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 No comments
for arts-dean
Comments about professors on student evaluations
should not be made available to students, arts dean Robert
Will said Monday.
"Only the professors concerned should see those (the
There is always the danger that the results may be
misleading or vague, he said.
"We have to preserve a certain decency."
But Will said that he encourages and insists on student
evaluations. And he said numerical ratings of professors
should be available to students.
"Evaluations are an essential dimension of student involvement," he said.
Last week science undergraduate society president Anne
Gardner and senator Bruce Armstrong condemned the
science faculty for its refusal to make teaching evaluations
The proposal was defeated 20 to 16 at a science faculty
meeting two weeks ago.
Arts senator Kate Andrew said there is not enough attention paid to student evaluations.
"The students and administration must start taking them
(evaluations) more seriously. Maybe if they (the administration) started to take it more seriously the students
would be more honest about the comments."
In 1973 the arts undergraduate society published an anti-
calendar with highly critical comments about professors in
Shortly after publication of the anti-calendar a professor
committed suicide and the teaching and evaluation committee for arts cited the death of their colleague as an
argument against publication of comments about
Both Will and; Andrew agreed that students should not
have to sign their names to evaluations.
"Students are afraid that if they sign their names they
will be left open to reprisals from the professors concerned," said Andrew.
Some departments take the evaluations more seriously
than others, Andrew said.
"If the students realize that these evaluations are being
taken seriously, the students will treat them more
seriously. After all, they're not out to shoot the teachers."
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Will said that in many cases the
evaluations only confirm what is
already known about the professor.
"The good thing about them (the
evaluations) is that it puts it all
down on paper. Very few surprises
come out," he said.
Isolated student comments can
be very misleading, Will said. "We
must distinguish between popular
teachers and good teachers."
Only 12 out of 20 departments in
the arts faculty must distribute
evaluations to students. Most of the
other eight do so voluntarily.
There is money available for
departments that wish to print
evaluations, Andrew said.
"The AUS has $1,200 to give
away to any department that needs
One thousand dollars was made
available by the teaching and
academic standards committee.
The other $200 came from the
student representative assembly.
—geof wheelwright photo
TOUCHY FEELY MACHINE in chemistry lab reaches out to fondle unwitting passersby who mistake it for
hermetically sealed isolation chamber with gloves for reaching inside. Kinky lab assistants with rubber fetish installed
machine to combat boredom of staring at microbes, cutting up cute little frogs and cultivating mold.
Newsletter censored for racist content
The UBC housing department is
censoring a residence newsletter
because of "blatant racism," the
housing director said Monday.
Michael Davis said he considers
material in Totem Park
residence's Feb. 13 issue of The
Pole as "definitely inappropriate"
and ordered the newsletter to be
censored in subsequent issues.
The issue of The Pole in question
featured a fictitious letter written
from a supposed Totem Park
resident. The letter asked The Pole
why there were so few Orientals in
residence compared to other areas
on campus.
The Pole replied that a committee had been formed to plant
drugs in the rooms  of Chinese
residence students, forcing their
The name of the fictitious
committee was: C.R.O.T.C.H.:
Committee for the Removal of the
Chinks and Hongers.
Davis said the housing department has the right to have final say
in deciding what appears in the
The housing department is
responsible for printing The Pole
and pays for two-thirds of the
newsletter's cost, said John Coy,
Totem Park residence coordinator. Because of its substantial financial assistance to The
Pole, the housing department was
justified in its censorship, Coy
He added he was "acutely em
barrassed" in being associated
with the issue containing the racist
material. After a discussion with
Davis, Coy agreed to approve copy
and act as an informal censor.
When interviewed, The Pole
editor, who chose to remain
anonymous, said he had an idea the
letter would offend people before it
appeared in print. He said he
showed the letter to various
Oriental residents in Totem before
it was published but they were not
"I'm not going to defend The
Pole's stand, but no one from
residence complained about the
letter. It was only the housing
department who complained."
Although an apology appeared
with the racist letter in the same
Legal system stacked against women
Inequality in family law is one of the most
serious problems facing women today, a
member of the Vancouver Status of Women
said Monday.
Carol Pfiefer told a discussion group on
Women in Marriage the role of women in the
home must be recognized as equal to that of
the bread earner.
The discussion was part of a series of
discussions, panels, seminars, workshops and
speeches during Women's Week this week.
"I want to see community of property introduced, because this creates by law an
economic equality in marriage," Pfiefer said.
"Community of property means that
everything that is acquired during the course
of the marriage is held jointly, and subject to
joint management."
"This is not law at the present time,"
Pfiefer said.
"Under present law the name on the
property title signifies the owner."
Vae Berger proposal, (a recommendation
from the family and children's law reform
commission), headed by B.C. supreme court
justice Thomas Berger, advises that community of property be accepted legally, she
"But I don't expect it (the Berger proposal)
to become law," Pfiefer said.
"I do expect Bill 69, which calls for shared,
deferred family assets, to pass. The problem
with Bill 69 is that the two partners in a.
marriage are seen as equal only at the end of
marriage but not during marriage."
Women are found by the courts to be bound
legally to live wherever the husband chooses,
she said.
"If you refuse to move with him, you can be
charged with desertion."
"And any money given to the wife for
housekeeping belongs to the husband, even if
she budgets well and manages to save some of
the money in a bank."
But there are some aspects of the marriage
laws which favor women, said Pfiefer.
"For instance, if a woman bought a summer home with an inheritance, and signed
ownership over to the husband, the courts still
look at it as at least partners.
"But if he bought it and signed it over to the
woman, it would be the woman's property,"
she said.
The laws concerning credit are also in the
woman's favor, she said.
"A husband can't pledge his wife's credit,
but the wife can pledge her husband's in order
to maintain herself in the manner which her
husband has previously established.
"Something to remember, though, when
looking at the aspects of the law in favor of the
wife is that women's wages are 55 per cent
lower than men's, and the gap is increasing
not decreasing.
Pfiefer said couples should write out a
mutually binding contract, "whether for
common law arrangement or marriage.
Couples should discuss property, lifestyles,
children and duties within the marriage, she
"It can be subject to renegotiation every
five years and it would be a definite help in
making any relationship work."
issue, the housing administration
was not satisfied, said The Pole
editor. The apology states the
letter was only printed because it
was sent in and added, "we hope no
one will be offended by it."
The housing department ordered
The Pole's staff lo publish an
apology in its Feb. 22 issue. On the
front of this issue, the staff announced that The Pole was under a
new policy and had been censored.
In the editorial, the editor made a
formal apology.
Davis said he does not have
confidence in The Pole's staff.
"Until I feel confident in the
material that appears in The Pole,
it (the newsletter) will be censored."
Although the newsletter features
sexist slurs and jokes it has not
been censored in the past.
Coy described the newsletters as
containing derogatory statements
and added that "one can hardly
say they are written in good taste."
But he said he thought The Pole
should not be too heavily censored
because it is not a serious
At a Totem Park council meeting
Feb. 26 council members discussed
the issue of censorship. They
agreed with the housing department's decision to censor the
newsletter and two members said
they thought the letter had been inappropriate.
Cam McKay, former Totem
Park residence association
president, said the racist letter was
not appropriate and the housing
department had a right to censor
"I thought it was a little bigoted.
We made a mistake and we don't
intend to do it again."
He said the letter was not meant
to be taken seriously and that most
residents considered it a joke.
The Place Vanier newsletter has
not been checked because its
residents "have proved they're not
getting into that kind of nonsense,"
said Davis. Pag* 2
Tuesday March 7, 1978
U of T enrolment decreases
means lower student standards
TORONTO (CUP) — A recently
released report prepared by a
University of Toronto committee
anticipates that the university will
lower admission standards for
Grade 13 graduates to the faculties
of arts and science at the downtown campus.
The committee based its
recommendation on a trend of
declining enrolment that has
resulted in a drop of 7.2 per cent in
the number of Grade 13 students
who accept offers to enrol at the
downtown campus since 1972.
The report noted that the most
important factor contributing to
the declining enrolment was the
number of students dropping out of
university after one or two years.
According to the report the
number of degree students
classified as full-time students has
dropped by seven per cent.
The report estimates that the
arts and science faculty at the
downtown campus, "will have to
increase its offers of admissions
... by some 22 to 39 per cent."
While stressing that the report is
only a study paper, William Kent,
director of admissions for the
university's downtown campus
admitted that if the trend in
declining enrolment continues a
decline in admissions standards is
Admissions requirements for the
campus are still the highest in the
province he said, and traditionally
The Education Student Association
Invites All Faculties to
the Faculty Club
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1978
Hors d'oeuvres and Full Facilities
Music by Roscoe Sound Productions
TICKETS: In Scarfe Building
$2.50 at the door
Women's Athletic Association
Thursday, March 9th, 12:30 pm
Room 211-213    Memorial Gym
Reminder - Nominations For Executive Positions
Close Wednesday, March 8th at 4 pm
Forms Available From Athletic Office,
War Memorial Gym
Buchanan Building, Room 456
Tel: 228-3449
Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 9, 1978, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Buchanan Building
Room 102
Lynn Alden Psychology Dept., UBC & Burrard Health Centre
Frances Cluett, Director of Rehabilitation, Home Care
Donelda Ellis, Graduate Student, School of Nursing, UBC
Lillian Ingram, Dept. of Social Development
Joanne Stan, Head, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Unit, UBC
Panel Moderator:
Maryke Gilmore,
Career Counsellor,
Assistant to the Dean of Women
the admissions requirements for
the campus have risen throughout
the years. He speculated that inflation of high school marks will
make the campus accessible to
even more students than anticipated.
University of Toronto student
council president John Tuzyk said
that, "lowering the admissions
requirements is dealing with the
symptom, and not with the cause."
Tuzyk said that higher tuition
fees, dismal employment
prospects and uncertainty with the
new student aid program are all
important causes for the declining
Wednesday, March 8 SUB Parly Room 12:30
Mike Beaulieu, Dene Nation
Thursday, March 9 Buchanan 104 12.-30-
Daniel Johnson Council for Yukon Indians
Friday, March 10 Buch 104 -12:30
Chief Delbert Guerin, Musqueam Indian Band
Har Gobind Khorana
Dr. Khorana, who began his now famous work in organic chemistry while at B.C.
Research on the UBC campus, recently announced the total synthesis of a
functioning gene, a feat considered one of the most outstanding achievements in
modern biological sciences. Dr. Khorana was awarded the Nobel prize in
medicine in 1968. He is currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
Thursday, March 9
In Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 12:30 p.m
Saturday, March 11
In Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at 8:15 p.m.
(A Vancouver Institute lecture.)
sponsored by
The Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship Fund
Like to
teaching Job
NO. 57
Will have
openings as of
September 1978 for
covering a broad range of the
educational curriculum with
emphasis on special education.
These positions, both in the City of Prince George and
in the surrounding communities of Mackenzie, McBride
and Valemount offer the new graduate the challenge
and the opportunity of becoming involved within the
educational framework of this growing interior region.
Prince George representatives will be on campus to
conduct interviews from Monday, March 20 through
Wednesday, March 22 at the campus Placement Office,
Building F, Ponderosa Annex, near the Ponderosa
Students may arrange for an interview by going to the
campus Placement Office and scheduling a time to
meet with one of our representatives. Tuesday, March 7, 1978
Page 3
'Unfinished Asian Centre
a disgrace to all Canada'
The unfinished UBC Asian
Centre is a disgrace to Canada in
its relations with Asian governments, administration vice-
president Chuck Connaghan said
Connaghan said the centre
stands only partially constructed
because of lack of funding from
Canadian business and the
provincial and federal governments.
He added that both governments
have a stake in the project because
of our trade relations with Asian
The building's cost was
originally estimated in 1971 at $1.6
million, but that was only enough
to finish the building's exterior,
said Connaghan.
"We need a little over $3 million
to complete it. There just isn't that
much money around.
"After beginning the project we
raised $1.6 million from the federal
and provincial governments and
Japanese and Canadian business,
but that was about the time inflation just took off," he said.
Connaghan said the university
has continued to campaign for
funds for the centre, located at the
west end of campus near Nitobe
Garde; but has had limited success.
He said the university made an
appeal for more money to the
provincial government last
summer during a cabinet meeting
in Vancouver.
"But they ha've yet to give us
further funding.
Board picks up
library's shortfall
The plunging Canadian dollar
and increased inflation have cost
the UBC library more than $350,000
this year, according to head
librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs.
And the board of governors has
decided to pick up the tab, he said.
"The money is necessary to
bring the present year's funds into
line with purchasing commitments,'' Stubbs said Monday.
"We knew this (deficit) would
happen from last August, but
prices increase and by the time
purchasing invoices arrive a
currency devaluation has raised
the cost."
Trie library spends about 82 per
cent of its collection budget outside
of Canada and currency revaluation alone will cost the library
$141,844 in the fiscal year 1977-78.
"When the dollar drops 10 per
cent, then books and periodicals
cost 10 per cent more," Stubbs
said. "It's the same problem at all
libraries across Canada."
Board chairman George Morfitt
said Monday the UBC administration suggested to the
board that the library budget be
The board decided at its Feb. 7
meeting to give $359,498 to the
library from UBC's $1.4 million
windfall operating surplus.
"The library's budget was
chopped at the beginning of the
year, and some publications and
book orders had to be dropped,"
said Morfitt.
"The idea now is to bring him
back to the level he was at a year
ago before his budget was
Stubbs said the additional money
will allow the library to maintain
the rate of acquisition which was
established in 1976-77.
"The additional $360,000 will
make it possible to meet our expenditures," he said.
And Stubbs estimates the library
will face a deficit of more than
$418,000 next year.
"Based on what we know, next
year's deficit will be $418,968, but
this could easily increase by the
time we receive our budget," he
"The currencies haven't settled
down yet, and we have no time to
figure out when the latest
(monetary) disaster will occur.
"It all depends on the Universities Council of B.C., the
university, and the governmental
budget to see if there will be any
increase in the library's budget to
offset proposed losses."
Stubbs said the inflation rate on
books was 16 per cent a year and
nine per cent for periodicals.
In recent months the Canadian
dollar has plummeted to about 89
cents American and Stubbs said
the recent U.S. currency devaluation will be particularly
costly to the library.
"We've just got to try to keep
things in the black," he said.
The library's budget for the 1977-
78 fiscal year was $2,023,546.
"We'll have to look upon this as a
long-term project that has to be
worked out," he said. "We've had
lots of visitors from the Pacific
Rim countries, as well as
Canadians who do business in
Asia," he said.
Judy Mah, secretary of the Asian
Centre fund, said the centre's
major hope for more funds rests
with the provincial government.
"If the provincial government
gives us more money it would
enable us to go to other people. It's
difficult to approach other people
for funds if we don't have the
support of the local people,
especially the government," she
The Japanese government has
been involved with the centre from
the beginning, she said. The
building originated as the Sanyo
Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka,
Japan and came to B.C. because
the university needed more space
for the asian studies department.
"I think the Japanese originally
saw the building as a focal point for
international co-operation in that
people would come together to
complete the centre. I think
they've (the Japanese) been rather
disappointed," she said.
Money from the federal and
provincial governments would
spark renewed, interest in the
centre, and allow us to approach
the various Asian consulates for
funds, she said.
ASIAN CENTRE is shown during construction after parts were brought
from Expo '70 in Japan where building was Sanyo pavilion. Since
then-Japanese prime minister Kakuei Tanaka (below, middle) dedicated
building with then-administration president Walter Gage (left) in 1974,
concrete shell has gathered dust while governments waffle about
whether to spend $3 million to complete structure.
Drastic fee cuts called for at Langara
Canadian University Press
Eight hundred students at
Vancouver Community College's
Langara campus have signed a
petition calling for dramatic cuts
in the student society budget amid
charges that funds are grossly
Petition supporter Ellen
Livingstone said the reduction —
which would reduce student activity fees to a flat rate of $2 a
student from $4 a student and $2 a
course — will not reduce the level
of student services.
Livingstone said student society
800 sign Chile petition
A UBC committee protesting the university's indirect investments in Chile has received 800
signatures on a petition demanding action on the
Carmen Rodriguez, a member of the committee for
the defence of numan rights in Chile, said Monday the
group will not present the petition to the board of
governors until its April meeting.
"We intend to carry on with the signature campaign," Rodriguez said. "Then (in April) we will be
better prepared and will have more signatures to
show them."
Rodriguez said the committee sent a letter to the
board, informing it that the committee will raise the
issue at the April meeting.
She said she is pleased with the results of the
campaign. The committee is asking the university, as
a shareholder in Noranda Mines, to voice its opposition at Noranda's annual meeting to the com
pany's plans to invest $350 million in Chile, home of a
military dictatorship.
The university owns 8,000 shares worth $260,000 in
Rodriguez said the committee will approach board
members individually and ask them to vote for the
committee's proposal.
But she said the preponderance of businessmen on
the board may affect the committee's chances of
"We do know that the board is composed to a large
extent by businessmen and they may say no."
Rodriguez, a graduate student in Hispanic studies,
said she met with administration president Doug
Kenny and vice-president Erich Vogt last week and
left with the impression that the administration is
sympathetic toward the campaign.
"I think we got a fair amount of sympathy from
financing is out of control and there
is no alternative to the massive
cutback, which would see the
society's annual budget reduced to
$25,000 from $160,000.
Of the $160,000 annual student
budget, $53,000 is spent on wages,
$30,000 on student council
honoraria and bursaries, $9,000 on
business expenses such as council
dinner parties and taxi fares, and
$11,000 is spent on conventions and
children's parties.
Joseph Lum, who presented the
petition to student council, said
"after one and a half years of
screaming I have exhausted every
other way to get council to act
The petition calling for a
referendum on reducing the fees
and cutting the budget was
presented to council by four former
members. Only 250 signatures are
needed to call a referendum at
An auditor's report on the
Langara student society budget
prepared last December recommended a reduction in salaries and
honoraria and strongly urged
better management of funds.
The society has a current deficit
of about $20,000 and has no money
left in the bank.
But student council members
oppose the reduction in student
activity fees and claim the cutbacks will hurt such services as the
campus newspaper and radio
station, social events and the free
use of photocopying equipment and
Gordon Bell, student council
member and president of the B.C.
Students' Federation, said the
referendum organizers are "petty
and vindictive."
"The supporters of the petition
are out to break the (student)
union," Bell said.
BCSF spokeswoman Punam
Khosla said many of the complaints raised by the petition
supporters about a student council
are completely legitimate.
"But to hold a referendum to
reduce student fees is self-
She said the petition organizers
cannot expect any viable student
services to be maintained with an
annual budget of only $25,000. Page 4
Tuesday March 7, 1978
Women's rights hopes
hurt by campus sexism
Anyone who thinks women are equal to
men in this society is sadly deluded. True,
women have advanced a great deal in the
past few years, but as the past few months at
UBC have demonstrated, the fight for equality is far from complete.
Women profs get paid about the same as
their male counterparts, but women in clerical work are still denied a fair wage in
comparison to male workers thanks to the
Anti-Inflation Board and tight money at
UBC. Committee proposals on affirmative
action programs" for women still sit on
shelves or in the committees.
Sexist traditions such as the Lady Godiva
ride and the Red Rag still persist, although
concerned people are actively fighting back
against these degrading rituals.
The faculty is predominantly male and
clerical staff is predominantly female. Certain professional faculties are dominated by
one sex or the other. A visit to the Pit will
show men talking about women as playthings, and some women saying they are glad
they can get equal pay for equal work, but
still wanting doors opened for them.
Sexism is pervasive in  many subtle and
unsubtle ways. In order to eradicate it, more
than liberal-sounding laws are needed. New
attitudes on the part of men and women are
required, and so are affirmative action programs.
These programs generate controversy because in one sense, they appear to foster
reverse discrimination. But by favoring
women, these programs go a long way to
killing off inequality. Allowing our system
to right itself may take a long time — a time
in which women's — and men's — talents
would be wasted due to attitudinal problems
stemming from sex role stereotyping.
Under our so-called free enterprise system, everyone theoretically has equal opportunity. But our lopsided distribution of
wealth, which blatantly discriminates against
women more than men, demonstrates the
fallacy of liberal and conservative arguments.
This week is Women's Week at UBC and
around Vancouver. It's a week of consciousness raising. Whatever your feelings are
about the state of men's and women's rights,
it is sure to provide much to think about.
It's for men too — because only when
women are liberated can men truly be free.
Chile week will contribute to thousands of deaths
It irritates me more than I can
express to see the signs on the UBC
campus advertising Chile Week.
The people responsible for Chile
Week are asking for monetary and
moral support of their efforts to
bring human rights to Chile. What
do you know about the people you
are supporting? Who are they? Can
they explain to your satisfaction
exactly what they doing with your
Think for a moment what will
probably be done with the money
that students at UBC donate. Does
anyone seriously think that letters
will be written to the local
newspapers calling for reforms,
that people will rationally discuss
with the government ways in which
reforms could be instituted or that
other peaceful, rational avenues
will be explored? Considering the
past history of South America this
is not too likely.
There is a good possibility that
these people are murderers or are
accomplices, unwitting or
otherwise, to murder. The people
who use the money that you give
them will not buy letters and
stamps or pay salaries of supporters: these people advocate
murder, arson, treason, insurrection, anything to accomplish
their aims; the money donated will
be used to fund these violent actions. The people who donate
money and moral support are thus
responsible for the deaths of
hundreds of people.
Suppose after we have killed
hundreds, thousands of people a
new government is created in
Chile. What will it be like? Will
human rights be protected? Will
you be able to proudly say that this
is a government that you have
helped to bring about? Look back
over the history of South American
governments. In the past 100 years
how many governments have there
been? How many have been
'good'? How many were elected?
How long have they lasted? How
many of the new governments
purged their enemies? Could the
purges be justified? Why will the
people that you are supporting be
able to create a government any
better than the vast majority of
those which have preceded it?
Finally, if you support the right
of these people to commit murder,
arson, treason, insurrection and
other crimes against society, can
you rationally object to the rights
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization to hijack airliners
and hold hostages in order to
create their own country, or the
rights of the Irish Republican
Army to murder innocent men,
women and children in their effort
to create an independent Northern
Ireland and/or the rights of the
Front de Liberation du Quebec to
kidnap and murder to protect their
French heritage? Can you
rationally object to any violent
action of any kind by any individual or group which feels that
there is a legitimate grievance
against the government in power?
I object in the strongest possible
terms to the signs on the university
campus advertising Chile Week.
Craig McConnell
science 2
Vandals cost students lots of money
Beer hurts blacks
Recently there has been a lot of
protesting of Canadian investments in South Africa and
Chile. A short while ago protestors
urged students to withdraw their
money from the Bank of Montreal
because this bank invests money in
South Africa.
Now there are some students
who are protesting UBC's investment in Noranda because
Noranda supports the dictatorship
in Chile. These protesting students
must be hypocrites.
While they object to investments
made by the Bank of Montreal, or
UBC's investments in companies
that support apartheids and dictatorships, the same students also
actively support these kind of
governments. Maybe they don't
realize that the supplier of draft
beer in the Pit is a South African
Carling O'Keefe, manufacturer
of the Carting's draft beer, is a
subsidiary of Rothmans of Pall
Mall Canada Ltd. Rothmans, in
turn, is approximately 60 per cent
owned by the Rembrandt Controlling Investments Ltd. of South
Africa. Therefore, the Carling beer
you drink and enjoy is supplied by
a South African subsidiary.
I suggest that if students are
going to complain about UBC's
involvement in the wrong banks
and corporations that they should
take a good look at their own involvement in these companies.
How many students are willing to
boycott the Pit?
David MacKenzie
science 1
I hope this letter clears the filthy
air which looms over our heads in
arts at the moment. I was under
the impression that very few
people knew of the recent break-
ins, which have occurred in both
the arts and science undergrad
However I was quite wrong and
perhaps a little naive in not
presuming that such news would
travel a great distance, and very
quickly, across this campus.
But this is not the reason I write
this letter. It is not my intention to
keep the break-ins a secret. The
result of these occasions, and what
has happened since members
outside of the executives found out
MARCH 7. 1978
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
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Editor: Chris Gainor
It was a day Verne McDonald would never forget. . . his brother Ronald
swung out from under the golden arches and walloped the world with his Big
Mac. He planted his big red lips on Chris McGalnor's two all-beef patties and
the Ubyssey kiddles giggled In glee. Sporting his quarter-pounder, Mike
McBocklng squirted his special sauce all over the pickled trio of Carl
McVesterback, Steve McHoward and newcomer Doug McRlmmer. "We do It
all for you," cried Bill McTleleman as he sucked on a cold Mcshake held by
Heather WcConn. In a shower of sesame seeds, Marcus McGee nibbled at the
buns of'Nell McAllister and Len McKave and said with a smile: "McDonald's
Is your kind of KINKY place." Matt McKIng, who was hiding in the
darkroom, decided to get up and get away; In a fit of passion he grabbed a
reporter, some lettuce and cheese and made himself a hot burger. When he
was just about to bite, Tom McHawthorn emerged from the onions and blew
In the photog's face. "You, you're the one," cried the elated McKIng at his
amorous best. Greg McEdwards dropped his cookies and hot apple pie In
harmonious unison and molested a shocked Chris McBocklng. "You are the
only reason," he admitted as he revealed his hearty appetite.
about the incidents, is what I find
We are in the process of making
a turnover in our executive since
elections have taken place. It is
very difficult to deal with this and
the kind of flack we are experiencing, since it has been
presupposed that this break-in was
an act of ours.
I would like on behalf of the
executive of the arts undergraduate society, to take this
opportunity to apologize to the
science undergraduate society,
and express my regrets for any
damage that was done, but at the
same time disclaim any responsibility on our part for what has
We do not condone this kind of
behavior, which is both disgusting
and appalling. Furthermore, we do
not consider this form of behavior
befitting of any undergrad society.
Fun is fun, but fun this is not
believe me.
We were elected to represent the
students of this faculty. It is obvious that there are people out
there, somewhere, who feel we are
not doing our job. For that we are
sorry, but your act of so-called
retribution is not in our opinion
indicative of the majority of the
students' desires. We have other
matters which warrant our attention, and they probably concern
and affect the average student
more than this ever will.
In light of this fact, we seriously
urge you, whoever you are, to stop
this nonsense. We can't put up with
this for very much longer. The
students' money can be put to
better use than trying to cover the
costs of irreparable damage
caused by such activities. Besides,
you don't have to suffer or deal
with the consequences, so think
before you act.
Valgeet Johl
AUS president
Boat races put off
The science undergraduate
society would like to apologize for
the sudden and unannounced
cancelling of Friday's boat races.
The postponement was
unavoidable and came too late to
inform anyone via The Ubyssey.
As our phone was destroyed in
the raid on our office, we were
unable to phone any of the undergraduate societies. It was
however, inexcusable that nobody
from our society was on hand to
inform the participants. We deeply
regret this oversight.
To make up for this fiasco the
SUS will be holding the boat races
this coming Friday same time,
same place. The beer is free and
we will be giving away prizes to the
top men's and women's teams. All
undergraduate societies, clubs,
teams and frats, etc. are invited.
We hope that this will help make
up for the disappointment suffered
by those who came to watch or
participate in the boat races.
Brian Knight
PR officer, SUS Tuesday, March 7, 1978
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English: a comic opera
The most significant mistake I ever made regarding my
education was to enrol as an English major at Simon Fraser
University. I took care not to repeat this error when I
enrolled at UBC five and a half years later. My original
mistake was not in the choice of university, but in the choice
of my course of studies.
My problem with the English department is and was a
problem of understanding why the department exists at all.
I have nothing against studying literature, but I am
bothered by the thought that what one studies in the English
department is not literature for the most part, but
someone's opinions about literature. There is a subtle but
significant difference.
I remember learning in school about how stories were
constructed. I learned that they consisted of plots, of
characters, of themes, conflicts, climaxes, story lines,
symbolism, and other things of that nature. This was all
very well, but it seemed rather like learning to ride a horse
through the rather indirect method of memorizing its
Puzzles formed
Later on, however, being of a creative temperament, I
found a method by which it was possible to put this
knowledge to use. I noticed that most stories were written
with a total disregard for English departments. That is,
most were still to be found in their pristine state, without
even convenient lines drawn in to guide their readers
through the process of dissection. I thought that I would
remedy this by designing a new type of story particularly
for the use of English departments.
In this new type of story, the plot would be on one page,
the characters on another, the story line on a third, the
symbolism (I thought that I would particularly include
symbolism because it was always a great favorite) on a
fourth, literary allusions on a fifth, and so on. All the pages
would be carefully labelled and subsectioned to avoid
The great advantage to my story would be that the
student and his instructor could analyze it without fear of
misinterpretation, and without being troubled by any
literary considerations whatsoever.
Some day I will write this story.
One thing that I have always disliked about the study of
Theo Collins is a Page Friday writer and reviewer.
Freeystyle is a column of opinion, analysis and humor
written by Ubyssey staffers.
^^V^r^.. #&&%
literature in English departments is the way every literary
work seems to turn into a puzzle. The only reason for this"
that I can imagine is that the authors do it deliberately. The
big problem is that they always seem to forget to send off
the answers when they have their works published. I have
yet to read a novel, or play, or a book of poems, or a book of
short stories wherein anyone had bothered to print the
answers in the back.
You would think that someone would have thought of it by
now. To my mind, this is careless.
A scholarly soul labors away until the small ayem solving
literary brain-teasers. What is he to do when he's finished?
The only way that a poor student can tell if he has the
correct answer is if he sends it off to the author and gets it
verified. Since most of the authors that he studies are long
deceased, this is sometimes impractical.
I think a campaign should be begun to encourage authors
to publish their answers in volume form before they die.
This would take only a little preparation on their parts and
would be a boon to literature. If, through oversight, there
are any answers that the author has failed to record, these
can be preserved by the simple expedient of sending
students of literature to his death bed to record his dying
words. I'm sure that most authors would be obliging enough
to answer some final questions before they go.
So far I've addressed this essay to specific issues, but I
still haven't attempted to answer the central question: why
does the English department exist at all? What does it do,
actually, other than wander abstractedly through the halls
of literature?
When tackling a problem like this, instead of going in and
immersing myself in details, I sometimes find it useful to
examine a thing as a whole. How does the English department function?
The process begins with the students, the English majors.
They enter the department, pass through it, and get
degrees. Some use these degrees for wallpaper. Others find
jobs in respectable professions unrelated to then-
educations. And others go on to become English instructors
in the high schools or remain at the university as
professors. Careful examination seems to reveal that these
instructors and professors exist to fulfill specific biological
Mobile organs
The ones who go to the high schools are emissaries, or
more accurately (and here's a clue) mobile sexual organs
that impregnate students' minds with the seeds of English
studies. The students eventually move from the womb of
the schools into the nursery of the university. In the nursery, they are fed at the breasts of the English department
with ever more specialized nutrients in the form of literary
theory. This speeds their growth toward maturity. At
maturity, the students are ready to go forth and propagate
the species. The mysterious cycle continues.
You see, I've been wrong all along about the English
department. It doesn't need a purpose. It's a living
organism, a life form, and the only injunction that one can
place on a life form is that it go forth and multiply. And the
English department seems to have a very efficient
reproductive system.
In this heyday of the conservationist, it has become bad
form to allow any species to die out. I'm afraid that this
must apply to the English department also. It has just as
much right to live as, say the dodo or the Great Auk.
But there is no need to worry about this anyway. If I were
to go out and shoot every English professor, instructor and
student in the world, a day later they'd be back as strong as
ever. They're that kind of pest. The only way to hold them at
bay is to stack your shelves with Spiderman comics and
back issues of science fiction magazines.
The thought of somone having fun while they're reading
scares the bejeezus out of them. By the way, have you read
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali yet?
Big or Small Jobs
Camp Fircom ..
This year's staff will include:
— an   in-town Registrar's Assistant
(beginning in May)
— a Cook and Assistant
— a qualified Nurse
— and people with one or more of
the following skills:
- swimming   qualifications   and
- boating qualifications and skills
- outtripping & camping skills
- recreation and games skills
- nature awareness skills
- crafts skills
Persons hired for summer staff
(except for Registrar's Assistant)
will be on-site from June 18 to
August 25, with one day off per
week. Room and board is provided,
as well as an honourarium ranging
from $900 to $1300.
For application forms, write
First United Church
320 East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C.
or call 681-8365
Saturday.IKth of March
Tickets Available ($12.00 per person)
Monday - Friday, 12:30-1:00 pm., Angus 24
Until March 10th
^rXJirilltrT-r and Concert Productions
Thursday-March 16-8:00 PM
k     PNE GARDENS     A
Tickets: $7.50 - Available at all Woodward's Concert
Box Offices (687-2801), Grennan's Records,
Thunderbird Shop at UBC, and Quintessence Records
Primate of the Anglican
Church in Canada
SUB. AUD. 12:30
"Symbols Of
Faith For Todcv
Student Administrative Commission (S.A.C); Student
Representative Assembly (S.R.A.) Commissioners, and A.M.S.
Applications will be received for the positions of:
—Director of Services (SAC)
— Director of Finance (SAC)
—Commissioners of S.A.C. (8 positions)
—Commissioner for Teaching and Academic Standards Committee
—Commissioner for Student Housing Access Committee (SRA)
—Commissioner for Programs Committee (SRA)
—A.M.S. Ombudsperson
at the AMS business office Rm. 266, SUB
Applications close 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 1978.
Applications may be picked up at Room 246 and 266 SUB
Arnold Hedstrom
Secretary-Treasurer Page 6
Tuesday March 7, 1978
Women's week
rides again
This week is women's week at
UBC and the women's committee
has worked hard to line up an
impressive list of events with
something for everybody.
Today at noon, there's a video
on Rape as a social disease in the
Scarfe lounge, and a Gay Alliance
Toward Equality discussion in
SUB 207. At 1:30 p.m.. Avis
Rosenberg speaks on Women in
art in Lasserre 102 and 7:30 p.m..
Hot flashes
for 50 cents you can see Not a
Pretty Picture in the SUB auditorium. The film will be followed by
a Rape Relief discussion.
Wednesday is International
Women's Day, which will be
marked in Vancouver by a parade
starting at 12 noon at Bute and
Another highlight is a women's
self-defence workshop Saturday
and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost of the workshop, which will
be led by Wen-Do instructor Alice
MacPherson, is $15 with subsidies
available.   For more info, see the
women's committee in SUB 130,
telephone 228-2163.
Auto be a law
Ever wondered how the law
affects you when you've been in
an accident? Then you should
attend an upcoming Vancouver
People's Law School seminar, Personal injury and the ICBC, to be
held Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30
p.m. at the Kits library, 2425
The seminar is free but you
must pre-register. Telephone
Tween classes
( >v,'»i"-*.
Ted   Scott   speaks   on   faith,   noon,
SUB auditorium.
Weekly   student    fellowship,   noon,
SUB 205.
Bible study, noon, SUB 213.
General  meeting, noon, SUB 212A.
Volleyball     practice,     5:30     p.m.
Thunderbird   Winter  Sports  Centre
gym B.
Discussion    on    alcoholism,    noon,
SUB 224.
General meeting, noon, SUB 205.
General meeting, Chem. 250.
Film,    episode    nine,    The    age   of
personal peace and affluence, noon,
Scarfe 100.
Meeting to discuss course evaluation
publication, noon, Buch. 203.
General meeting, noon, SUB 211.
Introductory  lecture on  TM, noon,
Buch. 316.
Annual general meeting, noon, War
Memorial Gym, rm. 211-213.
Career orientation, noon, Buch.
Speech: The biblical principle of
stewardship, noon, Chem. 250.
Speaker: Dr. Hexham on UFOs and
yoga, noon, Regent College.
Speaker: Gary Lauk on What's the
matter with Socred?, noon, Buch.
General meeting, noon, Buch. 1213.
Speaker: Dr. Donaldson on pain
control and acupuncture, noon, IRC
Speaker: Jonathan Baum on Background of Israel's military doctrine,
noon, Hillel House.
Weekly club meeting, noon, Buch.
General     meeting,    executive    elections, noon, SUB 211.
■ Subfilms musically presents!
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Spring release dance, advance
tickets only (SUB 210, noon SUB
foyer), SUB ballroom.
12:30 Thursday 9 March
Hillel House
General meeting, noon, SUB 207.
Slide show and meeting, noon, SUB
1630 MAIN (1 Block from C.N. Station)
National Lampoon
National Lampoon drew audiences all over the United States
and Canada with its presentation of Lemmings and the National
Lampoon Show. From these shows come stars such as Chevy
Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and many others.
. And now, NatLamp returns to the entertainment world with a
collection of many of its funniest songs and skits, plus new
material, 1 1 0 minutes of raucous black comedy and song.
Extra added attraction: Opening the bill is Michael Simmons
and Slewfoot, the exciting Western rock group that just recently
"tore up" the famed Rainbow Grill in New York City.
Tickets ot oil Woodworks Concert
Box Offices Info. 687-2801
A Perryscope Concert Production
Wednesday, March 8 — 6:00 p.m.
—Room 206 SUB
ELECTION  of President
External Affairs Officer
2.    MINUTES-
SRA Committees
SAC Committees
4. Moved Dave Van Blarcom, Seconded Carol Nielsen: that Motion 14 of
S.R.A. Minutes of February 22, 1978 having to do with Women's
Committee storage space, be untabled.
5. Moved Dave Van Blarcom, Seconded Eric Warren: "That Article III
(32) of the Code be amended to add: 'This provision shall not apply to
Student Representatives of the Board of Governors nor to Student
Senators elected at large.
6. Presentation from Alumni Association on Leadership Conference.
7. Moved Rob Marris, Seconded Don Meakins: that Motion 11 of the SAC
Minutes of February 21, 1978 be rescinded. (This Minute concerns the
proposed location of a Manpower Office in SUB 30 and 30A.)
8. Moved Rob Marris, Seconded Don Meakins: that the Names, Addresses,
Telephone Numbers and Constituencies of the (new) Members of SRA
be published in the Ubyssey's of March 10th, 14th and 16th.
9. Moved Rob Marris, Seconded Lome Rodgers: that the AMS send 4
UBC Delegates to the BCSF Conference in Prince George on March 10
to 12th, 1978. Cost not to exceed $150 per Delegate.
10. Moved Rob Marris, Seconded Lome Rodgers: that the AMS provide 2
buses to provide transportation for Students wishing to attend the
March 30, 1978 Unemployment Rally (Citizen's Lobby For Jobs) in
Victoria. Cost not to exceed $750.
New Business
Men's Intramural Program
Women's Intramural Program
Co-Recreation Intramural Program
Applicants are invited to fill the position of
Intramural Director for each of the above prograrns
for the 1978-79 academic year. Several Associate
Director positions are also available.
Those interested should contact the Intramural Office
(Rm. 208 - War Memorial Gym - 228-2401) before
March 10, 1978.
The "Ifs Not Too late To
Have A Good Time" Party!
9 P.M.-l A.M.
1100 Granville Street
the classifieds
RATES:   Campus - 3 lines, 1 day $1.50; additional lines 35c.
Commercial -~ 3 lines, 1 day $2.50; additional lines
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, Van., B.C. V6T 1W5
5 — Coining Event*
AQUA-SOC PARTY. Members only. Friday, March 10th, 19:30-24:00 S.U.B.
207-209. (Elections 12:30-13:30 S.U.B.
211  same day).
10 — For Sale — Commercial
ORGANICALLY grown Okanagan fruit
and vegetables. Wholesale prices in
bulk. Free Delivery. 738-8828.
'7t HONDA. 8,000 miles $0,800. 669-3213.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Dealer No.
11 — For Sale — Private
20 — Housing
I.D. one bank book Toronto-Dominion.
Lost while hitching around U.B.C.
Please call B. Harland 731-2684 immediately.
40 — Messages
WITNESSES WANTED for accident at
41st and Marine Drive on January
27th at 3:45 p.m. Phone Dan at
LISTEN TO the cry of the aborted children. Their cry is a cry of terror.
Heed their cry.
65 — Scandals
ARTS PEOPLEI Huggable sweaters in
Arts colours (navy, white, yellow) are
available until March 8. They're 100%
and $24.50. Come to Buchanan 107
any noon hour to order.
ROCK'N ROLL is dead, as Subfilms
presents the Big Bands in "New
York, New York."
cancelling of the boat races. There
will be a repeat.
70 — Services
WE PRINT RESUMES. Our Xerox 9200
prints and sorts in one fast operation.
Ijow cost ... no wait! Typing service
if needed. Stapling, too. Phone for
prices. Evening and weekend service
by special arrangement. Burnaby Inr
staprint, 433-9713, 5487 Kingsway,
Burnaby, B.C.
PREGNANCY TESTS, counselling, emergency help, free, confidential. BIRTHRIGHT 887-7223,   584-7311.
80 — Tutoring
TUTOR North Shore student desires assistance in Grade 10 Math. 967-8306.
85 — Typing
TYPING — 75c per page. Fast and accurate by experienced typist. Gordon,
CAMPUS DROP OFF point for typing
service. Standard rates. Call Liz, after
6:00 p.m., 732-3690.
FAST, accurate typist will do typing at
home. Standard rates. Please phone
anytime, 263-0286.
90 - Wanted
99 — Miscellaneous
will have a representative available
Qn campus on Friday, March 10,
1978 to interview students (all
majors) interested in pursuing
Master's and Ph.D. programs in
Please contact your Placement
Office for an appointment. Tuesday, March 7, 1978
Page 7
Rowers roll over ritfraif
UBC men's and women's rowing
crews made up for their poor
performance last fall at Elk Lake
by returning to make short work of
the competition at the Victoria City
Rowing Clubs Spring Regatta
Sunday. In the fall only two UBC
crews managed wins, but this time
11 victories in 15 races gave UBC
the points title.
UBC finished with 398 points to
second place University of Victoria's 165-1/2. Brentwood College,
which was without its varsity
heavyweights, was third with 122-
3/4, while the hosts had 109, Pacific
Lutheran    University    26-1/2,
Vancouver Rowing Club 20, and
Maple Bay 12.
In the three-boat elite eights race
UBC turned the tables on a Vancouver Rowing Club crew made up
of ex-UBC and national team
oarsmen. Vancouver pulled ahead
at the start and were two seats up
on UBC after 500 metres. Stroking
at a rate of 35, UBC gradually
pulled into a half-boat lead halfway through the 2,000-metre race.
After UBC had pulled farther
ahead, Vancouver made its move
but couldn't close the gap. The
'Birds crossed the line in 6:11.5,
five and one-half seconds ahead of
Alberta out-coaches
and outplays 'Birds
UBC hockey fans had little to
cheer about last week as the
University of Alberta Golden
Bears defeated the 'Birds 2-1 and 6-
3 at the Winter Sports Centre. But
UBC coach Bert Halliwell admitted they weren't beaten on the
ice. They were outcoached.
"I really feel that we were out-
coached in the games," said
Halliwell. "He (Alberta coach
Clare Drake) came up with a
defensive setup that I wasn't ready
for and then he went back to what
he was doing before."
Drake did more than adjust his
offence and defence. With a 6-2
lead in the second game, he pulled
his goaltender.
"We sometimes work with our
goalie out," said Drake. "We
wanted to look at a few things."
That manoeuvre allowed Bob
Sperling to score UBC's third goal
on a shot from inside his own
The closely fought first game
saw the Bears jump to a 1-0 lead on
Dave Breakwell's goal, the only
tally of the period. UBC's Lane
Lavik evened the score on a
deflection at the side of the Alberta
net. The Albertans salted the game
way when Jim Lomas' shot found
the net behind UBC goalie Ron
UBC could easily have won the
game, but sloppy shooting and
sharp Alberta goaltending held
them off the scoreboard.
The second game was all
Alberta, even though Sean Boyd
drew first blood for the hosts.
Alberta came back to score six
straight goals and put the game out
of reach. UBC scored the only two
goals of the third period with
singles from Ross Cory and
"We worked so hard and got
nothing out of it," said Halliwell,
speaking for the team.
Field hockey men
move closer to title
The UBC men's field hockey
team played to a 1-1 tie with the
Hawks in a Vancouver league
game at Empire Stadium Saturday. The Thunderbirds had their
best game of the season, getting
strong performances from John
Morrison at fullback and Reg
Plummer at inside-left.
UBC took a first-half lead on a
penalty-corner goal by Alan Hob-
kirk. But the 'Birds were unable to
put the game away, missing
several excellent scoring chances,
and Mike Mowat's second-half goal
gained the tie for the Hawks.
The UBC Thunderettes volleyball team beat perennial rival
University of Western Ontario Ills, 15-10, 15-12, 15-12 in the final
Sunday to retain their Canadian
Women's Intercollegiate title.
The two finalists both had 4-1
records in earlier six-team round-
robin play in Moncton.
UBC's Jane Livingston and
Dorothy Schwaiger were selected
to the tournament all-star team
and coach Dianne Murray was
chosen as top coach.
The Thunderettes were undefeated in Canada West play this
Meanwhile, the University of
Manitoba won the men's title with
a 15-9, 15-4,, 15-5 win over the
University of Calgary.
To take the league title UBC, at
3-1-3, must win its two remaining
games. The 'Birds will be without
three top players: captain Reg
Plummer, Al Hobkirk and Dave
Bissett who leave Friday with the
Canadian team to play in the World
Cup in Buenos Aires March 19-28.
Meanwhile, the UBC Thunderettes fought the good fight but
came up short Saturday as they
tied Ramblers 0-0 at Balaclava
Park. Needing a win to make the
playoffs and up against a strong
team, the women poured it on but
could not come up with a goal.
After an even first-half UBC took
over and constantly threatened,
forcing many penalty corners but
failing to score.
Defensively UBjC played a strong
game, stopping the brief but
dangerous Rambler attacks.
The Jayvee women beat the
Doves 2-1 to finish second in the
Vancouver League second
division, qualifying for the
playoffs. Sue Burgess and Brenda
Kelly scored for UBC.
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The stern four of the UBC varsity
eight also stroked to an impressive
time of 7:04 in the elite coxed four,
more than 15 seconds better than
second-place Vancouver.
The UBC heavyweight novices
came up with wins in both the
men's senior B and C eights races
and the lightweight coxed four was
also a double winner in the men's
Senior C and lightweight fours.
The UBC women's crew won the
lightweight cox four and later the
women's Sr. B eights. UBC got out
to an early lead and Brentwood and
UVic continually narrowed the gap
as the crews nearest the finish line.
The UBC crew finished the 1,000-
metre race in 3:55 with Brentwood
and UVic was less than a second
All crews now prepare themselves for the UBC Spring Regatta,
Western Canada's largest, in two
weeks. Crews from all over the
province, Washington and Oregon
will compete at the Canada Games
rowing course on Burnaby Lake.
—craig heale photo
POST GOT IN WAY of shot by UBC's Jim Stuart as goalie Ted
Poplawski slides during 6-3 Thursday night loss to University of Alberta
at Winter Sports Centre. Teams meet again in playoffs this weekend in
Easy Pag* 8
Tuesday March 7, 1978
Occupy admin building
Ontario students stage '60s-style sit-in
handful of students continued to
occupy the Trent University comptroller's office Monday and say
they will continue until seven
demands — most related to
education cutbacks — are met.
Only hours after the occupation
began on Thursday, the seven
students won one of their demands
from the university senate, which
decided at a regular meeting that
day to call a moratorium on
classes March 16 to enable
students to participate in a
demonstration at Queen's Park in
Toronto against. government
A number of students —
estimates ranged from 60 to 150 —
attended the senate meeting after
the student union circulated a brief
about cutbacks at the university,
agreed to support in principle the
actions of the occupying students,
and urged students to attend the
senate meeting.
Roger Gillespie, one of the
students occupying the office, said
the other demands include: a five-
year freeze on tuition and ancillary
fees, immediate withdrawal of the
Feb.  26 deadline for tuition  fee
payment, a one-year delay on
implementation of an administrative studies program at
the arts university, and immediate
turnover to students of an abandoned building owned downtown by
the university.
"There could be 1,200 demands
for the students of Ontario at this
moment," Gillespie said. "Our
intent was to bring some attention
to the situation. This is the only
way we can effectively make a
"The kind of negotiating taking
place at York University is
somewhat effective, but it doesn't
seem to be bringing to the public
that there really is a crisis in post-
secondary education and in the
social service sector generally."
He said the students chose to
occupy the comptroller's office
because "obviously, the financial
heart of the university is the place
to make a statement about
Que. students take to street
MONTREAL (CUP) — Quebec college students
took to the streets to protest a series of financial
cutbacks in facilities at Montreal-area colleges, and
the government's use of police forces to quell student
reaction to the cutbacks.
More than 400 students walked through downtown
streets to the Montreal office of premier Rene
Levesque, demanding the end of educational funding
cuts, proclaiming mutal solidarity and expressing
their dissatisfaction with government education
The largest contingent of students came from
colleges where there has been recent unrest —
colleges Vieux Montreal, Andre Laurendeau,
Rosemont, Montmorency and the Universite du
Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).
The unrest at Vieux Montreal centres around administration refusal to grant access to free printed
course materials and to office space for the student
association, and a plan to reduce the CEGEP's
Students at the CEGEP, the province's largest
francophone college, plan an all-day assembly
Thursday to organize a common front with the institution's faculty members and technicians.
The administration plan to reduce enrolment will
mean fewer jobs for teachers and technicians, according to student spokesperson France Cloutier.
"We have to clarify the link between the right to
education and the right to work."
Two student occupations of the CEGEP Feb. 22 and
23 were broken up by police riot squads, as were two
occupations at CEGEP Andre Laurendeau the
previous week. Students there are demanding
completion of a promised sports complex.
The office is located on the fourth
floor of the library building, which
Gillespie said has been closed off
so other students cannot join those
taking part in the occupation.
Gillespie said police appeared
shortly after the occupation began,
searched for a way into the closed
office and then left.
"One supposes that the
university freaks, or anybody
freaks, when you take over their
financial office. But we haven't
done any damage and don't intend
to," he said.
The university's acting
president, Marion Frye, met with
the students in the office shortly
after the senate meeting to discuss
the demands, but according to
Gillespie, "she didn't really have
anything to say. We expected, I
guess, a little more."
Frye could not be contacted for
The Ontario Federation of
Students contacted 25 Ontario
colleges and universities after the
occupation began, and all the institutions contacted sent messages
of support to the Trent students.
The A.M.S. has developed plans for creating a Coffeehouse
on the main floor of S.U.B. on the north side of the
Conversation Area. This Coffeehouse would serve as a
non-alcoholic social centre, an alternative to the Pit and the
Lethe. It would offer a variety of espresso coffees and
exotic teas, as well as snack items such as pastries and ice
creams. The Coffeehouse would provide a warm
atmosphere and a menu not available anywhere on campus.
It would operate during the lunch period and throughout
the evening. Students would be employed to staff the
The Coffeehouse would not interfere with the current
pattern of use for the Conversation area. It would also not
be subject to the restrictions on guests required in the Pit.
Further information and detailed plans are available in the
AMS offices in S.U.B.
You are being asked to authorize an expenditure of
up to $20,000. About $8,000 of this would be for
equipment, including coffee machines, refrigerated
cabinets, dishwasher, milk dispenser, etc. The
remainder would be required for construction of the
service areia and other renovations, including all
necessary plumbing and electrical modifications.
There would be no fee charged to students as some
funds were set aside a few years ago for projects of
this nature. Because the capital costs are low and
there is no cost for the space, the Coffeehouse could
recover its initial investment within three years while
offering considerably lower prices than comparable
commercial operations.
The A.M.S. cannot act on this proposal unless
it is approved by referendum.
A quorum of over 3,000 voters is required.
VOTE MARCH 14, 15, 16


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