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The Ubyssey Feb 8, 1974

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Array Vol. LV, No. 47
Minister lets cat
out of barrel
—marise savaria photo
SOOTHING TRANQUILITY of Nitobe Gardens beckons students to its peaceful confines. If you feel the
need for a vision of natural harmony, walk steadfastly west past the gouging machinery in Firaser River lot
and peace will surround you.
By JAKE van der KAMP
A federal minister supported
proposals to develop the Athabasca
tar sands in four years at a cost of
$20 billion to produce one billion
barrels of oil per year.
Jean-Pierre Goyer, minister of
supplies and services outlined the
proposal to a crowd of about 100
people in Angus 110 Thursday.
He said he was optimistic this
goal could be reached, though it
would need a "war-time effort".
The Athabasca tar sands in
Alberta are currently the richest
source of untapped oil in the entire
world. There are at least 550 billion
barrels of oil in the Athabasca
region according to the department of energy, mines and
The reserves of the rest of the
world are 400 billion barrels,
enough at constant usage rates for
only 46 years.
The problem with the tar sands
in recent years has been the
prohibitively high cost of extracting the oil from the sands.
But Goyer said the rising cost of
oil now makes mining the sands
feasible. He quoted the price of oil
in February, 1974 as $10.50 per
barrel as opposed to a price of $3.10
in 1972.
Goyer said it will be possible to
extract the oil if it is sold at a price
of $8.50 per barrel and he was
confident improvements in
technology will bring that figure
He said the mining will be a
totallyCanadian operation though
it will have to be funded with loans
from other countries.
"We are speaking of an
operation which borrows about six
billion dollars from the United
States, six billion from Japan, four
billion from the Germans and four
billion from other European
countries, with the idea of repaying
with the oil produced," he said.
"If valued roughly at $7 to $8 per
Heckling ever UEL
The bulldozer got pelted with a barrage of
criticism Wednesday night from citizens
determined to keep it outside the University
Endowment Lands.
It's hard to say who was the bigger bully.
Those who attended the citizen's forum held
in the auditorium of the Vancouver Public
Library on the future of the UEL witnessed an
open confrontation between housing and
recreational priorities. About 1,700 acres of
forest in a metropolitan area is a developer's
dream and a city dweller's refuge. On
Wednesday night these two ideas clashed
head on while politicians, realtors and
citizens aligned themselves on one side or the
other, unable and unwilling to agree on
Name calling, heckling and accusations
aside, what the UEL issue boils down to is
more parkland versus much-needed high-rise
low cost housing development.
Panelist Bill Gibson, a Vancouver alderman, said the choice was between "parkland
and psychiatric beds" and urged the
provincial government not to make an
irrevocable mistake of a "developer-driven"
Bowie Keefer, UEL regional park committee member, advocated preserving the
endowment lands in its natural state and
documented his stance with a slide presentation. Both he and Gibson stressed the value
of the UE1 as an ecological laboratory and a
useful nature preserve.
Wally Ross, the third member of the panel,
took an entirely opposite stance.
Whatever decision the provincial government comes to on the UEL, if Ross, local
realtor and former NDP party secretary has
his way, this prime piece of real estate will be
covered with 1,700 acres of pavement.
"Why preserve it?" he said. "The UEL is
not a park and has never been a park. I see no
unique features in the UEL other than mini-
bike trails, rusting car bodies and decay. And
for such valuable land to sit idle is an ab
Although Ross had more enemies than
friends present, he refused to acknowledge
the needs of the urban population with
'making Vancouver more liveable for people'
as irrelevant and ignored examples of
overflowing cities cited by Gibson.
The housing crisis facing Vancouver is the
more pressing need argued Ross. "Hopefully
the provincial government will soon build a
lot of housing but in order to buy time we have
to take the most valuable free land which is
the UEL," he said. "Residential land is
scarce and we shouldn't waste it,"
Ross proposed a low-cost housing
development of "maximum density" on the
entire 1,700 acres, which would consist of 20
three or four bedroom dwellings per acre.
These would sell for $15,000 or $20,000 excluding the cost of the land. These units would
be sold by the government on a non-profit
Keefer suggested the housing crisis has
been caused by "municipal bungling" and the
solution lies in the redevelopment of existing
housing schemes. He said to use the entire
UEL for housing would only add 2 per cent to
residential dwellings in Vancouver but would
take away one-half of the adjacent parkland.
Park commissioner Bill McCreery blamed
current housing problems on the NDP's lack
of initiative in building housing units.
Ross went further to say that he would also
support high rises in Point Grey. "Why not?"
he said. "It's the most desirable residential
area in North America."
Ross's adamant stance brought charges of
"arrogance" and "idiocy" and sparked off
shouting matches in the audience. Port
Moody Aid. Norm Patterson was quite willing
to heckle both sides and once got a rather
reprimanding frown from Gibson.
Architect Warnett Kennedy charged Ross
with "boxed-in thinking about housing."
"This is the biggest red herring that I've
ever listened to," he said. "Only one-fifth of
one per cent of the province's flat land is in
Vancouver. The problem is we're so damn
lazy we won't build on slopes," Kennedy said.
"We should be thinking in terms of satellite
"We need far more wilderness for the
unborn future. To jam every area up with
housing is a crime against the holy ghost!"
"Who's going to lead the parade out of
Vancouver?" retorted Ross. "It makes more
sense to build high density and live in a
relatively compact area with all the
amenities available and leave the rest of the
Fraser Valley untouched."
The "exclusiveness' surrounding the
university appears to be a major stumbling
See page 2: DEBATE
barrel, this would amortize the
loan in 7 or 8 years."
Goyer said the "associate"
countries may be asked to make
their contribution one-third in cash
and two-thirds in equipment to
guarantee availability of supplies
and not adversely affect Canada's
balance of payments.
Mining the sands will have no
adverse effect on the environment,
he said, since the bitumen prevents
the trees in the area from growing
well, and mining it will allow the
trees to grow much better.
He admitted full development of
the tar sands is not abolutely
necessary until 1982 since
Canada's reserves are enough for
national needs until that time.
According to the department of
energy, mines and resources,
Canada has definite oil reserves
aside from the tar sands of 16.5
billion bbls. and possibly recoverable reserves of 83 billion bbls. in
the Arctic and unexplored sites.
Canada also exports more oil
than it imports, according to a 1971
British Petroleum statistical
review of the world oil industry.
But Goyer feels the tar sands
should be mined even if it is not
immediately necessary for Canada
to do so.
"It is nearly a moral obligation
for a country like Canada to help
undeveloped countries," he said.
"Canada has not only a role to play
in serving national interests but
also in helping our trading partners."
He cited examples of increased
oil use by other nations over the
past two decades.
"Consumption of oil increased
500 per "cent in Western Europe
from 1955 to 1970," he said.
But Goyer locked horns with one
member of the audience who insisted it is a physical impossibility
to build the 20 plants which Goyer
wants to see in the tar sands over
four years.
He said the maximum estimate
of development which he had heard
for the sands is one plant every two
Goyer replied the estimate was
made by an oil company which
does not want to see the sands
developed at a higher rate.
However, he repeated several
See page 11: GOYER
Parnall gets
13 nominees
Registrar J. E.- A. Parnall said
there were only 13 nominations in
for the 27 students positions on the
arts faculty council by noon
Thursday — five hours before
nominations closed.
The arts undergraduate society
has urged students to boycott the
elections, because AUS executive
members claim they are undemocratic and secretive.
Parnall said late Thursday he
doesn't know if any more
nominations were received before
the deadline and he didn't know
whether any candidates will be
Students were alloted one
representative per department and
two representatives from each of
first and second years.
Parnall said he will sort out all
the nominees today before
preparing mail ballots.
The AUS is conducting its own
alternative elections to protest the
registrar-run mail ballot. Page 2
Friday, February 8, 1974
Fee increase planned
OFS organizes opposition
— The Ontario Federation of
Students will organize opposition to
any tuition fee increase the Ontario
government may have planned for
the near future.
Delegates to the OFS conference
here have agreed to inform the
government they will oppose the
increases and to hold an
emergency plenary as soon as any
increase is announced.
The decision came as a result of
the rumor the provincial government is considering a fee increase,
but Jack McNie, Ontario minister
of colleges and universities,
hedged confirming the rumor when
he met with the OFS executive Jan.
McNie tried to put the blame for
fee increases onto the treasury
board. He said the increases come
as a result of decisions made in
that board when it set the annual
The report of the government's
commission on post-secondary
education recommended sharply
increased tuition fees along with
easier access to loan money.
OFS delegates feared the an-
Debate continues
From page 1
block. Ross said he had reached
the conclusion that the purpose of
most of the zoning laws is to exclude the unfortunate.
"The real issue is whether we
want trees and green space for the
middle class or housing for the
lower class," he said.
An irate public housing tenant
shouted out in support of Ross and
demanded the other panelists
bring some "sanity" back into the
issue of parks and housing. He said
nobody seemed to care about the
8,000 people, 2,000 of which are
senior citizens, on waiting lists for
low-cost housing.
"People have no place to live and
you're talking about parkland," he
Accused of measuring costs by
only dollar signs, Ross made a
comment on the UEL's research
value. He said that he checked with
the university and the only study
being undertaken was one on the
living habits of field mice. "Does it
make sense to do that on land
worth $150,000 an acre?" he asked.
Only the clock brought the
argument to an end, leaving the
two sides farther apart than
before. Not all was said in bitterness though. In the elevator, a
local politician told Ross he didn't
like Ross' politics, but he was a
brave man. Some smiled and some
nouncement of a fees increase
would come during the summer at
a time when students are out of
school and organization against the
increase would be difficult.
For this reason OFS delegates
felt it was imperative that the
conference inform the government
that regardless of when the increase is announced opposition
moves would be taken.
Tuition fees increased by $100 for
the academic year 1972-73 in Ontario.
Last March when the fee increase was announced OFS tried to
organize a fee strike but because of
the lack of support, it proved
At the University of Western
Ontario, 25 students occupied the
fees office and only $200 worth of
fees were withheld.
Phil Rasminski, York University
delegate, said a fee strike wouldn't
"It's too much to ask a student to
put his academic status on the
line," he said, "At York if anyone
withheld fees they would be
threatened with expulsion."
Despite the argument over a fee
strike, delegates were unanimous
in their opposition to any fee increase.
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Page 3
Law faculty meetings to open
In one university faculty at least
students and faculty get along with
openness, honesty and freedom.
So said law dean Albert McClean, student Senator Art
Smolensky and Kit Riggs, newly
elected Law Students Association
ombudsman in interviews Thursday.
They were discussing a non-
- scandalous and successful attempt
by Smolensky to completely open
law faculty council meetings to
interested students and community members.
Smolensky said he first raised
the open meeting issue Nov. 30
when he attended a faculty council
meeting without permission.
However, he said some student
and several faculty members of
the council asked him to leave. He
asked for a vote to be called, it
went against him, and he left
without protest.
Smolensky said he posted a letter
in January to the dean of the
faculty "to see how students could
be admitted to see the council."
He said his request was con-
A procedure has now been
established for recall of student
Alma Mater Society treasurer
John Wilson told council Wednesday an agreement has been
worked out between the society
and the senate whereby any
student senator can be recalled by
10 per cent of his constituency
signing a petition.
Council had passed a motion
providing for a recall procedure at
a January meeting but it had to go
to senate for approval.
However since terms of senator '
elections are specified in the
Universities Act senate's rules and
procedures committee was unable
to give official approval to the
recall provision, Wilson said.
Senate just gave tacit approval
to the recall provision but there
should be no problem recalling
student senators since all students
are bound by Alma Mater Society
rules Wilson said.
In other business council learned
the administration would like
preliminary discussions to begin
next week to consider a possible
hike in the athletic fee.
The meeting will be held
Tuesday noon in the SUB conference room.
And preliminary discussions will
also be held Tuesday on the
possibility of a decentralization
Nursing representative Pemme
Muir said the issue of decentralization should be taken
Muir, Progressive Students'
Alliance candidate in the elections,
said the meeting is open to
everyone and will be held at 7:30
p.m. in SUB.
sidered and supported by the
council's student-faculty liaison
And last Wednesday, the council
voted to allow any interested
person to view its sessions.
Mclean said the only restriction
on public attendance was that
prospective visitors would have to
sign up "on a first-come-first-
served basis." He said the only
reason for the presigning
requirement was a space shortage,
and said 20 to 30 public seats would
be available.
Smolensky's uncontested victory
was only one of many this year for
progressive law students and
faculty members. Students are
already highly represented on its
faculty council. Twelve of its 56
members, or nearly 25 per cent
come from student-held elections.
Riggs said the actual student
representation is even greater
since several part-time facultv
members never attend meetings.
And, in LSA elections Wednesday the progressive slate
almost completely eliminated its
conservative opposition — many of
who's members, said Smolensky,
voted against his attending the
December council meeting.
Smolensky said law is generally
one of the most progressive
faculties. "People here are much
more concerned with education,"
he said "It's a very mixed group."
He said the faculty has become
increasingly democratic this year.
"Some ef the older faculty quit
because the students have too
much say," he said.
"Most of the remaining get along
well with the students."
Riggs told The Ubyssey the main
election issue was academic
"A lot of students get bored," he
said, referring to the present case-
study method of teaching law
students. Riggs said the case-study
method is an attempt to satisfy
conflicting needs for theoretical
and practical law study.
But the case method in reality
"is neither theory nor clinical,"
said Riggs.
"Most of the younger and many
of the older faculty have moved
away from this approach," he said.
The alternatives include Dave
Cruickshank's legal aid clinic
which would provide a community
service while enabling law
students to get away from the
monotonous library journals.
Riggs said the course, to last one
term, would be marked on a "pass-
fail" basis.
free (er)
—marise savaria photo
TRAIL BLAZING, workers cut through trees beside main library to provide more direct path to building.
Workers are actually coming in after the act as thousands of students have already forced a muddy path. All
that's going down now is cement to give official university OK to path.
Pollock takes presidency
Drinkers were treated to some
free entertainment Thursday night
in the Pit.
An unidentified forestry student
took his clothes off in the Pit
washroom, took a shower in the
rather large sink there, then, putting his underpants over his head
he -ran around the Pit several
He was kicked out, went to the
bowling lanes in the games room,
threw a few balls and then ran
outside .and headed for the
Thunderbird Stadium.
RCMP and the quasi-cops were
contacted by a concerned student
but both reported they had not
found the nude runner.
Employers at the pit said the
student was totally "blotto" at the
Although the exact meaning of
the word "blotto" is npt known
Ubyssey reporter Jacob van der
Kamp said he interpreted it to
mean the student was "inebriated"
or at least "pissed to the gills" if
not totally insane.
Eight acclaimed in arts election
Eight arts students have been
elected by acclamation to the arts
undergraduate society executive.
Although the AUS office accepted nomination forms Wednesday and Thursday, it received
only one nomination for each office.
Elected are Kim Pollock, arts 3,
president; Stewart Savard, arts 2,
vice-president; Karen Knopf, arts
3, secretary; Janice Sandomirsky,
arts 3, treasurer and Joanne
Lindsay, arts 2, Gerald de Montigny, arts 3, Terry McNeney, arts
3, and Arlene Francis, arts 2 as
Alma Mater Society council representatives.
"The new executive will work to
create an arts council of repre
sentatives from the departments to
be the formulating body of the
AUS," Pollock, whose term as
treasurer has expired, told The
Ubyssey. "The AUS will eventually
lose its decision-making role and
become just a co-ordinating body
and an intermediary between the
arts council and the faculty."
The reasons for creating the arts
Bethune honored at college
DOWNS VIEW, Ont. (CUP) — Bethune College at York University
has officially opened.
The college, which concentrates on Third World studies, is named
after Dr. Norman Bethune, noted for his medical work on the side of
Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War and the Communist party during
Chinese revolutionary wars.
At the opening, Si Schiu-Min, first secretary, cultural division of the
Chinese embassy in Ottawa, said the people of China regard Bethune
highly and concluded with a wish that "the spirit of Dr. Bethune shines
forever, may the friendship of the people of Canada and the people of the
Peoples' Republic shine forever."
Hazen Sise, who drove Bethune's truck in the Spanish Civil War said:
"I have waited 35 years for Bethune to be recognized.
"Everywhere he went Bethune was worshipped. The lasting effect
of Bethune will be that he has shown that service to the people will be the
highest service one can perform in this life."
Canadian diplomats were embarrassed when the first visitors to
Canada from the People's Republic five years ago asked to see the
birthplace of the Canadian. At that time Bethune was unheard of among
A member of the Communist party, Bethune died in China from an
infected wound he contracted while nursing a soldier in Mao's army.
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council, he said, are to decentralize
decision-making and to involve
more students in the arts student
Another concern of the new
executive will be to continue to
help strengthen and expand the
departmental student unions,
Pollock said. He said seven of the
eight departmental unions in the
23-department faculty were formed this year.
"We'll continue to work for
meaningful student representation, stressing student interaction
and participation in decisionmaking and policy formation,"
Pollock said. The new executive
supports the boycott of the
registrar-held elections, Pollock
said, and will carry out the
alternate elections for arts reps to
the faculty meetings.
"We'd like to extend an invitation to all the people nominated
in the registrar's elections to withdraw and run in the alternate
elections," he said. Page 4
Friday, February 8, 1974
Sneaky money
The administration would like to begin preliminary
negotiations with the Alma Mater Society towards a
possible hike in the athletic fee.
The administration has announced they will hike the
parking fees on campus.
The administration plans to raise rents in UBC residences for the second year in a row.
Under the guise of Recreation UBC the administration
has instituted a program to charge students $5 for casual use
of athletics facilities which once were free and which
students helped pay for.
This fall the administration successfully negotiated a
lucrative deal to use SUB as a summer convention centre
and, but for the diligence of a few student councillors, it
would have got a bonus cut of all winter rental bookings as
A pattern is beginning to emerge.
There were cries of anguish last spring when the New
Democratic Party didn't give the university quite the nest
egg administration heavies had been hoping for.
The effects are now being felt.
Quite simply, the administration is strapped for cash.
And more importantly it is trying to raise that
money without having to resort to a fee increase.
A fee increase might open the whole issue up to public
debate. People might demand the administration open all
the books. A dialogue might ensue about what services
should be provided and what expenditures should be made.
Not the sort of thing one would like to see at all.
So the administration has resorted to covert fee
increases, piecemeal actions which are far less likely to incur
the ire of students.
And if anyone raises a fuss, whoever's in charge just
opens the books, and well, it's all there in black and white,
every dime accounted for.
Recreation UBC?
Director Ed Gautschi produces the figures which shows
it actually does cost $20,000 to run that useless organization and miraculously, that happens to be the amount of
incoming revenue for the program.
UBC housing?
Director Leslie Rohringer whips out the books which
show that it costs "z" dollars to operate the housing service,
but the "y" students going to residence only pay "x"
dollars, which just happens to be "w" dollars less than "z"
dollars. So we divide "w" dollars by "y" students and that's
how much fees have to go up.
Of course. How could anyone mistrust men like Mr.
Gautschi or Mr. Rohringer?
Unfortunately these sort of fee hikes will continue until
students can examine more broad questions about university finances; questions like:
Why can't the money for Rec UBC come from some
other budget? How much money is the administration
wasting on more unimportant services? Why must services
like housing and the bookstore be self supporting just
because the board of governors says so? Why, when students
pay increased fees to support a service, are they often
denied a say in the operation of that service?
The Ubyssey does not suggest that in the current
inflationary economy there is no condition under which a
fee hike would be justified.
Instead of springing sneaky little surcharges all over the
place, if the administration has a good case for a fee hike
they should come out in the open and justify it.
Until then, we're agin it.
FEBRUARY 8, 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,
228-3977.   Co^djtors: Vaughn Palmer, Michael Sasges
Standings were released today for the NHL (non-existant hockey
league). With the teams already two games into the schedule, it's shaping
up to be quite a battle for first place between the two top teams, Sports
and News, who are already way ahead of their non-existent opponents.
Needless to say the Vancouver Canucks are at the bottom of the league.
Depending on who you listen to the teams are either tied for first place, or
the news team is two points behind the sports team. "How much longer
will this hockey tripe continue?" asked Gary Coull, Ken Dodd, Denise
Chong, Ryon Guedes, Ralph Maurer, David Fuller, Doug Rushton, Mike
Sasges, Boyd McConnell, Rick Lymer, Steve Morris, Alan Doree and Lesley
We forgot  Pemme Muir,  Marise Savaria  and the Friday Newswriting
seminar.   "It's tiresome, Palmer, it's tiresome," they replied a capello.
"Look, I realize this is your first bust, but you can't ticket people for playing canasta,
simply because they don't have a Rec UBC card.
Half wit hack has happy
but hokey hockey history
Canadians enslave themselves to the gods of
hockey at this time of year because our national
honor is at stake, winter sports are an important part
of our social life and the wheat crop will fail if we
Despite this interest, or because of it (take your
pick, the Supreme Court has yet to hand down a
decision), the history of what is regarded as our
national sport has fallen by the wayside. The
following will probably help keep it there.
Hockey was invented during the great blizzard of
'54, though some say '55, '56-24-33, hut one, hut two
. . . whoops, sorry, wrong sport.
Anyway, others say there
was no blizzard at all and
the whole thing was faked
by a CBC crew on location.
The game itself was
conceived, if you'll pardon
the expression, by Jacques
Entwhistle Running Feet
Dmochowski, a French-
ian trader, when he was
snowbound for eight
months in a log cabin in
downtown Winnipeg.
Dmochowski and his 11 partners whiled away their
captivity with the new game. Upon surviving the
grim ordeal they decided to call it either pinball or
hockey and finally settled on hockey, after the Ojibwa
ho-key meaning, "dubious origin". The name pinball
was later given to the game pinball which seemed
like a sensible arrangement at the time.
Dmochowski saw the game, hockey that is, not
pinball, as a more exciting way than Confederation to
bring Canada's many cultures together in mortal
combat and make a fortune in the process. His patent
was briefly contested by Otto Lilienthal who, trapped
in a log cabin in Germany, later discovered he'd
invented the glider by mistake.
Dmochowski's game was originally played on a
grass field with a ball, lacrosse racquets and much
bloodshed. This led to the mistaken impression that
hockey was formerly lacrosse when in fact, lacrosse
was actually hockey (those able to follow this complex piece of reasoning may travel directly to GO and
collect $200, those who don't shouldn't worry about it!
I already have and can assure you it isn't worth it.)
Early players noticed it was increasingly difficult
to throw a hockey ball about a field as winter wore on,
or off for that matter. Therefore subtle alterations
were made to the game by Maritime fishermen,
prairie wheat farmers, the CPR, three provincial
governments and a Royal Commission in a pear tree.
Fields were transformed into rinks, balls into pucks,
pumpkins into coaches (pumpkins, coaches, get it?)
and the bloodshed into entertainment. American
entrepreneurs made hockey more Canadian by
replacing the first pucks, made of birch bark, with
ones of frozen maple syrup wrapped in a beaver pelt.
A touring Russian team introduced the shutout, the
victory and referees who, strangely enough, spoke
only Russian. All of which historians feel contributed
to the shattering Canadian defeat that followed,
unless, of course, it was something else.
Canada then invented basketball but had learned
her lesson and gave it to the Americans before
Greenland or Easter Island made her look equally
American teams remained out of the picture for
some time due to poor camera work and it was not
until the War of 1812, when a Canadian government
grant enabled them to skate across the frozen
waterways, also known as the border, that competition with the U.S. began in earnest.
From Earnest, Nebraska hockey later spread
farther west, where it was legalized despite evidence
linking it with cancer. Not even penicillin or commercials by Euell Gibbons could stop it.
The first western team was formed at Calgary by
the RCMP whose musical ride became a potent
weapon, either by making the ice unfit for continued
play, or by trampling the opposition underfoot.
Skating horses, however, soon became passe, and
as the medication required for this condition was
expensive, new things were tried to add color to the
game. The blue line was one such successful experiment, receiving standing ovations wherever it
was shown.
This encouraged the production of a sequel the
following year, entitled the red line, which played to
packed rinks all across the country.
Another successful experiment was professional
hockey, which archeological evidence shows was first
introduced in southern Ontario after the turn of the
century by the Mafia, who smuggled it in by truck.
Professional hockey enabled players who were
pounding each other senseless for fun and exercise, to
do it for money instead.
Professional hockey also enabled players to make
as much money shaving, eating and deodorizing
themselves on television commercials, as they did
playing the game. As a result a league was organized
to enable players to indulge in these activities, honing
their skills to perfection, as thousands of rabid fans
cheered them on.
The league, being located in Eastern Canada, was
naturally called the National Hockey League. This
miffed Westerners who turned to other sports, like
drilling for oil, and every season they flocked to the
nearest wellhead to see the action.
The NHL has since tried to become truly national
by spreading across an entire country — the United
States. The Americans, however, refuse to accept all
the blame for hockey, having been held responsible
by the International Court for inflicting the madness
of basketball on the world, and insist Canada keep
enough teams to remain an accessory after the fact.
Hockey is now played all over the world, which
sometimes causes it to get in people's way, and along
with Ann Murray, is one of Canada's lasting contributions to international hostility. A hockey team
capable of boycotting international competition is
now a prerequisite for statehood and ensures that
what's-his-name, you know, the guy that invented
hockey, will never be forgotten.
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Such a gorgeous kid
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me
Directed by Francois Truffaut
Screenplay by Jean-Loup Dabadie and Francois
Truffaut brings together a nymphomaniac
golddigger in jail on a murder rap and a young
and tender-headed sociologist earnestly
collecting data on women deviants. This
gorgeous deviant- (Bernadette Lafont) charms
the sociologist into thinking she is really a good
kid and after some amateur sleuthing he
manages to get her sprung from the lockup.
Although much too befogged by her overpowering sexuality for Stanislas the sociologist
(Andre Dussollier) to notice, Camille really is
quite a naughty girl. Responsible for the deaths
of her father and one of her lovers, a character
called Arthur the Exterminator, the story that
Camille tells to the sociologist is one of a series of
torrid and interesting adventures, Truffaut
sustains a uniformly high level of drama
throughout this tightly-plotted comedy by
recreating the incarcerated Camille's memories .
of her exploits as recounted to Stanislas. Comic
relief from the comedy is provided with tragic
scenes of the naive sociologist being drawn into
Camille's web. Juxtaposed with these starry-
eyed portraits are scenes of Stanislas sternly
dictating his observations to his obedient typist-
girl friend who is not amused by the tramp in
Truffaut presents a convincing set of
characters as a background for Camille to work
through her high-energy passions. Sam Golden
(Guy Marchand) provides a delightfully sleazy
caricature of the French version of the tough-guy
American entertainer as well as one of the best
episodes in this episodic film. Golden's simple-
mindedly unintentional parody of the growling,
leering gangster-crooner and the tensions it
produces in the nightclub between the bum-
pinching audience, the flouncing barmaid
Camille and himself is almost brilliant.
Almost brilliant as well is the portrait of the
godfearing, gentlemanly Arthur the Exterminator who wages passionate war against
bugs and rodents because of his great love of
man. His own peculiar sexual needs are closely
linked to his vocation and his suicide is
satisfyingly symbolic.
A dull-witted, highly-sexed, rifle-packing
clown as Camille's husband and a money-
hungry, horny and seductive lawyer complete
Camille's stable of lovers.
A reversal of fortunes at the end of the film
lands Stanislas in jail on a fake murder charge
engineered by Camille to save her own skin. She
becomes a famous and successful chanteuse, he
a grinning idiot devoid of passions in a mouldy
jail. These last scenes are superbly ironic and
establish Camille as a ruthlessly playful
Truffaut's attitude to Camille is difficult to
ascertain, she is both schemingly sluttish and
refreshingly human. What is cleaj^ is Truffaut
fs fascinated by her type; sKeappears in many of
the previous films in a variety of guises.
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me is both interesting and entertaining. Truffaut's vision of
the social order is idiosyncratic and personal, his
close attention to the superficial details of
character establish him as an artist revelling in
the minor idiocies of life.
Ed Cepka
One Act Orgasms
Three, that's right folks, three (count'em)
original one act student dramas were unveiled
for the first time at the Dorothy Somerset Studio
on campus (behind the Freddy Wood) just last
Monday and Tuesday. This semi-illicit affair was
co-habitationally sponsored as a joint creative
workshop by the Department of Theatre and the
Department of Creative Writing. The three
original plays were all written by students in Dr.
Douglas Bankson's senior playwriting tutorial
(Creative Writing). All of the trio of directors
involved came from Dr. Klaus Strassman's
senior directing workshop (Theatre) and most of
the over eager student cast came from acting
classes in the Theatre department.
The opening play on the playbill was a short
character drama BAGS written by Linda
Svendsen and aptly directed by Gordon McCall.
Four high school girls spend grad night
celebrating by "roughing it", camping out in the
woods. Insinuation follows a falling-out bitch
session of a lesbian powerstruggle for affections
in which violence<^ensues^ | McCall used some
interesting multi-media techniques in directing
this play; a slide projector resolving into focus
presented a rear projection of some tall trees,
and short series of slide projected "flashbacks"
were interspersed with blue denim Kleig light
"freezeframe" overcast cues. This all to psycho-
technical interpretation at times tended to obscure rather than elucidate a rather highly
strung character "drama with its all too
obligatory "straw dogs" ending (see SUB Cine).
Maureen Sheerin, "however, was rather convincing as a juvenile hayseed in her role as Dog.
Dennis Foon's play PEACH, directed by Kathy
Miller, brough the audience many guffaws but
many may have been laughing at rather than
with this improbable piece of Brechtian frivolity.
Absurd (theatre of) as it may sound Peach has
been kept literally "under glass" for the last
fifteen years by his papa, the delectable Dr.
Piddle (-ing around), because of his horrendous
ofactory obfustication (re: SMELL)! The good
doc discovers that the smell results from the big
baby's inability to lie and coaches him in this
manner. Lizzie comes on as his mother's ghost
and tries to seduce him into suicide and joining
her in heaven. A sultry sexy and quite carnally
satanic Miss Thief (rip) tries (and succeeds) in
seducing him in a more-down-to-earth fashion.
Foon's play is all high camp fun with hyperventilated character types mouthing off
deliciously and maliciously at a moment's
notice. At times irritatingly reminiscent of Epic
Theatre with rear screen projected slides
revealing the mini-acts sub-titles of the play.
Derek Keurvorst energizes his way through his
Dr. Piddle role, Jennifer Crockford sizzles as an
angelic Lizzie cum lately from heaven, Cathi
Doran steals too many scenes as the sexy
seductresss Thief, and last but perhaps best
pressed of all was Cliff William's all too babbling
portrayal of the puzzled Peach fresh from the
incubator and his faetal position fantasies. All in
all some absurdly funny lines of farce but
basically a "gargoyle cartoon" — a play that
should perhaps stay in the incubator for a long
time till it grows up.
The finale of the "terrible trio" was
Chickentown a running kosher-spaghetti
gag concocted by Johanna Herman and directed
by Tony Dunn. Miss Herman throws them
stereotypes around in a hot pot pourri of classic
clicks and double takes. In fact one is lead to
suspect that her delicious dialogue ("Hershold,
but daddy I don't wanna marry Hershold he's a
limp wet noodle!") is her real danger because
she so often lets her characters get carried away
with it. Big daddy Rabbi Rose sells off his all too
recently dead wife's body for sordid cash and
tries to pawn the nasal yiddish-kid-next-door
Hershold (Peter Weiss) off on his seventeen year
old daughter Grimwood Peggy Thompson). But
Grimwood wants to marry her lover "Cowboy"
(Peter Hill), a wild Sicilian feel copper and ass
pincher with a wife and family of his own, for the
sake of their baby, which to the Rabbi's horror is
already on the way. Nicola Cavendish as Golda is
perfect as the fat-and-impish little Jewish girl
the teeny bopper sister to pregnant Grimwood
(she's fourteen going on twenty-one). What
enrages the cash-register Rabbi is the fact that
Cowboy is an irresponsible Catholic stud, or as
he so rabbinically rebakes it a "Chicken"
(Kentucky fried title). These flamboyant types
hurl themselves at each other in apparent mad
abandon of a dead ''Brigitte" Loves Bernie"
script in a totally zanny almost Commedia dell
Arte approach to effervescent farce.
No matter how badly her script was misinterpreted the audience loved it chewing up every
undigested yiddish joke and extorted the
balooning characters into ab lib — several of the
actors simply couldn't contain their own self-
concious stanislavskian slab-gag humor and
simply broke up. It was a rousing finale to an at
times inauspicious but always exciting evening
at the theatre.
One can only applaud the enthusiasm with
which the directors, McCall, Miller, and Dunn
and their casts unleashed to give some semblance of life to these original scripts. One can
only hope too that playwrights such as Svendsen,
Foon, and Herman continue to write and improve upon their previous efforts. The state
(stale) of young and creative new Canadian
drama being what it is today young playwrights
should be encouraged with more such workshop
productions of their work and by such vital
organizations as professor Douglas Bankson's
(yes the same one) New Play Centre right here
in Vancouver.
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Friday, February 8, 1974 Spell it out in Blaeklight
With a shocking rudeness the letter V tried to
seduce the C. An E became a comb, a T a hammer
and in a marvel of visual stimulation the Z flirted
amorphously with the audience.
You don't think about the Black Light Theatre of
Prague as much as you try to feel them. Wednesday the ten person troupe brought their
marvellous technique to the Queen Elizabeth
Theatre and before a full house tore a hole into the
other side of fantasy.
How strange their fluorescent props glow in
green and pink and blue. Everything went wrong
for a violinist who couldn't find enough hands to
keep his scarf, bow and violin under control. The
violin became a pet dog. A shoe kept independent
time. A ticklish music stand leaped into the air,
legs sprawling. The violinist was finally reduced
to playing a squawking, struggling duck which
disturbingly came out of the violin case.
Fascinating stuff. The operators of the
fluorescent props are black-clad working against a
black backdrop which gives them a tremendous
opportunity to manipulate giant masks and
puppets; to make richly coloured letters, fish,
heads, dinosaurs, wine glasses jump into view and
And that is what was wrong with the. Black
Theatre of Prague. Their style and technique are
superb. But their contnet was alternatively exceedingly shallow and metaphysically obscyfe.
Unlike the mime of Marceau, or Mummenschanz, or locally Dirk's Marionettes, in
which a meaning is rendered out of the visual
experience, Black Light's metaphors were
sometimes difficult to translate.
For example, the second half of the program
was a long four part piece entitled Diluvium. A
surrealistic attempt to capture the spirit of man's
inner mind with bells tolling and singers chanting
the piece moved from dancers writhing under a
sheet to a Fred Flintstone type comedy.
Throughout the piece a giant head, like a Greek
statue kept drifting in and out. Apollo versus
Dionysius? At the same time an even larger face
or parts of a large face kept coming together and
falling apart. This face was finally shattered at the
conclusion to a joyous dance routine. Music and
art liberated from authority?
And yet everything was real in this darkened
world. Strange green and blue fans danced,
seashells and fish erupted from the bodies of
sleepers, monkey-like characters with gigantic
heads searched for fleas.
Visually the most effective piece was Dialogue,
though the program notes cryptically said "steps
are heard from the time which we call the future
and the past..." the piece with its gigantic
sighing shapes was pure pleasure. A heartbeat
comes out of a wall. Two men in tophats and capes
and a girl in a black dress are startled.
They open suitcases and assemble a giant man.
The sheet falls from the wall revealing a giant
woman. With great sticky sounds a green tongue
becomes a wineglass, heart and hoop, caressing
the glowing orange bodies. The entire ten persons
troupe operated the twelve foot figures.
A strange evening, from simplicity to complexity, from sensuality to austerity. Fascinating
moments and confusing. A rich but sometimes
baffling experience.
Geoff Hancock
Children's Theatre
Mimes and make believe
Mix one part Peter Pan and one part Wizard of Oz.
Take away all the props, add a child's imagination, and
what have you got? — North of the North Pole, an
original play performed by the Genesis Company at the
Arts Club Theatre.
The story is about four people who decide to leave
behind everyday worries and fly away to the North Pole.
Of course they find it much too cold to have any fun, but
learn of another world north of the North Pole where
anything and everything can happen. Once there, they
become involved in a magical procession of imaginary
scenes and mysterious happenings, until they finally
untangle themselves by following a narrow, winding
path home.
If all this sounds slightly silly, it doesn't really matter.
Plot summaries, after all, always sound a bit ridiculous
(try to recite the plot of Hamlet without laughing). In
both cases, the play's the thing.
The Genesis Company play-makers are an amazingly
versatile troupe of actors, singers, dancers, musicians
and mimics. The play begins with the players cir-
culaHngln the audience showing the kids how to juggle
balls. (The secret, I learn, is to wait until the first ball
starts its descending arc before releasing the second
ball.) The kids don't catch on, but this person-to-person
communication sets the informal mood of the afternoon's entertainment.
Musicians John-Peter Linton and Sergio Godinho
initiate a haunting rhythm on electric guitars, bass
ripples of sound luring us into the magic of the play. The
Genesis players — Harvey Alperin, Sharon Corder,
Chas. Lawther and Leslie Payne — act out imaginative
pantomimes, creating a make-believe world you just
have to believe in. Whether whirring arms like
propellers with elbow-snapping speed or crawling
around on hands and knees like spiders and monkeys,
their energy and inventiveness is overwhelming.
The Genesis actors weren't the only people worth
watching, however; some of the best pantomimes were
volunteered by the kids in the audience. If the play didn't
get to them, the break for an imaginary snack did. One
little boy about four who had somehow resisted the
magic of the play, lit up when confronted with the magic
of an imaginary cookie.
North of the North Pole is an engaging play that hits at
the roots of the theatric experience. I left reluctantly. It
seemed a shame I knew it all had been a trick. Or had it?
For 45 minutes I wasn't quite sure.
The Genesis Company plays at the Arts Club Theatre
at 2 p.m. every Saturday until March 23.
Rob Harvey
Summer of '25
is alive again
In the third act of No, No,
Nanette, Jimmy Smith, "the
almost-millionaire" (played by
Alex McLeod) asks Nanette
(Valerie Easton), "why can't
things be sweet and dear like
they used to be?". Nostalgia, a
yearning for the simple values
of halcyon days past, played a
large part in the wildly enthusiastic reception given
Wednesday night to Mussoc's
spring musical.
The other part of the show's
success is due to sensitive
coordination of music and
choreography, as well as an
energetic and talented cast.
The plot of No, No, Nanette is
really just a way of stitching
together all the song and dance
numbers. Jimmy Smith, a
middle-aged bible publisher,
has the innocent but embarrassing habit of playing
Good Samaritan to young ladies
of limited means and
questionable virtue. He enlists
the aid of his lawyer, Billy
Early (Mark Dovey) to keep his
wife Sue (Grace Macdonald) in
the dark about his potentially
compromising relationships
with Flora, Betty and Winnie
Tplayed with vampy abandon by
Wanda Wilkinson, Gillian Lucas
and Patty Silver).
Jimmy's niece, Nanette,
meanwhile is busy asserting her
independence by resisting the
gangling charm and
matrimonial intentions of her
beau, Tom Trainor (Doug Irwin). Billy Early's hasty improvisations become hopelessly
muddled, of course, and
everyone, including his wife
Lucille (Susanne McLellan),
shows up at Chickadee Cottage
at the wrong time.
All this proceeds very much
like A Midsummer Night's
Dream in Atlantic City, with
everyone finally sorted out
happily at the end.
The huge Mussoc cast is well
coached by directors John
Brockington and Carol Lobar.
Choreographer Grace Macdonald, a Mussoc institution, is
particularly enjoyable, and
Alex McLeod and Mark Dovey
also give strong performances.
But Mildred Franklin, in the
role of Pauline, Jimmy's maid
and Nanette's co-conspirator,
steals the show with her
uproarious bouts with intractable vacuum cleaners and
persistent callers.
A word of warning, however:
come prepared to travel.
Tripping back to the 20's involves a real displacement.
Judging from the response of
the predominantly middle-aged
audience, No, No, Nanette effectively     re-creates      the
Nostalgia returns with Mussoc... at the old auditorium.
essential spirit of the time. But
a younger audience, deprived of
memories ofi classic songs like
"Tea for Two"', "Too Many
Rings Around Rosie" and
"Peach    on    the    Beach",
inevitably suffers from a kind of
imaginative jet-lag.
This can be quickly remedied
by a willingness to enter into the
spirit of the musical. It's absolutely the cat's pyjamas.
No, No, Nanette runs to
February 9, and again
February 13-16 at 8:30 p.m. in
the Old Auditorium.
Rob Harvey
Friday, February 8, 1974
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The Exorcist: directed by William Friedkin,
from a novel (and screenplay]\ by William Peter
Blatty; starring Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn,
Linda Blair and Max von Sydow.
About a week ago, I did exactly the same thing
many of you have already done — I went down to
the Stanley theatre and forked out my money to
see The Exorcist. Maybe my fright sensors aren't
what they used to be — but all I can say is that I
was unimpressed. I went expecting some sort of
cinematic event — a milestone, a movie to
remember — and I came away disappointed,
irritated and rather bored. Somehow, amid all
these reports of mass faintings, audiences attacking the screen, block-long lineups, instant
conversions, rivers of vomit running between the
aisles, I had expected something more than a two-
hour vacuum. Sad to say, I found my first roller-
coaster ride out at the PNE more thrilling than
this insipid Gothic pablum.
As some critics seem to think this film the
greatest thing to come out of Hollywood since The
Birth of a Nation — well, let's say since The Sound
of Music — I thought I should say my piece if only
to express a contrary opinion.
, The film opens in northern Iraq with Father
Merrin (Max von Sydow) playing an aging exor-
cisf-archeologist (what a combination!)
struggling with old ruins, hideous statues, barking
dogs, horse-drawn carriages, forces of evil,
symptoms of senility and assorted other curses.
Things begin on an appropriate racist note for the
background is peopled with the usual stereotype
Arabs: leering shifty-eyed individuals and gun-
toting crazies.
From this, we are switched, inexplicably to
affluent Georgetown in the good old U.S. and drop
in on a happy atypical American family consisting
of Mother, a fading actress (played by Ellen
Burstyn); big sister (played by Kitty Winn); and
sweet, gushy, little Regan "(Linda Blair).
Everything is OK until a few noisy demons (one
presumes there are more than one, from all the
noise they make) invade their house, and begin
cavorting in the attic. Then things really start to
move. The demon (or demons) invade little
Regan, and as a result, she comes down with what
can most tactfully be described as a bad case of
acne. She also has other problems. In addition to
green sores that break out over her body, and loss
of bladder control, she has trouble holding her food
and develops a nasty habit of screaming obscenities at people. And, oh yes, the furniture in
the room has a propensity to move about, float,
levitate, etc. The mother, understandably, consults various doctors and psychiatrists — all to no
avail. What to do what to do? Enter Father Damon
Karras, (Jason Miller), anguished young Jesuit,
suffering pangs of doubt (he has the usual
problem: he's losing his faith) and pangs of
conscience (his mother died in great poverty and
he feels responsible) — in short, the dark,
brooding, tortured, hollow-eyed priest-hero of
innumerable 1940s reruns. He comes to the rescue.
He holds interviews with the demon infesting the
girl's body (who, judging by his voice, has a bad
case of smoker's cough). He sprinkles holy water.
He makes tape-recordings. And then, finally, reenter von Sydow and the two of them decide to
tackle the demon head-on by exorcising him. The
exorcism ritual is too silly to describe. Suffice it to
say that kindly old Father Merrin is killed by the
ordeal, and Karras, in a fit of gigantic altruism,
coaxes the demon out of the girl's body into his
own, and then jumps out the window — which
mercifully ends both him and the film.
Praise inadequate
What is one supposed to say about all this
nonsense? What I would like to do, is end this
review right here. It is a badly-made, silly, boring,
unenlightening film, and if other critics had left it
at that, I would leave it at that, too. But no, all
sorts of commentators have insisted on seeing this
film as one of the great artistic ventures of this
year — or decade. Some have found even such
lavish praise inadequate. What do these people see
in the film? Let's begin with our own home-grown
film guru, Les Wedman. In the Sun on Dec. 28, he
says: "All in all, The Exorcist is a powerful,
carefully-made movie, one that gets the slow
build-up treatment that never does prepare
audiences for the shattering climactic cure and a
series of unimaginable horrors that can turn even
the strongest of stomachs. . ." And "Blatty explores the supernatural with firm authority" (how
does one explore the supernatural with firm
authority??) I should say in fairness to the man,
that Wedman also has criticisms of the movie but
that will come later. And Roger Ebert, from
Chicago: "I praised the movie as an example of
superb artistry, but not art. It works. It works on a
more effective level than almost any other movie
ever made. Those people fainting in the theatres
aren't pretending. And so The Exorcist must be
given its due, as an impressive marshalling of the
screen's most fearsome resources. . ." And so on.
And to take one more example, and the prizewinner for general idiocy, Michael Walsh, in The
Province on Dec. 31. "In its depiction of utter evil,
The Exorcist is without rival," and "The child is
transformed (with the aid of a superb make-up job
by Dick Smith and some unnerving special effects
by Marcel Vercoutere) into a deep-voiced fiend
capable of the most unearthly screams, hideously
wanton looks, and totally unnatural acts."
It seems that there are two distinct virtues
people find in the movie — its technical brilliance
and/or its message. Let's take the former first
since it's easier to handle. What sort of technical
craftsmanship does the movie boast of? Well,
you've Tieard what Walsh had to say about the
superb make-up job, and unnerving special effects. I can only conclude that there are two different versions of The Exorcist around, and that
Walsh saw one version and I saw the other. The
version that I saw was notable for its lack of
proper technique, its heavyhandedness, its
deadening blatancy. The make-up was terrible.
The sores painted on the girl's face, looked like
they had been painted on. The artificial lenses she
wore to give her eyes a weird effect, looked like
artificial lenses. The vomit looked like bright
green paint — and one doesn't need to be a connoisseur of vomit to know that it doesn't look like
bright green paint. The furniture moved and
floated boringly around the room, prodded by the
usual magician's gimmicks. What special effects
is Walsh referring to? The girl's head turning one
hundred and eighty degrees? The bed rocking
back and forth? Elementary stuff. Wedman says:
"This reliance on natural sounds rather than on
eerie or spooky music creates even more
terrifying moments than artificially induced
movie tricks." But as anyone with a pair of ears
should have realized, the film relies on the simplest of all movie tricks: the "natural" sounds are
all played at a heightened, very loud volume, and
only this gives them their air of unreality. In fact,
it's only the sheer loudness of the soundtrack that
prevented me from falling asleep during the damn
thing. Perhaps the film does have some technical
brilliance, but I have yet to have it pointed out to
me. Now undoubtedly the film can have an effect,
but then any film concerned with self-mutilation,
obscenity, defecation and gross indecency will
have an effect. Most porno films have effect. One
must not confuse this with technical brilliance.
Heavy PR job
In fact, on all counts, this film is a total disaster.
A great horror film? It's not a horror film at all —
a repulsive film, perhaps, but not a horror film.
But one has to admit the film is drawing crowds.
If it is as bad as I claim, how do I explain its
enormous financial success? Well, the sensational
topic, the rough language, the blue-film accoutrements, help a lot. Secondly, people are
always searching for an easy explanation for all
the suffering (poverty, class conflict, confused
sexual roles) in the world — especially a frenzied
world like ours. Pointing to a force of evil as the
cause is an easy way out. But there's another
reason: the enormous PR job. One way of making
a movie (or a book, or a rock group, or whatever)
a bestseller, is by telling people it's a bestseller, to
begin with. It's like detergent or any other
product: tell people about it often enough; sooner '
or later they're bound to buy. Warner Bros, has
poured at least a million into the production of this
film, and they're not about to lose their money.
They extorted from the Stanley theatre the
promise that the picture would run at least six
months before they would even consent to bring it
here. But let's look at the film's publicity, just in
the local area. Major articles (I exclude passing
references) on The Exorcist have appeared in The
Vancouver Sun on Dec. 28, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1
and Feb. 2. The Province had Walsh's
laudatory review on Dec. 31 and at least one
follow-up piece. Time magazine had a review of
the film Jan. 14 and a follow-up article Jan. 21.
Newsweek had a full review Jan. 7, a follow-up
article Jan. 28, and now, to cap it all, a seven-page
cover story in the Feb. 11 issue.
Notice that once publicity reaches a certain
saturation point, any publicity becomes good
publicity. The money-grubbers down at the
Stanley, don't care how many reviews come out
knocking the film anymore because that will hel^
them too. Wedman, Zimmerman (in Newsweek),
Ebert and most of the rest, all have criticism of
the film, but the criticisms are cunningly designed
to heighten the film's fascination and attraction.
Thus, Wedman: "This repulsive movie, which, I
suggested on a TV interview should be restricted
to three-time losers on Death Row. . ." and
"shocking obscenities . . . are more than an
onlooker should be subjected to"; and Ebert: "If I
were pinned down, I'd say, no, most people should
not go out and go to The Exorcist. Yet I gave it four
Page Friday 4
Friday, February 8, 1974 the Exorcist
stars, and put it on my list of the year's best
films." These comments by emphasizing the
(supposedly) forbidden aspect of the film make it
all the more attractive for most gullible people.
Even my own review, simply by talking about the
film, aids and abets it to a degree. When publicity
goes beyond a certain limit point, criticism
becomes self-defeating.
As I've pointed out, it's not even a good horror
film. Ebert says: "These people fainting in the
theatre aren't pretending." Well, in a sense, they
are. If a large group of people go to an event expecting to faint, sooner or later a small minority
will faint — that's the power of auto-suggestion.
The film, of course, is disgusting. But no more so
than a New Year's Day hangover; those who faint,
like fans at Presley and Beatles and Stones concerts of days gone by, do so because they are
expected to. The immediate rationale is different;
the general phenomenon is the same. As a matter
of fact, on the Monday afternoon that I went, no
one fainted —and the theatre was not even full. At
the end, a group of high-school girls walking out
ahead of me were giggling — which seems about
as healthy a reaction as any. Yet the critics talk
endlessly of overflow crowds, and mass seizures of •
Flimsy evidence
There's one last aspect of the film I want to
touch on. I wouldn't take it seriously except for the
disturbing fact that a large number of other people
are taking it seriously. This is the so-called
message of the film — i.e. evil exists in the world,
and is personf ied in the devil and only Christianity
can combat the devil. It is disillusioning to observe
how many fairly intelligent, but highly impressionable people have been adversely affected
by the film and have begun wondering about
exorcisms, demons, etc. in the real world. If the
film had remained simply that — a fictional story
put on screen — then we could consign it to the
dustbin of bad films and forget about it. But once
irresponsible and greedy people begin to utilize it
for their own ends, drawing many questionable
religious and moral conclusions from it, it
becomes a disturbing sociological phenomenon.
And the churches (many, not all), realizing their
appeal is dwindling ever more rapidly, are clut-
phing at another last desperate straw, as they will
at anything, in an attempt to revivify their
shrinking membership. Some officials in the
Roman Catholic and Pentecostal Churches have
been especially obnoxious in this regard. It is
claimed that: (1) Blatty's book was based on a
real, authenticated case, (2) the circumstances
cannot be explained by ordinary scientific means,
and (3) there is growing evidence for real exorcisms, possession by demons etc. This sort of stuff
hardly deserves a counter-argument but since
Newsweek and other magazines seem to be taking
it seriously, one might as well answer it. Wedman,
lor example, says: "The well-publicized exorcism
that author Blatty used and adapted for his novel
was performed over a 14-year-old boy in the U.S.
less than a quarter century ago." Wedman makes
it sound as if this is, somehow, a statement of fact
rather than a claim. But if one does the most
minimum of research one finds that:
(1) The boy who lived in Mt. Rainier, Md., was
afflicted with "poltergeist phenomena" only
observed by his family and close friends;
(2) The boy, the priest involved in the exorcism
and most of the other characters in the supposed
drama have remained anonymous;
(3) Blatty got all his evidence years after the
event from a diary and letter the priest had
I do not know what Wedman means by "well-
publicized". Perhaps he means "well-publicized
now but not then.. ." But there are all sorts of
contemporary exorcisms going on. The most
dramatic case concerns Father Karl Patzelt who
only last fall, succeeded in halting a series of
"attacks of the Devil" on a young couple and their
two-year-old son in Daly City, Calif. Why didn't we
hear about it then? Well, it seems the Church and
Patzelt, shy about such things, kept the lid on the
story until it accidentally broke after the movie
came out.
But it seems Patzelt, perhaps because of the
movie, has recovered from his shyness for the
next paragraph begins: "As Father Patzelt told
this reporter before flying to New York for TV
appearances. . ." Of course, this sort of thing
won't do at all. Patzelt's demon evidently afflicted
Are family "at their parents' home, in a supermarket, in a restaurant or motel". mainly by
throwing around household objects, and making a
nuisance of itself. But since its manifestations and
the subsequent exorcism were only observed by
small groups of people (usually the same ones)
this will hardly serve as valid evidence. There is
too strong a probability the people involved were
affected by hypnosis, auto suggestion or simple
gimmickry. There is also the good possibility the
people telling the story are conscious liars.
As a matter of fact, the only sort of evidence that
would really count to corroborate possession or
other parapsychological phenomena, would be a
large number of tests, performed over a longer
period of time, by large numbers of people — and
these tests would have to be duplicable by anyone.
Even this would not be certain evidence — witness
the mass hallucinations of the Middle Ages — but
it would be a start, ki-that case, the evidence
gathered would simply be incorporated into the
larger body of scientific knowledge. In trying to
decide whether reports of extra-natural events
(miracles, virgin births, flying saucers, resurrections, faith healings, exorcisms) are plausible,
it is always best to remember the words of the
great Scottish philosopher David Hume: "When
anyone tells me that he saw a dead man restored
to life, I immediately consider with myself
whether it be more probable that this person
should either deceive or be deceived, or that the
fact which he relates should really have happened. . . If the falsehood of his testimony would
be more miraculous than the event which he
relates, then and not till then can he pretend to
command my belief or opinion."
In other words, one should always ask oneself,
which would be more improbable, more amazing
(1) that this person (or persons) (no matter how
sincere) lied or (2) that the events described are
true, i.e. that nature's laws are broken. In most
cases, it's fairly easy to make a choice.
One should, of course, point out that many (if not
all) of the events Blatty describes in his book could
have happened in accordance with present
knowledge of physical and psychological laws. In
the early part of this century, Oesterreich, a
German psychologist, provided fairly convincing
explanations, in terms of hysteria and related
diseases for the personality changes, physical
changes etc. that oocur during so-calledi
"possession". Blatty mentions Oesterreich
frequently in his book, and thus gives us the
illusion that somewhere in the book he has answered him whereas the attentive reader will note
that he never answers Oesterreich at all.
Manifest demons
But let's take one final, interesting case all you
people, suffering sleepless nights after seeing the
movie, are worried about. Suppose you go home
tonight, and as you sit down to dinner, you hear
loud noises in the attic. Objects are mysteriously
misplaced in the room. Soon (perhaps in a few
days' time) furniture begins to move, seemingly of
its own accord. You notice spots breaking out on
your skin, or on one of the people living with you
. . . well, you know the rest of the story. Suppose
you go to a shrink, and he can't cure you of your
hallucinations. Suppose large groups of people
observe the same phenomenon you do (presuming
you're one of the observers). Suppose the same
events happen under rigorous laboratory test
conditions. And suppose further, a Pentecostal or
Roman Catholic priest comes, utters certain
mumbo-jumbo, goes through a few motions, and
the "demon" (quickly or slowly) disappears.
Question: What would this prove about possession,
the existence of the Devil, the existence of God,
etc.? Answer: Nbthing whatsoever. Let's think
about this one for a moment. All we would be
entitled to conclude from observing certain
inexplicable phenomena, is just that — these
inexplicable phenomena exist. We would not be
entitled to infer from that to certain unobserved
phenomena: i.e. we cannot infer from
manifestations of "demonic" possession to the
existence of demons. Now, of course, sometimes
we can observe from the seen to the unseen: We
can infer fire, if we see smoke, for example — but
only because from past experience, we have seen
fire and smoke correlated together. But here, all
we have is the supposed demon's manifestation;
we've never experienced the demon or Satan or
God directly; if we had, there'd be no need for all
the manifestations. Suppose the voice from the
afflicted one told us it was a demon? How could we
ever be sure it isn't some good spirit just trying to
make us aware of evil in the world? Or how do we
know the success of the priest's exorcism doesn't
depend on certain Satanic forces lurking behind
it? What laws would we invoke to prove it either
way? As a matter of fact, manifestations of so-
called demonic possession, even if they existed,
would prove very little of philosophical or moral
I've spent much too long on this movie. But I
thought it was necessary to, shall we say, lay
certain demons to rest. There are more horrors to
be seen on any downtown street in Vancouver than
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Page Friday 5 Sunday sojourn
Ace reporter Boyd McConnell
makes the trip south to look
for America.
Last weekend I had the dubious pleasure of taking a
trip down to, Seattle, Washington for a rugby game.
Aside from my having a very debauched and enjoyable
time, the trip afforded me a closer look, and an appreciation of some of the current American troubles.
I suppose we Canadians sympathize with the
American's gasoline shortage, their political problems,
and so on; yet we can still fill our tanks and not worry
about gas station line-ups or our faith in the government.
We left Vancouver Saturday morning; our convoy of
cars seemed to move from dryness to drizzle as we
crossed the Blaine border crossing. Here we noticed the
first effect of the energy crisis: decreased speed limits.
While my particular drivertjghosa cruising between 65
and 70 mph, the rest of the traffic obeyed the 55 mph
As soon as we arrived in Seattle we topped-off the gas
tanks because we had been warned that the service
stations close on Sundays. That prediction was very
true; the stations closed early Saturday afternoon and
there was no way to get any gas short of siphoning it
from another car.
One of the better offerings Seattle has is draught beer
in almost every establishment. The Seattle Rugby Club's
clubhouse even had a tap for the thirsty players to enjoy
— to get the significance of draught beer in perspective,
you have to own a hoter before the Liquor Control
Board will consider your licence application in B.C.
After the thirty in my group quenched their thirsts at
the SRC's clubhouse and sated their appetites at the
Hindquarter, we accompanied our host to a tavern.
The American taverns, in Washington anyway, appear
to run along the same lines as the planned "neighborhood" pubs people are trying to establish here in
VancouvefTThe particular one we patronized seated
fifty people comfortably; had all sorts of memorabilia
and trinkets festooning its walls; and it even had a
fireplace situated in the middle of the place, complete
with a crackling and spitting fire.
The patrons were all friendly people, as were the staff,
and, although American beer is roughly half as potent as
Canadian suds, the price of a jog was only a buck and a
half. I think the jug holds 100 oz.
""Talking with Seattle residents, I found that they
weren't as ignorant of Canada and Canadians as we're
wont to believe. Most of the people I came into contact,
with knew that Alberta had oil fields; realized Dave
Barrett was premier of B.C.; and, as a matter of fact,
many of them take trips to Vancouver, which they say
thev enjoy very much — the city that is. „
Naturally, in the course of many discussions, the topic
rolled around to Watergate. The people I spoke with
didn't try to defend President Nixon, it almost seemed
like he was a condemned man. Rather, they seemed to
be embarrassed by the whole thing and talked as if they
were responsible for the mess — everyone I talked with
admitted voting republican. It was like I was discussing
a childhood experience with them and they were trying
to get over the trauma and proceed with more important
Although racial prejudice is almost a cliche when one
is talking about the U.S., I didn't observe any gross instances of it. Once, when we were all watching some ten
year olds play basketball before our rugby game, there
seemed to be a suggestion of it. There were two teams;
one of which had all white players and the other all black
players. I don't know if that constituted racial
discrimination and, if it did, they would both be guilty. (I
have to note that the negro team outplayed the white
After spending a couple of sodden hours in the tavern,
we went to a nightclub — I believe it was called Apollo. If
it was representative of Seattle clubs, then they are the
same as Vancouver clubs: a loud band, expensive
drinks, spartan decor, and pushy waitresses.
There was a bit of a mix-up with the transportation
back to Vancouver after we shut the club down, so Al
Hudson, Chris Lefevre, and myself ended up hitchhiking home. It is illegal to hitch-hike in Washington, but
we figured we'd tell the police we were conserving
energy by "doubling-up" with another car.
I didn't think any sane driver was going to stop and
pick up three 200 lb. men in the middle of the night, but
we had a ride in fifteen minutes . . . with a homosexual.
I don't mean to demean gay people, but the guy drove
us all the way to Everett just smiling at each of us with a
very stupid looking grin and almost killed us by running
a stop sign.
We left our new found friend at the Everett turn-off
and started to thumb once more. Believe it or not, we
had another ride in just five minutes. This character, we
found out when we climbed in, must have been rather
paranoid because he had a six inch knife lying in his lap.
He never threatened us and I don't think we were all that
worried that he'd use it; he probably just wanted to get
through customs.
When we got to the border the inspector asked him,
"Do you have anything to declare?" "No," he replied.
"What about this desk," she asked him, referring to the
mahogany desk he had tied to the roof of the car. "I'm
bringing it back."
It turned out that he had to go inside and answer some
questions, but he managed to talk his way out of paying
duty and he drove us into Vancouver. We got home at
six-thirty Sunday morning.
I guess the only concrete thing we got out of the trip
was an extension of our club's champion drinker's title.
King Gray has now established himself as the holder of
the Pacific Northwest Beer-guzzling crown.
America? Love it or leave it.
Boyd McConnell
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If sheer surgical skill in film-making were enough
then Straw Dogs could well have been Sam Peckinpah's
best film yet: as it bleeds it is an astonishing parabolic
knot of terror and Violence (capital "V") splattered
over the erstwhile quiet Cornish countryside. Dustin
Hoffman arrives in darkest Cornwall as the American1
mathematician on sabbatical leave in his wife's
hometown. Hoffman is cool and calmly intellectual at
first hence the local yokels keep him at a distance with a
long-handled spoon of mixed mockery and awe. Slowly
he clues in to what is happening to him. He is kept outside the small inscestuous village circle. His English
wife (Susan George) being a native of the place is attracted to an old flame — hence they humiliate her by
casting her aside after she is ruthlessly gang-banged. A
girl from the village is found molested and dead, hence
the village idiot is hunted as the logical scapegoat.
Hence Hoffman, down from his ivory tower shuts
himself away in his castle with his whimpering freshly-
raped wife and the slobbering sacrificial village idiot to
whom he has offered sanctuary. Hence the "heavy
mothers", five hulking Cornishmen, make "straw dogs"
(sacrificial offerings to be butchered) of them all and
attack the walled farm with a vengeance.
One might argue that Peckinpah's "straw dogs" are
not human victims but moral ones — the bloody alibis
people offer themselves for their violence — but that's a
crappy apology for all of the appaling violence in the
film. The hence, hence, hence, synopsis above merely
serves to underline the coldly cut and dry
psychologically logical motivation backstopping the
script. Quite apart from the focal theme of violence
breeding violence (bleeding violence) there is something
lacking in the midsection of the film. The guts of what I
feel this loss entails is the former Peckinpah heroic
sense of myth and legend that used to surround all his old
slam-bang fast-paced heroes. The morally bland "so
what" ending, leaving five gut-wrenchingly exquisite
killings behind, seems a cruel cop out. If the sex and
violence bandwagon is the only thing selling seats in
movie houses these days then it is indeed a sad comment
on our violent society.
However, it is for all its macabre gruel, a very nice
piece of film-making and technical craftsmanship as
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Druid mysteries of the villagers, to the razor sharp
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terror constricting in one's stomach. We see the thin
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driven to the animal again — a reverberation that is
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Page 11
Students want money back
Guelph BoG takes over
GUELPH, Ont. (CUP) —
University of Guelph board of
governors have taken control of
the university centre and the
student council may initiate legal
action to recover $1.1 million
students have contributed to the
building's construction.
After the board's decision was
revealed Jan. 28 student council
approved in principle a referendum asking students if they want to
continue to contribute part of their
fees toward the building or if they
want to withdraw what they have
already contributed.
Since 1966, each student has
contributed $10 per semester of
their student fees to a trust fund for
the building. The university was to
have collected the money upon
completion of the building. But, if
the students decide against giving
the money, student council
president Peter O'Malley said he
will refuse to sign it over.
Although university president W.
C. Winegard said the board
decision did not mean that it
wanted control of the day-to-day
operation of the building, O'Malley
was unsatisfied.
"The board of governors
decision leaves effective and final
control of the building in the administration's hands," O'Malley
"Winegard contends that since
the board has ultimate legal
responsibility for the university, it
must have ultimate control of the
university centre. But he insisted
the board did not want to assume
day to day operational control.
"Students have been putting $10
a semester into this building for
eight years now. Since they agreed
to do this in 1966, students have
contributed $1.1 million, the
largest non-government contribution. Furthermore, the
provincial government would not
agree to help fund the project
without the money. Now they turn
around and tell us that we don't
have any real control of the way
that money will be used," O'Malley
The interim governing committee researching the future
operation of the centre recommended users be given as
equitable a share as possible of the
building's operations.
Student council also recommended all student representatives on the interim governing
committee resign  until  students
Students end
secret reports
at Lakehead
Education students at Lakehead
University have succeeded in
getting rid of "confidential
reports", evaluation sheets on
graduates faculty advisers send to
the Ontario education board.
While the reports were kept
secret from graduates, the board
was able to send them to any
prospective employer wanting to
know information about the
Education students have been
opposed to the reports for some
time, and have been organizing
against them recently. Students
r council voted unanimously Jan. 16
to support education students in
any action they might take against
the board.
Education dean Andy Angus,
fought the students over the issue,
stating the confidential reports
were the only method of evaluation
that exists. Now that it has been
thrown out there is nothing, said
Of 10 Ontario education schools
questioned only three use any form
of report on graduates.
are able to decide what they want.
Following the meeting, all the
student undergraduate members
of the committee resigned.
"Winegard may try to appoint
other students to sit on the committee but it will be a bogus
committee and it will be
recognized as such," said
Under the University of Guelph
Act, the board does retain ultimate
control of all university financial
matters. But, in the case of the
university centre "a letter of
agreement could have been drawn
up between the board and the
governing committee of the
university centre to circumvent
this. We were in the process of
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when the board decided to retain
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times his proposals would require
the kind of effort Canada had put
into winning the Second World
War. He said the necessary
technicians could be trained and
the equipment for the project found
in a short time.
During the war we produced all
the technicians needed for the war
effort in a five-year period," he
said. "We can do it again."
Goyer said if necessary
technicians can be brought in from
abroad, but he was quick to insist
they would be treated better than
migrant workers usually are. He
hinted they would find obtaining
Canadian citizenship easy.
Another member of the audience
said the plan Goyer proposed
would deprive Canadians of the oil
necessary for consumption at
He said the payments of oil made
to pay off the twenty billion dollar
debt would take oil out of Canada
at the time the Canadian oil
resources, aside from the tar
sands, would be depleted and
Canada would be faced with exporting oil when it could not afford
to do so.
Goyer denied this is the case and
produced figures which indicated
Canada could afford to export the
He said he is confident the
government of Alberta will go
along with the federal government's plans even though the
provincial government has
jurisdiction over the tar sands, and
is currently involved in an energy
dispute with the federal government.
But he admitted Canada will
have to be unified if the plans are to
"Of course, before any solution
to the present energy crisis can be
found for Canada, both provincial
and federal representatives must
come to mutual agreement
because we must first solve our
problems and meet our own
needs," he said.
Goyer said it is incorrect to
speak of an energy crisis because
the problem is multi-faceted and
consists of a series of smaller interrelated crises.
As causes of these crises he
named rapid price escalations
resulting from monopolistic tactics
by suppliers, reductions in the
amount  of  crude  oil   produced,
increased demands by developee
countries and the emergence of
underdeveloped countries and
their new energy needs.
He argued Canada should
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because of its responsibilities in
the world at large.
"Many argue in favor of slow
development and adopt a "why
worry, we have it so good" attitude. They see no need for
Canada to play a major role on the
international scene," he said.
"However they fail to recognize
that in our society of growing interdependence, •Canada has a
responsibility vis-a-vis its trading
partners to try to alleviate the
adverse effects that the energy
crisis can have on the world
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Friday, February 8, 1974
The main goal of any significant change in the power
structure of UBC's senate or any other government body
must be to radically diversify its power.
Despite token reforms of the past decade, senate is still
dominated by conservative and often reactionary
university administrators and senior faculty members.
Granted the protest of the '60s did result in more decisionmaking power being given to individual faculties and
departments plus more input student representatives and
junior faculty members.
But the protest and energies have been drained into token
representation — not fused into progressive change. A
grossly unfair proportion of power still rests with deans,
senior administration personnel (usually ex-faculty
members like Walter Gage) and full professors.
The senate is the academic part of UBC's bicameral
governing system with the powerful and secretive board of
governors acting as the financial arm.
The board is the parent body, administering the budget,
making decisions on disbursement of funds and
management of UBC's property and general business affairs. It also has a veto power over senate but rarely uses it.
The senate is responsible for considering policy questions
on such matters as administration and academic planning
needs. It sets admissions policy, determines new courses
and programs, establishes new faculties and departments,
evaluates teaching standards,-grants faculty appointments
and tenure, sets examination policy and course standards
and approves amendments to the Alma Mater Society code.
Provincial government legislation controlling these
decision-making bodies is now under examination by the
New Democratic Party indicating some changes in the
current structure are forthcoming. At the moment B.C.'s
three universities are run under the Universities Act which
was introduced by the Social Credit government in 1963.
Hopefully there will be significant changes although it is
more   likely   a   better-packaged   tokenism   for   student
representation and a continuation of the gerontocracy will
.  Right now there are 96 senate members.
Until about seven years ago, faculty could be elected as
alumni representatives. Many faculty members, notably
classics head Malcolm McGregor, sat on senate for years
and years under this clause without ever being elected by
By approving the membership of four student members
on senate, the body changed its mood if not its emphasis.
There definitely has been a slight Liberal swing on senate
in the past few years. Some relatively progressive motions
on increased student representation, women's rights and
related motions are now being defeated only by a few votes.
For example the recent senate vote on the controversial
issue of whether the arts undergraduate society or the
registrar should carry out elections of students to arts
faculty meetings failed by only three votes.
However, even if that motion had passed it was hardly the
sort of thing to motivate the masses into a spontaneous
chorus of the Internationale.
Senate's artifacts
ERRINGTON .. women's leader member progressive wing
So this type of moderate reform by senate is not going to
help break down the walls of alienation around here.
The inclusion of students has made for more lively debate
and confrontation on issues. Also students can claim much
of the credit for making senate meetings open to the press
and public (but only 30 people per meeting, please).
Also a student-sponsored motion resulted in the ending of
the two-year language requirement, the establishment of
the arts one and now defunct arts two and science one
programs and inclusion of a Canadians-first policy in
faculty hiring.
However because 12 students can not do much in a
generally unsympathetic 96-member body the accomplishments of student senators have been, in a sense, as
tokenistic as their numbers and influence.
Many radical student senators, notably Stan Persky and
Steve Garrod, were disappointed after being elected to
senate and being faced with the futility of their
predicament. Consequently their participation in senate
gradually decreased.
Many other student senators are simply intimidated with
suddenly being shoved into the position of verbally battling
with their history professors and never recovering. And
many senators make sure this intimidation is re-enforced.
Also in minor moves to promote openness the number
of senate meetings per year was doubled to 10 from five in
1968 because of increased senate business stemming from
UBC's growth.
But what has usually occurred from the more open atmosphere has been a tendency for many conservative
senators to exert their influence in the secrecy of com
mittee meetings rather than in public. That way they can
shield themselves from public criticism rather than
sounding ridiculous and reactionary in public attempting to
make their point.
Senate has eight standing committees and eight ad-hoc
committees. (For detailed information on the committees
see Ihe adjoining article).
Despite the extra meetings little time is spent on debates
of policy and most time is consumed by very picky details
on minor motions. The participants often show themselves
to be foggy academics.
Also the non-academic members of senate contribute
little to proceedings and few even show up. As well these
people elected by the alumni association tend to be uniform
in their interests. There has been a large preponderance of
businessmen, lawyers and university women's club-type
station-wagon housewife elected to the senate.
EPSTEIN ... pro-student but on few committees
Their contribution has been minimal, almost always
supportive of the status quo and usually quite reactionary.
Since the election of the NDP and especially since the
establishment of the university governance task force
many groups — including senate have prepared briefs
suggesting changes to the Universities Act and thus the
structure of senate.
Story by KEN DODD
Here we will consider three: the senate report, the
Bremer commission's working paper and the brief of the
coalition on university reform — a group of student and
staff members from UBC, Simon Fraser University and
Vancouver City College at Langara.
Both the Bremer and senate reports recommend a
retention of our current two-chambered, bicameral system.
The coalition calls for a unicameral system that would see
the board of governors and senate combine.
The coalition's premise is that the division between the
financially-oriented board and academically-oriented
senate is artificial. They feel it is in the best interests of the
university community if the two bodies are merged so
decisions of the governing body would consider related
academic aid and financial decisions at the same time.
As an ideal the unicameral suggestion is fine. It functions
quite well at a number of small colleges and universities in
Quebec and New Brunswick.
The unicameral system is now being tried at the
University of Toronto and is proving too large and unwieldy
when faced with the complexity of the modern multiversity
— of which UBC is one.
Instead of the process being more democratic and
structured to promote widespread and intelligent policy
debate, the system is receiving criticism from all sides.
It is an administrative disaster, and more importantly, is
not proving any more flexible and responsive than the
bicameral setup.
So it does not seem realistic to apply a unicameral
structure to the mass complex of 20,000 most lost souls here
Reminders of Nixon
One's first impression of the senate is probably similar to
walking into Dick Nixon's living room - dull and smothered
in artifacts you thought had disappeared with the 50s.
The only difference at senate is in the interior decorator is
obviously a brighter status quo politician than Nixon. So he
has sprinkled the Brooks Brothers suits and pompadour
hair styles with a token liberal here and radical there instead of polarizing and risking confrontation.
And the political camps in senate reflect this air with a
heavy weight of conservatives (browns) and a small but
vocal band of progressives (pinks) with a middle group of
varying hues jumping toward pink or brown as the issues
come and go.
Unfortunately, however, the committees that are the
backbone of senate are oozing with utterances from the
browns and largely devoid of a pink presence.
Senate has 96 members but many rarely come and many
more rarely speak so this political analysis will only include
the principal senators.
The left wing of senate ranges from small "1" liberals to
The inclusion of the 12 student senators reflects this
political spread with one exception, but the students tend to
vote as a solid block on most important issues — especially
student representation..
The student senators in the left camp then are: senators-
at-large Art Smolensky, Sandra Smaill, Val Embree, Jim
Schoening, and Richard Mattiussi, science senator Svend
Robinson, arts senator Graham Burns, education senator
Ellen Paul, commerce and law senator Peter Insley,
engineering senator Phillip Park and grad studies senator
Jim McEwan.
The most effective of this group on the senate floor are
Robinson, Smolensky and Burns. Insley, Schoening and
Embree speak to a lesser degree. Paul, Park, Smaill,
McEwan and Mattiussi rarely if ever speak.
Smaill and McEwan are both quite active on committees
Joining 11 of the 12 student senators in the progressive
camp are chemical engineering professor Norman Epstein,
education professor Roland Gray; NDP appointee Gene
Errington, a women's movement leader; convocation
senator Caroline Soong; and English professor Kay
This group tends to vote solidly in favor of progressive
motions on increased student representation, women's
rights, decentralization of the university and innovative
curriculum changes among other issues.
On the periphery of this group are three usually liberal
voters on senate: emeritus English professor Roy Daniells,
Bill Gibson, medical history department head and Vancouver alderman, and head university librarian Basil
Stuart-Stubbs. All three usually support arguments of the
progressive wing but their voting records are slightly to the
right of the leftist group.
Two newcomers on senate this session, education dean
John Andrews and medicine dean David Bates, could
eventually be grouped in the progressive wing but so far it
is too early to make a concrete judgment.
Both have voted consistently in favor of motions to increase student representation to this point however.
The middle group on senate is obviously the key contingent on close votes. A good debate can often swing them
one way or the other.
The leaders of this middle-of-the-road group are commerce professor Noel Hall, a well-known labor mediator;
English professor Ian Ross, a former arts one co-ordinator;
deputy administration president Bill Armstrong;
engineering dean Liam Finn; associate medical dean
William Webber; convocation senator Monica Angus,
graduate studies dean Ian McTaggart-Cowan, a noted
environmentalist; and philosophy professor Don Brown.
The recent vote on whether the arts undergraduate
society or the registrar should conduct elections of arts
students to arts faculty meetings showed the crucial nature
of this group. The fact that the respected and witty Ross
supported the position of arts dean Doug Kenny (a definite
conservative) in the debate on arts student representation
swung a lot of votes against the AUS conducting the election.
On the election vote the first count was 28-27 for the
registrar. The final 30-27 margin was aided by Brown
switching his vote in favor of the registrar and Hall standing up to show his support for the registrar after not voting
the first time.
Armstrong, a leading candidate to succeed administration president Walter Gage, took a political gamble
by voting for the AUS on the vote. No doubt he raised the
displeasure of many of the influential conservatives on
senate by doing so.
And now for the conservatives.
There are two divisions in this group between the people
who speak to motions with tact and principle, and the
reactionaries who often tend to sensationalize and smear'
opponents on the floor. In the end however both groups end
up voting the same way: almost consistently against the
students and for the status quo.
The more principled of the conservatives are: Socred
appointee E. Davie Fulton, the former Tory justice
minister and new B.C. supreme court judge; economics
professor Milton Moore; Robert Osborne, physical
education department head; law dean Albert McClean;
education professor John Dennison; law professor Charles
Bourne; and academic planner Robert Clark.
These senators are usually well-meaning, quite rational
but conservative.
Also in this camp is the twelfth student senator
Arthur Hilliker. Hilliker was elected student senator-at-
large last fall on a motherhood platform promising notably
library reforms. Since then he has consistently voted,,
conservative, though he is certainly a principled person.
However his vote against the AUS conducting arts faculty
elections was a key vote and defeated the AUS forces. Later
research indicated Hilliker contradicted himself in other
voting on student representation in other faculties.
And then there are the true reactionaries on senate.
Heading the list has to be classics department head
Malcolm McGregor, a self-proclaimed reactionary and
elitist who admits he does not think a university should be
democratic and has recommended what radical students
need is a good "bottom-paddling". However McGregor is so
notorious that he really is not taken too seriously and his Friday, February 8, 1974
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retain tokenism
SMOLENSKY .. . veteran student battler on senate
at UBC. The administration will just seem more impersonal, overwhelming and unapproachable.
Instead we must look for ways to really humanize the
current bicameral structure.
The essential prerequisites for any significant senate
reform must be more equitable representation of students,
faculty, staff, administration and community representatives in the decision-making process — and improvement
of communication between the various bodies of the
university community.
The Bremer report recommends the senate be composed
of 25 per cent administration (chancellor, president, deans,
librarian et. al), 25 per cent students and 50 per cent faculty
in a 72-member senate.
The Bremer report also recommends senate be composed
only of academic people from the university. The commission (of which deputy administration president William
Armstrong is a member) believes the division between the
academic and financial functions of the university should
be accentuated.
Thus the commission recommends almost no direct
communication between the board and senate. Under the
Bremer proposal the board would be composed of eight
provincial government appointees (traditionally
businessmen and lawyers) and five members elected by the
alumni association with the chancellor and president sitting
-as ex-officio members.
The senate would not elect any of its members to sit on the
board under the Bremer proposal. It currently selects three
to join the board.
By the senate proposal, the size of senate would be increased to 105. From reading the senate report it becomes
obvious the senate committee just could not cut down the
sheer numbers of their own special interest group — the
So the senate proposal sees the total number of faculty
raised from 46 to 51. Thirty-four faculty senators would be
elected from all faculties.
The report would minimally raise the number of students
to 17 from 12 but subtly tries to cut down on their effectiveness.
This is achieved by recommending 12 of the 17 students be
elected from each of the various faculties. Currently half of
the 12 student reps are elected at-large and half from
faculties. Having such a large percentage elected from
faculties would fragment communication between senators
and would also likely result in more students running
simply for the supposed honor of it all. Many of the most
effective senators of the past six years have been those
elected at-large. Often-times some of the faculty student
senators do not show up — they rarely get involved. This
would only be compounded under the senate proposal.
Also it should be noted the per cent of at-large faculty to
be elected was not seriously cut.
The senate proposal would favor continued convocation
membership on senate. It also calls for nine of a 15-member
smother senate meets
influence is often over-rated. At senate people tend to avoid
being identified with him. However as we shall, the 63-year-
old McGregor is still a power man on senate committees.
However one person who does not at all mind being
identified with McGregor is arts dean Doug Kenny, who sits
with McGregor next to the door at every meeting.
If an unwary intruder happens to plop down on their
chairs he or she is gruffly told to get off.
The most distasteful and petty man on senate has to be
chemistry professor Charles McDowell, a consultant to the
British government on chemical warfare for three years
just before becoming chemistry head in 1955. The arrogant
McDowell is blatantly anti-student and has run into trouble
in his department by ignoring student demands for a
greater voice in decision-making.
Next, is associate science dean Cyril Finnegan who has
been at UBC since 1958. After a motion revising admission
requirements for part-time science students was amended
to allow them until November, instead of September, to
switch to part-time from full-time studies (against his
wishes), Finnegan arrogantly remarked, "well we'll ignore
that anyway."
Also joining this group of dubious honor are: French
department head Larry Bongie, the clown prince of senate;
chemical engineering professor Stuart Cavers; history
professor John Norris; and believe it or not, a former NDP
candidate, anatomy department head Sydney Friedman;
geography professor John Stager; the associate dean of
graduate studies and economics professor Tony Scott — a
personal friend of Pierre Trudeau.
Despite their views and tactics this group is rich in influence on senate committees — especially the two key
committees, agenda and nominating.
Not to seem too condemning to the particular members of
these committees it should be pointed out that senate as a
whole elects the members of the nominating committee.
That is the best indication of how conservative senate really
The power of the nominating committee is that it has the
power and authority to nominate the membership of all
standing and ad-hoc committees. Once again these
nominations must be passed by senate but they are rarely
Of course, the political leanings of a committee's
membership determines what type of recommendations it
will produce.
Nominating committee members are: Bourne, Hall,
McGregor, Norris, forestry professor D. D. Munro, science
dean George Volkoff ( a conservative), Webber, Fulton,
ipBen Trevino (a middle-of-the-roader) and a senate
representative on the board of governors, and student
senators Svend Robinson and Sandra Smaill.
A motion by Robinson to place another student on the
committee failed earlier in the session.
Bourne is the current chairman. When Volkoff was
chairman he did not call meetings but simply called each
committee member to ask whether they voted for or
against someone. Even now under Bourne the committee
does not solicit suggested appointees from senate as would
seem fair.
Traditionally though not constitutionally the president
has also nominated people to committees. Gage has used
this privileged widely and though he would be placed in the
middle group if he could vote he does appoint
predominantly conservative people, usually senior faculty
The agenda committee's power is that it decides what will
appear on the agenda at senate meetings. Rarely is any
motion rejected outright but often a mover is persuaded not
to move a motion if the committee does not approve of it.
Also one of the functions of their committee is to initiate
discussion on senate of topical issues. This is certainly has
been failing to do.
Agenda committee members are: Cavers, forestry dean,
Joseph Gardner, a conservative, education professor
Charlotte David, Webber, Andrews, Armstrong who is
chairman, W.D. Kitts, animal science department chairman, McGregor, Osborne, Robinson and Schening.
Some committees have queer practices. For instance the
committee on appeals on academic standing, chaired by
McClean, meets regularly at dinnertime in the faculty club,
enjoying a sumptuous university-funded meal while
discussiong affairs.
The admissions committee chaired by Finnegan always
meets in the middle of the afternoons — inconvenient times
for student committee members Insley and Smolensky to
attend because they will miss classes.
Smolensky notes that this is the only committee he is
aware of on senate that never consults student committee
members as to when a convenient meeting time would be.
Another powerful committee is the one on the role and
organization of the senate which interprets internal
jurisdictional problems in the university under the terms of
the Universities Act.
Committee members are Bourne, Cavers, McDowell,
convocation senator W. T. Lane and Embree.
Interestingly few of the liberal faculty members on
senate are on many committees. .Epstein has only been
appointed to one: the committee on teaching evaluation.
This is one of senate's most liberal committees with
Daniells and Angus also being members through McGregor
(on four of senate's 16 committees) is there to keep a watchful eye.
Gray is not on any committees though he is the senate
appointment on the joint board of teacher education, administered by several post-secondary institutions.
Of the 16 committees the conservative camp chair 10. The
only two members of the progressive group to chair committees are Stockholder (the committee on interdisciplinary studies) and Soong (the committee on extracurricular activities.)
Unfortunately it is in the secret confines of senate where
the reactionary traits many senators surface — trying to
keep under control in public.
And it is in committees where the true but ugly nature of
UBC's senate rears its head — and the image is not
If this university is to become a progressive and vibrant
place then the "old-boy" control of senate — and these old
boys are mostly powerful deans and department heads as
well — must go.
Diversification and democratization is a necessity.
board of governors to be elected from senate — thus giving
senate control of it. Three would be senate faculty members, three student members and three convocation
members..The other board members would be appointed by
the provincial government.
Having faculty and student membership on the board is
definitely an improvement over the Bremer proposal as it
facilitates better lines of communication — currently a
great problem.
However neither the Bremer or senate proposals call for
inclusion of staff (other than Selman and Stubbs) on senate
or question whether the alumni association is the proper
organization to elect community reps to senate.
Also both retain clauses in student representation that do
little to increase student participation in the decisionmaking process much past the current tokenistic level. The
senate proposal is slightly progressive in appointing
students to the board but restrains student efforts on
The Bremer report allows a few students on senate but
allows neither faculty, staff or students access to the board.
By the experience of student senators so far it is obvious
students will have little opportunity beyond token opportunity to participate fully in senate unless their numbers
are greatly increased. The key benefit is students would be
able to make more of a contribution and impact in the
senate committee system. Currently most committees see
one or two students stacked against several usually conservative faculty members. Also the student senators are
over-worked. There aren't enough students senators to go
around and do an effective job as well.
Student representation on senate and other bodies must
be welcomed as beneficial, and not grudgingly given to
drain off revolutionary sentiments.
Obviously most students do not currently have the experience, knowledge or skills to immediately be granted
equal status so the process must be gradual — over five to
McDOWELL ... blatantly anti-student and reactionary
10 years perhaps. But to say students cannot possess the
essential skills to deserve equality is sheer nonsense.
Attend a few senate meetings and it will become quite
plain that given a fair chance (which they are not at the
moment) students have the necessary experience to make
the vast majority of decisions dealt with at UBC and contribute a fresh, young outlook.
Participation has to be seen as an end in itself.
To this end the coalition report makes several good
It recommends equal representation of students, staff and
faculty on the senate and other governing bodies.
The rational behind staff representation is that students
— especially undergraduate — have as much or more
personal contact with university staff especially library,
food services, and administrative personnel as with
academic faculty. Through this student contact, and their
alternative perspective on the university process staff
members obviously have something to contribute to the
decision-making process.
The coalition also recommends committees — notably
senate and presidential committees — should have at their
disposal a full-time secretariat to produce agendas, dockets
and minutes. Currently secretaries of committee chairman
usually get saddled with doing the committee's dirty-work.
Also to allow more scrutiny of currently secret committee
meetings (all senate and presidential committee meetings
are in camera) detailed minutes or summaries of committee meetings should be produced — and the committees
should be open to the public when possible.
The coalition report also suggests the community
representatives be elected from bodies other than the
alumni association. This seems sensible as many social and
income groups such as native Indians, working people and
the poor are not likely to be members of the upper middle
class alumni association but still should be served by the
And if senate does have community representatives they
must be from a fair range in the community for their
participation to be relevant. This might help senate and the
university to stop being a factory producing an elite to rule
the next generation of British Columbians.
The solutions suggested here are radical. The only
significant changes have to be radical. The NDP is not
radical. They are more progressive than the Socreds but
they will only come up with reforms not solutions.
The best people can do is try to pressure the NDP into at
least setting the groundwork — the first stage in the process
of making the university a democratic place run by the
people who are part of it.
If that is done then the emphasis must be on getting
people thinking about long-term planning. What the next
phase will be and the next and . . . Page 14
Friday, February 8, 1974
Hot flashes
and arts
Attractions this weekend at the
UBC Festival of Christianity and
the Arts include a dance worship
with the Cathy Iverson Dance
Troupe in Place Vanier, a music
workshop with Jim Strathdee in
Gage Towers and a liturgical
workshop with Richard Caemmerer at the Lutheran Campus
Centre Saturday.
All workshops start at 10 a.m.
and   continue   to   4   p.m.
Sunday, the Cathy Iverson
Dance Troupe and Richard Caemmerer will appear at 10 a.m. at the
' Campus Lutheran Centre, Richard
Caemmerer will deliver a lecture
"My Work as an Artist" at 2:30
p.m. in SUB art gallery and a
multi-media service will be held at
7:30 p.m. in the Vancouver
School of Theology Chapel of the
Former B.C. Hydro chairman'
Hugh Keenleyside will speak at
noon Monday in MacLeod (Electrical Engineering) 228. The topic
of his speech will be the social,
political and environmental impact of atomic energy in B.C.
'tween classes
Meeting noon, International House
Panel discussion on Bremer and
educational change, 8 p.m., 1208
Granville St.
Discussion with c.W. Humphries on
The Nature of Immigration—its
effect on Quebec, noon, SUB 207.
AGAPE   Life   meeting   7:30   p.m.,
3886 West Fourteenth Ave.
Cathy Iverson Dance Troupe, noon,
SUB gallery.
Tsai-Ping Liang in a special guest
recital, 8 p.m., music building recital hall.
Winter Carnival Regatta 10 p.m.,
Kitsilano Yacht Club. All members
Gym night basketball 8 p.m.. Gym
UBC men against Portland State
University 2 p.m. and UBC against
Oregon College of Education 7
p.m., gymnastics gym in south campus P.E. complex.
First day of spring series 9 a.m.,
Kitsilano Yacht Club.
General meeting noon, Angus 404.
Prayer meeting, noon, Lutheran
campus centre conference room.
Meeting for prayer power noon,
Lutheran Campus Centre conference room.
Meeting noon, SUB 215.
Film "Mountain Hiking in Germany" noon. International House
room 402.
Meeting noon, SUB 205.
Graduation recital by Roger Knox
on piano, 8 p.m., music building
recital hall.
Lecture "Music and the Mystical
States of Consciousness" 7:30 p.m.,
SUB 215.
Positions are now open on the
following A .M.S. Committees for
Deadline for applications is
FEBRUARY 20, 1974
All applications should be submitted to the
Executive Secretary, S.U.B. Room 246, or phone
228-3971 for further information.
Take an Interest
Music by
7:30 p.m., Thurs. Feb. 14 — Lutheran Campus Centre
All Welcome - No Charge — Info. 263-8219,879-4085
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of the first show Friday and Saturday. The time should have read
7 p.m. The listing for the second
show at 9:30 p.m. is correct.
Photosoc will hold a general
meeting and executive election at
7 p.m. tonight in the SUB clubs
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in SUB 215
at 7:30 p.m.
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Weavings and wall-hangings—
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And a dozen other countries.
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Warm-tone enlarging paper
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20 — Housing
GIRI., 22-25, to share house. Own
room, $85 per month. Phone 873-
1901  evenings.
25 — Instruction
B£UEGRASS BANJO. Scruggs and
Keith Styles on Campus. Call
22S-2015   before   C   p.m.
30 - Jobs
DECORATE with prints & posters
from The Grin Bin. 3209 W.
Broadway (Opp. Liquor Store &
DISCOUNTS on calculators. Texas
Instruments SR-10 $115. SR-11
$139, Royal 5T $80, Commodore
M-3   $69.   325-4161   eves.
11 — For Sale — Private
lOUOOB double track bellows
with T2 mounts for Nikon, $35.
687-5180,   between   6-7   p.m.
"BATES" by Bob Hadley on sale
in  Co-op   Basement,   SUB.
FI.UTE: "Geimeinhardt", $130.00.
needed fast. Phone 228-0576,
FAST-TIME Secretary, 5 hrs. wk.
$2.50 / hr. Jewish Community
High   School,   ph.   736-7307.
MEDICAIi STUDENTS or graduate student in Medical Sciences
required for medical literature
research (part-time). Phone 733-
writing, graphics, photography,
research? Sporadic assignments
for those qualified. This year,
next. Get on the list. Phone 228-
3774  or  inquire  FWT   113.
35 — Lost
65 — Scandals
"YEB CRUISIN' fer a bruisin',"
says Vic Vaseline, if you miss
Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium
Show. Today, Friday. Feb. 8 at
12:30.   It's   Free.
70 — Services
MANUSCRIPTS (books essays,
theses) edited for standard English usage, clarity, syntax, punctuation, spelling, by retired publisher.   263-6565.
Full-time space for child under
three years available immediately to UBC parents interested in
actively participating. Phone
Unit Three, 228-5385.
80 — Tutoring
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85 — Typing
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60 - Rides
CLASSIFIED Friday, February 8, 1974
Page 15
SKIMMING THE SLOPES, Bruce Goldsmid ripples down Crystal Mountain. Third part of the ski
competition is happening Saturday and Sunday. Universities from Alaska to Montana are expected to show
up and offer competition to a very strong UBC team.
Hindmarch after defeat
of best friends — 3 times
UBC hockey coach Bob Hindmarch would like one of his best
friends to be defeated.
At least three times.
The friend is Clare Drake, coach
of the University of Alberta Golden
Bears, the team UBC has to beat to
make the Canada West hockey
The Thunderbirds begin a four-
game series with the Bears Friday
and Saturday in Edmonton, then
finish it a week later at UBC's
winter sports centre.
The Bears currently hold down
Sports flashes
is 4fl9
V   Bird soccer
grinds down
On Saturday afternoon, the Thunderbird soccer machine sputtered
and collapsed.
In a game that never should have been played London Boxing Club of
Victoria, outclassed UBC 3-0. The game, played on a rain-drenched,
mud-soaked field, snapped the'Birds five-game undefeated streak.
"There's only one way to play soccer under such conditions, and
that's to go out and hammer the ball down the field ; the boys tried to
disprove that, and that's why we lost," said coach Johnson. "I know the
field conditions were awful, but that's no excuse for our play," he said.
Johnson wasn't too thrilled with the "complacent attitude" of some of
his athletes either.
"Some of these guys think that they've got it made, and take it easy
out there," he said. Although Johnson doesn't directly admit it, Chris
Suzuki has to be one of these players. Suzuki started off the season
exceptionally well. During the first half of the season, he maintained a
goal a game pace. Since then the level of his play has completely
degenerated. Right now, Suzuki looks too out of place and out of shape.
As a result, Johnson has decided to make a few changes to his club. He
plans to bring up a few players up from his second squad to f .*n a more
aggressive and energetic team.
Sunday's lineup will probably include forwards Vince Everett and
John Nelson, and perhaps goalie Bryce Jeffry.
"We've nine games left, and I'm expecting the team to get 17 of those
18 points, says Johnson.   .
The team is caught up in a tight playoff race. A win Saturday would
have boosted the Birds into third place, but the loss slipped them into
Johnson's rebuilt unit goes back into action Sunday at Empire
Stadium. This game, at noon, is the first of a doubleheader which
features UBC against the Vancouver Sporting Club.
Basketball turns corner,
but second still doubtful
UBC's two teams entered in the
Arbutus Club ladies' bonspiel last
week came out of the tournament
with mixed results.
The Mary Saunders rink with
Barb Veitch, Isla Smith and Dawn
Walker had a 7-1 record to take the
B event while the Linda Tweedie
rink of Val Cooke, Janice Coates
and Debbie Adams ended up with a
3-3 record for eighth place in the D
UBC gymnastic team took six of
seven events and beat Eastern
University State University be 20
points last weekend.
Maurice Williams of UBC placed
first in floor exercises, still rings,
horizontal bars and the all-around.
Gordon Mackie placed first in
pommel horse, parallel bars and
tied for first on horizontal bar.
UBC women's badminton team
will attend the Island Open Badminton Championship Friday
through Sunday in Victoria.
Maureen Chen, Beryl Wikstrom,
Kim Koening, Diane Pelling, Judy
Larson and Georgina Barthropp
will represent UBC against top
players from B.C., Washington,
Oregon and returning members of
the Canadian team at the Commonwealth   Games.
Tournament results will be used
to choose the B.C. team to compete
in the Canadian national championships in Winnipeg.
Deadline for entry into the annual UBC squash tournament is
Entry forms of the tournament,
to be held Feb. 15-17, can be picked
up in the winter sports centre or by
phoning 228-6131.
second place and the last playoff
berth by a margin of four points.
The four games will complete the
year's regular schedule for both
Hindmarch said he feels the
Birds have recovered from a
tailspin that saw them lose five out
of seven and their last three
"I'm actually quite confident
about the series with Edmonton,"
he said. "I've worked the team's
backsides off in practice and
they're really anxious to make up
for their recent performance.
"It won't be easy: Edmonton's a
tough club, especially at home and
we're going to have to avoid the
costly errors of the last three
games," said Hindmarch.
Hindmarch said the Birds have
given the puck up in their own end
too often lately. "It hasn't been due
to lack of effort, just carelessness
when they make their plays."
Hindmarch disagreed with
University of Saskatchewan coach
Dave Smith, who said earlier this
season UBC gave up goals because
their defencemen were so offensive
"We always play back of our
blue line but we were getting out of
position and that's what's caused a
lot of our goals recently," Hindmarch said.
A series of games against the
University of Calgary Dinosaurs
early in the season turned out to be
a turning point for the UBC
Thunderbirds basketball team.
That was last December and the
Birds were sporting a 6-0 won-loss
record in exhibition. The games
against Calgary were the league
openers of a season that would
hopefully see UBC challenge the
University of Alberta for first
Obviously, things did not go
according to plan. The Birds lost
those games and they've been
struggling along in third place ever
Tonight and Saturday, the two
teams meet again in what Peter
Mullins   hopes   will   be   another
turning point in the season for the
Birds — this time, upwards.
And he thinks the Birds can do it.
"We've really improved since the
beginning of the year," he said
about his youthful team.
Whether or not the Birds do win,
the games will be a turning point.
Should the two teams split the
series and Victoria sweep its two
games against Saskatchewan, both
teams will be out of the playoff
picture. That would leave UBC six
points behind the Vikings and eight
behind the Dinos, with only four
games remaining.
To stay in the running for second,
the Birds would have to beat
Calgary twice.
The games start at 8:30 p.m. in
the War Memorial gym.
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Another $15,000 blown
Secret list revealed
A "secret" report distributed at
Alma Mater Society council
meeting Wednesday night,
revealed the planning coordinating
committee for UBC's covered pool
wants $15,000 to hire a programmer to provide a basic set of instructions for the architect.
AMS president-elect Gordon
Blankstein was surprised the
report was distributed. "I don't
know who passed these out," he
Blankstein said he didn't want
the names of the committee
members revealed, but did not
give any reason for his request.
The committee is composed of
four students, including
Blankstein, two alumni representatives, two faculty members,
deputy administration president
William Armstrong and representatives from physical plant and
the community.
The   committee   was   initially
Cops seize porno flick
in two eastern schools
By Canadian University Press
Eastern police have two more
prints of the controversial movie
Deep Throat in their offices, after
film seizures at McMaster
University in Hamilton and Sir
George Williams University in
Organizers of the showings — in
both cases groups of university
students — were detained by police
after the showings at their
respective universities. And both
groups blamed lax security at the
showings for the presence of police
in the first place.
Spokesmen for the Sir George
engineering undergrad
association, sponsors of the film at
that university, said ticket-takers
forgot to check all identification
when people were admitted
because they were drunk.
So by the time the show started
the two uninvited morality squad
officers had made it into the
After sitting through the first two
film showings, the dedicated officers returned to the station and
obtained warrants to arrest the
student organizers, returning
again about 40 minutes after the
film ended for the arrests.
They were detained at the
university for 2-1/2 hours for
questioning, without being allowed
to contact either lawyers or
university officials.
Meanwhile, at McMaster, three
social science students and
members of the McMaster Explorers Club were questioned last
week after police raided the
showing of Deep Throat.
During the film, a group of
regional police arrived with a
search warrant for the building in
which the film was being shown.
Joined by five security guards,
the eight regional police sealed off
the exits to the 350 people in the
They then seized the print and
arrested the sponsors.
The 350 students had bought
tickets for $3.50 each following
advertisements for a King Porno
Mystery raffle.
It was not immediately known
what police intended to do with the
planning to ask for $10,000 but
decided it would be better to ask
for $15,000 in case the cost of a
programmer exceeded the initial
The allocation of funds has to be
approved by AMS council and the
board of governors. Council
received the report but did not take
any action. Blankstein said he did
not know where the money was
going to come from.
Committee chairman Jack
Pomfret, an associate professor of
physical education, said Thursday
the committee's motion was forwarded to see if AMS and the board
of governors will support the move.
"You can't deal with a
programmer without having
money available," he said.
However, Pomfret also said the
committee has not yet decided
whether a programmer is
necessary. He said the committee
will make a decision sometime
next month.
Physical plant director Neville
Smith told the committee the
preparation of a functional
programme for any proposed
project has now become almost
standard procedure at the
The committee initially planned
to hire Graham Brawn and
Associates as programmers but
later decided to try other
programmers as well.
Uof A union in trouble
EDMONTON (CUP) — Despite — or because of — vigorous efforts by
its executive the University of Alberta student union remains deep in
financial trouble.
The executive recently waged a strong campaign in favor of a $3
student activity fee increase, which would have boosted the activity fee
to $34 per academic year. But the students turned down the increase in a
Feb. 1 referendum.
"This certainly isn't going to help our financial situation," said
Darrell Ness, student union general manager. Ness blamed the
financial woes on a union financed housing and retail complex.
Ness, who reportedly receives a salary of $22,000 per year, said the $3
increase is "reasonable and necessary". The cost of services is rising at
about six to seven per cent each year, with an increase of 10 per cent
expected next year.
The union is operating on a deficit budget of $153,000 for the 1973-74
academic year. Student services have already been cut back. The
yearbook has been discontinued and the art gallery has been closed.
To promote the fee increase the executive bought slick posters announcing that without the increase even more services would have to be
reduced or discontinued.
In early December the same executive voted to raise executive
salaries from $3,600 to $5,000 per year. One member recently resigned
amid allegations that he had misused $2,300 of union funds.
Facts of no interest
It is now clear that facts are of no interest to
professor Robin Mathews of Carleton University, the
super-patriot and self-appointed enforcer of immigration and citizenship laws that do not exist. With
the aid of The Ubyssey he has been only too successful in his latest effort to embarrass UBC and its
English department by disseminating false and incomplete information about us to the news media
throughout the country.
Having subsequently been informed of the facts,
which he did not scruple to seek before his nationwide
outburst, Mr. Mathews makes no effort to apologize
or repair the damage to our reputation. Instead he
mounts the podium in The Ubyssey letters column to
proclaim his doctrine of "Canada for Canadians".
Plainly Mr. Mathews' interest is not simply to secure
and disseminate information. His purpose is, and has
been for years, to attract attention to himself and his
"cause", regardless of the inaccuracy and incompleteness of his facts, and regardless of the
damage he does to the good name of others.
Perhaps Ubyssey readers do not need to be
reminded that immigration policy is set by the
federal government, not by individuals who presume
to define the national interest in their own terms. The
department of English at UBC is not in the business of
policing the national origins and citizenship of its
members, nor is its primary responsibility to solve
unemployment problems as Mr. Mathews seems to
think. We are a university department whose
responsibility is the advancement of English studies,
and to this end we appoint the best people we can find.
We are pleased when the best available prove to be
Canadians, and we make special efforts to attract
and favor Canadians, but we do not sacrifice
academic and intellectual quality to a narrow conception of citizenship.
It may be gratuitous to point out that the English
language is a good deal older than Canada, and there
is no reason to believe that we Canadians are more
skilled and expert in its achievements than are its
devotees from other countries of the world.
Incidentally, The Ubyssey might look to its own
journalistic integrity. The banner headline "Jordan
slights Canadians" in your Feb. 5 issue is a complete
inversion (and perversion) of the facts contained in
the following article. Don't you even read your own
copy? The cartoon in the Feb. 7 issue compounds the
same error. One is hard put to determine whether
ignorance or malice predominates in your coverage
of this matter. Neither' one would be a very substantial basis for a newspaper seeking the respect of
its readers.
Robert Jordan
English head
There was no error. The opening paragraphs of the
story, which you did not dispute, outlined your admission that you conducted interviews for a department position while attending a conference in
Chicago [U.S.A.] before advertising the same
position in Canadian magazines.
Therefore you slighted those people [usually
Canadians] who normally seek employment at
Canadian universities by reading Canadian
The cartoon compounded the same fact. It over-
exaggerated the situation, but then that's what
cartoons usually do—Eds.
and it has a lot to do with projecting a man's personality
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