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Published by the Alumni Association of
The University of ^British Columbia
Editor: Ormonde J. Hall, B.Comm., LL.B.
Associate Editor:
Mary Fallis, M.A.
Alumni Association Executive:
President        John M. Buchanan, B.A. '17
Vice-President James A. Macdonald, B.A. '38
Secretary-Manager Frank Turner, B. Comm., B.A. '39
Treasurer. Harry Berry, B. Comm., B.A. '37
Second Vice-President- Honoree Young, B.A. '43,
B.Ed. '48
Chairman Publications Board, Ormonde J. Hall, B. Comm.
'42, LLb. '48
Past President Winston Shilvock, B.A. '31, B. Comm. '32
Third Vice-President Dr.  Blythe  Eagles,  B.A. '22
Members at Large: William H. Q. Cameron, B.A., '33,
Dorwin Baird, Arts, '38, Mrs. Maurice Sleightholme. B.A.,
'30, Thomas W. Meredith, B. Comm., '46, Mrs. Tommy
Berto, B.A., '31, David Brousson *B.A.Sc, '49, E. T. Kirk-
patrick, B.A.Sc, '47; Roderick Lindsay, B.A.Sc, '48; Elliott
Schmidt, B.A.Sc, '36; F. D. Moyls, B.A., '46; Mary Mc-
Dougall. B.A. '33; Col. Gordon Letson, B.A., '24, B.A.Sc,
'26; Barbara Macpherson. B.A. '45; Jack Underhill B.A., '24;
Doug. Sutcliff; Junior Member AMS Peter De Vooght.
AMS Pres. John Haar, Senate Reps. Dr. Harry V. Warren,
Dr. Earl Foerster and Darrell T. Braidwood, B.A., '40.
Editorial Office:
Room 208, Yorkshire Building, Vancouver, B. C.
Business Office:
Alumni Association, Brock Building, U.B.C.
VOL. 4, No. 1
MARCH, 1950
Earle  Birney.      9
It's a Habit (Jean Coulthard)    19
Personalities         12, 13
Editorial           15
Sport            16, 17
Women     24
The pert young graduate-to-be atop the University gates
looking toward the city where she'll shortly have to make
her way, is Miss Willa McKinnon (Arts '50) . . . her
father, George McKinnon graduated from U.B.C. in 1920
. . . Cap and gown worn by Miss McKinnon was donated
to the students of Mrs. Les McLennan (nee Cora Metz,
'22) wife of Les McLennan, who is first President of the
U.B.C. Alumni Association's Northern California chapter.
This issue gets off to an explosive start on page
5, where Dave Brousson of the Quarterback club
gives Editor Hall a workout over his last issue editorial on football (American plan) . . . readers are
requested to wire the Chronicle their opinions . . .
this is still a democracy . . . At the other end of the
line things get a little more cultural on page 9,
where Dorothy Livesay comes up with an article
on Earle Birney, who has once again attracted literary notice across the country with his new novel
"Turvey" . . . Dorothy Livesay combines here fluent
style with personal knowledge of her subject to
present an excellent close-up of the successful
author and poet.
The Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund is once
again underway for 1950 and already we've reached
a total of $7,800 for the first two months of the
year . . . we must hit $20,000 ... so don't wait for
the next fellow ... if you've been piker in the past
years, change spots and become a supporter of your
University . . if you don't, then drop reading this
magazine here . . . you don't deserve any of the
privileges of being a grad.
Recommended for a chuckle or two is the
article written by D. Badger on page 18 . . . Fraternity EXPOSE designed to keep you laughing and
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Dave Brousson. Chairman of the Thunderbird
Quarterback Club, offers an argument to the American football editorial appearing in the December
March 11th, 1950
Dear Sir:
All those interested in university athletics welcome the Editor's forthright comments in the
December Chronicle on the Thunderbird football
team. However, there are so many misconceptions
and misunderstandings in the editorial that the
Quarterback Club feels it a duty and a privilege to
present the other side of the story.
To begin with, the Editor must have been sitting
in a lonely, secluded part of Varsity stadium, if
he feels that what he is pleased to call an "Experiment in Football" has given "Little Satisfaction,"
and brought only "Humiliation and Ignominy."
The ever-increasing crowds of the past three
seasons, in every kind of weather, the thunderous
applause for courageous and thrilling plays, the
great ovation given the graduating members of this
year's team : Surely these are not the evidence to
which the Editor refers. The individual who was
heard to remark, "that was my first football game,
and the 'Birds didn't win, but thy've won a fan,"
was typical, not an exception.
Surely the Editor, a great sportsman himself,
does not feel downhearted because the team has not
won a majority of its games in its first three seasons
of American football? Our basketball team has been
going through heavy weather this season, but has
anybody even dreamed of abandoning basketball as
a majqr campus sport? The great English rugby
International Series to which he refers are by no
means relegated to the past. Witness the Wallabies
and Golden Bears of the last two years, and California and  Stanford this spring.
Let us review the situation a little more objectively and realistically than the editor permits himself. To begin with, it has always been considered
desirable that U.B.C. should participate as far as
possible in Collegiate, rather than "downtown"
athletic competition. For many years we have tried
to surmount the increasingly difficult barrier of
finances, distance, and time, to play Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba universities at Canadian
football, while other U.B.C. teams played in local
leagues. These barriers finally became so difficult
immediately following the war that the member
universities agreed to disband the Western Conference.
The next most logical group for U.B.C. to join
was that comprising all other institutions of a comparable size in the west, the Pacific Coast Conference. This was obviously an impossibility so the
Men's Athletic Directorate took the next best step,
joining a smaller and closer group, the Evergreen
Conference. And let us not do the members of this
Conference the discourtesy of calling them "Backwoods Colleges" — while they are not all very large
in numbers, their teams have shown themselves
great in courage, sportsmanship, and ability.
Page 6
This step obviously meant that we would have
to play American Football — but it also meant that
all our teams would play in Collegiate circles. While
we are on this subject, it is purely ridiculous for the
Editor to state that "almost any impartial person
will agree the Canadian game is more spectacular
than American Football." I have heard too many
arguments between experts on this topic ever to
agree quite so easily. And while rugby is a great
sport, and admittedly economical of equipment, it
is played as a major sport by no other Canadian
university. But arguments on the particular qualities of different sports have no place here. Let it
suffice for us to agree, rather, that all three codes
produce great contests, great teams, great displays
of sportsmanship.
The Editor graciously offers the "Athletic
Clique" at U.B.C. three alternatives. Let us consider these again:
(1) "Abandonment   of   American   football,   with   a
return to Canadian, and the re-establishment
of the Western Inter-Collegiate Football
Union; "or
Only Saskatchewan is remotely interested in
re-establishing the W.I.C.U., and they have no
idea how it could be accomplished on a practical basis.
(2) "Banishment of Inter-Collegiate football from
the campus, as has been done by Chicago and
manv of the progressive American universities."
It would be interesting to know which are
the "many progressive universities" to which
the Editor refers. Incidentally, Pittsburgh,
one of the few universities which did abandon
football, has now re-organized its team. We
feel sure that this alternative requires no further discussion.
(3) "Abandonment    of    the    lukewarm,    namby-
pamby attitude toward football scholarships
and subsidization of star performers."
This takes us on to somewhat difficult ground.
However, when the Editor takes this stand the
Quarterback Club heartily endorses it, and agrees
that "every effort should be made to have a topflight team."
We take the position that every athlete of university calibre from British Columbia should have
an opportunity to attend U.B.C. at least as good as
the opportunity he has to attend McGill. Washington, Queen's or California. Now let this not be
misunderstood. We do not advocate "professional
college sport," or "athletic bums" at U.B.C, but
surely we can make it possible for our own sons to
play for our own Alma Mater. And looking at this
from a broader viewpoint, quite apart from the fact
that the university receives good publicity from
great teams, or that we all enjoy seeing our
Thunderbirds win games, the judicious subsidization of athletics at the university, developing great
teams and outstanding stars, will have a tremendous
(Continued on page 29)
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MARCH, 1950
Page 7 These I Have Loved:
White plates and cups, clean-gleaming,
Ringed with, blue lines; and feathery, faery dust;
Wet roofs, beneath the lamp-light; the strong crust
Of friendly bread; and many-tasting food;
Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
And radiant raindrops courhing in cool flowers;
And flowers themselves, that sway through sunny hours,
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the moon;
Then, the cool kindliness of sheets, that soon
Smooth away trouble; and the rough male kiss
Of blankets; grainy wood; live hair that is
Shining and free; blue-massing elouds; the keen
Unpassioned beauty of a. great machine;
The benkon of hot water.
(Excerpt from "The Great Lover", by Rupert Brooks.)
Commonplace things—plates, bread, blankets—take on new life
when Rupert Brooke.puts words to work. With dramatic simplicity,
interest is kindled for matter of fact items that are part of our
daily life. If you can express yourself ... if yours is a talent for
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The doors of this agency are always open to people of such talent.
Page 8
By Dorothy Livesay
—Photo by HAROLD SOMBERG, Toronto
The long-limbed, sandy haired young man —
obviously with much of the Scot in him — was guest
at a tea party in Harry Cassidy's house when I first
met him, in 1933. That was in Toronto, in the deep
of the depression. Earle Birney hailed from the
University of B. C, they said; he was finishing his
M.A. at the University of Toronto and would be on
his way shortly to the University of London, as a
Royal Society Fellow. His concern was English
literature; but neither he nor anyone else present
seemed to be interested in talking about literature.
The talk was of how to get a job; of economics and
Marxism; of a possible world war. One did not
sense that this young man was soon to become one
of Canada's most important poets and novelists.
Earle Birney had got his education the hard way,
by working his way through college. He bumped
into all manner of men and his social inclinations
were early at variance with his desire to be alone
with nature. Perhaps his most meaningful lessons
had come from direct contact with nature, in mountain climbing near the village of Banff where he
first went to school. His adolescent years were
spent on a farm in the Kootenays, and here again
the impression went deep. There is no great love of
cities nor of city ways in Earle Birney's poetry.
Rather we find a distrust and suspicion of man's
mechanical advances, a call to return and be refreshed where
"the stars went out, and the quiet heather flushed
and the skyline pulsed with the surging bloom
Of incredible dawn in the Rockies."
(From  David).
At University, in Vancouver, the love of nature
was merged with the love of poetry.  But the idyllic
MARCH, 1950
nature poetry of the nineteenth century was not
what finally attracted Birney. It was the satirical,
human and piscaresque romancing of Geoffrey
Chaucer with which he found kinship. So much so,
that his PHD thesis was as its theme, "The Irony
of Chaucer." That study not only developed Birney's absorbing interest in the sources of English
poetry, the Anglo-Saxon rhythms, and vocabulary;
it also pointed up the satirical and highly critical
quality in his own nature.
My second encounter with Earle Birney was in
the early years of the war. He had returned to
Canada in 1936 and obtained an assistant professorship at University College, Toronto. But he surprised himself and everyone else by beginning, in
those years of the late thirties, to write poetry. His
interest in the academic was never a dry-as-dust
affair. He made the books work for him. In the
same way, his interest in Canadian culture was not
perfunctory, not an ivory-tower position either.
From the moment when he became a writer himself
he set out to do something about Canadian writing.
Thus it was that he became, in 1936, literary editor
of the Canadian Forum. As such he did pioneer
work in stirring up interest in younger writers and
in trying to establish a higher level of criticism in
Caustic Critic
Birney's uncompromising attitude often led him
into battles. There were some who feared the caustic pen, the quick tongue. It was therefore a bit
of a surprise to me, interviewing him in the tiny
office within the cloisters of University College,
to find him so genial, friendly and thoroughly disposed to be interested in other people's work.
A visit to his home, early in 1942, and the domestic comfort inspired by his English wife Esther —
his pride in his baby son — these things strengthened the impression that Earle Birney was genuinely concerned with human values. And he does not
leave them behind when he sits in his professorial
chair, as hundreds of his students will testify. Perhaps the most significant trait in Earle Birney's
character is that, although a poet, he does not shun
Action he had indeed when he went overseas
in 1943. Not behind a gun, but as a Selection of Personnel Officer. In England he interviewed hundreds of young Canadians, eventually joining them
in Holland, the Canadian Army's North-West
Theatre. Those were the years when Earle Birney
was not only writing some of his most exciting
poetry, but also taking persistent, wry and ribald
notes on the nature of men in wartime — and in particular, Canadian men. The notes bore fruit in 1949,
when the first novel "Turvey" made its hilarious
When he came back from the war. invalided
home after a long bout in army hospitals, Major
Earle Birney found himself nationally known as a
poet, critic and radio broadcaster. For a year he was
employed with the CBC in Montreal, until his appointment to the English staff at UBC in 1946. He
joined the Canadian Authors Association and under-
(Continued on page 28)
Page 9 Alumni   Fund   Hits   $8000  Total   in
Sedgewick   Memorial   One   of Fund
The second year of the Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund has opened with an enthusiastic response which augurs well for this new feature of
university life. There has been a greater participation this year, with $8,000 already received from
900 donors, totals well ahead of those of 1949 at the
corresponding date.
In its first year the Development Fund reached
a total of $12,215 contributed by 1452 former students, a performance comparable to the most successful campaigns among smaller U.S. universities.
U.B.C.'s Development Fund is the first in Canada but McGill and Manitoba have joined the parade
and are making their first appeals this year. Naturally they look to British Columbia to see what has
been accomplished and, of course, we hope to set
an excellent pace for them.
Although the Alumni executive and the Board
of Directors of the Fund have not set any objective
for 1950, it is no secret that they will be disappointed
if the total doesn't reach $20,000.
The Board of Directors under chairmanship of
Joseph F. Brown Jr. (Arts '23) meets monthly —
and sometimes more frequently — to wrestle with
all the details which go into a successful campaign.
John M. Buchanan, Arts '17, the Alumni president,
kas been a tower of strength to the committee and
has been in attendance at every meeting.
"The importance of the Development Fund can
not be over-estimated says Mr. Buchanan. "It gives
new purpose and new vigor to the Alumni Association and it gives us a chance to do something for
the University."
The 1950 Development Fund spirit was much in
evidence at the class managers dinner in the Brock
Hall, in February, when more than 100 Fund Workers turned out to get themselves organized. The
dinner was bigger and better than in the first year.
Brief addresses by Dr. Norman Mackenzie, Mr.
Buchanan and Chairman Brown were followed by a
detailed analysis by Frank Turner, of the Fund
collection plan. This year, class managers have been
supplied with individual cards for their prospects
and it is expected that more graduates will be contacted. There are 300 class managers this year, as
compared with 115 last year.
Alumni emphasize once again that the Development Fund is a three-in-one appeal, because it provides (a) Gifts to the University, (b) Alumni Association operating funds, including the heavy direct
mail costs necessary in the campaign and (c) Alumni Chronicle funds.
Four objectives have been named for 1950 by
the   Board  of  Directors   as  follows  —   (1)   Unre-
President Korman McKenzie. Alumni President John Buchanan and Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund chairman
Joe Brown looked happy as they surveyed the large turnout for the second annual class manager's dinner in Brock
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stricted Gift to the University; (2)
Sedgewick Memorial, (3) Women's
Residence furnishings and (4) Alumni
However, the directors wish it
known that any contribut >r may make
his gift available for any other objective. They have had one such gift this
year from Sydney M. Rosenberg, president of the Canadian Fishing Company,
who, though not a U.B.C. graduate,
has two sons at Point Grey. Half of
his donation will be devoted to an essay
prize, with Sir Andrew Jones, chairman of the British Food Mission in
Canada, as one of the judges. The
other half will go to the .Development
Fund objectives.
Another interesting gift this year is
$202.83 received from the Ottawa
branch of the Alumni Association for
the student loan fund. This was collected by the 1947-48 executive of the
branch but will add to this year's Development Fund total.
In the Development Fund, the University of B. C. has joined more than
200 universities and colleges in North
America who find annual giving a
challenge and a stimulus. It does not
expect to reach the heights of the University of Utah which in its fourth year
raised" a total of $560,000. Of this total,
$25,000 came from 3000 former students — the rest was raised by business
and industry. It shows what can be
done, however, by interested and alert
The portrait in oils reproduced here ivas painted by Lilt as Newton
a few weeks before Dr. Sedqeicick's sudden death, and has been presented to
the University  by a group of his friends.
A fund is being collected to establish a memorial
to Dr. Sedgewick that will perpetuate both his memory and his influence in the universitv with whose
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This Memorial Fund will be used to provide extracurricular lectures in the subjects in which Dr.
Sedgewick was. most interested, and to give financial
assistance to students who need it.
Since these aims conform tu its own, the Alumni-
U.B.C. Development Fund has generously co-operated with the Sedgewick Memorial Committee by
adopting this Memorial as one of its objectives.
Alumni members can. therefore, make their cheques
pavable to the Alumni-U.B.C. Development Fund
and  earmark   them   for the  "Sedgewick  Memorial.''
The Memorial Committee requests that all those
who remember Dr. Sedgewick with affection or
respect, or who have valued his wit. kindliness,
scholarship or his humanitv should make their contribution as generouslv and as soon as possible.
Non-alumni are sending their contributions to the
Sedgewick Memorial Fund. Montreal Trust Company, 466 Howe Street.
MARCH, 1950
I'arje 11 President
Lloyd F. Detwiller, 31-year-old University of
British Columbia Graduate, is rapidly climbing to
the position of British Columbia's bright young
man . . . Detwiller, who set up the sales tax machinery for the British Columbia Government has been
named Commissioner of the Provincial Hospital Insurance Service . . . Detwiller was unanimously
selected by the Provincial Cabinet, and his selection
had full approval of James A. Hamilton and Associates, Hospital Consultants. . . He has been appointed on a permanent basis and will be qualified
as a first grade deputy minister.
To succeed Detwiller as Sales Tax Commissioner, the Provincial Government has chosen another University Graduate, 29-year-old Gordon S.
Bryson (B. Comm. '42) . . . Bryson was an assistant sales tax commissioner since April.
Evidence that the Medical School was being
organized rapidly was apparent with the announcement this month that Dr. H. Rocke Robinson,
Director of Surgery at Shaughnessy Hospital, will
head the University of British Columbia Department of Surgery . . . Also appointed was Dr. Sydney
M. Freedman, Associate Professor of anatomy at
McGill University, who will head the Anatomy Department at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Ralph Stedman (Arts '27) has been appointed
as Food Attaches to the British Embassy in Washington,  D.C.  ...  he will  be  accompanied  by his
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wife (Margaretta Underhill, Arts '27, Education
'28). Dr. Stedman was with the Ministry of Food
in London during the war.
Another Graduate doing important work in another distant part of the world is Dr. Harry M.
Cassidy, Director of the School of Social Work at
the University of Toronto, who has been granted
three months leave of absence for a United Nations
assignment in Egypt.
Dr. Cassidy has been chosen by the Social Assistance Division to advise the Egyptian Government on social welfare measures. He is Arts '23
and his wife is Beatrice Pearce Cassidy (Nursing
Campus Capers
It may be bull but it's the best on the continent
. . . "Ubyssey White Cockade" Ayrshire bull bred by
the University of B. C. and sold to the Dominion
Government is claimed to be the top bull in North
America . . . his first eight daughters on Record of
Performance official tests are farther ahead of their
dams in milk and butter production than those of
any other North American sire known to U,B.C.
New President on the campus is John Haar, who
nosed out Bill Haggart by 21 votes . . . like his predecessors for the past five years Haar is a veteran.
Dick Berry won the dubious honor of "Egg-eating champion of U.B.C." by eating 37 raw eggs in
20 minutes . . . runner-up was Ursula Knight who
downed 20 eggs in a contest which recalled the
gold fish swallowing era in the American colleges.
Crime swept the campus last month when
U.B.C. editors were kidnapped by the Engineers
who took over the Ubyssey . . . Editor Jim Banham
and Senior Editor Hugh Cameron were taken by
car to an auto court in Burnaby while Editorial
writer Les Armour had his hair shaved off . . . the
engineers were aroused when the editorial board
would only give them one page to advertise their
spring dance instead of the usual one entire issue
. . . The Supreme Moot Court later rectified things
by finding the Engineers guilty and sentencing them
to cleaning the Pub office floor with toothbrushes.
Former Victoria High School and U.B.C. Students, Peter B. St. Louis, R.C.A.F., recently rescued
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THE U.B.C. AtUMNI CHRONICLE a party of scientists from Stonington Island in the
Graham Land area by flying in a specially-equipped
Norseman Aircraft. On leave from the R.C.A.F.,
he is personal pilot to the Government of the Falkland Islands of the South Pacific.
Grads of the fist
class in 1939 and all
those that came after
them will be sorry to
hear that Prof. Ellis
H. Morrow, head of
the Commerce Dept.
since its inception in
the first year of the
war, is retiring July
1 . . . Prof. Morrow
is known as the
abrupt businessman
pofessor who underneath was sentimental about his graduates . . . he'll long be
remembered by the
many war veterans
who got business
positions after the
war on the strength
of his invariably
"kind" recommendations to employers. , ,^Z~Z
Jimmy Sinclair, who went to Belgrade to settle
Yugo-Slavia's debt to Canada, had an interview last
month with Marshall Tito. Sinclair is now parliamentary assistant to Finance Minister Douglas
Labour Candidate in the British Elections was
Huntley M. Sinclair, who was a former U.B.C.
Economics lecturer.
The former Sophie Witter (Arts '34), now Mrs.
Ray G. de la Haye, is a missionary at Kano, Housa-
land, Nigeria.
Hamilton R. H. Gray, illustrious U.B.C. Graduate who posthumously won the Victoria Cross as a
member of the Fleet Air Arm during the last: war,
has been honoured in the City of Elgin, Scotland.
The City fathers there have named a street in his
honour "Gray's Walk."
Johnny Baker (B. Comm. '47) was recently
awarded the prize of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants in the recent intermediate examinations.
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THERE'S a new pastime that gives a lot
of innocent pleasure to people who like
to keep track of what's happening in the world
and why. It's the weekly Current Events Quiz
that appears in The Vancouver Sun every Tuesday to test the knowledge of, and wile away
many a happy hour for, those who fancy themselves as right on the ball when it comes to
today's history. Join the Sun's quizzers and
PROVE how much you know!
Every Tuesday:
Prepared by R. J. Boroughs and K. D.
M. Large, assistant directors of U.B.C.
department of University Extension.
Answers appear in each issue of Sunday
MARCH, 1950
The "British Columbia Natural Resources Conference," an organization representing industry,
University and government, is one of the most
striking examples of actual contributions being
made by the University of British Columbia in the
general development of this Province.
Under the patronage of the Hon. E. T. Kenney.
Minister of Lands and Forests, the Third Annual
Meeting of this group was held in Victoria this
February. Pertinent, practical suggestions and recommendations were made with respect to all nine
of our primary industries. In addition to Conference
Chairman, Dr. Harry V. Warren (B.A.Sc. '27).
there were many U.B.C. "products" — its alumni —
as well as other U.B.C. faculty members on the
executive of this important body.
As a matter of fact, B. C. citizens could have no
better, tangible proof of the part now being played
by U.B.C.-trained men and women and U.B.C. (non-
alumni) Professors, than the new slate of officers
and executive members of this vital group. The
new President is Dr. Ian McTaggart (B.A. '32),
who will represent the Wildlife Industry in addition to his Presidential duties. Immediate Past-
President Warren continues to serve on the executive, while U.B.C. Professor D. G. Laird remains on
as 1st Vice-President and Chairman of the Soils
Section. Dr. J. E. Liersch (B.A. '26, B.A.Sc. '27),
Assistant Vice-President of the Powell River Co.
Ltd., re-elected 2 nd Vice-President, will represent
the Forestry industry.
Dr. Harry L. Purdy, (B.A. '26), Director of Research   and   Construction   for   the   B.   C.   Electric
Railway Co., is the new Treasurer, while Dr. David
B. Turner (B.S.A. '33, B.A. '36), Provincial Department of Lands and Forests, continues in the important Secretarial position. Dr. Purdy also represents
the Power industry.
Other alumni on the new executive are Lyle A.
Atkinson (B.S.A. '25), Assistant General Manager
of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association,
the Agricultural Industry's delegate, Mr. John M.
Buchanan (B.A. '17), President of B.C. Packers
Limited and President of the U.B.C. Alumni Asso-
ication, representing the Fishing Industry, and
James A. Pike (B.A. '31), of the Island Mountain
Mines Ltd., Mining Industry's delegate.
Actually, the only two positions not filled by
alumni and U.B.C. Professor Laird are those associated with the Recreation and Water Industries.
Mr. E. G. Oldham continues as the former's delegate, while no one has been named to replace the
late. R. C. Farrow as Water representative.
One or two of Dr. Warren's statements indicate
the practicality of the group's work. In his opening
remarks, he said: "One year of office has convinced
me that we must, in the future, spend a greater
proportion of our national income in attempting to
maintain, and if possible expend, the productivity
of our primary industries."
Again, in his conclusion, Dr. Warren reminded
his associates that "all must learn to co-operate . . .
that paradoxically enough any apparent loss which
one industry may sustain by making sacrifices for
her sister industries will be more than balanced by
indirect returns obtained by greater overall permanent productivity and by increased good  will."
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THE U.B.C. ALUMNI CHRONICLE ^fizaklna czdito%iaLLu
Educational Trend
There is an undeniable thrill coming to the
University of British Columbia Graduate who returns to the Campus at this time and realizes the
tremendous growth that has taken place at Point
Grey in the past five years.
On all sides, new buildings have been just completed or are in various stages of construction. The
scene reveals the tremendous energy, enthusiasm
and optimism inherent in the people of our Province.
As one journeys about the Compus, however,
viewing the various new structures, housing, the
faculties or departments of applied Science, physics,
atomic research, home economics, pharmacy, medicine, and others, one is struck by the fact that this
is indeed the age of specialization.
The University can be proud of its graduates
who are achieving renown in all the fields of human
endeavor. We have famous physicists, statisticians,
dietitians, social welfare officers, successful business
men, public relations experts, actors and so on.
The University can justly say that our graduates
have won fame from Australia to the Transvaal and
even to the remote regions of the Egyptian Desert
where U.B.C. men are engaged in the search of such
vital products as oil.
These are very comforting thoughts and they
are testimony to the fact that our University administrators are farsighted efficient individuals. It
speaks well for our faculty members who have imparted knowledge to the thousands of graduates
who have gone through U.B.C.
Disquieting Factors
But the disquieting factor about all this is that
while there has been a tremendous growth in the
material and practical subjects on the U.B.C. Curriculum, there does not seem to be the same proportionate development in the study of the humanities, and th#re appears to be a concentration in our
curriculum of preparing our students for the practical pursuits of life; all those subjects which foster
the means for the destruction rather than the elevation of mankind.
There is nothing unusual about this and it only
reflect the attitudes and trends that are apparent
throughout the whole world today.
There is no discounting the fact that there has
been tremendous progress made along cultural lines
and that facilities for the study of music and art
and culture generally have been greatly enhanced at
the University in the past five or ten years Nevertheless the brilliance of our graduates is mostly in
those callings that have more to do with the practical and material than the cultural. Whether we
like it or not, apart from the President who is a man
of many parts, we find our most illustrious professors are not to be found teaching History,
English or Philosophy, and likewise we must concede the University has yet to produce a graduate
who by any stretch of the imagination can be called
a great man.
MARCH, 1950
Whereas we have produced many excellent administrators, we still must search in vain for anyone
who stands out as a great humanitarian or leader
of men or who can be regarded as outstanding to
the point that he is a superior human being, or who
is acknowledged as an exceptional man by the great
masses of the population.
The argument, of course, is that the University
is young and has not had time to develop individuals
of that calibre, but the fact remains that U.B.C. has
produced graduates who excel in certain practical
fields, which would lend credence to the belief that
there is something lacking in our curriculum, and
that the possibility is that unless a change in emphasis is made, we will continue to produce topnotch
technicians, administrators and professional men
but that we have not the necessary facilities to produce great thinkers such as have been poduced by
other countries, other civilizations and other philosophies.
The crux of the matter seems to lie in the philosophy that the pursuit of money or power is the
end all. Neglected is the old philosophy which
taught that wisdom lies in the study of man and
his experience and that true learning is to learn to
think on a broad intellectual basis. An attempt
should be made to greatly strengthen the faculties
in which the humanities are studied, and a concentration should be made in introducing our students to the idea that paramount in this world is the
search for truth and beauty.
Unless this is done and the gui-ing principle of
the University continues to be the outfitting of a
student for making his way in the world commercially, it would appear that we will have to depend
upon obtaining our great thinkers and leaders from
the old sources of the log cabin and the farm, from
whence have come, in the past, the individuals who
have illustrated the supreme majesty of man.
If there is any hope for permanent peace in this
world, it has to come from a very broad type of
thinking pocess, and not from a segmentalized kind
of reasoning  that  is  the  mark of  the  University
graduate today.
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£aAAe/i For//i with    OLE BAKKEN
Hjelmar "Jelly" Anderson, Assistant Football
Coach at U.B.C, assumes still another duty in the
coaching field as head coach of the First Thunderbird baseball team entered in Evergreen Conference
Play this spring.
During the' past month, Anderson has had a
squad of seventy-five hopefuls working out in the
U.B.C. field house on sliding drills and fundamentals of battling and fielding. As soon as the
weather clears, Anderson will move his squad outside for several intra-squad games before he chooses
his eighteen-man team.
The 'Birds have a conference schedule of eight
double headers in an eighteen-day period from May
1st to the 18th in the western half of Evergreen
Play. Bracketed in this half with the 'Birds are
Western Washington College, Pacific Lutheran
College, College of Puget Sound and St. Martin's
College. The winner of this bracket meets the winner of the eastern division on May 20th to decide
the   Conference   championship.
The 'Birds will start off their season with two
exhibition games on April 7th and 8th against Art
McLarney's   University   of   Washington   Huskies.
Then, after a break for sessional examinations, the
'Birds swing into the Conference games on May 1st.
All   home  games   will   be   played   at   Capilano
Stadium.  Complete schedule follows :
April    7—University of Washington vs. U.B.C.
8—University of Washington vs. U.B.C.
1—St. Martin's College vs. U.B.C.
3—U.B.C. vs. Western Washington College.
5—U.B.C. vs.Pacific Lutheran College
6—College of Puget Sound vs. U.B.C.
10—Western Washington College vs. U.B.C.
12—U.B.C. vs. College of Puget Sound.
14—U.B.C. vs. St. Martin's College.
17—Pacific Lutheran College vs. U.B.C.
On May 19th and 20th, U.B.C. will host the
second Annual Evergreen Conference Track, Tennis and Golf Meets.
In strength of numbers this will be the largest
invasion in U.B.C. athletic history. Over two hundred athletes from the eight competing schools will
be housed at Acadia Camp for the two-day combined
The Track will be staged at the U.B.C. stadium,
the Golf at Marine Drive and the Tennis at Dunbar
U.B.C. thinclads will be relying heavily on Bob
Piercy, outstanding distance man and John Pavelich,
Conference shot put titlist, to score most of their
points against Conference foes. Last year's golf
team, which won the Conference title in Spokane,
will field the same squad with Doug Bajus and Peter
Bentley rated as the two strongest men.
The tennis squad will field a team of approximately the same strength as last year's finalists.
Favoured for a repeat victory in track is the
Eastern Washington College "Savages," who ran
away with top honours in almost all events in last
year's meet.
To wind up the meet, team members of all
schools will be invited to a banquet in the main
dining room of the Brock. Purpose of the banquet
will be the presentation of trophies to the winning
school in each sport during the 1949-50 season.
Eastern Washington will be awarded the football
and basketball trophies, U.B.C. the swimming
trophy, with the remainder of the championships to
be decided prior to the Conference Meet, which
winds up the athletic year.
The U.B.C. Thunderbirds rugby team, undefeated in McKecknie Cup and Exhibition rugby
prior to their California trip in March 6th, meet the
California Bears in the third and fourth games of the
World Cup Series on March 23rd and 25th at U.B.C.
stadium, with the first two games in Berkeley on
March 9th and 11th.
California, last year, won the World Cup for the
first time in three post-year years of play. Scores
for the four games were:
3 8
0 0
11 3
5 11
This year the coach Albert Laithwaite's fifteen
have played good rugby, and followers of the English handling code at U.B.C. are hoping that the
world Cup will again grace the trophy case on the
Point Grey campus.
The U.B.C. volleyball team, in two exhibition
matches against the University of Washington, won
the first before a packed noon-hour crowd, but lost
on the Huskies' second visit on March 1st, in three
straight games.   Volleyball enthusiasts are looking
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forward to an extended schedule in future years . . .
U.B.C. Thunderbirds' hockey team dropped out of
the Allan Cup picture by losing in a two-game
total point series to Kerrisdale Monarchs by scores
of 8-4 and 5-2. The Thunderbirds, after a layoff of
four weeks previous to the two-game series, were
beaten in the third period of each game due to lack
of adequate competition previous to the playoff
dates. Earlier, they had defeated the University of
Alberta to take the Hamber Cup and, with it, the
mythical title of Western Canadian Collegiate
champs. Bob Koch, Terry Nelford, Fred Andrews,
Wag Wagner and Hugh Berry are graduating members of the hockey squad. Koch, during his three
years of play at the university, has been the kingpin
in the U.B.C. scoring attack and one of the finest
players to ever draw on skates on the Thunderbird
squad . . . U.B.C. braves frosh entry in the Intermediate "A" Basketball League won their league
and now are carrying on in provincial playoffs . . .
five outstanding U.B.C. athletes were honoured
during halftime of the Stanford-U.B.C. rugby game
on February 18th. The coaches presented individual
trophies, on behalf of the student body, to graduating athletes John Frazee, skiing; John Pavelich,
Wags Wagner, hockey; Doug Reid, football; and
Russ Latham, rugby. The same day, Latham scored
twelve points as the 'Birds won 17-9 . . . Bill
Deyoung, inside three on the Stanford rugby team,
was rated one of the top fullbacks in the nation on
the Stanford football eleven last fall . . . Brock
Ostrom, fourth year Psysical Education student,
elected president of the Men's Athletic Directorate
for the 1950-51 term during A.M.S. elections. He
will   succeed   Hilary   Wotherspoon,   who   will   be
graduating in commerce this spring . . . starting off
with a bang, Thunderbird basketballers wound
up with a whimper. After winning their first five
pre-season exhibition games, the Thunderbirds were
only able to manage four move victories during the
course of the season; two in Conference play against
Pacific Lutheran College and Western Washington
College and the other two in exhibition games
against Vancouver Clover Leafs. Five members are
graduating from Thunderbird ranks this year —
Reid Mitchell, Norm Watt, Bill Bell, and John Forsyth in teachers training and Nev Munro in Law
. . . Gordy Cowan and George Merry paced the
U.B.C. ski team in their successful invasion of Banff
against teams from other universities and colleges
in the Pacific Northwest. U.B.C.'s best events are
in the Down Hill and Slalom. The team is weak in
jumping events . . . athletics at U.B.C. during the
1949-1950 session will gross approximately $45,
000.00 made up from student fees, gate receipts,
guarantees and revenue from concessions. Increased
costs incurred by an expanded program brings expenses to the same amount . . . football schedule
for 1950 is now complete. On September 23rd
U.B.C. open the season at home against St. Martin's
College.   Remainder of the schedule follows:
Sept. 23—St.  Martin's  College Vancouver
Oct.     7—Whiteman College  Vancouver
Oct.   \A—Western Washington College..Vancouver
Nov.    4—Northern Idaho College Vancouver
Nov.   11—Eastern Washington College....Vancouver
Nov.  18—Whitvvorth College  Vancouver
Nov. 23—Western Washington College-Vancouver
Season tickets will be available shortly, at the
rate of $5.00 for six home games. Write or telephone
Graduate Manager of Athletics, U.B.C, ALma 2818.
For the  first  time,  Grads  will   be
attend Convocation Ball:
— May  1 1th and  12th -
invited  to
Faster Greetings
to Alumni
MARCH, 1930
(Are you the hidden witness?)
The Alumni Chronicle, as a public service and to
decrease its circulation, has started a Hidden Witness campaign of its own.   If you know anything
nasty about fraternities in general or one frat-club
in particular, especially those now muscling in on
Shaughnessy Heights, just phone us in a disguised
voice  or hoarse whisoer,  and  we will  mail you an
anonymous cheque for any sum  that seems absolutely   convenient.    Justice   must   prevail   against
these  delinquent hoodlums,  this  ragamuffin  rabble
... or, as  Sir Thos. Uurquhart had it from "the
quintessential words of those incontestably regalian
lips,"   these   prattling   Gablers,   sycophant   Varlets.
forlorn   Snakes,  blockish   Grutnols,   fondling  P'ops.
doddipol 'Joltheads,   slutch   Calf-Lollies,   codshead
Loobies,    jobernol    Goosecaps,    grout-head   Gnat-
Snappers,   noddie-peak   Simpletons,   Lob-Dotterels,
and  ninnie-hammer  Flycatchers.
Deplorable Fact
The most deplorable fact is that certain fraternities (so rightly termed frats by all but their members) have had the effrontery to move into the fair
land of Shaughnessy, that tight little island protected by a deep moat of slums which none has
hitherto dared cross. Among these islanders exists
a taboo against more than one family inhabiting a
dwelling at any one time; this is thought to ward
off the Falling Sickness (in so far as that disease
can affect real estate). As any trained anthopolo-
gist may guess, there are ways of getting round the
taboo; after a ceremonial purification, a man may
permit his wife's family to move in on him either
by frontal attack or an encircling movement. He
may convert his castle into a boarding-house, rooming-house, nursing-home, private hotel, small apartment-house, select girls' school, girls' select school,
unselected school, semi-residential kindergarten,
bootlegging joint, and You-Know-What. The taboo
is still there, the old magic still works, but the only
way of failing to get round the damned thing is to
start a fraternity. For this one exception no exception can be made. And no wonder, for the very word
fraternity itself implies one big family, and you
can't fit one big family into a one-family dwelling,
though you can rent the cupboards easily enough
to twenty small families.
And what is so horrible about fraternities . . .
residentially, that is? Well, they lower the tone of
a neighbourhood, and just as there are some tones
so high that only a dog can hear them, so there are
tones so low that only a dog can bear them. It is
understood that many fraternities actually have
cars parked outside them, a thought calculated to
make anyone shudder even when not planning to
have one's cocktail party's cars parked outside one's
own home and on past the fraternity house. Again,
several fraternities are alleged to use their gardens,
God wot. Any gardener knows you ruin a garden
by leaning on it or even hiking lightly through it,
and Shaughnessy is peopled by garden-lovers, and
one Shaughnessy gardener even won a prize in open
competition against Hastings East. And another
thing, many fraternity houses are filled five or six
nights a week with young men silently studying.
(It isn't every fraternity that has the sense to hang
over its doors the words of Frier John of the Flails,
who said "In our abbey we never study for fear of
the mumps.") In the present writer's own fraternity
house, some twenty years ago. the silence usually
became oppressive and even frightening. And has
any group the right to go up into Shaughnessy and
oppress and frighten the islanders that way? It's
a hell of a thing any way you look at it. Oh yes,
and it was said in open court in Vancouver that one
fraternity allowed its members to drink beer in a
private place, to wit a garden. If they had drunk
it on the street, that would have been fine ($50),
but it seemed to mean to keep just within the law
. . . almost furtive, in fact, and furtive drinkers are
the worst. It is all right for an ordinary Shaughes-
sian to serve cocktails in his pergola, rose arbour,
etc., but for a student to drink beer at all is enough
to drive both him and his neighbours mad, except
in Heidelberg, Leyden, Copenhagen, Louvain, Oxford, Cambridge, I'aris, and other derelict skidroads
of that sort. As for fraternity houses that forbid
even beer (for purposes of study rather than of
morality), we know they cannot exist because it
doesn't suit us to believe they do.
Scarred Soul
There is little room here to discuss the indoor
harm of fraternities, out of sight of the neighbours,
but a few points might be mentioned. Any club is
a bad thing, for it tends to leave people outside it.
God knows what harm was done to the present
writer at U.B.C. He was never invited to join the
Pep Club, the Musical Society, the Chess Club, the
Radio Club, the Thoth Club (whatever that was),
and a hundred other exclusive rackets. This made
him feel punk. Worse, he was asked to join the
Letters Club (not Geek letter nor Big Block letters,
but, as the French say, beautiful letters), and he
was then bounced out again for his lack of earnestness. Turfed out. Sent down. (What scars do you
not now bear, O my soul?) Even a frat-club
wouldn't have done quite so horible a thing. He did
manage to stick in the Players Club for four years
(even during 1927, the year of the Two Famous Expulsions from that club), but this was only because
he hadn't the courage to resign as a protest against
the undemocratic Ability Test. Worse, he joined a
fraternity and by its unfair means made certain
friends both within and without its gates. That vile
society certainly changed him. He was a shy little
growth, that infant, and by himself would have
made hardly a friend in four years; those he did
make would have been very like himself, too. As it
was, he got a cross-section of the university in miniature and had to get to know these men and get
along with them and like them. Would it not have
been far, far better if he had been true to himself
and remained absolutely in a nice big companion-
continued on page 29)
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Jean Coulthard (in private life, Mrs. Don
Adams) has won yet another prize for her musical
compositions, and brought one more honour to the
Department of Music in which she lectures. This is
becoming habitual. The prize this time was $250,
offered by the CBC's International Service for a
distinctively Canadian song suitable for use on its
foreign broadcasts. (Nine other similar prizes were
given, B. C. winning two out of ten.) Foreign listeners often praise Canadian music (including Jean
■623 W. HASTINGS S!.-
Signature of Significance
Women's Fashions
Coulthard's works) far more enthusiastically than
we do at home, but have often written to the CBC
to ask if we have no songs, and this has been embarrassing. The lyric Jean Coulthard chose for setting (mixed chorus and two pianos) was Earle
Birney's familiar "Quebec May", and thus U.B.C.
is doubly honoured.
By the time these words appear in print, there
will have been (on March 1) a performance at
U.B.C. of an entire evening of Jean Coulthard's
works, a companion performance to the whole concert devoted to the works of her colleague, Barbara
Pentland. Coulthard and Pentland are two of Canada's most distinguished and consistent composers,
and to find them both on the staff of one department
would be astonishing anywhere . . . more astonishing still at U.B.C, perhaps, where the arts are very
new, but less astonishing when one remembers the
zeal and drive and the unerring ear of the professor,
Harry Adaskin.
In order to be a successful composer, you need
(among other things) to have something to say;
to have an individual way of saying it; to become
known among musicians (and later, of course,
among the public) so as to get your works performed; and to enjoy hard work of an exhausting
and unremunerative type unknown to those who
wittily call themselves labourers. Also, while there
is no full-time living to be made from full-time serious composition even when you are sitting gloriously on the top rung, you should devote as much
time as possible to it, which means that the rest
of your living should come from a closely allied
trade. Jean Coulthard fulfils all these conditions,
and more, and the prizes should not cease.
By the way, while not wishing to be fussy about
it, she enjoys having her name pronounced correctly (unlike you, dear reader?). It is COAL-THARD,
with the accent on the first syllable but a full value
to the A in THARD. It is also Scottish, not French.
It isn't cool-tar. Neither is it cool-third. Though
she might easily make a cool third of her income
from royalties one day, which would be nice going
indeed in that very tough profession.
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Sa/J ftppa Passes to Job of Uz;
"I eat life's peaches and stones and fuzz."
Said Job of Us to Pippa Passes:
"Do you eat the twigsf I do, in masses."
Said Pippa Passes to Job of Uz:
"Why am I happy? Just becu7."
Said Job of Uz to Pippa Passes:
"Life's either dark or light molasses."
Said Pippa Passes to Job of Uz:
"If ever you're blue, give me a bun."
Said Job of Us to Pippa Passes:
"Why, heaven is blue. And so is Parnassus."
Said Pippa Passes to Job of Uz:
"The world is better than ever it wuz."
Said Job of Uz to Pippa Passes:
"And so am I.  Shall we start some classes?"
Said Pippa Passes to Job of Uz:
"Happy is as happy does."
Said Job of Uz to Pippa Passes:
"If they strike me blind I won't need glasses."
Said Pippa Passes to Job of Uz:
"Does this happy stuff leave a fuzzy-muzz?"
Said Job of Uz to Pippa Passes:
"No worse than Buchanan's or Mumm's or Bass's.
J. Meredith Tutt.
The class of '25 will reune on June 17. Mrs.
Frank Ross (Phyllis Gregory) has invited the
class to her lovely home for a Social Hour at
5:30. The party will then dine at the Faculty
Club at 7.15. Freddie Wood, Heily Arkley,
Harold Henderson, Florence MacLeod, Phyllis
Ross, Elsie Davies, Lyle Atkinson, Neal Carter,
Dal Grauer, and several others have been working. Notices are being sent to all '25 grads on
office files. Members not contacted are asked
to communicate with Miss F. McLeod, 811 W.
26th, Vancouver, any other committee member,
or the Alumni Secretary.
Remember the TIME and the PLACE:
June 17, 1950; 5.30 at the home of Mrs. F. Ross,
4899 Belmont; 7.15, dinner on the campus.
Death claimed several well-known University
graduates recently in the persons of Dr. George M.
Wejr, former B. C. Education Minister and Provincial Secretarv. He was professor of education at
U.B.C. in 1924 and held that post until 1933 when he
became an M.L.A. He was 64.
U.B.C. Graduate widely-known research practitioner, Dr. Margaret Webster Higginbotham died
January 8th in South Bend, Indiana.
We British Columbians are not a demonstrative people, but we are by no means lacking in appreciation of our magnificent province nor slow to voice its praises. But no one has a deeper sense
of what it has and what it means than those who have been absent from it.
From far and near the alumni of the University of British Columbia find their way back to the
stately buildings on Point Grey which, native sons or not, they look upon as "Home."
We bid them welcome—welcome to those halls of learning, to the cordial, colourful City of
Vancouver.   Welcome to British Columbia.
Information on British Columbia was never more in demand than it is today. There is an eagerness everywhere to know what it has to offer, and people in all parts of the world begin to see it
as a highly interesting field of opportunity.
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B. C.
E. G. Rowebottom,
Deputy Minister
Hon. Leslie H. Eyres,
Page 20
3 5th   BIRTHDAY
This year the University and the Players' Club are thirty-
five years old. And
the student - actors
are celebrating their
anniversary with the
presentation of J. B.
Priestley's recent
London and New
York success. "An
Inspector Calls.''
This year the
Spring Play is under
the direction of Sidney Risk (Arts '30),
whom many graduates will remember
as the Club's director
in 1932 and 1933 as
well as 1939 and
1940. Mr. Risk has
had wide experience in all phases of theatre, including training with the Old Vic in London, and appearances there, starring in "Night Must Fall" on its
first run. He returned three years ago to U.B.'C.'s
Extension Department after serving for some time
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of Alberta.
The Players' Club is led this year bv President
Ronald Wilson (Arts '50) and Vice-Pesident Philip
Keatley (Arts '51), both of whom hope to make a
career in professional theatre. If the past experience
of Club alums is any indication, they have a good
chance to succeed. Among those who were Players'
Club members and have made good in the field of
drama are Lister Sinclair, Art Hill, Joy Coghill,
Bill Buckingham, Beth Gillanders, and. of course,
Sidney Risk.
"An Inspector Calls," which was hailed in London by J. C. Trewin of "The Observer" with "unreserved enthusiasm," and in New York by Wolcott
Gibbs of the "New Yorker" as a work of "ingenuity
and sardonic humour," will be presented on the
Campus on March 14-18. The Players' Club is planning, too( in line with its thirty-five year old tradition, rarely broken, to take the play on tour in May,
and Tour-Manager Roy Bartholomew has been busy
since the fall preparing itineraries and securing
sponsors in the cities and towns of the Province.
The Players' Club has much to offer, and represents U.B.C. to the public in many places. It hopes
in 1950, to uphold well the aims that have animated
it since 1915, when in the old Fairview Shacks, Professor F. G. C. Wood produced four one-act plavs.
MARCH, 1950
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(Patricia Mitchell recently married a law student from Leiden
she met at the London School of Economics and under her
married name of Patricia van der Esch has written the following poem for the Chronicle . . . In the next issue wrfl appear
an article by her on Student Life at the Sorbonne.   Ed note.)
Night fell late that summer eve
On the vast dark waters of the river.
A full white moon, one bright star above it,
Shone across the oily stillness of the gulf
In a path of silver threads
Which shimmered like the sequins
On the dress of some ethereal, dark-eyed woman,
Too lovely and harmonious in her being
To be of mortal flesh.
And then, as if the Gods were casting all
Upon the heavenly stage of night,
Above the northern shore,
Long tentacles of greenish light
Weaved across the sky,
Reflecting the chill cold of ice
In varying intensity—
Rays making music in a ghostly symphony of light.
And all about was peace —
And flashing beauty on the river.
— P. van der Esch.
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Alumni Secretary-Manager
Many people, many times have wondered why
an alumni secretary stays in that particular
An important part of the answer to that question is quite obviously the fact that alumni members
wish to keep the current director. And as far as the
individual himself is concerned, it's probably because of a continuous stimulating experience of
helping fellow alumni "get things done for Alma
Mater," and, assisting in a small way, to develop an
ever greater and more responsible organization in
the process.
Certainly that is the case here at the one and
only U.B.C. Each year, more and more of our
alumni volunteer to give of their time and energy
in serving the Association, and the University. And
each year, more U.B.C. alumni come closer to the
"ideal"—if you'll pardon a Secretary's comment.
Some time ago a clipping, one which I think
describes the ideal alumnus very well, came to my
"The alumni secretary is reported to be a victim
of hallucinations. He is said to have related a vision
in which he met the ideal alumnus. This individual,
according to the secretary, sends in newspaper
clippings every time he reads about the school or
one of its alumni, makes regular and generous contributions to the college, talks about his alma mater
to prospective students, sends the names of outstanding high school seniors to the admissions
office, and writes the alumni office when he hears
about his school on the radio. This man also solicits
funds front wealthy and philanthropic individuals,
is an active member of his local alumni branch,
notifies the office when he changes his address, and
writes occasionally telling of fellow alumni whom
jhe meets in his travels. The alumni secretary is
still feverish after his vision, but his temperature
is slowly dropping to normal."
Forunately for us all, our tradition is still "Tuum
Nancy Davidson (B.A. '49), former A.M.S. Secretary, is now in Ottawa with the National Research
Council and is active in the Ottawa Branch. Nancy
headed the Decorating Committee for Ottawa's
Spring Alumni get-together . . . Office visitors included Don Winchester of CKMO, Whitworth College's Alumni Secretary Bruce McCullough, Ross
McGrath (B. Comm. '47) of Sun Life and formerly
Export Manager of Atlas Steel in Ontario, John
Shaw (B. Comm. '37), barrister with North Ameri
can Life in New Westminster (former Thunderbird
hoop great Ted McEwen is Manager there), and
several dozen more . . . Charles Long (B. Comm.
'43), a Varsity rugger "lock" yesteryear, took in the
Stanford series in the stadium . . . Congratulations
to Darrell Braidwood (B.A. '40), former Alumni
president and Chronicle Editor, on his election as
Vice-Chairman of the Advertising and Sales Bureau
of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and to Fund
Director Joe Kania (B.A.Sc. '26), new Mining Committee Head in the Board .
Fraternity alumni Jack Ross (B. Comm. '40) and
Jack Hetherinton (B.A.Sc. '45) checked lists with
our Miss Dot Dawson in the office, and helped
supply quite a few addresses currently unknown.
To the pair of Jacks — thanks. And the the same
to class managers who attended the Second Annual
Dinner and gave us a few dozen more correct
addresses, as well as to the many who answered our
plea in the December Chronicle . . . Penticton
Alumni President Fred Shirley informed us of Mrs.
Clarence Burtch's (nee Mary Harris, B.A. '30)
election to the Penticton School Board. Good work
Mrs. Burtch and good luck; may many more alumni
follow your example of service . . . Graduate Athletic
Manager Ole Bakken (B.A. '48) took his basketball
"Chiefs" to Prince Rupert, and met with Roy
Morton (B.A.Sc. '45). Roy's now with the Canadian
Celanese   Corp.    Ole   also   chatted   with   Elliott
Montador (B.A. '46) of
Montador Real Estate.
Elliott started the Student
Employment Service at
U.B.C. . . . The very best
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The smiling girl above is Lois Ried, who, last week
added the Canadian Women's badminton title to her
list of athletic triumphs . . . Lois is also No. 1 B. C.
tennis player and fourth ranking in the Dominion . . .
she is a physical education teacher at Lord Byng High
MADELEINE BLANCHE ELLIS '36, has captured critical acclaim for her first book, "La Nouv-
ell Eloise, a Synthesis of Rousseau's Thought"
(1790-1759) which was published last fall by the
University of Toronto Press. An M.A. from B.C.,
and a Ph.D. from Toronto, Miss Ellis now holds
the chair of French Canadian Literature at Mariana-
polis College in Montreal.
CAROL COATES '30, is the author of a new book
of poetry "Invitation to Mood", recently published
by the Ryerson Press. The poems are in the manner of the Japanese "hokku." In style, pattern and
substance they are fresh and delightful. The book
establishes Miss Coates as a distinguished artist.
From Kana. Housaland, Nigeria, conies word
that  SOPHIE  WITTER  DE  LA  HAYE  '34, is
Page 24
also employed on a writing venture. She and her
husband are at work translating the Old Testament
into Housa, a dialect used by twenty million
In tracing information on alumnae authors we
thought that we would be able to report a new publication by JEAN BURTON '24. But we discovered that there were two authors by that name, and
that the latest book by alumna Jean Burton appeared in 1945. She had eaadier established a literary reputation for herself by her biographical study
"Sir Richard Burton," which was chosen as a book
club selection.
Tenders have been received for the residences
and constructions should be under way shortly. At
present, three units will be built and the structure
will be as originally planned concrete and fireproof.
Alumnae interest centres around the furnishing
of these residences. We report happily that Penticton and Victoria have set up Committees to promote interest in the residences in their communities. The conveners are MRS. J. D. McMYN, and
(Continued on page 29)
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Page 25 Alumni Secretary Manager Prank Turner explains some of the vistas open to U.B.C. graduates to class of '50 executives Joan Bennett. George Plant and Wilia McKinnon, this issue's cover girl.  Soon to graduate thev will join the
ever grouing ranks of U.B.C.'s Alumni Association.
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Some forty alumni of U.B.C. helped to demonstrate that the Northern California Branch is one of
the most alert and active branches of the association when they met for a dinner on January 28th,
at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Guests of
honor were Mr. Harry A. Scott, Canadian Consul-
General in San Francisco, and Mrs. Scott.
Arrangements for the meeting were, as usual, in
the capable hands of Lester McLennan, Arts '22;
and Dr. Percy Barr, Sc. '24, chairman of the branch,
presided in his inimitable fashion. Bob ap Roberts,
Arts '41, explained the plans for the Sedgewick
Memorial Fund and urged support of it when contributions   are   made   to   the   general   alumni   fund.
Alumni present included graduates of nearly
every year of the existence of the University of
British Columbia from old McGill days to last summer. Arts '16 was represented by Miss Marjorie
Dunton and Arts '17 by Laura iPim, now Mrs. E,
Swadell; Sc. '49 by Bill Barron and Sc. '49 by J. D.
In a brief talk Consul Scott outlined his duties in
promoting Canadian-American relationships and
promised the help of his office in behalf of all U.B.C.
graduates in Northern California.
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N. F. Chant, dean of Arts and Sciences and Dr.
Hector J. McLeod, head of the mechanical and electrical engineering department at U.B.C.
Dr. C. A. H. Wright was elected chairman of
the new organization and other officers elected are:
vice-presidents, J. D. Hartley and L. J. Nicholson ;
Secretary-Treasurer, I. B. Kenny; Executive, Mrs.
E. V. McGualev. Mrs. Gordon Redgrave, Kenneth
McKee. A. K. Loft and Mrs. II. C. Giegerich.
And now "Turvey" Earle Briney '26, has turned
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his account of army life as seen through the eye of
a soldier he once knew. According to Eric Nicol,
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EARLE BIRNEY      (Continued from page 9)
took to edit, for two years, the organ "Canadian
Poetry Magazine." His editorship showed the same
unflinching attitude as in the Forum years. He
worked tirelessly for a higher standard of output
and for encouragement of young poets, even should
their work be off the beaten track.
Today, F,arle Birney is the author of three volumes of poetry: "David and Other Poems"; "Now
Is Time"; and "The Strait of Anian". His first
novel "Turvey" rocketed to success last year. To
those encountering his work for the first time there
may seem to be a dichotomy between the poet and
the satirist. But observing his life and development
at closer range one is struck by the degree of fusion
achieved. The elements of poetic identification with
nature and of cynical yet lusty appreciation of man,
were inherent in the young student and are likely
to be a continuous part of the mature writer.
Earle Birney, though teaching English literature, finds that his "pet" course is that in Creative
Writing. There his energies go in searching for the
spark of creative ability in young Canadians, and
helping them to find outlets for their work.
"The toughest part of it is" he will tell you,
"that there are so few opportunities opening up for
young writers here, whether in the universities, or
in the publishing field." To help remedy this situation Earle Birney has spear-headed the western
section of the Canadian Writers Committee, a new
organization of professional writers whose, first
aim is to obtain awards and scholarships for promising younger writers. He is active in promoting his
own work, yes; a writer has to be, in Canada! But
he gives without stint when there are young people
of promise needing encouragement. Canada could
do with more Earle Birneys.
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(Continued from page 24)
Campus women are actively supporting the Residence Committee. Outstanding contributions are
being made by Panhellenic groups who individually
and collectively are sponsoring projects to furnish
rooms. Both undergraduate and alumnae Panhellenic groups are working for the "Residence Year."
Among organizations with plans for gifts are
the Vancouver University Women's Club, The
Provincial Chapter of the P.E.O., the Parent
Teacher's Association and the Faculty Women's
Elsewhere in this issue you will find an account
of an advertising project being undertaken by the
Alumnae Committee. The next social event sponsored by the Committee is to be an evening in the
Brock Building, March 30th, when Dr. Mawdsley
and MARJORIE LEEMING '26, will show their
coloured pictures, movies and stills, of their European trip.
(Continued from page 7)
effect on the advancement of sports in our province
as a whole.
We welcome the Editor's public support of this
cause — support which has long been needed in
university circles — and we assure all critics and
doubters of our good intentions, and of our desire
only to further athletics at the university and in
our province. We sincerely hope that the university will itself eventually sponsor this project.
In the meantime, the quarterback club intends to
do as much as possible in this direction itself. We
propose to give assistance especially in the provision
of jobs for those players that need them, and we
propose to give wbat other assistance and support
is within our power to provide.
Some few of us at least are not afraid to dream
of seeing some day the Thunderbirds carrying the
blue and gold into the Pacific Coast Conference. But
this dream will never be realized if all of us do not
pull together, putting all our support behind our
teams.  Tuum Est.
(Continued from page 18)
able democratic loneliness? How could he have
lacked society with a whole crammed campus ignoring him? Anyhow, he could have joined the Stamp
Club and spent all his spare hours with philatelists
exactly like himself. In those days he was fond of
stamps. The fraternity ruined that. May the Lord
pity him. You may see him today smoking and
laughing, and generally carrying on as disgracefully as an undertaker at a convention, while he
prowls Osier Avenue's gutter for cigarette butts.
His only source of income is as a Hidden Witness,
and all because he ganged up with the Hidden Witless.  IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.
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George A. Stoner to Mary Ramsay Jean Shore.
William Baxter Stewart to Emily Mary Nicholas.
John Howard Baldwin to Phyllis Marjorie Drape
Stuart Roddan to Josephine Anne Hirst.
Donald Norman King to Barbara Joan Adams.
Francis Harry Nightingale to Hilda Muriel Carsew.
Archibald   McAllister   Byers   to   Caroline   Louise
James David King to Ruth Parnum.
Richard Edgar Leurey to Muriel Naomi Wall.
John Robert Thomas to Catherine McLeod Anderson.
Robert G. Curry, to Ethel Beryl Thomas.
Harvey   Melville   Anderson  to   Pauline   Elizabeth
James Stanley Bagnall to Norma Constance Hume.
John Davidson to Doris Mary Dain.
Charles M. Wills to Marion Hebb.
Donald   Lawrence   Gemmill   to   Edwina   Lorene
John Barrie Long to Edythe Jean Campbell.
Kenneth Gibson Pearson to Mary Catherine Matthews (Arts '36).
Wm. Ian Anderson ('48) to June Eleanor Dunn.
To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burnham, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. Allan Mercer, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Pollock, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Peter Runkle, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Colin Atkinson (Thelma Witton),
a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. F. J. E. Turner, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Murray Martin (Evelyn Filmer),
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To Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Brown, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. A. G. E. McGeachie, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. John Alley, a daughter.
To Mrs. and Mrs. E. H. Toombs, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hind, a son.
To Rev. and Mrs. R. G. de la Haye (Sophie Witter),
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To Mr. and Mrs. Laird Wilson, a daughter.
To Mr.  and   Mrs.  W.  P.  Ferguson (Beulah  Mac-
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