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The Ubyssey Jan 11, 1979

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Array SRA hits housing head
Davis eviction requested
The student representative
assembly voted unanimously
Wednesday night to demand the
resignation of housing director
Mike Davis.
Assembly members blasted Davis
for his handling of a Dec. 5 incident
during which many Gage Towers
residents   hurled    water    bombs,
computer cards and toilet paper
rolls out of windows.
Science representative Craig
Brooks, also a Gage resident,
termed Davis' reaction to the incident an abrogation of normal
Canadian civil rights.
Davis has said the Gage standards committee will be highly
effective in deciding exactly which
students participated in the event.
"You have to prove that you
weren't one of the ones throwing
stuff out of the window. It's up to
your testimony," Davis said.
Gage housing authorities have
threatened to evict residents who
participated in the incident.
In reply, Brooks said, "it
disturbs me that in a country like
this you are guilty until proven
innocent." He also presented a letter to the assembly which he said
has   been   sent   to   many   Gage
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residents, demanding that they appear before the Gage standards
committee to explain their alleged
involvement in the incident.
Alma Mater Society external
affairs officer Kate Andrew said the
current issue is the last of a long
series of complaints against the
housing director.
"This is a crowning touch. It has
been one incident after another,"
she said. "He also has the most
incredible way of explaining away
an outrageous housing budget and
still raising housing fees," she
Engineering undergraduate
society president Brian Short
agreed with Andrew. "Although I
am against some of the things
which happened near the end,  I
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MONEY-HUNGRY ADMINISTRATION, always first to spoil students'
fun, decided to cash in on latest campus craze and set up toll booth in
main library pond. Parking of anything in pond, scene of heavy boat and
polar bear traffic lately, will be strictly regulated by campus cowboys arm-
- peter menyasz photo/graphic
ed with Kenworth tow trucks. Installation of booth is expected to put chill
on UBC fad, which rivalled toga parties in popularity for brief period. If
pond parking is successful admin plans to convert new aquatic centre to
pay lot also.
Education report results 'disturbing'
The writing skills of Grade 12
students are "extremely disturbing" and only satisfactory at best,
according to a summary report
recently issued to the education
ministry by two UBC education
"We weren't expecting a really
dynamite job, but it was a more
discouraging picture even than
what we expected," Robert Conry,
chairman of the Assessment of
Written Expression Contract Team,
said Wednesday of the report's test
Conry said today's students are
not as competent in written skills as
students were 10 years ago.
"Teachers are making a genuine
effort to teach writing skills, but
there's a lack of time," he said.
"The main problem is that
curriculum (in high schools) is
overburdened with literature."
The report outlines results of
tests given to nearly 9,000 B.C.
students in Grades 4, 8 and 12. Last
spring, students were given three
types of writing exercises: to write
briefly on a specific topic, write a
long narrative on a broad topic and
correct passages in proofreading
Students' answers were judged as
strong, very satisfactory,
satisfactory, marginally
satisfactory, and weak.
And the results are not encouraging.
• All three grade levels were
weak in grammatical usage and
summarizing the main idea of a
• In 31 skill areas, none of the
Grade 12 test results were judged as
higher than satisfactory;
• Grades 8 and 12 were "notably
weak" in narrative writing,
vocabulary usage, organization and
descriptive skills;
• Grade 12 students showed
additional weaknesses in supporting an opinion, exposition, and
some of the proofreading skills;
• Grade 8 students proved weak
in writing simple instruction and
organizing details;
• Grade 4 students were
"notably weak" in sentence
structure and knowledge of
common abbreviations.
Denis Rodgers, who directed and
chose the content of test items, said
he was not really surprised by the
"I had expected that on the
directed  writing  exercises,  the
Grade 12s would do less well
because they usually do expository
writing," he said Wednesday.
He said he agreed with Conry
that in secondary schools too much
emphasis is placed on literature.
"In Grade 12, there's a lack of
attention given to writing time," he
said.   "Some  English  teachers
See page 2: WRITING
think in  general  it  was  a  good
community event," he said.
"The actions of the housing
administration and the standards
committee are arrogant," Short
said. "He doesn't seem to have the
interests of students in mind. That's
the arrogant part."
Some assembly members also
criticized the participation of
students in housing's "oppresible"
For example, the letter sent to
residents was co-signed by Mike
Mooney, a student and president of
the Gage community council.
"What is ironic is that Mooney is a
student," said Brooks.
The letter was also signed by
John Mate, residence coordinator
of student affairs.
See page 3: ABSENT
to vote
on union
After long and bitter
negotiations with the administration, UBC's teaching
assistants will vote Friday on a
proposal to endorse unionization.
The Association of Teaching
Assistants feel that its dealings
with the administration this fall
have proven to be fruitless,
association president Dave Fuller
said Wednesday.
"For over a year we have been
chasing around talking to the
administration, trying to get them
to honor our already existing
policy," he said.
A committee for the move to
certify unionization has existed at
UBC for a year and Fuller said the
association is seriously con
sidering the possibility of
The association members'
current lack of legal standing
gives the administration no
obligation to honor the
association's policy or to even
listen to its members, he said.
"We feel that the unionization
of the association is the only thing
that can protect tha TA's
regulations. The administration is
now refusing to talk to the ATA
But the association has been
encouraged by a recent move at
Simon Fraser University. SFU's
teaching assistants, sessional
instructors, language instructors,
tutors and markers are now
members of the Association of
University and College Em
This is the first union of
teaching assistants in B.C.
"The success at SFU will
certainly buoy our spirits. We're
very happy to see this come
about," said Fuller.
The TA's at UBC have been
See page 3: UBC
English 100 exam a write-off
Almost 45 per cent of first-year UBC students failed
"a very good thing" this academic year — the
Christmas English 100 exam.
"We want students to write in a clear-cut, well-
organized way or else they won't be able to cope with
normal university life," English 100 chairman Andrew
Parkin said Wednesday.
"It (the exam) is a very good thing."
Parkin said the exam is a necessary part of a
student's training because a substantial number of
people cannot express themselves on a satisfactory
"Reading and writing are the key to all future
education," he said.
UBC education professor Robert Conry, who
recently prepared a summary report on written expression for the B.C. ministry of education, said he
agrees that a basic level of competency in written
communication is required to graduate in university.
But he said he saw procedural flaws in the English
100 exam and felt the format should be studied for its
adequacy, accuracy and validity.
"My main apprehension is its outward appearance.
It should be systematically looked at. Technology for
See page 7: ENGLISH Pag* 2
Thursday, January IT, 1979
Report examines writing skill deficiencies
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perceive their job as teaching
students to understand literature."
Both Rodgers and Conry said
they were hopeful the report and its
test results would have long-term,
positive results. Rodgers said he
would like to see a copy of .the
report, its text exercises and rating
scales in every B.C. school and
school board.
Not all the test results were
At every level, students rated
satisfactory in spelling, handwriting, and choosing between
commonly confused words.
Grade 8s proved very satisfactory
in proofreading for errors and
focusing on a single topic.
Grade 4 students rated very
satisfactory or strong in 11 of the 27
skills tested, including punctuation,
originality, organization of ideas
and support of opinions or
The report recommends that all
teachers receive in-service training
for writing skills, devote more time
to   instruction   and   practice   in
written expression and assume
more responsibility for reinforcing
written skills.
"The report on its own should
have a fair impact," he said. "The
university and districts will be
aware of it. Hopefully, they'll make
some shifts there (at university)."
The report was prepared for the
B.C.   ministry   of   education's
learning assessment branch. More
than 80 experienced language arts
and English teachers marked the
tests, while panels of educators,
school trustees and members of the
public interpreted the results.
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JANUARY 12, 1979
Student Discounts
Summer jobs
Getting one takes initiative.      ^
And one of the best initiatives you can take is to
help get a Young Canada Works project going
your way.
Young Canada Works is a federal government
job creation program that funds projects designed
to improve your skills and future job prospects.
But projects must be applied for by groups or
organizations...companies, associations, clubs, etc.
So the best thing you can do is to suggest a
good project (creating at least 3 student jobs lasting
from 6 to 18 weeks each between May and
September) to a group or organization you know.
Then work on the project yourself.
Application forms and guides are ready now at
your nearest Canada Employment Centre/Canada
Manpower Centre or Job Creation Branch office.
Do your homework. And make sure the application gets in by the February 2 deadline. It just might
work for you.
■ ~*~    Employment and Emploi et
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7:30 p.m. r 9:45    p.m.
1 :00 — 3:00 p.m.
& CHILDREN     .75
Personnel from the Ministry
of Labour will be on
campus at U.B.C, Canada
Employment Centre, Room
214, Brock Hall from:
JANUARY 15-19,
to accept applications for
summer employment with the
provincial government under
the Provincial Youth Employment Program. Students who
completed Youth Job Applications in November, 1978
need not re-apply.
Province of Ministry of
British Columbia Labour
Students support college staff
OTTAWA (CUP) — As support
staff at Ontario's 22 community
colleges prepare to take a strike
vote, student leaders at four of the
colleges have asked the Ontario
government to accept the staff's
bargaining position.
Representatives from five
colleges agreed Jan. 7 to send letters
to Ontario colleges and universities
minister Bette Stephenson urging
her to accept the bargaining
position of the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union.
. The support staff are expected to
vote today on their negotiators'
unanimous recommendation of
strike action. In dispute are wage
increases, with the union asking for
a 10 per cent increase after Jan. 1,
while the government is offering a
six per cent hike.
Union officials say they expect
the vote to be in favor of strike
action and they add that the strike
could start as early as Jan. 23.
According to Bob Reid, student
president at Georgian College in
Barrie, the letters were sent
because, "we feel what they're
asking for is not outlandish."   .
The strike could shut down all of
the colleges, because college
teachers' contracts specify they, will
not be penalized for refusing to
cross picket lines, Reid said.
"If they refuse, they're legally
protected, so they could close all
Scotland to make
national decision
The question of nationalism to
most Scots is a choice between
being "rich Scots or poor British,"
a visiting University of Edinburgh
professor said Wednesday.
Henry Drucker said that the
friction between Scottish
nationalists and the British government will not disappear in the near
"In fact, 90 per cent of all Scots
consider themselves patriotically
Scottish, rather than British."
Although Scotland is "over-represented" in the British parliament,
Scottish nationalists want a
completely sovereign and separate
state from Britain, Drucker told a
lunch time audience in Buch. 318.
The Scottish people have always
been fiercely nationalistic and this
has emerged as a real political force
in parliament, he added.
Drucker said the Scottish
National Party is out to harness this
Gov't action
could bring
UBC protest
If striking clerical workers at
Simon Fraser University are
legislated back to work, UBC will
be faced with work slowdowns,
according to a UBC union coordinator.
Michelle McCaughron, of local 1
of the Association of University
and College Employees, said
Wednesday that UBC unions would
work to rule as a protest move if the
provincial government forced striking members of AUCE local 2 at
SFU to work.
The UBC union believes the
Social Credit government would
implement legislation against the
workers, she said.
"There is a strong possibility that
this could happen."
McCaughron said she feels the
Socreds are trying to gain
popularity because of the
possibility of a provincial election.
The government is pitting nonorganized workers against
unionized workers through the
Essential Services Act to weaken
the labor movement in B.C., she
The UBC local is prepared to
fight the government if it continues
to legislate striking workers back to
work, McCaughron said.
The 1,400 AUCE members at
UBC voted unanimously in
December to pass a resolution
opposing the use of Bill 46, the
West Kootenay School Collective
Bargaining Assistance Act which
contains the Essential Services
force, demanding major constitutional changes and political reshuffling.
"All people want from government is prosperity," Drucker said.
The British government has not
succeeded in giving this prosperity
to the Scots, he added.
"The discovery of oil in what
would have been territorial waters
has raised the economic expectations of many Scots. One
would have to be daft to vote for a
nationalist party that could not
promise better economic conditions."
Unemployment is on the rise in
Scotland due to the decline of the
heavy iron, coal and shipbuilding
industries, and the foreign-ownership of the light industries has
raised the fears of a dramatic flight
of business from the country,
Drucker said.
"I think business will make an
economic decision, rather than a
political one."
The British Labor party's policy
towards Scotland is one of "devolution," a handing-down of
power to a Scottish assembly which
would control domestic affairs, but
would have no powers of taxation,
nor voice in economic or external
matters, Drucker said.
DRUCKER . . . Scots specialist
He also said he questions whether
the assembly would be a stepping
stone to a more independent and
sovereign Scotland. The devolution
to a Scottish assembly will be voted
for on March 1, but Drucker says it
will not be supported by the
nationalists, who feel the measures
are not strong enough.
The proposed system does not
have overwhelming support in
Scotland, but is tolerably popular,
he added.
"The Scottish people really don't
care. They want devolution in the
same way they'd like an extra pint
of beer."
The Scots realize that the
assembly will try for greater independence, but parliament "has
great incentive not to let this
happen," he added.
the colleges down."
Other colleges will be asked to
form a position on the possible
strike at an Ontario Colleges
Conference Jan. 20-21, Reid said.
Four of the five college representatives have sent the letters to
Stephenson, while one is waiting
for response from students on his
"I've looked at both sides. From
what I can see, the union has offered compromises, but the government has refused to budge," he
"The union offered arbitration.
The government refused. If it did
that, it must feel its offer is not very
Don Francis, the student
president at Humber College in
Toronto,   said   the   strike   seems
inevitable because of the "paltry
increase" in operating grants for
"Five per cent does not come
close to covering the increased cosl
of living in the past year."
The Ontario government announced Jan. 5 it would only increase giants to colleges by 5.2 pei
cent, despite an annual inflation
rate of 8.8 per cent.
—peter menyasz photo
APPARENT APPEARANCE of God as burning bush next to SUB Wednesday startled student into considering
thoughts on the meaning of life and other questions of philosophic import. However, lack of response prompted
further investigation and revelation that steam ducts are not adequate founts of knowledge to base religion on.
And so it goes at UBC.
UBC TAs try to follow SFU
From page 1
watching this development for
some time and they feel that the
positive results at SFU will have an
effect on Friday's meeting, ATA
executive member Dave Smith said
"Because of the events at SFU we
will have to go back to our certification committee and see what's
going on," he said.
SFU's teaching assistants have
been undergoing the unionization
process" for the past two years, local
6 president Mary Mabin said
"The reason we decided to form
a union is because as an association
you don't have any legal backing
and the administration doesn't have
to listen to you," she said.
The benefits of unionization can
be counted largely in economic
terms, Mabin added. SFU depends
on tutorials and relies on TAs more
than on lectures, but when
economic cutbacks occur, TAs are
the first ones to suffer, she said.
The two major areas of
negotiation at SFU will be cutbacks
in course tutorials and the increasing size of tutorial groups.
Mabin also said that one of the
union's main functions will be to
draw up a charter covering a wide
area of negotiation.
"The immediate effects of the
union are that we can negotiate for
conditions that can't be changed
without further discussion of union
"The union is also something
that has potential benefit for undergraduates. It's a benefit to have
TAs who feel good about their
jobs," she said.
Union organizers did not decide
to hold the certification vote until
November 1978, because they felt
they needed time to convince people
of the benefits of the union.
"It requires talking to a lot of
people to inform them about the
union and it takes a long time to
talk to 500 people," Mabin said.
Absent Basil Peters
wins Crumb Bowl
From page 1
Student senator Arnold Hedstrom said he will raise the matter at
the next meeting of the president's
student services advisory committee. Davis is a member of that
Hedstrom said he was surprised
by SRA's reaction to the Gage
"I didn't realize there was that
much discontent. I myself have
many complaints about the way
housing is being run, but I didn't
realize the discontent was so
In other business, student board
of governors member Basil Peters
was named the first recipient of the
student representative assembly's
Crumb Bowl.
The bowl was instituted at the
SRA's Wednesday night meeting
"to recognize excellence in the field
of amateur oppression and is to be
awarded annually to the member of
the   administration   who   best
exemplifies the anti-democratic
tradition of UBC."
Peters won handily over other
notable nominees such as arts dean
Robert Will, administration
president Doug Kenny and administration vice-president for
student ;md faculty affairs Erich
Peters' nomination was greeted
with deafening table pounding and
cries of "hear, hear".
The award consists of a plaque
mounted on a toilet plunger and a
crossed sword. The plaque reads:
"no students allowed in this area."
Peters won his award for his
conspicuous absence from assembly
meetings which he is required to
attend as a student board member.
He has not attended an SRA
meeting since May.
Peters has also been the centre of
controversy recently for comments
he made in connection with the
eviction of fellow student board
member Paul Sandhu from the
December board meeting. Pag* A
Thursday, January 11, 1979
Cross fingers
Next week's student elections for board of governors members are quite similar to
a multiple choice exam. Vote for either a) Vian Andrews, b) Bruce Armstrong, c)
Carlos Brito, or d) Glenn Wong.
It's tempting to recommend e) none of the above.
That would be a bit too unfair to the candidates but veteran student politics
observers recognize that this year's slate is probably the weakest in some time.
Even the two "experienced" politicos running, Bruce Armstrong and Glenn
Wong, have relatively little background in the UBC Alma Mater Society. And the
rookies, Carlos Brito and Vian Andrews, have none at all.
The winners in the election are going to have to deal with a backroom brawler
who earned the nickname Doug the Thug Kenny and some of the toughest
businessmen in the province.
Students, especially after the disgraceful expulsion of student board member Paul
Sandhu at the last meeting, are expecting their representatives to fight back attempts by Doug Kenny and the board to silence student members and end any effectiveness they have. It won't be an easy task.
And the lack of experience of this year's candidates will make it that much harder.
When corporate big-shots like chancellor J.V. Clyne and board chairman Ian
Greenwood say jump, most people ask how high. But that can't be allowed to happen if students are going to be fairly represented on the board. Undemocratic attempts to stifle student members must be fought, in the board room, by those student members.
All things considered. The Ubyssey staff, recommends that students elect Bruce
Armstrong and Glenn Wong to the board. Both have some valuable experience in
the AMS and would be effective in dealing with student concerns.
Armstrong and Wong are the only candidates to take strong stands opposing the
Sandhu expulsion. They are also both against tuition fee increases, which will be a
major issue facing the board in 1979.
Carlos Brito simply has no experience and has a very unclear or poor stand on the
major issues.
Vian Andrews, a former Liberal party organizer, is simply too slick. And his stand
on the expulsion and tuition fee increases puts him slightly to the right of the three-
piece suit bloc currently on the board.
Vote for Armstrong and Wong. And cross your fingers.
For 8oAKt> of     *
JANUARY 11, 1979
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Editor: Mike Bocking
"The struggle between classes is what kind of struggle?" asked the host of the $100 Name That Goon Show. "It is a political
struggle," answered Peter Menzies. "Good for 1 % points," said the host. "The next question is: name a president of the United
States." "Uh, uh, I think I've got it. Rutherford B. Leckie." "That is absolutely correct for Y* of a point for Robert Stanfield
Cameron. The next question is: who is the crown prince of Great Britain? Yes, you may answer the question, Tommy Hawthorn."
"The crown prince of Great Britain is Prince Philip Grehan." "Absolutely correct, Tommy, you're well on your way to winning a
lovely lounge suite. Now, the next question is: name Canada's best prime minister. The first to buzz in with an answer was Judy
LaMarsh Guertler." "The best prime minister was William Lyon Tieleman." "Sorry, Judy, but the correct answer was either Verne
A. McDonald or Mike Mackenzie Bocking. The next question is: name two British political leaders. Yes, the answer to this question
is yours, ex-governor Heather Connally." "Well, there's Julie Thatcher Wheelwright, and uh, uh, uh, Geof Callaghan
Wheelwright." "Absolutely correct, Heather. And now it's time to announce our winner for this evening. And the winner is, with
2V2 points, the greatest political expert ears ahead of our time, Kevin McGeer."
Punk is leather, lust and liquid
There is certainly nothing average about punk night at the
Imagine yourself there. The scenery is like any other sleazy
bar you've ever been in. The waitress comes after a while to
take your order. She looks as bored and disinterested as
you'd expect.
The drinks are a little expensive, especially considering the
ridiculous $2.25 cover charge that you paid at the door.
But look around you. Perhaps you haven't wasted the
money. Although the colored lights are focused on the stage,
the floor show is all around you.
What a show! The guy behind you is wearing safety-pin
earrings that go beautifully with his standing-on-end punk
hairdo. He's already getting worked up, drumming on the
table to the beat of the recorded punk music that is deafening
Look around some more. The table to your right is
surrounded by overweight men with gigantic beer bellies
encased in black leather. One spits on the floor while another
bores a hole in the wall with a key.
There are women, too. Certainly not the kind that you'd
want to take home to mom, though.
Most of them look to be about 15 or 16 years old.
Remember the old sentimental gush about a face that
makes time stand still? Well, these are certainly enough to
stop any clock.
The outfits remind you of a bizarre Hallowe'en party,
right? Outrageous make-up and clothes that are straight out
of the ugliest of 1950s fashion. Hair either brush-cut short or
standing up all over. Any color is fine.
The band arrives and every eye is riveted on the stage.
The Subhumans are playing tonight, and the name fits like
a glove.
You thought the recorded music was loud? There'll be
ringing in your ears in the morning, and it won't be your
alarm clock.
Look closely at the band. You might as well look, there's
nothing worth listening to.
The guitarist plays all five chords that he's learned while
the bass player pounds his instrument. The drummer beats
wildly, his eyes occasionally rolling up into his head.
The singer is in a frenzy. He grabs the microphone and
shouts a few hoarse words, then backs away from it and
bounces spastically until the next words must come.
Look around you now. The crowd is getting involved in
the music. The guy behind you is yelling "Fuck off!" One
frenzied punk is throwing beer at the singer while the rest
Dance? Are you sure they're dancing? All they're doing is
jumping up and down, arms rigidly held at their sides. Heads
shake from side to side, and blank stares are the order of the
Now the real fun begins. Someone on the dance floor
bumps the person next to them. He turns around and pushes
the offender half-way across the floor, jostling more people
in the process. These retaliate with more pushing, and soon
the whole dance floor is a jumble of swaying and crashing
Looks like it's settling down, doesn't it? Guess again.
Four or five black-leather-jacketed punks are lifting
someone up on their shoulders. They throw him onto the
stage. He throws himself from the stage into the mass of
bodies on the dance floor.
They pick him up again and throw him back onto the
Now what?
Someone in the audience has told the singer to "fuck off
once too often, and the "subhuman" jumps from the stage
and starts to wrestle with him.
Some of the "fan's" friends join in, and soak the band
member with beer. He crawls back onto the stage, saying, "I
can't see anything, you shitheads!"
Well, you've deeded that you've had enough, eh? But
you're going to make a trip to the washroom before you
leave. Well, I hope that you're not a lady — you may find a
group of guys passing around a joint in the women's
"Am I in the wrong washroom?" you ask them.
"No, we are," they answer.
"Want a toke?" one asks you.
You flee in terror.
Back in the club, the Band has stopped playing and people
are standing around, not sure what to do now. You feel
vaguely sorry for them.
There are non-punks filtering in now. A few hookers, a
few drunks, a few old men.
You decide to leave. You also vow to make this a once-in-
a-lifetime experience.
No, there is certainly nothing average about punk night at
the Windmill.
Ugly! Ugly! Ugly!
That's what punk is all about. After all, if you're a misfit,
or think that you are, what else is there?
Punk is ugly, abusive and anarchistic. It combines all of
the darkest elements of grease, the Hell's Angels tradition
and brainwashing.
Sure, there's always been a nihilistic movement, always a
group of people that scream "Fuck everything!"
But somehow that doesn't justify the extremes that punk
rockers attain.
And as with all other groups where people try to "be
different" and "be individuals," they all seem to end up
looking the same. The outrageous clothes, the safety-pin
jewelry, the wild hairdos and make-up all become a sort of
"uniform" of non-conformity.
What seems even more ridiculous is that today's punk is
pretty much an imitation of several dead sub-cultures.
The jean jackets, leather and chains are straight out of a
Hell's Angels movie.
The women's clothing, with outrageous color combinations, flashy outfits and bizarre make-up is reminiscent
of the greasy 1950s.
The music? Well, what can be said? It's a great outlet for
completely untalented but enthusiastic musicians to make
noise and earn a living doing it.
If looks are any indication, the musicians are probably
playing to support their drug habits. They have a wild and
wasted look — with sunken eyes and contracted pupils.
Will the "punk" phenomenon last? As it exists now,
probably not. But there will always be a movement that
resembles it.
All human beings need to feel that they belong to some
group or another — it's part of our nature.
So there will always be a place where outcasts can feel at
"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
Peter Menyasz is a Ubyssey reporter and photographer^
Freestyle is a column of opinion, analysis and humor by
Ubyssey staffers. Thursday, January 11, 1979
Pag* 5
Piranha Peters pieked a peck of...
I have had a close association
with the Alma Mater Society over
the last two years as a senator and
as secretary/treasurer of S.R.A. In
that capacity I have had the opportunity to meet with students and
represent their views to administration president Doug
Kenny, senate and directly to the
minister of education. I have enjoyed the job and while I not always
agreed with people like Kenny,
student board member Basil Peters,
Pat McGeer and A.M.S. president
Paul Sandhu, I have nevertheless
respected their points of view. But
the events surrounding the expulsion of Sandhu from the Dec. 6
board meeting have altered my
respect for some of these individuals.
Starting at the top of the heap we
have politician extraordinaire Doug
Kenny. When I first arrived at
U.B.C. people were screaming for
Dr. Kenny to become more
political. In my second year, with
the university facing further
government cutbacks, the president
did become more political and
spoke out against the government.
Now, in my third year, he has
attained the dubious honor of being
a "politician". Doug Kenny sat at
the Dec. 6 meeting and watched the
board violate the Universities Act
as the board asked Paul Sandhu to
leave a meeting.
The act does not provide for such
action nor does it bind a member to
an oath of secrecy.
Later that same month at the
senate meeting, Dr. Kenny gave a
rather long oratory from the chair
on how senate must adhere to the
Universities Act in reference to a
motion by a student senator. These
double standards are appalling Dr.
Kenny, is it not the law that
students shall have two seats on the
board of governors?
I am glad that Basil has once
again brought up the question of
jeopardizing the right of students to
sit on the board. It is also timely
given next week's board of
governors elections. Mr. Peters last
year was  at  the center  of con-
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troversy when he was elected to the
board by the use of ballots which
were stuffed into a box at CEME
after the voting list was circulated
in at least two engineering classes
and the ballots marked in favour of
This is not conjecture on my
part; a senate committee concluded
that there were irregularities in the
election. Such illegal acts do more
harm to student representation than
speaking against the wishes of the
Board. Basil what is the real story
behind last years election? Are you
the legitimate student representative?
It is quite popular at this time to
hang the threat of the ministry of
education removing student
representation from the board. I
believe the threat is unfounded'
when it comes to students speaking
out. Students on the board,
through  the Universities Act  are
given the responsibility of
representing students.
Representation is a two way
process. Representation means
more than just giving input to the
board. It means keeping students
informed of what the board is
doing as well. I don't think the
provincial government will remove
student representation especially
when students are fulfilling their
responsibility. The board in the
past has attempted to cover up
irregularities, even raise tuition in
the closed part of the meeting. The
board, with respect to the current
issue over the Asian Centre, refused
to even listen to Sandhu's reasoning
in releasing the story. Sandhu acted
sincerely in the interests of some of
his   constituents.
The board rules for disclosure of
documents from the closed section
of the meetings are at best adhoc.
They carry no  legal  weight  and
Sandhu and other board reps have
no obligation to remain silent on
any issue. All students ask is
discretion and I think Sandhu
should be congratulated for his
good discretion and genuine
representation unlike Basil Peters
who has not even attended S.R.A.
meetings since the early spring of
1978. As for the board, I would like
to see an apology for the gross
insult that the board has inflicted
on students printed in the Ubyssey.
I can't help but feel that a large
number of areas in which students
and administration cooperate have
been irrepairably damaged.
Arnold Hedstrom
student senator
JAN. 8-20
Open 9:00 — 6:00 Sat Jan. 13th Pag* 6
Thursday, January 11, 1979
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Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Short lecture, T-shirts available, noon, IRC 1.
General meeting, noon, SUB 251.
General meeting, noon, SUB 213.
Discussion of coming events, noon, SUB 113.
Broomball game, 8:30 p.m., Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
Weekly meeting, noon, Angus 210.
First meeting of year. Be there, noon, SUB 216.
Skating party, free for members, $1 for non-
members,  refreshments at Cecil  Green  Park,
after 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thunderbird Arena.
Informal meeting, noon, SUB 212A.
General meeting, films, noon, SUB 115.
General meeting, noon, SUB 224.
General meeting, noon SUB 212.
Meeting and slide show, noon, SUB 111.
Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Cream of wheat
crop speaks
If uranium, wheat, and ghosts of
Tommy Douglas interest you, then
you should make a point of attending a speech by Allan Blakeney in
room 101 of the Law building today
at noon.
Blakeney, the NDP premier of
Saskatchewan, will be speaking on
uranium and the use of nationalized
energy sources in Canada. And he
will undoubtedly be available afterwards for questions related to his
recent electoral victory and his
position on federal-provincial relations.
Blakeney was in dispute with a
Supreme Court ruling last year over
his province's nationalization of the
uranium industry.
Remember, if you don't see him
while he's on campus, you might
have to wait until he's appointed
governor-general to see him again.
Elderly help
It's unbelievable!
In these inflation ravaged days,
some people want to work for free.
The residents of UBC's extended
care unit are searching for ways
they can assist any campus
organization or department. If you
have any simple tasks, such as collating, stapling, envelope filling,
etc., please contact Kathy Scalzo at
the ECU, 228-5487.
Odd partners
Quebec's separation from
Canada is an emotional issue, but it
wiH\ probably be settled in the
The Vancouver People's Law
School is running a course on
Quebec and Confederation: The
Legal Issues on Jan. 16, 17, and 18
from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The free
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750 Burrard Street.
The British North American Act,
Canada's quasi-constitution, will be
discussed by UBC law professors
Robert Diebolt and Robin Elliot.
They'll also discuss the struggle
between separation and federation.
To pre-register, call the law
school at 734-1126.
Happy Hour. Free admission for members, 50
cents for non-members, 4 to 6 p.m., Cecil Green
General meeting, noon, SUB 211.
Reunion, noon, Maison Internationale.
Africa Week celebrations, film "A Trade Union
of the Third World," followed by disco dancing
til 1 a.m., advance tickets only, non-members
$1, members 50 cents, starting at 8 p.m.. International House.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Disco lesson registration deadline, SUB 216A.
Car rally, see you follow instructions, 9 a.m.,
SUB loop.
Meeting, movies, 7 p.m., Jan. 17, SUB 215.
Gym night, 7:30 p.m., Thunderbird gyms.
Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Women's drop-in, noon, SUB 130.
Lesbian drop-in, SUB 130.
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Pag* 7
'FBI tried to infiltrate '60s press'
Nearly 1,000 pages of Federal
Bureau of Investigation documents
released under the U.S. Freedom of
Information Act have revealed that
the Bureau secretly operated an
extensive counter-intelligence
program to infiltrate and discredit
the alternative  and  underground
indicated that J. Edgar Hoover may
have killed this plan before it was
However, many other FBI
operations against the alternative
press were employed. One
document indicated that the FBI
produced bogus editions of
Liberation   News   Service   in   the
laboratory by matching the LNS
paper, ink and format and then
creating and mailing out releases
that carried misinformation.
Another document revealed that
the Bureau established a bogus
college newspaper called the Denver
Arrow in order to be able to
subscribe to College Press Service.
The   FBI   even   paid   the   lower
"member   discount"   offered   by
College Press in 1972.
Memos pertaining to the Underground Press Syndicate indicate
the Bureau conducted mail
openings, physical stakeouts of the
office, and obtained and copied the
group's bank records, credit card
records,   postage   meter   records,
phone bills and income tax reports.
The documents also revealed FBI
agents in a number* of U.S. cities
approached private printers who
were printing alternative
newspapers and successfully talked
them into raising their printing
rates substantially or even into
cancelling the printing contracts
media during the 1960s and early
One of the more unusual FBI
memos seriously proposed a plan to
spray alternative newspapers with a
chemical stench. The memo,
written by the FBI office in
Newark, New Jersey, said: "A very
small amount of this chemical
disburses a most offensive odor,
and its potency is such that a large
amount of papers could be treated
in a matter of seconds."
The memo added that the smell
"could be prepared in the FBI
laboratory for use in an aerosol-
type   dispenser."    Other   memos
English 100
flunk again
From page 1
that exists,"   he said   Wednesday.
Parkin said he thought a study of
the exam's procedures is not
"We get experienced people
marking it. We have a committee of
English professors who decide the
exam's content with student
Both Parkin and Conry said they
felt English teachers were placing
more emphasis on composition.
But Parkin said he thought the final
onus lies with the student.
"You can teach people, but you
can't learn for them," he said.
"Many kids are not very motivated.
If a student isn't concerned about
his own writing, that's his
He said if students saw the
university taking writing seriously,
they would gain more respect for
writing skills.
"Clear writing helps you to think
clearly. Otherwise, you're losing
out on the thought processes," he
Parkin said the exam does not
contain an "extraordinary high
level" of writing skills and usually
does not result in many mechanical
errors. But it does indicate the little
amount of reading a student does if
the English passage is not understood.
for bored affairs Banal Bleaters,
not speaking at a meeting of silly
reprehensible blorgs he did not
attend, did not say he favored the
removal of all students capable of
speech from public office in this
tiny island kingdom.
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Thursday, January 11, 1979
Four battle for board seats
The race for the two student seats
on the UBC board of governors
looks to be a contest of lawyers versus veteran Alma Mater Society
hacks, and hopefully will be settled
out of court.
The campaigns of law students Vian Andrews and Carlos Brito contrast sharply with the conventional
tactics of veteran UBC student politicians Glenn Wong and Bruce Armstrong.
Brito is planning on campaigning by
word-of-mouth, all-candidates forums, and
Ubyssey articles, while fellow aspiring lawyer
Vian Andrews is running a slick, high-geared
publicity program.
Besides his name, picture and slogan, the
only pitch Vian Andrews makes on his campaign poster are a few glib, idealistic lines
about education.
"We want a better education than this
University now provides. We expect more
from ourselves. We expect more from our
teachers," the poster reads.
Candidates Wong and Armstrong have
more conventional posters listing experience
and campaign promises.
Wong and Armstrong have the most experience and exposure on campus, while
Britos and Andrews have the advantage of
presenting themselves to the students for the
first time without viewpoints prejudiced by
their past record.
The elections, to be held Tuesday with advance polls on Monday, will be the first
board election in several years in which an
"engineering candidate" has not been fielded.
This could be an important factor, as the
engineering faculty has in past years tended
to vote in a block, for the past three years
supporting retiring board candidate Basil
Glenn Wong, current Alma Mater Society
director of finance, said the main issues in
the board campaign are spending priorities,
accountability to students, and treatment of
student board members.
Wong said the Dec. 6 expulsion of student
board member Paul Sandhu represents a
mistreatment of student representatives.
"It just seems undemocratic. That seat is
guaranteed by the Universities Act," he said.
Wong said he hoped the incident would
not become a precedent for further student
expulsions from the board.
Sandhu was expelled from the meeting for
discussing   funding  negotiations   for  com-
"Involving ourselves
in South Africa does
not benefit the
Student concfidates contest fee
hikes, spending and distlosure
pletion of UBC's Asian Centre with The
Ubyssey. The negotiations were part of the
closed section of the board meeting.
Wong said if he was  confronted with
information he felt students should know
A backbencher role
is necessary for
student board reps
which the board felt should be kept secret, he
would release the information.
"You've got to keep in touch with your
constituents," said Wong.
Wong said he would keep regular office
hours, attend all student government
meetings, and try to keep people informed.
"I don't think some representatives of the
past have been representatives," he said.
Wong said as a board member he would
push for an analysis of university spending,
to upgrade student services and improve
student loans with the extra funds obtained
from the 1977 tuition fee increase.
He said students have not received their
share from the increase because student
services and loans were not improved as was
promised when the fees were levied.
Wong said the board should pay more
attention to student concern about the
direction of UBC investments. UBC has been
criticized for holding $260,000 worth of
shares in Noranda Mines, which has major
operations in Chile.
He said he would attempt to arrange
presentations to the board by concerned
groups and would do his best to ensure those
presentations were acted upon.
Wong said his experience as director of
finance will be valuable in considering
finance and budgetary matters.
Bruce Armstrong, former president of the
AMS, said the main issues are interrelated
and revolve around accessibility to
education, student aid, student services,
tuition increases, the Sandhu expulsion, and
the general direction of the university.
"We've let the administration get away
with a hell of a lot," said Armstrong.
He added that tuition fee increases and the
expulsion are examples of the administration's abuse of its authority.
"They (the board) have no authority
whatsoever to kick out an elected member. I
don't think Paul should have left," said
Armstrong criticized Sandhu and the
student representative assembly for not
taking stronger action on the expulsion.
He said the SRA should consider legal
steps, while Sandhu should have refused to
leave the board meeting.
"If I was in Paul's shoes, I wouldn't have
On the issue of disclosure, Armstrong said
he believes some issues are not important
enough to bother disclosing to students, but
added that he would be prepared to inform
students about board business, regardless of
board recriminations.
He said the problems of accessibility,
student aid, student services, tuition increases and quality of education were all
symptoms of overall financial mismanagement at UBC.
Armstrong said he would reject all
suggestions of a further tuition fee increase
for the coming year, if students continue to
receive no improvements in student services
or student aid from the 1977 increase.
"But it would be a mistake if they (the
fees) became an overriding issue in the
Armstrong said he hopes to do something
about university investments in companies
which deal in oppressive foreign countries.
"I don't see how involving ourselves in
South Africa is benefiting the community,"
he said.
He suggested the board restrict university
investments to provincial markets and
reinvest the tax dollars spent on UBC in the
community that funds it.
Armstrong said the general direction of the
university should remain academic oriented,
and not let vocational training take
"Too many people come here for job
training. A university should be a place for
higher learning," he said.
Armstrong said he has been a member of
every university body and has a fair understanding of how student representation
Vian Andrews, law 2, says the problem
with UBC is that there is a pervasive
mediocrity accompanied by pervasive dissatisfaction.
"I see a position on the board as a chance
to achieve higher standards in administration, teaching and academic
studies," he says.
Andrews added that students would work
at a higher standard if they were taught at a
higher standard.
"The people of B.C. pay about 90 per cent
already, so I couldn't resist moderate tuition
fee increases proportional to increases in the
cost of living," he says.
Andrews had particularly harsh words for
the present student loan program. "The
student loan program is crying out for
reform. You can't refuse accessibility to
students who have the proper aptitude — a
special fund should be set up by the
provincial   government   with   a   pay-back
"I couldn't resist
moderate tuition fee
period of say 20 years, subject to fund replenishment and keeping the interest low."
Andrews said that he was working on a
loans proposal which he would present to the
board whether he was elected or not.
Outgoing student board member Paul
Sandhu's expulsion from a board meeting
for discussing "confidential" board business
with The Ubyssey is not an important issue,
Andrews said.
"He was a martyr to an idea I don't agree
with. The issue wasn't significant."
Andrews added that discretion is
sometimes necessary in financial matters, but
said he would speak out and not be compromised if an issue conflicted with his personal
Andrews attacked several of the board's
past financial decisions.
"Look at the design of the new extended
care hospital. It looks like a Nazi bunker."
He said the hospital was one occasion
when the board had appropriated funds for
projects which should have been better
Andrews said that if elected he would not
represent the Alma Mater Society, but would
take an independent mandate to the board.
He said that he would attend student representative assembly meetings and added that
he would try to instil a positive attitude to
replace the present negativism.
Andrews served as the president of the
Brock University student council, and has
worked as a fund-raiser for many
organizations, including the ill-fated Asian
Candidate Carlos Brito, law 1, says accessibility and tuition fee increases are the
two major issues in the board race.
"Students should vote on the basis of the
representation they will be getting. I feel that
a student board representative should take
student opinions to board meetings, not their
individual opinions.
Sandhu's expulsion
was an undemocratic
mistreatment of a
student rep—WONG
"Nothing obliges board representatives to
bring back information on everything that
goes on at meetings, but representatives
should respond to issues that the students
have assigned them," Brito said.
Brito said he felt Sandhu's eviction was
"I'm embarrassed by his being thrown
out, that situation should be avoided at all
costs. However, Basil Peters made a bad
move by voting with the rest of the board. I'd
never do that."
Brito says he is critical of both previous
student board representatives.
"Sandhu was continually in opposition,
and as a consequence he had little effect on
board policy. Peters approach was to do
nothing, which was just as bad. He was
unable to gain any respect."
Brito says that if he is elected to the board,
he will take a backbencher approach, not
arguing against everything, but making
amendments and hopefully earning the
board's respect to the point where he could
make more substantial contributions.
Brito says he is not opposed to fee increases, but adds that he would have to see
the budget and weigh any sacrifices which
might be made to limit any tuition fee increases.
He also said there was a lot of work which
could be done to improve the student loans.
As a protest against inefficient administration spending by the administration,
Brito says he has spent no money on his
campaign. Brito has had no previous experience in student politics.


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