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UBC's Department of Food Services has
decided to stop the use of disposable dishes
and cutlery in the Student Union Building
When the second term of the 1971-72
winter session opens Jan. 3, SUB patrons will
once again be eating off china plates, drinking
out of china mugs and manhandling their
food with metal knives, forks and spoons.
A recommendation to terminate the
disposable experiment in SUB was approved
Tuesday (Dec. 7) by the President's
Committee on University Community
Services — Food Services, chaired by Mr.
Byron Hender, business consultant to the
Bookstore and Food Services.
The recommendation to do away with
paper plates, styrofoam cups and plastic
eating utensils was made to the committee by
Miss Ruth Blair, director of Food Services.
Mr. Hender said there were two reasons for
terminating the experiment.
"First, a substantial number of students
and faculty members protested against the use
of disposables because they were not
biodegradable or esthetically pleasing, and
second, the economies which were expected
with the use of disposables simply haven't
materialized," Mr. Hender said.
The return of china plates and cups and
metal eating utensils will mean increased costs
for Food Services. Two additional
dishwashers will have to be employed as a
result of the policy change and some
additional china will have to be purchased to
add to what Food Services now has in storage.
Mr. Hender said Food Services was
prevented from achieving expected economies
because the original disposable items proved
to be unsatisfactory and Food Services was
forced to purchase a better quality.
In addition, he said, the cost of these items
increased considerably after the policy of
using disposables was instituted at the
beginning of the current session.
"Food Services had also expected to save
significant sums of money on utilities such as
steam, hot water and electricity as a result of
the use of disposables," Mr. Hender.said.
Savings in this area have not materialized
either, he said.
Some disposable items will be retained in
the SUB cafeteria for the use of students who
wish to take food out of the cafeteria area.
Mr. Hender said the disposables experiment
Please turn to Page Four
New AMS Executive Aims
To Re-establish Channels
A new seven-man executive of Students'
Council has now taken office following the
defeat of the Human Government
executive in a referendum vote on Oct. 2 7.
The new president of the Alma Mater
Society is second-year Law student Grant
Burnyeat, who has been the Faculty of
Law representative on Students' Council in
the current year He defeated third-year
Law student Til Nawatskl in an election
held on Nov. 24. The new AMS treasurer is
fourth-year Arts student David Dick, who
was elected by acclamation. UBC Reports
talked to Mr. Burnyeat and Mr. Dick just
after they took over the reins of student
UBCR: Grant, in your statement as a
candidate for the presidency of the AMS,
you said that the problems which face
students can best be solved by a
co-operative effort with the officials of the
University, where negotiations replace
demands and rhetoric. That was your
campaign statement. Can you say what you
think the problems are? The other
implication of your statement is that you
think communication between students
and the University has broken down. Do
you have any specific suggestions about
how communication can be improved?
MR. BURNYEAT: I think that because
UBC is a commuter campus the great
majority of students don't have an
opportunity to take part in many campus
activities.    The    problems    facing    most
students result from the size of the
University, which militates against students
being able to take part in a valuable
learning experience. I think a lot of these
problems have their roots in the way some
faculties are organized and the inability,
whether real or imagined, of students to
articulate their problems and their
discontent with the University and
translate them into positive action that will
bring about the correction of the problem.
Our overview of the situation is that
some channels have been established to
enable students with problems to seek a
solution. Some of these channels are not
being used for various reasons — lack of
publicity, and, in some cases, the inability
of the channels to work as effectively as
they might What we want to do is
reestablish the channels that haven't been
working as well as they might in relation
to, say, the Bookstore or the Registrar's
office. And we want to be able to work
with the administration and, say, set up a
desk in the Bookstore that students can go
to for solutions to problems. The idea is to
give students direct access to a particular
department or official whom they need to
talk to.
I don't think student government has
done an effective job of giving students a
feeling of belonging to a university
community by involving them in programs
Please turn to Page Two
Nominations Called for
Master Teacher Awards
Nominations for the 1971-72 Master
Teacher Awards have been called for by Dr.
Robert M. Clark, UBC's academic planner and
chairman of the committee that screens
The awards, established in 1969 by Dr.
Walter Koerner, a member of UBC's Board of
Governors, in honor of his brother, Dr. Leon
Koerner, are intended to give recognition to
outstanding teachers of UBC undergraduates.
The question of student representation on
the Master Teacher Awards committee is still
in doubt. Dr. Clark has written to student
president Grant Burnyeat asking that the
AMS nominate four students — two graduate
students and two undergraduates — to sit on
the committee.
It now seems unlikely that the Students'
Council will consider the matter until early in
Please turn to Page Three
Continued from Page One
through dorms for instance. The tendency of
students js to look downtown or to the TV for
entertainment rather than to the University
MR: DICK: I think one of the problems is
communication between the students and the
faculty. Currently, there are difficulties within
the anthropology and sociology department
concerning tenure. I am not familiar enough
with the department really to know what is
going on, but it seems to me that one of the
basic problems is a failure in communications.
Whether this is the students' or the faculty's
fault, I don't know. To some extent the campus
is becoming so large that communication
between departments and between faculties is
breaking down. I think one of the biggest road
blocks a student runs into is in arranging an
interdisciplinary program. For instance, if a
student in the School of Social Work wants to
take a psychology course in the Arts faculty,
there is a tremendous amount of red tape to go
through to enable him to take the course, if
indeed it is possible at all. Yet it may be a course
that bears directly on what he wants to do
professionally. I think you find symptons of this
all across the campus.
And here I think the AMS is in a sort of ideal
situation, because we have student members
from the various faculties. I would hope that
over the next few months we could develop
some sort of machinery to work out some of
these problems. Perhaps the AMS should go to
the Senate, for instance, and present a brief to
show how courses in various faculties could be
linked to create interdisciplinary programs. I
know a lot of Arts students who would like to
take certain science courses but can't because
they are strictly for Science students. I think
this is a major role for the AMS over the next
few years.
MR. BURNYEAT: Another aspect to this
problem of size is that the communication
problem isn't just between students and
administration or between departments, it's also
between students in the same faculties. The
professional faculties have effectively and
successfully organized programs, partly because
the faculties are small. I think the campus is
faced with the failure of two of the largest
faculties, Science and Arts, to organize. I am not
sure how we can get at that problem. There are
approximately 10,000 people — half the campus
— in those two faculties and they are largely
unorganized as far as reflecting the kinds of
events and programs that students in those
faculties want. In my own faculty, Law, we have
a very strong identity. We have a very strong
program that involves off-campus people and
other professional faculties; engineering, for
instance, has an equally active program.
Education   is  developing  one.   But  Arts  and
Science are an impersonal nine-to-five thing.
You come and take your courses and have no
real feeling as an Arts or a Science student.
Science is attempting a new approach by
organizing on a departmental basis. Arts may
have to adopt the same approach.
Our approach is that it is not possible for the
AMS to be a sort of grand bureaucracy in SUB
that can run and program everyone's lives. What
we want to do are those things that can be done
on a cross-campus basis, such as special events,
intramurals and clubs, which would have the
advantages of large-scale organization and
financing. At the same time we would like to see
more power and money diffused into the
individual faculties and departments so that they
can develop their own programs.
GRANT BURNYEAT: "Our approach is that it
is not possible for the AMS to be a grand
bureaucracy that can run and program
everyone's lives."
I think one of the mistakes made by Human
Government was to assume that a public
statement of demands by Students' Council
meant something to students. Our approach is
that, as a matter of principle, it is valuable for
students to be talking about and taking part in
curriculum and tenure decisions. However, it's
our view that statements on these issues should
be made by individual faculties or students. I
think it is presumptuous of Students' Council to
say to students, "This is right for you." I felt
that it was presumptuous on the part of Human
Government, where political issues were
involved, to claim to speak for the entire student
body. We view our role as one of bringing
important issues to the campus in terms of an
educational experience. Amchitka could have
been just as effectively dealt with if Council had
sponsored a series of knowledgeable speakers
who would have provided as much information
as possible to enable students to talk about the
issues. Then some sort of consensus could be
arrived at and used as a basis for taking a stand. I
am not sure that it is necessary to go out and
stage a public protest. I think the role of
university students is one of inquiry and
education, not necessarily one of partisan effort
to change the outside world.
As far as our approach to the University is
concerned, I think there was an unfortunate
tendency to try the issues in public before
attempts were made to solve problems through
committee negotiations. For instance, the
Bookstore and Food Services committees both
have what I think is valid, solid student
representation, which wasn't being utilized by
Human Government. The former treasurer was
on the Bookstore committee and I have been
informed by people on that committee that his
attendance wasn't as regular as it might have
been. Our approach is that we've got these
committees, let's work through them. It's clear
from talks I've had with the administration that
they are more than willing to sit down and give
us all the figures and negotiate some sort of
settlement when there is a dispute. I believe that
the channels are there if we use them. Until it is
proven to me that the existing channels are
merely stumbling blocks or that we are refused
access to new channels, we should work through
them and see what happens. We are all fairly
confident that we can make some major progress
given that both the administration and the AMS
recognize the problems.
UBCR: One of the decisions you'll have to
face in the next week or so is the question of
AMS representation on the committee to screen
nominations for the Master Teacher Awards.
Last year Council refused to name a
representative to the committee. How do you
personally feel about that award and what
would you recommend to council?
MR. DICK: I can't speak for council, but I'm
fairly strongly in favor of participation. My own
view is that the Master Teacher Awards are one
of the better ways of drawing attention to the
teaching aspect of the University. I also think we.
have some extremely good teachers at UBC who
deserve some sort of recognition for that effort.
I think this is one of the ways we are going to
attract better teachers — by giving the teaching
aspect some recognition.
MR. BURNYEAT: The point council made
last year was that by emphasizing that there is
such a thing as a Master Teacher, it assumes that
we are rewarding a function that is extremely
valuable in the University community and that
other things, such as publishing, are less
important. I am not fully convinced that equal
weight should be given to publishing. I would*
agree with Dave that by rewarding teaching, the
University focuses on something which it
considers to be important. Choosing a Master
Teacher could also provide an annual
opportunity to assess the criteria for tenure and
whether the publishing and the teaching aspects'
can't be better brought more into balance.'*^
UBCR: How do you see the role or^wie
students who have been elected to the Senate of
the University? Do you plan to have contact
with them in bringing the student viewpoint to
MR. BURNYEAT: We haven't caucused with
them as yet. As soon as possible we will be
talking with them to see how they view their
role in the Senate and how they can translate
ideas into action or study.
UBCR: You are going to be in office for a
maximum of three months. Is it your intention
to run again in the spring elections?
MR. BURNYEAT: I was reluctant to run this
time. I have projects in law that I would ra^ner
work on.  I have no intention of running
MR. DICK: I haven't really decided yet. Being
in Arts I can program my courses to have more
time available. The way things look now I
expect that I will probably run again, because
three months is an awfully short time. There is
not very much we can accomplish in the next
three months, except to lay the ground work for
the next council.
MR. BURNYEAT: I think the consensus is
that there was no need for Human Government
to have called a referendum to ask for "a
mandate. Given that they did, or saw the need
to, I think theey were deserving of defeat on
various issues. I think what should be learned
from the exercise is that Students' Council does
have a mandate for a year and should follow
that mandate unless they are recalled.
MR. DICK: You have to give Human
Government this much credit — they had made
the referendum issue part of their platform.
They, as much as anybody, were rather surprised
when they were actually elected. Until the last
week of the campaign last spring, I don't think
anybody really expected them to get in.
Suddenly they found themselves elected and
here was this campaign promise. I think it is to
their credit that they held good to their promise
of a referendum.
MR. BURNYEAT: I would agree completely. .
But I think it set an unfortunate precedent. I've    J
said   humorously   a   couple   of   times   that   if
students don't like what we do we will be glad
to resign in February. It's been said that Human
Government contemplated that they might be
2/UBC Reports/Dec. 10, 1971 f     4
DAVID  DICK:   "I'm   in  favor  of their  being
* student  representation on the Master Teacher
Awards Committee. The awards are one way of
attracting better teachers."
defeated in the referendum and, as a result,
pushed through what they wanted to do in a
'seven-month period instead of a 12-month
p^Kd. As a result, I think some of their
programs were a little rushed.
UBCR: In your campaign statement you said
the Students' Coalition planned to initiate some
, faculty-student studies. What specifically have
you done?
MR. BURNYEAT: What we have in mind is
an attempt ta deal with some campus problems.
For instance, there is a problem with day-care
help on campus. Our approach is to work with
» Education, Nursing and Home Ec students
enrolled in courses which are offered in those
areas, so that the students will receive credit for
work in a day-care centre. We have asked
aArchitecture students to have a look at the
orfl^nt  space  usage  of   SUB   and  Commerce
' sHP?nts to have a look at business organization
MH general structure of the AMS and make
suggestions for improvements.
.. As far as the transportation is concerned, we
want to get together with the School of
Community and Regional Planning to see
whether it might be possible to do long-term or
short-term studies on campus transportation
problems. It's a hassle coming to the campus in
the morning, it's a hassle finding a parking space
and walking to buildings. For instance, we hope
to approach B.C. Hydro on the possibility of
establishing a bus service on the 16th Ave.
extension to provide an alternate public
transportation route. If we can improve the bus
system so that it provides better access to the
campus we can remove the car, which is
essentially a very inefficient way of transporting
UBC   REPORTS:   The   Students'  Coalition
executive has now taken over the governance of
the   Alma   Mater   Society   from   the   Human
' Government executive. On the same night that
the   Human   Government  was  defeated   in  a
referendum. Students' Council passed a budget
that allocates the available money for various
AMS  programs.  How do you feel about that
v budget? Is it a budget that you are going to have
t   tc live with for the balance of this year without
too many changes?
MR. GRANT BURNYEAT: The budget was
passed   by  a  required  two-thirds  majority   by
■TGouncil.  It was a compromise budget in that
cuts were made to The Ubyssey budget,
administrative costs in the office were cut, and
there were other minor adjustments. Major
concessions were won for the intramural and
clubs programs. So I think that we are more or
less locked into everything that is in that budget.
MR. DAVE DICK: We do have some leeway
in the budget. When the initial budget is set, five
per cent of the funds available to the AMS are
set aside and not allocated until January. This is
done so that funds are available to meet any
emergencies that may come up in the spring
term. The funds which are now approved are
intended to cover expenses for the entire year.
But there are, inevitably, problems in some
areas. A club may run into trouble, for instance,
and the intramural program is probably going to
need more money. I think the Human
Government budget is wrong in a lot of their
estimates. They have been very optimistic in
terms of what they think their expenses are
going to be.
MR. BURNYEAT: We've found, for instance,
that the Special Events Committee has overspent
on some of their programs. Labor Week cost
$2,000 more than was budgeted for. So we run
into the difficulty of having to adjust their
programs, either by charging more to obtain
additional income or subsidizing them to the
tune of $2,000.
MR. DICK: We are in a difficult situation this
year, one that the administration finds itself in
as well. Enrolment, and consequently, revenues
are down and of the $29 AMS fee only about $9
is available for AMS programs. The balance goes
to repay the SUB debt or is allocated under the
constitution to various funds. So in effect we
have $9,000 less income this year than last, and
it has made things very tight. I am quite sure the
Human Government had a great deal of trouble
in drawing up the initial budget so that it made
any sense at all. (
MR. BURNYEAT: SUB is being paid off by a
$15-a-year contribution by students. When there
are a thousand fewer students it means an awful
lot of money isn't being applied against our
principal and interest on the SUB debt. We are
locked in to an 18-year repayment plan on SUB
and I think we are going to have to have a
careful look at the projected enrolments of the
University to see whether it may be necessary to
go back to the Board of Governors and ask for
an extension of our repayment period.
MR. DICK: In addition, there is a fair amount
of feeling on the campus that there should be
some expansion of the building. Hopefully, we
could tie in an extension of the repayment
period with some additional capital so that we
can expand. But this is something we really have
to look at and tie together into some sort of
realistic financing package.
MR. BURNYEAT: The Pit is the major
concern here. The other difficulty is that capital
replacement funds are not as generous as they
might be and as a result we have a great deal of
damaged furniture on our hands that we can't
afford to repair.
The other difficulty we have to face with the
building was a motion passed by the SUB
management committee to allow the building to
be open 24 hours a day. We are going to ask
Council to rescind that motion.
MR. DICK: The SUB management committee
really doesn't have the power to make a decision
like that. There was a referendum passed by the
student body in 1969 which rejected a proposal
to have the building open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. If any group wanted it to be open
on that basis they would have to present another
referendum to the whole campus. I don't think a
committee really can decide that sort of thing.
Continued from Page One
Last year, both the Council and the executive of
the Graduate Student Association refused to name
students to sit on the committee on the grounds that
the awards mask a tenure and promotion system
which they claimed rewards research and publication
rather than teaching.
The Master Teacher Awards committee decided to
carry on without student representation last year and
in May named the fourth and fifth recipients of the
award, who shared a $5,000 cash prize that goes with
the honor.
The 1970-71 winners were Prof. Peter Larkin, of
the Department of Zoology, and Dr. Floyd B. St.
Clair, assistant professor of French.
Previous winners were Prof. Sam Black, of the
Faculty of Education; Dr. John Hulcoop, Department
of English, and UBC's president, Dr. Walter Gage.
Despite the refusal of the two student groups to
participate in the 1970-71 selection process, a record
31 UBC teachers were nominated for the award last
year. With the exception of one, all of last year's
candidates were nominated by students.
At least two members of the selection committee
visit the classroom of each nominee and department
heads and deans are asked for an assessment of each
candidate in terms of a stringent list of criteria.
Regulations and the list of criteria for the award
are available at the Office of Academic Planning in
the Main Mall North Administration Building, at the
Main, Woodward and Sedgewick Libraries, at room
270 of the H.R. MacMillan Building for Forestry and
Agricultural Sciences and at the AMS business office
in the Student Union Building.
The closing date for nominations is Jan. 21, 1972.
To be eligible for the award, faculty members
must have held a full-time teaching appointment at
UBC for at least three years and must be currently
teaching on the campus. During this period
candidates must have taught undergraduate courses in
a winter session.
Candidates will be appraised in terms of their
teaching in recent years.
Nominations may be made by students, faculty
members and alumni and should be sent to Prof.
Clark at the Office of Academic Planning in the Main
Mall North Administration Building.
Those nominating candidates should offer an
evaluation with the following criteria in mind:
• Having a comprehensive knowledge of the
• Being habitually well prepared for class
• Having enthusiasm for the subject, and the
capacity to arouse interest in it among the students
• Establishing a good rapport with the students
both in and out of classes
• Encouraging student participation on class
• Setting a high standard and successfully
motivating students to try to attain such a standard
• Communicating effectively at levels appropriate
to the preparedness of students
• Utilizing methods of evaluation of student
performance which search for understanding of the
subject rather than just ability to memorize
• Being accessible to students outside of class
Members of the selection committee are: Prof.
Clark, chairman; UBC's Chancellor, Mr. Allan
McGavin; Prof. Roy Daniells, University Professor of
English Language and Literature; Dr. Peter Larkin,
Department of Zoology; Dr. William Webber, Faculty
of Medicine; Dr. Ruth White, Department of French,
and Dr. Ross Stewart, Department of Chemistry, and
Mrs. Beverley Field, who represent the UBC Alumni
■ ■■14% Vo1- 17, No. 21 - Dec. 10,
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mmaawmar and distributed free. UBC
REPORTS Reports appears on
Wednesdays during the University's winter
session. J.A. Banham, Editor. Louise Hoskin,
Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be sent to Information Services, Main
Mall North Administration Building, UBC,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
UBC Reports/Dec. 10, 1971/3 Coming to Grips With The City
UBC has played a major role in the creation of a
book designed to help high school teachers and
students come to grips with today's city.
The book, published by Methuen Publications
under the title The Teacher and the City, is the result
of three years of effort which began in 1968 with a
two-day seminar sponsored by UBC's School of
Community and Regional Planning and Center for
Continuing Education.
One result of the seminar, which was attended by
about 200 teachers, was a decision to organize a
training program that would enable teachers to
develop classroom materials for teaching about the
city. The training program was supported by a $9,000
grant from the Central Mortgage and Housing
Eight Vancouver-area teachers who attended the
UBC seminar agreed to become program associates
for the project. They were aided by a consultative
committee made up of faculty members from the
planning school and the Faculty of Education and
chaired by Mr. Brahm Wiesman, associate professor
and currently acting director of the School of
Community and Regional Planning.
Other organizations represented on the
consultative committee were the provincial
Department of Education and the Planning Institute
of B.C.
The eight program associates met with the
consultative committee for several months. "We
introduced them to a fairly select group of planners,
architects, academics and politicians so they would
have their horizons opened as to what the city is all
about and how they might teach about it," Mr.
Wiesman said.
"At the same time, the eight teachers were using
their own social studies classes to carry out various
MRS. HILDA SYMONDS, of UBC's Center for
Continuing Education and editor of a new book
designed to help high school teachers and students
come to grips with today's city, chats with five of the
contributors to the book and Mr. Brahm Wiesman, of
UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning,
extreme left, one of the co-ordinators of the project.
Authors are, left to right, Mr. Peter Harper, Mr. R.
Charles Bryfogle, Mr. Robert G. King, Mr. John E.
McBride and Mr. Harvie L. Walker. All the authors are
UBC graduates of the Faculty of Education except
Mr. Bryfogle. Picture by the UBC Photo Department.
Continued from Page One
was an attempt to introduce greater efficiency
into Food Services operations to ensure that
the University met its financial obligations in
repaying the loan which financed the
construction of the SUB cafeteria.
"Most students," he said, "do not realize
Summer Session
Director Resigns
Prof. Wilfred H. Auld has resigned as director of
UBC's Summer Session, but will continue to hold his
post as full professor in the Faculty of Education.
He will be succeeded as director of Summer
Session by Dr. Norman Watt, associate professor in
the School of Physical Education and Recreation of
the Faculty of Education, and currently associate
director of the Summer Session.
Prof. Auld, a UBC graduate, has been a member of
the UBC faculty since 1956. He was a member of the
staff of the provincial Normal School until it was
incorporated into UBC in 1956.
Dr. Watt is also a UBC graduate who joined the
UBC faculty in 1961 and became associate director of
the Summer Sesssion in 1965.
4/UBC Reports/Dec. 10, 1971
that during the planning stage of SUB, the
Alma Mater Society approached the
University and asked it to provide the funds
to build and operate food facilities in the
planned building.
"The University agreed to make a
contribution to the cost of building and
borrowed $1,154,497.17 to construct the
food facility. These funds must be paid back,
however, out of profits from the sale of food
and other services in keeping with a Board of
Governors policy with regard to UBC's
ancillary services.
"This policy is that ancillary services, such
as Food Services, the Bookstore and traffic
and parking, must operate on a
self-supporting basis without subsidies from
the University's operating grant."
Mr. Hender said that in the last fiscal year
the sum which UBC was able to repay on the
SUB loan was some $50,000 short of the sum
UBC should have repaid $154,150 on the
debt, but the actual payment was $104,762.
After months of bringing people to the teachers,
the program associates sat down to work out the
content of the book.
The resulting book consists, for the most part, of a
series of lessons that encourage high school teachers
in social studies and other disciplines to get students
out of the classroom to experience and view the city,
Mr. Wiesman said.
Most of the lessons, he points out, have already
been tried out in classrooms by the teachers who
were the program associates.
A textbook-oriented approach to the study of the
city would start with something remote like the
Acropolis in Athens, Mr. Wiesman said. "What we're
saying is that you don't start with the Acropolis. You
start with the street where the student lives, the
school he's going to, who decided to put the school
there, who runs it and where does the money come
from. In short, some of the simplest goddamn
questions that kids can't answer."
Another of the book's lessons is concerned with
the name of the city and the streets in it, how the
names were decided on and what process is used for
the naming of city streets.
The question of city government is also dealt with
in the book. Instead of simply describing civic or
municipal government, the book encourages students
to read and analyse the city charter, attend meetings
of the city council and attempt to learn how the city
is governed on a day-to-day basis.
Other lessons in the book deal with such topics as
ethnic groups, privacy, leisure, transportation and
"These topics are intended to stimulate," Mr.
Wiesman said. "No one suggests that there is a course
that the teachers can give using these lessons. We're
really urging the teachers to develop their own lessons
using these as a basis on which to build."
Mr. Wiesman believes that the Methuen book will
be favorably received by high school teachers. "In the
two or three years in which the book has been in
preparation," he said, "teachers have become
increasingly aware that the problems of the city are
something they ought to be concerned with. I think
this book ought to help them promote this kind of
Mr. Wiesman credits Dr. Peter Oberlander, head of ^Lm
the school of Community and Regional Planning and    ~   „-
a former chairman of the Vancouver School Board,    *9
with   being  one  of  the  prime  movers  behind  the
introduction   of education  about  the city   into  the
B.C. school curriculum.
Prof. Oberlander is currently on leave from UBC
to serve as first secretary to the Minister of Urban
Affairs of the federal government in Ottawa.
Dr. Oberlander's concern about city education
began when he was school board chairman, Mr.
Wiesman said. "He was rather appalled that children
were learning English in relation to milking cows and
pumping water out of wells rather than in terms of
traffic jams, smog, the theatre, job opportunities,
universities and the many other things that go to
make up city life."
Mr. Wiesman is also quick to point out that the
book emphasizes the positive aspects of city living.
"The book doesn't ignore the problems," he said,
"and one thought that lies behind it is that
understanding the history of the city makes it more
interesting. If education is concerned with helping
people to understand and adjust to their
environment, it is also intended to give people the
opportunity to get the most out of life."
Much of the writing of the book was carried out
on a group or committee basis. Some sections were
assigned to individual program associates and almost
the entire content was discussed in committee as the
writing of the book progressed.
The overall editor of the book was Mrs. Hilda
Symonds, consultant on urban affairs programs for
UBC's Center for Continuing Education. Chairman of
the program associates was Mr. Peter Harper, who is
now the principal of a Powell River high school.


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