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FALL 19881
Dc Strangwa/s Vision for the Future of UBC
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FALL 1988
Dc Strangway sees the need for a world dass
John Diggens emphasizes the need for alumni support
Reunions; awards, branches and Homecoming
Cecil Green Park House is front and centre 16
Circle Productions' commercials are made to entertain. By John Lekkh BEd'78
Di Strangwa/s fifth draft of his mission statement
is not without controversy. By Chris Petty MF/V86
An alumnus prefers the Engish of the past to the
delect of the present By Malcolm F McGregor
Arts_0, MA'31
Deborah Nicholson
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Stiayne Boyd, BComm'81
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Godwin Eni, MSc.1, PMT87
Janet Gawnchi*, BComm'77, MBA'86
Oscar Sridai. MF61, PhDW, BSHSopnm)
Deborah Apps
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rhen I came to UBC to serve as president, the institution was in a difficult
period. Years of recession and financial restraint had taken their toll, and the
strain was beginning to show. Some buildings, constructed decades earlier as temporary facilities, were literally falling apart, programs were in danger of stagnating and staff
and faculty were becoming demoralized.
It was clear to me, virtually from the day I
arrived, that we needed to take a hard look at
UBC, what it was, what it had become and
what it could be in the future. I decided to
develop a statement that would help reinforce the identity and purpose of the University in the 1990s and beyond.
I also knew from the beginning that preparing such a statement would only be useful if
there was extensive consultation with all areas of the University, the community and the
government. My job was to listen to the diverse needs and opinions of the various
groups, review the position of UBC both historically and currently in the province, and
consider the changing environment we are
facing in the coming decade. Within this
process we have developed an extensive plan
for the future of the University.
The task of preparing what is now the fifth
draft of the statement has been an interesting
The UBC Spirit is Coining Home
Homecoming '88
Schedule of Events
Saturday, Oct. 1
AMS Executives Reunion Luncheon
Homecoming Football Game and Tailgate Party 2:00 p.m.
(Thunderbird Stadium)
Monday, Oct. 3
Homecoming Parade 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (On Campus)
Meet the Brass 4:30 - 6:30 (SUB Plaza North)
AMS Art Gallery Opening 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Fortieth Anniversary)
Homecoming Pit Bash 10:00 p.m. (Pit Pub)
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Just Desserts 7:30 p.m. (Cecil Green Park House)
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Judging of the "Decorate Your Building" Competition 12:30 p.m. (Around Campus)
AMS Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Cecil Green Park House)
Thursday, Oct. 6
Arts 20 Relay Run 12:30 p.m.
Homecoming Arts Festival 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (SUB Partyroom)
Great Trekker Awards Dinner 7:00 p.m. (SUB Ballroom)
Friday, Oct 7
Homecoming Octoberfest 8:00 p.m. (SUB Ballroom)
Oct 3-Oct 7
Homecoming Scavenger Hunt
For more information call 228-3313
and rewarding one. I have had the opportunity of meeting with hundreds of people inside and outside the University. Their views
are reflected in the Mission Statement.
The heart of the Mission Statement is a
reaffirmation of UBC's long history. It builds
on the past and lays a foundation for the
continuing evolution of the University. Thirty
years ago, UBC was the only significant post
secondary institution in the province. During
the 1960s and 1970s, a large, sophisticated
system of colleges and universities developed to serve our increasingly diverse and
demanding society. By the 1980s, even as we
were going through a period of economic
hardship, UBC had evolved into the premier
institution of higher learning in the province,
and had taken its place as a major North
American university.
The facts are undeniable. UBC receives
$75-million annually in competitively
awarded grants, placing us among the top
three Canadian universities. Our departments and schools are regularly reviewed by
external experts. Recent reviews of geography, commerce, dentistry, education, forestry, business administration, economics,
medicine and others rank them in the top 20
when compared to similar departments
around the world and frequently judge them
the best in Canada. These rankings are based
on competitive grants, subject competitions,
faculty research citations, economic impact
and research funding. Clearly, UBC's place is
at or near the top of the academic pyramid
The UBC Mission Statement recognizes
and builds on this reality. By attracting and
keeping the very best B.C. and Canadian
students, by encouraging applications from
the best international students, and by working for more and varied research activity, the
University's reputation and value to this society can only be enhanced.
The system exists in British Columbia to
serve a wide range of academic needs. Students with the desire and ability must be
given access to higher learning; a healthy,
progressive society depends on it. Institutions must be funded adequately to meet this
need, and new institutions to address growing needs, such as a university for the
interior, must be established.
At the same time, the kind of exceptional
academic activity that goes on at UBC must
be fostered and strengthened. There is an
ongoing need in our system for a world class
I urge all alumni to read the Mission Statement. The fifth draft was published in UBC
Reports asking the University to respond.
The final document will be prepared following this input and released in the fall. 1 am
extremely interested in hearing the views of
Your thoughts and observations will help
UBC meet the challenges of the 21st century.
David W. Strangway, President
The University of British Columbia
For a copy of the UBC Mission Statement, call or
write the UBC Alumni Association, m
4   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 'ens
Aliimni Ac£iv_i
I had the opportunity recently to look
through some back issues of The Chronicle. The magazine provides an interesting
and exhaustive history of the Association,
and I was impressed by the consistent service
the Association has provided its membership. It's also interesting to see how much
and how little things have changed over the
For instance, in the December 18, 1939,
issue of The Graduate Chronicle, there is a
whimsical editorial about the B.C. Temperance Union's outrage over liquor appearing
on the tables of cabarets in Vancouver. The
writer offers to research this problem if the
BCTU will kindly supply him with free tickets
to the cabarets.
There is, unfortunately, another story in
that issue that sounds all too familiar. The
headline reads, "Financial Situation of the
Alumni Association Bad." To quote the article, "The president asked the treasurer how
the financial situation was and the treasurer
refused to reply because the situation was
unspeakable." It seems that the more things
change, the more they stay the same.
Our services to alumni have increased dramatically since those early days. Any of you
who have had occasion to use our services to
organize a reunion or division event know
how difficult and time-consuming such work
is, and appreciate the professional staff we
have to help you. Now, however, we are
financially unable to keep up with this growing demand.
We have taken some drastic steps to trim
our operations budget, and we are striving to
increase our income by marketing Alumni
Association products and services to our
members. Still, our situation remains "unspeakable."
One bright light, however, has begun to
shine. The University has allowed us to appeal to you through our annual fund campaign. When you donate to the Association
this year, you will be able to assign your gift to
the Association, the University or any other
fund (scholarship, bursary, chair, etc.) of your
choice. I ask that you consider giving at least
a part of your gift to the operation of your
Alumni Association. Your donation will help
us keep up production of division newsletters, improve existing programs and develop
new ones, and allow us to respond to the ever
increasing demand on our very important
services to our members.
Your support will help sustain our relationship with you and with the University, and
will end, I hope, the long tradition of Association treasurers unable to answer the question, "How is the financial situation?"
Thank you in advance for your support. ■
John Diggens, President
UBC Alumni Association
The Medical Division is once again hosting a lecture to be given preceding the
opening reception for the BCMA annual
general meeting. "Modern Medicine with
Pagoda Roofs" will be presented by Dr.
Shelley Naiman on October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Vancouver Trade and Convention
The Social Work division will hold their
annual reunion and meeting on October 18
at 7:00 p.m. at Cecil Green Park.
The Annual Engineers Award Dinner
will be held at the Engineer's Club on November 17. The award winner will be announced at a later date.
Agricultural Sciences Alumni and
guests, Saturday, October 22, are invited on
a guided tour of the UBC Botanical Gardens. Meet at the Gate House in the Gardens at 1:45 p.m., rain or shine. Refreshments will follow. Please RSVP to Agnes
Papke at 228-3313.
Class of '78 MBA/MSc, September 23,
Cecil Green Park
Class of '48 Engineering, September 30/
October 1, Cecil Green Park
Class of '38, September 30/October 1,
Cecil Green Park
Class of '78 Commerce, October 29, Cecil
Green Park
Homecoming Football Game and Stadium
Party, October 1, UBC Stadium
Arts '20 Relay Race, October 6, UBC
Great Trek Award Dinner, October 6, Student Union Building
Oktoberfest, October 7, Student Union
We have been forced to move our
monthly pub night. The new site is:
Original Hectors
49 Eglington Street, Toronto.
(Two blocks west of the Unicorn)
We still meet on the third Wednesday of
every month at 7:30 p.m. and proceed onward till the last dog is hung. Tell all your
UBC friends and come out to pub night!
The Ottawa Branch of the Alumni Association held a successful reception at the National Arts Centre on June 9, 1988.
Tom Siddon, former UBC professor, MP
and Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, was
host for the event. Dr. Strangway spoke to
Ottawa branch members and guests about
the upcoming major campaign, the recently released Mission Statement, and the
importance of the Alumni Association to
the health of the University. An excellent
time was had by all.
The Orient
Dr. Strangway attended receptions in Taiwan and Singapore during a visit to the
Orient in June. In Taipei, he gave a commencement address to students at Tunghei
University and attended a reception for
friends and alumni of UBC. The reception
was organized through the B.C. Trade Office in Taipei. In Singapore, Dr. Strangway
talked at an orientation for students interested in attending university in Canada. He
also attended a reception for friends and
alumni sponsored by the Canadian Alumni
Association and the Canadian High Commission.
Continued branch development in the
Orient and elsewhere is a high priority of
the Association.
Each year we recognize individuals who
have in one way or another made a significant contribution to the University or the
Alumni Association. If you know anyone
who would be worthy of receiving one of
the following awards, please contact the
Programmes Department at the Association office, 228-3313.
Alumni Award of Distinction recognizes
truly outstanding international achievements of UBC Alumni.
Association Honorary Life Membership recognizes contributions made to the
UBC Alumni Association and/or UBC by a
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is
awarded to a UBC Alumnus under 36
whose endeavours in professional, civic,
business, arts, home-related, political or
similar activities are worthy of recognition
and have brought honour to UBC.
Faculty Citation is awarded to members
of the faculty who are recognized as having
an established record of outstanding service to the general community in capacities
other than teaching and research. Recipient need not be a UBC alumnus.
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service Award
honours someone who has contributed extraordinary time and energy to the Alumni
Association. ■
CHRONICLE/FALL 1988   5 __%)ewg In JOriei
A reunion for graduates of the School of
Architecture was held on June 19, 1988, at
Heritage Hall in Vancouver. All years were
invited to the reunion.
This event was the first planned by the
recently formed architecture division of
the Alumni Association. Architecture grads
from any year interested in getting involved in the division can call Dino Rapanos, 228-3839 for details.
The Geography Alumni Alliance is holding an AGM/social on Wednesday, September 21, at Cecil Green Park House, UBC, at
7:30. All geography alumni are invited to
greet old friends and meet new ones. There
will be slide shows of recent tours through
Japan and China, plus election of the
alumni alliance committee for next year.
All geography alumni will be receiving
ballot forms in the UBC Geogramme newsletter within a few weeks. Please fill out the
UBC Intramural Sports
... invites Alumni to
take part in the 68th annual
ARTS '20
Thursday, October 6,1988
12:30 P.M.
(Register by Sept. 30,1988)
... in celebration of
"Homecoming Week 1988"
This historic 10.6 km, 8 person     »
team relay race is open to alumni^
Race from      ^m ^^
V.G.H. to UBC "* ^
UBC Intramural Sports
Room 66
Student Union Building
6138 S.U.B. Blvd. UBC
ballot form and return to the geography
department or bring it with you to the
social. We hope you can attend this event
and show your support for the Alumni Association.
The Aggie division has established a
scholarship for students entering the undergraduate programme of the faculty of
agricultural sciences for the first time. Future fundraising will be directed toward establishing an endowment fund to support
the award in perpetuity. The amount of the
annual award will be a minimum of $1,000
and will be first awarded in 1989/90.
Aggie alumni and families from the
Lower Mainland gathered at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley for an old
fashioned day of picnicking on Saturday,
July 16. Children played games and ran
races (organized to perfection by Lora and
Phil Chow) while the adults played a close
match of serious and spectacular softball.
Drs. Bruce Owen and George Eaton
dropped by to visit with some "old" students.
There is a scheme afoot for another picnic next year, so plan on getting a group of
your classmates together and enjoy the society of fellow Aggies!
In the article on UBC spinoff companies
(Chronicle, Summer, 1988) it stated that
Karl Brackhaus is a former UBC professor.
Dr. Brackhaus received his PhD from UBC
in 1975 (Thesis: "The Cyclotron"), but has
never been employed by the University as a
professor. The Chronicle apologizes for any
inconvenience caused Dr. Brackhaus.
Put Paramount Pictures, Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini and Cecil Green together
and what do you get? A great Hollywood
The wedding scenes shot for Cousins, a
new film from director Joel Schumacher,
were shot at Cecil Green House in late June
and early July this year. Both the house
and the staff behaved in an exemplary
manner, though some staff members could
be seen hanging out the windows to catch
sight of the stars.
Students from Ray Hall's UBC film class
observed various aspects of the shooting,
and were invited to the editing booth to see
Ted Danson prepares for a scene in the movie Cousin^
shot recently at Cecil Green Park.
the daily rushes.
Cecil Green House played the part of a
California reception hall in the movie and
showed great star quality.
Cousins is a remake of the French film,
Cousin, Cousine. Producers hope to release
the movie for Christmas.
The highest award of the British Columbia Library Association, the Helen Gordon
Stewart Award, was made in May to Professor Lois M. Bewley (Arts '47) of the UBC
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Professor Bewley, who has
been a faculty member at the school since
1969, was given the award "in recognition
of outstanding lifetime achievement in librarianship in British Columbia."
An active participant in library associations and government library commissions, Professor Bewley is a former president of the B.C. Library Association and
the Canadian Library Association. She has
taught and written extensively in the areas
of public libraries, library legislation, library architecture and intellectual freedom.
We forgot to credit the creator of the
magnificent statue that graced the cover of
the spring Chronicle. The statue Ortho-
kinetic was used to commemorate the
opening of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre in January, 1988. It is the work
of John Sund, a graduate of Emily Carr
College of Art and Design.
6   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 ews
In Joriel:
Architects'rendering ofthe Consematory, Cecil Green
Park House.
Cecil Green Park House, headquarters of
the Alumni Association and the site of over
350 weddings, receptions, conferences, Association events and meetings every year is
to undergo major renovations and upgrading.
Plans for renovations were drawn up by
architect B. Gordon Hlynsky and include
work on all areas of the mansion. All the
wood panelling in the house will be refurbished, and flooring and leaded windows
will be repaired and restored. There are
plans to reconstruct the conservatory and
to re-install its glass roof. A permanent roof
will be built over part of the patio at the
rear of the house, and the foyer and library
will be redesigned.
Upstairs offices at the house will be modernized, and all electrical and plumbing
services will be upgraded. Alterations will
be made to the entrances so the house will
be wheelchair accessible.
The house will be closed to all functions
during the month of November, 1988, and
from January to April, 1989.
Funds for the renovations were provided
from a bequest by Ida Green, wife of Cecil
Green. Mrs. Green passed away in Decem-
ber, 1986.	
James Beveridge (Arts '38) was cleaning
out his closet in Toronto and came across a
pile of UBC Totems, yearbooks from the
teens to forties. He sorted through and kept
some that had personal nostalgic value and
decided to give the rest to the Alumni Asso
ciation. On a recent trip to Vancouver, Mr.
Beveridge visited Cecil Green House and
presented 21 issues of the UBC Totem to the
Alumni Association.
Mr. Beveridge was a member of the Publication Society at UBC in the thirties, and
was editor of the Totem in 1936. He was
also active in the Ubyssey and the Graduate
Chronicle. "The PubSoc at that time was
filled with very lively, very talented people," he said, with the likes of Dorwin Baird,
Norman Depoe, Zoe Clayton and Bill Mays
all struggling to pound out copy on deadline.
He worked with Shell Oil in India, and
spent many years with the National Film
Board in Ottawa, Montreal and London. He
currently lives in Toronto.
The UBC Alumni Association is currently
looking for an executive director to manage its affairs. The person must have experience in one or more of the following:
fund-raising, management (financial and
personnel), communications, special
events planning and administration. The
new executive director will also be required to deal effectively with all levels of
university administration, private business
and government and be familiar with the
operation of volunteer organizations.
If your career has made you an effective
generalist, able to manage an organization
of dedicated, diverse people, send your resume to the Alumni Association, c/o Deborah Apps, Acting Executive Director,
6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver,
V6T 1W5.	
Professor Emeritus Robert M. Clark conducted a random survey of 1,000 individuals on Vancouver's West Side to find out
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how they felt about the Free Trade Pact
with the United States. Respondents were
asked if they were sympathetic, undecided
or unsympathetic to the agreement. Of
those polled, 48.2 per cent favoured the
pact, 29.6 per cent were neutral or undecided, and 22.2 per cent were opposed.
The survey, Clark admits, represents a
particularly skewed portion of the population: more men than women were interviewed, persons in business occupations
were better represented than those in
skilled or unskilled occupations, and UBC
faculty, staff and students were over-
represented in relation to the rest of the
population. Clark feels, however, that the
survey accurately portrays general acceptance of the Free Trade Pact.
Professor Clark, whose specialty is government finance, was a member of the
department of economics from 1946 to
Pharmacy '53 grads had their seventh
quinquennial reunion (i.e.: every five years)
Members ofthe pharmacy class of 1953 at their 35th reunion. May 8 and 7, 1388.
on May 6 and 7, 1988. Class members and
their spouses gathered for an evening reception at the home of Bev and Louanne
Twaites on Friday, and for dinner at the
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Robert Montgomery
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Victoria, B.C. V8T 5A4    380-7777
Serving UBC Graduates
Faculty Club on Saturday.
Special guests were Class of '53 professors Dr. Jack HaUiday, Dr. Finlay Morrison
and Mr. Norman Zackarias, as well as Dean
Emeritus Bernard Reidel and Dean John
Pharmacy's professional practice night
will be held September 29 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Faculty Club Ballroom. The AGM and
election will be held November 5 at 7:30
p.m., also at the Faculty Club. Call Louanne
Twaites at 224-0390 for details.
The UBC Alumni Oldtimers hockey
team, "The Old Birds," completed another
tour to Europe in early May. A team of 22
played two games of non-contact hockey in
Finland, two games in Leningrad and Moscow, and one game in Czechoslovakia.
The team was made up of UBC faculty,
alumni and other friends of the University.
The oldest player and captain was Lew
Robinson, professor emeritus of geography.
The tour company in Finland misinformed the UBC team, and there were no
over-50 teams in any of the three countries
the team visited! Except in one Finnish
game, the UBC team was outperformed by
the much younger teams. But the European teams were very friendly and evened
things up considerably by trading players in
the last period.
The UBC team made a good impression
everywhere it went. The team was featured
in a spot on Leningrad television as the first
over-50 hockey team to play in the country.
Canada's "oldtimers," apparently, play to
an older age than they do in most European
countries. A tribute, we suppose, to the
superiority of Canadian hockey. ■
Some television commercials are more
entertaining than the shows they interrupt,
thanks to companies like Circle Productions, a
Vancouver commercial production house whose
mandate is quality, entertainment and making
the product sell.
eep within the psychological junk
drawer of every self-respecting
couch potato lies a mental note
explaining that commercials were
created in order to grab a beer from the fridge, kiss
the kids good night, or check on the temperature of
the Tuna Surprise.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to mention this
sacred rule to the people at Circle Productions. A
locally-based commercial production house
founded in the early seventies by former UBC students Robert Turner and Chris Bowell, it shoots the
kind of award-winning ads fully capable of making
you forget that your casserole may be burning to a
Since purchasing their first set of portable video
equipment on blind faith—a time when Turner describes the fledgling enterprise as "one step removed from knocking on people's doors and offering to photograph their babies"—Circle has grown
into the largest commercial production house west
of Toronto.
With economics grad Bowell handling the business side and Turner directing most of the spots, the
company now does an annual business that stretches into million dollar figures. A far cry from the
early years when, as Turner wryly observes, "wanting to make a living as a filmmaker was a totally
alien concept in Vancouver. Like being a uranium
miner on Saturn."
Circle now boasts a staff of approximately a dozen
people, including Robert's twin brothers, Terry and
Tim. Both took undergraduate business degrees at
UBC before moving east to become practicing lawyers.
Now functioning as senior producer, Tim has
been with Circle for almost four years. Terry, who
came onboard full-time a little over a year ago, is
currently investigating the possibility of the company expanding into feature length production.
When asked if a measure of their success can be
attributed to the fact that they're close relatives,
Terry explains, "There's a collective satisfaction
here that probably doesn't exist in businesses where
the goals are purely financial. We work well together
and we genuinely like what we do."
Adds Robert, "Chris Bowell and I have known
each other since we were little kids. So we're as
close as brothers. But I think it's only natural that
we've all gravitated toward each other. We basically
share the same philosophy of life."
It's a philosophy that's mirrored in the company's
bright and informal Kitsilano office. The people at
Circle favour old oak to cold steel; sweaters to
expensive Italian suits. Perhaps because, as Robert
points out, separating yourself from the popular
tastes of the general public means inevitable failure.
"As long as you can still go to a comedy that
everybody's raving about and laugh along, you're
okay. As soon as you start asking yourself, 'Why do
they like this?' it's all over for you."
While pointing out that "we work very hard to
analyse our position in the marketplace," he explains that creative decisions are made from the
standpoint of "sitting in front of the TV with a beer"
and asking, "would I want to see this?" It's an
approach that's been highly successful. While currently servicing clients as far away as Detroit, Circle's work for locally-based companies is rapidly
becoming the stuff of homegrown legends.
A prime example is the commercial known as
"Systems," which was produced for Vancouver's
McCann Erickson Advertising on behalf of IKEA
furnishings. In Swedish, with English subtitles, it
features a basset-faced narrator who moves along a
conveyor belt while explaining how the IKEA system operates.
Winning the first overall gold medal for a western-
based production company at the recent Bessies (a
celebration of the best in Canadian commercials),
"Systems" is typical of the Circle penchant for quality, detail, and a strong sense of narrative. Like other
CHRONICLE/FALL 1988   9 spots for the Vancouver Province, the Yellow Pages
and the B.C. Milk Foundation, it has the rich look of
a miniature feature film.
Notes Tim Turner, "This isn't the dawn of television, when people were willing to sit around and
watch somebody flip eggs over a stove. Today's
audiences have been raised on Star Wars. They
know a cheezy commercial when they see one. So
unless you're entertaining them, they'll move on to
something else.
"That's why our aim has always been to make a
commercial as entertaining as possible," he continues. "It has to have a little bit of a twist. Some sort of
edge that's going to prevent it from getting lost in the
television maze."
"The television audience doesn't really discern
where material comes from," adds Robert. "Big
budget commercials from New York are sandwiched
in between the Cosby Show or Miami Vice. And so,
in order for us to compete, we must provide an equal
style of production.
"Just because the viewer lives in Richmond
doesn't mean he isn't as sophisticated as the viewer
who lives in Connecticut or Los Angeles. They both
have the same impact and the same awareness of
what's going on in the world. They both want to be
entertained with the highest quality product."
Quality is especially important in a business that
relies on "making a product as palpable and interesting as possible." In an arena that Robert describes
as "shaky, fickle and extremely volatile," surviving
means "creating something that sticks its hands out
of the TV, grabs you by the lapels and gives you a
great big kiss."
And yet what Robert calls "being constantly sharp
and creatively hot" isn't always as romantic as it
Of Circle's grassroots approach to a
business that many outsiders see as
appealingly exotic, Tim Turner observes, "Some people get into production because of the glamorous side and all the
trappings that go with it. But ultimately the product
will suffer. You can't run around while simply appearing to be creative. You have to come up with the
Nevertheless, Tim admits that the business has its
romantic moments. "It's always fun to know that the
yogurt you introduced last month has taken a quarter share of the marketplace in two weeks," he
smiles. "But what's really nice is seeing the rewards
of your work on the screen. Not many jobs have that
kind of immediate feedback."
And yet, such tangible rewards often depend on
variables that can't be charted on a graph. Explains
Robert, "After a certain amount of knowledge, craft,
and experience, the whole key to the creative end of
this business is intuition. You have to feel things
rather than analyse. That requires a certain amount
of imagination combined with gut instinct."
But then, it was gut instinct that got Robert Turner
into filmmaking in the first place. Originally an
economics major at UBC, an introductory course on
the history of film rekindled a childhood passion for
the movies.
"That course unlocked a lot of interesting feelings," he recalled. "As soon as I saw what was going
on, I instinctively knew that I should be concentrating on film. I consider myself extremely lucky that I
was exposed to it."
It doesn't strike Robert as particularly unusual
that he would inevitably switch to arts after years of
studying economics. Perhaps because he considers
his time at UBC to be "much more fundamental"
than simply helping him zero in on his chosen
"I really think that a lot of people miss the point of
university," he says. "It's not just about getting a fix
on a job. It's about getting a fix on life. On the fact
that there's a lot more going on about the way the
world works than meets the eye."
In fact, Robert considers his most valuable lesson
at UBC to be a lasting respect for the power of
knowledge, "both as a stimulant and as a commodity."
But, beyond the advantage of being exposed to
such knowledge, he adds, "University taught me
how to learn, lt was worth everything to see how
such vast amounts of information could be boiled
down so that it's right there at your fingertips."
The process of ingesting information and then
utilizing it "as quickly, cleanly and humanly as
possible" continues to hold an abiding fascination
for Turner as a director.
"Filmmaking requires that you strip down a vast
amount of information to its bare bones," he explains. "What you're really trying to do is synthesize
a lot of different elements so that the essence becomes something that people readily understand."
Not surprisingly, everyone at Circle seems to communicate a basic respect for the power of knowledge
and how it can be utilized to achieve various goals.
Says Terry Turner, "I took a lot of film courses at
UBC and found them all interesting. But 1 didn't
know where they would lead. Law school really
opened my eyes to the fact that there's so much
knowledge out there. It's just up to you to pull it out
and make it work."
owadays Terry pulls together a
number of skills to lay the groundwork for the company's gradual expansion into feature length films.
"Basically, I'm here to let the others continue doing
their work while personally focusing on a few other
arenas that may end up complimenting the commercial production."
While Robert Turner says that such commercial
production will always be Circle's primary interest,
he points out that all forms of film production "are
closer to merging than at any other point in history.
10   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 Film production is becoming one giant video."
Citing such top grossing features as Beverly Hills
Cop, Top Gun and Fatal Attraction, he says, "All
those projects were done by directors who not only
started in commercials, but continue to direct commercials between films. The difference between
what we do now and directing a film is actually very
The brothers say that expansion into feature production is being approached with all necessary caution. Still, once all the elements are properly in
place, it's doubtful that Circle's basic philosophy will
be able to resist the challenge.
As Robert Turner explains, finding that crucial
edge to success is no big mystery. "It's just common
sense and common decency, combined with really
wanting to do something interesting in life." Smiling, he adds, "Then, if you're careful, lucky and
smart, you'll get there." ■
Proving once and for all that a production
company needn't be American to be
good, the driving forces behind Circle
Productions are seen here with story
boards, photos and reels of upcoming and
past commercials. From left to right, Tim
Turner, Terry Turner, Chris Bowell, and
Robert Turner, who, not missing a beat,
makes last minute arrangements for an
CHRONICLE/FALL 1988   11 Dr. David Strangway has released the fifth draft of the
Mission Statement, describing the University as it is now
and defining where it might go in the future. Not without
controversy, the statement has stirred up mixed responses
from detractors and supporters. The main concern
involves money, an issue so contentious it could mean
the Mission Statement will go no further than the paper
it's printed on.
A greying, scholarly-looking man in a dark suit
ambles down Wesbrook Mall, it is a brisk fall
day in 1985. Except for the suit, he blends in
with the students who share the Mall with
him. His demeanour is such that he does not seem
out ofthe ordinary. He enters a building, walks to a
row of telephone booths and stops in front of one
with a sign that says "Out of Order." He glances
around, then slips into the booth and shuts the door.
He lifts the receiver and puts a quarter in the slot.
"Good morning, Dr. Strangway," a voice begins.
"When the University was established in 1915, it
was the only post secondary institution in the province. Now, two other universities and a host of
colleges and technical schools exist to serve a multitude of educational needs in B. C. It is necessary to
establish UBC as the prime research university in the
province. To a large extent, this is now the case, but
some in the society are against the official recognition of this fact. They fear the University will lose its
identity, and other institutions will lose financial
"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to
produce a Mission Statement formalizing the University's role as the prime post-secondary institution
in B. C, and to convince university and community
members that this is an important step in the development of UBC and ofthe province in general.
"Should you fail to be successful in this mission,
we will disavow any knowledge of your activities,
and you must suffer any consequences your actions
"Good luck, Dr. Strangway. This tape will self-
destruct in five seconds."
The coin jangles down into the return slot, and
thin wisps of smoke thread out ofthe pay phone. But
the man is gone from the booth. He is walking
purposefully back to his office, his brain churning
with ideas to get his mission started.
11 is three years and five drafts later, and David
I Strangway has released the current version of his
Mission Statement, "Second to None," for all the
I world to see.
Writing a Mission Statement for a large institution
is something like trying to get parliament to agree
on the perfect economic system. There are as many
different opinions, positions and interests as there
are members, and the chance of coming to any sort
of consensus is remote. But Strangway has worked
hard to sell his ideas to the University community.
According to Dr. Strangway, the Mission Statement describes a UBC that already exists in fact. "We
have evolved into a first rate, world class university,"
12   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 he says. "UBC is on a par with the best of the state-
run universities in the U.S., and we are right beside
U of T and McGill as the best in Canada. In a way,
with this Mission Statement, I'm stating the obvious.
I'm describing the University as it is, and, with that
defined, laying out some plans for where it might go
in the future."
There is a reason to believe his claim that UBC
has become a world class university. UBC has already been defined as a top-rated research facility.
The Carnegie Foundation describes UBC as a "Research 1" university, alongside the best in the world.
Many schools and departments within the University are considered by independent observers to
rank in the top 20 world-wide. Strangway's claim
that UBC is accepted in the company of the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan State,
Ohio State University, the University of Texas and
other first-rate American public universities seems
to be no exaggeration. But he feels UBC must take
some important steps to continue the trend.
For instance, in order to attract more research
funding, UBC has to increase the number of graduate students. And because limited provincial funding prohibits further growth, the University will
have to decrease its number of undergraduates.
Another important step is to increase the percentage of full-fee paying foreign students attending
The University of British Columbia,
nestled amidst the expansive
Endowment Lands of Point Grey, is
frequently referred to as one of the
top universities in Canada. Not
satisfied with that status, Dr.
Strangway intends to make it an
influential and respected institution
David Strangway's Mission Statement is an 83
page, highly philosophical analysis of the form
and function of UBC in the eighties and beyond. While he acknowledges that many hands
contributed to the writing of the document, it is
nonetheless his Mission Statement: he supports all the ideas it presents.
Because the Mission Statement is so philosophical in nature, it has been difficult for some
critics and analysts to include the sometimes
lengthy rationales given to support and explain
each position. Taken out of context of these
logical arguments, some of the conclusions and
recommendations of the document may seem
radical and unreasonable. Detailed study of the
entire text might not convince the reader that
Strangway's ideas are the right ones, but it will
at least provide all the background material
necessary to have an informed opinion of the
intent of the Mission Statement.
With this in mind, the following provides a
summary of some of the main points of the
Mission Statement.
There is a wide range of educational opportunity in B.C. The system includes everything
from vocational institutions to colleges to a
variety of universities. As the premier member
of this system, UBC has built a reputation as a
first class facility, able to produce research on
par with the best universities in the world.
Since great diversity does exist in the B.C.
system, UBC can now limit its function as a
universally accessible institution and concentrate on developing itself further into a truly
world class research-oriented university. A
number of internal changes need to take place
to speed this process.
Current provincial funding levels at UBC prohibit any more growth of the total student enrolment. Since access to existing space has
become extremely competitive, only those students who have shown a strong likelihood of
success in their chosen programs will be allowed to attend. Admission standards for undergraduates will be raised.
The master's degree has become the minimum career entry degree for many occupations. As a response to this, and as a way to
strengthen the University's research capacity,
graduate enrolment will be increased from
4,000 to 6,000 in the next five years. Although
the University will continue its commitment to
a first rate liberal arts and science undergraduate program, undergraduate enrolment will be
decreased by 2,000 over the same period.
Since the demand for more undergraduate
places will continue to increase, the provincial
government should consider establishing an
other university in the Interior. Programs to
complete degrees are now being prepared in
conjunction with some community colleges in
the province.
UBC will raise the numbers of international
students enroled. Comparable institutions enrol four to six per cent of their undergraduates,
and up to 40 per cent of their graduate students
from outside the country. UBC's international
enrolments represent 1.3 per cent of undergraduates and 20 per cent of graduate students.
This increase will further enhance the University's reputation abroad.
UBC has become a major partner in collaborative research ventures with various government agencies and private corporations. The
results for the University have been increased
funding and a world-wide reputation for quality
research. At present, UBC generates over $75-
million annually in research funding. The University will strive to become more research
intensive, seeking by the year 2000 to double
the amount of sponsored and private research
funding it receives. At the same time, royalty
and dividend income to the University should
quadruple to a total of $2.5-million.
UBC is consistently ranked in the top three of
Canadian universities, yet its median faculty
salary is ranked 17th. The University will establish a salary structure that is competitive with
peer universities.
The University has strong historical ties to
the Asia-Pacific region. UBC will continue to
develop wide-ranging programs in Asia-Pacific
Building construction has fallen far behind
current demands for space, and the maintenance of some buildings has been neglected,
both due to a shortage of funds. UBC will continue to press for increased building and maintenance funding from the provincial government.
The University maintains that most of the
University Endowment Lands should have formal status as a park. The original intention of
the UEL lands was to provide a source of revenue for the University. Portions of that land
could be developed to the benefit of the University and the community at large. The University will continue to develop plans to seek
financial returns from its lands.
Alumni wishing to receive a copy of the
Mission Statement should write or call the
Alumni Association offices. ■
UBC. Enrolment of undergraduate students from
outside Canada is far lower than in comparable
institutions (1.3 per cent at UBC, four to six per cent
elsewhere), and while foreign graduate students
account for 20 per cent of UBC's graduate population, that figure is lower than average. Some first
rate universities have as many as 40 per cent foreign
graduate students. Another key element is to increase admission standards at all levels. Only high
achievers will be accepted at UBC.
The most important step, though, is to increase
dramatically the amount of research done at
UBC. By the year 2000 he would have UBC
double its research income and quadruple royalty and dividend income. To attract these new
dollars and to produce the high quality of research
necessary to keep them coming, only the best and
the brightest can attend UBC.
This is, for Strangway, a reasonable extension of
UBC's role. "UBC was the only sizable post secondary institution in the province till UVic was established in the sixties," he says. "Since then, we've
developed a very diverse system of universities and
colleges. UBC, as the senior member of the system,
has been slowly establishing a reputation for excellence around the world. Our goal is to take UBC into
the next decade as the foremost research university
in Canada."
Each draft of his Mission Statement was filtered
through committees of deans, vice-presidents, department heads, alumni representatives, student
leaders and other university notables, and each
subsequent draft reflected the diverse and sometimes conflicting interests of all these groups. He has
attained a surprising degree of support for his vision: most university officials think the Mission
Statement is a winner.
Alumni Association President Dr. John Diggens is
pleased with Strangway's focus on graduate studies.
"Some years ago, the BA or BSc was the key entry
level degree in many occupations. Now, a Masters
degree is a virtual necessity. UBC will obviously
continue to provide high quality undergraduate
training, but the plan to increase our graduate enrolment will provide greater opportunities for study at
advanced levels. This move alone will greatly enhance the University's reputation."
Daniel Birch, academic vice-president and provost, feels Strangway's vision is entirely correct.
"UBC," he writes, "has for years been pursuing the
goal of 'second to none' ... and to abandon that
pursuit ... would be a change of course indeed—
and a very unfortunate one."
Dean of education, Dr. Nancy Sheehan, concurs.
"The direction Dr. Strangway has chosen is the right
one. I have had a lot of input (into the Mission
Statement) and agree with its thrust."
Other members of the UBC community support
the Statement but have some reservations. English
department head Dr. Herbert Rosengarten likes the
idea of a research intensive UBC but feels the net
result for his department will be a loss of students.
"What they mean by 'research' doesn't really apply
to arts research. If someone in arts gets a $5,000
research grant, it's cause for great celebration. A
science grant is more likely to be ten times that
much. So the likelihood is that we will lose students
and gain very little in research funding."
AMS president Tim Bird is concerned about UBC
becoming inaccessible to many qualified students,
and that the already over-crowded college system
14   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 will be unable to take up the slack. As well, says
Bird, "other Canadian universities are going in the
same direction as UBC. Many of our own average
and above average students will have to compete
with students who can't get into universities in their
own provinces."
In spite of these concerns, Bird generally supports
the goals of the Mission Statement, and thinks that
the development of UBC as a research intensive
university is a good idea.
Accessibility seems to be the major concern of
non-university groups. When the current draft was
released, editorial writers for both local newspapers
branded the Mission Statement a blueprint for an
elitist UBC. An elitist UBC, said the Sun, "cannot be
(established) at the expense of ... British Columbians who look to UBC as the biggest, most comprehensive and most convenient school at which to
obtain an education." The Province felt that increasing the numbers of foreign students would mean
that "qualified, above average students (from B.C.)
would be turned away." Letter writers complained
that an exclusive UBC goes against the idea of
accessible education to all, which they feel is the
traditional responsibility of the University.
However, real opposition to the establishment of
UBC as the dominant research facility might be
brewing in other universities in the province. SFU
president Dr. William Saywell is unwilling to take a
back seat to UBC when it comes to research. He
says, "I categorically reject the notion that there are
two classes of university in terms of research inten-
siveness. Obviously the scale is different, but the
quality is the same." It seems unlikely that either
SFU or UVic will give up their own drive to bring in
more research dollars without a noisy fight.
But ultimately, the real crux of concern over the
Mission Statement is money. There simply aren't
enough provincial education dollars to go around. A
research intensive UBC, some feel, would siphon
funds away from other institutions, further impoverishing the whole system.
Government spending on B.C.'s post secondary
system is, per capita, the second lowest in Canada.
There are already thousands of qualified students
who cannot find room in existing institutions, and
with tightened admission policies at UBC, even
more students will be out in the cold.
The problem of under-funding has dogged education in B.C. for the last ten years and may prove to
be a more potent enemy to Dr. Strangway's vision
than any other person or group. Perhaps his next
move should be to gather together his allies and
convince provincial funding bodies that a first rate
public university can only exist as part of a first rate
post secondary system. Without that, Dr.
Strangway's Mission Statement could well become a
mission impossible.
The man walks briskly up the Mall clutching a
neat package of papers under his arm. He has
finished the sixth draft of his Mission Statement
and he is off to present it to an important group
of government officials. Most of his detractors have
become supporters, and others will soon be won
over with this, the last version. There are still opponents who will never be convinced, never support
his vision, and the storm of protest from other institutions looms overhead like a dark cloud. But he is
confident. A breeze blows up and rustles the remaining leaves on the trees. He pulls his collar up against
the cold and carries on, a small smile on his face. *
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CHRONICLE/FALL 1988   15 OI&ss Ac£_
Brian Tobin BA'30 received hon. Doctor of Laws
degree at the University of Victoria spring convocation. He is a retired Victoria Times editor and
former editor of the UVic Alumni Torch.
G.R.(Rowlie) Phare BASc'48 and his wife and
college sweetheart, Edith M. Benson BA'48, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their company
(G.R. Phare & Assoc. Inc., International Consultants to Management) with a wine and cheese reception at their "new" offices in Old Lachine, Quebec ... Dr. Hansel C. Schielderup BASc'49
retired in November, 1987, as programme manager
advanced products, Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long
Beach, California ... Andrew Snaddon BA'43, of
Edmonton, editor-in-chief of the Publications
Board in 1942-43, recently received an Alberta
Government Achievement Award for excellence in
the field of journalism. The award recognizes his 41
years of service with 3 major Alberta newspapers
and with Southam News Service ... James A.
MacCarthy BSA'46 was named citizen of the year
by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce ...
Wendell Forbes BComm'48, consultant and deputy publisher of Guideposts magazine, has received
the DMA Circulation Council's 1987 "Circulation
Leader Award," recognizing his contribution to the
circulation community. Mr. Forbes was at Time
Inc. for 22 years, where he became circulation
director of Life magazine. In 1979, he founded the
School of Magazine Marketing ... Robert F.
Sheldon BASc'48, after recently retiring as president of Newmont Exploration of Canada, has been
appointed a director of Granduc Mines Ltd... Wah
Wong BA'48, MA(U of W), PhD(NYU) retired in
beautiful False Creek here in Vancouver after more
than 30 years with UNICEF. He still keeps in touch
with UN work for children, travelling to Asia and
Africa as a consultant for UNICEF Canada. He also
serves as the Canadian subscription agent for
Asiaweek magazine, published in Hong Kong. He
and his wife Vivian Wong BA'47, MA(Stanford)
have two sons (a lawyer in Toronto and a management consultant in Ottawa), and one grandson
born in this lucky Year of the Dragon ... Dorris
D.fPayne) Andrews BA'48, ME'71 (U of Toronto)
retired as a counsellor from the Vancouver School
Board in 1987 and is enjoying travelling and gardening...
William Harrower BSc'53 retired in June, 1988,
from Canron Inc. after 13 years as plant engineer,
chief inspector and welding engineer. He will be
living in the Gulf Islands, fishing and gardening ...
Taffara DeGuefe BComm'50 LLD'74 has been
advisor and management consultant to the Swaziland Development and Savings Bank since 1986.
Last year he was elected a member representing
English-speaking Africa on the Development Cooperation Committee of the International Savings
Banks Institute based in Geneva ... RJ. Ba-
ker.O.C. BA'51, MA'53 has been appointed The
David MacDonald Stewart Professor of Canadian
Studies at the University of P.E.I. He was also given
the Distinguished Member Award at the annual
meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of
Higher Education. In addition, he was the first
faculty member and director of academic planning
at Simon Fraser University, and was the first president of the University of P.E.I ... Ken Mahon
BComm'58 senior partner of Wolridge Mahon,
Chartered Accountants, has accepted an appointment as chairman of the B.C. Neurological Foundation ... John Shields BComm'57 is the new president of the Vancouver Neurological Association ...
Ed Frazer BASc'58 is currently vice president for
Teleradio Systems Ltd. in North Vancouver... Betty Vogel BA'53, MA'68, MLS'56(U of Calif. Berkeley) is publishing a book in September entitled A
Librarian Is lb Read. It is based on ten years
experience as a librarian at the Seattle Public Library and is available from Blue Flower Press,
#101-309 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver ... J.T.
Sullivan BASc'55 retires in May, 1988, after 24
years with Alberta & Southern Gas Company in
Calgary ... Alexander Boggie BA'50, MD'54 retired on June 30,1988, but is still continuing activities with The Medical Council of Canada, Medical
Alumni and the First Nations House of Learning...
Patrick Duffy BSF, MFfYale), PhD(Minnesota) former Alumni Branch chairman in Calgary and Ottawa. Retired from the Federal Public Service in
March, 1988, and is presently consulting in resource and environment management out of Vancouver...
Paulette J. Furney BEd'67, MA'69 is now living
in Victoria after 19 years of teaching French at
Okanagan College in Kelowna... N. Gerald Rolf-
sen BArch'63 has recently been elected president
ofthe Architectural Institute of British Columbia...
Robert Lamb BA'69, MA (Missouri), PhD (City
University of New York) has written the exhibition
catalogue The Canadian Art Club 1907-1915 for
the Edmonton Art Gallery, and edited 777_ Arts in
Canadian Society During the Age of Laurier, due
out this summer ... Dennis Cleve BSc'65 has
been appointed assistant deputy minister of the
Manitoba Department of Industry, Trade & Technology ... Raymond Peters MSW'63 is the assistant director ofthe Social Service Department at the
Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York ...
Anita (Johnson) van Ginkel BA'62 is teaching at
Port Moody Senior Secondary School. She is also
the regional director of the Debate and Speech
Association ... Marian J.T. Kamara BSW'64 is
the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sierra Leone to the Kingdom of Belgium,
with full accreditation to the European Economic
Communities, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and UNESCO ... Darlene Sanders BEd'68
has opened a unique gardening store "The Avant
Gardener" in Ambleside, West Vancouver. Classmate Barry Hitchens BComm'68, MBA'70 is
helping her out... Ruth E. Berry BHE'63 is the
1988 "Woman of the Year" (YW-YMCA) in the public affairs catagory, as well as being recently appointed Dean of the Faculty of Human Ecology at
the University of Manitoba ... Ken Carriere
BASc'65 married Marge Dennis, MA in North Vancouver on May 21, 1988 ... Bob Miller BSc'67
teaches at the College of New Caledonia in Prince
George and has recently been elected District Governor for B.C. Toastmasters ... Ken Harrison
BASc'65 has been the executive director of the
Management and Professional Employees Society
since 1975. He remarried Lesley McLaughin in
1982 and has two children, Erika born in 1971 and
Kevin born in 1972... A. Keith Plant BASc'61 has
been appointed vice president, corporate development, for Western Digital Corporation...
Robert Rubis BA'72 and Lynda Rubis BEd'74
are now both working at the International School
in Bangkok, Thailand ... Kim Miller BComm'78
earned a MBA from Simon Fraser University. She is
now living in Calgary and working for Trimac
Transportation as manager of human resources ...
Brenda Marles-Osberg MA'79 was appointed
assistant manager, public affairs, B.C. & Yukon
Region for the Royal Bank of Canada ... Edwin
Osberg BSc'75, BASc'78 works as a scientific engineer at TRIUMF ... Joy (Ward) Fera BRE'72
attended the International Olympic Academy in
Olympia, Greece ... A. Dianne Kapty BSc'74 is
now assistant director for drug distribution in the
pharmacy department at the Cancer Control
Agency of B.C. in Vancouver... May Chan MLS'78
began work in 1988 as a collection manager at
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology library.
May and her husband Ed of 15 years are expecting
a baby this summer... Wayne Chou DMD'79 was
recently initiated as president of the Vancouver and
District Dental Society... Stephen S J. Lee BA'71,
MLS'73 and wife M. Catharine (Helmstock)
LeeMLS'73 have decided to move back to the West
Coast after 15 years in Toronto. They have quit
their positions as Branch Heads with the Toronto
Public Library and, with their children Jacob and
Naomi, have moved to Victoria ... Charles Lin
BSc'74, PhD'79(MIT) is now associate professor
with tenure at McGill University's Department of
Meteorology in Montreal. He and his wife Janet
LeeBSc'78 and their three children are happily
settled in Westmount where Janet teaches classical
piano ... Andrea Elinor Bertram BMus'78,
Prof. Teacher 79 has her first teaching job as a
music teacher with a multiple subject credential
beginning September, 1988, in Sacramento, California. She and her husband James W. Woyce
BSc'73 have purchased a home along the American River in Rancho Cordova ... Gord (Big Gee)
Robinson BEd'79 will be moving to England with
his wife and three kids to teach science for a year...
Douglas M. Hume BA'73 has been promoted to
regional manager, B.C. with Imbrook Properties
Ltd. He is responsible for all Imbrook's assets in
B.C. including three of Vancouver's finest office
buildings, The Hongkong Bank of Canada Building, Westar Place and Laurentian Pacific Place ...
Murray Walker BMus'75 is director of music at
the York School, Monterey, California ... Lena
Hauser BMus'75 performed this past year in the
role of Pamina in the Gemini Opera production of
16   CHRONICLE/FALL 1988 ^JLass Act.
The Magic Flute. She also performed at the London
International Opera Festival ... Alexina Louie
BMus'70 was named Composer of the Year, 1986,
by the Canadian Music Council ... Hildegard
Westerkamp BMus'72 was commissioned to
compose a piece for the opening of the Canada
Pavilion at Expo '86 ... Chris Moss BEd'77 is the
new associate registrar of the B.C. Open University
/Open College and is completing a MEd in education administration at the University of Victoria ...
Frances (Langley) Boyd BRE'78 is now married
with a baby girl born on November 9,1987, She is
the department head for Preschool and Recreation
at Sunnyhill Hospital in Vancouver ... Arlene
Galloway BScN'74, after working for the B.C. Ministry of Health since 1975, has left her job in November, 1987, to set up a new company, Qualy
Publishing. She writes and publishes books promoting healthy lifestyles ... Patrick von Hahn
BEd'76 is on secondment from Richmond School
District to teach at Department of National Defence
Schools in Brussels, Belgium ... Don Jury
BPE'74, BSR'78 runs physiotherapy clinics in Richmond and in Ladner. His wife, Vicki (Williams)
Jury BPE'75, teaches physical education in a Vancouver high school. They have a 4 year old daughter and a 3 year old son ... George McWhirter
MA'70 won the 1988 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at
B.C. Bookprizes for his novel Cage. He also won
the 1988 F.R. Scott award for translation ... Kim
Miller BComm'78 completed his MBA at Simon
Fraser University and is now the manager of human resources for Trimac Transportation in Calgary
... Katherine (Mann) Clendenan BComm'76
has joined classmates, Joan (Wynne) McCance and
Don Nilson at Nilson & Company, Public Accountants in Vancouver ... Gaelan de Wolf BA'71,
MA'77 recently received a linguistics doctorate in
the field of Canadian English from the University of
Victoria ... Coby Hoogendoorn BScAgr'79 just
had a baby boy, Benjamin, born on May 26, 1988.
Her husband Peter Jolly is studying for his PhD at
James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.
Coby completed her PhD in Animal Science at
Massey University, New Zealand in 1986 ... Richard M. Wozny BA'79, MA'83(Temple) was recently appointed manager, development, Western
Canada for Marathon Realty Co. Ltd ... William J.
Andrews BA'78, LLB'82 is currently executive
director for West Coast Environmental Law Association and has a son, Aaron ... Robert Holmes
BA'78, LLB'81 married Maureen McKeon BA'85
(SFU) on January 9, 1988, at St. Mary's Kerrisdale
Anglican Church in Vancouver... Randy Taneda
BSc'76, LLB'79 married Julia Bryant on August 8,
1987 ... Karen Jefferson BSecEd'77 married
Roger Johnston CA. in Banff, Alberta on March 11,
1988 ... Per Suneby BASc'75 is currently director
of marketing for a major product line with Codex
Corp., a major communications equipment manufacturer. He is living in a suburb of Boston with his
wife... M.P. Murphy LLB'78 is currently teaching
criminal law and evidence for Seneca College at
Canadian Air Force Base Lahr, West Germany ...
David Lowe BFA'79 won the Simon Fraser University Open Undergraduate Scholarship. He is part of
the first fine arts module which has an emphasis on
music, art and drama. David hopes to be teaching
at the intermediate grade levels in September... P.
Joan Wasylik BA'77 has been promoted to manager, marketing communications for Siemens
Hearing Instruments International Group, headquartered in Erlangen, West Germany. Formerly
director, marketing communications, Siemens
Hearing Instruments (USA), Piscataway, NJ and
account executive for Rowland Grody/Tellem, Los
Angeles, California ... G. Waller BComm'79 is a
manager, systems projects in Oakville, California.
He and his wife Judith have a baby, Sean, born in
May, 1987...
Derek D. Wiens BComm'81, LLB'85 is executive
assistant to The Hon. Gerry St. Germain, P.C, M.P.,
Minister of State for Transport ... Aryind Midha
BASc'81 is back in Vancouver as manager of metallurgy and quality assurance at Western Canada
Steel after working in Ontario and Alberta ... II-
loana M. Smith BComm'80 is marketing and
sales manager for specialty fertilizers-C.I.L. Inc. in
London, Ontario ... Henry F. Man BASc'83 was
married June, 1988, to Patti Mack. He is still working at British Petroleum as productions operations
manager ... Catherine Holt BA'81,
MA'85(University of Western Ontario) after 3 years
as a producer at CBC Radio is now communications
advisor to the cabinet of the Yukon Territory ...
Helene Warkentin BEd'83 is back home in B.C.
after three years of teaching in Niger ... David
Robertson BSc(Pharm)'86 married Jeanette
Kooistra BEd'85 in October, 1985. Their first
child Janelle Erin was bom June, 1987. They live in
Armstrong, B.C ... Brian Kennedy BRE'84 married Ruth Norman BRS'84 on August 15, 1987.
Brian is a salesman and Ruth is an intervener with
deaf/blind children ... Margaret (von Hahn)
Tasker MEd'81 has been living in Sydney, Australia since May, 1987, and works in volunteer administration for the Volunteer Center of New South
Wales ... Sanae Komiya Kimura MEd'82 was
married on April 2, 1988, to an engineer working
for IBM Japan ... Al Irwin BComm'85, LLB'86
married Marilyn Huthings BSc'87 in August,
1987. Al is now practicing securities law with the
firm of Ladner Downs and Marilyn is a supervisor
with UBC Food Services ... Mark Pike LLB'83 is
now practicing law with the firm of Fowler, Rose,
Pike in St. John's, Newfoundland... Howard Morton PhD'81 joined Abbott Laboratories as a senior
research chemist in Chicago, 111... David Frakes
BSc'87 has started his first year of medicine at the
University of Calgary... Katie Eliot BA'80 is working at the UBC Institute of Asian Research with
Director Terry McGee. She is also current president
of the Geography Alumni Alliance division for UBC
... Jack Siu BASc'81, MBA'85 married Anna Law
BComm'83 on August 22, 1987 ... Susan Howatt
BA'84, LLB'88 and Phil Carhoun BComm'84
were married April 30, 1988 ... Dan Kukat
BComm'81 is executive vice president of Argon
Financial Consultants Inc ... Stephen S. Johnson BA'87 is currently working as an analyst at the
Swiss Bank Corp. (Canada) in Toronto ... Makhan
Kalar BA'84 has begun a new career as a Financial
Planner /Security Broker with Haywood Securities
Inc ... Kevin Robert Burns BA'87 has been
performing stand-up comedy regularly at Pun-
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Domingo BComm'85 is sales and marketing manager for Neptune Dynamics Ltd ... Jeff Holm
BASAc'87 and Patti (Stonely) Holm BEd'80 have
moved to Kamloops where Jeff is an estimator/
engineer for Dawson Construction and Patti
teaches secondary level immersion for the Kamloops School District ... John Harbick 79 and
Karen (Story) Harbick BEd'83 were wed in July,
1987 ... Douglas Pauls DMD'87 married Alison
Koehn of Burnaby on May 7, 1988. He is currently
working as an associate in a dental practice in
Kerrisdale ... Frank-Erik Paul BA'85, MBA'88 is
currently working in the marketing department at
the downtown head office of Canadian Pacific Forest Products Ltd ... Frances (Larter) Roberts
BMus'86 was appointed director of senior music at
Collingwood School in West Vancouver ... Mark
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Wunderlich BSc'86 married Cathey Marquis (RN
grad VGH '86). He is employed as a lab technician
with B.C. Forest products in Mackenzie, B.C ...
Shirley Diamond BMus'86, recently nominated
to Pi Kappa Lambda has received her MMus in
saxophone performance from the University of
Texas ... Vicki Horsfield-Starr BSR'82 has a
daughter Cayleigh born on June 7, 1987. She is
living in Montreal with her husband who is an
associate editor at Reader's Digest ... Gordon
Conroy BEd'81 is moving to Toronto to teach
learning disabled kids on individual programmes
at the Toronto Learning Center... Bruce McCloy
BEd'84 and his wife Tina (Herbert) McCloy
BEd'83 and their daughter Sarah have moved to
Princeton, B.C. where Bruce is now P.E. department head at Princeton Secondary School ... Andrea Dyke BA'83, her husband Rhos and their
children Helene and Lance moved to Atlanta,
Georgia in July, 1988, with System Works Inc ...
Brian Russell BSF'84 married Kathy Vandalen
BScAgr'86 in December, 1987. He is working for
the Ministry of Forests and Lands in Campbell
River, B.C ... Sharon (Nagel) Pughe Dip.DH'86
married Doug Pughe July 2, 1988. She is working
for a periodontist in New Westminster, B.C ... A.
George Melo BASc'85 married Maria J. Garcia
BComm'86 on July 4, 1987. Both are working in
Vancouver... Leighton J. Cook BComm'86 married Christina S. Kim on August 8, 1987. He was
recently promoted to National Distribution Manager, Grocery Products for Canada Packers Inc. in
Toronto ... Carolyn Conlin BComm'85 married
Murray Pellowe on June 11, 1988, in Scarborough,
Ontario. She is working as a lead programmer/
analyst for IBM Canada... Theodor Armen Hansen BASc'80 is now working in Toronto for Honeywell as principal applications engineer for pulp and
paper... Perry Monych BSF'84 after graduating
from Harvard Business School in 1986 moved to
Edmonton and then to Toronto where he is vice
president, finance and planning for Hamilton
Group Ltd ... Lori (Gordon) Broome BSc'85
moved to the Bahamas with her husband in August
so that they could both continue their teaching
careers ... Bassam Masri BSc'85, MD'88 is completing a rotating internship at Grey Nuns Hospital
in Edmonton ... Joseph James Crosara
BMus'82 is now teaching music in Quesnel, B.C ...
Yale Shap MEd'85 is a faculty instructor for Adult
Special Education at Kwantlen College... Andrew
Arthur BSC'85, MSc'88 married Tammea Archibald BA'86 in June, 1986. They are residing in
Calgary ... Norman Haulieu BASc'80, MASc'83,
PhD'86 was recently appointed Queen's National
Scholar associate professor of electrical engineering at Queen's University ... Janice Williamson
BScPharm'85 and Blake Reynolds BScPharm85
were married April 9, 1988, in Nanaimo, B.C ...
Moreno Giuseppe Ciapponi BComm'84 has received his CA. designation in January, 1987, and is
the assistant controller at the Jim Pattison Group of
Companies corporate office ... Sandra (Lutke)
Bridgman BSc 86 and Nigel Bridgman BSc 86,
DMD'90 were married May 21, 1988 ... Ernie
Anderson BASc'80 recently moved from Red
Deer to Calgary with Dome Petroleum Ltd ...
Manon Guilbert MLS'84 is working as an international documents and microforms librarian at the
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Department of External Affairs in Ottawa ... Justin Wyatt BA'84 is currently working on his PhD
in film and television studies at UCLA in California
... Scott Jorgensen BComm'82 has just transferred to Smithers, B.C. as an account officer, corporate banking with the Royal Bank ... Ian
J.H.Baird BA'81, LLB'85 recently joined the
Crown Prosecutor's Office for the Judicial District of
Vegreville, Alberta ... Catherine Backman
BSR'81 graduated with her MS from the University
of Washington in 1987. She is now on faculty at
UBC as O.T. fieldwork coordinator, rehab, medicine ... Cheryl Mitchell MA'84, LLB'87 joined
the foreign service of the department of external
affairs in 1987 ... Eric Eggertson BA'85 after
working as communications officer for Credit
Union Central of Saskatchewan, is switching to
assistant editor of Credit Union Way magazine ...
Shelagh Keogh BSc'84 was married to Jeff Reading on August 13, 1988...
Glenn Kishi BPE'79 and Donna (Davidson)
Kishi BEd'79 happily announce the birth of
Marissa Michiko, April 5, 1988, a sister for Nathan
Toshihiko, March 3, 1985 ... Brian Tijman
BASc'79 married Diane MacDickenBA'76 last
year and they are proud to announce the arrival of
their first child, Brendon, on April 13, 1988 ...
Rosemary BenoitBSc'82 wishes to announce the
birth of James on September 20, 1986 ... Leslie
(Chu) GaraeuBHEC81 and Frank Ga-
reauBASc'81 announce the arrival of their daughter Tia Alexandra on June 8, 1988 ... Karol (Wiley) ElliottBSR'79 and husband Brian have a
second child, Spencer Patrick, born on March 18,
1988. They live in Westbank, B.C ... Mark Sack-
MASc'83 and Katheryn ScottBA'83 wish to announce the birth of their son, Carl Edgar Russell on
June 29, 1988. A brother for Emma ... Tim Kas-
dorfBSc'82 and Audrey (Desautels) Kas-
dorfBEd'84 announce the birth of their son Cory
John, on December 17, 1987. A brother for Kristin
Elizabeth ... George SpencerBASc'77 and his
wife Ann had a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, September 29, 1987, in Houston, Texas ... Michelle (Bastin) PatersonBEd'87 and husband Kevin wish to
announce the birth of their first child, Justin Thomas, on September 21, 1987 ... Cecile
McQueenBEd'74 and Don McQueenBScAgr'76
are thrilled with their daughter born on September
25, 1987. A new sister for William and Henry ...
Susan (Wiles) ArmstrongBHE'81 and husband,
Craig, announce the birth of their first child,
Stephanie Rose, on May 10, 1988 ... Ted Per-
ryBA'76, MA'84(Western) and Susanna (Dun-
nett) PerryBA'79 are pleased to announce the
birth of their first child, Fraser Thomas, on June 3,
1988 ... Janice (Parent) KerssensBA'85 married Henry in December 1986. Their first child
Laura was born November 1987. They are expecting number two in December 1988 ... Katrina
LinkBEd'80 had a daughter, Araceli Adriana born
on April 28, 1988. A sister for Carlos ... Heather
(Donegani) Cross BEd'77 and Keith
CrossBA'77, MBA'81 are pleased to announce the
birth of Julia Ann on August 23, 1987. A sister for
Mathew and Allison ... Kathryn van Din-
therBSc'81 and Bill van DintherBApSc'81 announce the birth of Mathew Anthony Kenneth on
November 15, 1987. A brother for Kristen Alison,
born on August 26, 1986 ... Matilde (Pimentel)
MagisBEd'86 had a baby girl, Sabrina Antoinette
on February 3, 1988 ... Louise PerryBEd'80 and
Perry MazzoneBa'80, LLB'83 are pleased to announce the birth of their second child Mark Anthony on June 30, 1988 ... Michael
GirardBSF'84 and Carol (Smith) GirardBHE'84
wish to announce the birth of their first child
Mathew Michael on June 14, 1988 ... Bob
YoungBEd'82 and Debbie (Buis) YoungBEd'80
wish to announce the birth of their daughter
Stephanie Blair, born Apil 1, 1988. A sister for
Chelsey ... Chris Kelly BA'73, MA'86(SFU) and
Debbie (Collins) KellyBEd'74, MEd'87 welcomed Alyson Mairead to their family on April 28,
1988. Simon James, born September 22, 1983 is
pleased to be a brother ... Fraser Cooper-
BASc'83, MEng'84 and his wife Suzanne wish to
announce the birth of their son, Garett James, born
May 25, 1988 ... Leslie (Hornby) ZengerBSc-
Agr'77 and her husband Edmund have a daughter
Nancy Ella born on April 17, 1988. A sister for 17
month old Geoffrey ... Arnie FineLLB'80 and
wife Susan had a baby boy, Adam, on May 14,1988.
A brother for four-year old Carly ... Michael Van-
chuBComm'83, MBA'87 and wife Dixie are pleased
to announce the birth of their baby, Ashley Erin on
June 2, 1988. Michael has been promoted to National Product Manager for Michelin Tires Canada
... Delwin StanderBA'85, LLB'88 and wife
Veronica wish to announce the birth of Stirling
Delarey. Grandson to Juanita and Anton Stan-
derBEd'63, MEd'70 ... Margot (Anderson)
DybleBSc'81, BScAgr'82 and husband David announce the birth of their daughter Shannon
Margaret on October 22, 1987. A sister for Adam
born on July 10, 1985 ... Cathy (Jansen)
GouldBSN'82 wishes to announce the birth of her
first child Brittany Shannon on June 6, 1987 ...
Gary WadsonBSc'77 and Patty (Lawrence)
WadsonBSc'82 announce the birth of their second
son Christopher Garry on August 31, 1987 ...
John Wainman BASc'78 has a new job as a Strategy Consultant with M.I.D. working between Boston and Paris. He and wife Vesna also have a new
baby girl, Yelena Alexandra born on April 6, 1988
... Stephen J. Bailie BSc'81 and Kanya M.
(Godwin) Baillie former Aggie, wish to announce
the birth of their daughter Camille Serena on April
1, 1988. A sister for Mathew, grandaughter for W.
Garth GodwinBA'57 and a great-granddaughter
for Kathleen M. (Inglis) GodwinBA 25 ... Mi-
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chele (Cordiner) NashBScAgr'76 and husband
Graham have another son, Trevor born March 18,
1988. A brother for Richard ... Barbara (Cox)
AspinallBPE73, LLB 76 and Daniel AspinallB-
Comm'75 announce the birth of Neil on February
13, 1988...
Hector Roy MacRae BASc'43 passed away April
5, 1988 at his home in Calgary. His career in the oil
industry spanned 32 years until his retirement in
1982 ... Leonard Allan BASc'39 passed away
October 19,1987. He worked at Britannia Beach in
the mining industry for many years before working
for a variety of mining companies in B.C ... Geoffrey ConwayBComm'56 suddenly March 28,
1988 in Toronto. In 1969 he formed Cable Utilities
Communications Ltd. and achieved a doctorate in
economics in 1973 ... Wilma Margaret (Morden) McLachlanBA'23 suddenly in North Vancouver on April 21,1988. She was 85. A pioneering
resident of North Vancouver, she was active in civic
affairs, was a member of the North Vancouver
School Board, an activist with the Keith Lynn Ratepayers and was instrumental in the establishment
of the first North Vancouver Community Center...
David WeilerBA'71 on May 15, 1988 in his 38th
year. He was a former Captain in the Regular Canadian Forces (Army) and a veteran of the Rhodesia
anti-terrorist war... Beverley Kathleen Lecky
BA'38 passed away on June 13, 1988 in Vancouver.
She had a long and meaningful relationship with
the University of B.C., including a term as the
president of the Alumni Association. She was also
associated with the Junior League of Vancouver
and the Delta Gamma Sorority. Survived by her
loving husband John as well as many family members ... Raymond James BainesBA'49 survived
by his loving wife Joan ... Philip Wilson Bar-
chardBASc'40 at home on October 29, 1987. He is
survived by his wife Thora ... Lloyd Lester Baynes BA'23 died May 31, 1988, in his 87th year.
Born in Vancouver, to a pioneer family, he taught
40 years in the Vancouver school system, mainly at
King Edward High School. He was a participant in
the Great Trek. He is survived by his wife Betty, of
White Rock, B.C., a son Roy, of Vancouver ... Ian
Gordon DesBrisay BComm'53 on May 17,1988.
He is survived by his wife Joyce (Forentain)
DesBrisay BA'56, his son Gordon DesBrisay
BA'81 of Oxford, England, his son Stuart and his
daughter Janet of West Vancouver ... Margaret
Alice O'Neil BA'38, BEd'50 passed away on May
10, 1988 ... Randall Etter Chapman BA'50 on
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survived by his wife Irene, three daughters, three
grandchildren, two brothers and one sister... Reginald Anthony "Tony" Barker BASc'49 at the
age of 64, on June 14, 1988, in an automobile
accident in Portugal. He was well known in the
mining community and was employed by AMAX
for 26 years, including 8 years as president. He is
survived by his wife Jenny in Houston, Texas ...
Thos Hall BASc'51 passed away May, 1988. He is
survived by his wife Pamela ... John Moss Cum-
mingsBASc'33, MASc'35 on September 17, 1987.
Survived by his wife Ethel, son John and daughter
Betty Demarce. He was a mining engineer with the
B.C. Department of Mines for 13 years. He was also
production manager for Ocean Cement at Bamber-
ton, B.C. from 1954 until his retirement in 1972 ...
Vivian (Habiston) ClogstonBHEc'56 passed
away February 26, 1988, in Tacoma, Washington of
cancer... B.A. ThompsettBA'66 passed away. He
is survived by his wife ... Ivan MartinoffBA'42,
MD(Ottawa) on May 22, 1988. He was a member of
The American Psychiatric Association & American
Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is survived
by his two children and his sister ... Michael
SerinkBSc'85 tragically on July 6, 1988, at age 26
aboard the Piper Alfa rig in the North Sea. He had
worked at Exlog company for about a year as a
geologist specializing in computers. He had lived in
Calgary since his graduation ... John (Jack) William WhitelawBA'37 suddenly on June 18, 1988.
He received his MD degree at McGill University in
1941 and took his pediatrics training at the Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto, and Babies Hospital
in New York. He was a clinical professor of pediatrics at UBC and was an active member of the
community. He maintained a close association
with the Childrens Aid Society. He is survived by
his loving wife Virginia ... Thomas Charles
HallBASc'51 after a brief illness on May 23, 1988 at
the age of 62. He worked for Fiberglas Canada Inc.
for 31 years of which 21 were spent in Sarnia,
Ontario. He was a member of the Abbotsford Curling Club and the Ledgeview Golf Club. He is survived by his wife Pamela ... Derek William
PethickBA43 on May 16,1988, at age 68. He wrote
11 books on B.C. history. He was a teacher and
wrote documentaries for the CBC ... Dorothy
(Adams) Foulger BA 21 March 16, 1988, in California at age 88. She was a teacher for 12 years at
the UCLA Theatre Arts Department, and an actress. During her UBC years she was very active in
the Players Club and served as its president during
some of the earlier years ... Thomas McK-
eownBA'32 and a Rhodes Scholar'35 passed away
June 13,1988. He was a professor of social medicine at Birmingham University and an international figure in epidemiology. He played an active
role in the World Health Organization and was an
author of a number of medical publications, the
most noted of which was The Role of Medicine. He
is survived by his loving wife, a son and a daughter
... Geoffrey BrunnBA24 died July 13, 1988, at
home in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Brunn was a historian and biographer and was the author of several
books on European history. He taught at New York
University from 1927-41, Cornell and Georgetown,
among others. He is survived by his wife, two
daughters, three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. He was 89... ■
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"neither of them feels any reluctance to offer
themselves as representatives" (local columnist); "every journalist's dream is to have
their own broadcast."
We allow the fanatics who pervert normal
language in their efforts to eliminate "man"
unmerited influence. They are unaware that
"man" may be generic, "human being" ("hu-
person"?), like the Greek anthropos and the
Latin homo. Manufactured words should be
banished from educated speech (e.g., "chairperson," "salesperson," "spokesperson,"
"coastguardspersons"). I refuse to denote a
woman as a manuscript. The God of the New
Testament, theos, is male; the noun is accompanied by a masculine article. Greek possesses a feminine article, which, accompanied by theos, denotes a goddess. The
language of the Gospels, like history, cannot
be rewritten. I read with horror that the cowardly ignorance of a school board in Ontario
may lead to a new opening for the Lord's
prayer: "Our Friend...." The Greek is pater, it
does not mean "friend" and it has no "female
element." The basic guilt for dissemination of
these aberrations, however, rests on our intellectual leaders, the elite (I risk the wrath of
the press), who have meekly appeased the
practitioners of evil instead of denouncing
their abominations. I seek the 61ite first in the
universities, especially ours, which would be
Second to None, in the colleges, and in the
schools. As Cicero said, in a time of crisis,
"nos, nos consules, desumus" ("we, we the
leaders, are delinquent in our duty").
A persistent crime, which afflicts the University's publications and the press (for the
moment I include The Province), is the employment of jargon, especially the ugly practice of making nouns serve as adjectives. This
week's shameful roster includes "degree
completion programs," "community outreach" (what does it mean?), "media attention," "work experience student" (help!),
"gender inequity fund" (help again!). For further examples see UBC Reports. When I read
(present tense) an essay made unintelligible
by such jargon, I say to the student, "if you
write like this, they'll make you a dean."
For years I have preached that "like" is not
a conjunction, despite the prose to which we
are exposed. In an academic bulletin I am
shaken today by the advice given to young
authors: "... just write like you talk." This
explains why 1 sympathise so deeply with our
neglected students. Some years ago, when
serious corruption of language became an
epidemic, a professor of English remarked
that our students were required to take two
years of English in order to gain familiarity
with a language other than their own. Now I
often wonder about professors. Quis custo-
diet ipsos custodes?
"Other than" reminds me to insist that
"different" be followed by "from," never by
the disfiguring "than" or by "to." Equally to
be avoided is the split infinitive ("to not complain"). I know that Fowler will, in certain
contexts, admit it. His contexts are so sophisticated, however, and the examples that we
meet daily are so repellent that our best
course is to eschew the usage without exception—and so to teach students.
I present without comment words that I
have heard mispronounced on our platforms
in this decade (a student taught me how to
pronounce this noun): genuine, comparable,
hospitable, formidable, adult, address, harass (a horror perpetuated by television). At
educational institutions the interlopers that
have usurped the places of "preventive" and
"interpretative" (psychologists will take note)
should not be heard.
Let no-one conclude that I fail to recognise
the need for new terms ("telephone" is a
young noun), fresh connotations for old ones
(e.g., "media"), and the evolution (generally
simplification) of grammar and syntax (gradual retirement of the subjunctive). These
healthy manifestations of a living language
must be created by, or accepted by, those who
know the language, not by the ignorant who
care not. There is much that we can do to
stamp out the solecisms that I condemn. We
must never, to quote a recent column, give
up "moaning about hopefully" or, when the
pilot assures us that we shall "hopefully take
off momentarily," repress a shudder—twice.
We must discipline ourselves to avoid inflicting wounds on the language, in speech and
writing; dictionaries belong where we live,
wearing the honourable shabbiness of use.
We must be immediately intolerant of error,
in our families, in our classrooms (if we are
fortunate enough to be teachers), and amid
our friends. To be right is preferable to being
popular and yields more satisfying rewards.
We at the universities, where all teachers
ought to be enrolled in the forces to respect
English, should press for a policy that would
withhold teaching certificates from those
who cannot prove, in speech and writing, a
reasonable competence in English. Teachers
must be models: an empty classroom does
less harm than one with a semi-literate
teacher. I hope my readers include Professors
of Education, who must cope with a formidable (stress the first syllable, please) task. But it
should be shared by other Faculties.
The beauty of our language lies in its
charming irregularities, its flexibility, its difficulties (for the speaker and learner), its defiance of grammatical analogy. Consequently,
we (if we are conscientious) learn every day.
We shall never master it. Ignorance is not a
sin; failure to do something about it is a major
I give my last paragraph to my linguistic
panacea. When I become Dictator in Charge
of Education, Latin will become a required
subject in the academic programme of our
high schools. Think of the results: soon, all
teachers will have studied the Romans' language for four years. Literacy in English is all
but guaranteed. ■
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CHRONICLE/FALL 1988   21 Col
An alumnus prefers the English of the past to the dialect of the present
(Note: I like this; so 1 stole it)
Malcolm F McGregor, Arts
'30, M.A. '31, is a Professor of
Classics Emeritus, the Unioer-
sity of British Columbia, and
an Instructor in History,
Vancouoer Community
College, Langara Campus.
A lthough the three columns that have
Z_\ appeared in The Alumni UBC Chron-
-_Lj___/c7e dealt with the 1960s, they took
/I my memories back to the 1920s, when, as
reasonably literate freshmen, my peers and I
learned, in Freddy Wood's section of English
1, to revere the English language and to write
it accurately. In English 2, the two lectures a
week on the great writers of English delivered to the whole class were complemented
by a third hour devoted, in small sections, to
the language: spelling, pronunciation, idiom.
Thorlief Larsen made this for me a vivid and
unforgettable experience. Wood, Larsen, and
my clever choice of major subject, Classics,
were the foundations of my career as an
aggressive champion of our language.
Curiously, I think now of the Ubyssey,
which I served first as reporter, then as Sports
Editor. "Curiously": but in those days literate
editors insisted on a literate staff; we wrote
correct English and we could spell (we never
mis-spelled proper names, especially Scottish names). Thus my affaire with the language flourished.
There is no doubt that the quality of English heard and read today has declined markedly in the last generation. I muster a parade
of common barbarisms, in the hope of influencing readers.
During my recent uncomfortable sojourn
in a hospital I was invited, by orderlies, practical nurses, nurses, interns, residents, and
other doctors, to lay on the bed, which I
considered a vulgar proposition. This very
week I find, in the current Reader's Digest, a
definition of prostrate: "to lay flat, facing
downward" ("It Pays to Enrich Your Word
Power"). A sentence in a local newspaper,
"The New Democratic Party's game plan has
been to lay low," at least suggests a degree of
modesty as well as agility.
At our University, to Tuum Est we have
added "Second to None," an admirable war-
cry. Hence, our publications should be models of linguistic accuracy. Unfortunately, we
fall short of excellence. When UBC Reports,
our official means of communication with the
public, produced "honourary," perhaps borrowed from the University of Victoria, I
lodged a complaint. I was more offended by
the confusion of the various forms of "alumnus," which should not be unfamiliar on a
university's campus. As a gesture of good will
to our administrators I explain the mysteries.
"Alumnus" is masculine and singular; the
feminine is "alumna." The Latin "u" sounds
like the vowel in "put," when anglicised like
the vowel in "up." Now we come to the fun.
"Alumni" is masculine and plural; the Latin
pronunciation of the final syllable rhymes
with "knee," the English with "eye." "Alumnae" is feminine and plural; the Latin pronunciation of the final syllable rhymes with
"eye," English with "knee." Clear? I add, to
please the liberated fanatics, that in the
phrase "alumni of the University" the masculine includes the feminine.
Latin plurals give chronic trouble. Still,
terms such as "media," "data," and "agenda"
have been adopted by English and should be
recognised as plurals. Yet "media" is often
treated as singular by the press, "data" by
academics, and "agenda" by everyone—except me (I have been called archaic). Many,
falsely elegant, produce a Latin plural when
an English plural is more natural. I nominate
for adoption "stadiums," "plebiscites," "gladioluses," "octopuses" (the Latin is octo-
podes, with stress on the antepenult; "oc-
topi" is a monstrosity), "dogmas" (rather than
"dogmata"). I do not sympathise with the
Professor of Classics who complained that he
had been attacked by a gang of hoodla; nor
am 1 subject to tantra. The miraculous metamorphosis of a singular into a plural is a
popular blunder of another kind. Consider:
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