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Array THE UBYSSEY
Vol.ll No.1
The Summer Ubyssey
June 29 — July 5, 1983
228-2301
-The three reporters wait nervously
for UBC's new president outside a
meeting room. A little apprehensive,
they fiddle with their tape recorder,
check their camera equipment and
test their new pens.
Voices and laughter emanate from
the meeting room. The door opens,
and out steps George Pedersen,
presenting a firm handshake to all.
He ushers the student journalists
into a smaller, more personal office
and offers them coffee.
With his wide grin and down-to-
earth approach, Pedersen comes
across like a friendly giant. He
politely asks the reporters if they like
their summer jobs and settles down
behind a desk for the interview.
How does he feel about his
appointment?
"Well, I'm very pleased," he says,
taking a sip from his cream colored
coffee mug. " But I wish I was doing
it under better financial circumstances."
He begins to talk about his "open
administrative style" and how he
itjlans to continue the "Pedersen
exchange" — a weekly 90 minute
period set aside for students and
faculty to "bend his ear." He established it during his four and a half
year tenure at Simon Fraser University.
"I believe very strongly in an
opportunity to hear from as many
people as possible," says the new
chief executive officer, who starts his
job July 1. He admits it will be difficult considering UBC's size, but says
he intends to be accessible, especially to the media. "This is a publicly supported institution and we
will do our business in the open as
much as it is possible to do."
Pedersen tilts his head as he speaks
and stares intently at his interviewers. Leaning his elbows on the desk,
he says: "I view the administration in
very simple-minded terms." He says
its role is to ensure his subordinates
carry out their duties.
Pedersen is reluctant to compare
himself to his predecessor, Doug
Kenny, who held the position for
eight years. "It would be quite premature for me to try to answer that
kind of question. I simply don't
know what has gone on here that I
might like to change, for example,
that I might like to do differently.
"There are a lot of things about
UBC that I don't know enough
about at the present time to comment usefully on. Those insights
take time to develop." He says he
will be more than happy to answer
the question in six months.
Onto the next question. What are
his strengths and weaknesses?
"Oh dear! Ha ha ha ha.
Good morning! And welcome to my castle. I'll go
around back and open the
drawbridge to let you in.
Now, everyone gather
around the fire. You can sit
in this chair, and the rocking chair is for those of you
who like to rock. Here's a
big arm chair for two of you
to curl up in.
Now look up. Waaay up.
And I'll call Rusty...
By Muriel Draaisma
He carefully avoids mentioning
his weaknesses, and only after a
prod from one of the reporters does
he begin to address them.
"Well, um, I guess one of the
things that some people might argue
is a weakness is I tend to put in very
long hours. There are certainly people who would argue that one should
take some time off the job.
"I never really felt that it was a
major disadvantage to me in the
sense that it's all those extra hours
that give you a marginal edge in
doing the job better. I'm really giving you a round about answer to you
question, er, be-- nuse that are people
who would an; .e that you shouldn't
work at you joi is long each week as
I tend to do."
Asked if he had any real weaknesses, he laughs and says: "That's
really hard for me to analyze because
I'm not sure if we're really all that
objective about our own weaknesses.
By not responding it's not to suggest
for a minute that I don't think I've
got them. But I don't have a lot of
things that honestly come to mind.
I'm reasonably satisfied with my
own administrative ability. I hope it
doesn't sound immodest to say that."
Pedersen gives the impression of a
strong administrator, one who wields
an iron hand. Sporting a brown
checked blazer and a striped beige
tie, he seems youthful and energetic.
But unlike Kenny, who will return to
a relatively quiet life teaching psychology and researching, Pedersen's
"I guess one of my strengths is a
reasonable capacity to develop some
really good linkages with the private
sector and government. One of the
strengths I've always had is a reasonable openness and a willingness to
listen."
financial worries at UBC are just
beginning. He has to manage UBC's
operating budget of $180 million,
which is almost three times that of
SFU's, and he must deal with major
cutbacks in UBC's funding in the
fall.
He squirms when asked how he is
going to cope with a freeze in funding, which is actually a six per cent
decrease after inflation is taken into
consideration.
"I can't answer that because I
really don't know what the budget
situation is here yet. I am not knowledgeable, I mean, I have deliberately
not made myself knowledgeable
because I have still been involved in
SFU's budget, so it's far better for
me not to comment and really quite
inappropriate given that Dr. Kenny
is still president here."
Higher tuition fees, enrolment
limitations and the elimination of
departments are possibilities if the
financial squeeze gets too tight, he
says after more prodding. But he
doesn't favor across-the-board cuts
because each feature of the university is not equally important, he
says.
Pedersen plans to play a "minor
catalytic role" among B.C.'s three
university presidents to ensure they
speak to the government with one
voice. And he thinks they should
discuss developing "efficiencies" in
the university system.
Taking another sip from his coffee, he declines to talk about long
term financial planning for UBC.
Instead, he offers to give the reporters a graph depicting how the university is funded.
"I'm not trying to duck your question. I hope over time you'll come to
appreciate that I do try to answer
questions when they're put to me,"
he says as he stretches back in his
chai r with his hands behind his head
and stares out the window. "If I
appear to be evasive, it's because I
don't know enough to answer your
questions well."
One of the benefits Pedersen
receives along with his annual salary
of 3)97,000 is a presidential home
nestled on northwest Marine Drive.
The university is donating $200,000
for its renovations while $30,000 is
being solicited from private contributors. "My preference would have
been that they not spend any money
at all. I only wanted them to do the
least possible to make it livable."
Pedersen claims occupying the
home was a condition of employment. And he says his wife Joan will
become an unpaid employee of UBC
because he is expected to do so much
entertaining.
As administration president,
Pedersen is responsible for UBC's
faculty. But when asked if he will
rescind the summer appointment of
a Polish academic with close ties to
the martial law government there, he
looks perplexed. Feigning innocence,
he says he knows little about Jerzy
Wiatr's appointment. Ask me in six
months, he says with a smile.
He asks the reporters to pose their
questions about Discovery park and
the endowment lands in six months
too, after he has time to think about
the issues.
"I don't want to come in here and
pretend I have answers for UBC."
He ushers the student journalists
out of the tiny office, and like a
kindly uncle, asks what they are
majoring in. He carefully addresses
them by their first names and says he
hopes to see them again. Page 2
THE
SUMMER
UBYSSEY
Wednesday, June 29, 1983
Wild Bloolips fail to outrage
By CHRIS WONG
The latest offering from the British theatrical troupe Bloolips verges
on the brink of tackiness, humor and
hysterics. But despite featuring six
vivacious drag queens dressed in
costumes ranging from grass skirts
to whale outfits, outrageous behavior in the play is nowhere to be seen.
Yum Yum concerns the exploits
of an androgynous but often asinine
group, including the leader Bette
Bloolips and her cohorts Bunty,
Lavinia Co-op, Dot Spot, Sweet
Pea, and Diva Dan.
Yum Yum
By Rex Lay
Directed by Bette Bourne
At the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre until July 9
Their adventure begins when Bette
swallows an earring and ends up on
the operating table. Somehow,
through the powers of the anesthetic, the group is shipwrecked while on
a Mediterranean cruise. They find
themselves castaways on an island of
characters as strange as themselves.
They encounter such diverse figures as Lucifer, God, Tarzan, and
some very nasty natives who display
cannibalistic tendencies. God, who
would cause most ministers to blush,
wants to buy the island to imprison
the queens of the world.
The characters use this simple and
slightly inane plot to weave themselves in and out of situations poten
tially offering humourous scenes of
embarrasement and tackiness — the
kind only djr,ag queens can offer.
Their success in living up to this
potential is only partial.
Dialogue is where the play fails.
Any attempts to delve into sexual or
political controversy fall flat because of the scene's inability to follow through. Distinct limits and
barriers block the characters from
achieving the level of excess needed
to hit home their subtle comments
on society.
Some of the musical numbers of
the show, "Love Is A Many Gendered Thing," and "You are What
You Wear" only scratch the surface
of commenting on sexual habits, stereotypes, and roles. The play is also
tame in it's political comments. Sub-
ltle stabs at Maggie Thatcher and
the reference to the Falklands Wars
are ineffectual by themselves as lines
delivered with conviction.
Instead of crafting together a production of solid dialogue reeking of
humour and wit, writer Rex Lav
only offers a failed attempt to show
exorbitance — and endless string of
very, very bad jokes.
The continuous succession of
puns which received appreciative
groans from some of the audience
were the only aspect of the play
which reached an excess. In a scene
with "the last gay whale," phrases
such as having a "whale of a time,"
and "blabbering on" are indicative
of the level of humour on stage. The
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But the costumes are the most
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outfits, and an assortment of tropical wear are the norm.
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THE
SUMMER
UBYSSEY
Page 3
Government ignores 'critical' unemployment
By SARAH COX
Youth unemployment in B.C. is
reaching staggering proportions but
the provincial government continues
to ignore pleas for more job creation
programs.
Almost one out of every four
young people was unemployed last
month, up 123 per cent from two
years ago, according to statistics
Canada.
"Unemployment hasn't been this
bad since the '30s," said Lisa Hebert,
Alma Mater Society external affairs
co-ordinator. "It really is an emergency. It's a crisis."
The government has only allo
cated $10 million for the Youth
Employment Program this year,
creating 534 fewer jobs than last
year, said Hebert.
"The unemployment situation
isn't being addressed," she said. "We
haven't had any real response from
the government."
Unemployment is higher than
government statistics indicate, said
Hebert. The statistics do not include
people who have given up looking
for work and consider others employed even if they are only paid for
one hour a week.
"Only one out of every three people could find part-time work this
year. That means 61.5 per cent are
Aid cuts hit B.C.
students hard
By MURIEL DRAAISMA
In a few swift moves to save taxpayers a few dollars, the provincial
government has created the toughest
eligibility rules for student aid in
Canada.
It has increased the minimum
course load needed to qualify for
maximum assistance, from 60 to 80
per cent.
It has tightened the qualifications
for independent status. Now, students who live in their parent's home
for more than six weeks, drive their
parent's car to school or receive
more than $600 in cash or kind are
considered financially dependent.
But in the process the govenment
has put the financial squeeze on
some students — those who are parents, those who are working to relieve their debt-load and those who
come from lower income backgrounds. Student representatives
and financial awards officers asked
that students who are parents be
exempted from the 80 per cent criteria, but the government refuses.
"Single parents will have to make
some adjustments in their lives,"
said Dick Melville, education ministry information services director.
"That's a difficulty they are facing.
The government can't cover everybody."
The 80 per cent criteria is currently "under review" because it
clashes with the federal government's full course load definition,
which is still 60 per cent, said Melville. The difference means B.C. students who plan to take three courses
are in limbo. Whether or not they
are eligible for a federal loan won't
be decided until the budget is unveiled in early July, he said.
Changes to independent status
discourages parents from making
small contributions to their children's education, said Stephen Learey, Canadian Federation of Students — Pacific region chair. "There
will be no opportunity for free rent
or gifts from parents because students will then automatically become dependents," he said.
The changes encourage students
to lie or to commit fraud because so
many of them will be disqualified, he
charged.
Learey, who has talked to several
financial awards officers in the lower
mainland about the changes, said
they encountered students who were
"astounded" at the new independence criteria.
"The provincial government is
trying to put the onus on parents and
on the federal government," he
added.
But CFS plans to protest the new
rules before the budget speech. Two
or three students from each campus
will talk informally with MLAs
about the new criteria. A student aid
"lemon-aid" stand will be set up
nearby.
"We want to show that the whole
system is buggered," said Learey.
CFS also says students should
contact their student unions and
write their MLAs urging them to
rescind the changes.
The federal government recently
increased loan money available to
students from $56.25 a week to $ 100,
but CFS fears B.C.'s new regulations will allow the province to keep
student aid at the same level and
reduce provincial contribution to
the program.
CFS wants federal loan increases
added to the current $3,800 mix of
federal loan and provincial grant.
In the fall, CFS plans to conduct a
mock wedding to protest the new
criteria and to illustrate the "ludi-
crousness" of the situation.
"The mock weddings will emphasize the government's stupidity because students who are married are
exempt from consideration as dependents," Learey added.
UBC student representatives are
organizing orientation sessions to
make students aware of the changes
and to help them appeal decisions
about their need assessment.
The Alma Mater Society condemned the changes at a recent student council meeting and some student representatives will begin pressuring the administration to defer
tuition and residence fees until students receive their loans.
Meanwhile at financial awards
offices across the province, student
aid applications are waiting in
boxes. The awards officers are unable to assess need because they have
not received the 500 page policy
manual. The delay is creating a
backlog of applications and will
mean students may receive their documents late, said David Crawford,
Simon Fraser University's assistant
financial awards director.
Crawford said he thinks the manuals will be mailed from Victoria
after the budget speech. At that
time, B.C.'s contribution to the program will be announced along with
any changes to the bursary portion.
Government officials have indicated
they are budgeting on 1982 levels for
student aid — the $16 million they
planned to spend last year before the
demand required another $8.7 million.
UBC's financial awards office
director Byron Hender said he expects the provincial government to
make less grant money available
because of an increase in applicants.
Learey said the "gloomiest prospect" is that the government will
make the first $3,200 loan and the
last $2,000 grant, would substantially increase students' debt load.
But there is some good news.
Part-time students can now apply
for federal loans up to a maximum
of $2,500 for two years, although
they have to start repaying it almost
immediately. The loan covers transportation, books, tuition and child-
care expenses.
still trying to find decent, full-time
employment," said Hebert.
New Democratic Party caucus researcher Gloria Williams said the
Social Credit government refuses to
acknowledge the severity of the
situation.
"They've never put very much
money into creating jobs for students," she said. "It's not a priority
for them."
The NDP government allocated
$26 million for the YEP in 1974, Williams said.
Mamie Mitchell, communications
director for the labor ministry, said
any additional funding for employment programs will depend on the
forthcoming budget.
"As fas as I know, there will be no
other programs offered this summer,"
she said. "We have fixed amounts of
money available to spend on those
programs."
Even the jobs created through
YEP are inadequate, Hebert said.
Many students are only making
$ 1,200 for two months of work, she
said.
Mitchell would not comment on
the limitations of YEP. Instead she
referred the reporter to the labor
minister Bob McClelland, who was
continuously unavailable for comment.
"If students need more money
than they make in YEP, then I guess
they would be expected to use their
own resources to look for employment for the rest of the summer,"
Mitchell said when pressed for an
answer.
Unlike the glaringly inadequate
YEP, the federal student employment program gives at least the
facade of trying to alleviate critical
problems, Hebert said. The government increased the program by $50
million this year, and is now pumping $170 million into summer employment programs. However, a
press release from the Canadian
Federation of Students reveals an
actual $72 million cut from the program since 1979, allowing for a 10
per cent inflation rate.
Canada Employment Centres have
managed to place 3,500 more stu
dents this year, according to regional
co-ordinator Katie Kenzie. But a
survey from the University of Victoria says only eight to ten per cent of
the students actually register at the
centre.
"The Canada Employment Centres are not really placing a large
number of those who are unemployed," said Hebert. "A lot of people may have rejected Canada Employment."
UBC geology graduate Chris Quest
said he has been looking unsuccessfully for a full-time job since he
graduated in May.
"The jobs out there are few and far
between," he said. "Out of my graduating class of 67, only seven had
found jobs by graduation."
Quest said he hoped to return to
UBC in the fall for graduate work.
"I'll have to work part-time next
year, doing anything," he said.
If the provincial government refuses to create more summer jobs
they will be swamped by students
trying to collect aid in the fall, said
Hebert.
lucerne photo
COUNTRYWOMEN of the World Unite! Karla Marx, right, and Fredericks Engels, leaning left, check over
printed copy of newly drafted manifesto. Associated Country Women of the World converged on UBC
campus this week to spread dogma about their movement. They used big name acts like Bobby Curtola to
lure Associated City Women of Canada into their clutches. Country Women get badge or button for each
convert.
Pickets to protest Polish professor
By CHRIS WONG
A visiting professor from Poland
will have to cross a picket line to
teach his first classes Monday.
The U BC Solidarity group organized the picket to protest the political science department's hiring of
Jerzy Wiatr, a director of the Polish
central committee's party institute
for Marxism-Leninism studies.
The protest's aim is to inform
people about Wiatr and the repressive government he represents, said
Solidarity group member Bill Tieleman.
"We'll be attempting to convince
students they shouldn't take classes
from him," Tieleman said. He
stressed the protest is not against
Wiatr for his communist beliefs but
against his past political actions and
the Polish government.
Last week the study group put up
posters with large bold letters urging
students to boycott Wiatr's classes.
But already an organized campaign
to remove the posters has surfaced,
Tieleman said.
Opposition to Wiatr by the campus Solidarity group and other protestors has already had an effect,
Tieleman said.
"There is no question that the
(political science) department is feeling the heat from the Polish community and various constituents in
the academic community."
David Elkins, acting political
science head, said the department is
not changing their position on Wiatr
despite protest. People are free to
express their views and protest as
long as they do not inhibit students,
he said.
"If it's just a picket they are free to
do it," Elkins said.
Political science professor W.J.
Stankiewicz said he is opposed to
Wiatr's hiring and he supports the
"spirit" of the protests.
"I don't think what has been said
so far on their (the department's)
part justifies the decision," Stankiewicz said.
Enrolment for Wiatr's courses is
26 for Political Science 201, foreign
governments, and for political
science 202, introduction to political
thought, 19 plan to attend, registrar
office worker Maureen Elliot said
Friday.
Enrolment levels are low and won't
increase much once classes begin,
Elliot said.
Tieleman said he knows one prospective student has dropped a Wiatr
course after learning about his background. The student plans to complain in a letter to the department,
Tieleman added.
The protest will have an effect on
people in Poland, Tieleman said.
"It is important people in Poland
will hear protests were made against
Wiatr."
Stu James of the Vancouver committee for solidarity with Solidar-
nosc, who also will picket the class,
agreed.
"If Wiatr's classes are well attended
that will get back to Poland," James
said.
"He's here as an ambassador of
the Polish regime."
James said Wiatr would not have
been let out of the country unless he
supported the government's policies.
"His job is to give people the
impression that academic life is going
on as normal in Poland — to show
everyone that the Polish regime is
human like every other one."
The picket, which starts at 10 a.m.
Monday in Buchanan, will continue
at least the first two days of classes,
the Solidarity group says. Page 4
THE
SUMMER
UBYSSEY
Wednesday, June 29, 1983
Bennett's baby: boom or bust?
By CHRIS WONG
It stands tall and proud, a jumbled
mass of glass, concrete, steel, and
teflon. As I approach this enormous
monolith and feel my heart pounding faster and faster from sheer
excitement, I ask myself one very
important question —just where the
hell is the media entrance?
I quickly think about this pressing
dilemma as I work my way around
the stadium, looking up in awe at
this omnipresent and seemingly
omnipotent structure.
(freestyle)
The name of this building, which
has won the hearts and will soon win
the pocket-books of B.C., is undetermined: B.C. Place Stadium, Terry
Fox Stadium, Bennett Manor, or
Narod Memorial. Whatever it's
called, one thing is clear — the
media entrance is well-hidden.
Walking through the still unfinished Terry Fox Plaza, onto the
walkways, and down the ramps, I
draw closer to the entrance for the
chosen few — everyone's favourite
people, the media.
Without a doubt the local press
have jumped onto the B.C. Place
bandwagon. Vancouver's two major
dailies and a number of smaller papers have devoted a countless number
of pages, stories, and most importantly, advertising supplements to
honour what they consider the greatest things since video display terminals — Vancouver's own mega
stadium.
It's opening day for the stadium,
oh excuse me, the gala grand open
ing when hundreds of press representatives and thousands of paying
customers will flock to see what all
the hoopla is about. Armed with my
notepad, camera, official press kit
and my all important press pass, I
join the masses, hoping to at least get
a free lunch out of it.
Passing dancers dressed in exotic
attire, I head for the media entrance.
Quickly I learn the first rule about
the stadium: don't try to enter
through the doors unaided or the air
locks will send you into hyperspace.
So with a few hand motions from the
door operator, and after a flash of
my press badge, I'm inside the
monster.
With beads of sweat gathering on
my forehead and my adrenalin flowing, I head for the elevator. "Level
3," I mutter. In a moment the ride is
over. I go through more doors, and I
reach the end of my journey, the epitome, the top, what all reporters
dream of: the press box.
In the press box sits the entire
spectrum of the media: would-be
journalists and have-been journalists, but all not as prepared as one
would think.
There are representatives from
Maclean-Hunter, the major television stations, and the major dailies.
But what about the small, two-bit
papers from hole-in-the-wall towns?
What are they doing in the B.C.
Place stadium press haven?
B.C. Place correspondents were
sent from the Chinese community
bulletin, from some hick paper outside Nanaimo, and of course the
campus rags were present. After
talking to a few of these unheralded
reporters I find out they are as confused as I am. What original, rele-
THE UBYSSEY
Wednesday, June 29, 1983
The Summer Ubyssey is published Wednesdays during
summer session by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
British Columbia, with the assistance of a grant from the provincial government Youth Employment Program. Editorial
opinions are those of the staff and are not necessarily those of
the AMS, the university administration or the provincial
government. Member, Canadian University Press. The Summer Ubyssey's editorial office is SUB 241k. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
No sooner had the King from Kelowna regained his throne than money flew The Ubyssey's way and Muriel Draaisma. Sarah Cox and Chris Wong found themselves gainfully
employed. Neil Lucente and Craig Brooks were the first to race east to SFU. closely
followed by Arnold Hedstrom, Kelley Jo Burke and Eric Eggertson, who were all just as
eager to see The Summer Ubyssey grace the campus. Having a headstart, Tom Hawthorn
and Keith Batdrey were halfway up the mountain when Georgie Pedersen dashed by on
his way wast to a new job on the Point. Dave Balderstone and Dale Jacks dropped by to
help, and watched a amazement as The Summer Ubyssey vol. II formed beforetheir eyes.
Brian Jones had co-opted and refused to leave Kitsilano.	
vant, or interesting comments can
possibly be made about the stadium?
Why add to the commercial press
and their fine job of overkill as they
blabber on about how wonderful
B.C. Place is?
Take the Sun's stadium souvenir.
The cover is adorned by a preppy
Sunshine girl cheerleader, and the
entire issue is nothing more than flak
— a foil to attract hungry advertisers, something to line your bird cage
with.
Legitimate protests against the
stadium by groups such as the
Downtown Eastside Resident's
Association are limited to a few
lines. The eviction of thousands of
residents is not nearly as exciting as
Bill Bennett's B.C. Place project.
Ex-hardware king Mr. Bennett
and his cohorts are also guilty of
overkill and flak. At the plaque dedications, the premier's luncheon, and
the show itself, a distinctive pro-
Socred "please pat me on the back"
attitude is present. The by-invitation
only crowd is served a humungous
cake, free liquor, tarts, roast beef,
and shrimp, lauding the premier
with adoring applause. The press is
there to lap up every minute of it —it
sure beats descriptions of Dave Barrett's attire for free advertising.
Faced with the realization that
B.C. Place Stadium is a true three-
ring circus — featuring Socred glori-
fiers, Media buffoons, and oh yeah,
the performers of the show, I settle
down with an imported beer in one
hand, and my turkey on rye sandwich in the other, all compliments of
B.C. Place.
I try to ignore host Don Harron's
inane attempts at NDP bashing and
settle back into my seat, with disturbed visions of my future as a
journalist and more "Gala" events to
come.
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Students Suffering
During the long election battle in April, accessibility to a university
education was quietly placed in the closet of forgotten issues.
Any nagging doubts politicians may have had about rising tuition
fees, stringent requirements for student aid, or predictions for record
youth unemployment this summer were all subordinated to the larger
issue of economic recovery.
Bill Bennett was once again crowned king of B.C., and his big business buddies rejoiced. But with a larger madate to cut and slash from
public services, Bennett is now stepping carefully over escalating student unemployment and rising tuition fees and stamping heavily on
student aid.
One out of every four young British Columbians is out of work this
summer, according to Statistics Canada. Many of those counted as
employed could only find part-time work. Sixty one and a half per cent
of people aged 15-24 are still looking for acceptable, full-time work.
Student unemployment is almost twice as high as the national average and B.C. student unemployment is the second highest in the
country.
But the Social Credit response has been to create even fewer jobs
this summer through their deficient Youth Employment Program. And
the unveiling of the new budget indicates Bennett will continue to
stamp out employment programs along with other public service
programs.
Students from lower income backgrounds and single parents are in
especially critical situations. The government recently announced tighter restrictions for student aid, giving B.C. the toughest eligibility rules
in Canada.
To qualify for full assistance, students must be taking 80 per cent of a
full course load, a difficult feat for students who must also work, or who
have young children.
The government remains unresponsive to dilemmas posed by this
stringent requirement, callously telling single parents to "make adjustments in their lives" and offering no solutions for working students.
They have also tightened the independent status criteria, squeezing
out students who cannot afford to leave their parent's homes, or those
who visit parents for more than six weeks during the summer.
Spending less money on student aid and tightening eligibility
requirements to deal with students who are unable to find work this
summer lessen university accessibility even more. Recent tuition fee
increases only add to the problem.
UBC students are luckier than other B.C. university students this
year. Tuition at UBC is only increasing by five per cent, compared to
almost 15 per cent at the University of Victoria and 10 per cent at Simon
Fraser University.
But UBC students have suffered huge tuition fee increases in the last
few years. Tuition has doubled since 1977-78, and a full course load
now costs nearly $1,000.
As the Bennett government continues to ignore higher tuition fees
and massive student unemployment, and remains determined to allocate even less money for student aid, accessibility to B.C.'s universities
is quickly diminishing.
If the present trend continues, a university education will indeed be
available only for the very rich.
Return of the Rag
As happens every April, the smoke finally settled in The Ubyssey
office. Without the glare of flourescent tubes, a dim illumination settled
heavily into 241 k, and one could be forgiven for mistaking the cluttered
office for a foreign battlefield that killed forever certain hopes, dreams,
and aspirations.
But there were no corpses. There seldom are. All that remained of
The Ubyssey, Volume 65, editions 1 to 48, academic year 1982-83,
were old yellowing papers and fast-disappearing memories.
Oh, sure, there were the usual pretentious overtures at immortality,
such as new posters on the walls and new graffiti scrawled on the
doors and desks, but the spirit was fading fast.
Yes, it certainly seemed the good ship Ubyssey was being abandoned, but back sometime in mid-April a strange thing happened while
some of the stowaways were in the den, cleaning up the mess left by
the rats after the annual binge at Banquet '83.
The empty beer bottles had just been carted off when into the office
walked a feeble looking character wrapped in chains. The creature
walked slowly, painfully edging its way toward city desk as it hoarsely
declared "I am the ghost of papers past ..." Gradually it faded out,
mumbling tearfully, "I didn't mean it, honestly, I didn't mean it ..."
The peculiar oddity of the event stirred even Bill to stop chewing and
look up from whatever leftie magazine he happened to be reading at the
time. The remaining staff looked dumbfounded at each other, and then
somebody, nobody knows exactly who, caught sight of a small unassuming slice of yellowing newsprint protruding from under the couch.
Closer examination, revealed — The Summer Ubyssey. Not just the
one but both of them. The shock was too much, and it sent more than a
few staffers into sobbing convulsions.
But some enterprising individuals persisted, and out of the dust came
six more copies of... The Conventioner. The Bastard, as it came to be
known in Ubyssey lore.
That is about when the lust for revenge replaced uncontrolled anger.
The staff lurched into action. No sooner had Mr. Bennett and his
Scoreds been re-elected to office than The Ubyssey, that faithful bastion
of ultra right-wing theology, was rewarded with a provincial Youth
Employment Program grant.
In no time at all next year's collective members were answering
questions like "Are you employed?" with a cheerful "YEP".
The talk turned to student unemployment, aid problems, tuition fees,
Polish professors (at least one in particular). There was even an enjoyable, by all accounts, personal meeting with the prez, Mr. Pedersen
himself, although an invitation to tour his new 500grand pad was sadly
unforthcoming. But the staff was unperturbed, and the familiar sound
of typewriters clacking seemed to keep them happy.
And that brings us to the present, the physical culmination of which
is the paper you are now perusing.
Just when you thought it was safe to go on summer vacation — The
Summer Ubyssey is back. Wednesday, June 29, 1983
THE
SUMMER
UBYSSEY
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Fee hike threatens UVic accessibility
By CHRIS WONG
University of Victoria students
already beset by unemployment and
financial aid crises are now facing a
14.8 per cent tuition fee increase in
the fall.
The decision to implement the
increase was made at a June 20
board of governors meeting and will
push up the per unit cost of a course
to $63, UVic information officer
John Driscoll said Friday.
UVic Alma Mater Society president Brian Stevenson blamed the
increase on the provincial government, which has indicated it will
freeze university funding in the fall.
"With the board's budget I can
understand the university increasing
it that much," he said.
Stevenson said the fee hike is a
further erosion of accessibility to
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education. "Accessibility is clearly
under attack in this province. We
have a government with a very clear
policy to cut participation in our
universities. We have to make vocal
opposition to that," he said.
Before the decision was announced
Stevenson made a plea to the board
for a tuition fee freeze. Now he fears
many students may be unable to
return to school or only be able to
attend part-time.
"It's really disheartening. Most of
the people I know are in a really bad
situation."
UVic president Howard Petch said
he has been concerned about accessibility "for a long time" but tuition
must be increased to meet the university's rising costs.
He said the fee increase will not
cause a decrease in enrollment next
year because other factors will keep
it high. A 4.8 per cent enrollment
increase is expected, Petch said.
To offset the tuition increase, bursary and scholarship programs will
be expanded, said Petch. "We try to
keep those things in step."
At Simon Fraser University, stu
dents are facing a tuition fee increase
of 10.3 percent. Despite opposition
from the SFU student society and
other student groups, the SFU board
raised the per unit charge to $64 in
May.
UBC has slightly lower fees at $61
per unit, a result of last November's
board of governors decision to increase tuition five per cent.
Most full-year courses are worth
three units — which means students
attending B.C. universities will be
paying up to $192 for an average
course.
'New blood' comes cheaply
By NEIL LUCENTE
Students can expect younger and
lower-paid faculty in the fall because
of a new reduced workload scheme.
The scheme, which has the support of UBC's board of governors
and faculty association, allows faculty, professional librarians and
program directors in the centre for
continuing education the option of
reducing their workoad and salaries
50 per cent or more while retaining
full pension and other benefits.
To be eligible, professors must
have tenure, be at least 58 years old,
and have worked full-time at UBC
for at least 15 continuous years.
Robert  Smith,   UBC  associate
academic vice-president, said the
scheme will give younger professors
more teaching opportunities and
will help older faculty members in
the transition to retirement.
The university will also save on its
salary bill because new faculty
members will be hired at lower starting salaries, said Smith.
Faculty association president
Dennis Pavelich dismissed the possibility of a decline in the quality of
education resulting from the employment of younger professors.
"New blood must come. I don't
think teaching will suffer as a
result," he said. "The people will not
necessarily be less qualified — they
will just not have the experience.
More than likely, they will bring a
youthful exuberance to their work."
Demands for professors during
the 1960's has resulted in the large
number of them reaching retirement
age now, he said.
"No one is being pushed out.
Many faculty members have actually been asking for such a scheme."
Architecture dean Douglas Shad-
bolt agrees with Pavelich.
"From my point of view it's an
excellent scheme. I don't think it
opens the way to be pushed out since
the decision is the individual professor's option."
Two hundred professors are eligible for the scheme, estimated Smith.
The option will be available July 1 if
there are no complications, he said.
Women and Words come together
Writing women speak out at UBC
neil lucente photo
CLASH OF TITANS shook new bookstore recently when enormous
mannequins invaded premises looking for world peace, eternal youth
and Godot. Cretinous humans cringed with numbing fear at sight of
behemoths, but situation resolved itself when Friendly Giant sicced
(sic) giraffe and rooster on pseudo-cyborgs. Godot never showed up, by
the way.
By SARAH COX
Canadian women from Newfoundland to the West Coast will be converging on UBC this weekend for a
unique conference on Women and
Words.
The conference wil bring together
writers such as Margaret Atwood
and Jog Kogawa, editors from femi-
New improved bookstore number two
By SARAH COX
UBC has something new to boast
about.
The recent opening of a vast and
flashy bookstore gives the university
the distinction of owning the second
largest bookstore in Canada.
The $7 million building, which
resembles a modern department
store with its carpeted floors and
mannequins, contains in essence
seven bookshops. This unique setup is a more efficient way of serving
the disciplinary groups, bookstore
director John Hedgecock said Thursday.
"The other bookstore was falling
apart and much too small. Most
people in the old bookstore didn't
even know what we sold because
they couldn't see it," said Hedgecock.
The new store displays rows of
colourful art and graphic supplies, a
computer shop 10 times the size of
the old one, and 50,000 titles apart
from course books.
"Just being a textbook warehouse
was not a good enough service. We
are going from the basis of selling
texts to being an academic resource
outfit," Hedgecock said.
But the price of textbooks will not
increase to pay for the bookstore, he
said. "That'sa promise I shall keep."
Staffed by more than 60 people,
the new bookstore will eradicate
September line-ups in the armouries, said Hedgecock.
The expanded magazine section
now carries publications like Kinesis, a Vancouver feminist monthly,
and Mother Jones, a progressive
American magazine. But the bookstore continues to sell magazines
such as Penthouse, which a campus
ad-hoc committee against pornography has been trying to get Hedgecock to remove since September.
A petition advocating a new set of
guidelines for the selection of material sold in the bookstore was circulated by the committee in March.
The guidelines, if adopted by the
board of governors, will not allow
the bookstore to sell material which
exploits or degrades women.
Out of 413 responses from a tear-
off portion of a pamphlet distributed by the committee, 399 people
were opposed to the sale of pornography in the university bookstore.
However, Hedgecock refuses to remove the magazines until instructed
to do so by the board.
nist publications like Kinesis and
Broadside, and women from diverse
cultural backgrounds, native women
and Quebecois.
"There will be a whole cross section of people who have never come
together before," said conference coordinator Betsy Warland.
Six hundred women are expected
at the three day bilingual conference, which is open to women in all
aspects of writing.
The idea for the conference
sprang out the the West Coast
Women and Words Society, a grassroots organization concerned with
the secondary status of women in the
writing world, said Warland.
At least 42 per cent of Canadian
writers are women, but only a fifth
of the review space is given to
women, she said. "It's a problem
because most people buy books after
they see them reviewed.
"Women's work isn't getting out
and that affects everyone from translators to people who teach women's
studies courses. We've realized that
we need to build an old girl's network."
Women writers also have difficulty
receiving critical feedback because
only 12.5 per cent ot university
teaching positions are held by women,
said Warland. "If we want to improve
our situation its basically up to us.
Women attending the conference
will gather a cross-country picture of
developments in women writing,
she said.
"We want to see what women have
been accomplishing and what new
ideas and forms have been emerging."
The conference, which will be
video-taped, offers workshops and
panels on such topics as inadequate
coverage of women's news, sexism,
racism, the craft of writing, women
writing on crime and violence, and
the distribution of women's books.
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Wednesday, June 29, 1983
Jazz violinist offers vitality
By CHRIS WONG
Stephane Grappelli bears little resemblance to your average jazz musician. His hair is grey, his body
is frail, and he plays, of all instruments, the violin.
This 75 year old French violinist
does not perform like your average
jazz musician either - on the contrary
he is a master at his instrument and
an above-average jazz player who
displays remarkable talents.
Grappelli's concert at the Plazazz
was packed by a crowd appreciative
of his unique abilities.
His approach is simple and uncluttered. Unlike other jazz violinists,
Grappelli does not rely on electronic
gadgets, and he does not delve into
anyoftheavant-garde,funk,ordisco
stylings which are used with mixed
success by today's jazz hipsters.
Grappelli comes from a tradition
which places a high value on jazz
characteristics which have slowly
eroded since the fusion fury of the
seventies - the importance of melody
and perservation of the acoustic nature of jazz.
He gained his reputation playing
in the Hot Club quintet of France
alongside legendary guitarist Djan-
go Reinhardt during the '30s.
The format of the Hot Club quintet
was the same as the one gracing the
Plazazz stage - two guitars, a string
bass, and Grappelli's violin. This pi-
anoless and drummerless line-up
plays harmonic and rhythmic possibilities as equally exciting as the
tension-filled sounds of modern jazz,
which Grappelli avoids.
GRAPPELLI... better with age
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Interaction between the members
of this stringed group was almost
telepathic. Grappelli took the lead
with his energetic and original interpretations of the tunes which are
mainly jazz standards played thousands of times, but rarely in Grappelli's unique style.
The songs included Sweet Georgia
Brown, Love For Sale, and Honeysuckle Rose, all excellent tunes for
the violin master to display his mel-
lodic and improvisational talent.
With the melody Grappelli added
appropriate embellishments which
gave character to the music. During
his solos he displayed advanced
technique and original ideas.
Electric guitarist Martin Taylor is
a master in his own right. Sounding
very much like the guitar great Joe
Pass, Taylor played tasty chords behind Grappelli and complicated runs
during his solos. A Scotsman and
the only non-French person in the
group, he provided a humerous monologue before Old   Man River.
Marc Fosset was suberb on acoustic guitar and vocals (vocals consisting of "yeahs"and "oohs"). Acoustic
bassist Patrice Caratini did a good
job staring into the audience and
looking cool, and also playing some
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Together they cannot equal the
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TORY CONVENTION
New forces surface in Ottawa
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POCKLINGTON... Tory party takes step to right
By ARNOLD
he usually reserved atmosphere of the stately
Chateau Laurier hotel has turned to near
anarchy on the first night of the Progressive
Conservative party's leadership convention.
The hotel's porters, conspicuous in their
scarlet coats and pill box caps, are pinned
against the wall by the crowd crushed in the
lobby.
Nobody's moving except Brian Mulroney
and his security people who cleara route in the
direction of Peter Pocklington, who is standing near the entrance to a ballroom where his
supporters have just had a pep talk.
The leadership hopefuls meet and walk side
by side back into the ballroom. Inside, surrounded by supporters, the chant, "Pock-ling-
ton, Pock-ling-ton," all but drowns out their
conversation.
Pocklington and Mulroney exchange platitudes. They make no great announcements
about future considerations but the evidence
is all there. One of the supporters carrying
Pocklington's orange and blue signs is Randy
Wood, a Mulroney youth organizer from B.C.
Half of the people shouting have Mulroney
campaign identification.
Even before the convention started Pocklington knew he couldn't win the leadership.
But he knew there are spoils waiting for a
candidate who backs a winner.
Pocklington's putting together his power
play. He wants to be the star right winger for
Team Tory in the campaign to oust the "Liberal socialist government in Ottawa."
Even before the convention began Pocklington scored points. Cheered on by Margret
Thatcher's success, Canadian PCs came to
Ottawa looking for a leader who would
change party philosophy. Throughout the
weeks of pre-conference fever the party's right
wing steadily gained momentum and all leadership candidates molded or modified their
platforms to fit that trend.
Pocklington, the 41 year old millionaire
owner of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club, is
a disciple of the free enterprise system and a
champion of individual initiative. After getting his start in the used car business 25 years
ago he now runs a holding company with an
annual revenue of about $1.1 billion. He fits
the new Tory mold perfectly.
He's in the leadership race because he
believes the system that made him millions is
being destroyed by socialism. "Canada's destiny seemed to be assured until the takeover by
an arrogant Trudeau and his administration
interrupted our path with a plunge toward
state control," he said March 8 when he
entered the leadership sweepstakes.
Pocklington's solutions are preciously simple. His message at the convention's issue sessions on economics, social policy, and foreign
affairs was this: get the country working again
through the productive private sector, and
restrict government intrusions in individual's
lives and all our problems will be solved.
On social policy, Pocklington would eradicate the native rights problem by making
Indians equal citizens with equal responsibility.
HEDSTROM
"I know a lot of Italians, Germans and English and Scottish who have not lost their culture in the last two hundred years by being
equal citizens. It's time we gave the Native
people of this country exactly that: equal
opportuntity to become fi 11 citizens with the
same responsibilities."
He offers similar solutions to improve the
status of women, and to keep Quebec in coi.-
federation. To help senior citizens — he says
control inflation which erodes the value of
pensions.
Pocklington favors a carbon copy of the
American health care system for Canada by
replacing universal medicare with private
insurance supplemented by government aid
for those who can't afford it.
On foreign policy, Pocklington pushes policies that promote and protect individual
freedoms and free enterprise. He got enthusiastic cheers when he said, "It's time we sent
our retired executives and sent people just out
of university (to underdeveloped countries)
for a year or two and show these people how
to become independent themselves, how to set
up free enterprise economies and how to get
people to work."
To stimulate the Canadian economy he
would invite foreign investors to establish business here. Pocklington wants Vancouver
turned into a free trade port. He also wants
fewer trade restrictions with the U.S.
But in addition to his laissez faire economic
policy, he's also a champion for a whole
gamut of policies which the country has long
moved away from. He says metrification
should have been phased in over 20 years to
avoid "the jolt of interrupting individual freedoms." He's a right-to-lifer, but he says, "I
doubt very much I would charge my daughter
with murder if she happened to have an
abortion."
Despite his stand on abortion, he remains
committed to capital punishment for pre-med-
itated murder. Yet he believes the right to bear
arms is the last defence for a free people.
His stand on disarmament is predictably
supportive of the U.S. and includes allowing
Cruise missile tests in Northern Alberta. "The
second world war was caused by disarmament
not armament," he says, adding that to
achieve peace the free world must defeat the
Soviet threat from a position of strength.
Near the end of the question and answer
period on economics, a delegate asked Pocklington, "If you should lose this leadership
convention, will you be committed to run for
member of parliament, no matter who wins?"
There are loud claps and cheers. Pocklingtion
said modestly he'll support the party any way
he can.
During Saturday's polling it was Pocklington who fought through crowds to talk with
Mulroney. He took 102 first ballot votes with
him, enough support to ensure a major
cabinet post if the Tories form the government.
Pocklington also has assured a voice for
himself and his supporters in Canadian politics. It's a voice which will be loud in the Tory
party.
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Wednesday, June 29, 1983
Wargames blows up nuclear myths
By BRIAN JONES
The truck speeds down the remote,
foggy country road, swerving along a
dirt path. Just as you start to suspect
that you've stumbled into the sequel
of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the two
occupants of the truck walk into an
innocent-looking-house-turned-
military-post to missile silo, and
you're abruptly jarred back to the
present. You pass through huge
vault-like doors, down elevators, into
the missile silo to control panels of
lights, switches and other unintelligible gadgets. Welcome to the '80s.
This fast paced and suspenseful
beginning sets the tone for War-
games. Moments after arriving in
their missile silo, the two American
soldiers receive a coded message and
frantically take notes before flipping
through their codebook for the ultimate order. The Big One. Turn the
Key (Push the Button is passe).
Wargames
directed by John Badham
playing at Vancouver Centre
Those few fleeting moments of
terror, as in a real nuclear war, pass
too quickly for the viewer to comprehend. And Wargames brilliantly
transposes that confusion onto its
hero/victim, high school computer
genius David (Matthew Broderick).
While looking innocently for more
video kicks than are available in a
neighborhood arcade, David accid-
Play lacks passion
By MURIEL DRAAISMA
The inmates twitch uncontrollably. One pops up from a pit in the
stage while another plays obsessively with a rag doll. Some crawl on
the floor, groaning and screaming.
A bright French flag is draped
over a backdrop. Its colors — red,
white and blue — are reproduced
garishly on the stage floor. On one
side of the stage sits the inmate who
is going to play Jean-Paul Marat,
brooding and quivering in his wooden bathtub.
On the opposite side sits the Marquis de Sade, who stares impassively
in front of himself. He is about to
direct the play he wrote as therapy
for the Charenton lunatic asylum
inmates.
Marat/Sade
by Peter Weiss
directed by Henry Woolf
at the Freddy Wood
until July 2
Marat is the voice of social upheaval, a tormented idealist who
yearns for the ultimate freedom of
humankind. Sade is the voice of
individualism, an early existentialist
who longs for the absolute freedom
of self.
The ideological conflict between
Marat and Sade is the basis of the
play currently being performed by
the Freddy Wood theatre — The
Persecution and Assassination of
Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by
the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the direction of the
Marquis de Sade.
As their ideas clash, the inmates
act out their words and occasionally
interrupt the debate. The tension
builds as the play within a play progresses to the bloody climax — the
moment when Charlotte Corday, an
aristocrat from the country, finally
stabs Marat.
Freddy Wood's summer stock ambitiously attempts to perfrom Peter
Weiss's historic play but they don;t
quite succeed. They are able to
create the Bertolt Brechtian sense of
alienation which Weiss employs but
they fail to engage the audience long
enough to sustain it.
The attempt does deserve some
credit, though. There are notable
performances by Michael Robinson
(Sade), who delivers his lines crisply
and intensely and by Carolyn Soper
(Simonne Evard), who twitches and
trembles realistically.
Michael Dekoven(Duperret) provides excellent comic relief, much
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strategy. After predictably passing
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computer, he plays an enjoyable
game of Thermo-Nuclear War and
soon finds himself in trouble with
the U.S. military.
Although Wargames is essentially
a kids-against-an-adult-messed-up-
world adventure epic, it also has
some very pointed and relevant
themes. David's anger and frustration as he tries to out-manouvre the
military are similar to the feelings
many people experience when trying
to come to terms with our society's
increased and mindless militarism.
David's young age and apparently
apolitical attitude are also interesting because they illustrate youth
rebelling against an imposed order.
But where Wargames falls short is
its lack of analysis about that order.
Electronic wizardry and bust 'em up
blast 'em to bits video games are subtly exalted, while poor little Joshua,
the NORAD computer that is threatening to blow up the world, is seen as
a victim of its own components.
Like the real-life peace movement,
Wargames is willing to criticize
nuclear weapons but it is hesitant to
comment on the military. Wargames
succeeds in showing the futility of
the nuclear arms race, yet portrays
the NORAD staff, and the commanding general in particular, as
kind grandfather types who just
happen to make their living planning global wars. This friendly ail-
American country gent persona
reaches its peak when the exasperated general announces "Shoot! I'd
piss on a spark plug if I thought it
would do any good."
Wargames, as excellent as it is,
would have been better if it had     ^
combined  its high energy with a
more sophisticated analysis. #
The film's best moments are provided by Joshua, the NORAD computer. Losing the game in a countdown to armageddon, David "asks"
the computer, "Is this real, or is it a
game?" Joshua replies, "What's the
difference?" With that remark, the
dazzling flashing lights on the *
NORAD headquarter's screens become less a special effect and more a
ridiculous reality.
The film's ending is particularly
wholesome. Having been outsmarted     "*
by the whiz kid, Joshua says "A
strange game. It seems the only win-      v
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