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Alumni Association
of the University of
British   Columbia
Although not reflected specifically in these pages
the war effort has taken its expected and rightful
place iii Alumni and University life.
JULY, im un; uniiinuiiiiimiii;
A Magazine Published by and Devoted to the Interests of the
Alumni Association  of  the  University  of  British  Columbia
Vol. V
No. 1
Mrs. Isobel Guernsey — 7250 Hudson St., KErr. 4014
Miss Ruth Wilson — 1821 Blenheim St., BAy. 5472-L
Bruce A.  Robinson, 1106 Homer
St., PAc. 7335.
Jordan   Guy,   1500   Royal   Bank
Bldg., PAc. 6121.
Miss Mary Fallis, 1585 West 14th
Avenue, BAy. 2053R.
J.    C.    Berry,    4663    West    11th
Avenue, ALma 0171Y.
G. E. (Ted) Baynes, 1010 Seymour
St., MAr. 7840.
Bill  Thompson,   Pembertons,   418
Howe St, PAc. 8241.
Mrs.   David  Killam,  5341 Angus    Drive, KErr. 0897.
A. T. R. Campbell, 675 West
Hastings St, PAc.9164.
Miss Pat Kenmuir, 997 Dunsmuir
St, MAr. 2531.
Ron C. Andrews, c|o Canadian
Fishing Co. Ltd, Ft. Gore Avenue,
MAr. 2531.
Mrs. Dorothy Hird Wallace, 1945
Haro St, PAc. 1494.
Miss Margaret Morrison, Registrar's Office, U.B.C, ALma 1191.
Editorial     - -    1
Alumni Take Action—by B. A. Robinson       2
What's An Alumni Association For    3
Pringle Memorial Bursary—by Ron Andrews     3
Rings a Challenge—by William C. Gibson  _    4
U.B.C. To Get Home Economics This Fall—by Ruth Wilson and Gladys Clendennin     5
Serviceman Demands Postwar Security    6
Postwar Plans at U.B.C.—Senate Committee Report    7
Alumni Opinion—Letters to the Editor      8
Literary Achievements—by Mary Fallis  10
Physical Education Endorsed—by Louie Stirk  11
Campus Chatter—by Dick Bibbs  11
Figures Show Need Of Bursaries  12
Alumni Play  12
Value Of Alumni Funds  Inside Back Cover HEW PRESIDENT SOON . . .
President L. S. Klinck
1919 — 1943
Who will this be
1944 _ ????
The office of President of the University of B.C.
will be vacant when Leonard S. Klinck retires this
autumn from his long tenure. Several circumstances
color the scene confronting his successor.
Our University is still in its formative stage. The
pioneering, begun before and interrupted by the last
war, is still going on. And the effect thus far of this
war would seem to be an acceleration of thought
towards large expansion.
The man who" becomes next President therefore
accepts no sinecure, but a challenge and a great
That this can be a crucial point in the history of
the University needs no stressing. Can Alumni opinion
be an. activating influence at;rthis critical moment?
It can—if it will. There's the rub-; to collect an even
fair; cross-section of Alumni ccfhsiciered thought.
• So the major purpose o£'|hfe issue of the Chronicle
is to urge all Alumni capable of ^thinking a constructive
thought along presidential lines to do so—and to send
it, or them, to the Editor, care of Alumni Secretary.
The Executive guarantee to do the rest—the harder
part—which is to beat the eggs (which they hope will
come in by the many, many dozens) into one well-
assembled omelette of opinion, to be presented to the
Selection Committee as a tempting entree to their
A brief on presidential qualifications as estimated
by the Alumni Executive has already been given the
privilege of a hearing by the Special Committee of the
Board of Governors. Its tenor may be gathered from
this issue.
If you agree with it—if you don't agree with it—
whatever your ideas may be, send them in. Alumni
opinion, in any considerable mass, could and should
influence the decision of the Selection Committee,
whose recommended choice of this all-important factor
in the University's future is almost sure of acceptance
by the Board of Governors.
Page l
Following the announcement of
Dr. Klinck's imminent retirement,
many alumni have approached the
executive of the association as to
what we intended doing in respect
to this important change in the
affairs of the University.
Very great interest has been
shown by graduates from all years
and from all parts of the country.
The selection of a new president
for the University of British
Columbia lies with the special
committee of the Board of Governors
which was appointed by the
Chancellor and which is composed
of Col. H. T. Logan, Mr. W. G.
Murrin and Justice Denis Murphy.
At an executive meeting of the
Alumni association, a delegation was
formed for the purpose of approaching the special committee and laying
before them preliminary suggestions
as considered by your executive re
the necessary qualifications for the
position of University president.
This delegation was comprised of
Mr. Arthur Laing, Agric. '25 and
past president of the Alumni Assoc;
Mr. A. T. R. Campbell, Arts '81 and
also a past president of the Assoc;
Mr. G. E. (Ted) Baynes, Sc. '32,
present member of the Alumni
executive; Miss Patricia Kenmuir,
Arts '39, Secretary of the Alumni
Assoc; and Mr. Bruce A, Robinson,
Sc. '36, President of the Alumni
The following brief was presented
to the committee and was enlarged
in detail by each delegate present:—
April 27,1943.
To: The Special Committee of the
Board of Governors of the
University of British Columbia.
The Executive of the Alumni
Association wishes to express its
appreciation in being granted the
opportunity of meeting with your
■Committee and of making known its
-views regarding the selection of a
candidate for the important post of
President of the University of British
The graduates of our University
now number approximately 5,500.
It is a body which is growing from
year to year not only in numbers but
as well in the maturity, prestige and
experience of its individual
members. It is to this group of
citizens scattered throughout the
Province that the University, now
By B. A. Robinson
and to an increasing degree in the
future, can with confidence look for
The importance of the position of
President of a University cannot be
over-emphasized. Our University
has been well served by its two
Presidents in the past. That we are
faced with the necessity of making
a further selection at this particular
time presents an opportunity of
choosing a man, who, with the
proper abilities and qualifications,
will be able to serve the University
in the coming years, which are so
evidently to be critical.
With this in mind, we beg leave to
submit with respect our estimate of
what should be the qualifications of
a candidate for this post.
A. We conceive that it is of primary
importance that a president
should have ability and experience in management and
organization. Without undue
emphasis it is proper to say that
the administration of a university
is a large business in itself.
In these times a person of
vision and enterprise is needed;
a person with a breadth of
human understanding and
tolerance. While indeed useful,
we feel that previous experience
or knowledge of university or
educational organization is not
B. One of the very important aspects
of any university is its relations
with the public and the society of
which it should form an integral
part. A man able to promote and
maintain good public relations
would fill a vital need in this
It is also important that a
president should be capable of
enlisting the loyalty and support
of the student body as such, and
of the members of the faculty and
A useful attribute would be a
personal acquaintance with the
leaders in industry, commerce,
business and public life; or an
aptitude for establishing such
acquaintances readily.
C. Diverse interest in all branches
of the educational field is useful
and highly desirable, serving as
it would the varied nature and
requirements of the industry,
agriculture and commerce of our
We further respectfully submit
that, if a person filling the necessary
qualifications, of which the above
are only part, cannot be obtained for
the present salary, then consideration should be given to effecting an
increase in such salary to meet
proper requirements.
We are happy in the assurance
that the selection of a candidate for
so important a position is in capable
hands and know that no effort will
be spared to ensure the best possible
choice. We are grateful that we have
had an opportunity of submitting
our views to you and assure you of
our keen interest in the matter and
of our keen desire to be of whatever
further assistance we may.
Yours very respectfully,
B. A. Robinson, President,
Alumni Assoc, of U.B.C.
It is now up to members of the
Alumni to substantiate or condemn
the action of your executive. We
want a frank and honest opinion
from every graduate.
The course that our University
pursues in the next few years will
not only determine the growth and
success of the University as an
institution, but will in a very large
manner determine the growth and
direction of progress in our great
and opportunistic province of British
This course is largely inspired by
the imagination and foresight of the
man in the position of University
president. He must be a great man,
for a province with the propensity of
British Columbia demands great
Further, the University of this
province must be truly great, so that
it may foster able men and women
to take leadership places in Business,
Agriculture, Trade, Industry, and
From the active interest shown in
the presidential appointment, it is
proof positive that UBC graduates
will rally to the support of what
needs must be a truly inspired man.
Elsewhere in this issue are several
letters to the editor, discussing this
important and leading problem.
Your comment pro and con is most
urgently asked, so that your
delegation may again bring your
wishes before the Special Committee
of the Board of Governors.
Page 2 What's An Alumni
Association For?
(Extracts from article published under this
title in the 1941 report of the American
Alumni Council of which UBC Alumni
Association is now a member.)
"Our Colleges and Universities
are being asked to play a major role
in solving the critical problems that
face our country today."
"The future of our democratic
government, the future of free
enterprise, the future of education
in this country, must depend on the
type of leadership which is available
to direct these activities . . . And who
would be in a better position to help
our colleges and universities in
formulating plans to supply the type
of training that is needed, than the
educated men of professional and
business experience which the
membership of our Alumni
Associations represents?"
"Every college certainly needs the
contribution of its Alumni in the
form of active interest, as definitely
as it needs their financial contributions, and there isn't any question
that financial contributions will be
more generous if they represent an
extension of personal interest rather
than merely a feeling of a duty that
must be fulfilled."
"We all know far too well how the
downward trend in investment
yields is decreasing the income from
existing college endowments, and we
don't need to do any crystal gazing
to predict what the effect of the
upward trend in taxes will have on
the possibilities of large gifts to
colleges in the future."
"The "Annual Giving" plans which
have been established by so many
Alumni Associations, for augmenting
investment income by relatively
small annual contributions from
graduates, offer, it seems to me, a
sensible solution to the problem of
continuing, without impairing
standards, the work of colleges
which have depended on endowment
income for operating expenses."
"But if college standards can
remain unimpaired only if the
college can depend on relatively
large numbers of relatively small
contributions, it follows that the
interest of practically all graduates
must be aroused in what part the
colleges can play in the national
"Organization in the national
emergency doesn't consist merely in
building ships and tanks and plants.
It consists, also, in making sure that
our  citizens  are equipped  for  the
By Ron Andrews
George continued to show his
sterling character. Tributes received
from all over Canada following his
death showed that one and all had
only good to say of him.
And so it was felt by George's
closer friends that something should
be done to commemorate his name.
After due consideration by a group
of such people it was decided to open
a fund to provide a perpetual
bursary at the university.
A committee was formed to
represent every phase of his life.
Ted Baynes and Ron Andrews
represented the Alumni on this
committee. The goal was set high
and after two months of contacting
George's many associates the fund
has now reached a figure of $5900.00.
This amount has now been turned
over to the Board of Governors so
that the first man to receive this
Bursary will be chosen for the
coming semester. The description of
the bursary which appears in the
current calendar is as follows:
"A Bursary of the annual value of $200.00
was endowed by friends and associates in
memory of the late Flying Officer Rev.
George Robert Pringle, a much beloved
graduate of outstanding Christian character
and athletic ability who was killed on
January 24, 1943 while on active service
overseas, will be awarded to a student who
has completed his third year in any faculty
and is proceeding to his fourth year. To
be eligible for this award a student must
show evidence of academic ability, sterling,
unselfish character and active participation
and leadership in University sport. The
award will be made on the recommendation
of the joint faculty committee on prizes.
scholarships and bursaries."
EXECUTIVE'S NOTE—It is to be hoped that
wo will see more fine "Living Memorials"
such as this—more progressive than bronze
plagues, more lasting than stone, what
better could there be than encouragement
of new leaders in memory of leaders lost.
The multitude of friends and
associates of the late Flying Officer
George Robert Pringle regretted to
hear that he was killed in action
over Germany on January 24 of this
The associations that George
made during his all too short life
were many. When he was at Varsity
his scintillating and clean play on
the basketball floor made him the
outstanding basketball personality of
his time. Only his ingrained modesty
belied his great skill as a basketball
In his academic work he also shone
and those with whom he came in
contact were endeared to him. On
leaving Varsity, upon graduation,
George took his place in his chosen
career, the ministry.
Up until the time he joined the
RCAF he officiated in some of the
interior  city  churches.   There   too,
responsibilities of the free and just
society which the implements of war
are constructed to defend. The
normal functions of our universities
in these disturbed times, therefore,
are NOT UNIMPORTANT; they are
for the whole future of our country
rests on what our citizens can
contribute toward making democracy work."
"Are the members of the Alumni
Association putting their experience
at the disposal of the college in
helping    to    develop    avenues    for
supplying the type of leaders that
we want in business, professional
and governmental fields."
"A s directors of Alumni
Associations, or of various branches
of Alumni work, you people serve
the invaluable purpose of not only
interpreting college policies to the
Alumni, but of interpreting the
Alumni point of view to the college.
You shoulder much of the same
responsibilities in our educational
institutions that the public relations
officer shoulders in our industrial
Page 3
By William C. Gibson, Arts '33
It may seem strange to some who
read the Graduate Chronicle that a
person in the armed forces should
have either the time or inclination
to write about post-war problems
and the University.
To clear the air at the outset, let
me say that unless those graduates
in daily and direct contact with the
men in the forces do some hard
thinking about the future, post-war
planning may be left exclusively to
well-meaning people who are
completely uninformed as to the
actual needs of the returning
The more I see of recruits in the
Air Force, the more I feel that our
university must set about planning
NOW to serve twice as many
students after the war as we had
enrolled each year prior to 1939.
I say this not merely because there
are large numbers of young people,
men and women, now engaged in
war work, who would normally have
attended UBC. I say it chiefly
because I have seen in the forces an
even greater number who are
worthy in every way of the best
university education which we can
give them, and who in "normal"
times would have been prevented
by economic barriers from attending
the University.
I have had many airmen ask me
how it was that the government can
suddenly afford to spend $25,000 to
train them for war duty, whereas it
could not offer them one tenth that
amount to go to University
previously. That is but one of the
searching questions being asked
inside the forces today.
Surely one thing is clear to all
who are connected with the services
—that education is the determining
factor in the complicated and
mechanized warfare of today. It is
to be hoped that statesmen will
realize that it is to be the determining factor in the world of tomorrow.
The call today is for educational
leaders who have the courage and
determination to plan for tomorrow.
Our universities have got to stop
dragging around as the "tail-end-
Charlie" of our democracy, and
strike out boldly for what they
believe to be progressive and right.
If the public should come to believe
that our University is but a super
high school for the nouveaux riches,
we shall have only ourselves to
In the past we have smugly
assured ourselves that we have had
at UBC, at one and the same time,
students whose fathers came from
fifty to one hundred different
occupational groups. It is surely high
time that we gave up this sophistry,
for the fact of the matter is that only
a pathetically small number of our
students comes from homes of
farmers, loggers, fishermen, miners
and sailors.
Let us make no mistake about it—-
these are the boys that are winning
the war. To see the lads who have
had less than a decent educational
opportunity, coming through the Air
Force ground school and graduating
at the head of their classes is one of
the most satisfying things I have
known in service life.
We are criminally negligent if,
when the war is over, we do not see
to it that these lads, and those that
follow, are given an opportunity to
attend university on merit bursaries.
Memorial funds spent on those who
do return will carry with them an
immortality unknown in marble
blocks and bronze statues.
Briefly what steps could the
University of British Columbia take
in the immediate future in order to
prepare itself for a more useful role
in the life of the province?
1. A thorough revision of the
curriculum must be initiated, so
that a truly liberal education will
be obtainable rather than the
present stereotyped, lock - step,
pre -1920 brand. The present
degree courses are designed for
specialists, and are excellent
courses. But they have tied up
things in an airtight fashion for
those who want something other
than the compartmentalized
knowledge available at present at
2. The University should greatly
expand the Extension Department, and take higher education
to the farthest corners of the
province. Geography, age,
occupation, or physical disability
should be no barrier to the
acquisition of a university
The excellent beginnings that
have been made must now be
followed up vigorously. During
the period of post-war readjustment, there must be an
opportunity for returning
(Continued on Page 11)
ome economics
February 17, 1943.
Mr. Arthur E. Lord,
Secretary, Board of Governors,
University of British Columbia,
Dear Sir:
It has come to our attention that the
Home Economics Department is to be
iefinitely established on the University
Curriculum this coming Fall. We
were very pleased to hear of the
announcement to this effect made by
Mr. H. J. Perry, Minister of Education
and we wish at this time to commend
on the untiring efforts of the Board
of Governors towards the establishment of this Department at the
University of British Columbia.
It is gratifying to notice that these
steps are being taken at this time
under the present war conditions. We
particularly appreciate this progress
for the following reasons:
1. The establishment of a Home
Economics Course at University of
British Columbia would greatly
assist the National Government in
their present efforts to improve the
Nutrition standard throughout
2. We feel that this Department
would be of great assistance to
both the Civilian population as
well as the Armed Forces in
endeavouring to take full
advantage of this nutrition
program. These effects on the
national health may not be obvious
immediately but it is definitely a
step in the right direction.
3. Ad the Food Industries in the
Province of British Columbia
expands and develops to fill their
rightful place in the national food
requirements, they undoubtedly
will be calling on the educated
personnel attached to the Department and being educated by this
4. The establishment of a Department
of Home Economics in our mind
is a necessary forerunner of the
establishment of a Department of
Food Technology which we believe
will be a necessity and a benefit
to many industries such as fishing,
fruit and vegetables, canning of,
small fruits and farming products
in the Province of British
Accordingly, we feel moved to
impress upon the Board of Governors
the fact that strong positive
progressive action in setting up
immediately the Depratment of Home
Economics is a matter of national
importance, far exceeding our own
Provincial requirements.
We feel that at all costs, this
enterprise must be brought to a
successful realization, not only for the
benefit of our University, but also for
the benefit of Provincial educational
In the interest of the University, we
Yours very truly,
B. A. Robinson, President,
Alumni Association,
By Ruth Wilson and Gladys Clendennin
Yes Grads, at last it has happened!
When the 1943-44 term commences
this fall at UBC, "something new
will have been added." What is this
you say? A Home Economics
Department? Why I can remember
campaigning for that in 1925! Yes,
old timers, you are right, and to you
and all the rest who in the 20 years
following worked so willingly, giving
of your time and money we say a
simple 'thank you,' knowing it is a
meagre reply but hoping the
Department, and in a short time the
work of the graduates themselves,
will reward you fully for your
To certain women of Victoria,
prominent in the Council of Women
and Women's Canadian Club of that
city, must go the honour of being the
first in British Columbia to stress the
importance of Home Economics in
the educational progress of a
It was the Parent - Teachers'
Organization, however, which in
1925 decided to inaugurate a
provincial - wide movement among
the women of this province to work
for the establishment of a Degree
Course in Home Economics in the
University of British Columbia. It
has always been the policy of this
organization to advocate that Home
Economics be an integral part of the
curriculum of both school and
university, and the recommendations
of the school survey on this matter
served to strength this stand.
In 1926, after months of
preparation, and with the endorsa-
tion of the President and the
Governors of the University, a
campaign for funds was opened
under the sponsorship of the Parent-
Teacher Federation. While this
campaign did not reach its objective,
which was a fund sufficient to endow
a chair of Home Economics, by the
spring of the following year the sum
of $11,000 had been contributed,
largely in small donations, testifying
to the widespread interest in the
At one point in the campaign,
leading business men in Vancouver
offered to subscribe $20,000, provided
the   women   could   raise   their
contribution to $20,000 and also
provided that the Governors of the
University would accept a $40,000
diminishing endowment. This,
however, the Governors at that time
refused to consider.
Meantime public demand for Home
Economics continued pressing, and many
very representative delegates waited upon
both the Governors of the University and
the Government. In 1929 one of these
delegations secured a grant of $25,000 toward
the establishment of the course. In 1930
students were granted permission to begin
the first two years of a Home Economics
Degree Course, as outlined by the University.
They registered in Arts on the understanding
that accommodation and equipment for
practical work would soon be available.
In 1931 the Home Economics Degree Course
was formally established at the University.
In 1932, however, drastic cuts were made
in the government grants to the University,
and the Home Economics course was
temporarily suspended.
At the next Provincial Parent-Teacher
Convention a permanent committee,
responsible to the Provincial Parent-Teacher
Federation was formed for the purpose of
transacting any necessary business in
connection with the fund. Permission -was
given to this committee to use the accrued
interest on the bonds to enable those
students who had enrolled in the Home
Economics Degree Course to complete their
course in some other University should such
help be needed. Bursaries were granted to
eight students, all of whom graduated very
creditably, some with high honours. All were
appointed on their return to positions in
British Columbia, and all have since done
excellent -work.
Since that time and up to the present,
repeated efforts have been made to have the
course re-established. In 1937, hearing that
an additional building at the University was
under consideration representatives from a
very wide cross section of public opinion
waited upon the Governors with the request
that in any new building program provision
for Home Economics be made. Among the
points stressed by this delegation were:
1. That there had long been a demand for
a course of high cultural and practical
value to all women students, both as a
training for their most essential function
in society, that of home making, and for
many women's vocations.
2. That one of the prime functions of a
University was to train specialists for the
schools of the province, and the demand
for Home Economics Teachers in this
province was widespread and increasingly
urgent, a demand that had to be met
by graduates from other universities.
In 1940, the Senate, after considering the
matter of the proposed re-establishrnent of
the Course in Home Economics and other
new Units of instruction, recommended to
the Board "that if and when funds are
available, the course in Home Economics be
re-established prior to the establishment of
any other course." This recommendation of
the Senate was laid before the Board at
their meeting of February 26 and at their
meeting of September 30, 1940, it was decided
that no action be taken with regard to the
re-establishment of the course.
Still public opinion persisted. The Home
Economics Fund in February 1942 stood at
about $17,000. For the second time President
Klinck started his search for a Department
Head. On the President's trip East in the
fall of 1942, no stone was left unturned in
his efforts to i nterview and secure
information as to likely candidates for the
position. The results were disappointing,
although the names of some excellent
prospective appointees in the Associate
Professor and Assistant Professor ranks were
obtained. These minor appointments will
not be made until the Headship is filled.
This latter position at this time is still
vacant but President Klinck is interviewing
prospective candidates every day. In spite
of this difficulty the Senate recommended
that the department be established
immediately. The Honourable Mr. Perry,
Minister of Education for B.C., also strongly
recommended that the department be set up
this term.
It is the policy of the President to have a
Department which will offer a degree
comparable with that of the other degrees
awarded on the campus. This demands a
Head with high scholastic training, wide
experience and a pioneering spirit. The
salaries available are adequate. The Minister
of Education has made a grant of $15,000 for
the coming year and the Senate has voted
a similar sum. The stumbling block is the
lack of departmental accommodation.
Suitable candidates are discouraged by the
thought of no offices or labs on the
University campus. Class rooms only are
available, with all lab work forced to move
to the labs at King Edward, Lord Byng or
Point Grey Junior Highs. Prospective
Department Heads, already established in
good positions are not willing to leave their
generously equipped departments and highly
developed curriculums when they realize
the work and pioneering they would have to
do at UBC. A building on the campus is a
vital necessity. If the Department of
Education could provide this the greatest
hindrance would be overcome.
The will to organize under trying and
difficult circumstances must be a prime
requisite in choosing a Head. We know the
President's choice will prove worthy of the
task even though for the Head it may mean
a sacrifice of present comforts in the hope
oi future success. As alumni of a University
famous for its pioneering spirit we know
the new Department will keep up the
tradition of conquering these present
The courses for the first two years and
options are outlined. The initial enrollment
is expected to include 30 students, with the
hope that in 4 years a class of 80 to 90 will
be in attendance. The city of Vancouver
has always shown a keen interest in this
Department and will continue to give it
the fullest co-operation possible. Good luck!
Pag* 5
Persia and Iraq,
March 4, 1943.
Dear Friend,
First of all — there are few
Canadians out here — none that I
have met—with the feeling that the
world owes them a living for their
efforts in this war, or for any other
reason. The war is, for one thing,
on such a colossal scale that
individually to us, our efforts seem
fruitless; yet as a unified group, we
are at least getting somewhere. The
feeling is more that when we return,
it's up to us to see that, through our
efforts, the world can be made to
produce what we require.
It's not much. The chief
requirement is security. Security
from future conflagrations such as
this, that are burning out our youth,
our mothers' hearts, our complete
homes, and in some cases our morale.
Security to have a wife and a home
with the knowledge that tomorrow
it won't be a heap of rubble with
our family underneath it. Security
in that if we work hard and well at
our job—from our rich country we
can supply that home with a
standard of living that we know can
be supplied.
It's just too damned bad that it
took a Hitler and death and
destruction to wake us up. I fear
that there are too many people back
home that do not realize what war,
if brought to our country, would
mean to them. Their neighbor's sons
are spilling their blood over Berlin
while they are whining about having
to take a street car to work.
If they could realize that those
same twenty-two year old boys have
mothers and fathers, sweethearts and
chums, prairies and mountains, snow
and sunshine, that they are dying to
see, and never believing until they
are dying that they will not see them
again; then, those people would
probably be of assistance to us in
building our securities, instead of a
rut-inspired hindrance, which I am
afraid they will be.
Granted, we have the biggest per
capita war production of any country
in the world. We are a rich country
and we are few in number. Why
then, can't we have the biggest per
capita peace production in the world
instead of twenty per cent of our
population solely dependent on
government   relief   or   government'
Youth has the courage of vigour unstained
by disappointment and failures. It is led by
the optimism of dreams and ideals unfettered
by mankind's limitations. May it carry far
the torch.
And. may we in cur small way, "give it
the tools" of an education based on truth,
l'act, and knowledge. Then it will truly
lead the way.
The following letter was received from R.
G. Smylie on active service overseas, in
reply to the query as to how the boys in
the service looked at the prospects being
outlined for educational rehabilitation of
returned servicemen.
It is known that Smylie has long wanted
to attend University, but has never done so,
l'cr his lot early fell to earning a living. He
is under twenty-five years, eager to find his
place in the country he loves so well.
Here are the thoughts of a young man
who has seen the strife, terror and bloodshed
of war. Can we do less than try to match
his spirit, his tempered blend of realism
and idealism, which would build a better
Canada? —EDITOR.
jobs? It can be done—we're proving
it now.
We want to see that it is done—
and we don't want to sign our names
to any accomplishments as "last war
Veterans" but as "Canadians" that
love the sweet soil that our homes
are built on. This may sound like a
lot of National Eyewash, but I say
this from the bottom of my heart.
I love that big red patch on the map
at the top of North America, and if
anything happens to me out here,
I'll haunt it.
Just look around you and you'll
see mountains, sweet smelling in the
summer, crisp and dry in the winter,
soaking and roaring with spring
thaws or fall rains; you see trees and
flowers, nice homes, clean streets
and rich plentiful earth; you see the
ocean smooth as glass in the sunset,
or thrashing against its boundaries
in a storm; you see children playing
in the streets, a housewife hanging
out the washing, a youth escorting
his girl friend home from school;
dancing couples in bright colored
clothes moving with the rhythm, or
an elderly man sitting on his porch
looking at his garden and smoking
his favorite pipe.
As much as we want to look
around as you are, I don't believe
any of us would be fussy about
seeing that scene if there was any
possibility of it being interrupted by
a goosestepping German, a greasy,
fat Italian, or a dirty, yellow,
bayoneting, raping Jap.
I asked my Sunday School teacher
who was in the last war, if he would
go again if another was started. I
was quite young at the time and his
answer puzzled me and stuck. He
said, "Yes, if it meant keeping the
war away from Canada." Now I
know what he meant.
I have gone off on an emotional
tangent but it's one that has a great
effect on my thoughts.
You mentioned certain rehabilitation plans that were in progress, or
should I say—the thinking stage.
They sound grand, believe me. I'm
in complete agreement with you on
the points that you have mentioned,
but as you say, we require a broader
and a more humane outlook. I
would rather see a rehabilitation for
everyone in a New Canada or North
America than a plan just covering
return service men.
Until the benefits of our resources
are available to everyone, benefits
for returned men only is insecurity
in its early stages. Our security
depends on our neighbor's security.
Why discriminate ? Why offer
benefits to us when the end product
of those benefits is undermined by
the insecurity of our neighbor's
position? Why offer a university
education plan to ex-servicemen?
Why not offer it to all men and
women physically and mentally
capable of assimilating the
knowledge ?
The excess profits of one or two
corporate enterprises that I could
name, would go far towards
operation of such a scheme. One
soft drink company gave each of it's
staff from the truck drivers up, a
bonus of One Hundred Dollars at
Christmas a few years ago. That
goes down on their income tax forms
as a gift, and as such—not taxable.
Think of what you could have done
with that One Hundred Dollars
when you were going through
University. I'm not advocating any
"take from the rich—give to the
poor" scheme. I'm simply saying that
instead of taking excess profits and
turning them into new, less manpower—less overhead—more excess
profit plants, why not turn them into
fields such as education, instead of
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Based on Senate Committee Report
Early in April a report appeared
in the press that a comprehensive
proposal for additional University
facilities to cope with the post war
requirements was being prepared.
President Klinck was interviewed
by the Alumni Executive and
enquiries made about the inclusion
of the oft-mentioned and long hoped-
for dormitories in this plan.
The executive was not satisfied
with the possibility that these
buildings would not be included in
the proposal. Accordingly a letter
was addressed to the Board of
Governors requesting that:—
"As a supplement to the
recommendations coming before
your Board from Senate Committee
on rehabilitation planning, we wish
to respectfully suggest that student
dormitories b e considered and
included in recommendations going
forward to the government.
"It is suggested that they should
consist of at least primary units of
sufficient size to accommodate three
hundred men and three hundred
In due time Senate considered the
report of the Senate Committee on
Lecture and Laboratory accommodation and Student Aid.
President Klinck in his letter to
the Alumni Association reports that
"In adopting this report the Senate
passed the following resolution:—
"That the reference made by the
committee to the need for student
residences be endorsed by Senate.' "
"At the May meeting the Board
of Governors received the report of
the Senate Committee on Lecture
and Laboratory Accommodation and
Student Aid and directed that a copy
be forwarded to the Honourable the
Minister of Education, with the
endorsation of the Board."
It is to be regretted that the item
on Student Residences was not
revised and placed in a more definite
and positive manner for presentation
to the Minister of Education.
The Report follows:—
Report of Senate Committee on Lecture
and Laboratory Accommodation and Student
Aid as amended and adopted by Senate at
the meeting of May 11, 1943.
PART A—Lecture and Laboratory
In its survey of these problems the
Committee devoted attention mainly to the
question of lecture, laboratory and office
accommodation because of the urgency of
the situation. As a basis for its
recommendations it took into account three
factors    affecting    lecture    and   laboratory
1. In almost twenty years no additions have
been made to lecture and laboratory
facilities although the present buildings
were constructed to meet the needs of
1500 students and must now meet
imperfectly those of 2600.
2. This province is growing steadily in
population, recording a greater percentage of growth in the last decade than
any other province, a factor which partly
explains the persistence of heavy
registration at the University in spite of
war demands.
3. The Canadian government already has
made certain provisions under its
rehabilitation plans, which will offer
greater encouragement than after the
last great, war for students, whose courses
have been interrupted, to resume or
commence their university studies. An
estimate of 40,000 has been placed on the
number of students likely to enter
academic halls upon demobilization. The
University of Toronto is expected, for
example, to show then a total registration
of 20,000. Proportionately a registration
of 3500 to 4000 might be regarded as well
within the range of possibility for the
University of British Columbia.
Your Committee: feels that it is urgent to
plan now for such anticipated growth in
order that the buildings and equipment may
be available to meet as quickly as possible
the post-war demands. It is essential that
the government and the people of the
province are informed now of the University
needs so these may be taken into account
in any public work projects commenced
towards the close of the war or in the early
post-war period. Such plans and estimates
cannot be made on short notice and require
careful consideration by the University
departments, faculties and administrative
bodies affected.
In the opinion of the Committee the
building programme most urgently required
to relieve congestion and to improve
efficiency involves four major enterprises.
The estimates are only tentative and may be
appreciably altered possibly as much as 25
per cent by the nature of building costs
when construction begins.
1. The addition of a wing to the Science
building in keeping with the
general structural design  $1,000,000.00
2. The erection of the first unit of the
Arts building $  400,000.00
3. The erection of a Preventive Medicine
building, planned in 1939 and on the
point of construction when war
intervened    J$  500,000.00
4. The addition of a wing to the
Library $ 414,000.00
The most pressing and immediate need
of the Faculty of Applied Science is an
addition to the present building which
houses the departments of mechanical and
electrical engineering. This building cannot
serve any more students than at present
although there will be an almost certain
increase in attendance next
autumn  $    35,000.00
The Faculty also requires:
A building for Mining and
Metallurgy  $  100,000.00
A building for Civil Engineering and
Forestry $ 165,000.00
The Faculty of Agriculture places first on
its list in importance an expansion of the
present Agriculture building at an estimated
cost of  , _...$  100,000.00
An Agricultural Pavilion, for classroom purposes and for demonstrations
of Livestock  _...$    25,000.00
An addition to the Dairy
Farm  $    15,000.00
An addition to the
Greenhouse  $    15,000.00
Land-clearing for Farm  $    40,000.00
Remodelling of existing buildings to
improve their efficiency. Fencing and
Draining   _...$    35,000.00
For the recently approved Department of
Home Economics a building would be
required at an estimated cost of ..$    75,000.00
A Practice House  $    35,000.00
Your Committee has confined its estimate
of needs to laboratory and lecture
accommodation. It concurs, however, with
the Report of a University Museum
Committee that the erection of a fire-proof
building for a museum at an estimated cost
of $100,000.00 would ease the pressure on
existing space, aid several teaching
departments and attract to the University
further valuable museum material.
This report also makes no reference to
the expenditure that will undoubtedly be
required to expand the facilities of the
Gymnasium and the Power-house or the
improvements in roads, street-lighting, and
landscaping that will be necessary with the
new buildings.
It will be noted that no recommendations
have been made for student residences, great
as the need is for them. Their absence has
long been a disappointment to families living
outside of the Greater Vancouver area and
desirous of having their children attend the
University. The Committee feels that its
terms of reference do not authorize it to
make specific recommendations but wishes to
record its belief that expansion of buildings
and. student attendance will make more
acute the housing problem for out-of-town
students. Returned soldiers in particular
might expect to secure residence
accommodation here such as is available in
any other university the size of our own.
Your Committee also wishes to draw
attention to the fact that it has made no
reference to the possible requirements of
such new departments or faculties as have
been proposed to Senate in the past. It has
dealt enly with those departments now in
existence or authorized to begin teaching.
PART B-Student Aid
On the question of student aid your
Committee is agreed in favouring an
expansion of both scholarships and bursaries.
In its opinion the University will better
serve the needs of more of the people of
this province if it can further assist able
students for whom the costs of fees, books,
etc., are a serious burden. In the present
university year at an approximate cost of
$40,000, about one student in ten is in receipt
of a bursary or scholarship. Frequently
winners of out-of-town scholarships are
obliged to decline them unless bursary aid
is also available.
(Sontinued on Page 10)
Page 7
THE GRADUATE CHRONICLE — JULY 1943 Letters to the Editor
The Editor,
Some weeks ago, one of our local
papers reported that the Board of
Governors of the Univesity of British
Columbia was going to appoint a
new President, "If a man could be
found". This phrase, "if a man could
be found," presents, I think,, a
challenge to the graduates of the
I am writing to ask you if the
Alumni Society is giving active
consideration to the matter of the
selection of the next President of our
It seems to me, the position of
President of our University is
perhaps the most important in the
whole province, not excepting that
of the office of Premier. The
selection of a man to fill the position
of President of our senior educational and cultural institution is one
which requires the greatest care.
First of all, consideration should
be given to the requirements of the
man for the office. Such a man
must be, of course, not only a scholar
of distinction, an expert at public
relations, and an efficient executive,
but also, and most important of all,
a social and educational philosopher
who has had practical and successful
experience in education.
He must embody for the faculty
and the students, as well as for the
Province as a whole, the ideal of a
Univesity man. Our University
should not "keep up with the times";
it should be well in front. We expect
the University to offer leadership to
the Province, and we expect the
President to offer leadership to the
There are two more qualifications
—he should be young, and a
Westerner. I feel that he should be
reasonably young, perhaps under
fifty, so that he will have a chance
for ten or fifteen years to execute
any policy he may decide to initiate.
He should be a Westerner, because
by and large, Westerners have a
courageous vision and uninhibited
power of execution which is often
lacking in our more cautious and
conservative Eastern brothers.
The University of British
Columbia holds a unique position in
Canada. It is not just "another
provincial University". Because of
its location, it can provide the same
sort of leadership for Canada which
the  Universities  in  California  are
giving to the United States.
The appointment of a President at
this time offers a unique challenge
to the people of British Columbia,
and particularly, the Alumni. We
must accept that challenge, and go
forward to make our University the
place we know it can be, and should
be. This is 'A time for greatness",
and it demands that a man to suit
the times be appointed President.
I am, therefore, writing to you to
ask you if the Alumni Society is
presenting to the Board of Governors
a brief stating the views of the
graduates of this University?
Yours sincerely,
Kenneth Caple, Agric. '25
The Editor,
The time has come to select a new
president for our Alma Mater. As a
recent graduate I feel vitally
interested in this and feel other
members of our association will be
also. Therefore, it is expected the
University of British Columbia
Alumni association will exert its
voice through its executive and its
members on the Board of Governors
as to whom should go the chair.
Besides having the qualifications
of a present-day educator and able
organizer, the man chosen should be
a great man and above all a strong
leader who will command the respect
of students, faculty and public. In
addition, he should be a businessman
with the capacity to cope with all
phases of university administration.
He should be young if possible, and
certainly aggressive, with an eye to
the future well - being of the
University of British Columbia.
Some of the business for the new
president to deal with requires a
man impartial and efficient without
politics or partisanship. By these
qualities he will be able to establish
a co - operative policy with the
faculties and their professors, the
department of education, provincial
government, and B.C.'s industries.
Considering its age the University
of British Columbia is probably the
least endowed college of its size on
the continent. This is a condition
which has hampered the growth of
our university and has made it
impossible to provide adequate and
sufficient facilities for the number
of students registered in all faculties,
and the present over - crowded
condition which exists on the campus
is the result.
Therefore, the man, chosen should
be able to go out and build up good
will for our university with the
public of the province, its businessmen, financiers, and industrialists.
In this way he could lead a
movement to begin a building and
endowment campaign in the years to
follow the present global conflict.
This campaign could be fostered
by publicizing the university, making
known to the public as a whole the
research work performed by the
students and the papers published by
the professors. Once the foundation
for such a campaign is laid the
establishment of needed faculties in
medicine, dentistry, and law, and
graduate schools in faculties already
well established would only be a
matter of time.
Let's rally to the cause, Grads.
This is our big opportunity to get a
progressive leader to build and place
the University of British Columbia
in its deserved position in the life
of the povince.
Yours, sincerely,
Wm. Wallace, Sc. '40.
The Editor,
We left our campus instilled with
a certain thing called college spirit,
a love for our Alma Mater, and a
hope that our little university would
grow and develop so that thousands
more could have the same
advantages and experiences as we
had out there.
But this growth is very slow ,
much too slow in comparison with
the expansion of our province. The
expansion of industry in B.C. in the
past twenty years is great compared
to the expansion of our university.
This high seat of learning has
remained practically dormant.
Why did we not have a Home
Economics and an Aeonautical
Engineering course ten years ago?
We need dormitories and cafeterias
run by the students, and employing
student help as in other universities.
Why are we not establishing a seat
of medicine right now? We need to
expand our accommodation in
Engineering, instead of turning
prospective engineers away and
discouraging them at every turn.
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(Continued From Page 8)
It is not because of lack of money,
it is only because of lack of interest
shown by our own graduates. We
have left the running of our
university to a few well-meaning old
gentlemen and to the members of
our Provincial Government.
It is high time that a younger and
more aggressive generation should
take over. Membership on the
Boad of Governors, or on the Senate,
should not be just a reward to some
fine old citizen, or a recognition of
past help to some political party. It
should entail real work to be done
by people vitally interested.
It is up to us graduates. Is our
university to lie peacefully in the
background surrounded by a few
nice families and catering to only
those who can afford to pay our high
fees, and live at home; or will our
university set the pace, expand and
reach out so that every young man
and woman in this province may
have equal opportunity in gaining
an education?
G. E. "Ted" Baynes, Sc. '32.
(Continued From Page 6)
Prince Rupert, B.C.
The Editor,
We have been thinking about the
possibilities of having the coming
President live directly on the
campus. It is a good idea for any
President of a University to live
right on the site of the college. What
about the Alumni Association doing
something about forwarding this
idea? You see, with a president on
the campus, he can have intimate
contact with the University and
could do appropriate entertaining.
When you think of a University—
you think of its president—and how
can you associate the president
living ten-fifteen miles away from it
with the University?
This is our idea and we think it's
As ever,
Dorothy Hird Wallace.
A number of graduates are
meeting informally for lunch
every Wednesday at Hotel
Drop in and join us some
week and hear the news. We
are particularly glad to see
graduates from out of town.
unemployment? It could be done
with the proper control.
Excess profits, only don't try to tell
a business man, are in the end
detrimental to a business. To avoid
income taxation, an enterprise has
two choices open, and a third not yet
thought of. One is to turn the profits
into new factories, more modern
equipment, and the old story comes
up of less employees and less
purchasing power, etc., etc. The
second alternative is to give their
profits away; a practice not usually
followed, but indirectly of more use
to them as producers. And the third
thing that they could do, and by far
the most beneficial to themselves—
although possibly not very obvious—
would be to pay their taxes.
It's a vicious circle, but as you
have suggested, vicious tactics should
be met with stern laws, and if we
could get a group of men with
enough foresight and intestinal
fortitude, we could get a working
control operating.
Rehabilitation of a small minority
of our population can lead to one
thing only, and that is—an upset to
any form of balance we can scrape
together after this war. Granted, we
will require certain things such as
Hospitalization, Pensions, etc., but
there are thousands like us, even if
they didn't go to war, who will need
it just as badly. A helping hand to
one group and a cold shoulder to
another isn't going to help our
If beneficial organizations in our
Government can operate for small
groups; they could, with a bit of expansion and a gearing of technique,
function as a national scheme and
handle larger problems. The
Beveridge Plan in England is an
example of what can be figured out.
There will be opposition from a lot
of people and companies, and there
will be a lot of bugs to be ironed
out, but it's a shot in the right
direction. Our old age pension
scheme at present is scandalous for a
country such as ours.
We are so wrapped up in our own
little worlds that we can't see that
others around us are suffering.
Elderly men and women, after
struggling all of their lives, to keep
a good home and bring up their
children as good citizens and a
benefit to our country, are in most
cases forced to bear the insult of an
old age pension, such as we now
offer.   Are we so thoughtless and
ruthless as to begrudge two old
people ten years of comfort for the
forty or fifty years of toil which they
have put in, and which has helped
to build our country? Their
requirements are very small.
Every shortcoming of our
Government, of our law and of our
institutions, is indirectly a flaw of
weakness in the structure of our
security. Some are near the top and
are of minor importance, but others
are rotting and festering away at
the foundations of our security. They
are the ones to be taken care of
immediately or we are asking for
trouble, as other countries of the
world have asked for it and received
Basically speaking, all of our
efforts are toward future security in
one form or another. Why do people
struggle to pay off a mortgage? To
have the security of a home of their
own for their old age. Why do people
work hard to get a better job? Why
do women, getting on in their
twenties want to get married so
desperately? Why do squirrels
gather nuts in the Fall? It all boils
down to the same thing.
Now if those struggles could be
assisted by removing the fears of
expensive sickness, of old age
poverty, of getting married on the
proverbial shoe string, of lack of
education, etc., etc., — how much
happier and joyful life would be.
The organization and control
would be a big job, but we have the
men, the brains and the resources
to do the job and do it well. So
instead of rehabilitating ex-servicemen—why not rehabilitate Canada?
We can do it.
It may necessitate the Government
getting down to business, but why
NOT? With a gentle squeeze here, a
right to the jaw there, things could
be whipped into shape. The thing
is, to do the job while we have a
Government, and not wait until we
get a revolution or a Dictator.
Well, I have been rambling gaily
along and I hope that in a general
way I have given you an idea of my
views. We all know what's wrong
and we are all willing to tell the
next man what is wrong, but there
are very few willing to go out and
rectify the situation. It would be
an easy job if everyone climbed out
of their rut and tackled it the way
they have their war effort. It
wouldn't take long then.
Yours, R. G. Smylie.
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Periodically the question comes up: what
happened to those former literary editors of
the Ubyssey who filled a column twice a
week, to those reserved individuals whose
compositions appeared in literary supplements hidden behind nome de plumes, or to
those even more remote beings who emerged
from the sanctum of the Letters Club
Original Contributions night as Poet or
Prose Laureate? Canadian literature is yet
very young; surely we have a contribution
to make to its development.
In two fields the literary achievements are
definitely established. Along the purely
academic and along journalistic lines our
graduates have achieved eminence that
would make a fruitful study for the
Chronicle at another time.
This report is an attempt to
discover what has been done by our
graduates in the more detached field
of creative writing. I use the word
detached advisably. The success of
a long line of our graduates has been
in a practical field.
The nature of the world in which
we live' demands a practical view of
problems. For that reason it seems
to me an achievement worthy of
note that some rare few have been
able to free themselves from the
circumstances that confine the
individual in the daily round of
existence and have dreamed, shaped,
fashioned and completed an original
Carol Coates Cassidy, '30, since her
return from Japan has had published
two volumes of poems, 'Fancy Free',
and 'The Return.' Last year, when
the Toronto Branch of the Canadian
Author's Association produced
'Voices of Victory,' a collection of
poetry being written by Canadian
poets during the war, Mrs. Cassidy's
poem on Winston Churchill was
awarded third prize in a Dominion-
wide competition. Of her latest book
E. J. Pratt has written:
"It is always a pleasure to feel
in a volume of poetry a sense of
craftmanship, where pruning and
revision and a literary conscience
compliment the intelligence of the
Earle Birney, '26, has had
published a volume, 'David And
Other Poems.' His poems and some
of his prose appear in Canadian
magazines from time to time.
Both Carol Coates Cassidy and
Earle Birney and also Anne
Margaret Angus '23, have been
frequent contributors to the
Canadian Poetry Magazine and all
have been awarded prizes for their
By Mary Fallis, Arts *32
Two important biographies have
been written by graduates. D'Arcy
Marsh, '26, is the author of "The
Tragedy of Henry Thornton,'
published by Macmillans in 1935.
In 1941, Jean Burton, '24, had
published her account of her famous
ancestor, Lady Arundel, the
biography 'Sir Richard Burton's
Wife,' which became a best seller.
Her second book is shortly to come
from the press.
In the spring of 1940 two short
stories by Arthur Mayse were
introduced to the readers of
MacLean's Magazine by the
folloiwng editorial comment:
"When for the first time a
rattling good story comes in from
a. new writer we confine our joy
to the office and cross our fingers.
Because one can never tell. It so
often happens that a person has
one good story in his or her system
and one only . . . But when a
writer rings the bell twice in auick
succession we feel justified in
loosening up a bit.
"So we introduce to you Arthur
Mayse, author of 'Bush Job' and
of  'Day  in Heaven.'   The  background   for   both   these   stories
comes  from  Mr.   Mayse's   experience  in flying  with  bush  pilots
as a reporter for the Vancouver
Daily Province."
Lionel   Stevenson,   '22,   has  been
widely recognized as a literary critic.
His    books    of    criticism    include:
'Appraisals of Canadian Literature,'
'Charles Darwin Among The Poets,'
and 'The Wild Irish Girl.'
Two other graduates have been
working in the medium of the radio
play for the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, and their plays have
been produced in British Columbia
during the last two years. Dr. Sylvia
Thrupp, '25, and Sallee Murphy
Creighton, '23, produced together a
series called "The Road to
Democracy,' and Mrs. Creighton a
further series, 'The Mighty Fraser.'
It is possible that other graduates
have published works that should be
mentioned here. It is always
difficult to complete a list of this
There are other works in the
making. At least three graduates,
nameless for the time being, have
manuscripts of novels waiting
finishing touches before being sent
to the publishers.
I cannot conclude this article
without making reference to the
Letters Club because so many of the
graduates mentioned here at one
time enjoyed its membership. "Its
forum has provided opportunities,
and the enthusiasm of its members
has proved an incentive towards
expression from which not only they
but others also have benefited and
will continue to benefit down the
years." The words are those of Mr.
Haweis who with Dr. Walker and
Mr. Larsen did so much to make "the
study of literature a joy" for many
generations of students.
The club has published two
volumes in its history: a 'Chap-book'
in 1931, and a 'Memorial Volume' to
Dr. F. C. Walker in 1935. If as the
club approaches its Twenty-fifth
Anniversary it should decide to
publish another volume there are
many who would welcome its
Post War Plans
(Continued From Page 7)
Your Committee feels the need could be
met and University academic levels raised
by expanding the present list of scholarships
and bursaries. This might be done in three
1. By increasing considerably the number
of University Entrance and Senior
Matriculation scholarships. At present,
15 of the former and 6 of the latter are
available annually. Any increase should
particularly take into account the needs
cf  students  outside  Greater  Vancouver.
2. By increasing the number of University
scholarships awarded in the various years
for general proficiency. At present 11 are
awarded annually.
3. By expanding considerably its bursary
funds so that any deserving student with
an average of 70% or better could receive
assistance to enable him to secure his
university education. The amount of the
bursary awarded him would depend upon
the financial need of the student.
Students outside of Greater Vancouver
should receive special consideration.
Without going into details, your Committee
feels at least an additional $100,000.00,
preferably contributed jointly by province
and dominion, as is now the case for Youth
Training and War Bursaries ( to the amount
of approximately $25,000) would be of great
assistance. Such a grant should of course
be distinct from the regular university
appropriation from the province and is an
investment in the brains of the youth of
this province upon whom its welfare must
ultimately depend. It would be in line with
British educational policy where as many as
40% to 50% of the students in attendance at
a university may be in receipt of bursaries
or scholarships.
By L
On March 16 the Hon. Ian
Mackenzie, Minister of Pensions and
National Health, presented to the
House of Commons a bill which had
as its object the making of Canada
a more physically fit nation.
The reaction on the part of the
Canadian Physical Education
Association was immediate and
resolutions were sent from all
branches to both the Minister and
Dr. J. J. Heagerty, chairman of the
committee which drafted the bill.
These resolutions expressed pleasure
over the proposed bill and offered
the services of the Association
wherever needed in the carrying out
of its provisions.
In British Columbia a committee
was   formed   of   members   of   the
Association representing all fields of
physical    education.     After    much
discussion the following resolution
was drawn up and passed.
Physical Education is a required subject
in   both   elementary   schools   and   high
schools in the province of British Columbia
The Honourable Ian Mackenzie, Minister
of   Pensions   and   National   Health,   has
presented a bill to the House of Commons
Social  Securities  Committee  "to promote
the physical fitness of the people of Canada
through    the    extension    of   physical
education in schools, universities and othep
institutions, including industrial establishments;   to   train   teachers,   lecturers,   and
demonstrators; and to organize sports and
athletics on a nation wide scale"
There is at present no course in British
Columbia leading to a degree in Physical
That the Birtish Columbia Branch of the
Canadian  Physical Education Association
request   the   Government   of   British
Columbia and the Board of Governors of
the   University   of   British   Columbia   to
establish     a     Department     of     Physical
Education  offering courses  leading  to a
Copies of this with a covering
letter were sent to the Minister of
Education, the Board of Governors
and the Senate of the University, the
Mayor of Vancouver and about fifty
other associations and people likely
to be interested.
The replies received to date have
all been favourable to the resolution
except the one from the Board of
Governors which states "that in
view of the lack of the necessary
accommodation and finances, the
Board is unable to give favourable
consideration to this request."
Th Senate at their meeting on May
11th passed a resolution recommend-
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ing "that as soon as possible a
Department of Physical Education
should be established and suitable
facilities and equipment provided."
The Alumni, who as undergraduates built a gymnasium and a
stadium, waived their pay that a
suitable armory could be built, do
not require to be convinced of the
necessity of physical education in a
university under normal conditions
and they must see the urgent need
of it in times of war when a
physically fit nation of men, women,
and children is so vital to our very
We appeal, therefore, to these
same Alumni to give active support
to this project by writing letters to
the Board of Governors endorsing
Senates' recommendations.
Rings a Challenge
(Continued From Page 4)
veterans to continue their
education by mail, wherever they
3. New buildings must be erected to
house the influx of returning men.
This need will coincide with the
general need for public works.
Even before the war ends a
start should be made on the long
planned building for Public
Health and the Provincial
Laboratories, bearing in mind the
influenza epidemic which was the
aftermath of the last war.
Only when we have dormitories
on the campus will the
University's centre of gravity
shift out to Point Grey.
4. New departments must be opened
if our province is to keep up in
the post-war world. Specifically,
we need a School of Aeronautical
Engineering if we wish to take our
part in trans-Pacific air commerce.
We badly need a chair of
Spanish, since after the war our
commerce will be more
hemispheral than previously.
There is a need for a Department
of Public Administration, as part
of the Commerce Faculty, so that
students may alternate between
the University and Industry, the
Bureau of Statistics, etc.
Finally, a start must be made
on a medical school, be it postgraduate or undergraduate. Few
cities in America can boast such
varied facilities as the Vancouver
Campus Chatter
By Dick Bibbs
At a special meeting called by
president Bob Whyte, May 14,
Students' Council voted to purchase
$6200 in new Victory Bonds to be
held in trust against depreciation of
A.M.S. property.
Together with $1350 in bonds
already held the new purchase
brings the depreciation fund close to
the $7900 necessary to replace
completely student owned furniture
and stage and athletic equipment
worn out in the past fifteen years.
At a general A.M.S. meeting early
in March, students voted to release
$1,000 from the Pass Fund surplus to
be used with $2,000 from the general
surplus, plus a current contribution
of $1,200 from the 1942-43 budget in
setting up a depreciation fund. The
remaining $2,700 was to be
contributed from budgets of the next
two or three years.
At the closing of the academic
year A-1VI.S. finances were found to
be in such good shape that a further
$2,000 could be taken from the
general surplus. The fund is now
nearly complete.
At the same A.M.S. meeting
students passed, without a dissenting
vote, a motion allowing Students'
Council to complete arrangements
for complete campus-wide insurance.
All students engaged in any activity
—scholastic, laboratory, field trips,
athletics, club work, women's war
work, and social functions held by
the A.M.S. or its subsidiaries—will
be protected to the amount of $150.
A committee headed by John Carson
has arranged this coverage at a cost
of fifty cents per student. It awaits
now only the consent of the Board
of Governors to raising the A.M.S.
fee the necessary fifty cents for the
scheme to go into effect. Consent of
the students has already been given.
hospitals offer. With bed capacity
already increasing due to service
needs, and with large funds to be
available   under   the   projected
health   insurance   scheme,   the
University might well consider the
institution of a medical faculty.
This article has barely scratched
the surface of the important question
of our  University's  role after the
It is to be hoped that through the
medium of the GRADUATE
CHRONICLE a free exchange of
ideas will result in a vigorous
University policy.
Page 11
The Bursar has prepared the following statement
showing the grants made to the University for research
and other purposes during the past two years.
In addition to the amounts shown in this statement,
the University received from the Department of
National Defence for Air a per capita grant for
members of the RCAF taking the Radio Technicians'
Course and the Pre-Aircrew Courses.
Also, grants of $2,500.00 in 1941-42 and $5,000.00 in
1942-43 were made to the Department of University
Extension by the Dominion Department of Fisheries
for Educational Work for Fishermen in British
It may be mentioned also that the following amouts
were made available by the Dominion and Provincial
Governments in the form of bursaries to deserving
students at the University of British Columbia—
1941-42 1942-43
Dominion-Provincial Youth Training Bursaries   $ 4,725.00 $ 3,800.00
Dominion-Provincial War Services Bursaries ....     6,000.00     7,050.00
Dominion-Provincial National Selective
Service Bursaries   11,395.00
$10,725.00 $22,245.00
Donor-Purpose 1M1-42 1942-43
Safeway Stores Ltd.—Milk Study     $1,400.00
Safeway Stores Ltd.—Vegetable Seed Trials        500.00   $ 500.00
National Research Council—B.C. Fish Meals        325.00
Sundry Donors—Vegetable Seed Project          265.00        310.00
Safeway Stores Ltd.—Poultry
and Egg Production   1,500.00
Pacific Coast Poultry Producers' Assoc—Poultry
and Egg Production - -   100.00
Total   $2,490.00   $2,410.00
Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries
(See University Calendar—1941-42 and 1942-43)
American Woman's Club Bursary    $ 90.00   $  100.00
Ahepa Scholarship  -  75.00
Alliance Francaise Bursary    50.00
Alumni Association Bursary ...„  50.00         50.00
Beverley Cayley Scholarship   100.00       100.00
B.C. Teachers' Federation Scholarship   50.00         50.00
B'nai B'rith Auxiliary No. 77 Scholarship  50.00 50.00
Mildred Brock Memorial Scholarship   75.00 75.00
B'nai B'rith District No. 4 Hillel
Foundation  Scholarship   250.00 250.00
B.C. Fruit Growers' Golden Jubilee Scholarship 100.00 100.00
Britannia Mining & Smelting Co. Scholarship  ... 250.00 250.00
David Bolocan Memorial Prize   25.00 25.00
B.C. Lumber & Shingle Mfrs. Assoc. Prize  175.00
Convocation Scholarship  ,  50.00 50.00
Cariboo Gold Quartz Mining Co.
Limited Scholarship   100.00 100.00
Delta Gamma Fraternity Bursary   100.00 100.00
G. M. Dawson Scholarship   50.00 50.00
Dorbils Essay Prize  -  50.00
Engineering Institute of Canada Prize  25.00 25.00
English Department Essay Prize   10.00 20.00
Faculty Women's Club Bursary   100.00 75.00
Graduate Historical Book Prize   25.00 25.00
Geldart Riadore Bursary   350.00 175.00
Highland-Belle Ltd. Scholarship   250.00
Inter-Sorority Alumnae Club Bursary  125.00 200.00
N. Leo Klein Memorial Scholarship  -... 50.00 50.00
Kelowna Exploration Co. Ltd. Scholarship  300.00
Lady Laurier Club Bursary   50.00 50.00
Leonard Foundation Scholarship     1,900.00
Walter Moberly Memorial Prize   25.00 25.00
Francis Milburn Bursary  150.00 150.00
Native Daughters of Canada Scholarship   70.89 60.00
Public Health Nursing Prize Fund  100.00 100.00
Professional Engineers' Prizes   125.00 125.00
Summer Sessions Scholarship   30.00 60.00
John & Annie Southcott Memorial Scholarship 100.00 100.00
Wm. McKenzie Swan Memorial Bursary  250.00 250.00
Standard Oil Co. Ltd. Research  ,. _... 600.00 600.00
University Women's Club Scholarship   100.00 100.00
Anne Wesbrook Scholarship   125.00 125.00
United Empire Loyalists' Assoc  10.00
Frances Willard Prize   50.00
Phil Wilson Forestry Scholarship   225.00 225.00
(All grants from donors for fiscal year 	
1942-43 not yet received)                          Total $4,750.89 $6,075.00
Dominion Department of Labour—Personnel
Administration Course 	
Grantor — Name — Purpose
Dominion of Canada Dept. of National
Defence—Electrical "N"—Secret War Work
National Research Council—E.E. 1-5—Secret
War Work 	
Sundry—B.C. War Metals—War Project 	
$ 700.00       740.00
Alumni Play Scores
Twenty-eight Times  .   .  .
The run of "The Man Who Came
to Dinner" finished early in May
with the final performance to
members of the services at the
Vancouver Barracks. This presentation of the Alumni Players has
afforded hilarious entertainment to
the troops in army and air force
camps throughout the whole of the
lower mainland.
It has been given to three separate
audiences in Nanaimo. Starting
before the new year the play has
been presented regularly once a
week to some camp barracks or post
or station under the auspices of
Service Shows Incorporated. The
total number of performances has
been twenty-eight, perhaps the
greatest run for any play in B.C.
With a view to raising some
monies to defer the expenses of show
production, cartage and properties
and miscellaneous items, three
public performances were staged in
March under the direct sponsorship
of the University Alumni Association. These performances received
wide spread support and gave
considerable encouragement and
impetus to the general program.
A light comedy with a small cast,
"Springtime for Henry" is being
produced under the direction of Mrs.
Dorothy Fowler for summer
entertainment. This will have a
short run for the same purposes.
Readings and plans are being
made now for a fall production of a
new play for public performances to
be followed by another series of
presentations for the troops and
EDITOR'S NOTE—Alumni Players' Club,
most perennially active of all Alumni
organizations, runs true to form in showing
its wartime colors. Such unflagging effort,
bringing much public credit to the University
name, should be a stimulus to all alumni.
Page 12
from the stand-point of the University Administration
Excerpts from an Alumni Fund Survey, American Alumni Council
EDITOR'S NOTE—An alumni fund is
generally subscribed to by the alumni
by making annual gifts of any size
desired, the total proceeds are then
turned over to the University administration annually.
The reader may be given an
intimation of the ending of this story
when he is informed that 15% of the
cost of higher education in the
United States is paid with the small
annual gifts of alumni.
These gifts, coming as they do
without high pressure and with
certain regularity, often times meet
emergency needs which would
otherwise go unfinanced and fill in
the gap, sometimes a wide gap,
between a balanced budget and a
When one realizes that a gift in
money usually connotes a deep and
abiding interest and occasionally
devotion on the part of the giver,
and when one takes into account
the fact that in many instances
alumni gifts come from more than
half the alumni body, the value of
the alumni funds from the point of
view of the administrative officials
is obvious.
The presidents of institutions
which were known to have alumni
funds were asked to speak frankly
on both the monetary value and the
indirect value to their funds.
The amounts varied from a few
thousand dollars to millions in the
case of a few institutions, notably
Cornell and Yale. Disparate as were
the amounts of money actually
received by the institutions studied,
perhaps the most striking fact
revealed was that those receiving
the smallest sums felt that their few
thousand had actually played as
great a part in their development as
had the millions at Cornell and Yale.
Illustrating this opinion the
statement of the president of a small
New England college is cited, "It
brings us $9,000 to $10,000 a year,
which is most useful in meeting our
emergency needs." The President
of a mid-western institution remarks,
"Our alumni fund produces from
$6,000 to $10,000 a year. Ten
thousand dollars is the interest on
$200,000 and even a fairly prosperous college would regard a gift of
$200,000  as possessing considerable
Important as was the direct value,
the indirect was regarded as being
equally as great or greater in all
the institutions studied. At one
large eastern college the president
was most enthusiastic, saying,
"One of the most important results of
the alumni fund is to create in the minds
of those who contribute to it a feeling
of affectionate responsibility for the best
interests of the University. It is doubtful
whether there is the same degree of
interest in the minds of men who
contribute nothing. Personally, therefore,
I would rather see a very small
contribution from a large number of
men than large contributions from a
very small number of men."
The plan of annual gifts creates
and maintains an interest which
otherwise might never be realized,
and an interest which is decidedly
one of the most prized assets any
institution can possess.
Two of the most successful alumni
funds in the United States are those
at Yale and Dartmouth, both from
the standpoint of total amounts contributed and the number of alumni
participating. The Yale fund is the
pioneer in the movement, having
started in the early nineties, and
Dartmouth boasts of the largest
percentage of its alumni body as
contributors, the percentage frequently going as high as sixty.
Many other institutions have
found that large gifts have been
received largely as a result of alumni
previously having formed the habit
of contributing to the annual alumni
fund campaigns.
Another striking evidence of the
value of Alumni funds is the fact
that none of them has been
abandoned during the recent years
of depression. And, with decreased
income from endowments and public
treasuries, no finer compliment
could be paid alumni funds than to
say that in many institutions it has
been a life saver at a most critical
The president of the University of
Chicago says,
"The annual giving plan is in my
opinion much preferred over the plan
of periodically launching intensive drives
for capital funds. The amount to be
derived annually in this way is
potentially much greater than the annual
income to be derived from capital funds
raised from alumni. Unless some
extraordinary situation should arise, I
should prefer to confine the raising of
money to the annual giving plan."
The trend, however, is decidedly
away from the intensive drive and
yet more alumni are giving more
millions to higher education than
ever before, a fact which seems to
corroborate president Hopkin's conclusion that no alumni fund has ever
discouraged a major gift but instead
increases them.
Alumni Memorial Bursary
Fund Proposed
It is proposed that an Alumni
Memorial Bursary Fund be created
in memory of all those gallant
graduates and undergraduates who
have or will make the supreme
sacrifice during the present conflict.
This fund to be unlimited, to be
perpetually open for further donations at any time and to be
administered by the university
authorities for the purpose of
providing an increasing number of
These bursaries would be assigned
to capable and promising students at
the discretion of the university
committee on Bursaries and Scholarships.
This is an excellent suggestion,
and it is felt to be a progressive step
that has been needed for quite some
It is to be noted that a large
portion of the attendance at English
colleges and Universities is on the
basis of merit bursaries. This is even
more strikingly the case in Russia
where there are no university fees
and all attendance is on the
scholastic merit basis.
Such a general memorial bursary
fund would be truly a "living
Memorial" perpetual, indestructible,
and democratically productive for
all time.
Plans and arrangements will be
completed and announced in the
September issue of the Graduate
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