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' Literacy issue' sent back to admissions committee
The admissions committee of
UBC's Senate has once again been
handed the problem of finding a way
to assess the writing ability of students
seeking admission to first year at
This  latest move  in   UBC's   con
tinuing saga of grappling with the
so-called "literacy issue" came last
week at the April meeting of Senate
and resolved a dilemma which arose
at the March meeting, when Senate
rejected a proposal from the admissions   committee   that   sought   to
Volume 25,
Number 9.
April 26, 1979
Published by Information Services, University of B.C.,
2075 Weabrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. VST 1W5,
228-3131. Jim Banham and Judith Walker, editors.
ISSN 0497-2929.	
Library staff gathered recently to mark the closing of the UBC card catalogue,
which has swollen to more than 6.5 million items in the Main Library and
various branch libraries on campus. From now on, all books entries will be
made on microfiche which are magnified on readers in campus libraries. The
honor of putting the last card in the catalogue went to Eleanor Mercer, a
40-year employee of the UBC library, who retires in June. Standing by is
Basil Stuart-Stubbs, UBC's head librarian, whose report on the operations of
the UBC library in the last fiscal year was presented to Senate last week.
For a summary, turn to page three.
Continuing education
just keeps on growing
UBC accounts for more than 19
per cent of the total number of
annual registrations in B.C. for
continuing education, UBC's Senate
was told last week.
Jindra Kulich, the director of
UBC's Centre for Continuing Education, said the 19 per cent figure
included registrations for extra-
sessional credit courses offered by
the University. If credit courses are
excluded, he said, UBC still accounts
for more than 16 per cent of all
continuing education registrations
in the province.
He said the percentages cited would
undoubtedly be higher if many
UBC units that run continuing education programs on an informal
basis were able to document their
activities. "I am hopeful that this will
be done in the future," Mr. Kulich
added in speaking to a report he
compiles annually on UBC's continuing education activities.
His report showed that a total of
8,699 students registered for extra-
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accomplish objectives enunciated by
Senate in April, 1976.
At that time, Senate .ruled that
remedial workshops in English composition would end in August, 1979,
and that "beginning in September,
1979, admission to UBC be limited
to students demonstrating basic
competence in English composition
or whose work in subjects other than
English is demonstrably outstanding."
The motion rejected by Senate at
its March meeting called for admission of students from grade 12 to
be based on marks obtained in high
school English and other courses.
The dilemma that faced Senate in
March after rejecting the admissions
committee's motion was: "Where do
we go from here?"
The problem of how to assess
writing ability was referred back to
the admissions committee again last
week on the recommendation of
Senate's agenda committee.
Since the March meeting, the
Senate ad hoc committee on standards in English discussed alternatives
for assessing English competence. The
agenda committee recommended that
three proposals contained in the ad
hoc committee's report be discussed
at the April meeting, "but that no
attempt be made to arrive at a
specific conclusion, and that the
matter ... be referred back to the
Senate admissions committee."
The ad hoc committee proposals
discussed and referred to the admissions committee are that:
1. Senate endorse the principle
that the University use results of an
English composition exam as one of
the criteria by which a student's
writing ability is assessed for the
purpose of admission in the first year;
2. Senate ask the admissions committee to select an examination in
English composition to be available
for use in admitting students entering
the University in 1980; and
3. Senate ask the admissions
committee to formulate means of
identifying those students whose work
in subjects other than English in
demonstrably outstanding.
The ad hoc committee's proposals
were presented to Senate by Dr. Jon
Wisenthal of the English department,
who said a special effort had been
made to report to Senate in April.
Unless action is taken on the proposals at the May Senate meeting, he
said, "we are not going to be able to
have an examination in place for
students entering in September,
He emphasized that the results of
the English examination proposed in
Recommendation 2 would not be
considered in isolation. "We propose
that an exam be used as one of the
criteria for admission purposes," he
said, and went on to cite three
advantages of such an exam.
The first of these, he said, was
equity. Standards vary considerably
from one secondary school to another
and one teacher to another and it
would be grossly unfair to make
the individual teacher the sole arbiter
of a student's writing ability.
A second advantage was the predictive value of the exam. It would
be "patently unwise and clearly
indefensible" for the University to
rely on a single criterion — the English
12 grade —as the basis for determining whether a student is likely
to be able to write competently.
The results of a UBC-administered
exam, taken in combination with the
English 12 grade, would significantly
increase the accuracy of prediction
about the student's writing ability.
A third advantage of an English
composition exam would be that
the University would have control of
its own entrance standards, Dr.
Wisenthal said. An exam would
enable the University to set a cutoff
point and would not leave in the
hands of high school teachers
"working and marking independently
in all parts of B.C." the question
of writing competence.
The ad hoc committee emphasized
that it was not recommending the
use of any particular exam but drew
attention to the English Composition
Test of the U.S. College Board,
based in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Wisenthal said one other issue
arose out of the recommendations —
the possible effect on University
enrolment. He said he hoped that if
there were a collision between
"academic values and short-term
commerical considerations" that the
University will "remember the
primacy of academic values."
After Senate voted to receive the
report and refer it to the admissions
committee, Dr. Wisenthal asked if
that committee's recommendations
would come forward for debate at
the May 23 Senate meeting.
President Douglas Kenny, Senate's
chairman, said he understood the
admissions committee was reluctant
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prof heads
Prof. C.L. "Mitch" Mitchell, of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration has succeeded
Dr. Olav Slaymaker of the geography
department as president of the UBC
Faculty Association.
The association's vice-president for
1979-80 is Dr. Jean Elder of the
history department, and Dr. Frank
Abbott of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and last year's
secretary is the new association
Dr. Sidney Mindess of Civil
Engineering, who served on the executive last year as a member-at-
large, is the new secretary of the
association, and Ms. Elizabeth Black
of the humanities division of the UBC
library occupies a new executive
position, that of delegate to the
Canadian Association of University
Members-at-large for 1979-80 are
(an asterisk indicates a new member):
Dr. David Balzarini, Physics; Dr.
Elizabeth Bongie*, Classics; Charles
Culling, Pathology; Dr. Dennis J.
Pavlich*. Law; Gail J. Spider*,
Education; and Dr. Lawrence S.
Weiler, Chemistry.
Ex officio members of the executive
are (an asterisk indicates a new
member): past president Olav Slay-
maker; Dr. Roland F. Gray*, Education; and Dr. Robert G. Evans,
Economics. UBCreports
page 2
Prof. Michael Bullock, of UBC's Department of Creative Writing, is the
winner of the $5,000 Canada Council Translation Prize for 1978 for his
translation of Stories for Late Night Drinkers, by Quebec author Michel
Tremblay, published by Intermedia Press of Vancouver. Prof. Bullock is
multi-talented—the paintings on the wall in the background are by him and
he has just had a volume of poetry, entitled Black Wings White Death,
Administrator studies
UBC mailing lists
Those who depend on mailing
lists at UBC to get their message
around will be pleased to get in the
next few weeks a questionnaire from
the Computing Centre's Database
The questionnaire will be used to
gather information on all mailing
lists on campus —who owns them,
who uses them, who's on them, and so
on. Everyone who has a mailing list,
no matter how small or how specific,
is requested to fill out the questionnaire.
Robin Russell, the database
administrator at the Computing
Centre, says this is a first step toward
co-ordinating all the different mailing
lists people use on campus. Much of
the data in these mailing lists is
duplicated, she says, and that
duplication often means that an
address or a name is right on one list
and wrong on another.
Once the inventory of mailing
lists is completed, it will be distributed to interested users with the
hope that more duplications won't
be created.
The inventory might also be used
to attempt to reduce the number of
mailing lists in cases where duplications exist.
If you know of a mailing list,
and want to make sure you'll be on
the distribution list for the questionnaire, please contact Robin Russell at
the Computing Centre, local 4791.
Another of Ms. Russell's projects
is to standardize the codes and
abbreviations which are,used around
the campus for computerized records
and data. This standardization will
be particularly important as people
share their data more and more.
Establishing standard codes is a
big job, Ms. Russell admits, and
she'd like to start with two areas —
faculty and department codes, and
report identification for computer-
produced reports. If you have
comments, suggestions, or existing
standards or codes for consideration,
please forward them to Robin Russell.
Professor emeritus of Poultry Science
Jacob Biely will be honored
during meetings of the Canadian
Federation of Biological Societies
at UBC in June. He'll receive the
Nutrition Society of Canada's $1,000
Earle William McHenry Award for
his teaching, research and advocacy
of education in nutrition during a
33-year career at UBC. He was
head of UBC's Department of
Poultry Science from 1952 until
his retirement from active teaching
and research in 1968, when he
became a research professor.
Dr. Richard Pearson, an archeo-
logist in the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology, is one
of 13 Canadian university teachers
who have been awarded prestigious
fellowships by the John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
of New York. He'll use the award
to carry out a study of artifacts
illustrating the economic and social
life of people who lived during the
Jomon, or prehistoric, culture of
Japan. His research will lead to
a book.
Continued from page 1
sessional credit courses offered at
night during the winter session and
during the spring and summer
sessions. A breakdown of the registration total showed 2,107 students
took courses during the winter
session, 2,642 registered during the
spring session and 3,975 attended
J summer session during the 1977-78
?      academic year.
js Enrolment in Guided Independent
| Study (correspondence) courses
c offered by the University totalled
"• 1,034, the report showed. Of this
total, 865 were for degree credit, 29
for certificate credit and 140 were
for non-credit courses.
Here are some other highlights
from the report.
EDUCATION. Registration in programs offered in this unit was up
6 per cent from 33,377 to 35,436. At
least six new programs were offered
by the centre, which expanded
programming in the interior of B.C.
and established citizens advisory
committees in a number of
Okanagan/Thompson centres to
assist staff in exploring local needs
and assisting in program arrangements.
This division staged a total of 238
courses—129 on campus and 109 off
campus —which attracted 11,246
registrations. Additional emphasis
was placed on development of interprofessional activities in 1977-78 and
a network of continuing education
co-ordinators was established in
registered 10,277 persons for courses
and seminars operated by the
diploma division, the real estate
division and executive programs.
Many of the seminars offered by the
latter division were staged in off-
campus centres, including Victoria,
Kamloops, Kelowna, Cranbrook,
Prince George, Calgary and Toronto.
The faculty is involved in continuing education for teachers in a
major way by offering on- and off-
campus credit and non-credit courses
and by meeting requests from school
districts and teachers associations.
The faculty's field development
office provided instructors who
devoted 3,030 hours to teaching
credit courses and 572.5 hours to
non-credit courses.
Other figures for hours devoted to
continuing education activities by
education faculty members are:
lectures - 1,092; seminars, workshops,
etc. - 4,092; conferences - 2,685; and
various performances (e.g., music)
and exhibits - 809.
garden offered 81 classes with 1,417
participants and responded to 2,243
enquiries from the public. The
Friends of the Garden were responsible for 46 guided tours with 1,525
MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Quite apart from paid
admissions, the museum attracted
9,473 persons for Sunday afternoon
and Tuesday evening lectures, demonstrations, concerts and film
than 7,800 persons attended 27
public lectures given by Cecil H. and
Ida Green Visiting Professors. The
UBC Computing Centre attracted
more than 1,000 persons to 27 free,
non-credit courses on 17 topics. The
Institute of Applied Mathematics and
Statistics offered 95 seminars and
colloquia. Concerts staged by the
Department of Music attracted 5,000
persons and 10 stage productions at
the Frederic Wood Theatre and the
Dorothy Somerset Studio were
attended by an estimated 18,900
with the Faculty of Education, the
office organized a total of 52 off-
campus credit courses, held in 26
locations in B.C. These courses served
911 students. "This activity," the
report comments, "was made possible
through ... financial support from
the Interior University Programs
Board and the willingness of faculty
to travel extensively, sometimes
under rather adverse conditions." UBC reports
page 3
Growing book collection demands shelf space
"It may sound funny for a
librarian to say for many years, please
give me more money for books, and
once he gets it then to say, please
give me a place to put them. But
this is the name of the game in
university libraries, all over North
America, all around the world."
So explained Dean Peter Larkin,
chairman of the Senate Library
Committee, as the librarian's annual
report to Senate was presented last
Dean Larkin commended the
librarian, Basil Stuart-Stubbs, for the
"awesomely good job he has been
able to do for us." And he emphasized
that the single most important
problem facing the library in the
next few years is more space for
Both Dean Larkin and Mr. Stuart-
Stubbs told Senate that by the end of
the next eight years, all existing shelf
space in the libraries, all closed
storage, where more than 140,000
volumes are now housed, and all
space that is now under construction
will be filled. Within a decade,
UBC's library will have three
million volumes.
In his report, Mr. Stuart-Stubbs
explained why finding more space,
rather than cutting back on accessions, is the only solution to the
problem: "The University deals in
knowledge: its purpose is the creation,
preservation and dissemination of
knowledge. These processes are continuous, interrelated and endless, and
they impose specific requirements on
the University's Library, which must
acquire, store and provide access to
the published results of intellectual
The library has added as many
volumes in the past 10 years to its
collection as were gathered in first
52 years of its existence. This, says
the report, is "not because of the
insidious workings of some variant of
Parkinson's Law. There is simply
more to be taught."
In spite of the rising costs of books
and the declining value in recent
years of the Canadian dollar when
purchasing books from other
countries, the rate of library
accessions is relatively constant. "It
isn't what it was in 1970," Mr. Stuart-
Stubbs told Senate, "but at least it is
no longer declining."
One of the projects designed to
relieve some of the pressure on shelf
space in the libraries is just being
completed. The new Library Processing Centre welcomed its new
tenants last week.
About 150 people who were
working on the seventh and first
floors of the Main Library and in
Sedgewick library are settling in this
week to  their  new  quarters  in  the
Library Processing Centre just west of
the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre on campus. Some
35,000 volumes were transported
from the Main Library during the
week-long move —25,000 books which
were in the process of being prepared
for the library stacks, catalogued,
bound, and so on, and 10,000 books
which are used as bibliographic
tools by the cataloguers who will be
working in the new quarters.
The Library Processing Centre is
now home to everyone who was
housed on the seventh floor of the
Main Library —the serials division,
the acquisition division and the catalogue divisions. Joining these groups
from their former location on level
one of the south wing of the Main
Library is the catalogue preparations
division, and from the Sedgewick
Library the systems division. The
move should make life simpler for
Bob MacDonald, the assistant
librarian for processing services and
systems, to whom all these divisions
The new building was intended to
fulfill two purposes — better conditions for the staff and more public
space in the libraries. The first
purpose is unquestionably being met.
"The working conditions on the
seventh level were deplorable,"
explained Bill Watson, the librarian
who was in charge of the move. The
space was designed for books with a
few people working in the area, not
the 100 or so bodies which have
been there on a day-to-day basis.
Air circulation was practically nonexistent and the ceilings were less
than seven feet high. "These are
immeasureably better conditions,"
he said.
Whether or not more public space
will be created by this move is still
in question, however. It was the
library's intention to move the
Government Publications division
from its present location on the sixth
floor of the main library to the
seventh floor left vacant by the move,
and allow the sixth floor to be made
into public stacks areas for book
shelves. But that can't be done
without upgrading the seventh floor,
which will cost a considerable
amount, whether the floor is upgraded to the National Building
Code standards or some lesser
The Main Library, built 54 years
ago and having undergone three
major additions, is below building
standards, a fact which must be
considered when alterations to it
are planned.
A small relief to the shelving
squeeze will result from the move of
the catalogue preparations division
from level one.   That vacant space
Back by popular demand . . .1
At least, back by demand from
high schools around the province,
a booklet describing the broad range
of career alternatives available to
women students has been revised and
reprinted by Student Services.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor ...
was first printed in 1976 and distributed widely to high schools in an
effort to make girls still in high school
aware of the career choices available
to them and the high school courses
they would need as prerequisites for
these careers. The booklet proved to
be very useful and, in 1977, was the
recipient of an award from the
Canadian Association of College and
University Student Services. Another
5,000 copies have just been printed.
The booklet looks at careers not
traditionally thought to be open  to
women —engineering, architecture,
commerce and business administration, dentistry, forestry, law,
medicine and computer science —
from the point of view of women
working in these fields, women
studying at UBC, employers and
UBC faculty members.
This year, non-traditional fields
for women were selected as those
where less than 35 per cent of the
enrolment at UBC was women. And
that's an encouraging revision. Three
years ago, when the booklet was
first written, the criteria for inclusion
was fields where less than 25 per
cent of the enrolment was women.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor ...
is available at Student Services and at
the Women Students' Office in
Brock Hall.
will be made into stacks. And the
vacant space left by the systems
division in Sedgewick Library will be
renovated into an orientation and
meeting room.
Revised booklet reissued
It's not much relief for a problem
which will continue to grow during
the next decade —where to put the
third million volume.
I ripHialh
Catalogue librarian Mary Magrega is almost hidden behind boxes stacked
on her desk in the new Library Processing Centre, where the library's
book-processing divisions are now located. The five-day move last week from
the Main Library to the new building was a smooth operation, with most
personnel back in action within three days.
UBC will play host to
Irish studies meeting
The 12th annual conference of the
Canadian Association for Irish
Studies (CAIS) will be held at UBC
May 2 to May 5 —the first time the
conference has been held west of
'Irish culture: New Directions' is
this year's conference theme, and
discussion topics include drama and
theatre, cultural and historical perspectives, women in Ireland, the
Irish language and current Joyce
Speakers are from both sides of
the Atlantic, including British playwrights Wilson John Haire and
Stewart Parker, Ulster Folk Museum
director Brian Trainor, linguist
Michael Barry from Queen's University in Belfast, London-based
novelist Aidan Higgins, Dublin poet
Eavan Boland and New York critic
Suzette Henke.
Maurice Elliott from Winters
College, York University, Toronto
will give the keynote address at 9 a.m.
May 3: 'Getting Out of Oneself but
Running to Where? True Criticism
in All Directions.'
Most of the conference sessions will
be held at International House,
although the opening night reception
and a few other functions will be held
at the Graduate Student Centre.
Financial support for the conference has come from Dublin,
Belfast, Ottawa and Victoria,
enabling organizers to keep the
registration fee to a minimum ($27 to
CAIS members, $32 to non-members,
$16 to students).
The conference is open to all
persons interested in Irish life and
studies, and information on registration may be obtained from the
Centre for Continuing Education,
228-2181, local 225.
UBC Governors
to meet in sunny
The University's governors
head for the sunny Okanagan
this weekend, with the first-ever
off-campus meeting of the Board
of Governors scheduled for
Monday afternoon in Kelowna.
It will be the official May
meeting of the Board, advanced
one day to April 30 to simplify
travel arrangements.
Following Monday afternoon's
meeting, the governors will be
guests at a reception and dinner
sponsored by the UBC Alumni
Association, with about 300
Okanagan-based UBC graduates
expected to attend.
President Douglas Kenny will
speak at the dinner, and the
following day he will be the guest
speaker at a meeting of the
Rotary Club of Kelowna. OBCalendar
Events in the week of
May   6-12 Deadline is 5 p.m. April 26
May 13-19 Deadline is 5 p.m. May S
Send notices to Information Services,  6328 Memorial Road
(Old Administration Building), Campus. Further information
is available at 228-3131.
12 noon     CREATIVE  ARTS  OPEN   HOUSE,   an   ex
hibition of work by students in Continuing Education creative arts studio courses. Continues
until 5 p.m. Conference room, Carr Hall, Centre
for Continuing Education.
Magne, graduate student in Anthropology and
Sociology, presents an illustrated talk on Flora,
Fauna, and More Food, to complement the
exhibit currently on display at the museum,
The Four Seasons: Food Getting in British
Columbia. 6393 Northwest Marine Dr.
and women. Tournament at the University Golf
course is followed by dinner at the Faculty Club
at 7 p.m. For further information and reservations
for tee-off time, phone Dr. H. Douglas Whittle
at 228-5407 or 228-3838.
Prof. Robert Edelstein, University of Southern
California, on The Production Function for
Residential Housing: A New Look. Penthouse,
Henry Angus Building.
Belknap, professor of Russian literature at
Columbia University, speaks on Dostoevsky as a
Short Story Writer. Penthouse, Buchanan
3:00 p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY   SEMINAR.    Dr.    HO.
Mofjeld, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, Washington, on Frictional
Effects on Kelvin Waves. Room 1465, west wing,
Biological Sciences Building.
S:S0 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Prof. JIG. Cadogan,
F.R.S., Department of Chemistry, University of
Edinburgh, Scotland, speaks on Aspects of the
Heterocyclic Chemistry of Nitrogen and Phosphorus. Room 124, Chemistry Building.
Resident ice hockey camps for boys aged 8 to 16 will be held
again this summer. Boys will live on the UBC campus for
seven days. Full hockey program includes power skating,
hockey skills, circuit and strength training. Camps, held from
July 14 to Sept. 1, cost $175 a person.
Hockey day school for boys aged 7 to 16 will also be offered.
Five day sessions of six hours a day run from July 23 to
Aug. 31 at a cost of $65 a person. Further information and
application forms from 228-3177, Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you like meeting people from all over the world, planning,
organizing and helping out with activities, International
House is just the place for you. Put your talent and creativity
to work this summer. Phone International House at 228-5021
for more information.
The Nitobe Garden is now open every day from 10 a.m. -half-
an-hour before sunset. Admission: 50 cents; children, 10-16,
10 cents; children under 10, seniors, handicapped and community and school groups (advance notice of one week required for advice to gateman), free. Tours for this garden and
others may be requested by calling the Botanical Garden office, 228-3928.
Listed below are scheduled final examinations for the degree
of Doctor of Philosophy at the University. Unless otherwise
noted, all examinations are held in the Faculty of Graduate
Studies Examination Building. Members of the University
community are encouraged to attend the examinations, provided they do not arrive after the examination has commenced.
Tuesday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.: ROLF LUECK, Oceanography; Heated Anemometry and Thermometry in
On display at the Museum of Anthropology are two exhibits
which will continue throughout the summer months. Plantae
Occidentalis, 200 Years of Botanical Art in B.C., is an
exhibition of 109 works which includes historical works from
1792 to contemporary 1977 paintings. The Four Seasons:
Food Getting in British Columbia Prehistory is an exhibition showing the livelihood and living i^ttems of the
prehistoric peoples of southern B.C., and the scientific
techniques used to study their past.
Both exhibits at the Museum of Anthropology, 6393 Northwest Marine Dr. From May 1 through the summer, the
museum is open Tuesday from noon to 9 p.m.; Wednesday
through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
The Summer Language Program of UBC's Centre for Continuing Education is looking for paid room and board with
English-speaking families for Quebec students from May 28
for 5-6 weeks, ideally within 30 minutes' bus ride from UBC.
We would appreciate referrals from students and families who
have had similar arrangements this past year or in previous
years. Call 228-2181, local 268.
Continued from page 1
to place a time limit on consideration
of the proposals. Admissions committee chairman Prof. Cyril Finnegan said he would give a progress
report in May.
President Kenny also told Senate
that UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education was prepared to offer up
to 24 sections of an English composition workshop for students who
need remedial work in the 1979-80
winter session.
He said the workshops would not
be compulsory and those students
who were identified as needing help
would be advised to enrol. The cost
to the student would be $150.
Senate has voted to establish an ad
hoc committee to carry out a
"thorough review" of the timing and
length of the December and April
examination periods.
Prof. R.H.T" Smith of the Department of Geography, who proposed
the motion, said that concern had
been expressed at the gradual reduction in the number of Saturday
exams and in the pause between the
end of lectures and the start of exams.
In particular the ad hoc committee
will be asked to considered the implications for the educational process
of having the exam period commence
the day following the end of classes,
the desirability of allowing students
"a period to digest and review the
complete course before the final
examination," the feasibility of
adopting a class scheduling system
that would automatically assign exam
slots to eliminate conflicts, and the
possibility of students being required
to    write    several    exams    on    the
same day.
* » *
A proposal to issue a new doctu ent
entitled "Certification of Degree" to
all students who graduate from the
University was approved by Senate
at its April 18 meeting.
The proposal to issue the new document was one of four recommendations made by an ad hoc committee
on the form of degrees and diplomas
which was established to consider a
request from the Faculty of Forestry
that "interest areas" be indicated on
degree parchments.
Dr. Harold Knutson of the French
department, who chaired the ad hoc
committee, said it had concluded
that it would not be desirable to
indicate specific study areas on degree
parchments because of difficulties
that arose regarding the lead time
necessary for the printing of parchments and possible implications of
narrow academic background.
The forestry faculty's objective
could be met, the report said, by
having the student's transcript of
marks indicate the area of specialization and by providing the student
with a "certification of graduation,"
which would give more information
than is possible on a degree parchment but less information than a full
transcript of marks, which was described as a "complicated document"
that does not always indicate a
student's area of specialization or
UBC registrar and Senate secretary
Jack Parnall said the new document
would be produced on the computer
and would be sent to students with
final marks.
Senate has approved a change in
the deadline date for application to
the Faculty of Dentistry from April
30 each year to Dec. 31 of the
previous year.
The change will enable the faculty
to introduce a personal interview of
all prospective students for the
1981-82 academic year.
Senate has given academic approval
for the introduction of two new
graduate degree programs in film
and television studies.
The new programs, which must
also be approved by UBC's Board of
Governors and the Universities
Council of B.C., are a Master of
Fine Arts in film and television
production and a Master of Arts
in film and television history,
criticism and theory.
UBC loses a beloved
teacher and scholar
A moving memorial service was
held last week (April 18) for Roy
Daniells, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature and
one of UBC's most distinguished and
beloved teachers and scholars, who
died suddenly on Good Friday,
April 13.
The respect and affection in which
Roy Daniells was held was reflected
in eulogies given by two English
department colleagues, Profs. John
Hulcoop and W.E. "Dick" Fredeman,
at the service in University Hill
United Church.
Both spoke of Roy Daniells' capacity for love and friendship, his
outstanding gifts as a teacher and
scholar, his memorable wit and his
creative abilities as a poet and writer.
A native of London, England,
Roy Daniells came to Canada at the
age of eight. He received his public
and high school education in Victoria
and attended UBC, where he received
the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He
went on to the University of Toronto,
where he obtained the degrees of
Master of Arts and Doctor of
Prof. Daniells joined the UBC
faculty in 1946 as professor of English,
after being head of the English department at the University of Manitoba for nine years. He was
appointed head of English in 1948,
a position he held until 1965, when
he was named the first University
Professor of English Language and
Literature in recognition of his
scholarship in English literature and
his activities as poet and writer.
Roy Daniells was author of two
volumes of poetry: Deeper into the
Forest and The Chequered Shade.
He contributed criticism, poetry and
prose to Canadian and American
scholarly and general periodicals. He
is best known for his studies in 17th-
century English literature, particularly for the book: Milton,
Mannerism and Baroque.
Prof. Daniells served for almost
four terms as a member of the UBC
Senate, 1948 to 1954 and from 1969
until the end of 1974.
Prof. Daniells was a fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada. He became
its president in 1970, at which time
he was honored as the recipient of
the Lome Pierce Medal. The citation
read in part for "achievement of
special significance and conspicuous
merit in imaginative or critical
He served for a term as chairman
of the Humanities Council of Canada.
In 1972 he was made a Companion
of the Order of Canada in recognition of "outstanding merit of
the highest degree, especially service
to Canada and to humanity at large."
He held honorary degrees from
Queen's, Toronto, McMaster and
Windsor universities, and 1975 UBC
conferred upon him Doctor of
Letters Honoris causa.
Prof. Daniells is survived by his
wife, Laurenda, and two daughters,
Susan and Sara, all of Vancouver.
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