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 BLACK THURSDAY WAS CRY DAY for 2,500 UBC students who marched silently
to the Cairn, draped it in black and snuffed out the lamp of learning in the Great Cairn
Ceremony of 1959. Many of the students taking part will be unable to return in
September because of the fee increase. — Ubyssey photo by Hal Brochmann
No. ■'/!
Bennetts  Band  Plays
$100 Increase  Tune
"We  are  waltzing to a  very
r expensive  tune   played  by Mr.
Bennett and his orchestra."
These are the words spoken
by AMS President Chuck Connaghan to the more than 2500
students gathered at the Mass
Rally Thursday noon.
"It's unfortunate that the
words Tuum Est have to be
buried under the black of
mourning which drapes the
Cairn, the centre of student
University tradition."
"When  the words  Tuum  Est
went   singing   to  the Board   of
Governors,  they  paid  little  attention to the students'   appeal
■ for help," he said.
Connaghan went further in
accusing the provincial government of the real blame for the
fee increase.
"The- blame fox the $100
fee   increase   must   be   put
directly on the shoulders of
Bennett and his  gang."
"We have been sold down the
river," Connaghan added. "Mr.
Bennett does not own this University — it belongs to the
people of British Columbia. It
is up to us to let the people
know what is going on, so they
will not allow something like
this to happen again."
Connaughan again berated
the Board of Governors.  "They
• Third  Socred  Quits,  p.  3
• It Hurts   p. 2
• Dollar Bills Song, p. 4
• How   Students Feel,   p.  3
• Student's Hopes....t p. 5
(the Board) have let us down.
Therefore, it is up to you and I,
the students of this University,
to take up the fight. We will
keep alive the tradition of the
Great Trek."
"Battles aren't won by
licking your wounds," he
stressed and reminded the
students of their "Trek by
Mail" adding that they
should . write again "with
renewed  vigor."
Connaghan spoke from a
sound car just outside the circle
of students that pressed around
the cairn.
His voice, now soft and barely
audible, now loud and excited,
echoed the feelings of the students who felt at once a sadness, a deep stirring pride, deeper disappointment, frustration
and anger.
Bennett    Asks
Us To Victoria
Premier Bennett Thursday night refused to come to
U.B.C. But he invited 40 placard-bearing UBC students who
met him at Vancouver airport Thursday afternoon to "come
and see me."
He did not indicate how many students he was inviting
or where the meeting should take place.
The premier arrived at Vancouver airport from Victoria
at 5.25 p.m.
He was met by the 40 placard waving students.
The students chanted: "Come to U.B.C."
The premier replied:
"You come and see me."
Then he waved at the crowd and said:
"It is always a pleasure to meet students. Thank you.
Thank you.   Thank you."
He then tried to elude the students by weaving in and
out of traffic on the way to downtown Vancouver.
He addressed a British Columbia Automobile Association meeting at 8 p.m. in the Georgia Hotel.
(Continued on Page 3 —    See  BENNETT ASKS)
It's Nice To Be
A Prime Minister
Premier W. A. C. Bennett crossed the Oak Street toll
bridge four times Thursday night in trying to elude university students.
He paid no tolls.
The Ubyssey Ke«>ps You Informed. PAGE TWO
Friday, February 27, 1959
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We went 4o-the Cairiv.and we cried.   We cried Jdl it
I It fairt; jplesty. I It htrrt f«r the 500 of. those present
*bho eatt't cemehaek next year because the fees are too
! It) i}art lertittteee thousands who will • have to go yet
liec^er into itiebt in order to struggle through a bleak,
lrangry year.
Itfeurt^forthe faculty who will get lower salaries
Ihanf they *leserve.
lit hmtt i lor - the university administration who will
have- to cut operating costs to the bone.
iBmt most -of all it hwrt lor Premier Bennett.
f 0nthe -Sixth of ? February he announced his "happy"
On the .'2&h of ^February students marched to the
Cairn and cried.
We cried and it hurt.
Biit it'lairt AerPremiermore.
On election tday he will' feel the pain.
■ Let's cry.    Let's cry for the Premier.
Student Strike
Editor, The Ubyssey,
vDear Sir:
It is time we stopped -defiling the memory of the tradition of '23.
Three years ago when Ben-
■ »ett refused money for buildings council decided to bury
higher education. Three weeks
ago council decided to call off
the delegation to Victoria. And
yesterday we shrouded the
cairn in black.
If the students had laid a
wreath at the Fairview Shacks
in '23 we would have laid our
wreath there yesterday.
The time has come to ACT
in the tradition of '23.
If council won't act it is time
for some other body to act.
I urge the heads of the Undergraduate Societies at "their
meeting Monday to discuss the
following proposals for action.
1 Mass delegation to Victoria t
2 Student strike.
3 Mass    downtown    demonstration.
Vic Anderson,
Arts IV
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Sir:
Sociological entanglements
and frustrations have become
a fad on this campus.
Symbols such as "Red
Shirts," "Godiva," "Blue
Sweaters and Green" all have
served to bring forth a number
of mixed-up emotional societies.
Accompaning these are the
cries of those fanatics that must
follow the crowd. Such incidents as the raid on the Pub's
office and the continual dunk-
(Ubyssey Editor-in-Chief)
We marched.   We listened.   We snuffed the light.   We cried.   Then the 2,000 students
looked at each other.
"What do we do now?" someone asked.
The  question  remained unanswered.    Many questions remained unanswered after the
Cairn Ceremony.     Let's look at some of them.
Why did it happen? ' :      "
ing of those who follow their
own footsteps, inevitably will
culminate in some atrocity.
Throw   off  these  vile institutions, as they now have become, before it is too late. Disband these rabble-rousers who
dare attempt to secure public
sympathy and opinion through
force and exhibitionism.
Censor those  who  thrive on
misconceived notions of pride
and superiority. Cast aside this
pall and embrace the sunlight
of individuality and sanity.
Rory McDonald,
Books Costly
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Sir:
While your drive against a
fee increase is in full swing,
I would like to draw your
attention to an outrageous
enterprize on the campus
which is bleeding students dry.
When first year students are
asked to pay almost $8.00 for
a Physics or chemistry book
no arguments are raised because, as anyone can see, printing costs are raised by illustrations and diagram plates. But
whatever happened to our
Math 101 course! So far I have
forked out over $7.50 to pay
for five text books, of which
only one is a hard cover effort
(and not one picture!).
These so-called books are no
more than pamphlets and could
have been contained in oite 3-4
dollar book. Our sixth book is
yet to come, so the cost could
easily reach nine or ten dollars
and not one can foe classed as
a book worth owning.
Brokenly yours,
Why did fees go up $100?
There is no doubt that student council has fought nobly
and well.
AMS President Chuck Connaghan in particular has campaigned energetically against
the fee hike.
At the moving Cairn ceremony he said just the right
things in just the right way.
He has campaigned hard. He
has been unrelenting.
But i could he have done
I have felt all year that a
fee increase could be averted
by a Third Trek.
-Some argued that the word
"trek" was too lofty, too sacred
to use in the campaign.
They said that an all-out
trek would detract from the
glory of the Great Trek.
Such arguments must seem
rather unconvincing now to the
estimated 500 students who-will
be forced out as a direct result
of the $100 fee increase.
An all-out drive was needed.
It didn't come.
It didn't come because of indecision among council members. It didn't come because
students received little support
or encouragement from the
Board of Governors.
In my view the one big mistake council made was in failing to see that the premier
would make  a counter  move.
If Premier Bennett rejected
outright-the requested operating budget increase, student
delegates would march on Victoria.
If Premier'Bennett agreed to
the full requested operating
budget, students would do
nothing but applaud.
But councillors made no
plans for the obvious move by
the premier — a small increase
and an alternate plan.
When Premier Bennett announced his "happy" budget
short changing the university
by $1,550,000 student councillors should have made their big
Instead they were caught
with their briefs  down.
They were indecisive while
precious time lagged.
Finally they were left with
no alternative but to go begging to the Board of Governors
for only a small fee increase
of less than $50.
When fees went up $100 we
held a Cairn Ceremony. It was
great. It was memorable. It
was a success.
But it should have happened
as soon as the budget came
A meeting like the Great
Cairn Ceremony of 1959 could
have prevented a fee increase.
I am confident of this.
But now fees have already
been raised.
What can we do now,
What can we do now but
by Dick Bibler
"IT'S ALL RIGHT DEAN — your two dogs aren't in here."
No Disgrace?
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Sir:
In reference to a letter to the
Editor of Feb. 13th last written by Messrs. -Carling and
Vickery, we would ask them to
get their facts straight. The
Thunderbird Booster Club has
never stated that it" is a "disgrace" that UBC is not an
"athletic club where some extra
curricular reading is required."
The TBC doesn't force anyone to go to games, but just
acts as a large sign-board saying "come to the game." The
purpose of the club, as constituted under MAA, is defined as
an organization to promote
spirit on campus, publicize
athletics at UBC, and assist in
sports events (through the
cheerleaders, majorettes, the
booster band, half-time enter-
tanment, etc.) It seems Messrs.
Carling and Vickery don't like
to be told what to do. The
Booster Club doesn't tell you
what to do; it just encourages
enthusiasm among the students.
In order for the writers'
argument to hold true, we
must assume their viewpoint
is the same as for all other students who don't go to the
games. We contend that this is
not the case, that these students
don't study all the time, and
need the motivation to attend
games which the Booster Club
The spirit of the UBC campus, inculding attitude towards
everything from athletics to
student government, is poor.
Apathy is the keyword! The
TBC tries to increase the spirit,
bringing it up to a par with
that of other universities.
We agree that anyone's  ac
tivities on campus are strictly
their own concern. Therefore,
we take a dim view of the
writers' suggestion that we reexamine our purposes for coming to university. Most people
attend college to obtain an education in the broadest sense, developing a well-rounded character in the spiritual, mental
physical, and social aspects of
university life. This doesn't
mean burying one's nose in a
book and withdrawing from all
campus activities. We'll see you
at the game.
Yours sincerely,
John Goodwin,
Thunderbird Booster Club
Poor Okay
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Sir:
On reading the Letters to
the Editor in the Feb. 12 issue
of the Sun, I came upon an
article by a student, Leif
Ostensoe. In it, he states that
by raising fees at UBC the
rabble and the poor would be
excluded, thus raising the cultural standards of the University.
I can't help thinking of persons such as Edgar Allan Poe,
who, although of a poor home
has, through schooling presented the world with literary
works that are recognized both
by critics and the cultured as
truly outstanding.
In closing I hope that the
opinions expressed by Mr.
Ostensoe are not the opinions
of the majority of the students
at the University of British
Yours truly,
ROBERT  S.  IRVINE arjfiday, February 27, mm
PAGE' TRftaas
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Third Socred
Quits Party
A third campus Social. Grediter resigned from  the
club Thursday in protest against the $1C'0 fee increase.
Member Roger Irvine in resigning, said:
"The university has been given a raw deal.    I don't
want to be in the Social Credit club any longer."
Irvine's resignation was the second in two days.
Second Vice-President, Robert Aitken,  resigned  on
Wednesday.   Earlier Harvey Smith had quit the club.
The-Social' Credit club reported  a membership  in
excess of 30 in September.
The club today is reduced to 14 members and an
executive of five, it is reported.
Social Credit club president, Ken Benson, was unavailable for comment.
"The government hasn't  given the  university  adequate assistance," Irvine said Thursday night.
"I don't think they care."
Students  Find
Rally   Impressive
Mis Own Throat'
UBC students.don't plan to vote for Bennett.
Aggie and Engineeripg students told The Ubyssey after
Thursday's noonJiour protest rally, "The Government has cut
its own throat in regards to votes."
"After  all, we're  the future ]
v ;i£
44 ike
Everyone wore Black Thursday.
Prom Councillors to students'
mourning patches and the
draped Cairn, from the darkening sky to UBC's darkened
hopes, it was a black day.
More than 2,500 students
walked with bowed heads from
two ends of the Main Mall,^
carrying black drapes and bitter
They met at the Cairn, erected
in 1922 to commerate the efforts of the students who built
the university.
Today's students, their faces
grim, met at the Cairn and draped it in black sacking to symbolize their defeated hopes.
While the Faculty entertained
a visiting dignity at luncheon
students grimly rallied to their
defeated cause.
It was an orderly crowd of
Students who came, their heads
bared and their faces sad and
their manner orderly as befits
A B.C. Electric bus roared by
without stopping. The students
looked at the bus, a few hissed
their Chancellor but they did
not speak.
They stood in dead silence in
a drenching rain while "The
Last Post" was sounded.
Then, having buried Higher
Education, they quietly dispersed.
The students went home, vowing to wear their mourning
patches for the following week
in bitter memory of UBC's darkest day, Feb. 24th.
•Trailing    signs    that    wryly
joked   about   their   Chancellor,
"they left, waiting by the  road
in the rain for yet another B:C.
Electric bus to pass.
Students unanimously agree
that Thursday's fee rally was
The rally was staged at the
Lion Shawser, -Arts 4 said
"I think it was an adequate
| demonstration but I don't think
it will have much effect. I think
that Bennett has shown that
protests from the student body
are absolutely inneffective.
"He has ignored us in the
past and will continue to ignore
us until we can arouse and inform the public of our need.
"I think information is more
important than demonstration."
Laurie Frisby found the rally
"very orderly."
"It was an excellent demonstration against the government.
It is about time the people of
B.C. realized the situation out
here. The protest was an excellent w&y to take our cause to
the people,"
Dave Smith, Arts 2, said the
rally was "very impressive."
"It got the point across.
Everybody living in B.C. expected the students to revolt or
stage a demonstration, but this
was very impressive, so, so
"Very impressive," said John
Hodgins, Arts' 1, "it was a damn
good idea. I liked the speech
very much and I don't get fired
up often.
"I think the people will be
impressed if the orderliness is
reported properly."
"It was the only thing we
could do," said Ross Culluer,
Law 2. "T h e protest demonstrated the true expressions of
student feelings," he said.
"I was very impressed by the
attitude of the students. It
showed that their concern was
for higher education rather than
for themselves," said John Helliwell, Commerce 4.
Only person polled who didn't
like today's rally was Peter
Gordon,  Arts   1.
"I feel that the fee increase
is justified, therefore, I feel that
the demonstration was uncalled
for," he said.
,  *>
voters," said' Art Stafford,-Aggie
II. "What can we do? Council
can't do anything."
"1 don't know what they're
trying to prove," said Dave Dur-
rance Aggie II.
Bob   Hassard,   Aggie II  said,
"They should go down and get
Bennett tonight; Hold him as a
hostage until we get the $1,500,-
j   000."
I ."Their action will prove extremely detrimental to the
future of this province in that it
j completely disregarded t.h e
potential of our people," said
Larry Lang, Aggie IV.
. "I think they should either
send a delegation to "Victoria,
■representatives, or j a show of
force—^as many as can go—
charter a C.P.R. boat, or else
have Bennett out iiere to. speak
tomorrow," said '!Mike Raynor
Aggie III.
"There goes our beer money
for a year but I don't know what
i we should; do i Bang 'Betfmett?"
\ The Government should
■ "Open up a few more jobs in the
f, summer so we can pay the hund-'
t 'red bucks," Bob Gowan, Eng. I,
( Jnm Davies Eng. II—"Let's
all go to Victoria and put ourselves in the public eye. We can
, .look just as foolish as the Social-
"We've had it. There's nothing
we can do," said Ran Philps Eng.
GOSH^m.'WKHffiR, if I
had that $100 to spend I
wouldn't have to come to
university like this.
I didn't *ee  it.
This was the official reply
given by prominent members
of the Administration and
Faculty when asked their im-
preseions- -of -the Thwwday -f«e <j
During the rally, heads of
Administration and Faculty
alike were bufy at various
meetings and banquets and
did not see the 2500 students
marching down the Mall, nor j
the draping of  the  Cairn.
It does seem a pity.
(Continued from Page 1)
Placard bearing students
picketed the Georgia during his
The premier did not make
clear in his invitation to students whether he was inviting
a student delegation or a mass
march on Victoria.
The students said the premier
seemed pleased to see them.
"He smiled all the time,"
Ubyssey reporter Bob Cannon
Students went to the airport
to greet the premier following
the Great Cairn Ceremony
The premier left the Hotel
Vancouver by the kitchen entrance and entered the kitchen
entrance of the Hotel Georgia
in order to elude students.
Cry 'Day
A few wisecracks, a few
smiles.—but mostly sombre and
sad looks.
Thursday noon, 2500 -UBC
students gathered at the Cairn
to protest the fee increase, using the .symbol of the Great
[EFrekas'the focal-point.
." The students carried sign$.
"Bennett-can youjspare a dime'*
and "Et Tu Grauer?" and "Are
Human ■ Resources Contingent
As the'two great masses of
|»studehts met at the Gairn,
several -stepped forward carrying
a -large sheet of black cloth.
Silently they draped this over
the Cairn.
• The demonstration was or-
I'derly, the mood depressed. Grim
determination replaced the usual rowdiness of student demonstrations. A fit background to
the trumpet Of George Feaver
playing "Reveille."
Your Friendly (Utility Company
Dear Friend:
Certain witnesses   called   before  the  fear oft public j
opinion, currently concerned with the University's finances, have made statements that put the Chancellor and
the Board of Governors in a bad Ught. I
We have been concerned with some of these statements, as no doubt many of you have,-and it is unfortunate "
.that there has been a great deal of opportunity to reply ]
to them.
To begin with, the bar of public opinion is now con- '
eerned with education as a whole, which means that the ,
' University and its Board is involved incidentally.
The present schedule leaves the Board's testimony
long over-due, but we will be obliged to reply in a number j
of years. .
Secondly, it would be quite unfitting for us to make
any public answer without first getting clearance from ,
the Government. ,
In the meantime, we hope you will keep an open mind
on the subject of the Board of Governors and its Chancellor until such time as we may properly present our ease ,
— in a few years.
NOTE:—This advertisement is not published or displayed by the Government of British Columbia -~- but by
one of its subsidiary organisations. PAGE FOUR
Friday, February 27, 1959
UBC's Faculty Association
want higher faculty salaries "to
prevent a deterioration in academic standards,"
In a specially prepared brief
presented to the Board of Governors last Monday, the Association
stated that higher salaries were
needed to allow the University
"to compete successfully in the
personnel market."
Minimum salaries in all ranks
are already higher, at Toronto,
Queen's, Western Ontario and
Saskatchewan, than at UBC,"
the Association told the Board.
" "This University cannot continue to fall progressively behind in its financial position
without.suffering a,corresponding . decline in the quality pf the
educational services which it
provides," the Association warned. '-; "''.-'■
'"The salary position : of our
staff must be remedied promptly," said the Association.
The need for staff additions
to cope with expanding enrollment is increasingly pressing,
the Association stated.
Prof. A. W. R. Carrothers,
President of the Faculty Association told the Ubyssey Thursday
that UBC loses professors every
year to Business and Industry.
Poor salaries are a possible
cause of this and are definately
a factor in our low recruitment,
he said.
Furthermore, there is a possible danger of attracting less-
qualified Faculty members to
UBC because of the University's
low salaries, he said.
A general meeting of the
Faculty Association will be held
Thursday to discuss the brief
presented to the Board of Governors.
Fee Fight
"We will let the people know
just what is going on in University finances."
With these words AMS President Chuck Connaghan launched
into an explanation of Council's
latest move against the fee increase.
"Literature from this office
will he sent out to the people. In
it will be facts and figures concerning the needs of the University," he said.
When asked what chances
were that a supplementary
grant would be obtained and the
fees would not have to go up so
high, Connaghan would not commit himself.
"It is very difficult to comment," he said. "We are still
hoping, of course, and are very
much pressing for. a supplementary grant."
"However," he added, "right
mow the future is important too.
We must make sure that something like this does not occur
again, and the first step will be
to go to the people."
7he Dollar Bills
(To the Tune of "The Black Fly")
Now when I was a young man, I wanted to be
A student on the campus of the U.B.C.
So I took my money to- the registrar's door
But he said go on home, you've gotta have more
Of the dollar bills, the little dollar bills
You've gotta have the dollars just to pay your fees
A hundred more or you can't go
To democratic U.B.C.
All hail democracy!
Now I didn't have enough but it soon become known
That if I was lucky I could get a loan
So the dean checked my finances and his answer was brisk
Your father hasn't money!   you're not a good risk.
For the dollar bills, ....
Well there was one chance left, though I needed the time
I would work nights, and weekends just to make a dime
But the personnel office said get into the queue
Threequarters of the students are ahead of you.
For the dollar bills, ....
Well I couldn't pay the fees, even cutting to the bone
I couldn't get a job and I couldn't get a loan ',-,'.
But my government statement lilled me with such pride
"Under Social Credit no student is denied."
The dollar bills	
Now I'm out in the street, in the Land of the Free,
Picking up the pleasures of democracy
And I do not question that our liberty's true
But where the hell's the chance for me and you?
Without dollar bills.	
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