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 THE  UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
UBC
VOLUME  48    I    NUMBER   6    I    APRIL  4,  2002
REPORTS
UBC In The News   3 It Takes Green to Go Green   5 Refugee Women Fighting Back   7 Guarding The Past   8 Classic Contenders
First Nations Foresters
Foster New Awareness
UBC initiative bridges the gap between First Nations
communities and B.C. Forestry industry, by helen lewis
For generations, Canada's First
Nations people have had little or
no say in the future of their ancestral forests. But if UBC's Gordon
Prest has his way that will never
happen again.
Of the 3,000 Registered Professional Foresters in B.C., fewer
than 10 are First Nations people,
and less than one per cent of aboriginal post-secondary students are
taking natural resources-related
studies. Until now, few First
Nations people have been involved
in high-level resource management
activities.
As aboriginal rights and title are
negotiated  in B.C., the role and
ordinator in UBC's Faculty of
Forestry, he is using education to
help bridge the gap between First
Nations communities and the B.C.
forestry industry.
Prest says UBC's forestry faculty
will play a pivotal role in promoting understanding and co-operation between the parties by implementing its new First Nations
Forestry Initiative.
The Initiative is designed to
increase the involvement of First
Nations students in degree programs, develop First Nations curriculum in forestry programs, and
create greater awareness of First
Nations   issues   and   perspectives
I was one ofthe first people with aboriginal ancestry to work
at that level ofthe forest service, and to a large degree I did
feel isolated because when i joined in the early '60s, the issue
of aboriginal rights and tide wasn't even on the radar screen.
influence of First Nations people in
managing natural resources has
increased dramatically, Prest says.
This has created a critical need
for professionally trained First
Nations foresters and natural resource managers for effective decision making.
"My primary role is to develop a
recruitment plan to increase the
participation of First Nations students in undergraduate degree programs. They'll become professional
foresters, working in the best interests of First Nations, government
and industry," says Prest, a member of the Storlo nation in
Chilliwack, who has worked in the
forestry industry and forestry education all his life.
As   First  Nations   Forestry  co-
among faculty members and students.
"Before 1994 only two self-identified First Nations people graduated from this faculty, but through
this initiative we have 10 who have
already graduated with forestry
degrees and 20 First Nations students presently enrolled in undergraduate forestry degree programs.
"It's important to incorporate
First Nations awareness into our
curriculum so that the students -
both First Nations and non-First
Nations - understand it because
they're the ones who will be dealing
with it in the trenches," he says.
"I'm working with the Faculty of
Forestry and the First Nations communities, creating awareness of
continued on page 3
Gordon Prest heads new First Nations Forestry Initiative. Photo: Martin Dee
Desperately seeking daycare?
UBC's award-winning facility looks at expansion, by Hilary Thomson
Austin Smorden shares a unique outlook with Amy Anderson of Acadia
Child Care. Photo: Martin Dee
Demand for limited daycare spaces is
always high, but especially when
those spaces are among the best in
the country.
As the UBC community continues
to grow, those with young children
are hoping UBC Child Care Services
will expand as well. The service -
recognized nationally for its consistent quality - has expanded by 50
per cent since the university
assumed management in 1991. As
younger faculty are being recruited,
however, the need for service is
building and has resulted in a threefold increase in demand, especially,
for care for kids up to the age of
three years old. Accessibility of
childcare is a significant factor in
people choosing to come to UBC,
says Darcelle Cottons, who has
administered the service since 1991.
She receives e-mails from around
the world from prospective faculty
and students wanting to know if
they can get on the list for enrolment. She is actively working on an
expansion plan that can meet the
growing needs and keep the service
cost-effective and sustainable.
Started in 1967, the services were
originally housed in WWII army
huts on campus. Now they comprise  16 childcare programs with
330 spaces for children ranging in
age from infant to 12 years in custom-designed child friendly play-
spaces.
UBC childcare services were the
first in the province to offer toddler care and infant care programs
and were the first to be unionized
in B.C.
"We've really structured the system to meet a wide range of
needs," says Cottons. "We work
with a very diverse demographic -
we have kids and parents from all
over the world coming here."
Half the enrolment is students'
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Public Information
Meeting
on
Institute for Computer
Information and Cognitive Systems
(ICICS)
Wednesday, April 10th, 2002,12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Maple Room, Ponderosa Building
2071 West Mall
To present and review the
schematic design for the
Institute for Computer
Information and Cognitive
Systems (ICICS) Building
proposed to be constructed on
the site of the existing Vivarium
Building at 2372 Main Mall
east of the existing CICSR/CS
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Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in March 2002. compiled by brian lin
UBC Tuition Fee Hikes
While a group of students occupied
the Old Administration Building in
protest, UBC's Board of Governors
approved tuition fee hikes of up to
321 per cent on March 14.
UBC Vice-President, Students,
Brian Sullivan said that the hikes
will guarantee the quality of education. "We've had what we would
regard as artificially depressed
tuition levels in some of these programs and haven't been able to
necessarily offer the value we
want," Sullivan told the National
Post.
Province columnist Michael
Smyth said there's no such thing as
a free lunch. "It's time B.C. students started paying some of the
freight after riding the gravy train
for so long," he adds.
Chinese newspaper Ming Pao
Daily raised the issue of conflicts
between student protesters and the
AMS. Protesters took over AMS
president Kristen Harvey's office,
claiming she had turned her back
on her election promise to help
lower tuition.
Funding
The provincial government announced a $134 million investment
to almost double the number of
doctors graduating in B.C. from
the current 128 a year to 224 by
2005.
UBC  will  receive  $110  million
Brian Sullivan
for a new Life Sciences Centre with
the rest going to UVic and UNBC
for new medical teaching facilities.
Vancouver Sun columnist
Vaughn Palmer calls the investment
a "commendable innovation."
Health
According to a new CTV documentary, Michael J. Fox was just
one of four film industry people
who worked on a sitcom shot in
Vancouver in the late 1970s who
were later diagnosed with
Parkinson's Disease.
Donald Calne, of UBC Hospital's
Neurodegenerative Disorders
Centre told Good Morning
America, experts have long theorized that exposure to environmental toxins or viruses can trigger
Parkinson's Disease years later.
UBC Health Policy Researcher
Barbara Mintzes is concerned
about the overflowing of U.S. drug
ads into Canada. "The ads look
like any other ad, and it makes it
also look like taking a prescription
drug is just like going out and buying a candy bar, it really trivializes
the medical treatment," she told
CBC News.
UBC Medical Genetics Prof.
Patricia Baird calls the new CIHR
guidelines for government-funded
stem cell research an important
first step. "I think [the guidelines]
are reasonable and humane, but
they don't remove the need for legislation," Baird told the Vancouver
Sun.
UBC Family Practice Prof. David
Kuhl told the Oprah Winfrey Show
on March 1 that people often
achieve their greatest sense of personal growth while dying.
"Dying people want to speak the
truth and dying people want to be
seen as living," said Kuhl. "People
with terminal illnesses also want to
connect with their own sense of
self, with their close family and
friends and with God or some
power higher than themselves." ■
Tuition Opposition
Many faculty, students, and staff
in the Department of Educational
Studies (EDST) regret the tuition
fee increases recently approved by
the Board of Governors, and
announced by the Administration.
Although   graduates   of  many
UBC  programs  will   have  well-
remunerated careers, our MA and
MEd  students  come  to  UBC  in
order to serve in social and human
service  professions.  They  know
that, in many cases, their life-time
earnings may be modest indeed.
Yet the Administration's
announcement erroneously lumps
together "professional degrees,"
and discourages the pursuit of
graduate education. Tuition for
our masters programs will increase
by 61 per cent next year with an
outrageous targeted increase of
almost 300 per cent.
LETTERS
We ask that:
• tuition increases be reviewed on
the basis of fairness;
• "grandparenting" be introduced
so students now enrolled in graduate programs are not subject to
these huge increases;
• a substantial portion of funds
generated by tuition increases be
used for bursaries and scholarships
to help students with limited financial resources enter our graduate
programs.
- Faculty & staff:
Kogila Adam-Moodley, Roger
Boshier, Bill Bruneau, Shauna
Butterwick, David Coulter, Don
Fisher, Mona Gleason, Deirdre
Kelly, Wendy Poole, Dan Pratt,
Leslie Roman, Kjell Rubenson,
Hans Schuetze, Tom Sork, Nikki
Strong Boag, Pierre Walter, Valerie
Lee Chapman, Theresa Shanahan,
Don Lintott
- Students:
Stephanie Boll, Cindy Bouvet,
Mary Brooks, Hart Caplan, Jean
Cockell, Heather Commodore,
Kathy Coyne, Anita Dodd, John
Egan, Eileen Edwards, John Eben
Field, Joe Greenhotz, Jerry
Hinbest, Dawn House, Yan
Huang, Isabeau Iqbal, Sooz
Klinkhamer, Ioulia Kolpaliova,
Lisa Kihl, Jo Kuyvenhoven, Jacki
Ling He, Regina Lyakhovetska,
Victoria Marie, Lisa Moy, Sue
Murphy, Janice Murphy, Steve
Noble, Dahlu Palmer, Shauna
Pomerantz, Dawn Papatia,
Katarina Pisutova, Deborah Prieur,
Ellen Retelle, Lu Ripley, Kozve
Saito, Michael Scales, Bonnie
Soroke, Linly Shelton, Debra
Sutherland, Linley Shelton,
Tooryalai Wesa, Anne Zavalkoff,
Linde Zingaro
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Foresters
continued from page i
issues on both sides and bridging
the gap in communications. It's so
interesting because it's all new
ground.
"I see this as leading to less
adversarial relationships between
First Nations people and the
forestry industry in the future.
We're taking positive steps to
resolve issues, and working together to create better understanding."
Prest has been involved in
forestry all his life, working first
with his father, a logging contractor, then for forest companies as a
logger and timber cruiser. In 1962
he joined the B.C. Forest Service as
an assistant ranger, and was promoted to Deputy Ranger, Forest
Ranger, then Forest Operations
Superintendent before leaving the
service in 1987.
"I was one of the first people
with aboriginal ancestry to work
at that level of the forest service,
and to a large degree I did feel isolated because when I joined in the
early '60s, the issue of aboriginal
rights and title wasn't even on the
radar screen. It was unfulfilling
because I wasn't able to create
much impact, working as one person in an entity that didn't recognize aboriginal rights at the time.
"I thought, if I can't bring the
parties together on First Nations
issues, am I being effective? Maybe
I'd have more impact through education," he says. "I see education
as a common ground where we can
learn more about First Nations
and forestry issues, and about how
we're going to live together in this
province." ■
Daycare
continued from page I
children, with staff and faculty
members' kids accounting for
about another 40 per cent of enrolment. Almost 10 per cent of the
group are children from the local
community.
In addition to full-time and part-
time daycare services there is a preschool and an independent school
kindergarten. The 16 programs are
operated centrally with a $2.5 million budget yet all "have their own
soul", says Cottons.
"I don't know too many people
who go to work every day and
adore their clients," says Dorota
Bartnik-Kapsa, senior supervisor
at Summer of '73 Child Care that
is licensed for 25 three- to five-
year-olds.
A BCGEU member, she has
worked for 13 years at the centre
that is named for the season and
year it was established. She takes
care of the children, plans their
programs, interacts with families
and supervises her co-workers.
One of the job's challenges is the
feeling of responsibility and impact
on kids' lives, she says, but the
reward is being able to see how
children grow and develop while in
their care.
"This is more than a daycare,"
she says. "It's a community and a
support system."
Because of the comprehensive
range of services, many children
stay at the centres for upwards of
12 years and bonds between staff
and families are strong. About 25
per cent of staff stay for 10 years
or more.
"For many people, the strong
attachment they have formed with
UBC was formed at childcare,"
says Cottons. "It creates its own
community of parents - a network
across and within faculties that
strengthens the university." ■
Sustainability director Freda Pagani a Canadian first.
Finding the Green
to Go Green
UBC's Freda Pagani proves sustainability is a good deal.
BY RUTH ABRAMSON
Freda Pagani is proving every day
that you have to burn energy to
save energy.
As Canada's only director of
campus sustainability Pagani is
working hard to discover more
ways to save UBC millions of dollars in energy costs. Her efforts
have already made the university a
leader in sustainability.
First she spearheaded the concept of UBC's CK. Choi Building,
which, when it opened in 1996, set
new green benchmarks for the
world.
Recently she won approval for a
"We usually know what we need to
do - like refraining from driving
and using less paper. But the difficulty in actually doing such things
lies in changing our mindsets and
habits."
Changing personal behaviour is
the key to integrating UBC's
Sustainable Development Policy,
she notes. It acknowledges that
UBC along with hundreds of other
universities signed two international declarations promising to accept
responsibility for creating an ecological, economic and socially balanced campus. UBC, it says, must
This energy retrofit is the largest initiative of its kind in Canada.
$35 million dollar program to
make mechanical and electrical
upgrades to university buildings.
The project, called ECOTrek, is
guaranteed to generate $3 million
in savings annually.
"ECOTrek will more than pay
for itself within 15 years," says
Pagani. "This energy retrofit is the
largest initiative of its kind in
Canada."
In the campus core, ECOTrek
will reduce energy use by 30 per
cent, water by 45 per cent, and
CO2 emissions by 30 thousand
tonnes annually. Pagani's previous
energy and water reductions have
saved UBC almost $2 million since
1998.
"My biggest challenge is to get
every member of the community to
include sustainability in day-today   decision-making,"   she   says.
also serve as a leading role model.
To address the mindset challenge,
Pagani has launched some innovative behaviour-change programs.
One of them is Canada's only initiative that brings together students, faculty, and staff specifically
to address sustainability issues.
Since SEEDS (Social, Ecological,
Economic Development Studies)
began in January 2001, more than
200 members of the campus community have participated.
Another initiative, Pagani's
Sustainability Co-ordinator program, involves more than 100 volunteers who bring activities to their
departments.
"None of our accomplishments
could have happened without the
commitments of thousands at
UBC," she says. "The community
should be very proud of itself." ■
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Meeting
on
Student Lounge and Offices,
Arts Undergraduate Society
Wednesday, April 10th, 2002,12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Maple Room, Ponderosa Building
2071 West Mall
to present and review the schematic design
for the Student Lounge and Offices, Arts
Undergraduate Society proposed as infill for the
east ground floor of the Buchanan D Building.
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on
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Wednesday, April 10th, 2002,12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Maple Room, Ponderosa Building
2071 West Mall
To present and review the schematic design for the
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for replacement.
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Blind Athlete Excel
UBC lab technician finds award-winning strength, by helen lewis
As a child, Nancy Carpenter watched in awe as Olympian Vasily
Alexyev competed on weightlift-
ing's world stage, and she dreamed
of doing the same.
At the age of 39, with her sight
fading fast, Carpenter refused to let
go of that vision. Legally blind, she
could no longer play most of her
favourite sports - baseball, track
and field, Softball, basketball,
squash and cycling.
But she held fast to the weight-
lifting dream, and in 1995 took up
the sport as a masters level athlete.
Just two years later, the UBC
Biotechnology Lab media technician won gold for Canada in the
International World Masters
Games, setting a world record in
weightlifting (57.5 kg clean and
jerk in the 59 kg class).
Now 46, and tiny at 156 cm and
65 kg, Carpenter has taken countless medals in provincial, national
and international weightlifting and
power-lifting competitions - realizing her dream every time she steps
up to lift.
"I'd always wanted to do this as
a kid, but girls didn't weightlift
when I was young and there
weren't even any gyms for
women," she says. "During the
1972 and 1976 Olympics I
watched Vasily Alexyev and the
greats of that time on TV and
thought, 'Isn't that great, they're so
strong. That's what I want to be -
strong.'"
Carpenter admits it is unusual to
compete in both weightlifting (also
called Olympic lifting) and power-
lifting, and even more unusual to
start in the sports as late as she did.
"It's hard because you're training for two sports and five lifts,
and they're very different. Power-
lifting  is  about short  movements
and brute strength, while
weightlifting is more athletic -
there's greater co-ordination, flexibility and movement skills," she
says.
"Most people I'm competing
against started earlier, but this
sport is about testing yourself. I'm
a workhorse - my style is  basic
dead-lift, best squat and best bench
in the 1997 B.C. championships,
second in open power-lifting in the
1997 national championships and
gold in the 1998 World Masters
Games bench division.
But for Car-penter, the sport is
about more than competitions.
"It's not confined to the gym - it
Nancy Carpenter lifts 57.5 kg in world weightlifting championship.
hard work, discipline and consistency."
Carpenter trains at home ("I
don't have a house - I have platforms and squat racks," she says)
six days a week.
With a degree in physical education and a teaching background,
she also trains several clients in
weightlifting and physical conditioning in her home gym.
Her long list of medals includes
three gold and two silver in B.C.
weightlifting championships, as
well as second, third and fifth plac-
ings in three world weightlifting
championships.
In  power-lifting,  she  won  best
helps me in real life. I never have
trouble carrying groceries, opening
lids, moving heavy things," she says.
"My friends all want me to help
them move house, and in the office
I'm the one who can move the photocopier. It keeps me energetic,
healthy and better conditioned."
Carpenter says she wants to lift
"until I fall over" and is motivated
to be a role model, proving that
women can be fit and strong well
beyond 35.
Her next goal is to compete in the
World Masters Games in Australia
in October, where she aims to lift
62.5 kg in the clean and jerk in the
45-50 age division. ■
There is only one UBC staff member
whose job ranges from building
latrines and sharpening chainsaws
to tracking down ancient cedar
baskets.
Joyce Johnson, who works for
the Laboratory of Archaeology,
divides her time between working
as an archaeological research assistant in the Dept. of Anthropology
and Sociology and a curatorial
assistant of Archaeology at UBC's
Museum of Anthropology.
Johnson supports the work of
UBC archaeologists and students
with a unique range of tasks that
includes everything from drafting
graphics - maps, excavation profiles and charts - to photographing
artifacts and making sure the laboratory's field camp equipment such
as boats, trailer and van are in
good condition and ready to go.
"I keep track of all the resources
we have available for archaeological studies," says the CUPE 116
member. "I try to keep things simple for students and free up faculty
time and energy by making sure
they have what they need."
An important task is being able
to track down a specific artifact
such as a deer bone needle or stone
flake in the museum's collection of
500,000 artifacts. Johnson also
manages the Archaeology Teaching
Lab that houses racks and racks of
artifacts used for teaching students
archaeological lab techniques.
A Real Find
Joyce Johnson can be
an archaeologist's most
valuable resource.
BY HILARY THOMSON
If you dig deeper into her many
duties you'll discover she also operates the Archaeology Reading
Room, which is packed with
unpublished manuscripts and
books about B.C. archaeology, rare
books, maps and documentation of
excavations.
But she really gets busy during
the six-week Archaeology summer
field schools where she readies all
the equipment required - everything from trowels and tents to
machetes used to clear sites. She
also teaches students practical
skills such as how to light a camp
stove and use surveying equipment.
During the field schools she provides round-the-clock assistance at
locations such as the Scowlitz site
in the Fraser Valley - a burial
mound and house site on Sto:lo
territory that has been dated at
more than 5,000 years old.
In addition to supporting the
UBC community, Johnson also
responds to research requests from
First Nations groups and archaeological consulting companies who
may be working with a forestry or
development company to evaluate
and manage important sites so that
valuable material is secured.
A UBC alumna who returned to
school at age 48 to complete a
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology,
she started her job in 1989 while
finishing her degree.
Originally a college registrar,
Johnson's interest in archaeology
was sparked while working at a
museum in Banff where she managed collections of First Nations
clothing and household items and
fuelled by her UBC studies.
"I just fell in love with all this
stuff," she says. ■ REPORTS      |     APRIL    4,     2002
Kirsty Barclay (right) teaches women's self defence in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand.
Teaching self-defence in a sun-
scorched refugee camp is not your
typical vacation plan, but that's
how UBC technical writer Kirsty
Barclay spent her holidays.
Barclay worked with the Karen
Women's Organisation, which runs
development and relief efforts in
refugee camps, to teach the self-
defence program Wen-Do to Karen
women driven from Burma into
Thailand.
"The Karen people have been
fighting for their freedom for more
than 50 years, fleeing across the
border from Burma into Thailand
fearing death, rape, forced labour,
or forced resettlement at the hands
of the Burmese Army," Barclay
says.
"There are more than 115,000
in the refugee camps along the border - their houses have been
burned, their livestock killed and
their crops destroyed.
"Many of the women have suffered traumatic experiences
through harassment and attacks by
the military police, and domestic
violence. An important component
of Wen-Do is the exchange of
strategies by telling stories of
escape. At this class the women
told some of the most hair-raising
success stories I've ever heard.
"This centre is in a no man's
land in northern Thailand, and we
had to hold the classes outside in
the dirt courtyard," she says. "So
we swept the debris out and kept
the red ants off us, put mats on the
ground and had our lessons under
Refugee
Women
Learn to
Defend
Themselves
UBC technical writer takes
Wen-Do to the far east.
BY HELEN  LEWIS
the banana trees with the chickens
running around."
Barclay is the technical writing
and programs adviser for UBC's
Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems,
and in her free time she teaches
Wen-Do. In March, she traveled to
Japan and Thailand to teach self-
defence techniques and prepare
future instructors for advanced
training.
Developed in Toronto in 1972,
Wen-Do uses karate, jiu-jitsu and
aikido techniques refined to be
effective and easy for women to
learn without the years of training
and physical prowess needed for a
martial art, Barclay says.
She took her first Wen-Do
course   in   1990   and   became   an
instructor in 1992. Teaching Wen-
Do to the young Karen women
was a labour of love for Barclay,
who paid her own way and donated most of her clothes to the desperately poor community.
"The women really seemed to
click with Wen-Do. It was fun and
empowering," she says. "I see this
as frontline work, because being
free from harm or fear of harm is
the base line. Once you've got that,
you can start to emerge as a person. I like the thought of being
able to help people be more fully
who they are."
Before Thailand, Barclay spent
eight days in Tokyo, where she
taught Wen-Do classes funded by
the Tokyo Train Riders' Association. Women came from as far as
Hiroshima and Osaka for the 15-
hour courses, which helped fund
her work in Thailand.
"Japan is really ready for
women's self-defence," Barclay
says. "They've made huge progress
in recent sexual harassment cases -
it's being taken much more seriously. My classes in Japan included
women of all ages, survivors of
abuse, gender studies students,
feminist pioneers, school teachers,
mothers and daughters."
Barclay has secured funding for
another trip to Japan in August,
where she will assist an advanced
teacher from Toronto to train
Japanese Wen-Do class graduates
to become instructors.
Barclay hopes to run a Wen-Do
course at UBC this spring. ■
Plant Doctor on Call
Judy Newton has the prescription for green thumbs, by michelle cook
A late March snowstorm has blanketed the budding crocuses outside
her window in white and sent some
Vancouver-area green thumbs into a
panic but Judy Newton is quick to
provide insight on the unseasonable
weather.
"In gardens, snow isn't the
enemy. Cold snaps are," says
Newton. "And if something dies
because it's too cold, that just leaves
space for something else to grow."
As the UBC Botanical Garden's
education co-ordinator, Newton
has been allaying fears and offering
instruction to avid gardeners
throughout B.C. and beyond since
1989.
It's a dream job for Newton, who
wanted to be a forest ranger as a
young girl but ended up earning a
BSc degree in horticulture as a
mature student at UBC instead.
Working closely with fellow education co-ordinator David Tarrant
and the Garden's 170 volunteers,
Newton's job is to promote the university's extraordinary garden - the
oldest and largest of its kind in
Canada - to the campus and the
community.
This means planning and delivering the Garden's public courses and
lecture series, and helping to organize its popular annual plant sales,
festivals and other events. She also
pens articles for gardening magazines, judges garden contests
throughout the city, and leads
tours of the UBC Garden for everyone from visiting horticultural
scholars to high school students
who she "wins over with weird
plants."
And then there are the flowers
for the university president.
Newton and Tarrant take turns
creating arrangements for Martha
Piper's office every Monday
throughout the year. Since these
are made entirely of cuttings from
the Garden, Newton says she's
designed some pretty odd bouquets
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A large part of Newton's time is
spent travelling around the province
to give talks and demonstrations -
more than 50 a year - on topics ranging from shade gardening and summer bulbs for beginners to propagation plant science for Master gardeners.
Newton's office is littered with evidence of her public outreach activities: boxes of pest-riddled plant cuttings, healthy potted specimens, vases
of all shapes and sizes, and thousands
of slides.
"My mission is to expand people's
horizons, tell them a story, and show
them how much pleasure you can get
out of plants," Newton says.
Newton also supervises the
Garden's library and its Hortline.
Manned by volunteers and students,
the Hortline dispenses over-the-
phone advice to gardeners with questions about sickly plants, garden
pests and pruning techniques.
Newton worked the Hortline when
she was a student. Now, much like a
doctor, she has to stay on top of all
the new garden diseases and their
symptoms and relay this information
to those fielding incoming calls.
The Hortline is part information
and part counselling line, explains
Newton. It often involves calming the
fears of plant lovers, but also telling
them when to let go.
Although she is only three years
away from retirement, the grandmother of seven has no intention of
letting go of any of her many activities any time soon. In fact, Newton
would like to add more children's
activities and more academic courses
for gardeners to the Garden's education program.
And, for the record, there's not a
plant that Newton doesn't like. ■
When Everything Old
Becomes New Again
Acquiring "new"collections of old materials
makes UBC library unique, by michelle cook
As libraries everywhere race to
modernize by adopting web-
based holdings and wireless
Internet portals, what is so
important about the UBC
library's recent acquisition of a
handwritten Anglican Church
service book circa 1873?
It, along with 100,000 other
antiquated books and thousands more old maps, manuscripts, and other archival
materials, are what make the
university's library unique, says
new special collections librarian
Ralph Stanton.
"Libraries acquire standard
groupings of information, but
it's their special collections that
distinguish them," Stanton
explains.
UBC's special collections
include rare dictionaries, maps
and atlases, Canada's biggest
collection of Stravinsky memorabilia, and one of the country's
largest accumulations of material on B.C. history and literature.
In his first big purchase for
UBC, Stanton added the
Anglican Church service book
to the collection last month. He
calls the one-of-a-kind find,
produced in Lytton, B.C., in
1873, a Rosetta Stone of sorts
because the standard Anglican
psalms, prayers and hymns in it
are transcribed into the local
Thompson language.
Like   the   other   materials
Special collections librarian Ralph
Stanton is guarding the past for
the future. Photo: Michelle Cook
stored in the humidity and temperature controlled stacks of special
collections, it may be old but for
Stanton its value lies in the new
information and insights it will
provide UBC scholars and the public.
A UBC graduate, Stanton
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He wants to improve and
expand the space devoted to special collections. He would like to
develop endowment funds and
attract more financial support to
help UBC's collection grow.
Eventually, he would also like to
develop digitized presentations of
many of the old pieces but one of
his first tasks is to complete a
review of all the special collections
in order to determine how they
should grow.
Stanton's life won't be spent in
the stacks though.
Special collections develop
through a combination of donations and purchases. In order to do
his job well, Stanton will draw on
his extensive network of book
dealers and collectors.
To ensure that UBC's special collections inspire collectors to donate
items, he will be consulting with
faculty members on what they are
studying and what they will need
for future research.
"The challenge is to stay ahead
of what our scholars are going to
want. On the other hand, you are
working with collectors who are
moving at their own pace,"
Stanton explains.
"They want to know who on
faculty will be using the material.
This can make the difference in
their decision to donate to UBC or
to another institution."
The Beat Goes On
in Latest UBC
Special Collection
He died in 1971, but the loves, life
and music of 20th century icon
Igor Stravinsky will live on in the
UBC library's special collection
stacks, thanks to a generous gift.
The Colin H. Slim Collection,
An incredible gift
makes UBC
Library a mecca
for lovers of all
things Stravinsky.
named for its donor, contains more
than 130 items that once belonged
to the great Russian-born composer including a signed edition of his
ballet Petrushka, autographed
sketches of his piano works
Divertimento and Les Noces, love
letters, photos and drawings. It is
the largest collection of its kind in
Canada.
A UBC graduate and well-known
musicologist, Slim's fascination
with Stravinsky began when he was
a young music student. In April
1952, Slim participated in a concert held at UBC in which two of
Stravinsky's works - Concerto for
Two Pianos and Les Noces - were
premiered in Canada, the latter of
which Slim conducted.
The concert prompted the composer     himself     to     come     to
Vancouver to conduct the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
where Slim had the chance to meet
him. That encounter spurred him
to become an enthusiastic collector
of the composer's personal belongings. Slim donated his collection to
UBC's Library in 2000.
The Stravinsky collection makes
its public debut the weekend of
April 5-7 in the Ridington Room
of UBC's Main Library. Several
events are planned to celebrate,
including re-staging the 1952 concert of Stravinsky's works.
For more information on the
exhibit, visit www.library.ubc.ca or
call 604-822-2874. For more information on the concert, call 604-
822-9161. Tickets available
through Ticketmaster at 604-280-
3311 or www.ticketmaster.ca. ■
UBC's 25 Year Club
Welcomes 57 New
Members for 2002
Club members - staff who have worked on campus
for a quarter-century - will join UBC President
Martha Piper at a celebratory dinner on May 14 at
the Totem Park Ballroom.
New members include:
Awards and Financial Aid, Cheryl Abbot; Bookstore, Stanley K.W.
Chan, Marileen Herriot, Larry Kennis, Suzanne Taylor, Greg Willett,
James G. Stevenson; Botany, Veronica Oxtoby; Canadian Literature,
Donna M. Chin; Chemical and Biological Engineering, Gordon K. H.
Cheng, Helsa Wong Leong; Chemistry, Roily Chan, Bronius
Snapkauskas; Civil Engineering, Paula Diane Parkinson; Centre for
Advanced Wood Processing, Wendy Johnston; Financial Services,
Annie Li; Food Services, Helen Ng; Health Services and Policy
Research Centre, Kerryjames Kerluke; History, Gloria Lees; Human
Resources, Robert M. Boudreau; ITServices, Glen A. Arnsdorf,
Denis Laplante; Land and Building Services, Tina Antonopoulos,
Miretta Bordon, Margaret Carter, Shiu-Lien Cho, Wally D. Clausen,
Britta DePieri, Kenneth Durrer, Helen Eliopoulos, Prem Grewal, Bozica
Manojlovich, George McLaughlin, William R. Mawhinney, Lilian Phillips,
AbeSamodien, Brian Shields, AkiraWakita, Jenny Wong; Library, Linda
Shiu Fan Chiu, Jirina Hatina, William Ng, Alamelu Sundaram; Metals &
Materials Engineering, Rudy A. Cardeno, MaryJansepar, Hitomi Nancy
Oikawa; Neurology, Lynne Hannay; Parking and Access Control
Services, John D. Birch; Pathology, Irene Oi-Ling Ho, Pension
Administration Office Deborah Ma; Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
Stephen Paul Adams; Physics and Astronomy, Domenic Di Tomaso;
Planning and Institutional Research, Linda L. Hilts; Political Science,
Anne Marie Muller; Records &C Registration, Susan M. Eldridge;
Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, John A. Henrickson, Karen Tong.
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British Columbia law students Christine Matthews, Mandeep Gill, Sarah Bevan,
Melanie Bejzyk, researcher Natasha Bone and their coach Professor Isabel Grant and
Mary Ainslie, Crown Counsel, for their Fourth place award in the 2002 Gale Cup Moot.
UBC students Christine Matthews and Mandeep Gill were also awarded third place in
the Factum Prize.
This year's overall team winner was the University of Toronto
The winner of next year's Gale Cup will represent Canada in Melbourne, Australia
for the Commonwealth Moot competition on April 13 - 17, 2003.
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for education study
UBC's Centre for Policy Studies
in Higher Education and
Training (CHET) is part of a
team of research centres
receiving $2.5 million from the
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council (SSHRC) to
conduct a national study on
teaching in Canadian schools.
The first of its kind in
Canada, the five-year study
will focus on preschool, elementary and secondary school
teachers, and examine performance, competence, techniques,
daily workloads and interaction with students in order to
gauge the impact of change on
educators and help shape
future education policies.
CHET, led by co-directors
Prof. Donald Fisher and Prof.
Kjell Rubenson, will be responsible for the national co-ordination of the policy project,
one of four elements of the initiative. The project team, headed by director and principal
investigator Maurice Tardif of
the Universite de Montreal,
draws researchers from eight
Canadian universities and 11
U.S. and European post-secondary institutions.
Violinist, Poet Win
Teaching Awards
Acclaimed violinist Andrew
Dawes and poet Carl Leggo are
the recipients of this year's
Somerset and Black Awards for
excellence in teaching performing and visual arts.
Dawes, a School of Music
prof., receives the Dorothy
Somerset Award for Performance and Development in the
Visual and Performing Arts for
his contributions to the fields
of chamber music and music
mentoring and teaching.
UBC's string program has
flourished under the direction
of Dawes, the founder of
Canada's internationally recognized Orford String Quartet,
multiple Juno Award winner
and Order of Canada recipient.
Leggo, an assoc. prof, in the
Education Faculty's Language
and Literacy Dept. since 1990,
receives the Sam Black Award
for Education and Development of the Visual and
Performing Arts in recognition
of his accomplishments as a
poet and his commitment to
creative and innovative education scholarship. A prolific
writer, Leggo has published
numerous works including
three collections of poetry.
The two awards pay tribute
to legendary UBC figures Sam
Black, a well-known artist and
educator whose 41-year association with UBC began in 1958
as a professor of Fine Arts and
Art Education, and Dorothy
Somerset, former director of
the UBC Players' Club and the
driving force behind the establishment of the Frederic Wood
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UBC pitcher Jeff Francis (above)
was named the Sport BC University
Athlete of the Year at the 36th
annual awards gala in Vancouver
on March 14.
Last season, Francis was named
the NAIA Region I Player of the
Year and an NAIA AU-American
after going 12-3 with a 0.92 ERA.
He then played in the Alaska
Baseball League (ABL) for the
Anchorage Bucs and was named
ABL Player of the Year.
Francis was picked up by the
Anchorage Glacier Pilots for the
National Baseball Congress (NBC)
World Series, where he was named
World Series MVP and won the
Top Pro Prospect Award. He finished the summer winning a gold
medal with Team BC at the Canada
Games.
Earlier this year, Baseball America made Francis the first ever player from a Canadian institution to
be named to their Preseason Ail-
American Team. He is one of four
Thunderbirds hoping to be selected
in the upcoming June MBL draft.
Monks in residence
A group of monks from the Gyuto
Tantric University and Monastery
will bring Tibetan Buddhist sand
mandelas, multiphonic chanting,
and meditation to campus the week
of April 8 - 12. The monks, who
have lent their deep harmonic
chanting to the soundtracks of
Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet,
will spend a week as artists in residence at UBC participating in lectures, demonstrations and meditation sessions, culminating in a concert at the Chan Centre on April
12. Joining them will be the Dalai
Lama's personal translator, Ven
Lhakdor, who will speak on the
topic of "Spirituality and
Diplomacy: Tibet and the World"
at a public lecture on April 11. For
the full schedule of the monks' public engagements at UBC, visit the
Institute of Asian Research web site
at www.iar.ubc.ca or call 604-822-
2746. Tickets for the Chan Centre
concert are available at the Chan
Ticket Office or through
Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311 or
www.ticketmaster.com.
Bank Gift Targets Students and Eastside Residents
HSBC donation matched by UBC to reach community goals, by judith walker
It had all the usual trappings of a
society event.
Chamber music played, glasses
clinked and shutters clicked as
UBC accepted a $1.4 million dollar
donation from HSBC Bank
Canada at UBC's Robson Square
campus. Even the Vancouver Sun's
society columnist Malcom Parry
was there and made it the lead
item in his column.
But beneath the glitz, the real
significance of the generous donation will be felt among students
with financial needs. A large portion of the gift is earmarked to
assist the Learning Exchange to
offer courses to Downtown
Eastside residents.
Margo Fryer, director of the
Learning Exchange, says more
than 200 people, mostly residents
of the Downtown Eastside, have so
far taken the 101 courses that UBC
has been able to offer. The HSBC
gift will fund more such courses
for low-income people. Fryer says
these courses are often bridges to
new opportunities. "One of the
participants in Music Appreciation
101 said that the course had given
him back his dreams. The word
graduates of these courses have
used over and over again is 'opportunity.'"
The bulk of the donation will
also provide opportunities for
other students in the form of bursaries and scholarships.
Sun Columnist Malcolm Parry
(above left) focuses on President
Martha Piper and HSBC Bank
Canada President Martin Glynn.
Top photo: Danny Sayson; left
photo: Malcolm Parry.
The HSBC Bank Canada gift of
$1.4 million, the single largest contribution to UBC from a bank, will
help the university realize its community goals, President Martha
Piper said March 19 as she accepted
a cheque from Martin Glynn,
President and Chief Executive
Officer of HSBC Bank Canada.
"1.4 million dollars. Isn't that a
nice number? But the truly fabulous
part of this gift rests not merely in
its size, but in its strategic direction.
HSBC has been thoughtful in its giving," President Piper continued.
The gift, matched by UBC, will go
toward four initiatives:
• $1 million will contribute to the
physical structure of UBC at
Robson Square
• $200,000 will assist the Learning
Exchange to offer courses to
Downtown Eastside residents
• $200,000 will go to the Liu Centre
for the Study of Global Issues for an
HSBC Visiting Lecturer series at the
Point Grey and Robson Square
campuses
• In addition, $700,000 will be
endowed for HSBC scholarships
and $700,000 will be endowed for
HSBC bursaries for UBC undergraduate and graduate students. ■
Contenders Among the Classics
UBC faculty up for national music awards
Three UBC Music professors are nominees in
two of Canada's premier music awards.
Prof, and pianist Rena Sharon's CBC CD
Salon Parisien recorded with violinist Scott
St. John was nominated in the Best Classical
Album category of the Canadian Independent Music Awards. The second annual
awards, or "Indies" as they are known in the
industry, were presented at the ceremony in
Toronto on Feb. 27, to kick off Canadian
Music Week.
Prof. Andrew Dawes (violin) and Jane
Coop (piano) join Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado
and other Canadian and international artists,
in being nominated for Juno Awards this
year. Dawes and Coop's CD of the complete
Beethoven Violin Sonatas on the Skylark
label has been nominated in the Best
Classical Album: Solo or Chamber Ensemble
category. Coop's recording of English Piano
Concerti with the CBC Radio Orchestra has
been nominated in the Best Classical Album:
Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large
Ensemble Accompaniment category.
The 2002 Juno Awards will be telecast
from St. John's, Newfoundland, on April 14
on CTV. ■
Jane Coop and Prof. Andrew Dawes

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