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Array Students slam AMS surplus
By NANCY CAMPBELL
The Alma Mater Society's anticipated surplus of $200,000 is not
only embarrasing but humiliating
and the AMS should start giving
some of it back to the students,
charged a student council member
Wednesday.
Until a final audit for the 1979-80
operating year is received by the
AMS, the exact amount of the
surplus will not be known, but according to figures in a report issued
by AMS finance director Len
Clarke, the surplus will be approximately $200,000.
Most of the surplus is due to excess revenue, Clarke said, but he
would not comment about the size
of the surplus.
"It's excess revenue because its
more than anticipated. That's what
I think about it," he said Wednesday.
But several council and AMS ex
ecutives have more to say than
Clarke.
"Two hundred thousand dollars
is humiliating, not even embarrassing, especially as it's the second
year in a row we've had an unconscionable profit," arts representative
Brian Roach said Wednesday.
"Two years ago we were telling
students we didn't have enough
money.
"It does seem absolutely amazing
that the surplus is as large as seems
to be projected. If it really is that
large we've been ripping off the
students and we should start givng
some of it back.
"Lowering the prices in the Pit
would be a start — we've been
heavily attacked for that already."
"There's concern on everybody's
part that there is that much of a
surplus," said AMS vice president
Marlea Haugen. "There really
hasn't been much comment about it
so far but there will be at the next
council meeting, I'm sure."
"I'm not surprised at the surplus,
I knew about it for several months,
but I am surprised at the size of it,"
said student senator Alida Moonen.
"I think a fair amount of discussion
will come out — it's a fair amount
of money."
"The great emphasis they (the
AMS) place on making profits at
UBC is misguided and totally out of
hand," social work representative
Marty Lund charged. "I hope this
surplus is put into services for
students rather than building more
monuments to the egos of certain
executives."
Until the final audit is received
and decisions are made the money
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will be invested in short term
deposits, Clarke said.
"The AMS couldn't tell if there
was a surplus until March because
there were no reports on actual expenditures compared to budgets until the audit was done," he said.
"It was poor practice not to have
the reports," he added.
Clarke has now requested clubs
to submit their figures so semiannual financial statements can be
kept to monitor the cash flow.
"The new procedure's intent is to
free up unanticipated money on
projects," he said. "I've already
taken advantage of the small enrollment increase this year for the
budget."
Some executives apparently knew
that a large surplus was coming, but
the actual figures caught them and
student council members by surprise.
See page 2: AMS
New retreat
fer fresh set
—(tovM rotMrtson photo
"LETS SEA what's happening in this burg. There's lots of new wave concerts, but then agan, we could probably
clean up at the boat races. I'd rudder be sailing, but now we're marooned in this port we may as well be on the
look-out for what's going down. Just as long as we don't make a Korea out of it."
AMS bargains over alcove
Student council's refusal to lease
the eastern alcove of SUB proved
to be a successful bargaining tool
against the administration, Alma
Mater Society vice-president Marlea
Haugen said Wednesday.
The administration wants to lease
the alcove from the AMS for cafeteria renovations, but at its last
meeting council decided not to lease
it until the administration insured
students have adequate dance
space.
Administration vice-president
Erich Vogt said Wednesday he
reached an agreement last week
with the physical education department to allow students to book the
Armories for functions.
As a result, Haugen said she will
urge council to drop riders on its
previous decision which state the
AMS will not lease the alcove until
food services agrees to allow dances
in the cafeteria once it is renovated.
Haugen said students will no
longer have to use the cafeteria for
dances because the Armories will
meet the demand.
But she pointed out the lease of
the alcove is still under negotiation
and "there are certain functions besides dances, such as banquets,
which are better served in the cafe
teria than in the Armories. We will
have to negotiate this."
Vogt denied that council's control of the alcove gives it bargaining
power over the administration.
"The renovations are going
ahead whether they lease us the
space or not," he said.
But food service director Christine Sampson said, "we would
ideally like to have that alcove for
seating."
She said council's demands for
making the renovated cafeteria
available for student dances is a
poor idea.
"We don't feel that a newly renovated cafeteria would act as both a
place to eat and a beer hall for a
thousand people to dance in," she
said. "You cannot have both and
maintain the same high standards
that I hope students would wish to
have."
Council's vote to deny leasing the
alcove to use as a bargaining tool
has created conflict among the
AMS executive.
"Quite frankly, I disagree with
using the alcove as a negotiating
tool. It shouldn't be used as a threat
over their heads," said AMS president Bruce Armstrong.
Haugen disagreed, saying, "he's
wrong because that's the only way
we're going to get action out of this
thing."
She added, "we want a written
commitment that we can use the Armories for social functions."
By MARK LEIREN-YOUNG
It may be a bit late, but the frosh
retreat for orienting first year students will be held at last.
The student affairs committee of
the alumni association will hold the
retreat in order to increase the involvement of first year students in
student affairs but only 80 students
will be able to attend, Alma Mater
Society vice-president Marlea Haugen said Wednesday.
"We will be sending letters to
clubs and undergraduate societies
asking the groups to name two or
more first year students who they
think would be interested in attending," Haugen said.
A major problem with the retreat
is that it will primarily preach to the
converted (first year students already involved in student affairs),
Haugen said.
The retreat was originally scheduled to be held at Camp Elphinstone over the Thanksgiving weekend but was cancelled due to controversy over the location and lack
of student support.
"When we were planning to hold
it in October, we invited the general
population of students. What we
are doing now is zeroing in on the
students who have already gotten
involved," said Haugen.
"The frosh retreat will be basic
information and more like a mini
leadership conference. We'll try to
teach them (the first year students)
how to better serve their clubs and
groups," she added.
The retreat will take place Jan.
24, and will be held at the Cecil
Green House, SUB and Grad Centre, Haugen said.
Haugen said it was regrettable a
ceiling had to be placed on the number of students who could attend.
"The places we have just won't
hold any more than 80 people.
There's also a 'right size' for a manageable group. Any larger than that
and you're losing more than you're
gaining," Haugen said.
Registration for the retreat will be
on a first come, first served basis
and there will be public invitations
advertised in The Ubyssey. But the
ads won't be printed until January,
so people in clubs will probably
know about it sooner, Haugen said.
"This will be the thing that will
replace (Camp) Elphinstone for this
year, only because we were unable
to make Elphinstone happen. We
don't expect that it will do the job
that Elphinstone would do but it
will keep people's interest up,"
Haugen said.
Future frosh retreats will be held
at Camp Elphinstone, so this one is
primarily for continuity, she said.
"We had a lot of critics who
wanted us to hold the retreat on
campus and this is their opportunity
to give us a hand and to ask to be
invited to see what goes on," Haugen said.
Douglas joins foe fight
By DAN HILBORN
Special to The Ubyssey
The Douglas College student society is distributing a
petition supporting an anti-tuition fee increase campaign on all nine of the college's campuses.
Society president Kevin Hallgate says he is hopeful
75 per cent of the college's 6,500 students will sign the
petition.
"If we can reach the people I think we can, 75 per
cent is a realistic number," Hallgate said.
But New Westminster campus chair Bill Carvell said
it is hard to say how many students will sign the petition. "We'll have to stick it under their noses," he
said.
If the recommendations made in a report for the
education ministry are followed, then Douglas
students could face a 32 per cent higher tuition bill next
year.
Hallgate said the petition is only part of the
background needed to make a presentation to the col
lege's administrators. A student tuition committee has
been struck but has yet to meet.
Last week society treasurer Ron Burnstad made
council's first protest against any tuition increase to
the college management committee.
Carvell said raising tuition at Douglas will make it
harder for students who can barely afford this year's
fees to go to college.
Meanwhile, students at Capilano College continue
to fight the ministry proposal which could result in an
83 per cent tuition hike at the North Vancouver college.
Over one third of the students signed a petition two
weeks ago protesting the fee increase and $700,000
funding cutback slated for next year.
Council members and the B.C. Students Federation
have called the ministry's proposal a direct attack on
the autonomy of college boards to control tuition fees.
B.C. colleges are now working on a province wide
campaign to oppose the increase. Page 2
THE   UBYSSEY
Thursday, November 27,1960
AMS budget 'ignored'
From page 1
"There's been no talk in council
that the surplus would be that big,"
Roach said. A memo from AMS
administration director Craig
Brooks telling clubs and societies
that more funds were available
should they wish to use them was
the first indication the AMS was
heading towards a profit, he said.
Roach slammed the accounting
procedures which allowed the
surplus to happen.
Lund felt the budget committee
was particularly at fault. "The
budget committee should be more
active in keeping in touch with
budget affairs," he said.
"They spend their time going
over everyone else's budget with a
fine tooth comb, but ignore the
AMS budget."
All of the students interviewed
agreed that the surplus funds
should be put towards more student
services, but some wanted to see
capital projects included in the use
of the funds.
But several students disagreed.
"The main objects of the new
projects (including the south side
centre pub and SUB renovations) is
to generate more revenue," Lund
said. "The attachment to profits
leads the AMS off into directions
not serving students' needs."
Oops
In 'Women are still facing barriers to legal career' in The Ubyssey
Nov. 21, the statement "Women
still face an uphill battle when they
enter the legal profession" is attributed to law admissions advisor
Elaine Makaroff.
The statement was actually made
by Helen Pinsky during the panel
discussion reported on. Yet another
reporter has been taken outside and
shot.
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the candidate is applying. Thursday, November 27,1980
THE    UBYSSEY
Page 3
Editor censured for sexist ads
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Despite
violation of his newspaper's bylaws
by allowing sexist material into the
paper, Andrew Coyne, editor of
the University of Manitoba student
newspaper, the Manitoban, will not
be removed from his position.
In an open meeting Tuesday, the
Manitoban's publishing board
decided it had no business firing a
Manitoban editor, and narrowly
voted not to fire Coyne.
The publishing board, however,
did vote to censure Coyne for
allowing the sexist material into the
paper.
Immediately after the publishing
board meeting, Jim Egan, president
of the U of M student union, vowed
to try and disband the publishing
board.
He said the publishing board had
become ineffective in monitoring
the Manitoban.
Prior to the publishing board
meeting, the student union executive unanimously passed a
resolution suggesting the publishing
board fire Coyne.
The publishing board consists of
three Manitoban appointees, three
student union appointees, and three
people mutually acceptable to the
student union and the newspaper.
They voted five to four not to fire
Coyne.
A motion to dismiss Coyne came
before the publishing board after
Coyne re-inserted three sexist
messages into the paper's personal
messages column They had
previously been removed by the
editor responsible for the 'messaging' column.
The messages were in violation of
the Manitoban bylaw stating the
newspaper will not print sexist or
racist material.
One of the messages parodied the
"Campus Crusade for Christ,"
with reference to female genitalia.
Manitoban staff, at a meeting
Nov. 21, decided Coyne intentionally violated the newspaper
bylaw and voted to censure him.
Editors are fired if they are censured twice.
The staff also reaffirmed Coyne
as its editor at the same meeting. In
addition, it voted to continue the
policy of not running sexist and
racist material.
Frank Goldspink, one of the
mutally agreeable members of the
Index loans and
aid, not tuition'
By MAGGIE MOONEY
Education is in danger of being
priced out of accessibility, a member of the standing committee on
tuition fees and student aid warned
Wednesday.
Brad Stock said the UBC board
of governors policy of indexing tuition fees to 10 per cent of the university's operating budget could
lead to annual fee increases which
will decrease university accessibility.
Stock was arguing the con side of
the last debate of Supermouth '80:
that tuition fees should be indexed.
Sylvia Barryman of the debating
society argued in favor of indexing
the fees because the costs of running a university increase every
year.
To ensure potential students
maximum access to a university education, Barryman proposed that
Canada student loans and salaries
should be indexed to the consumer
price index.
Nigel Brownlow, student council
science representative and member
of the tuition fee committee, disagreed with Barryman's proposal.
"Students shouldn't be forced to
go into debt through loans," he
said.
He added that the board's present policy is unfair because when
the university receives a grant from
the government,operating costs are
boosted and fees are increased.
Russ Selinger of the debating
society said one advantage of indexing tuition is that it removes fee
hikes from the administration's
control.
He said increases should be set at
a fixed rate and not subject to the
whims of the board.
The board's current indexing
policy has already led to a 13 per
cent fee increase for next year.
Student council opposed the
hike, but was unprepared to
seriously fight the indexing policy.
As a result, external affairs coordinator Al Soltis pushed for student
council to establish the standing
committee on tuition fees and student aid.
So far the committee has attracted seven members, although
only two are council members. It
has undertaken several projects, including  the   Supermouth  debate.
'Mistake' costs $13,000
Alma Mater Society general man*
ager Bern Grady confirmed Wednesday that the society paid $13,236
owed to the provincial government
for back taxes.
The AMS was audited during the
summer by the B.C. sales tax department and was told it had
broken the law for more than seven
years by not charging sales tax on
goods sold through undergraduate
societies and clubs.
The AMS had been paying sales
tax on merchandise sold through
the Pit and concessions stand.
"The auditor concluded that we
had made an honest mistake," said
AMS finance director Len Clarke.
Instead of paying taxes owed for
the past seven years, the AMS paid
only for the last three years, and
two were pro-rated on the basis of
the 1979 audit, he said.
"Basically we had to pay the tax
on the difference between the price
the goods were bought at and the
price they were sold for," Clarke
said.
Instead of charging each group
for the taxes it owed, the AMS paid
the assessment.
"We didn't bother doing a breakdown on which clubs owed how
much," Clarke said. "The AMS
paid on behalf of those who owed
taxes."
Clubs and undergraduate societies must now charge four per cent
sales tax on all goods sold, and buy
their merchandise tax exempt.
The problem arose when the provincial government redefined the
last point of sale for sales tax purposes.
publishing board, said the
publishing board should not violate
the newspaper's autonomy by overruling the staff decision to keep
Coyne as editor.
Coyne said at the publishing
board meeting he found the
messages "personally repugnant,
repulsive, sexist, obscene,
derogatory, and many other adjectives you want to use." He said he
was sorry for offending anyone, but
had reasons for publishing them.
"I think it's been demonstrated
by events in the larger world that
the fastest way to combat an attitude, the most effective way, is to
expose that attitude to argument,
public denouncement, ridicule and
the like," Coyne said.
It would open "a very dangerous
discretionary door by saying the
editor of the paper . . . can say
'your argument has no validity to it
. . . you're not trying to make any
point there, therefore you are not
going to be heard,' " he said.
Representatives of women's
groups in Winnipeg countered
Coyne's argument, saying the
messages contravened basic human
rights and should not be accepted
by any publication.
—louts monatvilaa photo
DEATH AINT EASY for UBC vampires. Damned janitors make things uncomfortable for campus living-dead by
insisting on sweeping up earth necessary for good day's sleep. This vampire tried beating system by constantly
carrying duffel bag of dirt from native land. Unfortunately, campus cowboys confiscated bag on grounds it is illegal immigrit. Whole vault of troubled vampires was discovered by Alma Mater Society president Bruce Armstrong when he investigated underground area between SUB and aquatic centre for proposed SUB renovations.
Students going bankrupt
EDMONTON (CUP) — The
University of Alberta students' union is teetering on the brink of
bankruptcy.
And SU officials are pulling out
the stops to resolve the situation.
The university has been acting as
the SU's banker, giving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in
credit to keep them solvent despite
mounting losses on SU business op-
Shakin' all over
(ZNS) — This Christmas women all over North America could be
unplugging the Christmas tree and plugging in their "Musical Vibrating
Panties."
This year's "open me first gift" is a special line of underwear that
pulsates to the beat of recorded music.
According to Oui magazine, the panties plug into your stereo, and then
move to the beat of any kind of music, from rock to classical.
ei at ions. But according to SU president Nolan Astley, the university
has suggested it may not be willing
to carry the SU debt load much
longer.
The SU overdraft with the university rose from $430,000 at the
end of March to over $600,000 by
the beginning of September. Despite receiving $340,000 in student
fees since then, the overdraft has
only been reduced to $400,000.
The university has told the SU to
repay the debt by August 1981, but
Astley doesn't consider this enough
time, especially since the SU traditionally loses enormous amounts of
money during the summer.
The SU has frozen all capital
spending, shut down the music
listening room, and reduced inventories at the record store, but more
drastic action is being contemplated.
One possible action is to close
one of the student pubs, Fridays,
probably the only bar in the city
which manages to lose money.
The biggest difficulty in gearing
down is that the SU is tied into a
union contract that doesn't allow it
to lay off full time employees indiscriminately.
"The union is not exactly being
cooperative," said SU finance vice-
president Pat Haws.
If the university decides to call its
loan, the SU will either have to seek
an outside loan or pay off its debts.
But "rather than pushing us off,
the university would probably step
in gradually," said Haws.
"I don't really like to think about
such a possibility," she added. Page 4
THE   UBYSSEY
Thursday, November 27,1980
How and why
Most student governments in Canada are in desperate financial
straits. The University of Alberta student society is facing bankruptcy after going in debt to the tune of $400,000.
But the Socreds on the second floor of SUB are awash in
money. Besides having more reserve funds than any Alma Mater
Society executive can keep track of, they have annual surpluses of
$200,000 a year.
How did all this happen? Well, a couple of years back the AMS,
pleading poverty, went to the students with a fee referendum. An
intramurals fee was passed, relieving the AMS of the cost of the intramurals program, as well as a general increase in AMS fees. Before a cent was collected, the AMS announced a $70,000 surplus
for that year because of budget trimming.
The next year everyone looked forward to all the new services
and budget increases the AMS could then provide. The money
never came. Continuing to plead poverty and practise austerity, the
AMS again put together another whopping surplus.
This year the austerity program continued, with the women's
committee budget being slashed, the external affairs office trimmed and publications cut back $10,000. Again, substantial increases
for clubs, service organizations and societies never arrived. Thus,
$200,000 worth of students' money that never reached the
students.
Instead of getting more services we are asked to reach down and
provide the AMS with even more money for building projects, such
as increased commercial retail space and bars. Getting back to the
U of A, we see that what drove them to bankruptcy was building
projects. There was a residence and, um, commercial retail space
and, er, student pubs. All lost money.
We can only stand and look on in amazement as our AMS piles
up our money, then tries to spend it in the least advantageous way
— all in the name of good business.
Third world students, poor
lose in Acadia development
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THE UBYSSEY
November 27,1980
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout tha
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 tha university administration. Member, Canadian
University Press. Tha Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weakly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office ia in
room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
"What would you do with an extra $200,000?" Hassock Chang muaad amid the wreckage of a term's
work. "Buy sn snlsrger for the darkroom," choruaed Eric Eggertson, David Robertson, Stuart Davia
and Louis Monstivilas. "Buy a real car," said Nancy Campbell. "Put h in the beer and banquet fund,"
said Mark Leiren-Young and Ame Hermann. Brad Clarkson suggested an umbrella for the Sedgewick
skylights. Everyone knew what Verne McDonald would do with it. "I think I'd hire another reporter like
Maggie Mooney," said Glen Senford. But everyone knows no ons on the newspaper gets paid, so they
opted instead to buy stock in ALMaSoc Corp, and live off the dividends of one of the highest profit
performers not on the exchange.
^i
After having given away hundreds of acres of land to upper class
and upper-middle class residents of
the University Endowment Lands,
the university now finds that it
owns two square blocks of land
where low income people live.
Of course, the only logical solution is to build condominiums and
hotels there. Then there will be no
low income housing available to
poor and third world university
students.
A student with a family coming
to UBC finds that we receive the
same amount in grants as single
students, no extra allotment is given
for children or spouses. Foreign
students are ineligible for most
grants anyway and their spouses are
not allowed to work in Canada.
In the huts you will find foreign
students, often being supported
from third world countries, single
parent families, and mature
students with families who by
choice and by economic necessity
live an ecological lifestyle. Surely
this is an expendable group.
What is the possible advantage to
Canada for poor students with
families to receive a higher education compared with the advantage
of a hotel or condominiums for
professors?
I can assure you that I and my
East Indian neighbors find the
pseudo-country club environment
of the "townhouses", built on a
swamp, lined with plastic, infested
with cockroaches, at three times the
rent of a hut, and unserviceable to
families with more than two
children, totally revolting.
Perhaps we could afford to move
our whole family into one roon of
the dorm. Or maybe the residents of
the spacious, underused luxury
houses on the endowment lands will
decide to make places in their
homes for poor student families in a
city with a zero vacancy rate.
Mrs. Ken Wing
Acadia not a slum
I agree that Mike Davis is not to
be trusted with any student housing
real estate because he seems bent on
creating 'Mike Davis Estates' , but
I object to some aspects of the recent articles on the future of Acadia
Camp.
First of all, my charming two-
bedroom house is not slum material
and neither are my neighbours.
Talk like that will only encourage
No use saving trees
What's all the fuss about the
possibility of tearing down trees
and widening University Boulevard
in order to put a trolley line into the
university?
It is very apparent that the Urban
Transit Authority's policy is to
discourage ridership anyway,
especially among those who can't
afford to own cars — witness the
service cutbacks in the West End affecting senior citizens — and those
to the University — ever waited for
a bus at 5 p.m. in the pouring rain?
I suggest we only let the UTA go
ahead with its plan to put trolley
lines in if they promise more and
better service. Otherwise forget it.
We'll have the least used set of
trolley lines in the city — perhaps
we can run climbing plants over
them or build bird-nests on them to
beautify the Boulevard.
Neil Armstrong
AUCE1
the university to do away with these
places, rather than just letting the
university bulldoze on.
I for one would be hardpressed to
manage financially anywhere else;
I'm a single parent with three small
children getting through school on
student loans and bursaries.
Finances aside, I like this place
because it has more character and
because I like the setting better than
that in Acadia Park where the
townhouses are.
When I moved in here, I thought
it was wonderful that I could get
such a nice little place for so little
and get through school with that
much less pressure. Let's get real
about whom this university is supposed to serve.
Nora Harrison
arts 4
Christmas Is Just around the corner, as is that time when The
Ubyssey staff, Jaded by high living,
downs tools and publishes the last
issue of 1980.
After Friday's issue, the only
publication day left will be Dec. 5.
Those wishing to submit letters are
reminded that it will be their last
chance to submit correspondence
for publication before next year.
Letters for that issue should be
typewritten and must be in to The
Ubyssey office by noon Wednesday. Letters for tomorrow's issue
may be accepted until 2 p.m. today.
Letters may be edited for legality,
brevity, blah, blah, blah.
Write now. Thursday, November 27,1980
THE   UBYSSEY
Page 5
Meet the new boss — voters fooled again
Within five days of Vancouver's civic election it was
apparent that one spendthrift administration had been
replaced by yet another.
Harcourt in his campaign had promised to prevent
the city from falling to a plague of NPA white
elephants. Now he has made an abrupt about face.
The $84,000,000 trade and convention centre that
helped to defeat Volrich will remain intact. And
Transpo '86, the disaster that wasn't to be if Harcourt
got elected, will probably be dumped on us after all.
Why such a rapid departure from a popular platform? The mayor-elect apparently became an overnight convert to the faith that increased trade will be
the salvation Vancouver and its B.C. hinterland.
But does he realize that B.C. is ill-equipped for further participation in the cut-throat arena of international trade? At the present time we are handling our
affairs with all the proficiency of a mark in a fixed card
game. Without a good hand to play we will forever be
taken to the cleaners by such trading 'partners' as
Japan.
Therefore it is obvious that we must stop the massive
inefficiencies of our economy before even hoping to
compete against other countries. The give-away of our
natural resources must end. Higher royalties are not
good enough, since a better welfare system does not
reduce economic problems, it just makes them a little
less unacceptable.
No industrialized nation would tolerate our level of
unemployment. In any other land this great reservoir
of manpower could be used to develop a strong
manufacturing sector. With an all B.C. industrial
policy we could simultaneously bring the unemployment rate below one per cent and reduce our
dependence upon foreign manufactured goods.
Apparently the governments of Vancouver and B.C.
have never realized that inflation, unemployment and
a narrow economic base all feed off of one another.
The legislature (government and opposition) is too
concerned with being the "world supplier" of coal,
timber and other natural resources to bother about the
real needs of our people.
We need true leaders, not liberal internationalists in
ivory towers who fantasize about doing good.
With the present'government and its official alternative, our vulnerability to unequal trade can only increase. Such senseless policies as the proposed multi-
million dollar subsidy on north-eastern coal shipments
to Japaji can only be added to. Other nations will continue to enrich themselves upon our birthright, while
we are left with a welfare state and all the environmental, social and economic debts to pay.
Therefore, multi-million dollar trade centers and
world fairs are ludicrous ideas for Vancouver. B.C.
doesn't have the capability to make proper use of such
facilities. They will only become extra tax burdens for
us and future generations to bear.
James C. Burdon
science 3
An exclusive offer
We can solve the problems
Ralph Nader, renowned advocate
of consumer and civil rights, spoke
at UBC on Friday. He urged
students to fight the idea that today's civil problems are out of our
control.
On campus we hear students saying that there are no problems that
we can fight like there were in the
'60s. The problems facing citizens
today are perhaps not as dramatic
as the Vietnam war, but then again
let's look at the situation.
There are environmental problems such as oil spills, military
problems such as the Trident base,
and consumer problems where
harmful, even toxic products are
allowed on the market.
Nader is trying to get a Public Interest Research Group started on
campus. The beauty of PJRG's is
that they have none of the
ideological problems that exist
within political groups.
We 're all partners
In light of the report of last
Wednesday's council meeting (titled
"AMS reneges on renovations") in
The Ubyssey Nov. 21, I would like
to make a few timely statements.
First, I would like to thank administration vice president Vogt
and student board of governors
representative Dickinson for all the
assistance they provided in obtaining permission to use War
Memorial Gym for concerts. Considering the co-operation we received from Dr. Vogt, I am confident
an arrangement can be made that
will not only permit the SUP
cafeteria to be renovated and
enlarged, but also allow for its occasional use by students as an alternative   location   for   dances   (to
relieve the demand on the overbooked ballroom).
Second, the students, faculty, administration and various other ancillary university services are all
partners; together responsible for
the smooth operation of the campus. Co-operation is the way to
decide upon a mutually beneficial
renovation for the SUB cafeteria,
not confrontation predicated by
quotes taken out of the context of a
heated council debate.
In conclusion, I hope that after a
calm reasonable discussion with
food services and the university administration, we will be able to enjoy the privilege of using the
cafeteria for dances after it is
renovated.
Peter Mitchell
The time and effort can be spent
on empirical problems, on action
and on risk taking, rather than on
talking philosophies. There is no
dependancy on sympathetic politicians but rather the group is supported by the community of
students.
With civic mobilization and community intelligence, PIRG can
tackle many issues that affect us.
Instead of feeling like passive,
alienated, bored", and powerless
students, why not get involved in
the fight for civil and community
rights?
Tricia Roche
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Taxes subsidize arms
Gerald Bull, a Canadian arms developer for the Space Research Corporation, has been sentenced to jail for shipping arms to South Africa.
The Canadian government has substantially subsidized Space Research
and will probably continue to do so. The Canadian taxpayer has been
footing the bill for developing sophisticated arms for the racist South
African regime.
This is not an isolated incident. The Canadian taxpayer has subsidized
the armaments industry by half a billion dollars during the past ten years.
Since 1978, 90 per cent of the subsidies for industrial research from the
federal trade, industry and commerce ministry went to military research.
The Canadian government also assists manufacturers in the selling of
military equipment. In the federal bulletin "World Market Possibilities"
Argentina, notorious for its abuse of human rights, is described as "one of
the most important markets for defence material." The death industry
seems to be a high priority with our government.
Surely the money spent by the government on the arms industry should
be redirected into useful areas such as health, environment and education.
Money spent in these areas has been found to provide more jobs than
money spent in the arms industry.
If we were to direct our tax money to useful purposes, the only losers
would be the arms manufacturers, who would be deprived of their super
profits.
G.E. Doherty
Victoria Coalition for Disarmament
SUS gets answer
We raise
you $15. .
A
Rick Hansen is one of the top
wheelchair athletes in the world.
He also happens to be a UBC
student. Rickathon 1980 is a
challenge to beat his old record
of one hour 51 minutes to wheel
a 20 mile course around UBC.
All of the pledge money will be
spent directly on programs of
the Canadian Wheelchair Sports
Association of B.C.
The school of rehabilitation
medicine has met the challenge
of the science undergraduate
society of $1 per mile — and we
raise you $15. Let's get out and
support him!
The Rickathon happens
Saturday, Nov. 29 at noon starting in front of SUB. Come out
and cheer him on. 1981 is the International Year for the Disabled. Let's support it now.
Cindy Potts
rehab medicine 4
. . . and $10
Gasp! The Science
undergraduate society is pledging $1 per mile (i.e. $20) to the
Rickathon? Wowee! How can a
group of 3,600 people afford
that much charity?
Why, only two and one-half
weeks ago the engineering
undergraduate society passed a
motion stating that it would
pledge $10 per mile (i.e. $200) to
the Rickathon. To supplement
this amount, the ten engineering
clubs are competing to bring the
largest donation.
And now the SUS is asking us
to meet their $1 per mile pledge.
Well, who can resist a challenge
like that? Accordingly we have
raised our pledge to $11 per mile
plus any money collected
throughout the faculty.
I hope that the other campus
societies will meet our pledge, or
if not, at least contribute some
money to the Rickathon. ~
Lorna Cooler
EUS publicity rep
. . . and $9
Last Wednesday at the student council meeting the
engineering undergraduate
society challenged other
undergraduate societies to
pledge $10 per mile for a total of
$200 in the Rickathon. This is a
wheel chair marathon by Rick
Hansen, on campus to raise
money for wheel chair athletes.
The nursing undergraduate
society is meeting this pledge and
in turn challenges other
undergraduate societies to meet
or beat the pledge.
Nina MacDonald
NUS president j
• a chance to voice your praise
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• to have all your medical and
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wildest dreams, obtaining hiterto
unimaginable power, by becoming
an executive officer;
• a chance to make new friends
on the picket lines while using your
new-found power to attempt to bring the operation of the university
to a standstill if your demands are
not met;
• affiliation with organizations
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principles.
As you can see, there are many,
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Tyrannical Anarchists Utopia
Come on out
Nov. 27 has been designated as
Jerusalem Day on university campuses across Canada. This is a day
of solidarity with the united Jewish
capital, Jerusalem and a day of
public education concerning the
centrality and the importance of
Jerusalem to the Jewish people.
The name 'Jerusalem' means 'city of peace' and this day of tribute
to Jerusalem is a day of solidarity
with peace in the Middle East.
In the conversation pit of the student union building an exhibit on
Jerusalem will be set up. It is an excellent exhibit displaying the many
facets of the city. An information
table will be simultaneously operated.
Other activities will be taking
place at Hillel House. From 11:30
until noon Kamal Abdulmalik, the
first Egyptian exchange student at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will relate his experiences and
impressions of his year in Israel.
This will be followed at 1:30 by
an hour of energetic Israeli dancing.
Come out and join us in celebrating
Jerusalem, the 'city of peace.'
Matty Cessans
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Thursday, November 27,1960
'Tween classes
TODAY
HILLEL HOUSE
Display, Falafel lunch and speaker, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m.. SUB and Hillel Houae.
DEBATING SOCIETY
Last training session and general meeting, noon,
Buch. 204.
ISMAIU STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
General meeting and film: There is no God but
God, noon, SUB 117.
CCCM
Anthony Podlachi speaks on Evil and Greek
tragedy, noon, SUB 215.
LE CLUB FRANCAIS
General  meeting,   noon.   International  House
lounge.
ARTS UNDERGRADUATE SOCIETY
Free movie: War Lord, noon, Buch. 106.
IVCF
Conflict of Christmas, noon, Cham. 250.
wusc
Paul   Puritt,   Oxfam   representative   in   South
Africa,  will talk on  liberation  movements in
South Africa today, noon, Buch. 205.
TA UNION
Annual general meeting, noon, Grad Centre
garden room.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ORGANIZATION
Public meeting, noon, SUB 212A.
WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM
Visiting speakers series presents Or. Kirsten Pro-
tner. University of Aarchus, Denmark, speaking
on the history of childhood: liberation or repression, noon, Buch. 202.
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B.C. minister of agriculture James Hewitt, and
deputy minister Sig Peterson, speak on agriculture and answer questions, noon, MacMillan
166.
GAY PEOPLE OF UBC
Rev. Dave Gunton speaks about Talahasee Trek
— gay liberation vs. the Ku Klux Klan, noon,
SUB 207/209.
AMNESTY UBC
General meeting, noon, SUB 224.
TOASTMASTERS
Roast, 7:30 p.m., MacMillan 278.
CUSO
Information session on Papua, New Guinea, with
8lide show by returned volunteers, 7:30 p.m.. International Houae upper lounge.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
Stammtisch. German conversational evening,
7:X p.m.. International House.
PHOTOSOC
Social night — wine and cheese, beets, bring
your slides and prints, 7:30 p.m., SUB 212.
FRIDAY
SF SOCIETY
Film: Soyient Green, noon, SUB auditorium.
CCCM
Bible study, noon, Lutheran Campus Centre.
GAY PEOPLE OF UBC
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
LE CLUB FRANCAIS
General  meeting,   noon.   International  House
lounge.
TROTSKYIST LEAGUE
Video showing of Detroit: 500 Rally to Stop the
Klan, noon. Library Proceaaing Centre 308.
SLAVONIC CIRCLE
Russian converaation practiae, noon, Buch.
1256.
SUNDAY
GAY PEOPLE OF UBC
Open volleyball game, 2:30 p.m., Osborne Centre gym B west.
MONDAY
WUSC
Organizational meeting for film aeries next year,
noon, Buch. 205.
BALLET CLUB
Performance/ demonstration by terminal City
Dance, free, noon, SUB party room.
HUMAN SETTLEMENTS A/V LIBRARY
Third world films: Problems of Aid and Development Without Tears? noon, Library Processing
Centre 308.
TUESDAY
SUB ART GALLERY COMMITTEE
First general meeting, new members needed and
welcome, noon, SUB 230.
CCCM
Euchariat, noon, Lutheran Campua Centre.
MEDIA LIAISON COMMITTEE
Public meeting, opportunity to speak out on
campus media, noon, SUB 260.
WEDNESDAY
PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
Psychology students social night, 7 p.m., SUB
207/209.
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What if you held a social event
and nobody came?
What if you tried to announce
your event in The Ubyssey, the
guardian of democracy and happiness, in order to avoid embarrassment, and found that The Ubyssey
didn't publish it in 'Tweens or Hot
Flashes?
Would you feel like (a) a real loser
(b) sending your friendly neighborhood newspaper a letter bomb (c) a
chocolate covered oatmeal cookie?
What if you suddenly realized
that The Ubyssey is not going to be
publishing any regular editions in
December and that was why you
were left with nobody at your social
event, egg on your face, and chocolate coating?
Would you feel like: (a) a real
loser (b) driving a Volkswagen beetle off the Ladner tower (c) anything but a chocolate covered oatmeal cookie?
To avoid embarrassment, all Hot
Flashes and Tweens for events in
December must be in by Wednesday. The last edition of The Ubyssey for 1980 will be published on
December 5.
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century. That doesn't mean that
you have to miss the greatest one
of them all.
Yes, the Rickathon is here. Rick
Hansen, physical education 4, will
be going 20 miles in his wheelchair
'Saturday at noon to raise money for
the Canadian wheelchair sports association. The starting point is the
roundabout at SUB. Sponsor
sheets are up around the campus
and will be around the starting gate
on Saturday. He's out to beat last
year's time of one hour, 54 minutes,
10 seconds.
Don't miss this one for the world.
The Stanley cup isn't coming up for
another few months.
Hewitt here
Call me Ishmael. Actually, you
can call me Ishmael or you can call
me Ishy or you can call me Ish, or
you can call me Isy, or you can call
me Is, but you doesn't have to call
me Ishmael.
Have I got a whale of a story for
you. The B.C. minister of agriculture, James Hewitt, and the deputy
minister of agriculture, Sig Peterson, will be speaking in MacMillan
166 Thursday at noon. This is
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Don't let this be the big speech
that got away.
Puritt spealrs
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THE   UBYSSEY
Page 7
At U Of A
Fire risk bumps students ♦   ARTS
r !    BEAR
I GARDEN
EDMONTON (CUP) — Some
students living in university-owned
houses at the University of Alberta
will be served eviction notices next
month because the fire marshal has
declared them unsafe.
But the administration refuses to
release details on the issue, so the
students are unsure of who can stay
and who'll have to go.
Three weeks ago the U of A student newspaper, the Gateway, reported the university fire marshal
found the basement rooms of about
30 university houses in the North
Garneau are unsafe to be used as
sleeping accommodation.
The North Garneau tenants' association joined forces last week
with the U of A students' union to
demand an end to the university's
silence on the fire marshal's report.
In a joint statement delivered to
housing and food services director
Gail Brown, the two groups requested the following actions:
• a list of the houses affected by
the report be released along with an
account of the problems;
• students be given the option of
remaining in their accommodation
until after final exams in April;
• the university contribute,
through cash or equipment, to the
cost of moving students to new
homes;
• annual fire inspections of
North Garneau houses to be performed in the future.
SU president Nolan Astley said it
is time the university cleared the air
over the issue.
"Let's get everybody out of the
An examination of the
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dark," he said last Wednesday.
"We feel the university's got a responsibility to come out and tell the
students which houses are affected."
But the university insists it has
good reason not to release all information immediately.
"We're waiting for so many
pieces of information to come together," Brown said. "I really
don't know if all those students will
have to leave." Some of the offending houses may be renovated.
Brown said this decision must
wait until the university makes a de
cision on preferred land use for
North Garneau. That decision will
be based on a report completed recently by consultant Jack Diamond.
But Brown had said earlier that
Diamond's policy recommendations must be approved by the U of
A board of governors before they
can be implemented. The board
does not meet again until next
month.
Brown also said it is unlikely any
students will be allowed to stay in
the dangerous rooms for more than
the standard three month notice period.
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THE   UBYSSEY
Thursday, November 27,1960
Admin ultra-conservative
in TAU negotiations
"Trailblazing" indeed! The administration's description of the
TAU is far more indicative of an
ultra-conservativism on their part
than of any radicalism on the part
of the TAU.
Established TA contracts at other
universities have already addressed
the so-called "trailblazing" issues.
In fact, the TAU recently modified
several proposed articles to use the
wording of other contracts. Maintaining their conservative stance,
the university rejected the proposals
because they weren't in all the other
contracts.
Sexual harassment is an important concern which, for example, is
dealt with in the TA contract at
SFU. But UBC seems to have two
feet planted firmly in the past — no
UBC contract has an article dealing
with sexual harassment.
Is it trailblazing at UBC that the
administration fears? If so, I'm
ready to fight. If a sexual harassment article in our contract starts
the ball rolling, it'll be a great service to the entire university community.
Now look at the radical academic
freedom wording proposed by the
TAU (adapted from the TA contract at Carleton): "An employee
shall have the right to introduce
supplementary materials or concepts, the use of which is not inconsistent with the expressed intentions
of the supervisor." Here's the quality of education wording (again
from Carleton): "Employees shall,
at least once during the term of
their appointment, have the oppor
tunity to comment in writing on the
.content,   structure,   texts   and
teaching   methods   used   in   the
course." Trailblazing!
I still want these issues and others
addressed in the contract. The contract affects everyone — it's up to
all TAs to stand by our principles
and push the university into acceptance.
Robert Cameron
grad studies
TA U support limited
From the posters manifesting
themselves around campus and the
letters in your newspaper it now appears that the TA union is attempting to push toward 'job action'.
One can only hope that this is just
an attempt at humor to lighten late
November spirits.
To conduct a successful 'job action' implies that it is possible to
obtain and demonstrate a visible
support from a reasonable percentage of the membership of the
organization involved.
Union disappoints
To continue the argument concerning whether or not the Teaching
Assistants' Union truly represents
the opinions of the majority of TAs
on this campus, we feel obliged to
contribute the following story:
Once upon a time there were four
TAs, all happy in their jobs, none
of them overworked and underpaid
(or sexually harassed). However,
being loyal readers of The Ubyssey,
they realized that perhaps not all
their peers were so lucky. Why else
would anyone want a union?
"Well, let's find out," they said
to themselves, "we should attend
one of these meetings that the union
advertises about!" It seemed a
grand idea. Surely the union would
be glad to see prospective members
seeking enlightenment. So off they
went.
Upon reaching the meeting area,
the curious TAs were informed that
they would not be permitted to attend that or any future meeting
unless they first joined the union.
"Why," they asked. "To prevent
disruptions of the meeting by anti-
unionist elements," came the reply.
(What anti-unionist elements?).
"Well, we're not requesting
speaking and certainly not voting
privileges. Can we just come in and
watch and listen?," the TA's asked.
"Definitely not!" came the
answer.
Disappointed, the TAs left,
wondering whether or not "closed
doors" means that there is
something to hide. However, being
of an observant nature, they did
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gather some information:
(1) The 30-40 people present at
the meeting were discussing (and
deciding?) issues which would affect the entire bargaining unit of approximately 1200 people, less than
half of whom (or in the union's
words — "about hair') do not
belong to the union, and have freely
chosen not to do so.
(2) Only one union member of
those present was willing to stand
up and be counted in favor of opening the meeting.
(3) The steering committee of the
union is recommending that all
future TAs be required to join the
union whether they wish to or not.
This is called a "modified union
shop." At the time when the union
organizers were pushing the certification drive, many of them were
emphatically saying "a union shop
is undemocratic, of course we'll be
wanting an open shop."
Wishing that the above story
were reported as fiction, we regret
to say that it is history.
Susan Davidson
graduate student and TA
and 2 others
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A few weeks ago I attempted to
speak at a TA union meeting to
point out the need for moderation
in the demands of that organization, especially if the union was attempting to represent more than
just a small percentage of the TAs
on campus. Not being a member of
the union and not wishing to join
any organization that holds views
and demands that I do not agree
with I was not even permitted to
enter the meeting let alone to speak.
Through the glass doors of the
grad center garden room, while
waiting for the meeting to
democratically decide not to let me
in, it was obvious that the union
had mustered about 40 people to
this well-advertised meeting.
Even with this low a percentage
of the several hundred TAs at a well
publicized meeting, the organization is still valiantly stating that it
represents the TAs on campus.
They are in fact not representing
many TAs, who like myself do not
agree with demands more likely to
start witch hunts than improve conditions.
The union is representing a fringe
wanting on the one hand freedom
of speech and other the other compulsory membership in the
organization.
'Job action' will show the university just how limited the support
among TAs, students and other
members of the community (except
The Ubyssey) is for the union
demands. I fear it will do this at the
cost of demonstrating that some of
the members of the union can go on
strike without even being missed.
Let us hope that union comes to
reason before it looses even more
credibility.
Andrew W.F. Metten
graduate student and TA
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