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Facility in receivership
It Must Be Spring
Gavin Wilson photo
Happy chef, AMS beverage manager Jeff Harvey, enjoys the sunshine as he
barbecues burgers at the SUB Plaza. Return of the plaza barbecue is a sure
sign of spring on campus.
Researchers zero in on
cause of Huntington's
A team of UBC medical researchers is
~»  zeroing in on a mysterious gene which
causes Huntington's disease, an incurable
brain disease.
"We've identified a rearrangement' of
the genetic material in two patients with
Huntington's disease, but this represents
only the first step in understanding how
'~ the disease occurs," said Dr. Michael
, Hayden, a professor of Medical Genetics
and principal investigator of the team.
Huntington's affects  one  person  in
10,000, usually striking between the ages
of 30 and  50.  However,  onset of the
,   disease  can  occur  anywhere   from
adolescence to old age.
1 The illness is characterized by abnormal
movements, speech difflculties, psychiatric
or behavioural disturbances and intellectual
impairment. Each child of an affected parent
has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting and
■j   developing Huntington's.
The UBC researchers have discovered a
new arrangement of the repetitive element
Alu — commonly found in chromosomes —
occurring close to two genes. The
phenomenon was identified in two Canadian
families with Huntington's disease.
Having excluded one of the genes as
the Huntington's candidate, the scientists
are currently assessing the remaining
gene more rigorously.
They did not detect the same type of
genetic organization in a study of 1,000
copies of chromosomes from healthy people.
The findings of the research team —
which includes colleagues from the University
ofToronto—are being published today in the
British scientific journal Nature.
In another report to be published this
month, an international consortium of
researchers has found other changes in
genetic material from many patients which
provide evidence for identification of the
gene causing Huntington's disease.
Although there is presently no effective
treatment for the disease, patients may
benefit from psychological counselling
and medications which help diminish
involuntary movements and others which
act as mood modifiers.
Genetic counselling is available to the
families of Huntington's patients, and
may include a predictive test, developed
in 1986 by Hayden, which estimates who
has inherited the defective gene.
"These new discoveries will make our
predictive capabilities more definitive and
much easier," he said.
Hayden, an internationally respected
authority on Huntington's disease, has
been searching for its causes for more
than a decade.
The Huntington's disease study represents
a major scientific effort supported by the
Medical Research Council of Canada, the
Huntington Society of Canada and the
Canadian Genetic Diseases Network, one of
the federal Centres of Excellence with
headquarters at UBC.
B.C. Research woes
imperil UBC projects
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC scientists were all set to launch a
collaborative project with B.C. Research
that would convert a forest industry waste
byproduct into the base material for
But the day after the $200,000 contract
was signed, the south campus research
facility was declared insolvent and its
145 employees thrown out of work.
"Now all we can do is wait and see if the
corporation will survive," said Chemistry
Prof. James Kutney. the project's principal
Kutney's research project is one of
many UBC activities affected by the
financial woes of B.C. Research Corp.,
which went into receivership March 12
after the provincial government refused
to give it a $ 1 million loan guarantee and
continued annual research funding of
$1.5 million.
Kutney's agreement with the
corporation was intended to bring his
basic research closer to
commercialization. It involved converting
a byproduct ofthe pulping process into a
base material for steroidal
pharmaceuticals such as cortisone and
birth control pills.
Another UBC researcher, Peter Jones,
of Family and Nutritional Sciences, was
slated to join the team to investigate the
compound's potential as a cholesterol-
lowering agent.
B.C. Research's uncertain future could
undo other joint research projects, disrupt
the work of graduate students, deprive naval
architecture students of needed facilities and
result in the loss of several adj unct professors,
university officials say.
The corporation's chief purpose was to
provide research and development
services to small- and medium-sized B.C.
companies, but UBC scientists and
engineers also made use of its unique
An agreement with the receiver has
allowed B.C. Research staff to continue to
work without pay, but no one knows how
long the facility's doors will remain open.
Among the UBC faculties potentially
affected by the corporation's demise is
the Faculty of Applied Science, which
stands to lose a number of adjunct
professors who were affiliated with the
faculty, said Dean Axel Meisen.
As well, several engineering graduate
students conduct thesis work at B.C.
Research facilities,  and are often co-
supervised by B.C. Research staff.
"The biggest impact, however, would
be on the undergraduate naval
architecture option in the Dept. of
Mechanical Engineering." Meisen said.
"It requires access to their Ocean
Engineering Centre and its facilities as
part of course work."
Another potential casualty could be
the Food Technology Centre, a
collaboration among B.C. Research,
UBC's Dept. of Food Science and the B.C.
Institute of Technology.
For the past four years, the centre has
responded to the food industry's needs
for technical assistance in the
development of new products and
processes, said John Vanderstoep, head
ofthe Dept. of Food Science and a director
at the centre.
He said the centre, which in the current
fiscal year holds industry contracts worth
about $400,000, could possibly survive
the B.C. Research collapse as a separate
"It is hard to know what the outcome
will be," he said. "Everything is still up in
the air. We're looking at all the options."
See RESEARCH. Page 2
Professor wins
$50,000 Killam
research prize
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Zoology Prof. Peter Hochachka is one
of three Canadian researchers to win a
$50,000 1993 Izaak Walton Killam
Memorial Prize.
The prizes are presented by the Canada
Council in recognition of distinguished
lifetime achievement and outstanding
contributions to the advancement of
Hochachka, a world expert in
comparative biochemistry, won in the
category of natural sciences. Other
winners were Andre Roch Lecours, ofthe
University of Montreal, for health sciences,
and Alan Davenport, of the University of
Western Ontario, for engineering.
Hochachka has pioneered research into
the metabolism of deep-diving seals and
other species living in oxygen-deprived
See KILLAM, Page 2
Canny Canines
Offbeat: When it comes to dogs, 'B' doesn't always stand for brains
Periodical Relief      3
Short-term measures reduce cuts to the library's serial collection
Mighty Mentors 6
Around & About:  UBC's Alumni Mentor Program hits its stride
Assisted Suicide 8
Forum: Ethicist Alister Browne reviews objections to assisted suicide 2 UBC Reports • March 25,1993
Sexual assault
statistics cited
in Sun incorrect
RE: The Vancouver Sun
article "Woman's story of rape
blamed on earlier trauma,"
(March 6, 1993).
The statistic attributed to
Student Health Services
stating that "200 women at
UBC are assaulted in some
manner each year by men" is
not true and did not originate
from the Student Health
The Sexual Harassment
Office has received
approximately 200 complaints
of sexual harassment
behaviour ranging from graffiti
on campus to unwanted
attention from another
individual.  Of these
complaints eight per cent
involved activities of touching,
kissing, or physical attack,
usually against women.
Any assaults are to be
deplored and are of great
concern to all of us on the
campus.  However, we are not
helped in our fight against
assaults by misuse of
statistical information.
Donald Farquhar, MD
Student Health Service
Coninuedfrom Page 1
Science Dean Barry McBride
said his students and professors
benefited from, among other
things, their interaction with the
forest bio-technology group at
B.C. Research.
"Certain facilities were useful
to us, and those will be a loss,
but the impact will not be
extensive," McBride said.
B.C. Research offered
research services to industry in
waste management, fisheries
and food, forest biotechnology,
analytical chemistry,
occupational health, specialty
products and processes, ocean
engineering, engine systems and
alternative fuels, integrated
engineering services and
business development.
Coninuedfrom Page 1
conditions, discovering
biochemical mechanisms they
use to survive extreme
environmental situations.
He also studies adaptation to
high altitudes in mountain
dwellers, such as the Quechas
people of the Peruvian Andes
and the Sherpas of Nepal.
Hochachka's research has
made a strong impact on fields
other than adaptational
biochemistry, including clinical
medicine, sports medicine and
He will be presented with his
prize at a ceremony held at UBC
on April 19.
Charles Ker photo
Wish You Were Here
Basking in the sunshine behind the Museum of Anthropology,
first-year student Larissa Hretchka writes to friends in the
east who were digging out after the "storm of the century"
last week.
Committee looks at
new term for registrar
followed for renewals for a
second, and final, five-year term.
The committee, chaired by
Srivastava, also includes Dean
Barry McBride, Faculty of
Science; Psychology Dept. Head
Richard Tees, Education
Professor Thelma Cook; and
C.L. Greentree, a fourth-year
Applied Science student.
The committee is expected to
submit its recommendations no
later than May 15.
Please submit comments to K. D.
Srivastava's office at 822-5075.
An advisory committee to
consider the re-appointment of
Registrar Richard Spencer has
been appointed by President
David Strangway.
Spencer's term, which began
August 1, 1988, expires June 30.
Both Spencer and K.D.
Srivastava, vice-president,
Student and Academic Services,
are willing to consider a reappointment subject to review
and campus consultation by an
advisory committee in
accordance with  the  practice
News Digest
UBC has won its bid to host next year's McGoun Cup, the
debating championship for universities in B.C., Alberta, and
UBC's debating club, which recently sent three, two-member
teams to the McGoun competition at the University of Calgary, has
qualified three teams to compete in the national debating
championships at the University of Guelph this month.
At this year's McGoun tournament, UBC law students Robert
Brookfield and Mathew Englander were recognized among the top
teams. Planning student Geoff De Verteuil received an award in the
individual category.
The Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre is undergoing a $ 1 million
renovation that will upgrade the main entry, add four dressing
rooms and renovate the alternative entrance adjacent to the Osborne
The project, which began in December, is scheduled for completion
this May.
The front ofthe building will be upgraded for disabled and patron
access with automatic doors. Inaddition, the lobbywill be expanded.
The upgrade at the alternate entry to the centre will be combined
with building code upgrades that will include sprinklers throughout
the stairways as well as the upstairs lounge and banquet room.
The project funding is somewhat unique, according to Michael
Kelly, director of Athletic and Sport Facilities. Kelly said this is the
first time all renovations in a major development phase have been
totally funded with retained earnings from centre operations.
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Wanted: UBC Alumni
Remember when you were approaching graduation and
had a lot of questions about career options? Today's students
are also searching for answers, and ways to fit into the job
market of the '90s. The UBC Alumni Association Mentor
Program brings alumni and students together for informal
dialogue and information-sharing. The time commitment is
minimal; if you have time for a coffee or lunch you have time
to be a mentor.
For information, orto register, please call
UBC Alumni Association at 822-3313.
friends of Chamber Music presents
performing:   Wolf, Italian Serenade;
Tashi salutes the 20th Century $£
Brahms, Clarinet Quintet.
Tuesday, March 30, 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.
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150 fewer places in coming year
Senate approves cuts to first-year admissions
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Senate has approved new enrolment
quotas that will reduce by 150 the number
of new students admitted to first-year
studies in the faculties of Arts and Science
next September.
The reduction in first-year admissions,
which is still subject to approval by the
Board of Governors, is required to keep
UBC's enrolment constant and maintain
the quality of programs, said Daniel Birch,
vice-president, Academic It will not affect
the overall number of students attending
the university,
"We are not reducing enrolment, we
are reducing intake," he said.
New admissions had to be trimmed
because increasing numbers of students
are staying in school right through to
graduation, instead of dropping out, Birch
said. High dropout rates in the past opened
up more spots for students entering from
high school.
Admission from Grade 12 to the Faculty
of Science will be cut by 100 places — to
1,100 from 1,200 — in the 1993/94
academic year.
Admission to first-year in the Faculty
of Arts will be cut by 50 places, to 1,450
from 1,500. This marks the first change
in Arts admissions since quotas were
introduced in 1986/87.
Senate rejected an Arts proposal that
the 50 places be taken from the mature
student category. The faculty said this
would stop entry grade point averages
from rising too high, but other senators
argued that mature students deserved
the opportunity for direct access into
first-year studies.
Birch said mature students are often
from disadvantaged groups in society
and should not be discouraged from
enrolling in university.
"We should be mitigating rather than
exacerbating our role in reproducing the
inequalities in our society," he said.
Senate also voted to improve access
for B.C. college transfer students entering
the Arts and Science faculties.
Under the plan, half of the available
transfers — more than 600 — will be
reserved for B.C. college students. The
other transfers will be made on the basis
of grade point average alone and will be
open to students from other universities
and UBC faculties, as well as to B.C.
college students.
'This is more than a gesture, it's a solid
contribution to solving the problem," said
Robert Will, chair of the Senate
Admissions Committee.
The squeeze on available places at
UBC has been made tighter by the high
retention rate among undergraduates,
who are staying on in record numbers to
complete their degrees.
This reflects the increasing quality of
students enrolled at the university and the
fact that today's students are much more
serious about their studies, Birch said.
In the mid-1970s, the dropout rate in
first-year Arts was 32 per cent. By the
mid-1980s, this had fallen to 20 per cent.
Higher retention rates can also be seen
in the number of students who go on to
complete their studies and receive
UBC awarded 5,245 degrees in 1991 /
92, up from 3,929 degrees in 1984/85,
an increase of 33 per cent. Yet during the
same time period, enrolment was up only
eight per cent.
Birch said the admission cuts do not
in any way reflect on UBC's commitment
to high-quality undergraduate education.
"We're doing our utmost to maintain
the quality and quantity of undergraduate
education at UBC and at B.C.'s university-
colleges," he said.
In joint ventures with Okanagan and
Cariboo university-colleges, 550 students
are enrolled in the third and fourth year
of UBC degree programs. Another 5,500
students are enrolled in the first and
second year of these programs, showing
their tremendous potential for growth,
Birch said.
Gavin Wilson photo
Winning Bridge
Students David Chan, left, and Barry Gerbracht examine their award-winning entry into Concordia University's
annual bridge-building competition. The pair were part of a six-member team of third-year engineering students
who designed and constructed the bridge using laminated popsicle sticks and more than 2.5 kilometres of dental
floss. The UBC entry took third place by supporting a weight of 607 kilograms.
by Staff writer
Beware breeds beginning with B.
That's one of the messages in Psychology Prof. Stanley Coren's new
book. The Intelligence of Dogs.
For his publication, Coren sent a four-page questionnaire to 541
obedience judges in North America asking them to rate the intelligence of the
74 most popular breeds.
Their verdict: pooches beginning with
the letter B, except for the Border Collie,
aren't the most adept at learning to sit,
heel, and stay. Among those that are (in
descending order of trainability): Border
Collie, Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog,
German Shepherd, Golden Retriever,
Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever,
Papillon, Australian Cattle Dog and
The book also contains plenty of fido
folklore. For instance, did you know
that the dog was partly responsible for
creating the Anglican Church?
It seems that a messenger dispatched
to the Pope by Henry VIII brought his
dog along. When the messenger bent
down to kiss the Pope's toe. His
Holiness received a bite from Bowser as well.
Needless to say, the King's request for a marriage annulment was denied.
As for his own choice in dogs, Coren has a champion Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel and a Cairn terrier. The latter, he says, is considered by
many to be "untrainable."
Coren's book will be published at the end of the year.
Clever Canine
Periodical cuts reduced
as funding source sought
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The Senate Library Committee has
unanimously approved a series of short-
term measures designed to reduce
anticipated cuts to the Library's serials
Due to escalating costs, the Library is
facing a shortfall of about $500,000 that
could lead to numerous cancellations of
serial subscriptions during the 1993-94
fiscal year unless other sources of funding
are found.
Professor Sherrill Grace, associate dean of
Arts and chair of the Senate Library
Committee, submitted the committee's
package of combined measures to the March
17 meeting of Senate.
The measures call for transferring
$77,000 back to the Collections budget
which had been earmarked for the binding
budget last year, as well as the use of a
portion of the Library Stabilization Fund
to address up to $300,000 ofthe serials
increases anticipated in 1993-94and 1994-
95, due to currency fluctuations and a sharp
decline in the value of the Canadian dollar
during the second half of 1992.
The committee determined that a fur
ther $200,000 could be found if the university implements an adjustment for
currency rate fluctuations on a 10-year
average, an inflationary adjustment based
on the Consumer Price Index and an
allowance of approximately 1.5 per cent
for new material.
"These measures, however, will not
likely provide sufficient funds, in which
case the Library may cancel up to
$200,000 worth of subscriptions in 1993-
94," Grace said.
If so. Library units would be asked to
give priority to cancelling titles with
excessive price increases, while retaining
titles with low cost if librarians and users
feel they are being utilized and reducing
remaining duplication as much as
Grace said the Library will make
contingency plans for an additional
cancellation in 1994-95 if necessary.
The library's collections budget is $6.5
million. Based on a Senate decision this
budget has been divided since the mid
1970s between monograph and serials
acquisitions at a 35 per cent to 65 per
cent ratio, a policy which the current
Senate Library Committee acknowledges
and re-affirms. 4 UBC Reports • March 25,1993
March 28 through April 10
Monday, March 29
Plant Science Seminar
The Natural Capital Concept
In Large-Scale Landscape
Management. Dr. William Rees,
Community/Regional Planning.
MacMillan 318D at 12:30pm.
Refreshments.  Call 822-8233.
Mechanical Engineering
Effect Of Buoyancy On Jet In
Cross Flow. Fariba Aghdasi, PhD
student. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Biology Seminar
Atomic Force Microscopy Of
DNA And DNA-Protein
Complexes. Thomas Jovin, Max
Planck Institute for Biophysical
Chemistry, Molecular Biology.
IRC #4 at 3:45pm. Refreshments
at 3:30pm.  Call 822-5925.
Astronomy Seminar
Cataclysmic Variables. Paula
Szkody, U. of Washington.
Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at
4pm. Coffee at 3:30pm. Call
Tuesday, March 30
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Relationship Of Synthetic
Cytochines. Dr. Ian Clark-Lewis,
assistant professor, Biomedical
Research Centre, Biochemistry.
IRC #4 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
Effect Of Forest Fertilization
Of The Ectomycorrhizae Of
Western Hemlock. Gavin
Kernaghan, MSc candidate.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Oceanography Seminar
Upper Thermal Limits On The
Oceanic Distribution Of Pacific
Salmon. David Welch, Pacific
Biological Station, Nanaimo.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Pregnancy Outcome And Elf
Magnetic Field Exposures: The
California Experience. Dr.
Michael Yost, assistant
professsor, Environmental
Health, U. of Washington.
University Hospital G226 at 4pm.
Call 822-9595.
Statistics Seminar
Robust Bayes-Type Version Of
Classical Estimators. Dr. Peter
Lachout, Charles U., Prague,
Czechoslovakia. Angus 426 at
4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Wednesday, March 31
Microbiology Seminar
Molecular Studies And Gene
Expression In Leishmania. Dr.
Rob McMaster, Medical Genetics.
Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
-Delaying The Knife. Ms. Wendy
Leong, grad student. Clinical
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 320 at 4:30pm. Call
669-6500 pager 421.
Thursday, April 1
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Induction Of Aryi Hydrocarbon
Hydroxylase (AHH) Bv 2,3,7,8-
TCDD And Coplanar'PCB's In
Rainbow Trout. David Janz, grad
student, Pharmacology/
Toxicology, Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 60 from 11:30am-
12:30pm.   Call 822-2692.
Statistics Seminar
Semiparametrie Mixture
Models. Dr. Mary Lesperance,
Mathematics/Statistics, UVic.
Angus 426 at 4pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-3167/2234.
Friday, April 2
Chemical Engineering
Modelling Of The  Flow And
Protein Concentration In Hollow
Fibre Bioreactors. Marek Labecki.
grad student. Chemical
Engineering. ChemEngineering
206 at 3:30pm.   Call 822-3238.
Monday, April 5
Plant Science Seminar
Epitope Mapping On A Plant
Virus Coat Protein By Means Of
Fragments Expressed In Bacteria,
And Synthetic Peptides. Dr. Uli
Commandeur, Agriculture
Canada, Vancouver. MacMillan
318D at 12:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-8233.
Microbiology Seminar
Genetic Analysis Of Protein
Secretion In E. Coli. Dr. Thomas
J. Silhavy, Molecular Biology,
Princeton U., Princeton, New
Jersey. IRC #4 from 12:30
1:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Tuesday, April 6
The Mechanism Of
Antihistamine-lnduced Sedation
In Human Brain. Dr. Peter Reiner,
Psychiatry. University Hospital
G279 from 12-lpm. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
Interactions Between
Respiratory And Phenylpropanoid
Metabolism In Lithospermum
Erythrorhizon. Anne Walton, MSc
candidate. BioSciences 2000
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Oceanography Seminar
Micro-Zooplankton Dynamics
In The Sargasso Sea. Evelyn
Lesard, U. of Washington.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Asymptotic Distribution OfData-
Driven Smoothers. Dr. Ricardo
Fraiman. U. de la Republica.
Montevideo, Uruguay. Angus 426
at 4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Wednesday, April 7
Anatomy Seminar
Reversal Of Divergent
Differentiation By RasOncogene-
Mediated Transformation. Dr.
N. Auersperg, professor.
Anatomy. Friedman 37 from
12:30-1:30pm.   Call 822-9071.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Implementation Of
Pharmaceutical Care. Ms.Terryn
Naumann. grad student. Clinical
Pharmacy. Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 320 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Call 822-4645.
Tuesday, March 30
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Lecture
Reading From Bloodlines. Janet
Campbell     Hale. Family/
Nutritional   Sciences   50   at
12:30pm.   Call 822-9171.
Political Science Lecture
The Clinton-Yeltsin Summit:
Issues And Consequences.
Professors Brian Job/Paul
Marantz/Leonid Polishchuk.
Buchanan A100 from 12:30-2pm.
Call 822-5480.
Lectures In Modern
Zirconocene Complexes Of
Unsaturated Organic Molecules:
Vehicles For Selective Organic
Synthesis. Dr. Steve Buchwald,
Chemistry, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Cambridge. Chemistry South
BlockB250at lpm. Refreshments
at 12:50pm.   Call 822-3266.
French Lecture
Les Contes De Mile De Lubert
(1710-1769). Maryse Duggan.
BuchananTower799at2pm. Call
Graduate/Faculty Christian
Forum Lecture
God  And  The   Constitution:
Monday, March 29
Music Concert
UBC Percussion Ensemble.
John Rudolph, director. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, March 31
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Alan Rinehart, guitar. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Admission $2.   Call 822-5574.
Music Concert
UBC Symphonic Wind
Ensemble. Martin Berinbaum.
conductor. Old Auditorium at
12:30/8pm.  Call 822-3113.
Music Concert
School Of Music. University
Chamber Singers. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm.  Call 822-3113.
Reflections On Religion And
Constitutional Change In Canada.
Prof. George Egerton, History.
Buchanan Penthouse at 4:15pm.
Coffee at 4pm.  Call 224-0974.
Friday, April 2
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
The Minor Circulation Or What
Is A Cardiologist Doing In The
Lungs? Dr. Derek Human, acting
head. Cardiology. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
Wednesday, April 7
French Lecture
Le Roman Historique.  Suzette
Bahar. Buchanan Tower 799 at
2pm.  Call 822-4025.
Friday, April 9
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Rounds Cancelled -  Easter
Holiday.  Call 875-2118.
Wednesday, March 31
Research In Ethnic Relations
And Cultural Diversity. Cecil
Green Park Yorkeen Room from
8:30am-4:30pm through to April
1.   Call 822-9583.
Nutritional Issues For
Women Forum
Bone/Health/Calcium, Susan
Barr, PhD, RDN: Body Weight/
Body Image. Kosa Matic-Smyrnic.
RDN: Nutrients at Risk, Barbara
Branda-Turner, RDN. IRC #2 from
7-9pm. Refreshments. Admission
by donation.   Call 822-4858.
Italian Play
il funeral del padrone by Dario
Fo. Buchanan A106 at 8pm March
31, April 1 at lpm. Call 822-
Friday, April 2
Zen Society
Considerations On Zen
Buddhism And Ecology. Dr. Loys
Maingon, Arts. Buchanan D121
at 12:30pm.   Call 822-4086.
Tuesday, April 6
Faculty Women's Club
Annual General Meeting
Looking To The Future In
Women's Health Issues. Dr. Penny
Ballem, medical director, Women's
Health Centre. Cecil Green Park
House at lpm. Executive Election/
Babysitting.  Call 222-1983.
Museum of Anthropology
Opening day of exhibit: Who
Shall Remain Nameless? Makers
and Collectors in MOA's Nuu-chah-
nulth Basketry Collection.
Museum of Anthropology Gallery
9.   Call 822-5087.
Charles Ker photo
Music Break
Max Todd, a fourth-year mathematics and sociology
student, unwinds with his clarinet beside the Faculty
Club rose garden.
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William G. Black Memorial
Prize Essay Competition
Took place Saturday. February
13. The two winners, UBC
students Jacinta Lawton/Mark
Mehrer, will split the $1,600
award for essay written on a topic
related to aspects of Canadian
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Office Friday morning tours for
prospective UBC students.
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Call 822-4319.
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know
more about topics ranging from
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future? Choose from more than
400 topics. Call 822-6167 (24
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Executive Programmes
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$595. Call 822-8400.
ESL Evening Classes
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Writing/Grammar; Listening
Skills; Advanced Discussion;
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9pm.  Call 222-5208.
Downtown Evening Course
Non-native speakers of English
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skills. Starting April 26,
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Introduction To
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Non-native speakers of English
with no prior experience with
personal computers become
familiar with the computer,
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Professional Engineering
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Series designed to assist
applicants in writing APEGBC's
Professional Practice Exam.
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm now
through April 17. Registration
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Reachout Program
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-
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Taking registration for career
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bieultural women/mature women
students support. Advocacy/
personal counselling services
available.   Call 822-2415.
Skills Centre
Develop your writing skills for
interest and possibly profit. Travel
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Freelance Writing start in March.
Call 222 5245.
Fine Arts Gallery
Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm.
Saturdays     12-5pm. Free
admission. Main Library. Call
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.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
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Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty/
graduate students working on
research    problems. Free
consulting for graduate students
with supervisor's approval
available this semester. Call 822-
4037 or e-mail scarl @ stat.ubc.ca.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items.
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Rich at 822-2813.
Institute Of Pacific Relations
A review of Canadian
participation in the Institute of
Pacific Relations (IPR, 1925-61) is
being prepared at the Institute of
International Relations. Anyone
with information on the IPR please
call Lawrence Woods at 822-6875.
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Faculty of Medicine data
analysts   supporting  clinical
research. To    arrange    a
consultation, call Laura Slaney
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Education and Recreation through
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and Research Centre. Students
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Seeking management/
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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 822-5454.
Muscle Soreness Study
Seeking volunteers ages 20-45
to participate in exercise/post-
exercise soreness study which
requires 5 days of testing.
Honorarium.  Call 822-7571.
Child Studies Research
Is your baby between 2 and 22
months?     Join   UBC's   Child
Monday, March 29
Applied Mathematics
Unsteady Solutions Of The
Navier-Stokes Equations. Dr.
Brian R. Seymour, director,
Applied Mathematics.
Mathematics 203 at 3:45pm. Call
Thursday, April 1
International Relations
Lunchtime Colloquium
International Ethics And The
Gulf War. Prof. Robert Jackson/
Terry Kersch, Political Science.
Buchanan Penthouse from 12:30-
2pm.   Call 822-6875.
Psychology Colloquium
The Work OfThe Imagination.
Dr. Paul Harris, Oxford U. Kenny
2510 at 4pm.  Call 822-3005.
Thursday, April 8
Counselling Psychology
Deepening The Therapeutic
Engagement. Dr. James F.T.
Bugenthal, distinguished adjunct
professor, California School of
Professional Psychology; emeritus
professor, Saybrook Institute; senior
spokesperson, existential-
humanistic perspective, psychology.
Counselling Psychology 102 from
10:30am-12:30pm. Call 822-5259
to register.
Testing, Testing . . .
Martin Dee photo
UBC staff member Charlotte Marshall signals to audio technician Kathy Ihde during a
free hearing test conducted on campus from a special mobile van. The testing is part
of the campus-wide Hearing Access Project reviewing the environmental, physical and
behavioural aspects of accessibility needs of the hard of hearing at UBC. The van will
return for another three-day visit in September.  Call 822-5798 for more information.
Studies Research Team for lots
of fun. Call Dr. Baldwin at 822-
Psychiatry Research
Psychiatric study involving eye
test. Volunteers are needed as
control group. Study involves
one eye test at Vancouver General
Hospital and one interview at
UBC—total time 1 1/2 hours.
Stipend $15. Call Arvinder
Grewal at 822-7321.
Medication Treatment For
People With Depression. Call
Annie Kuan/Dr. R. A. Remick at
Menstrual Cycle Study
Seeking healthy women
volunteers ages 18-40 who have
not had menstrual flow for 3
months or longer to participate
in a 2 month study, to assess
the effectiveness of a
progesterone-like medication in
stimulating menstrual flow. Call
Behaviour Study
Do you check or clean too
much? Psychology is looking for
people who repeatedly check (e.g.
locks, stoves) or clean excessively
to participate in a study. Call
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Adult volunteers needed to
participate in drug treatment
studies. Call Dr. J. Wright in
Medicine at 822-7134 or RN
Marion Barker at 822-7192.
Drug Research Study
Male and female volunteers
required for Genital Herpes
Treatment Study. Sponsoring
physician: Dr. Stephen Sacks,
Medicine/Infectious Diseases.
Call 822-7565.
Heart/Lung Response Study
At rest and during exercise.
Volunteers aged 35 years and
more and of all fitness levels
required. No maximal testing;
scheduled at your convenience.
Call Marijke Dallimore, School of
Rehab. Medicine. 822-7708.
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-
Late Afternoon Curling
Space available at
Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre from 5-7: 15pm.
Beginners and experienced
curlers welcome. Call Alex at
738-7698 or Paul (evenings) at
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Autumn program brochures
are now available for all-ages
as well as children's
outings. Pickup from the Park
Centre at 16th, west of Blanca
or the GVRD main office in
Burnaby.   Call 432-6350.
Introductory Main Garden
Every Wednesday/Saturday
from March 24 to September 25
at lpm at the entrance to
Botanical Garden. Admission
cost includes tour. Call 822-
4208. 6 UBC Reports ■ March 25,1993
Around and About
By Ron Burke
Alumni showing the way
"I wanted to give
something back to an
institution that
treated me very
Graham Heal
UBC alumnus Graham Heal wanted to
volunteer for his alma mater. Alumni
Association Program Co-ordinator Charlotte
Baynes wanted a way to connect students with
the association before they left UBC.  Student
Placement Services Manager Evelyn Buriak
wanted to provide more career planning
resources to students in general programs.
Combine these wants and you have the
Alumni Mentor Program. 	
In the short run, the
program is designed to offer
students information on
different careers, delivered
with both encouragement
and a dose of harsh reality.
Long-term, the program
may also help students take
their UBC expertise into the
"My experiences at UBC        	
were completely positive,"
says Heal, a 1983 Arts graduate who has gone
On to a career as a marketing executive.  "I
wanted to give something back to an
institution that treated me very well."
After approaching the Alumni Association
with his idea, Heal was challenged by Baynes
to come up with a list of 25 alumni who were
willing to be mentors. When he came through,
Baynes looked for a way to contact students
interested in having a mentor. This is where
Student Placement Services came in.
For Buriak, the program presented an
opportunity to offer students, particularly
those in general arts and sciences programs,
some contact with UBC grads who had gone on
to successful careers.
She points out that students in professional
programs, such as Law and Engineering, often
have contact with grads through professional
associations or internships.  But for students
access to information about different careers
and how to move into them.
"Students often need to hear that even
though they graduate and may not move
right into their careers, that's OK," says
Buriak.  They can start with other jobs and
still get to their careers."
For student Russ Hannay, who is
completing his bachelor's degree in
       Geography this year, the
mentor program is "great."
After graduating, he
hopes to use his UBC
education to contribute to
community development
projects in various B.C.
"The contacts I've made
already through my mentor
will help make this
       possible," says Hannay.  "I
see the program as
something that benefits both the students
and whichever communities we take our
UBC education into."
Over at the Alumni Association, Baynes is
pleased with the program. After a tenuous
start, when few students seemed interested
in participating, the challenge now is to
recruit enough mentors to keep up with the
demand.  In February, 107 signed up to be
matched with a grad.
Baynes provides students with a list of
questions they may want to discuss with their
mentors. For the mentors, she provides some
tips on their role, such as how much contact to
expect with the student and the importance of
talking about the realities, both positive and
negative, of various careers.
Alumni or students interested in more
information on the mentor program should
call Charlotte Baynes at the Alumni
in general programs, it can be tougher to have      Association, 822-3313.
Athletes strike gold in Toronto
to wrap up month of medals
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Middle-distance runner Allan
Klassen and distance freestyle
swimmer Turlough O'Hare have
closed out their respective
Canadian Interuniversity
Athletic Union (CIAU) careers in
gold-medal fashion.
Their performances capped off
a successful month in the pool
and on the track for UBC
Klassen finished first in the
1,500 and 3,000 metre events at
the CIAU track and field
championships March 9-10 at
Toronto's SkyDome. He closes
out his CIAU career' as a two-
time All Canadian in both track
and cross country.
Silver medals in Toronto went
to Erika Forster and Byron Jack
in the triple jump and to the
women's 4-by-200 relay team of
Karen Gubbels, Maureen Cinq-
Mars, Diana Osborne and Laura
Meghan O'Brian won a bronze
in the women's 3,000 metres.
In swimming, Turlough O'Hare,
fresh off his four-gold-medal
performance at last month's
Winternationals in Saint John, New
Brunswick, netted three more flrst-
placefinishesatthe CIAU swimming
championships March 5-7 at the
University of Toronto.
O'Hare won the 200, 400 and
1,500 metre freestyle events,
bringing his CIAU career gold
medal total to 10.
Anne Barnes finished first in
the 50 and 100 metre backstroke
events and came in third in the
100 metre backstroke.
Both Barnes and O'Hare will
represent Canada at the World
Student Games in Buffalo in
Steve Chan photo
Allan Klassen picked up two gold medals at the CIAU track
and field championships this month in Toronto. Klassen
clocked winning times in the 1,500 and 3,000 metre events.
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Neuroscientists gather at UBC
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Neuroscientists from several
developing nations recently
participated in a campus-wide
program designed to train them
in leading-edge neurobiological
"It is well-known nationally
and internationally that UBC is
an excellent place for this type of
advanced training. One of the
university's major strengths is
in neuroscience," said Chris
Fibiger, head of UBC's
Neurological Sciences Division.
Eight post-doctoral fellows
from China, India, Iran, South
Korea and Thailand spent one
month working in the
laboratories of UBC researchers
from the faculties of Medicine,
Arts and Science.
They had the opportunity to
study some state of the art
procedures in neurochemistry,
neuroanatomy and
neurophysiology which are not
available to them in their own
countries, Fibiger said.
"The students are now in a
position to return home and help
train other scientists in these
UBC Multicultural Liaison Office
Spring mini-conference co-sponsored with
the Office of the Associate Vice President
Research Humanities, Interdisciplinary
Initiatives, and Social Sciences. Mini-conference is free of charge.
Workshop on Research in Ethnic Relations
and Cultural Diversity*
This workshop is designed for researchers in the areas of
multiculturalism & ethnic relations. Four panels of experts will
be available to comment on presentations, and plenary
addresses will be given at the start of each day.
Date: Wednesday, March 31 & Thursday, April 1, 1993
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Yorkeen Room, Cecil Green House, UBC
Limited spaces available. Please register with the Multicultural
Liaison Office at 822-9583. Wheelchair accessible.
* Sign language interpreters will be available on request.
Please contact the Multicultural Liaison Office no later than
one week prior to the workshops at 822-9583 to book.
Conference materials will be available in alternate formats.
Watch forfurther workshops in April.
Fibiger, who co-organized the
intensive training workshop with
Anthony Phillips, a UBC Psychology
professor, said that in addition to
the laboratory experience, the
students had the opportunity to
participate in lectures given as part
of UBC's graduate program in
He added that the experience
was also valuable to the
participating UBC researchers.
"Faculty members learned
about the limits their colleagues
have to work with, and how they
could facilitate the students'
ability to participate at the
frontiers of brain research after
leaving UBC," Fibiger explained.
The workshop was sponsored
jointly by the Paris-based
International Brain Research
Organization and the Brain
Science Fund of Tokyo.
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by Staff writers
School of Nursing Professor Betty
Davies is the recipient of both the
1993 Award of Merit and Award
of Excellence in Nursing Research
from the Registered Nurses
Association of B.C., (RNABC).
The Award of Merit honours a
colleague who has had a major
influence on nursing practice,
education and health care. The Award
of Excellence in Nursing Research
recognizes outstanding performance
in the areas of clinical research,
mentoring and external peer review.
Davies, who joined UBC in 1987, specializes in sibling
bereavement. She will receive her awards during a special
presentation ceremony at the RNABC annual meeting and
convention in Vancouver on April 14.
• • • •
Bowen Island artist and UBC professor emeritus Sam
Black has received the Honor Award and the Casson
Medal from the Canadian Society of Painters in
Black was recognized for his painting "Encroaching
Flowers" which was recently on display as part of the
society's Open Water 1992 Exhibition at the John B. Aird
Gallery in Toronto.
Black previously won the award in 1983 and 1985.
Dr. Cornells van Breemen has been appointed head of
the Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the
Faculty of Medicine, effective March, 1993.
Van Breemen, a vascular pharmacologist, practiced
veterinary medicine prior to earning graduate degrees in
physiology and pharmacology from the University of Alberta.
He obtained his postdoctorate education in Israel,
England and Germany before joining the Pharmacology
Dept. ofthe University of Florida in 1967.
Van Breemen comes to UBC from the University of Miami
where he has been a faculty member since 1969. His main
research interests include cardiovascular and pulmonary
Assistant Prof. Sharon Manson-Singer has been selected
co-chair of B.C.'s Advisory Council on Income
The 15-member council was created this month to advise
and make recommendations to the
minister of Social Services on income
assistance reform for the 1990s.
Its work will focus primarily on
developing long-term strategies for
income assistance programs,
employment initiatives, health
services, the handicapped benefits
program amd issues relating to the
"working poor."
Government statistics indicate more
than 300,000 people, including one out.
of eight children, in B.C. are currently
dependent on income assistance.
Manson-Singer, a faculty member
with the School of Social Work and research associate at UBC's
Centre for Human Settlements, is also president-elect of the
Canadian Council on Social Development and chair of the
Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia's
income security committee.
• • • •
Three members of UBC's Faculty of Medicine are among
10 women honoured by Chabad Lubavitch for their
dedication to healing and helping others.
Dr. Carol Herbert, head of Family Practice; Dr. Victoria
Bernstein, head of intensive care at University Hospital
(UBC Site); and Dr. Dorothy Shaw Millman, a clinical
associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, were
cited for their concern about family and community.
The presentations were made during the organization's
annual Week of the Jewish Woman Dinner held in
Vancouver earlier this month.
Steven Pelech, an assistant professor of Medicine, is the
recipient ofthe 1993 Merck Frosst Prize, sponsored by
the Canadian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular
Pelech has been a UBC faculty member since 1988. He is
currently investigating the controlling mechanism for cell
growth and division.
The annual award, which recognizes meritorious
research in biochemistry and molecular biology in Canada,
will be presented to Pelech this June at the society's annual
general meeting in Windsor, Ont.
Manson-Singer 8 UBC Reports • March 25, 1993
Grad conference
spotlights students
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
It's Tuesday, about 8:30 a.m.,
outside the Graduate Student
Centre's Patio Room where the
question of the hour is, "How
many people do you expect?"
Deanne Achong and Noel
Currie are ready to open the
Language and Literature Today
II conference but the audience is
so far limited to a handful of
organizers and friends.
Half an hour
later, when the
two graduate
students finish
their 20-minute
dialogue on
within the
Academy," the
room rings with
applause from a
"We were more
than pleased with
attendance," said
Peter Dickinson,
one of six
organizers of the second annual
graduate students conference
within the Faculty of Arts.
More important than the
numbers, however, was the fact
that students did most of the
organizing.     ^^^^^^^^
They not only
presented the
papers, but also
acted as
moderators, sat
on panels and
looked after the
more mundane
aspects of room
budgets and
coffee supply.
"The  usual
situation   for     	
students is that they find
themselves spectators on the
fringe of major professional
conferences," said Prof. Herbert
Rosengarten, head ofthe English
Dept. "Here, they're involved from
beginning to end in every aspect."
As many graduate students look
towards a university teaching
career, they see organizing their
own conferences as a means of
developing expertise they'll need
later as academic professionals. The
format is also useful as a forum for
students to share ideas among
themselves and to associate with
faculty members as peers.
Unlike last year's Language
and Literature Today gathering,
which involved students
primarily from the English Dept.,
this    year's    effort    was    a
"You don't have to
present a
conference paper to
get a degree but
you're certainly
more marketable if
you do."
- Janice Fiamengo
collaboration of English and
French as well as the
Comparative Literature and
Interdisciplinary Studies
programs. Inall, 122participants,
including 20 faculty members,
attended 31 paper presentations.
Eva-Marie Kroller, chairofUBC's
Comparative Literature Program
and co-organizer ofthe conference,
predicts these student initiatives
will gain popularity as students are
increasingly pressured to publish
and present papers before
"You don't
have to present a
conference paper
you're certainly
more marketable
if you do," said
scholar Janice
Fiamengo, who
recently passed
her PhD
Despite being
nervous" beforehand, Fiamengo
was grateful for the chance to
present her first paper at the
graduate student conference in front
of a more relaxed crowd of faculty
and friends.
^^^^^^^^ Later     this
month, she'll use
a $500 grant
from the Faculty
of Graduate
Studies travel
fund to help
finance a trip to
England where
she'll present a
paper to the
Association for
       Studies in
The Graduate Studies awards
office receives about 300
applications each year for travel
fund grants, 90 per cent of which
are accepted. Of 131 applications
submitted last year from Faculty
of Arts students, three dealt with
Comparative Literature, seven
came from English and two from
the French Dept.
Given that students get one
grant of up to $500 per degree,
Kroller says the student
conferences are both convenient
and economical.
Joining Dickinson, Kroller
and Susan Fisher on the
conference planning committee
were students Sue Sorenson
from English, Jane Tilley from
French, and Asst. English Prof.
John X. Cooper.
UBC reviews ways to improve
access for hearing impaired
UBC administrators are
studying the implications of
an order by the B.C. Council of
Human Rights which said the
university must improve access
for hearing impaired students.
In a ruling earlier this
month, the council said UBC
did not do enough to help a
deaf student who alleged
discrimination after being
denied a sign language
Nigel Howard wanted to
attend UBC in 1989 and study
towards his teaching certificate.
However, he wasn't able to secure
the $40,000 needed to have an
interpreter accompany him to
An Ad Hoc Committee on
Hearing Accessibility was
recently established at UBC to
examine the accessibility needs
of hard of hearing students,
staff and faculty.
The case for assisted suicide
by Alister Browne
Alister Browne is an ethicisl in the Division
of Biomedical Ethics. UBC.  This is an excerpt
from the first in a series of bi-weekly talks
sponsored by the Centre for Applied Ethics.
Sue Rodriguez will die within three years.
Without intervention, her death will be from
respiratory insufficiency, pneumonia, or
choking. She wants to avoid these forms of
death, and to shield her young son from the
sight of her deterioration. So she asking for
the right to assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide is prohibited by sec. 241
of the Criminal Code. Should the law be
changed to allow for it, or if a patient is too
weak to swallow a pill, active voluntary
The Canadian Law Reform Commission
(1982) said "No." B.C.'s Royal Commission on
Health Care and Costs (1991) recommended
that assisted suicide be allowed, but no
provision be made for active voluntary
euthanasia. The Netherlands is currently
taking steps to legalize both. What should
we think?
It is easy to make out a prima facie case
for legalizing assisted suicide and active
voluntary euthanasia. We have a right to
minimize our suffering. We have a right to
preserve our dignity.  Sometimes we can only
minimize our suffering and preserve our
dignity by dying, and sometimes we need
help to die. Thus we should be able to
request and receive the means to death, or if
we are too weak to utilize those means
ourselves, to authorize one to give us a lethal
Against this case is a host of objections to
legalizing those practices. The sole issue at
dispute between the friends and enemies of
assisted suicide and active voluntary
euthanasia is whether any of those
objections is sufficient to cancel the case.
Three objections stand out above all.
First, it is sometimes argued that we can
never get suitably voluntary and informed
consent to justify either form of assisted
death.  But there is a two-word refutation of
this:  "Sue Rodriguez."
If the claim is then that we can seldom get
appropriate consent, this is false. There are
many people in the position of Sue
Rodriguez.   Of course, the seriously ill are
vulnerable, and subject to pressures and
manipulation.   But that's life.  Almost every
important decision we make—what to do for a
living, whether to marry or divorce, when to
retire — is made under similar
circumstances.   It is demeaning for
individuals to make these decisions
throughout their lives and then, in the end,
be prevented from determining the time and
nature of their death.
Second, there is the slippery slope
argument.   If we allow assisted suicide and
active voluntary euthanasia, this will erode
respect for life and open the door to killing
people without, or contrary to, their request.
But the simple fact is that there is no firm
evidence for this.  All we have is the mere
possibility of those consequences. That,
however, is sometimes claimed to be
sufficient:  Do we really want to take the
This way of putting the argument assumes
that matters are fine now. We can try to
improve them by legalizing assisted death,
but since we run the risk of making them
much worse, that is an unreasonable gamble.
This, however, misdescribes the case.
Things are not fine now. There are the Sue
Rodriguezes of the world, whose autonomy is
being denied, with consequent suffering to
themselves and others. We know legislative
changes will improve their lot.  It is possible
that evil will come from those changes, but
there is no evidence it will. Thus described,
the gamble seems eminently reasonable.
Third, it is argued that assisted death is
not a proper part of the art of medicine.  But
physicians are far from composed on this.
Many see terminal care as a part of total care,
and assisted death as a part of terminal care.
The law, however, should not take sides in
the debate.  As long as the debate continues,
physicians should not for this reason be
prevented from practicing medicine as they
see fit. And even if it were determined that
physicians cannot properly assist their
patients to die, that is no reason for the law
prohibiting everyone from giving such
It is a disgrace that anyone journeys to die
at the hands of Dr. Kevorkian, or dies
following the instructions of Final Exit.  But
as long as the law prohibits assisted suicide
and active voluntary euthanasia, we can look
forward to more of exactly that.
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