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$300,000 Closes Gap UBC Reports 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 o f the Master Teacher Award a t 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 Meritwinners 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 theDepartment of Political Science; Dr. Jon T. Schnute, assistant professor of Mathematics; and Mr. G. Glen Young, assistant professor of Forestry.  MEDAL A W A R D E D '  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 Britishrule inIndia through non-violent disobedience and non-co-operation with government authorities.  A W A R D S OFFERED The parks branch of the federal Departmentof I n d i h and NorthernAffairs is offering a series of $2,000 scholarships for graduate studies i n the fields of natural parks and outdoor recreation and historical archaeology and restoration architecture. The scholarships will be awarded t o Canadian citizens and are tenable a t foreign universities only if required courses are not offered at Canadian universities. 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, directorof UBC's Botanical Garden, is the new president of the Biological Council of Canada. major The Council, which is made upof13 national biological societies representing some 5,000 Canadianscientists, is an important voice forbiologists in the development of national science policies.  CONSTRUCTION START UBC's Board of Governors has awarded the first contract leading t o constructionof the Museum of Man to house the University's collections of anthropological artifacts. The $28,000 contract, awarded t o Joda Construction Ltd., provides for a rough excavation forthe main Museum building and the installation of drainage to'help check erosion a t the site. The Museum will be built onthe site of the former Fort Camp residence northof 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 a t close t o $10 million, the Walter and Marianne art, and Koerner masterwork collectionoftribal other collections. The decision of Dr. Koerner, a former member and chairman of UBC's Board of Governors, and Mrs. Koerner t o donate their collection t o the UBC Museum was instrumental inthe decision of the federal government t o appropriate $2.5 million toaid 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 t o proceed with preliminary drawings for the $1.9 million Asian Centre whichtheUniversity plans tobuild adjacent to the Nitobe Gardens on the western edge of the campus. The building to be used for the centre i s the Sanyo Electric Co.'s pavilion which wasone of the hits of Japan's Expo '70. The steel girders that formed the structural components of the building were dismantled andshipped t o Vancouver in 1971 as a gift from the people of Japan in honor of B.C.'s Centennial. The girders are now in storage on campus awaiting 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 andJapan. To date theprovincial government has given $400,000; another cheque for $400,000 from the federal government was expected by April 30; $200,000 hasbeen pledged from the profitsof 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  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 a t $1 60,000 as the site of the Centre and hasalsoagreed 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 forfaculty 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 cultural and economic exchange between Asia and Canada," said Mr. Campney. "It will be the first such centre providing facilities available t o interested groups and the general public. This is why such a large portion of the centre, one-quarter, is being designed for art and artifact displays and special performances." Donations t o the public campaign may be directed t o the Asian Centre Fund, Suite 15 - 1030 West Georgia, Uncouver.  LET.TERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Sir: You quote the "parson's egg'' and give a garbled explanation of the allusion. I t was, however, the "curate's egg." The bad wg was not inflicted by a lady parishioner, but by a high dignitary 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 a t that? You wish to portray the victim as a respectable member of the establishment a t the table of a female outsider - rather than as the lowly curate suffering a t the hands of the top brass. Shame on you, Sir. We expect straighter reporting than that. I have the honor t o be, Sir, your obedient servant. M.H.L. Pryce, Professor, Department of Physics.  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 problemfor which I ask your help. My wife, Anne Wood, a Ph.D. candidate, wishes t o obtain (beg, borrow,buy, or steal!) a copy of the followingreport: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 t o bring this  t o 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 O F WOMEN Continued from Page Three appeared t o me that much of the potential helpfulness 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 performed a disciplinary function. They would say 'This girl is not properly dressed,please speak t o her.' I never saw my role in this light." To some degree, perhaps, Helen McCrae has always had t o deal with the traditional view o f 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 t o stay alive a t UBC because it has managed t o evolve and has been "open and flexible and conscious of the opportunities that are available." She believes that one reason it has managed t o maintain i t s relevance when similar offices are closing their doors on campuses all over North America is because the office has neverbeen 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 lentmy personal namebecause I have had to follow my conscience, but I have always f e l t that the office of the Dean of Women should be open t o 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 noone said that about the Dean of Women.  


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