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A major housing crisis faces students returning to
UBC for the 1969—70 winter session, according to
Alma Mater Society and administration housing
Leslie    Rohringer,   director   of   UBC   residences,
faced    with     longer    waiting    lists    for    residence
accommodation than ever before, says the student
A^^ housing problem for both single and married students
^^ is critical.
In addition to re-applicants who wish to return to
residence,       UBC's       housing       office       received
j     approximately   2,200  new  applications from single
students for residence accommodation this year.
More than half of these new applicants have had to
be turned away and must secure off-campus
Although the AMS, which handles listings of
off-campus accommodation, reports a larger number
of rooms available for students, than in previous years,
the demand is also greater.
Last year's total enrolment at UBC of 20,088 is
^_^ expected to increase by more than 1,700 students
^  this fall.
For married students the situation is desperate,
Mr. Rohringer said.
There were 700 applicants for married student
accommodation this year, 500 of which were families
with children and/or expectant mothers.
The University currently provides 500 suites for
married students and married students with families,
but with the exception of about 100 suites which
became available over the summer months, these were
already occupied.
w Plans are currently being discussed for an addition
to UBC's married student residences which will
provide 300 new suites.
In the meantime, Ann Jacobs, secretary of the
AMS, confirms the plight of married students and
reports that the number of off-campus suites listed
with AMS for married students is grossly inadequate
to meet the demand.
The university currently provides residence
accommodation for approximately 2,900 single
Plans have been approved for a new residence
complex, not yet named, to be located at the
northeast corner of the UBC campus near the new
Student Union Building. It will house an additional
1,386 students when completed.
Construction will commence on the new complex,
which will consist of two low-rise buildings and three
15-storey towers, as soon as Central Mortgage and
Housing Corp. has approved the loan application. It is
hoped that the new residence ;an be in operation by
January of 1970, subject to availability of financing.
University residences are entirely self-supporting,
with funds for construction being raised through
loans from Central Mortgage and Housing. Operating
costs and repayment of the loan principal and interest
are met from rents charged to students.
AMS Secretary Ann Jacobs shines the shoes of UBC
medical dean, Dr. John McCreary, as a preview of the
Sept. 12 student Shlnerama drive which will raise
funds for research on the childhood disease cystic
fibrosis. AMS executive and freshmen will shine shoes
on Vancouver streets in effort to raise $12,000 as
part of a national goal of $120,000. BCIT and
University of Victoria students will also participate.
Interested students should register at the Shlnerama
office opposite the SUB Information desk. Various
UBC departments, the AMS and International House
all plan intensive orientation programs for new
students in the week of Sept. 2-5. Full details are
available from the Office of Student Services, the
Dean of Women's Office, the Library and
International House. Guided tours and informal
discussions with faculty members are part of the
programs. Photo by Extension Graphic Arts.
New Meeting Site Sought
UBC's 85-member Senate, due to expand to 101
persons this fall, should find a new place to meet.
This is the opinion of Senate secretary and UBC
registrar J.E.A. Parnall, who said the possibility of a
move from the present Board and Senate room in the
Main Mall North (old) Administration building to a
larger facility, is under study.
He said the present Board and Senate room could
not comfortably accommodate 101 Senators as well
as a public gallery of up to 30 persons.
"We were pretty hard-pressed to accommodate
everyone at some meetings in the past academic
year," Mr. Parnall said, "and the increased size of
Senate makes an alternative meeting site desirable."
The increased size of Senate is the result of a
motion approved in April on the recommendation of
the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the AMS Brief,
chaired by Dean of Agricultural Sciences Michael
The committee, which has been meeting with
students for almost a year to discuss issues raised in
the AMS document "Education at the University:
Fair Weather or Foul?", recommended that a total of
12 student representatives be elected to Senate, an
increase of eight over the present four students.
Under the terms of the Universities Act, however,
the Joint Faculties of the University will have to elect
an equal number of representatives to balance the
increase in student numbers.
The final result is an increase of 16 persons,
bringing the total number of Senators to 101.
Actually, students will have to elect eleven persons
to the Senate—eight new Senators and three
replacements. The term of one student Senator, Mr.
Stewart Rush, expires this fall, and two other student
Senators, Mr. Mark Waldman and Mr. Donald
Munton, have left UBC for graduate work elsewhere.
The two-year term of the remaining student
Senator, Mr. William Ferguson, does not expire until
The three-year terms of almost all UBC Senators
expired August 31, the last day of the 1968-69
academic year. As a result, a new Senate will hold its
first meeting Sept. 10, although more than 50 per
cent of the former members have either been
re-elected or re-appointed.
Following is the membership of the new Senate,
Please  turn  to  page four
TUDENTS, no less
than the general public, are often confused by
the many paradoxes which have arisen from
the continuing debate on university reform
and involvement of students in campus affairs.
Take this paradox as an example: a few
extremists have created the image that all
students are rebellious activists, yet moderate
campus leaders see their classmates as
cogwheels that growl but remain unmoved.
Again, the majority of UBC students reject
the methods of the activists but are often
unable to offer alternatives and are forced to
admit grudgingly that sit-ins and
demonstrations have brought changes.
Most students, however, keep asking if
there is not some other, more constructive,
way of bringing about improvement without
creating campus chaos.
Underlying the current campus paradoxes
are at least two important student attitudes.
First, a large number of students feel that
academic achievement at university is their
main concern and, second, the majority lack
confidence in their ability, as individuals, to
effect change.
Instead of knowing how they can benefit
from a university education, most students
between September and April are caught up
in the mad scramble for marks. Many serious
students feel that marks, not character or
breadth of experience, are the criteria which
will determine their future. Marks mean
scholarships and entry into graduate school
and other areas of specialized study. The
attitude of the serious student is: should I be
concerned with anything which will distract
me from my studies?
Preoccupation with marks probably stems
from the fact that most members of the
university community—both faculty and
students—lack  a  clear understanding of the
Marian Jakeway received her bachelor of
science degree in biology at UBC's 1969
spring congregation. She is enrolled in the
fifth year program of the faculty of education
for the 1969—70 session. Throughout her
undergraduate career she has been active in a
number of student clubs.
Marian Jakeway, shown above
in the UBC biology laboratory
where she worked this past
summer, describes some of the
paradoxes which have resulted
from the continuing debate
on university reform and
concludes that. . .
aim of a university education. During last
year's teach-in following the Faculty Club
occupation two markedly different
viewpoints appeared. Arts-oriented students
started from the assumption that they were
on campus both to learn about life and to
search for truth. Science students, on the
other hand, assumed they were here for
professional or vocational training and wanted
to get on with the job.
Both points of view are legitimate.
Graduates of all faculties want to feel that on
leaving the university they will be able to use
their education to earn both a living and
contribute to society. At the moment, th^
situation is not necessarily true. In the facuj^P
of arts, and increasingly in science, students
ask: "What kind of a job am I qualified for
after four years of university?" This attitude
may stem from their feelings that much of
their undergraduate work fails to equip them
with the skills which will enable them to
make a living. And it is interesting to note
that faculties which prepare students for
specific professions or vocations, such as
engineering, nursing, forestry, commerce and
medicine, have little or no trouble with
"student radicals."
IOST students feel
they should be better equipped to understand
and solve society's problems. Issues such as
pollution, overpopulation and atomic fallout
have far-reaching implications for students
interested in the pure and applied sciences,
business, and the humanities, but how many
young people are given the opportunity to
study, and think through these problems?
Many conscientious students would welcome
such an opportunity but lack time because of
the demands of "required" courses.
The importance of some of these courses is
questionable. Of what relevance is English
100 to an engineer or commerceman?
Previously, this course provided an
introduction to modern writers, but new high
school English courses now endeavour to
do the same. Perhaps it is time we "sacked"
English 100 as a compulsory course for all
first year students and substituted an essay
course dealing with world problems (e.g.
pollution   and   overpopulation),   one   which
2/UBC Reports/September 2, 1969 combines the scientist's concern for facts and
objectivity and the humanist's appreciation of
the implications for mankind.
HE lack of confidence of ordinary students in their own ability
to initiate change is a second major problem
on campus. Take The Ubyssey, for example.
Students repeatedly grumble amongthemselves
about the paper but few voice their objections
either to the AMS or to The Ubyssey staff. Instead, students have resorted to a silent, and,
to date, seemingly useless protest—they simply
djA't read it! As a result, the paper remains
l^way it is—biased, inaccurate and unrepresentative of the broad range of student
I have frequently asked classmates why
they do not write a letter to the editor expressing their point of view if they are
unhappy with a given situation. Their
response is generally skeptical--"It wouldn't
be published." My reply to such students is:
"I don't believe it." In the past year one
student I know has written four letters to
various newspapers. Of these, one has been
published as a letter to the editor ancl two
l^e resulted in newspaper articles. My point
^i^Pmply this: if you have a reasonable, well-
considered idea or point of view, you might
be surprised who will listen! *
Student-faculty liaison committees are also
open to suggestions. Unfortunately, these
committees seem remote and impersonal. As a
result, the ordinary student lacks confidence
in the abilities of these committees to initiate
Communication is a big, but not impossible, problem. Amazingly, students
. neglect the most effective method—direct,
personal representation to their classmates.
Last year's athletic referendum for increased
fees is a good example. Even though students
who are active in athletics were present in
some of my classes, no one presented the
problem in person.
This method might also be used by
members of the student-faculty liaison committees.   In   addition  to  posting   impersonal
*Letters to the editor of UBC Reports are welcome
and it is hoped members of the faculty as well as the
student body will respond during the 1969—70
session. Letters should be addressed to UBC Reports,
Department of Information Services, Main Mall North
Administration Building, Campus.
Marian Jakeway, shown above with a model of a cell used as a biology teaching aid, believes students
should use the classroom as a means of improving communications between students and the
university. Photos by Extension Graphic Arts.
memorandums, members might take the
opportunity to introduce themselves to their
classes, explain the scope of their committee,
and welcome suggestions. Periodic informal
reports to classes might help students to
realize that progress is being made.
Individual lecturers could also help. Only
rarely do they make reference to student affairs. Encouragement to students to attend
AMS meetings, to submit constructive ideas
to committees, and to be concerned and
informed about student affairs would not
take much time and could have a marked
effect. Believe it or not, students do listen to
what is said in the classroom. If encouragement came from lecturers, students might do
more than sit up and take notes.
A large portion of the student body also
lacks the knowledge of how to get things
done, e.g. how to conduct a business meeting.
At the annual meeting of one campus club an
unnecessary argument erupted over which
should be voted on first—the motion or the
amendment to the motion. Is it any wonder
that students become frustrated and discouraged with meetings and useless
In addition, students generally lack the
confidence to stand in front of a group and
present an idea during a seminar or at a public
debate. A one-term credit course providing
training in public speaking and running
business meetings might be a step in the right
direction. A course of this nature could be a
real asset to a student in any field.
HE above suggestions,
however, are not the whole answer to the
many problems which students face. Learning
to get things done in a complex society
doesn't result from sitting in a classroom
taking notes. All the facts and ideas in the
world will never, by themselves, solve a
The problems of this university belong not
to the elusive "administration", but to the
immediate university family—the deans,
department heads, lecturers, and the whole
student body. Only if each is willing to contribute his ideas—and respect the ideas of
others—are problems going to be solved. The
motto of the University is Tuum Est—"\X is
up to you." What are YOU prepared to do?
UBC Reports/September 2, 1969/3 9 E IM /% I E Continued from  page  one
which will sit for a three-year term ending in 1972:
The chancellor, the president and the registrar are
automatically members of Senate and ex-officio
members of all Senate committees under the terms of
the Universities Act. Total—3.
All University deans, including the dean of
women, Mrs. Helen McCrae. Total —14.
Each faculty of the University elects one
representative to Senate. Total—12. The following
were elected by the various faculties:
Agricultural Sciences-Dr. W.D. Kitts; Applied
Science—Dr. S.D. Cavers; Arts—Dr. Ian Ross;
Commerce-Dr. Robert F. Kelly; Dentistry-Dr. J.D.
Spouge; Education—Dr. R.F. Gray; Forestry—Dr.
J.H.G. Smith; Graduate Studies-Dr. J.K. Stager;
Law—Dr. A.J. McClean; Medicine—Dr. Sydney Israels;
Pharmaceutical Sciences—Dr. T.H. Brown; and
Science—Dr. R.A. Restrepo.
Under Section 23 (j) of the Universities Act, the
Joint Faculties of the University are required to elect
to Senate a number of members equal to the four
members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council, the 15 elected by Convocation, plus those
(seven, at the moment) elected by organizations
which contribute "in a significant way to the
economic and cultural welfare of the province."
Student Senators are elected under the terms of
the latter clause. The current number of members
elected by the Joint Faculties is 26, which will
increase by eight to counter-balance the additional
students to be elected this fall. Total—34.
The following were re-elected by the Joint
Faculties (results of this election were first
announced in April): Prof. Cyril S. Belshaw, Prof.
Sam Black, Prof. Charles Bourne, Prof. John
Chapman, Prof. R.M. Clark, Prof. W.C. Gibson, Prof.
Douglas T. Kenny, Prof. P.A. Larkin, Prof. C.A.
McDowell, Prof. Gideon Rosenbluth, Prof. A.D. Scott
and Prof. H.V. Warren.
Newly elected by the Joint Faculties were Dean
W.M. Armstrong, Mrs. Anne Brearley, Prof. Dennis
Chitty, Prof. Roy Daniells, Prof. W.D. Finn, Dr. Noel
Hall, Prof. J.M. Kennedy, Prof. Malcolm McGregor,
Prof. B.N. Moyls, Prof. H.P. Oberlander, Mr. Gordon
Selman, Prof. G.M. Volkoff, Dr. W.A. Webber and Dr.
W.E. Willmott. Some of these previously served on
Senate as representatives of individual faculties.
UBC's Convocation has elected the following 15
graduates to Senate (results of this election were
announced at the June meeting of Senate): Dr. Aro
E. Aho, Mr. Richard M. Bibbs, Mr. David Brousson,
Mr. F. James Cairnie, Mr. Charles Campbell, Jr., Dr.
Mills F. Clarke, the Hon. E. Davie Fulton, Mr. Ian F.
Greenwood, Mr. John Guthrie, Mrs. Betsy A. Lane,
Mr. Stuart F. Lefeaux, Mr. Donovan F. Miller, Mr.
Joseph V. Rogers, Mr. Benjamin B. Trevino, Mr.
David R. Williams.
The following three Senators are representatives of
the Board of Management of the UBC Alumni
Association: Mrs. John M. Lecky, Mr. Paul Plant and
Mr. Kenneth R. Martin.
Each affiliated college of the University elects a
Senator. Total—3. Representatives are: Union
College—Rev. R.A. Wilson, replacing Rev. W.S.
Taylor, currently on leave; Anglican College—Rev.
John Blewett; St. Mark's College-Rev. R.W. Finn.
UBC's Librarian, Mr. Basil Stuart-Stubbs, is also a
Senator under the Universities Act.
Of the four students currently on Senate only one,
Mr. William Ferguson, will continue to hold his seat.
Replacements will have to be elected for the three
departing students and elections held for an
additional eight persons. Total—12.
Two representatives appointed by the
Lieutenant-Governor in Council, Mr. John R.
Meredith and Mr. R.F. Sharp, will continue to hold
their seats until 1970. Two additional appointees
have yet to be named. Total—4.
Grand total for all the above categories—101.
■■■feJfc Volume 15, No. 13-Sept. 2,
11 mm ■■ 1969. Published by the Univer-
■1IIII sity of British Columbia and
^_J ^^ ^-^ distributed free. J.A. Banham,
REPORTS Editor; Barbara Claghorn, Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor should
be addressed to the Information Office, UBC,
Vancouver 168, B.C.
NEW OFFICE and seminar facilities for 130 faculty
members are being rushed to completion on UBC's
West Mall for the 1969-70 winter session. Old army
huts on the Mall and behind the Auditorium were
demolished to make way for the two-storey units,
which will cost a total of $963,918. New units
contain more than three times the space in the army
huts. Five other projects currently underway at UBC
are valued at more than $8,000,000. Photo by
Extension   Graphic   Arts.
Researchers Get House
The president's house at UBC will be used for
academic purposes during the 1969—70 winter
The house, unoccupied since June, was offered for
rent this summer at $25,000 per year. However, it
was later withdrawn from the real estate market and
assigned for use by an adult education research unit
headed by Professor of Education Coolie Verner.
The research unit, which includes 18 graduate
students and three faculty members, will use the
house for seminars and as office and research space.
President Walter Gage said the decision to use the
house for academic purposes was the result of a
review of campus space problems. "In view of the
fact that many areas of the University are
hard-pressed for space for teaching and research
purposes, it was decided that it was more fitting that
the house should be used for academic purposes," he
The residence was occupied until the latter part of
June by UBC's former president, Dr. F. Kenneth
Hare, and his family. Dr. Hare is now a professor at
the University of Toronto.
UBC's Board of Governors decided to try to rent
the house because UBC's new president, Professor
Walter Gage, had decided not to live there.
The head of UBC's faculty of education, Dean
Neville Scarfe, said the residence will be admirably
suited to the needs of the research unit. The unit does
not need laboratories or large classrooms, he said, but^^
a series of small rooms where faculty members and^^>
graduate students can carry on their research and
where seminars can be held.
The research unit carries out studies on methods
of teaching adults and communicating to them the
latest knowledge in specific fields. Students from
faculties such as medicine and agriculture are at work
in the unit on projects connected with continuing
professional and adult education.
But Dime Coffee Stays
UBC has been forced to increase campus parking
fees and the prices of certain items sold through
campus food outlets.
Mr. John F. McLean, director of UBC's ancillary
services, said campus parking fees were being
increased to meet an estimated $75,000 deficit in
capital and operating costs of parking services.
Increases in food prices, he said, were the result of
increases in the cost of food and labour.
UBC's ancillary services, which include traffic and
parking, food services, the bookstore and residences,
are operated by the University on a non-profit basis.
The costs of operation and capital for expansion are
provided through the sale of services to faculty, staff,
students and visitors.
Mr. McLean said UBC currently provides about
9,000 parking spaces for faculty, staff, students and
campus visitors. In the coming year it is estimated
that an additional 600 spaces will be required to meet
parking needs.
Parking fees will be increased only for faculty and
staff and senior and graduate students who park in
preferred   student  lots.   Faculty   and  staff will   pay
$22.50 in the coming year, an increase of S7.50 from
last year's $15 rate. The rate in preferred student lots
has been increased from $10 to $15.
There will be no increase in the $5 rate for
parking in a regular student lot. Also unchanged is the
$100 per year rate for covered parking in a lot
underneath the Music building.
One   popular  campus  item   which   will   not cost
more in the coming year is the traditional cup of
coffee. It will remain at the usual ten cents. A pot of
tea will cost more—15 cents instead of ten cents—and
so will a glass of milk—up from ten cents to 12 cents.
Examples of other increases are as follows: entree
minimum—up from 60 to 65 cents; fish and chips—up
from 50 to 55 cents; pie—up from 20 to 25 cents;
bacon, eggs and toast—up from 60 to 70 cents. The
price of a cinnamon bun—an old campus favorite—has
been boosted from ten to 13 cents, but there will be
no increase in the cost of sandwiches and hamburgers.
Recommendations for the increases were made to
the Board of Governors after discussion by joint
faculty-student committees on traffic and parking
and food services.
UBC Reports/September 2, 1969/4


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