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Fifth President has Impressive Background
Dr. F. Kenneth Hare, UBC's fifth president, brings
to his new post in Canada an impressive record as
a teacher, scholar, writer  and  administrator.
A graduate of the University of London with first
class honours in geography, Dr. Hare served as an
operational forecaster with the British Air Ministry
during World War Two before coming to Canada in
1945 to teach at McGill University.
He was awarded the doctor of philosophy degree
by the University of Montreal in 1950 and in the
process became fluent in French. Two years later
he was named full professor of geography and
meteorology at McGill. Later he headed the McGill
department which encompassed these two disciplines.
He was dean of arts and science at McGill from
1962 until 1964, when he returned to England as
professor of geography at the University of London.
Since August, 1966, he has been master of London's
Birkbeck College, which offers degrees to mature
students who hold full-time jobs. Last year he was
made a fellow of King's College, 1>ne of the divisions
of the University of London.
He has headed many of the professional scientific
organizations in the fields of geography and meteorology, including the Canadian Association of Geographers, the Arctic Institute of North America and
the Royal  Meteorological Society.
His writings on climatology and meteorology are
numerous and include a book entitled 'The Restless Atmosphere," a standard text published in 1953.
This year the University of Toronto Press published a volume based on a series of lectures given
by Dr. Hare at Carleton University. Its title is "On
University   Freedom."
He holds honorary degrees from Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario and on
June 2 will be inducted into the Royal Society of
Canada, this country's most prestigious academic
Dr. and Mrs. Hare and their two children, 12-
year-old Elissa and 10-year-old Robin, will occupy
the presidential residence on Marine Drive adjacent
to the UBC campus, where their main leisure interests will centre on  music and gardening.
U BC Reports
VOLUME 14, No. 3
MAY, 1968
A record graduating class of 3,423
students, including the first six graduates of the University of B.C. faculty
of dentistry, will receive their degrees
at UBC's spring Congregation May
An additional highlight of the event
will be the installation of Dr. F. Kenneth Hare as UBC's fifth president
The  installation  will  take  place  at
the conclusion of the degree-granting
ceremony on May 31.
Chancellor John M. Buchanan, who
will preside at the Congregation ceremonies each day, will administer the
pledge of office to Dr. Hare.
The presidential pledge of office
which Dr. Hare will repeat after the
chancellor is as follows:
"I, Frederick Kenneth Hare pledge
that I will perform the duties of the
President of the University of British
Columbia  as  prescribed by  law.
"I promise to defend the rights of
the University, uphold its worthy traditions and principles and do all that
is within my power to promote its
This issue of UBC Reports has
devoted pages 3, 4, and 5 to a
special UBC Alumni Association
report called Contact.
It has been prepared by the
association's staff to inform
graduating students of the activities of the alumni association.
SEVEN students who have won awards for graduating at the
head of their respective 1968 classes stride across the plaza
in front of UBC's Graduate Student Centre. From left are:
Douglas F. Cole, winner of the Maxwell A. Cameron Medal
and Prize of $100 for heading the bachelor of education class
in the secondary field; Ian Garnett, winner of the Wilfrid
Sadler Memorial Gold Medal in agriculture; Richard A. Suen,
B.C. College of Dental Surgeons Gold Medal winner as head
of the first graduating class in dentistry; Mrs. Nancy Rae
Stibbard,.winner of the Special University Prize ($100) for the
master of social work degree; Arnold M. Abramson, Law
Society Gold Medal and Prize winner; Clark H. Weaver,
Association of Professional Engineers Gold Medal as head of
the applied science graduating class, and John J. Cameron,
Kiwanis Gold Medal and Prize ($100) as head of the commerce
class. Photo by B. C. Jennings.
Admission Standards Unchanged
The University of B.C. will not
change its admission standards for the
1968-69 academic year, Acting President Walter H. Gage has announced.
Earlier it had been feared that higher standards might have to be imposed to restrict enrolment because
of shortage of space, facilities and
operating funds.
However, Dean Gage said, it has
been decided that enrolment can be
sufficiently restricted simply by more
rigid enforcement of existing entrance
These measures, coupled with the
$31-million operating grant allocated
to UBC by the provincial government
should enable the university to accommodate its expected enrolment of
20,000 students for the coming academic year.
"We will be taking a very hard look
at the academic records and the results of our own pre-registration tests
for   all   new   students,"   Dean   Gage
said. "We will be particularly strict
about marginal students from outside
"We want to avoid becoming provincial in our outlook, but we do feel
our first duty is to accommodate
young British Columbians to the greatest possible extent"
The registrar's office has been authorized to tighten the enforcement of
existing regulations on three categor-
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Following the administration of the
pledge, Dr. Hare will be robed in the
silver-embroidered black gown of the
president of UBC.
He will be assisted in donning the
ceremonial robe by Dean Walter H.
Gage, who has been acting president
for the last 11 months; by Mr. Justice
Nathan T. Nemetz, chairman of the
UBC Board of Governors, and the
University registrar, Mr. J. E. A. Parnall.
Addresses of welcome to the new
president will be made by a representative of the provincial government, the president of the UBC Faculty Association, Dr. W. A. Webber,
and the president of the Alma Mater
Society, Mr. David Zirnhelt
President Hare will then address
the Congregation.
Eight honorary degrees will be conferred at ceremonies on May 29 and
Recipients on May 29 are: Dr. Hugh
MacLennan, of Montreal, one of Canada's leading novelists, doctor of literature; Mr. Richard B. Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Victoria,
doctor of laws; Dr. Adelaide Sinclair,
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Snow Goose Study Takes Students to Arctic
A UBC graduate student left Vancouver in mid-May to begin a five-
month study of the greater snow
goose on a mountainous and uninhabited island 700 miles inside the
Arctic Circle.
From June 1 until mid-September,
Bruce Virgo, 25, a Ph.D. student at
UBC, and Lawrence Dwyer, a botany
student at Carleton University in Ottawa, will live on Bylot Island, between Baffin Island and Greenland,
where 90 per cent of the world's
greater snow geese converge annually
to hatch and raise their young.
The snow goose project has been
two years in the planning and is one
of Canada's contributions to the International Biological Program, a 50-na-
tion fundamental research program
designed to give man a better understanding of the biological nature of
food production and ways and means
of controlling the  balance of nature.
The federal government's Canadian
Wildlife Service has approved a grant
of $18,000 to support the snow goose
project in 1968-69. It is expected that
a total of $50,000 will be spent on the
project over the next four years.
On Bylot Island, which is just 600
miles south of the north pole, the students will live in tents for five months
with only a radio set to maintain contact with an RCMP post at Pond Inlet, about 20 miles away on Baffin
'* Virgo and Dwyer will study the nesting and feeding habits of the snow
goose and collect sample's of the vegetation on the island.
Dr. Harold Nordan, assistant professor of zoology at UBC, under whose
supervision Virgo is working, said the
data obtained from the snow goose
project will have both short and long-
range significance.
"In the short run," he said, "we have
to find out such simple things as the
number of birds that come to the
island to breed, how many young are
hatched, the growth rates of the young
and weight changes in the adults during the breeding season.
"We'll also be interested in the activity patterns of the birds — how
much time they spend flying, walking
and feeding — and the climatic conditions under which they exist during
this period.
"Lawrence Dwyer, the botany student from Carleton, will collect
samples of the grasses and other vegetation on the island for later analysis
of its caloric content to determine how
much plant energy the birds are
Virgo will shoot and freeze about
100 of the snow geese for analysis next
winter to determine their caloric content and body composition.
He also plans to bring back about a
dozen live snow geese to undergo tests
in a respirometer at UBC. Some facets
of the weather conditions on Bylot
Island will be duplicated in the respirometer and enable the scientists to
assess the amount of energy needed
for survival.
Dr. Nordan said there are plans to
construct a wind tunnel at UBC in
which the snow geese would fly while
scientists measure the energies expended during migration.
"The immediate concern," said Dr.
Nordan, "will be to obtain a complete
picture of the energy intake of the
snow goose on Bylot Island.
"The long-range aim of this and
other studies is to understand the various links in the food chain which begins with solar energy and ends with
He said a number of energy studies
are being conducted by IBP scientists
in many centres. These studies will be
compared in the hope that resources
can be utilized to the best advantage.
Volume 14, No. 3, — May, 1968. Authorized as second class mail by the Post
Office Department, Ottawa, and for payment of postage in cash. Published by the
University of British Columbia and distributed free of charge to friends and
graduates of the University. Material appearing herein may be reproduced freely.
Letters are welcome and should be addressed to The Information Office, UBC,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
"The aim of all these studies," Dr.
Nordan said, "is an understanding of
the general biological principles which
operate throughout the food production chain from solar energy at one
end to man the consumer on ..the
He said an understanding of the
chain would enable man to manipulate the system and harvest it without
destroying the chain itself.
'The long-range aim of these studies
is the same as that of the forest industry, which is attempting to manipulate natural resources to obtain a
maximum sustained yield," he said.
The snow goose is one small link
in the long and extremely complex
food chain and was chosen because it
can be studied fairly easily.
The snow goose is unique amongst
waterfowl in that it follows a fairly
rigid migration pattern. About 20,000
pair of the birds will settle on Bylot
Island around June 1 for the breeding
The females will have been paired
and fertilized somewhere en route to
the island. The eggs will hatch in
about 23 days and until mid-August
the snow goose family — mother,
father and three to five young — will
feed on the island's vegetation before
migrating   south.
The birds will migrate as a family
unit down the east coast of Hudson's
Bay and spend two months in the fall
on the St. Lawrence river near Quebec.
From November through to April
in the following year the birds occupy
a winter range off the Carolinas and
Virginia on the east coast of the
United States.
"The areas the bird inhabits and
its migratory pathways are extremely
narrow," Dr. Nordan said. "In addition, the breeding ground on Bylot
Island is free of predators and competitors. The entire system is relatively simple and can be studied easily."
Virgo and Dwyer will take about a
ton and a half of food and equipment,
including meteorological instruments
for weather  observations, with  them.
The  pair  left  Montreal  May 21   by
Nordair for Resolute Bay where they
transferred to a charter aircraft owned
by   Atlas  Aviation   for  the  final   hop
-4o Bylot Island.
Virgo plans to return to the Island
in subsequent years to carry out more
detailed work connected with the snow
goose project
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A task force of UBC scientists have
taken another step forward in their
continuing research study of Marion
Lake, near Haney, B.C.
The lake, in UBC's 10,000-acre research forest in the Fraser Valley, is
the object of an intensive scientific
study by a group of 30 s c i e n ti s t s
headed by zoologist-fisheries expert
Dr. Ian Efford.
The study, which has been going
on since 1963, was last year made part
of the International Biological Program. To assist scientists in their study
of the physical conditions in Marion
Lake a helicopter lowered a 30-foot
tubular steel tower into the Water
early in May.
The scientists will strap telemetering
equipment to the steel frame of the
tower above and below the water surface to monitor such physical conditions as wind velocity and water
The telemetering equipment will
transmit data to a receiving tower to
be built on a hill overlooking Marion
Lake. Equipment on the tower will, in
turn, transmit the information direct
to UBC where it will be picked up by
equipment to be installed atop the
biological sciences building.
The data will later be fed into
UBC's computer for analysis.
The most important effect which
the studies at Marion Lake will have
is an understanding of water pollution
and fish production probleVns and the
training of experts to deal with these
Marion Lake is one of a number
of lakes in various parts of the world
being studied with common measuring
methods agreed on at a series of international meetings.
Dr. Efford and his research group
have received more than $40,000 in
the current year for the project from
the National Research Council, which
is co-ordinating the International Biological Program in Canada, the Fisheries Research Board and UBC.
Part of the research group is working full time at Marion Lake in laboratory facilities. One laboratory is a 50-
foot trailer which was in use until
recently on the UBC campus as a
clinical training facility for student
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GRADUATE STUDENT Bruce Virgo, right is on a lonely and
uninhabited island in Canada's far north this summer to carry
out research on the greater snow goose, under study as part
of Canada's contribution to the International Biological  Pro
gram. Assistant professor of zoology, Dr. Harold Nordan, left,
points to Bylot Island, 700 miles inside the Arctic Circle, where
Virgo will be until mid-September. Virgo holds a museum
specimen of a snow goose. Photo by B. C. Jennings. MEMO  TO   68   GRADS
Fidem Serva Puer
(Keep The Faith, Baby)
Keep the faith, baby. How often do you hear
that now? It's one of those "in" phrases people
now use so glibly, too glibly. It may be an "in"
thing to say, but it's also loaded with meaning and
irony. Keep the faith. How few people really do.
People seemingly care little now about personal
integrity, even about self-respect. In the desire to
scale the corporate ladder and even the sheer pressure of living, people forget their youthful ideals,
compromise their principles and become complacent. They sell out.
There's no need to dilate on that. Your generation knows all about "selling out." It's your term; a
charge with which you've indicted many of the
older generation. In fact, you've been quick to
indict your elders with all kinds of hypocrisy.
Brought into the harshness of daylight are the contrasts between myth and reality in our educational
system, our civil liberties, our democratic system
and our professed love of peace. Often — and many
of the older generation will admit it if backed into
a corner — you are right. The failings are well-
known, but few do anything to correct them.
Your generation apparently takes as its credo
the doctrine that if a policy is right now, it should
be implemented now. It obviously has wide appeal
as large numbers of college-age young people are
daily making sit-ins, demonstrations, and marches
part of our way of life. Student activists have clearly
obtained a wider following than ever before and a
greater influence. Particularly as the media continue to zoom in on student protest of all kinds,
publicizing the issues and arguments. There are,
in fact, signs that a climate is being created in
Canada that favors fundamental change. The emergence of Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Liberal leader
surely has some significance here. That, of course,
should not be exaggerated, particularly in view of
the strong showing made at the leadership convention by the more conservative Liberal forces backing Robert Winters.
Of course, there has always been student protest, student idealism. The pitched battles students
in Paris have been fighting with police recently
are not the first nor are they likely to be the last.
More than any other segment of the population,
students have traditionally been concerned with
new ideas and with social reform. Undoubtedly,
many older graduates still on occasion fondly
recall the long hours they spent as students debating over beer or marching in support of some
cause. The new factors are that student unrest has
become much more complex and widespread.
But the tragedy of student protest, as applied
science dean William Armstrong recently noted in
a Ubyssey interview, is that it often dies out after
students leave the university community. "I've
watched many students over the years and it
seems they forget many of their ideals after graduation," Dean Armstrong said. "This is unfortunate.
There is obviously a hard core of protesters who
are able to move many of the students to action.
But when they are removed from this stimulus, the
protest ethic doesn't stick." He added somberly.
"There's nothing we need more in the world than a
generation of young people who are violently dedicated to social reform."
The students graduating from UBC this week
might do well to ponder this. And ask themselves
whether they are going to continue to be activists
long after they have left the stimulating environment of the university. There are no lack of causes.
The plight of the U.S. negroes naturally concerns us
all, but what can be done to bring opportunity and
dignity to our native Indians? What can be done to
provide adequate housing for those millions of
Canadians who lack it? What can Canadians do to
ease global hunger and suffering?
We hope that the students graduating now will
continue to be activist, even when they become
part of the geritol generation. On the level of
university problems — academic and financial —
we would hope that many graduating students
would become actively involved in the alumni association. UBC faces critical problems which young
alumni with initiative and ideas could help solve.
On the broader level of social issues, it is to be
hoped that the new graduates, rather than just
being armchair critics, will join in finding new solutions for them. Canada needs more citizens who
are willing to put shoe leather to principle by
involving themselves in the work of voluntary social
action groups or political parties.
Fundamental social reforms do not come easily.
In this country they come through working, campaigning, persuading and ultimately mustering
enough votes. It is Utopian to think they can come
otherwise. It is a road paved with frustrations. It is
too easy to cop out and it is too easy to drop out.
We hope the graduating class does neither, but
that it keeps the faith. New Alumni President
Calls for Involvement
The new president of the UBC
Alumni Association has called on
younger graduates to become more
involved in alumni programs. Stan
Evans, BA'41, BEd'44, issued the
call in a statement declaring his intention to continue the association's
drive to strengthen its action programs. Mr. Evans, who is assistant
general secretary of the B.C. Teachers' Federation, was elected 1968-69
president at the association's recent
annual   meeting.
He succeeds Mrs. John MacD.
Lecky, BA'38, as head of the association, which represents 45,000
UBC graduates. He will be backed
up by a new executive composed
of David Helliwell, BA'57, first vice-
, president; Dr. Walter Hardwick,
MA'58, second vice-president; Shol-
to Hebenton, BA'57, third vice-
president; and William Redpath,
BCom'47, treasurer.
In his inaugural statement, Mr.
Evans emphasized that the role of
the alumni association must continue to be to serve the university
by promoting its academic and economic well-being through liaison
with the graduates, the government the public, the faculty and
students and potential students. Mr.
Evans declared that the association
eagerly seeks the involvement of
younger graduates, particularly for
their initiative, enthusiasm and
"Unfortunately," he continued,
"an alumnus traditionally can almost be counted on not to demonstrate an interest in the association
until five years after his graduation. The opposite should be the
situation.   We   have   been   actively
endeavoring to involve more younger alumni in the association's affairs. Our board of management,
for instance, includes as members
graduates of the past four years.
"Last year, through the Young
Alumni Club, a number of social
events were held which attracted
many of the younger alumni back
to the campus. One very popular
feature was the informal Friday
afternoon sessions in which students, alumni and faculty participated   at   Cecil   Green   Park.   The
sessions, held to acquaint the graduating class with the alumni association, will continue in the coming
year and I invite graduating class
students to attend.
"We intend to continue, and even
increase, our efforts to obtain the
views of students on the issues facing the association and the university. At present, a representative of
the graduating class and two representatives of the student council
sit as ex-officio members of the
alumni board of management. The
UBC Alumni Chronicle editorial
committee also has at least one student member. We intend to step up
this dialogue.
"An expanded alumni branches
program and several on-campus activities will give alumni throughout
the province the opportunity to become more closely involved with
the association and the university.
j; I urge one and all to attend these
functions, which will include seminars on vital issues as well as
social events.
"As alumni we will have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Hare to his
new position as UBC president Our
contacts with him indicate that he
recognizes the value to a university
of an active alumni association. We
can expect his full support for the
programs of the association.
"We have a qualified, dedicated
staff under the capable direction
of the recently appointed director,
Jack Stathers, MA'58. In addition,
we have experienced and interested alumni serving on the executive
committee and on the board of
management. With the active participation of alumni, 1968-69 can be
an outstanding year for the association. I invite each alumnus, young
and old to 'Get Involved' in the
activities of the association."
Applications Sought For
New National Scholarships
The first awards under the national
scholarship program of the alumni
association will be made this summer.
Competition for the four $1,000 regional scholarships is open to Canadian citizens who are entering UBC
for the first of their final two years
leading  to   an   undergraduate   degree,
and whose university studies to this
level have taken place at a recognized
university or college in one of the
regions. The scholarships are for $1,000
each, payable $500 a year for two
The   regional   committees   will    be
considering   candidates   on   the   basis
New Role for Alumni
Notice was served recently that the
UBC Alumni Association intends to
become more involved in in-depth
studies of vital issues affecting the
university. And it intends to speak
out with thoughtful recommendations.
This was the message Mrs. John
MacD. Lecky, outgoing president of
the association, presented in her report to the annual meeting of the
association. Stan Evans, BA'41, BEd'44,
was elected president for 1968-69. Mrs.
Lecky, BA'38, will continue to serve
on the executive as past president
during the coming year.
In her report, Mrs. Lecky said the
association had carried on a considerable program of re-examination and
re-organization, and in some areas the
process is continuing. Then she spoke
of the organization's new direction.
"The greatest contribution the alumni
can make in serving the university is
in the area where we have only begun
to make some headway," Mrs. Lecky
said. "I refer to the area of research
and in depth study, such as was undertaken last spring when a committee
of alumni members studied, with
great care, the government of the
university. Their findings and recommendations were published and widely distributed in early September.
This was a meaningful report and represents the type of study for which we
are best suited, by reason of the fact
that while we are sincerely interested,
we are not actively involved and
therefore are able to be relatively free
of bias or prejudice." Mrs. Lecky said
the association hopes to undertake
more worthwhile studies with the help
of talented alumni.
A new approach was taken this year
to the annual general meeting, which
was held May 9 in Cecil Green Park.
Previous annual meetings have been
rather formal affairs held at a downtown hotel at which, following the
business, a distinguished speaker (one
year it was Pierre Berton) would
give an address. This year the meeting went informal in order to stimulate contact among the alumni — and
was a big success. Close to 100 alumni
attended the meeting, which was preceded by a social hour and a buffet
dinner featuring a massive roast of
beef. Following the reports and election of officers, honorary life memberships in the alumni association were
awarded to Col. Harry Logan, noted
former UBC classics professor, and
Dr. Leon Koerner, a well-known Vancouver philanthropist. The highlight
was a discussion of the new experimental Arts I program. This is a relatively unstructured program for 240
freshmen in which students spend
most of their time in small group
discussion or independent study rather
than in large lectures. A brief rundown on Arts I was presented by Arts
I English professor Brian Mayne and
then two students, Suzanne Loehrich
and Linda Hughes, gave their impressions of Arts I — which were favorable.
of high academic standing (at least a
high second class), outstanding
achievement in extra-curricular activities and personal qualities.
The letters of application to the regional committee should contain: the
applicant's full name, date and place
of birth, and permanent address; a
list of education institutions attended
(with dates); a summary of the applicant's interests and participation in
college, university and community affairs; and a statement of the applicant's plans for study at UBC. Three
letters of recommendation are required. One from the president, dean or
registrar of the institution most recently attended, and two from professors or instructors who are well-
acquainted with the applicant's work.
These recommendations are to be sent
directly to the regional committees.
To be eligible for consideration all the
information must reach the committees by June 15, 1968. The final selection of the committees is subject to
confirmation by the UBC Scholarship
Applications should be sent to the
Dr. David MacAuley,
Mount Allison University,
Sackville, New Brunswick.
Dr. David H. Hobden,
Freeman, Mathers and Milne Ltd.,
1980 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec.
Mrs. J. E. Morrison,
21   Lorahill  Road,
Toronto 18, Ontario.
Mr. Harold A. Wright,
Great West Life Assurance Co.
60 Osborne Street North,
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Fund Aids
58 Students
More than 58 students will be attending university next year with the
assistance of scholarships provided by
the UBC Alumni Association. They
will be sharing $32,300 in awards for
academic achievement. The $350 Norman MacKenzie scholarships awarded
annually to 48 top students formed the
major part — $16,800 — of this aid.
The 10 Norman MacKenzie American
scholarships, each worth $500, also
played a big part
The provision of scholarships is the
largest single project of the UBC
Alumni Fund, to which alumni contributions hit a high of $210,496 in 1967.
The fund is designed to provide service to students and to aid student
activities which are not supported in
other ways. As a new feature of the
fund established in recognition of the
financial problems of new graduates,
graduating students will'not be asked
to donate until a year after they have
In addition to scholarships, another
major area of aid was the President's
Fund which was allocated $10,000 to
assist special deserving projects at
UBC. Athletics was assisted with
allocations totalling $18,635. The library received $6,461, student union
building $1,000 and the Delta Gamma
suite for blind students in Brock hall,
$1,182. At the same time alumni reduced outstanding pledges to the
Three Universities Capital Fund by
$48,209 and gave $45,513 in other gifts
directly to the university.
Club Grows
Stately Cecil Green Park mansion
turned out to be the liveliest place
on campus Friday afternoons this
year. Why? The occasion was the
weekly TGIF (Thank God It's Friday)
session of the Young Alumni Club.
The club has boomed in popularity
since it was formed about a year ago
— the membership is now in excess
of 300. The bulk of the participants
are members of the graduating class,
but the program also attracts young
alumni from downtown and faculty
from campus. The formula of its success is simple: suds and socializing.
With the end of term, the program
has been temporarily discontinued,
but will swing into action again in the
fall. Two functions, however, are planned for the summer. On July 26 there
will be a bring-your-own-steak barbecue at which young alumni, for a
mere $1, will be provided with beer,
salad and dessert. A similar program
is planned for Aug. 9, probably with
a Julie Christie movie thrown in.
And a special function has been set
for May 30 for graduating students
following the tea and ceremony of
congregation. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
there will be a beer and barbecue
session at Cecil Green Park for all
grads and guests. Fee is $130 per
person and further information can be
obtained  by phoning 228-3313.
Plan to See
Homecoming 1968 will have a $5
million star attraction: the new student union building. Much of the
activity of the two-day annual event
Oct. 25-26, will take place in the
modernistic new structure slated to
be completed by fall. SUB will be the
scene of two homecoming dances, one
featuring a psychedelic rock band and
the other more conventional .accompaniment Class reunions will be split
between SUB and the faculty club.
They will be for the classes of 1923,
1928, 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, and
A series of "mini-lectures" is also
under consideration for Homecoming
68. A new feature, this would enable
alumni to stroll about hearing students give brief lectures and to engage them in debate on current
issues. The traditional homecoming
parade, which attracted 43 entries last
year, will again snake through downtown Vancouver. For the sports-minded, there will be a ladies' golf game
and football with Pacific Lutheran
tackling UBC Thunderbirds. Incidentally, on Oct 21 the Thunderbirds will
play Simon Fraser University. Portrait
Of The
Everyone has his stereotypes and if
one of yours is that the average UBC
alumnus resembles something of an
aged Colonel Blimp, you're wrong. In
fact chances are the average alumnus
would more likely resemble this semi-
hip graduate striding along in the adjacent picture. Not exactly a teeny-
bopper, but young enough to incline
to beard and sandals (if Trudeau
can get away with it . . . ), yet a
serious, engaged member of society.
All in all, the average alumnus today
doesn't quite fit the older mold.
A lot of bathtub gin has gone down
the drain since the days of the Great
Trek and with it a lot of changes have
come. One of the biggest has been in
the character of the pool of UBC
graduates, a pool which has swollen, in
53 years to total at least 45,000 alumni.
A recent study has revealed some fascinating findings  about these alumni.
Youth. That is the number one characteristic of the pool of graduates —
youth. There are far more young
alumni than older ones. The average
alumnus is 34 years old. Too old to be
trusted, the student activists might
say, but still "young" when it comes
to running for Parliament. This phenomenon is understandable when you
consider that fully one-quarter of all
alumni have graduated since 1964. The
big enrolments, of course, have only
come in recent years, which is the
reason. Why, UBC only graduated 228
students in the years 1916 to 1920,
where in 1967 alone it turned cut more
than 15 times that number.
It comes as no surprise, of course,
that most of the graduates over the
years have been men — about 62 per
cent of all alumni. Interestingly, 38
per cent of all women graduates were
unmarried as of 1967. About 20 per
cent of the male graduates were still
single also, so there's hope for some
of you girls. Of the 7,504 UBC women
who got their man, slightly over 2,800
got him at UBC. It looks like somebody is being very choosy.
It turns out UBC has not contributed
a great deal to the "brain drain."
(One hopes this is not for «my lack
of that commodity). In any case, fully
70 per cent of all UBC graduates were
living in B.C. in 1967, almost half of
them in Vancouver. A further 18 per
cent were working elsewhere in Canada — which means 88 per cent had
stayed home. Of the 12 per cent of
UBC grads who contributed to the
drain, 3,164 were living in the U.S. and
1,697 were living elsewhere in the
And the average alumnus now is
very much on the move. They have
been picking up stakes and moving
at the rate of one move every three
years. This is considerably higher than
the national average of one move
every five years. And would you believe Prince George is where the action is? That city registered the highest percentage increase in UBC alum
ni of any community with over 100
alumni in the period November, 1966
to November, 1967. The gain was 26.5
per cent. Could it be because of those
wooden nickels they hand out up
there? The second big area of growth
turned out to be Abbotsford with a
23 per cent increase. The number of
grads in White Rock rose 19 per cent
and those in Courtenay-Comox rose
17.8 per cent. In Greater Vancouver
the number of alumni increased 8.3
per cent, while Victoria got only a
2.5 per cent increase.
From a look at the kind of graduates produced, UBC has been until
recently a liberal arts school. The
number of students graduating with
BAs far out-weigh all others. Up to
1967 a total of 14,428 students had received bachelor of arts degrees. Those
red-shirts are still way down the list
The university has awarded only 4,741
bachelor of applied science degrees.
Teachers form the next largest group
with 4,292 students obtaining the BEd
degree. As for business tycoons, UBC
has produced 2,800 students with the
BCom degree. So far the university
has also turned out only 381 PhDs
and, interestingly, only one master of
Another interesting sidelight is how
UBC graduates financed their degrees.
The total cost of university education
for a year in B.C. is just slightly
cheaper than at other schools in Canada — $1,627 compared to a national
average of $1,677. And it turns out
that summer employment is very important to UBC students. In 1967, one
quarter of the average student's source
of money came from his savings from
summer employment This total of
$556 compared to a  national  average
of $418. One interesting aspect of this
finance question is that B.C. students
on average received much less parental assistance than those elsewhere
in Canada. Students in B.C. averaged
$193 from their parents compared to
a national average of $359. Loans came
to $296 compared to the national figure
of $303.
While on campus, most UBC students were active in some form of
extra-curricular activities. Fully 53 per
cent were involved in clubs of various
sorts, 33 per cent in athletics, 23 per
cent in fraternities and sororities and
10 per cent in student government.
Only five per cent were active in
political clubs. But the other side of
the picture is that 21 per cent of all
students graduate without ever participating in any organized campus
The other side of the average UBC
alumnus' character is his failure to
really support his alma mater. It turns
out that 42 per cent of all graduates
have never dug into their piggy-banks
to help the university. The most recent graduates are the least likely to
give, probably for the obvious reasons
of the heavy burdens they have in
starting families and so on. Figures
for 1965 show that only 13 per cent
of all 1964 graduates gave money to
the university, whereas 40 per cent
of graduates of the 1916-20 era gave.
Those farthest removed from the university geographically also make good
supporters of UBC. In 1967, gifts from
alumni in Toronto averaged $27.42
each and from those in Ottawa they
averaged $21.13. The average gift from
Vancouver-based alumni was $12.10.
Absence does indeed make the heart
grow fonder.
Seeks 6,000
Lost'  Grads
There are now 45,000 recorded graduates of UBC and every once in a
while the alumni association loses one
of them. In fact, right now statistics
show that the association has lost 6,000
of them. Understand, it's not as though
we've done anything improper. No,
they've simply vanished, disappeared.
Quite beyond hope of contact by even
the most diligent postie.
Now, we admit it's quite possible
we might have misplaced one or two
in our files. But most of them have
simply vanished through neglecting to
inform the alumni association of new
addresses when they move. And UBC
graduates are on the move — say
about once every three years, which
is more than the national average.
The association, however, is in the
process of redesigning its system of
graduate records, which are stored in
a UBC computer. The aim is to keep
the records up to date more efficiently and cut the cost of tracing graduates when necessary. As part of this
process, the association will be sending out questionaires in mid-June asking graduates for such data as address,
occupation, and extra-curricular activities engaged in as students. The operation is a vital one because the university has the responsibility under
law to keep the graduate rolls up to
date for convocation.
So if any of you "lost" graduates
would like to be found, please write
the UBC Alumni Association, 6251
Northwest Marine Dr., Vancouver 8,
The UBC Alumni Association
launched something of a verbal blitz-
kreig at four B.C. centres recently. All
in one week speakers were holding
forth at alumni-arranged functions in
Kamloops, Penticton, Campbell River
and Port Alberni. This verbal onslaught was all part of the association's expanded program of maintain-
contact with its branches.
Dr. John Chapman, acting head of
geography at UBC, kicked it off on
May 13 in Kamloops. He spoke on
the past and future of higher education at a Rotary Club luncheon at
noon that day and again in the evening at an alumni dinner. Dr. Chapman spoke again on the same topic
two days later at a Rotary luncheon
in  Penticton.
On the same day, May 15, Dr. Bill
Gibson, professor of the history of
medicine and science at UBC, spoke
at another Rotary luncheon in Campbell River and at an alumni dinner
later. His topic was the significance
of the new UBC Health Sciences Centre for medicine and for the province
of B.C. Then on May 16, UBC physics
professor Dr. John Warren addressed
a Rotary luncheon in Port Alberni
and an alumni dinner later. He spoke
on the TRIUMF cyclotron project at
UBC and what it means to people.
Dr. Warren is the director of the project.
An ambitious project set for June
11 in Penticton, however, has had to
be cancelled. But the alumni there are
not the least bit sad about it Penticton alumni president David Miller and
colleagues had planned to hold a
seminar on water pollution then with
the participation of experts from California and Canada's National Research Council. It would have been a
timely event as nearby Skaha Lake
has become increasingly polluted by
the release of sewage effluent into its
waters. The city of Penticton, however,
recently announced that the practice
would be discontinued, which obviated the need for the seminar. The city's
decision was precisely what the Penticton alumni had sought. Budget Aims to Ease
Science Overcrowding
The University of B.C.'s Board of
Governors has approved a supplementary capital funds budget for
1968-69 which will enable the University to make a start on easing the
overcrowding of some of its major
science departments. «
The supplementary budget totals
$1,340,000. This includes $340,000 carried forward from 1967-68, and $1 million in additional funds from the provincial government
(The government this year increased its capital grants to B.C.'s three
public universities to $12 million, from
the $8 million to which it had previously committed itself. UBC's share
of the grants came to $5 million, instead of the $4 million the university
had expected).
The supplementary budget will finance renovations to some existing
buildings as well as new construction.
The  projects  include conversion of
Named for
Dean Gage
UBC's Board of Governors and Senate have established a $500 scholarship
honouring Acting President Walter H.
The chairman of the UBC Board,
Mr. Justice Nathan T. Nemetz, said
the award would be called the Walter
Gage Scholarship and would be given
to a student who met conditions which
Dean Gage suggested.
He said funds for the scholarship
would be made available from the
University budget for a period of ten
years. The first award will be made
in   1969.
The intent in establishing the Walter
Gage Scholarship is to honour a teacher, scholar and administrator whose
association with UBC began as a student in 1921, Mr. Nemetz said.
"During the past year," he said,
"Dean Gage has carried a.full teaching load and continued to administer
all University awards in addition to
carrying the very heavy load involved
in serving as acting president of the
He added: "I know his many friends
and associates at UBC and the thousands of students who, over the years,
have sought him out for counsel and
guidance will approve of the establishment of an award bearing his
Dean Gage received both his bachelor and master of arts degrees at
UBC and carried out additional graduate work at the University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology.
He taught at Victoria College, then
a branch of UBC, from 1927 to 1933,
when he joined the UBC faculty. He
became dean of administrative and
inter-faculty affairs in 1948.
He is currently dean of inter-faculty
and .student affairs and was named
acting president of UBC July 1, 1967.
His appointment as acting president
terminates June 1, following the induction May 31 of Dr. F. Kenneth
Hare as UBC's fifth president
Dean Gage will continue from June
1, 1968, in his position as professor of
mathematics and dean of inter-faculty
and  student  affairs.
Honorary Degree
For UBC Editor
UBC author and editor George
Woodcock was awarded the honorary
degree of doctor of laws (LL.D.) by
the University of Victoria at spring
convocation May 25.
Dr. Woodcock is the editor of the
UBC journal "Canadian Literature"
and author of a recent widely-acclaimed study of British essayist and
novelist George Orwell, entitled 'The
Crystal Spirit"
VOLUME 14, No. 3
MAY, 1968
laboratories in the Chemistry building
to graduate research space, $21,000;
conversion of space in the Wesbrook
building to house a new electron microscope for the department of biochemistry, $12,000; and conversion of
three annexes for the department of
mechanical  engineering, $10,000.
The program also calls for erection
this summer of a one-storey portable
building, which will cost an estimated
$240,000, to provide 14,000 square feet
of additional space for departments
now crowded into the Biological Sciences building on University Boulevard.
The budget also provides $1 million
to begin construction of a permanent
addition to the Biological Sciences
building. This three-storey wing, when
completed, will provide 77,000 square
feet of research laboratories, classroom and office space.
The total cost of the new wing is
expected to be more than $2Vi million.
Only $1 million is now available for
the project Construction firms will be
asked to submit tenders for the complete wing, but they will be warned
that construction may have to be halted when the $1 million is spent, unless
additional capital funds have been
provided in the meantime.
Dean Walter H. Gage, UBC's acting
president, said plans have existed for
a number of years for a three-wing
addition to the Biological Sciences
building to accommodate the departments of zoology and botany and the
Institutes of Fisheries and Oceanography.
"We have not been able to proceed
with this project because of the shortage of capital funds," he said. "By
erecting a portable building we will
give some immediate relief to these
departments, and by beginning construction of one of the three permanent wings we can at least make a start
on a long-range solution to their problems."
The biological sciences departments
have grown rapidly in recent years
and their needs have been at the top
of the University's priority list.
The new permanent wing will be
constructed on the west side of and
connected to the  existing  building.
The portable unit w+H be erected
on an open area immediately to the
south and west of the present building. The entire unit, or portions of it,
can be moved to another location on
campus when it is no longer needed
for its original purpose. It is expected to be completed next fall.
Other efforts at relieving overcrowding will be made by the University
during the summer. Apart from the
projects in the supplementary capital
budget, many departments will benefit by the reallocation of space in
"temporary" huts and by the University's take-over of Brock  Hall.
(Brock is now the home of the Alma
Mater Society, the official organization
of the student body. AMS will be
moving out of Brock into the new
$5 million Student Union Building,
now nearing completion, and Brock
will be converted to academic purposes).
Departments in the Faculty of Arts
have been a Noted 15,000 square feet
of space in Brock. The Faculties of
Law and Education have been given
smaller areas, and the student lounge
and cafeteria in Brock will be converted into 10,000 square feet of undergraduate study space, with study carrels for 300 students.
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and the departments of psychology, mineral engineering, geophysics and extension have
all been assigned additional hut space.
The Institute of Earth and Planetary
Sciences will move next winter into
the old B.C. Research Council building, when the Council moves into new
quarters on the South Campus. The
University has bought the existing
BCRC building for $250,000.
The Board of Governors has also
authorized the preparation of preliminary drawings for an addition to the
George T. Cunningham building for
the   Faculty   of   Pharmacy.
The Board also approved working
drawings for a new mechanical engineering building.
Professor Edwin G. Pulleyblank, a
Canadian-born scholar who formerly
held the chair of Chinese at Cambridge
University, England, has been named
head of the University of B.C.'s department of Asian studies.
Prof. Pulleyblank, 45, who has been
a UBC faculty member since 1966,
succeeds Prof. William L. Holland,
who resigned as head of the department earlier this year to devote full
time to teaching and research.
Prof. Pulleyblank is regarded as one
of the world's leading scholars in
Chinese history and linguistics and is
the author of numerous articles and a
notable work on Chinese medieval
Born in Calgary, Dr. Pulleyblank
attended the University of Alberta,
where he received his bachelor's degree. He was granted his doctor of
philosophy degree by the University
of London in 1951.
He began his study of Asian languages during the second World War
with the National Research Council.
While in England in 1943 he studied
Japanese and the following year began the study of Chinese at Carleton
College, Ottawa.
He was professor of Chinese at
Cambridge from 1953 until joining the
UBC faculty.
The resignation of Prof. Charles L.
Emery as head of the UBC department of mineral engineering has been
accepted by the Board of Governors.
Prof. Emery, who joined the UBC
faculty in 1965, said in his letter of
resignation that he plans to remain at
UBC to devote full time to teaching
and research.
Appointed acting head of the mineral engineering department is Prof.
Leslie G. R. Crouch, who is also assistant dean of the faculty of applied
Prof. Crouch has been a UBC faculty member since 1945 and was president of the Association of Professional
Engineers in 1966. Born and educated
in Australia, he came to North America
in 1937 and after graduation from the
University of Utah worked for various
private mining companies and government agencies before coming to UBC.
An experimental New Arts Two program, modelled on UBC's radical New
Arts One course, has been approved
by the University Senate.
The New Arts Two program, which
will enrol 20 students next September,
will study the theme of "The city,"
with each student making a specialized
study of an aspect of city life, including government race, poverty, relationships between geography, resources, industry and population in the
The understanding of the city will
be broadened by a study of the arts
and architecture of the city, including music, poetry and literature about
the city and its human meaning.
Students who successfully complete
the New Arts Two program will receive nine units of credit in their
second year. Only students who have,
already successfully completed the
Arts One program and have the endorsement of their professor will be
permitted to apply for admission to
New Arts Two.
As in the New Arts'One program,
students will rely mainly on seminars
and tutorials for an intensive learning
experience, in addition to stress on
individual study and critical use of
the resources of the University and
Dr. Ian Ross, co-chairman of the
New Arts One program, said the aim
of the students in the new program
will be to make a personal commitment to an academic specialty within
the framework of the theme of the
The New Arts One program will
also continue in the coming year with
an enrolment of 240 students.
Senate Will
Meet Jointly
With Students
The UBC Senate has decided to hold
joint meetings with students several
times each year to discuss issues of
common concern.
This was one of a number of recommendations made in the report of a
special Committee on the Role and
Organization of Senate which was
adopted at Senate's last meeting on
May 22.
Senators met with students last
January to discuss the question of
whether Senate meetings should be
opened to press and public. The discussion ranged over many other issues
as. well and the meeting was considered to have made a significant
contribution to improving intra-uni-
versity relations.
The report adopted by Senate calls
for a major reorganization of Senate's committee structure, for an increase in the number of meetings (to
10 a year, from five), and for five-year
planning by all faculties and academic
Grant Made
A major equipment grant of $85,000
— believed to be the largest ever
awarded at the University of B.C. —
has been made to a physicist who
joins the UBC faculty July 1.
Dr. Andrew V. Gold, currently professor of physics at Iowa State University, will use the grant to purchase
equipment for basic research in the
field of metals.
The award to Dr. Gold is one of 23
National Research Council grants totalling $454,815 made to UBC faculty
members for the purchase of scientific
equipment for experimental work connected with their research.
Dr. Gold will use his equipment for
investigating a phenomenon known as
the de Haas-van Alphen effect which
occurs in very pure metals at very
low temperatures  and  in  high  mag-
to Physicist
netic fields.
Study of the effect has contributed
significantly to the development of
the present understanding of metals
and alloys.
Dr. Gold, an expert in low temperature physics, received a second NRC
grant of $17,640 for experimental studies  related to the  surface of metals.
Dr. C. S. C. Lear, head of the orthodontics department of UBC's faculty
of dentistry, received the second largest NRC equipment grant of $27,440
for studies of the forces which determine dental arch shape.
A grant of $25,900 was made to Dr.
W. D. Finn, head of the civil engineering department to continue studies
on the effects of earthquakes on soils
and large earth structures such as
dams and slopes. Faculty
UBC's faculty of agriculture has
changed its name to the faculty of
agricultural sciences.
The name-change was approved by
the University Senate at its May 22
Dr. Michael Shaw, dean of the faculty, said the change of name was designed to reflect the nature of the
faculty, which is made up of interdisciplinary groups of basic and applied research scientists concerned
with problems of producing, harvesting and  processing food.
He said that the word "agriculture,"
when used" alone, is firmly associated
in the public mind with elementary
farm practices and a way of life that
stretches far back in man's history.
The primary responsibilities of a
modern agricultural sciences faculty
involve both basic and applied research, the dean said, and the training
of students at the undergraduate and
graduate levels.
"Our primary function is to produce
graduates at the bachelor level who
are well qualified to take positions in
any area of the agricultural industry," he said.
"Agricultural scientists," Dean Shaw
said, "are deeply involved with the
world and with society in view of current trends of world population and
food production and all the problems
associated with them."
He said all these factors were involved in the request to Senate for
the name change.
"The designation 'Faculty of Agricultural Sciences' is a particularly apt
description of the UBC faculty," Dean
Shaw said. The faculty is presently
made up of departments and divisions
of soil science, plant science, animal
science, poultry science, agricultural
engineering and agricultural economics.
Associated with the change of name
for the faculty is a change in designation of the agriculture degree from
B.S.A. (bachelor of science in agriculture) to "B.Sc. (Agr.)" The degree
name is not affected by the change in
"In changing the designation of the
degree, we will be conforming to a
practice which is growing at other
universities in Canada," Dean Shaw
Also approved by the Senate was
establishment of a new department of
food sciences within the faculty of
agricultural  sciences.
Two Programs
Get Approval
By Senate
New programs leading to a master
of arts degree in comparative literature and a doctor of philosophy degree in business administration have
been approved by the UBC Senate.
Introduction of the master's degree
program in comparative literature will
mean an increase in the number of
courses in this area, which is important
in the study of the history of ideas and
which will establish new areas of communication between language and
literature departments.
Students will be required to take a
number of seminars and residing
courses and write a thesis. Students
accepted for the course will be required to have fluency in one foreign
language and an acceptable knowledge
of a second.
The program leading to the doctor
of philosophy in business administration will offer specialization in the
areas of finance, marketing and organizational behaviour.
VOLUME 14, No. 3
MAY, 1968
Most Libraries Found Wanting
(The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recently published a volume entitled "Resources of
Canadian Academic and Research Libraries," written by
Robert B. Downs, of the University of Illinois. The article
below, based on the report, is by UBC's head librarian,
Basil Stuart-Stubbs.)
UBC Librarian
Under the sponsorship of the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada and the Canadian Association of
College and University Libraries, a survey of all Canadian academic and research libraries was conducted
in 1967. The final 300-page report, written by the survey
director, Dr. R. B. Downs, Dean of Library Administration,
University of Illinois, was published at the end of March.
The study covered all aspects of libraries: their administrative organization, technical services, readers' services, use, physical facilities, personnel, automation and
mechanization, co-operation and finances. The survey
team, consisting of librarians and faculty members, discovered that Canada's libraries are not adequate for the ■
demands that are and will be made on them. •*
The size of library collections in Canada does not
compare favourably with the size of those held by comparable institutions in the U.S. In 1966/67, 48 libraries in
North America could report holdings of over a million
volumes; only one of these, Toronto, was Canadian. UBC
has  in recent months  reached  its millionth  volume.
Yet the surveyors estimated that UBC would require a
collection of 1,993,570 to support the academic program
as it now exists. Of the thirty-six Canadian libraries surveyed, only three (Acadia, Mount Allison, Toronto) were
deemed to be of a satisfactory size. The total Canadian
requirement, according to Downs, is an additional eight
and a half million volumes.
Since libraries act interdependently in serving the
needs of their communities, Dr. Downs paid attention to
total local resources, and found that Vancouver ranked
fourth, with 2,210,000 volumes, after Toronto (7,345,000),"
Montreal   (4,610,000), and Ottawa  (4,060,000).
In fact, the three eastern centres shared almost two
and a half times as many books as all of the centres in
the western provinces combined — 16,579,000 volumes to
6,383,000 volumes.
The Canada Council has announced a grant of
$64,000 to the UBC Library, reflecting a recommendation of the Downs Report calling for a continuation and increase in special Canada Council
grants to build up research collections in university libraries.
The grant, announced by the Council May 23,
was one of 31 totalling a million dollars to Canadian universities and colleges for book purchases
in the fields of the social sciences and the
UBC's librarian, Mr. Basil Stuart-Stubbs, said
the grant to UBC would be used for general purchases in the two areas.
In estimating the cost of developing collections, Dr.
Downs writes: "For collection development alone, the
university libraries of Canada will need an additional
$150,000,000 during the next decade, beyond present budget
allotments and the current rate of annual increases, to
reach a stage comparable to the top American university
Forty-one recommendations were made which, if implemented, would strengthen libraries and guarantee their
continued development
In almost all areas touched upon by the recommendations, the UBC Library has taken or is taking appropriate
action. However, the surveyors found the physical facilities for libraries to be generally inadequate, and calculated
that the collection would have to double in size to meet
an acceptable standard.
Dr. Downs emphasized the necessity of interlibrary
cooperation during a period of rapid growth, to ensure
that unnecessary duplication of resources does not take
place, and to provide the best national coverage of the
world's literature. But in this connection he notes "that
libraries do not operate in a vacuum. . . . Rationalization
of graduate studies on a provincial and regional basis is
a pre-condition for the rationalization of library resources."
UBC is mentioned many times in the Downs Report,
often within contexts which cannot be reproduced here.
What follows are a few references to UBC which lend
themselves to an article of this kind.
future is a favorite occupation of librarians, and there is
no aspect with which they are more concerned than
space requirements — a constantly recurring  problem. An
excellent example  is the  University of  British  Columbia
Library's 'A plan for future services,' . . ."
Librarianship has rapidly achieved a reputation for producing outstanding graduates since its establishment in
1961. The standards are high."
Faculty members and students were asked how libraries
might become more effective in supporting teaching and
research. Here is a summary of the UBC answers:
"Higher library staff salaries . . . more reading of stack
shelves, more borrowing restrictions . . . faster binding,
computerized cross-indexing . . . automated bibliographic
facilities  .  .  .  restrict faculty   loan   periods."
been using data collection equipment since September
1965 to record book circulation. . . . Statistical reports
are produced as well as overdue notices, fine calculations,
and call-in notices. A historical record is kepf of all
transactions for future use in inventory evaluation and
usage analysis . . .
"As for future applications, the Library expected to
give to a computer in the spring of 1967 most of the
clerical routines in acquisitions involving the maintenance
of author files and  accounting-budget records . . ."
The Downs report applied a formula for establishing
quantitative standards to university libraries evolved by
Verner W. Clapp and Robert T. Jordan in a 1965 article
in "College and  Research  Libraries."
The Downs report says: "If the formula is accepted as
a reasonable, objective measure of adequacy, it is clear
that such university libraries as Alberta, British Columbia,
Guelph, McGill, McMaster, Manitoba, New Brunswick,
Queens, Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser, Waterloo and
Western Ontario are seriously deficient and must carry
on major acquisition programs to bring their resources
up to par."
NEWSPAPERS: ". . . major newspaper resources are
being built up at Alberta, British Columbia, Laval, McGill, Manitoba, Montreal, Queens, Saskatchewan and
PERIODICALS: UBC stood fifth in a table listing the
top 19 Canadian libraries in terms of periodical holdings.
UBC was third out of 12 universities listed as having "The
strongest subscription lists for the basic titles covered by
the 'Social  Sciences and  Humanities  Index'."
REFERENCE WORKS: Holdings in Canadian libraries
were compared against a list published by the American
Library Association and a specially-prepared list of Canadian reference works. Only McMaster reported complete holdings of the ALA list and UBC was one of five
which   "closely   approached  completeness."
When both lists were combined UBC stood second
with 421   titles  behind  Toronto with  422.
Here are some Downs report comments on specialized
collections at UBC:
AGRICULTURE: UBC is listed as holding one of the
principal university collections with special strength in
AMERICAN LITERATURE: Report draws attention to
a 1962 library survey that found UBC was "the only collection that is not strikingly weak in current American
literature." UBC's present holdings total 5,840 volumes,
with good periodical holdings, but no specialized collections.
ANCIENT HISTORY: "British Columbia was found
strong  in Greek history and epigraphy."
ASIAN STUDIES: "B.C.'s Asian Studies division holds
about 22,000 titles (104,000 volumes) in Chinese, Japanese
and Korean; there are 155 current periodicals. Approximately 84 per cent of the material is in Chinese, an area
strongest for history and literature. The Japanese section
is the best for the social sciences and literature."
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: ". . . strong biological
sciences collections are held by British Columbia . . . emphasizing  botany and  entomology . . ."
ROBERT BURNS: UBC's Robert Burns collection
"covers the subject intensively and extensively."
CANADIAN HISTORY: UBC's Howay-Reid collection
of Canadian history and literature contains 12,000 volumes.
"The same institution's Murray collection is important in
the same field. B.C. history is a strong area and the
French-Canadian  history section  is well  developed."
CHEMISTRY: "The principal university collections of
chemical literature reported were at Toronto, 22,100 volumes; McGill, 13,700; Laval, 10,500; British Columbia,
10,275; Montreal, 7,000, and Western Ontario, 6,767.
ENGLISH LITERATURE: "British Columbia's holdings are rising rapidly in importance."
FISHERIES: "The Institute of Fisheries Library (UBC)
is strong for vertebrate marine biology, limnology, ecology
and oceanography."
FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE: "In western Canada, fairly good working collections are available
at Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan."
FRENCH REVOLUTION: "B.C.'s French history holdings are strongest for the 18th century and for the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods."
report quotes an earlier survey which reported that "British Columbia clearly has the strongest collection of history
of the Slavic peoples and other nations of eastern Europe." FROM PAGE ONE
ies   of   students   in   particular.   These
1. Unclassified and qualifying students (those not enrolled in a degree
program, and graduates of other universities who wish to try to upgrade
their qualifications in order to enter
into graduate studies);
2. Late applicants (Aug. 15 has been
set as a firm deadline for applications
for admission);
3. Late entrants (former students
returning late to campus, many of
whom inevitably abandon their studies
after a few weeks).
It is expected that the new policy
will hold enrolment to about 20,000 in
1968-69, compared with 18,400 in 1967-
Dean Gage also announced that over
the summer the UBC Senate would
conduct an investigation of the final
standing ef all first-year students registered at UBC in 1967-68, with a
view to determining the success and
failure of students whose high-school
records were marginal.
He said an attempt would be made
to determine if counselling tests,
taken by all first-year students, were
effective guides in predicting academic success or failure.
Allocation of operating grants to
B.C.'s three public universities was
announced May 23 in Victoria by the
Hon. Leslie Peterson, then Minister of
A total grant of $53 million for the
three universities was announced by
Mr. Peterson earlier in the year. The
division of the $53 million was made
by the minister on the recommendation of the provincial Advisory Board,
under the chairmanship of Dean S. N.
F. Chant, which studied the budget requests of the three universities.
The division gives $31,186,572 to
UBC; $13,555,241 to Simon Fraser University; and $8,258,187 to the University of Victoria.
"The task facing the Advisory Board
in arriving at a recommendation to
the Minister of Education respecting
the division of government grants
among the three public universities is
not an easy one at any time," Dean
Gage said.
"For 1968-69 the task was made more
difficult by the unusually large shortfall of about $7.6 million between the
aggregate amount requested by the
three universities and. the amount of
the provincial grant of $53 million.
"One must respect however, the
right of the government to make the
final decision as to the size of the
total grant.
"The amount of $31,186,572 allocated
to UBC is short of the amount requested by about $3.1 million, but at
the same time we believe that the distribution of the available funds is an
equitable one, under the circumstances.
"Our reduced budget means that we
will not be able to reduce the size of
many of our classes, as we had hoped.
It also means that we will not be able
to upgrade, as much as we had anticipated, some of our obsolete facilities
and equipment
"However, we fully expect to be
able to provide a place for any B.C.
student who qualifies for admission
under the terms laid down in the
UBC Calendar for 1968-69.
"We are grateful to the chairman
and members of the Advisory Board,
and to the Minister of Education, for
resolving their difficult problem by
this date."
Commerce Head
Joins Fraternity
Dean Philip H. White, head of UBC's
faculty of commerce and business
administration, has been inducted into
Lambda Alpha, an international honorary fraternity to foster the study of
land   economics.
Dean White was one of six persons
elected to membership in the fraternity, which was founded at Northwestern University in 1930.
Dean White was inducted at the
annual banquet of the Golden Gate
chapter of the fraternity in San Francisco late in April. He also addressed
the group on "Responsibility in urban
The only other member of the organization in B.C. is Dr. Richard U.
Ratcliff, professor of urban land economics at UBC.
FIRST SIX graduates of UBC's faculty of dentistry get a
farewell handshake from the faculty's dean, Dr. S. Wah Leung.
Six graduating students who will receive their doctor of
dental medicine degrees at the spring congregation ceremony
on May 31 are: front row, left to right Richard A. Suen,
Marvin Christianson and Imre P. Rokus; back row, left to
right, Donald R. Lewis, Michael A. Wells and Kenneth
Tierney.   Photo by B. C. Jennings.
Graduating Class Heads Listed
of New York, deputy director of the
United Nations Children's Fund
(UNICEF), doctor of laws, and Mr. P.
A. Woodward, retired Vancouver merchant and philanthropist, doctor of
Honorary degree recipients on May
30 are: Dr. Blythe Eagles, Dean Emeritus of Agriculture at UBC, doctor of
science; Dr. A. W. "Whit" Matthews,
Dean Emeritus of Pharmacy at UBC,
doctor of science; Dr. Walter Gropius,
of Lincoln, Massachusetts, one of the
world's leading architectural educators, doctor of laws; and Sir Charles
Wright of Victoria, Antarctic explorer
and geophysical scientist, doctor of
Ceremonies begin each day at 2:15
p.m. in UBC's War Memorial Gymnasium.
The heads of the 1968 graduating
class are as follows:
The Governor-General's Gold Medal
(Head of the Graduating Classes in
Arts and Science, B.A. and B.Sc. degrees): John Robert Anderson, Vancouver.
The Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold
Medal (Head of the Graduating Class
in Agriculture, B.S.A. degree): Ian
Garnett, Vancouver.
The Association of Professional Engineers Gold Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Engineering, B.A.
Sc. degree): Clark Howard Weaver,
New Westminster, B.C.
The Kiwanis Club Gold Medal and
Prize, $100 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Commerce, B.Com. degree):
John Joseph Cameron, Vancouver.
The University Medal for Arts and
Science (Head of the Graduating
Class in Science, B.Sc. degree): Khoon
Hock  Chew,  Vancouver.
The Law Society Gold Medal and
Prize, Call and Admission Fee (Head
of the Graduating Class in Law, LL.B.
degree): Arnold Murray Abramson,
The Royal Architectural Institute
of Canada Medal (outstanding student
in Architecture, degree of B.Arch.):
Donald Irwin Gutstein, Toronto, Ont.
The Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship (Head of the Graduating
Class in Librarianship, degree of
B.L.S.): Ann R. Wierum, Vancouver.
The Canadian Association for
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Physical Education and Recreation, B.P.E. degree): Robert G. McGill, Vancouver.
Special University Prize, $100 (Head
of the Graduating Class in Home Economics, B.H.E. degree): Margaret
Elizabeth Howell, New Westminster,
Special University Prize, $100 (Head
of   the   Graduating   Class   in   Social
Labour Fellowship
Dr. Martin Meissner, associate professor of sociology at the University
of B.C., has been awarded a $7,000
Canada International Labour Fellowship for study in Europe.
Dr. Meissner will spend the coming
year on leave of absence in Geneva,
Switzerland, where he will work at
the International Institute for Labour
Studies on a project entitled "Work,
leisure and social participation in the
industrial community."
The study will describe how working people spend their time, and how
their social relationships and participation in voluntary organizations are
influenced by the technical and organizational characteristics of their
Work, M.S.W. degree): Mrs. Nancy
Rae Stibbard, Vancouver.
Special University Prize, $100 (Head
of the Graduating Class in Music,
B.Mus. degree): Michael M. Longton,
New Westminster, B.C.
Special University Prize, $100 (Head
of the Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Medicine, degree of B.S.R.): Judith McDonald Cleaver, Kelowna, B.C.
The Hamber Gold Medal and Prize,
$250 (Head of the Graduating Class in
Medicine, degree of M.D.): John Allan
Cairns, Trail, B.C.
The Horner Gold Medal for Pharmacy (Head of the Graduating Class
in Pharmacy, B.S.P. degree): Sylvia
M. G. Wallace, Burnaby, B.C.
The Helen L. Balfour Prize, $250
(Head of the Graduating Class in
Nursing, B.S.N, degree): Mrs. Winifred Margaret Miller, North Vancouver, B.C.
The Canadian Institute of Forestry
Medal (best all-round record in Forestry in all years of course, B.S.F.
degree): Terence Lewis, North Surrey,
The H. R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry, $100 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Forestry, B.S.F. degree): Terence Lewis, North Surrey, B.C.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Medal and
Prize, $100 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Education, B.Ed, degree, Secondary Teaching field): Douglas Frederick Cole, Burnaby, B.C.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Medal and
Prize, $100 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Education, B.Ed, degree, Elementary Teaching field): Anthony W.
Rogers, Vancouver.
The College of Dental Surgeons of
British Columbia Gold Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Dentistry,
D.M.D. degree): Richard A. Suen,
VOLUME 14, No. 3
MAY, 1968


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