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The Ubyssey Feb 5, 1976

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 AMS sets student strike
Alma Mater Society council
voted almost unanimously Wednesday to call a general strike by
UBC students Feb. 13 to protest
Insurance Corporation of B.C. rate
The AMS council motion asks all
UBC students to support a one-day
boycott of classes on the Friday
directly preceding the Feb. 16-17
mid-term break.
The strike is planned to coincide
with a B.C. Federation of Labor
rally in Victoria planned for the
same day.
Council       wants       students
throughout the province to join in
the strike to oppose the new insurance premiums which hit male
drivers less than 25 years old
An amendment to the UBC strike
motion mandates external affairs
officer Bob Goodwin to ask other
student unions, represented at
Saturday and Sunday's B.C.
Students' Federation meeting at
Capilano College, to join in
organizing a province-wide student
Council also passed a motion to
spend $250 to publicize a demonstration the day before the strike
against   the   car   insurance   increases.
The demonstration will take
place outside the Henry Angus
building at 3:30 p.m. where Pat
McGeer, minister responsible for
ICBC, will be opening a new
building addition.
UBC protest, page 7
AMS treasurer Dave Coulson
told council the $250 is needed to
make posters encouraging as
many people as possible to attend
the demonstration. Coulson said
students must fight to have the
insurance premium increases
rolled back because students are
the hardest hit by the new rates.
"A general protest of students is
absolutely essential. We should
heartily recommend that all other
institutions join in a province-wide
AMS vice-president Dave Van
Blarcom said he hopes thousands
of UBC students will show up Feb.
12 to express their anger at the new
"This (the demonstration)
certainly deserves us showing up
in the thousands and waving
Many councillors said they were
afraid the Thursday demonstration
might get out of hand and disrupt
the ceremonies inside the Angus
building. But Van Blarcom said
students would gather outside the
building and speakers could be
provided to keep the crowd's attention.
"We won't gain anything from
going inside the building," Van
Blarcom said.
AMS arts representative Carol
Richardson said some UBC
students should picket ICBC claim
centres in Vancouver on the day of
the strike. She said if other
students in the province joined the
Seepage 2:GEARS
6 workers fired,
admin clams up
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS when an undergraduate society, in this
case the Science Undergraduate Society, adopts apathy as only
collective activity. Small group at centre left is "meeting" while other
—matt king photos
students are eating their lunches as if nothing had happened, which is
just the case. Picture below is closeup of what a Ubyssey reporter has
to go through when she tries to find out what didn't happen.
SUS tempts democracy, holds 'mass meeting'
There may not be a Science
Undergraduate Society next year.
At least that's the way it looks if
the turnout at an SUS information
meeting Wednesday in Hebb
Theatre is any indication of how
much interest science students are
taking in their upcoming elections.
The meeting, open to all 3,600
science students was to be about
the fees the SUS executive wants to
levy next year under the new
constitution. But when only one
science student showed up, the
meeting was cancelled.
Under the present constitution,
each undergraduate society is
allotted a certain amount of money
by the Alma Mater Society in
proportion to their size.
SUS is currently granted $1,000.
But under the new constitution,
which comes into effect March 4,
undergraduate societies are
responsible for financing their own
Thus next year undergraduate
societies will obtain their money
directly from students in each
faculty. The constitution stipulates
undergraduate society fees can be
no more than $1.50 per student and
must be approved of by a two-
thirds majority in a referendum.
Each    undergraduate    society
REPORTER WOODWARD .. . covers "mass meeting
determines what constitutes a
quorum. The board of governors
must approve these rates before
thy come into effect.
SUS is holding their fee
referendum next Wednesday,
along with elections for SUS
executive positions.
But the SUS executive is worried
science students will turn down the
fee proposal because they do not
know the procedure outlined in the
new constitution.
"Students don't realize fees for
next year will be divided between
the AMS and their undergraduate
societies and they might turn down
the fee proposal," SUS treasurer
Bob Salkeld said.
In that case the SUS will virtually be defunct next year, added
Andrew Macauley,' science rep on
AMS council.
"This meeting exemplifies the
apathy of science students," said
Salkeld. "The SUS is at best a
Salkeid also said that at present
all SUS executive positions have
either been filled by acclamation
or are vacant.
"We  (the executive)  are  a
potential dictatorship," he said.
Even if fees are okayed in the
referendum, it is unlikely there
will be a quorum, Macauley said.
If this is the case, the student
administrative commission incorporated in the new constitution
must pass a motion advising the
board of governors to approve the
fees for one year.
The SAC is a ten-person body
whose members are appointed by
the student representative
assembly to run the day-to-day
administrative affairs of the AMS.
The SRA consists of all student
members of senate and the board
of governors in addition to
representatives from each undergraduate society.
Salkeld said if the SUS does get
money from fees he hopes the
executive will use it to sponsor
projects such as beer nights and
dances in order to generate spirit.
"If we get money, hopefully we
won't have an apathy problem next
year," he said.
He said at present money from
the AMS is being used to pay off a
debt to the science department.
The SUS referendum and
election polls will be at Woodward
library Wednesday. Science
students are being asked to approve a $1 fee levy.
The firing of six physicsl plant
employees is part of an administration campaign to weaken
campus unions, according to two
spokesmen from the Office and
Technical Employees Union.
Bert Mitchell, business agent for
OTEU local 15, which represents 41
physical plant employees, said
Wednesday the administration's
silence on the reasons behind the
firing of the six workers, one of
whom has worked at UBC for 11
years, could be the beginning of a
move to curb the power of campus
Ken Simpson, an OTEU shop
steward, said Wednesday a union
delegation met for three hours with
administration vice-president
Chuck Connaghan and still failed to
obtain a satisfactory explanation
for the firings.
The only reason given was
"budgetary considerations,"
Simpson said.
The six men, including two
draftsmen, two engineering
assistants, a rod man and a surveyor were given notice of termination in early January. They
will be out of jobs at the end of
The OTEU sent a letter of protest
to the board of governors Tuesday,
but The Ubyssey has learned that
the board decided during its closed
session not to take action on the
union's complaints.
Mitchell said the OTEU intends
to take the matter to a formal
grievance procedure.
The hiring of Connaghan, who he
called a "hatchet man," is an
obvious attempt to curb the power
of campus unions, Mitchell said.
Connaghan was president of the
Construction Labor Relations
Association, which united construction contractors against
unions, before he became one of
UBC's administration vice-
Both Mitchell and Simpson
called Connaghan "smooth."
Mitchell, in his letter to the
board, complained that physical
plant is firing the six men at the
same time it is hiring outside
consultants — at a cost of $45 per
hour — to do the jobs the fired men
are doing.
He also said the administration
is blaming the firings on a
slowdown in new construction.
However, the men work in the
design division of physical plant,
which does not handle new building
construction but is responsible for
alterations to existing buildings, he
No firings have occurred in the
new construction division, Mitchell
See page 2: FIRINGS Firings 'unexplained'
From page 1
"To date, despite meetings and
discussions, we have received no
rational or logical explanations to
these 'terminations' of competent
long-service employees whose
services could continue to be used
were it not that the duties they
could and do perform are being
given to Vancouver consultants,
architects and engineers at
exhorbitant rates," he said.
"Firstly, we are most concerned
and disturbed that the word 'termination' has been used as we
have definite lay-off procedures
under our collective agreement to
cover this situation.
"Secondly, we have a clause in
our collective agreement
specifically dealing with the
protection of our members' jobs as
opposed to 'contracting out' of
duties that they are quite capable
of performing.
Gears censured for
Godiva ride
"All the foregoing are in contravention of the collective
agreement with the Office and
Technical Employees Union local
15," Mitchell said in the letter.
"They may think they can bog us
down but we are not going to take
this sitting down," Mitchell said
He complained that Connaghan,
who he called a "real
professional," is injecting politics
into labor relations at UBC.
The six men fired are: Ed
Hawarth, a surveyor with four
years service at UBC; Tony
Ligtenberg, a rod man with 11
years service; Eric Malin, an
engineering assistant with 6-1/2
years service, Stan Ward, an
engineering assistant with five
years service; Norm Brown, a
records draftsman with seven
years service; and Stan Malinyk, a
From page 1
strike they could also picket local
claim centres.
And AMS arts rep Bruce Wilson
said some UBC students should
"join arms with labor" and go to
the B.C. Federation of Labor rally
at the provincial legislature Feb.
Some councillors said students
would probably not support the
strike judging from the poor (350)
turnout at Tuesday's anti-rate
increase rally in the Instructional
Resources Centre. But AMS
secretary Ellen Paul said many
students will be getting their new
rates in the mail between today
and Feb. 13 and they may be angry
enough to protest by then.
In other business council voted to
ask UBC Reports, the public
relations publication of the
university administration, to
provide space in each week's
edition for a "critical viewpoint"
and a letters to the editor section.
AMS president Jake van der
Kamp said the motion was intended to ensure the university-
funded publication did not contain
only administration propaganda.
Council also voted to censure the
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Engineering Undergraduate
Society for its sponsorship of the
Lady Godiva ride Tuesday. Arts
Undergraduate Society 'president
Arlene Francis said, "if the
engineers paraded a person of a
certain race on a horse around the
campus every prof in the
university would refuse to teach
Francis said the Godiva ride was
a sexist tradition which should be
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draftsman with 1-1/2 years service.
Mitchell said some of the consultants are being paid $45 per
But an administration
spokesman said Wednesday the
consultants were brought in at the
request of physical plant experts.
Connaghan was unavailable for
comment Wednesday.
"They were laid off because
there is essentially no more work
for them," the spokesman said.
"The layoffs were ddne in accordance contract provisions. "If
you build up your staff to a high
level, when there is a plateau or
hard times, more people have to be
laid off."
He blamed the firings on the fact
that 11 major construction projects
were nearly completed.
Board of governors member
Clive Lytle, a B.C. Federation of
Labor executive member, said
Wednesday that "terminating six
people is the wrong thing to do if
there are other alternatives.
"There's a great lack of information on money paid for
outside consultants," Lytle said.
"I'm not satisfied that all
alternatives have been investigated. I haven't got any answers that satisfy me."
Does the space in SUB serve your group's needs?
How can it be improved?
Written suggestions may be submitted by Thursday,
Feb. 12, 1976 to the Committee investigating the use of
space in SUB. Your recommendations are needed to
evaluate the present use and possible future uses of the
Ellen Paul chair
SUB Space Demand CommitteeRm 250 SUB
12:30 p.m.
There will be a meeting in SUB Room 206 to explain the
The policy sets out the guidelines for:
Room Booking: Dances, Parties, Meetings, etc.
Office Allocation
Club Facilities: Filmsoc, Photosoc, etc.
Students   groups   using   space    in   SUB   are   urged   to   send
nadine McDonnell
AMS Co-ordinator
FRIDAY FEB. 6th — 7 P.M.
11 A.M. &
2.30 P.M.
*ra *cs
IN WESTERN CANADA Thursday,  February  5,   1976
Page 3
Sex discrimination studied
Administration president Doug
Kenny has appointed a committee
to determine if sex discrimination
does indeed exist at UBC.
Appointed to the board of
governors committee were George
Hermanson, Clive Lytle, Pat
Chubb and Sadie Boyles. Lytle and
Chubb are involved in trade
unions. Hermanson is the Lutheran
campus centre chaplain and
Boyles, a retired education
professor, is the author of a
standard high school French text.
The committee will ask to
o plans to help women graduates
in their faculties to find jobs in
their specialties;
o figures on the proportions of
women and men employed either
professionally or academically in
fields studied by their faculties;
o the number of men and women
applying for graduate studies,
teaching assistant positions and
faculty jobs, as well as the numbers of men and women accepted;
o plans to help undergraduates
enter graduate studies in fields
where one sex is predominant;
o and to revise curricula to in
clude the role and contributions of
women in the fields, where applicable.
In an effort to attract outstanding women faculty to UBC,
Kenny will ask deans to submit a
list of outstanding women in each
field studied in the faculty to his
office, and will try to provide extra
funds to encourage these women to
take jobs in the faculty when there
is a vacancy.
Kenny also asked that:
o the office of student services
make high school students aware
of areas  of  study  which   are
--doug fi6td photo
NEW ADDITIONS to Buchanan Tower are glass partitions around base of building. Original architect forgot
wind has habit of creating tunnel effect, which was breaking doors. Cost of this fuck up? A measly $25,000.
Chinese predicting earthquakes
Animals are being used to
predict earthquakes in China, a
prominent seismologist said
William Milne said 100,000
amateur seismologists watch for
unusual disturbances in animals
and changes in the level and color
of water wells which often occur
shortly before earthquakes. They
report unusual signs to regional
seismographic stations.
Milne said the Chinese credit
their program, which combines
professional and amateur
seismologists, with successful
predicting 10 major earthquakes in
recent years.
Milne is head of the Victoria
Geophysical Observatory and
recently returned from a trip to
China as a member of a delegation
of seismologists invited by the
Chinese government to study their
earthquake   prediction   program.
One of the largest earthquakes
predicted by the program occurred
Pollsters to get pittance
Registrar Jack Parnall and the
Alma Mater Society have reached
a compromise allowing poll
workers in last week's student
elections to be payed.
Parnall said Wednesday he will
pay the AMS as much,as $150 to
distribute to the poll workers. AMS
president Jake van der Kamp said
Wednesday this will probably be
enough to pay each poll worker two
Pit tokens an hour for working.
Positions taken earlier by
Parnall and the AMS seemed to
indicate the poll workers would not
be payed at all.
Parnall contended that because
the AMS largely ran the election
(although officially it was run by
the registrar's office) they should
pay expenses incurred by hiring
poll workers.
Under the new constitution
student members of the board of
governors and senate become
members of the student
representative assembly,
equivalent to the current AMS
student council. Thus, board and
senate elections in effect became
AMS elections.
But the Universities Act, which
governs senate and board elections, provides that the registrar
runs these elections. Thus there
was some dispute during the
election campaign over who would
run them — Parnall or the
Parnall, who says he does not
like to run the election agreed to let
the AMS have a considerable
amount of control over the running
of the elections.
AMS   returning   officer   Brent
Tynan said Wednesday he hopes
poll workers will be payed by"
in February 1975 at Heicheng,
where 1.5 million people were
evacuated before the quake struck
the area with a force of 7.3 on the
Richter scale.
Amateur earthquake prediction
stations across the country make
seismographic measurements
every two hours and report animal
and water observations, Milne
He said the observation of
unusual animal disturbances
before an earthquake is not a new
discovery but the Chinese program
is the first to pursue this approach
on a large scale.
The Chinese have found birds
and snakes to be particularly
sensitive to changes that occur
before earthquakes, he said.
Milne said the Chinese government instituted the program after
a major earthquake struck China
in 1966.
He said the people involved in the
program, mainly students, were
enthusiastic about its results.
The Chinese have not disclosed
the number of earthquake
predictions that were failures, he
CITR FM bid delayed
CITR, the campus radio station,
has to wait indefinitely before it
finds out whether it will receive an
FM cable licence^
Premier Cablevision, on behalf
of CITR, has applied to the
Canadian Radio-Television
Commission for authorization to
broadcast CITR via an FM cable.
They were expecting a decision
this week.
However, the CRTC hearings
were adjourned indefinitely
Tuesday, pending resolution of a
procedural problem.
Should CITR receive approval
for its FM cable scheme, any
person in the greater Vancouver
area subscribing to cable and
owning an FM radio and a cable
splitter will be able to listen to the
traditionally considered only
suitable for one sex by sending
faculty members to high schools to
talk to students;
o the faculty of graduate studies
extend its deadlines for completion
of grad degrees so part-time
women students can complete
their studies;
o investigate the possibility of
providing pension benefits to
sessional workers, many of whom
are women;
o and a committee consider
offering grad study fellowships to
women who have been out of school
for five or more years, and provide
scholarships for women taking
residency training in medicine.
Kenny has also asked for a study
of discrimination against non-
faculty women in the areas of
wages, promotion and job opportunities.
Lytle said Wednesday he had put
forward a motion asking the board
to investigate the position of
women at UBC at a previous
"Now that Kenny has made
these suggestions, the obvious
thing is to sit down and work with
him," he said.
He said the committee would
have a preliminary meeting next.
week, and would probably meet
with Kenny the following week, but
was uncertain what the committee's functions would be.
"Anything that is done will be
done by the administration," he
Lytle said finances were the
board's main area of jurisdiction,
and that the board could possibly
investigate ways of obtaining
additional funds to attract outstanding women faculty.
"With the financial mess we'll be
in with the new government, we'll
probably have to find other sources
of funds for such programs, he
Last September an ad hoc senate
committee presented a similar
report to senate but was largely
850 decide to see
a man about a God
Christianity is rejected by many
people because it is too closely
associated with the United States,
evangelist Leighton Ford said
Tuesday.       x
In an interview after a noon-hour
speech to 850 people in the SUB
ballroom, said he did not like the
fact that Christianity had become
so closely linked with the political
and economic system of the U.S.
"We are living in an era where
we must not idolize any state," he
said."We should not identify Jesus
and the state in the evangelical
movement. Christianity has been
rejected because it has been
associated with the American
"In the U.S. we identify
Christian norms with middle class
Ford, a Canadian, has been
described by Time magazine as the
most important preacher living
today. He is married to Billy
Graham's sister.
He said that Christianity, instead
of being bourgeois, should be a
"Christians greatest power is not
in changing political systems.
Their greatest power lies in being a
Ford said he agrees with much of
Marxist philosophy and thinks
Communist regimes in China and
the Soviet Union have dealt with
many social problems faced by
those countries.
But, he added, their ideological
diagnosis does not go far enough.
"We need a power that can actually change man," Ford said.
"We need the power of the gospel
to bring about a new birth."
1 He called Christianity a union of
the democratic-libertarian system
and collectivism.
"The democratic-libertarian
regime stresses the highest good of
the individual, and the collective
regime stresses the good of the
masses, or the people."
"The democratic-libertarian
system operates at the expense of
the masses, and the collective
system operates at the expense of
the individual," he said. "We have
not yet seen the kingdom of God."
Earlier, Ford told 850 people
attending the noon-hour speech in
the SUB ballroom that alienation
comes from within, and is inextricably linked to anxiety.
He called our age "the age of
anxiety" or "the century of fear,"
as French writer Albert Camus
called it, he said.
He said this was because this is a
time of economic anxiety, and that
the North American share of the
pie is shrinking. Our society is
running out of resources and much
of the world is living in a "permanent, compulsory fast."
"God gave up men to become
slaves of their own desires. Man is
anxious because he's running from
Ford said that "anxiety is much
deeper than fear. Fear is specific,
like the fear that you might not get
that job. Anxiety is a fearless,
nameless, sense of dread."
Ford said alienation, which is
closely tied to anxiety, is the raw
material of revolution.
He cited the feeling of political
impotence, the loss of identity on
assembly lines and loneliness as
some of the causes of alienation.
FORD ... Christianity as counterculture
—nwtt king photo Page 4
Thursday,   February  5,   1976
Picket ICBC
for justice
In the next couple of weeks the word "strike" will take on
a new meaning around UBC.
For the past two months any student asked to associate a
word with "strike" would say (in either a nice or a nasty
tone) "AUCE."
Now it's our turn.
The Alma Mater Society council, in a rare show of decisive
action, is planning a student strike Feb. 13 to protest the
rather large Insurance Corporation of B.C. rate hikes.
The idea is to get students to picket the various ICBC
claim centres around Vancouver instead of going to classes. A
great plan.
But the protest is deeper than simply bleeding more bucks
from your wallet. It's a protest against the way in which the
Social Credit government has been handling the ICBC
situation — paying little attention to the people's ability to
Education minister Pat McGeer and the Socred cabinet
have adopted an extremely arrogant attitude right after the
election. Imagine what the future holds.
In their actions, governments should promote justice for
But so far the Socreds have shown little compassion for
lower income people and especially drivers in the under 25
age group.
If enough people support things like the student strike,
rallies and any other forms of protest the government will
eventually have to listen.
The Socred is worried about ICBC losing money. But if
they aren't realistic in the rates they set, people who can't
afford to drive won't.
Enough people in that category and they WILL lose a
Even if you don't drive a car,'support the walkout. The
protest you make today could slap some sense into the type
of government which puts people behind bucks. .
The time is ripe for a general
strike. I mean everybody else has.
How come the rest of us never get a
chance? I'd like to strike, wouldn't
What I propose is, we have a
general strike against whatever we
want. A holiday to bitch.
Any day would be convenient. I
propose a day of the week which
will put out a lot of rich capitalists
and whoever else can't find the
time to say something they think
about what's going on.
And for those who don't want to
bitch, they can say something good
if they want to. Or just do
something good. Good for yourself,
your environment or someone.
If you're not into bitching, there
will be lots of people who will be:-
All viewpoints will be respected.
Maybe we could make it a national
holiday in June.
N. R. Haring
mechanical 2
We the boys at St. Andy's (St.
Andrew's Hall), have recently
been inundated by what we call, for
lack of a more appropriate
pseudonym, the 'Scunge.' There
have been frequent reports
emanating from the upstairs
shower stalls over the past few
months stating that inexplicable
traces of long dark curly hairs and
slimy green scum accompanied by
a nauseating reek have been found
Last week a glassy eyed frosh
who had been obviously terrified
by something, or maybe was in a
drunken stupor, stammered out to
a group of seasoned St. Andy's
tenants that he thought, no he was
sure he saw a large, hunched over,
very hairy 'thing' leaping out the
washroom window just as he was
entering the washroom.
We rushed to the scene on the
pretense of assisting this
beleagured frosh, but were quickly
repulsed by the indescribable reek
that was so think it almost oozed
out the door as we opened it.
Someone finally built up the
Courage to enter with nostrils
securely pinched in order to survey
the situation. His description of the
scene was incredible. There were
tufts of long, curly, matted hair
strewn all over the shower floor
supported upon a film of slimy,
foaming, yellow-green scum.
Fungi were growing on the
bottom reaches of the already
crisp shower curtains and rapidly
engulfing the entire curtains. This
combination of scum and fungi
brought about the name of
"Scunge" attributed to this beast
that had left our showers in such a
state of despicabilty.
The mess was so bad and the
stink so obnoxious it was as if our
trusty janitor hadn't cleaned out
our showers for months. But we
know our janitor and quickly
deduced it must have really come
from this monster the frosh
claimed to have seen.
We now have a 24-hour watch
going on and five more sightings
have been recorded. In fact, just
last night at precisely 3:16 a.m. a
group of five hockey jocks caught
sight of the Scunge leaping from
the washroom window and
slouching off in the direction of
Wreck Beach.
Now that we are all convinced
that a Scunge actually does exist
we feel that it is our duty as conscientious student body members
to warn other people on campus of
this dreadful scourge.
So far it has only been sighted
late at night and early morning, so
we recommend that students
crossing campus late at night
travel in bands of at least six
persons, each being armed with an
economy size bottle of Lysol.
Lysol, when applied liberally,
dissipates the Scunge's horrendous
odor and so we have taken the
liberty to deduce that enough Lysol
strewn upon the Scunge itself
might deter it at least long enough
for the unlucky persons to escape
its clutches.
Rick Friesen, ed 5
St. Andrew's society
for preservation of
clean showers on
campus [SASPCSC]
This letter can be seen either as a
rebuttal to Bruce Melville's letter
in the Jan. 29 issue or as an attempt
to get in the last word.
First, I hold no grudge against
Filmsoc or any of its members and
am surprised that Melville supposes I had one. As I pointed out to
them while I was in the Filmsoc
club room talking to them, they are
entitled to run their club any way
they wish.
What I was disputing, and what
Melville seems to have missed,
was the bureaucratic attitude
shown. When someone attempts to
hide behind the wall of "for the
good of the club" when screwing
somebody it bothers me. I always
assumed that a club was run by the
members not the other way
They implied that they were
unable to help me because they
were made powerless by the club.
How they juxtaposed these two
concepts together still escapes me.
Secondly, I am naive enough to
believe that somebody who was
present is able to recall what
happened better than someone who
wasn't. What went on at the Alma
Mater Society office and what was
said is' certainly not going to come
from Melville. That he should
choose to defend another
bureaucracy is his prerogative but
his claim to know what happened
at the AMS office is mere
Thirdly, I did not "barge into the
club room." It is rather hard to
barge in anywhere when you stop
to knock and wait for an answer. I
also did not "angrily demand my
dollar." That issue was settled in
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Editor: Gary Coull
General manager Freddy Vyse scratched his head. Oh, well, he sighed.
Here's our protected list of 15 forwards and two goaltenders. Doug
Rushtpn and Doug Todd in goal. Defense? Gary Coull: a steady veteran to
balance the otherwise young blueline corps. Marcus Gee, only a soph, but a
tower of strength. Gregg Thompson: one of the best skaters on the team.
Len MacKave and Jean Randall and the rookie, Ward Webber. Chris Gainor
— they call him the Snot Machine — and Doug Field are the obvious
choices at centre. And Heather Walker is small but quick and really hustles.
On right wing, Deryl Mogg, Dave Wilkinson and Matt King should hold the
fort. Left wing is a bit of a problem, though. Sue Vohanka, the all-star
pseudo-left winger has a spot all sewn up. Young Bill Tieleman and Paisley
Woodward — top amateur draft choices, after all.
But that leaves out somebody. Geez, hate to do it to the little guy, but
Ralph Maurer's gotta go on waivers. Maybe the Peak can use somebody like
the first few minutes of the conversation. What the main body of
the discussion was about was the
bureaucratic mentality displayed.
What relevance the time period
has to this particular problem
seems trivial. Would the
bureaucracy have done anything
different if I had come in a week
later? I somehow doubt it judging
by what happened.
Fourthly, I never complained
that I was paying too much for the
Comedy Classics. From my
viewpoint I was attempting to pick
up a refund which I had been
reassured was due to us. That I got
screwed in the process is the important point of the whole thing.
The bureaucracy constantly
assumes it is right and that the
public is wrong. Therefore,
anybody with a complaint gets the
same type of treatment I received.
This is not true of all
bureaucracies, thank goodness,
but happens with more regularity
than it should and I for one refuse
to take it placidly.
Fifthly, I would like to say that
Filmsoc does a very good job
presenting films at a price students
can afford. I have enjoyed the
Comedy Classics so far and would
encourage anyone to buy a pass for
the remaining part.
Lastly, I hope Melville will be
relieved to hear I have written off
the refund to experience. Next
time, I'l be prepared to protect
myself from the grinding of
bureaucracy so, alas, I will not
have a better story next year.
Rick Lymer
arts 4
In the Tuesday Ubyssey I read
that the Alma Mater Society
donated $100 to Zanu the Zimbabue
African National Union. In the
same story the Organizing
secretary Michael Mawema said
that  this  group  will   make   no
See page 5: LETTERS Thursday,  February  5;  1976
Page 5
SFU 'democracy5 challenged
Pauline Jewett's defense of
Simon Fraser University as a
"liberal democratic" institution
based on the electoral process (the
Sun, Jan. 14,1976) is an exercise in
Jewett argues 1. that the term
"enfranchisement" means the
right to vote, 2. that the various
constituencies within the
university community all have the
right to vote, and 3. that Simon
Fraser is therefore a "liberal
democratic" institution.
In actual fact, "en-
franchisejnent!I_comes from the
Latin "franc" and the French
"enf ranchir," and means,
literally, "freedom, liberation."
, The difference is more than
semantic, for "freedom" and "the
right to vote" are by no means
Jewett, as a political scientist, is
well aware that the right to vote
does not guarantee democracy. By
manipulating the terms of the
* electoral process it is altogether
possible for an elite or class to use
the pretence of popular elections as
. a screen for the dictatorial power it
really exercises.
At Simon Fraser the electoral
system is just such a charade, as
an examination of the university's
board of governors and senate
clearly demonstrates.
Under the new Universities Act,
the board of governors is composed
of 15 members. Of these, eight are
appointed by the lieutenant-
governor in council, with two being
appointed from persons nominated
by the alumni association.
The university president is an
automatic member, as is the
chancellor — having been elected
to the position by the convocation.
Two members are elected by the
358 faculty members, another two
are elected by the 7,163 students,
From page 4
sacrifices and will not negotiate, its
T am for majority rule in
Rhodesia and South Africa but if
the liberation group pushing for
independence in these areas will
not negotiate for their freedom,
then I do not want my AMS fees
going to Zanu.
I demand that the AMS either,
a) cancel the cheque,
b) apologize to students who do
not support this movement, but
have 'paid' for its support.
c) in the future be more
responsible to the students view
which the AMS is supposed to
represent, (and) next time ask us if
it is all right to give our money
Ron Joseph
I find it interesting to read in this
newspaper that student
representatives are protesting
increases in student fees. They
think it mean and nasty of the
government not to assume a
greater burden of the operating
costs of this university. Well, I for
one am delighted that students will
be paying more. They, not the
government, deserve to.
I address those of you who are
responsible for the vandalism,
theft and "youthful pranks" at
UBC. Have you any concept of the
materials and manhours required
to replace smashed street lamps;.
and one is elected from the 650 full-
time employees of the university
who are not faculty members.
In other words, were the latter
three constituencies to unite in a
single bloc they would still total
only 33 per cent of the eligible
board votes, and, on important
issues, could easily be defeated by
the remaining 10 members.
The effect of this deliberately
graduated system of representation is to concentrate control of the
board in the hands of government
appointees, while providing the
illusion of participation to the
faculty, students, and support
In the senate, similar unequal
distribution of power is guaranteed
by the very structure of the body.
The SFU senate consists of 48
members. Once again, the
president and chancellor are
automatically included, as are the
five deans, the academic vice-
president, the director of continuing studies, and the chief
Four persons are appointed by
the lieutenant-governor in council.
Four persons who are not faculty
members are elected by and from
the Convocation. The 358 faculty
elect 20 representatives (a ratio of
18:1). Finally, the 7,163 students
elect 10 representatives (a ratio of
As with the board, the ratio of
votes per constituency is apportioned directly according to the
degree each has a vested interest
in the status quo. In essence, those
at the top of the university
hierarchy are provided with one
vote per person while those at the
bottom receive only token representation.
Given this mechanism for
legitimizing . the arbitrary
decisions of the university's upper
echelons, it is not surprising that
Jewett should float the fiction that
"the Simon Fraser University
community has a very high regard
for the vote — and, indeed for
Confronted with a critique of the
electoral process at Simon Fraser,
Jeweft is liable to concede that the
voting system is weighted, and that
it is particularly top-heavy with the
addition of appointments.
She will argue, however, that the
decision to weight the voting
system was made by the government in the Universities Act, and
that appointments by the
lieutenant-governor in council also
come through the government.
Since the government is elected
by popular vote, she will say, these
decisions must be "democratic."
The "right to vote," historically,
has not provided democracy. It has
been granted in restricted form in
various countries by the governing
class as a concession to the
working class, in response to
popular demand for "no taxation
without representation" and "representation by population."
From the outset, in England,
only property holders — landlords,
that is — were allowed to vote.
Even then the English constitution
gave veto power to the House of
Lords — all of whom were appointed — in case the elected
members somehow put forth
legislation in the interest of the
working class. In the ensuing
years, in such "liberal
democracies" as the U.S. and
Canada, systematic subversion of
the electoral process through
control of the nomination of candidates, legal and illegal campaign
contributions, biased press coverage, etc. has continued.
Richard Nixon's CREEP
program was not an exception, but
rather a particularly inept
example of common electoral
to return lawns which have been
ruined by joyriders in cars, trucks,
jeeps; to clear up cans, beer
bottles, paper, food and etc. twice
weekly from certain residence
lawns before being able to mow the
grass; to remove sodden toilet
paper from trees, shrubs and
lawns; to replace plants stolen by
individuals who must be sure that
said plants will give greater
pleasure in their back yards than
on a campus daily frequented by
20,000 or more people; to service
UBC vehicles with tires deflated by
mischievious night pranksters,
who sometimes, for variety, break
the plate glass windshields instead; or to replace traffic signs,
removed or damaged almost daily.
Of course, all of the student body
is responsible for this, not just the
asses who actually do it. My
European and Asian collegues tell
me that this kind of irresponsibility
doesn't happen in their countries
as people care too much about
their environment.
As a student body you could call
for fines, highly increased fees for
certain faculties or residences
notorious for their damage. The
Alma Mater Society could do some
PR work on student responsibility.
As individuals you could tell
someone who you see. ruining a
part of the campus that you think
him or her a twit and everyone
could care a lot more about using a
sidewalk path, usually five feet
away from a muddy and trampled
stretch of lawn.
A final point.
You  may  protest  —  UBC  is
beautiful and stop complaining;
the repairs give you a job. Actually, we are operating on a
limited budget, are understaffed
and loads of important gardening
can't be done as the immediate
eyesores must be attended to first.
This letter is a personal and very
limited report on why student fees
are increasing. I imagine that food
services, library workers and
anyone else involved could add to
the list ad nauseum. And I do mean
ad nauseum. I'm glad student fees
are increasing.
Suzanne McKinley
physical plant
practice. In Canada we have seen
the same thing in John A. MacDonald's "Pacific Scandal," and
more recently Tory candidate
Claude Wagner's $300,000 slush
The increasing reluctance of
people to participate in the electoral process attests to growing
recognition that elections are
fraudulent. In Nixon's "landslide"
victory in the U.S. in 1972, only 38
per cent of the eligible electorate
turned out. In B.C. in December a
relatively high 66 per cent of the
eligible electorate voted.
Examining the provincial election
more closely, however, the results
gave Social Credit 49 per cent of 66
per cent — which is 33 per cent —
an amount less than the 34 per cent
of the electorate who did not think
it worth voting.
If one adheres to the theory that
election results represent the
people's will, this could be interpreted to mean that British
Columbians do not wish to be
governed by any of the existing
In sum, the argument for the
"democratic" nature of government appointments does not stand
up. The maldistribution of power at
Simon Fraser cannot be
rationalized in the name of the
"democratic" election of Pat
McGeer and his subsequent ap-
.pointment as education minister.
The "liberal democracy" that
Pauline Jewett so righteously
defends is a euphemism for
capitalist society.- Under
capitalism elections are used by
the class already in control of the
economy of a country to assert
their rule through direct political
In the era of monopoly
capitalism it is the major international financial institutions
and the multinational corporations
which possess economic control
and which use their leverage
throughout the globe to ensure the
installation of governments
sympathetic to the maximization
of private profit.
Gulf Oil, for example, has
disbursed at least $12.3 million in
political gifts—mostly illegal — at
home and abroad over the past 13
years; among the "gifts" has been
$1.4 million to Canadian political
parties at both the national and
provincial level, $4 million to the
ruling party in South Korea, $4
million to U.S. political figures,
$627,000 to Italian political parties,
and a $108,000 helicopter to
Bolivian dictator Rene Barientos.
In B.C. such monopoly capitalist
corporations as mining and insurance companies bankrolled
Social  Credit in  the December
election; one of the first acts of the
new government, in return, will be
to remove profit restrictions in
each of these sectors.
In those few instances where the
monopoly capitalist class fails to
secure the desired electoral results'
and their holdings are seriously
jeopardized, they resort to the
military operations that have
become familiar in Brazil, Indonesia, Chile, Portugal, Angola,
Jewett's defense of the electoral
system reduces to a shallow at*
tempt to rationalize capitalism by
ignoring the nature of class and
class struggle. Jewett understands
the concentration of power in
Canada on the basis of class — in
fact she frequently mentions her
admiration for John Porter's
"Vertical Mosaic," one of the first
formal concessions in Canadian
academia that this country is a
class society.
Like Porter, however, she is
unwilling to act on the basis of
class struggle because she has a
vested interest in maintaining the
class system. Rather than join in
the fight for the real "enfranchisement" of the working
class — the revolutionary struggle
for socialism, to be followed by. a
class-less society under communism — she retreats to the
safety of her cloister, uttering
muted pleas for "reconciliation"
and "reform," and writing letters
to the editor lauding "votes — and
indeed voting."
The undemocratic nature of
Simon Fraser University is rooted
in the class nature of the political
economy of B.C. The function of
the university has been to provide
"human capital" — professional
personnel trained at taxpayers'
expense — for corporate employers, to do research for corporations, and to socialize students
to accept individualistic competition, consumer fetishism, and
the associated behavioral traits
required of a capitalist political
Kenneth Strand knew this and
acted accordingly, as did Gordon
Shrum. Pauline Jewett also knows
it, yet, as a lifelong intellectual
mercenary, she feels compelled to
defend the ideology of "liberal
Unfortunately for Jewett and
fortunately for the majority of us,
her days as a petit-bourgeois
collaborator with the state and
monopoly capital are numbered.
Political science is indeed a
science, premised on certain
immutable laws. Class conflict is
inherent in the laws of development of capitalism, and socialist
revolution is the logical conclusion
to intensifying class conflict.
Every drop
IN SUB 207, 209
Be a fi blood donor Page 6
Thursday,   February  5,   1976
Turdeau and
the Trident
The Pacific Life Community
plans a hearty welcome for prime
minister Pierre Trudeau when his
nibs officially opens the TRIUMF
nuclear plant Monday.
The Lifers, who organized last
fall's Trident Concern Week, plan
a demonstration-march with their
400-foot Trident submarine
mockup. The marchers will
assemble at 1 p.m. Monday — an
hour and a half before Trudeau is
scheduled to open TRIUMF — at
Hot flashes
the corner of Wesbrook and
Sixteenth, near the traffic office.
Trudeau has refused to protest
the construction of the Trident
nuclear submarine base being built
in Bangor, Washington, near the
Canadian border. For more
information, phone 738-6961 or
ICBC petition
The B.C. Federation of Labor
anti-ICBC rate increase petition,
which has raised some one million
signatures, is now being circulated
at UBC and has collected 750
signatures here.
Copies of the petition can be
obtained from the Alma Mater
Society offices on the second
floor of SUB, or from the B.C.
Students' Federation office, down
the hall in SUB 210.
Mayday magazine, a new
political journal of art and art
criticism, will hold a benefit dance
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the
Canadian Legion Hall,
Commercial and Sixth.
Music will be by the Bill
Bendix Band and the reggae La
Tropical. Admission is $2.50.
'Tween classes
Group joyous celebration and
Charlie Johnson, 8 p.m., Totem
park ballroom.
Leighton Ford on an alternative to
anxiety, noon, SUB ballroom.
Local talent reading: Carolyn
Borsman reads from her work,
noon, Sedgewick library orientation
General meeting, noon, SUB 224.
Weekly fellowship meeting, 7:30
p.m., Lutheran campus centre
Lesbian caucus seminar on lesbians
and employment, with guest
speaker Shelagh Day of B.C. Human
Rights Commission*7:30 p.m., SUB
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Beginners'   ballet   class,   3:30   to   5
p.m., SUB auditorium.
Asian-American      literature      book
table, noon, SUB concourse.
New diving film and important
discussion of diving safety, noon,
SUB 205.
Deli Szasz discusses sexuality and
communication, noon, SUB 212.
Dr. Vic Vanry discusses hypnotism,
noon, I RC 1.
Deux films, un d'animation
amusante, I'autre un documentaire
sur Papineau, midi trente, Maison
Internationale, saile 402.
Talk on Baha'i faith, noon, Gage
Training program, 7 to 10 p.m.,
winter sports centre, gym E.
Asian-American literature table,
noon. SUB concourse.
Practice, SUB 212.
Dancing, gambling and games.
Proceeds to children's diagnostic
centre, 7 p.m., SUB ballrpom.
Variety night with folk, bluegrass
and jazz music, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
(note change), Lutheran campus
Meredith Kimball on masculinity,
femininity and androgeny, noon,
Angus 223.
Deux films d'NFB, midi-trente,
Maison Internationale, salle 402;
match de volley-ball, 50-sous, 19:30
a 21:30 h., winter sports centre,
gym B.
General meeting, noon, SUB party
Rotating      coffeehouse      featuring
country   rock   group,   7:30   to   11
p.m.,  St.  Chad's  Church, Trafalgar
and Twenty-third.
Badminton tournament.
Registration,   noon  at  SUB  booth;
games, 7 p.m., winter sports centre,
•     gym A.
American     presidential     candidate
Peter   Camejo   speaks,    7:30   p.m.,
12CS Granville.
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Nominations for 4 Representatives to the Student
Representative Assembly open as of Wed. Jan. 28,
1976 and will be received no later than Feb. 6, 1976.
Forms are available in Room 1
RATES:   Campus — 3 lines, 1 day $1.00; additional lines 25c.
Commercial — 3 lines, 1 day $1.80; additional lines
40c. Additional days $1.50 & 35c.
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and are payable in
advance. Deadline is 11:30 a.m., the day before publication.
Publications Office, Room 241, S. U.B., UBC, Van. 8, B.C.
5 — Coming Events
A GENERAL Grad Class Meeting will
be held Thurs., Feb. 5, 12:30 p.m.
in   Hebb   Theatre.
COME ON OVER to the "Rotating"
Coffeehouse — Feb. 7th (Saturday),
St Chads, 23rd and Trafalgar (six
blocks west of Arbutus). Featuring
"the  Country Rock Group".
POWELL RIVER TRIP FREEI International Students, February 13-17.
Deadline February 6, 1976. Register
International  House,   228-5021.
"CONSORT WITH the followers of all
religions in a spirit of friendliness
and fellowship."—Baha'u'llah. Informal discussions on the Baha'i Faith
every Tuesday night at 5606 Presidents' Row. Phone 224-7257.
JAZZ AT UBC Friday, Saturday, 8
p.m.-l a.m. Everyone welcome. Full
facilities. Grad Centre. $2 per. Dancing, listening.
10 —For Sale — Commercial
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G,U IT A R LESSONS: Classic Folk
Theory. Beginner and Intermediate
levels. Phone Barry Cole. 731-8076.
30 - Jobs
15 —Found
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LISTEN    TO    THE    CRY    OF    THE
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Their cry is a cry of terror. Heed
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Sun. 7:00; Fri.-Sat. 7:00 & 9:30. Bring
75c, AMS card, shotgun (to give air
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Over ICBC rate increases
Cocke challenges McGeer
NDP MLA Dennis Cocke
Tuesday challenged Pat McGeer,
the minister responsible for the
Insurance Corporation of B.C., to
justify high insurance rate increases.
At a protest rally attended by 350
people at the Instructional
Resources Centre, Cocke, a former
member of the ICBC board of
directors, said, "I want to hear
McGeer justify those rates. They
are not justified socially,
economically or morally,
especially for students. People
under 25 understand more than
anyone else the injustice of these
The rally, sponsored by the Alma
Mater Society and the Committee
for a Democratic University, also
included speeches by AMS
president Jake van der Kamp,
Norm Black^-oKthe Concerned
Citizens Committee and  Stew
Savard of the  B.C.  Students'
Cocke said he wondered why the
NDP was getting so much bad
publicity because of the alleged
$181 million ICBC loss last year,
when "nobody blamed the $800
million loss of the Columbia River
treaty on the old Socred bunch."
Cocke reviewed the NDP
government's plans to finance
ICBC's loss, including proposals
for a 19 per cent increase in
premium rates, the up-to-10 cent
per gallon gasoline tax and
revenues from licence plates.
The gas tax, which was implemented by the NDP government, was originally proposed to
offset any increases in the ICBC
insurance rates.
Cocke cautioned the crowd to
watch out for increases in ferry
rates, hydro rates and health care.
"If this government uses the
Ubyssey the scapegoat
Rick Murray, recently re-elected
student member of the board of
governors, Tuesday blamed The
Ubyssey for low attendance at
open board meetings.
Speaking before an audience of
two at the first board meeting since
Murray and fellow engineering
student Basil Peters were elected,
Murray told the board The
Ubyssey has ignored open board
Though Murray acknowledged
after the meeting The Ubyssey ran
a front page article after-the last
open board meeting, he said the
paper should print more articles
about the meetings before they
And Murray told the board he
plans to change The Ubyssey how
that he has been re-elected.
"As youremember I promised in
my election campaign I plan to fix
The Ubyssey."
Speaking in the near empty
board room in the old administration building, Peters told
the board it should take out advertisements in The Ubyssey to
publicize open meetings.
But there was little in Tuesday's
meeting to attract spectators. The
board spent over an hour passing
reports on university finances,
property and the senate with little
The board referred to the.administration a request by
Canadian  Union  of Public  Em
ployees local 116 president Ken
Andrews that the university
provide space for a social centre
for non-academic staff.
Murray, who openly opposed the
Association of University and
College Employees strike in
December, said the university
should not give the staff any free
"If the staff is interested in a
club they should raise the money
themselves. They should
demonstrate a willingness to raise
money and fund it (a social centre) . I can't really see just turning
a building over."
But board member Gideon
Rosenbluth said the university
should consider providing space
for the staff because neither the
faculty club or the graduate centre
were paid for by their members.
Administration president Doug
Kenny, who sits on the board,
spoke on a report showing frequent
violation of a senate rule which
prohibits lectures between 12:30
p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
He said the rule should be better
enforced to allow students to attend activities scheduled for the
two-hour Thursday lunch break.
The board passed a motion to
accept a $200,000 gift from the late
Agnes Kitchen, who left the money
to the faculty of medicine in her
will, despite a clause that part of
the gift be used for a loan fund for
only male undergraduates.
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same approach to health care as
they used to ICBC, look at the price
they'd charge to the old people," he
In suggesting what students
should do to protest the premium
rates, Cocke said, "Do whatever
your instinct tells you, but without
He urged students to write to
their MLAs and sign petitions.
"Send them a message in Victoria,
let them know it's your company,"
he said.
Cocke also told the crowd to
finance their payments through
ICBC, rather than through
borrowing companies.
"ICBC is good and it belongs to
you", he said. "See that it remains
that way."
Norm Black, spokesman for the
Concerned Citizens Committee,
which helped organize Sunday's
massive demonstration at the
Agrodome, also urged students to
sign petitions being circulated by
his organization and the B.C.
Federation of Labor.
"1.3 million signatures on our
petitions gives a vote of no confidence to the government," Black
said. "We must get this mandate."
Black said he hopes to meet with
premier Bill Bennett and McGeer
sometime this week to discuss
proposals made at the Sunday
protest rally.
In a question period after the
speeches, one student suggested a
general strike by all concerned
B.C. citizens to emphasize their
Cocke was not in favor of such
"This is not an issue you deal
with in that way," he said. He
repeated his suggestion to write
MLAs and sign petitions.
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PRIVATE RAIL CAR . .. where Smith held abortive talks
Simms worked with Canadian Crossroads
International in Lesotho last summer and
later hitchhiked in Rhodesia and South
Africa. This article first appeared in the
Brunswickan, student newspaper at the
University of New Brunswick.
"There'll be war here," shouted the white
truck driver over the engine roar, "but it'll
be short. The South Africans with their jets
will have Zambia in flames in a day."
The tandem-trailer rig driver, who had
given me a lift from Fort Victoria, echoed
the sentiments of several working-class
whites with whom I spoke in Rhodesia.
He was one of the 250,000 whites there
who, comprising 96 per cent of the voters list
and earning 11 times the income of non-
whites, effectively rule over the country's
six million Shangaan and Matebele. No
Slacks there hold higher-paying jobs than
whites and the truck driver belonged to the
class whose jobs would be most threatened
by any measures designed to give blacks
political equality.
His group, unlike the politicians and
senior bureaucrats in Rhodesia, don't speak
about "multi-racialism" or the gradual
transition to power once blacks become
"ready for it."
This stubborn attitude juxtaposed beside
the bitter hatred of many of the Shangaan
and Matebele for their white "oppressors"
leads visitors to expect not a sudden
eruption of violence, but the gradual
escalation of existing guerrilla warfare.
Rhodesians Nov. 11 celebrated the 10th
anniversary of their unilateral declaration
of independence from Britain — ironically
on the same day as nearby Angola officially
received its independence from Portugal.
The collapse of Portugal as an imperial
power and the independence granted to
Angola and Mozambique during the summer has intensified the desire of Rhodesian
blacks to attain the power which whites
have shown a stubborn refusal to yield.
A rancher I met there swore his right to
the land he had cultivated for three quarters
of a century and declared his intention to
"defend" it to the death.
A clothing salesman, who gave me a drive
from Bulawayo, said he had moved to South
Africa — Rhodesia's sister white supremist
state —because "they knew how to keep the
kaffirs (a term of extreme disrespect for
blacks in southern Africa) under control."
"If they tried anything, they'd be
slaughtered. Why do you think they're
restricted to locations? This way the (South
African) air force can keep them under
control — one move and the jets would be
there in no time."
The district commissioner at Victoria
Falls says whites are prepared to share
power with the blacks "as soon as they're
ready for it." While white Rhodesians have
accepted the notion of multi-racialism, he
said, they will continue to hold power until
blacks have been trained to be "responsible,
productive citizens."
He did not explain the contradiction of this
statement in that much more money is spent
on the education of whites than blacks.
Another reason why this multi-racialism
was taking so long to implement, he said,
was because a one man, one vote policy
would mean, "one man, one vote, once."
Majority rule would result in the Shagaan
(the largest tribe in Rhodesia) taking over
Can black
Rhodesians put
Ian Smith and Co*
on the rails?
A Canadian visitor finds the end to
white supremist rule will probably
not come without violence
government and dictating to whites and the
smaller Matebele group, he claimed.
The district commissioner called the
international trade embargo against
Rhodesia unfair since whites had been there
in force for 85 years and had established
their right to their land. "It's alright for
(Uganda prime minister) Ida Amin to
slaughter thousands of his countrymen," he
said. "When blacks kill blacks then it's fair
but when we try to work out our problems
it's called oppression."
No matter how eloquent the argument,
however, talks with many whites indicate a
stubborn resistance on their part to yield
any political power or lower their standard
of living. They promise any insurrection will
be met with fierce resistance and believe
support will be supplied from neighboring
South Africa.
the comments of the truck driver
reflected this attitude. He asked if the
Mirages and U.S. aircraft built under
license in South Africa "wouldn't do a good
job" on Zambia or Mozambique, from
where he expected an attack to come.
He said Rhodesia's worst enemies were
those who imposed the embargo. However,
he "realized" that Canada's role in the ban
was the work of "do-gooders like the
churches" and that they had the support of
most Canadians.
He pointed to a tractor working in a field
as we passed and said: "Now that's
probably a (?Canadian-made) Massey
*W'    V***-*    '■*-"* *
RHODESIAN NEWSPAPER STAND ... in English, of course, but news is always the same - no freedom for blacks
Ferguson that's been brought in from South
Canada, while condemning South Africa's
apartheid policies in the United Nations and
purporting to support the blockade against
Rhodesia, still extends its lowest tariffs —
British preference — to South Africa.
One federal external affairs official told
University of New Brunswick students last
month this was made necessary by the fact
that "sometimes financial realities must
take precedence over moral considerations."
The popular white opposition to any
change was evident in conversation among
whites who watched the "constitutional"
talks between Rhodesia prime minister Ian
Smith and the African National Council —
who represent some of the country's blacks
— on the Victoria Falls railway bridge
between Rhodesia and Zambia. The talks —
held in South African prime minister John
Vorster's luxury train — fell through, not to
the surprise of anyone.
"Smith has prepared a draft and he'll
bring'it to the black boys," one white observed explained to me. "They'll say no and
that'll be that."
The talks collapsed despite the efforts of
Vorster and Zambian prime minister
Kenneth Kuanda to reconcile Smith and the
ANC. Smith accused the council of not
responding to his initiatives and the ANC
said his unwillingness to admit outlawed
ANC leaders into the country indicated his
unwillingness to negotiate seriously.
Not everyone lost on the $l,500-a-day
venture..Vorster and Kuanda's efforts were
regarded in some circles as window-
dressing efforts to establish their images in
the world's eyes as peace makers, in much
the same manner as Vorster's attacks on
Smith over the last year for his racist
policies. Some people returned home happy
with the talks. Several tourists had the
chance to pose for pictures in front of the
train while it was displayed at Victoria Falls
Repeatedly, it was made obvious that
many whites would rather fight than switch.
Communication and "dialogue" between
whites and blacks at the non-governmental
level seemed virtually non-existent. The
difference in their mentalities is reflected in
the ease with which whites call the
guerrillas terrorists while the blacks refer
to them as freedom fighters.
The unyielding attitude has prompted
more and more rumors of impending
escalation of guerrilla warfare. Several
thousand black elementary school students
— whose absence from classes must by law
be reported by the principals to the
government — disappeared during an
August break. There is speculation they
have gone north to train as guerrillas for the
increased fighting expected to begin at the
end of the rainy season, which began in
Those Rhodesian whites who expect open
confrontation or an attack from outside the
country to be fended off with logistic support
from South Africa will probably be disappointed, however. A Swedish missionary
from a black farm school near Bulawayo
predicted little peace for Rhodesia and little
chance of a short field confrontation.
"I doubt there's anything that constitutional talks can accomplish at this
time," he said. "The guerrillas will continue
to attack in the northeast and begin again
here (at Victoria Falls) until they push the
whites into the cities and isolate them for
attacks at night.
"It's very sad, but the slow, drawn-out
struggle that took place in Vietnam is
probably going to happen all over again in
Rhodesia," he predicted.


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