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Array GRADUATE TUITION FEES INCREASED
UBC's Board of Governors has approved increases
in tuition fees for graduate students and in rates for
students living in campus residences.
The basic tuition fee for students registered in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies will be increased from
$300 to $400 a year in the 1971-72 session.
Board-and-residence rates for students living in
UBC's two permanent residence complexes — Totem
Park and Place Vanier — will be increased a total of
$10 a month over the next two years.
The increase will be split into two equal parts
- $5 a month in 1971-72 and $5 a month in
1972-73. Rates for students living in Fort Camp will
be increased by $3 in the 1971-72 Winter Session
only.
Students living in residence during UBC's 1971
Summer Session will also pay higher rates. Daily rates
for single rooms will increase from $4 to $4.50 and
for double rooms from $3.80 to $4.30. Summer rates
for other persons living in residence will be increased
by almost $1.
MEET COSTS
Mr. Leslie Rohringer, UBC's housing
administrator, said the current increases are necessary
to meet increased labor and operating costs. The last
rate increase of $8 to meet such costs was in 1967.
Residence rates were increased by $10 in 1969 to
meet interest and loan repayment commitments on
completion of new residence towers in Place Vanier
UBC    REPORTS   CAMPUS    EDITION
and Totem Park.
UBC's residences are operated on a non-profit,
self-sustaining basis. The repayment of loans to
construct residences and the costs of operating them
are met from the rents and other services charged to
students living in the complexes.
Mr. Rohringer said the $10 increase in residence
rates had been discussed at meetings of the
President's Advisory Committee on Residences and at
meetings of the students' council of each residence
area.
The suggestion that the rate increase should be
^Board Approves Appointments
Of Four Faculty Members
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors
Tuesday approved four senior appointments to the
UBC faculty, including a director for the
newly-created Water Resources Research Centre and a
head for the new Department of Radiology in the
Faculty of Medicine.
The new appointments are as follows:
• Prof. Irving K. Fox, 54, a leading water
resources expert at the University of Wisconsin, who
will become the director of UBC's Water Resources
Research Centre July 1;
• Prof. J. Scott Dunbar, 51, of McGill University,
who will become head of the new Department of
Radiology at UBC July 1;
• Prof. Noel Hall, 41, of UBC's Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration, who
becomes director of the Institute of Industrial
Relations April 1 and,
• Prof. Karl N. Ruppenthal, 54, who joined the
UBC faculty on Jan. 1 from Stanford University, and
who became the new director of the Centre for
Transportation Studies on Wednesday.
In addition, the Board approved the appointment
of Prof. J. Reginald Richardson, 59, professor of
physics at the University of California at Los Angeles,
as director of TRIUMF effective Sept. 1.
The TRIUMF accelerator now being built in UBC's
south campus research area is a joint venture of the
Universities of Alberta and Victoria and UBC and
Simon    Fraser    University.    It    is    scheduled    for
completion in 1973.
* * *
The new Water Resources Research Centre which
Prof. Irving K. Fox will head will do mission-oriented
water resource research to further regional and
national social objectives and train water resource
specialists.
It will also help build links with other
organizations and the community so that the best
possible water management policies are adopted and
carried out. Primary area to be studied will be the
Lower Mainland, though other parts of the province
will also be investigated.
The Centre will be made possible through a
continuing grant.of about $350,000 a year from the
federal government. A $50,000 grant from the federal
Energy, Mines and Resources Department last year
financed a study on the kind of administrative
structure the Centre should take.
UBC Deputy President William Armstrong said the
federal government has wanted to create a water
resource research centre on the West Coast for some
time.
Water resource research has been carried out for
many years at UBC in the Faculty of Forestry and
Departments of Agricultural Engineering, Civil
Engineering, Economics, Geography and others.
During the 1969-70 session the equivalent of seven
full-time professional researchers were working in
water resources with a total financial support from
various granting agencies of about $350,000, Deputy
President Armstrong said.
Research   currently   underway   can   be   grouped
PROF. IRVING K. FOX
under the headings of hydrology, water resource
system planning and water quality studies. The
amount of water resource education given at UBC has
also increased quickly, he said.
Prof. Fox, trained in political science, economics
and  public administration, has also been appointed
Please turn to Page Four
See APPOINTMENTS
spread equally over the two-year period had been
made by the residence students' councils and the
increase as a whole had been endorsed by each
council, he said.
The recommendations for increases in fees for
graduate students were made by a temporary
committee established by President Walter H. Gage in
January, 1970.
CHANGE STRUCTURE
The $100 increase for students working toward
master's and doctor's degrees will apply to those
students who are on campus. Those who are on
extended leave for medical reasons or not making use
of University facilities will pay only $50 a year.
The effect of the new regulations is to change the
existing fee structure for graduate students from one
based on a specific degree to one based on payment
of an annual fee for as long as the student uses
University facilities.
UBC now charges graduate students a basic $900
for the master's and doctor's degrees. Students who
are in the advanced years of their doctoral programs
pay an additional fee of only $50 a year. Under the
new fee schedule all students will pay a flat fee of
$400 a year.
Other proposals made by the committee and
approved by the Board are:
Please turn to Page Four
See FEE INCREASE
Canadian
Content
Debated
After three hours of debate spread over its
December and January meetings, UBC's Senate is still
entangled in the issue of Canadian course content.
And the subject will be reintroduced again at
Senate's meeting Feb. 24 by an ad hoc committee set
up by UBC President Walter Gage.
President Gage as chairman of Senate was asked by
Senate to form the special committee "to study and
bring this back to the next meeting."
This suggestion by Dean Ian McTaggart Cowan of
the Faculty of Graduate Studies came after a long
and circuitous debate on a motion that "Senate
encourages faculty members in their preparation and
presentation of their courses to include significant
Canadian content where it is appropriate to fulfill the
objectives of the course."
The motion was the upshot of an earlier debate
when Senate, at its December meeting, refused to
approve a student-sponsored resolution calling for a
survey of the Canadian content of all existing courses
at UBC.
In making his motion, Mr. F. James Cairnie, a
Convocation Senator, said he didn't imply any
restriction on academic freedon.
The motion merely asked, he said, that significant
Canadian content be included where appropriate and
that he realized there are some courses in which
Canadian references aren't appropriate.
Prof. C.S. Belshaw, head of the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology, said he was becoming
frustrated with this kind of motion.
RESEARCH SUPPORT
"I'm sick and tired of being told that (faculty
members) are not paying attention to Canadian
content," he said, "because I know damned well they
are. I suggest that people who put forward these
kinds of motions, if they have the power, put their
money where their mouth is."
The boards of governors of some Canadian
universities support research into Canadian subjects
with provincial  money, he said, and "if you don't
Please turn to Page Three
See DEB A TE EXPANDED COMMITTEES PLAN FOR
UBC REPORTS: What has been accomplished
since you took office as a business consultant to
Food Services and the Bookstore?
MR. BYRON HENDER: The expanded Food
Services and Bookstore committees are now more
actively involved in the policy setting of the two
services and are also becoming more and more
involved in planning future services.
We have established a written policy and objectives
for the Food Services Committee. I am not suggesting
that these policies did not exist before but we have
committed them to writing and the committee is now
making decisions based on these policies.
I should point out that the committees' terms of
reference state that both operations. Food Services
and the Bookstore, must be self-financing. Students
frequently say, "Why shouldn't the University
subsidize Food Services or the Bookstore." The
answer is dictated largely by the provincial
government which requires that the funds borrowed
to build new facilities be paid from the revenues of
the services.
GOOD RESPONSE
Coming down to specific changes, the mobile
snack bar circulating around the campus during the
day-time has proved very successful. We have been
able to locate it on the major pathways between
buildings and have had a very good response to it in
providing service for people who are in between
classes and don't really have time to go to any of the
other outlets.
The coffee shop in the War Memorial Gymnasium
has recently been renovated. It now provides a similar
service to that of the Barn. We think it will enable
people to get better service in more attractive
surroundings.
Perhaps one of the more popular things we have
done this year is to provide limited beer and wine
service with dinner in the Ponderosa on Tuesday and
Thursday nights. We hope that in the second term we
may be able to expand this service. One of the
reasons we chose the Ponderosa is that campus
development has tended to draw students away from
that facility rather than towards it. We are trying to
compete with some of the other areas and we felt
that provision of limited beverage service with the
meals would help.
Some other things: I think we underestimated the
demand for food in SUB right from the beginning.
With the Wireless Site Residence facilities on the
horizon, more students coming on campus and the
usage of the Student Union Building increasing, we
simply don't have the space in peak periods. The
committee is negotiating with the students to acquire
more space in SUB adjacent to the existing food
service areas. There are alcoves on the south and east
sides which were roughly finished at the time the
building was completed and it is really a question of
extending the glass walls and putting in additional
furniture.
We now have several students studying particular
areas of Food Services. There are three students
working on a market study to determine the eating
patterns, the preferences and the habits of students.
Hopefully, the results of that survey will be
completed in late March and will aid the committee
in making plans. A Commerce student is in the
process of looking at our overall cost accounting
set-up with respect to the cost of our food
production. The committee is continually looking at
several ways to make more effective use of existing
facilities.
We are also looking — and I think this is a
departure for the Food Services Committee — four or
CLEARANCE SALE
A huge clearance sale of text books and
paperbacks from UBC's Bookstore will get
underway in room 30 of the Student Union
Building Feb. 8.
An estimated 50,000 volumes valued at
$200,000 are included in the sale which will
continue until Feb. 17. The sale may resume
Feb. 22 after the mid-term break and continue
until Feb. 26 if a substantial number of books
remain unsold.
Most of the books will be on sale at half
price or less.
Byron Hender, business consultant to the
Bookstore, said the sale books represent
inventory which has accumulated in recent
years in UBC's Bookstore.
The Bookstore, he said, has been unable to
sell the books at regular prices either because
faculty members over-estimated the number of
books which would be required for courses or
because the books were dropped when course
content was altered.
He said the inventory sale would allow
Bookstore personnel to improve stock control
and provide improved service to students and
faculty. /
five years hence to determine where future buildings
will be located so that we can plan ahead and
establish food outlets in those buildings. The
Committee is awaiting the report of the Senate
Committee on Academic Building Needs, which
should be available in the spring. We will be looking
at the implications of that report as it relates to new
outlets.
UBC REPORTS: What about the Bookstore?
MR. HENDER: One of the things most students
fail to appreciate is that the the selling price of books
in the Bookstore is determined not by the Bookstore
but by the publishers. The book business is set up in
such a way that books are sold to the Bookstore at
list price less a discount. The Bookstore's average
gross profit, before taking into consideration all the
operating costs, such as salaries, is about 20 per cent.
And when you also take into account the five per
cent rebate policy it really doesn't leave very much to
pay salaries, heat, light and power, freight and other
costs. We have had suggestions that the Bookstore is
marking uo books unreasonably, but to our
knowledge this simply isn't the case. The books are
sold at the publisher's suggested selling price.
ADJUSTMENTS MADE
Occasionally, a book is incorrectly priced. Where
this occurs, and it is drawn to the attention of the
Bookstore, we will make the necessary adjustments.
There was a case where a student had written a letter
to The Ubyssey pointing out we were selling a
stationery item at a cost considerably higher than
another outlet and it turned out that the other
operation had incorrectly priced their goods and were
selling them at cost, rather than the proper selling
price.
We are acutely aware of the problems that exist
with publishers. There is a rather peculiar discount
structure in the book publishing business. A large
number of the books that the Bookstore carries are
"textbooks" and the discount allowed by the
publisher is considerably less than what it would be if
the item was a general reading book. A bookstore off
wmK
campus may be getting a much larger discount than
UBC because the book they order is not classified as a
textbook. UBC may buy the same book with a small
discount.
The students are investigating the question of
publishers' discounts and I think they have raised
some very valid points. It appears that the university
bookstores are discriminated against on the basis of
their high volume and supposed captive market.
UNIQUE PROBLEMS
There are many areas within the Bookstore
operation which the committee is seeking to make
more efficient. I think we must recognize that there
are some rather unique problems in the university
book business. One of the problems is that UBC is
not operating in the normal competitive fashion
where we stock the books that sell and don't s
necessarily stock the ones that don't sell. We are
required to carry the list of titles that faculty
members suggest. They give us their best estimate of
the number of books that will be required and that
estimate is used as a basis for ordering. Many times
the actual demand is below the professor's estjf
and the Bookstore is stuck with a large stock
may or may not be returnable and simply piles up as
inventory. This is particularly true with paperbacks.
With textbooks there is a return arrangement,
although publishers are beginning to tighten up on
the volume of books bookstores can return. This is a
costly business, since UBC ends up paying freight*
both ways.
Another thing that has made UBC's operation
more difficult is the layout and the shortage of space
in the existing bookstore. Deputy President W.A.
Armstrong is chairing a committee which is looking „
into the question of a new Bookstore. One of the
sites suggested and being actively studied by this
committee is the Ponderosa on the West Mall. There
has been considerable doubt expressed that the
Ponderosa is a suitable site for a bookstore. Wj
doing some studies to determine whether moving
that site, which is somewhat more removed from the
centre of the campus than our existing site, would be
detrimental to sales.
UBC REPORTS: Are there other possibilities for
sites?
MR. HENDER: There are several other sites
available, but at present none is being actively'
considered by the committee. There has been
discussion of a site in the vicinity of the Student
Union Building. There are, of course, severe cost
implications if we build a completely new building
since our debt repayment, which comes out of the
operations of the Bookstore, would be higher. We are
caught between choosing an ideal site, which mighl^
be somewhat more expensive, and choosing a site on
which we could build at less cost but which might not
be as convenient.
Incidentally, I was speaking to the bookstore
people at Simon Fraser University recently and I
understand that they have discontinued their
discount policy to students and faculty. It may be*
that UBC students might want to consider foregoing
the five per cent rebate in favor of an improved
bookstore. As I mentioned earlier, one of the
limitations is the dollars available and the money
rebated to the students might make the difference
between a first class Bookstore on a highly desirable
site and a Bookstore which had fewer facilities oh a
site which wasn't as convenient.
As for internal changes, the Bookstore is seeking
.to implement a more adequate system of inventory
control.   Also   being   implemented   is  an   improved-*
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2/UBC Reports/Feb. 4, 1971 FUTURE
MR. BYRON HENDER
ordering system and several other internal changes
which we feel will result in greatly improved service
to the Bookstore public.
Another thing which students frequently fail to
consider is the cost of pilferage from the Bookstore.
We are now laying charges if people are caught
stealing books. There has been one charge laid this
ye^Beady.
•We are hiring an individual to assume
responsibility for store security. He will be on the
lookout for shop lifters and will also assist students in
locating items in the store.
ITEMS INCREASE
I think it might be of interest just to talk briefly
about the increase in the number of items carried in
the Bookstore. During the past few years there has
been a trend away from the required hardcover
textbook which might sell at $10 or $15. This single
book has been replaced by several paperbacks. As I
indicated earlier, the percentage discount we receive
on a $2 book is the same as on a $10 book and yet
the handling costs are exactly the same. The result is
that we receive a gross profit of $2 to handle a $10
textbook but we only receive 40 cents to handle the
$2 paperback. The work involved in processing the
textbooks is the same.
*lt is interesting to note that the number of
paperbacks has increased from 12,000 titles in 1969
to somewhere in the area of 30,000 titles this year.
At the same time, our hardcover books have increased
from around 4,000 titles to about 7,000 titles. All
this has caused severe crowding problems in the
Bookstore. English courses account for more than
1,000 different titles and the number of volumes
brought in for English courses is somewhere in excess
of 120,000. There are, I think, eight subjects which
account for about 50 or 60 per cent of the titles
stocked.
DEBATE
Continued from Page One
have that, you don't have anything to put into your
courses." UBC is suffering from lack of such support,
he said.
Prof. D.G. Brown of the Department of
Philosophy said Senate would be inconsistent if it
said a professor had the right to teach as he sees fit
and then advised him on course content.
It isn't the role o1f Senate to take a position on
controversial issues in the philosophy of education,
he said. Prof. Brown added that the motion wasn't a
threat to academic freedom because it didn't include
sanctions and any faculty member could ignore it.
Student Senator Ken Waldman said students must
be given the opportunity to learn about Canada now
if they are expected to become future leaders of
Canada.
"I believe it is the academic requirement of a
university in Canada to tell me what Canada is," he
said. "At our university and at any other across
Canada it's impossible to find out because nobody
wants to tell us.
"They give us arguments like this, that they want
academic freedom. Well, I think they should be
forced a bit to tell something about Canada."
BEST INTERESTS
Student Senator John J. Campbell told Senate
"you won't have a choice about nationalism in a few
years because students will demand it from you."
Mr. Art Smolensky, Graduate Student Senator,
recalled that President Gage said in the fall that he
would be guided largely by what faculty members
thought was in the best interests of the community,
the province and Canada.
"But what happens when faculty members do not
recognize their responsibility to those bodies?" he
asked. "Clearly we can't force them. We can,
however, coerce and sensitize the faculty and say we
think you should instill a greater Canadian awareness,
a greater knowledge of Canada, and I think that is the
intent of the motion."
Prof. Sydney Friedman, head of the Department
of Anatomy, said students are confused as to the role
of a university. It isn't the job of faculty members to
proselytize and Senate had no right to tell faculty to
do so.
Prof. George Volkoff, head of the Department of
Physics, said the answers to the questions students
have about Canada are already being taught at UBC.
Mrs. Helen McCrae, the Dean of Women, suggested
that a centre for Canadian studies was needed to pull
all the material together.
Prof. Volkoff warned Senators that if they voted
for the motion they would seem to be admitting that
faculty members have not been providing Canadian
content until now.
Mr. Cairnie had given notice of his motion at
Senate's December meeting towards the end of a long
debate concerning a motion by Mr. Smolensky that
the University's academic planner make a survey "of
all courses in all faculties to determine which of these
have significant relevance to either French or English
Canada. . . ."
ASSESSMENT ASKED
Mr. Smolensky told Senate that many serious and
interested students wanted to know what courses
were available at UBC that were informative and
analytical with regard to the peoples and lands of
Canada. No List of such courses exists, he said.
"Let's assess ourselves," Mr. Smolensky said.
"What do we offer in the way of studies about
Canada, B.C. and the Vancouver area? What is the
tone and mood of our courses when we consider our
country and its people? Once we have obtained the
answers to these questions we can consider in an
informed light whether more or less emphasis might
be put on these areas, and what relation our
University has at present to what one might call the
Canadian scene."
Prof. John Norris of UBC's History Department, in
opposing the motion, reminded Senate that it had
rejected earlier (in January, 1970), a resolution
dealing with a survey of the citizenship of UBC
faculty members.
A similar question was now being raised, he said,
because of employment pressures and concern about
the career prospects of Canadian graduate students in
the next few years. "These surges of patriotism," he
added, tend to coincide with downturns in the
business cycle.
Whatever the motivation, he continued, these
"surges of nationalism" were not particularly useful
to the advancement of learning. The "pursuit of the
foreigner in our midst" was likely to defeat the whole
purpose of education at the University.
The proposed survey, he concluded, would waste
the academic planner's time since it would "list what
is already fairly apparent in the calendar."
Mr. Smolensky replied that Dr. Norris' argument
was a red herring and that the issue before Senate was
course content, which he described as the most
important thing at the University.
Dean Liam Finn, head of the Faculty of Applied
Science, placed the debate in a larger context by
saying that Mr. Smolensky's motion was a call for
action before the University had committed itself to a
principle.
The world today, he said, is subject to two strong
forces — international co-operation and unity, as in
the European Common Market, and emerging
nationalism in other parts of the world.
"I'm in favor of a modest amount of nationalism,"
Dean Finn said, "if it means preserving that in our
national identity which is worth preserving, but I
would like this institution ... to consider the
principle first and to decide whether it is a laudable
aim for a university to consider how it ought to
contribute to the identity of Canada
Prof. Robert M. Clark, UBC's academic planner,
said Senate should decide whether it wished to have
the information sought by the motion. Then it could
decide who should provide the information and how
its relevance was to be determined.
After listing some of the difficulties in carrying
out the survey, Prof. Clark urged Mr. Smolensky to
withdraw his motion and put it again after
considering the difficulties.
Mr. Smolensky replied that his motion was a call
for information and he did not mean to disguise it as
embodying a distinct principle. He said Prof. Clark's
technical questions about the survey were best
answered by Prof. Clark and not himself.
DECIDE POLICY
Prof. Clark then proposed an amendment to the
motion substituting the words "request the President
to have a survey undertaken" for the words "instruct
the academic planner to undertake," a change which
would leave the choice of mechanism open to the
President and enable Senate to vote on the heart of
the issue without subsuming an administration
consideration which was not relevant.
Prof. Charles Bourne, of the Faculty of Law, said
Senate was being asked to proceed on the implicit
assumption that it was in favor of giving more
emphasis than at present to Canadian studies.
Senate should first decide whether that was in fact
its policy, and if it were, he said, the elaborate study
proposed would not contribute much to it. If a policy
of increased emphasis on Canadian studies were
adopted, he said, the way to implement it would be
to pass appropriate instructions to Faculties and
Departments.
When it came to voting. Senate approved Prof.
Clark's amendment to the motion, but the motion as
amended was defeated.
As an addendum to the December debate, Mr.
Cairnie said he was sympathetic to the view implied
in Mr. Smolensky's motion and gave notice of the
motion which, with some modification, he
introduced at the January meeting.
GRADUATION CARDS
All students who expect to graduate this
spring are requested to submit "Application for
Graduation" cards to the Registrar's Office
immediately. This includes students who are
registered in a year not normally considered to
be p graduating year (e.g., one-year
teacher-training program for graduates) but
who are expected to complete a degree program
this spring.
It is the responsibility of the student to make
application for his degree. If the student does
not make application, his name will not be put
forward to his Faculty or the Senate for
approval.
UBC Reports/Feb. 4, 1971/3 APPOINTMENTS
Continued from Page One
professor in the School of Community and Regional
Planning.
He was born in Bolton, Michigan, in 1916 and
took a BA degree in 1939 and a MA degree in 1940
from the University of Michigan. Prof. Fox is
currently professor and chairman of the Department
of Urban and Regional Planning and director of the
Water Resources Centre at the University of
Wisconsin.
From 1940 to 1966 he held positions with U.S.
government bodies and between 1955 and 1958 was
research associate with the water resources program
of Resources for the Future Inc., of Washington,
D.C, and from 1958 to 1964 he was director of the
program.
He has participated in international water resource
conferences   and   projects   in    Russia,   Venezuela,
Austria, Switzerland and Argentina.
*        *        *
Prof. J. Scott Dunbar, the new head of UBC's
Department of Radiology, is currently chairman of
the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at McGill
University.
Radiology was formerly a division within the
Department of Medicine in UBC's Faculty of
Medicine. But its interests are totally different from
those of other divisions such as dermatology and
neurology in the Department of Medicine.
The 12 other full-functioning medical schools in
Canada and  the 91   in the United States all have
separate Departments of Radiology.
The new department consists of 22 faculty
members attached full-time to the Vancouver
General, St. Paul's and Shaughnessy Hospitals. They
receive no salary or other remuneration from UBC.
They have been responsible for all undergraduate
and post-graduate training in radiology since clinical
teaching began in the Faculty of Medicine in 1952.
Heaviest work-load is in training post-graduate
students. There is a one-to-one relationship between
teachers and students and 27 residents are in training
at all times.
Prof. Dunbar was born in Toronto in 1921 and
took his MD degree from the University of Toronto
in 1945. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1956 and is a
Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology.
Prof. Dunbar holds a number of hospital
appointments in Montreal. He is director of radiology
at the Montreal Children's Hospital, radiologist at the
Alexandra Hospital, consultant to the Royal Victoria,
Lakeshore General and Royal Edward Chest
Hospitals,    and    attending   staff   member   at   the
Catherine Booth and Douglas Hospitals.
* * *
Prof. Noel Hall, the new director of UBC's
Institute of Industrial Relations, has been a member
of the faculty since 1953 and was associated with the
UBC project to set up business degree courses in
Malaysia and Singapore.
He is chairman of the division of industrial
administration in the Faculty of Commerce and has
acted  on  a  number  of occasions  as  an   industrial
FEE INCREASE
Continued from Page One
• That in a graduate student's terminating year
the $400 fee be computed on a four-monthly basis.
Only one-third of the fee will be charged if the degree
is completed by Jan. 31, two-thirds if completed by
May 1.
• Students registered in 1970-71 who expect to
pay fees of only $50 or $25 under present regulations
will be assessed $50 for 1971-72 only. If the same
students are registered in 1972-73 they will pay the
full $400 fee.
There was substantial disagreement among the
11-man committee set up to investigate graduate
student fees.
Three graduate students who were members of the
committee submitted a minority report dissenting
from the recommendation to increase fees. The
students were supported by Prof. B.N. Moyls,
associate dean of Graduate Studies and chairman of
the temporary committee.
In its majority report, the committee said it could
find no valid rationale for establishing tuition fees for
graduate students largely because there are no reliable
data on the costs of various academic programs.
One of the committee's recommendations calls for
the University to undertake a cost study of graduate
programs.
For a variety of reasons a majority of the
committee felt that graduate fees should be raised.
The $100-a-year increase recommended in the
majority report was a compromise figure.
The committee found that, generally speaking,
graduate tuition fees at UBC appear to be among the
lowest in Canada and graduate fees are lower than
undergraduate fees in terms of the proportion of
program costs met from fees.
from outside B.C. and Canada should pay higher fees
and recommended that restriction of such students, if
necessary, should be done on a quota basis.
An additional recommendation called for the
Board of Governors to request an additional subsidy
from the federal government for each foreign student
enrolled at Canadian universities and colleges.
One of the two minority reports submitted was
signed by Mr. David Mole, the current president of
the Graduate Student Association; Mr. Arthur
Smolensky, a student Senator and former GSA
president; and Mr. John Dickenson, a graduate
student at the time the committee was formed and
who has now completed his degree requirements.
The minority report rejects the idea that there is
any obvious link between the level of graduate and
undergraduate fees and that fees should be assessed in
terms of the costs of various programs.
The minority report emphasizes that although
UBC doctoral fees are not high compared with
comparable universities, it is also true that support
levels for UBC graduate students are similarly low.
REDUCE FEES
INCREASE AID
The committee admits, in its majority report, that
the increase in fees will result in hardships for
graduate students. To counterbalance this the
committee recommends that UBC's Senate and Board
of Governors request the federal government to
increase the amount students may borrow under the
Canada Student Loan Plan and the maximum number
of years in which a loan can be repaid.
One of the committee's recommendations calls for
an increase in the minimum level for full-time
teaching assistantships to $3,200. At present the
value of such awards ranges between $2,400 and
$2,600.
Another recommendation asks the Board to give
consideration to a scheme of $4,000 Dissertation
Fellowships for worthy graduate students who are in
the final year of doctoral programs on campus.
The committee rejected the idea that students
4/UBC Reports/Feb. 4, 1971
The minority report concludes: "It is our belief
that it could not be demonstrated and has not been
demonstrated to the committee that there is at the
moment any case for reducing the well-being of
graduate students. We would go further than this and
suggest that for some students there is a very strong
case to be made in favor, of some moderation of
fees."
Prof. Moyls said he found himself in "substantial
agreement" with the dissenting views of the student
members of the committee.
He said he could not agree with the majority view
that graduate students should pay fees at least as high
as undergraduates. Graduate students, he said, "have
served their years as undergraduates and have become
junior colleagues to the professional staff. They are in
a sense apprentice scholars, and should be treated as
such."
Increases in the cost of living, the lack of increases
in financial assistance and the impending threat of
taxation of graduate awards by the federal
government all tend to undermine the financial
position of graduate students, he said.
"If financial support for graduate students is not
increased before fees are increased, I am convinced
that graduate students will lose out," he said.
Two other groups of students will also face fee
increases this year. Fees for the Geology Field School
at Oliver, B.C., to cover board, room and
transportation costs, will be increased from $60 to
$75 in 1971 and to $100 in 1972 and the fee for
students auditing Summer Session courses has been
boosted from $50 to $75 per three-unit course.
inquiry commissioner and arbitrator in labor disputes
in B.C.
Born in Saskatchewan, Prof. Hall graduated from
UBC with the degree of bachelor of commerce. He
received his master of business administration degree
from the University of Southern California and his
doctorate from Harvard University.
* *
Prof. Karl Ruppenthal, who will direct the Centre
for Transportation Studies , joined the UBC faculty
Jan. 1 from Stanford University, where he was
director of the transportation management program.
The main function of the new Centre, which has
received a four-year, $360,000 grant from the
Canadian Transport Commission, is to encourage and
organize inter-disciplinary studies in transportation.
Prof. Ruppenthal holds a bachelor of arts and a
law degree from the University of Kansas, an MBA
degree from the University of California at Berkeley
and a doctorate from Stanford.
He developed and taught the first course in
business logistics in the United States and has
designed a management program in use in a number
of major corporations in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to serving as a consultant to numerous
Canadian and American corporations, government
departments and professional organizations. Prof.
Ruppenthal   has  written   10  books and  numerous
articles on transportation.
* * *
Prof. J. Reginald Richardson, the new director of
TRIUMF, succeeds Prof. John B. Warren, who will
resume his post as professor in UBC's Department of
Physics.
Prof. Richardson was born in Edmonton in 1912,
took his BA degree from the University of California
at Los Angeles and his PhD from the University of
California at Berkeley.
He was National Research Council fellow at the
University of Michigan in 1937, assistant physics
professor at the University of Illinois from 1938 to
1942, chief physicist at the University of California's
Radiation Laboratory from 1942 to 1946, and
associate physics professor at UCLA from 1946 to
1952, when he became full professor.
At present he is consultant to both TRIUMF and
the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley and a
member of the committee of senior reviewers of the
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He will be on a
two-year leave of absence from UCLA while at
TRIUMF.
International
Week Planned
"The International Scene: Development and
Change" is the theme of International Week taking
place at UBC's International House February 8—13.
Its aim is to foster better understanding and to
further insight into the cultures of the various
countries from which UBC students have originated.
Afternoon and evening sessions each day during
the week will be devoted to discussions, lectures and
films of social and political issues that the various
international clubs on campus feel are of importance.
Subjects dealt with will range from the Peruvian
earthquake to the Angola crisis. More complete
information can be obtained by calling International
House at 228-3264.
The week will evolve into an international fair
beginning Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a beer
garden and continuing through Saturday from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m.
Saturday to the music of the Ngoma Ya African
band.
■ ■■feffc   Volume  17,  No.  3 - Feb. 4,
IIHI       1971-     Published    by    the
^M^J^J   University of British Columbia
^^*T    Z~!  and    distributed    free.    UBC
REPORTS   D      ^ T.       .
Reports appears on Thursdays
during   the   University's  winter   session.   J.A.
Banham,  Editor.  Ruby  Eastwood, Production
Supervisor. Letters to the Editor should be sent
to    Information   Services,   Main   Mall   North
Administration   Building,   UBC,   Vancouver 8,
B.C.

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