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Array UBC stays open during strike
The University will remain open
during the strike by operating
engineers, UBC President Douglas
Kenny said Tuesday.
The 25 engineers, members of
Local 882 of the International Union
of Operating Engineers, operate the
heating plant and maintain the
mechanical systems in University
buildings. They walked off the job in
mid-afternoon Tuesday after failing
to negotiate a new labor contract
with the University to replace one
that expired on Dec. 31.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the striking operating engineers were
picketing only the University
powerhouse and were not restricting
A final breakdown in protracted
negotiations came over the question
of arbitration.
The University said it was
prepared to go to arbitration on all
outstanding issues, including length
of the contract; the union said the
term of the contract must be 12
months and said there could be no
arbitration unless the University
agreed to this in advance.
"We feel our total offer is an
equitable one," said President
Kenny, "and the University would be
happy to have the whole thing
resolved by arbitration. Whatever
the arbiter decided, we would accept
access to the larger University cam-        — on all points, including the length
Volume 24, No. 4. Feb. 22, 1978. Published by Information Services, University of B.C.. 2075 Wesbrook Mall,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. 228-3131. Jim Banham and Judith Walker, editors. ISSN 0497 2929.
UBC architecture grad Charles Haynes, designer of the now-famous Acadia
House in background, begins two more energy-conserving houses in April, with
the help of students wanting to learn about basic house construction. Part of
the recent 7 per cent rent increase in Acadia camp will buy all the materials
needed for the houses, which become part of UBC's married student quarters
when finished.
of the contract."
He said the University offer of Jan.
10, which would give operating
engineers total increases of between
$1,085 and $1,437 in 1978, still
"It is a fair offer and it is at the upper limits of what the Anti-Inflation
Board would allow."
President Kenny said the University heating plant will be operated by
supervisory personnel during the
strike. He said all classes will be held
as usual.
The University originally offered
the operating engineers a wage increase of four per cent, in accordance with AIB guidelines, in a one-
year contract.
The union rejected this and asked
for wages related to UBC tradesmen
who are members of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Specifically, the union said a
maintenance engineer I should
receive the same monthly pay as a
CUPE plumber.
The University agreed to
engineer/pi umber parity on Jan. 10,
on an hourly wage basis, provided
the operating engineers would agree
to a 15-month contract that would
expire on March 31, 1979. The UBC
fiscal year runs from April 1 to
March 31 and the contracts of three
other unions at UBC — CUPE, the
Office and Technical Employees
Union (OTEU) and the Association
of University and College Employees
(AUCE) - expire annually on March
The Jan. 10 offer would give a
maintenance engineer I an initial
raise of 3.48 per cent, retroactive to
Jan. 1, and would bring him even
with a UBC plumber at $10.53 an
hour. Other members of Local 882
would receive the same percentage
Then, on April 1, the operating
engineers would receive an additional increase equal to the CUPE increase, with a guaranteed minimum
of four per cent.
Thus, the minimum increase for
operating engineers in the current
calendar year would be just over 6.58
per cent — 3.48 per cent for 12
months and the additional four per
cent for nine months.
Hourly wages for the 25 operating
engineers, as of April 1, would range
from a low of $9.59 to a high of
$12.55. Yearly salaries would range
from $17,746 to $23,490. Senate
A special committee of UBC's
Senate will meet in closed session on
Monday (Feb. 27) to hear testimony
on alleged voting irregularities in the
Jan. 18 election of students to the
Board of Governors and Senate.
The five-member committee
under the chairmanship of Dr. John
Stager, associate dean of the Faculty
of Arts, has appealed to anyone who
has knowledge of purported irregularities to appear before it at
3:30 p.m. in the Board and Senate
Room of the Main Mall North (Old)
Administration Building.
The committee also plans to meet
on Friday (Feb. 24) with students
who organized the polling for the
Jan. 18 election, which saw students
elect two members to the Board and
five senators at large.
Senate, which is required to make
all rules for elections to UBC governing bodies, voted to establish the
special committee after an hour-long
debate at its regular meeting on Feb.
15. The committee is empowered to
investigate the alleged irregularities
and to declare the election valid or
Another vote will be held if the
Jan. 18 election is declared invalid.
At its Feb. 15 meeting, Senate had
before it a recommendation from the
Student Representative Assembly of
the Alma Mater Society calling for a
new election to be held as soon as
Senate, however, did not vote on
the SRA recommendation, accepting
instead a motion by Prof. Charles
Bourne, of the Faculty of Law, who
UBC, Association sign agreement
An agreement setting out conditions of employment for the 98 full-
time librarians employed in the
University's library system has been
signed by the University and the UBC
Faculty Association.
The agreement, which came into
force on Feb. 3, gives UBC librarians
the same status as librarians
employed by the provincial government and the Vancouver Public
Library and its provisions are similar
to those governing the relations between the provincial government and
its employees.
The agreement was signed by the
UBC Faculty Association because
librarians are included in the
bargaining unit of academic
employees that negotiates annually
with the University on salaries and
conditions of employment.
The agreement specifies two types
of appointment for full-time
librarians — term appointments and
confirmed appointments.
Term appointments are of two
kinds. Specified-term appointments
are for a fixed period and carry no
implication that the appointee will
continue beyond the expiration of
the specified term. Probationary-
term appointments carry the implication that the employee will be
considered for further appointment.
Probationary appointees are eligible for confirmed appointments after
two years of continuous service. A
librarian holding a confirmed
appointment may be dismissed only
for "cause," which is defined in the
2/UBC Reports/Feb. 22, 1978
agreement as "incompetence, gross
misconduct, or unreasonable failure
or refusal to carry out one's duties,"
or on the ground of financial exigency or redundancy.
The agreement also specifies that
librarians cannot be dismissed if they
refuse "as a matter of conscience" to
cross a picket line during a lawful
Recommendations to grant a confirmed appointment or not to renew
an appointment will be made by the
University Librarian to the President, who will submit them to a
review committee. The agreement
specifies that where the committee
does not recommend a confirmed appointment, the candidate will be informed of the reasons in writing by
the University Librarian.
The agreement also sets out a
detailed procedure for termination
of appointments and a procedure for
appeal of decisions on reappointment and confirmed appointments.
Criteria for appointment as a UBC
librarian specified in the agreement
include an undergraduate degree
from a recognized university and a
degree from an accredited school of
library science, or alternative
qualifications accepted by the
University for holding a professional
position in the library.
Confirmed appointments will be
granted to those who have "maintained a high standard of performance in their professional work and
show  promise  of continuing  to  do
said Senate could not avoid its
responsibility to conduct a further investigation.
At its meeting on Feb. 14, the SRA
heard the results of an informal investigation of the alleged irregularities by Eric Warren and
Donald Hamilton, two SRA
members who also sit on Senate.
The SRA rejected a recommendation from the two students asking for
time to conduct a more thorough investigation and went on to pass a motion calling for a new election.
Mr. Warren told the Feb. 15
meeting of Senate that many
students did not wish to discuss the
alleged election irregularities, even
on an anonymous basis.
Prof. Bourne's motion was supported by Prof. Ronald Shearer, of
the economics department, who said
the serious matter of overturning an
election should be done only on the
basis of a formal investigation, and
by Prof. C.V. Finnegan, associate
dean of Science, who said Senate did
not have any direct evidence that irregularities had taken place.
Other members of the special
Senate committee in addition to Dr.
Stager are: Dr. James Richards,
Agricultural Sciences; Prof. James
M. Maclntyre, Law; Mrs. Frederick
Field, a Convocation member of
Senate; and student senator Donald
Hamilton, one of the two SRA
members who conducted the informal investigation on behalf of the
Because of the election controversy, the two students elected to the
Board on Jan. 18 — Basil Peters and
Paul Sandhu — have been barred
from voting at Board meetings but
are allowed to participate in the
discussion of Board business.
Equalizing scholarships eyed
Senate has agreed to set up an ad
hoc committee to look into the
University's policy on scholarships
and bursaries for students.
The motion to establish such a
committee was proposed by Prof.
Charles Bourne (Law) who told
Senate at its Feb. 15 meeting that the
question of how scholarships were
awarded was raised by the Board of
Governors. A report on distribution
of scholarships among faculties and
by sex was presented to the Board in
December. The Board was concerned at that time that the profes- sional faculties generally received
more scholarship and bursary funding from donors than non-professional faculties. The Board felt a committee should be established to make
recommendations on the University's
policies in this area.
The Board was told at its
December meeting that more male
students receive scholarships and
bursaries than do female students.
This is not due to sex discrimination
or one sex achieving higher marks
than the other, it was explained. The
difference can be attributed to enrolment patterns.
At present, according to the report
to the Board prepared by Byron
Hender, director of student awards,
the professional faculties generally
have more males than females in
their enrolment. And professional
faculties generally have a much
larger number of designated awards
provided by donors. More than 60
per cent of undergraduate scholarships and prizes are designated for
students in the so-called professional
faculties and schools, although these
disciplines account for only 35 per
cent of the student body. The same
pattern holds true at the graduate
Because students in non-professional faculties do not have as much
opportunity to receive awards, the
Awards Office this year is attempting
to use undesignated scholarship
funds to ensure that at least the top 5
per cent of students in each year and
faculty receive some sort of scholarship.
UBC hosts world field hockey
The Senate committee on extracurricular activities told Senate that
the world championship in women's
field hockey  will  be  held  at  UBC
from Aug. 18 to 29 and that attempts
are being made to bring UBC's
hockey fields up to world class standards.
Also included in the committee's
report to Senate was the news that
the indoor aquatic facility should be
completed by May of this year. Dr.
John Dennison (Education), chairman of the extra-curricular activities
committee, forewarned Senate that
the management agreement for the
indoor pool necessitates that UBC intramural and University teams will
have to put part of their budgets
toward rental of the facility. He said
this type of agreement also exists at
the Winter Sports Centre and forces
the hockey, curling and squash teams
to pay a considerable portion of their
budget for ice or court rental.
Dr. Dennison pointed out to
Senate that the University badly
needs a field house, indoor racquet
courts and all-weather fields. In his
report, he noted that about 3,000
students and 370 faculty members
use the UBC sports facilities through
Recreation UBC. About 6,000
students participate in intramural
Landscape Architecture okayed
Senate gave academic approval to
a new degree program in agricultural
sciences that would lead to the
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
(B.L.A.) degree.
The program approved is a four-
year program within the Department
of Plant Science. Students would be
able to enter directly from high
school or on transfer from community college. The program is intended
to prepare students to practise as
professional landscape architects in
The academic approval of Senate
is only the first hoop through which
the program must pass before it can
be offered. The Board of Governors
must approve the program as well,
and the Universities Council of B.C.
must supply the necessary funding.
Dr. William Gibson
Dr. William C. Gibson, head of the
Department of the History of
Medicine and Science in UBC's
medical school and a faculty member
since 1951, will take up the post of
chairman of the Universities Council
of B.C. on March 1. He succeeds Dr.
William Armstrong, former deputy
president at UBC and chairman of
the council since it was established in
1974. Dr. Armstrong currently heads
the provincial government's new External Research Advisory Committee, established to advise on research
policy and priorities.
Continued from page four
9:00 a.m.        PEDIATRICS GRAND ROUNDS. Dr. Levitt, associate dean.
University   of   California,   on   Infants   and   Mothers   —
Psychoanalytic   Observations.   Lecture   Hall   B,   Heather
Pavilion. Vancouver General Hospital.
panel of experts will discuss How to Write a C.V. and Win.
Mildred Brock Lounge, Brock Hall.
UBC CHAMBER SINGERS, directed by Cortland Hultberg,
will perform. Recital Hall, Music Building. This concert will
be repeated at 8 p.m.
3:30 p.m.        CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR. J. Wong on Salting
Out of Neutral Sodium Sulphate from Chlorine Dioxide
Generator   Effluent.   Room   206,   Chemical   Engineering
3:30 p.m. COlVfPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM. Dr. John Yuille.
Psychology, UBC, on Cognitive Models in Psychology. Room
301. Computer Sciences Building.
Education, UBC, on Syllabus Construction According to Content. Room 2225, Buchanan Building.
7:00 p.m. WOIVIEN'S GYMNASTICS. UBC vs. Seattle Pacific College.
Gym G, Physical Education Centre, Thunderbird Blvd.
2:00 p.m. SOCCER. UBC Thunderbirds vs. Wesburn. Thunderbird
6:30 p.m. CO-OPERATIVE CHRISTIAN CAMPUS MINISTRY BANQUET. Guest speaker is Archbishop Ted Scott, primate of
the Anglican Church of Canada, on The Church as Social
Conscience. For tickets ($15 each, $25 a couple), call
224-3722. Ballroom, Student Union Building.
UBC Reports/Feb. 22, 1978/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer, on Observations and Photographs.
Saturday, March 4
Hon. Arnold Smith, former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, on Canada
and World Politics — Today and Tomorrow.
Both lectures are at 8:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
3:00 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. An illustrated lecture of
Captain Cook's third voyage through Polynesia, the Northwest Coast of North America, Siberia and Kamtschatka with
Lorraine Miller. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
9:30 a.m. COMPUTING CENTRE LECTURE. First in a series of six lectures on MIDAS by Teresa Tenisci. Room 443, Computer
Sciences Building.
12:30 p.m. MUSIC DEPARTMENT FILM on Drottningholm Court
Theatre. Recital Hall, Music Building.
CANCER RESEARCH SEMINAR. Branko Palcic, Biophysics,
B.C. Cancer Foundation, on Oxygen Effect on DNA Damage
Induced by Ionizing Radiation. Library, Block B, Medical
Sciences Building.
1:30 p.m. COMPUTING CENTRE LECTURE on Use of Terminals by
Jason Halm. Room 443. Computer Sciences Building.
Energy Commission, on Boundary Layer Development on
Turbomachinery Blading. Room 1215, Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Building.
MANAGEMENT SCD2NCE SEMINAR. Daymond Ling. Commerce and Business Administration, UBC. on Stochastic
Transportation. Room 312, Angus Building."
8:00 p.m. IMMUNOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Martin Jerry, director,
Cancer Institute. Calgary, on Disorders of Immune Regulation in Human Melanoma. Salon B, Faculty Club.
MRC Visiting Professor, on Clinical Pharmacokinetics Program at SUNY, Buffalo. Lecture Hall 4, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Frances, Sports Council. England, presents Experiments in
Leisure. Room 204. Buchanan Building.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING. UBC Wind Symphony, directed
by Martin Berinbaum, performs Music for Winds by
Vaughan Williams, Hoist, Elgar and Grainger. Auditorium,
Student Union Building. This concert will be repeated at
8:00 p.m.
NOON-HOUR CONCERT features a variety of student vocal
and instrumental performances. Upper Lounge, International House.
BOTANY SEMINAR. F. Constabel, Prairie Regional
Laboratory, Saskatoon, on Studies in Plant Cell Culture and
Somatic Cell Genetics. Room 3219, Biological Sciences
MDA Ltd.. on A Digital Processor for Satellite Borne
Synethetic Aperture Radio. Room 402, Electrical Engineering Building.
3:30 p.m. ENGLISH COLLOQUIUM. Barry Asker on The Modern
Bestiary of Kipling and Orwell. Lounge, fifth floor.
Buchanan Building.
Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., Ottawa, on Some New Concepts in
Uranium Geology and Their Impact on Exploration. Room
330A, Geological Sciences Centre. Lecture repeated at 8:00
Boulder, Colo., on Spectral Estimation from Irregular Data
Arrays. Room 1465, Biological Sciences Building.
4:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Prof. George A. Olah, Chemistry,
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, on Carbo-
cations and Electrophilic Reactions. Room 250, Chemistry
7:30 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. The last in the series of
free ethnographic films is Potlatch, a Strict Law Bids Us
Dance. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
12 noon PHARMACOLOGY    SEMINAR.    Dr.    John   R.    Ledsome,
Physiology, UBC, on Reflex Responses from Low Pressure
Vascular Receptors. Room 114. Block C, Medical Sciences
12:30 p.m. CHRISTIAN COALITION film series How Should We Then
Live? presents the eighth in this series — The Age of
Fragmentation. Room 100. Scarfe Building. This will be
repeated at 7 p.m. in Room 207, Student Union Building.
HABITAT HAPPENINGS '78. This week's films on are Appropriate Technology. Upper Lounge. International House.
NOON-HOUR CONCERT, jack Mendelsohn, cello; and Dale
Reubart, piano, perform Music of Brahms and Prokofiev.
Recital Hall. Music Building.
1:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. P. Legzdins, Chemistry, UBC, on
Organometallic Nitrosyl Chemistry. Room 225. Chemistry
Animal Resource Ecology, UBC, on Behavioral Ecology of
Terrestrial Slugs. Room 2449, Biological Sciences Building.
Comparative Literature, UBC, on Structure as Repetition
and Repetition in Structure: Proust, Faulkner and Simon.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
a seven-part series called Dialogues on Development is Food
— The Myths Debunked with John Greene. Blue Room, Arts
One Building. Admission, $2.50 for the series.
Psychology, UBC, on Genetic Studies of Human Laterality.
Room 5460. Biological Sciences Building.
ICE HOCKEY. UBC Thunderbirds vs. University of Alberta.
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
8:00 p.m. PURPLE DUST by Sean O'Casey continues until Sat., March
11. with the exception of Sunday, March 5. Frederic Wood
Theatre. Admission, $4.50; students, $2.50. For ticket information, call 228-2678.
FACULTY RECITAL. Robert Rogers, piano, performs Music
of Pentland. Recital Hall. Music Building.
9:00 a.m.        MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS.  Dr.  A. Chalmers;  Dr.  R.W.
Lauener; and Dr. G.H. Grossman, on S.L.E. Lecture Hall B,
Vancouver General Hospital.
12:15 p.m.        BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE SEMINAR. E. Waters, Psychology,
UBC. on Assessing Infants — Techniques and Controversies. Children's Hospital, 250 W. 59th Ave.
12:30 p.m.        GREEN   VISITING   PROFESSOR.    Arnold   Smith,   former
secretary-general of the Commonwealth, on Canada and the
Third World. Room 100, Mathematics Building.
ASIAN    STUDIES   LECTURE.   Prof.   Michel   Strickmann,
Sciences Religieuses, Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes.
Paris, on The Taoist Renaissance of the 12th Century. Room
102. Buchanan Building.
MYTHS, LORES AND LEGENDS. Prof. Lionel Thomas, Fine
Arts, UBC, describes his work now on display in the Faculty
Club. Lower level, Faculty Club.
2:30 p.m. CONDENSED MATTER SEMINAR. Prof. Myer Bloom,
Physics, UBC, on How Bacteria Swim — and Why. Room
318, Hennings Building.
3:30 p.m. ASIAN STUDD2S LECTURE. Prof. Michel Strickmann on Buddhist Eschatology and Chinese Sovereignty. Penthouse.
Buchanan Building.
Prof. J.P. Aubin. Universite de Paris IX. Room 2449.
Biological Sciences Building.
4:00 p.m.        PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. J. Davis, Physics, UBC, on Physical
. Aspects  of  Biological  Membranes.  Room  201.  Hennings
7:30 p.m.        B.C. CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION Annual Meeting. John
Hogarth, former chairman, B.C. Police Commission, on Who
Controls the Police? Mildred Brock Lounge, Brock Hall.
ICE HOCKEY. UBC Thunderbirds vs. University of Alberta.
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
8:00 p.m. ALUMNI CONCERT. David Swan. Marina Ching. Cynthea
Yea. piano; Randy Balzer. violin; Rory Fader, tenor; and
Barbara Kallaur. flute, will perform. Recital Hall, Music
Building. Free.
Continued inside
4/UBC Reports/Feb. 22, 1978


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