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The Ubyssey Mar 23, 1951

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NO. 64
Students At
IGHLIGHT OF THE CONFERENCE was th? banquet attended by 179 guests and delegates.
Seated in the center of the main table is the Conference chairman, Chuck Marshall. On his
right is guest speaker Dr. J. R. Macintosh of ths UBQ department of Education and on his left,
Nonie Donaldson, president of the Alma Mater Society. Other guests included speakers of the
day, members of the UBC faculty, and representatives of the Vancouver and Provincial Departments of Education.
Agrees To Sponsor
High School Conference
Monday, March 19 was a red<|>
letter day for high school students throughout the province.
On that date the Alma Mater
Society at the University of
British Columbia accepted permanent sponsorship of the An*
nual High School Conference,
thereby guaranteeing that the
event will be continued in future yetjfli*.'—->-■--^»--
March 19 was the flnal Joint
meeting of the AMS student council attended by both incoming and
outgoing council members.
At that time Chuck Marshall,
public relations officer and chairman of this year's High School
Conference presented the following
motion: "Moved that the Alma
Mater Society accept permanent
responsibility for the Annual High
School Conference . . . and that
every effort be made to put the
conference back on its province-
wide, two day basis for the 1951-
62 term."
The motion was passed unanimously.
Previous to his presentation of
the motion, Marshall had given the
council a report on the last conference and the reasons why he felt
it should be continued.
The Idea of the conference originated four years ago with members of the Teachers Training department.
They organized the first mooting
and carried it on for the next
three years.
This was done, however, under
great handicaps because the group
ls so small and was off the campus
practice teaching for three weeks
just before the Conference was
usually held.
Consequently, this year the Alma
Mater Society was approached to
take over the sponsorship of the
event. The Student Council agreed
to take It on a temporary basis
and turned the Job over to public
relations  offlcer( Chuck Marshall.
By then it was January and
Marshall was faced with the alternative of not having the Conference at all that year or staging an
abbreviated version.
Me chose the latter course In* an
effort to maintain the continuity
of the event, At. the same time he
thoroughly investigated the whole
idea of the Conference to see if
it was really worth the time and
etfort required.
lie decided that, it was and following his recommendation on
March 1!*, the AMS accepted permanent spousorshlp of tho event.
This special issue of the UBC student paper haa been
published in an attempt to bring to those high school students who were not able to come to the university, some
of the benefits of the Fourth Annual Conference.
Most of the articles in the papeV are written by people
~ who/spoke during the Conference and the essence of their
talks ls recorded here.
It is hoped that this Ubyssey will be of interest to its
high school readers and we will look forward to seeing
many of you on the campus next year.
Chuck Marshall
Highschool Conference Committee.
Midwinter Outlines
Council Functions
The students of the University
of British Columbia are organized
as the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
which, with Its governing executive, the Students' Council, handles
all student activities, except those
of fraternities and sororities. Each
person on admission to the University automatically becomes a member of the Society. The eleven
elected members of Students'
Council, together with two ex-
officio, appointed officers, are
chosen each Spring and hold office
during the following year. They
control activities of the students
and of the clubs and societies unlet* the AMS and are responsible
for student discipline.
Funds of the Society are obtained from a compulsory fee of $10.00
per student plus a compulsory levy
of $5.00 for the Building Fund and
11.00 for a Foreign Students Scholarship Fund, a total of $16.00 per
student. These sums are paid to
the Bursar of the University each
Fall during registration along with
the general University tees and
then turned over by him to the
Treasurer of the Society.
Basically, the AMS can be divided
into three more of less separate
sections, or Interest groups: Undergraduate Societies, Clubs and
Undergraduate Societies nre faculty organizations to which students automatically belong by virtue  of  their  courses.
Engineering students are members of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, Arts students of
the Arts Undergraduate Society,
and so on.
In some cases, groups other than
faculties are formed into Undergraduate Societies because of
special distinctions in Iheir courses.
Tlio    Freshman    Uudorgruduate
Society (FUS>, an organization
containing all first year students,
is of this type.
Altogether, there are fourteen
Undergraduate Societies, which exist as separate and distinct, entitles
within the Alma Mater Society.
All the societies send representatives to the Undergraduate Socle-
ties Committee (USC) which assists and coordinates fhelr activities and acts as a sounding board
for student opinion.
The secona section of the Alma
Mater Society is composed of the
various clubs, of which there are
sixty-seven .organized under what
is called the Literary and Scientific Executive (LSE).
The President of LSE, elected
by all students, Is chairman of
the executive and represents them
on Students' Council.
Besides handling strictly club
affairs, LSE also sponsors an active
cultural program, bringing to the
campus many able and distinguished artists.
The third section, athletics, is
broken down into two groups,
women's and men's, whose programs are directed by the Women's
Athletic Association and the Men's
Athletic   Association   respectively.
All major and most minor sports
aro supervised and directed by
these two groups, the presidents
of which sit oh Council, where
they represent the athletic interests on the campus.
Students' Council^ which has been
mentioned briefly, consists of the
following officers: President, Vice-
President (a new position next
year), Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman, USC, President WUS; Coordinator of Activities, President ot
MAA, President of WAA, Junior
Member. Sophomore Member, Editor-in-Chief, Ubyssey, und Public
ittdutlona Officer.
High School
Big Success
Despite the fact that the
Fourth Annual High School
Conference covered less geographical area than any previous meeting, all of the dele-
gates who took part agreed
that it was a "smashing success."
/ Held once again In Brook Hall,
the student union building at the
University of British Columbia, the
Conference entertained 187 representatives from 28 high schools tn
the lower mainland.
This was a definite reduction in
the number of schools taking part
hut the actual number of delegates on hand was greater than
ever before.
Previous meetings had students
from most parts of tbe province
but this year such a plan was
found to be impossible due to a
late start and a lack ot funds.
Responsibility for tha Conference was assumed this year by tbe
Alma Mater Society when the Teachers Training Association dis*
covered it was unable to take on
tbe event.
The organising of the affair waa
turned over to AMS public/relations officer Chuck Marshall, who
found that it would not be possible
to organise a full scale Conference
In tbe time available.
Rather than drop the event tor
a year, he decided that it should
be beamed towards students ln tbe
Orefter Vancouver area, who
would pot require accommodations
or transportation.
However, as the organization of
the meeting went ahead more and
more requests were received from
out-of-town studenta asking to attend at their own expense so that
by the time that the event was
staged on March 10, 29 different
high schools were represented.
A few days before the Conference, completed registration forms
had been received from 140 students but at the last moment a
freak storm prevented a few from
reaching the campus and actually
127 took part in the meeting which
lasted from 0 a.m. to 12 midnight.
The first half hour, from 9 to
9:30 was taken up with registration of the delegates. The meeting
was opened by Chairman Chuck
Marshall and AMS president, Nonie
Donaldson, who spoke a tew words
of welcome on behalf of the students at UBC.
The first speaker was Rhodes
scholar Jim Midwinter, speaking
on "The Student and the University."
He was followed by Dean Walter
Cage, who spoke on "Bursaries,
Prizes and Scholarships" and Maj.
J. F. McLean, of the UBC Placement Bureau who talked about
"Part-time and Graduate Employment."
At this point, the delegates broke
up Into Interest groups. Those in
the Arts section heard from Mr.
S.E. Read, of the English Department and Mr. George Whiten ot
the Social Work Department.
The Science group was addressed by Dr. Otto Bluh, of the Physics
Department and Dean H.J. MacLeod, head ot the 'Faculty or
Applied Science.
Following luncheon In the UBC
Cafe, the delegates were conducted on a two hour tour of the
campus and then returned to Brock
Hall to hear a number of short
talks on extra-curricular activities.
Climax of the day came at 5:30
p.m. when all of the delegates plus
a number of special guests gathered for the grand banquet. Guest
speaker was Dr. J,R. Macintosh,
from the UBC Department of Education.
(Continued on Page 2)
Financial Aid For
Worthy Stu
By Profesor Walter Gage (DeSii 6f Administrationf:T~\
No doubt every delegate knows of able and deserving students in his school who wish to attend University but who, wi-th*
out financial assistance, will be unable to do so. For some years
now, the University has been doing its best to help such studtJltl
by providing part-time employment on the campus*; by encou>
aging the establishment of more numerous entrance sc
ships, and by setting aside certain funds for bursaries.
Fortunately, many private lndi-*^
viduals,  organizations,  and  firms
have been extremely generous in
their gifts, and • notwithstanding
the increase in the number and
size of requests, the funds available are steadily growing.
There are two main sources to
which the student with requisite
and financial need should apply.
The first is the Dominion-Provincial Student Aid Bursary Fund
and Provincial Loan Fund; the
second is the University Special
Bursaries Fund.
The* Dominion-Provincial ~Sttn
dent Aid Bursary Fund and Provincial Loan Fund, set up jointly
by the Dominion and Provincial
Governments, Is designed to assist
students of academic merit who
are registering as full-time undergraduates in any year or any faculty.
Application forms, which must
be obtained from the Department
ot Bducation, Technical Education
Branc-h, Victoria, B.C., must be
returned to that Department not
later than Augus 15th.
If an applicant is considered
worthy of assistance, he le granted an amount governed by his circumstances and the funds available. Of the amount given to him,
sixty per cent is an outright gift
and 40 pet* cent is a loan repayable commencing one year after
he enters gainful employment.
Until this time, the loan does
not begin to bear interest.
„JUnless there arc special circumstances, assistance cannot be given
to students unless they have obtained clear standing in the work
df   the   previous   year  and   have
made an average of at least (15 pa*
cent.    .          , --sxzrf.
The second source, the University Special Bursaries Fund,.^tjfc
tabllshed by the Board of Govli'-
nora of the university was also
set up to assist students with good
ability and financial need.       :k
To be eligible for an award from
this fund, which is open to undergraduates in any year and faculty
a student must have at leMt Second Class standing in the exa^in-
:atien.iast^lttlii^^''. ■^■;:y^y^t
Applications/on forms avaffnMe
at-the Register's Mtu^-n^^l
received by the university not later than August 1Mb.
Grants from this fund are outright gifts. As the amount avertable Is iiflcajf li&lted, *wfllfe
students are advised to submit explications to both the Dominion-
Provincial Fund and this fun4. T;
Should they apply etT^-W the
University Fund, they *nay find, that
there is net sufficient to help tifjft
SPECIAL AWAlB* *■    * ~:^=MJf •
There are also available a number or apeeial scholarshipi -aap&
example, twtf University Sn»«ke|
awards of |400 given by tMrlffaS-
convex ««» *•* its eatfriers, ^d^li
proficiency scholarships of ifl|l?
each given by thp B£. Eiectrte^b
sons and daughters ot Its employees, and the University Entrance
Scholarship of 1250 similarly given
by Pacific Mills. '   T
In particular the two special
scholarships, valued at $2,00P eMb
the gift of Chris Spencer FouBdi.
tion are worthy of special mention.
These are awarded on the basis
of scholastic standing, character,
and active interest and participation in sports, community»apd
[school activities. ~"*■?■
A VISIT to the UBC Library was one of the high points of the
two tour of the campus. Here the tour leader, Acton Kilby, is
pictured showing one of the thousands of interesting volumes
to several of the Conference delegates. :r ■•;•";'-■ ?&^lgffffyiVi~~>
Page 2
Friday,   March 23rd,   1951
The Ubyssey
Authorised as Second Class Mail Post Office Dept. Ottawa. Student Subscriptions fl per
year (included in AMS Fees). Mall Subscriptions—12.00 per year. Published throughout
the university year by the Student Publications Board of the Alma Mater Society of tbe
University of British Columbia.
Editorial opinions expressed herein are those of the editorial staff of The Ubyssey and not
necessarily thoso of the Alma Mater Sooiety nor of the University.
OUoes lu Brook Hall, Phone ALma 1621 For display advertising phone ALma 88W
GENERAL STAFF: Senior Editors, Ann Langheln, Marl Stainsby; CUP Editor, Joan
Churchill; Women's Editor, Joan Frasor, Sports Editor, Alex MacGlllivray; Fine Arts
Editor. John Brockington; Editorial Writers, Les Armour, Hal Tennant; Photography,
Tommy Hatcher,
Editor this Issue—CHUCK MARSHALL
Associate Editors:
Donaldson Greets
It Is Up To You
Most of those people in the Province who
are interested in the University know its
motto: "Tuum Est - It is up to you."
It is a motto as fitting as it is brief,,
implying the sense of self-dependence which
is one of the most desirable characteristics
that the University strives to develop in its
It is self-dependence in a broad sense
which marks the students of UBC; they are
left responsible for much of their work — no
one coerces them; and in the organization and
financing of student affairs they have a degree '
of autonomy seldom attained by like groups.
The financing of student enterprises is
always difficult contrary to some public opinion, UBC students are not wealthy idlers.
They must pay for their activities, and raise
the money for student-sponsored projects
i%e High School Conference is one of
the projects for which money has had to be
raised — and a good deal of money is re-
■ •Quired for it.
A shortage of funds was the chief cause
of its abbreviation this year, and only long-
term planning can assure its financial solvency next year, and in the years to come,
"iii Ae past, local firms have been gen
erous in their support of this most valuable
enterprise, but the calls made on them have
become more frequent and heavy.
It is to be hoped that next year, once
again, the Conference will be established on
its previous province-wide basis.
It would be well if the financing could
match the delegations in their scope of representation. V
With funds abort and many projects on
hand, the students of UBC are hard-pressed.
Could not those whose interest in the University is known and whose need for information can be satisfied by the Conference
take it upon themselves to help in its financing.
Local Boards of Trade and other forward-
looking groups in every community should
be interested in helping their student-
neighbors learn about the provincial University;
When next year's Conference is organ-
izedj why not visit with these enterprising
groups and seek their aid? •
Some self-dependence in this connection
would aid greatly in bringing the benefits
of the Conference to more students.
With your help we can better help you.
Tuum Est — It is up to you.
UBC's Self-Help Program
By Ma). J. F. Maclean
In attempting to find as many jobs on
the campus as possible for students who are
hi attendance, with the co-operation of the
University administration and the University
Employees Union a programme of self-help
was initiated about three years ago. This
programme has today become well stabilized.
In itself, it does not provide many jobs,
but it does provide an opportunity for about
ISO students, who have.the need and the
necessary scholarship, to supplement their
In all, it works in co-operation with the
scholarship and bursary committee, headed hy
Dean Gage, and students who apply for
bursaries and scholarships and have need
of further assistance in the way of part-
time employment are given preference.
You will probably be interested in what
kind of jobs are likely to be available under
mis plan.
The jobs are not high paying jobs, but
the rates of pay are the same as those paid
to people who are ordinarily working on them
in a permanent capacity.
First of all, we have our general maintenance staff and cleaning staff, on which
we had, last year, some 30 students, who
earned approximately $7.50 a week working
in connection with the cleaning of the buildings.
Jobs are also available in the library,
in the bookstore, and in our food services.
We have had students in the last few
years doing everything from mopping floors,
washing dishes, to working as cashiers, etc.
In this connection I would like to suggest
to you that if you apply for a position of
this and you are accepted, you will have
to work pretty hard in order to keep up with
the regular employees who are on the staff
of the University.
In addition to the self-help programme
the University has various contacts with businesses and individuals which give a certain
amount of day to day and casual work
throughout the year.
For all these jobs, cards are filled out
It is unfortunate that it was impossible this year to extend the
patronage ot the High School Conference to all of you In all parts
of the province.
Inadequate thought print may be,
I would like to take this opportunity of extending the best wishes
of the Alma Mater Society to you
whom I could not great in person.
It should give you a glimpse Into
the university and into what university Ufe has to offer to students.
I hope that many or you will be
able to come to UBC next year.
If you do, I further hope that you
will take part in student activities
of all kinds.
I am as of a tew days ago the
retired president of the AMS and I
will not have the pleasure of -working wltfh you next year myself.
However, tbe incoming president,
Vaughn Lyon, is a terrific fellow
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT of the Alma Mater  and under his leadership yeu are
Society to high school students all over the province was one of bound *° have good year.
the last official duties to be carried out by retiring president
Nonie Donaldson. Nonie, the first women to hold this important
office in 20 years, is shown here composing a short note for those
students which she was not able to greet personally during tho
Wishing you the very best In
your metric exams and in the
years to come I remain,
Yours sincerely,
Nonie Donaldson.
and lists made early in August and September.
The self-help programme jobs are usually
very much in demand and careful consideration is given to applicants before they are
If you are interested you will have to
have the necessary qualifications. Scholarship
and need again are the chief criteria.
The greater part of summer jobs are
out of town, and the best pay is also out of
The jobs are largely connected with
lumbering, mining, summer resorts and the
fishing industry.
The student should be able to make enough during the summer months to pay a
good part of his fees and expenses throughout the year.
It costs about $850.00, we figure, for a
student to get by during the year.
If you are living at home and not paying
board, of course your parents are subsidizing
you, and it is costing them that much money.
In co-operation with various departments
an effort is made by the Employment Section
to place as many students as possible in
jobs which are related to the courses which
they are taking.
Engineers will be given the preference
on some jobs which have some relation to
Commerce students will be given the preference on some jobs which have some
relation to Commerce.
Agriculture students will be given preference in jobs with some relation to Agriculture.
Over the period of 5 years that the Personnel Office has been in operation, a total
of between 20,000 and 25,000 jobs have been
Those of you who are interested in summer employment will find that registration
normally takes place during the month of
March, and those interested in part-time employment should get in touch with the Personnel Office some time in August. Application forms will be available at those times.
To Men
Now that you are getting ready
to graduate from High School, you
are probably thinking about continuing your education at University.
We would like to tell you how
you can qualify as an officer in
ohe of Canada's Armed Services
while you are going to UBC, with-
jut interfering with your university
The training programmes of the
University Naval Training Division,
the Canadian Officers* Training
Corps (Army) and the Reserve
University Flight (RCAF) are so
designed that they take up only
;>ne night a week while the University is In session.
The summer training program
emphasizes physical fitness, and
outdoor sports receive a high priority in the syllabus. By joining
one of the Service Units at UBC
you can enjoy a holiday with a
purpose and get paid for it as well.
No other organization in Canada
offers the same opportunity for
travel, friendship, pay and the
■liance to enjoy a healthy outdoor
life while learning how to live with
and direct other men and to study
the practical application of your
University courses.
By qualifying for a Commission
through the Navy, Army or Air
Force unit at the University you
do not commit yourself to a career
in the Permanent Forces, although
this opportunity will be open to
you If yon so desire. You will bo
commissioned In one of the reserve
components on completion of your
course and you may then decide
whether or not your civilian occupation will allow you to take an
active part in a reserve unit.
R, W. Bonner, Lt. Col.,
Officer Commanding,
UBC Contingent,
Canadian Officers' Training Corps,
Canadian Army.
Frank .1. E. Turner, Lt. Cdr.,
Officer Commanding,
UBC  Naval Training Division,
A.R. Haines, DFC) Squadron Ldr.,
Officer Commanding,
UBC Reserve University Flight,
(Continued From Page 1)
Other speakers included Mr. H.N., At the end of the banquet, the i
MaoCorkindale, superintendent of [delegates made their way to the!
Vancouver  Schools,   Mr.  Vaughan new UBC gym where they received
Lyon, president elect of the AMS.
Dr. N.A.M. MacKenzie, president
of the university was unable to
attend the banquet but dropped in
for a minute to welcome the delegates on behalf of the university
j free admission to the Provincial
High School Basketball Finals and
; then returned to Brock Hall for a
wiud-up fiance.
j High Schools taking part were
; Richmond, Queen Kllzuheth, Prin-
i cess  Margure.t,  North Surrey,  llri-
tannia Beach, Lord Tweedsmuir,
Delta, North Saanich, Chiliiwack,
Alert Bay, Haney, Coquitlam,
Courtenay, Semlahmoo Jr.-Sr. John
Oliver, Kitsilano, Lord Byng, Britannia, King Ed., King George,
Magee, Prince of Wales, Vancouver Tech, Burnaby North, Burnaby
South, Duke of Connuught, Trapp
Tech und North Van.
The Unitarian Church
1550 WEST 10TH AVE.
Sunday,  11  a.m.
"Man's desire for Immortality''
Physical Resurrection after death,
In the manner our fathers thought,
Is no longer tenable. Nevertheless
man's faith in Immortality abides.
With every returning springtide
EASTER brings its triumphant
reassurance of unending life.
7:30 p.m. Discussion group Is with
drawn for Easter Sunday.
Minister A. HODGKINS, M.A.
The Defence Research Board requires graduate Engineers, lor
full-time employment in the following specialised fields:—
Electrical   Engineer*—Five   positions—for   Laboratories   at
Halifax, N.S., Valcartler, P.Q., and Ottawa, Ont.
Meohanicol  Engineers—Ten  positions—tor Laboratories at
Valcartler, P.Q., Halifax, N.8., and Suffleld, Alta.
Chemical   tnfllneere—Four   positions—tor   Laboratories   at
Halifax, N.S., and Valcartler, P.Q.
Metallurgical   Engineers—Two   positions—for   tbe   Board's
Laboratory at Halifax, N.S.
The Initial salaries for applicants with Bachelor Degrees will
not be lower than $2,760 per annum. Allowances will be made for
applicants having experience and additional academic qualifications.
FOR 1851-52
The Defence Research Board is now acoepting applications for financial assistance from high ranking Canadian studenta registered in Science or Engineering, who
will graduate from University in 1952, preferably at the
Master's or Ph D Levels.
The conditions of acceptance will be the same as for
1950-51, but the monthly payment will be $162.00.
Application forms may be obtained from the Registrar
or Placement Officer.
Apply to; The Director of Research Personnel,
Defence Research Board,
Department of National Defence,
"A" Building, Ottawa, Ontario.
The Defence Research Board requires graduates, for full-time
employment in the following specialized fields of Physics:*—
These positions are for the Board's Laboratories located at
Halifax, N.S., Valcartler, P.Q., Ottawa, Ont., and Esauimalt, B.C.
The initial salaries for applicants with Bachelor Degrees will
not bo lower than $2,760 per annum. Allowances will be made for
those applicants having experience and additional academic quali-
Excellent opportunities for qualified Scientists are available at
the following locations:  Halifax, N.S., Valcartler, P.Q., Ottawa,
Kingston and Toronto, Out., Fort Churchill, Man., Suffleld, AUa,
Esquimau, B.C. "
Each laboratory la thoroughly modern, contains the latest types
of .equipment, and provides excellent working conditions for the
Individual scientist.
Starting salaries will vary from $2,760 to $4,000 per annum de-
pending on academic qualifications and experience and provision is made for regular annual increments wlthiu each salary
(a) Croup Hospital and Medical Insurance Plans.
ih) Retirement of Superannuation benefits.
(c) Generous leave benefits, including: —
(li Tip to 18 days' vacation leave per year.
(2) 10 StatutoVy holidays per year.
CD Cumiilullve sick leave credit of 18 days per year.
(•I) Other special benefits for specific purposes.
Full  Information  regarding positions now available may be
obtained bv writing to: —
"A" Bl*ILI>lN(i. OTTAWA, ONTARIO. •Friday;   March £3rd,   1051
Page 3
Academic Opportunities
By Mr. S. E. Read
(Dept. of English)
The modern university is
corn-posed of many faculties,
but the Faculty of Arts is historically as bid as any of them
and older than most.
For centuries—from the days of
medieval Oxford and combrldge—
this Faoulty. has held a place of
supreme importance, for within It
have been given those courses
which are at the core of a liberal
At UBC this Faoulty of Arts aqd
■Sciences—tbe sciences being the
physical sciences, the biological
sciences, and the social sciences,
rather than the so-called applied
sciences, such as engineering, mining and forestry.
If you take a course within this
Faculty you will, undoubtedly, take
some of these sciences.
You will also have the opportunity to take many ef the "Arts"
courses—or as they are now more
commonly called, the Humanities.
It ia usually considered that the
Humanities are, principally, the
f o 1 lo wing saajeets: Literature,
Language, tbe Pine Arts, Music,
Philosophy, and—though there is
soma disagreement here—History.
Humanism, moreover, can be defined as "A devotion to those studies whioh promote human culture,'
or, "Any system or mode ot
thought or action In which human
Interests predominate."
In recent years the sciences —
both pure and applied — have become dominant forces in shaping
our society, and some people feel
that the Humanities have little to
offer the student about to start
his college life.
But this is not really so. The
Humanities are still alive and active, both as a basis for certain
types of vocational training, and
as a foundation tor intelligent living in our complex and troubled
Certain professions are based to
a marked degree on these humane
studies. For example, if you wish
to be a clergyman, a Journalist, or
a writer, a wide knowledge of the
humanities is—or should be—essential.
In these professions, quite obviously, you should have a good
knowledge of English language and
literature; you should have the
ability to communicate Ideas, and—
what is much more important—you
should have some ideas to communicate; you should be able to
think logically and clearly; you
should know much about tbe Invaluable heritage of the past; and
you Should have a sympathetic
understanding of people—ras Individuals.
If you plan to be a Librarian, you
certainly should have not only
* knowledge of books*, but also a
love of books; you should be interested in the preservation and
the dissemination of knowledge;
and you should be able to guide
readers to the best that has been
thought and said In the world.
And if you aspire to be a teacher,
you certainly should have a deep
devotion for the Humanities and
all they stand for.
Tbe same applies if you wish
to specialize in the Fine Arts or in
Music — tor these studies are humane studies in themselves.
Certain other professions—such
as architecture, medicine, psychiatry, social work—have strong links
with the humanities.
The architect, though in many
ways an engineer, is also an artist.
And many of the best doctors and
social workers I have known have
been deeply Interested ln the humanities, not only because they
enjoy the humanities but also because a knowledge of them brings
them a richer understanding of the
people they deal with in their professions.
But the Humanities are much
more than a means to a vocation—
in its narrowest sense; they can
also teach us—any of us—how to
live a richer, more complete life.
For—to quote a recent McOill
report on the subject—the Humanities should develop within us "as
comprehensive an understanding as
possible of human nature; . . . and
Intelligent sensitiveness to spiritual values; . . . good taste and sound
(Continued on Page 4)
By Mr. George A. Whiten
(Social Work Dept.)
Social Work, although a relatively new profession, is
steadily increasing in import*
In Canada, as in many other
countries, there is a growina
realization that the social services of the nation and of each
of its communities must he progressively expanded if people
are to he helped in overcoming
economic and social handicaps
too great to he surmounted by
their own efforts alone.
It is easily recognized that everyone benefits when as many as possible of his fellow citizens are
healthy, happy and willing and
able to do their share in producing the goods and services needed
to maintain and Improve our standard of living. Social workers, in
co-operation with doctors, nurses,
teachers, ministers and others dedicated to the service of their fellow-men, work to assist individuals, groups and communities to
achieve these desirable goals.
Among the prime requisites of n
social worker are a genuine Interest in and a liking tor other people, and a desire to do something
to make the world a better place
to live ln.
It ls now generally nnderstood
that a willingness to help others
is not enough, and that broad
knowledge and special skills are
necessary for effective social work,
and that formal education for the
field Is necessary.
To become a qualified social
worker, one should first obtain a
Bachelor ot Arts degree from a
university and then go to a School
of Social Work for a one or two
year course. The Master of Social Work degree, awarded after
successful completion of a two-
year post-graduate course, is to be
Undergraduate work should include courses In sociology, psychology, economics, political science,
history and philosophy.
Members of the Faculty of the
University of B.C. School of Social Work are available for consultation during registration week, or
at any time during the year; and
interested students are advised to
make use of this course-planning
service as early as the beginning
of their Freshman year.
Volunteer work ln summer
camps, community centres neighborhood houses or clubs, as well
as any job where you rub shoulders with people, is valuable preliminary experience for social
work training.
The professional education Itself includes (1) classroom instructions, (2) practical application in
the field of knowledge gained In
the classroom, and (3) research,
which Includes a student's project or thesis.
Many employment opportunities
are offered to the social worker
after graduation. There are approximately twice as many jobs
available each year as there arc
graduates from the eight Schools
of Social Work ln Canada, and
there are indications that the demand for professionally trained social workers will continue to increase.
Salaries paid are similar to those
ln professions requiring comparable training.
Men as well as women are required in social work. This year,
51 per cent of the students In the
UBC School of Social Work are
If one is wondering what he will
get out of life as a social morker,
a statement by the professional
organization, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, might
supply some of the answers:
"As a social worker you would
be helping to make democracy
"You would be part of an agency
that deals fairly with all kinds of
people In all walks of life.
"You would be working in tho
cause of social and economic progress.
(Continued on Page 4)
By Dr. H. J. MacLeod
(Dean of Applied Science)
The Faculty of Applied Science generally includes the
various branches of Engineering and in some Universities,
the School pf Architecture.
The professions of Architecture
and Engineering are closely
Engineering may be defined simply as the economical use of materials and power for the benefit of
In a sense Engineering began
long before the dawn of history. It
began when man became dissatisfied with things as he found them
in nature and started to make
things better suited to his purpose.
Many thousands of years later
we find him building the Pyramids
and temples of Egypt, the magnificent buldlngs of Ancient Greece
and the roads, bridges and aqueducts ot Ancient Rome.
Ideas, however, last longer than
buildings, and the ideas that have
come dawn to us from tbe Ancient
World .are more important than
In the realm of ideas tbe Ancient
Greeks were the most remarkable
people who ever lived. They had
the sense of curiosity, the feeling
of wonder and the spirit of inquiry so necessary for the growth
of ideas.
They discovered the power of
reasoning, they laid the foundations of modern mathematics and
they developed the* idea that. Nature works according to law.
Some two thousand years later,
In Western Europe, many famous
people like Galileo and Newton began to discover these laws of nature which we call physics and
These two sciences, physics and
chemistry, along with mathematics
are the basis of modern engineering.
Our success ln engineering
comes from finding out how nature works and by working In harmony with ber.
In this way we have harnessed
the great sources of power In nature:   coal  and  oil  and  gas  and
We have discovered electricity
which brings the power ot a dis-
tant waterfall to city homes and
factories with the speed of light,
there to be changed to light In an
electric lamp, to heat in an electric range, to mechanical power
in a motor or even to power to
carry our messages around the
Applied Science then has made
possible amazing developments in
transportation, communicaton, precision tools, mass production and
new materials.
It has built up tbe material aide
of our clvllUaton, it has given us
many comforts and conveniences
and lt has raised our standards of
living enormously. •
All these Industries and services
require experienced engineers for
and research.
Engneers deal with men as well
design, supervision, admlnstration
as with materials, and all the answers to engineering problems are
not found on a slide rule.
Engineering is more than a body
of knowledge. It requires the exercise of imagination and skill, experience and judgement.
Four years of university worl;
must be followed by some years of
training and experience In actual
In the university emphasis Is
placed upon a thorough study of
mathematics, physics and chemistry as the basis of more advanced
engineering science.
But the value of engineering
work depends upon its contributions to human welfare. To judge
these right the engineer should be
familiar with the story of human
progress and human thought.
, To the student with an Inquiring
mind and habits of work and
study, engineering offers a life of
satisfying experiences, and Canada, with a wealth of natural resources, offers ii challenge to every
By Dr. Otto Bluh
(Dept. of Physics)
Science and scientists are in
the daily news, and the "man
in the street" who twenty years
ago would have come closest
to defining a physicist as a
"kind of chemist," is now using a terminology ranging from
Atom to Gene, Mutation, Radioactivity, to Zeep.
It is therefore not' difficult to
understand that young people
leaving school want to become
acieutlslst that is, to work ln a
field In which "there is glory in
Among the students keen to join
the ranks of science are the Intellectual, the curious, the ambitious, the gadgeteer, the escapist
— and thqse who have been poor
at school ln writing English essays,
The quiet and meditative type,
who perhaps thinks he can satisfy
his intellectual curiosity in "pure,"
free and unhampered research,
must be cautioned against believing that lie could hide in an Ivory
tower of .science; suc-h a shelter
no longer evlsts in the modern
world which only offers tbe "freedom of necessity."
The initiative and over-ambitious
type who wants to rise to high
office through a scientific activity
Should be warned that the road
to executive and political positions
still leads rather than via graduate
research through law school — or
night school.
The young man (or woman)
who wishes to become a professional scientist bas to ask himself
earnestly whether be wants to devote a life time to patient observation, careful (and not infrequently dangerous) experimentation .hard theoretical inquiry.
If he enters tbe scientific studies
with high hopes to advance scientific knowledge, he must be prepared for cruel disappointment
should it turn out that bis talent is
insufficient for making original
contributions to science; and if
he only aspires to a humble niche
In some field of scientific activity,
he may find even then that the
work will tax his strength to the
Today the sciences appear to develop most rapidly in border fields:
biochemistry, biophysics, chemical
physics, geophysics, and others.
Consequently, scientific studies
gain in content in duration, and
exertion, and necessitate g%at Intellectual versatility and power ol
(Continued on Page 4)
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Mater  Society  next  year  is
new president Vaughn Lyon,
who    succeeds    Miss    Nonie
Donaldson. A fourth year Arts
student majoring in PoUtical
Science, he won the office by
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two other candidates in recent
student elections. Lyon, spoke
briefly at the Conference banquet, asking that all those coming to the campus next year
make a point of getting into
some type of extra curricular
activity to help balance their
academic work.
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Engineers Combine
Fun With Studies
Generally recognized as the most active group of undergraduates at the University of British Columbia, the engineers
offer a diversified program of activities for their members.
Engineering is one of the tongh-*-
est courses found here, averaging
SINGING UP at the Registration Desk was the first order of
business as delegates from 29 high schools arrived on the UBC
campus fon the Fourth Annual' High school conference held
Saturdays/March 10. Here committee officials Tom Meikle and
Acton Krlby are shown registering several of the more attractive
Frats, Sororities
By Dodie O'Brien
(President, Pan Hellenic
A fraternity is essentially a social organisation. It is made up of
a group of fellows who want to do
things together; go out together,
play together, work together. The
heet fraternly is one in which
the greatest degree of congenial"
ity exists.
At large universities such as ours
where tt is difficult to get to know
everyone, a fraternity is one means
ot forming fast friendships that
last throughout later life.
A fraternity's program ls extremely broad, and cuts across
every phase of campus Ufe. Therein lies the chief advantage of a
A fraternity holds all kinds of
socials: formals, lnformals, firesides and stags.
It participates In the Intramur
als, the university noon hour# athletic program.
A fraternity also encourages its
members to take part in extra cur
ricnlar activity. A person Is not
considered a good fraternity member If he is not a member of at
least one club on the campus.
In every fraternity you meot
students from every course and
faculty on the campus. To me that
is one of the greatest benefits of
a fraternity. I've learned something about law, philosophy, engineering, music, literature, commerce and economics by talking to
members of my fraternity who are
.taking those courses.
In a fraternity you'll meet fellows from every walk of life, from
fellows with their own cadlllac
convertibles to fellows w,ho are
working their way throuth both
fraternity and university. Ttellevf
me, the majority, are the latter.
A fraternity ls a luxury, but not
an expensive one. It costs on the
average about $50 a year to be a
member, but most of this is absorbed ln the socials.
If you're the kind of fellow who
has any sort of social life at all
then a fraternity will not be an
additional burden to your budget.
Membership in afefraternity is
by Invitation, and acceptance and
works In the following way:
In the fall of each year all those
who are Interested ln joining a
fraternity register for rushing.
After registration each of the fraternities holds a couple of rushing
functions which enables you to
see what the fellows In the fraternity are like and to ask questions about tihelr program. You
are allowed to rush four fraternities, but if you find that some of
these are groups not to your liking
then you can switch to another.
At the end of the rushing a fraternity Issue invitations to membership. Joining a fraternity is a
two-way propositon: you must Ike
the group and thc group must like
All In all If you don't join ;*.
fraternity you won't br* left out ol*
everything. There Ih so much to
do and learn at UBC that It doer-
not, make an awful lot of difference one way or another.
Tlut a (ralprnity doos enable n
person to lend ;i richer universlly
By Al Goldsmith
(President Inter Fraternity
Women's fraternities (I.e. sororities) are organizations of college students all over America and
Canada.. In each college they are
a selective group held together by
honds of loyalty and congeniality.
The activities of sororities are
many and varied. Common to all,
however, are the weekly Tuesday
night meetings, "exchange" parties (where by members of one
group meet those of another sorority or fraternity and thereby enlarge their circle of friends,) the
individual sorority formals, the participation ln the Mardi Oras and
Greek Song Fest sponsored by
Panhellenlc, and, most Important
of all ,the raising of money for
their separate charities.
The philanthropic programme of
the sororities Is far-reaching. Each
sorority has its own charitable
Some examples of the projects
supported by sororities Include:
aid for displaced persons-in Europe, Institute for Tvogeopedtcs,
Summer Camp at boundary Bay,
Blind Institute Cardiac Aid Shaughnessy Hospital Canteen, Cerebral
Spastlcs, Rheumatic Children and
Vancouver   Children's   Hospital.
In addition to this, many of the
sororities support bursaries for
students at UBC, while some have
donated to the new Women's Dormitories.
National Panhellenlc Is the cooperating and governing organization of women's fraternities, a College Panhelllc Is organized.
On the University of British Columbia campus, the Panhelllc Association is composed of two delegates from each chapter of the nine
sororities represented on the campus. This council, which holds
weekly noon meetings, unites in
service to tbe college and its women students.
During "rushing," it decrees and
enforces regulations for membership; I.e. to be eligible, n girl
must have completed 15 units towards her first year, and also he
proceeding towards a degree.
The term "rushing" signifies the
procedure in which a rushee, a
prospective member of a sorority,
ls given time to form her own opinion of a sorority, and the sorority  of  her.
The philanthropies of Panhelllc
correspond to those of the Individual sororities, the difference
being that they are supported by
the group as a whole. The main
project is the Annual Mardi Qras.
The latter Is a two-night ball
given jointly by Panhellenlc and
Inter-Fraternity Council at. the beginning of January.
The proceeds, approximately
$4,000 or $.-,,000 are then given to
The proceeds from other projects are dealt, with in the same
manner, or else are used to provide bursaries. Last, year, Panhellenlc raised $1,000 for the new
Women's Dormitories by sponsor-
lug an Eaton's Faahion Show.
40 hours of lectures and labs per
week. Thus the Engineer has little
time to play.
To give themselves the necessary extra currlcular activities,
the engineers organized into an
undergraduate society now named
the Engineering Undergraduate
The EUS, as the society ls
known, co-ordinates the actlvlltles
of the 13 engineers' clubs under lt,
promotes and sponsors social functions such as the annual stag and
the Engineers' Ball, and promotes
relations with the many professional engineering organizations.
The majority of the clubs In the
EUS are student chapters of prof-
fesslonal societies suflh as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers or the American Institute
of Electrical Engineers.
These clubs are open to only
third and fourth year men, since
only" ln the upper years does the
student begin to specialise.
Each club sponsors a weekly
program of films of interest or
talks by prominent engineers.
During the school year the clubs
also sponsor field trips to factories, construction projects and other
places of engineering interest.
Bach club also presents two club
dances and a stag during the year.
First and- second year engineers
have their own executives, who arrange activities similar to those
of the clubs.
Clubs open to membership for
first and second year men are the
Engineering Institute of Canada
student group, which is the largest EUS club, and the Society of
Automotive Engineers.
Besides the serious vein discussed above,. the Engineers are renowned for their antics on the
campus. During Frosh week, en*
gineers, clad in their traditional
red sweaters, act as police, checking that Frosh obey orientation
rules. Offenders are usually tossed
into the lily pond.
Each year the Engineers sponsor a March of Dimes day. A noon
hour program of gags, the annual
chariot race, and spitting contests
are conducted.
liast year over $500 was raised
by the engineers for the Crippled
Children's Hospital.
During the last five blood drives
on the campus, engineers have
always been on the top In donations.
The EUS year ls climaxed by the
Annual Engineers' Ball whore each
club and first and second years
display working models of major
engineering projects such as dams,
canal locks, gas turbines, oil drilling rigs, etc. Prizes the awarded
the best displays.
On the literary side, the EUS
publishes a resume of the year's
activities In the "SUpstlck", thc
engineer's yearbook.
Tiie "SUpstlck" is a new venture, but with traditional engineering backing, It Is already a great
The Engineer, then, has not only
a splendid education available in
some 10 branches of engineering,
but also a wealth of valuable extracurricular activity in which he can
find enjoyment while learning interesting facts.
Geography Text Helps
Dispels Dryness
Even professors at the University of British Columbia are
doing their part to help out high school students of the province.
For Instance,  there ls D. J. L.$ :	
Pure Arts
(Continued from Page 3)
judgment; . .. intellectual honesty,
clear thinking, and accurate ex*
presBion; ... an imaginative response to life and art."
These, I know, are high goals,
but even if we realize them only
partially we should be the better
for making the attempt. Not only
should we become happier and
more richly endowed individuals,
with unending Inner resources; but
we should also grow into better
Citizens in the community.
For with the stress that the
Humanities place on clear thinking, disciplined Individual liberty,
and the significance of man —
as an individual — we are not
likely to be the dupes of propaganda and mass emotion — granted, that is, that we have really
learned the rich truths that the
Humanities  offer.
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The publication of this book recently, marked the first time the
topic lias been presented on a Junior high school level and will probably go a long' way In dispelling the dryness and over-factual presentation which has often
hampered the teaching geography
in the past,
Since Dr. Robinson lias come to
VBC in 1946, he has specialized in
the teaching of Canadian geography and felt that this information
should be available lu somple form
for the secondary schools.
The new and dynamic approach
to this all-Important topic will undoubtedly open now fields of Interest for both students and teachers of the high schools.
The compiling of the book took a
period of four years and during
that time, Dr. Robinson had the
editorial assistance of his wife, a
former New Brunswick school
Published by Longman,, Oreen
and Co. of Toronto, the book contains 205 pages, 106 photographs
and 60 diagrams which explain the
essentials of Canadian geopraphy
In an interesting and.easily understood manner.
Dr. Robnson has included ln the
book the results of wide experience
gained ln both the academic and
practical phases of the subject.
He has travelled extensively ln
all parts of the Dominion and in
particular played an important part
in four expeditions into Northern
Canada while serving as Chief
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Pure Science
(Continued from Page 3)
Those young people who are not
to be discouraged and want to follow in the path of the great sclen-
tists of the past, of Galileo, New*
ton, Ampere, Rutherford and Einstein, of nerzellus, Llebig and
Nernst, of Harvey, Ray, Pasteur
and Mendel, must keep in wind
during the time of their studies
these two questions: first, whether
they truly want to spend their life
ln concentrating exclusively on scientific work, and secondly, whether
honestly scientific work is that
which they can do best, ,
And only If the answers are
"Yes," can they expect to find true
satisfaction in their work; only
then should they choose the thorny
path of pure science.
Those who want to engage In
scientific work because they have
foremost in mind contributing to
social progress and human happiness — as, I believe, many young
people do — will find open the vast
areas of the applied sciences and
practical arts — medicine and teaching, agriculture and,mining, engineering, and manufacturing — in
all of which a thorough basic
scientific understanding forms the
element of advancement.
Applied Arts
(Continued from Page 3)
"You would be fighting unhfp-
plness, Illness and deprivation and
making it possible for more people
to live happy, useful lives.
"Each day would .bring new opportunities for service.
"Social work is a profession
with a future."
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