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The University of British Columbia Alumni Magazine
Volume 53 • Number 3 •   Fall, 1999
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Tony 'n' Tina have been getting
married for years now. This popular
play is the brainchild of a UBC Fine
Arts grad.
On The Cover
The Administration Building on a sunny autumn day in
the late 1940s. Men in coats and ties and women in
dresses lounge on the grass waiting for classes. Ah, the
good old days. Come see it all again (although the garb
is different) on Alumni Day, October 2.
Booming Ground, the UBC Writers'
Community, kicked off its annual
writers' conference this summer, to
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for more than 20 years. He
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The University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Editor Chris Petty, MFA'86
Assistant Editor Shari Ackerman
Contributors  Don Wells, BA'89,
Janell Hilton, Laurie Townsend, BA'88
Advertising Oord SmanVThe Keegan Croup
Board of Directors
President Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
Senior VP Gregory Clark, BCom'86, LLB'89;
Past President Haig Farris, BA'60, LLD'97
Treasurer Thomas Hasker, BA'86
Members at Large '98-'00
Jean Forrest, BPE'83
Thomas Hobley, MBA'83
Members at Large '99-'01
Edward John, LLB'79
Peter Ladner, BA'70
Don Wells, BA'89
Executive Director
Agnes Papke, BSc(Agr)'66
Editorial Committee
Don Wells, BA'89, Chair
Ron Burke, BA'82
Paula Martin
Sue Watts, MF'75, PhD'81
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umni News
From division gatherings to
reunions and Alumni Day events,
here's all the information you
need to stay in touch.
Alumni Day
Here's the schedule for this
year's Alumni Day. Cinnamon
buns, computers and vintage
And more
Research News	
Wesbrook Society.
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Women's Network
It all started at UBC. A group of women
formed a group to challenge the 'old
boys' network. It's still making a
difference, 20 years later.
Back Page
The ofd tuning fork that stood in
front of the Music Building
disappeared one day. Now it's back in
full song.
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It's Yours
We can all remember the
hours we spent studying in carrels down in
the bunkers of Main
Library. Who hasn't
walked searching for a book through
those maze-like, low-ceilinged stacks
without feeling the walls close in? How
often did you exit the doors of Main
gasping for breath after an afternoon
sucking in dust, book glue and bad air
that hadn't been exchanged since
Leonard Klinck first put his feet up on the
President's desk?
Don't you miss it? Ain't nostalgia
Well, it's all yours again. UBC's
Librarian, Catherine Quinlan (our cover
woman a few issues ago), is offering UBC
alumni library borrowing privileges
through our Alumni Acard at no cost—at
least at no addition to the regular cost of
our Acard.
Here's how it works: buy an alumni
Bottom: Down, ever down. The cause of
sudden-onset claustrophobia: Main stacks.
Top: Main, lovely from the outside, from
Koerner top floor. Bottom right: Koerner from
Main's balcony. CP photos.
Chronicle Acard for $25 (plus GST, of course), take
the card to the library on campus and a
friendly librarian will affix a bar code on
the Acard, turning it instantly into a thing
useable for book-borrowing privileges.
What's an Acard, you might ask? A few
years ago we struck on the idea of offering
a membership card to alumni. The card
offers discounts on various products and
services, costs a nominal amount, and
helps us identify those of you who are
interested in university and Association
activities. We add benefits to the card all
the time. As well as discounts on campus
services (MOA, the campus internet
service provider, workout facilities), the
Acard offers discounts on car rentals, hotel
accommodations, copy services and many
others. See page 18-19 for information on
the other services offered.
Now, it gives you access to the largest
research library in Western Canada at no
additional charge. How good is that?
You can buy the Acard by sending in
the form attached to this issue's cover, or
call us at the numbers listed. You can also
drop into our offices where our friendly
staff will gladly unburden you of $26.75;
then you can go directly to the library to
take out a copy of the latest Keith
Maillard novel or William New treatise on
Canadian literature. They're waiting for
you at Koerner right now.
Perhaps the best day to get your new
Acard is Saturday, October 2, this year's
Alumni Day. We'll have a kiosk on
campus handing out information and
directions, with Acards on sale. The
library's also open that day. What better
time to come up? See all the special
displays and activities of Alumni Day,
browse through the library and go home
with a good book.
And be happy that you don't have to
spend five hours studying in one of
Main's bunker carrels.
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Chronicle chroniclenews
Researcher Gets $3 Million to Study
Vanishing Fish
A UBC researcher received a $3
million grant recently to study
the impact of excessive fishing.
"Fisheries is a major factor that impacts on marine ecosystems even more
strongly than pollution or climate changes," says Fisheries Centre Prof. Daniel Pau-
Pauly and US-based Pew Charitable
Trusts, which provided the funding, will
lead researchers to analyze the ecological
and economic effects of industrial fishing
on the marine ecosystems on both the
eastern and western sides of the North
As part of the 24-month pilot project,
researchers will develop and test a method for reconstructing historic catch time
series (including misreported catches) and
past ecosystems as a baseline for assessing
the health of present ecosystems.
"With this project, our goal is to affect policy in Europe and North America
to stop over-fishing," says Pauly. "We will
amass compelling evidence out of existing
fisheries data to show the impact of non-
sustainable fisheries."
The project is extended from a study
released last year in which Pauly and colleagues used nearly 50 years of United
Nations fisheries data to show how fish
stocks are being wiped out on a global
scale by over-fishing. The researchers
showed how in one ocean after another,
fishers first caught big, valuable stock and
then worked their way down the food
web to the smaller species.
UBC's Fisheries Centre is a world
leader in developing practical approaches
to ecosystem-based fisheries management.
Easy Rider for Hire
A new enterprise on campus will put you in the passenger's seat. Ken Butler (front left), and
employee at UBC Hospital, leases three pedi-cabs to students who want extra cash and
exercise. They will take you to your destination for a donation. Taking a break are fourth-
year Commerce students Lydia (left) and Linda Teh. At the handlebars (front right) is third-
year Arts student Chris Padgett. To try it out, call Easy Rider at (604) 506-8525.
Fisheries Centre Prof. Daniel Pauly
Continuing Studies Lecture
Series on Arts, Humanities
and Public Affairs
Continuing Studies offers a range of
stimulating lectures this fall. Courses are
held at a variety of venues, including the
downtown Vancouver Public Library,
Hycroft House, and the UBC campus.
Please call for locations and times. Below
is a selection from the many courses
offered, with starting dates:
•Oct. 2       Drawing the Garden
•Oct. 5      Canterbury Tales
Understanding Islam
•Oct. 6       Writing your Autobiography
Where has Love Gone?
•Oct. 7       Comparative Realities: A
Tour of World Views
Literature of the Great War
Shakespeare: Man of the
•Oct. 14
International Scene
• Nov. 2
Music of the late Middle
•Nov. 3
Impressionism: Its Birth
•Nov. 17
Home in Canada
For more information or for a copy of
the calendar, call 822-1420.
Chronicle The Liu Centre is modelled after the CK Choi Building's (above) use of resources.
Liu Centre Model of Sustainability
While the C.K. Choi Building is
a model for sustainable
design and construction, the
university's newest project promises to be
a suitable encore. The proposed Liu
Building will soon house the new Liu
Centre for the Study of Global Issues. It
will replace the Pan-Hellenic House, using
the former building's beams and other
major components.
"The building is going to be as sustainable as we can make it," says Freda
Pagani, Director, Sustainability for Land
and Building Services.
Pagani wants UBC to emerge as a
leader in sustainable development with
the help of the campus community.
"We have extremely talented academics and researchers on this campus, and
that positions the university to make great
strides with respect to sustainability. The
confluence of events and individuals has
been extremely encouraging."
Pagani credits Joanne Perdue, development manager of the Liu Centre, with
the idea of deconstructing Pan-Hellenic
House. Practically everything that isn't
used in the Liu Building will be sold to
other builders and contractors or recycled.
In total, almost 90 per cent of the
beams, two-by-fours, flooring, roofing,
electrical outlets, glass, insulation, plywood, fixtures, concrete, plaster and scrap
metal will be reused or recycled — the reverse of a typical demolition where 90 per
cent would go to landfill.
If this sounds expensive, it isn't. Second-year Landscape Architecture student
Derek Masselink documented the demolition along with Architecture student Lisa
Kwan, and will prepare a comparative financial analysis. The theory is savings on
landfill fees outweigh the cost of «|«™n5
and recycling.
The Liu Centre will also use '' • [ k i   •. 111
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tember 2000.
Faculty of Science
The University of British Columbia
Call for Nominations
Killam Prizes
for Excellence in Teaching
The University of British Columbia
established Awards for Excellence
in Teaching in 1999. Awards are
made by the faculty of Science to
UBC Science faculty members,
including full-time (sessional)
lecturers and laboratory instructors who are selected as outstanding teachers.
We are seeking input from UBC
alumni, current and former
Nomination deadlines:
First term - October 15, 1999
Second term - February 4, 2000
Nominations should be accompanied by supporting statements
and the nominator's name,
address and telephone number.
Please send nominations to:
Chair, Killam Prizes
for Excellence in Teaching
c/o Office of the Dean of Science
Rm. 1505, 6270 University Blvd.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
FAX (604) 822-5558
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Chronicle chronicle news
Interpreting Aid for Hard-of-Hearing
You're at the hospital, desperately
waiting for word on the condition
of a loved one who's just been in
an accident. But as a deaf person, you have
to wait until someone can either write
down the news or find someone who can
sign. Frustration and anxiety result.
This may have been the typical scenario for deaf and hard of hearing persons
in BC until recently. Last October, the Supreme Court of Canada guaranteed access
to free confidential medical interpreting
UBC's Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research (IHEAR) and a research team
made up of students and faculty were selected to evaluate BC's program, the Medical Interpreting Service (MIS).
"This is an exciting project for us because it is community-based and deals
with a landmark innovation," says Assoc.
Prof. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, IHEAR's
director and head of the research team.
Launched by the Ministry of Health as
a one-year pilot, the MIS is the first provincially funded program of its kind in Canada. Twenty-four part-time interpreters
responded to almost 300 requests for service across BC in the first three months of
the program.
Before the program came along, most
deaf and some hard of hearing persons
relied on family members or written notes
to receive information.
"The court's decision demonstrates
that communication is considered to be a
right, not a frill," says Pichora-Fuller.
Researchers will look at MIS from the
perspective of deaf and hard of hearing
persons, health-care providers, interpreters and staff at MIS and hospital diversity
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the
awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be selected in
the Faculty of Arts for 2000.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of teaching
at UBC. The three years include 1999-2000.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels: introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination of
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or Chair of
the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be in
writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should
include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a
letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
in Buchanan B130.
Deadline: 4:00 pm on January 24, 2000. Submit nominations to the Department,
School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well
during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your Department,
School or Program office, or Dr. Errol Durbach, Associate Dean of Arts at (604)
The team will try to find out if MIS
users gain a better understanding of the
immediate health problem. They will also
look at the long-term effect of being able
to communicate on health issues and
whether it encourages deaf and hard of
hearing persons to use health services.
Health Research
Benefits From MRC
UBC health researchers have
received more than $16.5
million in grants from the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC).
"Were very pleased at this level of
support," says Bernie Bressler, former vice-
president, Research.
Most of the funding came from operating and equipment grants that support
the efforts of researchers for periods of up
to five years. Researchers come from psychology, medical genetics and pharmaceutical sciences, to name a few. Their studies
include investigations into heart disease,
juvenile cancer and asthma.
MRC funds are granted on the basis
of peer review of applications in various
programs, carried out by leading scientists
from Canada and other countries.
UBC research has created 77 spin-off
companies during the last 12 years, attracting more than $660 million in private investment.
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Join us for the 2nd Annual
University of British Columbia
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, October 14, 1999
11:00 am ~ noon
Waterfront Centre Hotel,
October 19, 1999
UBC Campus: The Chan Centre
12:30- 1:30 pm
Chronicle Message from the President
UBC Presents.... UBC!
Come to our 2nd Annual AGM
Innovation. Community involvement. Accountability. These are
the key elements of a successful
relationship between a university
and the community it serves. UBC
is a world renowned university and as
such, possesses all the attributes of such
an institution: world class students,
outstanding faculty, dedicated staff,
leading research and innovative scholarship. But our main thrust is right here in
our own community where our efforts
are most effective and most visible.
"... our main thrust
is right here in our
own community
where our efforts are
most effective and
most visible."
Last year we presented our first
Annual Report to the community. At our
AGM, held both downtown and here on
campus, we outlined our accomplishments and our challenges, and invited
the public to become involved with UBC.
This year, at our second Annual
General Meeting, we want to share with
you information on some of our innovative academic programs, and provide you
with some examples of our community
projects. As well, we'll give you a financial snapshot of UBC to demonstrate how
we manage your tax dollars, and how we
raise money through competitive research, spin-off companies, fundraising
and other activities.
This has been an exciting year for
UBC. TREK 2000, our vision for UBC in
the 21st century, identifies community
development as one of five major focus
areas. Here are a few examples of our
current community outreach projects.
Humanities 101 offers residents of
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside an
opportunity to study humanities-related
courses free of charge, and a chance to be
part of the UBC campus experience.
Many of these students face barriers to
attending university in the traditional
system but possess a passion for learning.
Let's Talk Science involves grad
students in a year-long partnership with
teachers and classrooms around the
Lower Mainland. They help young
students understand the importance of
science in today's world, and bring some
of their excitement for research into the
Abreast in a Boat is the first-ever
Dragon Boat team composed entirely of
breast cancer survivors. This program has
developed a graduated exercise program
that allows these women to do heavy
Dr. Martha Piper
upper-body work without fear of developing chronic lymphedema. This condition
often develops in women who do heavy
upper-body exercise after breast cancer
Programs such as these bring UBC to
the community in ways that touch the
lives of many people. At our AGM, you
will have a chance to review these
programs and others, and see how UBC
affects your day to day life. Please join us.
Your best conference venue is right at home. Let the UBC Conference Centre work behind
the scenes on your next convention. We'll register delegates, plan meetings, manage abstracts,
and attend to every nuance of your event. Show your colleagues how UBC's scenic settings and
first-rate facilities create a uniquely satisfying convention experience. And the perfect venue
for sharing your views. Call the UBC Conference Centre today.
The University of British Columbia 5961 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 2C9  Tel  (6041 822-1060
Fax: (604) 822-1069  Web site: www conferences ubc ca
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Special Mentions
UBC Alumni Named to Order of
This year's winner, Eileen Hertzman (right), a volunteer for Crane Resources Centre at
UBC, gets help from Alumni Association president Linda Thorstad (middle) and
committee chair Louanne Twaites (left) with planting her flower.
UBC AA Honours Volunteers and Wins Silver
UBC's Alumni Association won the 1999 Prix D'Excellence silver award from
the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). The
award was given in the category Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring for the
1998 volunteer recognition event, Volunteers are Blooming.
A budget of less than $500 provided a commemorative garden, a recognition
tea for volunteers and garden seeds for each volunteer.
A garden was established at Cecil Green Park to recognize the more than
100,000 hours that volunteers give to UBC every year. A volunteer is chosen to
participate in a ceremonial planting of a special UBC Botanical Garden plant selection, which is then commemorated with a permanent marker.
CASE is an international organization providing education professionals in
alumni relations, communications and fund raising with professional development opportunities.
Student Researchers Get the Gold
UBC student researchers swept the recent BC Health Research Foundation
awards, earning 21 of the 28 studentships granted. Students from Geography to Human Kinetics received awards totalling more than $350,000. They will
study topics such as pain behaviour, pesticide exposure and cardiac rehabilitation
programs. UBC researchers receive more than $134 million annually in research
funding from government, industry and foundations.
Former UBC Chancellor and real
estate entrepreneur Robert Lee
BCom'56, LLD'96, Ben Heppner
BMus'79, LLD'97, one of the world's
leading operatic tenors, and international award-winning choral director Diane Loomer BMus'82 are now
Order of Canada members. The Order of Canada was established in
1967 to recognize outstanding
achievement and service by Canadians in fields of human endeavour.
Ben Heppner
Chronicle Wood Products Processing Grads Get
Industry Attention and Job Offers
Companies are clamouring to hire the first graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing Degree Program. There are enough opportunities that grads can pick and choose: some are deciding between jobs
around the world, while others are looking at private consulting. The ten students,
who graduated last Spring, have the skills to be innovative managers as well as wood
engineering and processing specialists.
In the meantime, companies are lining up with proposals for co-operative education programs for future graduates. "We have placed our students in work-study programs in BC, across Canada, in the United States, Japan and Germany," says Christine
Forget, co-op education co-ordinator for the program. "They are gaining first-hand experience in everything from quality control of sawmill chips to fine furniture finishing,
researching resins and foreign technology, as well as conducting marketing and product development."
One student studied defects in 11,000 pieces of wood and made recommendations which saved the company $60,000 a year, says Forget.
The program is an initiative of the Faculty of Forestry and is linked to the Centre
for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). Eighty-five students are currently enrolled.
CAWP also provides workshops, seminars and training in advanced manufacturing,
conducts industry supported applied research projects, and provides consulting services, technical support and customized training programs.
Housed in the university's new $47.5 million Forest Sciences Centre, CAWP has a
state-of-the-art secondary manufacturing pilot plant and complete industry
education centre.
"Technology, environmental concerns and globalization brought the industry to
a crossroads," says Tom Maness, director of CAWP. "Future prosperity depends increasingly on knowledge, new technologies, and a highly skilled workforce which is
prepared to innovate on an international scale."
$6.8 Million for Degenerative Disorders
Research into Parkinson's Disease
Researchers at UBC's Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre were
awarded $6.8 million from the
Medical Research Council of Canada
(MRC) to investigate Parkinson's disease.
"This is a significant investment that
will help us improve the lives of people
who suffer from Parkinson's," says Dr.
Donald Calne, the centre's director.
A five-year operating grant and a $1.4
million equipment grant will be used to
buy a new positron emission topography
(PET) scanner to provide high resolution
images of the brain.
The operating grant lets Calne and a
team of 13 researchers continue a collaboration called Degenerative Disorders of
the Motor Pathways, six projects aimed at
finding better and more specific means of
treating the disease.
The projects will look at the history
of Parkinson's disease using brain imaging
and other techniques. Researchers will
focus on the role of dopamine and the
long-term effects on the brain of stimulating the dopamine system.
More than 80,000 Canadians suffer
from Parkinson's.
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issue's awards spread): During his 21 years
as a principal in several Richmond high
.                      schools, Bob was the driving force behind
K                   many unique initiatives including a Space
m                    Studies program, the Steveston Salmon
Hatchery and the Casa Guatemala
Orphanage and Vietnam projects.
Fine Arts Prof. Ken Lum MFA'85 is one of
A Stanley Hamilton MBA'65 former
Acting Dean, Commerce and Business
Administration, is one of three faculty
members to receive the President's
Service Award for Excellence. Hamilton
helped develop the faculty's programs
and brought in fundraising opportunities through his involvement in the BC
business community.
former Ubyssey reporter Chris Nuttall-
Smith BA'98 has won the Canadian
Association of Journalists/Canada
Newswire Student Award of Journalistic Excellence. Nuttall-Smith received a
plaque and a $1,000 prize for He Said,
She Said, a report on sexual harassment
published in The Ubyssey.
Civil Engineering Prof. Nemkumar
Banthia PhD'87 has been chosen for
the position of Visiting Scientist of the
Japan Science and Technology Agency
for 1999. Banthia recently earned the
Wason Medal of the American Concrete Institute.
Amit Chakma MASc'84, PhD'87 Dean
of Engineering at the University of Regina has won the Top 20 Under 40
Award for his innovative work in
chemical engineering.
mon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships for 1999. Lum has achieved
international critical acclaim for his work.
Judy Chapman BEd'71 and Peter Sol
BA'71 both won a Prime Minister's Award
for Teaching Excellence for their development of integrated studies for disadvantaged kids.
Physics Prof. Walter Hardy V BSc'61,
PhD'65 is one of three 1999 recipients of a
$50,000 Killam Prize. Among Hardy's
breakthroughs is the nature of superconductivity in copper oxides, which have
wide-ranging applications in telephone
and satellite communications, high-speed
computer elements, ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors and Magnetic Resonance
A Gail Bellward BScP'60, MSP'63,
PhD'66 Associate Dean, Research and
Graduate Studies in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been appointed to the Science Management
Committee of the new federal Toxic
Substances Research Initiative (TSR1).
The committee will decide how to invest $40 million over four years to research the effects of persistent organic
Richard Spratley BSc'61 has been
named acting associate vice-president,
Research. Spratley, who will continue
as the director of Research Services,
was a founding member and past president of the Canadian Association of
University Research Administrators.
Linda Svendsen BA'77 Associate Professor and Chair of the Creative Writing program, received a Top Ten Award
from the Writer's Guild of Canada and
a Leo Award for Best Screenplay - Picture for At the End ofthe Day: The Sue
Rodriguez Story.
Michael Smith DSc'94 received the
1999 Royal bank Award in recognition
of his contribution to science and for
encouraging youth to pursue careers in
science. He will receive $125,000 and a
gold medal at a ceremony later this
Chronicle Helicopter Delivers
in Time
Picture this: you live in a small
town in Northern BC. You're nine
months pregnant and it's late at
night when the contractions begin. Something doesn't feel right. The nearest fully
equipped hospital is a four-hour drive
In comes Infant Transportation Team
(ITT) — an ambulance helicopter service.
In conjunction with the BC Ambulance
Service, ITT picks up and stabilizes infants
and mothers in early labour and takes
them to care facility such as BC Children's
Hospital. It also reduces critical transportation time by hours.
ITT is the project of second-year UBC
medical student Kyle Stevens, and is part
of the summer program in Pediatrics, offered to first and second-year students
through the faculty of Medicine.
"Although the primary purpose of
the program is to expose students to different areas of research, it is also an opportunity for clinicians to share their
enthusiasm," says Dr. Andrew McNab,
Stevens' supervisor and a professor of
As fast as ITT is, it cannot transport
patients until they have been deemed sta-
Avid cyclists pose in front of an old sign, now removed from UBC's front gates. The previously four narrow traffic lanes on the popular route has been converted into two lanes for
vehicles and two lanes for bikes. Pictured (l-r): Jesse Sims, TREK Program Centre marketing
co-ordinator: Jesse Jackson, AMS external commissioner on transportation and Bike Co-op
treasurer: Computer Science student Kevin O'Neill: TREK Program Centre secretary Shirley
Mahood: and Cord Lovegrove, Director, Transportation Planning.
ble. Regular monitors take approximately
15 minutes to stabilize a patient. To cut
down on this time, Stevens is proposing
the use of an iStat monitor, which can
reduce stabilization time to two minutes.
Stevens and other students participating in the summer program will receive a
small remuneration.
UBC Shines at XIII Pan Am Games	
Canada walked away with 196 medals at the XIII Pan American Games in
Winnipeg, and UBC athletes played a part, earning 15 medals. Nineteen-year-
old swimming sensation Jessica Deglau earned six medals, including a Canadian record of four gold (200-metre butterfly in Pan Am record time, 200-metre freestyle,
4x200-metre freestyle relay and 4xl00-metre freestyle relay) and two silver (100-metre
butterfly and 4x100-metre medley relay). UBC teammate Marianne Limpert had four:
two gold medals as a member of relay teams (4x200-metre freestyle and 4xl00-metre
freestyle) and two bronze in the 100-metre freestyle and 200-metre individual medley.
Swimmer Mark Johnston won two bronze (200-metre freestyle and in the 4x200-
metre freestyle relay), and Mark Versfeld, who was a member of the 4xl00-metre relay
team which finished with a bronze medal. The UBC swimming contingent was made
up of seven athletes from the Canadian university championship (CIAU) team and
Coach Tom Johnson.
UBC field hockey athletes helped earn Canada's medals in that sport, including
Mike Mahood, a member of Canada's gold medal team, and Ann Harada and her teammates, who earned a bronze medal in women's field hockey.
UBC Swimmer Jessica Deglau
Chronicle       13 Tony 'n' Tina Get Married Again .
Ufld   CIgCliYI    .    .    .    and  again   .   .   .   and again
by Don Wells
In 1995, UBC Fine Arts graduate
Tanja Dixon-Warren BFA'87 and
Michael Fera called upon family
and friends, including former UBC
classmates, to help stage a theatre
performance called Tony 'n' Tina's
Originally scheduled for a three-
week run, the show is now in its fourth
year and is still going strong. Or to put it
another way, Tony Nunzio and Tina
Vitale, the delightfully cheesy Italian
couple, have been married well over a
thousand times.
The show is unique and interactive,
with the audience attending the wedding
at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church on
Burrard Street, going through the
receiving line, and then joining the
feuding families for a dinner reception at
Chardonnay's Restaurant. Although the
restaurant can only accommodate 140
people for the reception, the show has
now played to just over 100,000 wedding
"We hope it will run for at least a
couple more years," says Dixon-Warren.
"We've taken it on the road to places like
Whistler where we recently did the show
for a Microsoft convention of about 600
Dixon-Warren and Fera met at UBC
in 1983 and were married (just once) in
1987. They formed Hoarse Raven Theatre
in 1993 and have staged five successful
runs of other shows, however, TNT has
earned them legitimacy and the respect
of not only the Vancouver arts community, but also of the city's Board of Trade,
which honoured the company with its
Business and the Arts Award in the
category ol joint Venture in 1997.
"We were typical starving theatre
people," recalls Dixon-Warren of the
couple. "We were living on six hundred
bucks a month with an 18-month-old
child and another on the way. We raised
$300 by having a garage sale and used
the money to put up the
Neither anticipated
how successful 77vT
would be. "We were
naive," said Dixon-
Warren. "Ten years of
putting on shows finally
paid off with the right
From the moment
audience members are
escorted to their pews by
swarthy ushers in cheap
tuxedos to the throwing
of the bouquet by an
intoxicated bride, Tony 'n'
Tina's Wedding is a
hysterical experience that
challenges the audience
to remember that none of
it is real. A cast member is
seated at each table, at
which guests dine on
antipasto, Caesar salad,
and a choice of chicken cacciatore or
lasagna ("There's no prosciutto in the
lasagna," screams Tina from the head
table to fly-by-night caterer Vinnie
Audience members dance with the
wedding party, witness the unexpected
imbibing of a young priest, and are
shocked by Sister Albert Maria, Tina's
cousin from the convent, who sings
Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and then is
caught making out on the dance floor
with philandering usher Dominic
Fabrizzi. Like-minded wedding photographer Sal Antonucci also chats up anything in a skirt, while Tina's brother,
Joey Vitale, decides to emerge from the
closet and does so in a grandiose display
of exhibitionism with the flagrantly gay
video-camera operator.
The play spills onto Hastings Street
as Tina's old boyfriend is roughed up and
subsequently tossed out onto the
The current Tony 'n' Tina, actors Marco Soriano and Sabrina DiFonzo.
sidewalk by the best man. Even the
men's washroom is transformed into a
part of the set, where the very pregnant
maid-of-honour, Connie Mocogni,
invites guests to smoke marijuana (it's
actually sage). According to Dixon-
Warren, the washroom scene is so
convincing that one of the audience
members, an off-duty policeman, flashed
his badge and told the actor to put it
But perhaps the most amusing
aspect of audience reaction is the
accumulation of presents, with a particularly enthusiastic patron registering the
couple at the Bay. Dixon-Warren and
Fera decided to have another garage sale,
only this time they donated the proceeds
to Theatre Cares, which raises money for
AIDS research and palliative care. Gifts
are piling up again, however, and the
number of weddings and garage sales yet
remaining is anyone's guess, c/k
Chronicle on the
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Sept.22&29 Wed
Music   Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts
exhibitions & events:
UBC Museum of
•Exhibit A: Objects of Intrigue, through
Dec. 31.
•Lamps from the Greek and Roman
World. Explores terracotta and bronze oil
lamps from the 5th century BC to the 6th
and 7th centuries AD. Through Dec.5.
50th Anniversary Celebrations:
September 25: "Swing Central."
October 26: Northwest Coast First Nations
November 13/14: Symposium of the life
and work of Bill Reid. Explore issues
surrounding the work of the well known—
6,13,20,27 Wednesday Noon Hour
Sept. 19
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CBC Rijdio Avison Series 2pm
Alan Parsons LIVE Project 8pm
UBC Symphonic Wind
Ensemble * 12:30pm (30th) &
8pm (1st)
Vancouver Recital Society 3pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir 8pm
VSO & UBC SO 8pm
Clam Chowder for the Soul
The 3rd Helping! 8:30-4:30pm
CBC Vancouver Orchestra 2pm
Vancouver Philharmonic
Orchestra & Doug Spence
Memorial Concert 8pm
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UBC Contemporary
Players* 12:30pm
UBC Collegium Musicum
Ensembles 8pm(25th),
UBC Percussion Ensemble* 12:30pm
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concerts 12:30pm
UBC Jazz Ensemble*
Friday Noon Hour @
Main*       12:30pm
School of Music Gala
Concert 8pm
Hansel & Gretel, Opera in
three acts, 8pm(llth),
*Free. Call 822-5574 for more info.
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Nov. 20-Dec.5  European Union Film
3 UBC School of Music Gala
Concert 8pm
7 Vancouver Recital Society
11 UBC School of Music 8pm
12 UBC School of Music 3pm
17&18       VSO 8pm
*Free. Times and dates are subject to
change. Call 822-1815.
Bottom left: Ray Johnson Untitled (RAY JOHNS
NOTHING) 1978 mail art 8.5" X 11" photocopy.
Collection of Morris/Trasov Archive Courtesy of
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Top right:
the Chan Centre on a summer's day. UBC Bookstore open 11:00-5:00
25 % off all alumni items
Call 822-2665 for more info
Chan Centre Delights
9:00 Deans, Cinnamon Buns
& Great Music
9:45-11:15 Welcome Concert
A warm welcome from the Right Honourable
John Turner, Honorary Chair, Class of'49 and^
the UBC Opera Ensemble.
Museum of Anthropology
11:30-5:00 Free admission for all alumni
upon presentation of alumni card or signing
of our guest book. Check out our new shop!
Current Exhibits: Exhibit A: Objects of
Intrigue, A Tribute to Nunavut & the
Koerner Ceramics Gallery.
Alumni Day
Oct. 2
Aggie Sci Opens
its Doors
10:00 Open house with displays, current
research, BBQ lunch and tours. At
MacMillan Bldg. For more info, call
Cathleen Nichols at 822-4613.
^Come out &
from 1
Class of '4
Applied Sci
Geology & Ge
Science: Cla:
Lunch with
Alumni & Friends
Michael Goldberg on Changing ofthe
Guard: BC's Economy in the 21st
w$15 per person. By reservation only:^
822-3313. At Green College.
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Reunion in
Swim to Shore
UBC Swimming Alumni
Swim Meet & Social
Shall We Dance?
11:30-3:30 Ballroom Dancing
demos & open dancing
presented by the UBC Dance Club.
At the Flagpole Plaza.
Administration Building & grounds
in front of Old Arts Building.
**See UBC again for the 1999
Presented by   HSBC<X^
Free parking at the
Rose Garden Parkade
donated by UBC Pariring
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neet baseball players^
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: President's Reception,
:y Centre, 3:00-4:30
:e: Class of '49 & 74.
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i. Eng. '49 & Civil Eng '69
tural Sciences '49
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From UBC's Finest Teachers
Lectures are held at Buchanan Building, Block A
2:00-2:45: Stanley Coren on Sleep Thieves
Neil Guppy on Reinventing the University.
■3:45: Sian Echard on The Future of Books in the New t
Digital World
Dietmar Neufeld on The Millenium Apocalypse
and Armageddon
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Displays, tea an
Have a Little Something^
Welcome Back BBQ
11:30-3:00 Flagpole Plaza, $6 for a burger j
(or veggie burger), chips & pop package^
SUB: Various outlets
first time
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UBC Alumni
Sports Hall of
Fame Dinner
Presented by
Thursday, Oct. 14,1999
5:3C> pm No Host
7:00 pm Dinner
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Sis Burrard^St.,
Vawcoo^er, SC
Tieteets $125 each, $1,000
table of 8.
GST Included.
Tax receipt issued.
Call 822-0438
to book.
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Association does have its privileges. Aside from
organizing reunions, branch and division events,
bestowing awards on our successful grads, supporting current students and helping recruit
students here and abroad, the Alumni
Association also offers great
services to you.
UBC Museum of Anthropology
... turns 50 this year.
To celebrate, we are publishing Objects and
Expressions: Celebrating the Collections of the
MOA, and launching a major new exhibition
featuring the works of the book and other
MOA gems.
UBC Alumni Acard holders receive 10% off on
membership and admission costs and on gift
shop purchases.
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Chronicle Westcoast Women's Network Marks 20 Years
byjanell Hilton
n October 1979, the first women's
networking program in Canada
opened in Vancouver. Formal and
informal 'old boys' networks for
len had been in existence for
years, and many men used those networks to get ahead. The new Westcoast
Eileen Hendry, former director ofthe
Vancouver  Women's Network.
Women's Network (WWN) does the same
for women as well as promote information and idea exchange, feedback,
referrals, guidance, role models and
mentors. These have been the objectives
of the network for 20 years.
As part of the Women in Management and Career Development Program
at the UBC Centre for Continuing
Education, the network provided an
opportunity for women, often isolated in
their places of work, to plug into a
support system. With the growth of the
women's movement and so few business
courses and programs available, there
was a real need to share information.
Founder and director of the program at
UBC", Eileen Hendry, knew the time was
ripe for a support network.
The first meeting of Vancouver
Women's Network attracted "staggering
crowds of 1,400 women," as Hendry
described it. "We were the very first of
our kind, and from that spawned the
Westcoast Women's Network. It was a
raging success with a cast of thousands."
The overwhelming success attracted
national media attention, and requests
came to set up similar groups across
Other assistants included Catherine
Racine, Candice M. Crossen, and Ethel
Jones. Being so novel, membership was
close to 1,500 the first year. The Vancouver Women's Network was unique from
other groups because it included women
of all ages from all walks of life. It was a
dynamic group of women whose careers
and interests were as diverse as the
women themselves. Issues at  meetings
dealt with sexual harassment and
discrimination, wrongful dismissal,
affirmative action, and inequity of wages
in the workplace. It also supported
women in non-traditional jobs.
High profile speakers such as
Maureen McTeer, Lisa Hobbs and Iona
Campagnola were outstanding role
models and examples of achievement. In
time, sub-groups formed to provide more
specific career support.
Hendry left the organization in 1982
when she was appointed VP, Canadian
Advisory Council on the Status of
Women, and was succeeded by Janet
Fraser. In 1983, WWN emerged as a nonprofit society when UBC turned the
group over to the community. The first
president was Judy Lindsey, then a
reporter, and now senior editor of the
Vancouver Sun. From a 1983 newsletter
she said, "the society is indeed an
egalitarian society, not an elitist one."
Representation included Revenue
Canada, Greenpeace Society, journalists,
homemakers and angora goat farmers to
name a few.
With a change in status and the
withdrawal of founder Hendry and other
significant leaders, WWN membership
dropped significantly to 515 in June
1983, then to about 340 in 1985.
Lindsey worked very hard to hold and
strengthen the declining membership. It
was time to narrow the focus to become
more powerful as career-directed women.
Economics and changing attitudes
affected the organization's evolution.
The network still meets monthly.
Some of the members from the early 80s
include Kit Davison, Melba Sinclair,
Mary Nichols, and Mobina Jaffer, who
succeeded Judy Lindsey as president
from 1885-87. Most are still active and
feel a real connection with other women
as "women helping women."
WWN is holding their 20th Anniversary event at the site of their inaugural
meeting, the Four Season's Hotel, on Oct.
27, 1999. The gala event will begin at 6
pm with a dinner meeting, followed by
guest speaker Margaret F. Hope, President
of Lion's Gate Training. The MC will be
Erin Davis from CFOX/CKLG. For more
information, call 731-4998 or visit
www.wwnvan.org. s/r
Some ofthe 'old girls'
(the names ofthe front
six are the only ones
available). Left from
front: Iona Campagno-
lo, Anne Ironside,
Diana Hutchinson.
Right, from front: Janet
Fraser, Monique Begin,
Eileen Hendry.
Chronicle books received
UBC's Writers
Comfort Me
With Apples,
by Sara
Press, $14.95.
Ten short
stories combine with a
novella to evoke and explore life after the
"nuclear family". The characters in these
stories display a kind of muddled bravery
as they reflect without judgement on the
failures of their parents' generation, and
face the task of creating rules from
scratch: for themselves, their friends,
their lovers and their children.
Spirit Wrestlers' Voices, compiled and
edited by
Koozma J.
In 1899, the
forces of
human settlement brought to Canada's
shores some 7,500 Russian dissidents
known as Doukhobors or Spirit Wrestlers.
These hardworking newcomers cultivated
the soil, help build a railway, constructed
mills and factories. Today their 30,000
descendants constitute an important
facet of Canada's multicultural mosaic.
u-n- Words
Where Words
Monarchs Fly,
edited by
MA'70. Anvil
A cross-generational anthology of
Mexican poets in translation. This book
brings Mexican poetry to the fullness of
its senses in English with all the music,
humour and richness of metaphor. It
introduces Jose Emilio Pacheco, Gabriel
Zaid, Homero Aridjis, Elsa Cross-born in
the 30s and 40s-along with the generation they have inspired: Carmen Boullo-
sa, Victor Manuel Mendiola, Myriam
Moscona, and more.
Days and
Nights in
by Barbara
and Richard
MBA'81. The Globe Pequot Press,
Vancouver, a suave city perched on the
edge of Canadian wilderness, offers
romantics fantastic extremes. Whatever
your taste, mood, or budget, you will
find festivities to enhance your love in
these carefully chosen itineraries. You
and your special person can do it all and
more, embraced by the majestic beauty
of this city of invigorating contrasts.
Tell You All, by E.
David Brown
MFA'78. Plateau
Press, $15.95.
A modern conflict
set in ancient
times, this book is
a black humour
variation on an
age-old theme: the
crucifixion of
Jesus. The story unfolds when Lazarus is
resurrected from the grave. A miracle,
maybe, but clearly a miracle gone wrong.
In the end, the true miracle presented to
the reader is not the raising of the dead
or turning water into wine, it is the
survival of a people and the continuity
of a culture in the face of adversity.
Cortez Island
by June
Heritage House
& Fine Edge,
■Rr 1
For nearly two
beginning in the 1930s, June and her
family made the annual summer trek
aboard the Loumar, a 26-foot wooden
boat, from Vancouver's False Creek to
her grandparent's homestead on Cortez
Island. A story of the early years in
Cortez when the Union Steamship and
small gas boats served the settlers and
the handloggers. Diaries, interviews with
pioneers and the author's memories with
more than 100 black and white photographs make this a delightful read.
Inside the Torii Gate, by Jonathan Jiiri
Buchanan BA'97. The Beresford Press,
The journal
of a 16-year-
old exchange
student in
Japan. It is
about a boy's
passion to
experience a
country and
a culture very
different from ours and connect with a
mysterious past that continues to
influence the people of Japan today. This
book allows the reader to share his
incredible experiences in a country still
dominated by the samurai code of
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21 Profile:
The Tropical PM
Sir James F. Mitchell,
^F^\     ^      Vincent and the Grenadines is a small and
^^^     o&v stunningly beautiful string of islands in the
^^^k    I      southeastern Caribbean, located about 60
■        ^B   I      kilometres southeast of Barbados. This is
^^r^r     ^*» £ where the Rt.-Hon. Sir James 1. Mitchell,
BSA(Agr)'SS, has served as Prime Minister for the past 15 years.
Sir James, recently knighted, is still known to friends,
colleagues and long-time tourists as 'Son.' He was born in
Bequia, the first of the Grenadines islands, a favourite port
among sailing enthusiasts from around the world.
When Son reached his teens, he left Bequia for the first
time to attend secondary school in Kingstown, the capital city
on the main island of St. Vincent nine miles away. He then
spent three years of study at the Imperial College of Tropical
Agriculture in Trinidad, the forerunner of the University of thfe
West Indies.
In 1954, long before large numbers of West Indians
immigrated to Canada, mostly to Ontario, he chose to come to
UBC for a degree in agronomy.
"I studied Canadian geography and chose UBC because of
the scenery. I wanted to see the place. I was also attracted to the
aspects of a broader campus life at UBC," he says.
He made ends meet with extra jobs. He earned $28 a
month getting up at dawn to deliver campus mail twice a week.
He did a little better working as a gardener at homes in Pt. Grey
and in the city.
"I remember a lady once asked me to prune her apple tree.
I knew nothing about apple trees—only tropical fruit trees like
mango and papaya," he says with a chuckle. "But I figured out
what to do somehow and she said she liked the results."
He regrets he was never able to try skiing but says he
couldn't afford to break any bones.
"I became popular with a number of my male friends for a
useful ability to remember the telephone numbers of the girls
we met," he recalls fondly.
After he finished his BSA, he spent another year in Graduate Studies, where the academic discipline served him well.
"My studies in soil microbiology made me very sensitive to the
changes and evolution of the environment."
"Professor Brink, my Plant Science tutor, told me that if I
wanted people to respect my profession I would have to respect
theirs," he says.
Living in Vancouver also taught him a great lesson about
tourism. "I had no idea what other countries were
lames FitzAllen Mitchell also belonged to the Soils Club while at
UBC. Here he is in his grad picture.
the competition in tourism. There are other beautiful places to
see in the world."
After graduation, he returned to the West Indies and
worked as an agricultural officer in nearby St. Lucia and St.
Vincent for a while, then went to London, where he was a
scientific information officer. He met and married his Canadian
wife, Pat, there.
Back in Bequia they had three daughters, all of whom later
went to school in Toronto. Son entered politics while Pat
transformed the old family home on the waterfront into the
Frangipani Hotel, the island's social centre for locals and
visitors. In 1972 he became premier for two years, then in 1975
formed the New Democratic Party and served as leader of the
opposition for the next nine years. He became Prime Minister
again in 1984 and won three consecutive elections after that.
He began his fourth term as Prime Minister in 1998. The
country follows the British education system and has just
opened an A-level college.
"My priority in education is to get more international
exposure for students from St. Vincent and the Grenadines," he
says. "I also support any initiatives taken to broaden the
international scope of activities of UBC."
He says one research initiative he would welcome is the
use of inert gases in food preparation. "We'd like to find a way
to export tropical fruits using inert gases to keep it
like. After living in Vancouver, I came to understand     by SuSein Stem   fresh, rather than packaging it in cans," he says.
\ i *.? j
^^A-£ "I studied Canadian
geography and chose UBC
because of the scenery. I
wanted to see the place. I
was also attracted to the
aspects of a broader
campus life at UBC."
"High transportation costs to North America and Europe have
been a constant barrier to Caribbean business development."
Son has made road building a priority during his tenure.
Roads have been critical in developing the tourism industry,
which only recently has overtaken bananas as the country's
leading industry.
Sir James was overjoyed to return to Vancouver in 1987,
where he addressed the Commonwealth Heads of Government
conference. "I left this city and the
University of British Columbia some
thirty years ago," he told the Commonwealth Prime Ministers at UBC. "And I
certainly never dreamed then that I
would one day return as Prime Minister
of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to
this magnificent city and this beautiful
province which nurtured me so kindly
in the wandering days of my youth."
In 1988, the UBC Alumni Association recognized his accomplishments
when he was honoured with the
Annual Award of Distinction "in
celebration of his distinguished career."
The Venezuelan government awarded
him with its "Order of Liberator."
Sir James says his days as Prime
Minister are numbered. He says it's
time to relinquish the reins of power to
a younger person before his current
term is up early in the new millennium. After retirement, he plans to
continue his involvement in the family
Throughout the years, Sir James
has maintained his interest and
pleasure in gardening. He's kept the Prime Minister's residence
full of tropical plants, flowers and trees, ranging from hibiscus
to the brilliant yellow poi tree and majestic, towering royal
palms. He plans to keep his garden blooming in the hot
tropical sun from his new cliff-top home high in the rolling
hills of Bequia, where he can look down the Grenadine chain
to the island of Grenada on a clear day. Paradise does have its
rewards, cfc
Susan Stern is a former news reporter for UBC's public affairs office.
She spends as much time as possible every year in Son's island
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23 Booming  Ground:
Fine Arts  Launches   a New Writers'
Standing at the edge of the Point Grey cliff on a sunny
summer afternoon, watching out across Howe Sound
as the tugs tow in their great corrals of logs, it's not
hard to figure out where the name "Booming Ground"
came from. But it's just the right name for this event, the
inaugural session of UBC's annual gathering of writers from all
over the world. It took place on campus during the week of July
Booming Ground was the brainchild of many people in the
Creative Writing department,
including George McWhirter
and current head, Linda
Svendsen. Alma Lee, who
organizes the Vancouver
Writers' Festival was also a key
But the real workhorse was
MFA grad Andrew Grey,
MFA'96, who spent the better
part of a year gathering
together the writers,
organizing venues and
producing promotional
material. Says Grey, "Yeah, it took up my life for a while."
The purpose of Booming Ground is to expose beginning and
advanced writers to the work and teachings of published writers.
Each of the invited writers conducts a week-long, intensive
workshop in his or her area, gives public readings of his or her
work and lectures on
the craft and
business of writing.
Workshops are
divided into Standard and Master
Classes. Master Class
participants must be
either published or
have a portfolio of
work of publishable
The emphasis of
Booming Ground is
to create a community of writers.
Participants were
encouraged to stay on-
Booming Ground writers and some of their works. From top
counter clockwise: Silver Donald Cameron, non-fiction, The
Living Beach: Dionne Brand, poetry, essays, Land to Light
(GG Award); Paula Meehan, poetry, Pillow Talk; Diane
Ackerman, poetry, essays, A Natural History of the Senses;
Anita Rau Badami, journalism, fiction, Tamariind Men; Guy
Vanderhaeghe, fiction, Englishman's Boy; Thomson Highway (not pictured), plays,
novels, Kiss of the Fur.
Bottom right: Guy
Vanderhaeghe's workshop at Green College.
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may  K±g±  well
become   one   of
the  mi$.&x  major
highlights   of
summer   at   UBC,
writers   and
students   from
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site at Green College, where interaction
with teacher/writers and participants
could be carried on at any time. As is the
case with gatherings of this kind, many
stories could be told of the carryings on,
but none were officially reported. One
woman, however, did request to be
moved to another room in Green College
after she discovered that her room was
haunted. Organizers found no presence in
her rooms, but moved her anyway.
Perhaps Ida Green was back checking out
the College.
Andrew Grey says the event was a
great success. "We had great responses
from people in the workshops, and the
writers themselves thought the whole
experience was incredible."
Will there be a Booming Ground
next year? As Grey says, "I'm working on
it right now."
As awareness of Booming Ground
grows, it could well become one of the
major highlights of summer at UBC,
attracting writers and students from
around the English speaking world. <fc
» ne of the
facts   of
life of the
modern university is
fundraising. As an
alumni publication, we
don't do much of that:
the university's Development Office handles all the fun
draising on campus. But it's a major activity at UBC, and it makes a huge difference
in the quality of education available here.
Without a successful fundraising
program, we wouldn't have new facilities
such as the Chan Centre, the David Lam
Management Research Centre, Green
College or the Koerner Library. New
programs from the First Nation's House
of Learning or Social Work or Forest
their donations are
being used is through
giving clubs. The
Wesbrook Society is
one such club, and is
chaired by longtime
supporters George
(BASc'50) and Mary (BA'52)
Named after UBC's founder and first
president, Frank Fairchild Wesbrook, the
Wesbrook Society honours its members
with a wide variety of privileges, including
complimentary admission to the Museum
of Anthropology, the Botanical Garden,
all UBC athletic events and the Aquatic
Centre, as well as with a complimentary
UBC Library card. Wesbrook Society
members have an annual giving record of
"May ours be a provincial university without provincialism.
May our sympathies be so broadened and our service so extended to all the people of the province that we may indeed be
the people's university, whose motto is tuum est"
Frank Fairchild Wesbrook, UBC President, 1913-18
Sciences would also be impossible. Most
importantly, many students who would
otherwise excel at university wouldn't be
given the chance because of limited
scholarship and bursary opportunities.
Fundraising supports every aspect of the
modern university and, in many cases,
determines the difference between a good
university and an excellent one.
So it is with UBC. A few years ago,
the university completed the largest (at
that time) fundraising campaign ever
launched by a Canadian university,
raising $260 million. Since then, UBC
has conducted ongoing fundraising for
every faculty on campus. Our success
depends, to a large extent, on your
willingness to support the various
projects we have identified that aren't
funded by core funding supplied by your
tax dollars.
Donors to UBC are well-valued. One
way of showing our appreciation of
support and to let donors know just how
between $1,000 and $25,000.
Another important function of the
Society is the annual recognition of top
undergraduate students. This honorary
distinction is awarded to students who
stand in the top ten per cent of their class,
and who have exhibited leadership
abilities. This designation appears on the
student's permanent record.
Members of the Wesbrook Society
gave more than $1 million to UBC in the
1998-99 fiscal year.
The Wesbrook Society is one of four
giving clubs at UBC. The Chancellor's
Circle includes donors whose lifetime
giving ranges between $25,000 and
$250,000; the President's Circle includes
donors with lifetime giving above that.
The Heritage Circle includes donors who
pledge through estates or bequests of
$5,000 and above.
For more information about the
Wesbrook Society or about UBC's fund-
raising, call Leanne Bernaerdt, 822-8904.
25 a umni news
President's Message
Building Connections
One of the purposes of our associ
ation as defined by our mission
statement is "fostering communications, networking and access to resources." Throughout the year, we deliver
programs and services to you, our members. At the same time, we connect you
with each other and your university, supporting UBC in its aspiration of becoming
Canada's best university.
One of our challenges as an organization is to reach and serve as many of you
as possible. With more than 130,000
alumni with active contact addresses, we
are constantly working to develop ways to
involve more members. In particular, we
are seeking ways to enhance our branch
and division activities, therefore reaching
more of our members. A groundswell of
alumni activity is also being fostered by
individual faculties within the university.
We intend to support and build upon
these important initiatives.
Your Board and staff are realigning
both fiscal and human resources in order
to develop a more integrated approach to
connecting with you. This should translate into increased activity in branches and
divisions around the globe. Your innovative ideas are always appreciated!
Our library is the largest of its kind in
western Canada. You used the library
countless times during your years as a student, so you know how extensive it is.
Those of you who have not been to UBC
for a while will be impressed with the
gains our library has made, and especially
with the new Koerner Library. Please see
page 4 of this issue for details on how to
secure your free UBC Library card.
Later this fall, UBC will be holding its
2nd Annual General Meeting. This event
represents a great opportunity for you as
alumni to get a sense of where our alma
mater is going in terms of programs, re-
Linda Thorstad, President
search and direction. I urge
as many of you
as possible to
attend. The
AGM will be
held in two
sessions, the
first on October
14 at the Waterfront Hotel
in downtown Vancouver, and the second
at the Chan Centre on October 19 at UBC.
Our Alumni Recognition and Sports
Hall of Fame Dinner is scheduled for October 14. This dinner is a wonderful opportunity to network and celebrate the
success of our alumni and athletes.
As you are noting these events in
your calendars, please make a note to attend Alumni Day at the university on October 2. It will be an event-filled day and a
great opportunity to visit the campus. I
intend to be at all of these events and
hope to see you there.
Past Events
Nine branches hosted successful student
send offs for new students in Kamloops,
Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Hong
Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Alumni and
current students shared their UBC experiences and tips with the newcomers.
Martha Piper and Linda Thorstad were hosts
at a splendid reception in Calgary on June 7
with 235 alumni and friends. Pictured below
is Martha Piper with Peter Valentine,
Branch Out!
For information about branch activities,
contact Catherine Newlands at: 822-
8917 or newlands@alumni.ubc.ca.
Upcoming Events
Toronto: Reception, Nov. 15, Martha
Piper and Linda Thorstad, hosts.
Sunday Brunch, Sept. 26, 11 am.
Contact Ed Ng nge3@tdbank.ca.
Ottawa: 7th Annual Alumni Business
Networking Luncheon, Oct. 15, 11:30-
1:30 pm, RMOC-Rotunda. Contact
Murray Kronick (613) 940-4434,
Reception, Dec. 6, Martha Piper ft Linda
Thorstad, hosts.
Hawaii: Ronald Plumb invites alumni to a
meeting at the Oahu Country Club, Oct. 22,
6:30 pm.
Washington: All Canada University
Association dinner, April 29, 2000. Contact
Jane Battle (202)625-1024,
Battlejhb@aol.com, Linda Mint (410)964-
1477, lindan@concepsys.com
Indonesia: 2nd Annual Indonesia Alumni
Branch, Nov. 11. Contact Chris Bendl 62-
21-391-1584, bendl@uninet.net.id
Taiwan: A Committee Meeting for Oct. and
a Seasonal Celebration in Dec. are pending.
Contact Joanne Tsai
Hong Kong: Alumni Sports Day, Hong Kong
Sports Institute, Sha Tin, Sunday. Oct. 24.
Interested volunteers can contact Jeannie
Lo at: jeannielo@economist.com.
New Branch Reps
India: Nitin Jain: 91-11-708-2326 or
London: Hisham Hassan:
Visit Our Website
We've given if ajfacelift!
Chronicle For information on how to start a
division or on the following events,
call Jane Merling at 822-8918 or
Professors Emeriti
General Meeting, Sept. 15 ft Nov. 17,
ram Family & Nutritional Sciences
FNS Social, Sept. 16, CGP.
Creative Writing
Division Reception, Sept. 18, CGP.
School of Nursing
80th Anniversary Open House, Oct. 2, 12-4
pm, 3rd Floor UBC Hospital. Marion
Woodward Lecture ft Reception, Oct. 21,
IRC Building. 80 Years of Knowledge, April.
Presentations by members ofthe nursing
community at Cecil Green Park House.
Alumni Division Annual General Meeting
October 14, 7:30 pm, Cecil Green Park
House. Special guests will be announced in
the Geogramme newsletter or on line at:
Social Work
AGM, Oct. 28, CGP. Panel discussion on the
new Adult Guardianship legislation. Panel
will include Alison Leaney of the Public
Trustee of BC, Carol Ward Hall, Debra
O'Connor and Kimberly Azyan.
Counselling Psychology
The division is currently being
revitalized. All interested, please
contact Jane Merling.
Agricultural Sciences
Community Lecture Series: Sept.30-
•Perspectives on Biotechnology
•Threats to Global Marine Ecosystems
•Ecological Restoration
All lectures are free and open to the public.
For dates ft times, call 822-1219.
UBC Alumni Association
September 8
Main Floor
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
6:30 for 7:00
Everyone Welcome
Call for Mentors
We need UBC grads to join our mentor
program. Mentors get together with UBC
students and discuss the opportunities and
pitfalls of the world of work. It's a great
way to give something back. If you would
like to be a part of this dynamic and
growing program, call Catherine Newlands
at 822-8917.
Upcoming Et Past Events
Class of '49 50th Alumni Reunion Reception, Oct. 2, 3-4:30 pm, Leon and Thea
Koerner University Centre. Martha Piper and
Linda Thorstad hosts. Phone 822-3313 for
more info.
Dept. of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine
invites all grads to our 50th Anniversary
celebrations and class reunions in the
summer of 2000. For further info, call
822-9235 or visit: www.physiology.ubc.ca.
Science '31-'35 Reunion
Is 1999
Your Reunion Year?
Reunion Weekend
Oct. 2-3
For information on reunions, please
contact Jane Merling at 822-8918 or
merling@alumni. ubc.ca.
These reunions have also been
scheduled for 1999:
•Civil Eng '49, Sept. 29, Tsawwassen
•Commerce '49, Sept. 30, Dean's
Commerce '74, Oct. 1ft2, POITS ft
Dinner, University Centre.
•Biology '89, Oct. 2, Grand Centre Penthouse
BBQ, 5-9 pm. Call Fred Swindells, 581-1392 or
•Civil Eng '69, Oct. 2, Dinner, Wall Institute,
2nd Fl., University Centre .
•Mech ft Elec Eng '49, Oct. 2, Lunch at Green
College Coach House.
•Geo Eng '49, Oct. 2-4, UBC Campus.
•Elec. Eng '69, Oct. 8, Dinner at University
Golf Club.
•Law '69, Oct. 15/17, Las Vegas.
•Med'64, Oct. 19-21.
•Ap Sci '39, Nov. 26, Brock House Tea/Dinner.
•Class of '39, Nov. 26, Tea at Cecil Green Park.
•Forestry '50, April 25/26, Harrison Hot
Springs. Contact Robin L Caesar at 987-0997.
•Pharmacy '90, Mother's day weekend,
•Architecture '60/1, May 20, Coach House.
•Mech Eng '55, Oct. 14, CGP Dinner.
• Medicine 50 Years, Nov. 2-4, Chan Centre/
Vancouver Trade ft Convention Centre.
•Class of '40, Nov. 24, Tea at Cecil Green Park.
Details to follow.
June 2, 1999, University Centre, (l-r): Micky
Thomas, Miriam Moorhead, Florence
Graham, Olive Rossiter, Howard Wright,
Margaret Smith, Don Smith & Lillian Wright
Pride UBC's
Celebrating 20 Years of Outweek!
Contact Pride UBC co-chair at
604-222-3542 for tickets Et info
This event is for our members, friends
and allies of the GLBT community.
Chronicle      27 class acts
Paul Lum
Paul Lum BCom'92 specialized in
Finance while at UBC. After graduation, he chose the entrepreneurial
path to success and is the president,
co-founder and co-principal of Internet
Gateway, one of the largest service providers in
Western Canada. He was recently nominated by
Ernst ft Young for Entrepreneur of the Year
Award, as is the recipient of the 1999 Consumers Choice Award for Business Excellence.
Internet Gateway has been ranked by Canadian
Business magazine as one of the top 2000
companies in Canada.
The Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian
Studies for 1999-2001 is Economics Professor John
Helliwell j9Com'59. John has enjoyed a number of
visiting appointments: recently he held the Hong Kong
Bank Fulbright Fellowship at Harvard University and the
Brookings Institution ...
Ann McAfee BA'62, MA'67, PhD'75 has been elected
as the new chair of the Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre board of trustees. Ann has been with
the City of Vancouver since 1974, and in the planning
department since 1988. She was a past president of the
UBC Alumni Association.
A.F. (Tony) Bensted BSF'70 has recently completed
an MBA at the University of Victoria and has returned
to Quesnel to continue as a partner at Cariboo Forest
Consultants     Cathleen (Sturgess) Nichol BA'70,
MLS'73 and Alex Nichol MA'70 own Nichol Vineyard
& Farm Winery, located in Naramata, BC. Their wines
are available at Green College Dining Society, Sage
Bistro in the University Centre, and Vancouver,
Whistler, and Vancouver Island's finest restaurants.
Robert Cameron BA'89 is a journalist based in Tokyo.
He is married and has one child ... Andrea Carnier
BA(Hon)'84 is happily taking time out to enjoy her
family, Zack (3) and Kira (1) along with her partner Bill
Plettl.  Andrea was an archivist at the Glenbow
Museum in Calgary for 11 years, and active in CUPE
and the NDP ... Kris (Cholnyk) Gustavson BSN'86
and Steve Gustavson BASc'87, MBA'95 are proud to
announce the birth of their third son, Paul Andrew,
born August 6, 1999. Kris continues her work as patient
A Cliffhanger Mystery!
"Quick Watson.
The game's afoot!"
Nana, Molly & Atom, Jane Plain, Fanny Flapper and Doug
Manure to solve a mishap at the house on the cliff.
Saturday, November 13, 1999, 7:30 pm
6251 Cecil Green Park House
$20 per person, desserts & no-host bar
Call 822-3313 to RSVP by Oct. 31 or e-mail
alumni@alumni.ubc.ca. Special thanks to Roger Haskett
BA'86, BFA'91, MA'92 and Murder Unlimited for staging
and sponsoring the murder mystery for the past five years
services director for BC's Children's Hospital while
completing her Masters at UBC. Steve is a project
engineer at Sandwell Inc ... Peter Guy BCom'86 was
appointed head of Asia for Cybersettle.com, a US-
based, e-commerce company. He had previously been
involved in venture capital in Asia and the US ...
Cecelia (McArthur) Lee Temple BEd'79,
Dip(Deaf)'83 has been awarded fees, transportation
expense and one year's salary at 70 per cent by the
Yukon Education Ministry to complete a Master's
degree in Special Education (Sensory) at the University
of Newcastle in Sydney, Australia ... Vikki Lalari
BScD'87 is the 199 recipient of the $2,000 DC
Graduate Award sponsored by Sodexho Marriott
Services Canada Ltd. She has been a clinical pediatric
dietitian at BC's Children's Hospital for the last nine
years ... Paul Mclntyre BASc'88 and his wife Angela
have lived in the San Francisco Bay area since late 1996.
Paul is an assistant professor of Materials Science and
Engineering at Stanford University and Angela is a
manager at Intel Corp ... Michael Meszaros BASc'88,
MEng'97 married Cynthia on May 24, 1999 ... Som
Sen BCom'84 and wife Maya (Liang) Sen BCom'86
were transferred by Sara Lee from North Carolina to
Singapore. Som is now VP Business Development of the
Bakery Division for Sara Lee Asia Pacific. They have a
son, Kiron, born in Nov. 1996, a brother for Katya ...
John Warrington BSc'87 married Claire Adams in
Vancouver on July 10, 1999. John is now a sales and
marketing manager for the Orthopaedic Division of
Bristol-Myers Squibb in BC ... Francis Yee MA'83,
PhD'92 has been teaching Geography and Pacific Rim
Studies at Camosun College in Victoria for the past ten
years. He was recently appointed chair of the Social
Sciences Dept. for a three-year term. You can reach him
at: yee@camosun.bc.ca.
Reporter Doug Alexander BA'90 has been chosen by
Ottawa's International Development Research Centre
to undertake a one-year internship with the UK-based
Gemini News Service. The journalism award involves six
months work with Gemini in England and a six-month
reporting assignment in Egypt... GKN Sinter Metal
named Scott   Fleck MBA'95 Operations Project
Manager. He earned a BASc degree from the University
of Waterloo ... Jamie Furlong BA'91 married his UBC
Film Society sweetheart Maja Pesalj BSc(Pharm)'89 in
beautiful Seward, Alaska on May 13, 1999 ... Lesley
Maclnnis BEd'90 and Michael Maclnnis are pleased to
announce the birth of their second child Luke Frederick
Mounce, born April 4, 1999, a sister for Jenna Clair...
Correction: Lynn Morel BEd'98 and Lauritz Mamen's
son's name is Braden Douglas Mamen ... Brian Taylor
BA'94 is now finance director at New York's Internet
Trading Technologies, Inc. ... James Onley BA'93 is
now in his third year as a history DPhil student at St.
Anthony's College, University of Oxford. In 1998 he
received a scholarship from the Bahrain-British
Foundation, which pays for a year's fieldwork in
Chronicle class acts
I n   Memoriam
Lloyd John Guichon
Lloyd Guichon BASc'45 was born in Merritt, BC,
the grandson of a pioneer ranching family. After
graduation and several years of engineering in
Montreal, Lloyd returned to Vancouver where he
met his future wife, Peggy McDougall. They
were married in 1953 and lived in Kamloops for
five years, during which time their daughter
Joanne was born. Lloyd and family emigrated to
the United States and had a son, Jeffrey. They
settled in the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach area
in southern California. There, Lloyd worked in
the aerospace industry and later in real estate
until the late 1980s. He is survived by his wife
Peggy, daughter Joanne Kitt, son-in-law Harry
and grandson Danny, and son Jeffrey.
In Memoriam
James L. Barrett LLB'64 or Vancouver, February,
1999 ... Jean Margaret (McLeod) Beaty BA'38 of
Vancouver, March 19, 1999 ... Donald Edwin
Bunyan BA'40, MA'42 of Vancouver, July 10, 1999 ...
Margaret Dyson BSc(Agr)'37 of Victoria, July 27,
1999 ... Victor James Edwards fiASc'57 of North
Vancouver, June, 1999 .... Gordon J. Ellis BEd(S)'76
of Vancouver, June 20, 1999 ... Kathleen Mary
Godwin BA(Hon)'25 was a Great Trekker and
graduated at the age of 19. She married Sidney Godwin
the year after, and together they raised their family in
Burns Lake and the Comox Valley. She returned to UBC
and received her teaching diploma in 1934. For many
years she played the violin and the viola, and was active
in the Women's Institute in Courtenay and Nanaimo.
She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and
was a long time member of the Voice of Women...
Richard Grahame
Richard Grahame BSciAgr)'42, BCom'46, MSA'48
served in the Medical Corps in Italy during World
War II. He worked for 15 years at Carnation
Company in ftorttand, OR, and then moved to
Vancouver where he worked at Dairyland until Ms
retirement He was on the Board of Directors of
the West Vancouver Band Association. Richard
loved tennis, travelling, and hiking, and was active
in the North Shore Unitarian Church and the
Hollyburn Country Club. He gave to his community
through Seniors Special Services and volunteering
with ESL students at the Lucas Centre. Dick was a
dedicated alumni volunteer for many years.
Colonel Alfred Geoffrey Hoyt BASc"50 of
Nanaimo, BC, May 17, 1998 ... Pierre Jolicoeur
MA'58 of Montreal, Que., March 20, 1999 ...
Elizabeth Kendall BA'28, March 12, 1999 ...
Gordon Macintosh Letson BA'24, BSc'26 of
Vancouver, July 12,1999 ... Dr. Craig Miller, Prof.
Emeritus, Dept. of English, June 22, 1999 ... Joell
Mohan BSW'64, MSW'76 of Edmonton, AB, Nov.
11, 1998 ... EG Peter Rowe MSc'59. Dec. 29,
1998 ... Mac Porteous BPE'49 BEdE'58 of
Vancouver, July 13, 1999 ... George Charles
Walsh BA'38 ot Vancouver, Apr. 15, 1999 ... David
Ricardo Williams BA'48, LLB'49 of Kamloops, BC,
Jan 29, 1999 ... Mollie (Little) Wilson fiSc'37, of
Ottawa, May 1999 ... Evelyn EM Wright BA'44 ot
Salmon Arm, BC, April 19, 1999.
Class Acts Notices
Please send notices to: The Chronide
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Notices will be edited for length.
Ivan Niven
Ivan Niven BA'34, MA'36 passed away May 9,
1999 in Eugene, OR, after a series of illnesses.
He received his PhD in 1938 from the University
of Chicago and held a postdoctoral research
fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania
from 1938-39. He was then on the faculty of
the University of Illinois for three years and
Purdue University for five years.
In 1947 he returned to the Northwest and
joined the faculty of the University of Oregon,
where he became professor Emeritus in 1982.
He also had visiting appointments at UBC,
Stanford University and the University of
Ivan published more than sixty papers and
wrote seven books, five of which are still in
print and collectively have been published in 11
different languages. He was a member-at-large
of the Council of the American Mathematical
Society from 1966-1968, and served on at least
eight other AMS committees, and thirty
Mathematical Association of America committees.
In 1989, he was presented the MAA's
highest award for achievement, the Award for
Distinguished Service to Mathematics.
Ivan was a complete mathematician who
was noted for outstanding teaching, popular
books, a lifelong research program and
generous service to the mathematics community.
29 chronicle back page
Landmark Hits the Right Key, Again
by Laurie Townsend, BA'88
Twenty years ago this
spring I first visited the
UBC campus to audition
for the music school. The
campus is huge and
beautiful. Long corridors of mature trees,
views of the ocean and mountains stretch
over a rose garden and buildings in all
shapes, sizes and styles. Wandering
amongst the buildings and trees, violin
case in hand, I got lost.
Asking for directions, I was told to
look out for a giant tuning fork. On I
went, found the fork, survived the
audition and in September moved onto
campus for the start of classes.
The tuning fork was an important
part of being a music student at UBC. A
20 foot or so metal sculpture by Gerhard
Class, the fork stood tall in front of the
music building. It was always there, a
gathering place on nice days, a constant
reminder for us to play in tune, an icon
used in school brochures, and the Oftty
clue that you were near the music
building. You couldn't hear anyone
practicing because the building was
soundproof, with no open windows (or
fresh air inside for all those young lungs
singing and blowing horns for long hours
each day). I guess the architect figured no
one else wanted to hear music wafting
about on campus, but I digress.
It's 20 years later. This spring I
started a new job at UBC, for the School
of Music. I arrived back on campus
expecting all to be as it once was. The
campus is still beautiful and the corridors
of trees have continued to mature. When
I approached the music building, I saw a
big empty space where the tuning fork
should be. It was gone.
Someone told me it was too rusty
and had become a danger. So a few years
ago the university had it removed.
I was stunned. The place just was not
the same.
The campus is quiet now that final
exams are over. But last week something
was happening outside the school.
Several men put up yellow caution tape
around the plaza and were unwrapping
blue tarp paper from a large object. Word
spread throughout the building: "the
tuning fork is back!" We all ran out to
The tuning fork was being raised. But
We asked one of them. Ken James,
one Of the men raising the sculpture, had
been a neighbour and friend of the
creator, Gerhard Class. When Class died a
couple of years ago, Ken, along with
other neighbours and friends, got
together to have the sculpture reinforced
and reinstalled.
Paul Slipper, a former student of the
original sculptor, was also part of the
crew. He was responsible for reconditioning the piece so it could live again safely
in front of the music building.
The other day as I was wondering
the campus I overheard someone giving
directions to the music building. "Go
that way down Main Mall, turn left at the
intersection and then you'll see a huge
tuning fork. That's the music building!"
Now I feel at home again.
Laurie Townsend is Communications and
Concerts Manager at the School of Music.
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play the old tuning fork. Bottom left & top
right: the fork gets reinstalled in the summer
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