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The Ubyssey Mar 18, 1980

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 W5 apologizes for racist report
television network apologized publicly Sunday for airing a W5 program report on international students that has been called racist and
The apology, which said the program's figures were incorrect and
lumped together all students entering Canada, comes five months after the CTV broadcast the W5 report The Campus Giveaway — the
program alleged that foreign
students were taking the places of
Canadian students in university
The report showed a film of students of Chinese descent on campus
while a voice over said Canadian
students were being denied access to
certain professional faculties. But
of all students shown, only two
were actually foreign students and
the rest were Chinese-Canadians,
members of the ad hoc committee
against W5 found after viewing
the film footage.
The apology, read at the start of
W5's Sunday program, said another program, to be aired at a later
date, will "let all sides have their
say" on the international student
John Helliwell, director of the
Canadian Bureau for International
Education, said Monday that if
CTV continues to move in the conciliatory tone of the apology, those
fighting the program will be satisfied.
"I consider it a major victory,"
he said. "I'm delighted with it."
W5's apology admitted that its
figures, which said there were
100,000 foreign students in Canadian schools, were inaccurate. It
said the program used a process
that lumped together international
student numbers with those of landed immigrants and students in Canada on special permits.
There are 58,000 international
students at all levels, including high
schools, community colleges and
universities, says Canada's immigration department.
W5 also apologized for what
members of Canada's Chinese community have called its racist overtones.
"It was never our intention in doing the program to give offence to
Vol. LXII, No. 95 (,H
Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 18,1980
— kevin finnegan photo
OUTRAGED ATHLETE storms Ubyssey photog, seeking revenge for thousands of innocent students, campus
cowboys and iguanas libelled and ridiculed in sick attempts at humor in cutlines. Urged on by guilty bystanders,
badminton player Ken Renneberg threatened photog with horrible death but decided instead to condemn entire
staff to five more issues. Supreme court is expected to rule punishment inhumane.
any Canadian community: W5 sincerely regrets any offence that may
have been unintentionally given to
the Chinese-Canadian community."
Liz Patterson, director of University of Toronto's international students' centre, said she thinks W5 seriously underestimated the reaction
the report would get from campuses
and the Chinese-Canadian community.
Two thousand people protested
the program outside CTV headquarters in Toronto last month and
others launched demonstrations in
various Canadian cities. Several libel suits have been filed against the
network, but it is not yet known if
they will continue.
PROTESTORS . . . win apology
Hack promises UBC
an exclusive protest
UBC student politicians say they
will attempt to duplicate a successful student demonstration
against increased tuition fees held
Friday at the B.C. legislature.
UBC will send a delegation to
Victoria by as early as next week,
said Al Soltis, Alma Mater Society
external affairs officer.
"We'll be contacting the NDP
caucus and providing them with our
point of view on student fees and
really concentrating on student
aid," said Soltis.
He said the UBC delegation will
be asking for an improved student
aid package to offset tuition fees increases.
No official UBC delegation attended the Friday rally, organized
by the B.C. Students' Federation
and attended by students from the
other two universities and some
community colleges, because Soltis
said "there was no way I wanted to
send someone over there that was
Federation chair Malcolm Elliot
will meet with Soltis Thursday and
will   distribute   information   on
financial issues to students on campus.
The UBC "information lobby"
will occur before the end of classes
on April 3, Soltis promised.
But Soltis came under attack
from federation staff person John
Doherty, who said it would have
been more effective a show of student solidarity if UBC had coordinated its demonstration with
other universities on Friday.
"All we can do is support what
they do," said Doherty. "I guess
it's important to try and coordinate
our activities more closely in the
He said he felt that the Friday rally at least got the student point of
view across to education minister
Brian Smith and universities
minister Pat McGeer.
"It went fairly well. There were
between 40 to 50 students who
presented about 5,000 cards (protesting tuition fee increases) to
Brian Smith and Pat McGeer."
Doherty added that McGeer said
he appreciated the students' con-
See page 3: UBC
VOC referendum passes;
AMS to cough up $30,000
The Varsity Outdoor Club will
start work this summer on cabin
renovations after UBC students approved a referendum last week to
fund the project.
The Alma Mater Society will give
the VOC $30,000 for renovation of
three mountaineering cabins and
construction of a fourth after
students voted 83 per cent in favor
of the grant. A little more than 12
per cent of students voted in the
three-day referendum.
"The renovations will be the first
thing done because the huts need
it," VOC president Paul Hooper
said Monday. Work will begin in
May on the Burton hut at Sphinx
glacier, he added.
The money will support renovations of a hut at Tenquille Lake and
one at McGillivary Pass, as well as
the construction of a new hut, also
at McGillivary Pass.
The successful referendum will
end the five-year dispute between
the club and the AMS over the
Whistler ski cabin, Hooper said.
The VOC constructed the Whistler
cabin in 1965 but received no compensation when the society took it
over in 1975.
In 1977 student court ordered the
AMS to pay the VOC $30,000 compensation but the society refused.
In April 1979 the VOC started outside legal action against the AMS,
but dropped the suit when the referendum was proposed.
Governments 'did nothing7 to stop housing shortage
Summer and inter-session students might
find themselves out in the cold because of the
desperate off-campus housing situation, ^a
rental aid society spokeswoman said Monday.
"If there's any possibility you can stay
where you are, stay. It's as grim as it's ever
been," Linda Mead, Red Door Rental Aid
Society administrator advises students.
She said the situation will not improve by
next fall when the largest influx of students
use the Red Door Society. The housing shortage could continue for the next two years,
she added.
"We have absolutely nothing in the Point
Grey area. We never used to have a lot on the
West Side but now we have nothing." If
students are lucky enough to get a listing they
will likely have to compete with 400 others
for the accommodation, she said.
The dropping vacancy rate, lack of housing construction and rising rents have combined to produce a critical housing situation
for students, she said.
But the provincial, federal and municipal
governments knew the situation could
develop last year and "they did nothing
about it," Mead charged.
UBC off-campus housing head Dave
Johnson said he agrees the housing shortage
is critical. "The only-thing I can do is con
firm her (Mead's) suspicions. She's right,"
said Johnson.
He added the situation is worse than in
previous years for the 8,000 students living
off campus and looking for new homes.
"I would say it is definitely worse. I think
it's going to get bad again by the fall. There
have been quite a lot of people around lately
(looking for accommodation) for this time of
Johnson said students who face problems
finding housing should not resort to using
commercial rental agencies.
"They're an ongoing problem. People get
taken in by the ads in the paper. I've had
nothing but complaints about Rentex. I'd
urge people to stay away from those places
once again."
Members of the Gage low-rise committee
charged the UBC housing department is doing nothing to combat the situation.
"I called housing and asked if it was possible for me to stay in the low-rise (for the summer) and they told me the conventions are
booked five years in advance and a room
costs $33 a night," said resident Nan
"As far as students in the low-rise goes,
(housing director Mike Davis) seems to feel
married and grad students can go to (Place)
Vanier in the summer," said resident Brenda
Mular. Page 2
Tuesday, March 18,1980
U of A students charge
Educators 'illiterate'
EDMONTON (CUP) — Officials
and student representatives in University of Alberta's education faculty have dismissed charges that education students are illiterate.
In early February, two education
students wrote a letter to the student newspaper The Gateway, citing
widespread illiteracy and low standards among their colleagues.
"We are embarrassed to be members of this faculty," said Valerie
Loov and Joan Schell.
But education dean Walter
Worth says the charges do not apply to most students in the faculty.
"I'm not surprised that these
things (illiteracy) occur when we
have 4,000 students in the faculty,"
said Worth. "On balance, though,
they are not typical."
Worth says admission requirements in education are the same as
in all other faculties — a 60 per cent
average in five high school subjects.
Education program requirements
mean that most students take more
courses in faculties other than education, he added.
An English course is not mandatory for all education students.
No data is available to compare
current education graduates to their
predecessors, but school boards say
teachers are better now than they
were five years ago, Worth said.
Worth said that charges of illiteracy levelled against his faculty,
cause unease and concern in education students.
"I'm the first to acknowledge
that there are problems in education. But as far as I'm concerned, I
think allegation of widespread illiteracy is hogwash."
Education students'  association
president Darlene Melnyk said she
agrees the situation has been blown
out of proportion.
"I don't think the problem of illiteracy is just confined to our faculty," she said. "However, it appears that the education faculty becomes a focal point when the illiteracy issue is brought out."
She said the association has contacted the writers of the letter, but
the group has no specific plans to
push for changes in the faculty.
Melnyk said she supports mandatory English courses for all education students, but the association
has not taken an official stand in
this matter.
"As for the minimal writing competence exams in the faculty, we
could have a competency exam, but
I'm not sure it would solve the problem of literacy," she says.
"Being literate is not the sole
quality for becoming a good
teacher. However, it definitely is an
Letter writers Lqov and Schell
still stand by their accusations.
They advocate a language competency exam, quotas in the faculty of
education and a mandatory year in
another faculty for all would-be
They said they have received a lot
of verbal support from other education students. And they claimed the
faculty's problems are more widespread than education officials acknowledge.
"I still think there are a large
number of people in the faculty
who will not be competent as teachers," said Schell.
Loov adds: "I still believe there is
a definite problem."
deathly quiet hung over this tiny
island kingdom today following incidents of violence, rioting and random necrophilia at last weekend's
ceremonial wall-bashing.
The wall-bashing, an annual ritual where hairy puce blorgs as well
as normal hairy blorgs slam their
heads against the Whaling Wall,
was marred after outbreaks of sanity during the distribution of soma
in squat brown bottles.
Factions representing the Easily
Underestimated Sickoids and the
Amalgamated Fuckhead Society
disrupted proceedings by flinging
handfuls of zebra vomit at blorgs
who, following tradition, were approaching the shrine on their noses
and toes.
The orthodox Bedlam Devolu-
tionary Party is reported to be worried about the conduct of its candidate for Reichsbureaucrat, Burn
Themall, who was arrested for flying without a license after he strafed
the dissident factions with ju-jubes
and nembutals. He was also charg
ed with flying without an airplane.
Themall, despite continued allegations he is mentally unfit for
sweeping floors, has until now been
the most popular candidate for the
tyrant's position due the more-
than-usual stupidity of the always
thick-headed blorgs.
Foreign observers, tripping over
the repeatedly violated bodies of
dead blorgs in the muck-filled capital, said a swing to the right could
be feared in the coming elections.
"This is good news for Ambrosia
Dumbcluck," said one high source.
Another, who was completely
overdosed, spoke of the possibility
of an anarchic-collectivist takeover
of the government. "Of course, no
one would be able to tell if such a
thing were to happen," he said.
It was hoped next week's elections would give some indication of
the fate of the hostages who have
been held in the Slobbovian embassy for over 300 days. Diplomatic
sources have indicated the hostages
will be deader than balloons in a
furnace should Themall get in.
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Page 3
UBC stays aloof
from downtown
education scheme
B.C.'s post-secondary institutions are talking about creating an
education centre in downtown Vancouver but UBC apparently has little to contribute to the plan.
UBC, Simon Fraser University,
the B!C. Institute of Technology,
the Open Learning Institute, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver school board and the
Universities Council of B.C. are involved in the talks. But the emphasis for the centre will primarily
be academic or technological
courses at night for people already
in jobs — courses that UBC does
not offer in downtown Vancouver.
The institutions have been
discussing the project with the provincial education ministry for two
months and have already leased one
floor in a downtown building, said
BCIT spokesman Dick Melville.
Melville said the centre will serve
as a focal point for those institu
tions offering downtown courses.
He added the institutions will also
gain an information centre.
"A central downtown education
centre would provide the public
with an information area on Lower
Mainland education institutions
and their programs," he said.
Enrolment in BCIT night courses
has increased drastically from 17
courses offered in the original program to a current SO, leading to the
interest in a downtown facility.
SFU also offers night courses in
rented facilities close to the city centre to 439 students while UBC offers off-campus night courses at
Britannia community centre and
other locations.
UBC administration representatives said they are surprised by the
announcement and offered no comment on the downtown education
centre proposal.
UBC fee demonstration
scheduled for Victoria
From page 1
cerns, but told the demonstrators
they would have to wait for a
federal-provincial task force on student finances report before any
changes will be implemented.
McGeer was one of the architects of
the task force's formation.
Doherty said he told McGeer that
he expected only cosmetic
"housekeeping changes" will be
recommended in the report.
Student demands include a $450
increase of maximum awards for
student loans, an annual cost of living increase and a re-adjustment of
parental contribution tables and
forced summer savings as indications of a students' financial standing, Doherty said.
The NDP caucus agreed to raise
some questions on student finances
and student aid through NDP MPs
in the House of Commons, Doherty
"The next step is that we're going
to try and arrange a meeting with
McGeer and Smith. We'll also be
approaching college and university
boards for support."
Soltis said the external affairs
committee was hindered in preparing for the demonstration because
the previous officer, Valgeet Johl,
failed to produce a promised report
on student aid for UBC student
"Valgeet Johl did an education
study and it hasn't been made
available yet," Soltis said. "It's
been kind of holding us back."
SFU politician is
a disruptive force
Canadian University Press
A Simon Fraser University student politician deliberately
disrupted and undermined the B.C.
Students' Federation's protest at
the B.C. legislature Thursday, officials charged yesterday.
Doug Fleming, SFU student
society external relations officer,
tried to persuade students to
demonstrate at the legislature instead of participating in BCSF's
lobby of MLAs for changes in the
student aid program, said federation staffer John Doherty.
And federation chairman
Malcolm Elliott said Fleming and
several University of Victoria
students heckled universities
minister Pat McGeer and prevented
him from speaking to BCSF and
other students.
"They (Fleming and other
students) allowed McGeer to look
better than he was," Elliott said.
"After Fleming's display on Thursday I feel he's totally out of touch
with the concerns of the students."
Elliott said Fleming and University of Victoria students asked questions unrelated to federation
demands, which enabled McGeer to
avoid answering BCSF. Elliot
charged that Fleming was not serving the interests of SFU students.
"It's important for students to
realize that their external relations
officer represents them for all off-
campus liasion activities," he said.
"The officer should have a clear
understanding   of   where   the
students on his campus are coming
"I think the student body of SFU
should wake up to the fact that
Doug Fleming is no longer
representing them, but leading
But Fleming said the federation is
not taking a strong enough stand
against tuition fee increases and
faults in the student loan plan, adding that nothing is gained from
discussions "behind closed doors."
"The leadership of BCSF has
become bureaucratic," he said.
"When so many attacks on students
are occurring in tuition fees and
fnancial aid, the federation should
take a forceful stand."
Fleming said he went to
McGeer's office with about 25 UVic
and SFU students after the lobby to
ask him about the federation's
demands, but said the minister's
door was locked.
"The mass lobby went ahead in
the morning as planned," Flemm-
ing said. "Many of those that went
with us to McGeer's office were
also involved in the mass lobby."
More than 40 students from 10
colleges and universities across B.C.
attended the protest against the current structure of the student loan
The students lobbied MLAs and
education ministers McGeer and
Smith for changes in the eligibility
requirements for student aid, as
well as for a halt to further tuition
fee increases in the province.
— kan/ln finnogan photo
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Fetish pines for alder brother, but last time they met they beat each other to pulp.
U of O tuition rise sparks boycott
tuition by up to an additional 10 per
cent if they wished.)
University of Ottawa students
plan to organize a bus trip to the
Ontario legislature in Toronto
March 27 to join in a province-wide
protest against cutbacks and fee increases.
OTTAWA (CUP) — University
of Ottawa students will stage their
third mass boycott of classes tomorrow to protest tuition fee increases.
They also plan a fee boycott in the
At a general assembly last week
more than 500 students pledged
support for a student federation
plan to boycott the 7.5 per cent fee
increase set for next fall.
After the general assembly a
group of students tried to occupy
the university registrar's office, but
the administration quashed the attempt with a threat to call in police
to remove students from the building. Student protestors occupied
the office in a protest last month.
Students will be urged to pay only
half their tuition at fall registration
and withhold the $75 increase when
they pay the final instalment in January, said student federation president Anne McGrath.
Students at the general assembly
said they will not accept any increase, although the university has
decided not to increase fees more
than the mandatory 7.5 per cent ordered by the government. (The
Conservative government granted
universities permission to increase
Feminists demonstrate
to protest violence
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Two hundred people chanted "We want
streets without creeps," and "Yes
means yes and no means no however we dress and wherever we go"
last week to protest violence against
women here.
Women wearing armbands with
the insignia of wen-do, a women's
self-defence method, patrolled the
march. Police watched the march
from the other side of the street.
The chants echoed those heard
on International Women's Day last
year when about 300 people marched in -30° weather to save Osborne
House, a jeopardized home for battered women. Osborne House's
funding was subsequently retained
after these and other outcries.
Public reaction to the march was
mixed — from good-natured and
malicious questions about the
march's purpose to cheers and
taunts from passing cars.
The march was sponsored by the
Winnipeg Committee Against Violence Towards Women.
's sherry and caviar time at SFU
Simon Fraser University, flushed with excitement
over recent newspaper reports acclaiming its coming
of age, is considering a posh drinking hole for its
The proposed "university club" will cost about $1
million and be open to all members of the university
community, according to a report compiled by a
nine-person SFU committee.
But membership dues will be as high as $270 for
the privilege of using the club for one year. The report admits: "We fully recognize that most members
of the club will be from the faculty and staff."
Unless students can come up with the $150 initiation fee and $10 a month, it is unlikely many will be
taking advantage of this new chance to rub elbows
with their professors and deans.
"Nevertheless, we believe the open membership
approach to be a fair and reasonable one," the report says.
The committee, chaired by SFU geography department head Michael Roberts, said he is worried the
Burnaby university lacks many of the social amenities that typify older Canadian universities. He
criticizes the lack of facilities for the comfort and
contentment of important visitors.
"Most faculty live a considerable distance from
the campus which makes even personal entertainment of visitors awkward," states the report.
The report, forwarded last week to SFU president
George Pedersen, says entertaining visitors on campus is "crucial" for effective community relations. It
states that better morale and a sense of tradition
among faculty and staff will then be easier to build.
Roberts' committee sees the new club as beneficial
for other SFU services. The presence of the bar and
grill will increase participation by faculty and staff in
voluntary evening functions, the report says. An extra service for faculty and staff will strengthen the
evening teaching program, it adds. Page 4
Tuesday, March 18,1980
Poor reporting
backs bigotry
"Oops, sorry. Really, we're quite sorry. Never meant anything
like this to happen. I mean, there we were looking for some good
story ideas for the start of the school year and we happened onto
this bit about how all the . . . er . . . foreigners were taking over
Canadian universities and . . . well, the boys just got a little bit out
of hand."
The CTV network finally got around to apologizing on the air
Sunday for the blatant racism contained in the W5 show's report
The Campus Giveaway, which clearly stated that foreign students
were depriving Canadians of a university education.
That they did apologize is of little surprise, their errors being so
blatant, so incredible and so lacking in factual basis.
But to use an already overworked cliche, the damage has been
The report's statements go well beyond simple error, the kind of
thing one might expect in The Ubyssey, or, say, the Christian Science Monitor. The show's producers and reporter Helen Hutchinson, fully aware of the ramifications of what they were broadcasting, presented horribly inaccurate and poorly researched "facts"
about foreign students in Canada.
That individuals in our society adopt similar bigoted views is one
reflection of our society. That a major network, and supposedly the
country's most experienced journalists, could be duped into believing the racist drivel they presented is disgusting. And frightening.
The show panned shots of commerce and other professional
classes filled with supposedly foreign students, a fact which they
inferred. When a group decided to check the national origins of the
students, they discovered that all but two in attendance during the
filming where Chinese-Canadians. Simple enough. Too bad W5's
producers lack this simple investigative urge. It would have
prevented the promotion of a whole lot of stupid ignorance.
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UBC selfishly disregarding estate's land value
The cloak of indifference and
secrecy surrounding the apparent
sale of the beautiful Rockwoods Estate near Whytecliff Park in West
Vancouver has raised a furore
among concerned citizens in the
area of the estate. This is once more
an example of breach of trust and
responsibility by authority.
As has been reported in the Vancouver Sun and other papers, this
estate of approximately four acres
was a gift of the late General Odium
to UBC; this was well reported in
the papers at the time. General Odium stated that it was "for the promotion of intimate and intensive
studies in the fields of fine arts, letters and world affairs, and specially
approved student activities." Since
then, with the exception of a period
when it was used by the extension
department 20 years ago, it has
been minimally cared for and largely unused by UBC
The estate holds rare trees and
has a long waterfront to it; its beauty has been a source of pleasure to
Arts week was profitable,
non- redundant success
I'd like to thank everyone who
made arts week such a success: Suk
Sihota, Mike McKinley, Paul Yas-
kowich, Dave Jefferys, Brian
Roach, Andrea Demchuk, Lisa Peters, Suzanne James, Mark Crawford, and Jack Hittrich for their efforts in organizing the week; Dean
Will for condoning us by attending
our barbeque; Brian Short and
Craig Brooks for being such good
I'd also like to thank the office
staff of the Alma Mater Society
business office for not screaming at
us while we bothered them for purchase orders and printing all week.
Their patience is appreciated.
Finally, I'd like to thank all the
arts students who participated in
the week, especially those who donated money to the CFOX Children's Hospital fund. Through your
efforts, we raised close to $200 for
the hospital fund.
Thanks to everyone for making
arts week such a non-redundant
Bob Staley
arts vice-president
March 18, 1980
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B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
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Heather puke, sending great globs of green all over couaina Pater O/Menyaaz' and Gary O'Brookfield's
copy of Leon Uris' Trinity, which they were reading to kill auapiciana of themeatvee baing illegitimate
sons of a Hungarian freedom fighter, and not really Iriah at all. Cruaty old JuUe OWheeflwright aquat-
ted in the corner, puffing on her shillelagh. She too had once been clan leader, but waa atripped of her
title along with her dignity after losing a pot of gold to a stranger in a crap game. Verne O'McDonald
had warned her. "Never play near a rainbow. That's what I said. But did you liaten?" ha aaked in his
thick brogue, which covered his Scottish accent. "Kiss my green aaa," aha anappad back. That awoke
the mad shaman Keith O'Baldrey from a trance. He claimed to live atop an actual Blarney Stone, and
said he used it to practice ancient rituals of eerie witchcraft. Hia ayea gleamed. "I too waa aane, until
the Irish Rovers started playing downstairs." Kevin Finnegan (no "0" needed here) belched, and opened another can of green beer. "I remember when these get-togethers had mora people. Thank God I've
only got a few more to go to," he sighed, and belched again.
hundreds of people who walk
around it each day, and many residents have specifically come to live
there because of their belief that the
estate would remain forever some
kind of institution for learning.
It would appear instead that the
Cressey Development Corporation
intends to build 19 houses on this
beautiful acreage, and that UBC
has, like Pontius Pilate, callously
washed its hands of all responsibility towards the gift. No "For Sale"
sign was ever put up on the property, no hint or indication given to
the residents of such a sale until
they received a registered letter
from Cressey informing them of the
option and intent, instructing residents to get in touch with the West
Vancouver council if they had any
comments to make.
The residents have flooded the
council with letters and phone calls
protesting the plan; the council was
obviously astonished and shocked.
Letters to the president of the university and the board of governors
have received responses that could
charitably be described as stoney-
faced and indifferent, i.e. that it
was "out of their hands and a matter for the council to deal with."
One wonders if the students at
UBC are aware that a piece of property at present available to them for
Light up
your bike
A note to all the lightless wonders
travelling the UBC cycle path:
that you've spent up to $250 for
your trusty bicycle, how about putting another $10 to $20 to equip it
with decent lights. This will help to
preserve both it and yourself. Will it
take a collision to persuade you that
front and rear lights are a necessity
for night riding? There are several
brands of reliable battery and generator bike lights on the market.
Your cycle shop can help you
David Conn
a variety of uses will have been irretrievably lost to them and their successors; does taking "a responsible
business attitude towards it (the
property)," to quote Brant Ducey,
director of information services to
the Vancouver Sun justify this? Not
in our opinion, nevertheless it is
now in the hands of the developers.
The suggestion is that the profit
made from the sale of the property
would go to the completion of the
Norman MacKenzie Centre of Fine
Arts. Were the trustees of the original gift informed of this? Did they
acquiesce in it? One may ask what
possible benefit will that create for
the residents of West Vancouver
and the North Shore.
How many of us could utilize
such a centre, however delightful
for UBC to have it, when increased
population not to mention the notoriously irksome traffic problems
crossing Lions Gate bridge inhibit
communication with UBC and enhance the need of the North Shore
for its own centres of culture and
UBC clearly does listen to organizations which call for their cliffs to
be repaired, they do listen to groups
who work ceaselessly to ensure that
the endowment lands are retained
as forest and parkland for the people of greater Vancouver. We insist
that it is time that they also listen to
the people of the North Shore and
keep the trust that General Odium
put in them. He loved his house and
his estate, and he thought he was
giving, as indeed he was, something
beautiful to UBC to be maintained
this way in perpetuity. That was the
intent of his gift. His trust has been
We urge you, the students at University of British Columbia, to add
your protest and to demand that
UBC live up to this sacred trust. We
ask that we be told publicly that the
estate has been offered to either the
provincial government, or Capilano
College, or Simon Fraser University, or a theological college, or
some other education institution for
educational purposes; at the very
least UBC should promise that, if it
is sold, they would make sure that it
was not sold without the attachment of careful riders about its use.
In view of our lack of success in
eliciting from the board of governors of UBC even the slightest acknowledgment of their moral duty,
we would ask you, the students, to
bring all possible pressure on the responsible authorities of your university to ensure that this lovely little estate is not lost forever to the
people of British Columbia.
J. Buitehuis Tuesday, March 18,1980
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TVo Ataw iai Sow*/* Africa
I wholeheartedly agree with your
editorial statements of March 7 that
"stereotyping of ethnic groups is ignorant, dangerous and epitomizes
moral ineptitude" and that "when
such sickening stuff is printed we
cannot shrug our shoulders and say
perhaps if we ignore it, it will go
In view of this opinion I am
amazed that you published the stereotyped racist remarks attributed to
Paul Wee by your reporter Nancie
Suzuki on March 6.
Canadian voters
delude themselves
In a system that pretends that the
state doesn't control the economy,
politicians can at best be leeches. In
our system politicians are not only
leeches but also socially counterproductive, not because of the illusion
central to our system but because
they use their influence to help
those sectors of the society that are
supposedly outside of government
The oil exploration tax credit incentive is just one example of politicians using their influence (in the
form of actual tax dollars) to the
material gain of private corporations. This paradox could be easily
cleared up if only the state took it
upon itself to risk its own capital in
search of whatever gains it would
accrue. At present the oil companies involved in frontier exploration are risking the taxpayers'
money in search of future profits.
(While it is true that the search is
also for future oil supplies, it is ridiculous that these companies
should earn profit on money they
didn't risk in the first place.)
With this in mind the outcome of
the federal election was never in
doubt. The voters of Canada said
yes to our economic and political
shell game where deception is king.
Canada finds itself in a moral
vacuum and is trying to isolate itself
from the rest of the world.
The ultimate result is economic
collapse. The house of cards comes
tumbling down and a far greater
disruption of lives and property occurs than would be had if only we
would throw out the psuedo-
capitalist system we now have and
started building a system for a one-
world future.
Mark V. DeFazio
graduate studies
My personal experience in South
Africa was that the gas station attendants without exception were
black and I have never heard one
shout "Heil Hitler." I consider this
remark to be racist and demeaning
to the well-mannered, gentlemen
gas station attendants of South Africa, who happen to be black by accident of birth.
The remark that "many South
Africans come from German backgrounds" stereotypes the German
people who I have always found to
be pleasant and friendly on many
visits to Germany.
It would also appear that the
speaker confused South Africa and
Namibia, since it is Namibia that
has many German descent settlers
since it was a German colony until
the First World War. Additionally it
is South Africa which is known for
its gold reserves, whilst Namibia is
better known for diamond and copper mining.
I find it disturbing that you
would wish these remarks and inaccuracies to be communicated to a
wider audience than the 23 who at-
tended the meeting.   A||a[| £ HM
Letters should be signed and
Although an effort is made to
publish all letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity, legality, grammar or taste.
God frowns en 'sinful gays'
It's been said that if God had wanted us to be
homosexual he would have made Adam and Steve,
not Adam and Eve. There are a great number of
students on campus who take odds with Mr. George
Hermanson's notions, as explicated in his article on
human sexuality, concerning homosexual behavior,
both on religious and philosophical grounds. As a
Christian, I will attempt to refute on biblical grounds
his thesis that homosexuality is normal and not immoral, especially since he bases his thinking on a certain interpretation of God and the Judeo-Christian
Hermanson discards the fundamental interpretation of the Bible for a more relative one in view of
our society's supposedly more "enlightened"
understanding of human nature. The important
question is, "Is a literal interpretation of the Bible
tenable for us who are so far removed both culturally
and temporally from the Semitic and Graeco-Roman
ancient worlds?" It is! We can confidently state that
God chose to reveal to us himself, his designs for us,
and a picture of our humaness (including our sexuality) through a myriad of human experiences,
thoughts, and struggles which are preserved for us in
literary form.
This same God affirms the validity of these notions
to those who believe. Simply put, when you experience God's incredible love and forgiveness, then
you will be convinced of the truth of the biblical
assertions. And if certain scriptural notions like the
creation account fly in the face of scientific "truth",
then why are there so many scientists who believe?
The fact that an honest differentiation of empirically
verifiable fact (such as Newton's second law) from
mere hypothesis such as any evolutionary theory of
man) will reveal no contradiction to biblical assertions.
What then of seemingly strange rules in the Mosaic
law code, such as a warning against eating pork and
another against trimming one's beard in a certain
way? To commit these deeds was just as morally
wrong as having a homosexual affair was for the
Hebrew of the llth century B.C. The problem arises
when we fail to grasp an adequate idea of the differences between two cultural contexts. The Mosaic
law of abstention from eating pork was given against
a backdrop of poor hygienic habits and poor cooking
methods on the part of the Jews. God was concerned
with their health. The rule against beard cutting was
given because for a Jew to cut a space between his
beard and his hair probably meant that he was identifying with a similar practice enacted in the pagan
rituals of his Arab neighbors. Needless to say, we live
in a different cultural context today, so these rules
are irrelevant, but the criteria on which the laws forbidding homosexuality and numerous other acts were
based have not changed because they are not drawn
from certain cultural backdrops but from human
nature itself. And who can prove to me that basic
human nature has changed over the past two or three
thousand years?
Having established a case for calling homosexuality sin, let me balance it by saying that people participating in homosexual acts are not "weird" or
mentally ill, but are quite normal. (By "normal" I
mean that they are spiritually no different than
anyone else whose life is not committed to God.) To
give such people the label of "homosexual" or
"gay" may be unfortunate. To be consistent we
should-label those committing other sexual crimes as
"adulterers" or "fornicators". The point is that deviant sexual acts as well as other sins result from a life
that is not in tune with its Maker. Homosexuality
itself is not the problem. It's merely one of the many
manifestations (albeit one of the most abominable)
of rebellion in a life that is not submitted to God.
Obviously there are good reasons for God to speak
definitively against homosexual practice. It contravenes his perfect designs for a mari and a woman:
that being the total union of their sexual, emotional,
intellectual, and spiritual desires, and so provide the
means for the perpetuation of the human race. Even
the physical shapes of the sexual organs and their
corresponding functions of the two sexes scream out
against homosexual practice. Listen, what if the majority of people suddenly "discovered" that their
sexual orientation was now gay. It would certainly
pose a serious threat to the family, already an endangered species in North America. How false it is to
say that gays are given their sexual orientation. There
is absolutely no empirical evidence for this. This is
just one of the diverse scapegoats people create to rid
themselves of the responsibility and accountability to
God for the things they do, say, and think. You
might just as well say "the devil made me do it." If
Hermanson's theory is correct then a person for
whom the desire to steal or to have poly-heterosexual
affairs is overpowering or psychologically motivated.
Many people, though, have ceased trying to justify
their conduct and have begun to regard it as belonging within the domain of their rights, especially when
they receive the active support of secular and even
religious sectors of our society. This is certainly true
of many "out-of-the-closet" gay people. Nevertheless, it is God's perspective, not man's, which is
the governing factor on questions on moral issues
that confront us. And what is all this talk about
rights? Ultimately, the only rights we have are those
given to us by God, and a homosexual lifestyle is
clearly not one of them.
Student Discounts
12:30 p.m. Old Auditorium
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Kenneth Moore, director. Music of Gauger, Firth, Kraft
and Colgrass
12:30 p.m. Recital Hall
WEDNESDAY NOON-HOUR CONCERT. Pro Arts String Quartet. Norman Paulu,
violin; Martha Frances, violin; Richard Blum, viola; Parry Karp, cello.
12:30 p.m. Recital Hall
8:00 Recital Hall
UNIVERSITY SINGERS. James Schell, director. Music of Brahms, Ravel & Chatman.
8:00 p.m. SUB Ballroom, UBC
4th ANNUAL "EVENING AT THE POPS", UBC Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Martin Berinbaum, director. UBC Chamber Singers, Cortland Hultberg, director.
"Marches from around the world". Tickets available at the door, or in advance at the
AMS office.
The    A.U.S.    cordially    invites    all
students, advisees, colleagues, friends
and acquaintances of
on the occasion of her retirement as
Senior Faculty Adviser in Arts.
Friday, 21st March,
4-6 p.m.
in Buchanan Lounge
Women Working
In The Media
Reporter, Vancouver Sun
CBC TV's "Pacific Report"
CBC Radio Music Producer
Friday, March 21, 1980, 12:30
Buchanan Rm. 2238
Tuesday, March 18,1980
'Tween classes
Qanaral meeting, noon, SUB 130.
Rkna on Colombia, noon, Buch. 218.
Meeting and election of '80-'81 executive, noon,
SUB 113.
Rhodri Liacombe apeaka on Turner and architecture, noon, Laiaarre 102.
Carloe Johanaon of Swan Wooater apeaka on
harbor engineering, noon, CEME 1202.
Prelection tea party, 4 p.m., the Pit.
Fashion  Focus '80,  for charity,  7 p.m.,   SUB
Club elections, noon, SUB 215.
Nominations for '80-'81 executive, noon, SUB
Election of '80-'81 executive, noon, SUB 211 or
St. Mark's College.
General meeting and film, noon, SUB 207.
Movie time and meeting, noon, SUB 125.
Slide presentation on hiking in South America,
noon, Chem. 250.
Middleton speaka on What is full-time miniatry to
you, noon, SUB 207.
Mary RHey speaka on Justice and personal life-
atyie, noon, Lutheran Campus Centre.
Film - In Black and White, noon, SUB 212.
Akber Ladha apeaka on The human mind, noon,
SUB 215.
General meeting, noon, SUB 230.
Workshop on interview techniques, noon. Brock
Bleck Tide — fUm on Brittany coast oil spill,
noon, Law 101/102.
Lesbian drop-in, 1:30 p.m., SUB 130.
Final meeting, 7:30 p.m., MacMillan 278.
Panel diacusaion on Women  working in the
media, noon, Buch. 2236.
Wyne and chease retirement party for K. T.
Brearley. 4 p.m., Buch. lounge.
Coffee house, 8 p.m., Fat Cats at 1375 Robson
Organizational planning for assassination of 86
and 99, midnight, Old Admin. 101.
Hot flashes
Time to voice
0 vofOr not vofo
Ah, spring, when a UBC
student's thoughts ever do turn and
return to the elections because
there's so many around.
Today the Science Fiction club
will elect new leaders to meet those
troublesome aliens who are always
asking for executive types. Votes
will be cast in the fourth dimension
at noon in SUB 113.
But tomorrow will be the biggest
day for democracy. The Progressive Conservative Youth will carefully and judiciously choose a free
enterprise executive at noon in SUB
215. Also on Wednesday, members
of the Newman Catholic Centre will
seek divine inspiration in choosing
temporal leaders. Ballots will be
available at both St. Mark's College
and at the meeting noon in SUB
If'% a revival
One often wonders about the
men behind the concrete monuments at UBC such as Sedgewick
library or Gage towers. Here is a
chance to fill in one of those gaps
of knowledge.
Garnett Sedgewick, on the 60th
anniversary of his appointment as
head of the UBC English department, will be the subject of annual
Garnett Sedgewick memorial lecture.
The lecture will be given by Philip
Akrigg, professor emeritus of English and former student and colleague of Sedgewick until the
latter's death in 1949. It's tonight at
8:15 p.m. in Frederic Wood Theatre. Now, who's Frederic Wood?
Be fatfcionabfe
Fashion shows make us wish we
had Greek letters on our typewriters
or at least had taken Homer from
Malcolm MacGregor, crusty classical curmudgeon, so we could translate the names of sororities and fraternities into Roman type.
Then we could tell you exactly
what sorority is putting on Fashion
Focus '80 rather than say
Alpha-?-Pi is raising money for the
Arthritis Foundation for Research.
Students pay $2.50 and others
$3.50 at 7 p.m. tonight to see what
the smartly dressed flapper will be
wearing in the new decade.
People in the greatest and latest
in sartorial adornment will be
showing their stuff at the Old Auditorium. It's about time you got a
new T-shirt and toga.
Damn the dams
Forget the Colorado River. The
real Grand Canyon, seen by very
few so far, is on the Stikine River in
northern B.C. Maybe very few will
ever see the 50-mile-long gorge because B.C. Hydro wants to put two
dams on the Stikine.
A recent Sierra Club workshop
with representatives from more
than six communities affected by
the dams unanimously opposed
construction and called for preservation of the Stikine as a free-flowing river.
Irving Fox of UBC will be giving a
slide presentation on the severe environmental impact of the dams and
discusses B.C. Hydro's resource
development policies at 8 p.m.,
March 24 at Robson Square
theatre. Admission is $1.
Sfomp 'n' snort
Are you unhappy because you
keep on going to dances at UBC
and spend half the night wondering
why no one's dancing? Well, International House is putting on a barn
dance that will be right up your
Square dance caller Ken Oakley
will be giving the orders, making
sure everyone loses enough weight
to make up for what they're putting
on down at the full facilities table.
The romping and stomping will
being at 8:30 p.m. this Friday. Admission is 75c for members and
$1.50 for non-members. Break out
yer heavy boots, cowboy hat and
HH yer partner
Visit sunny Afghanistan this
summer this summer and experience this quaint province of the
Soviet Union in all its color and excitement.
The New Westminster Public Library is the location for a slide show
on Afghanistan Thursday when
Mondy Froehlich will present a different view of a country that's
known by most as being in a state
of siege.
"And here we see the unusual
subjugation dance, where sheep-
herders tiptoe through minefields to
the staccato beat of rifle fire. . ."
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Mullins top coach
— kevin flnnagan photo
EARLY MORNING WORKOUT with bar bells is mere preparation for more serious afternoon event featuring 12
ounce arm curls in eight hour marathon session. Fitness circuit under stands in memorial gym is rumored to be
popular even after 4 p.m., but Ubyssey was unable to unearth anyone who knew for sure, or really cared.
Thunderbird basketball coach
Peter Mullins has been named
coach of the year by the Canada
West University Athletic Association.
Under Mullins this year's men's
basketball team finished third in
Canada West, narrowly missing the
playoffs. At the beginning of the
season UBC had been picked to go
nowhere due to inexperience and
lack of height.
UBC has won two national championships under Mullins, who was
the Canadian national team coach
for three years.
Meanwhile, the University of
Victoria Vikings won the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union
championship   on   the   weekend,
Thousands of hairy puce blorgs
yawned in excitement at the local
snerfball team, the Yahoos, battled
arch-rival Washington Houyhn-
hnms for sixteenth place and the
honor of being walloped in the first
round by the Bull Street Broadies.
Meanwhile further excitement
was stifled over the arrival of the
local heroes,  the Hubcaps, who
dropping the University of Brandon
Bobcats 73-65.
In four league games this season,
Victoria's largest winning margin
against UBC was seven points.
MULLINS .. . gets honor
have come to rival even the Yahoos
in front-office backstabbing. Under
the spirited guidance of head blorg
John Worst the Hubcaps get their
first chance tonight to demonstrate
how far the mighty have fallen.
Martial law is expected to control
the enthusiasm which will remain
unbridled when the hardheaded
Pussycats assemble for training
camp in a few months.
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MARCH 20th, 1980
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Now you're
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Tuesday, March 18,1980
'TA union guarantees a fair workplace9
On Thursday and Friday of this
week, TAs, markers and tutors
will have the opportunity to
decide if they will gain the legal
rights that come from being
represented by a certified union.
Both the employees concerned
and the general student body at
UBC will benefit if the Teaching
Assistants Union wins the vote
later this week.
At this time, these employees
have no voice in determining their
working conditions. If the TAs
and markers win the right to be
represented by the union, all the
various cumbersome and possibly
apathetic levels of the administration will be required by law to
recognize their voice, and will
have to talk to them on an equal
and responsible basis about their
wages and working conditions. As
academic employees, we want the
same kinds of protections and
benefits enjoyed by other unionized workers: a grievance procedure
for unresolved problems, clearly
defined and equitable hiring and
dismissal procedures, advance
notice of employment, protection
in case of illness, safety guidelines
where applicable. We want equal
pay for equal work. There is no
good reason why pay rates should
be different from one department
to  the   next.
Our working conditions are
students' learning conditions. If
we have to teach a lab or class
with more students than last year
in the same number of hours as
last year, someone is going to suffer. Either the students are going
to receive less individual attention, or the TA is going to have
less time for his or her own work.
Better safety conditions are of
concern to both TAs and students
in lab classes. Advance notice of
appointment will enable a TA to
be better prepared.
Some people have expressed
concern that if there is a TA
union, there will be a strike. The
possibilities should not be exager-
rated. Wc; don't see ourselves as
Union will bring TAs
into modern society
It has come time for teaching
assistants to consider the consequences of their choice in the upcoming vote on unionization. It is
almost inconceivable that at least
the required majority will not vote
"yes". Rational people, it is
assumed, act in their own interests. After all, all but the most
blatantly anti-union opinion is
agreed that unions' benefit the
members they represent, if no one
else. And besides, although some
of us have it pretty cosy, is it not
time to unselfishly set aside particular arrangements and advance
the cause of equality for all TAs?
Without indulging in horror
stories about strikes, it is worthwhile to imagine the likely outcome of a "yes" verdict. One
complaint has been that TAs are
paid more in some departments
than in others. Another is that pay
is less than what was promised.
We may therefore expect that the
administration will somehow be
pressured to make the present ad
hoc determination of pay more
"rational". In the simple minded
notions which prevail so tiresome-
ly often on campuses, in government, and in union halls, equity
will be confused with equality of
pay, which will be haggled over
according to complicated formulae. Will this result in closer
approximation to the ideal of pay
commensurate with work done?
Not on your life. It will result in a
new arrangement of inequalities,
just as it has elsewhere. It will
result in a highly bureaucratized
and antagonistic process more
cumbersome and rigid than the
present one.
A less narrow conception of
equity would consider that other
guest so commonly absent at the
equalizer's dinner table: those
who lack not only the "benefits"
of unionization, but those of TAships at all. Let's face reality: the
amount of money available is
limited. Pay will not be equalized
downwards. Nor is it likely that
our would-be local will voluntarily
accept a rollback, which, with a
static or shrinking budget, would
be necessary in order to accomodate more or even the same
number of TAs as at present. This
would be an unnatural and
monstrous perversion for any
right-minded toiler.
If there are unhappy consequences to apparently benevolent
actions, it would be unfair to let
the benefits go unmentioned.
Leaders and organizers can revel
in that most heady of euphoria,
the power of altruism. As
members of a union, TAs will get
to practice a kind of modern rite
of passage before moving into the
corporate society. Training in
whinning "gimmie", after all,
may prove the most valuable we
have acquired in our university
James Lettermen
graduate studies
being in an adversarial relationship with the administration. We
just want to gain a voice as an
equal partner in establishing our
working conditions. We are an
important and responsible part of
the university community, and we
are a reasonable group of people.
There can be no strike unless the
union membership votes to do so.
No one can order us to go on
strike. Ninety-five per cent of the
contracts in Canada with bargaining units the size of UBC's are settled without any kind of job action.
If you are a TA, tutor or
marker, cast a vote in favor of
having a voice with which to speak
about our working conditions.
Vote yes for union representation
this Thursday and Friday.
Judith Mossof
Brian Lawson
UNION PAMPHLET . . . TAs burdened by workload
Union could spell s-t-r-i-k-e
I'm a teaching assistant and I
wanted to say something about
the proposed TA union. All TAs
should carefully consider the effect of the union and the promises
that they are making. For example, the union wants to even out
salaries between faculties.
However, each faculty has a
limited supply of money and that
demand could result in lower
salaries in all faculties or fewer
people being hired in some or all
of the faculties.
How do we get the university to
meet our demands? A strike
would result in the TAs not working and not getting paid. If the
strike lasts any length of time, and
it might have to in order to get
results, the TAs could stand to
lose a lot more than they would
ever gain. After all, the term of
employment is only seven or eight
Foreign TAs will benefit
Foreign teaching assistants can
benefit from a TA union. Since
teaching assistantships and financial assistance are not guaranteed
by the university, foreign students
are in an even more tenuous situation than other students. If their
employment is not guaranteed,
the threat of automatic deportation looms. Dismissal by an
employer gives you no recourse
with the immigration department.
The TAU wants to protect the
numbers    of   TA   jobs   now
available, and to insist that decisions about who gets these jobs
are made early enough so that
foreign students can plan
reasonably, and with some security. A union is the only legally binding collective force that can ensure promises.
I encourage all foreign TAs to
vote yes on Thursday and Friday
in the certification vote for the
Malcolm Kennard
foreign TA
months for most TAs so a loss of
just one month's pay represents
better than ten per cent of the
total earnings.
Those TAs that depend on the
income to pay rent or second term
fees could find themselves a little
short. That's not what I call job
security, yet the union says it will
work for better job security.
Let's face it, being a TA is not a
lifetime career nor a full-time job
and it shouldn't be considered as
one. I agree that there can be a lot
of work for some students, but
how much more work is it than
most other part-time jobs that pay
the same?
Not only should we examine
that goals of the union, we should
also consider what it means to be
part of a union.
I strongly urge all TAs to think
carefully about the consequences
of unionization. Are the possible
gains worth the price we must
pay? We don't have to form a
union just because other universities have unionized.
Christine Third
Professor Blair Little,
Chairman MBA Program
will be on campus,
THURSDAY, MARCH 20th, 1980
1:30 P.M. — 4:30 P.M.
To Discuss The Western MBA Program at
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395 and up
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