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sta see it. And though the chevron staff are not supposed to see it until today, no matter what time the news bulletin comes dud, Swaters says an answer is expected by this evening. The proposal has not been approved, or even discussed by council or the federation executive. (Whqn council met Sunday June 12, neither Thompson nor Hipfner were present). Chris Wheatley , who is not a member of either federation council or executive, is producing the special bulletin. He told the chevron staff Wed’nesday that the special issue is not being funded from the board of publications budget, but instead from the president’s discretionary fund. There have been three proposals to re-open or “reinstate” the chevron since September 30, 1976 when federation council voted to close the chevron for a four-week period. An October 31 offer to reopen the chevron if the staff agree to allow council to change the operations of the chevron from what had prevailed before the paper was closed, was withdrawn after the chevron staff rejected the plan as interference. ‘On February 16, 1977 president-elect Doug Thompson proposed a plan which he called reinstatement. Again, council was not consulted on the matter. The offer was considered:: seriously by the chevron staff and rejected, but negotiations continued until February 27, when Thompson and 12 supporters dragged two chevron staff members out of the chevron office in an attempt to end the continued occupation of the office . On March 4, again without council or executive approval, Thompson reversed his course and attempted again to negotiate with the chevron staff. He offered a reinstatement settlement that closely matched the position which chevron staff had elaborated in the February 25 edition of the free chevron. But at the March 8 council meeting, Thompson repudiated the offer, saying that he was only attempting to have the chevron’s stand clarified. In all, since September 24, 1976. when six members of the federation executive secretly changed the locks on the doors of the chevron office in an effort to lock out the chevron staff, there have been four proposals to investigate the affair.

Rumours of a chevron reinstatement hovered over campus this week, but federation president Doug Thompson and some members of the executive are keeping the chevron staff guessing about it until the publication of an official reinstatement offer today. The chevron staff learned Tuesday from federation vice-president Ron Hipfner that a Board of Directors meeting was scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Toronto home of federation treasurer Martha Coutts to consider a reinstatement proposal. that Hipfner also confirmed among the “few major changes” which could result from the board meeting Wednesday is the resignation of ThompSon, another rumour circulating from several people in the federation office this week. If the board (five non-elected members of the federation with authority over the corporation) decides to make an offer it will appear on campus in a special federation news bulletin Friday. At press time Wednesday night, most of the articles for the bulletin were completed and were down at the printers. The federation is attempting to send the bulletin to all student newspapers and student federations or unions in Canada, says interim federation executive member Gord Swaters. Swaters told chevron staff Wednesday that the idea of a reinstatement of the chevron came out of informal discussion among executives of the Ontario Federation of Students (OFS) and National Union of Students secretary Dan O’Connor at an OFS meeting in Hamilton June lo- 11. The proposal was apparently given tentative approval Tuesday night at another informal session this’time composed of some executive members, Thompson and friends. Swaters tried to get a list of member newspapers of Canadian University Press from the free chevron Wednesday in order to send out the bulletins. But Swaters refused to give the chevron staff full details of the reinstatement proposal, saying that he had been told not to allow anyone from the free chevron to see it. When he was asked if he would show the proposal to Don Orth, Co-operative Services chairperson on the federation executive, (who is not a chevron staff member), he corrected his statement to say that he had been told not to let anyone

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rs act on The administration of the Federcall together the Board of Directors ation of Students is in disarray. to act upon the consensus we can ,4 new bylaw passed by students’ perceive.” council March 23 has left everyone Thompson told the chevron wondering who can vote, who can’t Tuesday that he felt sick on the way vote, and what to do about it. Acto the meeting and turned back. cording to the bylaw only those It was also noted at the meeting members who pay the UW Student that none of Thompson’s voting Activity Fee, which is collected at block on council (the Campus Reregistration, are voting members of form Group) were present. the federation. Those present decided the best A free chevron story last week course of action was to call a genpointed out that ifthe bylaw stands, eral meeting and scuttle the bylaw. because all of the student councilIt was agreed that they would start lors are not registered this term, collecting the 300 student signaand thus haven’t paid the fee, they tures necessary to initiate such a are not voting members of the fedmeeting. eration. The same was found to be A motion was also passed calling true of the federation Board of Dion Thompson and his executive to rectors, and president Doug restrict their activities to: “ I) those Thompson. Plus the six councillors normal procedures followed preselected or acclaimed on Friday it ently and those previously apwas shown would be unable to take proved by council, and 2) that Doug their seats because, though they Thompson proceed with preparahad paid their fee, council couldn’t tions for an off-campus mail-out for take a vote to ratify them. the July 6177 referendum on reBut what to do about it? A group fundable fees.” of councillors has decided to call a The latter part presumes that the general meeting of students to general meeting will occur before quash the bylaw change: ThompJuly 6 and the bylaw which disenson claims there is nothing wrong: franchises off-campus students will . and his vice-president Ron Hipfner have been squashed. thus allowing complained Tuesday that he didn’t them a vote. know anything about it and he The significance of this is that couldn’t get hold of Thompson to Thompson and his executive used find anything out. He told the chevthis new bylaw to justify a split reron: “I haven’t been able to find ferendum on a voluntary fee - one out anything from him. I can’t find in the summer and another in the the bastard.” fall, whereas if the bylaw does not Twelve councillors and ten other stand it would be possible to have students gathered Sunday for a only one referendum with an offcouncil meeting which had been campus mail-in ballot. This was the called by Thompson. The presioriginal demand of Engineering dent, however, didn’t show and the Society when it called for the recouncillors, one short of quorum, ferendum last term. and unsure about their voting No matter what, it seems rights, held an informal meeting. Thompson intends to split the vote They were particularly upset over two terms, though his reason about Thompson’s absence behas changed. cause in a letter sent out to all On June 8th, the Gazette recouncillors prior to the meeting he ported that “Thompson decided to said: ‘“There are very few meetings split the referendum when learning in the summer, but they are importhat a recent federation bylaw tant ones. if c.,ouncillors don’t show change prevents mailing ballots to up the very best we can do is.. r off-campus students since they

law don’t pay fees while they’re away.” However, in a telephone interview with the free chevron Tuesday, Thompson denied that the referendum is to be split for this reason. Thompson said that the referendum should be split only because of the difficulty of locating off-campus students and because the frosh arriving at UW in September should be allowed to vote. On the new bylaw Thompson claims there is no problem. He told the chevron Tuesday that he had consulted with Gary Flaxbard a federation lawyer, who told him, cc . . . one has to examine what a legislative body had in mind when it passed the bylaw. The courts look at the bylaws this way.” The motivation for the bylaw was to eliminate voting rights for graduate students, who do not pay federation fees. Thompson reasons that this is how the bylaw should be interpreted, and so council is not in a state of paralysis. The bylaw is entitled “A bylaw defining membership in the federation of students”, and is phrased without reference to graduate students. Hipfner, apparently unaware of Thompson’s legal consultation. said Tuesday that he would contact another federation lawyer, Morley Rosenberg, for a legal opinion on the bylaw. He said it would also be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting slated for Wednesday in the Toronto home of federation treasurer Martha Coutts. He said the meeting was closed to the press and other students. The directors -were to discuss the federation, the chevron. and the student movement, all sesiou\ matters, which he said. the board could cover t‘aster if they were let’s on their own. --nick redding -neii dacherty


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Pres and others face’cha Renison student Larry Smylie has been trying since April 6 to lay charges of assault, mischief and counselling to commit an offence against Doug Thompson and ten of Thompson’s supporters. The charges arise from the forceful eviction of chevron staff on February 27 and two incidents between Thompson and Smylie in the Federation offices March 30 and April 4. He has met several obstacles in getting his information accepted, which is the first stage in laying charges. His trip through the legal hierarchy has led him to the offices of the Attorney-General and the Chief Judge for Ontario. When he originally contacted Waterloo Justice of the Peace Betty Futher, she refused to discuss the charges because they had not been investigated by security police. He contacted security police, who told him that the reports had been sent to the JP. However-,Futher said she had no reports. Smylie insisted he had the right to lay charges and told her-he had shown the charges to a lawyer. Futher still refused.

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called the Chief Judge of Ontario’s office. The chief judge’s assistant called K-W senior JP William Daniels, who then informed Smylie that Rabley would take the case. Smylie told the Chevron Monday that he has laid charges of assault and wilful mischief in obstructing the chevron staff. He is also discussing with the Crown Prosecuter a charge of counselling ts commit an offence. He says that since he went to the Attorney General’s department and the chief judge’s office everyone has “bent over backwards” to help him. Futher told the chevron Tuesday there had been a “misunderstanding”. “I didn’t mean for him (Smylie) to think that I didn’t want to take his charges”, she said. She had wanted to seek advice on how to proceed on the information, and now considers that she made a mistake in not first accepting the charges. Thompson could not be reached at press time. -jonathan

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control’.” He has forgotten that the conjunction “and” must join parallel or co-ordinate elements. Here he has used it to join a dependent clause to an independant clause. As it reads now it is the university which is viewing the scene from outside. He should have said. *’ . . . as universities struggled to accommodate new attitudes, some people, viewing the scene from outside, questioned whether the un iversities were ‘out of control’.” In his afternoon remarks, he manages a rather humourous misplaced modifier of the “piano for sale by lady with Hepplewhite legs” variety when he has the School of Optometry contributing “to peopie in remote areas of Ontario using three fullyequipped travelling vans”. In his remarks of May 28, he throws in a superfluous preposition saying, “. . . and the first class of 75 in number, attended. . . ” when he ought to have said, “. . . and the first class, 75 in number, attended. . .“. As has already been remarked, it is hardly fair to compare the English of someone as educated and experienced as a university president with that of a new university student. If the president of this university is allowed grammar errors in the final versions of three out of four attempts, how many errors ought a recent High School graduate be allowed in one attempt. revising under pressure’! We call on the designers of the English Language Proficiency Programme to reveal to the university at large, and especially to students, just exactly what criteria they have been using to judge adequacy. How many errors, and of what sort, are considered acceptable in the written part of the proficiency exam‘? Are the topics given in the exam appropriate to young, imaginative adults’? If there are students who need special help in English. how much is the present programme helping them’.’ ---the chevron staff

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If you’re a Monty Python fan with three bucks burning a hole in your pocket, you may be tempted to rush down to the’capitol Theatre and trade your hard earned pennies for an opportunity to sit through Jabberwocky - the Python crew’s latest release. Don’t bother. You can get a better high for the same money at the Campus Centre pub - with or without entertainment. Jabberwocky is an attempted parody of heroic romance set in the middle ages and vividly depicting the filth of living conditions, but little else. The film chronicles the adventures of a country bumpkin who sets out for the city to seek a better job but ends up inadvertently (through acts of cowardice) slaying the monster, saving the city. marrying the princess, and completing the quest he never asked for. Hardcore Monty Python fans will be amazed -or perhaps disappointed - at the lack of incoherence in the plot. It’s silly mind you, but it certainly hangs together. Sometimes it’s even downright logical the way things happen. And who’d have ever thought that Monty Python would stoop so low as to use logic in plot construct ion? Speaking of logic, I must confess that I expected to encounter some allusion to the work of that master logician - Lewis Carroll. Monty Python’s brilliant manipulation of screen techniques and sense of incongruity added to Lewis Carroll’s creative genius could have provided a dynamite combination. Unfortunately I was sold short. There’s no connection between this movie and Through the Looking Glass: no White Queen, no Red King, no talking flowers or animals, not even a pair of fat little brothers. And even though the poem Jabberwocky is quoted in full. no. credit is given to the man who wrote it. Just as well I suppose - if Carroll knew what kind of bastardization his writing could be subjected to, he’d turn livid red from embarrassment. The film will win no awards. The production is average, the acting is superficial, and the characterization is as two-dimensional as ever. Now, admittedly, those aren’t the prime criteria for assessing the merit of a Python show. But if you dig the way Monty has always used animation, you’re in for another disappointment in this flit. There is only one brief animated segment, which precedes the film but has absolutely no relation to it. That’s certainly within the Python tradition. But, however, before making Jabberwocky Monty buried his talent for creatively balancing live and animated scenes. Who among you that has burst a spleen laughing at The Holy Grail can ever forget the heavens rolling back for the confrontation besay you’re sorry. I’m sick of tween God and King Arthur? “Don’t people grovelling at my feet!” If Monty decided to abandon his unique brand of creativity after the Grail, one thing he has managed to retain is his obsession with blood and gore. Remember the black knight who lost all his appendages? Kid stuff compared to the gallons of ketchup in this one! Which reminds me - stay away from spaghetti and meatballs (or any ethnic food, for that matter) for several hours before and after seeing this film. Abol.lt the only thing you’ll be able to stomach is the North American staple - a Macdonald’s blandburger. Perhaps Monty Python is trying to “lay a heavy” on us - trying to point out that true pornography lies in violence, not sex, and that the suckers with the scissors let the real thing by without a scratch. “Uh, apart from the violence, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the show’!” “Well, I’d just like to say that I found it to be totally without any redeeming social value, appealing solely to society’s prurient interests, and concerned largely with a lot of monster-crap.” (A monster-crap is similar to a cow plotch but much larger about five feet in diameter, a foot deep, and greyish-green with a slightly juicy consistency.) , Ahh well.. .ya pays your money and ya takes your chances.

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