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The Ubyssey Jan 16, 1974

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SPECIAL                   VANCOUVER, B.C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1974     «*^^>48      228-2301
After out-of-court deal
AMS sees new Straight ban
The Alma Mater Society will
search for new ways to keep the
Georgia Straight from distributing
free on campus after an out-of-
court settlement Tuesday.
Council ordered seizure Oct. 3 of
a free university edition of the
Straight saying distribution would
drastically reduce The Ubyssey's
advertising revenue.
But in an agreement worked out
Tuesday with law students representing the Straight, the society
now agrees its constitution gives it
no right to control non-members
wanting to distribute publications
on campus.
The compromise also removed
the need for a student court
hearing called to hear Straight
representatives' more sweeping
challenges of the society's constitution. The court adjourned
without ruling Tuesday.
Straight owner Dan McLeod said
the AMS concession gives him the
go-ahead to resume publication of
the   25,000-circulation   university
edition, but said he might be held
up by financial difficulties.
But AMS president Brian
Loomes said the agreement in no
way gives McLeod the right to
distribute a paper to compete with
The Ubyssey.
"All we have done is agreed to
the legal principle that a club or
society does not have the power to
regulate non-members," Loomes
said. "This means we can't stop
the Straight under the constitution
but it doesn't mean we don't have
other alternatives."
Loomes said the society will
investigate whether it can regulate
Straight distribution under
property rights. "We may also ask
the board of governors to ban the
paper's free distribution on
Society vice-president Gordon
Blankstein also held out the
possibility that students may
unofficially seize copies of the
Straight if it returns to campus.
McLeod said he wants to resume
publication   of   the   university
edition within three weeks, but
financial problems caused by the
paper's recent $3,500 fine for
distributing obscene material
could stall the expansion indefinitely.
He said if the AMS tries other
ways of keeping the Straight off
campus he will be dependent on the
B.C. Civil Liberties Association to
challenge it in the courts. "We
don't have the money to do it
ourselves," he said.
He said he expects The Ubyssey
to urge students to steal the
university edition but he hopes
UBC students don't resort to such
"kindergarten tactics".
"I suppose we'd have to ask for
student volunteers to guard the
Straight since The Ubyssey would
be asking for volunteers to steal
it," he said.
He said he hopes; the conflict with
The Ubyssey doesn't escalate to
physical war "though I suppose it's
been war all along".
McLeod denied Ubyssey ad
manager John Dufort's insistence,
—tarry manulak photo
MEN WITHOUT PURPOSE, members of Alma Mater Society student court prepare Tuesday for hearing
on Georgia Straight-AMS dispute. Lawyers for both sides agreed on compromise and up-and-coming law
students adjourned without even deciding color of drapes in courtroom.
On the suggestion of the Ubyssey
editorial staff, the Alma Mater
Society has agreed to pay for this
special edition which will allow the
AMS to hold its executive elections
Jan. 30.
The outcome of the elections
could have been challenged
because an advertisement announcing the opening of
nominations was not carried in
Tuesday's issue.
The AMS constitution requires
that two ads run in The Ubyssey
before the opening of nominations
— which this year is today. One ad
was carried in Friday's issue.
Student court forced the AMS to
set its election date earlier than
normal by recommending the
elections be held Jan. 30 so
education students could vote.
JANUARY 16,1974
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the writer and not of the AMS
or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary
and review. The Ubyssey's editorial offices are located in room
241K of the Student Union Building.
Editorial departments, 228-2301; Sports, 228-2305; advertising,
Co-editors: Vaughn Palmer, Michael Sasges
The Ubyssey Staff presents a special edition of The Ubyssey, brought
to you in livid black and white through the grace of God, College Printers
and the AMS's as yet unpicked pocket. From an idea by Lesley Krueger.
This handy-dandy mini-Ubyssey was produced on genuine newsprint
(registered trademark of Ubysseyco a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT) and
written, edited and laid out by Vaughn Palmer, Lesley Krueger, Gary
Coull, Michael Sasges, Rick Lymer, Jake van der Kamp and Canadian
University Press but not Ryon Guedes.
reiterated Tuesday, that the
special university edition of the
Straight would cut into the
Ubyssey's $54,000-a-year ad
revenue, perhaps by as much as
$10,000 to $20,000.
McLeod said Dufort is wrong in
saying any increase in Straight
advertising would automatically
come from The Ubyssey.
"I think there is a much larger
pool of advertising for papers to
draw on. The Ubyssey hasn't
tapped all the ads available," he
Dufort repeated Tuesday that
the Straight expansion would hurt
the campus paper.
"They might get some new ads
but most of their stuff would come
from our revenue," he said. "It
would have to — there just isn't
that much to go around."
McLeod said he thinks any losses
could be minimized by both papers
working together to solicit advertising.     _,
"But when I proposed this The
Ubyssey gave no response,"
McLeod said. "I think they are
opposed to the Straight for reasons
other than the ad issue."
McLeod said he thinks the
paper's staff are "jealous" of the
Straight and are afraid of a better
paper coming on campus and
competing for student's attention.
McLeod denied The Ubyssey's
charge that the university edition
is a money-making scheme on his
"The main reason is to increase
our readership," he said.
But he also said the venture
represents a large financial risk
for the Straight. "This has worked
in other places but not to a great
degree, and it failed completely in
San Francisco."
McLeod also admitted, if successful, the university edition
could strengthen the paper's
financial position by increasing
He said success depends both on
increasing advertising and
maintaining the current level of
street sales, about 9,000 at the
current 25-cent price. He said
printing costs are about $700 per
issue now and the university
edition adds about $1,000.
He said the university edition,
when revived, won't directly
compete with The Ubyssey in
campus coverage. "We want to
cover the many things The
Ubyssey ignores."
Terry Stewart, law 3, one of the
AMS representatives emphasized
the limited quality of the
agreement worked out with the
Straight representatives.
"The court adjourned without
ruling on the challenges to the
society's powers brought before
it," Stewart said.
"I should emphasize just how
limited this agreement is," he said.
"It doesn't apply to anything and
there is no precedent."
Stewart said the agreement also
protects the AMS against legal
action brought by parties claiming
damages because of the decision to
ban the Straight.
But Rick Ballantyne, law 3, who
with Randy Zien, law 3, brought
the challenge before student court
said while he and Zien have now
dropped their case they may
revive it at a future date.
Ballantyne said he thinks the
original challenge that the AMS
has   no   right   to   stop   anyone,
McLEOD .. .
pondering the settlement
member or non-member, from
distributing publications on
campus is still valid.
Ballantyne said if it is apparent
that the AMS is overstepping its
authority in the future he and Zien
may be back.
But Loomes said he can't see the
AMS coming into conflict on this
issue again since "traditionally the
society hasn't taken the position
that it controls non-members'
activities, except in this case, and
there is no question that we control
members' activities."
Coalition on University Reform
members discuss proposals for university government, noon SUB 207.
Meeting, noon SUB clubs lounge.
Meeting, noon SUB 105B.
Film on Eastern civilization, noon
SUB auditorium.
Latin  America,  7:30 p.m. IH 402.
Dale Maranda on Your Cosmic
Influence, noon  at  Buchanan 216.
Meeting noon SUB 213.
Peter Watts on the Housing Problem, noon Mildred Brock Room.
Panel discussion of Senate Brief on
University     and     Bremer     Worker
Paper.  See someone  in AMS exec.
office for details.
Meeting, noon Buch. 3259.
Film  series  "The  Ascent of Man",
noon Scarfe (Ed.) 100.
Exhibition, noon, Fine Arts Gallery.
Gordon   Gibson  speaks,   noon SUB
Concert, noon old auditorium.
Discussion, noon SUB 224.
Film   "Women  on  the March" and
discussion, noon, IRC lecture hall 5. Wednesday, January 16, 1974
Page 2
SFU ends era, splits up PSA
The controversial political
science, sociology and anthropology department at Simon
Fraser University will be split up.
SFU senate voted Monday to
establish two departments —
political science and anthropology-
sociology. The decision needs the
ratification of the university's
board of governors.
Eight PSA professors went on
strike in September, 1969, to
protest what they called the administration purge of 10 PSA
profe. The department had given
students parity with faculty
members to vote on the hiring,
firing or granting of tenure to
The Ubyssey wishes to correct
and retract its statement on page 3
of Tuesday's issue that music
professor Elliot Weisgarber signed
a letter of complaint against his
department head, Donald McCorkle.
Since publication, The Ubyssey
has learned Weisgarber did not
sign the complaint.
We regret any inconvenience our
incorrect statement caused
Nefp needed
Got an extra hour to spare?
The Crane library needs
volunteers to read onto tape for
blind students.
Drop in at the Crane library,
main floor. Brock Hall North, or
phone 228-2373.
Six of the eight were later
dismissed after a 20-month battle
involving university and legal
Up until last year, all profs involved continued to draw pay and
have library privileges.
A senate subcommittee proposed
in a 309-page report that proposed
separate courses for the departments were judged "academically
superior to the existing curriculum
by present members of faculty and
by external reviewers from outside
the university."
Arts dean Sam Smith told senate
he did not know if the division
would reduce tensions with the
"I don't know if it will or not but I
do know we can't go on as things
are," said Smith.
Tuition fees due
Tuition fees for the second term of the winter session are due this
UBC information officer Jim Banham said students have until the due
date to pay their tuition without penalty. "After Friday, however, an
extra $25 will be added to their fees," he said.
Students who are faced with this additional burden can get around
paying the fine. "A refund on the fine will only be given on the basis of a
medical certificate or with evidence of a domestic affliction," Banham
said. But this stipulation is general enough that students could probably
get a refund on the penalty if they paid their tuition fees late, he said.
The last day for paying tuition fees with or without a late penalty
included is Feb. 1. If fees are not paid by that date, the student's
registration will be cancelled and he will be excluded from the
For those who dislike going through this bureaucratic ritual, there is
comfort in numbers as 20,000 other students have to pay their fees one
way or another by Friday. This session's total daytime enrolment is
20,100, up 4.87 per cent from last year's total of 19,166. Although numbers have increased this year, it is significantly less than the 27,500
ceiling for maximum enrolment.
Fees can be paid at the Finance Department, third floor of the Administration Building.
Students fortunate enough to receive bursaries can pick up the second
instalment of their bursary refund as well as their T4A forms for bursaries and scholarships paid in January, May and September, 1973 at
the Finance Department as well.
Tuition receipts for income tax purposes will not be available until
Feb. 12.
First and second for UBC skiers
UBC skiers took first and second places Saturday
and Sunday in five of six events to dominate the
opening of the National Collegiate Ski Conference,
northern division race schedule at Alpental,
Only University of Alaska men's cross-country
team kept the Thunderbirds from totally blanking
opposition which came from Washington, Idaho,
Oregon, Montana and B.C. universities.
The 10 UBC skiers brought home the Combined
Team title and the Men's and Women's Team Titles
as well as an All Round Women's Championship for
Monica Sloan and the All Round Men's Championship
for Bruce Goldsmid.
The UBC individual results were:
Men's Giant Slalom — First, Ron Ozanne; Second,
Dan Irwin; Fourth, Bruce Goldsmid.
Women's Giant Slalom — First, Monica Sloan;
Second, Pam Aiken; Fourth, Cathy Snowball.
Men's Slalom — First, Dave Pugh; Second, Steve
Vajda; Fourth, Bruce Goldsmid.
Women's Slalom — First, Pam Aiken; Second,
Monica Sloan.
Eighth,   Dan   Irwin;
First, Monica Sloan;
Men's   Cross   Country   -
Eleventh, Bruce Goldsmid.
Women's Cross Country
Second, Cathy Snowball.
The competition was the first of three events
leading to a championship series at Mount Bachelor,
Ore., late in March.
Next event in the series is set for Saturday and
Sunday at Crystal Mountain, Wash.
at Agassiz Mountain Prison S B.C. Pen.
Starts Monday — Till Jan. 24
Needed are magazines, novels, and text books,
preferably first and second year texts
Prizes will be awarded to the faculty with the most number j
of books donated per member.
Student senator Robert Kissner
said no good academic arguments
were advanced for the split and he
feared operating costs would increase.
"It seems to me that we're
taking the easiest way out and not
the best academically," he said.
Economics prof Parzival Copes
said the department has been in
disarray and has had low morale.
"SFU can't afford to have such
important social science departments in this state.
for the following AMS Executive
positions open 9:00 a.m.,
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1974:
Deadline for nominations is 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 24,1974
For   eligibility   forms   and/or   information,
come to the AMS Secretary Office, SUB 250.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 - SUB 207-209 - 12:30 P.M.
Members of the Coalition on University Reform will discuss
their proposals for University Government.
—Sue Wendell, Women's Action Group
-Sandy Lundy, U.B.C. Staff Member
-G.S.A., Arts U.S. & B.C.A.S.U. Members plus others
THURSDAY, JAN. 17 - SUB 212 - 12:30 P.M.
Student senators Svend Robinson and Art Smolensky discuss the
Senate Brief on University Reform and the Bremer Task Force
Working Paper.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18 - SUB 207-209 - 12:30 P.M.
Struggles in the public school system.
—Linda Shuto, B.C. Teacher's Fed., Status of Women Project.
—Kevin Annett, B.C. Student's Union
—Gary   Onstad,    High   School   Teacher   and   member  of
B. C. T. F. Representative Assembly.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25 - 12:30 P.M.
Critical discussion of N.D.P. Policies and
Programmes for B.C. Education
-Cliff Andstein
—Other speakers and place to be announced.


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