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Array Vol. 16, No. 2/Jan. 15, lOPO/Vancouver 8, B.C.
Construction contract for an addition to the
Thea Koerner Graduate Center has been awarded
by UBC's Board of Governors. The addition, shown at
lower left in this architect's sketch, will include
a new dining area, library and multi-purpose room
for meetings and social functions. Total cost of
the addition, which will be paid for by graduate
students, will be $747,611. Details on Page Four.
* Registration
Totals 20,767
UBC's daytime enrolment for the 1969-70 winter
session totals 20,767 students, Registrar J.E.A.
Parnall told Senate Wednesday.
The current enrolment is an increase of only 679
students, or 3.4 per cent, over the previous session,
the lowest percentage increase in the last five years.
The smaller increase in enrolment is due to a more
rigid interpretation of existing calendar regulations
which prevented marginal students from registering,
according to Kenneth Young, UBC's assistant
He said that all applicants who had an average of
i0 per cent on leaving Grade XII were admitted to
UBC and it was not necessary to enforce a Senate
ruling of February, 1969, wihch specified that
students with averages between 60 and 65 per cent
would be admitted "only if the University has the
physical, financial and educational resources to
accommodate them."
In addition to the 20,767 students enrolled for
daytime classes, UBC has also registered 1,615
extra-sessional students who take evening courses
administered by the extension department. Most
extra-sessional students take a single, three-unit
course, but are eligible to take up to six units.
Here are the 1969-70 registration figures by
Faculty (1968-69 figures are in brackets): Arts —
6,297 (6,119); Science - 3,620 (3,446); Applied
Science, including architecture, nursing and diploma
program — 1,546 (1,533); Agricultural Sciences —
210 (210); Law - 548 (488); Pharmacy - 176 (145);
Medicine, including rehabilitation medicine — 334
(354); Dentistry, including dental hygiene — 135
(90); Forestry - 200 (225); Education, including
physical education and recreation and diploma
programs — 3,709 (3,690); Commerce and Business
Administration - 1,031 (1,062); Graduate Studies-
2,687 (2,456); Unclassified and qualifying year — 274
(269). Grand Total - 20,767 (20,088).
* * *
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors has
approved a recommendation from the Senate which
will limit the enrolment of students entering the first
year for the first time to approximately 3,400.
The effect of the new ruling is to reduce by
approximately 300 the number of first year students
entering UBC for the first time. In the current year
UBC admitted 3,717 students at this level.
At the Dec. 10 meeting of the University Senate,
Please turn to Page Four
Library Outlook Dark
The fate and stature of the University of B.C.
hinge to a considerable extent on the condition of
its Library, according to Librarian Basil
Stuart-Stubbs, whose annual report on Library
operations was presented to the UBC Senate on
In his report for the year ending August, 1969,
Mr. Stuart-Stubbs says that "Even to maintain the
Library at its present level will require more
capital expenditure than is now planned. To
improve it will cost even more."
He says that neither the Main Library — used
daily by 19,000 persons — nor the planned
Sedgewick Library can provide service to many
students and faculty who must in some cases walk
half a mile to reach the collections they need.
Mr. Stuart-Stubbs also says the combined shelf
space in all UBC libraries, present and projected,
will not long be able to house UBC's
rapidly-growing book collection. "In two or three
years' time," he adds, "thousands of books will
have to go into storage."
Despite this gloomy outlook, the report details
progress made in the enrichment of Library book
collections, in the extension and refinement of
computer-based systems and in the creation of
specialized Library staff.
UBC's present book collection — just over
1,100,000 catalogued volumes — is now twice as
large as it was only seven years ago, the report
says, and at present rates of growth the campus
will have a 2,000,000-volume collection by
The Library also recorded another significant
percentage increase — 16.73 — in the number of
loans from 1,389,916 in 1967-68 to 1,622,451 in
The Sedgewick Library recorded a 23.9 per
cent increase last year, which means that at
434,890 loans business has more than doubled in
only three years.
The effect of new branch libraries on
borrowing, the report says, could be seen clearly in
the case of the Forestry-Agriculture and Music
Libraries, both in their second year of operation,
which showed increases of 38.2 and 39.9 per cent
Mr. Stuart-Stubbs also points out that UBC is
"almost unique among large university libraries in
having successfully operating automated systems
for the acquisition and lending of books and
The transferrence of routine operations from
staff to machinery has had important benefits for
users, the report says, including simplicity in
borrowing books and ease in reference to Library
Computer analysis of loan records is also
enabling the Library to identify items under
intensive pressure and to use this information as
the basis for book collection development.
The report also pays tribute to the work of Dr.
Ian McTaggart Cowan, UBC's dean of Graduate
Studies, who stepped down as chairman of the
Senate Library Committee last year after 22 years
of service. "The Library, the Senate, the
University and generations of students are in his
debt," the report says.
Fee Referendum Looms
The question of compulsory membership in the
Alma Mater Society may go to referendum soon.
John Cherrington, president of UBC's Debating
Club, is seeking 500 names on a petition which
would force a referendum worded as follows: "Are
you in favor of students being given the choice of
joining or not joining the AMS each year, thus
removing the present compulsory requirement."
Under AMS by-laws a petition signed by 500
active students requesting a referendum must be
voted on within 10 days of the petition's receipt
by the AMS secretary.
The petition could be referred to the Student
Court for an indefinite period if Students' Council
felt the wording was ambiguous. The Court could
recommend an amended wording which they felt
removed the ambiguities, but once the wording of
the referendum had been accepted by Council a
vote would have to take place within ten days.
The University currently collects a $24 AMS
fee from students. Fifteen dollars of the fee is
committed to retiring the loan which built the
Student Union Building, while the remaining $9
supports the operating expenses of the AMS
program. i <■.$
2/UBC Reports/January 15, 1970 Art Smolensky, the president of the Graduate
Student Association, holds a Bachelor of Science degree
from UBC and is now working toward his doctorate in
the UBC Chemistry Department. In the following
interview he discusses the current activities of the GSA
and the new directions it is taking in dealing with the
problems of graduate students.
UBC REPORTS: In September last year, UBC
Reports published the first results of a student attitude
survey. One question revealed that students in general
did not think that graduate students should have any
special privileges. I think it is obvious that graduate
students at UBC do have special privileges. They have
what amounts to a private club and they get special
parking and library privileges. What's your reaction to
ART SMOLENSKY: I guess I'd have to agree that
graduate students have some privileges. But I think that
in a sense one should not talk about privileges, one
should talk about different needs. It should be realized
that graduate students need to consult the library more
frequently and take out more journals for longer periods
than most undergraduates.
UBC REPORTS: The Graduate Student Association has issued two reports this session; one dealing
with employment opportunities for graduate students
and the other dealing with laboratory safety at UBC.
This is rather a departure from the past. Do you see the
fun^on of the Graduate Student Association changing
fr^^Bhat it has been in the past?
SMOLENSKY: I'm very glad you asked that. This
year we've divorced the Graduate Students' Centre from
tVie Graduate Student Association. The Graduate
Students' Centre is fully incorporated under the
Societies Act of B.C. and has its own Board of Directors.
The Graduate Student Association, if you like, is a
political unit, not in the sense of partisan politics, but in
a much more general sense.
We see our function as defining the interests of
graduate students and making them clear to the
...University administration, to students in general and the
outside community. This is the first year that we've
attempted to do research studies. In the past the
Association has been a social club first, primarily
concerned with housekeeping duties in the Graduate
c^^bts' Centre. I think there's been a definite change
inr^ection and I hope that this change will be
maintained next year.
UBC REPORTS: In addition to attempting studies
of problem areas, does the Association have many other
functions in mind that vary from past activities?
SMOLENSKY: At the moment we are still feeling
our way. I think we've become a much more effective
voice on campus. We're interested in the role of the
university in society because you have to remember that
a large percentage of graduate students will eventually
end up in universities as teachers. In a way, we hope
we're influencing the shape of future university
♦• UBC REPORTS: Why did the Association
undertake to carry out a study of laboratory safety?
SMOLENSKY: Our concern arose out of an
explosion in a chemistry laboratory. We're satisfied that
there was nothing the student could have done to
prevent the explosion, but our concern was over the
arrangements for meeting emergencies such as this.
The nearest available phone to call for help was down
a flight of stairs and the student had to get to it with his
'•face cut and bleeding. The emergency shower was filled
with mud and the water in it was rusty. The first aid kit
in the lab was not equipped to deal with an injury
involving multiple cuts. Incidentally, we found that only
one in two laboratories on the campus had a first aid kit.
UBC REPORTS: Did you find that substantial
improvements could be made in safety procedures and
equipment in campus labs?
* SMOLENSKY: Yes, we did. The first aid kits
provided have been criticized as being inadequate for
some kinds of accidents. A whole range of kits are
available from scientific supply houses to meet various
kinds of emergencies.
UBC REPORTS: The University does have a
Safety, Security and Fire Prevention Committee * which
deals with any problem related to safety.
SMOLENSKY: Yes, it does. Their concern is with
the campus as a whole, though, and they're not
particularly involved with safety in individual
laboratories, which was the subject of our report. In
addition, each science department has a safety
committee which is responsible for procedures in
individual labs and it seems to us that the onus is on
these departmental committees to ensure that safety
standards are enforced.
UBC REPORTS: What are the main recommendations in the laboratory safety report?
SMOLENSKY: First, we feel that every campus lab
should be equipped with a first aid kit. Some specialized
safety equipment should be available also. For instance,
a mercury vapor detector should be available in the
department because of the dangers of mercury
poisoning. There should be eye washers in every lab of
the kind that will shoot up two streams of water.
They're not very expensive and they're better than taps
for flushing the eyes. We also recommend regular checks
of emergency showers to see that they're operating
properly and I understand safety courses for graduate
students are being resumed. These courses include
instruction in basic first aid so that graduate students
know what to do in case of an emergency in the lab.
We think every lab should be equipped with safety
literature, such as a quick guide to antidotes in case of
poisoning. There's a device called a safety slide rule
available which could be useful in case of poisoning.
Some of the major improvements we think are
desirable are improvement in the ventilation systems.
About 35 per cent of the answers to our questionnaire
indicated that laboratory ventilation was inadequate.
The American Chemical Society has shown that if you
work regularly in a lab and inhale the vapors that are
there normally you lose five to ten years of your life.
One thing we think should be done is installation on
all floors of emergency telephones within 30 yards of
the area where people are working. Ideally, every lab
should have its own phone.
Another major improvement would be an accident
coverage plan for graduate students. We would like to
see such a plan instituted before there is a major
accident or someone loses his life in a laboratory
UBC REPORTS: Your other report dealt with
employment opportunities for graduate students. You
were concerned with what appears to be diminishing
opportunities for employment for graduate students and
you make a number of recommendations, including
wider advertising of vacancies in teaching opportunities
and an end to the federal government's freeze on funds
which would permit government departments to hire
graduate students. How was the report received by the
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada at
their meetings in November?
SMOLENSKY: I think it was well received. Many
delegates were enthused that someone had gone to the
trouble of thinking about the matters which we raised.
Some recommendations were changed more than we had
hoped and others were amended to a lesser extent than
* The Safety, Security and Fire Prevention Committee is a
widely-representative campus committee chaired by Mr. John F.
McLean, director of UBC's ancillary services. There are a total of
20 people on the committee, including the Endowment Lands
fire chief, UBC's radiation protection officer and representatives
of the UBC Health Service and various campus departments. The
committee is concerned with safety on a campus-wide basis and
at each monthly meeting reviews accidents reported to the
Workmen's Compensation Board and fire reports. In general the
committee attempts to enforce regulations set out by the
Workmen's Compensation Board and the fire marshal.
**When graduate students are functioning as teaching assistants
in a laboratory with undergraduates they are covered by
Workmen's Compensation Board regulations. In accident cases
where the graduate student is not functioning as a TA, and it can
be shown that there is negligence on the part of the University,
the student is compensated under insurance carried by the
University. If the University is shown not to be negligent in an
accident case, the accident is considered to be an "act of God"
and neither the insurance company nor the University is liable.
The possibility of instituting a plan for compensating students in
the event of an "act of God" is now under study.
we had expected. Where we used words like "cease" and
"halt" the conference substituted "reassess" and
"re-evaluate." The first four recommendations which we
made were accepted.
UBC REPORTS: What did these recommendations
deal with?
SMOLENSKY: The four recommendations asked
that AUCC and its members undertake an on-going
program of research on job trends for graduate students
and that the program called "Operation Retrieval,"
which is designed to bring back Canadian students
studying abroad to teaching posts at home, be dropped.
We regard the program as ineffective and discriminatory
and we feel that a publication listing university vacancies
and potential applicants both here and abroad would be
more suitable.
We also asked that the two-year tax holiday for
foreigners entering Canada to teach be dropped. This
recommendation was accepted in a modified form by
AUCC and is included in the tax reform proposals which
the federal government recently tabled in the House of
Commons. We also asked that the federal government
stop its policy of not hiring new professional personnel
and not replacing those leaving the government service.
UBC REPORTS: One of your recommendations
was that delegates and observers to the AUCC
Conference initiate a discussion on the philosophy of
graduate education. Have you any plans to initiate that
kind of dialogue on this campus?
SMOLENSKY: When this was brought up at
AUCC we were told that this went on all the time
anyway, which wasn't very satisfactory. We have a plan
to initiate this kind of a dialogue, but people aren't very
interested in it. I must say that the Senate
Long-Range-Objectives Report comes very close to
dealing with this sort of thing.
UBC REPORTS: You mentioned earlier in this
discussion that you had other studies underway. Can
you briefly tell us what other aspects of University
activities you're having a look at?
SMOLENSKY: The first one is the question of
office space and telephones for graduate students. It
came as a shock to me, being in a science department
where everybody has a lab and desk, to learn that a large
number of graduate students don't have any sort of desk
at the University. Many teaching assistants have no place
to interview students. I don't think this kind of situation
is very conducive to research or study. So we're having a
good look at this and I must say we're having very good
cooperation from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
There's another thing we're interested in — how much
graduate students make. We hope to get a clearer idea of
the income of graduate students especially those who are
married and have children.
UBC REPORTS: One of the things you've been
concerned about in recent months is the government
White Paper on tax reform. Mr. Edgar Benson, the
federal finance minister was at the University and
attended a meeting sponsored by the AMS and the
Graduate Students' Association at which he attempted
to justify the proposal to treat graduate students at
universities in the same way as he treats other wage
earners. What was your reaction to Mr. Benson's
remarks, and are you planning any further action in an
attempt to persuade the government to change its mind
on this question?
SMOLENSKY: We'll be writing to the government
and probably will prepare a brief concerning some
aspects of the tax proposals. There is a minority which
disagrees with the proposal to tax scholarships but the
majority of graduate students do not mind having their
scholarships taxed. However, I think there will be some
consideration given to graduate students. These
scholarships are considered to be at the minimum
subsistence level. Mr. Benson thought that scholarships
would have to increase to compensate for the tax. I'm
pretty confident that this will be one of our
recommendations or that he not go ahead with taxing
scholarships until it is assured through his department
that scholarships will be raised to compensate for the
UBC Reports/January 15, 1970/3 CAMPUS security head David Hannah surveys part of
the damage in the south vestibule of UBC's
mathematics building which resulted when a bomb
exploded at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 9). Site of the
explosion, which blew a hole in the wall between the
vestibule and an adjacent mathematics study room,
was behind a radiator at the foot of the wall at left.
The radiator was damaged in the explosion and has
been removed. RCMP bomb experts are analysing
debris taken from the building, to determine what
kind of explosive was used in the bomb. No one was
injured in the blast which startled two persons
working in the nearby mathematics library. Photo by
Extension Graphic Arts.
Grad Center Expands
UBC's Board of Governors has awarded a
$614,880 contract for construction of an addition
to the Thea Koerner Graduate Center.
The Hans Haebler Co. Ltd. has begun
construction of the 20,769 square foot addition,
which will include a new and enlarged dining area,
a large, multi-purpose room suitable for social
functions, meetings and lectures, a new library and
reading room, additional office space and small
meeting and dining areas.
Construction of the addition will also involve
minor structural alterations to the existing
building. Architect for the addition is Mr. Zoltan
The total cost of the addition, which is being
constructed on the parking lot area to the south
and west of the existing building, will be
$747,611, which includes new equipment and
Funds for the project have been borrowed by
the Graduate Student Center. Graduate students
pay an annual fee of $26, $14 of which goes to an
expansion fund to repay the loan. The balance of
the fee pays for the operating costs of the Center.
The existing Thea Koerner Graduate Center was
opened in 1961. It was a gift to the University by
Dr. Leon Koerner and the late Mrs. Koerner, after
whom the building is named.
The original building was awarded the Massey
Gold Medal in 1961 as the most outstanding piece
of architecture completed in Canada in the
previous three years. Architects for the original
building were Thompson, Berwick and Pratt.
The Massey Medals are awarded every three
years by the Massey Foundation established by the
late Vincent Massey, a former Governor-General of
ENROLMENT Continued from Page One
Dr. Robert M. Clark, UBC's academic planner, said
the enrolment limitation at the first year level would
not deny higher education opportunities to B.C.
He said existing institutions beyond the high
school level would be able to accommodate 4,100
students more than had been enrolled for the current
academic year. There is little doubt, therefore, that
the 300 or so students who will not be admitted to
UBC can be accommodated elsewhere, he told the
The Board also approved a second
recommendation    from    the    Senate    which    listed
4/UBC Reports/January 15, 1970
specific figures for enrolment in various faculties of
the University.
Here are the approximate maximum enrolments
which will be in force for the 1970-71 session:
Faculty of Arts (bachelor of arts program) - 1,400;
Faculty of Education (excluding physical and
recreational education) — 450; Faculty of Science —
1,300; Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, School of
Home Economics, School of Music and School of
Physical Education and Recreation — 250.
The recommendations approved by the Senate and
the Board resulted from studies carried out over the
past year by the Senate's Committee on Enrolment
Policy chaired by Dean Philip White, head of the
Faculty  of Commerce and  Business Administration.
Dean Gage
Remains as
Dr. Walter H. Gage will continue to serve as
president of the University of British Columbia for a
three-to-five-year period beyond June 30 this year.
UBC's Board of Governors renewed President
Gage's appointment at their meeting on Jan. 6.
Here is the text of the resolution passed at the
meeting: "The Board noted with pleasure the
availability of Dr. Walter H. Gage to continue in the
position of President of the University on a
year-to-year basis for a period from three to five years
from June 30, 1970, at the discretion of the Board."
The reappointment move came after a 21-member
special presidential search committee reported to the
Board that President Gage had expressed his
availability for the position for a period of three to
five years.
The presidential nominating committee was
established by the Board in February, 1969, to assist
the Board in its search for a successor to Dr. Kenneth
Hare, who resigned in January, 1969.
The committee, representing all components of
the University community, consisted of four
students, four members elected by the faculty, three
University Senators, three deans, three members of JAJL^
the Alumni Association, three members of the Board ^^^
of Governors and one member of the non-academic
The committee, at its first meeting early in April,
1969, recommended that Dr. Gage be appointed
president. The Board immediately accepted the
recommendation and confirmed the appointment.
The committee, in reporting to the Board Jan. 6,
also recommended that a representative committee be
named at an appropriate time to recommend a
successor to President Gage.
Dr. Gage, UBC's sixth president, has personified
the University to succeeding generations of students
for more than 40 years. A native of Vancouver, he
received both the degrees of bachelor and master of
arts in mathematics and physics from UBC.
His teaching career began at UBC in 1926. The
following year he became the entire mathematics
teaching staff of Victoria College, then an affiliate of
UBC,   and later served as registrar.
In 1933 he returned to UBC and in 1948 was
appointed full professor and dean of administrative
and inter-faculty affairs.
For many years he has supervised the distribution
of scholarships, bursaries and other awards to UBC
students while at the same time carrying a full
teaching load.
He currently teaches 11 hours a week in
mathematics to students in the Faculties of Arts and
Applied Science.
Dr. Gage served as acting president of the
University between the departure of former president
John B. Macdonald and the arrival of Dr. Hare, and
again during the absence of Dr. Hare in the fall of
His outstanding record as a teacher was recognized
in December, 1968, when he was named the first
recipient of the Master Teacher Award established by
Dr. Walter Koerner, chairman of UBC's Board of
Governors, in honor of his brother, Dr. Leon
Koerner. Characteristically, Dean Gage donated the
$5,000 cash award that goes with the honor for the
purchase of new books for three campus libraries.
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IIIkI 1970. Published by the Univer-
llllllsity of British Columbia and
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REPORTS Editor; Barbara Claghorn, Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be addressed to the Information Office,
UBC, Vancouver 8, B.C.


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