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Vol. 21, No. 6/April 11, 1975/Vancouver,B.C.
$1.2 million
for summer
More than 400 University of B.C. students will be
employed in research and community-based projects
this summer under a program supported by the
provincial government's Department of Labor.
The department has awarded UBC $1.2 million for
the employment of graduate and senior
undergraduate students in the period May 1 to Aug.
31 under a program entitled Professions for
Tomorrow (Careers '75).
The program is designed to allow students to
undertake research and projects in the community
allied to their academic work at UBC. Graduate
students, students working toward a second degree,
and third- and fourth-year honors students were
eligible for support.
Graduate students will be paid $750 a month and
undergraduate students either S650 or $600 a month.
The program will enable UBC students to carry
out a wide range of summer work, including provision
of legal aid, assistance to rural doctors, and tutoring
and translation services to new Canadians.
Students from UBC's Faculty of Law will be
involved in a number of summer projects involving
store-front and prison legal aid. Students plan to set
up legal aid offices in Courtenay and Powell River
and in the West Kootenay area of the province.
Some 30 second-year UBC medical students will
spend several weeks in rural communities working
with doctors in family practice.
Students from the UBC English department will
spend the summer at Vancouver Community College
in a tutoring program for new Canadians who are
learning English. Students from the Department of
Hispanic and Italian Studies will work n association
with federal Department of Immigration offices in
Vancouver providing assistance to Spanish-speaking
immigrants. .
Here are brief descriptions of some other summer
• Two Zoology students plan to compile a
layman's guide to animals in Stanley Park;
• A Forestry student will carry out a survey of
the University Endowment Lands to determine who
uses the Lands and for what purposes;
• Physical Education and Recreation students will
carry out a survey in Vancouver to determine the
extent of spare-time physical activity and why some
people don't make use of recreation faci ities.
• Students in the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration will provide consulting
services to small, Canadian-owned B.C. businesses for
the second year in a row.
• A Political Science student will study citizens'
groups and their access to and treatment by
municipal government departments in tie Vancouver
• A Religious Studies student will compile a guide
to religious communities in B.C.
• A Social Work student will work with the
Vancouver Resources Board and native Indian
organizations in finding foster and adoption homes
for Indian children.
• A student in Agricultural Sciences will evaluate
federal, provincial and municipal inspection systems
for meat, vegetables, poultry, fruit and grain.
Have you got a favorite anecdote or
reminiscence about UBC's retiring President, Dr. Walter H. Gage?
If you have, the editors of UBC Reports
would like to hear from you.
President Gage, after 52 years of association with UBC as a student, teacher and
administrator, will step down as UBC's
chief executive officer on June 30.
To mark the occasion, a special insert
will appear in the annual edition of UBC
Reports published in the latter part of May
when the University holds its annual Congregation for the awarding of academic and
honorary degrees.
Included in the edition will be a selec
tion of anecdotes and reminiscences about
President Gage from students past and
present, UBC colleagues and community
Send your contribution to The Editor,
UBC Reports, Main Mall North Administration Building, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Crescent, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
1W5. We'd like to hear from you not later
than May 15.
Incidentally, Dr. Gage is retiring only as
President of the University. Next year, he
will be back at the old stand in the classroom teaching mathematics to UBC Engineers.
UBC's Master Teachers for 1 975 are Prof. Abraham Rogatnick. left, of the School of Architecture,
and Prof. John McGechaen. of the Faculty of Education. Details in story below.
Master Teachers named
The University of B.C.'s Master Teachers for 1975
are Prof. John McGechaen, of the Faculty of Education, and Prof. Abraham Rogatnick, of the School of
They are the 12th and 13th members of the UBC
faculty to receive the Master Teacher Award and will
share a $5,000 cash prize that goes with the honor.
Four other UBC teachers have been awarded Certificates of Merit in the 1975 competition and will each
receive a cash award of $500. Certificate of Merit
winners are:
Prof. Ralph Loffmark, of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration;
Prof. Geoffrey Scudder, of the Department of
Dr. Hanna E. Kassis, associate professor in the
Department of Rel gious Studies; and
Dr. Jan W. Walls, assistant professor in the Department of Asian Stucies.
The Master Teacher Award was established in
1969 by Dr. Walter Koerner, a former chairman of
UBC's Board of Governors, in honor of his brother,
the late Dr. Leon Koerner.
The awards are intended to recognize outstanding
teachers of UBC undergraduates.
This year a record 43 nominees were considered
by a screening committee chaired by Dr. Ruth White,
of the French department. The committee is made up
of persons representing the UBC faculty, students,
Board of Governors and Alumni Association.
Members of the selection committee visit the classrooms of eligible nominees to listen to lectures, and
department heads or deans are asked to provide an
assessment of each nominee in relation to a set of
stringent criteria for the award.
Prof. McGechaen, who is chairman of the English
Education department in the Faculty of Education,
instructs students in methods of teac r :, English to
elementary school students.
He holds the degrees of Bachelor and Master of
Arts from UBC and taught in elementary and secondary schools in the Vancouver area before joining the
former Normal School in Vancouver in 1950.
Prof. McGechaen joined the UBC faculty in 1956
when the Normal School was incorporated into UBC
as the Faculty of Education.
He is the co-author of a number of books on reading development and language which are still in use in
Canadian schools.
Prof. Rogatnick has been a member of the UBC
faculty since 1959 and in the first term of the
1974-75 Winter Session taught courses in the basic
theory of architectural design and the history of
He is currently on leave of absence from-teaching
duties at UBC to serve as interim director of the
Vancouver Art Gallery.
Prof. Rogatnick was educated at the University of
Connecticut and at Harvard University. He holds the
degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from Harvard.
He has made a study of the Italian city of Venice
Please turn to Page Four
See TEACHERS Women encouraged to consider
Women were given special encouragement to consider
engineering as a professional career during a mid-March
seminar at UBC.
The seminar, entitled Women in Engineering, was
arranged by Dean Liam Finn, of UBC's Faculty of
Applied Science, who told the audience that the
engineering profession should be investigated by women
at a time when they are "exploring ways for
development and fulfillment."
The engineering profession has a long history of being
guided only by economic terms, he said. "But that's all
charlged. We feel ... that what we need in engineering is
the injection of an entirely different set of values. The
kind of values that women hold to a far greater degree,
apparently, than men do."
Keynote speaker of the seminar was Dr. Irene Peden,
associate dean of engineering at the University of
Washington in Seattle, who said she believed that women
"have some new ideas about ourselves and about the
kinds of goals we can achieve. Engineering is in the main
stream of this technically oriented society and it's my
belief that women are not going to stand outside of the
mainstream any longer. And that's how it should be."
After describing the difficulties she encountered in
seeking her first job as a professional engineer, Dr. Peden
described how she set about increasing the enrolment of
women in engineering at the University of Washington.
"I went to sorne trouble ... to contact the public
schools," she said. "I contacted counsellors and science
and math teachers." In 1974, there were 155 women
engineering students enrolled at the University of
Washington, or about 6 per cent of the total enrolment
in engineering.
Summing up at the end of the meeting, Dr. Peden
said: "You don't have to have advanced degrees to be a
good, hard-working, well-rewarded engineer. Hard work
has been mentioned ..., but look, college is hard work.
Engineering isn't any harder. You don't have to be a
genius. You don't have to be a mechanical wizard."
Another seminar participant, the Hon. Graham Lea,
B.C.'s Minister of Highways, said the B.C. government
had commissioned a task force to enquire into reasons
why there were not more opportunities for women in
There is a change happening in the role of engineers
in society, Mr. Lea said. People are demanding more say
in what happens in the community and, as a result,
engineers are having to become more involved with
Young people, he concluded, both men and women,
Selection committees approved
Principles for the composition of advisory
committees for the selection of deans of faculties
have been approved by UBC's Senate.
The principles, approved at Senate's March 19
meeting, were recommended to Senate by a joint
Board of Governors-Senate committee established
following Senate's December, 1974, meeting.
The establishment of advisory committees stems
from a clause in the new Universities Act, which
empowers the Board of Governors, "with the
approval of the Senate," to establish procedures for
the selection of candidates for president, deans and
other senior academic administrators.
Under the regulations approved by Senate on
March 19, a selection advisory committee would be
composed as follows:
• At least half the committee would be members
of the faculty concerned;
• The number of members of the committee to be
elected by the faculty concerned would be equal to
the number of its members to be appointed by the
• The committee would be composed of a
minimum of 10 persons, four to be elected by the
faculty concerned, four to be appointed by the
president, and two students who would be nominated
from and elected by the registered students in the
faculty concerned and graduate students associated
with that faculty;
• The president may establish a larger committee
as long as he follows the principles outlined above
and that for every four non-students added to a
committee, an additional student member is added;
• The chairman of the committee would be
appointed by the president and the secretary by the
committee from among its own members.
Senate rejected a proposed amendment by a
student Senator which would have provided for the
number of students on the selection committee being
equal to the number elected by the faculty concerned
and to the number appointed by the president.
Senate also approved a recommendation from the
joint committee "that deans shall be appointed
hereafter for terms of six years renewable at the
pleasure of the board on the recommendation of the
Senate rejected an amendment proposed by Prof.
Norman Epstein of the Department of Chemical
Engineering, which would have had the effect of
limiting the reappointment of deans to one additional
term of six years beyond the first six-year
At the end of 12 years, Prof. Epstein said, a dean
is a "washed-up rag", regardless how much vim and
vigor he or she had originally. A 12-year limit would
encourage deans to remain scholars since they would
have to return to scholarly life after their deanship,
he said.
A number of Senators said they approved of the
recommendation but not the amendment.
Dean Liam Finn, of the Faculty of Applied
Science, said that at present deans do not have tenure
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and remain in their positions at the pleasure of the
Board of Governors.
In practice, though, it was embarrassing to initiate
action to remove a dean and the recommendation
would improve the situation.
The amendment, he said, "wanted it both ways,"
since it would mean that a dean would have to be a
good administrator and a scholar at the same time,
and that he would be willing to push for the goals of
the faculty yet be prepared to leave at short notice.
New Senate elected
Elections designed to reconstitute UBC's Senate so
that it conforms with the new Universities Act have
now been completed. The only remaining Senators to
be named are four appointees of the
Lieutenant-Governor in Council (the provincial
UBC's new Senate is made up of 79 persons, most
of them elected by the faculty, students, and
Convocation. Student representation is increased
from 12 to 17 members, but alumni representation
has been reduced from 18 to 4 members.
At UBC, faculty representation, as a percentage of
total   Senate   membership,   is   virtually   unchanged.
Preferred parking
UBC's Traffic Office has begun taking reservations
from graduate and senior students for preferred
parking space in campus parking lots for the 1975-76
academic year.
The reservation system is designed to give students
living or working outside the Vancouver area during
the summer an equal chance to obtain preferred space
with those living in the Vancouver area.
Graduate students and students who, by Aug. 31,
1975, have completed three years at UBC or are
enrolled in fourth-year or higher courses are eligible
to apply for reserved preferred parking.
A $1.00 fee will be charged to eligible students
who are allotted preferred parking to cover the
administrative costs of the program. Students who
apply for preferred parking by mail must enclose the
$1.00 fee.
Details regarding the system are available from
UBC's Traffice Office on Wesbrook Crescent.
Inventory published
The Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada has published the 1975 Inventory of Research
in Higher Education, which contains brief
descriptions of 275 research, experimental and
innovative projects in progress or completed in 1974.
The projects are grouped under six headings:
general; administration, finance and manpower;
curriculum and teaching; academic and non-academic
staff; students; and extension and continuing
The publication is available from the Research
Division of the AUCC, 151 Slater Street, Ottawa,
Under the old act there were 99 Senators.
Following is a list of the various categories of
Senate membership and the names of those recently
elected or designated:
The chancellor. (UBC's current chancellor, the Hon.
Nathan T. Nemetz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
B.C., will continue in his UBC post until his successor, Mr.
Donovan Miller, is installed during UBC's Spring
Congregation in the latter part of May).
The president, who is also chairman of Senate. (UBC's
current president. Dr. Walter Gage, will be succeeded by Dr.
Douglas T. Kenny, former dean of Arts, on July 1).
The registrar, Mr. J.E.A. Parnall, who is also secretary of
The academic vice-president or equivalent. (This post is
currently vacant).
The deans of UBC's 12 faculties.
Two Senators elected by each of the faculties:
Agricultural Sciences - Prof. J.F. Richards (Food Science)
and Prof. V.C. Runeckles (Plant Science); Applied Science -
Mr. S.O. Russell (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Muriel Uprichard
(School of Nursing); Arts — Prof. Harvey Mitchell (History)
and Prof. Peter Suedfeld (Psychology); Commerce and
Business Administration — Dr. R.F. Kelly and Prof. Peter
Lusztig; Dentistry - Prof. Leon Kraintz and Dr. M.J.A.
Smith; Education — Prof. John Dennison and Dr. Roland F.
Gray; Forestry — Mr. Peter Dooling and Dr. David Haley;
Graduate Studies - Prof. Basil Dunell and Prof. John Stager;
Law - Prof. D.J. MacDougall and Mr. A.F. Sheppard;
Medicine — Dir. Harold Copp (Physiology) and Dr. R.H. Hill
(Pediatrics); Pharmaceutical Sciences — Dr. T.H. Brown and
Prof. Modest Pernarowski; Science — Prof. Cyril Finnegan
(Zoology) and Prof. Charles McDowell (Chemistry).
Ten Senators elected by the joint faculties: Prof. Cyril
Belshaw (Anthropology and Sociology), Prof. Charles Bourne
(Law), Dr. K.T. Brearley (French), Prof. R.M. Clark
(Academic Planning and Economics), Dr. E.M. Fulton (Dean
of Women), Prof. Malcolm McGregor (Classics), Prof. B.N.
Moyls (Mathematics), Prof. Peter Pearse (Economics), Prof.
Margaret Prang (History), Prof. Ronald A. Shearer
Four members elected by Convocation: The Hon. Mr.
Justice J.C. Bouck, Mrs. Beverly Field, Mrs. Betsy A. Lane,
and Mr. Gordon A. Thom.
Representatives of affiliated colleges: Rev. P.C. Burns (St.
Mark's College); Dr. J.M. Houston (Regent College) and Rev.
J.P. Martin (Vancouver School of Theology).
Mr. Basil Stuart-Stubbs,, the University librarian.
Mr. Jindra Kulich, acting director. Centre for Continuing
Student representatives (one elected by each faculty and
five members-at-large): Agricultural Sciences — Miss Janet S.
Ryan; Applied Science - Mr. F. Keith H. Gagne; Arts- Miss
Carol V. Goulet; Commerce and Business Administration —
Mr. Brian G. Dougherty; Dentistry — Mr. Douglas Bing;
Education — Ms. Joan P. Blandford; Forestry — Mr. T. Ross
Pascuzzo; Graduate Studies — Mr. Garth B. Sundeen; Law -
Mr. Gordon Ji. Funt; Medicine — Mr. John M. Sehmer;
Pharmaceutical Sciences — Mr. W. Lynn Corscadden; Science
— Mr. Ron M. Walls; members-at-large: Mr. Gordon
Blankstein (unclassified), Mr. Ronald P. Dumont (Arts III),
Mr. Brian J. Higgins (Arts IV), Mr. Brian A. Krasselt (Science
III) and Mr. Gary R. Moore (Commerce III). engineering
would   now  find   in   engineering  a  profession  through
which they could be of service to the community.
Mr. George Taylor, personnel manager for H.A.
Simons  Ltd., a major B.C. engineering firm, said there
' are three different educational levels to be considered by
women planning to enter engineering — the Vancouver
Vocational Institute for drafting, the B.C. Institute of
Technology for the technical level, and UBC for the
professional level.
Mary Little, a fourth-year student in UBC's Chemical
. Engineering department, said she had encountered few
problems as a woman student in an almost all-male
She said she at first encountered considerable
resistance by industrial firms to employing her in the
summer, but by her third-year there seemed to be
"almost a reversal in the position of future employers —
* they seem actually to be looking for women."
The seminar, one of the most successful events so far
in International Women's Year at UBC, was jointly
, sponsored by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, the
B.C. Department of Highways, the Association of
Professional Engineers of B.C., the International
Women's Year Committee, and the Vancouver Status of
Faculty members to vote
Vote planned on
contract offer
The results of a referendum on a contract offer by
the University to the Canadian Union of Public
Employees, local 116, will not be known until
sometime later this month.
The University and the union signed a
memorandum of agreement for a new contract on
Sunday, April 6, following negotiations under a
mediator appointed by the Labor Relations Board of
Both parties agreed that the terms of the proposed
settlement will not be announced publicly until the
members of the union have been officially informed.
Members of the union, which represents 1,300
non-academic workers in UBC food services and
Department of Physical Plant, will receive the
proposed terms of the agreement in written form
shortly and will be asked to vote on the offer in a
mail ballot.
The results of the vote will be announced at a
meeting of the union later this month.
The union's contract expired at the end of March
and the union has served strike notice on UBC.
UBC's 60-bed Health Sciences Centre Hospital,
who provides psychiatric treatment, was affected in
March by the "withdrawal of services" by members
of the Professional Association of Residents and
Interns of B.C.
PARI members, in a deadlock over negotiations
with the B.C. Health Association (the former B.C.
Hospitals Association), which was negotiating on
behalf of the hospitals concerned, struck teaching
hospitals in B.C. between March 17 and 27, when
B.C.'s Health Minister, the Hon. Dennis Cocke,
referred the dispute to non-binding arbitration.
PARI members want parity with terms recently
won by interns and residents in Ontario, where
salaries range from about $12,000 to $16,750 a year.
The University is also currently involved in
negotiations under a mediator appointed by the B.C.
Labor Relations Board with the Office and Technical
Employees Union, which represents 45 draftsmen,
engineering assistants and project inspectors on the
The OTEU's contract expired March 31. The
union has served strike notice on the University.
The UBC Faculty Association is distributing
ballots to its membership for a vote on three
alternative forms of collective bargaining with the
University administration.
The Faculty Association held an information
meeting yesterday (April 10) to discuss three position
papers on collective bargaining, two statements
describing the status quo for salary negotiations and
revisions in the Faculty Handbook, and the report of
an association committee outlining the method of
balloting on the collective bargaining question and
other matters.
Immediately following the 12:30 p.m. information
meeting, the association held a special meeting to
discuss constitutional amendments providing for
minority protections for collective bargaining and
subsidiary agreements on salary differentials and
matters other than salary.
The ballot being circulated asks association
members to decide among three alternatives for
collective bargaining. They are:
A: Certification under the Labor Code of B.C.
B: A special plan for negotiation outside the
Labor Code; and
C:   The status quo as before Feb. 14, 1974.
The ballot is in the form of three paired choices
for the pairs AEl, BC and AC. If one of the
alternatives obtains a simple majority in both its
pairings with the other two, that alternative will be
declared the winner.
The association's committee on collective
bargaining, which drew up the balloting scheme,
recommends that if there is no winner on the ballot
currently being circulated, the association should
hold a mail ballot for a simple "yes-no" vote on
certification in the fall of this year.
The position paper advocating that the association
apply for certification under the Labor Code of B.C.
Act was written by Prof. Ian Ross, a member of the
English department and immediate past president of
the Faculty Association.
He argues that certification would give the faculty
the broad right to bargain collectively about the
terms and conditions of their employment at UBC,
and that the agreements negotiated would be legally
binding. The position paper says that bargaining in
good faith would be required and there would be a
viable means of improving salaries and defending the
standard of living of faculty members.
Prof. Ross's position paper also says that present
dismissal procedures in the Faculty Handbook.
"could be made part of the collective agreement, and
we .could design and negotiate the much-needed steps
for resolving grievances or conflicts, according to our
own circumstances."
The position paper outlining a special plan for
negotiation outside the Labor Code was written by
Prof. Lionel Harrison, of the Department of
Chemistry, and revised by the association's
committee on alternative forms of collective
The paper argues that the status of a faculty
member is only in part that of an "employee," and
has also an "academic" or "non-employee" aspect by
virtue of the faculty member's participation in the
governing bodies of the University at the
departmental and faculty levels or as a member of the
Board of Governors or Senate.
Under the special plan proposed in the paper the
Board of Governors and the Faculty Association
would bargain on economic benefits, but if no
agreement could be reached the agreement would
provide for establishment of an arbitration board of
three persons. The decision of two of three
arbitrators would be binding on both parties.
The position paper also provides for the
incorporation into the agreement of the provisions in
the Faculty Handbook regarding terms of
employment, tenure, promotion, dismissal, and
grievance or appeal procedures.
The description of the status quo on salary
negotiations was written by Dr. Harold Copp, head of
the Physiology department, and that on negotiations
on revisions in the /-acuity Handbook by Prof. Peter
Pearse, of the Department of Economics.
New committee requested
UBC's Senate voted on March 19 to request that
President Walter H. Gage establish a Committee on
Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies.
A recommendation to request the president to
establish such a committee was made in the report of
the Senate Committee on Undergraduate
Interdisciplinary Studies, established 18 months ago.
The committee recommended that the proposed
president's committee include people whose whole or
part-time job would be to facilitate operation of
existing interdisciplinary programs, to encourage the
development of new programs, to collect and
disseminate information on all developments relating
to interdisciplinary programs, and to assist students in
integrating interdisciplinary studies into degree
The committee said that in meeting with
individuals and groups on the campus, and as a result
of a survey of all UBC faculties and departments, it
had found that many courses are offered that can be
defined as interdisciplinary.
However, the committee found that problems arise
in connection with several interdisciplinary programs
of larger scope and intention, such as Arts I and
Urban Studies.
Because few senior faculty members participate in
the teaching of such programs, many junior faculty
members hesitate to participate "fearing that to do so
may adversely affect their chances of promotion and
The lack of regular faculty then necessitates that
non-faculty people be called in to teach these
programs, the report said, "and this tends to arouse
Earlier date for course changes set
UBC students who want to change courses in the
first term of the Winter Session will have to make up
their minds one week earlier in future.
UBC's Senate has approved a recommendation
from Mr. J.E.A. Parnall, UBC's Registrar, establishing
Friday of the second week of lectures in the first
term as the last day for changes in courses. Since
1971, students have had until Friday in the third
week of lectures to change courses.
Mr. Parnall said he was recommending the change
as the result of persistent criticism from faculty members, who claimed that entering a course three weeks
after it had begun put students at a disadvantage,
particularly in the case of IVi-unit courses which
terminate at Christmas.
He said the original intention was that a student
could change courses after two weeks in the case of
IVi-unit courses, and after three weeks for three-unit
courses. The problem was that students didn't
differentiate between the two and the regulation had
become impossible to adminster, he said.
suspicion and to make these programs appear to be
off to the side of the central thrust of University
The committee said that more than 100 faculty
members in the Arts faculty expressed interest in
teaching in interdisciplinary courses, but nearly all
"recognized the difficulty of creating and
implementing programs that do not easily fit into
existing structures. The malaise and frustration of this
situation was expressed many times to members of
this committee ...," the report said.
Students express dissatisfaction in various ways
with the present offerings of the University, the
report continued, "sometimes by a passive and
mechanical attitude toward their own education, and
sometimes by agitating for changes."
The dissatisfaction expressed by students, faculty
members and society as a whole reflects "a real
failure of the University to address itself to many
problems that do not fall into the categories of
thought expressed by existing disciplines, and that
the existing interdisciplinary programs are not a
sufficiently strong response."
If the University does not take the initiative in
creating a curriculum that educates people for
interdisciplinary tasks, the report said, it will fail in
its responsibility to society and to students, and the
University will lose students to those that are "more
responsive than we are to these academic and social
In the Senate debate on the report, Dean Liam
Finn, of the Faculty of Applied Science, said he was
disturbed that the initiative for interdisciplinary
programs might be distributed too widely.
He said a number of departments might decide
collectively against developing a specific area of
interdisciplinary studies, but individuals within those
departments might be able to muster support,
through the proposed committee, for a program their
departments had rejected.
Prof. Robert Will, acting dean of the Faculty of
Arts, said establishment of new interdisciplinary
programs would not only require the co-operation of
deans and department heads, but also additional
funding, unless the new programs were substituted
for existing traditional programs. Off-campus law office approved
UBC's Faculty of Law plans to establish an
off-campus community law office where law students
will handle actual cases as part of their academic
program and provide free legal advice to persons who
cannot afford the services of a lawyer.
UBC's Senate approved the new program, to be
called "Community Legal Services," at its March 19
The third-year law students selected for the
program will handle cases under the supervision of
professors who will be qualified members of the B.C.
bar. The students will be assisted by at least one
full-time staff lawyer, volunteer lawyers and other
UBC faculty members.
Between 12 and 20 law students will be selected to
take part in the program in each of the two terms
making up the Winter Session. They will receive
credit for 7/4 units — half a normal 15-unit program
— on successful completion of the program.
In its proposal to establish the community law
office, the Faculty of Law said the objectives of the
program were to develop student skills in the areas of
interviewing and counselling clients, characterization
and analysis of legal problems, research and
formulation of legal arguments, trial procedures and
practice, drafting documents, negotiation, the
dynamics   of   the   lawyer-client   relationship,   and
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with grants from the Canada Council and the government of Italy.
Here are brief biographical notes on Certificate of
Merit winners:
Prof. Ralph Loffmark has been a UBC faculty
member s nee 1954. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania and
also holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall in
Toronto. He is a member of the bar in both Ontario
and B.C.
In the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Prof. Loffmark teaches courses in commercial law, tax planning and the government regulation
of business.
Prof. Geoffrey Scudder was educated at the University College of Wales and at Oxford University
before joining the UBC faculty in 1958. His teaching
and research specialties are in the field of entomology, the study of insects.
In the current year, Prof. Scudder has taught
courses in comparative vertebrate zoology, evolution,
the geographic distribution of animals, and entomology-
Dr. Hanna Kassis joined the UBC faculty in 1964
after studying at the American University of Beirut in
Lebanon, and Harvard University. He specializes in
the archaeology of the ancient Middle East and the
history, art and architecture of the Islamic religion.
He has taught courses in all these areas at UBC in
1974-75 as well as a course in the Linguistics department on classical Arabic.
Dr. Jan W. Walls joined UBC's Department of
Asian Studies in 1970 after studying at the University
of Indiana. He is a Chinese-language expert who
teaches basic modern Chinese to UBC students. He
also instructs in Chinese literature at the graduate
The first winner of the Master Teacher Award was
Dr. Walter H. Gage, now UBC's president. Other
Master Teachers are Prof. Malcolm McGregor,
Classics; Prof. Ben Moyls, Mathematics; Prof. Dennis
Chitty, Zoology; Prof. Geoffrey Durrant, English;
Prof. Moses Steinberg, English; Prof. Bryan Clarke,
Education; Prof. Peter Larkin, Zoology; Prof. Sam
Black, Education; Dr. Floyd St. Clair, French; and
Prof. John Hulcoop, English.
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Letters   to   the    Editor   should    be   sent   to
Information    Services,    Main    Mall    North
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professional responsibility and legal ethics.
The faculty's proposal said the number and type
of cases accepted by the office would be restricted
because of the program's educational objectives.
"In the beginning," the proposal said, "the cases
accepted will reflect the legal problems of the
indigent client-landlord and tenant; consumer
protection; social security administration
(unemployment insurance, social assistance, etc.);
family law; small claims; summary criminal cases."
The proposal also said it was expected that many
of the cases on which students would work would be
referred to the office by existing legal service
organizations,   such   as   the   Vancouver   Community
Legal Assistance Society and the Law Students' Legal
Advice Program.
"Cases will be selected because of their
educational value," the proposal said, "rather than
the financial resources of the client. In general,
however, clients who can afford a lawyer will not be
accepted ..."
Students taking part in the program will be
supervised on an individual basis, will participate in
regular group meetings, and hear lectures on problems
in legal practice.
In the group meetings students will report on the
cases they have been handling and will be subject to
group scrutiny and criticism.
Lett scholarship deadline set
May 2 has been set as the deadline for receipt of
nominations for the $1,500 Sherwood Lett Memorial
Scholarship for the 1975-76 Winter Session.
The annual award is made to a UBC undergraduate
who displays the qualities exemplified by the late Mr.
Lett, who was Chief Justice of B.C. at the time of his
death in 1964. Mr. Lett was Chancellor of UBC from
1951 to 1957.
The winner is selected from candidates nominated
by the UBC Students' Council, the executive of the
Graduate Students' Association, the executive of an
official UBC undergraduate society, or a faculty
through its dean or a school through its director.
Details regarding material to be submitted in
nominating candidates are available from the UBC
Awards Office, Room 207, Buchanan Building.
Board approves rates
UBC's Board of Governors has approved increases
in rentals and room-and-board rates for campus
The increases, which range from 15.69 per cent in
the Walter H. Gage Residence, where room only is
provided, to between 19.84 and 21.22 per cent in the
Place Vanier and Totem Park Residences, where room
and board is provided, are slightly lower than the
increases recommended to the Board in early March
by the President's Joint Permanent Residence
The eight-member president's committee, made up
of five students representing each campus complex
and five Administration representatives, proposed
increases of 18.25 per cent in the rental rate for the
Walter H. Gage Residence and increases ranging from
22.45 to 23.95 per cent for the Totem Park and Place
Vanier Residences.
The recommendations for the lower percentage
increases in rates were made to the Board of
Governors by its finance committee, which had been
asked to review the increases proposed by the
president's committee in the light of representations
made to the Board by students living in residence.
The Board also approved a recommendation from
its finance committee authorizing the University to
apply for exemption from the rental-increase ceiling
of 10.6 per cent imposed under the Landlord and
Tenant Act.
The proposed increases are conditional on the
granting of the exemption.
The increases approved by the Board would mean
that the University would provide an additional
subsidy so that housing operations would reach a
break-even point in 1977-78, instead of 1976-77 as
originally planned.
The lower rates would also involve deferment of
repayment of a $44,000 Residence Food Services
The new residence rates would be effective on July
1, instead of May 1, as originally proposed by the
President's Permanent Joint Residence Committee.
New room-and-board rates proposed by the
president's committee for students attending UBC's
1975 Summer Session were approved by the Board.
The increases in summer rates — 25.14 per cent for a
double room and 24.95 per cent for a single room —
are slightly higher than those proposed for Winter
Session students.
The higher increases reflect the fact that the
occupancy rate in summer is substantially lower than
in winter, while certain fixed costs such as labor and
food remain constant.
The Board also approved increases recommended
by the president's committee in rates charged to
tenants occupying suites and townhouses in the
Acadia Park family residence, coverted wooden army
huts in adjacent Acadia Camp, and self-contained
suites on President's Row in Acadia Camp.
The average increase for units in all these areas will
be 3.6 per cent, effective Sept. 1, 1975.
The Board also approved a proposal that a surplus
of funds resulting from the operation of family
residences in Acadia Camp and Acadia Park be
designated a contingency reserve to provide
emergency repairs to huts and other accommodation
in Acadia Camp and Acadia Park, and as a
development fund for planning, development and
acquisition of future family housing.
The proposed 1975-76 rate schedule approved by
the Board for single student residences appears below.
Winter Session - Proposed 1975-76 Rates* (1974-75 Rates in Brackets)
Fall Term
Walter H. Gage Residence (room only)
Single room $323.34 ($282.22)
in high-rise quadrant
Shared suite $323.34 ($282.22)
in low-rise (double)
Totem Park Residence (room and board)
Senior single room       $600.47 ($501.61)
Single room $557.63 ($464.53)
Double room $528.05 ($444.96)
Place Vanier Residence (room and board)
Single room $557.63 ($464.53)
Double room $528.05 ($444.96)
Spring Term
$370.89 ($315.10)
$370.89 ($315.10)
$688.77 ($560.05)
$639.63 ($518.65)
$605.70 ($496.80)
$639.63 ($518.65)
$605.70 ($496.80)
$694.23 ($597.32)
$694.23 ($597.32)
$1,289.24 ($1,061.66)
$1,197.26 ($ 983.18)
$1,133.75(3   941.76)
$1,197.26 ($
$1,133.75 ($
$3.17 ($2.74)
$3.17 ($2.74)
$5.88 ($4.87)
$5.17 ($4.32)
$5.46 ($4.51)
$5.17 ($4.32)
* Proposed 1975-76 rates would be effective July 1, 1975, and are conditional on the
University being granted an exemption from the 10.6 per cent increase imposed under the
Landlord and Tenant Act.
Summer Session (room and board)
Single Room (per day) $5.53
Double Room (per day) $5.29
4/UBC Reporls/April 1 J. 1975


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