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Abalone and Ermine
Sajiw-Terris photo
Mabel Stanley of Cape Mudge, shown here wearing an abalone and ermine
frontlet, will be the focus of an exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology
starting Oct. 1. Stanley was active in promoting awareness of First Nations
peoples across Canada from the 1950s until her death in the 1980s.
Gifted students at U-Hill
fast-tracked to UBC classes
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Two years  ago,  Tally Vertinsky
finished near the top of her Math 121
class.    At 15, the
University      Hill      ^^^bbhmh
Secondary School
student already had
Math 100 in the bag.
Last year,
Vertinsky returned
to UBC for first-year
sections in physics
and biology, a
second-year math
course and skipped
across to nearby
University Hill for
gym, English,
French and hanging
out with friends.
"It's been an extremely good
arrangement," said Tally's mother,
Patricia Vertinsky. "Students don't go
"Students don't go
through the high
school curriculum in
lockstep anymore and
you certainly can't tell
them to stop learning
once they finish it."
- Patricia Vertinsky
through the high school curriculum in
lockstep anymore and you certainly
can't tell them to stop learning once
they finish it."
UBC and University Hill will formalize
their dealings this
^^^^^^^^m fall by launching the
Transition School
Project, a fast-track
program for getting
gifted kids into post-
secondary courses.
UBC project coordinator Stanley
Blank said the plan
is to annually enrol
about eight
"precociously gifted
youngsters" in the
three-year program.
       These "little
geniuses"   would
spend   the   first  year  and   a  half
completing   all   secondary   school
See GIFTED Page 2
NRC institute set
for south campus
A $12-million Institute for Machinery
Research is coming to UBC following an
agreement reached among the university
and the federal and B.C. governments.
Financed by the National Research
Council, the institute will develop
intelligent mechanisms used to run
equipment for resource-based industries.
Institute researchers will also collaborate
with university faculties and industry to
develop new technologies and training in
engineering science. It is estimated that
100 jobs will be created initially.
"We are thrilled to have this exciting
national project come to our campus,"
said UBC President David Strangway. "It
meets the very essence of our mission
statement to be a world-class teaching
and research institution."
The institute will be situated on a five-
acre site on 16th Avenue, between East
and Wesbrook malls. The location was
approved following adjustments to the
original site plan which addressed
environmental concerns raised by the
campus community, provincial
government and the general public.
Housed in a state-of-the-art building,
the institute will be surrounded by forest
on the south campus. The re-aligned site
conserves about 40 Douglas fir and red
cedar trees and eliminates the need to
extend the East Mall road south of 16th
"I am very pleased that UBC and the
NRC have been responsive to the concerns
ofthe surrounding communities to make
this more environmentally acceptable,"
said Tom Perry, minister of Advanced
Education, Training and Technology.
This is an important high-tech applied
science project that will create jobs for
British Columbians and has the potential
to create spin-off companies that will
make our province more competitive on
world markets."
Former NRC President Pierre Peron
said the project gives the NRC a strong
base in Western Canada and a truly
national scope.
"Our new national initiative is to
establish closer relationships with
Canada's great research universities and
we are pleased to have UBC as the first
site in this program," he said.
The NRC agreed to return 7.5 acres it
was leasing in the academic core in return
forthe five-acre site on the south campus.
UBC plans to use the formerly leased
land for future student residences and
other academic development.
Prof. Martha Salcudean, head of the
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, said
the institute will give B.C. a competitive
edge in developing industries that are
now dominated by companies outside of
The project is scheduled to begin in
August, with completion expected in
March 1995.
In the meantime, UBC has committed
to full a public participation process on
possible future development of the
remainder of its south campus property.
The process is expected to take up to two
years to complete.
Arthur Hara, chair of UBC's Board of
Governors, said those interested will be
invited to sit down and review the plan
with the public process group at UBC.
Asian law centre opens
by Charles Ker
Stcgf writer
Southeast Asia will be a new focus of
research at the Faculty of Law's Centre
for Asian Legal Studies.
This month the centre will launch a
Southeast Asian Legal Studies Program
bringing legal experts to campus for one
semester from Indonesia, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
Vietnam. These scholars will also be
encouraged to travel throughout Canada
to lecture or work with colleagues in other
universities active in the Asia Pacific
"This is one ofthe most dynamic areas
of the world but government and legal
information on the region is hard to come
by in English," said Prof. Ian Townsend-
Gault, director of the centre. "This
initiative should give a badly needed boost
to inter-regional understanding both in
Canada and the rest of the English-
speaking world."
Townsend-Gault said most of the
region's 10 countries are easily accessible
to tourists but not necessarily to those
wishing to do business. He added that
obtaining answers to legal questions on
topics such as environmental protection,
exporting profits or joint ventures is
difficult to obtain from specific countries,
a problem which is magnified on a regional
See ASIA Page 2
Homeward Bound
UBC's Homecoming '93 promises something for everyone
Taking Stock 3^
The UBC election stockmarket shows steady growth
Survey Says 5
An acoustical survey of classrooms gives a failing grade
Book 'em 8_
Library book borrowers now face immediate fines on overdue books 2 UBC Reports ■ September 2, 1993
Construction of
parking spots
I work in Kenny Building
directly opposite the new West
Parkade on West Mall. This
parkade, which I believe
represents an architectural
style called "brutalism" (if it
doesn't, it should) has been
open since January, 1993. I
have never seen more than
one-fourth of its floors full,
even during term time. The
remainder of its vast floors
remain empty, every day,
without exception.
Then I see that one of my
favourite places on campus,
the Rose Garden, has been
devastated to provide space for
underground parking for 950
cars, or so the development
permit sign proclaims.
My questions, in no
particular order, are:
Couldn't those 950 cars go
into West Parkade, or don't
planners at one end of the
campus check with those at
the other end?
Why are we being
encouraged, via van pooling
and increased parking fees, to
leave our cars at home while
obviously redundant parking
stalls continue to be built?
Why do we need that
horrible metered traffic
congestion between the
Bookstore and the Chemistry/
Physics Building, when those
cars could park in West
Parkade? Surely these spaces
are not for the convenience of
Bookstore drop-ins? Just pay
attention to students getting
out of those cars and heading
off to class.
Why must I, and all those
who inhabit the northwest side
of Kenny Building, have the
quality of our work lives
diminished by not only having
our windows filled with an ugly
sight, but one which mocks us
daily with its waste and
These are probably
rhetorical questions to those
who make the decisions about
such matters. And as I say
with ever increasing regularity
these days — hell, I just work
Sue Eldridge
Dept. of Psychology
P.S. Bravo to the skateboarders who occasionally
have uninterrupted fun on the
top floor of West Parkade.
Damn! Now what have I done?
The area will probably be
patrolled regularly for the
safety of the non-existent
Continued from Page 1
requirements at University Hill,
ease into university classes
during second year and enrol
full time on campus by third
year. Blank estimates the average
transition school graduate could
have his or her bachelor degree
by the age of 16 or 17.
Blank said most university
department heads, including
many in the Faculty of Arts, have
embraced the concept and are
searching for faculty members
who are interested in acting as
mentors. He also said tutoring
and counselling would be
available at University Hill
throughout the program.
"The rationale is that these
students are so academically
advanced that their intellectual
needs truly cannot be met by the
regular curriculum," said Blank,
an emeritus professor in the
Faculty of Education who
specializes in educating gifted
Modelled after a 10-year-old
program at the  University of
Tally Vertinsky
Washington, Blank said the
Transition School replaces a
back-door system which has
allowed gifted students to take
courses on campus since the
While enrolment in the
Transition School may be limited,
Blank added that advanced
placement courses for science,
math and French are available
in more than 100 high schools
throughout the province.
Continued from Page 1
Funded by the Max Bell
Foundation, visiting professors
with the program will teach,
research and publish in areas
covering basic legal and
government systems, the
constitution and structure and
role of courts. Issues of trade,
investment, environmental
resource law and regulations
governing marine and air
transportation will also be
The aim of the program's
publication component is to
provide English translation of
national laws and policy
approaches to these issues. It is
expected that the first
publications will be issued in
late 1994.
Visiting experts will be drawn
from the faculties of Law at the
universities of Indonesia,
Malaysia and the Philippines,
the National University of
Singapore, Chulalongkorn
University in Bangkok and Hanoi
The Southeast Asia program
complements the centre's
existing legal studies programs
in Japan and China.
Roses to provide
colourful cover
Six hundred rare roses are
basking in a warm greenhouse
awaiting the completion of an
underground parking on NW
Marine Drive. And when the final
parking stall is complete, a new,
expanded rose garden will
provide colourful cover on the
old garden site overlooking Howe
To make the view ofthe garden
opposite the Faculty Club even
more spectacular, the railing and
handful of parking spaces at the
flag pole site will be removed and
the pole moved to a nearby
A total of 900 cars will be able
to park under the refurbished
garden by the end of the year.
The underground garage was
necessary to serve the needs of
faculty, staff, Green College
residents and visitors to the
theatre and Museum of
John Smithman, director of
Parking and Security Services,
said changes to campus parking
this year will enhance safety and
encourage carpooling.
"We are working with Nemetz
Flagel Ltd. electrical engineers
to design a system for all UBC
parkades which may include
emergency call buttons which
will trigger sirens and strobe
lights to alert attendants," said
Free meter parking permits
• low low prices
• free services
• laser printing
FAX 224-4492
M-TH 8-9 FRI 8-6
SAT-SUN 11-6
ijJIU Project
Sept 9,1993
12:30 - 2:30pm
2194 Health
Sciences Mall
*Walter C. Koerner Library
Centre (Phase I)
*C.K. Choi Building for the
Institute for Asian Research
*Scarfe Expansion &
Renovation (Phase I)
*St. Andrew's Hall
For additional information
contact: Campus Planning &
Development. 822-8228 or
Community Relations. 822-3131
are available at the Parking and
Security Services office at 6501
NW Marine Drive for permit
holders who work on campus in
the evenings. Free motorcycle
permits will be issued to holders
of valid faculty/staff parking
The new Thunderbird
Housing units in B3 and B4 lots
will cut into student parking this
year. Lost space will be partially
recovered in the new car pool
area of B4 lot and in the West
Check the expiry date on your
PASScard. If it is less than 94,
please obtain a new one at the
Parking and Security Services
office. The pass costs $312.00
per year plus tax. For more
information, phone 822-6786.
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You are invited to attend.
UBC Alumni Association
Annual General Meeting
September 23,1993
7:00 pm for 7:30 start
Cecil Green Park
The business part of the meeting will include reports on last year's
activities and a review of plans for 1993-94.
The second half of the meeting will include a presentation by campus
planner Andrew Brown. The topic:
The South Campus Plan
This area has been the subject of recent controversy over the building
of a multi-million dollar National Research Council lab on part of the
land. Mr. Brown will be available for questions after his talk.
Come meet our Board of Directors and get involved in your alumni
association. Light refreshments will be served.
UBC Reports is published twice monthly (monthly in
December, June, July and August) for the entire
university community by the UBC Community
Relations Office, 207-6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver
Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Editor: Paula Martin
Production: Stephen Forgacs
Contributors: Connie Filletti, Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
Gavin Wilson
Editorial and advertising enquiries: 822-3131 (phone)
822-2684 (fax).
UBC Reports welcomes the submission of letters and
opinion pieces. Opinions and advertising published in
UBC Reports do not necessarily reflect official
university policy.
Material may be reprinted in whole or in part with
appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ September 2,1993 3
offers variety
of events
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
From martial arts
demonstrations to the
Arts   '20   relay   and
pancake    breakfast.
Homecoming   '93   will
feature something for everyone.
Whether you're among the more than
100,000 UBC graduates looking to share
stories with fellow alums, a current
student who enjoys the annual
homecoming athletic events, or a member
of the public looking to spice up life with
a little magic, UBC is the place to be Sept.
30 to Oct. 3.
Saturday, Oct. 2 has been set aside for
most of this year's key public attractions,
including two events that were among the
biggest hits during 1990's Open House:
the chemistry magic show and the
earthquake simulator.
There are the always popular tours of
the campus and Botanical Garden, and a
children's carnival featuring, face
painters, buskers and numerous hands-
on events organized by Urban Source,
formerly the Imagination Market.
This year's production at the Frederic
Wood Theatre is The Love of the
Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Class of '33, Law '68 and Commerce
'83 grads will want to gather for this
year's reunions. And you won't want to
miss the Great Trekker award reception,
or the homecoming football game between
UBC and San Francisco State.
If you're looking for a "swinging" time,
try the family croquet tournament or the
golf tournament.
Still looking for something to do?
Bring in your collectibles, curios and
contrivances to the artifact identification
clinic at the Museum of Anthropology.
The museum is also offering tours and
talks by First Nations students.
You and seven friends could get
together and rub shoulders with other
relay teams in the Arts '20 relay.
Or better still, become part of this
year's homecoming celebrations.
For homecoming event information call
the Homecoming Hotline at UBC-1993.
Abe Hefter photo
Pass, Pass, I'm Open!
Men's basketball coach Bruce Enns makes a point to the more than 200 participants at last month's basketball
camp at the War Memorial Gym. Enns and his coaching staff have wrapped up a very successful eighth season of
the camp, which also included one-week sessions in Kelowna and Sardls.
UBC placed on polluters list
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC has been placed on a list of
provincial polluters after its bio-medical
waste incinerator was cited for noncompliance with Greater Vancouver
Regional District emissions standards.
It is the first time the university has
appeared on the semi-annual list, which
was published last month by the Ministry
ofthe Environment. Meanwhile, attempts
to upgrade UBC's incinerator to meet
GVRD standards remain in limbo, pending
the report of a provincial inquiry.
"Being on the list of polluters is a very
serious matter," said Randy Alexander,
UBC's  hazardous waste  minimization
by staff writers
Killer Instinct might sound like the name of the latest Hollywood
blockbuster, but in reality it's the nom de mare of UBC's entry in the
biennial human-powered submarine race.
Held this summer in Florida, the race pitted 42 teams from universities
and technical institutes across North America to see who could design, build
and race the best two-person submarine.
It was the second time a team of
UBC engineering students
entered the
and they
bettered their
previous showing.
The team earned a
fourth-place finish in the      x~\
design and innovation
category of the competition.
The judges praised the design
of the sub's sleek hull, which, painted
black and white, resembles the body of a killer whale.
Also innovative was the the drive train system, which is powered with
pedals that operate like a stair-climber rather than the conventional bicycle-
style crank.
In the race itself, the UBC team placed a respectable, but distant, 19th.
"We were a little disappointed in the race results," said Jon Mikkelsen, a
research engineer in the Dept. of Mechancial Engineering who acted as a
faculty advisor to the team.
"We ran into problems when the hatches accidently opened up during the
race. There's still a few things to iron out"
An earlier entry
manager. "It is intended to shame
polluters into action. The irony is that we
have acted in good faith to try to upgrade
the facility, but in the past two years
we've run into one stumbling block after
UBC was one of 120 polluters named
in the list. The incinerator was cited for
releasing excessive particulate and hydrogen
chloride emissions on March 25.
After citing UBC for non-compliance,
the GVRD advised the university to look
at alternative disposal sites off campus.
The GVRD, however, will not accept
university research waste in its own
landfills, requiring UBC to look farther
An incinerator in Bellingham, Wash.,
will accept some, but not all, of UBC's biomedical waste, but this means that the
waste must be trucked through residential
neighbourhoods on its way to the border.
'That's a concern to us," Alexander
said. "We're also concerned that this is
only a short term solution and a partial
solution at that."
Alexander added that the cost of
shipping waste to Bellingham and making
modifications to the university's existing
incinerator, another GVRD request, would
exceed $150,000. Meanwhile, the
university is still hoping to get its proposed
replacement incinerator approved.
UBC has sought to upgrade its
hazardous waste facilities since the
provincial environment ministry
announced in 1989 its intention of
introducing stricter regulations for waste
A university task force set in motion a
program to minimize and reduce
hazardous waste production on campus.
Planning also got underway for a new
state-of-the-art incinerator to replace the
aging facility currently in use.
Concern expressed about the
incinerator at public meetings prompted
the GVRD to ask for a comprehensive
public consultation process, which began
in mid-1992. A community advisory
committee set up by the university for
this purpose is still in place.
Then, in January of this year, the
provincial government told the university
to put the public consultation process on
hold while provincial waste reduction
commissioner Dorothy Caddell conducted
a province-wide inquiry on bio-medical
waste disposal, bringing all discussion of
the UBC incinerator to a halt.
The Caddell commission is expected to
make its report in September, including
specific recommendations on the UBC
Market reveals NDP woes
The New Democrats may be in trouble
heading into the next federal election,
according to early results of the UBC
Election Stock Market (UBC-ESM).
The market shows the NDP with 7.6
per cent of the seats in the House of
Commons, based on the value of contracts
being traded, according to one of the
market's directors, Tom Ross.
The UBC-ESM shows the Liberals and
Progressive Conservatives each with 35
to 36 per cent of seats in the house,
followed by the Reform Party with 12.6
per cent and the Bloc Quebecois with 8.3
per cent.
The two-month old UBC-ESM is a
financial market in which the ultimate
values of the contracts being traded will
depend  on the  outcome  of the   1993
Canadian federal election. Participants
invest their own funds and buy and sell listed
contracts representing political parties.
About 120 traders from across the
country have joined the UBC-ESM
exchange system's fully computerized
market, with about 35 coming from the
UBC community.
'To have reached the 120 mark so
early during the quiet summer months is
a pleasant surprise," said Ross, an
associate professor in the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration.
"We would like to see 200 traders on-line
by mid-campaign."
An election call is widely expected to
come any day.
If you are interested in becoming a
trader on the UBC-ESM, call 822-8614. 4 UBC Reports • September 2, 1993
September 5 through September 18
Tuesday, Sept. 7
Botany Seminar
Interactions Between
Vegetation And Environmental
Variables On CH/HA Sites On
Northern Vancouver Island.
Lauchlan Fraser, M.Sc.
candidate, Botany Dept.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
BioScience Seminar
Turbulence And Zooplankton.
Dr. Hide Yamagaki, Earth And
Ocean Sciences, U.Vic.
BioSciences 1465at3:30pm. Call
UBC Dept. of Statistics
Two topics, two speakers:
Modelling Daily Returns Of New
York Stock Exchange By Time
Series With Noises Having Stable
Distributions, Xiaohua Wang.
Studies In Applied Statistics: Ship
Hull Design Optimization And
Endogamous Group
Comparisons, AnonaThorne. HA
413 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments provided. Call 822 -
Wednesday, Sept. 8
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Reports From 1993 Canadian
Orthopaedics Association
Conference. Chair; Dr. Robert
W. McGraw. Guest speakers are
Orthopaedics residents. VGH Eye
Care Centre Auditorium at 7am.
Call 875-4646.
Newcomers Orientation
Open House/BBQ sponsored
by Hillel House and the Jewish
Students Association. Hillel
House at 12:30pm. Call 224-
Thursday, Sept. 9
Institute of Asian Research
Opening session of 1993
Modern South Asia Seminar
Series. Professor John R. Wood,
Chair, Centre for South Asian
Research. Asian Centre 604 from
12:30-2pm. Light lunch provided.
Call 822-4688.
CICSR Distinguished
Lecture Series
Specifying Concurrent
Systems. Dr. Leslie Lamport,
DEC Systems Research Center.
CICSR/CS Building 208 from 4-
5:30pm.  Call 822-6894.
UBC Physics Colloquium
Inertial Confinement Fusion,
Mass Extinction And Stellar
Interiors: What Do These Have In
Common? Andrew Ng. Hennings
201 at 4pm.  Call 822-3853.
Friday, Sept. 10
Applied Science Leadership
An Introduction Course To
Economics And Financial
Strategies. A     one-day
participation program on
economic and financial analysis.
Mr. Les Herbert, B.C. Tel
Education Centre, 1795
Willingdon, Burnaby from 8-4pm.
Registration /info call 822-3347.
Grand Rounds
Fetal Size, Gestation Lengths
And ParturiUon.    Dr. Geoffrey
Thorborn, Monash University,
Australia. Shaughnessy Site D308
at 8am.  Call 875-3266.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
How Infections Are Spread In
Hospitals. Dr. Donald Goldman,
visiting prof., Div. of Infectious
Diseases, Boston. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Health In Conflict: An
International Perspective. Dr.
David Meddings, Community
Medicine resident, UBC site.
James Mather 253, 5804 Fairview
Ave. from 9-10am. Everyone
welcome.  Call 822-2772.
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
The Workers' Compensation
Appeal Process: Proving Industrial
Disease Claims Before The Appeal
Division. Connie Munro, Chief
Appeal Commissioner, WCB.
CEME 1202 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-9595.
MOST Workshop
Negotiation Skills: Getting To
Yes. Libby Nason, President's
Office. Graduate Student Centre
patio room from 9am-4pm. UBC
employees only: fee $50. Call 822-
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
N20 Emission From Fluidized
Bed Combustion Of Fossil Fuel.
Lawrence Sung, graduate student.
CEME 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Sunday, Sept. 12
Shrum Bowl XVII - Football
UBC vs. SFU. Swangard
Stadium, Burnaby at 1:30pm.
Tickets are available at the AMS
SUB ticket office or call 822-2531 /
24-hr. Thunderbird Varsity Sports
Line at 222-BIRD.
UBC Chamber Music Series
A benefit concert with Jamie
Parker and Friends. The Little
Chamber Music Series That Could.
Cameron Wilson's arrangements
of Mission Impossible and Hockey
Night in Canada featured. UBC
Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd. at
8pm. Admission by donation at
the door. Call 255-5198.
Monday, Sept. 13
Astronomy Seminar
Star Formation Rates Of Local
Group Galaxies. Paul Hodge, U. of
Washington. Geophysics/
Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Call 822-
Applied Mathematics
Symmetries Of Einstein's Field
Equations. Prof. Hans Stephani,
Institute of Theoretical Physics,
University of Jena, Germany.
Mathematics 203 at 3:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Sept. 14
BioSciences Seminar
The Analysis Of 4,000 Amino
Acid Replacements In The Lac
Repressor Generated By Nonsense
Suppression: What They Tell Us
About Protein Structure-Function
Relationships. Dr. Jeffrey H. Miller,
Dept. of Microbiology and
Molecular Genetics, U. of Calif.,
LA. Biosciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Centre For Applied Ethics
Discounting The Future: A
Fundamental Issue In Ethics And
Economics. John Broome, U. of
Bristol, Chair in Ethics and
Economics. HA 225 from 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Biological Sciences Seminar
The Role Of Planktonic Ciliate
Blooms In Coastal Food Webs.
David Montagnes, Oceanography.
Biosciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
UBC Dept. of Statistics
Growth Curve Analysis.
Professor Soren Lundbye-
Christensen, Aalborg Universiy,
Denmar. Refreshments provided.
HA413from4-5:30pm. Call 822-
UBC Continuing Studies
Panel Discussion
Election Coverage: Evaluating
The Media's Role. Kevin Evans,
CBC: Richard Johnston, UBC
Political Science; Colin McLeod,
UBC Philosophy; Bob Hackett, SFU
Communications. Hotel Georgia
(Downtown) York Room from 7-
9:30pm. Free admission. Call
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
MRI And The Knee. Chair, Dr.
Robert McGraw, guest speaker Dr.
Peter Munk, radiologist, BCCA.
Eye Care Centre Auditorium, VGH
at 7am.   Call 875-4646.
Centre for Health Services/
Policy Research Seminar
Measuring Quality Of Life In
Large-Scale Health Outcome
Studies: Values, Validity And
Problems Of Interpretation. Dr.
David Hadorn. IRC conference
room 414 from 10:30-11:30am.
Call 822-5059.
Institute of Asian Research
The Spatial Structure Of Tokyo
Metropolitan Region: Current
Transportation Issues And
Prospects. NorioShimizu, Centre
for Human Settlements, visiting
scholar. Asian Centre 604 from
12:30-2pm.   Call 822-4688.
Geography Colloquium
Is Geography Sustainable
Without Geomorphology? David
Edgington, assoc. prof.,
Geography. Geography 201 from
3:30-5pm.  Call 822-5612.
Thursday, Sept. 16
UBC Board of Governors
The Board ofGovernors meet in
the Board Room, second floor of
the Old Administration Building,
6328 Memorial Rd. Open session
time: TBA. Call 822-8300 for time.
UBC Orientation Session
For new and existing staff.
Come find out about policies
affecting you at work, meet key
people across campus and win
prizes. Yorkeen Room at Cecil
Green Park from 9am-12 noon.
Call 822-9644.
UBC Physics Colloquium
From The Electron Gas To The
Electron Solid In 2D: An
Experimental Journey. Marie
d'lorio, NRC, Ottawa. Hennings
201 at 4pm.  Call 822-3853.
Friday, Sept. 17
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Acute Care Planning In The
Lower Mainland. Ms. Lillian Bayne,
Health Services Planner, GVRD,
Ministry of Health. James Mather
253 from 9-10am. Everyone
welcome. Call 822-2772.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome. Dr. D. Wensley and
Associates. G.F.     Strong
Auditorium at 9am.    Call 875-
MOST Workshop
Workers Compensation Board
Claims Management. Noni Brown,
formerly of Occupational Health
and Safety. Grad Student Centre
Patio Room from 9am-12 noon.
UBC staff only: fee $35. Call
Grand Rounds
Case Presentation. Dr. Basil
Ho Yuen, Head, Div. of
Reproductive Endocrinology And
Fertility. Shaughnessy Site D308
at 8am.  Call 875-3266.
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Re-entry Into Buildings After
Application Of Insecticides.
Warren Fox, Health/Safety
Officer, Burnaby School Board.
CEME 1202 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-9595.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Weather-Induced Degradation
Of Plastic Products. Dr. Adnan
Al-Jarallah. Ming Fahd University
of Petroleum/Minerals, Saudi,
Arabia. CEME 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Centre for Faculty
Sept 19, 25 and 26.
Instructional skills workshop for
graduate teaching assistants in
the Faculty of Arts. Adult
Education Research Centre, 5760
Toronto Rd. from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Call 822-9149/9164.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Season tickets now on sale. The
Love of the Nightingale Sept. 22-
Oct. 2; The Doctor's Dilemma Nov.
10-20; Toronto, Mississipi January
12-22; Loves Labours Lost Mar 9-
19. Call 822-2678/3880 for ticket
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison tours
provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus
activities/ faculties/services.
Every Friday at 9:30am.
Reservations required one week in
advance.  Call 822-4319.
UBC Bookstore
Winter hours in effect August
16 are as follows:
Mon., Wed., Fri., 8:30am-5pm;
Wed., 8:30am-8:30pm; Sat.,
9:30am-5pm.   Call 822-2665.
Rhodes Scholarship
Applicants 1994
Application forms available from
the UBC Awards Office.
Candidates must be Canadian
citizens and born between Oct. 2/
69-Oct. 1/75; be unmarried; and
except for medical students, be
recipients of an undergrad degree.
Deadline, Oct. 22/93. Call Awards
Office at 822-5111.
UBC International Forum
1993-94 series on Human
Population Dynamics begins
Sept. 30 with the first lecture on
Sustainable Human
Development. First speaker is
Inge Kaul, Dir., Human
Development Report, UNDP, New
York. Woodward IRC #6 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9546/2848.
Disability Resource Centre
The Centre provides
consultation and information for
faculty members and students
with disabilities. For more
information about the Centre's
services and programs, call 822-
International Reachout
Student volunteers write
letters to students intending to
attend UBC, explaining life at
UBC and in Canada, to ease the
apprehension of international
students. For information go to
International House or call 822-
English Language Institute
Courses For Non-Native
Speakers of English Career/
corporate courses evenings in:
Reception/Telephone Skills;
Interviewing/Resume Writing;
Microcomputers; Adjusting To
The New Workplace; Writing
Messages.  Call 222-5208.
Academic / Communication
courses in Conversation, Writing
and Grammar. Listening,
Advance Discussion, TOEFL
Preparation, Advanced
Composition, Thesis and Article
Writing.  Call 222-5208.
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 September 16 issue of UBC Reports
— which covers the period September 19 to October 2
— is noon, September 7. UBC Reports ■ September 2,1993 5
September 5 through September 18
Notices (cont.)
Engineering Examination
Evening series to assist
applicants to prepare for
APEGBC Professional Engineering
Examination. Six consecutive
Wednesdays beginning Sept. 8.
CEME 1202 from 6:30-9:30pm.
Call 822-3347.
Women Students' Office
counselling services available.
Call 822-2415.
Fine Arts Gallery
Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm
Saturdays 12-5pm. Free
admission. Main Library. Call
Infant Language Research
Have you ever wondered how
infants learn language? Help us
find out! If your child is between
one and 14 months of age and
you would like him/her to
participate in our infant language
acquisition studies, please call
Dr. Janet Werker's lab at 822-
Male Experience Research
Are contemporary ideas about
men's lives truths or stereotypes?
Counselling psychology student is
looking for volunteers to take part
in this study. If you're straight,
white, 25-35, and interested in
sharing your story call Lawrence
at 822-5259.
Psychology Research Study
Seeking participants for a one-
hour study involving the detection
of deception in pain manifestation
in illness behaviour. Honorarium
$10. Approx. one-hour appt. Call
Behavioural Study
Parents of children between 5-
12 years of age are needed for
project studying parent-child
relationships. Involved are mailed
questionnaires about family
interactions. Contact Wendy at
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are
prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being
sexually harassed find a
satisfactory resolution. Call
Margaretha Hoek at 822-6353.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data
analysts supporting clinical
research. To arrange a
consultation, call Laura Slaney
Bone Building Study
10-11 year old females required
for study on changes in bone during
growth. Participation includes
monitoring of bone density,
nutrition and growth. Call 822-
Stress Study
Seeking volunteers from the
UBC management/professional
staff who feel they cope with stress
quite well or not well at all for
participation in a two-hour group
interview. Call Bonita Long at
822-4756/Sharon Kahn at 822-
UBC Hearing Access Project
Free hearing assessments/help
in dealing with effects of hearing
loss on communication. Open to
all UBC students, staff and faculty.
Audiology/Speech Sciences. Call
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Adult volunteers needed to
participate in drug treatment
studies. Call Dr. J. Wright in
Medicine at 822-7134/RN Marion
Barker at 822-7192.
Volunteer Opportunity
University Hospital, UBC Site,
invites friendly help to join the
Volunteer Services group to staff
the gift shop, visit patients and
participants in other programs.
Call Dianne at 822-7384.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the
Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty/graduate
students working on research
problems. Call 822-4037.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items.
Every Wednesday, 12-5pm.
Task Force Bldg., 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call Vince at
822-2582/Rich at 822-2813.
Library Tours
For new and returning
students. Tours of Mam and
Sedgewick libraries Sept. 2,3 at
10:30am. Sept. 13-17, 20-24 at
10:30am and 1:30pm. Meet in
front of main library. Call 822-
Introductory Main Garden
Every Wednesday/Saturday
now thru to September 25 at
1 pm at the entrance to Botanical
Garden. Admission cost includes
tour.   Call 822-4208.
Nitobe Garden
More beautiful than ever after
recent renovations. Summer hours
10am-6pm daily.  Call 822-4208.
News Digest
UBC students are being encouraged to pack condoms with their textbooks
this September.
Volunteers will distribute free condoms on campus Sept. 7-9 between
noon and 2 p.m. at the south plaza of the Student Union Building, and at the
Frosh barbecue on Sept. 10 between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., as part ofthe
Vancouver Health Dept.'s annual Condomania Goes to School health promotion
The program, which runs Sept. 7 to Oct. 6 at several campuses across the
Lower Mainland, is designed to promote safe sex among people 18 to 25 years old
by popularizing the use of condoms.
A Maclean's/Decima poll of 500 Canadian university students indicates that
one quarter of the respondents did not use condoms despite a 400 per cent
increase in the incidence of sexually transmitted disease since the early 1960s
and the threat of AIDS.
Rapid Transit
Gavin Wilson photo
Taking advantage of the quiet summer streets, a pair of campus visitors
rollerblade down East Mall in front ofthe Curtis Building. The campus, with
its pedestrian malls and service roads, is a popular spot with visiting
rollerbladers, cyclists and skateboarders throughout the summer months.
With a federal election looming, UBC scholars will offer expertise on a range
of issues this month and next in a series of six panel discussions.
The series opens Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. followed by weekly lunch-
hour debates from noon-1:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays. All sessions will
be held in the York Room of the Hotel Georgia, 801 Georgia St.
Topics include: Evaluating the Media's Role (Tues. Sept. 14); The Deficit: How
Much Does It Matter And What Can Be Done? (Wed., Sept. 21); Are Social
Programs Still A Sacred Trust? (Wed., Sept. 29); Is Canada's Democracy Working?
(Wed., Oct. 6); Where Are Women's Issues on the Political Agenda? (Wed., Oct. 13)
and What Is Canada's Role In The World? (Wed., Oct. 20).
For more information on the series call the Centre for Continuing Education at
• • • •
The Crane Library and Resource Centre is looking for people who can help
transcribe textbooks onto tape.
People who can read introductory level chemistry, biology, mathematics
and statistics, as well as advanced computer science and fourth-year
mathematics are asked to contact the library to set up training and recording
All recordings are done in Crane's professional talking book studios in Brock
Hall.  Previous experience in recording books is not a prerequisite, but an
audition may be necessary.
If you can volunteer two hours each week, evenings or days, to record
textbooks for blind, sight or print-impaired post-secondary students, please call
Crane will provide free parking at UBC.
Breakthroughs in treatments for schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and
Lou Gehrig's disease will be the focus of the 15th World Congress of
Neurology Sept. 5 to 10 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.
New drug therapies, including those developed by UBC scientists, and the
effects of HIV infections, pain and sports injuries on the brain will also be
explored, said Dr. Donald Paty, head of UBC's Neurology Dept. and secretary
general of the congress.
A total of 1,500 scientific presentations will be made during the six-day event,
including recent advances in migraine headaches and stroke prevention.
Members of the Institute of Asian Research are reminded to register for the
coming election of chairs in each of the five centres as well as members of
the executive committee.
From Sept. 22 to 29, the institute's current management committee will
prepare a list of nominees for each centre. Anyone who wishes to nominate an
eligible candidate may obtain a nomination form from the institute before Sept.
29. Elections results will be announced at a general meeting at the Asian Centre
auditorium on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.
For more information call 822-4688. 6 UBC Reports • September 2, 1993
T-birds tackle new season
by Abe Hefter
Staff Writer
For 19 years, Frank Smith
has taken things one game at a
Now, as he enters his 20th
season as head coach ofthe UBC
football team, Smith isn't about
to change his coaching
"Despite some key injuries
and our status as underdogs
last season, the team's ability to
remain focused on the immediate
task at hand led to a 7-4 record,"
said Smith.
"If we can continue to operate
on that basis by taking one game
at a time, we should have a
successful season."
The 1992 campaign ended for
the Thunderbirds with a 26-24
overtime loss to the Calgary
Dinosaurs in the Canada West
final. The two teams will pick up
where they left off tomorrow,
when the T-Birds invade
McMahon Stadium in Calgary
for the 1993 season opener -
minus some key contributors
from last year.
Gone are all-star receiver Peter
Poka, centre Troy Hardwick,
special teams stand-out Jim
Murphy, and all-Canadian inside
receiver Mark Nowotny, who also
handled place kicking and
punting duties.
Starting defensive backs
Andrew Walters and Leigh King
are likely gone for the season.
Walters suffered a knee injury
and lacerations in a motorcycle
accident last month. King, has
undergone surgery to repair a
broken ankle suffered in a
scrimmage last week.
Steve Chan photo
Honours Science student and all-star running back Brad
Yamaoka (number 30) is back for his third season with the
With two-a-day training camp
workouts behind them and the
one-a-day workouts concluding
Sept. 1, the T-Birds will travel to
Calgary with a roster of 32
players. Those who are being
counted on to anchor the team
this season include second-year
quarterback Adrian Rainbow and
all-star running back Brad
Yamaoka on offense, as well as
all-star lineman Dave
McLaughlin and all-Canadian
defensive back Andrew Walters
on defence.
Rainbow's season came to a
bone-crushing end last year
when he suffered a fractured
collarbone midway through the
season against Manitoba.   His
New registry speeds
search tor housing
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
has introduced a new,
computerized off-campus
housing registry for UBC
students, which replaces the
manual service previously
provided by the Housing and
Conferences Dept.
"This      new
system  is  the    ^^^^^^—
Cadillac of
equipment, and
it's going to
revolutionize the
way students
look for
housing," said
Roger Watts,
AMS director of
"Instead of
coming all the
way to campus to
look at a bulletin
board, students
will be able to
hear up-to-the-    	
minute listings
from any touch-tone phone. And
itworks fest too; weVe had accounts
ofthis system bringing calls back to
advertisers within five minutes of
their posting an ad."
The new service lists up-to-
the-minute rental
accommodation available in the
greater Vancouver Regional
"Instead of
coming all the
way to campus to
look at a bulletin
board, students
will be able to
hear up-to-the-
minute listings
from any touch-
tone phone."
Roger Watts
The listings, sorted according
to type of housing and location,
are rotated as they enter the
system allowing callers to hear
the newest listings first, Watts
Students may use the system
year-round, 24-hours-a-day
anywhere in the world for the
price of a long distance phone
call. Local calls
^^^^^^^    are free.
Watts said that
as many as 500
listings a month
will be available
on the system to
help meet the
needs of what he
predicts will
initially be several
hundred callers a
anyone with a
computer and
modem may call
the registry at
822-9844,   but
     plans are
underway to limit
access to students who will
require a password to enter the
system. The password will be
available from the AMS business
office with a valid AMS card.
Advertisers with
accommodation for rent can list
for free until October 1 by calling
recovery appears to be complete.
Before he went down, Rainbow
was a picture of consistency,
completing 66 of 105 passes for
1255 yards. Smith is expecting
more of the same from his
quarterback this season.
"I'm confident of Adrian's ability
to remain a consistent performer.
He's that type of person."
When the Vanier Cup rolls
around Nov. 20 in Toronto, Smith
is hoping his Thunderbirds will be
on hand for their fifth appearance
in the championship game.
Highlights of the season
include Shrum Bowl 17 on Sept.
12. 1:30 p.m., at Swangard
Stadium in Burnaby against
Simon Fraser University and the
annual homecoming game Oct.
2 against the San Francisco State
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
Office, 207-6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.,
V6T 1Z2, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque
(made out to UBC Reports) or internal requisition.
Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the Sept.  16,  1993
issue of UBC Reports is noon, Sept. 7.
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methodological consultation;
data analysis; data base
management; sampling
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design, development, and
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research and consulting
experience in the social sciences
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professionals and others
interested in science or natural
history are meeting through a
North America-wide network. For
info write: Science Connection.
P.O. Box 389, Port Dover, Ontario
NOA 1 NO or call 1-800-667-5179.
FAMILY DAYCARE in Kerrisdale
offers a stimulating, creative
environment for children ages 2
1/2 and up. Experienced
qualified teacher with excellent
references. $35/day. 261-1932
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do marketing research, customer
surveys, promotional programs.
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Sunday, Sept. 19,1993
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Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of our affiliation with UBC, NORTH SOUTH TRAVEL has
designed this very special cruise/tour for the alumni, staff, families and friends of UBC.
Incredible value, flexibility, timing, including one of the most interesting destinations -
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•••*• 731-5546/736-7447 ••••• UBC Reports ■ September 2,1993 7
Abe Hefter photo
Associate Prof. Murray Hodgson (foreground) and fourth-year physics
students Tony Skrjanec (left) and John Kim (right) measure the amount of
reverberation and the level of background noise in a UBC classroom.
Acoustical survey shows
UBC classrooms lacking
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
In an effort to improve campus
accessibility for people with hearing
disabilities, an ad-hoc committee on
hearing accessibility will develop design
criteria that could result in better
acoustics in new and existing
As a first step, committee member
Murray Hodgson, an associate professor
in Occupational Hygiene with a cross-
appointment in
Mechanical ^^^^^^^^^^
Engineering, has
completed an
acoustical survey of
UBC classrooms.
"The university
recognizes classroom
acoustics may not be
as good as they could
be," said Hodgson,
whose main area of
interest is the
prediction and
optimization of      	
acoustics   in  work
areas, such as classrooms and offices.
"The questions this survey attempts to
answer are: How good, or bad, are the
acoustics in UBC classrooms, and why,
and how can we attempt to design better
classrooms in the future?"
Working with fourth-year physics
students John Kim and Tony Skrjanec,
Hodgson conducted a random acoustical
survey of 45 of the approximately 450
classrooms at UBC. They measured the
amount of reverberation in each room     said Hodgson.
"An ideal classroom
should have a speech
intelligibility of at least
80 per cent.  None of
the classrooms
measured fell into that
- Murray Hodgson
and  the level of background noise to
determine speech intelligibility.
"An ideal classroom should have a
speech intelligibility of at least 80 per
cent," said Hodgson. "None of the
classrooms measured fell into that
"Half the classrooms measured
between 60 and 80 per cent, which is
good, while the remainder fell between 40
and 60 per cent, which is fair," he
Although there has been an
improvement in the
^^^^^^^^^^ level of speech
intelligibility in
classrooms housed in
newer buildings on
campus, Hodgson
said these
preliminary findings
would indicate that
UBC classrooms, in
general, need work to
become acoustically
Hodgson's   final
report       to       the
       committee in
October, which will in
turn become part of a report the committee
submits to K.D. Srivastava, vice-president
of Student and Academic Services, will
include ways to improve acoustics in new
and existing classrooms.
"Not only will this improve learning
conditions for students, but it will
address the issue of occupational hygiene
by helping faculty avoid the stress and
fatigue that can result from poor
acoustical conditions in a classroom,"
by staff writers
Three UBC graduates from the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration have won prestigious transportation awards.
Andreas Dietrich was awarded the Air Canada outstanding student
award for being the best student, graduate or undergraduate, in transport and
logistics at UBC.
Nashir Hirjee won the National Transportation Week Society's student
paper prize with his paper. An Analysis of the Recent Canada-Singapore Air
Services Dispute.
Hirjee also received the Canadian Airlines International outstanding student
award for his contribution to Commerce 444, a course in air transportation.
Doug Saunders won the Canadian Association of Logistics Management
student paper prize with his master's essay. Hospital Logistics in the Canadian
Michael Blades, a professor in the Dept. of
Chemistry, is the recipient ofthe 1994 Fisher
Scientific Lecture Award for his distinguished
contributions to the field of analytical chemistry.
The award consists of a cash prize of $1,500. As the
award winner. Blades will deliver a lecture at the next
annual conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry
in Winnipeg.
His research interests in plasma spectroscopy include
the development and characterization of new plasma
sources for trace element determinations, laser-excited
fluorescence spectroscopy of microparticles, and ion-
storage mass and optical spectrometry.
• • • •
Lithoprobe Director Ronald Clowes, who is also a professor in the Dept. of
Geophysics and Astronomy, has become the first Canadian to win the
George P. Woollard Award from the Council of the Geological Society of
The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to
geology through the application ofthe principles and techniques of geophysics.
UBC-based Lithoprobe, the largest earth science project ever undertaken in
Canada, is a research network involving 32 universities, more than 20
industrial collaborators and 13 government agencies. More than 500 scientists
are, or have been, involved with the project.
Lithoprobe researchers use high-tech remote sensing technology and all
applicable methods in the earth sciences to investigate the earth's crust and
sub-crustal lithosphere to depths of 80 kilometres or more.
The objective is to determine the present structure and understand the past
geological evolution ofthe North American continent over its four billion-year
Clowes will receive the award next month at the society's annual meeting in
• • • •
rof. Bill Rees has been named director of the
School of Community and Regional Planning. He
takes over from Alan Artibise who has served as
director since 1988.
Rees has taught resource ecology in the school since
1969. His investigations into the ecological basis for
economic development have taken him from the Peruvian
Andes to the Arctic.
A founding member of the 24-year-old environmental
group Pollution Probe, Rees was also a key member of
Vancouver's task force on atmospheric change. He has
served as an environmental consultant for more than 20
Assoc. Prof. Peter Boothroyd is serving as acting director until Rees begins his
five-year term in January, 1994.
Three members of UBC's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences were
honoured recently by the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada
Frank Abbott, chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was
presented with the association's McNeil Award in recognition of his
outstanding contributions to pharmacy research in Canada.
Graduate student George Tonn (PhD, Division of Pharmaceutics) received
the AFPC Award for best poster presentation and graduate student Mel D'Sa
(MA, Division of Pharmacy Administration) received the AFPC/Merck Frosst
Graduate Student Fellowship which recognizes academic excellence in
pharmacy in Canada.
The awards were presented during the AFPC's conference on
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology held in Vancouver last month.
• • • •
Prof. Emeritus Tony Scott has been awarded the G.M. Gerhardsen
Memorial Prize in Fisheries Economics in recognition of his outstanding
contributions to the field of fisheries economics.
The award was instituted in connection with the celebration of the 40th
anniversary of the Centre of Fisheries Economics at the Norwegian School of
Economics and Business Administration.
The award is in memory ofthe late G.M. Gerhardsen, the first professor and
chair of fisheries economics at the school.
As part ofthe anniversary celebrations, two conferences were held at the
centre this May, including innovations in fisheries management, which
featured Scott as a keynote speaker.  He presented a paper entitled The
Concept of Property Rights in Fisheries. 8 UBC Reports • September 2, 1993
Registrar welcomes new admissions agency
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A new central agency designed
to make it easier for B.C. students
to apply for admission to all
public post-secondary
institutions has been announced
by the provincial government.
UBC    Registrar    Richard
Spencer said he welcomed the
decision to establish the service.
This is something that UBC
has been in favour of for some
time and we are very pleased
that it is finally going ahead."
The centre, to be located in
Kamloops, will begin processing
applications after September
1994. Students will no longer
Martin Dee photo
Dr. Martin Schechter disputes theories which claim HIV
infection is not the cause of AIDS.
Research confirms
HIV link to AIDS
by Connie Filletti
Despite growing speculation
to the contrary, the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
does cause AIDS, a UBC
researcher has confirmed.
"Some investigators are
proposing that it is not HIV
infection per se but rather the
risk behaviours associated with
it that cause AIDS," said Dr.
Martin Schechter, a professor
of Health Care and
Proponents of this theory
claim that chronic
promiscuous sexual activity
and drug use are causing the
disease in homosexual men.
"It Is a disservice to the many
people infected with HIV and a
hindrance to public health
initiatives for scientists to claim
that HIV is harmless and not
related to AIDS," Schechter said.
In a controlled study of 715
homosexual men, Schechter
found that all ofthe 136 AIDS-
related illnesses diagnosed in
the group occurred in
individuals with pre-existing
No AIDS illnesses occurred
in men who remained
persistently negative for HIV
during the six to eight years of
"Unlike men in the study
with HIV, uninfected men
experienced no damage to their
immune systems," he
explained. "Counts of their T-
helper cells, a type of white
blood cell that is usually lost
during HIV infection, remained
stable, whether or not they used
drugs or had an elevated
frequency of sexual contact."
Schechter's report was
published earlier this year in
the British medical journal The
New library fines aim
to speed book returns
Beginning this month, fines
will be charged on all UBC library
materials as soon as they are
overdue, whether or not they
have been called in.
The goal of the Library's new
fines policy is to improve the
availability of books on the
shelves, according to Leonora
Crema, head of the circulation
"The old policies just didn't
encourage people to return books
on time. The new policy will
ensure that books are back on
the shelves so others who need
them can use them."
Crema said that many
academic libraries are trying to
increase the availability of their
collections, because book
budgets don't allow them to buy
as many copies of books as they
used to.
"Getting books back in time
is one way of doing that," she
The new fine rates are $ 1.00 a
day for regular loans and $1.00
an hour to a maximum of $5.00
a day for reserve loans. The
maximum late fine is $30.00,
with an added replacement fee if
items are lost.
In addition, the library is
introducing several new on-line
services to make it easier to renew
books and to keep track of what
users have on loan. These
include up-to-the-minute
circulation information and self-
service renewals, which will be
available from UBCLIB, the
Library's on-line catalogue.
For more information about
the new services, call 822-3208.
apply to individual colleges,
universities or institutes.
Kamloops was chosen as the
site ofthe new centre because of
its strategic location in B.C.'s
network of public post-secondary
institutions, explained Tom
Perry, minister of Advanced
Education in a news release.
'This new central application
system will greatly enhance
service to students, eliminate
duplicative administrative costs
and track multiple applications
ensuring an accurate
assessment of student demand
for spaces in post-education and
training," he said.
The centre will be
administered by a director who
will report to a board comprising
representatives from public
universities, colleges and the
Spencer noted that while most
applications will go to the centre,
UBC will continue to evaluate all
applications, make admissions
decisions and send offers of
admission directly to applicants.
"This is something
that UBC has been in
favour of for some
time and we are very-
pleased that it is
finally going ahead."
- Richard Spencer
He said it is too early to predict
exactly what the impact will be
on the undergraduate
admissions office at UBC, but
hopes that the creation of the
central agency will make it
possible for the university to offer
improved service to applicants
and to bring enrolments more
closely into line with the quotas
approved by Senate.
The central application service
. provide students with
information on available
programs and courses
. process approximately
150,000 applications received
each year by public post-
secondary institutions
. provide status reports to
students on their applications
and updates on program
. research and analyse
student demand for post-
secondary education and
training to assist in planning
and evaluating programs and
The Library has a new circulation system and fines policy.
Here's a guide to what's new:
"*■        Up-to-the-minute
circulation information
+        Self-service renewals
-        Self-service listing of items
you've signed out
'•        Automatic fines for all
overdue materials
* Fine rates are:
Regular loans
Reserve loans
$l/hour to a
maximum of $5/day
Max. late fine
For more information about the
Library's loan policies, please pick up
a copy of Guide to Loan Regulations at
any UBC Library.


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