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Grad Heads
A former Rhodes Scholar and UBC graduate, Dr.
Walter D. Young, 36, has been named head of the
department of political science.
Dr. Young, who has been a UBC faculty member
fcince 1962, has been acting head of the department
since the resignation of Prof. R.S. Milne on July 1.
Born in Winnipeg and educated in Victoria, B.C.,
Dr. Young attended Victoria College before entering
Dr. Young graduated from UBC in 1955 with the
degree of bachelor of arts and did further academic
work at Oxford University, where he received the
degrees of bachelor and master of arts in 1957 and
1962, respectively.
He carried out further graduate work at the
University of Toronto, and was awarded the degree of
doctor of philosophy in 1965.
Dr. Young has been the recipient of a number of
fellowships and grants, including two from the
Canada Council. The Council grants enabled him to
w:arry out work on books dealing with social protest
"movements in the Canadian weist, a biography of Mr.
M.J. Coldwell, former leader of the CCF, and a
history of socialism in B.C.
Dr. Donald D. Munro, associate professor in UBC's
faculty of forestry, has been named assistant clean of
the faculty. He will be responsible for the
implementation of decisions of the faculty's
curriculum committee as they affect the
undergraduate program in forestry.
Professor Samuel Rothstein, the first director of
UBC's school of librarianship, founded in 1961, has
resigned as head of the school, effective June 30,
1970. Dr. Rothstein will continue to hold his
appointment as professor of librarianship at UE1C.
ARE YOU ready for Trek Week Oct. 20-25?
This group certainly is. In fact, they've been
making most of the arrangements for it. In
the foreground is Bob Fraser, co-chairman
of the week that includes presentation of the
Great Trekker Award, held by Kerry
Macfarlane at right, at a downtown rally on
Wednesday. In the background in front of
UBC's Main Mall Cairn are, left to right, Peter
Cooke, traffic and transport director for the
downtown rally; AMS vice-president Tony
Hodge; medical student Glenna Allen,
wielding a sledgehammer to be used at the
frustration therapy clinic to be staged
Tuesday   at   SUB;   nursing   student   Cathy
Hunter, a participant in the Tea-cup football
game next Thursday; graduate George
Morfitt, chairman of the UBC Alumni
Reunion Days which take place Oct. 24 and
25; Linda Evans of Phrateres, which will bring
150 senior citizens to the campus for a tour
and reception Tuesday; Olu Sowemimo,
chairman of the Tea-cup football game;
Therese Hall, representing 40 Anglican
Theological College residents who plan to
landscape a Vancouver church during the
week and, half-hidden at extreme right, Brian
Chalmers, director of community projects.
For full details of the week's events, turn to
page four. Photo by Extension Graphic Arts.
Senate Meets Nov. 1
UBC's Senate Will hold a special meeting
Nov. 1 to discuss the report of its ad hoc
committee on long-range objectives, which
presented the 13.2rpage document to the
regular, meeting of Senate on Sept. 10.
A three-hour discussion from 9 to 12
a.m. is planned for Nov. 1, but Senate resolved at its Sept. 10 meeting that no
formal action would be taken at the special
meeting. The debate on the report will
continue at the next regular meeting of
Senate on Nov. 12, if necessary.
Next week's edition of UBC Reports,
which will appear on Oct. 23, will contain a
summary of the report and a listing of the
most important of the 39 recommendations made by the Senate committee.
The Nov. 1 special meeting will be an
open one with a public gallery of up to 30
persons. Applications for tickets to the
public gallery can be made to the registrar's
office up to 24 hours in advance of the
meeting. A Visiting Professor
Takes A Glance Backward
At The University
Dr. Bhiku Parekh was a visiting professor in
UBC's department of political science during
the 1968-69 winter session. He is a member
of the faculty of the University of Hull in
The editor of UBC Reports has asked me to write a
few lines on my year as a visiting professor at UBC.
With considerable hesitation, arising from the fear
that I might appear to presume to judge an institution
on the basis of a few months' experience, I append a
few thoughts for what they are worth.
Coming from England after some difficulty in
persuading the head of the department to grant me a
year's leave of absence, UBC looked like a paradise of
freedom. Three of my UBC colleagues were on leave
as a matter of right. Besides, I was relieved to see my
own department (political science) run
democratically, with most of the academic and
administrative decisions taken after an open debate in
which nearly every member of the department
More generally, I was impressed by the way
university affairs were conducted. Unlike most British
universities, where the Senate largely consists of the
heads of departments who are its members by virtue
of their office and who enjoy the almost unrestricted
freedom to represent and commit their department,
the Senate at UBC was more open and representative
of those at the lower rungs of the academic hierarchy,
though this is not to say that it could not be yet more
It was again a great relief to see that heads of
departments at UBC are not appointed from above,
and that they do not stick for ever once they are in.
Heads here do not wield anything like the power and
authority they enjoy in Britain, and whatever power
they do have they seem inclined in many cases to
exercise less ostentatiously and annoyingly.
It was also very refreshing to see the amount of
flexibility university regulations permitted. One was
free to fill the bottle of syllabus with the contents
one liked as long as one did not change the label; one
was free to set up discussion groups as one wished
and above all one was free to evaluate and examine
one's students in any way one liked—the sort of
freedom I cannot remember having enjoyed in any of
the three British universities I have been associated
I saw great concern to experiment with new
pedagogical techniques, and I would like to make a
particular mention of those introduced by my
colleagues, Professors Jean Laponce and Martin
Levin. The existence of Karl Burau, who in my view
performs the very useful role of bringing various
academics together on a common platform, is a
standing testimony to the flexible administrative
set-up in the University.*
"Karl Burau has been involved in recent years in the
development of an "Experimental College" at UBC. The
chief function of the organization is sponsorship of
noon-hour lectures. The College is in the process of being
reconstituted as a student club.
2/UBC Reports/October 16, 1969
As for the students, I have enjoyed every minute
of my contact with them. Gay, courteous, friendly,
curious and inquisitive, they have been a joy to teach.
Unlike British students, who come from a wider
variety of schools, UBC students have a relatively
homogeneous and uniform educational and social
background. One tends, therefore, to miss the
cultural and intellectual diversity of British university
life. But I can't see this as necessarily a disadvantage,
especially when it does not affect adversely the
students' intellectual or aptitudinal level. I feel,
though, that the financial security of the British
student would relieve the anxiety of a lot of UBC
students, enabling them to give more of their term
and vacation time to their studies. But with the
Bennett government so firmly saddled in power, this
looks, alas, a remote hope.
There are, however, one or two disconcerting
features, not peculiar to UBC but common to many
of our universities, to which I would like to draw the
attention of my colleagues. The university
traditionally has been a place characterized by the
disinterested pursuit of ideas. Ideas, no matter what
field they relate to, have been its units of currency,
and its members have been known to take intense
delight in relating them, in exploring their endless
implications, and in pursuing their ramifications in
other areas. The university's members are and have
been intellectuals, people who live in the world of
ideas, who pursue them with diligence and zeal and
who are always attentive to anyone who has anything
new to say, whether in physics or biology or
economics or philosophy or history. No idea, no new
discovery, is alien to them.
In short, the commitment to the life of the
intellect, an encyclopedic range of interests, and an
insatiable curiosity have been the necessary
characteristics of the members of the university. My
feeling is that these characteristics are becoming
increasingly less and less common.
The point I am trying to make could perhaps be
better expressed by distinguishing between an
academic, an intellectual and a scholar.
An academic is someone who is a member of an
academy, and who therefore has all the obligations
devolving from such a membership; for example, to
be concerned about the well-being of the university
and to seek to improve it (not just one's courses, but
the university as a whole).
An intellectual, unlike an academic, does not
necessarily belong to the academy, and what
characterizes him, as I said earlier, is an open and
inquisitive mind that is ceaselessly striving to expand
its range of interest and insight.
A scholar, finally, is a specialist, someone
concentrating on a specific and narrow area. If an
intellectual has a width of perception, a scholar has a
depth of insight.
Now, conceptually and ideally, a member of the
university is and should be all three. He is in the
university because he is a scholar. As someone who is
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a paradise of freedom'
expected to be intellectually alive, to see the
relationship of his own subject to others with which
it is integrally connected, and to be in charge of
students who study a number of subjects other than
"his own", he is required to be generally
well-informed, to approach his subject from a wider
angle; in short, to be an intellectual who can inspire
his students and enable them to work out a coherent
understanding of their environment by brilliantly
displaying before them the interrelations of different
disciplines and their insights.
But he is not just a scholar, which is essentially a
private matter, nor just an intellectual—a cooperative, interpersonal relationship—but also an
academic, a member of an institution, a custodian of
its values and a guardian of its interests. He has duties
of a general nature, which it is a dereliction to
neglect. And therefore to look upon the university as
a place where one does one's professional stint and
earns one's livelihood, with no deeper bonds and ties
is to use, to consume, the institution of the university; and in that sense to be its bad member, to
display academic bad faith and inauthenticity.
My feeling is that this traditional trio of a sense of
academic obligation, an intellectual comprehensiveness and a scholarly profundity has been shattered in
recent years, so that university professors are rarely
all three, and are generally only one or the other.
At UBC, just as at any other university, one finds
professors who have a high academic consciousness
and who dutifully give a lot of their time to
university affairs, but who do nothing else. One finds,
again, people who read on and discuss any subject
that happens to tickle their intellectual imagination at
any given time and who have an amazing range of
interests and intellectual sensitivities, but who do not
show any interest in the quality of the life in the
university and who do not show any sign of scholarship.
And one finds, finally, the all-too-familiar species
of scholars, either engaged in serious and un-
glamorous research or trapped in the "publish or
perish" syndrome (usually by editing and feeding on
other peoples' work), spending most of their time at
home or in the library but never in the department
lest an inquisitive student should engage them in a
conversation and upset their tight publication
One does not generally find many professors
possessing all the three qualities I mentioned as
necessary in an academic. No doubt, there are such
people. From my own limited contact, I could easily
count over a score in my own arts faculty; but they
are, alas, a dying breed.
Springing from this growing one-dimensionality is
another trend. The preoccupation with "one's own"
field and fame has tended to mean a relative professional and personal insularity, so that one is not really
interested in exchanging ideas and opinions with
people in other areas. There are not many meaningful
interdepartmental seminars. How can there be when
one is interested only in arrogantly and nervously
flaunting one's professional expertise?
The only meaningful exceptions are the area-study
departments, where people studying the same region
from different angles are housed together and have a
real community of interest. To take an example from
my stay at UBC, some of the best discussions I
attended, either on the campus or at friends' homes,
were those organized by the department of Asian
studies. In the faculty of arts, Fred Stockholder, Don
Brown and others have tried from time to time to set
up informal interdisciplinary discussion groups, but
with not much effect, largely because of the lack of
This is very disconcerting, not only because it fails
fully to exploit the opportunities offered by the fact
of having so many different scholars on the same
campus, not only because it keeps the university
teachers intellectually myopic and boring, but also
because it spells the doom of all personal human
relationships in the university, thereby enthroning
impersonality in all our dealings with one another.
Professors, not being able easily to run into one
another, tend to communicate through memoranda;
and leave it to the university bureaucracy to total up
arithmetically the final result of an individual student
from the marks separately given by each of his
teachers. There is no comparing of notes, no
exchange of views, no cooperative advice to the
student on what he should study and how.
Still worse results follow. Different departments
may teach the same subject, and yet the teachers
concerned never know each other, either by name or
sight. On a rough count, an individual teacher, after
three or four years in the university, really gets to
know about two persons outside his own department.
What is really intolerable is that one often has absolutely no intellectual contact with one's colleagues, so
that one has no opinion of his abilities and interests.
When, therefore, the question comes up, say, of
promoting him, one has no personal knowledge of
him and therefore one can only depend on some
impersonal, mathematical criteria. I have heard of
departmental meetings at UBC where people have
debated heatedly whether a particular article of a
colleague is to count as one full article, or one-third
or one-fourth; his promotion depended on the
conclusion of such a puerile debate.
When the university reaches such a point where
one member cannot form a rational and balanced
intellectual judgment of his colleague, or trust him to
form such a judgment of himself, there is something
wrong somewhere. There is a need to pause, to reflect
and to inquire how the university can arrest this
impersonality among the faculty and make the
university a genuine community of humanly related,
academically conscious and intellectually oriented
scholars. UBC is a relatively young, gifted and self-
critical university, and there is hope that it can avert
the intellectual decline that has overtaken a number
of once-distinguished European and American
All in all, while continuing at times to feel
nostalgic about some aspects of the English university, I greatly enjoyed being at UBC. With its
experimental vitality and a willingness to decentralize, it holds a promise for the future.
UBC Reports/October 16, 1969/3 HISTORIC TREK REVIVED
47 Years Later...
UBC's 1969 crop of students are aiming to revive
the spirit of the historic Great Trek with a series of
events Oct. 20-25.
Co-chairmen of the committee planning the
events, Bob Fraser and John Macgowan, said the
purpose of Trek Week is to involve students in a
campus-wide event, improve UBC's image through a
downtown rally and a variety of on- and off-campus
community service projects and to publicize some of
the problems still facing the university.
These aims closely resemble those which
motivated UBC students to stage the original Great
Trek 47 years ago this month in an effort to persuade
the government of the day to complete the university
at its present site on Point Grey.
From 1915 to 1925 UBC was little more than a
cluster of wooden shacks in the shadow of the
Vancouver General Hospital. Construction of the
chemistry building started at Point Grey in 1914 but
was halted when the First World War broke out.
No further work was done on the campus until
after the 1922 protest march to Point Grey. The
trekkers, following a downtown parade, made their
way to the campus where they threw rocks in the
half-completed cairn which stands on the Main Mall
in front of the chemistry building.
The student campaign, which also involved a
door-to-door canvass to collect 56,000 names for a
petition, had its effect. The government appropriated
funds for completion of the Point Grey buildings and
UBC moved to its present site for the 1925—26
To commemorate the 1922 event, the Trek Week
committee plans to stage a short rally at the
Courthouse on Wednesday (Oct. 22), at which
President Walter Gage will present the Great Trekker
Award to an individual who has made an outstanding
contribution to UBC's development.
The rally will be followed by a variety of
community service projects, such as assistance in
collection of funds for the United Appeal, collection
of clothing for the Salvation Army and toys for the
Children's Hospital and a landscaping project at a
Vancouver church by students living in Anglican
Theological College residences.
Several athletic events, with the proceeds of most
going to charity, are also planned, including the
annual football clash between the UBC Thunderbirds
and Simon Fraser University Clansmen at Empire
Stadium Monday (Oct. 20) at 8 p.m. and a rugby
game between UBC and the University of Victoria
Vikings Saturday (Oct. 25) at 2:30 p.m. at the south
campus stadium.
A complete list of Trek Week events follows.
12:30 p.m.—Major speaker on campus for
noon-hour address. Name of speaker and topic not
known at press time.
8    p.m.—UBC—SFU   football    game   at    Empire
All Day—Voluntary campus-wide teach-in planned.
Decision  on whether or not to hold a teach-in lies
with individual professors, but most faculty deans
have approved the proposal. Suggested topic is the
content of the course being given by the lecturer.
12:30 p.m.—Frustration Therapy Clinic staged by
the Medical Undergraduate Society on south side of
SUB. An opportunity to sledgehammer an old car to
Afternoon—Senior citizens will be guests of
Phrateres for a tour of the campus followed by a
reception at Cecil Green Park.
1:30 p.m.—Courthouse rally in downtown
Vancouver, followed by community service projects.
Rally will feature speeches by AMS president Fraser
Hodge, a City of Vancouver representative, UBC
deputy president William Armstrong, a provincial
government department of education representative
and presentation of the Great Trekker Award by
President Gage.
You can get to the Courthouse in two ways: 1. A
marching group will leave the Main Mall cairn at
11:30 a.m. and board buses at the Blanca Street
Hydro terminus. 2. Buses leave SUB from 12:30 to
12:50 p.m. and go direct to the Courthouse.
8 p.m.—Murray Louis Dance Company from New
York in SUB.
12:30 p.m.—Annual Tea-cup football game
between UBC nurses and home economists in
Thunderbird Stadium. Half-time entertainment by
UBC Engineers. Proceeds to Crippled Children's fund
8  p.m.—Friday   Finale  in SUB. Two concerts by
the Sandpipers in SUB ballroom and charity dance in
the cafeteria.
2:30 p.m. —Rugby game in UBC stadium between
UBC and the University of Victoria Vikings.
Homecoming, sponsored by the UBC Alumni
Association, takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24
and 25. Friday events include a men's golf
tournament at the University golf course and an
evening family jamboree at the War Memorial
On Saturday there will be a president's reception
from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Cecil Green Park to honor the
1919 graduating class and welcome all returning
grads. Class reunions are planned for the evening and
the Great Trek ball will be held in SUB from 9:30
p.m. to 1 a.m.
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REPORTS Editor; Barbara Claghorn, Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be addressed to the Information Office,
UBC, Vancouver 8, B.C.
Executive Meets Board
Members of the executive of UBC's Alma Mater
Society met the University's Board of Governors
Oct. 7 for dinner and a free-wheeling discussion of
University problems.
The discussion ranged from the development of
athletic and recreational facilities to voluntary
student unionism and the question of student
representation on the Board. The discussion was
private and no details were disclosed.
The Board's guests were Fraser Hodge,
president of the AMS; Tony Hodge, vice-president;
Dave Gibson, internal affairs officer; Mike Doyle,
external affairs officer; Ann Jacobs, secretary;
Dave Grahame, co-ordinator; and Sean McHugh,
student ombudsman. Treasurer Chuck Campbell
was unable to attend.
Board    chairman    Dr.   Walter   C.    Koerner
introduced the student leaders to the members of
the board, including three new members elected
by Senate who were attending their first Board
meeting. The new members are Mrs. John MacD.
Lecky, Mr. Paul Plant and Mr. David Williams.
President Walter Gage later noted that eight of
the ten current members of the Board are
graduates of UBC. They are: Mr. Richard Bibbs,
BASc 1945; Mr. Arthur Fouks, BA 1941, LLB
1949; Mrs. Lecky, BA 1938; Mr. John Liersch, BA
1926, BASc 1927 (and MF from the University of
Washington, 1931); Mr. Donovan F. Miller, BCom
1947 (and MSc from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, 1955); Mr. Plant, BA 1949; and Mr.
Williams, BA 1948 and LLB 1949. President Gage
received his BA from UBC in 1925 and his MA in
EUS Head
Wins Lett
Duane H. Zilm, president of the Engineering
Undergraduate Society, has been named the recipient
of the Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,500 award is given annually to a UBC
student who reflects the high standards of scholastic
achievement, sportsmanship and the ability to serve
and lead others which characterized the late Chief
Justice Lett, who was Chancellor of the University
from 1951 to 1957.
Mr. Zilm, 22, a fourth-year electrical engineering
student,   was   one   of   two   students   who   received i
runner-up awards of $500 in last year's scholarship
Before enrolling at UBC, Mr. Zilm was a student at
Burnaby Central high school, where he was
vice-president of the students' council. He also served
as president of the Student Service Club there,
received awards for sports and academic achievement
and was chosen class valedictorian in his graduating
The Lett Scholarship was awarded to Mr. Zilm this
year on the basis of his academic achievement and
participation in campus athletics and student
activities during the 1968—69 and previous academic
Mr. Zilm has been a first-class student in three of
his first four years of attendance at UBC. He was
president of the second-year engineering class in
1967 — 68 and secretary of the Engineering
Undergraduate Society in 1968—69. He was elected
president of the EUS for the current academic year.
He has been active in campus intramural athletics
in such fields as badminton, volleyball and wrestling,
and served as a student member on the UBC Alumni
Association commission investigating student unrest.
After graduation next May he plans to enrol in
graduate school for advanced work in electrical
The late Chief Justice Sherwood Lett, after whom
the award is named, was the first president of the
UBC Alma Mater Society in 1915 and was awarded
the Rhodes Scholarship in 1919.
He was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
of B.C. in 1955 and in 1963, a year prior to his death,
became Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal, with
the title of Chief Justice of British Columbia.
The winner of the scholarship is chosen by a
committee made up of UBC's president, Walter Gage,
and representatives of the UBC Alumni Association,
the Alma Mater Society and the Graduate Students'
4/UBC Reports/October 16, 1969


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