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eked-doors wonf!fiiitstop chevron voll: are. holding is a :laration of intent. t is the statement of the chevron t’f that we will not be silenced. No tter that the federation executive zmpted to gag the chevron by king staff out of the office, the !vron was never closed for very Iit* i decision by the federation ex-

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ecutive locked its doors on Friday night after all the staff had left. However some staffers returned on Saturday evening when a phone call, from a photographer alerted them to the situation. They were met by federation president Shane Roberts accompanied by three campus police. Told that they would only be allowed to enter

the office one at a time and accompanied by .Roberts to retrieve personal effects, the first staffer went in and then refused to leave. Faced with opposition, Roberts called off the police and left. More staffers arrived and occupied the office, several sleeping there to prevent its being closed again. A phone campaign to workers

on the paper yielded 35 people to a special meeting of the staff called for Sunday afternoon. .These persons and more also attended Sunday night’s emergency council meeting, at which it was decided to “reopen” the office. But the threat to the student newspaper is not over. A notice of motion was put before council on

tile at Sunday’s ~vron pr~~/u~tion nwnager Neil Docherty is seen here answerin, (J charges agarnst the chevron ergency council meetin,. u He wa$ cut ottby the speaker before finishing his points. In front of/Jim are three members 13~C~nc2dic7n University Press ICUP) andan executive member of the OnLa7Yo Federatidfi of Students (OfS) who photo by loh ngiap jong rot’ h.0177c717 (IFS conference in London ;~nd CUP 0ffice.s j/7 C~ttawa to support the chevron.

.ockout reduced to enqu \s a result of student council deons at:d special meeting Sunday oning there will be an investiga-’ : committee set up soon to exine all structures in existence

ween the chevron let-, the federation

and its pubof students.

lm attacks fo//owing emerged during the he ot’d discussion with Leo john, ,mociate profekwr in history

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at uw.

Vhat- Shane Roberts is doing h his students federation is delying the democracy of the stuIts, and replacing it by his own . moris.

.eo Johnson said that the people st N&ve the chevron, bese it is essential to democracy., ! chevron is the voice of the stuIts, and a majority of the deeiIS is made by the students. ‘he letter-box to the chevron lets student say what he thinks is It. It also allows other students rlebate, . and . _ most of all, to be locratic ! hane seems to be using the Kim “lf you don’t like the mese, shoot the messenger”. It is ilar to having the ostrich stick head in the sand. The trouble is there, but you can’t see it, so not as bad. The whole idea bect democracy is that the people ‘e a say in what is going on. To te democracy work, you must re argument, people disagre;, and having different opinions. h the feds trying to take control, y are in effect trying to clamp vn on the students right to ak. This is not what the objec: of the students’ council ought )e. ohnson also had some views on cedure at Sunday’s council :ting. He said to the speaker Ither Rorrison, “I have also ched one of the most strange rades of speakership 1 have I- seen, in which you cut peGpIe who are quite legitimately makpoints. But let me continue ’ hout cutting me off.” ,ater. he commented on the mo-

has been reactivated. The investigative committee was the final form reached after four hours of discussioti, debate, argument and comment. With 13 council members in attendance, the evening revolved aroun‘d accusations that the chevron was not functioning properly in its position as the newspaper of UW students.

The council meeting was called as a result of a special federation executive meeting last Friday -afternoon, at which it was decided to shut down the operation and offices of the chevron. Since that decision and its ibplementation the chevron

Shane tion on the floor at that point: “ . . . if this council accepts the minutes, containing the four points, including ttie description of the notices of motion, this council will make itself one of the laughing-stocks of the Canadian students. It is without precedent for the executive to make such a move.“. .-He also said that the speak&r had 1 I a “curious interpretation of Roberts Rules”. She started debate on a motion, and then announced that there were to be questions only. It is obvious to anyone who knows the rules that after a motion, everyone has a right 10 debate. The speaker either did not know her job, or, she was quashing debate, the right to argue. Johnson felt-that the council was thinking along the lines of “do it now, and I’ll tell you why .later” when it decided to close the chevron office. He also felt that it had no evidence to support the claims it had used to justify the four points on the minutes of the meeting of Sept. 24. 1

bullseye Now it is time todeal with the Shane Roberts of today. He is not a new and improved model. He is the same ‘radical’, who, now he has power, can misuse and abuse it to try to destroy the chevron. It is-- now time for every one who cares about the democratic right of free speech to stand up and fight against Shane Rbberts and the federation executives. Come to the meeting 5:30 thursday at room 3006 lra G. Needles Hall, and fight for the -freedom of speech. -t.

alex beamish

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There were quite a few different forms discussed for the establishment of some sort of investigation of the chevron-federation relationship, but in the end a type agreeable to council members was found. The committee will consist of one representative from each of the six faculty societies, one from integrated studies, each of which will have one vote in matters concerned with the committee. There will also be a rm from the Ontario Federation of Students (OFS), and a rep from the Canadian University Press (CUP), both of which having no power of vote, but instead acting in an advisory position during the examinations. The committee will concern itself with the many factors in the publication of the chevron that the federation feels harms students. They includs the alleged existence of a controlling group in the core. staff of the paper, the alleged harrassment by the same staff of new and uninitiated staff members: that the former editor of the chevron, Adrian Rodway, may have been forced into resigning by those f’xtion members; the alleged misappropriation of property and supplies assigned to the chevron: and altegations that the proper control and editing of the paper is not in effect at the present time and that the lines of communications and control between the federation and the chevron are.not functioning. In the creation of the committee, the council has deliberately left out any representation from the federation or chevron. This was done in order to ensure’ that the chevrqn u’as investigated by students and that all decisions would have the interests of the majority of students at heart. This was designed to also eiiminate further confrontation between feds and chevrics. -brian

pepperdine

Sunday by Roberts asking for the firing of “the two remaining members of the editorial staff”, production manager Neil Docherty and news editor Henry- Hess. (Editor Adrian Rodway announced his resignation “for personal reasons” to a staff meeting on Friday.) This motion will come up ’ at Thursday’s meeting of the student council. University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario volume 17, special issue tuesday, September 28, 1976

The chevron staff condemns the arbitrary andanti-democratic action of the federation executive board in closing the chevron friday sept. 24, 1976. The action constitutes a direct effort to muzzle the student press and must be opposed by every person who upholds the freedom of press. This action shows contempi for the chevron staff, which was not consulted on the newspaper’s closing. Moreover,,it is also a direct contravention of the students’ right. to join and work on the chevron. We call on the federation council to overturnthisexecutive action and y other disciplinary measures to the executive. passed by a meeting of 35 chevron workers, Sunday,

Executive The Federation Board’s decision Friday to close the chevroiIi is iiie iatest 2nd rr;ost extreme case of- conflict between the Federation executive and the chevron. Relations between the two have seldom been very cordial. Council member John Long maintains that the tension between the federation and the chevron “has existed for as long as I can remember - even in 1971.” Some federation executive members feel that the nature of the chevron by-laws create an ambigious and shaky relationship -between the federation and the chevron, and that only amendments to the bylaws could improve the situation. But while there have been problems in the past, the conflict took on a new form and content during the past summer, when the federation decided to re-examine its relationship to the chevron. It was then that wide-ranging by-law changes were first discussed. Before council broke for the 4summer in May, Board of Publications chairperson Ralph Torrie (who resigned on Friday) reported that a committee would be formed to review the by-laws. At the ninth. annual meeting of the students’ council on July 10-l 1, workshops were set up, and among the issues discussed was the relation of the chevron to the Board of Publications and to the federation. Opt ions concerning the chevron ranged from establishing a separate publishing agency with its own student fee, to leaving things more or less as they were. . The minutes of the July’lO-11 council meeting state a recommenmethods financing dation “that student newspapers be researched by the Board ,of Publications and that alternatives be presented to Council later this year.” The July 23 issue of the chevron quotes Shane Roberts as saying at the workshop that although the chevron has an interest in dis-. seminating informat ion in general, “traditionally it sees itself as playing a watchdog, devil’s advocate

role of a critic, independent in that it not only gives information, but it assessi s 3-i d ii>&&5 ‘~a:;;, . * ment, and that’s where a lot of the tension, comes up.” In the event of separation, Roberts added, the federation might set up its own communication. instrument, which might be “a bulletin or some other way of getting what it information sees as straight through, or even information biased toward what it is doing.” The chevron staff investigated the feasibility of complete independence from the federation, but felt that financial autono’my could lead/to the paper’s destruction. However, staffer Ernst ion Bezold was elected to represent the chevron on the Board of Publication’s proposed committee to review’ the by-laws. Ernst was told by Torrie that he would be informed once the committee was convened. “I secured a copy of Says Ernst: the by-laws and reviewed them, but I was never contacted.” He continues: “My impression was that part of the committee’s intended function was to act as a bureaucratic buffer between the chevron and some federation councillors; to forestall a direct-confrontation by reviewing the by-laws governing the relationship, rather than reviewing the papef.” As the chevron was going to press, Ralph Torrie Was not available for comment on why the committee never met. According- to several members, the chevron was discussed at executive meetings following the July lo- 11 workshops, and more recently. The resignation of Ralph Torrie and Adrian Rodway on Friday provided the Executive Board with the opportunity to take definite action against the paper. Federation -vice-president Dave McLellan, who was out of town on declared --to the Friday, chevron: “The lockout was a serious mistake. I’m glad I was in London when the decision was made to do it.” . j;\lbe-

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New recruits At a special meeting of the Federation of Students council Sunday, Shane Roberts, federation president asserted that new recruits have been discouraged from participating in the work of the chevron.

The following letters so far collected from recruits expla’in their Lview of this statement by Roberts. The

allegations against the of discouraging new memlo ers or interested workers are just that - allegations. On my first visit down the stairs (just to place an ad), I was asked if I wanted to work, certainly not a tactic used to keep the chevron closed to interested students. chevron

-nikki

carter

The tremendous encouragement shown to me over the past two week; by the members of the chevron staff has led me to a much greater involvement on campus than I ever expected. Every new face at -the chevron has been met with such enthusiasm that the number of v’acant chairs. in the paper’s office has been steadily decreasing; ‘while, at the same time, the number of clattering typewriters ha”s unmistakably be&n on the upswing. The chevron office has become so much like a second home to so many of the new members that, when the necessity arose, there was no lack of volunteers to “live in” it. Any rumors of new and interested ‘students being chased or scared away from the chevron are nothing morethan that-rumours! And my opinions of those who start or propagate such lies certainly in no way compares to my admiration of the dedicated people who are at present on the chevron staff.

I went to the chevron offices the fiist week of this term and inquired about the opportunities available to me as a student with an active interest in journalism. Henry Hess introduced himself and asked me if -gerard kitimons I was busy at the moment. I had no more classes that day and stated I denounce all allegations made such. He requested that I research and write a story on openings on by the Federation of Students and am appalled by the actions taken by the council executive and council Federdtion. I, proper. In the process of research I the aforementiobed met Shane Roberts for the first time as a fast year student, was welcomed by the staff and Neil and he was helpful in the attainment of the required information. I Docherty personally took time out of his work to spend time explainreturned to the offices almost ing to me the policies of the chevron everyday since that day I first came and to show me around the office. I down. I am tiware of the accusations concerning the AIA, I will say was also invited to attend their staff meeting on the &me day. As a that in no way did they ever attempt photographer from the to influence the 3 stories I have had former Omega (Saskatchewan’s award published so far, nor have they turned down any story or ideas I l winning best paper of the year), I was to see the efficiency have submitted, (they being the pleased of the staff. I feel editorial and production people of and,friendliness the chevion, students and paid this paper will be better than the Omega and certainly has the capacstaff) nor have I been politicized, nor otherwise harassed by the ity for it. -don Simpson chevron staff or workers. -1 have though learned a lot in 3 weeks on the paper, some things I hope to During my first week of Univerapply in this and future years in sity, it was suggestCd to me by a University ‘and working life. member of the Student Council that -brian pepperdine I join the chevron staff. Looking for in outlet for my photographic e In the orientation issue of the abilities, I entered the chevron chevron I saw the ad inviting people office,. I was heartily greeted and to join the paper. I came down the introduced to several members of first week of classes and spent over the staff. They offered me a cup of an hour finding out about the paper. coffee and asked me how soon I I was never discouraged from comcould start. I don’t think you could ing down, but rather, I was encourreally do more to welcome someone aged to come and learn how to do off the street. something for the paper. I am looking forward to several -Sandra endacott good years on the staff of the chevron, and I don’t really think I am a fairly new member of the that anyone other than my fellow chevron staff, making contributions staff members have the right to . over the last few months in subjects deny me that right. which interest me. -john c. jackson All of the editors have been friendly and helpful, supplying me with any assistance necessary to produce good photos and articles. They have been encouraging, not discouraging. The chevron editor-in-chief AdThe fact that my political views rian Rodway submitted his resignaare quite different from those of tion to the chevron staff me’eting on some of the ‘people here, has not Friday Sept 24, 1976, citing perprevented my articles from being sonal reasons. published, or caused them to disBut Student Council voted at courage me. their meeting Sunday to refuse to I have spoken to people who dis- accept Rodwdy’s resignation. like the chevron because it doesn’t Rodway stated to council he felt cover events of interest to them or pressured by some staff members, because of sdme of the political who itre also members of the AIA viewpoints expressed. (Anti Imperialist Alliance) in his position as editor. He added that he I suggested to all of them that they should make contributigns in would like, though, to remain and these subjects which interest them, work as a regular staff member. and get their say in newspaper polH wever when interviewed at a 9 d&e Neil Docherty later (producicy. None of them have done so, because they are too apathetic. tion manager) said: “I think the Apathy is the problem, not the probleh is that Adrian Rodway can? ’ editors. New people are very welstand the pace. There is a lot come here. The editors don’t bite!! of pressure involved Then you are Articles which appear in the trying to put out a paper. There is chevron, are there because somealso a lot of political discussion and one was-interested enough to write he seems to think that is pressure.” them.‘ - Rodway appeared miffed at the -christopher dufault rejection of hisresignation.

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hers 28, 19’

return -the salvo :’

to protest

the ciosure

of the Chevron’s

My name is Alex Beamish, and I am an honours math student in my first year. I became interested in the cheiron during the summer and on September 14, I went down to the office to apply for a job. I was greeted by Sylvia Hannigan, who ’ gave me a warm welcome, and gave me a form to fill out. I signed up for layout, and she introduced tie to Neil Docherty. Neil introduced me to everyone in the office, and I felt I was being very well received. Neil then took an hour to show me how to do layout, going over every point, and finally he left me to do a page of ads. I have seen other jpeople come into the office, and be greeted with a great deal of friendship. I have found the whole staff to be very friendly, and I have not been disuaded from joining at all. I have enjoyed working with all the people, and the high point of my week is going down to the chevron. t.

atex beamish

On the advice of the don of village II, I came to offer my services to the chevron and since then I have always been encouraged to help set up the photography department. The ideas recommended by me to improve our photographic department especially have been overwhelmingly accepted and applied. Many photographers on campus are on service with the chevron and opportunity wise, the sky’s the limit in improving our photographic skills. -

loh niap jong

/ Edrltor resigns, .

Ralph Torrie had his resignation accepted with regrets by council. He vacated the chairmanship of the Board of Publications. Torrie cited his reasons in a letter to council. His explanations were he was no longer registered as --a student, commitments elsewhere and the intended resignation of the chevron’s editor Adrian Rodway. The mptter of Rodway’s supposed resignation seemed-- even more confused later when Shane Roberts, federation president, said after the council meeting that he would be placing an ad in the chevron this week. The ad would call for applications for editor. _ Roberts’ comment came after a long, hectic and at times confused council meeting Sunday. The matter may be clarified at the council meeting scheduled for this Thursday. -harry

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photo by John Jackson

offices.

It appears that a tense situation has developed between the chevron and the Federation of Students and frankly it has me flabbergasted. I have just recently become a volunt&r worker at the chevron, contributing my efforts to last week’s edition. Now, scarcely being able to carry the label “experienced’ ’ , I--run up against the locked doors of our once bustling office. - - Shane Roberts has barred up the office over a dispute that is either so abstract that it is beyond my comprehension, or it is a fallacy all in his head. Roberts justifies his action by%ring the claim that the chevron has a production problem among all staff members, and the situation has to be rectified. I am personally not aware of production problems here, but he babbles about intimidation frdni the full-time staff that is affecting the volunteers. Being .a part of the volunteer staff, I have felt quite the opposite from these people. They have expressed nothing but encouragement and appreciation for my efforts,. It is largely because of these feelings that I hope to be able to spend several hours a week on the newspaper throughout the term. Undeniably though, there is still a problem. Mr. Roberts is willing to back down on his lock-up charade but he promises Eurther.harassment in the form ‘of inquiries and new recominendations. I wish he would beat his path up another door and leave the chevron to get down to its business of publication. On my first day of involvement, Neil Docherty, the production manager, enthused me by saying, “Yes we’re getting a lot of new recruits like yourself. If we can keep up this pace, we have the potential to become the best student newspaper in Canada.” I believe that. -jamie

- 0.m. nSerstn

I first came to the chevron (I weeks ago) in response to ad1 : tisements I had seen in chevroh , encouraging interes students to come down and le about newspaper production anI I.tyke part in it. when I arrived, I was welcor by staff, who made every effor ensure that I was comfortable, on my first day here I learned basics of lay-out work, and I 7 able to do something useful. I was never discouraged in way from dropping in at any til offering suggestions, opinions contributions. Every newcome the chevron since I arrived has b treated in the same friendly w: I am happy to be here.

thiers

Many allegations have been made of “tension” in the chevron office and “harassment” by certain members of the staff. AIA members on staff have been accused of creating .an atmosphere in which recruits would find it difficult to work. As a relatively new volunteer member of staff, I find these allegations ludicrous. I would like to state for the record that I was never “hassled”, but rather encouraged and helped at all times by veteran staffers, including those who happen to belong to the AIA. -

This comment is in response certain statements made at a st dents’ council meeting on Se tember 26, 1976: I wish to clar: that I have submitted regular ar cles for the past three weeks to t chevron yet not once has a st; member approached me regardi my political beliefs; further, r once had I even heard the exprc sion A.I.A. mentioned befc today. If the chevron actually it mouthpiece for the A.LA., th that was not made clear to m’e wh I begah to write for it, nor has ar one pressured me to join the A.I. In fact, had anyone enquired, th probably would have discover that I disagreed with them on many political points as not. b thing I have seen yet has indicat that the chevron is attempting promote the ideas and ideals 01 small minority and, at the sal time, preventing anyone else frc having an opposite view publish in their newspaper.

-marina

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I came down to the chevron of an interest in journalism ant learn. The moment I entered paper’s office I was warmly gree by Brenda Wilson who is a salar staff member.- I was given an signment to cover that afterno In addition the first week I learl layout. Both Henry Hess (nc editor) and Neil Docherty (prod tion manager) have been most couraging arrd helpful. I have SC everyone who has come down the paper warmly greeted and u ally given an assignment to d,o contribute in any manner they interested.

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September

the chevron

28, 1976

FEDERATION OF STUDENTS EXECUTIVE Minutes of a special meeting of September 24, 1976 at 3:20 p.m.

BOARD' UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO the Executive Board held Friday, in Room 233 of the Campus Centre.

Members Present Doug Antoine Ralph Torrie Franz Klingender

Don Orth Shane Roberts

Also

John

Present

Doug 'Bruce

Thompson Rorrison

Lee

ROBERTS/THOMPSON: To accept Ralph Torrie's resignation as chairperson of the Board of Publications, with regrets. The Executive commends Ralph for his efforts in behalf of the Board since his appointment, and most especially for his-excellent work on the handbook. CARRIED t ,L ; 1 \ Ralph announced that Adrian Rodway was resigning as editor-in-chief of the Chevron, confirming that two other executive members had already heard. (Adrian's written resignation was later received.) At

this

point

This special cations of Chevron.

Ralph

Torrie

left

the

meeting was called Mr. Rodway's resignation

meeting.

to

deal &ith the possible as editor-in-chief'of

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Shane explained that over the last few months there have been complaints from some Students' Council members and members of the Chevron about treatment they received from certain other staff of the paper.

members

The editor's the Chevron. among paid of cour+ie,

resignation shows that something is obviously wrong When the working conditions prevent good relationships staff, volunteer recruitment drive will be affected. the quality of the paper will deteriorate.

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Although the Chevron is supposted to be run democratically by all, "staff members", there is a lack of formal procedure to protect democratic decision-making, e.g., no quorum is specified. There also a fear that an organization with unpublished membership is conspiring to take control of the Chevron.

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Generally, there is the concern that "freedom of the press".could be becoming the freedom of a small group to dominate the CHEVRON and use a student-funded paper as a propoganda organ for their own purposes. The following acceptance:

points

were

then

ROBERTS/KLINGENDER: 1. To call a' special Council 6:00 p.m. in Needles Hall

put

to

motion

and

meeting on Sunday, Room 3006.

received

UNANIMOUS

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To call a General Meeting to consider a new by-law to alLow the establishing of an editorial board with the following suggested preliminary draft of membership and powers and dutiesc

Membership / The Chevron editor-in-chief The Board of Publications One member appointed by faculty (e.g., a committee other representative of One member appointed by One member appointed by Duties & Powers

chairperson a group with a representative from comprised of the presidents or each faculty-based society. Students' Council the volunteer staff of the Chevron

- hiring of temporary employees - handling complaints and suggestions - establishing editorial policy - establishing policy for the operation - establishing staff membership The Executive agreed that the minutes - --statement related to its decission. STATEMENT ACCOMPANYgiG

of

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should

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Chevron be accompanied

THE‘EXECUTIVE

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afternoon Friday 24, we received reports that had announced that he was resigning effective

On the editor

the Chertron immediately.

Within the afterncon a Federation Executive meeting was organised. Ralph Torrie handed in his resignation The Chairman of Publications, -at the start of the meeting and .left. With no-- one_-_._ clearly rcsponsible for the Chevron and rwmors that had been circulating'&out of affairs in the Chevron, the Executivemeaber‘s present the state were uncertain as to what would happen to the paper during the coming week. Also given past occasions on campus of theft, property damage, and physical occupation of office space by political groups, the executive was also concerned about the prctection of the CHEVRON office area. Without a i.rlowledge of who may have obtained keys for the offices, the locks on the CHEVRON offices were changed and the area considered clcsed (Friday at 7:30 after the staif had finished working) until Students' Council could make a decision on the paper. To deal with the situation by as democratic a means w-as ~~S~ig~t.'Thi~~iay emergency meeting of Council if Council wanted to try to continue publishing the office could be opened 1Monday morning. Pressureon

Adrian

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possible

CHEVRON

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Rodway

The verbal reports of editorship of the CHEV a one-sentence letter There were no reascns was quitting.

the resignation.of Adrian Rodway from the 'RON were followed late in the afternc.>n by from Rodwalr to Ralph Torrie dated September given in the resignation letter for why he

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Members of the Federation Executive believed from what they had seen - --and heard of relationships in the paper that a minority bloc of pressure on the individuals witnin the CHEVRON had b een exerting editor for some months. of the CHEVRON Indeed, dnrin7 August there was a move by a minority staff to oust the editor., Prominent in this group were Larry Hannant (a U. of Waterloo qraduatestudcndand Neil Docherty ("production salaried position). manager" for the CHEVRON - a full-time But this CHEVRON

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Among the issues of debate about the Chevron have been suspicions salaried members*of.the editorial staff that the paper and senior, were either wittingly or unwittingly being used to promote the viewi point of a particular political group. -Part of the basis of concern is that this group, the Anti-Imperialist is a private organization whereas the CHEVRON is, within Alliance, the student body, a "publicly" funded newspaper. Decisionmaking As it us to dne is exclude to deal variety especially

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CHZ'JRON

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some on-campus student body of people (if we Council) distinct frcn the scarf of tha paper or specific questions of the editorial balance, of the paper. The need for some body is when there are complaints about the stafff.

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staff present

of the functioning

While the Tjy-law for the Board o f Publications posits the of the editorial policy with the Editor-in-chief, for some has been accepted practice (within the CHEVRON) that this the staff as a whole.

CHEVRON of of the

chevron staff to choose and dismiss do. ’ Their efforts have been successSunday evening, at an emergency the people who hold the paid posifederation council meeting, federations. That method is discussion ful. The chevron office has been tion president Shane Roberts read and democratic voting. Simply virtually innundated by eager poout an executive board statement stated, the students who do the tential staffers. Students want to be part of a dynamic newspaper. giving its reasons for closing the work decide who works with them. doors of the chevron. , This democratic decisionIt was Shane Roberts, not any The statement is an unintermaking would be scrapped if the chevron member, who locked the chevron doors in an attempt to keep rupted, series of allegations, illexecutive’s proposal for an editorial founded opinions, rumours and board is forced on the chevron. (See staff members out. falsehoods. Executive Board Minutes). In place The claim that the chevron has To reply to all the charges laid of the chevron staff making the de- been used to promote a particular there would require a volume of cisions, the executive proposes a political belief is unfounded, if that chevrons. Indeed, the past bound board including only one member ‘ ‘particular political belief’ ’ means volume of, the chevron is a telling AIA’s. That is easily proven by a from the volunteer staff. Further, this editorial board review of the major features printed refutation of the statement. But several outstanding points would usurp the powers over policy in the chevron during the past sumdeserve full replies, and are specifiand procedures which the chevro’n mer term. Such a survey reveals a cally answered here. variety of political points of view. staff now exercises. A written man* A similar survey of the entire ual which is constantly updated and Decisions of importanceon chev- I developed is the guide for this 1975-76 chevron will show a wide ron policy and procedures are not decision-making. To allege that diversity of political opinion, as well made by the editor. They are made’ : ‘th,ere is a lack of formal procedure as news, campus sports and enterby staff at regular meetings held on to protect democratic decisiontainment. But it also will show that Friday afternoons. It is not true to making” is a vicious lie. Roberts AIA articles have been kept out of say that there was “no one clearly’ knows of the existence of the chev- -*the chevron. s ron policy manual, and, like ’ The feedback pages have been responsible for the chevron.. . . ” extensive, providing students with The staff is the authority in the everyone at UW, ha4 access to it. How do the students of UW now the chance to debate issues ranging chevron. Despite Adrian Rodway’s resignation, every chevron staff ensure that the chevron serves their from the cutbacks in education interest? Obviously, writing letters spending to the controversy over member expected to publish the alleged correlations between race chevron as usual the following Frito feedback and talking to chevron day. staff members are immediate pos- , and IQ. AIA has had its share of The executive admits that it acted sibilities, and options which many letters in the feedback section. This happens because the AIA is an acon rumour. Rumours from whom? students use. strong The closer this ,statement is exIn addition, staff meetings are tive group, with consistent, open to students, and several stu- po>itions to put forward. amined, the more obvious it beIt is significant that many of these that rumour is the dents who have never before -apcomes letters have been critical of the misexecutive’s entire foundation for peared in the chevron office have, suggested articles or improvements leadership of Roberts. taking this action. Moreover, it is significant that the Rumour and allegation are which’were well received at staff Y further used by relating “theft”, meetings.’ chevron has closely followed and “property damage” and unnamed reported the blunders, fiascos and Of course, those who have “political groups”. The only occuinaction of the federation. And stronger interest in the operations pation of property during the past are always encouraged to make six there’s much more filth to be uncotwo years has been the March 1975 contributions (articles, photos, _ vered. occupation of the Arts dean’s office Such investigative reporting, and graphics, etc.) and become. voting by the--Renison Academic Assema thorough discussion of intemastaff members. bly, a student defence organization. tionalp national and. university afThis is more directly-democratic The action was supported by the than the federation executive itself fairs is exactly what terrifies Federation of Students council. which meets in secret and which Roberts. Every time he speaks his It is entirely false to claim that the includes non-elected members. foot ends up --in his mouth. executive didn’t know who had obThe ‘executive is calling for an - Roberts’ neck is on theline. This’ tained keys. Federation business investigation. We agree. attempt to close the chevron is a manager Peter Yates has a list of all - In fact, we demand an investigablatant move to muzzle unyielding keyholders. Keyholders must sign tion into what this clique of docritics. It’s the desperate act of a for their keys and each key is innothings and parasites has been man lon __ the run. scribed with the order “Not to be doing for students during the seven With a campaign of lies, gossip, duplicated’ ’ . Peter “Yates, in case months since they began to live on rumour and unfounded allegation, Roberts has forgotten, has an office student funds. We want to know Roberts has long sought to kill the adjacent to the president of the what Shane Roberts has done about chevron. federation’s. the real problems students face Sunday, the staff of the chevron “As democratic means as possicutbacks, tuition fee increases for made a firm declaration to Roberts j ble”. What is democratic about foreign students, declining living and the federation council: The seven executive members -five of standards - since he went onto the chevron will be published. themelected by students-meeting Federation payroll years ago. Roberts and his gang might own secretly and taking action based on We want an investigation into this \ the typewriters, the pens, paper rumour? anti-democrat who closed down the and desks. But machines don’t Moreover, this clique ignored the chevron, with the complicity of the work of their own accord. The heart opportunity to talk with chevron university administration and the of any factory, any nation, any aid of campus cops. staff, who were in the office beyond newspaper, is the people in it. Furthermore, we intend tolaunch 3:20 pm. The executive waited until With the support of the students, the staff was gone, then had the just such an investigation! faculty and staffof UW, the chevron f locks changed on the doors. This is For months, there has been a staff will continue to publish a the “democracy” of Hitler ! strong movement to improve the newspaper that serves them, a In his resignation statement to chevron by involving more students newspaper free of meddling by offtand more student societies. This cials who claim to be operating chevron staff September 24, Rod-‘ democratically, a newspaper uneway said he had quit for “personal has been led by Neil Docherty % and reasons”. He refused to elaborate. Henry Hess. quivocalIy opposed to Shane In August, several staff members They arranged a meeting with the Roberts and his like. did call for Rodway’s resignation. societies to establish better liaison -neil docherty -Iarty hannant And the request was dealt with in between them and the chevron, and exactly the same manner that such to tell students what their societies -henry hess matters have beendealt with in the past - in a chevron staff meeting. The ousting and resignation of editors is a relatively frequent occurrence at the chevron. For example, in August, 1975, _MichaelGordon was forced to resign by chevron staff members, who found him to be ’ M em b er: Canadian university press (CUP). The chevron is typeset by members incompetent during the four-month of the workers’ union of dumont pressgraphix andpublished bythefederation summer operation. * of students incorporated, university of Waterloo. Content is the sole responsiA full, and heated, discussion bility of the chevron ed,itorial staff. Offices are located in the-campus centre; . took place among voting staff mem(519) 885-l 660, or university local 2331. bers (and one federation executive . --.joan hoffman, rosanne pellitzari, marina taitt, Sandra endecott, jane pollock, peter member, who was not on staff) barron, val moghadam, nikki carter, peter nicholson, karen redman, roger graves, graham thompson, mat vamberg, mark mclure, Oscar nierstrasz, diane chapitis, which focussed on Rodway’s comjacob arsenault, rob dicken, brian pepperdine, don Simpson, terry berlinghoff, alex petence to serve as editor. By vote, beamish, barry hoch, laurie, harry strothard, ernst, neil, brenda, henry, linda hess, nina tymoszewicz, Sylvia hannigan, randy hannigan, larry hannant, john jackson, the staff elected to retain Rodway. loh ngiap jong, doug wahlsten, salah bachir, and all others who are helping tokeep But a central issue involved is the chevron alive and flourishing. special thanks to dumont ducks. this: A clear-cut method exists for 2

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-Welcome to campus for ant . .._. , __- _will be run if the chevron is provided wrth the rollicking fun and frolic! real name of the author. The deadline for And for those people who get their kicks feedback is noon Tuesday. If letters are rebe actually doing something useful, welcome ceived more than two weeks in a to the Chevron. where you can write, draw, one person, chevron staff may elect take pictures. and generally have fun while them. learning new skills and sharpening those ~011 may already have. The Chevron particularly welcomes peaple who want to come down to the paper. : News coverage, as well as that of s, become involved in its production, and beentertainment, science and features, a come staff members themselves. the responsibility of chevron staff. Any How to become a member of staff? Well, cle submitted may be rejected by the ma anyone with six contributions - articles, ity of the staff who consider the article. graphics, photos, or layout (or any combinaon appeal, by a majority of the staff. tion of these) - from the beginning of the preceding term to the issue currently being produced, qualities as a voting member of the chevron staff. No person or persons can be promised or For new people, wh t this means is that as soon as you’ve had yo r six things accepted expect to be promised any specific area in chevron for their articles or ‘column’. No for publication, you ha$ e a vote. person can be promised that his 0.7 her article But the che%n also welcomes contribuwill be run in the chevron wtthout that tions, not only from people, who are, or inspecific article -being first seen by the tend to become, regular staffers, but from chevron staff. Anything that is at all ‘newsthe entire university community. worthy’ can and should be run as a news While we encourage people to write for story - not a column. the paper, we suggest the best way of.doing this is to contact us first, so that we can discuss it and agree on what needs to be For news copy, the deadlines are: for done, and give you some pointers on how it I should be done. events that occur front thursday to monday, .l,lJ “L deadline for cony is tuesday noon; for eve-+J The chevron onerates under a number of tuesday to wed&day morning the dead line is pohcies which have been drawn up and apwednesday at noon. proved by staff. This week we publish some ent is Deadlines for sports and entertainm of our key policies which would be of in- ~ tuesday at noon. terest to anyone who is interested in confeatures. is noon on fn’ciay of -Fnr -- -_.___ I dead&! tributing to our pages. the week b’lun&itely preceding the week of publication. if COP)’ has IlOt appeared by the the of Feedback letters must be addressed to deadline set, it may be rejected; or it may be Editor, Chevron, Campus Ce ntre. UniverI&, where possible, for the next week. sity of Waterloo. Letters must be typed on a NOW that YOU know how to become a chev32 or 64 character line and d ouble-spaced,

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