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The Ubyssey Feb 13, 1932

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Petition Meets Widespread Approval
It haa been constantly thrown in the face of the Student
Publicity Committee that all their efforts to arouse public interest in the University would be of no avail. Certainly encouragement from official quarters has not been of a type to arouse
enthusiasm. However, the Committee has one thing for which
it may be thankful. It has the student body behind it to a remarkable degree.
It was not surprising that plenty of enthusiasm was in evidence at Friday's meeting. The students had been held in check
long enough and they were ready for anything. But it is one
thing to vote unanimously for action and tjuite another to turn
out early on a miserable morning, such as yesterday, to start
canvassing a lot of strangers, many of whom are known to be
hostile to the cause. The student body, however, has^amply
demonstrated that the wild applause which it accorded to
speakers at the meetings on Friday and Saturday were more
than the response of mob psychology Jo a clever speech. It has
proved that the individuals which compose it are prepared,
almost without exception, to sacrifice their own convenience
and comfort for the good cause. And the spirit shown by the
co-eds has, if anything, exceeded that displayed by the members of the stronger sex. Wading through slush and traversing
streets in a veritable blizzard the girls obtained so much sympathy that they everywhere obtained an attentive hearing and
as a result their lists of signatures grew even faster than those
of the men. It has been said that the enthusiasm displayed in
the campaign of 1922-23 was unparalleled but if it exceeded
that which was exhibited yesterday it was well over one hundred per cent.
The Committee has reagon to be proud of the way in which
the students have responded to the call for action. It only remains for the latter to keep up the good work after the novelty
of the situation has faded. If Saturday brings forth evidence of
sustained enthusiasm there can be little doubt that the number of signatures obtained will be far in excess of that which the
Fairview campaign produced. What is more important, however, is that mis overwhelming demonstration of the students'
sincerity cannot fall to have a real and lasting effect on the
Perhaps He Will Break a Rib.
by Tavender
Cops Compel Cordons of Cars
To Cease: Beer Parlors Yield
Many Names to Pretty Co-eds
Signatures Pour In While Many Students Meet Peculiar People
And Humorous Situations
All traffic signals at a down-town intersection turned red
yesterday while the policeman on duty signed on the dotted
line for our Alma Mater. After that the Ubyssey press car
pressed on to pick up district results, signatures, humorous incidents and news of any kind.
One co-ed interrupted a poker game in a South Vancouver
barber-shop and succeeded in obtaining another five signatures.
Even here, cuts were not popular.
Away across the city in far-away New Westminster a student was found mounted on a bench in the waiting room of the
B. C. Electric station urging one and
all to sign their John Henries along
with the other thousands.
Another co-ed pushed open the
door of a barber shop, but instead
of finding another poker game in
progress she observed three women
undergoing ..their regular cut-up.
Realizing she had them at her mercy and that they couldn't hit back,
she made full use of the opportunity
and left with another three names
on her list.
Two husky Sciencemen pulled
themselves together and interrupted
a road gang at work. Men forsook
the shovels and took their pens in
hand.    Just  another  ten  signatures.
"My occupation!" exclaimed one
woman, "I really don't know what
it is."
"I'll just put down housewife,"
suggested   the   canvasser.
"Oh, no! Don't do that. I'm not
married,"  was  the reply,
Babies' colds, chimney fires, furniture polish, Cotsworths' calendar,
spring, measles, smallpox, conscientious objectors, and Hon. Mr. Hinchliffe were topics discussed by the
housewife and the signature striving
"I'll have to phone up my hubby,"
was met more than once throughout
the residential district,
"My husband has to read it before
I can sign anything," was an excuse
thiil one Junior had to get around.
1v*o students entered a beer-parlor
armt-d with petition forms and obtained forty-two signatures. They
mounted a street car a few minutes
later and were successful with everyone iri the car except the motorman
and one woman passenger.   The lady's
excuse is not known but it must
have been good. These same two signature-seekers halted pedestrians in
the residential districts and held their
umbrellas, purses, canes or what have
they while the signatures were put on
A man in New Westminster claims
that he was requested to save the University fourteen times while he proceeded along one block In that city.
Whether he did so or not is not recorded.
While canvassing an apartment a coed's knock was answered by a gruff
"Who's that?"
After the explanation, the voice
again wafted through the doorway,
"I'll sign it, but I'm not going to get
up." The co-ed slipped the blank
petition under the tjpor and it returned a moment later with one more
name on it.
Ken Logan entered one office building down town and struggled out some
hours later with 175 signatures in his
An industrious Aggie button-holed
one gentleman in New Westminster
and after talking to him for a full ten
minutes found that his victim had
already signed a petition.
FLASH-Sitting Bull signs Student petition.
Estimated Number of Sig
natures at Time of Going
To Press
That good fighters are at their
best when the going looks toughest
was strikingly Illustrated yesterday
in the University auditorium when
the largest gathering of students in
the history of the U.B.C. assembled
for final instructions that would
send them into a cold, snowy city in
search of public support.
When Earl Vance called the meeting to order and invited part of the
mob which was jamming the aisles
to join the august councillors and
publicity men upon the platform,
there were still great numbers fighting for standing room. On every
side cheerful but determined faces
presaged an active and industrious
drive on all parts of the city.
The meeting got into full swing
with the most rousing and enthusiastic rendition of "Hall U. B. C."
which that admirable song haa so fair
experienced at the hands of tha
students. Earl Vance uncovered another of his latent talents in directing tha musical outburst. Continuing with his opening remarks Vance
stressed the importance of realising
how much now depends upon tha
campaign for signatures, and gave
an interesting illustration on how
to approach the house-wife (prompted by Harold Straight).
Kenny Martin then addressed the
gathering and issued final instructions to the various groups and
classes with regard to transportation
"In tha United States the idea of
success has a dollar sign in front of
It," tald Mr. John aldington in hla
noon-hour addreaslatt Tuasday, which
was tha third in tha 8.C.M. series of
noon-hour lectures.
Under tha topic, "Tha Influence of
Economic Conditions on Culture," tha
speaker stressed tht effect of commerce and industry upon culture In
the Western hemisphere, particularly
in the United States.
"Prior to the Industrial revolution,
civilization was based upon lands, not
upon industry," he stated, "but after
it the world entered upon the present
utilitarian age. In the United States
today, every form of activity, education, sport, and pleasure, Is controlled
by the industrial element. It is a
business civilization.
"The influence In England Is not so
great Than Is an aristocracy whose
Interests are not solely In industry
and commerce; tha church and tha
universities arc endowed and independent of tha moneyed powers; thtrt
art careers besides that of busman
open to tht younger generation.
"In tht United States it Is far otherwise," declared Mr. Ridington. "Aspirations, pleasures, tht conception of
what is success in lift, education—all
art dominated by business. In many
universities education ia aimed solely
at fitting one for taming money and
tht cultural value is entirely overlooked." The speaker named such
examples as counts in homt-launder-
ing, cookery, advertising methods, and
"The business of tht university
should be primarily to train its stu- j
dents to have a true sense of beauty,
The Alumnae Association of U.B.C.
has been handling tht distribution of
tht petition throughout tht Interior
of tht province.
At time of going to press, reports
of definite progress made wtrt not
ytt available, but tht tact that graduates from Varsity are to be found
in every inland town and that a
number of student speakers have
been already detailed to address
mass meetings in many of these
centres, is felt to promise as great
success In the interior as has attended the efforts of students ln
Vancouver and  New Westminster.
In Victoria, a dozen students who
left here yesterday morning have
stirred up sufficient numbers of the
populace to call a mass matting for
tonight for tht purpose of getting
tht University's side of tht question
concerning ao great a cut in tha
Tht people of tht capital city art
anxious to hear a student speaker
on tha question, and ont left htn
last night to addrtss them. Thousands of petition forms have already
been sent, and tht fact of tonight's
meeting is evidence conclusive that
Victoria is not going to be behind
tht rest of tht province In giving
tht studtnts a fair hearing.
Students Trudge
In Falling Snow
To Seek Support
Vancouver   and   District   Shown   To   Be
Strongly In Favor of Maintaining U.B.C.
At High Level; All Sections Covered
By Classes
Over two thousand students tramped the streets of Greater
Vancouver all day Friday, in the greatest campaign effort Var*
sity hag organized since the great trek from Fairview.
Each class mobilized at its centre of operation, chose leaders
and dispersed in an orderly manner all over the city. From the
number of signatures to date, opinion in Vancouver seems to
be favorable to the cause of the students. Very few people
actually refused to sign the petition, and of the refusals, thi
majority were from foreigners who were unable to understand
what was asked of them.
to teach them to enjoy the true treasures of tht mind and spirit, and to
create ideals which will enable its
graduates to live a full, happy enjoyable lift."
Public Sympathy
More than half the people approached signed without question,
expressing themselves as heartily
against a fifty percent reduction In
the University grant. Many remarked
on' the enthusiasm of the students
who would turn out en masse in a
snow storm to save their university.
Others protested that the University
is only for the children cf the rich,
and to keep a staff of professors in
high salaried idleness. A great many
even of these, were induced to sign.
Royal City Leads tht Way
New Westminster, covered by thi
Aggies, was In the lead, both intKe
number of signatures and tht amount
of enthusiasm shown by tha people.
With business-like organization tht
farmers patrolled every street and
house. Men were placed on everv
corner in tht business district to approach passers-by and at tht B. C.
Electric station to meet those coming from trams . Reports from the
residential district were also favorable.
Apartment Houses Oood Ground
Arts '32 met with success in the
down-town business district. Offices
and banks yielded the most names.
A student obtained one hundred and
seventy-five names In one office
building alone. Canvassers who were
touring this district stated that
whtrtvtr they went, they had received courteous attention and willing support. In tht West End, seniors reported that In many places
people would not open their doors,
but very ftw actually refused to
sign. Apartment houses yielded
tht most signatures, while rooming
houses seemed tht most unfriendly.
Scttnctmtn Have, Tough Grind
Tht hardest section to canvass, and
the ont producing tht least results,
was tht district east of Main street,
which was being covered by Science.
Many people In this district art foreigners and the Sciencemen had hard
sledding. However, they persisted
valiantly and even signed up gangs
of men working on the roads.
Arts 33, covering South Vancouver,
Students Gather to Protest Grant Cut
reported a very favorable reception.
In one district, eight-hundred names
were obtained with only six refusals.
Full reports from the Fairview district (Education) have not bean obtained, but those so. far returned
have been good. . The Frosh have
also been meeting with a cordial reception in Kitsilano and Kerrisdale.
Reports from the North Short,
where the Sophomores were canvassing, showed two thousand signed
on the dotted line. Tht scattered
nature of tho district made tht work
Complttt District
test reports fram" Hit T||
who art covering tht Unlvtrsit
trict, state that they have comp
their entire allotment, and havt
talned nearly sixteen hundred
Many students covered thtir allot-
td streets btfort tht day was ovtr,
and returned to Headquarters for
new assignments
Today tht students will be redistributed over the districts not
properly covered on Friday, and tht
Committee expects to havt a complete and thorough canvass of tht
city completed by this afternoon.
This is a photograph taken of the student mass meeting held
Thursday noon in preparation for the circulation of the giant
petition. Nearly two thousand students packed the auditorium
to the aisles. The object of the drive was stated, instructions
were given out, and a general appeal made to the students by
the Campaign Committee for their co-operation and support.
The response shook the building,—a deafening shout of relief
greeted the declaration that it was up to the students now to
jump in and do their share after weeks of suspense. The Committee had drawn up careful plans for organizing the petitioners, not only in Vancouver centre, but in North and West
Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster as well, not to mention the wide-spread effort to circulate the petition through the
whole province. Friday's results are conclusive evidence
of the spirit of whole-hearted zeal and co-operation with which
these plans were carried out.
Mark Collins should bt ablt to
gat a Job as traffic policeman any
tima ht wants ont now, for HMO
students can recommend him as an
efficient and hard-working director.
Hordes of chattering studtnts required a lot of resounding explanations to got them on tht right busts
this morning whtn tht cavalcadt sat
forth to storm the city.
The busts themselves were In difficult straits as they attempted to
extricate themselves from tne swarm
of determined petitioners. Reports
from a reliable source confirm tht
rumor that the Feature Editor got
too worked up about the whole affair and clambered on the wrong
bus, to the dismay of himself and
his colleague, who had to trudge
back many miles through the snow.
After the last bus-load had struggled off, thte campus was. left-
stark silence and a graveyard quiet
One lone student was discovered ln tht
Library. Empty common-rooms rang
back with the echoes of empty halls.
Lecture-rooms knew not the sound
of human voice. Even the cafeteria was silent. A few professors
talking in the hall heard their sayings resounding to a Oreat Void.
Asked what they thought of being
left to lecture to unoccupied stats,
they expressed their whole-hearted
approval of student action, and admiration for their tremendous enthusiasm.
What the lonely janitors, waitresses, mechanics and other university
employees did without their beloved,
students is an unanswered questlq
Maybe they sat around and
Mayba they all went on ag
Maybe they had a prayer
for the bravo petitioners,
operation and sympathy ha|
assured, at any ratej.
Universitee bid a /
morning to her da.
and a sepulchural
around the campU
psychic listeners to j
"Bring home  the bj»j
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