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The Ubyssey Mar 18, 1963

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., Petitioning?
It was like this:
There was the bartender who
refused to serve one of his customers until he signed the Back
Mac petition.
And the man who wouldn't
sign because "students always
throw eggs at- Premier Bennett
when he goes to the campus."
And, of course, the Okanagan sign-painter who got carried away and began making
signs reading "Vote Mac" instead of "Back Mac."
Five hundred students who
took the petitions to the interior over the weekend returned to UBC Sunday with
500 different stories to tell-
There was:
• a man who' signed the
petition in his bathtub;
• a lot of people in the Okanagan who thought "Mac" referred to a kind of apple;
• the pensioner who said he
couldn't back Mac because he
was a Diefenbaker man.
• a petitioner who sat up
from 1 to 4 a.m. trying to get
his father to sign the petition.
He finally did.
• those who thought Mac is
a communist, and others who
didn't sign because of the
"atheistic professor."
• the man who said: "All
you have at UBC are booze
and sex parties and all the
girls get pregnant;"
• the nuns at a school in
Kamloops who pinned "Back
Mac"  cards on their habits.
• the political expert who
said: "If it's going to get Ben
nett out of office, then I'll
Most people signed and
most people were interested
in the cause of higher education, said the students returning Sunday night.
Newspapers all over the interior gave front page coverage  to   the  campaign.
One paper had a picture of
the mayor and Miss PNE signing the petition.
Eight students went on a
half-hour T.V. show in Kelowna.
In Vernon, every employee
of the Eatons store was wearing a "Back Mac" tag.
Radio stations all over the
province devoted time to the
campaign with interviews,
spot announcements, and news
But the hardest workers
were  students themselves.
Three students took an overnight train from Kamloops to
McBride, where they got 600
(Continued  on  page  2   )
Vol. XLV
No. 69
Mac with
' It's official. Mac backs us.
President   Dr.   John   Macdonald said Sunday he supports the
".student campaign for: a fair deal
for   higher   education.
Dr.   Macdonald   met   student
^petitioners in Brock Lounge as
they returned from the interior
" Sunday night.
"I'm tremendously pleased
with the performance of the students, which has been most responsible and a great service to
the province," he said.
"I am fully behind what the
.   students have done."
As each busload came in, he
kept saying "that's wonderful'
as he was told of the results of
the campaign.
"It is an amazing achievement,"  he told  one girl.
*'This campaign has had great
educational value for both the
students and the public."
"It is making a lot of people
do a lot of thinking, and whatever its results now it will have
value for the future."
Macdonald praised students
for their good behaviour during
the campaign.
"The students have proved
they can understand the difference between education and
The president said that his
speech at the general meeting
Thursday- had been misinterpreted by the downtown press.
He said a Ubyssey editorial
"hit the nail on the head" in its
interpretation  of the   story.
The Ubyssey had said that the
speelch implied support for the
■<'•'■:   student action, but that Macdonald could do no more because
©f his position.
Macdonald   remained   talking
•   informally with students for an
hour and a half.
It was the first time most of
the students had met the president.
HE CAN'T VOTE but he probably signed anyway. Freshette
Merene Ross was one of the thousands of students collecting
signatures over the weekend.
Scott wants petitions
in to Brock soonest
All students who still have petitions should return
them to the Action Committee Room above the AMS office
in South Brock. ...       _ . .
Malcolm Scott, co-chairman of the action committee
said final results from the city must be tabulated by Wednesday.
"We want to act before the legislature prorogues," he
Students collect
200,000 names
B.C. backed Mac this weekend.
Student action committee leaders said. Sunday they expeefc
to have 200,000 signages when all petitions from the province-
wide student campaign are tabulated.
The total at midnight was 120,000.
Fifty-five  thousand were  col
lected in the interior, 40,000 in
Vancouver and 25,000 in Victoria.
The remaining 80,000 are ex-
oected to come from the Vancouver _ house-to-house canvas
and from a block of signatures
promised by the International
Association Of Woodworkers.
Students . embarked on the
signature-gathering blitz Thursday. Five hundred students canvassed in the interior, 4,000
worked in Vancouver and 1,000
on Vancouver Island.
Sunday night, a cheer went
up at a reception in Brock
Lounge.as each.of 11 buses from
outlying areas returned to UBC.
The students, most of whom
hadn't slept more than a few
hours since leaving UBC Thursday, were met by Dr. John Macdonald.
Dr. Macdonald described the
■ampaign as an "amazing ach-
Largest interior support came
Crom the Nelson-Trail-Kootenay
listrict. Students brought back
5,087 signatures from the area.
Another busload of students,
'rom the Kelowna-Vernon area
returned with 7,268, and one
rom the Cariboo brought back
3.400 NAMES
Seven students in a Volkswagen van which canvassed the
Sechelt-Powell River area gathered 3,400 signatures.
Meanwhile, largest return ir
the city was a block of 14,000
signatures collected by Fort
Camp students in a blitz of
shopping centres.
Acadia Camp students turned
in 3,000 collected at downtown
Students manned every major corner in the downtown area
Thursday: .afternoon to Saturday night.
Puck title
to Marlins;
Birds weep
Ubyssey News  Editor
KINGSTON—There wasn't a
whisper for 10 long minutes.
Sixteen University of B.C. hockey players sat there, glum.
Father David Bauer stood at
the end of a splintery wooden
bench, staring blankly at an
empty wall.
Nobody moved. A few cheers
echoed from the other side of
Kingston's Memorial Arena.
Somebody winced.
The Thunderbirds had just
played   60   minutes   of  breatb-
Ubyssey Editor-elect Mike
Hunter spent the weekend, in
Ontario covering the Canadian university hockey and
basketball championships in
Kingston and Windsor. Basketball story is on page 4. See
sucking, board-bashing hockey
for the Canadian Intercollegiate
hockey championship.
They had scored two goals,
and played well. McMaster University Marlins had scored three
goals, and played better.
Nothing much you can say.
Goalie Ken Broderick, superlative in blocking 37 McMaster
shots, shed his fiberglass mask
and buried his head in a towel.
Defenceman Barry MacKenzie, who'd thrown his weight
around like Mr. Bennett in Kelowna, wiped some blood off his
face and sniffled. Terry O'Malley cried. The others gnashed'
their -teeth, or scowled, or spit'
on the floor, or just stared at the
Some   guy   in a   green   snap-
(Continued on Page 2)
Monday, Ma rch  1S, 1\62
win local support
(Continued from Page 1)
signatures in one day! McBride
has a population of 800.
The petitioners enlisted the
help of parents, alumni, and
high school students.
Few people were against the
students. One student going
door to door got 200 names in
seven hours and only three people refused to sign.
Some people thought the
petitioners were selling apples,
or magazines, or were expected to pay something.
."How much do you want?"
said one man digging into his
pocket after he had signed.
Several returning students
said they signed up people"
who could only write their
names, and one had a petition
signed with an "X" instead of
a name.
Powell River petitioners got
200 names from workers as
they came off shift at the pulp
mill there.
Politics was part of the. campaign.   Several   school   boards
' vetoed   local   schools   helping
the. campaigners.
The television show in Kelowna on which the students
appeared is regularly hosted
by the local vice-principal, but
he was not permitted to interview the UBC students.
So the students did the show
Several petitioners reported
that local merchants and businessmen were unwilling to
sign because they did not want
to antagonize the government.
But one judge got around
the problem. When a petitioner called on him, he. refused
to sign. But he saw the petitioner again later and signed.
He explained that as a judge
he could not sign, and he had
not wanted his friends to see
And community r i v airy
reared its head. People in several communities were unwilling to sign because they objected to the placing of colleges recommended in the Macdonald   Report.
"We gave up talking about
the Macdonald Report and
just talked about education in
general," said one student.
In Vernon, extra identification cards had tp be printed
Instead of saying "I Back
Mac" they said "I Support
Higher   Education."
Students ranged as far as
Dawson Creek and Fort St.
James in the province-wide
As they arrived back to coffee and doughnuts at UBC,
their cards were changed to
read "I'm back Mac"
hockey Birds find
. . . tough loss
Entmnse to
get tougher
UBC entrance . requirements
are to be raised.
The UBC Senate approved the
plan which will require junior
matriculation students applying
to UBC to get a 60 per cent
average in English 40 and three
other terminal courses.
The present requirement is
50 per cent.
Registrar John Parnall said
the plan would be withheld
until there are new facilities for
education beyond grade twelve
in B.C.
"It might be in by 1964," he
The move comes after a study
showed most first year failures
had between 50 and 60 per cent
averages  in high school.
EDITORIAL: Thanks for the help
It's not polite to laugh. So just heave a little sigh for UBC's faculty
and alumni and then forget about them.
They were truly pathetic bodies in the campaign for higher education.
Divided among themselves and for the most part religiously reactionary, alumni and faculty did little to aid the student campaign.
They did on paper, of course.
Take the alumni. They sent out a directive to alumni members all over
B.C. to give "reasonable" support to the students coming into their area.
They sent it out through the medium of The Ubyssey. More than 10,000
extra copies of last Tuesday's paper were printed so each alumni could have
one. And who paid for it?
The students.
The alumni, although "backing" the student action, refused to spend
any money on the campaign. If the alums were to help, the students had to
prove they wanted help by paying for it.
In like manner, the Faculty Association gave its "support" to the
Fully aware that much of the success of the student campaign—especially in the interior—hinged on students being free from classes for a day
and a half,, the association passed the following motion-.
"In particular, this association calls upon members of the faculty to do
everything possible to facilitate student participation in the scheme to secure
signatures from people throughout the province to a petition to be sent to
the legislature concerning the present crisis in higher education in this
Meaning? You figure it out.
What it really .said was that it was up to each individual professor what
he did. No real recommendation to aid actively in the student campaign—say
by cancelling classes.
And on trek day, how many faculty and alums were there? A dozen?
No. Half a dozen.
It would be wrong to generalize and say that every faculty member
and alum failed.
In the Alumni Association, Dr. William Gibson, Rod Macdonald, Tim
Hollick-Kenyon and a handful of others led a valiant try to get more concrete
support. But it's hard to fight an establishment.
In the faculty association, Reg Robson, Robert Rowan, Walter.Hard- •   ' .   .
wick, the few profs; who made definite announcements in their classes that
students should support the campaign, and the gritty six who marched, were
with the students alp. the way. --,...
But a majority in both groups clung tenaciously to the status quo.
It was disappointing.
It shoudn't have been a problem for students only.
(Continued from Page 1)
brim hat came in and stood beside Father Bauer. "You guys
played real good," he muttered.
"You're a team the West can be
proud of." Nobody stirred. The
guy in the green hat went back
cut,  quickly.
Trainer Johnny Owen, who's
seen 'em win and lose for 30
years, stood in a corner twiddling a roll of white tape.
Somebody started to unlace
his skates. Then everybody began to change, peeling soggy
pads into heaps on the concrete
floor. Father Bauer turned and
went outside to speak to the
"Got any old sticks, got any
old sticks?" chimed a trio of
local rink rats.
"Well," said the coach, smiling, "our best just wasn't good
Their best was good enough
to make Thunderbirds Canada's
second-best college hockey team,
and with a few breaks, it could
have been the best.
After breezing to a 6-2 victory
over the University of Sherbrooke in Friday's first game,
Birds were raring to go at a
favored McMaster team which
had beaten underdog St. Francis
Xavier only 4-3 in overtime the
night before.
Birds scored first, Ralph Lortie tipping in Dave Chambers'
point shot four minutes into the
game. But McMaster tied it five
minutes later when star center
Bill Mahoney, named the tourney's most valuable player, scored from behind the net off a
It stayed 1-1 until the middle
of the second period, when UBC
got tangled up changing lines,
and was penalized for having
too many men on the ice. Seconds later, Marlins scored, and
before UBC could get organized,
they had scored again to make
it 3-1.
Birds scrapped harder than
ever, and before the period ended, Pete Kelly slapped in a pass
from O'Malley to make it 3-2,
but that's as far as they got.
The third period was furious.
UBC narrowly missed on at
least three good chances, while
Broderick performed larceny on
a couple of McMaster players to
keep Birds in the game. *
Birds pressed, and McMaster
iced the puck continually, but
the tying goal never came.
"We could have beaten them,"
said captain O'Malley. "We just
weren't sharp like we might
have been if we'd had some
tougher warmup games. They're
no tougher than Saskatchewan."
Broderick and MacKenzie
were named to the all-star team
along with Hamada, Mahoney,
and Sinclair (McMaster) and
Synishin (Xavier).
Xavier won the consolation
round with a 7-4 victory over
'tween classes
BraithwaHe brings
words and pictures
Lecture with slides by Warden
John Braithwaite Monday noon
on the Haney Correctional Institute.
* *     *
Second Issue on sale Wednesday in Lasserre and Buchanan
Building. Essays, Short Story
and Poetry.
* *     *
Spanish Dancers SUSANA Y
JOSE. Auditorium noon Tuesday, 25c.
Winner of the Southam Trophy, 1961 and 1962
Winner of the Bracken Trophy. 1962
Winner of the Montreal Star Trophy, 1962
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Published three times weeKly throughout the University year in Vancouver
by the Alma Mater Society, University of B.C. PJditorial opinions expressed
are those of the Editor-in-Chief of The Ubyssey and not necessarily those
of the Alma Mater Society or the University of B.C. Telephone CA 4-3241,
Locals:  Editor—25;  News—23;   Photography—24.
Editor-in-chief: Keith, Bradbury
Managing Editor  ____ Denis Stanley
Associate Editor  Fred Fletcher
News Editor Mike Hunter
City Editor Mike Valpy
Picture Editor  1   Don Hume
Sports Editor  Ron Kydd
REPORTERS:   Mike   Horsey,   Richard   Simeon,   Ron   Riter,
Glenn Schultz, Sharon Rodney.
TECHNICAL: Clint Pulley.
March 21, 12:30, Bu. 106
Announcement of honorary positions
Outline of pldnned Activities
Voting on Gift to the University
Admission by Library Card only ■Atertrtoyp^Msrflb^i &, >W3
Page 3
Students warm up for signature gathering blitz with "class" at courthouse Thursday.
Trek proves  to B. G public
UBC isn't egghead sanctuary
-Al   B'.ii on.LS   photo
The Back Mac campaign has
done a lasting service to UBC,
AMS president-elect Malcolm
Scott said Sunday.
"Not only will it serve the
immediate purpose of obtaining more money for UBC," he
said, "but it will also serve
to identify UBC with the people of this province."
He said the campaign had
shown people that UBC isn't
an egghead sanctuary aloof
from the rest of the world on
the tip of Point Grey.
''People in  the   rural   areas
have   been   given   the  opportunity to speak of UBC as 'our
university' for  the  first time.
"They will continue to think
of UBC* as 'our university'
long after the Back Mac campaign   is   history."
And they will be watching
the government closely to see
what action it plans to take on
the  petition, he  said.
"Every farmer, logger and
businessman who signed that
petition will be taking this
"If the government ignores
the campaign, then these people will be thinking their
names were ignored."
The petition blitz began two
weeks ago, an idea in the heads
of   a  few  students   who   felt
there was a danger of inaction
on the Macdonald Report and
an inadequate operating grant
for the University.
On the basis of what they
knew — despite the refusal of
the Board of Governors and
the University administration
to release information — the
group decided some action,
such as a strike or boycott, was
called for.
They   then   began   to   work
more closely with student government officials, faculty association and alumni officials.
The boycott became a petition blitz and the trek became
a. reality.
—Don  Hume  photo
Students head for interior
— Don   1 Jump  plioto
Janitors glumly face aftermath of Back Mac meeting.
—Don Hume  photo
Thousands like this girl knocked on doors Page 4
Monday, March 18,  1963
in national hoop final
Ubyssey News Editor
WINDSOR—Sparked by big
John Cook, Thunderbirds easily defeated Loyola College
Warriors 75-51 Saturday to
Win the consolation round of
the Canadian Intercollegiate
basketball championships.
Birds lost any chance to
snare the national title Friday
night, cut down by the powerful Acadia University Axemen
All 10 players hit the score-
sheet in Saturday night's effort but it was Cook who led
the way with 15 points.
Court Brousson, Gordie Betcher and Laurie Predinchuk
rounded out UBC's scoring
with eight each.
After   a   shaky   first period
Final  period tells
tale in prep finale
A last quarter splurge by the Mennonite Educational Institute gave them a 58-40 victory over Alberni Chieftains and
jtop spot in the 18th annual B.C. high school championships.
7 A record crowd of 5,078 paid
fans at UBC Saturday saw MEI
take a 15-10 lead at quarter
, Alberni held a slim 28-27
half-time lead but in the third
quarter MEI got the upper hand
and regained the lead at 36-35.
Alberni's defence fell apart
in the last quarter and MEI
moved in to open their lead to
18 points at the end of the congest.
Top    scorer    for   MEI    was
Soccer Birds
nearer to PCL
with victory
UBC Thunderbirds moved
one step closer to the Pacific
Coast Soccer League Thursday
With their second consecutive
3-1 victory over Columbus Italians.
Joe Johnson's Birds continued
their mastery over the PCL's
third place team before a crowd
of about 1,000 at Calister Park.
Coast League officials attend^
ed the game and were impressed
with the UB<J squad.
That the Birds will receive an
invitation to join the senior
league in 1963J64 is a near certainty. It's now up to the UBC
Athletic Commission to okay the
use of the university stadium,
to agree to an extended soccer
season, and—most important of
all—to appoint a permanent
soccer coach.
Birds had two things over
Columbus Thursday—skill and
desire. The hustling UBC team
forced the play throughout.
The only two goals of the
first half were scored by center
forward John Haar. Inside right
Bob Johnstone added the third.
Birds wound up the regular
Mainland league schedule Saturday with their second loss of
the season. A UBC team comprised mainly of substitutes
went under 2-0 to Mount Pleasant Legion at Kensington Park.
Birds continue the Province
Cup knock-out series Saturday
when they meet North Shore
United at Callister Park.
Chem Students
Learn the elements of the Periodic Table in their proper order
(and remember them) this fast,
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George Heidebrecht with 21
points and Marvin Johnson got
13, tops for the Chieftains.
Alberni finished second,
Queen Elizabeth, the Cinderella
squad in the tourney, took third
and Vancouver College placed
First all-star team for the
tourney is Neil Williscroft, Vancouver College; Ed Suderman,
MEI; Jack Hik, Queen Elizabeth; Marvin Johnson, Alberni;
and John Drew, also of Alberni.
Hik won the most valuable
player award and Killarney
was named the most, sportsmanlike team.
the Birds took command of the
game and moved out of tomahawk range of the Warriors.
The Warriors were Cooked
to death in the second half by
big John as he repeatedly
drove through the weakening
Warrior defence. (
When it was all over the big
man had earned himself a spot
on the all-star team, on the
strength of his superb Saturday
night game.
Friday night was a different
The giant Axemen from
Wolfville chopped the Birds
to size Friday.
Guard Ken Macdonald led
the way for UBC but his 11
points weren't enough.
The big Axemen, boasting
two six-foot five-inch forwards
and a six-foot 10-inch center
cut the scoring punch of the
Birds to practically nil by constantly blocking shots.
UBC managed only 25 per
cent shooting average, scoring
on 14 of 56 chances.
Acadia had a 40 per cent
average, hitting ;On 15 shots in
38 tries. Acadia counted 25
points on foul shots.
The Birds qne-and-one record left them in third place
in the single knockout tourney.
Assumption Lancers, by virtue of a 103-44 win over Loyola and a Saturday victory over
runner-up Acadia, won the
550 Poirier Street
New Westminster, B.C.
Mr. R. W- Nesbitt, Director of Instruction,
will be at the Personnel Office on March
21 st and 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pjru
to interview carKfidates for teaching positions in kindergarten/primary, intermediate, and secondary grades.
A signing schedule will be posted for your
. . all-Canadian
UCLA takes on UBC
UCLA's rough and tough rugger men move into UBC Thursday for a two-game exhibition
stand against UBC's Birds.
First game is Thursday at
12:45 p.m. with the next going
Saturday afternoon.
Rugby Birds
share cup
The UBC rugger team held
off a fierce Vancouver Rep
squad for a 3-3 deadlock in the
McKechnie Cup rugger iinal
Saturday at UBC stadium.
The Reps controlled most of
the ball handling but were unable to break through UBC's defensive line.
Reps star John Newton opened the scoring midway through
the first half when he scooted
around the Birds' defense for
the game's only try. Barry
Burnam's convert was wide.
UBC evened the score just before halftime on captain Don
Sloan's penalty kick from 30
yards out.
The second half was scoreless
but the Reps kept the ball in
UBC's end of the field most of
the time.
With minutes remaining Vancouver broke through for a try
only to have it called back for
a  "knock-on."
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