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The Magazine of The University of British Columbia | Spring 2004
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The University of British Columbia
Alumni Associati 2   Trek   Spring 2004 Take Note
6      Integrating Alumni Services
An historic agreement means enhanced alumni services. By Chris Petty
11    People Connect
The Learning Exchange brings UBC to the Downtown
Eastside. And the Downtown Eastside to UBC.
By Ellen Schwartz
15    Bringing "Law" to the Downtown Eastside
A UBC Law student thinks the Faculty has a lot to
offer the Downtown Eastside. By Vanessa Clarke
17    Mad Cow Disease and the Fear of Death
Is the fear of Mad Cow more dangerous than the
disease itself? By Scott Yates
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22 The Arts
24 Books
26 Alumni News
32 Class Acts
35 In Memoriam
Alumni Spring Picnic
UBC graduates picnic at the Wigwam Inn,
May 3, 1924. This photo was sent in by
Mary and George Plant, who wonder if
anyone recognizes the grads pictured.
SPRING   2 004
The Magazine of The University of British Columbia
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
Chair Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Vice-Chair Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Treasurer David Elliott, BCOM'69
Members at Large '02 - '04
Darlene Marzari, msw'68
Colin Smith, BASC'65
Members at Large '03 - '05
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Committee Chair Appointments '03 - '05
Don Dalik, LLB'76
Tammie Mark, bcom'88
Jesse Sims, bcom'oo
Yvonne Yuan, BSC'87, Msc'90, PHD'95
University Representatives '03 - '04
Richard Johnston, BA'70
Jim Rogers, BA'65
Amina Rai, AMS President
Executive Director
Leslie Konantz
Trek Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke Scott Macrae, BA'71
Chris Dahl Christopher Petty
Sid Katz Herbert Rosengarten
Trek (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni Association
and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni and friends.
Opinions expressed in the magazine do not necessarily reflect
the views of the Alumni Association or the university.
Address correspondence to:
Christopher Petty, Editor
UBC Alumni Association
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e-mail to cpetty©alumni.ubc.ca
Letters will be published at the editor's discretion
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Quick Facts about the Okanagan's new University of British Columbia campus
The Okanagan gets a distinctive
research-intensive university that
builds on the achievements of
Okanagan University College and
the history of UBC. People from
both institutions will chart the
future for the new UBC campus.
UBC Okanagan opens its doors on
what is now the North Kelowna
campus of OUC in September
2005. The first UBC degrees will
be granted in May 2006.
UBC Okanagan opens up:
5,500 UBC seats by 2009
□ Seats for 900 new students by
September 2005
□ 1,000 new residence spaces
UBC Okanagan will have:
□ One world-class degree
□ Post-graduate programs
□ Integrated region-wide college transfer
□ Distinctive programs
□ Its own Senate
□^Campus globally linked by technology
UBC Okanagan will create:
□ New research funding
□ Expanded research programs
□ Links to UBC Vancouver / global research
□ New high-speed ORAN network
UBC Okanagan will be a
regional economic driver:
□ Impact of 4,500 more
students, new faculty and
□ New research infrastructure
□ Annual economic impact:
$263  million
UBC Okanagan will
contribute to the region:
□ Health linkages
of British Columbia | Vancouver      „ Community service learning
□ Co-op opportunities
□ Creative and Performing Arts
□ More Okanagan representation on the UBC Board of
□ Work with OUC students, faculty and staff to build the
□ Create a community advisory council
□ Town hall meetings and community roundtables
Visit our web site for more information: www.ubc.ca/
Tel: 1-866-607-9636 [TOLL FREE] B
UBC Okanagan to Open in 2005
]DThe first student intake at the new UBC
Okanagan campus will occur in September,
2005. The North Kelowna campus of
Okanagan University College will become
the base for the new university, and UBC
administrators will work with OUC faculty and staff to expand university-level
offerings there and at other regional centres. OUC will continue to operate, granting degrees and diplomas until August,
2005. Current students are guaranteed
completion of their programs.
The creation of the new campus will
result in 5,500 new spaces for post-secondary students in the Okanagan by 2010.
The remaining campuses of OUC, renamed
Okanagan College, will also be expanded,
with more university transfer, trades and
other applied training programs.
Former OUC board chair, Brad Bennett,
has been appointed chair of the President's
UBC Okanagan Community Advisory
Council, and will oversee the transition.
Martha Piper, commenting on the choice
of Kelowna, BC's fastest growing region,
for the new university, said, "A research
intensive UBC campus in the Okanagan
presents an exciting opportunity to attract
outstanding faculty and students to this
spectacular region of British Columbia.
UBC Okanagan The North Kelowna campus of
Okanagan University College now part of UBC
The Corporation Joel Bakan (centre) looks for psychopathy with film makers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott
UBC Okanagan will respond to local
needs and opportunities in teaching and
research, and the campus will have its own
academic senate and deputy vice chancellor to promote development of distinctive
programs that honour OUC's strengths
and traditions."
Psychotic Corporations
QDCan the behaviour of corporations
be compared to the pathological behaviour of individuals? Law professor Joel
Bakan thinks so, and if the success of The
Corporation, the film based on his book,
is any indication, so do millions of other
In The Corporation: The Pathological
Pursuit of Profit and Power, recently
released in Canadian and American
bookstores, Bakan uses models of human
psychopathy developed by UBC professor
Robert Hare to assess corporate behaviour. A psychopath is defined as a person
who is pathologically self-interested, lacks
the capacity to be concerned about others or to feel guilt or remorse when others
are harmed, and does not feel any moral
obligation to comply with social or legal
norms. When Bakan sets large corporations up against these and other indicators,
they don't fare well.
Law in the US and Canada asserts that
companies take on a persona upon incorporation, and have certain responsibilities
to their shareholders, not to society in
general. Thus, a large car company can
justify not correcting lethal design flaws in
its products because it will cost less to pay
out potential law suits from victims than it
would to fix the problem. Both the book
continued on page 8
UBC, Association Join Forces to Reach Alumni
DD "Moved by Miss Peck and Mr. Wright that an alumni association be formed. Carried"
- Minutes of the first meeting of the UBC Alumni Association,
May 4, 1917
The UBC grads who met that evening in 1917 at the Fairview
shacks were, more or less, the same people who formed the Alma
Mater Society a few years before. In both actions, they responded
to President Wesbrook's motto for UBC, and his belief in personal
responsibility: Tuum Est! It is Yours.
The new alumni association gave itself a simple mandate: "To
further the interests of the university and the alumni." They would
do this by maintaining contact among alumni, the university and
its students; by assisting the university in keeping its needs before
the public and the government; and by personal service.
And for the next 87 years, it did just that. Alumni volunteers did
most of the work for the first 40 years, keeping address records
up-to-date (in shoe boxes in someone's basement), raising money
through the annual fund (which it did until 1989), organizing class
reunions, producing a magazine, supporting university initiatives
(such as the "Back Mac" campaign in the mid '60s) and developing an alumni relations program.
Enrollment skyrocketed at UBC when Baby Boomers entered the
system, then kept growing (10,000 in i960, up to 22,000 in 1970,
just over 40,000 today), resulting in a boom in alumni numbers.
Of the more than 200,000 degrees granted by UBC since 1915,
more than 100,000 have been granted since 1990. That fact, coupled with the university's growing understanding of the value of
alumni, caused both Association and UBC officials to re-think the
structure of alumni services.
Currently, the Association's Executive Director reports directly
to the Board of Directors, which sets policy and determines
focus and goals. No direct administrative link exists between the
Association and the university, though agreements are in place
for such things as payroll and employee benefit services. Funding
is provided partly by the university and partly through funds the
Association raises through affinity partners and other sources.
The new structure will look like this:
VP, Students / AA Board of Directors
Associate VP, Alumni Services/AA Executive Director
Manager, Alumni Relations Unit
Regional Networks
Young Alumn
Career, Mentoring
Associate ED Alumni Assoc
Member Services
Continued page 7
6   Trek   Spring 2004 NEW ERA FOR ALUMNI  SERVICES
On February 27, 2004, the Alumni Association Board of Directors
enthusiastically approved an agreement between the Association
and the university to provide integrated alumni services to
UBC's 190,000 living graduates. On March 18, UBC's Board of
Governors unanimously approved the agreement.
This is an historic agreement. The Association has been the
sole official provider of alumni services to UBC graduates since it
was formed in 1917. We have developed programs for reunions,
mentoring, regional networks, young alumni and many more,
including production of Trek and its predecessor, The Chronicle.
In the past few years, the Association and the university have identified a need to
address service delivery to our member base which grows by 7,000 graduates annually.
Universities depend on strong alumni affinity to recruit new students, help current
students face the realities of the workplace, and to encourage alumni to work with
faculties as volunteers, among other things. To extend these services, and the other services we currently offer, means more personnel and more financial resources.
Our Board of Directors approached the university in early 2002 with suggestions
for an integrated approach to alumni services. That those suggestions have been largely incorporated into the agreement signals an expression of faith on the part of UBC
and a determination to work toward common purpose on the part of the Association.
It is a win-win-win agreement for UBC, the Association and you, our members.
The accompanying article on new alumni services provides a good survey of how
the agreement will work. Ultimately, of course, our goals are to increase UBC's
A new position, Associate Vice President,
Alumni Affairs, will be created to oversee
the work of the Alumni Association and a
new Alumni Relations Unit under the VP,
Students portfolio. This AVP will report
directly to the Association's Board, and to
the VP, Students.
The Alumni Association will take on
the challenge of developing an advocacy
program, while continuing to produce
Trek Magazine, manage member services
and coordinate governance issues. The
new Alumni Relations Unit will manage
reunions, regional networks, young alumni
and career mentoring program, and begin
development of a faculty-based alumni program.
This shift in service provision took place
officially on April 1, 2004. The only change
members are likely to notice is more service,
and more contact. If you have any questions
or comments, please feel free to contact our
Tuum Est!
- Chris Petty, editor
reputation and the value of your degree.
We are confident that this agreement will
achieve those goals.
At the very beginning of the negotiations for this agreement, the university
agreed that the independent voice of
alumni was a sacred trust. As a result,
one of our prime tasks as an association will be the development of a strong
Advocacy Program. By training influential graduates in the issues facing universities today, and arranging interactions
with appropriate business and government leaders, we will ensure that the
voice of alumni is heard and respected.
We look forward to working closely
with the university to provide you with
the best alumni services in Canada,
and to help make UBC the country's
preeminent post secondary institution.
- Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
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of similar corporate activity, and, at the
very least, cause the reader/viewer a few
moments of consternation.
The film has become a hit in Canada,
and is due to be released in the US in
June. It has won much praise and many
awards, including the audience prize at
this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The Corporation is currently playing
in theatres across Canada.
Disputing International Law
Law professor Pitman Potter is leading
a research project involving 12 universities to explore how different cultural
values influence governments' interpretation and application of international
laws. They hope their findings will help
international legislators write regulations
that take cultural diversity into account,
and lead to a decrease in international
Potter thinks a government's non-compliance with international laws is often
misunderstood as a failure of political
will. "The values upon which another
country's laws are based are as rich and
valid as our own," he says.
The team, which includes anthropolo-
UBC's women's basketball team has
won the 2004 Canadian Interuniversity
Sportswomen's National Championship
for the first time in 30 years. They beat
the University of Regina Cougars 60-
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resolution, commerce and law, will
focus on Canada, China and Japan. The
research is being funded by a $2.5 million grant from sshrc.
Young Workers at Risk
anWorkers' compensation claims in BC
show that youth are more vulnerable to
injury in the workplace than their older
counterparts. "Young people have higher
claim rates mainly due to inexperience,"
says Mieke Kochoorn, an assistant professor in UBC's department of Health
Care and Epidemiology. "New workers
may be too intimidated to ask questions
about safety, not yet prepared in terms
of work or safety training, or so eager
to prove themselves on the job that they
perform tasks they're unfamiliar with."
Early injury can sometimes result in
enduring related health problems, says
Kochoorn. She will analyze 15 years
of data from provincial health records
and the WCB to compare claimants and
non-claimants of the same age, gender
and geographical area and see if claimants have used the health system more
than non-claimants over the long-term.
She hopes her research will throw
Trek   Spring 2004
Dhotograph   Richard Larr light on the repercussions of work-related
injuries and promote efforts for preventative action, aimed at younger workers.
UBC Rubs Shoulders with the Best
QDA new survey published by the
European Commission and cited in the
January 24 issue of The Economist ranks
UBC 35 th among the world's top 500
universities. The only other Canadian university in the top 75 is Toronto, ranked
23rd. The top ten included the universities
of Oxford and Cambridge and MIT, with
Harvard clinching the top spot.
The survey was based on academic and
research performance factors such as the
number of Nobel laureates produced, the
number of published articles in journals,
and the number of highly cited researchers. UBC scored particularly well in the
number of articles cited in the Science
Citation Index-expanded and the Social
Science Citation Index. Our most cited
researchers include economist Erwin
Diewert, geneticist Phil Hieter and neuro-
scientists Edith and Patrick McGeer.
He cl' Man
Haig DeB. Farris, ba'So, lld was featured in a cover story in the March, 2004
issue of BC Business. The piece, called
"The Godfather," describes Farris as the
dean of BC's private investors, and part of
a network of venture capitalists, "startup
angels," across Canada.
Farris is an early adapter. He's the guy
who has the latest breakthrough gadget
before anybody else. He wore out his first
Palm Pilot before the rest of us even knew
they existed. When they morphed into
all-in-one organizer-camera-video-audio-
telephone-television-GPS-MP3 machines,
he thought, "What's next?"
Maybe that's why he was drawn to
venture capitalism. The irresistible allure
of "What's next?"
He's considered an angel in the high-
tech, start-up world. When someone
comes up with a surefire, killer business
idea that has a tech focus, Farris and his
partners sit down with the idea people,
work out a business plan and provide seed
money. He has become a key element in
Vancouver's high-tech sector, a man sought
after as much for his desire to foster new
industry as he is for his uncanny business
In the BC Business article, Farris was
described as someone who knows everyone
who counts. With his network of angels
across the country, he has contributed significantly to the country's economy.
Farris is also a strong community supporter. He has served as chair of the
Science Council of BC, as a member of
the Premier's Advisory Committee on
Science and Technology, as director of
the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver
Playhouse. He is also one of the university's staunchest advocates and was a close
friend of Cecil Green, who died in 2003.
Farris' UBC connection goes back to his
grandmother, Evelyn, who was the first
woman in Canada to be a member of a
governing board of a university. She also
founded the University Woman's Club.
The Needle and the Damage Done
Some needles in the medical arsenal
look more like instruments of torture than
implements for administering medication.
Deep-tissue needles, for example, can be
15 centimetres long. Needle insertion is
a common procedure, but it can go off
course when it moves through deep tissue.
Missed targets mean further insertions,
pain for the patient and anxiety for the
practitioner. It also has the potential to
cause bleeding, damage tissue or spread
cancerous cells.
A hand-held steerable needle developed
by UBC engineers may solve these problems. The shaft of the needle contains a
retractable, flexible solid core controlled by
the practitioner's thumb on a joystick. The
core keeps the needle straight until it needs
correction, then the practitioner backs the
Dhotograph: Robert Kenney
Spring 2004  Trek  9 Professor Carl Michal is working with spider silk to unravel its sticky mysteries.
core off and bends the needle to its new
course. Once the tip of the needle reaches
the target, the core is retracted from the
needle shaft and medication can be delivered or a biopsy sample taken. The core
also prevents the needle from picking up
unwanted tissue and helps eliminate the
potential for spreading cancerous cells.
The developers hope to use the needle
with ultrasound, giving practitioners a
visual of the needle's position.
The needle is the invention of Robert
Rohling, a joint appointee to the departments of Mechanical Engineering and
Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Engineering professor Tim Salcudean and
masters students Richelle Ebrahimi and
Stephen Okazawa.
The needle has only been tried in
10   Trek   Spring 2004
simulations, but its inventors are already
thinking of improvements. "The next step
may be to let the computer handle the
joystick and monitor the needle's progress.
Eventually, a robotics system may take
care of both pushing the needle and steering the tip."
Synthesizing Spidey's Silky Steel
When Spider Man shoots a line of web
up a building and swings wildly back and
forth like a Cirque de Soleil acrobat on
speed, it never crosses our mind that the
line might break. We all know spider silk
is incredibly strong for its diameter, and if
we humans could somehow learn its secret
we could do all manner of things with
it. Research is underway to incorporate
a spider's genetic material into the milk-
producing glands of goats, with hopes of
producing web-like substances in the milk.
Here at UBC, assistant prof. Carl Michal
and phd candidate Philip Estes are working
on another aspect of Spidey's web. When
spider silk gets wet, it contracts dramatically. Some researchers think supercontraction
happens during rain or heavy dew so the
slumping web will keep its shape and not
fall apart. Michal and Estes have figured
out how the process happens at the molecular level and want to find out how the process can be retarded without compromising
the strength of the fibre. The ultimate goal
is to produce a tough, synthetic spider silk,
able to yank real people up the side of
buildings. The project is funded by nserc.
Preventing Heart Damage
Treatment for heart attack victims can
cause further damage to the heart muscle.
Reperfusion, which corrects restricted blood
flow to the heart through surgery of drug
therapy, produces a sudden supply of oxygen to the heart. A side-affect known as the
Oxygen Paradox can cause further damage.
Together with colleagues in California,
professor David Granville hopes that drugs
used to combat acid reflux and ulcers can
minimize the damage caused by reperfusion.
The drugs inhibit an enzyme called CYP2C9
that is present at increased levels during
reperfusion and implicated in the damage
to heart cells. In rabbits and rats, the drugs'
suppression of the enzyme prevented cell
The research was published in the
February 3 edition of Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Take Note is compiled from Public Affairs
files and news releases.
Dhotograph   Martin Dee BY ELLEN SCHWARTZ
The Learning Exchange
brings expertise, education and
new opportunities to
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
A rain-soaked Friday afternoon on Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. Wind spatters drops against my umbrella
as I head north on Main Street, past Powell, nearly at the water's
edge. At 121 Main, I fold my umbrella, duck into the doorway,
and find:
Warmth. A soft brown-and-white carpet underfoot. Eight computers, all in use, their operators transfixed, wrapped in silence
but for the tapping of the keys. Three or four people sitting at
a rectangular table strewn with newspapers and magazines, two
others on a loveseat, discussing the neighbourhood housing crisis.
A bookcase full of books on sociology, psychology, philosophy,
history. A knot of people gathered by the coffee machine, waiting
for a fresh brew, comparing assignments for a Humanities course
they are taking at UBC. Two or three staff members, ducking in
and out of their offices, greeting patrons by name, sharing a quiet
Drop-in centre and seminar site, study centre and gathering
place. This is the UBC Learning Exchange.
Ron McKay, a patron:
"I've been coming in for about five months. Usually I come in
to use the computers - do Internet job searches or gather information. It's a very comfortable place to be. People connect. We discuss what's happening in the community, how people are feeling
about politics, social causes, what can be done to improve lives.
There are people here with passion. This place has opened up a
little bit of UBC to me."
Blame it on Martha Piper. Shortly after arriving at UBC in 1997,
the president decided it was time to take a new look at the university's strategic direction. She initiated a consultative process that
asked, among other questions: What should be the role of the university in society? How should the university engage with the community in which it is situated? The outcome of that process was
"When students do their volunteering as part of a course, the learning is more
powerful, they realize the connection between theory and real life."
- Margo Fryer, Director of The Learning Exchange
Dhotographs   Chloe Lewis
Spring 2004   Trek   11 a renewed vision, called TREK 2000, which
stated: "Universities have a responsibility to
reach out to the larger community and play
a role in supporting social change."
The notion that the university should
engage with the community and take a
leadership role in social issues is, of course,
not new. But it has gained new-found
emphasis in Europe in recent years and is
part of a growing international movement
to make the university an agent for social
So. Given this new sense of social commitment, how could UBC make it happen? The TREK consultation had identified
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as an area
in which UBC could play a positive role,
so administrators began to make plans to
open a campus in the neighbourhood.
Not so fast. When community residents
and organizations heard about the plans,
they put up their hands. Long positioned
on the receiving end of largesse and good
intentions from a myriad of government
and social agencies, community members
said they were tired of being "done to" and
wanted to be "done with" for a change.
An anonymous Learning Exchange patron:
"I first heard about the Learning
Exchange when I saw posters about it.
UBC was going to 'invade the neighbourhood.'" She laughs. "But I was open to it,
interested in what it had to offer. I started
coming in almost as soon as it opened. It's
a good place to relax, get away from the
neighbourhood, drink coffee. All kinds of
odd ideas get exchanged here. The Learning
Exchange is a very objective place. There's
an open concept. People are easy-going.
You meet diverse people from all walks of
life and all parts of the world."
In the summer of 1999, UBC hired
Margo Fryer, a phd student who had
returned to school after doing research in
community settings for many years, and
Brian Lee, an engineering student, to talk
to community organizations and residents
to find out how UBC could most effectively
develop its presence in the area.
Go slow, the residents said. Consult.
Build trust. Build partnerships. Be low-
key. Start small. Be respectful. Value our
knowledge and expertise. Work with us to
address the issues we think are important.
Make a commitment to the area.
UBC scrapped its plans for a large
Downtown Eastside presence in favour
of a small storefront office. When the
Learning Exchange opened in 2000, there
was no fanfare, no gala launch, no media
event. Staff simply unlocked the doors.
And people started coming in. Five or ten
a day for the first several months. Ten or
twelve. Fifteen or twenty. Now, thirty to
forty people visit the Learning Exchange
each day, sometimes as many as fifty. They
come to check their email, read the paper,
do Internet research, attend lectures and
programs, visit, talk, argue, write resumes,
take computer workshops, do homework,
access the on-line resources of the UBC
library. They come to learn. To teach. To
Wesley Erickson, a patron:
"If you have any question, this is
the place where you're going to find an
answer. Lots of people here are educated
- and if they don't have the answer, you
can always hit the computer.... Today I'm
looking up tax information on the Web.
I also come in to chat with people. It's a
great place to unwind. For me, the best
thing about the Learning Exchange is the
openness. You feel welcome. And the rules
are easy: you just have to respect each
Margo Fryer, now the director of the
Learning Exchange:
"At the Learning Exchange, we're bringing together two different cultures - the
university and an inner city community -
that have traditionally been quite separate.
They've both seen each other in stereotypical ways. So there are major mispercep-
tions to overcome.
"Downtown Eastside residents have
tended to look at the university with suspicion, seeing it as an outside institution that
wanted only to use the community for its
own purposes. When they heard that UBC
was 'moving in,' there was concern about
gentrification. People were worried about
being pushed out by economic development. They saw the university as arrogant
and pushy, removed from real life.
"And members of the UBC community
tended to see the Downtown Eastside as
the media painted it: a hotbed of poverty,
crime, drug addiction, prostitution, mental
illness and homelessness.
"But of course there's more to it- on
both sides. Both communities are diverse
and complex. And what we're trying to do
here is bring the two of them together to
learn about and from one another. From
the beginning, we tried to develop the
centre following the advice we got in our
community consultations. We kept it small,
focused on meeting the needs and interests
of the residents. And it's paid off, because
instead of dismissing us as an outside entity,
the community is giving us a chance. We're
beginning to get past the stereotypes. We're
building relationships, and that's the key to
making this work."
Another Friday afternoon. Rima Wilkes,
a UBC assistant professor of Sociology, is
giving a talk at the Learning Exchange on
the issue of gender in the military, part of
a three-talk series she's been delivering this
semester. Or, rather, she's participating in a
conversation, because every time she makes
a point, one of the dozen or so people
seated in a semi-circle in the Learning
Exchange's back meeting room interrupts to
ask a question, challenge an assertion, add
an observation. It's a crackling discussion,
and Wilkes is loving every minute of it.
"People here are so great. They're so
interested. They immediately connect the
course content with their own experience.
They have a unique perspective and ask
great questions.
"Participants often disagree with what
I'm saying - and, unlike many of my students on campus, they're not shy about
expressing it." She laughs. "It's been a
12   Trek   Spring 2004 really good learning tool for me, in dealing
with people who don't soften their comments. I've learned not to take it personally.
"Teaching here is giving me ideas that I
can apply to my regular courses. I'm making my courses more interactive. I've incorporated community volunteer experience
into my courses, and the students are really
responding positively.
"I've gained in other ways, too. Coming
down here has broken down stereotypes that I had about who lives in the
Downtown Eastside." Wilkes smiles ruefully. "In some sense, people like me need
it more than the people in the Downtown
Lecture series like Rima Wilkes' aren't the
only education programs offered by the
Learning Exchange. "101" courses - non-
credit, survey-style courses developed and
run by various UBC faculties - are also
offered through the Learning Exchange.
The courses are free to low-income participants and include a meal before each class,
bus fare to and from the UBC campus, free
course materials, and a library card, which
gives students access to campus libraries.
Typically, graduate students and faculty
deliver the lectures, and undergrads act as
tutors and course coordinators.
The first 101 course was Humanities
101, started by UBC students in 1998. The
success of this course inspired other students to start Science 101 in 1999. These
courses continue to be organized by the faculties of Arts and Science, respectively. To
date, the Learning Exchange has used the
101 model in its Music Appreciation 101
course, offered in partnership with UBC's
School of Music; Entrepreneurship 101,
supported by hsbc Bank Canada, in partnership with the Sauder School of Business;
and Self-Advocacy 101, specifically developed at the request of area residents, especially women, and designed to teach advocacy skills and cover topics such as immigration, mental health law, landlord-tenant
issues, welfare law and child protection.
Geraldine James, a Learning Exchange
patron who is currently taking Humanities
"When I saw a poster for the course
at the Learning Exchange, my first reaction was, 'I'm too old to go to school.'
But there was no pressure to get a certain
grade, and I love learning, so I signed up.
I love it! It opens up your mind again if
you've been dormant. I even love doing
my assignments, even though you don't
have to.
"The students range in age from 25 to
65 and are from all different nationalities.
I've noticed that the teachers take particular interest in this class. It's a challenge for
them. The students are quite knowledgeable - many of them, because of their life
situations, have little to do but read.
"I use the computers to complete
my assignments, do research, write my
papers. I really like the camaraderie here.
Sometimes it's a bit off the wall. A lot of
us could be described as 'square pegs,' but
everybody fits in here."
Back in 1999, when Margo Fryer and
Brian Lee were conducting their research
on the shape of UBC's presence in the
Downtown Eastside, they consulted with
community organizations, who expressed
interest in having student volunteers assist
them in carrying out their activities. So
when Fryer and Lee issued their report
to UBC, their first recommendation was:
"Develop a program to enable students to
do volunteer work in organizations in the
Downtown Eastside."
The university agreed, and, even before
the Learning Exchange opened its doors,
the Trek Program was born. The numbers
tell the story: in the program's first year,
1999-2000, 30 students volunteered and
were placed in a handful of community
organizations; this academic year, 600
students will participate, including 175
in intensive placements during Reading
Week, serving with 14 partner organiza-
Community service learning, or csl, is a model for experiential learning in
which community service is integrated with academic content. Whereas traditional
co-op placements focus on developing students' professional skills, csl is designed
to cultivate a sense of commitment to civil society and engagement with social
"csl tries to challenge students not just to do the work and then go home, but to
think critically about what they're experiencing and to reflect on the root causes of
the issues," says Margo Fryer, director of UBC's Learning Exchange.
Professors integrate the csl model into their coursework in different ways. They
may ask students to keep journals about their experience, hold discussion groups
or forego exams in favour of having students write essays reflecting on how their
community work relates to course texts or issues covered in class.
"When students do their volunteering as part of a course, the learning is more
powerful," Fryer says. "They realize the connection between theory and real life.
Profs who integrate csl into their courses report that they are getting really
interesting essays from their students. They see the student learning in a stronger
way. Community service brings the learning alive."
UBC is part of a national coalition of 10 universities working to build
momentum for csl across Canada. In addition to sharing resources and curriculum
ideas, the coalition seeks to create a long-term funding infrastructure to support
csl programs and pilot projects.
Spring 2004   Trek   13 tions. There is even an exchange program
in which students from UBC and the
University of Guelph trade places to
experience community service in locales
and cultures far from home.
Shayne Try on, manager of the UB C
Learning Exchange Trek Program:
"At first, our students were from the
Faculty of Arts, people in the Humanities
and Social Sciences. But recently more
Science students have been coming out.
They're looking for something beyond the
"When students work with people from
another community, it pushes them to
reflect on their own lives. They learn about
themselves. They develop self-awareness
and understanding. Very often, I hear
students say, 'This is the most important
learning opportunity I've had in my time
at UBC. It's the highlight of my university
Students in the Trek program perform all
manner of work: they tutor children in academic subjects, lead sports and recreational
activities in after-school programs, spend
time with residents of hospices, renovate a
youth drop-in centre, prepare meals with
women at women's centres, work in community gardens, paint a transition house.
Elaine Barbour, Community Liaison
Worker at Grandview/?Uuqinakiuuh
Elementary School, which this year is
hosting 30 Trek volunteers:
"The volunteers enable programs to
happen. For example, our volunteers work
one-on-one with kids in classrooms, help
with our Visions after-school program,
work with the children in our school community garden, and conduct an outdoor
education program that takes kids hiking,
canoeing and cross-country skiing. Without
them, we simply couldn't offer these programs to our students. They also act as
positive role models. But most important,
they give the kids one-on-one attention,
which they greatly need. That improves
their literacy skills and behaviour. The stu
dents in our school are performing better
and are more motivated to learn because of
the work of the Trek volunteers."
The students' community work may be
part of their university courses or it may
be totally separate. Initially, most Trek
students got involved on their own initiative, but as both students and professors
have seen how community-based service
enhances learning, a trend has emerged
toward incorporating the volunteer experience into course design. This model is
called community service learning (see sidebar), and its growth at UBC illustrates its
rise at universities around the world: over
the past two years, the number of UBC
Trek volunteer placements that were done
as part of required coursework went from
zero to 130.
Natalie Day, a UBC student in the Trek
Program, who is currently doing community service learning in three of her UBC
"After participating in community service learning in three of my courses, I'm
definitely a fan of this learning strategy. I
gain so much more out of my volunteer
experience than I do from reading some
textbook or sitting in a lecture hall. I feel
like I'm more engaged in the classes where
I do community service learning. Instead
of cramming for the final two nights before
the exam, I find myself thinking about the
course over the entire semester. Getting out
in the community helps me make the
connections between my volunteer experience and the course material. Sometimes
university classes can be so focused on the
theoretical and abstract, so it's interesting
to see the concepts in actual practice in the
real world. Plus you have the warm feeling
of knowing that you are somehow helping
people and giving back."
Starting a book club. Developing new
101 courses in response to community
requests. Expanding volunteer opportunities. Offering more computer workshops to
different community groups. These are all
plans that the Learning Exchange hopes to
implement in the near future.
Of course, much depends on funding.
To date, the centre has gratefully relied on
support from a variety of partners, including Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Kay Chapman, the
Kahanoff Foundation, hsbc Bank Canada,
Industry Canada, Hampton Place residents
and Staples Business Depot. Now, the
Learning Exchange is seeking secure funding from individuals and organizations so
that it can become sustainable.
There's one other element of the Learning
Exchange that has yet to be fully developed,
and that is a truly reciprocal exchange of
learning and knowledge. So far, most of the
structured learning has been directed from
the university to the community; there is, as
yet, no formal mechanism by which
community members can offer their knowledge and experience to the university.
That is something that Margo Fryer
would like to see happen. "We're trying
to create an environment in which people develop relationships and everybody
learns." She smiles. "Maybe someday we'll
have a 'Community 101' course for people
at UBC. Then we'd have a true learning
Terry Johnson, a patron:
"I heard about the Learning Exchange
when it was about to open. I heard it was
providing Internet access. That was what I
was looking for. I also wanted to search the
UBC library for information on different
topics. I came in to check it out and I've
been coming ever since.
"There's quite a good selection of books
here. I read a lot of sociology and economics texts. Some people are math buffs.
People down here are well read and intelligent. There's a real thirst for debate. People
want to learn. The Learning Exchange is
meeting that need. It's a good first step, "a
Ellen Schwartz, MFA'88, is a Vancouver
writer. She is the author of the Starshine
books for adolescent readers.
14   Trek   Spring 2004 KATRINA PACEY
Bringing 'Law' to the Downtown Eastside  by vanessa clarke
Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: How many can you afford?
A: Three. One to change the bulb, two to prepare the bill.
A: Only one, but it will take two years of litigation.
A: Two. One to change the bulb and one to start a class action suit against the manufacturer.
A: None. Lawyers don't change lightbulbs. But a team will be assigned to prepare a brief
outlining your legal responsibilities should you decide to hire an electrician.
Katrina Pacey, at the
Goddess of Democracy
statue, UBC campus
"It drives me crazy to see
people sucking up water
from a puddle into their
syringe so they can inject."
Our culture has come up with many more rude answers to this poser. Greed, slipperiness,
and the use of indecipherable jargon are the accusations most commonly hurled at lawyers, and the basis for most jokes. A 2002 survey commissioned by Columbia Law School
revealed that about half the American population thinks that lawyers do more harm than
good, more than a third think they are dishonest (only politicians were judged to be worse),
and a little under two thirds think that lawyers are overpaid.
Katrina Pacey, a UBC law student and long-time social activist, thinks some of this disrespect is understandable. "Law has established itself as a business, rather than as a social
service," she says. And the education process has reinforced that. "There are no legal aid
articling positions anymore, and students are nervous about stepping off the corporate law
track. Too often, the success of litigation has to do with how much money a person has, and
to me, that's not justice."
But Pacey also thinks the Law is an
essential part of social change. "It provides the tools for change and progress,
and that's why I've gone to law school:
to collect the tools."
She started law school a few days
after September n, 2001, the day the
World Trade Centre was attacked. The
law school was shaken up. During the
next few months, the law school carried
on frenzied discussions about the political and legal implications thrown up by
the American response, and examined
new security measures under the lens
of human rights and the integrity of
national and international law.
Never a sideliner, Pacey waded into
the fray. The experience made her realize that few opportunities existed for
law students to talk about important
issues of the day, and understand how
those issues influenced legal practice. So
she founded UBC Law Students' Social
Justice Action Network.
Dhotograph   Vanessa Clarke
Spring 2004   Trek   15 "It's been well received and encouraged
by many of the faculty," says Pacey. A
forum the network organized on the recent
BC referendum on aboriginal treaty rights,
for example, was made a required part of
the first year law curriculum. The network
also exposes students to lawyers who practice outside the corporate environment,
focusing on issues of social justice.
Pacey also established a connection
between the school and Pivot Legal Society,
a non-profit legal advocacy organization
based in the Downtown Eastside. She started as a student volunteer and is now one of
four executive directors. Since Pivot deals
with the social problems that run rampant
in the Downtown Eastside, it counts on
community consultation for its direction.
"Pivot is about going to where the people
are," says Pacey. "We don't have office
hours, and we don't operate within the constraints of regular organizations."
One of the first projects emerging from
these consultations
was a Rights Card for
Downtown Eastside        WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE,
residents, containing
information about basic  WE  DON'T HAVE  OFFICE
legal rights in the event
of being stopped by
the police. "People get
stopped a lot in this
neighbourhood," says
Pacey. Most are stopped
because police suspect
them of possession or
use of drugs. She doesn't think the current
police crackdown is an effective way to
deal with drug addiction. "The situation in
the Downtown Eastside is what happens
when you criminalize poverty," she says.
"Criminal law doesn't have the capacity
to cure social problems. It just drives them
underground. Prohibition of drugs or the
sex trade results in violence and disease,
not a solution." As well, people at community meetings claimed that interactions
with Vancouver Police sometimes involved
intimidation and use of unnecessary force.
Approaching that issue from a legal perspective, Pivot began collecting affidavits.
Pacey and other volunteers sat on the corner of Main and Hastings at night taking
statements from people who claimed to
have witnessed or been involved in negative encounters with the police. They used
the affidavits to file a complaint against
the Vancouver Police, requesting that it be
investigated externally. An rcmp team was
contracted to work on the investigation and
will soon conduct interviews with the complainants, in the presence of Pivot lawyers.
Pivot's latest project addresses the reform
of prostitution law. Pacey says that cracking down on prostitution pushes women
into more vulnerable situations. "Sex trade
workers are being displaced all over the
Downtown Eastside which means that they
can't team up any more and spot for each
other," she says. Pivot developed a project
plan, again based on the affidavits model.
"This time, instead of it being stories of victimization, we wanted to use their affidavits
as expert's opinion evidence, the same way
a lawyer would hire an
expert psychologist."
Pivot gave the women a
basic outline of the law,
then asked one question:
If you were talking to law
and policy makers, what
would you tell them and
With the resulting 91
affidavits, Pivot created a
constitutional argument
calling for decriminalization of prostitution. Voices for Dignity: A
Call to End the Harms Caused by Canada's
Sex Trade Laws, was released in early
March, 2002.
Pivot has been criticized for using
extreme methods. While everyone agrees
that the Downtown Eastside has more than
its share of social problems, little agreement
exists on how to tackle them. Pacey takes
pride in the stance of her organization.
"Pivot is cutting edge and not afraid to take
risks," she says. "Sometimes that means
speaking outside normal comfort zones and
taking non-mainstream positions. But we
stay strong and secure by making sure our
arguments are legally tight and our legal
analysis is of the highest quality. That gives
our work credibility."
That credibility was strengthened recently
when Pacey received a ywca Woman of
Distinction Award, acknowledging her history of service to the community.
Currently, Pivot is developing a business
plan and raising money to establish a lawyers' cooperative. As in a normal law firm
it would involve one-on-one client work,
but in a cooperative, democratic system. It
would also involve income sharing. "The
profit would be shared among the lawyers
and some of it would go to Pivot to fund
strategic litigation," says Pacey. "One of
our goals is to provide law students with an
alternative when they finish school."
In Pacey's opinion, UBC's law school
is evolving in a positive direction. "There
are great professors in property law, for
example, who talk about native land rights,
others in criminal law who talk about prisoners' rights," she says. But while civil liberties issues are integrated into the curriculum, they aren't formally recognized. "Such
special topics are often put at the end of
the week during first year," she says. "They
offer them on sexuality, racism, feminism
and law, and indigenous perspectives, but I
consider them tokenized and they're seen as
such by many law students. My goal is to
see them more formally integrated into the
Pacey has a strong belief in personal
accountability, and is grateful for her
education and supportive social network.
She believes in sharing some of that good
fortune by working with those in less fortunate positions to assure them of fair treatment and equal rights. She turns the popular perception of lawyers as being less than
honourable on its head. And if you asked
her to change a lightbulb, she'd do it for
nothing, she'd leave you a spare, and she
wouldn't sue if she fell off the stepladder. □
Vanessa Clarke is assistant editor of Trek
16   Trek   Spring 2004 COTT YATES
S an agri
cultural reporter, I occasionally ask my
children to list the people we need to be
thankful to for the meal in front of us.
Try it and you will find even the most
simple fare traces a complex journey
through many hands before it winds up as
the crucial energy that powers us through
our days. The 98 per cent of us in North
America who don't farm and who aren't
otherwise part of the complex food system, take a lot for granted. As a city boy
who took a job as a reporter for one of
the few remaining agricultural newspapers
in North America, I am something of an
expert on the subject.
A remark by novelist Somerset
Maugham goes to the heart of our ignorance. He said, "The degree of a nation's
civilization is marked by its disregard for
the necessities of its existence."
We disregard a lot about modern agriculture. We are either not interested or
we actively don't want to know how we
are fed. Which is why food scares, like
Mad Cow disease, always catch us by surprise, frightening the bejesus out of some
people and making all of us wonder just
how safe our food is. I believe the North
American food system is among the safest
in the world despite the confirmation of a
BSE  infected cow in Canada on May 20,
2003, and the case in the U.S. announced
on December 23, 2003. At the same time,
I sympathize with all the hand wringing.
What is known about Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy is scary. What isn't
known is scarier still.
Most scientists trace the origin of the
disease to an English farm. In fact, until
some clever headline writer got involved,
it was called Pitsham Farm syndrome,
after a dairy in South Downs, England,
where it was first recognized as a separate
malady. That was in 1984, and it wasn't
big news. Researchers eventually posited
that BSE was related to scrapies in sheep,
which was first identified in the 1730s.
No one much worried about the disease
because, like most ailments harboured
by animals, scientists felt it could not
morph into anything harmful to humans.
Called a "species barrier," it's why dogs
don't get the measles and why 200 years
of eating sheep brains didn't result in the
end of English civilization. A breakdown
in the species barrier between sheep and
cows is the dominant theory behind the
rise of BSE. Although other hypotheses
exist, the majority of those who adhere
to this explanation believe the balance
between the two species was upset when
cattle strayed from the strict dietary regimen they had perfected over thousands of
years of evolution.
A science fiction movie from the early
1970s about a future of chronic food
shortages depicted the same fate for mankind as mankind has been inflicting upon
cows since around the mid-20th century.
Imagine a bovine Charleton Heston
screaming, "Soylent Green is us," and
you get the picture.
As cud chewers, cows are nature's
perfect vegetarians. They harvest various
grasses and other plant matter, and turn
them effortlessly into high-grade protein.
Modern agriculture meddled in that by
including in their rations meal which
contained rendered sheep and cow parts.
Not only was it cheap, the extra protein
encouraged faster weight gain. In the process, we not only turned cattle into carnivores, we turned them into cannibals.
Speaking of cannibals, one of the reasons we know so much about the class of
diseases called Transmissible Spongiform
Encephalopathies (which include scrapies, BSE and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease
in humans) is due to research conducted
Spring 2004   Trek   17 mM '-
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Is our reaction to Mad Cow disease an exercise in prudent caution or a descent into wild hysteria?
18   Trek   Spring 2004
Dhotograph   Getty Images by Carleton Gajdusek on Papua New
Guinea in the 1950s. A medical doctor who
eventually went on to win the Nobel Prize,
Gajdusek investigated a strange neurological disorder spreading through the population of the Furo tribe. It turned out that
the tribe's women, lacking an appropriate
protein source for themselves and their children, developed a novel dietary supplement.
They ate those who died and in the process
created an epidemic. Gajdusek's research
revealed, in autopsy, that the tribe's disease
was similar to Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, and
established a link between cjd and scrapies.
But it wasn't until 1988 that the British
government mandated the destruction of
BSE infected cows and halted the use of
cow, sheep and other ruminant animals in
cattle feed. The restriction, however, did not
extend to exports and ruminant laced feed
continued, like English explorers of an earlier time, to spread around the world. Just
as assumptions had been made about the
species barrier between sheep and humans,
so too were they made about cattle and
humans. As a result, the feeding of rendered
animals for export continued for n years
until March 20, 1996 when the British government announced a potential link between
Mad Cow disease and a new variant of cjd.
The original cjd was identified by German
researchers in the 1920s. A rare and very
fatal disease, it ordinarily struck people over
the age of 50. Suddenly, however, this new
variant (vcjd) was striking young people
and at a much higher rate than should have
been expected. To add to the public's fear,
vcjd was not your ordinary get-sick-and-die
disease. This is a malady made for a tabloid
era. It eats holes in your brain. It was initially misdiagnosed as a physiological disorder.
Death comes by degrees so that in the end,
all that's left is the husk of a person.
If that's not enough to frighten you,
consider that scientists don't really know
how the disease works. In fact, there is less
agreement among researchers regarding the
origins and causes of BSE than there is of
aids, two diseases that incubated their way
onto the scene at about the same time. A
majority of scientists think BSE is caused by
a malformed piece of protein called a prion.
Different forms of these prions are found in
sheep with scrapies, cows with BSE and people with cjd and vcjd. Nevertheless, there's
still plenty of debate within the scientific
community. The problem with the prion
theory is that prions don't have detectable
rna or dna. A central tenet of modern biology is that every entity able to reproduce
itself must contain a nucleic acid. If prions
can somehow spread without this basic
building block of life, well, even the scientist who posited the idea called it heretical.
Unlike other food-borne diseases, these
Cow than one that can. Many reports
exist, however, of perfectly healthy-appearing animals being diagnosed with BSE.
The single most important item in
preventing the spread of BSE is probably
the rule enacted in both North American
countries in 1997 to prohibit ruminant-on-
ruminant feeding. Rendered cow and sheep
material can still be used to feed pigs and
Although the disease has shown up elsewhere around the world (including Japan
and a number of European countries), no
place was harder hit than England. Over
. ii-i5 tne Past z5 years, 183,000 cases of
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'       BSE in cattle have been confirmed
lacking an appropriate protein source  out of a Bntlsh herd of 5° million
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for themselves and their children, and probable vcjd deaths have
occurred in Britain. In the United
developed a novel dietary supplement. States> only one death has been
They ate those who died and in lmked to VCJD andthatindlvldual
lived much of her life in England.
the process created an epidemic.
Gajdusek's research revealed, in
autopsy, that the tribe's disease was
similar to Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease,
and established a link between cjd
and scrapies.
malformed prions are hard to eliminate.
They can't be killed by heat, radiation or
acid. In order to reduce the risk of them
getting into the food supply, Canada and
the U.S. have restricted the use of "specified
risk material." That's because prions congregate in certain areas of the body. Among
items excluded from the human food chain
are the skull, brain, eyes, vertebral column,
spinal cord and tonsils, along with other
body parts of cows that must now be dealt
with in other ways. "Downer cattle" — animals that are non-ambulatory — have also
been prohibited from the export chain in
Canada and completely in the U.S. The
thinking is a cow that can't walk is more
likely to be suffering the effects of Mad
No deaths have been linked to
Mad Cow in Canada. Based upon
these numbers, a Canadian is far
more likely to be killed by lightning (around ten a year) than
to die as a result of eating a BSE
tainted hamburger.
Nevertheless, there are no
restrictions, other than common sense, against standing out
in a storm. That's because there
are risks we accept and risks we don't.
Doug Powell, an associate professor at
the University of Guelph, is an expert on
how we look at food safety as a society.
In general, we ignore the little things that
make the biggest difference in keeping us
healthy and become panicked about the
afflictions which we are unlikely to face.
He tells a story about a social event held
at his children's school shortly after the
BSE infected animal was found in Canada.
Concern over the hamburgers led the
organizing committee to change their food
vendor. They assured everyone in a letter sent home with the children that only
hamburgers from naturally raised cattle
would be used. On the day of the event,
Spring 2004   Trek   19 the adults ate their hamburgers, talking
about Mad Cow, while Powell, who has
his phd in food science, watched cooks
using the same utensils to take hot dogs
off the grill and give to little children as
they used to put thawed, raw hamburger
patties back on. Any food safety specialist
will tell you this is a no-no. The kind of
basic sanitation techniques that prevent
outbreaks of diseases like e-coli 0H157,
salmonella and Hepatitis aren't very glamorous. So we end up worrying about Mad
Cow instead of making sure our counters
are clean, that we have different cutting
boards for different tasks, that meat of
any kind isn't left unrefrigerated and that
we really do wash the lettuce.
"The unsexy stuff is the stuff that is
going to make people sick," says Powell.
People, however, see different risks
differently. A dirty cutting board is a
familiar risk, a BSE infected hamburger
isn't. Furthermore, Powell says, food is a
special case because of its direct and constant contact with our lives. The Canadian
Food Inspection Agency and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture are aware of
their unique responsibility. As a result,
throughout the BSE crisis in both Canada
and the U.S., the agencies provided reams
of material, available over the Internet, to
keep the public and the media informed.
Powell believes the regulators do a good
"Everything can be improved, but when
you're doing it day-to-day, you don't have
the luxury of armchair quarterbacking,"
he says, explaining that individuals on
the front lines are often operating under
a best-guess scenario which leaves them
open to criticism after the fact. "I still
think we do a better job than most other
countries in terms of being open and taking our lumps when they're deserved," he
With BSE, the usda was actually
ahead of the curve. In 2001 the agency
requested the Harvard Center for Risk
Analysis to review the potential danger
from an outbreak of the disease. Its conclusions, which were reconfirmed after
the Canadian find, said BSE posed little
risk. Powell laughs when asked about the
media response to Mad Cow. The media
do what the media do, he says. After the
initial "freak out stage," he gives reporters
good marks for a balanced approach.
David Ropeik, director of Risk
Communication at the Harvard Center for
Risk Analysis, said in the Washington Post
that coverage of Mad Cow demonstrates
the tendency for reporters and editors to
highlight the dramatic, the frightening and
the controversial aspects of risk stories,
and to play down information that puts
the risk in perspective. David Shaw, a
media critic writing in the L.A. Times, put
it more succinctly. He called the reaction
"mad media disease."
Mary Lynn Young, associate professor
of Journalism at UBC, says these after-
the-fact analyses that second-guess initial
media coverage have actually become
part of the news cycle. She says one way
to combat extreme reporting is for media
outlets to hire more specialized reporters — individuals steeped in science who
can provide story context from the very
beginning. Which doesn't mean readers or
viewers are off the hook. Young says the
public must become more critical of all
the information they read or view.
By and large, it appears the population was able to differentiate between
the real and the perceived risk of BSE.
An American poll conducted in February
2004 found fewer than one in 10 of those
surveyed think they or a family member
is likely to become infected by Mad Cow
Disease in the next 12 months.
The governments of both Canada and
the U.S. worked hard to keep it that
way, but a kind of "beef patriotism" that
crept into Mad Cow updates left Lisa
Johnson wondering whether economics
or safety was the chief concern. Johnson,
who wrote her master's thesis at UBC on
evaluation of Mad Cow media coverage
in Canada over a four month period, said
she was troubled by articles that actively
encouraged beef consumption. She came
away from her project questioning the
wisdom of public officials making safety
announcements with an economic argument.
Without a doubt, however, there is a
strong economic component to the Mad
Cow story. Canada, with the world's
13 th largest cattle herd, will forfeit billions of dollars to lost export opportunities and the U.S. will lose billions more.
Canada  exported about 70 per cent of
the beef it produced before Mad Cow,
much of it to the United States. The U.S.
exported 10 per cent of its production,
most of it to Japan. Although a lot of the
money that's being lost goes to pad the
bottom line of vertically integrated beef
companies, middlemen and retailers, it's
important to remember the links that
dangle at the end of the chain: ranchers and farmers. Every year there are
not only fewer of them, they are older.
The average age of a farmer/rancher
in the U.S. is 55. In Canada it is 50.
Meanwhile, more of their children are
taking jobs in the city where the pay is
higher and the frustration lower.
It's likely the economic repercussions from Mad Cow along with the
requirements to stem a future outbreak
(including a sophisticated computerized
cattle tagging system) will spark another
agricultural exodus. Unlike the media
frenzy and intense government oversight
that accompanied the discovery of a
dangerous, but low risk disease, the slow
erosion of North America's agricultural
front line won't be much remarked upon.
We take for granted that which we have
in abundance and despite the difficulties
that confront the North American food
complex, most of us have plenty to eat.
Ignorance of modern agriculture also
appears inexhaustible. And even those
who aren't fat, are happy.
Scott Yates, mfa'86, is a reporter for
Capital Press, one of North America's
largest agricultural newspapers.
20   Trek   Spring 2004  THE  ARTS
Bach &c Beyond-Concert Five
Friday April iS & 17, 8:00 pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Kathleen Brett, soprano
Loretta Laroche - The Joy of Stress
Wednesday April 21, 7:30 pm
A Tibetan Nuns' Benefit.
Masters of Percussion with Zakir Hussain
Saturday May 1, 7:30 pm
Presented by Pandit Jasraj School of Music
and Caravan World Rhythms.
Sunday May 2, 7:30 pm
Musica Intima meets Steven Isserlis
Tuesday May 4, 8:00 pm
Spirit Alive
Saturday May 15, 8:00 pm
With special guests Spirit Alive Men's
Chorale and the British Columbia Boys
Debbie Friedman
Tuesday May 18, 8:00 pm
Baccalaureate Concert
Wednesday May 26, 8:00 pm, Free
Features graduating music students from
the UBC School of Music.
Dirty Hands
A Festival of the Performing Arts at UBC
April 13 - 25, Various Campus Venues.
Check website for details (http://www.
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama will receive
an honorary degree from UBC April 19, 2004. He
also will be taking part in a Roundtable discussion
"Balancing Educating the Mind with Educating the
Heart" on April 20.
Sea Monster, 2000
Acrylic on deerskin, 71 cm diameter
Collection of Robert Davidson
Wearing Politics, Fashioning Commemoration
Factory Printed Cloths in Ghana
UBC grad student Michelle Willard has
developed a collection of printed cloths that
the Ghanaians consider to be highly significant. Her exhibit, opening during Black
History Month, shows how these cloths are
worn in Ghana to proclaim political loyalties
and commemorate important events.
Mehodihi: Weil-Known Traditions of Tahltan People
Our Great Ancestors Lived That Way
This first museum exhibit of Tahltan First
Nations art and culture highlights the profound and continuing links between the
Tahltan and their land, culture, and heritage.
Funding for this exhibit was provided in part
by the Department of Canadian Heritage
Museums Assistance Program.
Pasifika: Island Journeys
An Exhibition of the Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts
(Until May 9)
In 1927, Vancouver-based traveller and writer Frank Burnett donated his private collection of 1200 Pacific Islands' objects to UBC.
The exhibit comprises more than 100 objects
from Micronesia (Kiribati), Polynesia (Cook
Islands, Samoa, Niue, Marquesas, Tonga),
and Melanesia (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua
New Guinea).
To Wash Away the Tears
A Memorial Potlatch Exhibit
Based on a memorial for Maggie Pointe of
the Musqueam Nation, the exhibit includes
a contemporary 14-foot West Coast style
canoe and its contents donated by Shane
Pointe and Gina Grant. This is the first
exhibition curated at moa by UBC's Critical
Curatorial Studies graduate students.
22   Trek   Spring 2004
Photograph (HH the XIV Dalai Lama)   Manuel Bauer Dempsey Bob
The Art Goes Back to the Stories
Fourteen panels of text and photographs.
Exhibit also features three of this world-
renowned Tahltan artist's most recent
bronze sculptures.
Site to Sight: Imaging the Sacred
Students of Anthropology 431 have developed an exhibition of photographs that
examine how and why we create sacred
spaces in our urban environment.
Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge
Recent Works by Renowned Haida Artist
Thirty works by Davidson with five 19
century Northwest Coast artifacts. Include
several paintings on canvas, paper, and
stretched deerskin drums; carved and
painted red-cedar panels; laser-cut sculptural works (anodized aluminum); and
sketchbooks. Historical objects include
painted bentwood dishes and a painted
canoe paddle.
Public Celebration of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama
Saturday, April 17, 2:00-4:00 pm (free
with regular admission)
A concert by hand-drummers World
Rhythms for Peace to honor the visit of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Vancouver.
One Voice Harmonic Choir
Sunday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 pm (free with
regular admission)
A concert by the One Voice Harmonic
Choir in celebration of the Dalai Lama's
visit. Composed of eight men with diverse
musical and theatrical backgrounds, the
Choir's original music combines harmonic
overtone singing, throat singing, Tibetan
chanting, vocables, mantras, chants from
around the world, and vocal improv, using
Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate
or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection." - Los Angeles Times
Tibetan bells, conch shells and several percussion instruments.
AA Bronson
April 30 - June 27, 2004
April 8 to May 1, 2003
(Exhibition and workshops will be held at
Interurban, 9 East Hastings, Vancouver)
Makeshift presents the work of several artists in dialogue with the inner city spaces
surrounding the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
For more information, call 604-726-7159.
Clare E. Rojas: Will Poor Will
May 8-30, 2004
The first exhibition of Clare E. Rojas'
work in Canada. Her site-specific installations create otherworldly landscapes and
narratives that unfold through miniaturist
paintings, handcrafted sculptures and musical performances.
Spring 2004   Trek   23 ^orwun Ra^vin
Lola by Night
Norman Ravvin, ba'86, ma'88
Novel, Paperplate Books (2003), $19.95
QDA writer of racy romances living in
Barcelona with a cult following loses
her father in an accident. Her investigations into his past lead her to Vancouver
(where her father once spent a year) and
the unraveling of a mystery that embroils
a vanished downtown poet and a scion of
old Vancouver money.
Ravvin won the K.M. Hunter Emerging
Artist Award for his story collection Sex,
Skyscrapers, and Standard Yiddish and
the Alberta Multiculturalism New Fiction
Award for his novel Cafe des Westens.
Spirit Wrestlers: Doukhobor Pioneers' Strategies for Living
Koozma J. Tarasoff, MA'63
History, Spirit Wrestlers Publishing (2003),
Book: $89.95, cd-rom $30
UDDoukhobors practiced odd social and
religious customs in 19th century Russia,
and had the misfortune of practicing them
on desirable land. They were persecuted
and forced off their farms, causing a small
flap on the international scene. Queen Victoria took pity and offered the sect some
land on the Saskatchewan prairie, where
many emigrated in the early 1900s.
Their time in Canada, their culture and
their legacy make for fascinating history.
Simma Holt's "Terror in the Name of
God" told the story of a splinter sect, the
Sons of Freedom, and their violent activities in Canada.
This set explores that history and its
roots with more than 700 photos, sketches
and maps. The author aims to dispel any
misconceptions about this minority group
and reveal the contributions of its pioneers
to wider society. He hopes the strategies
of the Doukhobors will inspire positive
approaches to life in today's society.
The Late Night Callers
Michael Hetherington LLB'83
Short stories Turnstone Press (2003),
]rjThe words 'magical' or 'surreal' included in a book review will immediately turn
some readers away, while causing others to
read on. The easy magic of science fiction
and fantasy, where the redefined world
helps suspend our disbelief, is a magnet,
either attracting or repelling. These stories
don't exist in altered worlds, but worlds
we recognize as here, now. Hetherington
24   Trek   Spring 2004 ,¥wrrt-r^tr "    lill iir	
Hjniri i
Divers ily
steps outside the five senses, outside sanity, in some cases, to look back on the real
world and reflect. They are fascinating,
involving and frightening, and although
none is longer than a few pages, they stick.
Explorers of the Pacific Northwest
Betty Sherwood, BA'64, & Janet Snider
Non-fiction Canchron Books (2003)
]DThis book provides a simple historical account of the lives of Captain James
Cook, Captain George Vancouver and Sir
Alexander Mackenzie and their explorations of the places and rivers in the Pacific
Northwest that now bear their names.
The information is clearly presented, with
large type, many illustrations and maps,
and plenty of supplementary information, including a timeline running along
the bottom of the pages. Aimed at young
people and with enough visual stimuli to
hold their attention, the book encourages
readers do a little exploring of their own,
providing list of places to go, websites to
visit and books to read.
The Sexual Spectrum
Olive Skene Johnson, BA'50, phd'8o
Non-fiction Raincoast, $24.95
]DTopics like same sex marriage, gay
and lesbian parenting, and queer rights
provoke many different reactions, not all
of them informed. Olive Skene Johnson
takes a timely and frank look at sexual
diversity in an effort to understand it and
apply that understanding to examining
related social shifts and legal debates.
Sifting through existing research and
anecdotal experiences, she explores questions such as: Is sexual diversity new?
Why do men and women think differently?
Apart from their sexuality, are homosexuals and heterosexuals different? What
happens to people born with the genitals
of both sexes? Why do some people feel
compelled to change their gender? How
do genes, hormones and society affect our
"I became interested in the topic of
homosexuality when I learned that my two
older sons were gay," says Skene Johnson.
"I began researching the area and discovered a large body of fascinating findings,
not just about homosexuality but about
human sexuality in general, and about
sexual diversity in particular. I realized
that most people had no idea how diverse
human sexuality is, nor how much had
been discovered about it. I wanted to share
this knowledge with other people."□
Spring 2004   Trek   25 ALUMNI NEWS
The Young Alumni Network is as busy as ever.
In February we held our annual For the Love of
Money seminar, when representatives from CIBC
and Freedom 55 demystified mortgages, investing
and life insurance. In the same month we held
a Networking Night at Opus Bar in Yaletown,
a great spot to catch up with old friends and
make some new ones over drinks and appetizers. In March, we held our second annual Beer
101 night at the Oland Specialty Beer Company.
Attendees sampled beers from around the world,
learned how to pair beer with food, and were
even able to perfect the traditional Belgian Pour.
Over the next few months, young alumni volunteers will explore ways of contributing to the
community. We are already involved with the
Cinderella Project, which helps underprivileged
high school graduates with formal attire for their
graduation activities on April 18. We will also
look at ways to get involved with the UBC Learning Exchange in the Downtown Eastside. Projects
will include planting community gardens and
painting murals in schools. For more information, please contact Dianna DeBlaere Ladicos at
yamentor@alumni.ubc.ca or 604-822-8917.
Keep checking the Young Alumni section of
the website (www.alumni.ubc.ca/programs/youn-
galumni) for upcoming summer events, including
a Vancouver Canadians game and another networking night at Opus.
Mentoring Programs
Students face many challenges when they leave
campus to venture out into the real world. Who
better to offer them advice than UBC alumni,
already successful veterans in the world of work?
We need alumni in the Vancouver area who are
willing to talk to current students about their
career paths since leaving university. We have
developed various ways for you to get involved
and inspire students to see the potential of their
degrees. For example, Science Career Expo in
October draws nearly 500 science students eager
to hear what our science graduates have to say
Grad Remembered
Members of the Class of 1943 robed up
to relive the thrill of graduation. They
took the long walk across the stage at
the Chan Centre during the fall convocation ceremony, November 27, 2003
Afterwards, they congregated at Ceci
Green Park to revel in the moment.
Chris Petty photo.
about career opportunities. We present many
other events throughout the year. If you would
like to participate, call Dianna at 604-822-89^
or email yamentor@alumni.ubc.ca.
UBC Tri-Mentoring Program
This program matches senior students with faculty or industry mentors in their areas of study. In
turn, the senior students mentor junior students
within their faculties. The program is career-
related, structured, time-limited and flexible.
Mentors can make a real difference in a student's
life, and meet other like-minded professionals
while reconnecting with their faculties. To learn
more, please contact Diane Johnson, 604-822-
or32 or email diane.johnson@ubc.ca
For additional information, please see: www.stu-
June 16 - 5:30 p.m.
HSBC Hall, Robson Square
D  Announcement of the 2004-2005 Board
of Directors
DD Review of changes in the Constitution
and Bylaws
D  Announcement of the 2004 Alumni
Achievement Award recipients
D   Review of the alumni services agreement
between UBC and the Alumni Association
Please RSVP to 604.822.3313
Refreshments will be served.
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Beer 101 Young Alumni
raise their glasses to examine the depth of colour of a
true ale.
Beer 101, an educationa
evening meant to
ntroduce young alumni to
the mysteries of malt beverage, is not just an excuse to
gather with friends to drink
beer and have a good time
26   Trek   Spring 2004 REUNION WEEKEND REUNIONS
Class Reunions
Agriculture '54, Oct 2, tour of Nitobe Garden,
lunch at Asian Centre
Arts/Science '54, Oct 2, lunch at Green College,
tour of campus
BASC '54, Oct r-2, lunch at Cecil Green Park
(Fri), faculty tour and lunch, reception at
CEME (Sat)
BASC '64, Oct 3, evening reception at Cecil
Green Park House
basc(elec) '69, Oct r-2, tour of ECE building
and dinner (Fri), Dinner at Green College
Commerce '54, Oct 2, faculty activities
Dentistry (all years), Oct r, Annual Golf Tourney at University Golf Club, BBQ lunch
Education '94 & '79, Oct 2, luncheon with
Dean at Scarfe Building
Home Ec. '59, Oct 2, activities TBC
Law '79, Oct 2, dinner at Cecil Green Park
Nursing (all years), Oct 2, luncheon at UBC
Botanical Garden, r2:30
Medicine '64, Oct r-3, reception at Green College (Fri), other activities TBA
Pharmacy '94, Oct 2, tour of faculty, lunch
Pharmacy '74, Oct r-2, dinner at University
Golf Club (Fri), tour of faculty, lunch (Sat)
For more information on Alumni Reunion
Weekend, to arrange a reunion, or for any
other enquiries about reunions, please contact
Jane Merling: merling@alumni.ubc.ca  604-822-
89r8 toll free r-800-883-3088
Alumni Reunion Weekend is an annual event to welcome our graduates back to campus
to meet up with old friends, see the old haunts, and experience the new UBC. With class
reunions, significant anniversaries (ro, 25 and 50 year) and faculty events, there's something for everyone. And while most events are limited to alumni, many are open to all
alumni and friends. Check our website, www.alumni.ubc.ca for details and updates.
Friday, October 1
irth Annual Murder Mystery Night at Cecil Green Park House, 7:30 pm
Free UBC Wind Ensemble concert at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Concert open to all alumni and friends.
Saturday, October 2
Pancake Breakfast at Cecil Green Park House for reunion classes. Reservations required
as space is limited. Alumni welcome to bring one guest. RSVP to: aluminfo@alumni.ubc.ca
or 604-822-33r3 (toll free) r-800-883-3088
UPCOMING 2004 REUNIONS (year-round):
Home Economics
For information on or
^anizing a reunion, con-
Home Ec '54
tact Jane Merling 604-
822-89 r 8, merling®
Home Ec '64
June 26
Home Ec '69
September 29-30
Applied Science
BASC '74
October 6
Forestry '54
May r8-20
MECH '84
April 25
Forestry '73
July 9-rr
Chem Eng '64
June 26
Forestry '84
August r4~r5
Chem Eng '69
Civil Eng '64
Elec Eng '60 - '90
Mech Eng '54
August r9
Alpha Gamma Delta
100™ Anniversary
May 2
Mech Eng '64
July 24
Mech Eng '74
Law '54
May r4~r5
Mech Eng '84
April 24-25
Law '59
May 8
Contact May Cordeiro 604-822-9454 mcor-
Law '66
September 22
deiro@apsc.ubc.ca for information on Applied
Law '69
September r7~r9
Sciences reunions.
Conference on Inter American Student Projects
Medicine '54
June r-4
From r963 to 1969, university students volun
Medicine '94
July ro
teered to spend summers in Mexico. If you were
Rehab Medicine '79
part of CIASP, visit www.ciasp.ca/ and get in
touch with old friends.
Microbiology '93-'94
Class of r944
November 25
Nursing '59
June r4
Commerce '63
MBA '84
September 25
Pharmacy '64
For info on Commerce reunions, contact Chris
tine Glendinning at 604-822-6027 or christine.
Physics '74
August r3
Spring 2004  Trek   27 Pharmacy '53 reunion Classmates meet up at Jim and Diane Sharp's home on September 20, 2003
Later, they dined at Cecil Green Park House. The night before, they all met up at Louanne Twaite's residence for a fabulous dinner.
It's been a busy start to 2004. In January,
a crowd of alumni came out to the Korean
Alumni Network's AGM at the Shilla Hotel and
passed the torch to Allan Suh, BSC'79, MBA'8r.
Alumni also gathered informally in San Francisco, London, Toronto, Indonesia and Los
In February, President Martha Piper met
with alumni in Ottawa with guest speaker
Allan Tupper, associate VP Government Relations. In March, it was on to New York City
where Pamela Wallin, Canada's Consul General to New York, and Martin Glynn, MBA'76,
President & CEO of HSBC Bank USA, wowed the
crowd at the Penn Club.
There's plenty going on in your area to help
you connect with fellow grads, learn about new
happenings at UBC and network with alumni
from other Canadian universities. If you aren't
getting the news, be sure to update your email
and mailing address, www.alumni.-ubc.ca/ser-
vices/address r-800-883-3088, 604-822-33^.
New Regional Contacts
Seoul, Korea
Allan Suh, BSc'79, mba'8i
Email: allansuh@seosec.co.kr
Santiago, Chile
Pablo Baranao, MASC'03
Phone: 56-2-685-2^0
Email: pbaranao@achs.cl
San Diego, California
Beth Collins, BCOM'93
Phone: 858-7^-2384
Email: islandprin@yahoo.com
Help Wanted!
With more than 50 regional networks, there's
bound to be one in your area. Visit the website
for a complete list.  If you don't see one in
your region, please contact Tanya at rwalker®
alumni.ubc.ca, 604-822-8643 or toll free in
Alumni in Chile First gathering of UBC alumni
in Santiago, Chile, November 2003
Back Row: Barry McBride, VP Academic, John
Friesen (founding director, UBC Continuing Studies), Carlos Andrade MBA03, Barbara McBride
BED'72, MED'82. Front row: Marta Friesen, Pablo
Korach MASC'58, Pablo Baranao MASC'03, Raul
Molina Colvin MBA03, Michael Goldberg, AVP
28   Trek   Spring 2004 North America at r-800-883-3088. You may be
the right person to start a regional network in
your area. Many of our reps could also use your
help in planning activities, answering questions
from prospective students and their parents as
well as helping relocating alumni.
Upcoming events
Saturday, May 1
Boston All Canada Universities Dinner hosted
by University of Ottawa
Langham Hotel Boston, 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 6
New York Lounge Night with the University of
Western Ontario Alumni. Visit our website for
more details.
Tuesday, May 18
The Canadian Club of Ottawa has invited Dr.
Piper to speak at a luncheon in the ballroom
of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. Recent
CC speakers were Governor General Adrienne
Clarkson, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
Premier of Alberta Ralph Klein, Canada's then-
Ambassador to the United Nations Paul Hein-
becker, and Alcan Inc. President Travis Engen.
Reservations are $30 for UBC Alumni and
Friends by calling Jean Ness at 8^-682-2877.
Please indicate your UBC connection.
Monday, May 17
London UK wine tasting. Check the AA website
www.alumni.ubc for more information.
Sunday, May 3 0
Toronto Monthly Brunch and Planting at
High Park, r r :oo am
Wednesday, June 2
Seattle Mariners clobber the Toronto Blue Jays
in Seattle. Join alumni from other universities
and members of the Canada/America Society.
Thursday, June 3
Celebrate the 15™ Anniversary of the UBC
Alex Fraser Research Forest and Williams
Lake's 75     at Alumni and Friends events with
Martha Piper.
Saturday, July 10
Victoria All Canadian Universities Alumni Picnic at Beaver Lake park.
Visit our calendar of events to find out what's
happening in your region www.alumni.ubc.
ca-/events/index. Stay tuned for details on receptions, parties to welcome new grads, and summer student send-offs. □
■ »*"
The Westminster Residence (now the Iona Building)
is in one of the best known and known buildings
on campus. It is being completely renovated and
restored, and in its renewed state will be the home
of Vancouver School of Theology
If you lived in the Westminster Residence when
you were a student at UBC, we would like to hear
your story and let you know a bit more about what
is happening with your building! Please contact
Corinne Rogers, Director of Development, VST at
604-822-9813 or corinne@vst.edu.
&       Illuminating
10th Annual
Alumni Achievement
Awards Dinner
Ottawa Event: Alumni gathered in Ottawa on February 18, 2004 to meet Martha Piper and guest speaker
Allan Tupper, associate vice president of Government Relations (pictured right). Accompanying Allan are Martin
Ertl, vice chair of the Alumni Association and MC Alex Cameron, BA'96, LLB'99.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
5:30 pm
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place Way
Thanks to our Platinum sponsor
Placer Dome Inc.
Spring 2004   Trek   29 An Alumni Success Story
Emily and Rob know they can't predict their future.
But they know how to protect it.
Emily and Rob know there are no guarantees in life. They make the best financial decisions they can for their future and accept
that some things are out of their control. The future security of their family isn't one of those things. That's why Emily and Rob
invested in their Alumni Insurance Plans — the ones that support their alma mater. They benefit from the low rates and the
security of knowing that help will be there, just in case it's ever needed. After all, the future is too important to be left to chance.
Term Life
Major Accident
Income Protection
Extended Health &
Dental Care Insurance
To find out more about these Alumni Insurance Plans that support University of British Columbia,
visit the Web site designed exclusively for University of British Columbia alumni at: WWW.manulife.COm/ubc
...Or call Manulife Financial toll-free. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m, to 8 p.m. ET, at:1 888 913-6333
.. Or e-mail am_service@manulife.com any time.
Especially for: T\ p
Underwritten by:
CU Manulife Financial
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company
r [UP The Benefits of Membership
Frame Yourself!
Whether you're a recent grad or an old hand, showcase your
UBC diploma in a custom frame. Choose from beautifully
crafted mahogany or elegant gold satin. The frames have
swivel clips on the back so you can easily mount the diploma
yourself without any tools. Buy online at www.degree-
frames.com/ or call our offices.
A portion of each purchase is donated back to the UBC
Alumni Association to support your services and programs.
The benefits begin with graduation
UBC grads organized this Alumni Association in 1917 as a way to stay in touch with
friends and with the university. We've developed many programs and services over the
years to help the process, and we're proud of what we do. Because we have nearly
200,000 members, we can offer group discounts on services and save you money. At
the same time, you'll be supporting programs offered by your Alumni Association.
Manulife: Term Life Insurance. Introducing Extended PFrl   ■««• vr    t>' •   i
Health and Dental Protection Plan, and new Critical   OH   Manulife Financial
Illness Plan.
MBNA: The MasterCard that keeps on giving. Attractive interest rates
and great features.
Meloche Monite*
^J ^^L^£ ABOCttfJorr   xJX
Meloche Monnex: Home and auto insurance with preferred group rates and features designed for our grads.
Travel and micro-enterprise insurance also available.
Alumni Acarc* partners offer you more
The Alumni Acard $30 per year (plus GST).
UBC Community Borrower Library Card
Your Acar" entitles you to a UBC Community borrower library card at no additional cost.
Working downtown? The Acar" is now available at
the library at Robson Square.
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Acar" holders receive 20% off adult single tickets (max 2) for individual events when
the card is presented at the Chan ticket office. The Chan's new season starts in October. Call 604.822.2697 or visit www.chancentre.com for program details.
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2004 Alumni Travel
Education, exploration and adventure
Portugal's Douro River Valley
June 4 -12, 2004
Visit quaint towns and ancient cities aboard the 80-passenger Douro
River Princess
Newfoundland and Labrador
June 4-12, 2004
Set out aboard the 106-passenger
Orion to explore Labrador and The
Rock on this unusual voyage.
Ireland, Ennis
July 20-28, 2004
Alumni Campus Abroad: Excursions,
lectures and 'meet the people'
exchanges. Architectural treasures
and astounding natural beauty.
Discover Russia
Aug. 11-24,2004
Explore the waterways of Russia
aboard the 242-passenger Novikov
Priboy. Our most popular voyage.
South African Safari
Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, 2004
Discover the beauty, culture and
wildlife of South Africa.
Stirling, Scotland
Sept. 29 to Oct. 7, 2004
The Trossachs, Loch Lomond, the
Highlands and Edinburgh provide the highlights of this Scottish
(Alternative dates can sometimes
be accommodated.)
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Include photos if you can. We will edit for space.
George Evans BA'31 BASc'31 (joint) celebrated
his 95th birthday recently. He attended UBC
during the early days and earned a joint
degree in .Arts and Engineering. To commemorate his birthday, George's family made a generous donation towards the university's new
Chemical and Biological Engineering Building.
Rev. Max Warne BA'44 received his Bachelor
of Divinity from the Vancouver School of
Theology on May 4, 2003.
Barbara Large (Nelson) ba'53, BED'54 nas
been dedicated to higher education throughout her career. She is a fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts and was recently presented
with an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Philip V. Allingham ba'68, phd'88 published
a major paper in New York City University's
Dickens Studies Annual on Phiz's illustration
for A Tale of Two Cities. Recently awarded
tenure and the rank of associate professor,
Philip is teaching Victorian fiction and Intermediate-Senior Curriculum and Instruction at
Lakehead University ... Richard Buski BA'67
will retire from PricewaterhouseCoopers on
June 30. For the past three years he has been
the Country Senior Partner for Russia, living
in Moscow with his wife Alice Larson. After
graduating from UBC, he joined the Economics Division of the National Energy Board. In
1969, he joined the Toronto office of Coopers
& Lybrand, receiving his CA in 1972 and
then moving to the London, UK, practice for
two years. He became a partner in the Canadian firm in 1978. After the 1998 merger
with Price Waterhouse, he led the firm's
banking practice until joining the management board of the firm's Central and Eastern
Europe and moving to Russia. Richard and
Alice will travel before returning to the West
Coast, and hope that daughters Sarah and
Margaret (both in Toronto) will join them
here ... Alice E. Davies BED'65 won a gold
medal for Canada at the World Tap Dancing Championships in Riesa, Germany, in
December 2003. Alice also tap dances with
The Hot Flash Hoofers, a new North Shore
group that won first place at the 2003 pne
Master Star Discovery ... In June 2003,
Douglas Graham BSc'69, MD'72, fasam
was awarded the Dr David M. Bachop Gold
Medal for Distinguished Medical Service by
the bcma "in recognition of his outstanding
contribution to medicine, notably in the field
of addiction medicine." The award citation
also noted: "He was a leader in the creation
of the Physician Support Program of BC to
assist medical colleagues and their families
who were experiencing problems with physical or mental health or emotional crisis."
Alana DeLong BSc'70 was elected member of
the Alberta Legislative Assembly for Calgary
Bow in March 2001. As a member of the
government caucus she is an active participant on policy committees. Alana is married
to Dennis Beck and is mother of James and
Samantha Beck. She is now a graduate student at UBC ... Carolyn Hall (Andruski)
BHE'74 completed an MA in Communications and Technology in September 2004.
She is currently working as a knowledge
management coordinator and internal
communications officer with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development in
Edmonton ... Brenda Guiled BSc'72 published a novel, Telling Maya (www.telling-
maya.com). Since Maya and her kin reproduce by parthenogenesis, Brenda's zoology
background was useful when researching
and writing the story. She has respelled her
name from Guild to Guiled to help people
pronounce it correctly ... Josephine Mar-
golis Nadel BA'74, LLB'77 nas joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as director of the Centre
for Entrepreneurs and Family Business in Vancouver. She assists entrepreneurs and family
businesses with a variety of business planning
and succession issues. She was previously at
Owen, Bird where she was a senior partner
practicing law in the areas of tax, commercial
law, mergers and acquisitions.
Dan Johnson msc'8o, PHD'83 has left Environmental Health, Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada to accept a Canada Research Chair
in Sustainable Grasslands Ecosystems. He has
also been appointed professor of Environmental Science in the department of Geography
at the University of Lethbridge, where he currently teaches Biogeography. Dan was recently
married to Julie Mori in a Buddhist ceremony
on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Julie is an agricultural engineer, currently in a doctoral program in Epidemiology at the U of A ... Susan
Johnson-Douglas ma'8o, EDD'84 has been
elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association for 2004. Fellows are selected
for their outstanding contributions to the
research, teaching or practice of psychology.
She is a professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa ... Michael Glenister BSc'89,
BED'92  married Yvonne Grot-Glowcynski
on August 10, 2003. Michael teaches science/
math in Surrey and is a part-time magician ...
Joanne Keech (McBean) BASc'89 has started
her own process engineering company, Pulp
Solutions by Keech ... Sports physiotherapist
Paige Larson (Macdonald) BPE'84, bsc(pt) (u
32   Trek   Spring 2004 of t) is the only person from Western Canada
to be selected for the Canadian medical team
for the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece.
She has worked with the Canadian Women's
Wheelchair Basketball Team since 1999,
travelling with them to the 2000 Paralympics
in Sydney, Australia, and to the 2002 World
Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. The
team won gold in both competitions. More
recently, Paige and the team were in Argentina winning the Paralympic Qualifying Event.
She is owner of the North Shore Sports Medicine Clinic - Physiotherapy (with locations
at Capilano College and North Shore Winter
Club), as well as Deep Cove Physiotherapy.
"I competed at the national level in synchro
skating and provincially in swimming and
field hockey," says Paige, "but I knew I
would never get to the Olympics on my athletic ability. I saw physio as an opportunity
to be involved." ... Paul Mclntyre basc'88
and wife Angela welcomed their daughter,
Claire Elizabeth Mclntyre, into the world in
October 2002. They are enjoying life in the
San Francisco Bay area. Angela works as a
program manager with Intel and Paul was
recently promoted to associate professor of
Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford
... Jane Muller BSN'87 nas recently returned
to BC after several years overseas with her
husband and has recently accepted a position
with the Interior Health Authority as nurse
manager for an LTC unit.
Arthur D. Azana BCOM'94 married Pam
Cejalvo BSc'96, BSN'99 on August 12, 2000.
Pam is a nurse at VGH, and Arthur is a partner at D&H Group, Chartered Accountants
... Anjili Bahadoorsingh BCOM'90, LLB'94
and Gary Khan BSc'84 announce the birth of
their daughter, Anikha Janna Bahadoorsingh
Khan, on November 13, 2003 ... Alexandra
Bertram BA'97 and Joe Philbrook were married October n, 2003, in Toronto ... Lara
Cleven BA'92 and Abdulhakem Elezzabi
MSc'89, PHD'95 announce the birth of their
second son, Youssef, in November 2003,
a brother for Muhammad, who was born
in 1999 ... David Jan BCOM'90 and wife
Chelsea Seaby announce the arrival of their
first child, Eric Kieran Jan on July n, 2003
... Jason De Quadros BA'98 and Leanne
De Quadros (De Wilde), residents of North
Vancouver, announce the birth of their daughter, Jacinda Raia Celeste De Quadros, born
December 1, 2003, 6lbs, 30Z.   ... Michele
Melland BFA'90 and Rich Strassberg, a white
collar defense attorney with Goodwin Procter
in New York City, celebrate the birth of their
twins, Stella and Alexander. They were born in
NYC on May 8, 2003. Michele and Rich were
married in Vancouver in 1999 and they live in
Manhattan, where Michele continues her theatre career. Michele can be reached at vancou-
veractress@aol.com ... Willem Maas BA'95 is
assistant professor at the Center for European
Studies, New York University ... Linda Ong
BA'94 works with CBC Television in BC as a
contract program marketing coordinator. She
was formerly a communications officer with
Knowledge Network.
Bruce Wayne Foster phd'oo is a tenured faculty member in the department of Policy Studies
at Mount Royal College and is also program
chair for the degree in Non-Profit Studies ...
Dulce Aparicio bsn'oo and Mike Feder ba'oo,
LLB'03 were married on September 7, 2003,
at Cecil Green Park House. Dulce is pursuing
graduate studies at UBC and Mike is clerking
for the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme
Court of Canada ... Atma Persad md'oo
and wife Karen Persad md'oo are pleased
to announce the arrival of their second son,
Hayden Campbell, born February 16 in Duncan, BC. Atma and Karen are family doctors in
Eleanor Hoeg thinks so. "We must support institutions and people beyond
our immediate family because it's important to cast the net widely." Thanks
to J. Lewis Robinson, a UBC Geography professor who taught her to think
for herself, Eleanor came to appreciate the connectedness of life and all
living things. So she included UBC's Geography department in her will to
ensure future generations keep thinking, learning and understanding.
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Jean Downing MA'59 on December 17, 2003
... Hugo Laanela ba'6o in July, 2003 ... Gertrude Hanson BED'67 on December 4, 2003,
in Victoria, BC ... Dr. Josephens (John) Hoes
bsc(agr)'57, MSA'58 on November 27, 2003,
of Alzheimer's, aged 79 ... Ewan Rowntree
LLB'49 on January 19, 2002 ... Marc Aaron
Rozen BA'89 ••• Theatre director Cameron
Wright BSc'96, in Toronto, on February 15,
(Margaret) Dale Charles bsc(ot/pt)'76
Born and raised in Summerland, BC, Dale
Charles was an outstanding student at UBC.
She was a leader in physiotherapy practice,
possessing top credentials in physiotherapy
skills. She started a private practice in Penticton in 1982, forming the clinic group Dale
Charles and Associates. Her enthusiasm for
her profession remained throughout her battle with breast cancer. Dale died on January
22, 2004. The Dale Charles Physiotherapy
Clinic remains a legacy for her life work.
Grace Emmaline Funk (Tomlinson) BLS'67,
Grace was born on Easter Sunday, April 20,
1924, in Saskatoon. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 8, 2004, following a short but valiant fight with cancer.
Grace was a life-long learner. She taught at
various elementary and secondary schools
throughout the Okanagan and from 1971
to retirement in 1989, she was a librarian at
Harwood Elementary School in Vernon, BC. She served as an officer
in several teachers' and librarians' associations. Other
activities included reviewing and editing books
and sessional teaching
at the universities of
British Columbia, Victoria and Regina.
Among numerous
awards and honours,
Grace was awarded the
Margaret Scott Award of
Merit by the Canadian Schoo
Library Association in 1986.
Grace married Jacob (Jack)
Abram Funk, who was also
a teacher as well as a wwn
veteran, on July 23, 1945, in
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
They lived in Ladysmith, BC,
where their first son, Michael, was born in
1946. They next moved to Agassiz, BC, and
purchased a farm just east of Lumby, BC,
in 1949. Two more sons were born there
— Jonathan (1951) and David (1953). After
Jack's death in 2001, Grace sold the farm
and moved in May, 2003, to Coquitlam to
be near her family.
Grace was a devoted and very active
member of the Anglican Church of Canada,
serving as a member of the parish council
and warden and lay minister at St. James the
Less in Lumby. A lifelong interest in reading resulted in a large collection of books,
primarily in the areas of science fiction /
fantasy, mystery and the humanities. Her
best known collection was the works of
J.R.R. Tolkien and related materials (recently
purchased by Marquette University Archives,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Other interests
included playing with her computer, traveling, collecting stamps, turtles, spoons and
other objects.
Her grandsons, Shaun (13), Ryan (10)
and Kevin (8), were at the top of her agenda
in recent years and they will fondly
remember going down all the
Atlantis waterslides every
summer with grandma.
Predeceased by husband
Jack, parents George
and Edna, and brothers-in-law John and
Peter, Grace is lovingly remembered by
Grace Emmaline Tunk
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Colin Bridges Mackay
her sons and grandchildren,
sisters Marion Kingston and
Shirley Paine, daughter-in-law
Colleen, sisters-in-law Hilde,
Betty and Pearl, and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces
and many friends worldwide.
Memorial donations may be
made to the Anglican Church
of St. James the Less, PO Box 351, Lumby,
BC, VOE 2G0.
Colin Bridges Mackay oc, QC, BA, dcl,
President emeritus of the University of
New Brunswick, Dr. Mackay died Tuesday,
November 25, at the age of 83. Dr. Mackay,
who served as president of UNB from 1953
to 1969, has been described as the single
most influential person in that university's
growth and development during the 20
Born in Rothesay, NB, in 1920, Colin B.
Mackay was the son of respected lumber
merchant Colin Mackay. His mother's father,
H. S. Bridges, was a professor of classics
at UNB, and his mother was born in unb's
Old Arts Building. He received his early
education at the Rothesay Collegiate School,
following which he attended UNB and graduated in 1942 with a BA.
Dr. Mackay served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War
and commanded a landing craft on the
beaches of Normandy during the invasion
of Europe. Following the war, he entered
Harvard Law School, transfered to the University of British Columbia and graduated
with a bachelor of laws in 1949. Dr. Mackay
joined the Saint John law firm of Gilbert &
McGloan and was a lecturer in unb's faculty
of law.
At the age of 33, he was appointed president of the University of New Brunswick,
the youngest university president in Canada
at that time. During his years as president,
Dr. Mackay oversaw a period of extraor-
Spring 2004   Trek   35 IN MEMORIAM
dinary growth: enrolment increased 525 per
cent, from 767 to 4,792; the faculty increased
from 70 to 318; the Saint John campus was
established; there was unprecedented development on the Fredericton campus; the Law
School in Saint John and St. Thomas University in Chatham both relocated to the Fredericton campus; a plethora of new faculties and
programs were created; and the university's
budget grew from less than $1 million to $13
million. University governance also changed
dramatically to include student input and participation in all areas of university life.
Dr. Mackay was involved in every facet
of university life and worked closely with
Lord Beaverbrook, chancellor of UNB, to
transform the university into a comprehensive, national institution. Dr. Mackay
concluded his presidency in 1969 and in
1971 accepted an appointment as executive
director of the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada. He also became
active in international affairs, serving on
several Canadian delegations to the United
Nations and working as an adviser to
the Canadian International Development
Agency. He helped to foster institutions of
higher education in five African nations
and in 1980 chaired the evaluation mis-
Mrs. Osborne and her son have. Dorothy Osborne is proud of the lasting effect that her
late husband Robert has made upon UBC. For 33 years Dr. Osborne was a coach, teacher, and administrator to the sports community at UBC. From leading men's
basketball to its first national championship as a seventeen-year old freshman, to being
named to the Order of Canada, Robert Osborne's life is a testament to outstanding
achievement. By establishing an award in Robert's name, the Osborne Family is ensuring
that future generations of UBC students will benefit from his legacy.
Honour the life of a loved one. For more information on either supporting the
Robert Osborne Memorial Award, or creating a new legacy, please contact
Lindsay Follett at 604.822.4293 or email her at lindsay.follett@ubc.ca
John J. "Jack" Noonan
sion of the United Nations Educational and
Training Program for Southern Africa.
An Officer of the Order of Canada and
Queen's Counsel, Dr. Mackay received
honorary degrees from Mount Allison,
UNB, Dalhousie, St. Dunstan's, St. Thomas,
Memorial, Western, Colby College, the University of Maine, Laval, and the universities
of Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho. In
1978 he became unb's first president emeritus. His extensive record of professional and
community service demonstrated his commitment to the community and to society.
Throughout his life, Dr. Mackay remained
involved in the life of the university, maintaining an office on the Saint John campus.
He was an adviser to his successors and a
dedicated supporter of the institution.
Dr. Mackay was predeceased by his wife,
Mary Ives (Anglin) in November 2001. He is
survived by his sister, Janet Hart of Vancouver, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donations in his memory may be made to
the H. S. Bridges Scholarship, established in
honour of Dr. Mackay's grandfather, at the
University of New Brunswick.
John J. "Jack" Noonan BA'51
Formerly of Peterborough, Ontario, Jack
died suddenly at his home in Leominster,
MA, on Saturday, December 13, 2003. He
was born in Kelowna, BC, and served as
a Lancaster Bomber pilot with the Royal
Canadian Air Force during wwn. After
earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical
36   Trek   Spring 2004 engineering, he was employed by General
Electric for 35 years before retiring in 1986.
He was married to the late A. Arlene Noonan
and is survived by daughters Patricia Cooney
of Ancaster, ON, Janet Laubenstein of Bethlehem, PA, and grandchildren Matt and Bryce
Laubenstein, Eric Coleman and Meredith
James Johnston Pyle BA'3 5, MA'37> phd
Doc Pyle passed away on January 10, 2004,
at Coshocton Memorial Hospital.  He was
born April 26, 1914, in Calgary, Alberta, to
the late Frederick George Pyle of Edinburgh,
Scotland, and Bertha Elizabeth Carolyn
Johnston of Manitoba. Doc's wife of 60
years, Margaret Scott Arthur Pyle, brothers
Donald and Gordon, eldest son Derick Ross,
and granddaughter Janet Johnston Pyle, predeceased him. He is survived by sons Bryan
Arthur (Terri) and Dr. Kevin James (Sandy).
Also surviving are daughter-in-law Carol
Lutz Pyle, seven grandchildren, Scott William
Pyle, Julia Elizabeth Brown (Daniel), Jeanne
Margaret Conrade (Guerry), Shane Arthur
Pyle, Eric Ross Pyle (Christine). His great
grandchildren are James William Pyle, Jennifer Lynn Pyle, Daniel Derick Brown, Cassandra Leigh Pyle and Natasha Rae Pyle.
After gaining his chemistry degrees at
UBC, he went on to study for his phd in
Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, from McGill
University ('39). While at UBC, Doc lettered in Varsity Rugby for 4 years. The team
recorded a perfect season and finished the
season with a win against Stanford in the stadium where the Rose Bowl game is held.
The General Electric Company employed
Doc for 30 years, during which he received
seven US patents and three letters of commendation from the US Navy for work completed in over 3,000 projects during wwn.
GE appointed Doc to be a consultant to the
Manhattan Project, which was responsible
for developing the Atomic Bomb.
Doc was active in many organizations both
locally and nationwide. He was a member of
the Coshocton Rotary from 1955 and president between 1963 and '64; a past president
and member of the Board of Trustees for the
Coshocton Memorial Hospital; chairman of
the United Fund Study Committee and the
Red Cross fund drive; director of the Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee;
a member of the Board of Directors for the
James Johnston Pyle
Friends of the Animal Shelter; and a member
of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, Sigma Xi and the Ohio Academy of
Science. He also organized Coshocton Great
Books discussion group.
Donations may be made in Doc's memory
to Friends of the Animal Shelter or the
Coshocton Rotary Foundation.
Kenneth Henry Adair Sotvedt ba'68
Born April 28, 1937, in Wells, BC, Ken
passed away peacefully on July 28, 2003.
He is survived by many family members and
friends, including wife Karen, mother Anne,
brother Jim (ba'66), sons David (bcom'88),
Christopher and Kevin, four grandchildren,
nine stepchildren and 12 step grandchildren.
Ken first enrolled at UBC in 1955, where
he became a brother of the Psi Upsilon
fraternity. He entered the teaching profession in 1962, devoting 39 years as a teacher
and principal, mainly to the Delta School
District. After taking time away from UBC
to develop his teaching career and start a
family, Ken earned his BA, majoring in English and Mathematics; he later went on to
complete a Masters of Education degree at
Western Washington University.
Along with his dedication to family and
career, Ken's guiding passion was music.
He joined the Kitsilano Boys Band when he
was 13 years old, and conducted the band
at their 75 th anniversary concert one week
before his death.  Ken was instrumental in
the growth of the Vancouver Firefighters
Band, serving as its conductor for more than
30 years. Fishing was another of Ken's lifelong passions, one that he enjoyed even to
the day of his passing.
Ken's energy and passion as an educator
and musician, his keen sense of humour,
and his devotion to family and friends is
greatly missed. Donations in Ken's memory
will be gratefully accepted by the Ken Sotvedt Memorial Music Scholarship, c/o Delta
School District #37, 4585 Harvest Drive,
Delta, BC V4K 5B4.
Alan Webster mbe basc(civil)'33
Alan passed away peacefully on January 5,
2004,  in New Westminster, BC. He was born
in Coed Talon, Wales, in 1908, and his family emigrated to Canada in 1911, settling in
South Burnaby in 1913. After graduating
from UBC, he worked as a crew manager for
Unemployment Relief, building sections of
the Trans-Canada Highway near Wallachin.
He joined Federal Public Works in 1937,
eventually supervising the construction and
maintenance of harbours and wharves in BC
and the Yukon. Alan joined the militia in
1934 and enlisted for active duty as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Engineers on
September 1, 1939, and was sent to England
in 1941. Shortly after D-Day in 1944, he
went to France, and with the rank of Major,
he helped erect and secure the bridges for
advancing troops through France, Holland
and Germany. During this time, Alan was
mentioned in dispatches and made a Member of the British Empire. After the war, he
returned to his job with Public Works. He
retired in 1972 as district manager of BC and
the Yukon.
Alan's lifetime passion was tennis. From
his early years maintaining his family's grass
court in Burnaby to his final years coordinating a local junior league, Alan worked
tirelessly to promote the sport at every level.
Spanning eight decades, he served on numerous committees with Tennis BC, organized
major events, created junior and adult
leagues, co-founded the White Rock Tennis
Club with wife Enid, supported world class
junior tennis exhibitions and encouraged
and promoted grassroots tennis programs
throughout BC. In 1974, Edith and Alan
were honoured with the title of Mr. and Mrs.
Tennis BC. Tennis Canada presented Alan
Spring 2004   Trek   37 IN MEMORIAM
with the Distinguished Service Award in
Alan's philosophy was "Don't sweat the
small stuff." He lived it well. He was a true
gentleman — a warm, kind and generous
man with an incredible sense of humour.
He will be missed and lovingly remembered
by daughter Barbara, BPE'69, son Bruce,
daughter-in-law Brenda, and grandchildren
Jasmine and Jacob.
J. Murdoch Maclachlan BA'40
John Murdoch (Murdo) died as he lived,
with courage and dignity, on July 8, 2003,
after 93 wonderful years of sharing and
giving and "showing the way," leading by
example. He was greatly loved and will
be sadly missed by his daughter, Kim Col-
lett, BA'65, (Wayne, BCOM'63) and his son,
John Maclachlan, BCOM'70, (Maureen),
his grandchildren, Elisabeth (BSc'96) and
Meghan Collett BHK'98, bed'oo, and Darren and Lindsay Maclachlan, who adored
him, and seven nieces and nephews, as well
as his numerous friends in Chilliwack and at
The Summerhill in North Vancouver, where
he has lived independently near his family
for the past two years. His positive outlook,
gentle wit, quiet wisdom, warmth and sense
of fairness, justice and equality quickly
found him lasting friends and respect
throughout his life. He was predeceased
by his beloved wife, Ann (BA'33), m i993j
brother Bob and sister Margaret (Linzey).
Murdo received his Teaching Certificate
from Normal School in 1928. He gained his
BA from UBC after over a decade of summer
school plus one year in the late 1930s. He
discovered a love for Journalism early on,
and was the Upper Fraser Valley correspondent for the Vancouver Province in the 30s
while teaching public school, and at UBC
was active on the Ubyssey, working alongside Pierre Berton.
A long time Fraser Valley resident, Murdo
was born in Manitoba on March 22, 1910,
and moved to Chilliwack with his family in
1925. He was well known from teaching
school and for his years with radio station chwk but he will long be remembered
/. Murdoch Maclachlan
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for his countless hours of community service and dedication to helping his fellow
citizens. Through his 75 years of committed
involvement and leadership with community
organizations, his life made a difference to
the lives of countless others. He was actively involved in Rotary (a Paul Harris Fellow),
Kinsmen, Chilliwack United Church, the
Chamber of Commerce, the Legion, the
Flying Club and Chilliwack Community
Services, which he was instrumental in organizing and developing and continuously supported in many ways.   His civic participation included a decade as area Civil Defense
Coordinator including the Flood of '48, 10
years on the Hospital Board, the Chilliwack
City Planning Commission, Director of rrap
and rip, Agriscope, compass planning for
the elderly, and Seniors' representative for
the Community Health Council.   His com-
Rosamund Watters (Piggott)
mitted involvement was both provincial and
national as well, where he helped to start
the BCTF, the broadcasting program at BCIT,
and Fraser Valley College.   He contributed
broadly to the ethics and conduct of national
broadcasting.   His war effort was as a Flight
Lieutenant with the RCAF as navigational
instructor.   He was Chilliwack's Citizen of
the Year in 1967.
The family wants to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Lion's Gate
Hospital Palliative Care ward for their gentle
care over the past six weeks. Memorial
donations may be made to Chilliwack Community Services Society, 45938 Wellington,
Chilliwack, V2P 2C7.
Rosamund Watters (Piggott) BHE'51
Rose Watters was born in Armstrong, BC.
She passed away in Nanaimo on October 4,
2003. At UBC, while serving mashed potatoes in the serving line at Fort Camp, she
met a young, irresistible student of Forestry
Engineering, Bob Watters. They married in
1952 in Vancouver and had three children:
Frances, Bruce and Lorea. Both Frances and
Bruce were educated at UBC.
Her family was important to Rose and
was always her first priority. She also loved
to garden, refinish furniture (especially old
chests), play the piano, care for all the animals that found their way into her life and
stay in touch with the friends she made as
the family moved around the province.
She is sadly missed by her husband,
daughter Frances Watters (Paul Devine and
Callum) of Vancouver, son Bruce Watters
(Barbara and Andrew) of Prince George, and
daughter Lorea Stewart (Brent, Taylor and
Cailean) of Berwyn, Alberta.
Memorial donations may be made to a
scholarship fund established in the names
of Rose and her sister Nora Piggott (also a
graduate of UBC) to help deserving grade
12 students in Victoria: Piggott Scholarship
Fund, care of Dale Kilshaw, 1538 Arrow
Rd., Victoria, BC, v6n 105.0 in -,..
ubc's history is full of amazing athletic achievement. Storied
teams, outstanding individuals, inspiring leaders: whole books
could be written about our athletic stars.
While any attempt to identify "the best athletic achievement"
would only serve to start a rugby brawl, it can't be denied that
the rowing tradition at UBC has created more than its share of
glory for the university.
Some highlights: Ned Pratt's Olympic bronze in 1932.; the
glory days of coach Frank Read and championship crews that
dominated the sport for most of the 1950s; George Hungerford
and Roger Jackson's Olympic pairs gold in 1964; Olympic medals from Tricia Smith and Kathleen Heddle in the '80s and '90s.
Any list of extraordinary rowing accomplishments only risks
And UBC rowing seems to be a predictor of future success.
Federal cabinet ministers, chief justices, provincial judges and
professionals in law, medicine, business and the arts have all
started out as rowers. Currently, three UBC athletes, part of
Canada's eight-oared crew, are in training for the Athens Olympics, and our women's crew is set to compete at the Royal Henley in June.
For years, UBC rowers trained in various places around the
Lower Mainland: Coal Harbour, False Creek, Burnaby Lake and
the Vedder Canal. Marine traffic, poor facilities and invasive
plants have marginalized most training areas. UBC rowers now
store their equipment in an open air parking lot and use the
waters under the Burrard Street bridge to practice. Poor resources are taxing the program, and UBC risks losing the best athletes
to better-equipped schools.
But help is on the way. A group of UBC grads and former
rowers has been working for seven years to build a new facility.
The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, through a partnership
with UBC, St. George's School and the City of Richmond, will
soon become a reality on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River
south east of the Vancouver Airport. The new facility is in the
architectural drawing stage and the team has raised three quarters of the total needed for completion. It will be home to UBC's
men's and women's rowing teams, have great spectator facilities
and serve as a self-sustaining community resource through recreational rowing programs, community outreach and social events.
For more information about the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boat-
house and the "Gold for Life" campaign, contact Steve Tuck-
wood, UBC Athletics, 604.822.1972.0
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Above: Artist's impression of the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, to be
located on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River. Below, Frank Read with the
1956 eight-oared crew. They won Olympic silver in Melbourne. Note the
Marine Building and the smog of industry in the background
Spring 2004   Trek   39 WHY A UNIVERSITY TOWN?
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You care about your child's future. So do we.
It's why we're building University Town, for future
UBC students, faculty and staff who will need more
from a university campus than just a destination with
University Town will consist of eight neighbourhoods
to enrich campus life with a mix of housing, shops,
parks and other amenities that will make the campus
as vital in the evening as it is during the day.
While half of the new housing is earmarked for
campus members, our vision is to make University
Town a true community that allows others to enjoy
the breathtaking surroundings and live closer to
attractions such as the Museum of Anthropology and
the world-class Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Plans are proceeding carefully with widespread
public consultation to create an environment that is as
sustainable as it is vibrant, while preserving the most
beautiful university campus in Canada.
UBC's innovative U-Pass transit discount for students
has already dramatically reduced car traffic to campus.
By building housing where students, faculty and staff
can live where they work and study, traffic will be
reduced even further.
Revenues from University Town will be used to create
endowments to ensure that UBC remains affordable
and accessible with leading-edge teaching and research,
placing B.C.'s largest post-secondary institution in the
forefront of Canadian universities.
University Town. Preparing for the future.
For more information visit www.universitytown.ubc.ca or call 604.822.6400


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