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$300,000 Closes Gap 1973-04-26

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UBC  NEWS  ROUNDUP Dr. Dennis Chitty, professor of Zoology, and Dr. Geoffrey  Durrant, professor of English, are the  1973 recipients of the Master  Teacher Award at the University of B.C. The  eighth and ninth recipients of the award will share a $5,000 cash prize that goes with  the honor. The 12-member selection committee responsible for screening a record 38 nominees for the annual award also awatded Certificates of  Merit  to six other UBC teachers. All remain eligible for the award in future years. Certificate of  Merit winners are: Mr. Keith  Alldritt, associate professor of English; Mrs. Elizabeth A.E. Bongie,  assistant professor of Classics; Prof. James  P. Kutney, of the  Department of Chemistry; Prof. R. Stephen Milne, of the  Depart- ment of  Political Science; Dr. Jon T. Schnute, assistant professor of Mathematics; and Mr. G. Glen Young, assistant professor of Forestry. MEDAL AWARDED Dr. George Woodcock, one of Canada's best ' known literary critics and writers, has  been named the 19th winner of  the  University of  British Columbia Medal for Popular Biography. Dr. Woodcock, who is editor  of the UBC journal Canadian Literature and a lecturer in the UBC English department, was awarded the 1972 medal for his 133-page book entitled Gandhi, published by the Viking Press in New York and Fontana Books in England. The book deals with the life of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). the Hindu religious and political leader who led opposition to British  rule in  India through non-violent disobedience and non-co-operation with government authorities. AWARDS OFFERED The parks branch of the federal Department  of Indih and Northern  Affairs is offering a series of $2,000 scholarships for graduate studies in the  fields of natural parks and outdoor recreation and historical archaeology and restoration architecture. The scholarships will be awarded to Canadian citizens and are tenable at foreign universities only  if required courses are not offered at Canadian univer- sities. Applicants should submit biographical material, including a record of degrees held and a transcript of marks as well as study proposals to: Director, Parks Canada, Department of  Indian and Northern  Affairs, 400 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, Ont. ELECTED PRESIDENT Dr. Roy L. Taylor, director  of UBC's Botanical Garden, is the new president of the  Biological  Council of Canada. The Council, which is made up  of  13 major national  biological societies representing some 5,000 Canadian  scientists, is an important voice for  bio- logists in  the development of  national science policies. CONSTRUCTION  START UBC's Board of Governors has awarded the first contract leading to construction  of the Museum of Man to house the University's collections of anthro- pological artifacts. The $28,000 contract, awarded to Joda Construc- tion Ltd., provides for a rough excavation for  the main Museum building and the installation  of drainage to'help check erosion at the site. The Museum will be built  on the site of  the  former Fort Camp  residence north  of Northwest Marine Drive  overlooking the Strait  of Georgia and the  North Shore mountains. The Museum will house  UBC's famed 10,000-piece collection  of Northwest Coast Indian art, valued at close to $10  million,  the Walter and Marianne Koerner masterwork collection  of  tribal art, and other collections. The decision of Dr. Koerner, a former member and chairman of UBC's Board of Governors, and Mrs. Koerner to donate their  collection to the UBC Museum was instrumental in  the decision of the federal government to appropriate $2.5 million  to aid construction of the building. Artist's  conception of UBC's proposed  Asian Centre $300,000 Closes Gap UBC's Board of Governors has given a Vancouver architect, Mr. Donald Matsuba, authorization to pro- ceed with preliminary drawings for the $1.9 million Asian Centre which  the  University plans to  build adjacent to the Nitobe Gardens on the western edge of the campus. The building  to be  used for the centre is the Sanyo Electric Co.'s pavilion which was  one of the hits  of Japan's Expo '70. The steel girders that  formed the structural components of the building were dis- mantled and  shipped to Vancouver in 1971 as a gift from the people of Japan in  honor of B.C.'s Centen- nial. The girders are now in storage on campus await- ing a start on construction in  time  for completion by the summer of 1975. Funds for the  construction of the Centre are being raised in Canada and  Japan. To date the  provincial government has given $400,000; another cheque for $400,000 from the federal government was expected by April 30; $200,000 has  been pledged from the profits  of Japan's Expo '70 and the Federation of Economic Organizations in Japan is conducting a campaign to raise $600,000. This leaves $300,000 to be raised in Canada. Chairman of the Canadian fund-raising  committee LET.TERS TO Dear Sir: You quote  the "parson's egg'' and  give a garbled explanation of the allusion. It was, how- ever, the "curate's egg." The bad wg was not  in- flicted by a lady parishioner, but  by a high digni- tary  of the church. The Punch caption reads: "Right Reverend Host: 'I am afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr. Jones!' The Curate: 'Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!' " Does  one detect in  you the corrupting influence of the establishment apologist - anti-feminist at that?  You wish to  portray the victim as a respect- able member of the establishment at the table of a female outsider - rather  than as the lowly curate suffering at the hands of the top brass.  Shame on you, Sir. We expect straighter reporting than that. I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient M.H.L. Pryce, Professor, Department of Physics. servant. We  are grateful to Prof. Pryce for correcting the allusion  which was used in the opening paragraphs of the story entitled 'Yobs: The 1973 Outlook, '' which appeared in the March 29 issue of UBC Reports. We vigorously deny any anti-feminist sentiments, however, and emphasize that we pride ourselves on straight reporting. -Ed. Dear Sir: I have a small problem  for which I ask your help. My wife, Anne Wood, a Ph.D. candidate, wishes to obtain (beg, borrow,  buy, or steal!) a copy of the following  report:  British Columbia. Survey of the School System, 1925, by J.H. Putnam and  G.M. Weire, Victoria, Banfield, xi-556 p. Perhaps you  would be good enough to bring this is Mr. Alan Campney, well-known Vancouver lawyer and president of  both the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Canada-Japan Friendship Society. Honorary chairman is Dr. Norman MacKenzie, former president of UBC. UBC has  given land valued at $1 60,000 as the site of the Centre and has  also  agreed to undertake the cost of maintenance. About one-half  of  the centre will house the University's 180,000-book Asian Studies library. The remaining half  will be divided into a public area for cultural displays and performance facilities and a section housing offices for  faculty and graduate students in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute  of Asian  and Slavonic Research. "This centre will represent a major step in the cul- tural and economic exchange between Asia  and Cana- da,"  said Mr. Campney. "It will be the first such  cen- tre providing  facilities available to interested groups and the general public.  This is why such a large por- tion  of the centre, one-quarter, is being designed for art and artifact displays and  special performances." Donations to the public campaign may be directed to the Asian Centre Fund, Suite 15 - 1030 West Georgia, Uncouver. THE  EDITOR to the attention  of  your readers. Thank you very much. Yours sincerely, Connla T. Wood, B.A.'54 116 Dufferin Road, Ottawa, Ont., K1M  2A6 DEAN OF WOMEN Continued from Page Three appeared to me that much of the potential  helpful- ness in the function  of a Dean of Women was being vitiated  by having that responsibility. Some people in the  University and the community believed that I per- formed a disciplinary function. They would say 'This girl is not  properly dressed,  please speak to her.' I never  saw my role in  this  light." To some  degree,  perhaps, Helen McCrae has always had to deal with the traditional view of a Dean of Women's office as the last bastion of conservatism, particularly where women's morality was concerned. Yet, through the years, Dean  McCrae  believes that  the Dean of Women's office has  been able to stay alive at UBC because it has  managed to evolve  and has been "open  and flexible and conscious of the opportunities that are available." She believes that one reason it has managed to maintain its relevance when similar offices are closing their doors on campuses all over North America is because the office has never  been political. She says that she  has regarded herself as an ombudswoman and advisor rather  than as a lobbyist for any particular group or philosophy. "Often I have lent  my personal name  because I have had to  follow  my conscience, but I have always felt that the office  of the Dean of Women should be open to every group of students and that as Dean of Women I could never take sides. Because of-this the Dean of Women's office has  never  been popular, but it has stayed alive." Perhaps the office hasn't been popular, but  no one said that about  the Dean of Women. 


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