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JUNE, 1951
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THE U.B.C. ALUMMI CHRONICLE
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mUmiim The U* B. C Alumni
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Published by the Alumni Association of
The University of British Columbia
Editor: Ormonde J. Hall, B.Comm., LLB.
Business Manager: Frank J. E. Turner, B.A., B.Comm.
Women's Editor: Joan Wallace, B.A., '50
Alumni Association Executive:
President James A. MacDonald, B.A. '3 8
Vice-President Col. Gordon M. Letson,
B.A. '24, B.A.Sc. '26
Secretary-Manager Frank Turner, B.Comm., B.A. '39
Treasurer G. Dudley Darling, B.Comm. '39
Second Vice-President Mrs. Maurice Sleightholme,
B.A. '30
Chairman Publications Board Ormonde J. Hall, B.Comm.
'42 LLb. 48
Past President John M. Buchanan, B.A. '17
Third Vice-President Dr. Henry C. Gunning, B.A.Sc. '23
Members at Large: David Brousson, B.A.Sc, '49; E. T.
Kirkpatrick, B.A.Sc, '47; Roderick Lindsay, B.A.Sc, '48;
Mary McDougall, B:.A., '33; Jack Underhill, B.A., '24;
Doug. Sutcliff; Harry A. Berry, B.A., B.Comm., '37; Dr.
Fred Grauer, B.S.A., '30; Jean Gilley, B.A., '27; Isobel Harvey, B.A., '18; Mrs. James Harmer, B.A., '40; J. Norman
Hyland (B.Comm., '34; Doug. Macdonald, B.A., '30; Junior
Member, Ivan Fettham; President, Nonie Donaldson; Senate
Reps., Dr. Harry V. Warren, Dr. Earl Foerster and Darrell
T. Braidwood, B.A., '40.
Editorial Office:
5 th Floor, Yorkshire House
900 W. Pender St. Vancouver, B.C.
Business Office:
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VOL. 5 No. 2
JUNE, 1951
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLES PAGE
"The  Provincials"  by  Wm.   Dunford      7
Senator Glott's Report by  Dave  Brock 8,  9
Student Life at Sorbonne by P. Van der Esch   23
FEATURES:
Personalities      11
Speaking  Editorially    13
Sport   18
Frankly  Speaking         19
Published in Vancouver, British Columbia and authorized as second class mail
Post Office Department, Ottawa
^J-or the ls.ecord. . .
The lead story in this issue is a review of a book
written by a U.B.C. graduate John Cornish, called
"The Provincials" . . . we read the book and make
no mistake this young- 37-year-old U.B.C. author
his got something . . . he's headed for the stage and
plays and after reading the "Provincials" it is apparent the author's medium is through character
study which will hold him in good stead as a play-
write . . . we urge you to get yourself a copy and
enjoy it . . .
Dave Brock recently read the Massey Commission report on things cultural in Canada, particularly the C.B.C, and came up with his "Lawka-
mercy Commission" report which will probably
have more in it to commend itself to the average
citizen than the Massey Report, which to say the
least was platitudinous. It's funny but look for
Brock's truth kernels therein . . . we think Senator
Glott is smarter than he looks in his picture . . .
"Chips" poem on page 12 was inspired by a
despondent graduate who passed everything with
flying colors but got hung up on a course on Slavonic languages . . . believe it or not the expression
"Flunked my Slavonics" is strictly a quote . . . times
have changed from '36, eh Mabel? . . .
The editor hopes the engineering grads won't be
too mad with the editorial . . . it's all in fun, but
we've got too many satisfied customers . . . we need
a few hardy pioneers . . .
We hear that the law undergrads at U.B.C. are
hanging their heads after what Connie Holmes did
to them . . . Not only is it unusual for a gal to head
the law graduating class, but first classes are rare
in that field and since the school started in 1945 only
three graduates have got first class averages . . .
in the final year . . .
Don't forget the Alumni-U.B.C. Development
Fund is the only way our organization can keep
going and its annual contribution now of $15,000
is the reason for the little extras that make the
University a first class institution . . . send your
cheque today ... it does a lot of good . . .
ix
COVER PICTURE
Photographer Jack Lindsay has printed a permanent
record of part of the U.B.C. Indian Art Museum which
is one of the latest campus projects . . . the project got
underway a couple of years ago when Dr. Norman MacKenzie and other University authorities discovered that
Indian Art was a rapidly disappearing commodity . . .
chances are that the Indian craft of carving totem poles,
making dugout canoes, etc., will be extinct in fewer years
than can be imagined . . . U.B.C.'s present program is
to preserve as much of the craft as possible.
JUNE, 1951
Page 5 LOOK   AROUND   YOU  .  .  .
"Look around you here as you depart from your university and remember, with some decent
touch of gratitude, that here, on this very spot, only half a lifetime ago great trees grew and the
wilderness stood as from the beginnings of the world.
"What you have taken was not provided for nothing. Every Canadian from Champlain onward, all that nameless and unrecorded procession which labored upon this earth, all the men who
cleared their little farms, all the women who bore their children in the cedar shacks of this coast
— all of them have had their hand in making you what you are. Pray, you, be worthy of their
labor and their dream.
"For if your generation fails Canada, then all the toil and hope of countless men and women,
now forgotten, will have been in vain." — Bruce Hutchison, Ll.D.
Dr. Bruce Hutchison's cowgregaton address to the University of British Columbia Graduating Class, May
17, 1951, stands as one of the inspirational works of Canadian literature, a reminder of the challenge and opportunities that await its young men and women in this great province.
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THE U.B.C. ALUMNI CHRONICLE
iMiHl "THE    PROVINCIALS"  - A    REVIEW    OF
U.B.C.   GRAD   JOHN    CORNISH'S    NOVEL
By William G. Dunford, '33
John Cornish, whose book Bill Dunford reviews
below, is a 'Yl-year-old U.B.C. graduate who during
his college days edited the Ubyssey. He majored in
English and has always h<id a penchant for the stage
and says he "only wrote the 'Provincials' to lea'm
how to play write." He joined the army as a private
in 15)30 and although badly wounded by a hand
grenade in training carried on through the war with
the Medical Corps. He returned to Vancouver after
the war but went to Toronto two years ago and took
a job at the Toronto Post Office at night, writing his
book through the day. His book is of exceptional
interest to all graduates who will recognize at least
one of the characters.    (Ed. note)
(Reprinted by permission of
Vancouver Daily Province)
(The Provincials, by John Cornish.   George J. McLeod, Ltd., Toronto, $4.00.)
"Haw," many British Columbians will ejaculate
when they read The Provincials: "John Cornish
can't fool me with changed names. I know THAT
family!"
Even if the Vancouver author claims his first
effort is not a biography, much of the enjoyment is,
consciously or not, fitting prominent B. C. tycoons
into the baronial caste, the yacht and the economic empire of the Dunsieths.
Again, if the reader attended any of our private
schools or University of British Columbia, there
will be spontaneous laughter at the unchanging pattern of adolescent "grown up" days; and dreamy
memories of friendships formed in the spit or blood
brotherhood of the private school in the Okanagan
or over "Caf" coffee and deep talks on psychology
at Point Grey.
Mr. Cornish, who once edited the campus newspaper, The Ubyssey, is a faithful reporter on the
behaviourism of the formative years, at any rate.
So you are none of these B. C. things. You will
still enjoy the Dunseiths who are affiliated with
great wealth and who had different, strange and entertaining children who, in the midst of the depression, belonged, as they said, "to that cultivated,
decandent, mandarin class."
There are counterparts suggested by the frilly
and fey Mrs. Dunseith who collects protegees — of
the arts, of insecure tenure, of the male sex.
There's a seduction too, adding spice and saved
from shocking by the humor it produces. A ski
camp on Grouse Mountain is the locale, a hired
orchestra plays the Siegfried Idyll for reveille,
while junior leaguers assure privacy by sabotaging
the rope bridge over a chasm leading to the camp.
It's a man who is seduced, by the busty and lusty
daughter of the family; and the wrong man at
that.
Cornish learned about ordinary people, job
hunters and workmen on the other scale from the
Dunseiths, working at the employment office here
in Vancouver. Possibly he learned the odd bits of
cultural matter — the intellectual snobbery spice
dropped in in the fashion of Aldous Huxley — from
the heavy tomes he lurked behind while writing the
book in the Toronto Public Library. He was working night shift at the Post Office at the time.
Now he hopes to go to London and learn what
goes on behind the scenes at Drury Lane, for play-
writing is the aim. Folks in The Provincials certainly lived ; possibly he could make such characters talk and emote on the stage.
Incidentally, the book is dedicated to another
wandering U.B.C. journalist, former Daily Province
writer Norm Hacking, now sailing the Mediteran-
ean after a lengthy European jaunt.
Hacking's name in the dedication page, and
Emily Carr's in the stery itself, are the only correct
names in the book. And if I won't guess at the
identity of the Dunseiths, I'll bet I've spotted the
U.B.C. professor of English who visits that entertaining family.
JUNE, 1951
Page 7 SENATOR   S.   GLOTT(BA)   SETS
TO   IMPLEMENT   MASSEY'S
By David Brock
Senator Gloti on his
Graduation Day
While agreeing with nearly everything said to
and said by what is now familiarly termed the Massey Commission, Senator Sampson Glott (B.A.)
feels that the whole ground has not, perhaps, been
covered. What Senator Glott wants to see is the
ground positively strewn and littered. He has accordingly set up a little one-man commission of his
own, consisting of himself. It is known to some as
the Lawkamercy Commission. Here, in part, is the
Commissioner's report:
Gentlemen, and others: After considering the
briefs presented to me in the course of my sittings
. . . well, no, I wasn't exactly sitting at all times,
either, because sometimes I was slumped over my
desk in a coma, brought on by the ghastly repetitive
style of certain speakers . . . after considering each
thesis as courteously as a mere human might, I
have reached the following conclusions and another
semi-colon:
1.   Briefs are not always well-named.
, 2.   Too many people want to tell you things, especially in a heavyweight expository vein.
3. Not enough people have had the advantage of
knowing Oliver Cromwell, who would have
"beseeched then in the bowels of Christ to
think it possible they might be mistaken." (He
could also have told them such a phrase was not
irreverent.)
4. Culture can be made too self-conscious. The
time to stare hard at it is when it's not looking.
5. Brought up in a hot-house or a hygenic nursery, culture will die of pneumonia the first
time it is hit by a microbe or a draft.
6. Any poet who expects a reward is not a poet.
7. Any poet who expects tQ become a ward of the
state is not a man.
8. Any boy who, not being one, wants to become
a poet when he grows up is a damned fool, and
probably has nothing to write about anyhow.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Dr. McGookus, who submitted
a brief on local Idiom
Genius crops up where it likes, not where you
like. Hobbies will look after themselves. In
between the two, things don't matter half so
much as the earnest and pensive like to imagine.
In all truly original art there is a touch of madness. The question here, Gentlemen, is this:
do we want state-encouraged madness?
In all art not truly original there is a touch of
faddism and insincerity. Do we want state-
paid hypocrisy?
Music. Music is a purely emotional thing, and
therefore, we can't argue about it rationally.
Briefs on this subject rejected.
Painting. Painting is far quieter than music,
and is to that extent not bad. But it tends to
get rowdier all the time. This Commission is
in favour of free lessons in manners for all
painters swearing an oath of loyalty to our
covenant. All repetition and trick formulae in
painters to be forbidden or encouraged, we are
not yet sure which.
The Drama. (All stand. Off caps.) Attending
plays is supposed to be extremely good for
everyone, except possibly dogs. Acting in plays
Congratulations !
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is said to be even better. No evidence was submitted to show that some plays are better than
others, and some actors even worse than others,
nor was a plea for mercy entered on behalf of
the audience. Compulsory attendance at and
participation in bad plays is hereby turned
down.
15. The Novel. No good.
16. Magazines. Stop reading them and they'll soon
quit.
17. The Radio. Radio will have to do good by
stealth.
18. People. Canadians are just about as silly as
anyone else, but this does not prove slavish
imitation.
19. Immense Distances. If these vast spaces prevent good stuff from circulating, why don't
they stop bad stuff too?
20. Education. Universities do need more cash all
right. Also, brains need more training. The
thing is to find universities training brains, and
brains worth training. If the two could get
together, we'd see marvels. But high schools
sabotage the colleges by leading the young to
expect the wrong things. Kindergartens sabotage the high schools. Psychologists sabotage
the kindergartens. Solution: sabotage the psychologists and you'll be all right.
THE  GOVERNMENT   OF
THE   PROVINCE   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURN CEASELESSLY . . .
WEEK IN, WEEK OUT, THEY BEAT THEIR STEADY
RYTHM.
In this vast organism there is a place somewhere for
every student. More and more as techniques and new
processes are developed, industry demands the trained
mind.
Logging and Lumbering, Mining, Agriculture, Fishing, all
need their technicians ... all call for minds capable of
close research and intelligent analysis, of careful marshalling of facts upon which industry moves forward.
For the student, trained, alert, and adaptable, there is a
place in the industrial world of British Columbia.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Parliament Buildings
VICTORIA, B.C.
E.  G.  ROWEBOTTOM,
Deputy Minister
HON.   LESLIE  H.   EYRES,
Minister
Senator   Glott  weighing  the  evidence
21. Teach  half the people never to  read  without
reflecting.   Don't teach the other to read at all.
22. What is art?   That's a very good question, but
I see my time is up.
(Space forbids further excerpts, but the entire report may be obtained by anyone willing to help
Senator Glott write the rest of it.)
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JUNE, 1951
Page 9 U.B.C.  ALUMNI  ASSOCIATION  GRANTS
$2500   IN   REGIONAL  SCHOLARSHIPS
Ten Regional scholarships valued at $250, have
been established by a grant from the Alumni-U.B.C.
Development Fund. The scholarships will be available to students entering first or second year at
either U.B.C. or Victoria College this Fall.
Announcement of the scholarships was made by
Secretary Manager Frank J. E. Turner, at the annual meeting of the Victoria Branch recently.
Mr. Turner said the $2500 was voted by alumni
fund directors and it is hoped the grant could be
made annually.
One scholarship will be awarded in each of the
following districts: East Kootenay, West Kootenay, South Okanagan and Boundary, North Okan-
agan and Thompson, Skeena, North Central, Greater Vancouver and Howe Sound, New Westminster
and Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria and Lower
Island, Upper Vancouver Island and Powell River.
Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis
of rank in studies plus "citizenship." The appointments will be made by an alumni committee on the
recommendation of local selection committees.
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3. Summerland Branch, U.B.C. Alumni Association.
Mr. Maurice Welsh, President.
4. Kamloops Branch, U.B.C. Alumni Association,
c/o Mrs. Helen D. Stevens - 257 St. Paul Street
West, Kamloops.
5. Mr. Marc Gormeley, B. C. Forest, Prince Rupert.
6. Mr. Frank S. Perry, Ll.B., P.O. Box 1911, Prince
George.
7. Miss Jean Gilley, 3660 Cambie St., Vancouver.
8. Miss Dorothy Taylor, The Columbian, 35 - 6th
Street, New Westminster.
9. Victoria Branch, U.B.C. Alumni Association.
Mr. Jack Parnell, President.
10. Dr. R. Earle Foerster, Pacific Biological Station,
Nanaimo.
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D'Arcy Marsh, Arts '26, who's newspaper beat
has been most of the world since his graduation,
has returned to Vancouver to take a position as
editorial writer on the Vancouver Daily Province.
Marsh, prior to World War II, rambled the continent for the Southam Press and during the war
was overseas with the Signal corps. He has several
publications to his credit including "The tragedy of
Henry Thornton", a biography of the late C.N.R.
President.
John M. Billings, Arts '29, has been appointed
manager of Forest Industrial Relations, B. C.'s outstanding Forest Labour-Management organization
. . . Billings has been associated with either the
lumber industry or personnel relations since graduation.
Lister Sinclair, '42, paid a recent visit to Vancouver and stayed long enough to get off a few
remarks aimed at praising no one . . . Sinclair said
he was visiting Vancouver from "Siberian Ontario"
and that the Legitimate stage has gone about as
far as it can go" . . . "We've got the actors, producers and writers," averred Sinclair, "but it
doesn't look like we'll get enough theatres or
enough money to produce stage shows until some
federal election depends upon it." Mr. Sinclair is
still waiting to write a comedy called "We All Love
Vancouver", but so far he hasn't thought up
enough jokes which doesn't pertain to the one B. C.
sore spot — rain.
Douglas O. Durkin, B.A. '40, has been named
manager of a public relations concern in Chicago
. . . Counsellors Inc.
Hugh Christie, B.A. '45, a young social worker
who left B. C. in 1947 to become Director of Correction for the Province of Saskatchewan, is returning to give special courses in criminology at U.B.C.
Alan Walter Shore, B.S.A. '43, one of U.B.C.'s
outstanding agriculture graduates, died at the age
of 30 in California . . . He was studying at the University of California on a research scholarship at
the time of his death.
John G. Galloway, B.A. '42, has returned to British Columbia after spending 18 months in Tasmania experimenting in the peeling of several hardwood species in that country. He is back with the
H. R. MacMillan Exporting Company. He married
Jean Marcelle Stephens last December.
James M. Ferris was noted in the couple of
Chronicles ago as having been appointed Ford
Company Sales Manager in Canada . . . since then,
Jim has been on the move and now is in Australia
as Ford Motor Company managing director.
Robert McConnell Rae, B.S.A. '48, has gone to
India on an appointment to the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Allahabad Agricultural
Institute in Allahabad, India.
HDNDURS
Dr. Lionel Stevenson, B.A. '22, has been elected
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in England ... a very high honour which, in the history of
the Society has been only granted to 200 persons
. . . other noted members are Winston Churchill
and Somerset Maugham, while the late John Mase-
field, Poet Laureate, was a Fellow . . . Chronicle
readers will remember that Dr. Stevenson, two
years ago wrote "Showman of Vanity Fair", a
biography of William Thackery, which was a book
of the month club selection . . . Our illustrious
grad is Head of the Dept. of English at U.S.C. and
has recently left for a six month stay in the United
Kingdom to gather material for another biography.
Further honours have come to Dr. E. C. Dolman,
Head of U.B.C.'s Department of Bacteriology and
Preventive Medicine ... he has been admitted as a
fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London—one of the oldest medical societies in the
world. His honour is one held by few Canadians
and was given to Dr. Dolman for his extensive
work in research, particularly his investigations of
serums to combat typhoid and cholera.
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POETRY
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The Gap in the Well-rounded Circle
(Overheard on the campus: "I flunked my Slav
onics.
"You whatted your what?"
"Flunked my Slavonics".
Not without mystery
I passed Chinese History;
I even got through Hydroponics;
I got a first-class
In Genetics.   Alas,
I flunked my Slavonics.
Through Physical Culture
I soared like a vulture;
I passed Elocution and Phonics;
I got through in Cooking
Without even looking.
But I flunked my Slavonics.
My culture well-rounded,
Through Physics I bounded
(While I physicked myself with good tonics) ;
At the Theory of Art
I was more than just smart.
But I flunked my Slavonics.
Twixt Flower Arrangement
And me, no estrangement;
I coasted right through my Harmonics;
I wrote a good thesis
On Leo Fifth's nieces.
But I flunked my Slavonics.
On Traffic Control,
Boy, I glowed like a coal;
In dramatics I glittered like onyx;
I took a good crack
At Buddhism.  Alack,
I flunked my Slavonics.
Statistics? I croon it
Out unit by unit;
I even got through Supersonics;
But I get no degree
From that harsh U.B.C,
For I flunked my Slavonics.
—Chips.
' Eric Nicol, many times contributor to the Alumni
Chronicle and the monitor of the highly popular
column "The Mummery" by Jabez which appeared
in the Ubyssey in the late '30's and early '40's . . .
has been awarded the Leacock Medal for Humour
for the humourous work adjudged to be best work
of its class written by a Canadian citizen . . . Nicol
won the award with Ms current Canadian best seller
"The Roving I".
Moment Musical
Tschaikowsky said to a trusty
And sympathique soprano:
"The strings keep getting rusty
When I cry in my piano."
And Again
Mister Rimsky-Korsakoff
Wouldn't take his gum-boots off.
He said the reason for them thar boots
Was all the spit from Tschaikowsky's flutes.
—Chips.
Round and Round It Goes       '
The wheel will always come full circle,
And plus change, the adage saith.
Your greying wife's once-frequent kisses
Increase again, to smell your breath.
—Strictly Anonymous.
There Ought to Be a Law
WThen I am wearied by the day
And dark and suppertime draw near,
My body, made of driest clay,
Appreciates a glass of beer.
This violent poison saps my mind,
Invades my gut and warps my nature.
My neighbours, cruel to be kind,
Have written to the legislature.
—Badger
And the carresses, the glances, the faintly audible
heart beat,
What is to become of them
When the well dries
And one love is no more.
What is to become of them Mistress of Mysterious
potions
Do you possess an antidote
To wash away the torture
Of a love eternally gone.
—H . E.
I DENY HIM THRICE
I met a UBC alum
Who patently was just a bum.
I said, "Oh, how disloyal of you!"
He said in well-learnt Latin "Tu
Quoque, old boy.  You are disloyal
To think of me as less than royal
And wonderful. Old Alma M.
Made me as good as you and them.
Birds of one litter, pups of a feather,
All Thunderboids were foaled together.
O more than twin! Embrace me, brother!
Come, let us foster one another."
But we weren't so much two-in-one
That I could not the swifter run,
And here I sit, upon the fringer
Of Homecoming, well off my hinges,
A-calling down in my best words
God's lightning on all Thunderbirds.
—D. H. B.
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THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICtE ^fizakina cZditoziaLLu
WANTED-PIONEERS
British Columbia is a rugged area demanding
that her pioneers, developers, — exploiters if you
wish — be as rugged as she is.
Yet, despite the fact that the University of British Columbia has always been proud of a first class
engineering school and in particular, has graduated
outstanding graduates in geology, there is lacking
in this province educated men to match the natural
potentials of British Columbia.
The big men of mining, lumber and fishing in
British Columbia are mostly either outsiders or
rugged individuals who have spurned education for
for the more telling education of the mines, the
woods and the coastal waters. One searches dis-
couragingly to find more than an isolated few who
are U.B.C. graduates and who have become captains of our natural industries. They are found in
overwhelming numbers in the government departments and they are preponderate^ in control of
the secondary executive positions of our big companies. But where are the McMillans and the Austin Taylors?
Can it be that the long, conventionalizing process of higher education, kills the creative and enterprising in most of our students so that upon
graduations they are looking for security first and
adventure and reward after that? It appears to be
so and as long as they are satisfied to work for
some rewarding employer, their contribution to the
development of the Province will be that of a willing clerk to a big company.
NEEDED-INSPIRATION
What is needed is the inspiration, the drive and
the enterprise to needle our graduates to create,
develop, explore and control. These are the ele-
mnts that progress, particularly in a pioneering
community, demands. It is sadly lacking.
Some may say that the University is young,
that we should give our graduates more time. But
Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, a man makes
his mark by the time he is forty or he never will.
Many of our graduates have long since passed that
age and where are the leaders of our industry among
them.
Dr. H. V. Warren has spoken on the subject
and his observation was that the trouble with our
graduates is they don't wish to leave the cities and
the bright lights. Most of them have the attitude
that it is better to live in the big centres with all the
attendant amusements than to head for the wilderness.
ORMONDE
HALL
WAITING-OPPORTUNITIES
But in B. C, where are the opportunities greater than in the woods and the mines, where untold
wealth and opportunity awaits the engineer, the
geologist and the promoter with enterprise, technique and a flair?
If U.B.C. men let the hardier, shrewd and hardworking non-graduate gain the initiative through
industry and the willingness to learn his business
the hard way, the abuses to industry and the loss
of intelligent technique to the Province is tremendous. What British Columbia needs as her strong
men, are graduates who can take control and give
the primary industry the advantage of education
and the understanding given to those who study
modern, efficient and conserving methods.
Graduates have a duty to the rest of our citizens
to care for our natural heritage and to see that the
natural resources are protected and used to the best
advantage of all. They must protect them from
abuse and waste which is the result of the promoter and money maker who thinks only of profit
and cares little for the future.
Therefore, Engineer, Geologist, Scientist and
Forestry graduate, get off those office cushions and
get into the woods, the mines and the fish camps.
Learn your trade and assume control of our resources. The Province has a trust in you which so
far has not been carried out in a manner worthy of
our University.
JUNE. 1951
Page 13 ALUMNI-U.B.C. DEVELOPMEN1
1400 DONORS CHAIRMAN
"With swift, direct action by those who have not
yet supported this year's programme," observed
Chairman John M. Buchanan, "the 1951 Alumni-
U.B.C. Development Fund results will be the greatest of our first 3 years of annual giving. I'm confident that this additional vital assistance will be
forthcoming now, thereby ensuring the highest participation of any year to date."
The Chairman pointed out that already more
than 1400 individuals have contributed this year
and a total of $14,055.00 has been subscribed. These
results so far compare very favourably with 1950
final figures of 1845 individual donors, and an aggregate of $15,393.00.
"The amount of any individual's donation is not
a primary consideration," continued Mr. Buchanan,
"nor will the amount contributed by any person appear beside his or her name in any list of donors.
Each donation (every cent of which will be used
either for one of the four main '51 objectives or for
some other suitable purpose named by a donor) is
a clear indication of an honest desire to be of some
practical help to our hard-pressed University."
Statistics compiled by Alumni Secretary Frank
J. E. Turner reveal that four classes have equalled
or exceeded both their "participation" and "amount"
totals of 1950. At present, the class of 1935 has 47
donors and $355.00, compared to 41 donors and
$265.00 at the finish of the 1950 Fund drive. Fund
books close each year on August 31st. The class
of 1920 has 18 and $179.00, compared to 16 and
$141.00 a year ago; while the 1931 class has 40
donors and $563.00 at present — a slight increase
over last year's final totals of 39 and $542.00. Finally, U.B.C.'s first graduating class—1916, has a
$96.00 total (they had $80.00 at the end of the '50
drive), and already has the same number of contributors — 12.
Eight other classes—1917, 1919, 1925, 1934, 1939
and 1949—have already bettered their respective
"amount" totals of 1950, and most of them are very
close to passing last year's class-donor totals. The
class of 1918 is also close to its '50 donor-mark.
The Secretary paid special tribute to the class
of 1917—which has been enjoying the highest percentage participation record each year, and is currently leading the field again in this respect. He
also praised the classes of 1949 and 1948, which are
currently battling it out for first-place in total
amount contributed. "Either of these two classes
can wind up on top when '51 Fund books close," he
stated," since '49's current total is $789.00 — just
$8.00 ahead of '48."
Leading class representatives to date are: Dr.
Howard T. James ('21), W. H. Q. Cameron ('33),
Peter Sharp ('36), Art Sager ('38) and Mrs. Jack
Heatherington  ('46).
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Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie,
President, ./
The University of British Columbia,
Dear Dr. MacKenzie:
We have under consideration appealing to certain companies to contribute to our Development
Fund. It struck me that in approaching smaller
companies particularly, it might be useful to have
at hand a list of minor objectives in need of funds
at the University which might have some personal
appeal. I had in mind amounts in a range of say
$100.00 to $1000.00.
I would be glad to have your comments as to
whether this suggestion has any practical merit.
Yours very sincerely,
JOHN M. BUCHANAN,
Chairman,
Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund.
Congratulations
GRADS /
Jos. F. Brown, Arts '23
THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE
'    i'   i   liiliiill FUND REACHES $14,055.00 AND
BUCHANAN URGES PARTICIPATION
April 24th, 1951
Mr. John Buchanan, President,
B. C. Packers Limited,
Dear Mr. Buchanan:
I wish to acknowledge your letter of April 16th,
with reference to an appeal to certain of the companies in this community. I attach herewith a list
of certain objectives or projects which I hope will
be useful.
Thanks for your continuing interest in the University.
With all good wishes, I am,
Yours sincerely,
NORMAN MacKENZIE.
P.S.—I have asked Dean Gage and one or two
others to give some thought to this. I will
send you a supplementary list when they report.
Salary of Director, Art Gallery, Work Shop, etc.
Books for Sedgewick Memorial Room.
Contributions to Memorial Gymnasium for Landscaping, Paving, Parking, etc.
Memorial Plaques in Lobby, Gymnasium.
Botanical Gardens.
Landscaping and hard-surfacing lookout, North
end, Main Mall.
Purchase of collections for Museums, Indian Art,
etc. items.
Books for Graduate Studies.
Landscaping, Women's Residences.
Scholarships.
Bursaries.
Summer School lectureship.
Publications Committee—to publish lectures—aid
in publishing MSS., etc.
To assist in research on Conservation, our Native
JUNE, 1951
Deer, McTaggart-Cowan.
Approaches to University—Marine  Drive— Agronomy Road.
Tennis   Courts—Women's   Residence   Gymnasium
Area.
Conversion of Dressing Rooms, etc., in Old Gymnasium for Women.
Expansion of Book Store services in Huts.
1951 Development Fund Objectives
(Listed in alphabetical order)
1. Alumni Association (regional) scholarships.
2. UBC   President's  Emergency  Fund   (Unrestricted gift).
3. UBC War Memorial Gymnasium.
4. Women's Residence Furnishings.
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NO—separate "dunning" for alumni dues.
NO—additional Chronicle subscription to pay.
NO—deduction  for Association or Fund expenses.
NO—restriction re projects—you can choose
your own.
NO—amount set for your donation—you set
your own.
KNOW YE THEREFORE THAT:
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now—gets you active Association status . . .
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BRANCHES
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David B. Charlton, B.A., '25, feas fceere elected the
first President of the Portland, Oregon, Branch of
the U.B.C. Alumni Association. His election came
at the inaugural meeting in Portland attended by
Alumni Secretary Frank Turner in May.
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CALGARY BRANCH
The following persons have been elected as the
executive members for 1951-52:
Hon President—Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie, President
University of British Columbia.
Chairman—Mr. John G. Gray.
First Vice-Chairman—Mr. John Rudolf.
Second Vice-Chairman—Mrs. H. G. (Elaine) Nicholson.
Secretary-Treasurer—Mr. Stan Hughes.
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The Calgary Branch of the U.B.C. Alumni Association was organized at a dinner meeting on May
14, 1950, at which 39 members were present. It was
decided at that time to restrict activities of the organization to about two social functions during
the year. In addition meetings were to be arranged
for prominent Alumni or University staff members
who might visit Calgary.
Mr. Frank Turner, Secretary-Manager of the
University of British Columbia Alumni visited our
organization on Friday, May 26th, 1950. Forty
members were present to greet Frank at a meeting
in the Palliser Hotel.
A dance was held at the Bowness Golf Club on
November 7th, 1950. Although this dance did not
coincide exactly with the date of Home coming at
the Coast it was intended as a Homecoming event.
According to the attendance and reports a most
enjoyable time was had by all.
The executive of this past year of the Calgary
Branch have been most co-operative. They are
Claire Domoney first vice-chairman, Mrs. W. A.
(Zora) Smith second vice-Chairman, and Mrs.
Moira Stewart, Secretary-Treasurer. Credit is also
due Mrs. A. S. (Kay) McCaskill who was our first
Secretary-Treasurer, and now resides at Redwater.
Mention should also be made of the publicity services rendered by Mr. Andrew Snaddon who is now
residing in Ottawa. "Andy" was most helpful in reporting our activities to the Chronicle and the local
newspapers.
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THE U.B.C. ALUMNI CHRONICLE
mtt^mtiMiAi^mikm BRANCHES
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BRANCH
Mr. Al Drennan, B.A. '23, was elected President
of the Northern California Branch of the U.B.C.
Alumni Association, at the group's annual meeting
in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Byron W. Straight, B.A. '45 and former Thunderbird basketball star, is the new Secretary-Treasurer.
Others elected are: Harold Offord ('24), First
Vice-President; Miss M. Denton ('16), 2nd Vice-
President; Mrs. M. Pickler ('22), D. Shaw ('22),
Dr. O. Anderson ('29), and L. Prowd ('45)—members of the advisory committee.
(The following list of Northern California Branch
Officers and their addresses are for the convenience
of all California graduates, but in particular Gladys
C. Schwesinger who wrote enquiring of them.)
Mr. A. A. Drennan
420 Market Street (Business)
2130 Leavenworth Street (Home)
San Francisco
Mr. Byron Straight
c/o Cootes, Herfurth, and England
Crocker Building
620 Market Street (Business)
San Francisco
Mr. Harold Offord
641 Euclid Avenue (Home)
Berkeley, California
OTTAWA BRANCH
Our Annual Meeting was held on March 30th
with approximately sixty members in attendance.
(The Committee had expected more to turn out but
it was a foul night which kept a few away). During the business session of the meeting, the following were elected to office for the coming year:
President—A. J. Nash
Vice-President—Miss V. Mcintosh
Secretary-Treasurer—Miss Mavis Eastham
The evening was spent very pleasantly with
dancing and a sing-song, at which Mr. A. Whiteley
was the star performer. Prior to the Annual Meeting, a list of known U.B.C. graduates in Ottawa
was compiled, mimeographed and mailed to each
member.
A. J. NASH,
President Ottawa Branch
One of the few Anglo-Saxons in history with a
Doctorate from the ancient Polish University of
Cracow, recently resigned as head of the School of
Slavonic Studies in the University of London —
65-year-old Dr. William J. Rose has arrived on the
U.B.C. campus to take up a position as visiting professor in Slavonic Studies.
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS ANNOUNCES THE
ESTABLISHMENT   OF   ATHLETIC   DIRECTOR
U.B.C.'s Board of Governors announced recently
the establishment of the position of Athletic Director on the campus. This move comes as a result of
requests made by the student body, and the Men's
Athletic Directorate, and is intended to provide a
closer working relationship between the Department of Physical Education and the student body.
The Department of Physical Education is being reorganized to include responsibility for Inter-Collegiate Athletics as well as Physical Education Training,   and   Intra-mural   sports.
The Athletic Director will be responsible to the
Department of Physical Education and will concern himself with the promotion and organization
of Inter-Collegiate Athletics. His salary will be
paid for out of University administration funds and
an Athletic Board with representatives from the Administration, Faculty, students, and alumni will
pass on matters of policy and budget.
Applications are being received at the present
time, and it is expected than an appointment will be
made in the near future to permit the new man to
prepare for the Fall season, and Inter-Collegiate
sports events.
REPORT OF MEN'S ATHLETIC DIRECTORATE ON REORGANIZATION OF MEN'S INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Recommendations:—
1. That this committee be consulted about the appointment of a man to the position of Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics.
2. That the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics be
appointed by June 1st, 1951, and that he be re-
sible to the University administration.
3. That the Council on Athletics and Physical Education be renamed The Athletic Board and be
reorganized to contain the following members:
(a) The President of the University.
(b) The Executive Assistant of the President, who
shall be Chairman and who shall be non-voting
except in the absence of the President.
(c) One representative of the Senate, who shall be
one of the elected members.
(d) One representative of the Board of Governors.
(e) One faculty member, who shall be appointed
by the President.
(f) One faculty member, who shall be elected by
the Joint Meeting of the Faculty.
(g) The Director of the School of Physical Education and Athletics who shall act as Secretary
of the Board.
(h) The President of the U.B.C. Alumni Association or his appointee.
(i) The Alumni representative on the Executive
Committee of the Men's Athletic Association.
(j) The President of the Alma Mater Society.
(k)  The Treasurer of the Alma Mater Society.
(1) The President of the Men's Athletic Association.
(m) The Secretary of the Men's Athletic Association.
(n) In case of absence of either Alumni Representative the Secretary-Manager of the U.B.C.
Alumni Association shall act as a replacement
and shall have full voting power.
4. That the duties of this committee shall be to set
general policy, ratify the budget, rule on supplementary budgets and on division of profits of
Men's Intercollegiate Athletics.
5. That the Athletic Board be responsible to the
Board of Governors.
6. That all net profits from the general program of
Men's Intercollegiate Athletics be divided evenly between the University Administration and
the Alma Mater Societv.
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THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICtE FRANKLY     SPEAKING
BY
FRANK J. E. TURNER
ALUMNI
SECRETARY-MANAGER
Recalling the mad scribbling which was an inevitable part of most U.B.C. lectures, Pierre Berton
—Article Editor of MacLean's Magazine and grad
of '42—made one or two pertinent observations in
an informal interview in Toronto recently.
Pierre, who had just returned from 2 months
with Canadian forces in Korea, felt that far too
many lectures consisted merely of a Professor reading from notes and students hurriedly scratching
down words of wisdom and references. There was
little time for reflection, and none for thought-provoking discussions on the subject.
Many Professors have remedied this unfortunate
situation, and provided mimeographed sets of notes
in advance—and yet, judging from similar observations from students of the last ten years, the sad
scramble of fllying pens is still common-place in
quite a  number of  lecture-rooms.
To those who would argue that provision of
ready-made "condensations" would either eliminate
the necessity for the use of any brain-power by
students or would guarantee all-time lows in attendance, might I suggest that "How to Think" is still
one of the greatest objects of University education
and that students should surely be stimulated sufficiently by well-presented lectures so that an enthusiastic and continuous "search for truth" would be
every undergraduate's natural experience.
As always, the many volunteer Fund class representatives enjoy renewing acquaintances with
those in their respective years—either by personal
contact, or by correspondence. In the latter category, Class Rep. Howard T. James ('21), Managing
Director of Pioneer Gold Mines, received a welcome letter from class-mate Don Morrison, now
with Shell Oil in Montreal and one of the original
members of the Towers' Hockey Team . . . Several
class reps have been kind enough to send along
copies of their letters—two of the finest we've seen
this year were those of Jean Bailey ('29) and Bert
Nesbitt ('39). Jean's using poetry, and Bert a spot
of humour . . . Another in the 2-generation category is O. McLean Sanford ('23). Twin sons Bob
and Don graduated in '49, and youngest son Peter
just finished 2nd year Arts . . . Attending a recent
meeting of the Summerland alumni group, held in
the A. K. McLeod's ('34) new, scenic home, I had
a fine chat with Dr. F. W. Andrew and Mrs. Andrew. Son Bill Andrew (Comm. '35) is Secretary-
Manager of the B. C. Lumbermen's Association . . .
Chronicle photographer Bob Steiner (*50) "uncovered" Larry Ades (Arts '51) in North Bend during
an Interior "shooting" trip . . . One of the most e.m-
barassing (to us!) "unknown" has been located!
He's R. M. Curry (Arts '43), and Western representative for "Who's Who in Canada?" . . . Good
luck to ex-Executive member Tom Meredith (Com.
'46) in his new position as Manager, Investment
Department of Osier, Hammond & Nanton, in Vancouver . . . More of the same to Mac Chapin ('40),
now with North American Life in Kelowna . . .
Among the many alumni office visitors have been
H. Les Brown (former A. M. S. President and B.A.
'28), now in Ottawa, Frank Clark (B.A. '40, LL.B.
'48) enroute to rejoining Orme Dier ('41). Frank
and Orme are now in Caracas, Venezuela, they were
together in Mexico City last year and met another
U.B.C. grad ('39) there on many occasions — Johnson Pao, Head of the Chinese Embassy . . . Congratulations to Frank Christian (B.A. '32) upon his
election to the Penticton City Council . . . Add
marital notes: Norm Klenman (B.A. '47) married
Daphne Murielle in Menton, France, this Spring.
Norm's now with BBC in London.
There have been several changes on the campus in the last 22 years as Dr. Robert N. Crozier
(B.A. '24) discovered when on a conducted (by
a friend Dr. John Allardyce, B.A. '19) tour this
Spring! . . . Welcome-back-to-Vancouver-note: The
Wilson McDuffee's (Wilson's '37, and Vi (nee
Thompson) is a (B.A. '34) . . . Taking in this year's
Spring Congregation was Norm Coleopy, (B.A.Sc.
'45), of Trail . . . Bouquets to Jack Grant (B.A.
'24) and former A.M.S. President, on his recent appointment to the Washington State Council for
Children and Youth.
An interesting community has sprung up in the
suburbs of Toronto which includes two well known
U.B.C. families . . . Ten individuals, mostly writers,
dramatists and other artists, recently bough 40
acres of land in the centre of cedar forest outside
the Good City and designed and planned an area
which the members call the "Colony" . . . planned
on a communal basis, the scheme is spearheaded by
Pierre Berton, B.A. '41, and his wife, the former
Janet Walker; and Lister Sinclair, B.A. '42 and his
wife, the former Alice Sydney Mathers.
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WOMEN
FIRST WOMAN law graduate to win the B.C. Law
Society gold medal and prize for highest standing
in third year law is Constance Holmes. She was
recently admitted to the bar and is now practising
law in Victoria.
Women came into their own on the UBC campus
this spring when they marched off with three of the
university's most coveted scholarship awards at
May congregation ceremonies.
The Governor-General's gold medal, UBC's
highest undergraduate honor, went to Betty Bryson,
of Victoria, and for the first time in the university's
history, the Law Society gold medal and prize was
awarded a woman, Constance Dora Holmes, also of
Victoria.
Miss Holmes headed the graduating class in law,
and she and Shirley Thompson, of Vancouver, were
the only '51 law graduates to receive first class
marks.
Third award to go to a woman graduate was the
University Medal for Arts and Science, which was
presented to Margaret Marion Moodie, of Vancouver.
She headed the science group in the graduating
class for the BA degree and also won the Lefevre
gold medal and scholarship for her proficiency in
chemistry.
As well as the Law Society medal, Miss Holmes
won three book prizes for highest standing in third
year law, and in both the trust and mortgage
courses. She was recently admitted to the B.C.
Bar and will practice in Victoria.
Future plans of the other two prize winners include a return to the Point Grey campus in the fall.
Miss Bryson will take Teacher's Training with an
eye to teaching classics in B.C. high schools, and
Miss    Moodie    will   do   post   graduate    work   in
chemistry.
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A bicycle tour of England and the continent is
the exciting adventure on which three recent graduates have embarked. Peggy Vaughan, (Comm. '47),
Joan Whitney, (Arts '48), and Norma Strachan,
(Comm. '48), sailed for England early this spring
and have already pedalled their way through southern England, Belgium and Holland.
They are on their way to the Scandinavian
countries now, and before they complete their tour,
hope to cover France, Switzerland, and Scotland.
The lure of far-away places is attracting Leona
Watts (Teacher's Training '51) to South America
where she has secured a promising government position with the Canadian Trade Commissioner in
Colombia. To reach Bogota, the capital city, she
will travel by United and Pan American Air Lines.
The trip will take four days with exciting stop-overs
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THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE By JOAN WALLACE
The British fashion world is now seeing some of
its newest designs on two University of B.C. graduates who have been working as photographers'
fashion models in London. The girls, Nan Hardy
(Agriculture '50) and Gretchen Mather (Arts '50),
are now on their way back to Canada.
One of the most interesting new careers being
embarked on by recent graduates is that of Ril
Blatchford, (Home Ec. '51), who is the new Brenda
York for Canada Packers. Her cooking and home-
making hints for housewives will appear in magazines and newspapers across Canada.
News from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania
is that a UBC graduate, Margaret Ethel Smith, of
Hoyt, New Brunswick, (Arts '50) has been awarded
a resident graduate fellowship in Spanish. She will
go to Bryn Mawr this fall for a year's study. Miss
Smith is one of six Canadians to receive one of
Bryn Mawr's coveted awards.
ADDRESSES WANTED
Gordon A. Brain, '37; H. Ernest Brown, '35;
F. H. B. Charlesworth, '43; Philip C. Emery, '37;
R. R. McEwan, '49; Bud McFarlane, '47; Rex Parker, '42; James M. Roxborough, '43; A. F. Seraphin,
'45; Vern Reed, '35.
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Page 21 1951    GRADUATING    CLASS    EXECUTIVES
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2"Jm? happy group above is the 1951 graduating class executive composed of (left to right) Jim Ross, Secretary;
George Shaw, Social Convener; Ken Murphy, Treasurer; and Terry Lynch, President.
THE END OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP
(Written on receipt of an Insurance Blotter)
By LES BEWLEY
Somewhere in this town (say, in the Royal Bank
Building) there's a certain alumnus who used to be
an old college pal of ours. This is to advise him that
our friendship is now at an end.
You see, he killed it. With a blotter.
Old ex-Pal works for an insurance company.
Old ex-Pal, brimming with zeal and sleek with practised seduction, cunningly reached into Boss's heart
and found a soft spot for free stationery.
Boss, eyeing Present Company's cheerful face
and naturally carefree, happy disposition, decided
Present Company was up to No Good and probably spending salary on Wine and Woman at lunch
hour.
Result is that Present Company, bursting into
office one morning, finds pretty pink blotter, complete with printed name of Old ex-Pal on one side,
sitting on Present Company's desk.
Such a pretty blotter. Spang in the middle, five-
color process, is a picture of an ant and a grass
hopper. Under the picture is the caption: "Fable of
the Ant and the Grasshopper." Grasshopper, wearing green striped trousers, red morning coat and
shiny top hat, produces five colored notes from
brown violin, executing dance meanwhile. Ant,
wearing black body, red boots and red, lolling
tongue, gasps way along, pushing loaded wheelbarrow past grinning grasshopper. Ant is making-
job harder by projecting posterior way out in rear,
and seems determined to rupture self. To the left
of picture is Pointed Message:
"We all know the Fable of the Grasshopper who
gaily danced in the sunshine all summer while the
Ant kept himself busy laying aside stores for the
coming winter. The giddy dancer richly deserved
the rebuke he received when, in time of want, he
asked the Ant for help.
"In just the same way some people enjoy the
sunshine of life while it lasts and never prepare for
the winter. Others, like the wise little Ant, spend
a little of each sunny day industriously laying aside
Page 22
THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE STUDENT   LIFE   AT   THE   SORBONNE
By P. Van der Esch (nee Mitchell)
The Quartier Latin on the left bank of the Seine
is the centre of student life in Paris. Here precisely
at each hour from ten in the morning until seven
in the evening, the streets are crowded with hundreds of students either going from one faculty
building to another, or joining their friends in a
discussion in one of the numerous cafes, or going
to the various libraries to study their books and
lecture notes.
I sometimes wonder how the Mount Saint Genevieve must have looked when the Sorbonne first
began in 1253. Then a small group of monks was
given a royal grant by Louis IX to enable them to
live together for the purpose of studying and teaching. They were hungry and poor, these first humble
scholars who spoke Latin among themselves and
so gave the name to the quarter of Paris in which
they lived. The Sorbonne soon began to attract men
from the provinces of France and other countries in
Europe until it became an established and famous
university. Its name was derived from Robert de
Sorbon, the cure who obtained the initial grant of
money from the king.
The principal building and administrative centre
of the University of Paris is the Sorbonne, which is
the third built on this site since the thirteenth century. It is an enormous stone building with a large
central courtyard dominated by a dome in which
bells chime out every hour, and its long corridors
are lined with murals and mosaic.
The Sorbonne was suppressed during the French
Revolution. In 1892, however, the colleges that had
grown up through the centuries were reorganised
in the central University of Paris. There has been
no faculty of theology since that time. The Saint
Genevieve Library is the central library of the University of Paris, but each of the separate faculties
—Letters, Law, Natural Science, Medicine and
Pharmacy—has its own library as well. The Biblio-
theque Nationale, which compares favourably with
the Library of Congress in Washington, is also available to research students.
Social life among French students appears to be
confined to the cafes where all the political clubs
hold small, informal weekly meetings, to the houses
belonging to each faculty and to dances from "10
heures a l'aube" on Saturday or Sunday nights. The
"bal de nuit" which continues until 6 o'clock the
next morning is very popular. The Cine Club is also
a popular organization and three nights a week it
shows old movies to packed audiences.
SOCIALIST PROFESSORS
Professors in France play an active part in political life by sponsoring the Socialist, Communist,
Republican or Radical Socialist student organizations. The lectures, however, at least in history,
which is the field in which political bias may easily
intrude itself, reach a high standard of objectivity.
The political activity of the professors, therefore,
does not seem to interfere with scientific standards
of education.
The Cite Universitaire, built before the war several miles away from the Sorbonne, is an interesting innovation. It consists of about twenty houses,
or colleges, representing different nations. There is
thus a Canada House, an Indochina House and so
on. Each house, however, must take at least half
French students so that the foreign students are not
entirely segregated.
For Canadian students who want to study in
Paris, the Cite is the best place to live as far as
comfort is concerned. When you first arrive in Paris,
however, it is great fun to live for a month or two
in a little hotel room five or ten minutes away from
the Corbonne. Then you will feel that you really
know and love the Quartier, because you have often
walked in the Jardin de Luxembough, the "students'
garden", and seen the Pantheon, the far-away tip
of the Eiffel Tower above the trees, or Notre Dame
and the Seine at all times of the day or night, and
you will have tasted the food and wine and smelt
the smells and lived among the people which give
the Quartier Latin its unending and varied charm.
some    store    for   'that   tomorrow   which    always
comes' "...
Present Company, given to dancing about the
office for sheer joy of living, uses blotter faithfully
for week, and then offers to trade it for Home Gas
blotter. Refused. Present Company, naturally cheerful, spends all summer looking at Pointed Message
and ends in Present Gloom. Decides that somebody
wants whole world to turn itself into horrible wise
little ants. Finally decides Ant is a grasping sort
of fellow, and bit of a prig, to boot. Concludes that
Grasshopper must have made song-and-dance act
pay off somehow, remembering that local seagulls
left rich local pickings on waterfront this summer
to visit Corvallis, Oregon, and live off grasshoppers
for a while.
Well, that's the trouble with fables. Some people
never get over them. Take a churl like Aesop (silly
name for a man, anyway) and drop him into an
elementary school, and squeeze him into eight-year-
old minds, and what, twenty years later, do you
get? An eight-year old mind, full of Aesop.
Give a nine-year old boy a fable on Monday
morning, let him write a composition on it Wednesday, and by Friday afternoon he believes it, body
and soul. Ten years later he begins to lard it into
his philosophy of life, and twenty years later—say,
at forty—he runs his wife, family and business on
the same outdated, beaten-up, homespun gewgaw
which he learned when he had more freckles than
brains.
So the Boy-Philosopher, folding his hands over
the umbilicus by which he is attached to McGuffey's
Reader, remembers that the plodding Torotise beat
the speedy Hare. And that's all he remembers. He
never stopped to think what a hell of a fine fellow
that little old rabbit was. In order to make a race
of it, that boogie-footed bunny did everything but
tie a flatiron to his leg. As it was, in the most sporting sort of gesture ever made, he shut off his motor
and Went to sleep to let the other fellow catch up
with him.
Continued on page 24
JUNE, 1951
Page 23 ERIC   HAMBER  GIVEN
LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
EIGHT INCUMBENTS
RETURNED IN
SENATE ELECTIONS
LIFE MEMBERSHIP in UBC Alumni Association
was presented to Chancellor Emeritus Eric Hamb-er
(left), by Alumni president J. A. McDonald at a
testimonial dinner at UBC Faculty Club. Mr.
Hamber was also honored for distinguished service
to the university.
THE END OF A FRIENDSHIP-
Continued from page 23
But Boy-Philosopher doesn't look at it that way.
All he can remember is that: (1) over any given
distance a turtle can beat a rabbit, and (2) slow
and steady wins Out every time. This is the root-
source of the type of mind which will hold the family car at a steady 25 m.p.h. on the centre of the
highway on a Sunday afternoon, while harried hares
take to the ditches on either side for a long sleep.
It is also the type of mind which will accept four
strokes a hole from Bobby Jones, beat the master
1-up; and then claim that a home-grown swing will
beat all this fancy-fiddle-faddle, every time.
"A steady game does it, every time," he will
chortle, pointing out that Willie Hoppe, the ass, was
foolish enough to spot his pater two thousand, five
hundred points, and then play all of his (Willie's)
shots blindfolded.
Now suppose we all remember that we are big,
grown-up people, and let us have no more of this
putting fables on blotters. Especially, you, Old ex-
Pal.
And remember, if the wise little Ant is 'such a
-d paragon of industry, it's a funny thing, but
he always manages to turn up at the picnics.
Page 24
JOHN V. CLYNE
Eight members of the University Senate were
re-elected by Convocation at the recent Senate
Elections and seven of the successful candidates are
new members.
3600 members of Convocation cast their ballots,
less than one-third, and among the successful candidates for re-election were: Kenneth IPercival Caple,
regional representative, C.B.C.; Russell Earle Foerster, Principal biologist, Pacific Biological Station;
Edmund Davie Fulton, M.P., Kamloops; Albert
Edward Grauer, B.C.E.R. President; Arthur Edward Lord, Vancouver Corporation Counsel; Walter
N. Sage, UBC Dept. of History; Harry V. Warren,
UBC Prof, of Mineralogy; and Charles A. H.
Wright, engineer, CM. & S.
New members are Marjorie Agnew, girls' counselor; John Murdoch Buchanan, President, B.C.
Packers Ltd.; John V. Clyne, Supreme Court Justice ; Mary M. Fallis, teacher, (former associate
editor of the Chronicle) ; William Carleton Gibson,
director of research, Mental Health Services of
B.C.; Ian McTaggart-Crown, UBC Prof, of Zoology ; Phyllis Gregory Ross, housewife, former government economist.
The present Senate electees will sit for a term
of three years.
THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICtE
Uttk DOCTOR    RALPH    BUNCHE    PRINCIPAL
SPEAKER   AT   36th   CONGREGATION
DR. RALPH BUNCHE
U.B.C.'s 36th Annual Congregation was dominated this year by the presence of Dr. Ralph Bunche,
Nobel Peace Prize winner, and United Nations
Mediator in Palestine.
Dr. Bunche, who was awarded an Honorary
L.L.D. degree, was the principal speaker on the
second day of the two-day ceremonies, May 16th
and 17th.
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Canada's outstanding journalists, delivered the
opening day address and was also awarded an
L.L.D. degree along with Dr. Isabel Stewart Maclnnes, who retired in 1948 after 33 years in U.B.C.'s
German Department.
Dr. Bunche told a packed U.B.C. Armory that
an Atomic War was possible at any moment and
that the only hope for world peace was through the
United Nations. Mr. Hutchison confined his remarks to Canada and said that the reason for the
tremendous growth of this country was because of
the genius of Canadian people to invent their own
solutions. He lauded independence and said that we
must preserve Canada from "the small and trembling men who dare not be Canadians, who forever
lean on some other nation . . ."
Congregation also marked the end of a seven-
year tenure of Eric W. Hamber as Chancellor of
the University. He spoke of the great growth at
U.B.C. and said, "the courage and initiative of the
president and the faculty have been unsurpassed."
Also marking the event was the citation to Elizabeth Bryson, brilliant classics graduate from Victoria, who is the first woman ever to win the Governor General's gold medal as U.B.C.'s top student.
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STATISTICS
Births
To Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Hutchison, (BSW '49)
(Mary Kidd, Arts '44), a daughter, February 24.
To Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Higman (Elizabeth
Scott), a daughter, December, 1950.
To Mr. and Mrs. C. E. T. White (Anne Belke-
vic), a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dan Fields (B.Comm. '43)
(Betty Fields, Arts '44), a son, April 26.
To Dr. and Mrs. William Carleton Gibson, Arts
'33, (Barbara Baird, Arts '35), a daughter, April 9.
To Mr. and Mrs. Milton W. Angus, Arts '41
(Anne Graham), a daughter.
Marriages
Page 26
Michael Stevenson Wetmore to Laura Pamela
Fraser.
Arthur Helmer Ericson to Sherle Geraldine
Lynch.
Gordon Baum to Marilyn McLean.
Frederick James Patterson to Margaret M.
Brown.
W. F. Cockburn to Patricia Cowan.
John Frederick Fee to Guida Eleanor Hill.
Richard Stace-Smith to Joan Ruthmary Taylor.
John Letson to Joan Ida Moore.
Donald Montgomery MacLeod to Dione Irene
Teasdale.
Jewel Herbert Goddard to Joan Marie Gonnason.
Jerry Austin Taylor to Nancy Marie Davidson.
Vernon Brian Chew to Joan Barbara Mitchell.
David Comparelli to Dorothy Joan McWilliams.
William L. LaRochelle to Donna Maria Gilmore.
William Giles MacKenzie to Rachel Mary Jukes.
Dr. Kenneth Sheriffs Morton to Joyce Constance
Fawsitt.
Humberto Jose Leon to Dolores Lorraine Seymour.
David Housser to Signe Ruth IPederson.
William Marr Crawford to Frances Patricia
McClement.
Fred Hill to Novia Ann Hebert.
Wilfred Vincent Rudd to Margaret Helen MacLeod.
Richard Copeland Hermann to Mary Elizabeth
McDiarmid.
Hunley Edgar Seaton, Jr., to Mary Vashti Sager.
Herbert Andrew Schon to Carol Murray.
John Wellesley Wilkinson to Phyllis Margaret
Ward.
David H. Campbell to Nancy Joan Jarvis.
Charles William Carlton Elsey to Maryan Audrey Peterson.
Ford Norman Urquhart to Patricia May
Rietchel.
James Gifford Thomson to Janet Mabel McLean-
Bell.
Ernest Basil Creber to Tina Malensek.
John Timmins Blanchard to Mary Anne Patterson.
A. Hans Swinton to Marcia Winona Dorman.
Owen Hughes to Joyce Mary Leckie.
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