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 New Colleges Act planned
V*. JJ&F":'->&.
A new Colleges Act is on the way
and a new superboard for the
province's college and university
system will replace the current
B.C. Universities Council, deputy
education minister Walter Hardwick said Monday.
While declining to be specific
about most details of the new
legislation, expected to be introduced as early as this fall,
Hardwick made clear the
Universities Act will be amended
to provide for the new law.
"We're looking at one council
having responsibility for the
(entire) post-secondary area," he
The Universities Council
currently co-ordinates budget
allocations for the province's three
public universities and disburses
grants to them. Colleges receive
their money directly from Victoria.
Hardwick said he understands
the idea for a new Colleges Act was
proposed in the NDP administration and education
department civil servants were
working on the legislation when the
governments changed in
"There is a draft act that has
come from somewhere to my
desk,"   he  said.   But   Hardwick
Why vote?
.., On page 5 of today's Ubyssey
there is a feature on the National
Union of Students-B.C. Student
Federation money referendum
;^hich begins Wednesday at UBC.
•On page 8 there is a list of polls for
Vol. LVII, No. 63 VANCOUVER, B.C., TUESDAY, MARCH 16,  1976
=48      228-2301
refused to discuss specifics of the
Hardwick said there will be a
"common subsection of the
Colleges Act and the Universities
Act dealing with governance," but
he declined to provide other details
about the proposed legislation.
Hardwick said the new
legislation won't be introduced at
the upcoming legislative session,
but is expected to be ready for a
fall session of the legislature, if
there is one.
But McGeer had originally
planned to have the new law in
force this spring and, as a result,
he decided not to fill all the
universities council vacancies left
by the March 2 rescinding of terms
of four NDP-appointed members,
Hardwick said.
Bob Schlosser, Frances Forrest-
Richards, Donald MacLaurin and
Dorothy Fraser had earlier
received letters from McGeer
which said he was "contemplating
changes in the structure of the
Universities Council," and did not
plan on replacing them immediately.
But the vacant council spots
created problems because if only
one member was absent, the
council lacked a quorum to
manage its business, Hardwick
After Hardwick met with council
chairman William Armstrong to
discuss the problem, McGeer
decided to appoint Burnaby
physician Dr. John Playfair and
David Helliwell, president of a
Burnaby industrial supply firm, to
fill two of the spaces. Two spots
still remain vacant.
Hardwick said they or other
councillors may be removed before
their terms expire when the new
Colleges Act comes in.
Opinion divided
on doc's salaries
—doug field photos
SPRING'S A COMING and cold weather's finally exiting stage north after chilling campus for another of
B.C.'s boring (but relatively warm) winters. How fast? These two photos, taken recently near main library,
are only four days apart.
Job funds cut threatens Legal Aid
Cutbacks in provincial government-funded job programs are
threatening thefuture of a legal aid
program run by UBC law students
throughout the Lower Mainland.
Legal aid chairman Stan
Lanyon, law 2, said Monday the
number of jobs open to 750 law
students through the 1976
provincial government jobs
program is 13 this summer.
Lanyon said this would' mean
that the student legal aid program,
which employed 17 law students
last summer, can hire only four
this summer. .   .
Last year the program obtained
funding for 10 jobs through Careers
75, three from the Justice
Development Commission and four
from the department of education.
The funding from the latter two
sources will disappear because of
cutbacks, Lanyon said.
"There's no relationship between Careers 76 in the way jobs
are handed out and the student
employment situation,"  he said.
The-13 government-funded jobs
in the law faculty will be split
among the student legal aid and
various student research
programs, he said. The cutbacks
mean only six per cent of law
students will get government jobs,
he added.
The program currently operates
out of 17 centres around the Lower
Mainland throughout the year.
Last year 5,000 people were served,
half of them during the summer,
Lanyon said.
The students, with the help of
qualified lawyers, offer legal
advice on matters of civil and
family law. Criminal law advice is
given free to lower-income people
through a separate .government
• , .. See page 2: LEGAL 	
Will the high incomes of B.C.
doctors decrease when UBC's
medical school begins to churn out
twice as many doctors as it now
Opinion is divided on the
question, but the registrar of the
B.C. College of Physicians and
Surgeons said Monday the increased number of doctors could
lead to smaller salaries.
"It's certainly one of the factors
involving total income, especially
when the government is not going
to double the money we get," said
Dr. W. G. McClure in an interview
The provincial government pays
most of doctors' fees through the
B.C. medical plan, McClure said.
"The government is trying to cut
back on medical spending, so it's
unlikely they'll want to increase
the amount of money they put into
the medical plan.
"So if the number of doctors
increases, the pot will have to be
divided up among more people,"
he said.
McClure said the greatest effect
would be in urban areas such as
Vancouver and Victoria where
there is already a large number of
"There won't be any impact in
grossly underserviced areas. In
some areas of the province you
could have two doctors, both
working to full capacity, and if you
brought in six others, they'd also
be working to full capacity. ,
"So there wouldn't be any
change in their incomes."
But B.C. Medical Association
president Dr. William Ibbott
disagreed with McClure's analysis.
Ibbott said doctors' incomes
would "in no way" be affected by
UBC medical school's increased
"There has always been a
gradual increase in the number of
doctors in this province and a
gradual increase in their incomes," Ibbott said.
UBC economics professor Anthony Scott said he thinks the increased number of graduates from
the school will not make much
"I worked on the subject of the
brain drain (the phenomenon of
qualified people leaving their
original homes to work in other
areas), and decided that B.C. was
the natural destination of
professionals from all over the
world, but I think doctors from
other places will be less likely to
come here if there are more
doctors being graduated locally."
If fewer doctors come to the
province from outside, the number
of doctors in the province will not
increase enough to reduce doctors'
incomes, Scott said.
Associate medicine dean Dr.
Donald Graham said he doesn't
think incomes will be affected.
"I don't know much about
medical economics, but I would
think if there were too many
doctors, the college of physicians
and surgeons would bring in fewer
doctors from outside the province
to be licenced."
But McClure said the college
would not take such action.
"The licencing board's job is to
determine who is eligible for
"If someone fulfills the
requirements, he is eligible for
registration and is entitled to
"The licencing board might
attempt to make licencing more
difficult by increasing the standards with a view to slowing down
immigrating physicians, but this
would also affect UBC graduates
who must be licensed through the
McClure said the board did not
See page 8: B.C. Page 2
Tuesday, March 16, 1976
'Legal aid cuts unfair'
From page 1
Legal aid executive member
Mark McEwan, law 2, said the
government hasn't "looked at the
value of the programs they're
cutting back."
"Because of the scant number of
jobs they're dealing with, everyone
gets hurt.
"We're victims of the bottom-
line mentality that's going
around," McEwan said.
Lanyon said the program is
requesting funds for 15 students
operating out of eight centres this
summer. But when asked the
number of students he thought
would get funding, he said: "We
don't think more than four or five."
The jobs program is operated by
the department of labor. Shortly
after the Social Credit government
took office, all 1976 applications
were withdrawn until the government decided to go ahead with the
program after student groups
pressured the government for
student   employment   programs.
Lanyon said an announcement
that 13 jobs for law students will be
open was posted in the law building
recently. A law professor will
decide who will get funding,
Lanyon said.
Legal aid members will meet in
Victoria Friday with a labor
department official, he said.
The students in the program also
produce a manual on B.C. civil law
which is used by community
groups around B.C., McEwan said.
If the program is cut back, many
people will not be able to obtain
legal help in small claims court
and divorce cases, he said.
"It's not fair and just and
equitable that some people can
afford legal help and some can't,"
McEwan added.
Lanyon said the cutbacks for law
students may mean that all aspects
of job program will be reduced at
the cost of numerous student jobs.
The program handled more than
200 divorces and numerous small
claims actions over the past year.
Stew Savard, an executive
member of the B.C. Student
Federation, which fought for the
continuation of the program, said
Monday he is not aware of the
But he said, "as they're announcing the program, we're
watching it."
BCSF representatives will go to
Victoria Wednesday to press for
more money for education and
student needs when the legislative
session begins.
Savard said the BCSF is asking
concerned students to join the
For Nominations
Has    been    extended    to
March 18 at 12:30.
To  be  handed  in at the War
Memorial Gym.
The Path of Total Awareness
The    three    attributes   derived
from Soul's relationship to God are
love, wisdom and power. Of these,
the     greatest     is     love.     Man
understands this more than he does
the other attributes. Reality has but
one  attribute and that is love. All
love   is  given   to  Soul   when   it  is
linked  with .the  ECK, the audible
life stream. Paul Twitchell,
"The Shari vat-Ki-Suqmad"
12:30 Thursday, March 18
S.U.B. 215
Sponsored by Charismatic Christian Fellowship
Documentary  Film on the Charismatic Renewal in the Roman Catholic
Church. Made at the International Conference, Rome, 1975.
REACTOR: Bernice Gerard, ecumenical observer.
Time: Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
■  Place: Lutheran Campus Centre
UBC Sailing Club
Wed., March 17,
in SUB 200
All members please
Your Official
Since 1969
3343 W. Broadway
The Tequila
with the
spirit of
TUES., MARCH 16th -
WED., MARCH 17th -
EAGLE BEAVER with Ken McGoogan
THURS., MARCH 18th -
Tickets - AMS Business Office and at Door
$1.50 Per Concert or $3.00 For Series Tuesday, March 16, 1976
Page 3
Catholic massacre predicted
An authority on modern Irish
history said Monday the Catholics
in Northern Ireland will be
massacred if the British troops pull
Giovanni Costigan, a professor of
history at the University of
Washington, said in a lecture "the
only thing that saves the Catholic
people is the fact British troops are
"Should the British army leave,
the result would be a horrible
bloodbath," he said. "Yet the Irish
Republican Army is attacking
Costigan, English-born and
educated at Cambridge, has made
many visits to Ireland in the last
few years and has since written a
textbook on the country.
"England would like to leave
COSTIGAN . . . 'British protect'
Ireland alone," Costigan said.
"They wouldlike toforget all about
the depressed centres and general
burden on the economy."
Costigan said although England
would be happy to banish the
problem of Northern Ireland from
its mind, the Conservatives,
Liberals and Labor parties feel
"they must stay until peace is
The lecture, on the tragedy of
Northern Ireland, reviewed
aspects of problems between the
Catholics and Protestants from
early 1900 right up until the
"The Catholics have been
discriminated for a long time in
many vital aspects such as housing
and government employment,"
Costigan said.
"The police were heavily armed
and greatly feared by the Irish
Catholics. At times the police or
special forces would be called in
and not quell a disturbance but join
in with the violence."
He termed the police situation in
1969 as "uncomfortable."
"Perhaps the question to be
raised is why did the Catholics not
show their displeasure earlier?"
he said. "For one reason, the
Catholic minority had economic
opportunity. Their wages were 31
per cent higher than what they
would be in the south."
"The second reason is that the
Catholics had state-financed
education systems," Costigan said.
"Perhaps the last reason is that
these people felt somewhat
abandoned by their brethren in the
Costigan explained that violence
began in Northern Ireland in 1968
after 50 years as a result of the civil
rights movement in the U.S. at the
"Modelled on the basis of the
American negro reforms, a party
(Northern Ireland Civil Rights
Association) was formed. At
Queen's University another party
was formed and a march was
staged," he said. "In January, 1969
the marchers were assaulted by a
Protestant mob. This shaped
events to come."
Costigan said under pressure
from Britain many reforms were
begun. The famous Cameron
Commission documented cases of
discrimination and this resulted in
a backlash leading eventually to
the Bombay Street destruction, he
"Seeing the IRA was illegal and
that the Irish population didn't
support the IRA, they decided to
change their tactics to nonviolence around 1970," Costigan
said. "Then, at the National
Conference of the IRA it was split
into two groups, the older 'leaders'
and the 'hot-tempered younger
They took to arms and when
Brian Faulkner came to power, the
military threw a dragnet around
the Catholic residences to arrest
the so-called 'leaders' of the IRA.
This move failed."
Costigan said it was evident that
Faulkner had failed. His days were
numbered as two inquiries were
held into the violence of "Bloody
"After Faulkner resigned, Heath
(prime minister Edward Heath of
Great Britain at the time) appointed a secretary of state for
Northern Ireland. This was an
unprecedented move, as during the
whole six months when parliament
sat, Northern Ireland had
previously been discussed for
about two or three hours," he said.
"William Whitelaw's famous
white paper was the first sign of
McGeer huddles
on NDU's future
The acting president of Notre
Dame University will meet
education minister Pat McGeer in
Vancouver today, apparently to
work out a compromise to keep the
Kootenay university alive.
A spokesman for McGeer confirmed Monday that a closed
meeting between Val George of
NDU and the minister is planned,
but he refused to provide any
details about the purpose of the
private rendezvous.
But the meeting apparently is
tied with a letter to McGeer
received by his Victoria office
Monday, containing the NDU
administration's answer to a B.C.
Universities Council ultimatum
setting out conditions for continued
provincial government funding of
the Nelson university.
In a Feb. 28 decision, the council
said NDU could receive money
enabling it to operate next year,
but not as a four-year degree
granting institution.
The Universities Council
decision said the government
should fund NDU on a level
"consistent with other universities
of an equivalent student basis" and
NDU should only provide courses
above the third-year .l^eL^,^^.^.
Neither   George " nor   McGeer
could be reached for comment
Monday about reasons for today's
meeting or about a possible
compromise between NDU and the
provincial government.
But deputy education minister
Walter Hardwick said Monday the
government may be willing to
meet NDU requests to provide
second-year courses at the Nelson
(The universities council had
proposed that Selkirk College in
Castlegar take over all of NDU's
first-  and   second-year   courses.)
However Hardwick said NDU
must still tighten up its operations
and make adjustments to class
He said NDU has dozens of
classes "with under five students
in them," making the cost of
education there prohibitively
Hardwick said the NDU letter
was transmitted by telex to
Universities Council headquarters
in Vancouver for consideration by
the council, which had been given
the responsibility of deciding
NDU's future by McGeer.
However council chairman
William Armstrong said Monday
couldn't comment on the letter.
the strife ending," Costigan said.
"A coalition was formed in March
1973 consisting of six Protestants
and five Catholics. As a result of
the party, the Special Powers Act
was abolished and a human bill of
rights was drawn up."
Costigan explained that in 1974
when the Conservatives were
defeated, the Labor government
came to power and there was great
opposition to the white paper. A
general strike was held by the
Protestants to paralyze the
province and make the Whitelaw
plan impossible, he said.
The Whitelaw plan abruptly
crumbled and a new convention
was held in 1975. "Nothing came of
this until this year of March,"
Costigan said. "No agreement was
reached and the Protestant
majority refused to share any form
of power with the Catholics. That is
the present situation."
Costigan said perhaps an
ultimatum by the British government will be delivered calling for
peace within the next three years
or so but he feels little will be
gained if this occurs.
—f stop fitzgerald photo
woman student deep in C. S. Lewis
PENSIVE MOMENT in sunshine filtering through SUB windows finds
epic. All we want to know is: what prof assigned that?
U of M anti NUS vote rethought
charges of a misinformed anti-
National Union of Students campaign, the University of Manitoba
student council is considering
controverting a recent referendum
held here.
Students voted to reject membership in NUS in a referendum
similar to one to be put to students
at UBC this week.
According to council representative Bill Gillies, the refutation is
necessary because the student
union funded the anti-NUS campaign.
By giving them money, he said,
"we aided and abetted this information" distributed prior to the
"I don't think we acted too
responsibly. If we funded this, it
should have presented the facts."
According to NUS committee
chairman David Woodbury, the
referendum may have lost because
students were misinformed by the
anti-NUS committee and, "as a
result, were not able to make a
rational choice."
He questioned the propriety of
the tactics used by the anti-NUS
campaign. "To be charitable, it
would not be too harsh to claim
that the leaflets that group
published were grossly inaccurate."
Among the inaccuracies he
mentioned were:
• claiming that the cost to the
student union would be $20,000
when the actual cost was $1 per
full-time student or approximately
• saying that raises in NUS fees
had been made arbitrarily without
consultation when the increases
were first approved by a plenary
and then approved at each campus
by a referendum;
• claims that NUS can make no
real input at the federal level
because all decisions on education
are made at the provincial level.
The leaflet did not mention NUS'
campaigns on federal responsibilities such as housing or
employment or that the federal
government provides approximately 50 per cent of
university funding.
According to Woodbury, the NUS
committee underestimated the
effect the anti-NUS campaign
could have. As well, he said, it did
not anticipate the tactics used by
the anti-NUS group and "were not
sufficiently prepared to meet them
■ head on."
The committee did not check the
contents of the anti-NUS posters or
pamphlets, he said, because the
committee was overworked and
"trusted the integrity of the anti-
NUS campaign to get their facts
straight." Page 4
Tuesday, March 16, 1976
Vote yes
Beginning Wednesday UBC students will be asked to
support two organizations in an attempt to resurrect student
unionism in Canada.
The National Union of Students and the B.C. Student
Federation are asking for a dollar each to promote your
interests in Ottawa and Victoria.
Are they worth it?
In the fall The Ubyssey thought no, they weren't.
Both groups seemed to be out of touch with the average
student and were more concerned with government lobbying
even though they lacked necessary grassroots support.
Little attempt was made either by NUS and BCSF types
or UBC's Alma Mater Society council to get out and sell the
idea of student unionism.
Lack of information and interest was usually blamed on
the press (namely The Ubyssey) for not blindly accepting the
NUS and BCSF line. It seemed we were expected to virtually
jump in bed with these student politicoes to consummate the
whole situation.
But now after another year of development both
organizations have improved — in our view — to the point
where they deserve support at least on a trial basis.
Unfortunately the support cannot be unconditional.
Officials from both groups have continually said that to
reach their maximum effectiveness they need the operating
budgets which the various campus referenda will give.
As long as there are indications of a relevant direction
for NUS and BCSF (working towards educating students
about the issues and organizing them where necessary) then
let's give them the money.
Sure it's a lot. If this week's referendum is approved
23,000 students will be paying out $46,000, enough money
to do a lot of things right here at UBC.
But the potential for effective unionism is there with the
framework that both groups have developed.
And there certainly is no question of the need.
Education cutbacks are already a major issue in Ontario and
the Maritimes and with the strange economic manipulations
by the Socreds in Victoria they will no doubt become a
pressing matter here.
The question of education funding is both a national and
a provincial one so when cutbacks occur it can, and must, be
fought on both levels. The federal government, through the
fiscal arrangements act, pays a substantial amount of money
to the provinces for education purposes so NUS can be
effective there.
How that money gets spent falls into the lap of the
Universities' Council and the education department so a
provincial student union is important too.
Both NUS and BCSF can protect the interests of
students against cutbacks if they have support. That support
simply isn't a constitutional quorum voting in favor but
rather having the student body interested and ready to fight
the overnment.
It isn't an easy task but without strong support all the
lobbying will fail. Politicians will bend to group pressure (at
least most do — the Socreds might be another matter.)
If students can get behind anything with enough vigor
they can not only fight negative action but present positive
suggestions for change.
On page five of today's Ubyssey there is a feature on the
NUS-BCSF question. Strewn throughout libraries and
classrooms are pamphlets about the issue.
Take a minute to think about it. It's two bucks. A half
sac. Two Lowenbrau (if you can afford these ycu should pay
If you have questions go to the BCSF office on the
second floor of SUB and ask. They'd be glad to talk to you.
So this week, vote for BCSF and NUS. They'll be playing
with a lot of money, but if they blow it we'll be the first to
tell you next year.
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university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS
or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
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Editor: Gary Coull
Beware the Ides of March, Shakespeare said. But it looks like
everybody picked the Ides to beware the Ubyssey office. Everybody, in
fact, but the paltry handful whose names are: Gary Coull, Ralph Maurer,
Mark Buckshon, Dave Wilkinson, Heather Walker, Robbie Krieger, John
Morris, Matt King, Chris Gainor, Doug Field and Doug Rushton, who came
in on time for the night shift.
News item — former Vancouver Mayor Tom "Terrific" Campbell rumored
to seek Socred nomination in Vancouver East against NDP's Dave Barrett
The only woman to run for
president of the Alma Mater
Society was defeated last week.
Last week the new student representative assembly also appointed
the student administrative committee (the committee which
handles the business of the society
much the same way as the old
There is only one woman on it.
Once more student politicians
have behaved like the people in the
"real world" and have put women
"where they belong." This is not to
knock the competent women on
SRA, or faculty association
executives but to point out that
women are grossly under-represented in student politics.
SAC was picked by a committee
consisting of 10 people, two of
whom were women. This committee received applications,
chose the appropriate criteria and
picked the SAC. From what I can
gather there were 27 applicants,
three of them women. Why?
As one committee member-
replied: "Women just don't get off
their fat asses."
It is important to realize that
student politics is a club. One is
usually asked to join and quite
often is initiated by an election.
Connections are not important to
get in, but because of the work
involved and the few rewards, it is
difficult to get new members.
Not many join on their own
iniative. It is almost an unwritten
rule that all politicians coerce their
friends to join the club and I bet
there isn't one student politician
who wasn't asked to join at some
time by somebody.
The reason  there are   so  few
women is that for years it was a
boy's  club  and  women   weren't
asked and didn't want to join. Now
, they are asked occasionally. when
elections are at stake. For
example, in the past few years, no
slate would have been complete
without the women candidates.
Women were "discovered" and
convinced to run and they were
successful. In the last executive
elections in 1975, all the women
who ran won.
This year's selection committee
didn't ask any women. Of those
-who applied, only one was picked.
Last year's executive consisted of
three women out of a total of seven.
The SAC has one out of a total of
Such "progress" is truly
depressing, especially when one
realizes that the process of
selection and appointment should
have equalized the representation
of all groups on campus, including
For me, it boils down to the
simple fact that more men are
going to apply because more men
are asked by the men who already
make up the majority of the club.
It's always going to be like this
until someone changes it, but for
now, we're back to the boy's club.
Nadine McDonnell
arts 4
This is an open letter of sincere
thanks to Martin Tupper and the
engineering undergraduate
To honor the recent birthday of
president emeritus Walter H.
Gage, the society gave a gift to the
Crane library for the purchase of
two special cassette machines to
be installed in listening carrells
our library.
Dr. Gage has contributed hundreds of hours to record materials,
mostly in the difficult fields of
mathematics and computer
sciences, which are used by blind
and physically handicapped
students who cannot read ordinary
print. He is pleased that the gift
from the EUS will now make it
possible for more of our special
students to use the materials which
he and all other dedicated readers
On behalf of Dr. Gage, our
students, and our library staff, I
would like to convey public thanks
to the members of the EUS.
Paul E. Thiele
librarian'and head
Over my past three years at UBC
I have become increasingly aware
of the dire state of campus
romance. When people are involved in academic pursuits it
seems natural from an economic
point of view that people's
romantic inclinations are sadly
foregone by time and emotional
Nevertheless I feel (as many of
my friends do) that this is an
essential part of one's life. Being of
a fairly normal disposition I have
found this vital deficiency to be a
source of constant frustration, one
that has even detracted from the
academic approach that I take
toward my courses.
It has also been my experience
among a large portion of my
friends that my situation is not at
all unique. It would therefore seem
that there is a large amount of
frustration on this campus from
this apparent lack of romance.
By virtue of the fact that the
male female ratio on this campus
is fairly close to one, although
biased in favor of males, I can only
reflect that there must be a
reciprocal amount of frustration
among the seemingly scarce
female population on this fair
I would therefore like to suggest
that men and women alike attempt
to rectify this urgent situation by
striving for greater communication in the interest of a
better quality of campus romance.
Harold Mann
arts 3 Tuesday, March 16, 1976
Page 5
Caw students be organized?       Or just well looked after?
BCSF, NUS plug for existence
The latest issue of the
NEUSlettre, the engineering undergraduate society newsletter,
has a story/editorial on this week's
B.C. Student Federation/National
Union of Students referenda:   .
"(BCSF/NUS equals $2 more on
FIGUEROA . . . NUS man
"This pair of sexually deviant
student societies want every
student on this campus to pay them
$2 in fees for every academic year.
Now, they already have 250,000
other members in the country (2.5
times 10 to the fifth times $2 equals
$500,000!) If you can think of why
they need another $50,000 a year,
you're a better man/woman than I.
"Perhaps, when the refurendum
(sic) comes up next week, you
might choose to vote NO!
"I don't want to give 'em two
A common sentiment, that. But,
like a lot of opinions, it's pretty
well based on ignorance — and
that's pretty common on campus,
For those of you who still don't
know, BCSF and NUS are two
organizations, - the former
provincial, the latter federal, of
students. Well, of student governments, to be strictly accurate.
They're both fond of calling
themselves student organizing
groups, lobbying with the various
levels of government for things
students want (assuming they
They both think they can do a
better job doing whatever it is
they're doing, if they have a lot
more money to work with. So,
they're asking university, college
and technical school students
across Canada in the case of NUS,
and B.C., in the case of the BCSF,
to each pay $1 a year to each
Do they deserve to get $1 a year
per student each? The engineering
undergraduate executive, or
whoever it is that puts together the
NEUSlettre, don't think so. They
can't even tell the difference
between the two groups, and who
can blame them?
Former Alma Mater Society
president Jake van der Kamp, who
does know the difference between
NUS and BCSF, however, agrees
with the engineers.
Last October, while president of
the AMS, van der Kamp was a UBC
delegate to the NUS general
meeting in Fredericton, N.B. When
he returned, he wrote an opinion
piece on the conference on this
page. Monday he said he still feels
the same way he did when he
"I'll state first that NUS, with a
budget of $180,000 (which is what
they want the $1 fee levy for) can
and will do a considerable amount
of work.
"But what I'm worried about is
that NUS will be an effective lobby
for issues that deal only with
student financing and that, I
believe, is much too narrow a
"We're much more likely to be
concerned with such things as drug
addiction, destruction of the environment, prisons and
rehabilitation, mental illness,
women's rights, the national
economy and a host of other
"If such issues will be important
several years from now, are they
not important right at this
moment? Should we, while at
university concentrate on free
tuition to the exclusion of other
issues that affect all society and do
so more deeply than tuition fees
affect students?
"Personally, I think one junkie
has more problems than 10,000
students who don't like their tuition
fees. And personally, I think it will
do the AMS no harm to spend time
on issues such as drug addiction by
promoting discussion of them and
encouraging the university to
spend money in research on those
"I also think NUS could be an
effective co-ordinating body for
such a drive in all Canadian
"But it appears that is not the
route NUS is taking and that is why
I have some reservations. Two
years from now I'd hate to think
that the NUS I supported is
spending a large amount of money
to lobby for an easier life for
students when, compared to other
groups in our society, students
have it comparatively easy."
Van der Kamp says things
haven't changed a bit since he
wrote that piece. He says both NUS
and BCSF are still primarily
concerned with the interests of a
very affluent group — students.
No matter how hard you flog the
stereotype of the poor student, said
van der Kamp, you can't lose sight
of the fact that most students are
rich simply because they can afford to be students.
Leave it to Miguel Figueroa,
national fieldworker and
cheerleader for NUS, to give his
side of the argument: that high
tuition fees don't affect just
students, but all members of
He called the kind of argument
van der Kamp presented "a very
shortsighted perception."
The basic aim of NUS, he said,
was to open up Canadian universities, colleges and technical
schools to all students: not just by
accepting them, but by making it
possible for them to attend. The
biggest barrier between young
Canadians and education, he said,
is money.
NUS's work, he said,."is in the
interests of opening up the
universities and colleges to the
vast majority of Canadians, and
change post-secondary education
into a right, not a privilege of the
exclusive few" who happen to be
able to afford the time and money
for studying.
But, Figueroa said, using
economic difficulties as an excuse,
governments are throwing up
more and more financial barriers
to education.
"It's the kind of backward
thinking governments have," he
said. "The kids are middle-class
anyway, so why not raise tuition?"
The result is that only middle class
kids can afford university, he said.
Making student loans easier to
get isn't the long-term solution to
the problem either, Figueroa said.
"A loan is a debt to working-
class kids. By increasing the loan
ceiling the government is increasing the indebtedness of
Eventually NUS would like to see
tuition fees go completely. As a
matter of fact, Figueroa said the
long-term goal of the organization
is to see that education has few or.
no direct costs attached to it.
That is, education would be
totally paid for through taxes,
which all money-earners pay.
Education would be a service, a
right, to all taxpayers, just like
medicare or other state services.
"Education is a public service
and should be recognized as such,"
Figueroa said.
"There's no way around seeing
tuition fees as a regressive tax, a
hidden tax. It's regressive because
it's charged across the board,
regardless of the individual's
ability to pay."
He also charged there is "a myth
that you can't expect the public to
pour more and more money into
post-secondary education.
"But (education's) share of the
pie has not grown, it is less, while
enrolment is increasing. This has
increased pressure on tuition
fees," Figueroa said.
He said there is a lot of broad-
based support in the community
for putting more tax-money into
post-secondary education.
Figueroa concluded by saying
van der Kamp's priorities in social
improvement are "a bit distorted."
"Students have to work on their
own problems, then they can make
the linkages (between their own
problems and the problems society
as a whole faces) as they tie into
more social problems."
That's why NUS is trying to do
the things it is trying to do. Why the
need for a student union, either
national or provincial?
"Student problems are not
unique on any campus," Figueroa
says. "You have to let people know
what other people are doing
elsewhere to meet a problem."
Figueroa is the first to admit that
the three-year-old NUS has had its
problems. But, he said, most of the
problems stem from the fact that
the organization is still in its infancy.
For example, he admitted that
when NUS tries to act as a lobbying
force with the federal government,
the feds often won't listen to them.
He said one reason is that NUS
doesn't represent any Quebec
students yet because the Quebec
student federation,. l'Association
Nationale des Etudiants
Quebecois, is dominated by a
bunch of people who don't believe
ANEQ should belong to anything
non Quebecois. This will change,
however, he promised, because
many Quebec students are
abandoning nationalism for
Quebec. He claimed that NUS will
soon be representing Quebec
Another objection from the
federal government, he claimed, is
that NUS simply doesn't represent
enough students. Before this year,
NUS represented student goverh-
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Film buffs are reminded that
there will be no Friday evening
filmsoc movie, because that's the
evening filmsoc members have
their annual orgy.
Filmsoc apologizes for the
inconvenience to UBC students
who are forced to find some other
way of spending the evening for
only 75 cents, and promises to
return the very next day,
Saturday, for its usual two shows
of the film. Showing this week
will be The Conversation.
Now there's a club on campus
for the REAL losers: people who
drop out of ballroom dancing and
kung fu, people who turn on the
house     lights    during    filmsoc
Hot flashes
showings, people who get kicked
out of CITR for playing too much
disco    and    AM    rock
The Reject Club is holding the
world premiere of the film Mag
Kidding at noon Wednesday in
SUB  207-209.
PLO films
As the date for Habitat grows
nearer, the tremendous fear of the
Palestine Liberation Organization
grows, too.
The Palestine Arab Committee
for the UN Habitat feels the
problem is because most people
simply don't understand Palestine
and the PLO. So, they are
showing two short films
explaining the Palestinian point of
The Voiceless shows a panel
discussion of Palestinian refugee
problems. Blown by the Wind is a
'Tween classes
series of children's paintings about
The films will be shown noon
today in SUB 207-209.
AUS  dance
The arts undergraduate society
will be presenting noon-hour
musical aspirins for your pre-exam
headaches this week.
Today the funky strings of the
Pied Pumkin String Ensemble will
be heard in the SUB auditorium.
UBC's songwriting workshop will
feature Ken McGoogan with Eagle
Beaver noon Wednesday.
Then Joani Taylor will sing
tons of jazz backed up by her hip
sideband at lunchtime Thursday.
Tickets are only $3 for all three
shows or $1.50 per concert and all
are available in advance from the
AMS business office, second floor
of SUB.
Film   and   speaker   on   Palestinians
and   Habitat,  noon,  SUB  207-209.
Return     of     prints     from     spring
exhibition, noon, SUB 245.
Club  dinner for all  members, 6:30
p.m., Orestes.
Graduation   recital:   Jennifer Grant,
French horn, 8 p.m., music building
recital hall.
General    meeting   and    film,   noon,
Angus 104.
Prayer and sharing, noon, Lutheran
campus centre.
Discussion     group:     Tiger's     Fang,
noon, SUB 105B.
Last   meeting   and   elections,  noon,
SUB 205.
General   meeting,   noon,   SUB   212.
Introductory lecture, noon, Bu.
321, 8 p.m., Bu. 325.
Executive elections and general
meeting, noon, SUB 200.
World premiere of film, Mag
Kidding, noon, SUB 207-209.
Two films, free Israeli Snaps and
Speaking of Israel, noon, SUB 215.
Rolling Stones: Live 1975, Tour of
the Americas, 3:30 to 6 p.m., CITR
General meeting with film and
slides on sphinx camp, noon, A'ngus
Gary Schwartz on The Brain Self
Regulation Paradox: Towards a
Resolution of the Mind/Body
Problem, noon, Angus 223.
Graduation recital of David Pickell,
8  p.m.,  music  building  recital hall.
I naugur-atory meeting, noon, SUB
producer Reve Bardell flew into
this isolated country Monday to
promote his new film on the life
and loves of the average Canadian
university student. Bardell personally appeared in several scenes
including the Vaseline commercial
("straight up the centre with Jean
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Local talent reading series — the
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Everyone's invited; come read
and/or listen, noon, Sedgewick
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Introductory lecture, noon, SUB
Pastor Klassen on the Corn of the
Wheat, noon, SUB 205.
General meeting and showing of My
Little  Chickadee,   noon,  SUB  247.
Free film, Alabare (Praise) on
charismatic renewal in the Roman
Catholic Church, 7:30 p.m.,
Lutheran campus centre lounge.
Year-end    banquet/dance,   summer
office,   next  year's  program,  noon,
SUB 224.
Spring general meeting, noon, SUB
Introductory    lecture,    noon,   SUB
Africa,     China,     Tanzania.     Film:
Freedom.  Railway, noon, Law 102.
General meeting, noon, Angus 223.
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Jocks awarded but McGeer
Thunderbird field hockey
standout Kelvin Wood was named
the 1975 winner of the Bobby Gaul
award as the outstanding
graduating athlete at the Big Block
banquet Thursday.
Wood has been a member of
every Canadian national team
since 1971, playing in 45 international matches. His play
helped Canada to a bronze medal
in the Commonwealth Games and
a silver in the Pan-American
Games of 1975.
Wood is 26 and a graduate
student in mechanical engineering.
Another feature at the annual
jock/alumni-jock reunion was the
appearance of members of the 1946
Thunderbird basketball squad.
The team is considered by many
to be the finest basketball team to
represent UBC. In addition to its
famous victory over the barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters
they also defeated such American
powers as the University of
Washington, Washington State,
and the University of Oregon.
It was the team's celebrated
forward Pat McGeer who drew the
biggest reaction from those in
attendance. When first introduced
he was applauded lustily by the
older alumni and greeted with a
barrage of boos, jeers and stale
dinner buns by the rest. His ears
bright red, McGeer donned a
convenient hard hat and grinned in
his weasely sort of way.
From there the next speaker, ex-
administration president Norman
McKenzie, set the tone for the
evening. McKenzie was intent on
somehow forcing everyone to
applaud McGeer. First he talked of
what a great fellow McGeer was
back in the old days, but to no
avail. Then he spoke of McGeer's
service to education, no luck again.
Finally, he thanked McGeer for the
hospital the government announced for UBC. This was again
greeted by a chorus of boos.
McKenzie gave up.
Unfortunately it was not the last
the diners were to hear of McGeer
as the organizers seemed intent
upon thrusting him on the audience
until they either accepted him or
got tired of booing.
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny tried to paint himself
as the greatest thing to happen to
intercollegiate athletics since Dr.
Naismith nailed two peach baskets
to the wall of a gym. Then he took
over the role of cheerleading for
McGeer, thanking him for the
hospital, telling the audience what
a great man McGeer was, and
finally offering a toast to McGeer.
Kenny was in part successful, by
the end of his speech those who
were still awake were too bored to
boo anymore.
Guest speaker Dr. Peter
Grantham, ex-Thunderbird rugby
great, saved the affair from ter-
Powers host spring regatta
UBC will host its annual spring
rowing regatta this Saturday in
Coal Harbor with crews from six
Pacific Northwest universities and
colleges competing.
It's one of several rowing events
for the UBC teams in upcoming
Crews expected for Saturday's
meet are from Seattle Pacific
University, University of
Washington, University of Puget
Sound, Western Washington, State
College and the University of
Royal Pango Pango Mounted
Police were called out in full force
today to find two missing sports
writers from the daily newspaper
here. Mark LeBuffoon and Rob
Hayfield were last seen playing the
18th green on the Pango links.
An RPPMP spokesman said in a
press release the duo were known
for their loud opinions on subjects
of the day, and, he hypothesized,
may have been "done in" by
someone or something who didn't
agree with their point of view.
Competition will be in what are
known as the "eights" and the
"fours" in four classifications —
frosh, lightweight, junior varsity
and varsity.
Splashing starts at 7:30 a.m. for
the freshman eight race with the
varsity eight match scheduled for
8:30a.m. The current varsity crew
is composed of Paul Castner, Fred
Withers, John Bodner, Doug
Mullins, Dave Wilkinson, Robin
Catherall, Rob Hartvikson, Ken
Rea and Mike Conway.
The following weekend UBC
crews head for Cornwallis for a
double event against Oregon State
University. UBC head coach Rod
Bell-Irving says he expects a full
squad of oarsmen to enter all
Following this the varsity eight
team heads for the April 3 Crew
Classic at San Diego where 12 of
the top North American teams will
The crews in San Diego will be
University of California at Los
Angeles, Oregon State, Harvard,
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, University of
California at Irvine, Nebraska,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,
California, Washington, Navy and
UBC — the only Canadian team.
Last year the rowing Thunderbirds placed seventh over-all,
winning what is known in crew
circles as the petit final.
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speculative — and slightly off-color
— history of the origin of Frank
Gnup's gravel voice.
In the effort to make McGeer feel
wanted the whole object of the
dinner, which was to honor the new
winners of Big Blocks and the
bestowing of other awards for
athletic achievement was
overlooked. The name£ of the new
winners were read off in less than
two minutes.
National and international
achievement awards went un-
It was an awards dinner where
the awards were swept under the
carpet by celebrities intent on
basking in one another's presence.
KENNY ... cheerleader?
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'Past NUS problems related to its infancy'
From page 5
merits of campuses  representing
125,000   post-secondary   students.
If they pass all the referenda (21
to 24 schools so far have, including
Simon Fraser University) NUS can
have a membership of, depending
on who you ask, anywhere from
175,000 up. There are about 570,000
Canadians in post-secondary institutions.
Even with the handicaps of being
short-staffed and often being
denied the opportunity to represent
students because of their low
membership, Figueroa says, NUS
has had some smaller accomplishments.
One, which he seems quite proud
of, involves non-Canadians. He
said a federal committee making
recommendations on federal
immigration policies (the committee grew out of the green paper
on immigration) accepted two
NUS recommendations in their
report to the government:
• That foreign students be given
visas consistent with their period
of study; and
• That spouses of foreign
students be granted work visas
while their better halves are
Of course, it's impossible to say
what would have happened if NUS
didn't make those recommendations. And besides, a lot of
people will nit-pick and say,
"that's fine for the foreign
students, but what about us
What has BCSF done, and what
does it plan to do, to earn its
BCSF w$s founded in March,
1975, and ran for one year on a
budget of $15,000 — most of it gifts
of "various B.C. student councils.
As a matter of fact, B.C. student
governments are almost
unanimous in supporting BCSF:
only the B.C. Institute of
Technology is refusing to hold the
'B.C. people have priority'
From page 1
have a quota on the number of
doctors who could enter the
"But B.C. people do have
priority when they apply for jobs.
They have more local contacts and
often decide to practice in the
communities they come from."
McClure said fewer people from
outside the province might apply
for a B.C. licence when more
people graduate from the UBC
medical school because "when
they make enquiries they would
find out fewer places were
McClure said only 16 per cent of
the doctors currently registered in
B.C. are UBC graduates.
"We get between 300 and 400
applications for licencing every
year, and about 60 of these are
from UBC," he said.
Both Graham and Ibbott expressed doubts that UBC would be
able to double its number of
students by 1977, as education
minister Pat McGeer wants.
"The objective is to have 160
students, but I don't know if it can
be accomplished in 12 months,"
Graham said.
"The number of people we can
take depends on the amount of
space we have available and the
number of teachers we have. The
faculty already feels pressed with
HO students."
Graham said the medical
department would use all the
facilities it could, "if we have to
use facilities outside of Vancouver,
there are a lot of logistic problems.
"You can't take a class from
nine until 10 and be at Lion's Gate
hospital by 10:15," he said.
Ibbott said he was concerned
that a rapid increase in the size of
the medical school could lead to a
decrease in the quality of doctors'
education at UBC.
"There is no objection to an
increased number of medical
students on the part of the BCMA,
but let us assure those students
that they will have proper teaching
facilities and an adequate number
of teaching physicians as well.
"I think McGeer made a political
decision without taking logistical
problems into account," he said.
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Ibbott criticized the concept of
building a hospital at UBC.
"Teaching hospitals should be in
the mainstream of medical
practice, in the downtown area.
Referral patterns are already well-
established there," he said.
Doctors already refer patients to
the downtown hospitals and will
continue to do so to the exclusion of
the UBC hospital, he said.
"This-is a common failing with
university hospitals," Ibbott said.
"McMaster University's hospital
is half empty because doctors don't
refer patients to it, and there is
very poor use of acute-care beds."
referendum. And BCSF is seven-
for-seven in referendums so far in
B.C., which has 18 campuses
BCSF also claims to be lobbying
group, organizing students to back
themselves up. Chairwoman Lake
Sagaris, a UBC student, explains
the BCSF-reasoning behind what
they call "organizing:"
"You can't be the voice of
students if you don't know what
students want or think. And you
can't be effective (as a lobbying
group) if you don't have students
behind you, and that involves
Evidence of how good they are at
organizing will be presented
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
if they can get a minimum of 3,500
students voting two-thirds in favor
of the fee — the minimum required
by the AMS constitution — they'll
.have done a great job organizing.
What of their powers as a lobbying group?
"We're very effective," Sagaris
says, "extraordinarily so for a
group only a year old."
How so?
One example given was how
BCSF "saved" the provincial
government summer jobs
program. Sheclaims the BCSF had
sources in the labor department
telling them Social Credit labor
minister Allam Williams was intending to chop the program
completely, but actually backed off
and re-instated it with a slightly-
larger budget mainly because of
pressure from the BCSF.
All the labor department admits
to is that the program was frozen
for about a month while it was
studied   by   Williams,   who   then
decided it was worth keeping
Another example Sagaris gives
of BCSF's effectiveness as a lobbying organization has to do with
student aid administration on the
provincial level.
She gives BCSF credit for having
placed two students on an appeals
commission, a provincial body that
reconsiders student aid applications if a student who's been
turned down applies.
BCSF is also applying pressure
on the student services department
of the provincial education
department to publicize student
aid policies (which are not made
public) and generally to open the
student aid decision-making
process up to students, who have a
That BCSF considers itself an
effective lobbying group surprises
Dean Clarke, director of student
services for the provincial
education department.
"Are they still in existence?"
was his reaction when asked
whether he considered them an
effective lobbying group.
He said he hasn't heard from
BCSF since "last August, or early
"We were impressed with what
they've done," he said. "My only
concern is that this hasn't been
renewed. I was hoping there would
be ongoing discussion" with them
on issues, he said.
"In October we sent letters to all
institutions (that is, universities)
through their awards offices,
asking for reaction to various
aspects of our program, and asking
for meetings.
but  there's  been  no  word  from
BCSF to date."
"So far we've met with student
governments and awards officers,
He said BCSF probably had
some influences on the decision to
include students on the student aid
appeals committee, but pointed out
that there wasn't any opposition to
this from the department anyway.
Naturally, the BCSF. says with
its limited budget, it is understaffed, and to be really effective, you have to have the facts
at your fingertips — which means
you need researchers, people who
will do the shitwork.
That costs money, and most of
the $1 per year payed into BCSF
would go towards running a larger
office with more staff, which, they
claim, will make the organization
even more effective.
UBC students currently pay
nothing to BCSF (AMS councjl last
fall voted to grant them $2,100
without a referendum) and 30 cents
a year to NUS.
There is one other argument in
favor of voting for the fees, which
would simply be tacked onto your
tuition fees bill next year, like your
AMS fees, and SUB fee, and
athletic fee, and pool fee are now.
This argument goes that, sure,
BCSF and NUS have accomplished
little so far. Maybe they'll even
accomplish less with all that
money their hoping for for next
year. But the idea of a national
student union is basically a sound
one, and at least if they have the
money, there is some possibility
that a strong student organization
can be the result.
This week, the following resolutions will be put to the Student Body in a
General Referendum:
Be it resolved:
"That the Alma Mater Society be authorized to collect a fee of $1.00 per full-time student per school year, and $0.40
per part-time student per school year, as a membership fee for the BRITISH COLUMBIA STUDENTS' FEDERATION.
A full-time student is defined as a student carrying 9 units or more per school year."
Be it resolved:
"That the Alma Mater Society be authorized to collect a fee of $1.00 per student per school year as a membership fee
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Union Building
Sedgewick Library
Henry Angus Building
MacMillan Building
Education Building
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In Common Blocks of
Place Vanier
Totem Park
Gage Towers
THURSDAY, MARCH 18 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Union Building
Sedgewick Library
Woodward Library
War Memorial Gym.
FRIDAY, March 19 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Union Building
Sedgewick Library
Civil Engineering
Law Building
Each resolution must be answered "YES" or "NO," and each student will be allowed ONE vote per
resolution. Please bring AMS card.
Returning Officer


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