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UBC's Office of Academic Planning,
estimates that 21,108 students will enrol for
the 1971-72 winter session, an increase of only
168 students or 0.8 per cent over 1970-71.
The increase, one of the smallest
experienced by UBC in the last five years,
reflects tougher entrance requirements, the
raising of standards for students already
enrolled and the continued expansion of the
provincial system of community or regional
UBC's percentage increase in enrolment in
the past two years — 0.4 per cent in 1970 and
0.8 per cent in 1971 — is in sharp contrast to
the rates of increase in the previous four years.
In 1968, for instance, enrolment went up by
9.7 per cent.
UBC's academic planner, Prof. Robert M.
Clark, advances another possible reason for the
levelling off of enrolment: "I surmise that
University education is not quite as popular and
prestigious as it was a few years ago, and this
may be another factor leading to a reduced rate
of increase in enrolment."
A major factor in the reduced rate of
increase is the limitation to 3,400 of the
number of students entering the first year at
This enrolment restriction was first imposed
last year by UBC's Senate and Board of
Governors after studies by the Office of
Academic Planning showed that there were
adequate alternate facilities available to
students who wanted to continue their
education beyond the secondary school level.
Looked at another way, the decision by the
Board and Senate meant that UBC's academic
entrance requirement was raised to 65 per cent
from 60 per cent.
A UBC faculty which this year will limit
enrolment to its first year is Law. A total of
200 students have been chosen to enter the
faculty out of approximately 900 applicants.
Similarly, UBC's Faculty of Medicine this year
had 699 applications for the 60 places open in
the first-year medical class.
The formidable task of registering more than
21,000 students and collecting first-term fees
will be carried out by the Registrar's Office, the
Department of Finance and hundreds of faculty
members in the period Sept. 7-10.
Many students who visited the campus in the
first two weeks of August to have their
proposed academic programs approved by
faculty advisors should be able to complete the
registration process in half a day, an official in
the Registrar's Office said.
Even those who didn't visit the campus in
August should be able to complete registration
in a day providing they don't have timetables
that involve clashes in the times at which
lectures are given.
Lectures for the majority of students begin
at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 13. During registration
week lectures begin for students in the
Faculties of Law and Dentistry and for some
students in the Faculties of Medicine,
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Graduate Studies.
UBC has adopted a policy of encouraging the
re-cycling of high-grade office paper in
co-operation with Vancouver's Joshua Society.
Mrs. Lynne Vickson, an official of the Joshua
Society, said she plans to visit UBC departments in
September to enlist their support for the program
and aid them in setting up methods of collecting
high-grade paper.
She said the Joshua Society would supply
gunny sacks to UBC's Department of Physical
Plant for departments that want to participate in
the program. Building janitors would collect the
gunny sacks daily and they would be taken to a
central campus point to be collected by the Joshua
Society truck. The society would leave an
additional supply of gunny sacks daily for campus
Mrs. Vickson said the society also plans to place
large fibre barrels at strategic campus points to
enable students to participate in the program. The
barrels will be on campus in registration week, she
said, and students would be asked to deposit
unwanted registration material in them.
Please turn to Page Two
THREE major building projects currently taking
shape on the central UBC campus are captured by a
wide-angle lens from atop UBC's Mathematics
Building. Sedgewick Undergraduate Library in the
foreground is being built under the Main Mall and is
scheduled for completion in the spring of 1972.
Hoardings surrounding the project may come down
Ten   Majo
UBC students can look forward to another year of
hard hats and bulldozers.
Ten major projects valued at more than
$30,000,000 are currently under construction or
almost complete on the campus.
And during the summer two other projects worth
approximately $61,000,000 were announced. They
are a Museum of Man and a teaching and research
hospital for the Health Sciences Centre.
Most of the current building projects on the UBC
campus are being built under special financing
arrangements with the federal government or as the
result of loans and special fund drives. Others are
financed out of the provincial government's annual
capital grant to UBC, which this year totals $6
Road construction completed over the summer by
the provincial government and UBC will, however,
make access to the campus a little easier.
The provincial government has paved the
extension to 16th Ave. from Blanca St. to South West
Marine Drive and UBC has improved the road system
on the extension to 10th Ave. The two projects will
provide an improved traffic pattern on UBC's south
campus and better access to student parking lots.
UBC has even postponed until next spring a
number of projects, which would have involved
digging up campus access roads, in order to keep
traffic    flowing    smoothly,    an    official     in    the
earlier to recreate the Main Mall linking the north and
south sections of the central campus. At far left
above Main Mall trees is the extension to the
Buchanan Building and between the extension and
the Ladner Clock Tower at centre are two towers of
the Walter H. Gage Residence. For details of campus
construction present and projected, see story below.
r  Projects
On  Campus
Department of Physical Plant told UBC Reports.
Only one of ten current building projects — an
addition to the George Cunningham Building for the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences — will be fully
occupied when classes begin Sept. 13. The four-storey
addition, which cost $906,109, will be mainly used
for graduate research and is part of the developing
Health Sciences Centre.
Two other major projects will be occupied by
students and faculty members by mid-November.
By late September the one-storey Civil and
Mechanical Engineering Building will be fully
occupied. The building, which cost $1,170,000,
houses shop and laboratory facilities as well as
The first stage of the Geological Sciences Centre,
valued at $2,832,416, will be fully occupied by Nov.
15. The new building will house classroom and
laboratory facilities for the Department of Geology,
which is now housed in cramped quarters in one of
UBC's original buildings, built in 1925, and several
converted army huts on the West Mall.
Construction  has started on the second stage of
the Walter H. Gage Residence adjacent to the Student
Please turn to Page Three
An investigation into the effects of marijuana is
being conducted by members of the Faculty of
Medicine at UBC in response to public and
government demands for more information on the
It is being financed by the federal government
and has received the sanction of federal and
provincial legal authorities.
The inter-disciplinary study is designed tri
answer the most pressing questions concerning the
effect of marijuana and will probably constitute a
major contribution to scientific knowledge of the
action and effects of the drug.
It will try to find out if the use of marijuana
disrupts short-term memory and if it does,
whether impairment is limited to verbal processes
or includes non-verbal memory patterns as well.
It will- also study the effect of marijuana on
organic brain functions.
The study is being financed through a grant
from the National Health & Welfare Department
and wilt extend over 18 months.
The investigation has been approved by the
UBC administration and Board of Governors and
the medical board and the Board of Trustees of
the Vancouver General Hospital, where some of
the work will be done.
Because of the controversy surrounding the use
of marijuana, UBC officials have gone to great
lengths to ensure that the investigation is ethically
unassailable. As a first step the project was
designed within the "Declaration of Helsinki"
recommendations of the World Medical
Association for guiding doctors in clinical research
on humans.
The investigation was also approved by a special
UBC ad hoc committee set up to examine its
ethical implications.
Approval of the investigation has come from
the provincial Attorney-General's Department and
Department of Health Services and Hospital
Insurance as well as the federal Departmeht of
Justice and Department of^ National Health &
Volunteers   are    carefully   screened    for
acceptance into the program and their identity is
being kept strictly confidential. Volunteers and
UBC officials will be immune to prosecution from '
provincial or federal legal authorities.
Volunteers are between 18 ahd 30 and Women
are included. Investigators don't expect to find
any difference between, the effects on men and
women but have included women to make the
study more scientifically and socially relevant
since both sexes use marijuana in society. Many
marijuana studies in the past have used men only.
Complete details of the investigation can't be
given without prejudicing results. Volunteers
would be given clues as to what to expect and this
could alter their performance.
All volunteers must previously have used
marijuana or hashish. They must not have been on
medication of any kind for two months preceding
the study, and they are asked to abstain from any
drugs for a week before the testing begins and
between sessions.
After preliminary psychiatric and psychological
screening, each volunteer is tested in three
experimental sessions. At each of these sessions
the volunteer is given either marijuana {supplied
by the federal Food & Drug Directorate) or a
placebo, a harmless substance which resembles
marijuana in appearance.
During the first two sessions the volunteers are
given short-term memory and other batteries of
neuropsychological tests>
The volunteers remain in hospital, until the
effects of the drug have worn off. They are then
sent home by taxi and are telephoned the next day
to make sure they are ail right.
In the third session, investigators make
recordings of the volunteers' electrical brain
activity before and after administration of either
marijuana or the placebo.
Despite widespread. and controversial use of
marijuana, almost nothing is known of its effects
on people. The meagre'scientific reports on the
subject are cluttered with contradictory evidence,
mostly the result of previous inadequate research.
Of the four main American studies on marijuana,
only one used experimental controls to compare
results with.
It isn't surprising that there have been many
requests for research Into the effects of marijuana.
The most important recent demand came from the
Le Dain Commission Report on the Non-Medical
Use of Drugs.
The report was critical of the lack of hard facts
on the effects of all drugs used in society for
non-medical use.
"There is general agreement that we lack
sufficient reliable information to make sound
social policy decisions and wise personal choices in
relation to non-medical drug use," the report said.
"The commission has heard repeatedly of the
desire for more information. Not only citizens, but
administrative officials, legislators, physicians and
scientists have confessed that they have an
Inadequate basis for judgement on this subject;"
The commission recommended that "the
Federal Government actively encourage research
into the phenomenon of non-medical drug use,
and in particular, research into the effects of
psychotropic drugs and substances on humans:"
Regarding marijuana in particular, the
commission said "the most important issue
concerning the short-term effects of cannabis
would appear to be its effect on cognitive
functions and psychomotor abilities - those
capacities which affect learning, performance in an
occupation, the operation of machinery and
similar - activity having significant social
The report goes on to say that scientific
knowledge and opinion on the effects of cannabis
on "cognitive functions and psychomotor abilities
is not of such an order as can be relied on at this
time for purposes of public policy
The UBC medical school study is in response to
the commission's and the federal government's
demand for hard information on marijuana.
UBC's rapidly-developing Department of
Linguistics has taken steps to increase Canadian
content in courses offered to students.
Dr. Bernard Saint-Jacques, acting head of the
department, said the ultimate aim of the department
is "to produce students who are not only well trained
in linguistics, but who have the ability to use and
apply their knowledge in a Canadian context."
He said there were an increasing number of
employment opportunities in Canadian educational
institutions, including community colleges, and
government agencies for students who were trained in
Continued from Page One
UBC's Department of Physical Plant also plans to
confer with UBC departments in an effort to set up a
collection method for high-grade paper.
A number of UBC departments, including the
Library, Information Services, Mathematics, the
Computer Centre and the Institute of Animal
Resource Ecology, are already participating in the
The Joshua Society sells the unwanted office
paper for $45 or more a ton.
Mrs. Vickson said she would visit any UBC
department that requests help in organizing the paper
collection. She can be reached at 224—7109.
The following kinds of paper are acceptable:
general office paper, computer cards and runoff
paper, envelopes without stamps or cellophane
windows, brochures and file folders.
The following materials cannot be accepted:
carbon paper, paper towels, tissue paper, styrofoam
cups, cardboard and newsprint.
2/UBC Reports/Sept. 7, 1971
linguistics and were able to apply it in the Canadian
One new course to be offered this year. Linguistics
535, will deal with problems of bilingualism and
biculturalism with the main emphasis on Canadian
"There are several million people in Canada," Dr.
Saint-Jacques said, "who speak more than one
language, one of which is not necessarily English or
He said the course would deal with both the
psychological and sociological implications of
Two other courses. Linguistics 440 (for
undergraduates) and Linguistics 540 (for graduate
students), will concentrate on Canadian dialectology,
both French and English.
The French spoken in Montreal has characteristics
which  are  different  from  that  spoken  in Quebec,
A 20-lecture program of women's studies,
developed during the summer under a federal
Opportunities for Youth grant, will begin Sept. 28 in
the ballroom of the Student Union Building.
Students, UBC faculty members and experts from
the community-at-large will speak during the weekly,
non-credit lecture series which is entitled "The
Canadian Woman: Our Story." Lectures begin at 7
p.m. Tuesdays.
Advance registration for the series, sponsored by
the Alma Mater Society, will take place during UBC's
general registration week Sept. 7-10. Fee for the
complete series is $2. Each lecture will be followed
by a small-group discussion.
which, in turn, is different from that spoken in Paris,
Dr. Saint-Jacques said. And the English spoken on
Vancouver Island is in some respects different from
that spoken in the Kootenays.
A fourth course, Linguistics 530, will deal with the
rich linguistic heritage of native Indian languages. Dr.
Saint-Jacques said. The course will survey Canadian
Indian languages generally and concentrate on B.C.
Indian languages.
The west coast Salish family, Dr. Saint-Jacques
said, is divided into more than 20 languages alone.
The structures of these languages as well as the
cultures they represent are so different from western
languages and thought that every effort should be
made for their study and preservation, he said.
Although most of the courses have been planned
with the graduate student in mind, undergraduates
will be permitted to enrol with the approval of
instructors. Dr. Saint-Jacques said.
In addition, a new introductory course in
linguistics, offered at the first-year level, will touch
on topics included in the senior courses.
■ ■ p^ —^ Volume 17, No. 11 - Sept. 7"
IIDI1 1971. Published by the
I III I ■ University of British Columbia
mmMWmW and distributed free. UBC
REPORTS Reports appears on
Wednesdays during the University's winter
session. J.A. Banham, Editor. Louise Hoskin,
Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be sent to Information Services, Main
Mall North Administration Building, UBC,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
Continued from Page One
Union Building under a $3,300,000 loan from Central
Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The first stage of
the complex named for UBC's president — two
16-storey towers and a partially-completed common
block — is being built with a CMHC and bank loan
totalling $5,516,000.
The second stage will involve construction of a
third residence tower, a low-rise housekeeping unit
and completion of the common block. The
development, which will house 1,200 students, will
be ready for occupancy in September, 1972.
On the central campus work is continuing on the
new Sedgewick Undergraduate Library, which is
being constructed under the Main Mall. The
two-storey building, scheduled to open at the end of
May, 1972, will seat 2,000 students and house
180,000 books.
The hoarding surrounding the $3,894,808 library
will probably come down before the building is
finished to re-establish the Main Mall linking the
north end and south sections of the central campus, a
Department of Physical Plant official said.
The roots of the northern red oaks lining the Main
Mall have been enclosed in caissons and incorporated
into the interior design of the Library building.
Another central campus project, the 12-storey
extension to the Buchanan Building, will be
completed in the spring of 1972 and will contain
offices for the Faculty of Arts and nine seminar
rooms, each seating 15 students. The building will
cost $2,799,763.
The Instructional Resources Centre, the key
student training facility of the Health Sciences
Centre, is expected to be complete in February,
«1972. The building will make extensive use of
'audio-visual equipment so that a greater number of
students will be able to learn from a limited number
of teachers. Total cost of the building will be
Construction of the last major building in the
Health Sciences Centre — a teaching and research
hospital — is expected to start early in 1972.
The green light for the hospital project was given
during the summer by B.C.'s health minister, Mr.
Ralph Loffmark. Victoria has committed itself to $28
million of the cost and Ottawa is expected to put up
$25 million. Construction of the 350-bed hospital is
likely to take several years.
The long-awaited hospital is the creation of Dr.
John F. McCreary, dean of UBC's Faculty of
Medicine, who has been appointed co-ordinator of
Health Sciences by UBC's Board of Governors.
Dr. McCreary pioneered the idea of the health
team which will be basic to the training of students in
the health sciences in the hospital and in other Health
Sciences Centre buildings.
Students will be trained together so that they learn
each other's special strengths and limitations. After
graduation they will be able to work together as a
team, with many jobs now done by doctors being
shifted to other health professionals.
When the hospital is completed, total health
sciences student enrolment at the Centre will be
between 2,400 and 3,000.
The hospital will be added to a 60-bed psychiatric
unit, which has been functioning on campus for two
years, giving the complete UBC hospital a total of
410 beds.
The hospital will be the central training facility for
the five professional schools that make up the Health
Sciences Centre. These are the Faculties of Medicine,
Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the
Schools of Nursing and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Students in other disciplines planning careers in the
health field — for example, clinical psychologists and
medical social workers — will also be trained here.
Apart from its teaching functions, the hospital will
serve as a major research centre for work in all the
health fields. It is also expected to become a major
referral centre, like the Mayo Clinic, to which doctors
throughout B.C. can refer their most difficult cases.
The five-storey hospital will contain
approximately 900,000 square feet of teaching,
research and patient-care areas.
Until now the UBC Faculty of Medicine has relied
on downtown service hospitals for clinical teaching of
medical    students.    But    there    is    a    fundamental
GONE are the days of water-filled potholes and
washboard surface on the extension to 16th Ave.
leading to the UBC campus. The provincial
Department of Highways paved the artery from
Blanca   St.   to   Marine   Drive   during   the   summer
months, thus providing another all-weather access
route to UBC. UBC has also improved the 10th Ave.
extension on UBC's South Campus to provide an
improved traffic pattern in that area and easier access
to student parking lots.
difference   between   a   service  hospital   and   a  true
teaching hospital.
A service hospital is designed primarily to serve the
hospital needs of the community, and proper
teaching facilities are not considered in its design. The
inevitable result of trying to teach health science
students in a service hospital is that public service is
aggravated and teaching is compromised and
expensive. In a building designed from the start for
teaching and research, the various functions can be
given the space and facilities they need for maximum
The hospital will incorporate a number of
innovative approaches to hospital organization and
planning. It will be designed by architects at
Thompson Berwick Pratt & Partners in such a way
that construction can begin even before all working
drawings are completed and so that advances in
hospital design can be incorporated as construction
Another long-awaited campus project, a Museum
of Man, will be built with a $2.5 million grant from
the federal government to house UBC's collection of
west coast Indian art, valued at $7 million, as well as
artifacts of other cultures.
The grant is part of a $10 million gift from Ottawa
to mark the 100th anniversary of B.C.'s entry into
Confederation. The Museum will allow public access
to the 10,000 or so pieces of the UBC collection,
most of which are now hidden away on storeroom
shelves in the Main Library for lack of display space.
Here are details of other projects current under
construction on campus:
The TRIUMF accelerator, under construction in
UBC's South Campus research area, is on schedule for
its start-up in 1973. TRIUMF will produce
sub-atomic particles called mesons and will be used
for research in nuclear and particle physics, nuclear
chemistry, radiobiology and radiotherapy. TRIUMF's
4,000-ton magnet, central to the project, is now being
assembled in the cyclotron's vault. TRIUMF is a
consortium of the Universities of Alberta and
Victoria, UBC and Simon Fraser. Ottawa is putting
up $23.3 million towards the project.
A community health centre for three Faculty of
Medicine groups — the Department of Health Care
and Epidemiology, the Division of Medical Genetics
and the Division of Audiology and Speech Sciences —
is being built for $1,096,645 on Wesbrook Crescent.
The building will contain the Faculty of Medicine's
third Family Practice Unit to provide health care to
families in the Wesbrook area as well as a training
facility for student health professionals. The building
is scheduled for completion this winter.
A $540,054 facility is being built for the School of
Physical Education and Recreation for instruction in
specialized group activities including gymnastics,
archery, golf, dance and floor hockey. Offices are also
included. The new structure is the second phase of a
physical education complex located on the extension
of 10th Ave. adjacent to the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
Three relocatable buildings with office and
seminar space are being built for $733,213 south of
the Fraser River parking lot. They will be used by the
Office of Student Services and faculty members in
the Faculties of Education and Arts and the
Department of Agricultural Economics. They will be
built among the trees of an arboretum of native
Canadian and exotic trees. Only a few of the trees
have had to be moved for the new buildings.
UBC Reports/Sept. 7, 1971/3 UBC Hostel A Hit
There wasrvt any air conditioning, it wasn't
licensed and there was no room service, but the
clientele thought it was the best accommodation
of its kind in North America*
That's the men's hostel operated by the
University of B.C. this summer, the first run by a
university in Canada.
The hostel - 56 beds in converted army huts in
UBC's Fort Camp student residence - opened
June 4 and closed August 15. Its operating costs
were borne by the provincial and federal
Young men using the hostel praised it
Their reasons are easy to understand.
They had individual rooms rather than a few
square feet of a gymnasium or warehouse or other
impersonal building.
Their six supervisors were their own age, hired
by UBC's Housing Administration from among
senior UBC students who had previously served as
dons or residence fellows in other UBC residences.
As one French-Canadian described the supervisors,
they were "tres, ires sympathique."
There were a jninimum of regulations and the
emphasis was on informality. There was no
curfew. The transients didn't have to sleep in the
huts — many spent the night on the beaches
beneath Fort Camp during the spell of hot
weather. They could eat their supper at any time
from'4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The food - prepared by UBC's Department of
Food Services '— was touted by the transients as
the best available at any hostel in Canada. Their
only complaint was that the breakfast — a
hard-boiled egg, coffee and a bun — wasn't
enough. Lunch was two sandwiches wrapped in a
bag and given to the transients at breakfast.
Supper was a hot meal.
And of course there's the environment, the
University's beautiful scenery and inexpensive
films and other entertainment organized for
Summer Session students on the campus.
The U8C hostel also drew praise from Mr. W.N.
Boyd, director of the City of Vancouver's Social
Service Department. Writing to President Walter H.
Gage, Mr. Boyd said the UBC hostel was "one of
the most efficient and well run hostel programs in
the system, and we are proud to have been
associated with you and the group of young
people who made Fort Campus such a success."
The hostel was the only one in the Vancouver
area open to Americans. Americans and
French-Canadians accounted for many of the
nearly 3,000 bed-nights provided by the hosteK
Some days Americans or French-Canadians were in
the majority.
Until the high schools let out, many transients
were young men who had been in Vancouver for
four or five months on welfare and who resorted
to the hostel system. In July and August many
were high school and university students. Some
were post-graduate students.
There were only a few incidents and most were
cleared up by the transients themselves.
Many of the Americans staying at the hostel
were amazed. "The States has nothing like this,"
said one San Franciscan. "A lot of kids trying to
get across the country cheaply end up in flop
houses in some skid row area surrounded by
drunks, deadbeats and The Man is always around."
The hostel was so popular that many transients
trekked out to UBC from Vancouver without
being assigned to Fort Camp by the Youth
Referral Centre on West 7th operated by the City
of Vancouver for all hostels in the area and
referred to as the "trailer."
They were put up for the night in the hostel's
recreation room and sent to the trailer for referral
the next morning.
The birth of the hostel was roundabout. A few
people, including one of the hostel's supervisors,
approached the Alma Mater Society with a scheme
to set up a tent city on campus for summer
The AMS took the idea to the Administration.
However, the tent city was considered unfeasible.
Instead, the University decided to use the Fort
Camp facilities.
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Figures compiled by UBC's Office of Student
Services indicate that there were more summer job
opportunities available to students in 1971 than in
either of the two previous years.
Despite this, some students may end up with lower
earnings than in previous years because few jobs were
available in the early part of the summer. It was not
until June that jobs became available in appreciable
numbers, according to Student Services director Mr.
A.F. Shirran.
There were also a greater number of students
competing for existing jobs in 1971 than in either of
the two previous years. A total of 3,585 students
registered with UBC's Office of Student Services this
year as compared to 2,550 in 1970 and 2,230 in
The 1971 increase, Mr. Shirran said, was partly
due to the fact that the provincial government
decided to screen applicants for jobs in parks through
the UBC office.
A total of 963 companies this year offered 2,476
full-time jobs to students. Comparable figures for the
two previous years are as follows: 1970 — 709 firms
offered 1,457 jobs; 1969 - 827 firms offered 1,538
The UBC Office also noted a trend toward
employers requesting larger numbers of students in a
single contact. Several companies and community
agencies asked for up to 40 students. This trend
toward hiring blocs of students was partly due to
provincial government hiring and federal
Opportunities for Youth programs.
As in the past, Mr. Shirran said, a large number of
summer resorts requested students but such positions
are becoming increasingly hard to fill. "The isolation
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and lower pay scales limit the attractiveness of such
jobs to many students," Mr. Shirran said.
Part-time job opportunities for students also
increased over the previous two years, Mr. Shirran
said, and many students made themselves available
throughout the summer for'part-time employment
and managed to maintain a full-time work schedule.
Mr. Shirran said an accurate picture of how well
students fared financially is impossible until after
registration. During registration students are asked to
provide information on summer job experience. The
results of that survey will be analysed and made
public in October, he said.
UBC Board
Elects New
Mr. Arthur Fouks, a University of B.C. graduate,
has been elected chairman of UBC's Board of
Governors for the year that began on Sept. 1, 1971.
Mr. Fouks, a member of the Board since 1963,
succeeds Mr. John Liersch, also a UBC graduate, who
has been chairman for the past year and a Board
member since 1962.
Born and education in Vancouver, Mr. Fouks
graduated from UBC with the degrees of bachelor of
arts in 1941 and bachelor of laws in 1949. He has
been a practising lawyer in Vancouver since that time.
He was appointed a QC in 1964.
Mr. Fouks serves as chairman of the management
committee of the Health Sciences Centre and as
chairman of the UBC Board's property committee.
Mr. Fouks has been closely connected with a
number of voluntary health organizations in
Vancouver and is a past president of the B.C. Heart
Mr. Liersch, who will continue to serve as a
member of the UBC Board, is a former chairman of
the Board's property committee. He received the
degrees of bachelor of arts in 1926 and bachelor of
applied science in 1927 from UBC and was head of
UBC's former Department of Forestry from 1942-46.
Mr. Liersch is a former president of the
Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. and was
a member of the provincial Royal Commission on
Education chaired by Dr. S.N.F. Chant. He was
recently awarded the Medal of Service of the Order of
Canada. The Medal is awarded to individuals "for
merit of a high degree in many different areas of
service to Canada or to humanity at large."
Break  For  UBC  Bikers
Cyclists travelling to and from UBC will have a
smoother ride this year because of improved cycling
conditions along University Boulevard and plans to
improvethe Chancellor Boulevard cycle path.
Signs have been erected on the south sidewalk on
University Boulevard from Blanca to Toronto Road
indicating that the path is reserved for cyclists.
Mr. R.P. Murdoch, manager of the University
Endowment Lands, said that $3,000 was spent this
summer improving the quality of the sidewalks on
both the south and north sides of University
Boulevard. He said that all of the money was
provided by the University Endowment Lands
"We had hoped to provide cyclists with a six-foot
wide path, but tree roots along the route make it
impossible to maintain a satisfactory surface," he
He said that provision has also been made in this
year's Endowment Lands budget to construct a
six-foot path along the south side of Chancellor
Boulevard from Tasmania St. to School Road to be
shared by cyclists and pedestrians. Construction will
begin on the Chancellor path as soon as the point of
intersection between Chancellor and the new Fourth
Ave. extension have been established, he said.
The UBC Cyclists Club, formed last year, has
spearheaded demands for improved cycling
conditions along access routes to UBC. The club
received an Opportunities for Youth grant last spring
to conduct a survey of cycling conditions at UBC.
The University does not have jurisdiction over any
of the roadways outside the campus proper. Cycling
is encouraged in UBC's pedestrian core and 540 new
bicycle parking stalls were installed this summer at
various campus locations.


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