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 Vote could slash AMS levy
The Alma Mater Society could be
stuck with a 50 cent fee levy next
year if the current fee -eferendum is
The referendum, wh-ch begins today and continues to Friday, is
designed to offer students the
chance to stop paying the $15 SUB
fee. But at least one student says the
ballot actually asks students to drop
$15 from the AMS fee.
The ballot is worded: "be it
resolved that the AMS student fee
be reduced by $15."
Student court member Robert
Salkeld said Monday he intends to
take the issue to student court. He
said the referendum could be made
invalid due to its ambiguous wording, but added he would not go to
court if students voted to continue
the fee.
AMS vice president Peter Mit
chell agrees with Salkeld. He said
the ballot wording could be interpreted to mean lowering the $15.50
AMS fee to 50 cents, leaving a $10
SUB building fee.
(SUB building fees were $15, but
$5 of that came from regular AMS
fees. SUB was paid off this year,
leading to the current referendum.)
AMS president Marlea Haugen
said there is no problem with interpretation of the ballot. "The $15 is
Vol. LXIII, No. 64
Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 17,1981
-stuart davla photo
SPLATTER BLURT DRIP was the battle cry of zany madcap UBC law students Friday as they continued series
of attempts to bore assembled groovers of UBC to death with predictable collegiate stunts. Trike race is only one
of many events designed to convince us future shysters have sense of humor after all. Paper chasers later retired
to Drip and Dishrag pub where ways of suing your own grandmother were debated.
Socred budget riles protestors
Organizers of Wednesday's class
boycott and rally may be thanking
the Social Credit government if the
rally is successful.
Rally organizer Maureen Boyd
said Monday, "In view of the provincial education budget the rally is
quite timely."
The rally, planned months in advance of the B.C. budget brought
down Mar. 9, gained added
significance when education received inadequate funding, Boyd said.
She said the operating grants for
universities increased 13.8 per cent
but with an annual consumer price
index inflation rate of 13.5 per cent
the increase will barely cover inflation.
Operating costs for universities
always increase faster than the CPI,
according to Boyd.
But under-funding of universities
is just one reason students are being
asked to boycott classes from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and attend the
Alma Mater Society sponsored rally. According to the AMS accessibility committee:
• tuition has increased 50 per
cent since 1977 along with increased
costs of food and housing;
• the provincial government cut
1,500 student jobs this year as well
as an additional 3,500 jobs for
e the federal government
cancelled plans for another 1,500
jobs in B.C.; and
e the student aid maximum
grant of $3,500 has not increased
since 1977.
Meanwhile, support for the rally
appears to be increasing. Boyd said
PIRG polls open
Students hit the polls today on
two major issues.
Along with the chance to knock
off the $15 SUB fee, students are
offered the opportunity to kick in
$5 next year to fund a public
interest research group at UBC. The
polls, at various campus locations,
are open until Friday.
PIRG organizers are optimistic
about the referendum's outcome
although they enter voting week
faced with an opposition campaign.
Posters, placed in SUB mainly by
the UBC Liberal club, call upon
students to reject a UBC chapter of
The posters say PIRG is an unsafe investment for student funds,
especially since a UBC constitution
See page 2: PIRG
at least three faculty members have
indicated they will cancel classes.
And student council at its Mar.
11 meeting voted unanimously to
support the rally while on Monday
AMS president Marlea Haugen urged students to attend.
Haugen said the Universities
Council of B.C. is discussing the
allocation of funds from its budget
now. "It is the best time for people
to start talking about what they
want to happen."
Boyd was cautiously optimistic
about student attendance. "It is the
end of term and people don't have a
lot of time to spare."
The rally will include speeches by
representatives from the AMS,
B.C. Students Federation, faculty,
and campus unions, a student
board represenative and the chair of
the Vancouver school board.
Absent from the list of speakers
are university administrators, who
have refused to attend.
Boyd said it is peculiar Kenny has
chosen not to attend. "Kenny
stands up to slam cutbacks all the
time. You would think that administrators also might take the opportunity to explain their point of
view on indexing tuition and tuition
The rally will be held on the SUB
plaza near the aquatic centre, or in
the SUB conversation pit if it is
part of the general fees already. I
think they're out to lunch," she
said, adding that the wording was
Sean Boyle, a graduate student
representative who pushed for the
referendum, accused the AMS executive of failing to adequately
publicize the referendum.
"It is convenient for individuals
such as Peter Mitchell (who opposes
dropping the fee) to perform tasks
other than that of conducting this
student referendum," he said.
He said Mitchell was using the
wording of the ballot "as yet
another attempt to confuse the
issue. It seems people are determined to prevent the democratic process from working at UBC."
"The intent of the referendum is
clear. I can only ask for students to
give a clear answer on this
Mitchell denied charges he was
deliberately failing to give the
referendum adequate publicity.
"I've got better things to do. I'll let
students decide the issue."
AMS administration director Bill
Maslechko said, "Now is the time
to set priorities."
He pointed out if the referendum
passed and was interpreted to
reduce AMS fees, the student fee
revenue would be cut from
$250,000 to $12,000.
Advanced polls opened Monday
night at the residences, where 328
people voted.
AMS seeks
more funding
Student representatives stressed
the drastic need for improved university funding at a meeting with
the Universities Council of B.C.
chair Friday.
Marlea Haugen, Alma Mater Society president, and external affairs
coordinator James Hollis told
UCBC chair Bill Gibson that the
council's formula funding policy
hurts UBC.
"We felt that last year UBC had
been short changed; students are
feeling the crunch and we wanted
UBC to get its fair share," Haugen
said Monday.
Funding to B.C.'s three universities is allocated according to a formula based on enrolment, but five
per cent of those funds are left to
the discretion of the council. Haugen and Hollis were appealling to
Gibson to use those funds in UBC's
Haugen also said the formula by
which UCBC distributes provincial
funds discriminates against UBC.
The formula weights different faculties and "perhaps there is not
enough weighting given to professional faculties," Haugen charged.
Because of the formula, last year
both Simon Fraser University and
the University of Victoria received
proportionally larger funds than
UBC, she said.
"We're not trying to screw the
other universities but last year some
universities received proportionally
more money," she said, adding that
the formula is calculated from the
increase in enrolment and while
UBC's rose only seve:n per cent,
SFU's increased 10 per cent and
UVic's 13 per cent.
A consequence of the funding
problem is that laboratory equipment is not replaced, she said. "Lab
equipment, just for stocking the
shelves, is going up higher than the
rate of inflation."
Haugen and Hollis presented a
brief to the council that outlined
"concerns students have about fun-
Students fight gov't policy
See story page 3
ding." They met Gibson to arrange
a date to meet with all the council
members, but he informed them
such a meeting would be impossible.
"It seems strange to me that they
wouldn't want all the information
they could get," Haugen said.
The brief also stated that faculty
members at UBC are being laid off
as a result of inadequate financing.
"In several departments at UBC,
faculty have been cut in an attempt
to meet stringent budget constraints."
Haugen added that in faculties
like commerce it is hard to attract
professors willing to teach for much
lower wages than they would receive if they were working for a private company.
In the applied science faculty
three engineering professors are
needed and applicants have been
difficult to find, she said. "The
same is true in all faculties."
She added that because of UBC's
large number of professional faculties more upkeep funding is needed than in other B.C. universities.
"(Salary) discrepancies are most
noticeable in the rapidly growing
professional faculties," the brief
Relief eyed
MONTREAL (CUP) — The Quebec government is toying with the
idea of establishing a relief fund for international students unable to pay
increased differential fees.
The government announced last week that differential fees for international students currently studying in Quebec would increase to $2,500
from $1,500.
And students not already studying in the province will have to pay
$4,128, the highest fees in Canada.
The fund, expected to be between $200,000 and $300,000, would be
designed primarily for students already studying in Quebec or who have
already been accepted for next year.
Robert Talbot, advisor to the minister of education, confirmed the
existence of the fund Mar. 9, but said the size and criteria for eligibility
had not been decided.
A similar fund was introduced in 1978 when differential fees were
first established in Quebec.
Students applied to the dean of students office at their university,
which   set   up   a   committee   to   decide   which   applicants   fit   the
government's guidelines. The university then applied to the government
\on their behalf.    A Page 2
Tuesday, March 17,1981
'PIRG in students' control'
From page 1
has not been drawn up by PIRG
But at a Friday public forum, the
B.C. PIRG organizing club told 50
students in SUB 212 that because
PIRG is a democratically run
organization, students need not fear
losing control over the group.
Carol Riviere said students who
disagreed with the concept of PIRG
could collect a refund within one
month of paying registration fees.
She said a province-wide constitution has been written which will
govern all campuses that join the
organization, but pointed out the
constitution allows for a lot of local
She said UBC students will draw
up their own constitution in fall,
and stressed the decision-making
process is open to all interested
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Week of protest aims at B.C. gov't
Canadian University Press
Students are taking the sorry
financial state of post-secondary
education in B.C. directly to the
public this week, in a gamble to
place pressure on a steadfast provincial government.
With a week-long series of
meetings and rallies, the B.C.
Students Federation is hoping to
publicize its five-point declaration
of demands designed to save education from provincial policy.
"The direction of provincial
government policy is seriously
threatening the post-secondary
education system in B.C.," states a
brief released Sunday by the federation, which represents 30,000
"Consistent underfunding of
post-secondary education leaves institutions unable to maintain the
quality and scope of education
from year to year. Cutbacks and the
number and variety of courses
available, overcrowding of classes,
out-of-date libraries, and shortages
of equipment and facilities are the
trend in post-secondary
At UBC, a two-hour class
boycott has been called for Wednesday to allow students to attend a
rally in front of SUB.
Capilano College students will be
in Victoria Wednesday to set up an
information picket and soup kitchen on the steps of the provincial
legislature to graphically portray
the plight of their college which
faces a $400,000 deficit next year.
The student federation's
demands for a comprehensive
education plan are being supported
Elitism charged
by U of M faculty
WINNIPEG (CUP) — The University of Manitoba is slowly becoming an upper class institution,
says the dean of that university's
law faculty.
Jack London joins other deans
who are displeased with the proposed 10 per cent tuition increase slated
for next year. While all concede an
increase was necessary, some suggest the university has reduced accessibility to lower income students.
"Students don't deserve the
hardship," said engineering dean
Edmund Kuffel. He felt the higher
fees could adversely affect the accessibility of the university.
"I'm worried about the poorer
background students who have no
extra savings," he said. The tuition
in engineering next year will be
about $850, which is too far above
average, he added.
Kuffell doubted that students
could make up the difference with
summer employment, saying costs
in Winnipeg are rising and students'
dollars are going elsewhere.
Architecture dean H. E. Thompson said he did not know if the administration could justify the 10 per
cent tuition increase after university
received a 13 per cent increase in
funding from the government.
Thompson is unhappy with the
large tuition increase in his department. The increase means architecture students will pay over 20 per
cent of the cost of their education
although they normally pay less
than that, he said. "But if students
in my faculty have to pay that
amount, then all students should
pay 20 per cent... my students are
being penalized."
And the dean of arts is concerned
that the university is the only one in
Manitoba which is considering a
tuition increase next year.
"We could lose a lot of students," he said.
London said it was unfortunate
students had to experience tuition
fee increases, but he felt the problem lay with the method of university funding, not the way the administration handled it.
Rompkey raps
oil rig rumors
The federal minister of revenue
has no objection to B.C. pulling out
of the current federal-provincial
Tax   Collection   Agreement,   but
does it for free
does not consider it to be a very
productive move.
"It isn't going to come cheaply,"
Bill Rompkey warned. "I do it for
free right now, and it will probably
cost B.C. somewhere in the very
high millions to duplicate our service."
Rompkey spoke Friday to about
25 people in Angus 110, reserving
his more interesting comments to
the question and answer period
following his talk.
Rompkey laughed off the threats
made by B.C. government to collect
provincial taxes, saying they were
fine as long as the required three
years notice is given.
He also denied allegations oil rigs
are quickly pulling out of the country as a result of the new federal
energy policy.
"Our information is that the
number of rigs is roughly the same
as last year and that some of the
pullouts began before the national
energy policy was implemented,"
he said.
"It depends on who you believe.
Even Petrocan has fewer rigs
operating. I think (the exodus of
rigs) is all a myth," Rompkey added.
The new tax policy favoring
Canadian oil exploration companies over foreign owned will not
harm exploration, he said. "If
there's oil then there will lie a company to get it out of the ground.
"Our policy favors Canadian
See page 11: UNANIMITY
by both the College Institute Educators Association, representing 13
college faculty associations, and the
Association of University and College Employees, a union representing support staff at UBC, Simon
Fraser University and several colleges.
Federation chair Catherine
Ludgate said the province's decision to slash $4.1 million from the
Youth Employment Program will
result in about 4,000 fewer summer
jobs, more than offsetting a slight
increase in the student aid program
included in the provincial budget.
"We applaud the increase in student assistance but only with one
hand," Ludgate said. "By the time
inflation and the increased number
of applicants is factored in, the increase will clearly not meet the
needs of financially strapped
Demands outlined in the five-
point declaration include:
• reversing the majority on institutional governing bodies from
government appointees to elected
community representatives;
• creating a comprehensive
education plan by the government
and the education community for
coherent education funding;
• undertaking a government
study of financial barriers to education;
• creating a student assistance
program ensuring no person is prohibited from attending an institution for financial reasons; and
• proper wage settlements for
faculty and support staff so they do
not "bear the brunt of education
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EXECUTIVE ELEGANCE of external affairs coordinator James Hollis and president Marlea Haugen wasn't
enough to save AMS hacks crushing defeat at hands of incredibly witty Ubyssey One team at first annual arts
yacht race Friday. As well as upholding tradition of winning every boat or yacht race entered for 50 years. The
Ubyssey also fielded second team to finish last in points awarded for wit, poise, knowledge of classics and skill in
quaffing white wine. $100 first prize will be distributed to students in liquid form this Friday at noon.
Housing co-op seeks land
The Blue Heron has landed.
The housing co-operative has
everything it needs to set itself up
on the University Endowment
Lands except the land.
The co-op plans to build 100
units of mixed income housing on
an undetermined location on the
UEL but at a public meeting Mar. 7
received twice that number of applications for co-op membership.
Co-op members say their proposal is not in conflict with park
plans for the UEL.
"A regional park is of paramount importance to everyone,"
staid Blue Heron project manager
Jacques Khouri Monday. "But we
Society snagged
Canadian University Press
Simon Fraser University's administration and student society are eyeing
the same 15-acre parcel of land on Burnaby Mountain for residence expansion.
The student society has run into snags on a co-operative housing proposal and is considering the creation of a non-profit society to manage the
Meanwhile, the administration will hire a consultant to examine housing
alternatives, "anything from 120 townhouses to 200 co-operative units to
some sort of village," according to student services director Bill Stewart.
Applications to the universities ministry and the Canadian Mortgage and
Housing Corporation have been scuttled in the past, while rent revenues
from existing residences have been frozen into financing renovations since
improvement grants were turned down by the provincial treasury board last
"What we've done is explore the normal kinds of channels," Stewart
said. "We've tried a lot of different ways to build housing up here and have
failed miserably. We need some help to see how these can be funded."
Stewart also said the administration is considering allowing commercial
development of the land, including the use of revenues from business leased land.
Student society fieldworker Hank Benoit said a major problem with cooperative student residences "is trying to figure out some way to enforce a
The student society hired two employees to research and report on housing options by mid-May. But one employee has left and the student society
. is looking for another unemployed applicant to work on the project."
think a very small percentage
should go for housing."
The co-op will be oriented
towards families and is not designed
with students in mind, he added.
Khouri said the co-op site has
narrowed down to one of three sites
on the UEL, one in the vicinity of
16th and Blanca and two adjacent
to Acadia road near University Hill
Secondary school.
Khouri said he expects provincial
housing minister James Chabot to
make an announcement "any time
now" regarding the co-op's request
for land and the future of the endowment lands.
"He's going to approve the
regional park which we also support," Khouri said.
The Blue Heron proposal has
already arranged Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation financing. Under CMHC guidelines the
co-op must operate on a non-profit
basis so residents cannot use their
membership in the co-op for
speculative purposes.
And project architect Randle
Iredale says the co-op will blend into its natural surroundings.
"It's not a place for high
density," Iredale said. "It should
be a low rise development with as
low a density as possible. It has to
be very compatible with park use."
Khouri admits the project will
not solve the housing crisis, but
said "it will put a little dent in the
local demand." He also criticized
those opposed to any development
on the UEL for having a "let them
eat cake attitude." 	
"It's a selfish attitude," he said. Page 4
Tuesday, March 17,1981
AMS president
pleas for fees
This week, the students of the
campus will be faced with a referendum that is totally different from
any they have ever seen before. The
referendum asks us whether we
wish to continue paying the full $39
of our AMS fees or have them
reduced by $15.
Since 1964, this fee had been used
to pay for the student union
building. This fall, we made our last
payment on SUB and we must now
decide what to do with the $15 fee.
Basically, there are two options:
1. Students can vote yes to the
fee referendum and you'll be $15
wealthier next year; or
2. Students can vote no and invest that money in future projects.
UBC students have a long history
of close involvement with their
campus. As far back as 1921,
students fought the provincial
government to bring the campus to
Point Grey. During World War II,
they built the armouries and since
that time have built (or helped
build) the War Memorial gym,
Brock Hall Extension, Thunderbird
winter sports centre, the student
union building and the aquatic centre.
It is long-standing history that
the academics who hold the university purse-strings are unwilling to
put money into student service or
athletic projects.
If students had not initiated these
projects, fought for them and put
money into them, they undoubtedly
would not exist today.
If the students wish to invest in
this   campus'   future,   they   must
carefully consider how they will
vote in this referendum. A 'no' vote
means those fees will continue and
provide a core of funds to be used
only on capital projects. This will
smooth out yearly discrepancies in
fees caused by projects beginning
and ending. All students will be
assessed more fairly.
Also, to begin any project requires a large initial capital input.
These funds would therefore be a
pool students could draw from
more freely.
The final point is that students
will still have total control over how
these funds are spent. All projects
will have to go to referendum
before any portion of the money
can be spent. If students feel the
fees are not needed, they can go to
referendum at anytime, to drop all
or part of it.
At this time, I am aware of at
least a dozen projects of varying
merit that the students on this campus could be interested in. Here are
a few:
e Covered tennis courts (the armouries are being destroyed).
e Astro-turf for Maclnnes
field, so intramurals can play year
e A new gym complex.
e SUB renovations for more
club space.
e More on-campus housing.
If you want to invest in your campus' future, vote no to the fee
referendum this week.
Marlea Haugen
AMS president
Who paid for SUB?
The students of the past seem to be much more generous and more far-
minded that the students on campus today.
Students in years gone by were ready and willing to pay a small amount
every year to a project called "the student union building." A project
which was no more than an idea, without even a floor plan, when the fee
was first levied.
Why is it that the students on campus today feel they are getting ripped
off by paying a meagre $15 a year into the building fund? Who paid for
SUB anyway? Not us! Who uses the building every day? All of us!
If the referendum to discontinue the SUB building fee gets a vote,
someone will be getting ripped off alright. Not us, but the students of years
gone by who put their energy and money into a building they didn't even
see. And the students in years to come will be ripped off by our greediness
inhibiting any of their, as yet unforeseen, building needs being satisfied.
Who the hell are we to say we are getting ripped off? This university
needed a SUB and an aquatic centre and the students of the past and their
administration got them for us! Let us now support the present administration in the hope that someday we may be able to give future students some
necessary building and thus pay off a bit of our debt to past students.
Please vote 'no' on the referendum to discontinue the SUB building fee.
Nancy Laing
engineering 2
March 17, 1981
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B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
AMS or the university administration. Member, Canadian
University Press. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room
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Editor: Verne McDonald
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A risk worth taking
We're going to take a gamble on Public Interest
Research Groups. It's a hard decision, but the risk is
worth it.
But we wish ... We wish BCPIRG had not been
-in such a euphoric mood after Ralph Nader's visit that
they simply couldn't wait to get the whole thing off the
ground and constitution be damned. We wish
students were being offered something concrete
rather than just conceptual for their $5.
It's the same problem we had with the building pro-
Rally, dahling
How can students do something about classes getting larger, access to professors getting harder, tuition
fees going up and government funding remaining inadequate?
We rally could tell you something, if only we could
find the word. Oh, boy, caught a class Wednesday
and still couldn't get an answer. Tomorrow at noon in
front of SUB, though, we'll see a real prole test.
jects. We don't like to be rushed. But whereas the
Alma Mater Society will always be with us, and likely
always coming up with ways to spend our money,
BCPIRG is a chance we may not have again.
The people who've organized BCPIRG have conducted their affairs entirely above board and, as near
as can be judged, are sincere. Voting for their fee levy
requires trust, but we believe it is trust we can afford in
view of the organizers' willingness to deal with the
students openly and in view of the democratic nature
of their constitutional proposals.
Vote 'yes' for BCPIRG. Then watch them like a
hawk and help them keep their ideals, and help them
take good care of your money.
The other referendum is a problem. We don't know
yet if it's properly and legally worded — as things
stand, it could mean a 'yes' vote, rather than
abolishing the building fee, will actually cut the AMS
fee on which clubs, service organizations and the
AMS itself depend.
Another mess from your AMS, we guess.
Rally reflects fee facts
I am writing this article in an attempt to better inform everyone of what is going on with the standing
committee on student accessibility (formerly the standing committee on tuition and student aid).
A presentation was made to the board of governors
on March 3 regarding bursaries. This report was well
received all around and, hopefully, the board will respond accordingly. More details are presented later in
this article.
The most important event for regarding student finances is coming up Wednesday, March 18. Wednesday is the day set aside for a province-wide day of protest. Universities and colleges across the province will
join to protest administration inaction and government cutbacks.
The form of protest that the committee has proposed is a rally on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. in conjunction with a boycott of classes at that
Why should you boycott classes for two hours to attend a rally? Because if students do not rise in protest
against the deteriorating quality of education and the
decline in accessibility to post-secondary education due
to financial problems, our post-secondary educational
institutions are in great trouble. If those who utilize
these facilities, the students, will not defend their facilities from the grave threat of administration and
government cutbacks, who will?
What exactly are the problems here at UBC? The
proposed government cutbacks combined with the impotence of the administration in dealing with these
problems are putting the squeeze on the student.
The government has threatened to cut back drastically on funding to universities. This is a problem for
our board of governors, who make all decisions regarding allocations of funding at UBC. Have they
chosen to fight with the government to get more
funds? Have they chosen to call upon the students to
help them fight the government's threats? The answer
to both of these questions is 'No.'
What is the board doing about government cutbacks, then? The answer, in no uncertain terms is,
bleeding the student. Simultaneously, the board has
raised all fees at UBC while ordering the departments
to cut back on their budgets. So, we are paying more
tp. receive Jess, . 	
To throw in some figures:
e tuitions have been raised 13 per cent.
• five thousand summer jobs have disappeared because of government cutbacks in that area.
e between 1972 and 1978 student costs rose 63 per
cent more than student financial resources did.
e for every $100 increase in tuition enrolment declines by 1.5 per cent.
The board has implemented a program of indexing
tuition fees to the operating budget of UBC, and a
minimum rate of at least 10 per cent. This policy is regressive in that students pay more if the government
increases funding and less when government contributes less.
These figures are all rather discouraging, to say the
It is time for the students to make their voices heard.
This is where the rally comes in. There will be a number of speakers representing various student groups,
the staff and the faculty speaking on the problems and
issues involved.
Why, you ask, is there no representative of the administration mentioned here? Have we excluded them
as they have excluded students? Absolutely not!
Administration president Doug Kenny said he was
too busy to come. J. V. Clyne has a 'pressing' luncheon engagement. Dr. Shaw, whom Kenney suggested
as his alternate, will be out of town. Coincidentally,
these are the same responses we received when the
committee approached the administration to speak at a
forum several months ago.
We have already received the support of the entire
student council, unanimously. Wednesday student
council voted to support the rally and to encourage all
students and professors to boycott classes to attend the
rally. The grad students have agreed to support us. It is
up to the students to show their strength to combat this
The time has come, then. Government is squeezing
the students. Administration is not stemming the tide
of these cutbacks but passing them on.
I ask all students to boycott classes and attend the
rally. I ask profs to cancel their classes and attend the
rally in support, for with no students their will be no
profs. This is the time to unite with students across the
province and across the country to show that our universities cannot be eroded away.
Come protest while you can still afford to be here.
Brad Stock of the accessibility committee wrote this
article for Perspectives, a column open to all members
of the university community. Tuesday, March 17,1961
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BCPIRG must be free of special interests
We are writing in response to the
recent letter by Andrew Milne
(Mar. 6) concerning the PIRG fee
levy, since we feel it is necessary to
respond to some of the issues he
First of all, our letters (Feb. 26)
were not, as Milne incorrectly implied, an attack on "students who
don't share (our) views." Very
much the contrary, the purpose of
our letters was to show our disappointment at the relevation of rampant student apathy on campus.
Our letters clearly encourage and
welcome student criticism of
BCPIRG. Yours was no exception.
We were happy to consider your
reasonable arguments against funding PIRG by a student levy. We
agree with you that a fee levy is not
a perfect idea, since it takes another
$5 out of students' pockets.
However, we still believe that a fee
levy is necessary for an effective
PIRG and is the best funding
scheme presently available. There
are at least five reasons why we
believe this.
First,     as     you     yourself
Apathetic exploited
It strikes me as being rather
ironic that a public interest group
such as BCPIRG should take advantage of the very people they purport to protect and represent.
Isn't that what this group is aspiring to do, though, in requesting an
automatic $5 additional levy on
next year's AMS fees with the condition that those students who wish
to support BCPIRG may have the
$5 refunded? Obviously, the initiators of the upcoming referendum are counting on student apathy
to secure funds.
After all, most students, including those who object to financially supporting BCPIRG, won't
participate in the referendum. One
look at voter turnout for any of this
year's other elections and referendums in enough to convince you of
this. And most likely the majority
of students who don't support
BCPIRG won't trouble themselves
with getting their $5 refunded.
What's an extra $5 on top of the
$40 the AMS already lops off,
I have no objection about giving
an additional $5 to a worthy cause.
What concerns me is the underhanded   methods   BCPIRG   is
employing to secure funds. Why
should the onus of having money
refunded be on the student? Why
doesn't BCPIRG include an explanation of its function and financial needs with next year's registration package and allow the individual to include the additional $5
in support of BCPIRG if he or she
This seems a more logical procedure since the hassle of refunding
money to non-supporting students
next year will be avoided. BCPIRG
will likewise know who really supports them. Also, new students will
not be exploited by financially supporting an organization of which
they know nothing.
Perhaps though, the minds
behind BCPIRG's recent application for funds realize that less easy
money will flow into the society's
coffer if they approach fund-raising
in this manner. Perhaps they fully
intend to take advantage of their
fellow student's apathy and ignorance.
I, for one, cannot support this
organization's request for funds
with these doubts lurking in my
Aaron Halt
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acknowledged, a fee levy "would
certainly liberate BCPIRG from the
rigors of fund raising and allow it
more time for productive work."
Second, we hope that the loss of
$5 will be far outweighed by the
gains that PIRG will provide to the
Third, the fee levy provides the
fiscal continuity and strong foundation that is necessary for the various
research projects.
Fourth, the fee will be refundable, so that any student who does
not support PIRG can get his
money back.
Finally, and most importantly,
the student fee levy will allow
BCPIRG to be totally autonomous.
Without this, PIRG cannot achieve
its goal of helping students do objective, non-partisan oriented
research. There is very little money
available that comes without strings
If PIRG was to be funded, as you
suggest, by donations from sources
outside the university, it would have
no choice but to accept money from
partisan sources. Once this happens, PIRG would probably
degenerate into a spineless
organization which would prostitute itself to any group who was
willing to pay for the research findings it wanted.
Even if the strings attached to the
money were more perceived than
real, the credibility and status of
PIRG research would be jeopardized. Consider, as an example, a
PIRG project done on, say, the
economical and environmental impact of a B.C. Hydro power project. If PIRG received funding from
either B.C. Hydro or an environmental group such as SPEC,
the public would be skeptical about
the findings students come up with.
Concerning your apprehensions
that BCPIRG may become
alienated from most of the student
body, we feel that the fee levy will
be very useful in ensuring a close
working relationship between the
student body and PIRG.
When a student pays $5 to PIRG,
it will motivate him to use the services that PIRG will provide. Since
the students are paying the bill,
PIRG will be directly accountable
to the students. Maximizing the student involvement with PIRG will
maximize student awareness and
control of PIRG.
We also disagree with your suggestion that the AMS surplus be used to get PIRG off the ground. We
doubt very much that the AMS
would agree to give PIRG the
necessary funds it requires. Even if
they do, it would put PIRG under
AMS control, and once again the
autonomy of PIRG would be
threatened. PIRG would not be accountable directly to the students,
but to an intermediary, the AMS.
Besides, we personally feel that if
the AMS does have a surplus, it
should put it back into the pockets
of the students who paid this excess
money in the first place. This may
be done, for example, by reducing
Pit beer prices. But that's another
You also raised the possibility
that once PIRG was established, it
"like other special interest groups,
may block its removal." PIRG is
not intended to be a special interest
group, and we have clause in our
constitution to ensure that it never
becomes one. I am referring to the
"50 per cent clause" which states
that if any two consecutive years a
majority of the students demand
the refund of their fee levy
BCPIRG will cease to exist, considering its mandate lost.
The functions of PIRG: to do objective research and to get appropriate action are the very things
that students currently want and
need. BCPIRG simply renders purpose and meaning to our duties as
students and citizens in our
democratic state.
At the same time, it will benefit
students academically by making
school more interesting, and giving
students the opportunity to apply
their knowledge and skills to practical problems.
It is apparent from your letter
that you share some of these ideals.
If you, or any other student, has
any further criticisms or ideas on
BCPIRG, or if you feel that PIRG's
funding could be improved, we urge
you to come to our meetings to
argue your point. Your voice will
count the same as any one else's,
and what you say will be given
careful consideration.
As far as we know, the possibility
of PIRG attempting to get additional funding from non-partisan
sources such as the university or
government has not been
eliminated. We do not doubt that
all students will find the prospects
offered by PIRG to be quite appealing. Join PIRG and let it benefit
from your input.
Bhagwant Sandhu
biology 3
Gary Marchant
grad studies
Proper paths used
PIRG preys on pocketbook
Just a word to my fellow students
before you quite possibly decide to
dun me for $5.
I don't want to enter the debate
on the merits of PIRG, or its objectives, or its organization. To me,
the important question is not so
much whether they deserve the
$120,000 they're asking for ($5 a
head adds up, doesn't it?) or even
what they plan to do with it, but
rather how they're trying to get it.
Yes, I know that roughly 4,300
students have signed the PIRG petition. In fact, I've heard that number repeated so often that I'm beginning to believe it's regarded as
an incantation that, chanted often
enough, will justify anything.
I'm enough of a cynic to wonder
if that number would have been as
large if those students had been asked not for their signatures, but for
five bucks on the spot, but I'm willing to suspend my doubt for the
moment. What I would like to
know is why the fact that those 4,-
300 want to donate money to PIRG
should mean that I have to.
I am aware that compulsory levies are not new to this campus. And
while I don't like it, I can recognize
that it was necessary for students,
most of them gone by now, to commit all of us to pay $15 a year to
build SUB. Without such guarantees, SUB wouldn't have been built,
but PIRG has no mortgages to assume or contractors to hire — this is
entirely a different case.
I don't maintain that $5 is really a
lot of money. In fact, with the latest
tuition fee increases you probably
won't even notice the five bucks added into the monstrous total at the
bottom of your fee statement — or
so PIRG is betting.
Because if you don't notice the
levy, you won't ask for your money
back, right? The fly in the refunda-
bility ointment is that many, perhaps most, students will be too lazy
or too ill-informed to recover their
compulsory contribution to PIRG
whether they support the group or
not. So it has been with similar
schemes in the past, and so it will be
Well, I guess people shouldn't be
lazy, and I guess they shouldn't be
ignorant, but any group that bases
its fund raising on exploitation of
those unfortunate characteristics
will not receive my support.
If PIRG's intention is not to profit from this exploitation, why are
they seeking an automatic levy rather than subsisting on voluntary
contributions as most campus
groups do? Simple convenience,
perhaps? But how could it be less
convenient to include on fee statements or in registration packets a
box for an optional, voluntary contribution?
More importantly, what about
my convenience? Other non-profit
groups, from the United Way to political parties, make an effort to get
my money, but not PIRG — they
would have the effort to get my
money back to be mine. Before I'll
vote 'yes' in the referendum, somebody, somewhere, is going to have
to explain to me why the onus
should be on me not to contribute.
Personally, I do not hold the
worth of PIRG so high as to cast
my vote in support of such unethical fund raising methods. But if you
want to contribute to PIRG, I think
it's a wonderful idea.
Go and give them your $5, or
more if you can afford it, but don't
try to force me into paying too,
please. Vote 'no.'
Richard Clark
By now everyone has probably
noticed the mushrooming of yellow
posters attacking the B.C. Public
Interest Research Group about its
proposal for a $5 refundable fee
levy on students, to be decided by
campus-wide referendum this week.
The committee against automatic
fund raising insinuates that
BCPIRG is an unethical, underhanded and ultimately dishonest organization which will "screw students."
What BCPIRG is asking students
to decide upon is in fact the standard procedure for funding, used by
all levels of government as well as
by many organizations on campus.
If students approve the fee levy by
reaching quorum on the referen-
CRAP exposes PIRG
The provisional wing of Concerned Research and Planning denounces PIRG as crap.
Non-partisan research in the public interest? CRAP! Research reports
based on objective data? More CRAP! If such activities were allowed to
proceed, it could lead to frightening levels of public awareness. Even
worse, extremist opposition to industry/technology might give way to
concerned and constructive criticism.
Worse yet, take a look at who's behind PIRG. Students! Students as
active citizens in a participatory democracy — what a joke! CRAP
knows there are only two classes of students, the apathetic masses and
the revolutionary elite. But infiltrating our masses are all those
PIRGoids, et cetera, who are just more puppets of the military-industrial-colonial imperialists!
The worst of all are those gutless wimps on the PIRG constitutional
committe who have (bless their souls) hoisted themselves by their own
petards. Delaying finalizing of the PIRG bylaws until such reactionary
groups as the AMS, the BoG and the UBC student populace have had a
chance for input, they have conveniently bared their asses to attack
from right-wing constitutional zealots.
Any group of a truly revolutionary bent would have taken an elitist
approach, railroading through a constitution and forestalling this ludicrous public debate. Thankfully, the stupid wimps didn't realize this.
Public issues are too complex for most students, but don't worry,
CRAP has the simple solutions. N-plants? We'll nuke 'cm. And air
polluting factories? We'll firebomb 'em — watch 'em go up in smoke
then! Oil tankers off your coast? Don't worry, we'll torpedo 'em for ya.
So, for simple solutions to all the world's problems, support CRAP
— not PIRG!
The provisional wing of concerned research and planning.
dum, then the PIRG fee will be established alongside the AMS fees,
pool fees, intramurals fees, undergraduate society fees and the like.
BCPIRG is using the proper
channels, as designed by UBC students through our AMS, to acquire
the funding that any student-based
organization or institution requires
to work effectively.
But BCPIRG realizes that there
are those who do not wish to fund
student organizations of this nature, simply because they disagree
with the goals or methods used.
This is the reason behind the PIRG
refund system: anyone opposed to
the idea or practices of the PIRG
will receive a full refund, without
difficulty or hassle. It is to PIRG's
credit, I would think, that such an
opportunity exists.
This committee against
automatic fund raising also makes
the blanket assertion that those who
do not come forth for the refund
would not support BCPIRG in any
case, and are held back only by
their laziness and ignorance.
This remarkably arrogant statement disregards the fact that 4,300
students have already signed a petition in support of BCPIRG, and
that there just might exist a widespread consensus among students
here at UBC that BCPIRG is a good
idea whose time has come. I would
bet that most of the students who
leave their $5 with PIRG will do so
not because of inherent laziness or
stupidity, but rather because they
believe that BCPIRG provides a
valuable and necessary opportunity
for students to activate their "social
If the committee against automatic fund raising is so dead-set
against BCPIRG, then I suggest
that its members would do well to
be first in line for the PIRG refund
next fall, when BCPIRG gets under
Peter Goddard
arts 2 THE    UBYSSEY
Tuesday, March 17,1981
A new S.U.B. Cafeteria is in your future, and the
work crew is scheduled to start April 6th. The last
day we can serve you in our present facilities will
be Friday, April 3rd. We plan to open the doors of
our new and exciting surroundings on September
Featured in our remodelled servery will be a
bakery with assorted specialty coffees and hot
baked items, a carvery wh
sandwich with your fav
assorted breads or rolls.
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Bar. Omelette lovers ma\
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condiments. Expected to
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opportunity to create pas
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8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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Bus Stop
From April 6th:
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Limited snack bar service.
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A new addition to the
ce will be an Omelette
create their own corn-
election of sauces and
3e a favourite at lunch
Here you will have the
a and sauce combina
tions. The salad and custom sandwich bars which
are presently very popular will be enlarged and improved for your continued pleasure.
The dining area will be divided into four distinct
areas. The decor will range from ultra modern to
the very traditional and will create various moods
throughout the area.
We look forward to serving you in September.
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Bus Stop
S.U.B. Foyer
From May 8th: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June — closed.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
From May 8th: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Barn Coffee Shop
Bus Stop
S.U.B. Foyer
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
From July 6th-August 14th:
8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, March 17,1981
Frontier College:
teaching the workers,
working the teachers
Frontier College was founded in 1899 by
Alfred Fitzpatrick. While looking for his
brother among the the northern logging communities he became increasingly concerned
with the illiteracy of the workers in these
camps. Thus he decided to hire teachers to instruct loggers, miners, and railway workers
after their work day.
In 1902 Angus Grey was a teacher who
taught loggers when they were off work and
back from the camps. But he grew bored with
waiting for the loggers to return and so he
bought some clothes, joined them at their
work and did his teaching during the spare
hours of camp life. He was the first laborer-
There are now two models for Frontier
College fieldworkers: the laborer-teacher and
the community education fieldworker.
Frontier College uses the laborer-teacher
model wherever appropriate because the rapport developed on the work site enhances the
exchange of ideas between 'teacher' and 'student' after work. All areas of instruction are
determined by the community of workers
and therefore relate to their needs.
The laborer-teacher is frequently called
upon to instruct small groups of individuals
in basic literacy, assist their co-workers in using the resources available from government
agencies and service organizations, organize
recreation and make him or herself available
for informal counselling, e.g. opportunities
for trade training, high school upgrading.
A sensitive laborer-teacher, aware of the
resignation and defeat that often dominate
the daily life of isolated towns and camps,
can initiate programs that nurture enthusiasm and personal growth. Success comes
through the small gains realized by the participants in these programs.
Contract fieldworkers give their full time,
frequently in Metis, native Indian and Inuit
communities, to work for and with local organizations. Needs are identified, goals established, and programs initiated through the
direct involvement of local people. Local
values, culture and issues are emphasized in
the promotion of adult education, economic
development, local leadership and community organizing. The programs attempt to
leave the people with the abilities, self-confidence and the sense of worth to take effective
control of their own lives.
Fieldworkers generally serve for a minimum of eight months, although there are
some exceptions, and each summer a limited
number of laborer-teachers are placed for
four months, usually on rail gangs.
More important than degrees or certificates are adaptability, initiative and sensitivity. The ability to relate well to people of different backgrounds and culture is essential.
Some examples of this work are:
Tasu, Queen Charlotte Islands: The laborer-teacher here works as a helper in the
mine and in his spare time teaches English as
a second language. Because the company's
recreation program is directed to the workers
and not to their families, the laborer teacher
also works with wives and children.
Elsa, Yukon: The laborer-teacher here has
been on the job for two years and runs a library, teaches health and safety, and high
school courses. He is an underground laborer
and is vice-president of his union local.
Syncrude, Fort McMurray: The laborer-
teacher here worked as a carpenter's helper
and taught at night. The first notice he put up
inviting workers to a class brought in over
250 workers.
More recently, Frontier College has been
working in the area of corrections. In Manitoba, over a four year period (1976-80) a
series of programs were established to service
the educational and employment needs of the
inmates. For example at the Dauphin Correctional Institute a driver education course
was set up when it was discovered that one
out of five residents is in jail for driving offenses. Brandon Correctional Institute was
the location of a life-skills program.
Much of Frontier's work has been around
the issue of literacy. When using the word literacy it is not just talking about the ability to
read a fuzzy university textbook or a slippery
government position paper. It is talking
about the skills we all need to survive in this
RAIL GANG . . . students improve
very technical society; to be able to sign your
name and understand what you are signing,
to be able to read directions on a can label, to
study and apply for a driver's license or to
understand your child's report card.
Those who think these problems are not
serious should consider that in 1979 over 20
per cent of Canadian adults (about five
million) have grade 8 or less and over one
million have less than grade 5 education. It is
an arbitrary measure, but according to
UNESCO standards a person is considered illiterate and, in a print-oriented society like
Canada, classified functionally illiterate with
less than grade 8.
Seventy per cent of Canada's functionally
illiterate are Canadian born. Among the immigrant population, 60 per cent have been
residents of Canada for more than 20 years.
The problem is not one of missed opportunities due to the Depression or the war. Sixty per cem of the five million are over 45
years, but 40 per cent are under 45 and an
alarming proportion are young. One hundred
thousand Canadians between 15 and 24 have
less than eight years of school.
Any illusions that the problem will simply
die off are false.
How does literacy affect workers in the
woods industry? Consider the following situations:
• a camp payroll where half the crew sign
for their pay cheque with an X;
worker literacy, get hands dirty
• a safety campaign that caused a 150 per
cent increase injuries in one month because
the company used a poster that explained
what not to do and most of the workers could
not understand it;
• a worker could not get a better job
simply because he could not read a job advertisement;
• a worker is suspended from UIC payments because he could not read about appeals for workers.
These are some of the issues that Frontier's
laborer-teachers deal with on the job. The
approach is a personal one that can rekindle
spirits, rebuild self-confidence and provide
basic skills that allow people to resume control of their lives. Eighty years of experience
and international recognition from UNESCO
confirm that this approach is valid.
If you are interested in any part of Frontier
College and specifically in summer employment on a rail gang in western Canada as a
laborer-teacher please fill out an application
form at the campus Canada Employment
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Consumers pay $120,000 for PIRG in a poke
The B.C. Public Interest
Research Group (BCPIRG) has
failed in its first public presentation
of its research capabilities. This is
probably because of its association
with the AMS. If they were capable
of any research, they would have
known better.
BCPIRG states its purpose is to
conduct research into issues of
public interest including consumer
protection, human rights, occupational health, and environmental
protection. If it did any research, it
would realize how poor the fee levy
referendum on its behalf is as proposed, and how little its passage is
in the public's best interest. Furthermore, the public isn't interested
in another referendum anyway.
Their first failue is consumer protection. If the referendum passes,
and 24,000 students again register
for the winter session, BCPIRG will
have $120,000 to spend over the
next year. No budget or plan has
been presented to the consumers
(voters) on how their money will be
spent. The consumer pays
$120,000, but doesn't know what
The Superintendent of Brokers
does nasty things to companies that
raise money from the public
without full and true disclosure of
how the money will be spent.
Maybe he could do us a favor by
suspending the AMS executive and
altering the AMS so that we can buy
shares in the Pit.
Their second failure is human
rights. Nobody should have the
right to intentionally waste another
person's time, like the AMS does. If
we want a refund of the money we
really didn't want to pay anyways
(assuming the referendum passes),
all we have to do is apply.
The average student will probably spend half an hour acquiring
and filling out forms and probably
standing in line waiting for the
money, since the AMS knows this
will discourage people from applying for a refund, and is cheaper
than mailing cheques. Frosh will
waste even more time since they
have to find SUB in the first place.
If half the students want their
money back, this amounts to 6,000
hours wasted by BCPIRG's referen
dum. The opportunity cost of this
wasted time is $4.60 per hour. This
assumes that a student is deprived
of his ability to enjoy four beer per
hour in the Pit at current prices
because he is trying to get his $5
back. Engineers may have a
substantially higher opportunity
cost and Artsies a significantly
lower opportunity cost.
The AMS should follow the
recommendation of the petition to
lower Pit prices, since this will lower
the opportunity cost of the time
wasted and therefore lower the cost
to society as a whole. Lowering the
cost of actions to society as a whole
must be considered to be a human
right, at least by regular Pit
Other financial wastes of the
referendum as proposed are the
costs of giving the 12,000 students
their refunds. If the AMS chooses
to mail our refunds, the cost will be
17 cents a stamp, 10 cents per
envelope, 30 cents per cheque, 5
cents per refund application form
and 150 hours to process applications and stuff envelopes at $7 per
PIRG has plans for problems
The '80s stand ahead of us already, filled with tough problems to
which we will either have to respond
by meeting them, or by ignoring
them. The problems will not disappear, they will only grow if we
choose to look the other way.
Recent decisions on the northeast
coal deal and the removal of farm
land from the agricultural land reserve crowd other major issues such
as the growing energy debate. The
critical housing shortage on the
Lower Mainland shows no signs of
improving; the flare of racism is
also concerning. There are problems facing every level of health,
education and welfare in B.C.; government cuts in education will hit
students directly.
With weighty problems such as
these, most of us feel that our single
voice has little effect in bringing
about the needed resolutions. Unfortunately this assessment is usually true. But there exists an alterna
tive to the frustration and impotence we feel in the face of the problems of the '80s.
A group of UBC and SFU students is currently organizing to
form a B.C. Public Interest Research Group, BCPIRG for short.
Their approach to the troubling
'80s is twofold.
They plan to give strength to student voices through gathering these
voices together and they plan to
search out the basics of the issues in
order that these voices receive additional strength through information
and knowledge.
Whether or not BCPIRG comes
into being depends on each of you.
A recent petition drive gathered
4,300 signatures and a referendum
has been set for Mar. 16 to Mar.
20. A 'yes' vote in the coming referendum will, if it passes, result in a
$5 fee increase.
This fee will go to help pay for
the costs BCPIRG will incur as it
swings into action. The sum ap-
Anti-PIRG posters perverse
I'm sure most of you have seen the anti-PIRG posters around campus by now. The people responsible for
these, under the auspices of the ad hoc committee
against automatic fund raising, are among others, David Martin, president of UBC Liberals, Richard Clark
and John Millar.
As a non-biased participant in the debate (I am not a
member of PIRG) but one who feels he has the moral
right and duty to express his opinion, I believe it necessary to point out a few contradictions, either in the
posters, or the positions held by the people who are responsible for the posters.
One of the posters simply says "PIRG NO!" Well,
in an odd sense this is fine. However, when one realizes
who is saying this, a problem arises. David Martin, a
Liberal, is saying 'no' to an organization which is
founded on the most basic of modern liberal principles. Surely, therefore, this must represent some
form of betrayal to liberal ideals and values.
"PIRG NO" can be restated as follows: An organization which seeks improvement in the quality of life,
both for the individual and the community, and for
our future and our children's future, should not exist.
To deny PIRG is a viable means of expression and action to deny all what PIRG has done since its creation
more than 10 years ago. A liberal, either in the sense of
the present Liberal party of Canada, or in the sense of
an open-minded person who seeks a better life for the
individual (J. S. Mill) cannot, under any pretences,
deny that PIRG, given its historical record (which is
probably better than any other large organization in
North America), should exist.
The second poster expresses the opinion that PIRG
is a corrupt organization simply because it wishes to
use an automatic fund raising mechanism provided by
the students of UBC. This is, however, exactly the way
the AMS, the present Liberal government (in fact all
government), trade unions, etc., collect their funds.
Now as members of a democratic community at
UBC we decided that organizations which have student support can collect levies from students. The
PIRG petition got more support than any other UBC
campaign in its history.
Any attempt to say that PIRG is corrupt because it
wishes to use an automatic fund levy would make the
AMS, all undergraduate societies, all clubs which use
office space, et cetera, corrupt also.
The poster is simply a cheap attempt, using underhanded political techniques, to give PIRG a bad name.
It confuses the issue. PIRG is not responsible for the
constitution of UBC students which says that organi
zations have the democratic right to levy students. If
one wishes to say that PIRG, by going through the legal channels, is corrupt, good luck!
Another problem with the poster is that it directs all
its attention to the fact that PIRG offers a refund.
Well, all I can say is this: if PIRG did not offer a refund the poster would not make sense, and the next
logical step would be the people responsible for the
poster would have no complaints. Of course we know
this is not to be the case. The people responsible are
just using certain methods of attack; their goal, like
most politicians and debaters, is simply to confuse the
The poster asks the question, "Why does PIRG
want an annual automatic $5 from you?" The only answer they give is "because PIRG is betting you will be
too lazy, too ill-informed, to get your money back!"
Well, either 1 'm stupid or this simply doesn't make any
sense. It is a cheap, rhetorical political tactic being used on the citizens of UBC.
The people responsible for the poster have obviously
taken a course in political tactics from Richard Nixon.
They portray PIRG in an inaccurate and unfavorable
light, but they refuse to announce who they are.
It is obviously produced by some small clique who
either get some perverse joy out of ruining people's
hard and good intentioned work, or else they are just
trying to, by whatsoever methods, to further their own
petty political interests.
I am not saying that one does not have a right to disagree with PIRG. There is, as with all organizations,
many faults with it. However, it is, I would bet, still
one of the most effective, best organized, and least
corrupt organizations to be found anywhere.
Moreover, when one considers that its goal is to give
students a medium for the expression of their concerns
for society and a vehicle for action on things which
need immediate attention and change, any faults that it
has are rather secondary.
Anyone who thinks that this world is perfect is a
fool. Anyone who thinks that PIRG, no matter how
insignificant the change it produces may be, cannot
help make this world a better place to live in, is blinded
by their own self-interest.
It is one thing to say I'm against PIRG because it
will do nothing for me. It is another to say that PIRG
will not make this world a better place, not only for us,
but for our children as well.
Mike McKinley
  arts 2
pears extremely reasonable when
compared to the cost of almost anything: a round of beer, or a lunch at
SUB. It also appears reasonable to
believe that the educational resource and opportunity provided by
the BCPIRG is no less important
than that of the recreational services we support at UBC.
The problems of the '80s are already here and we need all the support we can get if we are to deal
with them effectively. Take a moment to think about BCPIRG and
vote 'yes' in the upcoming referendum.
Rick Klein
arts 2
hour for a total cost of $8,490.
If they choose to make you apply
personally, they will need four
secretaries for 18.75 eight-hour days
(if they can process one student
every three minutes) at $7 per hour,
plus 12,000 cheques at 30 cents, for
a total of $7,800.
Neither of these calculations includes the $2,200 interest foregone
by the 12,000 students who made
the interest free loan.
Their third failure is occupational
health. Since a personal application
for a refund is the cheapest for the
AMS, we will undoubtedly have
another line to stand in next fall.
Research has shown that standing
for prolonged periods of time
causes varicose veins.
Their fourth failure is environmental protection. BCPIRG
chose to affiliate itself with the
AMS, and the AMS is a waste of
fresh air.
I can't decide whether to vote
'no? or not vote at all so that there
is no quorum no matter what the
outcome is. Since a lot of people are
going to turn out to scourge the
campus of the $15 SUB building fee
(which would be spent on
something other than SUB construction), I think I'd better vote
Roland M. Krueger
commerce 4
Support agriculture
We, the agriculture undergraduate society of UBC, are extremely concerned about the present Social Credit provincial government's policy
toward the Agriculture Land Reserve.
Prime agriculture land (class 1 and 2) is being withdrawn from the reserve
at an alarming rate. The recent well-publicized case of the Spetifore land in
Delta has resulted in a large amount of public concern because of the precedent-setting decision.
Ninety-nine per cent of the land removed in this case has agricultural potential. More than 28,000 acres of land not in the ALR are currently available for housing in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Pulling land
out of the ALR for housing in this area will only contribute to traffic problems and represents poor planning.
At this point, we feel that a general expression of concern is necessary.
Therefore, we are circulating the following petition in various newspapers
to gather support for our stand:
Whereas valuable farm land is being released from Agricultural Land
Reserves against the informed professional opinions of the Agricultural
Land Commission, we the undersigned join the following groups in voicing
our firm objection to the present government policies in regard to preservation of quality farm land when other land alternatives are available: the
B.C. Federation of Naturalists, B.C. Federation of Agriculture, Consumers' Association of Canada, B.C. Women's Institutes, UBC Alma Mater
Society and the UBC agriculture undergraduate society.
We will be holding a demonstration on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in
front of the legislature building in Victoria and will be seeking to meet with
agriculture minister Jim Hewitt as well as Bill Vander Zalm and premier
Bill Bennett.
We welcome participation from any other interested groups, either in
person or by writing to their MLA, the GVRD and the newspapers. They
can also write a letter to Hewitt, which will be forwarded if sent to our address:
Agriculture Undergraduate Society
2357 Main Mall, MacMillan Building
University of British Columbia Dave Klassen
agriculture undergraduate society
Science needs votes
For many years now the faculty We  feel  this  executive  should
of science has not lived up to its full publish   a   regular   informative
potentiaJ. There are approximately newsletter so that students are made
3,600   science   students,   making aware of what is occurring in their
science the second largest group on faculty. The executive should also
campus, and yet science makes few encourage sports, hold well adver-
visible contributions to this univer- tised beer gardens and dances, have
s-tv- regular office hours and help the
Student   involvement   in   the various science clubs grow. But the
science faculty has declined to the key goal must be to bring back the
point where even Science Week was spirit and unity of students in the
practically non-existent this year. A science faculty. It is for this reason
major cause of this decline has; been that we have decided to run as a
a shortage of funds available to the team for the science executive,
undergraduate society and a lack of
leadership on the part of the science Whatever does happen, look at
executive. all the candidates and please do
Due to the success of the fee vote.   The   first   step   towards
referendum   held   last   year,   the rebuilding the faculty occurs during
financial problem has been solved, the elections this week.
And   now,   during   this   week's
science   elections,   an   active   ex- Dave Frank
ecutiye can be chosen.     and 7 others Page 10
Tuesday, March 17,1981
'Tween classes
Ron  Huntington  speaking  engagement  cancelled.
Rlm: Australia, God Knowi Why But It Works,
noon. International House upper lounge.
Jorge Pretoran's documentary film on Castetao,
the Spanish Republican social cartoonist and
writer, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Buch. 232.
Taoism: film and lecture by Lawrence Lav, noon,
Buch. 106.
Community Eucharist, noon, Lutheran Campus
Centre chapel.
Discussion with medical students, all members
welcome, noon, IRC 1. Find out what you're getting yourself into.
Spring fever reliever, dance featuring the Questionnaires, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., SUB ballroom.
Tickets available at AMS box office and HMEC
General meeting, no time stated, SUB 212.
Dinner and film: White Laager, an excellent,
thought-provoking film on the racist society in
South Africa, 6 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
French conversational evening, 7:30 p.m., International House, near gate 4.
The Canadian Women's Suffrage Movement, a
video production by Women in Focus, noon,
Scarfe 206.
Meeting, noon, SUB 211.
Annual HSSC bed race, noon, East Mall in front
of Hebb theatre. Teams from health sciences,
UBC, and SFU swimmers will compete, proceeds to muscular dystrophy.
General meeting, executive elections, new members welcome, 6 p.m., SUB 205.
Drop-in fitness class, moderate level, 5:30 to
6:15 p.m.. Gage towers Ruther Blair lounge.
Costs $1.50 session.
Ascent of Man series: Knowledge snd Certainty,
the spectrum of scientific  knowledge,  noon.
Library Processing 306.
Boycott classes. Rally protesting government
cutbacks and administration indifference, 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m., SUB courtyard.
Community potluck dinner followed by discussion with Catherine Ross on her trip to Nicaragua, 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre.
Debra Lewis speaks on Rape law reform, noon,
Law 180.
General meeting, and discussion, noon, SUB
Hot flashes
Ioff, drink
and be merry
Gather 'round for food, drink and
The annual intramurals awards
banquet is being held Friday at the
faculty club. So, if you are an intramurals type, or you just want to
see what the inside of the faculty
club looks like, get your tickets
from War Memorial gym 203.
This is the wind up for the intramurals season. Speeches from
dignateries, student hacks and a tall
physical education prof whose
name is too long to publish here will
be featured. It's going to be a good
time — even if your team wasn't
first, second, or even third. A bar
will be provided for those who wish
to drown sorrows or gloat over the
accomplishments of the past
PC coup
Stop the press I Huntington is
out; Westwood is in.
Ron Huntington, Tory member of
Parliament for Capilano is not coming to UBC today. He will not speak
in SUB 212 at noon. Just in case it's
not clear — Ronnie is not coming to
UBC today.
It seems something important
came up in Ottawa. Maybe Joe
stubbed his toe, or maybe there's a
secret conspiracy to depose some
67 per cent leader.
Instead, the Tories will be sacrificing Brian Westwood to the UBC
masses some time in the very near
future. Who is Brian Westwood?
Well, he is president of a large
flower shop, owns a ranch in Langley and is also leader of that rare
species — the B.C. provincial
Voff* twice
On your marks, get set, vote.
Yes, you too can join that small
group of UBC students that actually take the time to vote.
It's painless, ifs simple, if fact it's
a good way of PIRGing your SUB-
conscious emotions of all that guilt
you have inside of you for doing
nothing but study all year.
Students are asked to fund a
B.C. chapter of the public interest
research group by a direct levy of $5
per full-time student per year to be
directed to the autonomous
organization. Also, council is requesting students to vote on reducing the AMS fee by $15. This
money had been used up to this
year to pay off SUB, but now is no
longer needed as SUB is payed off.
So, two referendums for the
price of one. Vote once, and you
can say you voted at least twice this
year. Does that make sense?
You don't really want to go to
classes anyways — do you?
The Alma Mater Society student
accessibility committee is asking
everyone (that includes you) to
boycott classes between 11:30 a.m.
and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to protest government cutbacks in post-
secondary education and administration indifference.
1981 - 1982
Student Administrative Commission
Applications will be received for
the positions of:
(10 positions)
at the A.M.S. Business Office
Room 266, S.U.B.
Applications may be picked up
at Room 238, 254 or 266 S.U.B.
Deadline: MARCH 20
General meeting, noon, SUB 230.
Registration deadline for Alouette River canoe
trip. War Memorial gym 203. Trip takes Saturday.
Organizational meeting for canoe trip, noon,
WMG 211.
Dinner meeting, tickets $11,7 p.m., Grad Centre
garden room.
Free workship on interview techniques, noon,
Brock 223.
Public meeting, noon, SUB 117. Office is in SUB
Samskars: prize winning film from India open to
public, free of charge, 8 p.m., Buch. 100.
Jesus — the movie: an authentic full length motion picture recreated from St. Luke's gospel, 51,
noon, SUB auditorium.
Women's health collective presents practical and
historical  information  on  birth  control,   noon,
SUB 130.
Planning meeting, noon, SUB 115.
Meeting and get-together, 5 p.m., International
House lounge.
Discours: Le role do al chamson dans la societe
quebecoise  par V.   Rasul,   noon.   International
House lounge.
Drop-in moderate level fitness class, 5:30 to 6:15
p.m., Gage towers Ruth Blair lounge.
Chinese painting class, no time stated, SUB 213.
Dinner and party, 7:30 p.m., SUB 207/209.
Hachug — a group for gay Jewish people is having a Pursian dance.
Drop-in fitness class, moderate level, 5:30 to
6:15 p.m.. Gage towers Ruth Blair lounge.
SUBFILMS presents
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11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Falafel Lunch
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PURIM-Supper 6:30 p.m.
— Megillah Reading 7:00 p.m.
Israeli Dancing
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Thurs. Sun 7:00
Fri, Sat 7:00 tt 9:30
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Rock and Jan Celebration
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Lot's of L'Chayim
Dancing — Refreshments — Misloach Monos
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'Bird droppings
Once again the UBC Thunderbird soccer team did not disappoint
its faithful followers. The 'Birds
emerged with a 1-0 win over the Canadian National amateur training
team after a hard-fought game Friday at Wolfson field.
The game was characterized by
sloppy checking, poor passing and
even worse shooting. The major
reason for the low level of play was
the poor quality of Wolfson.
UBC winger Bruce Biles scored
the winner and only goal of the
game with a right footed shot at the
15 minute mark. The 'Birds had
several other excellent chances to
score, including two times when
Gord Johnson was in alone on the
keeper. Both times Johnson shot
not possible'
From page 3
companies and it may take them a
little while to gear up. I think the
hang up to petroleum exploration
right now is the Alberta provincial
government," he added.
Rompkey's speech was bland
compared to his later comments,
with alienation and the need for
unity his main plea as he tore into
the provinces who opposed Liberal
government constitutional policies.
"The 'gang of six' is continually
trying to weaken the federal government," Rompkey charged. "They
want regionalism at the expense of
He said unanimity is not possible
on the constitution talks, and has
not been possible for 54 years
because of the premiers' attitudes.
The 'Bird defence played its
strongest game in several weeks in
shutting out the Nationals. Goal-
tender Ben Becker was strong and
fullback Grant Olson probably had
his best game in two years of wearing a UBC uniform.
Olson never lost a tackle all game
and his passes were crisp and never
off the mark.
UBC finishes off its season with a
home game against the University
of Victoria on March 20.
*   *   •
The men's rugby team placed
fourth in the University of
Victoria's World Universities tournament. The 'Birds lost to the Uni
versity of Cambridge in the playoffs
*     *     »
The UBC men's and women's
track teams competed in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union
Championships this weekend in
UBC was hurt by a lack of members once again. The men's team
only had four athletes while the women were represented by only Lee-
Ann Trimble who placed fifth in the
60m hurdles.
The members of the men's team
were Jason Gray, Dave Parker, Ken
Black and Doug Vicic. They scored
21 points while the winners, the
University of Toronto, had 59.
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The ceilings contain anywhere from five to 80 per cent chrysotile
asbestos, sprayed onto them for sound insulation.
Asbestos fibres, when released into the air, can cause lung cancer and
asbestosis, a potentially fatal scarring of the lung tissues.
Students in one of the buildings have also found crumbling asbestos insulating plates in light fixtures in their apartments. Students have been
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"We will try to get at the problems as soon as possible," said University
of Alberta projects manager Dan Pretzlaff. In the meantime, he said,
residents should be extremely careful when changing lightbulbs, and not
disturb the sprayed-on ceiling coating at all.
Pretzlaff said the university wants to take air samples to test for airborne asbestos, but it is having difficulty finding someone to do the job.
The provincial government Occupational Health and Safety division can
not do the tests because with their limited personnel they can only do tests
in a workplace, he said.
The tests will be done soon, Pretzlaff said, and if necessary, cleanup will
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Applications are being accepted for the
following positions:
Deadline: 4:30 p.m. March 20
External Affairs
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Deadline: 4:30 p.m. April 3
Applications Available in Rooms 238 St 266,
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The Directors of UBC's Elementary and Secondary
teacher education programs will be present to
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— projected shortfall in teacher supply
—teacher education programs
—entrance requirements Page 12
Tuesday, March 17,1981
The following separate referenda are being held
MARCH 16th-MARCH 20th
between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Whereas the B.C. Public Interest Research Group IBC PIRG) shall be a nonprofit, non-partisan society funded and controlled by the students of B.C.
universities and colleges, and
Whereas the purposes of the BC PIRG shall be:
(11 To conduct research into issues of public interest including consumer
protection, human rights, occupational health, and environmental protection;
12) Based on these research findings, to promote and carry out public
education, and representation before legislative, administrative and judicial
bodies when appropriate:
(31 To facilitate student participation in public interest research and to aid
students in developing effecitve citizenship skills, and
Whereas each student who has paid the BC PIRG fee shall be a member of the
BC PIRG society and entitled to vote in the election of the UBC student
members of the Board of Directors, and
Whereas any student who has been levied an AMS fee for the BC PIRG and
does not wish to pay this fee shall be entitled to a full refund.
Be It Resolved that the AMS request the UBC Board of Governors to levy an additional AMS fee of $5.00 per academic year, on full-time students only, and that
all monies thus obtained by the AMS be surrendered to the BC PIRG society.
Whereas the Student Union Building debt has been paid off,
and whereas $15 per student per year has previously been applied to the said debt,
Be it resolved that, the AMS Student Fee be reduced by $15.
Polling Stations will be situated at the following locations:
Computer Science
War Memorial Gym
Woodward Library
Civil-Mechanical Engineering
Student Union Building
Graduate Student Centre
Sedgewick Library


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