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UBC's Board of Governors is expected to consider
proposals for increases in rentals and room-and-board
rates for campus residences when it holds its regular
meeting next Tuesday (March 4).
The proposals have been made by the President's Permanent Joint Residence Committee, which says that increases "appear to be justified in order to meet increased
operating costs and provide for a deficit payment for
residences and food services, and a deficit repayment for
food services."
The eight-member presidential committee, made up
of five students, representing each campus residence
complex and three Administration representatives, has
been holding twice-weekly meetings since mid-January
to consider the proposed increases in residence rates and
other matters affecting campus housing.
At a meeting on Feb. 10, when the proposed increases were approved, the committee said it had "received all
information it has requested for which answers can be
provided and agrees that the information is based on the
best knowledge of the Housing Administration and the
Food Services department."
The committee has proposed an 18.25-per-cent increase in the rental rate for the Walter H. Gage residence
and increases ranging from 22.45 per cent to 23.95 per
cent in the room-and-board rates for the Totem Park and
Place Vanier Residences.
On Feb. 3, one week prior to the meeting at which
the proposed increases were approved by the committee,
UBC's Housing department distributed a newsletter to
all students living in campus single residences setting out
financial statements for single student residences and
residence food services. (These two statements are reproduced on Page Seven of this issue of UBC Reports).
The newsletter also sets out the proposed daily rates
and proposed 1975-76 Winter Session residence rates for
single-student residences. (See Schedule B on Page Six).
The committee has recommended that the new rates
go into effect on May 1, 1975, instead of Sept. 1, as in
the past. However, the increased rates will not apply to
1974-75 Winter Session students who must stay on in
residence up to May 15.
New room-and-board rates have also been proposed
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for student! attending UBC's 1975 Summer Sessii
increases in summer rates — 25.14 per cent for a
room and 24.95 per cent for a single room — are
higher than those proposed for Winter Session st
Housing department officials said the highers
rates reflect the fact that the occupancy rate in s
is substantially lower than in winter, while certai
costs such as labor and food remain constant.
The presidential committee has also recomi
that the Board of Governors immediately strike
mittee to explore with governments, private oi
tions, or individuals the possibility of alternative
cing of residences and/or boarding allowance '
An official in UBCs Housing department s
phrase "financing of residences" was meant to
both the capital and operating costs of existing campus
The presidential committee also wants the Board
committee to investigate the possibility of boarding
allowances for students in the light of a recent provincial
government decision to provide loans to students enrolled at the B.C. Institute of Technology for the purchase
of cafeteria food in a BCIT residence.
The presidential committee has asked that the results
of the investigation by the Board committee be made
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HARD-HATTED Prof. Michael Ames, who will
serve as director of UBC's new Museum of
Anthropology when it opens later this year, inspects the site of the new building at the north
end of the campus just off Northwest Marine
Drive. Great hall of the museum in background
will house totem poles and other carvings. At
right is one of several poles from UBC's Totem
Pole Park that will stand in front of the museum. Poles now in place on the site were recently
returned to UBC from international exposition
; held in Spokane, Wash., last year.
UBC job
holds up
If the North American economy is slumping, it's
not being reflected so far in the 1975 job outlook for
University of B.C. students.
Officials in UBC's Placement Office report that
there has been no diminution in the number of companies sending recruiters to the campus to talk with
students who expect to graduate this spring.
"Last year we had a total of 223 companies send
recruiters to the campus," said Mr. J.C. "Cam" Craik,
UBC's placement officer. "So far this year we've had
208 firms book time with us and it seems likely we'll
have a total number equal to last year."
He added, however, that both General Motors and
Ford of Canada had cancelled recruiting visits to the
campus, reflecting full or partial shutdowns in automobile production.
"The only indication I get from talking to students
about jobs is that companies are a bit slower this year
in making offers of employment," he said.
"Our impression over the years is that companies
look at recruitment on a long-range basis of up to five
or more years and their 1975 activities are likely to
reflect that policy," Mr. Craik added.
Mr. Craik said it's a little too early to make any
definitive statement about 1975 summer job opportunities.
"However, the demand is high for third-year engineers for summer work and requests from forest companies are increasing," he said. A total of 40 companies have indicated they will come to the campus
to recruit students for summer work, compared to 31
last year.
UBC's Office of Student Services, which includes
the Placement Office, has again issued a partial listing
of UBC students who will graduate with an advanced
degree in 1975. The booklet lists the student's area of
academic specialization, former work experience and
other information. Copies are available from the
Office of Student Services, 228-4327.
A report recently issued by the Office of Student
Services indicates that the summer of 1974 was a very
good year for students in terms of jobs and earnings.
"We posted many more job offers last summer
than we had students to fill them," said Mr. A.F.
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Staff of UBC's Data Library in the Civil
Engineering Building are the custodians of a
wide range of tape files used by faculty
members and students in the social sciences.
Standing are Ms. Laine Ruus, left, UBC's Data
Librarian, and Ms. Carol Bird, a senior analyst
in UBC's Computing Centre. David Amos,
seated, Data Library programmer, is also
available to speak to UBC classes who want to
use the Data Library's tape files. Picture by
Jim Banham. - - ...
Editor, UBC Reports
When it comes to data on Canada, UBC's Data Library has just about everything, including the kitchen
That's right. If you want'to know the type of kitchen
sink possessed by a sample of 1,856 Canadians in July,
1956, the data Library has it on one of more than 100
data files compiled between 1945 and 1971 by the
Canadian Institute of Public Opinion.
f The same data file Will also describe Canadian
opinions on highway regulations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, cremation, and smoking, and the
political party preference of the respondent's father, to
name only a few of the 24 subjects covered on that
particular survey.
And, of course, these public opinion polls and dozens
of other data files on a wide variety of topics are all on
magnetic tape and can be "accessed" - to use a jargon
term popular in com.pu.tipg.circles — through.UBC's IBM
370/168computer. .  _'.".'..'.
UBC's Data Library, which is located in Room 447A
of the Civil Engineering Building, is actually part of a
rapidly expanding international network of archives of
machine-readable statistical material compiled by
government agencies, private and inter-university organizations, and individual researchers in the social sciences.
And to single out the kind of kitchen sink possessed
by Canadians in 1956 tends to trivialize what amounts
to a revolution in tne'manipulation of statistics as a
result of the development of increasingly sophisticated
Before the computer came along, researchers could be
faced with a lifetime of work in the analysis of complex,
interrelated data. Today, those same data, fed into a
computer and subjected to an appropriate statistical program, can often be analysed in less time than it will take
you to read this issue of UBC Reports.
The technique of storing statistical material on magnetic tape has also solved a major storage problem for
, universities. The more than 380 tape files that make up
■   the UBC Data Library would occupy thousands of feet
■..■.of library shelving if they were in book farm. Or to put
-   it another way, the data on only one of the UBC tapes,
if they existed in the form of computer cards lying one
ton top of the other, would be as high as an eight-storey
The Data Library, which is staffed by three persons,
is a sub-division of UBC's Computing Centre and the
campus Library system. Ms. Laine Ruus, the data librarian, spends half her time in the Data Library and the
other half in the Social Sciences Division of the Main
.Library,   where  she specializes  in anthropology.  The
■ Computing Centre's consultant on the Data Library is
, ,Ms.  Carol  Bird,  a  senior analyst in the Computing
.Centre. The Data Library's only full-time employee is
Mr. David Amos, who is the Data Library programmer.
Ms. Ruus says the heavy users of Data Library tape
files are faculty members and students in the social sciences, from such departments as Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology and Sociofdgy, and
Geography, and the Faculty of Commerce and Business
The data files that get the heaviest use are the Canadian census files for the years 1961, 1966 and 1971,
acquired from Statistics Canada.
Ms. Ruus says the data are used by researchers for
projects they are working on and by students who are
learning the techniques of utilizing the computer for
data analysis.
And, Ms. Ruus adds, business in the Data Library is
"In the last academic year — the one that ended on
Aug. 31, 1974 — we recorded 1,212 separate tape
mounts. In this academic year, from September, 1974,
to mid-February, 1975, we've already had 1,587 tape
Ms. Ruus and her colleagues describe the use of tape
files in terms of tape mounts because of the way in
which the user gains access to the computer.
"We record the number of times a specific tape was
mounted at the request of a user, who must have an
identification code to use the computer. However, a
political science professor will give a single code to a
class of perhaps 60 students to allow them to analyse,
say, some Canadian census data.
"In other cases a researcher will often copy into his
own file a portion of a larger Data Library file that is of
interest to him. We record only a single tape mount in
this case, but the researcher can access the copied portion with his own ID on an unlimited number of occasions."
The tape files held by the Data Library cover a wide
range of studies in the social sciences.
In addition to Canadian census material and public
opinion polls, there is a B.C. election study conducted
by the The Province newspaper in 1972, British election
studies for the years 1963, 1964 and 1966, and a range
of studies that cover everything from international financial statistics through young people's images of Canada
to a Northern Ireland loyalty study.
One of the largest and most useful data files in the
possession of the Data Library is the Canadian Socio-
Economic Information Management System — CANSIM
for short — prepared by Statistics Canada.
UBC is the only organization outside of Ottawa that
has the complete public portion of CANSIM, an enormous collection of economic data that includes Canadian balance of international payments, prices and price
indexes, a labor force survey and an employment survey.
The CANSIM tape covers the period 1926 to 1974 and
will tell you, says David Amos jokingly, "how many
widgets were manufactured in Canada between 1926 and
The Data Library also possesses tape files for an international study by the World Health Organization on
medical-care utilization, notable for the fact that two
areas of Vancouver are included in the survey.
The Data Library acquires its tape files from a variety
of sources, either by purchasing them or by obtaining
them without charge.
Purchases are made from the Inter-University Consortium for Political Research, which is located in Ann
Arbor, Michigan; the Canadian Consortium for Social
Research, which is based at York University in Toronto;
the Roper Public Opinion Research Centre in Williams-
town, Mass.; and from Statistics Canada.
Of the approximately 400 separate bodies of information contained on the UBC tapes, 15 are the results of
studies done by UBC faculty members and graduate students.
UBC studies include socio-economic surveys of rural
areas of B.C., done by Prof. Coolie Verner and Dr. Gary
Dickinson, both of the Faculty of Education; two studies of the federal riding of Vancouver-Burrard carried
out just prior to the 1963 and 1965 national elections
by Prof. J.A. Laponce, of the Department of Political
Science; and an international study of consumer and
wholesale price indexes and exchange rate data for 14
countries in the period 1939-1969, acquired from a
former member of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Dr. Robert Gayton.
Much of the credit, incidentally, for starting UBC's
Data Library goes to Prof. Laponce, who began acquiring machine-readable statistical material about a decade
ago for the Department of Political Science. When a substantial body of tape files had accumulated, he success-
2AJBC BaoorWEab. 26.1»75 fully negotiated a takeover of the material by the UBC
Library and Computing Centre so that the data would be
available to researchers and students in other UBC departments and Faculties.
Another study by a former UBC graduate student is
perhaps the most unusual tape file held by the Data
Library. For her Master of Arts thesis in 1968, Ms.
Sandra Djwa collected and computerized the entire published work of 14 Canadian poets, including Earl Birney,
a former member of the UBC faculty.
Computerization of the poems enables scholars to
carry out research in the field of content analysis, to do
word association studies and word counts, or to make a
concordance of the work of a single poet or combination
of poets.
Ms. Ruus hopes that data files compiled by UBGyfac-
ulty members and graduate students will make up an
even greater proportion of the Data Library's holdings in
the future.
"A lot of UBC people are producing their own tape
files of statistical data for research they're working on,"
she says. "When they've finished with it, the punched
computer cards get put away on top of a filing cabinet
somewhere, or the tape gets thrown into the back of a
car or destroyed.
"The result is that some very valuable statistical information disappears and there is no way of retrieving it.
We encourage people to lodge their data with us so that
it's available to other researchers, at UBC and elsewhere."
There's another wrinkle to this aspect of the Data
Library's operation, Ms. Ruus points out.
"Often, data compiled by one person for a specific
purpose can be analysed in a different way by someone
else. This is called 'secondary analysis' and it can be very
useful. The faculty member who gets data compiled
earlier can revise and update it for purposes of compari-
And because UBC is part of an international network
of data libraries, tape files held at UBC are available tcr
researchers elsewhere, and vice versa.
Many data files are never listed in formal sources, Ms.
Ruus points out, so the staff of the Data Library scan
articles in learned journals, looking for footnotes that
describe data collected for the study. These descriptive
notes are filed by the Data Library and when they get an
enquiry on that subject they can at least-jmake-an
attempt to acquire the original data file.
To use the library's resources, faculty members and
students should visit the Data-Library office on the
fourth floor of the Civil Engineering Building to learn
what's available and how it's coded. The staff of the
Library will help with interpreting the codebooks and
setting up "runs" (more Computing Centre jargon), and
with explaining the ins and outs of some of the more
common computer programs.
"We try to make people stand on their own two feet
and learn to grapple with the techniques of using the
computer themselves," Mr. Amos says. "The student or
faculty member has to go downstairs and learn how to
operate a key punch and feed the cards into the computer and pick up his printout. Next week, when he or
she wants to do some other analysis, they will be able to
do much of it themselves." Persons needing help with
more complex statistical or computing problems are referred to the experts in UBC's Statistical Centre or the
Computing Centre.
The Data Library can't do all the work for you. "If
someone walks in and asks for an analysis of census data
with a lot of fancy regressions and can it be picked up
next Tuesday, we have to tell him that's just not on,"
says Mr. Amos. "We'll show him what has to be done,
and how to do it, and just generally help him all we can,
but the actual work he has to do by himself." The staff
are also available to lecture to UBC classes on the resources of the Data Library and how to use them.
For many people the Data Library must look like an
oasis in a burning desert. While this writer was interviewing the Data Library staff, a student was working
away quietly in one corner of the office, puzzling over
an instruction book on how to prepare statistics for the
Asked about his project, he explained that he was an
architecture student who had circulated a questionnaire
to owners of mobile homes in B.C. in an attempt to
discover their likes and dislikes about the units they'd
"I tried compiling the data by hand," he said, "but I
decided I wouldn't live that long. The computer may be
the answer."
The staff of the Data Library chuckled. Either they
were thinking of how they would prolong the life of one
architecture student or they were contemplating adding
another data file to their growing collection.
HEAVY construction equipment is at it again on the
UBC campus. This time, workmen are digging a
21-foot-deep hole just off Health Sciences Road as a
prelude to the construction of an $11.5-million
extended care hospital as part of UBC's Health
Sciences Centre. Construction of the 296-bed unit.
which will include teaching and research facilities,
will take about two years. Architect for the hospital
is the Vancouver firm of Thompson Berwick Pratt
and Partners. Feature of the construction site is a
colorful hoarding on Health Sciences Road depicting
highlights in the history-Of medicine.
Five successful in elections
Five* members of the UBC faculty were elected to
various governing bodies in civic elections held in
Vancouver in December, 1974.
Prof. Fritz K. Bowers, of the Department of Electrical Engineering, was re-elected to Vancouver City
Council as an alderman.
~ " Successful Vancouver School Board candidates
were Prof. Elliott B. Gose, of the Department of English, who was re-elected; Prof. J. Anthony Lavin, also
: of-, the English department; and Prof. Nathan J.
Divinsky, of the Department of Mathematics.
Prof. William C. Gibson, head of the Department
of the History of Medicine and Science in the Faculty
of Medicine, topped the poll in the Vancouver Parks
Board election. Dr. Gibson was an alderman on the
last City Council but chose to run for the Parks Board
in the December civic elections.
Mr. Robert Leduc, chairman of the Industrial
Education Division of the Faculty of Education, has
been appointed vice-president of the Canadian
Industrial Arts Association.
Ms. B. Gene Errington, a member of UBC's Senate
appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council,
has been appointed by the provincial government to
the post of co-ordinator of Status of Women programs. Ms. Errington will also be responsible for coordinating provincial-federal programs related to the
status of women and for B.C. programs associated
with the 1975 United Nations-sponsored International Women's Year.
Dr. Warren E. Tallman, of UBC's English
department, is one of 15 Canadians who have been
awarded senior grants by the Canada Council.
Prof. R.S. Milne, of UBC's Department of Political
Science, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the federal government's International Development Research Centre. The board approves proposals for projects and programs in developing countries.
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Prof. R.R. Haering, head of UBC's Physics department, has been appointed to a three-year term on the
National Research Council of Canada. The Council
annually makes grants to faculty members at Canadian universities for scientific research projects and the
purchase of equipment.
Prof. A. Geraldine Birkett, of UBC's Faculty of
Education, has been granted the title of Professor
Emeritus of Education by UBC's Senate. Emeritus
status is granted to long-time faculty members when
they retire from active teaching at the University.
Prof. Birkett joined the UBC faculty in 1956 when
the Provincial Normal School was incorporated into
UBC as the Faculty of Education. She is an expert in
the area of early childhood education and at the time
of her retirement was chairman of the Primary Education Division.of the Education Faculty.
Dr. Barry Slutsky, a member of UBC's Faculty of
Law, has been named head of a division on public
legal education programs of the provincial government's Justice Development Commission.
The division will consider such matters as the law
curriculum in high schools, a speakers' bureau, law
courses for the public, and assistance to persons wishing published legal information.,
Mrs. Thelma Wright, a student in UBC's Faculty Of
Education, has received two awards for her achievements as a runner. She was named B.C.'s outstanding
woman athlete for 1974 by the B.C. Track and Field
Association, and the outstanding university athlete
for 1974 by the Canadian Track and Field Association. Mrs. Wright was named UBC's outstanding
woman athlete early in 1974.
Prof. Sam Black, the well-known painter who
teaches in UBC's Faculty of Education, was awarded
the 1974 Page and Uteel Purchase Award for a painting entitled "Autumn Bouquet," displayed at the
49th annual exhibition" of the Canadian Society of
Painters in Watercoldrs at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto.
Prof. Zbigniew Folejewski, a comparative literature expert in the Department of Slavonic Studies,
has been elected corresponding member of the Royal
Academy of Arts and Sciences of Uppsala, Sweden.
He holds a Ph.D. degree from a Swedish university
and taught for many years at the Universities of
Stockholm and Uppsala.
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So far, UBC is the only university in Canada formally
to take advantage of the $100-million federal Urban
Demonstration Program.   .."■•;'
Ottawa created the program'to stimulate imaginative
proposals demonstrating practical solutions to problems
in urban living.
The University has submitted four proposals for funding under the program, which runs for five years from
April 1 of this year.
And a President's committee is beating the bushes of
the University community for more proposals.
The committee was formed to advise the President
and the Board of Governors on which projects should be
submitted from the University community for possible
funding under the Canadian Urban Demonstration Program established by the Ministry of State for Urban
"Most people in" the; University community who are
aware of the demonstration program tend to think of it
as a competition limited to innovations in housing and
transportation," said Prof. H. Peter Oberlander, chairman of the President's Canadian Demonstration Projects
Selection Committee.
"There is no reason," said Prof. Oberlander of UBC's
School of Community and Regional Planning, "why a
suitable proposal can't be submitted from any department on campus.
"The imagination and innovation exists. But most
poeple don't realize that submissions aren't limited to a
narrow field.
"The program holds out a unique opportunity for the
social sciences, humanities and other groups."
One example might involve UBC's daycare centres.
Part of the experience of the centres is already being
used as a guide for establishing other centres across the
province. There must be a number of ideas that could be
developed into proposals in the daycare area.
The centres could co-ordinate with the extended care
hospital now being built on campus. The children, many
of whom are denied the benefit of an extended family,
would have the opportunity of relating to elderly
people, and the patients would derive therapeutic benefit from the presence of children who would accept
them, as child innocence often does, regardless of the
patients' health status.
Those teaching French might collaborate with health
and education groups on campus in preparing audiovisual material on some aspect of preventive medicine
for use in English public schools across Canada. The children would be taught both French and preventive medicine in a novel way.
Proposals must meet a number of criteria set out by
the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs for the demonstration program. A proposal must be:
Innovative: it shouldn't re-invent the wheel;
Transferable: solutions should be applicable to similar
situations elsewhere in Canada and not be a solution to a
totally unique problem;
Comprehensive: it should take into account interrelations so that the proposal isn't a solution that causes
greater problems in other areas than existed in the first
Solution-oriented: it must demonstrate a practical
solution to a problem; it can't be a plan or model or
research proposal;
Sponsored by a reliable group and include a budget.
This is to ensure that the cost of the proposed demonstration project is realistic and that the proposal will be
carried through to completion by the sponsoring group.
The President's committee has added three additional
criteria to the ones outlined-above.
Proposals to the committee must reflect the essentially educational nature of the University. The University, after all, isn't the Department of Mines of the
Province of New Bruns\vick, and a proposal from the
University should reflect the institution's educational
role in society.
Proposals to the committee should also take into
account the urban nature of the University. With a population of more than 25,000, UBC is one of the larger
urban communities in the province and offers an outdoor laboratory for demonstrating practical solutions.
The third criterion of the committee is that proposals
require the approval of the Board of Governors to be
implemented. For example, the proposals would entail
the use of University property.
A member of the University community with a proposal that doesn't require the Board's approval could
submit the proposal directly to the Ministry of State for
Urban Affairs, as would any other citizen.
Copies of the booklet outlining the competition can
be obtained by phoning the Department of External
Affairs in Vancouver at 666-6761.
Members of the University community who have an
idea they wish to test before going to the trouble of
preparing a formal proposal should contact any member
of the President's committee for advice.
Apart from the chairman, who can be reached at local
5977, they are: Mr. Brahm Wiesman, Community and
Regional Planning, 2371; Prof. Wolfgang Gerson, Architecture, 2261; Dr. Gordon Walter, Commerce and Business Administration, 4553; Dr. Gerry Brown, Civil
Engineering, 4379; Prof. Roy Taylor, Botanical Gardens,
4186; Prof. Hugh Wynne-Edwards, Geological Sciences,
5543; and Dr. George Szasz, Health Care and Epidemiology, 3081.
Or 12 copies of a short summary of the proposal
should be sent to the executive secretary of the committee, Peter Thompson, c/o the Department of Information Services, for the committee to discuss as a group.
The deadline for the next series of formal proposals
to the committee is June 1, though the committee will
meet to consider both formal proposals or outlines of
ideas as they are received.
The four proposals approved in principle by the
Board of Governors so far:
• A dual mode rapid transportation system
sponsored by the Engineering Undergraduate Society.
The EUS proposal is for a system of electrically-
powered automobiles which can link to a guideway
system for travel over specific distances.
Major advantages claimed for this system are flexibility and the use of hydro-electric power, a renewable resource relatively cheap in Canada.
Disconnected from the guideway, the vehicles would
have the freedom of conventional automobiles and be
driven over existing roads.
But for travel over specific points of heavy traffic
density, the vehicles could automatically connect
through the use of computers with a power guideway.
The guideway could be mounted at curbside, requiring little alteration in the existing transportation system.
• A bike-bus, proposed by Dr. Richard Seaton, an
environmental psychologist in the School of Architecture.
This proposal also combines two modes of transportation. The proposal is to provide transportation in a
special low-bed bus for bicycles and riders to and from
the University.
There are a number of advantages in combining the
two methods into a single system:
The catchment area around each trailer or "bus" stofl
would be much greater than for pedestrians;
Larger catchment areas mean less frequent stops so
that the motorized segment of the bikers' journey would
be much faster than conventional bus service;
Door-to-door travel time would be cut.
• International Women's Pavilion, proposed by Dr.
Margaret Fulton, UBC's Dean of Women, and Ms
Catherine Wisnicki, assistant professor in UBC's School
of Architecture.
The international women's pavilion is meant to be
environment created by women, an environment for a
host of activities revolving around the task of modern
women redefining their role in society.
The 6,000-square-foot pavilion would be used during
both International Women's Year (1975) and Habitat^
the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements,
which will take place in Vancouver from May 31 to Jurfe
11 next year.
• Self-help   university   housing,   proposed   by   Mr.
Bruce Fairbairn, who graduated from UBC's School of
Community   and   Regional   Planning   last  spring;   Mr.
Charles  Haynes, who graduated last year from UBC1
School   of   Architecture;   and   Mr.   Robbie   Smith
fourth-year engineering student.
The proposal is to determine the feasibility of self-
help housing. Both consumers and producers would be
brought together to produce the product — 30 or more
modular housing units to be built by the occupants.
There would be emphasis on "learning-by-doing" and,
preservation of the environment. The proposal wou?c
offer a practical base for interdisciplinary experiments.
An interdisciplinary evaluation committee would be
created to make sure that the perspective of a number of
disciplines is taken into account. This is to avoid a situa
tion where, for example, technical barriers to self-heir
housing are eliminated but the project fails because no
enough attention was given to the social or psychologi
design of the project.
None of these submissions has yet been acted up<
by  Ottawa,   but  an  early  decision   is expected. Pro
Oberlander said.
Funding for the program starts April 1, 1975.
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Illustrations at right and below depict three of
the four projects recommended by UBC's
Board of Governors for funding under the
federal government's Canadian Urban Demonstration Program. At right are three views of
an electrically-powered automobile, which
could operate independently or as part of a
power guideway system. The UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society has proposed this
project. Illustration at lower right shows a
modular housing unit which would be built
under a self-help housing scheme proposed by
two UBC graduates and a current student.
Illustration below for an International
Women's Year Pavilion is intended to depict
only the elements which make up the design
of the pavilion — a sail-like roof, the portability of the pavilion resulting from modular construction, and a deck which would serve to
house services for the pavilion. No illustration
is available for the fourth project recommended for funding — a bike-bus proposed by Dr.
Richard Seaton, an environmental psychologist in UBC's School of Architecture. More
details on each proposal are given in story at
UBC Reports/Feb. 26,1975/5 HON. Thomas Dohm has been named chairman of
UBC's reconstituted Board of Governors until Aug.
31. He will also be a member of a Board committee
established on Feb. 4 to consider whether Board
meetings should be open to the public. For details,
see story below.
UBC's new Board of Governors has established a
committee to consider whether meetings of the Board
should be open to the public.
The Board approved the establishment of the
committee when it held its first_ meeting on Feb. 4.
The Board, increased in size from 11 to 15 members,
was recently reconstituted under the terms of the
new Universities Act.
The seven-member committee will be made up of
six current Board members and Dr. Douglas Kenny,
UBC's President-designate, who will succeed President
Walter H. Gage on July 1. 4
The other members of the committee are the Hon.
Thomas Dohm, who was elected chairman of the
Board until Aug. 31 at the Feb. 4 meeting; Mr. Clive
B. Lytle, chairman of the Board's staff committee;
Mr. George L. Morfitt, chairman of the finance
committee; Mr. Charles Connaghan, chairman of the
property committee; President Gage; and Mr. Svend
Robinson, one of two student-elected members of the
The committee is empowered to "consider all
aspects and to recommend the constraints, including
safeguards, under which Board meetings would be
opened, if it is agreed by the committee to
recommend to the Board that public access be
permitted to regular meetings of the Board;..."
The committee has been asked to report to the
Board at its regular meeting on April 1.
Unit credit granted
Students in UBC's Faculties of Arts and Science
who successfully complete any course will in future
be granted unit credit for that course.
This resolution, approved by UBC's Senate at its
, Feb. 19 meeting, will apply in the current Winter
' Session and to earlier sessions on appeal to the deans
of the two Faculties.
Other Faculties of the University have been asked
' to discuss the new regulation and to inform Senate of
the advisability of applying the same principle to
Senate also approved a new definition of "fail"
standing after passing the recommendation on the
granting of unit credit.
In future, fail standing will be assigned where a
J student has taken a study program of: (1) more than
"> 6 units and passed in less than 60 per cent of it; or (2)
6 or fewer units and passed in less than 50 per cent of
6/UBC Repqrts/Feb. 20.1975
Continued from Page One
available to next year's presidential committee and also
urges the Board of Governors "to find a possible solution for this year (1975-76),.as well."
A feature of the proposed increase in room rates in
the Place Vanier and Totem Park Residences is a wider
differential between the cost of a single room and a bed
in a double room.
The presidential committee agreed to a formula that
will increase this differential to 30 cents a day in
1975-76, from 19 cents a day in the current year.
The presidential committee has recommended that its
1975-76 counterpart seriously consider a differential
between the cost of a bed in the low-rise units associated
with the Walter H. Gage Residence and a bed in the
high-rise units of the same residence.
The low-rise units in the Gage Residence are housekeeping units occupied by students who are married.
Each floor of the high-rise units is divided into four
self-contained quadrants, each occupied by six students.
The proposals for increases in room rates in the Place
Vanier and Totem Park Residence do not this year include provision for an increase to cover the room costs
of 46 resident fellows. This proposal, a Housing department official said, will have the effect of eliminating the
resident fellow positions.
Resident fellows are appointed by the Housing
department and receive a free room in exchange for advisory and supervisory services in the Place Vanier and
Totem Park Residences. There are 36 resident fellows in
the Totem Park Residence and 10 in the Place Vanier.
Finally, the presidential committee has proposed increases in the rates charged to tenants occupying suites
and townhouses in the Acadia Park family residence,
converted wooden army huts in adjacent Acadia Camp,
and self-contained suites on President's Row in Acadia
The average increase for units in all these areas will be
3.6 per cent, effective Sept. 1.
The committee has also agreed that a surplus of funds
resulting from the operation of family residences in
Acadia Park and Acadia Camp be designated a contingency reserve to provide emergency repairs to huts
and other accommodation in Acadia Camp and Acadia
Park, and as a development fund for planning, development and acquisition of future family housing.
This accumulated surplus amounted to $184,793 on
March 31, 1974.
Present and proposed rental rates for family housing
in Acadia Park and Acadia Camp and on President's Row
are shown in Schedule A at right. Proposed increases in
rates for converted army huts in Acadia Camp range
from $1 to $3 a month and would result in a monthly
rental range from $44 to $98. Increases in Acadia Park
and on President's Row are $4 or $5 a month.
The President's Permanent Joint Residence Committee was established in 1973 as the result of a series of
discussions between Administration officials and representatives of students living in residence.
The  Joint  Residence  Committee  works with Mr.
Leslie Rohringer, UBC's director of residences, in the
formulation of policy recommendations for the effective '
operation and management of all campus residences, irfl
eluding the setting of rental and room-and-board rates.
The committee also works on the budget for residence
areas and recommends spending priorities to the director.
The five student members on the Joint Resident
Committee are elected from a Single Student Resident;
Co-ordinating Committee and an Acadia Co-ordinatir
The University Administration representatives on the
President's Permanent Joint Residence Committee are,
Mr.   Rohringer,   who   is also  the  chairman;  Mr.   Ke^l
Werker, business manager for the Housing department;
and Mr. Bob Bailey, director of UBC's Food Servic
138    .
* These present rates
do not reflect the average
6.5 per
cent increase
that was placed on new
moving in after April, 1973.
A 6.5 per
cent increase will continue to be placed on new
who   replace
those tenants
living in
Park  before
April   1,  1973
them up to the level paid by tenants who began
tenancy after April 1,
Winter Session - Proposed 1975-76 Rates (1974-75 Rates in Brackets)
Fall Term
Walter H. Gage Residence (room only)
Single room $330.48 ($282.22)
in high-rise quadrant
Shared suite $330.48 ($282.22)
in low-rise (double)
Totem Park Residence (room and board)
Senior single room       $614.04 ($501.61)
Single room $570.18 ($464.53)
Double room $539.58 ($444.96)
Place Vanier Residence (room and board)
Single room $570.18 ($464.53)
Double room $539.58 ($444.96)
Spring Term
$379.08 ($315.10)
$379.08 ($315.10)
$704.34 ($560.05)
$654.03 ($518.65)
$618.93 ($496.80)
$654.03 ($518.65)
$618.93 ($496.80)
$709.56    ($597.32)
$709.56    ($597.32)
$1,318.38 ($1,061.66)
$1,224.21 ($ 983.18)
$1,158.51 ($   941.76)
$1,224.21 ($   983.18)
$1,158.51 ($   941.76)
$3.24 ($2.74)
$3.24 ($2.74)
$6.02 ($4.87)
$5.59 ($4.51)
$5.29 ($4.32)
$5.59 ($4.51)
$5.29 ($4.32)
1974-75 Fall Term 103 days. Spring Term 115 days, total 218 days
1975-76 Fall Term 102 days, Spring Term 117 days, total 219 days
Summer Session (room and board)
Single Room (per day) $5.53
Double Room (per day)        $5.29
~! X.
(1) Revenue from Student Accommodation
Salaries, Wages and Benefits
Utility Costs (Electricity, Gas, Water, Telephone)
Repairs, Maintenance and Improvements
'Other Operating Costs
Debt Repayment
(2) Total Expenditure, Accommodation
(3) Balance (Line 1 minus Line 2)
(4) Net Convention Revenue
(5) Surplus/(Deficit)(Line 3 minus Line 4)
$   442,889
$   479,415
$   549,217
$   549,443
$   652,537(3)
$   113,135
($   372,183)
($   359,647)
($   390,917)
($   316,500)
$      57,044
$   148,064
$   210,000
$   222,006
$   250,000(8)
$   170,179
($   224,119)
($   149,647)
($   168,911)
($     66,500)
Includes bedding and furnishings, insurance, laundry, linen, printing, office supplies, housekeeping supplies, postage, etc.
(6) Revenue from Residence Food Services
Cost of Food
Salaries, Wages and Benefits
Utility Costs (Electricity, Gas, Water, Telephone)
Repairs, Maintenance and Improvements
*Other Operating Costs
Debt Repayment
4974/75 Deficit (estimated)
(7) Total Expenditure, Residence Food Services
(8) Surplus/(Deficit)(Line 6 minus Line 7)
(Line 5 plus Line 8)
Includes laundry, cutlery and china and miscellaneous supplies and expenses.
,      629(986 .
683,600^  •,
:;  >:• :-902,750
26,438   .
23,933    .
($    44,308)
($     29,146)
($     68,335)
($       5,006)
$   125,871(1)
($   253,265)
($   237,246)
($     71,506)
Table 1 shows the consolidated operating statements for the three complexes of residences for
single students, treated as a unit. The table
accounts for three related operations: provision of
student accommodation, the Convention Centre
(which uses the Totem Park and Walter H. Gage
Residences during the summer), and the provision
of food services for residence students.
This table shows the actual financial position
for the fiscal years 1972-73 and 1973-74, the budgeted position for 1974-75 (as estimated at the
beginning of the fiscal year), the estimated position for 1974-75 (recently calculated in the light
of actual results for the fiscal year to date, plus an
estimate for the balance of the fiscal year to March
31, 1975), and the projected position for 1975-76.
(1) It will be noted that there was an overall
surplus of $125,871 in 1972-73, mainly due to the
postponement of the first semi-annual instalment
repayment of the loan of $3,306,500 from the
Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. on the Walter
H. Gage Residence. This postponement was possible due to construction delays, and the resultant
surplus was used to partly offset the deficit in
(2) A 13.2 per cent increase in gross revenue is
necessary to hold the budget to a deficit of
$66,500. However, this 13.2 per cent increase in
gross revenue requires a 17.35 per cent average
increase in winter residence fees because of de
creasing revenues from summer school and stay-
through students.
(3) The budgeted increase in salaries reflects
average wage settlements in the community at the
present time and minor increases in salaries arising
from increases in productivity for supervisory personnel.
(4) The budgeted increase in utilities reflects
the continuing rise in the cost of heating, electricity, gas and telephone services.
(5) Because repairs are very labor-intensive and
are slowly increasing as buildings get older, the
committee has budgeted for an increase of 10.9
per cent over the projected figure for 1974-75.
This increase, however, is only calculated to provide the same level of service as was provided this
year and does not foresee any new projects or upgrading of facilities.
(6) Other expenditures include insurance and
licences, furnishings, laundry, printing, office and
housekeeping supplies, and administration. Most
of the expenditures in this category are labor-
intensive (for example, laundry), and reflect the
tremendous increases observed everywhere. Virtually all the services provided to Housing in this
category are from suppliers outside the University;
companies over which the University has no control. In spite of the increase from the projected
figure for the fiscal year ending March, 1975, the
budgeted figure for next year is less than the comparable figure for the year ending March, 1974.
(7) This figure is higher than last year's due to
the small increase in interest charged on an outstanding bank loan for the Walter H. Gage Residence.
(8) The net convention revenue projection of
$250,000 is less than the comparable figure published twp years ago because of unforeseen cost
increases and increased,corrjpetition in the hospitality industry. Although convention business has
consistently been better every year since predictions were made in early 1972, and the department has always met its projected net income targets in spite of rising costs in all sectors, it is felt
that it will only be able to increase its net income
by about one-half of the 40 per cent increase projected three years ago. It was impossible to foresee
three years ago the magnitude of the recent labor
settlements, and because the convention business
is very labor-intensive, these settlements have had
a dramatic effect on operating costs. Ordinarily,
these increased operating costs would be offset by
a similar increase in Convention rates, but the increased competition for convention business due
to the opening of five new hotels in the past two
years, plus three more under construction, has precluded the Convention Centre'^ ability to increase
its rates significantly. Even so, it is projecting a 22
per cent increase in gross revenue. However, due to
the increase in operating costs, this will result in a
12.6 per cent increase in net convention
revenue. Leading planning groups meet here
The first of two international meetings on the
planning of human communities will take place in
Vancouver in a few weeks.
Vancouver has already been selected as the site of
Habitat: the United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements, which will run from May 31 to June 11
next year.
This year Vancouver will host a joint planning conference of the American Society of Planning Officials
and the Community Planning Association of Canada.
Organizers view the planning conference as a prelude to the UN meeting next year. About 3,000 community and regional planners are expected to attend
the planning conference.
The conference will be opened by anthropologist
Margaret Mead. Other participants will include
Nathaniel R. Jones, of the general council of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People; Richard Babcock, a noted Chicago lawyer
who specializes in zoning law; and Arthur Erickson, a
leading Canadian architect.
The theme of the conference will be "Sharing
Space: From Neighborhood to Continent."
Conference co-chairmen are John D'Eath, president of the Community Planning Association of
Canada; and Prof. H. Peter Oberlander, vice-president
of the American Society of Planning Officials.
Mr. D'Eath said that the development of towns,
cities and countries is increasing competition for the
use of space.
"The competing demands often conflict and this is
a particular challenge to planners and to citizens
generally," he said. "Planning is supposed to resolve
these conflicts and one way of resolving them will be
the theme of the conference."
Dr. Oberlander, of the University of B.C.'s School
of Community and Regional Planning, said "we are
just discovering that the world's resources, including
land for housing and urban living, are finite. But
human needs seem infinite.
"One way, perhaps the only way, that we can cope
with growing needs and aspirations placed on limited
resources and space is to share," said Prof.
Oberlander, former first secretary of the Canadian
Ministry of State for Urban Affairs.
Some of the broad issues the conference will touch
upon include:
Resolving  conflicts  between   neighborhood  and
regional needs, re-examining political and economic
forces that guide development, sharing decisionmaking between governments and citizens, and getting citizens to participate in the planning process.
"Another general issue will be ethnic lifestyles or
the value systems of social sub-groups," Prof.
Oberlander said.
"For example, planners must realize that not
everyone wants a manicured lawn. Some people
might prefer what others would consider an overgrown yard or a natural bit of bush."
Mr. D'Eath said that preservation of agricultural
land will be a major topic at the conference.
"There's a lot of interest," Mr. D'Eath said, "in
the way different parts of Canada, especially British
Columbia, have gone about preserving farm land."
The conference will also feature 14 mobile workshops so that delegates will be able to see planning in
the field. Delegates will be guided by professional
planners who are members of the Canadian Institute
of Planners and who are thoroughly familiar with
metropolitan Vancouver.
Continued from Page One
"Dick" Shirran, director of the Office of Student Services. "Many of the jobs didn't match student preferences," he added, "but there was no shortage of jobs
if students were prepared to work at anything."
Students returning to UBC in September, 1974,
were asked to complete a questionnaire during registration. They were asked to state whether they were
available for work and whether they found it, what
their total earnings were, and how much they managed to save.
Almost 16,000 students — roughly 75 per cent of
the total number of students who registered at UBC
— answered the questionnaire. Just over 83 per cent
of the respondents said they sought employment and
96.6 per cent of these reported they found jobs.
Undergraduate male students who found employment reported median earnings of $2,190, an increase
of $646 over the 1972 median. Women undergraduates reported 1974 median earnings of $1,480, an
increase of $511 over 1972. (In computing median
earnings, first-year students were eliminated from
both groups).
Among the men students the highest median
summer earnings were reported by students from the
Faculties of Applied Science ($2,535), Forestry
($2,493) and Commerce'($2,369). Among women
students the highest median earnings were reported
by students in the Faculties of Commerce ($1,664),
Pharmaceutical Sciences ($1,645), and Agricultural
Sciences ($1,643).
The Student Services report comments: "It is
interesting to note that while both men and women
showed a considerable increase in median summer
earnings, the dollar gap between men's and women's
median earnings was larger in 1974 than in 1972. In
1972 the dollar gap was $575 and in 1974 it was
Male students reported that they saved 61.2 per
cent of their summer earnings, while women reported
saving 65.7 per cent.
Mr. Shirran warns that some caution has to be
exercised in interpreting the questionnaire data. Responses are "probably approximations," the report
says, and not all students answered every question.
"With these cautions in mind and recognizing that the
statistics should be considered approximations only,
the data can be useful'iff making comparisons and
noting trends," the report says.
Green lectures varied
IIRA Vol. 21, No. 4 - Feb. 26,
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llllll University of British
^Wamw ^aw Columbia and distributed
REPORTS free yBC fleports appears on
Wednesdays during the University's Winter
Session. J.A. Banham, Editor. Louise Hoskin
and Anne Shorter, Production Supervisors.
Letters to the Editor should be sent to
Information Services, Main Mall North
Administration Building, UBC, 2075 Wesbrook
Place, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
Two men who have established international reputations in the fields of biology and mathematics will
visit the UBC campus during March as Cecil H. and
Ida Green Visiting Professors.
They are Dr. Frederick C. Steward, Director of the
Laboratory for Cell Physiology, Growth and Development at Cornell University, and Dr. Joseph B. Keller,
professor in the Department of Mathematics, and
Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York
Dr. Steward is the author of 200 technical articles
in scientific journals and has edited a six-volume
treatise on plant biology. His books include "Plants at
Work", "Growth and Organization in Plants," and
"Plants,.Chemicals and Growth".
He is particularly well known for his work on producing whole carrot plants from single cells, without
the intervention of sex, and his research on growth
factors in coconut milk.
He will lecture on the campus as follows:
Thursday, March 6, 12:30 p.m.. Lecture Hall No.
2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Topic:
Corn, Carrots and Coconuts — Episodes in the New
Saturday, March 8, 8:15 p.m.. Lecture Hall No. 2,
on March 6
The   1975   H.R.   MacMillan   Lecture   in   UBC's
Faculty of Forestry will be given by Dr. Jerome L.
Clutter of the University of Georgia on Thursday,
■ March 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Henry
Angus Building.
Dr. Clutter will speak on "The Use of
Mathematical Programming Procedures in Resource
He will discuss a number of computer methods
used to try to develop a tree-cutting schedule that
ensures a continuous flow of logs to mills and at the
same time provides for proper management of the
forest, so that no more wood is removed than is
replaced by natural growth, and so that age of trees in
the forest becomes more uniform.
Dr. Clutter is Union Camp Professor of Forest
Resources at the University of Georgia. He was born
in Washington, Penn., in 1934, and holds a Bachelor
of Science in Forestry degree from Michigan State
University and master and doctorate degrees in
forestry from Duke University.
He was a U.S. National Science Foundation Fellow
in 1956-57. In 1960 he received the U.S. Department
of Agriculture Certificate of Merit. Ten years later he
received the award of excellence for distinguished
accomplishments in research from the Southeastern
Section of the Society of American Foresters.
During 1972-73 he was chairman of the Society of
American Foresters' Forest Sciences Board.
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Topic:
Cloning (co-sponsored by The Vancouver Institute).
Dr. Steward will also be giving lectures to graduates and undergraduates.
Dr. Keller, one of the world's leading applied
mathematicians, is best known for his widely used
work "Geometrical Theory of Diffraction". He is also
well known for his analysis of athletic records and
strategies for athletic contests. An example of his
work is "A Theory of Competitive Running" which
appeared in Physics Today in September, 1973.
He will lecture as follows:
Thursday, March 13, 12:30 p.m.. Lecture Hall No.
2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Topic:
Mathematical Aspects of Sports.
A third Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor
during March will be Dr. William Epstein, a Canadian,
who is one of the most knowledgeable experts on
disarmament in the world today. Dr. Epstein is paying a return visit to the campus, having given two
lectures in February.
He will speak as follows:
Friday, March 14, 12:30 p.m.. Room 104,
Buchanan Building. Topic: How Good Is Detente?
Monday, March 17, 10:30 a.m.. Room 218,
Buchanan Building. Topic: International Peacekeeping and Canada's Role.
Monday, March 17, 8:00 p.m., International
House. Topic: What Hope for the United Nations and
International Organization?
Buddhist nun
speaks today
The Venerable Thich Mandala, a Buddhist nun
from Vietnam and president of the Committee for
Aid to the Orphans of Vietnam, speaks on the UBC
campus this week.
The Venerable Thich will speak on "Women in the
Third World" on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m.
in the SUB Ballroom. She was born in the Hai Phong
region of North Vietnam and has degrees from
universities in Japan and France.
IWY workshop
"Femininity/Masculinity: How Do We Call Off the
Game?" is the intriguing title of an International
Women's Year event sponsored by the Women's Resources Centre at the University of British Columbia
in late February.
The workshop, which will explore the rules of the
sex-role "game" and what they do to men and
women, will take place on Friday evening, Feb. 28
(8:00 to 10:00 p.m.) and on Saturday, March 1 (9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in Lecture Hall No. 1 of the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
An explanatory brochure may be had from the
sponsor of the event, UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education, by calling 228-2181.


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