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The Ubyssey Dec 5, 1980

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Friday, December 5,1980
Letters    |
Thank you UBC!
On behalf of the Canadian
Wheelchair Sports Associa-
tion-B.C. Division and Rick Hansen, we would like to thank all the
students and administration of
UBC for their support of the 3rd
Annual 1980 Rickathon. Without
your assistance this event would not
have been possible.
Rick smashed his last year's record by nine minutes, completing 20
miles in one hour, 44 minutes and
33.8 seconds.
To  date  pledges  total   approxi
mately $7,000 and by all indications, UBC pledges will push the
total over $10,000. Congratulations!
Would anyone holding a pledge
sheet please send a cheque or money
order for the total amounts and the
pledge sheet to the C.W.S.A.-B.C.
Division, 1200 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2E2.
Again, thank you UBC!
David Blair
chair CWSA-B.C. Division
"Looking to see you up at Grouse Mountain
for the first Grouse Mountain Ski Challenge
- Saturday, February 7th, 1981.
Hosted by Intramurals. (This date has
changed from Feb. 28th, in your CAMPUS
SPORTS brochures.)
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College myth  p. 5
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Music history  p.  7
Christmas photos  p.  8
Blind library  p. 9
Sports wrapup  p. 10
Belshaw's blues  p. 11
Your body  p. 12
Cinemas strangled  p. 12
Tom Wayman  p. 13
Letters, et cetera  p, 14
Kris Kringle's jingles
God rest ye merry bureaucrats.
Let nothing you dismay.
You gave us all four dollars,
And now you've gone away.
But do not fool yourselves,
To think that things will stay this way.
We'll be back for your blood.
Some day very soon,
We'll be back for your blood some day.
Now you may think that welfare bucks,
Are just a give away,
But we still have our self-respect,
We're waiting for the day,
'Cause Santa Claus is one of us,
A commie in his ways,
We'll be back for your blood some day.
Now you don't have to worry,
Cause we'll all get our gifts.
We've ordered up a rowboat,
To set you all adrift.
The Arctic sea is nice I hear,
You all can row in shifts.
There's a hole in the bottom of the boat,
Try to make it float,
There's a hole in bottom of the boat.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Raking in the bread,
Department stores all rip us off.
The Bosses stay well fed.
Dashing through the store,
With an open shopping bag,
Taking what we need,
Poverty's a drag,
Store detectives watch.
But we all watch them too,
There are more and more of us.
And less and less of you,
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
But Hudsons Bay does not.
They want all your cash,
For useless cheap trash,
We wish you a merry Christmas
But Eaton's does not.
On the first day of Christmas,
The welfare laid on me,
Four dollars for a shopping spree.
On the second day of Christmas,
The landlord laid on me,
A bill for sixty dollars,
There goes my shopping spree.
On the third day of Christmas,
My three kids said to me.
Where are all the toys,
And where is the Christmas Tree.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
My worker said to me,
'How the hell should I know,
I'm just an employee'
On the fifth day of Christmas,
A thought occurred to me,
All things should be free,
One — Christmas tree
Two — Walking dolls
Three — Racing cars
On a four dollar shopping spree.
December 5, 1960
Published Tuesdays, 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 publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The
Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial
departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
An epic opus of the life of the most decadent, vite newspaper publisher in history.
The snow swirled slowly around the little hut, bedevilling the weak mind of crusty old Verne McDonald, newspaper maggot and builder
of the vast, opulent estate, Xanasub. "Numnuts." The word slipped from between his tightset lips before Verne Horation McDonald let fall
the snow-filled paperweight and croaked. The old man's trusty nurse then entered his bed chamber. Jo-Anne Falkiner checked the maggot's
pulse, found r lacking, and decided he wes dead as a doorknob.
It remains a mystery how the news media found out about Verne's lest word, since no one wat in the room, but somehow the virulent
newsreel editor Bill Tielman got word and the race was on. "Look, this newsreel doesn't capture tht) essence of the old fart," he told young
up-and-coming reporter Mark Leiren-Young. "I want you to dig deeper. Young, (he could as easily have said Leiren) and gel something that
will grab the public's attention. The last word this bigger-than-life bozo said was numnuts. It must mean something."
The other reporters in the room, James Young, Maggie Mooney, James Giles and Larry Bibby, were astounded to hear of such a radical
approach. But Young had to do what Young had to do, so he packed his bags and followed the advic e of Heather Conn, who said, "Go west
Young." Man, those were the days, when you could just hop a train and cross the continent in a matter of days. What Young found were
the frayed memories of a handful of hacks who had been abused by Verne in his climb to success.
His first stop was at the El Lethe Nightclub, where Heesock Chang the waiter would not let him speak to Verne's berieved widow, Nancy Campbell. "Get out of here," the singing lush shrieked. "I want another drink." David Robertson mixed yet another drink for drunken
Nancy, and young Young continued his search.
The cub reporter was more successful with Glen Sanford, Verne's former flunky and go-boy. "Young man (he could as easily have said
man. Young) ( know everything there is to know about Verne, and believe me, you don't want to know." Sanford then told the whole sordid
story, from the time Verne became editor of the lacklustre Ubyssey to when it became the irresponsible, mud-slinging rag it is today.
Sanford squinted and spun his yarn, "When Verne began as publisher he was an ignorant fool. Some things never change. He barged
in on the editor, Chris Gainor, and put a bed in the editor's office. Then he told Greg Strong to ship up or fuck off. Greg fucked off, closely
followed by Peter Menyasz and Kathy Ford. They were a pretty sensitive bunch then, especially that wart Tom Hawthorn. The only one with
any newspaper ability was society editor Kevin Finnegan. He taught Verne and I everything we know about muck-raking and libel.
"I know I'm a real wimp, but you should see the inexperienced creeps that came around our office. People like Doug Campbell, Melinda
Ng, Doug Brown, and Jim Cooper were ignorant until Finny, Verne and I got to them. Now they're panderin to the capitalist ideology thinly
veiled by the illusion of free press in the newspaper business. Just as politicians like Chris Fulker, Merrilee Robson and Randall Holmes are
puppets to the establishment, so are true grit reporters like Arnold Hedstrom, Janet MacArthur, Dave ConneH, and Larry Green."
Young was stunned by such socialist propaganda coming from the ugly little man before him. But being the objective reporter that he
is. Young said nothing. Sanford fingered an index file, malice in his eyes. "These are the new brand of reporters that Mr. Verne brought in.
He bought them, really. People like Ken Swartz, Terry Litt, Kent Westerberg, and Dave Wong. I remember the party we had when Mr.
Verne hired the entire Courier staff. Hot-shot sharpies from the opposition came to us like SmHin Dave BaJderstone, Keith Baktrey, and Eric
Eggertson. He even hired a sharpie from the far east. Gene Long. I didn't want to mention it, but I couldn't see how these reporters could
align themselves to the Verne way of thinking by merely changing employers. Baldrey, for example, had such a clouded view of life that I
find it impossible to think of him as anything but demented. Their eastern way of thinking could not possibly comply with strict orders to
distort, malign, disgruntle, and disgust. But trouble came to the last bastion of truth west of Blanca. Verne Horation McDonald reached his
second childhood just about the time he met Nancy Campbell.
"But back to the party," Sandford sighed. "The dancing girls were so wild I almost lost my toupee. Ward Strong, Wendy Cumming,
Pat Ireland, Grandee Englehart and Jan Bryans kicked up their heels and put on a real show. If only they'd come back and put on another
show, just for me . . ."
Sanford would have spoken all day and all the night, so Young 'x'ed him in his boots. "Sorry sucker," Young said, blowing smoke from
his sawed-off em ruler. He continued his search for the real meaning of numnuts.
Just then Charles Campbell, president of the Sedated States, offered his daughter, Lori Thicke for Verne's wife. "Oh darling?' Lori
shrieked, "I forgot my bridesmaids Hilary Stout and Steve Rive." The moment was forgotten as chauffeur Bill Chang took the happy couple
to Verne's where they ate breakfast for the next ten years. Young was worried. Was this just another hallucination? Campbell was so pom-
pou, and Thicke so inene. He turned to Warren KowbeJ and Paul Yasowich, but they were clueless, not having seen the movie.
After leaving Sanford, Young decided to follow another trail. He talked his way into the Shaffin Shariff archives, sweet-talking the crusty secretary Sandy Fillipelli. "Hahn!" Fillioeilis blared, calling for her military cohort, private Randy Hahn, protector of the mighty Shariff archives, goose-stepper, and all around good guy. The library room was steeped in black shadows, a b'ight streak of morning light illuminating
the solitary table behind which Young was forced to delve into Sheriffs trite drivel. "Oh, the monotony," groaned Young as he was
submerged into the deadly dull life of the capitalist lawyer.
Shariff first came across Verne when he was a young, snotty brat. Verne was playing happily in the snow with his dog while his parents
were trying to sell him to Shariff for a cartload of coal. His father, Scott McDonald felt reluctant. He wanted to hold out for a 26er of scotch,
but mom, Naomi Yamamoto (common-law marriage) was eager to get rid of young McDonald. "Ho ate all of last year's mushroom crop,"
she reminded hubby. "And remember when he stole your best pipe." "Throw in a coal scuttle and you've got a deal," Scott said, and Verne
was on his way to becoming the biggest fraud in newspaper history.
Verne went to school after school, proving to be the worst student his teachers had ever seen. The only mail Shariff received were invoices for opium shipments. When Verne returned from his schooling and travels he had with him a friend, one Steve McClure.
Steve was a vagabond, a good-for-nothing, and a bit of a nerd, but he did have principles. 'Let's get stoned" were the first words
Shariff heard him say, and Steve was stoned from that day onward. At first theirs seemed a perfect friendship. Steve and Verne shared offices, interests, newspapers, and hash pipes. But the honeymoon ended when Steve grew a beard and Verne married Lori. Steve took to
narcissism and writing flack pieces for local theatre while Verne buddied up to el presidents, Chuch the suck. The Ubyssey was split into two
factions, with Sanford and McDonald pretendi ng to advocate social change, and McClure and his cronies intellectualizing news until it
became irrelevant. McClure gathered around him radical artsies like Steve Palmer, Ann Gibson, Jennifer Ryan, Alice (snapshot) Thompson,
and Gerre Galvin. They had nothing much to say, but were drawn to each other like monarch butterflies in a Mexican forest.
Young found many insights into the shallow life of the Ubyssey publisher, but nothing new on numnuts. He decided to phone up virile
Bill, but instead was connected to Youthstream, a mutant splinter group of capitalist opportunists. Lawrence Panych answered all of Mark's
questions, but the cub found himself just as fogged in as when he spoke to Gray McMullin about ornithology.  "Get me away from herel
shouted the perturbed Leiren-Young, who found himself at an old folks' home somewhere east of Dunbar.
As far as old folks' homes go, this onew was pretty sad. The dingy basement and grubby living quarters were nauseating. "Can I help
you?" a voice asked, and Geof Wheelwright appeared in his nurse's uniform. Looking something like a grim spectre from the past, half
dead, half-alive, Geof seemed slightly sinister in the half light of the Wheelhouse. "Yes'' Young replied, "I'm looking for old Stove
McClure." Wheelwright steered the rookie past Yvette Stachowiak, a crippled hag lying in the kitchen. "Why, she looks dreadful," mur
mured Mark. "She was once a thing of beauty" the ogre-tike nurse answered, "until Mr. McClure vented his frustrations on the poor dea
and threw her across the room." Wheelwright led him into a stuffy room adorned with Ross Burnett originals. "Don't stay too long," he
warned Leiren.
"Come in, boy, have you got a joint?" the wizened form in the corner queried.
"Tell me Mr. McClure, did Mr. Verne ever mention a numnuts to you?" "Why no, but he did offer me a job in Gimli." The aged journalist leaned back and began to tell a story of indescribable idiocy. He told about the time he went to an AMS meeting but couldn't find any
intelligent forms of life. "You send me poems and I'll send you intelligent life" was John Eh? McDonald's quizzical response. The result was
some unforgivable haiku published in a succession of extra edition Ubysseys. He told the time Verne tried to have Nancy Campbell trained as
a newswriter. No matter how hard John Mackeie tried, he could not teach her to write anything but trite tripe. The story continued. Verne
ran for a position of importance but was defeated by the crooked Julie Wheelwright. Julie exposed the lovers' trial between Verne and his
typewriter, causing Lori to leave him with their son Arne Hermann. Both were Later killed in a freak eptosion in her amy! nitrate factory.
It seemed thet everywhere Verne went he ruined people in his wake. Brad Fisher would never be the same. Gord Wiebe drowned in a
pool of tears, and Jeff Klein jumped from his bathroom window. Nobody could explain what Jeff was doing in Verne's bathroom, but things
went from strange to bizarre when Bill Richardson committed sepaku with a foil and Stuart Davis tripped over his tripod and died. Even Paul
Luckham, who seemed a nice guy, went nuts and moved down the Modernettes before their prime.
Young was convinced that Verne had turned Nancy Campbell into a degenerate, but he found that McClure had been too scrupulous to
play out the charade. Asked to write a critique of Nancy's skills, the erudite McClure proceeded to get stoned and blast Campbell from lede
to folo. Verne was not amused, and promptly fired his friend, replacing him with the comedy duo. Sue and Steve Howard. But all in all,
there was no hope of finding out about numnuts.
By now Young didn't really care who numnuts was, and would have quit, but Bill offered him a bonus — council meeting coverage for
the rest of the year. Young asked his Friends, Marshall Dahl and Gail Shaw, his enemies, Nancy Trott, Margeuritte Leahy, Elena Miller and
Randy Beres, and his associates, Anns Nickerson, Sally Cotter and Elnora Palmer, but no one knew anything about okt Verne McDonald's
dying word.
Leiren hyphen Young searched around in desperation. He found a book of matches, and old TV Guide, a Cris Sion and a Joe March in a
pear tree. "I know, I'H try that alcoholic Nancy whatshemame," he decided, taking the next bus to El Lethe. D. Won let him in the door, but
Heesock asked him for i.d. and young young Young had to wait in the alley for the slightly sleazy Campbell to drive up in her slightfy wheezy
Cortina. Campbell told him about the many hours she'd spent at Xanasub trilling to her heart's content, but all to no avail. "Numnuts?" the
usually cranky kook told cub Hyphen, "I don't know and numnuts. I have been to Cap College if that's any help." But Young persevered and
discovered the real relationship between John Eh? McDonald, Smilin Dave Balderstone, and Richard Schaller — they all ran for office in the
hippopotamus party. Even Mclntyre end even Evan Gill were involved in the scandal that saw Boss Julie Wheelwright take over College
Printers. Larry, Earl, Don, Don, Armand, Norm, WekJon had to resort to exacto knives and wax to beat off the attackd. Infiltrators like Dan
Hilborn did nothing to help matters.
Bleary-eyed and uncooperative, Campbell slinked into El Lethe followed by her entourage of Ralph Maurer, Len McKave, Gary
Brookfield, and Mark Attisha. The Cortina may never be the same.
One last call to Tielman found the newsreel editor with his thumb up his bum and his none to the grindstone. "Check out the butler,
said Wild Bill to his uncomprehending junior. "The butler?" Hyphen asked. "Of course. Don't you know the butler always knows best?" So
Hyphen-Hyphen was off to see the butler, the wonderful butler of Xanasub, becuz becuz becuz becuz . . .
"Yeeeeesssssssss?" hissed the ghoulish Kerry Regier as he opened the creaky door to mausoleum-like Xanasub. "Maybe I do know
something about numnuts, what's it to you?"
Mark could tell he was close to bieaking the case, so he slipped a five-spot into Regier's greasy palm. "Let's see, after Nancy left, the
old man hired Jo-Anne to take care of him. He was always kinds sickly so doc Liz Pope came by quite a lot. And there was that Greg Fjetland
character, we found him squatting in the stables — what a smell. You could ask Julie Ovenall, or Raymond Hanson, but I know they don't
know anything that I don't know, I think. No one knew the old man like I knew him, and believe me, there was nothing to know. He was just
an old man tike Eddie Wilde."
Young was relieved to leave the creepy estate, but he couldn't help stopping to watch James Hutson the worker carting garbage out to
the blue bin. Hutson threw a stuffed collie onto the pile, and as he watched it settle amongst the other debris, he could just make out the
name on the dog's collar — Lassie. "I guess we'll never know who numnuts was," young Mark Leiren-Young said to himself. "And I doubt
if anyone gives a shit?'
Just then John Bouttell threw a bunch of no-return porch-climber wine bottles into the bin. For a moment behind Young's back a label
showed clearly atop the other bottles. "Numnuts red dry reisling" it read, then it was smashed by a scoop-shovel load of statues of Sue
Lemieux. Page4
Friday, December 5,1980
Ho. Ho. Ho.
Once again, the jolly old Ubyssey puts on its green and red suit
and plays Santa, giving out gifts and toys for all those especially
deserving people on this planet. Now, now. Don't crowd around
the tree, kiddies, or you'll shake the plastic snow off the
polyurethane branches.
To God, who as usual elbowed His way to the front, we give the
collected works of Kurt Priensperger which He can use to gather
and unify His scattered flock. Kurt gets a complimentary pass for
Virgil's Inferno Excursions.
Next in line for the celestial choir because of the zero factor is
U.S. president-elect Ronald Reagan. Here, Ronnie, have a gift certificate for a CIA coup in the country of your choice. No refund if
not satisfied with the new puppet, Ron.
Since no one will trust you with the real thing, Henry Kissinger
(life is unfair, isn't it?), you can have your very own button to play
with, the same model they gave Richard Nixon so he'd stop crying.
And no, outgoing incumbent Jimmy Carter, we haven't forgotten you. Have a bag of seeds. Believe us, they'll make your peanut
farm a paying proposition and a pleasanter place besides.
For Pierre Trudeau we have the key to Maggie's house. Go
ahead, Pierre — after all, you're married, and it's scandalous the
way you've been travelling with little boys. Joe Clark gets a nice
Tory blue knife-proof vest; wear it backwards, Joe. Ed Broadbent,
you can have your very own PetroCan credit card. See if you can
use it to buy some socialist principles.
Here's a prettily wrapped package for Rene Levesque. Why, it's
a unilaterally patriated constitution. Surprise, surprise. You'll have
to share it with Peter Lougheed, though; there just doesn't seem to
be enough powers to go around.
Our own premier Bill Bennett gets a chain of hardware stores in
Mexico. Glad to see you finally get a job you can handle, Bill. For
Dave Barrett we have rejuvenated provincial Liberal and Conservative parties. Do not open until next election, it says on the box.
UBC administration president Doug Kenny gets a 13 per cent reduction in salary. See if it makes you want to come back to the
university, Doug. If you don't like it, give a reasonable presentation
to the board of governors. Just don't get too caught up in the
Christmas spirit, or you might expect a reasonable response.
For science and universities minister Pat McGeer we have a special project: build a satellite receiver in a tunnel. Then stay there.
For one-time UBC prof Erich Vogt now on his way to Switzerland, we have some ski wax that you can also use on your hair.
Take along this package for alleged wife-killer Cyril Belshaw; it's a
set of comfy, washable seat covers and a map to the University Endowment Lands trails for professors seeking privacy.
Alma Mater Society president Bruce Armstrong, it's your turn.
No, don't knock the tree over, we know you're excited, Bruce.
Here's your erector set and the plans to B.C. Place. Have a good
time building your monument so long as you leave the campus
alone. Fellow executive Craig Brooks gets a Baby Huey bib and
we'll throw in a supplement to the Fraser Valley Agricultural Bulletin where he can fight for his all-important causes.
To Len Clarke we owe an apology. We'd implied he failed to process the arrangements for Germaine Greer to speak because he
knew something about her. It turns out he doesn't, so his negligence was not out of maliciousness but pure ignorance. Sorry,
Oooh, here's a great big one. It's for the rest of the executive and
student council and the tag says "for everything you've done for
UBC students." My goodness gosh, it's empty. Oh well, better
luck next term.
Well, the space under the tree is bare. No, wait, there's one
more left.
It's for our readers. Three more months of wit and wisdom, concern and caring, and several burned-out souls to bring it to you.
And may this Christmas be your happiest, may this coming decade
last 10 years and may we all be alive and out of uniform through
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Prisoner's rights activist fears new holocaust
The issue is not whether or not
the Ku Klux Klan should be accorded the same freedom of speech as
any other group in a democratic
The issue is whether ours is a
democratic society which protects
its members from discrimination
and violence.
The evidence is to the contrary.
Not only are Canadians (native
born and others) victims of subtle
and not so subtle discrimination,
but Canadians lack protection in
many areas of their lives by — and
from — the law. One has to seriously question how fertile is the ground
upon which this KKK white
supremacy propaganda is falling.
I have just returned from the
Dorchester Penitentiary scene
where MP's have verified that
prisoners are gassed, beaten, left
shackled naked on cement floors to
handle their eating and elimination
functions as best they can. I have
seen a town where this kind of
violence has spilled out into a community which would be ripe for
KKK 'teachings.' This atmosphere
was matched at an open air citizens
meeting last summer in Agassiz,
For people who question 'how
could the Germans have
slaughtered millions of their own
people the way they did' the answer
is   just   look   around.   Our   own
holocaust is in the makng. We have
a growing subculture already using
its power and position to physically,
psychologically and cold-bloodedly
destroy other Canadians held in
their custody. And a more insidious
trend is the numbers who, so insecure in their own economic and
social conditions, must turn their
eyes away and let it happen.
Already "... Red Deer, Alta.
residents were initiated into the
Alberta KKK . . . which took place
at a secret ceremony complete with
electric cross." (Van. Sun, Oct. 28).
Already Gordon Fairweather,
chief commissioner of the Canadian
Human Rights Commission, states
that "freedom of speech is not an
absolute right in this country." But
"while he would rather see more
editorial decision in granting the
KKK media coverage" (Van. Sun,
Oct. 27) he is NOT using his position to enforce his stated opinion.
We live in a country where the
national police force has yet to be
charged or convicted for admitted
law breaking. What possible
guarantee do we have that this same
government will not continue to be
selective in its conviction of other
law breakers, thereby providing
KKK with all the support it needs to
move from 'talking ideology' to
Do we continue to wait until they
actually break the law? Or do we
make use of our political hindsight
and demand a halt to the KKK and
other self professed Nazi fascist
groups? Can you imagine a German
Civil Liberties Group urging
freedom of speech for the Nazi Party between 1939-45?
As long as a Canadian must fear
arrest with its accompanying
beatings behind closed doors, we do
not have a citizenry strong enough
to resist these 'funny people and
their racist talk.' Until then we are
handing them a blank cheque, endorsed by our own government,
with a front row seat at the 2nd act
of the Canadian holocaust.
Claire Culhane,
Prisoners' Rights Group Friday, December 5,1983
"There's a patronizing attitude
from UBC students towards college
students. It's sort of tongue in
cheek, so as long as you don't take
it seriously, it's not bad. But people, even though they're joking, begin to think it's true after a
while. . ." — a college transfer student.
Since the opening of the first
B.C. college in 1965, students transferring to the big three — UBC, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria — have had to
fight to have their education accepted. The battle reaches as far as senates   and   boardrooms   so   credit
Vancouver College, which was the
basis of the study, now tends to pull
the average down. Because of the
many   colleges   in   the   province,
difference to being spoonfed the information than having someone
teach you how to learn that information," Sharpe said.
By Nancy Campbell
Sharpe says it is hard to get a true
picture about what happens to college students at university unless
their institute is specified.
Looking at the experience of students from Capilano, it is accurate
to say the "myth" does not exist for
them. Not only that, but all ihe stu-
There's a big difference
to being spoonfed
information than having
someone teach you
how to learn it.
transfer can be settled, but ultimately it is the student who bears
the brunt of these decisions, and
has to live with the myth of inferior
college education.
That it is a myth can no longer be
disputed. Studies undertaken during the last decade show an unmistakable trend — college education is
comparable, if not better in some
faculties, than a comparable university education. As early as 1970 a
study sponsored by UBC and Vancouver City College had this to say:
"The transfer student . . . compares favorably with the 'regular'
student in academic status after the
first year of transfer at all levels except the first class standard. This
achievement is considered remarkable especially in light of the fact
that approximately one-half of the
transfer students were not originally
eligible for university entrance due
to pre-college achievement below
the university standard for admission."
The study, which dealt only with
VCC students, found that the transfer students had a lower failure rate
than the 7.3 per cent figure for the
regular university students.
Ten years and many colleges
later, the trend is even more apparent according to Capilano College
head    counsellor    Greg    Sharpe.
dents interviewed agreed that beginning post-secondary education at
the college level is the most practical
and beneficial approach to getting a
"I'd recommend going to college
first, then UBC," says Eric Eiggert-
son, a fourth year arts student who
spent his first two years at Capilano. "I think UBC is quite a bit
forbidding to the student. There's a
real division between students and
teachers that didn't exist at Cap."
Tina Measham, science 3, who
also spent two years at college says:
"At Capilano you learn the same
material (as UBC) but you learn it
better because you can ask questions in class. I know for usre I
would have bombed out right away
if I had come here. If I was going
into first year calculus in a class of
150 and couldn't ask questions I
would just freak out."
Part of the difference between
college and university education is
the smaller class size, which leads to
better student-teacher communication and ultimately a better understanding of the material, says
Sharpe. Classes at most colleges last
for one and a half hours, with a half
hour tutorial, at least twice a week.
But the college approach is not
teaching university material in a
high school fashion. "There's a big
"Somewhere along the line in
high school people are given information and graduated from a
program, any program," he said.
"But in there something is missing
— teaching people how to be
students. That's one of the major
emphases of our college program."
And for most transfer students,
class size and its accompanying problems was the major difference at
university. Course content was
comparable, or in some cases better
than what was being taught at university.
"I found the (class) size was the
biggest thing," Eggertson said. "At
Capilano the faculty is more set up
to be on the students' side — that
showed up in the near strike (of fall
1978) when the students rallied to
the faculty's cause.
"The attitude here at UBC, and
you get crusty people everywhere,
has an emphasis on how much the
professor can help the department
and not on how they teach."
Measham criticized both the class
size and lecture time at UBC. "The
classes here aren't as good. You
can't ask questions in class which
bugs me. The teachers plan their
lectures and allow no room for discussion.
"I think 50 minute midterms are
just ridiculous. And the labs are
better at Cap. The second year labs
there are comparable to the third
year labs here. I'd rather have a one
and a half hour class where you can
ask questions than a 50 minute
The same problem exists at SFU,
but to a lesser extent.
"It's a real shock the first time
around," says Elizabeth Gilmour,
education 3, who spent one year at
Capilano. But she found it easier to
adapt at SFU, partly because of the
large number of transfer students
there. "It's really difficult to find
people who have started at SFU.
They almost all seem to come from
colleges," she said.
Essentially then, the basic difference between universities and colleges is their understanding of a student's capabilities. While universities tend to adopt a sink or swim
attitude towards their students, especially in the first year, colleges are
structured to allow for improvement to students' ability to learn;
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colleges do not assume students
have picked up the necessary study
skills in high school.
While some interpret small
classes and a more intensive approach to teaching as "spoonfeeding" the results do not bear
them out. While recent studies of
academic achievement of college
students compared to "regular"
university students are not available, stories abound on the UBC
campus of transfers who come to
UBC and find themselves at the top
of their class with no discernible increase in effort — just marks.
The biggest barrier to dispelling
the college "myth" is the ignorance
of the university community of
what really happens on those far-
flung campuses. Though transfer
students make up a small portion of
the overall student population,
more than 12 per cent of the 17,181
students enrolled in B.C. community colleges transferred to a university last year. The number is probably higher because the statistics do
not take into account students who
leave college for a year to work and
then continue their education.
College instructors are not university rejects. Rather, many of
them have rejected the university
system, preferring intimate teaching
and small community atmosphere
to big research labs and tenure. In
the   natural   sciences   department
atmosphere encourages students to
come forward with their problems,
and not hide in a corner mute to
avoid the stares of 150 classmates.
Sometimes students rely on this atmosphere too much and can't cope
with university.
Sharpe said this time of year is
particularly bad for university students, and he begins to see them in
his office. "They can't cope at university and return to college, but
thai: doesn't mean they're copping
out. They've come back to work
and identify their problems and the
mere fact they've shown up. here
shows that they're motivated."
"Teaching how to be a student
and how to learn doesn't relate to
Fears from 10 years ago, that
"community colleges would become havens for second class students whose academic achievements
were insufficient to allow them entrance to the universities," have
been proven groundless. One of the
report's conclusions perhaps sums
up best the whys, wherefores and
capabilities of B.C.'s community
"Community colleges are making
it possible for increasing numbers
of high school graduates to begin
working for the baccalaureate degree who would not otherwise be
able to do so for reasons of academic or economic deficiency. . .
Although not specifically studied in
UBC has an emphasis
on how much the
professor can help the
department and
not how they teach.
alone at Capilano, 95 per cent of
the instructors have a Ph.D.
Colleges are more accessible because of their closeness to the community and much lower tuition
fees. Faced with a choice of paying
$900 for a year at university or $270
for college, many students understandably choose the latter. The resulting variety of students, in terms
of background and age, leads to
what many students and instructors
consider to be a more cosmopolitan
learning experience.
The more personal and human
this series of reports, it has been established that the proportion of citizens attending higher education
facilities from lower economic
groups is very small.
"With the reduced fee schedule
experienced at the community colleges, when compared to the universities, an ever-increasing number
of economically disadvantaged
should be able to benefit from at
least some exposure to post-secondary education."
Look at it this way. Twelve thousand college students each year
can't be wrong. Page6
Friday, December 5,1980
SILLY STICKS . . . nothing but fun back at home
david robsrtson photos
Pointed Sticks fall into pit of despair
Vancouver's most illustrious new wave
group, the Pointed Sticks, have finally found
there's no place like home. Or so it would ap-.
pear after an unsuccessful jaunt to the U.K.
where, instead of finding the stardom and
recognition that they 'd hoped for, they met
indifference and incompetence. They 've just
come out with a locally-recorded and produced album and are set to play UBC's own Pit,
DIMWIT . . . hello?
of all places tonight and again tomorrow
night. Page Friday staffer Steve McClure
talked to sticks drummer Dimwit the other
day in the Soft Rock Cafe (I?) about the
group's plans and so forth.
PAGE FRIDAY: My first question is why
are the Pointed Sticks, after having gone to
England and achieving a certain amount of
fame, playing such a venue as the Pit?
DIMWIT: Well, basically because
December is the month in which we're working towards tightening up our live sound and
getting the new members worked in before
we undertake a tour of Canada and the
States, which is what we're planning for
January or early February. And we just want
in December to play as many places in town
as we can, and they phoned us up and offered
it to us and we took it.
Going into the place blind, from what
you've told me, it doesn't sound like it'll be
pleasant, but that remains to be seen.
PF: Who are the new members of the band
D: Scott Watson, who's the bass player.
His background is quite a bit different from
anyone else in the band in that he came, not
out of jamming around with friends and getting known in the "punk" circle, but from
show bands and bar bands. He toured with
"Elvis, Elvis, Elvis" and stuff like that and
we got him through an ad that we had in
some music store. He's a very good bass
player and he's working in with the band
more and more each time we play. The other
new member of the band is John Fiera, a sax
player. He played in the Druts, who were
with Tim Ray and who were on their own for
a while. He's a real old friend of Bill's from
music school. He does saxophone, keyboards
and vocals.
PF: Why did Tony Bardach leave?
D: It was sort of a mutual decision. He felt
that his contributions and input weren't being accepted and we weren't happy with his
playing and the ideas that he was presenting.
It just sort of got to the point where we said,
well this just isn't going to work.
PF: What sort of ideas was he presenting?
D: Space cadet ideas, sort of. He's a really
funny guy, right, and what he wanted to do
and the way he thought things should be
played, and the way he liked to play just
didn't fit in with what we wanted a bass
player's function to be. He's really into playing loosely and improvising a lot, and doing
things like jumping around on stage and hitting his bass with a plastic gorilla, producing
nothing but a big, low noise. And we're sort
of going "Tony, don't do that, we don't like
that, you know, play your bass as a bass,"
and he'd go "O.K., I won't do it ever
again," and the next show he'd be banging it
with his fist or throwing it up in the air . . .
And it just kept working more and more like
that till we were getting so fed up with it that,
you know, sometimes I'd walk off stage and
refuse to play with him any longer. His
musical ideas really just didn't jibe in with
what we thought the function of the bass
should be. So we split apart.
PF: What kind of sound would you be
aiming for now then?
D: A very tight, disciplined, and almost
but not really, for lack of a better word, I'll
use the word "funky." But just a really tight
mesh between the bass and the drums. A really thick, tight bottom, which Tony is either
incapable of or doesn't like to play.
PF: Yeah, that's what I've always noticed
with the Pointed Sticks, you always hear the
tinny organ and those sort of whiny vocals,
and that's your trademark sound. Do you
want to change that?
D: We're just trying to flesh out the whole
sound more than it was before because
before I was in the band and before we added
John and Scott, the band really wasn't
much in terms of instrumental prowess.
Those were the two basic trademarks of the
band besides Bill's incessant rhythm strumming. We're trying to get a lot more textures;
like John also plays keyboards and we have
several songs where there's two keyboards
happening in addition to him being a really
good vocalist. And we're working on using a
lot more harmonies than we have been using
in the past.
Nick's just a whiny singer, he's gonna
whine no matter how he sings, so we're trying
to get more and more textures.
PF: Are you personally more happy now,
playing with the Pointed Sticks than you
were with the Subhumans?
D: Oh boy . . . Well, in the Pointed Sticks
from a drummer's point of view, there's less
freedom for me to flash out or to play an
awful lot because it's pop music, it takes a
different style of drumming. It's a much
more structured way of playing. Which is
alright, I don't really mind it, they both have
their advantages and drawbacks. The good
thing about playing a really structured type
of music like we do, from a drum standpoint,
is that it really makes one concentrate on timing and accents, and technique, which I
didn't really do per se in the Subhumans. I
just went "Go, 60 second sprint, play as
much as I can."
PF: Do you still participate in "fuck"
bands (informal groups made up of musicians from well-known local bands)?
D: I'm in Rude Norton and various other
ones around, the Young Iranians, which is a
revival of the psychedelic era, and all sorts of
other ones, like Snuggle Bunny, which is sort
of experimental rock. And Buddy Selfish
which is rockabilly.
PF: I think it's really neat the way people
can go around and have different musical
personalities. You must have fairly healthy
relations with your former musical
D: Oh yeah, for sure. Like Gerry and
Wimpy from the Subhumans are like my two
oldest friends in Canada and we still get
along really well.
There's nothing I enjoy more than getting
drunk with Gerry someplace and talking
about how shitty life is. It's actually pretty
cool here in Vancouver because 80 per cent of
the bands are really good friends with each
other and we all tend to play a variety of instruments and so we all interchange . . .
PF: What do you play yourself, besides
D: I play guitar and bass and voice in
various fuck bands, and drums occasionally
although I try to avoid it.
PF: Inevitably, I want to talk about the
England experience . . .
D: It always comes up.
PF: Nigel Gray was your producer there?
D: Yes.
PF: I read somewhere one of the Sticks being quoted as saying "oh, we flew to England
and we had to deal with this coked-out idiot
who didn't know what the fuck he was
doing." Was that essentially true?
D: Yeah, he was a coked-out idiot and he
knows what's going on in a sense that he
knows how to get a certain sound. The thin,
fairly flat sounding production on the Police
albums is basically the only sound that he
knows how to get. It wasn't a question of
him hearing us and trying to work with our
sound as it was us going in there and him saying "well this is how a band should sound."
The whole time we were there it was like a
battle between us and him, him saying for example, "oh, that guitar sounds much too
distorted, it should be much cleaner, you
guys are playing way too fast, you're drumming far too hard," all sorts of things like that,
which put us all in a really bad mood as far as
performances go. The performances started
to slip according to how much more depressed we became through each day of battling
with him.
The eventual outcome of it was an album
that no one really liked, not Nigel, not us,
and not Stiff. He doesn't really have any idea
of how to work to get any other kind of
sound other than the one he's accustomed to
getting. He wasn't really willing to listen to
what we thought we should sound like.
PF: So why was he chosen as producer?
D: Through his reputation and because
when he talked to Stiff he had just started his
momentum, like everyone in the industry had
started hearing about him. So everybody was
saying, "yeah, this guy's going to be good,"
but his fame and reputation hadn't spread as
far as to knock up his prices, so when Stiff
contacted him he said he'd do the album for
2000 pounds, which for a producer is extraordinarily cheap. And Stiff just went "wow,
this is the guy for the Pointed Sticks!" We
had never met him, never talked to him until
the very first day we were in the studio. And
he looked at us and we looked at him, with
his leather pants and his coke spoon around
his neck and all this stuff, and he's got his
Mercedes-Benz parked outside and we just
went "oh no."
And basically what we did get out of it was
almost all dropped. It was just a question of
all of us going into the thing blind. Friday, December 5,1980
A look at the history of
music in forms before the
age of the electric guitar
and the juke box.
The arrival of electricity in our homes has
opened up broad vistas of experience never
before available to the common man. At the
flick of a switch, a stereo unit can provide
sounds of all tastes and cultures, from the
latest jazz-fusion going back to recitals of the
earliest music known to man. It is so easy we
don't appreciate it. Our ears are sensitive to
the slightest aberration in tone colour, our
musical tastes eclectic (the chants of the
Kreen-Akrorre, the classical fugues of Bach),
yet we are not aware of it. So it really is high
time we realized that the art of music existed
in a variety of forms before the age of the
electric guitar and the jukebox.
Until recently it was necessary to travel to
Europe to see the remarkable instruments
that existed to charm the kings and queens of
the medieval world. Now the Vancouver
Centennial Museum has "invited the world
to come to Vancouver and bring their instruments." The Look Of Music is described
as "a major international exhibition of rare
musical instruments", and has on the front
of its glossy brochure a picture of a
distinguished gentleman holding a seven-
MANDORA . . . Benedetto Sanbretto, 1726 (left) and Mandora,    Petrus Bulocta,
1584 (right), two   instruments now on display
belled cornet and laughing. I went down to
see what he was smiling about.
The best time to visit this show is the afternoon during the week as weekends are extremely crowded; school groups are encouraged to visit on weekday mornings to
take advantage of the free guide service. The
entrance fee, (public $4, students $2.75),
seems rather high but not when installation
costs are taken into consideration.
This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a collection of works of art
that have never been on display together
before. Some statistics may be of use here to
describe the occasion: 328 instruments made
in 13 countries and collected from 30 institutions at a cost of $650,000.
It takes a few minutes to realize just how
good the display units and general layout are;
in the darkness you are drawn towards the
pieces which glow in pools of light. Rather
than placing the works in symmetrically efficient patterns the display team have used a
marvellous range of presentation techniques
which pay homage to the intricacy and beauty of the subjects.
The cornets, trumpets, and trombones, for
instance, are laid out flat, hung on the walls
of the display cabinet, and suspended freely;
you are able to walk around the display unit
and see under and behind the instruments to
catch the exquisite craftsmanship and ornate
markings. The two Stradavari violins seem to
be floating in space in a manner reminiscent
of Kubrick's space odyssey. No expense has
been spared to bring the show to life by the
use of rich carpets, tapestries, and paintings
to show off the items in their natural context.
Apart from the larger pianos and harpsichords the exhibits are all inside cabinets
hermetically sealed from the ravages of
human breath and wandering hands, so you
cannot hear them. But for an extra dollar you
can hire a portable cassette unit which acts as
both tour guide and spokesman for the dumb
apparatus. This is a must for without it the
instruments seem somewhat lacking in dimension, and some are downright liars! The
Tromba Marina, for instance, looks like one
of those skiffle group basses made from a
box and broomhandle, and was known as a
"Nun's fiddle". All very innocent on sight
but to the ears a completely different kettle
of fish. I could have sworn it was a walrus in
heat. Music works in mysterious ways.
Two of the displays are set out like rooms
and deserve particular attention. The "Baroque Room" illustrates the instruments used
in Bach's Trio Sonata, and is a replica of
Frederick the Great's music room complete
with a Ruckers harpsichord (1688), a Stainer
violin (1661), a Tielke bass viol (1698), and
the piece de resistance, Frederick the Great's
flute. The attention to detail is fascinating;
the walls are painted in exact baroque style,
the chairs and music stands are period pieces,
and even the checkered floor is true to the
original. The instruments are scattered in
such a way that you feel like the cleaner who
popped in to do some dusting while Freddy
and his melodious cohorts were out having a
coffee break.
But this show is more than a pot-pourri of
antique trivia. "Mozart's Room", again exquisitely presented, with tapestries on the
walls and copies of original musical scores,
demonstrates the addition of a piano to
woodwinds in Mozart's wind quintet in
E-flat, which was to become a landmark in
the musical development of the Classical
About half of the displays are "sound stations" where you can stop and listen on your
cassette machine to music and a bit of chat
relating specifically to that exhibit. I had a
couple of criticisms here; the paternal tone of
the speaker soon became irritating and the
earpiece supplied with the tape-recorder was
pathetically substandard.
You don't need to be a music buff to appreciate this amazing collection of strange
shapes but it helps. For instance, I don't
think the average person in the shopping mall
would know the many features of the instruments used in today's symphony orchestra,
so it is difficult to appreciate the differences
displayed by some of the extinct creatures at
the show. Fortunately some were so zany that
even small children can stop and wonder.
The hurdy gurdy, for instance, is as funny
as it sounds. It looks like a pagan harvest effigy with the features of violin, wooden-clapper, and magician's stage prop. It has strings,
a keyboard and a handle at the bottom which
when cranked produces a noise like the Monty Python String Quartet. The clavicyther-
ium, a 16th century upright harpsichord, appears very suspicious indeed with the keyboard at right-angles to the strings. An innovative design which never even had a
chance to become extinct. The crwths and
theorbos are unpronounceable, and the basset horns, bell citterns, barytons and flageolets are beyond description. There is a bassoon from Russia with a fancy bell in the
shape of a snake's head, a violin made by
Stradavarius when he was 92, and, of course,
that multi-bell cornet.
It is quite easy to get a feel for musical development as you see how impractical many
of these pieces are. The cornet, for example,
looks and sounds stunning but weighs a ton.
The lutes are beautiful works of art but too
quiet and fragile for today's requirements,
while the original orchestral horns were loud
and tough but too slow. Before the invention
of the valve and piston, horn players had to
insert and remove extra pieces of tubing
(crooks) to play music in different keys. The
horn in the Mozart room comes with a box-
full of crooks of a type common in 1790.
Thomas Zach's violino-harpa owes more to
Salvador Dali than Stradavarius; enlargement of the soundbox to increase the tone
quality led to surreal dimensions. It works,
but no more were made.
Not everyone coming to this exhibition will
be interested in such technicalities so it is
worth remembering that many of these pieces
of equipment are in fact works of art. At the
entrance is a harpsichord by Giovanni Celest-
ini of Venice, dated 1596, made of cypress
and cedar; the craftmanship is a feast for the
eyes. The outer case, made a little later, has a
gorgeous painting of dancing cherubs. Unfortunately the pools of light do not quite
work to highlight this facet of the work, and
paradoxically, you have to look at a picture
in the catalogue to appreciate it properly.
Size is not a prerequisite for attention
though; I noticed a tiny cornet of outstanding workmanship which resembles a horn like
that of a unicorn. The seams are invisible
even under magnification; truly a product of
an age when time was not at a premium.
If you walk around the sound stations only
you see about half of the exhibits; this takes
about 25 minutes. But I wouldn't recommend this because the sound stations do not
necessarily contain the best items. The show
ALL THAT BRASS ... no it's not
the seven trumpets of doom but
to finds out what it really is, visit
the look of music exhibit
deserves at least an hour, and only one viewing doesn't do it justice. Whatever you do
don't rush it; I advise a pace of 'andante' in
general, with a quick burst of 'scherzo'
around group tours and other encumbrances.
My main criticism of this layout is the lack
of sound. More permanent sound stations
where you can sit and listen to substantial examples of the music produced by these wonderful instruments on proper headphones
would be a joy. Perhaps this would slow
down the speed of visitor-traffic, but this exhibition (despite its mammoth cost) is not
King Tut.
The brochure, (yes, it is rather a good brochure), says that "throughout the more than
five months of the exhibition, there will be
concerts, formal and informal; workshops,
lectures, demonstrations, Sunday afternoon
family musicales and more." A word of warning; the concert area is small so turn up in
good time for the Tuesday 2 p.m. concerts.
The Friday evening concerts are sold out for
months to come, but the publicity manager,
Ray McAllister, says that there is a possibility
of extra venues to match public demand.
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Crone offers sight for the blind
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Among the thousands who attend
UBC this year is a small group of 20
visually impaired students —
students who have decided not to
allow their disability to prevent
them from getting an education.
Their backgrounds are all different, the severity of their
disabilities vary, and their career
ambitions are diverse. Yet they all
share the common objective of pursuing their education on a large
campus using the resources they
have, and to do so as independently
and normally as possible.
Does the campus and its facilities
help or hinder the visually impaired
There is a variety of services,
facilities, and people on campus to
assist these students. The heart of
operations for the blind is the Crane
Library in Brock Hall, North
America's only university-
supported library for the blind. It is
heralded by its head, Paul Thiele, as
the best-equipped facility of its
kind. It is a genuine library branch,
containing extensive resources as
well as required course reading.
Materials are available in several
forms. There are books with large
print for those with partial sight,
while "talking books" texts that
have been read onto tape, are used
by the totally blind. There is a collection of braille materials as well.
Students use Crane not only for
its textual resources, but also for its
equipment, which helps them with
everything from recording lectures
to typing term papers. Investigating
Photos by
Sue Lemieux
the gadgetry is like touring an extra-
galactic hardware store.
There are Optacons, devices
which convert printed words into
tactile electric impulses the shape of
the letter the user senses under his
or her finger. Talking calculators
and watches break one's reverie to
remind the student of his or her
next class. Students can borrow
braille slates for note-taking while
others use tape-recorders for lectures. They are all available at
Another service on campus for
the blind is the counselling centre.
Active in helping the blind student
GADGETRY ... an extra-galactic hardware store
decipher the maze he or she will be
dealing with during the year, the
centre plans September orientation
programs. Pre-registration is offered so students can avoid the turmoil and frustrations of first week
Counsellors advise students on
career concerns as well. Job information is on tape at the centre.
But no amount of services and
tools can ever deal with all the problems that campus, classes, work
and other people pose to the visually impaired student.
Accessibility to buildings is a major concern. The blind student is a
victim of UBC's outdated architecture, since most buildings were
designed long before the term
"building accessibility" was ever
Students use guide dogs and
canes for campus travel between
buildings. But unless they ask for
help, there is no way they can identify vital areas of a building such as
elevators or fire exits.
A clause introduced in January,
1980 in the B.C. building code
stipulates that major entrances and
exits, elevators, washrooms, and
refreshment facilities must be marked with three-dimensional (tactile)
signs. But there is a catch: it does
not require that structures built
before January must comply. Unfortunately, the majority of campus
buildings are not so young.
The implications of an absence of
raised signs are usually overlooked
by the sighted person. Consider, for
example, the difficulties of an
elevator ride for a blind person:
"Imagine going into Buchanan
Tower and trying to work a non-
tactile panel," says Paul Thiele.
"There's a basic problem: when the
doors open, you don't know where
you are."
Thiele says although it's not
legally mandatory, UBC could initiate some changes in its buildings.
He would like to see many buildings
re-equipped to service the blind in
honor of the United Nations' 1981
"Year of the Disabled Person." "It
would be nice, for example," says
Thiele, "to let blind people have independent access to SUB."
A recent presentation by architecture students entitled "Barrier Free
Design" pointed to other ways to
improve inadequate campus
facilities. Dave Johnston, architecture 4, recommended that in keeping with the provincial code, the
ends of handrails be fitted with textured directional clues for blind to
help orient them once they reach
the end of staircases and to warn
them of possible obstructions.
To some blind students, their
greatest liability is not the physical
faults of the campus but "people
Bruce Gilmour, forestry 1, says
one of his biggest handicaps is the
public. "My beef is student con-
his hand then walked away. He
remembers the door he walked into,
left half-closed by the person in
front of him. For Gilmour, such incidents are too frequent.
Campus traffic habits arouse fury
in Gilmour as well. Twice, he has
narrowly missed being hit by
vehicles speeding down the malls.
"They just go burning down, and it
angers me: I'm in the right!"
Haphazard, unpredictable parking takes its toll on the blind student. Again, Gilmour can provide
examples. Recently he collided with
a car parked in the middle of a
sidewalk. Such obstacles haven't
been included in the carefully planned campus routes these students
make for themselves.
Gilmour wants a more conscientious monitoring of traffic on campus but gets frustrated with the lack
of action. Traffic and security told
him to take down the licence
number when he reported an incident, he recalls. "I told them I'd
like to, but I happen to be blind."
Thiele says student oversight is
not intentional, but "they could be
a little more aware." Blind students
are not completely self-sufficient.
They welcome help. "All you have
to do is ask if we need it," says
Gilmour. "You don't have to be
embarrassed about it."
Thiele attributes an increase in
the use of guide dogs to the decrease
in offers for assistance. Contrary to
assumptions, guide dogs don't
render their masters completely
A dog will avoid hazardous areas
to preserve himself, but is still
reliant on the master's knowledge
of locations. "If the dog didn't
sense danger he would walk in front
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sideration," he says. For example,
students often unwittingly park
their bicycles in front of buildings,
or they themselves lounge over steps
and in front of doors. Buchanan,
says Gilmour, is notorious in this
"I feel the public has a lot of
audacity," he says. He tells of the
person who knocked his cane out of
of a Mack truck," says Thiele.
Perhaps in 1981, the Year of the
Disabled, revised building codes
and a more aware public will improve the situation for blind
students. For Gilmour and others,
the changes will be welcome.
Gilmour quotes an advertisement
for the disabled people when he
sums up his view: "It's our turn." Page 10
Friday, December 5,1980
UBC sports
teams —
win some,
lose some
UBC's sports year began on a
positive note, with the young and
inexperienced Thunderbird football
team demolishing the University of
Manitoba Bisons 27-0 at the first
That was the highlight of the
football Birds' season and things
went downhill from there. Overall
the team had a mediocre season.
They suffered a phenomenal
amount of injuries, including a
knee injury to starting quarterback
Greg Clarkson, and ended up third
in their league, just missing the
playoffs. The league champion
Alberta Golden Bears went on to
win the Canadian national championship.
The Shrum Bowl can only be
described as a disaster. The Simon
Fraser Clansmen dominated the
game from the opening kickoff and
came away with a 30-3 victory over
The soccer team had a very successful season and ended up tied for
first place in its league with the University of Calgary Dinosaurs, both
with 11 points.
Calgary was awarded first place
and the chance to go to the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Athletic Union championships on the basis of
the seasonal series between the two
schools that Calgary took 1-0-1.
'Birds' Gord Johnson with nine
goals and Joel Johnson with four
were the scoring leaders in Canada
West. Johnson and team captain
Eric Jones were appointed to the
Canada West All-stars from UBC.
UBC's one national championship team this term was the field
hockey Thunderettes. The
Thunderettes lost only one of 11
games in the three tournament
series that made them Canada West
champions. Dana Sinclair of UBC
tied with U of A's Dru Marshall for
the scoring title, each with 16 goals.
The culmination of the season
came when UBC defeated York
University 1-0 in the national final
and returned home from Toronto
with the CIAU trophy. The
Thunderettes are now planning a
European tour in the spring, with
the highlight of a chance to compete
in the Glasgow International Field
Hockey Tournament.
League play for our volleyball
teams began last month with the
first of three cumulative point tournaments played in Lethbridge. The
Thunderbirds are currently in
fourth   place   behind   Calgary,
Saskatchewan and Alberta. The
Thunderettes fared a little better
and are in second place, one point
behind last year's national champions from the University of
Saskatchewan. UBC provided
Saskatchewan with their toughest
competition in the tournament,
winning one game and tying
another against the otherwise
undefeated team.
The Thunderbird hockey team
started their season in November
and have gotten off to a slow start.
As of last weekend, when they were
defeated twice by the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies, the 'Birds
are in last place in Canada West
with only 4 points. Saskatchewan
and Calgary are tied for first with
Home ice advantage seems to be
a major factor here as only the
Huskies managed to win on the
road. UBC has had only two home
games so far, so it can't be counted
out yet. Thunderbird Rob Jones is
the scoring leader in the league,
while teammate Jim McLaughlin
holds down second place.
International hockey took place
in early Oct. when Seibu of Japan
travelled to UBC to take on the
'Birds. UBC managed a 2-2 tie in
the hard-fought match and is now
looking forward to playing the
Japanese national team February 1.
The Thunderbird basketball team
is tied for first place in its league
with the Universities of Victoria
and Saskatchewan. All these teams
have 3 and 1 records. 'Bird
newcomer Kim O'Leary is in second
place in the overall scoring race
with 88 points, but was injured last
weekend in Victoria and will be out
for an undetermined length of
time. UBC's Bob Forsyth is sixth
with 71 points.
The Thunderette basketball team
appears to have run into some difficulties and is currently 0 for 6, at
the bottom of the Canada West
league. League play for both the
men and women resumes in Jan.
Now you can really stock up.
Introducing ExhaOld Stock inthe
new convenient 24 pack. Friday, December 5,1980
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The trial of UBC anthropology
professor Cyril Belshaw for the
murder of his wife ends today. On
Monday his fate will be in the hands
of a Swiss judge and a jury of six
While screaming headlines in the
daily press chronicle the high and
low points of the professor's private
life, it is not the first time Belshaw
has been embroiled in controversy.
Here at UBC Cyril Belshaw was
active in university politics, serving
for many years on the university
And nine years ago he was the
chairman of the anthropology and
sociology department (the two disciplines were combined in one department then), when one of the
most bitter political controversies in
the university's history broke out,
involving him and his department.
The issue was tenure and it ended
with the firing of two faculty members and Belshaw's eventual resignation as chairman of the department.
The issue spawned mass meetings
and front page headlines in the university press for several months.
The controversy began innocently enough in late October, 1971.
Five young professors in the department were up for tenure. Tenure is
a gruelling process, feared by junior
professors, which involves an assessment of their teaching and publishing record by a departmental
The committee's decision can
mean the difference between a job
for life, or banishment from the
university and an uncertain future.
The professors up for the review
were George Gray, Bob Ratner,
Robin Ridington, Ron Silvers and
Matthew Speier.
All five were recommended for
tenure by the department's promotions and tenure committee, but
two of them, Silvers and Speier,
were approved by a slim majority
among many abstentions.
The scene was set.
The next stage in the tenure procedure is referral to the arts
faculty's tenure and promotions
committee, headed then by arts
dean Doug Kenny, who became
UBC administration president in
The department committee sent
its report to the faculty committee,
but attached to that report is a
recommendation by the department
Enter Cyril Belshaw.
Belshaw recommended against
tenure for the two profs, which unleashed a storm of protest.
The Ubyssey took up the cause of
the denied professors and used the
issue to attack the entire tenure system, terming it a process for fostering "narrow, conservative mediocrity."
The weapons were memos, mass
meetings (called learn-ins then) and
newspaper headlines.
On one side were the anthrosoc
grad students association, The
Ubyssey and the denied professors.
On the other side were Belshaw,
arts dean Kenny and the faculty
promotions and tenure committee.
In the middle was the anthrosoc
Belshaw took a hard line from
the beginning, refusing to reconsider tenure for the professors.
The grad students association
prepared a comprehensive brief, analyzing the process used to judge
Speier and Silvers and coming to
the conclusion that they deserved a
second review.
The association said the quality
of teaching and graduate student
supervision was not given much
weight as a criterion for tenure and
that the criteria used were not applied uniformly to all five profs.
There were also suggestions that
tenure was being denied to the two
professors because they advocated a
school of thought in sociology
which was not popular then among
the department hierarchy.
The arts undergraduate society
president of the day, Colin Portnuff put it this way: "In the cases of
BELSHAW ... in somewhat happier days
some professors, political considerations will play a large part in the
(tenure) decision. If these professors are refused promotion, student
action will certainly be taken."
But Belshaw would not budge
and issued memos condemning The
Ubyssey and making condescending
comments about the grad students'
"While I have not the slightest
doubt that the members of this
committee are doing their very best,
and while I intend to continue to
meet with them, I fear they do not
understand the nature of the fire
they are playing with, and that we
may ultimately have to treat their
burns as well as our own."
Belshaw denied all the claims
about improper evaluation of the
professors' tenure and began to
take every means available to muzzle the students.
For example, at one point he revoked the right of the students'
committee to use departmental office facilities.
Mass meetings were organized
and lecture halls were filled to overflowing as students and faculty
alike came to debate the issues.
Then the faculty began to get involved and pressure mounted for
Belshaw to reconsider his stand.
He refused.
As more people became involved
in this issue, including senior fac
ulty, Belshaw adopted a siege mentality.
He sent out the following memo
Nov. 1, 1971, to selected faculty
members: "The centre pages of The
Ubyssey of Friday 29th constitute a
deliberate and mischievious attempt
to open up divisions and wounds in
the department which had long
since been healed, and indeed to exaggerate issues which were once
with us," he wrote.
Belshaw said he would not respond to the criticisms in the paper
but suggested faculty do the following: "I do ask faculty now to individually bombard Ubyssey with
letters attacking their divisive tactics
and demonstrating that they have
not worked. They should not be allowed to continue to think that if
they attempt to abuse and destroy,
faculty members will allow them to
get away with it: they should at least
be placed on the defensive.
"Don't, however, get sucked into
the tenure discussion. And don't
allow this to upset you, or spend
too much time on it. We must not
allow this kind of pressure to deflect us from our positive
concerns," Belshaw wrote.
By the second week in November,
faculty, including some senior
members, were asking for a review
of the decision.
At a meeting of the junior faculty, a letter was signed by 12 mem
bers, urging the tenure committee
to reconsider its decision.
The committee decided it would
reconsider tenure for the profs, a
major setback for Belshaw, and
there was speculation he might resign.
But he wrote again saying: "It
would be utter irresponsibility on
my part to even contemplate resignation when the department is faced with malignant attacks from the
"A time of crisis and concern is a
time to see the department through
to more creative and happier activities.
"It has been my intention to offer my resignation to the dean in
December, and I will still try to do
this, although it has been made
more difficult by all the pressure
and politics lately."
In January the full department
voted 30 to eight in favor of fully
reconsidering the two profs' case.
Three weeks later the department
voted almost unanimously to call in
the Canadian Association of University Teachers to investigate the
handling of the tenure issue.
Then arts dean Doug Kenny,
along with the faculty tenure committee, voted against tenure for the
two profs. They were fired and that
ended the issue and a saga in the life
of Cyril Belshaw.
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Friday, December 5,1980
Human body runs with tight staph
Special to The Ubyssey
Anyone who has taken a first year biology
course has probably had this experience: you
scrape the inside of your mouth with the flat
of a toothpick, put the scraping on a slide,
stain it, and look at it through a microscope.
You see large groups of cells with a fair
number of individual cells floating around
them. You may be able to see some of the internal workings of the cells, and on the surface of many you see a lot of tiny rod-like
structures. You ask your lab instructor about
them and they are identified as probably being staphlococcus.
Not unusual, but stop now and consider
for a moment how much of your mass is actually you.
YOUR BODY . . . more of a community than an individual
As a human being, I am much more of a
community than an individual. At any time
in my body (yours too) there are a multitude
of microorganisms — bacteria, protozoans
and viruses. Some of these are beneficial to
us: for instance our intestinal bacteria including Escherichia coli that synthesize
several B-complex vitamins we require for
our metabolic processes and can't produce
Others, like M. tuberculosis and herpes
simplex can exist inside us for years without
producing symptoms, until some change in
our internal environment "activates" them
and we get cold sores or consumption.
You see, we are never alone.
If the idea of wee beasties all through us is
upsetting, we can eliminate most of them
with the aid of the vast selection of powerful
chemical poisons developed by the medical
industry. But we would still be communities,
and would surely have it no other way.
All our life processes and the life processes
of almost every creature on earth rely on a
group of creatures that eons ago decided to
stay small, stick to one job, and get inside
everyone else: our mitochondria and their
vegetable cousins the chloroplasts.
The mitochondria take pyruvic acid, a
byproduct of the digestion within the cell of
glucose, and use it to produce ATP, a
chemical that is the cell's main energy storage
The chloroplasts use light energy to do
basically the same thing, but produce oxygen
as well. We are dependent on these
A generally accepted theory suggests that
mitochondria and chloroplasts were pro-
caryotic organisms (lacking a membraned
nucleus) that entered eucariotic cells (higher
organization cells like ours) and formed a
symbiosis with them. In this relationship they
now produce the chemical energy that keeps
the earth alive, and without them life as we
know it would quickly, almost instantaneously, vanish.
Both mitochondria and chloroplasts have
their own characteristic DNA, RNA, and
ribosomes that resemble those of bacteria
much more than those of humans, elephants,
or wheat. Also, these organelles reproduce
only through division, and are not produced
by the host organism although it appears that
the host cell contributes some proteins that
the organelles cannot produce themselves.
This type of relationship is called mutualism.
These two creatures may not be the only
boarders in other organisms. It has been suggested that our cilia, centriols, and basal
bodies are also transplanted from outside,
with their own genetic material. We also find
that flagella in bacteria and protozoans may
have been spirochetes that found it easier to
work for another as higher order cells were
being assembled.
This fusing of organisms is happening even
now. In the early '70s bathers in Australia
were being stung by tiny creatures that were,
it turned out, nudibranches that had fed on
Portuguese men-of-war. After eating the
jellyfish, the nudibranches somehow edited
their meal and allowed the stinging cells to
migrate to their surface. It was the jellfish's
stinging cells, fused with the skin of the
nudibranch, that were causing the bathers'
One of the most interesting examples of
this joining of forces by different organisms
is a cooperative effort between a protozoan,
a couple of different bacteria, and the termite.
Termites live in colonies, where each individual functions as a part of the hill. Their
Without the protozoan, there would be no
But the protozoan, on closer examination, is
a community itself. Besides its mitochondria,
the flagella that transport Myxotricha by
beating in perfect synchrony turn out to be
perfectly formed spirochetes, outsiders fused
at regular intervals all over its surface.
The other participants in this strange collective are bacteria that float about in the
cytoplasm  and  sit  near  the  base  of the
RED . . . blood cells twisting and churning throughout your system.
mounds are built with pellets of lignin, a
byproduct of digestion that termites fashion
into intricate curving arches.
Two or three termites will stack lignin
pellets aimlessly. They move them here and
there but build nothing. As more and more
join in, things begin to happen. A sort of
quorum is reached and the individuals begin
to act as one; pillars arch together to be joined perfectly; symmetrical chambers appear,
almost crystalline in form.
The lignin pellets that the termite uses to
build the hills are produced as a result of the
digestion of cellulose in the termite's gut. But
termites cannot digest wood by themselves.
Enter Myxotricha paradoxa, a protozoan
that lives nowhere but in the guts of termites.
Myxotricha swims quickly around the
digestive tract of the termite, encountering
and breaking down the particles of wood the
insect has eaten. It produces the lignin the
termite uses as construction blocks, and edible carbohydrates which allow the termite to
spirochetes,   supplying  more  digestive  enzymes to break cellulose into sugar.
What comes out of this discussion is the
fact that all life on earth depends on all other
life. We are dependent on many, many other
organisms for our existence. We are related
to all these other life forms through our
mitochondria (plants have both mitochondria and chloroplasts) and other organelles.
What also comes is the curious feeling that
life is SUPPOSED to function this way. The
overwhelming tendency in nature is toward
cooperating, with all parties getting what
they require to live as they supply something
to the others. We seem to have forgotten or
ignored this for a large part of our history.
We are not separate from the rest of life on
earth. Our mitochondria are the mitochondria of ants and anteaters, corn and corn-
borers, guppies and whales. We are intimately connected to the rest of the
Large theatre chains block out small local cinemas
Those of us who had been looking forward
to attending Pacific Cinematheque's Master-
works of the Cinema series at the Varsity
theatre on Sunday afternoons came a rude
awakening a few weeks ago: the series, which
included such films as Richard Lester's How
I Won the War, Rene Clement's Forbidden
Games, and Federico FeHini's Juliet of the
Spirits, was cancelled. The reason? Odeon
Theatres wanted to have Sunday matinee
showings of Kurosawa's Kagemusha (The
Shadow Warrior at the Varsity, and so, out
went the Cinematheque series. Although the
Dunbar theatre was offered as an alternative
location, it was to late — and too expensive
— for the Cinematheque to make the switch.
Pacific Cinematheque and its membership
were left out in the cold.
In its December-January program guide,
the Cinematheque has published an apology
for the cancellation. "We extend a sincere
apology for this unfortunate cancellation.
Once again we are faced with the core problem: finding a permanent home for the
Cinematheque where we will not be subject
to cancellation by government or private
Forbidden Games and Juliet of the Spirits
have been rescheduled for screenings in
December and January. "We hope to present
the other films in the near future, "states the
program guide.
Paul Yeung, manager of the Cinematheque, expresses frustration at Odeon's sudden
and abrupt move. "It was mainly because
Odeon was making money on Kagemusha, so
they pressured the Varsity to cancel the
series," he says.
Yeung says that the problem that exists in
Vancouver — domination by Famous Players
and Odeon as principal film exhibitors —
also exists all over Canada. "The theatre industry is monopolized by Odeon and Famous
Players." That means little or no real competition for the major theatre chains, limited
choices for the moviegoer, and pressure for
independent film organizations.
There is little alternative
to the commercial
"All over Canada, you're at their mercy.
There is very little alternative to what is
shown in the commercial mainstream." According to Yeung, the problem is not
restricted to Canada. Large film distribution
networks exist all over the world; it's the
same in America, Europe and Asia. "They
have exclusive distribution (rights)," says
"The whole thing is that people should
have a choice."
Increased government grants would help
organizations such as the Cinematheque
serve moviegoers who are not satisfied with
commercial cinema. "I think the mandate of
showing films not the mainstream, films
more in the academic circle, has to have
means of funding from government
sources," says Yeung.
There will be more alternative theatres only
when "there is more demand. That's what
happened in Europe and in Toronto," he
says. Part of the solution is to have more independent, smaller theatres in Vancouver
that show alternative programming, but the
economics of the situation — increased rental
fees paid to the distributor is one thorn —
make it virtually impossible to attempt the
venture. New theatres can cost "over
$400,000," says Yeung.
If there is to be viable alternative film programming to what the major chains are
showing, the public will have to play some
role in bringing about its arrival. "It's only
when people speak out that people become
aware of the situation."
Over at the Ridge on Arbutus, manager
Allen Stevens echoes Yeung's sentiment.
Write to the distrubutor if the movie you
want to see cannot be booked at a theatre like
the Ridge, but is available from the major
distributors like Warner Bros., Universal,
and United Artists says Stevens.
"There are many films that the Ridge
would like to show but simply cannot. If
you're wondering why the Ridge doesn't
screen films you've requested over and over
again, the reason could be one of the following: 1) No distribution rights for the films exist in Canada. 2) Except for The Creature
from the Black Lagoon and It Came from
Outer Space, 3-D films are not available. 3)
The rights to the films have been lost, or 4)
No one's willing to acquire the rights for
films that have an uncertain appeal at the
box-office in Canada, even at a revival
Some of the films you won't be seeing at
the Ridge, at least in the near future, include
Our Hitler, Lillies of the Field, My Fair
Lady, The Producers, Slaughterhouse Five,
and Magic Christian.
Stevens says the Ridge tries to "estimate
(when a certain film) will leave the first-run
circuit," so that the Ridge may book it.
When the estimation is wrong, however, and
the film does not finish its first run when anticipated, the Ridge does not get the movie.
For example, although the Ridge had booked
Blake Edwards' 10 from Warner Bros, for
screening last May, the theatre could not
have it since Famous Players was still playing
the feature at one of its suburban theatres.
Revival houses like the Ridge which show
second-run films are often regarded as "second class," says Stevens. Film distribution
and exhibition is a "big, monolithic
industry," according to Stevens. He cites
Famous Players as an example. Famous
Players is owned by Paramount Pictures,
which in turn is owned by Gulf and Western,
one of the world's largest corporations.It's
an industry, says Stevens, that's"made to
protect those people (who control
"There are certain films which I've been
trying to book for six months and which the
distributor will not release," says Sean Daly,
owner-manager of the Savoy theatre on Main
"If the numbers (in terms of the expected
audience and revenue) don't jive, you don't
get the film," says Daly.
In Yeung's words, "Ultimately, it comes
down to money."
Independent film theatres like the Ridge
and film organizations like the Cinematheque
are plagued with problems in their continuing
conflict with the major chains and
distributors. Vancouver is a long way from
having a healthy film community that offers
satisfactory choices for the moviegoer looking for alternate, non-commercial films.
Something will have to be done, and part of
the effort can come from you, the all-
important, money-paying audience. Friday, December 5,1980
Page 13
Tom Wayman
focuses on
everyday life
Tom Wayman, the intrepid former editor
of The Ubyssey, talks to Page Friday staffer
Eric Eggertson about the concerns of that
elusive character, the average person.
Wayman, after he left this vile rag, wrote
numerous books of poems, including
Waiting for Wayman, Money and Rain, Free
Time, and Living on the Ground: Tom
Wayman Country, his latest venture. He has
also edited several anthologies of work
poems. Wayman calls Vancouver his home
but is currently in Nelson teaching creative
writing at the David Thompson University
Page Friday: Because I was reading your
poetry with an interview in mind I was particularly interested in your poems about interviews.
Wayman: Yes, those close off the book
Free Time. You see, by the time I had done
that book I had been interviewed a number
of times by people. And it struck me that the
questions being asked were not the ones that
I wanted to deal with.
PF: Where is poetry today? And where
would you like it to be?
W: I think to understand the purpose of
poetry at present you have to back up and
look at it historically. Originally, say in Elizabethan times, that tiny portion of the population which was literate read poems and was
interested in poems. People had the leisure to
write poems because only the people with
leisure were literate.
Then as you move up the century and more
people begin to read, poetry still maintains an
important role as a discussion of problems or
issues to do with everyday life. So Milton will
write poems that are really examinations of
issues involved with English civil war. He is a
very partisan writer, and poems like Paradise
Lost are basically to argue some points of
view about theological and political disputes.
The people who write
books are no smarter
than anybody else.
Then in the 1700s you find three books
chained to the bar of the average English alehouse. One is the Bible, used for settling disputes; the second was Pilgrim's Progress; and
the third was a long poem by James Thompson called The Seasons. It dealt with an agricultural world with changing seasons.
With the turn from the 1700s to the 1800s
you come into the era known as the Romantic period. And here poetry in particular and
the arts in general made a disastrous mistake.
A group of people turned their backs on the
horrors of the industrial revolution happening all around them. People like Keats and
Shelley and Wordsworth, faced with the horrors of their countrymen, rather than articulating that, looking at it, examining it,
thinking about it, they looked away to look
at daffodils and some other strange things.
And it set a tone for what became most people's knowledge and conception of the arts.
I think that the people who began to have
the first factory schools liked the idea of
teaching Keats and Shelley because they had
nothing to do with everyday life, with the
question of industrialization and hours of
work and so on. They led people into a beautiful fantasy world, which is exactly where
factory owners like people to be, rather than
asking embarrassing questions. So that has
been promoted as the status of the arts, it
should be something that lets you escape.
I think this is a mistake, and I think a
whole series of writers and painters share my
attitude that this is a temporary aberration. If
people want to escape from everyday life,
then maybe the question should be asked,
What's wrong with everyday life that makes
it unfulfilling?
It's strange that our model for fulfillment
in everyday life is being in love, something
that does not happen to people for very long
— a week or two at a time. And the rest of
the time they're expected not to be fulfilled.
That's what advertisers use, they entice you
with images of a more fulfilling life if only
you buy this commodity. Advertising is only
the grossest example of that.
I think the arts have to tackle that challenge, and to examine all the facets of that
question. I'm pleased to say that poetry has
in the last decade or so started doing just
that. People are writing about their jobs,
about their daily lives organized around a
So I've got this in gathering and collecting
poetry about work, and I've found that it's
simply going on everywhere right now. I
think this is the threshold of a new direction.
It's very anti-romantic, it's very prosaic as
opposed to what people think of as poetry,
by which they mean poetic, by which they
mean romantic.
PF: I think there's a real value in stories
and poetry that are almost fables, and on the
face of it not having anything to do with
what's going on today. But it's sort of a disguise, because when you look at them they
have everything to do with everything that is
going on today.
W: I agree with you 100 per cent, and I
should say this: that I'm not trying to stop
people from writing the other way. One thing
we learn from science is that the freedom to
pursue totally trivial and meaningless problems leads us to solutions to very important
problems. Theoretical mathematics has to
stay several jumps ahead of any possible application. The whole computer world opened
up because the mathematics was there ready
for it when it was needed.
But it's in the world of science that people
are working day to day with the problems
that people do have. So it isn't a case of
either/or. It's just now in the arts there is an
enormous preponderence of nonsense that is
being examined and made obscure and interpreted and reinterpreted, and so on. Very little is applied to an examination of the everyday. It's a question of balance.
There's a whole range of techniques that
can be used. Some of my favorite poets are
surreal poets who use the weird juxtaposition
of objects and events to comment tellingly on
some of the weirdnesses of everyday life as
they are. I hope I don't sound like I'm saying
that doggy realism is the only way to do it.
But we have to ask ourselves why we are
writing. Are we writing to obscure an already
difficult existence, to make it more trouble
for people? Or to help people, to help ourselves to understand things better by wrestling with these issues, by putting them down
on paper and seeing what they look like? And
there are a million ways to do that.
PF: In Free Time you wrote a series of
poems about interviews and you said that instead of asking how you first became a poet,
the interviewers should ask how you first became Tom Wayman. You said that your
poetry is working towards an autobiography.
So how much autobiography is in there?
W: Well, that's a good question. A lot of
my writing is based on my personal experiences, because when I was a student at UBC
in fourth year we have to give a presentation
of our work, as creative writing students.
And as I was putting together a table of contents of my poems I realized that I was not
dealing in my writing with what was important to me. I made a decision at that moment
that I would do so. There didn't seem much
sense to my writing unless I was doing something that was important to me. I don't think
that's true for everybody, but I decided it was
true for me.
So my work is based on what happens to
me, but me in the larger context that includes
my friends and acquaintances — the people
who I think are sharing the planet with me at
the time.
But the focus has to be on my life. If I
think that people's lives are significant, I
have to believe that mine is significant too.
Not any more significant, but not any less
significant either. I just want to say, this is
what's happened to me in these years. And I
hope that encourages other "people to write
about themselves. It seems a way to suggest
that our lives and what we do are important,
because so much tells us that they're ni.t.
The people who write books are no smarter
than anybody else. I was always taught to believe that they had more smarts than anybody. And it's simply not true. A lot of them
are dumber than people you meet everyday.
But why are their words hung on as though
what they had to say was significant?
Newspapers have retained a really friendly
interest in poets. They will still review books
of poems — even though a book of poems in
Canada is bought by maybe 2,000 people at
the outside and usually only 500 to 1,000.
PF: Or 400, or 300.
W: Yes. But they will not review a new bus
route as to form and content. There is a form
and a content to bus routes, and it would be
so simple to send a reporter around to see
what difference it makes to the people who
ride the bus regularly. What's the new content of the bus route, is it more interesting
than the other one, is it more convenient?
And you weigh those two, and they'll pick
the book of poems every time. And why?
Which affects more people? Which is more
significant in people's lives? Which alters the
living habits of people more?
And you might say, Why can't we have
both? Then I'll say, yes, that's really the answer. Page 14
Friday, December 5,1980
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The members of II Caffe, the
UBC Club for students of Italian,
are sponsoring a collection on
behalf of the victims of the recent
earthquake in Italy.
I have agreed to act as "clearing
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campus. If any members of UBC
— faculty, staff or students —
would like to make a contribution
to the fund, they may send their
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Buchanan 260.
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Centre in Vancouver. Please
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Our students are to be commended for their initiative on
behalf of this most deserving
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Totem Park
months late
and overbudget
Something is rotten at Totem
Park residence. The common block
and Dene house are undergoing renovations that were started in June.
Upon arrival in September students
were informed that although the
original completion date was Sept.
1, the job would not be finished for
a week or two. Students moved into
Dene house soon after but work is
still going on. As for the common
block, we're still waiting.
caused by work beyond these dates.
That is, if any over-shoot did actually happen."
This note was returned to me by
the man himself and he stressed the
fact that he was quite busy. He answered the question, though, saying
that the renovations were contractually specified to have been completed "in all phases" by Sept. 1.
According to Davis, however, the
project is not overbudget nor would
it have been underbudget if it had
With the opening date being
changed almost weekly most residents have gotten used to the absence of the games room, cantina,
mailboxes and dry access to the
cafeteria. Very few have thought to
investigate the loss of these services
which were paid for.
On the surface the fault seems to
lie entirely with the contractors and
his workers. The Totem residence
attendants have blamed each new
setback on the construction workers
and the general opinion is that they
are milking the job for all it is
The architects hold some of the
blame, however. The plans were
changed repeatedly while construction was under way and some aspects of design were only recently
finalized. For example, there is no
games room in the new common
block. The planned games room is
to be occupied by a universal gym.
A universal gym measures about 10
feet on a side with four benches and
possibly a couple of accessory
bench units, this in the space formerly occupied by three five by 10
pool tables, two ping-pong tables
and assorted arcade games.
The Totem Park Recreation Association, the entity that decides
such matters, has decided to take
the tables out of storage and put
them in the house lounges (may
they rest in peace). This is a decision
that should have been made months
ago. It seems that the TPRA was a
bit confused about just what was
going on in the common block.
No one at Totem Park knows
what's going on, so I went to talk to
Mike Davis at the housing office.
Three times I was informed that Sir
Davis of the non-comment was unavailable for discussion. But then
he's a busy man with so little time
to spare for minor issues.
I left a note asking, among other
things, for "the original termination dates as set by the construction
company and/or the Housing Office and what fraction of costs was
been completed on time. He explained this apparent contradiction
by blaming all delays on "insufficient laborers to do the job," and
"supply problems." Then he went
back to more pressing and timely
All this would seem to place the
blame squarely on the contractor,
but before seeing Mr. Davis I went
to the work site and had a talk with
the construction workers over their
lunch break. One of them, apparently the foreman, informed me
that the original budget was $950,-
000, approximately half a million
each for Dene and the common
block. This was reduced to $850,-
TOTEM PARK work still going on, and on, and on, and on. . .
000 with the cutback of the carpeting; and some seating in the common block. The project is costing
the $950,000 anyway. The project
is overbudget.
The foreman, who refused to give
his name, said, "we had trouble
getting painters in the summer, all
the schools do their renovations
then ... we also had supply
troubles, doors and windows that
didn't fit, materials that didn't
come . . . we're still waiting for the
edging for the bulletin boards, no
one knows how to make it." He
also introduced a new element into
the date question saying that Dene
house and the main hallway of the
common block both had Sept. 1
deadlines but that "the final project
completion date was around Dec.
I talked to the foreman again the
day after my conversation with Davis. I asked him once again about
the date mixup. He said, "I don't
know anything, I don't want to get
in hot water with the people who
own the building or anything . . .
get the fucking message?"
What's rotten at Scrotum Park?
The Housing department and the
contractors are trying to take advantage of each other. But it's the
students who are getting screwed.
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Friday, Decembers, 1980
Finance director accounts for AMS surplus
So let's talk about the surplus for
the 1979-80 operating year. The
Alma Mater Society, whose
members are the students of UBC,
is approximately $200,000 better off
now than it was one year ago. This
is to say the students of UBC are
better off, financially now than one
year ago. So, what is wrong with
If this surplus was the result of
student council simply collecting
AMS fees and not providing services in return then, yes, having this
surplus would be "humiliating". In
fact, I suggest it would be criminal.
However, this is not the case. So
where did the large surplus come
First of all, it did not come from
Pit operation. A portion of the
surplus did, yes, but not all. For the
complete story on last year's Pit
earnings and this year's prices, see
the letter I have written specifically
on that topic.
Approximately 44 per cent of the
surplus is accounted for by the
$88,000 of excess investment income (excess refers to the difference
between the money I anticipated
receiving (budget) and the actual
amount received). Investment income is earned by investing the
funds of the society in interest bearing securities.
Eighteen per cent of the surplus is
accounted for from leasing and/or
renting the rooms in SUB to outside
organizations. During the summer
months, SUB is rented out through
UBC conventions and the AMS
bookings clerk, specifically for the
purpose of raising money for the
society to be used for providing
other services. During the 1979/80
operating year, more than $119,000
was raised in this manner.
In other words, if we did not actively generate these type of
revenues, $119,000 worth of services which AMS now provides
would not exist, or the students
would have to pay approximately
$5 more per student to maintain services at the same level.
The number of fulltime students
registered at UBC in September,
1979 was 2,000 more than estimated
by  the  university  administration.
This increase in the number of
students accounted for approximately 12.5 per cent of the surplus.
If monies are locked into a
budget for a specific project and
that project is not realized, the
students did not receive the benefits
associated with that project. This
did happen last year, fortunately,
not to any great degree.
The prime example was the external affairs budget. The amounts
quoted in the Ubyssey of Tuesday,
Nov. 25, are not quite correct:
$7,000 was budgeted (locked in) —
and $3,400 was spent. In this case,
students of 1979-80 did not receive
$3,300 worth of services that they
paid for and were entitled to.
How do you solve this type of
I attempted to solve it in two
1) By being thrifty at budget
time, so that only those projects
that are well planned and are sure to
come off will be allocated money.
For the projects that are not yet
planned, a contingency fund was established so that monies could be
made available for these projects
when needed.
2) By reviewing the expenditures
of the various projects half-way
through the year to see if the monies
set aside for them will indeed be used. Also, to see if there are any excess revenues being generated. This
procedure will hopefully "free up"
money for projects which as yet
have no funding.
So what about using the surplus
to provide services to the students?
Good idea, that is what it is there
for, but let's not simply spend it because we have it.
If any student is interested in seeing when or how the funds of the
society are spent, I would be more
than happy to explain it to them. I
can usually be found in or around
Room 258 SUB or phone 228-3973.
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MUSSOC alive in S. Pacific
Despite reports to the contrary,
the U.B.C. Musical Theatre Society, more affectionately known as
MUSSOC, is neither deceased nor
defunct; in fact, MUSSOC is not
even considering any form of self-
MUSSOC is a thriving group of
dedicated, hardworking, talented,
dynamic and energetic people, each
member having the farseeing vision
of MUSSOC as the most successful
club on campus. We are, after all,
the oldest club at U.B.C, with club
records that date back to 1916, and
nobody expects this club to disappear!
Recently, MUSSOC was approached by students in the Theatre
Students Association. As we are a
musical theatre society, we decided
to co-sponsor their productions. ..
however, due to some problems
that have surfaced, this liaison is
now terminated. At the present,
MUSSOC is working on the production of "South Pacific" which
will take place in the spring. Auditions will take place and rehearsals
will commence immediately afterwards.
As well as the major production,
MUSSOC had been working on an
arrangement for a Cabaret Night.
Since the end of Oct., the har-
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Building as they practiced both
singing and dancing for different
musical numbers for an upcoming,
and now definitely postponed,
Cabaret Night.
In the music field, MUSSOC has
reinstated its glee club. Many
members have been working extremely hard to make this
MUSSOC sub-division a success,
practicing songs twice a week. As a
matter of historical fact, it was
MUSSOC which began the Songfest
now continued as a fraternity-
sorority tradition every spring.
MUSSOC is also enthusiastically
getting ready for its upcoming Pub
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only members and guests may attend, Christmas spirits will be
available in the form of a live deejay
and his truckload of music of all
Hence, as one can see, MUSSOC
is not lying on its back getting ready
to die, but rather, it is moving down
the road of club success.
For all interested parties,
MUSSOC has an office on the
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and all will be happy to answer your
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The California Reich (shown at
UBC Monday and Tuesday) is a serious and technically superb documentary that examines the embryonic nucleus of Hitlerism in the
United States: the fascist National
Socialist White People's Party. It
neither exaggerates the less-than-
marginal influence of the American
Nazis today nor conceals their potential for threatening black people,
the left and labor movement.
In the documentary the Nazis are
revealed to be a miniscule gang
mainly composed of psychological
pariahs, deranged social misfits and
criminal degenerates who are bound
together by their "ideology" of all-
consuming race hate. The film begins with a sampling of the megalo-
maniacal and racist filth which the
Nazis use as a recruitment pitch in
their dial-a-message telephone propaganda:
"White men! White women! The
swastika is calling you, the ancient
and sacred symbol of your race
since the beginning of time. . . The
swastika makes our enemies into
helpless putty. . .
In another scene we see two Nazis
proudly showing off their five-year-
old child to San Francisco "fuhrer"
Allen Vincent. The child gives the
Heil Hitler salute and then recites
how he wants to become a cop
when he grows up so that he can kill
"niggers and Jews." In the most
sickening scene, Fred Felser, who is
a U.S. army staff sergeant at Ford
Ord, admits,
"I'm one of these old fashioned
people. I'd really like to go to
Auschwitz and places like that and
just roll in the dirt. I really would."
The film shows the Nazis to be a
group with the genocidal "ideology" and militarist discipline to
wage war against the working class
and especially black people. There
is an interview in the movie with a
gunrunner who freely admits supplying the Nazis with arms and adds
that if "things ever come to a race
war," he would supply them with
all the weapons they would need
free of charge.
While the paramilitary right in
the U.S. is small and isolated at this
time, the history of Italy and Germany stand as a grim warning that
fascist forces can flourish in periods
of acute social crisis. In such conditions the fascist gangs recruit
through demagogy backed up with
vicious attacks on the labor movement and minorities.
The film also records how the
cops protected the fascists from the
protesting students, although as the
"stormtroopers" are escorted to
their waiting van, several get a taste
of the students' anger. After their
defeat at San Francisco State the
Nazis are seen as shaken.
In an interview after the S.F.
State demonstration, Vincent says,
"I've got myself a room now. It's
a very confined room. There is no
way out. There is only one door and
a window, and the window is about
a five-storey drop. It's a long way
down. I'd hate to have to die, in a
little crummy room, at the mercy of
communist assassins. Sometimes
when I'm in the shower — of
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when I pull the shower curtain
back, they're not going to be stand
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gives you some meat for your money. Instead of a banquet of
You see, while other burger chains
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Is education useless?
We are extremely concerned at
the results of the recent British Columbia Teacher's Federation survey
which was reported on Nov. 22 in
the Vancouver Sun. Our main concern is not with the alleged political
activism of the BCTF nor the alleged under-utilization by the average
working teacher.
We are mainly concerned with
the allegations that the education
we are receiving, leading towards
professional certification at the
faculty of education at the university of British Columbia is "useless"
in the actual practice of teaching.
Furthermore, a studied silence
emanates from the faculty of education at UBC in response to this extraordinary condemnation. Do the
faculty agree with the practicing
teachers? Are the teachers in fact
right? Should the faculty be decer
tified by the minister of education?
Should we students have our tuition
fees refunded? Do we students have
grounds for a civil suit against the
University of British Columbia?
What effective action has the BCTF
as a professional organization been
doing to audit the quality of professional training?
In short, we demand a reply from
our professors and our future professional association on this issue. It
is as crucial to us as to the general
public. This reply should be as
public as the condemnation was, in
order to reassure the public as well
as ourselves.
John Walker
Robert Whiteley
M.O. Neill
P. Demwell
K.A. Erickson
K. Emg
Daryll Anderson
Marianne Gloet
J. Rogers
all educ 5
Simon Fraser University
is pleased to announce
a public lecture by
International Development
Research Centre
"The Social Dimension of Development"
Monday, December 8,1980
The Inn at Denman Piace
1733 Comox at Denman
8:30 p.m.
Free admission
Ivan Head has been special assistant to the Prime
Minister with responsibility for foreign policy and
Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. His
public address is part of a program to provide the
research community in Alberta and B.C. with
information on the IDRC and its support for Third
World research.
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Friday, December 5, 1980
'Tween classes
Marxist literature and diacuasion. 11:30 a.m.,
SUB main concourse.
Russian conversation practise, noon, Buch.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Le demiere reunion de 1960, noon, lounge I. H.
Chansons de Noetl
Pub night, 7:30 p.m., SUB party room. Advance
tickets available from Mussoc office, Old Auditorium, room 102.
Annual   Christmas  dance,   9  p.m..   Graduate
Students Centre ballroom.
Indian classical dance by Miss Canna Patel, 7 30
p.m., International House upper lounge. Free.
Christmss dance/party, 7 p.m., SUB party
room. Ticksts #1. available in Geography bunding.
Vigil, 11 a.m., Grass Hill, southwest comsr of
SUB. Includes a short speech on Amnesty Inter-
nstionsl snd Human Rights day, a moment of
silence, cssss of prisoners of conscience, snd
Specisl genersl meeting, noon, Grsd Csntrs ballroom. Expect a decision on the striks vote.
Stammtiach, German conversational evening,
7:30 p.m.. Gate 4, International House.
Christmas party, 8 p.m., 6261 Cecil Green Park
Road. Full facilities snd live entsrtslnmsnt, sH
wslcome to sttsnd.
Study break dance, 10 p.m., International Houae
upper lounge.
Children's Christmas party tor children of UBC
students snd community members, 2 p.m., International House upper lounge. Please phone
226-6021 to give number of children attending by
Dec  10.
Christmas dance, Wednesday, Dec. 24, Inter
national House upper lounge. Free admission,
but pick up complimentary tickets at I.H. office
or at the door.
Christmas dance, Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m..
Holiday Inn Hamorside. Tickets available at CSA
office or AMS ticket centre.
Annual banquet, Jan. 17, tickets available in office, SUB 222.
Rights: do more
ffion just talk
This year there has been a lot of
talk about human rights. Politicians
talked about human rights, papers
ran stories on human rights, various
organizations and agencies told of
cases of human rights violations.
But until now there has not been
the opportunity for anyone to show
they are personally concerned
about human rights.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, the cases
of two human rights prisoners will
be read by representatives of Amnesty International, followed by a
moment of silence.
Show your personal concern.
The vigil will be held at 11 a.m. on
the hill west of the aquatic centre in
front of SUB.
OSAnta cfaus
HOI HOI HO! Well look who's
herel It's Santa Clausl And look,
he's brought seven dwarfs, a
woman by the name of Cinderella,
and some guy in a rabbit suit who
Hot flashes
thinks it's Hallowe'en, carrying a
bag of teeth.
He's joining all those other mythical creatures called grad students at
the grad centre for that annual festival of joy, peace and spirits.
Sled on down, Friday, Dec. 12 at
8 p.m.
Bands of armadillos and herds of
geographers will be donating much
serious thought and stimulating exercise to the humanoidal group of
party muscles at their one and only
Christmas party on Saturday, Dec.
6. The exact time of this fascinating
gathering is 2000 hours (8 p.m., silly), 2030 in Newfoundland.
Wafer please
Whatl You don't know how to
predict contaminant transport in
ground water systems. Well you
better find out quick.
Dr. Leslie Smith, a candidate for
the engineering/geology/hydrology vacancy at UBC, will tell you
how Monday noon in geological
sciences room 330A.
Bring your own lunchl
—Open to all registered, full-time and part-time UBC students.
— Entries restricted to previously unpublished, short stories.
Maximum length: 3000 words.
-DEADLINE: January 30, 1981
— For further information call or drop in to tha UBC Alumni
Association offices at Cecil Green Park, 228-3313; or, check
at Speakeasy in the SUB.
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Publications Office. Room 241, S.U.B., UBC, Van., B.C. V6T2A5
5 — Coming Events
amnesty ubc:
For the forgotten prisoners
Wed. Dec. 10/80
11 a.m. — 15 minutes
Grass Hill at Southwest
corner of SUB
Professor  Mark   Reutlinger of
the University of Puget Sound
School of Law in Tacoma,
Washington, will speak with interested students about law
schools and law careers in general,
and about the University of Puget
Sound in particular, on Thursday,
December 11, 1980 at 4:00 p.m.
in Room 209, Ponderosa Annex
F. No particular major is required
for law school, and all
undergraduates and graduate
students are invited to attend this
meeting, (U.P.S. welcomes
students who intend to practice in
either Canada or the U.S.)
RUMMAGE SALE University Hill Secondary
2896 Acadia. All welcome Fri. Dec. 5
4:00-8:00 p.m. Great buys, baking snacks,
something for the entire family Auction
6:30 p.m. babysitting.
11 — For Sale — Private
FOR SALE skybus tickets Vancouver/
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Speakers Amp. Phone Dieter 736-2752.
2301 Oak Apt. 7. Must sell. $200.
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Toronto return $300 leaving Dec. 24 returning Jan. 6. 873-0926.
15 — Found
Gym "A" on November 20. Call Leigh
224-1269 or 224-4200.
20 — Housing
WANTED PERSON to share home near
UBC Jan. 1st $100/mo. plus util. 224-1976.
25 — Instruction
Hare's your chance to learn how to
play band instrument!!) sponsored
by Burnaby Concert Band. Burnaby
School Board. Come Monday Jan. S.
1981 at 6:00 p.m. Burnaby Central
High. 4939 Canada Way or Phone
Dallas Hinton 268-8123 or Harry Dem-
chuk 526-6079.
30 — Jobs
time. We need illustrators for our fiction
and non-fiction publications. NW. Publ.,
P.O. Box 632, San Marcos, CA. 92069.
60 - Rides
2 NEED RIDE to Regina Dec. 18 share gas
etc. Phone Djun at 681-5688.
66 — Scandals
SLY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is in lieu of a
truck-load of red roses. Rralph.
HAPPY  BIRTHDAY incumbent first year
presl From your faithful campaign committee.
THE G.S.A. presents its latest in a series of
Christmas parties. Come ready to bend
elbows and tap toes. Dec. 12th grad centre
8:00 p.m.
80 — Tutoring
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programming (basic)? I have Apple II plus
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Susan T., Lois U., Ken U., Norma V., Jean
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Theatre Acoustica presents a
Sunday evening concert series on
Dec. 7. Lighter Than Air (aka Ian
and Shari), playing guitar, bass,
dulcimer, flute, clarinet, pen-
nywhistle and vocals will be appearing this week at 8 p.m. on 4607
West 10th Ave. The cost is $3.00
with a special show on Dec. 5 and 6
at the Robson Square Theatre and
with Under Different Covers, a
dance drama.
Threepenny Opera is opening
Thursday Jan. 8 at Presentation
House in North Vancouver. The
play written by Bertolt Brecht,
music by Kurt Weill is directed by
Mary Anne MacNeill and starts at 8
p.m. It is a Vancouver Little
Theatre Association presentation,
for reservations call 968-1351.
The Vancouver Chamber Choir,
under the direction of conductor
Jon Washburn pays tribute to
Canadian composer Healy Willan
with a special concert on Wednesday Dec. JO in Ryerson United
Church, (West 45th and Yew) at
8:30 p.m. The program includes a
premiere performance of 'The Annunciation' by Willan. Single
tickets are $5.00 for adults $4.00 for
seniors and students.
Donna Fraser has her first one
woman show on the North Shore at
Thurs., Dec. 11
7:30 and 8:46 p.m.
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and the public is invited. The show
and sale continues to Dec. 19 and
features drawings, oils and water-
colors of people and scenes Fraser
knows such as local creeks and
neighbor's gardens and flowers.
The Archaelogical Society of
B.C. presents a speech by Don Bunyan, an Iraqui resident for many
years, on archaeology in Iraq. Bunyan will be speaking at 8 p.m. at
the Centennial Museum, for further
information phone 988-0479.
The Junior Symphony Society of
Vancouver will present a concert
featuring the Intermediate and
Senior divisions of the Vancouver
Youth Orchestra, Wed. Dec. 17 at 8
p.m. at UBC's Old, Auditorium.
Looking For A Christmas Job?
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Page 23
Grad students need financial aid
UBC's board of governors was
told Tuesday graduate students
need a financial aid increase of
$226,792 simply to live at the poverty line.
The board should also index financial aid to tuition fee increases
to prevent further serious shortfalls
in aid, said Kevin Rush, graduate
student representative on student
"The board indexes tuition fees,
so we're asking that financial aid
also be indexed," Rush said.
He said recent tuition fee increases, coupled with the cost of living in Vancouver, has caused financial hardship on graduate students.
He said the problem is bearable this
year, but next year graduates might
be turned away from UBC for financial reasons.
He presented a detailed report to
the board which said the cost of being a student is about $6,690 per
year, while bursaries, fellowships
and scholarships only total $.191.32
per graduate student this year.
Assuming each graduate makes
Council finally
leases alcove
After two weeks of using it as a
negotiating tool, student council
finally agreed to lease the eastern
alcove of SUB to the administration
for cafeteria renovations.
Council voted to sign the lease
after the administration guaranteed
that students could use the armoury
and a limited portion of the
cafeteria for social functions.
Food services director Christine
Saiiipson explained details of the
renovations and urged council to
reconsider its position of wo weeks
ago, when councillors decided to
withhold signing the lease until the
administration assured it would
meet student social needs.
Although Alma Mater Society
president Bruce Armstrong
presented to council a letter from
the administration saying the armoury was available to students,
several councillors questioned how
binding the document would be.
Student senator Chris Niwinski
warned council that, based on past
experiences with the administration, council should not trust the
administration to fulfil vague commitments .
At its last meeting, council attached to the lease a rider which called for food services to allow small
dances in the cafeteria once it was
In her presentation, Sampson
told council she was in favor of
allowing small functions such as
banquets and said food services has
purchased a portable dance floor
for that purpose.
Once council accepted terms of
the lease, it debated on whether or
not   to  relocate   AMS  committee
rooms to allow for the renovations,
as currently proposed, to take
The issue was controversial, but
council narrowly agreed to relocate
the rooms with a vote of eight in
favor, seven opposed, and seven
An AMS proposal to start an oft-
campus housing registry was turned
down by housing director Mike
Davis, council was informed.
Janice Morrison of the external
affairs committee said she didn't
know why Davis has suddenly
decided to reject the idea. Davis had
told students earlier this year ne was
in favor of establishing a directory.
Russ Selinger, AMS ombudsperson, moved the council rescind its
earlier motion to support the People's Front Against Racis: and
Fascist Violence.
Selinger said the literature which
has resulted from the founding conference of the people's front depicts
the AMS as supporters of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-
Council member Peter Mitchell
said of last meeting's decision,
"there was support for the founding conference, not the group. We
are being maligned."
After council rescinded last
meeting's motion, a debate ensued
over who should write a letter to the
CPC (M-L) and inform the party of
council's displeasure.
Armstrong said it should be the
vice—president's job, but council
finally decided to make Armstrong
write it.
Vogt resigns, admin
shuffles major posts
Erich Vogt said Wednesday he
will resign from his post as vice-
president of faculty and student affairs.
A new full-time "vice-provost"
position, with special responsibility
for student affairs, will be created
to replace Vogt's current spot. Creation of the new position is just part
of a major administrative shuffle
touched off by Vogt's departure.
Although the administration has
been planning for some time to create the provost's post, Vogt said the
move is not very significant. "The
shuffle isn't a major thing, we've
been aiming for some time to get someone full time in charge of student
But UBC spokesman Al Hunter
said students will benefit greatly
from the shuffle.
"The appointment of a vice-provost is critical to students and an acting provost will be appointed Jan.
1 to look after student needs," he
Michael Shaw, currently vice-
president for academic development, will take over responsibility
for faculty affairs and receive a new
title — vice-president, academic,
and provost. Associate vice-president Robert Smith will shari; some
of the work and will be called associate vice-president, academic.
Vogt's resignation will take effect
June 30, 1981. But Vogt is not leaving UBC. After six months of study
leave in the U.S. and Switzerland,
he will become the director of the
Tri-University Meson Facility on
"I am an academic who happens
to be in administration," Vcgt said
Thursday. "The TRIUMF job is an
opportunity of a lifetime. The facility is coming into an interesting period, just come on line, and the next
five years should be exciting."
(Vogt has been a member of the
UBC physics department since 1965
and will retain his post as a full professor.)
"The new post brings me closer
to my discipline," he said.
UBC spokesman Al Hunter said
there was no pressure on Voj;t to resign the post he had held for five
and a half years.
maximum use of government loans,
Rush said aid is barely adequate.
He told the board that a major
problem students face is that the
board does not increase financial
aid with the rate of inflation. He
also said the $40,000 in extra bursaries the board made available to
students as compensation for increasing tuition fees an average of
13 per cent is simply not adequate.
The bursaries were increased only
two and a half per cent.
Rush said the request for extra
funds for graduate students was not
at all unreasonable.
"We're not asking for anything
above the poverty line," he said.
Board member Peter Pearse
agreed funding is a serious problem. "Grads are mobile. If they're
offered more money (financial aid)
somewhere else, they'll go somewhere else," he said.
Board chair Leslie Peterson said
its members generally agreed that
financial considerations should not
affect a person's chance for higher
"Everyone with the ability
should go up the education ladder
as far as his talents can carry him,"
he said.
In other business, the board received a letter from B.C. education
minister Pat McGeer authorizing
the univerisity to borrow $6 million
for constructing and equipping a
new bookstore.
The university will borrow the
money from a financial institution,
probably a bank. Net revenues
from the bookstore are expected to
pay off the loan.
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LIBRARY LIES WAITING to swallow up studying students now that Christmas time is here and it's time to get
down to essays and exams. No more loitering past last call at the Pit, no more nights on the town and no more
wasting time putting out the finest student rag west of Blanca Street. Goodbye to budding romance and learning
through living. Next scheduled appearance of good times is January when, coincidentally, The Ubyssey will
publish again.
Admin studies Acadia's future
There's still hope for Acadia
If the results of a preliminary
study are favorable, the UBC administration will consider renovation and housing construction on
the residence site.
Acadia camp has recently been
called a "slum" by some residents,
and UBC officials agree the housing
needs maintenance and repairs.
Outgoing administration vice-
president Erich Vogt will head the
study. He calls it an "informal" investigation to find out if a feasibil
ity study is needed and what direction such a study should take.
"We haven't defined yet what the
feasibility study should be aimed
at," Vogt said. "I'm approaching
members of the faculty association,
professors, the housing office and
some Acadia residents to get some
sort of recommendation."
Vogt said part of his contact with
the residents will be assuring them
they "won't be kicked out."
"It's very important to have the
(Acadia project) provide student
housing which would rent at rates
comparable to those presently
charged for existing Acadia Park
No deadline has been set for completion of the preliminary study,
but Vogt estimates it will be ready
within three months.
Vogt said that in addition to the
preliminary study UBC will also
contemplate a housing project
which "can help meet the needs of
students with families, alleviate
single-student housing pressures,
and provide some housing alternatives to younger faculty and staff
members in their low-income
He said problems of funding,
costs., daycare, and time will be
covered by the feasibility study, if it
is approved. Page 24
Friday, December 5, 1980
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Incomparable in value — lighted turning dial, continuous tone
control, handsome upright cabinet with simulated rosewood
finish, full 3" speaker, soft touch snooze bar for temporary |contamination off the record,
alarm delay.
PLUS: Selective alarm system means you can set the clock to
wake you at the same time on weekdays, but not disturb you
on weekends or holidays — all automatically.
Portable Cassette Recorder
6 oz. size
High performance — exceptional value
The SS54-E Cartridge has an Elliptical Full
Diamond Stylus that is capable of tracking
as low as 1' i grams And all in a Cartridge
priced surprisingly iow.
The Shure M954ED incorporates a new,
thinner, uninterrupted pole piece
developed by Shure Design engineers to
optimize electromagnetic characteristics
— especially at higher frequencies. With
its nude-mounted biradial elliptical stylus
tip, the Shure M954ED has very low
effective stylus tip mass. This provides
higher trackability to maintain perfect
groove contact through the "hottest" most
heavily modulated passages encountered
on modern records. Its exceptional track-
ability makes the Shure M954ED an
outstanding choice for bringing out the
best in every record.
The world's smallest stereo portable cassette recorder,
the brand new AIWA TP-S30 is guaranteed to amaze
you with iis performance. Features include
Metal tape capability, built-in headphone
amplifier, built-in condenser
mic. Including carrying case
and stereo headphones.
Can be connected
to your system to record
Don't jusl reproduce music.
Reshape il! A full 5 band. 2 channel stereo graphic equalizer that
will gef rid of rumble, hiss, surface noise and in the process
make a good speaker a great
The last word
in Recorder Care
Complete convenient cleaning.
On-step   cleaner   for   head,
capstan, and pinch roller.
You don't have to install a Stanton
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demonstrated on over 90 leading radio
stations across Canada every day. The
leading radio stations in Canada got
that way by not settling for second best.
Why should you? Hear the Stanton 681
EEE cartridge.
Designed to give the best results with
normal adjustments for bias and EQ
Perfect tor use on your deck's high bias
and EQ settings, and meets the toughest
musical demands.
With the purchase of 3 AXLI or XLII C-90 cassette tapes you will receive a Cassett O-Mahc storage unit at no exira cnarge.
The Swedish-made Cassett-O-Matic line of storage units for cassettes. Each unit holds up to five regular cassettes in a secure,
locked manner. The cassettes are released by pressing lightly on the top edge which ejects the cassette into the user's hand!
Modular on all sides for building in any direction. A&B Sound has more units available to build a complete storage system.
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