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Vol. 22, No. 35, Oct. 6, 1976. Published by
Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
ISSN 0497-2929. Judith Walker, editor.
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statement on
med. class expansion
Because of the number of queries
President Kenny had been receiving
recently about the state of the
proposed expansion of the medical
school at UBC, he last week issued the
following statement.
In recent months I have written
several times to the minister of
education and the minister of health
asking when we might expect some
response concerning the expansion of
the University of British Columbia
medical class first proposed to us by
the government last March. I have
been receiving many concerned
enquiries both at the University and
elsewhere in the province about the
state of the proposed plan.
I am very pleased to announce that
I have now received a reply from the
minister of health. In his letter, the
minister reiterates the government's
firm commitment to the expansion of
the medical class at UBC. He also
states that decisions on details will be
forthcoming soon.
I hope that this means that in the
very near future we can resume
discussions with the government of the
several necessary assurances which
were requested in my response to the
ministers in May and which are crucial
to  implementing the expansion plan.
These discussions must focus, first,
on the capital and operating funding
needed to expand the medical class
and provide the campus teaching
hospital and improved downtown
hospital facilities required for that
expansion. The University made clear
in its positive response to the
government last May that the
necessary capital and operating funds
would have to be provided in a way
which would not jeopardize the
Continued on p.2
There will be no edition of UBC
Reports next week. However,
"Next Week at UBC" will be.
circulated to faculty and staff as
usual through campus mail.
Publication of UBC Reports will
resume Oct. 20.
Jim Banham photo
Dr. Gordon Shrum gives his tribute at Friday's memorial service for Frank Gnup.
Left to right behind him are Doug Mitchell and Tom Thomson, both former
players for Frank, and broadcaster Jim Robson.
Tributes to Frank Gnup felt
by oil at Friday's memorial
"As we were enlarged by his living,
so we are diminished by his passing."
That simple sentence, spoken by
Dr. Gordon Shrum last Friday at a
memorial service for Frank Gnup in
UBC's War Memorial Gym, probably
summed up the feelings of the more
than 600 people who crowded the
gym foyer that autumn afternoon to
pay tribute to one of the University's
most beloved and colorful characters.
It was a simple, non-religious affair
attended by leading UBC figures,
including Chancellor Donovan Miller
and President Douglas Kenny as well
as faculty members and students; news
media personalities, most of whom
had written or broadcast reams of
copy about Frank before and after his
sudden death on Sept. 27 at the age of
59; former players whose fortunes
Frank followed as avidly after they
graduated as when they played
football for him; plus a host of
townspeople who knew him during his
21 years as a UBC faculty member in
the School of Physical Education and
There were tributes by Dr. Shrum;
hockey broadcaster Jim Robson, who
spoke on behalf of the news media;
and by former players Tom Thomson,
who presided over the ceremony, and
Doug Mitchell, now a Calgary lawyer.
Most of the tributes were punctuated
with laughter since it is almost
impossible to talk about Frank Gnup
without evoking some quip or
humorous incident.
Dr. Shrum recalled how, in June,
1955, he went east to find a new head
coach for UBC's football team to
replace Don Coryell, who has gone on
to fame as coach of the St. Louis
Cardinals in the National Football
"I was looking for someone who
was interested in people and the
building of character as well as
winning teams,"  Dr. Shrum said.
Dr. Shrum continued: "As we
confirmed the appointment by a warm
handshake he said, 'Doc, I'll never let
you down.' And I wish to record
today that he never did, neither me,
the students, or the University."
When Frank decided to "withdraw
from football coaching" in 1973, he
left behind a won-lost-tied record of
55-102-5, which isn't bad when you
consider that he was working at a
university that forbade athletic
scholarships, a policy that Frank had
no quarrel with.
Continued on p.2
University's offer
The UBC local of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
and the University have ratified a
contract covering about 1,500 UBC
employees — the largest single labor
group on campus.
The contract, which runs to March
31, 1977, covers tradesmen, gardeners,
custodial staff, food service
employees, Bookstore employees,
members of the UBC Patrol, some
clerical workers and others.
The contract provides for a general
wage increase of 7.5 per cent, but
•guarantees tradesmen 90 per cent of
the hourly rate paid to tradesmen in
the B.C. construction industry.
The CUPE local voted Sept. 14 in
favor of strike action if necessary, but
negotiations continued under
provincial mediator Jock Waterston,
and the union voted Sunday (Oct. 3)
to accept the University's offer.
Meanwhile, negotiations are
continuing with the Association of
University and College Employees
(AUCE), whose contract expired Sept.
(Cont'd from p.1)
present and future funding of the
University's other academic
operations. This point has become
especially important since the
cutbacks in the budgets of the Faculty
of Medicine and other faculties which
were made necessary by the effective
reduction of the University's operating
grant last spring.
Second, as we have indicated to the
ministers, any proposed expansion of
the medical class cannot proceed until
approval has been gained from the
Faculty of Medicine and the
University's Senate and Board of
Third, we must now work out with
the government a revised timetable for
expansion, since the delay which has
occurred has deprived us of the
lead-time needed to begin expansion
next fall. Neither the funds nor the
time are now sufficient for us to
recruit qualified faculty and staff in
time to start expanding next year.
I am very hopeful, however, that
this reaffirmation by the minister of
the government's support means that
we can begin to work out these
problems in the near future.
2/UBC Reports/Oct. 6, 1976
(Cont'd from p.1)
The news media made a fuss over
Frank's departure, claiming that he'd
been fired as football coach. Frank
said it didn't matter how it was put,
"two weeks from now nobody is going
to remember me anyway."
How wrong he was.
And there are plans afoot to make
sure that he's remembered in the
future. His name will be attached to
some sort of memorial fund, the
details of which are now being worked
out. Whatever target is set, it's almost
certain the fund will be
Dr. William E. Neill of the Institute
of Animal Resource Ecology at UBC
has been awarded the Mercer award of
Fellowship to study the history of
science at the University of Sussex,
England, in 1977-78. Mrs. Paterson,
chosen to receive the award by the
Rotary Club of Vancouver, is one of
more than 750 students who were
awarded fellowships this year to carry
out advanced studies abroad.
Vice-President Michael Shaw has
announced the formation of a
Resource Ecology and Planning
Council to co-ordinate and initiate
graduate teaching and research
programs at UBC in fields related to
the management of renewable
Chairman of the new council is
Prof. W. G. Wellington, director of the
Jim Banham photo
President Douglas Kenny, right, congratulates Dr. William E. Neill on winning the
George Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America.
1976 by the Ecological Society of
America for his outstanding research
contribution in the science of ecology.
The award was granted for Dr. Neill's
paper "Experimental Studies of
M i c r o crustacean Competition,
Community Composition and
Efficiency of Resource Utilization."
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Carla Susan Paterson, a fourth-year
student at UBC, has been awarded a
$5,500     Rotary     International
Institute of Animal Resource Ecology.
Other council members are Prof. Irving
Fox of the Westwater Research Centre
and Brahm Wiesman of Community
and Regional Planning.
The council will be responsible for
developing formal submissions and
calendar statements about resource
management and also for co-ordinating
the counselling and supervision of
interdisciplinary students whose
programs are in resource management. UBC chosen
as centre for
naval architecture
Courses in naval architecture and
marine design engineering will be
offered as fourth-year options at UBC
as the initial stage of the development
of Canada's first professional school of
naval     a r chitecture.
Canada's shipbuilders and ship
designers now have to recruit naval
architects from the United States and
Britain, and Canadian students seeking
professional training in naval
architecture must obtain their
schooling outside Canada.
"Seed money" to initiate the
courses within UBC's Department of
Mechanical Engineering has come from
Canadian shipbuilders, designers and
allied industries, the provincial
government and the federal
government. This will enable the
University to make an immediate start
on the program by hiring a research
professor to develop curricula and
co-ordinate existing courses and
propose new ones.
Dr. James Duncan, head of
Mechanical Engineering, said the
recent construction of a $1.7 million
towing tank and manoeuvring basin
at B.C. Research on the campus,
coupled with the expertise already
available within Mechanical
Engineering, makes UBC a logical
university for the establishment of a
centre of naval architecture. The
towing tank was financed through
federal and provincial grants.
"The Department of Mechanical
Engineering already has a strong group
of personnel with the interest and
experience in subjects that might be
included in the program," Prof.
Duncan said. "The new professor
would bring into the department
direct experience and understanding of
the economics of ship design and
operation of the testing studies and
procedures which are normally
associated with ship-testing and towing
Jean Chretien, minister of industry,
trade and commerce in the federal
government, said that inauguration of
the program at UBC recognizes the
need in Canada to bring together and
train new talent capable of responding
to Canada's industrial needs. He said
the program focusses on the peculiar
problems associated with Canada's
marine environment, especially those
related to the design and operation of
ships through ice.
Urban Geography
The entire city con be a laboratory
In a rather bare office in the
geography building is a young man
who seems to know our city
intimately. He knows the history and
people of the Strathcona area of town;
he knows what stores have changed in
Kitsilano in the last few years; he
knows how people in the University
Endowment Lands perceive
The odd thing is, he has the same
sort of intimacy with a neighborhood
north of Philadelphia. Yet he was born
and raised in England.
For David Ley, all this seems
perfectly logical. His field is urban
geography. And it's a field he's doing
well in. (At the age of 29, he's already
an associate professor in the
Whereas geography is the study of
the earth as the home of man, urban
geography looks at the city as the
home of man, he explains. "For me,
the attraction has always been that
urban geography tries to incorporate
both sides of the picture — the human
side and the environmental side. And
the environment encompasses social
forces, political forces, historical
forces, economic forces. In this
department, you find almost all of
those areas covered."
He has narrowed down the field
even further to concentrate on life in
the inner city — "that section of the
city just outside the downtown, so in
Vancouver that's the ring of
neighborhoods from Strathcona
through Grandview-Woodlands, Mount
Pleasant, Fairview and Kitsilano."
He's lived in Kitsilano and been
involved in community groups in the
area, as have many people. But
whereas most people look at the
changes that are happening in their
neighborhoods as inevitable. Dr. Ley
looks at the changes in terms of
patterns. "I guess I'm always asking
the question 'why?' " he says.
"The obvious characteristic of
Kitsilano has been the rapid change in
the last 10 years. In the mid-1960s
people used to drive down Fourth
Avenue and point at the hippies. The
transition which has occurred there
has been so dramatic that there are
some very interesting processes to
observe. That neighborhood has
moved from the lowest rental
neighborhood on the west side to a
neighborhood where condominiums
are selling for almost $100,000. There
is a tremendous social transformation
occurring  in  that neighborhood. You
can follow this even in terms of the
way the stores have changed on
Fourth Avenue."
Having lived in both the United
States and Canada, he has some
interesting comparisons to make about
the inner cities of both nations. In
America, he says, "inner city change is
dominated by public enterprise, by
government urban renewal programs,
public housing programs, freeway
programs, expansion of downtown
hospitals, downtown universities. . . .
The face of government is very
present. In Canada inner city change
has occurred without really any
government intervention whatsoever.
And there are both good and bad sides
to that."
Kitsilano, he says, is an excellent
example of a phenomenon of this
decade known to urban geographers
and planners as "the return to centre
"It always used to be the thing to
escape the city, to get out into the
suburbs as fast as one could. In the
States that still tends to be the case.
For the American, the city is
something to be escaped. For the
Canadian, the city is still something
that one can really find an affinity
"I have a hunch that this is one area
where the Canadian city is going to set
the trend in terms of the North
American city in general. The whole
image of urban living is changing. The
centre city and the inner city used to
be the workhorse of the city. That was
where industry was; that was where
the transportation terminals were. So
the image of those neighborhoods was
of rather dirty, noisy places. But that
tends to be transformed. The centre
city is now attracting the image of the
sophisticate, and it's that image that
people are responding to."
By contrast, in Philadelphia land in
the inner city is of so little value that
tens of thousands of structures have
been abandoned and the city will rent
these structures to anyone wanting to
live in the area for one dollar a year.
Yet in spite of all this, Dr. Ley's
not very optimistic about the inner
city change, especially in Kitsilano.
The market system in housing is really
not working in terms of the public
interest, he says. "If the only people
who can afford housing are
high-income people, then I think there
are some severe questions to be asked
UBC Reports/Oct. 6, 1976/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Ad min. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
12:30 p.m. EXERCISE CLASS for faculty and staff, men and
women. Class meets five times a week from 12:30
to 1 :05 p.m. Gym B, South Campus P.E. Complex.
Call     Recreation     UBC,     228-3996, for
3:00 p.m. Cantonese Opera Music with costumes, performed
by Jin Wah Sing musical association. Regular
museum admission charged. Museum of
Anthropology, Northwest Marine Drive.
THANKSGIVING DAY. University closed. All
Food Service outlets will also be closed except for
residences. Residence meals will be served at the
usual times.
Eligible persons may file applications on campus
for Canadian citizenship through the Secretary of
State's department from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays
until Nov. 9. Call 666-3971 or 253-4391 for more
information. International House.
12:30 p.m. BOTANY SEMINAR. Prof. G. H. N. Towers,
Botany, UBC, on Skin Damaging Chemicals in
Compositae. Room 3219, Biological Sciences Building.
VISITING LECTURER. Dr. Harold Edgerton from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cecil H.
and Ida Green lecturer, speaks on The Electronic
Flash and Its Applications in Engineering and
Science. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
Davidson, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, on
the Teton Dam Failure including time lapse film of
the failure. Room 106, Buchanan Building.
4:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. R. C. Thompson,
Chemistry, UBC, on Co-ordinating Tendencies of
Anionic Ligands in Transition Metal Complexes.
Room 250, Chemistry Building.
5:00 p.m. CURLING. A mixed league for novices and
experienced curlers. Continues Tuesday evenings
until 7 p.m. For more information call 228-4186
or 228-3478.
7:30 p.m. BADMINTON CLUB. New faculty and staff
members welcome. Club meets Tuesday and Friday
evenings from 7:30 to 11:00 in Gym A,
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
12:30 p.m. PHARMACOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. M. C. Sutter,
Pharmacology, UBC, speaks on Altered
Contractility and Calcium Handling in Blood
Vessels from Hypertensive Rats. Room 221,
Medical Sciences Block C.
ethnomusicologist, gives a solo recital of Chinese
instrumental   music.   Recital  Hall,  Music Building.
12:35 p.m. FREESEE FILMS. The first of seven films from
the Civilisation series — The Skin of Our Teeth.
Auditorium, Student Union Building.
Piccinini, Turin Polytechnical, on Particle
Segregation in Spouted Beds. Room 206, Chemical
Engineering Building.
STATISTICS WORKSHOP. Jim Lindsey, assistant
professor, Anthropology and Sociology, UBC, on
Construction and Comparison of Statistical
Models. Room 321, Angus Building.
Dr. Colin Scarfe, Physics, University of Victoria,
on Some Problems of Multiple Stars. Room 260,
Geophysics Building.
D. Fairbairn, Animal Resource Ecology, UBC, on
The Importance of Sex in Deermice Demography:
Females Do Count. Room 2449, Biological
Sciences Building.
7:30 p.m. FOLK DANCING. A program of beginning and
intermediate dances open to all. Continues
Wednesday evenings until 10:30 p.m. International
House. Call 224-0226 or 228-8415 for more
8:00 p.m. SENATE MEETING. Free tickets for interested
members of the University community are
available from Frances Medley, 228-2951. Board
and Senate Room, Old Administration Building.
12:30p.m. VISITING LECTURER.Dr. Harold Edgerton from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cecil H.
and Ida Green lecturer, speaks on Underwater
Research Using High-Speed Photography and Other
Techniques. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre.
TEACH-IN on the Impact of the Anti-Inflation
Board, sponsored by the Lutheran Campus Centre.
Ballroom, Student Union Building.
1:30 p.m. HABITAT FILM PREVIEW from the UBC Centre
for Human Settlements. Three films from Canada,
Britain and the U.S.A. begin this continuing
weekly series of representative national films
prepared for the Habitat conference. Discussion
follows led by Dr. Peter Oberlander and Jim
Carney, Centre for Human Settlements. Room B8,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
COLLOQUIUM. Dr. Murat Cekirge, Mathematics,
Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, on
Mathematical Stability Problems in Nuclear
Reactors. Room 2449, Biological Sciences
4:00 p.m. PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM T. A. Weber, Physics,
Iowa State University, on Quasar Redshifts —
Superrelativistic Velocities of Expansion. Room
201, Hennings Building.
students of the Department of Medical Genetics
discuss Ascertaining Individuals in Selected Human
Populations. A round-table discussion of the
special interests of the group will follow. Faculty
and graduate students of all disciplines interested
in the study of populations welcome. Room 250,
James Mather Building. For more information, call
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRICS GRAND ROUNDS. Dr. Geoffrey
Redman, Pediatrics, Columbia University, New
York, speaks on Growth Hormone Abnormalities.
Lecture Room B, Heather Pavilion, Vancouver
General Hospital.
2:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Prof. S. Ohnishi,
Biophysics, Kyoto University, Japan, on
Calcium-Induced Lateral Phase Separations in
Mixed Phospholipid Membranes. Room 225,
Chemistry Building.
8:00 p.m. FACULTY RECITAL. Paul Douglas, flute, and
Robert Rogers, piano, play Music of Beethoven,
Haydn, Czerny and Kuhlau. Recital Hall, Music
8:00 p.m. DISCO DANCING in The Pit. Music supplied by
CITR radio disk jockeys. Continues until 12:30
a.m. Admission free. Student Union Building.
8:15 p.m. VANCOUVER INSTITUTE. Harry H. Schwarz,
member of Parliament, South Africa, presents the
Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture on Politics and Social
Change in South Africa: The Role of
Mufti-National Corporations. Lecture Hall 2,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
4/UBC Reports/Oct. 6, 1976


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