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CUSO begins
fund drive
Steve Haber, who graduated from
UBC a year ago with a B.Sc. in
biochemistry, needs your help. So do
some chemistry and biology students
at a secondary school in Oyo, Nigeria.
Steve Haber is their teacher.
CUSO (Canadian University Service
Overseas) has more than 1,000
volunteers like Steve Haber working in
40 countries. Each is giving up two
years of his or her own career to work
for local wages on projects designed to
help those who haven't the skills and
resources to help themselves.
To keep these volunteers in the
field, and to fil hundreds of other
requests, CUSO has launched a
Canada-wide campaign to raise at least
5500,000 this year.
In addition to financial support,
CUSO also has openings in its overseas
program for agriculturists, science and
English  teachers, doctors and nurses.
In the past seven years, 481 UBC
graduates have taken CUSO postings,
and UBC grads are serving now in 16
countries - including Ghana, Jamaica,
Botswana, New Guinea, Peru, Malaysia
and Nigeria. All receive travel
expenses, medical and dental coverage
and housing, plus local wages for the
Canada sends about 400 CUSO
volunteers overseas each year, in some
cases supplying the people and
equipment for complete projects.
Steve Haber is teaching at Olivet
Baptist High School, which was
founded by Nigerian and European
missionaries. The well-equipped school
is staffed by Nigerians, except for
Steve and one other teacher.
If you'd like to help CUSO, either
financially or physically, further
information may be obtained from the
CUSO office in International House or
by calling 4886.
Physical Plant electrician David McCall installs fixture atop new bollard lamp,
one of 25 recently put in place near Main Library as part of ongoing program to
improve campus lighting. The bollard lamps are so-called because the bases
resemble metal posts for securing ropes on ships and docks.
The conference capital
of the world - for a while
Both the University and its campus
will be the host this spring and
summer to a multitude of conferences
and conference-goers, ranging from
one-day local seminars to international
groups scheduling their meetings to
coincide with the world-involving
Habitat conference.
Here's a look at who's promised to
come and see us so far.
A celebration of children's
literature, the Pacific Rim Conference
on Children's Literature, is planned for
May 9 to 15, at UBC's Totem Park
Speakers and consultants have been
invited from Australia, Great Britain,
Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the
People's Republic of China, Peru,
Russia, Singapore, the U.S.A. and, of
course, Canada. The conference,
according to UBC Librarianship
professor Sheila Egoff, conference
organizer and one of North America's
leading experts on children's literature,
''will investigate cultural and
multi-cultural aspects of children's
literature, with special reference to
Canadian children's literature and its
Presentations by writers, illustrators
and publishers, discussion groups,
book exhibits, story telling, puppet
shows and films promise to make this
an interesting celebration.
Registration fee for the entire
conference, which begins Sunday
evening, May 9, is $100. Single-day
registration is available for $20. A
daily schedule of events can be had by
calling Sheila Egoff, 228-6379.
Planners from Washington,
architects from Yugoslavia, ecologists
from London and tourists from
Mexico have two things in common
next month — Habitat and UBC.
Although no official Habitat
functions are scheduled for the
campus, many groups attending the
United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements will be staying at UBC for
part or all of the Habitat period, May
25 to June 11.
Other organizations have selected
the Habitat period for annual
conferences, and UBC as the locale.
The entire Ontario Secretariat
for Habitat, 200 members, will check
in at Totem Park Residence May 29
and remain until June 12.
The Washington Chapter of the
American Institute of Planners will be
here June 3 to June 6, the
Commonwealth Human Ecology
Council from London will be here May
29 to June 12, the Yugoslav architects
arrive May 30 and depart June 7, and
Please turn to Page Four
See VISITORS even Thomas Hardy's wife has contributed to UBC
In 1917 a fellow by the name of Lionel Haweis joined
the staff of the UBC Library as a loan clerk. In his private
life he was, among other things, a collector, and after his
death in 1942, his collection of family letters and
memorabilia came by an indirect route to the library.
A worthwhile collection from an archival point of view,
but nothing very spectacular. Or so it seemed until one day
in April, 1976, a librarianship student working on the
collection turned up a letter written by the wife of Thomas
Hardy to Lionel Haweis's mother in 1894.
It reads in part:
"(My husband's)  interest in the suffrage cause is nil
.... He understands only the women he invents — the
others not at all...."
Considering the number of essays and theses that have
been written on Thomas Hardy's understanding of women,
this letter is an amazing discovery.
"And UBC has it," says Laurenda Daniells excitedly.
Laurenda, as UBC's archivist, is in charge of such
"That's what keeps you going when you're working on
papers and you get tired of counting."
UBC's archives are located in the special collections
division of the library, boxed in special non-acid paper in
temperature- and humidity-controlled conditions.
Donations to the archives come in irregularly and have
been doing so for decades. It wasn't until 1970 that the
library appointed Laurenda as a full-time archivist to gather
and organize the University's history — from the earliest
records from McGill College of B.C., UBC's forerunner, to
recent research papers and last week's Senate meeting.
The records of last week's Senate meeting are already
archives? When does a record become an archive?
"I think probably as soon as it gets here," Laurenda
replies. "Of course the dust," she continues, picking up
Emma Hardy's letter, "is much more intriguing. But today's
records are tomorrow's archives and they're the ones I'm
most concerned about getting."
Donations to the archives are on a strictly voluntary
basis. And archival help comes from library and history
students learning how to handle historical materials.
Some interesting facts are turning up now that students
are working on the collections. Mrs. Hardy's letter for one.
Another student going through the records of McGill
College discovered that the yearly rent paid by the college
when it was located in the Fairview district of Vancouver to
the provincial government was one peppercorn.
All of the records from McGill College had been kept by
the registrar's office in a tunnel in the General Services
Administration Building until two years ago when they
were rediscovered. There hadn't been any proper place to
put them in the earlier years.
This summer two students will begin working on the
personal papers of former UBC president Dr. Norman
MacKenzie — 200 shelf feet of papers.
But it's not all just nostalgia. People use the archives for
all types of research, from the Alma Mater Society looking
at the old AMS constitutions in drawing up their new
constitution this year, to someone doing a history of the
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UBC archivist Laurenda Daniells examines one of the
University's early ledger books. In those days University
trucks bought gas for 40 cents a gallon.
Ladner Clock Tower for a first-year course (History? But
that tower was just built! says Laurenda), to UBC Reports
needing an old photograph of the campus, to a woman
doing research on the theatre in B.C.
"We had far more material than she had time for," says
Laurenda, with a touch of pride. Dorothy Somerset's
congregation speech, both on tape ancl in written form, the
early records of the Player's Club, clippings from old
newspapers, even a CBC interview with Frederic Wood and
his wife.
The recent history is much more difficult to track down,
Laurenda explains. There are so many places to look for
recent research or records of recent decisions. "Things are
getting scattered now."
Part of the problem seems to be a lack of a compulsory
records management program. Although this is common
among United States universities, not many Canadian
universities have compulsory donation of material to the
"You lose some of the important materials this way, and
that means that sometimes you lose the history of
education in the province." Senate
A question of standards
Students who can't write clear and
coherent English won't be admitted to
first year at UBC as of September,
UBC's Senate, at its meeting on
April 21, approved a recommendation
from its Commit.ee on Standards in
English to limit admission to first year
at UBC to students basic competence
in English composition or whose work
in subjects other than English is
demonstrt.jly outstanding.
"The Universit/ is an institute of
higher learning," Dr. Maurice Pryce,
chairman of the committee told
Senate, "and secondary-school-level
instruction is not an appropriate
function of a university."
The University will also be out of
the business of remedial instruction in
three years.
Senate approved a recommendation
to end the Basic Composition
Workshop program now given to
first-year students who lack basic
competence in written English. "Those
remedial programs which have been
offered in the University in the past,
although they may have been
undertaken as a stopgap measure, in
the long term should not be allowed to
persist forever," Dr. Pryce told Senate.
Other resolutions which would
affect potential first-year students to
UBC were also adopted at the April
meeting of Senate, with Senate
agreeing that school-level instruction
in basic English composition is not a
proper function of the University; that
the Senate Admissions Committee
should consider effective ways in
which competence in English could be
assessed; and that the president be
asked to urge the Department of
Education to provide leadership,
co-ordination and financing for
"English as a Second Language"
programs in the province.
In putting forward these resolutions
to Senate, Dr. Pryce said in the report
that accompanied the resolutions, the
Committee on Standards in English
deliberately avoided the questions of
whether there had been a decline in
English ability of students over the last
30 years, and who is to blame for the
present low standarcs.
"From the University's point of
view, what matters is not whether
standards have declined but whether
present    levels    of    achievement    are
adequate; and not who should be
blamed but what should be done.
"Our initia' assumption is that all
students at the University of British
Columbia should be able to express
ideas in lucid and coherent English.
The University must make this
demand so that students are able to
work effectively in their respective
disciplines. We believe that a UBC
degree should automatically connote
competence in English."
While agreeing to terminate the
Basic Composition Workshop program,
Senate approved the provision of a
program in English for students whose
work in other subjects is demonstrably
Although there was little
opposition to the committee's
recommendations, Dr. Roland Gray
(Education) raised the question of
whether the University should have
standards in English at all.
"The long-range view might be that
we should leave the question open,"
he said. "Given the population trends
and what is happening in many
universities, it might conceivably, in
the not too distant future, be desirable
on the part of the University to
consider the possibility of
re-examining its notions of standards
and making appropriate
compensations for students, as we
have begun to do, in order that the
institution may be maintained, if you
"The alternative might be some
fairly sharp declines in enrolment," he
told Senate.
Of publishers and policies
So you ordered your textbooks for
Intersession from the Bookstore ages
ago and they still haven't arrived and
Intersession classes begin next week?
It may not be the Bookstore's fault.
It may be the result of policies of
Canadian  publishers  and distributors.
To find out where the problem lies,
Senate will ask the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada to
enquire into the policies and practices
of book publishers and distributors
with special reference to the supply
and cost of publications to university
The motion to ask for this enquiry,
presented to Senate by Dr. Cyril
Belshaw (Joint Faculties), arises out of
a   "history   of   a   certain   amount   of
dissatisfaction and frustration with
regard to the Bookstore's policies. It is
a recognition that not all the sources
of that frustration are within the
powers of the Bookstore itself to
rectify," Dr. Belshaw explained.
"The Bookstore is constrained and
confronted by policies of publishers in
Canada and their representatives. This
affects pricing; it affects distribution;
it affects warehousing."
As an example of how distribution
policies affect UBC, Dr. Belshaw said
"it is perfectly feasible for the
University Bookstore to place an order
for a substantial number of books in
the East with a distributor who has his
warehousing in the East and have that
order in fact acknowledged and ready
to be acted upon. But an eastern
university may very well have an
emergency demand for the book, and
a telephone call results in the shipment
of books to the eastern university and
the UBC order is not fully fulfilled."
To the question of what effect this
enquiry would have on Canadian
publishers, Dr. Belshaw replied, "I
would think that this would be a first
step. I don't think it would do the
whole job.... It would, I would hope
however, give us a certain amount of
information whereby the AUCC itself
or the universities individually could
make appropriate representation."
A motion of regret
Senate has expressed its regret over
the removal last month of two
members from the Board of
Removed by the Social Credit
government were NDP appointees
Clive Lytle of the B.C. Federation of
Labour and architect Bing Thom.
They were replaced by lawyer P.R.
Brissenden of West Vancouver and Ian
Greenwood of Kelowna.
The motion calling for the
expression of regret was moved by
Prof. Robert Clark and was approved
at an in-camera session.
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REPORTS of the University of Brit
ish Columbia, 2075 Wesbrook Place,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J.A. Banham,
editor. Judith Walker, staff writer. Production assistants, Louise Hoskin and
Anne Shorter.
UBC Reports/April 28, 1976/3 THIS WEEK AND NEXT
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
9:00 a.m. PSYCHIATRY CONFERENCE. Dr. E. Pakes discusses
Family Milieu Therapy. Lecture theatre, Health Sciences Centre Hospital.
9:00 a.m. PAEDIATRICS GRAND ROUND. Dr. George Davidson, Paediatrics, UBC, on Chronic Diarrhoea: Are We
Missing Some Common Causes? Lecture Room B,
Heather Pavilion. Vancouver General Hospital.
Wellington, Department of Plant Science and director.
Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, UBC, on A
Maverick Approach to Pest Management: One View of
Research for the Future of Agriculture. Room 166,
MacMillan Building.
4:00p.m. BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. Derek Baisted,
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon
State University, Corvallis, on The Enzymatic Gluco-
sylation of Membrane Sterol: Interrelationship of the
GlucosyItransferase and Nucleoside Diphosphatase
Activities. Lecture Hall 3, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
Miller, Medical Genetics. UBC, on Genetic Considerations in Cancer. Cancer Control Agency of B.C., 2656
Heather St.
8:00p.m. IMMUNOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. R.C. Fitzsimmons,
Poultry Science, UBC, on Embryonic Surgical Bursecto-
my and the Ontogeny of the Immune Response in the
Chick Embryo. Salon B, Faculty Club.
CONFERENCE. A two-day program presented by the
Centre for Continuing Education, UBC. Continues May
5. Broadway Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway. For further information, call 228-2181.
and Senate Room, old administration building.
7:30 p.m. AN EVENING WITH LEON BIBB and friends, sponsored by the UBC Centre for Continuing Education.
Room 338, Music Building. For further information,
call 228-2181.
Hard, Baker Medical Research Institute, Melbourne,
Australia, on Studies on Chemically-Induced Renal Carcinogenesis in the Rat. Room 365, Cunningham Building.
3:30p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn,
Institut de Chimie, Universite Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France, on Cryptates: The Chemistry of Macro-
potycyclic Metal Cation Inclusion Complexes. Room
124, Chemistry Building.
VISIT O K *> Continued from
the Mexicans will be here May 27 to
June 11.
In total, there will be upwards of
3,300 persons living in the Gage,
Vanier and Totem residences during
the busy Habitat period.
"Surviving Together" is the theme
for the annual British Columbia
UNICEF conference to be held on
May 8 at the Walter Gage residence at
Registration (the fee is $1) will be
held at 9 a.m. in the South West
Lounge, followed by a panel
discussion starting at 9:30 in the
Isobel Mclnnes Lounge. Panelists
include Dr. Hugh Keenleyside, Major
General D. Spry and UNICEF field
officer A. Lucas.
Further information may be
obtained from Josephine Nicholson at
228-8311 or 687 9096.
More than 300 chemists from
around the world will gather at the
University of B.C. in June for the
International Symposium on
Biological Aspects of Inorganic
The conference, first of its kind
ever organized at the international
level, is sponsored by UBC, the
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National Research Council of Canada
and the provincial government.
Dr. W.R. Cullen, a professor of
chemistry at UBC, said he expects
between 300 and 500 scientists to
attend the week-long symposium, June
UBC faculty or students interested
in attending the symposium should
contact Prof. Cullen at 2625.
Sports Menu
RUGBY - The Japan national rugby
team takes on the UBC Thunderbirds
on Saturday. Thunderbird Stadium,
2:30 p.m. This game is preceded by a
special match between the Japan
Over-40s and the Vancouver Over-40s
at 11 a.m. Admission to both games
$4. Tickets from the Vancouver Ticket Centre, the UBC Athletic Office,
the Thunderbird Shop in SUB and at
the gate.
UBC YOUTH SPORTS CAMP Information on this co-educational
camp sponsored by Physical Education for children aged 7 and 14 can
be obtained by calling 228-3341.
Camps run for two weeks from July
5 to Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, and
cost S32 for each two-week session.
Hospital gets
Alumni support
The UBC Alumni Association has
welcomed the provincial government's
proposal that UBC double the
enrolment in its Faculty of Medicine,
build a new teaching hospital on
campus and upgrade clinical teaching
facilities in affiliated Vancouver
The association's board of
management passed a unanimous
motion of support for the proposal at
a special meeting that considered
possible effects of the proposal on
health sciences education, health care
delivery and University financing.
Members said speedy
implementation of the proposal would
greatly benefit health sciences
education, with the eventual result of
better health care for all British
In supporting the proposal, the
board took special note of the
co-operation with the University being
shown by the affiliated hospitals.
Copies of Barbara Ward Lady
Jackson's address to the UBC Alumni
Association annual dinner April 20 are
available from the association. Phone


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