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Vol.111, No. 3
July 11-17, 1984
CAUT offers
cash incentive
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has strongly
endorsed an act which seeks to
transfer much of the provincial education jurisdiction to the federal government.
The proposed act, designed by a
CAUT subcommittee, would transform the federal Extended Program
Financing (EPF) grant which funds
provincial education and health programs from a block grant to a specified grant. The act offers cash incentives for those provinces maintaining
a stipulated share of funding. Provinces exceeding their share would
receive additional contributions.
CAUT Executive Secretary Donald Savage, said the act, which will
be sent to Serge Joyal of the Ministry
of State for Social Development for
review, is designed to clearly delineate provincial and federal fiscal
resposibilities for "such provinces as
B.C. who consistently violate the
EPF understanding."
"Some provinces, particularly B.C.
will not like the act because they
prefer to get the money with no
strings attached," said Savage. "We
are saying that the money should be
publicly accounted for," he said.
The act provides incentives for
provinces that maintain reasonable
levels, of university funding, but
Savage said penalties should not be
ruled out for provinces failing to meet
funding obligations.
"The Social Credit government is
one of the grossest violators of E PF.
They take the federal money and
consistently refuse to pass it on to
education," said Savage adding while
the federal government increased its
contribution to education in B.C. an
average of 30 per cent per year since
1982, the provincial government cut
funding by 5 per cent per year since
B.C. will receive an increase in
federal funds to $477 million in
1984-85 from last year's $450 million.
Meanwhile' the provincial government told UBC to plan for a five per
cent cut again next year.
Dick Melville, provincial education ministry information director,
Turn to page 2: B.C.
Credit Unions sign
B.C. loan program
Three credit unions finally signed the contractual agreement with the
provincial government Monday to finance the B.C. student loans program, but loans for summer students have still not come through.
Jim Davidson, director of the B.C. Central Credit Union Association, said
the three credit unions which signed the agreement in principle June 29 are
Northshore Credit Union, New Westminster Credit Union, and Grand
^~" Forks Credit Union.
When the Bank of Montreal stopped handling the loans this spring, no
•**  other bank agreed to take over.
Davidsohsaid no undue delay was caused by the negotiations. "It's a fairly
complex agreement to sort out. Agreements take time," he said.
But Dan Worsley, UBC assistant financial awards officer, said "The
summer loans never materialized and the problem will be even bigger in the
"^ fall." The aid office is processing B.C. Student Assistance Program applications regardless of whether the program is underway, Worsley said.
-»*      "We've been on hold for several months now and told the signed agreement
is just around the corner," he said.
UBCspring and summer students negotiated their loans with UBC because
no provincial government money came through. Applicants used old applications with the word 'grant'.crossed out, Worsley said.
~<j     "The government asked the university to lend the students money from the
UBC emergency ioan fund and sent UBC letters guaranteeing the loans,"
■ _> Worsley said.
Turn to page 7: Details
JOHN TURNER LOOKS back on better days when he used to be the sports editor. "It was easier to be
a radical in the Iate40's. Nobody had heard of Trudeau then." Ecstatic CUPies and ex-Ubyssey staffers
eagerly await the election of one of their own.
Canada needs PM with humour
Canadians received a g'immer of
hope Monday with the anno-
ouncement of a summer election.
. Hope that the grievous wrongs
done to this country can be rectified.
No. Not the high unemployment, the
falling dollar, rising interest rates or
cruise missile testing.   .
The grevious wrong — the selection by the two major parties of seri-
Student riders learn to rough it
Due.to the continuing bus stoppage findinga Way
to UBC is now a major problem for many
students who used to think just rolling out of bed
was tough.
Tue Than, computer science 3, said he cycles an
hour both ways to reach his Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday summer session classes. He said he placed
notices on the ride board in SUB mall beside the
ticket centre but no one has answered it yet. He said
he will share gas expenses gladly, "I don't have' a
car so I do nothing but go to-sehooi," said Than..
Bey Fitzgerald, nursing 3, said she has to leave
early in the morning and stay at ITBC all day to catch
rides with the faculty member who drives her.
She said she considers herself lucky, though, because people like herself who live in outlying suburbs
such as Surrey are the hardest hit by the bus lockout.
I Catherine, psychology 4, who preferred to remain
I anonymous for fear of prank telephone calls, said
I although she has had a notice up in SUB and Main
^and Sedgewick Library since Aprjl before she began
her spring session courses, she has not found a ride.
"Last year I quickly found a carpool," Catherine
said, "but thiSyear I haven't got a ride from anyone.
I'm really disappointed."
She said her brother drives her from their Deep
Cove home to university and back every day she has
classes, a major inconvenience to him.
Alma Mater Society president Margaret Copping
said she new receives few phone calls asking for
assistance in finding a ride, but the AMS is already
preparing for a major transportation crisis she fears
will come in September if the strike continues.
"We're discussing with Speakeasy (a student service
group) organizing a rider-driver.match-up service in
the fall," Copping said.
"But the major problem will be getting drivers,
although close to 60 per cent of U BC's students have
sole access to a car or other vehicle."
UBC Traffic and Security director Af Hutchinson
said they experienced no traffic problems due to the
start of summer session and he expected to handle
any shortage of parking space inthe fall. "It's very
much routine," Hutchinson said.
ous leaders who make Bob Stanfield
andmaybe even Joe Clark look like
comedians. Canbada, as NDP leader
Ed Broadbent says, deserves better
than the Bobsie Twins of Baystreet'
— not that Broadstreet, or was that
Broadfoot, inspires Canadians anyway.
With Canada's economic problems, most of which are imported
from the United States, Canadians
really need a prime minister with a
sense of humour.
The glimmer of hope — that John
Turner, who will run in B.C., and
Brian Mulroney who likely will
counter by running in Quebeo— will
both be defeated on Sept. 4, leaving
the jobs of house leaders wide open.
It's not far fetched. In B.C. the
Liberals have only elected one
member since 1974. Former Vancouver mayor Art Phillips won Vancouver Centre by 95 votes in 1979.
But in 1980, when they captured
147 seats nationally the Liberals
came within 10 per cent of the
winners in only four B.C. ridings —
Vancouver East,Vancouver Quadra,
North Vancouver-Burnaby, and
Vancouver Centre. In Capilano, the
riding which Turner is rumoured to
be running in,' a 10,000 Tory vote
margin has to be overcome.
In Quebec Mulroney faces a similar problem. Since 1968 when Pierre
Trudeau gained power and the Progressive Conservatives had four seats
in Quebec the party fortunes have
steadily declined to one seat in 1980.
It may be that the two leaders'
lieutenants John Crosbie and Jean
Chretien will both find themselves
defending and attacking each others
policies in the House of Commons,
the backdoor victors having failed in
their respective constituencies.
No problems with language then
— neither Chretien nor Crosbie claim
to speak either of the official languages which is a laugh in and of
That leaves the problem of Ed
Broadside. If there is any pattern to
the number of seats the NDPget, it.
involves the time of year elections
are held at.
The NDP did extremely well in
1980's February election with 32 seats
but sank to 16 in 1974 during the
early July vote. Butthe question this
September is, will a freak snow storm
be enough to save Broadbend? How
about a November NDP leadership
convention electing Dave Barrett as
With Chretien, Crosbie and Barrett as house leaders tickets could be
sold to the best three ring circus in
the country and the CBC could sell
the world-wide television rights. July 11-17,1984
The Summer Ubyssey
B.C. grossly violated EPF
From page 1
said EPF funds are not only earmarked for education.
"I think those people (CAUT)
speak from a position of ignorance,"
said Melville. "EPF should remain a
block grant. The federal government
has no realistic way of knowing
where the money is needed in this
province," Melville saicT
Melville said the province "will not
turn away" from additional money to
be gained by the proposed cash incentives. Any financial penalty incurred on the provincial government
for not meeting the proposed act's
objectives would be unfair, he
"There is no formal agreement
about   where   money   should   go.
There's nothing binding us at all to
put money where they ask us," said •
The stated objectives of the proposed act encompass a broad spectrum of post-secondary education
issues. Some of the act's pledges are:
• to preserve academic tenure
• to promote accessibility to a university education
• to develop and maintain student
financial aid programs
• to encourage the participation of
native people in post-secondary
"What the act does is to put education issues in the political forum
where we (CAUT) would provoke
public debate. This proposal would
allow faculty to raise a storm if provinces abuse academic rights," said
The cost of the program's first year
will be $228 million, said Savage, for
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cash incentives for provinces. Only
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova
Scotia are eligible to receive supplementary cash for meeting their
university funding obligations, said
Under the act, a post-secondary
advisory council consisting of regional university student, faculty and
. administration representatives would
be created to advise Joyal.
The act also calls for annual reviews of government initiatives in
advancing post-secondary education
objectives to be prepared by a new
House of Commons Standing Committee on Science, Research, and
Post-Secondary Education.
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Vol. 13, No. 2
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '84
July 11-18
The Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer
Session; if you have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by
our office — main floor of SUB, opposite the candy counter. We are there
Monday ■ Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. F+ione 228-4846
Free films presented at 7:30 p.m. in IRC
Lecture Hall #2.
Wednesday, July 11:
THE ROSE; Bette Midler stars as a wild
rock and roll singer of the Sixties; loosely
based on the life of Janis Joplin. (Mature)
Friday, July 13:
POLTERGEIST; Stephen Spielberg turns a
quiet world into a nightmare world of stark
terror in his 1982 movie. (Mature)
Monday, July 16:
FORBIDDEN PLANET; the story of an
interstellar expedition that discovers the
lone survivors of an earlier expedition
amidst the remnants of an incredibly
advanced civilization. (General)
Wednesday, July 18:
BLAME IT ON RIO; Michael Caine and
Michelle Johnson star in this raucous,
funloving story guaranteed to keep you
laughing. (Mature)
Thursday, July 12:
Camille Churchfield, Flute; Jane Gormley,
Piano and Harpsichord; music of Bach,
Handel, Barber, Honegger, Ravel,
Morawetz and Cassella.
Tuesday, July 17:
Eric Wilson, Cello; Thelma Wilson, Piano;
music of Brahms, Chopin and Rochberg.
Thursday, July 19:
Wes Foster, Clarinet; Karen Foster, Viola;
Jane Gormley, Piano; music of Mozart,
Brahms, Bruch, Berg and Vaughn-Williams.
These concerts are held in the Music
Building Recital Hall, and are free to the
public. All concerts are co-sponsored by
the S.S.A., Musician's Union Trust Funds,
Extra-Sessional Office, and the Department
of Music.
Free, noon-hour concerts. Bring your lunch
and a friend.
Wednesday, July 11
Thursday, July 12
Friday", July 13
Monday, July 16
Tuesday, July 17
Wednesday, July 18
Dixieland Jazz - Music Bldg.
Gagliano Trio - Clock Tower
Nyonza Singers - Clock Tower
Hollyburn Ramblers - Buchanan
Gary Keenan Quartet - Music
Trombone Quartet - Music Bldg.
The annual UBC Summer Session Blood
Donor Clinic will be held July 18 & 19 in
the Scarfe Building. Please give to this
cause in your usual terrific manner. The
Red Cross is very short of blood this
summer and this clinic is the largest
summer one in all of B.C. They need our
A. July 11-17,1984
The Summer Ubvssev
Page 3
UBC wages in air as SFU takes cut
UBC faculty wage negotiations are
being kept top secret while Simon
Fraser University's faculty accepted
an unprecedented 2.7 per cent pay
cut last week.
Acting UBC president Robert
Smith refused to comment on the
negotiations Friday except to say the '
administration and the faculty are
close to agreement, adding that
UBCs   1984-85  operating  budget
does not allow for salary increases.
Faculty association president Elmer
Ogryzlo said Thursday he could not.
comment on whether a freeze or a
pay cut such as the one at SFU is on
the bargaining table.
o .   50A^U.,TAR,ST W,MPY Roy shows his stutt aurinS tree concert given at John Hen^pIriT
Saturday. DOA were part of Solidarity picnic and offered their services the next time a general strike
'Day of Concern'planned for fall
After another gruelling registration week this September students
and the general public can head
downtown to hear unversity concerns
about funding cutbacks.
A "Day of Concern" planned for
Saturday September 8 will feature
academic and other bigwigs trying
to show the public that what hurts
universities hurts society, said organizer Jake Zilber. UBC president
George Pedersen, Earle Birney, a
UBC graduate and Canadian poet,
and student politicians will be among
those defending education.
Zilber said the event will focus attention on detrimental effects of
cutbacks, including enrolment restrictions, program cuts and layoffs.
Academic freedom and university
autonomy which appears to be abolished by government legislation will
also be discussed at the event to be
held 10:30 to 12:30at Robson Square
Media Centre, said Zilber.
"Most people believe tenure is
some kind of job security." Zilber
said the event will show why it and
university autonomy are important.
A Saturday rather than a weekday
event is planned so it will not appear
education is being hurt by educators,
Zilber said. Registration week will
not be interfered with, he said, but
added media coverage would be better during the week.
Zilber admitted some faculty and
students think a Saturday event is
ineffective. He said a major problem
was finding agreement on how to
express concern with cutbacks.
"We're trying to appeal to people
across the political spectrum," he
said. *
A UBC faculty association vote •
last spring on a Saturday protest was
narrowly defeated and some professors who wanted a stronger protest
refused to vote, Zilber said.
The event, which Zilber does not
want to call a protest, will be advertised through funds from the three
B.C. university faculty associations.
Posters, buttons, press releases and
hopefully 35,000 flyers will be made
up, Zilber said. And 30 busboards
will publicize the event should busses
Donald Fisher, UBC education
professor and member of Committee
of Concerned Academics, said his
group has not decided whether or
not to endorse the event.
Fisher said the bus stoppage is a
major blow to the advertising. He
added the momentum needed for this
to be a successful event is not building
"It's a media event. It's not a protest. That's why it's on a Saturday'
and that's why it's downtown," he .
Alma Mater Society president
Margaret Copping said "I don't exactly think Bennett's going to go 'Oh,
I made a mistake'."
But Copping, who will appear at
the event, said it may contribute to
public awareness of university problems.
UBC salaries have been frozen for
the last two years while SFU faculty
received a 1.8 per cent increase last
"All I can say is we'll probably get
less than SFU again," Ogryzlo said.
Ogryzlo said negotiations may be
finished by mid-July. "We're some
distance away from an agreement
yet." Then faculty must vote on the
agreement, a process which takes two
weeks, he added.
UBC faculty are worried another
freeze or a pay cut wilt encourage
top faculty to leave and discourage
new faculty. Chemistry department
head Larry Weiler said such measures will push the best and the
youngest faculty to leave and stay
"A freeze goes after the two groups
at UBC you don't want to hurt."
Weiler said a freeze prevents merit
money being given out to promoted
faculty. And young professors who
would normally receive raises in their
first two years are denied career advancement, he said.
"Sooner or later these people are
going to become very demoralized,"
he said.
Meanwhile SFU salary negotiators
were not happy about the pay cut.
SFU president William Sayweil said
"I don't think any university in Canadian history since the Great Depression has accepted a salary cut."
Sayweil said he was pleased the
faculty acknowledged SFU's deficit
position by voting 60 per cent in fa
vour of the cut. But he said the cut,
made necessary provincial government underfunding, will mean top
faculty will leave for Eastern Canada
and the U.S.
The SFU pay cuts prevent layoffs
for one year, said SFU faculty association president Ehor Boyanowsky,
but he added layoffs are almost inevitable next year if government underfunding continues.
Boyanowski charged the government preferred layoffs. "They'd like
to see bodies. They want to make us
suffer," he said.
The forty per cent of faculty who
opposed the cut are very angry, he
said. They feel they are being doubly
taxed and say the cut is "giving in to
the province", Boyanowski said, adding the pay cut sets a dangerous
precedent for other universities.
Universities minister Pat McGeer
denied he prefers layoffs to paycuts,
saying the decision is entirely a university one.
McGeer said keeping top faculty
would not be a problem if UBC and
SFU paid their top faculty 10 or 20
times the worst professors' salaries.
"If you've got a Wayne Gretsky you
pay him what he's worth," he said.
Provincial government underfunding is not forcing universities to pay
faculty less, McGeer claimed.
"UBC and other universites have
every financial resource open to them
that Harvard University has plus a
huge government grant which Harvard doesn't get."
Education loses
19 faculty to cuts
UBCs education (acuity might
have fired faculty this year if it did
not lose so many faculty in voluntary
terminations and early retirements,
the education dean said Friday.
Dean Daniel Birch said the faculty
encouraged 19 faculty members to
retire early or seek employment elsewhere this year or the next.in.the
largest faculty loss at UBC. Only two
professors retired at retirement age
and one was recruited by another
university he said.
The administration cut the education budget eight per cent this year
compared to a five per cent average
cut for UBC faculties, Birch said.
"We would not have been able to
meet our target for budget reductions
without releasing people," Birch said.
"It was a pretty severe reduction."
Birch denied faculty were coerced
into leaving. He said many faculty
are considering leaving UBC more
seriously now due to provincial government education cutbacks.
The government cut UBC's 1984-
85 budget by five per cent and the
UBC retrenchment committee who
planned the 1984-85 budget decided
how much individual faculties would
be cut.
Birch said if additional budget cuts
come next year, education does not
have enough faculty to allow more
faculty departures.
The decision to cut education by
so much was probably based on estimates of the faculty's ability to
withstand large cuts without a serious
quality decline, and due to a decreased labour demand for teachers,
Birch said. He said faculty inefficiency was not a factor.
The budget cut also resulted in
enrolment restrictions, a smaller
community education program, and
fewer undergraduate specializations
such as librarianship, Birch said.
But Birch said the small special
education department will not be
phased out (the program has been
suspended) even though it shrunk in
half due to sabbaticals, medical disabilities, and a retirement.
A shortage ot teachers could occur
in two or three years if provincial
government funding priorities continue, said associate education professor and committee of concerned
academics member Donald Fisher.
Fisher said he blames the government and not the university for
the situation. And education students
will have less choice in their courses
as a result, he added.
800 show up at Solidarity picnic and rally
A couple sat on a blanket earing watermelon, laughing, and pulling up clover flowers. An elderly woman
bobbed her two white Solidarity Justice Day balloons
up and down while talking to a friend and laughing.
800 people including punks wearing spiked hair and
studs, construction workers, students, politicians, clowns
blowing bubbles and children gathered around the stage
front at Saturday's Solidarity Coalition picnic at John
Hendry Park in East Vancouver.
People talked in groups, wandered around the display
and information tables to the stage's left or ate watermelon provided free at the yellow and white striped
tents beside the stage. And three groups including DOA
and Communique gave free concerts.
Provincial NDP leader Bob Skelly told the crowd to
vote for the NDP in the coming election if they want
real change at the federal level.
"There is an alternative waiting in the wings," Skelly
said, "and that alternative's time is coming quickly."
He added the only thing the Social Credit's year of
restraint brought B.C. is 16 per cent unemployment and
he was glad Solidarity was producing economic plans
that could produce employment.
Solidarity co-chair Art Kube said Solidarity will and
must continue and it has now grown to 146 community
groups. "Solidarity's become part of community culture," Kube said. "We must continue to publicize... that
we have a government that is socially barbaric and
economically incompetent."
Kube said the fact only 800 people attended the picnic
does not signify Solidarity is losing support.
But Phil Resnick, UBC professor and Committee of
Concerned Academics member, said the low turnout
showed that "Solidarity as an extra-parliamentary force
is legally finished."
He said the only thing that could help Solidarity
regain its strength is more provocative legislation from
the provincial government. July 11-17,1984
The Summer Ubyssey
Page 4
Education victim of jurisdictional squabbles
Like infants in a sandbox, the
provincial and federal governments have a record of staging
jurisdictional battles over education. But when the tantrum's over
and the sand has settled, ifs often
education that winds up buried
neck deep in the sand while Canada's governing brats continue
fuming at one another refusing to
leave the playground.
The Canadian Association of
University Teachers' recent proposal which offers cash incentives to provinces that meet education funding obligations is the
closest thing to shoving a placating lollipop in the maws of both
It's good to see legislative proposals geared towards improving
post-secondary education funding. It's even better to see pro-
posals that skirt antagonistic tac-
tics. The CAUT's fair, almost passive proposal received indignant
response from B.C.'s government.
The complaint: that the proposed
act would pressure B.C. to invest
designated EPF funds for education where they are intended to
go. In short, the province will have
to give up more of the sandbox to
federal authorities.
What the province repeatedly
fails to recognize is that they have
an obligation to fund education
reasonably and they have consistently diverted EPF funds for
education whilecutting backtheir
own contributions to education.
The CAUT has decided that
dangling carrots is the only way
to cajole the province into meeting their obligations short of
constitutional change. It's a
shame to have to give rewards
and incentives to provinces for
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doing what is regarded as an obligation.
However this is the case. More
than that it is a shame that it is our
province that refuses to meet its
obligations to its people and its
agreements and to the federal
This entire incident is just one
more sign that our provincial government is intractable, uncooperative, hard-hearted and incorrigible.
Can we ever expect them to give
post-secondary education the
funds the federal government
sends for it and the funds it requires? We can't let them kick
sand in the face of education anymore.
Loan ministry cares dick-all _
Someone official from the ministry of education
questioned the government's responsibility to Jane
Average the student. Since when did the government offer to pay Average's way through school?
the official wanted to know. That's Jane's Mummy
and Daddy's obligation.
And if mum and dad are at poverty level, Jane or
Joe. or whomever, can always try for a grant. Only
there aren't any grants to be had, there are only
loans, somewhere. After all this is the age of restraint. Perhaps thegovernment should divorce itself
from the educational process altogether. Perhaps
restraint should slash the ministry of education out •
the same door which bid farewell to grants
Jane Average questions the government's responsibility to Mr. Official at the ministry of education. Since when did the government offer to pay
Official's wages for denigrating his job and its ensuing responsibilities? Yes. indeed, these are the
very same responsibilities to Joe Average. Student-
at-large. •
If Dick Melville, information officer for the ministry
of education, officially or unofficially shirks his educational responsibilities then Jane and Joe Average haVe a message for Dickie: Dick-off.
Warships docking in city port deserve protest
The Vancouver Sea Festival is
again being used to promote militarism and the war preparations of U.S.
imperialism and its allies, including
the Canadian state. This week six
warships from the U.S., New Zealand, and Canadian fleets will tie up
at Centennial Pier, invited here by
jthe Sea Festival organizers.
The most decadent and anti-patriotic "welcome" is also being arranged for the imperialist sailors and
marines, including the "Dial-a-Sai-
lor" programme to turn the women
and young girls of Vancouver into
camp followers for the military. The
festive atmosphere of the Sea Festival
covers up the sinister and dangerous
purpose of the fleets of the U.S. and
their allies: preparations for an inter-imperialist world war being undertaken by the U.S. in its rivalry for
world domination with the equally
aggressive and imperialist Soviet
The growing preparations for war,
the increasing militarisation of the
economy, and the promotion of militarism through events such as the
Sea Festival and the "Dial-a-Sailor"
scheme, all point to the necessity to
step up our organized struggle to end
the U.S. imperialist domination of
Canada, to get Canada out of NATO
and NORAD, and to put an end to
all the imperialist war preparations.
'One mass peace demonstration a
year is not enough. The very politicians in Vancouver who demagogi
cally brag that Vancouver is the
"peace capital" of Canada, and who
have declared Vancouver to be a
"nuclear free zone", formally greet
these warships, support Canada's
membership in NATO and so on.
Takeover questioned
This letter on the university's takeover of the Graduate Student Centre
prompts me to object to Dr. Neil
Risebrough's (UBC vice president
for student affairs) insinuations as
reported in The Ubyssey and other
Firstly, he has suggested that
graduate students, particularly the
founding members, were incompetent in having allowed a deficit to
build up rapidly. If he believes this to
be the case, why did he suggest the
appointment of one of these students to the university's "ad-hoc
committee" established to examine
that deficit?
For that matter, if the deficit is the
issue, why did the university administration, in a joint meeting with the
Graduate Student Society executive
last July, insist that their overriding
concern was the provision of programs to the graduate students? And,
if this was the main concern, why did
Dr. Risebrough support the actions
of the former executive director of
the grad centre which has the effect
of. frustrating the society's attempts
to develop such programs?
With regard to the former executive director of the grad centre, why
does Dr. Risebrough now admit the
validity of the grad student council's
decision in accepting that person's
resignation after he (Risebrough)
had used this action as the excuse for
the university's take-over?
Finally, why does Risebrough seek
to blame the new grad student executive for reneging, on an informal
arrangement which had supposedly
been worked out with the former
executive? As he well knows, the
only person to have been privy to
such an arrangement was the former
executive director who, it appears
from Dr. Risebrough's own private
and public comments, hoped to find
more security by working with the
university and against the interests
of the graduate students he was
being paid to serve. .
The fact that these secret discussions were encouraged by Dr. Risebrough suggests he has a great deal
to answer for. The atmosphere of
intrigue, secrecy and manipulation
which emanates from his office
should be of concern to all who
value the ideals for which this university is supposed to stand.
Frank Frigon
Graduate Studies
They are posturing as advocates of
peace and opponents of war to keep
the people from playing an active
role in this struggle.
We must organize on a continuing
organize on a continuing basis to
change the situation, to prohibit
warships from using the port, to close
down the U.S. torpedo range in Nanoose Bay, to block the use of Canadian waters bv the Trident submarines, to stop the testing of the cruise
missile, to get Canada out of NATO
and NORAD, and eliminate the war
budget to provide much needed funds
in the social sector.
The People's Front is circulating a
petition demanding that Vancouver
City Council denounce and oppose
the stationing of warships, especially
the warships of the two superpowers,
in the port. As well, the People's
Front is organizing a demonstration
against the presence of the warships
in the harbour on Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. at Denman and English Bay.
Every patriotic and peace-loving organization and individual has been
invited to join this protest and express their opposition to the war
Barbara Waldern
July 11-17,1984
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^.    Hedstrom pondered running in a nice-soft riding.	 July 11-17,1984
The Summer Ubyssey
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Make UBC like north-east coal
Skelly explains why
| for RC's sake
education needs shaking up
The NDP's new provincial leader Bob
Skelly, the'unknown, wavy-haired MLA
from Port Alberni, says if an NDP government
were elected today they would make education
in B.C. ito a mega-project "on the same scale
that Bennett has been establishing other mega-
projects around the province.
"The worst thing you can do during an economic depression — when we're going'through
structural changes in the economy — is cut
back on education."
With an even voice Skelly says that until
voters elect the NDP, there is little the NDP
can do during the current Social Credit-dominated legislative session. "We fought their
education policy 24 hours a day last year, the
house sitting continuously around the clock,
and the government did nothing," Skelly says.
"It's a government that doesn't listen."
In the meantime the NDP organized a
committee chaired by SFU professor Mike
Manley to survey faculty, students and administrators around the province over the next
year regarding post-secondary education,
Skelly says.
Education critic Lome Nicolson (NDP) will
release policies based on this survey previous
to the next election, Skelly says. "The people
will then be aware that if they vote for Social
Credit there will be further cutbacks in education. If they vote for the NDP they are going in
the other direction."
Skelly made these comments at an impromptu interview with student journalists at
this weekend's Solidarity Coalition picnic in
John Hendry Park, following Skelly's speech
Tanned, wearing a navy pinstripped suit
and smelling of aftershave, Skelly is urbane,
friendly and at ease. "Bob, Bob, come here
and shake my harid," a man sitting on a car
hood calls to Skelly arid a woman asks to take
his picture while he walks to the interview. He
handles it all smoothly, shaking hands and
smiling, a newleaderseekingto make his mark
on voters.
For lack of a quiet place the group sits at an
abandoned bus stop on Victoria Street in front
of the Trout Creek Community Centre. Skelly
crosses his legs and folds his hands in preparation as his aide sits behind him.
Skelly says although the round-the-province
survey is not completed the NDP already definitely disagrees with some Social Credit policies.
"We'd asbsolutely reinstate student grants...
we initiated them in the first place," Skelly
says. Former premier Dave Barrett's NDP
government instituted the grants program in
the 1970s and the current government abolished the program recently.
He also says universities and colleges should
be able to depend on government for the levels
of funding they have received in the past and
they should not have- to seek handouts from
private industry.
Skelly says these handouts could create a
competition between universities for private
funding and the universities may therefore allow industry to dictate their research to receive
"That's a greater threat to academic freedom
than even the government's lifting of tenure,"
he says, emphasizing with his hands.
But Skelly does not say he agrees with possible federal government legislation which
would place stricter limitations on the use of
equalization programs funding (EPF) funds.
The federal government says the B.C. government diverted millions of dollars they
transferred to the province for post-secondary
"Look,.I think that what has to be done in
the province is not for the federal government
to use a whip on the province," he says. "What
we have to do in this province is elect a government that is going to spend money in the
right places."
He says faculty losing tenure also concerns
him but if faculty want to retain it they should
speak out and put tenure to the test. "When
academics don't defend the academic community, then I guess tenure gets a little rusty
and people don't respect It as much as they
used toX
He adds departments or programs'training
professionals must be flexible in difficult economic times and should not produce more
graduates than the market can hire.
When asked if this means the education
■ system should provide labour force needs he
leans forward and says loudly, "No, I didn't
say that. I said we shouldn't provide people
for the unemployment rolls. You did not ask'
the question about the arts faculty so I assumed
you were talking about a faculty that produces
Tanned, wearing a navy pinstriped suit
and smelling of aftershave,
Skelly is urbane, friendly and at ease.
- Patti Flather photo
people for the B.C. labour market." Skelly did
not say if these programs should lay people off
if they had to reduce their enrolment.
When asked if universities and colleges
should end programs other institutions offer
to save money Skelly leans back. "Again, it's a
difficult question," he says. "But what's going
to happen with this province? Say we have
three faculties of education, one at SFU, one
at Victoria, one at UBC and we're turning out
teachers on the unemployment roll. Does, it
make sense or doesn't it?"
Skelly says he would also like to see university boards of governors which had union and
'community representatives on them as well as
business people who "comprise the present
board, "ff education is going to serve a broad
range of needs in the province then that range
of needs should be represented on the board,"
says Skelly.
Towards the interview's end his aide tells
him they should go — the aide paces restlessly.
Skelly answers a few more questions and
then says, "Well, that should about wrap it
up," smiles and walks away obviously confident he is correct, the only real answer to
post-secondary education's present crisis is to
vote NDP.
Last year's bills paste B.C.'s post-secondary system
Bv ARNOLD HEDSTROM creased four Der cent and then the 1984-85 hudcet lonn«
The first criticisms of the NDP started September 16, 1983—-the
day the loyal opposition let through the B.C. legislature a bill
which dramatically moved control of.colleges and institutes to
Victoria. It was the first bill which specifically affected education to
reach the House following July 7's budget and accompanying
legislation. Critiques from student groups and even Operation
Solidarity questioned the NDP's priorities in not trying to block
the College and Institutes Amendment Act.
But by October 21 — just three months after the Socreds had
introduced the legislation which took the province to the brink of a
general strike — 26 of 34 bills became law. The "dirty dozen" bills
the NDP did try to block went through with the government
juggernaut using a combination of closure on 20 occasions and
marathon round the clock sittings.
The most di-ajnatic and continuing effects of a year of Bennett's
restraint prograhi on students have been caused by budget cuts to
X Pp;st»s^<M&cf i&eation. In the July 1983 budget, funding de-
creased four per cent and then the 1984-85 budget lopped funding
another five per cent. The effects at institutes have been reductions
in staff and faculty, 33 per cent increases in tuition at' UBC,
differential fees for visa students, enrolment restrictions, and program cuts.
But in addition to creating fiscal chaos at the institutes, the
government has also moved to centralize decision-making on what
programs are offered. Two acts — the Institute of Technology
Amendment Act and the College and Institute Amendment Act —
transfer power to the education ministry directly over program
offerings. The acts reorganized the governing boards to increase
government influence and decrease community involvement.
The Public Sector Restraint Act, commonly called Bill 3, dissolves
tenure. For reasons of financial exigency the universities can get rid
of staff.
In the current budget, the government eliminated grants and
formed an all-loan student aid program — the only one in Canada.
At the same time student aid funds have been reduced by nine
millions in a year:
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Four couples create farce
Four couples squeezed into three
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The set consists of three bedrooirs:
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stage, Ernest and Delia, Trevor parents, who have the traditional bedroom on the left, Jan, who is Trevor's
former lover and Nick, to the right
and Malcolm and Kate, at back.
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By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Simon Webb
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Details delay loans
From page 1
"There is not a huge rush for the
money for the fall semester," Worsley
said. But he added only students who
applied by the July 1 deadline may
get their loans in time for fall registration. The applications arrived late,
on June 18 and all 6,000 were gone
by June 28, although more are coming in.
The negotiations delay was due
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fine print which resembled the federal
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of education ministry institutional
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because the BCSAP fiscal year does
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university and I'd like to know what
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It is no accident that Trevor and
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play centres around the havoc thetr|
continuing marital problems create
on the night of a party at kat and
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The Summer Ubyssey
Page 8
Press piles on penile polemics
™ .   '"       • ~"        ' "
Greer spouts on sex
A landmark study of western values surrounding
contraception, Germaine Greer's Sex and Destiny is a
welcome addition to the growing body of literature on
the subject.
Greer's latest book marks the first time a writer has
undertaken a detailed study of this kind. But for all of
her wit and erudition, the book is of unwieldy size and
contains many flaws and contradictions.
Sex and Destiny' begins with a description of a child's
lite trom conception on. Greer illustrates how the medical
profession withholds respect from expectant mothers,
and treats pregnancy as a disease. Describing the small
place a child occupies in the nuclear family, she argues
that the copulating couple perceive children as an interference in their lives.
"The icon of mother and child is replaced in our
culture by the mother with two bulging shopping bags
and her infant hanging from her neck like an albatross,"
Greer writes.
She concludes the welcome mat for children in western
society has been taken inside.
And in a province where the budgets' for education
and social services are being cut back continuously, one
is inclined to agree. ^____^———
Unfortunately, Greer lays the
blame on the wrong shoulders. She
attacks career-minded women for
postponing childbirth, saying they
are in futile competition with men
and have denied their right to motherhood. But Greer fails to realize most
of these women are simply securing
their economic future, both for
themselves and DOtential children.
Greer also fails in her next argument. Launching into a condemnation of western society's excessive use
of chemical contraception and carefully documenting its long term,
damaging effects on the human body,
she bemoans the amount of "recreational sex" people are indulging in
and gives a grandmotherly piece of
advice: "No sex is better than bad
Sex and Destiny
by Germaine Greer
Seeker and Warburg
461 pages, $18.95
Greer's alternatives are lacking.
She suggests sexual abstinence for
years at a time and coitus interruptus,
which she admits has not been studied for its effectiveness. The former
is recommended mainly because she
discovered a little known tribe suffers
no ill effects from this method.
Despite her thorough listing of
sexual activity and birth control me-
thods, Greer also fails when she ignores one form of sexual activity that
needs no birth control — homosexuality.
The' book's last seven chapters,
however, which are devoted to the
history of contraception, eugenics
and governmental family planningv
do make some interesting arguments,
although they are buried under star
tistics. According to Greer, the first
advocates of free contraception and
birth control clinics in the early part
of this century wanted to eliminate
those they considered poor or misfits.
In the next section, Greer justifiably denounces the early eiigenicists,
who claimed some women were not
capable of being good mothers. In
governmental family planning, she
argues that foreign aid and government programmes making contraception more available and urging
sterilization are not very successful.
Citing an example from India,
Greer says a botched sterilization of
one man affected an entire village
because the rest of the villagers refused to go to the doctor. And she
says women in third world countries
are given defective lUDs and diaphragms by poorly trained nurses failing to provide the right information.
The women are often left to cope
with the contraceptives' effects, without any medical follow-up.
Greer points out the staggering
costs of such programs and attributes
their long term failure to western arrogance. Condemning western civilization for its interference in third
world countries, she charges that
westerners are fools who.fail to realize when they are not needed.
While one can agree that third
world, children seem to be more appreciated by their parents and cul-
What happens when the commercial press plunges into the polemics
of Professor Greer and partakes of
pills, penises, and population planning? Pandemonium^ of course. A
panoply of reviews, interviews and
other pieces have aoDeared in most
publications concerning Sex and
Destiny by Germaine Greer. Many-
are misleading, some vindictive, and
only a few fair to either the book or
the woman who wrote it.
False impressions of the book
started the first day excerpts appeared in the London Sunday Times.
The first excerpt was a pile of paragraphs which were not always related
to one another and created the impression the book was about the
failure of the sexual revolution.
When the second excerpt appeared
the Sunday Times headline proclaimed the entire book chronicled
the sexual revolution's failure to "deliver its promises". Headline number
three read "Why women make bad
mothers". The third excerpt discussed why the attitudes of western
society make childbirth a drag.
A week after the third excerpt the
Sunday Times collected and selectively edited some letters they had
received in response to the book.
Most letters printed were not favourable to the book, but the person
selecting the letters noted there had
been some praising Greer's work.
Only two favourable letters were in
the piece and they were not quoted
in full as the other letters were.
Finally the book was released in
March — the media hit it in full. The
media has consistently focussed on
the book and. certain parts of the
book they are most interested in: the
parts about sex, and especially recreational sex, as Greer calls it. Most
of the reviews leave one with the impression that the theme of the book
is sex, especially recreational sex. The
reviews generally do not deal with
Greer's comments on governments
as family planner or on the effects of
foreign aid programs which spread
contraceptives all over third world
One review was unusually vindictive, revealing the reviewer's disdain
for Germaine Greer. The reviewer
took every opportunity to make a
snide comment about the book. She
proudly branded Greer "irrelevant".
F.or her reward the reviewer's picture
appeared beside the review instead
of a more appropriate one, such as a
picture of Greer, perhaps.
The interviews with Greer, while
not vindictive, certainly have not
been informative. Anyone who has
read or watched on t.v. a recent interview with Germaine Greer probably knows more about the clothes
she wears, her accessories, the names
of her cats and the wallpaper in her
London apartment than they know
about her book or her reasons for
writing it.
One can only recommend going
out and buying the book to find out
what is really in it because so much
nonsense has been written about it.'
tures, they also die young in large
numbers due to inadequate housing,
malnutrition and disease. Greer ignores the poverty that kills. She also
ignores the benefits reaped from
western medical and educational aid
to the third world.
The book's major problems, however, are its solutions. Coitus interruptus, years of sexual abstinence
and complete western non-interference are not practical or realistic.
The fact that she offered them is
ironic because in the book's preface
(labelled "warning"), she says she
asked certain questions and has "no
hope of having answered them, but
only of having asked them so poignantly that they cannot be ignored
or forgotten."
Too bad she did'not do that. If she
had only raised the questions and
had not offered such silly solutions
Sex and Destiny would have been a
great book.
No help in coupledom
"I like your breasts," says Bruce to
Prudence during the first few moments of their date through a personal ad.
She thanks him coyly but declines
to "look into the abyss together" as
Bruce suggests. His corny lines give
her hives and besides, Bruce's boyfriend wants to live over the garage
so that they can all look into the
abyss together.
Prudence (Melanie Miller) and
Bruce (Brian Torpe), starring in
Beyond Therapy, report to their respective psychiatrists for therapy.
The play is strung together as a series
of vignettes, each scene a complete
situation comedy in itself. The continuity between scenes is smooth —
the play is really a traditional narrative.
The conclusion is also traditional:
everyone lives happily ever after in
coupledom. Each man gets his
woman and in this case, one man
gets his man.
Mrs. Wallace, (Christine Willes)
is Bruce's dotty therapist. She
scrambles her language and her
memory spans the length of a second.
Calling patients "porpoises" and her
secretary "dirigible",she goes through
enormously convoluted routes to
find the intended word. Gestures aid
the endearingly absentminded Wallace explain psycho-sexual therapy.
And her pet, a stuffed Snoopy, gives
an occasional bark.
To say playwright Christopher
Durang is ridiculing Freud's offspring is understating the obvious. The
other therapist,  Dr.   Framingham.
(Tom McBeath), is an arrogant,
sexually troubled and chauvinistic
misfit. He knowingly perverts his
quasi-medical certificate to control
his patient Prudence.
Beyond Therapy
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Michael McLaughlin
At The Vancouver East Cultural
Prudence is the stupidest excuse
for a character; someone for all the
other character's to hang their dialogue on. Invisible forces prevent her
from leaving the psychiatrist's office,
the restaurant, Bruce's apartment,
...the invisible pen of the playwright.
She is alternately spineless and assertive.
The other female characters are
also implausible. Mrs. Wallace believes in expressing oneself to avoid
ulcers. When homosexual Bob (Ste-
phan Aberle) comes for counselling,
she freely yells "cocksucker" again
and again. Bob shoots the hysterical
Wallace and her stuffed dog with a
blank pistol. Wallace tells him he is
on his way to mental health now.
Bob's mother, an offstagj: character, phones insistently and sings
because whomever answers, never
tells her what she wants to hear.
The last scene occurs in the existential restaurant where all wait for
the waiter (David Marr) to materialize. He appears after Bob, encouraged by Mrs. Wallace, shoots blanks
both at his male lover Bruce and his
recent girlfriend Prudence. Wimpy
Prudence turns aggressive as her
hunger threshold  is crossed.  She
Sitting, Tom McBeath, Stephen Aberts and JVicuinic Miiicr.
grabs the pistol and orders the waiter
to bring her a full course meal.
Spineless, dotty, macho, or painfully honest, all the characters are
exaggerations of stereotypes. Despite
all the funny gag one-liners, Beyond
Therapy is without depth — it says
nothing critical about the often futile
process of looking into the abyss together.
Instead the play promotes finding
someone, anyone, to share in the
loneliness of life and counsels one to
settle for imperfections that are the
•blemishes of being human. Durang
should have cherished his flawed
characters, nurtured their neuroses
instead of trying to make them conform to a flawed society.
Durang ridicules Mr. and Mrs.-
to-be Joe Average but then promotes
it as the only solution. Mrs. Wallace
says the song "someday my prince
will come is bullshit" but the play
concludes with each person coupled
to another, ready to trot off as the
lights dim in an electric sunset.
Beyond Therapy is worth the
laughs despite the stereotypes. The
acting was smooth and the timing
This is not surprising. Fly By Night
Theatre is a professional theatre organization whose company members
work for the love of it, and without


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