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Array UBC Gets Malayan Twin
UBC has completed a "twinning" arrangement
with a new university in the Southeast Asian
country of Malaysia.
Under an initial one-year agreement, UBC's
Department of Economics has already sent out a
visiting professor to the recently-opened
University of Penang. In return, at least one junior
staff member from the Malaysian university will
come to UBC for advanced training at the PH.D.
If this first experimental exchange proves
successful, a considerably expanded program
involving several visiting professors in Penang and a
number of their graduate students at UBC is
envisaged for future years.
Coordinator of the UBC—Penang twinning
project is Dr. Peter Pearse, associate professor of
economics at UBC. Financial support for the
exchange program will be provided by the federal
government's Canadian International Development
Agency, which administers Canada's foreign aid
Dr. Pearse said the exchange program will be
mutually beneficial to both universities.
"Penang, which is now in its second year of
operation with an enrolment of some 400
students, is experiencing a problem common to all
new universities in developing countries — finding
qualified faculty members," Dr. Pearse said.
"The agreement between UBC and Penang will
alleviate this problem in two ways: first, by
sending out UBC professors to provide instruction
and assistance in developing curricula and, second,
by bringing junior staff from Penang to UBC for
advanced training."
Dr. Pearse said the benefit to UBC will be in
providing a focus for research and teaching in the
problems of developing countries. "UBC's
economics department is anxious to build up its
capability in this field," he said, "and
concentration in one area — Southeast Asia and
Malaysia in particular — will help to give direction
to this effort."
A possible, future long-term arrangement would
enable UBC to maintain an on-going research
workshop devoted to the problems of
development in Southeast Asia, Dr. Pearse said.
The first UBC faculty member to go to Penang
under the scheme is Dr. Gordon Munro, associate
professor of economics, who began teaching at
Penang at the beginning of that University's
academic year early in June.
Dr. Munro, in addition to teaching two
economics courses, will also assist the planning of
curricula and courses for subsequent years in the
field of the social sciences.
One of the concerns of Penang is to develop in
a way that will avoid duplication of programs
already offered at the University of Malaya in
Kuala Lumpur," Dr. Pearse said. "Penang is
particularly interested in contemporary urban
problems as they apply to Southeast Asia,  and
UBC faculty members who take part in the
exchange will assist development of studies in this
This is the second exchange program which has
linked UBC with universities in Malaysia and
Singapore. From 1961 to 1965 UBC and
Universities of Malaya and Singapore exchanged
faculty members for the purpose of developing
programs in commerce and business administration
at the two Southeast Asia universities.
The program was under the direction of the late
Prof. Leslie J.G. Wong, who died suddenly in
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must   be   guided   very   much   by   what  the
faculty feels is in the best interests of the
community that they serve, of the province
and of Canada.
"It is not their function, in my personal
opinion, to become involved in so-called
relevant problems. Rather, I think that what
this University must be concerned with are
fundamental principles which enable our
students and graduates to arrive at
conclusions or solutions for themselves. It is
these fundamental principles that I hope
faculty would stress.
"I do not think that we should engage in
propaganda in support of one view or another
or in favor of what should or should not be
President Gage expressed the hope that the
University would continue to engage in and to
stimulate research of all kinds, whether
material, spiritual, utilitarian or otherwise. He
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expressed the hope that, through their
research, members of faculty would not only
develop their minds and enhance knowledge
in their special fields, but would have the
objective of better serving their students.
He expressed the view that faculty could
best serve their students "by a judicious
combination of, and an enthusiasm for,
research and effective teaching carried on
Award Made
Dr. Michael Ames, associate professor of
.anthropology at UBC, has received a John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, one
of the top academic awards made to North American
university scholars.
Dr. Ames, a native of Vancouver who did his
undergraduate studies at UBC, will use the award
while on leave of absence during the coming year to
analyse and write up research materials gathered in
India during 1967-68.
During that time. Dr. Ames was given a Canada
Council grant to cpnduct research into the ways in
which factory workers in Jamshedpur, India's oldest
steel city, adapted to the impact of industrialization
and adapted industrialization to their own culture.
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to persons
of the highest capacity for scholarly and scientific
research and to persons of outstanding and
demonstrated ability in the creative arts.
Club Plans
First Meeting
The Faculty Women's Club, a UBC organization
founded in 1917, will begin another year of
promoting friendships through shared interests on
Oct. 6.
Long time  members of the Club  keep renewing
their memberships because its many social activities^—.,
help to sustain old friendships as well as encouragt
Mrs. Vi Forsyth, this year's president, said that
early each fall the Club makes a special effort to
make newcomers to UBC feel at home.
"The Club provides a chance to make friends and
to get to know UBC and Vancouver better," she said.
This year the Club's first general meeting will be
held in the lower lounge of the Faculty Club at 3
p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, when newcomers will be
especially welcome.
Although Club members are all female, husbands
and male companions are invited to participate in
various special Club activities throughout the year.
These mixed events are one way to cross over
departmental and faculty barriers and form
"inter-disciplinary" friendships.
Members of the Club are kept involved through
participation in a variety of interest groups that range
from book discussion groups to horseback riding,
bridge and batik, and art to French and German
Another important aspect of the Club's activities is
the financial support it provides, where possible, to
mature women students in the form of loans through
its Jubilee Revolving Loan Fund. The Club also
sponsors the Ann Wesbrook Scholarship, awarded
annually to a woman who plans to proceed to
graduate studies.
Last year's major fund-raising project was a bazaar
held at Cecil Green Park where arrays of hand-crafted
items attracted eager patrons.
Women members and wives of members of faculty
and administrative and professional staffs of the
University are eligible to join.
Anyone who would like to join and can't make it
out to the initial meeting is invited to contact Club
president Mrs. Vi Forsyth at 224-9462.
UBC's Senate has rejected a motion asking the
University to establish a committee to consider hiring
faculty members who may decide to resign from
Simon Fraser University's troubled Department of
Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology.
A motion to establish such a committee was made
at the Senate meeting of Sept. 16 by retiring Student
Senator Stan Persky. He said the Canadian Sociology
and Anthropology Society had asked its members to
boycott the PSA department at SFU and requested
Canadian universities to consider hiring those faculty
members who might leave because of the boycott.
The UBC Senate rejected the motion without a
Vol.16,No.16/Sept. 24,1970/Vancouver8, B.C.
UBC's 1970-71 registration stood at
20,829 students last Friday, just 19
short of a predicted enrolment of
And by Dec. 1, the date on which
Canada's universities officially declare
their enrolments, there could be an
additional 200 to 300 students enrolled
on the Point Grey campus, according to
an official in the Registrar's Office.
AH the additional enrolment will take
place in the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
where 2,326 students have already been
admitted. UBC's present undergraduate
enrolment stands at 18,503.
Admitted to the first year for the first
time this session were 3,462 students.
Last year, UBC's Senate voted to limit
intake at this level to approximately
3,400 students.
Here is UBC's current enrolment by
faculties, with enrolment as of Dec. 1,
1969, in brackets:
Agricultural Sciences - 211 (210);
Applied Science- 1,538 (1,546); Arts -
6,258 (6,297); Commerce - 1,067
(1,031); Dentistry - 162 (135);
Education - 3,884 (3,709); Forestry -
222 (200); Graduate Studies - 2,326
(2,687); Law - 620 (548); Medicine -
373 (334); Pharmaceutical Sciences —
231 (176); Science - 3,671 (3,620);
Unclassified - 124 (118); Qualifying
year - 132 (156). Grand total - 20,829
At the close of the first meeting of the
UBC Senate for 1970-71 on Sept. 16, Senator
Stuart Lefeaux asked President Walter Gage
to state his hopes and objectives for the
A slightly edited version of the President's
reply is printed below. President Gage stresses
that it is not to be considered a definitive
statement of policy, but was merely an
off-the-cuff reply to an unexpected request.
The President's-statement:
"As to my own hopes and aspirations for
the University, I would say this: my policy is
that, in academic matters, the decisions
should be made by faculty. If the President
has sufficient experience behind him — and I
hope I have — he can sometimes caution them
or even pressure them. But, in any event, he
Please turn to Page Four
FIRST coeducational dormitory to be built at UBC
is currently taking shape on the eastern edge of
the campus adjacent to the Student Union Building, at lower right in photo above. First stage of
the   residence   development,   consisting   of  two
residence towers and a common block, will house
788 men and women. Funds for construction
have been allocated by Central Mortgage and
Housing Corp. UBC will proceed to stage two of
the project when additional money is available.
Committee Proposes
To Expand Evaluations
A joint faculty-student committee has formed a
plan of action to coordinate existing evaluations of
UBC courses and teachers and initiate such
evaluations where none now exist.
The committee, consisting of four faculty
members and four students, met Monday under the
chairmanship of Mr. Art Smolensky, former president
of the Graduate Students' Association and currently
chairman of the AMS Course Evaluation Committee.
The meeting decided it would not press for a
standardized, campus-wide course and teacher survey.
A committee spokesman told UBC Reports that
many faculties, medicine for instance, already have a
viable, operating evaluation system which would not
work well outside the faculty.
"The committee decided its basic aim should be to
coordinate the existing evaluations and promote such
studies in areas where they don't now exist, notably
the Faculty of Arts," the spokesman said.
The committee also agreed to establish an advisory
board, made up predominantly of students but
including some faculty members, to deal with the
mechanics of the course and teaching survey. The
committee spokesman said it was generally agreed
that the emphasis in future evaluations should be on
the teacher rather than the course.
The cost of mounting a wider evaluation scheme
was also discussed by the committee at its Monday
night meeting. The spokesman said various University
bodies would be approached for funds but as yet no
estimate of costs was available.
The committee also discussed the possibility of
employing a full-time person to coordinate future
evaluations and provide continuity for the scheme.
The committee will also discuss with the
University the possibility of including the results of
each evaluation in the appropriate sections of the
UBC calendar as a guide to students.
Several evaluations of UBC courses and teachers
were prepared for the 1970-71 session, but only one
of them — produced by students in the Department
of Music — appeared as a public document.
Evaluations in the Faculties of Applied Science
and Medicine are prepared for the deans of those
faculties and the results are distributed to department
The Science Undergraduate Society had planned
to produce a third edition of their course and
teaching evaluation entitled Black and Blue, but no
one was available to work on the publication during
the summer, according to acting SUS president David
He said attempts will be made to issue the
publication later in the current session, but he was
unable to set a firm date for its appearance.
The response of music students to a questionnaire
on the department's courses was termed
"disappointing" by the publication's editors. In most
courses only 25 per cent of the students completed
and returned the questionnaires.
The comments by students on music professors
and courses were generally favorable.
4/UBC Reports/Sept. 24, 1970 John Zaozirny,
external affairs officer
for the Alma Mater Society, was a UBC delegate to the meetings held in Edmonton late in
August by representatives of western Canadian universities. Mr. Zaozirny is a graduate of
the University of Calgary, where he was involved with student government and with a
provincial association of students. He is currently a second year Law student at UBC. In
the following interview he discusses the recent Edmonton meetings and outlines some
AMS-sponsored projects planned for the current winter session.
UBC REPORTS: John, can we begin by having you
describe who met in Edmonton in the latter part of
August, what the purposes of the meeting were and how
many people attended.
MR. JOHN ZAOZIRNY: The meeting was attended
by about 30 representatives from student unions in
Western Canada, from British Columbia to Manitoba.
The August meeting was a product of previous meetings
which had been held since the beginning of 1970. The
previous meeting, as a matter of fact, was held on the
UBC campus in April.
The purposes of these meetings are not singular.
There is no question that a vacuum has been created in
relations between university campuses since the fall of
the Canadian Union of Students. One purpose of the
meetings has been to bring together student leaders to
discuss common problems — to see if any joint action
can be undertaken on common problems to alleviate or
remove them.
One of the major areas of discussion was that of a
national conference, which was discussed in relation to a
national union of students. Other areas discussed were
the accessibility of education in terms of the finances
which are available to students to pursue higher
education. Some discussion also took place of the
socio-economic factors which prohibit or inhibit people
from pursuing higher education.
The present drug laws and the interim report of the
LeDain Commission* was also talked about at some
length. It was the feeling of the conference that public
attention should again be focused on this issue, which
has become rather subdued since the interim report
came out. A resolution was adopted at the conference
calling for a moratorium on convictions under the
Criminal Code for drug possession.
On the same issue, it was decided to hold a
referendum, nation-wide hopefully, on Canadian
campuses on the issue of the legalization of cannabis,
including marijuana and hashish. We've been in touch
with eastern campuses and there's been a pretty
favorable response. We would like to hold this national
referendum on Oct. 15. It wilt be designed to focus
public attention on the issue and, hopefully, cause the
government to take some sort of action. At the present
time a lot of young people particularly are having their
lives marred by criminal records as a result of
UBC REPORTS: Is it possible for you to give any
details about the referendum?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: I can't give you the precise
wording of the referendum.   It will be worked out in
* The official name of the LeDain Commission is the
Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs. The
Commission was chaired by Prof. Gerald LeDain, dean of the
Faculty of Law at York University in Toronto. Appointed in
May, 1969, the Commission brought in an interim report in June
of this year. Among other things the Commission recommended
elimination of jail sentences for possession of marijuana and
2/UBC Reports/Sept. 24, 1970
conjunction with the other western Canadian schools.
What we want to establish is how students feel about the
legalization of cannabis. We want it to be quite clear cut.
Prior to the referendum we hope to have an educational
series — at least a three-to-five day series — designed to
give  students  insight   into  the   issue's  pros and cons.
UBC REPORTS: Who will look after holding the
referendum? Is it to be done under the auspices of the
student unions at each of the participating universities?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Yes, and at the Edmonton
conference UBC was given the task of coordinating the
referendum. But we haven't as yet heard from all the
eastern campuses. Even if they don't feel that the issue
justifies a nation-wide referendum, we agreed at
Edmonton to go ahead with a western Canadian
referendum. The effect will be somewhat weakened if
we have to go that route, but we feel it is an important
enough issue, a contemporary enough issue, that we
want to bring it into the public eye once again.
UBC REPORTS: Were there any other major issues
discussed at the conference?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Some discussion was also given to
Canada Manpower Centers and last summer's "hire
students" campaign. A number of people who attended
the conference had spend considerable time studying the
problem of student employment. Based on their
expertise a position was adopted which condemned the
"hire-a-student" scheme as really being nothing more
than an elaborate public relations program for Canada
Manpower, designed to make them look good in the eyes
of the public, designed to make it appear that the
summer employment situation was well in hand when in
fact the program wasn't resulting in many jobs being
made available to students. Hiring students only meant
other working people were unemployed as a result.
Now, it wasn't simply a negative point of view that
was taken. What we proposed was that rather than
spending dollars on a "hire-a-student" scheme the
money should be channelled into creating jobs in fields
such as environmental control. The pollution issue is a
very obvious one which comes to mind. Also, while we
like the idea of the federal government taking an interest
in jobs for students we did not feel that the militia
program was a very productive way of remedying the
UBC REPORTS: Can we discuss some more the
question of a national student union? What, in your
opinion, were the main reasons for the Canadian Union
of Students having to fold up in 1969?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: I was involved in student
government at the University of Calgary and with the
Alberta Association of Students and attended three CUS
congresses. It seemed to me that in the last few years of
CUS' life it had lost touch with students. It purported to
be   a    national   union   of   students,   not   a   naf'  ~>al
organization  of student councils or student unic , It
aimed to involve students individually and yet in terms
of its policies, in terms of its programs, I think that it
had lost touch with the students.
UBC REPORTS: When you say that, precisely what
do you mean? Do you mean that the CUS was pursuing
policies which did not conform to the ideas of Canadian
students generally?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Yes, I think there is no doubt that
that was the case. CUS invariably lashed out at the
bureaucracy of modern-day life, yet that was exactly
what it had become. CUS had a fairly extensive office
staff in Ottawa, many field workers who were running
around the country attempting to do good things, yet in
this tight structure very little was funnelling through to
the individual students on the campus. And I do think
that CUS policies did not reflect at all the vie\ f
students across the country.
There was, during the last couple of years of CUS'
existence, a continuing ideological battle within the
organization. What had been happening was that the
strong left element was prevailing and the resolutions
adopted by the organization reflected this leftist
orientation. It seemed that the more conservative
campuses were just getting carried along. Yet CUS was
able to maintain its existence because it had the financial
resources to do so. It came down to a matter of dollars.
The thing finally come to a head as the result of a
number of referendums held on individual campuses. It
was the first opportunity that students had had to
express their feelings about the organization. Generally,
students did not feel that the organization's policies
reflected their own individual beliefs and they didn't feel
they were getting their money's worth out of the
UBC students for example, were contributing
approximately $15,000 to the Union. The Alma Mater
Society has a difficult time financing projects because
student fees have remained the same for a number of
years. Given the fact that we've had static revenues but
ever-increasing costs, that S,15,000 can be put to good
use on this campus. For that sort of money we could
hire two full-time research workers.
UBC REPORTS: Given the concensus that a national
union is needed, what's the next step?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: We decided that the next step
would be to convene a meeting of student
representatives throughout the country to find out how
they felt about the formation of another national
organization and what sort of an orientation this union
would   have.   Hopefully,   the  meeting  will   take   place
before Christmas. Now it may be that the ideological
Sr,rt between the campuses is so great that there is no
v.__ /a national organization can get off the ground,
At the moment there are two organizations in Canada
which concern themselves with student services. Western
Student Services, which is based here in Vancouver,
looks after such areas as inexpensive travel plans, student
life insurance, group bookings to bring in entertainment
at low rates. There is a comparable organization in
eastern Canada as well. If another union is founded it
will be primarily a political union. It will not deal with
service issues. It will not be able to justify its existence
by tossing a few services to students and then going off
on a political tangent. It will be a political organization
that is why I say that the organization may not get
o>r'the ground. The ideological split may be too great.
But we want to find out.
UBC REPORTS: I take it that you're anxious not to
repeat the mistakes of the past.
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Most definitely.
UBC REPORTS: Let me put a hypothetical question
to you. If students are going to campaign against, say,
pollution, at some point political issues are going to
arise. Are you not in a sense re-creating a political
organization of the same kind that CUS was in the past?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Yes, there is no question that it is
political. But CUS used the services that it offered as a
justification for its existence. The services were valuable
but can't be used to justify your existence if you are
basically and primarily a political organization.
UBC REPORTS: What you seem to be saying is that
you are concerned about a national organization that
will enter the arena of politics but will not be allied to
any particular ideology.
MR. ZAOZIRNY: In politics it's pretty hard to
exclude ideologies because every person has his own
beliefs. I think that any student organization should
concern itself firstly with the issue of education because
that is why we are at university. If we want to take issue
with certain aspects of the educational system, be it the
financing of higher education, the Canada Student Loan
Plan, it may be that in adopting a policy we won't be
able to walk away from ideology.
My personal hope is that there will be a certain
amount of pragmatism so that decisions will not be
made on the basis of ideology but rather on the basis of
what seems appropriate for students.
UBC REPORTS: What role does the AMS see UBC
playing in a revived national student organization?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: We share the view that there is the
need for a national forum. We feel the vacuum should be
eliminated. However, we are not interested in creating
another    superstructure.   We   think   that   the   funds
formerly used to create a bureaucracy in Ottawa can far
better be used on our own campus. We feel that a
national organization should be geared to work on a
project basis. In other words, people will come together
to focus on one or two particular areas and will continue
to concentrate on those areas until something very
positive is accomplished or we have run into a dead end.
We feel that only in this way can a union be valuable to
the students and worth spending dollars on.
UBC REPORTS: Do you see this question forming
the major part of your duties as a member of the
executive of the AMS?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: No. I think that external affairs
officers, vice-presidents, or whatever they are called,
perpetually have a problem in defining their position.
Having been through the experience once at the
University of Calgary I believe that the worth of a
student organization is measured by specific projects
undertaken. So in line with that I want to work on the
idea of a national conference. But there are a number of
areas that we have mapped out where we want to do
specific things. I'll mention just a couple of them to you.
During the summer Christine Krawczyk, myself and
Clayton Vogler, who ran against me in the election this
spring, have been working on a study of student
financial assistance programs in British Columbia. We
examined other programs in Canada and the United
States and in early November we will be meeting with
the minister and deputy minister of education and
others to present our views on this issue. It has become
quite apparent to us that in relation to programs
elsewhere in Canada, the B.C. scheme leaves a great deal
to be desired.
UBC REPORTS: Are you thinking of the
"money-for-marks" scheme?
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Yes. There are a number of other
areas as well. For example, the existing bursary scheme,
the way scholarship funds are allocated, there is a whole
can of worms opened up and we want to present our
views on it. That is one area which affects every student
and we feel a student union or an alma mater society
should be examining and attempting to do something
about it.
We have also entered into a project with the
Educational Research Center founded by Dr. Mordecai
Briemberg and a number of professors from the Political
Science, Sociology and Anthropology Department at
Simon Fraser, plus other interested citizens. What the
program involves is a series of multi-media presentations
from October through until next March on the UBC
campus. In November we are going to be discussing
student government. In January and February we will be
looking at the labor situation. We will  be looking at
certain  city action groups which have formed to deal
with grievances.
What we want to do is give the students some
information as to what is going on in the community,
develop some sort of political awareness in the students.
We want the program to result in students taking the
initiative, either in existing community groups or
forming task forces on their own, to get involved with
this community, to get involved with contemporary
We are also doing research right now on long-range
educational planning in British Columbia. The short and
simple of it is that there is extremely little long-range
planning going on in this province. We find that a pretty
frightening situation. Once again we have gone to other
Canadian provinces, to other countries, to see what they
are doing in the way of long-range planning, and we will
be going to the government again before Christmas with
our views on how long-range planning should be
undertaken, the mechanics of it.
UBC REPORTS: Will you be making any
representations to the government to make public the
Perry Committeef report? It was charged with dealing
with this question of long-range planning.
MR. ZAOZIRNY: Yes. We are aware of the
non-disclosure of that report and this is one of the
points that we want to bring up. It is fine to do a lot of
research work, to prepare a brief, to go to the
government, but nine times out of ten it gets filed in
"G" for garbage. All that effort is essentially for naught
although one can argue that over the years the file builds
up and a more enlightened government will examine it.
We feel that the only way our presentations are going to
be effective is if we are able to draw a considerable
amount of support from the news media in making our
views known to the public and then from the public
itself. Because if there is one thing politicians react to
and respond to, it is public opinion.
We also want to examine the Universities Act, which
has not been revised for many years. Those are just some
of the projects we are involved with. The national union
concept is of considerable interest to us but it is not all
we are attempting to do.
t The report of the Advisory Committee on Inter-University
Relations, chaired by Dr. G. Neil Perry, former deputy minister
of education for B.C., has been received by the Provincial
government but not made public. Dr. Perry, former
vice-president and dean of Commerce at UBC, recently resigned
as deputy minister of education for B.C. to accept a post in the
federal government.
UBC Reports/Sept. 24, 1970/3


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