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A Free
Service to
As an entirely free and unsolicited
service to students (and especially
Agricultural Sciences student Hank
Blommers), UBC Reports prints above a
photograph of Miss Leslie Plommer.
Miss Plommer is the author of the
feature "In the Classroom," which
appears regularly in The Ubyssey, and in
last Friday's edition of the paper Mr.
Blommers took issue with her over her
review of Physics 115 given by Dr. J.M.
Mr. Blommers, in his letter to the
student paper, repeatedly referred to
Miss Plommer as though she is a male.
Miss Plommer, in her reply to Mr.
Blommers, wrote, "Leslie Plommer may
be spelled like a man's name, but Leslie
Plommer is not, we repeat, NOT a man.
What, which or who this person is, we
leave to your imagination.''
UBC Reports, which is used to
chronicling facts and prefers not to leave
things to the imagination, decided that
students and faculty members who will
be subject to review by Miss Plommer in
the future should at least know what she
looks like.
UBC's famed collection of the art of the Indians of
the Pacific Northwest is currently being unpacked in
the Museum of Anthropology in the Library
basement after being on display for two years at the
Montreal exhibition "Man and His World." Mrs.
Deidre Norman is shown unpacking a rare sun mask.
worn mainly at Indian potlatches. UBC's museum is
too small to display the 5,000 artifacts that were
exhibited at Montreal, but Museum Curator Mrs.
Audrey Hawthorn plans to display as many items as
possible during the current academic year. Photo by
Meredith Smith, UBC Photo Department.
Commerce Students Get
Voice on Faculty Caucus
The Faculty of Commerqe and Business
Administration has approved a proposal to
include two students and a Commerce
graduate as full voting members of the
The move to include students and an
alumnus on the Faculty caucus, which
debates all major questions affecting the
Faculty, is a significant breakthrough in
attempts by students to have a voice in
Faculty affairs.
Commerce is the first UBC Faculty to
grant such status to students. Some other
Faculties allow students to attend Faculty
meetings and voice their opinions, but none
has granted students the right to vote at
such meetings.
Dean of Commerce Philip White said the
three new members would join the Faculty
caucus in meetings four or five times a year
to debate all matters affecting the Faculty,
including proposals which must go forward
to Senate for approval.
He said that there is a second body,
known as the Faculty Council, which meets
occasionally and includes representatives
from other Faculties that teach courses to
Commerce students.
Membership on the Faculty Council is
controlled by regulations of the University
Senate, which automatically grants Faculty
status to all full-time professors, associate
professor and assistant professors as well as
"such other persons as the Faculty shall
appoint    in    conformity    with    rules
determined by the Faculty and approved
by the Senate."
Dean White said the Commerce Faculty
would seek the approval of the Senate to
add the two students and a graduate to the
Faculty Council, which meets only briefly
to approve recommendations made to it by
the Faculty caucus.
"The students made it clear to the
Faculty that they wished to sit on the
Faculty caucus, where important matters
affecting the Faculty are discussed," Dean
White said.
Dean White said he had written to the
Commerce Undergraduate Society and the
Master of Business Administration
Students' - Association asking them to
discuss a method of choosing a
representative of each organization to sit
on the caucus.
A third letter has gone to the Commerce
Alumni Division asking them to name a
member to the caucus.
Dean White said that to some extent the
approval by his Faculty of representation
by students and a graduate on the caucus is
an outgrowth of membership by these two
groups on the Faculty's curriculum council.
The student and alumni representatives
have been voting members of the council,
he said.
"The Faculty feel that students and
graduates have a unique contribution to
make to caucus deliberations because of
their experience and involvement in
University affairs," Dean White said. American Rhododendron Society has awarded a gold
medal to Miss Evelyn Jacks, of UBC's Botanical Garden,
for her work in developing the species rhododendron In
the Pacific northwest. Miss Jacks has single-handed
propogated more than 338 species of the flowering
shrubs, which make a colorful display each year on the
UBC campus. UBC's aim is to develop a collection of
international calibre. Photo by Meredith Smith, UBC
Photo Department.
Bold Medal
For A
Green Thumb
Assistant Information Officer, UBC
UBC's lady with the green thumb is a shy type who
insists that the story to tell is the story of the flowers.
Her own important skill in getting the flowers to grow,
she insists, is incidental.
That skill, nevertheless, recently earned a Gold Medal
for Evelyn Jacks of the University of British Columbia,
who divides her horticultural talents part-time between
UBC's Botanical Garden and the grounds division of the
Department of Physical Plant.
The medal was awarded by the American
Rhododendron Society for her work in developing the
species rhododendron in the Pacific Northwest.
Rhododendrons are flowering shrubs with mostly
evergreen leaves and bellshaped flowers. Azaleas, once
considered a separate genus, are rhododendrons with
largely deciduous foliage and funnel-shaped flowers.
Both are much used as ornamentals.
UBC has an extensive collection of rhododendrons —
both of pure species and of hybrids.
The collection consists of approximately 1,100 plants
of 326 selected forms of species and is maintained by
the U.BC Botanical Garden in cooperation with the
Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Pacific
Rhododendron Society.
Dr. Roy Taylor, director of UBC's Botanical Garden,
said the garden aims to develop a major rhododendron
collection of international calibre. The collection is
currently housed in the Department of Physical Plant's
nursery, but a new nursery especially intended to house
the rhododendron species collection is being constructed
by the Botanical Garden and will be opened this fall.
Also planned is a special display of Rhododendron
species from the collection as part of the Marine Drive
component of the Botanical Garden.
The main objective of the collection, however, is the
propagation and distribution of all the known species of
rhododendron, many of which, it was feared, would be
lost to cultivation.
An international search was conducted for samples of
various rhododendron species and, under Miss Jacks'
skillful care, strong, healthy plants have been developed
from imported cuttings.
Cuttings imported into Canada have a much better
chance of survival than do those imported into the
United States because Canadian laws do not require
them to be fumigated.
UBC has been cooperating with rhododendron buffs
from across the border who were previously being
hampered in their efforts to establish a similar collection
by the fumigation requirement. Plants can be imported
into the U.S. from Canada after a year's quarantine
without fumigation.
In addition to the special species collection, UBC's
Department of Physical Plant maintains a collection of
approximately 10,000 plants — approximately 475
species and 580 hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas — in
its nursery.
These plants are used extensively throughout the
UBC campus for decorative landscaping purposes and in
the early spring their profuse and brilliant blooms add
much to UBC's already beautiful setting.
The collection presently maintained by Physical Plant
was begun when Mr. and Mrs. Ted Greig of Royston
Nursery, Vancouver Island — the first Canadians to
specialize in growing rhododendrons — donated 600
rhododendron plants to the University in 1952 and an
additional 400 plants in 1954.
As UBC's original rhododendron collection has growfi
and as the special species collection too has expanded,
Miss Evelyn Jacks has been the one continuing person on
the staff primarily responsible for the propagation of all
rhododendron material.
Both the species collection and the original collection
have developed to their present stage largely because 0f
her efforts. Over 338 forms of rhododendrons have been
received and propagated practically single-handed by
Miss Jacks with very few losses.
The severe winter of 1968, however, dismayed her.
Heavy snow and unusually low temperatures caused
severe damage to the plants and some 61 forms were
lost. "--
"The plants which survived now show little sign of
the disaster," she says. That is probably because Miss
Jacks has the right way with rhododendrons.
"When I am looking at these plants I think how hard
it was to root, or that it has been near death twice and
has survived . . .," she says.
Shy as she is about receiving honors, M iss Jacks does
admit to having a green thumb. "Sure," she said. "Look
at it. It's dirty."
2/UBC Reports/Oct. 15, 1970 Dr. Roy Taylor, director of UBC's Botanical Garden,
surveys a model of the new development planned for a
site to the west of Thunderbird Stadium. The Gardens,
which will include greenhouses and a
research-administration center, will be built in the
ten-year period 1971-81, provided funds become
available, mainly from private, trust and government
sources. Photo by Meredith Smith, UBC Photo
UBC Readies
Plans For
Construction of stage one of a new Botanical Garden
development at UBC is scheduled to begin on a 20-acre
site west of Thunderbird Stadium in the spring of 1971.
Dr. Roy Taylor, director of UBC's Botanical Garden,
said the first project to be undertaken in the new
development would be the creation of an alpine garden
containing plants from six continents.
The development near Thunderbird Stadium is part
of a 77-acre Botanical Garden which UBC plans to create
during the ten-year period 1971-81 provided funds
become available, mainly from private, trust and
government sources.
The total estimated cost of the development is
UBC's Board of Governors approved preliminary
plans for the development of the Garden in July and
authorized preparation of detailed plans for stage one of
the project — grounds development and partial
co+istruction of a research-administration center,
greenhouses and gardens on the site near Thunderbird
Stage two of the project will include completion of
the Garden's research-administration building and
greenhouses and additional landscaping.
During stage three of the project UBC will develop a
site of 30 acres between the present Southwest Marine
Dnve and the partially complete Southwest Marine Drive
Boulevard to the west and southwest of the proposed
new Botanical Garden.
When the projected Garden is complete it will be part
of a 77-acre network of gardens on the campus which
will include already-established areas such as Totem
Park, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Faculty
Club-Graduate Student Center complex which contains
rhododendron and rose collections open to the public.
A finance committee to raise funds for the Botanical
Garden is being formed. It will operate as a
sub-committee of the University Resources Council.
Funds to aid Garden development will be sought
from a major trust and the federal government on the
understanding that the UBC Garden would be part of a
National Botanical Garden system.
Individuals have already made contributions to a
Botanical Garden Development Trust Fund, Dr. Taylor
He said the main emphasis of the Garden project will
be in the area of research and. academic teaching. The
plans for the Garden incorporate the results of a survey
of 15 UBC departments, which were asked to outline the
features that would enhance their general and special
research projects and teaching programs.
"The Garden will be more than just a pretty place for
the public to visit," Dr. Taylor said. "One of its most
important functions will be the accumulation of a plant
bank to help us in our study of the resources of British
From   this   plant   bank,   he   said,   courses   will   be
developed for UBC students on the plant resources of
the province and their relationship to land use for
recreational purposes and environmental control.
The Gardens surrounding the research-administration
center will contain the main systematic plant collections,
regional, ecological and geographical gardens and special
gardens including aquatic, moss and alpine rock
The research-administration center will house the
resident research staff and graduate students, a
herbarium for housing current research material, a seed
storage facility and a small reference library to handle
public information and University enquiries.
The greenhouses associated with the Gardens will
feature three display houses containing tropical,
temperate and dry habitat plants emphasizing economic
and chemically useful plants. Six research greenhouses
for special projects, two teaching greenhouses and two
houses for the propagation of teaching material are also
The main Botanical Garden and several greenhouses
associated with it will be open to the public, Dr. Taylor
said, and will provide an important link between UBC
and the community.
"It will not only enable the public to become
acquainted with University research activities concerned
with world plant resources, but also provide an
opportunity for self-education and observation of the
variable nature of the plant kingdom," he said.
UBC Reports/Oct. 15, 1970/3 Four Faculty Members
Get Honorary Degrees
This fall will see honorary degrees conferred on
four University of B.C. faculty members by three
eastern Canadian universities.
Two leading members of the Faculty of
Medicine, Dean Johri F. McCreary and Dr. Harold
Copp, head of the Department of Physiology, were
honored at the opening of the University of
Toronto's $38-million Medical Sciences Building
on Oct. 7,
On Friday (Oct. 16), Prof. Malcolm McGregor,
head of UBC's Classics Department, will be
awarded the honorary degree of doctor of civil law
at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec.
In November, Sir George Williams University in
Montreal will confer the honorary degree of
doctor of literature on Dr. George Woodcock,
lecturer in UBC's English Department and editor
of the UBC Publication, Canadian Literature.
Dr. McCreary was cited at the University of
Toronto for his work as a clinician, humanitarian
and medical educator.
He pioneered the idea in Canada of the health
team which would divide health services more
efficiently among the various health professions
and ease the heavy burden now carried by
"physicians. This would extend the health care
available to Canadians, since doctors are in short
supply, and could reduce costs.
The health team Is the major concept behind
the Health Sciences Center, a complex of buildings
now taking shape at UBC. Ideas incorporated into
UBC's Health Sciences Center have set the pattern
for other medical and health training centers in the
Dean McCreary is the only person to have been
elected president of the Association of Canadian
Medical Colleges for a third one-year term. His
leadership in the Association resulted in the federal
government setting aside $500 million for
construction of new facilities for health teaching
and research.
Prof. Copp discovered calcitonin in 1961. The
hormone is the most powerful protein known to
science and is now the subject of research
throughout the medical world.
Calcitonin regulates the calcium balance in the
blood, bones and tissues. Among other uses, it
could eliminate the gradual brittling of bones with
age and have applications in bone cancer. Prof.
Copp received an honorary degree from Queen's
University in June for his discovery.
The citation for his U of T degree is for his
work in calcium and bone metabolism, particularly
for his discovery of calcitonin, and for his
contribution to the development of an excellent
Department of Physiology at UBC.
Prof. McGregor will receive his honorary degree
at a special convocation to instal as president of
Bishop's University Dr. Dennis Healy, former dean
of the Faculty of Arts at UBC.
The degree is being conferred on Prof.
McGregor for his "career of great distinction in
teaching and in the field of letters."
Prof. McGregor is internationally known for his
work in the field of epigraphy, the study of
ancient inscriptions. He has been the recipient of
the award of merit of the American Philological
Association and this year is president of that
organization. He is also currently president of the
Classical Association of Canada.
Dr. George Woodcock, who will be honored by
Sir George Williams University for "services to
literature and Canadian culture," founded the
publication Canadian Literature at UBC in 1959
and is still its editor.
He is the author of innumerable books and
articles on literature, including a highly praised
study of the late English novelist and essayist
George Orwell entitled The Crystal Spirit, for
which he received the Governor-General's Award
for the best Canadian work of non-fiction in 1966.
Course Begins Monday
A student-organized course which participants
claim helps them to develop a "positive and accepting
attitude" toward human relationships begins its third
year of lectures on Monday (Oct. 19).
During the first two years of its existence the
course was entitled "Human Relations and Sex
Education." This year it's called simply "People,"
and has been broadened to include all forms of
interpersonal relationships.
The course has also been the most popular and
well-attended non-credit program ever offered at the
University, attracting a total registration of about
1,800 students in its first two years.
The course is sponsored by Interprofessional
Education, an interdisciplinary group of students
from Medicine, Law, Education and other faculties,
working in conjunction with the Education
Undergraduate Society.
The objectives of this year's course, according to
coordinator Sean McHugh, a fourth-year Science
student, are to make students aware of the emotional
and psychological aspects of human sexuality and of
changing concepts with regard to sexuality, to teach
students the value of communicating on all levels and
to exchange ideas and feelings and to enable students
to appreciate the value of others as unique
The course is totally student-organized and
consists of hour-long lectures by UBC faculty
members and others who are acknowledged
authorities in their field, followed by discussion
groups, each consisting of not more than 15 persons.
The seminar discussions are conducted by senior and
graduate students, all of whom have received training
in group leadership.
Pre-registration for the course will take place
today  (Thursday)  in front of the SUB information
4/UBC Reports/Oct. 15, 1970
booth from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and on Monday, the
opening day of the lecture series, from 12 noon to 2
p.m. Course fee is $3.
The series will continue in the first term until Nov.
23. Details of second-term lectures will be announced
A one-day conference designed to enable
educators and students to focus sharply on the
responsibilities of the educational system in the fight
against pollution will be held at UBC Saturday, Oct.
The conference, entitled "Pollution, Tomorrow —
and You?" is sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa, an
education fraternity, in conjunction with UBC's
Center for Continuing Education.
Speakers at the morning session include Dr. Robin
Harger, assistant professor of Zoology at UBC; Mr.
Howard Paish, former executive director of the B.C.
Wildlife Federation, and Dr. Michael Waldichuk, head
of the Pacific Environment Institute.
The afternoon session includes a series of seminars
on such topics as agriculture and industrial pollutants,
jet-age pollution, recreation mismanagement and
implications of ocean pollution.
Selected seminar group reports will be presented
and discussed later in the afternoon followed by a
reaction panel of representatives from school boards
and municipal, provincial and federal governments.
The conference will close with a selection of final
recommendations for action and forwarding to
appropriate agencies.
A brochure describing the conference is available
from the Center for Continuing Education.
Conference fee is $7 and the registration deadline is
Friday, Oct. 16.
Lett Award
Made to
Ex-AMS Head
One of the University of B.C.'s top awards, the
Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship, has been made
to David G. Zirnhelt, former president of the Alma
Mater Society and currently a graduate student at
UBC. ^k
The. $1,500 award is given annually to a UBTj~
student who reflects the high standards of scholastic
achievement, sportsmanship and ability to serve and
lead others which characterized the late Chief Justice
Lett, who was Chancellor of UBC from 1951 to
Mr. Zirnhelt, 23, is currently a graduate student in
political science, where he is taking an
interdisciplinary program leading to a master's degree
in political science with emphasis on resource
Before enrolling at UBC, Mr. Zirnhelt was a
student at Williams Lake Secondary School. His
current home is at 150 Mile House in B.C.'s Cariboo
At UBC, Mr. Zirnhelt has been active in stud|^
affairs, serving as president of the Newman CeytHHj
chairman of the UBC World University Service
Committee and president of the AMS in 1968-69.
He   has   also   been   active   in   the   University's*
intramural sports program, particularly in the field of
He received his bachelor of arts degree at UBC's
Spring Congregation this year.
Mr. Zirnhelt was the recipient of a number of
scholarships on entering UBC, including the Norman
MacKenzie Alumni Scholarship for the Cariboo
The late Chief Justice Sherwood Lett, after whom *
the award  is named, was the first president of the
UBC Alma Mater Society in 1915 and was awarded
the Rhodes Scholarship in 1919.
He was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
of B.C. in 1955 and in 1963, a year prior to his death,
became Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal, with
the title of Chief Justice of B.C.
The winner of the scholarship is chosen by a
committee made up of representatives of President '
Walter Gage and the UBC scholarship committee as
well as representatives of the UBC Alumni
Association, the Alma Mater Society and the
Graduate Students' Association.
mmmaMk ^^ Volume 16, No. 19 - Oct. 15,
IIR^H 197°- Published by the
II^WI_ University of British Columbia
%mfWav%aT and distributed free. J.A.
REPORTS Banham, Editor. Ruby
Eastwood, Production Supervisor. Letters to
the Editor should be addressed to Information
Services, Main Mall North Administration
Building, UBC, Vancouver 8, B.C.


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