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The Ubyssey Oct 10, 1957

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No. 9
Buildings And Grounds Prices Rapped;
Student Council Launches Investigation
"CONSTRUCTION OF ONE BOX — $19.60. This was the bill the AMS received from
the Department of Buildings and Grounds for the plywood box pictured above. The box
was not built according to specifications. The bill was reduced and a new box built
after the AMS office registered a complaint.
Red Blooded Students
Desperately Needed
WANTED  —   (preferably  alive)   —  One   thousand   red-
blooded students.
._.  -     .     Donations     are     falling     far
^—■— short of both the set quota and
DHPCTCDC  17) MtlT       lasl   M';u'.>'   total.    As   of   four
ruDJicKj iu mui    „VJO(.k Wl,dwsd{iyi onlv 91;i
PARTY ON AGENDA       |,illls  ,f >>>ot,d ,lild ,)0t'n donuted.
J Col. VV. A. Freeman, Blood
Publications staffers of The j Donor Panel Organizer for the
Ubyssey, Raven, Pique, Tuum j Vancouver Branch of the C'an-
Est, Bird Calls, Totem, and | adian Ited Cross, said that unless
English 100 are invited to ap- U real effort was made tiie quota
pear Friday noon in the Pub- j of 2,000 pints would not he
licalions Office. ' reached.
Parties   and   deadlines   will   i     Monday's total was :tl4 pints,
be discussed. ; while Tuesday's record was !!t!7
^■ki^h^kmmmv   p i n t s.
, The Abides have a strong lead
5lC|ITId   T3U   Chi i M'-i'eonhi.er-wiM', as already ovei
1 III)   pore cut   of   their   quota   har:
Elects Members      ,,  ;; n
I ho drive cunlinue.s today and
The Men's Honorary  Fralern-   Kn(|;iv    .„„,   till,   ,{l.t,   (.nis,   is
ity, Sigma Tau Chi, elected lour   (i(.|H,llf|i,l;. Ul, this blood to carrv
new members at their last meet    (h(,   |m)villl.(,  OV(,r   lh(,  Thanks-'
ln8- r,i villi;   weekend.
The   new   members   are:   I'.ill 	
Ballantine of tho Radio Society
Chuck Connaghan. Clubs'  pre.i- /^pf   CoiTimitteG   To
dent; Jack McGaw of ({adsoc
and George Morfitt, treasui'er ul
the Alma  Mater Society.
Membership lo the fraternity! Kv"r 1"'1'11 lo :' ^"W""-'
is by invitation. U1'(' Brock Hall Art Corn-
Invitations are extended to mitlce invites students to watch
male students who have made I be haiu.'in.u of six new piclures
a distinguished contribution to in the corridor loading from
student activities. Brock Hall to the new extension
The   next   meetim;  of   Ihe   fra Friday morninm
ternity  will   be held  on  Ocl.ihor        II  ymi  want  I,, join  Ihe Brock
24,   at   which   time   the   National H'1'1    Arl    Committee    appl.s    to
Federation   of  Canadian   loiiu'i Mr.   Mi'Nairn   in   Ihe  library   Arl
sity   Sludents   anil   atiileties.   v. 111 (lalleiv   I'r  Mil  p :u    lo.'.pm
be  discussed. <A loin r   la  and   I'/.
Hang New Pictures
The Amateur Radio Society plans to erect a large
transmitting antenna on the
roof of the Brock Extension within three weeks.
Hamsoc Treasurer, Ed
Frazer, said Wednesday that
the antenna is a part of a
new ¥2,000 station.
The club will be holding
a series of meetings
throughout the session on
radio theory and electronics.
These meetings will be
open to the public and their
dates will be announced in
Raven Issue
Soon To Come
••Raven" is being readied for
release once more. Co-editors
Desmond Fitzgerald and Arnold
Cohen have proclaimed: "We're
ready and waiting. Rarin' to
co. All we need are contribution :;." So why don't you help
to brine culture to our fair cam-
Brim; your original poetry,
plays, essays, and short stories
immediately to tho Pub Offices
in the basement of the Brock.
This year the Raven will literally "raven   the roof!!"
LONDON (CUP) — An epidemic of what is "believed
to be Asian ilu" is emptying lecture halls at University of
Western Ontario here this week.
The virus is sweeping the eity, and closing of public
and high schools seems probable.
Because "dozens" of students have been hospitalized,
dances and other social functions are cancelled indefinitely.
Though the virus has not yet been "positively identified" as Asian flu, university officials indicated classes
may be cancelled if cases became more serious and
Meekison Primarily
Wants Organization
Newly-elected Frosh president Jim tyeekison has placed
"organization" as the number one factor in his agenda for the
coming year.
Peppers Now
Blue and Gold
Varsity Peppers have pepped
their last.
The Pen Club has changed its
name to the Blue and Gold Society.
President Merrill Leckie summed up the change by saying:
"The members felt the name
"Pep Club" was not .worthy of
the dignity of the group's activities."
The change has been well
received by club members, and
the executive hopes that students will agree it "conveys the
true meaning of the club, and
is more sophisticated," Leckie
The Society organizes half
time entertainment for " all
games, sponsors Pep Meets, sells
Bird Dumber banners, Dird
booster buttons, and gives away
"Snarl" cards.
The band, cheerleaders, and
drum majorettes also perform
under the auspices of this group.
At present the Executive is
trying to get the Central Washington Marching Band, for the
Homecoming Game, November
9, and promise 'big things' for
their Homecoming Pep Meet on
November 7.
"The University is a wonderful institution," remarked Einar
Gunderson, during an interview
Mr. Gunderson, who was appointed to the Doard of Governors of UBC, Wednesday, said
that the appointment was a
great honor, and that he was
looking forward to serving on
the board.
Although Gunderson is known
to be a long-time friend of Premier Bennett, he said in the interview that he did not see that
his appointment would make
any appreciable difference in
government-university relations.
Mr. Gunderson was a former
member of the Provincial Cabinet, and is at present vice-president of the P.G.E. He will
serve a term of four years on
the Board.
And, as he concluded, "Ethical ion is veiy important in this
world, in tact, education is
Meekinson wton out over his
opponent Jim Winchell in the
Wednesday ballotting by a total
of 308 votes.
"Well planned organization
in council hazmg," Meekison
feels, "Is the only way to successfully integrate the Frosh
into the unjvesrity."
Meekison added that "Never
in the past have the Frosh been
organized — this year we're
aiming for a good, hardworking
assembly in the council. With a
well-organized group we cduld
put over any issue on campus."
Results are:
Meekison . ...... 494
Winchell . .      .   . .     12(1
Scharfe         .......   H58
Boulding       275
Rosene      332
Wilson     229
Feltham      427
Armstrong  208
Turnout to the ballot boxes
was lower than last year, returning officer said.
A Canada Council grant
of $700,000 to UBC earlier
this week is "the first of
three installments," Professor G. O. B. Davies, Administrative Assistant to the
President  said  Wednesday.
UBC will receive "from
four to four-and-a-half million dollars during the next
five years," he said.
Funds from the Canada
Council are to be used to
expand UBC's arts, letters
and social sciences. No decision on expenditure of
first     $700,000    has    been
Student Whims' Up
Estimates - Hughes
Strong evidence has been unearthed this week to support
charges by leadership conference delegates that Building
and Grounds Department services are inefficient and unreasonably expensive.
Investigation shows student organizations having dealings
with the department are almost unanimous in their dissatisfaction.
Acting on these complaints, Student Council has formed
a committee directed to "examine the prices and policies of
the Department of Buildings and Grounds with regard to services rendered to the AMS and subsidiary organizations."
One complaint centres around the renovation of a hut
this summer which was carried out by an outside contractor
for $190 less than th? department estimate.   .
In   an    interview    yesterday'*" —
AMS   president,   Ben   Trevino, j 'TWMI1   iTI#i««.»«
stated, "Council feels that prices'   ' w**n   V*iaii«i
are getting progressively higher
In   comparison  with   the  work
Joint Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Tom Hughes,
stated in a letter to Trevino regarding the estimate that his department does not receive any
money other than actual cost
but that estimates for student
projects were padded to "take
car* o'f student whimi."
Trevino replied that once a
purchase order is issued, no student or other person is authorized to change any specifications that would alter the
amount of money already allocated for a project.
AMS business manager, R, E.
Pearson charged, "The department estimates are not reasonable and we can prove they are
He cited a bill for $19.60 for
a plywood box, less than a
cubic foot in volume and having
a small brass lock, (see picture).
Other examples were; a bill
(almost a year overdue when it
was received) of $25.85 for a
padlock clasp another for $108.39
for the installation of a lock
in a door, and a charge of $41.63
for the rental of two extension
cords for a three-day period.
These bills were subsequently
| reduced after complaints were
, registered.
"Where does the extra money
go in this non-profit organisation in cases where we don't
complain?" said Pearson.
UCC chairman, Chuck Connaghan stated that he was given
a verbal estimate of $60 for"
setting up the Armouries for
last year's Club's Day. He received a bill for twice that
Subsequent investigation
showed that UCC had been
charged for removing the chairs
left in the Armouries from the
president's annual address the
week before.
Mussoc president, Vic Neu-
feldt claimed that the Department of Buildings and Grounds
forced the club to use a department electrician to handle the
lighting during club productions
at   unnecessary  expense.
"I notified Hughes that we had
Music Circle Plays
'The Merry Widow'
MUSIC CIRCLE is playing
"The Merry Widow" by Franz
Lehar at its Thursday evening
concert in the Double Committee Room at 7.45 p.m. Crumpets
and whisky served.
* *      *
presents "Are the Greek socle*
ties a detriment to UBC?" Open
debate on the subject. All present may speak. Today, Arts
100, 12.30 • 2.30.
* *       *
DANCE CLUB — There will
be folk dancing at 12.30 to 2.15
today in the Dance Club room,
Brock Extension.
* *       *
PEP BAND practice at 12.30
today in the band hut behind
the Brock.
* *      *
hold its first general meeting in
H-Ll at 12.30.
* *      *
Workshop meeting noon today
in Arts 108. All interested in
creative writing are urged to
* *      *
will hold a social gathering at
8.30 p.m. in HL-4 (International
House) tonight. All new mem*
bers welcome.
* *      *
All members and all interested
in joining will meet for the purpose of electing a president and
planning the year's activities today, noon, Arts 104.
* *       *
NEWMAN    CLUB    general
meeting today at noon in the
clubhouse, H-L-5.
(Continued on Page 3)
a qualified electrician in our
club who had obtained written
permission from his union to
handle the lighting for us free
of charge," said Neufeldt. "But
he showed complete lack of cooperation."
Greeks A Detriment To Campus?
Are fraternities a detriment
to campus? The newly formed
UBC Debating Union will join
the fraternity • sorority battle
this week by sponsoring an
open debate on this question in
Arts 100 from 12.30 to 2.30
Campus "Greek-haters" Jim
MacFarlan and Jack Giles will
argue in support of the motion
"Resolved that in the opinion
of t li iu House, Fraternities and
Sororities are an undesirable
element at UBC."
Attempting to defeat the motion will be Larry Freeman
and past Conservative Club
President Terry O'Brien.
Graham Moseley, newly
elected Union president, says
that "this will not be an exercise in speech making—the floor
will be thrown open to allow
all present to state their
Giles   has  promised   that   he
will reveal "some shocking information" about fraternities
and sororities.
Certain Faculty Members
who have shown interest in the
question are expected to take
sides. Moseley has urged all
others with any "fighting
words" to attend.
Mr. Freeman is a member of
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Mr.
O'Brien belongs to Zeta Psi
Fraternity. Page 2
Thursday, October 10, 1951
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year. Single copies five cents. Published in Vancouver throughout the University year by
the Student Publications Board of the Alma Mater Society, University of British Columbia.
Editorial opinions expressed herein are those of the editorial staff of the Ubyssey, and not
necessarily those of the Alma Mater Society or the University. Letters to the Editor should not
be more than 150 words. The Ubyssey reserves the right to cut letters, and cannot guarantee
publications of all letters received.
Associate Editor  Ken Lamb
News Editor  Al Forrest
Assistant News Editors: Bob Johannes
and Helen Zukowski
Managing Editor Dave Robertson
Business Manager Harry Yuill
Make-up Editor  Dave Ferry
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Reporters and Desk:—Sue Ross, Shirley Walsh, Mary Wilkins, Neva Bird, Audrey Ede,
Pete Doherty,    Hunter    Fitz-Gerald, Sally Delbridge, Carol  Osborne.
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^ • ^^^^
Students' Council Reports
Wasted Effort?
Fourteen students spend a great deal of
time on student activities and affairs, sometimes to the detriment of their cwn studies.
£ut they do produce results periodically
which justify their existence. One of these
results last year was the series of reports
submitted by the AMS Students' Council
for consideration by the Development Committee which is creating a new Master Plan
for University Expansion.
Among the four reports submitted at
the request of the Development Committee
was one regarding the dearth of parking
space on campus, and recommendations for
improvement and enlargement of such space,
Despite the very well-worded brief submitted by Council and the research put into
the project by Robin Scott, chairman ok
the Undergraduate Societies Committee, the
report has evidently been ignored. /
On return to classes the Council discovered that the Faculty Building had
been moved to the parking lot next to th©
College of Education to make room for
construction of the new Faculty Club. This
occured despite the earlier and strongly-
backed suggestions that it go up on the
south side of the campus past University
No explanation has been forthcoming.
Meanwhile, parking facilities have become
even less available and are now a major
problem on campus. There was no necessity for the building being erected on that
particular lot.
The rationalization that other universities do not allow students to drive cars
on the University campus has no validity.
There are few campi situated so far from
the University gates and so completely cut
off from urban districts as UBC. It i9
ridiculous to speak in terms of parking
facilities outside the gates, leaving students
to walk in every day.
If this report has been ignored, what
has happened to the others? To the report
on clubs, facilities, on playing fields and
athletics, on Land Use Survey? If they
are to be equally ignored, what was the
point of asking for student council reports in the first place?
Whatever way we look at it, it appears
that the University Development Committee, headed by Buildings and Grounds, intends to move its own sweet way regardless
of the ^wishes of the students elected to
mind the affairs of 8,500 members of the
Everybody Except Us
Has Centennial  Project
So everybody's putting up fountains and
statues in copper-toned marble and hunting Sasquatches and 80-daying around the
globe. Everybody's building homes for the
aged and prisons or the young and hospitals
for  the  not-yets   or   not-any-mores.
EVerybody is blessing the B.C. Government for providing funds for centennial
projects which are designed to forever
beautify this glorious etc., country.
Everybody, that is, except UBC students.
UBC students can't bless the B.C.
Government or design to forever beautify
this glorious etc., country. They can't do'
this simply and only because they have no
centennial project.
This is indeed a deplorable situation.
Therefore, with all due gravity and
recognition of the crying need for a centennial project to be built entirely by
students for the glorification of the country,
the government and- the tourists, the
Ubyssey humbly suggests that it is time
the 8,500 students at UBC dedicated their
efforts to the building of a centennial
Yes, indeed it is time.
Letters to tho
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Madam:
We have become increasingly alarmed during the past
week at the apparent pedantic
puritannical attitude of this
year's Ubyssey. This Puritanism reached its peak in Oct. 1
We submit that if the Ubyssey had to resort to asking a
downtown newspaper    for    a
photograph of our Frosh Queen
the  least  it  could   have  done
was to get the much superior
one from the Vancouver Sun.
We trust that there will be no
further errors of this type.
Respectfully  yours,
Hut 72, Acadia Camp
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Madam:
I note that the Building and
Grounds Department employs
a man to pick up waste —
lunch bags, apple cores, orange
peels and the occasional dead
Engineer — in and around the
parking lot. There are no
waste recepticals in the vicinity.
This deplorable situation encourages   the   litter-bug   habit.
.Many litter-conscious students
find it too damn much of a
nuisance to go and hunt up a
waste basket every day and so
form the habit of tossing garbage out the car window.
I believe that most students
would welcome the chance to
dump their own garbage.
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Madam:
A nasty word, but it is going
on right here in Vancouver. I
have been under the impression that the sports car driver
is some inhumane animal that
has been set aside from society
and condemned by the boys in
the blue suits as idiots.
It must be the driver for
anyone familiar with automobile performance charts, knows
that a spons car is safer, handles more effectively and is
constructed far more superiorly
than the American barge. I
am ashamed to admit it but I
believe that Les Gendarmes
have mixed up completely the
sensible sports car driver with
the leather jacket hoodlums
with the broken down Ford
minus one muffler.
A constable told me, quote:
"You fellows don't realize how
fast you are going", after I
was stopped for speeding at 32
miles per hour. As anyone
knows who has ridden in a
sports car, one is quite aware
of the travelling speed. It is
only the fact that the sports
car is designed aerodynamicly
thus seeming to have the appearance of speed even at a
stand still. I do appreciate my
popularity with the police
force and a motorcycle escort
is most impressive, however,
I do believe there are many
unskilled drivers who should
have such constant attention.
Editor, The Ubyssey,
Dear Madam:
May I utilize this opportunity to express my sincere
thanks to the Engineer who
found a Parker 51 and who so
kindly turned it in to the EIUS
His honesty and consideration is as fine an example of
student comradeship as you
are likely to find anywhere.
Law III.
A.M.S. President
The proposed $5.00 fee increase for a three year deriod
will be thrown open for discussion at the AMS Fall General
Meeting at 12.30 October 22nd.
Voting on the issue, if it DOES
come to a vote, will be by referendum shortly thereafter. In
the meantime, students should
do all they can to acquaint
themselves with the proposal,
its ramifications and implications.
Faculty, Alumni and Parents,
as well as Industry, will be asked to contribute by pledging an
amount over a three-year period. Students should ask
themselves: (1) Do we want to
contribute? (2) If so, how
much? (3) For how long a period of time? I will try to present as fairly as I can and in a
short form the arguments for
and against the proposal.
FOR:—Students, while they
are already giving to the University, should give more in
this extraordinary period of
UBC's history — the first time
UBC has sought funds from
the public. The tradition at
UBC is for everyone to give
so that our contribution is
large enough to get things
done. We should lead the way
and show the public we help
ourselves before we ask for
THEIR help. If all other
pledge periods are for three
years, we should want to put
ourselves on the same basis as
everyone else. We can see the
need because we live with it
every day.
AGAINST:—UBC is the responsibility of the B.C. government. Even if the government has not fully fulfilled
that responsibility in the past,
students should not be asked
to give more than they are
A five «dollar fee increase
over three years would tie up
the AMS fee and weight it too
heavily for building.
If a Western Canada Athletic League materialized in
1960, the fee increase which
would be necessary for UBC
to enter the League might be
defeated because AMS fees
would already be up to $24.
A personal donation would
be a better way of collecting
money than a fee increase, or,
alternatively, tuition could be
raised so as to leave the AMS
fee untouched.
These are some of the comments I have heard for and
against the proposal. I hope
I have presented them fairly.
NEXT WEEK Ken Brawner,
George Nagler, Stan Beck and
I will be attending the NFCUS
convention    in    Quebec City.
One of the resolutions we
hope to get the full weight of
Canadian University students
behind is an amendment which
would allow Canadian Mortgage and Housing to lend money to Universities for the construction of residences. This
proposal originated with President N. A. M. MacKenzie and
Dean Geoffrey Andrew. They
presented it to the National
Conference of Canadian Universities last year and provoked some interest.
If the machinery could be
set up, UBC could pay the interest on loans from its existing housing, while the residences built with mortgage money
could carry their own principal.
NFCUS will also be concerned with lobbying for a tax
deduction of $1500 for University students, non-taxable text
books, and student discount
services. A bid for scholarship
grants from the Canada Council is expected, as well as reports from the NFCUS officers who last summer attended
student conferences all over
the world.
It should prove an interesting conference and a full report will be made to the student body on our return.
"The  World Tonite
Main Reason For Russian
Advance Is Our Attitude
Toward  Education
. . . Reprinted from CKWX Radio Script, October 4,  1957
The launching of the first
earth satellite ... by the Russians . . . although not entirely
unexpected, has certainly electrified the world.
It is perhaps interesting to
note a late report from Washington which says, very briefly
"the White House makes no
comment on the Russian announcement," but, this dispatch adds, "it (the White
House) is both startled and bewildered by the Moscow
claims."   End dispatch.
Which is perhaps the most
graphic illustration of what
has been emanating from the
Whjte House for far too long
However, the satellite is reportedly launched, and every
hour since its launching was
announced, we have received
(and you have heard) reports
from scientists and technicians
in various parts of the globe
that give plenty of weight to
the Russian claim that* they
have indeed launched the first
earth satellite S60 miles above
the earth's surface. Not that
I'm disputing for one moment
the Russian announcement. I
say this merely in view of the
initial skepticism and downright disbelief that greeted
Russia's announcement of a
few weeks ago that she had
successfully tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
Anyway, and to continue,
and In light of the Russian announcement ... all I have to
say at the moment is this.
Perhaps NOW many of us in
the west, and in this regard I
mean this country and even
moreso the United States, will
begin to abandon the idea of
our omnipotence in the field
of higher learning.
We are not unaware of the
fact that for many years now
the Russians have been turning
out technicians, engineers, and
scientist in ever increasing
numbers, and they have been
concentrating more and more
on teaching these things to
their youngsters.
We are also not aware that
this could be construed (on the
surface anyway) as being fairly easy for them because they
have state controlled education.
This argument is weak by its
very shortsightedness. For it
is not difficult to see that there
is no state control of education
(certainly not in the Russian
communist sense) in say, Britain or Australia. Yet those
nations, to name only the first
to come to mind by virtue of
their scholastic records and
standings, those nations have
turned out, and are continuing
to turn out, highly skilled and
forward thinking, intelligent
scientists, technicians and engineers.
It is true that this country
and the United States are also
turning out some brilliant scientists, engineers and technicians also. But in proportion
to the Russian turnout in these
fields, the west would look exceptionally sick were it not
for the number of such experts
being taught and graduated in
the aforementioned Commonwealth nations.
And the one main reason
that Britain particularly is able
to do this ... is because in that
country, while there is no totalitarian state control of education and higher learning,
there is nonetheless a tight rein
on education and higher learning, in the sense that these
facets of national life are given
as much help and are accorded
as much respect and understanding as it is possible to
give and accord them.
In this country, and in the
United States the moreso, education and higher learning
are, generally speaking, occupying last place in the thinking and the estimation and understanding of the great majority of citizens.
As I've pointed out many
times before, we in this country and our friends below the
border live in perhaps the most
bountiful countries in the
world. We have everything
we want, and need, materially
speaking. And we have I firmly believe, the lowest mental
and physical standards in the
world . . . generally speaking.
There is no REAL incentive to
learn, or even to teach.
The result being education
and higher learning are taken
in almost an attitude of "could
not care less" by all but a gallant few, and even they at
times must wonder whether It
is all worth it. A classic example of what I mean came
forcefully to mind.a few weeks
ago when I happened to be
watching a round table discussion on a CBS TV program.
The discussion came at the
start of "back to school week"
and one of the professors on
the panel happened to remark
that at his University, Stan*
ford, in California, they were
actually planning to close
down its physics department
for the simple, but terrifying
reason, that out of almost two
hundred students now attending courses in that department
—only one . . . only one . . .
was preparing to teach.
Other professors on the panel then began to show how in
various other departments ol
universities'in the U.S. . . . the
same situation was prevalent.
Those students intending to
go into teaching could be numbered almost on one hand.
THIS, it is my firm belief,
is one of the main reasons for
the fact that Russia has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile — and
now has launched the world's
first earth satellite. In short,
we need education, and we
need to educate ourselves to
that need — RIGHT NOW.
Time For A Showdown
On Campaign Fund Sources
Just how important is it that
the people of Canada know the
sources, of the various political
parties' "war chests?" I feel
that it is extremely important.
It is a well known fact that
stockholders in business concerns desire a good "return"
for every "investment". Are
we to believe that the "return"
on a contribution to a political
party is judged by any less
stringent standards. Certainly
The motivation for campaign
fund contributions was beautifully stated by the president
of the Beauharnois Corporation when he said: "Gracefulness was always regarded as
an important factor in dealing
with democratic governments."
The above statement was
made in 1931 after a government inquiry revealed that a
company in search of water-
power rights on the St. Lawrence River had contributed
well over $700,000 to Liberal
and Conservative campaign
A more recent incident which
revealed the source of "old
line" party campaign funds
was the Manitoba breweries
incident. In April of 1956, a
brewery representative told a
committee of the Manitoba
Legislature that three Manitoba breweries had contributed
nearly $30,000 to the Liberal,
Conservative and Social Credit
parties in the previous 11
The contributions, made in
the belief that it was beneficial
to "our system of government
by party", were for provincial
politics — further funds were
made available for municipal
and federal politics. Figures
of the brewery contributions
were tabled by D. A. Thompson, legal counsel for'the breweries, for a committee of the
Legislature investigating beer
The figures showed that
$16,050 went to the Liberals,
$11,500 to the Conservatives,
and $525 to the Social Credit.
These amounts were made
available after requests for
contributions had been received. The CCF neither asked for
nor received any money from
the beer interests.
The old line parties have a
full right to accept donations
from whomever they desire. It
does seem to me, however, that
they should make their sources
known to the voting public in
order that special "consideration" in legislation and government contracts would become
even more obvious.
Special "consideration" in
government contracts is the
most obvious form of "gratitude" but there arc many more
subtle methods of rewarding
generosity. One of the least
obvious methods of rewarding
contributors is by doing nothing. Undoubtedly one of the
reasons for government inaction on present day inequalities in Income Tax legislation
is "gratitude."
Economic surveys have also
shown that 50%, and more, of
the income of wealthy stockholders is derived from capital
gains, Yet we have no capital
gains taxation. Only the CCF
is advocating this measure and
the three "gratitude" parties
are staying silent in the best
traditions of "gratitude."
I believe that legislation is
needed to make campaign contributions public knowledge.
The CCF has offered time and
time again to open its books
and show its sources of funds,
but the other parties have refused to do the same. They obviously have good reason to be
ashamed of their supporters.
A second electoral reform
which would be of value is
that which is now in practice
in Britain. That is, the limitation of campaign expenditures.
An expenditure limit of 10c or
perhaps 25c per voter, would
take the political advantage
away from, wealthy parties and
hence restore a measure of
political democracy.
It would also help to prevent
television, newspaper and radio "brainwashings" which are
effective weapons in the hands
of "big lie" politicians and
demogogues but which are repugnant to democrats. It is
enough for parties to state
their philosophy and the issues
as they see them and their
program in regards to the issues. The last Federal election left doubt whether it was
the party one was voting for
or the publicity agency. Thursday, October 10, 1957
Page 3
The other day Albert and I
were reading the New Yorker
and we came across what was,
even for the New Yorker, a very
unusual ad.
Now we always have thought
the ads in the New Yorker were
unique, and we always enjoyed
reading them. Not because we
could afford the stuff — toothbrushes fashioned from the
bones of Chinese philosophers,
$54.98, with monogram, $72.89,
are a little stratospheric for our
pocket books, but because we
always wondered just how the
other half lived when it could
afford it.
We mean, where else can a
sweater made from wool off a
sheep that spent its pre-loom
days on a Dakota ranch cost $50?
And those cool, distant women. Why, even the Pepsi Cola
hostess, spread over forty feet
of billboard, cannot match the
"altogether here" glare of one
of the New Yorker's models.
Man, we just freeze in that
offshore breeze, be it from Nantucket, or the Bahamas.
After this experience with
charm and suaveness, this week
after week indoctrination with
the fact that here indeed was
all the savoir faire of the Atlantic Seaboard from Back Bay to
Birmingham, we were nonplussed all to hell to see the New
Yorker go to the grass roots.
Oh, they still have the doll
with the look that makes you
jump to hold the door. But a
new expression has entered
thos i ranks of manicured faces.
It is anguish, displayed in a
three-quarter under shot of a
chap's face, and advertising
some shirt with the usual ivy-
league' stripes. The brand of
shirt, in case you're wondering
what is worn with anguish this
year, was Cant, of New Jersey,
and you can order them from
the maker in lots of six.
We were struck at first by the
model's nose. He either had an
oversize in nostrils, or it was
flared for breathing in the ionosphere. His lips were drawn
back, unsure whether to snarl
or scream, and the whole effect
gave Albert and I the impression
someone had stepped on his
white bucks.
Or that perhaps the fitter had
stuck him with a pin.
At any rate, the result was
We wondered if this is only
the wedge's thin end. Has Elia
Kazan been too convincing? Are
the ad agencies now recruiting
from the actors' studio? Or did
the young man switch his photo
appointments, believing he was
taking his screen test as a stand-
in for James Dean?
If this is the trend, we suppose
ads are now going to tell the
real, raw story of North American living.
Does it mean better homes
and living will now come on
with gardens choked with
weeds? That the Smirnoff's vodka chap will reveal those baggy
eyes, that close-ups will now
show the fleas in Commander
Whitehead's beard?
Will Captain Hathaway now
stare out at us in pain, as though
someone had just stuck out his
other eye?
But they won't go too far,
will they? We mean, if that
suave, well-groomed fellow in
the Stanfield ads starts looking
as though he's suffering from
the breeze around his armpits,
we'll go back to wearing long-
Win Or Lose
Elmer Swims
Here's   a   twist.
Pharmacy undergraduate president Elmer Ratzlaff today accepted the challenge of Forestry Undergraduate Society to
"bleed in the armouries or swim
in the lily pond."
But Elmer is so anxious to
have his Pharmacists wdn thc
undergraduate society competition for most blood donated that
he says he will be "willing to
be dunked even if his Pharmacists win."
He can't lose.
NFCUS Men Fly East To Quebec
Better Understanding
Principle   Intention
NFCUS — What is it? How much to join? What kind
Such are the questions that assail the NFCUS committee
on this campus.
The National Federation of Canadian University Students
is an organization of more than 45,000 active students.
EVery student registered at UBC and some 24 other
Canadian universities and colleges is a member of NFCUS.
Its purpose is to promote better understanding among
students and to present a united front to effectively promote
student needs and interests to .other groups.
NFCUS was founded in 1926, ceased its activities during
the Second World War, and was resumed in 1946.
The student council on each campus is, in effect the local
unit of the national federation. The council president is its
local titular'representative.
But because of his other duties, the student council elects
a NFCUS chairman who handles the affairs of the federation.
This is the practice followed at UBC but some other universities use different systems.
NFCUS is concerned with:
# Scholarships to other Canadian Universities.
# Travel, particularly abroad, at cheaper rates.
# Blood Drive in form of Corpuscle Cup competition.
# Helps reduce costs for students with railway fares,
sales taxes.
# Sponsors art, short story and photo competitions.
Each student pays approximately fifty cents for membership in NFCUS. This money comes from the student council
fee paid at registration. The majority of this is sent to the
national office at Carleton College in Ottawa and used to defray
expenses of the National Conference and for the federation's
Locally, NFCUS collaborated with World University service committee and set up English classes at the YWCA for
the Hungarian students.
A corpuscle cup competition was organized in conjunction
with the Blood Drive carried out by all Canadian colleges. This
year the competition is expected to be held during the month
of February.
Last year, internationally well-known Swiss commentator
Anton Landi was brought to campus to give two talks on life
in Switzerland.
The federation has obtained a reduction of "25 percent
on round-trip railway fares, valid at the beginning and end
of the fall and winter sessions.
NFCUS has had a five percent federal sales tax on university text books abolished and is currently urging book
publishers to use newer and cheaper methods of printing texts.
A system of inter-regional scholarships has been instituted,
allowing students from one part of Canada to attend a university in another part, without paying tuition registration or
student council fees.
Three of these scholarships are held this year by UBC
students, Elizabeth Henderson at University of King's College,
John G. Cresswell at University of Alberta and Barbara M.
Biely at Queen's University.
In addition, UBC has instituted partial payments oi
room and board for NFCUS exchange students. Nationally
this is expected to be put into operation for 1958-59 scholarship holders.
This year four students, Steve Denecky, Gale Lysne,
Ernest Runions and Rose Vuhanovich, all from the University
of Alberta, hold this scholarship at UBC.
NFCUS aided in the implementation of a federal aid plan
to universities whereby we save one hundred dollars annually
on tuition costs.
Delegations have recently approached federal and provincial governments with facts and figures with recommendations for the awarding of five and one-'half million dollars in
scholarships every year.
In co-operation with the Dominion Bureau of Statistics,
NFCUS has made a complete survey of all scholarships available at the university entrance level in Canada.
The survey is published by the Canadian government
and will be made available in high schools and colleges in
Canada and other countries.
NFCUS organized the Canadian University Press among
college newspapers and set it up as an established body.
Close relations are maintained with the Canada Council
and the American Foundations in order to realize projects such
as National Seminars and a National newspaper.
Further current NFCUS projects are for increased student
exemption from income tax, provision of a complete list of
summer employment opportunities in Canada and a survey oi
relations between students and,university officials.
Through NFCUS efforts, the minimum income tax exemption for college students was raised from $750 to $900, A plan
for national athletic championships is under consideration.
NFCUS operates a travel bureau which offers the lowest
rates available in trans-Atlantic -air and ocean travel and
European tours. NFCUS has also anranged foreign student
exchange plans.
Will Probe Student
Tax Exemption Level
Four UBC students will fly Saturday to Quebec City
to attend the annual NFCUS conference at Laval University
from October 14 to 18.
SLYLY SNEAKING into the darkened corners of Brock
Lounge to neck? No, not today. For today is The Last
Game of The World Series. Who will win the game is
a question that is of the utmost interest to UBC devotees
of higher learning. If there are no seats left when you get
there, briefcases are good for sitting on.
Dinsdale Feels:
"Two-Party System
Still Is Essential"
"If we wish to continue as a national entity ... we must
continue the move back to the two-party system," according
to Walter Dinsdale, MP and Parliamentary Assistant to the
Minister of Veterans' Affairs.
Dinsdale spoke Tuesday at the Conservative club's first
meeting of the  year.
He said he is convinced that only by returning to a
balanced partisan situation in parliament and by desisting in
the tendency to break off into regional political blocks can
Canada realize a "unicme Canadianism" which is neither ''half-
baked American" nor "half-Baked British."
It is extremely important, he
feels, for the western provinces-
to continue thc two-party trend
which they indicated in the las!
election. It will not only give
them the strong representation
in Parliament which they have
heretofore lacked but it will also
strengthen Canada as an economic and political unit, he said.
Members of the old Liberal
government had begun to "take
themselves too seriously," they
were "out of touch with the
people," Dinsdale said.
He claimed public opinion has
swung to accept the new government. "Uncle Louis" has
been smoothly replaced by
"Uncle John," he said.
He assured students that the
new administration will tackle
international problems, especially the economic ones between
the U.S. and Canada with "encouraging initiative and vigor."
In the question and answer
period, Dinsdale:
. . . Felt that if Quebec had
been properly informed by the
press about the big swing towards   the   Conservatives,   the
people would have voted differently.
. . . Predicted that the Liberal opposition will have a great
deal  of trouble  with tho  CCF.
. . . Didn't think that the CCF
could replace the Liberals as
the opposition party because its
ideological base is "to narrow
to appeal to enough people."
"All parties in Canada must
have a broad approach to international problems if they are
to become national forces,"
Dinsdale concluded.
Those    attending   are   Ben
Trevino, president of student's
council,   Ken   Brawner,   vice-
president of student's council,
George Nagler, NFCUS chairman and Stan Beck, western-
regional NFCUS vice-president.
Issues to be presented at the
conference  by  the  four  representatives are:
• How NFCUS can assist
financially or improve Canadian University Post.
• Attempt to raise the income tax exemption for students from $1,000 to $1,500.
• Investigate the idea of
Canadian Housing Mortgage
Act being applied towards aiding housing on University
• Other problems to be
brought to light are those deal
ing with how much should
NFCUS retain from net profit
of its Travel Department, budget proportions for NFCUS
staff salaries and projects, and
how NFCUS should proceed in
order to enroll majority of Canadian students in the Federation
Also under discussion will
be specific projects with which
to approach the American
The conference elects regional vice-presidents for the
western provinces, Ontario,
Quebec and Maritimes. The national president, a position that
is now so demanding that the
student elected receives a
salary and must take a year
off from his university courses,
is elected.
(Continued from Page 1)
AQUA - SOC general meeting
plus equipment advice for all
interested in skin diving today
at noon, Arts 206.
* *      *
MAMOOKS — General meeting and elections noon today.
All members out please!
* *      *
Club general meeting in Physics
200 today at noon. All members
please attend.
* *      *
CARIBBEAN STUDENTS' Association general meeting today
at 12.30 in Physics 202. All
* *      *
Club meets Friday at noon in
Arts 101. All interested persons welcome.
* *      *
FENCING CLUB organizational meeting Friday 12.30 in
Arts 206. All members of faculty and students interested are
JAZZSOC presents Paul Bley
from L. A. Friday noon, Auditorium.
* *      *
PHRATERES meeting of all
old members Friday noon in the
Phrateres room.
* *      *
meeting Friday noon in F & G
102. All Moslem students invited to this meeting.
* *      *
CAMERA    CLUB    general
meeting Friday noon in Arts 204
All members should attend, if
* *      *
PSYCHOLOGY CLUB presents the film "Breakdown", in
H-M-2, Psychology building, on
Friday at noon.
* *      *
C.C.F. CLUB general meeting
Friday noon, Arts 104. Plans for
the year will be discussed.
* *       *
will be a meeting of the American Marketing Association
Club Friday noon in G-10.
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Student Discipline Committee
last night, charged last year's
head of the Canadian Democratic Party, Gerry Goeujon, with
violating the AMS constitution.
He is alleged to have solicited
funds  for the club  off campus.
Thc name of the party was
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TUDIO Page 4
Thursday, October 10, 1957
Barrie Hale
American Playwrights Guild Begins Talent Search
A new organization, 'ihe American Playwrights Guild has been formed by leading
figures in the Broadway theatre world for the purpose of discovering and guiding new
writing talents for the stage and television. Headed by President Harold Bromley, APG
is composed of theatre and TV producers, directors and editors who furnish playwrights throughout the United States and Canada with a professional, comprehensive
and co-ordinated service in all phases of th eir craft.
In this attempt to stimulate new talent, Mr. Bromley has gathered such personalities as John Byram as the Executive Editor; producers Herman Levin, Chandler Cowles,
Guthrie McChntic; director David Alexander and Paul Streger, Clarance Derwent and
Willard Swire as members of the Editorial Board of APG.
The Guild    was    organized <*> —	
primarily to ferret out suitable    Harold Bromley is known on
been playing The Cellar, Vancouver's only bona-fide jazz
bistro, for the past week. He will appear, fronting his
highly progressive foursome, in a Jazzsoc-sponsored concert noon tomorrow in the Auditorium. The concert may
prove to be one of the high spots of the coming season.
J. Huysmans: Absinth and Esoteria
(NOTE:—The author of the following piece feels that
the homey aromas of meat-and-poialoes criticism should be
occasionally spiced with odors of a more heady variety. His
conception of the latter appears below.—B. H.).
"Against The Grain"; J. K. Huysmans; Modern Library
Paperbacks ed.; 300 pp.
"A page of Huysmans is as a dose of opium, a glass
of something exquisite and spirituous." George Moore in
this agreeable sentence, captures some of the esoteric magnificence of this "fin de siecle" novel; a strange symbolist
fantasmagoria  of the absinth-* '	
colored late Nineteenth Century. Green absinth which cast
a yellow shadow on the nineties
in England's "greenery gallery" of intellectual progress;
a shadow producing epicene
shades and perverse symbols on
the English decadents, just as
Poe ihad done to Baudelaire.
Wilde, describing "Against
The Grain" in his "Portrait of
Dorian Gray," whispers, "as it
seemed to him, in exquisite
rainment, and to the delicate
sound of flutes, the sins of the
world were passing in dumb
show before him. Things of
which he had never dreamed
were gradually revealed . .  ."
Indeed, the perverseness of
this tome should appeal to anyone who likes to sip the delights of the obscure, not obscured in the search for exotic
scripts so sorely needed by the
legitimate theatre and network
television. One of its main
functions is to serve as an
agency which will foster and
encourage young writers by
aiding them in their craft as
well as in the proper marketing of their works.
To implement this plan, the
program of APG has been designed to permit each of the
experts to study the particular
script to determine its suitability for current Broadway and
TV markets. The Guild also
furnishes the playwright with
a composite, comprehensive,
critical analysis of his work
and a frank evaluation of its
commercial possibilities.
Should the judgment of the
Board and that of the Editors
be positive, APG uses its best
efforts to secure a Broadway
or TV production of the work.
The Guild then follows up by
aiding the playwright with all
negotiations and in the supervision of the details encountered in arranging for a production.
APG    producer • president,
Broadway for such presentations as "Glad Tidings," "The
Innocents," "Anna Christie,"
and others; and the Executive
Editor, John Byram was play
editor of Paramount Pictures
for 20 years.
On the Editorial Board, Herman Levin is the producer of
"My Fair Lady"; David Alexander has directed such musicals as "Pal Joey" and "Hazel
Flagg" on Broadway and
shows on TV from dramas to
spectaculars; Chandler Cowles
is General Manager of the NBC
Opera Company and has produced the operas of Menotti,
such as    "The    Consul".
The policy outlined by the
Guild requires each playwright
to write for a full set of particulars before submitting scripts
to be read. No action will be
taken on scripts whose authors
do not adhere to the stipulated
All inquiries are to be made
to the American Playwrights
Guild, Inc., 5 East 78th Street,
New York 21, N.Y.
man in search of relief from
the ennui of living, and the
strange pleasures he found
through flowers, Latin litera:
ture, and  moral aberration.
The novel is a masterpiece
by one of the most interesting
writers of the symbolist movement. One can sip it, relish it,
and taste it. It is a book impossible to drink, impossible to
spit out.
But what an infinitely delicious mouthful it is, how easily it rustles down one's
throat, how significantly it
realizes one's most Freudian
Why not try this liqueur of
philosphic drollness? It has
just been printed in the Modern Library Paperbacks published by Random House.
How  odddddd.
Casting for the Fredric Wood Theatre production
of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" has started; the production, directed
by Ian Thome, will be presented later this fall.
Player's Club will offer a noon-hour showing of William Saroyan's "Hello Out There" in the Auditorium,
October 30. The play will be directed by Richard Irwin.
Finally, readings will be held shortly for the traditional
trio of one-act plays presented by Player's Club nightly
for three nights in the Auditorium, November 17, 18 and 19.
What spectacle would result
if a twenty-year supply of the
National Geographic was
thrown into an electric fan?
Around the World In Eighty
Days. The only thing left out
is nude women making jungle
The film is a welcome relief
from the bronzed biceps, bared
belly and purple gauze Hollywood has associated with spectacle and length.
Nary a wrinkle appears to
mar the beauty of David Niven
as he sips tea in a typhoon to
the tune of "Rule Brittanla"
and fights truckloads of Indians in time to "Yankee
Doodle." As for dirty linen, the
thought is prohibitive.
The glorious audacity of
Michael Todd has also allowed
him to flaunt twentieth century talent and technical advance with the home-coming
enthusiasm of a college fullback,
The individual who has decided on standards of entertainment without trying to
escape the warm soul-sapping
mediority that is every day
Hollywood will be unable to
enjoy or evaluate this picture.
He will be lost.
The film was made by people who think big. If you
can't — don't go.
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It will, we know, sadden all art lovers everywhere to
learn that Chadaism has died.
It died at 3:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, October 5,
two weeks after it had been conceived, and in the same
place, that is, the basement suite of the editor of this
page and his wife. Attending the demise were three
of the four founding fathers of Chadi: the two previously
mentioned, and one Anthony C. Gambrill, journeyman
journalist and patron of the arts. The fourth perpetrator of
the Chadaism hoax, Reynolds Clark Osborne, jazzophile,
lover of good books, was absent, attending the Leadership
The Chadaist hoax was instigated by these four mainly
because they thought it would be fun; it was terminated
because, when no one tumbled to the extent of their
cleverness, it wasn't fun any more. It was thus decided, last
Sunday, to let down our hair completely and state that:
a) there is no such place as Oro Del Mar;
b) Henry Ormsby, George Poutrax and the rest
may well be naturalistic or abstract painters from Greenwich Village, but we never heard of them;
c) the text-of both articles came from the opium
hookah of Mr. Gambrill;
e) Chad does, in fact, exist, but insofar as we may
judge, has never been applied, with a delicately-designed
pipe or otherwise, to any surface other than the bottom
of an incinerator, and then in the most slipshod and
random fashion.
As far as it went, the hoax proved a number of
things, most of them distressing. First, most of the student
body of this university will believe anything they ean't
understand, so long as it is in print and abstrusely worded.
Those that don't fall into this category simply believed
the two particles, but thought the Chadaists absurd. Whatever the case, everyone was quite unvocal about the
whole thing.
Not only are we hurt, we are more than a little
Nicol Proves  'Dextrous
In "Girdle Me A Globe
Having just finished the massive "By Love Possessed" and
turning now to Eric Nicol's "Girdle Me A Globe," I felt as
relieved  as   that  great   contemporary  critic  Tom   McCahill
stepping from a Cadillac Elorado into an Austin-Healey 100.
"Girdle Me A Globe" proved * ~	
to be a slick little vehicle that
maintained a fast pace throughout. It is the story of Eric
Nicol's nine-month, honeymoon
expedition around the world,
with excellent illustrations by
Simpkins. We're given a combination of phantasy and real
experiences te m p e r e d by
Nicol's keen eye for the absurd.
Almost everything is grist
for the Ni'col mill, especially
the tourist who sees his surroundings through n view
finder, the amazingly unconcerned officials of transportation systems, and the ingenious
ingenuousness of native entrepreneurs,
Local customs provide interesting material. In Labour-
conscious parts of Australia,
he reports, first class railway
passengers are escorted to the
oldest, dirtiest coaches — right
behind the engine in case of
collision. "This sort or arrang-
ment," he observes, "Robespierre would have been crazy
Nicol's flights of imagination were, I thought, the best
passages. In a Swiss jewellery
shop he is examining a waterproof watch submerged in a
fish bowl, but is deterred from
the sale wtien the fish shakes
his head, slowily. He describes
the sea growth in Fiji: "Some
say the coral itself is poisonous. If you pick it up it may
start to growing on you, especially if you have a moist
Many   of   the   chapters   are
from Nicol's columns in the
"Province" and therefore show
the effect of the newspaperman's striving for the greatest
number of chuckles per inch
possible. This was the only
weakness about the book; I
prefer an easier-going style of
humor, as found, for example,
in Stephen Leacock.
Eric Nicol is wonderfully
dextrous with words, as: "The
bus of the desert has big,
spongy tires, camel - treads,
which provide a ride comparable to being tossed in a blanket by an indefatigable team
of lunatics."
For pun-lovers there is big
game. For example he describes the English as, "cut off
from hysteria and all the more
advanced forms of superstition,
a veritable lost continency."
Although h e approaches
Britain in his usual light vein
("You know you are getting
close to the lion country when
you smell his spoor, the acrid
stench of English pipe tobacco
in the boat-train from Paris
to Calais") he gives it an accolades as the only land where
man "behaves himself without
the intimidation of religion or
revolver-toting cops."
Eric Nicol is a UBC graduate
who is adding a lot to the
embryonic stirrings of Canadian writing; and "Girdle,"
while neither stirring nor profound, is extremely entertaining.
It may even keep you in
Tuesday, October 15
3:3(1, 6, 8:15
roberto rossellini's
a startling expose of the life of
GI's and prostitutes in post-war Rome.
and at 12:30 on Tuesday, Special Events and Filmsoc
presents the B.C. Premiere of
The Bespoke Overcoat


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