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  Stay In Touch
How are you doing? Is there a new job, a marriage, a birth, or any
other news you feel might be of interest to your former classmates?
Use the space below to share your news: 1. Please make your
message short. Space limitations may force us to edit your news.
2. When sending obituaries, please give some information about
the deceased's activities during his/her university years.
Would you like to get more involved in alumni and university activities? Mark your areas of interest below. (If you live
outside the Lower Mainland you can still get involved! Just fill in your phone number and we'll get you in touch with your
local alumni branch.)
□ reunions □ student affairs □ divisions □ branches □ heritage □ marketing □ fund raising □ Other	
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|i3"^l VOLUME 45, NUMBER 4
WINTER 1988
Class Acts is unavailable for this
issue of the Alumni UBC
Chronicle due to technical
problems. It will return in the
Spring, 1989, issue.
ALUMNI PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
John Diggens re-emphasizes the value of volunteers
to the Alumni Association.
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Dc Strangway invites active participation in the
branches program.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Nominations for the Board of Management are called
tot
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ASIA PACIFIC REPORT 15
Chris Petty looks at the latest report to come out
of the president's office
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS 18
Reunions, more reunions and awards.
LIVING  WITH  THE  HELL  OF
UNCERTAINTY
UBC has developed a test that predicts the      22
presence of the Huntington's gene. By David
Morton.
BUILDING IT UP DOWN UNDER
Bill Jackson makes his mark on Australian
architecture. By Steven Chess BA'87.
UFE AFTER LAW
For some Class of '82 grads, the real world of
practicing law was something less than expected
By Laurie McDonell LLB'8_
A GRAND AWAKENING
A Ubyssey alumnus peers into the past and
recognizes a personal evolution. By Peter Ladner
BA70.
ACTING EDITOR
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
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BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
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John Diggens, BSIBB, DMO*72m MS0T9WW), FRCD.IQ
PAST PRESIDENT
Lyte Stevenson, BASC72, MSaB__dmin)75
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
AnnMcAfe«iB«2,M#B7,PMr7.
VICE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION/CHAIR OF
FUND
Enc Vance, BA75.MJV81
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TREASURER
David Coubon, aComm7B, U_80
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS
Shayne Boyd, BComm'81
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE 1987-89
Santa James. BAOkmdllOtCaritonl, MAKJ
Bel Richardson, BASc33
Alfred Sen* L_B_1
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE 1988-80
Godwin Eni MScW, Ph_87
Janet Gavinchuk. BComm77, MBATC6
Oscar SddaL MF61, PhOW, BSFtSoprm)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deborah Apps
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lEEOlS
If you read this edition's "News in Brief"
section, you will notice that we are calling
for nominations for next year's Alumni
Association Board of Management and you
will hear about this year's Great Trekker
award to illustrious alumnus Allan
Fotheringham.
If you read Dr. Strangway's column, you
will find out how alumni from Victoria to
Singapore are getting involved in our
branches program.
If you read other parts, you will find out
how some of our law alumni are coping with
life after law, and you will go back to the late
sixties and early seventies with a nostalgic
alumnus to get a glimpse of what life was like
at the Ubyssey in those good old days.
In short, if you read the magazine, you will
learn that a lot of alumni keep a strong connection with UBC, and that both they and the
University get a good deal of benefit from the
relationship.
Your Alumni Association, in its role as a
vehicle for keeping this relationship healthy,
is the most vital institution at UBC. To keep
this vitality, the Association needs your help
in the form of time and commitment.
The day to day operation of the Alumni
Association is handled by our paid professional staff. Among other things, they organize events, administer our scholarship and
bursary funds and publish this magazine and
the newsletters our divisions use to communicate with their members.
However, volunteers make sure that the
day to day operation of the Association serves
the best interests of you, our members. Active
Alumni volunteers head up committees like
communications, marketing and fund-
raising, participate in the Division's Council,
organize branches and divisions, serve on a
myriad of committees from the Annual Medical Ball organization committee to the group
that puts together copy for the School of
Community and Regional Planning newsletter.
The UBC Alumni Association is a volunteer
organization, and operates because members want it to; because members recall their
university days with pride and fondness; because UBC is an important place in their
lives.
Right now, we are focussing resources and
energy on the branches program. Dr.
Strangway is right when he stresses the high
priority we and the entire university are putting on branches. They are, without a doubt,
the most important service we can offer graduates who have moved out of the Lower
Mainland.
But there are plenty of opportunities for
involvement here in Vancouver. I mentioned
that nominations are open for Alumni Association Board of Management positions for
1989-90. People who are elected to these
positions have a good deal of influence in
Association affairs and have an opportunity
to make contact with top University officials
on matters of interest to the entire University
community.
There is as much to do as you have time
and energy to give.
I urge you to become an active alumnus.
Volunteering is fun. Our staff at Cecil Green is
here to help you learn about the Association
and show you how you can make a difference. Call us today. ■
John Diggens, President
The Alumni Association
LOUISE RICHARDSON barmt
Registered Massage Therapist
Dunbar and West 30th
I treat stress-related conditions.
Physicians' referrals are accepted.
For more information or an appointment
please call 222-1778
ne of the bonuses of being president
of a large university is the opportunity it provides me to visit graduates
in our various branch organizations. It allows
me the privilege of seeing the results of our
work here at UBC displayed all over British
Columbia, Canada and the world. It is very
satisfying to talk to an alumni member in
Kamloops, Ottawa or Hong Kong and hear
how great an impact the UBC experience had
on his or her life.
For me, these visits accomplish two very
important tasks. They keep graduates in
touch with an exciting, vital part of their lives
and they help us reinforce the fact that UBC
is, unquestionably, an international university. Alumni Association branches in all parts
of the world play a key role in the advancement of UBC.
In British Columbia, active branches in
Kelowna, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Victoria and
elsewhere are key organizations. Our alumni
are, typically, social, cultural, political and
business leaders in their towns and cities.
On a national level, branch activities in
cities like Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal
and Halifax not only help new grads develop
professional networks, but also remind others in those cities that UBC is an important
national university.
Internationally it is the same. Our grads
from Hong Kong to London to New York have
become, through our branches, the best set
of ambassadors any institution could hope
for.
We have made branch activity a high priority. Many of our academics and senior level
administrators travel extensively on university and other business. We have made it a
point to make these people available to
branch organizations the world over. University representatives have even met with
alumni in Beijing, China. While we do not
have an actual branch in Beijing, we are
probably the first Canadian university to
have an alumni reception there.
But there is much more for us to do. The
organization and sustainment of a branch
anywhere, whether in Victoria or Singapore,
requires the energy and commitment of resident graduates. And it needs the support and
encouragement of all levels of the University,
from the president's office to the Alumni Association. For us, the development of
branches here and abroad is essential for the
future health of the University.
I invite alumni everywhere to get involved
in the branches program. The Alumni Association has information on how to initiate a
branch in your community, and you can be
assured that the entire UBC community will
help make it a success.-
David W. Strangway, President
The University of British Columbia
4   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 .News In Jonei
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
NOMINATIONS	
Ballots and nominees for next year's Board
of Management will be included in the
spring Chronicle. At that time, the senior
vice-president, treasurer, and three
members-at-large will be elected.
yrhe senior vice-president serves for one
year then automatically becomes president
ol the^ Alumni Association. The treasurer
fBrves for one year and is responsible for
He financial reports of the Association.
Members-at-large serve for two years, sit
on the board and work on various commit-
; Any graduate of UBC is eligible to run for
office. If you are interested in running for
any of these positions, please send your
name, address and year of graduation,
along with a brief statement of your plat-
form. The nomination must be accompanied by the signatures of five nominators
who are also graduates of UBC.
»K you have any questions about these
positions, please call Ann McAfee at 873-
T451 (offiCe)or 936-7108 (home).
The deadline for nominations is 4:00
j^tti. Thursday, February 9, 1989. Completed ballots (to be included in the spring
Chronicle) must be returned to the Association by April 15, 1989. Send completed
nominations (available at Association offices) to:
Ann McAfee, senior VP and chairperson
Nominating Committee
$251 Cecil Green Park
vlncouven BC. V6T 1W5
KICKING OFF THE UBC
CAMPAIGN	
Come to the official kick-off of
The UBC Campaign
In Vancouver:
March 16,1989
Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
In Toronto:
March 28,1989
Four Seasons Hotel, Yorkville
Cocktails and Dinner
Call the UBC Development Office for further details.
222-8900
GREAT TREKKER DINNER
Over 280 people packed the SUB Ballroom
October 6 for the annual Great Trekker
f Dinner, held to honour illustrious alumnus
Allan Fotheringham. This year's dinner
£ coincided with the 70th anniversary re-
Fotheringham regales the faithful.
union of the Ubyssey. Since Fotheringham
was active on the paper, the AMS and
Alumni Association decided to hold the
two events at the same time and place. The
result was a spectacular success.
AMS archivist lolanda Weisz showed a
film she produced of various Ubyssey ex-
editors and staffers. In all, guests were
treated to the best of 70 years of UBC
history.
AMS president Tim Bird presented guest
of honour Allan Fotheringham with a replica of the cairn built to commemorate the
Great Trek. In his remarks to the assemblage, Dr. Foth, who is currently based in
Washington, D.C, told enough topical B.C.
and Canada-oriented jokes to let us know
he is still in touch and still as acerbic as
AMS ART COLLECTION
The Alma Mater Society art collection
turns 40 this year. To celebrate the occasion, the AMS has published a comprehensive catalogue of the collection.
The collection's first painting, Abandoned Village by E.J. Hughes, was purchased in 1948 by funds donated by the
grad class of that year. Since then, paintings
by the finest Canadian artists have been
added. Representative works of Jack Shadbolt, Gathie Falk, Lauren Harris, Joe Fafard,
Ken Danby, N.E. Thing Co., and many others make this an interesting and dynamic
collection.
The AMS provides the collection with an
annual acquisition budget of $1,500, and
houses the paintings in a high security humidity controlled vault in the Student
Union Building.
The collection is displayed for a month
every year in the AMS Art Gallery in the
SUB.
The catalogue includes colour and black
and white reproductions of the works in the
collection as well as biographies of the artists and short critiques of the work. The
catalogue itself is an attractive publication
and presents the collection well.
Copies of the catalogues can be purchased from the Alma Mater Society for
nine dollars.
CLASS OF '38 WHOOPS IT UP
The Class of 1938 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala reunion on September
30,1988.
Over 100 guests gathered in the ballroom
of the Faculty Club for an evening of dinner
and fond memories. Guests came from all
CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   6 .News In Jorief
Members of the head table, Gass of 38 reunion. Left to
David Carey, president of student's council, 1938.
over Canada and the United States, but Art
Sager claimed the prize for long distance
travelling. He came all the way from Provence, France.
In attendance at the reunion were grads
Justice Jim Macdonald, Clark Bentall, recent recipient of an honorary doctorate
from the university, and Tong Louie, owner
of IGA and London Drugs.
The next day, grads were treated to a tour
of the campus. It seems the regular student
guide was unavailable, so Professor Emeritus Bob Osborne '33 pinch hit. He was able
to show how the campus had changed over
the years, since many of the '38 grads had
not been back to UBC since their own graduation.
The reunion was organized by Catherine
Heron, Helen Hager and the UBC Alumni
Association. Any '38 grads who would like
to keep in touch can contact Catherine
Heron at 266-7034.
SPEAKERS BUREAU OPEN
The UBC Speakers Bureau is in business
again under the umbrella of the Community Relations Office. More than 200 professors emeriti are available to speak on over
800 topics.
The new Bureau provides speakers for
non-profit, business, professional and government groups.
Topics range from the greenhouse effect
to world hunger, from the significance of
Meech Lake to diet and cancer. In January,
members of UBC's professional and administrative staff will be included in the bureau.
Speakers are provided free of charge to
non-profit groups. Service clubs and businesses in a position to offer honoraria
must negotiate these with the individual
Helen Hager, Catherine Heron, Dr. and Alice Strangway,
speakers.
The Speakers Bureau will serve the Lower
Mainland area until the winter session of
1989 when, budget permitting, it will expand to include the rest of the province.
To request a speaker, call 228-6167 from
8:30 to noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
HISTORY OF MEDICINE LIBRARY
Dr. William Gibson, professor and head of
the division of the history of medicine and
science from 1959 to 1978, has been the
moving force behind the creation of the
historical book collection located in the
Charles Woodward Memorial Room in the
Woodward Biomedical Library. PA.
Woodward, H.R. MacMillan and the
Wellcome Trust have also given generous
support to the library and the Memorial
Room over the years.
The collection of over 5,000 books spans
the centuries and includes the original
works of Vasalius, Sir Thomas Browne,
Charles Darwin, William Gilbert and a first
edition of Sir William Harvey's Circulation
of the Blood.
The Charles Woodward Memorial Room
is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SUPPORT DIVISION
 NEWSLETTERS	
One of the Alumni Association's major
tasks is organizing and maintaining alumni
divisions. Some 32 active divisions provide
a variety of services to their members, including networking opportunities, professional seminars, social events and many
more.
Divisions communicate with their members through newsletters. These newslet
ters are written by division members and
produced by the Alumni Association. But
because of the costs involved, the Association is only able to print and mail one
newsletter per year to every Lower Mainland division member. We need the help of
all division members to keep up our newsletter production.
We ask that each member contribute ten
dollars to the newsletter fund. With your
help, we can continue to perform this important service to our members. Please
send a cheque or money order, made out to
the Association, to:
UBC Alumni Association
Newsletter Fund
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5
Be sure to indicate which division you
belong to.
If you would like to start a division for
your faculty, call or write the Association.
PROF OFFERS FREE TRADE
 LECTURES	
Professor Emeritus Robert M. Clarke has
developed a series of interesting and informative lectures on the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada. In light of the outcome of the federal
election, the trade agreement with the U.S.
will continue to be a vital topic to all Canadians.
Dr. Clarke taught public finance at UBC
from 1946 to 1985 and has been keenly
interested in the subject of free trade for
many years.
He has prepared five lectures on free
trade and is willing to travel to various
places in the province to present the lectures, discuss the issues and try to answer
questions.
Topics include:
—How free trade will affect exports and
direct investment in the U.S. by Canadian
companies.
—Reasons for the sharp rise in protectionism in the United States.
—The main provisions of the agreement.
—Analysis of the chief arguments for and
against the agreement.
—Reflections and conclusions.
Dr. Clarke can be contacted at 263-4835
or through the Alumni Association.
APPS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE
 DIRECTOR	
John Diggens, president of the UBC Alumni
Association, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Deborah Apps as executive
director of the Association effective October 15, 1988.
6   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 ews
In iBrieJ:
Ms. Apps has been acting executive director since January, 1988. She brings eight
years of administrative experience in public and private sector organizations, and
has worked extensively with non-profit
groups.
She has served on the boards of many
volunteer organizations including the Volunteer Centre of Calgary, the Association
of Volunteer Directors, the Calgary Crisis
Centre, and the United Way Task Force
Committee.
As executive director, Ms. Apps will be
required to deal with all levels of UBC administration, private business and government. She will aid volunteers in setting
goals for the Association, and will be responsible for staff/volunteer liaison. She
will also oversee the fund-raising, division
branch and events planning elements of
the Association.
MISSING PERSON
The Alumni Association has been asked to
aid in finding the whereabouts of Charles
Marin, a 1983 graduate in psychology.
Mr. Marin's mother, Mrs. Marinova, lives
in Bulgaria and has not heard from her son
since his last letter of July, 1984, postmarked Las Vegas, U.S.A. She is extremely
anxious to determine whether he is still
alive and, if so, to know where he is.
Mr. Marin's last known Vancouver address was #102-1675 Harwood Street.
Anyone with information about Mr.
Marin can write:
Fr. Vera Marinova
1505 Sophia, Bulgarien
Dobrianovi Str. Nr. 58
tel: 70 18 15
Fr. Charlotte Pirschel
1 Berlin West 31
Prinzregenten Str. 63
tel: 85 32 988
JOSEPH KATZ (1910-1988)
Joseph Katz, an internationally known educator and founding member of the faculty
of education at UBC, died suddenly on October 12, 1988.
Dr. Katz was born in 1910 in Winnipeg,
where he completed his early education
and later qualified as a teacher at the provincial normal school. From 1937 to 1948
he held various teaching and administrative positions in the public schools of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
He earned a B.A., B.Ed, and M.Ed at the
University of Manitoba and was awarded
the gold medal in education in 1946. He
continued his studies at the University of
Chicago and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 1951.
Dr. Katz served as professor in the faculty
of education at the University of Manitoba
from 1950 to 1956, before coming to the
University of British Columbia as a founding member of the faculty of education. Dr.
Katz pioneered studies in the field of Comparative Education and founded both the
International and Canadian Societies of
Comparative Education.
Few educators have remained as active in
their chosen field as Joe Katz. He served as
chairman of the Human Rights Commission and pioneered teaching multicultural-
ism in the schools. He was active in the
Humanities Association of Canada and the
Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
He also contributed extensively to a wide
range of academic and professional journals. He was frequently invited to address
international and national conferences on
such issues as human rights, multicultural-
ism, international relations and education
for the disadvantaged.
Joe Katz received many honours and
awards. In 1977, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hanyang University in
Korea for "his lifelong devotion to the development of education in the world." Joe
Katz left a rich legacy to this university. His
colleagues and students will never forget
him.
PROFESSORS EMERITI DIVISION
 ANNOUNCED	
UBC's professors emeriti and other emeritus staff are applying to the UBC Alumni
Association to be recognized as a division,
to be known as the UBC Professors Emeriti
Alumni Division. The first meeting was
held on September 26, 1988, when President Strangway discussed his Mission Statement and a second on November 14 to
discuss aims and purposes of a division.
The central purpose of the division is to
bring the interests and professional experience of retired professors, together with
alumni, to the service of the University and
the community. It will also assist social interaction among retired professors.
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CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   7 ASIA PACIFIC REPORT
REVIEWED
BY CHRIS PETTY
The University is making a big thing, these
days, of its connections with Asia Pacific
countries. The economies of Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and others, while not yet a
threat, are beginning to challenge Japan
for pre-eminence in the area. Economically, it is the most dynamic region in the
world.
In October, the president's office released
the Ask Pacific Report, 'Toward the Pacific
Century," to sum up UBC's relationship with
the region and to provide some idea of
what that relationship means to the future
of the university.
The 40 page report outlines the history
and impact of Asian-focussed study at UBC.
The department of Asian studies was established at UBC in 1961 by then president
Norman MacKenzie. He hired William Holland, internationally recognized expert on
the Pacific Rim and former secretary-
general of the Institute of Pacific Relations,
as head of the new department Mackenzie
also brought the Institute's influential journal, Pacific A/Mm, to the University.
The University has been offering courses
in Asian studies since the 193%. When
Professor Holland arrived, Asian studies
already had a long history on campus. But
his efforts made the department one of the
most respected of its kind in North
America, tn 1961, 163 students attended
seven courses; to 1988, over 2,400 students
attend 149 courses in Asian-related studies.
More than 800 students take Chinese or
Japanese language courses.
The department has been no less successful in its research and development.
Faculty members from virtually every department and school at UBC participate in
Asia Pacific research.
—Dr. Oscar Sziklai is a recognized expert in
forestry genetics. He advises Chinese foresters on breeding and selecting seedlings
of the fast-growing Paulownia tree for optimum yields.
—Dr. Edwin Pulleyblank is an authority on
the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and an
expert on classical Chinese language. His
research into the interconnectedness of ancient forms of Chinese and Indo-European
language has drawn international attention.
— _%h Chia-ying is an expert in Tzu poetry
(developed during the Tang and Song (960-
1279 AD) Dynasties, and travels annually
to China to lecture on classical Chinese
poetty.
—Fine «ts graduate Dickson Mai, trained
in the history and practice of Chinese art,
fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, is B.C.'s
senior representative in Hong Kong.
—UBC physicians used a satellite to link up
with 200 Chinese doctors to view and discuss the latest techniques in heart and knee
surgery.
—Dr. David Lam, B.C.'s lieutenant-
governor, provided funds for a scholarship
to bring Chinese orthopedic specialists to
UBC for skill upgrading.
—Working with the World Health Organization, faculty of dentistry members
helped set up a comprehensive oral health
care program in rural Thai communities.
—UBC oceanographers are working with
Chinese scientists to analyze the effects of
pollution in the port of Xiamen, across the
Formosa Strait from Taiwan.
—Professor V.J. Modi of the department of
mechanical engineering, recognized internationally as a top researcher in aerodynamics and biomechanics, has designed a
windmill to aid in the irrigation of Indonesian farms.
And these are just a few.
The report describes the various Asian
studies facilities that exist on campus. The
Asian Centre (formerly the Sanyo Pavilion
at Expo 70 in Osaka), the Asian Library,
the Institute of Asian Research and the
International Liaison Office, are all geared
to assist faculty and students in their research. The Nitobe Gardens, the Asian Gardens, the Pacific Bell, International House
and the Asian Collection in the Museum of
Anthropology serve the dual purpose of
research development and cultural understanding.
The Alumni Association has or is cultivating branch organizations in Singapore,
Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taiwan and Seoul, and
plans to establish branches in the Philippines, Burma, Thailand and India. As UBC
graduates continue to spread out around
the world, branch organizations will be
there to help them establish professional
networks, make social contacts and promote UBC.
According to the Asia Pacific Report, "Toward the Pacific Century," UBC's contribution to Asian studies is just beginning. UBC
faculty members, researchers and students
form the vanguard of Canada's involvement in the Asia Pacific region. Cultural,
educational and business ties across the
Pacific will strengthen all nations involved.
When former Japanese prime minister
Yasuhiro Nakasone rang the Pacific Bell at
its dedication in January, 1986, he offered a
haiku to usher in the Pacific century:
The bell sounds
News of spring
Across the Pacific
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A mailing list of retired professors and
others is being compiled. If persons have
not received notices of the fall meetings
and are interested in future activities of this
group, contact Maureen Burns, Division
Coordinator at the Alumni Association office, 228-3313.
GEARS BUILD MEW CAIRN
Dedication of the new engineers cairn will
take place on February 11,1989, at the end
of Engineering Week festivities.
The old cairn, constructed 19 years ago,
was ruthlessly destroyed by a gang of
crazed foresters last year. The new cairn
has been built by students with the help of
Engineering alumni, and will be located on
the same site as the old cairn, in front of
The Barn cafeteria.
February 11 is also the date of the Engineers Ball. Engineering alumni are invited
to attend the dance, to see how current
engineering students misbehave.
Details of the cairn dedication will be
announced later.
GOLF COURSE DESIGNER
 LAUDED	
Noted golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish (BSA'35) has been recognized for his
outstanding contributions to the game of
golf and the courses it is played on.
Cornish, who has designed nearly 190
courses in the U.S., Canada and Europe,
received an honorary Doctor of Science
degree in May from the University of Massachusetts. New York governor Mario
Cuomo and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis received honorary degrees
at the same ceremony.
Cornish has written extensively about
course design and turf grass subjects. He
lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
REHAB MEDICINE CELEBRATES
 25 YEARS	
The Rehabilitation Medicine Division of the
Alumni Association is preparing for the
25th Anniversary of the first SRM grads.
The "25 Years Celebration" takes place May
18 to 20, 1989, at UBC and includes reunions, continuing education sessions and
a research symposium.
There are nearly 900 graduates in rehab
medicine. Come back to school!
For more information, call Nancy Cho
(732-5180) or Catherine Backman (738-
3408).
CARPET EXPERT HONOURED
The International Conference on Oriental
Carpets, a world organization dedicated to
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the scholarly study of Oriental carpets, has
dedicated its most recent issue of "Oriental
Carpet and Textile Studies" to May (Christi-
son) Beattie Arts '29, Ph.D. (Edin.) '32.
Dr. Beattie is recognized as one of the
great international authorities on Oriental
carpets. She is a pioneer in the field and has
contributed a large body of scholarship to
Oriental carpet study. Dr. Beattie lives in
Manchester, England.
DO YOU HAVE AN AFFINITY FOR
 CREDIT?	
The Alumni Association is considering entering into an affinity credit card arrangement with one of the major bank credit
cards, Visa or Mastercard.
In such an arrangement, members of the
Association who hold these cards would
receive slightly lower interest rates than
they would with regular bank cards, lower
or no annual fees and other benefits. The
Association would receive a small return
on credit transactions (which we will use to
expand our services) and the bank card
company would gain extra customers.
We invite your comments on this idea.
Contact Alan Bentley at the Association
offices, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, V6T 1W5, or call 228-3313.
REC FACILITY APPROVED
Students approved a referendum November 4, 1989, that will tack on an additional
$30 to their annual student fees for the
construction of a new recreational facility.
The facility, which will be started next
year, will provide additional space for intramural sports and for general recreation.
Space will also be made available for club
offices, weight rooms and a fitness area.
While the university has already devoted
much building and field space to sport activities, these facilities are currently used to
capacity.
The university has promised to provide
$7.5-million in funding from the upcoming
Capital Campaign.
MEMORIES OF UBC FOR SALE
77ie Way We Were is a compendium of
anecdotes, antics and absurdities that
stretch back to the very beginning of UBC's
history. Dorothy Somerset, Pierre Burton,
Stuart Keate, Eric Nicol, Himie Koshevoy
and 42 other famous and not-so-famous
grads share some of their finest moments at
UBC.
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The following is a brief listing of alumni
reunions and activities. For more information, or to notify us of your event, please
call the Alumni Programs Department at
(604) 228-3313 or write: The UBC Alumni
Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
In appreciation of the time and support
given by the association's many volunteers,
the UBC Alumni Association's Annual Volunteer Christmas Party will be held December 19 at Cecil Green Park House.
REUNIONS
Gamma Phi Beta '49 will be holding their
40th reunion on May 17, 1989, at the Faculty Club.
Class of '54 Medicine will be celebrating
their 35th reunion at Parksville the weekend of May 26, 1989.
Class of '59 Medicine have reunion plans
slated for June, 1989, at Whistler.
Class of '64 Engineers will be celebrating
their 25th anniversary the weekend of
June 2nd and 3rd.
Dates for the following reunions to be announced:
Class of '29
Class of '39
Class of '49 Pharmacy
Class of '64 Engineering
Class of '69 MBA
Class of '69 Medicine
Class of '74 Engineering
Class of '79 Home Ec
Class of '79 Industrial Ed
Class of '79 Music
Class of '79 Law
Classes of '83, '84 and '85 Geological
Sciences
OTHER EVENTS
Heritage General Meeting will be held on
May 3,1989.
The UBC Alumni Association will
present the Alumni Award of Distinction to
the Right Honorable James Mitchell, BSA
'55, Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the
Grenadines at the Wesbrook Reception on
December 2.
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service
Award will be presented to the Honorable
Nathan Nemetz at the Volunteer Christmas
Party on December 19.
Student/Career Day: Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, November 24, in the lobby
of the MacMillan Building. Representatives
of agribusiness will be on hand to talk to
students about career opportunities in
many areas of industry and business related to agriculture.
Phonathon 1989: Two evenings have
been set aside in February (the 7th and
16th) for volunteers to call fellow alumni of
the faculty of agricultural sciences to fund
raise for the scholarship fund.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
—to assist with indexing the Ubyssey's in the
Library Archives.
—to work on the 1989 Homecoming Committee.
—to be a member of the 75th Anniversary
Committee.
—to trace our "lost" alumni,
—a Heritage representative for the era 1928-
1944.
We are still looking for books written by
UBC grads. ■
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CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   9  LIVING WITH
THE HELL OF
UNCERTAINTY
Huntington's disease chooses its victims carefully, leaving at-risk people
constantly wondering if, and when, the symptoms will start to assert themselves.
The tragedy of not knowing is the poignant reality facing potential Huntington's
victims, but a group of doctors and psychologists at UBC have developed a test
that predicts the presence of the Huntington's gene. There is some debate whether
that is a good thing.
Before she found out her news, Stephanie
decided she was going to enjoy her
health while she was still young. She
started jogging and aerobics classes and recently
began weight training. Her devotion to fitness
shows—she is tall, slim and energetic and looks as if
she'd be more comfortable on a tennis court than in
the law office where she works as a legal secretary.
A year ago she learned there was a 98 per cent
chance she carried the gene for Huntington's disease, an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder. The
symptoms, which begin at about age 40, include
involuntary muscle movements, personality
change, extreme weight loss and mental derangement. The condition deteriorates progressively and
death results about 17 years after the onset of the
first symptoms.
It is often confused with Parkinson's disease but
the symptoms are quite different. Unlike the nervous tremors and muscle rigidity of a Parkinson's
patient, a Huntington's patient moves in random,
sometimes violent jerks. The Huntington's walk,
like a drunken shuffle, earned it the name of "Huntington's Chorea," after the Latin word for dance,
when it was first identified in the late 1800s. Before
that it was known simply as "St. Vitus' Dance."
The disease affects one in 10,000 people, but one
in 1,000 people have a direct genetic relationship to
the gene. That means one in 1,000 people have a
parent or grandparent with the disease. It is an
autosomal dominant trait, meaning that either parent can pass the disease along to a child. The child,
in turn, has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the Huntington's gene. If the gene is inherited, the child will
| invariably develop the disease.
|     Nothing is known about the cause of this tragic
1 disease and there is no known cure. But Stephanie,
29, knows how and approximately when she will
die.
"I don't view this knowledge as a death sentence
at all," she says. "I'm more aware of what's down the
road, which, I can tell you, is better than wondering
all my life if I have the gene or not. This way, I can
prepare myself for what's going to happen ... if it
ever happens. I'm more at ease with myself."
The news only made her more committed to her
health, but she admits she has begun to wait for the
disease to assert itself. Common things like dropping a spoon, bumping into furniture, forgetting
what she was going to say and moodiness will take
on exaggerated significance as she anticipates the
symptoms.
So far, Stephanie has told only her mother and
two close friends. Her father, who is showing the
symptoms of Huntington's disease, denies he has
any illness and refuses to see a doctor. She has
decided not to tell most of her friends and her ten
brothers and sisters, which is why she insisted on a
pseudonym for this article. She says it is a form of
protection: she doesn't want people wondering if
the disease has started everytime she drops something. "It's bad enough that I do that myself. I don't
need somebody else looking for it in me."
Part of the tragedy of Huntington's disease is that
it is an "adult onset" disorder—victims generally do
not display symptoms until about age 40. Until
recently, that meant the offspring of a Huntington's
victim would spend years of their lives in despair
and anticipation of the symptoms.
"The biggest issue that I'm hearing from people is
that living with the uncertainty of not knowing
whether or not you are going to get the disease is
hell," says UBC medical geneticist Dr. Michael
Hayden. "Living with uncertainty is incapacitating
BY DAVID MORTON
CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   11 because it prevents people from making any major
decision about their life. People want to decide
whether retiring means buying a motor home or
hiring a nurse, whether they should have children,
whether they should take a holiday now or wait
until they're 65. This is the tragedy."
Hayden and a group of scientists and psychologists at UBC's Health Sciences Centre are helping people out of this "hell of
uncertainty" with a revolutionary new test that predicts the presence of the Huntington's gene in potential carriers of any age. The gene has not yet been
identified by researchers, but the UBC test uses
genetic markers, tiny fragments of DNA, that can
"point out" the gene with up to 98 per cent accuracy.
Samples of blood, taken from the patient and
members of the family, are analyzed for the presence of the marker on chromosome four, one of the
23 chromosomes that carry human genetic information. Then, with the help of a hybrid chart showing
the family's history of Huntington's disease,
Hayden's group can determine who carries the gene
and who is free of it. Amniotic fluid can also be
analyzed to determine if a foetus carries the gene.
Because bad news can be devastating, a special
team, headed by Hayden and UBC genetic counsellor Melissa Fahey, helps prepare people to live with
their test results. A three-session lead-up to the
results informs the patient about the nature of Huntington's disease, the predictive test and its viability
for each individual, and preparation for the results
which are given in the fourth session.
A series of detailed questionnaires are administered throughout the program to assess the social
and psychological state-of-mind of the patient.
"What we're looking for are areas of concern in the
patient that will help us determine how he or she
will cope with the results of the test," says Fahey.
"How are they coping with various facets of their
lives? Do they have support networks that can help
them through a possible crisis? In what areas will
they need support?"
After the results are given, there are seven mandatory follow-up sessions over two years to monitor
how the patients are coping with the news.
In two years, 90 people have entered the UBC
program. Eighteen have been given a decreased
risk, 11 have been given an increased risk, the rest
are in different stages of the program.
The program has already attracted international
interest. According to Hayden, it is being regarded
as a model for a new kind of health care—providing
information to individuals about their future health
status. "In the future, we may be able to look at
somebody and determine the likelihood of developing cancer, heart disease and numerous common
disorders."
The UBC-Huntington's team has recently received funding to establish a national program
based on its own predictive testing model. Late this
fall, the rudiments of a 14-centre, cross-Canada
Huntington's program will be in place. Tests will be
administered from genetic centres in major cities,
though all blood analysis and psych-social evaluation will be centralized at UBC.
"Nowhere else in the world is there a national
program," says Hayden. "It is placing Canada as a
major leader in health care delivery for adult onset
genetic disorders.
"It is really predictive medicine as I see it. It's the
future."
For all its acclaim, the predictive test for Hunting
ton's is not for everyone. Jim, a 41-year-old Maple
Ridge social worker, opted not to enter the program
simply because he didn't want to risk getting bad
news. The knowledge that he would eventually
develop the disease would affect his ability to enjoy
his remaining years of good health.
"It was a very difficult decision, but I realized that
what is most important to me in life is being productive, knowing that I'm doing something useful and
worthwhile," he says.
"I suppose deep down I fear that I am carrying the
gene, but I also carry a strong hope that I don't have
it. That hope, at the very least, allows me to carry
on.
"If I learned for certain that I have the gene, the
knowledge would interfere with my ability to be
productive, and I don't think I could handle that. I
could see my self worth just disappearing, and then
what would 1 do? The rest of my life would be hell."
It still means Jim struggles with the uncertainty of
his future, and he experiences bouts of depression.
But, like many Huntington's patients, he belongs to
a support group run through the Huntington's Society of Canada. Other at-risk members and trained
counsellors help him cope with the depression
when it arises.
"In fact, if the predictive test became available
when I was younger, I may well have opted for it. I
was a lot less patient to get on with things then and
maybe a little stronger."
Marilyn Mattson believes the decision
whether or not to take the test is a very
personal one. For her, there was no
question; she had to have it. The "hell of uncertainty" was too much.
She had lived for 21 years knowing she was at
risk. Now 46, after a divorce, a battle with alcohol,
cutting herself off from friends and the pain of
seeing her mother and brother through the disease,
she has learned that her chances of developing
Huntington's are very small.
"For me, the potential impact on my life from
having the good news is quite enormous," says
Mattson. "I mean, I never remarried because of it, I
never bought a house, and 1 was really quite friendless because of it."
When Mattson learned her mother had Huntington's in 1967, a neurologist coldly told her she, her
sisters and brother should immediately be sterilized. She and her new husband, with whom she
had been planning a family, decided she would get
pregnant and take the risk of having one child. But
her husband reconsidered and they separated two
years later. She was sterilized a few years after that.
Mattson's mother's condition, meanwhile, worsened to the point where she needed almost full-time
care.
"Eating was the worst, because there is this terrible, constant choking. For a Huntington's victim, it's
the most unbearable situation you can imagine."
Her mother was ultimately placed in a hospital,
where she wasted away to 90 pounds. One week
after she died, in 1977, Mattson's brother Ron was
diagnosed with the disease.
When Mattson learned of the UBC predictive test
for Huntington's, she and her sister Pat immediately
entered the program. For all the pain the disease
had caused her family, the test was an opportunity
to learn one way or another whether she carried the
gene.
"I had come to the conclusion that I was definitely
going to get bad news, and I also knew that there
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A UBC scientist tries to unravel the complexities surrounding
one of mankind's most tragic diseases.
The UBC predictive test for Huntington's
disease offers "at risk" patients the hope of
finding out they don't carry the fateful
gene, but what hope awaits the 50 per cent who find
out they do?
According to UBC pharmacologist Dr. Tom Perry,
science has yielded relatively few answers and there
are currently no effective drug treatments for the
disease. The only drugs used are limited to relieving
some of the symptoms—movement disorders, mental depression and severe behavioural disturbances.
Experimental drugs to slow the neurological deterioration of Huntington's have either failed or shown
inconclusive results.
"It is almost as if science has done only half its
job," says Perry. "We're now able to tell Huntington's
patients they have the gene before symptoms appear, but we have nothing to offer these people.
There are no drugs, nothing in the way of hope to
back up this profound knowledge."
However, Perry believes answers to the disease
may be forthcoming. He and other scientists are
investigating a new theory that Huntington's may be
caused by an unknown substance that attacks certain nerve cells, or neurons, causing damage to
selected areas of the brain. The substance is thought
to be a "site-specific" toxic neuro-transmitter, or
neurotoxin, that excites neurons into firing off indefinitely until they burn out. The wholesale destruction of these cells results in the symptoms of Huntington's.
Perry says the neurotoxin theory has piqued interest because of the wide body of supporting evidence and for the promise it holds for the treatment
of Huntington's disease. If the theory is confirmed
and the neurotoxin identified, then preventive treatment for the disease could be developed for patients
who carry the gene. The answer could be anywhere
from a simple change in diet, if the substance is
found to originate in certain foods, to developing a
drug that neutralizes the effects of the neurotoxin.
Perry's own research has added further evidence
to the neurotoxin theory and made steps toward
identifying its biochemical structure. A few years
ago, he cultivated two tissue cultures of brain cells
from rats, one in a media mixed with blood plasma
from Huntington's patients, the other with plasma
from control subjects without the disease. In the
Huntington's culture, he found evidence of lower
levels of a crucial neuro-transmitter, called gamma-
aminobutyric acid (GABA). In previous work, Perry
had been the first to discover that Huntington's
patients had a deficiency of GABA in their brains.
The correlation suggested there was something in
the blood plasma that caused, among other things, a
brain GABA deficiency similar to that of Huntington's disease.
With such evidence, scientists have begun the
laborious search to identify the unknown substance. Some have guessed at kainic acid, a compound found in a seaweed native to Japan. Injecting
it into experimental lab animals results in biochemical and tissue changes similar to those of Huntington's disease. Perry, who claims his lab has a world
reputation for the study of the biochemical make-up
of the brain, has his doubts. He is sifting through a
long list of amino acids that have appeared in his
samples of Huntington's blood plasmas.
Other researchers have discovered an experimental drug that blocks certain neurons known to be
deficient in the brains of Huntington's patients. The
drug, called MK-801, may be able to give clues as to
which receptors the neurotoxin affects. It may also
be a candidate for drug trials on Huntington's patients if it works the right way.
"I'd be very happy with the (UBC) predictive test if
I had something to offer a patient to whom I had
given the bad news," says Perry. "If 1 had a new
treatment that slowed the development of- the disease and added a few more years to the patient's life,
then there would be something to temper this terrible news."
Meanwhile, Perry believes the drugs currently
offered Huntington's patients are largely ineffective.
They treat only the symptoms of the disease—the
jerky, involuntary movements of the face, arms and
legs (known as chorea), the mental depression and
the sometimes violent, abusive behaviour.
There are two situations where he feels these
"straight-jacket drugs" can help. Patients who suffer
from acute depression, sometimes to the point of
being suicidal, would benefit from some relief with
tricyclic anti-depressants, he says. The other situation is for patients with grossly disturbed behaviour,
particularly men, who become aggressive and violent with those at home. In such cases, drugs used in
schizophrenia, such as haloperidol, can help.
"With only a few exceptions, I think that most
patients with Huntington's do much better—at least
they enjoy more of what life they've still got—if
they're not given any drugs at all," he says.
"I would prescribe some of the experimental
drugs which might have some chance of slowing
down the progress of the disease."
Even if relief is minimal, Perry says, there is at
least the hope that experimental drugs may lead to a
long term solution to Huntington's disease.-
CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   13 was absolutely no way I was going to put my sister
through another bout of the disease—my mother,
my brother and to a lesser degree my grandfather
had put us all through agony. 1 didn't want to depend
on my family like them. So I had come square up
against the possibility of suicide."
Melissa Fahey admits that the option of suicide is
not considered taboo. "We would not exclude a
person if they said they would consider suicide in
the late stages or at any point of coming down with
Huntington's disease."
Hayden says such ethical questions crop up with
startling frequency and constitute the more troubling aspects of the program; questions such as
what are the rights and responsibilities of the individual and of the family? What is the doctor's role
with respect to privacy and confidentiality when
information from the test affects other members of
the family? Where does one draw the line between
the program's voluntary nature and over-ruling a
patient's wishes?
Hayden tells of a man who entered the program
whose father had Huntington's disease. The blood
analysis revealed that the father was in fact not the
man's real father. "What do we do in that situation?
He didn't come here to ask me 'Is dad my dad?' He
wanted to know what his risk was for Huntington's
disease. What I answered was that his risk of carrying the gene was very low. I do that to protect the
family's integrity, but it's not easy.
"The more we get ahead in science, the more
we're being tested. The technological imperative is
very profound, and the pressure is great to use every
technology we have at our disposal. We're moving
very fast, and I'm becoming persuaded that this is a
good test. But I'm not convinced yet."
Hayden's reservations lie in the fact that some
patients may be very poorly prepared to deal with
an increased risk. Despite the fact that they believe
they are well-prepared, and despite the fact that the
counselling team has tried to prepare them, the
impact for some people, says Hayden, is more profound than they realize.
"We let people make up their own minds about all
things," says Fahey. "At the same time, we don't
want to give people information they can't handle."
"1 would say that most patients tell me they would
gladly do it again, that they have no regrets," adds
Hayden.
Marilyn Mattson has nothing but praise for the
UBC program. She said Dr. Hayden and the counselling sessions prepared her so well for the results that
she woke up the morning of her big day in a perfect
state of calm, despite the fact she was convinced her
news would be bad. Her sister Pat also received
good news.
Neither has Stephanie any regrets about the Huntington's program, despite her bad news. In the
seven months it took her to complete the four
sessions, she says she learned a lot about her own
emotional strength.
A few weeks following her interview for this story,
Stephanie contacted the Chronicle and read a quotation from a book on Huntington's disease: "It is
better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."
"That's exactly how I feel about this whole experience. Being ignorant of this disease is not helpful to
anybody. It's better to know about what's upcoming
and then not be surprised when it happens."B
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14   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 BY STEVEN CHESS
BUILDING
IT UP
DOWN
UNDER
t's a good question, really. Just what do they
have that we don't have ... besides Footy, aborigines, Paul Hogan, the Great Barrier Reef,
koala bears, Expo 88 and Bill Jackson.
Who?
Bill Jackson — the latest transplanted Canadian
who is helping to change the face of Australian
architecture.
Only four years ago architectural designer Bill
Jackson was barely making ends meet in a stalled
Vancouver building market. Today he oversees
about $2.5-billion worth of projects on the boards of
the Vancouver-based Hulbert Group's two Australian offices and is largely responsible for the completion and success of Sanctuary Cove, Hulbert's $550-
million resort and residential community on
Australia's Gold Coast. The project surpasses anything that currently exists in Australia and is world-
class both in scope and sophistication, remarkable
considering three years ago only swampland existed where an entire community now stands.
In person, Bill Jackson is casual, fluid and fit, a
man upon whom age sits lightly. Success, however,
is something Jackson, 43, doesn't take for granted.
His long and somewhat checkered career has taught
him one thing—success is fleeting. Thus can he
remain truly nonchalant about the private jets that
squire him all over Australia and the luxury hotels
that await him. "The really important thing,"
stresses Jackson, "is to be happy."
His career decisions have always been guided by
that most logical of ends. Jackson didn't always plan
to be an architect. He seemed destined to follow in
his father's footsteps by becoming a civil engineer,
and by his father's urging spent a couple of years
after high school working at some of the major
project sites that his father oversaw. He found the
work too narrow, too exclusively scientific, and set
off to do a fine arts degree at UBC.
|    It was the B.A. program that helped Jackson
e decide on a career in architecture. High marks and a
3 strong portfolio gained him acceptance not only to
| UBC's school of architecture but to Berkeley and
J Lausanne as well. Money, though, was the deciding
factor, dictating that he stay in Vancouver.
As far as architecture goes, UBC has
turned out some fairly impressive
graduates. The latest one to warrant
praise is Bill Jackson. Leaving
Vancouver, turning his life upside
down, he headed to Australia's Gold
Coast to oversee the development of
Sanctuary Cove, the Hulbert Group's
$550-million world class resort
complex. Right about now, life just
couldn't be better.
Jackson admits he "thought the school was bullshit when he first started" in the fall of 1972, a time
when the school of architecture formed the centre of
the campus' counter-cultural activities and consequently was a much less traditional program than
Jackson had expected or hoped for. The school's
mandate was to produce thinkers first and architects
second, and, in keeping with the times, the school
maintained a strong component of social awareness
Sanctuary Cove combines a
sporting facilities, a shopping
village, marina and residential
areas to give Australians their
first resort community.
CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   15 Brian Toyota, left, was the first
UBC grad to join Bill Jackson,
right, in Australia. As director of
design, he ensured that the
design philosophy and quality of
Sanctuary Cove was consistent
and involvement. In retrospect, Jackson realizes
that his professors were trying to give some understanding of how to think about and approach a
design. "As opposed to being told to design a particular type of building for a site," explains Jackson,
"we were encouraged to stand back and say, 'Well,
maybe that (particular building type) isn't appropriate. What would best fit the space and the community?'" Jackson believes this "wholesome" approach to design serves him and his UBC team well
Down Under where the concept is relatively new
and very positively received. According to Jackson,
"the clients love it."
Reminiscing about UBC, Jackson recalls with paradoxical fondness "the terrible trio" of professors,
John Gaitanakis, Bud Wood and Bruno Freschi,
whose responsibility it was to induct the first year
students. Jackson vividly remembers, six months
into their first year, being given a blank piece of
paper and told to design a fruit. "We thought they'd
gone over the top," says Jackson. "We were all
concentrating on the fact that they were playing
with our minds, we didn't initially see what a major
design exercise it really was." If you create a form,
that form has got to come from somewhere, which
brings in the question of context. For example, if it's
an orange you're designing, it needs certain growing
conditions, a specific climate ... and then there's
propagation, how did it get there? All of these questions are part of the design process."
Jackson sees the task of the architect as transcribing the essence and spirit of a place into its physical
form. "Taking a building and creating something
that elevates a person's experience when they use it,
as well as reflecting the community's needs and
spirit" is what it's all about, according to Jackson. He
eschews "the functional box" approach to design
and favours decidedly grand buildings like the Rob-
Covering 443 hectares of Hope
Island, between Brisbane and the
Gold Coast, Sanctuary Cove was
designed by the Vancouver-based
Hulbert Group, whose goal was
to create something uniquely
Australian, improving on the
area's natural beauty without
distorting the environment. The
critics seem to think they have
succeeded.
son Square Courthouse complex, the Sydney Opera
House and the great cathedrals.
s a 1975 graduate of UBC's school of architecture, Jackson went to work for the
Greater Vancouver Regional District
(GVRD), which had initiated a three year Compact
Housing Program whose mandate was to create new
forms of high density urban housing in light of the
urban sprawl that was occurring. Bob Burgess, the
planner who headed the project, knew Bill Jackson
for his "creativity with site design, detail for interiors
and good people skills," and brought him on board.
Together they worked with planners, developers,
financial officers and governments to come up with
feasible, affordable non-stacked housing alternatives. Most significantly, in an almost unprecedented move, they went to "the people" to find out
what they wanted. "We found," comments Jackson,
"that although every family's dream was to own a
detached single family home, they would be content
with higher density housing that offered the qualities and feel of a single family home." Consequently,
townhouses, which had previously been perceived
as suitable only for senior citizens, came to be
accepted by home buyers and developers as a viable
housing alternative.
As much as he valued his work with the GVRD,
when the program wound down Jackson was eager
to do freelance work, "I was tired of working for
somebody else." But the early 1980s, a time of belt-
tightening in many professions, are years that Jackson is more reticent to discuss. Suffice to say, the
time was right when the phone call came from
Richard Hulbert in 1985.
The Vancouver-based Hulbert Group had been
asked to design an enormous resort and residential
community in Australia. Australian developer Michael Gore had seen a Hulbert-designed project in
an American magazine and was sold. It was exactly
what the ailing Hulbert Group needed to get back on
its feet again, so it followed that the decision of who
to send to Australia was a vital one. Through previous acquaintance, Richard Hulbert knew Jackson
to be "an all round person in design and in working
with people," qualities Hulbert wanted in the individual who would oversee all aspects of the Sanctuary Cove project, in addition to diversifying the
client base enough to open an Australian office.
Jackson was both excited and a little apprehensive. Having left all of his friends, relatives and
business contacts behind, he found the solitude
tough. He remembers the first three months spent
"working away, alone, in a big empty space" and
going home many a night to commiserate with a
good bottle of wine. But three years later he loves it.
As well as overseeing an office of 28 in Southport,
he's just opened a new office in Sydney. There is
almost one project per employee on the boards now
and Sanctuary Cove is garnering award upon citation upon commendation. Jackson is quick to share
the credit with his co-workers, especially a team of
UBC graduated architects and designers who he has
assembled over the past two years.
In February of 1986, Brian Toyota was the first
UBC graduate to join Jackson in Australia. Toyota
was brought over as director of design to ensure the
consistency in design philosophy and quality. Architects Paul Labofski, Teresa Syrnik, Allan Hepburn and Phillip Gowland have since ventured to
Queensland.
The high energy team often works 12 hours a day,
seven days a week, and Jackson attributes their
spirit, morale and ability to work together to the
days and nights spent in the design studio of UBC's
school of architecture. That they all love Australia
and the Australian way of doing business doesn't
hurt either. "In Australia," explains Jackson, "when
you make a decision to do something, you do it,
whereas in Canada, in terms of development, a
good percentage of any budget is spent researching
a project to see if it's feasible. Then, if it is, there's not
enough money left to do.it right. In Vancouver,
Sanctuary Cove would have taken five to ten years
and probably four or five years just to get approval."
To a Vancouverite, the speed with which Sanctuary
Cove was conceived and built is stunning. "The
design began in late 1984, construction started in
late 1986, and the project is now totally complete,"
says Jackson triumphantly.
M   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 If architecture is, as Goethe wrote, frozen music,
then Sanctuary Cove is maestro Bill Jackson's
magnum opus. Though the earliest schematic
designs were done in Vancouver, the vast majority
of the work took place in Australia under Jackson's
eye. Jackson is proudest of the community's luxury
residences. There are 66 waterfront villas in addition to terrace homes, golf course villas and patio
homes, 1,500 developer-built residential units in all.
As a sample of the up-scale nature of the homes, the
waterfront villas began at $550,000, and were sold
out upon completion. To create both the feel and
appearance of a very special community, the marina, recreation centre, golf course, Hyatt Regency
hotel and 150-shop marine village are all set against
the backdrop of a turn-of-the-century pioneer
theme. There is a Grand Homestead, a sheep shearing shed, a variety of outbuildings, replicas of farm
implements and a host of other little touches that
give the project a distinctly indigenous feel. To fur
ther preserve the community's quality, Jackson et al
have formulated a subdivision plan for the remaining land consisting of design guidelines and development controls for individuals who want to purchase land and build their own homes.
Sanctuary Cove has proven so popular and successful that the firm has already begun work on
another, even bigger, housing project on 800 hectares of land just outside of Sydney.
Another of Jackson's future plans for the firm is to
develop the practice into Indonesia, Malaysia and
Hong Kong. The expansion "makes a lot of sense
considering the eastern investment in Vancouver,"
reasons Jackson, and he would like, ultimately, to
see a circle of Hulbert offices completed with a
Tokyo opening. And how does Jackson respond to
the charge that his master plan is to strew UBC
architecture graduates throughout the Hulbert
Group network? With a quick laugh and one word.
"Exactly."*
Class Acts
Class Acts is unavailable for this
issue of the Alumni UBC
Chronide due to technical
problems. It wB return in the
Spring, 1989, issue.
KEEPING PACE WITH CHANGE
Once considered a gathering place for the socially conscious, UBC's
school of architecture has kept abreast ofthe times and the standards
of the profession, evolving into a highly respected institution.
In essence the UBC school of architecture's philosophy has not changed much
since the days when Bill Jackson graduated, the days when student participation
in social affairs was much more common,
and when UBC graduates had more on
tlfeir minds than bank accountsand BMWs.
What has changed are the demands of both
the architectural profession and the students, who wish increasingly to be career
ready when they graduate.
In the early 1970s, when the notion of
citizen involvement in social, environmental and political issues was widespread, the
UBC school of architecture was a gathering
place for the socially conscious. At the
time, the school was one of the most important in Canada for three reasons: its large
component of social relevance, its cultivation of the architect as anti-celebrity, and
its heavy involvement in city and community planning projects. "In the 1970s," explains Doug Shadbolt, the head of the department of architecture, "universities
tailored their architecture programs to the
social atmosphere; architecture was widely
accepted as a good general education for a
variety of fields." With this in mind, the
program was rather non-prescriptive, rich
in electives and very design-oriented. Both
then and now, some would say too design
oriented. "Not so," counters Michael
Ernest, adjunct professor of architecture
and director of professional services for the
Architectural Institute of B.C. "The school's
locus and strength has always been design,
and students come to UBC for that reason.
pit the program has a good balance of
design, history, context, technology and
practice management."
'The architectural profession is a quarrelsome family," adds architecture professor
Dr. John Gaitanakis. "In the late 1960s, the
school took up causes that many did not
like and considered a threat, and some of
those speak ill of the-school still."
Anyone who believes UBC architecture
graduates are not as qualified as their peers
"is misinformed" says Michael Ernest. The
facts would seem to bear this out. In North
American certification exams taken by ait
candidates three years out of architecture
school, B.C. writers, as a group, place consistently in the top ten. At least partial
credit must go to a school that's kept
abreast of the times and the standards of
the profession.
The UBC program offers a second bachelor's professional degree which is a three
year program, and a master of advanced
study in architecture, a IS month study
program. Students in the B.Arch. program,
most of whom are mature students, are
encouraged to take time out during their
degree to work or travel. The UBC program
is designed for people who have already
tested themselves either academically or
professionally. "If you are in a hurry," explains Dr. Shadbolt, "you can go from high
school right into a five year program such
as Carlton's." The average UBC student,
however, isn't in a hurry; he or she appreciates the volume and breadth of training
involved in becoming a UBC graduated architectural apprentice. "UBC architecture
students are typically high performers with
something extra going for them. Creativity,
critical awareness and ability and most importantly the ability to visualize three-
dimensionally" are key characteristics of a
B.Arch. student, says Shadbolt. "Straight
A's in something else don't do it," cautions
Dr. Gaitanakis. "The making of an architectural designer is complex training."
Richard Hulbert, whose architectural design firm gained notoriety by heading up
the design and planning team for Li Ka-
shing's Pacific Place project, currently employs over half a dozen UBC school of architecture graduates. "I'm interested in
graduates with problem solving ability who
are proficient in graphic, verbal and written communication," says Hulbert.
"Schools shouldn't just turn out qualified
architects but should turn out superior
thinkers, problem solvers and communicators."
Hulbert's demands, which are those of
the profession, are well met by a UBC program that has learned to balance the social
and professional, the innovative and traditional elements of architectural training.
The B.Arch. program now consists chiefly
of mandatory classes, and only a few electives per year are allowed. "Schools are
always necessarily in transition, and must
balance the social and professional aspects
of work," says Doug Shadbolt. The program
in the 1970s may have not paid .quite
enough attention to the professional aspects of training, but the school's willing-
ness!to be flexible and open to change, as a
result of its small size and adaptable faculty,
has allowed it to respond to the times much
more quickly than larger, older schools.
So, in 1985, when the school was asked
by the University brass to justify its existence, its adaptability played a large role in
allaying the threat of closure. Though according to Dr. Shadbolt it was only "a planning exercise" in the interest of budget
restraint, the perceived danger to the
school was great, but with the backing of
the students, alumni, the professional community and other Canadian architecture
schools, the continuation of the program
was assured.
Today, the school is strong and in good
shape, with increasing emphasis placed on
the growing Masters program. As the
school of architecture has evolved, so, a
little more slowly, has its reputation. "The
important thing," says Dr. Shadbolt, "is that
we now share a common purpose with the
University...
CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988   17 BY LAURIE J. McDONELL
A man may live greatly in the
law as well as elsewhere; that
there as well as elsewhere his
thought may find its unity in an
infinite perspective; that there as
well as elsewhere he may wreak
himself upon life, may drink the
bitter cup of heroism, may wear
his heart out after the
unattainable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Profession ofthe Law.
For some Class of '82 law grads, the real world of practicing
law was a rude awakening. It lacked the glamour and
excitement some had been anticipating, and others
discovered their niche in life was elsewhere. Show no pity,
though. Most of them did something about it.
LIFE
AFTER
LAW
"How do you like law, Mr.
Micawber?" "My dear
Copperfield,"he replied, "to a
man possessed ofthe higher
imaginative powers the objection
to legal studies is the amount of
detail they involve. Even in our
professional correspondence,"
said Mr. Micawber. .."the mind
is not at liberty to soar to any
exalted form of expression. Still,
it is a great pursuit..."
Charles Dickens, David
Copperfield.
While some regard law as the exalted profession of scholars, most of us who graduated from the UBC law school in 1982
would agree with Dickens' observations about the
pursuit of law. After three grinding years of extracting the details of thousands of cases, a year as an
articled slave for whom no task is too menial, the
reward is 75 hours a week in a glass tower, inhabited
by unimaginative blue-suited beings whose lives
revolve around the minutiae of choosing between
notwithstandings and neverthelesses.
Many graduates of the Class of '82 have decided
that the practice of law is not for them. They have
found their niches in more earthly pursuits. But
they are glad they did. Go to law school that is.
"I wanted to be Perry Mason." Russ MacKay, like
many who went to law school, had dreams of courtrooms filled with awe-filled spectators enraptured
by the mystery and drama played for them through
his brilliant cross-examination, culminating in a
resolution of the conflicts and tensions in the last
act. But the reality of life as a lawyer brought him
crashing back to earth. "In law, somebody always
loses: your client, their client, you or the other
lawyer. I didn't want to work 75 hours a week in a
negative, pessimistic atmosphere. I wanted to do
something more positive. In business, it's a win/win
situation."
Russ and two other lawyers have created an advertising network known as "Cardboard." For a
nominal monthly fee, they put businesscards in
plexiglass displays located in businesses all over the
city. In his red striped shirt and blue jeans, in the
sunshine at Bridges watching the sailboats drift by
as the Concord surges overhead, Russ talks about
his past life with law like a man reminiscing about a
lost lover. "I always liked going to court, cross-
examining witnesses. I'd like to do about six cases a
year, have somebody else do the paperwork and just
go to court. Someday I'll go back to law."
His longings are short-lived as the recollection of
past pain resurfaces. "I did five years in an office,
now I'm out on parole."
Does he have any regrets? "Law school is the best
education you can get. It teaches you how to think,
how to analyze things."
In leaving practice behind him, Russ is not alone.
One out of every four graduates of the Class of '82
has left private practice for careers in everything
from government to bartending. They found that
practicing law was not what they expected it to be
when they went to law school, yet it was an experience that, directly or indirectly, led them to other
paths.
Inlike the corporate world which most lawyers get glimpses of, Don Buschlen inhabits a world few lawyers have ever seen. The
chameleon-like "braided paintings" of local artist
Karen Chapnick feed the imagination of the visitor
as Don guides the uninitiated through his West
Georgia Street art gallery. The serenely soft grey
walls of his gallery exude a peacefulness foreign to
1
18   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 the inhabitants of glass towers filled with high-tech
word-processors and fax machines. Although the
Buschlen/Mowatt Gallery is only a few blocks from
the T.D. Tower where he practiced law, philosophically it is on another planet.
Don's new perspective on the world is captured in
a poem he wrote to accompany the images of galloping horses created by Andre Brasilier in his self-
published book on the painter, co-authored by partner, Barry Mowatt:
From yore
the figures spring;
From caves of old
their hoof-beats ring;
Their beauty, their race
still runs on;
So those who drew them,
are never gone.
Gazing at the subtle hues of Chapnick's works
through electric blue glasses, Don's eyes are bright
and lively as he speaks of his love of art. But he
speaks of law in sombre tones. "Law is very analytical. I saw people I went to law school with become
more and more black and white. They don't see the
greys. They have a "win or lose" attitude. Art makes
people happy."
Don's future as a corporate lawyer with a major
downtown firm was well established when he was
kept on as an associate after articling. "Nice office,
nice view. But one of the cons was the pressure of
time." He left the firm in January, 1985, to devote his
full time to the art business.
Although the step from corporate lawyer to art
entrepreneur seems to an outsider a complete
change of direction, for Don it was two parallel paths
that converged then separated. And like the inverted steps joining wall and ceiling in his gallery,
the transition from law to art, from the analytical to
the imaginative was a gradual transformation.
"I was selling art privately from my house while I
was in law school. It helped pay the bills. The
summer before articling, I took a hundred pounds of
Canadian paintings to Japan and started knocking
on the doors of Japanese galleries. It was monsoon
season and I carried those paintings up a lot of stairs
wearing a wool suit. 1 lost 35 pounds, but I got
Canadian art into Japan and established enough
contacts to bring Japanese art to Canada."
His contacts with artists in Vancouver also
brought him work as a lawyer. He drew contracts
between galleries and such local artists as Tony
Onley. He still negotiates contracts with artists and
galleries, only his perspective has changed. "When
1 was a lawyer, I saw art from the lawyer's point of
view. Now I see art from the artist's point of view."
Does he regret spending so many years at law
school and practicing law? "I was curious about law
and wanted to find out what it would be like. If I
hadn't done law, I would still be wondering what it
was like. Now I want to put Vancouver on the art
map."
Like Don Buschlen, John Pearson's curiosity
took him first to law school, then beyond the
analytical confines of law to more creative
horizons. "I was doing foreclosures and collections.
I didn't get along with the people in my department.
So I decided to take a year out and see if I could write
a novel. The first one sold and so did the second
one. Now I'm on my third."
Unlike Russ MacKay, John had few illusions about
law. "My father is a lawyer so I pretty well knew
what to expect. I had thought about writing before
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
50%
are self-employed or employed by small
ROB KNUTSON
PhD program, London School of Economics
firms.
20%
are employed by large firms.
5%
are in-house counsel for corporations.
10%
are employed by government.
MIRIAM KRES1VO
In-house counsel, Chevron Canada Ltd
COLIN MCIVER
Ministry of the Attorney General, Victoria
KEN REPSTOCK
Meiklem,  Fletcher  and  Repstock,   Prince
George
15%
other occupations.
MIKE ROSS
Office of the Ombudsman, Vancouver
RICHARD BLASKOV1TS
Sole practilionaer, Fort St. John
DAVID UNTERMAN & TIM DIEWOLD
Diewpld & Unterman, Vancouver.
GUY BROWN
Insurance Corporation of B.C., Vancouver
MICHAEL WHEATON
Retired, Saltspring Island
PATRICIA CARRIGAN
Whiskey Jack Resorts, Whistler
ED WILSON
Lawson, Lundell, Vancouver
RICHARD CARTER
Filing Analyst with the Superintendent of
Brokers
LINDA WONG
MacLean, Nicol & Wong, Vancouver
LYNDA DARLING
Bull, Housser & Tupper, Vancouver
GORD ENS
Bartender, Fogg & Suds, Vancouver
Five per cent like law so much that they
married other lawyers and have now produced baby barristers.
DAVID GILL
Sole practitioner
CAROL IWASAKI
Crown Counsel, Richmond
In Memoriam: Rae Forrest passed away this
fall. She will be missed.
law school and had done a little. I hadn't found my
niche in law. Opportunities were slim so I decided to
try writing for a year and it seemed to work."
His first novel is about the stock market. His
second is about the American war with Tripoli in
1800, no doubt a timely subject.
"There's nothing wrong with law school. It was
extremely useful and taught me things that are good
for being a writer. Articling was good in terms of
learning about business."
Just as John Pearson found that foreclosing on
people's houses was not his idea of a "great
pursuit," Bob Laing also found little reward in
that type of practice.
In a bright yellow sweater and grey flannels, Bob
has the relaxed demeanour not found in law firms.
He surveys the golfers outside the University Golf
Club with an air of satisfaction. "I used to have to
"entertain" clients I wouldn't otherwise have had
the time of day for. The unemployment rate in
Kamloops was 25 per cent and I was doing mostly
foreclosures. People would phone me at home and
harass my wife. Sometimes they were quite abusive.
When I saw the ad for the job teaching law to
realtors and notaries, I applied for it. Now I don't
have to wear the blue suit and try to look like
everybody else."
As associate director of the pre-licencing program,
Bob Laing spends as much time in administration as
in teaching. With his bachelor's degree in education, teaching law seemed a natural choice.
Another classmate who chose to teach law rather
than practice is John Fairlie. "Teaching is good
because you can talk about concepts without getting
into too much detail. I've learned more about law in
the last four years than I ever did at law school." He
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LIFE AFTER LAW
now teaches law to legal assistants at Capilano College. "I didn't want to work so hard,
the 14 hour days, six days a week. I wanted to
have more free time and to work in a situation where I can follow my own value system
instead of the competitiveness of law. 1 didn't
like the drudgery of working 12 months a
year, with two weeks off spent worrying
about the work that was piling up while I was
away."
John was an experimenter like Don Bus-
chlen, enrolling in law school to satisfy his
curiosity. "I didn't know what to expect because there are no lawyers in my family. I
didn't like law school much and I liked practice even less. I got a feel for what it was like
and decided it wasn't what I wanted."
Like John Pearson, John Fairlie took a year
out to follow his "higher imaginative powers." He spent his time composing music but
ultimately came back to law. "It's really hard
to quit law altogether because you've invested so much time in it. So teaching
seemed like a good idea."
Fred Irvine has found his niche in researching rather than teaching law. He articled to the Honourable Mr. Justice Lambert of
the B.C. Court of Appeal, a judge known for
his brilliant, albeit often dissenting, judgments.
Fred completed his articles with a large
downtown firm and stayed there for another
year before becoming a freelance legal researcher. What he disliked most about practicing law in a large firm was "politics, politics, politics." Like Don Buschlen, he prefers a
more contemplative lifestyle away from the
more pragmatic atmosphere of a downtown
law firm.
And like Bob Laing, Fred found life in a
dark blue suit too confining. "I never wear
suits anymore if I can avoid it. I now have a
good collection of sweaters and casual pants."
He now does research on contract for lawyers and editors of legal textbooks. Unlike
Dickens' Mr. Micawber, Fred enjoys doing
the detailed and time-consuming research
that practicing lawyers have little time or
inclination for. Fred has a memory for case
citations bar none. Ask him if he knows of
any cases on a particular subject and he will
tell you not only the name of the case, but
also the volume of the law reports it can be
found in. He is reputed to be the only member of the class to have actually read the
entire Revised Statutes of British Columbia,
equivalent in volume to the Encyclopedia
Brittanica. It is no wonder that practicing
lawyers retain him to research and prepare
cases going to the Court of Appeal.
Then there are those of us who are still
practicing law. In fact, the majority of us, for
whatever reasons, are still in pursuit of the
law. Some, such as Velio Sork, have combined law with other careers. Velio blended
his engineering and law degrees by becoming in-house counsel to Nexus Engineering
Corporation.
And me, I'm still practicing law. Well, at
least when I'm not busy writing about it.a
20   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 Col
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
us, the Revolution was going to sort out everything, now and for always. We were never
exactly sure what that meant, but I remember
how we once considered dropping sports
from the Ubyssey because it was a bourgeois
distraction from the Cause. One day Jack
Webster called the newsroom and asked for
some student journalists to come down to the
station and explain just what the fuss was all
about. "All right then, what do you students
really want?" he finally asked after we had
worked through our litany of oppressions. We
looked around, still bursting with the absolute certainties of what we didn't want, someone finally mumbling, "Ah ... well ... more
money for education" in belated response.
What else could we say? We were still agog
with the discovery that everything the media
were telling us about Vietnam was a cover-
up. That was the most exciting and terrifying
thing I had ever heard. What to do about it?
The Revolution would decide.
Hardial Bains slithered out of Ireland and
arrived on campus to recruit a cadre of pamphlet pushers who deprived newcomers of
sleep to impress upon them the importance
of his version of The Revolution. First you
had to learn the proper order of the words in
their group's name: Canadian Communist
Party, Marxist Leninist. I still remember it,
because I was told, eyeball to eyeball, that
they were saving a special rope for me after
The Revolution, and I wanted to be sure I
would go down for more than just a proofing
error.
We lived to fight the good fight against
campus oppression. We put "Students are
Niggers" stickers on the doors of the "Faculty
Only" washrooms and worshipped the words
of Jerry Rubin. We banked on the Revolution
to break the grip of big business on the board
of governors. We fought for student observers
on the board and seats on the senate.
At the Ubyssey, we learned to sneer and
strut in print, revelling in our freedom to
multiply forbidden words in print, to dare
each other into new extremes of radical posturing. Would we march in support of the
students who occupied the administration
building at SFU? Would we have the nerve to
occupy our own administration building?
Would we raise bail for the freedom fighters
who burned the computer centre at Sir
George Williams University? Would we join
in singing Solidarity Forever with the heady
mob who upended Aunt Glo's quiche pie
luncheon at the Faculty Club to celebrate
this moment of liberation?
I sleep-walked onto campus in 1966, but by
graduation in 1970 I had heard Buckminster
Fuller and Alan Watts, and had seen in myself a glint of all the horrible people my
parents warned me about. It was deliciously
empowering. I look at the students at UBC
today, intent on commerce and security, and
dearly hope that zombie first-year students
are still discovering, to their horror and
amazement, that everything their parents
told them might be wrong. ■
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AWAKENING
BY PETER LADNER
Peter Ladner, BA'70, was
editor of Monday Magazine
in Victoria for five years and
is currently the publisher and
editor of Vancouver's Business Report, a two-year-old
monthly business magazine.
A Ubyssey alumnus peers into the past and recognizes a personal evolution.
Wi
' hen I graduated from a boys' boarding school on Vancouver Island in
1966, after five years being frogmarched through a schedule so tight it made
our white shirts squeak, it honestly never
occurred to me that there might be more to
life than still more English, French and math.
Freedom was not having to take physics, so I
stepped up to the world of first year university as a high school student in exile on Point
Grey—taking English, French, math and two
other courses.
"UBC, you grey destroyer of souls, you
have swallowed me and smothered me..."
begins a diary entry from the dark side of that
year. From a tight little nest where I knew
everyone's nicknames and brand of deodorant, I had fallen into a huge hole jammed
with trudging masses of nameless students. I
was drowning in the concrete hugeness,
groping at 40,000 glazed eyes for some
twinge of comradeship, but the furthest I ever
got was the gagging conversation in the
smoky morning carpool.
I hated it so much I walked away from all
my scholarships to get to Queen's University
for my second year. UBC may have been a
dark pool of alienation, but looking back
from small-town football Ontario, some high
points stirred to life. I yearned for their zest
and threatening overtones.
I yearned for Ellen Tallman, friend of Alan
Ginsberg, draped in big tent dresses and
smoking steadily through our English 100
classes. She had told us about Berkeley students punching arbitrary holes in their computer registration cards, sand in the smooth
system of dehumanization we all felt sweeping over us. I liked that, but I could never
figure out enough good reasons why. "It
could never be like that here," I once said to
her. "Why not?" she snapped back.
That set me thinking. That and Milton
Acorn, right there in the Buchanan Building,
his hearty odes to freedom booming from a
plaid-checked shirt held fast by one big,
rusty, diaper pin. This in a thinking adult.
Only an engineer wouldn't have noticed
that something big was cracking under surfaces at UBC that year. Small college comforts
be damned. I came back home for my third
year—to my first apartment, at 1555 Cornwall by Kits beach, with Kirsten Emmott in
the other room and the Ubyssey in my blood.
The Ubyssey was really where I had wanted
to be all my first year, but I didn't want to be a
reporter, and I was terrified at the sheer fun
they seemed to be having. I used to drive out
to the campus on Thursdays, when I had no
classes, just to read the Ubyssey, to feel a
printed pulse that quickened to elections,
faculty weeks, open houses, visiting poets—
breaks in the rhythm of the hollow march to
end-of-term exams. And to follow the antics:
columnist Gabor Mate jumping head-first
through a second-floor window in a straight-
jacket to keep his hair safe from a clutch of
scissor-wielding engineers.
A month into my third year, the Ubyssey
was my life. Sex and drugs and rock and roll
were at the peak of their careers, and the
Ubyssey was my ticket to the main event. It
was heady, hallucinogenic and godawful fun.
We were charged. Two tokes and some
would sit for hours in the newly-installed
listening rooms in the SUB, blubbering full-
throated choruses of Purple Haze, deaf to all
but Jimi Hendrix in their puffy headphones. I
remember nights in the front row at the Dunbar theatre, ingesting Yellow Submarine
through substance-altered synapses. And
Dorrie, so free she once dropped a whole cup
of fresh coffee straight into the garbage can at
the Old Auditorium cafe, just so she could
come outside and catch a walk with me.
Dorrie always preferred radical-sounding *
guys to the Revolution itself, but for a lot of &
CONTINUED ON RAGE 21 f
22   CHRONICLE/WINTER 1988 Ci
Wendy McDonald of
B.C. Bearing Engineers joinf
The Vancouver Board of i^1
to gear up for busi    "'
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President and CEO of B.C.
Bearing Engineers Ltd. She
shifted into high gear after
becoming a member of The
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business community" and
Vancouver's largest membership
association, The Vancouver
Board of Trade seeks to promote        It's business after business
the development of our region    Including 3,700 active, pallid
as a Pacific Centre of trade,
commerce and travel.
Whatever area of business
you are involved in, you will
profit from a membership in
The Vancouver Board of Trade.
pating, informed Vancouver
business people like Wendy
McDonald.To find out about
the many other advantages of
membership call 641-1260.
Join The Vancouver Board
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on a roll.
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