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The Ubyssey Jan 20, 1977

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Array Livermore attacks admin
Former Hispanic and Italian
studies head Harold Livermore
attacked the UBC administration
Wednesday, calling the circumstances surrounding his
dismissal as department head a
Livermore made his statements
while defending himself in the
controversy over his continuing to
earn department head wages of
$41,000 a year year while he is
writing a book and teaching three
In a letter to The Ubyssey,
Livermore said board of governors
member Basil Peters' "assurance
that 'the dismissal was entirely
above board,' can only be based on
distorted information. He didn't
get it from me.
"The origin of my dismissal is
that I refused to resign without
being given access to the relevant
information. As to the reference to
anybody 'bending over backwards
to give me a chance,' I am sorry to
flush fund
down pipes
Canadian University Press
Reliable sources at Simon
Fraser University have dismissed
rampant rumors of a $50,000 administration slush fund — it was
really a flush fund.
A large portion of the fund, part
of the $893,000 "saved" during an
eight-week strike by maintenance
workers last year, was used to hire
16 undercover (under toilet seat?)
rental cops to hang around
washrooms for four weeks and try
to snag toilet pluggers.
Their net take? Their pay
cheques . . . not one toilet bowl
bugger was bagged.
The sources say funds for hiring
the pooper pa troilers should have
been passed by the SFU board of
governors at its November
meeting. But student board
member John Toor says: "The
board never discussed at any time
the allocation of strike surplus
money for increased security
during the strike.
"I'm positive that we never dealt
with the question of money for
increased security, because I
would have wanted to ask some
questions on the relevance of extra
Ancillary services director
Chuck Buchanan would only say:
"I'm not prepared to answer any
questions pertaining to strike
money allocations.
During the strike, only a handful
of toilets at the 9,000-student
university were open for business,
but instead of hiring people to
unplug them, the administration
concentrated, unsuccessfully, on
catching the crapper culprits.
have missed this exhibition and
hope to get a ticket for the next
performance,"   Livermore   said.
The board dismissed Livermore
as department head Sept. 7
following complaints that he was a
poor administrator.
When asked in an interview
Wednesday to expand on the
charges   made   in   his   letter,
Livermore said, "it's a scandal.
There's no doubt about it."
He refused to discuss the matter
specifically, except to say: "It's
the procedure I'm complaining
about. It wasn't followed properly."
Livermore included a general
attack on the UBC administration
in his letter. "I don't think I should
go further in discussing the short
comings of the administration at
the moment," Livermore said.
"My experience fufily confirms the
statement of the minister of
education, Dr. McGeer (whom I
don't know) that UBC has some
professors who 'are near the top of
their field, but we don't have any
administrators who are world
leaders.' He can say that again."
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Latest scientific
Some res rates up 17.9% next year
UBC residence fees will increase next year
by as much as 17.9 per cent, joint residence
committee member John Johnston said
But price increases will vary from residence
to residence, he said.
The largest increase is for Gage low rise,
where the rent will go from $787 this year to
$931 next year. The low rise is an apartment
complex for married students.
In Place Vanier, a single room costing $1,355
this year will be $1,452 next year, an increase of
7.15 per cent. And a double room will cost
$1,347, a rise of 3.4 per cent over this year's
Rent at Totem Park will be slightly lower
than at Vanier. A single room will cost $1,437
instead of this year's $1,355, a six per cent increase. A double room will cost $1,346, 3.2 per
cent more than this year's $1,302.
But a single room in Totem will rise to $1,572
from $1,460, an increase of 7.6 per cent.
A room in Gage Towers will increase almost
$100 to $877, an 11.5 per cent increase over this
year's $787.
Johnston said the committee, made up of one
student from each of the five residences, acting
housing head Michael Davis and food services
head Robert Bailey, used several criteria to
decide the price increase for each residence.
The number of people living on a floor, the
number of people using each washroom and the
availability of cooking facilities were used in
determining the increases, Johnston said.
And, he said, the amount of lounge space and
the residence's distance from the centre of
campus were also taken into consideration.
Johnston said the increases for Vanier and
Totem would have been "substantially larger"
if Bailey had had his way.
Bailey proposed three different budgets to
the committee, Johnston said.
The committee chose the lowest, which asked
for $1,758,000, he said.
Johnston said Bailey supported the highest of
the proposed budgets, for $1,833,000, because it
contained a food service improvement fund.
But, Johnston said, the committee rejected
the higher budget because the food service
improvement proposal was too vague.
"It was refused because no specific goals
were set out regarding how the money would be
spent," he said.
The differential rates are designed to encourage students to live at Totem Park, which
has always had trouble renting its rooms,
Johnston said.
Totem has a 3.4 per cent vacancy rate this
year, according to residence assignment coordinator Mary Flores. There are 18 vacant
women's single rooms, 50 vacant beds in
women's double rooms, and 30 vacant beds in
men's doubles, she said.
The committee will present its budget to the
boar dof governors for approval at its February
Livermore, who had been
department head since 1967, said in
an interview he first learned of his
possible dismissal early this
summer, while he was on a lengthy
trip in London. He received a letter
from administration president
Doug Kenny warning him of the
impending action.
He said he contacted lawyers
and told Kenny he would not cut
short his trip to allow dismissal
unless UBC paid for the return
No action was taken until he
returned in time for the fall term,
Livermore said. This did not allow
time to readjust his teaching
schedule from the schedule he
would have had as a department
Livermore said he will be going
on leave next year, the first leave
or sabbatical he has taken in 10
"I'm in a university of doubtful
competence as far as administration goes, and that's unfortunate. I've got more important
work to do. I don't want to put up
with all this rubbish," he added.
Kenny, meanwhile, issued a
statement on Livermore's current
duties. "I don't think it would be
proper for me to comment on the
salary or the particular teaching
and research duties of any individual faculty member," said
After saying that research and
teaching duties vary from
department to department, Kenny
said, "I can only add that when a
faculty member takes on or
relinquishes administrative duties
which are additional to his or her
teaching or research, it sometimes
takes a little while to readjust the
See page 2:  DISPUTE
Vote results
delayed by
Results of this week's senate and
board of governors elections will
not be available before Monday, a
spokeswoman for the registrar's
office said Wednesday.
That's because ballot counters
have to check each of the 3,000-odd
ballots to ensure that the student
signing it is registered as a full-
time student, before actually
counting them, registrar's
assistant Mary Raphael said.
Ballots were put in an envelope
which was then put inside another
envelope on which the voter wrote
his or her name and student
The registrar runs all student
senate and board elections.
Dave Davies, engineering 3, said
he would not vote if he had to put
his name on the outer ballot envelope.
"I think it's a matter of principle," Davies said. "I didn't vote
in last year's election either. Once
you take away one liberty it's one
step in the wrong direction.
"I know quite a few people who
didn't vote last year for that
reason," Davies said. "I thought
they had solved the problem this
Returning officer Christie Jung
said voters must put their names
and student numbers on the outer
envelopes so they can be checked
against the master list of full time
Only full time students, those
taking at least 12 units, can vote in
student elections. But there is no
distinction between full- and part-
time students on student cards.
Raphael said student cards
cannot be marked to show part-
time status because many students
drop courses and lose their full-
time status. She said such a system
See page 2:  ENVELOPES Page 2
Thursday, January 20,  1977
In vote count
Envelopes cause delay
From page 1
would       increase      the      administration's paperwork.
Last year's Alma Mater Society
council asked the administration to
use a double envelope system,
Raphael said.
Last year the voters' names and
student numbers were written on
the envelope which contained the
ballots, Jung said. But this year the
ballot envelopes are randomly
placed in a pile after the voters'
full-time status is checked, he said.
Raphael said the student representative assembly wanted to run
the elections and went to senate,
but "senate wouldn't go for it,"
because of the difficulty of
separating full-time and part-time
"We'd be delighted to have you
(the students) run it," Raphael
The  administration   asked   the
AMS to send a brief about it to the
education department last year,
she said, because the Universities
Act must be changed if students
want to run the elections.
Raphael said she has run the
elections for 10 years and tries to
improve the process every year.
"We'd be most interested in
constructive criticism," she said.
AMS external affairs officer Moe
Sihota said the AMS told education
minister Pat McGeer it wants
changes in the Universities Act for
student senate and board elections.
The AMS wants elections run by
students, payment for election
workers and provision for vacant
seats to be filled in mid-term,
Sihota said.
Sihota said a priority of the new
student board members must be to
get the board to agree to let
students run the elections.
Sihota, a board candidate, said
he knew many people who will not
vote because they refuse to put
their names on the envelopes
containing the ballots.
"It'sbeenan issue for years," he
Jung said election workers are
paid five Pit tokens per hour. He
said the election will cost the AMS
about $360 for Pit tokens and $50 for
Raphael said workers will be
moved temporarily from other
jobs to check names and count
ballots. The administration's only
costs are for printing the ballots,
she said.
She said counting duties will be
shared by students appointed by
the AMS and office workers.
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Some of the major loans extended by U.S. banks to South
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Dispute left bad feelings
From page 1
balance  between  these   different
When read the statement,
Livermore said, "that's the point I
made to you. It seems to be a fairly
cautious statement."
In a 1974 dispute over granting
tenure to three professors,
Livermore was overruled by then-
assistant arts dean Robert Will.
The dispute resulted in bad
feelings between Livermore and
then-arts dean Kenny. Will
replaced Kenny as arts dean when
Kenny became administration
The Ubyssey received an
anonymous letter from a Spanish
student praising Livermore's work
in Spanish history and literature.
"Before he came to UBC, no
advanced tuition was available in
the department," the student said.
"Professor Livermore remedied
this gap and added Portuguese,
hitherto not given. I understand
that he has not taken sabbatical
leave for many years because of
the amount of work that has
consequently fallen to him."
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Differential fees annihilated
UBC senate Wednesday rejected
establishing entrance exams and
unanimously voted down a motion
calling for differential fees for out-
of-province and foreign students.
The differential fees motion did
not even gain the support of mover
Joan Blandford, education 4, or
Bill Broddy, arts 4, who seconded
the motion so it could be discussed.
Entrance exams were struck
down on the recommendation of
senate's admissions committee,
which was asked by senate in 1975
to report on the desirability and
feasibility of such exams.
Blandford, who first gave notice
of her motion in November, admitted that the motion "certainly
isn't going to do much for the
university finances."
She told senate: "I'm bringing
this up because two other
provinces have brought these in.
I'm asking that this be passed on so
UEL highrises
dead—gov't aide
the boardof governors can study it.
"There are also some reasons for
not having (differential fees).
There are some students from
underdeveloped countries,"
Blandford said.
Economics prof Robert Clark
said about seven per cent of UBC's
students come from out of B.C. and
another three per cent are foreign
"I think that we, as faculty and
students, benefit from having them
here. I think we have been seen as
a university whose interest
transcends boundaries."
Education prof John Dennison
said the total cost of all foreign
students in Canada is less than one
per cent of the security costs at the
Montreal Olympics.
Senate endorsed the admissions
committee recommendation on
entrance exams after changing the
The change was made after
anthropology prof Cyril Belshaw
said many faculty do not agree
with the committee's findings. The
reworded motion precludes entrance exams administered by
The admissions report, introduced by zoology prof Cy
Finnegan, said secondary school
grades are the single best indicator
of success in university, and are
superior to entrance exams.
A motion from the student
representative assembly
requesting senate to endorse
allowing limited class time for
students to address classes on
matters of student interest was
defeated  after   some   senators
complained that the motion was
too vaguely worded.
Education dean John Andrews
strongly attacked a report on
UBC's building needs which set his
faculty's building needs as the
eighth highest priority. In previous
reports, expansion of education
space was number one priority.
He said faculty members had
participated in lengthy planning
costing $100,000 in, preparation for
expanded facilities. He called the
report "irrational" and "unacceptable."
Senate then passed a motion
endorsing the report but amended
it to ask the board of governors,
which decides all money motions,
to proceed with all buildings in
advanced stages of planning,
which would include the education
A Vancouver developer's plans
to build two 15-storey luxury high-
rises in the University Endowment
Lands are dead, a spokesman for
environment minister Jim Nielsen
said Monday.
The spokesman said LRS
Development Enterprises' plans
for the project were rejected by the
environment department in June.
"LRS is really an old thing and
was turned down last year," he
No proposals from LRS are now
being considered by the department, said the spokesman, who
refused to be identified.
But he said LRS is free to submit
new proposals to the department at
any time.
Any development plans for the
UEL must be approved by the
The spokesman said the report of
the government's UEL study team,
examining proposals for the future
of the UEL, will influence the
government when a decision on the
area near the UBC village is
The study team's final report,
due at the end of February, will be
presented to the government's
environmental land use committee, which will make its
recommendations about the UEL
to the cabinet, he said. Nielsen is
chairman of that committee.
The study team released a report
Monday about the progress of its
examination of proposals for the
The report says most of the UEL
should be a park, because the area
is irreplaceable.
While recognizing UBC's historic
use of the UEL for teaching,
research and other purposes, it
says building construction should
be confined to the campus.
Additional housing should be
built on the UEL in response to
Vancouver's need for housing. But
it should be low-rise, compact
housing built on lands zoned for
housing or on campus, the report
The report also recommends the
park be managed by major institutional and community interests.
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'Ads not business of editorial staff
The student administrative
commission Tuesday directed that
no advertisements be refused by
The Ubyssey without prior permission from SAC.
Services director Brent Tynan,
who introduced the motion, said
Wednesday it resulted from The
Ubyssey's refusal last week to
carry a CBC ad.
The Ubyssey was acting in accordance with a recent Canadian
University Press decision that all
CUP members boycott CBC ads
because the CBC has refused to
carry      public      service      an
nouncements on its Halifax radio
station for meetings of the Halifax
Gay Alliance for Equality.
Tynan's motion says: "That
SAC, on behalf of the Alma Mater
Society, publisher of The Ubyssey,
hereby directs that no advertisement or other paid message
shall be refused space in The
Ubyssey for any reason except
those arising from constraints of
available space, legality or taste as
determined by the publications
manager, or for any other reason
that may be specifically stipulated
by this commission."
Tynan   claimed   the   paper's
Ethics not what they were
The professions in modern society are in a
dilemma, according to the head of UBC's school of
Robert MacLeod told about 50 people in Buchanan
103 that modern professions are suffering from an
identity crisis which has caused a decline in the
ethical practices of professionals. This identity crisis
has also caused a decline in the quality of services
offered by professions to the public, MacLeod said.
MacLeod claimed that in the 19th century
professions such as law, medicine, the clergy and the
military were regulated by peer groups, and that
these professions are currently regulated by the
Formerly, professionals were motivated by a
genuine belief in their obligation to provide necessary
skills and services to society, he said. But, he said,
competition is now the main reason people enter the
MacLeod said government legislation has
restrained the freedom of many professions.
"As government legislation proliferates, the
position of the professions becomes increasingly
more embarrassed and insecure."
MacLeod said the public no longer trusts
professionals and professionals no longer trust each
other because of the increased legislation of the
"The ethical climate in which we live and work has
declined significantly," he said.
Legislative complexity, declining ethics, and the
loss of trust both among and towards professionals is
causing a regression in society, he said.
"As mutual trust and ethical behavior no longer
serve as the basis of the professions, our society is
breaking down on the very basis on which all of our
achievements have been accomplished," he said.
editorial staff should '"not make
decisions about what kinds of ads
are carried in the paper.
"I think there are two basic
aspects to The Ubyssey. One is the
editorial comment expressed by
the staff — that makes up the
content of The Ubyssey and it's
printed accordingly. We don't
interfere with that.
"There's also the financial
aspect of The Ubyssey. That aspect
is the responsibility of the
publishers, it always is. The AMS
publishes The Ubyssey," Tynan
"It's my personal opinion that
the functions of the editorial staff
and finances are distinct.
"A decision of what constituted
legitimate advertising revenues
was a decision of the publishers
and not the editorial staff," he
"It seems to me it goes beyond
this particular case and gets into
the philosophy of who's responsible
for what.
"I think you should accept our
responsibility to make the paper
solvent and make its financial
operation a success. Once the
budget is formulated, the financial
aspect of its (the paper's)
operation is more our concern than
"The decision as to whether
you're going to print them (ads) is
ours," Tynan said.
"All ads are fair game — unless
otherwise decided, no ad is refused
for any reason."
Tynan said The Ubyssey would
have "every right to complain" in
cases in which an ad is itself offensive. But he said the CBC ad
which was refused was not.
"The policy of the CBC in Halifax
has nothing to do with the
operation and financial success of
The Ubyssey. The whole thing is so
far removed from our operation
Asked if the SAC motion intends
that The Ubyssey not support
policy motions of CUP when those
motions involve ads, Tynan said:
"I don't think the AMS should
refuse money from the CBC on that
basis. I don't think the AMS has
any obligation to accept that. We
do support you being members of
CUP," he added.
Tynan added that in cases when
The Ubyssey staff wants to refuse
an ad, the publications manager
should bring it to the attention of
the AMS general manager, who
should bring the case to SAC.
"We'd have to sit down with you.
I believe the AMS' responsibility to
The Ubyssey is to make sure its
budget works properly and you
don't go around refusing revenue
when you don't have to," he said.
The SAC motion will go before
the student representative
assembly for approval Wednesday.
The motion could only be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the
"I'd be quite happy to have SRA
make a ruling on that," Tynan
said. Page 4
Thursday, January 20, 1977
Editorial control attacked
"The Alma Mater Society doesn't
mess around with the stuff you write
in The Ubyssey — so you shouldn't
mess around with the income area of
the paper."
That seems to be the attitude
behind the student administrative
commission's motion to prevent The
Ubyssey from refusing any
advertisements without SAC
Unfortunately, that attitude
ignores some vital principles as well
as some financial truths.
The first principle which that
attitude totally ignores is that the
editorial and advertising aspects of
any newspaper are closely related.
Brent Tynan, who proposed the
motion, is probably expressing what
many people think when he says
"the functions of the editorial staff
and finances are distinct."
But he's wrong.
The two work together because
the function of ads in student
newspapers as opposed to businesses
such as the Vancouver Sun and
Province, is to subsidize the editorial
content of the paper, to pay for the
space for news stories, features and
other articles.
However, the aim of newspapers
in accepting ads is not to support
products or ideas that go against the
basic principles or policies held by
the editorial staff of the newspaper.
What appears in a newspaper, any
newspaper, whether it is an ad or an
editorial, is associated in the reader's
mind with the paper.
If the paper finds particular things
offensive, it tries not to carry
advertisements which perpetuate
that product or idea or attitude.
For example, The Ubyssey, along
with every other member of
Canadian University Press, finds
sexist and racist ads, stories, pictures,
cartoons, etc. offensive.
As a result, The Ubyssey and
other CUP papers do not accept
advertising which is sexist or racist in
nature. That is an integral part of
The Ubyssey's editorial policy — and
it is very much involved with ads.
But the SAC motion also ignores
another vital principle.
The case which spurred SAC into
passing the motion occurred last
week, when The Ubyssey refused to
run a CBC ad because at a recent
conference in Vancouver, CUP
members agreed to boycott CBC ads
until the network agrees to carry
public service announcements on its
Halifax radio station for a local gay
The boycott was approved by an
overwhelming majority of CUP
members — and because The
Ubyssey is a member it agrees to be
bound by decisions taken by the
majority, regardless of how the paper
itself votes. (We happened to vote
for the boycott.)
The boycott decision is an
editorial decision that affects
advertising. If CUP papers oppose
the CBC's policy in Halifax, the
reasoning goes, it doesn't make sense
to continue accepting CBC ads. It's
an example of an editorial decision
with ramifications on advertising —
an example of putting the money
where the mouth is.
Yet, Tynan had the nerve
Wednesday to say that although the
AMS supports The Ubyssey's
membership in CUP, that same AMS
doesn't feel bound to agree with
decisions made by CUP if they
happen to affect ad revenue.
Clearly, this boycott is editorial and political. What Tynan in
effect is saying is that The Ubyssey
can go ahead and make those
decisions, but can't carry them out.
The Ubyssey considers Tynan's
words and the SAC motion as AMS
attempts to interfere with The
Ubyssey's control of editorial policy.
Not only are basic principles of
the paper being ignored — the
motion reveals that SAC doesn't
understand financial realities at The
For instance, the publications
manager, mentioned in the motion as
the person who controls ads, is Fred
Vyse, the advertising manager.
Although nominally responsible to
AMS general manager Bern Grady,
Vyse in fact was chosen by and is
responsible to The Ubyssey editorial
The AMS, it's true, approves The
Ubyssey budget and provides a
subsidy in student fees that amounts
to about one-quarter of the paper's
But even to insinuate that the
paper's financial solvency is
threatened by refusing ads is
completely ridiculous.
Firstly, it's obvious to any
Ubyssey staffer who has survived the
annual battle with the AMS when it
comes time to approve the budget
that The Ubyssey is much more
concerned with its solvency than is
the AMS.
And secondly, if an ad is refused,
the paper's budget doesn't suffer.
Advertising revenue is directly
related to the paper's printing costs.
If the number of ads is reduced,
the number of pages drops
correspondingly. The AMS doesn't
enter the picture, because its subsidy
covers costs that do not fluctuate
significantly, such as salaries, photo
equipment, honoraria and the like.
It'll be the student representative
assembly's turn to consider this issue
at its Wednesday meeting when it is
asked to approve the SAC minutes
which include Tynan's motion. We
hope the SRA members vote
intelligently and leave editorial
control where it belongs — with The
Ubyssey staff.
Livermore explains department position, attacks administration
To correct the impression your
reporter may have given about the
department of Hispanic and Italian
studies, I came here in 1958 and
have tried, despite our limitations,
to build up an outstanding
department of Spanish of its kind.
There were then virtually no
senior courses, no graduate
studies, no Latin American
studies, no Portuguese and no
departmental autonomy.
There are now some first-rate
staff  in  Spanish,  the   library   is
good, and we have some excellent
The publication of UBC Hispanic
Studies, which I edited, shows what
can be done.
How can this be maintained if we
cannot keep staff of the highest
We aren't perfect, but if things
are not better, this is due to the
lack of basic academic principles
of tne administration.
I am, of course, concerned about
the harm that has been done and is
Livermore student speaks
You stated in your article on the former head of the Hispanic and
Italian studies department, Harold Livermore, that he had no students in
his Spanish 437 course.
I would like to correct that — he had one student in that course, me. It
was a 1.5 unit course and is now finished.
Chris Eakin
arts 4
JANUARY 20, 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.
Co-Editors: Sue Vohanka, Ralph Maurer
"Guess what they did at Simon Says University?" gushed Steve
Howard, flushed with success. "They put together a flush fund," said Matt
King from his throne. "Oh no," moaned Heather Walker, "Here come the
toilet jokes." And so they did. Ralph Maurer said it was a basic tissue, but
Slough Vohanka said it was debasin', while Shane McCune was turd man in
with some remark about a Leslie Plumber, whatever that is. Krathy Frod
told Paul Vanderham to stuff it, and he said she was sinking to libel,
whereupon Sheila Burns said, "Why don't you sewer?" Vermin McDonald
went down to the bacteria for a snack, while Doug (W.C.) Fields dumped
on Drug Flushton from great heights with deadly accuracy. Bill Tieleman
craned his neck as Anne Cormack watched Charlie Micallef do his
impression of a high-diving plunger. Chris Gainor repeated everyone else's
puns, and they tried to flush him, without success.
still being done in matters directly
affecting standards and students.
I have put too much time and
work into UBC to want to see it
destroyed by poor administration.
A department of Hispanic
studies isn't likely to advance its
reputation, either if it is controlled
by non-Hispanists or has a head
whose academic standing is not
generally recognized, or if it fails
to get the quality of support it
.As regards the statements about
myself, Basil Peters' assurance
that "the dismissal was entirely
above board," can only be based on
distorted information. He didn't
get it from me.
The origin of my dismissal is that
I refused to resign without being
given access to the relevant information.
As to the reference to anybody
"bending over backwards to give
me a chance" I am sorry to have
missed this exhibition and hope to
get  a   ticket   for   the  next   performance.
I don't think I should go further
in discussing the shortcomings of
the administration at the moment.
My experience fully confirms the
statement of the minister of
education, Pat McGeer (whom I
don't know) that UBC has some
professors who "are near the top of
their field, but we don't have any
administrators who are world
leaders" (Province, Nov. 26).
He can say that again.
Harold Livermore
professor, Hispanic studies
P.S. I don't answer anonymous
letters so I won't reply to the
statement of an unnamed member
of my department.
DerekCarr is not quite accurate.
My book on Portugal was
published by Cambridge
University Press on Dec. 31. The
Spanish version of my Origins of
Spain and Portugal was announced
to me on Dec. 30.
This doesn't mean I wrote two
Gears, aggies squabble
Recently we came into the
possession of a medium sized
object when it was left lying on the
lawn in front of the Barn cafeteria.
We would greatly appreciate
your assistance in helping us
return this object to its rightful
owners. Thank you.
Pen pals, pis
I am writing in hope that you can
help me find a person to write to at
I'm 19,1 like music like the Who,
Poco, Steely Dan and Bonnie Raitt.
I play soccer but music is my main
My   address   is   12   Silvaways
Close, Cranleigh, Surrey, England.
Dominic Norris
Hey engineers. You degenerates
are so useless you can't even keep
track of your most prized
possessions. We upstanding people
in agriculture are doing our duty as
good citizens by making every
attempt to return this object to
However, as the object in its
entirety would be far too cumbersome for even the mightiest
engineer to manoeuvre, we felt it
would be better to arrange the
transfer of ownership in installments.
You will be able to pick up the
first installment this afternoon in
the middle of SUB cafeteria. You
won't miss it.
Brian Jones
agriculture 2
books in two days, or, Kathy Ford,
that it takes me four years to write
a book.
May I take this opportunity of
assuring my friends and students
that I am alive, well and busy.
Still waiting
Last November an election was
held in which, among other things,
voters were asked to approve a
student activity fee increase.
At that time, The Ubyssey
wallpapered the campus with
posters depicting a mongrel
salivating on a typewriter accompanied by a caption promising
that if this increase was not approved, the paper would be forced
to cut back publication to only one
issue per week.
Naturally, I rushed out to vote
It has now been two months since
this referendum, in which you were
denied your money. There has
been no sign of a decreased
publication rate yet, however.
How much longer do we have to
Glenn Rowe
physics graduate student
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.
Although an effort is made to
publish all letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity,
legality, grammar or taste.
Letters should be addressed to
the paper care of campus mail or
dropped off at The Ubyssey office,
SUB 241K. Thursday, January 20, 1977
Page 5
Senate candidate explains platform
At the time of writing this letter,
voting for senate and board of
governors positions has not yet
Tuition fees were constantly
being brought forward as an issue
in this election.
The people who are voted in will
take office on April 1, by that time
the issue of fee increases will most
likely have already gone through
the board. This leaves only Basil
Peters to officially fight the issue.
In the meantime, all the
remainder of the students can do is
try to get the attention of industry
and the general public directed
toward our tuition fee problem.
When I started my campaign
almost two weeks ago, I noticed
Compelling comments
Ever since arriving at this institution of learning in September
to pursue my education in applied
science (yes,.engineering), I have
heard ad nauseum the constant
slurring of the engineers at UBC.
With the election campaign (for
student senate and board of
governors positions) at a recent
end, I feel compelled to comment
on the attitudes toward engineers
that I have encountered on the
campus quite frequently.
The last straw fell when I read
Kevin McGee's penetrating (?)
analysis of the engineering
faculty's involvement in student
I do not care if McGee is in the
faculty of commerce, science, arts,
medicine or any other faculty —
his comments were prejudiced and
poorly founded and researched.
He, however indirectly, admitted
a definite lack of association with
anyone from the faculty of
engineering when he based his
evaluation of engineer's activities
on "legends I've heard," and yet
he proceeded to use his miscon-
structed stereotype to drive his
prejudice home.
Perhaps McGee could use a
lesson in scientific method before
drawing his conclusions?
McGee offered a few reasons
why engineers were unsuited to
represent the students at large —
"How sensitive to women's issues
would five male engineers be?"
I would suggest that they would
probably be as sensitive as five
male artsmen, lawyers or chartered accountants.
The solution there lies in encouraging women to run for office
and perhaps not to be intimidated
by legends, entering the faculty of
engineering if they feel so inclined.
Preparation to represent the
students in an informed manner?
Well, I hope to run for the senate
in two years' time, and the only
reason I am waiting is to become
better    acquainted    with    the
students' needs at this university
and the limitations as well as the
scope of such a position.
If two and a half years of
preparation is not enough to suit
your taste, I suggest to you,
McGee, that you do not vote for
me, if you are still attending this
You might also take note that all
the engineers who were running for
office had at least two and a half
years of experience at this
I am, first and foremost, a
student here. I also happen to enjoy
studying applied science, find most
of my confreres to be hard working
and interesting, and hope some day
to work in that field.
This university has far more
important problems than a few
drunk engineers (no one seems
concerned about the drunk people
from other faculties).
We should concern ourselves
more with real issues which affect
everyone, such as the quality of
education, housing, trying to
create a less alienating environment on campus, to name a
Just in case you did not realize it,
McGee, Basil Peters happens to be
an applied science student. You
might pay more attention to
engineers like him, and less to
Chris Niwinski
applied science 1
Peace broke out Wednesday
between this tiny island kingdom's
two competing newspapers when it
was discovered that two people,
one from each paper's staff (one
male, one female) had been
carrying on a secret affair ever
since the last drinking battle
between the two papers.
Belinda Chawbucket, from Slime
'n' Haze University's paper, the
Puke, and Spareus Groaner, from
the University of Better Career's
Apple bee
Big Blue
Place for Pants
that a lot of students did not care. I
decided that general student
apathy was the issue and the way
to get them to vote was to make
them mad.
Your editorial of Jan. 13 said,
"The candidates are eager to win
and they don't want to say
anything that might offend
Somecandidates said they would
improve the quality of education
and teaching. They presented the
problem, but no solution.
I found a solution that would
work, only with a very large
amount of government help. No
one liked it, so I pressed it.
Differential fees are not only
insane, they will never work.
Most of the foreign students at
UBC are from Third World
countries, and a large number of
them are being subsidized by our
governments to attend UBC.
What this really is is the most
efficient type of foreign aid that
How can a typical stereotyped
engineer be sensitive to women's
Personally, I have had one glass
of beer in the Pit over the last two
years and have never flashed a BA.
'I spend seven to 10 hours a week
studying the Bible, exclusive of
church attendance.
I feel that, in this society, women
are being discriminated against
from grade 1 until they die.
But how boring would this past
campaign have been if I had not
committed political suicide.
Hopefully, as a result, more than 15
per cent of students; will vote.
Kevin McGee, apologize.
Gregory Schwab
applied science 3
Allegations clarified
I would like to clarify certain items in your otherwise well-written
article of Friday headlined 'Gangsterism,' pranks clutter campaign
It should be made clear that not only am I not alleging that Gary
Moore personally ripped down and defaced posters, but I am also not
alleging that Moore authorized any such actions by his campaign
The point I wish to make in students' court is that any candidate
should be held vicariously responsible for the actions of his or her
workers, whether those actions have been authorized or not by the
This is the only way to encourage candidates to adequately police
their workers, and thereby promote a fair campaign.
Dave Van Blarcom
arts representative
student representative assembly
Canada's Foreign Service
Thinking about a foreign service career after graduation? Officers of the departments of External
Affairs, Manpower and Immigration and Industry,
Trade, and Commerce will be on campus to talk to
interested students about career opportunities in
the foreign service. For more information on the
time and place of the briefing session, contact your
student placement office.
1 +
Public Service
Fonction publique
When:   Jan. 21
Time:    9:00-4:30
Place:    Office of Student Services,
Ponderosa Annex F
J V,
Provincial Youth Referral Office
Employment Programs
British Columbia Ministry of Labour
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. Page 6
Thursday, January 20,  1977
CPSC soc
General  meeting,  old civil engineering building, room 201.
General meeting, noon SUB 212.
Film, Twelve Angry Men, 7:30
p.m., SUB 207.
Feldenkrais   Movement  class,  Armo
Clinic tour, main floor waiting
room, noon, MacDonald dental building.
Meeting    of   visually   impaired   students      to     discuss     their     problems,
Mildred    Brook    room,    noon,    Brock
Old   Vancouver   exhibition   features
works   of   six    local    artists,   SUB   art
gallery, weekdays until Jan. 28.
Newsletter pick-up session, noon,
SUB 216A, until Jan. 21.
China Today, a 10-week series
of films, slides, tape recordings
and discussions continue every
Wednesday until March 16.
The sessions, which began earlier this month, are at 7:30 p.m.
in Kitsilano high school, 2550
West 10th.
Recent visitors to China and
experienced China experts will
speak each week.
Foam Chair
Open Six Days a Week
9 a.m.-5:30 P.M.
United Foam 1976 Ltd.
3696 W. 4th
'Tween classes
Genera! practise, new members.welcome, 7:30 p.m., Gym E, winter sports
Larry Pinkus talks about humanism
and a global society, noon, SUB 207.
Seminar   on   recent   Soviet   writings
on  Mao and Maoism, 4:30 p.m., room
209, old mechanical engineering building.
Practise,  new  members welcome,  5
p.m., SUB party room.
Workshop, 7 p.m., SUB 215.
Declaring God's glory, part 2, noon,
chem 250.
Lecture cancelled.
Group meditation and advanced lecture, noon, Buto 297.
Fellowship meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Lutheran Campus Centre lounge.
UBC's education department is
sponsoring a conference Friday
about the social responsibilities of
The conference, called Breaking the Mould, will include workshops on women's studies, racism,
sexism in schools and society, and
working with children from low
income homes. Kathleen Ruff will
give the keynote address.
The conference will be held in-
the education building.
Alan Twigg, prominent Vancouver garbageman and folksinger,
performs noon today in the SUB
art gallery. He will be accompanied by guitarist and legal beagle
Dale Banno. Admission is free.
paper, the Used To Be, exposed
themselves during a vicious muck-
slinging match Tuesday, halting
all belligerence.
"Aw shit," whined Used To Be
co-editors Spew Behindya and
Grolf Mauser, "we were just about
to off Brain Macdonandonandonald
with a Child's Book of Robert's
Rules of Ordure."
1110 Seymour St.
Prospects   for   spring   term,    noon,
International House lounge.
Ballroom dancing, 7 p.m., SUB 212;
free   Cantonese   class,   noon,   Bu   316;
folk singing group, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
SUB 213.
Meeting,  noon,  International House
lounge, noon.
Informal lecture, a coin of Demetri-
os    Pofioketes,    Buchanan    penthouse,
8:00 p.m.
Discussion,      transmigration      and
cultural    contact    in    south    Sumatra,
noon, Buchanan penthouse.
Guest lecture, noon, Angus 223.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Sports  night,   7:30  to   10:30  p.m.,
gym A, winter sports centre.
SUB FILMS presents
This Thurs., Sun. - 7:00       Fri., Sat. - 7:00, 9:30
Lunch Time
Film Show
On Israel
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Film,   Pioneer,   admission   50 cents,
2:30 p.m., SUB auditorium.
Competition, UBC men.s gymnastic
team versus Portland State and University of Alberta, 7 p.m., P.E. unit 2.
Organizational meeting for people
interested in playing cricket this
season, 1816 Western Parkway, 8:00
Big or Small Jobs
intensive 20 hr.seminar classes
call 669-6323
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Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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50c. Additional days $2.25 and 45c
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and are payable in
advance. Deadline is 11:30 a.m. the day before publication.
Publications Office, Room 241, S.U.B., UBC, Vancouver.
5 — Coming Events
handicapped invites all visually impaired students to attend a meeting
to discuss their problems and con-
cerns on campus. Mildred Brock
Room, Brock Hall, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 20.
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Non-smokers, preferred. Basement
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Please return it to Geog. office.
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Essays, thesis, etc. Neat accurate
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LADIES. Have you become inactive
and/or put on weight since moving
to residence. 60 volunteers needed
for program studying effects of residence lifestyle on physical inactive
and weight gain. See me: Totem,
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Page 7
Campuses rebel
TORONTO (CUP) — Six of
Ontario's 15 publicly-funded
universities have refused to
implement a tripled tuition fee
for foreign students, despite the
withdrawal of a provincial
government subsidy of $1,000 per
The governing boards of
Laurentian University in Sudbury and Carleton University in
Ottawa both rejected differential
fees of $1,500 for a two-term
university year, while the senates
of the universities of Brock,
McMaster, and York have
recommended their governing
boards not implement the hike.
And a subcommittee of the
University of Toronto's governing council recommended the
council reject the fee hike "as a
matter of principle."
Other Ontario universities have
agreed to implement the hike, but
the senate of the University of
Waterloo may reconsider the
question. Wilfred Laurier
University, also in Waterloo,
implemented the hike after the
senate refused a student bid to
reconsider its decision, but will
work within the Council of Ontario Universities to modify the
government-initiated fee increase.
Police warn UBC students
against dangerous flasher
Pizza prices rise 15%,
labor costs blamed
A 15 per cent increase in SUB
pizza parlor prices was necessary
to cover labor costs, Cafeteria
Services manager Dennis Zomar
said Monday.
Prior to the Jan. 4 increase, pizza
prices were 48 per cent lower than
the nearest competitors within the
Vancouver area, he said, and labor
costs were 35 to 55 per cent higher
than competitors in the area. He
said to offset high labor costs, food
services decided they could no
longer take the losses.
Zomar said food services conducted a study on the four pizza
parlors closest to UBC, which
showed that by raising prices 15
per cent, they would still be offering students a good product at a
reasonable price.
Zomar said business has increased since the re-opening of the
Pit. While the Pit was closed, fewer
people came into the building and
most students didn't realize liquor
was available in the pizza parlor,
he said.
Zomar said other causes for poor
business probably include the fact
that student loans only came
through recently, that students are
watching their money rpore
carefully after having trouble
getting summer jobs.
Initial installation costs of SUB
pizza parlor furnishings and
equipment were estimated at
$10,000 in November, 1975. Labor
cost increases brought the cost up
to $13,000 by September, 1976.
Zomar said food services is not
trying to recover their losses but is
aiming only to break even on a
daily basis. He said Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday nights
usually show a loss while Friday
and Saturday are not busy enough
to recover it.
The parlor has not been subsidized while operating at a loss,
and it will not close down even if
the loss continues, he said.
George & Berny's
2125 W. 10th at Arbutus
Food services has made many
efforts to attract customers. There
is a CITR disco every Thursday
and live dance music on Fridays.
"We're trying to attract interest by
letting people know what we have
to offeY," he said.
Police are looking for a man who
has exposed himself at least 10
times since last fall.
Corporal Dave Patterson of the
UBC RCMP detachment said
Wednesday the man "is not just
your show-and-tell flasher, who
exposes himself and is basically
harmless. This man has done
things that show he's capable of
more serious sexual offences."
He said the man, who operates
on the University Endowment
Lands, threw large rocks at one
victim, and indecently assaulted
another. Indecent assault is
defined as grabbing breasts or
genitals of victims.
The man has also committed
indecent acts such as masturbation
and ejaculation,  Patterson  said.
The suspect is described as "a
white male, 19 to 25 years old, 5' 8"
to 5' 9" tall, weighing about 150 lbs.
He has a round boyish face, and
short blonde or light brown hair."
Patterson said, "if you come
across this man, the best thing to
do is to remove yourself quickly
from the scene. Try and memorize
physical characteristics, any
vehicle involved, and any other
pertinent description.
"Then telephone the UBC RCMP
detachment as quickly as
possible." He said anyone who has
. police sketch
been assaulted by the man, or who
has any information about him is
urged to contact the UBC RCMP
station at 2137. Allison Road, or
phone 224-1322.
Female athletes
gaining on men
SIDNEY, Australia (ZNS/CUP) —
Women are gradually catching up
with men in competitive sports and
may equal them in the near future,
according to an Australian
Dr. K. F. Dyer says a study of
male and female athletic performances in 15 countries indicates
that lack of sports opportunities,
rather than physical differences,
have kept women lagging behind
men in sports competition.
He notes that women were not
permitted to enter the Olympic
games until 1928and points out that
women have been steadily gaining
ground on their male counterparts
ever since.
Now... more than ever
the RCMP offers
a rewarding career
If you've ever considered a career in law
enforcement, now's the time to talk to the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The
opportunities have never been
For instance, the RCMP is
accepting applications from both
men and women, married and single.
And the salary scale has increased
considerably. It starts at $12,750. per
year ($245. weekly] with regular
increases to $17,625. ($339. weekly]
in the first four years.
If accepted as a member of the
Force, you'll receive intensive
training in all aspects of police
work such as law, investigation,
first aid and community relations.
Then you'll be posted to a
detachment where there's every
chance to put your knowledge
and talents to work; to earn
promotion and, equally
important, be proud of what
you're doing for yourself and for
Canada as a member of one of
the finest police forces in the
world. f
So if you're a Canadian
citizen 18 or over and
in good physical
condition, think
about a career
with the RCMP.
Call or write
your nearest
office or use the
couppn. We'd
like to tell you
It could be for you
Y-S. Page 8
Thursday, January 20,  1977
U of A, Alberta gov't square off
University of Alberta and the
Alberta government are squaring
off for a battle this spring over
differential fees, the outcome of
which may challenge the
autonomy of the province's
The U of A board of governors,
which voted Dec. 3 to oppose the
government's proposed two-tier
fee structure, has received notice
from    minister    of    advanced
education Bert Hohol that fee hikes
will be imposed despite the
Hohol wrote board chairman
Eric Geddes Dec. 10 recommending that the board implement
differential fees even though its
rejection included a demand for
further information before
Geddes wrote back Dec. 22
asking the government to make a
specific proposal.
There is "no rational process by
which we (the board) can determine a fair or reasonable differential fee," Geddes wrote in
asking the minister to recommend
the size of the differential and to
whom it would apply.
When Hohol introduced the two-
tier proposal last May he put the
onus on colleges and universities to
suggest the hike. Since then
several community colleges as
well as the universities of Calgary
and Lethbridge have recommended increases ranging from
150 to 300 per cent.
"The minister seems very fixed
in his point of view," Geddes said
in a Jan. 5 interview.
"This is just speculation, but I
think they may exercise some
over-riding power to make the
university institute the fee
Hohol refused to "anticipate my
own decision" whether or not the
University of Calgary's medicine dean
denies trying to lure UBC's Tze to Alberta
CALGARY (Staff) — The
medicine dean at the University of
Calgary denied Tuesday that the
university is trying to lure a key
UBC medical researcher to the
Alberta campus.
L. E. McLeod said Monday in a
telephone interview that the U of C
is asking Dr. Wah Jun Tze, head of
a medical team developing an
artificial pancreas for diabetics, to
visit the university to exchange
information with fellow researchers.
But he laughed at suggestions by
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny that the U of C is
trying to lure Tze to Alberta with
more generous research funds.
McLeod said Tze's visit to the
faculty of medicine at the U of C is
strictly for an academic exchange
of medical information.
"Dr. Tze is coming to the
university as a visiting professor at
our invitation to fill us in on his
research," he said.
"Tze and William Cochrane (U
of C administration president)
know each other personally. I think
T^e studied under Cochrane."
He said Cochrane is interested in
Tie because "he is an extraordinary researcher and
scientist whose work is beneficial
to everyone."
He said any move by Tze is
strictly up to him and no special
research grant or benefits have
been offered him.
UBC research head Robert
Spratley said he is not aware of any
move by Tze to U of C. He said
Tze's current research grant of
$17,000 is small but that grants
have been severely cut back every
Tze's grant includes $5,000 from
the Medical Research Council and
$12,000from the Heighway Fund, a
private fund.
Spratley said the MRC is a major
source of revenue for researchers
such as Tze.
Many researchers have complained that current grants are
meagre and Spratley said the
amount of money from MRC has
remained almost constant for the
past five years.
"But, like everything else, the
cost of medical research is always
"The expenses of research have
outgrown the resources, he said.
Spratley said 60 to 70 per cent of
the money from organizations such
as the MRC goes for technical
salaries, leaving only a small
portion for research.
Spratley also said researchers
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face a huge bureaucracy when
applying for operating funds.
Researchers submit a budget
and summary of proposed work to
the MRC, a board of medical
doctors. The proposals are
examined further by a committee
of Canadian academics and
categorized into areas of medical
The committee rates each
project    submission    using    a
numerical code, and an ordered
list of projects is produced with a
recommendation for grants.
"The council parcels out money
to the most worthy project. But, for
someone like Tze, his proposal was
obviously ranked lower than most.
When the dollars were running out,
he was below the line," Spratley
said. Awards from the council are
down 10 percent since last year, he
boardwould receive a proposal but
said Jan. 5, "there will be differential fees . . . we're just going
into consultation over how much
the increase will be."
He said asking for the hike would
not decrease university autonomy
because the province's Universities Act "implies a shared
responsibility between the universities and the government."
Section 15 (1) of the act empowers
university boards to determine
tuition fees but makes the decision
subject to approval by the minister
of advanced education.
U of A president Dr. Harry Gunning said the board has asked the
minister "to simply put himself in
the position of specifically telling
us we must raise the fees. The
reasons for this differential are
obviously political. All we can do in
this situation is state our views;
obviously the minister has the
ultimate authority."
Gunning said it would be an
"uncommon situation if the
minister enforces a ruling on
Alberta universities.
"At least I haven't heard of
situations like this while I've been
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