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 Protestors fight murder in El Salvador
Special to The Ubyssey
Speakers and spectators carrying
placards saying "Bonzo stay home?' and
"While Reagan parties, thousands die?'
condemned U.S. support of the junta's
use of force against Salvadorean civilians
in a Saturday protest at Robson Square.
Some of the 750 were costumed Sandin-
ista-style with bandanas over their heads
and faces. One woman wore a skull mask
behind a placard saying "U.S. foreign
policy: If it moves, kill it."
Another demonstrator with a painted
Hitler face wore a bloody laboratory
jacket stencilled "No aid to military butchers."
They cheered and chanted in a demonstration full of energy and outrage. After
listening to speaker after speaker condemn U.S. involvement in the Latin American country, the protestors marched
along Granville St. to the Pacific Press
The protest concentrated on the Canadian government's passive non-resistance
to American military aid to El Salvador's
junta. It criticized the media's role in obscuring the Reagan administration's maintenance of violent military control despite
broad opposition.
A letter to Vancouver Sun and Province
editors gathered 200 signatures. It levelled
protest at the sketchy coverage of Salvadorean guerrillas' final offensive against
the government in a bitter civil war, and
criticized the unquestioning acceptance of
Reagan's claims of Cuban and Soviet intervention in the conflict. The letter was
still unprinted Monday.
NDP MP Pauline Jewett said U.S. government claims that opposition to the junta was externally motivated were fabrications. "Our documentation shows that
they were in El Salvador long before any
other help came. They sparked the other
Jewett said the murders of more than
13,000 civilians in the past year, U.S. aid
to the junta and widespread popularity of
the Democratic Revolutionary Front, the
coalition recognized as the Salvadoreans'
representatives by 50 countries, were the
facts in the continuing war.
"We must not allow ourselves to be
propagandized by another set of so-called
facts," she said.
Jewett said El Salvador is "a kind of litmus test" for international support of
U.S. military policy. And she said the Car
nadian government has agreed to give that
External affairs minister Mark MacGui-
gan promised Canadian "quiescence" to
U.S. aid to El Salvador last week.
Rachel Epstein, a Woman Against Imperialism spokesperson, said, "When the
U.S. talks about sending military advisors
to El Salvador they really mean highly
trained specialists in genocide and
torture. . . We want to make it clear we
won't stand for any more genocide in our
One protestor debunked the impression
given by U.S. secretary of state Alexander
Haig that Soviet intervention is behind the
junta's civilian opposition. "They want to
say it's their fight — it's not their fight,"
he said.
"The Soviet Union is not increasing
their sphere of influence," said another.
"The U.S. just wants to maintain their
sphere of influence in Latin America,
Central America and the Caribbean."
A woman in the crowd, "outraged" by
American intervention, attended the demonstration "because I have to have some
outlet for my anger."
"To some extent the government does
look at our response," she said. "Though
they do listen to the U.S., if we are very
vociferous about how we feel there's a
chance they might listen."
Gears want
cheaper beer
Students have given student
council an ultimatum to immediately lower Pit beer prices or take the
issue to referendum.
But Alma Mater Society president Marlea Haugen opposes the
move, saying Friday, "It would be
a mistake for students of this campus to bother themselves with the
business affairs of the society."
A petition, signed by 500
engineers, requests a decrease in
beer prices from the current $1.15
to $1 because of Pit profit. It has
been delivered to AMS vice president Peter Mitchell.
Social centre manager Graham
Smythe revealed Friday the net profit for Pit operations as of Jan. 31,
since May 1, 1980, is $25,000.
Only 500 signatures are needed to
force student council to hold a
referendum. But Mitchell said Friday "The way (the petition) reads it
doesn't ask for a referendum, it's
just a bitch."
Mitchell said he will present the
petition to the next council meeting
because it expresses a concern of a
large number of students.
Engineering undergraduate society president Don Ehrenholz said
Friday the petition drive started in
early February and was aimed at informing council of student
dissatisfaction with current beer
Council's failure to act on the request could result in further action
from the engineers, Ehrenholz said.
"If there are enough people upset
(about beer prices), a referendum
petition could result. There are
enough serious people who want to
go to referendum with the price at
Mitchell said the AMS executive
would have to check into the profit
margin at the Pit and see if a price
change would mean beer drinkers
would be subsidized.
In September, the price of local
bottled beer was raised from $1 to
$1.15, while the price of draft
stayed the same. Imported beer and
hard liquor decreased slightly.
Beer leapt from 85 cents to $1 in
September, 1979.
Due to time constraints involved,
it is unlikely that the issue could be
taken to referendum this school
year, Mitchell said.
GSA motion fair
The Graduate Students' Association has denied charges that their
representatives "railroaded" a motion through student council at its
meeting Wednesday.
Two Alma Mater Society executives accused the GSA of deliberately proposing the motion near the
end of the meeting, when a vote
would not "represent the council's
true feelings."
GSA acting representative Robert
Cameron said Monday the motion,
which called for a referendum to
either drop or retain the SUB building fee of $15, was not intentionally
introduced late in the meeting.
"The only reason the motion
didn't come up until late was that
the motion was under new business," he said.
Cameron also rejected the claim
made by AMS vice-president Peter
Mitchell and finance director Jane
Loftus that the council members
who were present at the time of the
GSA motion did not represent the
council's true feelings.
"I believe there were 20 council
members present at the time of our
motion. It seems to me that if you
have 14 yes and four no votes,
which the motion did, it is quite
representative," he said.
"That's over half by a long shot.
And council never had all 31 members at the meeting," he added.
Cameron said GSA representative Sean Boyle decided to introduce the motion shortly after student board of governors representative Chris Niwinski withdrew his
own referendum proposal.
"Sean spoke to several people,
including Chris Niwinski, between 8
and 9 p.m." Niwinski gave the GSA
motion his moral support, he added.
But Mitchell maintained his belief that the vote was possibly suspect.
"I don't know if any deliberate
manipulation was involved on the
part of the GSA, but I think it's
.possible that it could be interpreted
that way," he said.
Mitchell said he overheard Boyle
telling Niwinski that a referendum
should be held on the SUB fee.
"I'm not sure of the exact time of
the conversation, but even 9 p.m. is
late in the meeting, which started at
6:30 p.m.," he said.
Council eventually decided to
hold the referendum between
March 16 and 20, on the same
ballot as the PIRG vote.
Vol. LXIII, No. 68
Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 3,1981
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March referenda fever hits UBC
Students could be faced with referendum ballots containing eight
separate issues if a petition drive
conducted by engineering students
is successful.
Student council has already
scheduled a March 16 to 20 referendum on funding a Public Interest
Research Group at UBC and the
chance for students to cancel the
$15 SUB fee levy.
Now petitions on five other issues
are being circulated in engineering
classes, Alma Mater Society vice-
president Peter Mitchell said Monday. And there's yet another as
The petitions circulating among
engineering students call for referenda on:
• a $2 fee levy per year for establishing an off-campus housjng
• a $2 fee toward an autonomous Ubyssey,
e a $2 fee toward CITR campus
• a $5 fee to fund a Concerned
Research And Planning (CRAP)
group on campus, and
• SUB renovations. A referendum to renovate the SUB plaza and
courtyard failed already in February.
On top of that, the engineering
undergraduate society says unless
council decides to lower Pit beer
prices it will force a referendum on
the issue.
Council must hold a referendum
any time it is presented with a petition signed by more than 500 students.
The Alma Mater Society executive is unsure how to respond to the
referendum demands because some
appear to be serious while others
are obviously jokes, according to
AMS vice-president Peter Mitchell,
himself an engineer.
And some campus organizations
are surprised and angered by the petitions. All groups involved in the
issues say they have not been contacted for any opinions or informa
tion about the referendum demands.
Organizers of the B.C. Public Interest Research Group are concerned the CRAP petition, which parodies BCPIRG, contains many false
conceptions about what the group is
The petition, in part, is worded,
"Whereas 4,300 (students) have
expressed an irrational desire to
blindly throw away $5 towards a
committee/society/God knows
what (?) that has no constitution,
no bylaws, no rules or regulations,
and whereas they (PIRG) may do
anything they like with the
money. . ."
Carol Riviere, PIRG spokesperson, said Monday "we were specific
in our pamphlet that we would be a
society, with all the controls a society has."
She said the complaint about the
lack of a constitution was, to some
extent,   valid   but   added   a
framework of the bylaws will be
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Tuesday, March 3,1981
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ready by the time the referendum
for PIRG takes place.
She added the petition is "an
abuse of the process that we are
provided with under the AMS bylaws."
She questioned the engineers'
motives for starting the petition,
saying they might be insecure that
PIRG would attract more attention
than engineering pranks.
The seriousness of the re-referendum for SUB renovations was
questioned by AMS executives. Administration director Bill Maslechko said the wording was extremely vague.
But he said the petitions for the
housing registry funding and CITR
were serious.
CITR president Hilary Stout said
she had not heard of the petition
until informed by The Ubyssey, but
was "totally in favor of it."
"I am so stunned I don't know
what to say," she added. She said
she wished the engineers had contacted CITR before starting the petition, but "I love the fact that people out there support us."
Off-campus housing manager
Dave Johnson said Monday the
housing office had not been consulted about the petition for a housing registry.
The petition calls for the registry
to be based on the computerized
system established at the University
of Alberta. Johnson said, "A lot of
what they do can't be adapted to
our situation as our housing shortage is much more severe."
Earlier this year student council
supported the idea to establish such
a registry, but housing director
Mike Davis did not act upon the request.
EUS president Don Erenholz denied knowledge of the petitions except that the petition drive started
Friday in conjunction with EUS executive elections. He was unsure
how many signatures have been collected so far.
Mitchell said if the petitions do
collect 500 signatures, an emergency council meeting to deal with
the matter can be called with 24
hours' notice.
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Students struggle to save Cap
They're not trying to save whales, they're
trying to save a college.
And the Anti-Cutbacks Team at Capilano
College is very serious about their mission: to
save the North Vancouver college from
"withering away" from the effects of drastic
cuts slated for next year.
Formed Wednesday, the coalition of student, faculty and staff representatives
already has an alternative list of plans geared
towards promoting March as "Save Capilano
College" month.
"We've just really got started," says ACT
chair Karl Koblansky, who is also faculty
association president. The formation of the
team followed closely upon the recent increase in tuition fees and an announced
$700,000 cut in funding for next year.
ACT intends to make the community and
media fully aware of the problems faced by
the college. Plans include benefit beer
gardens, benefit performances, public soup
kitchens, petitions, information booths, and
the distribution of 400 donation cans at
North Shore businesses to seek contributions
towards the huge shortfall.
"ACT is optimistic about our plans,"
Koblansky said Monday. "We don't know
how the community will react yet, though."
Support staff member Bill Little said the
community plans are similar to the actions
undertaken over 10 years ago to establish the
"Getting the community on our side is
very important if we want to successfully
pressure the government to increase the college's funding," agreed Steve Howard, ACT
member and student society executive
Koblansky   said   the   intent   of   "Save
Capilano College" month is to save the college from witheftngiaway.
"It's not going to die, of course, but it will
wither from the funding cuts," he said. "We
don't want it to become less responsive to
community needs on the North Shore.
"We're pretty worried. We just won't be
able to supply the same amount of community resources as we've been doing right now,
which is already pretty bare bonesy."
Koblansky said the $700,000 cut, which is
10 per cent of the college's budget, will result
in Manpower, academic and career courses
being cut, as well as instructor and staff layoffs. "Maybe whole areas will disappear, like
the learning assistance centre," he added.
Members of the 15 person team appeared
before the three North Shore municipal
councils Monday night, asking for an official
proclamation of "Save Capilano College"'
It was a "somewhat abortive" attempt
Koblansky said. The West Van council decided the request was a purely educational issue,
and referred it to the school board, while the
North Vancouver city and district councils
decided to table the request until their
meetings next week.
"At least all of the city councils have been
informed, even though West Van sloughed
the decision off to the school
board,"Koblansky said. College campuses in
Sechelt, Squamish and Pemberton will also
approach their municipal councils with the
same request, he added.
The Capilano College board was asked to
join ACT, but it refused, saying it is taking
action in a different direction. The board
said it is approaching the three provincial college funding bodies to secure more
funding, Koblansky said.
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Charlatan Fatless. Worship of god demanded firm thighs and flat stomach.
'Art is political'—Morgan
Art without politics is a
misconception of terms, says well-
known American writer and
feminist Robin Morgan.
"Real art has never been
apolitical, including (the works of)
Dante and Shakespeare to name
two of the big boys," Morgan told
about 300 people in the Woodward
building on Friday.
Women's art has historically
been labelled "crafts," because it
has appeared in useful forms.
"Another thing we already know
Ontario profs on exodus
OTTAWA (CUP) — The Ontario government's consistent underfun-
ding of education is driving quality professors out of the province, says the
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.
Sarah Shorten, OCUFA president and a professor at the University of
Western Ontario, said salaries at Ontario universities have fallen drastically
behind other groups.
"This constitutes a serious threat to the human resources of the Ontario
university system," she charged.
"The teachers in our universities represent a large and vital public investment but if professors continue to suffer erosion of salaries exacerbated by
reductions in research support and funds for professional expenses, we risk
a major and alarming loss of scientists and scholars to other parts of the
According to OCUFA, during the past eight years there has been a loss
of 17 per cent in real terms in salaries. The cost of living has increased 95
per cent while professors' salaries have only risen 65 per cent.
Compare this, says Shorten, to an increase of 90 per cent in the salaries
of community colleges teachers, 106 per cent in high school teachers'
salaries and 94 per cent for professional engineers.
Assistant professors in Ontario earn an average of $19,000 a year. A professor with about 16 years experience earns between $33,000 and $40,000 a
Shorten said the general public is convinced professors have huge incomes.
"I meet people who confidently believe that professors earn $45,000 a
year to start," she said.
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is that what men have done is
known as art, and what women
have done is crafts. Once it's of use,
yuck on it."
As feminist art and the womens'
movement evolved they had to
redefine "everything, from the skin
in, and the skin," Morgan said. At
first women were faced with
patriarchical standards for their art
and had "to learn the difference
between catharsis and art," she added.
She added.that in recent years
women artists in the U.S. have
made contact with the art produced
by many minority groups.
"There was such an exciting interchange. In so many cultures art is
not an individual thing but a collective experience."
One question feminists must still
grapple with is whether there is a
womens' art and womens' culture,
she said.
"I look forward to the day when
there isn't. I would like to see that
different consciousness suffuse the
culture so that it would no longer be
womens' art."
Art, said Morgan, is like a
religious experience. "I think
"basically art, when I make a poem,
is like a prayer. I don't know how
else to describe it."
She added that art is very
definitely a political expression. "It
has ethics to it that I struggle with a
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Huge fee hikes
hit foreigners
speculation is over. International
students studying in Quebec will be
paying an extra $4,128 in tuition
fees next year.
The increase was confirmed
Monday by Michaele Brunet, director of services at the ministry of
The announcement also included
a $1,000 fee increase for international students already studying in
University officials and students
were highly critical of tht: move.
"I think this is an excessively
large increase," charged Concordia
University rector John O'Brian.
"For students presently here especially it is a very big increase and an
unexpected one."
But Brunet denied the charge.
"It's not that we're against foreign students, we just want foreign
students to take a greater part of the
cost," he said.
The increase will not affect all international students because of
Quebec government deals with 11
countries exempting those students
from differential fees, Brunet added.
But O'Brian did not think the
new policy compensates for the increase. He said the exempted students are largely from francophone
countries and for the most part attend Quebec's seven francophone
McGill University principal
David Johnston agreed with
O'Elrian, saying the exemption policy was consistent with the government's "desire to have certain types
of foreign students studying here in
Beth Morey, international student advisor at Concordia, said the
new policy could be an election ploy
to get votes from people who resent
the presence of foreign students in
the country.
"(The new policy) means a lot of
foreign students may have to go
home," she said. "It will be disastrous.
"To take out the increases on students coming from other countries
is unfair. It seems to be part of a
move to increase fees everywhere."
The McGill senate and board of
governors passed resolutions last
week protesting the then-projected
increase in differential fees.
Johnston also suggested a letter-
writing campaign to the ministry of
education and provincial government, which set the fees, but was
uncertain about how effective the
action would be.
Quebec student organizations
have also spoken out against the increase.
The Regroutement des association etudiantes du Quebec is against
the principle of differential fees,
said the group's secretary-general.
"There should be other ways of
dealing with international
students," said Jose Roy. He felt
prejudice against foreign students
was not a factor, and supported a
plan of securing places for foreign
students through agreemenys with
other countries.
But a spokesperson for l'Associa-
tion nationale des etudiants du Quebec felt prejudice existed and affected the policy.
"We have to sensitize to Quebec
students who have prejudices
against international students,"
said Jacques Beaudoin. He said his
group is against the increase, but is
not optimistic about the results of
any concentrated campaign.
"A lot of pressure will be needed
to overturn the decision," he said.
The average international student
now pays up to $7,000 annually to
study in Quebec.
Nader slams McGill
MONTREAL (CUP) — The McGill University student society has
joined General Motors and IT&T
on Ralph Nader's hit list.
Nader, a prominent American
consumer advocate, is accusing the
council of "strait-jacketing" students by refusing to allow the McGill Public Interest Research Group
to seek a refundable fee through a
campus referendum.
The fee of $2.50 would be used
by the PIRG to create and maintain
a resource centre, and to fund research activities.
"This is a problern that has plagued many universities in Canada,"
Nader said. "You don't have to
wony   about   your   trusiees,   but
about your own student representatives."
Councillors argued that McPIRG, established only two months
ago, was untried, making an autonomous levy premature.
"It's a big risk for a group that's
only been around for a while to get
an $80,000 budget," student society
president Todd Ducharme said.
"And they submitted a flawed constitution. If you're going to give
students a choice on something you
have to ensure it's a workable
Said Nader: "Let's be candid —
anytime there is a strong student
government they see a PIRG effort
as overshadowing them "^ Page 4
Tuesday, March 3,1961
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March 3, 1981
Published Tuesdeys, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the university year by the
Alma Mater Society of the University of B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff
and not of the AMS or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the Student Union Building.
Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDoneld
"The editor is dsad. If you see it, kin HI" chanted Nancy Campbell, June Wheelwright and Glen Sanford. Mike Brand stomped hia feat while Craig Brooke banged tha gong. Tom Hawthorn didn't do much except smile, but Stuart Davis and Gord Wiebe marched about SUB spreading the joyful news. Jo-Anna Felkiner
and Eric Eggerteon jumped up and down and atutterad with glee, and another unmentionable wimp waa left speechless. Too bad. Meanwhile, Arnold Hed-
strom drew knee on paper and drooled. Debbie Wilson gaeped, amead, left the room and spread tha news afar, which wasn't vary far because she's got such a
low voice. Verne McDonald just looked up and sighed. "One more month," he thought, snd returned to his woric.
There are ways in which the Alma Mater Society constitution
shows some of the more libertarian tendencies of those who
drafted it.
On few other campuses is so small a portion of the students
given the right to initiate referendums; the AMS requires only 500
signatures out of the student population of 23,000 to force a
But the ease with which a referendum can be called within the
AMS is in danger of destroying the very liberty the provision for
petition was meant to protect: the right of the students to make an
informed decision as a whole. Instead we are confronted with a
very small group of people trying to force poor and uninformed decisions.
The students circulating the current series of referendum petitions, a confusing stew of serious issues, parodies, old ideas and
new ideas, are doing a great disservice to all members of the AMS.
They are mocking and abusing a very important power of the students.
That some of the ideas may have merit is entirely beside the
point. If anything, this could only have happened by accident anyway, since no one who will be affected by the referenda, such as
CITR, the housing office, SUB building committee or ourselves,
were ever consulted or warned.
What is to the point is that a small group of people are trying to
legislate for all. Nor are they giving any time for the students to
hear any informed opinions on the petition topics. And they are accomplishing this travesty by misusing a vital tool of democracy
which should only be invoked as a last resort.
They have had their joke and made whatever statements they
wished to make. The petitions should be withdrawn and the groups
they refer to allowed to work on their own problems. All of the
students have more important business than to deal with spurious
Women's speaker weakened women's cause
Although women's week at UBC
was generally successful in terms of
stimulating awareness of women's
issues in a number of diverse ways,
we feel that the week's conclusion
was a disappointment rather than a
fitting celebration of women's
We are referring to a lecture
given by writer Robin Morgan and
sponsored by the women's committee. The lecture was entitled
Feminism in Art and Literature; accordingly, we assumed this was the
ground to be covered.
What unfolded, however, were
the incomprehensible musings of a
manipulative stage personality who,
in the name of feminism, devoted
the 'lecture' to reading exerpts from
her prose and poetry. The result
was tantamount to a form of self-
advertising more suitably called The
Robin Morgan Hour.
Expecting to hear at least a summary account of the historical in
volvement of women in art and
literature, we were given only scant
historical material which was
neither logically presented nor
clearly explained.
The lack of historical evidence
would have been pardonable if, in
her writing, Morgan had been able
to offer some unique personal insights regarding feminism — or
anything else. Despite her self-
proclaimed status as an 'artist of
the world, her ideas were platitudes,
and the phrases used to express
them unsuccessfully masked
We believe she should be charged
with first-degree murder of the
English tongue: using a medley of
hybrid words, convoluted
sentences, and pseudo-profundities
on tawdry adaptations of Zen
philosophy, her prose contorted the
language beyond all recognition.
Moreover her poems, of the
marshmallows-of-my-mind variety,
offered little in the way of
substance or originality.
Given that Morgan chose not to
establish a historical framework for
her lecture, at least she could have
addressed feminist concerns in contemporary art and literature. Doing
so, she might have.discussed definitions of feminist art/literature, why
there currently exists a need for
art/literature which is specifically
'feminist', and the complex relationship that exists between artistic
expression and political causes.
That she failed to address these or
any other concrete issues is evidenced by the lack of discussion during
the ensuing question period.
Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe Friday night's
speech as a sermon rather than a
lecture. Reciting the litanies of her
own extremist sect, Morgan preached an emotionally-based revolutionary stance, one which implied
replacing   the   current   unequal
distribution of power with another
equally unfair arrangement, in the
form of a matriarchy.
Instead of appealing to those present to broaden community support
for women's rights, Morgan advocated the position that feminism
remains the concern of women only, arguing against enlisting aid
from men, even the groups of gays
and artists commonly believed to be
more sympathetic. In fact, by directing her comments to women only,
Morgan chose to ignore the men in
the audience.
Indeed, Morgan could only reinforce the sort of prejudice which
makes the term 'feminism' sound
slightly suspect to many, conjuring
up images of irrational, almost bitchy haters of men. The evening
reflects the same harmful attitude
found earlier this year in a women's
studies class where the professor
confided her happiness that there
were no male students in the room;
and in the same shortsightedness of
other women's committee events
which fail to stimulate support of
the movement outside the numbers
of the already-converted.
Eve Wigod
arts 2
James Young
arts 4
A letter from the president
An open letter to Jon Gates:
It warms my heart to hear from students who
really care about what happens on this campus. It
impresses me when those concerned students have
amazing credentials like "10 years . . . in several of
the largest democratically run organizations in
I appreciate learning about "square one" from
such an individual, especially when that individual
is so well-informed. But before we go on to square
two, perhaps I should teach you about square zero.
In your letter you state that "several years ago
the students on this campus voted by referendum to
levy a building fee." Incorrect.
Several years ago (1964 to be exact), the students
passed a referendum to raise the general AMS fee
by $5. This $5 was applied to SUB. Note though
that this was part of the general fee which was diverted for use on SUB. A second $5 was currently
in our general fees and was diverted also. The final
$5 was then collected as caution money. This fund
was used for any projects (usually building projects) the students wanted to pursue. It was also applied to SUB.
Get the picture?
I will explain in extremely simple terms. The fee
mandate has not ended. It has not expired. It is
Your point, however, is well taken. If we no
longer have a specific project to apply these fees to,
why should we continue to collect these fees?
I can and will answer that question and at that
time I will do my best to show the rest of the students on this campus why I feel the fees should continue. But that is the subject of a lengthy and involved Perspectives which I will soon be composing.
Until that time, I would like you and all other
students to consider that question, because on
March 16 to 20, you will be asked to vote on whether you wish those fees to continue. It is a referendum that I firmly support because I do believe that
the students should be allowed to determine the
destiny of their AMS. That, Mr. Gates, is democracy.
Incidentally, Jon, let you think me a simpering,
weak-willed wimp, I extend an invitation to you
and all others to join the SUB users committee.
This committee will decide what students want to
see incorporated in the courtyard and plaza mall
projects, and will recommend to council whether
those projects should be pursued and brought to
referendum again.
The time has come for you to pull your foot out
of your mouth, take the knot out of your shorts
and dive head long into the activities with the rest of
us. We'd love to have you.
Marlea Haugen
AMS president
Boycott Blarney Stone
We are writing to you to protest the treatment we received at a popular
Gastown pub, The Blarney Stone, on Saturday, Feb. 21.
We arrived early in the evening, paying a cover charge of $3 each. A
group of friends joined us shortly, and sat at an adjacent table.
Service was surly to say the least, perhaps partly because checks were
generally paid individually. The waitress frequently rolled her eyes or stalked off in exasperation if she didn't receive a prompt response. Although we
put up with being treated like unruly children, we were made to feel uncomfortable and this couldn't help but put a damper on the evening.
At about 11 p.m., however, the manager approached us and stated that
there were people outside waiting to get in who would undoubtedly buy
more drinks than we did. She reprimanded us further by adding that we
hadn't had a drink for a half hour and had "missed two rounds!' We
could either buy more drinks in short or leave.
Needless to say, we were both offended and surprised by such treatment.
When we pursued the matter we were told that "it's simply good business
practice" and that "you don't understand." She implied that it was really
the adjacent table that she wanted to get rid of (which she succeeded in doing) and that "they knew who they were." Admittedly, our friends had
been enjoying themselves rather conspicuously, but this was entirely in
keeping with the spirit of the place. The band openly encouraged patrons to
"get well oiled" and to "bang your glasses on the table" etc.
We made it clear on Saturday night, and we maintain it now, that if
patrons of the Blarney Stone are expected to drink up or leave, they should
be told so-when they buy their tickets. It is not adequate to muscle
customers into leaving after they have occupied their seats for a couple of
hours. The fact that we were required to pay a cover charge should ordinarily entitle us to an evening of ice water if we so choose. It is beside the
point to maintain that "this is a business." Any business which offers services to its customers at a price should make the terms of the agreement
clear at the outset.
We urge readers not to patronize the Blarney Stone in light of their
heavy-handed treatment of its patrons. Any pub which alienates its
customers in this manner clearly needs a lesson in the meaning of the term
"good business."
Mary Macdonald
history 4
Reid Lester
economics 4 Tuesday, March 3,1981
Page 5
Nishgas fight for common good
Amax Corporation of the World is developing a
molybdenum mine at Kitsault, British Columbia. In
1979, under special Order in Council of the federal
cabinet, they were granted permission to dump tailings
into the ocean at Alice Arm.
This will involve dumping lead, zinc, nickel, cadmium and radium 226 directly into the waters of Alice
Arm over a period of the next 26 years. This exceeds by
8,000 times the amount permitted under federal law.
Permission for this dumping was granted without reference to parliament and without reference to public
On Jan. 12, 1979 the provincial cabinet granted a
pollution control permit to Amax for the same operation. This permission was also granted without
reference to the legislature and without public inquiry.
Neither the parliaments nor the public have anything
to say about this matter. Amax through its own studies
claims that by dumping the tailings into the deepest
part of the channel that they will come to rest and not
affect marine life in the channel. It remains difficult to
assess the evidence in that they have not released their
study to anyone.
Many people throughout Canada have been calling
on both governments to rescind their orders and to call
a public inquiry prior to the opening of the mine.
Neither government has yet responded to the call. The
Nishga has invited Amax to join them in a call for a
public inquiry. Amax responded by saying that the
dumping of the toxic tailing into Alice Arm was
perfectly safe.
For the Nishga the implications of this dumping
could be drastic on their lives. Much of their income
comes from fishing. Much of their diet is fish. They
fear the possibility of poisoning as these toxic metals
move along the food chain. They fear the loss of
resource which has sustained them for their whole
history. They fear the loss of culture and life.
The same questions are not only being raised by the
Nishga but also by many other people in B.C. Are we
to allow the possibility of the loss of an important
source of food to take place in this province because a
mining corporation has assured us that all they do will
be safe and we have nothing to fear?
The record of Amax in environmental issues appears
to be dubious. At the present time they face a number
of court cases in the United States over the issue of environmental damage. Are we to blindly accept that
their studies are sufficient for the people of this province?
This case also says something about the country in
which we live. Most of us would agree that we would
hope that in environmental issues that affect the life
and health of all that it would be a matter of course
that a public inquiry would be held.
Why is it still possible in this country that legislation
still exists which permits a few to make decisions for us
all without our knowledge and without our input? We
remain victims of secrecy and private interest groups
who can go beyond the law with a secret government
order. Will private interest groups, multi-national corporations continue to force their plans onto the rest of
us with careless abandonment for our welfare and the
welfare of people like the Nishga?
What is to be done? In the short run it would appear
that we must join with the Nishga and call both the
federal and the provincial governments to rescind the
Orders in Council and to create a public inquiry. In
this inquiry people must be called as witnesses and
must be permitted to bring in testimony regarding the
safety of this venture.
There is considerable evidence that Amax is wrong
and all of this evidence must be called for. Labor
groups, churches, environmental groups are already
involved in this process. Pressure must be brought to
bear on the Houses of Ottawa and Victoria.
Not far from the Amax mines on Alice Arm is
another body of ore which is located in the Alaska
panhandle and which has enormous deposits. This
mine is owned by Rio Tinto and it is proposed that the
tailing from this mine also be dumped into the ocean.
As a chaplain on this campus I belong to a group
called "Project North". This association supported by
national churches has for the past few years sought to
support Native groups in the north. The churches have
seen that the Gospel calls us to stand with the poor and
the powerless.
The peoples of the north have always insisted that
we have common concerns and that we must stand
together in solidarity. We have had to struggle to know
what this means. Too often churches have been paternalistic. This issue of a threatened environment calls us
to stand together with the Nishga.
Their lives are threatened by this mine. We discover
that our lives are threatened as well. We can stand in
solidarity over this issue. I call on students and faculty
to respond in all ways possible to insure a public inquiry.
Don Johnson is a chaplain from the Lutheran Campus Ministry. Perspectives is heavily backlogged column not for long open to members of the university
community. Only 11 issues left.
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Shefa Vegetarian Lunch
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Thursday, March 19,1981
at 12:30 in the Ballroom at the Centre
NOMINATIONS are now being accepted for thraa positions
on tha Board of Directors of tha Graduate Student Centre.
TWO ordinary members shall be elected for a term of one year
and ONE for a term of two years.
Nomination FORMS are available at the Centre office, until
Tuesday. March 17, 1981 at 4:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
SUB 207-209
Tuesday, March 3,1981
'Tween classes
Ganaral maating, noon, SUB 213.
Shrove Tuesday, with packs snd repentance, 6
p.m., followed by discussion, 7 p.m.. Lutheran
Campus Centra.
Information booth on tha German Democratic
Republic snd Dsnylo Shumuk, form letters available to sign, sH week, noon. SUB concourse.
Shefa lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Hisel House, behind Brock HsH.
Eucharist with Rev. Gaofge Hermanson, noon,
Lutheran Campus Centre.
Koerner Foundation special lectures: Judge Nancy Morrison spaaks on the impact of the
women's movement on contemporary culture,
noon, Buch. penthouse.
Critically important organizational meeting for all
members, please attend; it has just Dean discovered the executives are alien beings, noon, SUB
The Shock of the New: a PBS-TV documentary
which explores pop art, noon. Library Processing
H.E.. P.E. and F.S.
Nutrition information displays snd fitness testing, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUB concourse.
Bachelor of Fine Arts srt show, open week days
until March 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SUB art
Marine identifcation seminar, free slide show and
talk by marine biologist Rick Hsrbo everyone
welcome 7 30 p m    Law 201
H.E.. P.E. and F.S.
Nutrition information displays and fitness testing, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUB concourse.
Action B.C. computer nutrtion sssassment, 5 to
8 p.m., Gage reaidence.
Joyce MacKay speaks on nutrition and fitness,
noon, IRC 1.
Ascent of Man series: The ladder of creation,
about Darwin and Wallace and the theory of
evolution, noon, Library Processing 308.
Drop-in, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., SUB 215.
General meeting, noon, SUB 211.
Free salami lunch sponsored by B'nai B'rrth
woman, also special gueat Stan Urman from
Montreal, assistant national director, Canadian
Jewish Congress, noon, Hillel Houae, behind
Brock Hall.
Community feast, 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus
French conversational evening, 7:30 p.m.. International House, st gete 4.
Registration deadline for sailing regatta, War
Memorial Gym 203. Event occurs Saturday at
Jericho Beach, instruction available.
Dr. Swanson speaks on oral surgery, all members please attend noon, IRC 4.
Marine identificetion seminer, with free slide
show and talk by marine biologist Rick Harbo.
Everyone welcome, 7:30 p.m.. Law 201.
Cedar Dolby of the Weaver's Institute speaks
about what to do t'l1 your p""ce a"'ves noo"
SUB 212
Marvey MacKinnon from Oxfam speaks on the
situation in El Salvador, noon, Buch. 206.
General meeting, noon, SUB 230.
Videotape showing current reality of Chile, 11
s.m. to 2 p.m., SUB concourse.
Shefa lunch, 11 s.m. to 2 p.m., Hillel Houss behind Brock Had.
Lecture, 8 p.m., Vancouver Art Gallery.
The world win end at 7 p.m., 7:30 in Newfoundland, whh speaker George MeUone, noon,
Chem. 250.
Morie: the sacred world of the Mayas, noon. International Houaa 400.
Public meeting, noon, SUB 117. Office is in SUB
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
Important elections for executive for 1981-82
season, noon, SUB 206.
General meeting, noon, International House
Benefit Nicaragua reconstruction: music, bar,
food, $3 donation to help build a rural radio station, 8 p.m.. International House.
Speech on normalcy, all members must attend.
Library Processing building 206.
Ne*juspap8*r design g«minar 3 p.m. Ubvssev office in SUB 241k
Fitness and
Nothing funny here. Just some
real sensical information on
Wednesday from those kind folks in
home economics, phys ed and food
Starting at 11 a.m., there will be
nutrition information displays and
fitness testing in SUB. At noon in
IRC room 1, Joyce MacKay will
speak on nutrition and fitness. And
at 5 p.m. till 8 peeyem in Gage
Towers, these same kind folks will
provide a computer nutrition
assessment. (Dammit, I wrote a
whole hot flash without coming up
with a funny way to alter 'you are
what you eat.' Shit.)
Civic workers on strike? You
mean that you didn't notice the
piles of garbage around the city?
Oh, you thought that the garbage
was a new art form put out by drug-
crazed weirdos. Well anyways,
there is a rally at Vancouver city hall
today at noon to support the strikers. So if you are so inclined drop
by and show you can fight city hall
and win.
Vroo Mhumvk
Amnesty for Danylo Shumuk.
Whatl You don't know who Danylo
Shumuk is, and you got into UBC?
To satisfy your obviously over-
GeneS**}* I
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Hot flashes
whelming curiosity (after all, you
are still reading this), drop by the
Amnesty International booth in the
SUB concourse some time this
People there will tell you about
the prisoner of consciousness program, and give you information on
the German Democratic Republic.
You can also sign form letters, supporting Shumuk.
So drop by their booth. Because,
you know, not everybody can be
free like you and I.
Lay down
The plans have been all laid out.
It's designed by fate that if you wish
to learn the newspaper skill of layout and design, you should show
up in The Ubyssey office at 3 p.m.
Tom Hawthorn, the B.C. bureau
chief for Canadian University Press,
will limber up his phlegm ruler and
be there to give a seminar on that
very topic.
The Ubyssey office can be found
in SUB 241k, the northwest corner
of the building. The seminar is open
to ali.
In fact, students who don't show
up and complain later will have their
faces laid out on the ground.
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Thurs., Sun. 7:00; Fri., Sat. 7:00 Er 9:00
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Faculty Club
6:00 p.m.-1:a.m. — $12/person
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Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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March 4 Room 206 SUB 8:00 p.m.
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Page 7
'Bird droppings
UBC's athletic endeavours for
the year are winding down, with
most teams either resting up for the
national finals or else eliminated
from Canada West play.
The Thunderbird basketball team
ended their season this weekend by
splitting a pair of games with the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. Friday night UBC managed to easily defeat a disinterested
Pronghorn team by a score of
92-78, while on Saturday the Pronghorns overcame a 47-36 UBC
lead at halftime to take the game
81-80. Both teams were already
eliminated from the Canada West
*   •   •
After finishing the season at the
bottom of the league, 'Birds hockey
coach Bert Halliwell has decided to
pack it in. Word from the athletic
office has it that a decision on a
replacement will not be announced
I used to write
coherently in full
sentences, with no
grammatical errors,
and I never
misquoted anyone.
Then I joined
The Ubyssey. My life
will never be
the same.
— Bert Smegg
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* •   •
The Thunderette curling team
managed a tie for second place with
the University of Lethbridge at the
Canada West playoffs held in
Lethbridge last weekend. First place
went to the University of Saskatchewan Huskiettes, while the
University of Victoria came third.
* •   •
UBC's Cathy Bultitude was the
only Thunderette basketball player
named to a Canada West All-Star
team last weekend in Victoria.
Bultitude, the sixth highest scorer in
the league, was named to the second
all-star team.
* •   *
The Thunderbird rugby team
returned unbeaten from a four-
game California tour Friday after
decimating teams from the newly-
formed West Coast Universities
UBC started off the tour by completely humiliating the previously
undefeated Stanford squad 37-0.
They went on to defeat UC-Santa
Barbara 28-3, UCLA 30-11 and
UC-Berkeley 9-3.
According to coach Donn
Spence, "it was our team play that
did it." Team play is regarded as
the key to consistently winning
rugby and UBC has it down to a
science, he said.
•   *   •
Morton Shnur, the world famous
tiddlywink champion, visits UBC
Thursday to speak on thumb exercises.
The Scotland born twice winner
of the grand tour tiddlywink championship will also try and establish a
North American university league.
He concedes the sport is rather
obscure, but is a fantastic event for
spectators, especially university
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We're not only happy to see a bright idea get rolling;
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But it's important to get our acts together now.
March 16th is the final submission date for projects under
the Summer Canada '81 program. So if you and your
sponsor are already on track, don't let your project get
stalled by a late application.
For projects accepted, we'll put up salary contributions equal to the provincial minimum wage. And up to
$35 overhead, per person, per week.
So make sure your sponsor sends in that application
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Tuesday, March 3,1981
PIRG builds framework
- gord wisba photo
OMINOUS SHADOW of Huey gunship menaces first robin of spring as it
gambols through sylvan sunshine. Robin told photog it didn't feel safe in
today's society. "Don't shoot?' it cried.
It is hoped that any bad feelings will soon be PIRG-
The Public Interest Research Group organizing club
at UBC approved in principle a framework for a constitution Monday night after a gruelling four hour
meeting. Club officials say they hope the framework
will clear up any questions or anxieties students may
have about the group.
PIRG spokesperson Carol Riviere said the group
now wants student input into the constitution before it
is finalized. She said she expects the constitution to be
accessible to students before a referendum to fund the
group goes before students Mar. 16 to 20.
At the meeting the organizing club settled several
controversial items, according to Riviere. Most
notably, a formula for how much representation
each B.C. university would have on the board of directors was decided.
Every campus in the province which chooses by
referendum to join B.C. PIRG will have at least one
elected representative on the board. Campuses with
between 2,500 and 5,000 students will get two direc
tors, and one more director will be added for every
5,000 students on campus.
Riviere said the framework must also be approved
by PIRG organizers at Simon Fraser University.
She said the framework approved at UBC allows for
a lot of autonomy on local campuses in the area of
organization. For instance, she said the method for
electing representatives to the board of directors and
the mechanism to refund students who do not wish to
help fund the group will be decided locally.
"Things like that have to be done on an individual
basis," she said.
The PIRG organizing club at UBC has not yet decided how elections and refunds will be handled, but
Riviere said the group is looking for student input.
PIRGs are an idea developed by consumer advocate
Ralph Nader. They are designed to provide students
with a mechanism to research consumer, worker, environmental and student issues. One project of the
local group is to establish a research centre for
The group is to be run on a province-wide basis by
democratically elected directors.
Ubyssey fails to explain why Godiva is wrong
Far be it from me to tell you how
to cover engineering week. We just
had a mob of a hundred engineers
storm up to our office, bang on the
door for 20 minutes, tear hundreds
of papers up and demand their
money back.
This violent turn against us is
directly related to our engineering
week coverage, but that's another
story. As human rights coordinator, I'd like to comment on
I had some problems with the picture of the Godiva ride in your
Jan. 22 issue. I can see your reasons
for running it, that you can't ignore
such a major event on campus, and
that you are not sympathetic to
their cause is evident from the cutting cutline. And indeed, the accompanying news story presents
both sides fairly.
However, nowhere is there an
editorial comment or explanation as
to why the ride is still sexist
"despite the fact that about 50 male
engineers   wore   no   trousers   or
underwear ..."
So, just in case it hasn't been explained to you, I will give you the
reasons why I think it is sexist.
The woman on the horse is still
singled out from the crowd and is
on display for her physical beauty.
The 50 men marching with their
members hanging out are not to be
judged. It just makes more explicit
the fraternal bonding which occurs
and in which no woman can par
ticipate on an equal basis.
The woman is being objectified
— she is being looked upon as a
'thing? not a human. This serves to
to all women as merely trophies for
I could go on to explain how this
furthers the division of roles in our
society, polarizing people according
to sex, granting the power to men,
who use it to "keep women in their
place," but I'll keep it short.
I guess I would have liked to have
seen an analysis of that sort along
with the Godiva ride to balance it
off and provide food for thought.
All the picture does now is make the
ride accessible to those who missed
Otherwise I've been really pleased with your paper in terms of sexist
and racist content — there is very
little.   I   commend  you   on  your
features concerning women's
issues, Julie's feature on women in
the universities was valuable, as
was Lori Thicke's background on
the goddesses.
As well it's good to see a paper
using terms like chairperson instead
of chairman — many papers refuse
to do this.
nina miller
WRCUP human rights
Gather for tales of oppression and torture
It is almost a joke to talk about
human rights these days, but the
joke is a grim one. An excerpt from
Amnesty International's latest
bulletin tells part of the story:
"They (30 Chileans) were held in
secret detention centres for five
days and were reported to have
been brutally tortured by being kept
hanging by the feet for hours; by
being taken outdoors and having
their naked bodies hosed with jets
of icy water (it was winter in Chile);
Right to cross line
Your editorial of Tuesday, Feb.
24 stated that picket lines should be
respected, regardless of the issues
involved or the way in which the
protest is carried out. I disagree.
Strikes and pickets are not good
by themselves, because they disrupt
people's lives. They are only worthwhile if they achieve something of
value, or change unfair practices.
Strikers set up pickets to register
their protest.
But by the same token, if citizens
feel that the power of unions is being misused, they have a similar
right to protest, by crossing the line.
The right to decide for oneself is a
fundamental human right. We cannot forfeit our responsibility to
think, because a protest is approved
by a registered union.
Unions have achieved a lot. But I
wonder, when the TWU strike is
over, will anything have really
changed? If the union is pressing
for human rights for their workers,
or for greater worker control of the
company, I haven't heard of it.
If the employees gain more benefits or higher wages, that's fine, I'll
The Ubyssey welcomes letters
from all readers.
Although an effort is made to
publish all letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity, legality and taste.
Neatness counts.
listen to their protest, but I shan't
rearrange my life each time a contract negotiation breaks down.
Quality of life is what's important, not only higher wages. When
unions start holding out for some
real changes, they have my full support, but until then, I reserve the
right to draw my own lines.
Sylvia Berryman
by being punched and kicked. Some
were said to have been forced to
swallow human excrement and
Certainly human rights are in a
pitiful state when children are tortured before their parents; when
over 8,000 people "disappeared" in
El Salvador in the past year; when
people are held for months,
sometimes years, without trial;
when the Soviet authorities crack
down on the Helsinki monitors . . .
The university community should
particularly sympathize with what is
happening to students and
academics elsewhere in the world.
For instance, in Benin, Africa, at
least 30 students are being held
without legal redress, while only
this month 20 faculty members of
the National University in El
Salvador were taken by armed
Intellectuals are not, however,
the only ones who suffer repression.
Trade   unionists,   the   present
population of a country,
housewives — all are potential victims, whether through torture,
detention, or permanent removal.
Since 1961 Amnesty International, a world-wide organization,
has documented many such instances of human rights violations.
Their number is appalling.
In an effort to increase campus
awareness of the world human
rights situation, Amnesty UBC, one
of the many AI groups throughout
the world, is holding a public
discussion on human rights. We ask
both students and faculty members
to come and participate.
Two professors teaching at UBC,
Harold Kasinsky and Boydan
Czaykowski, will speak on Scientists and Human Rights and Human
Rights in Eastern Europe respectively. Afterwards there will be an
informal discussion of whatevr
issues are raised.
The forum will take place on Friday, Mar. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in
Buchanan Lounge (down the hall
from Buch. 207). Alcoholic
refreshments will be available.
In the meantime, consider that in
many countries today such an
assembly would be forbidden and
labeled "subersive."
Alice Kim
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Dialogues on Development
Thursday, March 5
Session 8 of a nine-part series on some of the issues of development.
Fee: $1.00 per session
Speakers: The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs will give a presentation on
the native position with respect to the New Canadian Constitution
Upper Lounge — 7:30 p.m.


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