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Vol. 22. No. 21. June 16. 1976. Published by
Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J.A.
Banham, editor. Judith Walker, staff writer.
Production assistants, Anne Shorter and Louise
ubc reports
UBC's new Centre for Human Settlements became a
practical proposition on Saturday, June 12, when UBC and
Habitat officials signed an agreement committing all
audio-visual and print material from Habitat to the centre.
Participants in the signing ceremony were, standing left to
right, provincial government cabinet minister Hon. Hugh
Curtis,   a   member   of the  Canadian   Habitat  delegation;
Enrique Penalosa, secretary-general of Habitat, who signed
the agreement on behalf of the United Nations. Seated left
to right are: federal cabinet minister Hon. Ron Basford,
also a member of the Canadian Habitat delegation; UBC's
president. Dr. Douglas Kenny, who signed the agreement on
behalf of UBC; and federal cabinet minister Barney Danson,
who chaired the Habitat conference. Photo by John Morris.
Strategic studies to expand
The federal Department of National
Defence has approved a $250,000
grant to the University of B.C. to
enable the further development of
research and teaching in the area of
strategic studies
The grant, to be paid at the rate of
$50,000 a year for five years, has been
made to UBC's Institute of
International Relations, directed by
Prof. Mark Zacher.
Prof. Zacher told UBC Reports the
grant will enable the institute to
further develop studies that began a
number of years ago. "The central
purpose   of  the  grant   is  to  develop
Canadian   experts   in   the   field   of
strategic studies," he said.
UBC is one of five Canadian
universities which have received funds
from the Department of National
Defence on the recommendation of an
academic committee of the
Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada, the national body
which represents institutions of higher
education in this country.
The grant will enable UBC to hire
three post-doctoral research fellows
who will continue research at UBC and
teach an existing course, Political
Science 444.
The three post-doctoral fellows are:
Dr. W. Harriet Critchley, and John
Kirton and David Dewitt, who are
completing doctoral requirements
before arriving at UBC.
At UBC, Dr. Critchley will be
working on a book on the Canadian
Arctic and Canadian security policy.
Mr. Kirton will specialize in Canadian
policy with respect to the export of
nuclear technology, and Mr. Dewitt
will be working on a study of how
demand for resources affects a nation's
security relations.
Dr.   Zacher  said   that   Canada   at
Please turn to Page Four
See GRANT from Purchasing's viewpoint...
Most people would define UBC as
an educational institution offering
academic degrees and specialized
training to students in a wide variety
of fields.
Sid Potter, the acting head of
UBC's purchasing department, looks
on the Point Grey campus from
another point of view. He'll tell you
it's a medium-sized city that requires
everything from food to fishhooks,
paper products to plumbing supplies,
fertilizer to fuel and chemicals to
For Mr. Potter and the staff of 22
in the purchasing department, UBC is
a unique place that caters daily to the
needs of 25,000 to 30,000 students,
faculty members, employed staff and
visitors who live and work in about
400 buildings on a campus of almost
1,000 acres.
Mr.    Potter   also   points   out   that
UBC, unlike most other Canadian
universities, isn't located in a city,
municipality or organized area.
"This means," he says, "that in
addition to providing for the
day-to-day needs of the campus
population, we have a hand in
procuring the goods and services
required by a civic government,
including sidewalks, sewers, parking
lots, and gas, electrical and water
In the 1974-75 fiscal year- the last
one for which figures are available —
the purchasing department was
responsible for expediting the
purchase of goods and services valued
at some $30,000,000. It's believed
that only the provincial and federal
governments procure more than this
annually in B.C.
The department faces some special
problems in providing for University
Key figures in UBC's purchasing
department are, standing left to right, Sid
Potter, acting director of the department;
Gary Taylor, campus printing
co-ordinator; and Al Lackie, senior buyer.
Seated left to right are: Joan
Wilson-Brown,   administrative   assistant
needs. Its staff must include personnel
who can ferret out such things as the
earthquake simulator used for research
in the Faculty of Applied Science as
well as individuals who can get the
best deal on the purchase of the
$281,000 worth of milk consumed at
UBC in 1974-75.
The annual cost of some of the
things UBC buys is surprising. In
1974-75, for instance, UBC purchased
drugs and hospital and dental supplies
worth $215,000; animals valued at
$40,000; paper and paper products
worth $500:,000; feed, seed and
fertilizer valued at $376,000; about
$100,000 worth of electrica1 lamps;
fuel and electricity for heating and
other purposes worth nearly a million
dollars; and basic food items (meat,
fish, eggs and bread, to name only a
few) that cost another million dollars.
And each day brings new problems.
2/UBC Reports/June 16, 1976 and tax analyst; senior buyer Marcel
Dionne; Gene McLintock, assistant
purchasing agent; and Peggy Willis, senior
buyer. Mr. McLintock retires this month
after 36 years of service to the University.
(See story on Page Four.) Picture by John
Every year UBC needs 5,000 gallons of
grain alcohol worth $10,000 for
laboratory purposes. Recently, the
New Westminster distillery that
supplied UBC shut its doors and no
other local producer is capable of
supplying what UBC needs over and
above its own requirements. UBC now
has to import grain alcohol from
Winnipeg, which means higher costs
because of freight charges.
M'\ Potter would also like to dispel
a myth about UBC — the one that says
the Point Grey campus operates only
eight months a year from September
through April.
"The early part of the year," he
says, "is one of our busiest periods as
we help dozens of research groups
prepare for spring and summer field
trips. Not only do we have to procure
their initial supplies, but we have to
arrange to keep them supplied in the
it all...
Many of the things you take for
granted on the UBC campus are
brought to you via an extensive
campus underworld.
But don't get excited. We're not
referring to the criminal element,
but to the miles of underground
cable and water, sewer and steam
lines that provide many of the
essential services of the University.
Take electricity, for instance.
There are more than 100 miles of
high-voltage and other types of
cable buried on the UBC campus to
provide for lighting, telephone
connections, and alarm and clock
systems. There are 159 manholes
scattered over the campus to allow
workmen access to the electrical
And speaking of telephones,
there are some 5,000 of them on
the campus, making UBC the
second-largest customer of B.C. Tel.
Only the provincial government has
a more extensive system.
As for electricity, UBC
consumes some 100 million
kilowatt-hours annually, enough to
provide service for 8,000
households, or a city half the size
of New Westminster.
Water is also big on the campus.
There are 20 miles of underground
mains providing 600 million gallons
a year, or enough for 8,000
UBC buildings are kept warm
and comfortable by steam that is
piped through nearly 20 miles of
underground lines emanating from
the campus powerhouse. UBC
annually produces enough steam to
heat more than 40,000 houses.
And finally, there are 25 miles
of underground sanitary and storm
sewers and 250-odd manholes to
provide access to the system.
field. In 1975 we spent $40,000 just
on the leasing of vehicles — mostly the
four-wheel-drive variety — for field
He says the University also tries to
schedule construction projects
involving building renovations and the
laying of sewer, water and electrical
distribution lines for the April-August
period, when there are fewer students
around and the weather is more
As for the rules of the purchasing
game, which are approved by UBC's
Board of Governors, the purchasing
department does everything it can to
make sure that B.C. firms get first
crack at supplying UBC's needs.
They're at the top of a priority list for
purchasing, and are followed by other
Canadian, Commonwealth and, finally,
"other suppliers."
And almost everything UBC buys is
purchased through public tender.
Telephone and informal quotations are
obtained for lower-priced items, but
where large sums are involved
quotations are obtained from proven
past suppliers or through public
There are special circumstances,
however. That earthquake simulator
mentioned earlier had to be purchased
in the United States because it was a
one-of-a-kind item not available
anywhere else.
So whether it's an earthquake
simulator, a supply of skeletons
needed for medical students ("most of
them are made out of plastic now,"
says Mr. Potter), or just plain old
paper towels for campus washrooms,
you can lay odds that somewhere
along the line the UBC purchasing
department had a hand in obtaining
UBC Reports/June 16, 1976/3 Gene McLintock
Fred Col bum
John Lees
Familiar figures retire
Three familiar campus figures with
a combined total of nearly 100 years
of service to the University will retire
on June 30.
They are:
• Eugene McLintock, assistant
purchasing agent in the purchasing
department and a 36-year employee of
• Fred H. Colburn, head electrician
in the Department of Physical Plant
and an employee for the past 30 years;
• John Lees, who has been at UBC
for the past 27 years as a senior
instructor and glassblower in the
physics department.
Mr. McLintock joined UBC in 1940
as a storekeeper in the chemistry
department and transferred to
Purchasing in 1949. As assistant
purchasing agent he's responsible for
the buying of chemicals, drugs,
animals, hospital supplies and
laboratory equipment.
Mr. McLintock plans to retire to a
Faculty member
dies suddenly
Dr. Modest Pernarowski, a longtime member of the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, died
suddenly last Thursday (June 10). He
was 47.
Dr. Pernarowski joined UBC as an
associate professor of pharmaceutical
chemistry in 1963, becoming a full
professor in 1968. In 1973 he was
made a fellow of the Academy of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Outside of
his University activities, Dr.
Pernarowski was involved with consumer protection and pharmaceutical
associations, both nationally and internationally. He was a past vice-
president of the Consumers Association of Canada.
He  is survived  by his wife, Terry,
and "three children.
4/UBC Reports/June 16, 1976
home he has purchased in Peachland
near Kelowna in the Okanagan.
Mr. Colburn joined Physical Plant
as an electrician in 1946 and was
appointed head electrician in 1962.
He, too, plans to retire to the
Okanagan, where he has a home in
British-born John Lees, who joined
the UBC physics department in 1949
from the University of Birmingham,
has created hundreds of pieces of
complex glass equipment for scientific
experiments over the years.
He is probably best known for his
entertaining glassblowing displays
during UBC's triennial Open House
and for such creations as his beautiful
glass tree with 2,000 leaves, which has
been presented to the University for
permanent display in the Hennings
Mr. Lees has a home on Galiano
Island in the Gulf Islands, where he
plans to retire.
Continued from Page One
present lacks skilled teachers and
researchers in the area of defence
problems and international strategic
The grants to five Canadian
universities, he said, will enable
Canada to develop an increased
number of experts in these areas. The
grant will also provide universities with
the resources to teach courses in
defence and strategic studies.
Dr. Zacher said that Canada at
present lacks skilled teachers and
researchers in the area of defence
problems and international strategic
The grants to five Canadian
universities, he said, will enable
Canada to develop an increased
number of experts in these areas. The
grant will also provide universities with
the resources to teach courses in
defence and strategic studies.
Rome school
Prof. Allan Evans, of UBC's
Department of Classics, has been
named to a five-member steering
committee to investigate the feasibility
of establishing a Canadian School in
The steering committee, established
by the Humanities Research Council
of Canada, expects to have a report on
the proposal ready by September.
"What is tentatively envisaged at
present," Prof. Evans said, "is a
modest but permanent resource centre
which would provide a variety of
services for the Canadian research
community which has Italian
interests "
He said the centre would serve
scholars in fields such as classics,
medieval and renaissance studies,
Italian literature, architecture and the
fine arts as well as the social sciences
and possibly the natural sciences.
The services offered by the school
might include office space, an advisory
service on available housing, and
liaison with Italian libraries, archives
and government bodies.
Prof. Evans said the steering
committee is seeking advice and
suggestions from interested parties
across the country. Members of the
UBC community can write to Prof.
Evans or contact him by telephone
It's that time of year. Time
when the University catches its
breath between Winter Session
and Summer Session. And our
column of the week's events,
"Next Week at UBC," reflects
the apparent calm on campus.
"Next Week at UBC" does
not appear in this edition of
UBC Reports because
Information Services received no
notices of coming events for the
Readers who want to use this
column are reminded that the
period covered has changed to
the Sunday following
publication until the next
Saturday. Deadline for notices is
Thursday before publication at 5
p.m. Send notices to
information Services, Main Mall
North Administration Building.


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