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The University of British Columbia
Vancouver. British Columbia
Volume 36. Number 5
March 8. 1990
Mysterious creatures seen
on the eve of Open House
UBC President David Strangway and
several respected alumni are denying any
connection between three anthropomorphic characters seen scurrying across television sets in recent weeks and an ad
campaign to promote UBC's 75th anniversary.
However, eyewitness accounts of the
trio — dubbed the letter people — claim
that the figures take the shape of U-B-C
and sport the university's official colors
of blue, white and gold.
When interviewed for television and
radio by a local media celebrity who
sounds like Fred Latremouille, Strangway dismissed the notion that the letter
people were promoting a highly respected
university like UBC.
"I wouldn't have approved anything
this      silly,"
Rick Hansen,
a high-profile UBC ^pfi
graduate,    Jll
He        ex-
"UBC?      No
way.  UBC  is
too stuffy for
An        incredulous
Pierre Berton     (another UBC alumnus) scoffed, "It's too
much fun to be done by a
Canadian university."
But the most convincing
denial came from Allan Fotheringham    who    ranted,    "It
couldn't have been UBC. I know
because I invented UBC."
John Turner, another UBC grad and
former Leader of the Opposition, is expected to release a statement later this
month categorically denying that the letter people are UBC's doing, claiming
that it is a dignified university.
Despite disavowing any knowledge
of the letter people playing a role in promoting the university's 75th anniversary,
no one at UBC could explain how the
television and radio ads featuring the
mysterious trio were produced.
The 30-second spots are currently air
ing on 16 radio stations across the Lower
Mainland and on BCTV, CKVU and
After much investigation, UBC Reports has found that Ron Woodall, a
member of the creative advisory group
for the 75th anniversary year, was responsible for everything from the concept to editing the commercials.
"The objective ofthe ad campaign was
to develop a visual device for the 75th
anniversary that reflected the festivity of
the event," Woodall explained.
Television and radio commercials were
produced for all three major events celebrating the 75th anniversary — Open
House, Discover Summer and Homecoming Week. All production and post-production work was done through BCTV
which donated its facilities.
Hundreds of exhibits
are ready for visitors
UBC faculty, staff and students are
gearing up to welcome thousands of
visitors to the campus-wide Open
House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 9, 10
and 11. Departments from Parking
and Security Services to the UBC
Bookstore have spent months preparing a special welcome for the B.C.
community. The event, the largest
university open house in Canada, will
highlight teaching and research at
Guests will be treated to hundreds
of unique experiences and exhibits,
WCB DONATION:The Workers' Compensation Board
has donated $3-million to
establish an academic a
program in Occupational
Hygiene. Page 2.
UNION: Forestry expert
David Haley is going to the
Soviet Union to help with
the economic reform of the
forest industry. Page 6.
Finance Minister Michael
Wilson was on campus to
defend his budget. Page 7.
including the Harvard Gold collection,
mock law trials, simulated earthquakes
and testing for all manner of human
physical and psychological responses.
The campus-wide event will officially open with a ceremony at noon
on March 9 in front of the Henry Angus Building. The guest of honor will
be David C. Lam, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. Chancellor
Leslie Peterson, President David
Strangway and honored patrons and
special guests are also scheduled to
take part in the ceremony.
Music from the Magee High School
band will be followed by opening addresses. The ceremony will then move
down Main Mall to Fairview Grove,
where 75 trees will be planted to commemorate the university's anniversary.
Following that, guests will move to
the Chemistry Building on University
Boulevard Between East Mall and
Main Mall for the Science Faculty
salmon barbecue. Some of the opening ceremony's special guests will act
as celebrity chefs at the barbecue.
Any event likely to draw in excess
of 150,000 visitors is also likely to
draw media attention. If you see someone with a media pass or a video camera moving past you at an event or in a
lineup, don't be offended. Media are
expected on campus throughout the
three days to cover the people and
Open House definitely ranks as a
bargain, particularly for families. All
campus parking and all admission to
exhibits and lectures will be free of
charge. There will be free shuttle bus
service from the large B Lot parking
area at the south end of campus to the
core, as well as service between various venues at the north end.
The first order of business for visitors will be to pick up a schedule of
events at any of the information kiosks
located around campus. The schedules will list times and locations for all
events during the three days.
Most of the regular Food Service
locations will be open during Open
House. There will also be specialty
wagons throughout the campus serving hot dogs, popcorn, specialty coffees, famous UBC cinnamon buns and
75th anniversary cake.
There will be a range of 75th anni-
. versary souvenirs available at the UBC
Bookstore, as well as at stands at various locations around campus, including Sportsfest at the War Memorial
Gym. Souvenir items include pens,
pins, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets,
umbrellas, mugs and yo-yos.
See EXHIBITS on Page 2
Photo by Media Services
Mark Halpern (left), Ed Wishnow (centre) and Herbert Gush with
COBRA, a slightly battered spectrometer built in the Physics Department. The spectrometer flew in a rocket launched recently in
New Mexico. It was designed to measure radiation left over from
the Big Bang, information that will tell researchers more about the
beginning ofthe universe. It will be on display at Open House. UBCREPORTS March8.1990       2
Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Professor Brunilde Ridgway is a leading world authority on the entire
range of Greek sculpture from its origins in the eighth century B.C. to
the impact that it had on the Roman world through the copying of the
works of the great Classical and Hellenistic masters. A dynamic
speaker, a devoted teacher, an ebullient personality; she is a natural on
the public platform as reflected by the numerous lecturing invitations
and prestigious awards she receives worldwide. Her major books have
become the standard work on the period or subject they cover.
Why are we still studying Classical Sculpture?
Monday, March 12       In Lasserre 104, at 12:30 PM
Archaic Headresses on the Athenian Akropolis
Wednesday, March 14 In the Hellenic Community
Centre, at 8:00 PM,
4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Co-sponsored by Archeological Institute of America (Vancouver
Society) and by Pharos
Style and Imagery
Friday, March 16, In Lasserre 104, at 12:30 PM
Parthenon in Nashville
Saturday, March 17 In Hall 2, Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre, UBC, at 8:15 PM
(Vancouver Institute)
Sir Richard Doll, FRS, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of
Oxford and was the first Warden of Green College, Oxford. Former
director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Unit established
by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, he is currently consultant in epidemiology. His work has included studies of the causes and treatment
of peptic ulcers, the causes of lung cancer and leukaemia, the occupational hazards of cancer, the effects of smoking, exposure to ionizing
radiations, and the use of oral contraceptives. Knighted in 1971, Sir
Richard Doll is the recipient of many honorary degrees and prestigious
medals and awards.
NUTRITION AND CANCER: An Epidemiological
Approach (Seminar)
Monday, March 19
In Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Agency, at 12:00
Underestimated the Risks?
Thursday, March 22     In Woodward IRC-6, at 12:30
Thursday, March 22
In Room 102, Ponderosa C Statistics Dept. at 4:00
Small Risks (Seminar)
Friday, March 23
In Room 253, Mather Bldg., Health Care at 9:00 AM
Epidemiologist's Assessment
Saturday, March 24
In Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, at
8:15 PM (Vancouver Institute)
Occasionally unadvertised seminars are presented.
Photo by Media Services
More than 400 volunteers will be on hand during Open House to point visitors in the right direction for
events, facilities and services. Easily identifiable in their white t-shirts with the blue and gold UBC letter
people on the front, volunteers will also sport neon yellow hats clearly marked "INFO."
Recruit students
New scholarship launched
UBC is launching a national entrance scholarship program in a campaign to recruit outstanding high-school
students from the province and across
The scholarships will be endowed
by The President's Fund. Established
through UBC's fundraising campaign,
the fund supports emerging priorities
in learning, research or public service.
"UBC has been responding to students and society for the past 75 years,"
UBC President David Strangway said.
"We are proud to be establishing these
scholarships in this, our diamond anniversary year. The scholarships and
other special projects of The President's
Fund will ensure that UBC can continue to provide service through excellence in the 1990s and beyond."
A cornerstone of The President's
Fund, the national entrance scholarships — 10 in total worth $6,500 each
—will be available beginning with the
September, 1990 academic year.
Exhibits ready
for Open House
Continued from Page 1
The Friday, March 9 lecture by
David Suzuki on Travels with Paiakon
— Adventures with an Amazonian
Indian will now be at 4 p.m. The talk
will feature slides of the spectacular
Amazon rain forest. The Saturday and
Sunday lectures are still scheduled for
1 p.m. All three talks will be in Woodward IRC #2.
There will be entertainment on the
Main Stage Saturday and Sunday during Open House. The stage will be on
Main Mall, in front of the Henry Angus Building. Entertainers will include
jugglers, dancers and singers. There
will also be street entertainers at various sites throughout Open House.
"We're facing rigorous
competition for
top students,"
explained Byron Hender,
UBC's director
of Awards and
Financial Aid."
other universities have been
more aggressive in their recruitment
drives and have active alumni networks
in principal cities targeting the best
students. It's healthy to have the competition, but we have to do more to
attract excellent scholars to UBC."
The scholarships will be awarded
to students who have outstanding
grades and demonstrated achievement
in extracurricular activities such as
sports or community service.
A special selection committee will
meet in May to review the scholarship
applications. Information on the scholarships has been sent to secondary
schools nationwide.
Deadline for applications is April
WCB gives $3 million
for academic program
in occupational health
The Workers' Compensation Board
has donated $3-million to establish an
academic program in Occupational
Hygiene at UBC.
The new Master's level program
will emphasize education and research
into occupational health problems, with
injury prevention and worker health
the ultimate goals.
"We are delighted that the WCB
has agreed to support this important
university teaching and research program," said UBC President David
Strangway. "Occupational health problems plague many workers and
The $3-million will be used to establish the WCB Research and Education Endowment Fund. Income from
the endowment will be used to operate
the program in Occupational Hygiene.
The faculties of Applied Science,
Graduate Studies, Medicine and Science will be involved in delivering the
new program.
The endowment funds, together
with provincial matching funds, will
make it possible to hire new faculty
members to teach in the program and
undertake research in related areas such
as occupational health, safety and the
rehabilitation of workers.
"The proposed program is based on
the existing strengths of the faculties
of Applied Science, Science and Medicine and represents another example
of UBC's commitment to address
important interdisciplinary problems
relevant to our province," said Axel
Meisen, dean of Applied Science.
An inter-faculty team is already
working on developing a proposed
program for Senate approval, Strangway said.Once approved by UBC's
Senate and Board of Governors, it is
anticipated that the first students will
enter the program in September, 1991.
An advisory committee with representatives from the WCB, Business
Council of BC, the BC Federation of
Labour and other groups will be established to provide advice on all aspects
of the program.
The WCB has provided UBC researchers in occupational safety, health,
and rehabilitation medicine more than
$2.6-million since 1986 for special
projects aimed at preventing occupational disease. UBCREPORTS March8.1990
Fryzuk wins medal
The Royal Society of Canada  *»•*!
has named Chemistry Professor
Michael Fryzuk as the winner of
the 1990 Rutherford Medal for  ^g ,jp>
Fryzuk is an inorganic chem- llMB ^r
ist whose research has led to a
better understanding of the fundamental principles controlling
the structure and reactions of or-
ganometallic compounds. Fryzuk
He was recently awarded the
Steacie Fellowship and is a current Killam Research
Prize holder.
Geography Professor Walter
Hardwick has been appointed
chair of the National Capital
Commission's National Capital
Planning Committee.
Hardwick, who teaches urban geography, takes over from
School of Community and Regional Planning Director Alan
Artibise, who recently com-
Hardwick pleted a five-year term as chair
ofthe NCPC.
Hardwick takes up his appointment April 1.
The NCPC advises the National Capital Commission on the management and development of federal
lands and on other planning and
development issues in the Ottawa-Hull region. The committee is made up of professionals
with   urban   specialties   from
across the country.
Artibise has been appointed
chairman of the National Capital Commission's Advisory
Committee on Marketing and
Programming. Artibise
His term begins April 1.
Artibise has also been appointed to the board of
directors of the Canadian Institute for Historical
The institute is a non-profit corporation founded by
the Canada Council to locate and preserve pre-1901
printed Canadiana on high quality microfiche.
Dr. William Webber, dean of
the Faculty of Medicine, has been
appointed Associate Vice-President, Academic. Dr. Webber replaces Jim Dybikowski who steps
down June 30.
A member of UBC's Faculty
of Medicine since 1961, Dr.
Webber also served as president
of the Faculty Association from
1968 to 1969. He has been a Webber
member of Senate since 1966 and
was on the Board of Governors between 1975 and 1977.
Dr. Webber, whose term as Dean of Medicine expires June 30, assumes his new office effective July 1,
1990 to June 30,1995. His initial responsibilities will include faculty relations such as appointments, promotions and membership on the university team for salary
negotiations with the Faculty Association.
*-■■   «0*
Morton Beiser, head ofthe Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry, has been named to the
federal government's Canadian
Multiculturalism Advisory Committee.
The committee will advise
Gerry Weiner, minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, on
the implementation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act and
other matters related to multiculturalism.
The committee consists of 37 members broadly representative of the country's professional, cultural and
linguistic diversity.
Beiser recently chaired a federal task force on mental
health issue affecting immigrants and refugees.
Mackworth appointed
Shell Canada Fellow
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Shell Canada Ltd.
have named UBC computer scientist
Alan Mackworth as the Shell Canada
Mackworth, a researcher in the
CIAR's Artificial Intelligence and
Robotics program, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of
computational vision, which aims to
give robots the ability to see and react
to their surroundings.
Funding for Mackworth's fellowship — $500,000 over five years —
was provided by Shell Canada. The
company's president and CEO, Jack
MacLeod, presented Mackworth with
the fellowship along with CIAR President Fraser Mustard and UBC President David Strangway.
UBC receives more CIAR funding
and support than any other university
in Canada. Sixteen ofthe institute's 86
Canadian program members, including the heads of two programs, are
based here. They receive more than
$ 1 -million in CIAR funding each year.
UBC faculty participate in each of
the institute's five programs, conducting high-level research into superconductors, cosmology, population health
and evolutionary biology. Members of
the artificial intelligence and robotics
group at UBC are Mackworth; Robert
Woodham, Computer Science/Forestry; David Lowe, Computer Science;
and Max Cynader, Ophthalmology.
"Shell Canada foresees significant
application for artificial intelligence in
many of its operations including refinery processes and analyzing data from
geophysical exploration," said
MacLeod. "The CIAR's program represents a unique national initiative that
is important for Canada's future competitiveness in international markets."
The CIAR, founded in 1982, has
created a series of Canadian-based international research networks that foster creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of complex problems.
Funded by private industry, foundations and provincial and federal
governments, the institute aims to help
keep Canada competitive in a global
economy that is undergoing rapid scientific and technological change.
"It is gratifying to see corporate
leadership in work that has significance
for Canada's future," said Mustard.
"Shell's investment recognizes the
quality of research at UBC and the
importance of a national consortium to
advance the field of artificial intelligence and robotics."
Institute fellowships free researchers such as Mackworth to concentrate
most of their efforts on research for
five years.
Mackworth is developing artificial
intelligence systems that, mimicking
the physiological and psychological
mechanisms used in the human vision
system, would give machines the ability to recognize objects in their environment and react appropriately.
"One of the problems with current
commercial robots is that they are
blind, deaf and dumb. This means they
must operate in a very restricted environment and do only repetitive, stereotyped jobs, such as spray painting
and seam welding," he said.
Doors open
for Open House
The largest university
open house in Canada is
about to get under way at
UBC. At 10 a.m. on Friday,
March 9, exhibits and special events will open and
the biggest and best Open
House ever will be off
and running. ,
David C. Lam,
Lieutenant-Governor of B.C., will be
the guest of honor
at the opening
ceremony to be
held on the Main
Stage in front of the Henry
Angus Building at noon on
Friday, March 9. The ceremony will include the planting of 75 trees in Fairview
Grove, near the Civil and
Mechanical Engineering
Thanks go out to the
landscape architecture firm
of Durante and Partners,
which was involved in the
completion of the landscape map for the planting of the trees. Thanks also
to former Forestry Dean Tom
Wright, who donated two
grand fir and four red alder
seedlings for the rejuvenation project for Fairview
Remember the movie
Fantastic Voyage, where a
miniature craft made its
way through a human
body? Professor Brett Finlay and his crew in the Biotechnology Lab have devised a unique exhibit that
is reminiscent of the classic
science-fiction B-movie. A
room on the third floor of
the Wesbrook Building has
been made up as a giant
cell from the human body.
As you enter the room you
represent a bacterium,
looking to wreak havoc by
spreading disease. Your
challenge is to navigate
through the cell scaffolding
and exit into the bloodstream, where you can attack other areas of the
There will also be displays
on how biotechnology is
used in forestry, agriculture
and health sciences.
Open House visitors with
an interest in print journal
ism will have an opportunity to learn about UBC's
student newspaper on Friday, March 9. Staff of the
Ubyssey will be on hand in
their office throughout the
day to chat about the joys
of journalism at the self-proclaimed vilest rag west of
Blanca. The
Ubyssey office is located
in Rm. 247K of
the Student Union Building.
Open House is
likely to draw considerable interest
from the local media. It's a
great opportunity for the
university to work with the
media to share the good
news about the world-class
teaching and research
going on at UBC.
An amazing array of tests
will be available to Open
House visitors. The Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences will have displays in
the Cunningham Building
to test your blood pressure
and blood-alcohol level.
They will also have an exhibit on how urine is analyzed to detect performance-enhancing drugs.
Those inclined can even
have a pregnancy test.
Sportsfest at the War Memorial Gym and the
Aquatic Centre will offer fitness testing and advice
from the experts on sports
and recreational activities
that will fit your lifestyle —
or the one you'd like to get
The Psychology Department will have a lie detector display and a computer
that will estimate your lifespan, both in the Kenny
The computer bases its
projection on information
you give it about your bad
habits, such as working too
hard and not getting
enough sleep or exercise.
That computer might
have some interesting
things to say about the
thousands of people
around campus and in the
community who have been
burning the midnight oil to
get everything ready for
Open House. Congratulations to everyone who has
worked so hard. UBCREPORTS March8.1990       4
March 11
March 24
\   MONDAY, MAR. 12 j
Mathematics Seminar
Small Scale Structure of Turbulent Flow.
Dr. Klaus W. Schwarz, IBM Research Dlv.,
Thos J. Watson Research Center. Math
229 at 3:45pm. Call 228-4584.
Medical Seminar
Human Papilloma Viruses
and Cervical Neoplasia.
Dr. Chris Sherlock, Medical Microbiology, UBC. BC
Cancer Research Centre
Lecture Theatre from 12-1pm. Call 877-
Astronomy Seminar
Bow Shock Models of Herbig-Haro Objects. Dr. Alberto Crispo, U. of Washing-
ington. Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at
4pm. Call 228-4134/2237
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Current Research Problems in Naval
Architecture. Dr. Bill Hsi Cheng, US Navy/
Research Development. Chemical/ Mechanical Eng. Bldg. 1202 at 3:30pm. Call
Religious Studies Lecture
New Theological Perspectives On Women
in the Catholic Church. Dr. Donna Geer-
naert, Woman Theologian and Ecumenical member of the Cdn. Conf. of Catholic
Bishops. Buchanan A102 at 12:30pm. Call
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
Classics Lecture. Recent
Greek Sculptural Finds
From Italy: Why Are We
Still Studying Classical Sculpture? Prof
B. Ridgway, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Lasserre 104 at 12:30pm. Call
Medical Genetics Seminar
Hemopoietic Stem Cells: From Mouse To
Man. Dr. Connie Eaves, Terry Fox Lab,
BC Cancer Research Centre. IRC 4 at
8am. Coffee available at 7:45. Call 228-
Botany Seminar
Seedling Growth of Zostera Japonica And
The Influence of Z. Marina. Michelle Niel-
son, M.Sc, candidate. BioScience 2000
at 12:30pm. Call 228-2133.
Geography Colloquium
Visualization Of Geographic Information.
Prof. Brian Klinkenberg, UBC. Geography 200 at 3:30pm. Call 228-6959.
Women's Studies Seminar
France Theoret, Quebec Feminist writer
reads from her works. Buchanan D113
from 10am-11:30am. Call 228-4033.
UBC Reports is the faculty and
staff newspaper ofthe University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
tbe UBC Conununity Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6T1W5.
Telephone 228-3131,
Advertising inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Connie Finetti,
Paula Martin, Jo Moss
and Gavin Wilson.
J^L     Please
Cm*    recycle
For events in the period March 25 to April 7 notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on proper Calendar forms no
later than noon on Wednesday, March 14 totheCommunityRelationsOffice,6328MemorialRd.,Room207,OldAcbninistration
Building. For more information call 228-3131. Notices exceeding 35 words may be edited.
^^H Asian Development
^ftf      Seminar
-«wfc> New Thinking And Devel-
ilW opment In Vietnam. Kath-
■■■J leen Gough, Centre for
Human Settlements, UBC, Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada. Asian Centre
604 at 3:30pm. Call 228-4688.
Japan Seminar Series
The General Elections Of Japan, Feb/
1990: Implications for the Future. Prof
Emeritus Masumi Junnosuke, Tokyo Metropolitan U. Asian Centre 604 from 12:30-
1pm. Call 228-4688.
In the Spotlight
Outstanding students in recital. Free
admission. Recital Hall at 8pm. Call 228-
Office for Women
Students Workshop
One session on Interview Skills. Preparing Yourself For The Job Interview And
Answering The Questions. Brock 223 from
12:30-2:20pm. Free admission. Registration required.   Call 228-2415.
Faculty Development Project
Effective Use of the Overhead Projector.
Don Stevens, Education Media Centre.
Scarfe 1310 from 3:45-5pm. Call 222-
College, Penn. Hellenic Comm. Centre,
4500 Arbutus St at 8pm. Call 228-5675.
Office for Women
Students Workshop
Goal Setting. Are You Concerned About
Your Future? Learn How To Shape It By
Setting Goals And Priorities. Brock Hall
106from 12:30-2:20pm. Freeadmission.
Registration required. Call 228-2415.
Hispanic and Italian Studies
Video Presentation
The Gates of Paradise. Lorenzo Ghiberti.
50 minute documentary on the Florentine
Baptistery. In English. Buchanan A202 at
12:30pm. Call 228-2268.
Faculty Development
Project Seminar
Continuing Education. Ethical Dilemmas
in the University. Drs. M. Arcus, C. Clark,
T. Sork. Scarfe 1006 from 3:30-5:30pm.
Call 222-5249.
Noon Hour Concert
Francesca Giangrandi,
piano. Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Admission $2.
Tickets at the door. Call
Orthopaedics Grand
The Rotator Cuff. Chair:
Dr. RW McGraw, guest Dr.
R.H. Hawkins. Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7:30am.
Call 875-4646.
Pharmacology Seminar
Facilitation of Quantal Neurotransmitter
Release by Residual Ions. Allen Bain,
PhD candidate, Pharmacology/Therapeutics UBC. IRC5 from 11:30-12:30pm. Call
Geological Sciences Visiting
Speakers Seminar
Archean Evolution From Three-Dimensional Crustal Exposures Of The Superior
Province. Dr. J. Percival, Geological Survey of Canada. GeoScience 330A from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-3508.
Ecology Seminars
Ecology/Evolution of Synchronous Breeding. Rolf Ims, University Museum, Oslo,
Norway. BioSciences 2449 at 4:30pm.
Call 228-2731.
Physics Colloquium
Morphogeneses. Lionel Harrison, Chemistry. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 228-
Women's Studies
Carol Gran, Minister Responsible for
Women's Programs, Victoria, BC. Issues
of concern for women at UBC. Buchanan
Penthouse from 2-3:30pm. Call 228-4033.
Regent College Special Lecture
The Introduction of Praxis in Evangelical
Theological Education. Kumulau Tawali
and Fay Lapka, students. Room 100
Regent College from 11 am-12noon. Call
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
Classics Lecture. Standing On My Head:
Archaic Headresses On The Athenian
Akropolis.   Prof B. Ridgway, Bryn Mawr
History Department
The Life and Times of
Thomas Beeswax Taylor:
Origins And Paradoxes Of
The Nineteenth Century
American Labour Movement. Paul
Krause, History, UBC. Buch, Tower 1207
from lpm-2:15pm. Call 228-2561.
Regional Mass Spectometry
Discussion Group
MS/MS using Hybrid And 4-Sector Mass
Spectometers. Dr. Barry Wright, KRA-
TOS Analytical. Chemistry Bldg. 124 at
12:30pm. Call 228-3235.
Hispanic and Italian Studies
Graduate Students Symposium
Three different speakers. Buchanan
Penthouse from 10am-noon. Free coffee.
Call 228-2268.
Wind Chamber Ensemble
Free admission. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 228-3113.
Psychiatry Journal Club
Please call for information on presenters
and current articles to be discussed. BC
Cancer Foundation Aud. at 8am. Refreshments at 7:45. Mary 228-7325.
Seminar on  Asian
Strategic Developments in
Asia-Pacific. Pat Carney,
former Canadian Minister
of Int'l. Trade, Adjunct Prof. School of Community/Regional Planning, UBC. Asian
Centre 604 at 3:30pm. Call 228-4688.
CAIS Open Meeting
Canadian Association for Information Sciences. Connecting Computers in the 90's.
Bruce Jolliffe, Networking/Communication
UBC. Main Library 835 at 4pm. Call 228-
2499. Open to all.
FRIDAY, MAR. 16   j
Forestry Seminar Series
Property Rights: The Concept of Sustainable Development. Dr. Peter Pearse,
Forest Resources Management, UBC.
MacMillan 166 at 12:30pm. Call 228-
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Heat Exchanger Scaling by Phosphates
and Silicates. Atmajeet Sing, grad student, Chemical Engineering, UBC. Chem.
Eng. Bldg. 206 at 3:30pm. Call 228-3238.
Sciences Seminar
Nutrients As A Limitation To Salmonid
Smolt Production In A Coastal River. Pat
Slaney, BC Fisheries. BioSciences 2361
at 3:30pm. Call 228-2731.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Current Status Of Research On Early Intervention. Dr. Guralnick, Director, Child
DevVMental Retardation Ctr., U. ofWashington. G.F. Strong Rehab Centre Aud. at
9am. Call 875-7107/7118.
UBC Chamber
Geoffrey Michaels, director. Free admission. Recital Hall at 12:30 and 8pm.
Call 228-3113.
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
Classics Lecture. Praxiteles And His
Works: Style And Imagery. Prof B.
Ridgway, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Lasserre 104 at 12:30pm. Call 228-
Museum of Anthropology Children's
Story Hour
Stories from Japan. Maggie Mason, popular Vancouver storyteller and creative drama instructor from Arts Umbrella. Free with price
of admission. Children aged 3-6 must be
accompanied by an adult. Orientation
Area MOA at 11am. Call 228-5087.
MONDAY, MAR. 19  j
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
Nutrition And Cancer.: An Epidemiological Approach. Sir Richard Doll, Prof.
Emeritus, Medicine, Oxford U. BC Cancer Agency Lecture Theatre at 12noon.
Call 228-5675.
Pediatrics Research Seminar
Molecular Biology Of Red Cell Membrane
In Health And Disease. Prof. Josef T.
Prchal, Hematology/Oncology, Medicine,
U. of Alabama. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy site D308 at 12noon. Refreshments at 11:45am. Call 875-2492.
Kinesiology And Its Roles Within The
Health Care System. Nancy Davidge-
Johnston, Coordinator, Co-op Education,
Kinesiology, SFU. Mather Bldg. 253 from
4-5:30pm. Call 228-2258.
Origin And Assembly Of
Blood Vessels. Dr. Ron
Heimark, Pathology, U. of
Washington. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Call 228-3027.
Zoology Seminar
Blood 02 Transport In Hibernating Turtles:
Mechanism And Functional Significance.
Dr. L Maginniss, BioSciences, U. of Chicago. BioSciences 2449 at 4:45pm. Call
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Onset Of Significant Void And Void Growth
In Nuclear Reactors. Eric Bibeau, PhD
student. Monitoring Of Milling Processes.
Yetvart Hosepvan, MASc student. Civil/
Mechanical Eng. 1202 at 3:30pm. Call
Applied Mathematics Seminar
A Computer Algorithm For Simplifying
Systems Of Coupled PDEs. Dr. Greg
Reid, Mathematics, Okanagan College,
Kelowna. Math 229 at 3:45pm. Call 228-
Slavonic   Women's
Slavonic Area
Studies' Lecture
Women And Glasnost. Dr.
Barbara Heldt, Slavonic
Studies, UBC. Buchanan B214 at 12:30
pm. Call 228-2402.
Student Composers Concert
Free Admission. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 228-3113.
Museum Of
Lecture Series
Artists And Their Practices.
Video and Photography
artist Anne Ramsden, assistant prof., Visual Art, Centre For Arts, SFU. Free admission. MOA Theatre Gallery at 7:30pm.
Call 228-5087.
Institute of Asian
Research Seminar
Images Of Japanese In
Korea And Images Of Koreans In Japan. From the
series Walls Within, Walls Without: Exploring the Perception Gap in Japan. Prof.
Kamigaito, Int'l Research Centre of Japanese Studies, Kyoto. Asian Centre 604
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-4688.
Geography    Colloquium
The Soils Of Southern
Greenland And The Norse
Disappearance Mystery.
Prof. G. K. Rutherford, Geography,
Queen's U. Geog. 200 at 3:30pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Pandimonium In Pussyfoots: Evolution Of
The Polyploid Complex In Antennaria. Dr.
Randy Baver, Botany, U. of Alberta. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call 28-
Lectures In Modern
Packaging Of Molecular
And  Atomic Clusters in
Molecular Sieves For Non-
Linear Optical Devices. Dr.
G. Stucky, Chem., U. of Calif., Santa Barbara.    Chem. B250 at 1pm.    Refreshments from 12:40pm. Call 228-3266.
Biochemistry Seminar
Mechanism Of Action Of Calmodulin Studied By Site-Directed Mutagenesis And
Protein Engineering. Dr. Jacques Haiech,
CNRS, Marseilles, France.    IRC #4 at UBCREPORTS March8,1990
March 11
March 24
4pm. Call 228-5989
Health  Care/Epidemiology
Stress And Coping In Married Couples. Anita De-
Longis, Psychology, UBC. IRC 4th floor
Boardroom from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-
Medical Genetics Seminar
Population Based Studies In Genetic Epidemiology. Dr. Dessa Sadovnick, Med.
Gen., UBC. IRC#4 at 8am. Call 228-
Faculty Development
Project Seminar
Ethical Dilemmas In The University. Drs.
M. Arcus, C. Clark and T. Sork, UBC.
Scarfe 1326 from 3:30-5:30pm. Call 222-
Hispanic/Italian Studies
Video Presentation
Trajan's Column. Half hour documentary
in English on the column's friezes and life
in Imperial Rome. Buchanan A202 at
12:30pm. Call 228-2268.
Seminar on Asian
Dynamics Of Waste Recycling In Urban China.
Christine Euredy, visitor to
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
and assoc. prof., Environmental Studies,
York U. Asian Center Seminar rm. 604 at
3:30pm. Call 228-4688.
Pharmacology Seminar
Cell Cycle-Regulated Protein Kinase
Cascades. Dr. Steven Poloch, asst. prof.,
Medicine/Biomedical Research Centre,
UBC. IRC #5 from 11:30am-12:30pm.
Call 228-2575.
Ecology Seminar
Simple Models For Plant-Herbivore Interactions. Leah Keshet, Mathematics, UBC.
BioSciences 2449 at 4:30pm. Call 228-
Regent College Spe-
^J cial Lecture
How To Serve God In A
Post-Communist World:
The Churches In Eastern
Europe. Dr. John Conway, History, UBC.
Regent College 100 from 11am-12noon.
Call 224-3245.
Noon Hour Concert
Mary Ann Donovan, soprano; William Benjamin,
piano. Tickets $2 at the
door. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 228-3113.
Physics Colloquium
Planetary Magnetism. Dr. David Strangway, President, UBC. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Call 228-6533/3853.
Distinguished Lecture Series Robotics/
Robots   In   Unstructured
Environments. Dr. Richard
P. Paul, Computer/Information Sciences,
U. of Pennsylvania.   Scarfe 100 from 1-
2pm. Call 228-6894.
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
*   Medical Lecture
Hazards Of Low-Level Radiation: Have
We Underestimated The Risks?    Sir
Richard Doll, Prof. Emer., Medicine, Oxford U. IRC #6 at 12:30pm. Call 228-
Medical Seminar
Alcohol and Cardiovascular Disease. Sir
Richard Doll (see above). Ponderosa C-
102 (Statistics) at 4pm. Call 228-5675.
Psychology Colloquium
How Children Constrain The Meanings Of
Words. Dr. Ellen Markman, Stanford U.
Kenny 2510 at 4pm. Call 228-2755.
Psychiatry Academic
Lecture Program
Breakfast meeting co-sponsored with
BCMA Section of Psychiatry. Personality
Disorder In Anorexia And Bulimia-A
Changing Profile. Dr. Sidney Kennedy,
assoc. prof., Psychiatry, Toronto General
Hospital. BC Cancer Foundation Auditorium from 8-9am. Call 228-7325.
Hispanic/Italian Studies Second
Graduate Students' Symposium
David Clewlow, Lucia Hoess, Monica Lee
and Bernhardt Schulz-Cruz. Buchanan
Penthouse from 10am-12noon. Free coffee. Call 228-2268.
UBC Wind Ensemble
David Branter, director.
Freeadmission. Old Auditorium at 12:30pm. Call
FRIDAY, MAR. 23    j
Religious Studies Lecture
Myth And The Modern State: Ritual Murder Trials Against Jews In Central Europe. Dr. Hillel Kieval, Chair, Jewish Studies Program, U. of Washington. Buchanan A202 at 12:30pm. Call 228-5825.
Sciences Seminar
Biomass Size Spectrum For The Complete Lake Michigan Pelagic Food Web.
Gary Sprules, U. of Toronto. BioSciences
2361 at 3:30pm. Call 228-2731.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Pulping of Bagasse. V.K. Thangavel,
Graduate student, Chem. Eng., UBC.
Chem. Eng. 206 at 3:30pm. Call 228-
Cecil/Ida Green
Visiting Professors
Medical Seminar
Occupational Cancer: The Recognition
Of Small Risks. Sir Richard Doll, prof.
Emeritus, Medicine, Oxford U. James
Mather 253 at 9am. Call 228-5675.
UBC Contemporary
Stephen Chatman and
Geoffrey Michaels, directors.      Free   admission.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 228-
UBC Wind Ensemble
David Branter, director. Free admission.
Old Auditorium at 8pm. Call 228-3113.
Solo Percussion Concert
A spectrum of music: classical, ethnic,
contemporary. Robin Reid and guests.
Free admission. School of Music Recital
Hall at 2:30pm. Call 228-3113.
Sat. Mar. 17
An Ancient Masterpiece Recreated: The
Parthenon In Nashville. Prof. Brunilde
Ridgway, Classical/
Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
Sat. Mar. 24
Progress Against Cancer: An
Epidemiologist's Assessment. Sir Richard
Doll, Prof. Emeritus of Medicine, Oxford
University, England.
All lectures at 8:15 pm in IRC #2.
Frederic Wood
Herr Puntilla And His Servant Matti by Bertolt
Brecht.     Director,  Arne
Zaslove.    Continues until Sat. Mar. 17.
Reservations recommended. Curtain time,
8pm. Tickets from FWT 207 or call 228-
Spring Break Tours
for High School
Free guided walking tours
for prospective undergraduate students. Familiarize yourself
with UBC programs and facilities. Depart
Brock Hall 204D at 10am, Mon., Wed.
and Fri., Mar. 19, 21 and 23. Call 228-
Centre for Continuing
Education Workshop
Personal Effectiveness: Resolving Interpersonal Issues. Dr. Arthur Ridgeway,
Reg. psychologist. Short lectures, structured exercises and group discussions.
Fee: $120. Sat./Sun., Mar. 17/18, 9am-
5:30pm. (Bring lunch.) Health Sciences
Psych. Unit 2N A/B. Call 222-5238.
Lecture Series
Making The Right Personal Fitness
Choices. Alena Brande, Phys. Ed., UBC.
Suitable for adults of all ages and fitness
levels. Fee: $65. Tuesdays, Mar. 20-Apr.
24 from 7:30-9:pm, IRC #3. Call 222-
UBC Speakers
More than 200 faculty and
professional staff available
to speak to your group,
usually free of charge. Topics range from
Sea Monsters to Children's Literature. Call
International House
Volunteers Needed
English tutors to assist non-English speaking students. Application forms available
at International House. Call Jenise Yue/
Donald Ng at 228-5021.
Sun-Damaged Skin Study
Volunteers 35-70 years. Able to attend 6
visits over 12 month period. Honorarium
paid participants. Call Dermatology at
Sleep Disorders Study
Volunteers 18-45 years suffering from
Chronic Insomnia needed for a study on
sleep-promoting medication (hypnotics).
Must be available to sleep overnight at a
lab for 5 nights. Call Carmen Ramirez at
Psychology Study
Individuals 25 years and older are required
for a research project on colour vision
changes during adulthood. Visual testing
takes about 2 hours.  Kenny Bldg. 3302.
Call 228-6220.
Career Development Study
Research study on communication between parents and adolescents regarding
career and educational choices. Adolescents aged 12-19 and one parent needed
to participate in an interview. Call Dr.
Richard Young at 228-6380.
Hypertension in
Pregnancy Study
Pregnant women, concerned about their
blood pressure, are invited to participate.
The study compares relaxation training
with standard medical treatment (own
physician). Call Dr. Wolfgang Linden at
Daily Rhythms Study
Volunteers needed, aged 30-40 and living
with a heterosexual partner, to keep a
daily journal (average 5 min. daily) for 4
months. Participants will look for patterns
in their physical and social experiences.
Call Jessica McFarlane at 228-5121.
Post Polio Study
Persons with polio needed for functional
assessment and possible training programs. Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School of
Rehabilitation Medicine. Call 228-7392.
Multiple Sclerosis Study
Persons with mild to moderately severe
MS needed for study on exercise responses. Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School of
Rehab. Medicine. Call 228-7392.
Back Pain Research
Volunteers needed for magnetic resonance imaging of healthy spines-men and
women aged 18-60, non-pregnant, no
pacemakers, no intracranial clips and no
metal fragments in the eye. University
Hospital employees excluded. Call June
8am and 4pm, Monday-Thursday at 228-
Psychology Study
Opinions of teenage girls and their parents on important issues surfacing in family life. Volunteers needed: 13-19 year old
girls and one or both of their parents. Call
Lori Taylor at 733-0711.
Sexual Harassment Office
Two advisors are available to discuss
questions and concerns on the subject.
They are prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being sexually
harassed to find a satisfactory resolution.
Call Margaretha Hoek or Jon Shapiro at
Statistical Consulting and
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. Call 228-4037. Forms
for appointments available in Room 210,
Ponderosa Annex C.
To And an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get in touch with Volunteer
Connections, Student Counselling and Resources Centre, Brock Hall 200 or call
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Every Tuesday (including
holidays) from 12:30-2pm,
University Hospital, UBC
site, Room 311 (through
Lab Medicine from Main Entrance). Call
873-1018 (24-hour Help Une).
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Public Speaking Club Meetings.
Speeches and tabletopics. Guests welcome. Wednesdays in SUB at 7:30pm.
Call Sulan at 597-8754.
Late afternoon curling. Experienced curlers and those wishing to learn are welcome. Thunderbird, Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15.
Call Paul Willing, 228-3560 or Alex Fin-
layson, 738-7698 (eve.)
Badminton Club
Faculty, staff and grad student Badminton
Club meets Thursdays, 8:30-10:30pm and
Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm in Gym A of the
Robert Osborne Sports Centre. Fees,
$15 until April with valid UBC Library card.
Call Bernard at 731-9966.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and Recreation,
through the John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre, is administering a
physical fitness assessment program.
Students, $25, others $30. Call 228-4356.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
All surplus items. Every Wednesday,
noon-3pm. Task Force Bldg. 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 228-2813.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Located west of the Education Building.
Free admission. Open all year. Families
interested in planting, weeding and watering in the garden, call Jo-Anne Naslund at
434-1081 or 228-3767.
Botanical Garden
Open every day. Until
March 17, from 10am-3pm.
March 17-31, open 10am-
5pm. April and May, open
Nitobe Garden
Open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm until
March 17. After March 17, open every
day. March 17-31, 10am-5pm. April and
May, 10am-7pm.
• Meech Lake
• G.S.T.
• Parenting
• Earthquakes
800 talks, most without a fee.
Wouldn't your group like to know more?
UBC Speakers Bureau
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays,
8:30a.m. - Noon 228-6167
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Researchers trying to build
more efficient wheelchair
If people with disabilities were better matched to their wheelchairs, they
might be more mobile and free from
injury, a UBC Physical Education professor says.
About 22,000 Canadians spend the
majority of their lives in a wheelchair,
yet little research has been done on
how to help select the best chair from
the more than 100 models available.
"One of the questions I have is can
we do a better job in matching people
to a wheelchair," said David Sanderson, a biomechanics professor in the
School of Physical Education. "How
many people are out there functioning
far below their potential because
they've got a bad match?"
Sanderson, who is director of the
school's biomechanics lab, and Jan
Bednarczyk, a physiotherapist and
graduate student in Physical Education, hope to change that situation by
identifying factors to consider in selecting a chair.
To establish criteria, they are beginning a research study to determine
how disabled people use their muscles
to push their chair in daily activity.
"We don't know a whole lot about
which muscles are active and how that
is affected by the person's disability."
Sanderson said. "Yet we are asking
people to use these muscles to push a
chair, just assuming they'll figure out a
way to do it."
Another problem for wheelchair
occupants is overuse injuries. If an
able-bodied person strains a muscle
they may limp around for a few days,
perhaps with the assistance of a crutch,
but people in a wheelchair may find
their mobility severely restricted by
"If you only have four muscles
working in your arms and one of them
becomes injured, how can you rest it?"
Bednarczyk said. "We want to be able
to prevent overuse injuries caused by
improper fit and to know how to alter
the wheelchair fit to allow injured
muscles to rest."
Sanderson and Bednarczyk plan to
test disabled people who are not elite
athletes to provide information that's
more valuable for the average disabled
person. Previous wheelchair mobility
studies have involved long-distance
testing which requires chair occupants
to be extremely fit.
"We have chosen activities which
are similar to the kinds of wheeling
activities involved in every day life—
short-distance level and short-distance
incline wheeling," Sanderson said.
The two researchers are currently
looking for 40 wheelchair volunteers
between the ages of 19 and 50 who
have a spinal cord injury and spend
most of their day in a wheelchair.
The one-year study is funded by the
B.C. Medical Services Foundation and
assisted by the Canadian Paraplegic
A Vancouver medical equipment
distributor, B.C. Mediquip, is supplying four wheelchairs for the project
which are representative of ones currently available.
After undergoing a full clinical assessment, participants will be asked to
wheel their chairs a short distance on
level ground and on an incline.
High speed filming, surface electrodes attached to several arm and
shoulder muscles and heart-rate monitors will be used to give a complete
picture of the wheeling action and allow researchers to determine which
joints and muscles are working.
The incline wheeling will be based
on current national building codes, but
Sanderson speculates that standard
incline may be too steep for some volunteers.
Advice on reforms
Forester going to Moscow
UBC forestry expert David Haley
is off to Moscow to play a part in Soviet perestroika.
Haley has been invited by the Soviet government to bring Canadian expertise to aid economic reform in the
forestry sector.
"We will be helping them to set the
groundwork for a more efficient forest
land management system," said Haley,
who recently wrote a paper on forest
administration in Canada for a leading
Soviet forestry journal. "It's pretty
exciting because it allows us in a small
way to influence what goes on in the
Soviet Union."
Haley is taking Russian classes in
preparation for his three-week trip
when he will meet senior government
officials and lecture at forestry schools
in Moscow and Leningrad. It will
hopefully be the first of many such
exchanges and may pave the way for a
close partnership between UBC's forestry faculty and Soviet forest schools,
he said.
Haley's invitation to the Soviet
Union comes as a result of a visit to
UBC last year by the leading Soviet
forester Anatoly Petrov. The 1989
MacMillan Lecturer, Petrov became
interested in Canada's system for
administering public forest lands,
Haley explained.
"They are very interested in how
our Crown lands are licensed to the
private sector," said Haley, who with
University of Alberta professor Martin
Luckert recently completed a comprehensive survey of Canada's forest leasing contracts.
The Soviet government has identified a revitalized forestry and forest
industry sector as part of its general
reform of the country's political and
economic systems. Started in 1987,
reform will continue in a five-year plan
scheduled to begin in 1991.
The government plans to establish
better linkages between state forests
and state-controlled forest enterprises
and set up a system of accountability
within an improved forest management
planning system.
The USSR also wants to attract foreign investment by establishing joint
ventures with forest companies overseas, a proposal Canadian companies
could be the first to take advantage of.
Haley said Canada and the Soviet
Union share many features which make
exchange of information and technology a mutual learning experience.
Forests in both countries are located in
about the same latitudes where they
share a similar climate and correspond
ing tree species. Both implement forest harvesting and management
schemes over large areas on land that
is primarily government owned.
Economically, forestry in the Soviet Union represents about 2.2 per
cent of the Gross National Product; in
Canada it represents about 3 per cent
"Canadian and Soviet forestry practices and problems are related," Haley
said. "It's important to Canada to establish this kind of linkage for exchange
of knowledge and technical information. Over the long haul there are
benefits to Canadian business and society."
Letters to the Editor
Pollution solution
I am writing in response to A.
Saunders' letter in UBC Reports,
Feb. 8.
Saunders, along with David
Suzuki, seems to feel that the solution to high traffic density and its
concomitant pollution at UBC, is for
the university to impose higher parking fees.
This will rid us of neither traffic
nor pollution. It will become yet
another tax the lowly commuter must
bear in order to get to work.
The high cost of parking downtown has done little to reduce traffic
congestion there. Those legions of
us who can't afford housing in Vancouver and must live miles from our
places of employment, have few
options but to use a car.
Our family doesn't drive over 50
miles twice a day because we like it.
We have two workplaces and a
daycare, strung across two municipalities, to get to and a car is the
only way to manage in a reasonable
amount of time.
What we need are ways to make
commuting by car unnecessary,
rather than merely punishing those
who must resort to it: tax incentives
for companies to relocate in the suburbs, stagger their hours of operation or set up home workstations for
their employees; and a mass rapid
transit system that is truly mass and
Higher parking costs won't keep
commuters off the road, it will only
make it more expensive for them to
be there.
Alan Doree
21577 Cherrington Ave.,
Maple Ridge, B.C.
Photo by Media Services
Jaimie Borisoff has volunteered his time and body to science. He is
taking part in a Physical Education project to determine how better to
match disabled people to wheelchairs.
Committee to Review Arts I
Call for submissions
The Dean of Arts has established a Committee to Review the
Arts I Program in terms of its value as an educational experience,
its objectives, performance, and opportunities for improvement.
The Committee has also been asked to consider the possibility of
creating a fourth year intensive liberal arts program, perhaps
named "Arts IV."
The Committee invites submissions, formal or informal, from any
interested parties, and especially students and faculty who have
been, or are participants in the ARTS I program. Please contact
Dr. G. Egerton, Chair, Committee to Review Arts I, History Department, University of British Columbia, (228-5166 or 228-2561).
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Steve Rak, head glassblower in the Chemistry Department, demonstrates his craft. During Open House
March 9,10, and 11, he will do creative glassblowing in Room 200 ofthe Chemistry Building at 2:30 p.m.
Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Ottawa's cuts not likely to
reduce funding: Strangway
UBC administrators are confident
that cuts in federal transfer payments
to B.C. will not result in reduced levels
of funding for post-secondary education.
Finance Minister Michael Wilson
announced the $1-billion cut in transfer payments to the provinces during
his Feb. 20 budget speech. B.C.'s portion of the federal transfer payments
will be trimmed by more than $100-
But UBC President David Strangway said the province has never accepted that the transfer payments are
earmarked for any purpose.
"The province has always done
what it wishes with that money," he
said. "There has never been a direct
link between transfer payments and
post-secondary education funding levels and it would be unfair to introduce
it now."
Premier Bill Vander Zalm has said
the cuts in transfer payments to B.C.
essentially penalized the province for
being in good economic shape.
Strangway said he hopes the provincial government remembers that
philosophy when it comes to post-secondary education funding in next
month's provincial budget.
"I don't think our universities, and
UBC in particular, should be penalized for being successful in teaching
and research and in competing for grant
funds either," Strangway said.
Bruce Gellatly, vice-president,
Administration and Finance, said funding levels for post-secondary education have not increased in the past with
increases in transfer payments, "so we
don't anticipate any decline in funding
now that the payments have been reduced. There is no cause and effect
relationship here."
Education has been one of the provincial government's priorities over the
past year. Last spring it announced its
Access for All program to raise the
participation rate of B.C. students in
post-secondary education to national
levels within a five-year period.
"I would really regret it if they feel
it necessary to back off that commitment because as a province we must
rise to the national level," Strangway
"It's a good program, which is reflected by the fact that enrolment is up
in all parts of the post-secondary system in B.C. this year, and at both graduate and undergraduate levels."
University administrators are also
looking at the effects of the federal
budget on funding for science and technology research.
Nearly $40-million will be slashed
from Ottawa's science and technology
development program over the next
two years.
The cuts will not affect scholarship
and grant programs or the Centres of
Excellence research program.
Rather, they will hit a variety of
smaller programs, including the Strategic Technology Development Program.
'National problem'
Wilson defends budget
Finance Minister Michael Wilson
told UBC students that it is up to Victoria to decide whether cuts in provincial transfer payments announced in
the recent federal budget will affect
B.C. universities.
Asked if the cuts will impact on
post-secondary education here, Wilson
said Ottawa has had no say over how
provinces spend transfer payments
since laws governing the payments
were changed in 1977.
B.C.'s share of Established Program
Financing, which is still nominally
considered to cover the cost of provincial health care and post-secondary
education, will be cut by more than
$100-million this year and $1-billion
over the next five years.
"We have had no influence over
what happens to that funding. Let's
just see what happens over the next
period of time," he said.
Speaking to a largely partisan crowd
that packed the SUB auditorium,
Wilson defended the Mulroney
government's economic policies, in
cluding the General Sales and Services
Tax and the Feb. 20 budget.
Wilson acknowledged that B.C.
faces a larger cut in federal transfer
payments than many other provinces,
but said it can afford to due to the
strong provincial strong economy.
All Canadians must "share the burden" of lowering the country's deficit
and debt.
"We've identified a national problem, now we're asking the provinces
to participate in a national solution,"
he said. "You're the ones who will be
paying taxes for the next 40 years. If
we don't get this problem under control now it's you who will be bearing
the burden."
Asked about recent changes to the
federal student loan program, Wilson
said they were only administrative in
nature. He described the number of defaults and delinquent student loans as
"excessive," saying the program's administration had to be tighten up.
Wilson's appearance on campus
was sponsored by the UBC Progressive Conservative Club.
Counselling Psychology
DATE: Thursday, March 29, 1990
TIME: 12:30-1:30 p.m,.
PLACE: Room 102, 5780 Toronto Rd., UBC
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(3rd floor LPC, 2206 East Mall). UBC REPORTS March 8,1990       8
Women concerned about their safety
(This is the second of a two-part series on
issues affecting women at UBC.)
■^^^^■H ancy Horsman, acting director
|^K| of UBC's Office for Women
I k ^HI Students, believes that UBC
I ^^ 11 lags behind other major uni-
l^^^k I versities when it comes to
Cj^l^^^^J making the campus a safe en-
^HHI^^I vironment, not just for women
but for gays and racial groups
as well. She bases her opinion on the 32 years
she has spent at the university, 17 of them as a
counsellor in the Office for Women Students.
She was also a student and lecturer at UBC.
"There is hate on this campus against women
and gays," Horsman said. "Race hatred is pervasive at UBC and is growing worse."
Horsman contends that the administration is
not doing enough to combat the problems. She
said the sexual harassment policy is useful but
the advisors, who hold part-time appointments,
should be working on a full-time basis. Also,
the policy does not address the problem of
sexism which is another issue apart from sexual harassment, Horsman stressed. She suggests in addition to the appointment of a
women's advocate that faculty committees be
organized for women to report, in confidence,
any incidence of sexism on campus.
Horsman said that women at UBC have had
problems putting an end to activities that create
an intimidating environment for them. She cited
as examples the strip shows and wet t-shirt
contests that take place on campus, as well as
an annual engineering student tradition — the
Lady Godiva Ride —which until this year featured a semi-nude female who was paraded
around campus on horseback.
(UBC engineering students replaced this
year's Lady Godiva Ride with a knight in armor leading a horse-drawn carriage. It carried
both male and female engineering students,
fully clothed, for a ride around the campus.)
"It may not be safe for women to involve
themselves in a campaign to ban activities like
these," Horsman said. "It comes down to men
telling other men that these activities are demeaning to women, and that the oppressive
atmosphere they create is their problem too."
Horsman said the murder of 14 female engineering students at Montreal's 1'Ecole Poly technique last December was a nightmare realized,
and women at UBC have to take that threat seriously.
"We are hunted after dark, we are hunted in
our homes and now we are hunted in our classrooms. Men can never know the fear as deeply
as us," Horsman said.
Horsman said that in order to create a safe
and healthy environment for both women and
Axel Meisen
men at UBC, the campus as a whole needs to
address the issue of oppressive activities that
impinge on the freedoms of others. Horsman
attended a series of round table discussions initiated by President David Strangway to study
women's concerns at UBC along with other
members of staff, faculty, and the student population.
Axel Meisen, dean of the Faculty of Applied
Science since 1985, said that engineering student activities which are in bad taste or offensive have been largely eliminated, partly because student leaders are more aware of the
negative effects some of their activities have
Meisen also gives a lecture to engineering
students at the beginning of first year about behavior in which he states that offensive conduct
is incompatible with the code of ethics of the
engineering profession. Additional lectures are
given on ethics in
the final year of the
undergraduate engineering program.
The 1990-91
academic session
will incorporate
material into a final
year course that
gives a theoretical
and conceptual
overview of problems pertaining to
racism and sexual
harassment, said Meisen. The subject matter
will include the presentation of several case
histories as well.
Martha Salcudean, in her fifth year as head
of Mechanical Engineering, has always opposed
activities like the Lady Godiva Ride. She considers them a bad tradition that could have
emerged from any male dominated profession.
She wants people to remember that engineering students were the victims of the Montreal
massacre and that the profession shouldn't be
blamed for the distorted value system of one
man who was responsible for the violence.
"/ just accept the
obscenities as part of the
engineering culture, but
ignore it most oj the time
because I'm too busy
Salcudean said that she has had no complaints from her female students about gender-
related safety issues during her term as a department head.
Michelle Yu, a third-year Chemical Engineering student at UBC, said she feels accepted
by her male colleagues and does not consider
herself threatened or intimidated by them.
"Foul language occurs often in the classroom, but it's not particularly directed at women
or any one race," said Yu. "I just accept the
obscenities as part of the engineering culture,
but ignore it most of the time because I'm too
busy studying."
The Montreal murders affected both female
and male engineers at UBC, according to Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) President Scott Kent.
Kent said the enormity of the tragedy has
made engineers reflect on how some engineering traditions would be perceived from now on.
But one of his main responsibilities is to represent the interests of UBC engineers and keep
their spirits raised, he said.
In a statement he made before this year's
version of the ride, Kent announced that new
plans for the event were not made to appease
Strangway, but because engineering students
recognize that they live in a dynamically changing society with respect to equality. They are
concerned with integrating themselves in, and
contributing to, these changes in a positive manner, Kent said.
Strangway expressed his conviction that the
EUS will continue to exercise good judgment,
and ban the ride permanently.
Responding to concerns that women studying engineering at UBC do so in a hostile and
sexist environment, Kent said that female students are being treated like their male peers.
"We don't put women on a pedestal. They
are treated no differently in the classroom than
anyone else," Kent said.
Numerous suggestions on ways to improve
the physical safety of women on campus have
emerged as a direct
result of
Strangway's round
table discussions.
Vanessa Geary,
former AMS coordinator of external
affairs who also
participated in the
talks, said emergency telephones,
expanded shuttle
bus service at night,
re-landscaping the
campus and better lighting are among the ideas
that have been proposed.
As a prominent student advocate of women's
issues, Geary no longer feels safe on campus,
especially since the Montreal massacre.
"The anti-feminist feeling on campus makes
me feel nervous," she said. Geary's apprehensions have been affirmed by the number of
times she has seen posters promoting feminist
activities on campus defaced with anti-feminist
slogans. She is also disturbed by the number of
assaults which allegedly take place on campus
each year.
Sergeant Brian Muir of the University Endowment Lands detachment of the RCMP said
they registered 12 reports of sexual assault for
the University Endowment Lands in 1989, five
of those on the UBC campus. Three of those
assaults were date related, Muir said.
K.D. Srivastava. vice-president of Student
and Academic Services, confirmed that his office also receives complaints each year. Although he believes the number of incidents
brought to his attention is probably higher than
those registered with the RCMP, Srivastava
said accurate statistics were difficult to obtain
because not all cases of sexual assault are reported.
Geary said she does not feel equal to her
male colleagues because of the gender-specific
language and teaching materials she finds rampant in the classroom.
As a fourth-year Arts student specializing in
International Relations, Geary explained that
she encounters this type of sexism on a regular
basis. She believes that much of it is unintentional and that some faculty members try to
correct themselves. But references such as
"mankind" still find their way into the lecture
halls. She is also aware of the lack of women
authors studied in some of her courses.
Geary applauded Strangway's round table
discussions, saying they have opened up an important dialogue. But in addition to discussion
about violence and personal safety, she would
like guidelines established to deal with gender-
specific language and teaching materials, man
datory courses in gender relations and published reports of sexual assaults on campus,
taking them out ofthe realm of rumor and alerting women at UBC that the danger is real.
Guidelines for non-sexist language were
drafted several months ago, an initiative undertaken by Daniel Birch, vice-president Academic,
and Provost.
The guidelines propose different phrasing
that can be used to make written university
documents, such as the policies and procedures
manual, gender neutral. Suggestions on the draft
have been received from the Status of Women
subcommittee of the Faculty Association and
the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's
Studies. Consideration is now being given to
ways of implementing guidelines for long-lasting change in the university community.
"I am committed to a simple policy which
indicates that official UBC communications will
use gender inclusive language," Birch said.
Until policies and programs additional to the
ones already mentioned can be initiated, women
at UBC presently have several other services to
call upon for help with issues of particular
concern to them. They include:
• The outreach program of UBC's Student
Health Services which offers a referral service
to victims of sexual assault.
• The Women's Resource Centre operated
by UBC's Centre for Continuing Education
whichoffers a free drop-in counselling, information and referral service, personal development and career programs.
• Speakeasy, sponsored by the AMS and the
Office for Women Students, a peer counselling
and information centre located in SUB. It is
available to students Monday to Friday.
"Not enough has been
done in the past and we
must do much more in
the future. But we are
becoming aware of the
issues. There are things
we can do and we'll do
• UBC's Student Counselling and Resources
Centre provides counselling, workshops, panel
discussions and special programs for both men
and women.
• RCMP officers, male and female, from the
University Endowment Lands detachment offer free information sessions to campus groups
upon request.
•UBC has also formed a group to determine
if a centre against violence should be established on campus in response to the perception
that violent activities are increasing in society.
Directed by Birch, the group is comprised of
staff members from various disciplines including Education, Medicine, Psychology and Sociology.
If established, the centre will research, identify and analyse violence-related issues and
factors leading to violent events.
Strangway said the plan of action UBC will
follow once the round table discussions have
concluded depends on the information and recommendations gathered.
"Not enough has been done in the past and
we must do much more in the future." Strangway said. "But we are becoming aware of the
issues. There are things we can do and we'll do
them. We can never solve all of society's problems, but we can act to improve the quality of
life for everyone, male and female, who studies
and works at UBC."


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