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Array the Ubyssey
Everything you ever
wanted to know and
more, about
The Ubyssey
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Friday, September 21,1990
Vol 73, No 6
Student court
by Nadene Rehnby
Conflict within the AMS executive will force director of finance
John Lipscomb to appear before
Student Court and is the motivation behind the circular of a petition calling for his removal from
AMS Vice-President Johanna
Wickie put forward a motion
Wednesday in student's council
meeting asking that the question
of conflict of interest on the part of
Lipscomb be put to Student Court.
The motion passed without opposition; Lipscomb abstained.
The conflict of interest question arises from Lipscomb's involvement with the Global Development Centre (GDC), a newly
created AMS service organization
of which Lipscomb has a significant
AMS co-ordinator of external
affairs Jason Brett initiated and is
distributing a petition requesting
Lipscomb's removal from office.
The petition states that Lipscomb's
performance has proven to be far
below that expected, and that
Lipscomb has often gone outside
the bounds ofthe mandate given to
The petition calls for the AMS
to proceed with the recall of
Lipscomb by two-thirds vote of
council, or, failing that, a referendum to remove him from office.
Both Brett and Wickie have been
involved in the circulation of the
Brett said the petition refers
to the general performance of the
director of finance and has nothing
to do with the conflict of interest
Lipscomb said the action of
his colleagues is like a bad dream.
(I was) going along and doing everything really well, and then because people don't like my politics,
or don't like me, they create an
illusion that I've done something
"The petition is a personal
attack on me by people, most of
whom didn't get enough money out
ofthe AMS or who I wouldn't bend
rules for, so that doesn't particularly bother me," he said.
The allegations against
Lipscomb are numerous. On the
matter of his performance as director of finance, Brett said
Lipscomb has "implemented procedures that effectively prohibited
(clubs) from having the access to
their money that they were used to
created a lot of controversy by accusing Johanna and Roma of conflict of interest in the Global Development space allocations problems," tried to "overturn renovations committee", asked to be paid
an additional two thousand dollars
to do a job thafs been traditionally
completed within the allotted four
months, and grouped together accounts after council had specifically
told him that he couldn't group
club accounts with constituency
Brett al so sai d Lipscomb "tried
to cancel the barbecue because he
was ethically opposed to any event
involving disposables"; informed
the engineers that he was "ethically
unable to authorize" money for
fundraising;" generally speaks to
people like he "thinks that he's
above them or something;" andthat
"basically, his performance has not
been satisfactory in the eyes of
many students."
Wickie has additional complaints about Lipscomb. They include a refusal to sign cheques and
to deal with loans; the passing ofa
motion—while Wickie was out of
town—that revoked her responsibility for the AMS used bookstore,
a responsibility that is traditionally within the jurisdiction of the
vice-president; and, more generally, that Lipscomb has taken to
council issues based on his own
"According to my interpretation of code and bylaws, and in my
personal opinion, he is not fulfilling his complete mandate as director of finance," said Wickie. "As
for the allegation of conflict of interest, that is up to Student Court
to decide."
Other clubs and individuals
have complaints about Lipscomb's
performance, but only one official
complaint had been received by
the Ombudsperson at press time.
Ombudsperson Carole
Forsythe said she was not prepared
to discuss the matter at present as
the matter is still under investigation.
A spokesperson for an AMS
organization, who asked not to be
named since their budget is currently before committee, said she
has had problems with Lipscomb.
"He let his biases for environmental concerns influence his
judgment," she said. "His first
concern should be the finances of
Goddess of democracy statue's
new location in limbo
the AMS, and second the environment. I don't think he's doing it
maliciously, but he i s very difficult
to communicate with.        ^.
"He has done some good
things, but he needs to listen to
people, he has to learn he can't just
do things the way he wants them
to be," she said.
Lipscomb said, Tm sorry that
people find me hard to talk to. I try
really hard to do things well."
The UBC Debating Society
addressed council Wednesday regarding Lipscomb's involvement
with the GDC. Jason Ford, spokesperson for the UBC Debating Society, reminded council that the
motion that made the GDC an AMS
service organization was passed
by a vote of 12 to 6 with four abstentions.  An  abstention by
Lipscomb would have defeated the
motion as it would have failed to
reach the required two-thirds majority.
"Had Mr. Lipscomb abstained
in the vote concerning the status of
the GDC, he would not have been
in violation of your Conflict of Interest code," Ford said. "However,
his yes vote was most certainly in
direct contravention of that code."
Although Lipscomb admits to
hisinvolvement with theGDC; that
he formulated a petition regarding
GDC space on the concourse; that
the petition was formulated on his
computer and that he participated
in the collection of signatures,
Lipscomb said "I do not believe
this poses a conflict of interest.
"I do not deny that I am a large
supporter of the GDC," he said,
"but I'm really worried about students thinking that this is some
serious matter, my volunteering in
one part ofthe AMS and volunteering in another part ofthe AMS. It's
all one big organization and I just
have a lot of energy to spend, and I
really care about development."
In response to the charges,
Lipscomb said, "There used to be a
ton of stuff that didn't pass this
office. Now Fve asked a lot more
things to be forwarded to me, and
thishascausedotherpeople within
the AMS to be hostile to me."
Regarding the decision to remove authority for the bookstore
from the office of vice-president,
Lipscomb said "I did that openly.
continued on page 4.
Goddess1 position on campus in question
By Paul Abbott
A proposed campus replica of
the "Goddess of Democracy" appears to be snarled in red tape.
The the six foot tall statue is
intended as amemorial to the Chinese students who were killed in
Tiananmen square on June 4,1989,
and the principles which they died
for. The monument is to be erected
between the Aquatic Centre and
the Student Union Building.
Although $12,000 has already
been given to the AMS for site
preparation and the proposal has
been before the director of Campus
Planning and Development, Tim
Miner, since August 10, no word is
forthcoming on its approval.
The statue was conceived and
funded by the Federation of Chinese Student Scholars of Canada,
(FCSSC), and the Vancouver Society in Support ofthe Democratic
Movement, (VSSDM), an organization based in Chinatown. The
approximately $25,000 needed for
the project has already been raised
by the two organizations.
According to FCSSC president
Dr Dongquing Wei it will be the
only permanent statue of its kind
in the world. Wei said it will "express the outrage of Chinese student scholars to the massacre" and
aid their endeavors to "protect
human rights and promote (the)
democratization of China."
The statue has been plagued
by controversy since it was first
proposed to the Vancouver Parks
Board in March 1990. At that time
it was to be built outside the Dr.
Sun Yat Sen park in Chinatown
but, because of disagreement
among the Chinese community, the
VSSDM modified their proposal
and asked for a plaque instead.
Opposition to the project has
come mainly from the Chinese
Benevolent Association. The CBA
is a diverse organization of business and cultural interests with
representatives elected from
member organizations. Its current
president is Bill Yee, a lawyer and
former Vancouver alderman.
The CBA has given a number
of reasons for their opposition to
the proposals. In an open letter to
the Chinese community published
in Vancouver's Sing Tao Daily on
March 28, they expressed concern
that the plaque would "affect the
peace of fellow Chinese and the
prosperity and stability of
Chinatown", and "give racists a
pretext to go anti-Chinese".
The letter went on to say that
"on the surface, the request is to
fight for democracy and freedom,
but in fact it is only a dirty political
act, the motive of which cannot l>e
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September 21,1990 n.
Campus groups call posters offensive
by E. Griffith
UBC fraternities joined
other campus groups condemning three offensive posters that
appeared on campus Wednesday.
The posters, intended to
parody the fraternity recruitment
ads, were labelled racist and
homophobic by frat rush coordinator Hagan Ainsworth.
"This is an outrage," said
Ainsworth, who walked around
campus taking down the ads. "It's
unfortunate that it makes the
fraternities look racist, but we
had nothing to do with it. Frater
nities do not condone in any way
anything that was portrayed in
One poster was a take-off on
an ad which read "A Kappa Sigm a
-- the Most Wanted Man in the
Country." The parody showed
two ethnic stereotypes labelled
"Chink" and "East Asian" with
the caption "the Most Wanted
Minorities in the Fraternity. If
you are not one of these... don't
join Kappa Sigma!"
Another poster depicted
members of a different fraternity dressed in the robes of the
Petition to recall
AMS president
by Nadene Rehnby
A petition started by two students has received widespread support and may result in the recall of AMS
President Kurt Preinsperg.
Pam Costanzo and Alison Bain, the students who
initiated the petition, said an estimated 500 signatures
have been received, and anticipate that the required 1000
signatures will be obtained shortly.
Costanzo and Bain, as well      "31 hints to get you off to a better
as other concerned students, have
been taking copies ofthe petition
around campus in an effort to
direct the matter to students.
"A lot of people have never
heard of Kurt Preinsperg," said
Costanzo. "We explain the issues
to them, show them the articles
from the Province and the letters
Kurt wrote to The Ubyssey. We
also explain that, while Kurt only
wrote his title in his covering letter, he should have explicitly divorced himself from office."
"Students are then making
up their own minds," said Bain.
Costanzo and Bain said they
have taken the issue directly to
students, instead of student
council (where a two-thirds majority could remove him from office), because they want the students to decide.
Preinsperg agreed the decision should go to students, not
"Impeaching a President is
such a major decision, it should
be made by the students who
elected me," Preinsperg said.
"Otherwise there would always
be a doubt about whether that's
what the majority of students
The petition is a response to
start with woman of your choice,"
an article published in Kathy
Tait's love column in the September 6 edition ofthe Province
Costanzo and Bain said concern has escalated since the petition was first distributed and
cited a September 16 column by
Tait that refers to The Ubyssey
as "warped" and likens having a
conversation with the coordinator of the UBC Women's
Centre to that with a "rattlesnake."
Tait said in her column the
concern that Preinsperg's views
promote unequal power relationships is "utter garbage."
AMS Ombudsperson Carole
Forsythe said she has received
nine official complaints, all regarding the article in the Province, as well as many unofficial
ones. She said the outcome of
these complaints is now out of
the hands ofthe Ombuds office.
"It is now either a political
decision by council, or by students
with the petition, or Kurt could
resign," she said.
Preinsperg said "For having
written a caring letter in Kathy
Tait's love column, I do not see
why I should resign.
"I never meant to give offence . I worked diligently for UBC
students. I am sincerely concerned about the safety and well-
being of students on this campus.
I care about students. I care about
women's equality," he said.
"There are only four months
before regular elections. To impeach now over a letter to Kathy
Tait will damage the credibility
ofthe AMS. It will create financial waste and needless political
turmoil. It will direct further
media attention to an already
overblown issue," he said.
In an attempt to clarify the
limits of an AMS executive's right
to voice and publish opinions,
Preinsperg tabled a motion at
Wednesday's council meeting to
have the matter referred to Student Court.
The motion was defeated after it failed to receive support
from any council members.
Ku Klux Klan, overseeing an initiation involving farm animals
and a paddle.
A third portrayed frat members as homosexuals, referring to
specific people and fraternities.
Representatives from three
minority student groups expressed disapproval, among them
Patrick Chow, president of the
Chinese Collegiate Society.
"There was a lot of talk last
year about racism on campus,"
Chow said. "We thought the situation would improve. I'm surprised that posters like this would
still- come out. I don't know who
did this but this damages the image of the frats."
Chinese Students Association
president Moira Wong said "we
know some people are racist, but
when you actually put it on a
poster, that's advertising the extent of your racism. And then to
sign someone else's name to it, ifs
Calling the posters an outrage, Chinese Varsity Club vice
president Sylvia Lau said "if these
are directed at the frats and
someone's trying to make a point,
it's a bad way to do it."
Gays and Lesbians of UBC
president Anthony Berno objects
to the idea that a statement that
a person or group is homosexual
is considered an insult. "The assumption is that homosexuality
is a negative thing."
Michael Muller, also of
GLUBC, said the offending posters only serve to "show that the
people who did them are obviously livingin the dark ages. They
should be enlightened (but)
they're only displaying their own
AMS anti-discrimination coordinator Carol Hui said "this
incident just proves that discriminatory attitudes are eilive
and well at UBC, and that making this campus harassment-free
for all students should be a priority for the administration and
the AMS."
The question arises of who
might be responsible for the
parody ads.
Kappa Sigma member John
Yamoto said that whoever had
made the poster showed some
inside knowledge ofthe fraternity
system with "specific references
to certain fraternities and their
inside jokes. The chances are that
it was done by someone who is or
has been associated with a fraternity."
Sandeep Sidhu, also of
Kappa Sigma, said that because
the posters were generally anti-
Greek another fraternity would
not have put them up. "You would
never find a fraternity insulting
another fraternity because it
would make the whole Greek
system look bad.
"No fraternity's international headquarters condones
racism or prejudice of any kind.
It would have to be an individual,
without their fraternity's consent," Sidhu said.
Sculpture chiselled by Wreck
Beach artist John Genn (conspicuously absent).
AMS fee hike proposed
Preinsperg's letter to Province
sparked petition.
by Jason Robertson
In early October, students at
UBC will be asked to vote to increase their AMS fees by $5.
In Wednesday's student council meeting, a motion was passed
enabling the AMS to post and distribute a poster advertising the
referendum to be held October 9-
12 that, if approved, will raise the
current annual student fees from
$39.50 to $44.50.
AMS vice president Johanna
Wickie said the poster, an explanation ofthe referendum and a list
of initiatives that the AMS is considering, is 90% certain to reflect
the ballot as it will appear. Students
will also be asked to indicate which
of several suggested initiatives
should be allocated money.
Wickie said the AMS is currently in a $28,000 deficit situation, and wants to take on new
"The AMS is currently undergoing huge financial strain under
which all programs will suffer unless funds are found somewhere
else." The fee increase is to meet
the cost of inflation, the last increase having been in 1982, she
AMS director of finance John
Lipscomb questioned the need for
a fee increase.
"There are a lot of unecessary
expenditures in the AMS,"
Lipscomb said.
He said major examples include the Macintosh computers
that the AMS bought for its executive. "Lower end models could
have been purchased."
He also said the AMS should
be more careful about lending
money. He said a good example is
the now deconstituted Musical
Theatre Society (MUSSOC) which
has an outstanding debt of over
$44,000 dollars, acumulated over
two years.
He said he also considers that
the $40,000 the AMS pays its five
executives to hire them full time
during the summer months is "a
lot of money to hire politicians."
These expenses add up to
roughly 14percentof the $800,000
Annual Operating Budget of the
AMS. Student's money could be
better spent, he said.
Jorj McWhinnie, the students'
council music representative said
in Wednesday's council meeting
that the referendum question on
the fee increase could be addec. to
the ballots in the January AMS
general elections since the fee increase would not apply until next
year. Each referendum costs about
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New abortion clinic jeopardized
By Kathryn Weiler
The proposed opening ofa privately funded abortion and family
planning clinic at the Hycroft
Medical Building has erupted into
a sea of controversy.
Pro-life groups have already
rushed to the scene with picket
signs and protest slogans while
physicians have threatened to pack
up and move their practices.
"What we have here isa group
of people that are fronting for a
group of doctors wanting to open
an abortuary," said Betty Green,
head of Vancouver's Right to Life
Society. Green is vehemently opposed to the controversial abortion
clinic which will open at 16th and
Green claims that because of
the controversial use of the location, local residents and tenants of
the building should have a right to
oppose the location of such a clinic.
She further states that a plebiscite
would have been appropriate in
this case as is often the procedure
with proposed openings of establishments such as pubs or drug
rehabilitation centres. She believes
an abortion clinic falls into this
Gwen Brodsky, a Vancouver
lawyer and one of the board of
directors ofthe Elizabeth Bagshaw
clinic (the non-profit organization
funding the clinic), said there is
clearly a need for another clinic in
Vancouver. She said the Every-
Women's Health Clinic (presently
the only other private abortion
clinic in B.C.) is 2 to 3 weeks behind, an alarming fact considering
the importance of immediacy in
this medical procedure.
Brodsky said 20 to 30 per cent
ofthe women using abortion clinics in Washington are from B.C., a
clear indication ofthe shortage of
clinics in this province. She said it
is ludicrous for women to be forced
to seek abortions in a foreign
country and attributes this to the
ad hoc nature of B.C. hospitals
where quota systems restrict the
availability of abortions.
Although the proposed clinic
has met with vocal opposition,
Brodsky saidthe majority of people
in Canada view abortion as an
inherent right for women.
BC Tel blamed for phone hang-ups
by Michael Booth
Students requesting telephone
service in Gage, Fairview and
Vancouver School of Theology
residences are in for along wait as
BC Tel and the university's Network and Communications department squabble over who will
pay for the installation of new cable.
Currently, 140 students are
waiting for telephone service due
to a shortage of available telephone
lines on campus. The university
and the telephone company operate on a loose agreement in which
UBC owns the cable but BC Tel
provides the service. If any new
telephone cable is to be installed
on campus, an agreement addressing costs must be reached
between the two sides.
"We work together continuously," said Dr. Fiorenza Albert-
Howard, director of Network and
Communication. "Any cable under
UBC land is our cable and they
have to go through us.
"Residences are not our problem, they are BC Tel's," she said.
"Residences get their supply from
BC Tel. From the time the agreement was made, it has been BC
Tel's responsibility. It has always
been their responsibility."
Albert-Howard said that
shortage of available lines on
campus was not helped by a sudden increase in demand for faculty
phone service.
"The average number of requests is between 50 and 100 requests per month," Albert-Howard
said. "In August alone, the request
was for 850 lines specifically for
faculty telephones.
"BC Tel has not come forward
with any plans for installing new
cable to residences. They are well
aware of the cable shortage; it's
not news to them," she said.
The university is currently
installing a fibre-optic cable network to facilitate  UBC's  data
transmission requirements. As the
system begins to be utilized, it will
free up copper lines that will be
used to meet the backlog of requests by faculty for telephone service.
"In terms of providing service
for UBC, we are working on it but
it has no overnight solution,"
Albert-Howard said. "Residence
phones are BC Tel's business but if
they need help from us, they can
call us."
"Residences use (BC Tel's)
cable and if (BC Tel) wants to
provide service and make money,
then (BC Tel) pays for it," she said.
"If they want to do work on UBC
land then they talk with us."
BC Tel public affairs administrator, Kathryn Aberle, said "the
crux of the matter remains the
dispute over who pays for the installation of cable.
"We can't supply service where
we don't have any cable available."
she added.
Some have it easy in life..
Lipscomb's position as D of F challenged
...Continued from page 1
The motion was passed by council."
Responding to other allegations, Lipscomb said "I didn't think
it was wrong to request an additional payment for the month of
August. Council turned this down
and that's fine."
"I refused to fund the
disposables for the barbeque,"
Lipscomb said. "I morally cannot
fund disposables in such large
quantities. But if my morals don't
allow me to do something, then
students' council has the power to
override me, so there's no fear of
my moral convictions hurting the
student union."
AMS president Kurt
Preinsperg said, "John is not perfect, far from it, but he's a
hardworking executive. He has
high ideals and is very stubborn in
pursuit of those ideals.
"He has annoyed me many a
time and yet I respect him. He's
done good work. It borders on the
absurd to dream of impeaching
someone like him."
Preinspergis concerned about
the recent events.
"With this cloud hanging over
John's head, I wouldn't blame him
if he could not give his best to his
job," he said.
Former UBC AMS president
and current Board of Governors
representative Tim Bird expressed
concern about the effects of AMS
"This year is really no different than other years," Bird said.
"There is always going to be conflict within the AMS. Ifs inevitable.
"But the stakes are so small in
the AMS. Is it really worth it to
publicly embarrass somebody by
trying to remove them from office?"
"Ifs not worth it unless somebody has done something to really
damage the society," Bird said.
"That somebody is difficult to work
with is not enough."
Bird added "I've never found
John to be all that out of line. He
has his own style and he's got his
own issues at heart. Ifyou have a
problem with their (the executives)
issues, then you have a right to
criticize the issues, but not to make
it a personal attack.
"The AMS is an organization
that can do a heck of a lot. But as
long as there is this degree of infighting involved, it has no potential."
September 21,1990 ■Jf=J~ k
...Continued from page 1
Parks Board, Yee said "what the
VSSDM is asking now really is a
blatant interference with the affairs
of another country," and that Chinese Canadians should put their
energy "into resolving local issues
like the constitutional debate, the
GST, the education referendum etc.
where Canadians stand to gain," he
In aradiointerview with CKNW
he went so far as to express doubt as
to whether the massacre actually
occurred in the manner reported by
the Western Press. "Sometimes you
can't believe what you see and hear,"
The Chinese Government has
also been taking an active role in the
issue, and much of what Yee 1ms said
echoes its positions.
Former Consul General to
Vancouver, Duan Jin, said in the
Sing Tao Daily, March 26,1990, "as
far as China is concerned, this is
interference with the internal affairs of China. It doesn't help to make
any commemoration. It will only
confuse the people more and bring
no good to both China and Canada."
A spokesperson for Chinese students and scholars said "it is a dream
(ofthe Chinese) to build the statue.
It will touch everyone's heart. It even
touched Bill Yee's heart, but he can't
respond to his conscience, he's a politician."
The consulate also sent a letter
to the MLA for Vancouver-Point
Grey, Tom Perry, asking him to oppose the statue. "To the Chinese" it
said, "the statue is a reminder of big
powers bullying weak nations and
the humiliation and suffering they
were subjected to by the turn of last
Perry responded with strong
statement which called the massacre "a blatant disregard for the universal rights of human beings which
were enshrined in the United Nations Charter, to which the People's
Republic of China ostensibly subscribes."
He went on to point out the
"curious logic that the Government
of China would regard criticism ofa
mass murder of innocent students
as "meddling with the internal affairs of a friendly nation' whereas
Consul General Duan Jin does not
consider it inappropriate to suggest
whether or not Canadians should
be allowed to express their democratic rights in our country."
The VSSDM and FCSSC have
now turned their attention to UBC.
On August 1 the AMS unanimously
approved the building ofthe statue.
Since then, however, the matter
has become bogged down in bureaucracy.
According to AMS co-coordinator of external affairs Jason Brett,
UBC vice-presidentof academic and
student services, K.D. Srivastava,
was informed of the proposal on
August 10 and gave his ^acit approval." It was then referred to
Miner's office on August 15.
"I had concern expressed to me
that (approval) would take a while
(so I) expressed my concern to Tim
Miner that I would like to have it
done as soon as possible," Brett
On August 20 the proposal was
put before the President's Advisory
Committee on Art to advise Tim
Miner on whether the statue would
be aesthetically compatible with its
Repeated efforts to contact
anyone in the UBC administration
regarding the statue have been unsuccessful and Srivastiva wouldnot
return The Ubyssey's calls on the
In a related matter, both
Srivastava and UBC president
David Strangway declined an invitation to speak at a fast held by the
FCSSC on June 4, 1990, the anniversary of the Tiananmen square
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Transit discounts go
only for the distance
by Niko Fleming
Students with long commutes
are receiving discounts from B.C.
Transit this year.
With a Fast Trax sticker attached to their student cards,
students can travel in all three
transit zones with a one zone
FareCard. This applies to the
monthly fare cards only, not single
Students commuting from
Surrey or Coquitlam save $40 per
month on their bus passes, while
those from Burnaby and the North
Shore save $17. People living in
the central zone (West of Boundary)
receive no discount.
Jason Brett, AMS representative for the Student Transit Advisory Committee, helped negotiate this arrangement with B.C.
Transit last year. STAC includes
students representatives from all
Vancouver colleges and universities.
"(STAC) was created ten years
ago to combat eroding concessions
on fares for students," Brett said.
Students used to receive concessions, but fares increased during
the eighties. Until two years ago,
post-secondary students received
no discounts on transit.
Brett said STAC lobbied for
bigger price breaks, but B.C.
Transit is operating from a revenue-neutral stance. "Unless
students generate the funds, there
will be no true concession,"he said.
Paul Barlowe, Manager of
Treasury and Risk Management
for B.C. Transit, said students
should be going through the Ministry of Advanced Education for
their funding.
"Why should we give university students subsidies?" he said.
"There are people making five
dollars an hour who use transit to
get to work, and they don't get
Barlowe said the program is
on a year to year trial basis.
Fast Trax stickers are available to all full-time students at the
AMS Ticket Office in SUB for two
Vancouver buses made
accessable to disabled
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people will finally have full access
to transit throughout the lower
mainland thanks to the introduction of Canada's first lift-equipped
Disabled students who must
commute to the remote campuses
in Greater Vancouver will be
strongly affected by the new buses,
equipped with hydraulic lifts which
make it possible to load wheelchairs.
"Certainly this makes the
transit system a lot more accessible
to people who were unable to use it
before," said Frank Jonasen,
president ofthe B.C. Educational
Association of Disabled Students
"It's easy to tell other people to
carpool or use transit, but students
with disabilities until now weren't
able to do that. Now they can,"
Jonasen said.
The lift equipped buses are
now on 22 Vancouver area routes.
Two buses to UBC and VCC have
been lift-equipped since September
3, and three ofthe new buses have
been added to routes to SFU this
Local students are already
noticing a difference.
"This does a great deal to help
disabled students be as spontaneous as others; be able to go shopping
or to a movie on a moment's notice,"
said UBC sociology graduate student, Laurie Brown. "This is very
Stephen Heaney, president of
the UBC Disabled Students Association, said "just the fact that
Vancouver is integrating more
wheelchair users directly into the
system so they can use it like
anyone else is important."
Heaney said the lift-equipped
buses would help alleviate the
problems students had with the
"Handy Dart" van system, which
required riders to book a week in
advance for rides.
"Ifyou were using Handy Dart
and had a rescheduled seminar or
a studying session for a final, it
made things difficult," he said.
B.C. Transit spokesperson
Diane Gendron said "we think this
is an important step. This allows
more passengers to travel spontaneously."
All new B.C. Transit buses
will be equipped with the hydraulic
lifts, Gendron said. The entire fleet
will be wheelchair accessible in
"about 17-20 years," she added.
But students who use electric
3 wheel scooters are still waiting
to use the lift-equipped buses. According to Gendron, scooters will
not be allowed on the buses until
early 1991, after "transit engineers
develop a safe tie-down system."
"I think that before they deny
us a space on the bus system they
should figure out another solution
before keeping the ban on people
on scooters," said Simon Fraser
University sociology student Karen
Van Biesen.
"It reminds me of when blacks
were asked in the U.S. to get to the
back ofthe bus," she said.
Jonasen, a student at
Kwantlen College in Surrey, said
B.C.EADS would suggest that
other B.C. bus systems try to get
lift-equipped buses.
"In a college community like
Prince George or Kamloops, one or
two lift equipped buses, maybe on
a route to schools and the main
shoppingarea, would make a world
of difference," he said.
Canada's National Education
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September 21,1990 Slavonic Studies
program to be altered
by Sharon Doyle
The Slavonic Studied* department will be revamped dramatically over the next two years with
special emphasis placed on Russian
language and literature.
Pat Marchak, dean of Arts,
said that the department is not
being cancelled as much as it is
undergoing a transformation. The
intention is to alter the direction of
the curriculum over the next two
The department will place a
greater emphasis on the Russian
Language and Literature areas of
the program. As a result, the historical, sociological, economical and
political aspect of Slavonic Studies
will suffer.
This is unfortunate as
Marchak believes that UBC is
weak in these areas. The university
is unable to hang on to enough
qualified professors to keep the
department academically competitive.
Furthermore, there is a lack
of students interested in Slavonic
Studies as a course major. This
could be attributed to the events in
eastern Europe over the past year.
Dr. C.J.G. Turner, executive
secretary of Slavonic Studies, resigned as department head over
the summer. Marchak is currently
serving aone to two year internship
as head ofthe department and will
oversee the implementation ofthe
department's changes.
The root of the Slavonic
Studies department's problems is
a lack of financial resources. This
is a common plight to many if not
all departments in the Faculty of
Arts. The faculty's budget was
slashed by $800,000 for the 1990-
1991 session.
Prank calls plague CiTR
by Sophia Harris
A prank caller on campus has
angered university radio station
CITR and embarrassed some UBC
On Monday night, a male
caller claiming to be from CITR
made over two dozen phone calls to
pay phones at Totem Park and
Place Vanier residences, between
9 and 11pm. He said that he was
conducting a radio contest, and
told the students who answered
they would win $100 worth of goods
if they couldidentify a certain song.
20 students who responded to
the calls arrived at CITR Monday
night, and another six on Tuesday,
requesting their prizes.
CITR's station manager,
Linda Scholten, said she knew
nothing about the calls and was
surprised to see prospective winners arrive at her office.
"At first I gave them some
stuff, some cassettes and things,
but more showed up," Scholten
said. "If I gave any more things
away, we wouldn't have any prizes
left for the real CITR Ring Contest
next week."
A Vanier resident who received one ofthe fraudulent calls
saidthe caller had an outgoing, DJ
sounding voice.
"The phone rang at 10:15pm
on Monday night," she said.
"Someone said, 'Hi, this is CITR.' I
didn't know who CITR was, and he
explained that it was a radio station on campus. Then he said,
'We're running a contest, and if
you can name this song, 111 give
you a prize.' He played 'Always on
My Mind' by the Pet Shop Boys."
When the resident went to
CITR to claim her winnings, she
was told the contest was a scam.
But they gave her a DJ Sound War
t-shirt as a compensatory prize.
The resident said she thought
the culprit was someone from
CITR, because when she told
Scholten what the caller had said
the prizes were (t-shirts, movie
passes, coupons, etc.), Scholten
informed her that was exactly what
they were going to give away next
"It could be someone from
CITR, but I don't know why," said
Scholten. "If it's someone seeking
revenge on us, this prank is so
pointless and so dumb."
She said she thought the caller
lives in residence. "It was not done
in the CITR office. There were
people working there that night."
Scholten also said she does
not mind the publicity CITR received from the calls, but she dislikes having to turn people away
who are expecting prizes.
CITR's annual Ring Contest
runs from September 24 to 28. The
radio station calls pay phones on
campus, and whoever answers,
wins a package of CITR goodies
live on the air.
Pay phones will soon be ringing unexpectedly on campus. The
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Both organi zations oppose the
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in 20 years this fall. But, while
ANEEQ's platform calls for free
university education, FEEQ accepts that students should shoulder some ofthe Cost of their education.
FEEQ's political platform revolves around a "new partnership"
between students, government,
and business, Plourde said.
The best way to offset Quebec
universities' $300 million deficit,
is to ask students to pay a special
post-graduation tax, Plourde said.
"Our goal is to implement
measures that won't hurt accessibility, but that will still help solve
the underfunding problem," he
ANEEQ, which launched
many bitter, drawn-out strikes
over its history, has been credited
with upholding Quebec's 20-year-
old tuition fee freeze.
But the organization has been
losing membership over the past
decade. At its peak, it had over 30
members. Today, only two university members and 18 college
members remain.
Concordia, one ofthe two university members, will be holding a
referendum this semester to decide
whether to continue its membership. The other university,
l'Universite de Quebec a Montreal
(UQAM), is boycotting ANEEQ
meetings because it feels the federation is too centralized, although
it is not considering pulling out.
ANEEQ official Stephane
Lessard said the new student organization may split up the student movement at a time when it
desperately needs unity.
"They're just playing into the
government's hands," Lessard sai d.
"There's nothing more those in
power woul d like to see than a lack
of solidarity among students who
are undergoing hard economic
Lessard said FEEQ's platform
is towing the government line and
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their interests," Lessard said.
He said the only way to solve
the underfunding problem is to
force corporations to pay a one per
cent education tax.
ANEEQ said the new federation is not going to have much
"Twice in the 80's, organizations have tried to set up rival
student organization, but they've
always failed because of lack of
conviction for basic principles,"
Lessard said.
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The Typesetters
September 21,1990 NEWS
Course plans to
address issues
by Michael Booth
A mandatory course for first
year engineering students has been
expanded to include one entire
term of lectures addressing current social issues.
The course, Applied Science
120, is billed as an "introduction to
engineering" and traditionally
features lectures on the different
types of engineering taught at
UBC. In the past, the course has
been one hour a week for one academic semester.
This year, however, the course
will be stretched out over a full
school year to allow for new material designed to give engineering
students a better understanding
of issues facing Canadian society
"The course used to be for one
term, now it's two," said Dr Axel
Meisen, dean of Applied Science.
"The second term is the same as
the old course, an introduction into
the various engineering disciplines. The first term uses guest
lecturers to address the broader
issues faced by engineers in society."
Topics to be discussed include
the social impact ofthe Mackenzie
Valley pipeline, first nationissues,
multiculturalism, gender and
sexual harassment issues and engineering ethics and professionalism.
Meisen said that last spring's
issue ofthe nEUSlettre, which offended natives and other minorities, was a factor in the course's
speedy inception into the faculty's
core curriculum.
"The publication of the
nEUSlettre last March made it
clear that these issues had to be
addressed in a more structured
way," Meisen said.
The Engineering Undergraduate Society agrees the course
is necessary although they have
had no feedback from their members yet.
"It's a good idea and it is supported by the EUS but we don't
know how it's going so far because
it just started," said EUS president Darren Sanders.
Students forced to look
off campus for housing
by E. Griffith
Long waiting lists for residence are forcing many students
to look for housing off campus.
One first year student looking
at ads at the housing office said it
was especially hard for first-years
to get into residence as preference
is given to second year students.
First year students applying
to Totem Park and Place Vanier
can take only double rooms and it
is first come first serve. "It makes
more sense to go for off campus,"
he continued. If forced to live off
campus he would not be able to
quit his job during the school year
as costs are much higher, he said.
Director of Housing Mary
Risebrough said that accurate figures on how many people are waiting for housing are hard to find.
"All we know are the numbers
called on the waiting list,"
Risebrough said. Everyone applying for on-campus housing in the
four single student's residences
goes on one big list which has remained close to 1100 women and
1400 men since September 1.
As each residence gets a vacancy, numbers from the list are
called. Each residence startsat#l.
Numbers that have been called for
different residences vary enormously. As of September 18, 168
women on the wai ting list had been
called for Walter H. Gage residence, while the entire list has
been called for women's shared
rooms in Totem Park and double
rooms are now available in other
The housing office has no way
of knowing how many people have
found alternate housing but have
not notified Housing to have their
names taken off the list.
By comparing the total number of students who have applied
this year with previous years,
Risebrough said that "there's been
a slight drop in the number of
people applying for housing on
A survey by the Graduate
Students' Society last summer
suggested that many students are
choosing to live off campus rather
than take their chances with the
waiting lists for residences.
Nearly 30 per cent of the
graduate students who completed
the survey listed the reason they
lived off campus as "can't get into
on-campus housing because the
waiting lists are too long."
There is no definite figure for
undergraduates seeking housing
off campus, but GSS external affairs director John Berges said the
number is likely to be higher for
undergraduates, since grad students may have less incentive to
live on campus, due to age, income,
and marital status.
Risebrough said the off-campus housing situation appears to
be better, although one can only
judge by counting the number of
people who go to look at the off-
campus housing notice board.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Commission said the city's
vacancy rate was .9 per cent as of
April 1990, up from .5 per cent in
April 1989 and from October 1989
when it was only .4 per cent.
Even if the situation is improving, many are still unsatisfied. One grad student looking for
housing said in the four times he
has moved since he started at UBC
it has gotten harder every year. In
1987 it took a week to find a decent
house, he said, but last year it took
him two months.
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September 21,1990
THE UBYSSEY/9 The Ubyssey
It has been suspended,
banned, censored, censured, condemned, loved, cherished and, occasionally, honoured. "It" is The
The paper has been saddled
with such colourful labels as "the
vilest rag west of Blanca" and more
recently "a boil on the backside of
journalism" by local columnist
Doug Collins, as well as "the best
journalism school in Canada" by
Allan Fotheringham. (One should
judge whether a comment isa compliment or an insult by its source.)
The paper, as we fondly call
The Ubyssey, has been around
since 1918. It has changed a lot
since its beginnings. In the 1960's
there was an internal battle over
the political stance ofthe paper. It
is generally agreed that those on
the "left" won the internal conflict
on the paper, yet the "right" still
maintains a presence. This led to a
change in internal structure from
that of a hierarchy, with an Editor-
in-Chief, to a collective. Yet despite this, some things never
The Ubyssey has consistently
challenged the government, university administration and the
Alma Mater Society for their decisions. In 1931, editor-in-chief Ronald Grantham was suspended for
two weeks because he chose to
speak out against government
underfunding of education.
From either side ofthe political fence, The Ubyssey continues
to cover the issues, speaking out
on those which attract the attention of its staff members.
It has become apparent to The
Ubyssey that many students believe the paper costs them a great
deal of money each year. Put quite
bluntly, this is not true.
The Budget
The Ubyssey has a budget of
approximately $172,000 duringthe
fall and winter sessions and
$20,000 during the summer session. Of this, $30,000 and $14-
15,000 respectively, have been the
subsidies budgeted by the Alma
Mater Society.
Actual expenditures and revenue during the last year showed
The Ubyssey spending approximately $185,000, of which
$157,000 came from advertising.
The Alma Mater Society contributed approximately $28,000 to the
winter paper.
The Summer Ubyssey for 1989
was subsidized to the tune of
$11,500 ($3,500 under budget) with
advertising revenue contributing
$10,000. $22,000 was spent.
So what does this mean to you
as students?
Last year the winter edition of
The Ubyssey cost you about $1.08
and The Summer Ubyssey about
$.44. A grand total of $1.52 per
student for seven issues during
the summer and forty-nine issues
during the fall and winter.
That's about $.02 per paper.
Five years ago, The Ubyssey
had a subsidy of $83,000. By making our production more efficient
we have cut our costs by over
$50,000. We have constantly
streamlined and have been consistently financially responsible. We
feel that we have made all the cuts
we can.
This year it appears that the
Summer Ubyssey was again at
least $3,000 under budget and despite this, the AMS budget committee is trying to cut our allotted
subsidy to $22,000.
Budget committee's proposed
subsidy for this fall and winter
session would cost you about $.85.
It has been increasingly evident to
the staff of The Ubyssey that the
students, and particularly Students Council, do not fully understand the way our newspaper's
system works.
The Collective
There is a method to The
Ubyssey's madness. We do not exist in a vacuum.
This newspaper works on a
collective system.
A collective works on the basis
of each individual having an equal
say in the affairs of the organization. That is to say, there is no
hierarchy. Each individual has
equal input in, an equal vote on,
and equal responsibility for the
actions ofthe collective.
The collective, then, decides
not only the overall policy of the
paper (such as the constitution,
membership or the members ofthe
editorial collective), but also what
goesintothe paper and where. The
collective decides at a production
meeting the day before an issue
comes out which stories will or will
not run, where each story will be
placed, if all ads will run, and the
content of the editorial. The editors do not decide by themselves
the content ofthe paper.
There is no doubt that the editors have an influence, perhaps
greater than that of some other
staffers. But other experienced
members of staff also have great
influence, perhaps greater than the
editors. This is how the collective
functions, on the basis of influence, which in turn is based on
In the case of The Ubyssey,
the collective consists ofthe staff.
Each staff member votes on each
initiative undertaken by the paper.
Members of the Collective
So we have the collective
sketched out, but who makes up
this group.
The collective of The Ubyssey
is made up ofthe newspaper's staff,
all of whom are volunteers.
We are open to all members of
the campus except, for reasons of
editorial freedom and integrity,
those sitting on AMS Students
Council, those who are a part of
the Student Administrative Commission or other student government bodies.
If any person can put up with
us long enough to contribute to
three issues, and attend meetings
on at least a semi-regular basis,
she or he will be considered a staffer
of The Ubyssey.
As a staffer, she or he will be
able to vote on any policy or content matter brought to staff, to
elect editors, to hold a position on
staff, and so on.
The Format
You're looking at the it: Fun-
filled pages, anywhere from 8 to 28
pages in length. Starting at the
Our news is mostly campus
and local, although national and
international news stories do often appear.
Page two consists of the
Classifieds and 'Tween Classes.
Classifieds can be placed by visiting the AMS business office down
the hall from us. Between classes
are free and are open to everyone:
blank forms and drop offs all happen at The Ubyssey office, SUB
241K. Page two has some, serious
deadlines, so now that you've been
told, don't give us no flack about
your late 'Tween.
Sports runs in the Tuesday
edition, arts brings colour to the
Friday issue, and they both usually hog centre spread.
News from campus newspapers around the country can also
be found under the 'CUF folios
throughout the paper. Check out
the section on CUP for more on
The letters section is where
everyone else gives their opinion.
Ifyou want to let your thoughts be
known to the University community, please hand deliver aletter to
The Ubyssey and bring in some i .d.
The limit is 350 words, a policy
most stringently enforced when we
have a backlog of letters. If you
keep your letter brief, there is a
better chance that it will make it
into the next issue.
Letters must be submitted in
typed form, but you are more than
welcome to use our word processors. Any one of our plethora of
staff members would be happy to
show you how it's done.
The Ubyssey will not print letters that are deemed by the collective to be racist, sexist or
The Ubyssey does not, under
any circumstances, attempt to
sway an argument by withholding
letters. The only letters not printed
by The Ubyssey last year were a
couple of essay-length letters left
over at the end ofthe year because
of a lack of space, and one letter
that was so racist, sexist and
homophobic it was handed over to
the authorities instead of our typesetters.
Opinion and Editorial
Then we have the opinion and
editorial section.
The Editorial, a reflection of
the opinions of all staff present at
our 5 p.m. news meetings, are based
on topics which are generally discussed at length and then assigned
to one or two writers to prepare a
rough draft.
Throughout production night,
all staff present try to get a chance
to read it over, add to it, take away
from it, fight about it. The editors
(usually at about 4 a.m.) go over
the final version and either make
it coherent, or, in a delirious at-
Our credentials:
Leftishiy liberal,
pro-profanity, &
pounding hearts
tempt to make it coherent, make it
totally indecipherable.
Perspectives are in-depth
analysis opinion pieces from non-
staff members. Voting staff members of the Ubyssey cannot write
letters to the Editor, but are welcome to submit their opinions as
Have you ever wondered about
those weird little bits of fantasy/
horror/lunacy under the editorial
As The Ubyssey, in accordance
with the CUP Statement of Principles, seeks to oppose hierarchy,
The Ubyssey does not have atradi-
tional masthead arrangement.
(You know—editor in chief, assistant to the editorial assistant—
that kind of crap...)
Instead, anyone who helps out
on an issue in any way gets thrown
into the collective melting pot, The
Ubyssey Masthead, where just
about anything could happen. This
includes some serious weirdness—
talking lizards, blue toenail polish, stuff like that.
Getting involved
We may be strange,
unsanitary and somewhat psychotic, but rest assured, we don't
bite. Moreover, we need new people
with lots of bright, fresh ideas to
add to our twice weekly melting
pot. Even ifyou don't have any of
these, we can still use some people
who don't mind "just helping out."
Put bluntly, well take almost anyone.
The most obvious thing you
can do at The Ubyssey is to write.
A lot of people come in with ideas
for stories, usually on things they're
interestedin and would simply like
to find out more about. After all,
what better way to become more
informed about the Native land
claims issue than by talking to the
people involved? Just walk in, run
it by an editor and with the advice
you receive in mind, go with it.
Another reason for writing for
the paper is if you think The
Ubyssey is missing out on something that you believe is important
enough for our readers (circulation 15,000) to know about.
Famous people pass through
this campus all the time, eliciting
profound thoughts along the way.
We can't always be there to cover
them, often because we don'tknow
they're around. Help make us look
less foolish and write something
about it yourself.
Ifyou don't have any ideas, we
do—tons of them, just not enough
people to write about them. Ifyou
have some time to kill, walk in,
button hole an editor and find out
what's up. You might end up doing
anything from sitting through a
lunch time speech on what should
be done with the trees in the Stein
Valley, to extracting quotes from
AMS members on a juicy sex scandal (but only if you're really, really
lucky. These are few and far between—most of the time).
The Ubyssey will allow you to
do more than just write straight
news. Our sports department is
burdened with the task of covering
18 separate varsity teams, ranging from football to gymnastics.
There is also the arts section
which focuses on on-campus happenings, the alternative scene and
stuff just not covered by the mainstream press. Promise to write us
a story and we'll try to get you in
free. Come back with a story, and
you can do it again.
Of course, there is the matter
of style. Writing news is very dif-
ferentfrom writing essays, but the
former is easier to pick up on. Once
you've got your notes sit down with
an editor, who will go through such
things as the six basic questions
and the inverted pyramid, and
youll be on your way to a Pulitzer.
We also hold the occasional writing seminar throughout the year.
We need photographers and
lots of them. Unfortunately, we
don't supply the cameras or the
flashes, but we can give you film
and access to a dark room. We also
the Ubyssey
Do you hate us?
The Ubyssey is a student newspaper. The key word, of course, is-
student. This means that, like you,
we are still learning. We are learning how to put the paper together,-
how to write, and above all, just
how powerful the print media can*
or cannot be.
Publications Board
The Publications Board is a
student organization designed to
Since we are still learning, we be a sounding board between The        _
do make mistakes—as do our Ubyssey and the UBC student *»UP
counterparts on the mainstream body. It consists of three members The Ubyssey is a founding
papers. Mistakes themselves are of The Ubyssey, three students-at- member of Canada's oldest stu-
not necessarily a bad thing—they large,andthe AMS ombudsperson. dent organization, Canadian Urii-
can be a very effective way of The board meets every two versity Press, aco-operative of fifty
learning how not to do something, weeks (usually on Tuesday after- student papers from across
However,sinceTheUbysseyisread noons)      to      discuss      such Canada. j
by as many as 15,000 people, our mindboggling  topics   as  The CUP provides an endless list
mistakes may take on more sig- Ubyssey's budget, its constitution, of services to The Ubyssey, sup-
nificance than a run-bn-sentence andanycomplaintsthathavebeen Porting the paper in everything
in an English 100 essay. lodged about stories or editorials from computer breakdowns to
One effective remedy for mis- run in the pages of The Ubyssey. lawsuits, and organizing the con-
takes, controversial editorials, There are currently two va- ferences where The Ubyssey's staff
coverage that may be perceived as cantstudent-at-largepositions,but learn their skills. CUP owns and
biased or an everyday dislike for the board also welcomes all stu- collectively runs Campus Plus, a
the ilk that hangs around SUB dent input in the interests of im- very successful advertising co-op-J
241K is the Publications Board.      proving The Ubyssey and helping erative designed to keep student
us serve the student body in the money within student papers.
'   - — , best ways possible. CUP's member papers often
Unofficial complaints can be work together, sharing the toils
given to us directly at our office and turmoil of putting out papers
■ and will be acted upon directly by with student volunteers and prac-
the staff of The Ubyssey. Official tically no money, and providing
complaints can be lodged with the invaluable support to papers in
AMS Ombudsoffice and will be ad- hard times. Copies of all CUP pa- j
dressed by the Publications Board pers are available at The Ubyssey.
at one of their meetings. Don't Last but never least, CUP pro-
worry. If you want to join The "des the news exchange. When
Ubyssey, you can. ..    you see CUP beside a story, that
means it's from another CUP pa-
~~ per, which gave it to The Ubyssey
via a computer bulletin board system that links CUP papers across I
the country, all co-ordinated by
CUP's national office in Ottawa.
give you a lot of freedom in terms of
content. While we appreciate the
efforts of our photo-journalists, we
also like the artsy stuff. Shooting
for The Ubyssey i s al so a great way
to get into events, like concerts
and plays, for free.
As well as making enough
copy, and processing enough photos to fill our pages, we also need
people to lay it all out. While a lot
of this involves simply slapping
down the right stories on the correct pages, there is also some
chance to do creative work—especially on the arts pages, and when
we run features.
BC Bureau
The Ubyssey is also the home
of CUP's BC Bureau. Bureau chief
Rick Hiebert provides news coverage of events that affect BC students, as well as co-ordi nating some
of the news exchanging that happens between UVic's The Martlet,
SFUVThe Peak, The ^eanfer at
Langara, Douglas College's -Other
Press, The Phoenix at Okanagan
College and the Capilano Courier
at Capilano College. His office is,
alas, located in SUB 241K.;
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September 21,1990
September 21,1990
September 2^-28, 1990
MONDAY, September 24/90,11:00 am to 12:00 noon, CONVERSATION PIT, SUB
Introduction of Speakeasy, an interactive computer designed to enhance decision making processes vis
a vis the use of alcohol and to provide thoughtful information about alchohol consumption. Dr. R.
Perreault, creator of Speakeasy from the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, will officially welcome
Speakeasy to the province of British Columbia. Speakeasy will then start touring B.C. Sponsored by
Molson's. A private reception to follow in the Art Gallery.
TUESDAY, September 25/90,12:30 pm to 1:20 pm, CONVERSATION PIT, SUB
SPINAL CORD INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM: Rob Dunfield, a SCIP representative will discuss
his accident and how life has changed since.
THURSDAY, September 27/90,12:30 pm to 1:20 pm, SUB AUDITORIUM
Back by popular demand, Mike Buckingham, a former Washington State police officer will discuss the
effects of drinking/driving accidents. Mike speaks from personal experience — he was hit by a drunk
FRIDAY, September 28/90,12:30 pm to 1:20 pm, CONVERSATION PIT, SUB
PARTY: a presentation by health care professionals. What is it like for them to care for victims of drinking
related accidents? Warning: slide show may contain violent and disturbing pictures.
FRIDAY, September 28/90,4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, ROOM 207/209 SUB
This Beer Garden wraps up the week with de-alcoholized and non-alcoholic drinks (as well as alcoholic
beverages — after all we are promoting RESPONSIBLE DRINKING). The ICBC designated driver
program, Tall Cool One, will be in effect. As well, the RCMP, University Detachment will have a
breathalyzer on hand.
DAILY DISPLAYS will be in the main concourse from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Participants will include:
Student Services, ICBC, RCMP, BC Lung Association, AA, NA, Al-Anon, and students from the Health
Sciences, eg. Pharmacy, Nursing, Family & Nutritional Sciences.
Ifyou are in third or fourth year and you're looking for a career
in the business world, come see us. We're Chartered Accountants
from firms downtown and in the Lower Mainland and we'll be on
campus September 26 to talk about career possibilities in one of
the most stable professions - chartered accountancy.
There are jobs available in chatered accountancy for non-
Commerce grads from all disciplines. Chartered Accountants come
from all backgrounds, bringing new skills and diversity to this
growing, dynamic profession.
Chartered Accountants set the standard for accounting and
auditing in Canada and, because of their education and training,
are in demand by business around the world.
Here is an opportunity to talk to CAs on an informal basis and
explore opportunities. You may be an ideal candidate for Canada's
fastest-growing profession.
You're invited to a:
Wine, Beer & Cheese Event
UBC Faculty Club
Wednesday, September 26
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For more information call Ken Ruffelle at the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of British Columbia at 681-3264.
Council appoints
committee to watch
new 'recfac' fee
Students' Council voted in
favour of appointing a five person
committee to oversee the allocation ofthe new $40 athletic recreation fee levied by the university
administration to build a sports
Council was concerned that
students have a say in the spending of this money, which was levied without student input. The fee
is to build a facility similar to one
already rejected by student referendum.
AMS Student
court to investigate special
meeting fiasco
Council has asked the yet to
be chosen judges of students' court
to decide on the validity of the
results ofthe September 7th Special General Meeting.
However, a suggestion to bring
two motions to referendum in October was ruled out of order because
of the impending student court
decision. The motions were to remove sexist language from Code
and Bylaws and change the title of
the director of external affairs to
coordinator of external affairs.
Council supports
Senate Review
Members of Students' council
unanimously voted to direct AMS
President to write a letter of support to the University Senate endorsing a Student Senate Caucus
motion to establish an ad hoc committee administering teacher
evaluations. Members suggested
that the evaluation process be reviewed. The process was established 12 years ago.
report to council
Ombudsperson Carole
Forsyth reported to council that
she has received nine formal complaints on the issue of Kurt
Preinsperg's article in the
Province's Love Column, as well as
many informal complaints.
"Some people see this submission as dangerous because it promotes unequal relationships,"
Forsyth said.
She also said the submission
was written by Preinsberg as a
student, not as the AMS president.
Cathy Tait was responsible for
adding Preinsperg's title as AMS
president, she said.
Natives want
voice in AMS
Council postponed a decision
to establish a non-voting position
on council for native students at
the university.
It was argued that council
members needed more time to respond to the request, and wanted a
more formal proposal to study.
A native representative indicated that native students feel
alienated by the student government process in general.
At present there are no native
students sitting on council.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants
of British Columbia.
Last Wednesday's student's council meeting
attracted the largest audience since the
nEUSlettre scandal, pictured above.
September 21,1990 NEWS
Not in my back yard, Westside residents say
by Merlin Levirs
Skytrain's future on
Vancouver's West side was the
main topic at Wednesday evening's
provincial government townhall
Half of the questions asked
premier Vander Zalm and minister of highways Rita Johnston to
pay close attention to concerns of
residents of communities that
Skytrain's proposed Richmond
connector will cross. Frustration
with the process of consultation
was a major audience concern.
Consideration is being given
to Main, Cambie, Oak, Granville,
and Arbutus streets for the route.
Of these neighbourhoods, Arbutus
and Cambie residents appeared
most strongly represented. This
issue was the overwhelming concern of the crowd of some three
hundred persons.
"We will not run roughshod
over any community," Johnston
said. "We have never had the
availability for more public consultation than on this issue (and)
have asked this citizen's committee to go and get input from you."
"Whenever a government undertakes an initiative," Johnson
said, "some people will be made
Citing his government's concern about pollution, Vander Zalm
saidthe Skytrain extention, as with
other BC Transit enhancements,
would go ahead despite the desire
of some in the crowd to scrap the
Extensions to the ferry fleet
are being examined between the
Seabus terminal and Port
Coquitlam, Bowen Island, and
Vander Zalm. described a recent flight.
"Coming into Vancouver it
looked worse than Los Angeles,"
he said. "One way we can improve
on this is with Rapid Transit and
I'd like you to help with that."
One per so n questioned Vander
Zalm and Johnston's objecti vity on
the matter given that their constituents are the beneficiaries in
an expanded system.
"Health receives one third of
your tax dollar." said finance minister Mel Couvelier in response to
another question.   He said that
because health care is constantly
reaching for new and more expensive plateaus, there is "never
enough money for such an open
ended commitment (and) at some
point there will have to be some
tough decisions made in open public discussions."
Questioned on education
funding to get more students into
the Vancouver community colleges,
former minister of advanced education and job training, Stan
Hagen, said "this government has
committed 690 million dollars in
new money over five years for
15,000 spaces. The incredible increased demand may be partly due
to increased student loan funding,
but also because of a new concept
of lifelong learning."
A  UBC  student asked the
premier, "How far are you willing
to go (on constitutional decentralization)?"
Vander Zalm replied that it
would depend on what would serve
the people best.
"I am very much a
decentralist," said Vander Zalm.
"All the countries which become
overly centralist eventually fail
(while) decentralized countries like
Switzerland have done best."
Responding to a proposal to
make BC a nuclear weapons free
zone like many city governments
have, Vander Zalm said "I am very
sympathetic to this issue, but we
must not belulledintoafalse sense
of security by municipal declarations. We must pressure national
governments to get rid of nuclear
Instructors aprove
zero tuition
by Karen Hill
TORONTO (CUP) — Ontario's
student lobby group got a much-
needed shot in the arm recently
when the province's faculty association came out in support of free
The Ontario Federation of
Students (OFS) has been advocating the elimination of tuition fees
since 1972. On Sept. 18 it was
joined by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), which represents
teachi ng, research and professional
library staff at all Ontario universities.
OCUFA is calling for a reduction in tuition fees, and announced
a timetable for their abolition.
OFS official Greg Elmer said
OCUFA's announcement shows
that student lobbying against tuition fees has been successful.
"It's told people that students
aren't whiners, and they have responsible positions on issuesin the
(post-secondary education) community," Elmer said.
Elmer said that OCUFA's announcement was well-timed, com-
i ng just two weeks before Ontario's
new NDP government enters the
provincial legislature.
Although Premier Bob Rae
didn't take a stand on post-secondary education issues during the
recent election campaign, the NDP
has as one of its long-term goals
the elimination of university tuition fees.
OCUFA's policy statement
also called for the elimination of
higher fees for international students, an increase in aid for under-
represented students such as natives and people with disabilities,
an increase in living expenses
provided under Ontario's student
loan system, and the elimination
ofthe cap on loans and grants.
But University of Toronto
professor David Stager, the author of a 1989 Council of Ontario
Universities report recommending
increased tuition fees, says
OCUFA's ideas are out of date.
"I think it's irresponsible in
the budgetary constraints of the
1990s," Stager said. "I'm disappointed in my colleagues as scholars. There isn't much hope for a
decrease in fees."
OCUFA official Bob Kanduth
said the proposed changes could
take up to eight years to implement, at a cost of $400 million.
And, he added, Stager is the
one behind the times.
"He's more concerned with the
bottom line. We want to talk about
people. He is looking at this from
an economist's view."
One of OCUFA's main arguments is that high tuition fees serve
as a deterrent to students, particularly those from disadvantaged
But social and cultural factors
play a much greater role in deterring non-traditional students,
rather than high tuition fees, according to Stager.
And, he said, it is inefficient to
eliminate tuition fees. Instead, he
suggested increasing fees for all
students, while boosting aid for
underrepresented groups. The
possible deterrentof increasedfees
could be offset by the creation of
new categories of student loans,
Stager said.
Kanduth disagreed, saying
Canada had committed itself to
accessible and free post-secondary
education by signing a United
Nations agreement in 1976.
Implementing a minimum
corporate tax could make up the
loss in tuition fees, Kanduth said.
Insurers blame college over dental plan
by Mark Nielsen
The insurance company that
underwrote the failed dental program for graduate students at UBC
said its plans were frustrated by
the regulatory body for dentists in
Herb Botkin, a director for
Blue Cross of Canada in Toronto,
said in a telephone interview on
Thursday that the College of
Dental Surgeons of B.C. "brought
a lot of pressure to bear on the
dentists who were participating in
our program."
As a consequence, Botkin said
that Blue Cross felt it necessary to
give up on the program in order to
keep the dentists in question out of
"The dental college basically
said dentists can't participate in
return for them to keep their licences," Botkin said.
The plan was cancelled earlier this week after Blue Cross informed the Graduate Student Society that it would not underwrite
the scheme.
If the plan had gone ahead, at
least 3,000 graduate students
would have had up to 80 per cent of
their dental care costs covered by
the plan for an annual premium of
The problems arose over attempts to establish a list of "preferred dentists" who would reduce
their fees to correspond with the
amount of coverage the plan provides.
Botkin said it is common for
dentists to set their fee levels lower
than the rates recommended by
the dental college.
"Thousands in B.C. must be
getting dentist care for lesser fees
than what are set out by the dental
college, so why are they excluding
these people from the same sort of
access?" Botkin said.
As well, Botkin said that Blue
Cross was trying to expand the list
from two dentists through a mail-
out program that would cover every dentist within ten kilometres
of Vancouver.
However, the college's director of member services, Dr. Don
Lauriente, said the plan would remain unacceptable because some
patients would still be excluded
from similar fee levels.
"You have to try to predicate
the fee on the service and not on
the financial reasons," he said. "As
long as you treat everybody who
comes into the office the same,
then that's okay, but that's not
what's happening."
Nonetheless, Lauriente said
he's not surprised that Blue Cross
is blaming the college for the failure.
"I think you should expect
that," Lauriente said. "No one is
going to blame themselves and if
they want to blame me, well, I've
got broad shoulders and I don't
mind if it makes them feel better.
"The point is to get a better
Lauriente added that the college recognizes that students are
one group that needs a dental plan,
but said better ones than the one
offered through the GSS are available.
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Evenings - 7*00  9:00
No Matinees
Turn on, tune in, and zone out
By Andrew Epstein
As another year of school comes lurching
out ofthe starting gate I am struck by how
aligned things are. Reality is in eternal
lock-step with itself.
A wise old man once told me that the way to
grasp the true nature ofa subject is to examine both
its positive and negative aspects. Until very recently I thought this only applied to matters of
global importance and philosophical exams, and
then I saw the light. The light was softly glowing
salt and pepper snow, throbbing gently out of my
television set at four in the morning.
Laying it on the line, television is the requisite
other half to university. More than a diversion, it is
the antidote to school's dote, the yin to coursework's
yang. Sure the one can exist divorced from its soul-
mate, but neither is complete.
Surely I am not the first to note the similarities
between the two, both university and television get
started in the fall, full ofthe vim and vigour of youth,
go through a period of doldrums in the late winter
months and then build up to a fever pitch in time for
the end of the season/term. Summer rolls around
and it's time for a much needed vacation until next
Many people have tried to discredit the wisdom
found in our cathode ray teacher, but like the guy in
tomato sauce commercial says, "It's in there."
Sociology? Take a look at social contract and
community psyche
found in the seven
castaways on
Gilligan's Island.
History? Everything
I ever really needed
to know I learned from Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Philosophy? Many is the night I have stayed up
pondering whether the Jetsons are modernist or
post-modernist. Physics? How many of you have
been stopped in your tracks by the daunting task of
hooking up a VCR to your TV with a cable converter
and a pay-TV decoder box attached? Pharmacology?
What do you think they're doing on Miami Vice
anyways? Medicine? Law? Come on students look
alive the examples are thick and furious - anyone
who can't name three examples for each has no
business being in an institution of higher learning.
One ofthe few things that makes going back to
school even the least bit palatable is the promise
that soon, oh so very soon, the new season will begin.
You come home from the library, weary, your mind
clouded by too many hours doing too much work and
your cable enhanced buddy is waiting - just for you!
Thwak on that dial, curl into fetal position and a
delicious mix of old and new friends wash over you
like a warm bath - or something very much like that.
What do our friends in the programming offices
have in store for us this year? As always, a heady
collage of something old, something new, something
borrowed, and something blue. But mostly something borrowed.
Burning a hole in my TV Guide is Gabriel's Fire
(ABC) starring James Earl Jones, quite simply one
ofthe finest living actors anywhere in the world. He
speaks in that rumbling basso profundo and I just
melt. Jones plays a former police officer who killed
his partner in the 60's amid some pretty complicated
skullduggery. After spending twenty years in prison,
a young hot-shot defence attorney reopens his case
without asking him, and he gets freed on a technicality.
Gabriel, a defrocked cop, has trouble coping
with life on the outside. Heller, the beautiful, blonde,
and fantastically successful defense attorney, feels
guilty for springing a con who admits he's guilty
and only wants to be left alone takes him on as an
investigator. Presto, a series is born.
Gabriel's Fire runs on ABC Thursday nights at
9:00 so tune in and learn something. Criminology
101 is open for business. Go on, it's good for you.
Speaking of Thursday night, and who doesn't,
there's all-manner of network nuggets up for grabs.
The Cosby Show is still hanging in there representing the course in Life on Other Worlds CHEM 247;
however, this year its running up against Flash:
The Fastest Man Alive (Phys Ed?), and of course,
The Simpsons which is a required course for a
degree in Marxist political theory.
In just a few short months Bart Simpson has
been completely co-opted by the ruling class to the
point that every street hustler in New York is
selling home silk-screenedT-shirts ofAIR SIMPSON
and supermarket tabloids boast headlines along
the lines of "I had Homer Simpson's love child!"
What happened here? Last year the Simpsons
were a cool, underground cult-ish hit which mirrored our growing disillusionment with the saccharine-sweet taste of TV families that haven't changed
one wit since Marcia and Greg Brady were in
diapers. Suddenly the great arbiters of taste decided
the Simpsons were "The Next Big Thing" and the
next thing you know
any self-respecting
hepcat wouldn't be
caught dead in an a
"Bar-man" T-shirt.
Babes is the latest entrant in the Fox network's quest to come up
with the most tasteless show in the history of the
medium. Three overweight sisters move in together
and put up with week after week of fat jokes while
trying to maintain their strong feelings of self
worth. Oh yeah it's a comedy too. You wonder why
nobody thought of this premise for a sit-com ages
ago. And then again, they probably did.
Made for TV movies have been receiving quite
a lot of publicity lately, what with Twin Peaks et al.
But let's face it, there are only two different kinds.
The first is the disease of the week wherein a
beautiful, successful career woman gets stricken
with some polysyllabic tongue-twister of an illness
and gamely struggles on for ninety minutes more.
The second kind of made for TV movie is the
tabloid sleaze expose, and a fine example is up for
viewing this week with Leona Helmsley: The Queen
of Mean. Suzanne Pleshette cops top billing as the
Witch of Rich (or something like that). With a title
like this who can resist? And what's more it offers
a great cross-over study aid for Economics and
Commerce students.
One important rule to keep in mind is that
there is no such thing as bad television, only poorly
apportioned viewing time. There's so much time
and so little to be seen. Don't be discouraged by bad
grades in your courses, the networks never flunk
you .Just keep a fresh bowl of popcorn at your elbow
and the remote control close at hand and the
narcoleptic stupor of a TV junkie is only an "on"
switch away.
You are students, ifyou don't waste time now,
when will you have the chance? Like the great man
said, tune in, turn on and zone out. Yabba Dabba
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September 21,1990 ARTS
Fastfolk tears into music
By Winston Yeung
Tired of commuting all the way
downtown to get live entertainment at the clubs?   Looking for
some good music right
here on campus?   Have
faith, because every Friday from 8pm to midnight,
Eugene Ripper's Fast Folk
Underground returns to
the Fireside Lounge to
impress you all with its
unique menu of folk rock.
The Graduate Students' Society has been
managing the entertainment at the Fireside
Lounge for some time, and
has this year decided for a <■-
slight shift in focus.
GSS program direc-      $>
tor JeffMatthews said "We
used to have jazz and occasionally some classical,
but that didn't seem to
draw in people."    Now,
with the Fast Folk series,     Eugene
"we hope to fill the place every
night," Matthews said.
If last Friday was any indication, Fast Folk will certainly draw
large crowds. Roots Round Up
played to a full house with their
acoustic combo of accordion, bass,
violin, and guitar, leading one
happy patron to claim, "It was like
coming home for a beer." Apparently the queue to get in was the
longest ever in the Fireside's history.
Formed by Eugene Ripper four
years ago in Toronto, Fast Folk
Underground organized local talent in an informal atmosphere that
was lighter than the club scene
and provided the musicians with
some exposure. The Underground
has been described as a "laid back
roots hootenannyrockin', drinkin',
acoustic ethno', rhythm and song
thing." Ripper called it "redefining folk," as the styles encompass
rock-a-billy, blues, and beatnik folk
in a light, enjoyable atmosphere.
This Friday's features
Bruce Jay Paskow from the
Washington Squares, agroup
from Seattle that is ^;he hip-
pest band in the world," according to Matthews. Next
week's show will be Ripper's
own band, Dead Head Cool,
who will present "scandalous
songs about love, death,
treachery and trains." They
have been playing together
for the past six months, and
have opened for Dread Zeppelin and the Hard Rock
Accompanied by the recent change in management,
Fast Folk Underground is
bringing about some positive
changes to the Fireside. So, if
you're looking for some "foot-
stomping down home, funkin' fun"
on a Friday night, grab a friend
and check it out. Like Matthews
says, "Now we've got some good
live music right here in our back
Filmsoc ushers in a new sound
By Matthew Johnson
After a year of planning, discussion, and deliberation, the SUB
auditorium, at last, has a new
sound system.
The final successful sound test
for the new equipment was on
Film Society chairperson
Michael Gazetas said "the old
system.it was justawful. Ifyou sat
in the back you couldn't hear
The new $20,000 dollar sound
system— paid for exclusively with
Film Society funds—includes two
high quality speakers, power amps,
a mixing board, and other miscellaneous audio equipment.
"It's a top ofthe line system,"
said Gazetas.
The system's main feature is
that the speakers have power
driven amps designed to be played
at loud volume for continuous use.
They have specific requirements
so that each and every seat in the
house gets an average sound of 95
decibels, with 110 decibel peaks.
This means every seat in the house
gets pretty much equal sound,
Gazetas said.
Getting the system has been a
lengthy process. After making a
commitment to improve the sound
system last year, the Film Society
paid $5,000 to have Western Sound
Ltd. do an autosound computer
drawing of the auditorium's
acoustics and prepare a report
based on the drawings and other
acoustical tests. The AMS agreed
to listen to the report's recommendations and then decide on
what action to take.
The report said sound absorption materials needed to be
installed in the roof, back, and side
walls of the auditorium. An
agreement was made that if the
Film Society paid for the sound
system, the AMS would install the
sound panels. According to
Gazetas, the AMS has so far paid
to fix the sides ofthe building and
install sound absorption panels.
Last year's president, Frank
Barrieau, did the legwork. He got
the reports made, wrote up all of
the proposals, and ensured that
the speakers were bought.
"One attractive feature ofthe
speakers is that they have a 5 yr.
service warranty, and a 24 hour
emergency hotline so that if the
speakers blew and we had a show
that night, they would install new
replacement speakers to get the
show up and rolling that night,"
said Gazetas.
The sound system and auditorium are available for booking by
any club. For the privilege of extensive booking, the Film Society
pays an annual fee of $5,500 dollars.
The Film Society is working
on proposals to fix the theatre even
more, primarily by getting a new
screen and projectors, said
Gazetas. This would be funded by
part of the $2.50 admission the
Film Society charges for ite films.
The Film Society shows cult,
classic, alternative, and second-
run films in the SUB auditorium
on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday nights. In order to see the
Wednesday night Cinema 16
shows, a $2 annual membership is
requiredby B.C. Federation of Film
Societies regulations.
The Film Soc has 100 returning members, and all of the projectionists, ushers, and ticket
salespersons are volunteers. The
members of the society are dedicated to reinvesting ticket sales
back to the theatre, UBC students,
and Film Society members.
"We do it because we love it,"
Gazetas said.
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September 21,1990
Power of the press
In response to your editorial on Sept. 7th in The Ubyssey, I believe, that we all want
the same thing, a healthy,
sexually equal society, but we
differ asHo the means. Laying
aside Kurt's article, I wish to
address the underlying attitudes and principles that are
in operation here. Moral frenzy
can be a dangerous vehicle by
which to create social change.
The press has considerable
power to move public opinion
and therefore, with this power,
there needs to be a genuine
attempt to temper one's own
prejudices and motives, with
the concern for the highest
good. I feel that the true extent of the power of the press
has been felt on campus. The
editorial in the Sept 7th issue
of The Ubyssey, has aborted
the natural process of dialogue,
that could have culminated in
a better understanding as to
the concerns some people had,
(that the article was sexist in
nature), and rationally clarified the situation. Imagine,
active unbiased discussions
going back and forth in The
Ubyssey. Or, how about an
article written that modeled a
non-sexist way to meet people,
for those who really are having
a hard time, through lack of
social skills or shyness.
The reality is that it is difficult to get students involved,
good marks rank higher in
value than discussions on social reform. Therefore, creating a frenzied reaction, through
somewhat misguided or malicious means, gets students
participating. But, the energy
is now projected at ousting
Kurt, as if that would really
solve the problems of sexual
inequality. It gratifies our desire for blood, but in the long
run it only serves as an example of the miscommunica-
tion and misunderstanding
that exists between the sexes
and the disrespect of another
person's point of view. These
are some of the foundations of
our problems.
The question I feel which
needs to be addressed is,
whether the means can justify
the ends. We live in an highly
polarized province. The attack
mode of behaviour seems the
norm here, but I feel that because it is norm does not make
it right. We do have the choice
to operate from either the lowest common denominator mode,
or work to create another way.
The alternative could possibly
be a more embracing mode,
whereby, we accept diversity,
tolerance and let good will motivate our thinking, and in turn
our behaviour. We need more
than ever to communicate with
each other, to clarify and understand our differences, and
celebrate our common humanity.
I am saddened that the
editors of The Ubyssey chose
the easiest way out, and in the
process made a healthy, objective dialogue with regards to
Kurt's article in The Province
nearly impossible.
Albert Einstein so elo
quently put it:
"The world we have made
as a result of the level of
thinking we have done thus far
creates problems that cannot
be solved at the same level at
which we created them."
We all have within us the
power to destroy or create. I
think we need to get away from
the destructive, hateful modes
of thinking that emulates the
violation of personage, which
is the foundation of sexism.
Unfortunately, this way of
thinking and behaving comes
so easily to us. We need instead, to really start to grapple
with creating a new mode of
thinking, and address the
challenge to build a model ofa
new human landscape, together.
Makiko Suzuki-Plimley
Langara student
[Some of these ideas came from
"How the Public Learns the
Public's Business" by Daniel
Yankelovich—Kettering Review
and "Thinking as a Hobby" by
William Golding]
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significant interest to the students
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working. Frankly nobody cares
and, in theory, actions speak louder
than words.
Enough said.
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September 21,1990 LETTERS
Gage Towers are cursed
I can't stand it, I ju_t can't
stand it! I live at Gage Residence, and I was supposed to
get a phone hooked up today.
Thus, I ran down to London
Drugs, bought myself a nice
red phone, and plugged it in to
my jack. But the phone didnt
work. The BCTel operator told
me that I would have to wait at
least two months for my phone
connection. When I asked her
that burning question "Why?"
she said something to the extent of There are not enough
outlets at UBC to hook up all
the phones there." So now IVe
given everyone a phone number
that doesn't exist. I also don't
have my own phone line. What
Cable. My quad is paying
far cable, and yet we have none.
I don't mind the news programs,
but The Pacts of life reruns are
really getting to me.
And parking. I, personally,
don't own a car, but I know
many Gage residents who have
to park their cars in B Lot,
because there are no more
parking spaces left at Gage.
How would you like to park
about three blocks from your
What is happening here?
Did someone put a curse on
Gage? It appears as though the
renthas brought us is increased
Sophia Harris
Promote antidiscrimination
I was not surprised when I
heard about the racist, homophobic
parodies of different fraternity
ads. I had been previously warned
that UBC might be plagued with a
number of "redneck racist" incidents this year. If certain individuals wish to continue with their
infantile, destructive acts, those
who warned me are right, no one
can stop them. What we can do is
use their antics to create even more
awareness of discrimination.
I hope the Inter-Fraternity
Council, which has been victimized
by this incident, will recognize the
necessity of actively promoting
anti-discrimination. When the
"Keeping Discrimination Out of
Your Organization" campaign begins, I hope every club, faculty
society, and service organization
will give it priority.
To the "rowdy redneck and
proud of it" types, thank you for
giving me a great opportunity to
promote my campaigns and to
make anti-discrimination an important issue on campus.
Carol Hui
AMS Anti-Discrimination
Right of expression
Kurt Preinsperg has for many
years shared his thoughts publicly
through various campus and off-
campus newspapers. No one
should have thought he would
change his behaviour simply because he was elected AMS President. His submission to the Province newspaper was not a part of
any duty as AMS President. As he
has stated, the piece was signed
"Kurt Preinsperg - Philosophy
Grad Student"; he was, however,
correctly identified as the AMS
President. Now, a prudent public
relations consultant might have
advised Kurt not to submit this
piece for the reason that it does not
jibe with a slick marketing package
where the lack of real opinion is
the salient feature, but this is not
Kurt's style. He wants people to
see him for what he is. While
many may disagree with his views,
his opinions are carefully thought
through and not frivolous.
The bulk of criticism (and pernicious abuse) directed towards
Kurt appears to be more concerned
with his right to expression rather
than the content ofhis views. His
crime in these people's minds is
that he has shared his ideas with
the public. The Ubyssey even
griped that he has taken full advantage of their policy on printing
letters (did someone make writing
too many letters a punishable offense?). In personal discussions it
has also become apparent that
some of Kurt's detractors on this
issue have not even read the piece
in question; this is abhorrent.
Whether or not you voted in
the last AMS election you participated in the political process, and
ifyou did not care enough to vote
perhaps you should not care how
your are represented. After all, no
one is going to assume your ideas
are exactly congruent with Kurt's
simply because he is president of
the student society.
For those of your who did vote
in January, you will recall that
Kurt was democratically elected
by the student body. One of the
complaints heard is that Kurt's
ideas are not representative ofthe
student body. This demonstrates
a complete misunderstanding of
the political process. Candidates
for political representative hold
certain views and opinions and it
is the duty ofthe electorate to find
out just what those are. After
getting elected those views and
opinions do not change miraculously to exactly reflect the aggregate views of the whole student
body; they remain the same. There
are always people who will totally
disagree with a representative's
views and most people will disagree
at least on a few points. Kurt
certainly did not misrepresent
himself. As the two-page spread of
letters in the recent The Ubyssey
shows, Kurt's views on the subject
of relationships was well-known,
not to mention his positions on
tuition, access to education, freedom of expression and many other
important issues.
As for the piece entitled "31
Hints to Get You Off To A Better
Start With The Woman Of Your
Choice" we have each read the
Province version and the original
and find it to be completely innocuous. While some ofthe advice
may appear corny or contrived,
there are no devious methods detailed here. Deception is spurned
in favour of honesty. Most of the
pieces of advice could be just as
easily given to a woman lookingfor
a man or for that matter to anybody
looking for companionship or
friendship. What seems to raise
the most ire in Kurt's detractors is
that he admits sex is a part of a
loving relationship. He never
states that sex is the sole object or
the drivingforcebehindarelation-
ship, he simply confronts the subject.
Kurf s views may have genuinely upset some people. This
shouldnotbe trivialized. However,
those who are genuinely concerned
should not allow themselves to be
whipped into a frenzied mob by
those whoarepoliticallymotivated.
Perhaps a referendum on Kurf s
leadership is necessary to quell
those who will not be quiet until
someone else is AMS President.
When these detractors are unsuccessful, Kurt and the rest of the
AMS Executive can move on to
more pressing issues.
Wendy King and Brian Taylor
Arts 4
Senate Representatives
Enviro-coffee drinking advocated
One of the solutions to our
environmental pollution problems
is a change of attitude. The UBC
Food Services has a great opportunity to make a contribution to reducing styrofoam waste on campus. There is a new sign at the
various cafeterias stating that coffee in your own mug, any size, is 70
cents, however, coffee in the UBC
mugs is less expensive, and worse
still, small coffee in a styrofoam
cup is the least expensive. Why
not institute a pricing policy which
establishes areasonably profitable
base price for 6 ounces of coffee,
and, then charge an additional fee
for those who wish to use a
styrofoam cup. This process rewards, monetarily, those conscious
of our impact on the environment.
The additional fee (perhaps 10 or
20 cents) could go towards the expense ofthe cups themselves and
the cost to recycle them (assuming
they are recyclable). An incidental
side effect of this system would be
the elimination of the "myriad of
meaningless choices" one is presented with in pursuit of a cup of
Sue Pashak
Arts 2
GST or fee hikes
Has everyone checked the
small print in the Intramural
Sports guide? That dreaded 7%
GST is already threatening our
wallets for next year. The Pilcher
special events program sees GST
on all five events for 1991. I suppose this must be the reason the
organisers give for the fee hikes on
the events. Take the Triathlon for
example, up to $42.80 from $35
last year, sound like 7% to you?
No, you are right! It's a lot more
than that, but I suppose we don't
realise the overheads involved in
putting on fin event like this.
(That's probably why the non student entrants are being asked to
pay $53.50!). With a limited entrant number of nearly 1000 competitors each paying between $40
to $50 a piece—that's close to
$50,000 to put on a single event. It
sure seems like a lot to me! I think
I will give the U.B.C. Triathlon a
miss the year, Fm beginning to
think that Intramurals are trying
to make money out of me.
Seema Gadkari
Pharmaceutical Sciences
The relevance of
our photographs:
stranger than our
I would be interested to know what
motivated you to pull out of the
archives an ancient picture which
you published on page 3 of Volume
73, No. 4, the issue of Friday,
September 14th. As the subject of
the picture, I was surprised when
it was first published many years
agowithanirrelevantcaptdon. The
truth is stranger than fiction. I
was alerted by a strange smell
emanatingfrom the Hebbbuildini
and was concerning that it mighl
be a rotten lecture or a decomposei
experiment. In fact it was a skunl
who had to be evicted from hisl
Physics 110 tutorial for unsociable*
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Faculty of Science
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colour and when heated it is mmmm, mmmm
After a hard day's work or play, it's nice to
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might be a few crushed crackers or some croutons to add a little texture.
Not that Campbell's tomato soup needs
any additives. This manufactured treat is a
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In this high stress, fast paced day and age
it's nice to know that there still are some of
life's simple pleasures, reminiscent of yesteryear and days gone by.
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The can, the glop that comes out, the potential joy it brings until you add the milk and
heat it up, such a creation is truly noteworthy.
Its vegetarian-friendly too.
September 21, 1990
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Rebecca Bishop had daisies in her hair. A resplendent garland of
blooms sat like a crown—"Don't eat the daisies!!" screamed Matthew
Johnson as he dragged Paul Dayson away by the ear. "Hmmm?" said
Paul. Then the Dayson boywonder jumped onto the back of Michael
Booth and made his get-away. "No, no—hold on a second, this is
bullshit," grumbled Michael and threw Paul against Elaine Griffith's
chicken truck. The free-range chickens created a riot and started to
attack Becca and eat the flowers noisily.
"I don't know if Bugaboo or Calvin Dang is your knight-in-
shining-armour,"Martin Chester saidphilosophicallytoNikoFleming
and David "Scar" Loh who were the court jesters. No one knew what
to do about the chickens. "Lets send them across the CUP exchange
as Buffalo wing—extra hot sauce," squealed Nadene Rehnby. By now
the chickens were in a frenzy, despite Ernie Stelzer's efforts to beat
them off with a stick. To no avail, the poultry was strangely, exponentially increasing in numbers.
In a polygon configuration, Sophia Harris, Jason Robertson and
Kathryn Weiler built their castle in the blue blue sky. Tor real, for
real, not pretend?" queried Mike Coury. But there was no answer on
Sharon Doyle and Mark Nielsen's answering machine, only a cryptic
outgoing message: So sorry we cannot take your call at the moment,
we are out in the fields tending sheep and making curry." Meanwhile
the poultry decided to take Andrew Epstein, Lydia Cheng and
Winston Yeung as hostages. Hao Li denied eating any flowers, "I only
eat fish."PaulAbott gallantly gallopeduponaunicorn to rescue Beck,
but slipped on a rainbow trout and fell off a cliff. "Hey, fish and chips!"
exclaimed Carol Forsythe and George Oliver. Finally, Merlin Levris
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IFC condemns
It is unfortunate that
despite ongoing attempts to
eradicate racism and
homophobia these social
problems still exist, and
certain groups interest
themselves in propagating
offensive misinformation.
Arecent example of this
has come forth in the form of
raci st and homophobic mock
Fraternity Rush posters.
The Inter-Fraternity Council, representing over 800
student members ofthe UBC
Greek system, is offended,
concerned andappalledthat
certain UBC students should
use the Greek system as a
vehicle for promotinghatred.
UBC's fraternities are
devoted to the betterment of
their members and the
community, and recognize
the harmful effects of any
form of stereotyping. We
are actively pursuing the
party responsible for the
posters, and we ask any
persons with information
regarding the incident to
contact the Inter-Fraternity
Council, office located in Sub
David Bustos
President, IFC
Should execs
impeach each
Currently, there are two
petitions circulating this
campus calling for recall of
one of the executive members. One of the petitions
calls for the recall of the
president, Kurt Preinsperg.
The other calls for the recall
of the Director of Finance,
John Lipscomb. While both
of these petitions really upset me, the latter is particularly disturbing. The problem is, it is being circulated
by members ofthe executive.
I don't feel it is the executive's
position to be asking for the
recall of an officer. The officer was democratically
elected, and as such is a legitimate member of the executive. The students who
voted for John did not care if
the other executives would
like him; the voters chose
John because they felt he
would do the best job. As a
result, it is not up to the
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students. In addition to this,
the current executive promised to cooperate. I don't believe the current climate really is one conducive to cooperation. In short, I don't
believe that either ofthe two
execs whom are trying to
impeach John have any
mandate or moral backing
for their actions.
With regards to the attempted impeachment of our
President, at least it was
initiated by non-executive
members. Also, it is the
student's right, as outlined
in J.J. Rousseau's Social
Contract, to attempt to remove a leader they feel is
unfit for office. Regardlessof
wether or not I agree with
them (I don't) at least it's
legitimate. This is not the
case for the petition about
the Director of Finance.
Perhaps the execs trying to
impeach Mr. Lipscomb
should be the ones considering whether or not to resign.      .
Ken Armstrong
Political Science 4
Hello? Should I
stay on?
Dear UBC students,
The political side ofthe
AMS is so screwed up that I
am thinking of quitting as
your Finance Coordinator.
It seems that most AMS political-insiders wouldlike me
to quit. What I want to know
is are there any regular
students out there who will
be disappointedif I quit? You
voted for me, and I don't want
to let you down. (Dear
friends: If it weren't for you,
I would have quit long ago.
However, there's got to be
more than just us who give a
damn in order for me to keep
putting up with all this absurdity.)
John Lipscomb
AMS Finance
Waste not
For the last year, I have
been gathering newspapers
from the Geological Sciences
building for recycling. During that period, I have collected roughly 50 kilograms
of UNREAD copies of The
Ubyssey. Multiplied by perhaps 100 other such sites,
we arrive at a first approximation of 5000 kilograms of
UNREAD copies discarded
annually. That translates
into about 100 dead trees.
A bit too much, don't
you think? Why don't you
consider cutting back on your
press runs, and keeping us
informed on the matter?
Dan Walker
Geological Sciences
A personal
1990. The year of the
political scandal. Federally
we have had Meech, Oka,
Mulroney's senate-stuffing.
Provincially we see Bill Reid
engaged in some creative financing and Bud Smith exposed as a philandering
buffoon. Here at UBC, AMS
President Kurt Preinsperg
is called to task for writing a
somewhat dubious article in
the Vancouver Province. One
would think, hell, after all
this, politicians would perhaps tread a little softer.
Good luck.
On May 9 of this year,
AMS Director of Finance
John Lipscomb voted'in
favour of a Student Council
motion to designate the
Global Development Centre
a service organization. This
motion, passed by a vote of
12 to 6 (and thus barely
satisfying the requirement
that 2/3 of council vote in
favour), allowed the G.D.C.
certain privileges not afforded to other clubs - they
were allocated their own
private office, given ahigher
profile on campus than other
clubs, etc.. So what, you say.
The only problem is that Mr.
Lipscomb holds a very significant position in the
G.D.C. He has access to one
of the three G.D.C. office
keys. The letter inviting
people to join the organization is headed Trom John
Lipscomb, financial coordinator." On that letter and on
the G.D.C. information sheet
he is listed as the first of
three organization contacts;
on both, he lists his A.M.S.
Director's office as his contact point.
In essence, Mr.
Lipscomb has used his position on council to cast the
deciding vote in favour of
benefits for an organization
of which he is one ofthe most
important members. In one
swift move, he has both violated his own pre-election
promises for honest and open
financial leadership and
Unfortunately for the student
body of UBC, however, Mr.
Lipscomb does not view his
actions as being all that bad
- at the student council
meeting on September 19,
he stated that because other
council members often voted
in favour of committees to
which they belonged, it didn't
seem fair for him to take a
fall for doing what everybody
else did. In fact, he said that
the whole issue was being
laid at his doorstep merely
to satisfy a personal grievance.
I guess it is sort of a
personal grievance, John
I am personally offended when an elected student representative denies
his wrongdoing by claiming
that everybody else does it
too. And I am personally offended when a council
member for whom I voted is
too concerned about his own
pet project to bother caring
about whatislegal and what
There is a petition going
aroundtohave Mr.Lipscomb
removed from office. Please,
people, sign it.
Jason Ford
Science 2
Water is whiskey
and whiskey is
Seen on page 5, Sept.
18, 1990 of The Ubyssey—
"Drug and Alcohol Awareness Pushed". Seen on page
4 (to the left), Sept. 18,1990
of The Ubyssey—an advertisement for "Jack Daniel's
Tennessee Whiskey". Let
the awareness begin with the
editor of this newspaper.
Douglas Linklater
Arts 2
Correction: The word "game"
was incorrectly attributed to Mr.
Preisenberg in the Ubyssey's
Sept. 7 editorial
Clarification: The letter by
Mr.Preinsperg entitled "Love
and the AMS President"
published in our Sept. 11 issue
had not previously appeared in
The Ubyssey, but was forwarded
to us by The Graduate, to whom
it was submitted and had
declined to print it.
September 21,1990 Tuff-cup trauma
This letter is in response to
one that appeared in the September 14 issue of The Ubyssey, called
"Kurt offends". While the letter
focused on the recent controversy
surrounding Kurt and his Province article, there were a few ideas
expressed concerning the inadequacy ofthe ten-cent refunds for
reusing plastic cups at the AMS
barbecue that I would like to clear
First of all, the barbecue
would have been a complete environmental disaster if it weren't
for some initiatives taken up by
your AMS Finance Co-Ordinator,
John Lipscomb. Sometime in July,
John asked the rest ofthe student
executive—Kurt, Roma, Johanna,
and Jason—whether they would
agree to having the StudentEnvi-
ronment Centre consulted about
making the barbecue a less environmentally destructive event.
They rejected the idea, claiming
there'd be too many logistical
problems and confusions.
John refused to authorize
funding for the barbecue
disposables. So, there was a student council motion "that the AMS
go ahead with the 7th Welcome
Back BBQ using disposable Tuff-
cups and napkins" with an attached note stating that the motion was "required to authorize
the funding of the BBQ. For
ethical reasons the AMS Director
of Finance is unable to authorize
funding for an event which uses
disposables." The motion was
carried by the student reps on
Meanwhile, in a last-ditch attempt to make the barbecue less
wasteful and garbage-producing,
John organized volunteers to work
at the beer stalls, encourage people
to reuse their Tuff-cups, and give
ten cents to everyone who brought
back their cup for a refill. Being
an environmentalist (one of the
only authentic ones I know), he
realized that this wasn't much of
a solution, but it was better than
doing nothing at all. Many students were glad to see the AMS
(actually one member ofthe AMS)
taking at least a small step towards being more environmentally responsible.
Because ofthe efforts of a few
conscientious people who care
about the environment, 3000 Tuff-
cups were saved from being used.
Many students who came up to
the beer stalls and were told about
the ten-cent deal were pretty perplexed about reusing their cups;
obviously, they'd never done it
before. So while no environmentalist would call this anything
close to a "solution", at least the
ten-cent scheme sent out a message that got people thinking and
doing a little bit—not really doing
anything good for the environment, but making the effects of
the AMS barbecue less bad.
Sabrina Hong
Arts 4
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GSS Dental Plan Cancelled
Due to actions by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., the Graduate Student Society (GSS)
regrets that it is unable to offer the previously advertised Blue Cross/Canadian Federation of
Students' Dental Plan.
Despite indications from the College that the plan was acceptable, dentists prepared to participate
in the plan were notified that the presence of their names or clinic addresses on GSS literature would
constitute advertising. Because advertising is illegal for dentists in B.C., the dentists were forced to
comply or risk disciplinary proceedings. Since the plan relied on the establishment of preferred
clinics, and since it was impossible for the GSS to consider keeping the information from students,
the insurer of the plan, Blue Cross, was unable to continue the plan.
Refunds, Library Cards
We deeply regret the inconvenience to students who were anticipating using the plan. Students who
have paid the dental plan fee will receive refunds as soon as the GSS can make arrangements with
UBC Financial Services for the issue of cheques. As of Monday, September 17th, there is no further
GSS restriction on issue of Ubrary cards.
Because the exact circumstances leading to the cancellation are complex, students wishing a further
explanation are advised to contact John Berges, Suzanne Young or Robert Clift, the Graduate Student
Society, 228-3203, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
September 21,1990
Banner boys slapped with sanctions
by Patchen Barss
Acadia University has slapped
sanctions on the four men responsible for hanging a homophobic
banner outside a campus residence
last March.
The banner, declaring a floor
of the residence to be "fag free,"
appeared a day after Acadia's student newspaper, The Athenaeum,
published an eight-page gay and
lesbian supplement.
At the time, the floor's residence assistant said "(the banner)
resulted from our general anger at
readi ng the Athenaeumlast night."
The residence assistant later
resigned from his job and is no
longer allowed to live on campus.
Both he and the three other students are on disciplinary probation.
None have been identified.
The students are also required
to develop and present an outline
for an educational program concerning homophobia.
In a letter to the university
community last week, Acadia
President J.R.C. Perkin called the
banner "deeply offensive to many
members of the community."
Perkin said he fully supports the
sanctions and hopes students "have
all gained new insights and sensitivities as a result ofthe incident."
The university's sexual harassment committee also released
The name of Canada's first
woman lawyer has been removed
from workshops sponsored by a
University ofToronto law association, following charges that she
was anti-Semitic.
The U of Ts Women in Law
Association removed the name of
Clara Brett Martin after the recent discovery ofa letter she wrote
to the Attorney General of Ontario
in 1915.
In the letter, she refers to the
40,000 Jewish people in Toronto
as "those Jews" and alleges they
were involved in unethical legal
activities. She also refers to the
work of Jewish lawyers as the
"scandalous work of foreigners."
The Clara Brett Martin
Workshops have been renamed the
Women in Law Workshops. Martin, a former U of T student, became the first woman in the Bri ti sh
Commonwealth to be admitted to
the bar in 1897.
Some members ofthe student-
run law association say the letter
is anti-Semitic and agree with the
decision to change the name.
"I don't think Martin should
disappear from law books but
whether we want to deify her is
what we're grappling with," said
Leslie Midzain, a U of T law student.
But some feel Martin's accomplishments shouldn't be overshadowed.
"The evidence of anti-
Semitism is a matter for concern
a statement, saying the "baggage"
or prejudices many people bring to
university make the elimination of
sexual harassment "a tremendous
"This incident, which may have
been more thoughtless (although
no less culpable) than malicious,
indicated that Acadia is no more
immune to demonstrations-of intolerance than other parts of society," the committee said.
Acadia student council presi
dent Steve Machat said he too supports the sanctions but hopes that
if such incidents recur, "they'll get
a little tougher."
Machat said the controversy
forced both the university and the
students' union to "enter new
The student council is now discussing the formation ofa student
rights committee, which would
have a mandate to act on behalf of
students who are persecuted or
discriminated against.
but it took a lot of courage and
lobbying by women like Martin
for women to get to this stage,"
said Denise Reaume, an associate
law professor.
"We should still acknowledge
that she made a significant contribution. It would be a shame if
we can't refer to her because she
was anti-Semitic."
Brindley Evans, a law student and association member, said
she understands why the name
was changed but hopes the same
criteria will be used to judge men
and their accomplishments.
"Sexism isn't taken as seriously as racism," she said.
"It's unfair that women's history should be swept under the
carpet when so many sexist men
continue to be glorified. If Martin's
past is to be dredged up, then men
should be given the same treatment. There should be a general
search into racism and sexism and
Women in Law is trying to take
this on as a project," she said.
University official Glen Loney
He cited Sir Daniel Wilson,
whose name graces a co-ed residence on campus, as an example.
Wilson publicly opposed allowing
women into the university.
"If people were willing to take
off the names of all sexist or anti-
Semitic people, you'd have a lot of
naked buildings," he said.
"Howling after one person
whose attitudes were improper
by current standards overshadows
a lot of good things they did. It's
slightly out of proportion," he said.
Over 10,000 waiting to enter education system
Over ten thousand students
have been turned away from
British Columbia colleges and
universities this month according
to a study by the Pacific Region of
the Canadian Federation of Students.
CFS Pacific Region chair
Brad Lavigne said "ten thousand
turn aways is a conservative estimate. These are people on
waiting lists. The number doesn't
even address the people who
called up and were scared off when
told there were no spaces available."
According to their latest figures, the CFS could document
that nearly ten thousand would-
be-students had been placed on
waiting lists already. After final
numbers are released later this
month by registrars, there will
be "over ten thousand" waiting
would-be-students, Levigne said.
"This is the first time that
the Pacific Region of CFS has
attempted to document turn
aways and waiting lists and the
numbers that we're seeing only
reinforce the students' call on
the government to adequately
fund post-secondary education in
this province," he said.
The study, based on information from registrars, reports
from students and student government surveys, is full of ho_ror
One example given was
Cariboo College in Kamloops
where the waiting of students
trying to get any courses at all is
two inches thick. Student ser
vices such as tutoring, have been
forced to leave campus by classroom needs.
According to the study, fifteen per cent of the student
population at Selkirk College in
Castlegar is on waiting lists.
At Capilano College in North
Vancouver, they are already issuing applications to enter the college in September 1991.
The University of Victoria's
telephone registration system is
so swamped with calls that the
city's phone lines are being
jammed. One Geography professor is using a raffle to limit the
size of his'class.
1,000 students signed a petition at the Langara campus of
Vancouver Community College
saying that they had been unable
to get any of the courses they
. wanted. 2,500 students have been
able to register for only one or two
of the courses they needed, the
report said.
"This (provincial) government will have to move post-
secondary education to the top of
the agenda," Lavigne said. "It will
take an overhaul of the funding
system for post-secondary education in B.C. to alleviate these
Advanced education minister
Bruce Strachan said the provincial government was doing what
it could to work on the problem.
"We have committed from the
year 1989 to 1995 $690 million in
expenditures to provide undergraduate spaces over and above
natural increases to 15,000 more
students," Strachan said. "We
recognize that there is a tremendous amount of pressure on our
colleges and universities and we
are providing that space now."
NDP opposition education
critic Barry Jones said "It's traditional that there are a lot of talented young people that are unable to get into colleges and universities in B.C. and this year is
no exception."
"There hasn't been an increase in institutional capacity,"
Jones said "Yes, there is building,
but its primarily to replace and
overhaul aged facilities."
He said the province's Access
for All program was "halfhearted", as the planned 15,000
new spaces will only match the
natural enrollment growth of B.C.
based on population trends.
"They're just jamming more
students into the same facilities
when they should be building
more," he said.
September 21,1990


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