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Vol. LXXVII, No. 138
GAUNT UBC PRESIDENT Dr. Kenneth Hare as he appeared
today announcing his resignation effective immediately.
Pressures of the job plus oppressive policies of B.C. government forced Hare to quit.
Solve packed stacks-
use  tents, says  Clare
Overcrowding in the main library is causing students to
fail their courses, dean of sociology Harold Clare said
He spoke to 1,100 students in Bu- 106052 at noon.
The shortage of study space prevents students from
concentrating on their work, he said.
"The situation in the main stack carralls is particularly
appalling. You see three students to a carrall. There is hardly
room to put a book down."
The university acted wisely in acquiring an ex-armed forces
aircraft hangar for extra study space, but more must be done,
he said.
"Why, for one thing, was the hangar located on Marine
Drive past Totem Park?"
The 1,500 students it will accommodate must walk more
than a mile to the stacks for a book, he said.
"This leads to all sorts of problems," Clare said. "Students
arrive exhausted and often wet. Even the sick rate on campus
has increased. I believe this is to a fair extent because they must
walk so far in the rain."
Clare said he favored pitching a large tent on the library
lawn and installing temporary study desks.
"We could even erect an awning over Buchanan or some
other building and put tables for studying under that, at least
just before final exams," he said.
Outgoing presid£htpRfi'te£
oppressive atmo%hFer^
Dr. Kenneth Hare today resigned his post
as president of UBC.
Hare, 69, has been president for 18 years,
the longest term of any UBC executive head.
In his letter to UBC board of governors
chairman Joachim Foikis, Hare said:
"I must regretfully leave the presidency of
UBC, effective April 1. The permanent hostility
shown towards higher education by Lord Bennett
and his Social Credit government creates an
atmosphere of oppression which is the antithesis
of academic freedom.
"Also, after almost two decades of fruitless
attempts to gain higher provincial grants from
the Social Credit Hickocracy, I must turn to
more productive tasks," the letter said.
Hare said he will retire in England, where he
will write several books he has planned. One
will be of his experiences at UBC, he said.
Commenting on Hare's resignation, Bennett
said: "1 do not think the president had any
reason to be displeased with the actions of my
beneficient government."
The 1986 provincial budget, brought down in
February, gave $75 million to higher education.
"During the 32 dynamic years my government
has been in power, the grant to higher education
has been increased every year. When Dr. Hare
first came in 1968, the grant was a mere $66
million, now $75 million of the people's money
goes to support universities," finance minister
Bennett said.
"During the same time, university enrolment
has only gone from 18,200 to 61,000 at UBC."
Board chairman Foikis said he was
greatly shocked by Hare's resignation.
"It will be a great loss to the university. He
has been the most conscientious president we
have had.
"I can empathize with his reasons for quitting.
The Social Credit hickocracy's treatment of
UBC has been egregious over the past decade,"
Foikis said.
"Education minister Bennett has asinine
contempt for the aims of higher education. B.C.
is standing still intellectually while the rest of
the country moves ahead."
Alma Mater Society president Mike Coleman,
Jr., said the resignation came at a time when
UBC needed all the top quality personnel it
could get.
"When the multiversity was tending more
and more towards depersonalization it was
heartening to find a university president who
was willing to spend time listening to students,"
Coleman said.
Faculty members were despondent over
Hare's resignation.
"He was such a good man," said arts dean
Dennis Hutton, "so liberal in his outlook."
Science dean Robin Russell said:  "President
Hare was a weatherman. Any man who got out
in the elements and grubbed about in God's
atoms can't be all bad."
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AGING TRAFFIC CZAR Sir Ouvry Roberts, 90, glumly sums up the situation after the campus
monorail tumbled from its track, injuring 30 and delaying 5,000 students. In the background,
one of other four UBC monorails waits for debris to be cleared. (See story page 3.) Page 2
Tuesday, April  1, 1986
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EIGHT HUNDRED STUDENTS, smallest-ever size in the geography 498 seminar,
relax in the spacious confines of geo. 690. The night students form half
a normal seminar, which was cut in two last week with the start of 11:30 p.m.
class. The students say they find intimate dialogue much easier since moved
to the later class. Coinciding with the change was a new geography mechano-
tutor   with   variable   voice   reflections.   It   replaced   a   computorized   monotone.
Reagan is a bit odd
claims campus paper
MONTREAL (CUP) — A furore has erupted over a
satirical article concerning U.S. president Ronald Reagan's
sex habits reprinted in the McGill Daily.
McGill University president Pat Burns today charged
Daily editor Pierre Le Croque was "irresponsible, bilious
and epicene" in authorizing the reprint.
The article, reprinted from the U.S. satirical magazine
Idealist, alleges Reagan is a practicing pederast.
Le Croque replied: "Burns is an oxycephalic, vile
moron. All he wants to do is destroy freedom of the press."
Le Croque maintained the article was valid satire
because Reagan is wicked.
Burns threatened expulsion of Le Croque if an
apology was not printed. "Reagan is definitely not a
practicing pederast," he said.
The article was reprinted two weeks ago. Its
publication on the normally staid campus set off feuding
between pro and anti-Reagan factions.
Both groups demonstrated. A sit-in — held by
pro-Reaganites in the administration building — resulted
in fistfights and several arrests.
Prominent Montreal citizens have protested the article
and have threatened to withhold financial support to the
university if the editor isn't reprimanded.
Meanwhile several perliminary hearings set to air the
affair have resulted in standoffs on both sides.
Called up before a senate disciplinary board, Le Croque
refused to go, saying the hearings weren't televised.
Sources also said Le Crouque wasn't offered a share
of the residuals.
Two students back Martin,
eight more suckers on way
Organizers of a campus Back Martin campaign say so far
two signatures have been collected on a petition being circulated
at UBC.
Martin's announcement brought to two the number of
declared candidates for the leadership, to be decided April 6 in
Moose Jaw.   Also in the race is conglomerate affairs minister
John Turner. Prime minister Pierre Trudeau has stated he will
not contest the leadership.
This is the fifth time the 82-year-old Martin has sought the
Liberal leadership. He made his previous bids in 1957, 1968,
1977, and 1981.
In announcing his candidacy, Martin said he will attempt
to woo delegates on a Think Young, Vote Martin platform.
"He undoubtedly is the best man for the job," said Back
Martin committee chairman Paul Martin III, sci. 3. "He's in his
second childhood. He's hip. He swings."
Martin said a loppipop-in will be held in the second SUB
auditorium Wednesday for supporters of Martin Sr. So far eight
lollipops have been ordered.
Students, robots clash
Twelve hunded students picketed a
fourteenth-floor corridor in the English
department complex Friday to protest mass
firings in the faculty.
The 34 faculty members, including 16
professors, were dismissed by English department
head Ruth Blair for rebellious tendencies.
Their firings followed complaints by Miss
Blair that too many professors were stressing
dialogue and freedom of expression in their
classes, instead of teaching facts.
The 1,200 students, many of whom were in
the fired teachers' classes, carried signs reading
We are Individuals, Not Statistics, and What's
Wrong With THINKING?
At one point during the two-hour
demonstration, students scuffled with janitor
robots which they claimed had been primed to
sweep them from the corridor.
Seven of the robots were shattered in the
struggle, while two students suffered broken legs
from vacuum cleaners swung by the mechanical
A dozen young members of the English
faculty at first joined the students, but were
taken away by physical plant employees waving
tenure contracts.
The physical plant employees, at least one
of which carried an laser gun, denied they were
sent by Miss Blair.
The English department's action followed
three other similar firings in the last year. In all,
167 faculty members have been dismissed
from the 3,000-strong department staff.
Said Miss Blair's statement:
"Over the past several months there has
been an increasing tendency for certain faculty
Arts  II on  way
The new Arts II program will be initiated
next year, dean of arts Dennis Hutton said
Hutton said the plan, first proposed in
1968 by participants in the first Arts I program,
would commence with a trial group of 20
students in September.
"We have been studying similar plans for
the past 18 years and we're sure we are ready
to start this revolutionary experiment now,"
he said.
"But we emphasize that it's only a trial. If it
proves unsatisfactory it will be junked."
members to break away from proven teaching
methods and abuse their responsibility by
encouraging critical thought among students.
"This situation can only result in unhealthy
discord and destructive channelling of energy
instead of calm absorption of knowledge.   If we
are to remain a meaningful aid in helping
students' appreciation of literature,
insubordination must be stamped out.
"We regret that certain professors violate
their fundamental privileges by advocating
what can only be regarded as insurrection."
After the students marched up and down the
corridor for two hours, Miss Blair's secretaries
emptied several cartons of SUBburgers on the
floor in front of the leading marchers.
Gasping for breath, the students broke ranks
and retreated, littering signs and used napkins
behind them. The two with broken legs waited
for an hour for a helicopter ambulance to arrive
from Vancouver.
Several of the fired professors interviewed
said they were glad it happened.
"The atmosphere at UBC has been stifling
for all the 14 years I've been here," said
associate prof. Ralph Stanton.
Only   9   bowlers
used   SUB   lanes
A total of nine persons have used the student
union building bowling alleys in the past 18
years, building manager Peter Braund said
The six lanes were the subject of heated
controversy when they were installed as the
building was constructed in 1968.
Braund said physical plant employee Shaun
Sullivan is the most frequent patron of the
bowling alleys. In an interview, Sullivan said his
average had increased about 50 points since he
was Alma Mater Society president.
"I always said people would use the alleys,"
Sullivan said.
"I take Roger McAfee there sometimes at
lunch and we sit and eat and bowl. It's a very
pleasant place."
Sullivan said his right arm has not lengthened
noticeably in length in his 18 years of bowling. Tuesday, April 1, 1986
Page 3
Council shafts gear plan
small faculties lose out
THINGS weren't always this good, says physical plantman
Shaun Sullivan as he trundles homeward with a sheaf of
pussy willows for his loved one.
Plush residences
open for 6,200
New Kerrisdale Plaza residences to house a further 6,200
students will open next week, says housing administrator
Malcolm McGregor.
Twelve new residence blocks, located on the site of the old
Kerrisdale area, will open April 7, McGregor said.
Built at a cost of $17 million, they are intended for over-21
bachelors and over-18 women who have a car, private
'secretary, an aunt or uncle living in Shaugnessy heights, and
who are themselves independently wealthy, McGregor said.
"Definitely, the Kerrisdale Plaza will cater to the more
prosperous students," he said. "We're still got a long way to go
in low-rental housing."
At present, about 39,000 students are living in army huts
along the Fraser river and on the former Musqueam Indian
reserve. They pay $150 a month.
Rents for Kerrisdale Plaza, which is all single room
accommodation as opposed to the double room rental in the huts,
is $900 a month.
The plaza has underground parking, indoor and outdoor
heated pools, a sauna bath, a Japanese garden with waterfall, a
penthouse dining room with a bar, a basement discotheque and
full banquet facilities.
Seven shops rent space on the ground floor, which includes
a cafeteria. Students can make airline bookings through a travel
agency, buy flowers, liquor and clothes, have a haircut or a
hairstyling and shop in a drugstore. There is also an adjoining
movie theatre presenting first-run shows daily.
The 20-storey towers took almost two years to build. They
are faced with Italian marble and lapis lazuli trim.
Interior decor is Mediterranean, largely done in teak.
"We have tired to create the atmosphere of a sophisticated
country club," McGregor said. "The administration feels this is
important to prepare students for the conditions they will face
in modern life."
>       Although tennis courts and a putting green are being
prepared alongside the new residences, it will be some time
before a full-size golf course can be provided, he said. Meanwhile,
retirement ceremonies for the 72-year-old head will be held
Wednesday in the new Athens stadium. McGregor said he plans
to retire in Greece, a country he hasn't seen for 15 years.
Student council Monday night shafted the
sixty-seventh attempt at constitutional reform
initiated in the last 20 years.
The plan, calling for an increase in student
council members to 156, was defeated 13 to 9.
AMS president Mike Coleman Jr., said he was
disappointed at the failure of the motion.
"There has been some criticism in the  last
few months that the AMS is not representational
of the students," he said. "I think increasing
the number of representatives would have
indicated an effort to make council more
The motion was put by aeronautical
engineering president Joseph Dorston. He said
it aimed at increased representation for the
smaller faculties.
"The small faculties no longer have any
voice in student affairs," he said.  "For instance,
we have only 790 students and no one will
listen to us. No one seems to like us fellows.
"If we had the proposed 30 votes on council,
then we would finally have a voice in student
Observers say the plan would never have
worked properly, as UBC's 19,000 arts students
have said they would not tolerate such a move
by the engineers.
More than 200 arts students were thrown from
the Ladner bell tower in an engineering effort
to usher in the new council.
Arts retaliated in a mass raid during which
more than 18,000 artsmen threw the mechanical
engineering building into Burrard inlet.
Dean of engineering Lynn Spraggs issued a
statement this week strongly condemning the
arts action against the engineers.
"This is no way for university students to
act," he said. "The artsy-fartsies should have at
least let the 678 engineering students out of
the building before they threw it in.
"Now we've lost over almost a quarter of
our graduating class in mechanical engineering."
In other council business, the election fiasco
of January was finally resolved. In the election,
Sebastian James, arts 4, was declared ineligible
to run for AMS president by student court.
James' supporters claim the ruling was based
on prejudice because the candidate was a cat.
However, chief justice of student court,
Archibald Pendant, denied the allegation.
"Mr. James was unqualified to run because
he did not have the 65 per cent average
stipulated in the AMS constitution. The court
Sighs and grunts
screw up classes
in second SUB
Students are abusing their sexual privileges
on campus, UBC assistant professor of zoology
Don Mutton said Thursday.
"Noises from the mating stalls in the new
student union building are disturbing my
seminar," he said in an interview.
"I have my class directly above the stalls on
the seventh floor. How can you talk seriously
about the egg laying habits of the duck-billed
platypus when all you can hear are grunts and
Mutton said he has called the disturbance
to the attention of resigning UBC president Dr.
Kenneth Hare but was told he could not move
his class to another location.
"President Hare said the mating stalls were
the result of student pressure and cannot be
removed. I am quite disturbed by the entire
"I see no need for the stalls in the first
place. The bushes were good enough for me
when I was a student."
Mutton conceded that the absence of bushes
on the present campus may have influenced the
students' desire for mating stalls.
"However, I definitely believe students
should be obliged to be more quiet. There is
one couple that goes in number eight every day
at 2:30 p.m. This big blonde makes the loudest
and most repugnant sighs."
He said the noisss are equalled only in the
faculty club.
"I am happy students have again been
denied a pub in SUB. That would be the last
could not allow itself to become involved in
unnecessary bureaucratic pediatrics, gynoecius
fellatio,  or egegious comstockery.
"Besides, I think cats are very nice  animals."
James, whose scholastic average was 63 per
cent, defeated Coleman in the original election
24,986 votes to 6,856. Coleman was elected
president in the by-election held last week.
A spokesman for James said the animal
could have run had not one professor refused to
give him a letter of recommendation.
"The prick," he said. "He's got seven dogs."
Monorail mishap
hurts 30, delays
15,000 in cars
Thirty UBC students were injured and
more than 15,000 late for classes Thursday   .
- mornings when the number three monorail
derailed over the inter-campus freeway in
,    front of the library.
Officials at Wesbrook hospital extension
said the students, as yet unidentified,
were in fair condition despite their
45-minute wait for a helicopter-ambulance
from Vancouver.
As the train derailed, it tumbled 20
feet to the road, thus blocking the 7,000
cars coming to UBC along the freeway.
Witness Jim  Wilson, psychocybernetics
- 4, said the first monorail car jumped and
spun off the track as it came to the shunt
line leading to the western section of the
- campus.
"Several people fell out but most landed
on the grass," he said. "I think maybe one
girl broke a leg because she was screaming
and holding her ankle.
"The train landed right in the middle
of the road," said Peter Smith, arts 2. "It
'    was lucky that the people fell the other
:    way. This way only traffic was buggered
-.   up."
Traffic was not completely cleared
until 4 p.m., more than six hours after the
Traffic czar Sir Ouvry Roberts, 90,
said the accident was probably caused by a
crack in the rail. He said it was possible
the strain of carrying more than 1,200
students three times daily was too much
for the rail.
"We have made application to the
board of governors for two more
monorails," he said.   "However, I think it
very unlikely there will be any
improvement in transportation facilities
for some time."
There are now five monorails leading
from lower mainland areas onto the
campus. Each handles more than 6,000
students daily.
Sir Ouvry declined to comment on the
ambulance problem at UBC. "We've been
through this a hundred times in the last
25 years," he said. "I do not see what I
can add at this time."
In the last 10 years, 14 students have
died on campus while waiting for
ambulance service from Vancouver.
Sir Ouvry also had nothing to add to
reports that he is negotiating to use some
of the golf course area designated for
university expansion as parking lots.
"While it is true that we have built no
new lots since V lot in 1972, it would not
be reasonable to say that we will definitely
gain use of the golf course area in the
near future."
Meanwhile, only 49 accidents were
reported this morning in the rush to find
parking space. As usual, lots A to R were
filled by 6 a.m. while the remaining 6,000
cars raced for the last 3,000 spaces in the
Losing drivers were once again forced
to drive off campus and pay for parking.
A Ubyssey survey showed average rates
were $2 an hour at most parking spaces in   f§
Vancouver. 1 Page 4
Tuesday, April  1, 1986
1. This Is Not An Increase In Student Fees
2. This Is Only A Transfer
3. Purpose Is To Stabilize Athletic Planning
Fink on Your Landlady
A new htjusTng bureau is
plqnned to assist househunting students this fall.
It should eliminate a lot of
useless chasing around for
students by providing a
central place where one
can find out what is available, phone the landlady
and get an assessment of
what the accommodation
is like. To help set this up,
we are asking your cooperation. If you are
leaving an off-campus
suite, please fill in the following form, clip it out
and send it by campus
Brock Hall or drop it off
at the A.M.S., International House, Housing, the
Grad Centre or your undergraduate society office.
By doing so, another student, using the housing
bureau next fall, will be
able to profit by your experience and save himself
a lot of chasing around.
He will appreciate you
and bless you forever.
Please use
Ball Point or Pencil
- and PRINT
dble. rm., board
Briefly describe the suite in terms of the following:
Monthly Rental.
incl. utilities
Location in bldg.
(basement, 2nd floor)
No. of rooms	
Separate entrance?-
Study space, facilities.
Meal arrangements
or cooking facilities
Sleeping accommodation..
(single bed, bed chesterfieid)
Cleaning arrangements
Telephone —
(private, shared)
General condition of suite
Any restrictions, such as on
noise, visitors or alchol?	
Describe your relationship
with your landload or landlady.
Any other comments? —	


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