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Array Res pres threatened, quits
By MARCUS GEE
A former Place Vanier
Residence Association president
Wednesday claimed threats to his
person and property drove him to
resign his post and move off
campus.
Michael Gibbs said students
angered by his support of the
striking Association of University
and College Employees threatened
to vandalize his room and his car.
Gibbs said when word spread
around Vanier that he was walking
AUCE president suspended
Strike settled, page 9.
AUCE picket lines, he received the
threats by telephone, letters and
notes left on his door.
"Certain kids said things like
'You better leave your room locked
if you know what's good for you',"
he said.
This harassment and "a general
feeling of antagonism towards me"
drove Gibbs to resign as PVRA
president and move to his parents'
house in Langley Dec. 5, he said.
- "I decided I couldn't stay in
residence with my personal
belongings threatened. Enough
people were making it rough for
me."
Gibbs said a move by the Place
Vanier residence council to impeach him for neglect of his duties
was a secondary factor in his
decision to resign.
The impeachment move was tied
to   strong   anti-union   sentiments
See page 2: STRIKE
Illiteracy
high again
**
For the second straight year, a
large proportion of first year UBC
students have failed a simple
literacy exam.
A source within the English
department told The Ubyssey
Wednesday between 40 and 50 per
cent of students writing the exam,
failed. English 100 chairman
Jonathan Wisenthal Wednesday
said final results have not yet been
tabulated, but said the 40 to 50 per
cent figure was "not far off."
Last year, 38.5 per cent of first
year students failed a similar
exam, touching off a huge controversy on the ability of present
education methods of teaching
students English in high school.
The anonymous source told The
Ubyssey that there is much op
position to the tests in the English
department, but the test was
reinstated last year under pressure
from other faculties, most notably
sciences.
The source said many English
100 instructors resent the fact that
English 100 curriculums are being
changed to put more emphasis on
the teaching of basic English,
which they feel should be taught in
high schools. The course has
changed from being an introduction to literature to being a
scapegoat for the poor background
in English grammar students
receive in secondary school.
However, instead of solving the
problem, he said, English 100 has;
become ''a huge bureaucratic
nightmare."
See page 2: FAILURE
Robinson quits board
over AUGE treatment
By RALPH MAURER
Svend Robinson, who ended a
lengthy career as a student
politician at UBC when he resigned
his board of governors' post in
December, took a few shots
Wednesday at the attitudes of
students who crossed picket lines
during the recent strike of library
and clerical workers.
Robinson said he was disgusted
with the response of "contemptible" students toward the
strikers and people who supported
the strike, and said it was one
reason why he resigned his board
position.
The other reason, he said, was
that he was disgusted over the way
the   university   administration
handled the contract negotiations
with the Association of. University
and College Employees, both
before and after the union members voted in late November to
strike.
"I have an attitude of complete
disgust with the response of
students as a whole to the strike.
"This was typified by shouted
insults at the people in the picket
line, throwing water bombs at
them, speeding in cars toward the
picketers and being generally
unsympathetic to people on the
picket lines.
"Their response to students who
supported the strike is equally
contemptible," he said. "This is
See page 8: ROBINSON
—doug f teld photo
WEIRD SPACE MONSTER deposited itself outside Freddy Wood Theatre recently and took in surroundings
while sipping extra large martini obtained at faculty club. Strange visitor proved it was resourceful alcoholic
when administration president Doug Kenny's bar bill showed marked increase.
If you can't afford fo send your kids to university
Before Christmas The Ubyssey
had planned a major supplement
examining the issues in the Dec. 11
provincial election. We had
plannedto look at the vote in terms
of the political climate around the
province as well as taking an, in-
depth look at the Vancouver Point
Grey riding which includes the
UBC campus.
Unfortunately the Association of
University and College Employees
strike forced us to cancel that
issue.
However, one article which was
prepared is perhaps even more
significant now in light of the
election results and the subsequent
cabinet appointments by new
premier Bill Bennett.
sell them
As misfortune and a landslide
Socred victory would have it, the
two turncoat Liberals running in
the Point Grey riding landed in the
cabinet. Garde Gardom is the new
attorney-general and Pat McGeer,
formerly a strong Socred critic, is
the education minister and
president of the Insurance Corporation of B.C.
The Ubyssey had assigned Tony
Toth, Bob Diotte and Herman Bak-
vis to look at the contest in Point
Grey. They came up with some
interesting information about both
Gardom and McGeer which might
put their victory and appointments
into perspective.
What follows is an edited version
of The Ubyssey team's report:
The joint switch by Pat McGeer
and Garde Gardom from the
Liberals to Social Credit may be
seen as one of many recent party
affiliation changes. However, the
case of Gardom and McGeer is
unique because in 1972 Pat McGeer
published a book in which both
McGeer and Gardom thoroughly
condemned Social Credit.
In McGeer's Politics in Paradise
three highly critical observations
about Social Credit are made:
according to McGeer Social Credit
is incapable of developing modern
social policy, it has debased the
political process in B.C. through its
policies of polarization and corrupt
practices; and it has demonstrated
". . .an inability to comprehend the
technological industry which will
shape our future."
The Socred attitude toward
social policy was exemplified,
claims McGeer, by its attitude
toward education. While the McDonald Report (1962) and the
Economic Council of Canada
(1965) were pointing to the urgent
need to increase funding of
universities in B.C. ". . .the Social
Credit government continued to
express views that were more in
keeping with a previous century.
Year after year Premier W. A. C.
See page 5: FORMER Strike supporters hit
From page 1
among residence council members
which turned against him when he
decided to support the striking
library and clerical workers, he
said.
"There were people on the
council who expressed the opinion
the union was no good, and they
had harassed picketers. If I had not
been part of that strike I would still
be president of Place Vanier."
But residence council member
Bob Salkeld said Wednesday
"there is no correlation whatsoever between his (Gibbs)
resignation and the strike."
Salkeld claimed there was a
"communication gap" between
Gibbs and the council all term.
He said the council set up an
impeachment committee because
Gibbs was "unavailable" during
the strike to perform his duties as
president.
"I felt he was not providing effective leadership," Salkeld said.
But Gibbs described his
relationship with the council before
the strike as "great" and said
there   was    no   lack   of   com
munication between himself and
the council. He also denied he was
unavailable during the strike.
"I never had any impression
they wanted to get rid of me
earlier. The strike became an
issue.
"They felt I was involved in a
conflict of interest since, in their
minds, the strike was against
students and since I was president
and supported the strike I was
against students."
Gibbs said he was amazed at the
strong anti-union feeling in Place
Vanier during the seven-day
strike. He said some Vanier
residents who supported AUCE
were harassed for their position
and also considered moving out of
the residence.
"The majority were outwardly
against the union, I am afraid it is
a majority feeling."
Gibbs said he was jeered and
catcalled when he tried to explain
his position to about half of
Vanier's residents in the residence
cafeteria. He also said he was
physically attacked by the
president   of   the   Gage   towers
Failure rate hit
as 'perturbing'
From page 1
Currently, the education faculty
is the only one requiring further
composition courses for
graduation. Other departments
have no such requirements and the
entire task of teaching students
proper composition has fallen to
English 100.
As early as five years ago, the
source said, the science faculty
was pressuring the English
department for higher standards.
They eventually threatened to
create their own department for
teaching composition. As this
would probably cause a sizable
cutback in the English department
budget and staff, the English
department reluctantly agreed to
hold the literary test and teach
more composition in English 100.
The source, said he felt one
successful feature of English 100
has been the remedial sections. In
the first English class of the year,
students write a diagnostic essay.
If they fail this essay they are
placed in a section that concentrates exclusively on grammar.
This two-hour a week course is
taken in addition to the regular
English 100 course. It carries no
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academic credit, and the source
implied that this is as much as the
English department should be
expected to do.
Wisenthal was perturbed by the
high failure rate of students
writing the exam. "It shouldn't be
that high," he said, adding that it
shows "there is something wrong
somewhere" in the educational
system.
This year's test consisted of two
sections, an essay and a paragraph
structure exercise. It is marked by
a committee of professors and if
there is any doubt about the ability
of the exam writer, it is forwarded
to another committee for a second
reading.
Students who fail the exam have
a chance for a rewrite in April. If
they do not pass this test or the
April rewrite they automatically
fail English 100.
Wisenthal said one of the results
of the first test last year has been a
creation by UBC senate of a
compulsory grammar test for
grade 12 students in B.C. planning
to enter UBC the following fall. He
said this exam, when it is finally
introduced, will contribute to a
lower failure rate in the English
100 literacy test.
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liaison committee while walking on
the picket lines.
"She just threw herself at me
and beat me, screaming and
yelling. It is hard to believe people
can react so bitterly."
Gibbs claimed his decision to
support AUCE was made as an
individual and not as PVRA
president. He denied ever trying to
use his position to convince
students to support the AUCE
strikers.
"I didn't say a damn thing about
supporting the union but word got
around that I support the union
after people saw me on the picket
lines."
Gibbs said in the aftermath of his
resignation he is disappointed with
residence students but not bitter
about their antagonist attitude
toward him.
"At the time I was very bitter. I
liked living in Place Vanier for the
last two and a half years. But I
couldn't face the fact someone
hated me because of what I did."
Residence students' hostility
toward AUCE is either an expression of right-wing upper class
attitudes among students or a
general anti-union feeling, Gibbs
said.
Pressures to conform may also
have created the anti-union feeling
in Vanier, he said.
"The residence structure is very
complicated and people have to
bend to certain guidelines. A lot of
people in responsible positions
showed anti-union feeling."
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Quasi cop gets slap on wrist
ByNANCY SOUTHAM
A UBC patrolman has been
reprimanded and action to improve lighting on campus has been
taken as a result of two incidents in
October involving the university
patrol and students.
The two moves were recommended to Chuck Connaghan, UBC
vice-president for administrative
services, in a report written by a
committee set up to investigate the
quasi-cop incidents.
The five-member committee
headed by Dr. Archie Johnson,
director of UBC Health Services,
investigated both incidents and
completed its report Dec. 15.
The unidentified quasi-cop was
reprimanded after he refused to
transport injured student Augustin
.Piedrahita, agriculture 2, from
Thunderbird Stadium after he was
injured in the chariot race at the
Tea Cup game Oct. 23,
The report concluded there was
"ample evidence" that the reason
for the patrolman's refusal to
transport the injured student was
"the fact he was covered in
manure."
The   committee   recommended
AMS votes
to support
NUS, BCSF
By GREGG THOMPSON
After months of lying in the
weeds of non-commitment, Alma
Mater Society council Wednesday
voted to support in principle the
fledgling B.C. Students Federation
and the National Union of Students.
However, council tabled a
motion to provide financial support
for pro BCSF and NUS referendum
campaigns to be held in mid-
March.
On a referendum date yet to be
fixed, but between March 15 to 19,
students will be asked to approve a
$1 levy per year to support each of
the two student associations.
Discussions will continue in two
weeks' time, when external affairs
officer Bob Goodwin will present a
report on how AMS funds might be
allocated to an active support of
the NUS and BCSF fee campaigns.
In the past, council has been
reluctant to take a firm official
position on the two student
federations.
The fee referendum was
originally scheduled for late
February, but was pushed back to
the March date because the new
AMS constitution, which allows for
a reduced quorum in student
balloting, will be in effect by then.
In other business, council voted
to send a letter to Victoria condemning the proposed drastic auto
insurance rate hikes suggested
recently.
The motion said: ". . .The
proposed increases are crippling to
most B.C. residents and
prohibitive for almost all students
... be it resolved that the AMS
urge the provincial government to
find less drastic methods of im-.
plementing their policies with
respect to ICBC."
AMS co-ordinator Nadine McDonnell said the SUB management
committee was considering
altering its decision that the
vendors and their goods had to
leave SUB as they adversely affected sales at the AMS cooperative bookstore in SUB's
basement.
McDonnell said the Association
of Student Councils' travel offices
in SUB's main foyer might be
moved downstairs, allowing the
bookstore to move upstairs into a
more competitive position with the
vendors.
that:
• quasi-cops be reminded of
their responsibilities;
• two quasi-cops be present at or
near gatherings such as the Tea
Cup game; and
• plastic sheets be carried in
patrol vehicles.
It was noted that the last two
recommendations are standard
policy but were not enforced the
day of the Tea Cup incident.
A written reprimand, which will
go on his record, was given to the
unnamed quasi-cop.
The second incident involved a
student who was brushed by a
quasi-cop truck in the crosswalk at
Main Mall and University
Boulevard on Oct. 29.
The report stated the quasi-cop
confirmed he was in the area at the
time, but "was not aware of any
such occurance, but admits it was
possible."
The report further states the
quasi-cops failure to see the
student could be explained by the
weather conditions, the darkness,
and the fact that the windows of the
cab were steamed over.
The committee concluded there
was no reason to doubt that the
incident took place, "but was
unable to decide that a higher
degree of blame be attached to one
party than the other."
In this incident, the committee
recommended that consideration
be given to improving the visibility
of patrol vehicles by the use of
fluorescent strips and that lighting
be improved on campus, particularly at crosswalks.
As a result of the report,
fluorescent strips have been placed
on the sides and fronts of the cars.
Also, a bell has been installed on
the cars to warn pedestrians when
the vehicles approach.
As for the lighting on campus
crosswalks, it will be "improved,
hopefully in February" Connaghan
said in an interview Wednesday.
Connaghan also said $41,000 has
been allocated for lighting in 18
critical areas on campus and that
physical plant will begin "almost
immediately" to install it.
SLURPING CAFFEINE and munching Spam sandwiches students
discuss rainy weather outside and other world issues while enjoying
brief respite from tedious lectures. Coffee and sandwiches are sold
—matt king photo
under new policy of opening Pit during afternoon. Campus
prohibitionists Wednesday were celebrating new soft sales policy
inside former suds only establishment. Booze sales after 4j
brief respite trom tedious lectures, coffee ana sanawicnes are sola      msiae Tormer suas only estaDiisnment. Booze sales arter 4 p.m.
Collective bargaining rules signed
By HEATHER WALKER
The faculty association and the
university administration have
signed an agreement laying the
groundwork for collective
bargaining, as well as an
agreement establishing an appeals
board for disputes involving
tenure, promotions and appointments.
The appeals board will be made
up of nine faculty members,
chosen by "agreement between the
administration and the faculty
association," faculty association
president Don McRae said Wednesday.
"Only three members of the
board will sit on each case,"
McRae said.
McRae said the board would be
established before the end of
January.
Another part of the same
agreement ensures that good
reasons will have to be given for
not reappointing or promoting a
professor, McRae said.
The association voted to form a
collective bargaining unit with the
administration last April,
following a vote not to unionize
under the B.C. Labor Code.
In February, 1974, profs decided
to form a union because they
feared government restrictions on
university spending might lead to
salary cuts. But by October, 1974,
they had changed their minds and
narrowly voted by mail ballot last
summer to form a collective
bargaining unit.
Because the association is not
certified as a union, it will not be
able to strike against the univer
sity, and the administration will
not be able to lock the association
out during any disputes.
However, McRae said he did not
think there was any possibility of
the association becoming a certified union "in the near future,"
and "no chance at all if the present
arrangement is satisfactory."
Under the terms of the
agreement the faculty association
will be the only collective
bargaining agent for profs,
librarians'     and      continuing
education program directors.
The bargaining unit will consist
of deans and department heads.
Groups in the association may
work out agreements of their own
after negotiations are completed,
McRae said.
"This applies to professional
schools, for example, which might
need higher salaries to recruit
staff. They will have to prove they
need special consideration before
the negotiations begin, and then
will do their own negotiations after
the master agreement is arrived
at," he said.
Negotiations for the 12 months
between July 1, 1977 and June 30,
1978 will begin in May of this year,
and negotiations for 1976-77 will
continue this month' 'as soon as the
faculty association is ready",
McRae said.
Negotiations will be subject to
arbitration by a mediator if
agreement is not reached by June
30.
CUP meets here in 1976
The highlight of the recent
Canadian University Press convention in Montreal, as far as most
UBC students are concerned, is
that next year's conference will be
hosted by The Ubyssey.
But volunteering for the next
national conference was not the
extent of Ubyssey activities in
Montreal.
Most of the efforts of The
Ubyssey, as well as those of two
other B.C. newspapers, the Simon
Fraser University Peak and the
University of Victoria Martlet and
some eastern papers, were aimed
at bringing to life CUP's rather
liberally named news service.
(CUP, a co-operative of
Canadian university and college
student newspapers, operates a
news service in which stories of
interest to students are distributed
across the country.)
The   Ubyssey   generally   uses
these stories as fillers, if at all. It
was the position of The Ubyssey
that there are many stories happening in Canadian campuses of
interest to students elsewhere in
the country, and that the news
service must be expanded and
improved to get those stories to
other university campuses.
As a result, conference delegates
voted to increase CUP staff,
establish four regional bureaus
across the country (B.C.'s will be
situated in The Ubyssey office)
and, to pay for this expansion,
increase CUP's budget by about 80
per cent, to $90,000 from the
current $48,000.
The conference adopted the
following as one of the purposes of
the news service: "CUP, . . . must
as its main priority attempt to use
its national news service to provide
Canadian students with information   and   analysis   of   the
nature and role of post-secondary
education within the Canadian
economic and social system, relate
the current policies of financial
cutbacks being waged against
post-secondary education and
other social services to the general
economic crisis facing Canada,
and assist students in mobilizing
opposition to these policies."
Most of the 80 per cent increase
in the CUP budget will come out of
advertising revenues. The
Ubyssey's contribution to' the
organization will increase to $1,929
from the current $1,603 — about
seven cents per student, per year.
By comparison, The Ubyssey's
total budget this year is $125,000.
The Ubyssey was last involved in
organizing a CUP conference in
1969 when it co-hosted, with the
SFU Peak, a conference in
Naramata, B.C.
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mentality
revealed
So Pat is back in education circles once again.
When the Social Credit clan waltzed back into power in
December it didn't take a nightmare to envision who would
be in the new cabinet.
Between the old hacks of the W.A.C. era and the Liberal
and Conservative turncoats you had the new government in a
nutshell.
It wasn't nice to think about who the new education
minister might be. There were so many bad choices.
But Pat McGeer? The guy who thinks students should
stay out of university political affairs and keep to their
studies (as he told the legislature during debate on the new
Universities Act which increased student reps).
In the past few days we've seen another side of McGeer
— the fiscal manager of the Insurance Corporation of B.C.
What's his solution for people who can't afford extremely
high increases in insurance premiums?
"I say quite bluntly that if you can afford a car, you can
afford insurance for it. If you can't afford insurance for it,
sell it."
Red-faced, McGeer has since retracted the remark but
it's the hidden mentality, not the actual words, which are
most revealing. Bucks first. People, especially the little guy,
second.
It's that kind of mentality in McGeer as education
minister which will do the most harm. Imagine the following
scenario:
Interviewer: "Mr. Minister, many parents have expressed concern
about the cost of higher education today and the fact that soaring
tuition fees make it difficult to send students to school."
Hon. Minister: "I say quite bluntly that if you can afford to have
children you can afford to send them to school. If you can't afford to
send them to school, then sell them."
Newspapers shouldn't complain too much though.
Think of the boom in want ads.
"For sale: two lower class students whose parents can't
afford to send them to university. Clean. Must sell. Dollar a
pound o.b.o."
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Letters
Pickets
ignored
On the Association of University
and College Employees picket
lines I was splashed, buzzed by
speeding cars, sworn at or just
ignored. That's how an 'educated'
public greets a worker's picket
line. It turns my stomach.
A thousand women work on this
campus providing essential services to students and faculty. They
went on strike because an intransigent administration forced
them to.
If you read the AUCE contract
proposal you will find that it is
reasonable and fair. If you read the
university's proposal you will find
it illogical. If you read the board of
governors' letter to AUCE you will
simply be disgusted.
Jay Hirabayashi
religious studies
grad student
SFU attack
In the Vancouver Sun, Dec. 1,
1975, president Pauline Jewett of
Sirhon Fraser University is quoted
as saying: "To go any further (in
redressing the grievances of the
seven faculty members improperly dismissed from the PSA
department in 1969-70) would make
it .difficult to .remain the type of
liberal-democratic institution we
are." As a student at SFU and a
close observer of Jewett's handling
of the PSA controversy, I find her
remarks contradictory.
Simon Fraser is not and has
never been a "liberal-democratic"
institution. It is run by the board of
governors, the administration, and
a nucleus of deans, departmental
chairpersons and senior faculty.
Students, the non-academic
support staff, and even most
faculty members are all disenfranchised. The undemocratic
nature of the institution is common
knowledge. In a public debate last
November Gordon Shrum, the
founder of SFU, and Dr. J.
Walkley, a current member of the
university's academic planning
committee, both went so far as to
argue that the university in fact
should not be democratic.
Jewett's claim that the
"democratic" nature of Simon
Fraser would be threatened by
giving back the PSA faculty
members the jobs they were
wrongfully deprived of is particularly misleading when considered in the context of the PSA
dispute itself. The PSA faculty
were fired precisely because they
were trying to make the university
more democratic.
The PSA program aimed at
providing faculty, staff and
students with equal access to
decision-making, and oriented its
teaching and research to the
working people of B.C. whose taxes
created and still maintain the
institution.
The department's progressive
policies attracted 2,200 of the
university's 5,000 student
enrolment in 1969.
It was. the very success of the
democratized PSA program that
threatened the undemocratic,
business-oriented   nature   of   the
university, and for this reason that
the department was dismembered.
As for the "liberal" notion that
universities provide a pluralistic
community in which ideas of every
kind compete on the basis of their
merit, this myth was similarly put
to rest at Simon Fraser by the
Strand administration.
The PSA department's Marxist
approach brought it in direct
conflict with Strand's declaration
that "the social and economic
system is capitalist and the
university serves that system."
When the PSA faculty resisted
administrative pressure to
restructure the department,
Strand resorted to what the
Canadian Association of University Teachers described as "a
major injustice to individuals as
well as an affront to academic
freedom." He purged eight faculty
members (seven still living) and
split the department in two.
So much for the "liberal-
democratic" institution Jewett
describes.
Re-employment of the PSA
faculty at Simon Fraser would not
constitute a threat to the "liberal-
democratic" nature of the
university. On the contrary, it
would affirm the validity of the
PSA faculty's struggle to
democratize SFU and transform it
into an institution responsive to
public needs rather than private
profit.
That Jewett should choose to
stand reality on its head by arguing
the opposite, is a measure of her
desperation after having failed to
rationalize the dispute.
Over the past year she herself
has become tarred with the Ken
Strand brush, a brush neither
"liberal" nor "democratic."
Tom Conroy
history undergrad
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Page 5
Former Socred critic tamed
From page 1
Bennett objected in his budget speech to the
rising cost of education, while at the same
time boasting of his huge expenditures on
hydro-electric development."
McGeer was convinced that because of its
lack of concern and appreciation of
education the Social Credit party also
alienated capable intellectuals without
whom it was unable to perceive the
changing needs of British Columbians. And
for the general public this meant substandard health services, lack of
educational opportunity, and a lack of
awareness about the real values of community life.
McGeer also charged Social Credit with
economic incompetence because its
promotion of half-baked quick-rich schemes
sullied the province's economic reputation.
Several key Socred ministers became implicated in such irresponsible schemes as
logging in Cypress Bowl and in such
bankruptcies as Commonwealth Trust.
On the Commonwealth affair Garde
Gardom charged that "with the government's full knowledge, little people had been
bilked." McGeer once estimated that Social
Credit promotions did more harm to the
financial reputation of British Columbia
than all the strikes and lockouts combined.
Ignorame
Apart from corruption, Social Credit is
slammed by McGeer for its economic
ignorance. The B.C. economy is natural
resource extraction oriented and as such
susceptible to the fluctuations in the world
mineral market. According to McGeer B.C.
requires secondary industry to make its
economy stable, and secondary industrial
development can take place only if indigenous industrial research is encouraged
to develop advanced technology. McGeer
argues in his book that Social Credit has
always refused to provide the incentives
required to get secondary industrial
development under way.
Finally, Social Credit failed, according to
McGeer, to uphold a decent and civilized
level of political discourse. In constantly
pursuing expediency rather than rectitude
Social Credit senselessly polarized B.C.
politics and thus exacerbated the problem of
degenerant political institutions. Thus
McGeer writes:
"In the war of politics (in B.C.) common
sense is often the first casualty. The result
seldom serves society. The more polarized
and extreme political trends become the
less likely it is that common sense will take
hold	
"The great task in B.C. is to conquer the
political tradition of extremes. That is the
only way moderate people will have
reasonable access to the mainstream of
political life."
Where now?
In light of the previously strong anti-
Socred sentiments on the part of Gardom
and McGeer, one might be wondering what
their recently converted Social Credit
MLA's stand for today. Have their views
changed to suit Social Credit? Has the Social
Credit party become sufficiently moderate
to suit Garde Gardom and Pat McGeer? Or,
have both (formerly opposing) sides
modified their attitudes to accommodate
each other?
In order to find answers to these and other
questions The Ubyssey talked with the two
Social Credit candidates in separate interviews. We talked with McGeer (a brain
researcher) in his laboratory at UBC and
with Gardom in his law offices downtown.
Both Gardom and McGeer emphasized
that a new Social Credit government would
not do away with Mincome, Pharmacare or
rent controls. McGeer said that he would
like to see rent controls phased out "but not
immediately, not until there is a sufficient
supply of rental housing."
Government operated auto insurance
(ICBC) however, would probably be
eliminated by a Social Credit government.
According to Gardom ICBC is a "dumb"
idea. They (the government) have no
business going into insurance." McGeer
said that ICBC should no longer be subsidized and opened up to private competition.
Gardom admitted that many of the social
reforms implemented by the NDP "are first
class." McGeer, in contrast, would concede
nothing positive to the NDP government and
painted it in the blackest possible terms.
"There is no doubt that the NDP has been an
unmitigated disaster for this province."
McGeer was especially critical of
"alleged extravagant expenditures on the
part of the NDP administration. "Under the
NDP welfare expenditures have tripled," he
said. "There has been a tremendous drain
on the provincial treasury because of
welfare abuses."
McGeer cited a number of welfare rip-offs
he knew of personally. "There is this doctor
who came from somewhere in Asia now
making about $80,000 a year. When he found
out about Mincome he brought over all his
aged relatives. I also know of 15 Asians
living in one house, all of them on welfare."
McGeer made these comments in response
to a question concerning a Socred platform
statement that demands no government
funds be paid out to non-Canadian citizens.
More money
Education policy has always been of
paramount importance to McGeer.
Although highly critical of the NDP
government for cutting back on university
spending, he offered little in the way of
education policy aside from giving
universities and community colleges more
funds. This increase in funds would be given
to universities with no strings attached.
That way the universities, not government,
could "set priorities and produce excellence."
Gardom, in contrast, would like to see
some governmental control over university
spending. "I would like to see more money
Right now money is flowing out across the
Rockies. We have to get that money back
and get the primary industries going like the
devil."
According to McGeer the election was a
battle between two philosophies, socialism
versus free enterprise. He emphasized that
the election was not just a conflict between
policies or personalities. "These
philosophical differences, of course, may be
acted out through personalities but it is the
philosophical differences that are important."
Gardom also expressed the conviction
that "the issue is that Socialism is not the
answer for the province." Neither McGeer
nor Gardom see any philosophical differences between the free enterprise parties.
When asked to reflect back on his days of
vehement opposition to Social Credit,
McGeer minimized past differences. "The
only difference between my position and
theirs (Social Credit) was in priorities and
implementation. . . They didn't spend as
much on education as I would have liked."
Gardom said that while he found much to
oppose in the old Social Credit "the new
Social Credit party is no right-wing, redneck party. It is an amalgam of all the
people who believe in the things I have been
talking about, in individual opportunities,
freedom of the individual."
McGeer admitted that there are some
radical right-wingers in the current Social
Credit party. "There will always be guys
like that in every party. And you know the
NDP is no exception in that respect. . . I
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spent on professional training schools like
medicine and law. We should have a proper
sense of direction and purpose. I think we
have to make the individual meet our (the
province's) needs. . . Personally I would
like to see an emphasis on physical
education."
When asked about further details concerning the new Social Credit education
policy Gardom handed The Ubyssey a
glossy pamphlet entitled "Bill Bennett talks
about education." Unfortunately the
pamphlet contained not a single word about
either universities or community colleges.
With respect to the economy, both McGeer
and Gardom expressed concern about the
current investment climate in the province
particularly with regard to the mining industry. Several times McGeer returned to
the theme that the NDP had destroyed the
confidence of investors in B.C.
"When I was in Mexico I discovered that
at least 20 mining companies which had
previously been in British Columbia are now
spending their money on Mexican exploration."
During the interview McGeer never once
discussed the importance of secondary
industries. The topic of secondary industrial
development was of prime importance to
McGeer in his book Politics in Paradise.
There he argued that the Socreds had placed
too much emphasis on resource extraction.
Gardom did suggest that he would like to
see more secondary industry in B.C.
"Something on the lines of Sheridan Park in
Ontario." But, like McGeer, he felt the
highest priority item was to revitalize B.C.'s
primary resource economy. "We have to
reinfuse the work ethic in B.C. so that
confidence in the province can be restored.
really feel sorry for Barrett, being saddled
with that guy in Langley."
(This was a reference to NDP candidate
Joe Chesney who called Frank Calder
"Tonto" when Calder, a native Indian, left
the NDP to join Social Credit.)
Referring to the old guard in the Social
Credit party McGeer said: "all the people I
battled have retired and will not be key
figures in a new Social Credit government."
Later in the interview, however, McGeer
said that he personally will not have any say
in who is selected for cabinet posts. McGeer
said he had no idea who will be in a Social
Credit cabinet.
Gardom also pleaded ignorance about
prospective cabinet members. "That's up to
Bill Bennett. You'll have to ask him. I have
no control over who gets into the government."
Point Grey
Point Grey is not a Social Credit
stronghold. Since 1962 the riding has elected
at least one strongly anti-Social Credit MLA
(in the person of Pat McGeer), and since
1966 it has elected both McGeer and Gardom
on the strength of their anti-Social Credit
platform. While Poipt Grey has shown
marked indifference to the NDP, it has also
rejected the rightist overtures of Social
Credit. In 1972 Social Credit polled only 24
per cent of the total vote in Point Grey.
McGeer and Gardom both claim to have
changed to Social Credit after being approached by a delegation of Point Grey
voters. One must wonder, however, who
these delegates were. Were they part of the
24 per cent of voters who voted Social Credit
in 1972, or were they part of the 76 per cent
who voted Liberal, NDP and Conservative?
McGeer and Gardom say there have no
adverse reactions from Point Grey constituents to their switch. "Not a single letter," claims McGeer.
McGeer also released to The Ubyssey the
results of a survey of Liberal supporters he
conducted during the summer. According to
McGeer over two-thirds of respondents
urged McGeer to switch to Social Credit
while only 10 per cent advocated that he
rejoin the Liberal party. He gave no details,
however, as to the number of respondents in
the survey or the sampling techniques used.
Feedback
There is a possibility that the lack of
negative feedback received by McGeer was
due to the fact that Point Grey constituents
were not given an opportunity to register
their disapproval. When McGeer dropped
his Liberal affiliation last May his constituency secretary quit and was never
replaced. There was, in effect, no one
manning McGeer's constituency office who
could receive the views of constituents.
A number of people claim to have written
to McGeer, among them Pat Graham,
president of the Vancouver Liberal
Association. "I personally wrote, and I know
of 10 other people who did as well, telling
McGeer that what he was doing was absolutely childish."
Graham also remembers McGeer's
questionnaire survey. "It (the questionnaire) was vague in the extreme. For
example there were questions like, 'Are you
in favor of free enterprise?'. . . . Being a
researcher he knows those results are not
liable. How can you believe those figures
when he lost all his Liberal staff? Not even
his closest friends went with him."
It appears that Gardom, at any rate, may
have received a fair amount of flack from
constituents, at least judging from comments made by Jeff Smith, Gardom's
campaign manager. When asked if Gardom
had received any negative feedback from
constituents, Smith replied, "Of course. It's
a Liberal riding!"
McGeer and Gardom both argue that the
new Social Credit party no longer resembles
the old one which they despised. This claim
is suspect on several grounds. First, there
were at least 16 former Social Credit MLAs
seeking re-election in 1975. People like Pat
Jordan, Don Phillips, Harvey Schroeder and
Herb Capozzi sat in the Social Credit section
of the House when McGeer and Gardom
were vehemently attacking the W. A. C.
Bennett government.
Second, for many of the retired old-Social
Credit guard new right-wing replacements
have been found. Candidates with
pronounced right-wing tendencies like Ron
Andrews (North Van-Capilano), Jack Davis
(North Van-Seymour), Bill Vander Zalm
(Surrey), and Walter Davidson (a former
John Reynolds aide, Delta), if elected,
would replenish the supply of rightists in
Social Credit.
Red-necks
Third, it is unlikely that Bill Bennett will
be able to keep right-wing, red-neck
elements out of a new Socred cabinet, even
if he wanted to. He recently announced that,
if elected, he plans to institute a system of
rotating ministers regularly. This plan was
formed with a view to giving all Socred
members in good standing a chance to hold
a cabinet post. If the plan is taken at face
value, this would mean that, at one time or
another, even extreme right-wing Social
Crediters would be members of a new Social
Credit government.
It has been only 1-1/2 months since
Gardom and McGeer 'suddenly' decided to
convert to the Socred cause. Both Gardom
and McGeer claim to be middle-of-the-road
politically and socially progressive. Yet
their short stint in the party has given them
little time to exert much influence in
transforming Social Credit into a more
moderate party.
As Gardom admits: "You can't change a
party over night. You just can't move people
in and out like in a business. It's (the Social
Credit party) a democratic institution. You
just can't control it like a business."
In the coming weeks The Ubyssey will be
attempting to speak with McGeer
specifically about his duties as education
minister and how he views the school
system after the NDP government. "f..W',m"W*.—'-TT"^/1
For two UEL projects
Socreds review
plans
By CHRIS GAINOR
Two decisions on the future of the
University Endowment Lands are
currently under review by the
newly elected Social Credit
government.
At stake is the future of a 1,066-
acre provincial park in the UEL
south of Sixteenth and a proposed
$35 million luxury development
near UBC village.
Former resources minister Bob
Williams moved in October to
block the luxury development and.
announced Dec. 1 the establishment of a provincial park, named
after former UBC horticulturalist
Frank Buck.
The minister responsible for the
UEL in the new Social Credit
government, environment minister Jim Nielson, is currently reviewing both decisions, a spokesman in his office said Wednesday.
"The whole thing (UEL policy)
is still under consideration," the
spokeswoman said. "No definite
policies have been set."
Nielson will visit the endowment
lands "soon" for priviate meetings
before setting policies, she said.
The lands department headed by
deputy minister Norm Pearson,
has been, shifted from the
resources ministry to the new
environment ministry established
after the election of the Social
Credit        government, the
spokeswoman said.
Nielson was a talk show host on
CJOR radio prior to his election'
Dec. 11 as MLA for Richmond.
An order-in-council passed in
October changed the Land Use
code to require demolition permits
in the endowment lands.
Such permits would not be
granted without a public hearing
and approval of the minister
responsible for the UEL. The order-in-council came after protests
against the proposed $35 million
development.
The development, by LRS
development enterprises, would
displace 179 residents of low-to-
medium rental housing in an area
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until the national executive board
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The boycott campaign was
started two years ago to show
public and labor support for the
postal, workers, who were
demanding job protection from the
effects of automation and a share
in the benefits it produced.
According to CUPW representative Paul Mitchell, the boycott
was a success and forced the
government to include protection
from automation in the recently
signed contract.
But although little resistance
was shown on providing basic
protection, Mitchell said the
government used the boycott to
deny the workers any share in the
benefits.
He quoted post-master general
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boycott was "100 per cent effective" and then arguing there
weren't any benefits for the
workers to share.
If the boycott is continued, and
Mitchell said a final decision has
not yet been made, the emphasis
would have to be changed to stress
the need for a share in the benefits
of automation.
But changing emphasis would
not be the only problem facing a
renewed postal boycott campaign.
Last October the government
changed the Post Office Act
making use of the code on 85 per
cent of any second third or fourth
class mandatory. Mail which is not
coded would pay first class postal
rates, thereby economically
penalizing those would continue to
support the boycott.
Mitchell said he is not certain
when the national executive board
will meet to reconsider the boycott,
but when asked if the union still
had large stockes of boycott buttons, tee-shirts and other campaign materials he said "there is
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Williams and Pearson moved to
stop the development after
students, faculty and affected
tenants protested. UBC administration president Doug
Kenny sent a letter to Williams
opposing the development.
Jane Corcoran, president of the
UEL Tenants Society, said Wednesday the society is preparing
briefs on the LRS development for
presentation to Nielson.
LRS president Dinos Lambrou
was unavailable for comment
Wednesday.
The UEL park was established
by an order-in-council Dec. 19
before the NDP government left
office. Should the new government
decide to change plans for the park
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The provincial park, bounded by
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would not be bound by election
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From page 1
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representation,"   Robinson   said.
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Page 9
Union harassment alleged
Library suspends AUCE president
The university has suspended the
president of the tinion that struck
UBC for seven days in December.
Ian MacKenzie, president of the
UBC local of the Association of
University and College Employees, was suspended five days
without pay from his job in the
main library for refusing to carry
out a task he insists was not his.
MacKenzie charged in an interview Wednesday the move
represents "an element of union
harassment" and the library
administration, which handed out
the suspension, was "definitely
making an example of me."
AUCE recently signed a one-
year contract with the university
after months of bitter negotiation
and a week-long strike. The union
contract had expired Sept. 30.
Mackenzie said he and Neil
Bennett, both stack attendants,
were asked Tuesday to move a
bookshelf but refused to do so
because they felt such jobs were
the responsibility of physical plant.
Mackenzie said later Tuesday he
and Bennett were called into the
office of administration services
librarian Erik de Bruijn, and
handed the letters of suspension,
effective the following day.
De Bruijn refused to comment
Wednesday because Mackenzie
has filed a grievance against the
library.
The letter signed by de Bruijn,
read: "In accordance with article
AUCE disappointed with ignorant student attitude
while contract settlement gives union 19 per cent
BySUEVOHANKA
A disappointing lack of understanding on the part of the
campus community characterized
the three-month contract battle
between UBC's library and clerical
workers and the administration.
And though the battle ended Dec.
22 with a new contract meeting
some major union demands, the
workers — members of the
Association of University and
College Employees, local 1 — don't
consider themselves the real
winners of the dispute.
When the union held a brief
strike in December to back up their
demands, the majority of students
and faculty ignored or didn't understand the issues, and crossed
picket lines.
The lack of student and faculty
support did nothing to help the
union's fight, local president Ian
Mackenzie said Wednesday.
He emphasized that union
members "were very disappointed" at the attitudes of most
students who crossed the picket
lines last month.
He pointed out that members of
six other major unions serving the
campus were "exemplary in
honoring the picket lines."
Mackenzie added that unionized
employees who did respect picket
lines had much more to lose than
did students by respecting the
lines.
"Students wouldn't have lost
much at all," he said. "We'd
guaranteed that if there were any
reprisals (against students who
respected picket lines) we wouldn't
sign a contract."
Mackenzie said the strike would
have been far more effective if
students and faculty had refused to
cross the lines.
"If everybody had respected our
picket lines, the strike would have
been over in three days — despite
what the university administration
says," he said.
Mackenzie added that a strike
was necessary to try and gain a
contract with reasonable wage
increases in the face of the federal
government wage and price
controls.
However, when the union announced strike plans, the Alma
Mater Society executive, not
wishing to lose money by closing
the Pit, refused to support AUCE
and kept SUB during the strike.
Both the AMS and the faculty
association refused to support the
strike, insisting that decision had
to be made by individual students
and faculty members.
Mackenzie noted that "students
at UBC over the last five years
have been rather conservative.
Students at UBC in 1975 don't seem
to be taking an interest in any
political issue."
"Maybe they didn't understand
what we do for them every day —
we serve them," he added.
During the strike, some students
threw water bombs at picketers,
drove through picket lines at high
speeds in order to splash picketers,
and catcalled from residence
windows.
An outside wall of Place Vanier
residence carried block letters
several feet high saying "Fuck
you, AUCE."
Posters on campus which explained the union's position and
called for students to support
AUCE were defaced with obscenities.
Mackenzie said he hopes the
union can educate the campus a bit
more.
"We've got to get to students and
educate them to the fact that
they'll one day be in the work force
— perhaps they'll evert be working
in AUCE," he said.
Mackenzie added that a number
of AUCE members are university
graduates who were unable to get
the jobs they wanted when they
graduated.
He said the new contract
provides a 19 per cent wage increase and a new job classification
system for the workers, but does
little to end the continuing problem
of discrimination in wages paid to
male and female campus workers
doing jobs requiring similar
qualifications and  responsibility.
Mackenzie said an overwhelming majority of union
members — more than 90 per cent
— voted in favor of the new one-
year contract, but suggested they
weren't entirely pleased about
accepting it.
He added: "The problem of sex
discrimination on campus is a
continuing problem."
Mackenzie said the contract
eliminates discrimination in the
types of jobs performed by AUCE's
1,200 members, most of whom are
women.
But he said members of other
male-dominated unions on campus
receive much higher wages for
work requiring similar levels of
training, skill and responsibility.
The new contract gives AUCE
workers a base rate of $760 per
month, while technicians and
laborers on campus get about $950
monthly, Mackenzie said.
Under last year's first contract,
union members earned a base rate
of $633 per month.
Mackenzie said the new contract
gives workers a monthly base rate
of $730, retroactive to Oct. 1. The
$760 monthly base rate became
effective Jan. 1.
He said the most significant gain
in the new contract was the union's
priority — a restructuring of the
union's pay grade system to
substantially reduce the number of
job categories.
Previously, he said, there were
33 different possible categories,
which have been reduced to nine
categories so that clerks and
library assistants at the same level
receive the same wage.
Chuck Connaghan, administration vice-president for
administrative services, said
Wednesday "it's a fair contract."
He said he hoped the strike would
not negatively affect labor
relations on campus in the future,
and added "we'll have to work
together to overcome any negative
residual effects."
Connaghan said he had "some
ideas" of how to create a better
labor relations atmosphere, but
added, "I wouldn't want to make
them public at this point in time."
33.02 of the agreement between the
^university and AUCE, I am
suspending you without pay for
five working days effective
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1976 for refusing
to carry out the instructions of your
supervisor and the duties listed in
specifications for circulation stack
attendants by not removing or
dismantling shelving on stack level
7. Continued refusal to carry out
instructions or perform normal
duties will lead to dismissal."
Mackenzie said there was no
meeting or discussion prior to the
suspension.
"We were called into de Bruijn's
office and the letters of suspension
were ready," he said, adding that
the five-day suspension was the
maximum disciplinary measure,
other than discharge, that could
have been brought against himself
and Bennett.
Mackenzie said: "There is no
prior history of suspension: they're
definitely trying to make an
example of me. If it had been
someone other than myself, they
(the administration) would have
have only given a warning."
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The Vancouver People's law
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The course, Jan. 12 to 15,
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General      meeting,      noon,      Brock
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MORMON STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Lecture    on    Latter Day    Prophets,
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FENCING CLUB
New training program starts, 7 to 10
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VARSITY OUTDOORS CLUB
Trip schedule meeting, noon, Angus
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ALLIANCE FRANCAISE
Organizational        meeting,       noon,
International   House  upper  lounge.
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musicians featuring Gavin Walker, 8
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Important meeting for new
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Practice,   10:30 a.m.,  winter sports
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SECOND LOOK
Work is continuing rewriting the A.M.S. Constitution.
Primarily, attention is being given to the less ^controversial
by-laws 9 through 25 (old numbering). However, amendments
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INFORM Puck 'Birds must ice Dinosaurs
By MARK LEPITRE
The Thunderbird hockey team
opens the new year with two
crucial games against the second-
place Calgary Dinosaurs this
week.
At the moment the Dinos are four
points up on the 'Birds and two
behind league-leading Alberta
Golden Bears. Therefore if the
'Birds can win both games it will
put them in second place and they
will still have one game in hand
over the Dinos.
During the Christmas break the
'Birds played two exhibition games
in the Kootenays. One was against
the Trail Smokeaters, the last
Canadian team to win the World
hockey title.
The 'Birds put up a good fight but
blew it in the last five minutes.
Last year's 'Bird captain and star,
Brian DeBiasio, scored twice in the
dying minutes of the game to give
the Smokeaters a 6-5 win.
The same thing happened when
the 'Birds took on the Kimberley
Dynamiters. The 'Birds were
again ahead till near the end of the
game. The final score was 7-5 in
favor of the Dynamiters.
Both the Smokeaters and
Dynamiters play in the Western
International league. This league
is considered to have the best
senior amateur teams in Canada.
Considering that the 'Birds were
missing seven players and had just
undergone a 14-hour bus trip, their
performance was excellent.
The 'Birds play the Dinos Friday
and Saturday evenings. Calgary
may have a slight edge due to their
exhibition games during Christmas. They played about eight
games over the holidays. One of
these was against the Finnish
national team. The Dinos were
defeated 6-3 which is quite impressive as the Finns were third
place in the world last year.
The 'Birds are hoping to have a
new player soon. Brian Harper has
been practising with the team
since Christmas but can not play
until the league rules on his
eligibility.
Brian is Terry Harper's brother.
Terry is presently with Detroit Red
Wings of the NHL and has also
played for Montreal and Los
Angeles.
Brian has had quite a career
himself. He played three years
with the University of Alberta
where he was a collegiate all-star.
After that he played two years with
the Canadian national team. He
then played professional hockey in
the American league. As it stands
now UBC coach Bob Hindmarch is
still waiting for a ruling by the
league. If Brian is allowed to play
he could be a big asset for the
'Birds.
Hoop gals bounced out
The Thunderette basketball
team started the new year in poor
fashion by coming last in their own
tournament.
The tournament took place last
Friday and Saturday and the
Thunderettes managed only one
win.
This came when they defeated
Victoria Cripsy's Critters 68-55 in
their first game.
After that it was all downhill for
the UBC team. In their second
game the Thunderettes went down
to defeat at the hands of University
Help
Help! The Ubyssey sports
department is desperately in need
of staff reporters. Anyone interested in reporting basketball
(men's and women's) or soccer or
any other sport please come to the
Ubyssey office, room 241 K in SUB
during lunch hour.
Unless we get more reporters
many teams will not get the
coverage they deserve. No experience is needed, as training will
be supplied.
of Victoria Vikettes by a score of
47-68.
In their second game on
Saturday the Thunderettes lost to
Seattle Lumber by a score of 58-69.
This loss put them out of contention.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of
the tournament was the Laurentien
University team. After coming all
the way from Sudbury, Ontario,
they tied for last place with the
Thunderettes.
As the Sudbury team were the
Canadian Collegiate champions
last year this was a rather
disappointing performance.
Victoria Home Lumber won the
six-team tournament while UVic
came second. Seattle Lumber was
third and Victoria Cripsy's Critters
was fourth.
This Friday and Saturday the
Thunderettes take on University of
Saskatchewan in Canada West
play. While the Thunderette team
did not do well in the tournament it
was excellent preparation for the
games this weekend.,
UBC coach Sue Anne Nivens will
be looking for a better showing
against the Saskatoon team. She
and the team will be trying to get
their record up to .500 as they are
presently 2-4. Game time is 6:30
p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Brian Penrose is just coming
back from an early season injury
and is at the point where his
strength is returning. This is
fortunate for the 'Birds as Wayne
Hendry will be out of the lineup
with a broken thumb.
The games are Friday and
Saturday evenings, both at 8 p.m.
The play should be wide ope,n, fast
skating and hard hitting.
If the games are reminiscent of
previous meetings the spectators
are in for some exciting play.
Canada West leag
ue standings:
GP
W
L
GF
GA
Pts.
Alberta
8
7
1
37
19
14
Calgary
10
6
4
44
33
12
UBC
9
4
5
27
32
8
Sask.
9
1
8
20
44
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Volley birds off to Seattle
By MARK LEPITRE
The Thunderbird volleyball team
is on the road this Saturday, when
they travel to Seattle to take part in
the Seattle YMCA Invitational
tournament.
The 'Bird team has been very
successful thus far in the season.
They have won all their Canada
West matches by large margins
and look to be the power of the
conference.
The team is also playing in the
B.C. Senior Men's Volleyball
league and is doing well.
The 'Birds will be up against
some very tough competition in
Seattle. Multnomah Athletic Club
(MAC's) from Portland, Oregon
should be the Birds major
challenge. The MAC's are ranked
as one of the best club teams in the
U.S. and are a very experienced
team. In November they walked
away with the UBC Invitational
with an easy win over Vancouver
Volleyball Club (VVC).
WC is likely to be a very strong
competitor as well. It is o n e of
Canada's top club teams, placing
third in the Canadian Open last
year. In the UBC Invitational VVC
knocked the 'Birds; out in semifinals.
In other meetings between the
'Birds and VVC the two teams have
split, each winning one match.
The University of Victoria
Vikings will also be taking part in
the tournament. The Vikings have
not been faring well this season
and it is not likely that they will do
very well in the tournament.
The 'Birds look to have a good
chance in the tournament and it
will be an excellent warm-up for
their many road trips that begin
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need all the top-calibre competition they can get.
There will also be volleyball
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Thunderettes are hosting an Invitational tournament and there
are a lot of teams entered.
The most notable of these teams
is the Chimos. Chimos were
Canada's top club team last year
and has been one of the best for
many  years.  There are  several
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In the UBC Thunderbird Invitational the Thunderettes met
the Chimos in the finals and put up
a fantastic fight. If play this
Saturday is even close to the same
calibre spectators are in for some
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THE       UBYSSEY
Thursday, January 8, 1976
Four days
that shook
McGill
This article, produced by the McGill
Daily, student newspaper of, McGil!
University in Montreal, details a four-
day strike by maintenance workers at
that university. The chronicle of how
the union organized within its own
ranks and organized student support
provides an interesting contrast to the
recent strike by UBC library and
clerical workers.
It is a lesson for both the UBC union
— Association of University and
College Employees — and UBC
students — most of whom consciously
ignored the strike.
Both strikes were the first in both
universities' histories.
This is the first of three parts.
Fed up with rotten wages, poor working
conditions and stalling by an administration
that in the words of one worker, "... treats
me more like a horse than a man!", McGill
University in Montreal maintenance
workers hit back in October in a militant
four-day strike, the first in McGiU's 152-year
history.
To understand the significance of the
maintenance workers' victory over McGill
and also the tremendous support that
developed for them, it is necessary to
examine in detail not only the events of the
strike, but also the interplay of forces that
shaped those events.
In doing so, several questions come to the
fore. What were the forces uniting the
workers? What is the role of students in a
workers' struggle? What principles and
tactics shaped the strike and its quick and
decisive victory?
The Workers' Support Committee —
McGill hopes that in doing so, we can understand the significance of the students'
role in the workers' victory and avoid many
of our errors for future struggle.
To clearly appreciate the nature of the
opposing forces and their relation to each
other, we must examine this strike from a
historical perspective. Therefore: What
were the workers up against? What is
McGill?
Quebec ceded
In 1767, Quebec, or New France as it was
known then, was ceded to England by
France after losing the Seven Years War.
This resulted in an immediate influx of
British administrators and merchants who
promptly began to expropriate the fur trade
and property then in the hands of the French
colonists.
Among these merchants was James
McGill — slave owner, associate of the
Northwest Company (notorious for its
persecution of the Indians), and landlord.
In his will, McGill left 10,000 pounds and
his Burnside estate for the establishment of
a college to be named after himself. In 1829,
McGill College was founded.
At its inception the university served two
main functions, both ideological. First, the
British colonists understood the importance
of an educational institution that would
serve their interests. They knew "that the
lower orders of the people in this province
(the French—ed) are deplorably
ignorant. . . " and had made "no progress
towards the attainment of the language of
the country under which government they
have the happiness to live." And second,
they were fearful that if they sent their
children to the U.S. for their education, they
would return as "radicals" and perhaps
advocate independence for the colony.
As industry began to develop in the
colony, the university began to play an
important technical role. The need for
scientific innovation to help develop
production prompted the capitalists to increase their financial support. Names
associated with McGiU's early development
include Peter McGill, founder of the Bank of
Montreal and organizer of the Anglophone
militia to fight the Patriots in the War of
1837; William Molson, president of Molson
Breweries and major shareholder in the
Bank of Montreal; and Sir William Macdonald, tobacco merchant, commonly
known as the 'tobacco king.'
Huge grants
Later there was Lord" Strathcona,
financier of the Canadian Pacific Railroad,
president of the Bank of Montreal, and
governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.
These were the men who built McGill, built
it with enormous sums of money obtained
through the sweat and struggle of Quebec
and other Canadian working people.
Although the names changed the class
didn't. These men were followed by others,
including such notables as R. E. Powell,
president of Alcan Aluminum and instrumental in raising over $65 million for
McGill during his term as chancellor; and J.
W. McConnell, president of the Montreal
Star, and one of McGiU's most important
benefactors. He personally gave more than
$15 million to the university.
The money and prestige these men loaned
McGill went to a noble cause however —
research. The need for research was explained most articulately by F. Cyril James,
principal of McGill from 1939 to 1962, when
he said, "Research became a magic word —
research in medicine to prolong human life,
research in chemistry to enlarge the profits
of the pulp and paper industry, research in
business cycles to explain the depression
and make it palatable to its victims."
Exploitation
For more than 200 years the French in
Quebec have successfully resisted British
colonial attempts to destroy their heritage,
to the point where the federal government
now pays lip service to Quebec when it
speaks of 'biculturalism' and the 'dual
nature of the Canadian identity.' McGill
symbolizes this attitude with its
meaningless phrases about "integrating"
itself into Quebec while actually isolating
Anglophone students from the province's
sweeping social currents. Students of
Francophone background make up less than
20 per cent of McGiU's student body.
Today, as part of their struggle to become
masters of their own fate, the working
people in Quebec are demanding French as
their working language. G. Arnold Hart,
chairman of the Bank of Montreal and
governor at McGill, however, has this to
say: "Quebec is in need of capital and the
holders of capital ~would hot enjoy the
perspective of seeing the French language
obligatory in the factories and schools."
There is, however, a more fundamental
struggle that today permeates Quebec
society, and that is the struggle of the
working people against exploitation. In no
way can McGill be considered devoid of this
contradiction but rather, as we shall see, is
entangled in it in many ways. Not only do
the people and the money that have
traditionally backed McGill clearly indicate
who it serves, but McGill students, upon
graduation, objectively work for these same
interests.
labor troubles
Arts and science graduates become part
of the 'managerial and executive field' while
education majors become teachers pushing
liberal ideology. Law students become
lawyers for the multinationals and
monopolies while students in the
management faculty and the industrial
relations centre covertly study new means
to "manage" the working class.
But too often forgotten is the fact that
McGill is also an employer of people and it is
as an employer that one can readily see how
the ideology of this institution manifests
itself in practice.
McGill University has many labor
headaches. The institution employs several
thousand non-academic workers; none of
whom were unionized before 1966. Hot spots
in McGiU's labor/management relationship
are not limited to the maintenance workers.
Last October the administration also faced
and continues to face the McGill library
workers' determined effort to form their
first union, with the Canadian Union of
Public Employees and the McGill print shop
and computer workers who have recently
signed their first collective agreement as
members of the Confederation of National
Trade Unions.
Workers fight
The McGill maintenance workers, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of
Labor, are 90 per cent immigrants; 70 of
Italian origin, the rest Greek or Portuguese.
When compared to the University of Montreal or the University of Quebec where
immigrants comprise only 10 per cent of the
work force, these figures appear startling.
A logical explanation exists, however.
Immigrants, often unskilled and handicapped by an alien language and culture,
are notoriously exploited. In this situation
the immigrants face extremely tough
conditions and often must battle not only the
boss but antagonisms within a community
consistently fed the lie that 'immigrants are
here to steal Quebecois jobs.' Not surprisingly, one of the chief demands in the
strike was wage parity with employees
doing the same work at U de M and UQAM
but receiving from 43 to 73 cents more per
hour than McGiU's "final" offer prior to the
strike.
Working conditions in general at McGill
were not much better than the wages. The
maintenance workers faced an open shop
situation (one where their union did not
represent all the workers engaged in
specific areas of work), heavier work loads
per person, fewer holidays and negligible
job security when compared to their
counterparts at other universities.
Some specific examples are: deficiencies
in the seniority system that enabled the
administration to promote workers with
shorter tenure but exhibiting docile cooperation over more experienced workers,
overtime duties not allocated according to
seniority and a lack of a proper system of
job description forcing workers to shift from
job to job without commensurate change in
pay.
Together, these glaring inequities shattered the image of 'one big happy family' in
which the administration sees itself as
playing a paternalistic role. Aime Gohier,
president of the Service Employees Union
(of the QFL), to which McGiU's maintenance workers belong, remarked to
supporters' after the strike victory, "We
simply had to yank them (the administration) into the 20th century."
Five months prior to the strike, on May 31,
1973, the collective agreement covering the
building and grounds workers expired.
During the next two months a brief and
unfruitful series of contract renewal talks
were held between Service Employees
Local 298 and the administration.
At the end of July, the administration
broke off negotiations and asked for conciliation from the Quebec labor department.
At the same time it withdrew small concessions previously offered over holidays
and wages. Other worker demands over job
security, vacation policy, and the return of
an employee sick leave fund had not been
considered.
The month of September saw renewed
conciliation talks but a great gap continued
to exist between the positions of the two
sides. By the end of September, progress at
the negotiation table had ground to a halt,
but in the union hall, events were building to
a climax.
While working conditions were deplorable
at McGill, they had been that way for a long
time. What was it that made these men take
their fates into their own hands and openly
challenge the powerful corporate-backed
administration?

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