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The Ubyssey Jan 20, 1978

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The more than 2,600 students
who voted in the senate and board
of governors election Wednesday
still do not know the results thanks
to a dose of UBC bureaucracy.
And the results will not be announced until at least noon today,
because of an October senate
decision to give the registrar's
office 48 hours to tabulate the vote
But it only takes 24 hours to have
the results counted by the computer, according to UBC registrar
Jack Parnall.
"The computer people told us
that it ordinarily would only take 24
hours (to tabulate ballots), but in
case the machine broke down it
was recommended by the committee on the implementation of
the Universities Act that an additional 24 hours be added," he
"We just don't want to be late
with the results."
The implementation committee's recommendation for the
tabulation period was
at   the   Oct.   12   senate
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TELEX OF ELECTION RESULTS . . . fill in the blanks
Another complication is that the
registrar's budget cannot afford to
pay its staff the overtime pay that
would have been necessary to have
had the results released Thursday,
according to elections co-ordinator
Mary Raphael.
As a result, UBC students have to
wait an unnecessary 24 additional
hours for the results and this has
angered student politicians.
"The committee's logic is extremely faulty," Arnold Hedstrom,
student representative assembly
secretary-treasurer, said Thursday.
"We can live with a machine
breakdown. What concerns us is
that we should have the results as
soon as possible."
Board candidate Fran Watters
also condemned the bureaucratic
"They   (the registrar's office)
Vol. LX, No. 40
Jewett fears
P. McScrooge
Canadian University Press
Simon Fraser University
president Pauline Jewett said
Wednesday she hopes the
provincial government will be
more generous to B.C. universities
than education minister Pat
McGeer has hinted.
"I hope our grant increase will
be substantially more than zero
per cent and more than five or six
per cent," Jewett said.
The government, she said, may
be appearing tight with its cash
because it wants to discover if the
universities are running efficiently.
"An inadequate grant increase
could make us get into a mediocre
performance which is inefficient,"
she said.
If the government sees SFU
trying to make efficient use of its
resources, which is the purpose of
the university review committee,
Jewett said she hopes the government will provide an adequate
grant increase.
"The operating grant used to be
50-50. The federal government used
to put in approximately 50 per cent
although in British Columbia it was
less," Jewett said.
Meanwhile, in Victoria Tuesday,
McGeer claimed there will be no
education cutbacks this year.
"In fact there have been no
cutbacks in my memory," he said.
"The money allocated last year
was adequate."
He blamed the results of
negotiations between administrations and faculties and
subsequent "write-offs" in
education at universities for increased tuition fees this year.
"The costs could have been cut
so as not to increase fees," he said.
Asked how much tuition fees can
realistically increase, McGeer said
the education ministry has left that
decision up to individual institutions.
"Besides, student aid programs
are extremely generous," he said.
And, he said, if institutions
outprice themselves, enrolment
will decrease.
"It's all part of autonomy and
with that goes responsibility on the
part of the institutions," McGeer
Jewett said the Canada Council
and the National Research Council
have provided money for fundamental research but she is
concerned that these sources are
drying up. Taking inflation into
account, the grant is about half
what it was 10 or 15 years ago.
The university, she said, takes on
a large amount of research
because no other segment of
society does a sufficient amount of
Echoing recent comments by
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny, Jewett said the
federal government has been
pulling the financial rug out, not
only from the universities, but
cultural institutions, cultural
bodies and other educational institutions.
"There is a tendency, when
squeezes have to be made, to make
them on what seems to be luxuries
in our society and there may well
be a feeling nowadays that
university education is a luxury."
"There may well be a feeling
that university professors are too
well paid," she said.
"When you look at what the
average assistant professor gets
compared to somebody who has
been teaching four or five years he
doesn't do as well.
"He may get around $18,000 or
$19,000, as do a great many people
in society who haven't had to spend
those years preparing themselves
for their job."
Jewett said it is the university's
fault that the public thinks the
administrators are making huge
—matt king photo
PROVINCIAL LIBERAL LEADER Gordon Gibson declined invitation
from UBC engineers to give speech from throne, or more precisely
speaker's chair imported to UBC from B.C. legislature by gears. UBC
Young Liberals president Don Grant was present to chair meeting,
which the engineers termed boring and left after giving Gibson gift.
just don't realize how important
this election is to students," she
"There's just no excuse for
The only result released Thursday was an unofficial tabulation
of die number of ballots cast. The
senate-at-large candidates
received 2,687 votes, while 2,837
students voted in the board election.
The implementation committee
decided to use a computer for this
election partly because of a vote
discrepancy in the 1977 board
election, Parnall said.
"A computer count is a more
certain way of counting ballots.
There was a mistake in the sums
last year, so the committee
decided to recommend the use of
the computer," he said.
In the 1977 board election, a 300-
vote discrepancy was discovered
the day after the official count was
released. The votes did not alter
the over-all results.
The computer key punching was
finished at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but
the cost of overtime prevented the
release of the results, assistant
registrar John Piercy said
The tabulated vote results were
stored in UBC's IBM-370 computer
Thursday afternoon and will not be
released until at least noon today.
U of M sets
tuition fee
University of Montreal administration has set another
deadline for students who have
refused to pay tuition fees for the
fall semester.
Ten per cent of the university's
30,000 students continue to boycott
fees, the administration says.
- The administration has set Jan.
31 as the latest deadline for fee
payment. Students have successfully resisted three earlier
Students agreed last October to
boycott all fees until after
Christmas, when most students
were to have received government
financial aid.
The university had been pressing
students to take out individual
bank loans to pay for tuition,
despite what student leaders
termed "a hard summer of unemployment for youth."
Denis Vallieres, a spokesman for
the U de M student organization,
said the only students who have not
paid are those who cannot afford
The administration said it will
not register students returning for
the winter semester until fees are
paid and will withhold students'
marks until fees are paid for both
salaries. which the engineers termed boring and left after giving Gibson gift. semesters.
Gears give Grit Gibson great gag gift
B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Gibson has       mounted the stage to present the speaker's        Prevent Burglaries. This item marked
B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Gibson has
always wanted more seats for his party in the
legislature, but this wasn't exactly what he
had in mind.
Gibson expressed first surprise and then
disapproval when a swarm of red-jacketed
UBC engineering students interrupted his
speech in SUB auditorium and carried the
legislative speaker's chair onto the stage to
present to him.
The gears, who allegedly liberated the
chair last week and replaced it with a
pyramid carrying their insignia, demanded a
$1,000 charity donation from the government
for returning the 300-pound chair.
Gibson, B.C.'s lone Liberal MLA, displayed
quick recognition of the engineers' chant and
red jackets by declaring to the audience: "it's
the engineers. I wonder what they want. I
thought Engineering Week was over last
As   the  engineers  filled   the   aisle   and
mounted the stage to present the speaker's
chair to Gibson, he pleaded, "please don't do
this again. Don't steal the chair, again!"
"Who stole it? No! No! We found it! We
found it!" the gears shouted.
"I'm very glad you returned the chair,"
Gibson said.
The Liberal leader said he appreciated the
high-spirited nature of the prank but advised
the engineers to be careful in the future to
avoid pranks "that come close to the law," as
their alleged lifting of the chair did.
As the engineers began to leave, Gibson
said, "engineers, I hope you'll stay in the
audience for the rest of the talk!"
"Boring! Boring! Boring," shouted the
departing engineers.
"Now the rest of the talk is going to be about
politics," Gibson replied.
The chair was returned with a note taped to
its back with two RCMP Neighborhood Watch
stickers stating, "Neighborhood Watch.
Prevent Burglaries. This item marked in
duplicate for identification."
The envelope containing the note held an
engineers' sticker "Rejected by Engineers,"
and was addressed to house speaker Ed
In the note the engineers asked the
provincial government to pay $1,000 to the
Jack Wasserman-Tiny Tim crippled
children's fund and warned: "Should the
provincial government of British Columbia
fail to respond to this proposal, severe and
just recourse may result by the anonymous
group involved in this practical joke.
"They appear to be an extremely temperamental group and should be avoided in
future dealing," the note said.
Also attached to the chair was a large
photograph of Gibson.
After the speech Gibson was asked by a
photographer to sit in the chair for a picture.
See page 8: SMITH Page 2
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Page 3
Education fails to provide equality
Education has failed in its attempt to
provide equal opportunity to students,
Simon Fraser University president Pauline
Jewett said Thursday.
And researchers are beginning to realize
this at the same time minority groups,
disadvantaged people and women are
beginning to realize how important
education is.
Speaking in a panel discussion at the third
annual Breaking The Mould conference at
UBC, sponsored by the dean of women's
office and the education faculty, Jewett said
critiques by various educators are influencing governments to spend less money
on education.
"One of the reasons governments have
been turned off education in recent years ...
is that so many of the findings that we've
seen suggest that public education has failed
in providing for greater equality," she told
about 300 people in Scarfe.
JEWETT . . . 'no equal opportunities'
Pat launches
appeal of
court ruling
Education minister Pat McGeer
is appealing a supreme court
decision that remarks he made
about the Notre Dame University
faculty association were not
protected by parliamentary
privilege, UBC faculty association
president Richard Roydhouse said
McGeer was charged by the
Association of Commercial and
Technical Employees (formerly
the Faculty Association of Notre
Dame University) with violating
section five of the B.C. Labor Code,
which guards against the use of
coercion or intimidation regarding
union membership.
The charges stem from remarks
McGeer made to the effect that
continued post-secondary
education at the Nelson university
(renamed David Thompson
University Centre) would be
jeopardized by the existence of a
unionized faculty.
ACTE felt intimidated, and laid
charges, Roydhouse said. McGeer
claimed his remarks were
protected by parliamentary
privilege and not meant to intimidate.
"We (UBC faculty association)
offered our services in any way to
FANDU (ACTE) or McGeer to
solve the problem (of the
"No one was interested."
Charged along with McGeer
were several education ministry
officials and university administrators who made comments
similar to McGeer's.
Subsequent to McGeer's comments the Socred government
introduced legislation which
eliminated the certification and
bargaining rights of the Notre
Dame faculty association.
But that section of the
legislation, Bill 68, was later
deleted after the government
passed an amendment to the
Universities Act which removed
university faculty members from
the labor code's jurisdiction.
"They (people) certainly expected it
would enable people to overcome the
disadvantages that they had before entering
the (education) system.
"Even the different resources that go into
education don't seem to have any great
effect or matter very much in the outcome."
Jewett said studies show education has
little effect on what an individual makes of
his or her life — about a quarter of the
outcome is attributable to education; the
rest stems from luck, personality, upbringing and so on.
But, she said, while there are still people
who have not had an equal opportunity to
take advantage of the education system, it
should be provided, inadequate or not.
"My own view is that we cannot stop some
of the trends that we have seen developing,
that we in a mass education society, have
still not sufficiently provided opportunities
for the disadvantaged or minority groups
and women.
"All of these (problems) require positive
and aggressive action and much as we
should not start dismantling or changing it
when there are still some who have not had a
chance at all."
Associate UBC education professor Daniel
Brown, speaking instead of NDP MLA
Rosemary Brown, who was unable to attend, said there are three tools which can be
used to fight sexism in the education
Brown, who spent several years working
and studying in the U.S., said the government there passed legislation, Title Nine,
against sexual discrimination against males
and females in all levels of education.
He said that because schools depend on
the federal government for 15 to 20 per cent
of their funding, the threat of withdrawal of
financial support could be used effectively
to enforce the law.
Brown said one of the areas affected by
the law is physical education. He said
sexism is the most obvious here.
And he said this is one area where the
government can most effectively use the
threat of economic withdrawal.
"When the going gets tough the jocks get
going and they respond well to financial
encouragement of this sort," Brown said.
A second tool available is the formation of
groups to deal with the problem of sexism.
He said a group of female students
reacted to harassment from male
colleagues, not being taken seriously by
male professors, and dealing with hostile,
male interviewers by banding together and
having regular meetings.
"They shared their problems daily
because sexism is a daily occurrence," he
"The women facilitated their careers and
personal growth immensely."
The third tool, more useful to men, is
women's actions.
"The men (associating with the women
who formed the group) came to realize the
women had an advantage because of their
cohesiveness," Brown said.
"We men have our mould too. It's a macho
thing. Why can't a man be less like a
"For men, the mechanism of a new
awareness (of sexism problems) may be
through women's actions."
Brown touched briefly on the subject of
Vancouver Sun writer Doug Collins' recent
defence of the sexist tradition of the
engineers' Lady Godiva ride.
"At home we could get back at Doug
Collins (for supporting the Lady Godiva
ride) by kidnapping him, stripping him and
parading him on a horse downtown.
"But no, our super-sexist has his point of
view too. So do engineers. They're people
Thelma Cook, assistant UBC education
professor and supervisor of the Native Indian Teacher Education Program, spoke
about the criteria that determine success
and failure in North American society.
She said one researcher has reduced the
criteria to three determinants: wealth, sex
and race. Each determinate has a positive
status and a negative one, with positive
being rich, male and white and negative
being poor, female and non-white.
"The farther an individual or group varies
from the positive (status) the less predictable the chance the individual or group of
success in society," Cook said.
She said the native Indian education
program is "exemplary."
Cook said it is a pregram designed to
correct some of the inequalities endured by
native Indian students and to enable more of
them to enter university, teaching and other
professions currently dominated by non-
She said school districts are becoming
increasingly supportive of the program,
which, so far, have been successful.
"A number of years ago, Bill Reid (a
native artist; was carving a totem pole at
UBC for Totem Park," Cook said.
"And he noted there were more totem
poles than Indians at UBC.
Let me tell you today the score is even.
"And next year the Indians will have it."
UBC philosophy of education professor
Leroi Daniels, called upon by moderator
Naomi Hersom, elementary education
director, to summarize the panel's corn-
See page 8: UBC
MOULD BREAKERS taking part in panel discussion on education
and equal opportunities at UBC are (from left) David Brown, Naomi
Hersom and John Andrews. Discussion entitled Breaking the Mould
—craig heale photo
was sponsored by dean of women's office and education faculty and
attended by 300 people. Panel was part of day-long conference
featuring seminars and workshops.
Feds assist career training program
UBC programs aimed at the development of women in non-
traditional working roles are
receiving assistance for the first
time from the federal government.
A grant has been awarded by the
government to both UBC's career
counselling and internship
program and to the co-operative
education program, says Maryke
Gilmore, assistant to the dean of
women, Margaret Fulton. Gilmore
and Cheryl Bond of the women's
office will jointly co-ordinate the
two programs.
The grant will allow the dean of
women's office to hire two
assistants, provided by Canadian
employment and immigration, for
a six-month period under Canada's
winter works program, Gilmore
As soon as office space is made
available by arts dean Robert Will
faculty and student affairs and
vice-president Erich Vogt, an
assistant and a secretary will join
the" office of the dean of women.
Assistants are needed to handle
applications from students interested in the programs and to
assist with the expanding volume
of work produced by the response
of employers and students to the
programs, said Gilmore.
Students involved in the
programs are being placed in
positions created especially by
participating companies to encourage women to enter non-
traditional professional fields.
The career counselling and internship program affords third-
and fourth-year arts and science
students work experience in their
field of interest for four to eight
hours a week during the school
The interns in the program are
not paid but they do get expert
advice from members of the staff
of the company they intern with.
The co-operative education
program places first- and second-
year students interested in entering the fields of forestry and
engineering in summer jobs
related to those fields.
Students in the program will get
a salary ranging from $800 to $1,200
a month, to be paid by the employing firm.
For their internship in the career
counselling program, Sue Stewart,
a creative writing graduate
student, and Linda Svendsen, arts
4, are working with the Community
Music School to produce an
educational videotape.
"The Community Music School
needs a demonstration videotape
to show parents of prospective
students their teaching methods,"
Stewart says.
"We have been observing the
music classes every week for four
hours to acquaint ourselves with
their methods."
Stewart said she has had little
experience with the technical side
of film making because she has
always been more interested in the
creative part.
"I feel more comfortable doing
the editing and writing because I
never had any need to acquaint
myself with the equipment and
hardware," she said.
"Women have been involved in
documentary films for years, but
usually the conceptual aspects
rather than the technical," Stewart
"The internship is an opportunity for individual action. I
don't think of it as a woman's
program. I want to prove to myself
that I am a professional, that I can
do it." Page 4
Friday, January 20, 1978
Cullen sells out
It's one of the oldest, most hackneyed political tricks —
when the economy's in trouble, blame it on immigrants.
Federal manpower and immigration minister Bud
Cullen, fresh from an attack on woefully inadequate
minimum wages, announced that international students will
now be able to suffer from provincial restrictions in addition
to the federal ones. The provinces will now be able to deny
international students the freedom of choice.
Part of this gestapo system includes forced 'special
authorization' before entering Canada, and the need to get
special permission before changing faculty or institution.
This set of regulations follows the Liberal government's
new Immigration Act, which gives immigration officers the
right to expel 'undesirable' immigrants.
When looking at the act, the government of Canada
winds up looking like the government of South Africa.
Cullen said the regulations are an example of how
federal-provincial collaboration can produce a "mutually
useful result." Mutually useful, that is, to the politicians who
are unable to improve our economy and fall back on the old
'get the furriners' gambit to pick up votes.
The governments of Alberta and Ontario have already
brought in differential fees, for international students, which
are a callous and cynical political trick. To his credit, B.C.
education minister Pat McGeer has refused to use that cheap
trick. We hope that he would repudiate the federal policy.
The alleged burden on taxpayers generated by
international students is much smaller than people naively
believe, and international students add greatly to the
atmosphere of a university, which allegedly is the place
society sets up for the free flow of ideas and knowledge.
It is disturbing to have people who would sell out for
nothing running our government.
Out of order
If you're unhappy about not knowing who students
elected to the board or senate two days ago, thank the
registrar's office, which took every measure in its grasp to
make sure the results were delayed as long as possible. Jack
Parnall, the senate and computers willing, we'll have the
results next Tuesday — maybe.
JANUARY 20, 1978
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the university year by the Alma Mater
Society of the University of B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS or the
university administration. Member, Canadian University Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a
weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the Student Union
Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Chris Gainor
Excitement reigned In the Ubyssey office today as Mike Bocking gave birth to a two-ounce baby rabbit. "Oh
how cute!" shrilled Marcus Gee and Ralph Maurer. "What's Its name," asked David Morton, "Chris Gainor," replied
Kathy Ford as she dived for cover. Tom Hawthorn and Bruce Baugh snatched the hapless Infant and tried to start a
game of dropklck the bunny around the office. They were prevented by Ted (alias Theo) Collins, Greg Edwards, Carol
Read and Verne McDonald. "Mmmm, rabbit stew," drooled the sadistic Bill Tieleman as punk Will Wheeler threatened
to eat It raw and puke Its entrails on Greg Strong and Craig Heale. "Ehhh, what's up, doer quipped Nicholas Read,
Mario Lowther and Lloyanne Hurd. "Giving birth to that must have been a hare-raising experience," remarked Matt
King, oblivious to the fact that John Leklch and Steve Simkln were furious. "Very bunny," snuffled Gray Kyles,
nasally. Maureen KIrkbrlde was clearly unimpressed. "I've had an earful," she said. "And besides, there's a new staffers
meeting today at noon. Hop to It."
We should have the right
to choose our own drugs
In the past year or so, an issue has arisen
which gives us some insight into the contemporary political spectrum. The issue is
the use and legalization of the controversial
drug vitamin B-17, or laetrile as it is commonly known.
It is said that this drug causes the
remission of tumors and has produced
miraculous cures, or at least the
prolongation of life, in terminally-ill cancer
The news of the laetrile treatment
received international attention when it was
investigated on the CBS documentary show
Sixty Minutes almost two years ago. At
that time, the use of the drug was prohibited
in Canada and the U.S., and those who
wanted it had to go to Mexico or West
The show presented both sides of the
argument. The medical establishment,
notably the American Medical Association,
claims that laetrile has not been proven
effective and offers false hope to terminally-
ill cancer patients and leads them to reject
conventional methods (which are infinitely
more expensive, it may be added).
Not so, retort the pro-laetrile forces.
These people have nothing to lose and
shouldn't be denied a chance.
The battle has raged back and forth in
medical journals and more recently in the
general media.
One only has to scan the contemporary
political spectrum for reaction to the issue
to find out how bankrupt the major factions
are when it comes to principles.
Establishment liberals, the dominant
faction, are in their usual quandary trying to
determine which stand will give them the
most political mileage. They huddle in their
back rooms over the latest opinion polls,
searching statistics for some guide to their
Cam Osborne, history 4, is president of
Libertarian Society of UB.C. Perspectives is
open to all members of the UBC community.
The socialist left has been silent on the
issue. One assumes that each of the minor
factions representing socialism's 57
varieties has scurried back to its respective
bookstore, searching the scriptures for the
answer to whether laetrile has a place in its
version of the transformed society.
Conservatives, as usual, are confused, not
knowing whether to have faith in the AMA
and the state, or their own hunches, or the
media, or God.
It's not surprising these days to find
among politicos a rejection of the search for
principle, for these are the days of
pragmatic politics.
But wait. Recently in the U.S. a group
called the committee for freedom of choice
in cancer therapy was formed. If we look
closely, we discover this group to be a right-
wing Birchite organization.
The name of the committee gets right to
the point. The real issue involved is whether
the drug should be legalized for general use
in cancer treatment. The committee is
working hard to repeal the AMA-sponsored
ban on laetrile. While it is possible that the
medical establishment is right on scientific
grounds, the committee is certainly correct
on political grounds.
The right-wing has latched onto a controversial issue, and for the first time in
decades appears to be winning. Laetrile has
been legalized now in 10 states and has a
good chance of getting off the books in five
more. Of course, Canada, as usual, will
meekly remain 10 years behind the U.S.
waiting to see what will happen.
Politically, the committee is right, in
more ways than one. As far as laetrile goes,
they are calling for what libertarian
psychiatrist Thomas Szasz calls "the right
to   self-medication".
Even when the risks are so high?
Especially when the risks are so high.
That will allow full competition between the
alternatives, with each individual assuming
his or her own risks. In this way the truth
will emerge much sooner.
One shouldn't carry a defense of the right-
wing too far of course. At the same time as
advocating freedom of choice in this area,
they oppose it in others. Instead of raising
the banner with "freedom of choice in
cancer therapy" on it they should advocate
simply, "freedom of choice". Period.
Why, after all, should there be freedom of
choice in cancer therapy but not, say, in the
case of recreational drugs such as
marijuana, cocaine, and the opiates?
The principle, of course, is the same for
any drug. The right-wing has shown us that
they, like all other political factions, can
abandon principle when it suits their purpose, selectively persecuting those individuals whose lifestyles are not to their
The drug issue is a good test of the principles of these factions. Conservatives see
hip drugs (not booze or cigarettes, of
course) as a threat to God, civilization, or
Criticizing the cult of liberalism and
carrying it to its logical conclusion, Irving
Kristol wrote, "one of these days, the Food
and Drug Administration is going to
discover that Jack Daniels gives rats
cirrhosis of the liver, and we'll be back with
prohibition again."
Do the Marxists offer us a choice? In his
article, No drugs in the New Society"
(Skeptic Magazine, January, 1977) Irwin
Silber, American slingshot of socialism and
editor of the Marxist-Maoist Guardian
pontificates that "the 'drug revolution' of
recent years is only one more manifestation
of the decadence of a dying social
system ... In the new socialist society, a
few public executions of the chiefs of the
drug traffic will be an effective statement of
the revolutionary government's intentions
and should have a chilling effect on any who
would aspire to replace them."
Some choice.
In the same issue of "Skeptic" we come
across an article by Thomas Szasz which
deals a devastating blow to Silber and all
others who support the prohibition or
regulation of drugs. Szasz advocates that we
use some simple logic and look at the facts
— for a change.
When it comes to the drug issue, the major
factions of the current political scene have
clearly discarded principles and taken up
pragmatic window-dressing. Unfortunately,
most people fall for it.
Me? I'll take my chances with hippies
smoking pot on living room floors and
carrying concealed guitars. Winos sprawled
on Cordova Street, junkies shooting up in
one-room dives, and people making
mistakes in treating their cancer offer me
more protection of my liberties than a
paternalistic state dictating what is and
isn't good for us.
When it comes to the question of
preventing people from choosing what to put
into their bodies, damn it, there ought not to
be a law. Friday, January 20, 1978
Page 5
Male chauvinist hierarchy hurts women's programs
The position of dean of women,
as we know it, is about to be extinguished. It seems decisions are
being made, both within and
without the student services
review committee to assimilate the
support programs offered by the
dean's office into a streamlined,
centralized bureaucracy of student
But many students are
questioning the wisdom of this.
Up until now the office, though
greatly underfunded, has been able
to offer a wide range of counselling
services, to provide relief and aid
in cases of emergency or great
need and to advocate and support
an increasing role for women in the
university community.
In order to do this, the office has
supported female students in
academic and student aid appeals,
investigated cases of
Wrong, sis
The intent of the 'sister' poster
issued by the UBC women's
committee was clear and
laudable: to suggest that women
are people, not objects.
Sadly, the execution was flawed.
What the poster actually does is
appeal to a notion of male sexual
honor, based on the view of women
as passive creatures needing the
protection of a man. This view may
be summed up in the phrase 'a real
man looks after his womenfolk.'
One cannot effectively fight fire
with fire, nor, it seems to me,
sexism with sexism.
Mike Smith
arts 4
discrimination or abuse, aided the
genesis and evolution of the
women's studies program and
recently instituted a co-op
education program in forestry and
engineering, which is a form of
affirmative action for women in
the areas of enrolment and employment.
'Die predominantly male and
chauvinist hierarchy of the
university (and I'm speaking here
from experience, not rhetoric) has
either praised, been indifferent to,
or opposed various of these services depending on how they interfere with the established
running of the university.
Now, under the cloak of consolidation and revision of student
services, (behind which of course
lies the dagger of cutbacks) we
stand to lose, at least in quality, the
majority of these services through
absorption into a much larger
The very essence of the office
lies in its independence and ability
Count me out from offended women
For some reason I can't remember being officially
questioned about my opinion of Lady Godiva's ride.
However, it must have been done as Moe Sihota
stated that "basically, most people on this campus
think this Lady Godiva's Ride is outdated, unpopular
and childish," and I'm sure he wouldn't make a
statement like that without some factual knowledge
of the situation. Or would he?
What was the student representative assembly
censure based on? Their opinion, the women's
committee's, or that of the campus (they do
represent all of us, don't they). Well their opinion
didn't represent those who chose (on their own free
will) to watch Lady Godiva, plus those who would
have attended but had other commitments. Don't
forget to include all the Gage residents who watch
from their balcony.
Some may have been offended, but they had the
choice of staying away. Besides, I've talked to
several people about Lady Godiva's ride. None were
offended (yes I did talk to women).
I would like to express my objection concerning the
women's committee, who seem to think that all
women follow their viewpoint. I don't and I know
others who don't. The women's committee protray
the image that women must be "protected" against
exploitation. I find their view sexist as I believe a
liberated woman can fend for herself, without the
help of a mob.
I was not offended by Lady Godiva's ride, I enjoyed
the Red Rag, so count me out in your head count of
"offended" women.
Mary Pascoe
commerce 4
Lady Godiva, Red Rag are harmless
I am in the engineering undergraduate society and I would
never deny being in the faculty;
nor would I deny being a Godiva
follower, reading the Red Rag,
participating in their stunts, or
owning a red sweater.
Now, in the last few days there
has been a major focus on the
above events. The women's
committee, Doug Kenny and the
Alma Mater Society president
have looked down on these activities and want them stopped.
The Lady Godiva ride is a longstanding tradition and I cannot see
it coming to an end.
According to the dean of women
Margaret Fulton, "the young men
who take part in these activities
are socially illiterate . . . but it is
an insult not only to women but to
mature thinking." We may have
insulted the women — I doubt it —
but she insulted us by saying we
are socially illiterate (about
mature thinking; the women
should think maturely and cast off
the Lady Godiva ride as a joke
because that's all it is).
She also comments on the Red
Rag. On Wednesday when all the
12,000 copies were distributed,
there wasn't a copy found by mid-
afternoon.  In both these annual
events, we are not infringing on
people's rights because it is up to
the individual to take part.
I feel that there is a small
minority — I may be wrong — that
totally disagree with the activities
which take place during
engineering week. I think if a
serious survey were taken so that
everyone who wanted could add
their say, the questions should
Is the Lady Godiva ride offensive
to you?
Do you consider the Red Rag to
be offensive?
Do either of the events show
sexist attitudes?
Have the results tabulated so the
real opinion of this university
community can be known.
One last point: when the
engineers are participating in the
Godiva ride and publishing the Red
Rag, none of them think of these as
being harmful and sexist, so why
do other people fuss over such
trivial shit?
F. Bruce Hayden
geological engineering 2
for innovation, both of which are
What should be the role of the
office? I would like to suggest that,
besides continuing the supportive
and counselling services, the small
co-op education program for
female forestry and engineering
students be expanded and that the
principles behind it be applied in
affirmative action programs for all
the professional and graduate
To give examples of the problem
at hand the following are the
percentages (to the nearest unit of
five percentages) of women
enrolled this year in the first years
of various programs: engineering
five per cent, architecture 20 per
cent, commerce 30 per cent,
dentistry 25 per cent, forestry 20
per cent, law 30 per cent, medicine
30 per cent, science 30 per cent,
Ph.D. (total) 20 per cent, M.Sc.
(total) 25 per cent.
So, with some federal funds
available, we should not be afraid
to initiate and expand such
programs and the office is the
obvious office for organizing them.
Thus I believe an expanded
dean's office is needed with more
funds available for its counselling
services and affirmative action
programs. However, nearly four
months after 'dean Margaret
Fulton announced her resignation,
the president has not set up a
search committee to look for and
receive applications for a new
If such a committee is not immediately formed, then there will
certainly not be enough time to
adequately advertise and obtain
the best applicants for the position.
To say, as the administration has
done, that we must wait until after
the report of the student services
review committee (not expected
until at least the end of this term),
is to place the fate of the office in
jeopardy and to mean that we will
not have a dean of women next
If you are concerned about this,
then letters to the student services
review committee, vice-president
Vogt, president Kenny and The
Ubyssey may help.
John Russell
Story misses the point
Who wrote that horrible article that professed to cover the panel
discussion concerning women in media? Having attendt d that meeting, I
was appalled to see such gross misrepresentation and such poor quality
How did you miss the whole point of the discussion? The panelists' most
prominent point (for those who missed the panel and had the misfortune
of reading the account of it in The Ubyssey) was that persistance is the
key to success.
The discussion was focused mainly on how a person can penetrate into
the competitive world of media and what kind of obstacles they face. The
stress was not on women versus men in media, for the fact is that the
panelists all agreed that women did have equal opportunity in the media.
This question of equality was specifically raised by moderator Maryke
Gilmore, and not one of the panelists thought that they were supressed in
their current positions by men in their field.
Why then did you begin the article with the extremely misleading
sentence quoting the panel as saying "women in the media are being
intimidated by their male colleagues?"
The technique of intimidation is used on both male and female novices
in the media. Whoever threw together the article with the headline
"Media women intimidated—panel," made it seem as if these women
were quivering in their boots. On the contrary.
These women did have fears, rejection, upsetting experiences, night
shifts and long arduous hours, but so did all the men in the same position.
The women panelists persisted and pushed their way into the competitive realm of media in the same manner that any male would. The
male-female issue was discussed — very briefly — and was the least
interesting part of the discussion, since their seemed to be no conflict or
preferential treatment toward either sex in the media industry.
I would also like to point out a terrible mistake in the second-to-last
sentence in the article, saying Jan O'Brien "urged students interested in
talcing up a career in journalism to join a fine student newspaper such as
The Ubyssey."
O'Brien never used the word "fine" and even if she had, there is no
doubt she would have reconsidered such an absurd statement after
reading that dreadful article.
Glenda Leznof f
arts 4
'Sister' posters backfire
This letter is in response to Carol
Nielsen's letter in Tuesday's
paper. In that letter it was contended that the sister posters were
too deep for me to comprehend.
No, they were not beyond my
depth of comprehension, though I
do not have a sister I would not like
to see the hypothetical Mary Sue as
This is not because of the reasons
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Naked horse objectionable
Last week, many were witness to one of the most vulgar and disgusting
events to occur each year on campus. I refer, no doubt, to the shocking
display of equine nudity exhibited in the Lady Godiva ride.
It is quite understandable that president Kenny should react with,
alarm, that the university's engineering staff should voice disdain (for,
indeed, they are the ones responsible for removing all horse excrement
which may have been left behind), and that above all, people should
protest on behalf of women, whose sex is well known to demonstrate a
great fondness toward the noble equus.
The subjection of a poor horse, in puris naturalibus, to this mortifying
streak through campus is utterly deplorable. I would find the ride no less
abhorrent than if the prodigious number of male students escorting the
horse, or even worse, the line of protestors, were to strip down and parade
about in the same obscene fashion.
Theodore Baraces
chairman, Mamooks
that some of the anti-Godiva
arguments centre on but rather
because I would not like to see
Mary Sue associated with the trade
to which some of the horse riders
belong. Also I would hope that
Mary Sue would be more modest.
"The theme in my first letter was
that the posters had backfired by
attracting larger crowds, this was
merely an observation, it was not
meant as a review of the posters.
Perhaps the crowds went away
sympathetic to your view and the
posters were successful in their
However, as Ms. Nielsen (arts 4)
and I are graduating this year, we
will probably not know what the
effect will be on next year's ride.
Andrew W. F. Metten
civil engineering 4
The Ubyssey welcomes letters
from all readers.
Although an effort is made to
publish all letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity,
legality, grammar or taste. Page 6
Friday, January 20, 1978
Hot flashes
Peace group
meets Tuesday
The chairman of the Canadian
Peace Congress will be speaking at
a public meeting Tuesday on New
Hopes for Disarmament.
John Morgan's speech is
sponsored by the B.C. Peace
Council and is part of a campaign
to arouse public awareness of the
special session on disarmament of
the United Nations general
assembly, meeting in May.
The Canadian Peace Congress is
a non-profit organization financed
entirely  by voluntary donations.
It is a member of the World
Peace Council with  headquarters
in Helsinki and affiliates in 120
Morgan will be speaking at the
United Church Hall at 49th and
Oak at 8 p.m.
Morgan is also a Unitarian
Workers' side
What is happening in the B.C.
Tel strike-lockout situation?
Bill Brewer, information
officer for the striking
Telecommunications Workers'
Union, will speak on what the
TWU is fighting for at a forum
tonight at 8 p.m., at 1208
Admission for the forum is 50
cents for students and the
unemployed and $1 for workers.
Tween classes
Chinese   painting   class,   5:30  p.m.,
SUB 125.
Women's  drop-In,   noon,  SUB  130.
Architecture retrospective,  11 a.m.,
SUB art gallery.
Playing  Alberta Golden Bears, 7:30
p.m., Thunderbird arena.
Ski a Seymour, diner et disco apres,
noon. La Malson Internationale.
Beer garden,  5:30  to 6  p.m.,  Grad
centre ballroom.
Movie, noon, SUB 215 or SUB 205.
B.C.   Tel    Lockout,    8   p.m.,    1208
Granville St.
Wine and cheese party, 4 to 6 p.m.,
RUS lounge.
Informal  discussion   on  Bakal faith,
noon, SUB 115.
Falk   Night,   8   p.m.,  Garden  room,
Grad Student Centre.
Clarke Blais and BharatI Bukherjee
discuss their views on India Canada,
noon, Buch. 203.
Roy   Stokes:   "The   Art   of   Public
Speaking," noon, Buch. 202.
Playing Alberta Golden Bears, 7:30
p.m., Thunderbird arena.
Volleyball team practice, 8:30 p.m.,
Thunderbird Gym B.
Sports night, 7:30 p.m.,
Thunderbird Gym A.
Car   rally,   4   p.m.,   B   lot,   opposite
Winter Sports Centre.
Party tonight, Whistler.
Car Rally. 1 p.m., RUS lounge.
Guitar class, 6 p.m., SUB 125.
Photographic   exhibition,   12   to   3
p.m., SUB art gallery.
Women's  drop-In,   noon,  SUB  130.
Student fellowship, noon, SUB 205.
Choir,     7:30     p.m.,     International
Women's Committee meeting, noon,
SUB 130.
Drop-In   for  lesbians  and  gay  men,
noon, SUB 113.
Experience    necessary,    5   to   6:30
p.m., Armouries 208.
General   meeting,   noon,   Angus  24.
Bible studying, noon, SUB 212A.
Big or Small Jobs l
Lesbian drop-In, noon, SUB 130.
Dance exploration, 3:30, SUB 212.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
For more information on the
forum or to arrange childcare for
the evening, call 688-5924.
Feminist psychologist and
therapist Dawn Farber will be
conducting a workshop for
women exploring and learning
how to disengage themselves from
restrictive role-playing.
There will be six Monday
evening sessions, from 7-10:30
p.m. starting Monday. Enrolment
is limited to 12 women, and
applications should  be  in today.
Noon speak
The stimulating form of
discussion, debating, is not just
arguing a point back and forth.
The UBC Debating Society is
holding a series of noon lectures
in Buchanan 202.
There will be lectures on: the
Art of Public Speaking, today,
Analysis and Reasoning, on
Wednesday, and on a Choice of
Words on February 1.
Come and be stimulated.
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LECTURE. The distinguished husband-
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in Lecture Hall No. 2 of Woodward
IRC. They"ll also read selections from
their latest book "Days and Nights
in Calcutta," selected by the Book of
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Stuff pride into briefcases
Remember how easy it was to
classify the kids back in high
school? It was simple spotting the
athletes, the goofs, the good-
lookers and the weirdos, but the
most distinctive group of all was
the briefcase boys.
They usually sat at the front of
the class so that all you could see
was the backs of their heads. But
even from this angle their style
was distinctive, with a haircut
short enough to show ears.
To catch a briefcase boy full
frontal was to catch an incredible
eyeful. There were the hornrimmed glasses, the short-sleeved
white shirt with the button-down
collar, and the baggy pants which
were always short enough to reveal
black Oxford shoes. But the absolute tour de force of this vision
was the ever-present, ever-
omniscient briefcase.
What strange and mysterious,
weird and wonderful things were
secreted in this trademark of
higher intelligence? We may never
know. We have all moved on, since
those high school days, to new
personalities befitting that institution which has become our
new home, UBC. Alas, the brief-
The Ubyssey, although usually
unbiased and sagacious in its
editorials, should be condemned
for its support of the engineers'
abduction of the speaker's chair
from the legislature.
Although the stunt appears to be
of harmless intent, such behavior
epitomizes the exploitation and
degradation of our political
system. Surely the continued
belittling of our political traditions
can only lead to anarchy.
One can only conclude that the
engineers (and The Ubyssey
editorial staff) must be politically
Dave Maddison
chemical engineering 3
Bill Berzins
geological engineering 3
case boys have thrown away their
briefcases and become . . . the
Without the burden of the
briefcase and its symbol of
seriousness, high school's
brightest have marched on to
No longer oppressed by their less
intelligent peers now working in
gas stations, the engineers have
cast aside their inhibitions and
donned the red of emotion. They
are at last free to loudly and
proudly proclaim those sick jokes,
that they once only dared snicker
at in library carrals, so that all
might know of their new-found
childish spirit.
We must take up arms, my
friends, and smite these beasts
while we can. Come arts! Come
science! Come education! Come
commerce! Come all! Join in the
righteous struggle to strip the
gears of their undeserved pride.
We must stuff it back into briefcases where it belongs!
Mark Rodgers
Stop chicken kidnapping
Considering the criticism of the engineers and the women's committee
that has been reaching the headlines in the past few days, I would like to
bring to the attention of the readers the exploitation and the violation of
the rights of chickens.
I am outraged that certain people have been kidnapping chickens from
their coops and needlessly degrading these good-natured birds to fulfill
their own twisted fantasies. This chicken thieving has to stop. Since the
beginning of Engineering Week, 21 chickens have gone missing.
This large-scale disappearance of chickens has myself as well as the
rest of the chickens clucking mad. We are considering the lewd pictures
of the chickens and the ransom note for $300 a hoax.
This is a warning that the police will be notified unless these birds are
returned in reasonably good shape (which means with most of their
feathers). Engineering Week is over now and we want the chickens back.
We simply don't have $300 to spare.
Gerry Hubbard
agricultural science 3
Androgynous man exists
Peter Quartermain's feeble utterances in last Friday's Ubyssey are an
example of the lengths a reactionary faculty member will go to try to
make the women's movement look silly. I'm a little amazed that the
female of the species hasn't entirely given up on UBC, caught as she is
between those who write the Red Rag, and those who read the dictionary.
My friends and I found the passage Quartermain takes exception to
(the concept of an androgynous woman cannot be separated from that of
an androgynous man") quite clear. An English professor, of all people,
should at least know that a dictionary is not a book of rules, but rather a
record of the way words are used.
And as a self-professed androgynous man, I'm non-plussed by his
assertion that I don't exist. Even if there were a grain of sense in his
remarks, reasonable people, I'm sure, will agree with me that feminists
have as much a right to abuse our language as do Ubyssey reporters and
English professors. Some people are content to live life; others have to
look it up in the dictionary.
Robert Newton
graduate student
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As I read through the article "Exit Men" by Merriiee Robson in
Friday's issue of Ubyssey under the heading of "Creative Arts" I was
reminded of my younger years as I was growing up on the farm. Reading
that article reminded me of what I saw a great deal of on the farm, namely,
of our bulls leaping on the backs of the cows to perform the sex act
Whenever I saw this happen, I was certainly not aware that these dumb
creatures were involved in what a university newspaper considers to be
"Creative Art". Nevertheless, rather than call to question your standards of
creativity, I would like to offer my testimony to The Ubyssey readers.
As 1 mentioned previously, I grew up on a farm not far from Vancouver.
As a child, I attended church regularly with my parents and learned the
basic tenets of my Protestant faith. However, like many other young men
of my age, I gradually drifted away from the enclosing walls of my religion
to see what the "other side" had to offer. During my high school years I
became involved with the hippie scene which was so prevalent at that time.
In grade 10, I believe it was, I smoked my first joint and soon afterward I
was taking acid and anything else that came my way. I was so happy to be
accepted by my peers that whenever someone offered a joint or a tab of
acid, I was one of the first to accept
Gradually, as time progressed, I became more deeply involved with this
scene. Very quickly my whole behavior changed radically. My marks
plummeted as my interest in any scholastic achievements dwindled. Instead
of studying, I would bury my head in the cosmic vibes of Pink Floyd and
listen to the "wisdom" of Frank Zappa.
After more or less completing grade twelve I left high school and went
to work. I had not found any meaning to my life while in school. Neither
had my religious upbringing given me any satisfaction I felt totally
unmotivated. My life had no direction. I just picked up on whatever came
along my way. Taking drugs with my friends led to opportunities to meet
girls and some of them offered to let me sleep with them. The first time
this happened I declined. Eventually, however, when other opportunities
arose I went ahead. I did not find satisfaction in these experiences. Like a
heroin addict I found that all it did was increase my appetite for more. I
did not find love there. The sex act was just a kind of animal activity which
I carried out without any show of genuine l6ve. In fact, the opposite was
true. I would begin to hate the other person and eventually withdrew
myself from her totally.
It was while travelling in Europe that I reached the end of myself. I can
still remember one evening in particular on the island of Ibiza in the
Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. That day I had taken some pure LSD
with a couple of friends. That evening, as the euphoric effects were
beginning to wear off, I can still remember going outside the small stone
cottage where we lived and looking up to the sky, feeling tired and lonely, I
called out, "God, where are you anyway?
When I was a boy, ten years old, I once opened my heart to the Lord
Jesus. I asked Him to come into me. I can still remember the feeling of
peace and joy that swept over me that night I felt like God Himself had
come to me and put His arms around me. How, here on that small
Mediterranean island I just wanted to come back to Him again.
Today, five years later, I have come back to the Lord Jesus. I cannot
begin to tell you what difference there is between living in my flesh and
drinking that bitter cup and the joy I now experience of having Jesus
Christ Himself dwelling in my spirit I have experienced being cleansed
from all my past by His blood which He shed for me. I have experienced
the joy of knowing a God "Who forgives and Who now dwells within me. I
would never trade the darkness and emptiness of my former life for the
true inner peace and rest I now experience daily. I hope that you too will
come to discover the reality of Jesus Christ and the power of His Life to
fill your life with hope and meaning.
I now have hope and meaning to my life
Today I'll leave the world with all it's strife
I know that I shall never be the same
Since I have turned and called upon His Name.
-Dean Camfferman
Christians on Campus
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Speaker's pet
Smith's seat seen in SUB
From page 1
"No, I won't sit in the chair, but
I'll stand beside it. You can have a
picture of me standing beside the
chair," he said.
After speaking, Gibson arranged
for the chair to be left in the SUB
auditorium until it is taken back to
Victoria. He could not say how or
when it will be returned.
Gibson spoke to students about
the lack of direct influence the
average citizen has on policy
formation and criticized B.C.'s
electoral system.
"The population, as a whole,
should have a way to reach out and
influence the system," he said.
"The Swiss vote on 30 referenda a
UBC panel
From page 3
ments, said there is often
confusion about definitions of
"Some interpret it as
sameness," Daniels said. "Others
as fairness. I think it is this that the
panel is intending.
"We're interested in the fair
distribution of what we regard as a
benefit, namely being able to attend school, and even, maybe, get
an education."
He said education is a basic
"What we have is a problem
which is raised by our society not
being able even to fulfill the basic
needs of the people living in our
"As a group we must pressure
for political organizations to spend
more money (on alleviating
education needs) . . . But we must
also press for money to develop the
special talents of a few (such as
Daniels also mentioned two
groups not mentioned by the other
panelists in the list of groups who
get less than equal treatment —
boys and the aged.
He said that although opportunities for old people to improve their education are increasing, society's attitude
towards the old makes it difficult
for them to take advantage of the
"Boys are overlooked and are
getting a raw deal," he said. "I
know that sounds bizarre and that
many of you will say it's the girls.
"It's the boys who have trouble
from start to finish in school. Girls
get better marks. How did the boys
get to be the way they are?"
He said one answer might be to
have more male primary school
"We must produce people who
are culturally fitted to teach the
people they are going to teach."
Gibson criticized the political
system on a number of points:
• The selection, in more than
half of B.C.'s constituencies, of
candidates by 100 to 200 local party
• the stifling of the backbencher
by party discipline;
• the current system allowing
members of parliament to be
elected by simple majority votes,
instead of other systems such as
proportional representation and
the preferential ballot.
Gibson criticized the electoral
system for facilitating the NDP
win in the 1972 election, getting
only 40 per cent of the popular vote,
and yet obtaining a majority of the
seats, leaving the other 60 per cent
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of the electorate to go unrepresented.
He also attacked the system for
allowing Rene Levesque to win in
Quebec with a similar share of the
popular vote.
The system allows a man like
Levesque to lead Quebec toward
separatism, a direction that the
majority of Quebecois do not want,
Gibson said.
Gibson criticized the system for
allowing political polarization and
a lack of media attention to
smaller parties.
The media has become interested in what the NDP and
Socreds do and say, while they
ignore the smaller B.C. political
parties, Gibson said.
Applications are now being accepted for:
(1) The $4.00 per graduating student rebate to be
used for composites and/or grad functions.
JANUARY 27, 1978.
(2) Grad Class Gifts and Projects. DEADLINE
Submit applications and questions to:
SUB Box 118.
No late applications will be accepted.
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Return at 6:30 p.m.
Sign-up deadline Wednesday, Jan. 25
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Television talk shows: A vast vacuum
In the creative arts, poems about South Africa are featured on PF 5, a
monologue called Can You Still Hear Me? and a poem entitled 110 per
cent: 20-20 vision appear on PF 4.
Woody Herman and his Herd are appraised for their recent concert on
PF 8. Vista appears on the same page.
Finally, the memoirs of John Diefenbaker (remember him? he was
once Prime Minister) are reviewed on PF 9.
This week Page Friday looks at the dark hole of the television
wasteland, the talk show. See PF 6 for the grim details.
Vancouver's theatre scene is showcased in a number of reviews.
Samuel Beckett's Happy Days is reviewed on PF 2, as is Boris Vian's
The Empire Builders. Deus Ex Machina is crucified on PF 3, while the
leaden touch of Tamahnous' Midas is decried on PF 10.
Looking at film, Cinema 16's spring series are described on PF 7, and
Julia is reviewed on PF 3. theatre
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Hereunder lies Beckett's Happy Days
Samuel Beckett's masterpiece
Happy Days was given a one-night
performance at SFU by the Seattle
Floating Theatre Company. The
touring company is to spend their
entire season in an exploration and
production of Beckett's intricate
dramatic world of the absurd
Their single performance last
week marked the Canadian
premiere of the company.
Happy Days
By Samuel Beckett
Simon Fraser Floating Theatre
In Happy Days, Beckett portrays
a character who is stuck in a
mound of earth on the centre stage.
In the first act, Winnie is embedded in earth to her waist with
her arms free, while in the second
act only her head is above the
But though Winnie is sinking, she
remains cheerful and optimistic
until the end of the play. She never
stops talking. Winnie makes jokes.
She sings.
Winnie is a poetic image of the
modern human being. She is stuck
in life. Her role is a two-hour
monologue interrupted solely by
the occasional word from her
husband Willie who is sleeping
behind the mound of earth.
Marjorie Nelson of the Floating
Theatre Company gave a fine
portrayal of Winnie and she
seemed to understand her role,
although the intonations and accent in her voice could not capture
all the subtleties of Beckett's
But the large audience at SFU
was sometimes confused by
Beckett's delicate mastery of
language and situation. Several
exasperated couples left during the
first act while others remained in
their seats only to unravel the
enigma of the unseen playwright's
mysterious play.
Samuel Beckett is our major
living dramatist. He is the metaphysician of the stage. His plays
are freed from any elements of
naturalistic stage setting. External
plots become generalized or
universal statements about the
human experience.
The plays explore static
situations. No one enters or leaves
a scene. Beckett deals with an
ultimate human identity within the
context of time and death. His
questions are on the nature of self.
Beckett states an example of the
problem where someone is both the
observer and the subject that is
"What is it when I say, I am
writing, I am talking about myself
and one part of me is describing
what another part of me is doing.
Which of the two am I?"
There should be a warning to
anyone who attempts to exactly
interpret the meanings of one of
Beckett's plays, but they seem to
personalize the different aspects of
a single personality. Is Winnie in
Happy Days, the intellect with all
its emotions and instincts married
to the animal side represented by
Willie? And if Winnie disappears in
the mound would that mean she
had died?
But too much can be read into
this play and any attempt to reduce
it to a simple statement will be
unsuccessful. As Beckett himself
wrote in his famous essay on
Joyce, form, structure and content
cannot be separated from
meaning. The play remains the
clearest and most concise
statement about its meaning.
Dramatist Beckett is also known
as a poet and a novelist. He was
born in Ireland in 1906, took a
degree in Dublin and then went to
Paris where he met James Joyce
in 1928. He is described by his
contemporaries as a fascinating
young man afflicted with an un-
PLAYWRIGHT BECKETT ... master of the Theatre of the Absurd pondering meaninglessness of life in his room
fortunate apathy that sometimes
kept him in bed 'til mid-afternoon.
Beckett is also the French
scholar and an incomparable
stylist in both English and French
literature. He usually writes in
French and then translates his
work into English because he feels
that he needs the discipline of using
an acquired language to express
One crucial aspect of his work is
how he devalues language as a tool
to communicate ultimate truths.
But he maintains that there is
nothing else to convey meaning.
"C'est les mots; on n'a rien
d'autre." The words fail and yet we
are driven to communicate.
Beckett has lived in France since
1937. During the war he joined a
resistance cell and then fled Paris
the following year when the group
was arrested. He went to Vichy
France where he worked as a farm
laborer until 1945 and gathered
material for his novel Watts.
It was not until 1953 and a
production of his play Waiting for
Godot that Beckett achieved world
recognition. This curious play is
about tramps who pass their time
with endless word games and gags
while waiting for a mysterious
Godot to appear on the scene. But
Godot never appears and Vladimir
and Estragon are still waiting for
him at the end of the play.
The play transformed the
direction in modern theatre from
realistic representations to the
realm of the absurd with its
metaphysical speculations. The
first production had over 400
performances and Beckett's play
was translated into 20 languages.
Beckett won the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1969. He is still
writing and in his novella, First
Love, he writes himself an epitaph,
"Hereunder lies the above who up
below, so died hourly that he
survived 'til now."
Unknown death haunts Vian play
The Empire Builders is a black
comedy about our attempt to
escape mortality and fear of death.
Written by Boris Vian (1920-59), it
was first performed in 1959 in
Paris. The English translation is
by Simon Watson Taylor.	
The Empire Builders, directed by
Charles Siegel
The Dorothy Somerset Studio
January 18-21	
The play is about a family who
moves to the next higher apartment whenever they hear a
mysterious noise. Each apartment
is smaller and shabbier than the
one below, until finally there is no
apartment left above to escape to.
Father and Mother (Douglas
McCallum and Jenny Boshier)
deny that they are escaping
anything. Although they can re-
enact a fictional version of their
wedding day, they have forgotten
the details of their former lives
Every time they move into a new
apartment, they meet the same
neighbour (Gary Basaraba) whom
they had on all the previous floors.
However, they never remember
each other.
The three of them are
caricatures of self-satisfied
middle-class people: shallow, silly
escapists from reality and their
fears of death.
The maid, Mug (Shari Graydon),
is no more of a realist, but she is
less phony than the parents. She
provides relief from the inane
parents and the sarcastic, clever
daughter. She becomes increasingly disrespectful to her
employers, until at last she slams
out of the apartment and disappears.
Zenobia, the daughter (Gilian
Dusting), is ironically named,
because she is the only one without
zenophobia (also called
xenophobia, the fear of foreigners
and the unknown). She remembers
the original six-room apartment on
the ground floor, her records, and
the reoccurring neighbour. The
second person to disappear, she
has no respect for her parents or
their  fears.
The strangest character is the
Schmurtz (Marti Kulich), a silent
figure who is always in the new
apartment when the family
arrives. The scapegoat of everyone
except Zenobia, he is like Dorian
Grey's portrait — as the family
moves higher, he becomes more
fearful, and he looks uglier and
However, Father and Mother
also become uglier when Zenobia is
trapped in the corridor outside the
apartment. They ignore her
hysterical knocking on the door
because they are afraid for
themselves. As Mother says, "The
flower (Zenobia) must be
sacrificed for the fruit (Father, or
any older person)." But the
parents cannot escape; the noise
comes again.
While carrying belongings up to
the newest apartment, Mother
disappears. Fatjer calls after her
for a few moments, but is all too
relieved to give up and nail the new
apartment door shut.
Father is now alone in the
apartment with the Schmurtz.
After routinely kicking him, he
prattles about his wonderful
bachelor suite (in reality a hovel)
and the flowers he will plant.
Still, the apartment is 100 feet up,
and there is no new apartment to
escape to. Soon Father realizes he
is alone, as he has been all his life.
He tries to hide in his sargeant's
uniform and fails. Instead he is
forced to become honest with
In the powerful last scene (
Father discovers what we have
guessed — that his fear of death
and the mysterious noise come
from himself.
The Schmurtz can not be shot
with a gun, because it is the personification of Father's fears and
imagination. It only dies when
Father faces his mortality, and
then he has the compassion to
cover the Schmurtz's body.
The ghosts of Mug, Zenobia and
Mother and the Schmurtz provide
the noise at the end. When they
leave, Father provides the noise
himself, but does not die.
Although the Dorothy Somerset
Studio is tiny, and the staging is
unprofessional, the play is excellent and worth seeing.
All the actors give good performances, expecially Douglas
McCallum in the last scene.
Some people might be bothered
by the two ten-minute intermissions in which a stage crew
moves around the props. Still,
despite this drawback, the play is
more real and vital than many
professional productions.
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Soule's Jesus story fails irredemably
This is not going to be an easy review to
write. I am not by nature a vindictive
person. But Deus Ex Machina, presently
playing at the Freddy Wood, is the worst
play I've seen in recent years and I think it's
important that I be honest about it.
The script by Donald Soule concerns the
transformation of Christ from an ordinary
man into the Messiah. That he was at the
beginning an ordinary man is made clear.
That he is to become in truth the Messiah is
only certain after his crucifixion.
Deus Ex Machina
By Donald Soule
Directed by Donald Soule
Frederic Wood Theatre
effectively excised by the author's method,
by his steadfast refusal to create any living
He attempts to fuel the play with plot by
juxtaposing the standard Christ-myth in our
minds with his own theorizing. Unfortunately, his plotting is simply not
enough of a tour-de-force.
He attempts to do what a mystery writer
does when writing a certain type of story. In
this type of story, certain incidents are
presented to us in two different ways, firstly
just as they appear to be. In this case the
facts are correct but the interpretation
wrong. Then the mystery writer goes on to
explore these facts with us more fully, and
in the process a new and revelatory interpretation of the facts is presented. It is
this process of revelation that carries the
reader. Donald Soule fails to evoke this
Eureka! mood, so his play as a result is
deadly dull.
In order not to seem too humorless, I
would like before I close to give some
commendations. First, Ian Pratt who was in
charge of lighting effects did an excellent
Santo Cervello who played John the
Baptist managed to breathe life into his role
for at least five minutes, a remarkable feat
considering the material.
The chorus, as I mentioned before, was
well orchestrated. I'm sorry that all of these
people should have wasted their talents on
something so little worthy of them.
The blame for the failure of this play must
be laid on the author, and on the theatre
department for producing it. The world does
not so lack tedium that we need to
manufacture more.
A final confession: I fell asleep briefly
during the second act. This was impolite. I
should have left during the intermission like
several other sensible people.
What brings about the change is the overwhelming faith of his followers, the faith
which acts as the deus ex machina of the
title to recall him from the grave, to vindicate Christ and all who believe in him by
changing mere faith into truth. Jesus of
Nazareth, perhaps bastard son of Mary,
becomes Jesus of the holy virgin, God's only
begotten son.
The plot outlined above may or may not
provide material enough for a play. Since
the story of Christ is familiar to most of us,
virtually the only thing the author can do is
replay all the story elements, reinterpreting
them in the light of his premise, that Christ
was not, but was to become, the Messiah.
What would theoretically hold the audience
would be the strange new form that the
Christ-myth would assume.
The problem with this method is that the
story elements are so familiar. It would
require that they be portrayed with
remarkable vividness, or that a genuinely
brilliant twist be added to them, before they
could regain and hold our attention. Unfortunately, neither of these conditions are
Firstly, there is little room for vividness in
the acting of the play because none of the
roles were written for actors. They were
written for declaimers. The play consists of
various characters who pace about and
express their tedious opinions in long and
tedious monologues. There is a chorus in the
background filling in the narrative line,
sometimes acting as an echo to the main
speeches, or sometimes simply supplying
noises and sound effects.
There is nothing wrong with having a
chorus in a play — and I think the chorus
here is used effectively. But it should be a
supplement to the central action, not a
replacement, which it essentially becomes
in this play owing to the paucity of material
in the script. One can only be impressed for
so long by how much the chorus sounds like
a field of crickets.
This is an idea play, and the author
evidently hopes that the idea will carry it. It
doesn't. Essentially, the premise is too
simple. Any complications that might have
slipped into the characterizations have been
JESUS, SON OF JOSEPH . .. crucified before the all-too-human disciples who would deify him after his death.
Fonda and Redgrave held back by Julia's script
Julia touches a cord somewhere,
at a time when we really need it.
It's wonderful to see first-rate
actresses like Jane Fonda and
Vanessa Redgrave return from
personal causes to the screen in
roles that set off their talents.
Directed by Fred Zinnerman
At the Vancouver Centre
It's relieving to see a film
directed by Fred Zinnemann at a
time when every new release
seems to have been slammed
together by a refugee from
television commercials. Making its
appearance at the end of a dismal
year for movies, Julia is as much
of a present as we're going to get.
Yet all this, which the film
successfully plays upon, is
somewhat deceptive. Regardless
of whether it's a woman's picture
or whether it's an integrity film (a
label any director's worth their
salt would find insulting), the most
important criteria for great-movie
status is whether or not it's well
What keeps Julia from being a
complete success is that its author
and central character, Lillian
Hellman, is still alive. Her unseen
presence keeps everything careful
and uneasy, as though everyone
involved is straining not to offend
her or betray her autobiography,
Zinnemann, who is 70 now, has
made "integrity films" before
(like the staid, smug A Man For All
Seasons), and he doesn't take
risks. His camera seldom moves.
Instead he explores with short
close-ups and sets of shots. (At one
point we get a close-up of apples in
Lillian's kitchen.) He exhibits
admirable discipline and drmatic
control, but he makes staid
material seem staider.
Even though Alvin Sargeant is
one of the best screenwriters
(Paper Moon, The Sterile Cukoo,
The Effect of Gamma Rays on
Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), his
script, though polished, feels cut
down and confined under the
weight of all this loyal caution.
Why did he write those banal bits of
casual dialogue Fonda gets lost in?
Douglas Slocombe's gooey, over-
perfect photography not only
enshrines the atmosphere, it
embalms it.
Saddest of all is that Jane Fonda
has the drive and power to protray
the Lillian Hellman of the 1930s
inside and out; the writer's blocks,
the doubts, the character are all
there, excellently done.
She's cut off almost in the middle
though, as one theme, her friendship1 from schoolage with Julia,
dissolves to another, as Lilly
smuggles money into Germany so
that Julia can bail out Nazi-
resisters. Personality goes out the
window, and Fonda just doesn't get
the chance to do what she could.
The public is, of course, ready
for one woman character to say to
another in a film, "I love you."
After all, wasn't that really love
Newman and Redford felt for each
other, deep down? Here there is no
cheap hypocrisy, and the film
plays the most deftly on our acceptance of their loving friendship.
The beginning and end are set
psychologically as flashbacks to
youth, young adulthood, careers,
and memories in order to define
Julia's and Lillian's relationship.
The central hour, concerning
Lillian's mission to Berlin, turns
into an elegant mystery story,
perhaps less cerebral than it was
meant to be, and far better than the
whole Murder on the Orient Express concoction.
Their periodic reunions, which,
played in long scenes, are the only
times we see Redgrave, are tender
and moving; there's real feeling
generated between these
resplendent actresses.
Though Redgrave's is a supporting role, she dominates the
work just as she dominated The
Seven Per Cent Solution and Orient
Express in even smaller roles.
Fonda, another reclaimed intellectual sex symbol of the 1960s,
ties together many elements and
paints -an extraordinary portrait.
Jason Robards as Dashiell
Hammett, Hellman's lover, seems
to have won a berth as the
proverbial shaggy man; he looks
as though he isn't doing much,
good as he is. It's hard to know why
critics go on and on about his
performances here and in All the
President's Men, for which he won
Burgess   Meredith's   Academy
Hal Holbrook manages to be
absolutely rotten in the few
minutes he has as a New York pal
of Hellman's.
Another actor named John
Glover has less time in a single
scene, as a drunken, upper-class
idiot Fonda meets in a saloon and
belts on the jaw, and he is excellent. So much for name-
A film made by men about
women, Julia is probably one of the
few films around that relies on
audience intelligence to get its
point across. Even the settings of
the 1930s look authentic and
natural, unlike many nostalgia
films that overglamourize.
Nostalgia and slosh are held off,
but the restraint set up in their
place has dulled a great deal of the
character the movie could have
Julia is a little dry, with few risks
taken, but memorable, and
perhaps a first step out of the trend
to comic strips and lush rubbish.
Friday, January 20, 1978
Page Friday, 3 creative arts
Can you still hear me?
Are you listening still? I didn't mef a to do it. God, I wish
my mother was here.
Gayle? . . . Gayle? You're listening still, aren't you?
Gayle? It's so much . . . dark. The dark, this room, the
lights turned off. Well you know, a room with the lights
turned off, it's like you can make any place as big as night.
I didn't mean to do it. . . . But, I don't think that. . . well, I
can make it all. . . . God, I wish my mother were here.
Remember? Just a kiss?, make it all better. You
remember, don't you? Gayle? Gayle, it was that way with
us, Gayle, sometimes I really think so. Kiss and make up,
kiss and. . . . Who used to do that? Was that I Love
Lucy?. . . . Didn't matter if the stove was boiling over, pots
were clatterin', Mom burned so many dinners. . . . She'd
always come runnin' when I Love Lucy came on the TV.
She'd squish me and her into Dad's big chair, and there
we'd sit, both running out to the kitchen every commercial
break. God I wish my mother was here.
Lucy was a good woman. Lucy was a somebody. You
know, Gayle, on those shows, she always, always, well you
know, dressed like kind of happily. It was Mom that pointed
it out to me. Lucy was a somebody because, because well
she didn't have to wear those, those things. You know? She
didn't "hustle" Fred or nobody. Oh, it makes me so mad.
Oh, you know. I see those girls in those magazines. No, no,
not dirty magazines, neither. Just any magazine now. Oh,
do you look at them? Ooh, sometimes I bet you do! Are you
listening still? Shouldn't do those things. Girls in those
magazines, just flirt, flirt, flirt! Like to anyone. Oh I wish
my Mom could talk to them sometimes. I wish my mother
was here. . . . You know, they wear zippers, and buttons,
and drawstrings — just anywhere you don't need them.
They're just like hundreds, undressing little invitations all
over. Like, what do women like that expect a nice guy to do?
I'd never ask a girl like that out for a hamburger or nothing.
No! Never!
Gayle, Gayle, are you listening still? I wonder if you're
cold? I didn't mean to do it! I'm starting to get cold.
I remember a poem that I learned, learned it when I was
younger, yeah a poem, are you listening still Gayle? Well,
when I was younger, this poem see. Well, it started like
mother, mother me
mother of the sun
as even as of the earth
mother mother
Do you seer Do you get it? Isn't it clear? It's like, like,
before the sun there was darkness, just darkness, and, you
know, well, everything just seems to come out of darkness.
Gayle, you know, I think I feel pretty good about
darkness. You know, like . . . comfortable. That's mostly
because of Mom though. When I was small, and it would be
dark, and I'd start crying . . . she'd come in and just sit
there for hours. I think I would have liked my wife to be like
that. Just sit there. ... I, oh God, I didn't mean to do it. It
was a mistake. Oh, God, I didn't mean to do it. It's just
that. . . . Gayle, you know that I walk downtown, and, and,
those girls, girls, and models in storefront displays. Gayle, I
swear you can see right down their dresses sometimes. Why
do girls have to be like that, Gayle? Gayle, are you listening
Gayle, Gayle, you know, I thought you were more special
than anyone else. Gayle, Gayle, why'd you have to be like
those girls? Mom said you probably were, but, I didn't
think, and bringing me here. . . . What did you think I was
supposed to do?
Mom wouldn't, ... I didn't mean to.
Are you listening still? Gayle, I want to go. Gayle, I don't
like being here in the dark, Gayle. . . . Gayle! Gayle, if you
don't get up I'm gonna take this stick and ooh, watch out,
Gayle! I'll hit you again! . . . Please get up Gayle oh. . . .
You're not sleeping are you Gayle? Gayle, Gayle? Are you
listening still?
One hundred ten per cent* 20-20 vision
I operate
Like a normal person
Adam and Eve told me so
God showed me how
See 'in is believe 'in
. . . .you say I can't believe
All I wanna see
The world 's'
Of your kind
And that's the reason
Why I'm in such a bind
He can also
Piece the watch together
Which 'brights' itself
Up over yonder
Over our heads
Up; Supposedly blind ones
Believe 'in is see 'in
But, I don't wanna believe
What I see
I've walked away
Many a time
With my 110 per cent 'try'in psychosis
And perspiration on my brow
Under my arm
The off beat
Synchronized ticker experiment
Using cellular magnets
To piece the watch together
Oh Yes
We can watch together
But singular structured optic nerves
Seem to disperse different interpretations
Of who's human
And who ain't
Or, just maybe
I'm use 'in two different
One from you
And one from God
Try 'in so so hard
Yet, I'm only try 'in
As hard as I can
Do 'in so little lie'in
I should be doin'
Way way more
The world 's' sore at me
And I'm sore at it
You say
"How now brown cow'
But the cow ain't give'in
For you've applied a 50-100 ratio
But it takes a 20-20 vision
To see through all this
Page Friday, 4
Friday, January 20, 1978 creative arts
Poems of South Africa
Farewell to South Africa
Please understand sweet lady
from the cavern of my heart
there are no jewels in the tunnel where I'm going
that could bring salvation to your heart.
Please understand sweet lady
that before that you were born
I stood alone past Babylon
in the sweetness of the morn.
The Atlantic ice is blowing me
the wind is cutting sheets
the sky is cracked and calling
it seems that I must leave.
The nomads are stirring restless
The bells and drums are freed
The apple is greeting the worm once more
it seems that I must leave.
The gardens we dug are dying
The pools we filled are dry
The summers we laughed are winters
and I've seen our children die.
The tables are turning fast now
The South African Civil War has begun
The strong will choose their sides now
The weak must try and find one.
The Yankees and Cubans are stretching
Their grins are getting bold
The question is not who is Black or White
but who will get the gold.
The Blackman beside me is grinning
He's shining my shoes with his teeth
With one hand he's tying my shoelace
With the other he's taking my teeth.
So here I stand sweet lady
And the winds are cutting fast
All of the stations we planned to grow
are closing down at last.
My edge is white and flaring
My hair is jutting streaks
My shoulders are taking the load now
it seems that I must leave
But before I go sweet lady
Before I take my leave
Lets say that come next Autumn
I'll be walking down your streets.
My incarceration in Ladysmith military camp 1967
I'se got the meantime slow-slime blues
Which even Lord Jesus Christ caint soothe
There's a bossman setting up there so far
Lookin down laughin from his chevy II car
My hands is in chains, my eyes is wet
The tongue in my mouth is covered in sweat
I see the worm as low as me
I see the bird quite free in the tree
Hey you man in the sky
was it you put me here?
And all the while at my side
the voice of my child
You wus born to die blackie
you was born to die
Oh I spent my young days in Kansas Town
Where the Christians hate any colour but brown
Where my toes wuz bit by the dogs of the street
Cept those fat bitches too lazy on heat
And all the marketeers in the wide market square
Laughed at the slaves and spected their hair
Member once kind man gave me some bread
My guts praying it was poison instead
My missy had hair that shone all red
Same colour as when we got whipped we bled
Grass is green, straw is yellow
The dog in the house sleeps all on a pillow
Hey man in the sky
see the dogs down here?
But all the while by my side
That voice of my child
Mama she's A'dying blackie
dyin on the cross
All the while by my side
Sad voice of my child
Mama, Mama's dying blackie
Mama, Mama, Mama, Mama
Mama she's a cry in blackie
I kin hear her sighin blackie
won't you hear her sighin blackie?
sighin for the cross.
When Johannesburg crashed
When I saw that earth was dead
I came to you
singing of leaves.
When I saw the roads were gone
I walked to you
men have legs.
When I saw our God shatter
I held you
on ash.
Then an African cut
your toes from your feet
your lips from your teeth
you lifted to Spirit and became complete.
With Whom Shall I Nov/ Compete?
The continuing charge of the light brigade
Notes to the right, notes to the left
Notes to the left, notes to the right
There are two views
From Maseru into Pretoria
From Pretoria into Maseru
Notes, notes, notes,
Notes, notes, notes
Bang. Bang. Bang.
The South African flag blues
Well I'm just sitting in a white room
They say the country is on fire
They say the Afrikaans are preparing Auschwitz,
And every white hand has become a claw
but I'm just sitting in a white room.
I'm just sitting in a white room
They say that my neighbour is starving
They say the Government's gonna kill 4 million
That every white book is dirty
but there's no dirt in this white room.
I'm just sitting in a white room
They say my friend got killed today
They say they burned him first, he had to pay
That every white throat will be shaved quite clean
But there's no blood in white room.
I'm just sitting in a white room
White floor, white wall, no door
If I turned my chair I might see more
but I can't turn my chair.
I'm just sitting in a white room
They say the country is on fire
That parents guard children at school with guns
That the milk has run out
That the machines are breaking down
That the Cubans will come down from the North
That Frelimo will kill all the elephants
And the Yankees will take our gold
They say the atom bomb is ready, we've got it
And our tanks will destroy SWAPO in the west
They say the laagers getting formed again
And the patriarchs of Afrikanerdom have decided
That the country belongs to the white folk.
They say the South African Civil War has begun
which side are you on?
But I'm just sitting in a white room
All around me the country is on fire
I does my job and I gets my pay
I choose to stay
sitting in a white room,
in this white room
Friday, January 20, 1978
Page Friday, 5 television
Numb dumbness pervades talk shows
Most of us do not have the
common sense of E. B. White who,
after observing television for the
first time, found that he preferred
to remain in the kitchen and play
with the grinding jaws of an ice
White must've realized that
television is indeed chewing gum
for the eyes. The medium is
reduced to a tasteless mass after
fifteen minutes of concentrated
use, which is enough time for White
to produce three bucketfuls of
finely chopped ice.
I can only hope, beyond hope,
that White has stayed in the kitchen. If so, he has avoided viewing
the one form of television which
threatens to make ice crushing the
thinking person's national
pastime. I am referring to the T.V.
talk show, an element of
television's spearmint flavoured
wasteland that should be left to
harden on the dark side of a park
Now that I have satisfied the less
ignorant side of my nature, there is
still one important question to be
answered. Why do millions of
people, myself included, watch
things like talk shows when most of
the time all we really gain is a
closer look at Gore Vidal's hair
Perhaps talk show§ relieve the
guilt that comes with pasting
ourselves in front of a box for hours
at a time. Many psychologists
blame television for the death of
stimulating conversation. Yet
after listening to Al Hamel talk to
Margot Kidder about waterbeds, it
is possible to doubt that intelligent
discourse ever existed. And if Al
can't talk with those beautiful teeth
why should those of us with
cavities try? It's easier to watch
Kojak and decipher the grunts.
Still the appeal of talk shows
does not simply lie in its
justification of laziness. Through a
medium which was basically
designed to sell soap, the talk show
allows us to sample a select line of
packaged personalities.
Perhaps the most successful
brand of talk show celebrity is Zsa-
Zsa Gabor. For those of you who
have yet to figure out what Ms.
Gabor actually does, she talks.
Zsa-Zsa has made quite a name for
herself as a kind of sexual Emily
Post, the carefree guest who can
never quite refuse an invitation to
the latest marriage.
Of course Gabor is just one
example of someone who has
cultivated a highly marketable
image. It's just that she does it
with the finely tuned instincts of a
survivor, managing to be almost as
comfortable with her utter
predictability as the public. Long
after the talk show has ceased to be
the final refuge for such ex-
innovators as Mort Sahl and Orson
Welles, Gabor will be dishing out
advice on how to keep romance
hot. We will be shaking our heads
as we watch.
Normally, it is the host's job to
make sure that there is absolute
silence while a Gabor is being
Gaborish.  They  usually  can't
compete with a freshly waxed
guest. So, force of habit is an
essential crutch.
A Peter Gzowski doesn't get
better overtime but, sure as
Proctor and Gamble make little
green crystals, he begins to look
less worse. Similarly—you start to
admire Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore
and Mike Douglas for refusing to
be distracted by the glint of Aunt
Martha's crochet hook. Soon they
get to be like cherry cough syrup
after the sore throat departs, tasty
but by comparison — their guests
are made to seem useful, if
somewhat tasteless.
This is not to say that magnetic
interviewers don't exist. Johnny
Carson, for example, has an image
which is entirely capable of
overshadowing any featured
talker. Essentially an excellent
showman, he knows the value of a
dominant and easily recognizable
Confident in his popular role as a
leering pixie, Carson can afford to
control others with a thinly veiled
disgust. In fact, Ed McMahon —
who is really Mike Douglas in
effigy — gets paid for being a jolly
doormat. He laughs at Carson's
insults like it will save him from
the death penalty. So far Johnny
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Dick Cavett, who tries harder than
any rented car I've ever seen.
Unfortunately, he has a tendency
to overplay the part of an Ivy
League Woody Allen. This can
often lead to excessive grovelling
over the likes of Bette Davis, who
never misses a chance to have her
ego massaged.
Yet Cavett at his best is intelligent, entertaining and witty.
When Norman Mailer decided to
inflate his own ego by insulting
Cavett's mental ability, Dick offered him a couple of extra chairs
to seat his giant intellect. Mailer,
who has never bothered to refine
his rudeness, told his host to pay
closer attention to the question
sheet. The writer was told, in
Cavett's sweetly innocent voice, to
"put it where the moon don't
shine". It was a classic moment for
all underdogs.
Such moments serve to remind
us that talk shows can sometimes
throw predictability out the window. Admittedly, this is rare.
However, a few people thrive on
talk show improvisation. Steve
Allen, representing the best of both
Cavett and Carson, has always
been delightfully fresh. Peter
Ustinov and Henry Morgan are
adventuresome conversationalists,
frothy champagne for the eyes.
Even though we realize this,
returning to the same variety of
chewy double bubble is extremely
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Friday, January 20, 1978 Great screen lovers highlight series
During the late 1920s and the
early 1930s Greta Garbo and John
Gilbert were just about the hottest
twosome in Hollywood.
Their onscreen romance was
apparently only a shadow of an
offscreen love affair that was the
proverbial talk of the town.
This Spring Cinema 16 will
present one of their best and most
torrid romances in the Great
Lovers Series which is already
The film is Queen Christina
which was filmed in 1933 by
Rouben Mamoulian. It tells the tale
of a royal love affair in 16th Century Sweden and was Garbo's
greatest success.
It was also the film which
signified the end of Gilbert's
career. He could not adjust himself
to the demands of the talkies and so
he and his career died.
Queen Christina is next up on the
Great Lovers series on January 30
and will be followed by San
Francisco, The Garden of Allah,
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and
Essex and Gilda.
When Cinema 16 advertises
great lovers they mean the
greatest. Clark Gable, Jeanette
MacDonald, Bette Davis, Errol
Flynn, Charles Boyer, Rita
Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and
Glenn Ford will all be appearing on
the screen in SUB Auditorium
every other Monday night.
On the Mondays in between the
Great Lovers fUm fans can see
some of the finest of the Pre-War
French films. This series has
already started but the best is yet
to come.
This Monday night features a
wild 1930 comedy by Rene Clair
entitled Le Million.
Probably one of the most famous
French movies Le Million is the
story of a starving artist who wins
a million francs in the lottery only
to discover that the ticket was in
the pocket of his stolen jacket.
Clair then creates one of his
patented chase films as the artist
tries to retrieve the jacket and the
ticket. He uses movement, sound
and music quite unlike any other
director and his films always
contain a touch of the surreal.
Julien Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko,
a 1936 tragedy, follows on
February 6 and after mid-term
break on Wednesday February 22
is Le Jour Se Leve.
The great team of Marcel Carne
and Jacques Prevert combined to
produce some of the finest French
films over a period of ten years
culminating in the classic Children
of Paradise in 1944.
In their 1938 film, Le Jour Se
Leve, Jean Gabin stars as a man
who kills a girl's persecutor and is
then tracked down by the police. It
is a highly melodramatic picture
which should wrench a few tears
even from the most hard-hearted.
On March 6 the real gem of the
Aesthetes of this tiny island
republic were surprised and
shocked to learn of the publication
of a grim piece of "art" by former
co-Fuehrer Datlib Moron in the
island's artistic journal, Rage
Former head-honcho and head-
head of the Rage's art department,
Vermin Adonaldduck, expressed
dismay at the news that he would
be replaced by the power-crazed
Moron. "He couldn't draw a
straight line with a ruler," he was
heard to remark.
The Moron work, described by
some as "profoundly influenced by
the style of Ernest Bushmuller" is
a simple graphic in the humanist-
detective manner of Chester
Moron did not care that his work
was condemned by Ed McKeetka
as pornography "with no
redeeming social valve".
series will be presented. Jean
Renoir's Le Regie du Jeu (The
Rules of the Game) is certainly one
of the greatest films of all time.
Written and directed by Renoir it
is a story of decadence among the
rich and aristocratic  French
society. The film depicts the dead
values of a dead society. That it
was filmed in 1939 makes it all the
more prophetic.
Renoir often acted in his early
films and he cast himself in his
greatest role in this picture.
On March 20 the Pre-War French
Film series comes to an end with a
showing of Abel Gance's J'Accuse.
The period from 1930 to the
Second World War was the most
vital in French cinema until the
New Wave of the 60s emerged. It
THE MARQUIS AND OCTAVE ... the latter played by Jean Renoir in his film classic, Le Regie du Jeu.
was a period of relative freedom
for the filmmakers and several of
the country's finest directors
reached maturity at the same
This golden age came to a
crashing end with the German
invasion of France but it set a
standard for film which would
later be praised and emulated by
the directors of the New Wave.
Both of the Spring series offered
by Cinema 16 this year present
some real treats for anyone interested in seeing great classic
All showings are on Monday
nights unless otherwise indicated
and the prices are ridiculously
cheap. Admission is by series pass
only and student passes for the two
series together are available for
only $9.00. A pass for just one
series costs $5.00 which means you
are seeing these films for less than
a dollar each.
Since both series have already
started it is possible that the
organizers may offer a slight
reduction in prices. But even if
they don't you're getting the best
deal in town.
Tickets are available at the door,
from the Filmsoc office in SUB 247
or from the AMS ticket office.
Each member of a series may
bring a guest to that series once
and series passes are available to
non-university types for only one
dollar above student prices. See
you there!
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Page Friday, 7 music
Herman rides high despite flu
Woody Herman and his
aggregation delivered a full
evening of tight, swinging music at
the Commodore Saturday night, in
spite of events which caused band
members to leave the stage and
even switch instruments in mid-
Herman's drummer, evidently
suffering from flu or food
poisoning, disappeared during the
third set, and was replaced by
tenor player Joe Lovano (who did a
surprisingly good job). The absence of a member of the trumpet
section was noticed next, followed
in the final set by that of Herman
himself, and tenorist Gary Anderson.
Frank Tiberi, Herman's right-
hand man, took over the conducting and emceeing duties,
leaving baritone saxophonist
Bruce Johnstone as the lone
musician in his section. Brass
players shuffled forward, apparently attempting to cover sax
parts, but the result was confusion.
Long gaps between numbers and
You are invited to relive the
years of the Fabulous Four from
Liverpool when The Beatles: Away
With Words comes to the Queen
Elizabeth Theatre for nine performances. This multi-media
production takes place in three
acts, and traces the careers of
John, Paul, George and Ringo
from their early days, through the
frantic days of Beatlemania to
their eventual separation. Performances take place at 6, 8 and 10
p.m. on January 20 and 21, and at 4,
6 and 8 p.m. on January 22. Tickets
are available at the door or at the
Vancouver Ticket Centre and all
Eaton's stores.
Interest in UFOs is not confined
to the 1970s. During the mid-'50s
interest in this phenomenon was
rising and Hollywood, as it is
today, was quick to capitalize on it.
In 1955 Universal released the most
expensive and ambitious science
fiction film to date, and called it
This Island Earth. This film is the
feature presentation this weekend
at the Vancouver Planetarium,
1100 Chestnut St., continues its
series of science fiction films
entitled From Worlds Beyond.
Showings are at 8:30 p.m. on
January 20 and 21, and at 2 p.m. on
January 22.
Billed as a combination of Bessie
Smith and Beatrice Lilly, Joan
Mclntyre is the featured artist for
this Sunday's afternoon concert at
the Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344
Gilpin. Mclntyre will present a
programme of original stories and
songs with the humor of these two
great, but dissimilar performers at
2:30 p.m., January 22.
A selection of works by artist
Marguerite Weatherston is
currently on view in the Theatre
Gallery at the Surrey Art Centre,
13750 - 88th Ave., and will remain
on display until January 31. The
exhibition features oil paintings
and ink drawings as well as some
of her work in alachromie, an
anodized aluminum process, and
some ceramic paintings. Gallery
hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on
Among the films included next
week in the Pacific
Cinematheque's current festival of
Canadian films are Gille Carle's
La Tete De Normande St. Onge
tonight at 7 and 9:15 p.m., Andre
Brassard's Le Soleil Le Leve en
Retard on Jan. 22 at 7 and 9:15
p.m., and Peter Bryant's The
Supreme Kid at 7 and 9 p.m. on
Janua-y 26.
interrupted solos ensued, and after
four tunes Tiberi decided to call it a
Still, the band was in the best
musical form of its last three visits
here. A major factor seems to be a
shift away from the endless rock
tunes that dominated the program
at Woody's last Commodore
engagement. That, and the
resulting lower volume levels,
allowed the polish and blend of the
band's sections to come through.
Tiberi, who has been Herman's
aide-de-camp for several years,
was the most featured of the band's
several outstanding soloists.
Bruce Johnstone, the "Badman"
of Maynard Ferguson fame,
played impressively in both section
and solo work. He provided
stomping climaxes on a couple of
blues, as well as a compelling bass
clarinet solo on Gary Anderson's
adaptation of Faure's Pavane.
Trombonist Birch Johnson, who
has taken the place of Jim Pugh,
upheld the velvet-toned precedent
set by his predecessor. His
displayed his virtuosity on a bossa
nova feature called Sugarloaf
Dennis Dotson and Glen Drews
split the trumpet solos, thus giving
the audience a rare opportunity to
hear two first-rate jazz trumpeters
on the same stage.
Finally, Herman himself was
playing better than in either of his
last two outings here. His alto sax
sounded particularly warm and
assured. He was on top of things
vocally as well, even managing a
creditable job on the difficult
The tunes played were mostly for
dancing, and if there was a
weakness in the performance, it
was with the repertoire. One set
included   I   Won't   Last   A   Day
Without You, A Taste of Honey and
Misty, played in succession.
On the other hand, a happy inclusion was the Charles Mingus
composition, Duke Ellington's
Sound of Love (which is Lush Life
turned sideways, sort-of). It
featured Tiberi, who was able to
carry it off, in spite of the defections of two horn players and
Herman while he was playing.
It was great to hear a
resurrected version of I've Got
News For You, complete with the
sax section (with flugelhorn lead)
arrangement of Charlie Parker's
Dark Shadows solo. So this is
where Supersax came from.
Three Ellington-associated tunes
were played, two of which — Satin
Doll and A Train — were almost
direct ripoffs of Duke's
arrangements (no complaints, you
understand). The third, Don't Get
Around Much Any More, was
delightful for its interplay between
Johnstone and Dotson (equipped
with plunger mute), who were
reminiscent of Harry Carney and
Clark Terry with Ellington's band.
And of course there were the
Herman standards. Early Autumn
was revamped and featured
Tiberi, who was seen to melt at
least three women sitting near the
front. Woodchopper's Ball was
noteworthy for its insertion of
Sonny Stitt's Blues Walk riff, and
for Tiberi's outside soloing. Four
Brothers was taken at its usual
ridiculous tempo, while there were
indeed four brothers still on the
It's great to be able to go to a
concert like this and be completely
free of nostalgia. This is the kind of
music that stands up to critical
listening without the aid of golden
memories. The current Thundering Herd is at least the equal of
any that has preceded it.
Page Friday, 8
Friday, January 20, 1978 books
Squabbles mar Dief s memoirs
Memoirs of successful
politicians always sell because
people are interested in finding out
what really happened during crises
of the past.
But all too often, the reader faces
an essay on why the writer was
right and his opponents were
wrong, instead of the juicy tidbits
desired by the voyeur-reader. The
third volume of former prime
minister John Diefenbaker's
memoirs, like the second volume,
is a classic case of the justification
One Canada: The Memoirs of
John Diefenbaker
Volume 3
MacMillan of Canada Ltd.
Subtitled The Tumultuous Years,
volume three was to be the last of
the chief's memoirs, but it is
rumored that a fourth volume will
be produced.
Diefenbaker has hardly begun
his second paragraph before
landing a blow on his arch-enemy,
Liberal Lester Pearson. Pearson is
joined by practically every other
person named in the book on the
enemies list.
Four of the 10 chapters cover the
defence crisis which led to the final
downfall in 1963 of the Diefenbaker
government. The rest documents
the monetary crisis and back-
stabbing from within and without
the Conservative party which
brought down his government with
a very loud thud, and eventually
landed Diefenbaker out of the Tory
I remember watching the 1967
Tory leadership convention in
which Robert Stanfield replaced
Diefenbaker as leader. Diefenbaker's address to the convention
was a letdown (in dramatic terms)
because he did not solve the puzzle
of whether or not he would join the
leadership race (he did 24 hours
I was slightly astonished to see
that speech labelled as the 'One
Canada' speech and his losing
leadership effort an attempt to
save Canada by preventing the
Tories  from   adopting  a   'deux
nations' platform. If that's so, I
find it a very puzzling way to try
and affect party policy.
And although Diefenbaker says
he steered the party to a One
Canada policy, Stanfield
sheepishly used a deux nations
platform in the 1968 election.
Diefenbaker feels justified in
writing his books in his usual
combative style because of the bad
press he has received (prior to the
last five years) and because the
Toronto Tory establishment was
instrumental in his downfall.
There are a few interesting
sections in the tumultuous years,
especially when Diefenbaker is
pointing his gnarled finger at those
who conspired to bring him down.
Diefenbaker wasn't the
horrendous prime minister he's
been depicted as (anybody whom
Bay St. hated has to have
something going for him), but Dief
spends all his time refighting some
less-than-glorious battles.
As such the cost of the book is
better left unspent, or if necessary,
spent on the far-superior first
volume of the memoirs.
Students of that exciting decade
in Canadian politics will have to
wait for a third party to capture the
behind-the-scenes action and put
the events in perspective.
John Diefenbaker, by a self-
serving book-length rationalization
of his mistakes and failures, has
shed little light on the events of
that period.
. a happier moment in years that saw
ON THE WAY OUT...  before the final  knife in the  back at the
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Midas play lacks golden touch
Midas, a recent comedy by John
Lazarus, is not exactly worth its
weight in gold.
The play itself is a new version of
the old legend. The plot revolves
around Midas, the foolish king of
Phrygia, who attempts to
manipulate the gods. As the story
unfolds, Midas, through a series of
comic experiences, learns that
mortals cannot interfere with the
actions of the gods and get away
with it.
By John Lazarus
Directed by Jackie Crossland
Vancouver  East  Cultural  Centre
Until Jan. 21	
The king himself is both blind
and deaf to the needs of his starving people. Contrasts are made
throughout the play to illustrate
this fact. In one scene, the peasants
are eating maggot-infested rats;
juxtaposed this, we see Midas in
his royal rose garden wondering
how he will win the next rose
festival in Athens.
Midas just does not listen — not
to the peasants,- not to his Sybil
(oracle), and not to his daughter —
and herein lies the key to his fate.
At times the plot drags, but for
the most part it moves along fairly
swiftly. It begins with Midas
receiving the golden touch, his plea
for deliverance from this power,
his misjudgment of a music contest
between Apollo and a satyr, and
finally the dire result of his verdict.
One of the most enjoyable scenes
occurs when Bacchus and his satyr
servant Marsyas exchange a
number of puns, mostly at the
expense of Midas. My only regret
is that this trend is not sustained.
Humor also manifests itself in
the social satire present in the
play. When Midas first wishes for
the golden touch, his Sybil replies
that it would upset the entire International Monetary System.
Sybil then relates the story of
how the earth used to be all made
of gold. A wise king living at that
time was granted one desire and he
wished for the arable touch.
Thereafter, everything he touched
turned to shit — and that's how we
got where we are today.
Although the play itself does not
have much that is commendable,
its production by the Tamahnous
Theatre group does.
The acting on the whole was
good. David Peterson's performance as the peasant leader
Koryphaeus, and Barbara Astley's
portrayal of Midas' Sybil both
deserve mention. I especially
enjoyed Edward Astley's representation of Bacchus (god of wine)
and Apollo (god of other things).
The set was simple yet versatile.
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Summer jobs future uncertain
employment prospects for students
remain uncertain despite a conference of education and manpower ministers that ended here
But ministers promised to improve methods of delivering job-
creation programs and occupational training, and federal
employment and immigration
minister Bud Cullen pledged increased consultation with the
provinces on manpower issues.
Cullen also announced a
revamping of the Canada works
program and the combination of
federal job-creation programs
under one umbrella organization.
Cullen told ministers that intergovernmental co-operation and the
participation of industry is
necessary to "resolve our
problems in a spirit of entre-
preneurship and federal cooperation."
In response to criticism by
ministers that the federal
government had not adequately
consulted with the provinces on the
Canada works program, Cullen
promised a reorientation of the
Few jobs
for ed grads
in Manitoba
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Jobs for
ceachers are scarce in Manitoba.
By mid-November only 56.5 per
cent of last year's education
graduates from the University of
Manitoba had found full-time
teaching jobs in the province.
Royden Lee, director of teacher
certification for the Manitoba
department of education, told
fourth year education students at
the U of M Jan. 11 that there were
576 education graduates from the U
of M last year.
He said that as of Nov. 17, 147
were employed as teachers in
Metro Winnipeg and 179 in Rural
Manitoba, 42 were substitute
teachers, 37 had left the province,
35 were back in school or employed
in some other work, and 108 were
He didn't explain the fate of the
missing 28.
Lee said the annual turnover of
teachers in Manitoba has dropped
to six per cent from an average 15
per cent in the 1960s.
But, Lee claimed, education
graduates can get jobs if they're
willing to go where the jobs are.
Northern school divisions last year
filled job openings with out-of-
province teachers, he said.
He said, all French teachers got
jobs, and there is a need for
teachers of instrumental music,
home economics, industrial arts
and business education.
Secondary school teachers of
history and geography have the
highest rate of unemployment, he
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regional priorities.
Cullen said the newly-formed
youth advisory group — comprised
of representatives from business,
industry, labor and education —
will take steps to reduce youth unemployment by the "pulling
together of various federal youth
employment programs under a
single umbrella with strong coordination."
"I hope our officials can get
together to ensure smooth
collaboration and a real partnership to help our young people,"
Cullen said.
But he failed to mention that the
previous week the advisory group,
at its first meeting, rejected his
proposals to work out its own
Cullen  urged  particular  co
operation with the private sector to
improve occupational training.
An innovation that could and
should be introduced, Cullen said,
"is to arrange for students to get
some practical experience in the
world of work as part of their
school program."
In a lengthy address to the
ministers, Cullen emphasized the
use of the job-experience training
program (JET) as a way to employ
young school dropouts.
JET is operated by boards of
trade and chambers of commerce
and provides wage subsidies for
youths for up to 26 weeks between
October and March, with the
possibility that they might be
retained permanently.
But ministers, particularly from
the Maritimes, were concerned
that manpower training programs
would be reduced in their
provinces as a result of suggestions
by the federal government to redistribute training.
Ministers also expressed fears
that amendments to the Adult
Education Training Act would cost
the provinces five per cent annually in reduced federal purchases of provincial manpower
The ministers again criticized
Cullen for not consulting with the
provinces, but Cullen said he did
not "stand firm" on the matter.
"I do not really feel that the
problem is lack of consultation, but
perhaps we need more effective
consultation," Cullen said.
Cullen's emphasis on federal-
provincial co-operation convinced
B.C. labor minister Allan Williams
to join the federal government in a
student-youth employment
program which combines 16
federal and provincial placement
After the press conference which
followed his address to the
ministers, Cullen declined comment on whether his department
could meet the demanql of the
National Union of Students that
110,000 jobs for students be created
this summer.
Last summer, estimates placed
the number of unemployed
students at 160,000.
But Cullen mentioned a $100
million employment credit
proposal by the department of
finance, and said students could be
major beneficiaries of the
Youth Power Means:
Again in 1978, the B.C. Ministry of Labour is initiating a
program designed to create as many summer job opportunities as possible, for B.C. students and unemployed
youth. We will co-ordinate job openings in many other
government ministries and help private businesses, farms,
and non-profit organizations pay the wages for extra summer staff.
In the Provincial Government, many ministries such as
Forestry, Recreation and Conservation, and Consumer and
Corporate Affairs open up many interesting and remunerative summer jobs. By filling out one of our computerized
application forms now, you will be considered for a job
that closely matches your interests and abilities. Details
and application forms are available at:
Office of Student Service,
Ponderosa Annex "F"
January 16 to 27,1978
Province of
British Columbia
Ministry of Labour Page 20
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