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Volume 34, Number 4 Winter 1980
Golden Boy of Canadian Literature
Viveca Ohm
Students in the Legislature
Daphne Gray-Grant
Bird-based Research at UBC
Tim Padmore
Industry and Academe Produce
a Co-operative Education Experience
Uz Pope
A Bridge Between Town and Gown
Merrilee Robson
EDITOR Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
PRODUCTION EDITOR Christopher J. Miller (BA, Queen's)
COVER Seagulls from the working sketches of B.C. artist Sam
Black whose Shieling Gallery is located on Bowen Island.
Editorial Committee
Nancy Woo, BA'69, Chair, Michael W. Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67,
Deputy Chair; Alison Beaumont; Marcia Boyd, MA75; Peter
Jones; Murray McMillan; Bel Nemetz, BA'35; Nick Omelusik,
BA'64, BLS'66; David Richardson, BCom'71; Lorraine Shore,
BA'67, LLB'79; Art Stevenson, BASc'66; El Jean Wilson.
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ISSN 0041-4999
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of the University of British Columbia. The
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Art Stevenson, BASc'66
President, UBC Alumni Association
Chronicle/Winter 1980 3 Jack Hodgins:
Golden Boy
of Canadian Literature
Viveca Ohm
It's not an easy place to find. The
gravel driveway, hardly more than a
path, meets the road at an oblique
angle and quickly disappears into the
trees. The numbers on the wonky post are
same color as the wood (deliberately, I'm
The house is dwarfed and hidden by
trees — arbutus, hemlock, spruce. The
light filters in dimly through the leaves.
Although we're minutes from Nanaimo
and practically in sight of the Georgia
Straight, we might be in the middle of the
Does Jack Hodgins live here? Who?
The writer... 1979 Governor-General's
Award.... Nobody like that aound here.
Then a light dawns. Oh, you must mean
the school-teacher!
Jack Hodgins chuckles appreciatively
at his neighbors' refusal to be impressed.
His privacy is safe a little longer.
There was a time Hodgins had never
left Vancouver Island except to go to UBC
in 1956 to become a teacher. He
was in the first class of the then brand-new
education faculty. There was also a time
when he was growing, a literary black
sheep in a family of loggers, ("Nobody
even knew I read books, let alone tried to
write them.") convinced no one would be
interested in reading his closet scribbl-
ings. Now at 42 the golden boy of Canadian literature, Hodgins spends a good
part of his time travelling across the country and abroad, giving readings, workshops, lectures. People laugh at his jokes
and feel reassured by his Joe Next-Door
The recognition which started in Toronto after the publication of Spit De-
laney's Island in 1976 gradually travelled
westward and only recently reached Hod-
gin's own island (he was born on a Comox
Valley farm). That's soon enough for him.
If being well-known ever interferes with
being able to sit in a pub or cafe quietly
filing away overheard conversations for
future use, that's when Hodgins will want
to take his privacy back.
That may be too late. For Hodgins who
thought a writer that hadn't made it in his
twenties was a lost cause, success keeps
snowballing. If your first book is nominated for the Governor-General's Award,
and three years later your third one wins
it, where do you go next?
4 Chronicle/Winter 1980
It's no problem for Hodgins, who subscribes to the writer's maxim that the best
book is always the next one. But the
Canadian literary establishment likes neat
and tidy slots for its authors. Margaret
Laurence writes this kind of book, Mor-
decai Richler that kind. What does Jack
Hodgins write?
Spit Delaney's Island was a collection of
short stories set on Vancouver Island,
dealing with ordinary people — loggers,
farmers, mill-workers, small shop-owners
— whose mild eccentricities made them
all the more real. The title character, who
appears in the first and last stories, is a
former engineer whose passionate devotion to his steam locomotive, old Number
One, breaks up his marriage. Lonely and
bewildered, Spit, normally more of an observer than a joiner, finds a sort of comfort
in the insights of a woman poet whose
outlandish appearance (in Nanaimo,
anyway) he would have preferred to stare
at from a safe distance.
With his next book, a novel entitled The
Invention of the World (1977) Hodgins'
scope had grown as ambitious as the title.
Legend jostled with fiction, history with
fantasy, as Hodgins embroidered on the
demented 1920s cult of Brother Twelve to
tell of a wild Irishman, supposedly
fathered by a black bull, who founded the
Revelations Colony of Truth on the outskirts of Nanaimo which is later revisited
and mulled over by local characters almost
as outrageous.
Two years later a second novel appeared, The Ressurection of Joseph Bourne,
which won the Governor-General's Award
for 1979. It takes place in a remote and
rain-sodden mill-town patterned on Port
Alice. As in a prosy "Under Milkwood,"
each of the townspeople voice their
thoughts and dreams, from the ex-
stripper raising somebody else's eight kids
to the fearfully dignified East Indian patriarch.
It is a funny book, richly and riotously
written. More than that it is a spoof and a
fantasy overlaid with impossible happenings and maddeningly unsolved mysteries, not the least of which is the actual
resurrection from death of Joseph
Bourne. And how on earth did someone
like him end up in a place like,
Annie, and what exactly is his hinted connection with the muddy finale?
Asking Hodgins to unravel these mysteries is fruitless. He suddenly turns as
elusive as Joseph Bourne himself, saying
he likes to challenge the way people look
at things by raising "questions that I don't
think the author has the obligation or even
the right to answer." In other words, fill in
your own blanks. If that sounds like a
cop-out, Hodgins has one he likes better:
"Sometimes the writer can answer the
questions without letting the reader know
he has answered them...."
A dreamlike quality weaves in and out
of Hodgins' novels and even appears in
one SpitDelaney story. But Hodgins is one
of those people who claims he doesn't
dream, or at least rarely remembers if he
does. He considers the thought that
maybe writing itself is his form of dreaming. "There is the freedom of a dream.
The physical laws are not suspended, but
I will push against every limitation I can
Critics have finally found a label for
Hodgins — magic realism. A combination
of the real and the impossible, it is honorable territory, shared with such
luminaries as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and
Jorge Luis Borges. Hodgins freely admits
being influenced by these South American writers but doesn't see the connection
as particularly exotic.
"The coastline that runs past me here
goes all the way down non-stop past Gabriel Garcia Marquez' house. Surely that's
as legitimate a connection as the 49th
parallel to Toronto. I think the west coast
of South America has much in common
with B.C.; it's the newest part ofthe continent, a couple of generations away from
the frontier.
"I felt justified when I read that Marquez and the other South American writers I like in turn looked to William Faulkner, who was also my great hero. It's a
vision of the world and of literature,
rather than a region. With the South
American writers you get a sense of
energy, of exuberance you don't get that
often with North American writers, and
the sense that a novel has the right to
include a cast of thousands, a whole village, a whole town, or the whole world if
you want, whereas most North American
writers will concentrate on one person for
a whole novel "
Ah yes The Me-and-My-Soul-in-
Light-Disguise formula we've come to accept as the contemporary basis of fiction.
Magic realism or not, the thing that makes
Jack Hodgins stand out is that he is a
story-teller. He writes about everybody
except himself. With his early timidity
about writing, he should have plenty of
remembered turmoil to work out in print,
but Hodgins isn't interested in that. He
prefers to imagine how he would feel if he
were other people — characters who fascinate him.
"The modern attitude that the only person you can really know is yourself —
that's baloney." He tells about the model
for Spit Delaney — an uncle Hodgins
didn't know very well but whose love for his locomotive was a family joke. Apprehensive over what he saw as "an invasion of privacy" Hodgins asked the uncle,
through his mother, to read the story first.
"Tell him if it offends him I'll change it to
a tugboat, or I won't publish it." The
uncle's startled response: "How in hell did
he know what it feels like to be me?"
Hodgins calls that "one of the truly exciting moments of my writing career."
For a long time, Hodgins felt like an
outsider in the writing world. "The geographical barrier (between the island and
the mainland or the rest of Canada) can be
so profound." Invited to attend his first
meeting of the Writers' Union in Vancouver, Hodgins was so unnerved at the
prospect that he nearly backed out. It was
Margaret Laurence who took him under
her wing ("she's a mother figure to us all")
and made him feel that "maybe I do belong here after all."
"The longer you can protect your
anonymity through isolation, the safer
you are. There's nothing more terrifying
than having a first book come out. I used
to wake up in a cold sweat before Spit
Delaney's Island came out, thinking so-
and-so's going to recognize himself... if I
had been able to pass a law that no one on
Vancouver Island could read my book, I
would have. It was OK for faceless strangers out there to read my work and to have
their own opinions of it, but for living,
breathing people that I saw every day on
the streets and that I knew were really in
those houses... the notion was terrifying.
"I got over it when I started getting
some positive feedback. Now I know I'm
vulnerable, and I've learned more about
protection. I have the confidence to say
no, not to care as much as I used to about
reviews. It's impossible to write something that everybody in the world is going
to like."
It was as a student at UBC that Hodgins
met two people who would make a difference in his life. One was his wife, Dianne
Childs, also an education student. The
other was Earle Birney, the grand old man
of Canadian letters. In Birney's creative
writing class, Hodgins found the idea of
writing — and his own "ridiculous ambition" — taken seriously for the first time.
On returning to Nanaimo to teach high
school, Hodgins introduced creative writing classes which he taught in addition to
English and math (Math? Hodgins has a
fondness for geometric patterns, which
has been made much of in his books).
Some of his students went on to win literary prizes.
It's easy to imagine Hodgins, a lean,
curly-haired figure with an infectious
smile, in front of a high school class, drawing out reluctant students with his enthusiasm. It's also easy to imagine him
puttering around the fairly ordinary house
that he built for his growing family ("My
one shot at carpentry"), settling down to
write after his wife, who teaches elementary school part-time, and Shannon, 17,
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Gavin, 14, and Tyler, 12, have all left for
school. Taking it easy, blessing the silence
of the hillside and the relative infrequency
of reporters beating down his door.
But if writing is his favorite way to
spend his energy, teaching is a close second. His recent decision to resign the
teaching post he has held for more than 15
years did not come easy. It grew out ofthe
necessity for more writing time and an
"act of faith" that royalties, readings and
lecture fees would be enough to support a
family of five. But Hodgins still maintains, "I am a teacher. If I'm not teaching
high school, I'll find other ways of teaching." Such as writing workshops in Saskatchewan for the past two summers,
writer-in-residence stints at Simon Fraser
University and the University of Ottawa
and a possible part-time teaching post at
the University of Victoria.
Hodgins has also been asked to write
magazine articles from time to time but, a
fiction writer to the core, he finds the need
to stick to facts frustrating. "I realized the
way I wanted to end a sentence had more
to do with rhythm than what actually
Hodgins is now nearing the end of his
next book, Invasions. It is a book of short
stories, but instead of being randomly
selected like Spit Delaney's Island, the
stories are all related. "They're about the
same family of people, invading other
parts of the world and in return being
invaded themselves."
One of the main characters is the buf-
foonish Mayor Weins of Port Annie — the
first time, Hodgins says, that a character
has come along from a former book. Ironically it was the fact that the mayor was
one of the least developed characters, a
vehicle for satire only, that made him a
survivor. "I really despised that man,"
says Hodgins but he found his loathing
turning to pity as the ending of Joseph
Bourne stripped the mayor of everything
he was — leaving him a candidate for
"The book was slated for the fall '80,
but I just wasn't ready to let it go.... I'm
not in any big hurry. The right ending is
just around the corner, a better one that I
could have deliberately created.
"I'm at one of the most exciting parts in
the writing of any book and that is just
before it's finished, that very short period
of time when you think maybe it's going to
be as great as you want it to be."
There are those who will criticize his
refusal to stick to magic realism now that
such an attractive niche has been found
for him. And there are those who feel sure
a string of successes has to end somewhere. Jack Hodgins is aware of being
watched in a way he never was a few years
ago. "All it does is make me more determined that each book be better than the
last or do something the last book didn't
do." □
Viveca Ohm, BA'69, is a Vancouver writer
and teacher.
6 Chronicle/Winter 1980 The Science of Politics
Students in the Legislature
Daphne Gray-Grant
Geographers can go out and trample a land mass. But political scientists don't often get a chance to
visit the scene of the crime."
The speaker is Walter Young, head of
political science at the University of Victoria. And his observation — delivered in
smooth, professorial tones but with the
satisfied smile of one who has made a bon
mot — is not entirely flippant. Young
speaks of a problem as old as the universities themselves: how to drag neat and
tidy Academic Theory — kicking and
screaming — into the messy and frustrating Real World.
All of the arts disciplines, from anthropology to sociology, have some difficulty climbing down from the old ivory
tower. But for students of political science, the problem is especially ironic.
While politics fill the newspapers and the
airwaves, all the really interesting business, it seems, takes place behind closed
But Young thought that students might
be able to get behind those doors by becoming "interns" at the B.C. legislature.
As such they would work in an intensely
political atmosphere, doing research,
dealing with constituency problems, writing and observing. Similar programs had
been successfully tried in several other
provinces and at the federal House of
Commons. Says Young: "The purpose is
for interns to achieve an insight into
events they've only studied in books — to
gain a sense of the validity (or lack of
validity) of the theoretical concepts they
deal with in university."
The program was launched in 1976,
and has succeeded for five years, says
Young, due to the consistently high quality of the interns. They come from solid
academic backgrounds (a degree in the
social sciences is required) and they work
hard, receiving only $750 per month for
their January to June stint. The most recent group of nine students — selected
from among 46 recent graduates of B.C.
universities — was no exception....
Intern Dave Larsen (BA'79) sits in an
airy but smallish office brimming with
plants. To say he shares the room with
MLA Colin Gableman is an understatement: Their desks, situated at right angles
are so close that if Larsen leaned back in
his swivel chair, his head would touch the
MLA's desk. A large constituency map
dominates one wall but on others the
muted pastels of a Peter Markgraf print
and a large color photo of sailboats add a
bright touch.
It's quiet — Gableman is at home visiting his constituents — and Larsen sits at
the desk, methodically plowing through a
three-inch stack of paperwork. "It certainly is an insider's view of the political
system," he says with an easy but shy
smile. "Colin is great. He clues me
in... .It's good because we can sit and talk.
Those casual conversations are just as im
portant as the others."
Larsen starts off the day by reading
newspapers and clipping the articles he
thinks his MLA should know about. (He's
proud of having helped create some reference files Gableman didn't have before.)
After that he does a variety of work ranging from writing letters to drafting questions for the order paper. But Larsen says
he enjoys doing constituency work best —
dealing with the people and problems of
the North Island riding. "I like being
given the opportunity to solve a problem," he says.
Walter Young believes the job should
change the interns' perceptions of politics. For Larsen the biggest surprise was
learning about the people involved: "I had
a stereotype ofthe politician. I saw him as
gregarious and outgoing. But it's not the
case — some are very shy." He adds as an
afterthought, "You wonder how they
make it." Larsen also says that working in
the legislature has made him think more
kindly of politicians. "It's a very difficult
job and requires great personal sacrifice.
In some cases it has an impact on the
family. People don't realize what politicians are giving up."
But learning about the life of an MLA is
only part of the interns' training. First
they must go through an intensive orientation period. Following that they are assigned to a ministry to learn about the
During the orientation, the interns
meet politicians, tour the legislature and
Chronicle/Winter 1980 7 (top) The initiator ofthe legislative
internship program in Victoria, Dr. Walter
Young, here oversees a gathering of interns,
part of a group chosen from graduates of
B.C. universities, (bottom) A working
relationship: Angus Ree, MLA (Soared N.
Vancouver-Capilano) points out his
concerns to intern Geordie Proulx.
8 Chronicle/Winter 1980
talk with civil servants. According to
Clarence Reser (a 1976 intern who was
subsequently hired by the legislature to
manage the program) the orientation
"gives the interns a good overview of the
systemata pretty senior level." Reser says
that many deputy ministers are eager to
talk to the interns about the plans and
priorities of their departments.
For the interns it is a dizzying but heady
time. Meeting influential people, wandering around the stain-glass-windowed,
marble-pillared hallways, bumping into
television-famous faces. According to
John Belshaw (BA'79) a tall, slim history
major who ended up as an intern after
reading a poster at UBC: "It's a whirlwind
tour. Like a motorcycle trip through the
Belshaw, who shares a large double-
desk in the narrow outer-office of a caucus
office has an easy rapport with the many
MLAs who wander in and out. Comfortably dressed in jeans, a striped shirt and (as
a concession to fashion and respectability)
a narrow tie, Belshaw is no longer in awe
of the famous and powerful people. "I had
a larger than life image of some of the
MLAs. You first meet them and your
reaction is Wow! Then they come down to
size. This allows you to step back from
myths and put some flesh on them."
Belshaw's desk-mate intern April
Yamasaki (BA'79) spent part of her time
working for the provincial secretary.
Yamasaki says she wasn't really surprised
by the workings of government though. "I
guess I didn't have any illusions," she
says, shaking her short dark hair and smiling. "It's just as bad as I thought."
But Yamasaki says the research and
writing skills she's learned from the job
should be useful in her hoped-for career of
journalism. And even more useful, she
says, was learning how to deal with
people. "I've never before had to meet so
many. It's a skill — knowing how to find
the people who have the information you
want, and getting them to give it to you."
In a profession such as government in
which grandstanding and obfuscation are
common, all the interns say they were
surprised by the frankness of the bureaucrats and politicians. "They put complete
trust in us," says one. "I was amazed at
what we were privy to," says another. But
it wasn't always that way.
When Young began lobbying to set up
the program, he ran into resistance from
MLAs who feared it would give "outsiders" access to politically sensitive information. According to MLA Graham Lea:
"The concern expressed most often was
over the confidentiality of the work performed by the interns. All politicians are
understandably concerned over who controls what information."
Eventually the program was approved
when Young was able to stress its nonpartisan intent. Interns draw lots to determine which party they'll work for, and
coordinator Reser is quick to emphasize that whatever their personal party preference, the interns can rise above it. "We've
had rabid NDPers and rabid Socreds
who've set that aside and worked for the
other party," he says. The parties, while
keeping a watchful eye for possible conflicts of interest, on the whole seem impressed with the interns. According to
MLA George Mussalem: "Their very presence and enthusiasm helped create a
positive atmosphere all around them and
they were highly appreciated by all our
But it's not surprising the parties are
cautious. Party loyalty in B.C. is a mighty
solemn business, as intern Greg Smith
(BA'79) who was assigned to the Socred
caucus discovered. Smith, who before
completing his BA had worked for a federal cabinet minister, found the issue of
party loyalty to be the big dividing line
between federal and B.C. politics.
"These guys are really serious. If I was
in Ottawa I might very well be friends
with an NDP member of parliament. But
not here. It's a much more partisan atmosphere."
Smith, who thinks the most enjoyable
part of the job is writing speeches ("It's
kind of a thrill seeing your words given on
the floor of the house") speaks quickly
and articulately. He arrives at the legislature early in the morning and often works
weekends. "I enjoy the work. You see
positive results. The bureaucracy is still
responsive to the public's needs. I have a
couple of little "victories" a week."
But for the interns (as for politicians
and civil servants) there are frustrations
— frustrations with the demands of the
public, and with the unwieldy size of government. Part of politics is learning to deal
with disappointment as one intern recalls.
He had slaved over a 25-page speech on
wine only to see his MLA rise in the house
and reduce the empassioned prose to a
single sentence: "B.C. wine, Mr.
Speaker? One grape to the barrel."
For intern Geordie Proulx (BA'79) the
biggest frustration was the people. He'd
spent a lot of time in logging camps and
found it difficult to cope with the interoffice politics. "I was used to working
with people who were much more direct. I
wasn't used to so much diplomacy. At a
logging camp if you had a dispute with the
foreman, you quit." But Proulx, whether
he goes to law school (a possibility) or
back to logging camp (a less-likely possibility) says he has learned more about
politics than a textbook could ever teach
There's just one thing that bugs him: In
his six months as an intern and despite
repeated phone calls, he never did find out
how to get a legislative parking sticker for
his car.
There are some things about politics
even an internship can't teach you.       □
(top) Government publications and what to
find in them: Lome Nicolson, BEd'63,
MLA (NDP Nelson-Creston) answers
questions from interns April Yamasaki and
John Belshaw. (bottom) About to begin
another long - but very eventful - day,
intern Greg Smith at the parliament
buildings, Victoria.
Daphne Gray-Grant, BA'79, is editor of
the Western News.
Chromcl&Winter 1980  9 Birds and Brains
Bird-based Research at UBC
Tim Padmore
Of all living things, it is birds that most
haunt man's imagination. As soon as
a child can look up at the sky, she
learns to admire and envy the bird's freedom to fly. The flight of birds has become
a metaphor for our highest aspirations. It
is almost an engineering principle that to
fly well a machine may not be ugly. But
the beauty and grace of birds seems to go
beyond the bare dictates of function.
So much poetry in our feelings about
birds leaves little room for science. That
may account for society's peculiar attitude
to those who make birds the object of
serious scientific study. Birdwatchers and
ornithologists are thought of as off-beat,
and slightly fey. Birds are to be admired,
not measured, their mysteries to be
cherished rather than illuminated.
But to the birdpeople of UBC, birds,
while remarkable in many ways, are no
different from other animals as objects of
inquiry. There are more than a dozen researchers at the university currently active
in bird research, although, significantly,
there is no one who calls himself an ornithologist. Three are in the faculty of
forestry and the rest are in the department
of zoology. Zoologist Lee Gass remakes
the point: "I don't study birds because I
am an ornithologist — I'm not. I do it
because they are good subjects to learn
about animal behavior."
Gass has spent much of the last five
years studying the Rufus-sided hummingbird.
The hummingbird migrates between
Southern Mexico and a breeding area
stretching from Oregon to Alaska. During
its travel it gathers nectar from alpine
meadows blossoming with columbine and
Indian paintbrush. It is pleasant to sit on a
sunny day and watch the tiny bird hover at
a flowerlet, drink, and then whir away.
Amusing when one swoops from its perch
in high dudgeon to chase an intruder from
a favorite patch of flowers. But dig
deeper, as Gass does, and the poetry dissolves into an elaborate and tightly regulated economic order.
The currency in this economy is
energy. Being a hummingbird takes a lot
of energy. (Remarkably, the energy consumption of the little birds is remarkably
well described by the dynamic requirements of helicopters and Boeing 747s.)
Fetching nectar takes a lot of energy, so it
pays to minimize the number of trips...
But if the bird fills its crop completely
before returning to the perch, it will burn
extra calories carrying the extra heavy
load... It is a waste of time visiting a flower
that was drained a few hours earlier...
Driving off poachers is a good idea, but
not if it takes too much energy.
Gass is discovering how hummingbirds
take account of all these factors to accomplish the task of energy gathering
with minimum cost-benefit ratio, thereby
permitting the meadow to support the
maximum number of hummingbirds.
The birds stake out individual territories,
but the boundaries of the territories are
constantly being renegotiated as conditions change. (A mountain meadow may
go from snow to brilliant blossom to bare
in six weeks.) A good territory, for example, will get used less, because the proprietor is quickly satisfied, and so will get
even better as unused nectar accumulates.
The bird will have more time (and more
need) to defend it. But eventually, if the
territory continues to improve, it will be
broken up. This seems to happen just
when economic theory says it should.
"Every time I've seen a territory fragmented," says Gass, "the theory has said
there is more than enough there for two
Gass and his students have done most of
their work in the field in alpine meadows
in Northern California, patiently recording details of tens of thousands of hummingbird trips on an electronic counter of
10 Chronicle/Winter 1980 Gass' own design. He is currently building an artificial "meadow" in the vivarium
on the UBC campus so he can study
hummingbird strategy in more detail in
the lab. Photocells and sensitive balances
will record the arrivals and departures of
each bird as it forages at nectar nozzles in a
60-foot U-shaped run.
The hummingbirds' energy economy is
a part of the larger economy of the
meadow, of course, and Ken Lertzman,
one of Gass' students has been studying
that connection. The birds do the work of
bees, transferring pollen from flower to
flower as they feed. By marking the pollen
with a fluorescent dye, he has traced how
the pollen is spread by the hummingbirds.
It is thought that there is an optimum
distance for the pollen to be spread, far
enough that harmful inbreeding is prevented, but not so far that traits useful in
coping with local conditions (shade and
drainage, for example) are lost. No one
will be surprised if it turns out that the
optimum distance just matches the typical
reach of a hummingbird territory.
Elsewhere are Dave Jones, Bill Milsum
and Pat Butler, three whose wonder at the
magic of flight has transformed itself into
experiments where flight is captured and
scientifically dissected. They have trained
pigeons and geese to fly in a wind tunnel
while hooked up to tubes and wires that
measure breathing, blood pressure,
temperature and other indices of effort
and achievement. They have confirmed in
graph and table the fact that getting off the
ground is an astonishing accomplishment.
Jaroslav Pieman, a graduate student in
zoology, has made a remarkable discovery
about the long-billed marsh wren. Marsh
wrens share their reed-thick habitat with
the much larger red-winged blackbird,
but not gladly, it seems. The wrens wage a
sort of guerrilla warfare, slipping into unattended blackbird nests and breaking the
eggs. Pieman believes the tactic developed
to deter the blackbirds from breeding in
the same area as the wrens. It is true jungle
warfare, occurring mainly where the reeds
are thickest; in more open areas the
blackbirds are able to keep the wrens driven off.
Then there is the black oyster-catcher.
Looking like a gawky crow, it is an artist
with its long red bill at opening the tightly
sealed armor of shellfish. Grad student
Sarah Groves journeys to bald, surf-
scathed rocks off the west coast of Vancouver Island to learn how those complex
feeding skills are passed on to the young
oyster-catcher male during an unusually
long parenting relationship that lasts
through the first winter of the young
bird's life.
One of the most original accomplishments of student Keith Simpson was his
discovery of a way to capture an adult blue
heron. Study of the big birds had been
hampered by the difficulty of capture
without harm to either bird or zoologist,
but Simpson found they could be easily
netted when the herons came to raid herring bait ponds near their nesting places
on the Sechelt peninsula. His study of the
effects of human development on heron
colonies happily indicates that the blue
heron is rather tolerant of man's intrusions, so long as he leaves a few trees for
nesting sites and keeps the ruckus to a
reasonable pitch.
There is even a study of the bird as
villain. Grad student Chris Wood of animal resource ecology is trying to evaluate
the extent of damage to young salmon
populations by merganser ducks.
This story began with a request to find
the "Birdman of UBC." As it turned out,
there really was no such person. But one
name did come up in nomination. It was
Jamie Smith of zoology. Smith is another
who studies birds but would be just as
willing to study other animals — only
birds are better. His scientific career was
in chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, until one day a zoologist friend
invited him along on a trip to a seabird
island in the West of Scotland. After the
trip it was clear to him that birds are certainly better than chemistry, and he
switched fields.
For the past five years at UBC he has
been studying the song sparrow, which he
wryly characterizes as "the most boring
species in B.C." Their great advantage for
zoological research is that on Mandarte
Island, where the work was conducted,
the sparrows are resident birds, never
leaving the island. Mandarte Island,
which is near Saanich, has little vegetation
so every bird can be readily counted and
its behavior relatively easily observed.
And the song sparrow really isn't that
dull, Smith has found.
Tracking the sparrow population,
which varied in size from 30 to 150, he
found that male sparrows tend to settle
relatively far from the nest they were born
in while females settled close by. The pattern appears to be useful in preventing
inbreeding, but why should it be the
males who roam? Forget any anthropomorphic suggestion. Small mammals show an opposite behavior, the males
settling close to the nest. There may be a
genetic link, says Smith. The chromosome pattern that defines male and female
mammals — XX for females, XY for
males — is reversed in the birds. Maybe,
he suggests, it is having two X chromosomes that makes for wanderlust.
Smith, back from a year's sabbatical in
Australia, is looking for a new project.
He's interested in the pursuing the question of dispersal, how animals spread out
from their places of birth and rearing.
What he's looking for is a good animal to
study, not necessarily a species of bird.
But he admits it probably will be a bird
because, well, birds are better,. □
Tim Padmore, BA'65, (PhD, Stanford),
writes on science for the Vancouver Sun -
and occasionally for the Chronicle.
Chronicle/Winter 1980  11 Summer employment for forestry students
forms an important part ofthe learning
process. Encompassing every phase ofthe
industry, tasks increase in complexity as the
student's knowledge grows. (clockwise from
left) Alastair Handley collects tree foliage
samples to be analyzed later for nutrient
content; Heather Kibbey identifies tree
lichen; Bruce Harper uses an increment
borer for core sampling Douglas firs; Don
Binkley counts growth rings on a stump to
determine age; Gus Bradley (left) and Tony
Letchford mark a newly fallen Douglas fir
into sections.
12 Chronicle/Winter 1980 Summer in the Forest
Industry and Academe Produce a
Co-operative Education Experience
Liz Pope
Trying to ignore the suffocating
smoke and heat, a forestry student
swings his pulaski, slashing at roots
and earth. Rapidly he works around the
fire front, leaving a bare strip of forest in
another attempt to contain the blaze. His
fire suppression crew, stationed at Tatla
Lake, had been called out on the fire two
days previously when smoke from a lightening strike was spotted in a remote patch
of lodgepole pine forest. Now, covered in
sweat and mosquitoe bites, exhausted and
longing for a decent meal, a shower and a
bed, he hopes that this last firebreak will
finally control the persistent flames. The
wind drops; maybe this time she'll behave.
Meanwhile, on the northern end of
Vancouver Island, another forestry student struggles through brambles and
brush; yellow raingear protecting her
from their scratches as well as the constant
drizzle. Her cork boots grip slimy logs as
she balances three feet off the ground and
prepares to put in another plot, measure
another group of trees, and determine
whether or not this plantation needs thinning.
These are just two of a variety of situations UBC forestry students can be
thrown into during their summer
employment. Although work conditions
may be quite different from anything encountered in the classroom, the practical
experience is as an integral part of a student's forestry education as the courses
taken at university. And good summer
experience ranks high in the qualifications
companies look for in forestry graduates,
as Joseph Gardner, dean of the UBC faculty of forestry, points out.
During the summer most forestry students are scattered throughout the pro
vince, often ih a small town or forestry
camp, working for the B.C. ministry of
forests, private industry, or the university. Usually after first or second year
forestry, the summer will be spent on a
fire suppression crew, cruising (measuring tree inventory), working in a nursery,
doing regeneration surveys (checking
seedling survival on reforested areas), determining road and cutblock layouts, and
other general forestry work. As their
knowledge and experience accumulates,
students gain greater responsibility and
challenges. By the third summer a student
may find himself designing and implementing a small research project or solving engineering problems.
Both students and industry recognize
the importance of the summer work experience in a forestry student's education.
Bill Dickey, a fourth year forestry student, who after two summers in the Chilcotin fighting fires, spent last summer on
a study to determine relationships between tree growth and stand density for
lodgepole pine. "I learned a lot," he says,
"about tree silvics, tree physiology, and
just basic silvicultural concepts." Experience on the job often reinforces lessons
learned at university. Not only is there the
benefit of repetition, but actually doing
and seeing forestry in practice is an invaluable supplement to textbook learning.
UBC student foresters spend five years
with those textbooks. After first year, science students can enter the four year
forestry program. While in forestry, students take a core of courses providing
them with a solid background in subjects
ranging from surveying to entomology to
forest land management. With electives,
specialization is encouraged in one of four
major interest areas: forest biology, forest
resource management, forest harvesting,
or wood science and industry. In the
fourth year there's a thesis, an opportunity for students to carry out an independent study in their interest area.
Forestry summer jobs would not be
such learning experiences, though, if it
were not for the efforts of the employers.
Recognizing that they are contributing to
the quality of the graduates they may
eventually be hiring, companies often go
out of their way to enrich a forestry student's education. Employers, for example, may arrange field trips to introduce
students to other facets of the company.
And they will even work overtime to explain concepts and field an information-
hungry student's questions.
A summer job also may provide inspiration for the fourth-year thesis. Such was
the case with Bill Dickey. After becoming
involved in the effects of stand density
during the summer, he is now working on
a thesis project to determine how stand
density affects soil nitrogen levels in
lodgepole pine forests. When interests
coincide, an employer and student may
develop a symbiotic relationship that results in a thesis. The employer provides
time and equipment during the summer
for data collection, and in return one of his
forestry problems is tackled with
heightened enthusiasm and the support of
the university. For the student there is the
additional satisfaction that his research
work will be of immediate practical use.
The university, which has long recognized the educational importance of
summer jobs, established the co-operative
education program in 1978. Its purpose is
to aid students interested in forestry or
engineering in clarifying career goals and
obtaining maximum enrichment through
their summer employment. Students
choose to enter the program while in first
year science and for the next three years
Chronicle/Winter 1980  13 ■!«?tf?K?_!%Sap
(top) Don Marzocco mows between rows of
crop trees for a seed orchard; (bottom) Lori
Pearson (left) and Debbie Urban look after
tree cuttings in MacMillan Bloedel
they consult with faculty advisors and
co-op staff while selecting a summer job.
The guidance and consultation ensures
that a job matches the student's
capabilities and contributes to his or her
professional development. During the
summer co-op staff keeps tabs on how
their students are faring in the field. A
faculty advisor will visit to discuss problems and career ideas, and at summer's
end students are requested to submit a
written report outlining their job experience.
Undoubtedly the most valuable part of
the co-op program is the placement of
students in forestry jobs after first year
science. Once first year forestry is completed, students are snatched up by the
forest industry for the summer. But a student with no forestry skills and nothing
more to offer employers than his 1400 colleagues in first year science has a difficult
time gaining forestry experience.
Through co-op, these students find jobs
which give them a chance to experience
forestry first hand and decide whether it is
the right course for them before starting
on a forestry degree. Last summer out of
12 first year co-op forestry students, three
decided that forestry wasn't all they had
dreamed it would be, and opted to continue in sciences. Others, like Carmen
Baker, a third year forestry student and
pioneer in the co-op Education Program,
speak enthusiastically of their co-op experience. "It was a fantastic summer," she
says of her first forestry job. The first
summer with co-op also gave her an introduction to the forestry faculty. "Before I
even went into forestry I knew half a
dozen profs," she says.
The forestry student is not the only one
learning during his summer job, though.
Ed Packee, silviculturalist for MacMillan
Bloedel, points out that "it's a two-way
street." Students form an important
liaison between the university and industry. Packee explains that through contact
with the students, industrial foresters are
exposed to new academic approaches and
often a fresh, less biased perspective.
Co-op is trying to strengthen this important link between industry and UBC.
"Presently a main objective is to work out
a good relationship between the university
and the different companies," Antal
Kozak, associate forestry dean and co-op
faculty advisor says.
But forestry work is not all grime,
sweat, bugs and heavy learning. There are
attractions that keep most forestry students eagerly awaiting the annual exile
from the city. Pleasures such as spending
lunch break perched atop a cliff, gazing
up some remote B.C. inlet; meeting more
wide-eyed fawns than people during a
day's work; and spending coffee break in
the midst of a wild, flavor packed strawberry patch. And who knows what next
summer will bring? □
Liz Pope is an honors student in the combined
forestry-biology program at UBC.
The greatest and
most famous
wine regions of
the world are
probably Bordeaux and
Burgundy. For
several centuries
wine makers and
their descendents
in Bordeaux and
Burgundy have
been sharpening
their skills, perfecting their
judgement, and
improving their
wine making
The wines
shown here
are all "Ap
pellation d'Orig-
ine Controlee"
(A.O.C), meaning
they are pro
duced from
to end under
and regulations laid down
as a result of such
long experience
in putting together all the details and subtleties that are
^ essential to
produce the
finest of wines.
A.O.C. (Y. Mau)
From the sloping vineyards of
the Dordogne, Bordeaux'
delightful back-country,
comes this elegant, full-
bodied red wine with the
distinguished "Appellation
d'Origine Controlee" award.
A.O.C. (Y. Mau)
Crisp yet subtle, St. Jovian is
refreshingly dry, irresistibly
smooth. A true Bordeaux
"Appellation d'Origine
Controlee" white from the
cellars of the Mau family.
A.O.C. (Kressmann)
A pleasant and harmonious
Bordeaux, aged in the bottle,
with delightful bouquet. It is a
fine, elegant, full-bodied claret,
with memorable aftertaste.
Chablis Cruse is an exquisite
white wine, very dry, light,
with a subtle bouquet. Ranks
among the selected wines of
the House of Cruse.
From the House of Joseph
Drouhin comes this dry white
wine of exceptionally great
quality, capable of satisfying
the most discriminating palate.
Produced in the choice vineyards of the Macon region
of Burgundy.
A.O.C. (Aujoux)
Aujoux presents 'Beaujolais
Superieur,' no ordinary Beaujolais. This wine carries an
"Appellation Heaujolais
Superieur Controlee" and is
hottled by Aujoux in the heart
of the Beaujolais area.
A.O.C. (Jaffelin)
A crisp, dry, superior white
Burgundy made from the
Aligote grape, unique to
Burgundy. It comes to you
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Jaffelin's 13th century cellars
in the heart of Beaune.
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and enjoying French wines,
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A Bridge Between
Town and Gown
Merrilee Robson
On October 11, the crowd began lining up two hours early to see playwright Tennessee Williams. The audience filled lecture hall 2 of the Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre and overflowed into other rooms. Others watched
on the giant television screen in the main
lobby. Hundreds more arrived late and
were not able to find a place.
The crush of spectators at the Vancouver Institute lectures attests to the success of the organization that started 65
years ago. The university opened in September 1915 and the first organizational
meeting of the Institute was held five
months later.
The Institute was formed to provide
educational lectures to the general public
and to bring together the various lecture
series that had been offered independently by a number of Vancouver
societies. These groups included the University Women's Club, the Vancouver
Trades and Labor Council, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the
Natural History Section of the B.C.
Mountaineering Club.
Originally, the affiliated associations
sponsored most of the lectures, with university professors giving the others. The
Institute provided a regular place for
16  Chronicle/iTm/er 1980
meetings and issued a program at the beginning of each season, ensuring that
there was no conflict of dates.
The first constitution stated, "The objectives of the Institute shall be the study
and cultivation ofthe arts, sciences, literature, music and kindred subjects, by
means of lectures, exhibitions, publications and such other means as may from
time to time be deemed advisable." The
lectures were presented in the assembly
hall at Tenth and Willow, on UBC's original Fairview campus.
The Institute's correspondence and
minutes of its meetings, in the UBC
archives, show that it had the organizational problems of any fledgling society.
Numerous letters remind members to pay
their dues while notes in reply insist they
have already been paid. In one of a series
of letters regarding the payment of the
slide projector or 'lantern' operator, the
treasurer writes frantically that he would
pay the bill and has the funds, but the
money is in a trust account and he needs
the secretary and president to release it.
'"The Vancouver Institute is the worst
run thing in Vancouver,' said an irate
voice over the telephone, with special reference to his lecture, which had not been
sufficiently announced." In 1922
secretary-treasurer Winifred Plowdon reported on an offended speaker whose lecture had been poorly attended and
lamented her difficulties in getting the
local press to cover the events.
The early lectures attracted nothing
like the crowds of today but they were
generally well attended. In the 1919-20
season a series of lectures on the Romance
of the Sciences drew an average audience
of 130, while the series on English literature averaged an attendance of 96. Sixty
people were in the audience for the evening devoted to Canadian authors, but the
relatively small crowd was blamed on a
heavy snow storm. In that year the total
attendance grew from 1,234 to 2,084.
There were 59 members.
The programs from the early years of
the Vancouver Institute sound like lists of
UBC's buildings. The 1916 season included lectures by UBC's first president
F.F. Wesbrook on 'Bacteria' and Frederic
Wood on 'English Drama in Relation to
Present-Day Problems.' UBC professors
appearing on the 1920-21 program were
D. Buchanan, Dean R.W. Brock, T.C.
Hebb and G.G. Sedgwick.
In 1925 the university left the 'Fairview
Shacks' for the new campus on Point
Grey. Institute president John Davidson
"informed the meeting that accommodation would be available at Point Grey and
expressed the hope that the meetings
would be held out there in future."
In his 1956 history the late M.Y. Williams says that many members thought
transportation to the new campus was too
much of a problem. "At that time Tenth
Avenue was paved with rotten planks
from Alma Road for some two blocks east.
Chancellor Boulevard connected with a
dirt trail through the woods to Eighth Avenue at Blanca Street, and although the
Tenth Avenue Boulevard from Blanca to
the University was paved, cars were scarce
and bus service none too good."
During the next four years the Institute
had no regular meeting hall. The university was settling into the new campus and
expanding. With the Institute physically
detached the connection between 'Town
and Gown' weakened, although university faculty members still lectured. In
1929 the Institute again began to hold its
lectures at the university, although a return to downtown was suggested during
the Second World War, when gas rationing again made transportation a problem.
The Vancouver Institute followed the
university's growth after the war. Saturday became the regular lecture evening.
The location changed as the Institute grew
and as new buildings were built on campus.
The Institute reflected the changes in
the university. In 1963, UBC president
John Macdonald gave his report on education to the provincial government and addressed the Vancouver Institute on
'Higher Education — The Way Forward." In 1967 Bernard Riedel, dean of
pharmacy, spoke on 'The Psychedelic
Drugs.' Another topic from the student
protest era was a 1969 panel discussion What does the Vancouver Institute hold in store for
spring, 1981? A lively and varied series of stimulating
lectures, of course. Although not all details had been
finalized at Chronicle press time, here is an outline of the
spring season. Some details do remain constant: the day,
Saturday; time, 8:15 p.m.; the place, Lecture Hall #2 of
the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Jan. 31: Dr. Colin Kraay, keeper ofthe Hebenden Coin
Room, Oxford: Alexander the Great and Coinage.
February Speakers will include:
Dr. Brenda Beck, anthropology, UBC: Hierarchy and
Heroism - Fate in a South India Folk Epic.
Dr. Brian Pate, pharmaceutical sciences, UBC: Radio
PET: A Radiochemisi's View of a Brain at Work.
Feb. 28: Dr. Richard J. Blandau, department of biological structure, University of Washington: Reproduction
and Population Control.
March 7: Prof. Robert Leaper, social administration,
University of Exeter: The State ofthe Welfare State.
March 14: Prof. Gary Schwarz, psychology, Yale University: New Frontiers in Biofeedback and Behavioral
March 21: Julian Symons, biographer, Kent, England:
The Mystique of the Detective Story.
March 28: Donald Davidson, philosopher, University
of Chicago: Topic to be announced.
April 4: The Vancouver Sun lecture: speaker to be announced.
The Alumni Association is now administering the Vancouver
Institute's program. For further information call the Association office at 228-3313.
entitled 'Civil Disobedience — Protest and Progress.'
The Institute continues to grow. In recent years thousands
have turned up to hear such speakers as anthropologist Margaret Mead, psychologist B.F. Skinner and photographer
Yousuf Karsh.
Program chair Bel Nemetz says the Vancouver Institute is a
major forum for public education. Gordon Robertson, who
spoke in September on the constitutional talks, was reportedly amazed at the size of the crowd that would turn out on a
Saturday night to hear a lecture.
The lectures are free and the money raised from the $10
membership fee ($2 for students) barely covers the cost of
advertising the program. The Institute does receive donations
from corporations and individuals, and it sometimes contributes toward the speaker's travel expenses but honorariums
are never paid.
In spite of this the Institute has no trouble attracting guests
as well known as Tennessee Williams and the Dalai Lama of
Tibet. The 1922 secretary's despair at the lack of press coverage is never a problem with speakers of this stature.
In fact, the size of the audience is often a problem. The
regular IRC hall cannot contain the crowds at the more popular lectures. One can see the Institute growing to the point
where a Saturday night poetry reading may have to be held in
a football stadium.
The Vancouver Institute has grown with the city and the
university. And it is still doing a good job of keeping Town
and Gown together. □
Merrilee Robson, BFA'76, MFA'79, is a Vancouver writer. GEORGE HAS A DEGREE IN MARINE
Science and technology graduates
like George are too valuable to waste.
These are the people, young and enthusiastic,
who should be helping us to shape tomorrow.
These are minds, fresh and innovative, that
could be involved in research and development
and in its application to urgent energy and
environmental problems and to the task of
making Canadian industry more efficient
and competitive.
We can't afford to wait. Private sector
companies, individuals, associations, research
institutes and community organizations can
help by developing projects that will contribute
tojCanada's future and at the same time put
i to work in the disciplines
ment is ready to help by contributing
■  up to $1,250 a month (for a maximum
of 12 months) towards the salaries of university,
community college and technical school
graduates with the qualifications to tackle
those projects; graduates who haven't,
until now, been able to find employment in
their disciplines.
Talk to Employment & Immigration Canada
about our New Technology Employment
You know what's on our minds. Tell us
what's on yours. News
Alan Burns
Guided tours of the Museum of Anthropology drew many of the busy grads who were on campus in late
October for Homecoming '80. Visitors concentrate on the expanding collection overlooking the cliffs of
Towers Beach.
New Directions for
Alumni Fund
Over the past four years, just over 12 per cent of
UBC's graduates have contributed to the
Alumni Fund. That's a figure Jack Range
would like to see change.
"It's felt that is low when compared to die
average of 20 per cent alumni participation at
universities across Canada," says Range, who
earlier this year was appointed director of die
Alumni Fund. "Our hope is to increase alumni
participation in the fund so that alumni become
benefactors of the institution that benefited
To make that happen, the fund is building a
program that will focus more on individualized
solicitation with such things as letters tailored
to graduates of specific faculties describing the
needs of those faculties, how students have
been helped in the past by Alumni Fund
money, and generally how important alumni
donations are to the well-being of the university.
In making their contributions, alumni will
be able to choose more specifically how they
would like their gifts to be allocated, something
Range hopes will encourage response from
those with specific areas of interest.
Other efforts will focus on what he calls
"leadership giving" — a program in which
donors who have made considerable contributions to the fund in the past will be invited to
become more involved with UBC through social functions and other sessions in which they
can exchange views and advice with leaders of
the university community.
In discussing the importance of support for
the university, Range points to a quotation
from Frank Fairchild Wesbrook, UBC's founding president:
"We have been so richly endowed in British
Columbia that we owe it to ourselves and the
rest ofthe world to properly conserve and intelligently develop and use our material resources,
the chief of which are the men and women,
both those who are here now and those who are
Wesbrook's words, composed more than 60
years ago, still seem to say it all.
1980 Reunions
A Success
The final weekend of October was a busy one
for a host of UBC alumni. On Saturday, Oct.
25, 471 grads, spouses, and friends gathered at
the Commodore Ballroom to dance to the music
of Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen
and enjoy entertainment by Norma Locke. The
classes of 1935, '40, '45, '50, '55, and '60 had
among their special guests Chancellor and Mrs.
J.V. Clyne, President Douglas Kenny (celebrating his reunion with other members of the
class of '45) and Mrs. Kenny, Alumni Association president Art Stevenson and Mrs. Steven
son, Dr. and Mrs. Blythe Eagles, Les G.R.
Crouch, and Lome Kersey.
While one group was gathered at the Commodore, another was celebrating their reunion
at Cecil Green Park on campus. Applied science grads from '65 and '70 danced to a group
named City Haul and enjoyed a midnight supper. Almost 100 people attended.
And on the same Saturday, an afternoon
wine and cheese party for the home economics
class of '70 drew 25 people to the UBC Faculty
Club. An open house during the day attracted
100 Homecoming '80 participants for campus
tours, visits to the Museum of Anthropology,
and screenings ofthe film "A University Is...."
The electrical engineering class of 1950 held
an informal pre-reunion gathering on Friday,
Oct. 24, at the home of Hugh Kay, while over
at the Arbutus Club, 40 people attended a pre-
reunion wine and cheese party for the pharmacy classes of '50 and '55.
A new policy on the promotion of reunions
has been set by the Alumni Association's programs committee. Its members decided that in
future no "extraordinary efforts" be put into
promoting reunions for each class every five
years, but instead to focus association resources
on 25th and 50th anniversary reunions, and on
those classes that have expressed an interest in
their reunion activities.
Senate Elections
on the Horizon
Nominations of candidates for the position of
UBC chancellor and convocation members of
the senate closed on November 7,1980. A total
of 17 hats have been thrown into the ring, two
for chancellor and 15 for the 11 convocation
senators to be elected on February 6,1981. The
two nominees for the office of chancellor are
the Honorable J.V. Clyne and Stan Persky
and the 15 names submitted for membership in
the senate are: Helen Belkin, BA'40, William
H. Birmingham, BA'33, Mary F. Bishop,
MA'71, Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73, Patricia
Macrea Fulton, BA'39, Mary Ellen Findlay,
BSW'80, Valerie M.E. Giles, BA'70, William
M. Keenlyside, BA'34, Anne Macdonald,
BA'52, Elaine McAndrew, MBA'73, James F.
McWilliams, BSF'53, Dennis Blair Peterson,
BA'67, LLB'71, Ruth Robinson, MA'75,
BSN'70, Charlotte L.V. Warren, BCom'58, G.
Vernon WeUburn, BASc'48. Early in January,
1981, further information and a ballot will be
mailed to each UBC alumnus by the Registrar's
University Singers
Expand Their Audience
Early in January UBC's critically acclaimed
University Singers pack their bags and their
music for a six-concert tour of the B.C. Interior. It will be the fourth winter tour for the
singers, under the direction of James Schell.
First stop is Chilliwack, on Monday Jan. 12,
where they'll perform at the Chilliwack United
Church, 45 Spadina Avenue; on Tuesday, Jan.
13, they'll be at Okanagan College in Kelowna;
Chronicle/Winter 1980  19 UBC ALUMNI
Honorary President: Dr. Douglas T. Kenny, BA'45,
President: W.A. (Art) Stevenson, BASc'66; Vice-
President: Robert J. Smith, BCom'68, MBA'71; Treasurer: Barbara Mitchell Vitols, BA61; Chair. Alumni
Fund: Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73; Chair, Communications. Harold N. Halvorson, BA'55, MSc'56, PhD'66;
Chair. Programmes: Margaret Sampson Burr,
BMus'64; Chair, University Advocacy: Peggy L.E. And-
reen Ross, MD'58.
Members-at-large (1979-81)
Robert Angus, BSc'71; William S. Armstrong, BCom'58,
LLB'59; Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73; Margaret Sampson
Burr, BMus'64; Jo Ann Hinchliffe, BA'74; Robert F, Osborne, BA'33, BEd'48; Peggy L.E. Andreen Ross.
MD'58; Barry Sleigh BASc'44.
Members-at-large (1980-82)
Douglas J. Aldridge, BASc'74; Virginia Galloway
Beirnes, BA'40, LLB'49; Susan D. Daniells, BA'72,
LLB'75; Harold N. Halvorson, BA'55, MSc'56, PhD'66;
Josephine Mary Hannay, RN, MSc'76; Alison E. MacLennan, LLB'76; Michael A. Partridge, BCom'59; David
Richardson, BCom'71; Oscar Sziklai, (BSF, Sopron
Hungary), MF'61, PhD'64; Nancy E. Woo, BA'69.
Division Representatives
Applied Sciences: Joanne Ricci, BSN'75, MSN'77;
Arts: Bradley J. Lockner, MLS'77; Commerce and Business Administration: John R. Henderson, BCom'77;
Dentistry: Diane S. Slinn, DDHY'79; Forestry: Robin L.
Caesar, BSF'50; Graduate Studies: Elaine Polglase,
BSP'56, MSc'79
Alma Mater Society Representative
Bruce Armstrong, President
Faculty Association Representative
Dr. A. Jean Elder, President
Convocation Senators' Representative
To be elected.
Alumni Fund: Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73; Allocations:
William S. Armstrong, BCom'58, LLB'59; Scholarships
_ Bursaries: E. Roland Pierrot, BCom'63, LLB'64;
Awards: Paul L. Hazell, BCom'60; Branches: Jo Ann
Hinchliffe, BA'74; Communications: Harold N Halvorson, BA'55, MSc'56, PhD'66; Divisions: Michael A. Partridge, BCom'59; Editorial: Nancy E. Woo, BA'69; Finance: Barbara Mitchell Vitols, BA'61; Nominations:
Robert J. Smith, BCom'68, MBA'71; Reunions: Paul L
Hazell, BCom'60; Speakers Bureau: Dr, Oscar Sziklai,
(BSF, Sopron, Hungary), MF'61, PhD'64; Squash:
Robert A. Forrest, BCom'73; Student Affairs: DouglasJ.
Aldridge, BASc'74; young Alumni Club: Robert R.
Peterman, BSc'71.
Men's Athletics: Norman R. Thomas, BA'66, MPE'6
Women's Athletics: Heather Mitton, BEd'75
(top) Toronto branch members Frank Stevens, BCom'35, (left) and Rudolf Susanik.MF'54, chat before
dinner in the U of T faculty club lounge; (bottom) Rehab '70 grads reminisced in October at the home of
Ann McQueen Strother, BSR'70, who hosted a reunion dinner in her Vancouver home.
Wednesday's concert is at the Penticton Arts
Centre; on Thursday the 15th they'll appear at
Vernon Senior Secondary School; on Friday,
Jan. 16 the performance is at Crossroads Free
Methodist Church in Salmon Arm, and the
final stop is at Kamloops on Saturday, Jan. 17,
for a performance at die Kamloops United
Church, 421 St. Paul Street.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and tickets will
be available in advance from representatives to
be announced in the areas, or at the door. The
University Singers' tour is sponsored by the
UBC Alumni Association in cooperation with
the UBC Department of Music and the Interior
program of the Centre for Continuing Education.
1981 Alumni Board
Nominations Sought
Elections, elections, elections ... tiring,
perhaps, but necessary in cities, nations ... and
your Alumni Association. In preparation for
the election of a new alumni board of management in the spring, nominations for the officer
positions of vice-president and treasurer (one-
year terms) and for 10 members-at-large (two-
year terms) are invited by the association's
nominating committee.
Why not consider nominating a fellow UBC
(or Victoria College) graduate, or running for
election yourself? Nominations must be in writing and accompanied by the signatures of five
nominating members and a letter of consent
from the nominee.
To place a name in nomination or for further
information, write or call Bob Smith, Chair,
Nominations Committee, UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver V6T 1X8 (228-3313) no later than Wednesday, December 31, 1980.
Speakers Bureau
Continues to Grow
Want to know how to become a patron of contemporary native art, or get an expert's view of
Canada in the '80s, or perhaps learn about English gardens? If so, the UBC Speakers Bureau
can find the expert ready and willing to tell you
and your group about it — and about hundreds
of other topics.
The bureau, sponsored by the UBC Alumni
Association, matched speakers with more than
400 groups last year and has now embarked on
its sixth season. A 34-page brochure describing
its free services has just been published. To
obtain a copy or arrange a speaker, contact
Maureen Burns, Speakers Bureau coordinator, UBC Alumni Association, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver V6T 1X8,
phone 228-3313.
Branches Past
and Events to Come
Not rain nor snow nor sleet may keep UBC's
president and chancellor from their appointed
rounds, but a strike that played havoc with
Canada's air routes managed to keep them from
a dinner meeting of the Toronto branch on
Sept. 29. Dr. Douglas Kenny, J.V. Clyne, and
20 Chromclc/Winter 1980 Alumni Association executive director Peter
Jones were kept in Vancouver by the dispute,
but 80 branch members did attend the event at
the University of Toronto Faculty Club....Dr.
Kenny's next branches speaking engagement
was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17 at a UBC
Alumni Southern California Chapter dinner at
the Los Angeles Athletic Club In April the
UBC President will travel to New York and
meet with alumni there.
In late spring a joint meeting with alumni of
UBC, McGill, Queen's, the University of Toronto, and the University of Manitoba drew
135 people in San Francisco. The Branches
Committee reports enthusiasm for such joint
meetings and the cooperation they engender.... Looking to next spring, Kamloops area
alumni will be involved in a UBC Alumni Open
House to be held there in May in conjunction
with a board of governors meeting and alumni
dinner....Ottawa branch executives Robert
Yip and Bruce de L-Harwood received more
than a hundred replies in response to a questionnaire sent to the area's 1,700 UBC alumni.
They're now analysing the results and planning
events to meet members' interests. Activities
may include joint functions with alumni from
the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser
Alumni Miscellany
Convocation Senators Meet
Convocation senators from B.C.'s three public universities have established a liaison com
mittee to explore areas of common concern to
the senators and to their respective universities.
The chancellors and convocation senators of
SFU, UVic, and UBC met in Vancouver
on Oct. 6 to discuss those concerns
and what effect convocation senators have on
decision making within their institutions. Dr.
William Gibson, BA'33, (MSc, MD, McGill;
PhD, Oxon), Universities Council of B.C.
Chair, also participated.
Spreading the Word
"Would you spread the word...?" asked the
letter from Kathleen Scales, BEd '63, of
Richmond. Certainly, replied the Chronicle.
Mrs. Scales would like anyone interested to
know that there is now a University Women's
Club of Richmond that meets monthly for activities stressing fellowship, education, and
community awareness. The organization is affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women and the International Federation of University Women, and also participates in activites organized by the Vancouver
University Women's Club.
Further information is available from Mrs.
Scales at 277-1612 or Betty Coles at 274-8161.
Together Again
They came from Saskatchewan, Alberta,
northern B.C., Vancouver Island, and the
Lower Mainland for one day together, and
from all reports, the reunited rehabilitation
medicine class of '70 sounds like a high-spirited
lot. The 23 grads gathered for brunch on the
morning of Oct. 4 and again for dinner that
evening, with several members ofthe class taking time during the day to see the school of
rehabilitation's new facilities in the acute care
hospital — a far cry from the huts they knew as
Retreat Re-scheduled
The alumni association's student affairs
committee is planning an on-campus conference for first-year students in early February.
The conference will take the place of the 1980
first-year retreat that had been scheduled for
Camp Elphinstone. The October retreat was
postponed when postal labor problems delayed
letters of invitation sent to all first year students.
B.C. Engineers Surveyed
When suggestions arose earlier this year that
the province might need more facilities for
training engineers, the Alumni Association's
advocacy committee went to work to see just
what demand there was. Of the 246 questionnaires sent out to engineering firms in B.C., 88
or 36 per cent were returned. These 88 firms
represented 3,259 engineers. The results?
Seventy-four per cent said there was a shortage
of engineers, but the shortage was of experienced engineers, not new graduates.
The survey found that the forecast demand
for newly graduated engineers was unlikely to
change in the period 1982-1985. The committee's brief concluded that in light ofthe forecast
demand, new training facilities for engineers
are unnecessary.
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Relay: the engineers' team, minus one member. Standing are participants from previous races: (left to
right) John Berto, BA'20 (from the first winning team); John Weld, BA'20, Berto's teammate; UBC
Chancellor J. V. Clyne, BA'23, a runner in 1920; Ted Hay, BASc'30, a contestant in '28, '29 and '30;
Alan Macdonald, BASc'30, who ran in 1930; Tom Hadwin, BASc'30, '29 and '30 race participant;
Jack Arnold, BA '27, a reviver of the Arts '20 relay, and Blythe Eagles, BA '22 chairman ofthe Fairview
committee, currently commline a Dhotoeranhic collection of all UBC's registrars.
Each year the UBC Alumni
Association makes two awards—
the award of distinction, its highest
honor, to a graduate who has made
a distinguished contribution in his or
her field of endeavor and the
honorary life membership to
recognize outstanding contributions
to UBC and education. To nominate
someone for either award, send the
nominee's name, a brief
biographical outline and your
reasons for making the nomination
to the Awards Committee, UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil
Green Park Rd., Vancouver
by February 13,1981.
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J. Dixon B. Comm. '58 - Claims Manager
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22 Chronicle/Wmrer 1980 Brian McCaughey
Early in October the papers reported a
shooting incident. The woman involved had a rifle and police were particularly concerned when they realized
there was a baby in the house. When the
situation was under control, the baby was
carried out of the house and handed to
Brian McCaughey.
At the time, McCaughey was the night
social worker in the Ministry of Human
Resources' Emergency Services office, a job
that seems unrelated to his B.A. in International Relations. But he explains that the
degree, which combined history and political science courses, was really a good liberal
arts course. "There were only a certain
number of history and a certain number of
political science courses I wanted to take. I
took a lot of psychology courses and I think
if you looked at my transcript you wouldn't
be able to tell what my major was in."
McCaughey became involved in social
services as a volunteer at the Vancouver
Crisis Centre while he was still in university. After he graduated in 1971, he spent a
year selling audio-visual equipment before
taking what he describes as a "horrendous
cut in pay" to work at the crisis centre on an
L.I.P. grant. "That was when L.I.P. grants
were $400 a month and I was putting money
in the bank," he recalls. He worked on the
centre's flying squad, which looked after
people who needed more help than the
phone lines could offer. They would go out
to people, talking down drug overdoses and
dealing with suicide threats.
Later the centre became involved in revising the directory of Vancouver social services. As co-ordinator of the Community
Information Centre, McCaughey saw the
directory grow from a booklet to the large
manual it is today.
"At that time there weren't the established services there are today under the
Ministry. It was easy to tell people where
they were going to spend the night. They
were going to stay where they were because
there wasn't anywhere for them to go." But
McCaughey says there was more community involvement then and the directory
listed ongoing L.I.P. projects and local resources.
He began working for MHR's
Emergency Services in 1977, when he returned from three years travel in Central
and South America. The job involved much
of the same work as he had done at the crisis
centre but as a government office they had
more authority. The office handles investigations of child abuse or neglect, tries to
settle marital disputes, provides emergency
accommodation and food, and works with
the hospitals and police to handle any overnight problems.
Last year McCaughey was seconded from
the office to set up'the Helpline for Children, a province-wide line for people who
want to report incidents of child abuse.
Part of his regular work at Emergency
Services involved two three-month shifts in
a police car. The social worker goes along in
Car 86, to handle domestic disputes and to
arrange for child protection in cases where
children have been left alone in the house,
or when the parents have been arrested.
McCaughey says he has seen some
bloody, violent disputes and he's been with
the police when they've made arrests in
other than family cases. "It was a police car
and when something happened they had to
act like a police car. The social worker is
supposed to sit still and not get involved but
that's hard to do."
Another part ofthe job was giving workshops at the Justice Institute, training
police officers, firefighters and probation
officers in crisis intervention techniques.
McCaughey left Emergency Services for
the Mount Pleasant office at the beginning
of October. He's still handling child welfare
cases but he has his own case load of families
now, rather than dealing with crisis situations all the time. There's less shift work
there. That should give him more time for
the housing co-operative he's been living in
for the past one and a half years and for his
kitten, Minou.
-Merrilee Robson
20s & 30s
Printer's ink runs in the veins of Greville
Jackson Rowland's family: Jackson, BA'29,
has just hung up his apron as publisher of the
Penticton Herald, while son Bruce Rowland,
BA'65, publishes theDaily Examiner in Barrie,
Ontario. The elder Rowland moved to the
Okanagan Valley in 1930, to an early job with
the Vernon News. After Rowland bought the
Herald in 1940, the weekly won awards as the
best weekly newspaper in Canada, as well as for
editorial writing. In 1957, Rowland sold the
paper to Thomson, when it became a daily Two UBC grads have recently been installed as Members of the Order of Canada. Celia
E. Long, BA'32, until her retirement in 1977,
was national director of Public Information
with the Arthritis Society in Toronto. She has
worked on the advertising staff of numerous
Canadian publications and was the recipient of
a Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. Retired leader in the Canadian medical technology
field, Archibald R. Shearer, BA'49, was
named to the Order in recognition of his work.
He retired this year as executive director of the
Canadian society of laboratory technologists.
After a distinguished 34-year career as
teacher and researcher, during which time he
became known as one of Canada's leading labor
economists, Stuart M. Jamieson, BA'35,
(MA, McGill; PhD, Calif.), retired from the
UBC department of economics last year. This
year, a new lecture series in his honor was
inaugurated at UBC...Chairman of B.C.'s
new forest research council is Paul
Trussell, BSA'38, (MS, PhD, Wisconsin),
who has served with the B.C. research council
for 33 years, the last 19 as its technical director.
Retiring as vice-president, Alberta operations
for Woodward Stores Ltd., Jack O. Moxon,
BCom'42, was honored at a reception in Edmonton after 35 years with the company. Although he admits he will miss "the family," he
plans to travel and play golf and he is looking
forward to retirement....President of Bechtel
Canada, Robert H. Paul, BASc'42, has been
named to the newly created position of petroleum group marketing manager for the
Bechtel group of companies.... Donald Ivey,
BA'44, MA'46, is now a vice-president of the
University of Toronto where his respon-
Chronicle/Winter 1980 23 Sidney B.Sellick, BSF'52
sibilities include the department of information
services which publishes        their
Graduate....Chester A. Johnson, BA'46, is
now president and chief executive officer of
West Fraser Timber Co.  Ltd John N.
Olsen, BASc'46, has been chosen new president of the Canadian Electrical Association.
Olsen, president of B.C. Hydro, has worked
for Hydro since 1946.
After heading the 1978 federal inquiry into
redundancies and layoffs, Alfred W.R. Carrothers, BA'47, LLB'48, now is laid off himself. The federal investigation was completed
during the brief reign of the Progressive Conservatives and Carrothers is now "looking for
productive full-time employment." He was
chairman ofthe B.C. Public Service Adjudication Board until the cabinet turned its responsibilities over to the B.C. Labour Relations
Board....After 24 years of service, Robert L.
Davison, BA'48, (BLS,U. ofT.), has retired as
director of the British Columbia Library Services Branch. He served on the council of the
School of Librarianship since its inception in
1961. He was formerly with the library' development  committee John  T.   Gillespie,
BA'48, (MLS, Columbia; PhD, New York),
has been appointed dean of the Palmer
Graduate Library School on the C.W. Post
Centre Campus of Long Island University. He
had previously served as dean of the school
from 1971-1976....UBC department ofthe his-
torv of medicine and science has a new director
now that John M. Norris, BA'48, MA'49,
'PhD, Northwestern), fills that post....One
half of the sonata team, the Duo Pach, Arlene
Nimmons Pach, BA'49, has been with the
University of New Brunswick since 1964. Her
husband, Joseph, makes up the other half. She
is well known in Saint John for her extension
courses in music appreciation, radio broadcasts
ot classical and contemporary compositions,
and her concert performances and teaching.
After 30 years as an easterner, Alison Creese
Howling, BA'50, has now moved to Victoria
from Beaconsfield, Quebec, where she was a
teacher....Alex Mandeville, BA'51, MD'55,
was installed as president of the British Columbia Medical Association last spring. He will
preside over the 4600-member organization for
a one-year term....Former assistant deputy
minister of education, post-secondary, Andrew
E. Soles, BA'51, MEd'68, has been appointed
B.C. assistant deputy for universities in the
J.A. Warner Woodley, BCom'61
ministry of universities, science and communications.... Returning to his home town, Donald
E. Waldern, BSA'51, MSA'54, (PhD, Wash.
State), is now director of the Lacombe Research Station. He moved to this Alberta town
from Saskatoon where he was program
specialist, western region, for the federal government department of agriculture.
Head of the plant pathology section for the
past two years, Tom G. Atkinson, BSA'52,
(MSA, PhD, Sask.), is now assistant director of
the Lethbridge Research Station. His main responsibility will be the planning and evaluation
ofthe station's 180 research projects and supervision of research support services.... Past president ofthe Ontario School Counsellors Association, S. Burt Sellick, BA'52, (MA, PhD,
Arizona), is now employed by the Lakehead
board of education as director of a counselling
and guidance department....Former deputy
forest ranger in Quesnel, Donald T. Grant,
BSF'53, has been named regional manager for
the Vancouver forest region....Maurice D.
Copithorne, BA'54, LLB'55, Canadian ambassador to Austria, has been elected chairman
of the board of governors of the International
Atomic Energy Agency....Associate clinical
professor of neurology at the University of Colorado school of medicine, Margaret M. Guest
Hoehn, MD'54, has been appointed to the
medical advisory board of the United Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Chicago....Powell
River businessman, Captain (N)(R) Stewart B.
Alsgard, OMM., CD., BA'57, presently commanding officer, HMCS Discovery, the Vancouver Naval Reserve division, has been named
an honorary Aide de Camp to His Excellency
The Right Honorable Edward Schreyer, CC,
CMM., CD., Governor-General of Canada.
From Tunis, Linda Brena Ghezzi Ben-
Hamida, BA'57, writes to say that she is librarian and music teacher at, the American School
of Tunis. She has taught in such diverse locations as Vancouver, Kelowna, Oliver and Fon-
tainebleau,  France Col.  A.C.  Brown,
BASc'57, commandant, Canadian Forces Base,
Kingston, Ontario, has been named chief of
staff operations at Mobile Command Headquarters, St. Hubert, Quebec. He was appointed commanding officer at Kingston in
1976 The Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council has established a consultative
group and an advisory panel to make a national
study ofthe status of research and education in
law. Two members of the advisory panel are:
G. Sholto Hebenton, BA'57, a member of a
Vancouver firm, and John Hogarth, LLB'60,
on the faculty of law at UBC.
Donald N. Baker, BA'58, has been ap
pointed president of Mount Royal College.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Baker taught
history at the University of Waterloo and has
held positions at Stanford, Michigan State and
Simon Fraser....Appointed director of constitutional law in the Attorney-General's de-
partmentin 1969,MelvinH. Smith, BCom'58,
LLB'59, is B.C. Premier Bill Bennett's chief
constitutional advisor. Last June he became
deputy minister for constitutional affairs in the
newly-created department of intergovernmental relations....With the assignment to develop
a forestry research program, John Elliot
Barker, BSF'59, undertakes his new position
of research forester with Rayonier Canada....Former assistant manager of Crown Zellerbach paper, Donald C. Cook, BCom'59, is
now general manager. Since joining the company in 1958, he has held marketing positions
in Vancouver, Edmonton and Richmond as
well as senior planning positions.
Guest speaker for the Recognition Day ceremonies at Holland College of Charlottetown,
P.E.I, in May, 1980, was E. Margaret Fulton,
MA'60, (BA, Manitoba; PhD, U. of T), president of Mt. St. Vincent University,
Halifax....Responsible for corporate and legal
matters, public and governmental relations,
and internal communications, Norman R.
Gish, LLB'60, is vice-president of Turbo Resources Limited Kenneth  S.  Benson,
BCom'61, LLB'62, has been appointed corporate secretary of Cominco Ltd. Prior to this
appointment he was solicitor and assistant secretary Newly appointed senior vice-
president for Husky Oil Operations is J.A.
Warner Woodley, BCom'61, responsible for
real estate development and administration.
Most recently manager, Douglas O. Gurel,
BASc'61, has been appointed vice-president of
Husky Oil Operations Ltd. with responsibility
for conventional petroleum production and development operations....Alfred A. Burgoyne,
BSc'62, (MSc, New Mexico), has been appointed vice-president, exploration, for
Bethlehem Copper Corporation in Vancouver.
He has over 17 years of mineral exploration and
development experience in western Canada and
the U.S.A. During the past ten years he has
held senior management positions in both the
mining industry and the federal government....John M. Curtis, BA'63, (PhD, Harvard), is now director, international economics
program ofthe Institute for Research on Public
One of six Bucknell University faculty members currently engaged in research projects
sponsored by the biomedical research support
program of the U.S. public health service is
John Tonzetich, BSc'63, associate professor of
biology who is studying how natural selection
affects the frequency of genes controlling enzymes which metabolize alcohol... .After seven
years as a solicitor with Placer Development
Limited, Vancouver, John A. Eckersley,
BSc'65, LLB'70, has moved to San Francisco
to take up the position of corporate secretary of
Placer Amex Inc....The Port Moody plant of
Andres Wines is home for the new vice-
president, Western Canada, of the winery:
Donald George Rogers, BSA'65. Rogers
moves to the position from Alberta, where he
was vice president and general manager of the
Andres operation.
24 Chronicle/Winter 1980 Nelson Ferguson, MSc'66, is now vice-
president of administration at the Technical
University of Nova Scotia. Ferguson has been
registrar for TUNS....New manager of business development with Techman Ltd. is
Michael G. Robertson, BASc'66, who has
several years' experience with major Canadian
engineering firms....First City Trust has made
two new appointments: Michael J. Sommers,
BCom'66, MBA'71, to vice-president corporate planning and John B. Crocker, BCom'77,
to assistant vice-president, mortgage underwriting.
Diane S. Syer, BA'66, MA'69, chair of the
federal government's task force on suicide was
in Kingston, Ontario earlier this year to deliver
several talks and workshops on crisis intervention.. . .Alain Albagli, PhD'69, who has worked
in various R&D positions with the federal government in Ottawa, has been appointed chief,
planning, transportation, research and development with the federal department of
transport....Canada was represented at an international conference in Australia concerned
with saving marine life in the Antarctic by R.
Michael M'Gonigle, BA'69, a lawyer for the
Centre of Law and Social Policy in
Washington, D.C. "Antarctic protection will
be one ofthe major environmental challenges of
the 1980s," said M'Gonigle who represented a
coalition of groups.
Peter J. Chataway, BSc'70, BArch'76, is a
freelance architect specializing in designing
homes with alternate forms of energy. Living in
Kelowna, he is largely concerned with solar
energy as the Okanagan sun can supply 60 to 80
per cent of the individual home's annual requirements. ...Ching Y. Suen, MASc'70,
PhD'72, is now professor and chairman of the
department of computer science at Concordia
University, Montreal....Osoyoos has a new
public health nurse now that Lillian J. Rusch,
BSN'71, has taken over those duties. For the
past two years she has worked as a home care
nurse in the Osoyoos area....Before setting up
practice in Vancouver, Lome A. Brown,
BPE'72, will be studying with internationally
renowned plastic surgeons across the world for
two years. Brown spent six years as a resident at
the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, four
years as general surgeon and two years as a
plastic surgeon. His forthcoming travels will
take him to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Switzerland, India, Paris and Japan.
After leaving Whitecourt, Alberta where he
was a hospital administrator for six years, William B. Cu thill, BSc'72, is the new administrator of the Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp,
B.C. Before getting into his present line of
work, Cu thill was an assistant brewmaster with
Carling O'Keefe Breweries in Vancouver.... Richard Kadulski, BArch'72, has been
elected chairman of the Solar Energy Society of
Canada, Inc. He is a partner in The Drawing
Room Graphic Services, Ltd., an independent
design and drafting firm specializing in solar
applications Formerly   vector   control
biologist with the Simon Fraser health unit in
Coquitlam, H. Anthony Kluge, BSc'72, has
been appointed as vertebrate specialist with the
entomology-plant pathology branch of the B.C.
ministry of agriculture and food.
Teaching classes in theatre history, Fred A.
Galloway,   BA'73,   (MA,   Arkansas),   is
Thomas Shoyama
It is entirely appropriate that Thomas
Shoyama's surname means "living
mountain," for that is what he has always been. Despite extraordinary odds, including wartime internment, he attained
one of the career pinnacles of this country,
becoming a shogun in the federal civil service: deputy minister of finance. Today, at
64 a cheerful, energetic professor of public
administration at the University of Victoria, he has opted to explain, rather than
influence, the mysterious workings of political power.
Thomas Shoyama was born in 1916 in
Kamloops, one of the six children of the
only Japanese-Canadian family in the area.
His father ran a bakery (still run by two
brothers — the Kamloops Bakery) and
everyone had to help out, getting up at five
in the morning. "One of my specialties was
decorating the cakes," Shoyama recalls.
But this was the Depression and they often
didn't sell well, even at 25 cents.
It was during the same Depression that
Shoyama went on to UBC. And while it was
hard for many students to attend, it was
even more so for Japanese-Canadians who
were kept low on the economic totem pole.
"There was a lot of sacrifice on the part of
families to find money for fees and for
While anti-Japanese feelings were then
being fanned by demagogic B.C. politicians, there was a more open atmosphere at
UBC and campus life was not unpleasant
for the 50-odd Japanese-Canadian students.
Shoyama attributes much of this to the
leadership of Professor Henry Angus, then
head of economics and science, who spoke
out against discrimination against Orientals. "He was one of the most respected
people on campus, a very important influence."
But when Shoyama graduated from UBC
in 1938 with a combined bachelor of arts in
economics and a bachelor of commerce, he
could not get a job in his chosen field, accounting. Company executives were willing
to hire him but "were afraid their clients
would not welcome it." After months of
tramping Vancouver streets, Shoyama
ended up on a maintenance crew at the
Woodfibre pulp mill. In town at Christmas,
he ran into friends Ted Ouchi, a UBC
graduate in economics, and Pete Higachi, a
graduate in English (later with Associated
Press in Tokyo), who told him they were
starting an English-language newspaper for
the Japanese-Canadian community. They
wanted him to come on board as "a reporter
and joe-boy." He did, later becoming
The first issue of the New Canadian appeared February 1, 1939. It advocated
Japanese-Canadians join the larger society,
demand their full citizenship rights (then
legally withheld) and forget returning to
Japan. "We argued for civil rights," said
Shoyama, "for the end to widespread legal
discrimination and for programs to end de
facto discrimination." After Pearl Harbor,
only the New Canadian was allowed to continue publishing — in English and Japanese
— as a vital communication link to
Japanese-Canadians in internment camps.
Working out of the Kaslo, B.C. camp,
editor Shoyama found ways of running articles criticizing the government's internment policy. Toward the end of the war
Shoyama and other Japanese-Canadians
were allowed to join the Canadian army
intelligence corps, becoming Japanese-
language interpreters; he was still in training in Vancouver when the war ended.
A tip from a friend landed Shoyama a job
as economist with the Saskatchewan
Economic Planning Board under Tommy
Douglas' CCF government. It was a "mar-
velously challenging atmosphere" to work
in, Shoyama recalls: the political leadership
was dedicated; they were engaged in serious
planning and implementing innovative
programs. One program which Shoyama
had a hand in was medicare: the fury of the
Saskatchewan medical profession was
aroused and eventually led to Douglas' defeat. Tommy Douglas went on to become
leader of the newly-formed New Democratic Party in 1961 — and Shoyama became
his "executive assistant, researcher, copywriter and baggage-handler,"criss-crossing
Canada with Douglas in the 1962 election.
Thomas Shoyama was then hired by John
Deutsch to work for the new Economic
Council of Canada. After three years there,
he joined the federal finance department's
division of fiscal policy. In 1968, he became
assistant deputy minister of finance with
the major responsibility of developing a national medicare scheme. Noted as a top
trouble-shooter, he became deputy minister of energy, mines and resources during
the 1973-74 energy crisis. In 1975, he was
elevated to deputy minister of finance. In
that position, Shoyama became the architect of the controversial wage and price
control scheme. Today, he remains convinced that the policy was the right one.
"I'm satisfied that wage and price controls made a contribution to curbing inflation," he says. "In fact, we might have been
able to make more of a contribution if we
had been able to better assess the political
acceptability of a tighter regime."
-Clive Cocking
Chromcle/WmtCT- 1980  25 dramatist for Northern Lights College... John
Becher (Skip) Wilson, MLS'73, is the new
supervisor of the lending division, Edmonton
Public Library. Previously, Wilson worked as
supervisor of community programs Having
served as library director, Bibliotheque
Champlain, Universite de Moncton, Agnez
Hall, MLS'74, is now director of the New
Brunswick Library Service. He began his library career as a cataloguer at Laurentian University, Sudbury  The Tretheway Brass Trio,
part of the Stratford Festival Orchestra, includes Alan P. Ridgway. BMus'74, who plays
trumpet with the group. Before joining the orchestra he played principal trumpet with the
St. Catharine's Symphony.
Brian J. Scott, BEd'74, was in the B.C. interior for the summer months while he taught
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painting at the Okanagan Summer School of
the Arts. Scott has taught in numerous secondary schools, has operated an art gallery and
studio and has had his works shown in many
galleries throughout the province....For the
next two or three years, Valerie Wingfield-
Digby, MLS'74, will be living and working in
Jos, Nigeria, as a library consultant under the
direction ofthe Plateau State Library. For the
past five years, she has been working in Saskatchewan  regional  libraries The  B.C.
ministry of education is making major changes
in grade 11 physics courses and Mark J.
Ekelund, BSc'75, is helping these changes take
place by designing the manual to accompany
the newly chosen physics textbook.
Randy V. Pelletier, BSc'75, has been appointed chief geophysicist of Brinco Oil & Gas
Limited. He has worked in exploration
throughout Canada for major and independent
oil and gas companies In the final stages of a
study she began a year ago, to identify and treat
certain reading problems, Bernice Wong,
EdD'75, of Simon Fraser University, is trying
to determine whether students could be helped
if they were taught comprehension skills as well
as how to monitor their own understanding oi
what they have read Large forest fires in
northern B.C. and their impact upon the
ecosystem of the forest will be one subject ot
study for Brad C. Hawkes, BSF'76, in his new
position of fire research officer for the Canadian
Forestry Service.
Veterinary student, Gordon L. McDonald,
BEd'76, received the Governor-General's
Award for top student at the University of Saskatchewan where he was studying for his doctorate. He now has set up practice in
Langley....Since leaving the UBC botany department, Gary J. Court, PhD'78, has been
working with the Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Upton, New York, and has now
accepted an assistant professor appointment in
biology at Jacksonville University. He will be
responsible for the marine biology portion of
their marine science program How much
energy does a common garden slug expend during its deathly crawl from one leaf to the other?
Such was a study conducted by Mark Denny,
PhD'79, who found that the slug's movement
was 12 times as costly as the running of a four-
legged animal of equivalent size....Vancouver
Island has a new Open Learning Institute advisor now that Joan M. Richardt, MA'79, has
set up shop in Victoria. The OLI is now in its
second year of offering more than 50 provincially recognized courses in university studies,
career and vocational studies and adult basic
The Bentall Group, developers and contractors
in western Canada, have filled a new position —
manager, organization development — with a
recent UBC grad, Joan A. Harrison,
BCom'80... .After spending the last three years
working in school and community programs in
the Vancouver area while completing her degree at UBC, Margaret Ann Holm, BA'80, is
now education extension officer at the Madrona
Centre of Malaspina College...."I didn't want
to settle into a job right away," says Stephen
Tanner, BCom'80, who has set out to conquer
the globe on a bicycle. The journey, which took
five years of saving from summer jobs, will take
him through at least 14 countries before he
returns to Vancouver.
Bergen-Clarke. Robert Kenneth Bergen,
BEd'78, to Marilyn Anne Osterhout Clarke,
BSc'75, July 14, 1979 in Kelowna,
B.C....Dunster-Ovrom. Julian A. Dunster,
MF'79, to Katherine J. Ovrom, BRE'77, in
England Erdmann-Dower.     Karl     E.
Erdmann to Julia R. Dower, BMus'72,
MLS'74,  March   1,   1980 in  Vancouver,
B.C Estey-Verchere.   Dr.   Ronald  Harry
Estey to Barbara Jane Verchere, BSN'76, in
Vancouver,  B.C Reed-Morrow.   Allan
Reed, BCom'79, to Jeanie Morrow, BHE'79,
August 9, 1980 in Prince George, B.C.
Mr.  and Mrs.  Robert Kenneth Bergen,
BEd'78, (Marilyn Anne Osterhout Clarke,
BSc'75), a son, Karel Clarke, April 13, 1980 in
Kelowna, B.C....Mr. and Mrs. John M. Curtis, BA'63, a son, Matthew John George, June
15, 1980 in Ottawa, Ontario....Mr. and Mrs.
Roy A. Derrick, BA'68, (Angeline Baillie,
BA'73), a daughter, Shannon Hillary, October
5, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario Mr. and Mrs.
Richard W. Garner, BSc'63, a daughter, Sarah
Beth, October 9, 1980 in Anchorage, Alaska....Mr. and Mrs. Andre Lafargue, MSc'76,
a daughter, Chantal, March 18, 1980 in Grand
Falls, Newfoundland....Mr. and Mrs. Donald
J. McLellan, BASc'72, (Alyson J. Fisher,
BPE'71), a son, Roderick Matthew, July 10,
1980 in New Westminster, B.C.
Clifford Allen Woodward, BA'22, September
13, 1979 in Weston, Ontario. Teacher of
mathematics at Britannia High School for 37
years, he was head of the department for 30
years. Survived by a daughter.
Reginald Murray Brink, BA'24, MA'25, August 8,1980 in Vancouver. Former president of
Johnston Terminals, Ltd., he was a member of
the Order ofthe British Empire. After graduation, he worked briefly in the advertising and
public relations business before joining Pem-
berton Securities. In the early 1950s, he
founded his own company, now known as
Brink, Hudson and Lefever Ltd. and in 1953
he was part of the group gaining control of
Johnston Terminals — a company that grew
tenfold during his leadership as vice-president
and then president. Survived by his wife, Zoe,
BA'25, a son, a sister and brother.
Henry Bertram (Bert) Smith, BA'25, BEd'44,
September, 1980 in Vancouver, B.C. Hetaught
at Kitsilano High School from 1927-46 when he
became principal until 1954. From 1954 until
his retirement in 1962, he was assistant
superintendent of Vancouver schools. Past
president ofthe Alumni Association (1931), he
was generous with his time and energy, making
the 55th reunion of the "vintage year" — the
class of '25 — a great success last June. Survived by his wife.
Humphrey Walker Mellish, BA'31, BCom'32,
September 12, 1980 in Victoria, B.C. A resident of Victoria since 1937, he served with the
26 Chronicle/Winter 1980 Canadian Scottish Regiment and worked for
the public utilities commission for 37 years) He
was a member of the chartered secretaries association and a fellow of the Royal College of
Secretaries. Survived by his wife and three sisters.
Lawrence Ernest Hill, BSA'38, BA'39,
LLB'49, 1980 in Vancouver. He joined the
Army in 1940 and served as a Lieutenant in the
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
After WWII he entered UBC Law School and
was called to the Bar in 1949. Known for his
skills as a shrewd and capable criminal lawyer,
he helped to shape the criminal law of Canada.
Survived by his wife and son.
Milford S. (Muff) Lougheed, BASc'40, (MA,
PhD, Princeton), July, 1980 in Bowling Green,
Ohio. The distinguished New Westminster-
born geologist, after whom the Lougheed
Highway is named, was professor emeritus at
Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where
he taught from 1955 to 1978. In addition, he
was a Turner Distinguished Lecturer in Geology at the University of Michigan. Survived by
his wife, Gwen Pym, BA'36, (MA, Bowling
Green), and a daughter.
Leslie Jacquest Groome, MA'48, (BA, BEd,
Sask.; DEd, Illinois State), August 17, 1980 in
Moose Jaw. After a three-year stint with the
RCAF, he resumed his teaching career and
returned to Regina to teach at the University of
Regina until his retirement in 1978. He was a
leader in art education organizations at local,
provincial and national levels, and was president of the Canadian Society for Education
Through Art. He regularly exhibited his
sculptings (using wood, ceramics, plaster,
stone and steel) in Saskatchewan Art Board
shows and Saskatchewan civil servants exhibitions. Survived by his wife, Agnes Jean,
MA'58, and a daughter, Jean-Marie Groome,
Edwin Lipinski, BA'55, MD'60, accidentally
in Lisbon. Director of SFU's medical
services, he was a consultant psychiatrist to the
National Parole Board and a staff member of
Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver. Survived by his wife, Beatrice, MA'55.
Jon James Wheatley, MA'57, (BA, McGill;
PhD, London), September, 1980 accidentally
in Kamloops. He was the first dean of graduate
studies at Simon Fraser University — a post he
held for eight years until 1979 — and an
internationally-known philosopher. He had
over 30 publications to his name, including two
major books and was a former editor at Mitchell Press. He specialized in the philosophy of
Aunna Margaret Leyland Currie, BEd'60,
July 18, 1980 in North Vancouver. Survived by
her husband, Donald, BCom'61, past treasurer
of the UBC Alumni Board of Management
1971-73 and past president of the Alumni
Commerce division.
Dr. David George Alexander, BA'61, (MA,
U. of Wash; PhD, London), July 25, 1980 in
St. John's, Newfoundland. A professor of history at Memorial University, his research in the
area of the resource history of Newfoundland
gained him a national and international reputation. He joined Memorial University in 1967
and in recent years, had been pursuing his interest in the Maritime History Group. Survived
by his wife, a son and his parents.
Axel A. Thunstrom, BA'66, MSW'73, May,
1979 in Vancouver. He was connected with the
corrections branch of the B.C. Attorney General's department since 1969. Survived by his
wife, Joan Elizabeth Gunn, BSA'60 and a
Chronicle/Winter 1980 27 Letters
Pubsters Speak Out
In my own days on the Ubyssey I was much
more impressed with the staffs beer capacity
than with our potential as journalists and celeb-
ri ties, greater and lesser. But seeing the staggering list of us who have woven ourselves into the
fabric of the nation (Chronicle Autumn '80)
leaves me bewildered: what spirit, what common factor, has propelled us in our hundreds?
Obviously, Vancouver is remote from the
rest of the world, and UBC remote from Vancouver. The need must have been greater in us
to reach out to others and connect to them by
appearing successful and desireable. There are
other common factors among us: cultural heritage, a good college education. And please don't
laugh when I say that a lot of rain falling on the
head might be a key factor as well.
Think about it: any factor which connects us
all is common to us all, and can as likely hold
the explanation for our greatness.
Now I am able to point — to bolster the
credibility of this somewhat bizarre proposition
— to the University of Pocorbia Asuncianada,
literally the only known university (or college)
in the rain forests of Brazil, founded there in
1921 by Fa. Porcorbia. It's a general institution, not unlike UBC, with large engineering
and arts faculties, some sports, and a recently
1 1936) founded college paper.
The Asuncianada registrar pointed out in a
recent article that 691 former members of the
college paper staff are now in leading positions
in the Brazilian government, television, jour
nalistic and arts worlds.
So I guess, after all, what caused it was all
that rain falling on our heads.
Norm Klenman, BA'47,
A minor amendment to Clive Cocking's account of the Ubyssey'* history: without taking
anything away from the popular Mr. Fotheringham, in fact under Schlesinger's editorship,
specifically during March 1953 (10-20), fraternities' exclusory "racial" policies received some
exposure if not outright attack.
Robert MacLeod, BA'56,
Sirdar, B.C.
The Chronicle erred m naming Andrew Snaddon
as publisher of the Edmonton Journal. Editorial
apologies were dispatched and the following reply
was received.
Not to worry. I have been called so many things
in my time that the designation as holding some
other job than I do really doesn't bother me.
For the record though, J.P. O'Callaghan is the
publisher, D.F. Smith is managing editor and
Clive Cocking was right, I am the editor and
have been for about thirteen years.
I still hold that the Ubyssey is the best school
of journalism in Canada.
Andrew Snaddon, BA'43,
The Journal
Edmonton, Alberta
On behalf of the staff of the Ubyssey of 1959-60,
I would like to object to being tossed into the
dust bin of history by Clive Cocking without so
much as a passing glance.
In fact, we were the ones, who, with little
experience and many late nights at the print
shop, managed to hold the paper together for a
year after the so-called "great purge" of the
Spring of 1959. The paper we produced was
certainly no award winner, but we did keep the
tradition alive by meeting every deadline. We
also prevailed against student council attempts
to run the paper by decree, renovated the Ubys-
Lawson Oate
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to personalized service, good lease
advice and the right leasing price!!
Call Maurice Hamlin today
for your lease requirements.
28 Chromed/Winter 1980
does not have to
be dull!
sey offices, joined the union of Canadian University Newspapers and instituted a number of
new features on university life.
Any recruiting of staff for the future also
began during this year—the year when Roger
McAfee, Keith Bradbury and even Fred
Fletcher joined the paper—as the most elementary research would have indicated. One thing
we did learn as we frantically tried to lind interesting material to fill those endless blank
pages each week was that it ls.iiot the journalist's place to re-write history to fit prior conceptions.
R. Kerry White, MA'68,
Editor, The Ubyssey, 1959-60,
Eugene, Oregon
I take pen in hand to compose this little note
congratulating Clive Cocking and the CAromW.
(Autumn, 1980) for the splendid comprehensive history of the Ubyssey ■
However, as Cocking refers to my tenure as
editor in 1959 as a "climacteric" and as a previous article called me the low point in the history
of the famed paper I feel in the interests of fair
play I should be allowed to make a few observations.
It was not all vulgarity and sacrilege. Some
good things happened.
Prominent among these was the Great Fee
Rally of 1959, the first major united action by
students since the Great Trek. There was also
an incredible moment of truth in the Armoury
during the question period of the Eleanor
Roosevelt meeting.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
The fact is I was editor-in-chief for only
about 28 days. I was the third editor of the
1958-59 term, it having been a turbulent eight
months. True, during my days as editor, these
events did reach a climax (as distinct from a
Here is what happened.
At about 9 p.m. on February 23, 1959, the
Alma Mater Society council unanimously passed a motion confirming me as editor-in-chief
and a council member. Some 12 hours later the
UBC board of governors announced student
fees would be going up $100 effective the following September. As most tuition costs were
$240, this represented a 42 per cent increase.
The announcement came in the middle of
our press run. Thus we were able to shout the
hallowed cry: "Stop the presses!" We quickly
did a replate and put out a special edition,
probably the only one, for a breaking news
story, in the Ubyssey's 62-year history.
Next, with the co-operation of the student
council, we prepared a study estimating that
about 1,000 students would be unable to begin
or continue their university education in the fall
as a result of this fee increase. Remember that
$100 was a considerable sum of money in the
1950s. We considered the announcement a
serious matter, not only because of the individual heartaches, but also because it went to
the question of access to university education,
the same issue that motivated the Great Trek.
The Ubyssey took a leading role in organizing
a protest march, including the publication of a
special edition with a banner headline announc- ing FEE RALLY. I understand it has become
something of a collector's edition — as were
some others, alas.
The Great Fee Rally was impressive. Hundreds of students, carrying placards and wearing black armbands of mourning, marched silently to the Cairn where AMS president
Charles Connaghan made an emotional speech
lamenting on the fate of those who would be
denied access to university because of the high
cost. And then the lamp of learning was symbolically put out.
Next we published studies showing that the
cause of the fee increase was the failure of the
provincial government to supply an operating
grant sufficient to meet the need. The board of
governors had asked for an increase of $2.2
million but received only $650,000, a shortfall
of about $1.5 million.
Everything that followed centred on this issue. The Ubyssey co-operated with the student
council and the board of governors to make the
facts known.
In addition, the Ubyssey prepared briefs,
urged delegations be sent to Victoria and even
conducted a strike vote. Students voted in favor
of strike action. The ballots were turned over to
the student council where they were received
and filed.
The next event came in early March when
Eleanor Roosevelt addressed more than 2,000
students in the Armoury building. At the end
of her speech I had the honor to stand up and
put a question to her. I asked her if, in her
opinion, governments should accept their responsibility and adequately fund their universities....
I couldn't complete the question because
students began to applaud and the sound built
up to a mighty earthquake. It was the loudest
roar I have ever heard. Some minutes later the
uproar subsided and I was able to complete the
question, mentioning our concern about access
to higher education.
It is fair to say the great lady botched the
issue in her reply. In the face of such emotion
the appropriate response is sympathy or a refusal to get involved in a local issue. Instead she
said that, in the United States, government
funding is discouraged because universities do
not want governments to influence their
There were loud groans from the students.
The meeting ended in a surly mood. Ubyssey
reporters doing a routine story on student reactions to the speech encountered vicious anti-
American sentiments. One student demanded
to be quoted to the effect that Mrs. Roosevelt
had been bought off by the Social Credit government. Another student shocked me by stating: "She's full of s-t!"
But there were good reactions as well, especially from university officials. Several told me
later how impressed they were by the depth of
feeling shown by the students. The board of
governors resolved to redouble its efforts to
obtain additional funding from the provincial
At the same time the Ubyssey helped to organize and publicize a campaign to encourage
the community to increase its financial support. Students conducted a tag day on street
Those hectic 28 days were not all serious
business. The Ubyssey staff decided to wrest an
important world record from Oxford where
students had succeeded in stuffing 14 people
into a telephone booth.
I obtained 10 willing female volunteers
(they're smaller than males) from the Cafeteria
and along with seven journalists we hugged and
squeezed into the Quad telephone booth and
had our picture taken for posterity. Some
months later the record was lost to UCLA who
got 21 into a booth. (Later we learned they
ripped off a door and pushed the booth over
and stood in it. All that was inside was their
feet. As this is obviously an infraction, we may
still hold the world record of 17.)
Meanwhile the fee protest continued apace.
With every edition we ran angry editorials taking fresh viewpoints.
The anger spread right across the city. Ubyssey editorials were being recited to music at the
"in" coffee houses and were being greeted by
loud applause. The audiences included high
school students looking forward to university
life but wondering if they would be able to
afford it.
Our efforts ended abruptly with the final
regular edition of the Ubyssey. According to
tradition, my term as editor was over with the
publication of that edition, probably on Friday,
March 21, with the banner headline DON'T
STOP. The story was a statement from myself
and others urging the student council and the
board of governors to carry on the fight. The
headline would prove to be ironic.
At this point I assumed tradition would be
followed and the newly-elected editor-in-chief
would take over the goon edition while I began
my last-minute studying in preparation for
exams. As a contribution to the goon edition, I,
as past editor, typed out three brief paragraphs
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conjuring up a Victoria trek in which a student
delegation beseeched the premier to make
funding available so students would be able to
afford a university education.
I wrote: "The premier gazed out the window
for a few seconds. Then he turned and said:
'Fee on you!'."
I handed the note to one of the staffers and
departed. The rest is history.
Later I learned the new editor-in-chief had
refused to have anything to do with the goon
edition. It had come out nevertheless, on
March 26, the day before Good Friday. I was
not to see a copy for a full week.
But I heard about it. On Saturday, March 28,
The Province ran a front page story in large type
announcing that the entire editorial board of
the Ubyssey had been suspended for sacrilege. I
was surprised, amazed, bewildered, shocked
and upset. What followed has been erroneously
called the Great Purge but in fact should be
called The Agony.
My first thought was that the controversy
was the worst possible thing that could have
happened at that moment because of the university's campaign to convince the government
and the community that the campus deserved
additional funding. As I said, the Ubyssey
played a leading role in this campaign.
Here was a crisis. I felt that for the good of
the university the only course of action was to
do whatever was necessary to put the hassle to
rest. I accepted full blame for the goon edition
for the very good reason that somebody had to.
I still accept full blame for it.
Fortunately the community quickly forgave
the university and was generous in its donations. That was the main concern.
In retrospect I believe the incident was a
watershed but not "the low point" in the Ubys-
sey's storied history. Many of the bad things
said about the goon edition never happened.
For example, there was no purge. That story
was put out to appease the public. Unfortunately it has been repeated over the years as
though it were true.
Like myself, all staffers had their terms expire before the goon edition came out. There
was nobody left to purge.
I did suffer a penalty of a one-day suspension
from the university. Also, it had been darkly
hinted that unless I named the culprits who did
the lampooning I would not be awarded my
university degree. I refused to name them and
my degree was subsequently granted without
And so the scandal came to an end. But the
debate continued.
I was startled to see my name everywhere,
not only in the press but chalked on sidewalks
and washroom walls. I remember reading:
"Purge Forrest." And below it: "Back Forest,
Purge the student council!" And many more.
Within days, scrawlings of a political nature
had replaced the traditional obscene drawings
and the limericks about Aphrodite minus her
nightie. The one I remember most vividly was
this: "Al Forrest is right: F-k them all!" Whoever wrote that obviously assumed I endorsed
all the wild assaults on the Establishment that
were in the goon edition. He was wrong.
But his statement, in retrospect, was significant. I believe it was the first stirring of the
North American student revolt that exploded
in the 1960s. In March, 1959, the Silent Generation had come to an end. I think, on balance,
that was a good thing.
Al Forrest, BEd'59,
Victoria, B.C.
Footnotes on Humor
Trevor Lautens did a wonderful job of tracking
an elusive species of college humor through the
thicket of yellowing Ubysseys in "The Last
Laugh" (Autumn, 1979). However, he entirely
missed a more rare sub-species resident in "A
Hand Book ofthe University of British Columbia, 1916-17, Premier Edition." Despite an initial price of just 25 cents the Hand Book, like
other vanishing creatures, can only be considered priceless.
With its distinctive azure and gold markings
this publication is notable for its nostalgic and
inadvertently humorous call. Heard on the
playing fields and in the gymnasium these College Yells best exemplify the fighting spirit of
the young and homeless university.
Kitsilano, Capilano, Siwash Squaw,
Kla-How-Ya Tillicum, Skookum Wah!
Hiyu Momoock! Mucka-Muck, Azip!
B.C. Varsity! Rip! Rip! Rip!
— Johannson and Lord
While the appropriateness of the Chinook
jargon might now be questioned, a second collection of College Songs shows both a similar
spirit and a similar ability at verbal camouflage.
(To the tune of "Old Black Joe.")
Gone are the days when those guys
knew how to play,
Gone is the hope from their heaving
hearts away:
Gone to the land "where they do not
shovel snow":
For the B.C. boys "have got them on
the go."
Undoubtably, it was with such stirring cheers
and subtle songs that the 1914 rugby football
club  was able to baffle its opponents and
achieve "a clean sheet of victories."
The Hand Book shows another aspect of its
humorous character in its advertisements.
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Still, such characteristics as song and plumage define only the superficial qualities of this
variety of college humor. More significant are
the 'one-liners', the homilies, which conclude
each page of the weekly calendar. They should
be read with care, for, as the students' council
president suggests, "much useful information
is contained herein."
"Never strike sail to a fear."
Don't get married in your first year.
Cut loose from the kink in your nature.
Leave "fussing" to the seniors.
Don't forget those Exams.
The time to start studying is NOW;
not two weeks before exams.
While examples of this- species of college
humor are now almost entirely extinct, their
preservation in the Library's special collections
division allows us to better appreciate university life, past and present.
Robert R. Moore, BA'76,
Delta, B.C.
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