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Vol. 16, No. 22/Nov. 5, 1970/Vancouver 8,B.C.
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Faculty members in UBC's Department of
Zoology last week voted to uphold a
recommendation from the department's
committee on reappointments, promotions and
tenure to offer a one-year terminal
appointment to Dr. J. Robin Harger.
V The terminal appointment would run from
uly 1,1971', to June 30,1972.
The departmental recommendation, together
with the result of the secret ballot by the
zoology department, wilt now be forwarded to
the dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr.
Vladimir Okulitch.
Dr. Harger has said hti will appeal the
The current controversy surrounding Dr.
Harger is the second occasion on which the
question of his employment at UBC has been a
matter of public discussion.
Dr. Harger joined the UBC faculty in 1967
on a two-year probationary appointment that
terminated on June 30, 1969. During the final
year of this initial contract, the zoology
department's committee on reappointments,
promotion and tenure recommended that Dr.
Harger be offered a one-year terminal contract
for the 1969-70 academic year, as prescribed by
University regulations.
As a result of public discussion and
consultations with the UBC Faculty
Association, the Department of Zoology agreed
to establish an ad hoc committee to review the
first decision not to renew Dr. Harger's original
The result of the review by the eight-man ad
hoc committee, made up of two assistant
professors, three associate professors and three
full professors, was that Dr. Harger received a
second two-year probationary appointment for
the period July 1, 1969 to June 30,1971.
Following the review by the ad hoc
committee, the zoology department procedures
regarding reappointments, promotions and
tenure were reviewed and a reconstituted
committee was established along the lines of
the ad hoc committee and including five
members of the ad hoc committee.
Under the revised regulations approved by
the zoology department a faculty member was
granted the right, where matters of
reappointment, promotion and tenure v/ere
involved, to appeal to the entire department
and to request a departmental meeting to
discuss the matter.
Early this fall, the question of Dr.--Harger's
promotion to associate professor and whether
or not he would be granted tenure was
considered by the departmental committee.
The committee's recommendation to F'rof.
Please turn to Page Four
ARCHITECT'S model shows the appearance of the
Main Mall and area in front of UBC's Main Library
when the new Sedgewick Library is complete under
the Mall. Contract for the new Library, which will
seat 2,000 students and house 180,000 books, has
been awarded and construction will  begin  Nov.  9.
Northern red oaks lining the Main Mall will be
enclosed in caissons that will be incorporated into the
two-storey building. Students in Library reading
rooms will look out into landscaped courtyards in
front of the Main Library, foreground, and the
Mathematics Building, at top.
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Board Awards Contracts
For Three UBC Buildings
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors has
awarded construction contracts totalling nearly
$7,000,000, including one for the new Sedgewick
Library to be built under the Main Mall of the
The $3,306,000 contract for the Sedgewick
Library, which will seat 2,000 students and
accommodate 180,000 volumes when complete, has
been awarded to Cana Construction Co. Ltd.
UBC's bursar, Mr. William White, said the letting
of the contracts by the Board should provide
additional employment in the construction industry
prior to the onset of winter.
Also awarded were contracts for:
— A 12-storey office-seminar room extension to
the Buchanan Building to contain 267 faculty offices
and nine seminar rooms, each seating 15 students.
Frank Stanzl Construction Ltd. will build the
extension at a cost of $2,596,754 on the site of the
former Women's Gymnasium. (See picture on Page
— A new Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Building, to be built on Stores Road between the East
and Main Malls. A $1,057,000 contract has been
awarded to Biely Construction Co. Ltd. for the
one-storey building, which will provide shop and
laboratory accommodation as well as some faculty
The unique Sedgewick Library, designed to correct
a critical lack of undergraduate library space, is the
result of two years of planning by UBC officials
working in conjunction with the Vancouver
architectural firm of Rhone and Iredale.
The Library's design is an ingenious solution to a
seemingly insoluble problem: creation of a new
library facility located where studies show it ought to
be — immediately west of the existing Main Library —
without destroying the traditional character of the
treed Main Mall and adjacent lawns.
The solution arrived at makes it possible to
preserve all but one of the 40-year-old northern red
oaks and the vistas they frame along UBC's Main
Mall. (For an idea of what the Main Mall will look
like in the future, see picture on Page Four).
A second aim of the architects was the creation of
an appropriate environment for learning, which has
been achieved by designing the Library so that its east
and west faces will open out onto landscaped
courtyards in front of the Main Library and the
Mathematics Building.
Eight concrete caissons — each 30 feet in diameter
— will be built around the roots of the oaks lining the
Mall and incorporated into the building. The caissons
will run down through both floors of the two-storey
Library and provide visual anchors for the building.
On the east face of the building nearest the Main
Library the caissons will be partially exposed and
from ground level will appear to be turrets thrusting
up to the Main Mall. (See picture at top of this page).
These towers will divide the glass curtain walls that
will face out onto the landscaped court and the Main
Other features of the future Main Mall will be
staircases leading down to Library entrances and a
double skylight which will offer a view down into the
Library and serve as a light beacon at night.
The key to the Library project is the elevation
contour between the Main Library and the
Mathematics Building.
The asphalt level of the Main Mall is about 12 feet
higher than the entrance to the present Sedgewick
Library in the south wing of the Main Library.
Twelve feet is also approximately the height of
each of the two floors of the new Library. This means
that the entrance to the present Sedgewick Library
will be on the same level as the entrance to the new
building12 feet below the Main Mall.
About 100,000 cubic yards of earth on the east
and west sides of the Main Mall will be excavated to
slightly more than 24 feet from the top of the asphalt
so that the bottom of the new building will be about
12 feet, or one storey, lower than the entrance to the
old Sedgewick Library.
Extensive landscaping and terracing is planned for
the new building, particularly the area to the east.
The Ladner Clock Tower and the pool in front of the
Library will  be preserved  as well  as the trees and
Please turn to Page Four
See CONSTRUCTION EXTENSION to UBC's Buchanan Building, shown in
artist's sketch above, will house 267 faculty members
and contain nine seminar rooms. It will be built on
the site of the former Women's Gymnasium. The
building will be UBC's tallest, but only temporarily.
New residence towers near the Student Union
Building, when complete, will eclipse the extension.
For details, see story which begins on Page One.
Liberal Studies Center
To Be Investigated
The vexing question of providing general
education courses for students who specialize got
another airing at the Oct. 14 meeting of UBC's
The discussion was triggered by a report from a
special committee established to study
Recommendation 7 of the Senate Committee on
Long-Range Objectives, which submitted a 132-page
report containing 39 recommendations in October,
The recommendations made in the Long-Range
Objectives report have been debated at regular and
special meetings of Senate held over the past 12
Recommendation 7 asked that a study be made of
existing general education requirements and courses
with a view to coordinating them within a
University-wide program that would provide general
courses in any one of the four undergraduate years,
common core courses and a four-year general
education course.
The report from the eight-man committee
established to consider Recommendation 7 said an
attempt had been made to decide how the specialist
should round out his education.
A better method than prescribing courses outside
the student's field of interest "might be to foster an
enjoyment of the arts and sciences by showing their
relevance to the student's own specialty," the report
The report specifically recommended the
establishment of a Center for Liberal Studies to assess
the need for such programs and devising ways of
satisfying the need, coordinate information about
lectures and other cultural activities and sponsor a
University Lecture Series by faculty members who
are good speakers.
The report suggested the the Center might sponsor
a course in which 100 freshmen would meet with
four professors from different disciplines to study a
problem of general interest. After a series of lectures
the students would split up into four sections to
2/UBC Reports/Nov. 5, 1970
develop   the   implications  of  the   lectures through
workshops or discussion groups.
Each section would be looked after by a professor
who would pay special attention to teaching students
to write good English.
(Dr. Dennis Chitty, professor of zoology, who
chaired the committee which prepared the report,
later told UBC Reports that the proposed course
would be offered for credit, possibly as an alternative
to the present compulsory English 100 or the
compulsory Science course for Arts students,
providing Senate agrees).
Convocation Senator David Williams said the
suggestions made in the report were "pallid." He
added that the tendency in recent years has been to
denigrate general programs and that to attack the
problem Senate would have to require general studies
within given Faculties.
After the report was received by Senate, Prof.
Chitty told the meeting that the committee had not
made a systematic review of existing programs at
He said the committee was aware of faculty
"unhappiness" over the compulsory nature of English
100, the annoyance of some professional Faculties at
any kind of general education and the fact that some
others don't think sufficient time is given to general
The committee had not had time to review general
education courses at other universities or think out a
scheme for UBC, since needs differ from Faculty to
Dr. Chitty described the committee's proposal as
modest, practical and flexible and suggested that the
proposed Center for Liberal Studies might grow into
a Center for the Arts and Sciences of Man.
Senate agreed with a suggestion that President
Walter Gage establish a committee to make a further
study of the recommendations calling for a course for
100 freshmen to study a topic of general interest and
establishment of a Center for Liberal Studies.
Reduced federal government spending meant
an increase of only $227,733 for research at the
University of B.C. in the 1969-70 academic year.*
The 1969-70 increase is in sharp contrast to
increases which UBC received in previous years.
The 1968-69 increase over the previous year
totalled $2,527,804 and the 1967-68 increase
over 1966-67 was $1,834,406.
The figures on research fund allocations at
UBC for the last four academic years have been
compiled    by    Prof.    Frank    Forward,    UBC's1
consultant on research administration.
(Reproduced at right are tables showing how
much each faculty spent on research, the source
of funds as well as the source of distribution and
percentages for the last four years. A feature of
the 1969-70 figures is the inclusion for the first
time of scholarship and fellowship awards
totalling $2,514,976).
Despite the federal government cutback in
research funds UBC's expenditures of more than
$14.4 million dollars is of the same order of
magnitude as the University of Toronto, which
spends approximately $16 million on research,
Prof. Forward said.
Almost 75 per cent of UBC's research funds
come from the federal government. (See source
distribution table at right). The second largest^
contributors are private, industrial and foreign
agencies which gave a total of $2,714,975 in
The two UBC faculties which spent the most
on research in 1969-70 were the Faculty of
Science - $4,430,791 - and the Faculty of
Medicine-$3,899,581. /
UBC regulations concerning resear^fcare
governed by a "Statement of Policy on RelRrrch*
Contracts and Grant Agreements," which is
included in The Faculty Handbook, a
publication given to each person appointed to
the UBC faculty.
The following are excerpts from the
Handbook statement on research policy.
The University recognizes the right of persons
connected with the University to enter into
Research Grant Agreements with Governments/
Foundations, Corporations, or individuals to
undertake research in which University facilities
are used. Such agreements must be compatible
with the University Patent Policy and the
principles stated herein.
It is the policy of the University not to ^ftge
in classified research nor to permit University
facilities to be used for such research.
Irrespective of the source of support for the
research or the auspices under which funds are
provided whether by contract, research
agreement, grant or gift, the policy in respect of
disposition of information arising from the
research is:
1. Because the University must remain a
stronghold of free and independent thought and
provide a forum for unrestricted exchange of'
ideas. University personnel are encouraged to
discuss and publish their research results as soon
and as fully as may be reasonable and possible.
2. The University cannot accept responsibility
for the exercise of discretion by one of its
members in respect of retention or revelation of
confidential information imparted to him by
3. It is recognized that in exceptional
circumstances, especially those involving
patentable material or the privacy of individuals,
it may be wise and reasonable to withhold
publication of research information for a limited
period of time. Where any such formal
restriction is required, the research project musf
be the subject of a contractual agreement
between the University and the sponsor, under
which the terms relating to restriction of
publication must carry the recommendation of
the President's Committee on Research Policy
and be specifically approved as to content by
the Board of Governors. 1968-69
$     494,691
$     653,416
FACULTY 1966-67    1967-68
Agricultural Sciences  $   207,015 $   334,798
Applied Science  1,088,431 1,392,029
.Arts     348,829 563,881
Commerce  12,000 13,393
Computer Center  138,500 199,800
Dentistry  30,421 78,806
Education     38,630 33,177
Forestry .". *  128,388 195,949
Graduate Studies  352,455 373,250
Law     2,935 3,900
Library Building     — —
"Medicine     2,585,413 2,887,063
Pharmaceutical Sciences  35,620 54,067
Science  2,407,656 3,080,586
$7,376,293 $9,210,699
* These figures include, for the First time, awards for scholarships and fellowships totalling $2,514,976.
.Atomic Energy Control Board     $   414,400 $   421,000
Canada Council - Operating     143,605 208,673
Canada Council — Travel — —
Centennial Commission  2,250 —
Central Mortgage and Housing Corp  10,600 —
Department of Agriculture     33,800 55,400
Department of Indian Affairs  72,488 39,988
Department of Labor  — 3,000
Decjphent of Transport     24,000 15,000
"Deterge Research Board - Operating     178,975 217,575
Department of Veterans Affairs  8,842 3,557
Energy, Mines and Resources— Geography  3,400 2,300
Energy, Mines and Resources — Geological  3,550 9,110
Energy, Mines and Resources- Mines  10,190 19,000
Energy, Mines and Resources — Observatories  — —
Energy, Mines and Resources — Water Resources  — —
Federal Public Health  568,937 665,435
Federal Welfare Grants  — —
"Forestry and Fisheries     108 58,700
Fisheries Research Board - Operating  94,847 101,163
Manpower and Immigration  — 4,100
Medical Research Council - Equipment  284,388 285,727
Medical Research Council - Operating  770,485 1,144,360
Medical Research Council — Personnel Award  — —
Na^^il Harbors Board          5,000 3,100
National Fitness and Amateur Sport  27,730 8,000
National Research Council - Equipment  534,397 463,079
National Research Council - ERE Committee  - 80,096
National Research Council - Negotiated Dev. .  - 150,000
National Research Council - Operating  1,953,833 2,739,433
National Research Council — Treivel     — —
Privy Council     4,500 -
Penitentiary     - 11,300
Province of British Columbia  63,721 73,828
Private, Industrial and Foreign       1,807,894 1,840,013
Scholarships and Fellowships  — —
Science Council of Canada  — —
UBC Budget  16,708 25,810
UBC Special Fund  — —
UBC Research Committee  337,645 561,952
$7,376,293 $9,210,699
BC Government  $     63,721 $     73,828
Federal Government  5,385,520 6,956,846
UBC General Funds  354,353 526,312
Private, Industrial and Foreign  1,572,699 1,653,713
$7,376,293 $9,210,699
BC Government  0.8% 0.8%
Federal Government  73.1% 75.5%
UBC General Funds  4.8% 5.7%
Private, Industrial and Foreign  21.3% 18.0%
100.0% 100.0%
$       69,663
$     294,900
$      168,295
UBC Reports/Nov. 5, 1970/3 UBC'S MAIN MALL will look like this when the new
Sedgewick Library is complete. Features of the Mall
will be staircases, one of which is shown in
foreground, leading to Library entrances below the
Mall and a double skylight, seen at center rear, which
will offer a view down into the two-storey Library
and serve as a light beacon at night. Traditional
appearance of the Main Mall will be preserved by
retaining all but one of the northern red oaks which
line the Mall.
Alter Traffic Pattern
Continued from Page One
shrubs on the north and south sides of the Library
The upper floor of the new Sedgewick Library will
contain study rooms and catalogue and reference
areas as well as offices. The lower floor will include
the main stacks for the Library with reading areas on
both sides looking out onto the landscaped
The Library will house all the books and
periodicals required by undergraduates, according to
Mr. Basil Stuart-Stubbs, UBC's Librarian. When the
new Sedgewick Library is complete, the nearby Main
Greeks Will Aid
Third World
UBC's fraternities and sororities will be out to
raise money next week for education in the Third
World as part of International Education Year
proclaimed by the United Nations.
The fund-raising campaign will begin Monday
(Nov. 9) when a team of fraternity and sorority
members will ask fellow students to drop money in a
huge barrel mounted on wheels, which will be pushed
around the campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On Tuesday various folk groups will perform on
the Student Union Building plaza. A silver collection
will be taken up.
On Thursday several candidates in Vancouver's
forthcoming civic election will speak to students in
the SUB ballroom at 12:30 p.m. Invited to take part
in the rally are aldermanic candidate Harry Rankin
and mayoralty candidates Tom Campbell and Dr.
William C. Gibson.
The final event in the week of fund-raising will be
a rock band concert on the SUB plaza at 12:30 p.m.
Friday. Again, a silver collection will be taken up.
, i-.
The editors of UBC Reports continue ^o.
receive letters from readers. These are
reproduced when space permits and in cases
where the writers have interesting comments to
make on University affairs.
We wish to remind readers, however, that
the editors will not print unsigned letters.
Students who write to the editor should include
their year and faculty in addition to their
current address.
Library will become a graduate research library for
the humanities and social sciences.
The new Sedgewick Library will take 18 months
to complete and will cost UBC a total of $3,894,808.
Funds for the building will come from UBC's annual
capital budget.
The Sedgewick Library construction will also
involve the erection of an extensive hoarding from
the Ladner Clock Tower on the east to the
Mathematics Building to the west and from the
Buchanan Building on the north to the Chemistry
Building to the south. The result will be a significant
alteration to pedestrian traffic patterns on the central
The new Buchanan Office-Seminar Room Building
will be the tallest building on the UBC campus at 150
feet. It is hoped it will be completed by March, 1972.
(The building's nearest rival in height is the
apartment tower in Acadia Park, which houses UBC
graduate students, at just under 148 feet. The Ladner
Clock Tower in front of UBC's Main Library is just
over 120 feet in height).
Architects for the Buchanan extension, which will
cost a total of $2,799,763, are Toby Russell Buckwell
and Associates.
The building will house faculty members in the
Departments of English, French, History and
Economics and will contain graduate and
undergraduate reading rooms in addition to seminar
rooms. There will also be administration areas for
each of the departments housed in the building.
The new Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Building was designed by McCarter Nairne and
Partners and will cost a total of $1,170,000.
The building, which will result in the permanent
closure of part of Stores Road, will be built parallel
to the existing Chemical Engineering Building and
will replace obsolete facilities occupied by the
Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments in the
area to the west of the Henry Angus Building.
The building will be clad in a type of steel which
will gradually rust and change color to blend in with
other buildings in the vicinity.
■■■fcjfc Volume 16, No. 22 -   Nov. 5,
■ ■III* 1970.     Published    by    the
■IIJIl University of British Columbia
^J*** ^a* anrj    distributed    free.     UBC
Reports appears on Thursdays
during the University's winter session. J.A.
Banham, Editor. Ruby Eastwood, Production
Supervisor. Letters to the Editor should be sent
to Information Services, Main Mall North
Administration Building, UBC, Vancouver 8,
Two Appointed
By UBC Board
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors has
appointed Prof. A. Donald Moore as head of the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Prof. Ben
Moyls as acting director of the Institute of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics.
Both appointments were made at the Board's
regular meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 3).
Prof. Moore, who has been a member of the UBC
faculty since 1949, has been acting head of electrical
engineering since the sudden death on Aug. 1, 1969,
of Prof. Frank Noakes.
At UBC, Prof. Moore's main research interests
have been in the fields of network theory and
instrumentation as applied to interdisciplinary
Prof. A/loore was a leading member of a UBC team
of electrical engineers and medical researchers which
developed the first polarcardiograph, a new type of
machine for analysing the electrical activity of the
■ Prof. Ben Moyls, who will serve as acting head of
the new Institute of Applied Mathematics and
Statistics until a permanent head is named, has been a
UBC faculty member since 1947.
In addition to his duties as professor of
mathematics. Dr. Moyls will continue to serve as
assistant dean of UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies,
a post he has held since 1966.
The new Institute, approved by UBC's Senate and
Board of Governors in the last academic year, wi
coordinate advanced teaching in statistics and appli^
mathematics    and     promote    the    growth    of
inerdisciplinary research activities in these fields.
Continued from Page One
William Hoar, the head of the zoology department,
was that Dr. Harger not be promoted and that he be
offered a one-year terminal contract beginning July 1,
An official of the Society for Pollution and
Environmental Control, of which Dr. Harger is
president, claimed in late October in the course of a
public speech that Dr. Harger's contract was not
being renewed because of his activities with SPEC.
Prof.   Hoar denied  this statement  and  said the
committee's decision was based on three criteria: Dr^^.
Harger's ability as a teacher, his output as a scholt^B
and his participation in University affairs.
Subsequently Dr. Harger asked Prof. Hoar to call a
meeting of the Department of Zoology to provide an
opportunity for Prof. Hoar to explain to department
members the policies relating to the recommendation
and for Dr. Harger to present his case.
At this meeting, held on Oct. 27, the department
agreed to a secret ballot on the recommendation of
the departmental committee on reappointments,
promotions and tenure to offer Dr. Harger a one-year
terminal appointment.
Department members were asked to check a "yes"
or "no" box on the ballot supporting the
As a result of a vote at the Oct. 27 meeting all
persons equal or superior in rank to Dr. Harger were
entitled to vote.
This meant that a total of 40 persons were entitled
to vote on the recommendation.
Thirty-eight persons actually cast ballots. One
faculty member who is currently out of the country
was unable to vote and Prof. Hoar abstained.
The result of the ballot was that 25 persons voted
in favor of upholding the recommendation and 13
voted against.
At the meeting prior to the balloting Prof. Hoar
reviewed the departmental and University policy
regarding promotion and tenure. Prof. J.R. Adams,
chairman of the departmental committee on
reappointments, promotions and tenure, made a
statement concerning the procedures followed by the
committee in reaching its decision.
Dr. Harger presented his case to the departmental
meeting and a lengthy discussion followed. Also
present at the meeting by invitation were 11 students,
six undergraduates and five graduate students, some
of whom participated in the discussion.
4/UBC Reports/Nov. 5, 1970


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