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Vol. LVI, No. 38      VANCOUVER, B.C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 16,1975
B.C. loan cushion attacked
By JAKE van der KAMP
Canada student loans are more easily
available in B.C. than in any other province.
But B.C. loan availability may decrease if
the National Union of Students is successful
in lobbying the federal government to pay
out loans on an equalization basis which
would see "have" provinces such as B.C.
subsidizing the "have not" provinces.
And while UBC has been asked to support
the NUS lobby, students here will find
themselves forced out of the union within a
year unless they agree to raise their NUS
fees to $1 from 30 cents annually per student.
That was the scenario presented by AMS
external affairs officer Gary Moore in an
interview Wednesday.
But Moore said he still supports the lobby
which also asks the government to make
loans available to part-time students and to
lower the age of independence to 18.
He said he expects the provincial
government will make up any losses B.C.
students would incur through the scheme.
But Moore admitted this may not be true if
the NDP loses the next provincial election.
Should the government change B.C.
students will have to rely heavily on their
own organization, the B.C. Association of
Student Unions, for political pressure to
maintain the availability of the loans, he
Moore said NUS intends to stir up reaction
to the current loan system by circulating
posters and pamphlets about the issue at
Canadian universities.
JSome time in the fall the organization will
present the federal government with a brief
outlining student opinions, he said.
Moore said he is in the process of getting
200 posters for campus bulletin boards
stating the case for the NUS scheme.
The posters ask students several
questions aimed at pointing out the main
faults of the current Canada student loan
plan and state the four main objectives of
the NUS lobby.
These objectives are to establish
provincial equalization of student aid, to
obtain increased student aid in the form of
grants and not loans, to lower the age of
independence to 18 and to include part-time
students in the loan plan.
Moore said he considers the last two objectives to be the most important.
He said many independent students are
classified as dependent when they ask for
loans because they have not completed four
years of university or spent two years in the
work force.
The requirements for the classification as
independent are unrealistic, he said, and
should be relaxed to allow students needing
money to get it.
Moore also noted the rise in the number of
part-time students and said many heed
interest free loans to continue their studies.
He said the clause asking for aid in the
form of grants has little application to B.C.
because the provincial government is
already providing grants along with the
Moore defended the proposed equalization
payments as a measure which will increase
national unity.
NUS is a national organization which must
act in the interests of the entire nation, not of
particular provinces, he said.
The 70-cent fee increase for union
members was  approved  at  an  October
See page 2: NUS
M Labor board hastens
action on UBC wages
—cedric tetzel photo
MAN FROM MARS swoops down on unsuspecting lamp standard seeking samples of terrestial technology.
Alien returned home empty handed after wrestling with physical plant worker armed with ladder trying to
replace bulb. Ubyssey photog caught unreal scene in untravelled area behind SUB.
Pressure by the Association of
University and College Employees
has caused the B.C. Labor
Relations board to bypass its usual
investigation procedure in a UBC
student wage conflict, The
Ubyssey has learned.
AUCE has demmanded the
university pay student library
assistants and clerical workers the
same wage as union members
,doing the same job.
The LRB will be the end of the
month decide whether the
university and the AUCE have
exhausted grievance procedures
and whether it will order the two
parties to go to arbitration, the
union says.
AUCE executive member Jackie
Ainsworth said a recent petition
circulated to campus AUCE offices
may be a factor in the LRB's move
to dispose with a formal investigation.
The AUCE will present the
petition to the board of governors
next week asking it to ensure that
the UBC personnel and labor
relations office implement the
AUCE contract "fully and in good
The AUCE claims the university
38.5% fail English 100 grammar test
Only 55.3 per cent of English 100
students passed their Christmas
exam in a test instituted this year
to check whether first-year
students have an "acceptable"
level of English" writing skills.
The exam will be given again in
similar form in April to the 38.5 per
cent of students writing who failed
at Christmas. Those who fail both
exams will fail the course.
There were 1,345 failures and
1,932 passes, while 214 students —
6.1 per cent — did not write.
The exam has raised controversy in the English department, with one English 100
professor challenging, in an eight-
page open letter, the validity of the
exam questions and the concept of
holding such an exam in the first
In the letter, Peter Quartermain
urges the department to either
declare the exam invalid or pass
The exam was also criticized
Wednesday by Stew Savard, acting
president of the Arts Undergraduate Society, who said
students should have been better
prepared for the exam if it was to
be held at all.
Jonathan Wisenthal, chairman
of the English 100 program, said in
an interview Wednesday the
exams will be handed "back to
students once all appeals of
failures have been heard.
Wisenthal said the usual year-
end failure rate for English 100 is
10 to 12 per cent but added he is
hopeful most students who failed at
Phristmas will be able to pass the
April exam.
"I would hope the failure rate for
the course will not alter very
much," he said.
In past years the English 100
final was worth 25 per cent of a
student's final grade with the rest
of the mark coming from essay
results. There has been no
Christmas exam held for some
years, Wisenthal said.
This year the exam is a simple
pass-fail test. Grades are assigned
on the basis of marks on 10 essays
written during the year.
"This exam is intended to set a
minimum standard (of writing
accomplishment)," Wisenthal
said. "The exam has no bearing on
your mark except that you have to
pass it."
"We have had problems with
students  who  pass  English   100
having problems in other courses
with writing after they go on."
Wisenthal said many students
enter university unprepared for its
essay-writing demands." The root
of the problem is in the transition
from high school.
"We get so many students who
come here and fail who say they
See page 8: WAYS
is violating its contract signed Oct.
Ainsworth also said the LRB
may have changed its procedure to
speed up a decision because the
university is a public institution
and as a response to AUCE press
The AUCE will submit a brief to
the LRB Monday outlining its
stand that the university should be
forced to arbitration.
The brief claims student
assistants are guaranteed parity
wages with union workers under
the Oct. 1 AUCE contract.
A similar university brief
already submitted to the LRB
claims students working less than
10 hours a week should not under
the contract, be paid the same as
AUCE workers.
AUCE grievance committee
member Farleigh Funston said
Wednesday the committee
gathering evidence for a final brief
it will submit to the LRB in a week
or 10 days.
Funston said the brief claims the
university is inconsistent in its
refusal to pay student assistants
parity wages since the administration already pays student
workers AUCE permanent
workers' wages.
Statements and complaints by
student assistants are also in the
brief, Funston said.
"We can't release most of our
evidence because a lot of it is
rather sticky," she said.
She said the AUCE would rather
the university did not know exactly
what evidence the union bases its
case on unit the LRB hands down a
An LRB spokesman declined any
comment on the student wage
conflict except to say that the
board is reviewing the matter.
Students should run vote
Education minister Eileen Dailly said Wednesday
the provincial government intended students to run
their own elections for the two student seats on the
reconstituted board of governors when it drafted the
new Universities Act.
In an interview at UBC, Dailly said she is open to
amendments to the act from all sources, pointing out
that a new legislative session will soon open.
But she made it clear the initiative in this particular change will not come from the government.
"You prepare the amendment and I'm willing to
consider it," she said after a special luncheon for B.C.
MLAs held in the SUB party room.
"As far as I'm concerned it was written to allow
students to hold their own elections."
Senate had earlier ruled elections to the board were,
to be conducted by the registrar's office.
Registrar Jack Parnall accordingly held the first
elections Dec. 4 and 5 and later refused to release the
standings of defeated candidates.
Rick Murray, engineering student and former
Alma Mater Society coordinator on the Students'
Coalition slate and Svend Robinson, law student and
past president of the B.C. Young New Democrats,
were elected to the board. inursaay, January   io,   iy/3
At AMS council
Bureaucracy hit
Creeping bureaucracy in SUB
management committee, received
sharp criticism Wednesday during
the Alma Mater Society council
The most contentious issues
were the committee's handling of
vendors in SUB and its policy on
guests in the Pit.
In response to the growing
number of vendors establishing
booths in SUB, the management
committee proposed to limit the
days vendors could operate in SUB
and to place a charge on tables
used lor booths.
Dave Fuller,  graduate  student
representative on council, said the
vendors give SUB atmosphere and
charged that AMS co-ordinator
Ron Dumont, management
committee chairman, could not
give adequate reasons for
restricting the vendors.
"All he (Dumont) could answer
was that it had to be regulated,"
Fuller told councillors.
Vaughn Palmer, arts undergraduate society rep, said he
finds it distressing that every time
a committee has a problem it
makes a rule which will be
forgotten in a few months.
"This is a gross case of overreacting," Palmer said.
NUS demands fee
From page 1
convention and was opposed only
by UBC and Dalhousie University
in the Maritimes.
Moore said NUS will give UBC
students one year to approve the
increase and if they refuse to do so
will automatically exclude them
from the organization.
He said he doubts the increase
will be approved.
The NUS fee comes out of the
Alma Mater Society's
discretionary budget which
currently totals $9 annually per
Moore said the discretionary
budget was  barely sufficient  to
cover society operating expenditures this year.
He said the BCASU, which will
hold a February conference in
Victoria, is the only interuniversity
organization to which UBC
students will belong if the
university loses its NUS membership.
There are no membership fees in
the BCASU, he said but the
organization can do little unless it
encounters an issue of major
importance to all B.C. students and
receives strong support from
Delegates to the conference in
Victoria will attempt to strengthen
the BCASU by reorganizing it, he
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"There is no provision in the SUB
management agreement to permit
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it is not specifically allowed they
cannot do it."
Council rejected the
management committee's
proposal and requested better
proposals from the committee.
The other problem involving the
SUB management committee
centred on its new policy of only
permitting students to take a guest
into the Pit if the student had
purchased a 50-cent ticket ahead of
Palmer said the policy is unworkable because students "are
not going to plan their evenings two
days in advance, which is what is
now required."
He said council has inconvenienced a group of students
and it seems "every time the
society feels it necessary to pass
more rules they alienate a bunch of
Ron Walls, science undergraduate society rep, said
council should wait to give the
policy a chance to work.
Council voted to leave the guest
system as it is with students
required to pick up tickets ahead of
In other business, AMS external
affairs officer Gary Moore warned
council of an impending book crisis
next year.
Moore said because publishers
are not as interested in publishing
textbooks as they have been in
years past students may be faced
with text shortages and higher
prices next year.
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THE      U B Y IS E Y
Page 3
UBC must pay to keep profs
Faculty members are "very
expensive people," according to
administration president-
designate Doug Kenny.
And they tend to be highly mobile
also, since attractive job offers
from other universities tend to lure
them from one place to another, he
told an audience at an MLA day
luncheon Wednesday.
"There's no getting around it,"
he said. "The university is always
vulnerable to raiding from other
Kenny appeared to be making
the   statement   in   reference   to
current Faculty Association wage
demands under discussion,
preparing government members
for a large budget request to pay
large increases in faculty pay.
Kenny made later references
during the speech to the need to
retain highly-paid faculty, apparently putting in a plug for
support of the increases.
Kenny was speaking to the MLAs
as part of a university tour
requested by the members and
organized by the Alumni
During the speech, he outlined
what he said he sees his role as
administration president will be
when he takes office July 1 on the
retirement of Walter Gage.
"We're all well aware the
president of a university can fritter
his time away on trivia," said
"A good part of the president's
energies are being diverted away
from education," he said.
Kenny also repeated past
comments about the general role of
the university in society — which
has always been to contribute to
society through turning out this
country's management class, he
He also said he would try to
ensure the faculties and departments "don't become complaisant," which he said will on
occasion include shaking up some
of those departments to "ensure
the quality of education."
"The job also involves, of course,
reconciling the traditional values
with the needs of society," he said.
Universities have always
determined their own priorities, he
said, but these days they also must
remain responsive to the community.
He said the university must also
strive to maintain its past role of
SURREALISTIC IMPRESSIONISM adorning Brock Hall exterior wall
has been subject of study recently by UBC fine arts department trying
to figure out where strange art form came from. Theories of meaning
—marise savaria photo
range from a Neanderthal sun dial to a new game of chance for
advanced teenagers, but all experts are puzzled by significance of
long-haired, two-legged figure at right depicted eating a foreign object.
Roles of Chinese women change
The unhappy lot of women in the
China of a few decades ago has
changed dramatically, visiting
anthropologist Elizabeth Johnson
said Wednesday.
Johnson and her husband
travelled through Kwangtung
province in south China and lived
in Hong Kong during late summer
in 1973.
"Women in many ways were
treated like objects," Johnson told
about 40 persons in Brock Hall.
"They had very little control over
their own lives.
"They had no choice of whom
they were going to marry or
when," she said. A women was
often simply transferred to a
prearranged husband's home at
the appropriate time, often without
ever having previously met her
husband, Johnson said.
Johnson said she interviewed
about 25 women during her stay in
China. One woman had married a
prearranged husband, but after
several years of marriage still
hadn't produced children.
"Since she didn't fulfill her
primary obligation to her family
she wasn't very highly regarded,"
Johnson said.
She said the husband later took
another wife who successfully bore
children.   "Polygamy was not
uncommon in China for those who
could afford it," she said.
Johnson said after a woman was
transferred to her husband's home
there was no chance of leaving.
Because women could not obtain
divorces the only way to escape an
unhappy marriage was to run
away or commit suicide, she said.
"For a woman who was
widowed, remarriage was frowned
on," she added.
She said if a woman did remarry,
she would be obligated to leave her
children with her husband's
Johnson said women had no
political rights of any kind — they
were unrepresented in every level
of government, even in the
The economic rights of women
were also severely limited,
Johnson said. She said women
were illiterate and rarely had the
opportunity to work outside their
"In most parts of China, women
had bound feet and were unable to
work outside the home," Johnson
said. "I've seen some women with
bound feet who actually weren't
able to walk. They had to be supported on both sides."
However, a movement to end
widespread illiteracy and practices like  foot binding has  im
proved the situation of women over
the years.
"This movement has been
developing, particularly during the
communist movement, all through
this century," Johnson said.
Johnson said since the communist government gained power
in 1949 it has been active in
changing laws and encouraging
new policies toward women.
The first piece of new legislation
the government enacted after 1949
was to revamp marriage laws. The
government banned polygamy and
set minimum marriage ages of 18
for women and 20 for men.
The government also supported
the  concepts   of  free   choice   in
marriage and the right of women
to divorce and remarriage.
Johnson said implementing the
laws has required a long and
gradual process of change. She
said she doesn't know if implementation has been entirely
successful yet.
"Since 1949 women have had
increasing opportunity to work
outside the home," Johnson said.
"There's been a lot of emphasis on
making employment fully
available for women as well as
Johnson said the concept of equal
pay for equal work generally
applies in China.
See page 8: WOMEN
teaching undergraduates "wise
judgment." He did not elaborate on
his definition of "wise."
"I hope I can attain these things
in my short tenure here," Kenny
said. "All I want to say is that I
plan to run fast."
During the question period,
Kenny said he thinks students
make a "valuable contribution" to
running the university through
their representation on the
curriculum committees.
Also speaking at the meeting was
Alma Mater Society president
Gordon Blankstein, who gave a
brief history of the university and
spoke of students' involvement in
funding campus buildings.
He also said students don't want
to see housing on the endowment
lands, that students are in favor of
building a swimming pool and
students would like to see
clarification in the Universities Act
on election procedures to the board
of governors.
Blankstein also outlined the
history of the AMS, saying it
publishes The Ubyssey student
paper — "The best student
newspaper in Canada, in all of
North America in fact, perhaps in
the world."
Blankstein had apparently inserted his tongue in his cheek.
lack food
Students in a government-owned
residence have sent telegrams to
education minister Eileen Dailly
protesting a lack of food services at
the residence.
Spokesmen for the students,
from the B.C. Institute of
Technology and the B.C.
Vocational School, also say they
are planning a personal protest to
The building, known as Brentwood House and located in Burnaby, is a former old people's
home that was bought by the
education department in August
1974 after its owners failed to make
money on the operation.
However, 37 elderly persons the
government allowed to remain in
the building are currently served
meals in a dining area equipped to
serve 300, that is off-limits to
The result is that students are
forced to eat in restaurants or cook
on hot plates while a lonely group
of elderly persons huddles in a
corner of the large dining area.
Student spokesman Brian Lunt
also said that students are being
denied use of covered parking
facilities, forcing them to park on
unlit streets and in an adjacent
shopping mall.
Lunt said a delegation of
students went to Victoria in October to complain to Dailly
resulting in a personal visit by the
minister but no concrete action.
In November, Lunt said, the
results of a survey conducted to
seek ways of using the dining area
were sent to Dailly. However, the
students have not yet received a
Buster's tows fire pumper
UBC's fire department was slightly red-faced
Wednesday after a Buster's two truck, was needed to
lift an errant pumper back onto the roadway near
Gage tower.
The pumper and its four-man crew were responding to alarm in Gage towers residence when the
vehicle left the road on the east side of the four-tower
"It was nothing of any consequence," UBC fire
chief Robert Rowland said Wednesday.
"It just went off the track, probably due to either
ground ice or wet side shoulders from the alternating
cold-warm we've been having."
The firealarm turned out to be false, Rowland said,
likely activated by a malfunctioning heat sensor in
one of the buildings.
Adjuster's spokesman said the call came in to them
shortly after midnight and a 5,000-ton truck was
dispatched for the rescue operation.
He said the job went along without a hitch and the
pumper was back on the road in a short time.
Rowland said the department has received only a
few intentional false alarms this year. Page 4
Thursday, January 16, 1975
MLAs made
useless trip
Those people you saw wandering rather
benignly around assorted UBC classrooms
Wednesday were some of our loyal MLAs,
out to tour the campus.
They'd asked to come here to have a wee
bit of a boo at the place and requested the
Alumni Association to arrange a day's
Of course it turned into a ridiculous PR
gesture that taught no one anything. The
MLAs might just as well have stayed home in
Victoria and read the press releases issued by
flack service. It would have saved some
money at least.
If MLAs — and specificially, education
minister Eileen Dailly — wanted to go to the
expense of coming over here however, why
didn't they come before the Universities Act
was drafted?
That way, they might at least have
received some input in the sitchyashun, as
one cabinet minister is prone to label any
But here they come, traipsing around
after the act's started coming into force —
too late to implement ideas from (God help
us) students, faculty and staff.
But since they came out now, why was
the tour conducted as it was? Answer: the
Alumni Association arranged it. Well, why
let that bag of old gumpfs do the arranging?
When on campus, the MLAs should have
gone into the classrooms and talked with the
rather ordinary conglomerations of students
there. That surely could have been arranged,
because food services had enough advance
notice to rubberize the chicken for a
pre-planned luncheon.
They could also have met with whatever
professors were available and generally hung
around in their particular areav of interest.
An approximation of that was arranged for
the afternoon, but true to form, they were
allowed to meet only faculty.
Maybe instead of rubber chicken they
could have tried plastic hamburgers in the
SUB caf. and talked to people there. (For
those leaping about in horror at the idea of
being joined by MLA Gordon Gibson for
lunch, be not alarmed. He would have gone
to the faculty club anyway.)
At least they should have tried something
to learn what really goes on here, rather than
listening to another administration
president-designate Doug Kenny speech.
And then we would have got some worth
for the money we paid to get them over here
in the first place.
I was delighted to become the
subject of your excellent photojournalism on page 6 of your
Friday issue, but I regret to tell
you the outline was in error.
Instead of reading "this tall,
handsome, virile, chunky, balding
fellow", the cutline merely read
"chunky, balding". In the light of
this omission many people on
campus refused to recognize it
was, in fact, I in the photo. "Come
on," they said, "this chunky,
balding fellow is not you because
it's obvious you're such a tall,
handsome virile, chunky fellow!"
You can imagine my feelings.
I, knowing of your many
pressures such as hang-overs, late
copy and poor writers, can sympathize with you. But this slipshod
reporting must be nipped in the
bud or your fine reputation for
fairness and accuracy will fall into
Rick Lymer,
former Ubyssey
sports editor
It is a disgrace and an outrage
for "staff only" signs to exist on
certain bathroom doors in faculty
wings of the Buchanan building. I
urge all students to ignore those
elitist signs and use any bathroom
desired. To do otherwise is to
symbolically admit a non-existent
inferiority and perpetuate a caste
system that has no place at UBC.
Dwight Harrison,
science I
This is a warning to anybody who
considers using Wesbrook health
If a Wesbrook doctor says your
sore throat is a simple virus and
prescribes medication after taking
a culture to check the virus, see a
doctor off campus. The last time
this happened, it was tonsilitis, and
the victim spent a week on the
wrong   medication   as   the   pain
If you have a skin rash and a
Wesbrook doctor prescribes an
expensive lotion, see a doctor off-
campus. It could cost a lot to use
the lotion for a year while the rash
If you have a vaginal infection
and a Wesbrook doctor prescribes
medication, check with another
doctor. He may give you different
instructions on how to use it.
This is not to say that Wesbrook
is always wrong. It's just that in
five years on campus, I've never
heard of them being right.
Glen Nicholson
I sincerely wish that the person
who wrote the editorials about
minimum wages had gotten
his/her shit together before he/she
ventured such driveling nonsense.
First let me identify myself: a
part-time worker at the library for
the minimum wage of $2.50 an
Part-time work is taken up by
the student of his own accord,
usually to make some spending
money for extracurricular activities. Students do not come to
university with the aim of making
money; they come prepared to
study, and they come with the
money they need for the year's
If they do take on work at the
minimum wage, they bloody well
know what they're getting paid.
If this is not enough money, there
are other part-time jobs offering
more (after all, there is a free
market). Or the student has the
option of taking a year out and
making sufficient money for the
next year or two.
Sure, the student exists on the
poverty line. Quite rightfully. He
works only a maximum of four
months a year, and gets paid accordingly.
This is quite enough for most
people; for others, loans are
available. For students who are not
prepared to live in this style, other
choices are available. To equate
the students' poverty line with a
concentration camp is pure absurdity.
The author wrote, "Sometimes
(the University) makes me pay.
Then it's called Tuition."
This is one of the most
illegitimate bitches I've ever
Firstly, university students are
subsidized to the tune of several
thousand dollars each, yearly. And
secondly, the student pays $600-
$700 for books, lecture rooms an
professors' wages for a full eight
months. This wouldn't buy the
services of a private tutor for one
month. I say it's a damn good deal.
So much for the "concentration
camp" conditions of the student.
Now for the university, which
must pay minimum wages to its
part-time workers. Remember
that, were it not for the existence of
the minimum wage, many students
would undoubtedly be paid less for
their work.
The number of part-time
workers on the university is considerably high. If they were all to
be paid the same rates as the
Association of University and
College Employees' members, a
number of drastic things would
The university would run up an
enormous deficit, costing B.C.
taxpapers more money for no real
gain in education. And the number
of part-time students employed by
the university would be reduced as
an economic measure, which
would certainly benefit no one.
Of course, if I were to be offered
$4 an hour for my work, I wouldn't
hesitate in accepting it.
But I'm really not naive enough
to believe it's possible.
As for the AUCE; nice try, folks,
but I also can't believe that it's
anything more than a token attempt.
And by the way, there's no way
the responsibility and steady work
of full-time workers could ever be
replaced by part-time workers, no
matter how good their work may
So on the one hand, the university and the community at large
cannot afford to pay the same rates
to part-time workers as to full-time
workers. And on the other hand,
any student employed by the
university is doing so of his own
free will.
Perhaps the editorial writer's
intent was to arouse protest
against such halfbaked and "undercooked" ideas as were expounded in The Ubyssey. If it was,
then I hope I've made a point.
Gerald Haase
Re: Physics professor Frederick
Kaempffer criticizing the master
teacher award in Thursday's
Ubyssey because the award is an
insult to the people who teach and
are not seen.
The faculty is paid to teach and
research. The article did not state
if Kaempffer would also reject a
Nobel Prize.
Tony Warren,
associate professor,
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from all readers.
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Pen names will be used when the
writer's real name is also included
for our information in the letter or
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are given.
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JANUARY 16,1975
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
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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. Editor: Lesley Krueger
Raising his standard on high, Gary Coull walked stiffly into The
Ubyssey office and announced his imminent battle with Ubyssey morality
editor Lesley Krueger. "You unspeakable pervert," Krueger screamed as
staffers formed armies on either side of the newsroom. "So it's come to
this," sighed Doug Rushton getting out his favorite weapon * a coffee
cream dispenser. "We shall have to name an erection * or building * after
this if anyone lives to tell about it." Sue Vohanka dismissed formalities and
unleashed a devastating blow to Coull's army with an apple hurled the
length of the newsroom. Mark Buckshon became an early casualty when
the apple, aimed at Rushton's balls — er, groin area — went down with a
broken nose. Ross Barlow soon followed Buckshon to the sidelines when
Marcus Gee grabbed one of Barlow's ponderous puns and shoved it up his
ass — er, rectum. Jake van der Kamp also joined the foray hurling tulip
bulbs and wooden shoes at anything that moved. Reed Clarke, fighting
hand in hand with his twin brother Reed Clarke, rushed into the battle at
its hottest and began flinging direct quotes at anyone who would listen.
Chris Gainor, who was trying to dump chocolate milk shakes disguised as
strawberry milk shakes all over Mike McCloud's shoes, fell under the
barrage of direct quotes Clarke had not gotten from Robbie Smith. Ralph
Maurer, who also had not gotten direct quotes from Smith or anybody
else, decided enough was enough and. began to stroke a typewriter
(standard Ubyssey typewriter treatment) prior to flinging it at Berton
Woodward who was trying to read a dictionary while standing on his head
with a cigarette sticking out of his nose. Marise Savaria placed Krueger's
army in serious jeopardy when she announced she was going to take head
shots of everybody in the room. Cedric Tetzel replied with a meaningful
snigger that forced half of Krueger's reserves to retreat to the press club.
Once inside the club, however, they were wiped out to a person when
sneaky Mike Sasges jumped out from behind an em ruler, cut them all
down with his hand-built M16 and announced that the war was over,
perversion and double entendre had won and it was time to put out
another  rag — er, newspaper —> "come hell or high water." mursday, January 16, 1^75
Page 5
A working woman
answers fffeministf academics
I'd like to try to explain my feelings about
working women looking to other classes of
women to solve our problems.
Within universities there is a tendency for
us to pay too much attention to some of the
academic women who profess a rapport
with the women's movement, and who
appear to have at heart the interests of all
kinds of women.
But I don't think they do.
I repeatedly see them putting their own
insular academic needs above all others.
They separate "academics" from
"women," and thus divide us.
And once they do that, they are removing
themselves as our leaders.
The problems I am referring to are things
like low pay, inequitable working and living
conditions, being treated like inferiors,
being oppressed and suppressed and so on.
This article was originally
submitted as a letter to The
Ubyssey, but it deserves to stand
by itself. Replies are welcomed.
So I offer you this as a little moral support
for your own struggles, perhaps this will
help to clarify your thoughts and I hope you
can somehow develop the strength to think
for yourself (miraculous as that is in our
society) and then follow your own path.
For three years I worked as a secretary in
a department of anthropology and
sociology, in a British Columbia university.
At first I really liked the faculty women.
And until the novelty of having my own
office, wearing pants and sometimes taking
an hour and a half for lunch, wore off, and
the reality of the same old dumb job sank in,
I enjoyed myself. The faculty were informal, seemed hip and political, some were
feminists and some even claimed to be
Marxists and champions of the working
class. And we all got along quite well — that
is, 'well' in terms of what I thought I was
worth and deserved in those days.
But for some reason — I think having my
very own space (and the resultant feeling of
greater worth than before) had something to
do with it — it began to dawn on me that they
were nonetheless treating me differently
than they treated other women (i.e. the
faculty and students).
They would get all excited about meeting
a feminist writer, or just a visiting
professor, whereas it seemed that I was
somehow in the wrong female category one
had to be in in order to be so recognized by
They wouldn't get excited about meeting a
waitress (not even the waitress who serves
them in the cafeteria), or another secretary,
or my mother.
Nor did they make the slightest attempt to
get to know me as they would another
The only time I was ever invited to as
much as coffee was when I'd returned from
the Middle East — they were dying to hear
about the plight of the Egyptian women.
They were always more interested in
other women, some place else, rather than
the women right in their own office.
Socializing between faculty and staff is
Not because we are so incompatible — for
they never bothered to find out what I was
like as a person — but rather because they
feared ruining the boss-worker relationship.
They would never feel comfortable in
giving orders to their friends, so to prevent
less of their work getting done, no attempt is
' ever made to relate to me as a person.
In normal society certain niceties are
performed — but in normal academic
society, general human consideration is
dropped — we secretaries become untouchables.
You know, it's really funny when you sit
down and try to analyze why.
Why are academic women treated better
than, say, secretaries?
After all, they are just ordinary people.
They can be nervous, get colds, have
horrid children, miserable marriages, read
Earle Stanley Gardner mysteries and burp.
I'm sure that every single one of them
And yet, society bestows upon these mere
mortals immediate respect and authority
and importance and credibility (not to
mention higher salaries, private offices,
paid travel and better food in their faculty
club) all, it seems, because of a greater
amount of intravenous education.
And initials after their name.
But I'm sure that if you've worked at a
university for as long as a week, I don't have
to tell you of what perfectly useless members of society they can be.
In fact now that I have done field work
among them I have come to seriously
question the ability of some to even drive a
motor vehicle. That they can be considered
so generally superior to me (except for their
marathonian rhetoric) is perfectly
Society has become so weird about these
women who learned most of what they know
(and all of what they don't know) from
books, lecture halls and their tape recorders, that the media almost flips out when
one of them makes a public statement.
Just say "the sociology of Cranky
Waitresses — and so-and-so, a noted
authority in her field" is quickly interviewed, asked to speak at alumni clubs
and symposiums on women and TV talk
shows and at the next Solidarity with the
Third World Banquet.
It doesn't occur to anyone to interview the
waitress, or get her own story — I guess it's
because she doesn't have enough initials, or
a private office, or perhaps they didn't like
the restaurant she was working in — too
noisy maybe.
And so it has become that this narrow
group of elite is considered better interpreters of someone else's life (that they
can be an interpreter at all is alarming)
than the woman herself.
And too many of us believe them.
A women's group was begun by the
academic women, ostensibly for all campus
And I gathered that they considered this
another example (in their vast example
repertoire) of how deeply commited they
are to helping all of their sisters.
With some enthusiasm I attended the first
I don't know what I expected — perhaps I
was yet expecting that these women would
know my needs and work for them.
But whatever, I was disappointed and
wouldn't attend any more. Then they
complained, thought I was a hopeless case,
and wailed "but we are trying to help you."
My argument (though not at all well taken
by them) was that this group, and any
others which are run by them, are for
academic women and thus have nothing to
do with me.
And then I discovered that very little of
what they do involve themselves in has
anything to do with me.
The university itself is a very suspect
It perpetuates a very rigid class system,
and since these women, teachers in the
system, are doing nothing to alter that fact
(for they are too busy cementing their own
status within it), if I were to then support
any of their causes I would also be supporting my own oppression.
Instead of breaking down this system
which is only deleterious to their sisters,
these women are demanding full rights and
privileges within it. Their prime interest
seems to be in breaking into, not out, of this
totally male-oriented, classed, system.
None of which is of any benefit to me as a
woman, in a lesser class, trying to develop
my own female orientation and identity.
My goals'are not just to be accepted by my
co-workers on an equal basis in regards to
title, pay and promotion — which is their
most oft-heard cry; mine is a struggle
against the very system of class itself — that
which prevents any actual sisterhood' or
Their argument is that they are trying to
help the workers.
But if they are, why not begin helping
right here and now by stopping giving us
their shit work to do?
But like all "helpers" from the ruling
class, their help is strictly rhetorical, and
amounts to matronization in an attempt to
relieve their guilt while they go on exploiting. They would have everyone believe
that we are all working on the problems of
all women.
But in actuality we are all working on the
problems of the academic women.
They will support the needs of the working
women only insofar as these needs do not
seriously affect the work which the worker
is supposed to be doing for the academic.
Our relationship went smoothly as long as
I behaved accordingly to their defined
ideology of work and the women's
movement. But as I evolved and saw that in
fact I as a working woman had different
complaints from my academic bosses and
began to agitate for some kind of change for
my benefit, the previous basis for our
relationship gradually deteriorated.
Academics get to like having people put
them in positions of great authority,
reverence and leadership and so when I
discovered that that was just so much shit, a
widening rift began and I was out on my own
to take care of my problems as only I, the
worker, would know how to anyway.
And look at the kind of stuff they write and
publish about women.
They seem to leave out most of us, as they
write usually of women only as
professionals. For instance, they write
about how one woman, a professor (perhaps
struggling to become a full professor)
working in one city, and her husband who
runs a free school in another, solved their
household problems.
Well, this is fine if everyone's main
concern is to work within the existing
structure of universities, professors and
work, which appears to be these women's
main concern. But if these women are so
truly concerned for all womankind then
where are the articles aimed at raising the
consciousness of each other, so that they all
might stop exploiting all women, even
though they may not be academics?
While the academic is so busy writing her
articles and being a feminist and mouthing
support for the working class (though of
course making damned sure that the system
which suits her so well is being enforced), it
is a woman who is serving her her lunch in
the cafeteria, a woman perhaps whose
husband may be the janitor in the faculty
club, picking up the garbage left behind by
these militant, champions-of-the-working-
class-Marxist faculty — a couple whose
lives are so structured by the academics,
who work so hard during the day serving the
academic boss, that they are too tired at
night to discover their household problems,
let alone have any frivolous energy left over
with which to decide whose week it is to
change the light bulbs.
I say all of this in case any of you have the
mistaken notion that while you type on into
your lunch hour, madly finishing a paper for
one of your so-called sisters as a special
favor, that your boss is right out there
helping you in your struggle.
They're out there, all right, but they are
out there perpetuating the very system
which is choking us all.
And when they descend on you with a rush
job because they feel like leaving campus
early that day, have you ever thought about
the disparities between their lives and ours?
Secretaries are people, and have an equal
need and right to whatever considerations
and comfort anyone else has. The
academics can come and go from the
university pretty much as they please, to
avoid rush-hour traffic, in their own cars
insteadof foul-aired, packed buses, they get
enough more salary to be able to buy their
own home (and sometimes more land in the
country) which affords them far more
privacy, peace and freedom in which to live.
You and I live in cramped, overpriced
apartments with thin walls, noisy neighbors,
and no yard.
If they get a headache they are free to
leave campus when they wish, or go to their
faculty club to relax.
I bet you don't.
See page 7: SOCIETY Page 6
Thursday, January 16,  1975
Hot flashes
Foam film
The Turbulent Ocean, a film
that has absolutely nothing to do
with sex, sin, depravity, drugs,
pornography or anything else of
general interest to students will be
shown noon Friday in IRC 2.
Sponsored by the Institute
of Oceanography, the film shows
some recent experiments on ocean
currents in the Atlantic Ocean.
Talk stopped
People planning to hear Dr.
Grace Goldsmith's lecture today
on a national nutrition policy will
have to eat budget burgers instead
— it's cancelled.
Cause of cancellation is rumored   to   be   Goldsmith's   stomach
complaint after consuming 47 hot     IfsllGFS
dogs while attending  last week's
Super Bowel game.
If anyone wants to talk about
the ev.il weed come to SUB 224
Friday from noon to 3 p.m.
Tokers folk
If you are a toker, you have
friends at UBC.
Students to Liberate Marijuana
is a five-year-old Alma Mater
Society Club and its members feel
1975 is the year to speak up for
reforms in the soft drug laws.
(The federal government is currently testing new drug laws in
Freeloaders looking for a way
to get into the Mussoc production
of George M! for free can do it by
volunteering to be an usher.
An usher is someone who
shows people where to sit, demonstrates life jackets and leads the
way to the bathroom.
The show runs Jan. 29 to Feb.
8 in the old auditorium.
/Potential ushers should sign up
in'SUB 210.
'Tween classes
Joanne DorerTfeld, soprano, doctoral
recital, 8 p.m., music building recital
Dessert   party  featuring singer Joan
Jacobs, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran campus
Practice 7 p.m., SUB 207-209.
General meeting, noon, SUB 247.
Afternoon eucharist,        noon,
Lutheran campus centre.
Group  fellowship,   noon, SUB  205.
. Ski lessons, noon, Angus 104.
Practice,   7:30  p.m.,  gym   E winter
sports centre.
Group   fellowship,   noon,  SUB  205.
Academy     string     orchestra     plays
music of Bartok and Handel, noon,
music building recital hall.
South   Vietnam   political   prisoners,
noon, SUB 207-209.
Film,    "Obedience,1
Discussion, noon, SUB 113.
Volleyball  tourney,  7:30 p.m.
B, winter sports centre.
Weekly    meeting,   1:30   p.m.,   SUB
Israeli folksinging, with Zahava
Cohen, 1:30 p.m., Hillel House.
Post American editor Jim Wallace
speaks on contemporary strategies
for political evangelism, noon, SUB
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Participant in Seattle protest against
Boston   racist   violence  to  speak, 8
p.m., 1208 Granville.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Academy strings noon hour concert,
music building recital hall.
General meeting, noon, SUB 224.
Rishee    Thaku    to    talk    on    the
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General meeting, noon,
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General    meeting,   noon,   salon    E,
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Society doesn't give time
From page 5
I bet you have to stay and finish
their work for them, while they go
We do their most menial work for
them so that they have more time
to write their ideas, develop their
chosen careers and creativities,
and can forage around for their
inner realities.
We, however, are not given that
time by society, or by these
women. We are the one doing the
worst work (if it wasn't so bad, as
they sometimes argue, they would
probably do it themselves) and yet
we are treated with the least
Not only do they get long
Christmas holidays, but they get
entire summers off, with pay,
while we get a maximum holiday
of three weeks in a whole year.
Their great expanses of time off
to do their own thing gives them
the space/time by spending all of
our time on their work, have no
time or incentive left to get on with
our own. We sit in a chair, at a
desk, in a crowded, noisy office,
eight hours a day, all week, for
months and years, working under
conditions which no academic
would ever tolerate. It is extremely
boring, meaningless, irrelevant
copy work, which offers nothing
more creative than lining up type
on a stencil.
This process which shuts off the
workers' mind has two effects: one
is that when you finally do get
home at night, you haven't the
time, interest or ability to suddenly
turn your mind back on and weave
a tapestry or write a novel. The
other is that such socialization is a
More exports
to Japan
The federal external affairs
department is still trying to implement export policies decided in
1971 that would increase exports of
manufactured goods, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
"Less than two per cent of
Canada's current exports to Japan
are manufactured goods," Stephen
Heeney told about 25 persons at a
UBC seminar.
And only about 30 per cent of
Canada's exports to the U.S. and
( other countries are manufactured
goods, he added.
"If it's possible to sell a greater
number of manufactured goods
elsewhere, it's possible to sell to
Japan," Heeney said.
"We feel it's in the interest of the
Japanese to do so," he said.
Heeney said only 1.7 per cent of
Canada's exports to Japan are
manufactured goods. "However,
we don't feel this is insuperable,"
he said.
Heeney said Japanese people are
growing more conscious of heavy
industrialization and want to avoid
" its consequences.
If Canada were to export more
processed resources to Japan,
Japan could devote more time to
technical research, Heeney said.
Heeney is former first secretary
in the Canadian embassy in Tokyo.
» He said Canada gives Japan the
highest priority in its Asian
"We have a broad series of
common interests at a high
political level," he said. Heeney
said both nations have shared
democratic systems, policies of
• non-military development and rely
heavily on discussion as the means
of influencing other countries.
"We're both dependent on world
stability for trade," he said.
Heeney said the embassy in
Tokyo is to be enlarged..
"I think our image in Japan is a
clean one — friendly people, lakes,
fresh air," Heeney said. But there
is little concept among the
Japanese of Canada as a
manufacturing nation, he said.
perfect device by the rulers of our
society to ensure that they will
always have workers to serve them
since it makes our brains too numb
to revolt.
Are these women we work for
trying to change any of that?
I fail to notice it.
What God-given rights do they
have — does anyone have — to
allow such disparities to continue?
Why are they more deserving of a
pleasant life than us?
The difference between these
women and us is this power which
they have over their own lives,
both as women and as members of
our society.
We can have that, too, to live well
and in a way chosen freely by the
individual, if only we seize that
Academic women cannot help us
as they are too busy ensuring that
they don't lose their own. I can only
hope that the academic women,
and women and rulers
everywhere, will one day realize
that we all have to gain by ensuring
the relative freedom of all of us,
not just a few.
We all make better people when
we are functioning as bright stars
on our own, instead of computerized robots.
So you are nuts if you just sit and
do nothing. And even nuttier if you
think those women are going to do
anything for you.
We must form our own women's
groups, staff unions, collectives —
whatever, which are run by and for
us. The academics' system, that of
class, has done quite enough
damage in stunting the minds and
hearts and creativities of the whole
working class — the majority of all
We have a lot of work to do to
break out of the bags we have been
stuffed into, but break out we must.
And we must do it ourselves.
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Just released neutralists
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Ways of teaching grammar vary
From page 1
got A's and B's in high school. Then
you ask them what they did — 'Did
you write any essays?' — well,
they did one in grade nine."
Wisenthal said the current
English 100 program is divided into
three parts — reading classic
essays, studying imaginative
literature (fiction, poetry, drama)
and learning composition.
The manner of teaching composition varies among the 132
English 100 sections, Wisenthal
said. Some professors teach
"subject and predicate" while
others "allow it to emerge from the
He said a natural method of
course organization would be to
emphasize writing skills in the first
term and he expected most had.
Most students would have written
five essays by Christmas, he said.
The two-hour Christmas exam
had two sections. In Dne, students
were asked to correct grammatical mistakes in seven sentences and one short paragraph. In
the other, they were to write a 250-
350 word essay, concentrating on
good usage, on one of seven topics.
Wisenthal said each exam was
marked by two instructors, neither
of whom could be the student's own
prof. Then about 1,100 of the papers
were sent to a 10-member review
committee for checking, he said.
The exams were given to the
committee if the two instructors
disagreed on marking or if there
was a disparity between marks for
the exam's two sections.
He said the English 100 steering
committee wanted to ensure
complete fairness in marking by
Women get into politics
From page 3
Women have also become involved in political work, she said.
Johnson said the government has
determined women should hold
about 25 or 30 per cent of all
government positions at all levels.
Johnson said illiteracy has
almost disappeared amongst
people who are less than 30 years
"Now it's virtually universal for
boys and girls to go at least to
primary school," she said.
However, there is a greater tendency for boys than girls to continue on to secondary school
Johnson said.
"There have also been literacy
campaigns to try to help older
women become literate," she said.
"There's been a very extensive
campaign to change people's ideas
about women," said Johnson, She
said meetings, campaigns and
posters carrying inspirational
slogans are common ways of influencing people.
Johnson said well-known slogans
include: "women hold up half the
sky," "men and women are equal
now" and "women can do what
men can do."
During a slide presentation,
Johnson showed pictures of posters
depicting women construction
workers, women miners and
women powerline workers and
tractor drivers.
establishing the review committee
and allowing appeals. Some exams
were read by six professors, he
Appeals before a three-member
committee will be allowed in cases
where there is a great disparity
between a student's exam mark
and marks on his essays during the
term, "just to make sure that no
mistake has been made," he said.
Wisenthal said the English
department is "making efforts to
ensure students won't be getting a
big shock" when they come to
university. He declined to
However it is known that the
English department has submitted
a brief on English teaching in
public schools to the Vancouver
school board and the provincial
The Christmas exam received
strong criticism from Quartermain
in "an open letter to my colleagues
and students."
In the eight-page letter, Quartermain deals with the exam
question-by-question, pointing to
ambiguities in the sentences to be
corrected and inanity in the essay
He argues that the correction
sentences are meaningless without
context — that the student in some
cases is forced to correct the
sentence to what it "should" say,
not necessarily what an unconventional writer might have
wanted to say.
And, he says, in the use in the
sentences of certain language —
what he calls "committee
language, replete with polysyllabic
abstractions" — the English
department is actually endorsing
ways of writing it would rather
Quartermain also sees an absurdity in asking students for an
essay on the topic "Vancouver is
Canada's ideal city: fact or fiction?" and to discuss subjects that
would take volumes to cover.
"It is all so absurd and the
examination so utterly useless,"
writes Quartermain. "I have said
to my students again and again,
don't write on such vague and
pretentious topics: pay close attention to the language, to what
you are saying.
Quartermain says he will appeal
every failure in his class and
"reserve the right to appeal every
Quartermain said in an interview Wednesday he wrote the
letter to provoke discussion within
the department and that he expects
a response from the English 100
steering committee.
However, he said he will not get
actively involved in agitating for
changes in the program.
Quartermain said he believes in
teaching writing skills to students
but not in an isolated manner.
Wisenthal, asked for comment
on Quartermain's letter, said: "My
reaction to it is one ' of
disagreement. I find that the
assertion is you shouldn't teach
people to write correct English and
I just don't agree with that."
Wisenthal also noted that
Quartermain's letter was "extremely well written." "Obviously
he picked up the necessary skills
somewhere along the line."
Quartermain said he distributed
250 copies of the letter to all faculty
and T.A.'s in the department and to
his own students.
Savard said students were not
well enough prepared for the
exam, both in high school and their
four months of English 100. There
should have been standardized
teaching of writing skills during
the first term, he said.
"Given the fact that they refuse
to apply standards to all of English
100, I think it's unfair," he said.
Student-operated ward a success
Fourth year medical students
are making up the primary staff on
a psychiatric ward in the Health
Science Centre hospital at UBC.
Teams of medical students have
run a 22-bed ward in the hospital in
a program which started more
than 2 years ago.
A report in a medical journal by
Dr. James Miles and.Dr. Robert
Krell of UBC and Dr. W. L.
Maurice of Vancouver General
Hospital says the program is
designed to increase learning
effectiveness of clinical skills
through  increased  responsibility.
The program also gives students
an experience "which would improve the students' ability to relate
to all patients with a greater
degree of comfort and effectiveness," the report says.
The students are in charge of a
ward which handles young
schizophrenic patients. The
students each handle 4-6 patients at
a time.
Each student has weekly ward
rounds where they work with other
staff in the ward, which include
registered nurses, psychiatric
assistants, an occupational
therapist and a social worker.
Fourth year students spend one
of their regular eight week rotation
periods in the ward.
Students also attend weekly
seminars on topics related to their
work in the psychiatric ward.
In program evaluations,
students overwhelmingly agree
that the program is a worthwhile
"The problems encountered in
this showed up  weaknesses  far
more effectively than any amount
of formal teaching," was one
student's comment.
Staff in the ward were reluctant
at first to accept the program, the
report says. Several staff members were concerned that the
students would provide a lower
standard of care for the patients.
However, the staff's attitude to
the students changed dramatically
after the students' began to work in
the ward and proved they were
able to work effectively with the
"An interesting and unexpected
phenomenon has been the almost
total absence of complaints from
the patients about having a student
physician," the report says.
The high turnover of students
has not affected the patients ad
versely.    After    patients    are
discharged,  follow-up  care  is'
handled by the patients' family
Program supervisors have been
happy with the students' performance as well.
The report says the students
"have responded with enthusiasm
and have evidenced a deep involvement." The report also says
that "a high standard of care has
been provided."
The report concludes that the
fourth year students "are capable
of assuming major clinical
responsibility and performing in
an effective manner."
"It should not be left to the
psychiatry staff alone to prepare
the student for this challenging
aspect of his professional career."
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