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could save
your life
Inside is a
completely unofficial,
student - produced guide
to the University of B.C. Page 2
September 8,  1970
In past years, the Alma Mater
-Society has sponsored something called
Frosh Orientation, designed to get first
year students into the groove (rut?)
early in the year.
This year, however, "Orientation 70"
will broaden its scope to aim at all
students on campus.
Events during the first two weeks of
classes range from dances and a
shoe-shining campaign to discussions of
some major political issues.
The whole thing begins with dances
on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, designed to
"allow students to meet each other in
an informal and relaxed atmosphere,"
according to orientation chairman Lou
The heavy stuff, a series of
lunch-hour programs, begins Sept. 14,
when Simon Fraser University professor
Mordecai Briemberg presents an analysis
of the university.
On Sept. 15, former arts
undergraduate society president Dick
Betts and AMS external affairs officer
John Zaozirny will debate "the future
of student politics."
On Sept. 16, Briemberg, UBC English
department head Robert Jordan and
classics department head Malcolm
McGregor will discuss the role of
students on university committees.
The need for a student union will
be the topic the following day, with
graduate student association executives
David Mole and.Everett Hoogers doing
the talking.
The first week will end with a debate
on Americanization of the Canadian
University, featuring Carleton
University professors Robin Mathews
and James Steele, former UBC GSA
president Art Smolensky and UBC profs
Cyril Belshaw and William Webber.
The following week will focus on
national problems.
Topics discussed will be: federalism
(Parti Quebecois leader Rene Levesque
vs. UBC history prof Alan Smith on
Sept. 21); problems facing Quebec (PQ
MLA Claude Charron and FLQ leader
Charles Gagnon on Sept. 22P; B.C. labor
problems (Sept. 23); and American
investment in Canada (former Liberal
cabinet Walter Gordon and former SFU
student Jim Harding on Sept. 24).
The noon hour discussions will all
take place in the SUB ballroom.
Otherwise, Shinerama takes place on
Sept. 18. Students will be given the
chance to shine shoes downtown in
order to raise money for the Cystic
Fibrosis Association.
The afternoon of Sept. 20 will see a
hootenanny (bet you thought those
went out with the Kingston Trio) at
Towers Beach.
The SUB ballroom will be the site of
a "Beer Garden" on the evening of Sept.
Films and Musical Society
presentations on a "Roaring Twenties"
theme will dominate Sept. 24 and 25.
It will all finally grind to a halt with a
costume dance on Sept. 26.
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Always look to imperialism for the best.
Tuum Est
• . . and all that
Editors: Paul Knox, Nate Smith, John Twigg.
Assisted by: John Andersen, Dick Betts, Phil Barkworth, Fred
Cawsey, Jim Davies, John Gibbs, Christine Krawczyk, Michael Quigley,
Leslie Plommer and generations of photographers.
A special edition of The Ubyssey, published by the Alma Mater Society.
Tuum Est is the only student-produced guide to UBC you'll find. Anything else has been dabbled in by the administration,
which makes it immediately suspect.
Most of Tuum Est is advice gleaned from the hoary beards of senior students, who learned the hard way. If you can't find out
what you want to know in these pages, you'll at least find where to go to find out.
If you don't learn anything else from reading Tuum Est, learn to ASK when you don't know. And that includes when the rules
intrude into your life—ASK how to bend or break them. Ask anything, from anybody. Who knows, it might even save your life.
From here on, it's up to you. Welcome, and good luck. Page 4
September 8,  1970
YES, IT IS a steaming plate of food services food.
Services and
how to use them
You say you're hungry, homeless, sick, and without
a parking spot''
You say vou want your mommy?
Relax.   You're   noi  alone. There  are about 4,000
others just like you who are in the same boat. (That's a
comforting thought.)
This little chunk of Tuum Est is designed to remedy
some of your problems by letting you in on what is what
on the gargantuan UBC campus.
Your first problem is to find out exactly where the
hell you are. You have two ways to accomplish, this feat
first, you can ask the person standing beside you. but
it is doubtful that he will be able to help you even if he's
been here tor five years.
Second, you can look at the sign in front of the
building you are in or beside. These are usually correct,
unless the engineers, in their usual helpful manner,
switch these signs all around campus as has happened in
the past
Once you have checked where you are, turn to the
administration's map. It details the entire campus layout
in glorious black and white.
Big place, eh?
Well, since you're going to be here for a while (till
Christmas, anyway) it's fairly important that you know-
where your classes are and the quickest route to get
from one to another.
You have only ten minutes between classes (they
end at 20 past the hour and start again at half past).
Since most profs like to lay some additional words
of wisdom on you after their class, you will often only
have a couple of minutes to sprint across campus to your
next class, so you had better know how to get there as
quickly as possible.
Now that you've spent some effort in finding out
where tilings are on campus, you're probably a bit
This naturally brings up the food on campus (which
happens quite frequently) and the places where it is
To the connoisseurs of fine food, UBC is referred to
as Ptomaine City. And with good reason . . . last year's
gala Christmas dinner at Place Vanier (a university
residence) ended with a mammoth diarrhoea epidemic as
a result of food poisoning attacks.
Ruth Blair, the head of food services admitted last
year in an interview with The Ubyssey that grilled cheese
sandwiches are the most popular item on the residence
YOU'LL SOON LEARN not to park in the wrong
places. To find the right places go to the traffic office,
northeast of SUB.
menu. (There is an answer for this - how can you screw •
up a cheese sannie?)
There are several places where you can get food
here. SUB has the biggest cafeteria with the longest
serving hours - 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. as well as operating
on weekends.
All of the other cafe open at the same time,
however, most are closed by 4 p.m. These include the
bookstore, gym, Barn, auditorium and Buchanan. The
Ponderosa, the second-larf^st caf on campus, is open
until 6 nightly. i;
Although the food islSie same at all these places,
the atmosphere varies quite a bit.
The long-hairs hang <M§t at the auditorium caf and
Buchanan, the jocks at the gym eatery, and the engineers *
dominate the Ponderosa.
The rest have a smattering of just about everybody.
You will get used to spending 10 to 20 minutes looking ■-
around for a table in plastic surroundings where you can
munch thoughtfully on your stale hamburger.
Tramp, tramp, tramp
Until they get drive-in restaurants on campus you
will have to park your car before you eat. This brings us
to our beloved parking services. *
Check your little administration map again. See
those big blank spaces out in the middle of nowhere —
those are the parking lots. They look pretty far D'' ay,
don't they. Well, they look a lot farther when it's
pouring rain and you have to run madly from D lot to a
mid-term exam in Buchanan — about a mile away.
There are some lots situated quite close to the
academic buildings but these have been reserved by
upper-classmen and grad students long ago.
For the privilege of parking out in the boonies you
will pay five bucks. Others who are in the nearby lots
pay as much as $15 so there is some justice.
Those of you who live in residence can arrange with
your residence clerk for parking in the rez. lots.
The rest of you must get your parking stickers from
the traffic office, located on Wesbrook Crescent just past
the winter sports centre. The traffic office is also where
you pay parking fines. The fines usually amount to $5
but can jump by $5 for each additional offence. To
avoid fines, make sure you park in the right lot.
These fines have to be paid within 48 hours. If you
fail to do this your car could be towed away when it is
spotted, although this is a rarity. The best idea is to pay
the fine.
About finding a place to live If you live in
residence, you have this problem licked if you don't live
in residence, you will have some worries.
Off-campus housing lists are available at the AMS
housing committee office in SUB and additional leads
come from the classified ads in The Ubyssey and the
downtown press.
For a detailed look on the housing situation, check
page 2 1.
Books, books, books
It's sort of a long-standing tradition out here that a
good student should look at a book every once in a
while. That's why we have a library.
The university library is a wondiou*; labyrinth ot
stairs and passageways. As weli, there are a lew books
To find these elusive books is almos' a hopeless task
for the new student. The main library k, very confusing
so don't hesitate to ask for help.
At the beginning of each year there are library
familiarization tours which help, but nobody seems to
have the time to take them. Make time. It will save you
quite a few hours later on
If somehow you miss these tours, you can find the
books you need by looking in the various files in the
catalogue section on the fifth floor of the main library.
The catalogues are listed under author-title, subject, and
location sections. As well, on every floor there are signs
on the walls for places where books so numbered are
A simpler route to travel is right next door -
Sedgewick library. This mammoth book-bin is .
considerably easier to understand and is generally
sufficient for the uses of first and second year students.
But you'll sometimes find a book in the main library
when all the Sedgewick copies are ou:.
There are other libraries on campus but these are
somewhat specialized. These include law. medical, math,
braille, etc. and you will be told if you need to use them.
Libraries serve another purpose besides getting
books — namely, study space. You will notice great
masses of empty tables and chairs throughout the library
. . . unless of course you want to study. Then, there
isn't a chair to be had. The reason lor this is because
people generally study during the few weeks before
exams . . . funny thing, that's when you wanted to
study, too.
Study space is also available at Brock Hall, the little
yellow building beside SUB. Inside, there are rows of September 8,  1970
Page 5
How to
Tips on how to make life
bearable at UBC
Play the game.
That's the only way you're going to survive this
We're not talking about monopoly, scrabble, or
snakes-'n'-ladders. We're talking about UBC.
This is a big place with a lot of people.
However, you must realize that, big and impersonal
as the campus is, there is an easier way to get
through "the factory" picking up some good marks,
close friends, and fun times along the way.
The answer — play the game.
The rules are simple:
Don't get upset when you first get here. This
can prove to be very difficult if you have attended
high school outside of Vancouver. For you, this will
seem like a pretty grim place at first.
Vancouver is big, wet,... and scary. A helluva
lot of students new to the city have packed it up
and headed home before even registering because of
this very reason.
Stick it out. Give it, and yourself, a chance.
What is strange now may well turn into a great
time ... it generally does.
Finding a place to live. This can turn out to be
the biggest problem of them all. Unless your dad is
Mr. Wonderful with the bucks, you're going to be a
victim of the housing shortage.
Houses, rooms, apartments, and
light-housekeeping suites are hard to come by ...
and they are expensive. The secret is to get down
here (or have a friend down here) a month before
classes to find a suitable place to stay.
If you blew it, just getting here during
registration week without a home, check the
housing lists put out by the AMS in SUB. Next year,
get here earlier.
• Registration week. Don't let the line-ups bug
you. If you hate being at the end of a 500-yard
line-up, get to your place of registration half an
hour ahead of time with a good book For the
line-ups at the armories for books, the strategy is
slightly different. Get there early in the morning.
You will find a lot less people there and the staff
will have more time to take care to your needs.
If you find your prof in any course to be a dead
loss, switch to another section or another course.
You will soon find that it is the prof that makes the
course good, bad, or wishy-washy. You only have
two weeks to switch, so make up your mind
• Take it for granted that you are going fa
choose some lousy courses during your first yearor ;
two at UBC. However, after a couple of years here
you will know which courses have good profs,
interesting material, and no exams - all very
desirable points.
Besides choosing lousy courses, you may also
choose to enrol in a faculty which turns out to be a
big pain. In their first three years here, people have
enrolled in a different faculty each year. If you
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More Services
little cubicles complete with little people laughing and
talking ... which makes it rather difficult for the other
little people who are trying to study.
The other bad news item you will have to put up
with while looking for study space are the seat-savers.
These are the people who plunk a book and a jacket at a
table and the head off to SUB for a three-hour coffee
You can handle this quite simply. Just remove their
crap from the table and place it on the floor beside you
while you take over the space. Nobody can save. Not
even fourth-year students. Unless they're bigger than
There is, howere, one area where space can be
reserved. This is inside the main library, right in with the
stacks of books. There are primarily for grad and
fourth-year honors students so you will likely be out of
luck here.
Libraries are not the only thing you have to know
about books. There is also the matter of having to buy
some texts for your courses.
If you thought the line-ups for registration were
long, wait till you have a look at the book buying
line-ups at the armory on West Mall. Talk about the
population explosion, here it is.
Any time you see a short line there, jump into it.
You're bound to find some book you need in the maze.
The other place where you can get hold of books is
the bookstore on the main mall. This js where you will
be buying most of your books during the year except
during the first couple of weeks.
A helpful hint to save money is just to buy the
books you need at the time. Some of the other books
which your profs suggest, you will never get around to
using. Also on money, keep all of your sales slips.
At the end of the year, you can get a 5 per ce u
rebate on whatever you have spent on books and school
supplies at the university during the year. This rebate is
handled at the bookstore.
A sneaky way of picking up some extra cash is to
grab any sales slips you see lying around and save them
for rebate time. If you are lucky enough to get a
mammoth pile of sales slips, don't cash them all in at
once. Get your friends to share the burden.
Another way to save a few bucks is to buy used
books instead of new ones. There are some available at
the armory, but these are in short supply. A better idea
is to check the notice boards around campus where you
will find them advertised at cut rates. A simple phone
call can save you as much as $40 or $50.
Once you get all these books, you need somewhere
to stick them. (Not there, stupid.) You can get a locker
for one or two dollars for the year by asking around at
your undergraduate office during registration week.
Sometimes these things come in handy when you don't
feel like hauling 25 pounds of books back and forth to
class every day.
Services are provided for your good health, both
physical and mental. In order to quality for these, you
must fill in the necessary forms while registering. If you
live in B.C. this will only amount to a couple of dollars
but if you are from outside the province, they will soak
you for about 50 skins.
Warning: don't get sick on weekends, the
university's Wesbrook hospital is incredibly understaffed
at that time. Also, don't get hit by a car or fall down or
anything like that - ambulance service is almost
The administration building beside the gym on
University Boulevard is where you can scream about
your courses and plead for money in the form of
bursaries and scholarships.
Finally, if this paper doesn't fill in all of the blanks,
there are several places where you can get advice at UBC.'
The student counselling and placement centre on
West Mall will try to assist you and maybe even find you
a decent part-time job during the school year. But
probably not.
Another less formal advice centre is Speak Easy
located in SUB and the ombudsman's office, also in
SUB. These people will do their best to help you and
will give you as much time as you need.
The information booth in the main foyer of SUB
can also give you a bit of help if you're lost and the
people there are quite friendly.
That's mostly where things are at out here. Don't
panic if you can't  figure everything our right away
you'll probably muddle through somehow. The rule is- if
you don't know, ask.
And, oh yes, good luck. Page 6
September 8,  1970
IF YOU WANT to survive, you'll need lots of sleep.
From page 5
don't like what you are doing, don't stick it through
to a degree just because you are bugged with the
idea of losing a year.
There is absolutely no sense behind completing
a degree in something you hate. All this will qualify
you for a job in the same line. Therefore, don't be
afraid to switch faculties.
• Attend most of your classes. I know it's a
painful experience but a fact of life out here is if
you attend your classes, you probably will do all
Profs here generally don't take attendance,
however, there are a few whiz-bangs out of the old
school who do. Despite the fact that you probably
won't be missed (some of your classes might have as
many as 500 students), show up. You will learn
something even if only through osmosis.
As well, you can't count on the text to get you
through because some professors throw out the
book and examine solely on lectures.
Xeroxing a friend's notes is also a crummy idea,
simply because you probably won't read them and
if you do, you probably won't understand them.
So do something!
• Never complain you have nothing to do.
There are umpteen clubs out here, all eagerly
awaiting members. Whether your interests be social,
cultural, political, or athletic, there is a club for
If you aren't much of a club type, there are still
plenty of things to do. UBC always has something
doing (although often mediocre) and downtown
Vancouver is usually hopping.
A' good piece of advice to follow is this: there is
so much to do with your time, don't waste it. Don't
lie around sleeping or watching TV: either do some
work or get out and have a good time.
• Watch your money. First of all, if you are
living away from home and plan any kind of social
life at all you will need about $2,000.
If you have a car, add on to this figure
There are several places you can remedy your
financial ills. First, try your parents. They are
probably so glad to be rid of you, it will be worth it
for them to kick in a few bucks just to keep you at
university and away from home.
Dean Walter Gage's office in the Buchanan
building is the place to pick up forms for student
loans and to inquire • about bursaries and
scholarships. You will find it a bit difficult to catch
him in his office, but when you do get a chance to
talk to him, he will give your requests a fair hearing.
Dean Gage, also UBC president, has been known to
cough up money out of his own pockets for
• Vancouver is wet. This brings up several little
items of business which are worth heeding.
UBC is a big umbrella pool. Everybody steals
umbrellas. Somebody will steal yours and you will
steal somebody else's. However, if you buy a gaudy
enough umbrella or put some kind of identification
on it which makes it easy to spot, it will be among
the last ones pilfered.
The first and last months of the university year
are   sunny   (usually)   so  during  these   times  get
outside. Trips to the country and to Stanley Park
are cheap and also more tun than most costly forms
of entertainment.
Rainy days are good for studying. However,
they are no excuse for moping around the house
doing nothing.
• Speaking of things to use - there's always
your profs.
By using your profs, I mean go and see them in
their offices. Communicate with them. That's what
they have office hours for.
If you talk to your prof, telling him your views
on the course and your difficulties with it, you are
one giant step ahead off the game.
They'll get to know you, which can really help
when you pull of a 49 per cent.on the final exam.
They can also advise you about further courses
in the same department. Who knows, you might
even get to like each other.
• There are places to eat other than in food
services cafs. You know, places where they serve
real food. Restaurants.
If you restrict yourself to eating on campus,
you're making a big mistake. Remember, you are
what you eat. (yeechhhh!)
The Village shopping centre on University
Boulevard has three cafes in it. The food is a bit
better here, especially at Jon's, however, the prices
of the latter are pretty steep.
There are a bunch of cafes just outside the gates
on Tenth or Broadway, some of which are worth a
For more interesting, and often surprisingly
cheap meals, try Chinatown and Gastown. The
former has several "alley cafes" which, although a
trifle "i; "easy-spooney" serve incredibly inexpensive
Chinesv food.
For the green thumber
Despite what mom, dad, and Mayor Tom
Terrific have to say about hitch-hiking, it's a good
way to get around in Vancouver.
About 3,000 students hitch to and from
campus every day. Most of them seem to make it on
time. Girls get picked up right away, of if you're a
guy it's usually not a bad idea to hitch with one.
You will find that the line-up of people
thumbing beside Wesbrook hospital is a sure way ol
getting a ride off campus. It might take a few
minutes before somebody picks up up but it is nice
to know you have bilked B.C. Hydro out of its 265
cent gyp.
• The final rule in the game, which when you
are starting out at UBC is more important than an)
of the others, is - ASK QUESTIONS If yoi
don't know something you should know, ask.
Otherwise, you'll never know.
Listen to advice, read Tuum Est, and go alonj
with frosh orientation. You can discard what advic*
you don't want, but there will always be some
information that will help you.
Glad you could make it to UBC. We hopeyour
stay is a pleasant one.
Ominous rumblings
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on Bemquist Memorial University in this island capital today, waving
paper and throwing avocados. Sources said there were ominous
rumblings among the crowd, said to be instigated by a dialectical
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Page 7
In Class
By Leslie Plommer
It'll be different when you get
to university. You'll be treated as
an adult — with the privileges and
responsibilities accorded an adult
in a place of higher learning. Or so
the story goes.
And to an extent it's true. You
can wear whatever you want at
UBC. You can come and go with
greater freedom and are given
responsibility for a wider range of
activities than in secondary
school. And professors will even
call you Miss, Mrs. or Mr.
All really quite exciting — but
hardly the reason you came to
Hopefully, you came to get an
education: to benefit in some way
— however nebulous or specific —
from the interaction between
professors and students at
university. A commendable
approach to a lofty ideal. But it's
not quite that simple.
Classes — the formal
framework of student-prof
interaction — for example. You've
no doubt been told that the
matter of class attendance is up to
you when you get to university.
Forget it. One of the saddest
things about post-secondary
education, as you will soon
discover, is the marked
resemblance it bears to secondary
and pre-secondary education. You
will find that UBC profs can be
just as petty and vindictive as high
school teachers when it comes to
class attendance.
And there's not a hell of a lot
you can do about it. Make no
mistake: the professor is the
master when it comes to class.
The university gives him a hefty
chunk of freedom as to what he
does with a course. It CAN be a
truly exhilarating educational
experience. But it can also be —
more often than not, many would
say — very sad, even sick.
A  stupid  ass
I had a first year French prof
who called me a stupid ass — in
my absence - in front of the class
because I didn't choose to attend
his so-called French lectures. In
fact these consisted of showing
off his knowledge of the finer
points of Rumanian — and the
other seven languages he was so
proud of speaking.
I also had an English prof who
told me he'd dropped down a
letter grade on my term paper
because I hadn't attended his
classes regularly. It made no
difference that the paper was
good. It made no difference that
when I did go to class, I made an
effort to contribute to discussions
instead of being part of the
note-scribbling majority who sat
at the back of the class. Quantity,
it seems, was more important than
quality in his class.
My experiences aren't unique.
Nor were my professors freak
For most profs, classes and
class attendance are an ego trip.
(Notice the grand entrance after
the bell rings — you're lucky such
such an important, preoccupied
personage condescended to appear
at all.) Profs know damn well that
when attendance shrinks and
shrinks, there's something wrong
with what's going on inside the
If your
profs give
you any
at UBC,
are quite
Given the crap that's shovelled
in so many classes, day in and day
out, it's frankly remarkable so-
many students do attend as many
classes as they do. But when a
prof DEMANDS class attendance,
it can only be viewed the height
of arrogance. If his classes are all
that important then it won't take
students long to discover that if
they want to benefit from, or
even pass, a course, they'll have to
go to the lectures.
But you know who's boss. You
know who hands out the marks.
You know who will be upset if
you don't show up for class and
who will suffer the effects of a
piqued pride. You know whose
orders and ideas take precedence.
You may decide — as many do
— that your time could be better
spent outside the classroom. Your
prof, needless to say, won't agree.
Something  to  say?
Why should he expect to
command some kind of total
attention merely because he is in
charge of class?
For too long students have
looked up to the holder of a
graduate degree, thinking that this
piece of paper and a teaching
position mean a professor has
something to say. He verv well
may. But all too often it's apparent
the prot is little more than a
self-centred bore.
It can be difficult at first to
confront Certified Knowledge. A
prof tells you the novel is great
and it's convenient to decide that
your opinion of the novel — that
it is a piece of garbage — is wrong.
It can be easy to decide he is right
and you are wrong.
Get this straight from the start:
you could very well be absolutely
More and more students are
coming to see — with progressive
clarity as their experience with
profs grows through the years at
university — that respect must be
earned, rather than handed over
without question simply because a
man or woman has a degree.
"Because I said so" is not a
satisfactory answer to the
question "why?"
Things are changing but there
is still the master-slave
relationship to contend with.
None of us can escape it.
Professor as boss is probably most
significant when dealing in the
realm of ideas — especially new
Profs will often promote the
old "don't regurgitate what
you've heard in class — I'm
interested in your own ideas"
routine. Some mean it and most
are sincere when they "say" it.
But just try a few of "your own
ideas" with some profs and
illusions about "objective
scholarship" will dissolve in very
short order.
The same is true when they tell
you: "I don't care what you
write, as long as you can give me
examples to support your ideas."
Some profs are sincere in this;
others aren't and can never be.
Personal biases and pet theories
will color the evaluation of many
a paper. How can we expect an
ancient and self-important Milton
scholar to give a first-class mark to
an undergrad hotshot whose ideas
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From page 7
differ from those of the oid
As in the issue of class
attendance, there is little that you
can do about this directly. Some-
people try taking their papers to
another prof for a second opinion,
but this is a risky business because
the original prima donna prof
often takes offence. And he has
the last word. So proceed at your
own peril.
Student discontent is also the
bitter fruit of the day-to-day life
in most classrooms at UBC. The
only large-scale exception to the
general rule of stifling formal
classroom atmosphere —
■especially in the first year — is the
New Arts One program, now
going into its fourth year.
Here there is a feeling of unity
and equality in the interaction
among professors and students,-
due mainly to a seminar format
which brings in little of the formal
lecture-type schedule and
maximizes the student's facility
for expression and individual
Changing it
But there are at least two
efforts slated for the coming year
that will help bring individual
classrooms and professors,
throughout the university into
wider  discussion  and evaluation.
The Alma Mater Society is
working on a campus-wide
program of course evaluatiory*
This will hopefully be published
in the form of an anti-calendar to
be available for students next
year. *"
Although anti-calendars have
appeared at UBC in previous
years, they have generally been
restricted to a single faculty, and
haven't contained all courses
offered. The AMS hopes to*
co-ordinate these sporadic
attempts at the rating of courses
and professors from the student^
point of view.
The second endeavor will be
undertaken by the staff of The
In most issues of the paper this
year, you should see some
classroom reporting. This has
appeared in other university rags
in Canada, and consists of a
simple report of what goes on in a
certain class on a given day,,
Reports will include the name of
the prof, course number and
subject, and class hours.
Classroom reporters will be
popping up all over the campus. If
your class is pretty good or pretty?"
bad, you might ask The Ubyssey
to attend. Or write something
These are general attempts to
stimulate classroom activity by
groups of students — students
who aren't necessarily chained to
the same class as yourself.
If     you're     particularly
dissatisfied with a prof you hav^
to  spend  the  rest  of  the year
listening to, you can always write
or talk to your department head.
It's  probably   better  to  do  this""
with  others,   since   numbers are
more convincing than one person
showing up to complain. And the
chances    are    good,    if    it's    a
legitimate beef, it won't be har#-
to find other students who agree
with your criticisms.
If you don't like the structure
of a class, get a few people to ask
the prof in classroom time what September 8, 1970
Page 9
The class
exists to
serve the
Use it or
be pulled
on down.
he proposes to do about exams,
discussions etcetera. Try to spark
a class discussion on what you and
your fellow classmates want to do
through the year - what you are
hoping to get from a course.
This isn't as hard or frightening
is it seems. This method has
allowed more than a few students
and groups of students to get
profs to agree to take-home exams
rather than formal efforts, better
marking systems, and seminars
instead of classes.
The prof will probably tell you
what he plans for the year in the
first couple of classes but if he
doesn't, stick up your hand and
YOU'RE NOT A BABY any more ... at least that's what you're told.
But the academic bottle is a deceptive thing.
ask. When you find out what he
intends, ask questions, propose
alternatives, engage in discussion.
When he finds you are interested
in more than just tripping through
the year on his coat-tails, he will
be less likely to take the easier,
authoritative approach to running
the class. He will be more likely to
consult you on decisions affecting
the format and even content of
the class.
And if these attempts don't
come off in class, you can always
go to his office and confront him
Remember that you and your
fellow students are the reason
professors are at UBC. Without
the money that you and your
parents supply, profs would be
tramping the streets. Its valuable
to keep this in mind when they
try to tell you how lucky you are
that they'll spend the time of day
with you.
Sadly, it won't be long before
you are enmeshed in the
master-slave relationship.
Sometime — maybe sometime
soon — during your academic
years, a professor will screw you.
It's virtually inevitable. But there
is no reason why you should lie
down and spread your legs for
If university has anything over
secondary school, it has potential.
But this potential must be defined
and seized — even wrestled for —
if it is to be utilized. You as a
student MUST be involved in that
definition because you are a full,
legitimate and entirely necessary
half of the educational process.
And that potential is being
defined every day in every class at
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The food
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Situated across the street from the grad
students enclave is International House; a place
for foreign students to do their own thing and a
place for Canadian students to find out what
that thing is.
IH director Dave Roxburgh outlines some
of its functions: variety luncheons for all UBC
students, Caribbean food Monday, Greek food
Tuesday, East Indian food Wednesday, South
American food Thursday and Oriental food
Friday, reception and orientation programs for
foreign students, student exchanges, beer
parties and international style parties.
IH also has a speaker's bureau, providing
specialist speakers on foreign countries for
conventions and the like. IH is also one of the
last places to serve 10-cent coffee (last year it
was 5 cents).
There are also fifteen foreign clubs at IH, the
biggest being the Chinese Students Club. Drop
in if you want something besides stale SUB
sandwiches for lunch.
Situated in IH is Canadian University Service
Overseas CUSO was started at UBC in 1960,
even before the U.S. Peace Corps, and now
sends graduate student volunteers to more than
45 countries.
Percy Hubert, a former Ethiopian CUSO
representative, says every grad should do a stint
to see how the poor two-thirds of the world
CUSO head Phil Bartle explained that CUSO
sends brochures to all "developing" countries
asking what skills they need and then tries to
find the right graduates.
If you want to find out about poverty see
CUSO in your third or fourth year.
Returning CUSO workers, alarmed at our
patronizing aid system, formed the Fraser
group (no Magnolia, it takes its name from the
Fraser Arms, the first meeting place) which is
attempting to educate the public on poverty
and discrimination. Its publication Bias has
articles on aid policies, foreign investment and
the like. See Bartle to get on the mailing list.
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THE    U BY S S E Y :    TUUM    EST
Page  11
Campus Life
A rapid-fire review of the quality
of the existential on campus-or-how and where to waste your spare time
Now that you've been shown the hows
and wheres of such basic activities of studying
and eating, the time has come for your
introduction to a few other aspects of campus
life — what to read, what to wear and some
things to do when you're tired of work.
One   for   us
For reading matter, there is The Ubyssey, a
newspaper published, controlled and staffed by
The paper magically appears at 20 campus
locations some time every Tuesday and Friday
morning. You pay for it through your AMS fees
— something like a paltry dollar a year for two
action-packed issues a week.
In past years The Ubyssey published a
Thursday edition as well, but the vagaries of
AMS financing and increased printing costs
forced a cutback to two issues a week in 1969.
There's still hope though — if you like what
you read; tell your neighborhood AMS
councillor to give the struggling rag more
Over the years, The Ubyssey has spawned
such journalistic greats as Pierre Berton (gee
whiz), Norman Depoe (far out), Stuart Keate
(heavy), Eric Nicol (gasp) Himie Koshevoy
(whoopee), Jack Wasserman (urp), Allan
Fotheringham (awe-filled silence), George
Kerschbaum (how soon we forget) and Ralph
Bemquist (you can't win them all).
Despite the disheartening knowledge off
their predecessors' fates, today's Ubyssey
staffers bravely put the thing out anyway.
The paper is absolutely and irrevocably
controlled by the staff, despite administration
attempts (there have been rumblings this
summer) to muzzle it.
The Ubyssey welcomes all new staff
members — reporters, sports writers,
photographers, critics, anybody. If you're
interested (and who isn't) just go to the
Ubyssey office on the second floor of SUB
(northeast corner) anytime. Experience is not
necessary" as Ubyssey staffers are among the
world's most patient teachers.
If you're reading tastes border on the
masochistic, there is UBC Reports, the slick
weekly propaganda sheet published by the
university administration.
UBC Reports devotes long, tedious
columns to barely readable addresses by UBC
bigwigs and reprints of information office press
releases about appointments and retirements.
Like many other such newspapers across
Canada, UBC Reports exists because student
newspapers long ago stopped being apologists
for the authoritarian bureaucracies that run our
universities. You know where UBC Reports is
at when you see the editors sitting at president
Walter Gage's right hand during senate
The paper is put out by UBC information
office types Jim Banham and Arnie Myers,
working on a budget far larger than that of The
Ubyssey for only half as many issues.
Anyone can contribute, but students rarely
do, preferring to devote their efforts to their
own paper, The Ubyssey.
Moving right along in the Tuun Est
rapid-fire survey of campus life, we find that,
although almost all students dislike what's
happening in the classroom, a few have decided
to so something about it by publishing
anticalendars and forming course unions.
As the name implies, an anticalendar is a
description of courses from the students'
viewpoint, as opposed to the sketchy blurbs in
the administration calendars.
An anticalendar, based on polls taken
among the previous year's students, attempts to
evaluate each course in a particular faculty.
Most important, it presents the students' rating
of each profs teaching ability.
If the undergraduate society in your
faculty is publishing an anticalendar this year,
get a copy and read it.
Course   unions
Basically, a course union is an association
of students in a particular department who
want more than the curriculum is giving them.
They organize special academic programs and
try to work for changes in the department.
Despite valiant efforts in several
departments, course unions have never really
gotten off the ground at UBC. Undoubtedly
there will be more efforts made this year and
hopefully they will find solutions to the
problems they have previously faced in trying
to get started.
If you still have problems deciding what to
do with your spare time, you can always join a
club or, if you're really desperate, a greek letter
There are over 100 special interest, sports,
ethnic, religious, service, cultural and political
clubs on campus. Most of them are affiliated
with the AMS and can be found lurking in
various corners of SUB.
Check the clubs directory, posted in the
main foyer of SUB, for the clubs you might like
to join, them watch the 'tween classes section
of The Ubyssey fcrr meeting notices.
Some clubs have offices in SUB, which
mostly are festooned with banners and all sorts
of crap. Others use the clubs' lounges, general
workroom areas and classrooms for meetings.
The clubs usually operate independently of
one another, but early in the year they band
together in a conspiracy called clubs day.
During this animal act, which combines the
worst elements of the PNE and the Black Hole
of Calcutta, the clubs do their thing for the
masses and try to shanghai new members.
Even if you don't want to join anything,
going to clubs day is an interesting experience,
If, after all that, you still can't find a club
that interests you, you can always get together
with nine friends and march on the university
clubs committee. (That's right. There's even a
club for clubs.)
If you agree to let the AMS handle your
finances, the UCC will help you draft a
constitution ("I don't care if you are forming
an anarchist club, you still need a
constitution") and get an AMS grant to start
The greek letter societies are pathetically
exclusive social clubs. You pay to join, once
you're invited.
At last count there were 15 fraternities and
nine sororities on campus, but declining
membership is threatening to force many of
them out of business.
Chicks can join sororities in their first
year, but would-be frat men must wait until
second year.
Early in the year, the Greeks go through
"rush". During this period, they invite you to
"functions" (read parties) where they ply you
with free booze and beg you to join while
getting you to think you have to beg them to
let you in.
Once you have joined a fraternity or
sorority, and shelled out your 150-odd clams,
you are free to devote the rest of your
university life to meetings, rituals, parties,
"exchanges" (non-Greeks call them orgies),
something called Mardi Gras and the meeting of
future business contacts.
Oh, yes. You were wondering what to wear
on campus. Well, let's begin by stating one
important fact: the weather at UBC can be
described in one word — wet. For example, on
a rainy day the sidewalk from C lot to SUB is
one of the world's great rivers, feeding many of
the street-corner lakes which dot the campus.
Rainwear is a must, and a cheap umbrella
comes in handy. (Cheap because you will
average about four lost or stolen umbrellas per
Beyond that obvious restriction, nobody
gives a damn what you wear. For classes, wear
whatever is most convenient or comfortable.
Dances and other functions that are formal
or semi-formal are usually advertised as such.
Otherwise, they're classroom casual. Page  12
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FOR those of you who sorely miss
the student government you knew
and loved in high school, good news!
UBC's Alma Mater Society is more of
the same.
Hamstrung by external and internal
controls and struggles, and by the limited
vision of its elected officers, the AMS
chases around in dizzying circles trying to
please somebody (anybody) and ends up
pleasing no one.
In short, it is the same phony
democracy you experienced in high
school; the same pacifier for students that
your high school principal allowed to
But in case at some time in your stay
at UBC you entertain the fond, if distant
hope that the AMS may yet please you,
here is a rundown on the organization
and some ideas about how to succeed
when dealing with your student
Who knows, the AMS might end up
doing something for you in spite of itself.
The people
"First of all, the AMS consists of an
executive of seven members, a student
council of about 38 members, and a large
body of hired staff.
AMS offices and the council chambers
are located on the second floor of the
student union building.
So much for the skeleton of the
The AMS won't go down in history as
a great initiator of progressive programs,
mainly because its elected members have
a fear of making people mad.
But almost despite themselves, they
succeed in raising the ire of various
factions. People either get uptight
because the AMS does very little; or they
get uptight because when the AMS does
do something, it's usually the wrong
Probably the group most entranced
with the AMS is that composed of the
ruling elite — president Walter Gage,
chancellor Allan McGavin, the board of
governors, and so on.
These heavies dig the AMS for various
Under the thumb
First, the AMS is harmless and poses
no threat to the status quo.
It is a matter of historical fact that
student governments have operated under
the thumbs of university administrations,
and for the most part, haven't objected to
this set-up.
After all, the cozy little luncheon and
dinner gatherings hosted by the president
or the chancellor at the faculty club are
nothing to thumb your nose at.
Second, the heavies are living back in
the cocktail party days when the AMS
was run by neat-o fraternity types, and
seemed to be important in the eyes of the
No one has quite grasped the fact that
most students today don't give a damn
about the organization.
Given that the AMS doesn't really
come up with too many worthy and
progressive plans, we must look elsewhere
to determine its worth.
After spending about four months in
the AMS last spring, I have come to the
conclusion that the key argument in favor
of the AMS is that it is a money machine
with an excellent credit rating.
Chances are pretty good, for example,
that the Socred government being what it
the inside dope
on your
student society
is, and the UBC administration being
what it is, the Student Union Building
(for all its faults) wouldn't have been
built for years and years without large
borrowing power on the part of the AMS.
This being the case, it is clear that
students must fight to make AMS
financial power work for them, and not
for the often misguided pet projects of
AMS exeuctives.
Executive members are, of course,
elected to reflect the interests of
students. But usually they merely reflect
the wishes of the AMS executive.
First item on the agenda, then, is
Remember this key point: the AMS
always has money.
Even when treasurer Stuart Bruce tells
you funds at at an all-time low and he
can't promise you a cent because the
budget isn't ready yet or is already
over-spent, remember that the money is
around if you can just get at it.
Various facts attest to the truth of
First, the AMS has thousands socked
away in outside investments, so it's never
in danger of going belly-up.
Second, whenever AMS executive
types or other student heavies dig up a
pet project to promote, the money is
always there.
STUDENT CASTS ballot in AMS election.
AMS types in years past have
consistently tried to give the impression
that they'd love to hand out a buck or
two to worthy projects, but gee, the
money simply isn't around.
This is just not so.
What AMS people really mean is that
the money is there if they want to give it
to you, but as it happens, they don't —
it's earmarked for pet AMS projects.
Your plan of action in dealing with
this situation is to go around talking up
your plans with AMS executive people. If
you can get their backing you may see
some cash.
When the finance committee considers
your application for funds, make sure
you give a clear, well-documented
If all else fails, take the matter to
student council. It has the power to okay
the request even if finance committee has
refused it.
Another point: Members of the peanut
gallery are allowed to present their views
at student council meetings, to be held at
7:30 on Wednesday nights in council
chambers on the second floor of SUB.
If you hear of things that the AMS is
doing and you don't like what you hear,
go to the meetings and rave (sanely) at
council members.
Your    interest    will   probably   give
BUSINESS CONDUCTED at AMS general meeting.
council members a good feeling, if
nothing else, because AMS types lose a
lot of sleep at night worrying about
"being relevant".
Unfortunately, when it comes to being
relevant, AMS people can't figure out
why they ain't.
Thus they come up with dazzling
solutions to their problems like knocking
down the walls of the executive offices
and putting glass partitions in their place.
The idea is to get the hierarchy closer
to the students.
What these timeless thinkers fail to
grasp is that a really first-rate student
government could operate from a
one-room shack on the edge of campus
and be "relevant".
In this way, AMS representatives turn
to structural changes in the hope that
these will clear up the problems.
A sterling document
Not only do they think about
revamping the walls of SUB to turn it
into a glass palace of commmunication,
but every year they engage in great
debates about the AMS constitution.
Every year, they make a few changes
in this sterling document in the hope that
one day, one year, they'll arrive at The
Perfect Constitution, and the relevance
question will be solved for all time.
This year will be no exception.
President Tony Hodge hopes to call a
general meeting in October to approve
more constitutional revisions. If these are
passed, the result will be a student
council operating on "a modified
commission system".
The new proposals are based on
analysis of a study conducted last year
among students by the AMS. It cost
several thousand dollars. The results had
better be good.
One proposed change is that cuts are
in order for both the executive and the
council. The seven-person executive may
be reduced to five, and council numbers
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These SUB FILM SOC Presentations
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NOV. 20 — 22
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OCT. 23 — 25 NOV. 27 — 29
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ADMISSION: Students 50*, Others 75* . . . SHOW TIMES: Fri. & Sat. 7 & 9.30, Sun. 7.00
Once Again, CINEMA 16
^       presents:	
Four Excellent Film Series
Series begins Monday September 21, with Teshigahara's Woman of the Dunes, Orson Welles' Shakespearian Chimes at
Midnight (Falstaff), Bresson's first feature Anges du Peche Pasolini's remarkable adaptation of the Gospel According to
St. Mathew, Bogey in Casablanca alongside Sam, playing it again, and three other films.
Series begins Monday September 28; reveals the mastery of this artist and the splendour of his prime star, Marlene
Dietrich. This series of eight films includes Dishonored, Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil is a Woman
and The Saga of Anatahan.
Series begins Tuesday September 29; provides a fascinating introduction to the new Canadian Cinema, emphasizing the
Quebec feature films and the West Coast experimental shorts; films are Le Revolutionnnaire, Rape of a Sweet Young
Girl, Le Chat dans te Sac, A tout prendre, Allan King's a Married Couple and Lefebvre's Jusqu'an coeur.
Series begins Monday October 5; six excellent works that have not been over-shown either in theatres or on television
from the Master of Suspense: The 39 Steps, Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers on a Train, Stage Fright and The
Wrong Man.
FEES: Admission by Series Membership Pass ONLY; age limit 16 yrs.
Series I -students and staff -$ 5.00 Series II, III, IV- students and staff-$ 4.00
— general public       —$ 6.00 — general public       —$ 5.00
If all four series are purchased, a special price is offered:
- students and staff-$15.00   - general public-$19.00
Tickets available from Duthie Books, the AMS in SUB, at the showings or by mail from our office, Showtimes are 6:00
and 8:30, usually Monday nights.
For Information on These Series Phone 228-3697 September 8, 1970
They take your $24
from page 13
reduced from the present' 38
The general commission-like
breakdown will be based on the following
four categories: academics, services (food,
housing, parking, day care ... ),
community relations (exact title still to
be determined), and financial
co-ordination — to take the place of the
present treasurer and finance committee.
The draft proposal for the changes will
take the form of what Hodge calls a white
paper, and he hopes to organize student
debate on the subject before the October
general meeting.
One other rrajor change - if it's
approved by the students — will be that
of making the 15-year AMS general
manager,     Ron     Pearson,    directly
* responsible to the president rather than
the treasurer.
It is hoped this will end the history of
cozy alliances between AMS treasurers
and the general manager. It may,
however, start a new series of alliances
between AMS presidents and the general
Under the new scheme of open
executive meetings, the general manager
will also attend executive meetings as a
matter of course.
Who runs it?
If you overlook the fact that the
university's inter-faculty council has the
power to suspend AMS officials who step
out of line,
And if you forget that AMS student
fees are technically channelled through
the board of governors which could shut
off the juice, although it would be
And if you don't mind that hired AMS
employees play a large part in
determining what the organization does,
Then you come to the conclusion that
the executive runs the student council.
So the exec members are the people
you'll come across in dealing with most
.   matters.
In the past, the executive has had a
dinner meeting before each council
session to determine how the play will be
performed each night.
To date, exec meetings have generally
,    been   held    in    darkest   secrecy,   but
president Tony Hodge promises that this
year things will be different.
He says it's okay if anyone attends the
meetings, so just as a test, why not give it
- a try? Meetings are slated for Monday
nights   at   6:30   in   the   AMS   offices
conference room.
For your guidance, here is a run-down
on who the executives members are, their
areas of interest, and what you can
expect from them in the coming year.
Secretary Ann Clarkson appeared in
the election last March saying she just
. wanted "to help the students" in every
way possible. Ann also believes in keeping
the politics out of politics.
She is a genuinely nice person,
sympathetic and conscientious. She is
likely to listen attentively to whoever
wants to talk to her, but no one should
* expect any world-shaking moves.
The secretary's position is set up to
ensure that the executive has a token
woman around - in case no other women
run for posts.
People occupying this post take care
of a lot of the crappy jobs, junky
correspondence, etc., and this year is
unlikely to be any exception.
Co-ordinator Hanson Lau is  a little
difficult to write about. A wry character	
whose mind works in funny ways, he is
. involved   in   ironing   out   the   booking
system for SUB rooms, fixing up the lost
and found, re-vamping AMS information
services, and so on.
In an effort to "get closer to the
students" he has moved out of AMS
executive offices into his own niche on
the main floor of SUB.
From this base, he is amassing an army
of helpers who will probably also help
run his campaign for AMS president at
election time next February. Hanson has
plans to work in the area of university
accessibility (why, wherefore, and how
people get into universities), student
financing, etc.
He also may have to keep an eye on
the ill-fated B.C. Union of Students.
Internal affairs officer (public relations
officer) Sue Kennedy is a big question
Here we have an example of a UBC
cheerleader deciding to hit the big time in
COUNCIL CHAMBER at its most productive.
never made any bones about his desire to
sit in the seat of power.
Treasurer Stuart Bruce, last year's
assistant treasuer, is a nice-guy type. Too
much so for everybody's good, in all
He is known to be more attentive than
most executive members to the opinions
of the AMS staff - general manager Ron
Pearson in particular.
In the words of one executive
member: "Stuart has been absorbed."
Thus the main fear with Stuart is that
he will be overwhelmed by the wrong
people in the coming year.
He is basically conservative - everyone
student government without knowing
anything about the job she was elected to
Her job (in case you're still wondering
at election time in March) is to make sure
the campus and the general public know
what the AMS is up to - thin pickings at
times. She is also behind the handy-dandy
little guidebook "Start" that you may
have seen.
Sue walked into her office in SUB one
day after her election to exclaim "gee, I
didn't know this job meant so much PR
Since this is exactly what the post
does consist of, Sue left us in some doubt
vice-presidential by-election Oct. 1, she
will retain the office.
Christine's main area of activity to
date has been academics — prof and
course evaluation projects for the coming
She is also working on a continuing
link between the AMS and the
community research centre set up by the
hired-again, fired-again PSA profs from
Another question mark on the horizon
is president Tony Hodge, a fine example
of AMS in-breeding.
Tony was vice-president last year, and
the brother of Fraser Hodge, last year's
If Fraser was criticized for being a
tyrant, Tony will probably be criticized
for just the opposite, which is why
Zaozirny looks like the real power behind
the throne.
Inclined to ramble on and on and on
to no apparent purpose, Tony has had a
difficult time in the past making anyone
at council meetings listen to him beyond
the space of about 10 minutes.
Ho-hum offerings
One of his chief attributes is his
honesty. He tends, however, to dispel his
energies on a million schemes with the
result that he doesn't register significant
gains in any of them.
He is very eager to listen to anyone
who will drop by his office to chat, but
just what happens after that is hazy.
One former UBC radical described
Tony as "harmless and hapless".
Add all these people together, and you
find yourself wondering what sort of a
year it's going to be in the AMS.
With hundreds of thousands of student
dollars at stake, we should expect
something more than the usual ho-hum
The AMS should be using invested
capital to swing financing for student
loans run by students, not the
It should get cracking on
university-wide prof and course
It shoud loosen up on financial
priorities, so money can be given to
student groups wanting to take the
initiative in sponsoring symposia,
speakers, and cultural events.
.. . and give you the
wonderful world of politics
seems to think this is the prime
prerequisite for "sound money
management". It is not especially
compatible, however, with imaginative
use of student funds.
If you can get to Stuart with requests-
for money he'll probably listen to you.
Whether he'll do anything to back you is
another matter.
External affairs officer John Zaozirny
is a likeable enough and too-smooth
member of the exec.
With experience behind him in
so-called student politics at the U. of
Calgary, he looks to be the real power on
the executive this year.
If you're looking for backing for a
project from an exec type, this is
probably the man to have on your side.
John reportedly has the limits of his
job  quite  clearly defined already, and
as to what, precisely, she thought she was
doing there.
This still remains to be seen, since the
PR office lay sleeping this summer while
Sue worked in a bank to make dollars to
return to this fine institution.
Vice-president Christine Krawczyk
also jumpeg into the AMS on the spur of
the moment around election time last
year when president Tony Hodge was
desperate for a running mate (so to
She later discovered (though she
hoped no one else would) that she was
ineligible for the vice-president's post, not
having completed two years at UBC.
She has since had fun as acting
vice-president through the summer,
tripping around playing radical and using
AMS secretarial services. If she wins the
It   should  give   financial   backing to
student researchers who want to prepare
reorts    on   housing,   day   care,   and
Americanization at UBC.
In short, it should be giving student
money back to the students more than
ever before.
None of these ideas is new. It's just
that they have rarely been followed
through in the past.
The AMS, like student governments
everywhere, is living on borrowed time. If
it can't come across with the goods, it is
sure to be gone within a few years.
It is up to those forming AMS policy
to show students that they need the
AMS. At present, it is highly unlikely that
students would miss this grand old
organization if it died tomorrow. Page 16
September 8,  1970
& Department of Education
PAUL PLANT, lumber
There is one vacancy on the board.
To find out how.
Liaison between senate and board of governors. A member of both.
Administers academic affairs;
Head of most nor
1 chancellor
1 president
1 registrar
1 librarian
4 govt, appointees
3 alumni
13 deans
15 members at large
43 faculty
12 students
Makes all academic decisions,
subject to ratification by
Board of Governors, including
policy on admissions and
enrolment, and decisions on
courses and curriculum.
The eight students will be
elected early in the fall.
FACULTIES—arts, science, engineering, medicine, law,
commerce, agriculture, forestry, nursing, dentistry, education,
physical education, and numerous schools.
DEPARTMENTS—each discipline within the faculties has its
own department, with a department head and several profs.
Under White:
Physical Plant—Jame
Food Services—Ruth
Bookstore—John Hui
Traffic & Partol-J. V
Personnel—John McL
Under Gage:
Library—Basil Stuart
Housing—Les Rthring
Ceremonies— Malcoln
Health Services—Dr. j
These people run ev<
classes. They cook the
slap tickets on cars at
You will be constantl
much their actions affec
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t your life.
ALMOST everyone coming to university
wonders who makes decisions for him. Who
decided that there were to be so few course
choices in first and second year? Who formulated the
rules about getting a loan?
These questions arise as a matter of course when
the individual student is rudely confronted with an
uncompromising administrative system which carries
the decisions on the calendar, courses and loans into
effect. The system is of course not the decision-maker,
although it plays a part in shaping the decision at the
time of implementation. People, not systems or
processes, make decisions. In the case of UBC there is a
group of men who make the key decisions for the
university community. This article is about that group
of men and how they affect our university lives.
It is necessary first to distinguish between the
statutory powers and the "real" powers of
decision-makers at UBC. This distinction is vital
because quite often there is little relation between a
man's office — set up by statutory authority — and the
actual power he has to make decisions as a result of his
domineering personality, his deviousness or his
personal wealth. For example, the position of chairman
of the board of governors is enhanced, in terms of the
power attached to the office, if the holder is a
millionaire business tycoon.
Power is defined in this article as the degree of
influence of one person or group of people over others.
For example, if President Nixon decides to call up
10,000 more men for the draft, that is power. In the
university there are three really important levels of
power — the board of governors, the senate and the
The board of governors is empowered by the
provincial Universities Act, among other things, to
attend the financial affairs of the university, authorize
building construction, appoint the president and fix
tuition fees. It is a body of 11 men, the majority of
whom are government-appointed. The board's chief
function is to make financial decisions for the
The senate, on the other hand, is the academic
decision-making body of the university. Broad
questions relating to the curriculum, to courses, to the
granting of scholarship money and to the appointing of
faculty are decided here. The president presides over
the 102 senators, 12 of whom are students.
Finally there is a lower yet still important order of
decision-making operating at the department and
faculty level. It is at this level that the bread-and-butter
decisions concerning curriculum, courses and the hiring
and firing of faculty are made.
All important decisions
These three groups at one time or another
legitimize all of the important decisions made at the
university, whether they do it within or outside their
structures. Needless to say, a description of the
statutory decision-making bodies does not even begin
to show who the people with power are. A man can be
on all three of these groups and still be rendered
powerless. Clearly then the personalities on these
bodies and the way informal power is exerted are the
keys to understanding who the real decision-makers
An analysis of the board of governors will quickly
reveal that all of its members are men of prominence in
the business and social community of B.C. There are
no union, church, welfare or teaching representatives
on the board. The chairman is John Liersch,
vice-president of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Other
business types include Walter Koerner, head of
Rayonier Canada Ltd., Allan McGavin, president of
McGavin-Toastmaster Ltd.; Richard Bibbs, executive
assistant with MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.; Donovan Miller,
president of Canadian Fishing Co. and Arthur Fouks,
Q.C, a lawyer. The decisions of the board are naturally
tempered by its commercial biases and its economic
make-up. Only the needs and demands of there biases
are fully considered in their deliberations.
The board is the financial watchdog of the
university and has its greatest effect on
decision-making, and therefore its most power, by
telling us through its directives that there is not enough
money to do a certain thing. The board plays a major
role in attracting and keeping benefactors as well. Over
the larger issues of money consumption and attraction
the board has almost total control. The board chairman
is of course the most influential man on that body not
To page 18
Stuart Rush, now a Vancouver lawyer, was
intimately involved with the university power structure
as a student senator. Tuum Est asked him to write
about the men who run the university and, by
extension, your life here. Page  18
September 8,  1970
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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT regularly starves B.C. universities.
A small elite of 20 men
makes the key decisions
monument to the ruling class
From page 17
only because of his title but because of his immense
wealth, his connections in business and government
circles and his ability to take action on information
that comes to him first. Most of his power is felt
behind the scenes and in private discussions. To act
openly would be an admission that he and his board
have more power in the university than is generally
The senate is quite a different decision-making
body. It is composed of people from different
university interest groupings: the faculty, students,
alumni, deans, community (convocation) and affiliated
colleges. This so-called diversity is its greatest
weakness. This method of representation makes for a
larger body. Its very size prohibits adequate and open
discussion of the issues. The senate is thus increasingly
forced to delegate to sub-committees fact-finding and
recommendation powers.
Furthermore, the only people competent to speak
on most of the issued are those who daily face the
problem and who have a monopoly of experience to
bring to bear on it. These people are the deans,
department heads and senior faculty. This division of
function according to experience reflects itself in the
committees' composition. All the important
committees are staffed by these people. In fact only
these people ever get to be chairmen of the
committees. The effect of this is that a common point
of view is always expressed at the committee level.
There is very little difference of opinion among these
men and this is reflected in the senate when they
demonstrate  their solidarity in accepting committee
recommendations. Those who disagree are isolated or
resign in frustration.
It is very much a myth that the professors play a
key role in directing the affairs of the university in the
senate. The faculty like the students are not high
enough on the scale of experience to play an effective
part. Along with the university executive (president,
registrar, etc.) the deans, a few department heads and
some senior faculty members make all the important
decisions in the senate. They are only 20 in number,
but the rest follow like obedient sheep.
Well, who are these guys with all the power in the
senate? First of all, the deans are Ian McTaggart-Cowan
(graduate studies), Philip White (commerce), W. D.
Finn (engineering) and Vladimir Okulitch (science).
These men make their presence felt in most senate
decisions. Other deans who are active and play a vital
role are George Curtis (law), Michael Shaw
(agriculture), John McCreary (medicine) and Neville
Scarfe (education).
A number of department heads are very powerful
too. They are: William Gibson (medical and scientific
history), George Volkoff (physics), G. H. N. Towers
(botany) and Sydney Friedman (anatomy).
One was discredited
Finally, there are some senior faculty who are able
to influence key decisions. These have included such
men as Charles Bourne (law), Cyril Belshaw
(anthropology) and Noel Hall (commerce).
Belshaw has been probably the most vocal and
powerful of this group in recent years, but he is now in
a position of having to fight to hold the power that is
rapidly slipping away from him. His mistake last year
was to recommend, as chairman of the senate long
range objectives committee, certain major changes in
the university structure.
His proposals did not sit well with the rest of his
powerful colleagues, and most of them were rejected
by senate, thus discrediting Belshaw in terms of the
university's power politics.
These men exert their influence through strong
and smoothly articulate presentations in both the
committees and the senate. Experience is paramount in
debate and reasoning only secondary. Interest
protection is also decisive in many issues. All of the
above men have the experience (in terms of time spent
at the university) and specific interests to guard.
At the faculty level the decision-makers are the
professors. It is here that the professors play the
greatest role in effecting decisions. The prime decisions
affecting a faculty or department such as course
content or the nature of the graduate program are
made here, then sent to the senate for approval.
Internal politicking and professional rivalry very often
shape the final outcome of a decision at the level.
Throughout each of these three levels of
decision-making, and playing a vital role in each, are
the university executives. As policy administrators they
are the most powerful men in the university. First
among these is president Walter Gage. He has been at
UBC longer than most of his peers. He fully
understands the minutiae of the internal operations of
the university. Gage is shrewd and politically aware.
According to the rules of the university, Gage was
to retire last spring when he turned 65. In an
unprecedented move, the board exempted him from
the compulsory retirement provision and extended his
appointment for up to four years. (Try getting the
university to bend the rules for you sometime and see
how far you get.) (Because his re-appointment was
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... the big cheese
. . . lurks in background
only on a year-to-year basis, Gage does not want to
displease the board by having the university boat
rocked during his interregnum and is therefore very
conservative in his approach to decision making.
He is now the single most powerful man in the
university because he has the support of its different
factions and is not a threat to any of them.
Next to Gage in position but not in terms of real
power (as yet) is vice-president William Armstrong, the
cool, analytical, often remote former dean of applied
science. He oversees specific projects for which the
president does not have time, such as the recent space
inventory analysis. His influence is felt more within
government and civil service discussions than in the
open debate of the senate. He is an adherent to the
traditional concept of the university as a mill'for the
production of trained and useable commodities in the
market place, and his attitudes in discussions reflect
The grey eminence
The bursar, William White, is another influential
administrative decision-maker. He seldom appears
publicly or in debates in the university, but his
presence is ever lurking in the background in the
statements of other men. He directs the day-to-day
financial management of the university. No decisions
entailing an expenditure, no matter how remote, are
made without consulting him first.
Jack Parnall, the registrar, is another important
decision-making person in the university. He plays a
supportive rather than an innovative role, providing
information about the administrative machinery. He is
more of an administrator but participates in the
decisions affecting the registrar's office. He concerns
himself with wider university issues and leaves the
essential day-to-day management of the registrar's
office to his cunning and ambitious assistant, Ken
Finally, there is one other person who is very
influential in terms of the way he sways the views of
other, more senior men. He is Robert Clark, UBC's
academic planner. Through his office he controls the
collection and distribution of most of the statistical
information relied on at the university. His arguments
in senate committees are invariably founded on
reasoned analysis of statistical realities. Such arguments
are extremely weighty. Clark plays an aggressive and
conscientious role in the senate and its committees. He
is trusted and has the ear of the president and
This group of men makes decisions for the
university. They don't meet as a body nor do they all
participate in all decisions. They are men who share
common views about the nature of higher education
and the mechanisms by which to implement these
views. Their views prevail at this moment in the history
of UBC. They are selective in choosing those with
whom they will ally. To this extent they constitute an
^Democracy is a sham)
There~are~a""number of conclusions to draw from
this description of the power-holders at UBC. First,
because there are a few men making decisions for the
entire university the old concept of the university as a
democratic institution is a laughable sham. Neither the
faculty nor the students play a role in the major
academic and financial decisions affecting their
intellectual lives. Hence the very participators in the
process have least to say about its direction.
Second, the elite operates the university for the1
sake of certain interests. The professional schools are
catered to in recognition of the market demand for
trained men. Courses and curriculum are oriented to
the present market system and the darwinistic ethic of
society. No attempt is made to provide courses which
might be of interest to those students from oppressed
areas of the world and to our own low-income groups^
Third, this singularity of view stifles academic
creativity. If new educational concepts do not fit the
aceptable pattern of academic pursuit, they are
perceptibly shelved.
Fourth and last, the elite forces a standardization
on us which itself fosters the dehumanized university
environment. Self-expression and self-determination
are empty words to these men. Alienation in the
university grows out of inability for self-expression
and through it self-fulfillment.
To know thsese decision-makers and to identify
the problems they produce is the first step - perhaps,
for some, the only step. To decide on a course of
action is the next step.
Do you want these men to be your keepers? You
- for once - must decide, and you must act.
HOUSING'S LES ROHRINGER is a pretty good guy
when it comes to complaints, according to people who
complain. He's in charge of all residences and is readily
available in the administration building. Phone
WOMEN on campus have a friend in Helen McCrae,
dean of women. She's known as a helpful counsellor if
you have course or personal problems. Her office is in
Buchanan 456, phone 228-2415.
HEAD LIBRARIAN Basil Stuart-Stubbs runs a
hopelessly cramped library the best way he knows
how. His helpful staff will assist you if you can't find
PN 1018 J3R6, vol. 19. Page 20
September 8,  1970
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And the kind of work that will provide personal satisfaction.
The tasks will be worthwhile, in the cause of peace, and in
the service of one's country.
Investigate the following commissioned officer vacancies:
The Military Career Counsellor at the address as listed will
be pleased to provide complete details and to arrange for an
interview at a time convenient to you.
Why not ask one who serves?
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Gordon is manager of the Commerce branch at UBC. He's
a good man to talk to. Come on over and meet him. He
knows that students have special needs-and he'll be glad
to discuss them with you. His aim is to become banker to
everyone on the campus.
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IF you have a below-average
income you'll really have
trouble finding a place to
Vancouver alderman Harry
Rankin isn't kidding.
The 200 people who pick up
the Alma Mater Society Housing
lists each day know how sadly
accurate he is. So do the long list
of people waiting for a chance to
get a room in the administration-
run residences.
As a student—who more likely
than not has a below-average
income, if any income at all —
* you will probably already know
what Rankin means. If you don't,
you soon will.
«■■■ If you arrived here on campus
without housing previously
arranged, your lesson can be
particularly painful with
registration procedures and
academic pressures closing in.
There     are    a    few    things,
" however, that can help.
Get a list
Probably the first thing to do,
while on campus, is to go to the
student union building and pick
up a free housing list at thee
information desk or the Alma
Mater Society office (second
The list, compiled by AMS
employees, is divided into three
main sections: male, female and
couples. Landlords pay SI to have
the       AMS       list        their
, accommodation, which ranges
from sleeping rooms to full
apartments and houses and often
include meals.
Landlords are supposed to
notify the AMS when their place
" is rented, but very few actually
do. This often results in students
running around the city to look at
* rooms that were rented weeks
before. So always phone the place
before you go to look at it.
And it won't hurt to invest 15
cents in one of the bigtown dailies
for the lists of rooms and
apartments in the classified
But your next step will
. probably be the housing
administration office on the first
floor of the administration
building, southeast of SUB. If you
like — or are willing to tolerate —
the institution-style residence
accommodation, add your name
to the long waiting list. But don't
harbor too many illusions about
actually getting a room.
The next move should be to go
back to your place with the AMS
list and classified ads and get on
the phone.
Oops — you don't have a place,
do you?
Well. It doesn't rain all that
much in September, so you can
sleep on the Fort Camp beach for
a while. It's been done before. But
there are disadvantages...
Or you can pitch a tent on
campus and set up temporary
housekeeping. You won't be the
first to do that either.
You might be able to get a bed
at the Youth Hostel in the old
Jericho army barracks for $2 per
■ night. Or you could even try some
of the other city hostels set up for
the summer "transient youth"
But your best bet is probably
jriends or relatives — until you
find a place of your own. Which is
the object of the exercise.
The AMS housing list is aimed
at students and is therefore likely
Where to live
If you hurry, you might find a spot on the beach
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to be of more use than the
newspapers in finding a place of
your own. The classified ads are
aimed at the general public and
often the few that might be of
interest to a student include
stipulations like: Professional man
only. That means no long hair.
Talking to potential landlords
— from any source — is a delicate
procedure. Most will try, of
course, to find out what kind of
person you are from a phone
conversation. If you come across
sounding like some kind of freak
of hippie, the room may be
all-of-a-sudden taken. And even if
you get to view the place, the
landlord may reject you for
"looking like a hippie".
But the landlords are just
individuals operating within a
system. And the system is stacked
against the student tenant.
Says Rankin: "The trouble is
city council is property oriented,
not people oriented. If you have a
reasonable income and can afford
your own place, there's no
STUDENT who rented this off-campus suite was lucky to  find
such deluxe facilities for only $140 a month.
Rankin is concerned about the
problem and was instrumental in
helping establish the Vancouver
Rental Grievance Board, which,
for the time, gives hassled tenants
the right to appeal to an
independent body.
And the provincial government
earlier this year revamped the
Landlord-Tenant Act to make it
more equitable for tenants.
The changes provide some
protections against arbitrary rent
increases and sudden evictions.
And sections of particular interest
to student-tenants in the daily
relationship with their landlords
include a rule that the landlord
must provide 24 hours written
notice before entering the rented
premises, and then he can come in
only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Tenant rights
But these and other benefits
the new legislation holds for the
tenant are only of real use when
the tenant is aware of them. A
comprehensive guide to tenant
rights can be had through a
booklet published by the B.C.
Tenants' Organization. Copies
cost 50 cents each and are
available from the Vancouver
Tenants Council, room 600, 193
East Hastings, (phone 688-1727).
But that's for when you
actually find a place to live. And
it won't be easy with the chronic
shortage of suitable — and
suitably priced — student housing.
Rankin's solution to the
housing problem calls for more
spending by governments.
He suggests the city make land
available at a lower cost than
usual for dormitory housing, and
the provincial government build
student dormitories.
But it's questionable whether
students really want such
dormitories (quite apart from the
fact that it's hardly likely existing
governments would build them).
There is no doubt many
students appreciate the
administration-run residences —
why else would there be such a
huge waiting list? But there is a
certainly considerable student
disenchantment with institutional
The advantages are obvious:
it's close to the centre of campus
and your meals are cooked.
The disadvantages include the
relative expense of living in
residence (about $115 per month
for a single) and the minimal
privacy. And then there is the
food, one's fellow residents and
the general atmosphere produced
by a myriad of rules and
The food is a campus joke. But
hardly a laughing matter for the
students who have to eat it. Last
year after Place Vanier's
Christmas Dinner, traditionally
the culinary highpoint of the year,
about 700 people got sick with
food poisoning.
Despite the drawbacks,
residence accommodation was
overbooked early in the summer
and the waiting list in early
August was described —
conservatively — by a housing
official as "lots".
There are 2,800 beds for single
mmen and women in residences
and an additional 260 suites for
married couples. Considering
there are about 22,000 students at
UBC, you can see the majority are
obliged to live off campus.
And the majority try to find a
place near the gates. Which means
there's an awful lot of students
competing for a small number of
places to live.
One solution is to form co-ops,
in which several students share
one of the large, old houses in the
Point Grey area. If you can find
such a house and get the people
together, it's a good, cheap, fun
way to live. But be warned - it
has drawbacks just like the
university residences.
Which brings us back to the
beginning: if you have a below
average income, you'll really have
trouble finding a place to live.
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Quick now,
are you a Canadian?
Or,   how  the  university   is  an  economic,   political  and
social  agent  of  the  Americanization  of  Canada.
THOSE of us who are Canadians generally see
ourselves as such.
In our image of ourselves we include the ways in
which we act, think and are educated. We see our
institutions largely as being either Canadian or pursuing
Canadian goals.
We contrast Canada with the United States and say
"how fortunate we are to be so tolerant and liberal". We
think we are very much different from the U.S.
The truth of the matter is we are not so very much
different from the States nor are we all that Canadian.
What seem to be Canadian forms (institutions and
government) are in essence appendages of the American
business empire, the same empire which is perpetrating
genocide in Vietnam and reaction and despotism in
Central and Latin America.
In short, economically, politically and culturally we
are dominated by the U.S.
Economically about 60 per cent of our industry is
owned outright by U.S. corporations. Over 80 per cent is
The author is Dick Betts, former arts undergraduate
society president.
controlled by the same. The result is a politicd economy
far removed from the needs of the people in two senses.
First, it is privately owned and profit-motivated and
second, development of resources takes place largely in
the U.S., not in Canada. The resources are simply
extracted here. We lose out in capital and job
producing secondary industry.
Politically, the Canadian government's fundamental
goal is to serve the interests of foreign entrepreneurs in
their mad pursuit of wealth. In B.C. the extractive
economy is paramount, with examples such as Kaiser
Coal and Roberts Bank. The purpose is to ship raw
resources out of B.C. at the expense of the people.
"Labor Relations" are desperate and oppressive
attempts on the part of government and business to
maintain a stable situation for foreign investment.
Culturally we are to forget that we are anything but
a part of the continentalist monster, the North American
business complex.
This is where. the "Canadian" university plays its
most important role. The Canadian university is as much
a servant of imperialism as the Liberal government in
Ottawa or the Socreds. In fact it operates actively on all
three levels of domination.
Culturally, since this is the level it most effects, the
university teaches us to view the world through U.S.
eyes. Text books destroy our history by turning it into
dates that completly ignore the struggle undertaken by
those people who built Canada - the people who drove
the spikes in the CPR rail line not those who planned it
in Ottawa.
After our sense of history has been taken from us (a
process begun, of course, in high schools) we are taught
world outlooks which are subordinate to the ideology of
the U.S., the ideology of the imperialist state.
We are taught that national boundaries are
unimportant, the fact that we are people with legitimate
aspirations does not matter. "Truth" for us is seen as
alienated consumers on the North American market
system. Canada and the U.S. are one, not in the spirit of
fraternity among people but for the purpose of U.S.
We are taught in economics and the social sciences
that our progress depends on U.S. progress. We face an
ANGUISHED PLACEMENT OFFICERS confront students during anti-Dow Chemical Co. demonstration, January
1968. American-based Dow makes napalm and recruits employees at UBC.
economic recession due to U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
This is hardly progress.
Our contemporary literature is devalued in the face
of various U.S. schools.
Indigenous culture such as that of native people is
buried under the drives of the political economy. It now
becomes "groovy" or anthropologically astute to study
native culture through white eyes. (Most of us- are
familiar with "American TV apaches" but few of us
know about the rich culture of the coast Salish tribes of
As Canadians we are kept culturally weak and
unaware not only as a result of our economic and
political servitude but also with the purpose of
facilitating the U.S. takeover. A people kept unaware of
themselves and their history as a group cannot,
successfully resist a domination which is detrimental to
their development as people.
In addition to undermining our ideological
development, the contemporary Canadian university
fulfils an economic and political role. In a synthesis of
culture and politics, student activists are put down and
purged from campuses.
Canadian university presidents (many of them
Americans by birth) in Ontario last year endorsed
measures of strict control for student dissent which had
not even manifested itself yet. These measures have the
same effect as repressive labor legislation. It keeps
Canada stable for U.S. plunder.
The universities do research work for U.S. concerns
coming into Canada, thus aiding them economically.
UBC did work for Kaiser Coal's rape of the
Kootenays and was one of the universities present last
year for the opening conference concerning the
proposed "mid-Canada corridor". This plan, if
proceeded upon, will create and industrialized
(plundered, raped, fucked, etc.) belt through the
middle of Canada. The mineral wealth will head straight
to the States a la Kaiser Coal. (Watch The Ubyssey for
further developments on the corridor).
In addition the university engages in active political
service of imperialism. It placates the workingplass by
using its top operatives as negotiators to offer phony
wage deals to unions.
University personnel also land themselves in top
government positions to serve the satellite economy. A
former arts dean of UBC, John Young is head of the
Price and Incomes Commission in Ottawa.
First and foremost, he is advocating, along
Trudeau, that the Canadian people pay for
Secondly, the is placing the burden on worKers, not
on the rich, to pay for Canada's branch-plant's excesses
in spending and profit (as much as 80 per cent) through
6 per cent wage guide lines.
As I write this, postal workers are struggling against
this despotic recommendation. A university intellectual
was its architect.
The alternatives to a Canada which is little more
than a raw resource depot and in which close to nine
million people live in poverty are independence and
socialism. Until people are free to determine their own
future little will happen in the way of a "just society" in
For Canadian university students this means a total
rejection of the role now played the universities.
Change in university structure with the aim of
freedom from all domination for the Canadian people
will come only in grass-roots organizing among students.
The Alma Mater Society at this university is too
attached to a colonial adminstration and to the Liberal
party of Canada (and its values) to be of any use in their
The kind of education, that tends toward further
domination will only be thwarted if students in Canada
take the necessary steps to undermine it.
Whether UBC will play a role in this process is up to
you. Page 24
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STUDENTS LEAVE faculty club the morning after. Invasion of private prof sanctuary was led by U.S. Yippie
Jerry Rubin, Oct. 24, 1968.
The idea of the University of British Columbia came
from B.C.'s first provincial government.
Characteristically, the first classes met 41 years
later, and it was 51 years before UBC had a campus.
The first annual report of the first provincial
superintendent of education, John Jessup, noted "that
British Columbia will soon require a provincial
university." The idea - and a couple of dry runs - were
kicked around all through the gay 90's, and not until
1907 were crown lands put aside for the university
which was finally incorporated in 1908.
In 1914, construction began on what is now the old
wing of the chemistry building on main mall, but the
war intervened and the steel skeleton sat barren among
the trees for eight years.
Academic planning began in 1906, under the wing
of Montreal's McGill University. Despite the war and
despite no facilities, 379 students and university
president Dr. Frank Wesbrook declared themselves in
class on Sept. 30, 1915. Another 56 students registered
their spiritual presence from the trenches of France.
The tradition of making do with old huts started
then too. Point Grey was still mostly woods, so the
university was temporarily located in the Fairview
shacks on the Vancouver General Hospital grounds.
The tie that binds the 1970-71 student to his
ancestors is hut life — the Fairview shacks were as
uninhabitable as the Second World War models still
housing Fort camp, classrooms, offices and labs.
By 1922, the utter inadequacy of the shacks
forced classes into tents, a church basement, an attic and
private homes. Construction had not resumed on Point
Grey - no money, what else? - and the 1,200 students
resolved to do something about it.
A second tradition was set, translating the theory of
the university motto, Tuum Est - it's up to you or it's
yours — into practice. That tradition continues today to
move UBC students to direct action: a national student's
day march five years ago, a housing tent-in and money
march to Victoria, and this year .. . whatever is
The 1922 campaign was to obtain signatures for a
petition to be presented to the provincial legislature,
asking for a work resumption on Point Grey.
Door to door canvassing, work at the PNE and in
downtown Vancouver, and then a burst of energy during
Varsity Week, Oct. 22 to 29, gathering 56,000 signatures
demanding action to 'Build Varsity'.
And on Saturday, Oct. 28, 1922, the Great Trek
was on. A parade with 35 floats marched from Main
along Hastings to Granville and up to Davie St. Only
1,100 students took part, as man as ferried to Victoria
to rally on the steps last January. The 1,100 represented
nearly the whole student body.
From Davie they travelled to Tenth and Sasamat,
the end of the old street car line, and hiked on the old
logging road that is today University Boulevard and only
slightly less bumpy. In front of the Science building
shell, each Trekker placed a stone and built the Great
Cairn. Now totally buried in ivy, the Cairn still stands on
Main Mall as a monument to student action.
Unlike recent years, the public pressure paid off. On
Nov. 2, 1922, $1.5 million was voted by the province to
continue construction of UBC at Point Grey.
And the tone of student life had been set. By 1954,
the third president of the University, Dr. Norman
MacKenzie could tell the freshman class:
"No university in the world that I know owes so
much to its students as does the University of British
Columbia. That applies not only to buildings . . . but to
participation in the actual operation of the university at
a variety of levels. This, I believe, is good for the
university and good for you, for it is in the exercise of
responsibility of that kind that you gain experience and
maturity and become, in a real sense, actively interested
in and supporters of the university."
For the Great Trek has been just a start. The first
gymnasium for the campus, now the women's gym, was
built in 1929 after a student campaign. Between the
wars, students initiated and contributed financially to
the present Brock Hall.
During the second world war, the armory was built
and expanded as a student project. After the war, in the
Student participation, however dormant it might seem now, has been the
watchword at UBC since its inception. Here's how the university developed, with
a summary of future prospects.
50's the university's human losses were commemorated
in a drive to build another needed gymnasium, the War
Memorial Gym on University Boulevard.
Student monies ($300,000) were used to fully
finance the last of the men's houses in the Lower Mall
permanent residence complex, Sherwood Lett House,
named after the first president of the UBC's student
government and former chief justice of B.C. Student
money — nearing $5 million mortgaged for the next 18
years — has built the student union building.
Student action has progressed in recent years, as the
need for facilities is increasingly met by
student-pressured governments at all levels. The new
trend is for a student voice, both in the physical
operation of the university and in the academic
programming. Student campaigns of the past three years
have increasingly sought representation on governing
bodies and this fall 12 student senators will be elected to
the academic senate.
Since the real power is with the board of governors,
which still meets in secret, it is unlikely that the 12 will
be able to produce any real change. The task for student
action in the next few years is solving that problem.
In 1962, Harvard dental college head Dr. John B.
Macdonald followed Wesbrook, Dr. Leonard Klinck and
Dr. Mackenzie to become the university's fourth
president. Macdonald began his tenure by conducting a
study of the future of higher education needs in the
province, released early in 1963 as the Macdonald
When it appeared as though the provincial
government might not act on Macdonald's
recommendations, the student body swung into action
to 'Back Mac', to agitate and petition throughout B.C.
for the founding of additional universities and regional
colleges — the process currently under way.
The aim of the Back Mac campaign had been to
ensure that there was sufficient higher educational plant
in the province to meet the needs of the people. The
campaign and ensuing barrages against the Socreds
succeeded in all respects but one: the evolution of a
workable federal-provincial financial formula and grants
commission to ensure enough money for all the
province's institutes.
Moved by the knowledge that this would happen
and by the realization that evolving universities benefit
from a periodic change of leadership, Macdonald
The Back Mac campaign was followed in 1965 by
National Student Day, when 3,500 people marched
through Vancouver streets supporting universal
accessibility to higher education.
Simultaneously, all four political parties adopted
some measure of the Canadian Union of Students
universal accessibility resolutions, though the fight to
make the university serve all the people still continues.
In 1966, the issue was a severe shortage of
accommodation on the campus and in nearby parts of
the city. Students created a tent camp on main mall to
publicize the issue, petitioned the citizenry, and asked
city council to stay the closing of Kitsilano and Point
Grey illegal suites. Council complied, and extended its
illegal suite moratorium by one year - which has
expired. The campaign continues, and the pressure for
housing will ease slightly when the newly planned
residence complex behind Brock Hall is completed.
To support Macdonald again, although against his
wishes, students in 1967 marched to Victoria to rally September 8,  1970
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MASS OF PROTEST SIGNS at Peace Arch park, Blaine border crossing. Protest was against U.S. underground nuclear test.
with University of Victoria, Simon Fraser and high
school students on the legislative steps for a better
university deal. The government did not comply, and the
decreasing value of protest marches signifies a need for a
new kind of direct action which will yield results.
Education Minister Les Peterson at first told march
planners he would not speak to the assembled horde.
When his duty to meet 2,500-strong delegations of
citizens massed on the castle steps was pointed out, he
acquiesced and granted a brief audience.
The student aim has remained the same since 1922:
make the best UBC for the most people. That aim has
created the need for student action.
And student action — though of a somewhat
different type — is what you have been reading about
and hearing about for the past four or five years and
more particularly, the last two years.
The present state of affairs at universities and
throughout the world dictates that a concerned human
being can no longer sit back and watch the world go by.
It's like watching a funeral and funerals are very
depressing occurrences.
So the history of student action over the last couple
of years has been a history of the student Left. It is the
Left that has launched the attacks in the past and it is
the Left that will continue to battle society and the
system in an attempt to prevent the destruction of
Thus the image of universities lately is one
characterized by the words you hear on the radio and
see in the papers — radical, activist, SDS, occupation,
sit-in, and so on. UBC is a conservative campus, but the
fight does exist here. The revolution is happening.
The first tangible victory of the Left at UBC came
in the fall of 1967 with the student senate elections.
The previous spring had finally seen the realization
of a campaign for student senators to at least make the
student voice heard among the voices of faculty
members, corporate businessmen and others who
traditionally sit on senate and dictate how the university
is to be run.
Four students, it was agreed, would sit with the 80
members then in office.
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GREAT TREKKERS fill the shell of chemistry building
in 1922. March pressured provincial government into
giving UBC money it wanted.
The winners of that election — Gabor Mate, Kirsten
Emmott, Ray Larsen and Mark Waldman — were with
the possible exception of grad student representative
Waldman radicals. The three undergrad senators had
campaigned on the issue of ending senate secrecy. They
were called "radicals."
But senate secrecy did not immediately end. At
least not to the satisfaction of the three student
senators. By January they had called a student rally to
decide whether or not they should resign because the
senate was ignoring them. What eventually resulted was a
student-senate meet and the beginning of a dialogue.
What the whole issue of student senators and senate
secrecy served to do was to point out the extent of the
struggle that lay ahead. It did little else. The tokenistic
nature of the student representation on senate was
recognized from the start. All that could happen was
that students would realize that tougher tactics would
have to be employed. That came later.
The second radical victory of the 1967-68 term
came with the AMS elections in the spring. A radical
slate running on a platform of "human government" and
radical action was swept into office.
Unfortunately, those radicals - Carey Linde, Tobin
Robbins, Ruth Dworkin and Jill Cameron — were not
sufficiently prepared to deal with the unwieldy AMS
structure or people. Before the year was out, Cameron
had been forced to resign, Dworkin quit in
disappointment, Linde had quit in frustration and
Robbins had changed from his campaign platform to
become a part of the system.
The election also pointed up the amazing ability of
liberals (many of them capital-L) to maintain their grasp
on UBC's student council. Student councils, of course,
can be taken with a grain of salt or looked at with a
jaundiced eye, whichever you prefer. Rarely do they
actually do anything — and UBC's is no expection.
In past years the position of UBC Alma Mater
Society (Student Council) president has been widely
regarded as a stepping stone to prominence in the B.C.
Liberal party or legal establishment. Sherwood Lett,
Richard Underhill, Dick Bibbs, Ben Trevino, Dave
Brousson, Mark Collins, and Charles Connaghan are only
a few of the local fence-sitters and lawyers who got their
start this way. In recent years, Peter Braund, Shaun
Sullivan, Dave Zirnhelt (who ran in a provincial election)
and Fraser Hodge have all at one time or another been
Liberal party members.
Student councils, of course, were never the
students' idea. Only 8,000 students - fewer than half
UBC's population — voted in a referendum last year on
whether to retain the present structure of UBC's student
society. (It passed.) And student councils were invented
in the first place by university administrations as a tool
to keep students in line - at the same time giving them
the impression that they have some control over their
university life.
Again, UBC is no exception. In the 1968 election,
the liberals successfully thwarted the election of
erstwhile radical Stan Persky as president, disqualifying
him on a technicality even though he got 1,300 more
votes than his only opponent. Once they got their way,
the liberals played into the hands of the administration
at every opportunity, opposing every spontaneous
manifestation of student unrest while proposing no
solutions to the problems themselves.
When 2,500 students, at the instigation of U.S.
radical and Chicago Conspiracy member Jerry Rubin,
marched into the faculty club in October 1968 and held
an all-night party inside, many saw it as a significant, if
misguided, expression of discontent and resentment at
the way our lives are controlled by others — professors,
bureaucrats and administrators.
Serious radicals condemned its "adventurist"
quality — but applauded the fact that students had
finally taken some sort of action other than the endless,
fruitless protest marches. But the student council, led by
Zirnhelt, condemned the entire incident out of hand and
co-operated with the administration in sponsoring a
"teach-in" which succeeded only in absorbing the
discontent and reasserting the master-servant classroom
relationship which pervades the university.
The academic year 1968-69, however saw a surge of
student unrest in the rest of Canada. A month after the
faculty club occupation, students swarmed into the
Simon Fraser University administration building in
support of their demands for a freer, less insane
admissions policy at SFU. President Kenneth Strand
acting quickly, bringing RCMP on campus and having
114 arrested: their trials finished only last month.
And the winter of unrest culminated in February,
1969, when students at Sir George Williams University in.
Montreal, angered over the administration's utter refusal
to act on charges of racism against a biology professor,
sacked a $2 million computer centre - an action which
gave UBC administrators a paranoia from which they
still haven't recovered.
. President  F.  Kenneth Hare, selected out of 60
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STUDENT ACTION: the key words throughout UBC's |
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September 8,  1970
union building
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OVER near the corner of University
Boulevard and East Mall there is a concrete
plaza or two, some benches, a few patches ol
grass and some flags. There is a building there too.
It's called the Student Union Building on official
forms. It has been called other things, too, but it's
commonly referred to as SUB.
SUB belongs to the students. For a while,
anyway. It is used for eating, sleeping, talking,
listening, watching, screwing and playing.
Sometimes people study there too.
Now take this in your trembling hands and do
as we say.
The Tuum Est tour — unauthorized and
hopelessly misinformed — leaves from the
south-west entrance. (Direction is the first thing you
must acquire if you are to be successful in the
university.) See the map in the centre pages of
Tuum Est if you are confused.
To the left, in the south west corner, we find
reading and listening lounges along with lounging
lounges. Winding west through $200 wall couches
and $ 160 swivel chairs, we enter the reading lounge,
treading (quietly, please!) on part of the building's
$24,260 worth of carpet.
Here you can read a wide selection of
international newspapers and magazines — ranging
from the Peking Review to the Canadian Journal of
Commerce. And Playboy.
Or you can nip into one of the two adjacent
listening lounges and listen to any and every kind of
recorded music through stereophonic ear phones.
Anybody can go in, but to get an ear phone (limited
to one hour) you must leave your AMS card at the
desk in the reading rooom. And then wait.
Sometimes you have time to take in a class or two
before your turn comes up but eventually you will
get ear phones. Then you can tune into any one of
10 record timetables and two tape decks. They have
about 350 albums but you can bring your own and
have them played if you wish. The sound is actually
worth it.
Outside, the lounge and conversation pit
(sunken lounge) is for lounging, studying, card
playing and talking. Make yourself at home.
Proceeding north, there is an information desk
to the right. This is for information. Feel free to ask
questions — the girl behind the counter is being paid
to tell you where to go. Here you can also get
people paged over the public address if you have
"just cause". For example, if you need to get into a
locked room, she will page the proctor (guy with
the keys). And if you don't like the radio station
being piped through the building, it can be changed,
Beside the information desk is the lost and
found, where you can reclaim articles such as
glasses, earrings, buttons and insect collections that
you may have lost. Prices were jacked up here over
the summer — it now costs 25 cents or 10 per cent
of the value of the article you lost — whichever is
greater — to get something back, it's advisable,
therefore, not to lose engagement rings, $200 new
suits, new cars or rare stamps.
In the foyer throughout registration week there
will be tables staffed with people who are connected
with frosh orientation, which means they are good
people to talk to if you don't know what you're
doing or have any other general questions. For more
on this, see the section on orientation on page 2.
When the tables are moved away all that's left
will be bulletin boards. There are all kinds of
bulletin boards throughout SUB, and the people
who run the building have an incredibly intricate
system of classifying them, so you can't put a poster
on the classified bulletin board, and so on. The ones
in front of the information desk are classified — for
things for sale or other messages. They will be
cleared off arbitrarily and totally every two weeks.
Other boards are for other purposes — see
co-ordinator Hanson Lau if you want to put
something up.
Also beside the information desk are a calendar
of student events and a ride board. This is handy if
you want to go somewhere — just fill out a slip and
put it in the appropriate slot. Or if you have a space
in your car, do the same thing. Neat if you're
arranging car pools, or want company on that trip
to Spuzzum.
A directory of the building, in case you're now
lost, is located by the xerox machine. The cases
along the east wall of the foyer will contain lost
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THE PIT, UBC's version of a real downtown style pub, soon after it opened last year.
It will be open at least twice a week this winter. At top left, a forbidding view of what
can be a forbidding building. Just try getting in after 1 a.m. some night. Sweet-talking
proctors is an art. September 8, 1970
Page 27
glasses, earrings and the titles of lost books, to make
-the job of matching things with people easier.
You're going to lose things at UBC — there's no"
getting away from it. So it helps if you put your
name on everything. Your glasses. Your belt. Your
underwear. Attach a name tag to your earrings. It's
better than losing them.
Cultural events
Across the foyer and down a few steps is a
428-plush-seat auditorium where movies, panel
discussions and other cultural events happen. A
series of art movies is available through subscription
to Cinema 16. The price for the very popular
second-run commercial movies is 50 cents and a
. wait in the lineup. The auditorium is also rentable if
you're calling a revolution for less than 500.
Going north past the ombudsman's office on
tthe mall, to the left is the two-level art gallery. Here,
pornography is shown from time to time. Also
indigenous, travelling, historical, contemporary and
experimental exhibitions of painting, sculpture and
photography. No lunches to be eaten here, because
parts of the $800,000 AMS art collection was
damaged two years ago by peanut butter and jelly.
Until this year, all these cultural affairs were
handled by a cultural affairs supervisor. But things
have changed, and a student committee now
administers the art, music and other cultural
activities to be found in SUB. See Hanson if you
have an idea or want to get involved.
A slide show of SUB is planned for the art
gallery during registration week, which is when you
should be reading this. It will feature photos of
student council heavies, staff and other good people
to know, and maybe even a shot or two of the
And we're ready to advance to the second floor
(ignoring of course the whole Eastern half of the
floor which contains the cafeteria. See food
Up the stairs at the north and turning left we
find, on the left, the poster-making room and
Mamooks office. Here you can make posters and
any other art or publicity material yourself or have
them designed and made by the Mamooks staff at a
, nominal charge. Materials and silk-screen facilities
are available at cost. Pottery facilities are also
available for the pot set.
Still on the left, tucked away in the north east
corner, are the Film and Photo Society offices. Film
and camera fiends can enquire about membership.
Big scoop
But the rest of us are going across the hall to
The Ubyssey office where hard drinking, dope
smoking would-be journalists perform fertility
writes twice weekly — publishing Tuesdays and
Hot news tips and applications from
prospective, or famous journalists are gratefully
received at all hours.
Next door (we're south now) is the publications
office where you can buy classified or retail
advertising in The Ubyssey. Deadline for ads is noon
the day before publication.
Next on the left are the radio society offices
and studios. From here student radio types use
more than $50,000 worth of sophisticated
equipment to beam their message through SUB. Ask
- nicely and they may show you around. You can join
them for about $5 per year, which means you have
access to some pretty good taping and recording
facilities, if that's your bag.
Around the corner and going west, there are a
series of bookable meeting rooms and then the TV
room. You can watch television here. Plans are
being made to ensure that every hockey game
televised next winter will be on TV somewhere in
..SUB. Just because you're away from home in the
big city doesn't mean that life's simple pleasures are
denied you.
Through the foyer on the left is the
meeting-room-of-meeting rooms; the AMS council
chamber. Here 29 plush swivel chairs surround an
opulent, custom-made circular table. (Nobody
seems to know just what the table is made of or
what it cost, but the furnishings for the whole room
carry a price tag in excess of $9,000.)
The weakly (sic) council meetings are held here
Wednesday nights about 8 p.m. and your are invited
to watch your elected representatives engage in the
slapstick comedy and political tragedy of liberalism.
Don't bother to come early — none of the
councillors will and there is seldom a line up for the
30-seat public gallery.
Continuing to the southwest corner there are
several bookable offices and then the clubs lounge
' and  workroom.  The  workroom!  is generally for
members of specific clubs but the lounge is open to
RECREATION in basement games area.
• • • as seen
the slightly
warped eye
of Tuum Est
TEAR GAS INVASION? Mass freakout? No, just one of the
noon-hour rock concerts held in the ballroom from time to time.
Proceeding north once again, past the stairs to
the west entrance, we find the offices of the student
ombudsman, Speak-Easy and legal aid. The
ombudsman is an elected student council official
(he doesn't vote at meetings) whose job is to look
into problems you have with the university, your
landlord or anything else. An ombudsman will be
elected early in the year. Speak-Easy was formed
last year when a group of students decided the
campus needed a counselling centre. They'll be glad
to talk to you. Legal aid is a group of socially
conscious law students who'll help you with such
things as tenancy grievances, police hassles and so
Continuing north, the offices of the Alma
Mater Society come into view. Here is the throbbing
heart of student social clubs and bureaucratic
politics at UBC.
Good oSSices
Behind a glass wall and reception desk are the
offices of the student president, his elected
lieutenants and a clutch of paid staff who manage
the building and AMS business. The doors of these
offices are always open to students — except when
they are locked. Most AMS executives keep weird
and wonderful hours but there is a receptionist on
duty weekdays during business hours who can tell
you what you want to know or else tell you where
and when to find the person who can tell you.
This is also where you book meeting rooms —
most of which are free to AMS clubs. And any
room not occupied permanently can be used for
And if you want to work in the building, there
are about 60 part-time jobs in the building which
pay $ 1.75 per hour. Apply within.
Right next door is the glassed-in AMS business
office, open only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
The financial business of the AMS and its clubs is
transacted here. Also, if you're nice, you can run
off leaflets in the mimeograph room.
Student-compiled lists of off-campus housing are
also available here.
And in the middle of it all, to your right, is a
court yard, party room and ball room.
The courtyard, open when the building is, is
available for whatever you see fit to do in public —
weather permitting.
The ballroom and party rooms hold up to
1,200 and 350 people respectively and are bookable
at charge for concerts, parties and ballings. The
ballroom houses most of the big concerts, dances,
speeches and rallies held in the building.
The party room also, on certain week nights,
houses the Pit — UBC's answer to the Fraser Arms.
Since the closest hotels are seven miles away, the
campus has for years felt the need for a good
old-fashioned beer-drinking establishment.
Provincial government liquor laws thwarted it until
last year, when a group of students formed a club
with a nominal ($3 per year) membership fee, thus
qualifying for a liquor licence. Last winter the Pit
was open three nights a week. This winter it will
probably be open only two, but a large expansion
area in the SUB basement will be converted into a
pub this winter (or whenever the AMS can get a
draft beer licence) and it may even be open before
Easter exams.
Now you are left to go back to the stairs in the
south wall, just beside the council chambers, and
beat it down to the basement.
To the right (looking ever northward) there is a
fully-equipped bowling alley and billiard room.
Both are owned by the AMS and balls can be rolled
around for a nominal charge.
West and around the corner to the left are the
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September 8,  1970
EDUCATION MINISTER Leslie  Peterson,  who didn't
like students, greets them on legislature steps.
From page 25
applicants after Macdonald's resignation, couldn't take
it. In February, 1969, he resigned after only seven
months in office. He never said his resignation was due
to the pressures of student activism. On the contrary he
said he could not work in the oppressive atmosphere of
UBC — not enough money from the provincial
government, et cetera — with his delicate temperament.
Hare's successor is Walter Gage, whose administration is
mostly of the do-nothing, don't-rock-the-boat variety.
Through 1969-70, at UBC, the situation remained
quieter. The backlash had set in and students were quite
prepared to let Fraser Hodge's council carry on the
tradition of inaction. The Canadian Union of Students
had died and with it some of the communication among
the student left that had led to the success of the
protests at other universities.
In October, UBC students did travel to the U.S.
border at Blaine to protest an atomic bomb test in the
Aleutian Islands that could have caused an earthquake
wiping Vancouver Island off the map. There were about
3,000 students and 2,000 others. But the student
council leaders didn't actually want to block the border
— they just wanted to make speeches, be reported and
" When a group broke off and headed for the crossing
a mile away, where traffic to Canada was being rerouted,
Hodge and the rest of the liberals decried their action.
The breakaway group was trying to bring something
home to American motorists — that Canadians are
getting tired of their government's cavalier attitude
toward our country. But the student council types
couldn't see that — they were too busy trying to look
During the second term last year, the cause celebre
on campus was that of two English professors, David
Powell and Brian Mayne, effectively fired by their
department. Students said they were both excellent
teachers and charged that the decision had been made
because they had not published enough "scholarly
works." Meetings were held and petitions were signed. It .
was also thought that the new head of the English
department, American import Robert Jordan, was
attempting to impose American academic standards on '•
the department — which basically favor research over
good teaching and an appreciation of good literature.
But   the   dissent,   again,   was   absorbed   as   the
administration  stalled by  appointing  committees  and
putting the issue off until students were too busy with-
exams to worry about it. During the summer, Mayne and
Powell were denied long-term contracts.
UBC is still in desperate need of reform. The*
university remains in the control of the board of
governors, a group of corporate businessmen whose main
aim is to preserve the status quo (their money) and to
discourage any attempt at reform that might threaten
their interests and the society that allowed them to build
up those interests.
Their concern is not education but the perpetuation
of a university system designed to program individuals to
become tools in the hands of the magnates and rulers of
the system. This is not surprising.
The question is how far the students are going to let
them get away with it? How long will students sit back
and let businessmen dictate to them the type of
education they are to receive? How long will it be before
they want to make their own decisions about how their
lives are to be run?
More important, what about the society outside?
How long can we sit in the proverbial ivory tower and
attempt to ignore the crying need for social change in
the city beyond the gates?
Action has been taken. More action will be taken
this year. The Left at UBC is prepared and determined
to better the education system, to restructure in a way
that will give students the voice. Action will be taken.
Support it, if you like. Join in, maybe. Condemn the
whole process, if you can. One way or another you will
become involved. Which way is your decision.
from page 27
offices of the outdoors club, for hiking and skiing
Meanwhile, by this time you must have noticed
that glass-fronted shop due east with all the
wall-to-wall carpet, soft music, slick displays and
pretty blonde clerks with clear complexions. It's
the Thunderbird Shop.
Owned by the conglomerate Canadian Student
Marketing Corp., the Thunderbird Shop will sell you
magazines, cosmetics, mickey-mouse watches and
T-shirts, and a few school supplies. But you will pay
for the carpets and the chicks with the clear
complexions. The CSMC pays a rent to the AMS but
sends most of the profits to the head office.
Right next door is the barber shop — also a
commercial enterprise which pays rent. If you must
get a haircut (and at UBC nobody is going to force
you) this is as good a place as any. The rates are the
same as elsewhere and the barbers, dealing entirely
with students, get to know what you want in a
Down the end of the hall (forging northward)
is the Bank of Montreal with a lease on that corner
of the building. If you have money: the interest
rates won't increase your fortune much but it's
So ends our tour. SUB management types —
members of an AMS commission responsible for the
building — will exhort you ceaselessly to be good
boys and girls and refrain from writing on the walls
and pick up garbage. And it's generally a good idea.
While some may think it's a sterile place—certainly
parts of the building lack imagination - it also costs
money — your money — to repair damage. Thus if
you feel like improving an area of the building, do
it. If you're in a club, feel free to paint the walls,
tack up posters and so on. And if you think the
building or its operation could be improved, by all
means complain. Complain to SUB co-ordinator
Lau. He's elected to look after the building, and it's
up to you to see that he does.
BOWLING LANES sparked controversy during SUB building when some said they wouldn't be used. Above is former
AMS president Shaun Sullivan. September 8,  1970
Page 29
You can't tell the radicals without a program. As a public service, Tuum Est presents a quick
guide to the student left, what it's all about and where it's going.
YOU may have noticed there's a revolution going on.
You haven't? Well, look again.
If and when you do notice, you will probably be like the
majority of students in having many criticisms of it, even
though you still feel there is something seriously wrong with
You could also be one of the increasing number of students
who have decided to join it (the revolution, not society).
Perhaps you couldn't find a job last summer and it occurred
to you that there must be something fundamentally wrong with
an economy that does not permit you to add to the general
wealth of society by working.
Or maybe you finally got fed up with the increasing
repression in North America and decided to fight back.
Or maybe you began to realize that imperialism actually
exists and that Canada is both its victim and its accomplice.
Undoubtedly, you're curious as to what's going on and
This, very basically, is what's happening.
The fundamental idea behind revolution is to make a better
life, both qualitatively and quantitatively. To do this, most
revolutionaries attempt to change the economic system.
There are two main reasons for this. First, it is generally
acknowledged that economic factors are the basic motive force
of human activity. Second, it is also conceded that there is no
such thing as "human nature". People behave as they do
because they have learned to behave that way. Therefore, it
follows that economic factors have a great deal to do with the
way people behave towards each other.
The problem is to find an economic system that does not
create hostile relationships between people or nations. That,
basically, is the theory of revolution.
The next step for most revolutionaries is to propose an
economic system to replace the existing one. They usually
choose socialism, but the variations from there are endless,
depending on the conditions in different areas.
The next step is to put the theory into practice. There are
almost as many approaches to this as there are revolutionaries,
but generally those with a similar line band together in some
form of organization. At UBC, all such groups operate under
completely democratic principles, although some are more
democratic that others.
To find out more about the theory and practice of
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*_ Page 30
September 8, 1970
From page 29
revolution, try talking with the people behind the various
literature tables in SUB. They're approachable (naturally, as
they're trying to recruit you) and you'll learn a lot.
It's a good idea, though, not to sign on the dotted line
until you know exactly what's going on. Most people wouldn't
join the majority of the UBC radical groups. But then, it's up to
you. To help you, here's a brief UBC Who's Who of the
Young Socialists
For the well-dressed, respectable young revolutionary. They
have probably the most democratic organization of the
marxist-leninist parties listed here. They are a major factor in
the anti-war movement and are generally anti-nationalis.t and
anti-bureaucratic. With this group you either like them or loathe
them. If you like them, you are probably a member. Their chief
fault is their sectarianism, for which they are hated by most of
the Canadian left. They seem to have the view that what is good
for YS is good for the revolution. Try talking to them, though,
or visit the Vancouver local at 1208 Granville.
Canadian Party of Labor
This recently-formed group is chiefly distinguished by its
extreme anti-nationalism. It has condemned the nationalism of
the Vietnamese and the Black Panthers as being reactionary and
insist that all loyalties muslg^ajong class lines.
They publish a r **papcr ufiltr-l m Canadian Worker.The
party tends to suppnri Slahliitf .tild Maoist principles. It is
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Son of CLAM
Every year there is an attempt by independent radicals to
form a UBC-based radical group. Last year it was CLAM, the
Campus Left Action Movement — a rather nefarious group
organized on broad-front, anti-imperialist principles. It tended
to exclude people who did not agree entirely with its program
and, as a result, disintegrated into a shell of its former self.
CLAM's successor is presently unnamed but promises to be
less exclusionary than its parent. When it makes its appearance,
you'll recognize it by its independent, UBC-oriented politics.
Waffle is a radical group developing within the New
Democratic Party. It calls for an independent, socialist Canada
and aims at building a grass-roots movement to achieve this. The
group has already considerable strength within the NDP and
you'll be hearing much more of them. Take the time to get a
coy of the "Waffle Manifesto" to learn more about their
Waffle is distinguished from other campus commie groups
because it is social democratic as opposed to revolutionary. This
means it thinks it can work within established political parties
and electoral politics to bring about fundamental changes in
Contact with the groups listed here should increase your
knowledge of left politics. Don't be afraid to talk with them and
criticize their ideas. They sure could use it.
Too often the revolution is equated either with groovy trips
and free love or with ravers spouting rhetoric and Mao Tse-tung
All it really means is a workable, human alternative to the
present system. Construction of that alternative presents a far
greater and more meaningful challenge than merely propping up
what we've got now.
Anyhow, it's up to you.
Students, Faculty & Clubs — 3 lines, 1 day $1.00;
2 days $1.75. Commercial — 3 lines, 1 day $1.25;
additional lines 30c; 4 days price of 3.
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and
are payable in advance.
Closing Deadline is 11:30 a.m. the day before publication.
Publications Office, STUDENT UNION BLDG., Univ. of B.C.
UBC. SFU, YCC Students
Sell them at the Armoury
SPECIAL    EVENTS    Presents:
First Big Concert Of The Year
Ian & Sylvia
The  Great Speckled Bird
7 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. - SUB  Ballroom
Advance Student Tickets $1.75
at AMS and Information Desk in SUB
Tickets at door will be $2.50
BUY  NOW  AND  SAVE September 8, 1970
Page 31
you are what you eat, so you've got
to keep feeding it
Assuming you're willing to look for it, art
and culture abound at UBC.
Don't all sneer at once at the thought of
passing up a frat initiation or an engineering
drunk to see a play, film or concert. Chances
are good that once you get out in the big bad
world clutching your degree, you'll find out
that supporting events like these gives you a
little extra social status. (Or maybe you might
even come to appreciate them for their own
sake.) So start now, kiddies, and help make up
for the damage done by the Socred
government's artless high school
indoctrination programs.
Artsy-cultural stuff exists in many forms
on campus: music, theatre, film, creative
writing, and just plain Art with a capital A.
Music is so important that there's a whole
building full of it (well, almost). If you can
find the tuning fork sculpture by the old
auditorium, and then turn directly north,
you'll see what we're talking about. Notice
that there's nothing on the building to
identify it. Smart, eh?
Inside on the first floor is the recital hall,
where events usually take place every noon
hour, ranging from electronic music to
concerts by the UBC Symphony. Check out
the bulletin boards in the lobby often to see
what's shaking.
On the fourth floor of the building is the
music library, full of books and scores which
can be taken out by anybody. The friendly
staff will help you out if you can't find that
rare Concerto for Kazoo and Three Harps, by
von Himmelhartz.
Also in the library is a large record
collection which can be heard only in a
nearby listening room.
Another place to listen to records on
campus is the Wilson Listening Room under
the northwest wing of the main library, where
a collection of about 15,000 discs awaits you,
ranging from folk music to jazz, opera, and
recorded plays. Over the summer several new
stereo listening sets were added to increase
your pleasure here. If you want to take home
some albums, though, it'll cost you five bucks,
a worthwhile investment if you own a tape
There's no pop music in the Wilson room,
but you can find that in the SUB listening
room, located near the conversation pit. The
waiting line here for headsets (for which you
have to fork over your students' card) is
generally long, but patience brings its reward.
Other musical happenings have been
known to take place around SUB and in the
old auditorium. Check out The Ubyssey for
details of these as well as other goodies.
Theatre also has. a building of its own,
located immediately south of the evil faculty
club. Herein take place a variety of things. In
the big Freddy Wood Theatre are plays
starring both professional and student actors,
while the smaller Dorothy Somerset Studio
beneath concentrates on experimental and
student thesis production.
When student actors are needed, audition
times are posted around the building and in
The Ubyssey. Other jobs ranging from ushers
to house managers are available, offering
rewards of different types. Check around the
theatre department to find out more.
Major plays to be produced this year at the
FWT are Endgame, Ghosts, Oedipus Rex, and
Twelfth Night. Not exactly anything outside
of the standard repertoire. Hope for more
interesting productions in the Studio, like last
year's mixed-media labyrinth, Inside the
Ghost Sonata.
Film courses of various descriptions are
also offered by the theatre department,
including a production course with a very
limited enrolment.
In other film fields, UBC has a film society
which brings flicks to campus at ultra-cheap
rates for showing in the SUB auditorium.
Filmsoc also includes Cinema 16, devoted to
the revival of oldies-but-goodies in the world
of film. Among the thrills to hit the screen
this year are several series devoted to
Hitchcock (including Suspicion and The,
Wrong Man), New Canadian film makers
(Allan King, Claude Jutra), Joseph von
Sternberg, and an International Series
featuring Woman of the Dunes and Orson
Welles' Falstaff, among others.
The creative writing department hangs out
in the south part of Brock Hall. Its various
exploits include publication of two magazines,
Prism International and Contemporary
Literature in Translation, and the holding of
free poetry readings.
Art of the painting and sculpture variety is
located at various places around campus. That
of a more organized kind is in the art gallery,
very inconveniently located underneath the
fine arts library and near the anthropology
museum, in the north basement of the main
Here curator Alvin Balkind and his
assistants manage to present free shows
ranging from concrete poetry to pop art and
sound sculptures created by tape recorders.
While you're there, by the way, take a look at
the cramped space they have to contend with.
Then, when you make your first million,
donate a new art gallery to the university.
More arty stuff in SUB and the fine arts
building, as well as during the yearly
Contemporary Arts Festival consisting of
weird freakouts V stuff. Watch for it. Page 32
September 8,  1970
August  27,   1970
Dear Student:
You have  received your  lecture  time-table  for  the  coming
session but we must  ask you to disregard it.     Unfortunately  a
programming  error  that was  not   caught  earlier has   invalidated   the
whole procedure.
We now find it necessary  to re-run  the  lecture schedules
This will mean  that   there  is  a possibility  of most  time-tables
being  changed even  though  the  difficulties have  appeared  in
relatively  few  cases.
If you are unhappy with  the  original schedule you have
some hope  of  improvement,   if you are happy now you'll  just have
to hope  for  the best.
We will not mail  the  revised schedules.     They will be
waiting  for you  in EAST MALL ANNEX  119   from September  8  to  11
and  September  14.     Please  bring your  invalid  student's   schedule
with you.
Please  accept  our  apology!
Yours  truly,
E.   A.   Parnall
This letter was sent to 4,600 students who
pre-registered during the summer. It won't be the first time a
computer screws your life up.


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