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.' &TORS Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
iOITORIAL ASSISTANT Christopher J. Miller (BA, Queen's)
I. /ER Peter Lynde
'.>ioriaI Committee
. . Joseph Katz, Chair; Dr. Marcia Boyd, MA75; Paul Hazell,
-Com'60; Harry Franklin,  BA'49; Geoff Hancock,  BFA73,
'FA75; Michael W. Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67; Murray McMillan;
, si Nemetz, BA'35; Lorraine Shore, BA'67; Dr. Ross Stewart,
"A 46, MA'48; Nancy Woo, BA'69.
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Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
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A Message to Alumni:
Walter Gage
In October the entire university community was saddened by
the death of Walter Gage, president emeritus. To many of us he
was "dean of everything." His kindness and concern, his
helping hand in countless situations are greatly missed. UBC
will not be the same without him. But perhaps his legacy to the
university is a continuing awareness ofthe needs of students.
In response to numerous requests, the alumni association, in
cooperation with the students and the university
administration, has established The Walter H. Gage
Memorial Fund to perpetuate the spirit of Walter Gage's
dedication and generosity. This new endowment fund will
incorporate the Walter Gage Student Aid Fund created by the
engineering students in 1975.
The planning group, composed of student, alumni and
university representatives, has suggested the following terms of
reference for the fund, a)Direct aid should be given to student
projects sponsored by an undergraduate society, club or
faculty. These projects are to be campus-oriented and of broad
general interest. They should have academic components and
enhance the reputation of UBC. b)The fund will be able to
provide discretionary aid to individuals where resources are
lacking under existing student aid programs. c)In addition
support will be available for other areas of need that may be
deemed worthy. In the Gage tradition it will be a flexible and
responsive fund designed to meet student needs.
In the new year the UBC Alumni Fund will ask for your
contribution to the Walter Gage Fund. If you have already
contributed may I offer my thanks on behalf of UBC's students.
If you haven't I hope you will consider doing so. Walter Gage
gave very careful consideration to every request for help he
Paul Hazell,
President, UBC Alumni Association Students seeking counselling or other
services provided by the counselling
office are greeted by receptionist Collec*
Jarvis.... Each counsellor sees
approximately six students each dayfc
one-hour sessions. (Right) Counsellor
Alexandra MacGregor meets with
fourth year education student Jan
Smith (back to camera). j^iake their own decisions
:eanor Wachtei
ack in the 60s when Joan Wallin was
a student at UBC, she was dubbed
one of those really bright kids who
s got poor marks. Her I.Q. placed
in the top 5 per cent ofthe population,
she just couldn't pass a chemistry
She dropped out.
en years later she enrolled again but
pattern began to repeat itself. Ter-
of not doing well, she'd panic at an
, so frightened that she didn't know
that her mind would blank out. A
ago, with the stress of mid-terms
g, she was ready to quit again but
chance noticed an ad for a studies skills
hop at the campus student counsel-
certre. After just one private session
a counsellor, Joan came out feeling
■.ii. Now a fourth year agriculture
rJ. "It's no exaggeration," she main-
'that those sessions changed my
. nv outlook. Everyone at the centre is
£i he! i-ul, real people people, who take
. to know who you are. I know it
like a commercial, but too many
* don't know of its existence, and
nsellors there deserve a lot of
irector ofthe Counselling Centre,
an, BA'47, MA'50, would say
<ply encourage students to recog-
. must make their own decisions,
tre helps by providing as many
"•> as possible to inform these decide information process starts even
■e student steps onto the campus,
■a school visitation program, "a
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travelling circus" of representatives from
UBC, SFU, UVic, BCIT, and regional
colleges, tours every school in the province at least once a year. The team acquaints students with the range of post-
secondary educational opportunities with
a view to counselling not recruitment. In
addition, UBC counsellors visit high
schools on an individual basis, especially
those in the Lower Mainland which may
require four or five meetings.
What do today's high school students
want to know? After the basics like admission standards, costs and course requirements, they want to hear about jobs.
"Secondary school students are more concerned about practical job opportunities
than I've ever seen before," notes Shirran.
"It's a complete reversal of the late 60s
attitude when you couldn't find enough
second class students to fill a first year
medical class." The change is reflected in
the increasing number of applicants to
professional schools and the need to accommodate in alternate programs those
who don't gain admittance but still want
to attend university.
To further broaden communication
with the province's schools, 2000 copies of
a periodic UBC newsletter are sent out to
all senior and junior high schools, private
and public, as well as to colleges. This
outlines new programs, placement tests
and other pertinent information. To provide the schools themselves with direct
feedback on their students' performance
at UBC, a statistical report of comparative
grades is made available. Without revealing any individual names, the schools can
discover how effective their own college-
preparation programs are in relation to
As an additional introduction to university life, 30,000 copies of "Information
for Prospective UBC Students" are circulated. Its travel brochure look — verdant
campus against snowy peaks — is tempered by all the hard facts contained
within on course requirements and expenses. Realities ofthe university experience are further emphasized during the
summer orientation program offered to all
new students.
"Too often the student comes to us in
January when it's too late," laments Shirran. "Once they've failed their Christmas
exams there's little we can do." So the
thrust is to reach students early. Every
afternoon and evening during the summer, students in batches of 20 explore the
campus. In a scavenger hunt-like search,
they dig out the library call number for
Donald F. Glut's The Frankenstein Legend
and unearth the arts courses catalogue
from the Buchanan Building. Grouped
with a few other students entering the
same faculty, they are encouraged to
familiarize themselves with a variety of
campus services and departments. It
helps mitigate that sinking feeling of disorientation in a new environment.
About 40-45 per cent of the first year
class are the first members of their immediate families to attend university. So it
is not unusual for more than 1000 students to participate in the orientation
program (about a third of all frosh).
Through the financial assistance of the
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alumni association, week-end sessions
were conducted last summer for out-of-
town students who were put up in residence.
At registration, the counselling centre
distributes 25,000 "looking for help?"
folders. Included in Lifesaver: A Handy
Pocket Guide for Staying Afloat at UBC is
a complete listing of "panic lines." There
are also special pamphlets for mature, international and handicapped students.
But an age-old question seems to creep
in at every stage: What do you want to be
when you grow up? "An awful lot of students," remarks Shirran, "don't know
what they want to do in this world. One
reason to come to university is to find out
where you want to go, but you don't need
to know your exact destination before you
Many lack the information with which
to define a career. Each year about 15 per
cent of the first year class indicates they
are uncertain about their career goals. But
of those who say they do know, about 70
per cent change their objectives. Thus,
fully three-quarters ofthe students entering university are unsure of their futures.
Another survey asking students what
worried them most during their academic
year revealed that career and educational
indecision led the list with over two-thirds
Well-thumbed copies of old exams are
filed in the counselling office and make
popular reading as end of term
approaches. First year applied science
students Ken Kamachi and Keith
Moody (right) do some checking for
their courses.
expressing concern.
To meet the need for career guidance,
the counselling centre provides resources
of printed material, 40 audio-cassette
tapes of interviews with department heads
and professionals, a variety of aptitude
and interest tests and specifically career-
oriented group workshops. But all this is
seen within the context of individual
counselling where the student's own
needs are ferreted out. Vocational tests,
for example, are an integrated aspect of
counselling and not a source of quick
One of the most effective tools is the
Volunteer Data Bank where students can
gain actual experience as a volunteer
doing work that they think might interest
them as a career. Started last August, the
Data Bank fills a wall of the counselling
centre with a patchwork of notices from
almost 150 different volunteer organizations. Wanted: One non-smoker, preferably
ex-smoker, to help the B.C. Lung Association's Operation Kick It program. Wanted:
One education student to work with children who have learning disabilities. The
experience can reveal not only whether
the student likes that profession, but it
also may be an asset when looking for a
Keeping in mind the varied and sometimes discouraging possibilities in gaining
actual employment, the prognosis in different departments is frequently
evaluated. A large survey was undertaken
of Spring 1977 graduates in 17 different
faculties and schools. The employment
status of almost 3000 students was ascertained six months after graduation. Now,
if a freshman wants to know what his job
prospects are in social work versus dental
hygiene, he can at least be told the state of
the market that study revealed: one quarter of the social workers were without
work while all the dental hygiene grads
were employed. (Summer and permanent
placement are now handled by the new
• brought 250 out-of-town students to visit the campus last summer, the
maximum for which funds were available (not for travel, which was paid for by
the student, but for residence and food costs). Only five did not register for the
fall session.
• in 1976-77, conducted 8,381 personal counselling interviews — 54.6 per cent
ofthe clients were male; 45.4 per cent, female. (Women made up 43.6 per cent
ofthe student population in that year.)
• provided testing in a wide variety of areas for 4302 students or prospective
students, in 1976-77.
• representatives visited 192 B.C. secondary schools in the same year.
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Brock Hall.) U»'ut
Although concern about care is
quently articulated, it isn't a o
separate compartment from thi
student's life. Vocation is close
self-image so career counselling
quently embrace personal rela
skill development. A career cho; e a
family relations just as househoh dil
ties can impinge on study habi
on.   The   counsellors  adopt
authoritarian, holistic approach
Still, some undergraduates
draw, usually early in their p
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university at some later date." Dt ipy '.^
varied efforts to communicate an iccui.
picture of university demands and chat
teristics, many students still enter unp
pared and poorly advised.
Fewer than 10 per cent of the sci
counsellors in B.C. have any specialc
training. British Columbia is the oi
province in Canada without an educati
specialist's certificate for counsellors,
reverse of a situation that existed 30 ye,
ago when the province was ahead of ti ||n
rest of the country. Then in the 19; mi
with the W. A.C. Bennett government,], fljjii
terest in counselling waned. An "Effc'dlst
tive Living" course on the school ci i sgll
riculum was ridiculed as "Effective Lt
ing" and nothing pertaining to persoi
development (or inter-personal relate
and the family) was to be taught.
The certification program was ab
doned and anyone, any teacher that
could be a counsellor. It was frequent|
seen as a route to an administrative
tion and became identified with admiiuj
trative functions like discipline and
tables. But the situation is changing. Tl]
role of the school is being questioned
society where alcohol abuse and mariti
breakdown are commonplace. "How
you develop people," asks Myrne Ne
son, BA'39, head of the department
counselling psychology in UBC's facu
of education, "who are able to copew
today's demands?"
The unanimous answer seems to be
train more counsellors. Last M. y, <
provincial convention of school t "ustec;
meeting in Prince George recomr iendi
that all counsellors have some g aduai;
training — at least a diploma. In a >urvt
of superintendents and directors o B.C
74 school districts,  100 per ct nt re
sponded that there was a need for rains
counsellors in the schools. Anoth r
vey   of high   school   principa "
monstrated 98.6 per cent in favor c
trained counsellors.
One immediate result is that
counselling  psychology  progi n
swamped with inquiries.  Last yc if
department received 1200 requests font
program brochure. Ofthe206appl -ants
6  Chronicle/Winter 1978 were admitted, with only half
;ain full-time. The department
c-year (i.e., 12-month) diploma
a two-year M.A., and a three-
). program. Admission to any of
aires three to five years work
,' in a related field. "We need
o've lived a lit Je longer, who've
experience with life, preferably
I -".'.—irn,,. ,ith people," adds Dr. Nevison.
aining itself provides more clin-
ure than any she knows of, with
iys practicum each week and six
'-time in May and June at one of
)l's training centres in New
ter, Richmond, and on campus.
it half the students enrolled on a
; basis, working teachers/
counsHKrs can upgrade themselves by
opting ior either an evenings/summers
program or a summers only (four in all)
which admits students every second year.
The eounselling-psychology program
offers specialties in elementary school,
secondary school, and college and adult
counselling. (Currently all school counsel-
lob must also hold teaching certificates.)
A; new emphasis is being placed on increasing the number of elementary school
counsellors; about a quarter of the students are taking the specialty. These
graduates currently face a situation in
which two-thirds of the province's school
districts have no elementary school coun-
j sillors at all. Those districts with counsel-
! lijjrs must share them among five or six
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schools, approximately a ratio of one
counsellor to 2000 pupils. The optimum
work load is considered two or three
schools and 500-1000 students per counsellor.
The thrust towards elementary school
counsellors can be explained in terms of a
preventative aim. Even in secondary
schools, the "therapeutic-consultation
skills" of the counsellor are seen as more
important than the vocational. At the
primary and elementary school level, social and educational problems can be
weeded out more effectively. Less band-
aid and more far-reaching improvements
can be attempted. The problem is that
with current workloads, this is seldom
Vancouver area counsellor Edna
McDermid Nash, BEd'63, MEd'70, a
former secondary school counsellor and
department head, now prefers her work at
the elementary school level. "You can
bring about change so much more quickly, you actually see a change of outlook.
High school students are more set. High
school itself is more subject-than-
But until the ratio of counsellors to students improves, Nash sees her primary
function as dealing with those significant
adults who influence children, namely,
the parents and the teachers. As an
elementary school counsellor she can seldom work directly with a child so she acts
as consultant to those other grown-ups.
She stresses preventative work, encouraging teachers to have regular class discussions where children can learn to help
each other and plan together at their own
level of responsibility. She also undertakes parent study groups to give them
guidelines for dealing with their children.
"Most parents are responsible and want to
do what is best for their children — they
just don't always know what best is."
In high schools, much counselling is
done in small groups, utilizing peer group
influence, with less emphasis on parents.
Students are encouraged to evaluate
themselves before the teacher does it for
them. Counsellors must tread the narrow
line between student advocate and administrative enforcer.
The UBC program, begun 15 years ago,
is by far the biggest in B.C., with 12 full-
time and two part-time staff, and it's
stretching to meet the demand. Opportunities are opening up, especially outside
Vancouver. Last year, a school district in
the Fraser Valley had five positions that
went unfilled.
Counselling is an aspect of education
that's growing, regardless of declining figures in school enrollment. "We're going
to need more and more people to work
with people," maintains Myrne Nevison.
"That's the area of our society that's expanding." □
Eleanor Wachtel is a Vancouver writer and
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Viveca Ohm
Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie? Ah, the
hanging judge, most of us say, recalling school pageants, Barkerville
shows and Centennial tours which invariably cast Begbie as a ridiculous figure in a
paste-on beard, fulminating at trappers
and gold seekers.
Along with Gassy Jack and Amor de
Cosmos, he is remembered as one of the
handful of colorful characters in B.C. history. But history has done him wrong, it
appears, for although Begbie was in fact a
frontiersman of legendary proportions, he
was also a competent and humane judge
who did not at all relish hanging people.
For clearing his reputation a century
later, Begbie can thank David R. Williams, a lawyer and winner of the 1977
University of British Columbia Medal for
Popular Biography. Published by Gray's
of Sidney, ... The Man for a New Country
is one of the few legal biographies of a
Canadian figure, but this should not scare
off the jargon-shy lay reader.
A graduate of UBC, BA'48, LLB'49,
and later member of the senate and board
of governors, Williams felt that an all-
around biography of Begbie needed the
legal insight of someone in the profession,
yet he aimed the book at the general public, putting "a good read" ahead of legal
terminology. In fact, the favorable reception by other lawyers alarmed him at first
— if lawyers liked it, would the ordinary
reader be lost?
Begbie had been put down in his
lifetime and afterwards as a man whose
impartiality on the bench was doubtful,
whose knowledge of law was riddled with
holes. Altogether a rotten judge who had
come to the wilds of B.C. because he
couldn't make it back in England.
Actually, by the time Begbie left England as a 39-year old bachelor, he enjoyed
a fair amount of prosperity as a Chancery
lawyer, one of the few who knew shorthand and could therefore augment his income sufficiently as a court reporter to
travel abroad regularly. Begbie was an adventurous spirit, the stuff of which
pioneers are made, and the opportunity of
a colonial post was not lost on him.
When Begbie arrived in Victoria in
1858, his shipmates on the last leg ofthe
Begbie biographer David Williams, with
his son's horse, Fred.
journey from San Francisco were eager
gold-seekers leaving the fading prospects
of California behind to follow the promising rumors of the "frozen North." That
the gold rush in B.C. never developed into
the lawless affair it had been in California
could be due in part to it being the second
time around for many miners, in part to
Begbie's early presence on horseback in
the mining camps.
A tall, bearded, rather Shavian-looking
figure, Begbie never let primitive surroundings interfere with protocol. Often
he had to hold court under a tree with a
stump for a bench, but he always wore his
judicial robes and wig, carefully packed
and brought along on each circuit.
Though the new-and-only-magistrate
seemed equal to his new land, there were
certain hazards he could not have been
prepared for — such as having his horse
bolt from under him in mid-session after
being frightened by a passing camel train.
Or having the chimney of his small cabin
dislodged by snow, and having to convince remote and skeptical government
brass of the need for another.
Begbie and his circuit party, which
might include a registrar, a sheriff, and
several Indian guides, often had to make
their way on foot or horseback through
rough, steep terrain before the first roads
were built along the Fraser and to the
Cariboo. Sometimes they would have to
scramble down ravines, ford streams, get
wet, sleep in the open. But Begbie, who
was always well-supplied with frying
pans, knives, axes, teapots and other
camping gear, relished these jaunts. He
baked bread en route and lived off the
land by fishing and shooting. He would
pan for gold, paddle a canoe down a rapid,
and at night around the campfire, would
entertain the others by witty and learned
conversation and by singing.
With Indians, Begbie got along unusually well for a man of his time. After only a
short time in B.C., he could speak not
only Chinook — the pidgin communication between white and Indian — but also
Chilcotin and Shuswap, and possibly also
a Vancouver Island dialect. Natives
brought before his judicial bench,
whether on charges of murder or breaches
of the potlatch law, often found a more
sympathetic ear than a white offender
would. Recognizing that Indian language,
mores and traditions prevented the same
understanding of British law that could be expected from white settlers, Begbie in
1873 recommended that justices of the
peace not interfere with "Indian chiefs
exercising their customary jurisdiction
over drunken and disorderly members of
their own tribes and inflicting on them the
salutary discipline usual in the tribe," except in cases of "excessive severity." At
that time, hanging usually followed a
murder conviction, but the judge could
urge a reprieve. Begbie, who did not use
this power in any case involving whites,
recommended clemency for Indians in all
but two cases, where he felt an example
must be set.
As author Williams points out, Begbie
was in a unique position by being both a
representative ofthe law, which was supposed to be impartial, and the colonial
government, which was not — it had to
build up its own credibility. This wearing
of two hats caused a lot of resentment
from political rivals, but its effect on Begbie was to temper his decisions so as to
build confidence in the British justice system. He felt obliged to set examples.
"This was not at all a weakness," Williams
notes, "just highly unusual."
In any case, Begbie apparently retained
the respect of Indians and whites alike,
who saw him as a bulwark against crime
and disorder in their small communities.
The epithet "hanging judge" did not
come about until after his death, and then
partly as a result of a magazine article
which told how a murderer had been
found guilty in Begbie's court, and sentenced to hang. There being, however, no
sheriff available, the judge himself performed the execution on the appointed
day. There is no other record of this
highly unethical event and Williams dismisses it as total fiction.
If "hanging judge" is taken less literally
to mean a particularly harsh magistrate
with a record of many convictions, Begbie
was probably no more harsh, possibly less
so, than his contemporaries. Personally
he was an autocrat, Williams says, a conservative Victorian gentleman, but as a
judge he tended to be unconventional and
far from autocratic.
Another point easily forgotten is that
British law at the end of the 19th century
was not the same as it is now. Capital
punishment was routine for homicide
convictions; moreover the weight of the
law favored the prosecution rather than
the defense, and much of what today
would be considered inadmissible evidence was then perfectly acceptable.
Begbie's dealings with the Chinese
showed the same humanity as his treatment of Indians. He deplored the bigotry
of his day which sought by ingenious and
exorbitant methods to keep the Chinese
out of business. Case after discriminatory
case was thrown out, though Begbie himself was not above using Victorian
epithets like "anthropoids" for a race he
nonetheless professed to admire.
When not out riding circuits (which
10  Chronicle/Winter 1978
gradually became more comfortable as
roads, wagons and formal courthouses
became part of the scene) Begbie lived
comfortably in New Westminster and
Victoria, drawing up legislation and taking an active part in social circles, singing
in choirs, making dinner speeches, holding tennis parties. When he died in 1894
after 30-odd years on the bench, the whole
city turned out for a stately funeral and his
old arch-enemies vied in singing his
History has lost sight of the real man
because ofthe bad press Begbie received,
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Judge Begbie, soon after his arrival in
Victoria in 1858.
which in his lifetime centered around vitriolic attacks by editor John Robson (later
and briefly premier of B.C.). Robson and
a few colleagues regularly upbraided Begbie for everything from "tyrannical"
courtroom behavior and alleged land
speculation to smoking and drinking in
public and being a social butterfly.
It is left to Williams 100 years later to
ruefully point out the irony in Vancouv -
er's newest office plaza — the central feature of which is the court complex —
being named after a man who knew little
about Saw and spent his first 15 years in
B.C. attacking its judges. The Williams'
contribution of "Begbie Square" to the
IS it)'.
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naming contest obviously  v. _-nt
...The Man for a New Cou ti\
about three years in the making.
bulk of research — which Willia:
more enjoyable than the "hard
writing" — accomplished duri
month sabbatical spent at the ar
Ottawa, in England and Califor
biggest surprise came at the p
archives where all of Begbie
books turned up, uncatalogued
The bench books, which gener llyt
tain a judge's notes on the case ha
proved particularly interesting in 3egbi
case because he also used them as iersc
diaries. Doodles and math forrrulas,
pear next to courtroom notations as«
as the sketched figures and faces t'lati
later used to illustrate the bio^rapl
chapter headings. Gleefully, Willim
even reports finding two pages of \
questionable Irish jokes" the judge t
storing up for dinner parties.
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David Williams lives on a 22-i
spread of wooded and rolling green li
outside Duncan, B.C. with his wife Lai
and youngest son. Also sharing the
main are two dogs, two horses ande
sheep, the latter kept for meat and Co
ichan sweater-wool as well as for
mowing purposes. Three older childrgfld
are scattered throughout various univ^ji .
sides studying arts, medicine, and lnir'lp
case of daughter Suzanne, law ("at^iJJl
lutely not my influence," says Wilhaii; >|Lj
while another, Harry, is a fisherman: ?l*
Jonathan is still completing high schot
An amiably rumpled man (at least
sunny weekends at home), Williams
scribes his Duncan practice as "a bit f/f{<
everything, but mostly litigation," §|
1969, he was made Queen's Counsel
distinction he admits "indicates a certain
competence as a courtroom lawyer"
modestly dismisses as having "little me
ing in Canada."
Williams claims to have another
books in him. But the results of thesiil,
cess of ... The Man for a New Country %
still whirling around him. "Th;
literary award has pleased me ven mud j
it came completely out of the blu<." Tt;
award is given annually for popular b:
raphies of or by Canadians.
Besides enjoying the promotif nal
pects of literary success, the rae io ar
television interviews, William1- got
"great charge" out of impersonatn g Be
bie — robes, beard and all — at V e 50
anniversary celebration of the l wn
Quesnel. He was recently asked tc repe
the performance in Duncan.
His current project is re-writing . 1'
Man for a New Country for Fitzh nn
Whiteside's school series, The Can dian
It looks like the ten books will have o ^
a little longer.... □
Viveca Ohm, BA'69, is a frequent
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3esi 0; all, the survey indicated that handled workers tend to "stay with the firm"
D^ger. dramatically reducing the hidden
costs of staff turnover.
Keep these facts in mind the next
time you consider giving a disabled worker 'a break'.
You'll be doing yourself a favour.
For more information, cal! Dave
Rabson or Mike Cannings at
266-0211 in Vancouver or
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ii planes boosted the speed with
which we can travel a hundred-fold.
The airplane has brought economic
benefits and transformed warfare. More
important, it has freed man to know his
world and the knowing has changed
forever his perception of it.
- The computer, a younger technology,
has boosted the speed with which we can
calculate, not by a factor of 100, but by a
million or more. What will that bring?
* Super gadgets, no doubt. Also, ordinary gadgets — ones that will work better
,and longer.
, Changes in education — a revolution in
both methods and content.
< New ways of doing business, of governing and with these a profound social restructuring.
; A new perception, not ofthe world, but
of ourselves.
The gadget possibilities are endless.
The sophisticated computer games, pocket calculators and even the small home
computers that can be bought for the
price of a color TV are trivial things.
Imagine, though, a portable computer
— perhaps even a computer implanted in
your body — that you talk to by thinking
?t it and that replies with images flashed
on a mental TelePrompTer. Science fiction writer Frank Herbert imagines a
lawyer going into court with an entire law
library and an electronic librarian at his
mental beck and call.
Imagination is all it is, but the idea is
not as scientifically screwball as you might
think, Computer brains — they're called
central processing units, or CPUs — small
enough and fast enough to do the job already exist. Memory — a place to store
^e la library — is a bigger problem, but
mem,, y devices are getting more and
more •. ompact. And as for wiring into the
brain, well, the first crude steps have already >een taken by scientists seeking to
help ;: ,e blind see; they have implanted
decti des in the brains of blind volun-
ad (using a computer) produced
flashes of light that form recogniz-
■ind today is the remote terminal, a
^e video screen or teletype con-
nected by phone to a central computer,
which can be as big as a house for all the
remote user cares. A football coach can
dial up a play statistically tailored to the
present opponent, field position, elapsed
time, score and the quarterback's sore
arm. A policeman can search for outstanding arrest warrants or unpaid parking tickets.
In England, the post office has started a
remote terminal service called ViewData.
The citizen buys the terminal, which allows him or her to tap data banks containing everything from consumer advice to
stockmarket quotations. A similar system
has been proposed in Canada. Costs will
be relatively high at first; the present limit
is the cost ofthe telephone time. But that
will change as other revolutions hit the
communications industry: fibre optics,
for example, and fuller use ofthe capacity
of cable TV links.
Law libraries, football plays and comparison shopping are obvious and not
especially earthshaking applications of
this kind of gadgetry. The interesting
question is: How will people change as
they learn the unguessed possibilities of
this new tool? The automobile brought
suburbs, smog, McDonald's and school
integration. What will happen to the stock
market when the small trader has the
same computational resources as a mutual
fund? to advertising, when the consumer
can get an instant analysis of a manufacturer's claims? to medicine, when the patient can get a sophisticated diagnosis and
a prescription from a machine?
Imagine a computerized library that informs the reader whenever a new book or
article on subjects he has specified comes
in. Will the reader lose the capacity to
browse, to make serendipitous discoveries? The UBC library is offering
such a service today.
Then there are the "invisible" computers. UBC commerce professor Robert
Goldstein says the first big impact from
computers will be in products where they
are built in with conventional controls.
Soon, he says, everyone will own several computers, perhaps without being
aware of it. Computers in cars will adjust
engine settings for optimum mileage and
check to see if the brake linings are getting
13 thin. Computers in appliances will make
ihcm "smart" — like the programmable
microwave ovens now on the market.
(Goldstein predicts, with a touch of
horror, a smart TV that can be programmed for a week's viewing, switching itself
on and off automatically. Will the
machine's owner obey the implicit commands, cutting short the bedtime story
when the tube lights up? "My guess is we
will enslave ourselves to the TV," he
The finely engraved electronic "chips"
modern computers are based on are extraordinarily reliable and long-lived and
much cheaper than the complex mechanical systems they will replace, Goldstein
says.One casualty of the revolution will be
a lot of elegant engineering. A small computer allows a "brute force" solution of
problems that once demanded elaborate
Many other skills will become obsolete.
Automation has aready had profound effects on workers. New methods of transferring the news reporter's words into
print have led to bitter strikes and the
closing down of newspapers. Computer
controlled automation could lead to worse
strife and a feeling of alienation as the
worker becomes more remote from the
Paradoxically, it could also lead to the
return of custom craftsmanship, said
Goldstein. The computer excels at making and acting on split second decisions. A
computer controlled assembly line can
turn out endlessly varying versions of the
product without blinking an LED where
havoc would ensue if a human foreman
were doing the orchestrating.
Josef Kates, a former head of the Science Council of Canada, has suggested
that computers will resurrect the small
entrepreneur. Economies of scale will
have less force as computers take charge.
While the large company enjoys custom
production, the small one, by the same
token, will be able to undertake short
production runs. Its automated machinery will not be cheap, but will be far more
versatile than a "dumb" device like a lathe
or a bottle washer.
Computers will provide new jobs, of
course, perhaps more jobs than before.
But if the statistical average person will
benefit, there will be many individuals
who will not. Goldstein and Paul Gilmore,
head of the department of computer sciences at UBC both warned of consequent
social risks.
The new jobs may require higher levels
of skill; they will certainly require different sorts of skills. And therefore different
sorts of people will move to the forefront
of society.
Universities will have to be alert to the
changing needs. Computing courses are
already required in many departments.
Arithmetic facility is not.
There will be important changes in all
disciplines. The reorganization of know-
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puters will  affect  how  sehota
about their disciplines. More tha
emphasis will shift from the le,
facts to the understanding of pa
will become easy to generalize,, a id
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generalizations. Not even the fin>
being spared as artists find that a
give them new tools to manipul itc[^ 1
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professors be replaced by video (fewf
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great deal of impact and are still a cli'S?"
substitute for a human tutor, oi evil./!
good lecturer. But they will likelj IffL
application, particularly in educati'y.
at-a-distance — decentralized erapl|l|t
training, for example. IW
Gilmore, who spent most of his wiu[
ing life at IBM before coming to UBCiJfi
year, said the giant computer compWiUi.
has a "nerve network" of computemL
"The communications and computaij3gi,
provides a means of tying the compil
together that wasn't possible before' m.
The network makes possible notoUh
decentralized training but also det 3
tralized decision making, he says, "y
have local offices able to make deus|
with data that was formerly availableo|
to head office." And that will shift
reins of power. "...An interesting
for business is that your next preside]
not now sitting in head office, he is outlf
branch office somewhere." Of cod
computers could also lead to concern
tion of power, but happily, said Gilmo
that does not appear to be happening
What is true for private enterprise!
be equally true for public ones. If sock
chooses, it can use the new technology
decentralize government, transferrin]
federal authority to the provinces a!-|
provincial authority to regions
neighborhoods. It would be ironic if II
and not Rene Levesque were the spur
constitutional reform in Canada
What about the abuse of compu ers
invasion of privacy and computer  rim
Neither Gilmore nor Goldstein se ms
think either problem insoluble. Go dstt
is optimistic because he sees the si* jatiL
as a rare chance to bolt the ban  do[t-
before the horse takes off into the mgl
People started panicking about cor ip«
abuse in the early 70s, he says, but foul
that serious abuses would be enon 'Oiif
difficult. Abuses are getting ea  er
technology advances, of course, t it t!
safeguards have a headstart.
In many countries, including £ inai
and the U.S., there already exist la\ sth
provide citizens access to compute filj 1
on themselves held by credit rep >rtit {
agencies and government bodies   TU
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aion law.
>\g to that body of law will be slow,
ti says, because the freedom of
i ion laws tend to conflict with pri-
s. What if information in your file
hat your brother-in-law ratted on
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H kxoui.'os and transferred them to his own.
'   Pre^ enting computer crime is mainly a
matter of controlling the access of unau-
i thorized persons to sensitive parts of the
system, said Goldstein. What's needed is
the electronic equivalent of padlocks .arid
v"biirglar alarms. Those things are feasible,
'' although, he admits, "deep down in their
> ijfarts, most computers built today prob-
i al^y don't have what it takes to provide
' gSod access control." Gilmore added that
*in!the end a part ofthe solution will have
?t$be old fashioned character judgment —
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:ssachusetts a law was passed giv-
nts the right to see their hospital
i doctors stopped putting impor-
potentially embarrassing infor-
n the records. "It's not clear that's
dy's best interest," he says,
liters offer unusual possibilities
^. Historical examples include the
; who used a computer to order
pments of valuable goods to his
varehouse and the subtle embez-
choosing the right people to give responsibility to.
Computers, then, can change our
capabilities, our habits, our social structure. Will they become superhuman, or
make us less human? Those are questions
of definition more than science. So long as
we think of computers as tools, their
capacities become ours, enlarging us.
Certainly, computers will change our
own self-image. Once the ability to manipulate numbers rapidly was considered a
mark of genius. Not now, when machines
can do it so much better. The ability to
manipulate patterns is a higher order of
intelligence, but the very respectable
showing of the Control Data Cyber 176
against international chess master David
Levy (Levy won 3 1/2 points to 1 1/2) in
Toronto in September, may mean that
measure will lose in respectability, too.
There is still a lot of territory belonging
to human intelligence however. Chess is a
very special game played in a very small
64-square world. Man's ability to
generalize, to simplify and to speculate,
the intuition that guides him, however
imperfectly, through the jungles of the
real world, remains, for now, a thing
beyond the reach of the machines. □
Tim Padmore, BA'65, (PhD, Stanford),
writes on science for the Vancouver Sun -
and occasionally for the Chronicle.
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The cover photograph on this
C7BC Reports supplement illustrates
one fact of life at UBC — it's often as
difficult to find a parking space on
campus at night as it is during the
That's because there's an incredible range of activity taking place at
UBC between sunset and daybreak,
as we discovered when we started to
put together this issue on the campus
at night.
On this page and the one opposite,
five students tell why they come to
i the campus for night credit courses.
On pages 4 and 5 we list some of
the campus nighttime activities that
are available to the public.
' UBC Reports talked to a few of the
10,000 people who are taking evening non-credit programs offered by
UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education this fall. You'll find the
article on pages 6 and 7.
And finally, we conducted an informal survey to try to determine
how many people use the UBC campus at night in a single year. An accurate figure is hard to come by, but
we think the estimate will surprise
you. You'll find the results on pages
8, 9 and 10.
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I graduated from the B.C. Institute
of Technology in 1969 with a diploma
in civil and structural technology.
Right now I'm employed by the
federal fisheries department as a
watershed analysis technologist.
Why. am I taking1 night courses at
UBC? Very simply, I'm in search of a
degree. The BCIT diploma was very
useful in getting me established but as
I got deeper and deeper into my work
I found there was a lot I didn't know.
Eventually, you run into a
knowledge barrier that slows down
your career progression. I'm at that
point now, even though I've taken
night courses at BCIT and a correspondence course from the Canadian Institute of Science and Technology as well as some night courses at
I intend to complete my first year
with a mixture of night and day
courses to get back into the study pattern and after a year of indoctrina-v
tion, if you want to call it that, to
return to a program of full-time study
during the day and complete my
degree in two or three years.
My wife graduated from UBC in
1971. She's a school teacher and that
makes it financially possible for me to
return to studying. We've only been
married about a year, but even if I was
single I think I would have decided to
go on with my education.
I've always had a long-term goal to
complete my education and I feel
quite confident I can do it. I'm looking at a five-to-six-year effort, the last
three years on a full-time basis.
I've been at UBC for three years, including one year in Commerce. I've
decided to take a year out —- I've got a
job as a typist -- but I want to keep up
my study habits because that's an important consideration when you
I want to get into some other ac-
' tivities as well...playing the piano, for
instance...some   things- outside   the
University for personal development.
I'm going to take a psychology
course at night because I have to have
an elective to complete my degree. If I
came back to UBC this year as -a daytime student, I wouldn't be able to fit
it in because of all the other courses I
have to cram in.
On the whole I've enjoyed going to
UBC — except for the first.year. It's so
different from high school. The campus is so vast and there are so many
people. But as time goes by you settle
down and get to know the place better. You make friends and it gets better as you go along.
No, I don't expect I'll have any
problems taking a night course. I'm
only taking one instead of five, which
is a normal load for a daytime student. It won't be onerous at all.
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I had a couple of years at UBC in
the 1960s, but I don't aspire to a
degree by taking courses at night. A
lot of things you do in life don't require a degree, just a lot of hard work.
I think the self-discipline necessary to
get a degree is very helpful — more
than the degree itself.
My motivation in coming is purely
intellectual. This year I'm planning to
take a course in computers because
they've become so important in life
and I want to know what makes them
tick. I'm also going to take a French
course because I feel it will be easy and
a springboard to other languages I
may study later.
I'm a stockbroker who's happy in his
work and interested in expanding his
intellectual horizons. If I wanted to
pursue courses in my own business
area I'd be into psychology and things
like that.
The reason I come to UBC is
because I live close by. I find UBC has
always been aloof to the needs of the
general public in terms of night programs. Simon Fraser, BCIT and the
Vancouver School Board all offer a
tremendous range of night programs.
If 1 lived closer to SFU, I think I'd
go there for night courses. They offer
a greater number of programs and
they're of short duration...on a
semester basis. The costs are about the
same as those charged by UBC.
But I like UBC. It's a good place
and I know I'm going to enjoy the
courses I'll take this year. Quite apart
from learning something new it provides an opportunity to meet new people outside my own everyday world.
I had one year at university at
Western Ontario and now I live out
here on the West Coast with my
parents. I'm a receptionist in a law office downtown. I said I'd give myself
six months on the West Coast, but
now I'm in love with B.C. I'm an outdoors person and I like the mountains
and the water. The people are really
friendly here and I've made lots of
I always intended to continue my
education, even when I made a decision not to go back to Western Ontario after completing my first year.
Everyone said there's no way I'd return
to school when I had the freedom of a
job and the money, that goes with it.
But I always intended' to continue
my education. This year I'm taking
two French courses — one in the
language and another in literature. I
don't think it will be difficult coming
out here at night for lectures. Since I
got a job with a legal firm, I've
become interested' in law. I may
decide to study it full-time when I've
got my B.A. But if that's not possible I
won't be disappointed.. .I'd simply like
an education.
There really is a difference between"
worldng and being paid and working
and getting an education. I know I
really put my heart into the academic
side of it.
I was a student here at UBC in the
1930s. It was hard going in those days,
so I went to sea, saved enough money
to take a year at UBC, and then I'd
ship out again for two or three years to
save money.
I was at sea throughout the Second
World War. When it ended I came
back to UBC and completed my
Bachelor of Commerce degree in
1946. After graduation I taught in the
government navigation school in Vancouver and wound up as general
manager of the Shipping Federation
of B.C. I retired three ye^ars ago and
live in Sechelt now.
Along the way — mostly since the
war — I learned to speak Spanish. I
took courses...picked it up as I went
along... visited a Spanish-speaking
region every year.
For the past three years I've been
teaching Spanish at night school in
Sechelt. Now, I'd like to introduce a
little different approach to what I'm
doing up there. Many of the people
who want to learn the language aren't
interested in learning it thoroughly.
They want it for use on vacations or
with relatives and friends.
So I've come out here tonight to see
if there's a course available that I can
use in my teaching. Some of the things
that are done out here may be useful
in developing a shorter course in capsule form.
If there's nothing available, I'll sign
up for a night course in Spanish
anyway. It can't do me any harm.
UBC Reports/: Some night this winter, in fact any
night this winter, try visiting the UBC
campus for a change of pace. Chances
are, you'll find something going on
that will interest you.
It will save you a lot of time if you'll
call during the day to find out what is
on that particular night. The Office of
Information Services (228-3131) will
be glad to tell you what's scheduled or
direct you to the appropriate department for information.
Maybe you've been thinking about
taking a credit or non-credit course in
some area that's allied to your work or
just out of plain intellectual interest.
The Office of Extra-Sessional Studies
(228-2657) can tell you about upcoming credit programs and advise on
enrolment eligibility.
The Faculty of Commerce anr|
Business Administration runs a variedj,
group of credit and diploma programs'
as well as seminars that deal with,
special topics. Call 228-3200 for infer
And the Centre for Continuing'
Education will be glad to put you on!
their mailing list for a publication that'
lists their wide range of day and night'
non-credit courses if you call'
228-2181. 1
UBC can satisfy your' intellectual!
needs in other ways, however.
Lectures, for instance. On many
nights of the week, someone is talking!
about something to an audience. On
Saturday nights, the Vancouver Institute meets in the Woodward In-1
structional Resources Centre to hear a |
talk by a distinguished speaker,
Again, Information Services
(228-3131) will be glad to provide
UBC's Museum of Anthropology is
open on Tuesday nights until 9 p.m.
and admission is free. In addition to
housing a magnificent collection of
totem, poles and artifacts of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest, there's
usually a special exhibit dealing with
another culture. The museurr? also,
runs a Tuesday-night film series o?.
topics in the field of anthropology.
Call 228-3825 for information.
If your tastes run to the arts, you
have a choice of music, dance, theatre
and cinema.
The music department sponsors
regular evening performances during
the winter by a wide range of musical
groups, including string' quartets,
brass and wind ensembles, choral and
opera groups and even a full symphony orchestra. Call 228-3113 for
If you like to dance, the International Folk Dance Club meets
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at International House. Traditional dances and
steps from many different countries
are taught on a beginners and intermediate level. Not for spectators,
however. You'll be expected to participate. Call 228-3653 for information.
y] The theatre season at UBC centres
4>n the Frederic Wood Theatre, which
also houses the Dorothy Somerset
Studio. The Freddy Wood stages at
sleast four major productions a year.
""Upcoming are Three by Beckett from
Jan. 10 to 20, and Shakespeare's All's
]Well that Ends Well from Feb. 28 to
%larch 10. The Dorothy Somerset
^Studio specializes in experimental
a and student productions. For
reservations  and  information,
$j Cinema at UBC is largely a student-
fl|run effort. Each year, Cinema 16
•'^presents a fall and spring series of
^sfilms by a particular director or on a
Jfsingle topic. No single admissions are
"''"available; you have to buy a pass for
the entire series. Call the Alma Mater
Society business office (228-2901) for a
brochure about the upcoming series.
Tickets and brochures are also
available at Duthie Book Stores in
If you're athletically minded, you
lean be either a participant or a spectator.
There's public swimming at the
I Aquatic Centre's indoor swimming
I pool every night of the week. Or may-
Jbe there'll be a swimming and diving
meet on. Call 228-4521 for informa-
If you'd like to go ice skating, call
j 228-6121 to find out about public
| skating hours at the Thunderbird
I Winter Sports Centre. You can inquire about the possibility of renting
: squash and handball courts at the
sports centre by calling 228-6125.
As a spectator, you'll have your
choice of watching ice hockey, basketball and wrestling in the new year.
The UBC athletic office (228-2531)
will be glad to tell you what's on any
night of the week.
Or maybe you're just a curious soul
and have been wanting to look up the
latest information on some topic that
interests you. UBC has professional
librarians working at night. They'll be
glad to point you in the right direction.'You can have access to anything
in the UBC library system free of
charge if you use it in the building. If
you want to take books out, you'll have
to purchase an extra-mural library
card for $25 a year.
Remember, however, that UBC has
a decentralized library system. You'd
be wise to call the library's information desk (228-2077 or -6375) to find
out which library has the material
you're interested in. It could save you
a long "walk around the campus at
The Sedgewick Library houses the
Wilson Recordings Library, which has
a vast collection of classical music, jazz
and spoken-word records. It's open
Monday through Thursday until 9
p.m. You can play any record you
wish free of charge at one of the 80 or
so headphone-equipped listening stations in the Wilson library, but if you
want to take the records home with
you there's an annual fee of $25.
You can even feed the inner man on
the campus at night. The cafeteria in
the Student Union Building is open
until 9 p.m. most nights and the coffee shop adjacent to the Bookstore is
currently open on a trial basis until 11
p.m. UBC's food services department
can provide hours of opening on any
particular night if you call 228-2616.
And finally, if you run into trouble
on the campus at night — if, say, you
lock yourself out of your car or the-
battery goes dead, or you left a watch
in a washroom — go to the, nearest
phone and call UBC's traffic and
security department at'228-4721. Our
trusty patrolmen, who are on duty 24
hours a day, will do their best to get
you back on the road or retrieve your
lost property.
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This fail nearly 10,000 people
registered for close to 300 courses offered at night by UBC's Centre for
Continuing Education, courses which
range from brass rubbing and foreign
languages to assertiveness training and
the care of house plants.
The people taking them are teen-
jigers, pensioners, snd every age in
between; they are engineers, bus
drivers, secretaries, students and
teachers. They come from ail over the
Lower Mainland, and their reasons
for going to night school are as varied
as the courses themselves.
UBC Reports talked to some of
them to find out who they are, why
they are taking courses, and what they
hope to get out of them:
Jacqueline Walisser is a 14-year-old
junior high school student in Burnaby. Every Tuesday evening she goes
to the Vancouver Public Aquarium
for a lecture on the Biology of Whales,
sponsored by CCE in co-operation
with the aquarium. "It's kind of hard
to get there because I still have
homework to do and I live in Burnaby, but I don't mind," she says. "I
really like whales, especially the killer
whales at the aquarium, and 1 want to
become a biologist. I thought the
course would be really neat to take,
and it is very interesting."
Among the more than 100 other
people taking the biology of whales
course are brothers Robert and
Richard Calderwood. Richard is a
biology teacher and Robert is a
chemical treater at a large chemical
plant. This is the second course
Robert has taken at the aquarium:
"I'm a member of the aquarium and
I'm interested in that sort of thing. I
work shift, so it is hard to find night
school courses that fit in, but this one
was OK. I'm finding it very interesting."
Marie-Francoise Guedon is an anthropologist and an assistant professor
in UBC's anthropology and sociology
department. She is taking the same
course because: "I want to learn. Professors are supposed to teach, but I
wanted to study too. So I went
through the list of all the courses offered by Continuing Education. I
don't have that much time, and by
taste and by profession, I am interested in biology, marine biology
especially. So I decided to refresh my
memory in that area." Ms. Guedon,
said she plans to try to take a course
every year: "Last year was my first
year at UBC and I had too much work
to take courses; I teach in the evenings
sometimes too. I'd love to attend
courses given by my colleagues during
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the day,  but it's worthwhile to take
classes in other disciplines too. It keeps'
you open."
Trish Baer is arts and crafts project,
co-ordinator at a veterans' hospital in ,
Burnaby. She is taking a course in for-'
mal lettering given by Chuck Yip, one;
of Canada's foremost calligraphers.i
Mr. Yip says most of his students are !
motivated by a desire to improve their j
handwriting, but for Ms. Baer, the i
formal lettering "comes in handy at
work now and again." [
"I occasionally have to make signs,
calendars, and that sort of thing. I
took a bit of Gothic lettering in high
school and found -it useful, especially
when I worked in advertising. This is
something I've always wanted to do."
Ms. Baer plans to use her new skill —
based on early Roman cursive script
— for Christmas cards this year. She
says she is also taking a pottery course,
and usually tries to take two courses
every year, pottery and one other.
Last year, she took a series of lectures
in medieval art.
Another popular course this fall is
Basic Library Skills for the Genealogist. Tom Warren, president of the
Family History Association of Canada
and course instructor, says: "We get
everybody from 14-year-olds to people
in their late 70s, people from all walks
of life, all backgrounds, people with
elementary educations and some with
doctoral degrees. They all have one
thing in common — a personal interest in their family history." For Mr.
Warren, as an instructor, the diversity
of people who take the course "is in
itself fascinating." In common with
most of the other course instructors,
Mr. Warren, a Vancouver businessman, derives great personal satisfaction from teaching his specialty.
"It's a fascinating hobby. It helps
people in many ways, it pulls families
together. We (the association) are interested in promoting genealogy as a
hobby because we love it."
Denes Devenyi, a professional engineer who teaches photography at
night school, shares a similar, feeling
about his subject. "I've made something of a mission of it," he says. This
is the eleventh year for his course, The
Photographer's Eye, and he has
taught more than 1,500 students.
"Because I have, an engineering back- *■ ^
Enthusiastic French teacher emphasizes a point for his night school class
ground, I find it necessary for my own
sake to enlarge my experience and
look at the other side of the world, the
creative side. Not being able to paint,
or draw, Or sing, I decided to enter
photography. Eventually, it became
not only a little distraction, but a very
important part of my experience. It
also makes me a better engineer."
Mr. Devenyi feels very strongly
about sharing this creative outlet with
others. He was nine when he got his
first camera, and says: "I cannot think
of any other gift that could have had
such a profound influence on my life.
"A life without creativity is a very
boring, very frustrating, perhaps even
a dangerous life. Something like five
per cent of people have the talent to
be creative. They don't need my help.
But with photography, there are
potential benefits for anybody — it is
the only opportunity the other 95 per
cent of us have to be creative."
Those taking his course share his
enthusiasm. Said one student: "I have
tried other things, such as sports and
other activities — but this has not
released any creative feeling from
myself. I have perhaps jogged around
Kitsilano Beach Park as many as 300
times, maybe 900 miles around the
park. But I had never actually seen it.
It was only when, for an essay for my
photography class, I picked up a
camera that I actually saw that park.
In about three hours, I felt that I got
to know more about Kitsilano Park
than I had in years of running around
Another popular course offered by
the centre is Music and Its Possibilities, which teaches how to introduce
children to a sense of rhythm and
movement through fantasy games, exercises and stories. Instructor Helen
May Gruft, who has taught the course
for nine years, says she is attempting
to "teach how to take music a step further so that it becomes an integral
part of a program."
Many of her students are pre-school
teachers working towards a certificate
in early childhood education, and,
says Ms. Gruft: "I love working with
people. I feel that people interested
enough to take a night school course
have a need I can fill."
Her students agree. Polly Evenden,
a pre-school teacher, is taking the
course because: "I need to improve my
music skills. Helen has a good understanding of pre-school age children. I
need help with the music section of my
program. I want to know how to do it,
and Helen can tell me."
Elaine Seeley, another pre-school
teacher, echoes her sentiments: "I
consider myself a very unmusical person1. I've worked with pre-schoolers for
many years and consider music and
movement very important for young
children. The only thing I can really
do is sing, and I'd like to be able to-do
more with musical instruments and
movement. I did a course with Helen
May before (The Story and Its Possibilities) and really got a lot out of it.
And this one also seems very useful."
Janet Saunders, another pre-school
teacher, is also taking the course to
develop skills in teaching young children music and movement. "Helen
May seems to be the person with expertise in that field and the course is
really good," she says.
The Centre for Continuing Educa
tion also offers courses in co-operation
with the UBC Women's Resources
Centre, and one of these, Developing
Potential for Growth and Change, is
so popular that women often have to
put their names on a waiting list to get
in. Clare Buckland, Ed.D., who is in
private practice as a consultant, has
been giving the course four or five
times a year since 1971 with different
Ann Sylvan, a student in her last
year of architecture at UBC, is one of
those taking the course. "This course
is back to the three Rs of communication," says Ms. Sylvan. "It's illuminating things I've thought about
but haven't done anything about. I've
been very directed and very focussed
on one set of things for a long time.
I've felt very cellular.
"It's nice to be exposed to people
who haven't the frantic edge people
have around here. There is such a
cross-section of ages, priorities and occupations. It's very refreshing, very
supportive, comprehensive and
positive, with the emphasis on
One of her classmates is Jeune
Williams,^ a secretary who says she
"would like to get into something
else." She is taking the course
"because I want to grow and set some
goals in life,
"When I was younger, there weren't
all these courses," says Ms. Williams,
who usually takes a night school
course: "quilting, copper tooling,
barber shop quartet, anything that
grabs me." She says she finds the
growth and change course "very
useful, very interesting and very informative."
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How many people work, study, at-,
tend cultural events and use recreational facilities on the UBC campus at S
night in a single year? j
We'd like to be able to give you'
precise figures, but that's virtually im-'
No one, for instance, counts the
number of students and members of
the community at large who use
libraries, attend free lectures, concerts
and sports events, and attend a wide
variety of other functions such as
meetings and banquets.
And any guess we might make
would be open to suspicion on the
grounds that we were counting noses
more than once. The student who is
studying in. the library on Monday
night could well be the same one who
plays an intramural hockey game at
the Winter Sports Centre on Wednesday and shows up on Saturday night
for a Vancouver Institute lecture in
the Woodward Building.
Okay, we'll go out on a limb; we're
prepared to bet you the figure has to
be close to 1,000,000. Just don't try to
pin us down.
What follows are facts and
estimates that bear on that figure,
which result from an informal survey
carried out by UBC Reports writers.
UBC's Office of Eztra-Sessional
Studies, which arranges evening
credit courses for students working
towards a degree, says 6,943 people
come to campus every week for lectures. At least 353 instructors are
hired to teach them.
UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education offers some 300 non-credit
courses and programs and hires 530
instructors and resource persons to
teach them. The centre estimates it
will register between 9,500 and 10,000
persons this fall for its offerings. The
majority of the centre's programs are
held in the evening at on- and off-
campus locations.
The Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration also has an
active night program, which includes
courses in real estate and others
leading to a variety of diplomas. In
addition, the faculty has a growing
nightime program for students who
want to obtain a Master of Business
Administration degree. Faculty officials estimate that some 5,400
students will go through these programs in the current winter session,
some 4,000 of'them in the diploma
'division alone.
UBC's Department of Physical
Plant has a night staff of more than
250 persons who work the afternoon
and graveyard shifts. By far the largest
number are some 245 men and women
who perform janitorial services —
cleaning offices and scrubbing and
polishing floors. Rooms used for night
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es, libraries and sports facilities
,; cleaned by a 74-person graveyard
'  .   after users have departed for the
..■;■( t.
" iree tradesmen — a plumber, an
.■■;■!•■ rician and a truck driver — are
.-,>! duty until midnight to look after
...ix-.gency problems. And there are
fiwv.ys three people on duty in UBC's
301 ;:rhouse on a round-the-clock
b:.v- — two stationary engineers who
,ur. the power plant and a mainte-
ii.-ince engineer who handles trouble
_   During   the   winter  session,   most
BUBC libraries are open until 11 p.m.
"Monday through  Thursday  and on
-'Sundays from 12 noon to 11 p.m.
't\   More   than   40   people   man   the
; (library system at night — six to eight
professional    librarians,    13    library
"assistants and 22 student assistants,
;Who do  everything  from   answering
-questions by students and other people who need help locating material to
reshelving and checking out books.
, Another UBC department that
•operates on a round-the-clock basis is
traffic and security. There are usually six patrolmen on each of the overnight shifts. They concentrate on traf-
-fic control until after night classes are
over and then turn their attention to
building security.
Two vehicle patrolmen and four
foot patrolmen check parking lots and
buddings for open doors and windows
?-nd keep their eyes and ears open, for
fares, equipment breakdowns' and
iji^gs that go bump in the night. Two
security guards are on night duty at
the Museum of Anthropology.
UBC's three major residences - -
Place Vanier, Totem Park and
Walter Gage — each have a resident
attendant on overnight duty to man
reception areas, handle telephone enquiries and medical and other
emergencies, such as overflowing
toilets. Their duties also include
security checks and some administrative tasks.
About 100 people work the afternoon and graveyard shifts in UBC's
two campus hospitals — the Psychiatric Unit and the Harry Purdy Extended Care Unit.
Evening shift workers number 73 —
29 nurses, 24 psychiatric and nursing
aides, 10 members of the housekeeping staff, six food service employees,
and four members of the clerical staff.
Overnight 33 persons man the two
hospital units — 15 nurses, 15 aides,
two members of the housekeeping
staff and one member of the clerical
staff. In addition, one or two residents
or interns are on duty and the evening
hours also see a number of volunteers
in the hospitals to provide small, but
essential, services to patients.
There can be up to 75 people
employed nightly on the UBC campus
providing food and beverage services.
The Faculty Club has a basic staff
of a dozen people, which doubles in
number for regular banquet and club
functions. The Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre next door has an
eight-member basic staff and anywhere up to 25 on nights when there
are special functions and banquets
and dances.
The cafeteria in the Student
Union Building, is open for evening
meals and snacks until 9:30 p.m.,
staffed by a short-order cook, a
cashier and clean-up person.
The coffee shop adjacent to the
campus Bookstore has been providing
a trial-basis service until 11 p.m. since
mid-November. A staff of six serve
evening meals and snacks to campus
The Pit, the campus pub in the
basement of the ' Student Union
Building, employs an average of 15
people nightly,to wait on tables and
provide food to -students and their
guests and faculty and staff members..
UBC's Computing Centre is open
24 hours a day and literally hundreds
of people are in. the building between
nightfall and daybreak. A dozen card-
punching machines are available to
students 24 hours a day and a centre
official'estimates that about 50 people
come to the building to use the computer between midnight-and 8 a.m.
The total number of persons who
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Night sweepers in the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
above* and in
UBC's Main Library, below
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tap into the computer overnight is
almost impossible to estimate, since
many use remote terminals scattered
all over the campus. The centre
employs two to four computer
operators overnight.
UBC sports facilities are heavily
used at night for competitive and
recreational purposes.
The War Memorial Gymnasium is
reserved for Thunderbird basketball
and volleyball practices Monday
through Friday. League games for
both men's and women's teams occupy
most of the evening hours on
weekends. Night intramural games
are scheduled into the gym when it's
not in use by UBC's senior teams. The
weight lifting and circuit training
areas of the gym are heavily used for
individual, unorganized activities.
The new covered pool in the recently completed Aquatic Centre (see
page 14) is open every night for public
swimming and on some days you can
jswim until past midnight.
A few hundred yards to the south,
the Thunderbird Winter Sports'
Centre and the Robert Osborne Centre for physical education (recently
renamed to honor the former head of
the School of Physical Education and
Recreation) on Thunderbird
Boulevard are hives of activity, often
into the small hours of the morning.
Two gyms in the Osborne Centre
are used until midnight for basketball,
volleyball and badminton by intramural teams or by teams organized
through Recreation UBC. In the same
complex, a gymnastics gyro, and one
with a special floor for wrestling, fencing and dance are used five nights a
week until 11:30 p.m.
Three ice surfaces in the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre next door
are in use until midnight Sundays
through Thursdays and around the
clock on Fridays and Saturdays. On
weekends, hockey players use the rinks
until 4 a.m. There is public skating on
Friday and Saturday nights on one of
the ice surfaces.
In the same building, curling rinks
and squash and handball courts are in
use non-stop until 11 p.m.
Little attempt is made to keep track
of the number of people who use the
winter sports ' centre, but officials
estimate that more than 200,000 people use the facilities annually. In a
typical week in October, the number
of people using the War Memorial
Gym and the Osborne Centre nightly
varied from 160 to 380.
TRIUMF, the cyclotron located on
the UBC .campus operated by UBC,
Simon Fraser University and the
Universities of Alberta and Victoria, is
on a round-the-clock schedule. In addition to a maintenance staff of three
persons on each night shift, there are
usually 10' to 15 scientists in the
building every night of the week conducting experiments on the nature of
atomic structure and new-particle
Cecil Green Park, part of which
houses the offices and staff of the UBC
Alumni Association, is also used for
evening events by University and community organizations, Saturday nights
are currently booked one year in advance and the month of December was
booked solid by mid-October.
Seventy-four wedding receptions
and 148 other parties and functions
were booked in 1978. On Thursday'
and Friday nights the Young Alumni
Club and guests have the run of Cecil
Green Park.
* ,'*
10/UBC Reports / nong the nearly 3,000 University
-rd community friends of Walter
" jpre who attended memorial service
lo/him on Oct. 10 in UBC's War
Memorial Gym were his 103-year-
oid mother, Mrs. Ann Gage, and his
sister, Mrs. Elsie Harvey.
UBC says
goodbye to
Walter Gage
Nearly 3,000 members of the
University community and other
friends of Walter Gage gathered in
UBC's War Memorial Gymnasium
Oct. 10 for a memorial service for the
man who was "Mr. UBC" to generations of students and colleagues.
The death of Walter Gage from
cancer on Oct. 3 at the age of 73
ended a 57-year association with UBC
that began in 1921 when he enrolled
as a freshman student.
UBC alumni and other friends of
Dr. Gage who wish to make gifts to the
University in his memory should direct
them to the UBC Alumni Association.
Before his death, he indicated an interest in supporting the Crane
Memorial Library for the blind, where
he spent many hours recording textbooks and novels after his retirement
as president in 1975; the UBC Press;
and "student projects with academic
components involving merit and initiative."
Cheques should be made payable to
the University of British Columbia,
with an indication of the project they
should be directed to.
Here are some excerpts from the addresses given at the memorial service
for Dr. Gage.
KENNY: "Of all who have served this
academic community, Walter Gage
has been the most widely loved and
respected and his passing leaves us
with the greatest sense of grief and
loss...There is a golden thread running through the whole fabric of his
endeavor and illuminating every fold,
an unbroken total commitment to the
welfare of the University and ail its
members, a total indifference to
awards, honors or recognition for
"Above all, he showed that in an increasingly mechanized world, an in
creasingly impersonal net of communication and an increasing tendency toward confrontation, it is still
possible for simple, straightforward
goodness of heart, combined with a
clear mind and firmness of purpose, it
is still possible for these to prevail. He
has left us an ideal that he alone could
realize, but which all of us may in
some measure seek to emulate."
UBC: "Sitting in this hall today are
those who were his students; the
parents and children, perhaps the
grandchildren, of his students; his colleagues and friends; those who worked
intimately with him, who followed
him with conviction in a common
cause -- the prospering of the University; some who did not know him but
who, inevitably, know of him, and are
familiar with the legend We have
all, every one of us, been affected by
him. We have all experienced the
magic of the Age of Gage. And we rejoice; we rejoice in our own good fortune and in the accomplishments of a
great man. Our loss is irreparable."
UBC: "He was magnificent in his person and his accomplishments. Deeply
loved for his cheerfulness, his kindness
and his superb teaching, he had yet
another quality — his devotion to
duty The prophet Micah must surely have had a man like Walter Gage in
mind when he said: 'And what doth
the Lord require of thee, but to do
justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God.'"
DOUGLAS ALBRIBGE, president of EUS and AMS during
Walter Gage's presidency: "I believe
that while Wally realized that a pleasant environment was important to
the University, he also realized that its
greatest strength was the individuals
that make up its community. He tried
to help as many of these as possible
and often watched while his efforts
were multiplied many times over by a
grateful recipient. That is the way
Walter's influence was carried beyond
the gates of UBC...I don't recall him
expressing real anger about student
activities. Instead, his most
devastating comment was 'I'm disappointed.' Knowing you had shaken his
faith in UBC and its students was
enough to make you re-evaluate your
own method and goals."
"He was a man of extraordinary
energy and efficiency... a superb
teacher, inspiring the brilliant few
and encouraging the struggling
average....He was' a mathematician
with published papers to his credit
and a zest for his chosen field of study.
But that same zest extended into a
grasp of the workings of science, and
an insight into the nature of the arts.
".. .in the intense pain of a lingering
illness he showed a courage and a patience, a stoical determination still
touched with the old wit and humor,
that/stirred in those who nursed him a
sense of wonder and a feeling of affection.
"When these powers of intellect and
imagination and character appear in
one man, one cannot help trying to
identify a quality of greatness. But
rare as the creative blend of such
powers is, the quality of greatness in
Walter Gage is rather this, that he had
so much to give and gave of himself so
freely and fully. From this generosity
of mind and spirit we have a vision of
what our common humanity, at its
best, can be. That is his legacy and his
UBC Reports/11 pjfesMeittfs
The University of B.C.'s Board of
Governors announced on Nov. 7 that
Dr. Douglas Kenny had agreed to a
three-year extension to his present
five-year contract as president of
President Kenny's decision to accept
the extension will mean that he will
continue to serve as UBC's president
until July, 1983. His present five-year
contract would have expired on June
30, 1980.
Board chairman Ian Greenwood
said the Board "took great pleasure"
in being able to announce that Presi*
dent Kenny had agreed to the exten*
sion. "I am personally verypleased
that the Board and the University will
continue to have the benefit of Or.
Kenny's expertise and leadership Over
the next five years," he said,
Mr. Greenwood said'it was timely
for the Board to consider an extension'
to Dr. Kenny's contract, whiclThad
just over a year left to run. Ee added
that it was Dr. Kenny's preference that
the extension should be for three
years, rather than a longer period.
Dr. Kenny, a native -of Victoria,
became UBC's president on July 1,
1975, after a 25-year career as
teacher, researcher and administrator. He holds the degrees of.
Bachelor and Mast- of Arte ki'-
psychology from UBC He received has
Ph/D. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1952.
Dr. Kenny joined the UBC faculty
in 1950 and was named head of the
psychology department in 10§5. He
became associate dean of the faculty
of Arts in 1969 and dean of the facility
the following year. He served as dean
of Arts until his appointment as UBC's
Dr. Kenny has been deeply involved
in UBC affairs since joining the faculty. He is a former president of the
Faculty Association and served on a
number of key University and Senate
committees before becoming president.
As a teacher and researcher in
psychology, his interests lay in the
areas of personality and learning,
developmental psychology and patterns of child development.
Dr, Kenny was a member of the
Canada Council from 1975 to 1978,
when he was appointed for a three-
year term to the new Social Sciences
and Humanities -Research Council,
which makes grants to assist scholarship and research in the humanities
and social sciences.
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UBC's presidents Dr. Douglas
Kenny,, is mow in his fourth year
as the University's chief executive officer. Recently, lie
took time out' from His busy
schedule to talk to UBC Reports
about the problems and prospects
facing the University in 1978.
UBC REPORTS: How would you
describe the state of the University at.
this juncture in its history?
other major universities in Canada,
finds itself in a situation' that is the
result of the tremendous expansion of
higher education since the Second
World War.
While Canadian universities
responded well to rapidly increasing
enrolments and the need for new
buildings and other facilities, the upshot has been an unevenness of quality
in most Canadian universities. We're
simply not able to offer the overall
high quality of education that our
students demand and which 1 think
Canadians have a right to expect.
UBC REPORTS: How has this
manifested itself at UBC?
areas of great strength that are as
good as anything you can point to in
Canada...and some remarkable
pockets of weakness. The central
problem for this University in the
years ahead is finding the resources to
strengthen existing departments and
faculties that have never had the basic
resources to offer education of the
highest quality.
However, I want to emphasize that
in a time of financial uncertainty it is
vitally important that the strength of
existing areas of excellence within the
University be maintained.
UBC REPORTS: You don't see
new programs and innovations as the
central issue for UBC in the future,
PRESIDENT KENNY: That's important, but not paramount, in my
mind. Universities always have to-be
alert to new opportunities to expand
their offerings and research to meet
the nepds of the economy.
Let me give you one example of that
— we've made a proposal to the
Universities Council for establishment
of a coal research laboratory at UBC.
B.C. is very rich in coal resources and
a lot of work needs to be done in
developing new techniques for utilizing this resource, which will be of
growing importance as the energy
crisis deepens.
But I want to emphasize again that
1 don't regard this kind of expansion
as UBC's major challenge. Our priorities have to be the strengthening of
our existing framework of departments and faculties.
The commonest plea I have in this
office from deans and department
heads is money to add new faculty
members, who will be able to expand
the existing offerings of the University.
The second most common plea is
money to purchase additional supplies
and new equipment. The cost of supplies for science labs has escalated in
recent years and many departments
are barely holding the line in terms of
quality. Much ofthe equipment in our
research labs is obsolete and needs to
be replaced immediately. '
UBC REPORTS: The University
received an increase of nearly 10 per
cent- this year in funds for operating
purposes. Has this increase enabled
you to provide some relief for these
minimal way. It's been a very small
step forward in terms of new programs
and strengthening existing departments. If you talk to deans, department heads and faculty, they'll tell
you the increase was so minimal that
it's very hard to detect.
One of the hardest hit divisions of
the University outside the faculties has
been the library, which is having the
greatest difficulty coping with inflation and the devaluation of the dollar.
Last year, the Board of Governors approved a supplementary budget of
about $487,000 for the' library so it
would not experience any loss in purchasing power.
But that only means the library is in
an Alice in Wonderland situation... running faster in order to stand
still. They simply don't have the funds
to move ahead and build up collections in areas of weakness.
UBC REPORTS: What you've
said so far implies that you believe
confidence in higher education can be
restored by improving the quality of
education at the University?
PRESIDENT KENNY: That's exactly right. I firmly believe that Cana-
I2/UBC Reports --rtSS^*3l;:
'■'The central problem for UBC in the years ahead is finding the resources to
strengthen existing departments and faculties."
dians will be supportive of what happens at universities if every possible effort is made to improve standards and
upgrade weak spots within the institutions.
And I think we've taken some steps
in this direction. Senate, for instance,
recently raised admission require-,
ments for the University, which are
being phased in over a three-year
period. Entering students wilLhave to
prepare themselves for UBC by taking"
a more structured program in high
UBC has never lost sight of the fact
that students, in order to graduate
with a good degree, need major or
core requirements. I think standards
at some Canadian universities have
declined in recent years because
students are free to indulge in a
"cafeteria-style" of education. All they
need do is amass a certain number of
credits to graduate. No attempt is
made to give them depth and breadth
of knowledge in a specific area of
UBC REPORTS: Is there anything
else you can point to that's designed to
improve standards?
is. 1 said earlier that our primary goal
in the immediate future had to be the
strengthening of existing departments. Sometimes, however, the
weaknesses are difficult to pinpoint
and are known about only vaguely.
One of the ways of overcoming this
knowledge gap, if I can put it that
way, is through periodic reviews of
departments and faculties. Departmental reviews have been carried out
•n a number of faculties and these
nave been very useful in determining
areas that, need strengthening.
Shortly, we will begin the first
reviews of faculties as a whole. Committees are being formed to review the
Faculties of Science and Education.
They were chosen because, in the case
of Science, Dean George Volkoff is
retiring, and in the case of Education
Dean John Andrews has decided that
he will step down 'next June 30, but
will remain a member of the faculty.
The reviews will be carried out by
committees that will have as their
members people from inside and outside the University. The committees
will be asked to deal with- such questions as: Is the" faculty's curriculum
contemporary and is it looked at
periodically in a hard way with a view
to revising and updating it?; Is the
faculty adequately equipped to perform its educational function or is it
slipping back in terms of basic needs?
These are the kinds of .questions the
committees will consider. Incidentally, I hope no one in either of the
faculties to be reviewed will see the
work of the committees as a threat.
The intent is not inquisitorial; it's
aimed at improving the quality of
UBC REPORTS: Can we turn
briefly to a couple of matters raised
this year by the Universities Council?
They made the observation, in their
annual statement, that UBC's operating budget seemed overweighted in
terms of academic salaries." What is_
your reaction to that?
can't accept that point of view.
Their statement could mean two
things. If they mean we have too many
faculty members, my reply is that on
the basis of nationwide studies we've
carried out, UBC is only average in
terms of faculty-student ratio. I don't
think that's good enough, and in-our
presentation to the council this year,
we've emphasized the need for funds
to hire additional faculty members to
strengthen existing departments.
If the council means that we pay
our faculty members too much
money, I can only say that while our
salaries are competitive, we don't
overpay our teachers. As I've said
before publicly, if the goal is quality
education, we have to be prepared to
hire first-class teachers and researchers. If we don't, we will have second-
class education and I can't believe
that's what British Columbians want.
There's something of a paradox in
the council's statement. They're aware
that when hard decisions have to be
made about how money is spent at
UBC, we opt to invest in the academic
program. For the past six years, the
Canadian Association of University
Business Officers has collected
statistics from the 23 largest universities in Canada on the percentage
allocation of funds.
Every year, UBC has placed first in
the percentage of funds allocated for
academic purposes, and 23rd in terms
of funds allocated for non-academic
purposes. I think that's something we
should be proud of, and I also think it
speaks volumes about where this
University thinks its priorities lie.
UBC REPORTS: Can you summarize UBC's goals and objectives
over the next few years?
tried to emphasize that our primary
■ objective is to improve the quality of
education across the board at UBC by
strengthening existing departments
and providing funds to strengthen
vital support areas such as the library.
I think, too, that this university and
others in Canada will have to respond
to the recently announced goals of the
federal government to further emphasize areas of research that are in
the national interest.
It seems likely that increased
amounts of money will go into
mission-oriented research. Now that
course of action has its hazards, particularly if the federal government
unilaterally decides which projects are -
important and which get funded.
University researchers . have a
significant role to play in identifying
areas that should be of national concern. So I would hope that decisions
about spending are made by government in consultation with the universities and industry.    -,
I hope too that the federal government won't lose sight of the fact that
mission-oriented research is vitally
dependent on curiosity-based research, which is one of the primary
functions of a university.
I think another, issue Canadian
universities will have to take a stand
against in the immediate future is the
tendency to make them increasingly
provincially oriented, in, short,
parochial. This is largely the result of
the federal government's withdrawal
from the arrangements for providing
operating grants for universities.
There will be increasing pressures on
the universities to reorient themselves
to goals envisaged by provincial
governments at the expense of national and international functions.
UBC Reports/13 UBC's long-awaited Aquatic Centre
was officially opened Sept. 27, three years
and more than $5 million after the first
sod was turned in the fall of 1975.
The new centre is much more than just
a swimming pool: it is designed to meet
the recreational, competitive and academic needs of UBC's students, faculty
and staff; and to supplement existing
pool facilities in the community. In addition, the John M. Buchanan Fitness and
Research Centre at the pool offers exercise apparatus and fitness testing as well
as reserach facilities for faculty and
graduate students.
For the past 24 years, UBC's outdoor
Empire Pool has been a less-than-
adequate substitute for a year-round
facility. Built in 1954 for the British Empire Games, it is only usable between May
and September. UBC has been the only
major university in Canada without proper swimming facilities and attempts to
acquire them go back to 1921. With the
opening of the Aquatic Centre — which
incorporates the Empire Pool — it now
has one of the best aquatic facilities in the
Jack Pomfret, associate professor of
physical education and recreation and
one of the people responsible for making
the centre a reality, described some ofthe
considerations that went into the planning of the new pool: "First and foremost,
■ the School of Physical Education and
Recreation has always needed a facility
for an academic program to give a concentration in the aquatics area and meet
the needs of the community for trained
The centre's academic possibilities are
numerous: in addition to filling the needs
of the physical education school, it has
uses for other disciplines such as rehabilitation medicine in the areas of
physiotherapy and work with the handicapped, and in science for teaching scuba
diving techniques to future oceanogra-
phers and marine biologists.
For competitive swimmers, the centre
has everything: the new pool has eight
50-metre lanes, eight 25-metre lanes and
six 25-yard lanes. There are two one-
metre diving boards, two three-metre diving boards and one five-metre diving
platform. The Empire Pool has a ten-
metre platform and five-, three- and one-
metre diving boards, as well as six 55-yard
lanes. The new pool also has a .large deep
area for synchronized swimming and two
water polo courts.
For recreational swimmers, there are
areas for people wanting a workout by
swimming lengths, and a pool slide. The
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Varied configuration of UBC's new indoor pool provides shallow area for swimsiiirfc
lessons, foreground; marked lanes for recreational and competitive swimming, upp,
left j and deep water for diving at far end.
pool is also designed to accommodate
beginning swimmers: there is a warm,
shallow corner -for tots and in the pool
proper, the depth tapers from four
metres to 1.2 metres. An added plus for
recreational and beginning swimmers is a
thermogradient which provides for
warmer water at the shallow end, becoming progressively cooler towards the deep
end where more active pursuits take
During the first month of the centre's
operation, a sampling of some of the
numerous activities included: UBC student lessons from the so-called "scared-
stiff beginners level to advanced; Red
Cross lessons for levels up to senior; a fun-
oriented introduction to the water for
toddlers; keep-fit sessions for women; sessions for handicapped people and for old
people; synchronized swimming; diving
lessons; Royal Lifesaving Society lessons;
midnight swims; parents and tots, and
sessions for general recreational swiming.
Students can swim free during specified
hours .
In addition to the pool, there is a
heated whirlpool, saunas and steambaths
for men and women, and a fitness and exercise area. The centre also has a large
classroom area, a conference room,
teaching and administration offices and
dressing rooms which serve both the new
pool and the adjacent Empire Pool.
Carpet-covered bleachers on the upper
level can accommodate up to 250 people
and portable bleachers can provide
seating for 200 more. The centre is fully
equipped for handicapped, people with
such features as -amps and an eievatoi , [ >
which . can   accommodate   two   whetLg
chairs.   "" - |P
In the Buchanan Fitness and Rese;
Centre, the exercise apparatus and test
ing equipment serves a dual purpose. It
addition to research centring on ex
physiology .and sports medicine, the area
provides facilities- for physical fitness
testing and exercise programs for mem
bers of the University community and '
Graduate students in physical educa
tion administer a sophisticated battery '
tests to measure such things as cardio
respiratory stress, pulmonary function |
and muscular strength, flexibility and en
durance. They also prescribe exercises
based on the test results and suggest ways
people can modify their lifestyles to im
prove their physical fitness.
Dr. Ted Rhodes, director ofthe fitnesij
and research centre, says everyone is
welcome to have an assessment. The pro
gram, including exercise prescription and I
counselling, costs $20 ($15 for students)
Anyone interested can make an appoint
ment by calling 228-4521.
The fitness and research centre,
the centre as a whole, encomp
educational, research, recreational
community service, aspects. It is no aco^'
dent that the Aquatic Centre fills all thesttf,
needs: its planning and design, over a >
period of years, involved consultation
with all its potential users: all facultieso«
campus, students and representatives ol-
the community at large. ,OOK REVIEW
rE.D.' in his time played many parts
By Jim Banham
Information Officer, UBC
1 Footsteps, An Autobiography, by
| Earle Douglas MacPhee. Ver-
| satile Publishing Co. Ltd., Vancouver. $6.95.	
'All the world's a stage....And one
man in his time plays many parts.;.."
You'll probably be reminded of that
Shakespeare soliloquy from As You
Like It when you read Footsteps, the
autobiography of Earle Douglas MacPhee, who was an omnipresent figure
at the University of B.C. from 1950 to
1963 as dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
and dean of administrative and financial affairs.
That second title was really a fancy
name for keeper of the University's
purse strings. When "E.D.,"'as he was
universally known, was in charge of
UBC's budget, any proposal for
spending money had to be
"Macfeasible" to be considered.
Earle MacPhee was as famed for his
energy as a UBC teacher and administrator as he was for his unvarying
style of dress — dark suit, homburg,
and wing collar and bow tie. Beneath
the formality of dress, however, there
was a friendly, open man who was
blessed with a singular sense of humor
and enjoyed the respect and affection
of his colleagues and students.
Consider the many parts that Earle
MacPhee has played in his time.
Born (July 19, 1894) and educated
in the Maritimes, he was appointed
principal of a New Brunswick high
school at the age of 19.
He survived some of the worst
trench warfare of the First World War
a private with the Nova Scotia
After post-war study at the University of Edinburgh, he joined the
faculties of Acadia University
(1920-21), the University of Alberta
(1921-24). and the University of
Toronto (1924-29), where he
pioneered teaching and research in
the application of psychology to mental health, education, law and industry.
As a business executive in Canada
(1929-37) he.was instrumental in expanding the operations of York Knitting Mills despite the Depression and
' '•■> > responsible for the organization of
E.D. MacPhee
Canada's first management consulting
firm (now Woods Gordon and Co.).
As a businessman in England
(1937-50) he was managing director of
the world's largest glove company,
supervised the construction and
operation of factories that produced
some of the best-known bombers of.
the Second World War, and reorganized a futureless company tq
create Alginate Industries Ltd., which
extracts from certain seaweeds
chemicals that are widely used in the
food and textile industries.
During his 13 years at UBC, he not
only supervised that most sensitive of
campus nerves — finances — he also
shepherded Commerce and Business
Administration through the transition
from a department to a school to a full
faculty, fostered the development of
graduate programs and a whole host
of diploma and other courses that
made the faculty a force in the
business community, sent members of
his faculty to Southeast Asia to aid the
Universities of Singapore and Kuala
Lumpur in establishing business
education, and served as instructor
and dean of the Banff School of Advanced Management from 1953 to
In 1957-58, he was the sole Royal
Commissioner on the tree fruit industry of B.C., which resulted in an
810-page report that led to its
reorganization. (The report is still
referred to as "the Bible of the
Okanagan fruit industry.")
You would expect that a man who
had accomplished all that in a lifetime
would have rested on his laurels when
he finally retired in 1963. Not "E.D."
In retirement he continued his
association with the Banff School of
Advanced Management, undertook
studies for the federal government on
the manning of B.C. tugboats and for
the Pharmaceutical Association of
B.C. as chairman of its Pharmacy
Planning Commission and wrote -a
history of the faculty he headed for a
decade and a seven-volume history of
the Scottish clan he takes enormous
pride in belonging to.
But enough. Time for a couple of
stories that reflect E.D.'s ability as
psychologist and his sense of humor.
When he was in charge of UBC's
budget, E.D. -was a prolific writer of
memoranda seeking information on
some item in a department's budget.
He always ended these missives not
with a demand for explanations but
with the simple sentence, "Can you
help me?" There is a master psychologist at work there.
1 One of the best stories about him
concerns the morning he walked into a
lecture to find every student dressed in
a dark suit and a wing collar and bow
tie. E.D. didn't bat an eyelash. When
the bell rang at the end of the hour he
marched to the door, turned on his
heel, and said to the student wags:
"Well, if I've taught you nothing else,
at least I've taught you how to dress
There is much in Footsteps that
would not pass muster with an. academic who has a concern with such
things as continuity of narrative,
punctuation and the finer points of
No matter. This is an intensely personal story- by a man who takes real
pride in the fact that his life is rooted
in that oft-maligned phrase "the Protestant Ethic," whose rectitude and
dedication have rightly earned him
the title "the conscience of Canadian
business." In many ways, this is a
quintessential Canadian autobiography by an archetypical Scottish
UBC Reports/15 V,-
Speedy UBC halfback John MacKay breaks loose, for a big gainer against Calgary
'Birds go to national final
What started out as a rebuilding
year for the 1978 football Thunderbirds turned out to be the most successful season in UBC history.
In 1976, the 'Birds reached the
Western Bowl (the Canadian semifinal) only to be bombed by the
University of Western Ontario, 30-8.
Last year, the 'Birds were sidetracked
one game earlier, losing by a 13-12
score to the University of Calgary in
'• the Western Intercollegiate League
And with the loss of 20 players, including 11 starters, for the 1978
season, football experts generally
rated the Thunderbirds no higher
than third in the WIFL. They were
expected to battle it out with Saskatchewan for that position, while Alberta and Calgary vied for first place.
And half-way through the eight-
game league schedule, it did indeed
look like the two Alberta universities
were the favorites, although tlif *Birds-
by then had hammered Saskatchewan
41-9 and looked good for third place.
At that half-way point, UBC had
beaten Manitoba and Saskatchewan
at Thunderbird "Stadium but had lost
in Edmonton and Calgary.
Victories on the road against
Manitoba and Saskatchewan and a
big win - at home against Calgary Van
the UBC record to five wins and two
defeats, and set the stage for a
showdown match at Thunderbird
Stadium against the University of
Alberta in the final league game of the
Calgary had won the night before
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and could'.finish no- worse than second
place. For'; the -'Birds, it was defeat
Alberta -and -finish- first or lose to
■ Alberta and 'finish-third — and out of
the playoffs; ■•■■■ I'-/- '
It was'no contest." The 'Bird defence
held Alberta to two singles, and the
UBC' offence, generated two touchdowns and a field'goal enroute to a
19-2 victory.
In winning six out of eight, UBC
averaged almost 33 points a game and
allowed the opposition fewer than 13
per game.
Against Calgary, in the WIFL final
at Thunderbird Stadium, it was close
for half the game. The teams traded"
touchdowns .and UBC was on top only
9-7 at the break, ,
In the third, quarter, however, the
'Birds broke the game wide open with
two touchdowns. They added a later
field goal,., while the defence held
Calgary to one- point for the half.
Final score: UBC 26, Calgary 8.
The Western Bowl — with the winner going to the national final — was
held Nov. 10-at Empire Stadium, a
below-zero night in which the 'Birds
went against'the Wilfrid Laurier
Golden Hawks from Waterloo, Ontario, upset winners over Western Ontario the week before.
Once again, it was the third quarter
that made the difference.
After scoring the first touchdown,
UBC miscues set up two majors by
Laurier — one a fumble in the end
zone and then a pass interference call
that gave the Golden Hawks the ball
on the UBC one-yard line.
It was 15-10, Laurier, at the hal'
A Laurier fumble gave UBC posse '
sion on the Laurier 43 early in the
third quarter, and it took UBC eign
plays to get the go-ahead touchdovn ,
Minutes later, another.Laurier fumble'
gave 'Birds the-ball on the Laurier "0
and UBC scored in"seven plays.
That made it 24-15, and'the tea'n '
traded singles in the final quarter -u
UBC came out on top '25-15.
The victory put UBC into the na
tional final, against the Golden Gael '
from  Queens,   for the' first' time m
It was a great 'rebuilding' year to
football coach Frank Smith, who toiA
the Thunderbirds from a 0-8 record "i
his first year, 1974, to four consecuti1 f
winning seasons climaxed by 197"-
trip to the national final.
SPORT SHORTS: Competitive i-i '
tercollegiate swimming has been »
vived at UBC as the result of the open
ing of the new $5.4 million Aquaui
Centre and the appointment of JaJ
Kelso,    former    Canadian    nation'1
swimmer, to the staff-of the School °i
Physical. Education and Recreatio'i
Some 70 swimmers' and divers ha'i
turned' out  for  the   1978-79  tean
which   will   compete   against   otfa1'
universities in Western Canada ar
the U.S. UBC will host the Canar1
West    championships    in    la «"
February...The Bad News 'Birds   -
UBC's women's ice hockey team
won all their .games at an invitation-1
hockey tournament played in Jap*'1
under  the  sponsorship  of  a  majt
department store chain. /] f)
The soil of this sun-drenched I '».J -le'fN tkvv "■'; \"
than any other country on earth. And none yields better.
Taste them. Taste the famous reds, some as rich and smooth
as velvet on the tongue, others broad-shouldered and brash,
tasting of laughter.
And the whites... aaah, the whites: clear, dry and delicate
as autumn air or sweet as a remembered kiss.
Or try the roses a Sk1^ cf co'tj" " c"l-"-V ur-\.-y-?t
«' -:°,hi .iieik).' v ,zc i^ai «" l! \i-vc.t    " .re ,.,->•  ,->cv •
Jt-<>^ i"/v«J   S>"' .:: ft* f *. ->'M
77ze campus welcomed 13 ofthe member: >f
B.C.'s legislature in early October. The i /\ !t
planned as a working day for the MLAs   ndtf
opening remarks from the chancellor, J.\  (|v
the university president, Douglas Kenny, nd
alumni president Paul Hazell the group I okt\
into discussion groups, led by faculty men b,n,
topics ranging from resource management n   <
prevention of alcholism and aid to small I mn<
After lunch with the students in the Place ! 'on;
residence cafeteria there was a campus bu tout
that included a visit to the new hospital u> der
construction in the health sciences centre a id
ended at the faculty club where the MLAi met f
with the president, vice-presidents and dec nsfi
an open forum discussion. The day's event dm,'
with a reception hosted by the alumni asso mtul
at Cecil Green Park. Paul Hazell, assisted b$
David Edgar, a member ofthe government
relations committee presented the MLAsunh
UBC library cards and study passes to the
museum of anthropology. Scenes from the Jay
(top, right) Elwood Veitch, Social Credit menb,
for Burnaby Willingdon and Eileen Dailly,
(centre, right) New Democratic member for
Burnaby North met with students at lunch. .
(Bottom.) On the blue and gold UBC bus
(ex-BC Hydro) Robert Skeily, NDP-Alberni,
had a chance to read through the 60th anmvem
edition ofthe Ubyssey. Minister of Forests, Ton1
Waterland, is in the seat ahead.
Super Season for
Vancouver Institute
Internationally known political commentate.
I.F. Stone and biographer Nigel Nicholso
are among the many distinguished guest 1&
turers scheduled for the spring session of th
Vancouver Institute.
The speakers include (dates are indicate
where known): Alan Cairns, head of politiu*
science at UBC, speaking on the crisis in Caw
dian federalism; One ofthe leading authontit.
on George Bernard Shaw, Dan H. Laurencet
on the Shavian view of life; Dean of law atth„
University of London, Lord Dennis iJojl
presents his views on freedom of the prfl"
(Mar. 10); noted Toronto psychiatrist Ardreft
Malcolm discusses the use and abuse
psychiatrists in the courts (Feb.  10); Nigtv
Nicliolsoe offers a personal portrait ot'Vi gim
Wolfe (Feb. 24); Connor Cruise O'l rien
editor of the London Observer (Feb. 17) On'
standing concert pianist and UBC profes -oro
music, Robert Silverman; I.F. Stone pre nise
"a topic of current interest" (Feb. 24)  am
Anne Treismaa, UBC psychology prof ssoi
discusses the psychology of perceptior aft
The visits to the campus by Connor ( "uis
O'Brien, Andrew Malcolm and Lord D -nm
Lloyd are part of the Cecil H. and Ida < reer
visiting professorship program. I.F. Stf ief
the 1979 Vancouver Sun lecturer. The rid ieoi
the Dal Grauer Memorial lecturer was n> t i»
ailable at press time.
All lectures are free and begin at 8:15 p  i i'1
18   ChronicleWmter 1978 ilk i..nipus I'lsitik'ional Rtsouuts ( tutu
i wiili i it tvtpuon hi mt  kontii  vhtiivun
lutui    uliith vill lit  htltl in ilit Old   ^'i
dllOIK.Ill     »'lKK   tVlts    i   pMIlO       i'llldi   di
fangenitiiis foi iht suits .in Mil! btiiv; in«it't
but abiHtluut \nh tht li'll djij .1 roun
bershi]i ipplk.ii.oii, will bt u..i!.ibli in hit
Decembu liom lilt I H( I.noim.uion Olln t
2075 ^Xtsbionk I'l.'tt \.intoii\ii \ *i I IV *•
(228-31 -^ 1 Vitmbtis'np lt<.s— So, moii'dii
al, S10 1.H .il\ .ind S2 siuJtni — .nt li-^tl 10
defta\ Mit 1 lists ol pi'hlitii\ ndpiininiL 'mu,
partitijiiii m 1-. wtltomtd
Beir l^Ql-is tl^t to* if a
{for evtM th'ii" ilitit is .1 sL ,soii his mit s
been f 1 it unions \t.ui\ '00
'guests 11 ndttlihi tl «. icimi »iim 1 iht ' i'\
facials Ju'i Oitnlxi "N u 1 tl.nnti .1110 J nit
»lng fcii iwnu 1 iii\ ol tin p"s • h.'s mo u n
Mversai!. 11 ilstvntii 0,1 th< v. .n'ii,s 1'i
«first. nhn iil\ I opt uill b. irmi >l rui h*
alun. j   ".an'    ^tpi mKi *■>   .1   .' Iniii It in d
1   1 liosll 1    un 1   n'     Ml   lit ' )\t [   1 ) si It
ic   ()\t>   "Is SLiuniiiiitJ Jt Mil wih ibi
\li tnUi\  I.tipiIOil d IilUl     1K1 d   '1   ,.
d at the grad centre.... The basketball
) gathered November 3 for the "Old-
' intersquad game, the "Young Grads"
Thunderbirds and a buffet dinner at the
club  Alumni hockey was at centre
^tober 27-28 with the fourth annual
i hockey weekend. Over 50 former
lerbirds returned to play in either the
or all-alumni games. Activities wound
;UP \ ih a dinner-dance at the student union
'buil,   ig
0    of the university's women's fraternities,
vs t'
ice t
I   1
j4 grey day did not stop the homecoming alumni
from seeing the campus. A tour ofthe botanical
garden attracted several in the morning, including
Maude Allen, BSA'26, BA'33, in the native
garden with guide Annette Lantzius (right) a
member ofthe volunteer Friends ofthe Garden.
In the afternoon a large group enjoyed a visit to
the museum of anthropology and a guided tour of
its treasures (above).
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ForncKeis ana runner inrormauon on ine above
events or on any UBC athletic event, contact the
athletics office, 228-2295 (women) or 228-2531
(men). (It is suggested that you inquire locally
for location and time of "away" games.) STysi'^iTsinzEsycjsyisz
,-JW, Li. lit
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if was a full house at Camp Elphinstone for the
student leadership conference. This year the
planning was done by the students with the
financial support supplied by the alumni
association and the university administration. The
discussions were wide-ranging and informal with
alumni and faculty participating with the
An Alumni Dance you say„.
Held coincidentally on
St. Patrick's Day
Saturday, March 17,1979
In the Parlor Room ofthe
Vancouver Airport Hyatt
(3500 Cessna Blvd. Richmond)
8:30 pm to 1 am
During which time "City Haul"
will offer a multitude of modern
melodies for your dancing pleasure
(Irish polkas upon request).
The tickets, $9 per person, ,.,,,-
include a midnight hot buffet,      Qf
and are available from the v''
alumni office, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver V6T 1X8 (228-3313).
(Genuine leprechauns admitted free).
Dress is informal... So, gather a group,
come and enjoy.
Sure an'begorra
It'll be a fine affair*
er are
sis ||
Delta Gamma, telebiatcd 50 y ears on rl L
campus with a faculty club banquet Oct 'xi
that welcomed 220 graduates and forn
dents back to the campus. Some came
far away as eastern Canada and the
United States. The roots ofthe DG chat
in UBC's Fairview days and over the
has been closely associated with the d
ment of services for blind students, pn
funds and volunteer labor to help furn h, ar"
range and catalogue the UBC Crane 1 bran
before it was part of the main library 3egg\
(Margaret) Gourlay, BA '29, president if the
group in 1928, when it took the name o Delta
Gamma replied to the toast from the 50t pres
ident, Jan Canning, Arts 4.... The I appa
Kappa Gamma fraternity is also plani ng to
celebrate its 50th year on the UBC campi , next
Branches: Past,
Present and Future
Rustlings among the branches: B.C. House in
London, with Agent-general Lawrie Wallace,
is again hosting a reception for UBC alumni
and fri;nds.... Please contact B.C. House
for farther details. UBC education facultv
members Dennis Milburn and Douglas
McWhannel will be special guests....Also ot
interest to alumni in Great Britain may be the
Canadian Universities Society which has anac
tive program of events, cultural, social and
academic. Aiumni branch contact Alice Hem
ming was host to members at a Canada Da\
garden party. For more information contact
the society at 56 Aberdare Gardens, London
NW6 (01-624-7945)... .The Canadian Embassy
in Tokyo was the site of a branches reception
attended by 25 alumni and guests who met
alumni board member and UBC forestry pro
fessor Oscar Sziklai. He was in Japan as a visiting scientist with the Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science California alumni
welcomed emeritus dean Blythe Eagles at a
reception and dinner November 4 at the facultv
centre, University of Southern California, Los
Speakers Bureau:
Hawe Talk, WIS! Trawei
There's more than just talk to the UBC Sp -alters Bureau — now there's action. Or w ;ere
there was a will there now is a way.
Which is a round-about way of saying hat
the speakers bureau, the association's hi hlv
successful program service now has ft ids
available to subsidize the travel expenses foi
speakers addressing non-profit organizat ins
outside the Lower Mainland. The funds 1 we
been provided by a small grant from the 1 on
and Thea Koerner Foundation and will be i ;ed
to assist non-profit organizations who wis: to
hear a speaker from UBC but who would lot
otherwise be able to arrange the engageme t.
The speakers bureau, now in its fourth ■ ;ar
of operation has recently reprinted its 1971' 79
catalogue listing over 1,000 topics. Copie: ol
the brochure and the terms of reference for he
20  Chronicle /Winter 1978 funding program may be had by contacting the
alumni office.
Applications for financial assistance to bring
a speaker to your community must be made in
writing, at least six weeks prior to the chosen
date, to the speakers bureau office, UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver V6T 1X8 (228-3313).
inter Thompson
js Archaeology
cal ,
only UBC alumnus to be named a Freeman
;e City of Athens, Homer Thompson, BA
MA '27, LLD '49, one of UBC's most
nguished graduates and professor of classi-
achaeology at the Princeton Institute of
meed Study is this year's Norton Lecturer
he Archaeological Institute of America. He
! ready given several lectures in the series
the Athenian agora (he directed the resto-
a of the stoa of Attalos), the philophers,
:Hes and St. Paul among them and At he-
vase painting,— in the United States and
rn Canada. Alumni in the following
."es should inquire locally or contact the
on Lecture, AIA, 53 Park Place, New
, NY 10007 for times and locations of
e lectures: Apr. 18, Appleton, WI; Apr.
Vlilwaukee, WI; Apr. 22, Madison, WI;
23, Iowa City, IA; Apr. 25, Chicago, IL;
26, Rockford, IL; Washington, DC
Champagne in a silver cup - poured byA.E.
(Ab) Richard, BSA'23, quenched the
thirst ofthe winners ofthe Arts '20 Relay - the
engineers. Sixty-seven teams of eight runners
entered the race that began near the UBC
Fairview site and ended at the Cairn on the Main
Mall. A participant in the first running ofthe
relay in 1920, Hugh Keenleyside, BA'20,
(at the microphone) fired the starters gun
for the race. The event was revived in 1969
and is part ofthe intramurals program. The
rowers took second place followed by forestry.
First among the women's teams was field hockey,
followed by rehabilitation medicine and
basketball "B." A fine turnout of alumni from the
Fairview years were on hand to greet the winners
at the finish line.
B.COMM.,   CA.
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By popular demand a return engagem u foi
the University Singers. This award-v mim
choir (most recently the $1,000 first pi
mixed voices in the CBC choral compe
will visit Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo.
tenay, Port Alberni and Parksville in th
of Jan. 15 to 20. Details of the concerts
announced locally. If you can help wi
local arrangements — including bilk
couple of students — who might sing ft
supper — please contact the alumni
6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouvc
Pointed arguments won the day - and the A rthw
Fouks trophy-for the UBC debators againn
opposition from the University of Victoria, :loyal
Roads and Pearson College. The winning u am
(left to right) Brendan McGivern, Ann
Hayward, Richard Clark, Brian Bolton and
Susan Fisher (seated) met with Arthur Fouks
(right) for presentation ofthe trophy and the
honorariums he has offered to provide as long as
the trophy is debated annually.
The debating society is trying to locate all
former members ofthe club so that a
comprehensive history may be compiled. Alumm
debaters are urged to write: UBC Debating
Society, Box 28, SUB, UBC, Vancouver V6T
The Oldest and Largest
British Columbia Trust Company
A Complete Financial
Service Organization
"Serving Western
J.R. Longstaffe BA '57 LLB '58 - Chairman
l.H. Stewart BA '57 LLB '60 - Director
A.G. Armstrong LLB '59 - Director
W.R. Wyman B. Comm.'56 - Director
J.C.M. Scott BA '47 B. Comm. '47 - Director
G.A. McGavin B. Comm. '60 President
W.R.D. Underbill BA '54 LLB '55 - Director
E.G. Moore LLB '70 - Vice President - Alberta
K.E. Gateman B Sc. '61 - Comptroller
P.L. Hazell B. Comm. '60 - Manager Information
R.K. Chow M.B.A. '73 - Pension Trust Administrator
L.J. Turner B. Comm. '72 - Property Development
J. Dixon B. Comm. '58 - Claims Manager
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22   Chronicle Winter 1978 BwotBymy
Jy <jcJ
/ isignsnent Australia
r ".uglas Howie
brass plaque (recently shined) near the
r announced the office of the New
; I h Wales University Press Pty. Inside in
ick-walled room is Douglas Howie, BA
general manager of the press and assis-
t:      registrar of the University of New
■:• • ;h Wales.
■: "s been a long road for Howie. Growing
u; in South Africa, a job in a bank and the
tr,;vel bug took him to London. "I had a
ne;-. friend — RR #1, Cloverdale, B.C. —
di-.l thought I'd go across to Canada." He
i.ivk a post with the Bank of Montreal in
London with the provision that they agree
to send him to Canada. In about a year he
was in Vancouver.
Banking soon lost its appeal when a
summer reporter's job on the Vancouver
Sun appeared. Five of the six hired were
"uni" students (that's Australian for the
place you go to get your education) and the
other was Howie, who wasn't. That summer convinced him that he wanted to attend
university. The financial problems of first
year were coped with by a laboring job at
Kitimat and an old insurance policy.
"I was 23 when I went to UBC. It had
always been my ambition to be a great writer. The comment against my name in the
annual was that I was going to write the
great Canadian novel." Howie did creative
writing with Earle Birney and "if nothing
else he made me realize I couldn't write."
Among other memories are four years of
dishwashing at Acadia Camp, grass hockey
Doug Howie
and Raven, a journal of student, and sometimes faculty, writing. With a "bloke,"
Michael Ames, met at the Sun, he
founded Raven and Howie eventually succeeded Ames as editor.
After UBC, there was a stint with the
National Film Board in Prince George, a
trade magazine in Ontario in need of an
editor,("I got fired there ")and the DEW
line. On a Mexican holiday he met the woman, an Australian, who was to be his wife.
"It was difficult to work on the DEW line if
you were married so I went to the Ontario
College of Education and then taught for a
couple of years in Muskoka."
Australia beckoned the now-Canadian
citizen Howie. While not expecting to settle
there, they planned to stay awhile after
spending all that air fare. "I've never been
able to afford to leave the country," he says
with a grin.
Teaching in Australia turned out not to
have the appeal it did in Ontario and when
the post of publications officer at the University of New South Wales was offered it
was taken.
Doug Howie runs his press as a business:
"We make our books pay for themselves."
These are "quite a few decent textbooks,
general books and even a not-quite coffee-
tabie book."There is an advisory board but
"they knew nothing about publishing and I
knew nothing so I've had to ferret around
and try to come up with the best of all
worlds." The final decision to publish is his
and also the final responsibility for the bottom line.
Of his other title: "They've got a registrar, an associate, two deputies and God
alone knows how many assistant registrars
Sounds fantastic provided you don't put the
plural on it." Along with the title goes the
university publications section, the alumni
association, the ceremonies office and a
printing unit and attendance at all facultv
meetings of applied science, representing
the registrar.
On those office walls are two large attractive oil paintings, the work of his wife, a
first year student at Sydney Uni. Three
daughters in school, complete the family.
But not to be left out of academic pursuits,
the ongoing Doug Howie project is a master's degree at night, with a 20 - 30,000
word project as part of the requirements
He'd like to do an aural history and is presently searching for a suitable topic.
An historical note: "I used to read the
paper at the back of Margaret Ormsby's
class — and she used to make some devastating comments." Sounds like good training for the book business.
Diane Barwlck
Someone remarked that it was only in Australia that he was aware that there was a
Canadian accent. Waiting for Diane
MacEachern Barvvick, BA '59, I couldn't
see anyone coming but could hear a voice
that wasn't Australian. It had a decidedly
distinctive inflection. >
The Barwick accent has weathered the 18
years she has been at the Australian National University in Canberra. She came to
ANU as a doctoral student, stayed on, married a zoologist from New Zealand and lectured in prehistory and anthropology.
Her sun-filled office is lined with books,
and drawings by her daughter, Laura. On
the desk, a sign of spring, a sprig of yellow
wattle and under the desk one ofthe largest
space heaters I saw in Australia. She s.ays
that it's taken her a long time to learn to
cope with the climate.
Interest in aboriginal studies has been
experiencing a renaissance in Australia in
recent years and the two courses she teaches
in the field are among the most popular in
the department. She is the founder-editor
of a new journal on aboriginal studies, one
of the first to deal exclusively with the subject. "The first issue took six months out of
my life," she says.
A long-standing interest in museums
perhaps stems from her work as one of the
■first students to help Audrey Hawthorn
with the UBC collection that is now displayed in the Museum of Anthropology but
then was burrowed away in the library
basement. Her impression after visiting the
new museum was that the artifacts were
now being shown in a suitable environment
*'one of the same standard as the works."
(continued over)
23 FJ31
She has taught at ANU every year except
for a sabbatical in B.C. the year their
daughter was born. "Which makes her a
fourth generation Vancouverite." As they
were married for 15 years before that event
there have been some changes. Their
daughter attends a parent-participation
school, that is something of an innovation
in the local school system. Every parent is
part ofthe teaching roster, and for the Bar-
wicks these assignments are fitted into their
university day. Her husband may take
along an example of a rat skeleton that the
kids (aged three to eight) find fascinating,
"but I'm much better at cuddling and
storytelling," she says. Two other noticeable changes in their life — a lack of time to
do things at the end ofthe day and the loads
of laundry — "I can't figure out how one
small child can produce that many dirty
The impression is that Diane Barwick,
with roots in Vancouver, has transplanted
herself and is thriving. The accent only,
needing occasional refresher trip*.
James and Setty JorcSan
It must be one ofthe great urban spectacles,
the Sydney harbor, its bridge and opera
house on a clear night. That's ihe view from
the home of James V. Jordan. BSA '39, and
his wife, Beiiy Rae Wood Jordan, BA "43.
Some years ago they attended -m aiumni
branch meeting to discover thai they were
the only "true Canadians"' there. The rest,
Australians, who had travelled 'o UBC ioj
their education. And bow long had they
been in Australia? "Eighteen years, this
Today the family interests are in precious
jewelry and diamonds, somewhat distant
from the soil science thai James Jordan
started his career in. After a PhD in soil
science at the Universitv of Oregon he went
to the agricultural chemistry department at
the University of Idaho. He was there fcr 10
years before moving to Australia.
Since then thi-re have been times when
the ivory towers of university Tseareh look
inviting. When asked has he had any hubbies the answer was swift ' Yes, work. I've
never worked such long hours as I do now.''
Adding. "My cdjcalion always scorned to
give mc a bit of knowledge in whatever field
I attempted."
Betty Jordan, who was originally from
Olympic, Washington, has fond memories
of her years at UBC. "I thoroughly enjoy-.-d
it. I was president of ihe A!p:ia Phi grrup
one year. We had our luTie table id«ae Cal"."
After univerjiiiy she was °. sccrew;. in the
defense industries in .Moat real. One i-flier
great interests -- after iheii son zrd his
family — is coquet. Now il-Js is i\e :':d
thing, played si the Royal Svdne;, Croq-j*ji
Club. It's qu'te •."jinpiJcJicd, rather liL:
ches« sod billiards, she say:;.
They lwc a busy life. ,rave:i;pj/ dv:
vurid for busin.'-•■. ■.■■-■<i ■o|.-;;.>:i.v. ."■'joyir;;
!r. rdurnirig m * icir ho;i".t or.. hus'irU'lci
3«y. A-.v. fsv.'Mi't:
really he- s.ys 'kvi
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24   Chr,
cleWinter 1978
In a letter to the Alumni Association Helen
MacGill Hughes, BA'25, (AM, PhD,
Chicago), of Cambridge, Massachusetts informs us that she was named president-elect of
the Eastern Sociological Society and vice-
president-elect of the American Sociological
Association. She also has the title of'Scholar in
Residence' by the Radcliffe Data Resource and
Research Center, Harvard University. Her letter opens with sentiments that echo those ofthe
Chronicle: "I enjoy the personal news in the
Chronicle and feel grieved that there is, nowadays, so little information about the doings of
the graduates ofthe 1920s. Naturally, that will
thin out, but I know there are many of us still
above ground and I am sending you this item,
in the hope some of them will do likewise." The
Spotlight section of the Chronicle is only as
interesting as you are willing to make it. Drop
us a note and let us know where you are, what
you're doing, what you've been doing and any
future plans you might have. TheChronicle and
your fellow alumni look forward to hearing
from you.
Arthur Creelman, BA'31, is a member of the
committee planning the reunion of all North
Vancouver High School graduates — since
1911 — that will take place next May. The
event will also mark the closing ofthe school. If
you are a grad of North Van, there's an invitation for you to attend the festivities. Contact
210 East 23rd, North Vancouver or phone
984-0815.... The Association of University Personnel Administrators of Western Canada has
awarded an honorary life membership to Johm
F. McLean, BA'31. Until his retirement last
year he was director of administrative services
at UBC...Honored for a long and distinguished 42 year career with the agriculture research branch at the Summerland Research station where he was first research scientist and
then director, Donald V. Fisher, BSA'33,
MSA'36, (PhD, Iowa), has been named an
honorary life member at the 23rd annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Horticultural
Science. Although his research endeavors have
involved various aspects of horticulture, the
emphasis has been with tree fruits. He was one
ofthe pioneers in the study of fruit storage.
Two alumni have been appointed to the Universities Council of British Columbia. They
are: Dr. G. Neil Perry, BA'33, LLD'66, and
John D. Hetherington, BASc'45. Dr. Perry
recently retired as a director of the faculty of
public administration at the University of Victoria, was dean of commerce and business administration and also vice-president of UBC
before joining the ministry of education. An
economist, he held several postings with the
federal government, the International Bank for
Research and Reconstruction, and the International Monetary Fund. Jack Hetherington is
president of a Vancouver wholesale lumber
brokerage involved in both domestic and export trade branches throughout B.C. A
member-at-iarge on the board of management
of the alumni association, he has chaired the
government relations committee.... Retired
UBC   professor   of  forestry   Robert   W.
Wellwood, BSF'3S, (PhD, Duke), rect. th M
sited Honduras on behalf of CESO (Cl adiaj
Executive Service Overseas). At the req est ot
a-major match manufacturer in that a mtr\
Weliwood was dispatched to help so! e the
problem of the diminishing supply o! wood
suitable for the production of match splii ^ and
boxes. The recommendations he sub litted
after 10 weeks of study were well recei ed b\
the troubled company....Douglas G. ! :ham.'
beriain, BA'37, BEd'47, and his wife, Dora'
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversa v Au
gust 25, 1978. Now residing in Calgar , he's
had a very full career in the B.C. school s; stent'
teaching in Pacific, Salmo and Nelso i and
being principal in Rossland and d. strict
superintendent of Kamloops, Williams Lake!
Victoria, Alberni, Hope and Princeto.i dis
tricts. He was also president of the BC
Teachers Federation during the 1950-51 erm
Planning to continue his association with the
energy resources field through consulting and
special assignment work, George Wheeler
Govier, BASc'39, (MA, Alberta; PhD, Michi
gan), has retired as chairman of Alberta s
Energy Resources Conservation Board
(ERCB). He had been with the ERCB and its
forerunner, the Oil and Gas Conservation
Board, since 1948. His 30 year service has in
eluded 16 years chairing the board and a two-
year leave of absence (1975-77) to serve as chief
deputy minister of the department of energ\
and natural resources for the Alberta
government....Kick-off speaker at the Cana
dian Manufacturer's Association "Salute to Industry" week in Stratford, Ontario in September was Roy Alex Phillips, BASc'39. Phillips has been executive director of the CMA
since 1975.
Commissioned by the B.C. Teacher's Federation, Behind the Looking Glass: Toward the
Educating Society (Evergreen Press, 1978),
took Charles D. Ovams, BA'40, five years to
write — since his retirement as BCTF general
secretary in 1973 — but is the work of a lifetime
as it expresses his views on education... San
Jose State University professor Margaret Jensen, BSN'46, has been named California's
'Nurse ofthe Year' by the March of Dimes and
the California Nurses Association. Recenth
promoted to full "professor at SJSU, she has
taught at that university since 1964 and has
served as consultant to Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose....Head of nuclear engineering at the University of Washington, Albe 1L.
Babb, BASc'48, (MS, PhD, Illinois), is the
man responsible for the development if a
machine that functions like a kidney dia ysis
machine and that is a significant breakthn ugh
in the treatment of sickle cell anaemia. The
disease, normally associated with black Ar en-
cans, is also claiming sufferers in Iran, 1 rael
and Nigeria.
The daring duo of Stanley Burke, BS '48
and cartoonist Roy Peterson have comb led
forces for another in their series of sati cal
views of Canada. Confusion reigns in Noti dot
until the Ghosts of Cabinets Past appear md
offer Peter Waterhole help: Sir John A. h ic-
Beaver; Sir Charles Tippler; William I vm
Mackenzie Sting and of course, J >ey
Smallgood, the only living father of Confla er-
ation. They all appear in the delightfully ir-
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5 of
Margaret Jensen
freverent Swamp Song (Douglas & Mclntyre,
\ 1978)....Professor of creative writing at UBC,
f Robert Grant Harlow, BA'48, is the author of
|the newly published Making Arrangements
(McClelland & Stewart, 1978). Harlow, who
began writing in his early 20s while attending
creative writing classes at UBC now has four
books in print. To quote the author, his new
book has "Everything — from comedy, pathos,
obsession, whores, horseplayers to con men
and classic humor."
Past president of the alumni association
(1964), David M. Brousson, BASc'49, is now
the director of continuing education and indus-
* try services with the British Columbia Institute
-| of Technology. Founder of Century Sales &
" j Controls Ltd., he has more recently served as a
consultant with a particular interest in small
business. Active in many professional associations, he was an MLA for almost six
years....After four and a half years experience
as operations manager for Techwest Enterprises, Frank Surtleff Fraser, BASc'49, has
been appointed vice-president and general
manager. He is also head of the division of
engineering physics of B.C. Research — of
which Techwest is a subsidiary company.... On
June 5, 1978 Angus G. MacKinnon, LLB'49,
became Mr. Justice MacKinnon of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. His elevation
to the bench followed 28 years of law practice.
A founding faculty member of Simon Fraser
University and former dean of education, John
F. Ellis, BA'50, MA'61, (PhD, Berkeley), has
been appointed principal and chief executive
officer of the Open Learning Institute. Distance learning has long been an interest of his
with some of his widely-published articles on
open universities appearing as early as 1973
(one of them in the Chronicle)....The Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. recently
announced the winners of numerous awards
and among the recipients were several UBC
grads. The community service awards, "for the
substantial and continuing contribution made
toward the well-being of the community in
which the recipient lives" were given to Bruce
Tait, BASc'50, vice-president and director of
John Ellis
Willis, Cunliffe, Tait & Co., Nanaimo; George
E. Plant, BASc'50, director, office of organizational studies at MacMillan Bloedel and vice-
president of the alumni association; and C.
McLean Stone, BASc'51, owner of Island
Precast Concrete, Parksville, B.C. For members who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession,.the professional services
award was given to Samuel L. Lipson,
BASc'36, recently retired head of civil engineering at UBC and to Jerry E. Vernon,
BASc'57, radio engineer with the B.C. Telephone Company. Receiving the editorial board
award was J.A. McEwen, BASc'71, PhD'75,
head of biomedical engineering at Vancouver
General Hospital.
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Robert Chamberlain
past 24 years, J.A.D. (Denny) McDonald,
BSF'51, is the new regional manager of the
Cariboo region, headquartered at Williams
Lake. He has been the assistant regional manager ofthe Kamloops region since 1976.... The
forest protection group of the Pacific Forest
Research Centre in Saanich has a new program
manager— C. Douglas F. Miller, MSA'51. A
specialist in insect ecology and biosystematics,
he was formerly a program manager with Agriculture Canada in Ottawa....Speculation
about the existence of Atlantis continues with
the publication of Atlantis: Fact or Fiction? (Indiana University Press, 1978), edited by Edwin
S. Ramage, BA'51, MA'52. Ramage is professor of classical studies at Indiana University in
Bloomington....The federal government's recent action to close the Petawawa forest experiment station has resulted in the formation of a
committee headed by Roy Whitney, BSF'51.
The committee's purpose is to express the concern of forest scientists over the decreasing research dollars.
Robert E. Chamberlain, BASc'53, has been
elected a Fellow by the Instrument Society of
America at its annual honors and awards ceremony. The citation was given "for innovative
application of control to the recovery of cooking chemicals in kraft pulp manufacture."
Chamberlain is manager of systems engineering at MacMillan Bloedel....Based in Calgary,
Robert H. Brady, BCom'55, has been appointed to the new position of vice-president,
marketing with Fording Coal Limited. He will
be responsible for the marketing and sales
functions....Hoping to increase society's share
in the "battle on crime" is George W. Reed,
LLB'58, who was appointed deputy commissioner of the RCMP's "E" Force — headquartered in Victoria — in August....Lt. Col. Edward J. Gaines, BASc'59, and his wife, Margaret Steele Gaines, BA'61, are now living in
Mons, Belgium. They left their Ottawa home
in July in order that he begin a three-year military posting at SHAPE headquarters.
With 17 years experience in British Columbia, Johan Anton V.Z. de Jong, BA'59,
MA'63, has been appointed as city planner for
St. John's, Newfoundland. From 1953-66 he
was a planner for the municipality of North
Vancouver. Until his recent appointment, de
Jong was chief regional planner with the
municipal affairs department of the city of St.
John's.... Former vice-president ofthe University of Victoria, K. George Pedersen, BA'59,
(MA, Washington; PhD, Chicago), is the new
president of Simon Fraser University. Pedersen, whose special interest is educational ad-
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ministration, was with the University of Vic
toria since 1972 and was appointed vice
president in 1975.
In the swim of things once again, Gail Ree
Gladwell, BEd'60, was off to the First World
Senior Age Aquatic Championships in Toron
to, where she won a bronze medal in the 200
yard breast stroke as well as a fourth and three
fifths. She is also extremely proud of yet
another award — an MSc in home economics
— which she received from the University of
Idaho last May...."You've got to have a fine
edge of fear to give a good performance. A little
bit of trepidation is good; if I lost it I'd know it
was time to move on" — words of wisdom from
Helen A. Donnelly Hutchinson, BA'60, new
co-host of W5, CTV's flagship public affairs
program. For the past five years she has hosted
Canada AM and has been living "children's
hours" for the early morning show, but now
that she is in prime time, "it's a different ball
game" — she can sleep in until 8 a.m....Dean
of women at UBC since 1974, Margaret E
Fulton, MA'60, (BA, Manitoba; PhD, Toron
to), is the new president of Mount Saint Vin
cent University in Halifax. Sharing a common
view of women in society with the University,
Dr. Fulton has put much of her energv into
encouraging women to pursue their interests
and to obtain non-traditional careers regardless
of the obstacles.
Lloyd H. Morin, BA'61, (MA, Alt erta,
PhD, Oregon), has been named the new nrm
cipal of Camosun College, Victoria. He jf med
the college at its inception in 1971, serving as
acting director of liberal and applied arts dur
ing the first year, and most recently was c tree
tor of instructional development and in titu
tional research....Thompson, Manito a is
home for Dale F. Stewart, BSF'61, where he is
assistant deputy minister for both the dt lart
ment of northern affairs and the departmt it of
renewable resources....Sid L. Brail, BP '62
(MSW, Penn.), is the new executive direc jrof
the Toronto YM-YWHA. He has servec as a
social work field instructor at several ui ver-
sities and was appointed president ofthe 1 aval
branch ofthe Montreal 'Y' in 1968. In 197 ', he
became assistant executive director ofthe net
ropolitan New Jersey YM-YWHA. He has
been executive director ofthe Cleveland, >hio
Jewish Community Centre since 1976.
Writer-historian John A. Munro, B; '62, SEHEaEEEEnaaEKisnaata^^
h s
Margaret Fulton
MA'65, is director of the John Diefenbaker
Centre being built in Saskatoon on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The centre is
scheduled to open in 1979 as a public museum
ofthe former prime minister and as a working
archives. It is also designed as a research facility
and a site for lectures and seminars....Visiting
associate professor in the department of geological sciences at UBC, Douglas R. Piteau,
BSc'62, (PhD, Witwatersrand), is now vice-
chair of the Canadian national committee on
rock mechanics in Canada....Tony P. Buzan,
BA'64, advocates mind expansion. His
methods are based on three premises: a sincere
belief in your self-worth and esteem; support
from those around you and good teaching
methods. He developed and introduced the
system of increasing the potential ofthe mind,
outlining it in his book Use Your Head, his
popular BBC-TV series and in workshops
around the world. His "Use Your Head" course
is to begin in Toronto and Vancouver in
1979....New director of the community services division in Medicine Hat is Allan T. Ha-
gan, BSW'64. Prior to his new position, he was
manager of social services in Calgary.
Among four United Church of Canada missionaries on a three-year assignment to Japan is
the husband and wife team of Bernard D. Harder, BA'64, MA'66, (PhD, North Carolina),
and his wife, Helga Kutz Harder, MA'65,
(PhD, North Carolina). Their job is to recognize and nurture the similarities between the
native religion and Christianity. As Bernie
points out, "It's a little different frtim believing
the world is in total darkness and that missionaries come to shed the light."...James
Woodfield, BA'65, PhD'71, is executive assistant to the president, University of New
Brunswick. He is also on the editorial board of
Fiddlehead and managing editor of English
Studies in Canada....Karpov, Korchnoi and
Fischer beware! Duncan Suttles, BSc'66, is
"nationally and internationally regarded as the
best chess player in Canada". At 32, Suttles is
one oi Canada's two international chess grandmasters.... After six years with Shell Canada
Resources,in minerals exploration, Melvyn
Edwa,-d Best, MSc'67, has been assigned as
sectio ■ i hea*d of mineral research with Shell exploration and production in Ryswyk, The
Fiy.-> years ago, Edward T. Mint, BSc'67,
MSc' 0, LLB'73, co-owner with Paul Mercs of
Isle o Man Productions — a hometown pro-
ductiv a company — considered himself lucky
after r promotional venture at the Commodore
nette.. them $200 profit. Last summer their
success at promoting a rock concert — the "Big
Operation" — at Empire Stadium, possibly
netted them between $50,000 and $100,000.
The duo is a neat combination of technical
know-how and solid business sense with Mint
fulfilling the latter category as he handles managers, officials and paper work that every rock
operation runs up against....Avro A. McMillan, MA'68, (BA, Dalhousie; MA, Queen's), is
a planner of cities and plots. He has been a city
planner since 1964 in Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada and now lives in Cornerbrook,
Nfld., where he has been city planner since
1977. But there's a part of him that has always
been a writer and it shows up in the plays that
he has created for the stage. He has had one of
his works produced and now is content to remain in Cornerbrook, working as a planner and
"writing like hell, trying to get people to produce me."...Continuing in the world of city
planners, Graham Farstad, BA'69, (BEd,
Sask.; MA, Queen's), has been appointed deputy city planner for Prince George. He also
chaired the McGregor Action Group which was
instrumental in stopping B.C.'s plans for a diversion dam north-east of Prince George earlier
this year....Patrick F. O'Callaghan, BA'69,
has been appointed as managing partner in the
Calgary office of the Caldwell Partners, an independent national executive recruiting
firm—New store operations manager for
Community Drug Marts is Vera M.D. Piccini,
BA'69. Piccini is also working on an MBA at
Simon Fraser.
David L. Amor, BA'70, (MA, Stanford), is
publications manager/editor for Knox College,
Galesburg, Illinois. He joined the public information office of the college as writer-editor
in August, 1977....Engaged in forestry engineering and logging camp management for
the past eight years, Douglas L. Cooper,
BSF'70, has been appointed general manager
of OK Heli Logging, a subsidiary of Okanagan
Helicopters....Formerly on the teaching staff
of NITEP, George Mann, BEd'70, is now
director of a new Indian museum at Cape
Mudge, B.C. The museum is one of two that
will be receiving the return of the "potlatch
collection", seized by the federal government
many years ago and now being returned to the
Kwakiutl peoples. The other museum is at
Alert Bay, and prominent in the organization of
that museum is Gloria Cranmer Webster,
"We are continually re-examining our structures," says Conrad W. Hnatiuk, MSW'71,
(BA, Winnipeg; BEd, Manitoba), new director
of the Saskatoon and region branch of the Saskatchewan department of social services. He
has been working with social services for ten
years, the past four in Saskatoon as director of
child care and assistant director of the Saskatoon social services office. Hnatiuk foresees an
influx of people into the province — bringing
with them "a whole range of both resources and
needs."... Already a veteran of two federal elections, Gordon R. Ashworth, BA'72, director
of organization at Liberal headquarters since
1976, is now the new campaign director for that
party. From 1974 to 1976 he was special assistant to Ray Perrault, government leader in the
senate, handling the senator's political business
in British Columbia.
Two UBC graduates are pulling themselves
to fame. M. Joy Ward Fera, BRE'72 and
Bruce S. Ford, BSc'76 are both members of
Canada's national rowing team. Having joined
the team in 1976, Mrs. Fera, former member-
at-large on the alumni board of management,
rowed with the eight at the Montreal Olympics.
She has won a number of silver and bronze
medals at meets throughout Europe and last
summer she won a Canadian and Henley gold
medal rowing in the Burnaby Lake eight. She is
a recreational therapist at the George Derby
Centre in New Westminster, B.C. Bruce Ford,
a biologist from Victoria, is in his first year with
the national rowing team. Rowing in the pairs,
he won three Canadian championships in 1977
and two more this past summer. He also has a
gold medal from the 1978 British Columbia
championships.... Formerly on the staff on the
North Island Regional School Board in Laval,
Quebec, Marjorie MacDonald MacFarlane,
MEd'72, (BEd, McGill), is now director of
instruction for the Penticton school district.
She brings ten years of experience to her new
venue, including terms as department head and
vice-principal in a high school of 1700 students.
Patricia McFarland, BA'72, is Western advertising representative for the Reader's Digest
Association. She joined the Digest sales staff in
1974 and will continue to make her headquarters in the Toronto office and to represent accounts in the greater Toronto area as
well....Lawrence F. Bracko, BFA'73, has
joined the industrial education staff of Maple
Ridge Senior Secondary School. A teacher of
plastics, Bracko spent five years in the plastics
industry in Edmonton before obtaining his de-
Alumni Award
Of Distinction
Honorary Life
Each year the UBC Alumni
Association makes two awards —
the award of distinction, its highest
honor, to a graduate who has made
a distinguished contribution in his or
her field of endeavor and the
honorary life membership to
recognize outstanding contributions
to UBC and education. To nominate
someone for either award, send the
nominee's name, a brief
biographical outline and your
reasons for making the nomination
to the Awards Committee, UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Rd., Vancouver V6T
by February 15,1979.
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beginners to advanced students of
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free to enjoy faculty-conducted excursions in the beautiful Loire Valley,
Brittany, Normandy, etc.
Our low rate includes scheduled
return flight to Paris via Air Canada,
university residence accommodation,
two meals daily, tuition, excursions,
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Departures on July 3 and 31 and
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Vineyards of France
Magnificent 17 day tour gives you a
taste of Alsace, Burgundy, the Rhone,
Provence, Languedoc, Armagnac,
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Includes airfare, first class accommodation, breakfast daily, five
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Castles, Vineyards
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A Historical Tour of Germany, the
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Visit the Rhine Valley, the wine-village
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the "Romantic Road", Heidelburg and
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Lorraine in France, the Grand Duchy
of Luxembourg, Bastogne, Brussels
and Bruges in Belgium, Zeeland,
Rotterdam, Delft and Amsterdam in
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Stay in castle-hotels, enjoy great
food, rare wines and informal history
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from Montreal, slightly more from
other Canadian cities.
For information and reservations,
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fT^f , ^
gree....Since graduating from UBC, Edjar
Goodair, PhD'73, has been a member ofthe
mathematics department at Memorial University.... Assistant to the director of the Fine Arts
Gallery at UBC, J. Willard Holmes, BA'73, is
now the new curator of contemporary art at the
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. His experience
includes the position of curator of exhibitions
at the Vancouver Art Gallery and founder-
director of the Pender Street Gallery — an
experimental non-profit art gallery focusing on
contemporary art from British Columbia. He
has served as an art critic from the Vancouver
Province and CBC-FM Vancouver.
Although his card may not read 'Have drill,
will travel,' Leslie C.K. Ho, BSc'74, is a dentist on the go. Operating one of a pair of mobile
dental units, Ho was temporarily located in
Fort St. John where his services were used to
alleviate the 400-strong waiting list for the local
dentists....Brent W. Sinclair, BA'74, is pursuing a PhD in Classics at the University of Cincinnati since returning in June from Rome
where he was a visiting scholar at the American
Academy... .Currently teaching classical guitar
performance at Capilano College, North Vancouver, Gregory Paul Bankes, BMus'75, has
given recitals in Vancouver and Seattle. He has
also a number of radio and television credits to
his name....Two UBC grads have been appointed regional 4-H specialists with the youth
development branch of the B.C. ministry of
agriculture. Holly J. Hannigan, BHE'75 and
M. Jeanne Groot, BHE'78, will be coordinating 4-H activities while conducting leadership
training programs in their respective districts
— Hannigan in Vernon, and Groot in Prince
Choenna Lyncaster, BA'75, has been extremely busy at the Penticton Theatre Club.
During the summer, she directed Any Number
Can Die, a take-off on the murder mysteries of
the '20s and '30s. Since joining the club a year
ago, she has acted in a number of productions
as well as directing, and has taught the acting
course at Okanagan College, Penticton campus. She holds licentiate and associate performers certificates from Trinity College of London. .. ."Pictures that people can walk up to and
get something out of," is how James E.
McKenzie, BFA'75, describes his art. A realist
in style, McKenzie transfers some ofthe many
colour slides he has shot into carefully brushed
and airbrushed watercolors. The results are
hauntingly true to life. Some of his works have
been on display in the Student Union and Fine
Art Galleries at UBC and at two group shows at
the Burnaby Art Gallery.
George Coutlee, LLB'76, is a native Indian
from Merritt who dropped out of school after
grade eight. Today, after being admitted to the
bar in January of this year, he is practising law
in Kamloops. He worked days and took night
and correspondence courses to complete high-
school, and then worked nights while enrolled
in college and UBC. He hopes to help Indians
improve their economic situation and is campaigning for federal minority legislation that
would allow more Indians to participate in any
profession or trade.... New dean of instruction
at the Vancouver Vocational Institute is Marvin E. Lamoreux, EdD'76. He has an extensive background in marketing, business administration and adult education, and for the
past four and one-half years has taught at the
Vancouver Community College's Langara
Campus, lecturing in marketing, financial
management and real estate law....New jobs
for Maureen Mercer Richardson, BA' {and
husband Robert J. Richardson, BPE'7i ha\e
taken the couple to Toronto where the- h<uc
begun a term of service with Mennonitt Cent
ral Committee working with youth guid; ice.a
division of Youth for Christ....Refinet food
can contribute to iron deficiencies says anice
M. Tanaka, BHE'78 — but so can swi ;hing
from iron cookware to aluminum and st.. mless
steel. Tanaka made her observations while
working at the South Central Health L an m
Kamloops last summer....Grand Forks BC
has a new adult residence, Broadacre^. and
Mary jean Wickstrom, BSN'78, has be. n ap
pointed as supervisor. She holds a residential
child care certificate from Mount Roy a; College, Calgary and brings with her a aned
background of experience including volunteer
tutoring for the Vancouver-Richmond As;socia
tion for the mentally retarded, development
and supervision of a recreation program for the
handicapped children of Nelson, B.C. and an
independent study investigating the needs of
families with handicapped children.
Dr. and Mrs. P.T. Coleridge, (Florence
Johnson, BSc'67), a daughter, Stephanie An
nette, January 27, 1978 in Ottawa....Dr. and
Mrs. Edgar Goodair, PhD'73, a son, John
Mark, August 30, 1978, a brother for Timothy
Edgar, October 30, 1975, both births in St
John's, Nfld....Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones,
BSF'74, (Colleen Jervis, BSc'74), a daughter,
Jennifer Lynne, May 10, 1978 in Mackenzie,
B.C....Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peachey, (Terry
Corriveau Peachey, BEd'75), a son, Brent
Graham, March 22, 1978 in Vancouver....Mr
and Mrs. John A. Petrak,. BSc'64, MSc'66,
(Norma-Jeanne Rowell, 4th year Arts, UBC), a
daughter, Lisa Marie, August 13, 1978 in Van
couver....Mr. and Mrs. Michael Purves-
Smith, MMus'71, (Shannon Purves-Smith,
BMus'71), a son, Michael Dante, May 22,1978
in Kitchener, Ontario....Mr. and Mrs. Victor
A. Simpson, BA'72, MA'74, LLB'77, a son,
Andrew Franklin Albert, May 27, 1978 in Victoria....Dr. and Mrs. Philip W. Suckling,
PhD'77, a daughter, Karla Leilani, May 30,
1978 in Brandon, Manitoba.
Lemuel James Bayly, BASc'46, Septen ber,
1978 in Vancouver. Former assistant superintendent of building & grounds (1947-70 , he
joined the staff of the Housing Departme it in
1970 as special assistant to the director of residences, then in 1974, he rejoined physical > lant
as a planning analyst. He was a membr of
numerous organizations including the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. am' the
Canadian Institute of International Afi iirs.
Survived by his son (Steve Bayly, BA'77),! aree
brothers (Cyril Bayly McKenzie, BASc t9),
and four sisters.
William Griffiths Black, BA'22, (MA, I aD,
Chicago), September, 1978 in Vancotver.
With his family, Dr. Black came to Canada
from England in 1903 and resided in Trail -. ■ ntil
he moved to Vancouver in 1919. After a B ;\ at
28   Chronicle/Winter 1978 i J
UBC, i
at Van
a prof'
he wa
rthe Ga-
'field o
taught for three years in Vancouver,
I U]enu n an MA at Chicago, returning to teach
I at Van    uver Normal School before becoming
k     i.   or of education at UBC. He served as
i charge of vocational training for the
>mmand of the Canadian Army dur-
II. In 1964 he became director of a
ent subsidized vocational counselling
(veringB.C. After retirement in 1968,
ictive in numerous organizations in-
he Vancouver Folk Society, the Cana-
e Society and parent-teacher organiza-
? was a recipient of the Silver Jubilee
ie Good Servant Medal issued by the
i Council of Christians and Jews, and
et Sedgewick Award for work in the
zivil liberties. Survived by a brother
'. Black, BA'27, BEd'35) and four sis-
iers(M. ry L. Black, BA'27; Dorothy L. Black,
David Hamilton Brock, BA'30, September,
1978 i» Vancouver. A well-known writer,
broadcaster and television personality and contributor to the Chronicle, Brock was the son of
Dean Reginald and Mildred Brock after whom
Brock Hall was named. Survived by his wife,
three brothers, two sons (John S. Brock,
BSc'64; Timothy Brock, BA'69), and two
daughters (Phoebe Brock, BA'64, MSW'72;
Hilary M. Brock Gazetas, BA'66).
Audrey Dean, BEd'75, September,
1978 in Richmond. Born in London, England,
came to Vancouver in 1957. An elementary
school teacher, she taught for the past 12 years
in Richmond, specializing in music — recorder
groups and choirs. Survived by her husband
two daughters.
Earle Foerster, BA'21, MA'22, (PhD, Toronto), September, 1978 in Nanaimo. Dr.
Foerster was active throughout his life study-
the habits of Pacific salmon. His book on
salmon won the U.S. Wildlife Society's best
fishery book of the year award. He served as
researcher and director of several government
biological stations. He was a member of the
Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club, the Nanaimo
Symphony Society and former member of the
of UBC. Survived by his wife, (Gwen
Kemp Foerster-, BA'22).
Esther Maude McGill Harkness, BA'28,
(LMus, McGill), July, 1978 in Vancouver. A
member of the University Women's Club, she
a supervisor at Canada Manpower at the
time of her retirement. Survived by her sister
(Evelyn McGill McGauley, BA'32), a daughter
and a son (D. Graeme Harkness, BSc'70).
Garrett S. Livingston, BA'24, March, 1978 in
Colorado Springs. An avid hockey player at
UBC, Mr. Livingston was a Rhodes scholar.
Survived by a son, a daughter and a brother.
Lester W. McLennan, BA'22, (BSc, Oxon),
August, 1978 in Fullerton, California. A
diodes scholar, he was with Union Oil of
California. The McLennans were the organizes of the northern California branch of the
Alumrr Association and were active in the
southern California branch for many years.
Survived by his wife (Cora Metz McLennan,
BA'22) two brothers (Rev. Percy G. McLennan, I A'26) and three sisters (Edna C.
McLennan Irish, BA'28).
Wife; O. Williams, BASc'39, April, 1978 in
"ancouver. He was on the engineering staff of
the city of Vancouver for 25 years before he
retired a 1977, and was active in many musical
wgani? itions in the city, playing and arranging
ttombceie and piano. Survived by his wife and
two sis'.-irs.
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which was never allowed to impair his buoyant
cheerfulness of spirit.
We shall not look upon his like again. He was
in all our minds, not as professor, dean or
president, head of committees or chairman of
senate, but simply as Walter Gage. Each of his
friends was inclined to believe himself Walter's
best friend. No member of staff could fail to
appreciate his awareness of problems and
openness to approach.
He will be grievously missed, for there is no
one to take his place. In the Faculty Club,
however thronged in the future it may be, we
shall always sense an empty chair, a vacancy, a
missing contact once filled or furnished by
Walter, whose word of welcome and candid
smile we have so long taken for granted and
must now know only in memory.
- From an appreciation of Walter Gage
prepared at the request of the Faculty
Association by professor emeritus
Roy Daniells, BA'30, DLif75
Walter Gage, the teacher.
It was over 30 years ago — January 1945, the
war still thundering on, Norman A.M. MacKenzie still a freshman president — that I got
that examination paper back, the only 100 per
cent I ever received at university. And I remember sitting in Brock Hall coffee shop in
stunned bemusement, flipping through the
pages, frankly gloating over the checkmark beside the answer to every question. And on the
final page, the final checkmark so much
heavier, more emphatic, than the others —
looking at it you could see the marker's delight.
Under it was written: "Good boy!"
It was initialled "WHG".
I was not interested in math. I took it only
because I had to, and quit taking notes — when
we began calculus, I believe — though naturally I didn't quit going, as soon as I was sure of a
second class.
Yet I learned math.
I don't remember learning it. I do remember
my fellows in that Arts 100 herd being twitted
about exploits of their parents as students. I
remember being regaled with tales of the
sophisticated delights of beautiful downtown
Horsefly, or Ladysmith, or Castlegai while!
the expatriate of the place squirmed inh-lanousl
discomfort: how can anyone make the phraJ
"Stainsby — from Ladner, I believe"
damned funny?
I recall games like guzinta — remember5 SrJ
guzinta 18 three times...! remember the nenf
ous tick of chalky thumb flipping across gnnf
ning lips and being bemused that there w
never a chalk-smudge on his face, though there!
so often was on his sports jacket.
What I do not remember is any agony i
learning math.
- Donald Stainsby, BA'til
The image I will always retain of Walter Gage,
that gentle man known for his gentleness, was
one forgotten day decades ago when the engineering students at UBC went on a noon-
hour rampage. Phases ofthe moon, probably,
or whatever sets the primitive into flux. A great
mob of them, several hundred strong, were
running amok, smashing furniture, threatening to break heads and generally acting like
young musk oxen in heat.
Dean Walter Gage, who spent most of his life
smiling and always walked with that distinctive
gait ofthe second male lead striding in from the
wings in a London play, was apprised of the
mini-riot and set that stride in motion (an
academic Jack Benny) along the university mall
to the engineering building as the apprentice
baboons were about to move their destruction
on to another building.
Never varying the smile, never raising that
mellifluous voice, he quietly faced down the
mob — a lone, tweedy, bay-windowed figure
against mindless muscle. They retreated. He
didn't. He wasn't the goody-two-shoes that his
manner indicated.
In those days, there was (there may still l
for all I know) a provincial government bursar) f
plan. If you kept your marks to a certain ]
and didn't have money for fees, shoe leather or!
Saturday nights at the Alma dancehall, Victoria j
would advance you money, 40 per cent as a j
and the other 60 per cent to be paid back within j
three years of graduation.
Dean Gage was the man in charge of the B
funds. Broke by Christmas? Ready to drop!
out? He was the man to see. He listened!
smiled, patted the bedraggled soul on the j
shoulder — and approved the "loan."
Only problem was that often the government!
funds were exhausted. Victoria's "grant" camel
from the bank account of the smiling man who I
never married. He was married to a university]
instead. He invested in its students much of his j
own money and he invested in the university]
his life.
- Allan Fotheringham, BA'54,\
writing in the  Vancouver]
The Wally Wagon, 1972, with (left to right) George Morfitt, Dean McKay and Walter Gage.
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