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Vol. LV, No. 36 VANCOUVER, B.C., TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1974    -gjj^.48       228-2301
But life goes on
Dailly axes Bremer
VICTORIA (Staff) — After being
officially dumped Monday as
B.C.'s first education czar, John
Bremer says he plans to just "go
on learning".
"I'd like to stay in the province. I
hope somebody will decide I still
have a contribution to make to
education," he said in a telephone
interview Monday night.
Education minister Eileen Dailly
announced earlier that Bremer is
through Feb. 28 after the provincial government offered him one
year's pay ($28,000) plus 15 days
holiday pay amounting to a total
settlement of about $30,000.
It became clear last Thursday
the government was dissatisfied
with Bremer's performance when
Premier Dave Barrett commented
on a CBC television program that
Bremer "was a bit of a failure"
and his programs "a bit of a flop".
Then Dailly, who spent the week
at an education ministers conference in Montreal, returned
Saturday to announce at the Young
New    Democrats     convention
Bremer had been fired. However
she did not elaborate on what
Bremer's future within the
department might be until Monday
when it was announced he would
leave completely.
"I have concluded that the role of
the one-man commission as conceived by Mr. Bremer was not
producing for me the necessary
evaluation of our system and
recommendation for change that I
had hoped for," she told a press
conference Saturday.
Bremer met with Barrett and
Dailly Monday morning then again
in the afternoon with Dailly and
Provincial Secretary Ernie Hall
before the settlement was finally
announced here.
Bremer called the settlement
"The financial arrangement will
allow me time to search around for
an acceptable position. I feel I still
have professional role to play if
someone will appoint me."
When asked for comment on his
firing, Bremer said: "I think it's a
BREMER ._. . out of a job
very interesting and educational
situation for everybody. Right now
I'm too close to the situation to
comment properly."
UBC student senator Svend
Robinson, a member of Bremer's
advisory council, said he is personally happy to see him go.
"He did perform a valuable
service by getting people around
the province talking about
educational reform but then he
later frustrated the same people by
not directing what happens next.
"I'm happy to see him go if he's
being replaced by people who are
willing to make changes in the field
of education and I'm confident this
will happen from now on."
Robinson, who has long
criticized Bremer's moderation,
predicted amendments to the
Universities Act will now be accelerated with the education
department playing a larger role in
directly assessing public feedback.
"I don't think the government
will follow any of the major
recommendations of Bremer's
Working Paper on University
Governance — at least I would
hope not anyway."
Robinson said he thinks
dissatisfaction with Bremer
started three months after he was
hired when it became clear he had
no specific projects in mind.
He said the NDP education
committee and the party's special
advisory board on education-were
both unhappy with Bremer after
several meetings with him.
Bremer received his first major
public slap in the face last
November when the NDP convention overwhelmingly supported
a motion by Robinson to reject the
major recommendations in the
working paper.
Speculation remains as to
whether Bremer was fired for not
being radical enough for the NDP
or if he had encountered differences with Dailly about the
method used to make changes.
Robinson said he believes it was
In today's issue, The Ubyssey
presents the first of five features
by staff reporters Mark Buckshon
and Ken Dodd on the administration of UBC and education
in B.C.
The articles are meant as a
small preliminary to the two weeks
of discussion the Alma Mater
Society's education committee is
organizing on university reform.
Three members of the coalition
on university reform will kick off
the whole show noon Wednesday in
SUB 207.
For today's article on university
bureaucracy, see page 8.
the former but Dailly has not as yet
indicated the underlying reason. In
her weekend statements she
maintained her dissatisfaction
rested with Bremer's approach to
his job.
Dailly said Bremer would have
achieved the education department goals better if he had
"assumed more of a listening,
evaluating and reporting role."
"I have reached the decision that
educational change in this
province can now best be served by
having the newly reconstructed
department of education
responsible for evaluation and
recommendations to me for new
directions in education in this
After saying Bremer talked too
much Dailly was asked whether
she was surprised by Barrett's
statement on CBC Thursday.
"It's helpful to a minister to have
a premier who's interested enough
to make a statement," she said,
adding that former Social Credit
premier W.A.C. Bennett was never
concerned with education in the
same way.
"The premier certainly speaks, I
think, for the average citizen . . .
the feeling of the people who are
concerned and have expectations
for change and after nine months
saw nothing positive for change."
Dailly said she informed Bremer
he would be removed from the
department before she left for
Montreal but Bremer later denied
UBC education dean John Andrews said Saturday he thinks
Bremer's firing stems from a
difference in mechanics to implement change rather than
educational philosophy. He said
Bremer, while laying the groundwork for change, became bogged
down because there were no
structures to promote it.
Dailly was unavailable for
comment Monday night on what
will now happen to Bremer's
university reform committee
scheduled to hold hearings at UBC
next week.
DAILLY ... does an axe job
Robinson firsf sfudenf BoG member?
Education minister Eileen Dailly will
■gfiominate student senator Svend Robinson to
replace provincial court judge Les Bewley
as the sixth provincial appointee to the UBC
board of governors, The Ubyssey learned
If Robinson's nomination is ratified by the
cabinet he will become the first student ever
appointed to the board.
However it is believed the proposal will
meet strong opposition among some cabinet
- ministers who find Robinson inadequate for
the job.
Bewley's term expired in October but he
has remained on the board until the
government appoints his successor —
probably within 10 days.
The Ubyssey has also learned that Chuck
Connaghan, a government appointed
member of the UBC senate and board
member has been reappointed to the
senate — ensuring he will finish his term on
the board ending in 1975 unless the NDP
revamps the board entirely.
The board is currently composed of six
government appointees, three members
elected from senate and the administration
president and chancellor sitting as ex-officio
members. Five of the six government
members were re-appointed to three-year
terms by the out-going Social Credit
government in 1972.
The government must also appoint two
other senate members for terms although it
is believed the NDP does not consider UBC's
senate that important.
But it is expected the appointments will
likely include prominent women and labor
officials within the NDP party. This pattern
of appointments was revealed recently
when the cabinet placed four people in
cluding students for the first time on the
Simon Fraser University board of governors.
The Universities Act does not expressly
prohibit students being appointed to the
board but requires members to be at least 19
and not receiving pay from the university,
which eliminates faculty.
Robinson, a member of deposed education
commissioner John Bremer's special advisory board, has been influential in the
student representation issue which has
dominated UBC political life for the past
year. Page 2
Tuesday, January 15, 1974
Education course, teaching changes seen
Changes in programs, the
practicum system and teaching
standards will be included in the
reorganization of the UBC
education faculty, education dean
John Andrews said Saturday.
Speaking to the Vancouver Institute, Andrews outlined new
directions he said the education
faculty will take.
The exact nature of this change
is still uncertain, he said "But
without doubt it will bring a great
deal of agonizing reappraisal,
personal and institutional confusion, and above all movement.
"Clearly it is an opportune time
for fundamental reassessment of
the faculty's programs and policies
with a view to striking out in new
directions," he said.
"The faculty members were in a
mood for a change and as I consulted with many people across the
whole spectrum of the educational
community, including students, it
was, and continually is, apparent
that this feeling is widely shared."
But Andrews said there are
hazards in a large faculty changing
immediately to an untried
"While much of the innovative
effort of the faculty will focus on
developing alternative programs,
we will also continue to improve
the regular program," he said.
"Indeed, features of some of the
alternative programs may well
prove to be of such general merit
that they should be incorporated'
into the regular program."
He said some of the alternative
programs include the extension of
the practicum program to a solid
block of 3 1/2 or four months in a
Barber out
of luck, job
George Ponomarenko is now an
unemployed barber after losing a
case brought against him by the
Alma Mater Society to get a
possession order of his SUB
basement barbershop. As well as
being ordered to vacate the
premises during Friday's trial,
Ponomarenko also had to pay all
court costs.
AMS general manager Bernard
Grady said Monday a delicatessen
serving ready-to-eat food should be
installed by the end of January
providing the barbershop can be
renovated in time.
"He (Ponomarenko) said in
court he was going to get out (of the
barbershop) immediately. He
didn't put up any opposition," a
county court reporter told The
Ubyssey Monday.
AMS solicitor Donald Sorochan
resorted to civil action after
Ponomarenko refused to vacate
the barbershop even though he was
served with a demand for
possession Jan. 1. Ponomarenko
was given formal notice by the
AMS council to be out of the barbershop by Dec. 31.
Ponomarenko said: "I didn't
think the court case was such a big
deal because I didn't have any real
defence. Legal defence, that is."
Ponomarenko also said he will
not appeal the case for the same
reason he lost the county court
action: "No defence".
"I've got a real estate licence,
but I don't think I'll use it. I used to
do some farming so I might buy
some land and become a farmer,"
he said, commenting on his plans
for the future.
While Ponomarenko thought
about farming, he was still critical
of the AMS. He said he really enjoyed the students, but "not the
management of SUB".
On having a delicatessen take
over his premises, Ponomarenko
said: "I doubt very much whether
the new tenants will come in."
When asked why he thought this,
he replied: "I've got my own
ANDREWS . .. changes predicted.
school, and a school based
program, in which a restricted
group of students working all year
with a small team of professors in
a single or a small group of
Andrews also said one of the
main factors in improvement is the
need for more certificated
teachers who are native Indians.
"Since the regular program is
clearly not overcoming the
deficiency (of native teachers) it
seems necessary to design a
special program which will be
appropriate to their circumstances
and culture," he said.
Children with learning
disabilities will benefit from the
establishment of an alternative
program for specialization in this
area in the initial teacher
preparation program, at the
diploma level and at the graduate
level, Andrews said.
Changes in the regular program
include reshuffling the placement
of courses in years "so that
elementary student teachers as
well as others have one year which,
may be termed 'a professional
year.' "
"A professional year is a single
year which is exclusively under the
jurisdiction of the faculty of
Andrews also expressed concern
about the standards of teaching.
"For many years the demand for
teachers has been so strong that a
certain measure of leniency has
possibly been justifiable on the
grounds of public interest," he
said. "Now that a general shortage
no longer exists we are face to face
with the problem of selection in
more accurate form than in recent
Andrews said in addition to a
great deal of practical research on
selection techniques, one
possibility is a practicum experience in May or June of the year
before a student enrols in the
Assessments, he said, would
have to take into account that it
would be a sampling of "raw
He said another possibility is
setting a higher standard for
passing in practice teaching at all
points in the program where it
"Teacher education cannot  be
conducted effectively in an ivory
tower," Andrews said. "It is important the faculty build strong
relationships with those others in
the university who provide for
prospective teachers their general
liberal education and their subject
"Special attention must continue
to be given to reconciling this
university involvement with our
commitment to the schools."
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Page 3
Dailly, ministry no help to women
Eileen Dailly and the education
department are doing nothing
about equal education in B.C., the
author of the UBC status of women
report accused Saturday.
Speaking to the education
minister during a question period
at the annual Young New
Democrats convention at UBC,
Shelagh Day gave the example of
women in the forestry department
to explain what she meant by
"equal education".
Day called the Plank, an annual
publication by the forestry undergraduate society included as a
supplement with The Ubyssey, a
"stupid, vulgar, sexist document".
Since its publication, Day said,
women in the department have
been teased and made fun of.
"I think it's absolutely
disgraceful if the women are going
to be discriminated against
because it's a male-dominated
faculty," Dailly said, adding that it
was the first time the problem had
Rabbinic marriage
views in double bind
Traditional and rabbinic views
toward marriage and the relations
between the sexes are no longer
relevant to modern life, Annette
Kolodny said Tuesday.
That is the message of contemporary Jewish women's
writing, Kolodny told a noon-hour
audience of 50 students in Hillel
Her lecture, the Jewish woman:
servant and outsider, was the first
of three lectures on the Jewish
woman scheduled for Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Although rabbinic law exhibits
a marked tendency toward
progressively improving the legal
rights and status of women, more
modern developments such as the
women's liberation movement and
certain new laws in the United
States, have outstripped rabbinic
law," said Kolodny.
Despite the steady expansion of
the role and rights of women within
established        Judaism, a
disproportionate number of women
writers involved in the women's
liberation movement are Jewish,
she pointed out.
Their message is "how
frustrating, how difficult, how
confining" it is to be a Jewish
woman in contemporary North
America, said Kolodny.
In a brief "mini-course" on what
Jewish women are writing today,
Kolodny quoted passages from
books and poems of various Jewish
women writers that express this
sense of frustration and suffocation.
Kolodny read an excerpt from
Vivian Goznick's book Woman as
Outsider that bitterly attacks the
orthodox Jewish view of women as
all matter, while men are all spirit.
In fact no such arbitrary division
of humanity is found in either the
Talmud or the Torah, said
"But what is important is that
the Jewish upbringing and community she has known have
communicated these things to her,
made her experience her
womanhood, and with it, her
sexuality, as something essentially
alien or even dangerous to the
supposedly higher notion of
'spirit'," she said.
She also quoted a passage from
another novel, Alix Kate
,Shulman's Memoirs of an Ex-
Prom Queen, in which the central
character Sasha recalls the very
different advice she and her
brother received from their
To her brother, Sasha remembers, their mother urged, "Study
hard and be somebody".
. To Sasha she said "Marry for
*ve, but remember it is just as
easy to marry a rich man as a poor
one". " 'Both tips were perfectly
suited to our possibilities.' "
Kolodny emphasized, however,
that the purpose of these writers is
not to reject marriage or Judaism.
"What they are trying to  express," she said, "is the peculiar
double-bind in which many con-
• temporary   Jewish   women   feel
themselves caught."
"If,   on   the   one   hand,   the
speaks on Jewish women
sacrifices of a previous generation
have made possible for them the
same kind of affluence and
education which their brothers
enjoy, on the other hand, they are
the heirs of thousands of years of
tradition and rabbinic Judaism
which views marriage as a positive
duty and describes the woman as
the adjunct of the man — his
'crown' — rather than his equal."
"All I — and other Jewish
women like me — are asking for is
a continuation of the kind of debate
and progressive development of
ideas and attitudes which has
always characterized Jewish life
and law — and which, I am convinced — proved the key to its
survival," said Kolodny.
been brought to her attention.
Day insisted the education
department had been filled in on
the details of discrimination
against women at UBC by the UBC
Status of Women report, mailed to
the department last January.
Dailly replied that some work
was being done already because of
the report.
She said education ministers at a
recent conference she attended in
Montreal have decided to go to the
federal government at the next
fiscal talks to ask for loans for
part-time students.
A majority of part-time students
are women.
"Universities are autonomous,"
Dailly said.
She said it would require a major
policy reversal to centralize the
universities and control them from
the government to eliminate
Day was visibly angry and
ignoring entreaties from the chairperson to finish her statement. "It
is the responsibility of the
department of education to
guarantee equal education to all,"
she said.
Later Dailly labelled the entire
school act an impediment to
democratizing the school system.
"There's no use nit-picking at the
present act," she said.
Dailly said when she assumed
office as minister of education in
September, 1972 the situation in
B.C. education had "reached a
rather low ebb as far as the
relationship between teachers,
trustees and the public."
She said the NDP had programs
ready to go from the beginning
including taking the ceiling off
education expenditures.
"It was not the policy of the NDP
to single out one segment of society
for ceilings on wages," she said.
"I have great faith in the
judgment of the majority of school
boards in this province as far as
priorities of spending go," she
Dailly said when she lifted the
ceiling on spending she expected
the school boards to use "good
fiscal judgment at all times."
"Our government is not concerned   about   giving   money   to
school boards if it's necessary, but
we do expect the money spent to go
back and increase the education
services to children."
Referring to her recent request
that school boards try to cut back
increases in spending despite the
■lifted ceiling Dailly said:  "Many
trustees felt the NDP was resorting
to Socred policies on school
She said she felt an $82 million
increase was a lot when enrolment
had gone up only one and a half per
See page 5: UP POLITICS
—marise savaria photo
ENERGY SAVING efforts of administration put Malcolm McGregor's
office wing in Buchanan in alluring half-tones. With every second light
out, one wonders whether the descending gloom will affect scholarly
pursuits in the region.
Kenny unsure of steps in music
Arts dean Doug Kenny declined Monday to
say how he will deal with written complaints
from music professors about their head,
Donald McCorkle.
"I don't feel I'll go beyond what president
Gage said at this stage," said Kenny.
Administration president Walter Gage said
Friday he is certain Kenny will pay close
attention to a letter from 13 of the 19 tenured
music profs complaining about McCorkle's
' Kenny promised to answer the petition
from the professors, something one prof said
was the least he could do.
"I certainly reply to all my mail," said
Kenny, who has weathered disputes in the
English and anthropology-sociology departments in the last five years.
The professors who wrote the letter refused
again Monday to divulge its contents and
McCorkle, although in his office throughout
the day, refused to be interviewed.
McCorkle in a letter Dec. 10 to department
co-ordinators and vice-co-ordinators said he
was "growing rather weary" of a music
undergraduate society committee's attempts
to examine department policies.
He also said the marks of students on the
aims, policies and grievances committee are
"I would question how seriously we as a
faculty can take the demands of a committee
composed of less than outstanding students,
while they purport to speak for their fellow
students in matters of academic concern."
A number of department heads in the arts
faculty, however, disagreed Monday with
McCorkle's attitude.
"I don't know what the correlation between
concern with the department and good marks
could be," said acting philosophy head Bob
"In general, of course, you want people who
are concerned, who have experience and who
are intelligent. What that has to do with good
marks I don't know."
Harold Livermore, Hispanics and Italian
head, said he is willing to talk to any student
or group of students.
"Marks don't really prove much," he said.
Fine arts head George Knox said he would
deal with a student petition or committee on
its merits, not on the marks of the students
"I would look at a student petition on its
merits, on what it said," said Knox.
History head M. A. Ormsby said it does not
matter to her if students on various department groups and committees have high
"I don't think I would ever look at their
marks," said Ormsby.
Ormsby also said she would much rather
deal with student grievances on an individual
level, rather than through a student group.
"We think it is easier to clarify the
problems which usually start on an individual
level," she said.
English head Robert Jordon said he
believes it "very possible" the marks of
students involved in departmental committees would drop, as McCorkle has indicated happened in his department.
"Certain political interests tend to override
academic interests," said Jordon. "That's
bad for the university."
French head Larry Bongie said he did not
know if the marks of students would influence
his thinking on, or reaction to, a student
complaint or group.
"If a student, for example, failed a French
exam and then started a petition against
exams, I might think that student is only
acting out of self-interest," Knox said.
"Beyond that example, I can't really say
what I think."
Classics head Malcolm McGregor said he
did not know if the marks of politically-active
students drop, nor did he know if marks would
influence him.
"I have never really looked into this
because the problem does not arise in my
All of the department heads said they did
not know if the marks of students on extracurricular committees drop.
"I haven't the slightest idea," said Rowan.
"Certainly if the political situation was one of
ferment, activity and totally absorbing then I
could see marks dropping."
The controversy in music centres around
complaints by students ahd profs that McCorkle is aloof and unreceptive to discussion
on the department's policies.
He has walked out of department meetings
called for discussion on the aims and policies
of the department and cancelled three other
further curriculum conferences and other
G. Welton Marquis, Hans-Karl Piltz, Dale
Reubart and Elliot Weisgarber are four full
professors known to have signed the petition
to Kenny. It does not ask for McCorkle's
The music undergraduate society became
involved when it learned in early October that
a number of part-time lecturers were working
without salaries.
The lecturers, not paid because McCorkle
had not asked the board of governors for
appointment of lecturers, have since been
paid. Page 4
Tuesday, January 15, 1974
Bye bye John
John Bremer has been fired from his $28,000 a year
job as B.C.'s education commissioner.
Because The Ubyssey's reception to Bremer's only
major effort during his nine-month stay, the working paper
on universities, was far from enthusiastic, you would expect
us to be happy at his canning.
But he was  fired   for the wrong reasons.
Education minister Eileen Dailly says Bremer was
fired because "he talked too much."
He didn't do enough listening and he went around B.C.
announcing policies scaring people, says Dailly. Worse, he
implied by his one-man status that the policies he was
articulating, were the government's.
One thing the left-wing critics of Bremer could agree
on was that the problem with Bremer was he talked too
little and thought less.
The right, however, was terrified by this "progressive
teacher," who went around B.C. occasionally suggesting
relatively harmless policies such as unionizing students and
electing principals. Change in any form has never made the
reactionaries who still dominate our education system
The Ubyssey has a number of criticisms of Bremer; he
was too liberal to handle the possibility of real change in the
education system, for example.
But the firing of Bremer gives no indication
possibilities for real change have increased.
On the contrary Dailly hinted plans for reform now
may disappear into the morass of the education department.
After the Bremer working paper, The Ubyssey urged a
boycott of education department committees investigating
reform because of the commissioner's non-commital
Until Dailly, B.C.'s new education czar, indicates
things will be different under her direction, this boycott
should be maintained.
Bremer or no, the department still stinks.
I recently saw D'Arcy McCompost, Canadian Senate storyteller and,
reputedly, the only member who remembers life under the dinosaurs.
McCompost read a story, entitled Talk Out At the Correct Corral.
"Shouldn't that be shoot out?" I asked.
"Sonny, violence is forbidden to Canadiana who, according to the
B.N.A. Act, must be bland, passive and inoffensive.
"Now, seems Alberta marshall Lash Lougheed wanted to sell oil in a
way that might hurt the rest of the country, which everyone knows is the
right of the federal government. So the feds sent out Pierre Trudeau,
alias Kid Shrug, for a showdown with Lash.
"Kid rode into the corral with a Ph.D. in gunslinging from Harvard
and the Rowell-Sirois Report in his holster.
" 'Lash,' he said, "Your attempts to impose undue strain upon the
multiethnic fabric that is Canada are not appreciated and a truly
federalist harmony must be restored. In other words, you're not gonna
push me around, you short-haired creep.
"Lash went for his hip iron, a copy of Our Alberta Heritage. 'Kid, you
done us wrong underestimating the ability of these sons of pioneers to
fight for their right to enrich themselves, within the framework of
Confederation, of course. In other words, oil is a provincial football and
if we can't be quarterback we're taking it home.'
" 'It's federal,' said Kid.
" 'Provincial.'
" 'Federal.'
" 'Is not.'
" 'Is too.'
" 'Interesting point there,' said Lash. 'Let's have a federal-provincial
conference to work it out.'
" 'Why not?' shrugged Kid. 'I need a rest.'
"Now," said McCompost, "the issue is preserved for posterity in the
National Museum's eternal debate display, where Canadians can
resurrect it any time."
"What does one say in an eternal debate?"
" 'Is not. Is too. Is not. Is too. . .' "
JANUARY 15, 1974
Published    Tuesdays,   Thursdays   and   Fridays   throughout   the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the writer and not of the AMS
or  the  university  administration.   Member,  Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary
and review. The Ubyssey's editorial offices are located in room
241K of the Student Union Building.
Editorial  departments, 228-2301; Sports, 228-2305; advertising,
228-3977. .
Co-editors: Vaughn Palmer, Michael Sasges
Mike Sasges, Vaughn Palmer, Gary Coull, Lesley Krueger and Jake van
der Kamp told Marise Savaria, Ryon Guedes, Doug Rushton, Larry
Manulak and Greg Osadchuk the law of gravity had just been repealed. In
protest, Don Peterson, Alan Doree, Rick Lymer, Robin Burgess and Linda
Hossie refused henceforth to 'spill the beans', 'drop clangers' and lay
oysters. Boyd McConnell, Ralph Maurer and Joan Schwartz pressed hams
while Buckie Buckshon snuggled peacefully in the laps of the running-dog
bourgeois elitist clique manipulating the university and putting saltpeter in
the water.
Almost a year ago I took my seat
as an Alma Mater Society councillor, honestly questioning
whether I had the capability to
serve as a useful student representative. Today while the
question remains largely unanswered, it bothers me less because
I can no longer take the student
council too seriously. I have found
council's actions on more than one
occasion over the past year, to be
incredible — there is no more
approrpiate word.
There is no question that council
has suffered from a lack of
leadership both from the society's
president Brian Loomes and from
the elected executive..
Initiative has not been the
hallmark of Loome's administration and with rare exception, the executive has not
taken him to task for his defensive
Now Loomes may reply to this
assessment of the inadequacies of
his performance by claiming that
the problems that council cannot
satisfactorily confront, are the
product of "monopoly capitalism"
and are not attributable to
anything over which Loomes has
control. This has been his
argument in the past. But such a
response is analagous to the sea
captain who pleads, as his vessel
sinks after collision with an
iceberg, that the fault is not his
because someone else owns the
ship. Too much of Loomes' captaincy is consistent only with this
failure to grasp the reality of the
situation into which he has put
himself. But Loomes alone should
not shoulder the responsibility for
council's sometimes farcical
antics. Few efforts have been
made by individual councillors — a
notable exception was grad studies
rep Bob Angus and one wonders
whether his resignation reflected
the sense of futility he obviously
felt — to ensure effective
leadership. Rather most councillors have chosen to take up
Loomes' position and to be content
with policy-making which is best
characterized as "correcting last
week's mistakes".
During the past year, the society
has on more than one occasion
been thrust into disputes and
subjected to the possibility of
costly and embarrassing legal
proceedings, for the simple reason
that motions are allowed to pass —
sometimes with overwhelming
majorities — when councillors are
not possessed of the factual information necessary for a
reasoned consideration of the
particular matter placed before
them. The fault lies both with
Loomes, for not ensuring that the
facts are available and also with
the individual councillors who
seem concerned with the consequences of ill-conceived
The dangers of this approach can
best be manifested by a few
1) The Denny's restaurant
dispute. Here council chose blindly
to take what was arguably an
unlawful action by urging students
to support a boycott of the
restaurant during a union dispute
despite injunctions against the
Apparently the necessity for
responsible council action was
outweighed by the political advantages of expressing immediate
support. This issue necessitated
the calling in of AMS legal advisors
after Denny's challenged council's
2) The SUB lease dispute. Here
council (with Loomes out of the
picture) without a word of protest
allowed treasurer John Wilson to
negotiate an agreement under
which the board of governors
would be entitled to 10 per cent of
all SUB rental bookings. It was
only after the insistence of Angus
that this patently "bad deal" was
renegotiated and the 10 per cent
clause dropped. The majority of
councillors were either ignorant of
the matter or simply did not care.
3) The AMS election issue. Early
in the fall term, education rep
Roger Gosselin made it clear that
his faculty was concerned that
education practica conflicted with
the AMS election date — they both
fall in February. He told councillors that education students
were being denied the privilege of
campaigning and voting in the
society's elections. Loomes and the
executive did nothing except to
pacify Gosselin with statements
that "something will be done".
Nothing was done until it was
almost too late. It was only an
eleventh hour reference of the
issue to a student court hearing,
called at a time inconvenient for
most of the court's members,
which remedied the situation. A
responsible   leadership   and   a
council concerned to ensure that
the best interests of the society's
members are furthered, would not
have permitted the matter to lag
for some three months.
4) The Georgia Straight matter.
Here, enraptured by the melodious
words of Ubyssey co-editor Vaughn
Palmer and ignoring the potential
legal consequences of its action,'
council chose to seize copies of the
underground newspaper the
Georgia Straight, which planned to
distribute free on campus. If that
were not enough, when the matter
finally went by consent of the
parties to student court, the society
was unrepresented. It is to
Wilson's credit that he appeared,
on his own volition, as the AMS'
sole representative at the hearing.
Each of these instances reflects
the malady of UBC's student
government: a singular lack of
foresight by student leaders
whether executive or councillors.
True, it is easier to hope that what
one does will work out well, but any
government which functions on
such hope and without appreciation of the ramifications of
its actions is inept indeed. When
one remembers that council has
the power to deal with assets in the
hundreds of thousands of dollars,
once can quickly put the whole
problem into perspective.
But the point of this analysis is
not to chastise specific individuals
for a failure to meet my expectations. Criticism which is
wholly negative is neither fair nor
particularly enlightening.
This exercise, then, is offered, at
a time of impending AMS elec-.
tions, as a serious challenge to
students on this campus —
whatever be their political persuasion and whether they be
candidate or voter — to become
concerned about the quality of
student government at UBC.
Such a call of course does not
exhibit particularly profound
thinking. Indeed, to make such a
call is to ignore the unique history
of UBC whose students, at least in
the recent past, might be said to
have authored the definitive case
history on apathy. But one suffers
more in remaining silent, by
refusing to bring to light council's
inadequacies, than one will suffer
from being party to unoriginal
Gordon Turriff
law 3 Tuesday, January 15, 1974
Page 5
Up politics—Dailly
From page 3
"Education cannot expect to
have all the surplus from any
funds," she said.
Dailly said it is important to look
at how many qualified teachers in
B.C. are actually teaching and
whether or not it is necessary to
have so many in administrative
Since the NDP took power they
have taken over 100 per cent.of the
capital costs for community
colleges and made massive expenditures to improve the colleges,
she said.
She said there are now kindergartens in every school district
except four and community school
legislation has been initiated.
Dailly said she wants to see a
"climate" in community schools
where parents and interested
persons feel they can come at any
time to discuss education matters.
The government has also
removed the inflexibility of bus
transport for northern areas, she
The education minister also
fielded several rough criticisms
from the floor.
High school delegates at the
convention demanded action from
Dailly to allow political clubs to be
formed in B.C. high schools.
The topic arose during an earlier
education panel discussion when
UBC student Svend Robinson said
the main thrst of the YND in 1974
would be to form political clubs in
high schools.
"The time has come when
students shouldn't just get a
dribble here and a dribble there (of
politics) in social studies," he said,
asking Dailly to introduce an
amendment into the schools act
making it impossible for school
boards to ban political clubs in high
Dailly said she was not willing to
legislate the wishes of specific
interest groups but that she would
issue an up-to-date statement of
support for political clubs of all
Dave Chavel, the representative
from Port Coquitlam, called
Dailly's suggestion "passing the
buck". He said he had trouble
forming a club in his school and
wanted more significant action on
the problem.
During the panel discussion John
Gates made a YND policy
statement demanding 60 per cent
student representation on all
governing boards in the school
"It is a percentage designed to
give students effective control over
their academic lives as well as
leaving room for appropriate representation from faculty and
community (including non-
academic staff)," he said.
"It must be understood that the
institution of student control would
not be an overnight event," Gates
"It would realistically take about
12 years, time for a student to
move along the system with the
stages of control integrated with
the progress of the student."
"If students in B.C. today are
incapable of governing themselves
in a responsible manner, as they
may well be, it is because they are
the victims of a system that is
paternalistic in nature and
dehumanizing in practise," he
Gates said his statement was
"not in any way a dream scheme"
but simply a basis for discussion.
He also demanded curricula and
evaluation standards to be
equalized across the province to
facilitate student transfers.
1st Annual Exhibition
Jan. 13-19
S.U.B. Art Gallery Admission: Free
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Employment of Chief Instructors for
the B.C. Mobile Sailing Schools
The B.C. Sailing Association will consider applications for
positions as Chief Sailing Instructors, in order to meet the
requirements of an additional four mobile units during
May-September, 1974.
Applicants should be experienced sailors, both recreationally and
competitively, with a qualified history of sailing instruction supported with
A good driving record and the ability to operate a 3/4 ton truck and
camper unit with boat trailor.
Ability to meet public as representatives of the B.C.S.A. to introduce and
promote the sport of sailing.
Personal suitability.
Preference will be given to university students and graduates, and salary
will be commensurate with experience in Mobile Schools, (from five
hundred dollars per mo.).
Please address all applications on or before Feb. 28/74, to:
'1774 Prosser Road,
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Live on Campus
Sunday Jan. 20
Tickets on sale
SUB Rm. 266 Page 6
Tuesday, January 15, 1974
Hot flashes
Up Birks,
down lackeys
A protest rally held in hopes of
saving the Birks Building will be
held in front of the building at
Georgia and Granville (formerly
one of the great street corners of
the world) all day Saturday.
Organizers ask interested person (aw c'mon, we know there are
quite a few of you out there) to
assemble in front of the building
at 9 a.m., although they want the
protest to continue through to 5
So here's your chance to save
the Birks Building, make a socially
relevant statement and get a little
more use out of your "Down with
Running Dog Imperialist (City
Council-style) Lackeys" signs.
Frontier College takes education to the people in mining and
logging camps, construction and
railway locations, fishing towns
and other outlying communities
across Canada.
Frontier's laborer-teachers
work    alongside    the    unskilled,
Meeting, noon Lutheran centre.
"By Whose Definition", a panel
discussion, 7:30 p.m. SUB ballroom.
Eucharist, noon Lutheran Centre
Public   introductory   lecture,   7:30
p.m. SUB 215.
Lecture    on     Mental     Retardation,
noon IRC 1.
Meeting, noon SUB 205.
Skiing films, noon IH 402.
Coalition on University Reform
members discuss proposals for university government, noon SUB 207.
Meeting, noon SUB clubs lounge.
Meeting, noon SUB 105B.
Film on Eastern civilization, noon
SUB auditorium.
Latin  America,  7:30  p.m.  IH  402.
Dale Maranda on Your Cosmic
Influence, noon  at  Buchanan 216."
Meeting noon SUB 213.
Peter Watts on the Housing Problem, noon Mildred Brock Room.
Panel discussion of Senate Brief on
University     and     Bremer    Worker
Paper. See someone in AMS exec.
office for details.
Meeting, noon Buch. 3259.
Film  series  "The  Ascent of Man",
noon Scarfe (Ed.) 100.
Exhibition, noon. Fine Arts Gallery.
Gordon   Gibson  speaks,  noon SUB
Concert, noon old auditorium.
Discussion, noon SUB 224.
Film  "Women  on the March" and
discussion, noon, IRC lecture hall 5.
Panel    discussion    on    the   housing
crisis, 8 p.m. 1208 Granville St.
Meeting, noon SUB 205.
AGAPE   meeting,   7:30   p.m.  3886
West 14th Ave.
Barry  S.  Brook  lectures on  Music
Dissemination      in     the     Classical
Period, 3:30 Music Building recital
Concert, 8 p.m. old auditorium.
Rally to save Birks Building, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. in front of Birks Building.
transient or seasonal sections of
the labor force while they organize programs fitting the particular
needs of the community for
education, recreation or counselling activities.
Frontier College, is a private
agency funded by various grants.
It recruits men and women
students for placement in jobs in
remote  areas across Canada for
four month stints. Training, transportation and supplies are provided and a minimum income is
guaranteed by Frontier.
A meeting to recruit UBC
students will be announced later
this month, but students can get
further information now from the
reading room in the Student
Services placement office in Ponderosa Annex F.
and it has a lot to do with projecting a man's personality
Ask us about our protein body waves and any information on
how to take care of your hair and skin.
We also retail the very best products on the market for the
heeds of your skin and your hair.
We are located on Campus. Come and see us. (By appointment only).
UNIVERSITY SQ. (The Village)
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With the support of The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
A second series of six thirty-minute colour films produced by the
B.B.C. plus one Archaeological film on China.
Every Wed. Noon 12:45 and 1:30 p.m.
SUB Auditorium
JAN. 16 — FEB. 27
Free Free
All students, faculty and staff are invited.
Intercollegiate Men's Playdowns
Jan. 23-24-25  Afternoon & Evening Draws
Box 1088, Walter Gage Towers
Entries close Jan. 17th
RATES: Campus - 3 lines, 1 day $1.00; additional lines, 25c;
Commercial ~ 3 lines, 1 day $1.50; additional lines 35c;
additional days $1.25 & 30c.
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and are payable in
advance. Deadline is 11:30 a.m., the day before publication.
Publications Office, Room 241 S.U.B., UBC, Van. 8, B.C.
5 — Coming Events
TatX   M.TI   OI-   TOTAL
A Public Introductory Lecture
on Tn«., Jan. 15 la 1UB 315
at 7:30 p.m.
FREESEE: Eastern Civilization,
Series II now showing- every
Wed. at 12:45 and 1:30 p.ra. SUB
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Low special UBC rates. Register
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VOC Club Room, SUB. Jan. 7—
Jan. 18.
PIANO U^SSOirS by graduate of
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"POT" at Potter's Centre. Classes
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wheel-work and glazing at all
levels. Limited enrolment. Phone
G.  Alfred,  261-4764.
30 - Jobs
OPPORTUNITY for person with
office skills, student affairs'
experience, research experience,
organizing abilities, to work in
the N.U.S. Ottawa office. $115.00
Weekly and relocation expenses.
Applications' and info. SUB 248.
228-3092. Applications deadline
Jan.   21, 1974.
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COWICHAN HAT lost while hitching Monday evening to 10th and
Highbury. If it's your car I left
it in, please fone Solveig at 261-
8338. Mickey Mouse notebook also  missing.
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50 — Rentals
65 — Scandals
it "one or two of the three or
four". Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine Si'ow, Wed., Jan.
16, 7:30 p.m. in SUB Theatre.
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CLASSIFIED Tuesday, January 15, 1974
Page 7
greg osadchuk photo
LEN IRCANDIA UBC defenceman re-enacts one of his favorite nightmares as the Birds polish up their act
for Friday night's game against the University of Calgary Dinosaurs.
UBC spiked by Chimo I
The Ninth Annual Thunderette Volleyball Tournament was won by the B.C. Chimo I squad who beat
their sister team B.C. Chimo II in the finals of the
"A" division play Saturday.
The UBC Thunderettes lost their chance at the title
as they were defeated by Chimo II in the semi-finals
in the twelve team "A" division.
In round robin play, UBC took four of their five
games downing the Victoria Volleyball Club 15-0, 15-5,
the Bow Wows from Seattle 15-10, 15-6, the Dave Lee
Sports from Oregon 15-5, 15-2, and Shayla 15-0, 15-4.
They lost to the eventual tournament champions,
Chimo I, 15-5, 15-2.
At the end of round-robin play, Chimo I and UBC
were one-two in the Division "A" pool I; Chimo II and
the B.C. Olympics led pool II.
In the semi-finals, Chimo I made short order of B.C.
Olympic in two straight games. The Thunderettes
had more difficulty against Chimo II.
Although UBC grabbed the first point, Chimo II
went in front 5-2. The Thunderettes pulled ahead 7-5
but Chimo II tied the score at 7-7. UBC regained the
upper and finished the game 15-10.
In the second game UBC went on the scoreboard
first but fell behind 4-2, then went ahead 8-4 and 9-6.
Despite long hard rallies, the Thunderettes failed to
a single point in six turns at service.
The Chimo II capitalized on UBC's costly service
errors taking one point at a time until they won the
game 15-9.
After the Thunderettes lost their early lead in the
third game, the outcome was never in doubt.
Chimo II built up a 12-2 margin with the help of poor
Thunderette services. Meanwhile the Thunderettes
could only pick up two more points as the Chimos won
the match 15-4.
The Junior Varsity team coached by Marilyn
"Chubby" Moaser made a surprising good showing in
"A" division play, finishing third in pool II. The
Jayvees were tied with the Valley Volleyettes ahead
of the University of Victoria Vikettes and Kelowna.
In "B" division, pool I, the order of finish was the
Road Runners, Victoria Y, Bellingham Y, B.C.
Olympics and the UBC Totems. In pool II in_order of
finishing were the Chilliwack Blue and Gold, Al's
Gals, SFU, Bonzai, and BCIT.
In the final, Victoria Y defeated the Road Runners
to take the "B" division title.
The Thunderettes, Junior Varsity, and Totems play
next tonight in the War Memorial gym starting at 7
Birds prong
Horns, retain
second spot
The UBC Thunderbirds under
coach Peter Mullins split a pair of
games against the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns to retain a
share of second place in the
Canada-West University
basketball conference.
On Friday night the Birds erased
a big 'Horn lead to go ahead in the
last minute of play, only to lose 61-
60 in the last seconds. At one point
in the first half the Birds were
behind 14-0.
They rebounded from that defeat
to paste their hosts 71-59 on
Saturday night, with Ralph Turner
showing the way for UBC with 19
points. Mullins pointed to the
leadership shown by Blake Iverson
for the team's recent good
The Birds, the University of
Victoria and the University of
Calgary are now tied for second
place, with identical 5-3 records,
behind the University of Alberta
(7-1) who play here on Friday and
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China layoff
doesn't show
The question is who was more surprised, Bob Hindmarch or the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies?
The Thunderbird coach didn't know what to expect from his hockey
team after a month's absence from league action while on the China
tour. But they presented him with two Canada West wins, bouncing the
Huskies 8-1 Friday, and 3-1 Saturday night.
"The games removed any doubts I had about how the China trip was
going to affect the team," said Hindmarch. "It was probably the best
hockey we've played all season."
Hindmarch was especially pleased with the Birds' shooting.
Early this season the Birds tended to blast the puck indiscriminately
and were wild with most of their slapshots. "Now we're more controlled. The guys on the point aren't trying to shoot the puck through
people, they're faking the hard shot, then working in close or setting up
people in the slot.
Centre Brian DeBiasio is a perfect example. He was set up for four
goals that way on Friday.
DeBiasio leads the league with eight goals.
The other scorers on Friday were Jim Lawrence, Bill Ennos, Rick
Jackson, Bob Murray and Chuck Carignan. Rod Hare, Warrick Reid
and Ennos scored Saturday.
The Birds are 5-2 on the season and meet the University of Calgary
Dinosaurs on the road Friday and Saturday. They have met Calgary
twice this season with each team winning on home ice. If the Birds can
get by the Dinos they will remain in strong contention for the league
cSr the helpful bank
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Applications are now being
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Deadline for Applications
12:30 Wednesday, January 16, 1974
For eligibility forms and/or information, come to the
AMS Secretary's Office, SUB 250.
Tuesday, January 15, 1974
The BoG and senate line-up
Who's who in bureaucracy
Who runs UBC?
The answer lies in the Universities Act. It
establishes political structures and
organizations which aren't really
The act, passed by the Social Credit
government in 1963, is similar to the original
University of British Columbia Act which
was first drafted around 1906.
Education law and policy in B.C. have
changed little since then.
Basically, the Universities Act .attempts
to give each of B.C.'s three universities
autonomy from direct government control
but without giving real independence to
their faculties and professors. Students, of
course, are almost totally ignored and non-
academic staff members have no influence
in their university's operation.
A"\nd university autonomy, in fact, is nonexistent at the highest and most important
levels of administration since the government dominates the B.C. Advisory Board
and selects most members of each
university's board of governors.
The Advisory Board has three representatives from the provincial education
department and one representative from
each of the universities' boards of governors. It meets once a year in Victoria to
decide how to divide the provincial
education budget between the three
universities. Last year, UBC's representative was Richard Bibbs, an executive vice-
president at MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.
While the Advisory Board is responsible
for large-scale financial distribution, the
boards of governors are the cog of each
university's power structure. According to
the Universities Act, UBC's board members
decide on "the management administration
and control of the property, revenue,
business and affairs of the university." It is
in effect the university's sovereign power.
The board's 11 members' political views are
those of "the establishment" because in
fact, they are themselves the establishment.
I he board is composed of six government
representatives, three senate members with
the administration president and the
chancellor serving as ex-officio members.
The majority (six) of the board's members are appointed by the provincial cabinet
to three year terms. Currently five of the six
were appointed by the Social Credit
government before it left office in 1972. They
will stay on the board until August, 1975
unless the NDP government rewrites the
Universities Act or invokes a rarely used
provision giving the cabinet the power to
remove them.
The five Social Credit appointees are: •
Richard Bibbs, an executive vice-president
of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.; lawyer and
former Vancouver Stock Exchange
president Thomas Dohm, who resigned in
1972 under allegations of conflict of interest;
Beverley Lecky, a member of the
Alumni Association; Allan McGavin,
president of McGavin  Toastmaster;   and
©    Board of
Member of Board and of Senate
Three .Senate   Representatives
Six Government Appointees
Deans of Faculties
Four Government Appointees
Student Representatives
Foculty Representatives
Convocation Representatives
Faculty Representatives
Board of
Paul S. Plant, owner of a large lumber
brokerage firm in Vancouver.
Provincial court judge and redneck Les
Bewley, the sixth government member, will
serve on the board until the NDP government announces his successor. (See story
page one.) His term expired in October.
The trouble is the board works secretly.
One doesn't get into the board room unless
he or she can offer its members some
special technical advice and then, once the
advice is given, the visitor must leave. How,
one might ask, can the board be held
responsible for its decisions when no one
knows what they are — until they've either
succeeded or failed in practise?
I he seventh member is UBC's chancellor
and B.C. Supreme Court justice Nathan
Nemetz. He was chosen chancellor by
convocation, a body which theoretically
includes all the university's alumni and
faculty. In practise, however, convocation is
largely represented only by the powerful
Alumni Association. While Nemetz's powers
are generally ceremonial, this association,
headquartered at Cecil Green Park, is
strongly represented on the Board and, the
senate, the university's other governing
Beverley Field, although elected to the
board from senate, is a member of the
Alumni Association and has been connected
with the association's executive for at least
seven years.
Other board members from senate are
Chuck Connaghan, of the construction Labor
Relations Association who was appointed to
senate by the government as one of their
three representatives, and Vancouver
lawyer Ben Trevino, a convocation elected
Administration president Walter Gage,
elected president by the board, sits on the
board as an ex-officio "officer.
V^age's powers appear to be widespread
since he is the only paid university employee
represented on the board while, at the same
time, he chairs senate meetings and runs
most of the university's non-academic
administration. Yet, the Universities Act
gives him few individual powers. Practically the only things he can do without
either consulting the board or Senate (or
being delegated power by them) are to call
faculty meetings, authorize substitute
lecturers, and temporarily suspend faculty
and staff members.
The senate, which Gage chairs, is the
university's other governing body. It is
subordinate to the board since the latter can
override any senate decision. Generally,
senate is responsible for areas such as exam
schedules, student discipline and standings,
new courses, and faculty appointments and
tenure. In theory, senate is the public body
which represents the total university
community. Representatives from students,
faculty, the alumni, administration, and the
public as a whole are elected or appointed to
the 99-member body.
Senate meetings, held monthly on the
second floor of the Old Administration
building, are many times boring discussions
on trivial matters but, on other occasions,
loud and sometimes drunk speakers argue
about student representation and academic
The meetings are, like most large
assemblies, usually fairly unproductive.
For example the issue of student representation has been debated, sent to committee and re-debated for more than a year
before final approval of all faculties representation was completed in December. And
even then students still don't know if they
will be represented at faculty meetings in
/Another example is the long-winded
debate over a presentation to the now-
defunct John Bremer's university task force
on university governance which after hours
of debate essentially endorses a Bremer
white paper released last year.
Senate is also, in spite of its public
nature and size, not really representative of
UBC's population.
For example, the medicine faculty has six
representatives for 275 students, while
education has an equal number for 4,000
people. Arts and science are less under-represented than education, but still more so
than all the professional faculties.
In any case, in spite of each senator
having one vote, some have more real power
than others. Some like Connaghan also
serve on the Board of Governors. Other
senators, through their social relations and
connections, are capable of setting up
"conspiracies" to dominate the meeting's
votes. In general senate votes like the board
decides — to the-political right.
>elow the senate, the act provides for
faculty councils and assemblies which both
lack real power and are dominated by the
conservative, senior professors. The student
and non-academic university employee is on
the bottom of the heap.
Altogether, the present Universities Act
creates an undemocratic structure. The
supposedly representative senate is
dominated by wealthy professional
faculties, while the board of governors, with
ultimate powers, makes decisions without
direct concern for public scrutiny or
opinion. Students have little power at any
level and the non-academic staff has almost
In conclusion, it seems real power is
separated from the people it affects most by
a maze of administrative and legal
organizations. The current Universities Act
creates a situation where the people who run
UBC are not really responsible to the people
they theoretically represent.
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