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The Ubyssey Sep 22, 1977

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Array AMS eyes budget cutbacks
Alma Mater Society clubs and
services Wednesday attacked an
AMS budget committee proposal to
trim $68,000 from their budgets.
But AMS finance director
Shanon-Dale H^r^t^i^'flut.-
backs — ranging fr&rt>33,p£r oerit
for The lM5ySs£y to 80 per cent for
radio station CITR — $re
necessaVy to avwdiJ 1ft|)'000
deficit for the otttpenrfiscal year.
proposals and must be approved by
both the student administrative
commission and the student
representative assembly.
She said that in addition to the
cutbacks of clubs and services, the
AMS must chop more than $50,000
"^com its administrative costs.
^'The cutbacks we have proposed
ark recommendations to bring the
^byaget into line," said Hart.
Even with the proposed cut-
the   AMS   will   have   an
estimated deficit of $7,000, but I'm
willing to go into a deficit position
of $10,000."
CITR president Roger Ward said
the cutbacks would mean a drastic
cut in the station's broadcasting
"Wewon't shut down, but we will
be reduced to a mediocre
background music station, which is
what everyone was complaining
about in previous vears," said
"It is rumored they will be giving
us $2,000. Obviously that is absurd
for an FM cable station.
"We are being strangled at birth
just at the point where we are
broadening our services."
Ubyssey editor Chris Gainor
said the cutbacks "would mean
cutting our budget or raising the
advertising content."
"We already have a rock-bottom
budget," he said, "so we would
f CITR — to $2,0Wffom $13,000;
• Speakeasy — to $2,000 from
• Teaching and academic
standards committee — to $5,500
from $8,000;
• Student housing and access
committee — to $400 from $3,300.
Hart said the cutbacks are only
Vol. LX, No. 5     VANCOUVER, B.C., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1977
FRAMED BY VEGETATION, female student wanders to classes on
rare rainless day.  Idyllic scene took  place outside mathematics and
geography building to buzz and click of busy calculators, scratching
pens and droning professor.
UBC wants 20 to 25 per cent increase
UBC has asked the Universities
Council of B.C. for a 20 to 25 per
cent increase in its 1978-79 budget,
Moe Sihota, student board of
governors member, said Wednesday.
The board made the request
Tuesday at a meeting with the
council called to discuss the
university's budget needs for the
next fiscal year.
Last year, the council allocated
$128 million to UBC, a six per cent
increase from the previous year.
The university increased tuition
fees 25 to 30 per cent this year as a
result of the small increase in its
1977-78 budget.
But student board representative
Basil Peters said Wednesday UBC
will probably only get a seven per
cent budget increase.
"Premier (Bill) Bennett says
that all ministry budgets are
geared to the province's economic
growth rate and from what I've
heard that's 5.5 to 6.5 per cent. So
the absolute maximum increase, I
think, will be seven per cent over
last year. I don't think anything is
going to significantly change," he
The UCBC's role is to listen to the
university budget proposals, and
then report what it thinks are the
true budgetary needs to the
provincial ministry of education.
A 20 per cent increase in the
budget would give the university a
working budget of approximately
$153 million.
Sihota said "that figure allows
for, most importantly, the improving and upgrading of current
He said the extra money would
go toward the reduction of class
size and ensuring that there are
sufficient teaching assistants for
labs and discussion groups.
"That is where most of the 20 to
25 per cent increase will go to.
Some of it will go for new
programs. The balance would be
for things like faculty and wage
increases, inflation costs, equipment costs and so on.
"It was one of the few times that
the board of governors was
together as a unit. They defended
the university's position really
The UCBC met with the board to
listen to its budget proposals, but
not to give its final decision. Sihota
said that the UCBC started off on a
hard line, but were sympathetic
with the budgetary needs of the
university by the end of the
TTie UCBC will begin to decide on
UBC's budget needs in October,
said   board    member    George
Hermanson, and will then submit
its findings to the government.
"I was pleased with what the
board of governors asked. It wasn't
a weak line at all that we took. I
think when it came down to
proposing the budget that there
.was unanimity on the part of the
Hermanson said of the four-hour
meeting tjiat, "it was good conversation. They listened us out
well. They asked us questions
about our budget. We tried to
respond as best we could as forcefully as we could to justify our
have to raise the ad content by five
per cent.
"At the moment we already have
a very high ad content. I don't
think students want to pay for an
advertising rag, they want a
"Also we shouldn't have to
depend on raising the advertising
content because if the economy
goes belly-up or the ad manager
gets sick, we're screwed," Gainor
"The staff met today, and is
against cutting the budget, and is
even more opposed to raising the
ad content."
Gainor said Ubyssey staffers are
volunteers, although many other
campus newspaper staffs receive
Women's   committee   member
Fran Watters said the cutbacks,
would mean a "stand-still budget"
for the committee.
"It's just about equivalent to
what we got last year," she said,
"which is disappointing given the
amount of interest shown by
women for the committee.
"Basically this is a bluff on the
part of the committee to get the
student representative assembly to
fight amongst themselves over the
Ibudget," Watters said.
Budget committee chairman
Hart said the committee had to
simultaneously raise additional
revenue and make cutbacks.
"I've already planned on additional revenues," she said.
"We're charging more on licensee
rental agreements such as the
Thunderbird shop and the pin-ball
room, formerly the Co-op
"A further recommendation of
the budget committee was to go
after an AMS fee increase at all
costs," said Hart.
"Right now the AMS gets only $9
See page 2: BUDGET
Brown liquid
promises to
bring crowd
The office of The Ubyssey expects (as much as an office does
expecting) to be inundated Friday
at noon, by the curious and merry,
the eager and thirsty, in short, all
those who have heard about The
Ubyssey's annual thirstquenching
open house, at which will be-freely
supplied, for free, quantities of the
amber liquid which is the choice of
millions, enough to drown a run-on
Everyone is welcome to attend at
room 241K in the northeast corner
of SUB.
Oh, for the hum of courteous
conversation and polite hellos,
followed by another bottle, and the
growing level of noise as tongues
get loose, then further indulgence,
to keep pace with the need to shout
to make oneself heard, and the
realization that one's afternoon
classes weren't so important in the
cosmic plan.
Colleges Act opponents plan union
Faculty associations and labor unions at all
14 B.C. community colleges are considering
forming a single union to present a united
stand against the provincial government, a
college spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Community colleges are continuing their
opposition to B.C.'s new colleges act, Bill 82,
and think a single union could express their
views more strongly, said Wanda Tilley
member of a committee formed by college
faculties to fight the legislation.
"People are angry. I don't think the
government understands the college system.
And. as far as we can see, there is no
philosophy behind the new act. With a large
union the government will have to listen to
us," she said.
In legislation passed last Wednesday,
students and faculty at the B.C. Institute of
Technology lose all representation on BCIT's
board of governors and community college
boards are stripped of their former autonomy
and made responsible to three councils appointed by education minister Pat McGeer.
Tilley said the government thinks community college faculties are too militant and
passed the legislation to gain control of them.
"I don't think the government likes dealing
with militant faculty and they see the community colleges' faculties as being much
more militant than those of the universities
and are trying to get us under control," she
"Longer hours, more work, that kind of
thing, and I think the universities are going to
feel this same interference with academic
freedoms soon."
Tilley said the government has been em-
bar rassed by recent disputes with community
college faculties, such as the dispute at North
Island College in Alberni which resulted in an
unfair labor practices decision against the
The intent of the new colleges act is partly
to avoid embarrassments of this kind in the
future, she said.
John Dennison, UBC professor and
chairman of education, who was asked by the
government to assess the legislation before it
was introduced, said Monday an act dealing
with community colleges is overdue, but that
the colleges act does not clear up the
educational problems of the colleges.
"It is an administrative act," he said.
Dennison also said he sees no advantage at
all in the legislation for BCIT, where opposition to provisions in the act has been
aarticularly vocal. Page 2
Thursday, September 22, 1977
Budget cutback
sought by c'tee
From page 1
from the $36 AMS activity fee. This
hasn't changed since 1949."
"If an AMS fee referendum was
passed we would be able to deficit
finance to some extent against next
year's fees."
The budget committee also has
other plans for making money,
such as a coffee house in SUB.
"Coffee houses are doing a
booming business in Vancouver,"
said Hart, "and would be a good
alternative to the Pit."
"It would be attractive and make
SUB more interesting, and we
should make a very good revenue
from that."
The main SUB concourse or the
former Co-op bookstore space are
possible locations for the shop, she
Hart said the committee also
plans to make the Pit more
"We lost $13,000 last year on the
Pit; that's an unacceptable loss.
We're subsidizing beer drinkers.
"That's why Pit prices were
raised. At current prices the Pit
should make an $8,000 profit, which
can be used to subsidize other AMS
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Page 3
SRA views undergrad grant cut
In a rare flash of decisiveness
Wednesday, the student
representative assembly tabled a
report recommending a 50 per cent
cut in grants to undergraduate
The report, submitted by the
constituency grant committee,
says the cut is to encourage undergrad societies to finance their
own activities by levying fees on
their members.
Thecut will save the Alma Mater
Society money, says the report,
and will encourage decentralization of the AMS.
Student  board  of governors
member Moe Sihota said, "we're
restructuring the constituency
grants to make the undergrad
societies more self-sufficient and
responsive to the students.
"By reducing the constituency
grants by one-half we are encouraging   the   undergraduate
societies to go to their students for
fee levies.
"However this doesn't mean the
AMS is reducing its responsibilities," Sihota said. "We will
continue to provide the general
services to all students, such as the
Pit, The Ubyssey and CITR."
'"Die undergrad societies should
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filled classrooms for use of students. Now they sit outside and fade
away in rain.
Education suffering public forum told
Students are paying higher
tuition fees for a lower quality of
education at UBC, Moe Sihota,
student board t>f governors
representative, said Tuesday.
"The quality of education that
you're paying for is suffering. It is
going to suffer even more if
current funding trends continue,"
he told 200 persons at a public
forum on education cutbacks in
Sihota emphasized the necessity
of organized student involvement
in the issue of education cutbacks
at UBC. He urged students to join a
cutbacks committee that will first
meet today at noon in the AMS
He also asked listeners to sign a
petition urging the board of
governors to take a stronger stand
at the next meeting of the board
and the Universities Council of
Sihota said students who don't
have the time to join a committee
should sit down and write a letter
to The Ubyssey or to UBC administration president Doug
Kenny, expressing concern about
the diminishing quality of
education at UBC.
Inadequate provincial government funding of the university
leads to cutbacks in the number of
courses offered and the cancellations of course discussion
Education cutbacks affect more
than just arts courses, Sihota said.
"In mechanical engineering,
there are 16 less courses offered
this year than last year. In physics,
there are five courses less this year
than last year."
Sihota said that he would
represent the student interest at a
meeting of the board of governors
wi th the UCBC, to be held later that
"I will tell them that students are
concerned that there are less
course sections than before, and
that discussion groups are . the
exception rather than the rule. I
will tell them that students are
pissed off that they are  paying
more this year in fees and getting
He said his complaints wouldn't
be effective without the support of
students. Sihota cited a student
rally last year as an example of
how students could change policy.
Sihota said last year's anti-
tuition fee increase rally helped
reduce proposed UBC tuition increases.
After his speech, Sihota said he
thought response had been good,
but that the best indication of
student   response  would   be   the
number of people that show up at
the cutback committee meeting
today at noon in the AMS
look into the more specialized
needs of their constituents," he
But graduate studies rep. Don
Meakins attacked the report for
attaching "strings" to the grants.
"Cutting the grants in one-half
and then attaching strings to the
grants is not in the best interests of
our constituents," he said.
"I think it is our integrity as
executive members of our societies
which is being impugned."
"If you really want to fund the
undergrad societies, just write
them a cheque," said Meakins.
The issue will be discussed again
at the next SRA meeting.
In other business, the SRA
discussed a motion to form a
Graduate Students' Committee.
The purpose of the committee
would be to, "look after the interests of grad students," said
But student board member Basil
Peters questioned the need for
another        grad students'
"Another committee for grad
students would confuse things," he
said. "I don't understand this,
that's what we have the Graduate
Students Association and the
Association of Teaching Assistants
"Another committee would just
add to the bureaucracy," Peters
But the motion was withdrawn
on a procedural technicality.
TTie SRA also decided to reinstate the Great Trekker award,
although they don't know what the
award is for.
The SRA also established an
AMS gift fund. The fund is to be
used to buy gifts for staff members
on the event of their retirement,
marriage, death or birth.
In other business the SRA approved a $75 grant for the office of
the ombudsperson for advertising
The meeting adjourned at 10
p.m. at which time the intrepid
Ubyssey reporter covering the
meeting was treated for symptoms
of acute boredom.
New hospital open
UBC's new teaching and
research hospital, the extended
care unit, opened this summer, but
it's still not being used for one of its
intended purposes.
Delayed by two construction
strikes and a lack of available
nurses in August, it is not yet filled
with patients and will not be used
for teaching and research until
Jan. 1.
Although the new unit will be
fully occupied by patients by the
end of September, full operation
will be delayed further by lack of
funds from Victoria.
Administrator Lloyd Detwaller
said Wednesday that the funds
necessary to begin in-hospital
teaching "are still being
negotiated" with the provincial
"Teaching in the hospital really
can't begin until-all of the patients
are admitted and being taken care
of," he said. "The service end
comes first."
The unit will be used by patients
who have difficulty getting around,
or who "use a wheelchair without
assistance from  another  person.
"These people are those who
don't need extensive medical care,
such as acute, intensive, or
psychiatric," said Detwaller.
"They're patients who have
mobility problems."
The criteria for such patients
include inability to get in or out of
bed. inability to independently use
sanitary facilities, or inability to
independently use a  wheelchair.
The unit, which first began accepting patients on July 13, is
jointly funded by municipal,
provincial and federal agencies. It
is currently a little more than half
full, and classroom and seminar
space will be used starting this
behind schedule. Page 4
Thursday, September 22.  1977
Time for a fee referendum
The number of ulcers in
and around the student
union building probably took
a dramatic leap this week.
The budget committee of
the Alma Mater Society,
after spending a summer
looking over this year's
budgets of the AMS and its
subsidiary organizations
trying to find ways to
increase revenues, threw up
its hands in frustration. Now
the committees and clubs are
doing the worrying.
If all their budgets were
approved in full, the AMS
would be faced with a deficit
of $120,000. In short, the
budget committee must
make some cuts to save the
AMS from falling into a
financial abyss.
So the committee slashed
every budget at least by 33
per cent, and some by close
to 100 per cent. So now the
onus is on these groups to
justify every cent they are
asking for.
The decision creates
several problems. First, it is
dealing with a fiscal year
which began last April 1,
nearly six months ago.
Several groups, such as The
Ubyssey, have already firmed
up programs and commitments for the year.
It forces people gearing up
their work for this year to
stop and go through their
budgets again, a process
,which should have been completed or close to completion
before registration week.
And when the groups
plead before the committee
tonight, a form of
self-destructive competition
will   reach  a  fever pitch.  If
somebody wins, someone
else loses. Sure, this would go
on anyway, but in the space
of only a few days with little
The committee tried to
drum up some revenue first
before deciding to start
cutting. That's fine, but now
the cutting may wind up too
little, too late, or too
Even after this budget is
finally settled on, the cause
of the current fracas will
remain. That is of course, the
fact that the basic $9 AMS
fee, which covers its services,
has not gone up in nearly 30
The total fee package,
which includes a SUB
building fee, pool fee and
athletic fee, has been added
on, but the AMS services fee
has not gone up, thanks to
rising enrolments.
But  now enrolments are
stabilizing and soon may fall,
but the cost of the AMS's
services is still rising. The
AMS has made several efforts
to raise fees, but students
have always failed to give the
two-thirds approval needed
to pass a fee increase. The
latest attempt came last year,
when the vote in favor of a
fee hike fell just short of the
two-thirds figure.
The vote came after two
years of deficit budgets, and
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now things are beginning to
reach the breaking point.
This year, a number of
groups, such as the women's
committee and the teaching
and academic committee, to
name just two, are asking for
budget increases this year to
pay for new programs which
were developed after a year
of work.
Programs such as course
evaluations and workers in
the women's office and
Speakeasy would be welcome
additions to the services the
AMS currently provides to
But until students vote to
increase AMS fees, inflation
will force the AMS to cut
back each year.
Perhaps the only positive
thing to come out of the
budget committee's decision
will be the goading of clubs
and committees into
preparation for the next fee
Last year only a few
groups such as The Ubyssey
got out on campus and tried
to get the nearly-successful
referendum passed.
The student representative
assembly must come up with
a plan from the several
alternatives available for a fee
referendum. Plans must move
ahead quickly, and all
groups, including those who
sat by the wayside last year,
must get out and work for its
It is either that or more
ulcers and more cutbacks in
AMS services.
TAs not kids
At the beginning of the industrial revolution, children
were hired to work the mines and perform other hard
menial tasks. Children could be paid less, and on top of
that, they could not complain or fight back against their
wages and atrocious conditions.
The attitude of old industrial barons survives to this
day, through deans' and department heads' treatment of
teaching assistants. The TAs, like those unfortunate
children, find themselves in very vulnerable positions.
The department heads, facing the disgusting Socred
cutbacks, face some very unpleasant financial decisions, to
be sure, but some are cutting corners at the expense of
TAs, all of them graduate students trying to work their
way through university.
And so the TAs, or at least those TAs who aren't afraid
of losing their jobs, are telling how they are being sold
short on the eight per cent salary increases granted them
by the board of governors.
And if getting ripped off isn't bad enough, TAs are not
even entitled to unemployment insurance benefits or
pension benefits most other workers consider to be their
It's pretty disgusting. The TAs, who are taking on
increasing workloads because of cutbacks, are entitled to
what other workers are. And they deserve their wage
increase, because they are not exempt from inflation.
TAs aren't children; They are intelligent people, often
doing the jobs of professors who have a bit more job
security. It's about time deans and department heads
learned this, and signed a contract guaranteeing what the
TAs deserve.
This is not a complaint of the
type that one most of ten sees in this
newspaper. This is a complaint
about this newspaper.
I'd like to see it contain a little
more praise for this university and
the people who make it work. Your
rag is becoming so negative that it
sounds like it is owned and
operated by the club of Rome.
In my opinion, the barrage of
criticism that The Ubyssey
ceaselessly lobs at the administration does nothing but
create an atmosphere of distrust
and confrontation, surely a condition that should not exist between
the student body and the men and
women who keep UBC on its feet.
A heartfelt word Of support for
our administration is sorely
needed. It is their job to run the
university, not ours.
J. L. Thornburg
Map mope
After perusing Tuesday's paper,
I can only assume that your paper
has been taken over by an insidious
enclave of degenerate Americans
who have disdained to learn
Canadian geography.
On page 12 of your hideous rag,
there appeared a map of proposed
pipeline routes. On that map, in the
province next to Alberta, was the
word "Manitoba."
As every eight-year-old
schoolperson knows, that space is
in truth occupied by the proud
province of Saskatchewan, "linchpin in the breadbasket of the
Besides, how can any one forget
the name of the only province that
has square corners and perfectly
straight sides all round? In this
tiihe of our national identity crisis,
not   recognizing  our   most   symmetrical province is criminal.
Half Gainer
lunar studies 2
The Ubyssey welcomes letters,
from all readers.
Letters should be signed and
typed. Pen names will be used
when the writer's real name is also
included for our information in the
letter and when valid reasons for
anonymity are given.
Letters should be addressed to
the paper care of campus mail or
dropped off at The Ubyssey office,
SUB 241K.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1977
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS
or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary
and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the
Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301;
Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Chris Gainor
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off doochbacks." - Thursday, September 22, 1977
Page 5
Third runway corporate dream
The expansion of Vancouver
International Airport and the
creation of a third runway will help
decide the type of city Vancouver
will become.
In some respects, the growth of a
city is much like the growth of a
child. Patterns and decisions made
at one stage of development later
become  characteristics  which
Perspectives is a column of
opinion and analysis open to all
members of the UBC community.
Jim Peck is a creative writing
student who has been involved for
two years in the movement to stop
the third runway.
become very difficult to change.
If we do not make wise choices
now, we will later be stuck with a
very unpleasant place to live.
To examine the development,
one may begin with two facts, the
first from the sponsor of the
project, the federal ministry of
transport. Eighty-seven per cent of
Canadians fly less than once a
year, while eight per cent of
Canadians, on the other hand, fly
on a regular basis."
"There is a direct relationship
between income and the mode of
travel. While there are plenty of
exceptions, on the whole more
people of low income use the bus,
while the middle income group
tends to use rail, and the people of
higher income choose air travel,"
Information Canada said in 1975.
These two facts indicate that
most of us do not fly often.
Frequent plane trips can be afforded only by the affluent or by
those whose expenses are paid by
businesses. The cost of flying will
increase steadily as the cost of fuel
continues to rise, and thus extensive travel by plane will remain
a service primarily to the few in
our society able to afford it.
Education cutbacks
quality of education
From all indications so far, the
most significant issue to come up
at UBC this year will be education
cutbacks. At this point, the most
obvious effect of cutbacks has been
theincrease of class sizes in nearly
every faculty.
But class size increases are just
the tip of the iceberg and as the
year progresses, students will find
out the number of ways the
university has been forced to
compromise the quality of
education to meet the restrictive
budget handed down by education
minister Pat McGeer.
While tuition fee increases were
large enough to spark student
protest, the university's actions
have shown that the fee increase
was not sufficient to even keep up
the quality of education previously
established, let alone improve it.
A glance through stories from
The Ubyssey in the past week
demonstrates many of the
problems financial shortfalls are
having at UBC.
A planned doubling of the
enrolment of UBC's medical school
has been put off because the
provincial government has not
given sufficient guarantees that
funds will be available to run the
Severe cutbacks in the budgets of
many departments for teaching
assistants means less and less
personal contact between students
and teachers at a university that is
already regarded as a cold, impersonal educational institution;
The elimination of a great many
sections of first year courses can
only worsen an already bad
situation where new students are
put in amphitheatre-size classes to
hear the amplified voice of a
distant professor they will never
personally even meet. This type of
"education" will increase in the
future as less and iess faculty
lecture to more and more students;
The dropping of a number of
senior level courses in many arts
faculty departments can only
mean the value of a UBC arts
degree, not high to begin with,
when compared to other Canadian
universities, will decrease further.
As UBC's arts program becomes
established as being of less and
less significance, the university's
ability to attract high quality
professors, graduate students and
undergrads will diminish as well,
further accelerating the decline of
its reputation.
The general decrease in the
number of sections offered for
courses in every faculty further
erodes the quality of education at
UBC. Larger classes stretch the
resources of professors and
teaching assistants to increasingly
Bill Tieleman is a reporter and
one of The Ubyssey's assignment
editors. Freestyle is a column of
analysis, opinion and humor
written by Ubyssey staffers.
intolerable lengths. Already this
year, the biggest student complaint is that classes are too large
to be adequately managed.
Imagine what the situation will be
like in five years if the same type of
education cutbacks continue.
Administrative staff size is also
affected by restrictive budgets. If
you've ever wondered why UBC
seems to be the world's line-up
capital it probably occurred to you
that an increase in staff would
alleviate the problem. But unless
more money becomes available,
the lineups will just get longer and
Buildings cost lots of money, and
it has to come from the same
budget that pays the salaries of
professors and teaching assistants.
So when the administration feels a
new building is needed either it
comes off the education budget or
it comes from students. That's why
a new bookstore will be built from
Bookstore profits of about $100,000
a year reaped from UBC students.
A quick look around the campus
is enough to see that a lot of bucks
should be spent on inadequate or
uncompleted buildings. The
"temporary" wartime huts and the
Asian centre stand out in particular.
The juggling of an approved
seven per cent TA pay increase in
the faculty of science in an attempt
to deny TAs the full increase, is
indicative of the problems to be
faced in the future at UBC.
When funds become short and
endsmust bemetsomehow, the administration's inclination will be to
cut corners where the weakest
opposition will be encountered
from students. You can be assured
that such underhanded tactics
would never be attempted in administration dealings with the
faculty association.
The tuition fee increases this
year were clearly an ineffective
stop-gap measure to balance the
university's budget. Clearly the
increase was not enough to
eliminate the need for academic
cutbacks even this year.
What will happen next year,
when another tuition increase is
unfeasible? If the provincial
education budget again fails to
deal with inflation, extreme
education cutbacks will be the
university's only alternative.
These numerous problems
present a very disturbing picture
for the UBC student. If the actions
of education minister McGeer so
far are any indication of things to
come, the future looks very bleak,
especially for students in faculties
without "job-oriented" programs.
Even   more   disturbing   than
McGeer's disregard for the quality
of education at the university level
is the UBC administration's
inability to stand up to the
government on the question of
education cutbacks.
UBC president Doug Kenny
seems to be accepting the decline
of the university as a place of
learning without so much as a
wimperof protest. Now is the time
for UBC and B.C.'s other two
universities to form a united opposition to the Socreds' education
Unless B.C.'s universities take
their case to the public and openly
attack McGeer's restrictive
budgeting they face the prospect of
losing their status and respect as
educational institutes.
Air travel may meet the immediate transportation needs of
some companies in Vancouver, but
it is not in any case the primary
mode of transportation for the
average citizen.
Yet we will all have to pay the
hundreds of millions of dollars that
the airport expansion will cost.
If instead this money were
directed toward the development
of a rapid transit system, everyone
would benefit from such an expenditure. That Vancouver needs a
proper light rapid transit system
has not been in doubt for some
Certainly, the federal government should be pressed to allocate
money toward priorities determined by the local community.
Besides having to pay the large
sum of money for an expanded
airport, we will also be affected in
several other ways. A third runway
will mean additional noise and air
pollution. To date, proper studies
to determine the effect of this noise
on Vancouver residents have not
been conducted.
In  south  Vancouver  everyone
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now hears planes taking off and
landing. We must decide if we are
willing to live with increased
rumbling and roaring overhead.
Some days we can see a haze of
dirty air hanging over our city.
Aircraft exhaust is a contributor to
this unhealthy situation.
The area most directly affected
by any airport expansion is the
Fraser River estuary and delta
whose salt marsh and intertidal
zones are home to many fish,
animals and waterfowl, and a
stopping place for migrating birds.
An airport expansion would affect
part of this salt marsh area,
severely restricting the wildlife
TTie salmon of the Fraser River
are one of B.C.'s most valuable
resources, providing an annual
commercial catch valued at $73
million and a total annual
recreational value of about $200
million. We should plan now to
insure that the future of this
resource is not jeopardized. The
federal department of the environment has recommended a
moratorium on all major developments which would involve the
Fraser estuary or delta.
During this moratorium, according to their report, a comprehensive   policy   should   be
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prepared for the management and
protection of this region.
Despite all the negative "implications, the transport ministry
has proceeded to consider one
expansion plan after another, all
resting in the shaky assumption
that expansion is, in fact, needed.
Examination of the ministry's
projections of increased air travel
demand reveal serious flaws in
their reasoning. Basing the
projections on past peak loads
stems from the hidden assumption
that all demand is to be accommodated without restraint.
Also, the studies have failed to take
into account substantial decreases
in the rate of air traffic growth in
the years 1974 and 1975.
With the experiences of Montreal's white elephant Mirabel
airport and Toronto's abandoned
Pickering airport before us it
becomes evident that the MoT acts
in the interest of the aircraft industry.
The public absorbs the costs of
The runway, once built, makes
increased air traffic a self-
fulfilling prophecy; then the air
carriers and industries who benefit
from increased air travel reap
their profits.
Throughout this process, the
philosophy of planned growth is
brought forward to rationalize
expansion. The fact that the
planners involved act to maximize
air industry profits using public
monies is quietly ignored.
Planning which would truly
serve the "people of B.C. would
encourage a more integrated and
efficient use of all regional airports
(e.g. use of Abbotsford, Comox).
The MoT's attempt to create one
Los Angeles-sized airport in
Vancouver can only result in the
continued uneven development of
the province.
Finally, the plans the MoT have
for Vancouver International
Airport have never been fully
revealed to the public. Developments such as the Arthur Laing
bridge, the new terminal building
and now the proposed runway
would appear either to have been
made on an ad hoc basis with no
planning whatsoever, or according
to a master plan which th*e MoT
deems necessary to exclude from
public scrutiny.
Airport expansion and who
benefits from such public expense
is not an isolated issue.
It is an integral part of the
"executive city"Canadian
business interests on the Pacific
Rim, including those who benefit
directly from air travel (e.g.
Needless to say, this bears little
relation to the needs of the
members of the local community
who can find little cause to rejoice
in the parcelling off of Vancouver
as a commodity for corporate
PQ plans to boost
foreigners' fees
Quebec government is preparing to
increase tuition fees in 1978 for
international students to about
$1,500, a senior official of Montreal's Concordia University has
Theofficial, who did not want his
name printed, said the ministry of
education told Concordia officials
the increase would not apply
before September 1978.
Clement Guhaime, press attache
to education minister Jacques-
Yvan Morin, refused to deny or
confirm the report.
He said no decisions or plans
concerning a change in fees had
been made.
Differential fees are part of the
Parti Quebecois platform. The
platform says while "Canadian
students indirectly fund their
education through taxes, foreign
students don't."
In a Canadian University Press
interview earlier this year, Morin
brushed off the possibility of implementing fee differentials,
saying this was "a file among so
many others" that he had to
familiarize himself with.
But he said he was "very aware
of what Ontario had done."
Ontario and Alberta have implemented differential fees for
international students effective
this month.
Concordia rector John O'Brien
said "foreign fees will happen next
J. W. Tait, assistant vice-redtor
(liaison and admissions) at the
university said "it was.anybody's
guess" if and when an increase will
take place.
Hesaidhewas "a little hesitant"
about the impact it would have on
underdeveloped countries.
"Third World students may be
rethinking seeking a university
education in Canada if these soar,
which would mean a reduction in
the number of educated people in
these countries."
One third of all Canada's international     students     attend
universities   and    colleges    in
Five of the province's seven
universities rank among the 12
Canadian universities with the
greatest number of international
students attending. McGill
University has the highest percentage and numbers of international students in the country; Concordia ranks third.
U.S. universities
may get rid of
tainted stock
Two U.S. universities with holdings
in companies with dealings in
South Africa will likely be forced to
sell their controversial stock.
Only last month, the University
of Manitoba divested itself of
shares in Brascan, INCO and Shell
Oil — all companies with in-
volyement in undemocratic
regimes in South America.
The University of Wisconsin will
relinquish its holdings in South
Africa following an interpretation
of a current state law that prohibits
the university from knowingly
investing in any company that
condones discrimination.
According to the Wisconsin attorney-general, the antidiscrimination law covers South
Africa where "discrimination is a
matter of national policy."
A state study into the University
of California has revealed that its
retirement funds, totalling $2.6
billion, have been invested in a
company that does business in
South Africa. The total equals $100
for every person in California.
While the University of
California plans no action over its
involvement, the discovery of the
investments may well lead to "an
eventual drafting of social
responsibility criteria for the investment of public funds," according to a member of the committee that carried out the study.
"The Little Bank That's Always Open!"
At U.B.C.
We are pleased to announce the placement of
an "INSTABANK" cash dispenser at our
Student Union Building Branch. You may
now withdraw cash from your chequing
account on a 24-hour-a-day basis. There will
be no additional charge for use of the
dispenser and the CampusBank card is free!
With CampusBank
you can .. .
• withdraw     cash     from     your
personal chequing account
• avoid lineups
• make deposits
• have 24 hour a day — 7 day a
week service
• obtain up to $25 cash a day
Remember Your CampusBank Card is free... free ... free.
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term. These cards are now in the Bank and may be picked up upon proof of
S. J. Clark
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Bank of Montreal Thursday, September 22, 1977
Page 7
Help offered to
beaten wives
The problem of wife beating is
a growing one in our society, yet
the Vancouver police
department's policy is not to
interfere in "domestic disputes."
The Vancouver People's Law
School is offering a course in legal
self-defence for battered women.
To find out how to use the courts
to defend yourself you may
attend a free seminar Sept. 29
"from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at
Hot flashes
the Vancouver Public Library
Auditorium, 750 Burrard. To
pre-register phone 734-1126.
Turkeys talk       Vegetables'
speaking at an all-candidates
meeting Monday at noon in the
SUB conversation pit.
Two student candidates,
Arnold Hedstrom and Edith
MacKay have been nominated for
the UBC senate by-election
September 28.
Hedstrom is currently
secretary-treasurer of the student
representative assembly and SRA
arts representative. MacKay is the
UBC young socialists candidate.
MacKay   and   Hedstrom   will   be
'Tween classes
Organizational meeting for men's
intramurals soccer players, noon,
auditorium annex 216.
John McLaverty speaks on
redemption, noon, Chem 250.
General meeting for current and
new members, noon, IRC 1.
Weekly   club   meeting,  noon,   Buto
Introductory meeting, noon, Brock
Organizational    meeting   for   those
Interested    In    cheerleading,    noon,
War Memorial Gym room 25.
Organizational meeting, noon, SUB
Aid.     Bernlce    Gerard - speaks    to
dessert  party, 7:30 p.m.,  Lutheran
Campus Centre.
General meeting, noon, SUB 247.
General meeting, noon, SUB 113.
Meeting, noon, International House
Club meeting, noon, SUB 212.
General    meeting,    noon,    graduate
centre committee room.
Disco   dance,   evening,   SUB   party
Opening meeting, noon,
International   House  upper  lounge.
Discussion, noon, SUB 115.
General   meeting,   noon,   recreation
Party,    8    p.m.,
garden room.
graduate    centre
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Since 1938
UBC's champion squash team
is holding tryouts for new
members this week, so if you are
an athletic vegetable it could be
interesting. The event takes place
Thursday and Friday at 2:45 p.m.
at the winter sports centre squash
cou rts.
Light fingers?
Store owners are starting to get
tough on shoplifters. As a result
more and more people are getting
caught in the act.
The Vancouver People's Law
School is offering a free course on
the law regarding five-finger
discounts on Sept. 26 and 27 at
9:30 p.m. in the West End
Community Centre adult lounge.
Phone 734-1126 to pre-register.
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5 — Coming Events
University, speaks on "Envy, Fear
and Interdependence — The Third
World and the West," Saturday,
Sept. 24, at 8:15 p.m. in Lecture
Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre. Prof. Dunn is a
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LAB COAT SALE: If you are tired of
holes in your clothes, come to
chemistry 162 at lunch.  Cost: $4.00.
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the Library" (6 min.1 at 11:20 a.m.
and 1:20 p.m. every day this week
in Sedgewick Orientation Room.
FREE.   Everyone  welcome.
80 — Tutoring
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30 — Jobs
couple of subsidized adult Province
newspaper routes in Kitsalino open.
Earn $100 a month or more. To apply
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Thursday, September 22, 1977
VD problem keeps growing
Over the last 10 years the incidence of venereal disease in
Canada has increased 100 per cent,
and now one-half million
Canadians a year contract VD.
Unless the spread of gonorrhea
and syphilis is stopped, the incidence of VD will double by the
1980s, and the annual treatment
cost will reach $500 million.
The problem is that only 52,589
cases of the disease were reported
to the federal department of health
and welfare in 1975. The actual
incidence is at least 10 times, and
perhaps 20 times, as high.
Venereal disease is more
common and complex than is
usually supposed. Besides
gonorrhea and syphilis, there are
more than a dozen other sexually-
transmitted diseases, such as
herpes genitalis, which causes
small painful open sores in the
genital area and has been linked to
cancer of the cervix.
Gonorrhea is caused by the
bacteria gonococcus, and is
transmitted by vaginal, anal or
oral intercourse. Three to five days
after intercourse with an infected
partner, men feel burning during
urination and a creamy, thick
discharge seeps from the penis.
Eighty per cent of women do not
have symptoms,  but some have
This article from the Canadian
Family Physician was reprinted
from the Dalhousie Gazette,
student newspaper at Dalhousie
University in Halifax.
vaginal discharges. Untreated
infection can eventually cause
The treatment is penicillin injection or tetracycline tablets by
mouth for both gonorrhea and
Syphilis, which is transmitted
the same way as gonorrhea, the
most common type of VD, causes a
sore on the penis or scrotum one
month after intercourse. Sores
appear on women on the inner and
outer genital areas. Syphilis can
eventually form a destructive
ulcer, injure the heart, or affect the
spinal cord and brain.
If you are treated for VD, you
should inform all your sexual
partners immediately, so they can
be examined, and, if necessary
It is difficult to control these
quickly-spreading diseases.
Although doctors in all provinces
except Quebec must report the
names of patients with VD, only 10
per cent of gonorrhea carriers
report their ailment.
Reporting develops a statistical
base and lets public health nurse
officials locate the carriers'
contacts and inform them they
may have VD. Reporting also
insures that a carrier of VD, once
located, will not be subjected to
more investigation.
It appears that names are important to establish the statistical
base, but in the United Kingdom,
where "contact slips" are used,
this has been proven unnecessary.
Contact slips are prenumbered
papers on which a patient can list
contacts without naming himself.
When a nurse informs the contact
of the possibility of disease, the slip
is left with the contact, insuring
Section 253 of the Criminal Code
makes   transmitting   venereal
disease a punishable offence.
Under provincial and federal
jurisdiction it is compulsory to
receive treatment, and report the
The purpose of these laws is to
control VD, but they actually scare
people away and stop them from
going to a doctor. Nova Scotia is
the only province which does not
require doctors to report people
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taking treatment.
Besides its role in developing a
statistical base on the disease, it is
argued that the infected individual's name is necessary to
understand the amount the disease
has spread and to establish a chain
of events leading up to an infection.
Because only about 10 per cent of
doctors report gonorrhea when
they treat it, they evidently do not
agree it should be a reportable
Reporting and the laws now only
deter people from seeking medical
help. These Acts need to be
removed from the books and
replaced by more public education.
Society must concentrate on real
problems and on more realistic
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