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Vol. 22, No. 30, Aug. 18, 1976. Published by Information Services; U.niversity of Bj£-,2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J. A. Banham, editor. Judith Walker,Staff writer.
John Morris photo
Hmmm, should I take a picture of the mountains or the roses? One of many
thousands of tourists to visit the campus this summer captures UBC's rose garden
on film. The visitors' information kiosks on campus have answered more than
25,000 enquiries from visitors from all over the world since the two kiosks opened
for the season in May. The program, which has employed eight students taking
people on tours of the campus and answering questions, finishes Sept. 3.
Norman MacKenzie to be honored
at unveiling of sculpture Sept. 3
President Emeritus Norman
MacKenzie, one of the most
distinguished members of the UBC
community, will be honored at a
campus ceremony on Sept. 3.
The occasion will be the unveiling
of a portrait bust of Dr. MacKenzie,
commissioned by
the UBC Alumni
Association, on
the site of the
N o r m a n
M acKenzie
Centre for Fine
The cersmony
which is open to
the University
community and
the        general MacKenzie
public, will take place at 2:30 p.m. in
the garden area adjacent to the
Frederic Wood Theatre, one of the
three buildings making up the centre.
In addition to the Frederic Wood
Theatre, the Norman MacKenzie
Centre for Fine Arts includes the
Frederic Lasserre Building, which
houses the Department of Fine Arts
and the Schools of Architecture and
Community and Regional Planning,
and the Music Building, where the
ceremony will take place in the event
of bad weather.
Dr. MacKenzie, who was president
for 18 years, came to UBC in 1944
after a distinguished career as
professor of international law at the
University of Toronto and president of
the University of New Brunswick.
He was UBC's chief executive
officer during the rapid expansion of
University enrolment immediately
following the Second World War and
he oversaw the physical development
of UBC in the late 1950s and early
Continued on p. 4
See MacKenzie
UBC places
second in
A quartet of UBC students has
placed second overall in the "Sea to
Sea Econorally" that started in
Bellingham, Wash., Aug. 1 and ended
nine days later in Washington, D.C.
The four UBC students drove a
Mazda Mizer on the cross-country rally
which was designed to demonstrate
the possibilities for fuel economy,
performance and exhaust-emission
control available with current
The UBC car was one of four
vehicles entered in the competition in
the over-2,000-pounds category.
In addition to placing second
overall in the competition, the UBC
car placed second in emission control,
third in fuel economy, and third in
Head of the UBC team is Doug
Worden, a fourth-year student in
mechanical engineering, and the chief
driver is classmate Malcolm Perry.
Third driver is fifth-year Education
student Peter Robbins, with
fourth-year engineering student
Melvyn Leung travelling as observer.
All cars had to carry a crew of four.
The 1,300-cc Mazda Mizer used by
the UBC crew was a stock vehicle that
underwent only minor modifications
to improve air flow over the car's
body. It was also equipped with a fuel
economy meter to provide a
continuous record of gas consumption.
The car underwent emission-control
tests in Detroit while en route to
The UBC team will document the
trip as a student project, and its paper
will be submitted to the student
chapter of the Society of Automotive
The SAE, Shell Oil of Canada and
Mazda Motors of the U.S. (through an
arrangement with Mazda Canada)
sponsored the UBC entry.
The UBC team is returning to
Bellingham in the Mazda and is
expected to arrive sometime next
This week's edition of UBC
Reports is the last until registration
week, Sept. 7-10. There will be no
editions on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1.
Notices for the week of Sept. 12
to 18 should be received by
Information Services not later than
5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The rush is over,
you say?
Take a closer look . . .
Now that Summer Session is
finished we can all breathe a sigh of
relief and relax for a few weeks, right?
All over this campus, from the
Awards Office to the Traffic Office to
all the academic departments, people
are scurrying about, trying to get
ready for the rush of the fall term.
There's a lot of work to be done, and
while, from outside the University
gates, it may look like the ideal time
to take a holiday from UBC, inside
these gates the story is quite different.
For instance:
During the next three weeks the
Traffic Office expects to issue most of
the annual 17,000 parking stickers it
gives out. About 2,000 stickers have
been issued so far since they became
available Aug. 1, but the rush will
begin this week. (Anytime after pay
day, which was last Friday, the office
explained.) An extra five or six
students have to be hired for the rush
John Morris photos
Physical Plant employee George Jarvin
examines one of more than 30 new
tri-lights that are being installed this
summer to improve campus lighting in
the long winter evenings ahead.
2/UBC Reports/Aug. 18, 1976
of registration week, when a kiosk will
be set up in B Lot to handle all general
parking permits.
If you want to avoid the rush, try
going to the Traffic Office on
Wesbrook Mall early in the morning or
even after dinner. They will be issuing
permits from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
seven days a week.
This is the most crucial time of the
year for the Bookstore. During these
next few weeks, the setting up of
several hundreds of thousands of
books in the Armory must be
completed for the after-registration
rush. The books must be checked,
priced, recorded, and set up in
categories   on   temporary   shelves,   a
Summer Session must be returned to
the publishers in the next few weeks in
order for refunds to be granted. And
while the Bookstore has the space
available in the Armory, the $100,000
worth of books which will go on sale
during the Bookstore's annual
November sale must be checked and
A special problem facing the Crane
library for the blind this time of year
is getting as many textbooks recorded
as possible — without knowing for sure
which courses the blind students may
be registering for, and which courses
have changed textbooks. The Crane
library is anticipating a record
enrolment this year of more than 50
blind students. More out-of-province
masters and doctoral students are
coming to UBC, perhaps because of
what the Crane library has to
offer them, says librarian Paul Thiele.
For blind students who are new to
UBC, the library is arranging
counselling and mobility training so
that the students can get used to the
campus before the crowds arrive.
If you can spare a couple of hours a
Helping to turn the Armory into a giant bookstore are Yolande DeVisser and Jim
Stevenson. The after-registration sale of texts and supplies takes three months of
solid work to set up.
project which takes from the end of
May until the beginning of September.
Extra cashiers must be hired for that
week. The books which will be sold in
the Bookstore itself must be arranged
— and this year that's all third- and
fourth-year Arts books, English 100
texts and all Medicine and Dentistry
The normal staff of 65 will be
expanded to more than 100 during
this busy period, setting up the new
and returning the old. All the unsold
texts   used   during    Intersession    and
week to read for the Crane library,
they'd appreciate it. The number of
volunteer readers is down to 27 right
now from their average of about 40
volunteers. And they'll be needing lots
of help in the next month. Call the
Crane library at 228-6111.
One of the busiest places on
campus during the summer is the
Registrar's Office, especially this
summer and these few weeks. General
campus budget cuts reduced this year's
summer   help   to   about   13   students from   the   previous   years'   30   extra
The office has processed 15,000
new applications for acceptance to
UBC    for    the    fall,    not    including
Getting out the mail in the Registrar's
Office these days is an immense task,
as mail clerk Greta Hewstan can tell
you. More than 16,000 Authorization
to Register forms were mailed one
week — and that's 50 bags of mail.
applications to Graduate Studies and
professional schools. Some 7,000 of
those applications were accepted.
About 25,000 Authorization to
Register forms have been mailed, and
the office is in the middle of indexing
by course and section more than
140,000 course cards which must be
ready for registration week. All the
data processing and card punching for
the forms and cards has kept the
Computing Centre busy this summer
as well.
Along with regular registration
processing, the Registrar's Office staff
is also beginning the work of
registering students who want evening
and weekend credit programs, and
dealing with those students who have
applied late or who want to change
programs at the last minute.
And then there's registration itself.
John Piercy, the fellow in the
Registrar's Office with the unenviable
task of organizing registration, will
hire about 100 students for that week
of Sept. 7 to 10. He sees registration as
"a messy business at best, no matter
how you do it" but anticipates no real
problems this year.
One    of    the    biggest    causes    of
confusion during registration is that so
many students don't know what
courses they're going to take, Mr.
Piercy says. They don't take advantage
of the fact that most faculties offer
counselling and course approval during
the summer for students.
Dick Shirran, director of Student
Services, echoes that complaint.
Students leave counselling until the
last possible moment, it would seem.
Student Services, which provides
course-counselling services to
in-coming students on an appointment
basis, is currently experiencing one of
its heaviest periods of work.
Mr. Shirran says his team of
counsellors is seeing approximately 75
showing up for the orientation
sessions, which include an
introduction to life at UBC as well as a
"treasure hunt" that requires students
to locate campus landmarks or rooms
where they can pick up registration
The Housing Office has taken on
two or three extra employees this
week to prepare assignment cards for
campus residences and to begin
processing cancellations by students
who failed to confirm their room
reservations by Friday of last week.
The Housing Office has a waiting
list of about 4,000 students who want
on-campus accommodation, about 700
more than last year, according to the
Another pile of forms to be folded and stuffed into envelopes. Stephanie Ellis
clears a space on her desk where assistant registrar John Piercy can put the next
load of Authorization to Register forms. And still manages a smile!
acting director of the Housing Office,
students each day. The office is also
open for Wednesday evening
counselling sessions.
"It's one of our busiest times of
year," he says. "I always find it hard
to believe that students who made a
commitment to come to UBC months
ago have given so little thought to
choosing courses for the coming year.
Most of them will spend more time
planning their vacations than they will
in planning their future careers."
In an attempt to prepare new
students for life at UBC, the office has
also been running orientation meetings
for in-coming students at 2 and 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday and on
Wednesday evenings and Saturday
About 60 students a day have been
M ichael Davies.
"We have a fairly steady stream of
people coming in each day to have
their names added to the waiting list,"
he   said.
And, of course, the office that must
deal with processing all the extra help
hired during this period in the
University year is Employee
Relations. They're busy hiring and
documenting the temporary workers
these days as well as recalling for work
in September the sessional employees
in areas such as Physical Plant and
Food Services who are needed during
the Winter Session.
So you see, things are not always
what they might appear to be from
outside the University gates.
UBC Reports/Aug. 18, 1976/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Not ices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
trip. Begins Saturday, Aug
two-day   car/camping
21, and ends Sunday.
For more information, call the Alumni Association
8:30 p.m.
NORTHWEST COAST. Robert Davidson, Haida
artist, discusses his work which is currently on
display as part of The Legacy, an exhibit of
contemporary northwest coast Indian art at the
Museum of Anthropology. Regular museum
admission will be charged. Museum of
Anthropology, Northwest Marine Drive.
Jacques Damagnez, director, Station de
Bioclimatologie, I.N.R.A. Montfavet/Avignon,
France, speaks on A Review of Bioclimatological
Research in South of France. Room 154,
MacMillan Building.
2:30 p.m.
national conference of the Canadian Society for
Computational Studies of Intelligence. About 25
papers will be presented in such areas as natural
language understanding and computer perception.
Continues until Friday, Aug. 27. For information
on location and registration, call Richard
Rosenberg, Computer Science, 228-3065.
1:30 p.m.       INTERNATIONAL     HOUSE     ART    CLASSES.
Instruction and consultation for serious art
students provided by artist Ted Dickson. Students
supply own materials. Offered every Thursday
until 4:30 p.m. Upper lounge, International House.
To register, call 228-5021. Free, all welcome.
DISCO DANCING in The Pit, with music provided
by CITR campus radio disk jockeys. Admission
free. Student Union Building.
UNVEILING CEREMONY. Unveiling of a bust of
former UBC president Dr. Norman MacKenzie. All
welcome. Norman MacKenzie Centre for the Fine
Arts (outside the Frederic Wood Theatre). For
more information see story page 1.
LABOR DAY. University closed. Museum of
Anthropology closed.
SKATE UBC. Fall session begins. Group lessons in
basic ice skating, elementary figure skating,
advanced free style, ice dancing and power skating
are offered to children and adults. Ten-week
session. Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. For
more information call 228-5995, Monday, Tuesday
or Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
summer scene
Boys from 7 to 16 years are eligible. Sessions include two hours
of on-ice instruction plus 40 minutes of off-ice circuit training
daily. Cost is $30 for a 5-day session, $50 for a 7-day session and
$65 for a 10-day session. Available until Aug. 27. Call 228-3177.
Empire Pool is open for swimming. Faculty, staff and students
have the lunch hour from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Monday through
Friday, reserved for their swimming time. Public swimming and
lessons are available from 1:45 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Swimming passes are available at the pool office or by
calling 228-3800.
The Crane Memorial Library has a
new telephone number, 228-6111. The
new number was necessary because the
Crane library has been receiving so
many calls asking for information and
reference service that traffic jams were
regular. The recorded Newsline for
blind people will also be changed over
to the new number.
Calendars for the Winter Session
1976/77 evening credit courses are
now available at the Registrar's Office
in the General Services Administration
Building or at the Office of
Extra-Sessional Studies in the Coach
House on Cecil Green Park Road. The
calendar lists most classes being held
after 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Thursday. For more information, call
Extra-Sessional  Studies at  228-2657.
Staff and faculty members are
reminded to renew their library cards
for the fall session. The card you
receive as a renewal will be a
4/UBC Reports/Aug. 18, 1976
temporary card because the special
plastic used on the permanent cards
has not yet been received by UBC.
However, the circulation division of
the library says issuing temporary
cards is necessary for most staff and
faculty library users because the
computer check-out system in the
library is now rejecting last year's
plastic-coated library cards.
Bob Grant, director of Employee
Relations, is revising the induction
program for new employees at UBC.
"It's a great, big city out here and new
people often get bounced around for a
while," he says.
He'd like to hear from employees
who have suggestions about the new
program — what information they
might have found useful as a new staff
member, ideas on how to welcome a
new employee to the University. He's
interested in suggestions for both
temporary and permanent employees.
Drop   him   a    note   at   Employee
Relations, Mary Bollert Hall, Campus
Mail, or call him at 228-5811.
Continued from p. 1
Following his retirement in 1962,
Dr. MacKenzie served as a member of
Canada's Senate and in 1969 was
named a Companion of the Order of
Canada, this country's highest
The unveiling of the sculpture will
be done by President Emeritus Walter
Gage, still an active member of UBC's
teaching staff who was closely
associated with Dr. MacKenzie during
his presidency.
The UBC Alumni Association
commissioned the sculpture from
North Vancouver artist Jack Harman.
Funds for the project were
contributed by anonymous alumni
donors and the UBC Alumni Fund.


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