Hell, no...


«I won't go. Diane Jones-


_ by Portia Priegert

photo Sue Jurczak

A plea for national unity by former Finance Minister Jean Chretien raised enthusiastic applause from a crowd of more than 700 people in Dinwoodie Lounge yesterday.

“We all have become too parochial, said Chretien. “We all think of ourselves as Albertans or Ontarians first, forgetting that we are Canadians too.”

He urged students to look at the broader, historical aspects of Confederation, saying that Canada has the potential of being together in tough and easy times, sharing the good and bad.

“We've come a long way,” he said. “When you _ have something like this it’s worth fighting for.” ;

Chretien also discussed oil pricing policy and termed the $2 per barrel per year increase “inadequate”, saying “a new agreement will have to be negotiated with the producing provinces.”

But he stopped short of advocating the world price for Canadian oil.

“We need an oil price that reflects the cost of production in Canada and provides a sufficient return to the oil companies for exploration,” said Chretien.

His stance drew some heck- Ling from the audience.

~Chretien also said he has little doubt the next government will be Liberal.

He said voters wanted a change in government last spr- ing, but now after seven months

‘Giveaway under fire

Students sue CTV

TORONTO (CUP) - Five Un- iversity of Toronto students are suing the producers of CBC's WS program for libel.

Norman Kwan, a second year U.of TF dentistry.studentand one of the five. plaintiffs, said he was taking legal action because the W5 program “was obviously wrong. It was not simply con- troversial.”

Kwan said he was upset and frustrated because the program depicted Chinese Canadians as foreigners. “They have been inciting hatred and ridicule of the Chinese community,” he said.

Kwan did not say whether he was in the W5 film footage

but mentioned that the other four plaintiffs are actually shown.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Joe Pomerant, said while the writ names five students it speaks on behalf of all Chinese Canadian students who were defamed.

Pomerant added he believ- ed the position of the plaintiffs is well grounded.

“The court will agree with our position for the students,” he Bales ceciswisincsaciin pasa

The council of ‘Chinese Canadians of Ontario (CCIO), will request a hearing to review the W5 program when they have collected 50,000 signatures from people supporting their petition.

The «CCIO~ chair, Dr; Donald Chu, said they are offering the five U of T students “help from the back” but it was the students’ decision to sue.

. Despite the impending law suit and a demonstration at CBC headquaters by 2,000 people just last week, Lionel Lumb, producer of W5 remains un- ruffled.

“T stand by the program,” he said of the WS “Campus Giveway” report. Lumb repeated that he strongly dis- agreed with the actions of the

‘of Tory rule, the Liberals are-

leading in the election of polls by 13 points, the biggest margin they’ve ever had two weeks away ° from an election.

Chretien chided the Tories for their mortgage deductibility scheme, and for increasing gas- oline taxes, especially for farmers who were previously exempt.

Chretien also accused the Tories of raising the interest rate from 11 to 14 per cent after “giving me hell” for raising it from eight to 11 per cent.

However, he did admit the Liberals have had some problems too.

“Of course we haven’t been perfect. Of course my leader is a

Continued on page 2


“But, by all means, let them -go to the CRTC if they think it is necessary,” he said.

Lumb refused further com- ment, because. of the impending libel suit: 3

The W5 program has been

' denounced by the Chinese Com-

munity, civil rights and student groups and several politicians. The program reported that there are 100,000 foreign students in Canada. Minister of Immigra- tion Ron Atkey said the statistics Canada estimates is 18,000. Lumb said, “Special research was done for WS by Stats Can and Immigration” in his reply to letters regarding the program.

WS host Helen Hutchison interviewed a student who said she could not get the U of T faculty of pharmacy because there were too many foreign students. There are no foreign students in that faculty this academic year.

There was plenty of joie de vivre Friday afternoon in HUB mall as about 30 Faculte Saint-Jean students sang and danced an invitation to the Facult e’s Winter Carnival, held Saturday and Sunday.

Chretien makes unity p

“Former Finance Minister Jean Chretien


photo Brad Keith

Voting rules change

WARNING: voting rules have changed—and your candidate

may be the loser.

Students’ Union election results will be tabulated with a different type of preferential ballot. Here’s how it works.

When voting for positions with more than two candidates (vp academic and Board of Governors representative in this election), voters may select their first preference, their second preference,

and so on.

When tabulating the results, however, the computer will allot points to the candidates so that a first choice vote is worth more than a second choice vote, and so on:

For example, if there were “‘n” candidates, a first choice vote - would be worth (n-1) points to the candidate, a second choice vote would be worth (n-2) points, and so on, until a last choice vote is worth (n-n) points to the candidate.

It is important to note that selecting more than one candidate “dilutes” your first choice vote. Therefore, if you feel strongly that only one candidate is suitable for a position do not mark second,

third or other choices.

If-you like two candidates, you should mark them first and

second and leave the others blank so

candidates points.

you do not give the other

If you are not sure how best to mark your ballot, the students working at the polls will help you.

League for ethnic purity?

“Keep Canada white”

McCarthy-era —_ paranoia resurfaced Thursday as an organization official warned

about 80 spectators of the perils of immigration and the “inter- national Marxist conspiracy.” The Canadian League of. Rights meeting, held at the Jubilee Auditorium, featured

Deputy National Director Phillip Butler.

‘Butler, an Australian emigrant, told the gospel-

meeting crowd that - Canada should take “all the money we’re contributing to the communists at this time . . . and put the Vietnamese refugees on the islands in Southeast Asia.”

He said if the refugees were genuinely anti-communist, as they claim, they would provide “another buffer zone for us.”

Europeans make up only 6.4 per cent of the total world population, he said. “If we wish to retain our own identity... why shouldn’t we?” he asked.

His observation was greeted with loud applause and ex- clamations of “Hear, hear.”

He urged the audience to re- read the Bible. “People are letting their hearts; not their heads, rule,” he said.

“Nothing in the Scriptures

says loving thy neighbour as .

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Chretien pitch on unity, from page 1

controversial guy,” he said. “But I tell you, I hate being around dull guys.”

The Tories had their chance and they “blew it”, according to Chretien.

He said a minority govern- ment has the responsibility of making sure the policies it presents are acceptable to the House of Commons. “Their budget was not,” he said.

“Last spring the Tories made a lot of promises. We Liberals campaigned and made no promises,” he said. “So we lost. But one thing we didn’t lose was our credibility.” Chre- tien said he respected Trudeau’s recent comments in New- foundland, where he said he couldn’t give Newfoundland the right to offshore oil resources.





“Any first-year law student knows that, if he passes his exams,” said Chretien. “You need all ten provinces to agree before the Constitution can be


“It’s better to be honest with people.”

Chretien’s speech was

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Research funding increases

OTTAWA (CUP) The Conservative government has announced reséarch funding increases of $8 million for 1980-81 which it claims will create several hundred new jobs on Canadian campuses.

Heward Grafftey, minister of state for science and technology, said Jan. 31 the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), which received a budget increase of $39 million in November, will get an additional $2.8 million and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will receive a $5.8 million budget boost.

Grafftey said the increases mean the NSERC’s budget has

~ gone up 35 per cent over 1979-80 while the SSHRC’s budget will

have risen 16.2 per cent.

Grafftey, speaking in Sherbrooke, also mentioned a $12.2 million increase for the Medical Research Council (MRC) announced earlier this year by health minister David Crombie, as a key move toward increasing federal support for research.

“Research and development is the cornerstone of Canada’s economic development and the increased funding, in addition to promoting excellence in university reserach and encouraging more of our outstanding students to go into research, will stimulate the creation of a larger number of interesting and better paying jobs,” Grafftey said.

The minister said the $9.8 million budget increase to the three councils will help achieve the government target of R and D expenditures of 2.5 per cent of the gross national product during the 1980s.

Liberals promise student input

OTTAWA (CUP) The Liberal Party has come up with a campaign promise to introduce student representation on the upcoming federal-provincial task force on student aid. But whether the provinces would go along with the suggestion is unclear.

Liberal campaign youth director Jean Gagnon said Jan. 31 the party supports student representation on the task force, which the Conservatives created last year. Earlier in the campaign, Conservative secretary of state, David MacDonald, announced that students would not be allowed representatives on the task force, which was established to look into the whole student aid question in detail.

The NDP had pushed theConservatives to allow a student to sit on the task force before the election. was called.

The National Union of Students (NUS), which has been fighting for student representation, was optimistic but cautious about the Liberal promise.

“We're pleased that they've made this promise and hope they'll stick to it if elected,” said NUS executive officer Morna Ballantyne, “but we also realize that the provinces are involved in the decision and we have to make sure the Liberals, if elected, are firm on student representation.”

Students protest wet T-shirts

LENNOXVILLE (CUP) The wet t-shirt and muscle beach contests have been dropped from the Bishop’s University winter carnival because of student protest.

Several members of the Bishop’s student council had tried unsuccessfully to have the contest removed from the carnival schedule at a Jan. 15 council meeting but a majority overruled their objections.

However, a petititon circulated on campus by the Bishop’s status of women committee to have the contests dropped soon gained more than a hundred signatures and council again debated a motion to stop the contests at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Bradley Dow, a council member, argued that the contests went against the best interests of the university.

“We are a university and the role of the university should be to lead society in elevating dignity and human rights,” he said. “These contests are also contrary to the spirit of the carni, which is supposed to be participatory and nat spectator oriented.”

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Human rights concern for Roche




ph Karl Wilberg


by Peter Michalyshyn

Member of Parliament Doug Roche discussed human rights in the world today at a meeting of the Political Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA) last. week. Political terrorism is rabid, in over 70 countries, said Roche. In Cambodia alone, over two million people were killed methodically by the Pol Pot regime.

“There has never been as:

much potential to solve the problem of poverty. We have the economic potential” Roche said, but “we haven’t the political potential for implementation.”

Instead, over one million dollars per minute is spent on the arms race, Roche pointed out.

“We cannot achieve security through the arms race,” and yet

“we cannot realistically disarm

unilaterally, he said.

Roche called “two-edged coin.” Canada must stay part of the “western alliance” on one edge yet must do everything possible to build for peace through mutual disarma- ment, on the other.

“It’s a paradox . . dilemma” Roche said.

. its-a “The

world is a very complex place. .

Beware of those who say there

_ are black and white solutions.”

Roche questioned the

security a:

meaning of the “good life” if we cannot feel satisfied with the “human condition.”

He said there is an “integral relationship between us as human beings and as a global community.” sar

“Its not there yet, but its coming,” he said.

Roche said this human revolution is inevitable and is happening economically and politically.

He admitted Canada could do more to find solutions to quicken the process, however.

Aside from the Nobel prize winning exploits of the. late Prime Minister L.B. Pearson, Roche said we have not been

creative or daring enough, and have not been initiating enough proposals to cure the dismal human prospect.

Persistently questioned on the option of a neutral status for Canada in foreign affairs, Roche said he liked the idea, but it was not politically wise. :

He noted that in the 60s when Canadian forces were reduced in Eutope, Canada lost prestige in the West.

However, Roche did say Canada was neutral in one sense. “We are the only country with the capability to build nuclear weapons, who does not yet have them.” :

Doug Roche

The Soviet Union’s involve- ment in Afghanistan was not an act of aggression or intervention, according to Bill Kashtan.

Rather, the Soviet, Union was honoring a 1978 treaty with

Baird opens his door

Communist leader speaks oncampus

Afghanistan which stipulated that Afghanistan could ask the U.S.S.R. for military aid. Kashtan said both internal and external factors prompted Afghanistan’s call for assistance.

_ Reaction was lively and opposition vocal when Bill Kashtan, national leader of the Communist Party of Canada addressed Dr. Max Baird’s Political Science 202 class last Friday.

But Baird estimated that only one-quarter of the students were openly hostile during Kashtan’s half-hour speech on the Communist Party’s views on Canadian economic and foreign


And Baird says it’s a valuable experience for his students to be exposed to an alternative point of view.

Kashtan didn’t seem bothered by the hostile audience, either.

“I have no objection when people yell and swear at me,” laughs Kashtan. “I know there are differences.”


Telerama ’80 was a resoun- ding success.

The annual Associated Canadian ‘Travellers’. (ACT) telerama, held this weekend in

_ SUB Theater, raised over $61 1,-

000 for the handicapped people of Alberta a $34,000 increase over last year’s total.

“This was one of the best productions we’ve ever put on,” said ACT foundation president Morley Peacock.

The funds will be used to provide equipment and monetary grants to handicapped people. The telerama also provides -funding for capital projects and other facilities for handicapped people.

Gateway Staff Party

Okay, Eraserheads, party’s Friday night.

am Wear your rubbers.

He cited resistance to the revolution by the land-owning and capitalist classes as an internal factor.

And continuing terference in the affairs

in- of

- Afghanistan by Cpina, Pakistan,

as well as the CIA, is an external reason mentioned by Kashtan.

But, he said if no external forces had been present in Afghanistan the USSR probably wouldn’t have become involved because they do not interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

Moreover, he maintained that the Soviet Union is not lessening the likelihood of

detente by its actions because the

U.S. is already following a Cold War policy.

“The American decision to establish a strike-first missile base in West Germany has done

nothing but increase tensions

and indicates the West’s decision to move away from detente. Kashtan also accused the U.S. of “playing the Chinese card” against the Soviet Union. Kashtan said an accelerated

‘arms race is in the interest of the

capitalists because it will keep

the armaments industries healthy, decrease unemployment

and provide large profits.

Kashtan also accused the American media of propagating misinformation and waging a “war of words” against Com- munism. :

“The capitalist press has never done anything for. the workers,” he said.

“Eventually people will realize that they’re being taken in and they'll object,” he added.

And though Kashtan ad- mitted that many people don’t like life in the Soviet Union and

Continued on page 10

Telerama tele-booming success

SU Forums Presents: CANADA, MY COUNTRY “to be or not to be”

- the Chairperson in Alberta for UNITY WEEK

SPEAKER: Jean Forest, U of A Chancellor TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. : DATE: Thursday, February 7 PLACE: Room 158, Meditation Room (1st Floor, by the Elevators) Students’ Union Building


by Colin Wong

discussion lately, and some students seem to see it as a magical solution to all their problems. Last week the Council on Student

Executive that the bill of rights be thoroughly studied.

If passed, the bill will have far-reaching ramifications on relationships between faculty, administration and students. The following questions attempt to deal with some aspects of the bill. (1) What does the Student Bill of Rights mean to you?

It means that most of your rights and obligations will be explicitly proclaimed. At present, some of these, such as protection against improper academic evaluation, are only assumed to exist.

(2) What if we don’t have a Student Bill of Rights? :

At present, we have to rely on the good will of university officials. Most basic rights on procedures are stated in the GFC regulations. The parts dealing with principles are largely omitted. The result when a situation not covered by the regulations arises, an official has to use his discretion. The only requirement is that his discretion must reflect good faith, reasonableness and professional competence. With the bill of rights, he would have a. set of principles to rely on. .

(3) What are its benefits to you?

The bill of rights would make students more aware of their rights. University officials would be less inclined to misuse their power, and students would be more prepared to assert their rights if they were aggrieved. At present, most grievances occur because others don’t know that students have rights or think that students won’t pursue grievances.

(4) What are the disadvantages?

carrying out their duties. This is undesirable because the main objective of a university is to advance and disseminate knowledge. Unnecessary assertion of rights and frittering over small details may impede that goal.

(5) What are the obstacles?

It’s difficult to ascertain the bill’s effects on existing regulations. It could have a wide effect, like the American Constitution, which invalidates any law not conforming to it. Orit could have very little effect, like the Canadian Bill of Rights, which is only a declaration of good will and intention.

(6) What is the real issue? :

university officials can be trusted to exercise their power properly. The study, if carried out thoroughly, should tell us whether they are worth trusting, not only during the time of peace and tranquility, when everyone is sane and accomodating, but also in times of turmoil, when the system is put to a real test.

The Student Advocate represents the Students’ Union on grievances. If you have an interesting topic you would like


discussed here, please contact me at 432-4236, 272 SUB.

The Student Bill of Rights has been a topic of much

Services (COSS) recommended to General Faculties Council

The bill would constrict the freedom of university officials in |

All these questions can be. reduced to one whether’

Tuesday, February 5, 1980. Page Three.

photo Stan Mah

~ Boycott boycotts

Violence and oppression cannot be tolerated. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan cannot be watched with only frowns and murmured threats. However, a response to the invasion should not include an Olympic boycott. Unfor- tunately, Joe Clark has been prompted by a faltering campaign to make an Olympic boycott proposal that could: be more damaging than constructive.

The fact that a boycott would be a reflex echotoU.S. threats is bad enough. More importantly though, Clark and many others have forgotten the Olympics are not just games. The Olympics is the last major event uniting all countries in’ non-violent endeavor. The Olympics were the one event able to create friendly international exchange of ideas for the improvement of mental and physical health.

Of course the games have become commercial and

- often seem to represent a corporate Olympics. Still one

point remains clear. That is, the Olympics exist to find the

world’s fastest, and strongest, athletes. No single nation has been able to steal the game’s significance and place it on its own doorstep.

‘Of course countries have tried to boost a false sense of superiority with the Olympic’s prestige. For example Nazi Germany in 1936 tried but could not steal the Olympic’s blind love for the best. Hitler’s blue-eyed Aryans did not sweep the games. Instead a black man, Jesse Owens, became

the hero, and his German competitors were the first to

congratulate him. Hitler’s schemes were ruined and his .

refusal to congratulate Owens exposed him as the leader of a _ sick philosophy. Unfortunately, the truths made clear at the Olympics are not apparent enough today. Simply, the Olympics show that, under the timer, no race is superior of body or mind. We are of the same collection of cells, hopes, and dreams. What a mistake to forget that participation in the games is a nation’s acknowledgement to living in a world community that does have inflexible barriers. Certainly walls exist, but the means of breaching them should remain intact. Individual freedom is not a guarantee in the East of the West. Still, as long as any form of meeting occurs, even if only at four year intervals, there is hope for communication. Where there is communication negotiation can occur and perhaps peaceful change. To ignore the game’s diplomatic opportunity is to ignore a possibility of peaceful change. Quite simply, the Olympic team is a diplomatic mission and a refusal to send ~ the Canadian is a refusal to send our diplomats. Does Clark, with his impressive foreign affairs record, realise cutting - diplomatic ties is often a prelude to war? Does he realise at the-least a boycott will represent a slavish aligment with a frustrated and often irrational US reputation? Perhaps that is what he intends. It may be he, and others who wish a boycott, would prefer non-negotiation and risk gldbal violence. Perhaps the hint or possibility of violence is a spice to take an electorate’s mind off economic _ problems. In any case if Canada decides to drop out of the games not only a diplomatic opportunity is lost. Canada will lose a reputation as a reasonable and friendly land. Instead Canada could appear like a Hitler who didn’t like the way - the game was played. Global tensions must be dealtwith. An Olympic boycott seems an easy way to pressure the USSR. - However, a boycott is clearly more destructive than any of ‘the dubious good it might possibly achieve. ; Karl Wilberg


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Last minute slate assembly

I wish to comment on this Friday’s election when some of us, at least, will elect next year’s executive committee, and Board of Governors representative.

The two slates of candidates '

running this year are characterized, as usual, chiefly by the haphazard way in which they were assembled..I do not intend to criticize the individuals involved for what is almost the traditional method of procuring candidates, but rather to suggest that it would be'a mistake to suppose that a slate is composed of equally competent individuals or that they will necéssarily be able to function as a unified body if elected.

The fact of the matter is that, over the last several years at any rate, slates have been selected largely at the last minute using as candidates almost any person who could be persuaded to run (for those with long memories, no, I do not exclude myself).

An examination of the Throrkelson Slate’s campaign literature leads me to the follow- ing observations. : Firstly, most of the candidates seem to lack relevant experience. Not one of them, for instance, is a coun- cillor. Some have sat on a few Students’ Union boards.or GFC committees, to be sure, but that is no. great distinction, par- ticularly in. view of the vacuousness of most of their other qualifications. As for their base of support, it seems to rely far too heavily upon Lister Hall and the Faculty of Commerce.

Secondly, is the overall impression of their platform. They have a few worthwile ideas, it is true. However, many of their most interesting proposals, such as a differential price structure favouring students at SU outlets, a charity fund, and _ in- stitutionalizing the Long-Range Planning Committee, are all being worked on by this year’s executive. Many of their other proposals have a marked 50s flavour. Their platformindicates

Support for

MLA Nite

I disagree strongly with the |

Gateway editorial of January 29 on University Night. Its basic premise is that students’ interests are contrary to the government’s interests. Such an absolute state- ment is obviously incorrect. For example, a strong Alberta economy is beneficial to both

_Students and government. Un-

iversity Night is an attempt to show the government that its interests and those of students

‘can be the same.

The editorial also suggests that public dissent will be more successful than ‘wining and dining’ in dealings with the government. No evidence is advanced to support this and the only examples of public dissent suggested are protest marches, mass demonstrations, and a public meeting that would, like

other such meetings, attract very

few students.

Finally, the editorial suggests that Students’ Council has lost the support of many students through its lacklustre approach to governmental relations. Students’ Council has lost the support of many students by attempting to represent students on issues that students

do not see as being within its

purview. David Roberts Commerce IV

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to me that they perceive the SU as a glorified Glee Club. Any attention they pay to significant political or administrative issues is obscured amidst trivialities. As for the Astley State, they demonstrate some of the same organizational weaknesses. However, as candidates, their individual qualifications largely exceed those of their opponents. Their platform seems to me to be less fanciful as well. They at least indicate that regaining control of SUB (of which we can now use about one third) is a priority with them. They also promise some action on the question of fee structures, access to educa- tion, and funding cutbacks, issues which appear to be entire- ly ignored by the Thorkelson _Slate. With these considerations in mind, I would urge support

for the Astley Slate, with the-

following exceptions.

It is a pity that the existence of the slate system as it has evolved over recent years, tends to obscure the independent candidates. This year there are two particularly good indepen- dants - Darrel Rankin, running for vp academic, and Mary Ann Gillies, for Board of Governors. The qualifications of these per- sons far exceed those of .their opponents on either slate. These positions seem to have been somewhat neglected, in fact. This is unfortunate, for both are of great importance.

Mr. Rankin has been very active in the Arts Students Association for several years,

doing much the same sort of work as would be required of him if elected. [know him to bea very hard worker, and have high expectations of him. The posi- tion he seeks is by no means less important that other executive committee positions. The vp academic’ is in a position to influence the. entire academic environment on campus and should be chosen with care.

Ms. Gillies is a member of the Faculty of Arts executive committee. She also served on the Dean of Arts Selection Committee. As such, she has direct experience at the higher levels of university administra- tion which will stand her in good stead. as a Board of Governors member. This is far more than her opponents can say. I am confident that what they promise in the way of represen- ting students, bringing the B of G home to us, as it were, and bringing our interests home to them, she can deliver.

I hope I have demonstrated by claim, that electing a full slate is no guarantee of electing six competent individuals, or for that manner, six who can-work together at all. Those who wish to confirm my remarks may easily do so by examining the campaign ‘literature, applying the salt as needed.

There is no choice but to vote for those best qualified for the position they seek, and to do so on an individual basis.

Steve Cumming Sci IV Science Councillor

SU services for us

- For those of you who missed Halley’s Comet, the Grand opening of the all new Brick Warehouse, and Billy Beer, another miracle is in the making. The good old U of A Student’s Union is changing.

* It started with the dividing of the record store into SU Records and’‘SU Tapes, and, we, the students, are swallowed by the price increase led by Pharoh Olmstead. Next we have new management for the theatre (and do not confuse new management for new movies). You can (for the same price as in prior years) catch such contemporary hits as “The Apartment,” “Gidget goes to RATT,” and “Lassie: The Iranian Wolfhound: Go Home.” Not to mention such rockers (in the concert series) as Sarah Vaugn, Dale Harney and the Magic Men, Bobby Curtola, and I understand they are negotiating a five figure deal with Sonny

~Bono. | can’t wait.

Next we have the table service at RATT, which is good for two reasons; 1) no one can possibly drink as service is’ impossible; 2) the waiters look so miserable and confused, we all feel that our own lives can’t be as bad as we thought.

Moving down the list, we have music in Friday’s. Enjoy breakfast (?) to the mellow sounds of the Pointed sticks, the Stranglers, and AC/DC. While in the evening when you're ready to. rock, we have the Mills Brothers and Iranian folk music (soon to be discontinued). One other thing, if you want a captive audience, have the music so you can’t ever turn it off. Holy 1984, Batman!

Further improvements are: the waiters and waitresses in Friday’s and RATT will be forbidden to wear T-shirts under pain of death. What this has to do with improvement I will never know, but I understand a fashion coordinator is being sought for


So watch for further changes in the SU that you will enjoy (or else!). It is unfortunate thatnothing canbe done about the price of. albums, the concerts or movies .we are forced -tc endure, or SU policy at all.

It has just been confirmec that the Moms and Dads will alternate with Gaby Haas for the entire year of 1980 in Dinwoodie Are you ready to Rock?

So, sit back, enjoy another cup of Friday’s delicious coffee and have another South African beer and be sure that all is well with your Students’ Union. By the way, a fund has been started so that some SU employees can pay their Christmas bills as all! part-time and casual workers are laid off for two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s. You see, our wise and_ beneficial Students’ Union think that those workers don’t deserve Christmes pay. Thanks Dean.

Ted Mill Arts |

Executive defender

Regarding your ‘Executive Report’ editorial, I am sick and tired of these constant attacks by the Gateway on the SU Ex- ecutive. Reasoned arguments against their policies and programs are desired from and expected of the Gateway. However, the malicious personal attacks on the Executive that culminated in the ‘Executive Report’ editorial are. totally reprehensible. I hope that the editorial staff of the Gateway will exercise better judgement in the future.

David G. Roberts

Commerce IV -

Election analysis ».

Students’ Union elections,

as all students are aware, are.

becoming increasingly boring, repetitive, and ridiculous as the “years go by. There is virtually no student concern -for the organization, and little is being done to provoke interest. The last five years or so have seen elections contested mainly by candidates with little or no policy, with political platforms of any substance being provid- “ed by “outsider” contestants, such as the Young Socialists, various other unsuccessful _ parties. Front-running candidates con- struct a miniature political machine that promotes false personalities and meticulously avoids positions and substan- tial political stands.

Usually, each year is a bit worse than the last, and this year’s election scenery is, true to form, somewhat less in- teresting than last year’s, when the Olmstead slate was swept in on a wave of apathy.

Before examining _ this year’s contestants’ platforms, the nature of. slate-building should be discussed. Election hopefuls usually try to con- struct a slate that represents as broad a cross-section of cam- pus groups as possible, which is legitimate and understandable. But this predictable tactic has become a U of A cliche, as it’s now considered imperative that a commerce student run for vp finance, a residence student be found to attract the res group, a fraternity member.of associate be rounded up, and so on. The capabilities of a person are secondary to the votes he or she can bring in.

So in the frantic days DeLOres the, closes cot nominations, organizers run around trying to find the always-reluctant candidates. People are urged, persuaded, coaxed and cajoled into run- ning, often at the last minute. Significantly, few candidates on this kind of slate decide to run on their own because they have concerns that are impor- tant or grievances with the way things operate. They run because their arms are twisted, and magically, a “team” emerges.

Of course, it would be political suicide for a slate to admit that it is composed of three or four last-minute choices, as that would cast a dark shadow on their team spirit image. But, last week when interviewing presidential candidate Nolan Astley, I

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asked him why he was running. His answer: “because I was asked to run.”

However, as the campaign develops, I’m sure Astley will be chastised for his “wrong” answers by his faceless cam- paign organizers, and, by the end of the week, his answer to that question will be something like, “I’m concerned about the direction the Students’ Union is taking, and I think my ex- perience will enable me to act capably in office.”

Ah, yes, the experience factor! A look at the Astley slate’s reveals that for them, ex- perience is what is important. Two of the pamphlet’s four pages are taken up with a listing of each candidate’s ad- ministrative experiences. Let’s take a closer look at the relevance of this experience.

As news director of CJSR, Astley has interviewed Pete Lougheed, Horsman, Notley and various U of A officials. How scintillating, Nolan, but what does that have to do with being a good president? Are we to assume that having convers- ed with these important people that you will have a better chance of negotiating with them as president? Nolan also notes that he is an advisor to a local Lutheran Youth Group. Admirable, but hardly signifi- cant to the campaign.

Kris Farkas and Jan Byer, two of the Astley slate can- didates both possess a lot of relevant experience, so why did they pad their mini-bios with such garbage as “committee member for the promotion of the Agriculture . Faculty to Southern Alberta High


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Schools” (Byer) and “Member of- Arusha Cross-Cultural Center” (Farkas)?

Karen Stephanson tells

_ Voters that she is involved in the

Chaplaincy Organization and is a coordinator of Knox-Met United Church Youth Group.as well as a member of the Inter- Varsity Christian Fellowship. Big deal. This may be an appeal to Christian voters, but the tactic is cheap and its effect minimal. Anyone who relates this experience to capability for the SU executive has never spent an hour in or near the executive offices.

One scant page of the Astley pamphlet is devoted to policy and it successfully matches the innocuous irrelevance of the pamphlet’s inside pages. Platitudes abound as Astley