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 UBC Reports
VOLUME 11, NO. 5
SEPT.-OCT., 1965
Bladen Commission Report
Termed Forthright, Sound'
President John B. Macdonald issued
the following statement following release in Ottawa of the Bladen Commission report to the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada.
The Bladen Report is a welcome and
badly needed analysis of the problems
of financing Canadian universities and
colleges. It sets out for the first time
the true dimensions of the educational
task facing the nation.
Enrolment   by   1975   will   climb   to
Dean  Perry
Govt.   Post
Dr. G. Neil Perry, UBC's vice-president and dean of commerce and business administration, assumed the post
of deputy minister of education for
the province of B.C. October 1.
In announcing his resignation, Dean
Perry said: "I am severing my ties
with the University of B.C. with great
"At UBC I have been sustained and
heartened by many warm associations
with academic colleagues and students. These are difficult ties to break
both for myself and my family.
"However, I recognize that the
newly-emerging pattern of education
in B.C. deserves top priority over the
next few years and it will be a challenge to help direct this development"
Dean Perry returned to UBC in 1960
as dean of commerce and business
administration and was appointed to
the post of vice-president in   1963.
Between 1934 and 1960, Dean Perry
was a distinguished civil servant in
the   B.C.  and   federal   governments.
He was secretary to the Economic
Council of B.C., and held posts in the
federal department of finance, the
International Monetary Fund and the
International Bank for Reconstruction
and  Development
He graduated from UBC in 1933
with a B.A. honours degree in economics and also holds the degrees of
master of arts, public administration
and doctor of philosophy from Harvard University.
461,000. The cost per student will exceed $3,600 per year and the total cost
of operating the universities and colleges will be $1,675,000,000, or five
times the present figure of $342,000,000
a year.
Capital costs, now $234 million for
1964-65, will rise to a high of $390 million in 1970. These estimates for the
nation are consistent with the estimates for British Columbia published
in the Macdonald Report in 1963.
The proposal is urgent and realistic
that the federal support of operating
costs be increased immediately from
$2.00 to $5.00 per capita. I am particularly pleased that the Report recommends distribution of both federal and
provincial grants on the basis of a
formula which recognizes the difference in cost of different categories of
students. The Report proposes that
doctoral graduate students cost the
university five times as much as first
or second year students.
The Report also wisely recognizes
the need for substantial federal assistance in respect to capital grants in
its proposal of a fund rising slowly
from a starting figure of about $100
million a year.
The proposal for an increase in
available NRC funds to $40 million in
1966-67 with an increase of 20% a year
thereafter represents a minimum estimate of the needs.
I was glad to see recognition of the
need   for   more  research   support for
the social sciences and humanities and
for medicine.
The proposals in respect to capital
expenditures for medicine, dentistry
and nursing are in line with the proposals of the Hall Commission. It
must be presumed that they were
made without prejudice to other educational measures recommended by
the Hall Report.
The suggestion that provinces establish grants commissions is again consistent with the Macdonald Report. I
believe that wise allocation of our
educational resources will make grants
commissions more and more essential.
The proposals that tuition fees be
not eliminated during the next decade
is realistic. Currently the universities
receive about $100 million a year from
fees. It would not be reasonable to
ask governments to add this figure to
the very large amounts which must be
found if the crisis in Canadian education  is to be met.
The Report urges that access to
university be facilitated by adequate
student aid in the form of bursaries
and loans. The Report suggests aid to
cover tuition fees plus aid at a level
of up to $600 or more in excess of
tuition fees, based on a simple means
It is important that it recommends
most, if not all, of this aid in the form
of bursaries in the first year, and not
more than half in the form of loans
even in later years. This proposal
goes a long way toward eliminating
financial restrictions on access to university.
Taken as a whole, I find the Report
forthright and sound. It seeks realistic
expression of the federal interest in
higher education, while recognizing
provincial rights and responsibilities.
It proposes a level of support which
will help to ensure a higher quality of
university education and it recognizes
the great pool of potential intellectual
talent, whose aspirations must be met
if we are to prosper as a nation.
DR. DENNIS M. HEALY, head of
UBC's Romance studies dept, has
been named dean of the faculty of
arts.  See   story  on   page  four.
Up 1,021
To 16,510
A record total of 16,510 students
have registered for UBC's 1965-66
winter session — an increase of 1,021
or 6.6 percent over the previous session when   15,489 students  enrolled.
J. E. A. Parnall, UBC's registrar,
said the registration figure was within 90 students of a 16,600 estimate
made more than a year ago by academic planners at UBC.
"Other factors which have come
into the picture in the meantime, such
as increased fees and expanded opportunities for higher education, don't
seem to have had any effect on UBC's
growth," Mr. Parnall said.
The registrar said enrolment forecasts were reasonably accurate for all
faculties except education where
registration for the elementary teaching certificate program was down,
and commerce which added 139 students for a percentage increase of
Education faculty officials said
many of the elementary teaching certificate students had probably enrolled
at the Vancouver City College for
their first year of work.
"We'll no doubt see them next year
at UBC for the second year of study
which    will    qualify   them    for   their
certificate," one official said.
Registration by faculties is as follows with last year's totals in brackets: arts—5,376 (5,056); commerce—
899 (760); agriculture—208 (199); law
— 309 (275); applied science — 1,276
(1,192); medicine—317 (293); dentistry
—14 (8); science—3,119 (2,905); pharmacy — 148 (143); education 3,140
(3,168); graduate studies—1,281 (1,110);
unclassified—220 (157).
A total of nearly 26,000 students are
registered in all institutions offering
education beyond the high school
Here are approximate enrolment
figures for other institutions in the
province: University of Victoria —
2,976; Simon Fraser University—2,237;-
Notre Dame University, Nelson—550;
Vancouver City College—2,525; B.C.
Institute  of  Technology—1,150.
Vastly increased aid to Canada's
universities by the federal government
is proposed in the Bladen report of
the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada.
The report, issued October 6, is the
work of a commission established by
the AUCC and chaired by Dr. Vincent
W. Bladen, dean of the faculty of arts
and science at the University of
(For President John B. Macdonald's
comments on the report, see second
story at left on this page.)
The main recommendations to the
federal government are:
• That the present per capita grants
of $2 be more than doubled to $5 for
the year 1965-66 and increased $1 per
year thereafter until recommended
federal-provincial discussions lead to
appropriate revision of the amount of
such grants.
• Establishment of a capital grants
fund into which would be paid each
year $5 per head of the Canadian population.
• A great increase in federal responsibility for financing research by
raising National Research Council
grants to $40 million annually, Medical
Research grants to $20 million annually, and Canada Council grants for research in the humanities and social
sciences to $15 million annually.
The commission says these increased
grants should be available in 1966-67
and should be escalated 20 per cent
in each case each year thereafter.
Also recommended in this section is
a 30 per cent unconditional supplement to any Federal Government research grants to universities for operating expenses and all Federal Government fellowships tenable in a university, plus a general sustaining
grant for research equal to 10 per
cent of the aggregate salaries of the
full-time academic staff.
The report also recommends implementation of two sections of the Hall
Commission on education in the health
field providing for two capital funds to
expand existing and develop new
facilities for medicine, dentistry and
nursing, and to finance construction
of teaching hospitals.
Other recommendations call for
continuation and increase as necessary
of the Canada Students Loan Plan,
revision of present tax regulations to
give relief to parents of students in
lower income groups, and upward revision of present limits on gifts to
universities by corporate and private
Recommendations to Provincial governments include:
• Adoption of some method of determining university operating and
capital grants to permit more rational
planning by universities.
• Giving serious thought to the
advantages of determining annual
operating grants by use of a formula
relating the size of the grant to the
number of students in various categories weighted in accordance with
the different cost per student in such
• That for the next decade they resist the popular pressure for the abolition of fees and that grants to universities be made on the assumption that
fees will continue at about their present level.
• That there be no general increase
in fees without assurance of simultaneous increase in student aid.
In recommendations to individual
and corporate donors the report says
all university graduates should recognize the advantage they enjoy from
the public investment in their education by giving regularly to their universities, or to university funds generally, on a scale of at least one per
More Bursaries Are Best Fee Answer
(President John B. Macdonald dealt with tuition
fees and student responsibility when he delivered
his welcoming address to 3,500 students in the
Armory on September 23. Here are slightly condensed versions of his comments in these areas.)
Among the things which this university does not
do is to raise fees casually.
Administration, faculty, students and the public
are aware of and concerned about student financing.
Your student representatives on the national scene,
the Canadian Union of Students, have been seeking
this year elimination of tuition fees.
The Alma Mater Society has prepared a brief
which it presented to representatives of the Board
of Governors during the summer on an occasion
when your representatives from the AMS met with
members of the Board. That brief seeks reduction
or gradual elimination of fees and asks that the
Board treat the present increase in fees as
To maintain fees at last year's level would have
required a provincial grant of $2,870,000 more than
the previous year. That fact was drawn to the
attention of the government personally by the late
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr. George
Cunningham, and by me, at the time the estimates
were submitted.
We advised the government that we did not wish
to increase fees but that, failing the necessary grant,
we would have no alternative. The grant, when it
finally arrived, late in the spring was for $12,894,000.
This figure was $210,000 less than the amount required to maintain the rate of increase of the previous year, and $870,000 short of the amount required
to avoid a fee increase.
• • •
the Canadian average, but the position of some students is that fees are simply too high.
What is the yardstick? Is it really harder financially to attend university now than in earlier years?
Or is it a feeling that now is the time to press for
what some feel is a social ideal, namely, tuition-free
The first yardstick indicates that at least in one
sense the fees are worse than they used to be. Fees
have increased in the last ten years substantially
more than the cost of living, 51% as against 13%.
Over 20 years, though, up to last spring, fees had
increased 2J3 times. Faculty salaries increased, curiously, 2.8 times. The average weekly wage in British
Columbia, as determined from government statistics,
has increased 3 times.
Fees, as a percent of total operating cost in the
university, dropped from 44.6% of the total, 20 years
ago, to 25.3% in the current year. Total student aid
available in 1945 was $58,000. That excludes help to
veterans. In 1955 it was $484,000. In this year 1965
it is 4 million dollars.
One argument in respect to abolishing fees, which
I have used myself, is that it is inconsistent to provide for education to the end of high school through
taxes and then suddenly start charging tuition fees.
Even here there is some explanation.
It has been argued by some that public and high
school students are essentially children and university students are adults, who should accept some responsibility for themselves.
Secondly, we are all concerned about access to
university and it is argued that fees keep able students out of university.
I suspect that this is true, and that it is a cause
for concern. Unfortunately, there is little or no
documentary evidence one way or the other.
It is a difficult argument to use from the standpoint of influencing the Canadian people or their
governments unless the case can be adequately
supported. Moreover, a logical solution to the problem of access to universities would be adequate
student aid in the form of bursaries at a substantially
different plateau than at the present time.
This would not require elimination of fees.
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that society profits greatly in intellectual, cultural
and economic ways by educating its citizens at
university. Therefore, society-should pay the bill.
But the student profits greatly too. Aside from
his greatly widened horizons every study that has
been done indicates that a university education is
worth from about $100,000 to perhaps $200,000 in
added lifetime earnings.
The question is asked, then, should not the
student pay part of the bill for his education?
What are the arguments for retaining fees? The
first one is a very practical one. Our universities
are growing rapidly. The financial demands on them
are enormous. We will be seeking vastly increased
support from government and it does not seem practical during such a crisis to advocate abolition of a
form of support which currently provides about $100
million a year to the universities of Canada.
If fees were eliminated, this figure would be
added to a bill already so large that governments
will find it hard to pay.
In the second place, if university is free and paid
fully by taxes, there will be a good deal of public
and political pressure to lower admission standards
on the theory that if you pay your taxes you should
have a chance at university.
A third argument is that fees give universities
their only flexibility.  If there were no fees there
would be a tendency for universities to do only what
governments want. If dependent only on government
dollars and government policy, it would be hard for
universities to do any of the exciting academic things
which distinguish one university from another.
The fourth argument used by many is that those
unable to attend university shouldn't be required
to meet the whole bill for those who do attend, and
who will end up with higher earnings because they
Finally, no group is better aware of the value
of university than the students. They know the
university's needs; they know the need for private
support They, of all people, should support the
university if they can find a way to do so.
If they can't find a way, they should be helped
as  much as  necessary by student aid.
You are entitled to know what my position is.
I think in the long run it would be better for the
country if fees were eliminated, but I think that
the time is inappropriate. Universities are instruments of public policy.
Ultimately we should be able to finance them
without reliance on fees.
The great gain by eliminating fees would be that
Canadians had achieved a new sense of value, a
more universal recognition of how crucial universities are in maintaining and renewing our society,
our culture, our economy.
I do not fear the results of elimination of fees.
Universities would be strong enough to resist government pressure toward uniformity and conformity
and they would be able to resist public pressure
toward lowering admission standards.
I do not think, however, that the Canadian public
would be sympathetic to the elimination of fees at
the present time and I think that in considering the
dimensions of the problem of financing the universities, it would almost certainly be detrimental to
their welfare to seek elimination of fees at this time.
The wiser approach would be to seek a genuinely
adequate level of student aid by way of bursaries.
Finally, I think that if the day comes when students no longer pay fees, it should be accompanied
by an acceptance by all alumni of the responsibility
to provide at least the amount of gift support to the
universities that would have been derived from fees.
We are a long, long way from that objective now.
• • •
confronts many universities all over the world but
which, happily, has never been a serious problem
at UBC.
I choose to speak about this problem because it
is a danger that is growing and one which all students should seek to guard against I refer to a
growing tendency toward irresponsibility and a growing  incidence of lawlessness among students.
I cite, for example, the Berkeley students taking
the law into their own hands. They defied the law
and they used the device of civil disobedience against
their university. Many of them initially rebelled
without a cause. For many it was revolution in search
of a cause.
I cite the meaningless riots in which students
played a major role in many United States centers
on  the   recent  Fourth  of  July  holiday.   I  cite  the
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demonstration by Korean students which prompted
the government to close the university. I cite a strike
by students over a 10-cent increase in cafeteria
In general I sense a growing atmosphere of what
in its mildest form might be called impatience with
the status quo. In its commonest form I think it is
rebellion against the establishment and in its most
extreme form it includes outright lawlessness and
even violence.
The causes are complex and I know of no full
and adequate explanation of what is happening.
• • •
and within the law, and many of them are associated
with high purpose. A great deal of student activity
with respect to civil rights for Negroes would fall
into this category.
So also would the orderly and deeply moving
demonstration which I witnessed recently by students at the University of Tokyo. With placards and
songs and voices in unison they demonstrated before
500 delegates to the International Association of
Universities expressing their opposition to what is
happening in Vietnam.
All too often, however, the demonstrations are
meaningless, without focus, and represent rebellion
for its own sake.
What are the causes?
Is it a general dissatisfaction of youth with
society? Is it a deep distrust of that formless, faceless pervading force monitoring the way we live and
personified collectively as the establishment?
Is it sudden recognition of political power? Is it
civil disobedience run wild? Is it the hand of radicals
seeking power through the tactics of revolution?
Is it frustration in the face of trying to be individuals  in  the environment of the "multiversity?"
It may be all or none of these. As Newsweek
said recently, there are many faces, places and
moods on campus '65. 'The message is coming in
loud but not clear."
I want to say something about how I view the
prospects at UBC in an age where students are
looking for action. I welcome responsible action by
students in the support of causes which they honestly feel are just This includes freedom to adopt
a point of view at variance with that of the Board
or the President, or the government or the faculty
or the alumni or any other groups.
Students have every right to be concerned about
good teaching, adequate facilities, access to universities,   and   student   financing.
But the operative word in student action is that
it should be responsible. That is the way the vast
majority of students would want it, but on every
large campus there will be some small group of
students who choose to oppose authority, ignore
the  law and  confuse  freedom with   license.
Today such students are likely to feel encouraged
by what Fred Imbau of Northwestern University
has called "the philosophy of individual unrestraint"
This represents an overemphasis on the alleged
rights and civil liberties of the individual, and the
relegation of public welfare and public safety to
a   position  of  secondary  importance.
It is a form of irresponsibility and individual
unaccountability that is encouraged by being only
one in a large group. It has been encouraged, too,
by society condoning illegal activities because they
are in a just cause.
For society to tolerate an unlawful sit-down in
support of a good cause will lead, as it has, to far
worse violations of the law in the right or wrong
view that the cause is just Witness Watts County
in   Los  Angeles.
And so I say to you responsible action recognizes constituted authority. If it doesn't like the
decisions of that constituted authority, it can properly demonstrate against them, and seek to generate
public support by every means of communication
open, by petitions and meetings and by political
These means are fair and responsible, but any
action aimed at defying constituted legal authority
is a  disservice and  a threat to society.
In a university, of all places, we can surely learn
that reform can be gained through reason and
responsibility. It does not require revolution and
it isn't advanced by promoting self-interest under
the  guise   of social   reform.
The greatest protection this university has against
irresponsibility by students is the long history of
student autonomy and student responsibility. UBC
students have accomplished great things for this
university through the Great Trek to Point Grey
in 1922, which started it all, to the Back Mac Campaign in 1963, which generated in the public mind
an acute awareness of the university's financial
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these things in a responsible way. Students have
helped build the university and their opinions are
respected and listened to more than on most campuses.
You, who are today's students, can continue to
help by awareness of issues, by reaching conclusions
based on reason, by vigilance in insuring that your
actions are responsible and by respect for the opinions of others. 50 YEARS AGO last month 379 students and 34 faculty members began their first
lectures at the University of British Columbia in the historic "Fairview Shacks"
in the shadow of the Vancouver General Hospital (left, above), The 1965 campus
on  Point Grey, with  16,510 students and  1,068 faculty  members,  contrasts  sharply
with the 1915 campus. One of the newest campus landmarks is the Henry Angus
building (above, right) which was officially opened on September 30. Below will be
found stories on UBC's 50th anniversary celebrations and the current building
program.  Photos  by  UBC  Extension   Department.
'Kitsilano Yell' Heard Again at UBC
Kitsilano, Capilano, Skvash squaw,
Kla-How-Ya Tillicum, Skookum wah!
Hyu Mamook! Muck-a Muck-a, Zip!
B.C. Varsity! Rip! Rip! Rip!
The famous Kitsilano yell reverberated through Brock Hall October 1
when 53 of UBC's original students
and faculty members gathered to
mark the 50th anniversary of the first
UBC lectures.
The man who called for it was its
author, The Honourable Mr. Justice
Arthur E. Lord, one of the original
students in the legendary "Fairview
Shacks," where UBC opened its doors
in 1915.
Mr. Justice Lord was one of five
persons who spoke at the short cere-
Centre For Fine
Arts Named for
Dr. MacKenzie
The Frederic Wood Theatre was
the scene September 30 of the
ceremony for the naming of The
Norman MacKenzie Centre for
Fine Arts.
Jean Martineau, Q.C, chairman
of the Canada Council, named the
Centre for UBC's president emeritus, who retired in 1962 after 18
years as president.
The Canada Council has made
grants totalling $733,267 to UBC
to provide for half the costs of
construction of the two existing
buildings in the centre — the
Frederic Lasserre building and
the   Frederic  Wood  Theatre.
The Council has also announced
a grant of $600,000 to aid in construction of a third building in
the Centre for the school of music,
which is now in the planning
mony on the Point Grey campus October 1 — nearly 50 years to the day
after the first lectures.
Nineteen of the original members
of faculty and 34 of the members of
the first UBC class were honoured
guests at the noon-hour ceremony.
Dr. Phyllis G. Ross, C.B.E., UBC's
chancellor, who was herself a student
at the shacks before UBC moved to
Point Grey, paid tribute to the original faculty of the University.
She said there were "in a real sense
pioneers of higher education in
British Columbia; and in those days
the frontier was not a place for the
weak in spirit.
"And yet, as always when human
beings undertake missions which seem
impossible, there was a unique spirit
of cooperation, of camaraderie, of
dedication which made the burdens
easier and the tasks lighter."
UBC's president, Dr. John B. Macdonald,    introduced    UBC's    second
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president, Dr. L. S. Klinck, and third
president, Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie,
both of whom received a standing
He said the students of fifty years
ago never imagined that UBC would
grow to its present size and stature,
just as the students of today cannot
imagine what UBC will be like 50
years from now.
He said the University of the future
would continue to serve as an undergraduate school, but would have expanded facilities for graduate study.
It was also hoped, he said, that the
Endowment Lands adjacent to the
Point Grey campus would be supported by a large number of science-
oriented industries, attracted there by
the presence of UBC.
New Campus  Landmark
Named for Former Dean
The UBC campus has a striking new
landmark—the $2,896,382 Henry Angus
building which was officially opened
Sept 30 by The Honourable George
R. Pearkes, Lieutenant-Governor of
The Angus building is a permanent
home for the faculty of commerce
and the social science departments
of the faculty of arts — psychology,
sociology, anthropology, political
science, economics and the Institute
of Industrial Relations.
The new building, which will accommodate more than 2,000 students
and faculty, is named for Dean Emeritus Henry F. Angus, recently retired
chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of B.C. and member of the
UBC faculty from  1919 to 1956.
Lively '65
A lively week is planned for UBC's
1965  Homecoming,  October 24-31.
Starting gun goes at 10 a.m., October 24, with a sailing race at the
Student-Alumni Frostbite Regatta,
R.V.Y.C, Jericho Beach. All entries
A bridge tournament, ladies' and
men's golf tournaments, curling bon-
spiel, family sports jamboree, family
hockey, fashion show, and pep meet
with entertainment by Carmen Christina are scheduled during the week.
Highlights of the festivities fall on
Saturday, October 30. The Homecoming luncheon will be at Yorkeen at
noon. Campus tours by jitneys will
follow the cairn ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
and at 2 p.m. the Thunderbirds play
Lewis and Clark College at UBC
stadium. The Alumni Homecoming
Ball at the Hotel Vancouver with Dal
Richard's Orchestra and floor show
begins at 9 p.m. All five year classes
ending in '0 and '5 will hold reunions
in various suites of the hotel and on-
campus before the dance. The students' ball, with a '20's theme, will be
All tickets and details are available
by contacting the UBC Alumni Association Office, Brock Hall, telephone
224-4366 or 228-2800.
Dean Angus joined the University
as an assistant professor and in 1930
was made head of a department which
included commerce, economics, political science, anthropology and sociology. He was dean of the faculty of
graduate studies from 1948 until his
retirement in 1956.
A major shift in campus population
and elimination of 15 converted army
huts was involved in the move into
the Angus building. A total of 130
faculty members moved into offices
in the new building at the corner of
the Main Mall and University Boulevard.
The Angus building, designed by
Thompson, Berwick, Pratt & Partners,
is the first fully air-conditioned building on the campus and consists of an
eight storey office wing and four
storey teaching wing.
Installed in the basement of the
office block is the new Centrex telephone system, which allows incoming
calls to go directly to any of the
University's local telephones.
Each of the eight floors has 20 one
man offices, 10 feet by 15 feet, arranged according to the need of the
occupying department.
The classroom block incorporates
many of the most modern aids in
teaching and research.
One of the new features is a Statistical Centre for the Social Sciences,
under the direction of Dr. Henry
Thomassen, assistant professor of
economics, which will provide all the
faculties in the building with advice
and facilities.
Statistical techniques are being used
to an increasing extent in the social
sciences and the techniques needed
for each area of study tend to be
The Centre will consist cf a work
room equipped with desks and desk
calculators and a remote input-output
unit which will feed data to UBC's
main computer in the engineering
building and receive the printed results.
This is the first of several remote
units to be installed throughout the
campus and linked to the main computer. A statistics library will be
established in the Angus building to
catalogue and compile statistical information.
Dr. Harry T. Logan, former head
of UBC's classics dept. and a member
of the original faculty, described the
early years in the Shacks and pointed
out that UBC was born during the
tragic period of World War I.
"The spirit of Tuum Est was the
spirit on which this University was
founded," he said, "and it is still
abroad on the campus today."
The final part of the program was
a nostalgic look backward to UBC's
early days by writer David Brock,
son of the late dean of the faculty of
applied science.
He showed some fifty slides and a
short film especially prepared for the
Houses Two
A $4,355,000 contract has been
awarded by the UBC Board of Governors to Northern Construction Co. &
J. W. Stewart Ltd. for construction
of a Forestry-Agriculture Complex.
The complex is the fourth project at
UBC underwritten by the 3-Universi-
ties Fund Campaign.
Ground was broken Sept. 20 just
north of Agronomy Road on the Main
Mall for the three-storey, courtyard-
style complex. Completion is expected
early in 1967, and the two faculties
will be fully installed by the opening
of the 1967-68 winter session. Architects are McCarter, Nairne &
The independent forestry and agriculture faculties will launch in the
new complex a joint teaching program unique in Canadian universities.
It provides for doubling the number
of graduate students, and an increase
of nearly 50 percent in forestry and
agriculture undergraduates.
Under a plan developed over the
last ten years, forestry and agriculture students will be taught together
whenever possible, and will be encouraged by the program and building arrangement to mingle freely
throughout their university years.
The two faculties will make joint
use of 33 percent (26,550 square feet)
of the 81,153 square feet of floor
space. Each faculty will have its own
wing, though some class and seminar
rooms and laboratories in each wing
will be used by both faculties.
A common block connecting the two
wings will house multi-purpose lecture laboratories, student study
lounges, undergraduate society facilities, offices, a 150-seat auditorium and
classrooms. AH are laid out to encourage maximum academic and social mingling between students in
both fields.
The third (top) floor of the common block will house a 35,000-volume
scientific and technical library, operated by the UBC main library, and
available to those engaged in forestry
and agriculture off the campus. SMALL SURPLUS REPORTED
UBC's Gross Expenditures
Now More than $36 Million
The University of British Columbia
reported a surplus of $236,128 on gross
expenditures of $36,459,557 during the
fiscal  year ended  March 31, 1965.
This includes capital spending on
campus improvements and fund raising of $4,626,980. (See Exhibit C below from the financial statements published by UBC in accordance with the
Public Bodies Financial Information
Bursar William White pointed out
that the $236,128 surplus, because of
its origin, added less than $5,000 to
UBC's operating reserve.
"Our total reserve for ordinary operating finances is only $74,000 against
an operating budget during the current 1965/66 year of $32.5 million,
plus $7 million in capital expenditures," Mr. White said.
"I do not know of any undertaking
of our financial magnitude that is
obliged to operate on such a meagre
contingency sum.
"I want to stress, however, that the
University does not experience annual profits or losses in the sense
that commercial operations do. Our
problem each year is to find sufficient
money to meet the necessities of a
large and expanding university. The
priorities of these necessities are determined in the light of the money
available by carefully weighing requests submitted by more than 65
university departments.
"Under   the   Universities   Act,   the
University must limit its operating
expenditures to funds available. It
cannot incur any deficit or borrow
money without specific authority by
provincial order-in-council.
"Our financial operations are closely scrutinized on a daily basis by the
administration, and on a month-to-
month basis by the finance committee
of the Board of Governors under the
chairmanship of Dr. Walter C.
The UBC bursar said that $150,000
of the $236,128 "surplus" was husbanded as a precautionary carry-over
to the current 1965-66 operating budget, and is being used in that budget.
"We knew early this spring that the
total provincial grant to the three
universities did not meet the combined requests of the three universities. But we did not know what the
final division would be.
"As a precaution, we deferred some
desirable but not immediately pressing expenditure items, notably for
equipment purchases, to provide a
small carryover of $150,000."
Another $81,491 of the surplus was
extra-ordinary earnings from log sales
by the University Research Forest,
Mr. White says. "Usually this operation breaks even, but we had an exceptional year because of the cleanup after Hurricane Freda and high
log prices.
"Under    a    long-standing    arrange
ment, any net revenues from the operation of the research forests are
held aside for development of the
forestry program. With the $81,491, the
forestry capital reserve is about
Mr. White said that of the $36,459,-
557 in gross operating expenditure,
$21,677,309 was spent on direct expenses: salaries, supplies, services,
plant maintenance and athletics.
"The University functioned mainly
as a trustee in disbursing nearly all
of another $5,557,716, consisting of
$872,851, in fellowships, scholarships,
prizes and bursaries, and $4,684,865 in
research funds.
"Another $4,199,355 spent on wages
and supplies for ancillary services was
provided entirely out of revenues
from these services. Nearly all this
spending was to provide residences,
food and bookstore services to students," Mr. White said.
"These services are paid for entirely by those using them and at
rates  which  meet only their cost."
Salaries and wages paid UBC staff
totalled $19,142,721, and expenses
totalled $472,281.
The statement notes that "expenses
represent payments made on behalf,
or directly to, members of faculty
and staff and to student assistants for
travelling or other expenses. The payments are made in re-imbursement of
actual expenses incurred; they are
not expense allowances."
MARCH 31, 1965
Province of British Columbia:
Operating   — 	
Capita I       	
Health Sciences Centre
Woodward Bio-Medical Library
Teaching and Research Hospital
Research and Services  	
Academic   Faculties  and   Departments  and   Non-
Faculty Academic and Student Services _ _
Government of Canada:
Operating      ..   $ 2,897,054
Capital   _    373,907
Miscellaneous for Teaching,
Scholarships and Research        3,337,926
Student Fees including University Extension .....
Ancillary Enterprises (Food, Housing, Hospital,
Bookstore, etc.)    ._ 	
Gifts, Grants and Bequests    	
Services, Rentals, Investments and Other Income
Sales and Services of Educational, Academic and
Student Service Departments  	
Repayments—Student Aid Loan Fund 	
Buildings   and  Grounds   Maintenance   (including
Power Plant, Inspection, Motor Vehicles,
Services (including Gas, Light and Power, Water,
Telephone   and   Mail,   Traffic   and   Patrol,   Fire
Fighting and Prevention, Fire and Motor
Vehicle   Insurance)    	
General Expenses  ._     _ 	
Athletics   _ 	
Fellowships, Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries	
UBC Bookstore
Sells at Cost
To Students
UBC students will get a five
per cent rebate on all items purchased at the UBC bookstore
beginning September 1. The rebate means that students will
be able to purchase books and
supplies at cost.
Bookstore manager John Hunter said the Board of Governors
had approved the rebate because
the University has now paid off
the costs of three major bookstore expansions since 1955 and
because increased volume had
resulted in a more economical
All registered students, including graduate and undergraduate
students in regular attendance
at the winter and summer sessions, will be eligible for the
To obtain the rebate students
will save their purchase slips
and present them within 12
months of the purchase date.
Normal rebate dates will be
April 1 to the last day of exams
for winter session students and
August 15 to August 20 for summer session  students.
Buildings, including Furnishings,
Equipment and Campus
On Campus
—From General Funds      $    231,480
—From Province of B.C.:
Capital Grants          2,515,201
Woodward Bio-Medical
Library      375,948
University Teaching
Hospital           __ 117,453
—From Government of Canada:
The Canada Council  308,206
University Teaching
Hospital         52,201
—From Ancillary Enterprises
Revenue   393,514
—From Gifts, Grants and
Bequests      505,174
Fund Raising—Three Universities Capital Fund _
Ancillary   Enterprises   (Food,   Housing,   Hospital,
Bookstore,  etc.)   	
Borrowed Moneys:
Student Aid Loan Fund—Bank of Montreal
(Net Decrease)    	
Increase in Trust Fund Balances:
Trusts for Specific Purposes	
Endowment Funds  	
Miscellaneous Loan Funds
Increase in General  Funds Operating Surplus:
Excess  of   Revenue  over  Expenditure  for  the
year ended March 31, 1965    	
Dr. Healy
Arts Dean
The University of B.C. Board of
Governors has appointed Dr. Dennis
M. Healy Dean of the Faculty of Arts,
President John B. Macdonald has announced.
The appointment of Dr. Healy to
succeed the late Kaspar Naegele was
effective October 1, the President said.
Dr. Healy will resign as head of UBC's
department of Romance studies, a
post he has held since 1962.
Dr. Macdonald said that a committee
of 14 persons, chaired by UBC's former vice-president, Dean G. Neil Perry,
was unanimous in its recommendation
of Dr. Healy for the position.
"I am delighted," the president said,
"that the committee was able to recommend to me a member of our own
faculty who has a proven record of
administrative ability, scholarly attainment, and teaching ability."
As Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr.
Healy will be responsible for the administration of UBC's largest faculty,
with more than 5,000 students, a teaching faculty of over 200 persons, and a
budget of approximately  $4,000,000.
Dean Healy said the most important
function of the dean of arts is "to
come to grips with educational issues
and to get full faculty participation in
the formulation of academic policy.
"The Faculty of Arts is a complex
organization. In it, there are over 20
departments each with its own important function and character.
"Administrative arrangements are
plainly necessary to enable people,
who are performing a wide variety
of activities, to work together to a
common end.
"A faculty is not an abstraction but
a group of scholars who have a deep
concern for education. They work
hard and they ought to have a great
deal to say about what is to be taught
and what teaching methods are to be
"The job of a new dean is to earn
the confidence and cooperation of his
colleagues, to keep them informed,
and to create, with their help, an
atmosphere conducive to study, teaching and research.
"Changes which are brought about
without full faculty support are usually short-lived. All of us in the Faculty
of Arts have an opportunity, at this
point, to set ourselves on a good
course and to bring our faculty closer
to what we believe  it ought to be."
Dean Healy joined the UBC faculty
in 1962 after serving as dean of the
college of liberal arts and science,
professor of French and chairman of
the department of modern languages
at Long Island University, New York,
from 1954 to 1962.
A native of Bethune, Saskatchewan,
Dean Healy received his bachelor of
arts degree at the University of Alberta in 1931. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris
in 1946.
Dean Healy joined the University
of Alberta staff in 1935 and was head
of the French section of the department of modern languages from 1948
to 1952, when he was named head of
the department
Dr. Healy served in Europe and the
Middle East during World War Two
and attained the rank of lieutenant-
colonel in the Canadian army. For a
time he was a British intelligence
agent behind German lines in Italy
and was awarded the OBE (Military
Division)  for his war service.
VOLUME 11, NO. 5
SEPT.-OCT., 1965


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