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More than 19,000 students are expected to register
this week (Sept 5-8) for UBC's 1972-73 Winter
Session which gets underway on Monday (Sept. 11).
Just how many more than 19,000 students will
register is one of the guessing games that has occupied
UBC officials in recent months.
Last year UBC enrolled 19,826 students, a drop of
more than 1,000 from the record 1970-71 registration of 20,940 students. The enrolment decrease was
not unique to UBC; almost every Canadian university
experienced the same situation last year.
The enrolment decline has resulted in a certain
amount of caution on the part of UBC officials in
making    enrolment    predictions    for    the    current
academic year.
As one official put it: "There's nothing to suggest
that we will be faced with an enrolment increase this
year and there's the possibility of another decline in
An official in the Registrar's Office said there were
few surprises in terms of the numbers of students
applying for admission to UBC.
For the third year in a row UBC will limit to 3,400
the number of students enrolling in the first year for
Please turn to Page Eight
Or so says PROF. WALTER YOUNG, head of
the Department of Political Science, who
argues that UBC's decentralized campus needs
a mechanism for throwing faculty members
and students together in an atmosphere less
formal than the classroom or office. He also
takes up cudgels against registration by
computer, which he says is de-humanizing.
By Walter Young
Large institutions cannot brook inefficiency for,
obviously, large-scale inefficiency is better known as
chaos while small-scale inefficiency is best known as
pleasant muddle. Moreover, the effects of inefficiency
in large organizations have an appalling multiplier
effect, it reverberates through the institution and
rectification is a task of monumental proportions.
And when a serious gaffe occurs, more people suffer
than would be the case in a small operation.
This is largely true for universities. What may have
been all right for a small college with an enrolment of
a few thousand would be disastrous in a university
with 20,000. Idiosyncracies which lend color and
character to the small college produce foul-ups of
elephantine proportions in a university which must,
administratively at any rate, "process" the records of
20,000 students each taking five courses.
To rule out the possibility of error, administrators
must systematize. And systematization — apart from
the injury it does to the English language — removes
the idiosyncratic by releasing the individual operator
in the system from responsibility for making judgments. Judgments are made when the system is
designed; they are built in. The individual need only
do what he is told — fill out the form in the recuired
place, giving the required information and taking
every reasonable precaution to avoid folding, stapling
or otherwise mutilating the elements of the system.
The gnomes of Minneapolis-Honeywell, or IBM,
winnow out the inconsistencies, eliminate the idiosyncratic and eradicate the mister in between. What
once took three days and was prone to bottle-necks
and tie-ups, takes three hours and smooths the path
to learning with asphaltic thoroughness. It is done by
UBC's process of registration has often been cited
by the systems men as a mote in the eye of the
administration and beam in the eye of the student.
Despite the use of IBM cards and the date-stamping
of "authorization to register" forms (which are much
like the stamps on milk cartons in the supermarket: a
day early and you're too fresh, a day late and
everything is rather sour — class enrolments once
fluid have become solid) the foibles of the old system
persist. There are long line-ups at various places,
conversations with department or faculty advisers,
and a great deal of wandering around from place to
place in a somewhat disorderly way.
What has been proposed is computerized registration, a system which, in general, removes the need for
virtually all human contact — physical and otherwise
— from the registration process. Students would fill
out their cards in the comfort and safety of their own
homes, the computer would receive these little
Please turn to Page Eight
University Boulevard
A new extension to Fourth Avenue, providing a
direct route to Chancellor Boulevard and the UBC
campus, should be completed and in operation by
the end of September, according to Mr. R.P.
Murdoch, manager of the University Endowment
Lands which  lie between  UBC and the City of
Vancouver. When the new extension (the dotted
stretch between Drummond Drive and Chancellor
Boulevard in the map above) is complete, a barrier
will be erected at Tasmania Road and a short
stretch of Chancellor Boulevard (cross-hatched in
map above) will be closed. Map by John Kuia.
Labor Disputes Delay
Major UBC Buildings
Recent labor disputes that have plagued B.C.'s
construction industry have delayed completion of
several campus buildings which were to have been
ready for the opening of the 1972-73 Winter Session.
A Sept. 1 ceremony to mark the opening of the
new Sedgewick Undergraduate Library, being constructed under the Main Mall of the campus, was
cancelled because of construction delays.
It is expected that the new library, which will
contain 1,400 study spaces and a 180,000-volume
book collection, will be completed in late October or
early November.
Cancellation of the library-opening ceremony also
meant cancellation of a visit to the campus by Their
Excellencies the Right Honorable Roland Michener,
Canada's Governor-General, and Mrs. Michener.
The Governor-General was to have officially
opened the Sedgewick Library. Their Excellencies
had also planned to be present, earlier on Sept. 1, at
the unveiling in the Main Library of a mural
presented to UBC by Mrs. Michener. This ceremony
has been postponed indefinitely.
Also delayed is part of stage two of the Walter H.
Gage Residence on the east side of the campus. Stage
one of the residence — two high-rise towers — was
completed earlier this year and has been in use as a
conference centre during the summer months.
Stage two of the development consists of a third
high-rise residence tower and a group of low-rise
apartments. The high-rise unit was ready for the
opening of the 1972-73 Winter Session but the
low-rise unit will be delayed until October.
The development is a new departure in residence
living at UBC. Students will live in groups of six men
or women, each group occupying one of four suites
on each of the 16 floors of the high-rise towers. Two
suites on each floor will be occupied by senior
students who have previously lived in other UBC
Each student will have a separate bedroom and
study area and each group of six will share common
sitting room, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
2/UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972
The new housing development, when complete,
will house 1,368 students.
UBC teachers in the Faculty of Arts will be less
crowded this session as a result of the completion of
the new Buchanan office tower adjacent to the
Buchanan Building, the centre of studies in the
humanities at UBC.
In addition to providing new office space, the
12-storey building includes nine seminar rooms for
small-group teaching.
Faculty of Arts departments which have moved
into the new office tower and their locations in it are:
German (part of second floor); English (part of
second floor and all of floors three through six);
French (seventh and eighth floors); Economics (ninth
and tenth floors); History (eleventh and twelfth
Space formerly occupied in the Buchanan Building
proper by the above departments will be taken over
by the Departments of Philosophy and Religious
Studies, which are moving from the West Mall Annex,
and the Department of Political Science, which is
moving from the Henry Angus Building.
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration will expand into space formerly occupied by
Political Science in the Angus Building.
Students in the health sciences will enjoy the new
Resources Centre, one of the key units in UBC's
developing Health Sciences Centre.
The $4,600,000 building makes extensive use of
audio-visual equipment so that a greater number of
students will be able to learn from a limited number
of teachers.
The Health Sciences Centre will provide a centralized training facility for all students who deliver
medical care and allied services. Students in Medicine,
Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Rehabilitation
Medicine and other disciplines will be trained in the
UBC welcomed home one of its own graduates
Aug. 31 when Mr. Justice Nathan T. Nemetz, a
Justice of the B.C. Appeal Court, was installed as
Chancellor during a ceremony in the old Auditorium.
The Hon. John Nicholson, Lieutenant-Governor of
B.C., declared Mr. Justice Nemetz duly installed after
he had repeated the following declaration:
"I, Nathaniel Theodore Nemetz, accept the
responsibility of the office of Chancellor of the
University of British Columbia and promise to
perform to the best of my ability all the duties
pertaining to this office. I pledge myself to uphold
the traditions and principles of the University whose
welfare I seek to promote. So help me, God."
Mr. Justice Nemetz was introduced at the
ceremony by Dr. Allan M. McGavin, UBC's retiring
Mr. Justice Nemetz was elected Chancellor on
June 7 following the counting of ballots in the
triennial election for Chancellor and the 15 members
of the Senate who are elected by Convocation.
Mr. Justice Nemetz' opponent in the election was
another UBC graduate, Mr. Robert S. Thorpe, a
Vancouver lawyer who lives in North Vancouver.
(For the names of the 15 persons elected to Senate
by Convocation, see story on Page 7.)
Dr. Roy Daniells, University Professor of English
Language and Literature, spoke at the Aug. 31
ceremony following the installation of the
As Chancellor, Mr. Justice Nemetz is a member of
UBC's two main governing bodies, the 98-member
Senate or "Academic Parliament," and the 11-
member Board of Governors, which manages the
financial affairs of the University. He will also preside
at all formal University occasions, including the
annual spring Congregation for the awarding of
academic and honorary degrees.
Mr. Justice Nemetz is no stranger to University
affairs. He was president of the UBC Alumni
Association in 1956-57 and Alumni Association
representative on the Senate from 1957-63.
He was elected by Senate to the Board of
Governors and served on that body for 11 years from
1957 to 1968. He was chairman of the Board from
1965 to 1968.
The UBC Alma Mater Society presented the Great
Trekker Award to Mr. Justice Nemetz in 1969.
As a student, Mr. Justice Nemetz was a four-time
McGoun Cup debater, exchange editor on the student
newspaper. The Ubyssey, and a member of the
graduating class executive. He graduated from UBC in
1934 with honors in history. STYLISH, award-winning "Wally Wagon," built by a
150-member team of UBC engineers, is dwarfed by
another vehicle that will have general student
approval, a converted B.C. Hydro bus that will
provide a free, morning shuttlebus service beginning
the first day of lectures from Parking Lots C and D.
For details on the shuttlebus service, see box at
bottom of this page. Grouped around the Wally
Wagon, which won the overall award for excellence
and two other awards at an international competition
in Michigan in August, are a few of the students who
built the urban vehicle.  From left to right are Steve
Cousins, fourth-year Mechanical Engineering; Brian
Weeks and Greg Johnson, both third-year Mechanical
Engineering; Dean MacKay, leader of student team
that designed and built the vehicle and a May
graduate in Mechanical Engineering, and Don
O'Connor, fourth-year Mechanical Engineering.
Funds Sought For Production Study
UBC's award-winning urban vehicle — the "Wally
Wagon" — may only now be preparing to move into
high gear despite the fact that it has already captured
the grand award in an international competition.
Alma Mater Society President Doug Aldridge will
ask Students' Council Wednesday (Sept. 6) for seed
money to conduct a feasibility study which could
lead to limited production of the vehicle, built by a
team of UBC engineers and named for UBC's
President, Dr. Walter H. Gage.
Mr. Aldridge said the grant to be requested from
Students' Council would be a "pump-primer" to
attract additional funds from various levels of
government and from people who have expressed an
interest in seeing the car put into production.
The feasibility study on the vehicle, which captured the overall award for excellence in a competition at Milford, Michigan, Aug. 6-10 involving 60
entries from North American universities, would
determine whether the car can go into limited
production and sell at a reasonable price.
Mr. Aldridge declined to name the individuals and
organizations that had expressed an interest in
production of the car. He said the estimated cost of
the feasibility study was $10,000 to $15,000.
He said the interested individuals wanted to know
if there was interest in the project among the Council
and the general student body before they went ahead
with plans to allocate funds for the feasibility study.
Reasonable cost of mass production was only one
of a battery of tests that the UBC vehicle was
subjected to during the competition at the General
Motors proving ground.
In addition to the award for overall excellence,
presented to the UBC team by Mr. John A. Volpe,
Secretary of Transportation in the United States
government, at an Aug. 12 banquet, the Wally Wagon
also captured awards for safety and styling.
Entries were also judged on the basis of the purity
of engine emissions, safety features, space utilization,
driving characteristics, fuel efficiency, the ability to
withstand collisions and additional performance tests.
The international competition was organized by a
group of students working at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology at Cambridge, Mass., and was
an outgrowth of a 1970 competition called the Clean
Air Car Race.
Up to 150 UBC engineers, lead by Mr. Dean
MacKay, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering in
May, produced over 15 months a car which included
the following features:
• An engine fueled by liquid natural gas that
passed 1974 standards for emissions set by the U.S.
• A stylish, olive-green Fiberglas body shell
formed in one mould;
• A tubular-steel roll cage that forms part of the
car's chassis;
• Heavy steel bars that slide into position when
the doors close, locking them and protecting
passengers from side collisions;
• A frame that tolerates front- and rear-end
collisions of up to seven miles per hour and which
deflects the engine downwards and the roll cage
upwards in the event of high-speed, head-on
• An interior that features a collapsible steering
wheel, heavily padded instrument panels and recessed
controls. All interior objects that couldn't be recessed, such as mirrors and the gear shift lever, break
off at a predetermined force to prevent injury;
• An electronic connection between seat belts and
Free Bus
To the
UBC students who park their cars in Lots C
and D at the south end of central campus won't
have to face driving rain and dodge mud
puddles on their way to classes this year.
They'll be able to ride free and in comfort to
the UBC Bookstore on a University-operated
The new shuttle bus service, which will
operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 to
9:30 a.m., will begin its run from the corner of
the Tenth Avenue Extension and the East Mall
and travel via Agronomy Road and the Main
Mall to the Bookstore, making four stops on
the way.
The bus, purchased from B.C. Hydro, has
been repainted in the University colors of blue
and gold. (See picture at top of page.)
Present plans call for the service to operate
in the mornings only. Mr. Hugh Kelly,
superintendent of Traffic and Security at UBC,
said consideration would be given to operating
the bus in the late afternoon to return students
to Parking Lots C and D if students requested
The UBC bus will be driven by a member of
Mr. Kelly's department. The service " begins
Sept. 11, the first day of lectures.
ignition so that the car can't be started unless the seat
belts are fastened;
• A hidden service module that electronically
monitors engine temperature, water and oil levels, oil
pressure, battery water level and electrical charge, and
• "Drunk tester" locks operated by numbered
push-buttons, like those on push-button telephones,
which make it impossible for the driver either to get
into the car or to start the engine if his reflex time is
too slow to pass a built-in computerized test.
The vehicle carries a special B.C. licence plate —
"UBC-306" - a personal touch from B.C. Motor
Vehicle Superintendent Ray Hadfield. The "306" was
the car's entry number in the competition.
Canadian entries did well in the competition. The
entry from Sir George Williams University in
Montreal won the award for the car least expensive to
mass produce. The University of Western Ontario in
London, Ont., took the award for the best electric
Before the awards banquet Mr. Volpe inspected
the cars and slid behind the wheel of the UBC entry.
While television cameras whirred, members of the
UBC team made their way past security men to drape
a large Canadian flag across the hood of the Wally
The car was exhibited across Canada on the
triumphal trip back to Vancouver.
It was exhibited during the Pacific National
Exhibition at the British Columbia Automobile
Association stand in the Show Mart Building.
AMS Executive
Member Resigns
AMS Coordinator of Activities Rick Murray
has resigned from his post to devote his full-time
to a $350,000 capital development program in the
Student Union Building.
AMS President Doug Aldridge has announced
appointment of Robert Angus, a graduate student
in Electrical Engineering, to succeed Mr. Murray as
Acting Co-ordinator until an election can be held,
probably on Oct. 4.
The AMS also proposes to put two referendums
before students on Oct. 4, providing Students'
Council approves. The referendums deal with an
increased AMS levy to cover part of the costs of an
indoor swimming pool and approval of UBC's
participation in a proposed national student
(For details on the referendums and the capital
development program in the SUB, see interview on
Pages 4 and 5.)
UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972/3 UbL h t I UHI b talks to AMS President Douglas
Aldridge and Treasurer David Dick about the problems faced by student
government in the 1972-73 academic year. They anticipate a lively debate
over the proposed budget for the AMS, which is faced with declining
revenues as a result of a drop in student enrolment. The AMS budget, they
say, will reflect a new set of priorities for AMS programs and a new deal for
undergraduate societies, which will get more money this year.
Economic Sanctions, No!
Undergraduate Power, Y(
UBC REPORTS: Every organization operates on
money and the Alma Mater Society is no exception.
What sort of year do you look forward to financially in
MR. DICK: It's going to be tight, there is no
question about that. There may be another drop in
enrolment which means that both the administration
and the AMS will have less revenue. We're budgeting this
year on the basis of 16,500 dues-paying AMS members.
That's a drop of 1,000 from last year.
UBCR: Why is there a gap between your figure and
the University's estimated enrolment of 19,000 or more
MR. DICK: Graduate students, after their first year
of graduate school, do not pay AMS fees. They pay a
graduate student fee and a fee to the Graduate Student
Centre. There are also some affiliated students who
aren't on the campus. For instance, the industrial
education majors at the B.C. Institute of Technology
don't use the AMS facilities so they are exempted from
paying   the   Student   Union   Building  fee.   So  we  are
looking at about 16,500 undergraduate students and
first-year graduate students who are paying the fee.
UBCR: Does this decline in enrolment mean a
significant drop in income for you?
MR. DICK: Yes, it means that we lose $9,000, or $9
per student, in our operating budget for discretionary
allocations. It also decreases the repayment of the debt
on the Student Union Building.
UBCR: Are you making some efforts to finalize a
budget earlier this year?
MR. DICK: Definitely. It will be out in the first week
of classes. The first issue of The Ubyssey on Sept. 14
should have the budget in it.
UBCR: Which organizations are going to feel the
greatest effect of your cuts?
MR. DICK: The main one, and the one I expect is
going to create the greatest amount of controversy is
The     Ubyssey.    Costs    in    that    area    have    risen
AMS PRESIDENT DOUG ALDRIDGE: I don't accept the idea
that we are imposing economic sanctions by reducing the
budget of The Ubyssey. We are faced with a situation where we
have to make choices and the 1972-73 budget will reflect a
more balanced approach to AMS programs.
phenomenally, and we haven't the money to allow
publication twice a week. We're looking at areas where
we can bring costs down. But for this year we're locked.
into a contract and within the terms of that contract we
can't afford to publish more than one issue a week.
The budget also reflects a change in priorities. Grants
to undergraduate societies will be increased markedly.
Each society gets $200 plus 40 cents a student to carry
on programs within the Faculty.
UBCR: Your decision to cut the budget of The
Ubyssey could be interpreted in some quarters as an
economic sanction for the paper's thorn-in-the-flesh
tactics against Council in the past. What have you told
The Ubyssey about restoring funds in order that they
could publish more than once a week?
MR. DOUG ALDRIDGE: I don't accept the idea that
we are imposing economic sanctions. We are simply
trying to point out to The Ubyssey and our Council that
money is tight and we are faced with a situation where
we have to make choices. If we funded 77ze Ubyssey to
the extent that they would like, we would be forced into
a situation where we would have to cut back on many
other programs.
Our budget will reflect a more balanced approach to
Alma Mater Society programs. If the Council members
feel that The Ubyssey is a higher priority item, then it is
up to them to give back some of the money that has
been allocated to their programs in order that The
Ubyssey can publish twice a week. And if that is what,
they decide, then the budget will have to be changed.
UBCR: What do the undergraduate societies propose
to do with their increased funds?
MIR. DICK: There have been a number of proposals.
For some of the societies — the smaller ones — the
increases won't make too much difference. It's the large
societies like Arts and Science where it will make a big
difference. Arts president Brian Loomes has indicated
thcit they plan to carry out a fairly active program next
year of both social and educational events — speakers
and films, this kind of thing.
UBCR: The re-allocation also means that you will
have less free money available to subsidize
non-undergraduate society affairs, I take it?
MR.   ALDRIDGE:   Exactly.   It transfers control  of
about  $12,500  directly   to the undergraduate society,
. executive members and their councils.
UBCR: What you are really doing is to decentralize, if
money means power.
MR. DICK: Yes, it does, and we believe that it is a
good thing. Many of the societies have had a problem
getting organized and they have always maintained that
the problem is caused by a lack of funds. So this move
was made in an effort to give them a chance to set up
their own programs.
MR. ALDRIDGE: I think the Council and the
executive are starting to recognize that there are certain
things that the AMS can do very well on a campus-wide*
basis, such as service-oriented and campus-wide
educational programs. But I think we have got to realize
that there are specific interests within certain Faculties
ancl we have to try to make it possible for these
undergraduate societies to develop some kind of
program within each unit.
4/UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972 )s!
UBCR: You said there are some things that only AMS
as a centralized organization can do well. What things
MR. ALDRIDGE: I think in terms of dealing with the
administration directly. The objectives of the Society are
to provide services for the students. Many of those
services are currently being handled entirely by the
administration. I mean such things as Food Services, the
J3oc>kstore, things that directly affect us. This is where
the AMS has perhaps fallen down in ihe past by not
concentrating on those areas. We would like to.
Intramural sports programs are something that only we
can handle because they affect students across the
UBCR: There was a move on the part of the Council
last year to cut back on the amount of money that went
to support the intramural program. Has that money been
MR. ALDRIDGE: We have increased the allocation to
the,intramural sports program. It was budgeted last year
at around $5,500 after some shuffling in the budget
debate. We propose to allocate $7,000 th>s year.
UBCR: And this is in keeping with your philosophy
that because the program operates on a campus-wide
basis it deserves that kind of financing?
MR. ALDRIDGE: Right. There are approximately
4'500 students involved in the intramural program. We
stated in our campaign and we still maintain that the
number of students actively involved in the program
should be a consideration in funding.
I think for the first time, too, the budget will allow
students to get a look at where the money for
i administrative work is going. It's not a case of just
pumping money down the drain in administrative work.
It'll be broken up so that people can see which particular
groups are using the services that are offered in the
general offices in the Student Union Building. This is
always a bone of contention in the budget.
. i UBCR: Last year students voted in a referendum to
acquire control of the Administration food facility in
the Student Union Buidling. Have you been actively
pursuing the possibility of this?
MR. ALDRIDGE: Yes, we have. The vote was 73.2
per cent in favor of it. I should point out that the
problem has become somewhat more complex since the
, cpnstruction of the nearby Walter H. Gage Residence,
because there is a substantial convention business being
carried on during the summer and this will have a great
effect on the food operation in SUB. It's for this reason
that we have decided to take a long, hard look at the
problem before we go to the Board of Governors with
our recommendations or our offer to purchase this
UBCR: Are you prepared to take on the repayment
of the debt for construction of the SUB food facility?*
* The UBC administration's contribution to construction of the
Student Union Building was $1,154,497.17. These funds were
borrowed by the University and used to construct the food
facility in SUB. The money borrowed must be paid back out of
the profits from the sale of food and other services in keeping
with a Board of Governors policy with regard to UBC's ancillary
services. This policy is that ancillary services, such as Food
Services, the Bookstore and traffic and parking must operate on
a self-supporting basis without subsidies from the University's
operating grant from the provincial government. The remaining
outstanding debt on the food facility in SUB is $926,983.07 and
the amount repaid by the University in the last fiscal year fell
srtort of the sum due.
be a tight year financially. Our budget has been
drawn up on the basis of 16,500 fee-paying
students — a drop of 1,000 from last year.
MR. ALDRIDGE: Not on the conditions currently
affecting the University's loan. We would like to extend
the S1 5 levy that was to pay our share of the cost of the
Student Union Building. This would mean no increase in
AMS fees but would mean approximately four or five
more years would be required to pay off the building.
We want to do this so that future food prices would not
be influenced by debt repayment arrangements. The
facility would simply have to break even on its daily
MR. DICK: The price that is finally settled on will be
a matter of discussion with the administration. When we
talk about the existing debt we have to realize that the
facility has been open for four years, there's been
depreciation on some of the equipment and that has to
be taken into account. I think the basic decision is going
to be whether the administration is willing to sell it to
us. If they are, I have no doubt that we are going to
come to an agreement on the price.
Another important question we'll be asked is, "Can
you run it?" We have got to be able to say not just,
"Yes, we can do it," but we've got to be able to say how
we can do it better and what we are planning to do with
it. If we can do that intelligently and show that we are
prepared to make a pretty good go at it, I think there
can be a fair area of agreement on the subject.
UBCR: Students also approved a referendum to
develop an unfinished area of the Student Union
MR. DUCK: The referendum involved expenditure of
approximtely $350,000 to develop two areas in the
basement of the building. We are proposing to build a
350-seat pub in that unfinished area. It will be a social
centre where students and faculty can get together in a
fairly relaxed atmosphere. We want to serve beer there
on the same basis as it has been available in the past in
The Pit in SUB. We also want to have a food facility
there, although not a complete meal service.
UBCR: You recently made a presentation to the
Board of Governors about an indoor swimming pool, did
you not?
MR. ALDRIDGE: That's right. As a matter of fact we
expect to put a referendum to students on Oct. 4 dealing
with the pool and the question of a revival of a national
student organization.
Following our presentation to the Board, it approved
the formation of a fund-raising committee which will try
to raise one-third of the estimated $2.75 million needed
to construct the pool. Students will be asked to agree to
an increased AMS fee levy to raise another third of the
cost and the Board will be asked to contribute the
remaining third.
There have been several meetings over the summer
regarding a new national student organization. The
referendum will ask students to approve UBC's
participation in the new organization and authorize a
10-to-15-cent levy per student to support it.
UBCR: What do you envisage such an organization
MR. ALDRIDGE: One of the things discussed was
student participation in the negotiations which are going
to take place in the next few years between the federal
and provincial governments on the question of financing
post-secondary education. We believe students should
take part in those discussions and that our voice is most
likely to be heard if it comes from a national
What I think Council and most students are wary of is
a national organization that attempts to indulge in
partisan political action, which is what killed the old
Canadian Union of Students in the late 1960s. We want
to avoid that and make the new organization a
constructive voice.
There have also been meetings this past summer to
discuss closer relations between universities and colleges
on the Lower Mainland. There were discussions about a
B.C. stance on a national student union and ways of
keeping in closer touch with each other. We also
explored the possibility of co-operation in booking
entertainment and taking part in joint group and life
insurance schemes for students.
I want to emphasize that we are trying to avoid
creating, at both the provincial and national levels, a
top-heavy, bureaucratic structure that tends to get out
of control.
UBCR: There have been some new regulations
introduced under the Canada Student Loan Plan for
students who want to obtain money to finance their
education. Has the Alma Mater Society been concerned
about these?
MR. DICK: There are two things that concern us
about the new regulations. The first is the requirement
that parents of dependent students and the students
themselves submit their T-1 income tax forms along with
the student loan application.
The second one is the schedule that is provided by
the government that assumes students have saved so
many dollars during their summer work period. We've
looked at those figures. We don't believe that they are
entirely accurate.
The average saving assumed for a student at UBC,
according to a survey done by the federal Manpower
department, was $875 for the summer. That is savings,
not earnings. The National Conference on Student
Financing this summer discussed this issue and issued a
statement which expressed the general national concern
about the new regulations and urged all the councils
across Canada not to co-operate with the Manpower
survey if the request was made to do it on the campus
this year. Our council has unanimously adopted the
statement of the National Conference on Student
Financing and we will not be co-operating this year.
UBCR: Because you feel that they have distorted the
picture of students' summer savings?
MR. ALDRIDGE: Yes. The savings figures are
unrealistic. They haven't taken into account, first of all,
those people who didn't get a job and therefore didn't
fill out the form or those people who didn't get a job
and didn't even come back.
MR. DICK: We are hoping that all students will fill
out the UBC employment survey, the one that is run by
the Office of Student Services, which is a much more
complete survey and breaks the figures down so that
they make some sense. Mr. Dick Shirran, the director of
Student Services, has done quite a good job for a
number of years. Granted, it still doesn't get the people
who haven't been able to come back, but it does give a
much clearer picture. He gets about an 82 per cent
return and I would like to see that even higher and we
will be encouraging people to fill out the card in the set
of registration cards.
UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972/5 ll^" 5rAiRK/Ay
Map shows location of Endowment Lands trails improved or constructed under AMS-sponsored LIP Project
Campus, Lands Benefit
The UBC campus and adjacent Endowment
Lands benefited this summer as the result of
projects carried out under the federal government's S100 million Local Initiatives Projects
In a section of the University Endowment
Lands north of Chancellor Boulevard, 25 men and
women spent four months repairing old trails and
creating new ones under a project sponsored by
the Alma Mater Society. Grants for the project
totalled $19,890.
UBC graduate Stuart Scholefield supervised the
program which improved the existing trail system
by laying down log surfaces to protect parts of
various trails and constructed four stairways down
the cliffside above Marine Drive. In other places
bridges were built across streams and ravines.
Many new trails were also built to open up
additional areas of the forest which are used for
recreational purposes, as a research facility by
various UBC departments and by the Vancouver
School Board as an outdoor classroom. (See map
above for details of the AMS-sponsored project.)
UBC spent a $20,080 LIP grant to carry out a
facelifting operation in areas adjacent to roads in
the South Campus research area. UBC added
nearly $17,000 to the LIP grant to remove
underbrush and dead and fallen trees with the
object of reducing fire hazards and the danger of
falling trees.
Two LIP grants totalling more than $48,600
were used to tape-record more than 500 books to
be used by blind students and physically handicapped students at UBC and other Canadian
universities and colleges. The recording was carried
out by the Crane Memorial Library for blind
students in Brock Hall.
Help for
UBC Centre
The federal government has announced that it will
join with the B.C. government and private donors to
aid construction of an Asian Studies Centre on the
UBC campus.
The Hon. Mitchell Sharp, Canada's Secretary of
State for External Affairs, said in Vancouver on Aug.
10 that the federal government would match B.C.
contributions up to $400,000. It is hoped that the
total Canadian contributions will be matched by
Japanese sources to ensure the estimated $1.6 million
needed to erect the Centre.
The Asian Studies Centre would be housed in the
reconstructed pavilion of the Sanyo Corporation, the
only building from Japan's Expo '70 to be recreated
outside the country.
The structural steel girders from the building were
donated to UBC by Sanyo. They arrived in
Vancouver in March, 1971, and are now stored on the
UBC campus.
The pavilion, styled after a traditional Japanese
farmhouse, was a huge, glass-faced structure with a
steeply-pitched, overhanging roof. The building
measured 140 feet on each side of the roof line and
was about 70 feet high.
The reconstructed building would ultimately
accommodate the largest centre for Asian studies in
Canada. It would include a library of Asian-language
materials and provide an important focus for the
co-ordination of scholarship in Asian studies. A
teaching program could involve 1,500 students and
the building's architectural plans include provision for
a performing arts centre where performances of
contemporary and classical Asian music and drama
and exhibitions of art and sculpture could be staged.
Canadian fund-raising efforts for reconstruction of
the Sanyo building are being carried out by a
committee chaired by Mr. Alan Campney, chairman
of the Canada-Japan society.
UBC Museum In Planning Stage
Plans for a new public anthropology museum to
be built on the site of the former Fort Camp
student residence will be presented to UBC's
Board of Governors for approval before the end of
The Vancouver architectural firm of Erickson-
Massey is pressing forward with planning for the
museum in order to meet an April 1, 1973,
deadline for the start of construction of the
building, which will allow UBC to display
systematically collections of artifacts of many
world cultures which have been accumulating on
the campus since 1927.
The new museum will be constructed with a
$2.5 million grant received last May from the
federal government. The grant is part of the $10
million fund established by the federal government
to mark the 100th anniversary of B.C.'s entry into
Under the terms of a UBC-federal government
agreement, construction of the museum must start
before April 1 next year and it must be complete
and open to the public before April 1, 1975.
UBC also plans to move its existing outdoor
display of Indian totem poles and buildings, now
located in Totem Pole Park on the western edge of
the campus, to a site adjacent to the new museum
at the north end of the campus.
The largest building in Totem Pole Park, a
typical communal dwelling house of the Haida
Indians, will be adapted for use as a performance
centre where Indian artists and craftsmen will
carve totem poles and other iterns and stage music
and dance exhibitions.
A feature of the museum itself will be the
Walter and Marianne Koerner masterpiece collection of tribal art, one of the outstanding
collections in private hands in North America.
The generous offer of Mr. Koerner, a member
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and former chairman of UBC's Board of
Governors, and his wife, Marianne, to present the
collection to UBC was instrumental in the decision
of the federal government to allocate $2.5 million
for construction of the museum.
The most famous part of the existing UBC
collection — more than 10,000 items relating to
the art of the Indians of the B.C. coast — is
currently stored in the basement of UBC's Main
Library and in facilities on other parts of the
campus because of a lack of display space.
The Indian collection — painstakingly accumulated since the Second World War by
Professor of Anthropology Dr. Harry Hawthorn
and his wife, Audrey, who serves as curator of
UBC's present Museum of Anthropology — is
valued at almost $10 million.
The UBC Indian collection was widely
acclaimed in the spring and summer of 1969 and
1970 when it was displayed in Montreal in a
building on the site of Expo '67.
The UBC museum will also be the first
Canadian museum to be closely associated with
the federal Museum of Man in Ottawa as part of a
scheme to decentralize museum facilities in all
parts of Canada. The program is sponsored by the
office of the Secretary of State.
It is anticipated that an annual grant will be
received from the Museum of Man to operate the
UBC facility, which will also serve as a western
base for activities of the Museum of Man.
One of the functions of the UBC museum, for
instance, would be to design and display travelling
exhibits for the B.C. region and other parts of
A functional program for the UBC museum,
prepared by Graham Brawn and Associates in
conjunction with UBC museum experts, says the
UBC facility has the opportunity to overcome the
criticisms of "secluding and withholding" collections, criticisms that are "levelled at many
museums being developed throughout the world."
An innovation of the museum will be to place
almost 100 per cent of its artifact collection on
display so that the public will be able to see the
scope and size of the collection in much the same
way that a visitor to a library has access to a book
collection. Records and documents pertaining to
the collection will be accessible nearby.
In addition to the systematic display of the
collections, the museum will contain special
galleries where the Koerner collection and UBC
Indian collection can be exhibited. These galleries
"will be especially designed to express the esthetic
splendor of many of these artifacts as well as the
dramatic value of the massive carvings."
The functional program report also proposes
inclusion of an experimental gallery in the
museum for travelling exhibits, student displays
and for experimentation in the art of display.
"In the Experimental Gallery," the report says,
"the public will be exposed to continual changes
in displays, overcoming the 'static' nature often
criticized by museum visitors."  .
The report goes on to say that the normal
"backroom" spaces of a museum would become a
student and public laboratory in the UBC facility.
The public would be involved in the day-to-day
activities of the museum and would be exposed to
its inner workings and the scholarship of UBC and
visiting experts.
The new museum will also provide facilities for
the UBC training program in museology, which
prepares students for careers in operating
museums. It is the oldest established program of
its kind in Canada.
The report calls for the museum to be open on
a year-round basis, seven days a week, from 10
a.m. to 9 p.m. New Faces On UBC's Senate
UBC's 98-member Senate — the "Academic
Parliament" of the University — will hold its first
meeting of the 1972-73 Winter Session on Sept.
There will be a substantial number of new faces
serving on Senate for the next three years as the
result of elections held earlier this year to fill the
various categories of membership set out n the
Universities Act, the provincial legislation that
outlines the academic and administrative structure
of the University.
The terms of office o': those elected and
appointed earlier this year became effective on
Sept. 1 and will not expire until Aug. 31, 1975.
The Universities Act states that Senate shall be
composed of:
A. 772e Chancellor — UBC's new Chancellor,
elected on June 7, is UBC graduate Mr. Justice
Nathan T. Nemetz of the B.C. Court of Appeal.
Mr. Justice Nemetz was installed as Chancellor on
Sept. 1 to succeed Dr. Allan M. McGavin.
The Chancellor, who also serves on UBC's
11-member Board of Governors, is elected by
Convocation, a body composed of the Chancellor,
the President, all members of Senate, all persons
holding academic appointments at UBC who are
on the Convocation roll on the instructions of the
President, all graduates of UBC and those on the
roll as a result of regulation by Senate (Se« also
item H below).
B. The President — President Walter H. Gage is
also the chairman of Senate under the terms of the
Universities Act.
C. The Deans of Faculties and one member of
each Faculty elected by the members of that
D. Such other Deans as may be determined by
A total of 25 persons serve under clauses C and
D, including the Deans of UBC's 12 academic
Faculties plus Dean Helen McCrae, the Dean of
The 12 persons elected by the individual
Faculties are: Agricultural Sciences — Prof. W.D.
Kitts (Animal Science); Applied Science - Prof.
G.V. Parkinson (Mechanical Engineering); Arts —.
Mrs. H.W. Sonthoff (English); Commerce and
Business Administration - Prof. D.B. Fields;
Dentistry — Prof. Leon Kraintz (Oral Biology);
Education — Dr. R.F. Gray; Forestry — Dr. D.D.
Munro; Graduate Studies — Prof. Patricia Merivale
(English); Law — Mr. J.G. Matkin; Medicine — Dr.
F.R.C. Johnstone (Surgery); Pharmaceutical
Sciences — Dr. H.T. Brown; Science — Dr. C.V.
Finnegan (Zoology).
E. The University Librarian, Mr. Basil Stuart-
F. One member elected by the governing body
of each affiliated college of the University.
Two persons currently serve under this clause:
Rev. W.S. Taylor, representing the Vancouver
School of Theology and Rev. R.W. Finn, of St.
Mark's College.
G. Four members appointed by the Lieutenant-
Governor in Council.
The following currently serve under this clause
(year of expiration of appointment in brackets):
Mr. CJ. Connaghan (1973), Mr. G.H.D. Hobbs
(1973), Mr. A.J. Longmore (1974) and Mr. R.F.
Sharp (1973).
H. Not less than six nor more than 75 members,
to be elected by Convocation from the members
thereof, who shall not be members of the
The names of the 15 persons elected under this
clause were announced on June 7 at the final
meeting of the 1969-72 Senate. They are as
follows (those re-elected from the previous Senate
are indicated by an asterisk): Mr. Aaro E. Aho*,
Mrs. Monica D. Angus, Mr. Richard M. Bibbs*, Mr.
Robert M. Buzza, Mr. Charles McK. Campbell*,
Mr. Mills F. Clarke*, the Hon. E. Davie Fulton*,
Mr. Ian F. Greenwood*, Mr. John Guthrie*, Mrs.
Betsy A. Lane*, Mrs. Beverley Lecky, Mr. Paul S.
Plant, Mr. Gordon A. Thom, Mr. Benjamin B.
Trevino*, Mr. David R. Williams*. Mrs. Lecky and
Mr. Plant have served on Senate previously under a
different section of the Universities Act.
I. One or more members, as determined by the
Senate, to be elected by any society or group or
organization in the Province which in the opinion
of the Senate contributes in a significant way to
the economic and cultural welfare of the Province.
Serving under this clause are three representatives of the Board of Management of the UBC
Alumni Association and 12 UBC students.
Students serve for varying periods as the result of
elections conducted by the Alma Mater Society.
The three representatives of the Alumni
Association Board of Management on the 1972-75
Senate, announced at the Senate meeting on April
26, are: Mrs. Frederick Field, Mr. Frank C. Walden
and Mr. Barrie Lindsay.
Current student representation on Senate is as
follows: Mr. P.A. Insley, Mr. S.J. Robinson, Mr.
D.A. Swain (terms expire in April, 1974); Mr. S.E.
Garrod, Mr. G.A. Letcher, Mr. J.A. McEwan
(terms expire in October, 1972); Mr. A.C.L. Fox,
Mr. S.J. Persky, Mr. A.R. Robbins (terms expire in
April, 1973); Mr. D.V. Anderson, Mr. J.T. Sydor
and Mr. A.P. York (terms expire in October,
J. A number of members, equal to the number
provided in clauses G, H and I, to be elected by
the Faculties either in joint meeting or in such
manner as the Faculties in joint meeting may by
regulation determine.
Elected earlier this year under this clause were a
total of 34 Faculty members. They are:
Prof. William M. Armstrong, Professor of
Metallurgy and Deputy President; Miss Alice
Baumgart, Nursing; Prof. L.L. Bongie, Head,
Department of French; Prof. Charles B. Bourne,
Law; Prof. Donald G. Brown, Philosophy; Prof.
S.D. Cavers, Chemical Engineering; Prof. R.M.
Clark, Economics and Director of the Office of
Academic Planning; Prof. Roy Daniells, University
Professor of English Language and Literature;
Prof. Charlotte David, Education; Prof. Norman
Epstein, Chemical Engineering; Prof. James G.
Foulks, Pharmacology; Prof. W.C. Gibson, Head,
History of Medicine and Science; Prof. Noel Hall,
Commerce and Business Administration and
Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations;
Dr. David F. Hardwick, Pathology; Prof. James M.
Kennedy, Computer Science and Director of the
Computing    Centre;    Dr.    Robert   V.    Kubicek,
History; Dr. Julia Levy, Microbiology; Prof. Ruth
McConnell, Education; Prof. C.A. McDowell,
Head, Department of Chemistry; Prof. M.F.
McGregor, Head, Department of Classics; Prof.
John M. Norris, History; Prof. R.F. Osborne,
Head, School of Physical Education and Recreation; Prof. Peter Pearse, Economics; Prof. R.A.
Restrepo, Mathematics; Prof. Gideon Rosenbluth,
Economics; Dr. Ian S. Ross, English; Prof. Robert
H. Scagel, Head, Department of Botany; Prof.
A.D. Scott, Economics; Dr. Dorothy Smith,
Anthropology and Sociology; Prof. John K.
Stager, Geography and Assistant Dean, Faculty of
Graduate Studies; Prof. Muriel Uprichard, Head,
School of Nursing; Prof. William A. Webber,
Anatomy; Prof. William E. Willmott,
Anthropology and Sociology; Prof. W.D. Young,
Head, Department of Political Science.
The University Registrar, Mr. J.E.A. Parnall, is
secretary of the Senate but does not have a vote.
UBC's Senate meets ten times during the
academic year which begins on Sept. 1 and ends
on Aug. 31. Senate meets monthly except in July
and August.
Senate has a long list of duties and powers
under the Universities Act, including provision for
the government, management, and carrying out of
curriculum, instruction and education offered by
the University. !t also has power to determine all
questions relating to the academic and other
qualifications required of applicants for admission
to UBC. Senate also considers revisions in courses,
instruction and education in all Faculties and
Departments, grants degrees both academic and
honorary, approves the establishment or discontinuance of any Faculty or Department,
awards scholarships, fellowships, bursaries and
prizes, makes rules and regulations pertaining to
the Library and exercises disciplinary action with
respect to students by way of appeal from
decisions of the Faculty Council.
Some Senate decisions — those pertaining to
the establishment or discontinuance of Faculties,
Departments, or courses, alteration of any
University rule or regulation and the terms of
affiliation with other institutions - must be
approved by UBC's Board of Governors before
they have any force or effect.
Union Turned Down
UBC's Senate has decided not to allow the
campus local of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees to elect five of its members to the
University Senate.
A recommendation against opening Senate
membership to the union was approved at the May
meeting of Senate. It came from a Senate
committee chaired by Prof. John Norris, of UBC's
History department.
The request for representation by non-academic
staff on Senate was made by Local 116 of CUPE
in the course of contract negotiations with UBC in
April, 1971.
The committee which recommended against
enlargement of Senate membership did so on the
grounds that "membership of representatives of
the union on Senate has no functional justification" and admission of CUPE representatives
"would open the door to representation by any
group in the community, whether or not it has any
functional relationship to the academic affairs of
the University."
Local 116, in arguing for representation on
Senate, said that at present UBC's non-academic
staff of about 3,000 persons was "voiceless,"
whereas faculty members and students were well
Union representatives also argued that the
present makeup of Senate "does not appear to be
truly representative" of the University community
and suggested that representation should be from
groups directly involved in the University, "including staff, which has hitherto been ignored."
Representation by non-academic staff on the
Senate, the union suggested, might counterbalance
academic and other biases, bring a measure of
crispness to the form of Senate debate and
demonstrate how to expedite business, ensure an
atmosphere of co-operation and provide a voice
for employed staff in the use of University
The committee concluded that the campus
local of CUPE represents its members in matters
which are of immediate functional concern to its
members, the business, administrative and
maintenance operations of the University, whereas
Senate is not concerned with these functions.
Faculty, students, alumni and government
appointees are members of Senate because each
group has a function to perform in the academic
affairs of the University, the report said, and no
such functional relationship has been established
on behalf of the union.
The committee made two additional points
before recommending that Senate membership not
be enlarged by the addition of union representatives:
— It is not the function of Senate to satisfy the
desire of the union for a greater feeling of being
accepted in the University community, and
— The arguments by the union that their
representatives could bring a "special expertise and
a superior pragmatism" to Senate deliberations are
not arguments exclusively applicable to the union,
but might be applied to justify representation by
any group on Senate.
UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972/7 ALMA MATER Society President Doug Aldridge and
Student Union Building Manager Graham Vance,
kneeling at left, inspect 20-foot-long knife slashes made
in SUB furniture by vandals. Most vandalism occurs in
the evenings when there are few people in the student
building, according to Mr. Vance. Picture by UBC Photo
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missives, mutter inwardly and send each student a
completed time-table, a printed reading list, AMS
card, parking sticker, library permit, and an invitation
to the Phrateres annual tea. Joe College need only
arrive on the first day of lectures and make his way to
his appointed class. Joe Cool could spend the year at
home, reading.
Apart from the chromium-plated efficiency this
would introduce, it has one fatal flaw, it would mark
a further step toward the total de-humanization of
the University. One of the most compelling criticisms
of the University made by students — and faculty — is
that it is impersonal. Outside of the car pool or one's
immediate circle of friends or one's own department,
UBC is an ocean of strangers. It is not uncommon for
a student to spend four years at the University and
never speak to a faculty member. (Or to try it once
and then wish he hadn't.) It is almost impossible for
many to establish any sense of identity with the
place, to feel that they belong. The much derided old
college spirit had one important characteristic in its
favor, it bespoke a sense of community, and one of
the things missing from large institutions is just this
Admittedly the crowds and queues of registration
hardly create a community, but they do constitute a
kind of rite of passage in which all students and most
faculty participate. By throwing students together, by
providing a kind of shared adversity, some sense of
differentiation, of community, is generated. The
University year begins with registration week, and
when one has gone through the process, one knows
that the year has begun, that one is now a student at
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the first time. Applications for admission to the third
and fourth years of the Faculty of Arts, where there
have been  increases in  recent years, are running at
about the same rate as last year, the Registrar's Office
Applications for admission to the first year
program of the Faculty of Forestry have doubled to
more than 100 for the current year, but most other
Faculties are holding steady at last year's levels.
UBC's rredical school will this year admit 80
students to its first year program, an increase of 20
over the 60 or so students admitted each year since
the Faculty of Medicine opened its doors in 1950.
The 80 students chosen for entry into Medicine,
the great majority of them B.C. students, were chosen
from approximately 700 applicants. Lectures for all
students in Medicine begin on Wednesday (Sept. 6).
UBC's Faculty of Law, which limits overall registration in its three-year program to 700 students,
expects to register 220 students in first-year Law.
About 850 persons applied for admission to the first
the University. It means as well some personal
contact with faculty, however fleeting, and that too
functions as a kind of induction into the community.
It may be that the advice offered is trivial or
perfunctory, but that is the fault of the advisor, not
the process. For many the opportunity to discuss a
course or a program is invaluable. Even the badinage
in the course selection rooms provides some brief
awareness of the human beings within the University.
This and the advisory process also provides students
with an introduction to some of the faculty and even
a minimal reduction in the number of strangers is a
key requisite for establishing some sense of
The nature of UBC is, unfortunately, centrifugal.
The campus lacks a centre where staff and students
congregate. In the days when the enrolment was less
than 10,000, this was provided by the Auditorium
cafeteria. Subsequent developments isolated students
and faculty and flung them to the edges of the
campus: some to the Faculty Club, or the Graduate
Student Centre or the Student Union Building (the
last of the great railway stations) and many to the
lonely confines of their cars in C lot.
Any opportunity to pull the inhabitants of the
campus into closer contact ought not to be lost. Any
opportunity to provide even a glimmering of a sense
of community should not be thrown away. The
present registration week and its incumbent
inefficiencies and crowds is one of the few remaining
"dappled things" that keeps the University from
subsiding into a vast academic machine, servicing
individuals in isolation, making no mistakes but quite
without any of the humane attributes that are, after
all, one of the main justifications for universities in
the first place.
From time to time various Faculty and University
committees have toyed with proposals for providing
some collegiate structure for the University. None of
these, beyond the Arts I program, has ever been acted
upon. But the objectives have been similar: to
overcome the mechanical and the impersonal flavor
of the contemporary multiversity. It may be that the
continued decline in enrolment will raise again these
possibilities. Until such developments do occur, the
course of wisdom lies in the direction of bigger and
better registration weeks, with more opportunity for
faculty and students to meet in an atmosphere less
formal than the classroom or the office, where there
is a common concern that removes some of the
barriers, even if that concern is only about a shortage
of cards or long queues in the rain.
All this is not a plea for less efficiency than there
is. It is, rather, for recognizing the intrinsic value of
the process itself, and for recognizing that there are
other purposes served by the registration process than
filling classrooms.
Grants Aid
Study of
Two research grants totalling more than $28,000
have been made to UBC research teams for studies of
the Chinese community in Canada.
The first grant of $16,858 from the federal
government's Office of the Secretary of State will be
used to write a history of the Chinese in Canada.
The three-year project will be carried out by two
Chinese residents of Vancouver, Mr. Harry and Mr.
Ron Con, and three University of B.C. teachers: Dr.
Graham E. Johnson, a sociologist; Prof. Edward
Wickberg, an historian; and Prof. William E. Willmott,
an anthropologist.
The UBC research team has also been awarded an
$11,505 grant from the Canada Council to research
Chinese immigration and adaptation in Greater
Vancouver over a three-year period.
All the UBC faculty members have had experience
in Chinese studies. Dr. Johnson has done research on
Chinese communities in Hong Kong and Prof.
Wickberg is a leading authority on Chinese living in
overseas communities and has written a book on the
history of the Chinese in the Phillipines.
Prof. Willmott has published a book on the
Chinese in Cambodia and is an authority on the
Chinese in Canada.
The two Chinese members of the team that will
write a history of the Chinese in Canada are well
known in the Vancouver area. Mr. Harry Con is a
businessman in Vancouver's Chinese community and
his brother, Ron, formerly served as a Presbyterian
minister in Sudbury, Hong Kong and Toronto and
since 1966 has been with the federal Citizenship
Branch in Alberta and B.C.
The history group has begun research using the
archives of 77ie Chinese Times, which were recently
housed at UBC, and the personal papers of the late
Mr. Foon Sien, a long-time spokesman for the
Chinese community in Vancouver, who died recently.
His personal papers have been presented to the UBC
Prof. Willmott said the Canada Council grant will
be used to study the effect on Chinese community
structure of changes which have taken place in laws
governing the entry of Chinese into Canada.
Until 1962, he said, no Chinese could enter
Canada unless sponsored by a close relative who was
already a Canadian resident. The immigration pattern
prior to 1962 resulted in forms of community
organization that are paralleled in many overseas
Chinese communities around the world.
Since 1962 Chinese immigrants have been able to
enter Canada without sponsorship by relatives and
this undoubtedly has had an effect on the Chinese
community structure. Prof. Willmott said.
The UBC research team will study both immigrant
groups in detail, prepare a statement about the
structure of the older Chinese community and
examine the nature of the new immigration and its
effects upon the older community.
The project will look at the new associations that
have been established in the wake of large-scale
Chinese immigration and which may actively compete
with older associations.
||HH Volume 18, No. 10 - Sept. 5,
lllll' 1972. Published by the
llllll University of British Columbia
marmmmmr and distributed free. UBC
REPORTS Rep0rts appears on Tuesdays
during the University's winter session. J.A.
Banham, Editor. Lou Hoskin and M. Flanagan,
Production Supervisors. Letters to the Editor
should be sent to Information Services, Main
Mall North Administration Building, UBC,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
8/UBC Reports/Sept. 5, 1972


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