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The Ubyssey Jan 31, 1989

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Trffi Ubyssey
on the Middle East
pg. 6 - 7
Smith cans
UEL claim
By Rick Hiebert
The Musqueam native band is
upset by the provincial Attorney-
General's refusal to negotiate the
ownership of the University Endowment Lands (UEL).
Bud Smith, Socred MLA for
Kamloops, said that the UEL "is
going to be a park" despite the
band's request for negotiations
over the land ownership and their
court challenge of the transfer of
the land from crown property to
the Greater Vancouver Regional
Smith, speaking last Wednesday to the Vancouver Point Grey
Socred nomination meeting, said
the provincial government intended "to pursue the opportunity
to once and for all do what is the
right thing to do, which is to make
a park out of the (UEL)."
"That piece of land is going to
satisfy recreation. That piece of
land is going to be open for all
British Columbians. That piece of
land is not going to be alienated
through some negotiations with
third parties as to who is the owner
of that land," Smith said.
"(W)e disagree with the NDP
who say there should be negotiations as to who actually owns that
land. The people own it, and a park
it is going to be. And that is a
commitment to the people," Smith
told the Socred gathering.
Musqueam band manager
Chris Robertson said the band
didn't agree. "Comments like that
from Socreds are not surprising.
That is why native bands have had
to resort to the courts."
The band launched a legal
appeal earlier this month in the
B.C. Court of Appeals to block the
tranfer of the UEL to the GVRD.
Although a similar appeal in 1987
failed, Robertson said the band is
hopeful that an approved appeal
will enable the band to mount a
legal challenge for title to the
"The provincial government
has refused to recognize any native title to crown lands," said
Robertson, "In fact, they won't
even go so far as to sit down and
discuss ownership. The UEL is
Musqueam land, it's been used by
Musqueams and part of the
Musqueam culture since time
immemorial. It's no different than
taking Fantasy Gardens away
from the Premier."
"The UEL lands are still used
by the Musqeam for ceremonial
purposes. The more you develop
the UEL as a park, the greater
increase of vistors to the lands, the
less it really becomes acessible to
Musqueams for the purposes they
use it for today," said Robertson.
Spring lineup:
AMS takes office
By Franka Cordua Von Specht
Over 8,600 concerned fans
pulled out their student cards
last week to cast their ballot for
a five member team to play a
season of Alma Mater Society
Spitting, chewing and
massaging his glove on the
mound will be President Mike
Lee, whose pitch received 1092
votes. Greg Buchanan struck
out with 534 votes and Myles
Gropen trailed with 218 (it was
the footwear Myles).
Lee will throw curves and
fast balls and many other
things to Vice President Sarah
Mair who caught 1062 votes,
which is more than Julie
Memory's 694.
Karl Kottmeier will trod
off to the green pasture in left
field for another season as
Director of Finance. He gloved
927 errant flys, a few more
than Kathryn Hayashi who
only bagged 753.
Six batters batted for Coordinator of External Affairs
but Vanessa Geary was the
battiest of them all and struck
down 626 votes. Breathing
down her bat was James Dungate with 484, Chris Bendl
with 450, Ken Armstrong with
212, and Christina Nagy who
bunted for 69.
The new manager ofthe diamond is Director of Administration Andrew Hicks who stopped
short Todd Sherman's 635 votes
with 964 of his own.
As for the other team players:
Ex AMS president Tim Bird
(976) and Kurt Preinsberg (668)
were deemed fit to chew tobacco
on the Board of Governors. Jim
Shepherd (554) and Gord
Hohensee (385) weren't.
Wendy King (838), Tony
Fogarassy (686), Michael Libby
(631), Tom Kaweski (607),
Derek Pettingale (565), are the
Senators at-large. Candidates
who won't be at large are David
Orchard (544), Ed Berry (450),
Philip Wang (442), Brian Taylor
(431), and Sean Haffey (430).
Applied Science Student
Senator Geoff Porter rounded
the bases with a total of 228
votes. Patrick G. Goodwin
stumbled along for 84.
Arts Student Senator
Joanna Harrington caught 181
votes, more than Lothar
Boensch's 77.
Wendy Fox nudged in as
Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Senator with 61 votes, two
ahead of Michael Chung.
Reg Peters' win as Science
Student Senator was another
squeeze play. He inched out Janine Benedet's 56 votes by six.
Kevin Griffin misses empty net in 6 - 4 loss to U of Alberta (see pg. 5) STEV_ chan photo
RecFac referendum reborn
By Laura J. May
Over 1000 signatures have
been collected on a petition calling
for a new referendum on the Recreation Facility.
Bruce Charlish and Robin
Piercey, petition organizers, think
students will vote down RecFac
now that next year's tuition fees
have risen 10 percent. Students
voted to incur a $30 fee hike for the
Recreational Facility in November.
Alma Mater Society vice-
president Carolyn Egan said the
chances are "pretty slim" that the
petition will bring a new referen
dum on RecFac.
But Piercey said Monday if a
new referendum isn't called,
"We'll scream 'foul'."
"(The petition) might have to
go to student court to be passed
which we're fully willing to do," he
Egan and Piercey are disagreeing over the petition's validity because they are referring to
different sections of AMS
constitution for guidance.
Egan referred to the policies
which regulate challenges of referenda: "Protests or complaints of
election  irregularities occurring
during the election shall be taken
to Student Court within 5 school
days after the last day of voting
within that election."
But Piercey referred to the
part of the constitution which
regulates when a new referendum
must be called: "A referendum for
the Society shall be called by the
President upon:- a petition duly
signed by 500 active members,
evidencing their Registration
Numbers, and delivered to the
Egan will comment Thursday
on the petition's status and the
likelihood of a new referendum.
DOA cites political reasons for cancellation
By Katherine Monk
The 10 percent fee hikes may
have been finalized, but the hulla-
balloo to do with DOA has yet to
The Alma Mater Society
cancelled the controversial rock
band's appearance at the protest
against tuition hikes last Thursday because students had voiced
concern about DOA's stage etiquette, according to AMS president Tim Bird.
But according to the band's
vocalist Joey (Shithead) Kieghley,
the decision wasn't just based on
manners, it was political.
The band had already been
briefed about offensive behaviour,
Kieghley said, and added they
were planning on an acoustic set
anyways. "They (the AMS) said
they were trying to use it as bait
for the byelection—if the Socreds
rolledback tuition, they would win
in Point Grey. That's what you get
for suckholing."
"The way people would be offended is that we're saving what's
true—those people (who made the
decision to cancel the show) have
their heads up their collective
butts, obviously pencil-necks
afraid to stand up and offend
Socred hacks," said Kieghley.
Bird said the decision was
based on what he heard from students and council members. He
said he notified AMS programs
director Klaus Breslauer of the
controversy, and told him to use
his discretion in cancelling the act.
"I got the impression that
more students didn't want DOA
than did want DOA, from the consensus of students that saw me on
Wednesday and Thursday," said
Bird, in an interview yesterday.
DOA has played a long list of
benefit concerts for different
groups including Rock for Brains
(education), Rock Against Racism,
Rape Relief, Native Peoples, and
the Squamish Five.
Bird said the decision had
nothing to do with the band's affili -
ation with the Squamish Five,
although they are considered to be
an anti-government terrorist organization. "Urinating on the
audience was the thing (that
forced the cancellation)—more
than the Squamish Five," said
incoming director of administration, Andrew Hicks.
But Students Opposed to Tuition Fee Hikes, who organized the
protest, still feel they were overlooked when the decision to cancel
DOA was made, according to
SOTHF member Mike Laanela.
The student group had chosen
DOA to appear from a list of possibilities offered to them by the
AMS, said Bird. "But what the
group (SOTFH) is assuming is
that when they decided they were
coming, that like magic, they
would be there," Bird said.
"The AMS has to represent all
students, not only those students
who wanted to see DOA," said
Bird. "We (the AMS) have a better
rapport with the students (than
SOTFH), because we've been in
contact with students from every
spectrum—but the SOTFH were
in contact with their peers, who
also liked DOA," said Bird.
While Bird said he was not a
pencil-neck, he maintained it still
doesn't give DOA the right to represent students at a concert.
But Keighley disagrees and
said education is everybody's concern, and should be accessible to
everyone. "We're basically trying
to make sure people like my 20
month old son Jake can get into
university, without their mom and
dad being rich."
As a part of the January 26
deal, DOA is booked to appear in
SUB Ballroom on April 1, as a
partial benefit in the continuing
struggle against fee hikes.
VOLUME 71, Number 33
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Jewish   Students'   Association/
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FILM:     Medical  Ethics  Series,
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MUSSOC - Musical Theatre Soci-
Performance A CELEBRATION,
8:00 pm, UBC's Old Aud.
UBC Student Ministry
Focus:    "Making the Big Decisions", Dave Barteaux speaking.
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Chinese Christian Fellowship
It's   MAD   (Music   Appreciation
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• Between the hours of 12:20 pm
and 1:40 pm on the nineteenth of
January, 1989, a Bokhara Persian
rug, valued at $2000, was stolen
from room 180 at the Faculty of
Dentistry building.
• On the nineteenth of January,
1989 the University Traffic and
Security department and the
campus RCMP found two Agricultural students stealing a parking
meter from the UBC hospital
parkinglot. The meter is valued at
$1230.00. The theft was made by
the two male students in an attempt to make 100 points in "The
Grand Aggie Scavenger Hunt."
The RCMP have decided to hand
the case over to the University to
deal with the matter through internal discipline measures.
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• Two members of Phi Delta Theta
were found in elevators at Walter
Gage residence holding cucumbers and cans of cooking oil.
• One member of Alpha Delta Phi
was found drunk in a public place.
• Members of the Kappa Sigma
fraternity were caught spray-
painting on several campus buildings. The matter has been turned
over to the University to be dealt
with internally. Members of the
Frat had to remove the paint from
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the cost of repainting the damaged
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1) Be as specific as possible
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• name of group requesting funds
• number of people working on project
• name of a contact person (including telephone
• who will benefit from the project
• description of the project in detail
• a summarizing paragraph including the most salient
• the amount of money requested
• sources of other funds if applicable
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There is an upper limit of $3,000 for each proposal.
Each group must be prepared to give a short presentation of their
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The deadline for proposals is 4:00p.m. Friday February 24th, 1989
and is final. No proposal will be accepted after this date.
Proposal will be received at SUB Room 238.
Please contact Daniel Matz, c/o SUB 238, 228-3971
ifyou have any questions
January 31,1989 NEWS
SFU fees rise
Creative lobbying defeated
BURNABY (CUP)—Members of
Simon Fraser University's board
of directors were presented with a
six foot high stack of boxes of
macaroni and cheese at their last
meeting. The stack represented
the amount of food students can
buy with $89—the average tuition
fee increase the board okayed for
next year.
Food, the student council contends, is the only "flexible" portion
of a student's budget which can be
cut back to accommodate -e
"Something tells me that th se
students would rather give you the
Kraft than the cash," said council
president Paul Mendes as he made
the presentation.
This round of fee hikes ranges
from six per cent for undergraduate students to 40 per cent for
some graduate students.
Tuition at SFU has increased
by __i average of 150 per cent in the
last decade. The Consumer Price
Index has gone up by 93 per cent
during that time.
"Somewhere along the line,
students have been getting
ripped-off," Mendes said. "Their
costs are constantly rising with
the justification that this is essential to maintaining the quality of
our education, but at the same
time, the quality of our education
has decreased."
Carrying a 200-metre length of
protest messages and defiantly
rattling boxes of Kraft Dinner,
about 150 students descended on
the meeting, fresh from arally in a
nearby cafeteria. But student
presentations and the jeers and
boos ofthe students changed little.
The board's four elected student and faculty reps opposed the
motion, with the 10 appointed
members—administrators and
Social Credit appointees — voting
But for the first time ever, university president William Saywell
agreed to join the student council
in a public campaign to secure
more funding.
Saywell particularily stressed
the unfair distribution of funding
between B.C.'s universities: "Over
the past four years, SFU has attempted to remain an accessible
institution by taking in very major
enrolment and growth, and UBC
has not. Yet we are still getting the
same proportion of the grant," he
Unlike UBC, SFU is also operating with a 300,000 square foot
shortage of space, Saywell claims.
Even physics department chair
Klaus Rieckhoff, who voted
against the increases, applauded
Saywell for "breaking the shackles
of conventional wisdom" by not
increasing undergraduate fees as
much as UBC's 10 per cent tuition
fee hike for 1989-90, passed at a
Jan. 26 meeting.
SFU's external officer Haje
Protais, accompanied by an international student in a skull mask,
presented an animal heart to
president Saywell, hinting that
only a heartless person could impose such a financial burden on
Graduate student Andre
Levesque also addressed the
board, presenting his case against
graduate fee increases.
"A very large part of the productivity of this university is dependent on grad students," said
Levesque. "By rai singour fees, you
are overexploiting your most productive resource."
Administrators at the University of Victoria recently announced that a four to six per cent
increase was in the wings.
Soviet Union shifts education priorities
By Valeria Prut
From the press office of the USSR
embassy in Canada.
Since the guidelines for restructuring higher and specialized
secondary education were set
more than two years ago, the almost 900 Soviet colleges and universities have been in a whirlwind
of activity, re-thinking their targets and re-assessing their values.
They have cooled down their excessive enthusiasm over quantitative successes and switched over to
a search for reasonable ways of
achieving the end result—quality
education. In short, a shift in priorities has occurred.
First priority—Knowledge
At one time, the democratic
and welcome intention to ensure
social justice in the student milieux, and offer all social groups
equal educational opportunities,
gave birth to various privileges for
the least prepared part of entrants. Preference was given to
applicants from rural regions, to
young people with a work record of
several years, and to ex-servicemen. They would gradually catch
up with their fellow-students
fresh from school, it was thought,
and even outstrip them. That was
a mistake. Instead, the graduates'
educational standards started
falling and higher education devaluating. In addition, capable
school-leavers found themselves
on the sidelines for the mere reason that no vacancies were reserved for them.
The widening gap between the
actual needs of scientific and technological progress, and the graduates' professional standards demanded a radical change in the
admission procedures. A set of new
entrance requirements has been
adopted this year. Among other
rights, higher educational establishments have been given the
right to determine the number and
content of entrance exams. Still
more important, all privileges
have been eliminated and actual
knowledge is now the chief criterion in selecting students.
The students have
also gained the right
to assess their
The innovation has produced
instant results: the share of freshmen with an excellent school-leaving certificate has increased by ten
percent. Naturally, the percentage
of former workers and farmers has
decreased, but the privileges they
enjoyed in gaining admission to
preparatory departments have
been preserved.
Requirements to students'
performance have been enhanced,
too. No longer afraid to spoil the
annual reports of students' progress, the college authorities and
student organizations do not pull
the weak or lazy students along by
the ears. Last year, 300,000 of
them were flunked from colleges,
and the practice of promoting students with reservations has been
abandoned. As a consequence,
more than a million students (one-
fifth of their total number), are
making good and excellent progress, and their scholarship has
increased 1.5 and two times, respectively.
Second priority—Democratization
The national drive to combat
the command-and-administer
style of management, has been
joined by colleges and universities.
This work is based on a new
election procedure. Now rectors
are elected by the college learned
council for a five-year term. According to the new rules, one-
fourth of the learned council's
places are occupied by students, so
students have a say in the election.
The rector, nominated in a
democratic way, is to establish a
new and democratic atmosphere,
the more so since colleges and
universities have gained considerable autonomy. They can decide
when to start and end the academic year, and determine the
length and content of exam sessions, as well as the form of practical training. The learned council is
the chief governing body in a
higher educational establishment. Three-quarters ofthe council's seats are occupied by administrators, lecturers and representatives of public organizations. The
council charts the academic pro
gramme and specifies the content
of instruction. About 50 percent of
the academic time goes to fundamental training, 35 percent to
subjects-major, and the rest to
practical training by agreements
with industrial enterprises.
The students have also gained
the right to assess their lecturers'
performance. At the end of the
academic year, anonymous opinion polls are held, so the lecturer's
status greatly depends on the students.
Most of the lecturers, therefore, gave a hostile reception to the
new idea. They find it humiliating
to depend on the opinion of students, many of whom, they believe, are biased and prefer lenient
lectures to exacting. By "lenient"
they mean lazy and indifferent
colleagues who have profited by
sweeping democratic changes.
Students are happy to be involved. At last, they think, there is
a real chance to get rid of ossified
people who still think the old way
and are unwilling to get adjusted
to new circumstances.
Third priority—student self-
The dream of many generations of students—free attendance—has come true. But that
entailed a new problem. Having
taken the innovation for complete
freedom, many do not show up in
the lecture rooms at all. College
authorities have chosen not to
take any measures against them.
Instead, they handed this problem
over to student councils. The situ
ation has improved in no time,
which proves once again that the
opinion of fellow students is a lot
more important than administrative pressure.
Student organizations handle
many other problems. They work
to improve the academic process,
provide all students in need of
lodgings with a place in a student
hostel, which is still a problem;
distribute scholarships, received
by 75 percent of the students, organize student welfare services,
such as medical care, catering and
recreation, run amateur performers' societies and hobby groups for
schoolchildren, organize sports
competitions and do many other
They also help students better organize the so-called free
academic time. The new status of
colleges and universities reserves
only one day a week in the first to
third year, and two days in the
senior years, for writing course
and graduation papers. Student
councils now organize groups of
three or four students, wherein
the strongest student helps
weaker ones, and the most prompt
and efficient student is spurring
the more sluggish groupmates.
From January 1989, many
Soviet higher schools will shift
over to self-financing schemes.
They will aspire for financial autonomy and are intending to earn
money by developing various projects and putting them into service.
Students and student councils are
to play an important role in this
new initiative.
January 31,1989
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For what itis worth I would like to make a few comments about the
"continued animosity" that Leanne Jacobs, AMS Director of Administration, believes The Ubyssey heaps upon the Alma Mater Society.
I have read The Ubyssey regularly for the last three and a half years
and it is my opinion that The Ubyssey does not stand in continued
hostility to the AMS. I admit the paper is often critical ofthe AMS and
not always flattering when reporting on its activities, but I see nothing
wrong with this. There is an important difference between sustained
legitimate criticism and "continued animosity," and the paper rarely
crosses the line between the two.
When The Ubyssey criticizes the AMS on its handling of an issue
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dealt with. It is not because the paper simply wants to slag the AMS for
personal reasons. The Ubyssey has the right to voice its opinion; the
reader can decide whether or not to accept it.
Members ofthe AMS should not forget an important fact: the staff
of The Ubyssey are not members of an elected body. Unlike the AMS,
whose members represent all the faculties on campus, The Ubyssey has
no such means of equally representing the opinions of all students. The
paper operates much as any club and the views it presents are, for the
most part, the views ofthe majority of its members.
Talk to the staff members of The Ubyssey. You might be surprised
to discover they do not pretend to be representative of the "average"
UBC student or pretend to hold the average student's opinion about
campus issues. There is a very good reason for this: the average student
at UBC is apathetic about campus issues. The Ubyssey staffers are not
apathetic—therefore they are not average. It is difficult to write, edit,
and publish two student papers a week and be apathetic all at once. Try
it sometime.
Before some of you get out your pens and paper to write a nasty
letter to condemn my opinion that the majority of students are indifferent, don't bother, I am not talking about you. I am talking about the vast
number of students who do not bother to write letters to the editor, who
do not bother to vote in AMS and Senate elections, who do not bother to
voice their opinion concerning the AMS proposal for Duke's or Rec Fac
(whether for or against), and, above all, those students who do not
bother to join in the protest against tuition fee increases even though
they bitch about how expensive it is to attend UBC.
Just like The Ubyssey staff members, AMS members are not
apathetic about campus issues, and by virtue of this interest they show
in campus affairs, neither group is representative ofthe average UBC
student. Neither group has a monopoly on knowing what the students
want. Despite this fact, both the AMS and The Ubyssey are here, in part,
to serve the students of this university and stand up for their best
The Ubyssey and the AMS may have different interpretations of
what is in the best interests of students on a particular issue; therefore,
dialogue and student input are the only ways of determining whose
opinion is the best on any given occasion. For this reason, The Ubyssey's
and the student population's criticism of the AMS is justified and
productive. To use a political analogy, The Ubyssey serves as the loyal
opposition while the AMS serves as the party in power: both parties
serving the interests of students from different perspectives.
The Ubyssey is not an elected body and does not possess administrative power. For these very reasons it i s at freedom to say what it likes.
_Vny student can write a letter to express his or her opinion. Even better,
any student is free to join the staff of The Ubyssey as an equal member
with the same vote as an editor.
The AMS, however, lacks the same degree of direct student involvement and lacks The Ubyssey's ability to get its point of vie w across to the
students. As a result, The Ubyssey opinion gets more attention than the
AMS opinion. This causes some AMS members, Leanne Jacobs in
particular, to feel The Ubyssey maligns and misrepresents them, if only
because it does not give the AMS credit for the good job it has done on
most issues. The AMS only has itself to blame for this situation.
Instead of initiating its own campaign to "inform" students, the
AMS should work more closely with The Ubyssey to better inform
students of the AMS side of issues being faced on campus. There is
nothing stopping them from doing so.
Precisely because the AMS does not explain the rationale behind
its actions, it is perceived as a lofty, arrogant, and uncaring group of
people, instead ofthe hardworking people they are. However, the AMS
should also keep in mind that explaining decisions does not necessarily
mean students will be sympathetic to their resolutions—it was not
2,600 Ubyssey staffers who signed the Duke's petition.
It is necessary for the AMS to listen to the students as well as to
inform them. If they stick by an unpopular resolution then they should
not complain about taking a little flak for it. If AMS members can not
take criticism from a university newspaper how are they going to deal
with the harsh criticism many of them will receive in the business or
political world?
Stephen Lazenby is a new Ubyssey staffer who, upon initiation, was locked in the darkroom for six days where he
listened to tapes of AMS council meetings and emerged rank
with hostility and venom.
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January 31,1989 SPORTS
Tracy MacDonald flaps and soars
By Joe Altwasser
The UBC women's basketball
team is still clinging to the final
playoff spot in the Canada West,
despite dropping a pair of home
games to the top-ranked Calgary
The T-Birds were hammered
70-56 Friday night and met with
the same fate Saturday when the
undefeated Dinos walloped the
'Birds again, 73-48.
Coach Bev Smith said the
'Birds played a better game Saturday despite falling behind by fifteen in the first half.
"We got into foul trouble early
and weren't very effective on offence," said Smith.
crush Birds
UBC is still in the fourth and
final playoff despite their 4-10
record. UBC sports information
director Don Wells thanks the,
"continued dismal success," ofthe
Alberta Pandas (2-12), and the
winless Saskatchewan Huskies(0-
14), for the 'Birds fortunes.
A fatigued Bev Smith was
generally optimistic about the
'Birds season noting their overall
record has improved over last
Smith looks forward to this
weekend against the hapless
Huskies but is cautious about
overconfidence. A pair of victories
over the Huskies would all but
cement a playoff berth for the
UBC appoints review
The Athletic department will
undergo extensive review thanks
to a decision finally handed down
by the UBC Administration.
The management review will
be conducted both externally—by
an independent outside body—
and internally.
AMS president Tim Bird, a
member ofthe University Athletic
Committee, which originally recommended the review, said the
scrutiny will "change Athletics
and make (director of Athletics
Bob) Hindmarch more accountable and responsive and will put
him under the magnifying glass a
little more."
Bird said he understood the
original hesitancy of the Athletic
department towards the review:
"It was originally a little threatening for Hindmarch, as it would be
for any manager of a corporation to
have his department analysed,
but now he has realised that it is a
helpful tool."
Hindmarch agrees that it is a
helpful tool and will "have an
impact on Athletics at UBC."
Hindmarch said it will benefit
UBC Athletics in light of the
changes taking place in Athletics
such as Rec Fac.
"The review will be a ground-
shaker that will put UBC Athletics on track for the year 2000," said
T-Birds find wings
By Joe Altwasser
The Thunderbirds men:s basketball team may finally be on the
verge of flight in Canada West
play in 1989.
The "Birds split their home
series with the second place Dinos
at War Memorial Gym this weekend, but with a couple of breaks,
could have taken both matches.
Friday night, the 'Birds lost a
tight match 83-77 largely resulting from what coach Bruce Enns
called, "mental errors."
The match was highlighted by
the play of UBC's Al Lalonde, the
game's high scorer with 22 points,
and Calgary's John Vigna who
notched 21.
Coach Enns was particularly
impressed with the shooting ability of Vigna who can only be described as a natural.
Saturday's match was a reversal, with the T-Birds playing
with the confidence of a team playoff bound.
The match was physical, especially under the Calgary hoop
where the 'Birds, led by Jason
Leslie, dominated, stealing 50
percent of the boards under the
Calgary basket.
Al Lalonde again led all UBC
scorers with 25 points.
The play ofthe T-Birds'bench
was excellent all weekend and
earned the special praise of Enns.
"Diego Marchese and Eric Kris
tiansen played fantastic coming
off the bench," said Enns. Marchese hit for 13 on Friday while Kristiansen led the bench brigade
Saturday with 10 points and 9
UBC continued to show a
weakness at the foul line notching
a miserable 57 percent for a weekend's work.
This weekend the 'Birds play
host to the Saskatchewan Huskies. UBC, presently fifth, must
sweep the Huskies in order to
regain a playoff spot. The Huskies
have won only twice this year in
CWUAA play, and with UBC playing their best ball ofthe season, it
is unlikely that War Memorial's
confines will be hospitable.
Hockey Birds fold
By Laurie MacGuiness
The UBC Men's Varsity
Hockey team lost two games over
the weekend to visiting University
of Alberta—the Golden Bears
winning 9-2 Friday, and 6-4 on
Friday's game was not as onesided as the score might suggest,
as Alberta scored five unanswered
third period goals to pull away at
the end.
Saturday, another solid effort
from the 'Birds yielded no points
when, as has happened so often to
the 'Birds during their current six-
game losing streak, the opposition
put the game away with some
timely goals in the third period.
Brian Burke ofthe Vancouver
Canucks and former NHL goalie,
Charlie Hodge, now a scout for the
Winnepeg Jets, took in Saturday's
game. Burke said he was looking
at UBC goalie Carl Repp, and
checking on Rob Rice, who attended this year's Canuck training camp.
The fifth place 'Birds are still
in the huntfor the playoffs, as they
journey to the prairies to play
fourth place Manitoba this weekend. However, Manitoba plays
seventh place Brandon tomorrow
night, and even then will still have
two games in hand on UBC. UBC
then closes out the season with a
home series against Lethbridge
Febuary llth and 12th, and Saskatchewan Febuary 17th and
Hockey Standings
Saskatchewan 13
Volley-Birds vanquished
By Franka Cordua Von Specht
The UBC women's varsity
volleyball team tumbled out of
contention for a playoff spot after
losing twice last weekend in Calgary.
Vying for second place in
Canada West play, the 'Birds were
trampled in straight games by the
Dinosaurs who secured their position behind the undefeated University of Victoria.
In Friday's 15-9, 15-10, 15-5
loss, the 'Birds got off to a strong
start but were shaken when
middle blocker Sarah Dunlop
sprained her ankle in the first
game, said UBC head coach
Donna Baydock.
A Dino rookie came across out
of control onto our side and Sarah
came down from the block and
landed on her foot, explained
The 'Birds winged their way
through the evening led by power
hitter Sheila Jones who pounded
down 17 kills. Another 'Bird power
Sonya Wachowski collected 9 kills
on Friday and 13 on Saturday.
The 'Birds lost Saturday's
game 16-14, 15-11, 15-4. Though
pleased by her teams' spirit,
Baydock said the 'Birds "did not go
for the jugular in the first set. We
had chances to win but made unforced errors."
With ten games remaining in
the season and no playoffs hopes to
spur them on, the 'Birds now play
to preserve their respectable sixth
place national ranking. The Dinos
are ranked fifth.
The 'Birdwomen return to the
Prairies next weekend to take on
the University of Saskatchewan.
Volleyball's Kings—the undefeated University of Calgary Dinosaurs—twice defeated the fourth
ranked UBC men's varsity team
last weekend.
"But we can stay with them
and keep them on edge," said UBC
head coach Dale Ohman of the
Prairie matches.
The 'Birds lost in straight sets
on Friday 15-10, 15-2, 15-6, but
took a set in Saturday's defeat: 15-
4, 6-15, 15,-12, 15-3.
"We got off to a super 10-10
start in Friday's first set, but suddenly we fell apart and then
packed our tents for the rest ofthe
game," said Ohman.
'Bird power hitter Greg Williscroft led Friday's effort with 17
kills and was selected UBC's
Player ofthe Game. He added 30
on Saturday night.
The 'Birds handled adversity
better on Saturday.
The 15-4 score is not indicative ofthe first game which lasted
for 45 minutes. We couldn't score
points, but they had trouble as
well, said Ohman.
"We served them off the court
in the second game," said Ohman.
"But did not serve aggressively in
the third game...was it the fear of
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Israel - PLO: irreconci
Adam Jones—
Canadian University Press
Israelis hit hard on
West Bank education
Kin Gedi (CUP)—Israel is
w aging an ongoing and illegal
campaign against education
in the occupied territories of
the West Bank and Gaza, in
an attempt to quell the Palestinian "intifada", or uprising,
; i (.cording to a recent report by
a renowned human rights
The group, Al-Haq (Law in the Service of
i), charges Israel with a suppression of educa-
ial opportunity that is "without international
allegation is
in its No-
v e m b e r
1988 report
in the West
Bank: A
Penalty for
the Future."
A 1 -
Haq is the
West Bank
affiliate of
the International Commission of
based in
Switzerland. It receives financial support from
several European or-
g a n i z a -
tions, as well as the Ford Foundation in the U.S.
Five of its human-rights workers
are currently in Israeli detention,
where they have spent up to eleven
months without charge or trial.
The Al-Haq report on education in the Occupied Territories
cites Israeli measures including
"the long-term closure of schools;
the prohibition of home-study and
make-up classes in alternative locations; the use of schools as military outposts and the destruction of
school property; and military raids
on primary and secondary schools."
"These restrictions," the report
states, "have had enormous impact
on the population because of the
traditional importance of education
in Palestinian society."
Much ofthe report i s devoted to
an analysis of the legal restrictions
governing the behavior of occupying forces. It finds Israel variously
in breach ofthe Hague Regulations,
the IV Geneva Convention of 1949
concerning treatment of civilians in
wartime, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and
"other basic human rights instruments."
Long-term Closures
The most striking violation, to
the Al-Haq researchers, is the long-
term closure of all educational institutions in the West Bank, following the outbreak of the intifada in
December 1987.
At the time the report was issued in November, all institutes of
higher education had been closed
for eight ofthe previous ten months.
The nearly 1,200 primary, secondary and private schools had been
closed for eight of the preceding
eleven months.
Schools in the Gaza Strip have
also been ordered shut for various
periods of time, as have those in
East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel
following the Six-Day War in 1967.
"[T]he Israeli military authorities," Al-Haq states, "have prevented 300,000 school-aged children and 18,000 university and
community college students from
receiving an education." The population ofthe West Bank is about 1.3
Schools have been open only
sporadically since the report was
issued, usually for only a few days
at a time. As of mid-January they
were open, but the authorities had
threatened to close them if a general strike set for January 15 went
ahead. It did.
The closures through 1988 seriously disrupted the education
process, which was further hampered by Israeli suppression of
make-up classes conducted outside
school surroundings. University
professors have also lost access to
research facilities, including libraries and laboratories.
"Security Grounds"
Israeli authorities justify the
closures on security grounds, claiming secondary and primary schools
are "centers of unrest" and "centers
of violent protest."
However, the Al-Haq report
notes that "closure orders...have
not been issued solely to schools
where "violent demonstrations'
were alleged to have occurred, instead, all 1,194 West Bank schools
were closed simultaneously without regard for activities at any specific location."
The result is that public
schools will face "an enormous
strain on the educational infrastructure" as bottlenecks develop in
an already overcrowded system. If
schools stay closed through 1988-
89, as appears likely, the number of
first-grade students will double.
About 30,000 children reached
school age last year. Graduating
students are similarly affected.
Private schools, meanwhile, face "a
financial crisis."
The report adds: "The Israeli
government's actions force the conclusion that it is education itself
that is targeted and that it is intended as another means of penalizing the civilians living under
occupation...in the hope that the
will ofthe local population fighting
for its legitimate rights will be broken."
Reverend Audeh Rantisi, head
of an Anglican-run school and boys
home in the West Bank town of
Ramallah, concurs with Al-Haq's
interpretations of the Israeli actions.
"Education is the simplest,
most basic right for any person,"
Rantisi said in an interview at his
home overlooking Ramallah's terraced hillsides. "It is the key to their
becoming socialized and taking
their place in the world."
"If you take it away, you are
doing more than denying them
education.   You   are   stripping
them of their humanity."
The   Israelis,   he   claims,
"know they are fighting us with
their  technology  and  education. They don't want us to rise
to their standards." ^,
A Palestinian teacher at
the school added: The [Israeli]   military   governor
knows  the  parents  want
their children to be educated. He wants the parents to come to him and
plead, promise their kids won't
throw stones or take part in other
intifada acitivities."
With the start of the 1988-§9
school year delayed from September to November and then
finally to December, even before the subsequent round of
closures, the teacher said he
freard this year could be a
de facto write-off like the
last—with severe consequences   for   the   long
"With all the uncertainty,  good students are  not getting 60 percent, 50
percent   on   their
exams," he said.
"They  have   no
at all. Many of
the studetns
are very sad
and   frustrated."
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> Qiryat Shemona
Israeli Consul General
responds to PLO
Israel still won't deal with
the Palestine Liberation
Organization, according to a high-
ranking Israeli official.
"The recent breakthrough is a
massive deception," Toronto Consul General Benjamin Abileah said
Friday in the first of a lecture series
on the Arab-Israeli conflict, sponsored by the International Relations Students' Association.
Abileah was referring to the
declarations made hy PLO leader
Yassir Arafat last month at a
United Nations General Assembly
meeting in Geneva, recognizing Israel's right to exist and renouncing
all forms of terrorism. The PLO
made similar declarations at the
Palestine National Council meeting on November 15th in Algiers.
Abileah's charge echoed Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's
denunciation ofthe PLO initiative
as a "monumental act of deception."
The consul general cited the
"impossible   paragraphs"   in   the
1968 PLO covenant, which includes
the refusal to accept Israel's
right to exist.
"They (the PLO) do not
mean it, because if they had
meant it, they had the opportunity right there and then
(in Algiers) to change their
Charter. They did not, they
only made declarations," said
The recent PLO initiatives
suit the purposes ofthe "theory of stages" strategy
adopted by the Palestine
National Council in 1974, by
which the PLO would "accept
even a smaller part of Palestine as an initial stage" towards the eventual destruction ofthe state of Israel, he
Abileah said the PLO
seized the opportunity when
Israel was suffering "setbacks in public relations,"
caused by the uprising or
intifada in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, to make moves
that would "seem very positive and
come out with what was interpreted as a breakthrough."
Furthermore, Abileah accused
the PLO of fanning the flames of
unrest in the West Bank.
"The uprising was started by a
group of Islamic fundamentalists—
rivals ofthe PLO," he said.
"The PLO immediately put itself in the leadership of the uprising, had all its operatives working
harder to agitate more, and so the
uprising grew to be the lengthy, and
costly—in lives—thing that it has
become," he said.
Therefore, "as it is now, in the
eyes of Israel, the PLO is not a
viable  partner  for  negotiations,"
said  Abileah.  "Palestinians  yes,
PLO no."
Abileah said he believes the
West Bank Palestinians suffering the hardships due to the intifada will eventually view the
PLO as the root cause of all their
problems, and not the Israeli
Israel is willing to negotiate   with  any  Palestinians
with the objective of achieving "a full, definite and final
peace with Israel," he said.
Abileah said the new Israeli   government   will
probably issue a
proposal for attaining peace in the
Middle East this
March similar to
the agreements
reached in the 1978
Camp David Accord between Egyp-
tian President
Anwar al-Sadat
and Israeli Prime
M i n i s t e
Menachim Begin.
The Israeli
government will
negotiate with Palestinian leaders
from the West
Bank and the Gaza
Strip who are detached from the
PLO ideology, "and
enter into an interim period of five
years of self-government—they will
elect their own self-
o v e r n i n
council...and take
care of all their domestic affairs—but self-government without attributes of sovereignty," which means not having
their own army, or independent foreign affairs, he said.
"This territory is not likely to
become a second independent Palestinian state," since most Israelis
view Jordan as the legitimate Palestinian state, said Abileah.
Jordan now comprises what
was three-quarters of Palestine
under the British mandate during
World War Two. Israel seized the
West Bank from Jordan, and Gaza
from Egypt during the 1967 Arab-
Israeli war.
"We (the Israelis) have no
guilty conscience that Palestinians
do not have a state," said Abileah.
"We believe there is one already—
its name is Jordan."
Abileah said the Israeli government hopes that "Jordan will
retake for itself the custodianship
of the interests of the Palestinian
people." Jordan's King Hussein
announced last July that his country would no longer undertake any
responsibilities for the West Bank
"That's the only way we believe
in which eventually there will be
peace in the Middle East," he said.
Meanwhile the stones, rubber
bullets, and funerals continue.
'The Western Wall,' the most important place of Jewish
worship, bordering the temple mountain. The Mount of Olives
is in the background.
By Catherine Lu
January 31,1989
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McGill washrooms invaded
MONTREAL (CUP) — Peeping Toms are getting sneakier and sneakier: a man set up shop in a McGill University women's washroom with
a pair of fake legs dressed in pink aerobics tights and pink and white
running shoes.
He planted the fake feet against the toilet and stood, unsuspected,
on top ofthe toilet and peered over the stall partition.
The washroom is in the MacLennan library, which weathered a
$60,000 cut in its security budget this year, a third of last year's
$201,000 budget.
The MacLennan and Redpath libraries are the only libraries ofthe
19 at McGill with security guards.
"There should be someone to regularly patrol the women's washrooms, and since many people are uncomfortable with male guards
checking the women's washrooms when they're usingthem, they should
hire more female guards," said history student Sherry Pielsticker, who
chased the man out of the bathroom.
McGill employs two'female security guards.
The fake legs ruse seems to have been successful, except the man
may have stayed a little too long. According to Nina Bregman, this isn't
the first time he's been there. She said she's seen the pink aerobics shoes
in a stall before.
And Pielsticker saw the shoes at one hour intervals: "Both times the
feet in the stall next to me weren't moving at all. Nothing was going on
in there. I thought there was someone dead next to me, except every
once in a while the toilet paper would be pulled."
Complimentary books resold
BURNABY (CUP)—Looking for a bit of extra pocket money? For Simon
Fraser University faculty it's easy: just sell off your free textbooks to the
Behroz Madadi bought a used math text from the university
bookstore last week, and peeled off the sticker on the front.
Underneath were the words: "Complimentary copy, not for resale
use." It is common practice in the publishing industry to give complimentary copies of course texts to professors.
Madadi called the bookstore, which told him to bring the text back
for exchange. He was concerned that he would not be able to resell it
after he finished the course. "I really feel cheated," he said.
"We wouldn't have done that intentionally," said bookstore assistant manager Biff Savoie. "We have books bought from campuses across
North America, it could have come from anywhere."
The university bookstore pleads innocence: "We don't buy things
like that," Savoie said. "It must have snuck through."
The student council bookstore said it buys the texts.
"We will buy complimentary copies from profs who have read them,"
said co-ordinator Jaki El Rayess. "We're here to help students."
The council bookstore also admitted to accepting one
complimentary text from a student duringits buy-back period. The text
was originally purchased at the university bookstore.
Concordia makes PCB breakthrough
MONTREAL (CUP) — A group of Concordia University scientists say
they have discovered a safe and cheap way of destroying the toxic PCBs
found in oil so that it can be recycled.
"The key to our process is that we do it under mild conditions," said
research vice-rector Cooper Langford, explaining that the three scientists have been able to destroy PCBs, or polychlorinated biphyenyls, at
temperatures under 100 degrees centigrade — around water's boiling
The scientists have disintegrated PCBs in miniscule amounts of oil
using a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acid while heating the toxic
chemical compound with microwaves. After the chemical reaction, the
PCBs disappear—leaving the oil uncontaminated.
Environment Canada documents released in early September list
2,500 PCB storage sites in the country — including major deposits at
Carleton University and the universities of Lethbridge and Toronto.
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programs for the month of
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Lisa Smith, guitar
Admission: $2.00
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Call the school of Music at 228-3113 for more information
January 31,1989 Afternoon coffee with artist
draws new light to comics
By Michael Leduc
The Comicshop on Fourth
Avenue, on a Sunday afternoon
when most sane and consciously
relaxed people should still be in
bed, is not a comfortable place to be
for a person who doesn't buy comics. I don't generally read comics,
and in fact don't really like comics
all that much, but there I was
waiting for Jaye Lahti, an artist
and self-proclaimed "interesting
person" amidst seventeen or eighteen youngsters and hardcore collectors perusing the racks.
In the meantime, I looked
over her art exhibit entitled "The
Batman Series" which consisted of
a set of six eight-and-a-half by
eleven collages of Batman, Robin,
Catwoman, The Penguin, The
Joker, and the Batmobile juxtaposed with snippets of songs, poetry, and wry quotes that relate to
the whole Batman phenomenon.
The small exhibit celebrates the
50th anniversary of this favourite
of freedom fighters.
At about two o'clock Jaye
Lahti, seeing my notebook, strode
over, and after a short introduction, started to discuss her artwork. Any apprehensions I had
about meeting and interviewing a
total stranger concerning a topic
which I knew next to nothing
about were instantly dispelled by
her straightforward and friendly
manner—quite refreshing in a
social system that seems to hinge
upon the idea that it is necessary
to establish a facade when dealing
with others on a one-to-one basis.
She mentioned two icons of
pop art—Andy Warhol and Roy
Lichtenstein as influences, and
says she identifies with their
work, and all of pop culture.
Her fantasy-world-within-a
sphere-of-reality results from
identitifying Batman as representative ofthe whole concept behind
the superhero and comic book
"Essentially it just comes
down to the good guy versus the
bad guy idea. I really enjoy the
'good' heroes like Batman and
Sometimes when you talk to
people, you really get a strange
feeling for what they are saying.
When Jaye said she liked the idea
of good guys, I got that feeling, and
it was amplified when she showed
me a picture of herself as a child—
wearing a superhero cape.
For some bizzare reason I
suspected that she had as a kid,
and secretly still, yearned to be a
superhero. But the coffee was
quite strong, and the funky ambiance ofthe Arbutus cafe was quite
overwhelming. This, coupled with
the fact that I always seem to be
wrong about such thjngs made me
reconsider suggesting it and, for
an instant, stare into the bottom of
my half-empty cup without saying
What does an avante-garde
artist do besides do the art thing
and come up with ideas for future
work? How does a person like Jaye
survive in Vancouver, where one
month's rent can pay for a plane
ticket to a place that is twice as
warm and half as wet? All these
questions are answered by Jaye's
occupation—she is a B.C Tel information operator. While her job
may not be extremely exciting or
dangerous, it allows her to indulge
in her passion for music and art—
B.C. Tel allows operators to wear
Walkmans on the job—a policy
that anyone who uses this fine
service may have already suspected.
Despite her love for Iggy Pop
and the Clash, Jaye says that she
is far too responsible to vibrate her
brain to porridge when she is dealing with the thousands of friendly
callers who rely on her for help
because they are too exhausted to
let their fingers do the walking.
Instead, she absorbs the friendlier
beat of Alex Chilton and Jonathan
Richman, two very different but
talented music greats.
She says that she would possibly like to write a book on the two
underground music gods, and has
already gotten her interview with
Jonathan "Pablo Picasso" Rich-
It came time to ask Jaye what
she wanted out of life. She said
she'd really like the the toy Batmobile manufactured by Mattel that
had the flame coming out the back.
Any one that has one to sell can get
in contact with her through the
She is currently working on a
series that is based upon visual
contrasts between cutouts of beautiful fashion models and the decadent bad boys of rock and roll like
Iggy Pop and Jim Morrison.
As the interview drew to an
inevitiable close, I found myself
wondering: "Is Jaye Lahti going to
be famous and successful?" But
then as it often happens, I did a
quick double take and asked myself "what does it mean to be famous and successful?" If it means
to be excited and happy with what
you are doing and to achieve a tiny
bit of noteriety while doing it, then
Jaye is a success.
But I also realized that the
elements that had propelled her to
this state were her optimism, confidence, talent, and honesty. With
this as fuel, it would truly be a
surprise if Jaye did not take her
present successes further.
Somehow by talking with her
and experiencing what she does,
she struck a similar chord in yours
truly and somehow made getting
up before noon on a Sunday a
worthwhile experience.
The exhibit at the Comicshop
is her second. Her first show
started running at Fettucini's on
November 27, and continues
throughout the month.
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Award winners
We at The Ubyssey are proud to present to you our
nominees for the 1988 BUTT-HEAD AWARDS. The following
individuals have displayed an uncanny ability to abuse/
misuse their position and/or place in society. They have furthermore proven themselves to be (generally) the lowest life
forms on this Earth (as defined by the highly trained staffand
editors here at The Ubyssey). We truly wish all winners would
do society a favour, resign their positions, buy a small, leaky
boat, and set sail for the sunken city of Atlantis (not to return
without a postcard signed by mayor Neptune himself).
Scum number one: The Board of Governors—thanks guys. A
happy new year to you too. We're all hoping against hope that
absolutely nobody ever, ever, ever scrapes the living shit out
ofthe paint on your fucking Mercedes' with a screw-driver or
similar sharp instrument.
Scum number two: Bud Smith—Mr. Thoughtful. A thousand
thanks for your intelligent and well considered attitude towards the Musqueam Indian Band's UEL land claims. Get
lucked. Soon and often.
Scum number three: The Liberal Party—how did you manage
to hold-off on screwing Captain Turner this long? Shouldn't
there be a clause under Medicare covering party leader's
asses while they are in the hospital? Too bad you lost or
maybe there would be.
Scum number four: Any corporation—but particularly
Molsons and Ward Air. And yet it seems so un-patriotic to
ingest any beer but Molson Canadian, especially while waiting for a now non-existent, affordable flight to anywhere in
Canada. God Save the Queen, too-bad it's too expensive for
her to come and visit now.
Scum number five: Billy-Boy Bennett—heh, heh. Great stock
tip, eh Bill?!?  Get fucked, asshole!
Scum number six: the esteemed "individuals" on the AMS executive—good thing you listened to the whincrs who came up
to visit you, and saved our beloved Faculty Club from what
would have been certain destruction at the hands of those
volatile (and most assuredly unstable) punk-rockers from
hell, DOA, who would have turned innocent and responsible
students into a seething mass of violent, left-wing radicals
who would have lifted the building by its foundations (with
helpless faculty and BoG members inside), and hurled it into
the ocean. Wow.
Scum number seven: BoG Chair Peter Brown and his chauffeur—we didn't touch your goddamn limo, okay?
Scum number eight: the Bush inauguration (too appropriate
in nomenclature). Good thing you spent millions on your mas-
turbatory orgasm while people in your country are living in
cars. Hey George, which ofthe Judds do you like better? Have
you fed J. Danforth his formula lately?
Scum number nine: Jim and Tammy, back on the air—sigh.
Perhaps you could make your show into a phone-in sex-help
talkline and you could compete with Doctor Ruth. Jimmy
Swaggart could be your resident expert, because obviously
you don't know what the Hell you're doing.
Scum number ten: the Ubyssey staff—it's time we spanked
our own bottoms. You think it's so easy knowing everything
like we do? Boy oh boy, and criticizing everyone else when we
know exactly what's right and wrong—gee whillickers. And
people call us overly critical. Why don't you try and come up
with a decent editorial topic—we're too lazy. FUCK US.
the Ubyssey
January 31,1989
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Things are getting hot on the set ofthe Morton Downey Show.
The crazed crowd, including Adam Jones and Michael Laanela, hops
up and down as the host enters and gives sloppy French kisses to
Franka Cordura v. Specht and Svetozar Kontic. He bounces in front
ofthe camera, and in his loutish fashion, speaks, "Are they dedicated
idealists, or pablum puking pinko commie slimeballs? The staff of
The Ubyssey, tonight on the Morton Downey Jr. Show!"
(Cut to commercial, return to show), Katherine Monk, Ubyssey
feminist pinko editor, at Loudmouth 1, "Gosh, Mort, I thought this
was the Donahue show." He tosses another question her way as
superpatriots Robert Groberman and Chung Wong wet their pants
gleefully, "Sooooooo, how come you hired those traitor weenies
ErnestStelzer and Ted Aussem who work for thatsubversive, radical
AMS?" Replies LIBERAL (ooooooh) Deanne Fisher, "I dunno. Guess
they work cheap."
Suddenly, Jon Treichel, toting an AK 47, hops gracefully out of
the audience and screams, "Cathy Lu is the Anti-Christ! Cathy Luis
the Anti-Christ!" and begins firing wildly, killing Michael Vaneeey
and Mandel Ngan. Olivia Zanger jumped up and yelled "Eeeeeee!"
Security guards Joe Altwasser and Mike Booth tackled the psycho,
but not before he shot Mort in the fatty part of his brain. Camer-
awoman Laura J. May focused in, ala Citizen Kane as Mort's lips
formed its last words, "Georrge Mc(gasp)GoveiTn." (Rick Hiebert
went AWOL from today's masthead and skipped gaily (tra la) picking
flowers in a sunny meadow behind Riverview Asylum, singing
"They're Coming to Take Me Away! (Ha Hay and plotting how to
boobytrap Greg Kiez' boxer shorts.)
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All we got was
a lump of coal
In this age of bureaucracy we must learn to expect
the expected. Vast paper
pushing institutions have
the remarkable capacity to
make big things small and
small things smaller (the
mandate of bureaucracy is
expediency). Thus, it was no
surprise that the BoG went
through with their intended
raising of tuition fees in a
move that I can only charac-
terize as precedented.
Nonetheless, bravo to those
who, like myself, went out to
show that they were mad as
hell, even though it looks
like we are all going to have
to take just a little bit more
of this kind of stuff.
Many of you may not
realize that our president (a
purely administrative position in this day and age) was
hired to do a job which his
predecessor refused to do.
Nobody fired Dr. Pederson—he just found a posting
in Ontario where they allow
university administrators
to do their job. Out here the
job definition is somewhat
different. One needs to be
both toady and tactician. If
Kurt Preinsberg is right,
then I think we've got one
living in the big house on the
cliff right now. One can
hardly accuse Dr. Strangway of not doing his job. In
fact, he may be considered
an exemplar of what many
upper-middle level bureaucrats are doing right now in
an attempt to save the institutions to which they belong.
My question is: is this
the kind of person an enlightened university should
have signing cheques and
drafting proposals? I think
that the student population
has an ongoing mandate.
That is to demonstrate, as
we should be able (I don't
mean allowed) to do, that we
actually have some power
around here. Now I wouldn't
advocate the use of aerosol
or horse-heads, but we must
keep looking for pressure
points which, when pressed,
produce results.
We should bear in mind
one problem with last
week's demonstration. The
fact that we stayed outside
the Faculty Club during the
demonstration had a potentially ludicrous impact.
Marching around outside of
the dining while the faculty
were serenely eating lunch
made our efforts seem, from
one side of the glass anv-
ways, a bit naive. What we
need in cases like this are
representatives (not BoG
types—all due respect) who
will walk up to Strangway,
sit on his knee, and tell him
what we want for Christmas. Or have we not yet
found enough reason to act
outside the parameters so
thoughtfully provided by
the consortium of bureaucrats and administrative
lackeys everywhere.
Douglas Willoughby
(primarily) a
Lets get this 10% tuition increase (50% for "senior" graduate students) issue straight. But before
doing that, the three general types of students
should be mentioned: 1) primarily emotional—-vast
majority; 2) primarily rational—small minority;
3)primarily apathetic— the
whole student body less 700,
which is the number that
turned out for Thursday's
"protest outside the Faculty
Club. It can hence be logically inferred from the
above that the overwhelming majority of the student
body is primarily emotional
and apathetic, perhaps partially explaining why the
BoG and the B.C. government both treat us with
such vast quantities of respect.
As R. Muelebach has
already suggested, this
whole so-called protest over
tuition fee increases may
have been avoided if the
student body had adequate
brain-power to realize that a
vote in favor of the new,
glorious $5 million recreational facility to be built on
our "Hollywood" campus
was a vote in favor of higher
tuition fees. Somehow, the
students' feeble protest
struck me as ludicrous and
even pitiful.
I too was out in front of
the Faculty Club Thursday
with a banner. My reasons, I
think, were valid. Being a
graduate student, my lot
has been hit harder by the
increase than the undergrads; more importantly,
except for one bozo whose
name I won't mention, the
graduate students society
executive voted AGAINST
the shining Rec-Fac, and its
members have consequently been handed a penalty equal to one half of a
year's tuition! Perhaps if we
had voted in favor of the
facility, grad tuition fees
would go down next year;
this would be consistent
with some of the other displays of logic that one is
exposed to daily from students and administrators
alike here at our lovely university.
The only way that the
already dying reputation of
UBC as a high-standard and
"public" university can be
rejuvenated is by somehow
getting the apathetic student body to realize that
their supposedly intelligent
action is needed. Had the
majority of the student
population voted regarding
the Rec-Fac issue, I don't
believe that the referendum
could have passed. Since
this did not occur, a protest
took place. Once again, apathy killed its whole purpose.
Since any worthwhile action
requires thinking, the apathetic nature of the UBC
student body must be primarily a result of lazy grey
matter, and hence the students themselves are to a
certain degree responsible
for the very grievances that
they appear to be objecting
Imagine 20,000 students showing up Thursday
at the Faculty Club. Even a
whisper from each one
would have been enough to
give the BoG heartburn so
_ svere that they would have
been forced to repent for
their sins and vote "NO."
Walter V. Cicha
Chemistry Graduate
Nickle 'n dime
'em to death
As you are aware, on
Thursday, January 26, the
Board of Governors passed
the 10% tuition fee increase
proposal. As both a student
and director of the Alma
Mater Society, (student
council) I am appalled with
the Board. I am also gravely
disappointed. Their decision flies in the face of common sense, as well as government policy. That same
day, the Minister of Advanced Education and Job
Training had stated that a
10% increase seriously hindered accessibility to the
As students, we cannot
let ourselves be pushed
around like this. The student body has already demonstrated twice against this
proposal, and I would encourage the students to con
tinue the fight. The first
step would be to let Mr.
Hagen know we want him to
show us he really means
that 10% is excessive. Write
him, and tell him we don't
want talk, we want action.
Should this not work,
when it comes time to pay
the tuition next year I recommend the following strategy: First off, the first installment should equal this
years tuition, and the second installment should be
the increase (i.e. for an arts
student, first is $1455.50,
second is $145.55). Also,
pay in cash at the GSAB
office. This would provide
an administrative nightmare, particularly if we
choose small denominations. The first installment
should be in 20's and 10's.
The second installment
should be in ones and twos.
Either way, it works out to
be about seventy bills.
As students, we are continually being squeezed out
of every nickel and dime by
the UBC administration.
We must let them know we
will not tolerate this.
Ken Armstrong,
AMS Rep., Arts
Stupid signs
alienate the
Thank you for printing
the Heather Jenkins photo
(January 27) of the person
with the immensely informative protest sign
strapped on his/her back.
Obviously this person must
be an English major to come
up with such a brilliantly
worded and thought out
sign. It just goes to show the
level of intelligence and
expression that some people
in this university are at.
If this is an example of
the best slogans produced
after exhaustive research in
opposition to fee increases,
it is no wonder that the
Board of Governors voted
yes to the 10% fee hike.
Signs like that not only alienate the opposition, but
also fellow protesters. It is
unlikely that anyone would
listen, discuss, or be sympathetic to the cause of such a
narrow-minded, offensive,
and ignorant person. Although I feel that the protest was justified, I am
equally convinced that this
particular person's level of
protest did nothing to enhance our position.
L. Sutherland
Arts 3
January 31,1989 LETTTERS
SOTFH (in SUB) on
AMS council made good use of
the Thursday protest against tuition fee hikes to give an outgoing
kick in the head to the Ad Hoc
Students Opposed to Tuition Fee
Hikes. Their decision to cancel
DOA's acoustic guitar performance because of fear it might incite
a riot proved how out of touch and
power hungry they are.
SOTFH, which has no connection with the AMS, and hopefully
never will, had been organized by
students who felt the AMS was not
doing enough to fight the fee increase.
The Ad Hoc SOTFH had taken up
the AMS offer to help book bands,
specifically DOA among others, to
play free at the demonstration.
Several council members
were at the SOTFH meeting the
previous week when DOA's booking was discussed. But AMS council, feeling they were the only
people on campus capable of making any decision for students
cancelled the band right out from
under SOTFH the day before the
rally. Perhaps SOTFH was naive
in expecting decent cooperation
from AMS, in light of past events.
But the decision to cancel by AMS
sent out a clear message," F— off,"
to any students who try to organize without AMS affiliation.
AMS had previously hindered
the SOTFH's efforts by their unco-
operativeness when SOTFH
booked a table in the SUB concourse to collect signatures for the
petition against fee hikes. SOTFH
was not even able to get a table
during the final and most important week ofthe campaign.
While responsible and concerned students organized themselves behind a decent cause, the
AMS was down the hall spending
students money trying to convince
students that they didn't want or
like Duke's cookies. SOTFH had
trouble finding a table to set up on,
while the AMS had scaffolding
and curtains. When students
again organized a, movement
against the AMS, collecting 26000
signatures to support Duke's,
AMS dismissed their efforts as
After the SOTFH petition
drive met with some success, AMS
stepped in and tried to claim the
credit by bragging in a letter to the
Ubyssey about all the incidental
services they allowed the students
of SOTFH to use. We, the students
of UBC, are supposed to get out our
knee-pads to thank them for the
use of services we've paid for
through our fees, I suppose.
Is it possible for the AMS
council to be more out of touch with
students concerns, and why dp
they always have to be working
against us.
Mike Laanela
SOTFH member
Rally turnout
"No way! We won't pay! No
way! We won't pay!" Last Thursday's rally outside the Faculty
Club succeeded in telling Board of
Governors that the students were
not happy with the 10% fee hikes
that were to be voted on that afternoon. When the announcement
came that the hikes would go
ahead, no intelligent student
could be surprised. Two rallies,
one week apart, with 500-700 person attendance doesn't intimidate
the BoG—a small left wing faction
drowning in a sea of conservative
attitude here at UBC.
What bothers me is the size of
the turnout at the second rally-
advertising and media attention
were adequate yet literally thousands of students could not be
bothered to walk over to the Fac
ulty Club during their lunch break
and show their support. If every
student on campus had attended,
it wouldn't have changed the
Board's decision on that day. A
large turnout, however, would
remind the student body that they
have a very strong voice in the
University's destiny (without students there is no University) and
that the fight for the Provincial
Government to save "accessible
education" may have to come to a
head now or never. A stand must
be taken not only for the students
at UBC at present but for students
yet to come, because to stroll blinkered through 4 years of university
education while the bridges behind you crumble is selfish mistreatment ofthe system that gave
you the chance to fulfill your goals.
Is everyone ready to start chanting "O.K.! I will pay! O.K.! I will
pay!"? I hope not.
Ian Clark
Chem Grad
AMS says No to
not say nothing
At the meeting of Student's
Council on Wednesday, January
18,1989,1 presented the following
"Whereas the issue of access to
abortion is particularly devisive,
and whereas many and various
views are held on this issue by
members ofthe Alma Mater Society, be it resolved that Student's
Council takes no official stand on
the issue of access to abortion, but
encourages all members of the
Alma Mater Society to develop
their own views on this issue particularly through activities in the
various service organizations and
clubs of the Alma Mater Society."
After a very brief debate, the motion was resoundingly defeated by
It seems amazing to me that,
while members of Council fail to
represent the views of thousands
of students on the future of Duke's
Cookies, they seem to think that
they are competent to represent
the increadible diversity of views
which are held by students on the
much more difficult and controversial issue of access to abortion.
Noel S. McFerran
Student Council
for Library and Archival
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Save and abandon
native culture
There's been a lot of talk lately about the
worth of Native Indian culture and the wisdom of
preserving it. At one extreme is the view that
Native culture is primitive, violent, and mostly
useless in the modern world. At the
other extreme is
the view that Native culture is,
though alien to outsiders, fully as sophisticated,
advanced, and worthwhile as any other culture, in
particular the scientific western culture that has
largely replaced it. In the middle is the compromise view which I think is correct.
A culture is a cohesive set of beliefs, customs,
attitudes, styles, art forms, and so forth. Some of
these elements can be objectively evaluated, hence
the worth of a culture can be at least partially
known. For instance, beliefs are good if true and
bad if false; attitudes are good if they lead to good
behavior, and bad if they lead to bad behavior.
Native Indian culture contains both good elements and bad elements. It contains numerous
true beliefs which are unknown to outsiders; e.g.,
to quote Buffalo Child (Ubyssey, Nov. 8, '88), "We
are so closely linked to the spiritual world it's incredible, but we are blinded by material life. When
we dream, we come closer to the spiritual world."
This is the same sort of vague claptrap that we are
more used to hearing from the lips of airheads like
Shirley MacLaine and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Likewise, Native art is extremely beautiful and sophisticated in its formal qualities, hence is worthwhile, but Native sweat lodge ritual ordeals are no
more admirable than college frat hazings, hence are
not worthwhile (if you want visions, save your
health and take acid).
Thus while all Native culture is worth recording for posterity, only some of it is worth preserving
in modern, living society.  Each element of Native
culture should be
evaluated on i ts own
merits (as should
the elements of any
It might be objected that evaluation is a subjective, culture-relative phenomenon, hence that it is
pointless to evaluate Native culture by non-Native
criteria. This view though common is confused;
plenty of evaluations are correct independently of
culture, e.g., the evaluations that creating happiness is good, and that torturing babies is bad.
Currently available evidence suggests that
many elements of Native culture are worth preserving, and many are worth abandoning. Scientific
western culture contains more elements worth ...
preserving, but this is not cause for extraordinary
pride for the members of this culture. Scientific
western culture also contains elements worth abandoning- some in favor of good elements from Native
culture. For instance, it would be wonderful for the
environment, hence for all of us, if the dominant
Canadian belief in absolute ownership of land were
replaced by the traditional Native belief in respectful stewardship of land.
Nick Sleigh
Plea for Alex to understand
Alex, Alex, Alex, what are you saying? What
are you doing? I am truly sorry that you may have
had a/some bad experience/s with a/some Natives
but I cannot apologize for your bad experiences because I do not know the nature of your problem/s.
It would be very foolish of me or any of my Native
colleagues to condemn you personally on the basis
of your recent outbursts, for whatever
reason/s, in The
Ubyssey. I feel, however, that it is vitally
important that we understand each other, that we
exchange all pertinent information that would
give us this understanding. We could go on until
hell freezes over with this letter writing and not
cover any common ground for understanding.
Let me give you a brief overview ofthe diverse
cultures ofthe Native peoples of Canada, how they
were perceived by the first "discoverers" and how
this perception has not altered through the centuries of co-existence. The distinct cultures of the
Natives when first "discovered" were trivialized
and portrayed as simple and primitive. This may
have been so, comparatively speaking, but you
must admit that this simple and primitive culture
availed us the technology to exist without "foreign
influence" for thousands and thousands of years
and would have done quite well for thousands
more years had we and this country not been "discovered."
The B.N.A. Act gave the settlers the right to
rule over themselves in this country. I do not think
that anyone in their right mind would have cared
to argue with this decision had "The House of
Lord's", in their wisdom or lack thereof, not included a simple and primitive statement that
would prove to be the cause of friction between two
distinct worlds and the cause of the apparent
demise ofthe Native cultures and peoples of Canada. This may have been so, comparatively speaking, but you must admit that this simple and
primitive culture availed us the technology to
exist without "foreign influence" for thousands
and thousands of years and would have done quite
well for thousands more years had we and this
country not been "discovered".
To paraphrase this statement, it basically
says that "The Government of Canada" has the
"power" to write and enact laws that would be
known as "Dept. of Indian Affairs". Further, this
empowered a Minister, who probably knew nothing ofthe history ofthe Indigenous peoples of this
country, to write and implement laws that would
govern us to this day. Ifyou would take the time to
read, study this piece of legislation you may understand the plight of our people and please Alex, try
reading from our perspective.
Basically what it did was restrict our movement in the country that we enjoyed for thousands
of years. It did
not allow us to
take part in the
and flourishing
of this Nation. We were not allowed to attend
public schools, take part in any economic ventures,
practice our culture (potlatch, song and dance), our
hunting and fishing practices were severely restricted etc, etc... Heck Alex, we weren'teven given
a right to vote until 1949. We weren't given the
right to consume liquor, although it was used to
exploit the heck out of our resources (game, furs,
etc.) and self esteem for 350 years, until the 1950's.
Tell me about your problems Alex, tell me where it
One more thing, before you sound off again
about the measly grants we receive for an education you should do more investigation. When you
compare what is spent by the federal and provincial governments together on "every student",
regardless of racial background, to what we get as
grants this would not be an issue anymore. Believe
me Alex, it is not worth mentioning, a mere pittance. I do not know your source of information
regarding the success/failure rate of Native students enrolled in post-secondary institutions but I
would suggest that you update them. I would even
volunteer my services to help you clear up this matter because I would like you to understand us and
know what we are all about.
I would be willing to hold a public debate with
you if we could agree on the following: 1) time, 2)
place, 3) mediator, 4) that we hold this debate with
an open mind and finally, 5) that we will reach an
understanding. Ifyou are unwilling to do this then
please leave well enough alone. Remember this: if
you are not contributing to the solution then you
are part ofthe problem.
In conclusion Alex, I must say that if we understood each other then Canada would truly be' a
multi-cultural country and that in turn would lead
to a more peaceful co-existence.
Oscar Swanson
ED 3rd yr.
The Jan. 27 issue contained a typo in Jim Gates' letter (Foresters Lose Sight) stating "forestry
students" instead of "forestry spokesperson" as his original read. We regret any embarrassment this
may have caused. Robin will be punished ... painfully and slowly ... over and over ... and over ...
huhn ... huhn ... and again ... and again ...
January 31,1989
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Booking Line-Up Day for
reservations for the Fall,
1989 term (Sept.-Dec.) is i
scheduled for Tuesday,
February 7th, 1989.
Weekend Test
at UBC
Next Courses:
Jan. 27, 28, 29
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Professionals in Preparation
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#60 SUB
A provincial By-Election must be called for the Vancouver-
Point Grey Electoral District on or before April 26,1989*
If you meet the following
qualifications, you are eligible
to vote in a Provincial election:
• 19 years of age or over
•Canadian Citizen
• Resident of British Columbia for 6 months immediately
preceding application date
• Resident of the Electoral District in which voter registration
is sought.
How to
If you feel that you may not be on the Voters List, please take
the following steps:
•Go to the Registration Centre nearest you
• Have the Voters List checked for your name
• It you are not on the list or ifyou have changed your name
or address, complete the application for registration.
Vancouver-Point Grey Electoral
District Registration Centres
Registrar of Voters
475 East Broadway
8:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
Canada Post —Stn. G
3760 West 10th Ave.
8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m., Mon. — Fri.
Dunbar Community Centre
4747 Dunbar St.
11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m., Mon. - Fn.
9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., Saturday
1:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m., Sunday
IGA Store
2020 West Broadway
2:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m., Mon. — Thurs.
11:00 a.m.-9:00p.m.,Fri.-Sun.
Kerrisdale Community Centre
5851 West Boulevard
11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., Saturday
1:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m., Sunday
Remember, you can no longer register on polling day*
People's Drug Mart
2202 York St.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Mon. - Sun.
Safeway Store
2733 West Broadway
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.
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Safeway Store
4575 West 10th Ave.
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Safeway Store
8555 Granville St.
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University of British Columbia
Student Union Building
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Chief Electoral Office
Province of
British Columbia
January 31,1989


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