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Array THE
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[~~      Vol. IV. No. 1
July 3-9, 1985
228-2301
Deans keep mum on faculty cuts
By STEPHEN WISENTHAL
UBC administrators are tight-lipped about cuts in faculties where
program closures haven't yet been
announced but matters should clear
up after Thursday's board of governors meeting.
Arts dean Robert Will, whose
faculty is facing a $1.5 million cut
this year from a 1984-85 budget of
$32 million wouldn't make any specific comments about where the cuts
will fall.
"It is most unlikely it will be programme closures," he said, adding
the cuts will be made "in the least
damaging way to the fabric of the
faculty."
Will also said some decisions could
be delayed because faculties have
two to three years to fully implement
the changes.
Vice president academic Dan
Birch, formerly dean of the Education faculty which is facing a $1.6
million drop from a $14.8 million
budget,  said  some  of Education's
SFU founder dies
in sleep at 89
savings will come from cuts already
approved by senate and the board.
He said that in addition to the
closure of the Bachelor of Recreation program, the communications
media and technology program and
some courses in industrial education, the faculty will be "losing a
number of positions through
retirement and early retirement."
Education has already been cutting back for five years and will continue to do so for another three, he
said, adding that over the eight year
period the faculty will have gone
from 300 to 200 full time positions,
mostly through attrition.
Birch, who now has responsibility
for all cuts, said there would be no
official statements until Thursday's
board meeting at the earliest.
He said that the Faculty of Science.
which is losing $370,000 out of a $26
million budget, had eight faculty
members taking early retirement.
Medicine dean William Webber,
who has to administer a $1 million
cut to a $16.6 million budget, said
the cuts will come through attrition
over three years and reduction in
outside space rented.
He wouldn't say if undergraduate
enrollment — which is now at 130
students per year and was supposed
to be doubling from 80 a few years
ago to a planned 160 — will be cut.
"We have not been higher (in
enrollment) and we might be lower,"
he said
One problem Medicine is anticipating is the loss of faculty to other
universities, Webber added. Birch
said the education program's emphasis is moving away from undergraduate programs towards teaching
programs for graduates.
Associate teacher education dean
Murray Elliot said some discontinued
programs may be replaced elsewhere
in B.C. The technical content of the
industrial education program could
be done at a community college with
the student teaching part being run
by U.B.C, he said.
By ROBERT BEYNON
Wacky, strong-willed, former physics head Gordon Shrum died quietly
in his sleep on Thursday, June 20.
"He was a little ill earlier this
spring, but after that, was in apparent good health and spirits," his son,
Gordon Baillie Shrum, said. "He
was downtown on Wednesday and
kept going right to the end."
Shrum originally came to UBC —
then an intellectual backwater — in
1925 despite his colleagues' advice
against moving from his University
of Toronto position. At UBC he
made a name for himself as an interesting, quirky professor. He created
a photo-electric bean across his classroom door that set off a gong when
students came late. He dramatized
GORDON SHRUM
1896-1985
experiments and was generally loud
and memorable.
While serving as Lieutenant Colonel of the UBC Canadian Officers
Training Corps at U BC he pressured
and tricked the 1800 cadets into
spending their meager $ l a day into
building the Armouries.
And in 1944 when thousands of
demobilized soldiers were about to
engulf the UBC campus Shrum ex-
propiated army huts from Vancouver
Island and the Lower Mainland without the federal government's permission. Only, after they were planted at UBC he did ask for permission
to move them.
This manoueuver earned him the
reputation as "the man who got
things done." He was made physics
head in 1938 and was forced by the
university administration to retire in
1961 when he reached the age of 65.
His voluble complaints met with no
sympathy from the university, but
two months after, then premier
W. AC. Bennett appointed him chair
of B.C. Hydro's forerunner.
After leaving UBC his career literally blossomed and he headed a
number of local projects as administrative head, including the construction of Simon Fraser University and
Robson Square.
Most recently he chaired the Pier
B.C. project on Burrard Inlet. He
told a reporter: "Good health and
being fully occupied go together for
me. I've known many university
presidents who retired to the rocking
chair and didn't last long."
He died at 89 and is survived by
his son, daughter Laura Jane Strang,
and sister Mabel Barnes.
"SUMMER BRINGS OUT the beach in me," cries silhouetted man as he dashes in the sun. But, he cautions all to
look for quicksand on Vancouver beaches. "My whole family disappeared last year," he said, adding, "Spanish
Banks hasn't been the same for me since."
Job Link program back in business
By ELENA MILLER
Job Link is back for its second
summer of operation at UBC. and
that's good news for job-hunting
students.
Last year the AMS-funded employment service found work for
U BC students amounting to $200,000
wages. This year Job Link coordinators Jennifer Mathison and Lisa
Peters hope to find twice that a-
mount, or $400,000 worth of student
employment.
Already, they have made 300 job
placements for students since April
McMillan quits as UBC fundraiser
UBC will be without an official
corporate fundraiser until a new
president is appointed, since David
McMillan, vice-president development and community relations, resigned June 16.
McMillan, now in Ontario, told
the Sun he resigned after "ongoing
disagreements" with acting president Robert Smith about raising
money for UBC.
He added there were other reasons for his resignation he preferred
not to discuss.
Former president George Pedersen
hired McMillan a year ago.
Smith said he will try to pick up
loose ends and "keep such initiatives
as were in progress." But he will not
hire a new fundraiser.
"I propose to do precisely, absolutely nothing," he said, adding he
preferred to leave the hiring decision
to the new president.
But he said community development is an important priority and he
will recommend that the new president hire a fundraiser as soon as
possible.
Alma Mater Society president
Glenna Chestnutt said we need
somebody in the office right now.
"It's going to take at least a year
(for a new person) to build up contacts," she said, adding that the
administration should hire "somebody who understands the university environment."
30, 75 more than at the same point
last summer. In addition, they have
registered 1200 students, 300 more
than last year.
"We are free of charge and free of
red tape," says Mathison, when
asked to explain the popularity of
Job Link with both students and
employers. "We fill jobs quickly and
we find jobs as fast as we can."
Mike Mahoney agrees. The third
year law student has already found
two temporary jobs through Job
Link since registering with them at
the beginning of the summer — one
cleaning apartments, the other painting. "It's great; it works a lot better
than Canada Employment," he says.
Job Link is not meant to replace
Canada Employment Centres, simply
to provide another source of employment for students, the coordinators emphasize. They recommend all
students registering with Job Link
also register with the CEC on campus.
"The more programs there are,
the more visible the issue becomes,
and the more likely it is employers
will hire students," Mathison says.
AMS external affairs coordinator
Duncan Stewart, who oversees Job
Link, says relations between Job
Link and the CEC on campus are
much better this year than last, a
change he puts down to "time and
acceptance."
"Last year Job Link was the new
kid on the block, and they (the CEC)
were afraid it was infringing on their
turf," said Stewart. But this year the
two employment services for students are working well together, he
said.
Pat Brand, who became branch
manager of the CEC on campus in
June, said that while there may be
some duplication of services between
Job Link and his office, this results
in no more than "friendly competition".
Job Link doesn't have any negative impact on the CEC, he said,
adding "We're both basically trying
to do the same thing...it's positive
from the student's point of view."
Students seem to agree that Job
Link is a good idea. Second year
commerce student Eva Mar said it
"seems like another source of jobs"
while she checked Job Link's employment listings.
See page 2: JOBLIIMK
Nine programs, subjects dropped from UBC curriculum
by VICTOR WONG
Nine programs and course subjects, ranging from courses
in the use of communications media to a renowned institute
of ecology, have been given the axe by UBC's senate.
But one program which was expected to be dropped — the
bachelor of landscape architecture program — will still be
around, for at least another year.
According to a memorandum issued in May by acting
vice-president academic Dan Birch, the landscape architecture program was to be dropped due to budget cuts, but
strong reaction from students — as well as publicity from
news stories in the Sun and Province newspapers —stirred up
public sentiment against such a move.
Marc Monette, president of the landscape architecture
association, said he was delighted by the senate's decision to
retain the program. "It's nice that the university has recognized us as a high quality program," he said.
Monette added he regarded the decision as only a reprieve.
"The fight isn't over yet," he said. "They still have to find the
funds to make up the deficit."
Another program which received high publicity, however,
was not so lucky. The program in dental hygiene was dropped
from the Faculty of Dentistry. Birch's memorandum said the
program did not fit in with any of the other programs in the
Faculty and that it could be better conducted at a community
college.
The Bachelor of Recreation education program has also
been dropped. Birch's memorandum said although the program did attract students and was well-received in the community, competition for admission had not been increasing
and there were not enough faculty to continue teaching the
courses in the program.
And the Institute for Animal Resource Ecology has been
disbanded. Described as a "most successful and high quality
operation" by Birch's memorandum, the Institute was nonetheless disbanded because most of the research currently
being done there was done by individual faculty, and could be
See page 2: INSTITUTE Page 2
The Summer Ubyssey
July 3-9, 1985
Job Lank 'worth a try*
From page 1
Fourth year geography student
Leslie Gilbert said it is "worth a try"
as she filled out a Job Link registration form.
Mathison and Peters earn an even
$6.00 an hour.
Both women have worked as student placement officers in Canada
Stewart said even if Job Link only -Employment Centre prior to their
' present jobs. This summer, student
placement officers are earning $8.39
an hour.  „ ..-. ■-','.
matches last year's quota of $200,000
worth of employment, that's still a>
20_tb one return on the AMS's
investment in Job Link of $10,000.
Job Link applied for a Challenge
'85 "gram from the federal government.this summer, but were.turned
down, so all funding comes from the
AMS. The $10,000 supplied by the
AMS goes largely towards the salaries for the two coordinators,- although some goes towards publicity.
But neither Mathison nor Peters
are complaining about tKeir wages.
even though they report being extremely busy much of.the time.
Mathison describes the "work as
"draining but rewarding. It's exciting when a student comes in and
says, guess what, I got the job!" she
says.
Institute to disband due to cuts
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within their "home" departments.
Birch estimated about $100,000 had
been saved by the cut.
Institute director Casmir Lindsey
said B.C. had lost an independent
voice on issues such as fisheries
management and reforestation. He
blamed the B.C. government for the
institute's disbanding. "We're just
one victim of the failure by small
businessmen in the government to
understand what science is all about."
The undergraduate and graduate
programs in agricultural programs
in agricultural mechanics have been
axed. Birch's memorandum pointed
out there were few students enrolled
in the program; in the past four years
only ten degrees were awarded.
The Department of Poultry Science has ceased to exist. Instead, it
will be merged with the Department
of Animal Science, since both depart
ments are identical in the first two
years of their programs.
Finally, the diploma program in
agricultural sciences has been dis
continued, since no one has enrolled
in the program since 1967. There are
also currently no students in the
licentiate in accounting program
which has been dropped.
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Vol. 14, No. 1
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '85
SUMMER SESSION
ASSOCIATION
The Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer
Session; if you have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by
our office — main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter. We are there
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 228-4846
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Friday, July 5
Monday, July 8
Tuesday, July 9
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Friday, July 5:
THE BIG CHILL; College friends from the
'60s meet at the funeral of a friend and
discuss who they are; great sound track.
Monday, July 8:
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES; the
original Basil Rathbone classic based on a
Sherlock Holmes mystery on the moors of
Britain.
Wednesday, July 10:
ELECTRIC DREAMS; great sound track.
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The Summer Ubyssey
Page 3
Dental hygiene to be phased out
By DEBBIE LO
Dental hygiene students may still
stalk the campus this fall despite the
senate's May 25 decision to eliminate the program.
Dentristy dean George Beagrie
said the faculty will continue offering the two year diploma program
with extra funds.
"We are presently conducting interviews to accept students into first
year dental hygiene," he said.
Money will come from the university adjustments program and through a transfer of funds from the
minstry of education in association
with the College of Dental Surgeons.
"This should see students through
until a new facility can be equipped
to run a dental hygiene program,"
said Beagrie.
He said the dentistry faculty is
"marking time" while it waits for the
transfer of funds from the ministry
of education which will fund the first
year students in dental hygiene.
Acting vice-president academic
Dan Birch said the ministry of education recognizes that taking a group
of first year students into the UBC
program this fall is necessary in
order to continue the flow of dental
hygienists graduating from UBC.
Lisa Gow, dental hygiene 2, said
she was told she would be able to
complete her program at U BC before
senate recommended the program to
be cut. "I was campaigning to keep
the program for the future," she
said.
She said morale is low among the
20 students in the dental hygiene
program. "If we had organized a
campaign to save the program sooner
maybe it would have made a difference."
She said the active campaigning
was organized at the last minute. On
June 5 the students held a rally at the
south end of the Burrard Street
bridge and received a lot of public
support for the program, she said.
Gow said the dentistry dean advised them to write letters to save the
program, instead of actively campaigning, because it proved to be a
successful method last year when the
program was also threatened.
Gow said the quality of dental
hygienists graduating in B.C. will
suffer because the students will not
have the benefits of receiving instruction from dentistry specialists
and researchers who are easily accessible at UBC on a regular basis.
Richard Busse, president of the
dentistry undergraduate society, said
the standard of dental hygienists will
drop because the academic training
the students now receive will deteriorate to vocational training.
He said dentists and dental hygienists work as a team and should
learn as a team.
"Working with them allows us to
get to know what their function is
before we graduate," he said. "Now
we will have to figure it out on our
own."
Geoff Coil, dentistry 4, said there
is a positive interaction between the
dentists and the dental hygiene students, and that there could have
been more integration between the
two programs.
Student board of governors representative Don Holubitsky said cutting the program was a retrogressive
step for UBC.
"The UBC dental hygiene pro
gram is rated number two or three in
North America," he said. "The program was good academically and if
the university had made it into a
degree program instead of eliminating it, it could have added to UBC's
reputation," he added.
Holubitsky said the program was
not given much recognition because
it has no academic research basis.
AMS president Glenna Chestnutt
said the university was making a
poor statement for the community
by cutting the program.
"We should not be elitist." she
said. "The dental clinincs run by the
dentists and dental hygienists are
bringing people on campus."
The dental hygiene diploma program was approved in 1966.
CIA bigwig calls Star
Wars 'an adventure'
By JAMES YOUNG
Space is the "High Frontier" where
Canada would benefit by participating in Star Wars said a former deputy director of the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency while 200 people protested outside the Hyatt June
14.
Daniel Graham was invited by the
Canadian Conservative Centre to
try and persuade businesspeople to
support the Strategic Defense Initiative which has been nicknamed Star
Wars.
"Canada has a great deal to contribute and gain from being a part of
thcis great adventure." he said.
While the 130 people who paid
listened inside, the protesters outside heard free speeches which gave
a dimmer view of the plan.
Gary Merchant, a vice president
of End the Arms Race, said Star
Wars, which proposes a space based
missile defense system, is technically
unfeasible.
"The best analogy for Star Wars is
to compare it to landing a man on
the sun - it simply cannot be done,"
he said.
Margaret Marquardt, an Anglican priest in New Westminister said
the program was immoral to the
average citizen.
"The U.S. administration is out of
touch with the grass roots movement which sees the Strategic Defense Initiative as immoral," she
said. "What't at stake here is a grave
nisuse of power."
Marquardt said the Canadian government would be ignoring the poor
and unemployed in our country if it
chose to participate in Star Wars.
"We will not be tricked by mention of how many jobs Star Wars
would give Canadians," she said.
"We need work that benefits humanity."
Marchant said that some local
businesses were interested in Star
Wars because the Federal government will pay for 10 to 15 percent of
their operating costs under the
Defense Industries Productivity
Program. Dynamic Systems of West
Vancouver, and Fisher Industries of
Victoria are two of the companies
who are interested in Star Wars.
"The government of Canada subsidizes Canadian companies to take
on U.S. military contracts which is a
form of corporate welfarism that
certainly goes against free enterprise," he said.
Recreation to stay temporarily
By DEBBIE LO
UBC will still be producing graduates from the bachelor of research
program for the next three years
despite senate's May 25 recommendation to cancel the program.
Eric Broom, chair, said the recreation faculty had received assurances
from the university administration
that funding would be provided to
phase out the program over the next
three years.
The department will offer all second, third, and fourth year recreation courses this fall, third and fourth
year courses in 1986 87, and only
fourth year courses in 1987 88, he
said.
Broom said recreation students
could be facing larger classes this fall-
due to the large number of part-time
students in the faculty who might
scramble to complete their degrees
before the program disappears completely from U BC. The average class
now contains 30 to 35 students.
He said the department will continue accepting transfer students from
community colleges into second and
third year this fall, and only third
year transfer students the following
school year, but will not accept any
new students into the program.
Heidi Mannis, vice-president of
the recreation undergraduate society,
said she was relieved students currently enrolled in the recreation program would be able to complete
their degrees.
Recreation students were given no
guarantees they would be able to finish their degrees after senate decided
to eliminate the program.
"(We) bugged the administration
about the future of the students
already enrolled in the program."
she said. "I think we assisted in having the guarantee made faster than it
would have been made if we had not
shown concern for our own program."
A group of about 30 recreation
students carrying placards stood outside the Saturday senate meeting.
Student board of governors representative Don Holubitsky said the
university's decision to eliminate the
program was another example of
short-sighted decision making.
"There is a big provincial need for
graduates in the recreation field," he
said, "and the need will increase as
the population becomes older in
B.C."
AMS president Glenna Chestnutt
said, "It is a shame that any program
has to be cut."
"It might have helped if they had
started protesting earlier like the
architecture and rehabilitation faculties did to save their programs,"
she said.
CONCERNED PEACENIK PREPARES to practice look she will give
Reagan if she ever sees him while her child practices reading the sign to
mom's right. Women, children and men all attend rally to protest the U.S.
military industrial complex's latest population control scheme.
A thletic fee goes unchallenged
By STEPHEN WISENTHAL
The $32 althetic fee imposed or,
students by the UBC board of governors will not be challenged in
court by the Alma Mater Society but
they are successfully negotiating an
athletic council with student
representation.
AMS president Glenna Chestnutt
said the AMS is not going to sue the
board of governors over the unilaterally imposed fee because the 1986
court date they would get would be
impractical.
She said a council would control
the entire budget of various athletic
programs on campus. "We want to
have the athletic council in place
UBC Jacks Academic Priorities
By DEBBIE LO
Looking at the programs targeted by UBC's senate
for reductions or complete elimination, there appears
to be no consistent pattern to the way the cuts were
made.
"There is no university plan in the faculties or in the
AiNAtysis
university as a whole to react to cuts in government
funding," said student board member Don Holubitsky   in an interview Friday.
He said there was not enough time or information
given to members of senate to make wise long-term
decisions on program cuts at the special senate meeting when the cuts were made because the criteria for
deciding which UBC programs to cut are kept in such
secrecy.
"The great amount of secrecy is not conducive to
the community being satisfied by senate's decisions,"
he said.
In March, faculty association president Elmer
Orgryzlo said there should be full debate in senate
before any final decisions are made on program cuts.
"Orgryzlo said Simon Fraser University's program
cuts were handled more openly and invited public
discussion on the proposals for cuts in the fall term
before they would have to make drastic cuts.
Senate budget committee last year developed a
vague set of criteria which divided programs into core,
eore-related and non-core programs in the event that
cuts would have to be made.
Budget committee used these criteria to decide which
programs would be placed on the list of nine pro-
See page 8: CUTS
before September." said Chestnutt.
Student affairs vice-president Neil
Risebrough sees no problems with
the athletic council plan, saying he
has been meeting with the AMS
informally about it for four months.
"We're basically in agreement
about the role of a council and what
its function should be." he said.
He said that intercollegiate sports,
intramural sports, recreation UBC
and sports services would all come
under the jurisdiction of the new
council.
Risebrough said he had originally
proposed a structure of four students, four alumni (two appointed
by students) and four administrative
representatives which Chestnutt also
mentioned as a possibility.
AMS external affairs director
Duncan Stewart said he still wanted
to sue the university over the fee.
"There is a principal here that the
university can't levy athletic fees
without a student vote," he said.
Council decided not to sue because
of both potential high legal fees and
a loss of good will with the university
and the slim chance of obtaining a
tangible benefit for students because
of the board's power. Page 4
The Summer Ubyssey
July 3-9, 1985
Choose right
This Thursday the UBC Board of Governors is meeting to
decide the future of the University of British Columbia.
If the presidential search committee gets its job done, then
the board will decide on a new president.
Then, the board will be approving the final figures for cuts to
the university's programs.
We can only hope that the board, dominated by McGeer's
friends and other Social Credit hacks, has the good taste to
appoint a strong president and try to avoid cuts as much as
possible.
The original purpose of the board was to be a university body
serving as a middle ground between the government and the
university with enough wealthy members to aid in fundraising.
If this purpose were still being served, then influential board
members would beusingtheirpullto avoid some of the worst
cuts. The board would be another strong voice pointing out the
importance of strong universities to the province of British
Columbia.
Instead, this board seems to be mostly a body of mere administrators of Social Credit policy — where tennis partners score
another point.
Which brings us back to tomorrow's board meeting.
If they are to serve the university's interest, the members of
the board will have to appoint a strong president based on the
recommendation fo the presidential selection committee.
Instead of trying to choose a president they can push
around, the board shouldpicksomeonewhomaygivethema
little trouble and might even be outspoken.
They should back up the new president's statements, especially on Socred policy, instead of castigating the president for
criticizing the government.
And, as they sit making their cuts tomorrow, let's hope they
realize what harm they are administering to what was once one
of Canada's best universities.
It m ay be too late at this point for them to usewhat influence
they have to stop the cuts.
But, as they approve the new, smaller university, it would be
more than appropriate for them to at least pass a motion
condemning the government for what has happened to B.C.'s
university system.
The exact decisions on Thursday will be made be hind closed
doors, so it may take a while to determine their exact nature.
Let's hope the board abandons its role as a mere adminstrative
body and returns to its original mandate of advancing the
university's interests in the halls of power and working for an
even better future.
i folks, we're back
The Summer Ubyssey has once again beaten the odds and
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Whatever type of luck it is, this marks the fourth consecutive
summer the student paper has decorated the floors of U.B.C.
Every Wednesday from July 3 to August 14 will see the
arrival of a spanking new Summer Ubyssey. As important as
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blue Mercedes for these editors. All we have is an old rust-
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1 am taking the liberty of writing
to you with the sincere hope that you
will publish this letter in your esteemed columns.
Allow me to introduce myself. My
name is Cho, Young Chul. I am
operating Student Correspondence
& Exchange in Seoul, which is a
society devoted to acquaint young
people of the world through exchange of letters.
It is my conviction that correspondence between young people of
different coutries surety contributes
to the world peace by increasing
mutual   understanding,  friendship,
Disneyland
Last week 1 was walking down
Main Street to have a hamburger at
my favorite dining establishment at
Main and Terminal. I was already
salivating in anticipation, when a
terrible hallucination came upon me
and drove all thoughts of beef from
my consciousness.
All of a sudden, I was under the
impression that I was in an ersatz
Disneyland! This vision came complete with kitsch arches flashing like
a New Orleans bordello, and hideous
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was entering...Expo '86
1 would like to warn your readers
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overtaking them if they venture to
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on by the self-congratulatory atmosphere one finds there.
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You may be interested to know
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in order to know more about Canadian people and their ways.
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so I would appreciate it immensely if
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from their unknown pen friends in
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1 shall be counting the days till I
hear from them.
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P.O. Box 60, Central
Seoul, Korea
"I can't trust a poMcian who
Vends mffons on a campaign
promising to cut spending."
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Adams must have popped in because I saw his name on this page. Eva Busza didn't say how, but she
managed to steal a story in under the cover of night. Nik Young remained lames. John Lennon
remained dead. But Debbie Lo got high enough up Burnaby Mtn. to miss David get slugged by a
female Chuck. An older wiser Rob Beynon said "that all adz up". Elena Miller found the missing
link. While Monte Stewart was on greener links, then of course on to Switzerland to eat chocolate
in a secret bank account. When Lebbie became incensed at all the anti-Swiss sentiment. Pat then
showed her damning photos that proved the anti-Swiss racism was perfectly understandable.
"Besides," he said, "they all wear those funny wooden shoes," Carl Rosenberg disappeared as
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radioactivity? The masthead had a ridiculous half-life already. Who could stop it from drivelling on
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to Capistrano the return of the Ubyssey was good news; summer had arrived.
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Respect in a gay world
By DAVID FERMAN
"A drag queen is like an oil painting, you have to standback to get the
whole effect."
So says Arnold Beckoff (Richard
DeFabers) the hero and central focus
of Harvey Fierstein's comedy Torch
Song trilogy.
Torch Song trilogy
by Harvey Fierstein
directed by Larry Lillo
at the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre
until July 29
The play was originally three
separate plays starring Fierstein but
is now one three and a half hour
giant. It tells the story of Arnold the
gay drag queen and his struggle to
findloveand respect in a threatening
world.
The opening of the fist act "The
International Stud!" is a shock.
Arnold in full drag queen regalia
expounds his views and experiences
on love and sex. The first act is a
wonderful series of monologues and
soliloquays in which we meet his
confused bisexual partner Ed (Nic
Reid) and follow their relationship.
The best scene of the play takes
place when Arnold gets lost in the
backroom of the International Stud
bar and is raped.
The rape of Arnold is not unexpected. What is surprising is that it is
so funny. Richard DeFabees, who
plays Arnold is a wonderful mime as
well as a standout actor, and his
facial expressions and flailing arms
are worth the price of admission
alone. When Arnold lit a cigarette
during 'the act' whatever embarrassment the audience felt gave way to
pure laughter.
But Arnold like all the other gay
characters is never carefree. When
he turns to his attacker lover for an
emotional response he finds himself
alone. The audience feels the degradation and sees Arnold's lightheart-
edness fade to the sadness that
accompanies those that constantly
face oppression and ridicule.
The difference between Arnold
and everyone else, whether gay or
straight, is that he is proud and no
matter how far he bends he refuses
to snap. The audience sees him
bounce back with, "At least I don't
have to cook him breakfast."
Each scene in the first act is followed by a classic torch song played
and sung by Babs Chula and Ken
MacDonald. The music is gritty and
bluesy and the songs chosen are
melodramatic enough to keep pace
with the life of Arnold. So when Ed
leaves Arnold for a woman. Laurel
(Marlane O'Brien), the lights go
down and we hear the fittingly ironic
"The Man That Got Away."
The second act A Fugue In A
Nursery takes place entirely on one
gigantic bed. Laurel and Ed are now
married and are having Arnold and
his new beau Alan, the prettiest of
the four as he likes to remind everyone, over for the weekend. If there
is a weakness to the writing it is that
nothing is left to the imagination.
The second act is overly thorough in
examining every permutation of
relationship between the four
The final act Widows and Children First returns to New York and to
the high energy level of the first act.
It is a self contained story and could
easily stand alone on its own merit.
Arnold's mother (Lillian Carlson),
the Shelley Winters version of the
titanic Jewish mother, arrives at
Arnold's apartment five years later,
and the conflict between mother -
son, straight gay quickly comes to a
boil. In the final act Arnold comes
into conflict with Ed, his mother, his
soon to be adopted gay son David
(BernieCoulson) and finally himself.
When Ma Beckhoff arrives, she
discovers that Ed is living with Arnold "temporarily." We learn that
Alan has been murdered and that
Arnold has resigned himself to the
life of a single "mother." Mrs. Beckhoff loves her son but she still sees
homosexuality as Arnold's sickness.
She fears that Arnold will corrupt
David and when Arnold tells her
that her son is gay she bursts, "What!
Already !" Arnold wearily responds
"No Ma, he came that way."
The gloves come off when Arnold
compares the loss of Alan to Ma's
loss of her husband. Ma is infuriated
and in the play's climax tells Arnold
that if she could have done it all over
again she wouldn't have had her son.
She instantly regrets her.words but
nothing she says can take back the
pain. Arnold as he explains is not
just gay in his sexual preference but
in every last detail of his lifestyle. He
forces every one he meets to accept
everything about him or to leave. All
he demands is love and respect, and
if you can't give him that you are no
longer considered part of his life. His
mother for all  her love can  not
respect his lifestyle and must suffer
the consequences. One might think
that an exception could be made for
one's mother, but the rule of demanding love and respect is what
Arnold demands of himself, and so
is the wellspring of his emotional
strength. Arnold is fully aware of
this and it hurts.
The direction by Larry Lillo is
clever throughout, as it must be to
deal with the tiny stage of the Cultch.
The flip flopping on the bed in the
second act is just one example.
Another is the physical acting in the
International Stud Bar.
The comedy is in two parts — the
cutting remarks of Arnold and everything else. The latter includes the
situation comedy created by three
gay men living in a straight world,
bunnies which must be seen to be
appreciated, the mother jokes from
David, and the Jewish mother shtick
which all work beautifully.
Torch Song tells a powerful funny
story that shows the common desires
of people, love. home, a family, and
above all respect, through a character who' is obsessed with the differences.
Gray on culture
by DAVID FERMAN
How to talk about Canadian culture without throwing up.
This was the subtitle to a short
speech by John Gray about Canadian culture and the control of information in Canada.
The creator of Billy Bishop and 18
Wheels opened this Thursday night
talk at a June 27 meeting of the
newly formed Council of Canadians
with a disclaimer about the word
"culture".
"Mention 'culture' and one gets
the horrid feeling that one is about
to undergo art. Mention Canadian
culture, and it's worse." Although
the word 'culture' often conjures up
visions of drawing rooms filled with
pompous people with English accents saying "quite, quite, my dear"
as they sip tea and wave their pale
pinkies. Gray sees it differently.
He sees culture as our identity,
how we see ourselves and the decisions we make. "If you start with a
rock or a tree and change it, do
something to it, that's culture. The
decisions we make to alter resources
are culture," he said.
Gray says in order to understand
Canadian culture we have to personalize it. He gave a short autobiographical sketch from a Canadian
culture perspective.
In high school in the Maritimes, he
studied Canadian history for half a
year "where they made sure never to
tell us so much where it would be
interesting." Then followed American history for two years, British history for two years, and world history
which turned out to be American
and British history again.
From there he went to Mount
Allison University where he earned
his degree in English literature.
When he graduated he had yet to
read a Canadian poem or book, see a
Canadian play, and though he was
in a few rock bands (named after
American cars), he had yet to sing a
Canadian song.
In short he learned that culture is
something that comes from somewhere else.
Not until many years later did
Gray discover the existence of Canadian culture and its importance. In
the town of Listowel he saw a play
named 1837: The Farmer's Revolt.
The play told the true story of a
failed revolt that led to the hanging
of two men. At the play's end the
audience of bean farmers cheered
with tears in their eyes. Gray remembered. "1 couldn't believe what
I was hearing. They were just like
people I knew back home.... And the
actors were speaking with Canadian
accents. These were people who were
seeing mirrored reflections of themselves."
Once these startling discoveries
of what was needed to create art
were made. Gray worked on himself
and found himself free to create.
He was not alone because in the
last fifteen years Canadian artists
have flourished in quality and quantity as never before. And yet why is it
that, even today Gray says, "only the
words 'Canadian culture' can produce in me that churn of nauseous
ennui?"
Gray sees his ennui as a symptom
of Canadian self contempt. The view
of Canada as historically uneventful
and artistically boring has long been
a popular one and it will take time
for the bad habit of self denigration
be broken.
Gray's main concern is the future.
Despite the improvement of Canadian education about Canada and
the boom of successful home grown
artists Canada is dangerously close
to losing its identity to the United
States.
So, even if a child studies Canada
in school forafew hours the battle is
already lost because that same child
will spend many more hours watching American television and listening to American based radio.
Gray cautioned that "A nation is
like a person, it doesn't live forever."
"Canadians," he said, "are getting
used to American themes and characters. And we even attempt to use
American forms such as situation
comedies."
Canada is a unique country with
its own outlook on itself and the
world. But Gray warns that
"when a nation gives up its symbols
and culture for another's it becomes
the other nation."
ARNOLD BECKOFF... lectures on love.
Taking Steps typical
By F.LENA MILLER
This is British playwright Alan
Ayckbourn's 23rd play.
It would hardly matter if this were
his third, his 33rd, or his 103rd play.
All Ayckbourn plays are basically
the same, and, as the saying goes, if
you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.
But with Ayckbourn. if you've
seen one. you'll probably want to see
another Ayckbourn play. This is
because they are great fun, and even
manage to have a bit of substance to
them.
Taking Steps
by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by Michael McLaughlin
at the Waterfront Theatre on
Granville Island
until July 20.
Taking Steps is no exception to
the rule, although because it is a
farce it is less substantial than most.
Like all his plays it is a domestic:
comedy set in middle-class contemporary England, where all the characters have middle-class English
names like Elizabeth, Mark and
Tristram.
Roland is Elizabeth's husband,
Mark her brother, Kitty Mark's
fiancee, Tristram is Roland's solicitor and Leslie owns the house. The
Pines, Roland and Elizabeth lease.
The plot revolves around the attempt of Leslie to sell The Pines, an
obvious white elephant, to Roland.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth is trying to
leave Roland, Kitty is trying to leave
Mark, and Tristram is trying to stay
out of everyone's way.
Everyone is trying to take steps,
literally and metaphorically, and,
because this is a farce, their steps
only tangle them even more.
This tangle involves the usual
amount of hiding behind doors,
running up and down stairs, getting
stuck in closets and waking up beside
a stranger. Someone even gets his
foot stuck in a wastepaper basket.
But beside all the usual physical
shenanigans of a farce. Taking Steps
also shows Ayckbourn's unusual ability to create realistic and sympathetic characters in believable sit
uations.
Once again, we find ourselves
sympathizing with Kitty the woebegone waif whose fiancee regards her
as "extremely stupid", Tristram, the
stammering "sort-of" solicitor who
can't help apologizing to everyone
all the time, and all the other characters with their miserable, funny lives.
This is especially true when the
characters are well-acted, as they are
in this Arts Club production directed
by Michael McLaughlin. The whole
cast works excellently as an ensemble, a very important factor to the
success of a farce where timing is
everything.
Duncan Fraser is very good as
Roland, the hard-drinking tycoon,
in the ranting and raving scenes his
part requires, although he wasn't
particularly convincing in the quieter
scenes; his gentlemanly 'ha-ha's'
seemed a bit forced.
Kim Horsman as Elizabeth the
former go-go dancer and Colin
Mochrie as her boring brother Mark
were both good, especially when acting together. Henry Woolf as Leslie
the smarmy housebuilder was very
amusing physically but his accent
was so broad it sometimes made him
difficult to understand.
But the one actor who was outstanding was Simon Webb as Tristram. Not only did his body seem to
be made of rubber, making him
physically very funny, but his face
and mannerisms were so entirely
believable and compelling that he
made the unlikely Tristram seem the
hero or at least the protagonist of the
play.
All the actors were helped along
by the effective set designed by Ted
Roberts, and a mention should go to
Marc Anderson whose sound effects
worked so well.
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Grads settle on centre
By DAVID FERMAN
After nearly a year of negotiation
and threats of legal action the Graduate Student Society has regained
operational control of the Graduate
Student Centre.
The agreement signed by the
G.S.S. and the University returns
the right to operate the Centre to the
students. It is a profit-sharing arrangement with U.B.C. Food Services.
Neil Risebrough, Associate vice
president of student services said.
"We now have a very good relationship with the students (at the G.S.S.).
You can only operate something if
there is a feeling of trust."
Graduate Student Society President Phil Bennett echoed Rise-
brough's satisfaction with the agreement of May 9. "You can only fight
for so long. But things are going very
well now. We got what we wanted."
In April 1984 the political friction
between the G.S.S.'s elected student
council and the largely University
appointed management staff combined with the cafeteria's debt of
approximately $100,000 resulted in
the University taking control of the
building. The Society's employees
were laid off and all student functions were cancelled.
In September, the Society resumed
Lounge operation using part-time
student staff. The $11 student fee
that made up the Society's operating
revenue was held by the University.
Then in March 1985 the U.B.C.
Board of Governors brought down
another fee of $12 to reduce the
existing debt of the Centre.
Bennett said that the only problem remaining was the size of the
debt. With the Food Services dispute behind them the liklihood of a
lasting mutual agreement looks good,
he said.
Risebrough said, "time has been a
great healer. The element of confrontation has gone."
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Technology
worries Suzuki
By KEVIN ADAMS
David Suzuki has been a central
figure in contemporary Canadian
scientific debates since the mid
1960's.
At that time, he hosted and produced a Canadian Broadcasting Corp-
oration radio production titled
Suzuki on Science. In the program
Suzuki offered tid bits of scientific
knowledge designed to captivate and
amuse a public still traumatized by.
high school chemistry experiences.
He is most widely known for his
work in developing the widely acclaimed program The Nature of
Things. He could be called Canada's
Carl Sagan — a man faithfully
bringing the world of science to a
scientifically illiterate population.
Suzuki's most recent work, A
Planet For the Taking, is a globetrotting eight-part extravaganza of
genetics, anthropology and ecology.
The program is an attempt to understand mankind's drive to dominate
the earth's resources. In the programs, Suzuki and co-writer John
Livingstone examine the technological choices affecting our world.
In a recent Ubyssey interview,
Suzuki explained his discontent with
the direction of The Nature of Things
and how he developed the ideas that
became A Planet For the Taking.
Suzuki says he became dissatisfied with The Nature of Things
because the program content was
only illustrating the consequences of
our unhealthy relationship with the
earth.
A Planet For the Taking is an
attempt to understand why we continue to support ecological and scientific policies that threaten life on our
only planet.
One disturbing episode in the series was when Suzuki demonstrated
the master-slave relationship between
humans and animals by walking
through a typical jersey-cow dairy
farm where 20th century technology
maximizes milk production.
What makes us require constant
reaffirmation of ourdominance over
animals?
Suzuki believes it's part of our
Judaeo-Christian ethic that says
multiply and subdue the earth.
A Planet For the Taking is Suzuki's latest attempt to say things must
change. Where The Nature of Things
has been informing. A Planet For
the Taking warns of the dangers we
face if we do not change our environmental and technological policies.
The episode on animals, written
by John Livingston of York University, led the series to a more nightmarish program outliningthecourse
technology is setting for humankind.
As Suzuki put it, "When the telephone rings it takes a very special
kind ot person not to answer it." He
asks:  Are we domesticates of our
own technology?
Technology has certainly helped
build our society, but does it help us
control or does it control us? Suzuki
says the process of 'technology
takeover' is sinisterly simple. When
a new gizmo is invented and mass
idistributed it can become as essen
tial to our daily lives as coffee is to
mornings.
Suzuki says technology has hidden costs. As our genetic knowledge
now has turned the cow into a walking milk and meat machine, so has
technology reduced human awareness.
Suzuki views the telephone, the
car and television to be major human
awareness cripplers.
Suzuki says television works by
overloading viewers with both valid
and misleading information. "Some
medical fact that you learn on
Quincy is taken to be as valid as one
from The Nature of Things," he
says.
"There is no way that a show like
the Nature of Things can compete
with the amount of information
viewers receive from other programs "
SUZUKI... talking
We have to look at the hidden
costs that inevitably follow mass
acceptance of new technologies, he
says.
But Suzuki says there is one technology with ultimate costs the world
may not be able to afford - nuclear
technology.
"At first, the benefits of developing and dropping an atomic bomb
on Hiroshima appeared to outweigh
the costs," he says.
"It was a way to quickly end the
war, and it achieved that. But it
wasn't for five more years, when the
first H-bomb was dropped on the
Bikini Islands, that we discovered
such a thing as fallout existed - an
additional cost. And now forty years
later we're learning of yet another
cost - nuclear winter."
And now new 'Star Wars' defense
systems are at our doorstep. Can we
afford the costs of this new technology? The immediate cost in dollars
alone is enough to warrant skepticism, says Suzuki. But what are the
future costs?
The Strategic Defense Initiative is
a complete sham." he says. Suzuki
adds no scientist he has spoken with
believes the new defense system is
technically possible. But he says the
American military sees the venture
as too profitable to pass up.
"The Chinese and the Soviets view
the U.S. as a war mongering nation,
and basically they are right."
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The Summer Ubyssey
July 3-9, 1985
UBC Golf course remains public
By MONTE STEWART
The University Golf Course is not
going private, contrary to popular
belief.
A group of investors has leased
the course from the provincial government for the next 20 years but the
course will still be open to the public.
Athletic director Bob Hindmarch,
one of eight private investors, said
they will build a new clubhouse.
The group, which includes major
shareholder David Ho and promoter cum freelance sports reporter
Greg Douglas, is also committed to
developing the rest of the course. A
Cuts sprung  on
unprepared senate
From page 3
grams to be cut at the May 25 senate
meeting, but the criteria were never
publicly defined.
Only after Engineering professor
Richard Spencer brought forth a
motion at the March senate meeting
asking the budget committee to outline the criteria it used in deciding
which programs to cut did the criteria go public but even then only to
senate members.
At the special senate meeting several senators complained that they
were not given enough information
or time in which to make decisions
to eliminate entire programs.
Several senators spoke of the small
financial advantages eliminating programs would have for the university.
Dentistry dean Beagrie said cutting dental hygiene would saye the
university little, only about $10,000
per year, and that money should
have been among the criteria for
program eliminations.
Senate is supposed to make decisions academically and not financially, but many senators tried to get
around the rules at the May 25 meeting, and felt they had to put on the
"brass knuckles" to save their programs.
The financial savings of cutting
programs singled out by the senate,
budget committee were never made
known to the senate members who
are vested with "governance of the
university".
Senate was forced to cut several
university programs which provided
its graduates with virtually guaranteed jobs, were good academically.
and even enhanced UBC's reputation, to help the university deal with
the $9.34 million deficit in the 1985-
86 operating budget, without any-
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be from cutting each program.
Holubitscky said senate was presented with a list of motions fait
accompli to approve eliminating ten
programs and only those programs.
The list did not offer any alternative
courses to cut.
The lack of an academic plan at
UBC has caused a feeling of injustice
among many students in faculties
which were harmed by the cuts.
Dental hygiene student Lisa Gow
believes that the quality of the dental
hygienists graduating from UBC will
decline when it is moved to a college
setting. U BC's reputation will decline
as many students will see that their
programs no matter how good academically might also be cut.
The choice of the university president on Thursday will be crucial in
deciding the direction that UBC will
take in the future and more immediately which programs will be saved
or eliminated in the next round of
cuts.
The Summer Language
Bursary Program m
French will be offered July 8 to
Aug. lo by Language Programs
and Services, a division of UBC's
Centre for Continuing Education.
The program, financed by the
Secretary of State and
administered by the BC Ministry
of Education, is open to Canadian
or landed-immigrant students
over 18 years ot age who have
been full-time students in the
1^84 academic year.
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each year during the first two
weeks of July. If you wish to be
considered for such a program,
please leave your name and phone
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5224 (mornings only).
driving range will be constructed
and the course and will serve as the
training centre for the UBC golf
team, said Hindmarch.
"Originally, 1 got involved because
I was hopeful that the university
might want to take over the golf
course," he said. "I guess it seems
unreasonable at this time (because
of budget cutbacks and faculty layoffs) for the university to take it
over." »■
"I think that, at any other time,
(the university) would have jumped
at the opportunity," he added.
After the university administration approved  Hindmarch's prop
osal to lease the course, he went to
the private sector to find "the best
experts in the field." Hindmarch
said each of the experts has a specific
area which he must oversee. For
example, ShaugnesSy pro Jack McLaughlin will supervise the golfing
operations.
At the moment, the course is in
excellent condition. The greens are
extremely fast and the fairways are
well trimmed. Hindmarch said his
group has hired an agronomer to
ensure that the grass maintains its
superb surface.
The holes will be arranged to suit
the placing of the new clubhouse
which, according to Hindmarch, will
cost approximately two million dollars. The present tenth hole will
probably serve as the first hole when
the clubhouse is completed.
"I want to have the best bloody
golf team in the country and we can
now have it," said Hindmarch. "We're
going to invite the best NCAA and
the best Ivy League schools and
we're going to have a great competition here for the (Thunderbird) golf
team."
In the future. Hindmarch hopes to
have Halldorsons. and Nelfords and
Barrs - Canadians currently playing
on the U.S. Professional Golfers
Association Tour - on the UBC
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