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Array Founded in 1918
Vancouver, Tuesday, February 20,1990
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February     1990 NEWS
Dyslexic needs
ignored by UBC
by Joanne Neilson
Howard Eaton has spent fifteen years learning how to read
and write English, and now UBC
requires he learn another language in order for him to graduate.
Eaton was diagnosed at eight-
years-old to have severe specific
developmental dyslexia.
Unlike 900 universities
across North America, UBC has no
policy on language exemptions for
dyslexic students. As a result,
Howard Eaton has spent the last
eight months trying to get a language exemption from UBC—
without success.
"It hurts me a lot to have been
ignored in elementary school and
high school. I've worked hard, only
to be ignored again at the university level," said Eaton.
"People with dyslexia have
difficulty processing language
visually and/or auditorially," said
Dr. Kline, a specialist in dyslexia.
He continued to say that most
dyslexics "cannot cope with a foreign language...they simply cannot do it."
Dyslexic students "are not
trying to get out of anything and
many of them would love to be able
to (learn another language)," said
Howard Eaton not only wants
a personal exemption, but he
wants UBC to adopt a policy for
dyslexic students. "I want a policy
where there is a fair evaluation of
each individual by a specialist."
Kline supports Eaton's request. "UBC has not recognized
the needs of the students. There
should be a policy in which an
established dyslexic would be excused from the foreign language
(requirement)...They (UBC) are
not aware of reality," said Kline.
Approximately 10 per cent of
the student population in B.C. is
dyslexic. "Without a fair policy
young dyslexics will not want to go
to UBC," said Eaton.
But now "requirements for
graduation must be satisfied" and
"there is no policy for exemptions,"
according to William Dusing, senior arts advisor at UBC.
Students have received exemptions in the past but the reasons are confidential.
Jean Elder, the arts advisor
who dealt with Eaton's case, would
not comment on why there is no
policy or any specific exemptions.
"We try to help (disabled students)
pass their requirements, such as
giving them oral exams or more
time," she said.
In Eaton's case, she said, "I
don't think he tried in (his) second
Eaton said he is being punished for trying. He took Chinese
101 to fulfill his language requirement, but dropped out when he
could only complete one quarter of
the exam. He was granted three
units credit on the basis of his oral
skills. He said the university has
ignored his requests for exemption
and keep telling him that he must
complete the six-unit Chinese 101
"Elder and Dusing wouldn't
listen to a specialist and won't set
up a meeting," said Eaton. He
added that he does not think this i s
fair because they "have no background in special learning disabilities. Their judgment is based
on my transcript, which is shallow."
"UBC says I don't have a
learning disability—they're dead
wrong," said Eaton.
The dean of arts is now reviewing his case. If they decide not
to grant him an exemption, Eaton
says that he will take the matter to
the senate committee on appeals.
A deci sion by the senate coul d take
two months, but Eaton needs to
graduate by March in order to be
eligible for the graduate schools
which have accepted him.
If his case doesn't pass, he will
file a law suit against the university under the Charter of Rights
for discriminating against dyslexic students.
In addition to taking his case
to the arts advisors, Eaton has
enlisted the help of Janice Del
Dalle, coordinator for service to
the disabled Janice Del Dalle, and
Dr. Perry Leslie, president for the
university's advisory commission
on disabled students. They both
have corresponded with the university on Eaton's behalf without
Rick Hansen and board of
governors member Robert Lee
also support Eaton.
So they promised you brains under an electron microscope
Racist newsletter condemned
by Andy Riga
French article in Bishop's University student council newsletter
has angered one of Quebec's largest nationalist organizations.
The article, published in the
Feb. 7 issue ofthe weekly newsletter, lists the "Top 10 reasons why
Quebec is a distinct society." The
reasons include: "Pepsi, poutine &
Mae West", "Je me souviens/Re-
member what???", "FLQ/
PQ...same thing," and "a unique
form of racism."
Guy Bouthillier,  spokesperson for the Mouvement pour un
Quebec Francais (MQF), said the
caricatures in the article are degrading to French-Quebecers.
"What they're saying is vhow
can you trust these backward
people in power,"' he said. "They're
mocking our culture, our society,
and our language."
Bishop's—located in Len-
noxville, Quebec, about 130 kilometres east of Montreal—has 1800
students, about a quarter of them
Bouthillier, who said he encountered similar stereotypes
while studying law at McGill University, called the newsletter item
part of an anti-French trend.
"Quebec society has reacted
strongly to what they did in Len-
noxville," he said. "Quebecers are
seeing what happened in Sault
Ste. Marie, what's happening with
the Meech Lake agreement, and
now this—and they're saying
there's something wrong here."
The student council, is coming
under fire from students, faculty,
and media from across the province.
Dean French, president ofthe
student council, refused to comment on the controversy. Other
members of the executive were
unavailable to comment.
The Feb. 14 issue ofthe newsletter contained an apology, which
said: "Although some ofthe Top 10
falls into the category of good-natured jibes, there were many that
went too far. No malice was in
tended. An apology is extended to
members of the community who
may have been offended."
Many people on campus are
"extremely offended" by the top-10
list, according to Nina Lauder, a
member of the student council.
She said some students are demanding the student council executive resign.
"I don't think the person who
wrote it intended any malice, but
after a closer look at the items you
realize the humour is tainted," she
The council was also chastised by Bishop's principal, Hugh
Scott, who called the article "racist." He said the whole incident is
"terribly embarrassing" for the
"It's one thing to engage in
linguistic debates but its another
thing to engage in ethnic stereotyping," Scott said. "It's racist."
According to the university,
security has been increased at the
campus because of "threats" received since the list was published.
Oil found beneath
Endowment Lands
So much depends on a red tricycle
February 20,1990
by Anna Keith
UBC president David Strangway is said to be in the process of
negotiating a deal that would sign
over mineral rights on the University Endowment Lands (UEL) to
Shell Canada.
A UBC Board of Governors
member, who asked not to be identified, said Shell has been doing
exploratory drilling since May
"The preliminary tests reveal
significant amounts of oil right
under the Endowment Lands,"
said the BoG member.
"UBC's sitting on top of a
major crude oil reserve. We're
talking about a deal that will see
hundreds of millions of dollars
being pumped into the university
over a period of twenty years."
The source said the deal is
being kept secret until it can be
finalized in order to preempt a
possible backlash from the
Musqueam indian band who have
filed a land claim to the UEL, and
from anti-apartheid groups, who
have organized a boycott of Shell
Canada, whose parent company is
heavily invested in South Africa.
The deal would see construction of oil rigs, pipelines and tankers on the Endowment Lands.
"Whether or not the amount of oil
justifies building a refinery on
campus is still completely up in
the air," said the BoG member.
A spokesperson from Shell
Canada would not elaborate but
did confirm the company was
"actively investigating the viability of UBC as a major oil producing
The BoG member said the
Board "has expressed interest in
redirecting some of the profits
towards building student housing,
as well as another recreation facil -
The BoG member said, "Consultation is a priority," and listed
two phone numbers set up to
handle more detailed inquiries—
641-3400, as well as a toll-free
number,l-800-661 1600.
continued on page 9
Diploma blues
TORONTO (CUP) - When Serge
Bilodeau graduates from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, his
parents won't be able to read his
Bilodeau is the first person
to request that his degree from
Ryerson be written out in
French, and the first person to be
turned down.
"When I handed in my application to graduate this year I
asked if I could have the degree
printed out in French. I was told,
'There's just no way*," he said.
The twenty-five-year-old
radio and television arts student
is from Charlesbourg, Quebec.
His parents speak no English.
He spent his first year in
Ontario honing his English
skills at York University's bilingual Glendon College. And
though he understands his degree will be written in English
because he studies in English, he
is still disappointed.
"I thought it would be a really great surprise for my parents if I came home with a degree
they could actually read."
Ryerson's acting registrar
Dawn Little says the issue is
strictly financial.
"We commission a printer
to run off the certificates on expensive multicoloured paper,"
she said. "The more we order,
the cheaper the cost. We could
look into having a special one
printed for him but it would be
very expensive and he would
have to pay for it himself."
Ryerson official Al Wargo
said the institute has no policy
against French-written certificates.
Officials at the University
of Toronto and York University's main campus say they
have never received such a request either. York's Glendon
College is the only Toronto
school which provides diplomas
in French.
Itisnowlawin Ontario that
provincial government services
be offered in both French and
English in areas with significant francophone populations.
Bilodeau plans to write to
the provincial government:
"Education and government are
related and Bill 8 is supposed to
provide for government services
in both languages."
Free press in Quebec
Canadian University Press
MONTREAL (CUP)—At Bishop's
University last week, 84 per cent
of students said 'yes' to a campus
newspaper free from student government control.
Bishop's students were asked
in a referendum to decide the fate
of The Campus, whose editor, Elliott Soifer, was impeached last
month after the paper published
articles critical of the student
Alix Kroeger, a Campus staff
member who resigned after the
impeachment, said the results—
510 in favor of autonomy and 99
opposed—clear the way for an
independent student newspaper.
"Students have sent a clear
message to the council — they
don't want to see this happen
again," Kroeger said.
"A lot of people understood
that unless they voted yes, there
would be no student paper at
Bishop's," she said. "And if there
was a paper, something like this
would probably happen again."
The new paper will be editorially and financially independent
ofthe student council, and will be
responsible to a publishing board
made up of students and paper
staff members.
The staff of The Campus has
been publishing eui underground
paper, The Independent, since
they walked out en masse in support of Soifer.
Kroeger said the staff of The
Independent will be meeting with
the student council within two
weeks to negotiate the return of
office space and Campus equipment, including a computer.
How to write a resume that will get you an interview.
Dates: Tuesday, February 27th, 1990
Time: 12:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Place: Women Students' Lounge, Brock 223
Pre-registration required at Office for Women Students
Council hack PO'd
BRANDON (CUP) — A five
month dispute among Brandon
University student politicians
over increasing their pay has
ended, but not before one council
member resigned in disgust.
Council vice-president Bob
Hume has been fighting to
increase his and fellow executives' honoraria by 240 per cent
since September. After his third
attempt failed January 26,
Hume resigned saying he was
"getting off this sinking ship."
At a subsequent meeting,
council approved pay increases
for its members.
In addition to a 90 per cent
tuition rebate, student council
executives at Brandon receive a
$500 stipend. The council decided to raise it to $900. Hume
had wanted $1200.
"I don't think $1200 is unreasonable, and I'm not ashamed to
ask for it," Hume said at the meeting adding it is "not an evil thing to
be fairly compensated."
Student council president
Sean Bowie supported the proposed 140 per cent increase saying
"the age of doing something for
nothing is over."
Athletics councillor Tim
Nahachewsky objected to the size
ofthe increase, saying councillors'
honoraria are not a right, but a
privilege given to them by the
In an October letter to Brandon's student newspaper, Hume
attacked an editorial condeming
the pay hike.
Hume told "skin head nazis,
child molesters, vandals and
people whose expectations of oth
ers are based on naive,
grandiose, idealistic and irrelevant concepts" to "fuck off.
After he resigned, Hume said
The Quill "heavily influenced"
the honorarium issue and that
his integrity was compromised
"by being part of a pre-ordained
decision-making process."
But   Faron   Douglas,   vice-
president internal, says his
opposition  to the  pay increase
was not influenced by the
newspaper. "I think for my goddamned self," he said.
Hume, who once told another
council member that if he didn't
stop smirking at him he would
"come across the table and beat
the living shit out of (him)", is now
being held responsible for booking pop star Luba at Brandon
without council's consent.
Toxic chemicals ooze
A minor chemical spill outside
the BioSciences building brought
out the University Endowment
Lands fire department yesterday
The spill occured when a BioSciences worker carrying a gallon jug of an unidentified "acidic"
chemical dropped the flask just
outside ofthe building.
"Fortunately the spill was
outside and not inside the building. The chemical appears to be
quite corrosive," said a firefighter
on the clean-up crew.
"It's a minor spill, yet accord
ing to regulations, you have to go
through the whole chemical spill
drill. There's no danger," he said.
The spill which was just outside one of the side exits of the
BioSciences building, took half a
dozen firefighters and UBC Physical Plant workers nearly an hour
to clean up and ensure that the
area was entirely safe.
Israel Week:
February 27-March 1
February 27 at 12:30 Hillel
House will feature a falafel lunch
to which everyone is welcome.
February 28 at 7:00p.m. in
Woodward: "Because Of That
War" that deals with children of
Holocaust survivors. Tickets can
be obtained from Hillel House.
March 1: four workshops in
Hillel concerning current Israeli
issues of interest including Arab-
Jewish co-existence.
Uri Dromi, an Israeli Air
Force colonel and representative
of the World Zionist Organization will talk about "Democracy
in Isreali."
A second speaker, an Israeli
professor at TRIUMF, will discuss "The Role of Scientific Research and higher Education in
the Middle East Peace Process."
Further information, call
266-5333 or 224-4748.
These happy students are enjoying the view of an oh so recently untarnished UBC campus. Gallons of burnt tire sludge, brought here for
chemical content analysis, are now melting snow and leeching Into our   groundwater following yesterday's catastrophe. david loh photo
February 20,1990 r
"Stay-in-school" program cuts
jobs for post-secondary students
by Deanne Fisher and Franka Cordua-von Specht more debt. then it would make sense."
by Deanne Fisher and Franka Cordua-von Specht
OTTAWA — For the second year in a row, the federal government is
playing Robin Hood, stealing money from a summer employment program for returning students and giving it to potential high school
Federal Employment and immigration minister Barbara McDougall recently announced a 35 per cent cut in the Summer Employment/Experience Development (SEED) program, from $118 million
last year, to $77 million this year.
The money from the SEED program — which gives companies and
organizations grants to hire high school and post-secondary students
for the summer — will go to programs designed to keep high school
students from dropping out.
McDougall's new "stay-in-school-initiative" will cost $300 over the
next five years, and all the money will come from cuts to existing programs, like SEED.
McDougall called Canada's 30 per cent
drop out rate for high school students "intolerable." She said the decreasing post-
secondary student unemployment rate
means students don't need as much help
from the federal government.
"It became evident that the level of
support we have provided to summer
student employment in recent years could
be more effectively used to encourage
young people to stay in school," she said.
But not everyone thinks post-
secondary students don't need help.
The Canadian Federation of Students
estimates the cuts to SEED will cost
about 24,000 summer jobs. CFS says
students who can't find summer jobs often
end up borrowing more, and incurring
more debt.
In the summer of 1989, 8.1 per cent of
post-secondary students were unemployed
but the national figures are distorted by
Ontario's, and specifically Toronto's,
booming economy.
The unemployment rate in B.C. was
9.4 per cent, in Quebec it was 11.8 per
cent and in the Atlantic provinces it was
over 11 per cent but — in McDougall's
own words — "in some metropolitan areas
last summer there were more jobs than
students to fill them." She was referring
to her home riding which includes
Toronto's wealthy Forest Hill neighbourhood.
And although the government has
committed funds to a "youth strategies"
program in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, all regions still face cuts in wage
subsidies — from 5 to 8 per cent in the
Atlantic, 20 per cent in the West and even
higher in Ontario.
Though the wages were traditionally
low, the SEED program did try to provide
students with career-related jobs — something hard to come by in a summer job.
Jeff Ko had no experience in his field of
psychology when he graduated last spring
from the University of British Columbia.
He spent eight months as an usher in
B.C. Place Stadium and volunteered at a
shelter for the homeless before securing a
career-related position at the shelter.
Ko is thankful he was able to live at
home while gaining the volunteer experience he needed to get a job. And he thinks
there should be more funding for jobs that
relate to students' studies. "We need to
find something relevant to build a career,"
he says.
Mark Foley is the manager of the government's Challenge program, which
includes SEED. He said many non-profit
organizations which provide career-
related summer employment take
advantage ofthe subsidies and wouldn't
otherwise hire students.
But Foley said, "We can't operate the
student employment programs based on
the needs of non-profit organizations."
Foley also said jobs in the non-profit
sector weren't popular with students.
"If you're a student in downtown
Toronto where the going rate is $15 an
hour, are you really going ix> work for
minimum wage for a non-profit group? I
don't think so," he said.
Challenge grant wages are an issue in
themselves and they have never satisfied
the Canadian Federation of Students.
A student employed by a Challenge
'89 grant earned $2,332 before deductions.
"This amount is not adequate for the real
cost of attending a post-secondary institution," says CFS chair Jane Arnold.
Kathleen Kulpas knows that all too
well. When she had a Challenge job three
summers ago, she was paid minimum
wage and did not gain experience in her
field, because the promised job title did
not correspond with the gopher work she
ended up doing.
Under the program, employers are
supposed to top up the minimum wage
subsidy provided by the government. But
many do not.
"Unless you are working in a company that doubles it up, you are poorer
usually than when you started work in
May," says Kulpas, a single mother
studying at the University of British
Kulpas thinks SEED grants are "useless. If they paid $12 an hour and put students in touch with people in their field,
then it would make sense."
But as it exists now, Kulpas says the
program makes the job statistics look
good by taking students off the unemployment lists. "It's a great tool for the
Conservatives. It serves their purpose
The job statistics are no longer enough
to keep the Tories investing more money
in the program.
Instead, the money will be used to
keep youth in school.
Over the next five years McDougall's
new "stay-in-school" initiative will spend
$55 million on an advertising program,
$77 million on consultations with business, labour and the provinces and $166
million on actual programs for youths
such as counselling services and cooperative education.
In the House of Commons Feb.14,
Kingston MP Peter Milliken was so perturbed over the SEED cuts and the connected stay-in-school program, he tried to
invoke an emergency debate. His request
was refused.
In an interview later, Milliken called
the stay-in-school program little more
than an "advertising gimmick".
He said the program had a "laudable
objective" but, assuming McDougall was
unable to get more money for student employment programs, she should have left
the Challenge program as it was.
"There is already a general attitude in
the population that students should stay
in school," he said, adding advertising will
do little to keep children in school. "It was
a stupid way to spend the money."
Last year, the federal government
took $8 million out of wage subsidy
programs for post-secondary students and
directed it to potential drop-outs.
Challenge's Mark Foley says Canada
can't afford the current high school dropout rates. "We can't have an unskilled
labour force," he says.
Yet employment ministry statistics
predict more new jobs are going to require
post-secondary education as well.
Among the jobs created between 1986
and the year 2000, over 65 per cent of
them will require post-secondary education while about 35 per cent will require a
high school diploma or less.
In 1986, just over 55 per cent of jobs
required only a high school education or
less, compared to 45 per cent that required post-secondary.
Arnold says it is unfair to pit returning students against high school drop-outs
and says the SEED program helped keep
students in university.
"The federation maintains that the
best form of student aid is a good summer
job," says federation chair Jane Arnold.
The number of students with huge
debt loads is growing, according to
Secretary of State statistics. Over 45 per
cent of Canadian students have a debt
load of $5,000 or more — and those
figures do not include provincial student
Despite its many faults, almost no
one except the government wants to see
the wage subsidy program dismantled.
Milliken, whose riding contains about
11,000 Queen's University students, says
McDougall is heading in the wrong direction with her new programs. She should
be providing students with the means to
make the money so they can stay in
school, he says.
"It was money that was going
straight into students' pockets for education."
February 20,1990
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PAYING for a university
education is so expensive
that many students are driven to
consider tree planting as a
means of supporting themselves.
Posters all over campus
show happy healthy students
stuffing their pockets with
money while helping to reforest
the planet. This is too good to be
Most contractors set their
planter prices so that an experienced worker can expect to make
around $150 a day. Rookies take
varying amounts of time acquir-
! ingthe knack of breaking
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Seasoned planters, accustomed to a camp life where social
status is often linked to planting
productivity, also tend to let on
that planting has been somewhat
better to them than has actually
been the case.
"Everyone talks about the
cream show that got away," says
Stacey Dingman, a foreperson for
a company working in the Prince
George area. The cream show is
a contract where the money is
he planting contractor rep-
t resentatdves sent to view the
' package have only minutes to
( assess soil conditions over an
; entire block that, months down
the road, will take days to plant.
Also, viewers all have differ-
1 ent opinions as to what price
, would allow an average planter
!P*. to make $150 a day.
The bottom line is that tree-
. planting does offer much higher
j earnings than students are likely
to find elsewhere. The catch is
, that the working conditions are
far nastier than almost any other <*•
I summer job. L-.
Planters are obliged to spend Sk
' long days of hard labour with §-S
! rain and bugs, carting gear over i^
I rough terrain with nothing more glj
| to look forward to at the end of     *$:
the day than returning to a JfeJ
in reality, tree planters are
frequently in bad moods and do
not always walk away from a
season in the bush with tons of
However, paid recruiters are
not unknown to stretch the truth
a little when trying to talk a prospective planter into signing on
for a season.
"The guy recruiting me said
I'd make $150 a day, but I hardly
even made a hundred a day,"
said Bernie Boyle, a disgruntled
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through the initial plateau of
$100 a day, and many never
manage. Others have an almost
TRagica* Dredisposition to making
bags of money—they are known
as highballers and most planters
are very jealous of them.
Unfortunately, the bid to
tender system by which the
prices are set is far from perfect.
Logging companies offer a
package of clear cuts in need of
replanting as a package for prospective planting contractors.
The contract goes to the lowest
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soggy tent. A job like this is not    **'
worth doing for any less than
| $150 a day.
"Small things like mosquitos ^p
and black flies can build up until
they drive you crazy," says Zez
Kaufman, a treeplanter with five
years experience.
Still, the system works for
the most part. Reputable
J contractors are usually respon-
" sive to planters' complaints of
unreasonably low prices. So
planters who are neither gullible
nor feeble should plan on
receiving a bare minimum of
$100 a day for their efforts.
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Bird slams student court
by Martin Chester
A motion meant to gag student court was withdrawn at last
week's council meeting, quelling
fears about censorship.
The motion, which put forward by board of governors student representative Tim Bird,
stated that all information regarding cases brought to student
court should be confidential until
ajudgementismade and accepted
by a resolution of students council
or the accused is held in contempt
of court.
"The way it [student court]
works right now opens the door
for some pretty devastating
abuses," Bird said.
Bird said the present situation is autocratic because there
are "three distinct stages of justice all being handled by the same
At present the ombudsperson
receives the complaint, investigates it, and then issues and delivers the summons to court if the
case warrants action.
AMS ombudsperson Jessica
Mathers agreed there is problems
with the present system. "It definitely creates the potential for a
conflict of interest."
Bird was also concerned with
the potential damage that can be
done by the media.
"The real punishment occurs
before you're ever tried; the punishment is not the verdict but the
public image that is disassembled
in the student newspaper," said
But arts representative Ken
Armstrong disagreed and said
that to avoid rumours, information must be made available to
student body. "To require that all
hearings be closed is counter to
our way of life," he said.
Mathers too was concerned
with the motion and thought student court would become a tool of
council. "Students court is not student council's court," she said.
The debate ended after 20
minutes when the motion was
Bird has since admitted the
motion was out of order as was
pointed out by Armstrong and
architecture representative Patrick Goodwin in council.
"I just tossed this out as a shot
in the dark," he said, "in order to
draw attention to the underlying
problems in student court procedures."
Mathers said "a positive solution which would maintain a separation of power between council
and court would be to leave the
ombudsperson as the initial receiver and investigator ofthe com
plaint and then have a separate
person to perform the duties of
court clerk."
And once the case is forwarded
to the clerk of court the information
would become public.
Mathers also warned against
the possible solution of having
council decide which cases should
be tried.
"The most dangerous thing for
council to do would be to establish a
committee of council members to
investigate and determine
whether a legitimate case exists,"
said Mathers.
"This would not only be judi-
cializing politics, but it would also
have the potential of politicizing
the judiciary."
Bird said he would still, "like to
see an AMS task force to overhaul
the procedures of student court so
that the interpretation (of AMS
Code and Bylaws) is crystal clear."
The new AMS executive
asked council to authorize the
computerization of their offices
at last Wednesday's meeting.
While there was a general
consensus that computers
should be purchased, debate
arose over how many, when and
for whom.
Proxy science rep Aaron
Drake said the executive should
"wait a while to see what their
new jobs entail,"before making a
decision and then come back
with "a specific proposal."
"I can not see how we need
five computers for five people,"
said student Board of Governors
rep Dave Hill.
D of F Robert Lipscomb said
council should trust him to make
the right decision.
Council amended the executive motion, requiring the executive to report back to council
before making the purchase.
Wallets walk away
by Effie Pow
As you read this, do you
know where your wallet,
purse or knapsack is?
RCMP presented UBC
department heads with a new
security program aimed at
campus theft, yesterday. The
community awareness program, Operation Wallet, will
take effect in September.
"We made a goal in our
detachment that we were
going to reduce wallet thefts
by ten percent in 1990," said
RCMP constable Bernadette
Smandych defined wallet theft as the theft of any
personal article designed to
carry cash or personal identi
"If we can reduce the
thefts of wallets, the prevention principle would hopefully overlap onto other
types of thefts that occur,"
said Smandych.
Community awareness
is the key to Operation Wallet, said Smandych. She encouraged those present to
participate in the program
and inform their staff.
"We need community involvement in order to succeed. Your police are never
around when you need them,
we all know that* she said.
According to Smandych,
wallet thefts have increased
since 1987. Last year 270
thefts were reported.
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Private universities in Canada?
Anderson, who
campaigned for
private universities
for 15 years,
promised in 1988 to
establish one by last
September, using
church basements
and empty
classrooms if
by Mike Adler
TORONTO (CUP) — Canada's
first private university may be
part of a massive development
planned for a Toronto suburb.
On January 12, a local group
announced a plan to build a privately-funded, secular university
in the township of East Gwillim-
bury, 40 kilometres north of
Toronto. The provincial government is expected to announce
sometime in March whether it
will allow the institution to open.
The new university would be
located in Queensville, a small
rural hamlet in the centre of
East Gwillimbury. A crossroads
with a few buildings, it is easy to
miss. A new town of 30,000
would be built around the
A development consortium
called Queensville Properties has
set aside 100 acres of land for the
university, on the condition the
university gets government recognition, said a spokesperson for
the consortium.
Building a privately-funded,
secular university in Ontario has
been prohibited for 30 years. But
a group fronted by former
colleges and universities minister Bette Stephenson has
spearheaded the East Gwillimbury project.
"The opportunity to develop
a university town does not come
around every day," said local
mayor Bob Featherstonhaugh.
He described reaction to the plan
from the township's 17,000
residents as "very positive."
A private university is
needed because government
funding of public universities has
not kept pace with increased
student demand, Stephenson
Her group believes the area
around East Gwillimbury needs
a university because it is "one of
the most rapidly-growing regions
in the country, but it has no post-
secondary education (facilities)."
An Ontario government ad
visory group heard presentations
from Stephenson's group a year
ago, and released a discussion
paper on private universities last
The group's review of the
government ban should be completed soon. Stephenson said the
university would be self-sufficient.
But Greg Elmer, an official
with the Ontaiio Federation of
Students, said a private university would set a "dangerous
precedent" in Ontario, because
its tuition would be beyond the
reach of most students. The OFS
is dedicated to universal access
to post-secondary education in
Ontario, and supports the idea
that tuition should be free.
Stephenson said she "hasn't
the vaguest idea (how high the
tuition would be)," adding it
would be significantly higher
than at public universities.
Retired University of
Toronto mathematics professor
David Anderson, another driving
force behind the private university, said they are considering
"free tuition," where students
would pay their fees after
Will Sayers, who represents
university administrators in Ontario, cautions that private universities in the U.S. eventually
ask for public money.
Ontario's public universities
are more concerned with the
quality of potential programs
and graduates and how they
would be regulated, he added.
"We would like employers to
know that a BA or BSc is of
equal value no matter where you
get it in Ontario."
Sayers said Ontario's public
universities, which have
traditionally opposed private
ones, are "fine-tuning" their
response to the government
When a universities working
group suggested last month that
Ontario universities drop their
opposition to private institutions
"in principle," reaction from
members forced the committee to
start revising its report.
Stephenson said the quality
of education at the private
university will be reviewed regularly by an external committee.
"The only goal of this institution is excellence. We will make
that apply to faculty and students," she said. "If they don't
live up to it, they don't stay."
Stephenson said there are
already a large number of people
interested in making donations,
although benefactors are still
being sought.
But ministry official Jamie
Mackay said it may be impossible for Stephenson's group to
raise the money necessary for
even a small university. 'Tfou
have to get an awful lot of
donations," he said. Ontario will
give its universities $1.8 billion
next year.
All universities in Ontario
are really "private," because
their boards of governors have
legal autonomy, Mackay said.
"We really have a system of
private universities which are
publicly financed. They are not
creatures of the government."
He added the ministry would
not consider any proposal unless
a private member's bill to
establish the university is
actually introduced.in the
Anderson, who campaigned
for private universities for 15
years, promised in 1988 to establish one by last September, using
church basements and empty
classrooms if necessary.
Stephenson said the university would open before the end of
the decade, and would specialize
in science and environmental
Anderson wanted to name
the university after Canadian
poet John McCrae, but McCrae's
relatives opposed the idea,
Stephenson said. His current
favorite is James Wolfe University.
"The opportunity
to develop a
university town does
not come around
every day"
Will Sayers, who
represents university
administrators in
Ontario, cautions
that private
universities in the
U.S. eventually ask
for public money.
Oil reserve, continued
continued from page 3
"We're still reeling from this
one. With the profits from this,
next year's tuition hike could conceivably be reduced to seven per
"The project may mean a portion ofthe university may have to
be rebuilt and moved further out,
but the benefits definitely outweigh the problems."
The BoG member said the
Board was exploring the possibility of offshore oil rigs off of Wreck
Beach, where other reserves of oil
have been located through geological testing.
"Unfortunately, about sixty
acres of the Endowment Lands
will have to be clear cut. As well,
the Anthropology building will
have to be torn up to lay pipelines."
"We may have to put the anthropology program on hold for a
year, while that department is
The BoG member said a potential conflict of interest arose
because Peter Brown is a member
of the Board of Governors as well
as the Chief Executive Officer for
Canarim Investment, aB.C. based
company, which is said to be one of
the major players in the deal.
"He's in the process of arranging to step down. Peter's a smart
businessman. He won't let some
vague responsibility to UBC keep
him from a deal like this.
AMS president Kurt Preinsperg said that, while he knew
little ofthe deal, he was for it if it
meant "increasing the right to affordable education, the right to
student housing, and the right to
good teaching."
Former AMS Director of
Administration Andrew Hicks offered to fly to Saudi Arabia to file
an investigative report on the
Food Services said the deal
was fine as long as it was in English only.
NDP provincial leader Mike
Harcourt embraced the deal. "This
is an example of traditionally
state-supported industries,  hke
the university, meeting halfway
with free enterprise to pay for itself."
"Just as long as it's not socialist," said the provincial premier
hopeful. "Anything, as long as it's
not socialist."
Manuel Noriega, deposed
leader of Panama, has made inquiries as to job opportunities on
the oil rigs.
Bill Vander Zalm stated that
he was "ecstatic" with the findings
and has begun preliminary
drillings in Fantasy Gardens.
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February 20,1990
GST lashes out against literacy
Economic fairness hasn't been apriority of Tory and Grit governments since Confederation, but Canadians have at least been able to
say their government encouraged literacy by keeping books tax-free.
But with the advent of the Mulroney government's Goods and
Services Tax, this anomaly will be struck from our memories — and
some ofthe Canadian literary world will disappear with it.
by carl p wilson iii
(CUP) — Montreal
The Don't Tax Reading Coalition, an
umbrella group of Canadian publishing,
book-selling, literacy and educational associations, has rallied to keep the GST away
from reading material.
They want the tax exemption on book,
magazine and newspaper sales and production costs maintained, as it has been
throughout Canadian history.
The Coalition "began to see the writing
on the wall," explained Virginia Field
Smith, the Coalition's national coordinator,
when ^t became clear Michael Wilson's tax
reforms included the removal ofthe exemption."
The GST's impact on books and periodicals will be entirely inflationary—if there's
a seven per cent tax, the price will increase
by seven per cent, plus the increased costs of
production, plus the administrative costs
incurred by GST-related paperwork.
And because of how price-sensitive
book sales are, publishers say the tax will
make sales dwindle.
"The rule of thumb is that for every
percentage point price goes up, you lose one
per cent of sales," said Smith. "Small and
struggling publishers and booksellers
might go out of business. We know that with
magazines, especially adding the cuts
they've just experienced in postal subsidies
(due to Free Trade), some will die.
"The present government is unsympathetic to these scenarios. We try to be sober
in our analysis, and not over-argue our case,
but we know that Canadian publishers,
especially those without a strong base in the
international market, will be in real
Dimitri Roussopoulos, publisher of
Montreal's Black Rose Books and Vice-
President of the Association of Canadian
Publishers said the effect on alternative
publishing in Canada would be "devastating."
"Not just because ofthe money that will
have to be paid at every point in the production of a book," he said, "but because ofthe
considerable paperwork that small presses
will have to get involved in. I would predict
quite a few small publishers will in time feel
the burden so oppressive that they'll close
up shop."
The effect on Black Rose, a publisher of
anti-establishment history and analysis,
will be especially damaging, because much
of its audience doesn't have the disposable
income to compensate for higher prices,
Roussopoulos said.
"We're all worried, but certainly the
alternative press will suffer more than
others," he said. So the GST will also narrow
the spectrum of artistic and political opinion in Canadian books and periodicals.
Independent booksellers will feel the
pinch more than anyone. Bill Dodge of
Montreal's Ficciones bookstore called it "a
very troublesome situation."
"In Quebec, 60 per cent of bookstores
have annual sales of $500,000 or less. Their
profit margin is usually less than ten per
cent," he explained. "With the tax coming in
at seven per cent, the association of Quebec
booksellers estimates that twenty per cent
of the stores will close."
Most of the survivors would either be
specialty shops with a loyal clientele, or
large chain stores like Coles, he predicted.
"Chains already order in huge volumes and
get higher discounts as a result, so they've
got the extra breathing room. Competition
amongst independents with general stock is
going to be fierce."
Dodge said there have already been
"troubling signals," citing the sudden
Christmas sale ofthe three Prospero Books
stores in Montreal and Ottawa to the Coles
Its owner, Dan Mazursky, had long
been "a very vocal independent bookseller
in Canada, had worked with the Canadian
Booksellers Association and actually presented the Don't Tax Reading brief to the
finance committee in Ottawa," Dodge said.
"He knows the impact of this better
than anyone, and he's gotten right out of
bookselling. That tells you which way the
wind is blowing."
Many government critics have speculated on how closely the spectre of free trade
hovers near the GST. The cross-border
implications of the reading tax are fairly
obvious, according to Dodge.
"The United States already dominates
the market,"he said. The Coalition's brief to
the House of Commons finance committee
notes that 75 per cent of all books sold in
Canada are made in another country —
most in the United States — where they will
avoid the GST at the production level.
Canadian books on the other hand will
be taxed from start to finish. The coalition
estimates a $25 Canadian book will cost $30
with the GST. A $25 American book would
cost $26.75.
American mail-order companies like
the Book ofthe Month Club, Quality Paperbacks and all the magazines will avoid the
tax completely by mailing directly to customers.
"These products will become that much
cheaper and people will be encouraged to
bypass Canadian bookshops," Dodge said.
"You will see foreign-owned publishers and
distributors now in Canada try to avoid the
tax by moving operations to the states," he
Smith agreed. "American publishers
enjoy economies of scale Canadian publishers simply can't take advantage of," she
"I'm sure that what Mulroney would
like to do is create some kind of "harmonized' field. But not only are the economies
different, the cultures are different, the
population is different and regional needs
are different. All of these things create a
need for special conditions to obtain here."
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edited by Marketa Goefz-Stankiewicz and published by
the UBC Press. These eight plays are written by former
Czech dissidents Vaclav Havel, Pavel Kohour, Pavel
Landovsky and Jiri Dienstbier.
We feature this book this week because while these
may be interesting times for writers in Eastern Europe,
in other parts ofthe world governments continue to
exert their considerable powers to prevent people
from reading what they want to read.
This year again, the UBC Bookstore has put together a
selection of banned and challenged books as a reminder
that none of us can take freedom to read for granted.
Please come and see the exhibit.
6200 University Boulevard • 228-4748
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February 20,1990 FEATURE
Roussopoulos smelled a rat. "If this is
indeed part of a design from above, it will
certainly have the desired effect. I'm convinced there's no serious intent to maintain
the presence of the Canadian book in the
Canadian marketplace."
Students, who have no choice but to use
a large portion of their already-meager
incomes to buy books, will bear the brunt of
the GST more heavily than the average
According to the Association of Canadian Publishers, Canadian books might
increase in price by as much as 15 per cent
immediately after the tax is applied. Since
more textbooks than general-market books
are Canadian-made, students will suffer
even more than most book buyers, who will
turn to American books instead.
The government plans no special exemptions for students, according to Don't
Tax Reading's David Hunt.
And Hunt said student publishing
ventures will have even more trouble with
the GST than other publishers.
"By my interpretation of the government's technical paper, the student fees
that go into student publishing would have
to be increased not only to cover all the extra
costs but to pay a GST on the fees themselves," he said. "You'd be required to
charge 7 per cent on student fees because
the only exception they're making is for
tuition   fees   —	
other corporations and interest
groups to lobby for exemptions,
claiming their good or service is also a
necessity." To keep the tax low, he
argued, it must affect as many areas
as possible.
"Everybody who reads thinks it's
disgusting that they're even considering applying this tax," said Dodge.
Smith estimated about 30,000
Canadians have signed the Don't Tax
Reading petition, and she noted "we
can't say how many postcards are in
the Prime Minister's office, but I'd
guess it's in the thousands. This has a
kind of momentum not even we expected." Meanwhile, the Coalition
has been lobbying, presenting briefs,
calling MPs and encouraging concerned citizens to write letters.
The Coalition has not taken a
general stand against the GST, however. "Many members ofthe coalition
are very strongly against the tax personally, but for the sake of the precision of our position on reading and
the breadth ofthe coalition, we haven't declared ourselves one way or another," Smith explained.
Roussopoulos compared this to
the cultural community's original response to the free trade agreement.
"Later, we determined that even
though cultural industries were
nominally exempt we had to look at in
the way it would affect the Canadian
"... the alternative press will suffer more than
others," he said. So the GST will also narrow the
spectrum of artistic and political opinion in
Canadian books and periodicals
everything else
they have roped
into the net."
This would
apply not only to
publishing levies
but to all student
activity fees.
West MP Jim Hawkes said the government
couldn't make any exceptions for reading
"Every time special treatment is
granted, additional complexities and inequities are created," he said in a letter. The
GST, he said, "did not exempt racetrack
gambling. It also did not exempt printed
Delta MP Stan Wilbee said exempting
reading would "open the door for many
economy, and thus indirectly on publishing and culture. The GST coalition has not had that debate," he said.
The Canadian Labour Congress
is trying to organize a precedent-setting popular referendum on the GST
to be held across Canada this spring.
And in the meantime, the Don't Tax
Reading Coalition will continue to
lobby, hurtling cards, letters and fury
at the Tory heralds of illiteracy.
GST costs students
By Chris Lawson
(CUP) — Mich ael Wilson's Goods and Services Tax legislation is about 300
pages long, and somewhere in it are clauses that will cost students about
$200 if it's put in place.
Since it was first introduced, it has drawn a steady hail of criticism from
almost every sector of society, for being regressive, inflationary and unjust.
Its architects have exempted basic groceries, rent and tuition fees for
courses not leading to a degree, diploma or certificate, but pretty much
anything else is fair game.
Student association fees and other incidental fees will be subject to the
goods and services tax, finance department officials say.
"If membership in a student organization provides significant benefits,
they will be taxable," said one official, who refused to be named. "Student
association fees generally do provide benefits to their members in that they
collectively pay for representation to government."
Similarly, where a university or college charges for services duplicated
by the private sector—such as athletics or photocopying—they can expect
to be taxed.
Finance department official Rick Doyon says the new tax is intended
to deny public and non-profit groups an unfair advantage where they
provide the same service as private companies.
Statistics Canada says university students pay an average of $41.70
per year in athletics fees, $71.50 in student association fees and $92 in
"other" fees, which include course materials fees. Seven per cent of these
amounts to around $14 per year.
More importantly, even though the GST will cost students as much as
$170 by some estimates, students will miss out on a special tax credit for
low-income singles who live on their own.
The extra credit, worth as much as $100, only applies to people who
earn between $6,175 and $13,175. Most students won't earn enough to be
eligible for it.
Advertising research on post-secondary students shows about 65 per
cent live away from home. About half earn less than $7,000 per year.
The poverty line for single, full-time workers ranges from $10,547 in
PEI to $13,485 in Ontario. Department of finance officials say students
don't need the tax credit.
"What students are spending money on, things like tuition, rent, and
food aren't going to be taxed," says Finance official Rick Byers. "So there's
not the need to have the credit in that case — students aren't hit that hard
by the goods and services tax."
One department of finance official, who asked not to be named, says
students who earned less than $6,175 didn't need extra money.
To give them the extra credit would be another form of social assistance," he says. "And it would not be well targeted."
"I've been to school, and I've seen lots of students who had incomes of
that level that had no need of assistance," he adds.
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Student Court will convene on
Wednesday, Feb. 21st, at 1:30 in
SUB Room 206 to hear the charges
brought by Jason Gadd and Darlene
Prosser against Andrew Hicks.
Queries or concerns should be
directed to the AMS Ombudsperson,
SUB 100A, 228-4846.
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Deadline for Resumes
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February 20,1990
Ice Birds stomp Bobcats -twice
by Michael Booth
How well a team handles
adversity often determines
whether it is of championship calibre or just another pretender.
In Friday's 6-4 win over the
University of Brandon Bobcats,
the Thunderbird hockey team
showed its mettle and proved that
their second-half success is not at
the expense of poor competition.
The win, coupled with a 10-2
thrashing ofthe Bobcats on Saturday, extended the UBC's winning
string to eight games and clinched
third place in the tough Canada
West conference.
The T-Birds were comfortably
ahead 4-1 in the second period of
Fridays game when questionable
calls   of  referee   Kelly   Martin
started to go against them. By the
midway through the third period,
Brandon had outshot UBC 10-2 in
the period and tied the score at 4.
The T-Birds could have reacted in two ways: use the referee
as an excuse and play for a tie; or
dig in, find one more gear, and
take the game to Brandon.
As the final score shows, the
T-Birds opted for the second choice
and outshot the Bobcats 15-5 for
the last ten minutes as forward
Scott Fearns bagged a pair of goals
to ice the win.
The winning goal was a classic demonstration of the T-Birds'
desire to win as Fearns took his
rebound off the boards, circled the
net and jammed the puck under
the arm of fallen Brandon goaltender Doug Roach.
Fearns scored the insurance
marker minutes later on a breakaway when he glanced a shot off
Roach's other arm.
"(Team captain Grant) Del-
court fed me through the defense
and I had enough speed to beat
them," Fearns said. "I dropped my
shoulder in a fake deke and shot it
high. It hit a piece of his blocker
and went into the net."
Fearns' pair of goals was
matched by forward Rich Dusevic
while forward Scott Rawson and
defenseman Rob Rice rounded out
the T-Bird scoring with a goal
apiece. Third- year forward Dave
Whistle led all Bobcat scorers with
a pair of goals.
Saturday's game also might
have been close were it not for the
play of T-Bird goaltender Brad
Bird skates around Bobcat
Calgary creams opposition, again
By Michael Booth
The UBC women's basketball
team was served notice ofthe task
ahead in the playoffs as they
dropped a pair of games to the
nationally top ranked University
of Calgary Dinosaurs.
The T-Birds, who fell by
scores of 78-47 and 88-55, finished
the regular season in fourth place
with an 8-12 and travel to Calgary
to play the 20-0 Dinosaurs in a best
of three semi-final series.
In Friday's tilt, UBC traded
baskets with Calgary in the early
minutes of the game before the
prairie visitors settled down and
proceeded to build a 25 point lead
by half-time. In the second half the
T-Birds put in a better effort, but
the Dinosaurs used their commanding lead and coasted to a 78-
47 point victory.
Third year UBC forward
Jenny Smallridge sank three of
four shots from three point range
to top all UBC scorers with 15
points while fifth year forward
Veronica VanderSchee paced the
Calgary attack with 25 points and
14 rebounds.
Saturday's game was much
better played and despite the final
score, the T-Birds kept the contest
close until the dying minutes of
the first half. Calgary grabbed a
quick 12-3 lead only to see the T-
Birds roar back to within two at
14:12. By half time, however, the
Dinosaurs had opened up a 46-31
lead and they continued to press in
the second half.
At times the Calgary offence
looked like a well oiled machine
with every part in place and moving with precision. Just as the T-
Birds would appear to be controlling their breaks, the Dinos would
change their formation and score
yet another easy lay-up.
Smallridge once again led the
T-Bird scoring with 11 points
while fifth year forward Tessa
Valg and fourth year forward
Janna Jordan chipped in 10
apiece. VanderSchee once again
led the Dinosaur scoring parade,
hitting on 16 of 19 field goals and
34 points.
Calgary head coach Donna
Rudukas blamed her team's lack
of mental preparation for allowing
the T-Birds to stay close in Saturday's game but was nonetheless
pleased with the weekend's re
"We couldn't get our offence
going and our defence wasn't
ready to play", Rudukas said.
"UBC was much better prepared
(Saturday) tonight. Mentally it
was an error on our part to let
them get hot.
"We are not worried about
being down for the playoffs. We
have now won 63 straight, finished first, and are in position to
advance to the national championships which was our goal at the
beginning of the year."
Valg, playing her last home
game as a T-Bird, said that playing Calgary any time is tough, not
just in the playoffs.
"It's tough because they are a
good team and because it's a tough
game to get up for," Valg said. "We
will have to play the game of our
lives and catch them on an off
night to beat them. They can
counter anything you throw at
them and they are not afraid to
deviate from their game plan."
The T-Birds travel to Calgary
for their semi-final series while
the University of Victoria plays
host to the University of Lethbridge in the other series.
MacDonald. MacDonald, playing
for the first time since December,
made several outstanding saves
early in the contest that seemed to
demoralize Brandon. The T-Birds
took advantage of this to strike for
four goals before the end of the
first period.
The T-Birds extended their
lead to 10-0 by the midway mark of
the third period before coasting to
an easy 10-2 win.
Rawson and Delcourt had two
goals apiece while single markers
went to forwards Dusevic, Fearns,
Dave Cannon, Kevin Taillefer and
to defenseman Kevin Hoffman.
Whistle and forward Pat Penner
accounted for all the Brandon
Delcourt attributed the
team's second half success to a new
found sense of confidence, something that should help them heading into the play-offs.
"We are feeling really confident heading into the play-offs;
we've won eight straight games
and have been hot since Christmas (11-3)," Delcourt said. "In the
first half of the season, if we were
up by a goal heading into the third
period, we thought the game could
be lost. Now in that situation, we
know we are going to win it."
The T-Birds will travel to
Alberta next weekend for a best of
three play-off series. The winner
will face the victor in the Calgary-
Regina series to determine the
representative for Canada West at
the national championships in
Thunderbirds clinch
second place in Bball
by Franka Cordua-von Specht
The scramble for a play-off
position is over, at last.
And UBC men's basketball
team (15-5) have crystallized in
second place with home-court
advantage for the Canada West
play-offs first round next weekend.
Very sweet, considering that
four ofthe teams in the division—
Victoria, UBC, Alberta, and Calgary are in the top six nationally.
UBC was ranked third in the most
recent poll.
Consider also that these
teams have all defeated each other
during the season—with the exception of Alberta which Victoria
dominated during the regular
season sweeping all four games.
The T-birds secured second
spot on Friday night by narrowly
defeating the University of Calgary Dinosaurs, 106-103.
The game was highlighted
with masterful individual performances. More than once did
guard Paul Cohee navigate with
dazzling speed across a red sea of
Dinos to score a lay-up.
No less impressive was T-bird
J.D. Jackson who scored 36 points
and passed superbly: threading
the ball inside to centre Mike
Clarke, tossing a court length ball
to guard Brian Tait on the fast
break and then, with the score 97-
94, whipping the ball from beneath the crowded Dino hoop to
guard Al Lalonde for a crucial
Jackson's point total was
eclipsed by 6'8" Dino Brian
Masikewich (44 points), with
whom the T-birds had difficulty
controlling, especially in the final
UBC's 105-92 win on Saturday came easier against the Dinos,
who now have the unenviable
prospect of tangling with nationally second-ranked Victoria.
There were fewer flashy
plays, fewer unforced errors and
much more coherent play from
UBC on Saturday.
"I thought we did a better job
tonight of setting up good shots,"
UBC head coach Bruce Enns said
following Saturday's game.
Enns noted the performances
of Al Lalonde and Brian Tait.
Neither netted double-digits in
the scoring column, but they dominated the game with their play-
Jackson and Clarke notched
31 and 28 points respectively.
Masikewich scored 38 points and
nabbed the CIAU's top scoring
honours, displacing guard Alberta's Sean Chursinoff, whom
Enns guessed would be the country's player of the year.
UBC takes on Chursinoff et
al. in a best of three semi-finals
next weekend, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday if necessary.
"Let's hope Chursinoff is not
upset with us for losing scoring
title," joked Enns.
Birds splash to silver
There was plenty of action at
the aquatic centre on the weekend
as the Thunderbird swim team
hosted the Canada West swimming championship. UBC put in a
strong performance with the
women's team finishing in second
place while the men pulled in
The University of Alberta finished on top ofthe women's competition with 413 points, a scant
three point lead over runner-up
UBC's 410.
UBC was led by Nancy
Lovrinic's five gold medal performance including three Canada
West record breaking swims.
Lovrinic set a new Canada
West record in winning the 200m
freestyle with a mark of 2:04.34 to
go along with first place finishes in
the 200m and 400m individual
medley races. Lovrinic then
teamed up with Allison Gilbert,
Sally Gilbert, and Carmen Boudreau to set Canada West records
for the 800m freestyle relay and
the 400m medley relay.
The team clocked in at 4:25.58
for the 400m race, and at 8:31.74
for the 800m event. Boudreau also
captured the gold medal for the
100m breaststroke with a time of
1:14.48 while Allison Gilbert won
the 400m freestyle with a winning
time of 4:23.46".
The powerful University of
Calgary men's team rode to an
easy win in the men's competition.
Calgary rang up 477 points to far
out-distance Alberta's 354.5
points and third place UBC's 248.
The lone gold medalist ofthe
UBC men's team was Ron Page's
clocking of 52.39 seconds in the
100m freestyle. Team mate Barry
Wosk finished second in the event
with a time of 52.67 seconds.
February 20,1990 SPORTS
UBC stumbles before playoffs
by Wayne King
UBC volleyball teams were
swept up in a Prairie storm at
Calgary in weekend volleyball
action against the University of
Calgary Dinosaurs.
The loss for the men drops
them into third place in Canada
West with four matches remaining while the women finish the
season in second place secure in
the final play-off position.
In the final weekend of Canada West women's league play, the
T-Bird's losses drop UBC's record
to 14-5, good enough for second
place and a berth in next weekend's play-off match with their
arch rivals, the University of Victoria Vikettes.
The T-Birds were soundly
defeated in the opening match
Friday falling to the Dinos in
straight games 15-4 15-13 and 15-
"Calgary played their strongest line-up of the season against us
and we played poorly," explained
UBC head coach Donna Baydock.
"They didn't surprise us with anything; we just didn't play well."
Sonya Wachowski played her
usual consistent game registering
11 kills in both Friday's and Saturday's matches.
Saturday, the Dinos rolled to
another 3-0 victory winning 15-12,
15-7, and 15-10.
"It's tough playing in their
building," said Baydock, "But we
can't use that as an excuse, they
simply played better than we did."
UBC lost the match despite
the defensive efforts of Gwen
Parker who played "outstanding
in Saturday's match," said
Heading into the play-off with
Victoria, the T-Birds will have to
improve on their Calgary performance if they hope to defeat the
number one ranked Vikettes.
"Well have to be aggressive
on our serve and play blood and
guts defence with aggressive
blocking and good digging if we
want to beat Victoria," said
Baydock. "We also have to serve
receive and pass the ball well if we
want to challenge them offensively, a high ball attack isn't in
our favour against a team like
The T-bird men suffered a
similar fate, as Calgary defeated
the T-Birds 3-1 on Friday 15-6 15-
13 12-15 and 15-7.
"It seemed we were miles
behind in every game before we
started to play," said UBC head
coach Dale Ohman. "The scores
were not indicative ofthe match as
we didn't belong even close to
Calgary's Tom Elser led the
way for the Dinosaurs with 20 kills
while UBC's Rob Hill and Dave
Farrell had 21 and 19 kills respectively in a losing cause.
The T-Birds bounced back
from Friday's poor performance
with a better showing Saturday
losing 3-2.
"Splits on the road seem to be
the trend in our conference this
season and this was our first legitimate chance to win on the road
this season," explained Ohman.
The T-Birds, however, were
unable to follow through with a
Calgary opened up 15-9 in the
first game but the T-Birds
bounced back and took the lead 2-
1 by virtue of 15-1115-6 victories.
But the split was not to be as UBC
lost the next two matches.
"We beat up on them in the
third game and finished them off
well and then came out in the
fourth game with a soft effort and
srot behind right off the bat," ex
claimed Ohman. "It seems that
this group of guys when given the
possibility of winning get wrapped
up in thinking about winning and
forget what got them to that
Saturday's match was UBC's
strongest of the season in terms of
blocking as the T-Birds registered
22 stuff blocks against Calgary's
29. Rob Hill and Dave Farrell led
the way for the T-Birds with 22
and 21 kills and 4 and 5 stuff
blocks respectively in a losing
The losses drop UBC's season
record to 6-6 and into sole possession of third place in Canada West
behind first-place Calgary and
second-place Saskatchewan.
"We still control our own destiny to some extent and if we can
win our final four matches we will
finish in a tie for first place regardless of what any other team does,"
explained Ohman.
UBC has yet to win away from
home and all four of their remaining matches are on the road so it
will be tough sledding for the T-
Bird men's squad.
The T-Birds are off to the "Dog
Pound" in Saskatchewan next
weekend to take on the Huskies
and will have to "put together full
games and maintain their success
over a longer period of time if they
are to be victorious," said Ohman.
The women are off to Victoria
to play the top ranked Vikettes in
the Canada West play-off match.
The T-Birds will have to come up
with a spectacular effort if they are
to dethrone the talented Vikettes
and win the Canada West championship.
UBC can advance to the national championships by coming
through the back door by virtue of
the wild card berth if they lose to
Ubyssey honours student athletes
This past weekend, a
number of athletic milestones
were reached and, in one instance, a booster ofthe hockey
team was given long overdue
recognition for his contribution.
• On Friday night Dr.
Charles Slonecker, a professor of anatomy at UBC, was
made an honorary member of
the thunderbird hockey
alumni society.
Dr. Slonecker has actively supported the team for
five years, through the bad
years as well as the good. Dr.
Slonecker has contributed to
the program over the years
including serving as university liaison during last
spring's tour of Japan and
proctoring exams so that players could attend the Great
Western Forum tournament in
Los Angeles last Christmas.
• Saturday's games marked
the final regular season appearance of four UBC varsity
Kim Sauder andTessa Valg
of the women's basketball
team, Jeff Strother of the men's
basketball team, and Peter
Twist ofthe hockey team have
all finished their five years of
collegiate eligibility. Strother
has played four years for Thunderbird teams, while Valg and
Twist have been here for three
years and Strother two.
• Rich Dusevic scored three
goals and added four assists for
seven points to push his career
points total to 101. Dusevic is
only the 26th Thunderbird
hockey player to break the one
hundred point mark.
• The Thunderbird women's 4x200 meter freestyle
relay and 4x100m medley relay teams set Canada West
records at the Canada West
swimming championships at
the aquatic centre.
The teams—consisting of
Nancy Lovrinic, Allison
Gilbert, Sally Gilbert, and
Carmen Boudreau—set
marks of 8:31.63 and 4:25.58
respectively in the two events.
In addition to the team's record setting performances,
Lovrinic set a new Canada
West record of 2:04.34 in the
200m freestyle.
February 20,1990
The following letter from the Chartered Accountant firm of Peat Marwick Thome, which conducted a special investigatory audit of the
Alma Mater Society, provides a financial overview ofthe AMS. As reported in past editions of "The Ubyssey", the recommendations in the
auditor's report, including stricter controls over student government accounts, have been implemented and entrenched in the society's Code
and Procedures.  I have requested this letter be written in order to address the concerns that students have over the financial situation of
the AMS.
Sincerely, ^
Mike Lee
February 7, 1990
The Alma Mater Society of the
University of British Columbia
6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia
Attention:  Mr. Mike Lee, President
Dear Sirs;
We are writing at your request to provide a brief overview of the activities and
financial position of The Alma Mater Society of the University of British
Columbia CAMS").
As you are aware, the AMS performs a variety of financial and administrative
functions for student related activities, including:
• Administering certain "quasi-business" activities, such as The Pit,
Gallery Lounge, Games Centre, Subcetera/Ticket Centre and certain
Student Union Building services.
• Collecting and disbursing certain fees and levies for activities, such as
intramural sports, undergraduate society functions, graduation class events
and other special functions.
• Administering student facilities, including the Student Union Building,
Whistler Lodge and, on a joint basis, the Aquatic Centre.
• Providing funding and bookkeeping services for the AMS Student
Government, the Ubyssey and C.I.T.R. Radio.
• Performing bookkeeping services and limited amiinistrative functions for
AMS constituted clubs, certain organizations and constituencies.
• Various other administrative and service functions.
As at April 30, 1989, the most recent fiscal year-end, the AMS had working capital
of approximately $956,000, representing a working capital ratio of 1.7:1, and we
understand that this position has, if anything, improved slightly during the period
to January 31, 1990. A working capital ratio in this range is generally considered
a strong indicator of ability to finance current operations and meet obligations as
they fall due.
The retained surplus ofthe AMS, and reserves which are earmarked for potential
future expenditures, amounted to approximately $1.7 Million at April 30, 1990,
with no long term liabilities. This is the lowest possible debt-equity ratio. A low
ratio of debt to equity is generally considered a strong indicator of long-term
financial resilience.
We note that the book equity of student facilities and other property amounted
to approximately $4.0 Million at April 30, 1989 presented a strong position.
Expenses incurred by the AMS for the year ended April 30, 1989, excluding
expenditures by clubs, undergraduate societies and such organizations out of their
own operating revenues, were as follows:
• Business Operations
• Other, including Intramural Expenses,
Undergraduate Fees, Ubyssey, C.I.T.R.
Radio and Miscellaneous (Net)
• Capital Projects Acquisition (CPAC)
• Student Government Expenses
and Programs
We note that controls surrounding day-to-day business operations and other
expenditures are administered separately from the elected and appointed
representatives, who have the authority to approve only day-to-day Student
Government expenses and certain smaller amounts of CPAC expenses.
Although we have not specifically undertaken a detailed review of procedures
relating to the business operations, our general review has indicated that the key
controls in place have been adequate for several years. While there may be reason
for concern that poor judgement was displayed in certain Student Government
expenditures, the systems in place would make it difficult for these problems to
be pervasive to the other operations of the AMS.
The expenses ofthe Student Government, which include those ofthe Council, the
Student Administration Commission, certain service organizations and programs,
were as follows for the year ended April 30, 1989:
Salaries and Wages $106,000
Honoraria 20,000
Photocopying and Publicity 22,000
Travel and Conferences 12,000
General Office 12,000
Donations and Grants 5,000
Special Projects, Concerts, Clubs Day, Etc. 65,000
Committee and Council Meetings 3,000
Miscellaneous and Other 13,000
Student Government expenses and programs have been incurred in broadly
similar amounts and proportions in each of the last five years.
With respect to Student Government expenses and programs, we have provided a written report outlining policy matters that should
be addressed and specific control procedures that should be considered. These recommendations are generally aimed at enhancing
awareness of conflict of interest considerations and improving on existing budgeting, cheque authorization and other control procedures.
The rapid manner in which the elected/appointed representatives and employees of the AMS assisted in identifying these policy and
procedural deficiencies and the time frame of implementing the related recommendations appears to have limited the extent of Student
Government expenditures that may be criticized on grounds of conflict of interest or poor judgement. Based on all the considerations
discussed in this letter, the effect of weak policy and control procedures over Student Government expenditures does not appear to have
had a serious impact on the overall financial well-being of the AMS
Yours very truly,
f\      «   <\
Paul D. Wilkinson
Senior Manager
February 20,1990 THE ARTS
Strange angel descends Wednesday
by John Gray
SOME say writing about
music is like dancing about
architecture. If this is true, it is
doubly so for writing about
Laurie Anderson.
Laurie Anderson
Wednesday February 21st
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Anderson's work is an
eclectic collection of stories,
ideas, and music that explore the
structure of words and language,
as well as the architecture of
Anderson's performances
aren't exactly concerts, though
they do contain music. David
Byrne said: "Music is just a trick
to make people pay attention to
what you are saying." Laurie
Anderson will undoubtedly have
something interesting to say
during her concert Wednesday
night. She will perform her
Empty Places show based on her
album Strange Angels at the
Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Anderson is primarily a
story teller. Her first performance outside ofthe hot house
environment of the New York
avante-garde scene was at a
country and western bar, an
event billed as an evening of
fiddling and story telling.
"I thought this was great,"
said Anderson in a CBC profile of
her works last year. "I'd love to
be able to play for more than the
dozen people that I normally
play for in the galleries."
Added to the test of Anderson's performances is the visual
element she integrates into her
"My goal is to make images,
so it is more important to look at
my work and accept it or reject it
in terms of sensual things, as opposed to how it adds up logically.
I think it adds up logically, but it
is an arrangement of things you
get first through your senses and
not through your brain."
Anderson achieves this sensual goal by juxtaposing images
with words she is speaking or
As she said in a recent CBC
interview, "I try to recognize that
people can see one thing and
hear another and that type of
counterpoint works really well."
The Empty Places show will
be significantly different from
her last concert Home Of The
Brave. In that tour she put
together a stellar band of
musicians and performers, such
as William S. Burroughs, Bill
Laswell, Adrian Belew and
David Van Teighan. Empty
Places trips down many ofthe
tracks from the Strange Angels
album and features more of
Anderson on stage with fewer
"This is a very personal
show. I wanted to do something
where my real rapport was with
the audience and not just the
other musicians," said Anderson
to Brent Bambry.
Empty Places has a sharper
political edge than Anderson's
previous work.
"I tried to describe how
things have changed here. I walk
out my door and turn the corner
Laurie Anderson makes
avant-garde accessable
and there are eight guys sleeping
on ledges on the street."
The work did not begin with
the intention of describing the
changes in Reagan's America.
However, an event in Anderson's
life inspired the work.
"Last June I stepped out of a
taxi and into an open manhole
and had to spend an evening in a
hospital emergency room. I
watched a whole cross section of
the city stream by in this long
line of misery. But what really
struck me was the old people
really just looking for a place to
go. Being able to talk with them
and see their faces was almost
unbearable to me and I wanted
to describe that."
The performance coincides
with the release of Strange
Angels, Anderson's first studio
album since her 1984 Mr.
Heartbreak. The album also
reflects the greater political bite
ofthe show. This can be seen in
the song Beautiful Red Dress:
Hold It,. I just want to say
You know for every dollar a
man makes, a woman makes $.63
Now fifty years ago, that was
So with that kind of luck it
will be the year 3888 before we
make a buck.
Another major change with
this album and the performance
is Anderson's switch from talk-
singing to straight singing.
"I was sort of shamed into
taking singing lessons," says
Anderson. "When you stop
speaking and start singing, it's
really terrifying."
The result is a much more
direct, much less ironic tone and
lyric content. Anderson says this
is because "(When you sing) you
really have to be open. It is very
hard to sing a lie."
Being open and communicating with audiences is very
important to Anderson. She
translates all her performances
into the native language ofthe
country where she performs.
"I first started the translations because I did a lot of work
in Germany and I thought I can't
just sit here and yap to these
people in English, that's insane.
So I decided to learn the performance in German."
This practice has not been
without it's problems. It was not
until after a concert in Japan
that Anderson discovered that
she had given the entire performance with a stutter unintentionally transmitted by her
This should not be a problem
at Anderson's Vancouver concert.
Israel Week 1990 Presents:
of That War"
Award-winning Israeli Film
Wed., February 28, 7 pm
Instructional Resource Centre,
Room 6
Woodward Building, U.B.C.
Tickets: $5
available at:
Hillel House        •   Kaplan's Deli
University of BC        5775 Oak St.
Shalom Books     •   Israel Program
3712 Oak St. Centre in the JCC
950 W. 41st Ave.
For more info, on this & other Israel
Week programs, phone 224-4748
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The Alma Mater Society is now receiving
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These positions involve working for the AMS on
specific projects as determined by the AMS Hiring
Committee. In the past, projects have included the
AMS Bookstore, High School Orientation activities
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and supervisory or managerial experience would
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February 20,1990
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Graphic: Bandersnatch
Reacting to Africa coverage
For the first time I felt that the CBC
had surpassed itself in coverage on news in
Africa, as I watched the news at 10 pm one
I was very excited about the news that
the ANC and other Black political movements were no longer banned, and that
Nelson Mandela would soon be released.
The tremendous feeling of joy must surely
be understood by all who have fought for the
removal of apartheid from South Africa. I
never believed it would be in my lifetime. In
high school we discussed for hours how the
U.S and Britain would never allow apart
heid to be demolished because of the fear
that a Black majority government led by the
ANC would surely turn Communist (the
dreaded C word), and would lead to the loss
of a strategic position on the cape of Africa.
So the irrational fear of communism confused the issue of apartheid, and the white
South African government played on this
fear and labeled the ANC as communist.
Today, the ANC is unbanned. Is it any less
communist? Was it ever? Today the West
realizes that the Soviet Union is tied up
with its changes brought about by a very
brave and far-sighted Gorbachev, and so
today, South Africa can talk about bringing
an end to Apartheid.
Did it make you sick to watch Thatcher
claim that 'peaceful negotiations' had
brought about this change? Thatcher's
brand of peaceful negotiations may be
loosely translated to mean Britain getting
rich on the trade with South Africa which
other countries spurned when they made a
stand for Sanctions. Canada must be given
credit for at least making a bold stand in the
Commonwealth for Sanctions because no
doubt Sanctions is one ofthe major reasons
for the change of heart in South Africa. No
doubt the Scandinavian countries deserve
the most credit for keeping that side of the
struggle against Apartheid. Another major
reason is of course, the struggle within
South Africa of brave and courageous Black
children, women and men.
Did any one really listen to the answers
Pik Botha gave to Barbara Frum on The
Journal? Did I hear him say that some
people feel that they have not been treated
fairly under apartheid? It is very significant
that he did not say most people have been
unfairly treated by the system.
It is probably fair to say that neither he
nor his government really understand what
it means to be on the otherside of the Apartheid laws. Why did South Africa not follow
Zimbabwe's example ten years ago? (Zimbabwe used to be Rhodesia, a British colony
which 'illegally' broke away to become independent with a white minority government
for almost two decades. In 1980, after a
bitter war of independence, Black majority
rule was established. Ian Smith, Rhodesia's
white president at the time, was in close
cahoots with the South African Government and the world looked on and hoped
that South Africa would learn). I guess
there was no wind of change blowing over
Eastern Europe then, was there? The
Ceaucesceaus had not been sent to the
Angela Lamensdorf
African Students Association
Ode to the eighties
Terry Fox ran the Marathon of Hope,
giving hope to a new decade.
A man attempted to kill the Pope,
making the world afraid.
There came AIDS and threat to health.
Condoms were mass produced.
And then there was the Commonwealth.
Di married Chuck and reproduced.
Years of cutbacks in the schools.
Years of walk-outs and strikes.
Then the fitness craze,
Skiing, Aerobics, Mountain bikes.
Valley girls and skateboard punks,
"Awesome, Rad and Cool!"
Ripped jeans, NEON, "What a hunk!"
Condom machines at school.
Feed the world, send your money,
let them know you care.
Suffering and pain is far from funny.
Nations have to share.
Expo 86, a festival!
Gaiety and mirth.
Chernobyl and the Space Shuttle,
Disasters shook the earth.
Money, money, money, money,
until the Wall Street Crash.
And for the world's environment,
we became concerned with trash.
Free-Trade elections in Canada.
Canadian businesses died.
The Olympics-our hero, Ben Johnson.
A scandal-Canada Cried.
What have the 80's brought to us?
Memories and stories to be told.
Now that the 90's are suddenly here,
what does the future hold?
Will we learn what's in store for the next
ten years?
Good things? Lose or win?
They're tearing down the Berlin Wall.
That's a good way to begin.
Maria Peelo
Arts 4
Twelfth Night
on a
February 8 - 24, 1990
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Going Your Way!
On Campus - SUB
UBC Student Counselling
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Room 200, Brock Hall •> 228-3811
February/March Workshop Schedule
All workshops are from 12:30 -1:30 • unless otherwise noted
Assertiveness Training: Overcoming Group Situation Anxiety
Four weekly instructional sessions will be offered at the Centre.
Preregistration Required (Limited Enrollment)
Monday Group: 3:30-5 pm, starting Feb. 26, March 5,12 & 19,1990
Thursday Group: 3:30-5 pm, starting March 1,8,15 & 22,1990
February 20 Interview Survival
February 22 Resume Preparation
February 23 An Ounce of Prevention:
 Self-Esteem Enhancement
February 26 Study Skills Strategies:
 Peak Performance
February 27 Stress Busters
March 1 Personal Time Management
March 6 Social Assertiveness
March 8 Procrastination
March 8 Interview Survival Skills
March 9 How to Combat Blues
March 12 Motivation
March 13 Coping Strategies for
 Disabled Students
March 15 Career Search Strategies
February/March Films
Wednesday Noon 12:30 -1:30
Feb. 21 Sexual Roulette: Aids and the Heterosexual
Feb. 28 Alive and Well - Stress Reduction
March 7 Anorexia and Bulimia
March 14 Interview Skills
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For more information or to register for these workshops call 228-3811.
Watch this space for news on March's workshops.
February 20,1990 A.S-:
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Blacks dislike
In the letter entitled Sanctions now! (The Ubyssey, Jan 19),
Sabrina Hong of Students for a
Free Southern Africa wrote: If
77% of the black population [of
South Africa] stands behind sanctions, shouldn't we do the same?
Some "If"! I first became
aware of the 77% figure from a
letter written in 1986 to the Canadian Association of University
Teachers Bulletin. This figure
was the result of an opinion survey
conducted or sponsored by the
London Sunday Times and published in August 1985. The total
number of people in the sample
surveyed was four hundred (400),
to represent all the urban blacks in
South Africa, or at least in one
region. The person who wrote the
letter failed to mention other surveys that preceded the Times survey and had quite different results. So this person either didn't
know about these surveys or was
intellectually dishonest. Being
very selective with the evidence
may be all right for a lawyer defending a client, but it's unworthy
of an academic.
I propose to leave, with Students for a Free Southern Africa, a
copy of the summary of opinion
surveys given in a book that I mentioned in earlier letters. (South
Africa's War Against Capitalism,
by Walter Williams, Praeger,
1989.) I hope that the Students for
a Free Southern Africa will examine this summary carefully and
allow other people to look at it too.
In each of thirteen out of fourteen
surveys more blacks were against
disinvestment and sanctions than
were in favor. The only survey of
the fourteen to give a different
result was the August 1985 survey
mentioned above.
Basic to the argument of the
prodisinvestment/sanctions camp
is the assumption that sanctions
are the choice ofthe South African
black population. This assumption could very well be mistaken.
If it is mistaken, then the argument falls apart.
Sabrina Hong's letter contains other dubious assumptions,
but a discussion of these would
require a separate letter.
As I wrote in my letter of
January 19, the results of surveys
seem to indicate that disinvestment doesn't seem to be wanted by
most blacks in South Africa. Here
the "seem to" is important. The
fact is that opinion surveys are a
very tricky business and should
always be regarded with skepticism, but this subject, too, would
require a separate letter.
Robert R. Christian
Department of Mathematics
Some of my best
friends are ...
And so this is Arts Week.
Congratulations to the AUS for
organizing an impressive collec-
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take advantage of
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Friday Evenings,
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UBC Vocal Trio and
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February 23rd, 6:30 pm
Poetry Sweatshop
Final Sweat of the Term
March 2nd, 6:00 pm
Open Stage Talent
Calling Musicians, Jugglers
All Dramatists
March 16th, 6:00 pm
Fireside Lounge Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 3:00-11:00pm
Friday 3:00 pm-1:00 am
Presented by
the Graduate Student Society
tion of events, but the week's
theme of "Geer Stomping" is both
disappointing and disgusting. I
have no desire to stomp on engineering students (or anyone else
for that matter). Many of my closest friends are engineers. Regardless of whether or not the members
of the AUS actually know any
engineers, why would they want to
promote hostility toward any
I am embarrassed that the
representatives of my student
society are so lacking in intelligence and tolerance as to attempt
to foster spirit among Arts students at the expense of others.
Renee Symons
Arts 4
Lighten up, Suzuki
When I read David Suzuki I
have an overwhelming desire to
stuff a CFC-laden styrofoam cup
down his throat. When the Globe
and Mail discontinued his column
my heart gave a little cheer. Could
it be that these reactions are
caused by the fact that I care about
the environment?
I use a ceramic coffee cup,
take the bus, recycle newspapers,
use soap instead of detergent, turn
off unnecessary lights and turn
down the thermostat. So why am
I not a member of the Suzuki fan
club? Because I believe that his
obsessive ranting is damaging for
an important cause.
You've said it all before,
David. You're boring. You moral
ize. You alienate people. It isn't
the '60s. You don't have to scream
to get our attention anymore. We
know there's a problem.
David, try selling your argument. Yes, it's a lot harder than
bashing people over the head, but
it's more effective. Ifyou want Dr.
Strangway to close down all the
parking lots, point out all the
lovely building space hell get from
doing so. Instead of haranguing us
with the dangers, entice us with
the benefits. That's what works.
Write about increased profits,
consumer support, the warm feeling you get inside from doing the
"right" thing.
The fact that you are championing a good cause does not make
you infallible, excuse you from
criticism, allow you to sit on your
laurels, or mean that you can do a
bad job. We need to work together
towards productive, practical answers. We don't need finger-pointing. Put your very talented mind
to work on new solutions. And
David, lighten up. For the environment's sake.
G. Wray
Arts 4
I are not stupid!
Contrary to the assumption
that Jeffrey Matthews makes in
his recent Ubyssey letter (Suzuki
jams out, Feb. 14), I do not subscribe to the fatuous statement
"What makes (Suzuki) special is
his compassion towards the environment and nature and his in
tense desire to share his knowledge with a large portion of society."
Although that sentence appeared under my name in this rag,
it does not accurately represent
my sentiments regarding David
Suzuki (viz. he is intelligent and
principled, yet his writing has a
tendency to reflect arrogance and
bias)—sentiments which were
abundantly clear before a Ubyssey
editor "edited" my review and created that sentence out of thin air
where none along those lines existed before.
Matthews has a point to
make, but he erred in citing this
so-called opinion of mine in making it.
Rick Hiebert
Arts 3 (and holding)
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slander, and the snobbish-
worship of anything clothed in
wealth and the outward appearances of conventional-
respectability.... (S)itting in
cloistered...seclusion and
sneering at and lying about
(people) who made them feel
—Teddy Roosevelt (An Autobiography, 1913)
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February 20,1990
THE UBYSSEY/17 The real
Today we will wake up to what is likely going to
be another "tough" budget. At least that is what the
media has been preparing us for.
The runaway budget must be brought under
control and Canadians must realise that we can no
longer afford to live the lifestyle we are accustomed
to is the common attitude of many politicians and
media analysts.
The "lifestyle" revolves around the extensive
social programs Canada has developed during the
past forty years. These are areas that have been
under attack for the past decade as the right wing
Reagan-Thatcherite forces slashed social programs
throughout the Europe and North America.
Recently, in Canada, the cuts in social programs
have been matched by large tax increases, particularly for the middle classes.
Today when word of the tough new budget
reaches you in the name of budget reduction, remember a few little facts.
—According to the NDP's Lome Nystrom over
93,000 corporations with total profits of over $27
billion paid no federal income tax because of loopholes.
—Statistics Canada figures show that between
1950 and 1988, corporate taxes share ofthe total tax
revenue dropped from 37 per cent to nine per cent.
—As reported in the Province, industry subsidies
totalled about $16 billion dollars last year.
—Every year approximately $25 billion dollars of
profits are transferred from Canadian branch
plants to the American multi-national headquarters.
Think about it and ask who the real parasites are.
February 20, 1990
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Up at The Ubyssey the pungent odor of freshly cut (well maybe) onions hung quiet yet
deadly. Gathered in a circle, their eyes moist and expectant, a gaggle of fellow cuppies
listened avidly to Deanne's timeless tails of recent C.U.P. antics.
Yet another WRCUP has ended. Once again Catty Piffle's stomach, grumbling
and hungry for gossip, will be pleasantly filled with gossip galore: Nadene and her late
night pondering of love and intrigue with a Capitol "C". Paul and his love affair which
could have been, if notfor a previous engagement with a white porcelain bowl... (perhaps
in the (all?). Imtiaz (think MTS) seemed to have gone caucus crazy and could be found
at least twice in each one. We were pleased to have Effie, our resident late night caucus
psychic who seemed to have the knack to say justthe right thing, (a la unrequited l'amour
(love) in a dark dark room...) Mke Kaminsky, a Uniter type unsuccessfully escaping
Winnipeg snow, was one morning implicated in an outrageous Piffle scandal which of
course was completely untrue! Jason., well he kept his secrets quite well hidden. But
what is the population of Red Deer?
Deanne (the always omniscient) knew all of this and many a tale more, but of
those she did not say. Instead she preferred to spend her time dancing, celebrating and
drinking ruby red wine. Round and round they twirled, swirling up dust, laughing and
singing. In a flurry of excitement Deanne and Rick danced merrily from table to table
celebrating Rick's newfound election to position of BC Bureau Chief. Corinne could do
nothing but stand and slowly shake her head. What had become of her friend?
Rebecca stood speechless (at her request) thinking of WRCUPand the scandals
she could have created. Hao Li, donning blinkers, reposed upon a Ubyssey couch and
shut all ihe revelry out Aberto, with asudden joyous cry, leapt upon afiling cabinet and
began singing Skid Row at the top of his lungs. This didn't last for long, as he was
promptly shut up by a distinctly disapproving look from Suzanna from the Daily. Syd
Barrett,(who obviously wasn't to be trusted I) toyed with the idea of placing a fluorescent
red pylon upon Joe Altwasser's head.
David Loh ran in huffing an puffing in apparent panic. Steve Conrad had
apparentlybeen killed in a bizarre blender mishap. He will be greatly missed. However
compared to the tragedy that was about to befall the Ubyssey, tbe blender incident was
a mere trifle. Yes, Deanne was leaving.
Franka promptly gathered together an emergency choir consisting of John Grey,
Martin Chester, Joanne Neilson, (and hisbrother Mark), David Chivo, Wayne King, Ernie
Seltzer, Katherine MoiA, Laura Bushekin, and Wong Kwok-sum.
Dale picked up his trusty slightly dented Tuba, Ted rounded up his banjo, Ernie brought
out his fiddle, and Keith (who seems to be perpetually tapping out some rhythm anyway)
picked up his bongoes.
Now that this group of talent was gathered together, Laura J. May picked up an
Xacto knife and conducted the Ubyssey band in an emotion filled rendition of the C. U.P.
national anthem. "See ya Deanne!" They all said in unison. And then, Corinne mere
steps behind, she was gone.
Joe Altwasser •  Franka Cordua-von Specht
Keith Leung •  Nadene Rehnby  •  Chung Wong
E NJOY    your
Calvin runs for
All right you sons of
bitches in Arts & Sciences.
We've just heard that
Arts and Science have
claimed the rights to Calvin
in their elections, well let us
tell you as campaign co-
manager ofthe Calvin campaign that Calvin doesn't
give a shit about Arts or
Science—HUMANITY is
what it's all about: All that
exists comes under the
realm of Calvin's concern.
Calvin would never run for
such a narrow range of interest.
And besides, THIRD
WESTMINSTER thought of
Roderick McFarland
Architecture 1
Steve Drews
Arts 2
Student wants
Dyslexia is a genetically determined functional
neurological language disability. I was diagnosed as
having severe specific developmental dsylexda at eight
years of age. All my life I
have been working hard to
overcome my learning disability.
Dyslexic students almost universally have great
difficulty with foreign languages. I have been fighting
for a language exemption
from the Faculty of Arts for
the past eight months. The
Faculty of Arts Senior Advisors decided
that I was not to be given a
language exemption. I requested that the advisors
look over my request with
the assistance of a specialist
in the field of learning disabilities. The advisors did
not follow through with my
request nor did they answer
my letter.
I asked the Coordinator
of Services for the Disabled
and a member of the President's Advisory Committee
on Disabled Students to
advocate on my behalf. Both
of my advocates were unsuccessful.
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I can not understand
how the Faculty of Arts
Senior Advisors can make a
proper evaluation of my
case. Both advisors have no
professional background in
the fields of learning disabilities. Both advisors are
ignoring the request of a
medical professional that I
be given a language exemption.
I think that a policy has
to be developed among the
different faculty concerning
language exemptions for
learning disabled students.
A review committee consisting of professionals in the
field of Learning Disabilities should be established to
evaluate individual cases. I
do not want other dsylexic
students to face the humiliation I have experienced.
Howard Eaton
4th Year Psychology
Women defend
We would like to correct
some misleading information written in the Feb. 9
article "Godiva gone but
attitudes left unchanged".
On Feb. 6, we were
three among a group of
people waiting for the Engineers' decision regarding
changes to their traditional
Lady Godiva parade. We
thought it important that
our presence be felt as we
awaited the outcome of their
AGM. We entered the lobby
of Hebb theatre and not the
theatre itself where the
closed meeting was taking
place. We were threatened,
pushed, intimidated, and
cornered in the lobby by at
least one large male for half
an hour. Contrary to the
article's claim, we did have
the option to leave the lobby,
but felt that our presence
made a statement for the
many non-Engineering students who had no vote at the
Although we applaud
the Engineers' policy reform, we feel that no student
has the right to detain,
physically or verbally
abuse, or intimidate others
involved in peacable activities. Possibly these actions
reflect a minority in the
Engineering   Faculty,   yet
our experience tells us that
at least thirty men consider
this behaviour acceptable.
Paula Pryce
Anthropology 3
Amber Ridington
Geography 3
Don Monet
"Dr. Kurt"
thanks UBC
It's a full-time job to
which I'm deeply committed.
First, a heartfelt and
somewhat personal word of
thanks to my fellow students. Once again you
placed your trust in me as a
spokesperson for your needs
and concerns.
As the child of a poor
family in rural Austria who
came to Canada 15 years
ago, with a lot of dreams and
little self-confidence, I marvel at the turn of events
which allowed me to become
a UBC philosophy student,
a member of the Board of
Governors and now AMS
president. I love UBC, I owe
UBC who I am today, and I
accept the democratic mandate of UBC students as a
way to express this love and
to repay my debt of gratitude.
Second, a plea for student unity. The new AMS
executive wants to improve
student life on many fronts.
I believe we can foster
healthy debate on AMS initiatives while getting beyond the polarized antagonisms of the recent past.
I want to be an accessible president who listens
to students and acts on their
concerns. From the start of
my term on Feb 14, the door
to my office in SUB 256 will
be open daily from 11 A.M.
to 2 P.M.
Kurt Preinsperg
AMS President
English only
policy attacked
In a bold act of leadership, UBC Food Services
has finally moved to secure
the rights of our anglophone
community. A notice distributed to all employees
last week indicated that
non-English communication would result in disciplinary action. No longer will
patrons and anglo-staff be
subjected to foreign
tongues, nor potentially be
ridiculed without the courtesy of being informed.
Since employees who
speak alanguage other than
English at work could actually be scorning the paisley
design on their boss' tie,
Canadian cuisine, or even
Food Service's menu, and
not discussing the finer
points of egg salad sandwich
preparation, I commend
Food Services on their constructive position. With
patron sensitivities now
well safeguarded, and the
productivity of the employees certain to increase as a
result of the new measures
(since they won't be talking
in those 'confusing* foreign
languages), Food Services
may now afford to 'trim the
fat' by firing offending employees.
In fact they may wish to
ban talking among its non-
anglophone staff entirely.
Staff could be required to
carry remote microphones
to ensure compliance and
these could also be used to
report immediately any
non-verbal communication
as well.
Unfortunately a few
items such as won ton soup,
croissants and lasagna will
now have to be removed
from the menu since staff
will not be permitted to
pronounce these foreign
words. However I am
certain that patrons will
gladly suffer such minor inconveniences, knowing
their food was taken out of
the oven in English. Perhaps an expanded selection
of roast beef and bread
(white, please) would console those individuals most
Finally, to illustrate
their openness and racial-
tolerance, Food Services
could declare their next
pastry design: Tiananmen
Greg O'Neill
February 20,1990 Socialists are
also pigs
In a letter containing both
pro-capitalist and anti-capitalist
propaganda (The Ubyssey, Feb 2)
Kurt Preinsperg wrote:
Perhaps worst of all, there is
capitalism's economic growth
imperative which threatens to
overwhelm the earth's ecosystem.
Mr. Preinsperg and others
may find it of interest to read a
recent article in Science magazine
(Jan. 19)that indicates that socialist regimes can be even worse
environmental offenders. The
article was written from Leipzig,
East Germany; its first paragraph
reads this way:
Before early November, when
a peaceful revolution rocked this
country, the environment was just
one more skeleton in the political
closet. Pollution, toxic waste, and
acid rain were words that weren't
part of any official lexicon. Although the air in much of East
Germany is a direct risk to public
health—as a result of poor emission controls on outdated indus
trial plants that burn brown
coal—that fact was never publicly
addressed. Levels of air pollution
were treated as state secrets, and
efforts to reduce them were at best
The last two paragraphs of
the article read this way:
Indeed, nothing East German
is certain these days. But the
environment has clearly emerged
from the closet, and is now caught
up in political debate that has a
distinctly Western flavour, mingling political parties, public opinion polls, public relations directors, fines for polluters, and the
profit motive. And although some
East Germans worry about exchanging the evils of socialism for
those of capitalism, those worries
apparently don't extend to environmental issues: there is a consensus that the Western countries
have done better than those of
Eastern Europe in protecting the
During a long talk one evening with a top manager of one
state-owned East German enterprise, he repeatedly mentioned
the steps Western companies had
taken to reduce emissions of
harmful chemicals—steps his own
firm had not bothered to take. At
the end ofthe evening, after reciting his litany of failure, the manager concluded with disgust: "The
system is useless."
Robert R. Christian
Department of Mathematics
Go figure
Yesterday, while purchasing
a medium coffee from UBC Food
Services with my own mug, I noticed a disturbing re-occurrence.
The styrofoam cup which the coffee was measured in was promptly
thrown away after the coffee had
been transferred into my mug,
effectively cancelling my effort not
to use styrofoam. A growing number of students at UBC are expressing their concern for the
environment by bringing their
own mugs. UBC Food Services
should now make their contribution to protecting the environment
and support student efforts by
using re-useable measuring cups.
Christine Coleman
Arts 2
Smash the AMS
Without passing judgement
on the possible merits of the various candidates in the recent
A.M.S. elections, I wish to discuss
the question of executive salaries,
a matter of some interest to dues-
paying members of the student
society. All three candidates for
the position are ofthe opinion that
an honorarium of 2000 dollars per
annum should be adequate compensation (The Ubyssey, Jan. 26).
We are supposed to believe that
only martyrs for the cause and/or
independently wealthy people are
sufficiently beyond suspicion to be
considered good candidates. The
AM.S. is a complex corporation
with an annual budget of millions
of dollars. The administration of
any such organization must be
considered a full-time job. Let us
not conclude that the A.M.S. candidates are simply indulging in
demagoguery. Perhaps they are
making a subtle and edifying
comment on the recently announced salary ofthe President of
the University.   However, most
students would, upon reflection,
accept some notion of just compensation. The chief administrator of
so great an institution as a university should receive a salary commensurate with the position's importance. Should not the executives of a moderate-sized institution, such as the AM.S., be paid at
something comparable to the poverty level? In Canada, the poverty
level is set by the Federal Government at about 17,000 dollars per
annum. At other Canadian universities, student executives aire
paid annual salaries as high as
20,000 dollars, and may thus
avoid going into debt in the service
ofthe students. Let us hope that
some future A.M.S. executives will
have the courage to demand adequate salaries, if not for themselves, then for subsequent student leaders. Well-paid executives could better represent the
students on issues of real importance: the declining quality and
accessibility of post secondaiy
education in Canada.
Paul Cumming, M. Sc.
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