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The Summer Ubyssey Jul 18, 1991

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Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, July 18, 1991
Vol 10, No 3
Employment of women
and minorities a priority
by Cheryl Niamath
UBC needs to hire more
women, physically challenged
people and people of colour according to a report by a UBC committee on employment equity.
The President's Advisory
Committee on Employment Equity based its recommendations
on data collected through a survey distributed to approximately
7,000 UBC employees in February 1990.
The survey, which is now
routinely sent to new university
employees, asks respondents to
identify themselves in terms of
gender and asks if they are physically challenged, an aboriginal
person or a person of colour.
The overall response rate to
the census was 65.6 per cent, with
72.4 per cent of female employees
and 59.6 per cent of male employees responding.
Sharon Kahn, director of
UBC's Employment Equity program said the university is trying
to balance representation. "We
have been publicizing that we
Or. Sharon Kahn.
welcome women and minorities,
and we're trying to make the
workplace more hospitable."
Kahn cited a recent career
advertisement which states that
the university is "concerned about
the under-representation of
women in administration" and
encouraged applications "from
qualified women."
Kahn added the university
has improved safety features such
as new outdoor lighting, emergency telephones and a security
shuttle service.
The report attributes the current employment "short-fall" of
women and minorities at UBC to
the under-qualification of these
groups. Through organizations
such as the First Nations House
of Learning, the Women Student's
Office and the Disability Resource
Centre, however, more women and
minorities will be encouraged to
earn the graduate degrees to
qualify them for academic careers
at UBC.
"If we're hiring able-bodied
white men, maybe it's because
they're the only ones applying,
maybe it's because they're the best
qualified for the job," Kahn said.
The low numbers of women
and minorities working at UBC
may be partly due to the
employer's prejudices, Kahn said.
"I think sometimes we think
ofthe person who's going to do the
job as a man, as an able-bodied
person, and we have to question
the relevance of the images. We
have to examine our stereotypes.
"Even though we may not
look worse than other universities or large employers, we still
want to do more.
UBC wants to advance the
potential of women and minorities and still hire the best people
for the job," she added.
Ruth Warick ofthe Disability
Resource Centre said UBC's Employment Equity program i s a very
positive step. "The work to date is
a useful starting point. The next
step is to look at hiring policies of
the university to see if there are
any systemic barriers to people
with disabilities."
According to the report, only
1.5 per cent of university employees are First Nations people. Ethel
Gardner, assistant director ofthe
First Nations House of Learning,
said the employment of First Nations people may not have been a
priority at UBC.
"I don't see that there's really
an active recruitment, specifically
directed to First Nations, so you
don't see First Nations anywhere
on campus.
"I think there's still tremendous under-representation. I don't
see First Nations working in service areas or in janitorial areas.
"For the positions we have
here [at the First Nations House
of Learning] we fought tooth-and-
Students rally against counselling cuts
by Christina Cha-Li Chen
Despite drizzling rain, about
50 women and 15 men showed up
to a near-empty campus to protest counselling cuts in the Women
Students'Office (WSO) located in
Brock Hall.
Demonstrators demanded
that all counselling be reinstated,
and women of colour and First
Nation women be hired as counsellors for the WSO. Many carried
signs reading "No Cuts to Counselling" and "Hire Women of
Colour" on Monday's rally-turned-
The cut-backs occurred after
the office's new director Marsha
Trew was hired by the university
administration to replace former
director June Lythgoe, who was
redirected to the Faculty of Education as the director of professional programs.
The WSO had been the only
source of feminist-based counselling for UBC's 14,000 women on
Marianna Unser, a single-
mother, said she had been using
one-to-one counselling service intermittently for ten years. She
claimed she would never have
completed her degree in music if
the service was unavailable. She
received financial and emotional
support and was encouraged to
come back to school after several
years of absence.
"Everywhere I went, counselling was very male-dominated and
sexist. There was certainly not
much support for a single-mother
and her child," Ussner said.
"The Awards (and Financial
Aid) Office could
not understand
how difficult it is
to raise a child
with student
loan, and work
and study at the
same time."
Ussner recounted an incident of being directed to pamphlets for "help"
after seeking advice and support
at Student
"Most places
just referred me
to somewhere
else for help, but
this (WSO) is
Haney, a former
counsellor who
recently completed her internship at the
WSO said many
"potentially good
(women) students" will be
lost with the
counselling cut
She said the
office was always
packed on days she counselled at
the WSO. "One-to-one counselling
dealt with serious issues such as
incest, sexual abuse by boyfriends,
sexist treatment by professors and
other students."
Haney said in serious cases,
some women students have vis-
Students protesting cuts to couselling file into Women
Students Office to begin sit-in.
ited the office for ten consecutive
sessions and made noticeable
progresses. "They gain more confidence and feel better about
themselves. They also focus better on their studies."
Some controversy centres on
Trew's    deviance   from   the
President's Review Committee's
recommendations which strongly
supports WSO's one-to-one counselling function and advised it to
expand its advocacy function.
However, the WSO director
has cut counselling to meet this
calling for advocacy.
"The office is too visible for
the administration. Using advocacy to cut counselling is just an
excuse" said a woman demonstrator. "Anyone in counselling will
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Summer Session
July 18-July 25, 1991
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '91
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are there Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 822-3980.
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will be held July 23 & 24, in the Scarfe Building,
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Monday, July 22
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FREE FILMS, open to all Summer Session
students, their families and members of the
general public. All films are shown in Lecture
Hall 2 of the Instructional Resources Centre,
(next to Woodward Library) beginning
at 7:30 p.m.
Piano Trio music of Mozart, Prokofiev and
Schumann, performed by John Loban, violin,
Eric Wilson, cello, and Lesley Janos, piano.
Friday, July 19
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Friday, July 26
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July 18,1991 NEWS
Fraser Valley waits for university
by Rick Hiebert
The BC government will not
make a firm commitment to a new
public university in Chilliwack
despite the fact that Fraser Valley
College has been given degree
granting status.
Advanced education minister
Peter Dueck announced July 5 that
the college would become the fourth
college in BC to grant university
degrees, but would only promise
further governmental study on the
possibility of creating a university
The position taken by Dueck,
MLAfor Chilliwack, has prompted
critics to argue that the announcement is geared towards
boosting his chances in the forthcoming provincial election.
The government plans to form
two advisory committees; one will
address trades education and one
will "provide community inputinto
the creation of a new university,"
Dueck said.
"The new university college
will address the immediate needs
for third and fourth-year
programmes in the eastern end of
the Fraser Valley," he said.
Fraser Valley College (FVC)
will begin to admit its first third-
year students in the fall of 1992.
Meanwhile, the college has to begin planning for a $10 million expansion and negotiating accreditation and programme content
with B.C.'s public universities,
acting college president Dick Bate
"This is part of what the Fraser
Valley needs to work on its post
secondary educational needs," Bate
Dueck's announcement is
welcome, argues NDP opposition
advanced education critic Barry
Jones, but the timing of the announcement is suspect.
"I think the new university
college makes sense because the
post-secondary participation level s in the valley are about the same
as the Northwest Territories,"
Jones said. "Probably the most
practical way to do something now
about the issue has been done by
adding onto FVC.
"There will be a need for another university in the region regardless," the Burnaby North MLA
said, pointingoutthat government
statistics estimate the region will
increase over 550,000 in population
over the next 25 years, necessitating 6,300 new university spaces.
Jones said Dueck may have
made the promise of a new university in his riding for political
"I think it's no coincidence that
they've appointed Peter Dueck, the
MLA from the region as advanced
education minister. We had a
minister before that [Bruce
Strachan, from Prince George
South] trying to save his seat by
having a new university—the University of Northern BC—in his
riding," he said.
"I'm not saying this is a wrong
decision, but the timing, shortly
before an election, is suspect. We've
had a lot of public input, so there
needs to be some expert input, some
concrete planning to set up a university."
Students are generally
Fraser Valley College Student
Society president Wilf Vicktor said
he was very happy with the university college announcement.
"There are three people that I
have great respect for: a single
mother, a 45 year old man with
four children and a person who is
disabled. They all have a dream of
getting a university degree and
they wouldn't have been able to
without this announcement," he
Brad Lavigne, chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students-
BC (CFS), called the new university college "a step in the right
direction" yet was also critical.
"The CFS hopes that this is
part of a plan, but we've yet to see
their long term-access strategy,"
he said. "They have to show that
there's a plan, a strategy for access
for all British Columbians and that
this all isn't political expediency."
The Fraser Valley University
Society, the lobby group pushing
for a university in the valley, has
been invited by Dueck to participate in planning the proposed new
"I just want to make sure that
this isn't rhetoric and that action
will follow," said society president
Karen Yong, adding that the group
would come up with its concrete
proposals for the new university in
the next month.
"This came sooner that we
actually expected, which is good—
the work of the society was evidently quite influential," she said.
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^   gathered in Mission, BC, over the weekend to
cHlCl  PrOUCl   honor the past and celebrate the future
Urban Images: The urban Native woman
by Christina Cha-LI Chen
Low wages and a lack of adequate social services such as
daycare and housing form enormous hurdles for Native women
seeking employment.
But more Native women successfully secure jobs after at
tending a 15-week job training
session offered by Urban Images
for Native Women (UINW) located at Broadway and Main
"At $6 an hour, the incentives for them to go out and work
while paying for day care, a
wardrobe, and transportation fees
are just not there," said UINW
employment facilitator Diana
The training session consists
of nine weeks of classes followed
by six weeks of work experience.
UINW pays 17 women $5.00 an
Acadia residents protest rent hikes
by Raul Peschiera
While the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I)
held their annual conference, a
group of demonstrators and their
families staged a rally protesting
the five per cent rent increase at
Acadia family housing, Monday
Bearing plastic-wrapped and
home-made signs, the protestors
stood in the rain and in the path of
some ACUHO-I delegates and
handed out leaflets that outlined
their complaints with UBC student
"One person took the pamphlet
and said 'Good. Ill take this to the
administration meeting I'm going
to right now.' She was very enthusiastic," said Pam Rogers,
single-mother and resident of
Acadia residences.
But not all delegates were as
"There were people saying,
'The higher the rents, the better,'
and others just crumpled the papers up in front of us and threw
them to the ground," Rogers said.
One ofthe grievances on their
leaflet is that "[there are] families
who own homes in Vancouver and/
or make in excess of $40,000 ayear
(and) live in Family Housing."
A proposal offered by the demonstrators is the creation of a rent
system based on the income of each
of the families. This would mean
that families pay what their incomes can afford.
Mary Riseborough, director of
Student Housing and host
committee chair of ACUHO-I, said
the rent scaled-to-income would
not be effective since most students in housing would not want
the financial burden of having to
support other students.
UBC's rent policy is to have
rents at 75 per cent of market value,
but according to Rogers, "Our incomes are 25 per cent of market
value. There are families who live
on subsidies that amount to only
$13,000 a year."
The demonstrators pointed
out that many of the families living in family housing sacrifice 65-
75 per cent of their income to pay
for rent. Many of these residents
are international students who,
while working on their masters or
doctorate degrees, try to provide
for their families.
Many of the residents had
their children alongside holding
up signs and providing some support to the parents.
As the crowd of ACUHO-I
delegates thinned, the protesters
marched to the office of Student
Housing. They were carrying a
petition asking for the elimination
of the rent increase and for the
administration to pursue other
rental payment systems.
Over 350 people, about half
the Acadia residents, signed the
petition, which was presented to
the staff.
After handing over the petition, they headed over to the Ponderosa cafeteria next door to rest
and get warm.
Askedhowhethoughtthe rally
went, Michael Gabriel, father and
Acadia resident, said, "I think it
went well. We came to make our
point and we made it. I think it was
a real success."
hour to attend classes and $5.60
an hour to work. Past employers
have included the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Sandwich Tree and several city hospitals.
The programme, sponsored by
Canada Employment, was created
seven years ago after a group of
concerned Native women discovered disturbing results in their
study of Native social conditions,
which include poverty, unemployment, limited education, discrimination and inadequate
Day and UINW instructor
Freda Hoppington-Scott said the
lack of self-confidence was the
biggest obstacle for some Native
women seeking an education and
"Many drop out in high-school
because it is a struggle to concentrate and study. They have no
quiet time available to themselves,
and not much support from family
and community members," Day
According to programme coordinator Darlene Kelly, about 70
per cent of the participants complete UINWs programme and 70
per cent ofthe graduates find jobs.
The most beneficial aspect of
UINWs job-training programme
is the support participants receive
from their Native peers and an
all-Native staff.
"All Natives here have an impact (on one another). It doesn't
matter where you are from, so
long as you are Native. We break
the stereotype images of incompetency and laziness," Hoppington-
Scott said.
A powerful tool in the
programme is the medicine wheel.
Everyday, instructors and participants sit in a circle and practice role-playing and use body
language to demonstrate
"It helps them build their ego,
andheighten their self-esteem and
motivation," she said. Eventually
they become confident enough to
pursue their goals.
The prejudice of some employers toward Natives is based
on ignorance and alack of respect.
They focus on false assumptions
such as 'Natives are lazy, unreliable, and slow,' Day said.
Before participants enter the
work period, Day speaks to the
employers to break stereotypes.
Native women face social obstacles that few people understand, Day said. The lack of education and work experience, peer
pressure, racism, and family
structure make it difficult to set
and achieve goals.
Kelly's revisions to the
programme for 1992 have been
approved by the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission. UINW will offer two 20-week
programmes a year in place ofthe
three existing 15-week
programmes. "I feel the participants will gain greater benefits if
they stay with us longer," Kelly
July 18,1991
up creamy Custard
by G. Davis
THE exclusive supper club
was splendidly decorated,
quaint and inviting, with every
table having a reasonable view
ofthe stage.
I sat amongst the fashionable crowd, chatting and sipping
cocktails, waiting for the revue
to begin. The performance
tonight was Cowardy Custard, a
tribute to the words and music of
Noel Coward, which at the very
least promised to provide some
sublime amusement.
But wait! I was not a 1930's
foppish gentleman but a somewhat graceless writer from The
Ubyssey, and this was not some
suave cabaret but the Dorothy
Sommerset Studio. The charm
and flavour of Mr. Coward's
words and music were cheerfully
presented by the UBC Summer
UBC Summer Players
Cowardy Custard
Dorothy Sommerset Studio
in repertory until August 2
Noel Coward, famous wit
and playwright, was ever so
wicked and cheeky in his
presentations of upper class and
artistic pretensions.
He also wrote many catchy
little songs, yet the sweet,
melodies concealed dastardly
barbs and sharp comments about
society and those in socialite
Tunes such as I Went To a
Marvellous Party, The
Passenger's Always Right and
Why Do the Wrong People
Travel are prime examples of
this style.
The cast included three
leading men in top hats and
tailcoats, three leading women in
formal evening gowns, and a
spiffy piano player providing the
tinkling sounds. The men took
turns at being Coward himself,
delivering snappy comments
with the cool detachment and
condescending attitude for which
the man is famous.
When they weren't Coward,
they played the role of some
cynic or fool, a character from a
play or a song. The women
played the debonair debutantes
engaging these sophisticated
rascals in risque verbal interplay
which would eventually lead into
a song. The players did not have
the bite of old Noel himself, but
they at least left their
teethmarks on the audience.
The singing flowed along
smoothly, a difficult job at the
best of times, and the ability of
this novice company to deliver
solid vocal lines must be commended. Particularly strong were
the numbers Mrs. Worthington,
London Pride, Cockney Songs,
and London at Night. The revue
also included such recognizable
standards as Mad About the Boy,
and Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
One cannot say much more
about such delightful fluff, and
though the wit was at times
scathing, the production never
aspired to do more than merely
entertain. The performance was
not quite as slick as it could have
been but the enthusiasm and
sense of fun generated by the
cast and atmosphere rendered
the evening most enjoyable.
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Spike Lee's revenge
by Chung Wong
ONCE upon a time, journalists grilled director Spike
Lee for sanitizing the drug-
infested Black neighborhood of
Bensonhurst in his film Do the
Right Thing. The neighborhood
aint no drug-free fairy tale—
neither were the interviews.
"Where were the drugs?" reporters had inquired.
Jungle Fever
Royal Centre
now playing
For Lee's latest movie
Jungle Fever, one reporter asked
his soundtrack composer (Steyie
Wonder), "So Stevie, did you
compose the music before you
saw the movie or after?"
The blind man grinned with
his trademark head-shake and
said, "Yeahhhhh."
Absent-mindedness. It
seems to claim a journalist now
and then, but Jungle Fever
claimed a score.
In about every tenth scene—
Few, if any, reporters
responded to the film's horrific
crack house scene littered by
addicts (Black, of course). Drugs
were absent, alright. This time,
from reviews. So why did
reporters sanitize their critiques?
It's hubris—plain and
simple. And absence is their
To open Jungle Fever, Lee
has innovative film credits fly in
every direction on street signs. A
one way sign appears, every now
and then, with "DRUGS"
scribbled on the white arrow.
Could it be symbolic? It is Lee's
The sounds of love-making
open the film's soundtrack as the
camera focuses up an apartment
building and into a room where a
Black couple make love in the
morning. Immediately, an
affinity is established between
Blacks and sets the table for
Lee's theme: mixed couples don't
mix. Or mixed couples mix for
It may get him into trouble,
but that's how Lee gets attention. And it works. His movies
have opened a big door for
public—or I should say white—
acceptance of Black actors as
Blacks. Not as clowns, criminals
or bullet victims, but as Blacks.
And this summer's film audiences will see several films made
by Blacks released.
See Jungle Fever to see why
the fever.
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Show of colours and tradition
by Effie Pow
UNDER grey skies last Saturday
afternoon, at least 350 costumed Native Indian dancers tapped
their feet, shook their bells and
feathers, and moved to the beat of
eloquent drums and songs.
This was the scene ofthe 17th
international Pow-wow last weekend
in Mission, BC. The social and
celebratory event was dedicated to
Ely ah Harper, MLA for Rupertsland,
Harper and other honoured
dignitaries led the Grand Entry, a
parade that commenced the Pow-wow
and sessions of dancing. The Grand
Entry was a glorious show of colours
and pride, with the various categories
of dancers demonstrating their style
of dance.
Besides traditional beading and
decoration, the costumes were made
of resourceful materials such as
multi-coloured scarves and scraps of
One ofthe styles of dance
featured the jingle dancers wearing
dresses with rows of small cones sewn
on the fabric. The result was a
delightful sound that complemented
the drum beat.
The contrasts between the
beautiful Native tradition and urban
commonplace were prevalent. Many
of the dancers wore their running
shoes instead of their moccasins
because ofthe damp grass, and people
had orange pop with their bannocks.
And in a circle loosely formed by
spectators, fifteen drumming groups,
trailers, teepees and booths selling
Native crafts, an elderly couple sold
packets of caps for toy guns outside
their trailer, and the sound
of mock gun shots filled the air before
the dancing began.
Cajoled by master of ceremonies
Eric Robinson, non-Natives were
warmly invited to dance and be
participants ofthe celebration. By
then it was late afternoon, the skies
had cleared and the sun finally shone
on an event that warmed the spirit,
revived memories and shared the
regalia ofthe Native people.
July 18,1991
students makes a
great university
Residents of Acadia Park family residences
are facing a five per cent rent increase in August.
This increase is not substantial, probably
amounting to about 30 to 40 dollars, and the
newer tenants have already begun paying the
higher rent.
The difficulty, however, is that the present
tenants cannot afford any increase at all. They
simply cannot pay any more. Already 65-75 per
cent of their income is dedicated to paying their
rent, so for them any increase, however small, is
too much.
The UBC administration initiated the rent
legally, the tenants were served with the notice
correctly and within the proper time constraint,
but when confronted with the resentment and
protest ofthe residents that many families cannot
afford the rent increase, they offered to investigate the problem.
If the administration can implement the rent
increase without "investigating" the impact ofthe
higher rent on the families who live there, why do
they feel they have to "investigate" now that the
rent has already been instated?
Since the university did not investigate appropriately, protesting was the only means for the
residents to have a voice.
This week they protested in the wake of an
international university housing conference, and
sent a petition to Student Housing demanding the
increase be halted. These demonstrators feel powerless because they do not think anyone will listen.
The situation is the administration has become too distant from the people it serves and who
serve it. Like an irresponsible landlord, they do
not know in what conditions their tenants are
living, nor do they act quickly to help the tenants.
The people at Acadia Park residences are
trying to be heard and, most importantly, trying to
be understood. It is the responsibility of the university adrninistration to know under what conditions their tenants survive and how their actions
will affect them.
It is about time UBC listened to the concerns
of its students. A university is not measured by its
research and profits, but by the quality of students
it produces. If it does not even adequately address
problems of its students, then it is a poor university by all standards.
July 18,1991
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too long It all started when the skipper of our cruise
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godforsaken ocean. The bouncer from the ship's club,
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watched on Michael Booth, Mike Coury, Yggy King,
and Don Mah struggled for dear life; or at least for food
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WSO battles
The insensitivity of men
to women's lives and
women's realities on this
campus was given clear expression in a Vancouver
SUN interview of UBC vice-
president Daniel Birch
Said VP Birch: "...The
University believed there
was an overlap in the function of the women's centre
(the Women Students' Office in Brock Hall) and the
administration's counselling
office run by Ken Rush...."
The statement was made as
an indirect quotation in a
story on women's counselling services at UBC.
Women students, Birch
implies, can certainly be
counselled by men in a centre "run by Ken Rush." The
comments in this news story
once again tell us that men
know best what is good for
women, and that men are
best suited to consolidating
counselling services in a
male university campus.
The statement makes
mockery of women's lives,
which are too often the tortured result of men's decision
to "run things."
I write this letter to the
Ubyssey today as a counsellor of 18 years in the Women
Students' Office. If vice-
president Birch can go public in the Vancouver SUN
with his beliefs, I feel I have
equal right to go public with
my beliefs. I, too, am a taxpayer of many years in the
province of British Columbia; I, too, have spent many,
many years on the University campus.
You are wrong, Dr.
Daniel Birch of the
President's Office, in assuming that Ken Kush can
take care of things for women
students onthiscampus. He
cannot. And nor, apparently,
can the President's Office
take care of things for
women, for this male office
is removed by an infinity of
experience from women's
I realize that in
Tuesday's news story you
were caught by a good reporter and that you tried
honestly to answer her
questions. I honor your hon
esty, for it brings out to public scrutiny an agenda that
the President's Office at UBC
has long held: that agenda
is to bring down a 70-year
old women's service office at
the University.
It is the destruction of
the Office that I deplore, not
your candid statements. We
needed your words to clear
the air and bring out the
Nancy C. Horsman
Women Students' Office
The Ubyssey
As a casual reader of
the Ubyssey I am appalled
by the biased reporting in
the article by Christine Cha-
Li Chen, "Counselling decimated." There are no facts
and figures, the tone is over-
emotional and the content
presented is one-sided.
I would have thought
the WSO office is for the
benefit of all women students
and not those in crisis who
probably represent only
about 2%. The issues for
women students are larger
than individual cases: the
views of the engineering
faculty for example.
So counsellors have
been reduced. Your article
sounds as if the self-interest
of this group predominates.
One of them, Horsman, is
quoted as saying "elimination of one-to-one
counselling...will obstruct
the office from achieving its
goals." Nonsense! The service is being reduced, not
eliminated and because of
that, it could be possible that
the office will achieve its
goals for the benifit of the
many rather than the few.
The WSO office does not
exist to keep a few counsellors in business.
Jennifer L Craig
Pen pals
Hello Students!
My name is Jan
Kasdner. I am seventeen and
study at the grammer school
in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. I
turn on you with a request. I
take an interest in your
country. Therefore I would
like to establish a pen-
friendship with young people
from your country. I hope
you will help me.
Something about me? I
like sports (ice hockey, soccer, tennis, skiing, roller
skate), music, languages
(English, German, Russian,
Spanish). I want to study at
the medicine faculty next
year. (Both my parents are
doctors.) I have a brother. I
like all that is funny. I like
Jan Kastner
Nyanska 14
Childcare at UBC has a
long, and for the most part,
successful history. For over
twenty years, even while
housed in buildings condemned by the fire marshal,
the parent run co-operative
centres enjoyed a reputation
for delivering quality care
that was second to none in
British Columbia. The major reason for the continued
excellence has been the relationship between staff and
parents with the individual
Having been involved in
childcare at UBC for the past
seven yars and having been
involved in the negotiations
with the University for a licence to operate in the present
facilities I was angry and
bitter, though not completely
surprised, when the
President's Office droppedits
edict to vacate the premises
or turn over the licenses to
the University for them to
operate the centres. As Jim
Carolan noted, "the University in general can't make
good toast."
Having said all that, and
being somewhat of a prag-
matist, I look to the future.
Childcare advocates have
long been clamoringfor large
industry and business to become involved and to operate
on-site childcare. We have
before us the perfect opportunity to provide a working
model for other universities,
business, and industry to
follow. What is required is
continued parent participation and vigilance and for the
University to pay careful
consideration to parental input. Parents performing duty
time or participating in work
parties will not be working
for the university any more
than they were before (we
were always fixing University
buildings and landscaping
University property), they
will be working for quality
and accessible childcare.
Since the University's
bullying tactic of its letter of
eviction it has, to its credit,
shown a willingness to listen
to parental concerns, at least
in regards to childcare services staffing. In the search
for a childcare administrator
there was only one University representative while
there were two childcare and
staff and two parent representatives. Having been involved in the selection and
having had the benefit of
several interviews with the
successfull candidate (something other parents had the
opportunity to do, however
only one other parent showed
up in the 2 hours that the
candidate was available. So
much for all that parental
concern). I am completely
confident that the new Administrator, Darcelle Cottons, understands the absolute need for parental and
staff involvement in staff selection.
For the most part the
staff of the centres are comfortable with the decision of
the University. At last they
may be recognized as the
professionals they are. There
was concern that the staff
wouldbe assimilated into one
ofthe existingbureaucracies.
Again, to the University's
credit, the childcare staff will
be able to maintain their relationship with their existing
small and childcare specific
union and those centres that
are non unionized will remain
so if they so desire. With these
facts in hand, it is my understanding that there is an increased sense of security
among the staff that look after our children. This can only
make it easier to keep and
recruit topquality personnel.
Finally, a word on "cost-
recovery." This phrase is
bandied about as though the
daycares didn't have to recover their costs prior to the
Chris Taylor
Grad Studies
July 18,1991 OP-ED	
Parents in daycare
a must
I would like to briefly comment upon an incident that has
occurred at one ofthe daycare facilities on campus. Recently, a
parent witnessed a caregiver sit
on a child (not quite three years
old)inordertodisciplinehim. This
was apparently not the first tome
that this had occurred. It unfortunately required the parents to become involved in a shameful battle
with the employees union and the
parents and staff at the centre to
ensure that this form of discipline
would stop and that the caregiver
concerned would resign.
The parents of the child concerned have expressed interest in
a suggestion that a Parent Board
be set up to help other parents
with confidential and contentious
issues related to the daycare provided by the University of British
Columbia. Members of this board
should be selected by parents with
children attending daycare. Each
centre should be represented by
parents who do not presently have
a child enrolled in the centre they
represent but have in the past had
achildenrolledatthatcentre. This
would allow parents more freedom
to speak out by not having direct
involvement in
a centre they
Parents would
also be familiar
with the routine of the centre having previously attended that centre. There
should be at least two representatives for each centre. As far as the
three-to-five centres are concerned
many student parents whose children have gone onto kindergarten
continue to live on campus and are
therefore still part of the community which the daycare serves.
They would meet promptly once
they receive a complaint and report th e complaint to the University Childcare coordinator, other
parents and staff and the centre
concerned and/or the MSSH and/
or the provincial licensing offer.
Parents need to be involved in
the management of the daycares
their children attend in a more
meaningful and significant way
than they have thus far been prescribed by the University. On May
23, the University proposed that a
Daycare Council be (recreated
which would have three parent
representatives and five University employees, one community
representatives and one AMS rep.
Up until July 1, the daycare cooperatives had approximately 550
parent representatives actively
involved in managing the daycare
facilities. The University's suggestion hardly seems REPRESENTATIVE of the number of
parents involved in a dozen independent daycare centres. It was
suggested that it should "operate
as a consultative body for parent
bursaries; fundraising activities;
issues from centre parent advisories, etc..." The Daycare Council
would report to the Child Care
This proposal clearly does not
address the fundamental role that
the parents have had and continue
to have in the operation of daycare
services on campus. Parents have,
in the past, had difficulties in attending to complaints about staff
behavior as they are to be dealt
with at the centre. Recent events
are stark evidence that a confidential and informed external board of
parents is needed. The parents who
wished to complain about discipline procedures sought assistance
from daycare's executive or "centre
parent advisory" and said that
despite other parents having witnessed the same staff member discipline the same child by sitting on
him/her on another occasion but
they felt unable to come forward
for fear of jeopardizing their child's
safety. The interim Childcare coordinator may feel that the incident has been resolved by that
employees resignation however,
the problem goes beyond a junior
staff member's inappropriate behavior.
There have been other instances at the same centre which
demonstrates that the discipline
policy was created and condoned
by the supervisor who has somehow avoided a review of her position. From my own experience at
that centre, having spent many
months attending to my own and
others parent duly, I have witnessed similar forms of discipline
being meted out to children by the
supervisor fo
the centre.
For example,
every day
children are
required to
nap at noon. They are each given
mats and parents supply the sheets
and quilts. The room is reasonably
comfortable and quiet and eighteen toddlers usually settle down
for a good rest. However, there are
children who no longer require a
nap and are instead very active
during rest period. There are also
children who are suffering from
slight illness such as nasal congestion or a cough and fs unable to
sleep. In such instances children
have been forced to sleep and harsh
methods have been used such as: a
half body press with one arm restraining the child, both legs ofthe
individual pressed across the
child's back , and flipping a child
by one arm over onto its tummy
then holding it onto the mat. At
the time when I witnessed this
behavior, I suggested that the supervisor go outside the nap room.
The supervisor insisted on continuing trying to enforce a nap
with a child who was restless and
clearly did not want to sleep at that
prescribed time. I had later addressed the issue with the parents
ofthe children concerned and with
the president of that centre at that
time but they felt unable to address the issue. At that point, I
withdrew my daughter from
Although these practices have
taken place in the past perhaps the
supervisor no longer practices this
form of discipline with the children.
However, after recent events she
must at least condemn it. I hope
that the Childcare coordinator will
consider the creation of a parent
advisory board and review the position of the supervisor of that
centre. Parents have thus far
helped to create some of the best
childcare facilities in Canada I hope
that we can continue to do the
same in the future.
Margaret Rasheed
Arts 4
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The Women's Resources Centre (WRC) located downtown offers counselling services, but not
many UBC students may know
about it.
WRC offers free drop-in counselling andarange of programmes.
Some of the staff at WRC are
graduate students doing their
Considering the counselling
cuts at the Women Students' Office (WSO), Ruth Sigal, director of
WRC wants students to know
other services are available. "My
concern is that students are unattended. They get lost in a shuffle
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Students can use the services
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WRC does not have the extensive
knowledge of the campus (that
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Services by graduate students
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Sigal has been speaking to
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president of student and academic
services and WSO director Marsha
Trew, about the future.
"My understanding was that
Srivastava would like to see us
working closer together," Sigal
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Trew said her intent is also to
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