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The Ubyssey Jul 27, 1983

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Array Academics slam loss of tenure
In a sweeping attack on the new
Public Sector Restraint Act, university leaders blasted the provincial
government on Monday for encroaching on academic tenure.
University administration presidents, faculty representatives and
student leaders expressed grave concern over the act's provisions which
abolish tenure for professors and
seriously threaten academic freedom.
Under the recently announced
budget legislation, the provincial
cabinet can instruct boards of governors to hire and fire university
professors. Along with other public
sector employees, tenured professors
can be fired with no explanation or
recourse to appeal.
At a Robson Square Media Centre press conference, academics and
students condemned the provincial
government's proposed intervention
into university affairs, stressing that
universities are dealing with fiscal
restraint through financial exigency
"The university community has
been responsible in handling its own
fiscal affairs. Bill 3 is unnecessary,"
charged George Pedersen, UBC's
administration president.
Pedersen said he has received letters of concern from UBC graduate
students who fear the repercussions
of Bill 3 on their academic careers.
"Universities are know for the quality of faculty and students they produce. If one denies academic freedom, the ability to attract good
scholars is lost."
The tenure system has been abused,
Pedersen admitted. Tenure and its
preservation of academic freedom
are "sacred" to universities in their
pursuit of truth, he added.
Ehor Boyanowsky, Simon Fraser
University's acting faculty association president, said the provincial
government wants to abolish academic freedom because it is "suspicious" of individuals who have
autonomy of any kind.
"Perhaps they're worried about
individuals who can come out and
express dissent. After all, academia
serves to protect the public from the
government's indiscriminate actions,"
he said.
Speakers emphasized the provincial government views tenure simply
as job security and doesn't realize
the impact of the legislation's on
B.C. universities in the North American context.
"It didn't see the academic freedom dimension, which lays at the
core of tenure," said Dennis Pavlich,
UBC's faculty association president,
in an earlier interview.
"Just because there have been
Julius Kanes — who was fired anyway — there is no reason for jettisoning the whole system," he said,
referring to the first tenured professor to be fired in U BCs history. Kane
was convicted on two counts of theft
and later fired when he distributed a
"defamatory" press release.
Student society representatives
joined the administrators in attacking the provincial legislation and
said the quality of education will
decrease as a result.
"The elimination of tenure can
only mean that the independence
and integrity of the university system, respected and encouraged by
any free society, will fall under the
spectre of political interference and
intimidation. The losers will be students as well as the public," said
Brian Stevenson, University of Victoria's Alma Mater Society president.
The Summer Ubyssey
■ August 2
UBC reinvests in Noranda
Five years after selling their controversial Noranda Mine stocks,
UBC has quietly reinvested in the
A major supporter of the Chilean
military government, Noranda Mines
moved into the country after the
democratically elected government
was overthrown in 1973.
Dictator Augusto Pinochet assured the company massive profits
when he promised to keep Chile's
trade unions in line, said George
Hermanson, university chaplain and
a former member of Project Chile.
Project Chile, a coalition of groups which drew public attention
to UBC's Noranda investments in
1978, felt Canadians should not
support a company helping to prop
up a brutal regime, said Hermanson.
Pinochet instituted a monetary
policy which increased the poverty
level by freezing wages, Hermanson
said. This made the country more
appealing to corporations like
Noranda Mines.
"Noranda was about to hire its
workers at a very cheap rate because
of wage control," he said.
Thirty thousand Chileans have
been killed and many more tortured
or forced to flee the country since the
military coup, said Hermanson.
"That repression continues. There is
still a right wing military government."
UBC finally withdrew from Noranda in 1978, after pressure from
Project Chile and a petition to UBC's
board of governors, Hermanson said.
"I was told by senior people within
the university that as a direct result
of the public pressure, the university
eventually sold its shares in Noranda."
But Alan Baxter, UBC's administration vice-president of finance,
denied the university sold its shares
because of the protests.
"We certainly didn't sell as a result
of that petition," he said.
Asa trustee of money, the board is
only concerned that the money be
invested where it can bring a maximum rate of return, said Baxter.
"To do otherwise is irresponsible,"
he said. "The investment committee
does not review where a company
may be operating."
But, the board agreed to acknow-
lege the problems in Chile and even
wrote to Noranda to express its concerns, said Baxter.
This year, UBC bought 20,000
shares in Noranda Mines to increase
their exposure in the mining industry,
Baxter said. "There was no reference
at all to Chile," he said.
Hermanson said the recent aquisi-
tions, worth $535,000, is tacit approval for Noranda's exploitative
No ethical businessperson invests
purely for profit motives, he said.
"The university's investment policy
should reflect the highest values that
a society should attain because that
is the nature of the university."
Some of the most prestigious universities in the United States have
established investment policies,
Hermanson said.
Other Canadian universities are
also reviewing their investment policies. The students at Queen's university voted in a March referendum
to divest from South Africa because
of the country's policy of apartheid.
But, Queen's board of trustees has
stalled divestment and another referendum is expected to take place
this fall.
"Given that Queen's and other
universities have responded to public pressure and have made changes
in their investment policies, one
would hope that would be the case at
UBC," said Hermanson.
SILLY PEA volunteers life to avoid nuclear war and self extinction of
human species. Pacifistic pea called for halt to splitting of deadly atoms.
Mutant pea protests radiation because of own experiences growing in
greenhouse near nuclear power plant where genetic mutations caused
pea to grow to hideous size. See story, page 5
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B.C. police step up spy tactics
By KEITH BALDREY Stewart said a B.C. Tel employee recently testified
When it comes to eavesdropping, the days of shady
looking operatives creeping stealthily around a house
planting "bugs" in the walls and phone are quickly
Police can now monitor private conversations in a
room or building without even going near their target,
thanks to rapidly developing technology.
Surveillance techniques are becoming so sophisticated a police wiretap can be placed on someone's
telephone simply by punching the phone number into
a VDT unit several miles away.
And police use of surveillance against political activists is becoming more widespread, especially in B.C.
Those were some of the points made in a workshop
on police surveillance, sponsored by the Civil Liberties Action Security Project and attended by almost
200 people at First United Church Thursday night.
Vancouver bookseller and activist Don Stewart
described new eavesdropping methods and other
speakers warned of the increased use of domestic spying in this country.
"B.C. is the wiretapping capital of Canada," he said.
He called surveillance a "complete and absolute intrusion into our lives.
"You can't really know how much of an invasion of
privacy it is until you sit down and read the transcripts. They know more about you than you do
Citing lawyers, journalists, B.C. Tel employees and
civil servants as sources, Stewart said the RCMP, the
Co-ordinated Law Enforcement Agency and B.C. Tel
frequently work together to place wiretaps on telephones.
Stewart said a B.C. Tel employee recently testified
in court that he had personally placed 400 wiretaps in
the last four years in this province. He added the
wiretapping process is becoming more efficient and
"The entire process usually takes less than one hour
and sometimes as little as 20 minutes."
Reading from CLASP's recently published Bulletin
magazine, Stewart described a typical wiretapping
After obtaining authorization from a Supreme or
County Court judge (required only in cases where
evidence is needed for prosecution), the police phone
one of two technicians in the security division of B.C.
Tel. They in turn connect wires from the target phone
to the "intercept room" in a police facility.
Police tape recorders are activated when the target
phone is lifted off its receiver and the call, time and
date are automatically recorded.
Stewart said an informed source from B.C. Tel told
him there are 3,700 phone lines, including pay phones,
in the Lower Mainland under continous wiretap. An
experienced lawyer also told him that figure "was not
out of line."
Also speaking at the workshop were spokespeople
from the Coalition to Defeat Bill C-157 (the new
proposed security legislation) and the Free the Five
Defence Group.
"This bill will legalize everything we've heard
tonight and more," said Thomas McKay from the
coalition. "It will widen the RCMP's powers. There is
a certain amount of fear, anger and frustration over
this bill, and it affects everyone, not just the radicals in
the room." Wednesday, July 27,1983
Page 2
Shakespeare play revived   r
As You Like It, the opening production of the Vancouver Shakespeare Festival is an entertaining
comedy about the exploits of courtiers and sheperds.
The play is staged in a tent in Van-
ier park, which enhances the pastoral
setting of Shakespeare's classic. The
set is bare and unchanging and the
costumes are casual, requiring the
actors to rely on the imagery of the
play to create scenes such as the
Forest of Arden.
The Vancouver Shakespeare Festival
Vanier Park
Playing till the end of August
The acting is largely successful.
Much of the credit goes to director
Eric Epstein, who has chosen not to
edit the script with modern language.
GAZE...into Willy's crystal ball
The Ubyssey erroneously reported
in its last issue that students who are
unable to make $920 over four
months will not be eligible for a federal loan. This is not true. Students
who are unemployed can apply for a
loan, but their lack of contributions
will be deducted from maximum allowable costs.
Also, students' assets
will be deducted from maximum allowable costs, and not the total
amount for which they are eligible;
and students who decide not to work
for two months will receive only half
the amount. The reporter responsible
apologizes for any panic or upset she
may have caused.
Jerzy Wiatr was not made director
of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism
soon after the declaration of martial
law in Poland as stated in the last
issue of The Ubyssey. He says he was
made director by the beginning of
December, several weeks before
martial law was declared. The Ubyssey would like to reming readers that
martial law was planned weeks in
advance before the Dec. 13 declaration.
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Both actors use Shakespearian language to their own advantage, often
drawing laughter from the audience.
Duncan Fraser amazes the audience with his ability — as a quick-
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the tyrannous Duke Frederick, and
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FOR MEN AND WOMEN Wednesday, July 27, 1983
Page 3
Crowd demands democratic rights
An army of protesters marched in Saturday
afternoon's heat in an all-out war against the
Social Credit government's new budget legislation.
Twenty thousand angry people waved
banners as they walked in a seemingly endless
stream from Thornton Park to B.C. Place
Stadium via the Georgia Viaduct.
"Canada, another Poland?" asked one union
poster. Another banner flashed a swastika,
and asked if nazism was beginning again,
while one man carried an " Ayatollah Bennett"
In a rally ouside B.C. Place, spokespeople
for disabled persons, women's groups, and
unions attacked legislation that strips unions
of power, abolishes the Human Rights Commission and rent controls, allows civil servants to be fired without cause, and permits
landlords to evict tenants without cause.
Most of the speakers said much of the new
legislation will do nothing to help the ailing
"Where is the restraint and saving in eliminating programs which allow disabled people
to function productively?" asked Jill Weiss,
spokesperson for the B.C. coalition for the
"Where is the restraint in allowing landlords to evict tenants without cause?" she
In an impassioned speech, Hanne Jansen,
former executive director of the human rights
branch, said the legislation will not succeed in
abolishing human rights in B.C.
"B.C. is bound to honour international
human rights obligations and undertakings,"
she said. "Human rights in B.C. are not for
Father Jim Roberts, a Catholic priest and
Langara college professor, demanded the federal Charter of Rights be used to secure
human rights in B.C.
He accused Premier Bennett of hypocrisy in
calling opponents of the Socred Party radicals.
neil lucente photo
GUARDIANS OF LAW lead anti-Socred army down path to revolution. Angered by Socred swipes at democracy, police gear up crowd for mass
demo at foot of Bennett's turf palace. Protesters demand premier's blood while police wash hands of affair. General strike to come.
Western control gags third world media
Western mass media swamps the
third world with inappropriate values
and conveys homogenized images of
its cultures, an information expert
charged Monday.
The Western world controls the
flow of information around the
world, and this domination leads to
cultural degradation, Nelville Jaya-
weera, head of Electronic Media for
the World Association for Christian
Communication, told 50 people in
IRC 3.
Information flows from rich
countries to poor, he said. For
example, less than 0.2 per cent of
information in the U.S. comes from
outside sources. "The U.S. preaches
that it is a champion of free flow
information, but it is obvious that
very little information gathered by
the third world enters this democratic country."
Jayweera included women and
minorities in his definition of the
third world because they are also
denied access to the benefits and
privileges offered in the West. He
said women are portrayed as "imbeciles" in the media and like minorities, their images are constantly degraded.
The electronic revolution has the
potential to reinforce the inequalities that third world countries, minorities and women experience, he said.
"It can usher in George Orwell's
"It can also enhance the diffusion
of power, the two way flow of communication. It can transform individuals from passive consumers to
active participants in the communication process."
Jayaweera said because of the
electronic revolution, information
could replace labor as a means of
production. "Those who control information are going to control the
raw materials of the communication
But the third world countries involved in the United Nations World
Information and Communication
Order debate are seeking to democratize the communication process,
he said. The NWICO debate started
as a demand from third world countries for justice and liberation in the
area of international communication,
he said.
At a 1976 conference, the non-
aligned countries demanded a New
World Information Order — a campaign which Jayaweera said developed as a corollary to the political
and economic decolonialization pro
cess. "The non-aligned countries said
we wanted to be free from cultural
imperialism as well as have our political and economic independence."
The United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization subsequently appointed a commission to investigate the global
issue. In 1980, the Sean MacBride
commission report entitled Many
Voices, One World was published
and debate was extended to communications.
The debate focussed on the question of uneven news flow, the concentration of media ownership in the
West and the dominance of a few
powerful news agencies in international communication.
"At the heart of the communica
tions debate is the relentless pursuit
of democracy in communication, a
demand for participation, a demand
for meaning and for dignity," Jayaweera said.
Western countries view the third
world's demand for a NWICO as an
attempt to "gag the press", stop the
free flow of information and centralize communication, Jayaweera said.
Some mass media severly criticized
the MacBride report for taking the
side of the third world, he added.
But the debate continues. Jayaweera said it serves to raise the consciousness of journalists, government
officials and the public. "Ultimately
it is a purely volunteer thing but we
must try to raise public opinion
about the third world situation."
Celebrations open peaceful forum
Hundreds of people filled a gigantic yellow tent for
the unique opening ceremony of The Ploughshares
Coffeehouse for Peace and Justice.
Their voices sent prayer and song echoing around
the tent as people expressed their fears of a nuclear
war and their hopes of spreading peace through the
The coffeehouse, located in the graduate student
centre and International House, will provide a forum
for discussion on the necessity for peace and promotion of justice all over the world.
A performance by Teatro Vivo, a Guatemalan theatre group, drew the audience to their feet in a standing
ovation. The actors depicted a family fleeing from
repressive government forces in their country. They
conveyed their perilous escape to Mexico through
body language and facial expressions, while other
group members used instruments to create a jungle
After the ceremony in the tent, a colourful band
dressed like circus performers led people to the cof-
feehouse. Clark MacDonald, moderator of the United
Church of Canada, told the audience gathered outside
the centre that church representatives had taken a
petition calling for disarmament to leaders of Canadian political parties.
"We commit ourselves to work for the removal of
arsenals of destruction which threaten the world," he
said, as people lit hundreds of candles.
"Again and again, we hear about the time, that must
not be repeated, when six million people died in fiery
furnaces," MacDonald said, referring to the bombing
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S.
He told the audience that no-one would think of
throwing a child into a fiery furnace.
"But what is the difference between throwing a child
in a furnace and throwing the furnace on the child?" he
Canadians should not agree to test the first strike
cruise missile, MacDonald said. Instead, they should
dedicate themselves "to open the doors of the prisons
of the oppressed" by helping third world countries and
working toward justice rather than war, he said.
"It is you, the government, who are the
radicals who are seriously changing the social
fabric of B.C." siad Roberts.
Francis Wasserlain, representing women
for democratic, economic and human rights
said the cutbacks will harm women the most
because it will prevent them from moving out
of low-paying, traditional jobs.
"The lowest-payingjobsand jobs with least
chance of advancement are held by women
and these will be cut first."
More rallies, marches and other measures
are planned for the future, said George Hewi-
son, chairperson of the Lower Mainland
Budget Coalition that organized the rally.
feel pinch
of restraint
Eleven UBC library workers are
being bumped out of a job as funding for a project converting card catalogues to microfiche dries up.
The university gave lay off notices
effective at the end of August to 10
librarian assistants because it could
not afford to fund the Retrospective
Conversion Project. The 10 workers
affected were not actually engaged
in the project, but are being laid off
because they have less seniority.
"We have no bumping down
rights," said Alannah Anderson, one
of the workers given notice.
The other worker involved, a librarian, is being transferred to
another job, said led Byrne, Association of University and College
Employees union organizer. The 10
will be put on a recall list for one
year and some will probably receive
lower-paying jobs, he said.
The four year old labor intensive
project is only partially complete,
with most of the book holdings yet
to be converted to microfiche.
The 10 workers facing the axe have
formed a committee in response.
They are circulating a petition
throughout UBC protesting the withdrawal of funds from the project and
have written letters of concern to
UBCs board of governors about the
Among AUCE members, they
conducted an educational campaign
to alert them of their situation.
"We have an average of three years
seniority each and we all have a certain amount of responsibility at the
supervisory level. So we explained
to AUCE members that seniority is
not protection," Anderson said.
Last fiscal year, the university
transferred about $50,000 from the
project's account into a new capital
intensive project, the B.C. Library
Network, said Bill Watson, assistant
librarian in charge of public services.
But the reallocation did not cause
the project's demise, it only speeded
it up by three months, he said.
Each of B.C.'s three universities
transferred funds from their Recon
projects to BCLN, he said. The move,
which also affected Simon Fraser
University and the University of Victoria library workers, received
"blessings" from the Universities
Council of B.C., he added.
The BCLN is a consortium arrangement between the three universities
to develop a data base of catalogue
information, he said. Modelled on
Washington's library system, it will
record the collections of Canadian
libraries if finished successfully.
UBC currently employs the University of Toronto's data base catalogue. The BCLN will be more efficient and less expensive in the long
term than U of Ps system, he said.
But the Recon project's elimination will hinder the BCLN's development, he admitted. "The data base
is being created through the Recon
process. Recon looks at what we've
acquired," he said, adding the BCLN
needs that information. Wednesday, July 27, 1983
Page 4
Prof a foil for the bourgeoise
Prof. Jerzy Wiatr is no Marxst-
Leninist. He is a friend of the Kremlin, the Pope, the Pentagon, the U.S
and West European banks, and anyone who can serve the interests of the
revisionist ruling class of Poland at
the expense of the Polish working
class and people.
The so-called "Marxisi-Leninist"
institute Wiatr heads is really a think
tank- of the Polish bourgeoisie. Its
counterpart in British Columbia is
the Fraser Institute which provided
the ideological justification for the
current budget. These institutes exist
in all the imperialist and social-imperialist countries. They formulate
plans and draft legislation to subjugate the people and enrich the bourgeoisie.
Wiatr has been appointed to the
faculty at UBC because he is an ideal
foil for the barbs of the Canadian
bourgeoisie who ridicule and mock
his defence of Soviet aggression and
Polish reaction and his utter lack of
moral principles. He is installed in
the political science faculty in the
same way that the feudal kings kept
their household dwarfs: to show how
handsome the despotic monarchs
were by comparison. In the 18th century the Russian royal family even
allowed a household dwarf couple to
spend their wedding night in the
Czar's bedroom.
The UBC administration is giving
tacit approval to the Solidarity
group's disruptions of Wiatr's classes.
The university has not issued a word
of criticism against the invasion of
the classroom, the egg-throwing, the
disruptions and the threat of future
In 1976 when there were mass pro
tests at the public appearances of a
South African MP the administration went into an hysterical "moral"
frenzy. The President issued statements, a special committee on "academic freedom" was struck, and I
was singled out from among the more
than 200 demonstrators for special
disciplinary action.
The quick and angry response in
1976 came about because the Canadian and South African bourgeoisie
share common interests; the protest
against the South African MP at
UBC interfered with their plans to
end the isolation of South Africa internationally.
Wiatr, however, is with the "other"
(Soviet bloc) side. All the noise about
defence of "academic freedom" and
so on was a smokescreen to disguise
the administration's pragmatic and
amoral stand.
I was persecuted for my political
beliefs, for my defence of genuine
Marxism-Leninism, and for my
support of the People's Socialist
republic of Albania, the only county
in today's world where genuine
socialism exists.
The Solidarity supporters at UBC
are posing as great defenders of the
Polish people, suggesting that this
animates their opposition to Professor Wiatr. But Solidarity is the lever
of U.S. imperialism, the tool with
which the U.S. hopes to pry Poland
out of the clutches of the Soviet
Union so that it drops into the grip
of the U.S. Solidarity is tailoring its
demands according to the objectives
of the big U.S. and West German
and other banks which are owed billions by the Polish bourgeoisie and
which, above all, do not want any
default on the Polish loans. It is a
grave mistake to think that the U.S.,
or any imperialist power, will liberate Poland and fulfill the lofty aspirations of the Polish people to be
free from foreign domination.
Wiatr is a stooge of Polish reaction, an apologist for the Soviet
domination of Poland, the military
repression of the Polish people, and
we denounce him. We also condemn
the university for providing him a
forum and a faculty appointment.
Allen H. Soroka
UBC committee against racist and
fascist violence
Abolish Bill
University professors must be quivering in their beds over the thought of
losing tenure. Soon to be stripped of their job security and academic freedom,
they must be understandably upset.
There are probably a few people in the university community, though, who
are pleased at the prospect of old crusty faculty being deprived of their
privileges. After all, the tenure system allows worn out professors to keep on
teaching and teaching, whether they are still qualified or not.
But, as UBC's administration president George Pedersen explained, tenure
is of paramount importance to a university in its pursuit of academic excellence and in its enquiry into political controversial areas.
Academic freedom protects professors' right to investigate, to speak out and
to publish their opinions. It protects them especially when they criticize
governments and their indiscriminate actions against the public.
At this point in British Columbian history, professors need the freedom and
protection to scrutinize the policies of Bill Bennett's Socreds. The provincial
government has taken its larger mandate to slash human rights, services and
democracy in general, and academics everywhere in B.C. should be able to
blast the insensitive politicians responsible.
But Bennett and his cohorts craftily realized that silencing those who are
informed and who can criticize intelligently is the road to unlimited government power. Of course, they give assurances that they will not exercise the
powers entrusted to them under Bill 3, but who trusts them?
Under the auspices of democracy , they are trying to pave the way for total
government intervention into university affairs. The provincial cabinet will be
able to hire and fire professors at will by instructing university boards of
governors as to who can receive the Socred stamp of approval.
In discussions with university presidents, universities minister Pat McGeer,
a professor who fought for tenure himself, said the government will not fire
arbitrarily "as long as he is minister."
- But the university community has not been fooled by McGeer's promises. It
has reacted to this and other callous statements he made about tenure by
writing letters, and speaking to the public and press. It is trying to educate
people about the concept of tenure and its importance to academic freedom.
This is not enough. University presidents should fight for the total with-
drawl of Bill 3, not just the provisions which affect universities. It is elitist to
demand that university professors be exempted, when all public sector
employees are losing their democratic rights.
University faculty associations should join Operation Solidarity to fight the
Socreds' anti-union legislation. Only through a mass demonstration of disapproval will the Socreds dismiss Bill 3.
And the other odious Bills.
Bennett not sacred
Prayer to the Socreds
In the name of Bennett the Father
Bennett the son
And Bennett the BC Spirit
Revolt now
The recent budget legislation package affects nearly every person in the
province who is not engaged in some
activity the Socreds would define as
productive. This includes students,
faculty members, people in education, health care, social services and
the labour movement.
Such a radical redefinition of the
structure of our society can paralyse
us, or can spur us to take action to
preserve what is ours.
I call upon all graduate students
with a stake in this issue to attend the
Graduate Students Society meeting
Thursday at 12:30 in the Graduate
Centre to see what can be done.
Andre Sobolewski
graduate studies,
Wednesday, July 27,1983
The Summer Ubyssey is published Wednesdays during
summer session by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
British Columbia, with the assistance of a grant from the provincial government Youth Employment Program. Editorial
opinions are those of the staff and are not necessarily those of
the AMS, the university administration or the provincial
government. Member, Canadian University Press. The Summer Ubyssey's editorial office is SUB 241k. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Sarah Cox, Brian Jones, Muriel Draaisma, Chris Wong, Jagdeep Dhami, Donna Turko,
Patti Flather, Alice Thompson, Neil Lucente, Elena Miller, Keith Baldrey. Whoo, I got all
those ultra-hip names in without the fear of having them knifed out of this truly original
masthead. Now I can get on with the business of putting in those subtle but provocative
comments which cause traffic to stop, dogs to bark, and sheep tobaah after reaching this
section of the paper. As that funky band from Oakland once asked, "What is hip?" Hip is
slicing stories, says Jagdeep. His is running into cars, says Neil. Hip is love, peace, and
understanding, says Patti, Sarah, and Brian. Hip is nail polish, says Donna. His is
matching bathrobes, says Muriel and Keith. Hip is Bill Shakespeare, says Alice and Elena.
Hip is anything but this masthead, concludes Chris.
Our Bennett which art in Victoria
Hollowed be thy bonds
Thy tricks be done in Kelowna
As well as in Vancouver
Give us our daily employment
Lead us not into inflation
Forgive us our indignation
As we forgive your Rightful
Deliver us from Hugh Curits
For thine is the Party
The province and us
Temporarily, Amen.
Kamal Abdul-Malek
grad studies
Wiatr not
moral leper
The UBC Solidarity Study Group
and The Ubyssey believe that Jerzy
Waitr should be treated as a moral
leper because he is an advisor to the
Polish Government. Is this fair? Is
this sensible?
The vast majority of Canadians
(including this one) supported the
struggles of the Solidarnosc trade
union for greater freedom for the
Polish people. As we know, their
government responded with martial
law. But can we condemn this action
when the only alternative was a Russian invasion?
Since Poland will not be free as
long as Russia feels threatened by
the U.S.A. shouldn't the true friends
of the Polish people be working to
reduce East-West tension? And isn't
the exchange of scholars between
U BC and the Soviet bloc a good first
Jack Gibbons
graduate studies
Letters should be as brief as possible and typed on a 70 space line.
They must be hand delivered and
identification shown by 4:30 p.m.
the Friday before publication to The
Ubyssey's office in SUB 241k. Wednesday, July 27, 1983
Page 5
People cruise to missile protest
Peaceful cruise missile protesters
spilled into Robson Square Saturday
to hear speaker after speaker
condemn the federal government's
decision to test the first strike weapon on Canadian soil.
More than 3,000 concerned people
of all ages and sizes waved placards,
signed petitions, stamped and cheered
as politicians and peace movement
leaders expressed their discontent
with Canada's compliance in escalating the nuclear arms race.
Some placards read Think Globally, Act Locally and Bonzo Take a
Cruise. One elderly woman proudly
wore her Direct Action Button.
Vancouver Mayor Mike Harcourt
urged the Canadian government "to
draw back from this terrible step and
work instead for bilateral disarmament."
The umbrella agreement to test
cruise missiles beginning in January,
can still be reversed, said Gary Mar-
chant, End the Arms Race vice-president.
People must focus their energies
convincing the Canadian government to change its mind, he said.
Defence minister Gilles Lamon-
tagne claims the cruise missile is a
deterrence weapon, said Marchant.
But the U.S. admits the weapon is
designed to initiate and win a limited
nuclear war, he said.
Although the missiles to be tested
will be unarmed, the issue is of grave
importance, Marchant said. "We are
concerned about the deployment of
a weapon that cannot be verified."
MP Margaret Mitchell (NDP —
Vancouver East) strongly outlined
the NDP's opposition to cruise missile testing. Prime Minister Pierre
Trudeau's linkage of cruise missile
testing to Canada's obligations in
NATO is "hogwash," she said. She
urged Canadians to pressure the new
Progressive Conservative party leader
to oppose the testing.
Council favours
weighted voting
UBC delegates at the upcoming
mi   Canadian Federation of Students —
Pacific Region general meeting will
•--  support a voting structure deemed
illegal by the B.C. Societies Act.
Student council affirmed its commitment to the controversial voting
structure at a July 20 meeting. A
* notice of motion calling for representation by population voting was
"** drafted for the August general
If implemented, the voting scheme
would give CFS fee-paying institutions one vote for every 8,000 students enrolled.
According to Lisa Hebert, Alma
'"*' Mater Society external affairs coordinator, this form of weighted vot-
■** ing was formally passed at the January 1982 meeting, where CFS —
Pacific replaced the B.C. Students'
Federation. But she said the Registrar of Societies rejected the consti-
* tution, including the clause for the
voting structure.
ir' Smaller colleges objected to the
voting scheme because they feared it
would give the larger institutions too
much power, Hebert added.
James Hollis, AMS's director of
J finance, said UBC should receive
greater voting privileges than smaller
-_   colleges.
Attempts to delete the representation by population voting scheme
ignore the decision made at the January meeting, Hollis said. "It just
j proves there are a bunch of really
sleazy people in the provincial and
national office of the student movement," Hollis said.
Although CFS has already obtained a legal opinion confirming the
Registrar of Societies' findings,
council decided to get its own.
Board of governors representative
David Frank told council the graduate student centre is bankrupt and
may go into receivership. The GSC
has also broken union rules, he
"The last thing the university needs
is a grad centre that's screwing up
relations with the union at a time
like this," he said.
"Hopefully we can keep it on the
backburner for as long as possible."
Spurred on by the "success" of
Job Link, a four page information
service flyer for employers, AMS
president Mitch Hetman drew up
another job creation scheme. Hetman suggested that a beer bar be set
up in the SUB quiet room opposite
the art gallery.
But Frank, expressing his disapproval, said there are enough drinking places in SUB and the creation of
another bar would only saturate the
beer market.
Hollis said he is not opposed to a
concept that will increase revenues,
but he feared the AMS would be
competing with itself with another
drinking outlet.
MP John Fraser (PC — Vancouver South) was the only Conservative in Parliament to vote against
the testing. "The Cruise missile will
contribute to the arms race by making arms control agreements impossible," he said at the rally.
the rally.
Marchant also described EAR's
extensive campaign in Vancouver,
which may include a rally at BC Place
on October 22, an international day
of protest against nuclear weapons.
The Department of Defense will
launch a fall campaign using taxpayers' money to tell people of NATO's need for the cruise missile, said
Marchant. Demonstrations against
Canada's decision to test the weapon
were also held in Montreal, Toronto,
and in more than 25 U.S. cities.
tarah cox photo
PEACEFUL PEOPLE oppose Canadian government's decision to test first strike cruise missile in Canada
after rally drew thousands to Robson Square. One cruise missile equals millions of dead people, they
warned. Unfortunately, silly Pierre was too busy playing Battleship to listen to electorate who decided to
order new plastic soldiers and toy tanks to pacify Pierre's violent tendencies.
Job scheme fails to link people
One of the brains behind Job Link
brands the summer employment bulletin a success, but students who
advertised in it disagree.
In a random survey conducted by
The Ubyssey, only one student out
of 40 contacted found full-time employment and only three found temporary jobs. Half the students received no response from their ads.
"Four out of 50 is a hell of a good
figure. If one person gets a job, that
means Job Link is a success," said
Mitch Hetman, Alma Mater Society
"Now is the time for Job Link. In
better times people can find jobs on
their own," he said.
Twenty students in the survey
managed to find jobs on their own.
"Job Link didn't reach the right
people for my skills," said Jill
"I wouldn't use Job Link again
because of the crank calls," Sharon
Johnston said. Four students in the
survey received unusual job offers
including one offer to conduct sexual discussions with men on the
phone for ten dollars an hour.
Despite these figures, Hetman said
Job Link helps students as a supplement to their present methods for
finding jobs. Employers are given a
choice of applicants in Job Link, he
Brenda Fuller of Mclvers Appliances agreed that Job Link helps
employers. "I was not aware of Job
Link but the idea is great. Rather
than an employer getting 50 unqualified people responding to an advertisement, we can select qualified individuals."
Hetman said Job Link is still in its
infant stage. The Job Link concept is
being considered by universities
across Canada and has been implemented at the University of Victoria,
he said.
Applications are now being accepted for two
(2) voting positions on
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Pacific Cinematheque (800 Robson, 732-
6119) July 29: A Midsummer Night's Dream,
7:30 p.m.; The Red Shoes, 9:45 p.m. July
30: An Evening With the Royal Ballet. 7:30
p.m.; A Midsummer Nights Dream, 9:30
Surrey Art Gallery (13750 88th Ave., 596-
7461) July 27: Gaslight, 8 p.m.
Ridge Theatre (16th and Arbutus, 738-
6311) Starstruck, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Next
show, Lianna.
Vancouver East Cinema (7th and Commercial. 253-5455) July 27-28: Health, 7:30
and 9:30 p.m. July 29-31: The Meaning of
Life, 7:30p.m.; Mondo Cane, 9:30p.m. Aug.
1 -2: Godfather Part II, 7:30 p.m.
Savoy Cinema (Main and Kingsway, 872-
2124) July 27-28: Jimi Hendrix, 7:30 p.m.;
The Song Remains the Same, 9:30p.m. July
29-31: Let's Spend The Night Tog ether, 7:30
p.m. and midnite; The Kids Are Alright, 9:15
Chano: African roots'band, July 27, Soft
Rock Cafe, 1925 W. 4th.
Shawn Phillips: a hip dude, that's for sure,
July 28-29, Soft Rock
Spent Youth: Stray Cats they're not but I
guess they will do for hip rockabilly sounds
July 27-30, Town Pump, 66 Water St.
Brian  Stewart's High Jivers: dixieland,
July 28, Hot Jazz, 36 E. Broadway
Terry   Watada:   Japanese-Canadian   folk
singer from Toronto, July 27, Classical Joint,
231 Carrall
Bobby Vinson: a rising jazz hipster from
Vancouver playing hot sizzling tunes of his
first album, July 31, Classical Joint.
Luv: a comic, yet compassionate look at the
effects of a romantic triangle, Firehall Theatre, 280 E. Cordova, 689-0926, Tues.-Sun.
8:30 p.m.; Sat. 6 and 9 p.m.; Tues. 2 for 1.
The Norman Conquests: Alan Ayckbourn's
comic trilogy together in one showing, Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, 685-6217,
Mon -Fri. 8:30 pm.; Sat. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Big Broadcast: brings radio's memorable
moments back to life, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables, 254-9578,
Mon.-Sat. 8:30p.m.; Sat. 2:30 pay what you
A Question of Power: a collection of 18
thought provoking paintings by Joel Kingston, University Hill United Church, 5375
University Blvd., 11 a.m., show in accordance with World Council of Churches
Work, Work. Work, a work-in-progress by
the Terminal City Dance Research Centre,
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VOL. 12, No. 4
Hello, and Welcome to Summer Session '83
JULY 27 - AUG. 3
The Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer
Session; if you have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by
our office — main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter. We are there
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 228-4846
Iannualgeneral <
(The Annual General Meeting of the
Summer Session Association will take
Wednesday, July 27
Thursday, July 28
Firday, July 29 '
Tuesday, Aug. 2
place Thursday, Aug. 11, 1983 in Room
100A, SUB. If you are interested in our
activities, please attend this meeting.
Free, noon-hour outdoor concerts. Bring
your lunch and a friend.
Gagliano Chamber Ensemble
Clock Tower
Solo Flight — Music Building
Gary Keenan Quartet — SUB
Mulberry St. Jazz Band — SUB
(In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the
conversation-pit area, main floor of SUB.)
Thursday, July 28
Music for Flute, Oboe, and Piano by Bach,
Musgrave and Honegger.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
Music For Clarinet, Cello, and piano by
Brahms, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.
These concerts are held in the Music
Building Recital Hall, and are free to the
public. All concerts are co-sponsored by
the S.S.A., Musicians Union Trust Funds,
Extra-Sessional Office, and the Department
of Music.
— Are you returning to UBC in the
summer of 1984?
— Are you interested in helping with our
summer activities?
— Are you interested in earning enough
money to pay your summer fees?
If "YES" is your answer to these questions
please see Michael in Room 100A, SUB, as
soon as possible.
Summer Session Association information is a service provided
cooperatively by the S.S.A. and The Summer Ubyssey. Wednesday, July 27,1983
Page 7
Human rights captivates
At an exhibition entitled Human
.., Rights, one expects to encounter
grotesque depictions of torture,
beatings and bloodshed.
But the two-week long display
winding up at the Unit/ Pitt Gallery
. employs less hideous images to create
a more powerful effect.
Using different mediums of communication, such as dramatic performance, art, videos, and music, the
show succeeds in conveying the miserable conditions experienced by
many Latin-Americans. The effect
""* does not shock and numb one's emotions, but increases awareness and
" "    empathy for these people.
"It's very easy to devastate an audience," says gallery curator Michael
Instead, Harding says he wants
people to leave with an urge to participate in some form of action related to human rights.
The focus of this unique show,
which was eight months in the making, is display paintings covering
the walls of the old gallery. The main
commissioned work, The Martydom
of Romero by Leonard Brett, is a
stark depiction of the moment when
soldiers from the El Salvadorean
junta machine-gunned the funeral
procession of Archbishop Romero.
Despite the horror of the scene, the
painting is strangely captivating.
The other paintings were done by
Eurrell Swartz, a local artist who
based his work on newspaper photographs.
A tiny card on the wall near one of
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his paintings describes the motives
behind his art. "I decided to do protest painting in 1972 when a certain
photo of a naked child burned by
napalm appeared in every newspaper
in the world," he says.
"My concerns are to engage the
spectator, awaken consciousness,
and provide humanist solutions."
In an interview Swartz says he is
surprised by reactions to these grim
photographs. "What struck me is that
there are all these images that are
pretty shocking and there's something wrong with us because they
don't move us."
His paintings reflect not only the
situation in Latin-america but also
world-wide concerns, Swartz adds.
As well as the arts show, the
human rights exhibition featured
speakers and films dealing with current Latin-American issues. Harding says the exhibition's aim is to
relate life in North America to
events in the third world.
The gallery's focus is on multinational corporations and the effects
of their greed for profits on workers
in both North American and Latin-
American countries. The featured
'We are not in
business to
satisfy society
if that requires
us to lose
film, Controlling Interests, is structured around a series of interviews
with executives of top multinational
Although produced in 1976, the
Chris wong photo
film is still valuable. The opening
clip contains a powerful statement
from an executive who spells out the
profit motive. "We are not in business
to satisfy society if that requires us to
lose money," he says.
The film is an insight into the rela-
into the relationship between multinational corporations and military
regimes. In the film, the assistant
vice-president of the Bank of America bluntly refers to the military's
protection of huge corporations. "I
think it's perfectly obvious growth
will take place where there's little
chance of expropriation," he says.
Human Rights continues this week
with guerilla theatre by Teatro Vivo
from Guatemala, and a dramatic
three day performance depicting the
abduction, interrogation, and imprisonment of prisoners, and the ultimate liberation and destruction of
cages. Donations will go towards
organizations in El Salvador and
Kiss of the Spiderwoman not a tangled web
Imagine yourself thrown into prison for no reason at all. You have no
trial, no communication with friends
or family, and no idea if you will ever
be released. You are just another
'disappeared' person.
Kiss of the Spiderwoman is the
story of two 'disappeared' Argentinians, trapped in a Buenos Aires prison. Valentin, a young activist opposed to the government, has been
detained because he is part of a
group the military is trying to eliminate. Molina is a middle aged man
persecuted because of his homosexuality.
Kiss of the Spiderwoman
By John Brazier and Paul Kelly
Directed by Paul Kelley and
Maureen Peacock
At the Carnegie Centre Auditorium
The men keep themselves occupied with Molina's amusing descriptions of movies he has seen. These
are the only times when both of them
briefly forget their longing to escape
the dark cell and their monotonous
Their long days in prison are
punctuated with memories of the
people they love. Molina dreams
about his frail mother and Valentin
longs to see his woman friend of two
years past. These thoughts are communicated with painful clarity as
slides of these people are flashed
onto a screen between scenes.
The characters are portrayed realistically, giving the audience a
glimpse of the injustice of prison systems. Molina particularity, conveys
his idealism and naivety with a spark
which has not been quashed by prison life.
Simply because they have no one
else, the men gradually let down
some of their barriers and begin talking about their lovers and their pasts,
although Valentin is always careful
not to mention the name of his lover
or those of his comrades.
The reason for this is revealed
when Molina is summoned to the
prison officials office and asked for
information about Valentin. At
first, Molina pretends to oblige, but
after a few more visits, his reluctance
is obvious, even though he still harbours hopes of release.
Ensuing scenes show Molina struggling between his own self interest
and his growing concern for Valentin. The play illustrates this dilemma
well when Molina continually stops
himself just before telling Valentin
about the true nature of his visits to
the prison officials office.
The dialogue in the office shows
how effortlessly powerful people
manipulate others, both verbally and
physically. The prison guard is a tall
Aryan who brings frightening images
of Nazi Germany to mind. He taunts
Molina with the promise of release
one minute, and threatens him the
Even in a prison setting, the play
explores the contradictions people
face when they try to live up to their
beliefs and ideals.
When the cunning guard finally
tells Molina he is to be released,
Valentin asks Molina to pass on a
message to his comrades about the
overthrow of the government.
Molina refuses because he is
frightened of being caught, but
Valentin tries to cajole him into the
action. Suddenly, Valentin realizes
he has been trying to exploit Molina
in a manner which is contradictory
10 nis own belie! s.
In harmony with Valentin's discovery and the men's mutual realization of their need for each other,
Molina abandons his selfishness and
offers to carry the message.
But first, he asks Valentin to show
his affection by giving him a kiss
—the kiss of the spiderwoman so
vividly described in Molina's recon-
tance of yet another dramatic movie.
The lights dim, and the audience is
confronted with slides depicting
events after Molina's release.
Valentin, strapped (Jo a chair, is
naked and bloody from beatings. He
is dragged away by prison officials,
bruised and broken.
Molina lies dead on a Buenos
Aries street, the victim of government forces who have shot him
before he could give the message to
Valentin's comarades.
As in so many Central and South
American countries, theirdeaths are
commonplace. But the murders of
Molina and Valentin, whom the
audience has come to know and
sympathize with, succeed in hitting
home what is so easily forgotten by
people living in safer countries. Wednesday, July 27, 1983
Page 8
Canada's silence aids U.S. plans
As American battleships steamed
toward the Nicaraguan coast in a
wave of increasing aggression, 70
people gathered at the U.S. consulate in Vancouver to show their
solidarity with the people of Latin
The rally, which culminated in a
candlelight walk through downtown
Vancouver, featured speakers on the
Nicaraguan revolution and Canada's
compliance with U.S. intervention
in Central America.
Burnaby MP Svend Robinson,
speaking below the colourful blue
banner of the Committee in Solidarity with El Salvador, delivered a
clear statement against U.S. policies
of covert intervention in Central
The United States props up regimes in countries where government forces murder people daily and
disappearances are common, Robinson said.
"A small number of families have
run those countries like their own
plantations. The people are fighting
for an end to decades of economic,
social, and political repression," he
The recent appointment of Henry
Kissinger to lead a commission on
Central America is "one of the most
outrageous gestures of the U.S.
government," Robinson said.
Canadian government not to protest
the appointment of the man responsible for the bombing of Cambodia
and the overthrow of the democrati
cally elected Chilean government in
1973, said Robinson.
In the face of increasing threats to
Nicaragua and the people of Central
America, Canada must accept a good
deal of blame for the "brutal and
repressive" governments in most
Latin American countries because
of its silence, Robinson said.
The establishment of a Canadian
embassy in Guatemala, and the lack
of one in Nicaragua show Canada's
support for Guatemala's corrupt
government and its unwillingness to
communicate directly with a country which does not support American economic interests, said
Canada's attitude toward Central
America is unacceptable, said
Robinson, as he called for the Canadian government to oppose U.S.
interference in the region.
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speak out for justice in Central
Joan Robb, part of a B.C. teachers
delegation to Nicaragua, told people
sitting on the consulate's concrete
steps that the trip convinced the
delegation to communicate the success of the Nicaraguan revolution to
Incredible progress has been made
in Nicaragua since the Sandinistas
overthrew the corrupt Somoza regime four years ago, said Robb. One
overwhelming change is in the education system, she said.
Teachers across Nicaragua are involved in seminars to evaluate the
new system, and 88 per cent of the
population is now literate, compared
to 50 per cent before the revolution,
Robb said.
"There has been criticism that this
is Marxist indoctrination," she said.
But the delegation went through the
books very carefully and found no
Marxist propaganda, she added.
The delegation also met with
teachers from El Salvador, Guatem
ala, and the Honduras, who were
living under horrendous conditions,
said Robb. "Teachers are being killed
all the time in those countries," she
In Nicaragua, people are determined to protect their country from
similar repressive governments, said
"The courage and determination
of those people lead me to be sure
they will defend their revolution to
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