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Vol. 15, No. 17, Oct. 2, 1969, Vancouver 8, B.C.
A joint faculty-student committee has
begun planning for the triennial Open House,
designed to give the general public an inside
look at UBC.
Fourth year engineering student Gordon
McNab is chairing the Open House steering
committee and expects that more than
100,000 people will visit UBC on March 6 and
7, 1970.
Open House hours on March 6 will be
3—10 p.m. and on March 7 from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. The committee will ask the University to cancel all lectures and labs from 12:30
p.m. on March 6 so that students and faculty
members can put final touches on hundreds
of departmental and club displays.
UBC faculties and departments have already been asked to appoint committees
which will arrange for displays on any suitable
Organizations and clubs which are duly
recognized by the University and the Alma
Mater Society will be eligible to apply for display space.
McNab said he expects every inch of
campus space will be allocated for display
purposes. He said the committee might not be
able to give every organization the space it
He added: "Open House will deal fairly
with every recognized group which requests
space. Each will be treated as impartially and
humanely as possible."
The University of B.C. Senate has elected three
persons from its own membership to serve three-
year terms on the University's Board of Governors.
The three elected, all graduates of UBC, are:
Mrs. John M. Lecky and Mr. Paul Plant, both
former presidents of the UBC Alumni Association,
Mr. David Williams, a member of the UBC
Senate elected by Convocation.
Mrs. Lecky and Mr. Plant are members of
Senate appointed by the board of management of
the UBC Alumni Association.
Six persons were nominated for the three Board
positions at the Senate meeting of Sept. 10. Others
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were Mr. Charles McK. Campbell Jr., and Mr.
Stuart S. Lefeaux, both elected by Convocation,
and Mr. Kenneth Martin, the third Alumni board
of management appointee to Senate. Mr. Lefeaux
withdrew his name from the list of nominees.
The Universities Act provides for election of
three Senators to the UBC Board. All three
positions have been vacant since the start of the
current academic year when the terms of the
incumbent members expired.
Two of the previous Board members elected by
Senate, Mr. Richard M. Bibbs and Mr. Donovan
Miller, have been given three-year appointments to
the Board by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council.
The third Senator elected to the Board, Mr. Stuart
Keate, has retired from both the Board and the
The appointments by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council and the election by the Senate
brings the total Board membership to ten persons,
one short of the number prescribed by the
Universities Act. The Lieutenant-Governor-m-
Council has yet to appoint a sixth member to the
Other appointees of the Lieutenant-Governor-
in-Council are Board chairman Dr. Walter C.
Koerner, Mr. Arthur Fouks and Mr. John E.
Liersch. They were reappointed recently for
further three-year terms. Other Board members are
Chancellor Alan McGavin and President Walter
Mrs.   Lecky,   who   was president of  the  UBC
Alumni Association in 1967-68, has been active in
numerous community organizations, including the
Community Chest and Council, the Children's
Foundation and the Vancouver Girls Clubs Association. She is a former president of the Junior
League of Vancouver.
Mr. Paul Plant, Alumni Association president in
1962-63, graduated from UBC in 1949 and is
vice-president of Ralph S. Plant Ltd., a firm of
B.C. lumber brokers.
While a student, Mr. Plant served as treasurer of
the Alma Mater Society and since graduation has
been active in community affairs as well as the
Alumni Association.
He is a past president of the Family Service
Agency of Greater Vancouver and a board member
of the Family Service Association of America.
His association with the Alumni Association
began in 1959 and he has served as chairman of
the association's branch committee and as a
member of the board of management in several
Mr. David Williams, a resident of Duncan where
he practices law, holds the degrees of bachelor of
arts and bachelor of laws from UBC and was a
member of the students' council in 1948—49.
In Duncan, Mr. Williams has been active in
community affairs as president of the Kiwanis
Club, the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of
Commerce and the Nanaimo County Bar
Association. He is a former chairman of the board
of directors of King's Daughters' Hospital and the
Cowichan Valley Forest Museum.
Mr. Williams was first elected to Senate as a
Convocation member in 1966.
Dick Betts, president of the Arts Undergraduate Society and a third year student
majoring in anthropology and sociology,
recently discussed the so-called course or
departmental unions of students, which are
taking shape in some UBC departments. He
was asked how course unions began and what
functions they serve.
DICK BETTS: Course unions first grew up
a couple of years ago when the notions of
academic reform were being put forward by
various people. Course unions were seen, at
that time, as a meeting place for students, as a
basis on which students could get together,
free from professorial and administrative
restraints, and work out exactly what they
were doing within the faculty, and to discuss
basically the directions the department was
taking and how it affected them.
Some of the main priorities last year were
some sort of student representation on departmental decision-making bodies such as curriculum committees, academic planning
committees, things of this nature.
UBC REPORTS: Are course unions exclusively student organizations, or is any attempt
made to draw in the members of the faculty?
Do they exist entirely outside the administrative structure of the department?
DICK BETTS: Well, I'd say the central idea
was to get them to exist outside the particular
department, but we've never refrained from
bringing in a teaching assistant, say, or whoever really wants to participate. In the past I'd
say they were conducted in a sort of club
I'll deal with the Anthrosoc Union, because
it's the one I've had the most experience with.
It endeavoured last year to set up regular
business meetings, news letters, systems of
communication with each member, and
committees to discuss such things as academic
planning. We were invited by the department
to come and sit on these committees. Granted, it was purely token representation. We'd
get something like two members on a very
large body, and this is hardly in keeping with
the idea of student parity, but this is the sort
of thing we do.
There were educationals conducted and a
few   things   were   in   the  offing  that  never
happened. One person, for instance, was in
charge of a speakers' list and was going to
bring people in from the National Liberation
Front and that sort of thing to speak to us^fc
developments in Viet Nam. Since we were^T
told in the classroom, we might as well get it
first hand if we could. Now this never came
off, but we tried anyway.
UBC REPORTS: You've spoken to some
extent of the purposes of these organizations,
and I'd like a bit more detail. You spoke of
discussing the direction the department was
taking. Let's assume for a moment that a
departmental union was not satisfied with the
direction the department was taking. What
course of action would the student organization take in that case?
DICK BETTS: Well, basically there wasn't
much we could do last year. This year I ho^k
we can actually press for such things as pari^
on departmental committees—an equal number of students and faculty. I think it's
completely fallacious to say, for instance, that
we're dissatisfied with the way this department's going, so let's get out and change it
when legalistically you have only two students on a committee.
It's very unrealistic to suppose that two
students on a committee can do anything. But
if we can reason things out and have equal
representation, then even in the learning
process we stand half a chance of seeing our
ideas put through and can debate with department heads on the matters that we bring to
them. We hope that through equal representation we can get some action initiated from
the students' point of view. We want to head
towards a democratic university by any legal
means, at first at least, and press for equal
representation in departments.
UBC REPORTS: What departments within
the university, in addition to anthropology
and sociology, now have departmental
DICK BETTS: Well, as I say, this is a new
year. A lot of people became somewhat disenchanted with the unions last year simply
because they felt so impotent in them. I've
spoken to several people in the history union
who have flatly refused to come back. I don't
know about the English literary union.
UBC REPORTS: So the development of
these unions is really in a beginning state.
DICK BETTS: Oh yes, very.
UBC REPORTS: Is it your hope that in the
current  academic  year   most other depart-
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ments will show enough interest to form their
own course union among students?
DICK BETTS: Well, I think that would be
cjA^t in terms of student involvement. I think
every department in the faculty of arts, and
every other university department for that
' matter, should have a voluntary union of
students that can help to formulate departmental decisions and get them through to the
One thing the history union could very
' * easily press for is the abolition of exams,
which I think don't serve any real place in the
educational structure, the way it's going now.
They could have some voice in determining
j^^king procedures, and the hiring and firing
pWicies within the department. Students
should have a voice in these matters because I
think it's essential that this university become
UBC REPORTS: Are there any other areas
in which the unions would exercise an influence?
DICK BETTS: Social scientific research
would be a main priority, I should think. My
idea is that the Anthropology-Sociology
Union should not consider itself alone in the
field of the social sciences.   It should unite
* ' with other departments such as psychology
and political science to form along the political science, sociology and anthropology lines
at Simon Fraser University. We all know the
kind of trouble the PSA department is in
now, but that's simply the administration
that's causing that trouble, not the people in
the   department   itself.  The  people  in  that
♦ . department  are  concerned  with   human   re
search, with developing human ideas within
the community.
UBC REPORTS: Presumably all of the
professors in anthropology and sociology and
the bulk of the students—certainly at the
graduate level—and some of the upper class
level, would be working on research projects
' • that interest them. When you talk about
socio-economic research, are you thinking of
research that has a more contemporary value?
DICK BETTS: I was thinking of human service research to the community. We all know,
for instance, that the unemployed in our
community are vastly neglected. There have
" '   been no progressive programs put forward for
the unemployed or for the native people, the
Indians. We tend to think of the native
Indians as some sort of a social phenomenon
that has to be absorbed without really trying
to understand them. I think the primary
thing, of course, is for the native people to
somehow help themselves, but I think we can
work with them.
The university has access to the means of
research, the libraries, the data machines, that
sort of thing. I think we should be able to say
to the Native Alliance for Red Power, come
into our university and find out what types of
research you'd like done. Or if you don't
want any research done then what types of
social planning would you like to see the university undertake for your people?
UBC REPORTS: So you see the research
that course unions could undertake as being
more concerned with immediate social problems in Canadian society.
DICK BETTS: That's right. Not only concerned, but really acting on them. I mean, it's
fine to sit back and intellectualize, but unless
you act upon your concerns, unless you act
upon your findings, we're in the same old
vacuum again.
UBC REPORTS: Many of the things that
you have mentioned as being concerns of
course unions are areas that traditionally are
reserved for the faculty of the university, who
are employed to teach and do research and
who have a vested interest in maintaining
academic standards. I'm thinking here of such
matters as who's hired and who's let go,
matters of tenure and promotion, and that
sort of thing. You're convinced that students,
who are here for a relatively short period of
time, have a contribution to make in these
DICK BETTS: Yes, I definitely do. The
kind of man who's teaching you is the kind of
man that you're going to form your ideas
from. There have been a few controversies in
the past about ad hoc hiring and firing. The
students have been very upset about it and
yet student opinion was never listened to.
It's just plain frustrating for a student to be
outside this whole process when it affects
him, very basically, in his education. With regard to the areas of faculty concern, it seems
to me that it's an area of concern for every
citizen in the creation of a better kind of
society and improving the quality of life. It
seems to me that in this light it's not just the
faculty who should be concerned. It's basically a student concern. If the student is
learning about fields such as anthropology or
sociology, the student should be doing something in those fields for the betterment of all
UBC REPORTS: There is considerable
resistance, and you must be aware of it, to the
idea that parity is necessary or desirable.
There seems to be fairly widespread agreement that some student representation—the
amount varies from person to person—is
desirable, and faculty members seem prepared
to accommodate student requests. Do you see
a confrontation between students and faculty
coming if faculty members don't give on the
question of parity?
DICK BETTS: Most likely. It depends on
how strongly students are prepared to pursue
their interests. If students are downright
determined that they're going to have parity,
and if faculty are determined thet they won't
have parity, obviously you have the makings
of a confrontation right there. It seems to me
these things should be worked out in a
reasonable way. If they can't be worked out
in a reasonable way, other tactics will have to
be resorted to.
UBC REPORTS: Just one final question.
Are the course unions the major plank in the
AUS platform this year or does AUS have
other goals?
DICK BETTS: Actually, out of the departmental union can come a whole range of
problems such as those we've mentioned
briefly. I've mentioned confrontation. This is
not the idea of confrontation simply for the
sake of confrontation. It comes from the idea
that a very legitimate group in this university
assume that such things as parity and a voice
in hiring and firing decisions and that sort of
thing and a very comprehensive system of
educationals can come from the course unions
inasmuch as they're a voluntary union.
Voluntary union has been much talked
about in this university as a very real substitute for the involuntary union that we now
have. Not only that, the involuntary union
that we now have does not usually devote
itself to curriculum or political matters within
the university, whereas these course unions
could. Educationals could come from this;
they can be a whole system of government in
UBC REPORTS: What is embodied in the
term "educationals"?
DICK BETTS: By an educational we mean,
for instance, that a representative from the
NLF, Red Power, a visiting professor or even
the professors from our own department, can
lecture to us on a topic that is not being
covered within our present course content.
These are educational, political, and culturally
satisfying to students.
And the AUS, of course, would still be
involved in other aspects of student services,
such as entertainment events, dances and
cultural events. We hope to be able to conduct a week-long teach-in during Arts Week so
that problems within the faculty of arts can
be aired freely and discussed in an open
UBC Reports/October 2, 1969/3 DR. FRANK A. FORWARD, former head of
UBC's metallurgy department, already has 15
medal awards for his contributions to the
field of metallurgy. He added yet another one
to his collection recently when he received
the 1969 Alcan award from the Metallurgical
Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy. Dr. Forward, who still serves
UBC as a consultant on research
administration, received the plaque "for
excellence in research of metallurgy." Photo
by Extension Graphic Arts.
McGill Honours Biochemist
Dr. J.H. Quastel, professor of neurochemistry and
honorary professor of biochemistry at the University
of B.C., will be honored by McGill University Oct. 8.
He will receive the honorary degree of doctor of
science at McGill's annual Founders' Day
Dr. Quastel, who was a member of the McGill
faculty for 19 years before joining the UBC faculty in
1966, is internationally known for his work in the
field of neurochemistry and biochemistry.
In 1928, while teaching at Cambridge University,
Dr. Quastel evolved a concept which led to an
understanding of the action of enzymes, the proteins
produced by living cells in plants and animals and
which act as promoters of the chemical changes on
which life depends.
During the second World War, while working for
They've got 30 pairs of eyeglasses, 15 umbrellas, one pair of logging boots and, until it
was reclaimed last week, one blond wig.
These and hundreds of other items, including
textbooks, gloves and scarves, make UBC's lost
and found department one of the busiest
places on campus.
, The service, operated by the Phrateres organization, is open from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Monday through Friday. It is located on the
main floor of the Student Union Building
adjacent to the main information desk.
the soil metabolism unit of the British Agricultural
Research Council, Dr. Quastel was largely responsible
for the discovery of the weed-killer, 2,4—D and
development of a widely-used soil conditioner called
He is the author of more than 300 papers and
several books in the biochemical field.
While at McGill, Dr. Quastel was professor of
biochemistry and director of both the
McGill-Montreal General Hospital Research Institute
and the McGill Unit of Cell Metabolism.
Thomas H. Alden, associate professor of
metallurgy at the University of B.C., has won the
1969 Marcus A. Grossmann Young Author Award
from the American Society for Metals.
Alden's paper on "Strain Hardening and Recovery
in Superplastic Pb—5% Cd" was selected as the best
technical paper of the year by an author or authors
under age 35. It was published in the September 1968
issue of the ASM Transactions Quarterly.
The metal involved-Pb—5% Cd-is an alloy made
up of 95 per cent lead by weight and five per cent
Alden, now 35, will be honored in Philadelphia,
the city of his birth, at the annual ASM awards
luncheon Oct. 15.
He joined the University of B.C. in 1968 from the
General Electric Research Laboratory in
Schenectady, New York, where he had been working
since 1960 on metal fatigue, strain, hardening, the
mechanical properties of ceramics, superconductivity
and superplasticity.
Alden received his bachelor's degree in economics,
summa cum laude, from Amherst College and a
master's and doctorate in physical metallurgy from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
to the
I wish to protest about the increase in
the non-resident student insurance premium from S35 to S57. As a student
enrolling for the first time, one has no
opportunity or the knowledge of where
to enquire about alternate insurance
schemes, so one has no option but to
accept the University-sponsored scheme
so as to qualify for enrolment. Have the
University authorities accepted this 63%
premium fee increase with no explanation at all, or without inviting other insurance companies to offer alternate
schemes? It would seem that this has
been an unjustifiable case of extortion
and I believe the University body deserves some explanation.
R. Shotton,
Institute of Animal Resource Ecology
The UBC requirement that nonresident students have an acceptable
form of sickness and hospital insurance
is to provide protection for an estimated
500 students who would otherwise be
faced with heavy doctor and hospital
bills in the event of illness. Non-resident
students could purchase physician coverage under the B.C. Medical Plan for $5
per month for a single person, but there
is no provision locally for the purchase
of hospital insurance for the first 12
months of residence. The only way in
which non-residents can obtain hospital
insurance, according to Dr. Archie
Johnson, the head of UBC's Health Service, is to purchase physician and hospital coverage through the University
Health and Accident Plan, offered by a
national organization with headquarters
in Toronto and which this year raised its
premium for medical coverage from $35
to $57 as a result of increased hospital
utilization. Dr. Johnson said the University wasn't informed of the new rates
until a few days before registration and
he considers the premium reasonable for
the service provided. In short, nonresident students appear to be getting a
good deal even at the increased rates.
Forester Elected
UBC forestry professor Dr. Robert W. Wellwood
has become the first Canadian elected to the
executive of the Forest Products Research Society, an
international organization with headquarters in
Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Wellwood's election as vice-president of the
Society came at the organization's annual meeting in
San Francisco in July. The Society has a membership
of some 4,000 persons representing more than 50
Dr. Wellwood was a charter member of the FPRS
when it was organized 21 years ago and has served on
numerous committees of the Society in the
intervening years. He was international editor of the
Forest Products Journal from 1959 to 1967.
■|Hfe4fc Volume 15, No. 17-Oct. 2,
l||]n 1969. Published by the Univer-
III ■ I ■ sity of British Columbia and
^^ M_r ^^ distributed free. J.A. Banham,
REPORTS Editor; Barbara Claghorn, Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be addressed to the Information Office,
UBC, Vancouver 8, B.C.
4/UBC Reports/October 2, 1969


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