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Vancouver, B.C. Friday, February 3,1984
Researchers engaged
in defence projects
In Bill Emery's office on the
East side of UBC's new bookstore, photos of loved ones and
a child's artwork are displayed on
the wall. Surrounded by these pictures, the boyish oceanography professor appears as friendly as any
UBC professor as he casually sits
down to talk about his latest research projects.
But his projects are different than
most — they are funded by the Canadian national defence department
and the U.S. navy.
One of a handful of UBC professors engaged in military related research, Emery has no qualms about
using military money.
"We're doing basic research that
I can see military applications for,
but applications aren't my
business," he says.
Emery studies temperature structures in the ocean. Using Canadian
and Americar. military ships to col
lect data, he creates an overall picture of upper ocean structure — information that is useful in the detection of submarines.
The professor says temperature
structures affect the vibration of
sound waves in the ocean.
"The propagation of sound has
to do with the detection of submarines, depending on whether you are
looking for them or trying to hide
them," he explains.
He claims the military benefits
him more than he helps it. "If I can
contribute to understanding the
ocean, that's fine," he adds.
A group of concerned students
and faculty recently organized a referendum calling for a ban on
nuclear, chemical, biological, and
space weapons research on campus,
but Emery said he has heard little
about the campaign, which later
failed to muster enough students to
vote on the issue.
Emery said he only heard of it
when one of his colleagues joked to
him in a faculty coffee room about
the referendum saying, "they're going to ban your research."
"I think it's pretty silly," he says.
The referendum also called for
the establishment of an ethics committee to evaluate all UBC research
and full disclosure of research funding. Although 1,728 students voted
"Yes" in the referendum, it failed
to reach quorum (10 per cent of
UBC's student population), .and
thus the recommendations cannot
be passed to the administration.
Despite growing opposition,
UBC professors are continuing
their military related research and
continuing to accept defence
department funds.
On another side of the campus,
two civil engineering professors are
engaged in a project designing naval
ships which will be able to withstand bomb blasts. Researchers
Mervyn Olson and Donald Anderson freely admit that the Canadian
defence department, which funds
the project, is interested in the effects of blasts on ships and their
No particular kind of bomb blast
is being considered, Olson adds.
Olson defends the research project, saying the information gathered will increase Canada's knowledge of structural technology. "No,
I don't see this research as helping
the arms race. It is improving Canadian expertise in structural dynamics."
Another UBC professor engaged
in military related research uses the
same arguments. Chemistry professor Elmer Ogryzlo, who has the dubious distinction of being one of
two researchers in Canada whose
projects are funded by the U.S. air
force, claims he knows little about
the interest circulating around his
observations of the night air glow
which surrounds Earth and Venus.
"The air force wants more information on the atmosphere — the
useful applications outweigh the
possible military applications," he
says, citing the connections of his
research to the ultra violet rays that
cause skin Ccincer.
But he added when the funding
runs out, he will be "none the
wiser" about the air force's use of
his research.
Ogryzlo said he questions the referendum proposal to establish an
ethics committee preventing research directly applicable to chemical, biological, nuclear and space
"A censorship would be rather
strange. To say some researchers
should be allowed and some
shouldn't is like going back to the
dark ages," he says.
But soil science professor Hans
Schreier, who is trying to develop
remote sensing techniques to predict
different terrain conditions, disagrees.
An ethics committee with university, government and military representatives would be acceptable, he
says. "I don't think we should get
involved in weapons development."
A supporter of the anti-arms research campaign, Schreier says he
feels uneasy about accepting funds
from the Canadian national defence
department.    "Just   because   I've
done a contract with the military
doesn't mean I agree with what
they're doing."
A little hesitant to talk about his
research, Schreier begins to relax in
his office with walls covered by
satellite and laser photographs. He
begins to describe his security intelligence related project after some
"It has nothing to do with weapons or weapons development. It's
the best way to divert money from
the military," he argues.
"There is some intelligence involved in it, but I can live with it.
They'll do (this type of research)
anyway," he says.
The soil science professor's work
also applies to military rescue
operations and gives the military an
idea of where it can travel over land
at any given time. "The thing people don't realize is most rescue operations in this part of the world are
done by the military."
Metallurgical engineering professor Alec Mitchell says he also
thinks his research is valuable for
non-warfare purposes. He designs
structural components and gear
parts for aircraft.
"Its major application without a
shadow of a doubt is transport aircraft," he says, calling the Canadian national defence department
not a part of the military and "just
another contracting part of government that funds basic research.
"The defence department has a
broad mandate to protect the Canadian industrial base. It's not just
guns and butter," he says in an emphatic British accent.
Mitchell says he has turned down
funding offers from the U.S. military more than once.
"I thought it wasn't the kind of
thing I should be doing. But you'd
have been hard pressed to identify it
as military," he says, declining to
comment further.
Mitchell says the recent campaign
about military research at UBC was
a "big fuss over nothing," but added the issue should be raised occasionally to keep researchers honest
and their work open to view.
In a Jan. 20 letter to The Ubyssey, the administration revealed 12
research projects at UBC funded by
military agencies and the nuclear industry. It stated many of the projects are not considered to be conventional military research, and
that UBC does not accept "secret
research" or those projects in which
professors are forbidden to publish
their results.
The administration ends the letter
with an invitation to the university
community to read the literature
See page 2: PEACE
By Patti Flather
p Page 2
Friday, February 3,1984
Peace research?
From page 1
available and details of the projects
funded by the military.
The executive committee for research determines the university's
research policy. "Policies, no matter where they come up, get discussed by that committee and ultimately
would go to the board for formal
approval," says research services
director Richard Spratley in his spacious old auditorium office.
Spratley, a gregarious chemist
with a curly mop of black hair,
must approve funding applications
for every researcher at UBC. The
university strictly adheres to its policy of not allowing any unpunishable research, he says.
"Because let's face it, anything
publishable is not going to be interesting to the military."
But the university accepts any
publishable research, with a few exceptions such as those involving
human subjects research, he adds.
Examples of some of the publishable research Spratley says would
be allowed at UBC include some projects now being conducted at other
Canadian universities, such as the
• a University of Toronto project to build a structure that can
withstand an atomic blast,
• a McMaster University project
to design a filter helping ships to detect the type and location of submarines,
• and a University of Ottawa
project to study radiation-induced
vomiting using dogs.
Spratley says the referendum did
not disturb him in the least.
"It was interesting to have it
emerge as an issue after five years of
"I'm not on the defensive at all."
But he says an ethics committee
set up to oversee research would not
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that's an extra step is not greeted
with great cries of joy from the
However, after a moment's
thought, he adds: "Maybe it
doesn't have to be that complicated."
Meanwhile, organizers of the
anti-arms research campaign vow to
continue their efforts and say the
administration has already taken
the first few steps by disallowing
unclassified research.
But campaign organizer Gary
Marchant argues research doesn't
have to be classified to be directly
applicable to nuclear, biological,
chemical and space warfare.
"With all these people saying
military research is not a problem
here, then why is there a problem of
making it clear policy?" he asks.
George Spiegelmann, B.C.
chapter of Science for Peace president, says he mistrusts some of the
justifications offered by researchers
for taking the Pentagon's money.
"If you're taking the military's
money that's because they want to
fund you. They're not dumb.
"Universities have to start reestablishing themselves as places
where  people  aren't just  trained
technically, but where values are defined."
The federal and U.S. government
should use military funds for peace
research and should prohibit directly applicable military research on
campuses, he said.
"The university is a place where
we should solve human problems,"
he says.
"I don't think the military can do
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Page 3
Anti-cruise groups surge in popularity
Huge American transport planes
landed in late November on
Greenham Common air force base
in Britain, between columns of
soldiers lining the runway. The
transport planes' doors opened and
disgorged long crates, the first
cruise missiles in Britain.
Despite mass marches, rallies,
petitions, letter writing campaigns
in Europe and North America, the
U.S. government deployed the
cruise. Even as the first transports
landed, British police dragged away
hundreds of women protesters from
Greenham Common's gates.
And although the U.S. effectively-
ignored the opposition to deploy
the missiles those involved in Vancouver peace groups say anti-cruise
activists here have never been more
The expanding movement, composed of feminists, union members,
a few students, community and
church groups, plans to stop cruise
testing in Canada and force the
Canadian government to rescind
the Canadian-U.S. umbrella agreement.
Even small, specialized organizations like the 455 member Physicians for Social Responsibility, with
branches in only Vancouver and
Victoria, are gaining support.
"New members are coming in
regular fits and spurts," says presi
dent Dorothy Goresky, one of
many UBC faculty members.
Disarmament groups are focusing their energies on stopping the
planned testing of the air launched
Cruise missiles at the Primrose Lake
testing range in Northern Alberta,
chosen by the U.S. air force because
its landscape resembles that of the
Soviet Union.
Paving the way for the testing is
the umbrella agreement between
Canada and the U.S., signed last
February. A comprehensive treaty,
it covers the future testing of several
other weapons in Canada.
Information on the cruise testing
under the treaty will only be released if both countries agree, and as a
result even MP's might be ignorant
of weapons' testing on Canadian
But Roslaine Ross of the B.C.
Peace Council says the treaty can be
rescinded if peace activists mount a
forceful campaign.
"The cruise won't be tested until
March and we think if we muster
enough pressure we can stop the
testing before then. Most groups
hope to stop the testing before its
end, five years from now."
Peace activists are currently
writing prime minister Pierre
Trudeau and their MP's, participating in media events like the
April   Walk   and   the   upcoming
cross-Canada Peace Caravan, and
attempting to educate the public
about the issue and its implications
for world stability.
Activists say the air launched
cruise missiles will increase tension
between the superpowers because of
its first strike capability. Its accuracy, explosive power and ability
to avoid detection enable it to
destroy the Soviet Union's missile
silos easily and quickly.
The cruise might provoke the
Soviets to launch a nuclear attack,
they claim.
Despite these arguments,
Canada's prime minister refuses to
rescind the treaty, saying Canada
has a duty to the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization to test the
cruise this summer.
Meanwhile, at Cole Bay, Sask.,
just outside the testing range, three
women are continuing a women's
peace camp started this summer to
protest Pierre Trudeau's decision.
They live in a small house without
running water, heated by a wood
Andrea Clark, a Vancouver
women who just returned to the city, says "The only purpose of the
camp over the winter is to maintain
a presence in the area to support the
local people in their struggle against
the Cruise."
This summer 80 women attended
the camp.
Clark says 15 Edmonton women,
who joined the three at the military
base at Cold Lake, Alta., on New
Year's Day, prompted a nearby
community to stage a red alert and
soldiers to cancel their holiday
The women merely ornamented
base barricades with paper decorations, she says.
Another recently organized
group, using non-traditional forms
of protest, is the Sunday Night Action Group. SNAG has taken to
spray painting billboards, performing guerilla theatre and other acts of
peaceful civil disobedience.
Last fall, in front of the Canadian armed forces base on Seymour
Street, the group helped to stage a
die-in, where participants poured
blood upon themselves, moaned,
and pretended to die.
SNAG member Mike Isbrucker
says the group is currently putting a
lot of energy into cruise protests.
"If the missile is deployed, it will
put the Russians on a launch-on-
by Robert Beynon
warning footing because they will
have only six minutes to react to a
cruise attack."
More orthodox groups are also
coordinating protests against cruise
by joining End the Arms Race, the
largest local coalition, which
organized the Walk for Peace last
spring that attracted 60,000 people.
"We're growing quickly," said
EAR vice president Gary Marchant,
a UBC biology graduate student.
"In the last few months we've
grov/n from 140 member organizations — such as church groups and
community groups — to 170
member organizations. And there's
a good chance we will grow to 200
organizations by April."
He says the peace movement
slackened a few months ago, when
activists lost a sense of direction,
but the movement is now swelling
behind the anti-cruise campaign.
Mariane Ross, a spokesperson
for Project Ploughshares, a peace
research group, says: "The Korean
jet incident last September, the
Soviets walking out of the Strategic
Arms Limitation Talks, the Reagan
rhetoric — these all discouraged
"But Trudeau's peace proposal,
whether you agree with it or not,
has become a rallying point for the
peace movement," she says.
"Every week we hear of a new
group being organized."
She says the new generation of
activists, 30 to 40 year olds with
children worrying about posterity,
are strengthening the movement.
But one group noticeably under-
represented in the peace movement
is students, Ross says.
"There's been a lull at UBC it
seems, but I think we should expect
a little more from students. These
are the people we're all expecting to
be creative."
If the movement is growing as
quickly as the leaders claim,
students just might fulfill her expectations.
Book explains our dove-tailed PM
by Brian Jones
If today is Friday, this must be East Germany. Or is it
Switzerland? Or Czechoslovakia? It's so easy for one to
become confused while trying to follow the global peace
crusade of our dove-tailed prime minister, who is trying so
desperately to offer the world an olive branch. As he and son
Sacha romp across Europe, both East and West of course, it
is interesting to ponder what the whiskeyjacks in Northern
Alberta think about P.E.T.'s dove impersonation.
It is without a doubt an impersonation, given that U.S.
cruise missiles will soon be sharing Alberta airspace with
whiskeyjacks and whatever other such fowl they have in
those parts of the hinterland — but doves they definitely
don't have. Which brings most birdwatchers to the obvious
question, namely what does, or should, the Canadian peace
movement think of Pierre's migratory-like flight to Europe?
Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race
Edited by Ernie Regehr and
Simon Rosenblum
Foreword by Margaret Laurence
268 pages
Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race presents a generally
intelligent and sophisticated analysis of Canada's role in the
arms race. Perhaps the main disappointment one gets from
reading it, other than from its sometime academic and
thereby dull approach, is that it preceded Trudeau's European jaunt.
Editor Ernie Regehr has put together an excellent and informative collection of articles, although several are non-
commital and wishywashy. Because Trudeau's self-styled
"peace initiative" is currently so newsworthy, it is unfortunate Regehr's contributors could not comment upon it
But much of the information presented in the book is still
highly relevant to today's headlines from Europe. Most obviously, Trudeau's claim to be a dove is contrasted to his
government's decision to allow the U.S. military to (light-
test their cruise missile in Alberta.
In one of several articles, Regehr points out the familiar
warning that cruise missiles represent a radical change in
strategic policy toward a "first-strike" stance.
"Extensive testing of the cruise missile is central to U.S.
nuclear war-fighting capacity, and Canadian testing of it is
not a demonstration of continued support for nuclear deterrence, as cruise supporters insist, but demonstrates instead
support for a new, more dangerous, role for nuclear
weapons," he writes.
Although the cruise issue is the most obvious example,
other articles in the book offer further evidence of the myth
of Canada's peaceful behavior and reputation.
The book points out that on a per capita basis Ceinada
ranks within the top 20 per cent of military spenders in the
world, and in real dollar terms is close to being in the top 10
per cent. In 1982-83 the Canadian military budget was just
over $7 billion.
The federal government is quite cozy with the arms producers, Regehr informs us, and in fiscal year 1981-82 paid
$154,934,982 to Canadian businesses under the aegis of the
Defence Industry Productivity program (aptly dubbed DIP).
Litton Systems (Canada) Ltd. of Rexdale, Ontario has
already DIPped into federal pockets for $43,435,142, most
of which went directly toward producing the cruise missile's
guidance system.
Closer to home, just across the Georgia Strait near
Nanaimo, there is the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Range at Nanoose Bay, jointly operated by the
Canadian armed forces and the U.S. navy. Just in case all the
euphemisms in that title confuse you, Nanoose Bay is a testing
site for torpedoes, detection devices, and other delicacies of
anti-submarine warfare.
If this is not enough to convince the reader that Canada's
"peacekeeper" image is unearned if not undeserved, the
book contains more joyous tidbits for Canadians' consumption.
Canada's complicity in supplying uranium to the U.S. during their WW II atomic bomb project is chronicled, as is
Canada's massive exports of uranium (12,000 tonnes and
$300 million worth in 1959 alone.)
Then there is Canada's sales of nuclear reactors to such
freedom-loving countries as South Africa, Argentina, and
South Korea (on May 18, 1974 India exploded an "atomic
device" using plutonium fashioned from a Canadian
Then there is Canada's membership and participation in
Suffice it to say that Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race
pointedly if unintentionally reveals the hypocrisy of the
Liberal government and shows the prime minister, the dove,
has laid an egg. How does the saying go about peace, or is it
charity, beginning at home? Page 4
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colleges and universities minister
has lost the confidence of the
university community and should
resign, say members of the Canadian Federation of Students-
Federation delegates voted to call
for Bette Stephenson's resignation
at their Jan. 18-22 meeting at
Queen's University, Kingston.
The call for her resignation will
be part of a larger campaign against
further cutbacks in the university
system and for more government
spending on education in the province.
"It's not a big deal whether she
resigns or not," said CFSO chair
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The point is we've lost confidence
in the government."
At the Kingston meeting CFSO
delegates discussed ways of preventing the implementation of a
government blueprint to "reshape"
Ontario's university system.
Stephenson recently appointed a
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ways to put her rationalization
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As part of its campaign, CFSO
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The smoke from Andy Moxley's
cigarette adds to the stale, sour
stench of his room. At first glance,
Moxley, 32, appears to hold strong
interests in progressive causes. His
wall posters scream of injustice and
struggle — "Ban the cruise", "Say
No to Apartheid" and "Solidarity
with the Struggle in El Salvador."
But Moxley wears many hats.
He fought for five years — Command Airborne Six in Cypress, did
a two-year stint as prison guard at
Kingston penitentiary, and now
leads a student life studying communications at Carleton University,
He's volunteered for political
groups, including an El Salvador
solidarity committee and the peace
.And he's spied on them for the
Moxley's revelation last July that
he informed on Ottawa and Toronto peace coalitions, was an untimely
embarrassment for the Canadian
Solicitor General Robert Kaplan
was suddenly in the spotlight,
defending his bill to create a new
security service to replace the
RCMP's security branch. But
criticism was strong. Opposition
across the political spectrum said
bill C-157 created a secret monolith
with the ability to pry into Canadian private lives and nip political
dissent in the bud.
Kaplan emphasized the bill's
The bill defines how security
agents must apply for a judicial
warrant to use "intrusive techniques" such as tapping phones,
opening mail, secretly entering
premises to install "bugs", and
gaining access to government collected information on health and
tax records.
But Moxley's untimely appearance and press coverage gave
Canadians a glimpse behind the
bill's legal clauses, into the real
world of RCMP interaction and
friction with political groups.
That vast, undefined appendage
of any security service, its network
of informers, is completely ignored
in bill C-157. And regulations over
the use of informers, arguably the
most intrusive of all information
gathering techniques are con-
spiciously missing.
The use of informers is crucial to
feeding the RCMP's bank of
knowledge. While electronic
eavesdropping techniques are improving, a well-placed informer
knows many people, their plans and
politics. The costs and risks of installing bugs and transcribing recordings are avoided.
In fact, one important reason bill
C-157 gives the new security service
access to government data is to
enable it to identify potential informers .
Before the federal government's
royal commission on the RCMP,
the McDonald Commission, exposed the illegal practices, the RCMP
obtained confidential health
records secretly. It learned of an individual's emotional problems,
homosexuality and treatment for
mental illness. Potential informers
were thus humiliated or pressured
into cooperation.
Other recruitment methods include long interrogations, reminding the person of a criminal record
and money offers. Many informers,
such as Moxley, volunteer their services out of a sense of patriotism.
Others want to inform on their
political enemies.
A security agency is as valuable as
its network of informers. Once
Moxley was established as a participant in the Ottawa peace coalition,
he was able to identify people in
photos of demonstrations, and
discuss their roles and whether he
thought they were dangerous.
Moxley felt he played an important role for Canada, looking for
foreign influences in the Ottawa El
Salvador Solidarity group. He
could spot a foreign infiltrator
because they would mimic beliefs
they didn't really hold, he said.
"You can tell original thought, as
opposed to someone parodying someone else's line," Moxley said.
Using a personal set of stiff
criteria, Moxley said he cleared the
Ottawa group of Cuban and Soviet
Secondly, Moxley looked for
people who were prone to violence,
passing their names on to the
"I felt the RCMP had a right to
know if something — espionage or
violence — was going on. Also, if
nothing was wrong with a group,
the RCMP would leave them
But when the RCMP asked him
lawyer Paul Copeland told a special
Senate committee examining bill
C-157 on Sept. 21, that judges and
lawyers he knows assume their
phones are tapped.
"It is a very real problem in
society when you do not feel you
can talk over the telephone,"
Copeland said.
Copeland represented the Ontario law union, a left-wing group
of lawyers and law students, to the
committee. The union is publishing
a handbook for activists on how to
protect themselves from police
harassment. A draft, Offense
Defense: Survival Seminars for Activists, states "it is safe to assume
that the police photograph every
demonstration, rally and march.
They try :o get pictures of every
person   in    attendance    . . .    The
formation on drug abuse, etc., to
cause dissension and splintering of
the separatist/terrorist group."
Copeland told the Senate committee the law union is highly
critical of the RCMP's role in actively disrupting political groups.
"The aspect that concerns our
organization the most is the disruption activities of the security agencies," he said. "The position we
take is that if a group is breaking
the law and the government finds
out about it, that group should be
prosecuted . . . (However) one
should be free to engage in lawful
activities, free of intimidation and
free of interference by state
A disruptive act can be as simple
as letting an individual or group
know they are under surveillance,
RCMP uses informers
to put his energies into the peace activist groups, he started to sympathize with the people he was spying on. Finally, he was sent down to
Kingston on May 28, where the
RCMP knew a demonstration was
planned, and Moxley felt his cover
had been blown. Some activists
suspected he was an RCMP informer.
Soon after, he quit.
The extent of the RCMP's appetite for information on Canadians is broad. Federal NDP leader
Ed Broadbent took note of this
capacity, "...the government has
already managed to collect more
than 800,000 files on individual
Canadians. These are files that the
government's own royal commission on the RCMP, the McDonald
commission, has documented. To
this day, the government refuses to
destroy these files and they remain
as mute testaments to violations of
the civil liberties of thousands of
Many activist groups simply
assume their phones are tapped, or
that they come in regular contact
with informers, without knowing
who  they   are.   Toronto  criminal
police will later go through the pictures in order to identify individuals
and update their files. Their concerns include knowing who was in
attendance as well as establishing
which individuals play leadership
roles and the connections or affiliations of the individuals ..."
While Copeland is concerned
about the RCMP's ability to collect
information, he is even more concerned about the fact the bill does
not address a security agency's
more active function, that of actually disrupting groups is identifies
as subversive.
The RCMP has not only collected
information on thousands of Canadians, it has put that knowledge to
use. The McDonald commission
documented the use of "disruptive
techniques" by the RCMP, and
recommended in 1981 they be explicitly forbidden by legislation. Bill
C-157 is silent on this issue.
An RCMP oficer described
disruptive techniques to the commission as "making use of
sophisticated and well researched
plans built around existing situations, such as power struggles, love
affairs, fraudulent use of funds, in
to scare them. National trade
unions claimed recently the RCMP
is conducting a campaign of "police
intimidation," focusing on
members of public sector unions
and especially female officials.
Last August, a trade union official said 10 to 15 officers were
contacted by the RCMP in the
previous six months, indicating
some kind of campaign. In one interview, an RCMP officer visited an
equal opportunities officer, simply
asking her why she subscribed to a
now-defunct Communist magazine,
Separating "information gathering" from policing responsibilities
was behind McDonald's recommendation to separate the security service from the RCMP. "Because the
essential function of a security intelligence agency is to collect,
analyze and report intelligence
about threats to Canada's security,
we believe it should not be authorized to enforce security measures."
Disruption activies are a politically charged issue, and Copeland
wants to know why bill C-157 does
not take McDonald's recommendation. "From the fact that they total
ly disregard that recommendation,
the government must want them to
(continue the practice) ..."
Copeland points to other ignored
recommendations, such as shielding
the minister from responsibility for
the service (he can offer only
"general directions"), and giving
security agents carte blanche to
break laws without fear of repercussion.
"We have a very cynical view . . .
that the government is using this
legislation to ensure that it is not
embarrassed, as it has been in the
past. Under the bill, everything the
government has been embarrassed
about in the past will be made legal
. . ."he added.
The peace movement is certainly
feeling the heat of police pressure.
Copeland said. MP David Orlikow,
(NDP — Winnipeg), told the House
of Commons he knew of RCMP
surveillance on a prominent national peace organization.
But Kaplan explained the peace
movement as such is not a target,
but rather "individuals who are
promoting the overthrow of the
government or who are acting on
behalf of foreign governments
within Canada might be targetted
and that would cover them if they
infiltrated the peace movement."
If the RCMP is only interested in
individuals in the peace movement,
one such person is Ken Hancock,
member of an anti-cruise missile
group in Toronto. As an informer,
Moxley said his RCMP contacts
mentioned Hancock's name frequently and encouraged him to
learn more about him.
Moxley's RCMP contact told
him "if it's not violent and Ken's
not interested, we're not
Hancock knows he is under
surveillance, especially by the
Toronto Metropolitan police. The
Ontario attorney-general notified
him this summer his phone has been
bugged "for some considerable
time." His house and those of other
members of his group, the Cruise
Missile Conversion Project, were
raided by police last year, looking
for evidence to connect them to the
1982 bombing of Litton Industries,
a Toronto manufacturer of the
cruise guidance system.
Hancock, a Quaker, received a
living allowance from the Quaker
Church organization, the Canadian
Friends Service Committee, to support his political activism in the
peace movement, which includes
the use of civil disobedience.
The Quaker Church does not endorse violence of any kind. When
the Litton bombing took place, the
media distinguished non-violent activities of the Cruise Missile Conversion Project from the bombing,
instead of taking the opportunity to
cast doubt on its work.
Hancock knows why he is being
harassed. "They want us to stop
doing our actions. We start to get
flack from our own people who
start to say we're too confrontational. It's the perfect slave mentality. After they raid us, and our
children, then we take the blame for
The step from passively collecting
information on people, to using
that information to intimidate
them, is a small one.
And there is no explicit reporting
mechanism in bill C-157 explaining
how security agents will decide
which political activist deserves a
scare, a house raid, or whether an
informer should act as an agent
provocateur, encouraging a group
to more extreme and eventually
self-destructive action.
Looking back, Moxley is pleased
with his work. "I've been a little of
everying, I can see and appreciate
views on all sides and I see a synthesis of all these beliefs."
Moxley has a simple way of summing it up. "What's law and order
for one person, is repression for someone else." Page 6
Friday, February 3, 1984
Dark ages reign at filthy UBC
The sight of the disgusting mess
around the engineers' cairn at the
south end of Main Mall finally impels me to remark on the filthy state
of the campus in general.
One factor is the unwillingness or
inability of consumers to deposit
empty cans, bottles, plastic cups
and food wrappers in garbage
receptacles; instead these objects
are simply discarded when they
have served their purpose without
regard for aesthetics or the cost of
clean-up.   One  is  left  wondering
what homes or schools the offenders come from.
Equally annoying is the practice
of plastering walls and windows
with notices. Nor do those guilty of
the practice — including some
would-be student leaders — ever
think to remove the items once the
occasion has passed that initiated
the original display in such inappropriate locations.
Signs of the deliberate vandalism
are not lacking either and recollection that the term originally referred to acts of senseless destruction
Bellyaching rag improves
Congratulations. You finally
published an article that I read
word for word, all the way through.
I'm referring to the artkX Beijing
University: getting by in China's
elite (Jan. 27) — an intelligent,
refreshing look beyond the endless
navel gazing, lint-analyzing, and
general bellyaching one sees in your
This could be just the beginning
of some very good writing. There's
a world of information to be explored out there, beyond the UBC
gates, provincial boundaries, and
national preoccupations.
On the flip side, there's the international view of our tiny world.
We've got the people from "there"
to offer their perspective of here,
and we've got people from here going to "there". Is it possible for
The Ubyssey to become educational
for its readers, as well as for those
working    to    produce    it?    Who
knows? A sweet thought anyway.
One more comment, this time
about the Herpes story, (Manic
media inflames herpes stigma). I
read this one beginning to end, but
only to glean a little information
about the effects of herpes on
newborn babies. "A mild skin
nuisance?" What a flippant way of
describing something that can cause
all manner of physical and mental
damage, often leading to death.
Women and men who plan to have
families one day should know about
these risks.
So, criticism is easy, but that's
not my purpose for writing. I've
been thinking for years about what
The Ubyssey needs to make it worth
the trees it's printed on. You provided the answer with the story on
Beijing University. Thank you.
Brenda Gillespie
UBC graduate
during Europe's Dark Ages causes
one to wonder about the standard
of civilization attained by the
university population of 1984.
If such anti-social behaviour springs from rage at present social conditions, surely that energy of feeling
should be directed into constructive
channels, even perhaps helping to
replace with human power the
natural resources that we are so
busily squandering.
David Macaree
English professor
EUS sexism
still exists
I am disgusted and repelled by
the cover of the current Engineering
Undergraduate Society student
directory distributed to all engineering students. The EUS has argued
recently that the Lady Godiva crest
is an optional accessory to the "red
jacket". How optional is the Lady
Godiva symbol boldly displayed on
the directory cover? 1 feel sick
thinking that the money I pay for
EUS fees is subsidizing sexist
horseshit like this.
Reforms in the EUS, such as
discontinuing the "smoker" and
Red Rag publication, are positive
and in the right direction. But we
can't stop here. Playing devil's advocate can be fun, but one has to
consider the consequences of this
posture. The symbolic deeiadation
of women through the use of a
Godiva logo and ride is exactly that.
Symbols are powerful.
1 have a good deal o! confidence
in the ability of my student peers to
find more creative and less offensive symbols. The sexist policies of
the EUS must be eradicated as soon
as possible.      Kathleen Garneau
chemical engineering
The Ubyssey accepts letters of all
sorts and will publish them with little editing for clarity or brevity.
Please submit non-sexist, non-
racist, non-libelist and non-
censorist letters on clean sheets of
paper with a 70 space line.
Remember to triple space and to include your name. We rarely print
anonymous, or, name withheld letters. So, just come into SUB241k
with your masterpieces and kindly
hand them over. Commit your opinions to the longevity of print.
Spray for us
I simply cannot get worked up over a little cloud of bombe flambe.
I personally cannot do much to stop the nuclear arms race anyhow, so
why waste stamps on envelopes that MPs or MLAs never get, open, or
pass on? And I also heard the spray paint washes off.
We must all have faith in our leaders to maintain world peace. They are
doing everything in their power, I'm sure.
Why, our very own prime mininster is currently passing dove feathers
and olive branches to significant others overseas.
This contradicts nasty rumors about our country supplying other countries with uranium stuff for the purpose of creating the flambe. Well it
could not happen here, not in our own back-yard. The PM will probably
sell it to countries intending to use uranium as a metal in cutlery, and they
in turn probably would sell the stuff for profit and personal gain.
Oh yes, I have faith in our leaders.
The latest development that shows their true intentions and deep concern for humanity is the bomb bunker built in Nanaimo. They are even willing to the first guinea pigs.
You never know, the PM's peace cruise could fail, thanks to Ronald
Now if this bomb shelter works, we could build lots of them everywhere.
So there is no need to protest the arms race or lobby for peace. We cannot
give up the search for knowledge and let the Russians get ahead in this
race. Like the tortoise and the hare, one fell asleep and was outsmarted.
That is why I can't get motivated to do anything to help peace activists.
If the leaders somehow fail to protect us . . . well, that simply won't happen. But if it does ... we can always fall into pre-tested bomb shelters.
And if that fails, then, I'll consider getting some of my own spray paint.
But we have time until then. So to all of you personally committed to
peace, stop making a big issue out of nothing. Your buttons are merely
decorative. The slogans Stop the Cruise and Make Love Not War deface
public property, outrageously. There are laws against that kind of vandalism.
Please don't think that I don't care for world wide peace. On the contrary, it is a matter of high priority. I just don't think a war will happen.
There is much too much at stake and our leaders will take care of us.
You can direct your energies and lethargies elsewhere, disturbing the
peace in rallies and demonstrations is extremely non-pacifist behavior.
Above all, seek psychiatric help if you believe anything you have just
Dosdall says gays OK
Bob Summerbell's letter in the
Jan. 27 issue regarding comments I
made in an article in the Jan. 20
Ubyssey were based on completely
wrong assumptions and on a
slanted Ubyssey article which had
omitted most of what I had to say.
I did not say the Gays and Lesbians of UBC or any other club
receives direct funding from the
Alma Mater Society. What I did
say, and which the Jan. 20 article
omitted, was that I would support
direct funding to clubs which do not
functionally discriminate on the
basis of race, sex, or religion.
Summerbell seems to be making a
mountain out of thin air since I
didn't, in fact, propose any change
in the status of the club. He obviously comes to the conclusion that
I'm attempting to incite discrimination when in fact I was trying to
eliminate discrimination, reverse
discrimination included.
Summerbell's argument is also
incorrect in another way. He says
the AMS doesn't "finance" clubs
directly. He's correct on this but
subsidies have many forms. Free office space, mailboxes, and room
bookings are some of them
although  1 am not suggesting the
status of these benefits change nor
am I suggesting that the Gays and
Lesbians, specifically, benefit from
The last point I would like to
make is that the remark was a
forced example, and a minor one at
that, which was obviously printed
by a reporter eager to spark some
Doug Dosdall
computer science 1
February 3, 1984
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"ContnDute your piece to peace," said Charlie who was depressed by Clark ian manouvers. Victor
Wong vetoed Chris Wong and had Clark shot via the njd method Draaisma objected to the Wong
take-off and demanded that Clark get fix^d via the Lucente touch method 'It doesn't matter how
many dove features come in from Jones or are maitf1-.: tr->m Tieleman " said Berlin, "because a
Neils*- -ating won't help a blackened Clark " "Simply have Stuart Dee re shc^t him," said Lo echoed
by Lew "Yes, shoot him again, peace is such dull sport," said Monte Stewart. Twanow asked "Clark
who?" Patti suggested Wyatt watch the smoking Clark dance for dangerous flames, but Beynon ob
jecleo to me undue creultv. Verne's comment. "Watc!1 for *uture Clarkian monouvers of retaliation." Friday, February 3, 1984
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Volunteering may be way to finding oneself
In the past, society for the most
part held a stereotypical image of
the volunteer. Today, however,
there can be no stereotype, for today's volunteers are male and
female, young and old and students
and professionals — all from
different ethnic, religious and
socioeconomic backgrounds. People who volunteer not only "become" but also realize who and
what they already are. Similarly,
they are not merely a reserve of
"do-gooders," rather they are people who every day are discovering
the many benefits of volunteer
Students, in particular, are
motivated to seek volunteer positions for a number of reasons. For
instance, how many times have prospective employers turned down intelligent, capable and hard-working
students because they "lack experience?" Volunteering is a great
way (and one of the few) to explore
career options and gain career-
related experience. Most agencies
even provide their volunteers with
some sort of orientation or training
programme. In addition, volunteer
jobs present students with valuable
contacts and references.
Many of the skills one develops
through volunteering are useful not
only in terms of a particular career,
but also in one's academic
endeavors and day-to-day life.
Cheryl Brown, a counsellor in the
Student Counselling and Resources
Centre comments: "Why
volunteer? Two things common to
successful engineers, teachers, accountants, physicians and other
professionals are communication
skills and human relation skills.
Volunteer work gives students from
all faculties the opportunity to prove to prospective employers and admissions committees that they can
communicate effectively and work
well with people. Not only is the experience invaluable in career planning, it also provides a pleasant
break from the routine of lectures,
labs and studying."
One who can speak   from experience from both working with
volunteers and being one herself is
Beau Henderson, a UBC student
and co-ordinator of Volunteer Connections. It is through her volunteer
work that Beau is currently a paid
volunteer co-ordinator for International House. She reiterates the advantages of volunteering:
"Volunteers are great to work with.
I've seen my volunteers work with
Artsie defends election coverage
As one who (once upon a time)
has himself been misquoted in The
Ubyssey, I'd like to say a word or
two about the recent flurry of attacks on The Ubyssey's election
The Ubyssey is being held to account on two points: 1) on matters
of fact (the coverage was untruthful) and 2) matters of perspective (the coverage was biased). Let's
consider these two charges in turn.
On the first point, we might ask,
what newspaper doesn't make
mistakes of fact? The Ubyssey cannot be criticized as being different
from the average commercial
paper. None are omni-accurate,
that's for certain. Indeed, as
anyone who has had the dubious
pleasure of being the subject of a
commercial press story can confirm, nearly every news story has an
inaccuracy or two.
The crucial point, then, is not
whether a paper makes mistakes but
whether,  when requested,  it  will
correct them. And this The Ubyssey
certainly does: they've printed both
an "Oops" correction and a raft of
letters from those feeling the
coverage was inaccurate and providing their versions.
Not every paper has this much integrity. The Sun, when their own
political perspective was challenged
by the true facts of the case, refused
—- in the Wiatr affair — to publish
either a correction or a single letter
giving the other perspective.
On the second, point, we might
ask, what paper ever lacks a bias?
Some papers are more accurate
than others (but don't look for any
in Vancouver); all media has a bias.
The complaints against The
Ubyssey coverage all amount to a
wish for editorial agreement. What
TV newscaster has ever spoken of
the Ayatollah as a humanitarian
(when many Iranians believe that he
is?) Why should The Ubyssey
describe politically infantile resume
hunters as prodigies of public-
All newspapers have a perspective which only the hopelessly naive
can honestly believe is carefully
restricted to the opinion pieces.
Editorials are simply opinion
pieces from the paper's perspective;
news stories are the reports of facts
and events from the paper's perspective. It is sufficient when the
facts and events reported are the
true ones.
So let's be clear: those who ac-
cuse The Ubyssey of journalistic
bias are, rather than making a
significant criticism of the paper,
simply registering their political
disagreement — no more, no less.
And I, for one, am glad that The
Ubyssey represents a dissident
perspective: it's one of the few
checks we have at UBC on those
bastions of Establishment virtues,
the administration and the Alma
Mater Society. Fraser Easton
arts 4
—on topics of concern for women students in 1984—
"The Tyranny of the Scale: overeating as a serious health concern".
Sandy Friedman, M.A. Co-producer, "Facing Your Fat".
"Is Sexual Liberation a Choice or an Obligation in 1984?"
Dr. Robin Percival-Smith, Director, Student Health Service.
June Lythgoe, Director, Office for Women Students.
"Your Body/Your Mind/Your Anxiety".
Dr. Dorothy Goresky, Physician, Student Health Service.
"Is Loneliness Becoming Epidemic?".
June Lythgoe, Director, Office for Women Students.
Rev. George Hermanson, Chaplain, C.C.C.M.
TIME: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
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both international students and the
general public, making many
friends along the way and gaining
excellent applicable experience.
You just can't lose when you
volunteer. You build confidence,
acquire new skills and enjoy
yourself all at the same time."
Another way in which volunteering is beneficial is that it provides an
additional outlet into which to
channel your energies. This is
especially important for students,
who often get caught up in and at
times, overwhelmed by the
pressures of university life. Plus,
unlike with other forms of escape,
you don't feel guilty because you
aren't wasting time. Dr. Goresky
from Student Health Services
points out: "Maintaining a balance
in our lives is important if we are to
avoid ill effects which may be
created by the various stresses we
encounter. That includes a balanced
diet, a balance between rest and exercise, work and recreation, involvement and solitude and between serving our own needs and
those of others. Becoming involved
in volunteer activities is one way of
achieving several of these balances
at the same time."
One aspect of volunteer work
which encompasses all of the other
motivations is personal growth.
Not only are you giving a
gift to others when you volunteer,
but also you are giving to yourself.
Administration president George
Pedersen agrees and recommends
volunteering for everyone: "It's
just a superb idea. I think it's great
for students to get involved in
volunteering. I see it as being not
only important for university
students, but for all individuals, in
terms of the kinds of satisfaction
received. I support Volunteer Connections all the way."
Volunteer Connections, a
student-run service supported by
the Alma Mater Society, provides
UBC students, staff and faculty
with suitable volunteer referrals intended to complement their
academic, career and personal
goals. Connections was formed in
September of last year in response
to the increasing number of
students looking for volunteer
At Volunteer Connections, trained volunteer interviewers can help
you find an interesting and
challenging volunteer job, either
on-campus or at over 400 agencies
throughout the Lower Mainland. In
fact, in the past year, Connections
has served over 200 UBC students.
Anyone interested in volunteering
may drop by Volunteer Connections in the Student Counselling
and Resources Centre, Brock Hall
200 or phone 228-3811 for an appointment.
Be a volunteer and have the time
of your life!
Gina Bell is assistant coordinator of
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Biography paints WAC
as a wacky paranoid
Special to the Ubyssey
Despite every effort to show
former premier W.A.C. Bennett in
a flattering light, a new biography
inadvertently reveals Bennett to
have been a wacky paranoid, an insecure man full of grand delusions
and fearful of unknown enemies.
David J. Mitchell's W.A.C. Bennett and the rise of British Columbia purports to be the long-awaited
analysis of the Bennett years, with
substantive commentary by the old
man himself. Unfortunately the
book, with a few exceptions, is
simply a rehash of well-known facts
as seen by a wily politician eager to
build his own legend. That the
former premier would not, in his
last years, attempt to set the record
straight for history is indicative of
the deep seated paranoia that leaks
out of this account while Mitchell
vainly tries to polish the Bennett image.
W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of
British Columbia
By David J. Mitchell
Douglas and Maclntyre
$24.95 *	
But the book does cover some
new   ground.    Bennett's    early
childhood, which W.A.C. had
always shrouded in secrecy, is
discussed, including Bennett's
father's desertion of his mother and
the family's impoverished
background. And the aging politician's behind the scenes political
manipulation to ensure the success
of his son Bill is revealed for the
first time.
But the book is for the most part
highly unsatisfying, refusing to
analytically question Bennett's
many self-serving assertions about
his policies and government decisions or to use alternative sources of
information that would put the
Bennett years in a decidedly different light.
Mitchell admits to having been
"charmed" by Bennett and claims
that the role of a biographer is to
see things through his subject's
eyes. Even given this dubious proposition, which makes the
biographies of evil men a frightening concept, Mitchell has gone overboard.
The author invites ridicule at
times with preposterous statements.
Mitchell claims at one point that
Bennett's 1969 concept of Canada
as five regions "prompted Canadians to think about themselves in
terms of their regions. That will
likely stand as one of W.A.C. Bennett's most lasting contributions to
the debate over the future of
Canada." Later, in another fit of
gross exaggeration, Mitchell writes:
"second only to the ice age, he was
the force that did the most to sculpt
the   face   of  British   Columbia."
It is the undeniable paranoia,
though, that makes a lasting impression in reading the book. Bennett never accepts the blame for any
mistakes or failures on his own
part. Always it is someone else who
tripped him up or was out to get
him. At times the echoes of Richard
Nixon are truly astounding.
Bennett's claims that as an MLA
in the Liberal-Conservative coalition years he was offered cabinet
posts several times but turned them
down forces even Mitchell to question their truthfulness. Later, as
premier, Bennett told his cabinet
ministers that.if they were out at
night with their wives to be sure to
walk under streetlights so that
anyone watching could see that it
was their wife. Mitchell argues that
the advice was not based on a wild
imagination or a political persecution complex. Instead it was
because  Bennett   "had  reason  to
believe that there were people out to
destroy him and the Social Credit
In 1958 Socred backbencher Mel
Bryan, disgusted with government
coverups in the Robert Sommers affair, crossed the floor to sit as an independent. Bennett, in furious
anger, denounced Bryan as a
traitor, accused him of stacking the
constituency meeting that had
nominated him several years earlier
and later said he was a Liberal
During the battle over develop-
Okies tranquilize
with overdone show
OKLAHOMANS . . . boring cowfolks
Roger and Hammerstein's
Oklahoma is being presented by the
youthful group of aspiring and
perspiring singers and dancers from
Mussoc. Unfortunately, the experience is largely tranquilizing —
the show has just been done too
At the Old Auditorium until Feb. 4
many times, and Mussoc offers no
new interpretations of the musical.
The slim story of love and revenge
on the range may have worked 40
years ago, but modern audiences
will no doubt wonder why the show
was so popular.
Duran Duron babysit 9,000 teens
In 1964, teeny boppers fell to Beatlemania. Now, 20
years later, a similar phenomenon has raised its head as
the world is infested with a plague of Duranimals.
Wednesday the Coliseum was like a nightmare about
being trapped in the world's largest daycare, as Duran
Duran played to a packed house of 9,000 14 year olds
— mostly young girls. Dressed to the nines, and with
more make-up than your average clown, these tiny
countesses fainted, signed, and screamed themselves
hoarse as their idols bopped around the stage wallowing in their fantasy.
Although the band will complain about the age of its
clientele, and the numerous records they buy, it is a
shame that more older people were not at the concert.
The sounds sliding off the stage were consistently
crisp, and the performances of John Taylor on bass,
and Roger Taylor on drums were fabulous.
Duran Duran's performance created a hysteria not
simply because of their music and their meer presence.
Their stage, which looked more like a set for a traditional Greek play than for a rock concert, combined
with a spectacular light show and some fine back-up
musicians — and all blended into a sugar sweet pie
that was often too gooey to swallow.
The band emphasized its pretty boy image by placing three television cameras on stage, and a large
screen above so those in the periferal seats could catch
glimpses of their heroes. The response of the crowd
was sometimes confusing because cheers went up for
no apparent reason. In fact, it was the kiddies' reaction to the mug of their favourite band member
plastered across the top of the stage.
Near the end of the performance the volume increased and the band broke into "I've got my own way,"
ensuring the two encores that followed.
It would be unfair to suggest that the band got two
encores because they played one of their hottest tunes
near the end of their set. In fact, throughout the performance they kept the crowd up and dancing, to the
point of collapse. This was due, in part, to the amazing
rhythm Roger Taylor on drums, and Raphael DeJesus
on percussion created.
One distinctive aspect of their music is the nasal
singing of Simon LeBon. His voice in Union of the
Snake and Rio could not have been better, although at
other times he was flat. Fortunately, no one really
Although some have criticized Duran Duran for
marketing to attract little girls, the concert was basically good clean fun.
The opening band, Images in Vogue, were quickly
forgotten by the crowd once the headline act began to
play. Although Images played their tunes with style,
they could not compete with Duran Duran, and their
magical lights. Images in Vogue moved swiftly through
a set finishing with their current single Lust for Love, a
title which accurately described the entire experience.
Oklahoma is a musical, and the
music and lyrics are the best reason
for attending any performance. In
addition, Grace MacDonald contributes lively and exuberant
choreography to the show. Her
staging of the number Kansas City
is especially noteable. While her
choreography may not be overly in-'
ventive, it is always intricate and interesting to watch. Also on the plus
side are the colorful and bright
costumes designed by Andre
Macdonald's eager cast wins the
audience over by sheer determination and abundance of good will.
Scott Cutler as Curly, the hero of
Oklahoma, is excellent. Cutler is
strong-voiced and has a fine stage
presence. Sandra Lundell as his
woman friend Laurey appears
wholesome and sexy at the same
time, yet her delicate voice isn't
resonant enough to fill the theatre.
In the funniest role of the play,
Maggie Ann Brockington shows
shrewd comic timing and a knack
for slapstick comedy.
The rest of the supporting cast
are more than adequate, except
Michael Cliffe who plays Will
Parker in a manner much too broad
compared to the rest of the actors.
The real star of the show is a
wonderful dancer, Marcia Molaro,
who plays Laurey in the dream
ballet. Molaro is the UBC
equivalent to Broadway's Ann
Reinking, an amazingly elastic
dancer whose energy and vibrancy
light the stage.
But apart from a couple of
musical numbers and clever performances though, Oklahoma provides a fairly ordinary three hours.
Certainly the musical production
is nothing memorable even on the
amateur scale. After years of staid
musicals such as Oklahoma, Guys
and Dolls and South Pacific, it's
about time for Mussoc to try
something even remotely contemporary. 3,1984
Page 9       ^
Playwright has
labor pains
If you like a play that contains a message, or a moral in tow, do not buy
tickets to War Babies. If you are one of many television viewers who has
become desensitized to novelty from the boring predictability of sitcoms,
stay at home.
Margaret Hollingsworth's play has a complex inner structure with subtle
interactions that pablum-fed audiences will find difficult to digest.
IENNETT. . . politicking in 1958.
nent of the Columbia and Peace
River hydro projects Bennett claims
hat at every public meeting he went
o he could spot mysterious
'strangers" in the audience. "I did
lot know then, but I do know now
hat they were CIA," Bennett con-
'ided to Mitchell.
The press, too, were out to get
he besieged premier. Bennett
'discovered" that the Vancouver
Drovince had hired Toronto
xonomist John DeWolfe to work
'full time on the destruction of the
Social Credit administration's
'inancial reputation." The Senate
vas also a bastion of Bennett foes.
iVhen Bennett's plans to start the
Bank of B.C. were first thwarted by
he Senate banking committee, it
.vas because the senators were "our
:nemies", not because of their con-
:ern over the government's direct
nvolvement in a private bank.
Bennett also refused to believe
:hat either his political friends or
enemies might not think the world
3f him. Of longtime CCF/NDP
eader Harold Winch, Bennett said:
'We were bitter political rivals, but
personal friends." Yet Winch said
af W.A.C.: "1 had no use for Bennett at all, because I knew he was
:ompletely    unprincipled."    The
premier's allies were less than close
to him too. Longtime cabinet
minister Ray Williston said: "If he
made a decision and you started
arguing, you'd likely get slapped
The picture which emerges in bits
and pieces from Bennett's own
comments shows a man obsessed
with his own image, constantly trying to promote his successes and
hide his failures by blaming others
— a man with an overwhelming
megalomania and few, if any,
redeeming qualities. Yet Mitchell,
despite all the evidence, declines to
deal with the Bennett reality and instead contents himself to repeat the
premier's own banal platitudes.
That this book is only the second
to attempt to take a substantive
look at post-war British Columbia
and W.A.C. Bennett's reign in particular speaks volumes on the need
for more research and writing to be
done. Mitchell's publishers state
that political observers "have long
lamented the lack of a thorough
biography" of Bennett; unfortunately the publication of this
book simply illustrates more clearly
how lamentable that lack is.
Materials rule ideas
"People are very advanced scien-
ifically, but socially, they're
Neanderthals," said Jean Brisson,
vhile pointing a thumb at West
^ender Street. Brisson and Collette
jurmond are Negavision. Their
ihow at the Unit/Pitt gallery called
satellite Voodoo explores the con-
lict between technological progress
md social decay.
Satellite Voodoo is a mixed col-
ection of nearly anything that can
vear paint. Boards, walls, signs,
able tops, and metal sheets all fall
)rey to Negavision. The result is a
nenagerie of texture, color, and
hape. Every piece uses
echnological materials to escape in-
o randomness, absurdity, and
lltimately, humanity.
Negavision—The Art of
lean Brisson and Collette Gurmond
U the Unit/Pitt Gallery
intil Feb. 11
Negavision treats the theme of
ouls versus the mind with inven-
iveness, humor, and a visceral sen-
iibility. Electronic components
lang in the window and on the wall,
i car's air cleaner, hanging in space,
s braized and inscribed with
;chematic symbols. With these
vorks, things are not what they ap-
)ear to be. If you look closer,
hings begin to change. That metal
;hape  is  quickly  recognized as a
vegetable drawer from some
refrigerator. It's only later you see
along one edge, a tiny farm scene,
complete with grazing horse. Little
nodes look like transistors glued on
an old dashboard. The nodes are
actually little pigs.
The painting is indeed bizarre,
with paint splashed freely, gold
crosses decorating circuit boards,
and rubber animals nailed to
boards. Gurmond described the art
as "rude".
Materials rule ideas with this exhibit. Science and society may be
opposed, but the feel of a metal
sheet or linoleum chunk is inescapable. This is the show's
greatest strength. It has a unifying
theme but individual pieces create a
visual, almost tactile experience.
Sensation, not theory, is the
measure of the art. You can also
smile while seeing it.
Humor, physicality, and a
coherent if unoriginal theme give
the viewer several memorable images. Not every piece works, some
are conventional paint pourings
that only mock because they're in
the company of their more sarcastic
neighbours. A few early pieces from
1979-80 are included. These provide
a distinct contrast; the older pieces
share Satellite Voodoo's theme but
are stiff, self-conscious, and ineffective. Two or three of these works
are simply doodles and do not move
the viewer.
War Babies
By Margaret Hollingsworth
At the Waterfront Theatre
Until Feb. 11
In the first scene, Esme (Nicola Lipinan), a playwright and the wife of
Colin (Tim Koetting), a foreign correspondent, writes two scenes of a play
to alleviate her doubts and anxieties during the last six weeks of her
pregnancy. She fantasizes about her future, and imagines a home in the
country with her husband in a nine to five job, and hersef in a traditional
role as a wife.
The second scene is a conversation between Colin who is in jail, and his
jailer (Andrew Ball). To Colin the young guard could represent anyone's
son, or even the boy Colin had killed once while doing a news story.
Esme, pen and paper in hand, stands observing her scene because she is
stuck for a name for the jailer. Earlier in her life Esme had abandoned her
son, along with his father, and it is no coincidence she names the jailer after
Before, she had failed in the role as a mother, and even admits she had
once burned her son with a cigarette.
Esme now wants a sharing of responsibilites, and a correct atmosphere to
raise children. She begins with pre-natal breathing classes but Colin out
performs her. But no matter how androgynous Colin becomes, we shojld
remember that Esme alone will give birth.
This is a play within a play. Esme connects power struggles between
parents and children; husbands and wives; jailers and prisoners; end
employers and employees; to killing in self defense, or even to sensationalize a news story.
Within her play, Esme is the supreme housewife, supplicating and fawning, and becomes so meak and grovelling that she develops a fear of open
spaces. Since she is no longer capable of caring for her child, it is sent to
live with Esme's sister Barbara (Anna Hagan) who is now married to
Esme's ex-husband Mack.
Esme lacks control over her life, and it is one of complete subjugation. To add to the problematic situation, Colin and Esme's sister Barbara
are lovers, a situation that existed when Esme and Mack were married.
The 'traditional' family scene is interspersed with the real life of Colin
and Esme. The jail scenes are enigmatic because they are parcelled out in
morsels to a final struggle between a naked Colin in jail with his jailer. This
is one of the clearest examples of power imbalance in the play. It is difficult
to maintain equality with a man in uniform, and Colin struggles to maintain his dignity without his clothing.
The mingling of scenes, of alternating fantasy and reality serves to focus
the audience's attention. This is similax to montage, a film technique where
images are quickly interchanged. Perhaps the play could achieve more
sophistication as a film, although it works well as is. The continuation of
ideas from scene to scene, like alliteration, smooths the transitions.
The play ends without a bang. There is no conflict to resolve, only a
situation to explore, transition in lifestyles and a marriage.
It is wonderful to see a play that doesn't swat at its audience with profundity of themes and ideas. Simply, War Babies is; a well written play.
OH BABY . . . caught in war zone «. -     Page 10
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Page 11
Council saves CFS
from near death
Without any warning Wednesday, two council members proposed
unsuccessfully that the Alma Mater
Society hold a referendum in three
weeks on UBC's membership in the
Canadian Federation of Students.
Dave Frank, student board of
governors representative, lashed
out at the motion, saying arts rep
Barb Irwin and nursing rep Robyn
Hunter were "irresponsible" for
asking council to consider running a
referendum on such short notice
and without giving it any chance of
reaching quorum.
A slim majority decided to table
the motion. Council chair and
outgoing AMS president Mitch
Hetman was forced to break the 11
to 11 tie on the motion to table, and
did so in favor of tabling it to the
Feb. 29 council meeting.
"It's like a thunderbolt from out
of nowhere," said a shocked Frank.
"It's a great time to run a 'no'
campaign  to get  the referendum
killed because of technicalities. It
doesn't have a hope in hell of getting quorum," he added.
Although Frank said he thinks
CFS will never reach its potential as
a national student organization, he
said the referendum must be fair.
Student senate chair Brad Waugh
justified the motion, saying council
should run the referendum now,
otherwise CFS leaders will force the
AMS to hold the vote before its
prospective membership ends in
December 1985.
"If we don't run it now, they'll
be   telling   us   when  to  run   it."
But Hetman disagreed. The incoming executive elected last week
should decide when to hold the
campus wide vote, he said.
Meanwhile at a CFS-Pacific
general meeting in Squamish,
outgoing AMS external affairs
coordinator Lisa Hebert reacted
with surprise and shock at the news.
"As external affairs coordinator
who deals with federation members
on a daily basis, it was extraordinary slimy that the motion was
slipped in with no one
knowledgeable about the federation
there," she said.
"It would be irresponsible to go
ahead without really giving students
the facts. UBC students must and
will be given a choice on whether
they want to join students and student societies working together
across Canada."
CFS was the only group in
Canada to be consulted by the
Liberal government before it
brought down its throne speech announcing the ministry of state for
youth, she said.
UBC does not have the contacts
with the federal or provincial
government to replace CFS, she
said, adding the information
gathered from these sources is invaluable to students, especially
when universities are facing grave
financial problems.
AMS preserves art gallery
SUB's art gallery will not be part
of a room shuffle when asbestos
removal in the building's
mechanical rooms begins in early
Council decided at its Wednesday-
meeting that the art gallery would
not be an appropriate place to
house electronic games which must
be moved when the games room is
deprived of air conditioning for six
weeks starting April 9.
Without air conditioning, the
games room would become
unbearably hot, said outgoing
director of administration Alan
Pinkney. But council will lose about
$15,000 in revenue if patrons can no
longer use the machines, he added.
Council members discussed the
possibility of bringing in portable
air conditioners or moving the electronic games to SUB's conversation
pit. AMS general manager Charles
Redden is arranging for a
mechanical engineer to examine the
former idea's feasibility, said
Pinkney dismissed the idea of
moving the games to a location on
SUB's second floor. "We'll lose
revenue because people aren't likely
to trek upstairs."
But commerce rep Louise Meret
disagreed. "People are addicted to
the games. They would go
anywhere to find them," she said.
If the games are temporarily
moved to the conversation pit,
council will have to hire security
personnel costing $1,500 to
"babysit" the games, Pinkney added.
And many students will be
disturbed by the noise and flashing
lights, said outgoing AMS president
Mitch Hetman.
A few council members argued
against moving the games room to
the conversation pit, saying the art
gallery has the electrical capacity —
including independent ventilation
and an alarm system — to house the
games. Its central location would
attract many students passing by as
well, they said.
AMS senate rep Sherri Dickinson
said more students will be inconvenienced by the noise in the conversation pit than those forced to move
their artwork.
"I don't want to bump these people, but there must be space for the
art gallery, if not optimum, at least
acceptable," she said.
Grant Baker, spokesperson for
the art gallery programs committee,
said a relocation of the art gallery
would upset many students as well
as prompt some artists to withdraw
Hetman suggested council
reassure the committee that the art
gallery will not be used to house the
games. "Not everybody likes
videos. We have to provide services
for all students."
But recently re-elected finance
director James Hollis said council
has already spent the expected
revenue. "You just can't shut the
thing down, I've already explained
"I think it's high time for this
council to look at whether it's here
for students or here to make
money," countered Hetman.
"That's just too asinine, I won't
respond to that. The money's
already been spent. If you're too
stupid to realize that ..." said
Council will discuss further
possibilities at its next meeting. The
mechanical rooms' shutdown will
deprive SUB of both heat and air
conditioning, but SUB will still
have light and water.
— neil lucente photo
"IS THAT MY education floating away in this puddle?" pondered young
UBC type during rally for the Very Short At School - V.S.A.S.
Layoffs in store
for BCIT staff
As many as 60 teaching and support staff could be laid off in the
next few months at the B.C!. Institute of Technology because of
reduced provincial government funding.
A formal notice was given to
some staff last week outlining probable reductions in staff, but there
was no mention of the exact
number, said BCIT student society
president Greg Layton.
About 60 teaching and support
staff would be laid off based on
budget guidelines from the provincial education minister, he said.
The guideline calls for a 10 per
cent reduction in BCIT's $38
million budget of which a large proportion is used for salaries of the
600 teaching staff.
The exact number of layoffs in
each department will be decided at
the end of February after the
. government indicates funding levels
for next year, said BCIT vice-
president Drug Svetik. Guidelines
for a reduced budget have iilready
been sent by the government, he added.
Dick Melville, information services director for the education
ministry, said BCIT's government
grant was reduced because of the
B.C. "restraint" program.
"The aim is to increase productivity in teaching areas, by having a
smaller number of instructors with
the same quality of education."
But Layton said the quality of
education will suffer. "Students are
at BCIT because it has the reputation of having a good level of instruction to students. As quality
declines because of a decrease in
staff, student numbers will also
Bill Quesnel, BCIT vice-president
of student external relations, said
the BCIT administration has not
been protesting as much as other
B.C. institutions against the
government budget cuts.
Quesnel said students will have to
teach themselves more because of
reduced lab and instructor time.
Svetik said: "The quality of
education should not be affected
because of the decrease in the
number of instructors. Courses will
not be cut but classes will be
Enrolment restrictions will not be
used at BCIT to keep the student-
teacher ratio low, he said.
There has been an enrolment
limitation at BCIT in recent years
because of B.C.'s weak economy.
BCIT will expand in new
technologies and try to increase
enrolment next year, Svetik said.
— stuart dee photo
"WHO CALLED ME Jean Retchid?" asked anxious politico while keeping the stiffest of upper lips. "And don't
make any jokes about stiff upper lips at that," he continued keeping in tune with the audience. 'Anyways, keep
speaking with honesty and integrity, eat your wheaties and one day even you can be the PM."
Cowboys lay down law
• Members of the forestry undergraduates society were fined $25
Wednesday by a campus patrol officer for illegally driving a Red
Cross blood drive vehicle on Main Mall.
Jeff Andrews, FUS social coordinator, said the volunteers driving
the car were advertising this week's Red Cross blood drive at SUB
when they were stopped by the campus cowboys and told to get off
Main Mall.
When they continued to drive, the students were issued a $25 ticket,
he said.
Andrews said he saw no harm in what the students were doing.
"They were driving real slowly, and we thought there was no harm
being done, no one was getting hurt," he said.
But Terry O'Brennan, supervisor for campus patrol, disagreed.
Main Mall has been designated as an emergency zone and can only be
used by emergency vehicles, he said.
"The Red Cross thing — it wasn't a matter of life or death, was i;''
If those students were caught, they should have been fined."
The FUS will not pay the fine, said Andrews. "We think this is a
good example of a lack of discretion on the part of the campus
cowboys." Page 12
Friday, February 3, 1984
Students unhappy with Socred plan
NELSON, B.C. (CUP) — Nelson
students are unhappy with the provincial government's "deplorable,
and very exclusive" plan to subsidize moving expenses for students
forced to relocate because of its recent decision to close the David
Thompson University Centre.
The government shocked Nelson
residents and students with a Jan. 4
iiiinounLcment it would close down
the centre in May. The education
ministry has promised to make provisions for all displaced full-time
students in career programs, but
critics say their plan is unfair.
"The Socreds have told us they'll
subsidize 50 students from first
year, but they won't tell us which
programs they consider to be 'career
programs'," says DTUC student
society president Gary Shaw.
DTUC offers two-year diploma
programs in theatre, music, writing,
and fine arts.
"(The subsidy plan) leaves out
students in second and third year; it
leaves out all students who have to
leave the province in order to find
the courses they need, and it leaves
out all students who had intended
to come to DTUC this fall," Shaw
"About 50 per cent of the students who came to DTL'C to live
and study in Nelson are from out of
the province"
But Dick Melville, education
ministry information officer, said
the relocation out of province is the
students' problem, not the government's. "Ninety-five per cent of
courses offered at DTUC are available at eight other colleges in the
B.C. interior," he said.
He cited the Emily Carr Schooi
of Fine arts, which is actually in the
Lower Mainland, as an example of
a college offering similar courses.
Meanwhile, the Nelson community has vowed to fight DTUC's closure.
"The decision (to close DTUC) is
unfounded in fact, irresponsible,
and totally insufferable," said Nel
son mayor Louis Maglio to a standing ovation of 450 attending a civic
rally Jan. 25.
"To accept is to agree with their
decision," he said. "There can be
no compromise, the centre must
stay open."
The mayors of Castlegar and
Trail, representatives of the Selkirk
College hoard, school district No.
7, and the district labor council,
have all pledged their support for
the community's resolution to save
;he centre.
A DTL'C support society has
been struck and will meet with education minister Jack Heinrich Feb.
8 in Victoria.
The committee, a campus-based
group, will aiso organize a benefit
poetry meeting in Vancouver,
which will feature DTUC students,
facultv and alumni.
mistreat women
— neil lucente photo
"BACK! YOU SLIMY good-for-nothing administrator!" shrieks sour-faced karate expert at thought of tuition fee
number games. "I don't like the idea of exponentials in your graphs." Demonstration of frustration led to severe
damage to SUB building as student sneezed at a critical brick in the structure. "Do we need no education — it's
another brick in the wall," chanted onlookers.
CFS plots anti-cutback strategy
SQUAMISH (CUP) - Keeping
David Thompson University Centre
open would be a "victory against
the government," Okanagan colleges external coordinator said
Thursday at the Canadian Federation of Students' annual general
"This is the first time an institution is being closed. Now we are all
thinking this could happen to us —
especially in the interior," said
Robena McClaren.
Sixty delegates from 13 B.C.
campuses have gathered here to plot
strategy against government cutbacks and set internal federation
policy for the year.
But the recent closure of DTUC
and the campaign to save the centre
dominated the first two davs of the
conference which ends Sunday.
"The government wants us to feel
we can't do anything," said McClaren.
"We can give students a victory
by keeping DTUC open. It means
we can expect change on this
government," she said.
It is hoped the campaign will
change the government's perspective and make education a priority,
McClaren said.
In other conference business, a
committee on the federation structure will examine a proposal from
the Simon Fraser student society to
adopt a new executive structure.
The proposal would add a
representative from each campus to
the elected executive officers to in
crease communication between student councils and the federation.
Currently the executive consists of
officers elected at a general
UBC and the UBC grad students
society are both prospective
members of CFS — Pacific.
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Universities should set an example for
society in their treatment of
women, says the president of the
Canadian Association of University
Speaking to students at the
University of Winnipeg, Sarah
Shorter criticized those who claim
women have made great strides in
academia in the past decade.
She said the total number of
teaching positions for women had
risen from 13 per cent in 1972 to only 14 per cent in 1978, and that
came during "a time of large increases in the total number of
students studying at universities."
There are still substantial differences in salary between similarly
qualified male and female profs,
and research grants and sabbatical
leaves to women need to be improved, she said.
Shorten suggested a comprehensive program of affirmative action
hiring be undertaken by universities, citing a Dalhousie University
program as a possible prototype. If
a similarly qualified man and
woman apply for a job at
Dalhousie, the woman is
automatically hired.
Shorten also emphasized the need
for positive action to be taken on
sexual harassment.
"In an institution like a university, there should be immediate
outrage (over sexual harassment)
. . . and very often there is not."
Women feel hopeless about
anything ever being done with cases
of sexual harassment, and say
nothing when such attacks occur,
she said. She called for the creation
of multi-representative tribunals to
offer impartial judgement in cases
of alleged sexual harassment, as
well as a telephone hot-line for
women "to have someone to talk
AIDS gets aid
CALGARY (CUP) — The gay
community here has donated
$10,000 to the University of Calgary
for AIDS research.
AIDS — Acquired Immuned
Deficiency Syndrome — is a deadly
disease which affects several known
high risk groups, including gay
"In terms of the donations we
receive from individuals, this is
significant," said research services
director Bob Martin, adding donations from individuals usually range
from $5 to SI.000.
Martin said the research will
focus on information gathering and
sharing, and will be tied into related
areas of research the university is
doing, such as immunology and
"We're encouraging those who
have the background and interest or
experience, to work to deal with this
problem," Martin added.
Herpes patients put on hold
Kaplan pushes user fees
granting a stay of execution to the
University of Victoria's doomed
post-secondary education prison
program, Solicitor General Robert
Kaplan has condemned Canadian
prisoners to paying user fees for
university credit courses.
Most penal education courses in
Canada were cancelled last year as a
cost-saving measure, but the federal
government allowed UVic to continue its program at William Head
penitentiary on a term-to-term basis
due to its past success.
The   exact   cost    to   prisoner
students has not yet been determined, but Kaplan says, "I just feel
these people should pay for an
But program coordinator Doug
Ayers says user fees could kill the
program. "Fees will cause enrolment to drop. We would lose
students and the program would
become uneconomical.
"There are too many inconsistencies in the government policy and
they are unfair," said Ayers.
The 10-year-old program was on
the chopping block last spring, but
public outcry led to its reinstatement last term.
Some herpes sufferers wishing to
obtain telephone advice from UBC's
herpes clinic will be put on temporary hold until the clinic secures
more funding.
"Right now we're looking at
much more work than we can handle," said Dr. Stephen Sacks, the
clinic's founder and a specialist in
infectious diseases.
The clinic acts as a referral service, but its staff is unable to answer all requests for advice about
genital herpes because the number
of inquiries is constantly increasing.
Sacks said the clinic receives about
20 to 50 calls per day.
Although members of a Vancouver-based herpes self-help group
volunteered to answer the clinic's
phones, Sacks said UBC must lobby
the provincial government for continuous funding to ensure its referral service is adequate.
"We're trying to work out the
proper funding of the clinic through
Victoria so it can live on its own —
but it's a long process."
Sacks was unable to estimate the
amount of funding needed and provincial health ministry officials refused to answer questions over the
Sacks said people suffering from
a complication with the herpes infection should contact family physicians or UBC's student health services, both of which offer primary
medical care. Family doctors are
much more capable of dealing with
the disease than they were two or
three years ago, he added.
Founded in September 1980, the
clinic quickly became a popular
place, Sacks said. A U.S. study
shows the number of people seeking
medical attention for herpes increased nearly tenfold during the
last decade, and physicians estimate
500,000 to 1 million cases are discovered in North America each
The clinic also conducts research
trials on promising new drugs to
combat   the   viral   disease,   Sacks
said. Sacks, who is primarily responsible for UBC's herpes research, said the clinic's other two
physicians spend half their time
examining pregnant mothers for
herpes infection.
"We follow pregnancy at the end
of the last couple of months and see
women in conjunction with the doctor who's doing the baby's delivery.
We make sure herpes doesn't complicate the birth."
A mother's herpes infection can
spread to her infant during the birthing process, or by direct oral contact after birth such as kissing,
Sacks said. Babies with herpes display non-specific symptoms, which
often includes skin sores, lethargy,
going off feeding, vomiting, jaundice, difficulty in breathing, and results in an infection of their central
nervous system.
Although the clinic is diagnosing
more cases of herpes of the newborn, physicians in B.C. have no
way of compiling accurate statistics
on the disease. Sacks said. Friday, February 3, 1984
Page 13
College board mistrusts unions
Douglas College's board of directors refused to ratify a new lease for
an unionized day centre in New
Westminster because members felt
union workers might disrupt the
college's functioning.
Eric Hedlund, a government appointee on the college board, refused
to vote on a new lease until he was
guaranteed union members would
not close down the college by striking or picketing.
"Another union could cause pro
blems in the organization," he said.
After  Hedlund's comment, the
board agreed to table the lease until
its next meeting Feb. 16.
Board member Sandy Tompson,
who initiated the motion to table,
said most of the important questions concerning the unionized centre were not answered.
Tompson said he asked the motion be tabled because he thought
the board should know exactly what
sort of staff would be employed in
the daycare, before voting. "I
thought it was an honest decision,"
he said.
If the daycare employees, as a
union, threaten the operation of the
college (the board) "might suggest
that the daycare go elsewhere," he
said. But the actions of the board
could not be considered union-
bashing tactics, Tompson added.
Tompson said the board's main
—ttuart de« photo
"WELL, YOU KNOW batteries for the Walkperson are getting expensive these days. And with the fee increases; I
thought this might be a way to earn a fast buck," said dribbling Rockoid. Unfortunately vampires took out so
much red stuff, poor guy passed away and had Walkperson nicked by starving volunteer. "This is worth half a
terms fees next year," cried thief.
Blind student services
Although more blind and partially sighted students are requesting to
use Crane library's recording
studios, fewer hours of operation
will be available.
The library was forced last fall to
cut back two staff positions funded
by private donations. Other means
of funding failed to come through,
and as a result, fewer tapes are being recorded for students wishing to
listen to the reading of books.
Cookies como to SUB
Strange people will be moving gas ovens into SUB this month, but
,4at?$ panic.
Yott're safe if you're anorexic, on a hunger strike, oat have permanently blocked nasal passages and tastebuds which don't function.
Otherwise, you'll be sniffing your way to SUB on March 15 when
Duke's Gourmet Cookies begins baking in the former location of
Eyes on Campus.
Charles Redden, Alma Mater Society general manager, said Eyes
on Campus was forced to close because of lack of business, but the
aroma of Duke's Cookies should entice students to keep the new
operation alive.
Chocolate chip cookie connoisseurs, gluttons and students with
chronic munchies are advised to either make plans for hibernation or
stock up on appetite depressant pills.
AMS finance director James Hollis said the store will do "wonderful things" for students waistlines, including his.
Acting librarian Doug Mclnnes
said the donations allowed the
library to employ extra workers,
thereby increasing the number of
hours the studios remained open.
Volunteers and professional readers
were able to record books at a faster
rate, he said.
And the demand for recorded
material is especially increasing
among third and fourth year
students in specialized areas, he added.
Dan Grimard, a partially sighted
student, said he felt the situation is
more serious for completely blind
students. "Its more extreme for a
totally blind person who relies on
the recordings."
Mclnnes said the library is now
appealing to other organizations for
donations to reinstate the studio's
normal hours of operation. "The
recording studio now is beyond present capacities," he said.
Crane head librarian Paul Thiele
was unavailable for comment.
concern is to watch out for the student's welfare.
"I am not unsympathetic
towards unions or daycare. But
there are potential problems with
strikes that could affect the
college's functioning," he said.
The college board members are
appointed by an order in council
from the provincial government.
Douglas College's early
childhood   education   society   will
receive the centre's new lease when
it is ratified. Society chair Pat
Brown said the centre will probably
open in early March.
The society also discussed terms
of employment for the three
workers needed but no decisions
were reached.
Other board members said the
centre's opening may be delayed
much longer if the concerns about
the daycare union are not cleared
CFS at Regina
wins referendum
REGINA (CUP) — Nineteen
eighty-four, the year of referenda
for the Canadian Federation of
Students, started with a surprise
victory Jan. 26 at the University of
Despite official opposition from
the university's student council,
who voted 6-5 in early January to
provide $400 for the anti-CFS campaign, the federation gained 65.7
per cent support from the students
who voted.
Between 12and 13 per cent of the
student population cast ballots in
the one-day referendum. Quorum is
10 per cent.
"I'm quite pleased," said a
jubilant Graham Dowdell, current
CFS chair and a former U of R student, in a telephone interview from
Regina late Jan. 26.
U of R students were already full
members of the federation, but the
student council felt a "reaffirmation" vote was needed. A two-
thirds rejection would have been
required for the campus to
withdraw from the federation.
Dowdell said the victory will provide important momentum for upcoming referenda at campuses
across the country.
"But to me, the far more important thing is what it's done to
students on this campus," he said.
"They're talking about important
(education) issues again."
Dowdell says he is proud of the
pro-CFS campaign, which concentrated on the political aspects of the
federation. "The people that came
out and voted were the people that
wanted a national lobbying force,"
he said. "We stressed the idea of
working together with students
across the country."
Meanwhile in Edmonton,
students at the University of Alberta are once again CFS members,
due to a recent decision of the
university's disciplinary panel to
overrule an attempt by the student
board to void his fall's CFS referendum.
Students had voted 56 per cent in
favor of joining the federation Oct.
21, but the student-run discipline,
interpretation and enforcement
board overturned the results after
student Gordon Stamp complained
there was insufficient opportunity
to form a "no" campaign. Stamp
also said "yes" campaigners made
unfair use of CFS posters and buttons.
The panel — an administrative
body — acknowledged irregularities
in the CFS-yes campaign, but felt
they were too minor to affect the
350 vote margin.
Dowdell was "very pleased with
the decision. It's going to be a big
challenge and opportunity for us."
The U of A is now the largest
member of CFS and "will give us
momentum," says Dowdell.
And U of A will bring approximately $100,000 to the financially
troubled federation when fees are
paid in September.
Dowdell says the U of A's
membership will be particularly important for Alberta. "After the collapse of FAS (Federation of Alberta
Students) there was a perception
that Alberta wasn't interested (in
the student movement)."
CFS plans referenda on 10 to 15
campuses this term.
Students want input
BURNABY (CUP) — Students at
Simon Fraser University have no input into a new presidential advisory
committee on funding cutbacks.
At its recent meeting, the student
council decried their lack of input,
and voted to request administration
president William Sayweil to appoint students and campus union
representatives to the committee.
The new committee is composed
of five SFU faculty members, who
will recommend priorities for the
university in the tight money years
The committee is scheduled to
recommend next spring which areas
of the university will face cutbacks.
At UBC, students will not have
input into a committee recently
struck to recommend budgetary options for the university, but nobody
is protesting yet.
The committee, composed of
four faculty members and vice
president academic Robert Smith,
will recommend which programs
and services will be trimmed to
solve the university's budget shortfall. Recommendations have to be
submitted to administration president George Pedersen by Feb. 28.
Meanwhile, students at the
University of Toronto are angry
because not only do they lack input
into presidential advisory committees, they lack input into who the
president is.
Last year, a committee to find a
new president for U of T was denounced for having only two student representatives. The successor
they chose last spring, Donald
Forster, died over the summer and
David Strangway is acting interim
The new search committee is
structured the same as last year,
consisting of four teaching staff,
two students, one administrative
staff, two alumni and two government appointees.
But Mariha Hutchison, a
representative for the association
of part-time undergraduate
students, says "the students, administrative staff and faculty have
the greatest interest in the new
president and should have more say
in (the) selection." Page 14
Friday, February 3, 1984
Corsage: ted by the Alice Cooper look-alike
Phil Smith and featuring guitar hero Bill
Napier-Hemy, Feb. 3, SUB Ballroom.
X; led by Exene and John Doe who thinks
Wendy O. Williams is a swell gal, Feb. 6, 8:30
p.m., SUB Ballroom.
UBC Contemporary Players: directed by
Stephen Chatman and Eugene Wilson, Feb.
3, noon and 8 p.m.. Recital Hall.
UBC Wind Symphony: featuring tuba soloist Dennis Miller, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.. Old Auditorium.
Vancouver Pro Musica: 36 local classical
players performing works by Bach, Mozart
and others, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., West Point Grey
United Church, an Oxfam benefit, 736-7878.
Pureed String Quartet: performing works
by Mozart and Debussy, Feb. 5, 2:30 and 8
p.m., Vancouver East Cultural Centre,
Jim Byrnes: featuring Jack Lavin and Wailin'
Walker, Feb. 3, Commodore.
Wynton Marsalis: the trumpet God performing with his brother and a hot jazz group, until
Feb. 11, Plazazz. International Plaza
Wast coast Jazz Orchestra: jazz big band
directed by local trumpeter and writer Fred
Stride, Feb. 3-4, Hot Jazz Club. 36 E. Broadway, 263-0122.
African Heritage: featuring Themba Tana
and Albert St. Albert on African drums and
songs from South Africa, Feb. 3-4, Classical
Joint, 231 Carrall.
Rockabilly Week: featuring the Bowery
Boys and the Rockin' Fools, Feb. 6-11, Town
Pump. 66 Water, 683-6695.
Savoy Cinema (Main and Kingsway,
872-2124) Feb. 3-5: Zelig, 7:30 p.m.; Risky
Business, 9 p.m. Feb. 6-7: Sunday Bloody
Sunday. 7:30 p.m.: The Killing of Sister
George, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8-9: Sextette, 7:30
p.m.; Outrageous, 9:15 p.m.
Hollywood Theatre (3123 W. Broadway,
738-3211) Feb. 3-12: Lone Wolf McQuade,
7:30 p.m.; First Blood, 9:20 p.m.
SUBFilms (SUB Auditorium, 228-3697) Fab.
2-5: Trading Places, 7 and 9:30 p.m., only 7
p.m. Thurs. and Sun., Feb. 8-12: The Right
Cinema 16: (SUB Auditorium, 228-3698) Feb.
6: 1964. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Pacific Cinematheque (1155 West Georgia,
732-6119) Feb. 3: Why Does Herr R. Run
Amuck?, 7:15 p.m.; The American Soldier,
9:30 p.m., Feb. 4-5; On Probation, 7:30 and
9:30 p.m., Feb. 8: Senso. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9:
Barry Lyndon, 7:30 p.m.
Ridge Theatre (3131 Arbutus, 738-5212) Feb.
3-16: Koyaanisqatsi, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Vancouver East Cinema (7th and Commercial, 253-54551 Feb. 3-5: Barry Lyndon, 7:30
p.m., Feb. 6-7: Piaf. 7:30 p.m.; Violette No-
ziere. 9:25 p.m. Feb. 8-9: Gregory's Girl,
7:30 p.m.; Harold and Maude, 9:10 p.m.
The Shadow Box: a play by Michael Chris-
tofer that says life is not meaningless (tell that
to a Ubyssey staffer), until Feb. 4, Dorothy
Somerset Studio. 228-2678.
The Essence of Jack Kerouac: a jazz play
about the infamous beat hipster saint, Feb.
3-6: Paula Ross Dance Centre, 3488 W.
War Baby: a play by Margaret Hollingsworth
performed by the Belfry Theatre, until Feb.
11, Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island.
Tons of Money: directed by Morris Panych
— about the perils and pleasures of a sudden
cash windfall, until Feb. 18, Studio 58, Langara. 324-6227.
She Stoops To Conquer: a classic English
comedy of manners, until Feb. 25, Arts Club
Granville Island.
Identical Islands: an original cast production
featuring the virtuoso performances of Pan-
dersneep, Smelki and Mmmmblach, until
Feb. 18. Axix Mime Theatre, 280 E. Cordova, 6694)631.
The Textile Art of East Indonesia: 83 pieces
representing the ikat weaving tradition, until
March 2, UBC Fine arts Gallery, Main Library, 228-2758.
Linda Ohama: works by this Vancouver artist
involving etching, silkscreen and collages, until March 11, Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Gilpin, 291-9441.
India: an exhibition of portraits of the rulers
of India at the beginning of this century, until
March 4, Action Reprographics Gallery.
2166 W. 4th.
Negavision: strange art offerings, until Feb.
11, Unit/Pitt Gallery, 163 W. Pender,
Karen Jamieson Dance Company: headed
by one of Vancouver's most innovative and
popular choreographers, Feb. 6-7, 8:30 p.m.,
Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
New dance from Montreal: dance works by
Louis Guillemetee, Louise Lecavalier and
others, Feb. 6-7, 8:30 p.m., Firehall Theatre.
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Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, performance and
lecture, noon, SUB auditorium.
Jazz singer, 1 p.m., SUB 212
Indoor pool kayak roiling session, 10
p.m.-midnight, UBC Aquatic Centre.
The ultimate car rally, $2 members, $3 non-
members, bring map, flashlight, etc., 7 p.m.,
SUB parking meter loop.
Chinese pastry sate and Chinese palm reading,
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SUB ground floor.
Research symposium on Children's diseases, $2
admission for non-members, 7:30-10 p.m., IRC
Special class featuring the Viennese waltz, noon,
SUB ballroom.
General meeting, noon, SUB 125.
Poetry reading by students, 8 p.m., Home
Economics 16.
Dual meet vs. Linfield College, 7:30 p.m., Osborne Centre.
Dual meet vs Pacific Lutheran University, 1
p.m., UBC Aquatic Centre.
Match vs. UVic in the annual Boot game, 2:30
p.m., Thunderbird Stadium.
League game vs. the defending Canadian champions — Victoria Vikings, who have national
team players Eli Pasquale and Greg Wittjer, 8:30
p.m.. War Memorial gym.
Party: Newman Winter Ball, 6 p.m., Stanley
Park pavilion, Melkin Bowl.
Shiatsu workshop, 1-4:30 p.m., SUB 207-209.
Robert Bly, noted American poet, will give a
reading on Fairy Tales and Blake, $6 admission,
$5 students, 8-10 p.m.. Woodward Lecture Hall
Research symposium on Children's diseases, $2
admission for non-members, 1-3:30 p.m., IRC 6.
Breeze garden, 7:30 p.m., Surf'nTurf Room,
Jericho Sailing Centre.
Praise, worship, and leaching, 7 p.fi., SUB 212.
Men vs. Columbus of the Pacific Coast League,
2 p rtv. 0   J. Todd field, Thunderbiid park.
Hew to read the bible as if it mattered, noon, t u-
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Open meeting, newcomers welcome, 12 p.m.,
Lutheran Campus Centre conference room.
Film series, People and Cultures of Canada: Native Indians, 7:30 p.m.. Gate 4, International
Lecture on geriatrics, by Dr. Beanie, noon, IRC
Pizza   nite,   4:30-8:30  p.m.,   rap  session   7  p.m.,
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Sammar - fie use of the VOR, everyone welcome, noon. Henning 302.
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1984 Development Education series — Forestry
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A discussion on affinity groups and non-violent
direct action, noon, Buch. D352.
General meeting, speaker on the future of the
university endowment lands, noon, Angus 223.
General rneeting, noon, Buch. B214.
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Page 15
Frank Smith revokes resignation
It is now official. Frank Smith
will return as coach of the Thunderbirds football team.
While Smith's return, or rather,
continuation as the grid 'Birds'
mentor will probably increase the
blood pressure of opposition
coaches; it is no heart stopping surprise.
Last October, Smith announced
his resignation, effective June 30,
Citing personal reasons for his
decision to call it quits after 10 seasons with UBC, Smith announced
his intentions to enter the field of
athletic administration or broadcasting. He also noted that he was
tired of having others (i.e. administrators) make decisions for him.
Monday, in a joint statement, the
physical education and recreation
school and the athletics department
announced the university had grant
ed Smith's request to withdraw his
resignation. Smith was unavailable
for comment at the time of this
writing, but the press release stated
he originally announced his resignation for personal reasons and an illness in his immediate family.
"Later with the resolution of
those problems and the realization
that football and coaching were key
elements in his life, (Smith) requested that he be permitted to retract his
October announcement," the press
release read.
Smith serves as an instructor in
the physical education and recreation school in the off season from
January to July. So his teaching status had to be clarified before his return could become official.
In 10 seasons at UBC, Smith
compiled a respectable 63-44-2
mark, including seven appearances
in the Western Intercollegiate Football  League  final, three national
semi-final bowl appearances, and
two national championship berths.
In 1982, the Thunderbirds recorded
a perfect 12-0 record against Canadian competition and won their first
ever national title.
A strict disciplinarian, Smith
stresses the importance of education above everything else. As one
of the top coaches in Canadian
football — in terms of both the collegiate and professional levels —
Smith is well known for his tenacious recruiting practices. He has always managed to lure some of the
top football talent to UBC.
Following the 1982 season 10
Thunderbirds were drafted in the
annual Canadian Football League
draft, including a record five in the
first round. Recently, the B.C.
Lions selected Laurent DesLauriers
as their 1984 territorial protection.
Last season, the 'Birds notched a
5-3 league mark (6-4 overall) and
finished second behind the eventual
national champions, Calgary Dinosaurs, in the Western Intercollegiate
Football League. It was an exceptional performance considering the
loss of so many players to graduation after 1982, the departure of
several players for personal and
academic reasons, and the extraordinary amount of injuries, which
sidelined several players for the
balance of the season.
Smith's request to withdraw his
resignation comes as no shock to
most observers. While the veteran
coach's resignation startled virtually everybody, his decision to continue had been rumored almost
since the day he quit.
In an era of budget cutbacks and
hiring freezes, Smith did not pick a
good time to resign and then try to
undo his resignation. The players
showed their support by formulating a petition for his retention.
"Frank is a very good football
coach and I am pleased that he is
going to continue," said Robert
Hindmarch, UBC's director of athletic and recreation services. "As
far as I'm concerned, last October's
announcement didn't happen."
Friday, February 3, 1984
Excitable Phil Smith leads
Corsage away from boredom
Photos by \JD
nil Smith's rise to notoriety in the
local music scene began in 1977 when he found an
alternative to boredom.
Following the lead of British punk bands like the
Sex Pistols and the Clash, Smith and his friends
began to create their own chaotic and intense
In Vancouver, bands like the Pointed Sticks, D.O.A. and Wasted
Lives, created the new sound. While the Sticks landed a British
record deal and D.O.A. went on to punk martyrdom, Smith emerged
from the shadows of North Vancouver suburbia to lead Wasted
Lives in their short but notable existence.
Smith says the developing punk scene drew people into a close-knit
musical community. "Whether it was for drugs, sex or rock and roll,
I mean that's what the scene was all about — you know, meeting
people and stuff like that," he says.
"I can't stand boredom, I just hate being bored, so this was exciting."
Seven years later at the age of 26, Smith is no longer struggling to
land a gig. As the leader of one of Vancouver's most entertaining
bands, Corsage, Smith has escaped the cliche of the starving artist.
The band evolved from the Snow Geese, a collaboration between
Smith and former Pointed Sticks guitar whiz, Bill Napier-Hemy. The
group's name was intended as a parody of the Euro-Discoite band,
"What we were really parodying was the attitude in Vancouver at
the time — the one held by the European snobs who had lived in
Vancouver all their lives. We thought it was quite funny that these
people would adapt European fashions because they thought they
were sophisticated whereas they thought Vancouver was a hie town.
"It's just a good rock name now."
And Corsage is definitely a great rock band. The band has not exactly reached star status, but Smith is content with pushing the band
forward in slow, careful steps.
While many young Vancouver bands are paying their dues on the
local club circuit, Corsage plays only about five times a year despite
constant requests for more live appearances.
"My one motto in life is I do whatever I feel like. I don't want to
play unless it's fun for me and unless we sound good and look good,
there's just no point," Smith says.
When Corsage gives one of its rare stage appearances, they provide
a complete visual and audio show for usually unprepared concert-
Six instrumentalists, led by Napier-Hemy, who makes Eddie Van
Halen sound like a beginner, launch the attack. Together with Smith
and three female vocalists, the Raison D'Etres, Corsage's expanded
line-up enthralls listeners with its sheer power.
Smith, a former UBC theatre school drop-out, is the mastermind
of the band's visual power. Drawing from his theatre and film experience, he injects elements of stage performance into his shows.
"To me, music is entertainment, that's number one. So it's really
important to make an evening out of our shows. It's like the performance is a variety show. It's part theatre, part rock-band and part
The last Corsage show in SUB Ballroom resembled such a variety
show, featuring a bizarre film, a midget, and that old standby — dry
Smith's mist historic performance was without Corsage. At the
Commodore Ballroom where local promoter Bud Luxford presented
Budstock — an evening of various local bands — Smith gave a
memorable performance as Jimbo in Jimbo and the Lizard Kings.
Smith transformed into Jim Morrison and revived The Doors for a
Smith says he often presents new personalities in performance.
"It's not something like 1 snap into a role like Marlon Brando in the
Godfather. I just get off on playing and if the band is really good, it's
just like dancing to a good band. It excites me."
And in performance and on record. Corsage provides some
humorous moments. "Oscar Wilde put it very well. He said, 'It's a
misfortune of mv age that only dull people are taken seriously.' I
think that's part of the problem with popular music. I've always liked bands with wit and humor. Look at the Sex Pistols, I think they
were the best comedy act of all time."
Smith draws humor alongside musical influences that range from
Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin to ideas from old Broadway musicals.
Such a diverse combination provides an unusual and completely
original sound.
"I think I can say successfully that there's no band in the world
that sounds like us. The style's a mixture of everything from folk
music to Alan Sherman, a Jewish comedian in the sixties, to Petula
Clark and Broadway musicals."
When not watching a stage performance, fans can also hear the
band on vinyl. The modestly titled Phil Smith album features some
of Corsage's better known tunes and ones from the past with Wasted
Lives and Jimbo.
Corsage also plans to record with Bob Rock of Payolas fame in
March. And with the acceptance of one of the band's videos
on MTV, one could say Corsage is leaning towards commercialism.
"It's funny because the alternative consider us mainstream and the
mainstream consider us alternative. To me it really doesn't matter.
We just do what we want to do and keep on doing it whether people
like it or not."
Corsage will be appearing at the SUB Ballroom tonight with the


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