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Hospital closure hits medical programs
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC health sciences undergraduate
and residency training programs are
facing relocation in the wake  of the
province's decision to close Vancouver's
Shaughnessy Hospital.
There are approximately 1,800
undergraduate health sciences students
currently enrolled at UBC, and over 500
medical residents, many of whom will be
affected by Shaughnessy's shutdown.
"The university is in the process of
assessing the implications for all health
sciences students and programs which
are based, in whole or in part, at the
Shaughnessy  site,"  said  Dr.  William
Martin Dee photo
Sweet Sounds
Violinists Paul Luchkow and Mary Jane Van der Sloot were two of 19 students who took part in a noon-hour
performance featuring Haydn, Ravel, Beethoven and Debussy during ArtsFest '93. An initiative ofthe creative and
performing arts departments, organizers hope the enthusiasm generated by this year's ArtsFest can be carried
forward to a similar showcase of talent next year.
Budget woes prompt UBC hiring freeze
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC has put an immediate freeze on
all new hiring after receiving word that
the university will not obtain any increase
in this year's operating grant from the
provincial government.
The funding crunch means UBC will
have to make a "multi-million dollar
reduction" in expenditures to bring the
budget into line with anticipated income.
Martha Salcudean appointed
new associate VP of research
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Martha Salcudean, head of the Dept.
of Mechanical Engineering, has been
appointed associate vice-president.
Research, effective Nov. 1.
She replaces the current associate vice-
president, Bernard Bressler, who is
stepping down to become the head of the
Dept. of Anatomy.
In her new position, Salcudean will
have a different portfolio than Bressler,
who promoted research in the health
sciences. Salcudean will concentrate on
engineering, basic and applied science,
forestry and agriculture.
"As an educator, researcher,
administrator and collaborator with
industry, Martha has an outstanding
record of achievement. She brings a great
deal of expertise to this position." said
UBC President David Strangway.
"We are delighted that a person with
Martha's   research   experience   and
contacts with industry has agreed to
devote her time
and effort to
encourage and
support other
members in
this regard,"
said Robert
Miller, vice-
will help to
promote and
develop a broad
spectrum of
basic, applied and targeted research
activities on campus, as well as liaise
with government, industry and other
"I am pleased  to be able  to foster
collaboration between the university and
industry.   I  believe  strongly  in  such
See RESEARCH, Page 2
President David Strangway said in one of
two letters sent to staff and faculty earlier
this month.
Such spending cuts will have an
inevitable effect on faculty and staff
positions, he said, because salaries and
benefits account for 83 per cent of the
university's current operating
"But we'll do everything in our power
to manage any cutbacks by attrition,"
Strangway said.
The hiring freeze on new positions
funded through the operating budget will
give the university flexibility for long-
term planning, he said. The freeze will be
reviewed at least quarterly and will be
See BUDGET, Page 2
Webber, co-ordinator of Health Sciences.
The health sciences at UBC include
the faculties of Medicine. Dentistry and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as the
schools of Nursing, Rehabilitation
Sciences and Audiology and Speech
B.C. Health Minister Elizabeth Cull
announced Feb. 15 that Shaughnessy
will be closed over the next six to seven
Dr. Martin Hollenberg, dean of the
Faculty of Medicine, said that although
relocations may be necessary, the
government failed to recognize the
important academic role a major teaching
hospital like Shaughnessey plays, in
addition to the clinical care it provides.
The hospital's closure will have a
significant impact on UBC's academic
activities which must now move with
difficulty and at some expense to other
sites, he added.
"It would have been far preferable if
the ministry had discussed the closure
and its pros and cons with the university
in detail before the announcement was
made." Hollenberg said.
"The importance of the academic
activities could have been explained and
proper planning done in advance of the
closure announcement."
Faced with with government's decision,
Hollenberg said that the Faculty of
Medicine will work hard to assist the
process and to minimize the disruption
faculty, staff and students may experience
in their work and studies.
Both Hollenberg and Dr. David
Hardwick, associate dean of research and
planning in the Faculty of Medicine, will
participate in advisory and transfer
committees established by the province
to oversee the process.
Hardwick expects that plans for
transferring UBC's medical programs to
other facilities in the city will be finalized
by April.
He believes that the government's plan to
expand B.C. Children's Hospital and
maternity care facility Grace Hospital —
which share the same complex with
Shaughnessy—will allow expansion of certain
programs UBC already has at the site.
"It makes sense for our specialty
programs in obstetrics, gynecology,
pediatrics and women's health to remain
at Shaughnessy," Hardwick said. "It will
also allow the needed expansion of our
teaching and research activities in these
The provincial government is hoping
to save nearly $40 million annually by
redistributing services in the 360-bed
acute care facility to other hospitals in
Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
You're Honored
Thirteen outstanding individuals to receive honorary degrees
Books Brutalized  3
A vandal destroys Main Library books on Nazi-era Germany
Diving In  7
Competitive swimmer Anne Barnes takes to the water — again
Two Solitudes        8
Forum: Why our students need to learn about the arts and sciences 2 UBC Reports • February 25, 1993
Continued from Page 1
lifted as soon as circumstances
Enrolment levels will
unfortunately also have to be
adjusted to bring them more into
line with funding provided by
the provincial government, he
said. At the present time, UBC is
carrying a very large complement
of unpurchased student places.
Strangway said the
government has not yet made its
position clear on a number of
issues that have financial
implications for the university.
For example, it is not yet
known how the province will
honor its commitment on pay
equity for both unionized and
non-unionized employees or
whether the province intends to
provide funds for provincially
mandated pension contributions
for part-time employees. There
is also a question of whether the
government will fund the
operating costs of new buildings.
"We are looking forward to
hearing from the provincial
government about these
unresolved issues," Strangway
While government funding is
curtailed, UBC also faces rising
costs in a number of areas, such
as utilities and previously
approved salary settlements, he
said. As well, salary and benefits
negotiations for faculty and
management and professional
staff are upcoming.
Strangway said that the
university community will  be
Honorary degrees granted to 13
Opera star Maureen Forrester,
jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and
former grand chief of the
Assembly of First Nations,
Georges Erasmus, are among 13
outstanding individuals who will
receive honorary degrees from
UBC this year.
Nominees are distinguished
scholars, creative artists, public
servants, those prominent in
the community and the
professions, and others who
have made significant
contributions to the life of the
university, the province,
nationally or internationally.
New parking
passes may
meet safety
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Evening and weekend parking
passes may help ease concerns
about personal safety for
individuals working or studying
at UBC after hours.
The passes would apply to
metered parking spaces and be
made available at nominal cost,
said John Smithman, director of
Parking and Security Services
(PASS). There are 500 metered
spaces on campus.
"Many faculty, staff and students
have expressed concern about
parking long distances from their
work place at night," said Florence
Ledwitz-Rigby, chair of the
President's Advisory Committee on
Women's Safety.
"Being close to metered
parking that doesn't require
constant meter-feeding may help
some of these people."
The Women's Safety
Committee, in co-operation with
PASS and Campus Planning and
Development, has been studying
the idea as part of its ongoing
efforts to improve safety services.
In order to assess the
feasability of creating the passes.
Parking and Security is
encouraging people who would
benefit from the service to
complete an application asking
for information about their
current parking practices and
"I also urge anyone whose
work place is not close to meters
to park in the well-lit, monitored
lots and use the various services
already available for them, such
as the security bus or the AMS
and patrol escort services,"
Smithman advised.
Applications may be obtained
from the PASS office located at
6501 N.W. Marine Drive.
Other honorary degree
recipients are Mary Ashworth,
UBC professor emerita of
Language Education; Charles
Bourne, UBC professor
emeritus of Law: Minnie Croft,
a past winner of the Gold
Feather Award for outstanding
dedication to First Nations
communities; Yves Fortier,
formerly Canada's ambassador
and permanent representative
to the United Nations; William
Gibson, chancellor emeritus,
University of Victoria and
professor emeritus, UBC;
Norman B.  Keevil.  chair and
CEO, Teck Corporation and chair
of the board, Cominco; Pyong
Hwoi Koo, businessman and past
winner of Korea's highest civilian
honor; Gerard Pelletier,
journalist, labor and social
activist, politician and
diplomat; Leslie Peterson,
UBC chancellor for the past
six years; and Peter Wrist.
president, CEO and director.
Most of the honorary degrees
will be bestowed at UBC's spring
Congregation, May 25-28, while
the rest will be presented at fall
Congregation in November.
Continued from Page 1
cooperation," Salcudean said.
"The university, industry and
government must work together
to promote technological
advancement and wealth and
job creation in B.C."
Salcudean heads several large
collaborative projects with major
companies, such as
Weyerhaeuser, Pratt & Whitney
Canada, and Atomic Energy of
She is a noted researcher who
has won acclaim for computer
simulations of fluid flow in
industrial processes. Her
research funding is among the
highest of any engineering
researcher in Canada.
Salcudean joined UBC in
1985, becoming the first
woman in Canada to head up
an engineering department.
Born and educated in
Romania, she is fluent in four
She is the recipient of a
Science and Engineering Gold
Medal from the B.C. Science
Council, a Killam Research Prize
and an honorary degree from the
University ofOttawa. She is also
a fellow of the Canadian Academy
of Engineering.
She also holds memberships
on the governing council of the
National Research Council, the
National Advisory Panel on
Advanced Materials and the
board of the Advanced Systems
As head of her department,
Salcudean was particularly
active in promoting co-operative
education and strengthening
design in engineering education.
She is also a member of the
Canadian Academy of
Engineering's education
Salcudean will stay on as head
of Mechanical Engineering until
the end of October. She said
that, while looking forward to
her new position, she will miss
the close collaboration with her
colleagues and staff in the
department and in the Faculty
of Applied Science.
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all Authors!
Are you the author of a book
published between
January 1992 and
December 1992?
If so, we would like to hear
from you!
On April 7,1993
President David Strangway
and University Librarian
Ruth Patrick
are hosting the
3rd Annual Reception
for UBC Authors.
If you're a UBC author,
please contact
Margaret Friesen
or Pauline Willems
Main Library
kept informed of the state of
UBC's finances for 1993/94 as
more information is received from
the government.
Hopes for an increased
operating grant were raised last
month in Premier Mike
Harcourt's televised address to
the province. He said then that
post-secondary education,
schools and hospitals would
receive a three per cent increase
in provincial support in the
coming year.
However, Tom Perry, minister
of Advanced Education, Training
and Technology, has indicated
that his ministry's increase will
largely be used to expand access
to B.C.'s university-colleges,
community colleges and the
University of Northern B.C..
which is currently under
construction in Prince George.
He  said  there  will  be  no
inflationary increases for any of
the province's universities and
colleges, which are prohibited
by law to operate at a deficit.
UBC's Alma Mater Society is
calling on the provincial
government to repeat a two per
cent grant given to the university
last year to partially offset a
tuition freeze.
"It would be invaluable to the
university," said outgoing AMS
President Martin Ertl. "The
government will then have
ensured that the tuition increase
is tolerable and also that UBC is
financially able to fulfill its
UBC's Board of Governors
announced an 11.9 per cent
tuition increase last month, with
a proviso that the increase would
be reduced to 9.9 per cent if the
government repeated its
offsetting grant.
UBC Reports incorrectly
identified Connie Eaves in
the January  28  issue.
Eaves, a professor in the
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports, UBC Reports ■ February 25,1993 3
Dickens melodrama
offers action, intimacy
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
When the Royal Shakespeare Company
brought Charles Dickens' Nicholas
Nickleby to the stage in the mid-1980s.
Errol Durbach was sure it would take off.
Split into two, four-hour evenings, this
ambitious production was perhaps too
big to fly.
Still, the London spectacle left a lasting
impression on Durbach who remained
convinced that Dickens held tremendous
potential for stage drama.
The simple fact is he tells a hell of a
good story," said Durbach, head of UBC's
Dept. of Theatre and Film. "After seeing
Nicholas Nickleby, 1 thought how nice it
would be if theatre just got back to telling
a story again; to making people laugh,
cry, gasp and hold their breath."
These are reactions he hopes to elicit
from audiences at Frederic Wood Theatre
when his adaptation of Dickens' novel,
Dombey and Son, appears March 10-20.
Durbach believes that in its
preoccupation with presenting human
ideas and conditions, contemporary
theatre has lost touch with character
development and plot. Dombey and Son,
he says, has it all.
A lesser known of Dickens' works, the
book nonetheless carries the author's
distinctive signature of a huge cast, a
tangled plot and tidy resolution.
And therein lay Durbach's challenge:
how to condense 900 pages and close to
100 personalities into a two-and-a-half
hour script with 34 characters. After
several years pondering this question,
Durbach finally got down to pruning the
novel in 1991. The result is what he
believes to be a lucid storyline
complemented by scenic sets, brilliant
costumes and an original musical score.
He even manages to bring a train on
"It's a wonderful moment when Mr.
Carker gets killed by the on-rushing train,"
says Durbach. "How it's done is the
director's problem, not mine. I just knew
we had to have it in."
Set against the familiar backdrop of
Dickens' industrial England, the novel,
as its name suggests, focuses on the
business and family relationships of one
individual. Specifically, it traces the fall
and moral rise of its main character, Paul
Dombey, who exemplifies the progress-
driven merchant ofthe mid- 19th century,
allows money to so dominate life that his
family interactions become nothing more
than business negotiations.
Assistant Professor John Wright will
direct 18 theatre students in the two-act
As Dickens is known to be highly
sentimental. Durbach says his adaptation
will be emotionally demanding for the
'The performers will have to find a new
technique of speaking and expressing
themselves in a melodramatic way." said
Durbach. "Dickens pulls out all the
emotional stops and the students will
have to respond to that. At the same time,
they've got to be careful to play it straight."
In the spirit of a Victorian melodrama,
the play will also include musical
accompaniment written especially for the
production by Canadian composer
Michael Conway Baker.
Dombey and Son marks Dickens' first
foray onto the Freddy Wood stage as well
as Durbach's first appearance as
On both counts, Durbach hopes it's
not the last.
by staff writers
n eye-catching acronym seen in the BioSciences building, posted on a
door: L.O.V.E.R.S. (Laboratory of Vertebrate Engineering Research and
Twenty-seven years after their first exhibition at the UBC Fine Arts
Gallery, Iain and Ingrid Baxter are back.
In 1966, the two Vancouver conceptual artists presented a show called
Bagged Place Environment featuring pieces of rented furniture individually
wrapped in clear plastic.
Operating as
the N.E. Thing
Co., the
Baxters' were
plugging into
new artistic
outlets. They
with telecopiers
(the prototype
of the fax
machine) as
early as 1970
and were the
first artists in
Vancouver to
Cibachrome processing.
This current UBC exhibition, which runs until March 27, is curated by
William Wood and Nancy Shaw and focuses on the their landscape works
from 1965-1971 - the period in which conceptual art was introduced to
Bags are included.
Hey, you with the twitchy index finger and the glazed-over eyes. All those
squandered hours in the SUB arcade might pay off, after all.
The Bookstore is holding a computer games contest on Wednesday.
March 3, between 11:30a.m. and 2 p.m. Entrants can test their abilities and
battle it out for prizes that include software and electronic goods.
The Bookstore's computer shop supervisor, Sandra Blackmore. says the
contest is to draw attention to the fact that the computer shop will now be
carrying games year-round, instead of just during the Christmas season.
Sign Here
Gavin Wilson photo
Raising Sub-consciousness
UBC Engineering students Vernon Chang, left, and Geoffrey Liggins
demonstrate their human-powered submarine at the recent Vancouver
International Boat Show. A team of Engineering students is raising funds to
cover the cost of competing in human-powered submarine races held in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida this June.
Provinces climb aboard
math, science survey
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Canadians are slowly climbing aboard
as the Third International Mathematics
and Science Study (TIMSS) prepares to
set sail in 1995.
So far, 50 countries, 10 more than
expected, have signed on for the global
survey to test the knowledge and skill of
nine-, 13- and 16-year-olds in math and
"It's like trying to manoeuvre a
supertanker," said Professor David
Robitaille, head ofthe UBC team which is
co-ordinating the $4-million project.
With the recent addition of Ontario,
Canada's participation in the project now
stands at four provinces, including B.C.,
Alberta and New Brunswick. Robitaille,
who hopes the study will open lines of
communication on educational issues
within our own borders, is optimistic that
more Canadians will sign on before the
test is launched.
From the basement of UBC's Faculty
of Education, Robitaille's 15-member
team has spent two years developing the
timelines, translation systems and
instruments that will analyse TIMSS data.
Most of the information will come from
questionnaires filled out by students,
teachers and government officials.
The largest study of its kind ever, UBC
organizers estimate the decade-long
project will  reach  about one  million
children and 25.000 teachers.
Previous studies in Canada, including
a cross-country survey in 1991, have
compared student achievement but failed
to supply any explanation of results.
TIMSS will measure and compare
achievement scores of individual students
as well as curricula and teaching methods.
Robitaille admitted that while TIMSS
may seem a cumbersome and time-
consuming project to set up, once
launched, it will prove an efficient method
of gauging a country's educational
strengths and weaknesses.
Other issues TIMSS will examine are
the effects of technology on teaching, how
children are selected for math and science
courses and the participation of women
in senior secondary sciences.
Sponsored by the International
Association for the Evaluation of
Educational Achievement (IEA), funding
for the first five years of the decade-long
study has come mainly through grants
from the U.S. and Canadian governments.
The IEA's last study of math and science
examined 24 countries, half that ofTIMSS,
in the early 1980s. Organizers say
repeating this type of study establishes
trends which give policy-makers an idea
of what direction their educational
systems are heading.
Anon-governmental organization, the
IEA was created in 1960 when it began
the First International Mathematics
Nazi era books damaged in stacks
A vandal has destroyed valuable
books on the Nazi era housed in the
Main Library.
More than 25 books on Second-
World-War Germany, many of them
irreplaceable, had sections ripped out
before being replaced on library
The vandalised books were
discovered in the reference area and in
the stacks recently by Jocelyn
Godolphin. head of the Humanities
and Social Sciences Division.
It's not known when the vandalism
took place.
Huge sections containing
information on the German military
were torn outof many ofthe books. In
some cases the tables of contents and
title pages were removed, making it
impossible to identify the missing
information, said University Librarian
Ruth Patrick.
"Some of these books go back to
1945," said Patrick. Those which can
be replaced would have to be done so at
a cost of thousands of dollars."
Patrick said the incident has been
reported to the RCMP. In the meantime,
library officials have begun a security
audit of the Main Library to see what
can be done to improve the situation.
"Until we move into new facilities
with the completion of phase one ofthe
new library centre in 1995, securing
the many access and exit points in the
Main Library will remain one of our
priorities." 4 UBC Reports • February 25, 1993
February 28 through March 13
Monday, March 1
BC Cancer Research Centre
The Oxygenation Of Tumours.
Dr. Andrew Minchinton, Medical
Biophysics. BC Cancer Research
Centre Lecture Theatre at 12pm.
Call 877-6010.
Mechanical Engineering
Swirling Turbulent
Combustion. Dehong Zhang,
PhD student. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Astronomy Seminar
TBA. Omer Blaes, Canadian
Institute of Theoretical
Astrophysics. Geophysics/
Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee at
3:30pm.   Call 822-4891/2267.
Tuesday, March 2
Pharmacology /Therapeutics
Diabetes In The Elderly. Dr.
Graydon Meneilly, Medicine.
University Hospital G279 from
12-lpm.  Call 822-6980.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Design And Synthesis Of A
Calcium Binding Protein. Mr.
Rlc Procyshyn, BSc, Pharmacy,
MSc, Pharmaceutical Sciences.
IRC #4 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
Regulatory Mechanisms
Controlling Expression Of Seed
Storage Protein Genes. Dr. Alison
Kermode, Biology, SFU.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Oceanography Seminar
Statistical Mechanical
Tendencies In Simulations Of Flow
In Bata-Plane And Topographic
Basins. Patrick Cummins, Institute
of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Faculty Development
LeadingALlvelyTutorial. Judy
Brown, English. Angus 33 from
3:30-5pm. Call Lynne Abbott at
822-9149 to register.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
A Population Health
Perspective On Occupational
Health. Dr. Clyde Hertzman,
associate professor, Health Care/
Epidemiology. University
Hospital G226 at 4pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, March 3
Faculty Association
The UBC Pension. Marcelle
Sprecher, manager,
Management; Stan Hamilton,
member, Pension Board.
Hennings 201 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call Lynne Abbott at
Microbiology Seminar
Why Immuno Regulation Is
Not As Complicated As It Looks:
Multiple Cytokines Trigger
Common And Specific Signal
Transduction Paths.    Dr. John
Schrader, Biomedical Research
Centre. Wesbrook201 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-3308.
Astronomy Seminar
Environments. Cerald Mortality -
Schieven, Dominion Radio
Astrophysical Observatory.
Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at
4pm. Coffee at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Amphotericin B Versus
Fluconazole For Disseminated
Candidiasis. Jane De Lemos.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 320
at 4:30pm. Call 669-6500 pager
Thursday, March 4
Whole Earth Seminar
Seismic Stratigraphy Of The
Fraser River Delta: Sedimentary
Framework & Evolution Of A
Macrotidal Delta During The
Holocene Sea Level Rise. Mike
Roberts. SFU. GeoSciences 330A
at 12:30pm. Refreshments/
discussion following. Call 822-
Faculty Development
The Art Of Survival In The Large
Class Setting. Gary Poole.
Psychology, SFU/director, Centre
for University Teaching. Angus 33
from 3-5pm. Call Lynn Abbott at
822-9149 to register.
Leon/Thea Koerner
Psychology Seminar
Research Issues In Attention.
Prof. Michael Posner, director.
Institute of Cognitive/Decision
Sciences, U. of Oregon. Kenny
3302 at 4pm.   Call 822-6771.
Faculty Association Seminar
The UBC Pension Plan And
Government Benefits. Marcelle
Sprecher, manager,
Management; Stan Hamilton,
member Pension Board. Carr Hall
Conference Room from 5-6:30pm.
Call Lynne Abbott at 822-9149 to
Friday, March 5
Management Information
Systems Seminar
Icons And Direct Manipulation
(II). Kai Lim. MIS PhD student.
Angus Penthouse from 1-2:30pm.
Call 822-9552.
Chemical Engineering
Surimi Viscous And Thermal
Properties And Product
Development. Moez Bouraoui.
grad student, ChemEngineering.
ChemEngineering 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Monday, March 8
Mechanical Engineering
Knowledge-Based Hierarchical
Control For Process Automation.
Nalin Wickramarachchi. PhD
student. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Astronomy Seminar
The Dynamics Of Galactic
Nuclei. Man Hoi Lee, Canadian
Institute of Theoretical
Astrophysics.       Geophysics/
Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee at
3:30pm.   Call 822-2696/2267.
Tuesday. March 9
Age-Dependent Receptor
Regulation: Stimulus Or Agonist-
Ind Effects And Roles Of Ions And
Phosphorylating Enzymes. Dr.
Chris Shaw, Anatomy. University
Hospital G279 from 12-lpm. Call
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Compounds As Mechanistic
Probes In Drug Metabolism. Mr.
Wei Tang, grad student.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 60 at
12:30pm.   Call 822-2061.
Botany Seminar
The Relationship Between
Environment And Vegetative
Morphology Of Iridaea Splendens
And Iridaea Lineare (Rhodophyta).
Frank Shaughnessy, PhD
candidate. Botany. BioSciences
2000 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Faculty Development
Teaching Students With
Disabilities. Jennifer Leigh Hill,
Education. UVic. SUB 205 from 2-
4:30pm. Call Lynne Abbott at
822-9149 to register.
Oceanography Seminar
The Sedimentology Of Coastal
Upwelling Systems: The Geological
Record Of Biological Events. Kurt
Grimm. Geology. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm.   Call 822-2828.
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Environmental Risk Evaluation
Of Mining Leachate. Diane Lister,
grad student, Mining/Mineral
Process Engineering. University
Hospital G226 at 4pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, March 10
Centre For Southeast Asian
Research Seminar
Shadows Beneath The Wind:
Singapore, World City And Region.
Scott MacLeod, PhD candidate.
Geography. Asian Centre 604 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-4688/3814.
Faculty Association Seminar
Securing Your Financial Future.
Jim Rogers. The Rogers Group,
Financial Advisors/Benefit
Consultants. Hennings 201 from
12:30-1:20pm. Call Lynne Abbott
at 822-9149.
Microbiology Seminar
T Cell Tolerance. Dr. Hung-Sia
Teh, Microbiology. Wesbrook 201
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Myth-Romycins: The Role Of
The New Macrolide Antibiotics. Ms.
Linda Sulz, Clinical Pharmacy,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 320 at
4:30pm. Call 669-6500pager421.
Thursday, March 11
Whole Earth Seminar
Fluid Migration In Subduction
Zones: Inferences From High-
Pressure Metamorphic Rocks.
Dr. Jane Silverstone, U. of
Colorado. GeoSciences 330A at
12:30pm. Refreshments/
discussion following. Call 822-
Faculty Association
Financial And Lifestyle
Issues: Part 1: Tax-Effective
Retirement Planning/Part 2:
Focus On A Successful
Retirement. Bonny Campbell,
Michael Louie, Gail Riddell. Carr
Hall Conference Room from 5-
6:30pm. Call Lynne Abbott at
822-9149 to register.
Friday, March 12
Management Information
Systems Seminar
An Experimental Study Of The
Determinants And Impact OfThe
LIse Of Explanations Provided By
A Knowledge-Based System. J.
Dhaliwal, U. of Alberta. Angus
Penthouse from l-2:30pm. Call
Chemical Engineering
Human Microvascular
Exchange Following Thermal
Injury. ReginaAmpratwum, grad
student. ChemEngineering.
ChemEngineering 206 at
3:30pm.   Call 822-3238.
Monday, March 1
Counselling Psychology
The Use Of Hypnosis In
Counselling And Psychotherapy
With Clients Of Abuse And
Trauma. Dr. Du-Fay Der.
Counselling Psychology 102 from
12-lpm.   Call 822-5259.
Applied Mathematics
Analytical And Quasi Analytical
Solutions For Evaporation From
Bare Soil. Dr. Michael Novak. Soil
Science. Mathematics 203 at
3:45pm.   Call 822-4584.
Wednesday, March 3
Geography Colloquium
Carl Sauer And The Crisis Of
Representation. George Lovell,
Geography. Queens U. Geography
201 from3:30-5pm. Refreshments
at 3:25pm.   Call 822-5612.
Thursday, March 4
Psychology Colloquium
Attention As Distributed Neural
Systems In Higher Brain Fund ion.
Dr. Michael Posner. U. of Oregon.
Chemistry 200 at 12:30pm. Call
Physics Colloquium
Origins Of Order, Self-
Organization, Selection And
Evolution. Stuart Kauffman. U. of
Pennsylvania/Santa Fe Institute.
Hennings 201 at 4pm.   Call 822-
Friday, March 5
International Relations
Lunchtime Colloquium
Demystifying The 1978 Bonn
Accord: Japanese Macroeconomic
Diplomacy 1977-78. Tsuyoshi
Kawasaki. Buchanan Penthouse
from 12:30-2pm.   Call 822-6875.
Wednesday, March 10
Geography Colloquium
Snow Avalanche Forecasting:
An Expert System Approach. Dave
McClung, Geography. Geography
201 from3:30-5pm. Refreshments
at 3:25pm.   Call 822-5612.
Applied Mathematics
On Seeing Robots. Prof. Alan
Mackworth.   Computer  Science.
Mathematics203at3:45pm. Call
Thursday, March 11
International Relations
Lunchtime Colloquium
The Future OfThe European
Emphasis In Canadian Defence
Policy. Allen Sens. Buchanan
Penthouse from 12:30-2pm. Call
Psychology Colloquium
The Consequences Of
Introspection: Disruptive Effects
Of Thinking About Why We Feel
The Way We Do. Dr. Timothy
Wilson, U. of Virginia. Kenny
2510 at 4pm.   Call 822-3005.
Physics Colloquium
Graphical Techniques For
Causal Modelling. Judea Pearl,
UCLA. Hennings 201 at 4pm.
Call 822-3853.
Material for the Calendar must be submitted on
forms available from the UBC Community Relations
Office, 207-6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
1Z2. Phone: 822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Notices exceeding
35 words may be edited.
Deadline for the March 11 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period March 14 to March 27 — is
noon, March 2. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ February 25,1993 5
February 28 through March 13
Tuesday, March 2
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Lecture
The Social Construction Of
The Gendered Body: Exercise
And The Exercise Of Power. Dr.
Patricia Vertinsky, associate
dean. Education. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 50 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9171.
Lectures In Modern
Design, Synthesis &
Chemistry Of Reactive Transition
Metal Silicon Bonds. Dr. T. Don
Tilley, Chemistry, U. of California,
San Diego. Chemistry South
Block B250 at 1pm.
Refreshments at 12:50pm. Call
Public Lecture
History Of Forests And
Biodiversity-Focus On Asia. Dr.
Jeffrey McNeely, chief
conservation officer. World
Conservation Union, Glano.
Switzerland. MacMillan 166 at
4:30pm.   Call 822-6316.
Wednesday, March 3
Orthopaedics Grand
Report From The American
Academy Of Orthopaedic
Surgeons. Eye Care Centre
Auditorium at 7am. Call 875-
Centre For Southeast Asian
Research Lecture
Literature From Indonesia.
Dr. Henk Maier, U. of Leiden.
Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3814/4688.
French Lecture
Ecriture De L'histoire Et
Fiction Historique. Suzette
Bahar. Buchanan Tower 799 at
2:30pm.   Call 822-4025.
Thursday, March 4
Psychiatry Academic
Neurochemical And
Pathophysiological Basis In The
Treatment Of Schizophrenia. Dr.
Larry Ereschefsky, professor.
Pharmacology/Psychiatry, U. of
Texas, Health Sciences Center.
San Antonio. University Hospital
2NAB from 9- 10am. Call 822-
Leon/Thea Koerner
Psychology Lecture
Attention As Distributed
Meural Systems In Higher Brain
Function. Prof. Michael Posner.
director. Institute of Cognitive/
Decision Sciences. U. of Oregon.
Chemistry 200 at 12:30pm. Call
Economics Lecture Series
WWI: The Privatisation Of
The English Electricity Industry.
David M. Newberg. Buchanan
A106 from 12:30:2:30pm. Call
Public Lecture
New Approaches To Protected
Area Management. Dr. Jeffrey
McNeely, chief conservation
officer, World Conservation
Union, Glano, Switzerland.
MacMillan 166 at 1:30pm. Call
Friday, March 5
Obstetrics / Gynaecology
Grand Rounds
Anti-Progestins (RU486) -
PotentialApplications. Dr. Dorothy
Shaw. University Hospital
Shaughnessy Site D308 at 8am.
Call 875-4261.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Paediatric Brachial Plexus
Injuries. Dr. John R. Kestle, MD,
MSc, FRCSC, Paediatric
Neurosurgeon. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 8:30am. Call 875-
Distinguished Medical
Research Lecture
An Architecture For Neural
Plasticity In The Developing Visual
Cortex. Dr. Max S. Cynader,
professor/director of research.
Ophthalmology. IRC #6 from
12:30- 1:30pm.   Call 822-8633.
Economics Lecture Series
WW2: The Transition In Eastern
Europe.      David   M.   Newberg,
Buchanan  A100   from   12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-4129/2313.
Saturday, March 6
Vancouver Institute
Saturday Night Lecture
Leon And Thea Koerner Lectu re.
Images of Mind: Pictorial Review
Of Brain Changes DuringThought.
Prof. Michael Posner, director.
Institute of Cognitive/Decision
Sciences, U. of Oregon. IRC #2 at
8:15pm.  Call 822-3131.
Tuesday, March 9
Lectures In Modern
Multidimensional Mass
Spectrometry: Gas-Phase Organic
& Physical Chemistry. Dr. R.
Graham Cooks, Henry Bohn Hass,
distinguished professor,
Chemistry, Purdue U., West
Lafayette, Indiana. Chemistrv
South Block B250 at 1pm.
Refreshments at 12:50pm. Call
Wednesday, March 10
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Case Presentations. Hand
service. Eye Care Centre
Auditorium at 7am. Call 875-
President's History Lecture
ComingTo Terms With The Past:
The Legacy Of National Socialism.
Prof. Adolf Birke, director, German
Historical Institute, London.
Buchanan B314 at 12:30pm. Call
Classics Illustrated Lecture
The Sanctuary Of Demeter And
Kore/Persephone In Cyrene, Libya.
Prof. Susan Kane. Oberlin College.
Museum of Anthropology Lecture
Theatre at 8pm. Refreshments
following.  Call 822-2889.
Thursday, March 11
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Software Safety. Dr. Nancy
Leveson,   Information/Computer
Science, U. ofWashington. IRC
#6 from 4-5:30pm. Call 822-
Friday, March 12
Grand Rounds
Rounds cancelled - resident
ski day.  Call 875-4261.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Chronic Cough In Infants And
Children. Dr. Lauren Holinger,
professor. Otolaryngology,
Children's Memorial Hospital.
G.F. Strong Auditorium at 9am.
Call 875-2118.
Saturday, March 13
Vancouver Institute
Saturday Night Lecture
Poetry And Psychobiography.
Ms. Phyllis Webb, OC, poet/
Saltspring Island. IRC #2 at
8:15pm.   Call 822-3131.
Tuesday, March 2
Faculty Women's Club
Vancouver's Voyages: Charting
The Northwest Coast. Dr. Robin
Fisher, History, SFU. Husbands/
Guests welcome. Cecil Green
House at 7:30pm. Call 222-1983.
Wednesday, March 3
Wednesdays At Lunchtime
UBC Computer Shop's
Computer Games Day. Computer
games competition. Limited
entries. Prizes/refreshments.
Bookstore from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-2665.
Thursday, March 4
Students For Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
Seeing The Forest Among The
Trees. Herb Hammond, RPF,
consulting forester. MacMillan 166
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 222-
Panel Discussion
Bernanos, Poulenc And The
Dialogues Of The Carmelites.
Susan Bennett, Vancouver Opera:
Andrew Busza, English, Floyd St.
Clair, French. Dorothy Somerset
Studio from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Video Recording Replay
Teaching With Technology.
Apple Education TV Series. Media
Services TeleCentre from 3:30-
4:30pm.   Call 822-5036.
Tuesday, March 9
Lunchtime Symposium
Assisted Suicide - Should It Be
Legalized? Dr. Alistair Brown,
Langara College. Law Theatre 101
from 12:30-l:30pm.
Refreshments.   Call 822-5684.
MOA Stories And Traditions
Vi Hilbert, Lushootseed elder,
Upper Skagit, tells stories/talks
about how the oral hist ories of her
community remain alive and
dynamic. Museum       of
Anthropology   Great   Hall   at
7:30pm.  Call 822-5087.
Thursday, March 11
Satellite Video Recording
Innovations In Technology:
How Computers Are Changing
The Way We Learn. Media
Services TeleCentre from 9:30-
11:30am.  Call 822-5036.
Saturday, March 13
The State Of Contemporary
Art Criticism In France. Lasserre
102 from 10am-5pm. Admission
$10. All talks in English. Call
Cutting Edge Gem Show
Spectacular gems, including
Ponderosa Queen, plus guest
lectures. M.Y. Williams Geological
Museum March 5-7 from 9am-
5pm. Bring your specimens to a
free identification clinic (no
appraisals), Mar. 7 from 12-4pm.
Call 822-5586.
Theatre Performance
Dombey And Son. Charles
Dickens, Errol Durbach, John
Wright. Frederic Wood Theatre
from March 10-20 at 8pm. Adults
$10, Students/Seniors $7,
Wednesday previews 2 for $10.
Call 822-2678.
Women Students' Office
Taking registration for career
planning, assertiveness, self-
esteem, making peace with food,
bicultural women/mature women
students support. Advocacy/
personal couselling services
available.   Call 822-2415.
Skills Centre
Develop your writing skills for
interest and possibly profit. Travel
Writing/The Artful Business of
Freelance Writing start in March.
Call 222-5245.
Connected Earth Symposium
A Symposium on earth sciences
and the future of humanity. March
5 at 7:30pm, reception following.
March 6 from 9am-5pm. Call 822-
8684 to confirm attendance for
evening session.
Between Disciplines
Keynote Address March 5 at
7:30pm. Lecture March 6 at 9am
followed by workshops and panel
discussions. Asian Centre.
Registration required for
workshops.   Call 822-9121.
Keynote Address March 8 at
7pm. Conference March 9-10 from
8:45am-6:00pm. Graduate
Student Centre Patio Room.
Registration fee $5 or $1/event.
Call 822—5122.
Spanish Immersion Program
Program will be held in
Cuernavaca, Mexico from Mar. 1 -
19. Call Language Programs/
Services at 222-5227.
Executive Programmes
Business Seminars. March 1-
15: Assertiveness for Managers.
$550: Cutting Edge of Leadership,
$995; Essential Management
Skills, $ 1,375; Financial Statement
Analysis, S595: How to Write
Effective Financial/Technical
Reports, $395. Call 822-8400.
Pet Loss Support Group
Four week support group begins
March 3. Counselling Psychology
102Wednesdaysfrom7-8:30pm. Call
Deborah at 822-5259 to register.
Self-Concept/Body Image
Seeking women volunteers ages
35-65 who either have not had any
surgery on their breasts or had
undergone surgery for breast
cancer 2-5 years ago, without
recurrence or further surgery on
their breasts. Participation
involves a questionnaire about
body image/self-concept which
takes about 15 minutes to
complete.  Call 224-0313.
Sexual Response Study
Psychology department
requires sexually functional/
dysfunctional women to
participate in research on sexual
arousal. Honorarium. Call 822-
2998 Monday-Thursday from 4-
Wednesday, March 3
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Gerald Stanick, viola; Eric
Wilson, violoncello. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Admission $2.
Call 822-5574.
Thursday, March 4
Music Concert
UBC Chinese Ensemble. Asian
Centre at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Sunday, March 7
Sunday Afternoon Concert
Bambaya.     Music/song  from
northern Ghana. Museum of
Anthropology Great Hall at
2:30pm. Free with museum
admission.   Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, March 10
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Hugh Fraser Jazz Quintet.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Admission $2.   Call 822-5574.
Thursday, March 11
Wallace Berry Memorial
Distinguished guest artists.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call
822-5574. 6 UBC Reports ■ February 25, 1993
Around and About
by Ron Burke
Getting oriented to UBC
When Bonnie Milne started her new job at
UBC seven years ago, she was thrilled about
joining a prestigious institution.  She admits
she found the university's orientation session
less than rousing, though.
"I was so disappointed when I basically just
filled out insurance and benefit forms with
other new people," she says.
Now, as co-ordinator of Human Resources'
Staff Orientation Program, Milne is part of a
team updating the way new employees are
welcomed to campus. ^^^^^^^^^
The idea is to give staff a
warmer reception, plus an
understanding of the
university's structure, goals
and role in the community
in order to help them
provide better service to the
on- and off-campus clients
they deal with.
"Research shows that
orientation is sort of a
microcosm of the
organization," she says.
"That first impression is so       	
important — it really sets
the tone. There's a positive correlation
between the orientation process and
employees' satisfaction with the organization."
UBC's new orientation program — which is
also open to current staff — has been running
since December and Milne is pleased with
what she sees.
"UBC was unusual for an organization of
its size in not having a proper orientation
program," she says.  "On the other hand, it's
very common for universities not to have that
kind of program. We're near the head of the
pack, so to speak, in having one now."
The orientation program grew from the
Staff Development Plan of 1991.  In
developing the plan, about 50 focus groups
were conducted with UBC staff. A common
remark was that employees felt isolated in
"We want to educate
new employees about
UBC's goals and
purpose so that they
can see where they
fit in and take pride
in that."
-Bonnie Milne
their departments, and not bonded or
familiar with the rest of campus.  A more
comprehensive orientation program was
seen as a way to address this.
"We've had great support and cooperation from all over campus in putting
together the program." says Milne.  "We
want to educate new employees about
UBC's goals and purpose so that they can
see where they fit in and take pride in that."
A three-hour session for new employees
        is held at Cecil Green Park
on t he third Thursday of
every month.  A senior
member of the
administration, usually a
vice-president, welcomes
staff and speaks about the
university's mission and
role in the community.
Speakers from other areas,
ranging from Employment
Equity to Continuing
Studies, describe their
unit's functions and
       relationship with the rest
of campus.
There is also a slide show describing
UBC's geography, history and culture.  This
conveys some of the spirit of campus and
helps demystify campus terms such as Gate
Six. Second to None and Great Trek.
Staff may also sign up for guided tours,
offered by the Community Relations Office,
to help them get their bearings and learn
more about campus facilities, history and
Ironically, now that Milne has helped
enhance UBC's orientation program for new
employees, she is leaving the university to
become a consultant.
"Maybe this is my legacy." she jokes.
For further information about the
orientation program, call Maura Da Cruz in
Human Resources at 822-9644.
Conference Centre
Comfortable and Affordable
Walter Gage Court has 48 guest suites,
ideal for families or extra guests. Each
unit contains a bedroom with twin beds,
living room with a hide-a-bed,
kitchenette, television and private
bathroom. Enjoy UBC's many
attractions just minutes from
downtown Vancouver and the airport.
The UBC Conference Centre
welcomes visitors year round!
Telephone: (604) 822-1060 Fax: (604) 822-1069
The classified advertising rate is $ 15 for 35 words or
less. Each additional word is 50 cents. Rate includes
GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Community Relations
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friends ofCfiamBer Music presents the
Alexander Quartet
and Roger Cole, oboe
performing:   Barber, String Quartet, Opus 11;
Mozart, Oboe Quartet, K. 370; Bax, Oboe Quintet <fej
Mendelssohn, String Quartet, Opus 44/2.
Tuesday, March 9, 1993, 8:00 PM.
at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Tickets: $22 (students $11)
from the Vancouver Ticket Centre (280-4444) or at the door.
Programme subject to change.
The Cecil H. and Ida Green
Visiting Professorships
President and Co-Founder, Group of 100 Artists
for the Environment, Mexico
Poet, Novelist, Activist, Diplomat
The History of an Historical Novel
(The Vancouver Institute)
Saturday, February 27 at 8:15 p.m.
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Hall 2
EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER: Surviving in Mexico
Monday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Angus Building, Room 104
(in Spanish and English)
Tuesday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Buchanan Penthouse
Wednesday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Buchanan Building, Room B-214 UBC Reports • February 25,1993 7
by staff writers
William (Bud) Phillips is the new principal of the Vancouver School of
Theology (VST).
Phillips has been a faculty member at VST
since 1977, specializing in continuing education for lay
and ordained participants.
An experienced radio broadcaster, he has also
produced a series of educational religious programs on
Knowledge Network Television. As an ordained
clergyman he has served congregations in Alberta,
Ontario. Saskatchewan and Massachusetts.
The VST is an ecumenical institution affiliated with
UBC which prepares students through degree programs
for lay and ordained ministry in the Christian church. PhTH
Three UBC staff members have been elected to serve on the board of
directors of the university's staff pension plan, effective Jan. 1.
Brian Evans, an electronic services manager at TRIUMF and George
McLaughlin, an electrician with Plant Operations, have been elected to two-
year terms.
Sara Vargis, a library assistant in Woodward Library will serve a one-year
The board, which comprises four elected members and four appointed
members, is chaired by Jon Nightingale, who was elected to a two-year term in
January, 1992.
The directors administer the staff pension plan for more than 3.000
• •  •  •
Bruce Hodgins, project manager and research
engineer with the Dept. of Mechanical
Engineering, has been elected 1992/93 chair of
the B.C. section ofthe Society of Automotive Engineers.
The SAE is an international organization that coordinates quality and safety standards for
manufacturers of land, sea, air and space vehicles.
The main objective of the B.C. section is to meet the
technical needs of its members by organizing technical
meetings, educational seminars and tours of
manufacturing and research facilities.
• • •  •
Three members of UBC's Electrical Engineering Dept. have won special
New Faculty Awards of $10,000 from the B.C. Advanced Systems
The awards, presented this year for the first time, go to researchers of
outstanding calibre who are relatively new to their fields.
The award winners are Hussein Alnuweiri, Samir Kallel and Matthew
Palmer, all assistant professors in the department.
The B.C. Advanced Systems Institute is a non-profit society dedicated to
creating a strong high-technology industry in B.C. through support for
research and development.
AMS, university unite
to improve job services
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The university and the Alma Mater
Society have joined forces to help UBC
students find work.
The AMS's Job Link program, which
traditionally focused on summer jobs,
and UBC's Placement Services, which
concentrated on permanent and part-
time jobs, will co-ordinate their efforts in
a move which should result in better
service to students and potential
Discussions are underway on how this
association will take place. But already,
Job Link co-ordinator James Pflanz has a
desk in the Placement Services office in
Brock Hall. And Placement Services is
posting summer jobs, which they will
continue to do until Job Link opens its
office in the Student Union Building
around the end of term.
"Now students won't have to go to two
or three different places when they apply
for work, and employers won't have to call
all over campus," said Placement Services
Manager Evelyn Buriak.
Both Buriak and Pflanz believe that by
making the university more approachable
and attractive to employers, more jobs
are likely to be offered to UBC students.
"Our hope is that we can offer employers
such quick and efficient service they'll
soon prefer to come to UBC," Pflanz said.
'The result could be more jobs for students
Pflanz said the AMS has designated a
new, expanded role for Job Link, including
assisting in part-time job promotions and
playing an educational role.
For example. Job Link is co-sponsoring
a lecture on summer job-hunting
strategies with the Student Counselling
and Resources Centre. The lecture will be
held March 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the SUB
Job Link is also operating year-round
now. in co-operation with PlacementServiees,
and will be involved in finding students part-
time jobs throughout the year.
"The AMS has demonstrated a
commitment to student employment as a
tool for students to put themselves
through university," Buriak said.
UBC's Placement Services office was
opened last August to fill the void left
after the federal government closed its
campus Canada Employment Centre in
Buriak said employment services for
students are becoming more important
as increasing numbers of students take
part-time jobs to support themselves
during the school year.
"The greater the gap between the
maximum student loan available and the
real cost of going to school, the more
students are turning to part-time work."
she said.
Abe Hefter photo
Anne Barnes is back in the pool after shaking off the flu bug, preparing for
national championships this weekend in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Barnes back in the swim
with fresh perspective
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
There was a time when Anne Barnes
thought she would never competitively
set foot in a swimming pool again.
Now, with a long-term goal of competing
at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in
her home town of Victoria, the 22-year-
old French major is swimming with
renewed vigor after almost abandoning
the sport entirely.
"I brought a lot of bad memories with
me when I arrived here from the University
of Calgary in 1991," Barnes reflected.
"It wasn't anything that anybody had
done. Competing had become a struggle
for me and I was going nowhere in terms
of performance."
Barnes was so discouraged that she
informed swim coach Tom Johnson, after
her first week of practice at UBC, that she
wasn't going to swim competitively any
What happened after that literally
changed her life.
"When I informed Tom of my decision,
he asked me what it would take to keep
me swimming. I told him that I needed a
certain amount of freedom within the
team to do what I wanted to do.
"A coach needs a routine for his
swimmers and I was going against the
system. Fortunately, Tom has been very
flexible and very tolerant. He has instilled
a sense of challenge within myself and
has given me the freedom to make choices
for myself."
With Johnson's respect in tow, Barnes
went out and captured two gold medals at
the CIAU championships in Montreal last
year in her specialty, the backstroke.
The third-year student, who is the
current CIAU record holder in the 100-
metre backstroke with a time of 1:02.68,
now has her sights set on the national
championships Feb. 26-28 in Saint John,
New Brunswick, and the CIAU
championships in Toronto March 5-7.
The top two swimmers in each event
will earn a spot on the Canadian team at
the World Student Games in Buffalo this
July. Her personal best short-course
times are 1:02.51 over 100 metres and
2:14.89 over 200 metres.
Recently, Barnes' biggest battle has
been against a nasty flu bug, which forced
her to cut back on practice. Still, she feels
the rest might do her some good, and is
hopeful of qualifying for the World Student
Games for the second time.
Her international experience includes
a trip to the World Student Games in
England in 1991 and the 1990
Commonwealth Games in Auckland. She
missed out on qualifying for the 1988
Summer Olympics in Seoul by only one-
tenth of a second, "a real shame," and
slipped during the trials for the 1992
Summer Olympics in Barcelona, "a real
However, the Olympics aren't what
Anne Barnes is all about, any more. Her
priorities have changed and her educadon
has moved more to the forefront.
"A swimmer at age 22 is no youngster
anymore. My focus has shifted somewhat.
What's important now in swimming is to
give it my best shot and enjoy the moment
for what it is. Having said that, I still feel
I'm a force to be reckoned with in the
As for qualifying for the Commonwealth
Games in 1994, competing in front of a
hometown crowd would be a nice way to
close out her swimming career. However,
she realizes that there are no guarantees
and plans to take things one year at a
"What I do know is, if not for coach
Johnson and the swimming program here,
my teammates, and UBC, I probably would
not be swimming today. UBC has put my
life into perspective." 8 UBC Reports • February 25,1993
But is it Art?
Ga\.m Wilson photo
What is it? asked curious passers-by when confronted with this huge white
cube outside the Main Library. Adding to the mystery was the sound of
voices emanating from inside. A collaborative work by fourth-year Bachelor
of Fine Arts students, this outdoor installation was part of the first annual
UBC ArtsFest, a four-day series of plays, concerts readings, films and
exhibitions sponsored by creative and performing arts departments within
the Faculty of Arts.
News Digest
UBC and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) have reached an agreement regarding
operation ofthe Aquatic Centre, expansion ofthe Student Union Building (SUB) and
other matters.
Under terms of the agreement, UBC will assume management of the Aquatic
Centre and will consider, for approval, plans from the AMS to expand the north side
of SUB for non-commercial activities.
In addition, the university will continue to pay for the operating expenses of the
existing areas of SUB occupied by the AMS, regardless of whether or not such areas
include commercial operations.
The AMS will undertake to contribute annually (throughout the term of its existing
SUB lease) a sum equal to the university's operating costs ofthe society's commercial
operations in the Student Union Building.
Contributions will be earmarked for the AMS Innovative Projects Fund.
The agreement was accepted unanimously by the AMS council on Jan. 27.
• • • •
In an international comparison of stadiums with seating capacities of 40,000 or
less, UBC's Thunderbird Stadium was ranked fourth in gross receipts by Amusement
Business, the industry news weekly, in 1992.
Two sold-out summer concerts attracting 57,233 people grossed more than $1
million in ticket sales. Stadiums in Ireland and Spain, as well as Olympic Stadium
in Calgary, exceeded the gross sales record set for Thunderbird Stadium.
While ranked fourth internationally, Thunderbird Stadium was ranked number
one among North American university stadiums.
The results ofthe summer concert schedule were very encouraging." said Michael
Kelly, director of Athletic and Sports Facilities. 'The stadium ranking is really a bit
of a bonus."
Where does the money from gate receipts go?
"The money goes largely to support ongoing operating costs of all athletics facilities
on campus, not just the stadium," said Kelly.
"In addition, about $10,000 from the proceeds of last year's concerts is being made
available to the Alumni Association."
Deborah Apps, executive director ofthe Alumni Association, says the $ 10,000 has
been earmarked for use by the Dept. of Athletics and Sport Services.
The university is currently looking at concert date requests from promoters for
"We had some success in noise control last year and we would clearly try to
duplicate that success in 1993," said Kelly. "In addition, some steps would probably
have to be taken to enhance field protection."
• • • •
Going my way?
If you would like to "vanpool" to UBC, there are still spaces available on the six
routes operating to and from campus.
There are a dozen vans currently serving Tsawwassen, Surrey/North Delta,
Richmond, White Rock, Coquitlam and Ladner.
Vans are expected to begin operating to Burnaby, North Vancouver. Clearbrook
and Ladner this month.
For departure and arrival times, please call Karen Halex at 822-4517, Tuesdays
and Thursdays.
• • • •
More than 8,000 scholars in the humanities and social sciences from every
province will converge on Carleton University May 30 to June 13 for the 1993 Learned
Societies Conference.
The exchange of scholarship, research and ideas, presented in thousands of
research papers, will also include participants from the United States and several
other countries. The largest attendance on any given day ofthe conference, last held
at Carleton in 1967, is expected to be around 2,700.
• • • •
Guard Lisa Nickle of the Thunderbirds set a new single-game UBC point-scoring
record in women's basketball Feb. 12 against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The 21-year-old Abbotsford native hit for 39 points in a 90-61 drubbing of the
The previous record of 37 points was set by Carol Turney in 1975.
The T-Birds have clinched a spot in the Canada West University Athletic Association
playoffs to be held March 5-7 in Victoria.
Interdisciplinarity: An
Intellectual Transformation
by Patricia Marchak
Patricia Marchak is Dean of the
Faculty of Arts. This article is drawn
from remarks she gave to department
heads at a recent retreat. The
faculties of Arts, Science, Graduate
Studies. Applied Science, Commerce
and Business Administration and the
Office ofthe Vice-President, Research
are sponsoring a symposium on
interdisciplinarity at the Asian Centre
March 5-6.
There is a tendency to
acknowledge that our world - the
larger world beyond the university -
is in grave difficulty; and to then
proceed with everything as if that
information were of no immediate
The grave difficulties beyond our
gates include ecological crises,
overpopulation, starvation and
famine, serious inequalities in the
distribution of wealth and health,
ethnic and other conflicts, and whole
regions of the world where anarchy
or near-anarchy now prevail. In our
own country unemployment levels
are high, and the gap between the
rich and the poor has increased over
the past decade.
Democracy, if worth defending,
needs eloquent partisans in such a
world; and simple everyday business
in the global economy requires a
broad education. These are the
realities of a world our students
inhabit: are we doing enough to
prepare them to contribute to
positive changes or even to cope well
in that world?
Our present curriculum has some
courses that address such issues.
Bui many students are taking
majors and honours courses where
they learn one discipline's view of
these matters at best; or where they
are socialized entirely in the
particular theories and methods of
one discipline. Some majors and
honours programs are so demanding
that students learn little beyond the
discipline in their entire
undergraduate career.
How do we contribute to the
development of citizens as well as
employees? In short, how do we
broaden and deepen their
understanding of the world?
The Faculty of Science has
recently undertaken a substantial
review and curriculum change. After
a lengthy process of deliberation,
faculty members agreed to reduce
the requirements for majors,
encourage Science students to take
more liberal arts courses, improve
access to Science courses for Arts
students, and create a Science One
Now it is up to us to encourage
our students to learn more about
Science. The two solitudes must be
broken down for a generation of
students that cannot afford to be
ignorant of either approach. The
environmental studies program that
joins the two faculties is a modest
beginning in this direction.
Arts One has been a successful
program because it has challenged
good young minds to struggle with
big ideas through a literature -
whether the great books approach or
a more diverse and multi-faceted
approach - that is demanding. This
literature includes choice selections
of philosophy, anthropology.
classics. English literature and other
literatures in translation.
In a quarter century, only a
handful of other interdisciplinary
programs has survived. These
include comparative literature for
graduate students, international
relations, medieval studies, and
ethnic studies. Women's studies is
new and Canadian studies is
But there has been no channeling
of resources toward these programs.
The difficulty of seconding faculty
and organizing the curriculum each
year, the lack of incentives and
rewards for teachers, the
comparative ease and richness of
rewards for restricting one's
activities to one's own discipline,
and the human tendency to fence in
the territory against intrusions or
escapes are all probable causes.
It is time to change.
We can change the reward and
incentive system to fit new
interdisciplinary developments. The
present tenure and promotion
system can be adapted. We can
reward teachers who contribute to
these, and we can induce
departments to release them. We
can decide that future appointments
will be given priority where they
satisfy the teaching needs of more
than one department and where at
least two departments are involved
in the recruitment process. We can
channel our supplies and expenses
budgets, and our support staff
budgets and library funds toward
ends that benefit two or more
I do not mean to imply that
existing disciplines should be
dismissed. Obviously there is great,
true, and vital work going on in
many departments. What was once
interdisciplinary in any field may
now be mainstream to a particular
discipline; and interdisciplinary
programs today may turn into
disciplines in the future.
The objective is to protect the best
of the existing structure, but to be
also open to new ways of organizing
the intellectual life.
We teach many skills in this
faculty - the playing of musical
instruments, acting, costume and
stage design, studio arts, computer
skills, survey design, counselling,
map-making, econometrics,
historiography, archival skills, and
languages to name only a few. We
need to ensure that they are
transmitted - but our raison d'etre
is and must continue to be our
capacity to engage in more
philosophical debate about the
great and the small topics of life,
and more analytical undertakings.
All of the skills, vital as they are,
can be otherwise transmitted; the
unique role of the university is to
deal with larger issues that
transcend professional
commitments, and to apply skills
towards that end.
We must develop a curriculum
that challenges us to address the
immediate and urgent concerns of
our time as well as the universal and
ancient dilemmas. Our curriculum
must provide for the optimum
organization of our scarce resources
to provide education, a genuine
education, for the generations to


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