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The Ubyssey Jan 22, 1981

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Array Boycott successful, but fees go up
Canadian University Press
Capilano College's board, callously ignoring a class boycott earlier in the day by 400 students and
most faculty members, approved
massive tuition fee increases Tuesday night.
About 50 students from the
North Vancouver college crowded
into a meeting room after the protest to watch the board approve a 21
per cent tuition increase effective
next January. The price tag for
courses taken by part-time students
will rise 55 per cent.
The student society pointedly removed both of its board representatives from the meeting. Their attendance would have made little
difference — students, as well as
faculty and staff, are not allowed to
have a vote on the board.
"What's disappointing is they
didn't even seem to be listening,"
student society vice-president Steve
Howard said after the meeting.
"We've been arguing with the
board for three months. There's
nothing more we can do."
But student frustration was tempered by unexpectedly strong backing from faculty members, including a pledge by faculty association
president Karl Kobylansky to forge
an alliance between students, faculty and support staff to combat the
college board and the administration.
"What we are planning is to
make an alliance (with) the student
society," Kobylansky said. "Their
struggle is obviously not over."
Faculty representative Ed Lavalle
told the board that their "backward-looking fee program is not going to help one iota."
"Isn't this the time to stop negotiating behind closed doors and
start mobilizing in the
Board finance committee chair
Carl Hunter defended the board's
move, saying it "represents good,
prudent judgment."
The board chair agreed. "You've
got to realize that we don't create
money," Lalit Scivastiva said.
"Sure the students are being hard-
pressed, but the college expenses are
rising, too."
Principal Paul Gallagher has already announced the college expects
a shortfall of $700,000 despite the
tuition hike. An estimated 15 support staff and 14 full-time faculty
positions, as well as 100 course sections, might be slashed by next
"Those are our jobs we're
fighting for," Kobylansky said.
Vol. LXIII, No. 43
Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, January 22.1981
FAMOUS MOMENT in history is re-enacted by UBC students Tuesday.
Shown is third act in annual pageant portraying rush of lemmings to cliffs
of Norway in early 18th century, when large animals such as horses and
orangutangs were carried along by massive numbers of tiny-brained
— sue lemieux photo
animals to their death. Pageant stopped short of Point Grey cliffs, disappointing critics who had hoped pageant would for once have point and
purpose. (Story, page 3.)
Record low voter turnout hits UBC
The voter turnout in Tuesday's
board of governors and senate elections is the lowest since students
have been represented on those
bodies by democratic process.
Alma Mater Society election
committee officials disclosed
Wednesday that only 1,704
students, about eight per cent of the
eligible voters, bothered to cast
ballots. The previous.low was 1,740
two years ago.
Official election results will not
be released until later today. Any
complaints of irregularities must be
submitted to the registrar's office
before 3:30 p.m.
The holding period resulted from
an incident in 1978 when a list was
passed around a second year applied science class enabling students
to vote without actually showing a
valid student card and appearing at
the polling station.
Elections were first held for the
board of governors in 1975. That
year 2,000 voters elected Svend
Robinson, now a member of parliament for Burnaby South.
The number of students voting is
directly proportional to the number
of candidates. This year and in 1979
only four candidates contested the
two seats compared to other years
when a many as eight ran.
But the number of students running follows another pattern; the
lowest years occur when representation in the previous term is least effective.
This year the board rejected the
efforts of students to hold the line
on tuition and stop what most
students described as a unfair indexing tuition to at least 10 per cent
of the university operating budget.
In 1979, the board took extreme
action to stop student board reps
from disclosing any business from
the closed section of the meeting by
actually requesting that a student
board member leave a meeting.
While the lowest years have
followed apathy and a feeling of in-
efficacy amongst students, the
largest turnouts have followed years
when students, especially board
reps, have been most vocal in expressing their opinions.
The largest turnout, 5,000
students, occurred in 1975 when
block voting by the engineers put
two conservative and complacent
candidates overwhelmingly onto
UBC's most influential body.
The large block voting was a
reaction to the policy favoured by
Robinson of more openness at
board meetings and greater
representation of students on UBC
governing bodies.
A similar situation prevailed in
1977 following Moe Sihota's term
of office. During Sihota's tenure on
the board several controversial
issues such as the issue of faculty
doing consulting jobs came up.
Support staff were ordered to
stay on the job during the class boycott by the college's personnel director, said Bob McKee, president
of Local 4 of the Association of
University and College Employees.
"To actively start campaigning
against cutbacks would run (us)
straight into a violation of the labor
code," McKee said. "There's not
much we can do."
Kobylansky said he expected faculty members would be penalized a
half day's pay by the administration
for participating in the class boycott
and attending a lunch hour rally,
where students cheered their attendance. Only business instructors
were believed to have taught classes
during the boycott.
The student society was calling
for a tuition freeze until a study has
been undertaken to determine the
effect of tuition increases and a discussion by all parties involved took
The fee increase is a modification
of a ministry of education report
written in September which proposed an 83 per cent increase at Capilano.
The increase is the second in less
than a year. Last fall tuition fees
were raised by 18 per cent.
SFU admin
cuts rights
Canadian University Press
Simon Fraser University students
are ineffectively scrambling to prevent the university's administration
from invoking stringent new rules
for student conduct.
The proposals, written by a senate committee — currently boycotted by the student society provide
procedures and penalties ranging
from fines to expulsion for intellectual dishonesty and disruption of the
Students are riled with the committee's desire to grant the administration powers to expel students for
non^academic violations. The conduct bill will be "handy for keeping
the political lid on things," English
student Nick Witheford told 75 students at a rally Monday.
The other objection raised by students is that the bill considers students guilty as accused until proven
innocent through what have been
described as "poorly defined appeals procedures."
Students' fears about the bill are
expected to be ignored by the senate
committee, which has just finished
holding two public hearings.
Students appearing before the
hearings told the committee their
proposed bill paves the way for
wide abuses by the administration
to stifle political dissent on campus
and to smash union locals.
See page 2: NO
Future pretests discouraged
CASTLEGAR (CUP) — Selkirk College administrators are denying that the tuition fee strike
organized by students provided any incentive in the
labor agreement that was reached last week.
But they want to ensure the students never have
another opportunity to take similar action.
At this week's college board meeting, policy which
allows the students to pay tuition fees by the end of the
month in which they register was changed.
Tuition is now due on the day of registration.
The previous policy clearly aided the success of this
month's tuition strike, which saw 90 per cent of the
Castlegar campus students and 75 per cent of the
Nelson campus students withhold fees "until an agreement is reached."
College principal Leo Perra says the policy was
changed to be in line with standard policy at other colleges.
Non-teaching staff at the two campuses had voted to
strike for a new collective agreement.
The student protest was held to encourage negotiations between staff and administration to continue and
to fight the effects of cutbacks on the quality of education.
In 1978 schools in the West Kootenays were shut
down for six weeks because of a strike-lockout. The
provincial government forced employees back to work
with essential services legislation. Students feared a
similar situation would develop unless negotiators
were forced back to the bargaining table.
Student representatives recently criticized the provincial government for cutting back funding for interior campuses resulting in salary disputes. They
claimed that cutbacks hamper students' education.
The student fee boycott comes after extensive
publicity by the British Columbia Students' Federation.
Th: BCSF began a campaign in 1978 to inform
students of the direct and indirect effects of education
cutbacks. Page 2
Thursday, January 22,1961
No rights
From page 1
Some students argued the lack of
due process in the establishment of
guilt may be a violation of the
Criminal Code.
Student society president Jim
Crawley said a student involved in a
bar brawl has a better guarantee of
civil rights than one accused of plagiarism under SFU's bill.
The university is being given the
power to sanction student activity,
student society officer Doug Fleming warned at the same rally.
"Students will be unable to fight
controversial issues that are now
building at SFU if the bill goes into
force," Fleming said.
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'Cocks don't improve sexist ride'
MARCHERS ... let it all hang out.
Despite the fact that about 50 male
engineers wore no trousers or underwear as
part of the Lady Godiva ride this year, some
people on campus charge the event was still
"I personally don't think 50 cocks make a
difference," was one student's reaction to
Tuesday's ride. "I find the ride to be offensive."
"What I find really distressing is that these
are the leaders of tomorrow," said the student, who would not be identified for fear of
harassment. She is a member of the Alma
Mater Society women's committee but stressed her opinions did not necessarily reflect the
position of the collective.
She said the ride is sexist and exploits
women, and added the ride does not gain excessive publicity.
"I don't think the issue is blown out of
proportion," she said. "It's one more example of sexism."
Despite the controversy which has sur
rounded the ride in recent years, engineering
students maintain the event is not offensive.
Peter Hoemberg pointed to the 50 partially-
nude engineers who joined this year's ride as
"We're exploiting ourselves the same way
we're supposed to be exploiting women. We
just wanted to prove the woman was not a
big deal," he said.
At least one female engineering student
said there is nothing wrong with the ride.
Joanne Loh, a third year mechanical
engineering student said most female
engineers have no objection to the ride. She
said the female engineers had conducted a
survey among themselves last year and gave
overwhelming support to the ride.
"Overall, they didn't find it offensive,"
she said.
Dean of Applied Science Martin Wedepohl
claimed he had not even known the ride had
taken place this year.
Wedepohl had come out strongly against
the ride in the past though on Wednesday he
claimed he had previously been misquoted.
"I'm ambivalent about the ride," he said.
After last year's ride administration president Doug Kenny issued a press release expressing "disappointment" that engineering
students "offended a wide section of the
community ... by conducting their so-called
Lady Godiva ride on campus."
At that time Kenny announced the formation of a special subcommittee of deans to examine possible university action. The committee, did not take any subsequent action.
Lance Balcon, second vice-president of the
Engineering Undergraduate Society, said
Wednesday "the committee of deans shut
down because the problem solved itself."
Balcon said EUS representatives met Kenny and assured him the ride would not take
place in its past form.
He defended the ride, saying it is an important point of focus for engineering students.
"It's neat to march together and do
everything together," he said.
Armstrong shrugs
at possible strike
A teaching assistant strike vote is
less than a week away, but the effect a TA strike would have on
students is unclear.
"We're students ourselves, so
we're in the same bind as other
students," TA union negotiator
Glen Porter said Tuesday. "We'd
handle it (a strike) as carefully as
possible, but there'd be some inconvenience for everybody."
He said if TAs vote if favor of a
strike Wednesday it would be up to
the union membership what form
of strike takes place.
Although there is a very real
possibility of a strike, Alma Mater
Society president Bruce Armstrong
has no ideas on how students would
or should react.
' 'We're going to start to prepare
(for a strike) once they've taken a
strike vote and decided to go on
strike," he said. "It would be
foolish for me to say students will
take such and such a stance."
Armstrong said he was not
familiar with the issues behind the
strike vote and would make no
recommendations on the issue to
student council. "I take my orders
from council," he said.
He said he was not familiar with
the  issues   because   "it's   for  the
union and company to deal with. I
would have to take a close look at
negotiations before I had an opinion. It's nonsensical to say the
union is always right or the university is alwasy right."
Contract negotiations between
the TA union and the university
broke off over a month and a half
ago when the university refused to
discuss the issue of union security.
The union wants the onus to be on
TAs who do not want to join the
union to opt out. The university
says this puts too much compulsion
•on TAs to join.
Neither union nor management
expect to return to the bargaining
table before the strike vote takes
place. Neither side is willing to alter
its position.
All TAs, markers, and tutors are
eligible to cast ballots in the strike
vote, which will take place from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the International House.
The TAU is an infant union in its
first contract negotiations, which
have gone on for about a half a
year. All aspects of the contract,
aside from union security, have
been worked out.
The TAU has about 500
members, about half the TAs at
Students get aid
OTTAWA (CUP) — At least another 100,000 students will be eligible
for aid because of the recently proposed changes in the federal student
aid program, according to the National Union of Students (NUS).
NUS representatives are in favor of proposed amendments to the
Canada student loan act announced Jan. 20 by secretary of state Francis
Fox. The major changes are:
• Course length required to qualify for the program is changed to 12
weeks from 26 weeks. Currently, students enrolled in courses less than
26 weeks long are not eligible.
• The annual loan limit of $1,800 has been changed to a weekly limit
of $56.25. This allows students in courses longer than 32 weeks to
receive more than $1,800. The annual maximum was based on the
semester system and did not take yearly programs into consideration.
NUS chairperson Deb Thiel said students will benefit a great deal
from the changes.
"These changes are especially good for vocational students," she
said. "Vocational programs are not the same duration as university ones
and this has now been considered."
NUS has been requesting these changes for the last four years, she
Despite the positive reaction, NUS executive office John Doherty said
the organization will continue to lobby the government for further
changes in student aid.
"I'm disappointed that no provisions have been made for part time
students," he said. "Most of them are women and they need aid as
much as, or more so, than full time students."
Doherty said NUS would like- to see students begin to repay their
loans up to a year after they have found a job. Loan repayments now
begin six months after the student has graduated.
But, he added, NUS doesn't want to hold back these proposed
changes by introducing others at this time.
— sue lemieux photo
ROOFTOP RAP SESSION takes place Tuesday noon when avid onlookers await second coming of Doug Kenny.
Oblivious students sit in class unaware of unctuous activities; outdoors involving engineers and horses. Astute
onlooker noticed something unusual when 50 penises paraded past. Drink up and have good cheer, engineering
week comes but once a year.
Monopolies mean fluff news
WINNIPEG (CUP) — "I say it's
spinach, and to hell with it," said
Walter Stewart when commenting
on newspaper journalism since the
Thomson and Southam takeovers
last summer.
"Newspaper proprietors now feel
they have only one task and that is
to make money," he added. Stewart was speaking at a Centre for Investigative Journalism seminar in
Winnipeg on media monopolies and
the impact of closures on Canadian
"There was a time when newspapers felt they had a dual function; one was to come up with great
news stories and the other was to
make a little money," he said.
"Now they just want to make the
A former columnist for the now
defunct FP Publications, Stewart is
also the author of Paper Juggernaut
and Canada's Newspapers: The Inside Story.
Stewart was highly critical of the
content in current newspapers.
"The best way to make a really
big heap of money is to fill the nation with one newspaper towns, and
fill those papers with wire copy,
soft news, and gossip," he said.
"Market surveys determine what
the readers want, and editors de
liver horoscopes, celebrity recipes
and other junk journalism."
Stewart described the rapid deterioration of newspaper competition
in Canada.
"The stage was set for the elimination of competition in this country" when the Montreal Star was
shut down on Sept. 25, 1979, he
FP sold its assets in the Star,
which included its buildings and
press, to Southam, Stewart said.
"If anyone else wanted to join the
newspaper race in Montreal they
were going to find that the horse,
See page 7: NEWSPAPERS
Increase info delayed
OTTAWA (CUP) — Ontario
students will probably have to wait
a few more weeks to find out how
much tuition will go up next year.
The announcement by the provincial ministry of colleges and
universities of next year's tuition
fee and grant funding levels didn't
come during the Christmas break as
education minister Bette Stephenson had promised.
"The word through the grapevine is that there might be a funding
announcement around the middle
of January," said Carleton President William Beckel.
The provincial government sets
tuition fee levels as well as giving
universities and colleges the majority of their revenues in the form of
funding grants.
Beckel said universities are expecting an overall grant increase "in
the eight to ten per cent range."
Stephenson has said the tuition
fee increase will be close to the
grant increase, so students can also
expect an across the board tuition
increase of between eight and ten
per cent.
Last year universities were given
the option of adding on up to ten
per cent over the 7.5 pet cent provincial tuition increase for 1980-81.
Universities that didn't apply any
or all of the optional 10 per cent increase can tack the remaining percentage on to the 1981-82 tuition increase.
Stephenson promised student
representatives in October the fun-
See page 7: FUNDING Page 4
Thursday, January 22,1981
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January 22, 1981
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 staff
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 office is in room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial
departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
Nancy Campbell stood in the office, a bottle grasped in her palm. "Hang 'am high, hang 'am low. we're the best newpaper west of
Blanca." She readjusted her bifocals and stared at Verne McDonald, sad case and perennial wreck. "Forel" she screamed, motioning
toward Glen Sanford. A voice of moderation spoke. "Hang 'em," muttered mean Nancy Chew. Mark Leiren-Young swallowed. "Who's
that Hedstrom lad over there?" the Nancy's trilled, indicating a certain Arnold. "Put him in chains!" Pat Burdett ran for the exit but was
stopped by a ravenous Sue Lemieux. "Make 'em pogo till their eyes pop outl" she suggested. Eric Eggertson whined in the corner, his nose
grossly swollen. "There's one of them left," the three cried in unison. "Foreshorten him, decapitate the buggert Just stop Randy Hahn from
getting awayl" Silence reigned supreme, the patroi had done their job.
It's unhealthy
Another day, another newspaper.
At Selkirk College, effective lobbying and protest by students, including a fee boycott, has gotten results. Their demand that the college administration settle with a support staff union has been met.
Could such a thing happen at UBC? Hard to say. Bruce Armstrong,
elected last year as president of the Alma Mater Society, says he's never
thought much about how to react to disputes between unions and the
UBC administration that might close the university down.
And not even the most aged among us can remember a time when the
AMS advocated something as radical as a tuition fee boycott that would
hit the administration where it hurts.
Across Burrard Inlet at Capilano College, the faculty have joined the
student government in protesting government cutbacks and tuition fee
hikes after a successful class boycott.
Now, that couldn't happen at UBC. The career-obsessed UBC
students would never do anything so dangerous as miss a few of their all-
important classes. The last time students here took any visible action
against cutbacks and fee hikes was a rally nearly five years and three tuition
fee raises ago.
Right now, it's far easier to get thousands of UBC students to watch a
bunch of bare-assed fools than to get them out to protest short-sighted
provincial government policies that erode the quality of education and
reduce the accessibility of the university to all who should be here.
What else in today's paper? There's a lot about students and administrations.
At Simon Fraser University a disciplinary code is being imposed on
students that makes a farce of the principles of justice. As an ironic
counterpoint, the administration at the University of Winnipeg clucks sympathetically about an instructor's religious beliefs after the instructor
ejected a gay student from a classroom.
A nice lesson. The SFU student who "disrupts" the university is guilty
until proven innocent. A U of W instructor who blatantly discriminates and
disrupts a student's education is blandly presumed innocent until an investigation takes place.
There's nothing standing in the way of either of the above happening
at UBC. Despite student representation on administrative bodies, the administration is still boss. The AMS, perhaps reflecting student attitudes,
does not seem to oppose this at all.
The administration at UBC is opposed in its actions and students are
noted for their submissiveness. It all adds up to an unhealthy situation on
this campus.
In a few weeks students will be asked by
referendum to approve over $1 million in renovations and additions to SUB through a
continuation of the $15 fee levy originally
voted to finance the SUB building. We
should all give some thought to what we will
be paying for, and where these plans came
Student council first heard of them last
summer; in the carefree mood typical of
those meetings, spending for architect's fees
of $5,000 for the courtyard conversion and
$1,500 for the plaza mall was approved with
little question. At the same time the south
side centre mini-SUB was given the go-ahead,
only to be consigned to oblivion (after the
spending of $4,500) by the opposition of students in the area affected and the administration, neither of whom had been consulted.
The promoter of the SUB plans, AMS
president Bruce Armstrong, was as usual less
than straightforward about their nature.
However, it was clear that the major development was to be a licensed lounge on the second floor of SUB, which Armstrong and his
supporters on the executive and elsewhere
had been pushing for some time. Plans showed that the greater part of the plaza mall
would be given over to retail shops.
Before council approved these plans it created a SUB buildings committee to investigate and report back. However, Armstrong
took over chairmanship of this committee; it
met only a few times to consider details such
as the number of stair wells and washrooms,
then approved them without reporting on
any such larger issues as the need for these
facilities or costs versus benefits.
Next, council asked the committee to hold
public meetings to allow questions and input
from students. Armstrong opposed this
move, then placed only small ads for them in
The Ubyssey and ignored council's directive
to include a description of the plans. The
meetings revealed a great deal of concern
among clubs and other subsidiary organizations about the shortage of office and
meeting space in SUB.
Armstrong promised at the meetings that a
users' committee would be created to decide
on the allocation of space in the plaza mall.
This never happened; instead Armstrong set
up a* buildings referendum committee, with
vice-president Marlea Haugen as chair, to
"inform students of the proposed SUB renovations through advertising, information sessions, posters and leaflets." This committee
was given a budget of $2,500. Finally drawing the line, at the last meeting council narrowly defeated a plan for spending an additional $1,200 for a film about the renovation
It was at this meeting that the most incredible facts of the case were revealed. The wording of the referendum (for which no notice
was given council and which was available
just a few hours earlier) provided only the
options of selecting one or the other, or both,
of the proposals. Even if both are turned
down, students will still have to pay the $15
fee. The AMS would then be collecting over
$300,000 each year without any commitment
as to how it must be spent.
Several of us at the meeting attempted to
introduce the option of having the $15 fee
discontinued into the referendum, but the
majority of council apparently agreed with
Armstrong's arguments that this was a
building referendum, not a. fee referendum
(whatever that means) and that students
might vote for the renovations and against
the fee. Later, under questioning, Armstrong
revealed (get this!) that even if neither plan is
approved the AMS council can still go ahead
with the renovations, or in fact with any
other project.
So, what are we being asked to vote on?
Would you believe that no one knows? The
closer the referendum has come the less Armstrong and his cohorts have talked about
their beloved licensed lounge. The artist's
conception being circulated depicts a "Cafe
Espresso;" the referendum refers vaguely to
"lounging space." Student council, including the newly-elected executive, will
make this decision after the referendum.
The same is true of the plaza mall area.
1 fsiffy fool) agree tot
give the AMS $15 a year forever so it can build
monuments to itself
give the AMS $15 a year even though I don't want
it to build monuments to itself, but it will do it
give the AMS $15 a year and don't ask questions
give the AMS $15 a year
There is no way for students to be heard as to
whether this should contain a shopping mall,
or meeting space, or whatever. These decisions would likely be made in the summer
and directed by the executive (three of whom
will be hired full time for the four months).
Let us consider what is motivating those
executive members promoting these plans.
As you have undoubtedly noticed, this executive is strongly oriented toward profit-
making enterprises. Excess profits from the
Pit, from the games area, from the growing
investment income have resulted in a large
surplus this year. Consequently, we have
higher than necessary costs to students, including the highest pub beer prices of any
Canadian university.
Meanwhile, student services such as the
women's committee are being given the
squeeze. Other activities like the speakers
program are underfinanced, and falling apart
out of sheer negligence. Any person or group
who has to deal with the AMS is confronted
with a bureaucratic maze.
I'm sure it would be pleasant for the executive to have a watering hole across the hall
from their offices, but it seems to me it would
be suicidal to allow the AMS any more ventures to screw up, when they can't handle
what they've got now. Armstrong has given
the rationale for these building enterprises
that the profits allow the AMS to pay for the
building projects sooner. But if they refuse to
allow students to cut back on their fees, what
will we be paying for next? Are we so stupid
that we are willing to pay $15 a year, and then
pay again through excessive prices, without
even knowing what we are paying for?
Over $1 million is a large burden to impose
on future students, a number of whom
wouldn't even be able to patronize a licensed
lounge. The present and future needs of clubs
and service organizations could be met
through much more modest renovations,
without continuing this mad drive to turn the
AMS into a corporate empire. If these projects are rejected in this referendum, another
can be put that the $15 fee be discontinued; I
can assure you that this will be raised in council. Tell them that you want to be listened to,
and to know what you are voting for. There
are better ways our money can be used.
Marty Lund represents the school-of social
work on student council. Perspectives is a
column of analysis and opinion open to all
members of the university community. Submissions must be typed and triple-spaced on
a 70-character line. Thursday, January 22,1981
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PIRG person purges propogandist's pessimism
Mike Down's criticism of James
Burton's inaccurate letter was on
the whole a superb and admirable
job of describing and defending the
Public Interest Research Group
concept; and so I hesitate to
criticize him.
However, as both a geneticist and
fellow PIRG member, I cannot let
his sensationalist comment on
genetic research go unanswered.
His claim of the "possibility of a
mutated monster running rampant
in your backyard" is totally
ridiculous and irresponsible.
Anyone who is relatively informed about genetic research realizes
that Down's statement comes from
a position of ignorance on this matter and completely contradicts
PIRG's goal of researching issues of
public interest in an objective and
unbiased manner.
Genetic research is conducted
under a set of very stringent
guidelines; and it is significant to
note that it was the researchers
themselves who initiated the
establishment of these guidelines.
These guidelines were not set up
because of the risk of genetic
research, but rather because of the
possibility of a risk.
It is now becoming clear that the
guidelines were over-zealous, and in
fact many of the restricted experiments are no more dangerous
than sitting in the Pit and slobbering in your beer. Geneticists should
be admired for their responsible
"better safe than sorry" approach,
and should not be subjected to unwarranted and unreasonable attacks such as that by Down.
However, I do not mean to imply
that genetic research should not be
Beef beef
Don't eat SUB-burgers!!
I would like to warn all students, faculty and staff about the occasional unhealthy element in the food(?) served by UBC food services
— food poisoning.
The toxin-producing bacteria that were thriving in the hamburger
that I ate chalked up yet another victim. I truly question food services policy of pre-cooking their burgers, then reheating them on the
grill for a few short seconds after an order is given. God only knows
how many hours (or days) pass between these two cooking times.
I also question my intelligence for buying it. The consequences
haven't had me jumping for joy. One week later I still suffer from
various intestinal problems. I guess I won't be eating any more of
that scum, not to mention the coffee.
I feel that my good deed for the day has been performed in the
form of a warning. Boycott their hamburgers at least until real beef is
used. Beware! It might happen to you!
Jon Liverant
Zeta Beta Tau
an issue that PIRG might investigate. Any issue of social concern should be on PIRG's itinery.
The unfortunate thing about
genetic research is that most of the
people who have a good understanding of what is actually happening
are the people who are doing the
I can see why people might have a
difficult time accepting geneticists
saying their own research is safe.
But if an independent and impartial
group such as PIRG was to research
the issue in an objective way, the
results could be used to confirm
what the geneticists already know,
and inform the public in a way they
might more easily accept.
Although I recognize the difficulties in ensuring that such a
study is accurate, objective and
complete, I believe that the vast
pools of knowledge and intelligence
existing on campus can be effectively organized by PIRG to overcome
such difficulties. The purpose of
PIRG is not only to provide information to use as ammunition in the
fight against such problems as racial
and sexual discrimination, corporate, government and private rip-
offs, and destruction of the environment, but also to reassure the
public on issues where there is no
cause for worry. In a time where the
news media is dominated by bad
news, any good news that PIRG
generates will be a welcome relief.
Although I hope Down's statement was not meant to be taken too
seriously, I still think it was an unwise and dangerous thing to say. I
think one of the major problems
facing any group such as PIRG
which is attempting to deal with
social issues is to shed the image of
Shariff's movie criteria baffling
While I agree with Shaffin Shariff's premise that
1980 was not a particularly exciting movie year, I must
take issue with him on several points, lest he rest on his
laurels in too great ease and complacency.
His criteria in judging the best and worst films are
often downright baffling. His criticism of The Tin
Drum is two-fold: first, the movie does not follow the
book in its mood ("the omniscient sense of evil") or,
second, sequence ("only about two-thirds of Grass'
novel," "key episodes and characters").
So what? Neither do Tom Jones, 2001 A Space
Odyssey, Gone With The Wind, The Godfather, and
countless other fine movies. The Tin Drum may only
cover two-thirds of Grass' novel but the same could be
said about The Grapes Of Wrath or East Of Eden with
as little impact.
A film is not a slave to the written word on which it
is based. It succeeds or fails on its own terms. As for
Shariff's comment that the film "fails to draw a convincing portrait of the emergence of Nazism", well, I
can only assume that this statement is backed up by a
reasonable amount of research and sober meditation,
first-hand knowledge being unlikely.
Shariff suggests that The Elephant Man "pretends"
to be about John Merrick but is in fact about his doctor Treeves, an assertion I find both puzzling and unsupported by the film concerned. How could it have
been more "about" John Merrick? He was the focal
point of the entire proceedings, the narrative and emotional centre of an extremely sensitive, absorbing film.
The fact that one does not "even see the Elephant
Man in the beginning" is no point of criticism. In fact,
the subtlety of his introduction is unsensationalistic
and simply brilliant. The use of light, level of acting,
dialogue and scrupulous direction all contribute to a
movie of great craftsmanship and intellectual acuity.
And as for the make-up, I can only assume Shariff
has seen better, but where? It seemed more than competent to me, even masterful. Criticism of The Black
Stallion seems to reduce to the complaint that midway
through the film, it "becomes a standard day-at-the-
races picture".
First, that comment is an insult to a good Marx
Brothers movie. More to the meat of the matter, there
is such a thing as a good standard day-at-the-races picture, as both A Day At The Races and The Black
Stallion testify.
Stagecoach is a standard western in many respects
and The Empire Strikes Back a standard space fantasy
in many more, but that isn't necessarily a constraint.
The Big Sleep, Psycho, Singin' In The Rain and The
Bridge On The River Kwai all typify their respective
genres with great success.
The cinematography in The Black Stallion was often
breath-taking, the transition from island to racetrack
perhaps a bit awkward but not damaging and the
finale no more over-accommodating than the last shot
in Citizen Kane or any scene in Star Wars/The Empire
Strikes Back.
Which brings me to Shariff's appraisal of The Empire Strikes Back, a movie I too enjoyed but not for
the "significance and purpose" and "sense of fate and
destiny" which liken it to "a Homeric epic". Just
because George Lucas has pretensions about his
"saga" is no reason to regard it as anything but a standard space-fantasy-fairy-tale with all the trappings and
trimmings that modern technical expertise and an
outrageous budget make possible.
The Empire Strikes Back is idealized heroism,
romance, war, personal and communal relationships,
which are exciting escapist fare at that basic, archetypal level. Homer, despite Time magazine's protestations (which are understandable considering their
monetary investment in the picture), is much more.
The Empire Strikes Back is pure spectacle and immensely successful as such. Lucas' intelligent,
painstaking directorial devotion may distinguish it
from the work of Cecil B. DeMille or Irwin Allen but
stripped bare of its dazzling packaging, The Empire
Strikes Back shares the same time-honoured, lucrative
Finally, Shariff's arguments are too general and
cautious ("assured direction and plot development",
"mostly revolting and incoherent") as well as subjective ("butchered beyond belief", "Sellers joins the
ranks of comedians like Chaplin and Keaton") to be
particularly illuminating or perceptive.
His penchant for intellectual profundities is perhaps
the most grating feature ("This is the human condition: the only music of life being death", "television
subdues us with an inaccurate view of life so that the
most uneducated man becomes the most honoured",
"pretends to be a surreal nightmare", "pretends to be
about John Merrick", etc.).
Now that these mysteries have been cleared up for
us, Mr. Sharrif, where do we go from here?
Gregg Mittag
being composed of a bunch of
fanatics and radicals.
Anyone who has attended a
PIRG meeting knows that the
members are not radicals, but
rather a growing group of earnest,
rational and socially conscious
young people. Many of them are
unselfishly devoting one hell of a lot
of time and energy in trying to
establish a PIRG at UBC, because
they sincerely believe that this world
can be made a better and fairer
place in which to live.
It is important to convey this image to those students who are not
familiar with PIRG; and irresponsible statements, such as that of
Down's, only hurts PIRG's image.
I know that if I was a geneticist
without an understanding of what
PIRG was all about, I would be
very sketical about PIRG because
of Down's comment.
One final point is that the recent
series of blunders by Burton and
Down underlines the need for a
group such as PIRG. When individuals confront complex social
issues on their own, such mistakes
are inevitable.
However, when a group of individuals with different viewpoints
and areas of knowledge unite to
deal with an issue of social concern,
it is possible to arrive at more conclusions and eliminate the errors
and omissions of individual action.
I just hope 1 ain't made any
boners in my letter.
Gar> Marchant
grad studies
Give students credit
Your outline (The Ubyssiey, Jan.
16) of the position of student candidates for board of governors and
for senate posts illustrate the fundamental problems that plague any
attempt to obtain effective student
involvement in the decision-making
Lacking the time to identify and
develop strategies to realize student interests, candidates are forced
either to play a passive, acquiescent
role or to resort to thankless martyrdom. Attempts to develop a
cooperative approach usually fail
because such attempts are undertaken in a vacuum.
Any attempt to improve student
effectiveness in influencing the
decision-making process must be
based on the following assumptions:
e the source of power for student
representatives lies not in the
posts to which they are elected
but in the student body;
e students must be involved, in
small face to face encounters, in
identifying issues or concerns
and in formulating strategies for
attaining them;
e different levels of involvement
must be recognized and made accessible to all students. There is
no reason why the university
could not grant between .5 to 1.5
credits to students who choose
to devote time and effort in studying the underlying philosophy
of various university activities
and, with the support of
students, proposed improvements or alternatives to the
responsible body.
This latter proposal requires
more discussion. Surely the fundamental aim of a university is not
only to transmit technique but also
to encourage those qualities of
mind which promote reasonable
and critical discussion within a
framework of mutual respect.
To criticize students for being
apathetic wjiile burdening them
with courses or readings which may
or may not be of relevance to their
aspirations is to demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding and
Many students would derive
more benefit from an on-going
dialogue with faculty as to the ends
and means of their particular
department than from regular
courses. The result would be to bring faculty and students closer
together as they established a
framework within which mutual
trust could develop.
The university would become
more student-oriented and students
would absorb in greater depth the
skills and attitudes underlying their
particular discipline.
There  is  also  no  reason  why
student-controlled activities could
not be recognized for formal credit.
The mechanism for filtering acceptable from unacceptable proposals
already exists in the form of student
Many student-controlled activities are at least as valid as those
promoted by the university. Again
it is a question of developing an atmosphere of mutual respect.
The ultimate goal towards which
we should be inching is one where
the master/teacher influences
others through his or her personal
qualities, abilities and experience
rather than through bureaucratic
structures or requirements.
Of course, such an ideal is a long-
term one but there is nothing stopping us from using it now to evaluate
what is essential and what is nonessential in the web of relationships
that make up the university.
F. J. Frigon
grad studies
Get moving
Help strike out apathy!! At least
some of the 1,704 people who voted
in the board/senate elections must
be interested in what they personally can do to stamp out this dreaded
Well, there is an answer for those
who just want a small sampling of
The student administrative commission currently has three openings. SAC involves a time committment of two to four hours a week,
and decides on such issues as use of
SUB, club grants, the Pit, club matters, liquor policies, etc. No elections, no campaigning, just a simple
interview and you too can be cured
of apathy.
The positions run only till the end
of March, so what a good opportunity to see the inner 'workings' of
the AMS with no long-term commitment involved. No experience
Applications can be picked up
from SUB 238 usually at lunch
hours. Deadline is Friday.
Craig Brooks
director of administration
The Ubyssey welcomes letters
from all readers.
Especially those who type their
letters, triple-spaced, on a 70 space
typewriter line, because these are
the people who are most likely to
see their letters printed sometime
before next Durin's Day eve.
Although an effort is made to
publish ail letters received, The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
letters for reasons of brevity, legality and taste.
Neatness counts. Page 6
Thursday, January 22,1981
'Tween classes
Fiesta Mexicana — tacos, retried beans, etc..
come for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to noon, SUB snack
General meeting, noon, SUB 207/209.
Stammtisch.  German  conversational evening,
7:30 p.m.. International Houae.
Open line with guest Ms. Betty Green, members
and non-members welcome, noon, SUB 113.
Organizational meeting for all those going on the
Saturday snowshoeing trip, noon. War Memorial
Orop-in co-rec volleyball, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. War
Memorial Gym.
Women's hockey league begins, 7:30 to 10 p.m.,
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
Falafel lunch, movie shown afterwards, noon,
Hillel House, behind Brock Hall.
Women's bowling league begins, 7:30 to 10
p.m., SUB games room.
General meeting, all members please attend,
noon, IRC 4.
Club speech contest, aH welcome, 7:30 p.m.,
MacMillan Z7B.
Paddy Ducklow speaks on Standing up to Love
- the fellowship, noon, Chem. 260.
General meeting, noon, SUB 236.
Controlling Interest, a must film for all commerce
students showing the attitudes of business executives toward the third world, noon, Buch.
Dialogues on development — Tanzania. Rm:
The   World   is   One,   7:30   p.m..   International
House upper lounge.
Lloyd of CUPW speaks on gay issues in collective bargaining, noon, SUB 212.
People of the Seal, documentary on the Ufa of
the Netsilik Eskimos, noon. Library Processing
Important organizational meeting regarding
Republic Day celebrations, noon, SUB 211.
Forum on Danyto Schumuk, noon, SUB 224.
Steering committee meeting, noon, SUB 113.
The organizing committee meeting ia postponed
to Wednesday.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Backgammon tournament with prizes, 7 p.m..
International House.
Forum on tuition fees and why they should not
be indexed, with Stan Persky, noon, SUB 205.
Beatlea movie: Help, admission $1, noon, SUB
Gym night, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Gym B.
General  meeting,   noon.   International  House
Marxist literature and discussion, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m., SUB main concourse.
General meeting, noon, Buch. 100.
Speaker from Indien Homemakers Association
speaks on native women and the constitution,
noon, SUB 130.
Russian  conversation  practise,   noon,   Buch.
General caucus meeting end policy discussion
regarding candidates for student council, 7 p.m..
Totem Park, Nootka lounge.
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
Spanish comedy play: Eloisa Eata Debajo de un
Almendro, 8 p.m.. International House.
Social night, SUB 212.
Dr. Warner discusses hospital administration,
noon, IRC 1.
Discussion group on science and modem world,
bring your bionic bag lunch, noon, Lutheran
Campus Centre.
Economics week activities begin with three
speakers discussing opportunities in economics,
is there life after graduation? Noon, Buch. 102.
Poetry reading by Itaio-Canadian poet Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, 8 p.m., Buch. penthouse.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Ronald Reagan welcoming party, forever. Earth.
Economics series: Land and People, with J. K.
Galbraith from the Age of Uncertainty series,
noon. Library Processing 306.
Patricio Lanfranco, president of the cultural association of the university, the largest democratic student association in Chile, speaks, noon.
Law 101/102.
Organizing  committee  meeting,   noon,   Buch.
Men's wrestling tourney, 7 to 11 p.m., gym E.
Economics week liquidity trap with bzzr, whyne
and snacks, 8:30 p.m., SUB 207/209.
Carcass mtg
for platypi
The platypi of UBC are not afraid
to get their webbed feet wet in student politics. They are not afraid to
campaign on a good solid platform
with specific recommendations on
how to improve student government. They are even willing —
good democratic thinking students
that they are — to allow student input into their policies.
They will be holding a party caucus in the Nootka lounge of Totem
Park at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.
Did you know the popular version
of A Night on Bald Mountain that
we all know and love was never
heard by the composer, Mussorgsky? Did you know the Hawaiian
alphabet has 14 characters? Did you
know a fully-laden African swallow
can fly at a greater velocity than an
English swallow? Did you know
Ronald Reagan has been president
for three days and  nobody  has
Hot flashes
pushed the button yet? Did you
know B.C. PIRG Organizing Committee's meeting has been changed
from noon Friday till noon Wednesday? Now you do.
However, the steering committee
will still meet at noon.
Vegetable gardens are uncommonly boring. If you have ever had
cause to sit in one and meditate the
entertainment value of a turnip you
will undoubtedly empathize with
this point of view. Flower gardens
are substantially more interesting
but neither comes close to the immense enjoyment one can derive
from a beer garden.
The PSSA is inviting any interested students to attend their beer
garden on Thursday. It will be held
in SUB 211 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Shovels and garden hoes are not
Toco wacko
Have you heard of the new punk
rock group. Dietetics 4? They are a
new revolutionary group against
celluloid, sucrose and size 20s.
They are here at UBC to rebuke and
promote their new album Fiesta
Mexicana which has such tasty lyrics as Tacos, Refried Beans, etc.
Show up 11:30 a.m., Thursday (today) at the SUB snack bar for the
big demonstration. Remember to
bring your picket signs, colored hair
and empty stomachs.
Fat Saturday
Do you want to have fun? And
maybe gain a couple of free beers
or a mug. Then show up at 8 p.m.
Saturday at the SUB cafeteria for
the AMS Mardi Gras games. A
night full of games, dancing and
drinks starting at 10 p.m. with the
net proceeds going to multiple
sclerosis. Tickets are only $5 and
are available at the AMS box office.
Help is now available. That is, the
movie Help is available for watching
at the SUB auditorium at noon on
Friday. The cost is only one buck.
Haskins Sells
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summer '81 positions in accounting.
Positions are open for students graduating in 1982 in the B.Comm.
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Students interested should apply on or before Monday, February 2,
1981, by complete resume, together with a record of marks to:
Personnel Director
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P.O. Box 11114, Royal Centre
1056 West Georgia Street
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Funding 'sleazes' by gov't
From page 3
ding announcement would be made
before January 1st.
"Because the announcement is so
late, we're predicting they (the
ministry of colleges and universities) are going to tie it in with a
preliminary report of the committee
examining the long term future of
universities," suggested Ontario
Federation of Students information
officer Peter Bin.
Benson Wilson, Assistant deputy
minister for college and universities
said the delay was due to "a set
back in timing given the uncertainty
of the federal budget procedure."
"It looks like the universities
have been told privately anyway
what funding they will be getting
. . . around eight per cent," Birt
From page 3
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The national collapse of competition was ensured when, three
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Kevin Twa
Candidates for A.M.S. Vice-President:
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Peter Mitchell
Candidates for A.M.S. Director of Finance:
Jane Frances Loftus
Charles Menzies
Rob Swiniarski
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Stephen Henderson
Bill Maslechko
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James Hollis
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and 30, 1981
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Thursday, January 22,1981
No gays in my
class says prof
University of Winnipeg collegiate
student was recently asked to leave
the room during a film studies class
because the teacher "didn't want a
homosexual in the room."
Instructor Dave Dueck said he
didn't want the other students in
the class to associate the gay student, Greg Cymenko, with the guest
Cymenko, head of the University
of Winnipeg gay students association, left the class and was later approached by Dueck in the cafeteria.
Dueck then told Cymenko he was
not wanted in the class because he
was a homosexual.
"I was trying to prptect the guest
lecturer," Dueck later said. "I feci
that if Greg Cymenko, who is gay,
sat beside the lecturer, the class
might think that the lecturer was
also a homosexual. I didn't think it
would be fair to the lecturer."
"I don't mind a person being
gay. 1 feel sorry for them because 1
know they are not going to be as
happy and as satisfied as I am," he
Dueck said he is not against
homosexuals but thinks homosex
uals encourage other people to take
the gay habit.
Cymenko has protested to collegiate dean John Vanderstoel, who
told him, "If discrimination took
place, appropriate action will be
taken. I'll have to discuss it with
Dueck in depth."
Vanderstoel said Dueck is a
staunch Mennonite and thus is not
in favor of propogating homosexuality.
He said Dueck's religious beliefs
would be taken into account when
the matter is discussed. The col-
legiate's policy on religion has been
"basically neutral," Vanderstoel
said, adding, "perhaps the teacher
involved didn't understand that he
was being discriminatory."
Vanderstoel was concerned the
incident could be blown out of proportion.
"Our school is one of the finest
in the nation. We have always tried
to understand and cooperate with
different groups. 1 wouldn't want
anything like this to taint what is a
very good institution."
Vanderstoel said he would immediately investigate Cymenko's
BCIT instructors
protest slow talks
Instructors from BCIT protested
the slow progress of their contract
negotiations at the official opening
of Vancouver's Downtown Education Centre yesterday.
Instructors distributed information about the union's demands at
the opening, Patrick Thomas,
general secretary of the BCIT faculty and technical staff, said Wednesday.
He said the information was aimed primarily at students. "We are
not prepared to wait for weeks and
weeks for a settlement," he said.
"We wanted to let those people
know who would be directly affected by job action and by instructor morale."
Instructors are concerned present
negotiations may be dragged out as
they were over the union's last contract which expired in December
and took 20 months to negotiate.
Thomas said the staff society
would not let the same thing happen
this year. "Our teachers are more
incensed about it than last time."
The union advertised its demands
to BCIT students last week in a two
page advertisement in the school
newspaper, the Link.
The advertisement called the
wage demands "catch up
increases" which are to counteract
the effect of inflation.
The unions demands are:
• a 29 per cent wage increase effective Jan. 1,
• three quarterly wage increases
of four per cent beginning April 1,
• a cost of living increase if inflation is over 10 per cent,
• guarantees of union security
and various other benefits.
B.C. minister of education Brian
Smith attended the opening of the
education centre and was given a
union leaflet.
Smith was also made an "inactive
member of the union's action com.
Senate approves
journalism degree
UBC is one step closer to having
a facility besides The Ubyssey
where you can learn the intricate art
of journalism.
The UBC senate approved a faculty of arts proposal for a graduate
program in journalism Wednesday.
Should the proposal get funding
and approval from the Universities
Council of B.C., it will be the only
program of its kind west of Ontario.
Arts dean Robert Will told senate
the new program is "a bargain."
He said the journalism school has
been designed to dovetail with existing programs and courses at the
In answer to questions about the
possible lack of need for journalists
because of the reductions in the
number of newspapers in Canada
following corporate takeovers, Will
said the university should be planning for the long term.
The situation in the field of jour
nalism is complex and in a state of
change, Will said. "There are
trends starting against the recent
concentration of newspapers."
He said the program would attract students from all over the
country and would produce journalists who would seek work outside B.C. As well, the program will
be substantially different from the
one offered at Carleton University
in Ottawa.
"The uniqueness of our program
should protect us in the case of a
glut (of journalists)," said Will.
Administration president Doug
Kenny said the program will be less
affected by problems in the newspaper industry because of its emphasis on broadcast journalism as
"The program would not be just
for newspapering," he said. "Even
if all the newspapers were closed
. . . there would still be a need for
some kind of journalist."
— stuart davis photo
NASTY STUDENT holds terrified but perpetually smiling American woman hostage in UBC ballroom. He sent
ransom demands to American government six months ago but unfortunately has not been informed of results of
latest election. Upon hearing of crisis Reagan immediately called incident threat to American integrity, refused to
bargain and intends to nuke Canada out of existence. If hostage is not returned safely after those measures he
promises to ignore his more liberal advisors in future.
Lots of losers in trolley plan
Drivers will be the big losers if the
Greater Vancouver Regional District's plans for extending trolley
lines along University Boulevard are
approved without alteration.
The proposal was presented to
the University Endowment Lands
ratepayers association by GVRD
representatives at a meeting last
The limited effect that trolley
lines would have on the esthetics of
University Boulevard was also discussed.
What was not mentioned, to the
dismay of the chairman of the president's committee on traffic and
parking, was whether or not the
boulevard was to be widened.
"The ringer in all this," Kenneth
Denike said Wednesday, "is that
the trolley vehicles and the new
buses are wider than the old diesel
buses which means that University
Boulevard is not wide enough to accommodate two lanes of traffic if
you have these trolley vehicles on
"Plus there's the fact that University Boulevard is substandard
from an engineering viewpoint."
If the trolley lines were to be extended without widening University
Boulevard it is likely the boulevard
would have to have only one lane
going each way, Denike said.
"If University Boulevard as it exists is not narrowed to one lane (and
the trolley lines are accepted) then
the urban transit workers are likely
not to permit drivers to operate vehicles on University Boulevard,"
Denike said.
He said the reason for this is that
the UTA would be considered liable
if there was an accident.
The GVRD has predicted that the
trolley lines would increase capacity
by about 30 per cent.
"The concern of the traffic and
parking committee was that the 30
per cent extra service in trolley vehicles does not warrant closing one
lane of traffic to cars coming into
UBC," Denike said.
University vice-president James
Kennedy said the GVRD is currently discussing proposals for the
boulevard with the department of
"Their hope is that it will be operating at the university by September but that depends on their getting approval (from the university,
the ministry of highways and the
endowment lands commission) by
March or April," Kennedy said.
He said that the university is currently waiting for a formal proposal
from the GVRD that can be dealt
"At the moment, the transit people are looking to do a job and we
would welcome better transit but
it's their staff that has to get the arrangements in place before we can
respond," Kennedy said.
He said the university has been
looking at improved transit for
about 20 years and would like to see
that when it is done, it is done well.
"Our concern is that we should
try to get improved transportation
on the campus, but not in such a
way that it would spoil the neighborhood or spoil the campus,"
Kennedy said.
If the trolley lines are approved,
the land use committee has approved the area near the aquatic centre
to be used as the turnaround point.
"I think it's pretty evident that
they're going to have to do something with the roadways before too
long and I think that it should be
geared in with the trolley lines,"
Denike said.
— _, , . . _ ^
AIMS in .raciiHi form
Here are the scratches and selections for today's racing card at AMS
The last minute rush to file nominations for the Alma Mater Society
executive elections for student council has .turned into a first minute
rush to withdraw from the race.
Four candidates wiH not let their names stand on the ballot when
students go to the.polk Ian. 2s and 29. Ted Longstaffe was withdrawn
from the pmwhiiniw race, Dan Sihota and ftobl&xmsfwmdin*^
of finance and Wf gawka wiff not tom^ eaerhia arTaitt.
Stmahtf tor AMS m^njhteat.-are Kevin Twa of FI, and Mattes?
MatBjett. Pete*MltatMi w&etitfiease C3u6*M.Itimdn, anoltteKj&tgffc.
Menzies is also running for director of finance iriont with Jaise-Finn-
d» Lofttu and fb»> Switalarski.
Tbe director ofadrnmistratkm race stJB has jS*e candidates! Wk
Maskchko, Michael Haan^sotawi, Stephen Henderson, Twa and Alexander Fedyk.
Twa, James Hotas and Chris Fulker remain in the external ftftsjars
The date for the election forum is also changed. Tbe forum wai now
be held at noon Monday in the conversation pit in SUB.
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