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Array Bawling for Dollars
Strangway defends mission
By Katherine Monk
The lack of financial support
from the provincial government
has made it impossible for UBC to
maintain quality in education and
provide places for an increasing
number of students, according to
UBC president David Strangway.
"We are more poorly funded
than the rest of Canada. We aren't
getting enough support for what
we are doing. In fact even to do
what we will be doing, we will have
to get more support on a per student basis? said Strangway in an
interview Thursday.
The president's comments
follow the release of the mission
statement - a policy paper and
blueprint for the direction of the
university over the next five years.
The statement emphasizes
UBC's role as an international
institution, and calls for an increase in graduate level students
and closer ties with industrial
research.
MISREPRESENTED    IN
THE MEDIA
The mission statement has
attracted public attention because
the media has taken the startling
parts of it out of context, said
Strangway.
"There are a lot of things that
have been talked about that aren't
in the report? said Strangway.
But Strangway said bringing
the plight of post-secondary education to attention ofthe public is
more important than how he has
been represented in the media.
"Everything (in the media)
that says we shouldn't be this kind
of research intensive, international class university - we already
are this kind of university. We're
just reaffirming it? said Strangway.
But Strangway said the only
way for UBC to remain competitive as a world-class institution in
the years to come is through a
continued emphasis on research
and development.
RESEARCH INTENSIVE
UNIVERSITY
"Through research and development, UBC has already created
seventy spin-off companies which
do close to $250 million worth of
business ayear. If BC is going to be
in the modern world, it must have
this kind of research intensive
university? said Strangway.
But Darlene Marzari, New
Democrat education critic and
Point Grey MLA said the mission
statement is nothing more than a
survival technique in the face of
underfunding.
Marzari said the university
has sold-out to the interests of
industry.
"UBC will become nothing
more than a place to invest as a tax
write-off - where corporations can
own the knowledge and get cheap
labour at subsidized costs? said
Marzari.
But Strangway dismissed any
allegations of selling-out and catering to business interests by
pointing out that industry funded
research is carried out at major
universities around the world.
"We're a long way from tailor-
made programs for industry in
BC. I guess you'd have to decide
whether Princeton has sold-out, or
some of these places. I don't think
so? Strangway said.
But Marzari said she wants to
see safeguards in effect now so
that the university does not lose
control ofthe research.
"I think it's a disaster going
the route of corporations, without
knowing the strings attached to
the research? Marzari said.
Strangway said he had no
problems with cooperating with
business as long as UBC students
had a chance to participate in the
research.
"What would become a prob-
see page 7 "University"
Missionary man, UBC President David Strangway
katherine monk photo
New university
examined for
BC interior
Bug doctor entranced by innards of transparent, hi-tech silk worm at the International Congress of
Entomology being held at UBC July 3 to 9 mandel ngan photo
By Deanne Fisher
An independent group lobbying for a new university in Prince
George has received funding from
one department of the provincial
government but a slap in the face
from another.
The Interior University Society (IUS) was given $100,000 from
the Economic Development Ministry in the region and has hired a
Swedish consultant to study the
feasibility of a university specifically designed to meet the needs of
the North.
"We feel we have a need for
graduates trained in the North.
The existing universities do not
supply us with those graduates?
said Murray Sadler, president of
the IUS.
But the IUS will face opposition from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training.
Dick Melville, public affairs
director for the ministry, said the
establishment of a new university
in B.C. is "just not an economically
feasible route to go?
He said that a university in
Prince George would not solve the
problem of delivering education to
other areas such as Kelowna.
Melville said an accessibility
problem would be better solved by
distance education programs such
as the Knowledge Network and
the Open Learning Institute.
But Sadler said the IUS was
formed in reaction to the trend
towards distance education. "I
don't think that the Open Learning authority can really design
special programs to meet the
needs ofthe North? said Sadler.
Melville denies that distance
education is of lower quality.
"Certainly the quality is
there. People just have difficulty
with doing something non-traditional? said Melville.
Sadler maintains that the
needs ofthe north are specific and
the group i s looking at an "unusual
model," including specialized pro
grams as well as decentralized
graduate schools, something Sweden has been very successful in.
"(The university) is definitely
not going to be modelled after
UBC, SFU or UVIC? said Sadler.
"It would be entirely possible,
for example, to have a school of
environmental studies established in Smithers that would be a
part of the university? said
Sadler.
As well as environmental
studies, Sadler said he would like
to see programs in Native studies,
centering on Athabasca language
and culture and in health care and
social work.
Sadler said the Economic
development ministry donated the
funds because universities are an
industrial incentive.
He uses Sudbury, Ontario,
which grew from a population of
65,000 to 150,000 in the thirty
years since Laurentian University
was established, as an example of
how much growth a university can
bring to a community.
"The city of Prince George is
the largest center (in Canada) that
is not served by a university. We
are twenty years behind Ontario?
said Sadler.
Sadler added that distance
education denies students the
benefits of research and the cultural advantages of an academic
community.
NDP education critic Darlene
Marzari agrees that distance education is inadequate. "Distance
education isn't a substitute for
education. It is a supplement for
an already thriving educational
system? said Marzari.
Marzari said she is not unsympathetic to the IUS, but supports the universities' keeping an
open door policy to ensure access
to education.
The study is expected to be
complete by the end of the summer.
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July 6 ,1988 Councils lobby for fare cards
by Carol Swan
Both the UBC and Simon
Fraser University Student Councils are lobbying for a students'
concession card that would allow
full-time post-secondary students
to use the transit system at a reduced rate, but the question of who
will pay for such a program remains unclear.
Last month students from
SFU organized a small transit
protest rally and student union
representatives will be holding a
meeting at UBC on transit issues
later this month, said Haje Pro-
tain, SFU External Affairs Coordinator.
"It is the responsibility ofthe
students to put pressure on the
government" said Protain, who
blamed the poor turnout for last
month's protest rally on bad
weather.
While the Vancouver and
Burnaby city councils have approved a concession card plan, the
main opponent to the scheme
remains the Transit Commission,
said AMS external affairs coordinator Lisa Eckman.
While the commission is sympathetic to student's demands, it
is concerned about the costs of a
concession card, said Eckman.
Money for the project might
come from the ministry of education, but with funding for post-
secondary education already
tight, an positive response from
the government is unlikely, Eckman said.
"The whole method of financing
transit is screwy? Sandra Bruneau, Vancouver Civic New Democrat said Monday.
Bruneau said city councils
should implement a funding system in coordination with the provincial government.
"We need more money in post-
secondary education to help reduce costs for students? Bruneau
said.
The government must find
the money for a concession card
because students must travel every day and the costs of post- secondary education are already so
high, said Protain.
The transit fare increases of
June 1 have made the situation
even more urgent and if high
school students are allowed a concession card, post-secondary students with far more expenses and
less financial support from their
parents need reductions even
more, said Protain.
Protain added that in Washington State post-secondary students can ride the bus for free.
But Eckman, who" supports
the program, said other transit
riders, such as seniors, may be
even more needy than students.
Both Protain and Bruneau
said that the high volume of student transit users makes a student concession especially important.
But while many students use
the transit system, that in itself is
not enough to convince the Transit
Commission or the government
that a concession card is needed,
Eckman said.
Students have been lobbying
unsuccessfully for a concession
card for years, and while there is a
renewed interest in the issue it is
up to students to visibly demonstrate that a concession card is
necessary, Eckman said.
AMS ponders
Pit growth
By Greg Davis
The Alma Mater Society is
considering plans to expand and
improve the often crowded Pit
Pub.
The proposal is to improve the
layout, expand the food bar, and
add seating, relocating the Thunderbird Shop.
AMS General Manager Charles Redden said the plans are far
from being realized yet.
"Until I get direct indication
that students want to pursue this,
the project is on hold. It also depends upon higher authority approval and negotiations with the
Thunderbird Shop? said Redden.
The other side of the
pub would still be
dark and dingy, in order to satisfy students
of all tastes.
The changes would diminish
the size ofthe line-ups. Though officials would not disclose a price,
they said the cost would be reasonable in comparison to other
proposals.
AMS architect Michael
Kingsmill said he hopes to increase the indoor seating capacity
by 70 places.
Other changes would include:
• a modified front entrance for
better disabled access.
•two main bars; one for customers and one for staff
•a new portion ofthe Pit featuring partially open
glass to allow visibility into the
hallway.
The other side of the pub
would still be dark and dingy, in
order to satisfy students of all
tastes.
AMS director of finance Karl
Kottmeier said the alterations
"won't change the image of the
Pit?
When asked how he would
feel about moving, John Lecky,
owner of the Thunderbird Shop,
said "it would depend on where,
and the traffic pattern?
Lecky said he was open to
proposals and willing to talk
things over once AMS plans become more concrete.
"I don't want to be stuck in a
corner, but perhaps Fll move to a
spot with better traffic flow? said
Lecky.
Originally, the AMS planned
to tear out the wall by the DJ booth
and uproot the bushes in order to
construct an outdoor patio.
"There would have been 400
square feet of additional area
which would seat thirty more
people? said Kingsmill.
But the estimated cost of
$635,000 forced the AMS to shelve
the idea, said Kingsmill.
Student Council will probably
rehash the issue in September
when the University is back in full
session, said AMS vice president
Carolyn Egan.	
"Hmm, If I board the bus, I eat the cat's food for a week.
Grad Students fear
penthouse takeover
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By Jennifer Lyall
The Graduate Student Society is preparing to do whatever is
necessary to retain control of its
student centre.
GSS president Robert Beynon
is concerned about a suggestion to
convert the centre's penthouse
suite into a Board of Governors
and Senate meeting room.
"The possibility was mentioned to us at a meeting between
the GSS executive and [VP student services] K.D. Srivastava and
[UBC president David] Strangway," said Beynon.
"I think [the idea] is entirely
inappropriate. The centre was
intended to be used by graduate
students...and we will fight to see
that it is used for graduate students? said Beynon.
The graduate student centre
is owned by the university but
managed by the GSS.
The GSS is treating the suggestion seriously, said Beynon.
But because the proposal has not
yet been put into writing itis difficult to address: "The Administration gives you nothing but winks,
nudges, rumors - nothing concrete."
"We're really in a vacuum. We
ask questions and await a response? said Beynon.
No serious proposal has yet
been taken to the Board, said Srivastava, although informal discussion on the future ofthe Graduate Student Centre "has been
going on for years."
Srivastava confirmed that the
centre has been considered in the
search for a meeting room large
enough to house both Board and
Senate meetings.
But the graduate student
centre "was given to the University on the condition that it be used
for the purposes of graduate students? and that condition will be
respected, said Srivastava. The
important question is "how
broadly or narrowly" the purposes
of graduate students are defined.
A new boardroom doesn't fit
into the GSS definition ofthe purposes of graduate students.
Beynon thinks the president
wants an upgraded boardroom,
featuring the view from the penthouse suite, to help the University
attract private financial supporters.
Much of the board is appointed by the provincial government and "to make them happy is
to have people who will support
you in the business
community,"he said.
"Strangway wants to impress
and please the business community and hell bend over backward
to do it. I can understand what
he's saying, but it's still morally
wrong," Beynon said.
The GSS has its own plans to
renovate the penthouse to fill the
need for special graduate student
areas on campus.
"Places that were formerly
graduate student lounges have
disappeared and we need that
space for people to come to talk, to
relax and be with their peers...If
this place was in decent repair it
would be packed," said Beynon.
The University is waiting to
see the graduate students' proposal before making any of their
own, said Srivastava: "Once we get
a formal request from them we
would have to formally respond?
Beynon hopes the perceived
threat to the graduate student
centre will dissolve before it becomes a formal written proposal.
"We hope there won't be a
fight? he said. "There's no reason
to assume that a worst case scenario will develop, although thatis
possible."
Grad students toil on, unaware of impending doom
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July 6,1988
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By Deanne Fisher
A movie is too predictable
when the pinheads behind
you keep spewing out the lines
before the actors do. Eddie
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to America, is full of agonizing
cliches - the self-absorbed stud,
the goody-goody, and the
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but moronic (remember Moscow
on the Hudson?).
But despite the film's irritating formulaic mindlessness, it
has the same essential elements
that rake in the hordes to every
Murphy film - lots of comedy,
some corny romance, and, of
course, Murphy himself.
Murphy is not a cop, nor
even cop-like, in this film. He is
Prince Akeem of Zamunda who
leaves his country to escape the
confines of royal life and all its
conveniences, including a
prearranged wedding with a
woman trained since birth to
obey Akeem's every command.
Murphy and his faithful servant
and companion, Semmi, played
by Arsenio Hall (his first feature
film), leave in search of a more
worthy queen for Akeem in -
where else - Queens.
MOVIE
Coming To America
with Eddie Murphy
Murphy's love interest is
Lisa, played by a new and not-
particularly-impressive actress,
Shari Headley. Of course, Lisa,
who works in some sort of administrative capacity at her
father's McDonald's spin-off,
"McDowell's", is unaware of
Murphy's royal background.
Murphy mops floors at the res-
Well-bred prince ed seeks to wed
taurant and patiently waits for
Lisa to dump dippy Darryl (Erio
LaSalle) and discover that she is
truly in love with the poverty
stricken, diligent young African
student.
The surprise pleasantries in
this film are a few bit parts
played by Murphy and Hall in
addition to their main characters. The My-T-Barber shop,
below Akeem and Semmi's rat-
ridden Queen's apartment,
houses four lively, argumentative, stubborn and charming old
men, two of whom are played by
Murphy and one by Hall.
Murphy, with the help of award
winning make-up artist Rick
Baker (An American Werewolf in
London, Thriller), pulls off a
believable old Jewish guy. Hall
and Murphy appear sporadically
throughout the film as characters other than Semmi and
Akeem and are rarely recognized
John Seakwood photo
by the audience.
The film is worth seeing for
those characters and for two
memorable scenes. A well-
choreographed African dance
number introduces Murphy to
his arranged bride-to-be and
features some delightful writhing bodies in skimpy garb. And
Queen-to-be Imani Izzi (Vanessa
Bell) performs a priceless
bouncing orangutan out of
loyalty to Prince Akeem.
The message of the film is
heart-warming and bile-levitating all at once. The only interesting twist to the love-others-
for-who-they-are-not-what-they-
are theme is that the discrimination occurs entirely within the
black community.
Needless to say, the soundtrack, which features Nile
Rodgers and Ladysmith Black
Mambazo (of Graceland fame)
will outgross the movie.
Script throws Lulu for a loop
By Deanne Fisher
The UBC Theatre
department's current
production LuLu Street was
handicapped before it opened.
Not because students lack the
talent and discipline ofthe great
big professional world. Quite the
contrary. LuLu Street's greatest
fault is the script itself.
The play spans three days
during the height of the Winnipeg General Strike and deals
with the personal conflicts
endured by the striking inhabitants of a rooming house. Though
the conflicts are most definitely
real, any lifelike quality ofthe
characters is due to commendable acting and not to the
melodramatic lines and extravagant monologues.
The comic relief (and there
was not enough) was delivered in
the form of an ignorant Scotsman named Ernie (Neil Gallagher), whose sole claim to fame
is that he left the special police
forces to join the strikers. Ernie
is emblematic of his type in any
movement - those who do not
understand the cause but simply
seek to belong to a particular
group. Gallagher played Ernie
almost to perfection, his boyish
charm growing more endearing
and yet troublesome in its
naivete from scene to scene.
Whereas Ernie remains
devoted to the strike, Ellie
(Allison Sanders), daughter of
strike leader Matthew Alexander, resents the strike and the
danger it poses to her father.
Michael Cavers gave a strong
performance as Matthew,
lending hints of mental instabil
ity with his over- zealous rants.
THEATRE
Lulu Street
Stage Campus '88
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
June 29 • July 9
Most of the other characters
support the strike rather apathetically, not seeming to give
much thought to their motivation. Andrew Cochrane's part as
the cynically-aloof English
resident ofthe Alexander house,
Snyder, was executed with
precision, right down to the
consistent mannerisms that kept
his performance the most convincing.
Lu Lu Street is about too
many things. It is about the
Winnipeg General Strike. It is
about religion and its relationship to politics. It is about
insanity. It is about the victims
of a movement, the neglected
child, the martyr, and the
political hero. It is about blind
faith.
Evidently, Ann Henry did
not have enough faith in audience members to allow them to
discern and make sense of these
many themes. She felt it
necessary to periodically summarize the relevance of the plot
with lengthy monologues. It is
difficult to believe that any actor,
student or professional, could
deliver one of these sermons with
any degree of success. Not every
speech was a disaster but the
finale, which ruined an otherwise solid performance as Mrs.
One by Laura K. Burke, was
particularly appalling.
If Lu Lu Street is an
indication of the quality one can
expect from future Stage Campus productions, their next
production, Shakespeare's
Pericles, Prince of Tyre should be
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Jazz fest tears up the town
By Martin Dawes
The duMaurier International Jazz Festival ripped
through town like a screaming
night train - shrieks and wails
from the horns up front and,
from the rear cars, traces of
dinner music clinging to the wee-
hour darkness.
Jazz. All that jazz. What
does it mean nowadays? According to the festival's organizers,
the Coastal Jazz and Blues
Society, it means not only
everything from old-time swing
to free jazz, but also jazz-rock
fusion and African dance music.
Me, I plunged straight into
the free jazz ofthe Six Winds
and emerged gasping like a fish
out of water. From the monstrous bass sax to the puny
sopranino, these six saxophones
bellowed, groaned, and squealed
their way through a treacherous,
well-nigh unchartable set of
original compositions. Coming
from places as far apart as
Canada and Denmark, these
musicians would seem to have
been assembled by virtue of their
sheer other-worldlyness.
The capacity crowd at the
Van. East Cultural Centre was
particularly amused by the
antics of Canadian Bill Smith,
I noticed a few conscientious objectors ■
persons clapping
with one hand - but
they were few and
far between, so to
hell with 'em.
who pranced about like an elf - a
bald-headed elf with long golden
hair sprouting from the back of
his head. Not that this was all an
exercise in silliness; no, there
was intelligence in the structure
of these explorations. While one
babbled incoherently, the others
laid down patterns; while one
danced through the audience
sending off hysterical Mayday
messages, the others gallantly
held the fort and warded off the
beast of chaos.
I noticed a few conscientious
objectors - persons clapping with
one hand - but they were few and
far between, so to hell with 'em.
And so, with my head spinning, I went off the next night to
see trumpeter Randy Brecker at
86th Street. The rowdy barn was
brimming with heads even at
twenty bucks a crack. And the
opening act was even worth mentioning! Out ofthe Blue, one of
the new Blue Note recording
artists, featured some remarkably young and polished jazzmen
from New York playing some
very upbeat jazz in the hard-bop
tradition. The solos were tasteful
and inventive - particularly those
of trumpeter Michael Mossman -
and for my money, this is a band
to watch.
Mr. Brecker, who along with
his brother Michael has had
much to do with rock and fusion
during his long career, surprised
us by playing mostly straight-
ahead jazz, with some Brazilian
influence thrown in on the part
of his lovely wife Eliane Elias. In
fact, Eliane's keyboard very
nearly stole the show, especially
when Randy took a long break
and left her to her Brazilian
devices. Brecker's playing was
impressive - technically accomplished and musically seasoned -
and yet, after a while, one sensed
the use of trademark passages;
one tired ofthe riffs into the high
register that seemed so exciting
at first, and I found one of my
eyebrows going slowly up.
A trumpeter friend of mine
put it this way: "I probably
wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly
as much if I hadn't been a
trumpet player myself?
As well as the expensive big-
name concerts, there were a lot
of neat things happening in the
clubs around town. For instance,
I suddenly found myself at the
Hot Jazz Club quaffing a pint
and watching a sixty year-old
couple gliding masterfully over
the floor, doing some intricate
dance they were practising
before I was even born.
The music moving them was
the very tasty swing of Al
Matheson, who was playing with
local legends Dave Robbins on
trombone and Lloyd Arntzen on
clarinet and soprano sax. Yes,
this was a time to sit still, to
listen, and to marvel at the
beauty of successful marriages.
Not only did the festival
provide entertainment for all
ages, but it offered an opportunity for all those with strong
tribal instincts to get together
and squirm to the rythms of
Africa.
The floor was flailing
up and down like a
giant trampoline,
and the sweat and
beer were flowing
freely.
The Commodore was host to
Salif Keita and his 11-piece
dance band from Mali last
Friday night. Unfortunately, the
sound check took longer than
expected or some other such
nonsense, and we all waited
outside until 8:30PM instead of
getting in at 7PM. Keita also had
to catch a plane that night, so he
couldn't play past 10PM. Bummer.
Salif Keita possesses one of
the most moving voices I have
ever heard. It is high and clear
like a pure wind, driven by
anguish and struggle, and filled
with the promise of beauty's
triumph and just rewards. The
beautiful woman singing beside
him wielded a shrill, bitchy voice
which provided a fascinating
contrast to Keita's, especially
since they were singing in
basically the same range. Just
exactly what is was they were
singing about remains unclear,
but no one seemed to mind.
When it came time for him
to go - this serious, dignified man
- the crowd of about 1400 was in
a frenzy and ready to dance to
selected readings from Tolstoy's
War and Peace, 'fhe floor was
flailing up and down like a giant
trampoline, and the sweat and
beer were flowing freely. It was
now up to Themba Tana's
African Heritage & Uhuru to
maintain the energy level.
There was no lack of energy
in this band. Plenty of fiery,
explosive percussion and a good
young horn section made this an
easy band to dance to. However,
there was a touch of authenticity
missing here, a feeling of greater
predictability when compared to
Keita's music. Altogether,
though, this must have been one
of the best dance shows Vancouver has seen for quite some time.
Yes, this festival seemingly
had everything, even free
concerts! Let us hope that it
continues to grow; let it become a
great behemoth whose claws
scrape deep into the corners of
the world, routing out rhythm
and dragging it back for our
delirious consumption!
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Jazz Cjaz) n.: American
music characterized by improvisation, syncopated rhythms,
and contrapuntal ensemble
playing.
But that old dictionary entry
hardly does justice to the king of
jazz that was heard Sunday
night at this year's du Maurier
International Jazz Festival.
When the festival got off the
ground in 1986, organizers had
the idea of bringing Ornette
Coleman into the line-up. Many
believed the festival was not big
enough to attract the likes of
Coleman, but he showed up in
'86 and he was back again this
year.
In a set that lasted two and
a half hours, Coleman and his
band took the Commodore
audience on a whirlwind tour of
the sort of innovative jazz for
which they have come to be
known. The band members came
out one by one, giving each an
opportunity to showcase his
Review
Ornette Coleman &
Prime Time
July 3, Commodore
talents, while having the effect of
building a funky duvet to herald
Coleman's appearance.
Coleman's-rausic is a danceable mix of funk and jazz, fuelled
by the drummirlgof Denardo
Coleman and the eclectic sounds
ofthe tabourah drums. Not only
did Ornette Coleman alternate
seemingly effortlessly from
saxophone to trumpet, but at one
point, he scorched the ears of his
audience with hellish, searing
notes on his electric violin, forcing
some people to clasp their hands
to their ears.
Lunar Adventures, a local
group which attempts to stretch
the boundaries of jazz, headed
things up with a fascinating set of
their own, including a bizarre
'sonar landscape' which was well
received by the audience.
This year's jazz festival had
several international scientists
concerned about the increasing
dangers of furthering the
greenhouse effect, and they
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THE SUMMER UBYSSEY/5 Dr. Strangway,
or how I learned to love
the Bill
Dr. David Strangway is an admirable man. For the
past several years he has fought and clawed his way
through countless Socred meetings, to little avail. It
must be difficult to deal with an administration which
forsees its own downfall if education were to proliferate
too quickly. It must be agonizing to watch an educational
institution stagnate.
That is precisely the aim ofthe current government
and its predecessors. The men and women holding the
reins of power in British Columbia are afraid of the
written word. That is why Bill Vander Zalm so dislikes
and fears the media. They write things down. They
remember what he was doing last November.
The university is the bastion of literacy and scientific reasoning - the kind of literacy that points out the
flaws of reasoning which permeate Socred activity. Like
wanting to deny women the right to abortion, but refusing to assist in feeding the results of their policy.
Why would Vander Zalm want to support an institution which, if it flourished, would engage in even more
criticism of the government? Why would he want to
cultivate the very ground which would rise up and crush
his every utterance of irrationality with the stinging bite
of reason?
Vander Zalm wants progress, but is not willing to
change. He fails to recognize that a broad education
includes an intense survey ofthe arts. The machine, he
believes, is more powerful than the thought from which
it sprang. And the thought from which it sprang is more
important than the social environment which allowed it
to germinate.
He is mistaken. It is the very philosophical environment created by liberal intellectuals two hundred years
ago which has allowed us to progress to the point we
have. What would have happened had intellectuals not
prepared the ground for democracy and trade? Where
would today's businessmen be?
So we arrive back at Dr. Strangway's problem. How
can he communicate with a group of people who have no
real appreciation for the joy of gaining knowledge? How
can he sell the university^ most valuable, yet materially
invisible product, without appealing to that glow of
satisfaction which occurs after solving a theoretical
problem?
As a response to that dilemma, Strangway has decided to play the game on Socred turf by promoting
knowledge as a profit-laden product to be exploited to the
max. That is understood by your average Socred.
In so doing, however, Strangway prostitutes intellectuals. Certainly, knowledge can lead to prosperity;
but that ought not to be its primary aim. Knowledge, like
truth, justice, and integrity, is an entity to be valued as
an end in itself, not as a means to an end. It is no wonder
that the faculty is demoralized and recognizes UBC as a
third-rate institution.
The approach Dr. Strangway ought to take is exactly
opposite the one he has chosen. He should go forth and
proclaim to the province—to the people, not to their halfwitted leaders — the importance of knowledge as an end
in itself. He should promote recognition of the beauty of
a philosophical theory, ofthe mathematics of a piece by
Bach, and the intensity of an emotional reaction to a
well-written piece of poetry or fiction. He should let the
people know that knowledge is within their grasp, and
need not remain the property of the elite.
If Strangway sold education for what it was instead
of what the Socreds shrink-wrap it to be, he might be
more successful in the long-term.
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Dumb clucks take note
Dear Madam:
Boy, are you a dumb cluck!
Who? You, if you are reading
this.
I've never seen so many read so
little from so much Ballyhoo.
What ballyhoo?
You ask me.
Read the UBYSSEY lately? Is
there 5% sense in the material? Have you ever seen such
waste of words, such trite,
tomfoolery, blasphemy.
What wattle edits this paper?
Who lays the front page?
Whaf s between his ears when
he writes,
Vacuum,
Granite,
Tintinnabulation!
Who is he?
A dire specimen of university effort! A gushing contamination of Webster, jive,
bosh,
Mountebank!
Baw!
Am I a writer?
Me?
Excuse me.
After this I'd better
remain
"Sorry he won't be
home till late?
January 26,1946.
Regimentation feared
Jackets and ties indeed! in
the name of freedom and nonconformity let's kill this
clothes arguement once and
for all.
The majority of male students on this campus have to
work hard all summer to support themselves, whilst many
female students are supported
by their parents. After this
disastrous summer some of us
are lucky to have the price of a
haircut.
Next year the fees will go
up. The price of books rises
hourly and spare-time jobs are
non-existent.
If I had any money to
spare it certainly wouldn't go
on draperies.
Sure, there are many
under-grads (male and female), who look as if they
had been dragged through
the bush backwards, but
that is their problem. Better
to have an occasional Frump
or Hick, than Regimentation.
Even if I have to be the
only individual in the whole
ten thousand, no second
rate fashion tout is going to
panick me into the uncomfortable, unpractical, archaic, ugly and expensive
attire worn by our dowdy
European counterparts.
Yours truly,
Juan Jose Fulford
October 7,1958
God sounds off
As Ahnight GOD, I
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Ifeese past lSyears, My
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We have almost 3,000
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been almost a physical impossibility for my Son to
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Each and every Letter,
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GOD, has a Living, Loving
message to its intended,
graceful personage. Those
who believe in Me, shall be
rewarded in Heaven - after
their long sojourn on earth
has ended. No need to say a
word to those who disbelieve
• they will Snd solace, peace
and<5o_tientinent in heLLbut
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But Love is for the living who will not relinquish
their self-esteemed right to
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in some dusty, musty old
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blessed heart, here, on
earth-
My Loving Son will
blow you a kiss as My Loving
Voice trails in the distance.
Never, will My Holy Name
be written on paper. My
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Virtue.
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Dealer calls it quits
Regretfully, I must inform
all my friends and customers that "Dirty's Dope
Deals" is no longer operating. Over the past year and
a half I took pride in being
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That damn tent
...and then there's that
damn tent. Whose idea was
it, anyway? It's ugly and
squat. It's horribly blue and
white. Who's responsible?
Could it be the ever
mysterious bug people now
skulking around the campus, lamely arguing that
they are looking for
specimens. What do you
think we are? Naive? We
know what you're up to, and
ifs probably no good. Just
wait 'till we find out. Then
you'll be sorry.
Or could it be the ever
present administrative beavers who scurry quietly
from concrete bunker to
concrete bunker and make
decisions which will later
rise up and taunt us viciously as they flail us
around like marionettes?
They will pay.
Or might it be the wild
naked granola eaters cavorting madly on that sinful
beach down there.    We all
know what happens to
people who go down there,
don't we? Rest assured, they
will be punished for their
crimes.
But on the other hand it
might be those invidious
intellectuals sipping mai-
tai's in the air conditioned
splendor ofthe faculty club.
We know what you're up to,
and we don't like it! Wasting
tax payer's money on words
and pretty little theories.
Trouble makers! You too
will share the blame.
But back to that tent.
Will anyone take the blame
and remove the blight?
Please.
The Editorial conspiracy
July 1988
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University direction debated
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lem is if we decided to develop
things which would be proprietary
or classified because there is industry involvement. Our strength
is to put it out in the open? said
Strangway.
But Marzari said the university will turn into a place for research dollars at the cost of an
accessible education to undergraduate British Columbians.
ACCESSIBILITY
President Strangway denied
any reduction in accessibility and
maintained that the university
has always had a selection policy.
Dismissing recent media reports that the university will be
concentrating on high school
grades, Strangway said that
grades are not mentioned once in
the eighty-three pages ofthe statement.
But there are 15,000
fewer university students in BC than
there should be if we
were to have the same
number as in other
parts of the country,"
said Strangway.
"I realize all the emphasis has
been placed on our decreasing the
numbers. There is no decrease in
accessibility. Ifyou read the state
ment, we are keeping the same
number of students? said Strangway.
"We are being somewhat more
selective, because we now have a
twenty percent drop-out rate in
some of our programs - we don't
think that is particularly effective.
In brief, we want students here
who are likely to succeed in this
type of environment," said Strangway.
"The average British Columbian does face decreased chances?
hesaid.
"We are reducing the number
of undergraduate places by four or
five hundred, and we are increasing the number of students who
want to continue on at the advanced level. But there are 15,000
fewer university students in BC
than there should be if we were to
have the same number as in other
parts ofthe country.
"Us decreasing the number of
undergraduates by four hundred
does not affect the 15,000 students
who have no place to study," said
Strangway.
But AMS president Tim Bird
said the loss of four hundred
spaces is still a slight reduction in
accessibility.
"When you consider that the
University of Alberta and the
University of Calgary are taking
parallel initiatives, there will be
more overflow to other institutions in British Columbia," said
Bird.
But Strangway said UBC
would not be able to compete with
the rest of Canada if it were forced
to take more students and dilute
the quality of education UBC offers.
"It's a tough box we're in -
dollars, numbers, and quality -
and we're determined to maintain
a certain level of quality," Strangway said.
Strangway said he feels he
has support from a large portion of
the academic community because
he is standing up for quality and
standards in the face inadequate
funding.
NOTEHTIST
Strangway said the university is not espousing any elitist
ideals.
There are no social
connotations to this
mission statement
whatsoever," Strangway said.
"I have been very careful not
to use the word elite - it is not mentioned once in the eighty-three
pages of the mission statement.
The reason I object to the word
elite is because it carries with it
social connotations. There are no
social connotations to this mission
statement whatsoever? Strangway said.
"I have no problem with being
academically elite. We want good
students from anywhere in this
province, regardless of social or
economic background," Strangway said.
Coales Notes
Mission Statement
Taken from the complete version of the fifth draft of the Mission
Statement, printed in UBC Reports, 34:12, June 23. "This is not to
be read in place of the original text This is only a study aid.
Prologue: Letter of Transmittal
The author of the statement, and first-person protagonist President David Strangway, opens up the eighty-three
page oeuvre with a letter to the antagonist, the honourable
minister of advanced education and job training, Stanley B.
Hagen.
Rising Action*
The diehard warrior for quality education, suave
Dave tries to persuade the nasty legion of social credit fund-
slashers that education is an investment, not an expense.
Strangway asks for increased access for all British Columbians, as long as they are the kind of people who leave
once the party's over, and will carry on to do great and
wonderful things, "only those students who have a high
probability of succeeding* (p.l, section 2).
Strangway, as the penultimate host, wants to invite
people from all walks of life to his bash, especially people
with neat and exotic accents, (see Noam Chomsky, and the
prestige factor in language acquisition.)
Conflict: Man against Man: Man against the Socreds.
If the battle weary David does not get enough money
entertaining his guests, he says that he will be forced to get
the Coca-cola company to donate the refreshments. But
that doesn't mean that his guests have to drink Coca-cola.
"For many years we have had a very successful industry
liason program." (p.l, section 13)
Brave Dave screams one last call of defiance at the end
of the prologue, before the story of the mission begins: "We
must be given every incentive to fulfill the role of being one
of Canada's premier universities, fully competitive with the
best internationally. We must be funded adequately to
achieve this goal." (p.l, finale)
Climax: The Mission begins.
Brave Dave leaves on his mission, and must remember
key points as he ventures out onto the cruel seas of bureaucracy, Sunday brunches with plastic smiles, and of course,
sanitary toilet seat covers. These are some of the tilings
which he must not forget on his voyage.
-establish degree programs at affiliate colleges: Okanagan, Cariboo, and New Caledonia.
-UBC programs should work towards modernization
and adaptability to the world outside the great gates ofthe
land of UBC.
-UBC should remain a research intensive university.
-promote the policy of tenure, so that professors feel free
to speak out on the issues.
-students should not increase in number, but stay the
same.
-update student support services
-develop university lands for money, including a hotel.
-find place for the homeless books in the library.
-computerize all facilities.
-pander to alumni for money.
-build bridges between the humanities and science.
-expand the breadth and scope ofthe curriculum.
•encourage specialization in fields of study.
-constantly review programs of study so that thay are
up-to-date.
-remember that education is the ultimate purpose.
Theme: Education is what makes us better than our
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come too far tolet Dutch men with capped teeth throw us back
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THE SUMMER UBYSSEY/7 Book Reviews
fYou can run, but you canft hide!11
Hunter S. Thompson lashes
out at America
Tom Corcoran photo
by Chris Wiesinger
Two hundred years ago, a
literary assault led by
such names as Voltaire,
d'Alembert, Diderot, and
Rousseau — pen-wielding
sol diers-of fortune united by a
commitment to then-radical
ideas such as truth, integrity,
equality, freedom and democracy
— resulted in the overthrow of a
fat, bleating King and his
minions of aristocratic ministers
and bureaucrats. Heads lolled
and rolled, beatings and floggings occupied employees of the
Bastille, and citizens cowered in
their hovels.
Book Review
Hunter S. Thompson
Generation of Swine: Tales of
Shame and Degradation in
the 80's [Summit Books, 1988]
304 pp.
But over the next two
hundred years things gradually
changed. The heads looked up,
the beatings and floggings
slowed, and wary citizens
crawled out of their bunkers to
seek the mighty dollar. Naturally, there were problems with
the ensuing political order, most
of which were resolved by a few
brutal wars. Violence. When all
else fails, the human being can
still depend on some variation of
the stick or the stone to make its
point - to set things straight, as
it were. Violence is the 'spare
tire' we carry around in case the
wheels of reason go flat.
The magic of nuclear
weapons has made the use of
this spare tire less feasible. In
the sixties and~se^nties, the
idea that someone might lob an
atomic bomb instead of good old-
fashioned TNT began to settle in,
and, violence no longer being a
safe option, things began to go
crazy. Enter the Generation of
Swine.
The Generation of Swine is
the generation which has been
holding the reigns of power for
the last fifteen to twenty years, a
generation which will be historically identified with AIDS,
corruption, gluttony, orgies and
divorces, greed, stupidity,
Yuppies, and disco. The names
Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford,
Edwin Meese, James Watt,
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Ronald Reagan, Oliver North,
Gary Hart, Jim and Tammy,
Swaggart et. al., Jessica Hahn,
Donna Rice, Henry Kissinger,
Yasir Arafat, Moammar
Khadaffy, Ayatollah Khomeini,
Marcos, Duvalier, and Noriega
will bring to mind many things
unpleasant. Like Rome in the
time of Caligula, when the one-
eyed pig last reared its ugly
head.
Hunter S. Thompson, a veteran cynic after a quarter
century in journalism covering
the American political circus, has
been retained by the San
Francisco Examiner for the past
two years to write a column as
media critic. Author of the
notorious Fear and Loathing
in Las Vegas, an account of a
stay in that fair city to cover a
District Attorney's convention
(albeit a somewhat fictionalized
account), Thompson was in
charge of the National Affairs
Desk for Rolling Stone during
the turbulent years which saw
Richard Nixon elected and then
forced to resign in disgrace two
years later. Generation of
Swine is a compilation of
columns previously published in
the Examiner.
"You can run, but you can't
hide? quoth Thompson as he
waxes eloquent (and nasty) on
the generation of swine. This
warning, one thinks, is addressed to both his targets and
his audience. The allegorical
reference to Orwell's Animal
Farm, where "all animals are
equal, but some are more equal
than others? is used as an
indictment not only of the
America's political leaders, but
also ofthe public which elects
them.
How else would a craphound
like George Bush become the
most likely contender for the
presidency ofthe United States?
While the details may differ,
Bush shares the public sty which
in the past has held people like
Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon,
and now holds Gary Hart and
Jimmy Swaggart, to mention but
a few. The label on the sty reads
"Liars, Cheats, and Hypocrites".
Thompson sees Bush's destiny as being in "that place down
there (where) the beasts are all
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But first Bush will afflict the
nation with a four year bout as
Commander-in-Chief. "It is difficult for the ordinary voter to
come to grips with the notion
that a truly evil man, a truthless
monster with the brains of a king
rat and the soul of a cockroach, is
about to be sworn in as president
ofthe United States? states Thompson.
But American voters aren't
used to having integrity and honesty on the ticket. They like
their politicians Hollywood style
— slick, glossy, and grinny.
Thompson doesn't have
much hope for the electorate. He
notes that the greed and stupidity ofthe generation of swine
have been transmitted to the
young of the country, citing the
need for security guards and, of
all things, drug testing in
American high schools. No more
detentions for being caught in
the washroom with a cigarette.
No more ponytail in the ink
pranks. Thafs old fashioned.
"(Since 1951) the US
marines have done
little more than
hang around foreign
embassies like
drunken peacocks
and get the nation in
trouble..."
Colleges and universities are
no better, he argues, citing a
report by a University of Miami
researcher which claims that
more than any other generation,
today's college students are
"dogmatic and uncreative,
motivated more by a desire for
good grades than excitement for
learning? A university degree is
seen as a necessary evil en route
to the five and six-figure salary.
"This generation? Thompson
criticizes, "seems fated for one of
the lower slots on the ladder, as
generations go?
Thompson also finds fault in
the U.S. Marines in the wake of
Beirut, Moscow, and Oliver
North, claiming that their most
recent victory was in 1951.
"That was 36 years ago, and ever
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since then they have done little
more than hang around foreign
embassies like drunken peacocks
and get the nation in trouble.
The U.S. Army's 1st Airborne
could eat the whole Marine
Corps for breakfast and take the
rest ofthe day off for beer and
volleyball. The only solution to
the "Marine Problem" now is to
croak the whole corps."
Before long, the reader of
Generation of Swine begins to
absorb Thompson's infectious vocabulary, and that's where
trouble begins. A book that
causes excessive use of words
such as vicious, foul, and ugly
ought to be consumed carefully
and under laboratory lights. One
might find oneself snarling at a
professor, "You vicious swine. I
saw the foul things you and your
ugly wife were doing yesterday
at the cricket match." This
would not be very conducive to
high grades.
One might fault Thompson
for the very qualities his admirers appreciate. The combination
of social criticism and literary
flair is a commodity rarely found;
when it is found it ought to
appear as dirty and gritty as it
is, and be appreciated for its own
sake. Thompson will appeal to
the reader who is observant
about his or her environment,
but knows when not to take it too
seriously.
That prosaic cynicism, however, could be castigated as negativism and as an unnecessary
contribution to the process of
solving the problems cited by the
critic. It is not constructive.
But one could argue that it
is the harsh tone of cynicism
which brings attention to the
ridiculous nature of some of our
problems. Can there be anything
as silly and obscene as huge
bombs strapped into huge metal
cylinders threatening to blow us
all to smithereens because the
wind knocked someone's chip off
their shoulder? Or knowingly
poisoning the environment
whilst lobbying for the right to
life of the unborn? Or sucking
huge amounts of hot tobacco
fumes into our lungs in spite of
knowing about the horrible
buildup of noxious crud?
Hmimn?
My sympathies lie with Thompson in this case. The cynic is
the bearer of bad news, and as
such he is often damned, yet his
acute vision and disgust at our
inability or lack of desire to
change our destructive ways lead
him to many telling insights.
It was the refusal to accept
the status quo in the pre-revolu-
tionary period of France which
led to the sharpening of the
intellectual's wit and his use of
every available scholarly weapon
to forge change.
The Soviet Union has
recently taken radical steps in
the direction of reform, and is
seriously re-examining its
political system. Perhaps the
West should take this as a hint
to try to determine whether the
institutions we so blindly accept
are actually capable of yielding
the successes we expect of them.
Thompson's criticism shines a
light on these institutions, their
activities, and their excesses; it
is up to us to change them.
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