noon to
Monday noon, March 21, in Arts
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session for the ballroom dancing
instructor's group is tonight at
7:30 p.m. in HG 4. All members
plea.se attend.
of ten of the light Oxford blues
and   eleven   of  the  Cambridge
team, who have won the annual
two-school classic for thc last
three years, are beginning a 12
game North American tour.
They will play six games in
B.C. and six against California
teams. Local rugger experts are
predicting that the Englishmen
are in for a surprise when they
meet the heavy Californians on
the American's smaller field.
Thunderbirds, meanwhile, are
anxious to make the visitors'
first impressions lasting ones,
and are expected to put up a
strong fight.
Thunderbirds will be minus
forward Jim McNicol and possibly fellow forward Bill Bice.
Albert has two capable replacements in Mike Chambers and
Pat Kinney.
Today's game will be general
admission, 50 cents for students
and $1 for adults. The English
team returns to Varsity Stadium
next Thursday to play a combined Varsity past and present
Heads Elected
By   Council
Student Council Monday night
elected 1955-56 heads for four
campus committees.
Mark Bell, Forestry 2, was elected Head of NFCUS to succeed Jim Craig. He was chosen
from three nominees for the position.
Gerry Hodge, who has done a
commendable job as this year's
Special Events Chairman, will
continue in the position tor a second year.
In charge ol' the Varsity Revue
for next year will be Gerry Lecovin,  Law   1.
WUSC chairman for 1955-56
will be Peter Krosby, Arts 4,
who succeeds Maurice Copithorne.
The Labour Progressive Party will form the government at the Mock Parliament to be held on Thursday at
noon in Arts 100.
Tha official opposition will be the Social Credit
party. Speaker will be Doug Whitworth, Law 3, and CCF
is to form minority opposition.
The government will present a bill concerning the
natural resources and industrial development of British
McGill Considers
Return To NFCUS
• Doug Fitch, Western Regional Vice-President of NFCUS,
hinted Monday night that there was a possibility of McGill
University reconsidering their withdrawal from the Federation. 4-	
Mr. Fitch attended the Student Council meeting to discuss
the pros and cons of membership in NFCUS. His suggestion
was based on the fact that the
1955-90 president of their Students' Executive Council* was
previously chairman of the McGill NFCUS Committee.
He presented a report to the
meeting on NFCU8 activities
during the past year which included the annual Art Competition, the scholarship campaign,
regional conferences and seminaries, a short story contest, and
the national debating contest.
Mr. Fitch said, "Failures of
NFCUS are failures of the individual universities since it is
almost impossible to plan activities or organize the budget
when membership in the Federation is so unstable."
His discussion with the Council brought out the point that
benefits from a NFCUS membership were largely of the intangible, asthetic sort and thus
are not generally recognized.
Also on Monday night, Council heard a complaint from
World University Service concerning damage to their Open
House display. WUSC will ask
the Open House for approximately $12 to cover the cost of
plywood and other materials
destroyed when the display was
dismantled. *
An amendment to the AMS
constitution will be presented at
Friday's general meeting asking
that the granting of special privileges to Student Council mem-
oers, in the form of free admission to all campus activities, be
'eft to the discretion of each Undergraduate Society,
At present, according to thc
AMS constitution. Council members have the right to attend
any campus function free of
A motion was presented to the
USC by Law representative Ken
Fawcus protesting this council
privilege and was supported by
USC, which felt that each Undergraduate Society should have
the power to grant or withhold
privileges. Fawcus pointed out
that as the Law Undergraduate
Society is small and has a very
limited budget, the giving of free
tickets to the annual law ball and
the consequent loss of ten or fifteen dollars makes an important
difference to their budget.
Committee   Labelled
As Unconstitutional
The Un-American Activities Committee was labelled "unconstitutional" by, Mrs. George Starkovich in an address Tuesday sponsored by the Social Problems Club.
George Starkovich, a former
organizer of IWA in Washington
is on trial this week before the
Velde Committee on a charge
of "Contempt of Court" incurred
when he appeared as a witness
before the group in 1954.
In order to discuss this charge
and her husband's refusal to answer Committee questions about
the trip he made in 1950 to attend the World Peace Conference in Warsaw, Mrs. Starkovich is making a speaking tour
of  the  Pacific   Northwest.
"My husband refused to answer questions about the trip by
using the Fifth amendment. If
he had answered one question
connected with his trip, he
would have been legally forced
to answer all of them," she said.
"This 'stoolpigeoning' would
have meant involving hundreds
of other people, including those
who helped or encouraged him
in any way to attend the Conference," she added.
Mrs. Starkovich emphasized
the fact that prior to the Investigations, her husband had published a complete report of the
Conference and had publicly
given his own views on the trip.
New  Group
Discrimination Committee will
recommend to the general meeting a new committee to work
next year with the IFC to fight
The new committee would consist of the USC chairman, one
representative from civil liberties union and one, independent.
One member of the committee
would sit on the IFC discrimination committee.
Copies of the report, including
a summary of the answers received to questionaires are available in the AMS office.
New    Executive
Annual meeting of campus
Liberal club elected the following slate of officers:
President, Darrel Anderson;
first Vice President, Harry
Tuura; second Vice President,
Ceee Branson; Treasurer, Clive
Lytle; Secretary, Donna Run-
nals; PRO. Sally Dilbridge
Ten Issues Face
Student Body
Finance,  Government
Policy To Be Decided
Student Council will present a motion seeking, in
effect, student ratification of the two swimming pool plan
at Friday's general meeting of the Alma Mater Society.
The Council motion will ask that students vote "not
more than $100,000" toward, "providing a second pool
on campus."
The swimming pool issue will be only one of nine
issues facing students at the noon meeting in the armory,
which will unquestionably be one of the most vital meetings within memory.       '
It will determine the fate of thousands of dollars in
student money, possibly effect a radical change in student
government, determine UBC's activities as a Canadian
university, and perhaps have a strong effect on the fight
against campus discrimination.
Here are the issues:
# Students will be asked for $100,000 for indoor
swim facilities, and be required to decide whether they
prefer Empire Pool roofed, or construction of a second
smaller and enclosed pool.
# The Undergraduate Societies Committee will try
to obtain the powea of veto over decisions of Student Council.
# The Men's Athletic Association will ask for a
referendum to obtain a $2 fee increase which would go to
athletics and give every student an athletic privilege card.
# Students will decide whether UBC should rejoin
the National Federation of Canadian University Students
at a cost of 50 cents a student.
# Student Council will seek the abolition of fall
general meetings and the lowering of the quorum for
spring meetings from 1000 to 600.    .
# MAA will ask that students contribute $3000 to
help send UBC's rowing crew to England to compete in
the Henley Regatta this summer.
# Student Council will seek a reformation of Student Court, slashing the responsibilities of USC's investigating committee.
# Students will hear the report of the AMS committee on discrimination, and perhaps be asked to extend
its terms of reference to include all forms of discrimination
—particularly sororities.
# The question of UBC participating in a Western
Inter-Collegiate Athletic Union may also possibly arise.
# Students will be asked to raise special meeting
signature demand to 500.
Opposition to these proposals may come from any
quarter. But in some of the issues, the battle lines are
already clearly drawn.
In addition to McGugan's demand for a student voice
in the pool decision, Student Council will also face opposi-
oitn from USC in its constitutiional revisions concerning
Student Court and fall meetings.
The two groups will also clash over the proposed
power of veto for USC over Student Council decisions.
This will probably rank next to the pool issue in prominence at the meeting.
So great and numerous ate the considerations facing
students that Student Council has won faculty permission
for all 1:30 lectures to be cancelled.
Because of the heavy and important agenda lacing
students and council at Friday's AMS general meeting, the
Ubyssey has arranged a special reduction in ads to accommodate informative articles by campus leaders presenting views on the questions to be brought up at the
Readers will find these articles, dealing with every
major topic on Friday'.-, agenda, on the .second and thud
pages. Page Two
Thursday, March 17, 1955
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fcepefters —- Val Haig-Brown, Marie Stephen, Tom Woodside,
Underhill Blasts
Council   Power
^thm Big Ten
'.', Friday's General AMS meeting will tax students' judge-
iftentto the extreme.
,■ <_ 81x motions, one of them involving some 18 AMS code
ehantftil, Will determine future governmental, financial, and
atihlrtlc policy.
ov *)|t« sWimming pool resolution involves $106,000 of stu-
d^Dtf* money. The ultimate decision will be with UBC stu-
difntalbr years to come.
;. If students want to put their money into swimming
itCiUtJes at this time, handing a straight $100,000 to the ad-
t^lPltratlon would finally put responsibility for the pool
01Wb)eta where it belongs.
,'■ Kbftetheless, students should have the opportunity of
tttiiWlg Which pool proposal they prefer if they are contributing part of the cost.
,C, ft should not be done in the way student council sug-
geftai however, two votes should be taken. There should be no
strings attached to a student contribution, and the council
m^tidb encourages just such an attachment, whether it is
gjMtedor replaced with another motion,
i ^| th* constitutional revisions, the most important are:
"flip proposal to increase the signatures necessary to call a
social General Meeting, to 500; the proposal to decrease the
(footum from a proportional two thirds representation, to a
numerical 600 students; and the plan to abolish Fall General
"Beduction of the quorum can serve to do only one
tbJnfc that is; limit student democracy.
McGill University has just demonstrated what a "con-
Vfniint" quorum figure can do. Two enthusiasts and a few
hundred close friends, last month, managed to pull that
uttiveitity Out of NFCUS—a decision nationwide in effect.
True, it is hard to realize a quorum at times, but a high
quorum figure cuts down the possibility of packing a meet-
iijg; or railroading important decisions behind the oft-times
apathic backs of the student body.
Tiie recommendation stipulating a quorum throughout ah entire meeting is long overdue and more in line with
Robert's Rules of Order.
If during a meeting the quorum slowly disintegrates
nothing is to stop the meeting from being dissolved and another one called later.
The argument against this does not hold water. It may
cost hundreds of dollars in Armory costs lor each meeting
but this is peanuts compared to the hundreds of thousands
of dollars handled at those meetings.
"Rep by Pop" isn't as hoary a slogan as supposed.
The proposal to abolish Fall General Meetings is nothing
but another attempt by a dictatorial Council to extend its
already great independance from the voters.
'The proposal to raise signatures, demanding a special
AMS meeting from 100 ot 500 signatures, is justifiable.
... ,  It will prevent cranks from calling unnecssary  meetings.
Anbther decision involving student democracy is the
proposed extension and/or maintenance of USC power over
The USC, if operating on a faculty quorum basis,
is in.a'much greater position than Council to guage and reflect grass root student opinion.
' Council, at present, has only the General meeting as a
check—-which they are trying to eliminate—another watchdog in the form of increased USC powers has merit.
The student court proposal is a good one. First of all it
would serve to better prevent politics from entering into
student discipline. Most important, it would clearly delineate
the duties of the investigating committee and the court.
Defendents would be named prior to a trial and allowed
to appear in their own defense, and the committee would be
limited to preparing evidence for th proscution.
Thus tfhe court would be left with the sole duty to hear
evidence and to make judgement. There would be no cross
examination by judge or other such kangaroo court procedures.
Then plan to assess students an extra two dollars largely
to go^to athletics is justifiable in, its need.
The debt-ridden athletic department needs more money
to maintain its present program. But. we suspect that two
dollars would in fact provide more (ban is necessary.
However, if the student do give the athletes more money
it will eliminate the annual UCC-MAA budget squabble and
help ut athletics on a more solid footing.
There is something to ho said for compulsory athletic
The rowing Crew's need for money to carry them to
the Henely reggatta also cannot be denied. And Treasurer
Ron Bray seems to feel a grant is feasible: UBC will not be
ashamed of its representation in the Reggatta
But whatever the outcome of the meeting (lie decisions
will be with us for a long time.
It is up to today's student body not to give students of
the fuiure an apathetic stab in the back.
The following are the highlights from AMS president
Dick Underbill's presidential
The Alma Mater Society is
remarkable for the high degree
of financial control which is
exercised over student organizations and for the degree of
student autonomy which it is
our privilege to possess. Nevertheless, we should constantly
work to make student government better and it is with) this
iti mind that at the outset of
this report I Would like to
Make specific recommendat-
idns. Student government must
serve two functions on a campus.
(A) It must provide a complete extra-curricular program.
B. It must represent the students effectively visa vis the
University and the Community, Two ways in which I feel
it can better accomplish these
ends are: *
1. The Alma Maier Society
Office — Student government
* is fast' becoming big business
and in order to function better,
it will need more permanent
administrative officials. Specifically, within a very few
years the position of Business
Manager should be enhanced
and a top administrator appointed. Student Council members
Will have to act less in the position of office employees and
more like the Board of Direc-
tbrs of a large enterprise. This
expansion in administration
must be gradual as one must
reconcile the need for efficient
administration with the need
fbr student interest and participation in Council and student
2. The Constitutional relet*
ionship. It is my thesis that
UBC has outgrown the "town
meeting" stage of government
and that students should be
prepared to deligate complete
responsibility for the administration of student affairs to Student Council. This would give
more authority to Student
Council at the expense of the
General Meeting which I feel
should be relegated to the position of an advisory body rather than the ultimate constitutional authority. This step
would bring UBC into greater
conformity with other student
unions across  the  nation  and
also with the University Act of
British Columbia, to which all
our AMS activities are subject.
3. Budget and Finance. Under
thc cautious hands of Mr. Bray
and Mr. Maunsell, the financial
picture of the Society is good,
and for the first time in several years we can report that
the Society is free of debt. The
decision made again this fall
to charge students for their
AMS cards and Totem pictures
was accepted this year by thf
students and it is hoped that
this indirect fee increase will
be perpetuated, as before, on
an optional' basis.
Due to a failure by certain
members of the Publications
Board to recognize the status
and responsibilities of a student newspaper,  the  effective-
Pub, Asks For More
In   Year-End   Report
ness of the Ubyssey as an interpreter of student opinion
was somewhat marred this
year. It is to be hoped that the
incoming Publications Board
will be motivated more by a
sense of duty and less by a
sense of self interest.
In one respect however, the
paper has been much improved
and that is in its presentation
of "intellectual" copy. The
practice of including guest
commentaries from many
sources on the Editorial page
is to be commended.
Furthermore, the assumption
of Ubyssey advertising by the
AMS this fall, has proved to
be a most wise step. As a result of the efficient handling
of this business by Mr. Geoff
Conway, the publication of 4
Ubysseys a week may become
a very real possibility next
year and I would strongly advise next year's Council so lo
The Student Handbook was
inexcusably late in appearing
this year and as a consequence
will lose some money. It is to
be hoped that this will be remedied next year,
In closing I would like to
thank all those with whom I
have had the privilege of being associated this year for
their co-operation and untiring
effort on behalf of the student
body. To my successor, Mr.
Bray, and to all those who will
be filling student offices in the
years to come my best wishes
for a successful term of office.
Respectfully submitted,
W. Richard Underhill,
President, Alma Mater Society.
7oo Much Pdwer For USC Chairman
Bill Tracey disguises the
true effect of his Undegraduste
Societies scheme by talking
about the representative, government.
What Bill's scheme would do
is give the USC chairman power
to veto any motion for two
weeks entirely on his own decision wtihout refering in any
way to the Undergraduate So-
cieies Commitee.
If a political club tried to
•book a speaker scheduled in
two weeks time, the USC chairman alone could stop them.
And here are many questions
which require immediate decision if they are to be acted on
at  all.
Apart from the dictatorial
two-week veto, there is the
question of who, USC or Council, is in the best position to
look after the interests of all
On Sudent Council, Undergraduate Societies, Men's and
Women's Athletics, the sixty-
odd clubs are all represented.
In addition there is the Treasurer and the Co-ordinator, who
are intimately aware of thc
problems facing student activities.
NFCUS and WUS, report directly to Council, as do a host
of such committees as student
facilities and the accident benefit  committee. Council  mem-
Budget,  Quorum
Main  AMS  Issues
So that Student Coucil may not slip through its changes
in the Student Court as mere details of procedure, it should be
emphasized that the entire structure of student self-discipline
is being disrupted.
Under the former set-up, if a person or organization had
a complaint, it was presented to the Investigation Committee,
drawn from members of USC
It was the duty of the Investigation Committee lo collect
evidence, if the charge was deemed serious, for presentation to
the Student Court. In fact, thc Student Court was constituted
only to hear thc evidence and bring clown a verdict.
The proposed changes presumably result from the handling of the Pub-Engineers fracas several months ago. At this
hearing the Student Court chose to act as both Prosecutor,
Judge and Jury.
On the other hand, Mr. Underhill charged the Investigation Committee has been "remiss" in its duties for nol laying
further charges before the Court.
In order to clarify the definitely muddled role of the
Investigation Committee, USC requested Council to review the
whole question of student discipline. Several months passed
and Council went through the pangs of procreation silently and
This is what they brought forth: All charges are to be
presented directly to Student Court, which will rule on the
validity. The Court May ask the Investigation Committee to take
part, or it can 'otherwise resolve" the complaint! The Investigation Committee has been effectively emasculated.
How can Court rule on the validity of the charge if. it
hasn't even investigated it'.' And if the charge is looked into
we are faced with a kangaroo court digging up evidence for
convenient, use later at its own hearing.
Since the Court is appointed by Council, it is in close contact to Council opinion. On the other hand, the  USC role has
been neatly short-circuited out of the picture and this check on
Council actions has been eliminated.
Naturally, the Investigation Committee was not invited
to express their ideas on the revisions, and Miss Sutton has
presumably  modernised   the Constitution   using  a  crystal  ball.
In order to stop this unprecedented attempt by Council to
pull all the strings ou the campus, and in the interests of student
justice, these proposed amendments must be defeated on Friday.
— Ralph Sultan
bers sit on University committees such as Buildings and
Grounds, Food Services and
Housing. The AMS president
and the treasurer are in close
contact with Administration officials.
It follows that only Student
Council, a group of constant
membership which meets
throughout the year, is in a position to give a completely informed decision.
How about USC's claim to
being more representative?
Aside from the fact that the
largest group of students, thc
Artsmen, are unrepresented,
USC reps are responsible to
their USC executives. Undergraduate society activities are
important, but they are not the
only activities on his campus.
And Undergraduate executives
are primarily concerned as
they ought to b§, with their
own   activities.
Only rarely does the whole
Undergraduate Society decide
any issue. Frosh Undergrads
never have a general meeting.
Law has only one general meeting a year. Usually a small
group have to decide. And they
can only hear the issues at
second hand, often getting only
the "USC view."
Actually only Student Council can claim to be fully representative in the sense that this
is the only group that every
AMS member gets to vote for.
Tracey's" veto scheme would
impose on us the cumbersome
system of checks and balances
that has hamstrung the ability
of the United Staes to take effective action. We need a responsible group able to plan
and implement its decisions on
an informed basis. By trying
to divide responsibility, Tracey's scheme would give it to
no one.
Danny Goldsmith
Tracey Favors 'Check'
On Council By USC
At Friday's AMS General Meeting you will be asked,
in effect, to answer these questions:
(1) Do you think that there should be some "check,"
other than a General Meeting, to delay or prevent Students'
Council from taking a hasty and ill-considered action which
does not obviously have the support of the Student body?
(2) Do you think this "check" should lie in the hands
of the Undergraduate Societies Committee?
Your answer to these questions should determine
whether you vote yes or no to the amendment to give USC
this power to "check." The problem lends itself readily *o
confusion and technicalities, but if yoii can keep these two
quetsions in mind you should be able to decide wisely.
The amendment has been proposed because some us
feel that the answer to both of the questions is YES. There
is factual evidence available to show that unrepresentative
action by a Students' Council is not just a theoretical possibility, it Is a real possibilty. We all are aware that it is possible,
and even easy at times, to present a very plausible case for
taking a certain action if only one side of the question is
presented and if no time for consideration or research is
allowed. There is a definite danger in our present AMS
administrative setup that ill-considered motions can be railroaded through Council, and when once passed by Council,
the inertia to be overcome to stop the action is overwhelming.
A stubborn Council has the power to delay reconsideration indefinitely, or at least until the hope of effective action
has disappeared.
We hope, by giving the USC Chairman extraordinary
power to table a motion before Council for two weeks, to be
able to introduce a cooling-off period, a chance for Councillors to gain a fresh perspective, for USC to poll thc students,
and for thc students to become informed and interested in
the issues at stake.
Assuming, the:i, that you agree that there should be
some check of this sort on Council, the question to be answered is the second one. We believe that USC should have
this check, for several reasons. One is that from each of fourteen organized Undergraduate Societies, and these representatives have access easily to the opinions of a good cross-
section of the opinion of all but an estimated 1000 to 15U0
tin-organized 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Arts students.
No other Council member can claim that large and
unique sounding-board. Also, I feel that we can safely say
that the USC Chairman is in a very sensitive position as regards student opinion, more so than any other Council member, and that an irresponsible or truculent USC Chairman
(would be made short shrift of by an aroused Student body,
These are only  Iwo of  the  reasons
Lack of space prevents proper consideration here of
the others, but we urge you all to come to the General Meeting and listen to the arguments of bolh sides, always bearing
in mind Ihe two questions stated al ihe beginning of this
This problem is important to \o.u and deserves vour
holies!   and   eonsiden d   < 'pinion
Bill Tracey Thursday, March 17, 1955
Pagt Thm
iree  Big  Code
Changes Proposed
Three important constitutional changes affecting every
student will be proposed at the General AMS meeting this
They are: A new budget approving procedure together
with abolition of the fall general meeting, lowering the quorum to 10 percent of the students, and raising the number of
signatures necessary to call a special general meeting from
100 to 500.
Student Council is supporting the new budget procedure because it believes that this method is the fairest for all
the students.
Under the new procedure the budget is presented to
Council. The approved budget is then published in the Ubyssey, so that every interested person or group has an opportunity to study it, discuss it with the Treasurer, and present
his views to Council.
The budget is then brought up at a second Council
meeting. No budget is effective until it has been approved
at two Council meetings.
The reason that Council advocates this new procedure
is that an AMS budget is a complex thing. It has no balance,
and to change any one of the dozens of items is to affect all
the others. The whole budget is necessarily the result of cutting of figures, of co-operation and of compromise.
A complex budget of this nature can  not  be worked out at a general meeting of hundreds of impatient students.
At a council meeting, however, interested persons can spend
all night if necessary presenting their views and adjusting
their claims.
When change is made, as was done under a motion
of Ralph Sultan this fall, the group that is cut, in this case
the athletes, Just raise a petition and put the budget back to
where it was. For years no budget change has ever been finally made. \
Once the budget does not come up, the purpose of the
fall meeting has really gone. For this reason, it would be
The purpose of raising -the number of signatures from
100 to S0O is a simple one. A general meeting should only
be held when there is a -large number of students who want
No one is here suggesting that we eliminate special
general meetings. Council does ask that those who ask for
such a meeting show that there is enough support for the
meeting. Every candidate who ran for AMS president came
out in support of raising the number of signatures needed.
The proposal to lower the quorum is also based on the
needs of the students. While quorums have n&t been challenged towards the ends of AMS meetings, it is dear law that
a quorum can be challenged at any time during a meeting.
A quorum of 20 percent of the students, experience shows,
will not stay for any more than an hour.
Under the present setup a selfish group could hold up
the meeting for an hour, and then with no quorum present
render the students powerless to take action. The students as
a whole can only enforce their views at a general meeting.
Lowering the quorum ensures that there will be general
meetings when students can make their own decisions.
Danny Goldsmith
Today's two think pages of
the Ubyssey present the sides
of the stands taken on the vital issues facing students Friday.
Student council PRO Danny Goldsmith presents council views on the pool (one,
two, or. none), the USC rulings, discrimination, and constitutional ammendments.
EUS vice-president Ralph
Sultan and EUS representative on the Undergraduate Societies Comfnittee Bill Tracey
air their views on the student
cburt change and the USC
v^to power.
j NFCUS chairman Jim Craig
explains his reasons for a
UBC rejoining of NFCUS.
Bob Brady, MAA president,
oiks for $3,000 dollars for the
rowers and teams with MAC
secretary R. J. Phillips to ask
"for the athletes."
The final decisions are up
to you, the reader. A perusal
of the considered opinions
printed here should be made
before you vote on the biggest
issues that have faced UBC
for years.
We're Not NFCUS Members
But We Receive Benefits
UBC has not been a member
of our National Student Association this year. To us at
UBC this has meant a saving
of $1300 but because of the
nature of the organization we
have received most of the
benefits of membership.
At the meeting following the
National Conference our Council refused to set aside any
amount. Council had again,
with the exception of one or
two of its members, knowing
little or nothing about NFCUS
and apparently not interested
in knowing anything about
NFCUS, decided that the Federation was not worth its cost.
Since that occasion the statement was made by Mr. Bray
that "we now find that we
could have paid the increased
Without attempting to justify the existence of NFCUS I
would like to present the following facts for the consideration of Council and the detractors of NFCUS: (1) all countries excepting those having
no university, have a national
student union; (2) whether
UBC is or is not a member of
the Federation it will benefit
Athletes  Seek
Sound  Finances
Do you know how Athletics
at UBC are financed? Do you
realize that two-thirds of the
athletic budget is derived from
estimated gate receipts? This
means that if actual gate receipts do not reach our estimates, then the athletic budget
will either finish up in the red
or be subject to curtailment.
The only assured revenue we
receive is the annual AMS
grant, based upon the present
$3.20 per student. To maintain
the present programme we
must over-estimate our gate receipts for each year, because
Student   Court   Changes   Offered,
More Protection Given To Accused
Many improvements in tho
Student Court will be proposed
at the AMS General Meeting.
Changes are being proposed
by the committee after long discussions with past and present
members of the court, the investigating committee and those
who have charged and have been
charge before the court.
The first improvement is that
no one can be investigated until
he has been notified of the
The next improvement is to
provide for a preliminary hearing by the Court. The accused
person can come out to this
hearing, if he wants to, and
perhaps the whole problem can
be settled there by agreement:
ill  someone  knows  he  is guilty
he may well choose to have the
j case decided then and there
without thc Investigating com
mittee going after him.
The Court at this preliminary
hearing can also throw out any
frivolous charges. If, as happened this year, someone is charged
who wasn't even at the alleged
riot, this can be quickly settled
at the preliminary hearing.
Then when the investigating
committee does its work, it has
the benefit of a first hearing
and written direction from the
Student Court so that it can
properly investigate the charges.
The accused also finds out thc
case he has to meet. If two of
the five members of the commit-
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evidence, then the accused must
be charged before the court.
Changes have also been made
to protect the person making the
complaint. Neither the court or
the investigating committee can
throw out a complaint without
giving written reasnos. This year
sonrfb charges were thrown out
by the investigating committee
and the people making the complaints arc still wondering why.
Danny  Goldsmith
Cuts   UBC
Controversy between Student
Council and the Undergraduate
Societies Committee will be
brought before the students as a
whole under an amendment presented by Council to thc AMS
General meeting. I
J     Under  this  amendment   USC i
j would   be   placed   in   the   same
position as the rest of the sub-I
isidiary organizations in that its.
constitution would be subject '
to approval by Student Council, j
i     Earlier     this     year     Council
threw   out   as   being   repugnant '
to thc USC bylaw which permit- ;
t(d USC, after a poll of its members,   to   pass   motions   binding
on the whole AMS unless Council     unanimously     disapproved.
Since the USC chairman has con- ,
sidcred   himself   bound   by   the
decisions of the USC this unanimous approval could  never  be (
The position still remains thai
USC   can   determine   its   consti
tntion so long os it   isn't repug- I
nant   to   the   AMS   constitution
The committee feels that here is
no reason for USC to be in a privileged  position   over  the other
In addition the deletion would
make the whole bylaw read
more   clearly.
Danny Goldsmith
from the activities of the Federation—if UBC is willing to
be a free loader it must accept
the consequences of this status; (3) NFCUS is not just
another campus organization.
NFCUS affairs are the responsibility of the student council;
(4) UBC is one of the few that
has no provisions on the council for the NFCUS chairman
or for anyone whose concern
is solely national and international affairs. Yet Council is
willing to send as one of its
delegates, the NFCUS chairman, to the annual conference,
knowing nothing about him,
shows virtually no interest in
the issues that are to arise at
that conference, and certainly
takes no part in formulating
resolutions to present at the
These last remarks are not
necessarily personal criticisms
of the members of the present
Council, but of councils past
and present, the past having
handed on to the present council the attitude of Indifference-
toward NFCUS.
The main interest, one person excepted, that this year's
Council has shown in NFCUS"
was in the appointing of the'
NFCUS chairman, and recently Council has become awtfo'
that NFCUS has a value to
students; even the more juvert-
ile members of the council
have been moved to believing
that not everything godd
comes in a sweater or a candy
But in spite of the adverse'
criticisms made of NFCUS by
Council members the Council
has now seen fit to recommend our reassociation with
our National Student Union.
It is to be hoped that this
Spring's General Meeting will
support Council's resolution.
It is not every day that every
Council member is able to see
beyond the confines of the
campus. It would be a shame
to overlook this just intimation of a national outlook.
James Craig,
"NFCUS"—UBC 195455
we know that if estimates were
made on a realistic basis we
would have to cut the budget
of each sport by a proportionate amount, i.e. curtail the entire programme. To illustrate
this we wish to present figures
taken from our current 1954-55
Case A — from 1954-58 budget...
Estimated Revenue
Fixed AMS grant $17,800
Estimated privilege card
sale .-   3,500
•Estimated gate receipts   15,350
Television contract 3,000
Programme receipts .__  1,300
Total  $40,750
Actual Revenue
Fixed AMS grant   $17,600
Estimated privilege tard
sale      3,300
Estimated gate receipts 12,450
Television contract     3,000
Programme receipts     615
Total     $36,965
(estimated gate receipts include
$2,500 student gate revenue)
Case B — Pro Forma Budget
1955-56 — including $2.00 increase.
Estimated Revenue
Fixed AMS grant   $17,600
Guaranteed privilege card
receipts .... 11,000
Total guaranteed
revenue  $28,600
Estimated gate receipts 9,150
Television contract (est) 3.000
Total    ....'.  $40,750
Actual Revenue
Total guaranteed
revenue $28,600 j
Estimated gate receipts 9,150 J
Television  contract (est)  3,000
Total      .._  $40,750|
We are not asking for an in- ]
creased athletic programme — j
we are simply asking that the'
present    programme   now   be i
placed   on   a   sound   financial!
basis. For a $2.00 increase in !
athletic fees each student will j
automatically   receive   an   athletic privilege card. This card
will  entitle    the    student    en- -
trance to every regular scheduled    inter-collegiate    athletic
We feel sure that the stud-!
ents will realize thai they will
have the opportunity to attend
approximately 30 major athletic events which would normally cost about $16.00,  for a
total cost of $2.00 per student. !
At the same time as the individual student benefits, he will
be making a concrete contribution to the financial stabil-:
ity of the University athletic
programme. j
R. J. "Bus" Phillips,
Athletic   Director.   I'BC
Robert Brady
President,   Men's   Athletic   As.
Finance Dictates
Second Pool Plan
The summary of the swimming pool story is:
First, if we are to have a covered pool now it means
two pools, because the Administration doesn't have the money.
Second, the swimming pool was always part of the War
Memorial Gym plans. By building the pool we are only completing the gym.
Third, the students are only being asked to put up
$100,000, the most that they can reasonably finance. The Administration will put up the difference. And the Vancouver
Parks Board will ask the City for $300,000 to build the same
sized pool.
Fourth, Student Council has obtained an understanding
that the students will get year round free swimming.
Fifth, building the second pool will provide a real
contribution to Vancouver swimming.
Sixth, The two pool plan shows up best for recreation,
teaching, and competitive purposes.
UBC Rowers Earned
Trip To Regatta.
In August of 1954. a group
of young men from UBC thrilled Canada and the Empire,
by defeating England's best on
the Vedder Canal.
Needless to say, the students
of this university were proud
of their crew's stirring victory,
and were quick to honor these
young men who brought such
recognition and glory to UBC.
Now our crew has been invited to participate in the Royal
Henley Regatta to be held in
England in July of 1956—an
honor they well deserve. As
in the past, numerous citizens
of Vancouver have come forth
to lend financial and moral
suppprt to our crew.
The sum required to send
the  boys  to England  is $25,-
000. Of this amount the students are asked to contribute
$3,000, The1 balance will be
pledged by Vancouver and
provincial groups.
Most of us realize that
$3,000 is a small amount to
ask in comparison to what is
We feel that  our students
will rise to the occasion and
contribte this amount to support the crew in their endea- *
It is a cause in which each
and every one of us can participate and feel justly rewarded. The contributions
which we make will give the
downtown campaign added
Robert   Brady
'A' Group No Problem
First group of constitutional
changes to be proposed by Wendy Sutton, constitution committee chairman, are not controversial and it is not expected that
there wil be any objection raised
to   them.
These amendments will all be
presented as a whole. Any student, however, who wants any
amendment to be discussed and
\oted on separately has the right
at the General Meeting to insist
this   be   done.
\     The    first   amendment    is   to
prevent student council from expelling anyone from AMS membership until there has been a
recommendation from Studeni
court. Since there is the requirement of a Student court recommendation, the vote has been
cut down from unanimous to
two-thirds; otherwise one person would have complete say.
T he     s e c o n d     amendment
changes  the   name  of   the   literary   and   Scientific   Executive   to
llie University Chilis Committee,
a   name  uhieh   LSE  wants.
Then next amendment, makes
prn\ ision   in  ease  of a   I ie  in   1 Ik-
voting of the Public Relations
Officer, who is elected by Student  Council.
Tho sixth amendment is a deletion of an obsolete bylaw about
student council being a court of
appeal from the old Judical Committee of the USC. The eighth
allows the election committee
to start elections on either the
first or second Wednesday in
February, although they still
must be completed by the end of
The ninth amendment would
permit capital expenditures over
$1,000 to be authorized by a
referendum. They now can be
authorized only by a general
The tenth amendment is to
delete an obscure motion aboil*
the Faculty Council Committee
on Studeni Affairs. The committee discussed this motion with
Dean Gage who agreed that it
should  he deleted.
The last amendment in thiv
group has Ihe Treasurer instead
of the Secretary receive annual
report*  of the  various organi/.a
1 lolls
Danny   Goldsmith Pafa Feuf
Thursday, March 17, 1955
English Open Tour Today,
Rugby Magic On Display
Next week will feature the
annual intramural track and
field meet which should show
some of UBC's athletes off to
better advantage.
Highlighting the events will
be the mile relay which will be
held approximately at 1:15, during the half time of the big Oxford-Cambridge game on March
24. Monday, March 21, will feature the final in the 880 yard
Wednesday will feature the
pole valut and the 440 yard final. The meet winds up Friday
with the mile grind going at
12:80. For a full slate of all events, those interested are advised to consult the bulletin board
to the gym.
Are There
Among Us?
The Empire is not dead. Long live the empire.
And England, it seems, who was good enough to give her
name to the Empire, still must claim the right to be the seat of it.
Some of that right she will assert today when her team
•hows the fans some of their rugger code wizardry they haven't
seen since the All-Blacks visited these shores.
The Englishmen will be playing rugby today, a quality
that was sadly lacking when the California behemoths were here.
The Birds will be playing rugby too, because they will have to
if they want to stay in the game. But that's beside the point.
You see, the mention of the name "Oxford-Cambridge"
brought to recollection a letter I found in the mail-box some time
ago.. Here it is:
"Dear sir,
I would like invite a Canadian team, or teams, to compete
In a University auto-rally from London to Singapore in thc fall
of 1055. It would help me a great deal if you could bring this to
the attention of your readers.
"As it stands at the moment, the rally is scheduled to be
an efficiency competition between one Oxford and one Cambridge
crew on a route passing through France, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Arabia, Persia, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, India, Siam and Malaya.
"The cost will depend on what sort of cars the competitors
decide to use and how heavily they are sponsored, but we estimate
that for a three-man team, the London-Singapore journey could
be done on $2,400, including the cost of a good used car.
"To give an idea of the sort of expedition we run, I enclose
one of our press hand-outs from our 1954 25,000 mile rally between Oxford and 'Cambridge.
"The two landrovers (similar to a jeep), driven by two crews
of three, passed through 24 countries in Europe and Africa, were
given magnificent hospitality by the locals, and hit the headlines
In Africa and all over the British Empire.
"As part of our publicity program for our sponsors, we
wrote a book, appeared on 18 radio and TV programs, produced
a movie film and 2,000 photographs, gave lectures and wrote
many magazine articles.
"Those interested can get full details from me at Christ's
College, Cambridge, England."
(signed) G. H. Morgan.
Interesting as it is, his press handout is too long to print
here, but here's a few hints of its contents.
The whole thing started as an undergraduate night club
bet near Hong Kong. The expedition cho.se the worst possible time
Of year for the trip, when the Sahara was impassable for heat,
the Abyssinian rain forcast impassable for mud, and the rest of
the route washed away by floods.
The Cambridge car was forced over a cliff and fell wedged
between two trees, necessitating a 450 mile search for welding
They were welcomed by natives, native princes and a herd
of lions that coughed all night around the camp. At Tunis they
were involved in an attack in which two soldiers were shot by
Arabs dressed as women. Then the Oxford leader was flown home,
suffering from heat and sand.
In upper Egypt only the arrival of the village headsman
saved them from the angry citizens when a child ran into one of
the cars. They came within 900 yards of a Mau Mau skirmish, and
finished the trip by driving the last 3500 miles into Capetown in
lour and a half days.
Then they started hack. They fought bush fires, went on
stage as a vaudeville act, were taken once for spies in the Congo,
were swept downstream on a raging torrent in Ubangi . . .
The story ends there, mostly because I lost the rest of the
letter. But you see the sort of things they did. And when one
thinks that the best idea ever to come from the Georgia was a
drunken boat trip to Nanaimo . . .
Yes, Britain is still the home of the Empire, and witli an idea
like that, she's earned the honour.
Shake out my bicycle, mother mine, I'm off to London
with the Union Jack in my hip pocket.
MOVED OUT onto the football field, the four visitors test
a football—Yankee made. The Slingin* Sammy Baugh is
Robin Plumbirdge. Others, left to right, John Currie, Alan
Barter, and Tommy McClung.      —Brian Thomas Photo.
Unheralded Prince Rupert staged the upset of the
opening day of the B.C. Invitational Highschool Basketball
championships Wednesday by beating Vancouver College
Other scores: Alberni 46, Penticton 42; Delta 35, Victoria 30; West Van 34, Esquimau 33; Duke of Connaught 66,
Cranbrook 36; Kamloops 41, Queen Elizabeth 30; Gladstone
35, North Surrey 27; Trapp Tech beat Trail.
ALL   FOR   50c
The War Memorial gym threw open its doors yesterday
to 150 high school basketball players as the tenth annual B.C.
basketball tournament got under way at 1:15.
With tournament chairman
Jack Pomfret predicting a successful series, and with half a
dozen schools capable of putting
their name on the tenth shield
of the Sparling Trophy, the series looks like the most wide
open yet.
Tournament champs will be
crowned, amid hundreds of adolescent cheers, sometime Saturday night. From the way the
winds swirl in the crystal ball
it might be wise to look for the
red jerseyed Gladstone men to
take the championship.
Also at the crowning of the
1955 provincial champs will be
the announcement of the first
and second all-star teams, and
the most valuable player.
Students may buy a pass to all
of these games for only 50 cents,
which is a cheap pyce for 26
games and a few missed labs.
Smash Two
UBC weightlifters smashed
two records Monday in the B.C.
Junior championships held at
the Arcadian Hall.
All on the way to a heavyweight winning total of 625
pounds, Bill O'Donnell established a new press record of 195
Vern Case took second place
in the middleweight class with
a 585 total, behind jerry McCur-
rich who won with 600 pounds.
Case set a new clean and jerk
record with 245 pounds, 20
pounds above the previous mark.
O'Donnell's win makes him
eligible for the Pacific Northwest Junior Championships held
March 26 at Everett, Washington.
Badminton  Quits
Presence of .the high school
basketball tournament has
cancelled all War. Memorial
Gym activity of the badminton club for this week.
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Birds  Promise  Real
Battle To Ox-Cam
At noon today the combined Oxford-Cambridge rugger XV
tackles the Thunderbirds at the Owen Bowl. If any team in
the west is going to beat the "Blues"—and the chances are
slim—Birds have the best opportunity.
The touring Englishmen havef
never played together as a team,
and UBC will be their first opponents. Since their arrival in
Vancouver Tuesday morning,
they have been holding light
"get-acquainted" workouts on
the upper field at Varsity, and
look in good shape.
The team is composed of more
normal looking individuals than
were the California Bears. There
are few players over the 200
pound mark, and their height
is within striking distance.
Speed and skill are their weapons rather than power and
Incidently, for the final Bird-
Bears game last Saturday, statistician Max Howell has figured
that the average weight of the
Cal scrum outweighed UBC by
50 pounds per man.
The Ox-Cam crew are headed
by manager Peter Kininmonth
who has captained. Scotland
eight times and won 21 caps.
A lot of caps and a lot of rugby.
Ten of the team are from Oxford, while 11 belong to Cambridge.
While in B.C., where they play
six matches, the Englishmen
are being berthed at Acadia
Camp, where the fittest will
probably survive.
From here they move on to
California for introductions- to
the enormous Bears, UCLA, and
Stanford. Six tilts down south
and they return  home.
The tour is strictly a B.C.-Cali-
fornia one. It is not the tail-end
of a world-wide one which we
usually catch.
The costs of the trip.approxi-
mately $20,000, are being shared
by B.C. and California, with any
profits staying the side of the
border on which they were earned.
The "tourists" are a colorful
collection, both on and off the
playing field. R. C. Allaway, a
23-year-old 190-pounder is the
present captain of Oxford University and a brilliant hooker.
He also excells as an exponent
of Zulu dancing.
What Zulu dancing consists of
unknown through most of
Vancouver. Also unknown is
wheher or not he does this be
fore or after games. No wonder
he captains Oxford.
P. Davies plays full back, and
is noted for his cool, calm and
calculating cunning. Anyway he
is one of the steadying influences of the all-stars. He plays
for, Wales, too.
Ian Beer, captain of the squad,
can play almost any position in
the scrum. A Cambridge student,
he was instrumental in the 3*0
defeat of Oxford by Cambridge
this year. He also played for In*
gland against France in 1988.
He plans to teach school, although he owns a Natural Science degree.
Thunderbirds wiU field the
same team which beat Cal twice
last week. Injured Derek Vallis
is whole again, and will be in
the line up. Birds are near their
peak, a bit bruised, perhaps, but
still as dangerous as they have
ever been. Many fans are hoping
for an upset win by Birds, since
their opponents might be shaky
from their trip and unused to
Vancouver sunshine. Unlikely*
but possible.
The next match is a week to*
day, at noon on Thursday, March
24th, when an All-Time UBC
squad plays past greats for Varsity will be eligible to make
the team.
These games are the desert of
the rugger season, and are' as
sweet an offering as has ever
been seen. After the Cal series
that's saying a moulhful.
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