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John Chong photo
Surfs Up
A concert-goer surfs the crowd at the seventh annual Arts County Fair
at Thunderbird Stadium, headlined by Newfoundland's Great Big Sea.
The concert, held each year on the final day of classes, has grown from
modest origins into a major event that attracts 15,000 people. Proceeds
from the concert, which is organized by volunteers from the Arts
Undergraduate Society, are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and
AIDS Vancouver.
Program puts women
back in technology
by Stephen Forgacs	
Staff writer
Women, who years ago may have
passed up opportunities in computer science to raise families or pursue other
careers, have gained an opportunity to
participate in a unique program aimed at
positioning them as leaders in the information technology industry.
Maria Klawe. a Computer Science professor and vice-president. Student and
Academic Services, is trying to address
the gender imbalance in the industry by
drawing women back into information
technology through an innovative program called Alternate Routes to Computing (ARC). The program is also aimed at
top male and female university graduates
with little or no computer experience.
"The information technology field is
wide open with opportunities for women,"
says Klawe. "But many women who could
be very successful in the field are deterred by the clear lack of female participation, and by the perception that careers in the field are available only to
people who grew up with a keyboard at
their fingertips and who learned to program as they learned to speak."
ARC is a joint program with Simon
Fraser University and industry partners.
Beginning in September, 15 students
will enter the program at UBC and another 15 at SFU. Students will spend the
first eight months in first-year computer
science courses followed by eight months
in a paid work term in industry and a final
eight months back in the classroom.
Throughout the program students will
work closely with mentors and tutors. On
completion, students will receive a post-
baccalaureate degree and may choose to
pursue graduate studies.
"We expect ARC graduates to take on
a range of positions in the information
technology industry from design to marketing. Employers are looking for people
with skills beyond programming. Graduates from this program will emerge as
leaders in the industry," says Klawe.
"People who choose to take the program
will have to be motivated and hard-working. It will require an intense full-time
commitment, but with a reduced course
Four faculty among
YWCA nominees
Four UBC faculty members are nominees in the 1998Vancouver YWCA Women
of Distinction awards.
Nominees in the Health and Wellness
category include reproductive psychiatrist Shaila
Misri and
clinical psy-
L e o r a
Misri, a
professor of
works in the
areas of prenatal and
and depression. In
she founded the Reproductive Psychiatry
Program at British Columbia's Women's
Hospital and Health Centre. She co-directs this program and directs a similar
clinic at St. Paul's Hospital.
Kuttner, a clinical associate professor
in the Pediatrics Dept., is recognized for
her work in pain relief for children. She
has developed and implemented pain
management programs at B.C.'s Children's Hospital and Canuck Place, a hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses. She has also produced the documentary film, "No Fears, No Tears: Children with
Cancer Coping with
Asst. Prof.
Craig, director of UBC's
Dental Hygiene degree
program, is
in the Edu-
Training and
Development category. Craig was instrumental in creating
a baccalaureate program in dental hy-
See YWCA Page 2
Alumni, students ease
newcomers' way
A new campus group, UBC Future
Alumni, has been formed to bring students and alumni closer together.
Similar student alumni groups are
active on many campuses, especially in
the U.S. but also across Canada, says
Kristin Smith, a program co-ordinator
with the Alumni Association.
"I think it's a great idea," says
Christopher Gorman, UBC Future
Alumni president and a fourth-year
Arts student. "When a student graduates, it should be a natural progression
for him or her to get involved with the
Alumni Association."
The new student group will join
Alumni Association members in events
and activities such as mentoring programs, murder mystery nights and student send-offs.
This August, student send-off socials
will be held in Hong Kong, Toronto,
Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George and
Kelowna. Current students will join
alumni in seeing that new students feel
more welcome as they prepare to come to
"With current students involved in
the send-offs, new students will have
contacts here as soon they arrive, and
that will help ease their transition to a
new city," Smith says.
The UBC Future Alumni also plan
fund-raisers like exam stress kits — a
care package that parents can buy to
boost students' spirits during finals.
There are no fees to join the Future
Alumni and every current UBC student
is eligible, Gorman says.
For more information, call Kristin
Smith at 822-8643 or e-mail at
kristins@alumni. ubc. ca.
Tracking Toxins
The staff of life may have played a role in increased neurological disease
Silver Service 6
UBC honours longtime employees in a celebration May 7
Finding Freedom 12
Artist Gu Xiong survived the Cultural Revolution and culture shock
"the tiniest space
observatory ever"
UBC ASTROPHYSICIST; Principal investigator.
MOST space telescope project
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giene, one of only two in Canada.
UBC's program incorporates
part-time and distance study,
allowing women or men holding
a diploma to obtain a degree
without forsaking family commitments.
Nominated in the Science and
Technology category is Pathology professor Dr. Gillian
Lockitch. An expert in the complex biochemistry of children and
pregnant women, Lockitch promoted the province-wide use of a
blood test that reduces referrals
for amniocentesis.
UBC is sponsoring the Voluntary, Community and Humanitarian Service category for the
ninth year. These awards recognize women who have made outstanding contributions to the
community through professional
or volunteer work.
This year's nominees include
disabilities advocate Anita
Dadson; Judy Gifford, president
of Make-A-Wish Foundation International; advocate and retired
doctor Dorothy Goresky;
Christine McDowell, a volunteer
focused on eliminating violence
against women; Phyllis
Mittlestead, a volunteer abuse-
prevention educator; Lori
Sheppard, founder of Public
Awareness Without Sight
(PAWS), a company providing
businesses with disability aware-
ness training; and Naomi
Yamamoto, chair of the B.C.
Chamber of Commerce and volunteer in a wide range of community activities.
The awards dinner takes place
May 21 at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel. Tickets may be obtained
by calling (604) 280-2801.
Continued from Page 1
load and a lot of support."
ARC was developed under the
Supporting Women in Information Technology (SWIFT) project,
which is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-IBM Chair for
Women in Science and Engineering inB.C. and theYukon —
held by Klawe — and by the
Vancouver Foundation.
The application deadline is
May 15. For information on the
program and how to apply, contact Grace Chen at (604) 822-
5693 or visit the Web site at
http: / /taz.cs.ubc.ca/swift.
Please note, there will be
no Calendar in the next
UBC Reports.
The Calendar returns with
the June 11 issue.
(Deadline for submissions
is noon.Tuesday.June 2.)
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instance, Commerce and Economics students use his CD-ROMS to understand the business language, customs and negotiating strategies of a
country. Roche's language programs help learners assess scholarly texts in
disciplines as diverse as business German, chemistry, music and literature.
Apart from adapting his research to other languages, Roche is pioneering
advanced use of the Internet for foreign language learning.
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Good equity practices
reduce conflicts: report
Reported cases of discrimination and
harassment at UBC have declined by
more than a third since last year while
consultation on equity issues rose by 50
per cent, according to the Equity Office's
1997 annual report.
"We've put a lot of effort into integrating equity into day-to-day activities on
campus," says Sharon Kahn, associate
vice-president. Equity. "The results suggest that the more we promote good equity practices across campus, the fewer
conflicts come into the Equity Office."
In 1997, every one of the 150 cases
brought to the Equity Office was handled
without recourse to the formal investigation and decision process outlined in UBC's
Policy on Discrimination and Harassment.
Many complainants handled the situation themselves after getting advice from
the Equity Office, some worked collaboratively with an equity adviser, their administrator and the respondent to find
resolution, and some, following discussion, chose not to proceed.
Nearly 290 consultations and a new
skills-based workshop gave administrators the information needed to manage
specific discrimination and harassment
concerns or equity issues on their own.
In 1997. UBC achieved the following
workforce representation of groups designated by the Federal Contractors program as being traditionally under-represented: women, 51 per cent; aboriginal
people, one per cent; visible minorities,
22 per cent; and persons with disabilities, four per cent. The percentages maintain levels achieved in the previous year.
Data from Human Resources Development Canada show that in all four designated groups UBC compares favorably
with other employers who fall under the
Employment Equity Act. The Act covers
federally regulated private sector employers and crown corporations.
Another employment equity goal aims
to redress the imbalance in the advancement of male and female faculty members. Women continue to make up one-
third of new appointees to tenure-track
positions. UBC's goal is to appoint well-
qualified women into 35 per cent of these
As well, both the Senate and the Board
of Governors endorsed a new educational equity target to more than double
the current enrolment of First Nations
students to achieve 1,000 enrolments by
the year 2000.
Looking back on the year, Kahn points
to the increase in the office's educational
activities as being an accomplishment
she's particularly proud of — that, and
receiving the federal government's 1997
Vision Award for UBC's excellence in
implementing equity and fairness in the
UBC competed for the award against
organizations covered under the Employment Equity Act. Other recipients included General Motors and Microsoft.
Equity Office plans for this year include a focus on promoting educational
equity, says Kahn.
"We want to ensure every UBC student
is provided with educational opportunities that are not limited by irrelevant
personal characteristics such as ethnicity, age, gender or physical disability,"
Kahn says. "We want to make sure all
students know they are welcome and
The full text of the 1997 Equity Office
annual report appeared in the April 16
issue of UBC Reports.
New planner readies
campus for disasters
When the "Big One" hits Vancouver,
Jody Sydor wants to be sure the UBC
community knows how to respond.
But Sydor, UBC's new emergency
planning co-ordinator in Health, Safety
and Environment, isn't just thinking
about major disasters
such as earthquakes.
It's important, she
says, that UBC staff,
faculty and students
know how to react in
emergencies of any
scale, from hazardous
materials incidents to
fires or major storms.
"It's key that people
know their role in emergencies of any nature,"
says Sydor, who worked
with the Canadian Red
Cross on disaster relief
efforts during the Manitoba flood last year, and
the 1994 Penticton forest fire evacuation.
"I'm here to develop systems so that
we can withstand the myriad of emergencies that can occur on a day-to-day
The training of faculty, staff and
students for roles on response teams,
in rapid building damage assessment,
personal preparedness and fire planning is an important component of
Sydor's job.
"UBC is like a small city," she says.
"It has all the advantages of a community, such as fire department, ambulance. RCMP, and a hospital, all on-
site. We have to ensure, however, that
these groups know how to work with
staff, faculty and students and are aware
of the roles that each should and can
play in an emergency situation."
Sydor will work on the development
of the university's emergency response
plan and related policies, while also
establishing an emergency operation
centre. Tentatively located in the University Services Building, the centre
will become the command post for emergency response efforts.
Sydor will also participate in emergency
scenarios, which have
been held annually on
campus   for   several
The scenarios,
which have included
staged motor vehicle
accidents and chemical spills, allow local
emergency services to
co-ordinate a response
Sydor with university groups
that include Health,
Safety and Environment, Parking and
Transportation and Campus Security,
the hospital, and Public Affairs.
For information on emergency preparedness on campus or the university's emergency plans, contact the emergency planning office at (604) 822-1237
or e-mail sydor@safety.ubc.ca.
Emergency Preparedness
Week, May 4-11
During this week UBC departments
are encouraged to test fire evacuation
plans, meeting the Fire Code requirement of at least one fire evacuation drill
per year.
To hold a drill, departments should
contact UBCs electrician at 822-2137
to book a time. The fire department will
attend drills when possible.
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Early detection of learning disabilities is key to helping children avoid
crushed self-esteem, says Education Prof. Linda Siegel.
Kids' disabilities often
missed, says expert
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Many children's learning disabilities
go undetected because schools are under-staffed and under-equipped, says
Education Prof. Linda Siegel, one of Canada's leading experts in the field.
"Schools are doing more these days,
but there are still many kids who get
missed, particularly kids whose parents
don't act as advocates for them," says
Siegel, who holds the Dorothy Lam Chair
in Special Education.
Although there is no hard data, it is
generally believed that between eight and
10 per cent of the population suffer from
some form of learning disability, Siegel
says. Some may have attention deficit
disorder or reading difficulties like dyslexia. Others may read well, but have
problems with spelling, handwriting, foreign languages or arithmetic.
But teachers faced with classes of 30
or more students are too overwhelmed to
begin giving learning disabled students
the attention they need, Siegel says. Computers can be an invaluable tool for the
learning disabled, but most schools are
lucky to have just one per classroom.
Siegel also says Canadian school systems place too much emphasis on the
link between IQ and learning disabilities.
Students are only classified as having
severe learning disabilities if they have a
large discrepancy between their IQ and
their reading skills.
'This is a controversial point. I believe
there is no particular relationship between IQ scores and reading. You can
have the same problems whether you
have a high or a low IQ."
With more than 100 publications to
her credit, Siegel has spent her career
studying the best ways to predict which
children will have learning disabilities so
they can get the help they need before the
problems become too severe.
And she has also seen the toll that
undetected disabilities can take. Working
with street youth in Toronto, Siegel found
many of them suffered from undetected
and untreated learning disabilities.
"Substance abuse, prostitution, even
suicide are linked to undetected learning
disabilities," she says. "It's much easier
to help a child early on, before his or her
self-esteem is crushed."
Siegel's current research project has
assessed 200 people of all ages for learning disabilities. She also makes a point of
discovering their strengths.
"For example, many people with learning disabilities have strengths in visual
and spatial perception, or very good artistic, musical or sports skills. These
may suggest ways to boost their self-
esteem, techniques to help them deal
with their disability or even career possibilities. We want them to know that
they're not lazy or stupid as they may
have been led to believe."
History is filled with examples of people
with learning disabilities who found ways
to overcome their handicap, Siegel says.
Poet William Butler Yeats was always at
the bottom of his class in writing, spelling
and penmanship and didn't learn to read
until he was nearly 10. Yet he went on to
win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote
nearly 100 books, but she couldn't spell and
had such terrible handwriting she didn't
begin writing until she learned to type.
Strangway to head
Innovation Foundation
Former UBC president David
Strangway has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the
Canada Foundation for Innovation.
"Dr. Strangway brings to the position an impressive track record in scientific research and as president of a
leading research university," said foundation chair John Evans on announcing the appointment.
A geophysicist, Strangway worked
for the National Aeronautic and Space
Administration (NASA) prior to becoming vice-president at the University of
Toronto and president of UBC.
Strangway succeeds the CFI's founding president,   the  late  Prof.   Keith
Brimacombe of UBC's Dept. of Metals
and Materials Engineering.
Established in 1997 with funds from
the federal government, the CFI's mandate is to invest in infrastructure for
research and development in Canadian
post-secondary education institutions
and research hospitals.
Its initial capital fund of $800 million will be committed to projects over
the next five years, matched by investments from governments and the private sector.
UBC President Martha Piper is one of
the six founding members of the CFI.
Strangway's appointment is effective
June 1. 4 UBC Reports • April 30,1998
Earthy Ideas
Dev Jennings photo
Shelley Vandenberg (left), of the UBC Waste Management Office, and third-year
Commerce student Amanda Clark fielded questions from passers-by at the UBC
Research booth at the Vancouver Public Library earlier this month. The library
launched Earth Week (April 22-26) by hosting a day of exhibits and presentations
from community groups, including students and faculty from UBC's Sustainable
Development Research Institute, the School of Community and Regional Planning,
the Geography Dept. and the Faculty of Medicine.
Esflrn Competition
As part of UBC's process of consulting with the community
to help redefine the university's vision for the 21 st century,
UBC students were invited to present their suggestions in
the form of an essay on the topic:
"What kind of education should UBC provide to the
incoming class of 2010?"
Winners were:
Undergraduate category
• First prize (one term's tuition): Florian Muller
"...The overwhelming class size of many first year courses is
...standing squarely in the way of a professor's ability to infuse
students with excitement over the intellectual possibilities available
through university study...Every first-year student should be
required to take one first-year "mentorship" coursc.a class of no
more than 15 students with a professor,... altogether different in
style from a students regular courses..."
• Runners-up ($ 100 certificate for UBC Bookstore):
Jim Chong (Education)
Diane Gal (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Alex Joseph (Science)
Eliza Leung (Arts)
Donovan Plomp (Law)
David Treleaven (Arts)
Graduate student category
• First prize (one term's tuition): Wes Wong
(Pharmaceutical Sciences)
".../ want (my daughter) to understand that although imagination
is more important than knowledge, knowledge fuels imagination;
she's going to university not to get a job, she could have taken a
much easier route to get those skills;...university is what it has
always been, a place to learn, grow and develop, a place where
curiosity is allowed to run free and discover new horizons..."
• Runners-up ($ 100 certificate for UBC Bookstore)
Margo Fryer (Individual Interdisciplinary Studies)
Jackie Seidel (Education)
R. Dan Small (Anthropology)
Faculty share ideas
with World Bank
More than 150 faculty members from UBC and other western Canadian universities took
part in a two-day workshop with
World Bank senior officials on
campus recently to explore ways
of working together to help developing countries achieve sustainable growth.
"This was a unique, unprecedented initiative on the bank's
part," says workshop organizer
Prof. Tony Dorcey of the Institute for Resources and Environment. "It was an incredible opportunity to hear directly from
senior officers about the bank's
plans going into the next century and how UBC researchers
could support them."
The bank was attracted to
UBC because ^^^^^^^^^^
of its research
strengths, especially in
Asian countries, says
Tim Cullen,
World Bank
senior adviser
of external af-
"We knew we could get valuable feedback from academics,"
he says. "Also, if our work is to
be understood in Canada, we
couldn't find a more influential
group to speak with."
Seventeen UBC researchers
from the Liu Centre for International Studies, the Sustainable
Development Research Institute, the School of Community
and Regional Planning, the Institute of Asian Research, the
Economics Dept. and the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration made presentations related to themes for bank
"We knew we could get
valuable feedback
from academics."
- Tim Cullen, World Bank
programs in the next century.
Topics included poverty
eradication, sustainable development and natural resources,
environment and health, and
UBC President Martha Piper
led some of the discussion concerning potential World Bank/
UBC collaboration, which could
include areas such as applied
research, specialized training for
officials of developing countries
and operations evaluation.
The World Bank's executive
director for Canada, as well as
Cullen and five other senior bank
members, travelled from bank
headquarters in Washington,
D.C. to describe programs and
priorities to UBC researchers.
^^^^^^^^^^ Dorcey
says the work-
shop has
opened the
door to becoming part of the
World Bank
"This work-
shop was an
investment in
the future," says Dorcey, who
has worked with the bank on
international waterways planning. "Our expertise relating to
developing countries could result in hands-on work on real
problems in real time."
The World Bank promotes
sustainable economic growth in
developing countries by providing loans, technical assistance
and policy guidance.lt is also a
centre of research in economics
and development policy issues.
Canada is a non-borrowing
member of the World Bank's
181-country membership.
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Congratulations UBC Graduates!
The more things change, the more they stay the same -
like the cost of graduation gowns.
Fwrt -convocation, the ~^
gowns to selling gown/mortarboard packages. This de&JXL
gowns have been increased.
In 1997 graduates paid:
$30.78 to rent a gown and degree hood
$ 7 98 to buy a mortarboard (optional)
$10.00 refundable deposit on return of
gown and hood
$40.78 or $48.76
In 1998 graduates pay:
$30.78 to buy a gown/mortarboard package
$ o 00 to rent a degree hood
$10.00 refundable deposit on return of
degree hood
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Information: 822-2665 UBC Reports • April 30, 1998 5
Hilary Thomson photo
A toxin once found in white bread is the focus of research for Ophthalmology
Prof.Christopher Shaw (1) and research associate Jaswinder Bains. Working
with researchers in Finland and Halifax, they may have found a link between
a chemical formerly used to bleach flour and the increase in neurological
disorders in North America and Europe.
Downtown women's
centre marks 25 years
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
From women's lib to corporate
downsizing, staff at UBC's downtown
Women's Resources Centre fWRC) have
a lot to look back on as they celebrate
their 25th year of operation.
Director Ruth Sigal says activities at
the centre reflect
changes in women's lives since
1973. the WRC's
first year.
"Our focus
back then was
helping women
discover their
own identity and
strengths as individuals," says
Sigal. "Women
were just beginning to enter the
workforce and
we helped them
get started."
At that time,
the centre, which
is part of Continuing Studies,
had eight volunteer counsellors
and saw about
1,000 women annually.Originally, located at the Vancouver Public Library,
it later moved to the current Robson
Street location.
Now the centre has 60 volunteer
counsellors and sees 25,000 clients
annually of all ages, backgrounds and
cultures. About 20 per cent of the clients are men.
Careers are the big issue these days,
says Sigal.
"Twenty-five years ago we sawwomen
who were feeling bored because they
were capable of doing more," she says.
"Now we see women doing too much
and feeling stressed out."
Sigal says she is proudest of the
dedication of the volunteers who provide the peer counselling. About a third
of the counsellors have been with the
centre for more than eight years and
some have volunteered for almost two
decades. Many are UBC alumni, coming from disciplines ranging from social
work to commerce.
The WRC helps serve as a bridge
between the university and the community, says Sigal, who has been with
the centre for 20 years.
"We're like a little lab here," she
says. "We see a community need and
try to develop a
program to respond to that
A changing
economy has
created a demand for programs that focus
on adapting to
change or reshaping a career
after job loss.
WRC clients also
want to know
what skills to
add to a degree
to make them
more marketable.
Shifts in
over the last
quarter century are also reflected in the
WRC's programming, notably its cross-
cultural peer counselling programs.
These certificate programs provide basic counselling skills and an understanding of multicultural issues.
Practicum students and researchers come from as far away as Japan to
see the WRC's counselling centre model.
Besides drop-in counselling, the centre offers educational programs in areas such as conflict resolution, communication skills and life planning. It
also offers vocational testing and job
search support, a library and referrals
to community resources.
The WRC is celebrating its anniversary with a gala luncheon on May 20 at
the Pan Pacific Hotel. UBC President
Martha Piper will deliver the keynote
address. For ticket information call (604)
482-8590 or 482-8588.
Brian Houle photo
Women's Resources Centre Director
Ruth Sigal (1) discusses a new program
with WRC volunteers, staff and
practicum students. More than 60
trained counsellors volunteer 4,500
counselling hours to the centre each
Flour may hold clue to
ALS rise, says researcher
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
A chemical once produced in the
manufacture of white bread may play a
role in the increased incidence of some
neurological diseases, according to the
preliminary findings of a team of UBC
"We think we've found a smoking gun,"
says Christopher Shaw, an associate
professor of Ophthalmology. 'There is a
very suspicious correlation between the
characteristics of this substance and
those known to be toxic to the nervous
The incidence of neurological diseases,
notably amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), has been on the upswing during
the last 50 years.
Shaw and fellow researchers think
the culprit may be methionine
sulfoximine (MSO), a toxic byproduct of
nitrogen trichloride, which was used to
bleach unprocessed wheat flour. By 1950
the process was banned in the United
Kingdom and the United States. Canada
stopped using it in 1968.
In the late 1940s, scientists discovered that dog biscuits made from
bleached flour produced canine epilepsy.
A risk for humans via white bread was
suspected, but the exact toxic effects of
MSO had not been investigated until
neuroscientist Shaw and colleagues from
the University of Tampere in Finland and
Dalhousie University began their investigation last month.
Scientists have known since 1976 that
MSO acts to inhibit the production of two
molecules critical to the healthy functioning of the nervous system, glutathione and glutamine. Cells in the nervous
system are particularly sensitive to a
decline in either of these two molecules.
It was not known, however, if the
compound had a direct effect on neurons. Shaw, research associate
Jaswinder Bains and Physiology PhD
candidate Bryce Pasqualotto have found
that MSO over-stimulates neurons. In a
phenomenon known as excitotoxicity,
MSO directly turns on a toxic cascade of
events which can lead to neuron death,
says Shaw.
"This appears to be the worst possible
toxin you can imagine for the nervous
system because it strikes in so many
different ways at the same time," he
Because it is eliminated from the body
over time, MSO cannot be detected in
patients now suffering from neurological
"We know people have been exposed to
a toxin but we're still uncertain of the
impact," says Shaw. "My main concern is
what the MSO story tells us about the
presence of other toxins in processed foods.
It's probably not the only thing out there."
Shaw became interested in MSO while
researching the effect on neurons of other
chemical compounds which can be
excitotoxic. Similarities between them
and MSO sparked his curiosity in the
decades-old story.
"I think this is the tip of an iceberg,"
says Shaw. "Many products in the supermarket have been processed with
chemicals that are not listed on the
The team's preliminary findings have
been accepted for publication in the journal Medical Hypotheses.
Their work is funded by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.
UBC spin-off Precision Biochemicals Inc.
provided chemicals used in the research.
Commerce rated tops
in Canada for research
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration has shown once
again that it is Canada's top business
school for research.
The faculty received 15 grants totalling $698,700 this year from the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada (SSHRC) — more than
twice as much as any other business
school in the country.
The grants will finance research on a
wide range of topics, including consumer
behavior, government privatization, renewable resources, corporate decisionmaking, stock market trading, product
design, labor-management relations, information technology and the effects of
deregulation on the Canadian airline
"UBC has regularly been the number
one business school in Canada for research accomplishments and is recognized as such internationally," says Izak
Benbasat, associate dean of faculty development and professional programs.
'The Commerce faculty is honoured
to receive these grants, which are based
on the evaluations by our peers at other
business schools across Canada, as well
as the assessment of leading academics
in other countries."
Benbasat points out that this outstanding scholarship goes hand-in-hand
with teaching excellence. The majority of
the top researchers who have received
the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration research prizes given annually have also won, or have been nominated for, the teaching excellence prizes
given by the faculty or by the Commerce
undergraduate or graduate student societies.
Eleven of UBC's 15 SSHRC grants fall
into the category of business administration and industrial relations, with the
remainder in economics.
Even when the economics grants are
factored out (many business schools would
not be competing for grants in that category) UBC had more than twice as many
grants as the next institutions, the universities of Toronto and Montreal, which each
had five. Western Ontario and Queen's
each received four grants.
Last year there were similar results,
with UBC claiming 10 of the 49 funded
projects, compared with five at the next
highest business school at the University
of Alberta.
A recent survey of top journals in
management information systems also
demonstrated UBC's strength in business research.
The survey, which ranked business
schools by the number of articles published in the six leading academic journals in management information systems during the period 1991-96, placed
UBC ninth in the world.
As well, the faculty was ranked 13th
overall in the world for the number of
publications credited to faculty members in the top finance journals during
the period 1992-96.
The finance journal ranking puts UBC
ahead of all other Canadian universities
— the closest Canadian institution.
Queen's, was ranked 63rd — and ahead
of such prestigious U.S. institutions as
Yale, Princeton, USC, MIT. Stanford,
Berkeley and Penn State. 6 UBC Reports ■ April 30,1998
Staff have deep roots in campus community
Club welcomes 82
new members
UBC's 25 Year Club welcomes 82
new members this year.
The club consists of staff who have
given a quarter-century of service to
the university.
President Martha Piper will host a
dinner for all 25 Year Club members
on May 7 in the Totem Park Residence
New members include:
John Nicol, Audiology and Speech
Sciences • Roland Porter, Bookstore •
Rita Aitken, Campus Security •
Shelagh Penty, Chemical and Bio-Resource Engineering • Patricia
Miyagawa, Chemistry • Ladislao
Maximo Nazar, Civil Engineering •
Elaine Liau, Continuing Education Division, Health Sciences • Marlane
Paquin, Continuing Dental Education
• Victoria Ayerbe, Continuing Studies
• Michael Beaton, Continuing Studies
• Douglas Poulson, Earth and Ocean
Sciences • Goolshun Balsara, Economics • Larry Howard, Education •
Mary-Jane Richardson, Education •
Margaret Stevens, Educational Support and Development Division, Health
Sciences • Marga Cinnamon, Financial Services • Valerie Ann Loy, Financial Services • Margaret Au, Food Services • Audrey Bowley, Food Services •
Hsiu Hsiu Tsay, Food Services • Chun
Ming Wong, Food Services • Paul Jance,
Geography • Frank Chu, Housing and
Conferences • Fleming Klitz, Housing
and Conferences • James David
Murray, Housing and Conferences •
Khieng-San Chan, Human Resources
• Lyime Howe, Human Resources •
Caroline Bruce, Industry Liaison Office • Eddie Au, Land and Building
Services (Plant Operations) • Jesus
Guevara, Land and Building Services
(Plant Operations) • Nancy Hoeflich,
Land and Building Services (Plant Operations) • Chrisoula Kavouras, Land
and Building Services (Plant Operations) • Hajnalka Kerekes, Land and
Building Services (Plant Operations) •
Maria Lacoumenta, Land and Building Services (Plant Operations) •
Patricia Anne Lenney, Land and Build
ing Services (Plant Operations) •
Rosemarie Letzing, Land and Building
Services (Plant Operations) • Alistair
McKee, Land and Building Services
(Plant Operations) • Nada Mikicich,
Land and Building Services (Plant Operations) • David Minamata, Land and
Building Services (Plant Operations) •
George Nerreter, Land and Building
Services (Plant Operations) • James
Ramsay, Land and Building Services
(Plant Operations) • Nancy Wiggs, Law
• Jeff Barker, Library • Neil Bennett,
Library • Judy Bond, Library •
Josephine Carney, Library • Cathalina
Chow, Library • Lynn Jenkinson, Library • Marika Kahle, Library • Ellie
Maze, Library • Beatrice Poon, Library
• Sheila Porter, Library • Joan
Stuchner, Library • Elaine Thorson,
Library • Joan Treleaven, Library •
Meily Wong, Library • Judith Wright,
Library • Deb Furlong, Medical Genetics • Heather Falkenholt, Medicine
Dept. • Mary Mager. Metals and Materials Engineering • Primrose Gontier,
Microbiology and Immunology • Rolando Robillo, Microbiology and Immunology • Helen Smith, Microbiology and Immunology • Salma Mawani,
Museum of Anthropology • Lindsey
Korchinsky, Office of the President •
Gayle Smith, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost • Eunice
Liu, Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Finance • Charles
Ramey, Pathology • Maureen Murphy,
Pharmacology and Therapeutics • Thomas Felton, Physics and Astronomy •
Lore Hoffmann, Physics and Astronomy • Adoracion Urbano, Political
Science • Elizabeth McCririck, Psychology • Stephanie Ross, Student
Resource Centre • Shurli Channe,
Surgery • Gayle Uthoff, Surgery • Irene
Amiraslany, University Computing
Services • David Amos, University
Computing Services • Herminia
Banaga, University Computing Services • Howard Davis, University Computing Services • Paul Zablosky, University Computing Services • David
Tuokko, University Research Forest.
Audrey Bowley
Audrey Bowley's official job title is
sales attendant, but don't call her that.
"I try to avoid the term," she laughs.
"I'm a waitress — I serve people."
Bowley has served thousands of people since she joined the university. She
now waits on tables at Trekkers, but is
best known to generations of students as
one of the venerable servers at the old
Bus Stop Cafe.
With its three horseshoe-shaped lunch
counters, vinyl-covered stools and classic diner fare of clubhouse sandwiches,
burgers and french fries, the Bus Stop
was a throwback to an earlier era, and the
best-loved dining spot on campus.
'They always said it was the smallest,
but busiest, food service outlet on campus. There was always a lineup of people
waiting to sit down." says Bowley, who
worked at the Bus Stop for 17 years.
Why was it so popular?
'The comments we always heard were
that it was because it was so friendly. We
were the moms and they were our kids. It
was like one big happy family."
Bowley loves her job so much that she
also works several nights a week at a
family restaurant in Richmond.
"I've always had two jobs; I've done
that for 25 years," she says, "If I'm not
working, I'm bored."
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Jeff Barker
As a young man fresh out of school,
Jeff Barker was traveling around B.C.,
picking up jobs in logging camps, canneries and as a short-order cook. Then a
friend suggested applying at the UBC
He did it on a whim, but his life has
never been the same since.
In the intervening 25 years he met his
future wife, who also worked in the library, and made many lifelong friends,
including the guys at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre, with whom he's
played Wednesday night hockey for as
long as he's worked here.
As a library assistant. Barker catalogues and processes government publications. He spends the other half of his
time on the reference desk, helping students and faculty members with their
"I like the fact that I work independently. I also like the relaxed attitude out
here — you don't have to wear a suit and
tie," says the jean-clad Barker.
He's seen many changes on campus
over the years, but none loom as large to
Barker as the big move to Koerner Library, which involved the merger of
Sedgewick Undergraduate Library, the
humanities and social sciences reference
section and government publications and
When he's not at work, Barker enjoys
hiking and biking on the North Shore
where he lives, coaching kids' baseball
and soccer and playing computer games.
"I like the fact that I work independently."
— Jeff Barker
Nancy Wiggs
You could say that working at UBC
has given Nancy Wiggs a chance to let
students have their day in court. Hundreds of days, actually.
That's because for 18 years she administered the Faculty of Law's legal clinic.
While she worked there, the program used
law students to provide legal counsel for
members of the public who could not
afford lawyers and could not get legal aid.
Joining the clinic as a secretary, before
long Wiggs was working essentially as a
paralegal — screening clients, setting trial
dates and arranging police reports.
"It was absolutely fascinating," she
says, "and a lot of fun."
The clinic was handling 300 to 400
cases a year and representing clients in
up to 100 criminal trials. The students
would draft wills, arrange adoptions and
make appearances in small claims, traffic and family courts.
'There are not a lot of staff jobs on
campus where you work closely with
students — and I did," says Wiggs.
In 1994, Wiggs was promoted to senior
administrator for the faculty. Now she
supervises a staff of 15 and works closely
with the 45 full-time faculty and the 80
lawyers and judges who serve as adjunct
'This will sound funny, but in my
present position I sit on a lot of university
committees, and I really like it. It's a real
eye opener. I enjoy the new challenges of
working with students, faculty and the
"This will sound funny, but in my present position I sit
on a lot of university committees, and I really like it."
— Nancy Wiggs Calendar
UBC Reports • April 30, 1998 7
May 3 through June 13
Sunday, May 3
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Rick Scott And Pied Pumkin Family Matinee. Chan Centre BC Tel
Studio Theatre at 2pm. Tickets
available through Ticketmaster
280 3311 or at the Chan Centre
box office 822-2697.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Pied Pumkin String Ensemble.
Chan Centre BC Tel Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets available
through Ticketmaster 280-3311
or at the Chan Centre box office
Tuesday, May 5
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar Series
Utilizing TAPs To Enhance Immune Responsiveness To Cancer
And Viruses. Judy Alimonti.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3308.
Museum Of Anthropology
Lecture Series
Sage Kings And Their Legendary
Regimes In Pre-Dynastic China:
The Use Of Textual Material In
Archaeological Interpretation.
Min Li. MOA Theatre Gallery from
7:30-8:30pm. Gallery tour included with talk. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, May 6
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Cervical Spine "Whiplash": The
Biomechanics. Dr. P. Wing;
Guenter Sigmund. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Centre for India And South
Asia Research Seminar
Customary Law And Common
Property Resources Are Building
Blocks For Natural Resource
Management. Minoti
Chakravarty-Kaul, Economics, U
of Delhi. CKChoi 120 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-2629.
Lecture And Book Signing
Launch of Tom Cahill's Latest
Work: The Gifts Of The Jews.
Regent College chapel at 7pm.
Call 228-1820.	
Thursday, May 7
Centre For Health Services
And Policy Research
The Two Solitudes Of Complementary And Conventional Medicine: Integrative Research As A
Tool For Health Service Reform.
Allan Best, Tzu Chi Institute for
Complementary and Alternative
Medicine. IRC #414 from 12-1 pm.
Call 822-4969.
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Invasion Of The Intestinal Barrier By Shigella: From Molecular
And Cellular Pathogenesis To
Vaccine Development. Philippe
Sansonetti, Pasteur Institute.
Wesbrook 100 at 12:30pm. Re
freshments prior to seminar. Call
Dr. B. Finlay 822-2210.	
Friday, May 8
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Risk Factors For Childhood
Leukemia. Mary McBride, Epidemiologist, Cancer Control Research Centre. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Grounds
Hepatitis C In Children: A Disease
In Waiting? Dr. Simon Dobson,
Infectious and Immunological Diseases Clinic; Dr. Rick Schreiber,
Gastroenterology. GF Strong Aud.
at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Plant Sale
Annual And Perennial Bedding
Plants. Horticulture Greenhouse
from 9am-6pm. Call 822-3283.
Chemistry Seminar
Bioanalytical Techniques: New Approaches To Integrated Genome/
Proteome Analysis; LC And LCMS
In Protein /Peptide Characterization; Capillary Electrophoresis For
Protein Analysis. Jennifer Smith;
Peter Harrsch, Hewlett Packard.
Chemistry D-225 (centre block)
from l:30-3:30pm. Call 822-3235.
Social Work Spring
Aging And Families: Recognizing
Diversity, Refuting Myth. Anne
Martin-Matthews, Family and
Nutritional Sciences. Ponderosa
from 5-7pm. RSVP. Call 822-2255.
Equality, Security And
Community Lecture Series
Taxing Times For Women: Feminism Confronts Tax Policy. Claire
Young, Law; Distribution In Economic Models Of Tax Avoidance
And Tax Evasion. Jon Kesselman,
Economics. Green College at 3pm.
Call 822-1878.	
Sunday, May 10
Perennial Plant Sale
Celebrate Mother's Day At the
Garden. UBC Botanical Garden
from 10am-4pm. Call 822-4529;
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Beethoven Piano Recital. Robert
Silverman. Chan Centre Chan
Shun Concert Hall at 3pm. Tickets
available through Ticketmaster
280-3311 or at the Chan Centre
Box Office 822-2697.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
The Wyrd Sisters. Chan Centre BC
Tel Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets available through Ticketmaster
280-3311 or at the Chan Centre
Box Office 822-2697.	
Tuesday, May 12
Museum Of Anthropology
Lecture Series
Hong Kong Neolithic And Its Relationship To The Rest Of China.
Guo Li. MOA Theatre from 7:30-
8:30pm (in Cantonese). To register
call 822-4604.	
Wednesday, May 13
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Femoral Neck Fractures. Dr. R.
Meek. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye
Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
Friday, May 15
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Prevention: Towards A New Evaluation Framework. Nancy Meagher,
Health Economist. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Mitochondrial Diseases: Is There A
Gold Standard For Diagnosis?
Glenda Hendson, Neuropathology.
GF Strong Aud. at 9am. Call 875-
Equality, Security And
Community Lecture Series
Education, Training And Distributional Outcomes. Craig Riddell,
Economics. Green College at 3pm.
Call 822-1878.
Sunday, May 17
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Opera
Mezzo-Soprano Recital. Denyce
Graves. Chan Centre Chan Shun
Concert Hall at 3pm. Tickets available through Ticketmaster 280-
3311 or at the Chan Centre Box
Office 822-2697.	
Tuesday, May 19
Museum Of Anthropology
Lecture Series
Sage Kings And Their Legendary
Regimes In Pre-Dynastic China:
The Use Of Textual Material In
Archaeological Interpretation. Min
Li. MOATheatre Gallery from 7:30-
8:30pm (in Mandarin). Gallery tour
included with talk. To register call
Taiwanese Canadian Cultural So-
ciety 267-0901 ext 2.	
Wednesday, May 20
Continuing Education
Contaminated Sites Regulation
And Remediation. Various speakers. CEME 1202 from 8am-5pm.
Continues to May 23. $430 for
Module 1; $635 for both modules;
$240 students. Call 822-3347.
Women's Resources Centre
Fund-raising Luncheon
Help Us Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary. Martha Piper, keynote
address. Pan Pacific Hotel, Governor General's Suite at 12:15pm.
$75. Reception at 11:30am. Call
482-8590; 482-8588.
Continuing Education
Resource-Efficient Building Construction, Demolition And Design.
Various speakers. CEME 1202
from 6:30-9:30pm (sessions 1-5);
9am-2pm (session 6). Continues
to June 20. $440; $250 students.
Call 822-3347.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting Of The Senate.
UBC's Academic Parliament.
Curtis 102 at 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, May 21
Board of Governors Meeting
Open Session Begins At 8am. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-
come, first-served basis on application to the Board Secretary at
least 24 hrs. before each meeting.
OAB Board and Senate room. Call
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
CBC Orchestra With Pepe Romero
And Alexander Dunn. Chan Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at
8pm. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or at the
Chan Centre Box Office 822-2697.
Friday, May 22
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Osteoporosis, The Dilemma Of The
Medical Approach. Penny Ballem,
B.C.'s Children's and Women's
Health Centre. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Dyslexia - How Does The Brain Do
That? Dr. Bruce Bjornson, Neurology, B.C.'s Children's Hospital. GF
Strong Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Inhibitors In Animal Cell Culture:
An Overview With An Emphasis
On The Toxic Metabolite
Methylglyoxal. Frank W.R.
Chaplen, Bio-resource Engineer
ing, Oregon State U. IRC #3 from
12noon-1:30pm. Refreshments
prior to seminar. Call Dr. J. Piret
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Opera
Vancouver Opera Ensemble. Chan
Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at
8pm. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or at the
Chan Centre Box Office 822-2697.
Sunday, May 24
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Baccalaureate Concert. School of
Music's outstanding artists. Chan
Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at
8:30pm. Call 822-5574.	
Thursday, May 28
Continuing Education
Sales Forecasting. Denzil J. Doyle.
Point Grey Goll And Country Club
from 8am-4:30pm. $330. Call
Friday, May 29
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Necrotizing Fasciitis And Public
Anxieties: Lessons From Langley.
Rob Strang; Danuta Skowronski,
Boundary Health Unit. Mather 253
from 9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Thriving And Surviving With HIV.
Jack Forbes, co-director, B.C.'s
Children's Hospital. GF Strong
Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Friday, June 5
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Pharmanet: An Overview And Process For Data Disclosures. Melva Peters, Pharmanet co-ordinator. Mather
253 from 9- 10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
New Provincial And National Perinatal/Neonatal Initiatives.
Margaret R. Pendray, Neonatology.
B.C.'s Children's Hospital. GF
Strong Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Equality, Security And
Community Lecture Series
Welfare State Retrenchment: A
Study Of The New Politics Of Income Security In Canada. Nicole
Bernier. Green College at 3pm.
Call 822-1878.	
Saturday, June 6
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Vancouver Youth Symphony. Chan
Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at
8pm.  Tickets  available  through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or at the
Chan Centre Box Office 822-2697.
Wednesday, June 10
Continuing Education
Risk Management. F. Oboni.
CEME 1202 from 8am-5pm.
$700; $300 students. Continues
to June 12. Call 822-3347.
Friday, June 12
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Towards New Perspectives On The
Art And Science Of Complementary Medicine. Allan Best, director, Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Rick Spratley. Co-Chair
Scientific Advisory Committee.
Mather 253 from 9-10am. Paid
parking available in B Lot. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Metabolic Disease in Adults: A
New Discipline In Internal Medicine. Dr. Sandra Sirrs.
endocrinologist. Biochemical Disease. GF Strong Aud. at 9am.
Call 875-2307.   	
UBC Birding
Join a one hour birding walk
around UBC campus every Thursday at 12:30pm. Meet at the Rose
Garden flagpole. Binoculars suggested. For details call Jeremy
Gordon 822-8966.
Vegetarian Women
Vegetarian women between the
ages of 19-50 required for a study
examining nutrition attitudes
and practices. Involves questionnaire and interview. Will receive
a gift certificate for the Bread
Garden or Starbucks. Call Terri
Writing Centre Course
Report And Business Writing and
Writing 098: Preparation For University WritingAndTheLPI. Courses
begin May 4. Call 822-9564.
The British Columbia Seniors
Medication Information Line (BC
SMILE) is a free telephone hotline
to assist seniors, their families
and caregivers with medication-
related questions including side
effects and drug interactions.
Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. Call
822-1330 or e-mail
smileubc@unixg. ubc.ca.
Flower Sale
Cut flowers every Friday. Cut-
Cash-Carry. Horticulture Greenhouse from 1 lam-lpm. Call 822-
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310- 6251 Cecil Green
Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 121. Phone: 822-3131.
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available on the UBC
Reports Web page at http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the June 11 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period June 14 to July 11 — is noon.
June 2. 8 UBC Reports • April 30, 1998
In the Spring of 1997, the Vice-President Administration and Finance appointed a
Committee to review the UBC Bookstore. Committee members were:
• Ms. Lisa Castle, Director. Human Resource Advisory Services, Department of
Human Resources
• Mr. Joe Dolchewsku Manager, Network System Support, Computing and Communications
• Dr. Ron Foreman. Associate Professor, Botany
• Mr. Peter Godman, OTD Practitioner, Department of Human Resources
• Dr. Shirley Neuman, Dean, Arts Faculty (Chair)
• Ms. Jacquie Rice, Director, Department of Financial Services
• Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, Head and Professor, English Department (until June
30, 1997; Executive Director to the President's Office (from October 1997)
• Ms. Martha Whitehead, Head, Information Services, Library
•Mr. BiffSavoie, Director, Simon Fraser University Bookstore
• Mr. Dave Mtnichielo, Alma Mater Society
The Review Committee was to:
1. Review the UBC Bookstore's mandate, mission statement, business plan,
structure, personnel and operations to ensure that the Bookstore operates
effectively and efficiently, that it is meeting the needs of the University community and the surrounding communities and following the principles of sound
business practice.
2. Identify opportunities for the Bookstore to:
• enhance partnerships with campus customers
• provide enhanced customer services
• implement process improvements
• add new products or develop new business opportunities
• improve effectiveness and efficiency.
The Committee had available the report of the NACS (National Association of
College Stores) College Store Evaluation Service Report, and since the two reviews
were conducted in parallel, the UBC committee was also able to meet with the
NACS team, and attend the presentation of their findings. In addition, a great
variety of information was made available by the Bookstore.  In addition, advertisements soliciting input from the community were placed in UBC Reports, the
Vancouver Courier, the Ubyssey, the Campus Times, and other student communications. A letter requesting input was circulated from the Chair to all Deans,
Heads and Directors. A great many letters and messages were received in response to these initiatives, and the committee wishes to thank all those who took
the time to submit their thoughts. The committee would also like to extend its
thanks to Debbie Harvie and the rest of the management and staff of the Bookstore, who took the time to meet with the committee, and who patiently answered
our many questions.
A summary of the committee's recommendations follows. Copies of the full report
are available from the Reception Desk of the UBC Bookstore or by calling 822-
2665. The full report is also available on the Bookstore's website at
Recommendation 1: That through the Vice-President Administration and Finance, the Bookstore be charged to maintain financial accountability while
increasing its commitment to the intellectual and academic needs of the University.
Recommendation 2: That, in keeping with recommendation 1, the Bookstore be
charged to devote a percentage of its profits/reserve to its intellectual and academic mandate.
Recommendation 3: That the Bookstore establish an Advisory Committee
comprised of members of faculty, staff, and the student body to work with the
management and staff of the Bookstore on such matters as book selection policy,
the sale of non-academic items, and service improvement.
Recommendation 4: That, in addition to consulting the Advisory Committee, the
Bookstore regularly invite the Chairs of departmental library committees, faculty
appointed to effect liaison with the Library, etc. to submit to it trade titles which it
would be appropriate to order for an academic bookstore.
Recommendation 5: That the Bookstore work in collaboration with faculty
members, the Library, and Media Services to develop more effective ways to
manufacture and distribute custom courseware by electronic and other new
modes of distribution.
Recommendation 6: That the Bookstore develop consistent pricing practices. If
split shipments arrive at different prices, the Bookstore should develop one price
Recommendation 7: That the Bookstore review its implementation of the Ratex
System and improve the inventory system so as to provide real-time inventory
system capacity combined with point-of-sale efficiency in the system and that it
increase the number of cash registers at the front of the store.
Recommendation 8: That the Bookstore build on the success of the text reservation system ("Fast Start") as a way of reducing beginning-of-term line-ups and
that it explore the feasibility of having students pick up guaranteed text reservations at another venue as a way of reducing Bookstore line-ups.
Recommendation 9: That the Bookstore carefully determine order quantities in a
way that takes into account information from the University and the faculty
members about projected changes in enrolments, degree requirements, scheduled
room sizes etc. that will affect course enrolments and that the Bookstore communicate with faculty about quantities ordered.
Recommendation 10: That the Bookstore improve timely follow-up to university
departments and faculty through use of the web-page and e-mail. Text requisitions should be followed up with status reports on quantities ordered, expected
delivery dates, and any known delivery problems. This information needs to be
updated and sent regularly and should be readily accessible to faculty who are
following the ordering process by electronic means.
Recommendation 11: That the Vice-President Administration and Finance and
Deans make Departments and Heads aware of. and that Departments assume,
their responsibility to notify the Bookstore concerning changes in curriculum and
enrolment caps.
Recommendation 12: That the University assume its responsibility to the
Bookstore as to the Faculties of providing up-to-date, coordinated enrolment data.
The University should close the gap that has existed to date between the information available from the Office of Budget and Planning and that available from th •
Office of the Registrar. The Provost, the Vice-President Administration and Finance and the Vice-President Student Services should ensure that these two u lits
collaborate effectively to provide the Bookstore, Faculties and Departments wi( i
coordinated, consistent, current and accurate data about actual section-by-
section course enrolments. This information should be available on-line and
should be used by the Bookstore to update orders.
2. Trade Books
Recommendation 13: That, in keeping with recommendations 3 and 4, the
Bookstore seek regular input from the University community about trade book
purchasing, with the particular goals of knowing its clientele better and soliciting
information about new releases and current research in faculty members' disciplines.
Recommendation 14: That the Bookstore continue to develop and enhance
means by which faculty and students can access the Bookstore and trade book
data bases and ordering systems through the printed page, web-page, and e-mail
Recommendation 25; That trade books be merchandised in the store windows
and at the front of the store through better utilization of the entry in order to
better and more attractively promote books, and in order to clearly establish the
Bookstore as a place to buy books.
Recommendation 16: That text and trade books be separated in the Bookstore.
Recommendation 17: That seating and browsing areas be established in the
Recommendation 18: That a section of the Bookstore be devoted to UBC authors
and the UBC Press.
Recommendation 19: That an in-store reference section with electronic access to
titles be set up.
Recommendation 20: That the Bookstore seek to develop a "book community"
mind-set on campus through events such as noon hour readings, author signings
and other book events, and that it collaborate with the Library, Departments
(such as English and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing), Green College, and
others around events.
3. Computer Division
Recommendation 21: That dedicated customer satisfaction surveys be regularly
conducted in the Computer Division.
Recommendation 22: That the Computer Division be relocated to a single, more
prominent area of the store and that the feasibility of locating it in another
building in order to gain it more suitable space be examined (this feasibility study
should include marketing information about how many people who enter the store
purchase smaller "software" items in addition to non-computer items; if the
number is significant, the Bookstore will want to retain a software section).
Recommendation 23: That the Computer Division be recognized as a key component, by virtue of its sales and services, in addressing the university-wide problem
in providing computer and information technology services to the University
community, including students, at a time of rapid changes and advances in the
fields of computing and information technology.
Recommendation 24: That, in light of the previous recommendation, the University look into the feasibility of establishing under the Associate Vice-President
Information Technology an integrated computer group consisting of such existing
services as the Bookstore Computer Division (for sales of equipment and supplies), Network Systems Support (for equipment repair, LAN support, installation
and general university consulting), and an end-user (faculty, staff, student)
friendly "Product Support Centre" (for provision of equipment and software trials,
technical support, and user consultation). (Ideally the primary Computer Division
sales office should be located in space adjacent to the "product support centre"
and, if possible, to Network Systems Support.) This integrated computer group
should be established only with evidence and guarantees that it will be more cost-
effective as well as more helpful than support systems currently in place in
Faculties and other administrative units on campus.
Recommendation 25: That, consistent with recommendation 7 about improvement of the Ratex system, the Bookstore find/develop/purchase an inventory
system that adequately serves the needs of all units of the Bookstore, including
the Computer Division. We note that the NAC Reviewers recommend either
implementation of Mac-to-Pic software to expand access to Ratex or else the
development of a system replacement strategy to improve the store's system
Recommendation 26: That the newly achieved memorandum of understanding
between the Purchasing Department and the Bookstore be closely monitored by
the Director of the Bookstore and the Director of Purchasing and. if necessary, by
the Vice-President Administration and Finance for compliance. And that cooperation between these two units to better serve the research and teaching needs of
the University be encouraged and enabled by the Directors of the two units.
4. Stationery, Office Products
Recommendation 27: That the display of office merchandise and stationery be
made more attractive and be maintained in a tidy condition.
Recommendation 28: That the Bookstore take steps to correct the perception of
higher-than-average prices for office supplies (it could, for example, lower prices of
some highly visible products in a "loss leader" for a period of time: it could also
publicize comparison prices). UBC Reports ■ April 30, 1998 9
5.General Merchandise
Recommendation 29: That, in keeping with Recommendations 1 and 15,
books, rather than general merchandise should be centrally and prominently
displayed in the space at the front of the store (this issue needs to be addressed
immediately, as well as in longer-term plans for expansion).
6. Special Orders
Recommendation 30: That a cash register should be installed at the special
order desk to handle special orders only.
1. Marketing
Recommendation 31: That the Bookstore develop a strong, consistent, compelling, attractive and widely used visual image for its displays, signage, advertisements, web-site etc. and that this visual image and its use be strategize to promote the Bookstore as the Bookstore of the University of British Columbia.
Recommendation 32: That, in keeping with recommendation 8, the Bookstore
celebrate the work done at UBC by establishing a dedicated, well-stocked, well-
maintained and prominent display of publications of all kinds by UBC faculty and
graduate students, of the books produced by UBC Press, and of journals published at UBC.
Recommendation 33: That the management and staff of the Bookstore work to
foster a dedication to and an identification with the Bookstore as a whole rather
than with any individual section within it.
Recommendation 34: That, consistent with recommendations 3 and 4, and
recommendation 13, the Bookstore work more extensively with its university
"customers" by way of deepening its knowledge of who those customers are and
what they are interested in buying.
2. Warehouse
Recommendation 35: That the Bookstore management continue to monitor the
interface between the Warehouse and the Computer Division to ensure that new
procedures continue to guarantee timely delivery of computers.
Recommendation 36: That the University includes the Bookstore in any discussions about the expansion of the building in which the Bookstore is located and
that the Bookstore's needs be taken into consideration in planning for space in
the building.
Recommendation 37: That the Bookstore improve control over access to the
Recommendation 38: That representatives of the Bookstore meet with the
Department of Health, Safety and Environment to determine, what, if anything,
can be done to improve the safety of the loading dock.
3. Inventory Control (see recommendations 7 and 25)
Recommendation 39: That the Bookstore create a "process review team" to study
and improve the systems and procedures used to buy and sell books.
Recommendation 40: That the Bookstore improve buying decisions by expanding the use of "Min-Max" and improving sales reports to support the buyers.
Recommendation 41: That, wherever possible, the Bookstore employ vendor-
provided master files of ISBN and UPC data.
Recommendation 42: That the Bookstore seek partnerships and shared cost-
effective technology with corporate suppliers.
4. Financial Management
Recommendation 43: That the Bookstore develop an accounting system that will
accurately attribute costs as well as sales to divisions.
5. Management's Relations with Staff
Recommendation 44: That the reasons for setting sales targets to given levels be
clearly communicated to staff following consultation with them about those
Recommendation 45: That management make more effort to appear on the sales
floor and in satellite locations from time to time in order to improve communication with staff.
6. Relation to other University bodies
See recommendation 26.
Recommendation 46: That the Bookstore address issues of space and its use at
least partly in terms of recommendations 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, and 27.
Recommendation 47: That some parking in front of the Bookstore be reserved as
a 15-minute loading zone during "rush" so students don't have to carry a full
term's worth of book purchases a considerable distance.
Recommendation 48: That the lighting and display of the Health Sciences
Bookstore be made more effective.
Recommendation 49: That a more solid managerial relationship be built between
the main Bookstore and the Health Sciences Bookstore.
Recommendation 50: That the metered parking lot immediately adjacent to the
Bookstore be restricted to 45 minutes or less, Monday to Friday during term
times, so as to discourage parking by those attending classes and to make
available parking for visitors to the Bookstore.
Recommendation 5i:That the Bookstore continue to develop and implement
formalized processes for measuring customer satisfaction, preferably by division;
that it assess the reasons why some faculty and students are not customers, and
that it utilize that information in making marketing and purchasing decisions.
Recommendation 52: That the Bookstore develop a one-page strategic mission
statement with clear targets for customer satisfaction to be met over the next 5-6
Recommendation 53: That the Bookstore consult with other "shops" on campus
with a view to determining whether agreements for new and/or extended joint
marketing of products can be effected which would be profitable to all concerned.
Recommendation 54: That the Bookstore consult with other "cultural" centres
on campus, including the two gardens, the Chan Centre, the Belkin Gallery, and
the MoA with a view to exploring the feasibility of jointly developing a line of
higher-end gift items which might lead to destination shopping.
Recommendation 55: That the Bookstore explore with other "cultural" centres on
campus the feasibility of developing a joint "destination" marketing campaign.
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Growing Gift
Graduating class president Ruta Fluzgold joined Chancellor
William Sauder, President Martha Piper and other graduating
class representatives to put a ceremonial touch to the
annual tree planting recently. Each year, the outgoing class
donates a tree to the university. This one, a katsura, is
located near the intersection of Thunderbird Blvd. and East
Mall. Spring Congregation takes place May 24-29 at the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Mathematics comes
alive on new Web site
Mathematicians around the world
have gained access to a Web-based resource developed at UBC with the support of Sun Microsystems Inc. The site
will help them develop and publish software for use on the Internet, in course
work and in research projects.
UBC's Mathematics Dept. has used
the Java programming language to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible collection of tools and resources to
teach, learn, promote and perform mathematics with computers. Living Mathematics is the name of the new Sun
Software, Information and Technology
Exchange (Sun SITE) location at UBC.
"Mathematics is well-suited to Internet
publication, particularly with Java technology, because it is largely concerned
with ideas rather than data," says UBC
Mathematics Prof. Bill Casselman. "In
addition, interactive graphics and animation will undoubtedly play a role in
future mathematics education. Through
this Sun SITE location, we hope to help
the inevitable changes come a bit sooner."
Casselman developed the site in partnership with Mathematics PhD student
Djun Kim, who is also the UBC Sun SITE
systems manager.
A section of the site will be devoted to
The Electronic Mathematician, an online electronic journal that will include
papers with hypertext and graphics, tutorials on practical computer graphics
for mathematicians, number theory and
algebra algorithms explained interactively or with animation, and discussions on issues related to mathematics
and computers.
"We're looking for content providers
who can supply us with material that's
high-quality, interesting and focused,"
says Kim. There's little depth on the
Web in mathematics compared to what it
might be and we would like to do our part
to remedy that."
The Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) has provided funding for the ongoing administration of
the Sun SITE location under its mandate to promote mathematical research,
education and industrial partnerships.
PIMS was founded in 1996 by the community of mathematical scientists in
Alberta and B.C. and is headquartered
at UBC.
Hardware and software provided by
Sun for the Living Mathematics Sun
SITE program is part of a $135,000
donation which includes a server and
storage devices, two workstations for
software and courseware development,
10 JavaStation network computers for
student labs, and Java Workshop development software.
The Sun SITE initiative, established
in 1992 by Sun, aims to provide easy
global access to free software and tools,
act as a repository for information, and
launch new Internet-based applications.
The UBC Sun SITE is one of more than
50 global interactive information repositories.
The UBC Sun SITE can be accessed
on the World Wide Web through Sun's
home page (www.sun.com) or directly at
sunsite.ubc.ca. 10 UBC Reports • April 30, 1998
News Digest
Families and children of all ages are invited to UBC Child Care
Services' annual parade which takes place Thursday, May 21 from
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The parade starts at the day-care centres on Osoyoos Crescent
and winds up with entertainment and picnicking at the commons
block grass field in the centre of the family housing complexes.
For the first time in Canadian university history, three Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union players from the same team in the
same year will attend National Football League (NFL) camps.
Bob Beveridge, Mark Nohra and Curtis Galick, all members of the
Vanier Cup-winning T-Birds, have secured free agent tryouts.
Beveridge, a 6-6, 320-pound offensive lineman will gun for a spot
with the New England Patriots. Most outstanding university football
player in 1997, running back Nohra, will try out with the Buffalo
Bills. And Galick, who was the Saskatchewan Roughriders' first
pick in the 1998 CFL draft, is headed to Seattle to try out with the
The Faculty of Applied Science has established an Engineering
Advisory Council comprising representatives from the engineering
profession, industry and governments. The council will provide
advice aimed at helping the faculty remain responsive to social,
cultural, economic and technological changes.
The council's mandate is to provide advice to the dean of Applied
Science on matters relating to the faculty's activities in engineering,
including its academic programs, teaching, research and professional service.
In Memonam
Sam Black
Inspiring artist
Sam Black, an outstanding
artist and one of the country's
leading art educators, died April
23 at the age of 84.
Black, a professor emeritus
in the Faculty of Education, was
born and educated In Scotland,
graduating in 1936 from the
Glasgow School of Art.
He served with the Royal Scots
Fusiliers during the Second
World War, attaining the rank of
major and winning medals for
Black arrived at UBC in 1958
where, with his enthusiasm,
openness to new challenges and
creative energy, he quickly established a reputation as an inspirational teacher.
He was an honorary lifetime
member of the Canadian Society
for Education Through Art and a
founding member of the International Society for Education
Through Art.
Black was accomplished in
many different artistic media,
including watercolors, acrylics,
oils, graphic prints, woodcuts,
lithographs and metal sculpture.
His works are held in private
collections and public galleries
around the world, and have even
inspired a piece of music, composed for the Lethbridge Symphony Association.
The university recognized his
contributions with a Master
Teacher Award and an honorary
degree. Black was also awarded
a Canadian Centennial Medal in
In recent years he continued
to create works of art while living
on Bowen Island.
Margaret Hood
Pioneering therapist
school has been recognized with
the Margaret Hood Graduate
Scholarship in Occupational
In 1997, the Margaret Hood
Occupational Therapy Research
Laboratory was opened in her
Hood received her diploma of
Occupational Therapy from the
University of Toronto in 1936
and a Bachelor of Arts degree
from UBC in 1970. She served as
president of the B.C. Society of
Occupational Therapists from
She is survived by her brother-
in-law Tom, nephews Don and
Tom, niece Leanne and their
One of the pioneers of rehabilitation medicine, Margaret
Rutherford Hood, died in February at the age of 84.
Hood was the first head of the
Division of Occupational Therapy
when UBC's School of Rehabilitation Medicine, as it was then
called, opened in 1961. She continued as head until her retire-
mentin 1979. In her final year at
UBC, Hood was acting director
of the school.
She was especially interested in treating arthritis and
developing programs for occupational therapists that addressed both theory and practical training.
Hood's contribution to the
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Creature From The Toxic Lagoon
Students strolling on the plaza outside Koerner Library pass the outstretched arms of
Toxic Freedom, a fibreglass sculpture by second-year Fine Arts student Triina Linde.
Linde and other students in Assoc. Prof. Richard Prince's sculpture course briefly
displayed their works in and around the Lasserre Building.
Nursing faculty's research,
education efforts rewarded
Six faculty members in UBC's
School of Nursing received
awards from the Registered
Nurses Association of B.C. recently.
School Director Katharyn May
received the Award of Excellence
in Nursing Administration. Asst.
Prof. Joy Johnson and Assoc.
Prof. Sonia Acorn received the
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Research. Asst. Prof. Anna Marie
Hughes, Nursing Outreach Program Director Cheryl Entwistle,
and Assoc. Prof. Anne Wyness
received the Award of Excellence
in Nursing Education.
May was recognized for her
development of a strategic plan
for the School of Nursing which
will guide it into the next millennium.
In addition to her work at UBC,
she serves on the board of the
Centre for Excellence in Women's
Health and is president-elect of
the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing.
Johnson has received funding for 20 different research
projects, but particular mention
was made of her work with those
who try to quit smoking.
This research has led to negotiations to establish a smoking
cessation clinic at St. Paul's
Hospital which will be staffed
primarily by nurses.
Acorn's research projects have
covered the impact of chronic
illness and injury on health-care
patients and their families. She
has also examined the mental
and physical health status of the
In addition, she conducted a
survey of first-line nurse managers in B.C. to study the impact
of the re-organization of hospitals and health care on patients
and staff.
Hughes was honoured not
only for her work as an educator
but also for her advocacy on
behalf of people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
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Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
101-5805 Balsam Street, Vancouver, V6M 4B9
264 -9918 donald@portal.ca
She established the Alzheimer's
Nursing Clinic at Mount St.
Joseph's Hospital which she continues to operate.
The clinic is the only nurse-
managed dementia clinic in the
province. Hughes utilizes the
clinic for practicum placements
for nursing students preparing
for both basic and advanced
practice in gerontology.
Entwistle was honoured for
her contribution to distance education in nursing. As director of
the Nursing Outreach Program
for Registered Nurses at UBC,
she designed and developed resources to assist students who
live outside the Lower Mainland
to study nursing.
She was instrumental in developing the UBC School of Nursing Learning Resource Centre,
which provides students with
the opportunity to practise hospital procedures, and access
computers to complete lab modules and carry out course work.
Under her direction, the centre has become the pre-eminent
facility of its kind in the province
and among the best in the world.
Wyness was recognized for her
skill as a nursing instructor. She
helped design a unique course
in HIV/AIDS that gives students
first-hand experience with health
professionals caring for HIV patients.
Students also meet people living with AIDS and hear guest
speakers who are street-wise
community practitioners. The
course is the only one of its kind
in Canada.
Wyness is currently involved
in planning for an interdisciplinary elective in HIV/AIDS care
in collaboration with the faculties of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC.
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by staff writers
A pair of UBC law students took top spot in an international client counselling competition held recently at
the university.
Camille Ciarneillo and Doug Dorward won the Louis M.
Brown International Client Counselling Competition in a
contest that required knowledge of landlord-tenant law,
commercial leasing law and outstanding interpersonal counselling skills.
The competition brought together teams of law students
from eight countries with a common law tradition: Australia.
Canada, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland,
South Africa and the United States.
The contest promotes preventative law practices such as
dispute resolution and client-centred solutions to legal
Jane Gaskell, associate dean, Graduate Programs
and Research, in the Faculty of Education, was
recently elected at a council meeting of the Social
Sciences and Humanities
Research Council (SSHRC) to
a one-year term as chair of
the standing committee on
research and dissemination.
The committee is responsible for providing policy advice
to the council and administrative advice to staff in
relation to research grants,
targeted programs and
dissemination activities.
It also gives advice on
improving the peer review
process, providing a liaison
between adjudication committees and the council.
Gaskell, who is also a professor in the Dept. of Educational Studies, completed a term on the SSHRC in
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U*uVSn>^nd up ">»*> 12 UBC Reports ■ April 30,1998
Cultural revolutionary
Artist Gu Xiong continues the struggle for his art in Canada
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Like millions of others, Gu Xiopg
was a victim of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
At 17 he was taken from his family,
blacklisted because they were educated
and outspoken, and sent to the remote
countryside to work dawn to dusk in the
Hungry, weary, he picked up a pencil
and by the light of a kerosene lantern
started to draw the people and objects
around him.
The drawing became an obsession —
he filled 25 sketchbooks — and it gave
him strength.
"My hope rose from within through my
art," he says now.
Twenty years later, Gu was making a
painful adjustment to a new country,
Canada. And once again he threw himself
into his art. But this time, it was not
hidden away in sketchbooks — it was
filling some of the country's best galleries.
The story of how Gu, a printmaking
technician in the Fine Arts Dept., and his
family left their lives in China and forged
new identities in Canada is the theme of
his recent book, The Yellow Pear.
"Chairman Mao said, 'If you want to
know the taste of the pear, you have to
bite into it.' We tasted the pear of the
Cultural Revolution through our
sufferings in China. When we moved to
Canada, we tasted another pear — culture shock," Gu says in the book's introduction.
His story can be bleak, the situations
dire, but Gu is amazingly light-hearted
for someone who has undergone a series
of personal trials. In person, he frequently
bursts into fits of laughter. And his smile
is a personal trademark.
Gu's formal art training began when
the Cultural Revolution ended in 1977. He
completed bachelor's and master's degrees at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
and immediately began teaching there.
Gavin Wiison photo
Once a university fine arts teacher in China, artist Gu Xiong's is seen here
with a painting inspired by his experiences working for UBC Food Services.
A printmaking technician in UBC's Fine Arts Dept. and teacher at the Emily
Carr School of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen
College, his work has been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada and
displayed internationally.
A year-long exchange in 1986 as an
artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for
the Arts introduced him to Canada and to
his mentor, Alvin Balkind.
Gu, meanwhile, had joined the burgeoning Chinese avant-garde movement.
Their seminal show at the Beijing National Gallery caused an uproar. It was
closed twice by the police during its two-
week run.
Gu's performance piece at the show
had him bursting through contorted metal fencing. Like all of
his art, it was intensely personal — "I've
found that most enclosures are inside of
ourselves" — but the political message
was plain.
Tiananmen Square brought an end to
all of this. The Banff Centre, which had
been urging Gu to return, now asked him
if he wanted their help immigrating to
Canada. He accepted.
At first, with a full scholarship and a
place to live, life was good in his adopted
homeland. But then reality came crashing down.
He moved to Vancouver, where he was
joined by his wife and daughter. They
lived in a dreary basement suite while he
struggled to earn a living. The only windows faced a concrete wall and the people
upstairs were often drunk and noisy.
"It was then that I started my real
Canadian life. It was difficult. I worked
washing cars and making pizza, and finally I got a 'good job' — busboy at the
UBC cafeteria," Gu says.
It was a low point. Once a university
teacher, he now cleared tables and
collected garbage. He was so embarrassed the first day on the job that he
went through the motions with a red face
and downcast eyes.
"In China, I dreamt about freedom and
democracy, but when I arrived here, I
found I had lost everything. No one could
even understand what I was saying. Reality had totally overcome my romantic
dreams about this culture."
Building a new identity for himself
would not be easy, but typically, Gu
found a way to work through his hardships.
He found inspiration in his surroundings. The empty pop cans students
crushed became a symbol for his struggle
and a motif for a major installation piece.
"My old life was crushed in China, my
dreams were crushed here. But a mass-
produced can looks the same as any
other; only when it's crushed does it
become unique," he says.
In 1991 Gu had his first show in
Vancouver at the Diane Farris Gallery,
one of the city's most prestigious private
galleries, and others quickly followed.
A tangled mass of 400 bicycles recalled the street barricades of Tiananmen
Square in a Victoria Art Gallery installation. The National Gallery of Canada
bought Gu's ink-drawing mural of the
Another installation — this one at
the Vancouver Art Gallery — featured paintings, real objects, drawings and video about Gu's efforts to establish a new identity in Canada.
The piece was also shown at the
Kwangju (South Korea) International
Biennale along with the work of 100
artists from 51 countries. Only three
other Canadian artists were invited to
Gu's family is often a subject of his art,
but in recent months his 14-year-old
daughter Yu has taken a more active role.
She joined him in a multimedia performance piece that featured video, music and
narrative in which she told the family
story in her own words.
Gu was hired as a printmaking technician at UBC in 1992, but he wants to
return to teaching full-time. Currently he
teaches part-time at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Simon Fraser
University and Kwantlen College. Next
term, he will also teach at UBC.
With a family and several jobs, Gu
struggles to find time for his art.
"I work harder now than I did in China
during the Cultural Revolution," he notes
This summer Gu and family are returning to China for the first time since
1989. And as he has so often in his life,
Gu plans to document the experience
with photos, video and drawings.
The Yellow Pear is published by Arsenal Pulp Press.


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