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Vol. 18,No. 11/Sept. 21,1972/Vancouver8,B.C.
For Vote
The University of B.C.'s Board of Governors is in
the process of reconstitution as the result of a flurry
of provincial government appointments and elections
by the UBC Senate.
The 11-member Board of Governors, under the
terms of the Universities Act. is made up of six
persons appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council (the provincial cabinet), three persons
elected by UBC's 98-member Senate from among its
own members, and two ex officio members,
Chancellor Nathan T. Nemetz, who assumed office on
Sept. 1, and President Walter H. Gage.
In recent months the provincial government has
announced the names of those who will serve for
three years as appointees of the Lieutenant-Governor
in Council.
They are: Dr. Allan M. McGavin, who until Aug.
31 was Chancellor of the University; Mr. Richard M.
Bibbs, who has been a Board member since 1966;
Mrs. John MacD. Lecky and Mr. Paul Plant, both
Board members since 1969; and Mr. Thomas A.
Dohm, a new appointee to the Board.
The sixth appointee of the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council is Judge A. Leslie Bewley, a Provincial Court
judge, whose appointment to the Board does not
expire until October, 1973. Dr. McGavin has been
elected Chairman by the Board.
Both Mrs. Lecky and Mr. Plant previously served
on the Board as members elected by the Senate.
Mr. Dohm, the new appointee to the Board, was a
Please turn to Page Eight
UBC's new P.A. Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre, a key unit in the integrated teaching concept of the developing
Health Sciences Centre, came into
operation at the opening of the 1972-73
Winter Session.
The "IRC," as the building is called by
those who use it, embodies the most
up-to-date facilities for the utilization of
audio-visual material and equipment. The
IRC will undoubtedly have a widespread
impact on teaching at UBC.
Despite the fact that the IRC is located
in the Health Sciences Centre, many of the
facilities and services involved in its
approach to teaching are available on a
campus-wide basis. Details on how the IRC
works and services available are set out in a
four-page insert that makes up Pages Three
through Six of this issue of UBC Reports.
The insert was written by Mr. Peter
Thompson, an assistant information officer
in UBC's Department of Information
Services, whose specialty is medical and
science reporting.
DISCUSSING plans for conversion of quadrangle of
huts in Acadia Camp for use as a day care centre are
three members of the University Day Care Council,
which is chaired by Dr. Roderick Barman, right, a
UBC faculty member. Joel Rudinow, left, a graduate
student in philosophy, and Lisa Duprey, a fourth-year
Education student, chair groups that will operate day
care units in the new development. In the foreground
is 214-year-old Lindsey Rudinow, a future resident of
one of the day care units.
UBC Allocates Huts
For Day Care Centre
UBC has allocated a group of huts in Acadia
Camp on a rent-free basis to the University Day
Care Council to provide additional day care
facilities for some 50 children aged 1 Vi to five
The Council has already launched a $30,000
fund drive to convert the quadrangle of huts on
Acadia Road, which were in use until recently as
student residences.
When converted, the huts will house two day
care units for 24 children aged 1>i to three years
and a third unit for 20 children aged three to five.
When the new facilities are in operation, perhaps by the new year, there will be a total of six
units operating in Acadia Camp, providing full-or
part-time day care for some 125 children of
students, staff and faculty members.
The three day care units currently established
in Acadia Camp — two for children in the three to
five age group and one for children aged 1 Vi to
three — will continue to operate.
Dr. Roderick J. Barman, chairman of the
University Day Care Council, said the proposed
expansion is a first step in ihe creation of adequate
day care facilities on or near the campus for the
children of student, staff and faculty families in
which both parents are studying or working during
the day.
The Council, made up of representatives of all
the day care units operating at UBC, is an
"umbrella-type" organization which aims at coordinating all such facilities on the campus.
However, even when the new units on Acadia
Road become operative, facilities for day care at
UBC   will   still    be   quite   inadequate,   said   Dr.
Please turn to Page Eight
FEEDBACK, published in co-operation with
the Information and Orientation Division of UBC's
Main Library, is a new feature of UBC Reports. If
you have questions about the Library system, or
other questions about the University, write them
out and put them in the FEEDBACK question
box, which is located just inside the main entrance
to UBC's Main Library. Answers will be posted on
the FEEDBACK notice board in the Main Library
and those with widespread interest will appear
regularly in future editions of UBC Reports.
Questions frequently directed to Information
Services will also be printed in this column.
Compiled for UBC Reports by Sandra Lundy
Q: Where has the Office of Student Services
moved to?
A: The University's counselling, testing and
student placement office has moved to Block F,
Ponderosa Annex. Best way to find it is to go to
the corner of the West Mall and Agricultural Road.
Walk west down the path toward the Place Vanier
Residences and you'll see some new relocatable
buildings on your left. Student Services is the third
one along the path.
• • •
Q: Will the photocopy machines in the new
Sedgewick Library be in the stacks or in the
lobby? The machines in the present Sedgewick
Library in the Main Library are too far from the
materials and also require that everything be
charged out before being photocopied.
A: There will be machines in both the lobby
and the stacks in the new Sedgewick Library when
it opens later this year.
• • •
Q: I hear that the present photocopying
machines in the Main Library (which are
frequently out of order) are going to be replaced
by Xerox machines. When will this happen and
what will be the cost per page?
A: The SCM Copiers in the Main Library seem
to have been subject to a lot of breakdowns. The
Library is looking for a better machine. They'll
certainly try to keep the price per copy the same.
• • •
Q: Where is the science fiction in the Main
A: In the main stacks under PN3300-PN3448,
mainly. If browsing in this area doesn't give you
what you need, check the subject file under
SCIENCE FICTION for specific titles. UBC has a
good collection of science fiction periodicals under
• • •
Q: Why not put coin lockers in Sedgewick?
A: The coin-returnable lockers must be
purchased and the Library does not have enough
money available at this time. There is space
provided in the new Sedgewick Library for rows of
such lockers and by budgeting some money each
year it is hoped that more than 300 can be
installed over the next few years. You will not be
required to leave briefcases or large bags outside
the turnstiles in the new building.
• • •
Q: What has UBC done to "C" Lot?
A: This summer a new Health Sciences Centre
building, the Instructional Resources Centre,
opened. It adjoins the Woodward Bio-Medical
Library. The IRC asked that some parking be set
aside for their faculty and staff, so 75 of "C" Lot's
675 spaces were reserved for these people. The
other 600 are for student use, as before.
• • •
Q: What happens when a student finds during
registration that all sections of a course required
for graduation are already filled?
A: See the dean of your Faculty. If you require
the course to graduate, a place will always be
found for you.
• • •
Q: Why are professors allowed to remove
journals from the Library for two weeks while
undergraduates get only 24 hours?
A: Tradition, mainly. The two-week faculty
loan period for journals was set 10 or 15 years ago.
Some of the reasons stand up today, and some are
under review, (a) Of the total number of Library
users, comparatively few were faculty members.
This is probably still true, (b) Faculty supposedly
used the journals for research, and therefore
needed the two-week loans. This point is being
hotly debated, with faculty maintaining that they
still need the longer loan period, (c) It was felt
undergraduates would not need the journals that
the faculty used. Two large-scale surveys
conducted recently by the Library showed that for
a small percentage of journals the longer loan
period granted to graduate students and faculty
members caused problems for undergraduates.
Attempts are now being made to gather more data
on this aspect of library use. The full results of the
most recent survey were published in UBC Library
News, June-July, 1972, which is available from the
Information Desk in the Main Library.
Up in Some
UBC is a little less crowded this year.
Registration for the 1972-73 Winter Session is
down slightly from last year's, although the drop may
prove to be slightly less than the University's
forecasters predicted earlier this year.
As of Monday (Sept. 18), 19,055 students had
completed registration. An estimated 300 to 400
graduate students have yet to enrol and Registrar
J.E.A. Parnall expects that UBC's final registration
figure for this academic year will be between 19,400
and 19,500 students.
The figure does not include registration in evening
and special credit courses.
Forecasters had predicted a full-time enrolment of
about 19,400.
Despite an overall enrolment decline (probably less
than two per cent) some Faculties have experienced
increases in registration for programs leading to
specific degrees.
In the Faculty of Arts, for instance, increases are
reported in programs leading to the degrees of
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Home Economics
and Bachelor of Music.
Increases are also reported in some of UBC's
professional schools. Enrolment in the Faculties of
Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, Commerce and
Business Administration and Pharmaceutical Sciences
has increased. The Faculty of Medicine also
experienced an overall increase as the result of an
increase in the size of the first-year class from 60 to
80 students.
Enrolment in the Faculty of Science has also
increased, primarily in the first and second years.
Officials of the Registrar's Office said there
appeared to have been a decline in the same degree
program areas in which decreases occurred last year.
For instance, the number of students registered in
the Faculty of Arts for the Bachelor of Arts degree
appears to have declined slightly in each year except
the fourth.
The situation of the Faculty of Education appears
to be similar with fewer students registered for the
elementary and secondary degree programs.
President Will Name Committee
UBC's President, Dr. Walter H. Gage, has said he
will move this week to establish a committee to
investigate and make recommendations on academic
counselling for students.
The President told a Sept. 13 meeting of the UBC
Senate that he planned to name a committee on
student advisory services after Senate had approved a
recommendation calling for the abandonment of the
idea of an Orientation College to aid first- and
second-year students in choosing their future
academic programs.
The proposal to create an Orientation College was
Recommendation 18 of the Report of the Senate
Committee on Long-Range Objectives, a 132-page
document written in 1968-69 by a committee chaired
by Prof. Cyril Belshaw, head of the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology.
The recommendation was referred to a joint
committee of the Faculties of Arts and Science in
March, 1970. When the joint committee reported in
January this year, Senate refused to approve its
recommendation for rejection of the Orientation
College proposal and asked that a more representative
University committee look at the problem again.
The 14-member committee established to take a
second look at the proposal said in its report to the
Sept. 13 meeting of Senate that the problem of
orientation   colleges   had    been   discussed   in   the
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committee, with concerned faculty members and by
soliciting the entire faculty for their opinions.
"Many faculty members," the report said, "are
concerned about the quality of life at UBC . . . and
are also aware that many students do not know what
courses to take, that students have strange and even
wrong opinions about what courses, Departments,
Faculties and even the entire University, can do and
cannot do for them."
The majority of the faculty are not convinced that
a so-called Orientation College is a realistic solution
to this problem, the report said. "Changing the
structure of part or all of the University will not
necessarily produce more money or more sincere
teachers, smaller overall staff-student ratios, an
idyllic intellectual environment, or even an improved
The report said a number of suggestions were
received, most of them concerned with "more and
better counselling" and "more inter-disciplinary
In addition to recommending the abandonment of
the Orientation College notion, the committee said
counselling suggestions should be sent to the
Committee of Deans and the Office of Student
Services, which provides counselling services to
The committee's third recommendation was that
Faculties should be encouraged to give more
opportunities for inter-disciplinary courses and to
present them to their own curriculum committees, or
to the Senate curriculum committee, if the course
crosses Faculty lines.
Contractors Liberate Main Mall
UBC's Main Mall has been liberated.
The hoarding which has surrounded the
construction site of the new Sedgewick
Undergraduate Library for almost two years came
down this week and the link between the north and
south sections of central campus has been
UBC inhabitants who venture into the area are
warned however that there are a good many pitfalls
lurking for the unwary. Workmen's tools, scraps of
lumber   and   unguarded   stairwells   make   tripping,
falling and plunging a possibility. Walking though the
area at night could prove to be particularly
At the moment, the safest and easiest pathway
through the site is located to the west of the westerly
row of northern red oaks that line the Main Mall.
The new Library under the Main Mall was to have
been ready for the opening of the 1972-73 Winter
session, but labor problems in the construction
industry prevented its completion. The expected
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Take a building 40 years old used for teaching
students in the Health Sciences. If any attempt is
made to use teaching aids beyond voice and
blackboard the results will probably be bad.
Film projectors have to be transported in
elevators and wheeled from room to room. An
electrical extension line may have to be run out of
the room to a power outlet in the hall. Sometimes
the projector doesn't arrive in time. Often, because
so many different people are handling the equipment it doesn't work.
Curtains have to be drawn; lights have to be put
out. No one can take notes. Some students can't
see the screen properly so they miss the material.
And when something goes wrong, there's no
one around to help and even if there were, you'd
probably have to run down the hall to find them.
More than one-quarter-million miles of wire
course through the IRC, though hardly a foot of it
is visible. Wire holds the IRC together as much as
concrete. Wire makes it possible for a single lecture
to simultaneously reach a total of 1,200 people
sitting in the five lecture halls and 14 seminar
rooms of the IRC.
Three Jecture halls each seat 135, one seats 117
and the fifth has a 500-seat capacity.
The largest hall has a 30-foot rear-projection
screen that can take up to three images at the same
time. For example, one third of the screen can be
filled with an overhead projection, another third
with slides and the last third by film or television,
or whatever other audio-visual combination is
The "rear" screen is actually at the front of the
audience where, of course, it should be. It's called
a rear screen because images are projected onto it
not from the back of the hall over the shoulders of
the audience but from the back of the screen in
front of the audience.
Two other screens can swing down from the
ceiling in front of the fixed rear screen. The two
screens can be used for x-ray or microscopic
projection or for conventional slide or film projection from the back of the hall.
Translation booths for international conferences jut out from the side walls.
The lecture area at the front of the hall is
equipped with service outlets for gas and hot and
cold water for demonstrations. Small-scale demonstrations can be seen by everyone in the hall by
training a television camera on the detailed area
and blowing up the image on the rear projection
There is a control booth at the back of the hall
that could be used for Cinemascope projection or
as a control room for recording productions for
broadcast over conventional television stations.
Each hall has two sound systems, one to
reinforce the voices of lecturers and the other for
film or television.
Major differences between the large hall and the
four smaller ones, besides seating capacity, are that
the rear screens in the smaller halls can take only
two images at a time, and seating in the smaller
halls is moveable so that the chairs can be turned
about to form a number of small discussion
One 135-seat hall is a lecture lab. It is the only
hall with a continuous counter top allowing
students to use microscopes and, eventually,
electronic stethoscopes so that they can each listen
to, for example, a recording of the heart beat of a
patient with an abnormally constructed heart.
Students   would   pick   up   the   recordings   from
outlets in the continuous counter in front of them-
The hall's demonstration table also has a service
pit with water and gas outlets.
Adjacent to each hall is a waiting room where
patients can be prepared for clinical demonstration's to Health Science students.
Each of the 14 seminar rooms in the IRC seat
20 persons. Some of them are separated by folding
sound-proof walls so that two can be converted to
a 40-seat room.Each room is equipped with
chalkboards, a television monitor, and a slide and
overhead projector. The slides are projected on a
rear screen and can be shown under normal
lighting conditions.
Tables in the seminar rooms aren't fixed and
can be rearranged into any configuration. Each
table seats two students. Each student will have an
eltictrical outlet for the use of a microscope and
each table can eventually be used as a two-station
audio-visual carrel.
AM lecture halls and seminar rooms are electronically linked so that an almost endless variety
of teaching combinations is possible. For example,
a large; class of students can be taught simultaneously in intimate groups. Nearly 300 students
can fill the 14-seminar rooms for a demonstration,
then carry on in small groups of 20 when the
demonstration is over.
Stairwells of the IRC give building a turret-like appearance from south
The IRC is hooked up to every other building
in the Health Sciences Centre except the new
Community Health Centre on Fairview Road.
Once a building is cabled to its terminal, lectures,
demonstrations and experiments can be done in
any of these buildings and transmitted to
audiences in any of the lecture halls and seminar
rooms in the IRC.
Lectures that have been pre-recorded on videotape can be shown to a group simply by phoning
in a request. You can also rearrange parts of the
lecture by phone while the lecture is being shown.
If a planned microwave connection is installed
linking the Vancouver General Hospital with the
IRC, there will be instant communication between
the two.
A television camera could follow an operation
in one of VGH's operating rooms and record it on
videotape at the IRC. When the operation was
over, the surgeon could ask for an instant replay of
it on a monitor at the hospital.
Everyone  from  McLuhanites  to those whose
electronic know-how stops at replacing batteries in
~   transistor radios will be at home in the IRC.
To take part of the worry out of using
audio-visual material, a telephone has been installed in each lecture hall and seminar room in the
IRC. None has a dial face. Pick one up and it
automatically rings in the central projection
control area in the basement of the building.
■*■ If you're tn the middle of a seminar, for
example, and something goes wrong with the
overhead projector, lift the receiver and you'll get
instant service.
You don't have to change slides, start film, load
tape recorders. Pick up the receiver and everything
will be done for you. Light and sound levels in the
room will be automatically adjusted, and slides or
videotape or whatever else you're using will start
If you want to you can use the IRC to
experiment a bit, to put together your own
audio-visual material- Students and faculty will be
"•■ able to borrow portable television cameras and
videotape recorders, for example, and shoot their
own material. IRC staff will help them put the
results together.
The functional core the the IRC is the
Department of Biomedical Communications of the
Faculty of Medicine, occupying about 20,000
square feet in the basement of the building.
Without Biomedical Communications personnel
the electronic wizardry of the IRC wouldn't work.
It's from one of the four divisions of Biomedical Communications — the audio-visual section — that electronic teaching is controlled.
The five lecture halls have been laid out so that
their rear projection areas, which will be equipped
with slide, film and television projectors, encircle
the central projection control station of the
audio-visual section. Technicians are always within
40 feet of each hall's rear projection area.
Only Biomedical Communications personnel-
will have access to the rear screen projection areas
of both the lecture halls and the seminar rooms.
Conventional projection by the lecturer can be
done using a projector at mid-hall showing on the
front projection screen.
The central projection control station will
monitor sound levels in the halls and seminar
rooms as well as the working condition of television projection lamps.
A phone in each of the halls and seminar rooms
connects directly to the central projection control
station. Lecturers are able to ask for presentations
of various audio-visual materials over the phone, or
ask that lectures be video-taped or audio-taped or
both, or that control of that presentation either be
left with the lecturer in the hall or seminar room
or be taken over by the central projection control
station, or that TV and audio material shown in
one room also be presented in others.
The audio-visual section of Biomedical Communications will also be responsible for helping
faculty put together audio-visual lecture material.
A special project room, similar to the seminar
rooms, will be used to preview audio-visual material and for giving courses to faculty members on
the use of audio-visual teaching aids.
The section will also have an audio-visual
equipment and material library and loan-out area.
Three other sections take up the rest of the
Department of Biomedical Communications' basement offices: art, photography and television.
The main television and photography studios
are separated by a common control room so that
both rooms can be used for either television
recording or film depending on the workload.
The art section is able to produce animated
drawings, lettering for films and television, brochures, graphs, scientific exhibits and props. It has
a special."moulage" room where three-dimensional
models and custom prosthetics or artifical parts of
the body will be made of rubber, wax, plastic and
other material.
Courses will be given in this and other sections
to qualified users from other departments on the
use of certain equipment.
Classes from areas other limit the Health Sciences make  use of the new IRC building
Electronic teaching isn't the whole story behind
the IRC. The other major ingredient that went
into the design of the building is the concept of
the "health team", an idea pioneered in Canada by
Dr. John F. McCreary, former dean of UBC's
Faculty of Medicine and now Coordinator of
Health Sciences.
Dr. McCreary saw, nearly two decades ago, that
society's attitude towards medical service was
about to change. Society would demand greater
access to medical care and this would place an
intolerable burden on the health system.
Dr. McCreary proposed the health team as a
way of making the present health system more
efficient. The health team calls for a redistribution
of tasks among the various types of health
professionals so that there is less waste or duplication.
Doctors, in spite of increasing demands from
the public for their services, have tended to keep
to themselves some tasks that could be done as
well by less expensively trained and lower paid
health professionals.
There is little reason, for example, for a doctor
to take your blood pressure or give you an
A reason for the doctors' refusal to relinquish
certain chores has probably been that in both law
and tradition the doctor is the one who is
ultimately responsible for your health. So if he's
not sure of the competence of a nurse to take your
blood pressure, for example, he'd be negligent to
allow her to do it.
The tradition has been that physiotherapists
have not really known how much nurses knew
about physiotherapy. Doctors have not been sure
of how much pharmacists knew of pharmacology,
the study of the action of drugs on the body.
The first time nutritionists began to get some
idea of what physiotherapists knew bout nutrition
might be the first time they became involved with
the treatment of a patient.
Obviously the patient's bedside is not the best
place to sort out professional roles.
Dr. McCreary's solution is to train students in
the Health Sciences together, to get them to take
the courses they have in common together. Some
of their courses will be different, of course, but at
least the students can be taught in the same
The result should be a familiarity between the
various groups of Health Science students, an easy
knowledge of what other health professions are all
The need for this kind of approach has increased since Dr. McCreary began promoting the
idea of the health team. There are now more than
30 "paramedical" professions involved in the
health industry where two decades ago there was
only a handful.
Nutritionists, clinical psychologists, social scientists, medical economists and hospital administrators, to name a few, have been added to the
growing pool of sub-divisions within the health
Their training has been scattered across the
campuses of North America in universities, some
coming from faculties of arts or science as well as
from medicine and dentistry. Some have even
come from engineering schools. Since their training has not been integrated, their absorption into
the health care industry has tended to be desultory.
So a major theme in the design of the IRC is
integrated teaching. Students in the Health
Sciences will mix not only in classes but between
lectures too. The lecture halls and some of the
seminar rooms empty into a large two-storey mall
on the main floor of the building.
Mixing in the mall will be intense. One end of
the mall will connect with the 350-bed teaching
and research hospital the University hopes to
build. At the other end is the entrance to the
Woodward Biomedical Library with its 300,000
volumes and 1,000-person seating capacity.
The mall's relaxation area is the common bridge
between the reservoir of printed biomedical knowledge {the library), the pool of audio-visual biomedical   information   (the. IRC),  and  the  place
where this accumulated wisdom will be applied
(the hospital).
But ,it isn't enough for students to mix. The
brass mixes too. The third floor of the IRC houses
offices for the heads of each of the professional
schools now represented in UBC's Health Sciences
Centre — the deans of the Faculties of Medicine,
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dentistry, and the
directors of the Schools of Nursing and
Rehabilitation Medicine.
Health professionals, like everyone else these
days, are caught in the information explosion. As
our knowledge of the world mushrooms,
obsolescence of information becomes commonplace and keeping up to date more difficult. All of
us have to make sure we are regularly retreaded
and our reservoir of knowledge and skills topped
up from time to time.
The Health Sciences Centre's program for
continuing the education of health professionals
practicing in the province is one of the most
advanced, if not the most advanced, in North
America.   It   has   been   the  blueprint for  many
similar programs that have since been started   in
other parts of the continent.
The Division of Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences occupies the entire first floor of
the IRC. Special audio-visual lectures for
practicing health professionals will be recorded on
videotape using the IRC's facilities. Lower Mainland health professionals will be able to come to
the IRC at their convenience, say in the evening or
over a weekend, for the pre-recorded lectures.
Just as the IRC is connected by cable to other
buildings in the Health Sciences Centre, so the
Division for Continuing Education is linked to
health professionals in the province. One of its
connections will be mobile, a specially designed
bus that is something of a motorized version of the
IRC. The bus will be equipped to handle audio
tapes, super-8 film and 33 mm slide projection as
well as videotape. Packaged lectures prepared at
the IRC will tour smaller communities in B.C. in
the bus for presentation to health professionals
who find it impossible to leave their community
for continuing education programs at UBC.
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Raises Suspicion
The following article by Jim I.otz. of the Coady
International Institute at St. Francis Xavier
University, appeared recently in University Affairs,
published by the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada.
By Jim Lotz
In our society, when institutions cannot solve
their own problems, they start trying to solve
those of other people.
I am extremely suspicious of the recent cries
for more university service to the community. The
sudden concern seems more related to the need of
certain professors to boost their income and to get
press coverage than by a genuine concern to be
helpful. And it has been well said that when you
see someone coming to help you — run like hell!
In my experience, the ordinary people of
Canada — citizens and taxpayers — are extremely
sceptical of any attempt by university people to be
of service to them. For too long, they have oeen
the means to the ends of academics. Young middle
class students have sought to radicalize them.
Professors have plundered their lives for books,
papers, and articles.
On the basis of six years experience of trying to
put the university at the service of the community,
I have decided that universities need to re-examine
their traditional functions, and not seek to use
"service to the community" as an escape valve and
an extra source of income.
The functions of the university can be as
Teaching and training people. And this means
preparing young people to handle reality. This
reality is both "internal" [who am I?) and
"external" (how does society operate?). By
creating separate societies in Canada, universities
have taught our young people to adapt only to a
specific set of conditions— and not to a real, living,
dynamic, earning society. It is said that there are
now cries for the universities to admit low income
students — when it has been shown that university
education, even for the favored middle class, fits
young people neither for leisure nor for employment.
Research. We don't need more research; we
need better research. We don't need more theories.
We need better theories on how Canadian society
operates. There is nothing so practical as a good
theory.    But   research    must   also   be   of   practical
value to the people involved. How many academic
attempts to "help" poor people started with
preconceived theories on the v/ay the poor should
behave, and bent reality to them? How much use
has poverty research in Canada been to the poor?
The research must also be ethical — there must
be genuine concern for people and institutions.
And one of the prime ethical concerns should be
that academics should not get paid twice from
society for the same work. Universities are
publicly funded bodies — do professors expect to
get extra payment for "helping society?"
Provision of information. Time and time again,
in Canada and the United States, it has been
shown that what citizens need is accurate information and knowledge, dispensed in an emphatic
manner. Most social science material just baffles
ordinary people with its tediousness and its jargon.
Government and private industry can always pay
for information and knowledge. But what about
the ordinary people of Canada, facing a complex
changing world?
The creation of "neutral ground." The
university is one of the few institutions in society
that is committed to the search for objective truth.
It is the one place that is open for honest and
common search for answers. In my own involv-
ment in the community, I found that there was a
superabundance of "doing" agencies. So many
people were trying to help people that people were
overwhelmed. No one was concerned with
"creative inaction" — the search for Truth, not the
quest for agency survival.
Fortunately there are a number of professors in
Canada who are working, quietly and effectively,
with local people in a spirit of mutual concern and
respect. I have met many of these people. And in
development, I have heard time and time again,
the statement; "It is not your specialty we are
interested in. We want to know first of all about
your humanity, and your capacity to accept us as
other human beings."
I have worked in commerce, government, the
services, and elsewhere. In university life, I have
had more real fun and joy, and been more nighly
paid, than in any other occupation. University is
like Shaw's definition of marriage — it combines
the maximum of temptation with the maximum of
I hope that, in this new drive to make the
university "serve the community" academics will
behave like good citizens instead of like experts
from another world. On the basis of my own
experience, I can assure them that it is less
rewarding in financial terms, but more meaningful
in human terms.
Watchers Impressed
Wally Wagon watchers like the UBC vehicle's
safety features and would be willing to pay up to
52,500 for a copy of the car.
This was the response of many of the people
who saw the car, built by University of B.C.
engineering students, while it was on display at the
Pacific National Exhibition and in Victoria.
The vehicle, named in honor of UBC President
Walter H. Gage, took the top award for overall
excellence at a continent-wide urban vehicle design
competition in the United States in August.
Mr. Ken Biss, who took his B.A.Sc. degree in
Civil Engineering this spring and is project leader
for a feasibility study on possible production of
the car, said questionnaires were distributed at the
PNE and in Victoria. About 500 were returned
The questionnaires revealed that the feature of
the vehicle most appreciated was safety. Low-
pollution engine emissions ran second.
Mr. Biss said questionnaires will continue to be
distributed while the car tours the province.
Students will truck the vehicle to major B.C.
centres for weekend displays.
He said a Canada-wide tour is also being
Meanwhile, UBC Alma Mater Society President
Doug Aldridge said negotiations were continuing
to raise the 520,000 needed for the feasibility
Ban  Approved
UBC's Senate has banned the holding of formal
examinations in regular class periods in the two weeks
prior to the formal exam period at Christmas and in
A motion forbidding faculty members to schedule
exams for two weeks before the formal Christmas and
end-of-term exam periods, except with the approval
of Faculty deans, was approved at the June meeting
of Senate.
Approval of the motion carre following receipt of
reports from UBC's 12 Faculties favoring the ban.
The motion also received stronc; support from numerous student Senators.
Mr. J.E.A. Parnall, UBC's registrar, said the proposal to ban exams in the two-week periods had
originated with faculty members. The holding of
exams outside the normal exarn period at Christmas
and in April had resulted in students missing other
lectures to prepare for the tests.
The clause of the motion making it mandatory for
faculty members to consult the dean of the Faculty
for approval to hold an exam in the two-week periods
is designed to allow regular laboratory exams and
informal tests to take place in this period, Mr. Parnall
Letter to the Editor
Dear Sir:
Regarding Prof. Young's article on "UBC Needs
Bigger, Better Registration Weeks," and especially
about his disfavor with computerized registration.
Even though this form of registering may be
highly impersonal, it is, in my opinion, far more
favorable than the present system. While moving
through my registration cycle, all pre-planned and
ready, I did not feel anything but frustration. The
Faculty of Education gave me a number of cards
to be filled out and a mimeographed sheet bearing
a set pattern I should follow while registering. The
only responsibility on my part was to go to the
various buildings and floors. A drastic waste of
time and shoe leather. After passing from queue to
queue I reached the biggest line up of all, that of
the Brock Hall. This second to the last pause in my
travels mainly being for handing in my course
cards so that they could be sent to a computer.
The same machine that could have saved my
buying a bottle of aspirins.
Prof. Young also states that he hopes for more
personal contact between students and students as
well as students with teachers. This is very hard to
do till more teachers are trained, classrooms built,
and money found. The size of today's classes ruins
Mr. Young's proposal. Therefore, till drastic
change comes about, UBC might as well implement a minor one. One that would ease the
burden on the student — total computerized
Frank Lee
UBC Reports/Sept. 21, 1972/7 CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE
Senate to Elect Three to Board
well known Vancouver lawyer and a judge of the
Supreme Court of B.C. before his appointment as
president of the Vancouver Stock Exchange in
February of this year.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC,
Mr. Dohm was articled for three years and was called
to the bar in 1940. He then opened his own law firm
and was known for his work on many criminal cases.
In 1954, Mr. Dohm was appointed a deputy police
magistrate for the City of Vancouver. He resigned in
1956 to return to private law practice.
Mr. Dohm was appointed to the B.C. Supreme
Court in 1966 where he has served until taking up the
position of president of the Vancouver Stock
Exchange. In 1971 Mr. Dohm chaired the provincial
government inquiry into the - disturbance in
Vancouver's Gastown in August of that year.
Procedures for the election of the three members
of the Senate who will serve three-year terms on
UBC's Board of Governors were approved by Senate
at its first meeting of the current academic year on
Sept. 13.
Under the terms of the Universities Act most
members of UBC's Senate are ineligible to be
members of the Board.
Barred from membership on the Board are:
Members of Parliament; members of the provincial
Executive Council and Legislative Assembly;
members of the Board of any other University; any
appointee of the UBC Board, with the exception of
the President, who receives remuneration from the
University; any provincial Department of Education
employee or the principal or teacher of any school;
non-B.C. residents; and any person who has not
attained the age of 19 years.
in Council), President, Construction Labor Relations
Association of B.C.
Mrs. B.G. Field (representative of the Alumni
Association Board of Management), homemaker; The
Hon. E. Davie Fulton (Convocation Senator), lawyer;
Mr. Ian F. Greenwood (Convocation Senator),
General Manager, B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd. and Sun-Rype
Products Ltd., Kelowna; Mr. John Guthrie (Convocation Senator), Vice-president and General Manager,
Northwood Pulp Co., Prince George; Mr. G.H.D.
Hobbs (Appointee of the Lieutenant-Governor in
Council), President, Cominco Ltd.
Mr. P.A. Insley (Student Senator), currently
registered in second-year Law on the combined
Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Law program;
Mrs. B.A. Lane (Convocation Senator), homemaker;
Mr. T.B. Lindsay (representative of the Alumni
Association Board of Management), Manager of
International Services, Johnston Terminals Ltd.; Mr.
S.J. Persky (Student Senator), completing Master's
degree in Sociology and commencing Doctoral
program in Philosophy; Mr. A.R. Robbins (Student
Senator), currently registered in Doctoral program in
Political Science.
A total of 23 members of the present UBC Senate
have been declared eligible for election to the Board
by Senate.
They are as follows, listed in alphabetical order:
Mr. Aaro E. Aho (Convocation Senator), President
or Vice-president of three mining companies; Mr.
D.V. Anderson (Student Senator), currently
registered in the Doctoral program in Education; Mrs.
Monica D. Angus (Convocation Senator), currently a
graduate student in Psychology at Simon Fraser
University; Mr. Charles McK. Campbell (Convocation
Senator), a consulting mining engineer; Mr. Charles
Connaghan (an appointee of the Lieutenant-Governor
Poet Reads
In Auditorium
losif Brodsky, a noted Russian poet and
translator who was expelled from the Soviet
Union this summer, will give a reading of his
works tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30 p.m. in the
old Auditorium.
Brodsky, now Poet-in-Residence at the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was
forced to leave his homeland because he rejected ideological and artistic compromise and
wrote for Russian underground publications.
In 1964 Brodsky was sentenced to a five-
year term in a forced labor camp for
"parisitism." His trial aroused considerable
interest in the West and its transcript, smuggled
out of the Soviet Union, appeared in several
Western literary journals.
Brodsky is speaking at UBC as a Leon and
Thea Koerner Foundation lecturer under the
auspices of the Department of Slavonic Studies.
Mr. S.J. Robinson (Student Senator), currently
registered in the third-year program of the Faculty of
Science; Mrs. C.A. Soong, (Convocation Senator),
social worker; Mr. D.A. Swain (Student Senator),
currently registered in the Faculty of Education in
the one-year teacher training program for graduates;
Mr. J.T. Sydor (Student Senator), currently registered
in the fourth-year Electrical Engineering program of
the Faculty of Applied Science; Mr. B.C. Trevino
(Convocation Senator), lawyer.
Mr. F.C. Walden (Convocation Senator),
Vice-president, Comcore Public Relations Ltd.; Mr.
D.R. Williams (Convocation Senator), lawyer,
Duncan; Mr. A.P. York (Student Senator), currently
registered in the second year of the Master of Social
Work program.
The list of those eligible for nomination has been
circulated by the Registrar and secretary of Senate,
Mr. J.E.A. Parnall, together with a call for
Nominations, signed by two members of UBC's
Senate who have the candidate's agreement to stand
for election, must be in the hands of the Registrar by
5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Each nominee is entitled to submit to the
Registrar a brief statement regarding his or her
qualifications to serve on the Board and other
pertinent information that would be a guide to
Senate members in the election, according to the
circulated Notice of Election.
Mr. Parnall said submission of a statement of
qualifications and other pertinent information to
guide Senators stemmed from suggestions made at the
Sept. 13 meeting of Senate.
Dean Liam Finn of the Faculty of Applied Science
and Prof. Walter Young, head of the Department of
Political Science, suggested that biographical
information about each Senator nominated should be
circulated with the ballot and that nominees should
be invited to submit a short statement of their views
of the nature of the University and society and the
role of the Board of Governors.
At its Sept. 13 meeting Senate rejected a motion
from a student Senator that would have required the
results of the Senate vote for the three Board
members to be made public.
It was agreed, however, that any member of
Senate could obtain the results of the election but
that they would not be available for publication.
Demand High for Day Care Units
Barman, who is also an assistant professor in the
Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.
He said there are waiting lists of up to 80
persons at some of the existing day care centres on
campus and this represents only a fraction of the
"Many people, when they learn of the waiting
lists, simply make other arrangements and don't
ask to be put on the lists. The provision of
adequate facilities would undoubtedly mean that
many more people — perhaps up to 300 — would
take advantage of the service," Dr. Barman said.
UBC's Deputy President, Prof. William
Armstrong, said it was not possible at this time for
UBC to do more than allocate vacant facilities on a
rent-free basis for day care.
"The University feels its first commitment is to
attempt to provide adequately for UBC's academic
program and that it is unable to do more than
provide rent-free buildings," he said.
Day care units now operating on the campus
must provide funds for conversion of facilities
allocated to them and pay for light, heat and
janitorial services.
Dr. Barman said there are a number of reasons
for increased demand for day care facilities.
"The traditional view of the University student
body has been one of single men and women," he
said, "whereas in reality a significant proportion of
students are married and many have children."
8/UBC Reports/Sept. 21, 1972
He said the latest figures available from UBC's
Office of Student Services for 1970-71 showed
that married students with children make up 7.5
per cent of male students and 5.4 per cent of
female students.
"Also in line with modern trends," he said,
"has been the move away from the traditional role
of the wife as the housekeeper and sole guardian
of the offspring under school age.
"Many wives of students must work to finance
their husband's education and in some cases both
husbands and wives are students. Barring a sharp
break in current trends, this practice will become
increasingly common in the 1970s."
Dr. Barman also pointed out that the wives of
many students and faculty are members of the
employed staff at UBC.
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and Georgia Brown, Production Supervisors.
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The provision of adequate day care, he said,
relieves parents of considerable care and worry and
permits them to work, as students, junior faculty
or staff, with far greater energy and concentration
than would otherwise be possible.
The cost of day care services varies but may be
as much as 580 per month if a child is looked after
during the entire working day. Students who are
unable to pay the full costs are charged on a
sliding scale. Subsidies for the operation of day
care centres are also provided by the provincial
government through the Department of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement.
The size and facilities of day care units as well
as the qualifications of staff are also set out in
provincial government regulations.
Mrs. Trudy Moul, a student and UBC Library
employee whose husband is a UBC graduate
student, is chairing the committee which is raising
funds for conversion of the Acadia Camp huts.
The committee plans to appeal to the UBC
Alumni Association as well as to various foundations for grants.
Earlier this year the Day Care Council failed in
a bid to be included in the list of organizations
which would receive part of the 1972 graduating
class gift.
Three out of a total of 21 proposed projects
were chosen for a share of the gift in a campus-
wide preferential poll.


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